As more and more truth about the dangers of drug side effects and reactions is made public more and more parents are wisely turning to conservative, safe natural health care as an addition or even alternative to medical treatment. There are many who believe that it has to be either medical or natural but the fact is that both have their place and the approaches are not mutually exclusive.
Medicine and Natural healthcare are like two different tools in a tool box. Both useful, but each designed for a different purpose and each with strengths and weaknesses.
Most alternative healthcare options focus on putting your body in its most natural state so that your body can heal on its own. The largest advantage of using natural health techniques is true disease prevention. This results in less sickness, longer life and a sustained higher quality of life. The primary weakness of natural health care is that it is not the best treatment option if you are in crisis and need emergency help.
The 3 keys to wellness through the natural approach are:
1) Optimal bio-mechanics including flexibility, strength, balance and posture.
2) Optimal bio-chemical factors in place such as good nutrition, detoxification and protection from commercial and environmental contaminates.
3) Ideal psychological / mental / emotional balance associated with good self-esteem, positive outlook and attitude and healthy relationships are key objectives.
These are the factors that produce excellent health, fast healing and high resistance to disease, not to mention enhanced performance and longevity.
Traditional Medicine's strongest point is in the area of crisis care such as treating trauma, advanced infection, heart attack and stroke. The largest weakness of the medical system is trying to design a drug or vaccine for every known symptom and condition. It is like the old saying what when you are a hammer everything starts looking like a nail. The sad reality is that most drugs are not only useless but dangerous as well resulting in the unnecessary deaths of over 200,000 Americans every year and organ damage (liver, kidney, stomach etc.) to millions more.
In the USA, the average number of prescriptions [drugs] per person, annually, in 1993 was seven and as of 2010 that number had doubled to an average of 14 prescriptions per person, annually!
The World Health Organization ranks the US healthcare system, which is primarily drug based, 37th in the world. We have this low ranking despite spending more than twice as much per person as any other nation in the world. Twice as expensive but ranked 37th overall !!
Now if you are having a medical crisis then our medical system is the best in the world and should, by all means, be thought out. But what if you are in the 99 +% of the population who not experiencing a health crisis? That is when seeking out an experienced wellness doctor employing a natural health care system is the best solution.
The world's largest non-drug natural primary health system is the chiropractic profession. Whereas medicine is the study of disease and how to treat it, chiropractic is the study of health and wellness and how to regain and maintain it. Medicine sees health coming from the outside inward (mechanistic view) and Chiropractic sees health coming from the inside and expressed outward (vitalistic view).
Most medical doctors these days are familiar with the incredible safety and benefits of chiropractic and are happy to refer you to a chiropractor for care. Unfortunately there is still a minority of MD's who have retained ignorant of all the positive chiropractic research and will even go as far as recommending against this extraordinary safe and effective form of treatment. WE all like to think of doctors doing what is best for their patients but the fact is that healthcare is also the way doctors feed their families. Competition in the business arena most certainly colors some doctor's opinions of what is best and for what it is best. The following research data may explain why some MD's do not like DC's.
This is why some MD's do not like chiropractic!
Chiropractic Research Fact Sheet
Significant reductions in the utilization of medical services, and their attendant costs, were noted when chiropractors were used as primary care providers. In an Independent Physician Association (IPA) which permitted patients to select a doctor of chiropractic as their primary care physician, clinical and cost utilization based on 70,274 members over a seven year period demonstrated the following:
60.2% decrease in hospital admissions,
59.0% decrease in hospital days
62.0% decrease in outpatient surgeries and procedures
85.0% decrease in pharmaceutical costs compared to conventional medicine.
After surveying 2,818 responses in 156 practices, a strong connection was found among persons receiving chiropractic care and reported improvement in health, wellness, and quality-of-life.
95% of respondents reported that chiropractic met their expectations and 99% wished to continue care.
Since its inception in 1895, Chiropractic care has a better safety record than any drug including even baby aspirin.
This year over 25,000,000 Americans will see their chiropractor for better health and wellness!
It is much easier to maintain your health and wellness than trying to regain it once it's compromised. Chiropractic has been a staunch supporter of modern wellness concepts for over 100 years now! Many of the recent medical “research breakthroughs” on wellness are old news to chiropractors.
If have not yet employed natural health care as part of your wellness plan there is no better time to start then when you are healthy and feeling great. A chiropractic consultation and evaluation is an excellent starting point.
WARNING! IF YOU ARE THE TYPE OF PERSON WHO ENJOYS SPENDING HUGE AMOUNTS OF MONEY ON EXTENDED HOSPITAL STAYS, HAVING PARTS OF YOUR BODY CUT OUT WITH A RAZOR SHARP KNIFE AND CONSUMING LARGE DOSES OF DRUGS then chiropractic care may not be right for you as there is a high probability that these activities will be greatly reduced by seeing a chiropractor!