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Star Wars: A Jedi Doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree

By Sara Butler

Rey from Star Wars The Last Jedi

I just saw The Last Jedi and oh man, aside from one milk drinking scene that still has me shook to the core, I thought it was fantastic. Now don’t worry, I’m not here to unveil any huge spoilers for those who haven’t seen the movie yet, but I am going to talk about a central theme of the movie that has a huge impact on your health. No, it’s not milk; it’s your family tree.

Ever since Rey was introduced in the last film, one of the central questions surrounding her is the identity of her parents. The presumption being that the raw, untapped power (the force!) within Rey couldn’t just come from common folk -- it has to be really special. I couldn’t help but wonder just how much genetics play a role in all of our lives. Are we who we’re destined to be because of our biology or is there more to it? What role do we play in the universe? How does a chiropractor fit into all this?

Well, I don’t have all the answers. If I did, cancer would be a thing of the past, no one would listen to Nickelback, and I’d be on my private jet on my way to my private island to enjoy a Mai Tai right now. But the chiropractors at The Joint, who focus on your health and wellness, may just know a thing or two about how your genetics play a role in your overall health.

Who You Are

You and your family share more than just a nice pudding at Christmas dinner, you also share genes, habits, and surroundings. These all can have an impact on your health and your risk for illness. You know how your Aunt Carol has high cholesterol? Close family members with a chronic disease make it more likely that you’ll end up with that disease, too. Get that cholesterol checked.

That’s why it’s important to understand your family history. I mean, just look at poor Rey -- she’s been scrambling around her entire life trying to figure out who her parents are and where her place in the world is. You may not always like your family, but at least you can learn about your family medical history as a way to understand how it impacts your life in the here and now.

Not All Is Lost

Don’t panic. Just because your grandma had heart disease or your mom has diabetes doesn’t mean your fate is sealed. Just look at Luke Skywalker -- his father was Darth Vader for goodness sake (I didn’t say there were no spoiler alerts from 1980)! He still didn’t turn to the dark side. You don’t have to, either.

Genetics is only half the picture of your overall health and wellness (and penchant for evil or good). Your lifestyle choices also play a huge role in your health and are an important way you can increase or decrease your risk for certain health issues you may be predisposed to genetically.

How can you change your fate? Start with what you eat, what chemicals you expose your body to, and how active you are. Research is starting to show that these factors can actually alter your health on a genetic level. Simply put, your choices have a huge impact on your risk of disease, even if the genetic deck seems to be stacked against you.

Use the Force

The chiropractors at The Joint may not be Yoda -- heck, they’re not even Han Solo -- but they do know a thing or two about making good lifestyle choices in order to make health a priority. One of the best things you can do is get proactive care at The Joint Chiropractic and use it to help put your health into focus. When your body is working optimally and is free from joint dysfunction and restriction, then the force can flow freely and your body can do what it was made to do, heal itself.

If you’ve not seen The Last Jedi yet, then what are you waiting for? It’s a great movie. But if I ever meet Kylo Ren, I’m going to suggest some chiropractic care and aromatherapy, because that guy needs to work on his stress levels.

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