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Herpes and Chiropractic

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on September 2, 2010

Wait!   Herpes and chiropractic?  You thought chiropractic was for BACK PAIN, didn’t you?  Well, it’s NOT!  While reviewing statistics on my blog, I noticed that someone used “herpes and chiropractic” as their search criteria.

Sadly, some folks (including lots of chiropractors) think it is.  Over the decades lots of lazy chiropractors have taken the easy road and succumbed to back pain because lots of folks DO seek a drugless, nonsurgical way of dealing with their back pain.  Oh yeah, that’s where the easy insurance money is, too.

But, chiropractic is about much more than mere back pain.  It’s about helping you have MORE LIFE!  It’s about helping your body (hence YOU) functioning at a higher level and with much more ease.

OK, back to herpes.  If you’ve ever known someone with herpes (genital herpes or shingles) you know that it is made worse with stress.  In fact, stress is usually the reason it expresses itself.  We don’t need to get into the epidemiology of herpes. Everyone agrees that once you’ve got it, you’ve got it.

However, you CAN keep it from ruining your life.  You CAN control it somewhat by controlling how you and your body deals with the stress in your life.  That’s where chiropractic comes into play.  Conservative chiropractic care that deals with your autonomic nervous system, specifically your parasympathetic nervous system, helps keep your body calm under stress and helps you manage the effects of stress on your health.

BUT, don’t wait until you have an outbreak of herpes to go see your chiropractor. Find a chiropractor you can see weekly.  You might not get adjusted every week.  But, you should get checked.  It may be your best insurance for avoiding untimely bouts with herpes.

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Council on Chiropractic Education: The Clash Between Economics and Accreditation

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on August 25, 2010

The chiropractic profession is at a crossroads.  A profession based on hands on non-allopathic, holistic principles has methodically been moved closer and closer to the practice of Medicine much to the chagrin of most practitioners in the profession.

Under the guise of ensuring the highest quality of care rendered to the public, the CCE has forced every chiropractic school into moving away from the profession’s founding principles and toward a sub-par version of manual medicine.  Being the only accrediting authority in the profession, CCE has almost no oversight and has become a rogue agency imposing its will on the chiropractic profession.  And, like a cancer, has gone virtually ignored by the U.S. Department of Education or the public which it supposedly is sworn to protect.

The folks at the Council on Chiropractic Education has even certified one chiropractic college to confer a degree of Chiropractic Medicine to its graduates.  Not only is this outside CCE’s scope, it is dangerous for the public at large.  The practice of Medicine is difficult enough for those who attend medical school and do the residency necessary to practice that art.  Chiropractors that play Medical Doctor are a menace to society just as is an MD that tries to manipulate patients in their medical practice.

There is NO justification for teaching Medicine to chiropractic students or requiring  medical education at chiropractic schools.  For one thing, it confuses the chiropractic student and graduate.  The two professions have totally opposite philosophies and really are separate and distinct.  In most states, it is illegal for the chiropractor to either make a medical diagnosis or prescribe even over-the-counter drugs for simple symptom relief.  Personally, I think it’s a good thing that chiropractors have a narrow scope of practice.

From an economics standpoint, it is almost impossible for a new chiropractor to survive in practice.  Let me restate that.  It’s virtually impossible for a new chiropractor to survive in practice without heavy third-party reimbursement or participating in multi-level marketing or by having a part-time job.  Here’s the truth.  If people want Medicine, they’ll go to a medical doctor.  People typically seek a chiropractor because they want something DIFFERENT from the Medical approach.  If all a chiropractor offers is medical LITE, he/she is simply not a good alternative.  Hence, many chiropractors fail in practice.

Because so many chiropractors fail in practice, student loan default rates are the highest of ANY of the healing arts.  If CCE’s purpose is to protect the public and make sure that student loan defaults are minimized, I would think they have failed miserably at their job.  In fact, if I were the Department of Education, I would encourage the profession to create an alternative to CCE as soon as possible and prepare to remove CCE’s standing as THE sole accrediting authority.  A worthy accrediting authority would ensure MINIMUM compliance with core requirements while allowing its schools to specialize and compete for students via different philosophical, clinical and business perspectives.

All the Council on Chiropractic Education has accomplished is to have raised the cost of chiropractic education beyond the average student’s ability to repay their debt.  Something has to stop.  Neither the chiropractic profession, the public nor the Federal Government is served by the policies and practices of the Council on Chiropractic Education.

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No pain no gain?

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on August 20, 2010

Whether helping a friend deal with a broken heart or a practice member deal with a physical problem, it’s important to understand pain from a proper perspective.  Pain is mostly a good thing.

Obviously, pain is NOT a pleasant thing to endure.  But, if you put your hand on a hot stove wouldn’t you WANT to feel some pain?  Wouldn’t that be letting you know there’s a problem?  And, wouldn’t it be a reminder the next time you approach the stove to NOT put your hand there?

Over the years, I’ve seen many people (my parents included) literally destroy their lives by medicating (with alcohol, prescription medications or illicit drugs) away their pain only to find their lives have eroded or corroded while they were not really conscious.  It’s the same way with physical pain.  The pain is merely an indicator that something is wrong OR that healing is in progress.  Healing is a process that STARTS with a painful awareness of the problem.

By masking our problem indicators, we ensure our long-term demise.  Emotionally, we lose touch while our world crumbles around us.  Physically, we lose touch while our bodies crumble within us.  The end result is that our life falls to pieces physically, emotionally and spiritually without us even being aware of it.

Why not take a look at the source of your pain?  Figure out what the problem is.  Deal with it.  Learn the principles of effective living (that includes your health) and live a fuller, more free and fulfilling life.

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What’s Your Diagnosis? Chiropractic CAN Help!

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on August 11, 2010

Uh oh.  I’ve done it now!  There’s another one of those crazy chiropractors that think they can cure anything from cancer to the common cold.  Close!  Honestly, no doctor of anything EVER cured ANYBODY of ANYTHING.  Healing is a NORMAL, natural part of your design.

What do I mean when I say that “Chiropractic can help regardless of your diagnosis”?  Simply put, chiropractic is NOT a treatment for ANYTHING.  Yet, it’s good for EVERYTHING!

Chiropractic adjustments reduce stress on your nervous system.  Your nervous system controls EVERY function in your body.  Less stress on your nervous system, better function.  Better function, better health.  Better health, faster healing.  Better health, less NEED for healing.

So, find a chiropractor that accepts AL cases instead of one that merely treats limited conditions like back and neck pain.

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All You Can Eat Chiropractic

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on August 10, 2010

Have you noticed the number of all-you-can-eat restaurants popping up all over the place?  You’d think the quality of food would be (let’s say) lacking.  In most places, though, the quality of food is pretty good while staying fresh and hot.  Oh yeah, those places always seem to be busy!

What would happen if your chiropractor (or other healthcare provider) offered a limited number of services and a reasonable (even low) price for unlimited care?  Here’s what.  You’d get better, more focused care in less time at a great value.  The other thing that would happen is that you’d see your chiropractor more often because you CAN!  Oh yeah, you’d experience the long-term benefits of regular adjustments, too!

It’s time for chiropractors (and ALL health providers) to take a second look at how they offer their services and be more transparent with their clientele.  The day of hiding behind their white coat and insurance reimbursement are all but gone.  Adapt or die.

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The Nursing Home Hallway

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on August 9, 2010

By the time you reach my age, you’ve had hundreds of opportunities to visit family and/or friends in a nursing home.  I can’t think of a place that is more depressing that the nursing home.

There’s this image burned in my mind of walking down the hall amid all the wheelchairs occupied by sad, bent over little elderly folks trapped in a body and in a situation that they simply can’t escape.  As you make your way past, some reach out seemingly wanting a touch they’ve not received form a loved one in a long time, while others stare blankly though a drug-induced stuper.  Sometimes, you’ll see residents visiting with family members.  Unfortunately, far too many have become a burden on their families and have just been abandoned.

My heart aches every time I enter that realm.  I hate seeing suffering, especially in children and old folks.  I know there simply are some situation where grandma or grandpa may have a physical condition that must be monitored around the clock.  BUT, there simply has to be another way.  Some suffering just can’t be prevented.  But in my opinion, much of what I see in nursing homes surely can.

While I acknowledge the problems in nursing homes along with the costs, abuse and inefficiencies, my focus here is on keeping YOU out of them.  Most of the problems in nursing homes WON’T affect you IF you don’t need to be there in the first place!

If you’re one of those folks already betting against yourself by buying long-term care insurance, you’re probably not going to be interested in what I have to say.  You’ve already bought in to the notion that YOU will be one of those folks withering away in the hallway.  However, given that costs keep rising and insurance rarely covers everything you thought it did when you bought the policy, you might just read on.  Just in case.

Many people end up in the nursing home after years (or decades) of dutifully taking drugs prescribed by the doctors for various conditions.  There’s no use in going over the litany of drugs old folks take.  We’ve all seen folks with those little blue things marked for every day of the week and how they’ll spend a Sunday afternoon getting their “meds” ready for the next week.  Studies have shown that the typical American senior citizen takes and average of 12-15 different prescriptions.

The problem here is that EVERY drug has a “side effect”.  Many drugs are prescribed to counter the “side effects of another drug.  And since the way a drug works is to fool the body into thinking it has something it doesn’t or doesn’t have something it does, years (or decades) of this abuse will simply make a person dysfunctional, either mentally, physically or spiritually OR all combined.

What if you could start RIGHT NOW weaning yourself off drugs and move towards a healthy vital life?  What if you could be independent until your time comes to check out?  Wouldn’t you prefer THAT to wasting away in the nursing home hallway?

Here’s a better way.  If you’re taking medication for ANY condition, make your doctor explain WHY you’re taking a particular drug and how the drug works.  Educate yourself on the condition.  Begin TODAY working toward a more natural solution to your problem.  Also, begin TODAY learning more about how your body works and the principles of life.  Once you compare how you are SUPPOSED  to be with the way you’ve been told you are, you’re in a better position to make some sound decisions on your healthcare.

Another powerful strategy for better living is to seek out what is called a Principled chiropractor.  This is a special kind of chiropractor that will help you learn these principles of life while helping you remove a critical source of stress on how your body should function.  They also won’t run up expensive bills on therapy modalities of dubious value.  A clear nervous system combined with a less toxic body will help you live a better life NOW and help you avoid the nursing home hallway later.

Good health is NOT a coincidence or an accident.  It is deliberate.   It’s a decision you make and a plan that you follow.  Bad health is usually the result of an accumulation of bad decisions.

So, if you believe you’re on the wrong track, start turning the train around NOW.  You CAN!

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Your Health Records on Google?

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on February 21, 2008

Ever wonder what happens to your medical records?  That’s alright.  Most people never give it a thought.  They don’t know about the Medical Information Bureau, an information clearinghouse similar to credit reporting agencies.  Information in your insurance dosier can be used to qualify (or disqualify) you for insurance coverage or employment at some time in the future.  With the Federal Trade Commission reporting that credit bureau information is wrong 40% of the time, how could that affect you in a critical job search or insurance application?

Now we  see that Google is considering storing health records in its massive database.   While I’m a Google fan, this is distressing information to anyone serious about privacy rights.  You know, it’s amazing what you can find on Google.  But what’s even more amazing is just how much information Google has available on each of us.  Imagine the marketing power that gives a company like Google.

One of the reasons that I’ve converted to a cash practice is that I’m concerned about your privacy.  My relationship to the people who come to me is a matter of confidentiality between them and me.  It should not be available for developing a database that can be used for hyper-focused marketers.

If I could encourage you to do one thing it would be to check out www.privacyrights.org and be aware of what’s happening with your personal credit and health data.

Here’s the link to the story “Google to store patient’s health records”.

If you’re interested in a chiropractor who protects your privacy, check out my web site.

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Lipitor, Alzheimers & MS: The dangers of symptom management

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on February 15, 2008

OK. So, now we find that Lipitor (used to reduced cholesterol) can cause forgetfulness when used on a regular basis. In fact, I saw a short story on Good Morning America about a woman who was exhibiting symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, it was so bad that she was no longer allowed to keep her grandkids. Eight days after taking herself off Lipitor, she was back to normal.

Also in the news this week are stories of a link between statin drugs (like Lipitor, Zocor, etc.) and multiple sclerosis, or MS. Your body creates cholesterol naturally and for many good reasons, including myelination (or insulation) of nerve tissue. One of the indicators of MS is de-myelination of nerve tissues. Do drugs that cause your body to do its normal job of producing cholesterol, thus causing symptoms of supposedly unrelated diseases? You decide.

The point is this. Chasing symptoms as a means of preventing future calamity is a limited, shortsighted and apparently dangerous approach to health. I prefer building health with nutrition, exercise, water, rest, peace of mind and a good nerve supply. By taking a wellness approach, you eliminate many sources of potential harm while better preparing your body for the challenges life throws your way.

Inspiration is a much better way to live than desperation.

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Flu shot: 8 reasons why I don’t get it

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on February 15, 2008

I don’t believe flu shots work.   Here’s why:

  • If they work…why do some people who get the shot still get the flu?
  • If they’re only 50% effective, why get the dang shot, anyway?
  • I don’t know what’s in that vile
  • Where’s the proof that they REALLY work?
  • EVEN if the flu shot worked, the little flu virus adapts quicker than the appropriate vaccine can be developed.
  • Did you know that many MDs that recommend the flu shot DON’T get them.
  • Anecdotally, the last flu shot I got was forced on me by Uncle Sam before I left the Air Force 33 years ago.  I’ve had the flu ONCE.
  • Isn’t it funny how flu season ALWAYS comes AFTER the flu shots are given out?

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Botox, Cerebral Palsy and Chiropractic

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on February 9, 2008

The FDA has just released the following notice on adverse reactions to Botox injections for approved and not approved uses of the drug, specifically spastic contracture of muscles in children. The media is reporting this dangerous off-label use of Botox as a treatment for conditions relating to cerebral palsy.

As you’ll read in the text of the FDA release, the problems occur away from the injection site, causing difficulty in swallowing, weakness and breathing problems. All are neurological symptoms of botulism poisoning.

Most chiropractors know that specific adjustments of the upper cervical spine may improve parasympathetic nervous system function. While the damage resulting from cerebral palsy may not be reversible, its effects can be reduced without subject children to off-label experimentation with dangerous drugs.

I know parents will go to any means to reduce their child’s suffering. But, medical quackery should not be allowed at the risk of a child already damaged at birth. If you or someone you know needs a referral to chiropractor in your area or if I can answer any specific questions, e-mail me today.   Read “Rockie’s Story” on this blog or “Why I am a chiropractor” on my web site.

The full text and the link to the FDA’s notice follows:

Adverse Reactions Linked to Botox

Botox and Botox Cosmetic (Botulinum toxin Type A) and Myobloc (Botulinum toxin Type B) have been linked in some cases to adverse reactions, including respiratory failure and death, following treatment of a variety of conditions using a wide range of doses.

In an early communication based on FDA’s ongoing safety review, the agency said the reactions may be related to overdosing. There is no evidence that these reactions are related to any defect in the products.

The adverse effects were found in FDA-approved and non approved usages. The most severe adverse effects were found in children treated for spasticity in their limbs associated with cerebral palsy. Treatment of spasticity is not an FDA-approved use of botulism toxins in children or adults.

The adverse reactions appear to be related to the spread of the toxin to areas distant from the site of injection, and mimic symptoms of botulism, which may include difficulty swallowing, weakness and breathing problems.

FDA is not advising health care professionals to discontinue prescribing these products. The agency is reviewing safety data from clinical studies submitted by the drugs’ manufacturers, as well as post-marketing adverse event reports and medical literature. After completing a review of the data, FDA will inform the public of its conclusions, resulting recommendations, and any regulatory actions.

http://www.fda.gov/consumer/updates/botox020808.html

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