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  • Writer's pictureIan Shepstone

Understanding the Three Ts: Traumas, Toxins, and Thoughts in Pursuit of Better Health

In the quest for optimal health and well-being, there's a profound concept that serves as a guiding principle—understanding and addressing the "Three Ts": Traumas, Toxins, and

Thoughts. This simple yet powerful framework, championed by the founder of Chiropractic, D.D. Palmer, sheds light on the profound impact these three factors have on our health. By delving into the intricacies of the Three Ts, we can gain valuable insights into how to lead healthier lives in our fast-paced, modern world.

Traumas: More Than Meets the Eye

Traumas are the physical stressors that impact our health, and they come in two distinct forms: single and repetitive. Single traumas result from isolated incidents, such as falls, car accidents, or sports injuries. These events can inflict immediate damage, requiring the body's internal processes to initiate healing.

However, it's the repetitive traumas that often go unnoticed and can be more insidious. Everyday habits, postures, and activities—like sitting at a desk for prolonged periods, poor posture, or carrying heavy bags—can subject the body to ongoing stress. These seemingly minor stressors accumulate over time, eventually pushing the body beyond its breaking point. People may find themselves experiencing back pain after simple tasks like bending over or sneezing. The body's natural healing processes can no longer keep up, leading to permanent changes, particularly in the spine.

To lead healthier lives, it's essential to identify the physical traumas affecting us regularly and make necessary lifestyle adjustments.

Toxins: Silent Saboteurs

Toxins encompass substances that enter our bodies from the environment and those produced internally. Our bodies continuously filter and eliminate these toxins, a process heavily influenced by the foods we consume. When toxins accumulate and are not efficiently processed, they can lead to pain and inflammation. Conversely, nourishing the body properly can promote overall health.

Be cautious of environmental pollutants, chemical-laden cleaning products, questionable water quality, and processed or GMO-laden foods. Even seemingly harmless items like plastic containers can introduce unwanted toxins into our systems. Additionally, the regular use of medications, alcohol, and poor dietary choices can contribute to stress and inflammation in the body.

Addressing toxin-related stressors involves adopting a healthier diet, reducing exposure to environmental toxins, and ensuring the body's natural detoxification processes are functioning optimally.

Thoughts: The Invisible Impact

Thoughts represent mental stressors that can profoundly influence the body's natural functions. Both constructive and destructive thoughts can trigger neurochemical imbalances, leading to increased blood pressure, heart rate, and muscle tension. Stressful thoughts can result in a cascade of chemical reactions, essentially putting the body into a state of stress, even when there is no imminent physical threat.

For example, stress-induced insomnia can disrupt the body's natural healing and recovery processes, leading to fatigue and other health issues. Negative thoughts can manifest as physical tension, muscle stiffness, and joint discomfort. Embracing mindfulness and positivity can help alleviate these mental stressors, promoting proper healing and function.

Addressing the Three Ts

While it's challenging to attribute health issues to a single stressor, it's crucial to recognize that our current health status reflects the accumulation of daily stressors and our self-care practices. To achieve and maintain better health:

  1. Identify and address specific Traumas: Recognize repetitive physical stressors in your life and make necessary lifestyle changes. Seek professional help for guidance.

  2. Manage Toxins: Adopt a healthier diet, reduce exposure to environmental toxins, and support your body's natural detoxification processes.

  3. Cultivate Positive Thoughts: Practice mindfulness and maintain a positive outlook to reduce mental stressors and promote overall well-being.


The Three Ts—Traumas, Toxins, and Thoughts—offer a comprehensive framework for understanding the factors that influence our health. By recognizing the impact of these stressors and taking proactive steps to address them, we can pave the way for a healthier, more fulfilling life. Remember, optimal health is a journey, and understanding the Three Ts is a valuable compass guiding us toward better choices and well-being.


Sprout Family Chiropractic is located in Plymouth, Michigan

We specialize in pediatric and pregnancy focused Chiropractic care

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