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Melba’s Minute Clinic Experience and the Chiropractic Lifestyle

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on December 11, 2008

Melba has been a member (we don’t call them patients) of my practice for almost as long as I’ve been in practice.  She’s been getting upper cervical adjustments for at least 30 years.  She came in to the office yesterday with a nasty, bright red spot on her arm.  When I asked her what happened, she told me she had scratched herself cleaning up a rental property.

Now, Melba and I believe that “The Power that made the body heals the body!”  However, there simply are times when someone has a medical problem that SHOULD be handled by a medical approach.  One of those is an acute infection that is progressing.  Since Melba has not been sick (or otherwise needed medical attention) in her adult life, she asked me where to go where she wouldn’t have to wait for hours on end.  She has as little patience with that system as I do.  Anyway, I suggested she try one of the new Minute Clinics in a local CVS Pharmacy.

She called to tell me that her visit to the “Minute” Clinic took an hour and a half.  Interestingly, it only took 10 minutes, or so, to have her arm looked at and a prescription for some antibiotics written.  But, the rest of the visit was the most interesting and instructive.  You see, since Melba has been getting adjusted for almost 40 years, she’s never had a need to take drugs.  When asked what drugs she was taking, Melba replied, “None”.  “None?”  was the reply.  “No.  None.”  “Well, what kind of pain medications are you taking?” she was asked.  “For this thing on my arm?  Why would I take pain medicine for THAT?”  It had NEVER occured to Melba to take painkillers for an infection!

Apparently, Melba’s blood pressure reading was around 150/70.  She was asked, “What are you taking for high blood pressure?”  She replied, “I don’t take anything for blood pressure.  Is there something wrong?”  “Well, the top number’s a little high.  Don’t you want to take something?”  “No.”  Melba understands that 150/70 is not bad for a lady in her mid 60’s.

She was even hassled because she didn’t have an MD she went to on a regular basis.  In fact, she hadn’t been to an MD since being involved in an auto accident over 20 years ago.  Her response was “If I’m not sick, why would I go to a medical doctor?”

When Melba and I talked about it later, she said “They just don’t get it!”  What she meant was that folks are so trained to think that health is merely the absence of symptoms or sickness and that EVERYONE takes some kind of medicine for some kind of problem AND that NO ONE is capable of living without taking drugs.  Well, Melba and millions of us simply refuse to buy into that “sickness” mentality.  You see, the chiropractic lifestyle is based on the concept that you are a whole being, designed perfectly for health and performance.  Can you imagine that?  Who wants to live  a life without worry and fear?  I do!

There’s simply something wrong with a system that ASSUMES that something MUST be wrong with everyone out there walking around.  Why can’t we create a health care system that assumes that health is the NORM and not the exception.  It’s really a shame that someone in their mid 60s is considered strange because they don’t take ANY drugs.  How many folks do you know in their 60s and 70s would rather not have to take ANY medications?  How many folks do you know who would like to start NOW to make THAT their reality WHEN they reach their 60’s.  Heck, even their 40s?

Imagine a system where health insurance could actually help you STAY healthy instead of simply chasing symptoms.  If you’re one of those, or you know someone who would, then I encourage you to look into adding chiropractic care to your health and wellness program.

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One Response to “Melba’s Minute Clinic Experience and the Chiropractic Lifestyle”

  1. […] by drtim on January 16, 2009 I’ve talked about my friend, Melba, before and her Minute Clinic experience.  Well, Melba’s at it again.  She’s still astounding (and confounding) the medical […]

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