Archive for February, 2009

Low Back Pain

February 17, 2009

“There’s been an escalation of clinical and basic science research on manipulative therapy, which has shown there is a scientific basis for the treatment of back pain by manipulation. The physician who makes use of this resource will provide relief for many patients.”
(Canadian Family Physician 1985; 31: 535-540.)

“The treatment that chiropractors offered for low back pain was more effective than that provided by the medical clinics.”
(British Medical Journal, June 2, 1990. 1431-1437.)

For years people have known that chiropractors treat back pain.  Chiropractors have terrific success in providing relief.  What our current healthcare system needs is more collaboration between medical professionals for the benefit of the patient.  Try conservative chiropractic care FIRST and more invasive/aggressive procedures only in a crisis.

Now, all that being said – Chiropractic used MERELY to relieve pain is neglecting its real power.  A chiropractic adjustment is first and foremost about restoring balance.  An adjustment may be necessary with or WITHOUT the presence of pain.

Being adjusted is not so much about what is done TO you, but more about what it ALLOWS your body to DO – ADAPT to everyday stressors more readily.

Reminds me of a saying:

An ounce of prevention is worth… (you know the rest).


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February 1, 2009

FACTS ABOUT DRUGS

Americans spend $250 billion/year on prescription drugs.  We spend more than all the people in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom combined (Melody Peterson, Our Daily Meds, Sarah Crichton Books, New York, NY 2008, pg.5.).

Prescription drugs -taken as directed- kill 300 people every day in America (Haley D, “The Other Drug War,” Alt Med Mag, Sept. 2001 Issue-3. Gary Null et al., “Death by Medicine,” Life Extension (March 2004 web special).

Spending on drugs increases by 12% every year.  Drugs are the fastest growing part of the staggeringly high American health care bill (Public citizen, “2002 Drug Industry Profits: Hefty Pharmaceutical Company Margins Dwarf Other Industries, “Congress Watch (June 2003), http//www.citizen.org/congress/reform/drug_industry/corporate/articles.cfm?ID=9923).

$400 billion spent on prescription drugs worldwide (Public citizen, “2002 Drug Industry Profits: Hefty Pharmaceutical Company Margins Dwarf Other Industries, “Congress Watch (June 2003), http//www.citizen.org/congress/reform/drug_industry/corporate/articles.cfm?ID=9923).

Dr. Allen Roses (top exec from GlaxoSmithKline) has said that 90% of drugs work in only 30-50% of the people who take them (Connor, “Glaxo Chief: Our Drugs Do Not Work on Most People,” The Independent (December 8 2003).

(adapted from Dr. Rodger Murphree’s article “Swimming in a Sea of Green.”  TAC. Dec 2008. http://www.theamericanchiropractor.com/articledetail.asp?articleid=1038&category=12)