In the 1960’s Americans had one of the highest life expectancy rates in the world. In 2019 we’re ranked at the bottom of developed nations. Stress kills and so do the things we do to alleviate stress, such as opioids. The opioid epidemic is killing more of us than the A.I.D.S. epidemic. I’m watching CNN’s Dr. Gupta’s One Nation Under Stress and I’m going to predict that from the beginning to the end, they’re never going to mention chiropractic once. Even though the number one reason for an opioid prescription is low back pain, the medical community refuses to refer these patients to a chiropractor. But this show is more about stress and I’m sure they are not going to mention that a chiropractic adjustment can instantly lower the stress hormone cortisol by 30 units. Well, I’m going to keep typing comments as I watch the show. Lucky you, get to see how my mind interprets what they’re showing in live time.
Sanjay is legitimately concerned with the epidemic of white middle class workers killing themselves. I’m surprised he was even allowed to say such a thing in this politically correct world? One doctor said that they were very good at understanding disease and not very good at figuring out health. I’m kind of happy he said that because 40 years ago when I entered Chiropractic school I would say if you want to be sick, see a doctor, if you want to be healthy see a chiropractor. Of course there are many conditions that require medical care and they are great at cutting things out of you, repairing broken structures and things like that.
Sanjay hasn’t said anything about chiropractic yet, but he’s asking questions that I predict will continue to perplex him by the end of the show. I have to admit, I really like this guy, but I still suspect that at the end of his long journey, he’ll be no closer to the chiropractic philosophy of health.
Liver cirrhosis, drug overdose, and suicide are called deaths of despair. These are the symptoms of an underlying problem as opposed to the problem itself. The problem is that our society has more stress and pressure. We have become robotized and depersonalized with the breakup of family not helping the situation. The prescription for all this is easy if you are a doctor, you prescribe drugs to alleviate the suffering. America is 4.7% of the world’s population and we take about 80% of the narcotics.
Being out of control and not having certainty is stressful. Animals when being chased by predators are out of control for a few minutes. They are stressed, which means that all systems in their body shut down, except for the ones that will help them to escape being some other animals diner. Blood rushes through the heart to leg muscles to help them run faster. They are not busy digesting a cheeseburger. This stress will last for a few minutes and then if they escape, they go back to chilling. They don’t get ulcers thinking about their taxes. We need stress to survive. When we have it 24/7 it kills us.
Heart disease was discovered in 18 year old soldiers in Vietnam. The continued pounding of blood against arterial walls will create damage to the walls and then plaquing will form to strengthen them back up. That is heart disease. Even soldiers get some time off from war to recover. When you work for a boss that can take away your job at any moment, and then go home and see that everyone hates you on Twitter and Facebook, well the stress never ends.
That means that you are not digesting your food very well for starters. Undigested food causes autoimmune disease and that is really stressful to deal with. It also causes allergies and inflammation, which is painful, which may lead to an opioid prescription. Then your entire family is under stress watching you slowly become a vegetable. None of this is good of course, except if you are a drug company selling the opioids. Can I mention that much of the fentanyl that is killing us is coming from south of our border? People are buying it because they are addicted, but can no longer get their safer prescription, which is extremely dangerous and kills thousands as well.
Right now Sanjay is talking about how everyone lost their jobs, which led to the high rates of suicides. America didn’t just magically lose all their jobs. Political decisions were made that created the failures. Big corporations have been often caught plotting our deaths. Merck got caught planning the murder of 60,000 people with their drug Vioxx and basically paid a small fine. I don’t know about you, but that could make my blood pressure go up. Now back to the regularly scheduled program.
At this point, watching the interviews of so many people suffering economically in America is one of the saddest things I’ve seen. It’s from CNN so of course they are slanting it to make Trump look bad, but it is bad enough, it doesn’t need any slanting. Which now makes me wonder if what I’m watching is as objective as I thought it was going to be and I expressed doubts about that in the first paragraph. Rut Roh, I wonder if Sanjay realizes that one of the neuroscientists he interviewed stated that people’s stress levels go up with higher taxation?
About 45 minutes in now and Sanjay wants to know how you can fix the actual damage to our brain cells that stress causes. Cut to a meditation class. There are about 60,000 chiropractors in the U.S. teaching people weekly about how what they do to the spine affects the brain and one consequence is less stress, but so far it appears that Sanjay is not aware that there are any chiropractors on the planet. However, he did manage to put in clips from CNN showing White Nationalists complaining about Muslim immigrants. A moment before I was looking at PET scans of brain function.
For the past 10 minutes its been about social inequality even though they admit that America’s top 10 % also have health problems. Now they are talking about how loneliness can kill you and I’ll blame that on Gloria Allred. Even more ironically they are now discussing Roseto, a small town of Italian immigrants that have very strong bonds with each other in their community and how that makes them healthy and have less heart attacks than most other places. Yet our government doesn’t believe in family, it believes in more government? The opposite of stress is social support and cohesion. They are not talking about the attack on men and families that has become popular in our culture. Even though the crime rate in inner cities where kids grow up without a father increases and is now a proven correlation, our left leaning political leaders who claim that they own the compassion of the world, don’t seem very inclined to fix their philosophy that promotes more of these problems.
Stay tuned for part 2, it gets worse.