There are literally thousands of ways many people find relief from pain and they nearly all boil down to: DRUGS.
People take billions of pills, powders, potions and lotions. We’re exposed to thousands of TV and radio commercials, newspaper and magazine advertisements, soap operas and prime time shows all saying the same thing, “just take a little pill – everything will be all right.”
Of course, relief is important. There are times when medication is necessary and desirable. The accident victim, the burn victim, the terminally ill and others should receive the relief they need. We want ease, not dis-ease. Medicines are sometimes seen as little gems to those who know only agony and distress without them.
But What of Grandma?
What of grandma who gulps down a dozen aspirin tablets a day for her arthritis? What of the person taking drugs for “everyday” headaches? What of those who take blood pressure or cholesterol medication for years or the woman who runs to the medicine cabinet every month for menstrual discomfort or the person who regularly swallows pain killers or alcohol to get through the day?
The amount of drug use in society is staggering and has been increasing for decades. As early as 1974, the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain revealed that every 24 to 36 hours, from 50% to 80 % of adults in the United States and the United Kingdom swallow a medically prescribed drug.[i]
All this drug taking might spell relief but does it spell health? Do drugs correct the cause of your problem or do they merely temporarily relieve and suppress symptoms? Drugs don’t get to the cause; if they did then they would only have to be taken once, but as soon as their effects wear off, the symptoms return and it’s back to the medicine cabinet.
Do Drugs Make You Healthy?
If drugs made people healthy then those that take the most of them should be the healthiest of us, but aren’t they the sickest? In part that’s because drugs cause health problems.
According to one study 106,000 people die on average each year in the US from properly prescribed medications in hospitals and 2.2 million are seriously harmed and require additional hospitalization due to adverse drug reactions (ADR).[ii] Since hospital use accounts for just half of all prescription drug use, the numbers for the entire US population are at least double: 212,000 deaths and 4.4 million hospitalizations per year. Malpractice and medication mistakes cause an additional 180,000 deaths per year and hospital infection deaths number 103,000 people per year.[iii][iv] Is it any wonder that modern medicine is the third leading cause of death in the US and quite possibly kills as many people as the second cause of death – cancer?
Drugs lie to you. They make you think you are healthy when you are feeling no pain. The bodily malfunction, however, still exists. Drug use often takes people away from correcting the physical/emotional/spiritual causes of their illness or condition.
Symptoms are often warning signals telling you that something is wrong with your body, mind or spirit. While you take medicines to feel better your physical and emotional health may continue to deteriorate. More importantly, it has long been recognized that suppressing symptoms or acute disease may cause chronic disease.
“The greatest part of all chronic disease is created through the suppression of acute disease by means of drug poisons and through the destructive effects of the drugs themselves.” Sir William Osler
“Diseases are crises of purification, of toxic elimination. Symptoms are the natural defenses of the body. We call them diseases, but in fact they are the cure of diseases.” Hippocrates
The World’s Greatest Drug Store:
Your body manufactures antibiotics, insulin, painkillers, blood pressure and heart drugs, hormones and chemicals to regulate your brain chemistry and mood, digestion, elimination, growth, blood chemistry and hundreds of other drugs. The greatest drug store in the world is your own marvelous body, as long as your body is functioning properly AND that is where chiropractic care helps!
Chiropractors help you keep functioning properly by locating and correcting a very common condition that causes dis-ease or body and mind malfunction. That condition is called a vertebral subluxation.
A vertebral subluxation occurs when physical, emotional or chemical stress distorts your body structure putting pressure on your brain, spinal cord and/or related nerves. Since your nerves control and regulate your body, mind and brain this pressure can cause widespread damage.
Chiropractors release your subluxations with an adjustment that removes severe stress and in turn permits you to function better. When your Doctor of Chiropractic corrects your vertebral subluxations your natural, internal “drug store,” your “inner healer” is activated. Correcting vertebral subluxations turns on your body’s natural healing ability without side effects, adverse drug reactions and drug dependency.
Chiropractic care may do more for your internal chemical health than all the medicines in all the drugstores in the world. If you know someone living on medication please tell them there may be an alternative to a life of pills, lotions and chemical dependency! Tell them about chiropractic and they will thank you.
[i] P.E. Sartwell, “Iatrogenic Disease: An Epidemiological Perspective,” International Journal of Health Services 4 (winter 1974): 89-93.
[ii] (Lazarou J, Pomeranz BH and Corey PN Incidence of Adverse Drug Reactions in Hospitalized Patients Journal of the American Medical Association 1998;279:1200-1205)
[iii] Leape L Error in Medicine Journal of the American Medical Association 1994;272:23: 1851
[iv] Berens, M Infection epidemic carves deadly path in hospitals. The Sunday Chicago Herald-Sun July 21, 2002 pp A1, A4.