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Father’s Day…so what?

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on June 12, 2007

Why do we celebrate Father’s Day?  Someone replied recently “Because we celebrate Mother’s Day, of course”.

It was always clear why we celebrated Mother’s Day.  In our family, Mom worked a full-time job, kept the house, did the grocery shopping and tended to our hurts, physical and emotional.  And Mother’s Day was the one day set aside to honor and celebrate our love and appreciation.  So, it was breakfast in bed, a shower of gifts and Sunday dinner out.  Everyone knows when Mother’s Day is and plans are made well in advance.  The cards are bought and mailed, the florist called and dinner reservations made.

I think we celebrate Mothers Day because moms teach us to love and nurture.  Without a mother’s love a child can barely survive, much less grow up to be a functional person.  Still today, I see young mothers run to pick up their child who has fallen and scraped a knee or an elbow.  Mom’s kiss always seemed to make it feel better.

But, what about Dad?  In most traditional families Dad is “The Enforcer”.  Remember your mom saying “Just wait till your father gets home!” and then sweating as he pulled up the driveway and walked in the door.  The fear factor alone was a healthy deterrent.  In the game “Good Cop Bad Cop”, Dad was always the “Bad Cop” who questioned you until you broke.  In our family, Dad was also the judge, jury AND executioner.  Funny, too, it seems like most people I know were taught to ride a bike by their dad.  Dads never seemed to have a problem telling you to “get up and try again” every time you fell off the bike.

And while mom’s teach us to love and nurture, dads teach us how to stand in the face of adversity and not wither, to protect and honor your family, to teach his son how to be a man and his daughter how to be a lady and unyielding to sexual predators.  And, dads have the unenviable task of having to tell all those old stories and corny jokes.

It’s funny how your youth shapes your adulthood.  Is it any wonder that a young man wonders what his mom would think about the girl he’s dating or if his dad would be proud of a particular decision he’d made?  And, don’t we hope our little girl chooses her husband based partly on what she hopes her dad will think?

So, what do dad’s think about Father’s Day?  I think most dads are simply glad to be one.  All a dad really wants is know his kids love and respect him and that his kids are on the right track.  And while a card, a gift or dinner is nice, probably the best Father’s Day gift of all would be a hug, a kiss or a handshake and to hear “Thanks, Dad.  I love you.”

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Self-medicating

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on June 5, 2007

I thought about titling this article “Aleve” because that was the reason I’m writing today.  But, I decided the problem of people self-medicating themselves with what they think are harmless over-the-counter drugs is much more dangerous than one specific dangerous drug.

My friend Jerry, whom I’ve known now for 40 years, called me recently to explain why he had been out of touch for a while.  It seems that Jerry had been in the hospital recovering from an apparent reaction to the OTC painkiller Aleve.  He did what the average American does and picked up a bottle of the painkiller at his local drugstore.  After taking recommended doses for about a week, Jerry began to have a pretty serious nosebleed.  When the bleeding didn’t stop, he headed to the Emergency Room.  The bleeding stopped ONLY after he lost FOUR units of blood, a significant loss under any circumstance.  A little more and he could have died.  It’s taken several weeks, but he’s just now starting to regain strength.

Over the last few years, I’ve steered away from talking about symptoms and the risks associated with medicating away symptoms.  Mine is a wellness practice and most of my clients come to me because they either want to get and stay healthy or they want to opt out of the “old way” of waiting until something’s broke to try to fix it or mask its symptoms with drugs.  But, when you see a friend critically injured or hear of someone killed by what is purported to be a harmless drug, it’s hard NOT to speak out.

Just recently, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended stronger warnings on both prescription and over-the-counter painkillers like acetaminophen and ibuprofen, more commonly referred to as NSAIDs or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.  BUT, how many people EVER read the label warnings of over-the-counter drugs?  My guess is a precious few.

Obviously, we live in a drug culture in America.  We seek relief and comfort from a bottle.  Maybe, just maybe, it’s time to consider a new way of thinking.  One of the things I try to get folks to do is to realize that they were designed to be healthy and that design did not include a shortage of drugs or a surplus of defective or unnecessary parts.  Once we realize that health is part of the design and that symptoms are our friend and are NOT to be ignored, we can start to approach health matters a little more rationally.  Another, thing that we work on in my office is helping people become responsible for their own health and not relying so much on a doctor or drug manufacturer to make important health decisions for them.

If I could convince you to change one thing as a result of reading this article, it would be to learn more about your own body, how it works and how specific drugs are supposed to work and the risks (side effects) they carry.  When you work to build health instead of simply avoiding disease, your health and your life will take on a whole new meaning.

If you know someone that routinely takes NSAIDs (or any pain medication) please forward this article to them.  Encourage them to explore other options for dealing with their symptoms.

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