When it comes to health care, the dominating force in this country is the medical system. Our TV commercials, websites, radio stations, and magazines are inundated with ads for drugs, drugs, and more drugs. Every commercial is punctuated with the phrase “discuss your need for this drug with your doctor”. We are always being told to go to the doctor when the slightest thing out of the ordinary happens to our bodies. Even if we don’t go that far to see a doctor, most people reach for the medicine cabinet and pop whatever over-the-counter medication they may have to alleviate their ills. And we are consistently told that what we are taking is “safe and effective”. What people are not being told is that medical care is the third leading cause of death in the US today, trailing behind heart disease and cancer.
A recent article in Consumer Reports states that 440,000 people die every year due to medical errors – about 1200 deaths per day. That’s a staggering number especially when you consider that it would be the same as the World Trade Center coming down every three days. These deaths are a result from the wrong diagnoses, medical procedure errors, and complications from prescribed medicines.
People are not being told that only 15 to 20% of conventional medicine is effective as reported by the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment. That means that your doctor is typically wasting your time on 80 to 85% of your visits. Yet we spend hundreds of billions of dollars every year for treatments that are only 15% effective, keep us sick, and might even kill us. The problem is that the medical profession is run by the pharmaceutical industry – a multibillion-dollar industry that only has profits in mind. Considering that not a single chronic disease has been cured in over 100 years, the drugs that they supply are actually meant to keep you sick. Keeping people sick creates repeat customers – repeat customers mean greater profits. Enough could be said about this to write another blog, but suffice to say that unless you are broken from an accident (no one is better at trauma care than the MD’s), modern medicine has nothing to offer you but expensive suffering.
Since the medical profession has become a wolf in sheep’s clothing, it is important to keep yourself as healthy as you can possibly be. This means eating the right foods, exercise, plenty of rest at night, and chiropractic care. Why chiropractic you may ask? Most people think that chiropractic is for back pain and headaches, but nothing could be further from the truth. Unlike medicine that only takes care of illness, chiropractic care was devised to enhance health by focusing on your nerve system and your brain’s function to co-ordinate all of your body’s functions.
Your brain is like the operating system (OS) of your computer. Through a vast communication network of nerves running through you, your brain operates to make sure that everything is doing what it is supposed to do inside of you. Stress (emotional, chemical, and physical) acts like malware and viruses on your computer’s OS, causing it to malfunction. If your personal OS malfunctions, illness and disease set in. Proper chiropractic care helps to reduce the effects of stress on your nerve system so that it is free to communicate within your body keeping it functioning at peak performance. The better you function, the healthier you are.
People under chiropractic care report less colds and flu, less reliance on medications, being able to handle life’s stresses better, a better outlook on life, less aches and pains, more energy and less fatigue, improved family and work relationships, less depression and moodiness, more interest in life, and an overall improvement in the quality of their lives. In the 30 years that I have been in practice, I have worked with thousands of people whose lives changed for the better. Many were able to overcome illnesses they were told that they would have to live with – many of these were medication dependent. Also in those 30 years, not one person was ever injured, not one person ever died.
Some of you may be saying, “Chiropractic care is expensive and my insurance doesn’t pay for it.” In today’s world of Obamacare, most people are now living with extremely high deductibles so most of their medical care will be cash anyway. Also consider that “sick care” costs much more than care that keeps you healthy. By seeing a chiropractor regularly you are making an investment in yourself and your future. That’s the best investment anyone can ever make.