I came across some alarming statistics and thought I’d make them more user friendly. In 2008 and of course it has only gotten worse since, 21% of all Americans were on 3 or more prescriptions. 25% of children and teens are on at least one prescription drug. 52% of all women are on at least one prescription drug. 90% of seniors are on at least one prescription drug. 65% of seniors are on 3 or more prescription drugs. 37% of seniors are on 5 or more prescription drugs.
I found it interesting that 6% of children and 5% of teens are taking asthma medications. Tylenol is known to increase the risk of asthma.
6% of teens are on attention deficit disorder medications. 90% of office visits for children and adolescents are associated with unapproved usage of antidepressant medication. Children of mothers who took antidepressants during the first trimester of pregnancy had almost a four times higher risk of being autistic. What’s my point you ask?
The pharmaceutical industry spends billions of dollars to keep our system of bad health going. They obviously are getting quite a good return on their investment. It amazes me at how successful they are. At the end of any commercial for a medication, the disclaimer goes on for minutes telling you all the different ways this drug is going to destroy your life and yet people are asking their doctor for it.
It also seems that they are very effective at making sure you don’t seek any treatment but theirs. 86 percent of people do not visit a chiropractor. Additionally, less people are taking nutritional supplements, maybe because of stories that were all over the news recently like the vitamin E flash. It turns out that vitamin E causes cancer. The reporters didn’t report to you that the synthetic vitamins used in all these scary types of studies are basically derived from gasoline. O.K. petroleum based derivatives, but let’s face it; can vitamins made from gasoline really be good for you? Maybe if there was a study done on real vitamin E derived from food such as wheat germ the results would have been different.
Modern medicine when you calculate in all the reasons, is the number one cause of death in America; more than cancer and heart disease. It’s called iatrogenic disease. Yet, 86% of people are afraid to go to a chiropractor. The authorities are still debating years later whether we killed that woman in Canada. She died of a stroke.
She had the stroke one month after visiting a chiropractor. She was obese, diabetic, had high blood pressure, was on birth control pills, and a smoker. All known contributors to stroke. But they feel it was the chiropractor that killed her even though a simple understanding of anatomy would reveal that if a person was going to have their vertebral artery damaged by a chiropractic adjustment, they would be dead immediately. They wouldn’t have time to call a lawyer because they wouldn’t have even gotten up off the table. I don’t think it has ever happened. Chiropractic is the safest treatment known to medical science and yet everyone is afraid of it.
Well let’s say we did miraculously manage to kill her by remote control a month later. That’s one down. Let’s compare that to the few hundred thousand people who die every year from modern medicine. Now that we’ve done a thorough comparison, who do the authorities accuse of being a dangerous menace to society? I’ll give you a hint, it’s not them (MD’s). But I bet you it wouldn’t be us(chiropractors) if we were to start endorsing their every child must be on at least 3 prescription medications policy.
Sadly for the 86 percent, the news doesn’t report that the procedure that everyone is so afraid of is performed routinely, tens of thousands of times a day without incident. Statistically, we don’t even exist, especially when compared to the harm caused routinely every day by modern medicine. O.K. now go take your Prozac because this certainly was not the new year’s cheer you were hoping for. On the other hand, if you don’t want to know the truth, you should just read a newspaper instead.