You have most likely noticed a considerable difference between the chiropractic and the medical approach to health. The public is beginning to realize that the practice of medicine is essentially “crisis control” and is based on symptom attenuation, changing body chemistry, and fear. It is not health care.
At best, there are only four viable options available to most family physicians when faced with a patient who has a health problem:
- Wait for it to go away on its own or “live with it.”
- Prescribe medication in the hope that this will minimize symptoms.
- Refer for surgery or other radical procedures.
Chiropractic, on the other hand, is primarily concerned with the restoration and maintenance of health. A recent study found that there are approximately 100 million more office visits per year made to chiropractors and other holistic doctors than to physicians. Chiropractic is no longer thought of as “alternative medicine.” It is the mainstream! Medical associations and drug manufacturers are well aware and are concerned about this new emerging paradigm. They are simply losing their market share.
As more and more people become aware of the failure of medicine to help them with their health concerns, they turn to chiropractic, vitamins, herbs and other natural remedies. The old “take a pill and make it better” mentality is still one of the most dangerous side-effects of medical indoctrination we face in society. We think that as long as we take a potion that stops our runny nose, we’re better; that if gulping down laxatives keeps us regular, we’re improving the condition of our bodies.
We need to stop thinking in terms of treating illness and disease and start thinking in terms of staying well! Real health is not just the absence of symptoms, It is something we create from the inside, not something we can achieve from a pill, an herb or a surgery.
A quick note on Tums. In order to increase sales, Tums is marketed as good for you—because it now contains calcium. Have you ever heard of taking a drug in order to get your dietary load of a necessary mineral? Our guess is that the makers of Tums simply “forgot” to mention that calcium is more readily available from the foods we eat. They also forgot to mention that Tums, as an antacid, removes acid from the stomach which is needed for calcium to be absorbed by the digestive tract!Health is more than just a period between illnesses. Health is judged by the way your body adapts to its internal and external environment. For example, if a healthy body is exposed to a flu “bug” it should be able, if it’s working properly, to neutralize the effects of the “bug” without breaking down. If it cannot adapt, you get “sick.”
Chiropractic philosophy is based on this common sense. People like the logic, the simplicity and the rationale of this approach to health. Nothing is added to the body and nothing is taken out. We simply remove the interference so it can function optimally.Real health is everyone’s natural, normal state. The body was created with all the mechanisms needed to maintain its health—regardless of how much you were lead to believe otherwise. The goal of the doctor you choose should be to allow your body to function the way it was meant to and to enhance that function. That is the next paradigm.