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Chiropractor as Health Advocate

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on August 5, 2008

Needless to say, the American healthcare (?) system is in a state of flux.  In other words, it’s anybody’s guess as to what will happen with health care here.  Will health insurance premiums continue to rise while benefits continue to shrink?

Will the same Government that gave us Social Security (?), Medicare, Katrina, the IRS, etc. (you get the idea) some how magically get its collective act together and make everything alright?  Well, I doubt it.   Or, will we finally decide to take our health seriously and become responsible for our own health and let the Government, the insurance industry and everybody else for that matter take care of their own interests?

Honestly, I’ll be glad when folks start taking their own health seriously and rely less on others with separate (and financial) interests make their health decisions for them.  But, that implies that Americans will start educating themselves about health, where it comes from and how it’s lost.

As a family and wellness chiropractor, I have folks that come to me on a weekly basis.  Many come to prevent a problem from coming back that might have brought them to me in the first place.  Still, others continue to come because they have the opportunity to ask questions about their health and other advice they may have been given from other sources.  I can’t tell you how many times folks are given advice (or worse, orders) based on what might be best for someone else’s financial interests instead of what is in their own best interests.

The time has come for health care consumers to become educated in options other than a purely Medical approach.  The Medical paradigm, has become a liability in many cases.  When doctors intentionally steer their patients away from non-medical, non-surgical approaches when the doctor may know little (if anything, at all) about alternative approaches, or even worse tell lies about alternative approaches while KNOWING the alternative approach COULD be beneficial to the patient.

First, let me say that there is absolutely NO reason why you can’t have both a chiropractor AND a medical doctor as part of your health care team at the same time.  What we do is totally separate and distinct.  Anyone that makes you choose one over the other has put THEIR interests before yours.  You should not only leave that practitioner, you should RUN from them.  Frankly, they are dangerous.  Your health care provider should have YOUR interest at heart before all others, including their own.

The value of having a chiropractor as a member of your health care team is that they probably have a different perspective on a host of matters.  Since their training many times is built around what mekes you healthy instead of what makes you sick, they bring a HEALTH perspective that many in Medicine simply may not have.  And, wouldn’t it be nice to have a reasonable discussion on things you might be able to do to help you avoid the need for drugs or surgery?

If I were an employer, I would want to look at every way possible to reduce my overhead, including making available to my employees someone who can help them be the best possible health care consumer.  Besides, the healthier my employees are the lower the cost of providing them with health benefits.  As someone once said, “The best consumer is an informed consumer”.

If you own a company or are responsible for the benefits your company provides, I encourage you to consider offering health advocacy as a benefit to your employees.  If you’d like to discuss the concept, feel free to shoot me an e-mail.  If you’re an individual wanting to get the most out your health, drop me a note.  I’ll show you how you can have your own health advocate.  Just know that NO ONE will take better care ofyou than YOU.  Start today!

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One Response to “Chiropractor as Health Advocate”

  1. Dr. Tim,

    It would be wonderful if more Americans assumed responsibility for their health. Unfortunately, according to AHRQ at least, most Americans are too dumb to manage their own health.

    I disagree, of course. Please see our take on the subject at:
    http://chirounity.com/37/new-study-americans-are-too-dumb-to-manage-their-health/

    I really enjoy your blog. Please keep the great posts coming!

    Sincerely,
    Herb Newborg

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