Who would ever have thought that letting big Pharma sell as much heroin to our population as they wanted could have created a problem? Recently in the news it appears that by some freak act of fate there is a problem. The problem is so bad that the FDA has lost its mind and is now urging medical doctors to ask for help from chiropractors. Most physicians have only been trained to treat pain with prescription painkillers. That wound up creating an epidemic of prescription drug abuse and related deaths.
But here comes the shocker. Not for a chiropractor or a chiropractic patient, but for the people in charge of your health.
Patients with neck pain who used a chiropractor and/or exercise were more than twice as likely to be pain-free in 12 weeks compared to those who took medication. But after 34 years of actually helping people with this problem I found the hardest problem to solve for people with neck pain was convincing them that I was not Sylvester Stallone and was not going to break their neck. They still believe what they saw in that movie more than what I tell them. Maybe the FDA, the organization in charge of getting you to take drugs, telling you that going to a chiropractor is a good idea will allow people to get the proper care that they require.
Heroin prescriptions have almost quadrupled in the U.S. from 1999 and 2013, although pain levels did not increase. The death rate from these prescribed drugs runs parallel on a chart also plotting the increase in prescriptions. I usually don’t see such honesty from the drug industry, usually a lawyer on late night television has to advertise for victims.
This is so astonishing that I just have to repeat it. The FDA is asking doctors to rethink how they treat pain and are urging them to consider using chiropractors. Today is a cold day in hell for sure.
How about a quote from the study? “A number of nonpharmacologic therapies are available that can play an important role in managing pain, particularly musculoskeletal pain and chronic pain. HCPs [health care providers] should be knowledgeable about the range of available therapies, when they may be helpful, and when they should be used as part of a multidisciplinary approach to pain management.”
Not for nothing, but this stated that M.D.’s are not knowledgeable about what I do and yet everyone took their advice for decades and decided to not go to a chiropractor because their doctor who knew nothing about it told them that we would kill you. That means a lot of people suffered their whole life needlessly.
Just how poorly trained are physicians when it comes to pain? A study, which surveyed undergraduate medical schools in Europe, found that even when compulsory pain courses are in place, they represent just 12 hours of the six-year program which comes to about 0.2 percent.
Most of the schools actually have no required courses on pain, so the above was a best case scenario. 82 percent of medical schools have no compulsory pain courses. This means that the students may be receiving even less or no pain training at all. It gets worse but I’ll spare you because I’m feeling rather positive today because of the next headline.
Why Ending the War on Chiropractic Is Essential
There has been a systematic and deliberate campaign by the American Medical Association (AMA) to destroy complementary medicine like chiropractic care. In 1984, the U.S. Supreme Court found the AMA guilty of an illegal conspiracy to contain and eliminate the chiropractic profession, and ordered the AMA to cease its illegal boycott of chiropractors. It happened to be the world’s largest antitrust suit in history even to this day.
The belief that chiropractors are dangerous or selling a sham treatment persisted for decades, even as a large portion of low back pain patients sought out chiropractic care. As research continues to confirm Chiropractic’s benefits, public health agencies are taking notice.
In April 2017 the American College of Physicians released new guidelines for the treatment of chronic low back pain. It recommends that their doctors and patients should select non-pharmacologic treatment, such chiropractic spinal manipulation.
Chiropractic Offers Benefits Beyond Pain Relief
One of the major benefits of choosing chiropractic over medication is that the chiropractic can help relieve your pain while offering you whole-body benefits. Research suggests chiropractic treatments can help prevent progressive spinal degeneration also known as osteoarthritis or disc disease.
Just like regular dental care will prolong the useful life of your teeth, getting regular chiropractic treatments can do the same for your spine. Indeed, Chiropractic can be compared to brushing your teeth. It’s something you need to do on a regular basis to maintain the life of your spine, because regular activities, such as chronic sitting, can contribute to its degeneration.
Contrary to popular belief, chiropractic can be used to optimize wellness, not just treat pain.
Your nervous system and your brain control every function of your body. When we have a dysfunction in the spine regarding mobility, it can cause less than optimal nerve transmission, which will interfere with the expression of our vital life force that flows over the spinal cord and nerves. That not only causes pain, but also can cause organs not to function at 100 percent, which eventually leads to health problems that the ordinary person does not associate with their back and neck.
Why You Should Be Wary of Back Surgery
There’s maybe a 20 percent to 25 percent success rate of spinal fusion for back pain. A failed spine surgery condemns people to live their entire lifetime, in chronic pain. Epidurals for Back Pain Can Lead to Permanent Disability and Pain
Epidural spine injections have a dismal track record as well. Approximately 6 percent of epidural steroid injections and that is a lot because thousands of injections are delivered every day turn out badly. The needle punctures an area of the spinal cord that it shouldn’t resulting in severe headache, which go away after the patient lies flat for a couple of days. The really bad part is when the needle actually punctures the spinal cords membranes. Then the glucocorticoid and anesthetic wind up in a region of fragile nerve tissue called the subarachnoid space. From there, the cerebrospinal fluid is now carrying a toxic load. It flows to the brain, where the cortisone solution eats away the insulating essential myelin layer of neurons. This is known as adhesive arachnoiditis and has been described as having a blowtorch up your rectum.
Yet even my good friends that have never gone to a chiropractor would prefer the blowtorch therapy. Maybe this news could change their minds.