Going Green, the old fashioned way…
From the desk of Dr. Erik Vose… This past weekend I had the chance to spend a few days camping in the great outdoors.
At first I thought of how nice it was to get away from the city with all the incessant stimulation. How the loudest noise I heard was no longer the helicopters or the train but instead the leaves shaking in the trees or the occasional laughter and banter from other hikers. Taking the time to smell the flowers and lick the trees (hey, we were in Vermont) was quite a treat. As I would kneel by the stream to filter some water or find a pine cone to clean off my plate, my appreciation for the simple things in life peaked. But to be honest, these are all the things you expect to think and feel when you go camping. They are the reason you go camping.
Had I left the woods on Sunday without thinking any more about it, it would have been a great and satisfying weekend, but of course the conversation delved a bit deeper than that. The question came up about the balance between what we brought in with us versus what we left with… and what a fun conversation that was.
I was asked if the only difference between what we came in with (food wise) and what we left with (trash wise) was what we left in the privy. Someone said something about Newton (not the town) and the “conservation of energy” and it became very clear to me why I love the mountains so much. Our bodies used so much of the energy that came from that food to power us up the mountain, and the mountain converted our kinetic energy to potential energy (along with a little heat) to provide us with a great view, everlasting memories and a very sweaty t-shirt. To me, this is the essence of positive energy.
As I look back at the weekend, it must have taken a lot of energy to get up that hill because the trash bag that I packed out was very small and my trips to the privy were few. We practiced the “leave no trace” ethics and remembered to take only pictures and leave only footprints so that others could interact with nature without any of the distractions from prior visitors. For a few short days, we used only what we needed and gave the greatest care in dealing with all that surrounded us.
In return, I got to take care of my body by exercising, life was put in perspective with some amazing views and I witnessed eyes very new to this Earth, taking in the simple wonder of water bubbling down a brook and an inch worm on scooting on a little finger. I hope that she continues to have the chance to see places as wonderful as these. I urge those of us who haven’t been lately to visit the woods and the mountains and the streams… and remember to do the most we can to reduce our impact on the Earth while we work away diligently here in the city. Erik S. Vose D.C.
Doctor of Chiropractic
Erik Vose is a Board Certified Chiropractor in Massachusetts. He holds a Doctorate of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic West in California and a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology and Applied Physiology from the University of Colorado. After earning his doctorate degree, Erik received two years of additional chiropractic and sports therapy training in Walnut Creek, CA. Erik is a member of the Massachusetts Chiropractic Society and the American Chiropractic Association.
Dr.Vose treats patients for a range of conditions from sports injuries to chronic pain by focusing on the entire musculoskeletal system. Erik combines soft tissue therapy with ultrasound, electric stimulation, stretching, and chiropractic adjustments. He is proficient in the diagnosis and treatment of extremity injuries as well as those associated with the spine. Erik develops comprehensive treatment plans that focus on both alleviating symptoms and helping his patients achieve optimal strength and well-being.