Frog Soup Anyone?

by Dr. Powell on January 26, 2012

in About,Kennesaw Chiropractor,Symptoms

A frog placed in boiling water will jump out right away. But, placed in room temperature water, it will stay in the water while it is heated to the point that it causes death. We accommodate stresses in our lives until we can’t. Sudden events get our attention right away! A hard hit, an heated argument, food poisoning, are things we will stop everything else to deal with. We check to make sure nothing is broken, we will make sure that our point of view is heard, and we will expel the culprit from our bodies with intense vigor. What motivates us to act when threatened in sudden ways?

On the other hand when subtle events occur we often cope by minimizing them. We may ignore that stiff neck while at the computer, we often brush off comments that cause pain, and we will repeatedly eat food that we know is not healthy. That is, of course, until that stiffness becomes pain shooting into our arms, and until we just can’t take the comments any longer, or we find ourselves in some type of health crisis. Why aren’t we motivated to action by the subtle events?

The answers are in fact rooted in human nature. It is the balance between the autonomic nervous system and the sympathetic nervous system that allows us to respond appropriately to our environment. As a matter of survival, when a sudden threat is clear or imagined our bodies respond accordingly, and when no threat is perceived we rest. What would happen if every time we someone touched us on the shoulder we thought we where under attack? I will answer that question in a another post.

In the case of the frogs and the hot water, the first frog “gets it” – it jumps out quickly. The second frog does not recognize the threat and accommodates the stress, until it is too late.


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