Headaches, colds, and pain are a few symptoms that are not tolerated in today’s world. People look to a quick fix to find temporary relief. The human population has been trained to cover up symptoms or suppress them, typically by reaching for a drug. While the drug reaction within our bodies can help us to feel better, it can be dangerous because there is no longer motivation to seek out the cause and correct for underlying issues. Left undealt with, they can progress and impair our health which in turn increases the “need” for medications in the future.
In today’s society, 61 percent of American adults utilize at least one drug to cope with a chronic health problem. This percentage has increased 15% since 2001. More than 25% of seniors take at least five medications daily.
More medications have been the result of increased rates of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. The guidelines for treatment of conditions such as blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol have also been changed so that these conditions are treated and medicated sooner. In addition, the pharmaceutical companies have spent massive amounts of money to market to consumers directly.
Drugs have a place in our modern world, but when taken carelessly, the consequences can be daunting. Drugs can have serious side effects that don’t appear until months or even years after taking the drug.
The double blind placebo controlled study unfortunately does not guarantee safety and efficacy in drug therapy. This is a study in which half of participants are given the drug and the other half of test subjects is given a placebo unknowingly.
During the double blind placebo controlled study, all participants are instructed to refrain from taking any other medications. Therefore, reactions to the combining of drugs cannot be determined from this study. In real life, there are combinations of prescription drugs, over the counter drugs, and herbal and homeopathic medicine taken simultaneously all the time. We now realize how drug interactions, even though previously reported to not have side effects, can have severe side effects and can even cause deaths. While the public becomes the test subjects to see how the drugs will interact with other drugs, the Department of Health does their job to tell doctors of these “new” side effects as quickly as possible. However for some it is too late.
As more information becomes available, it is noteworthy that the consumer must take responsibility for his/her health. We cannot rely on doctors or medicine. Prevention is the best healthcare and many times there are safer choices than drug therapy.
Chiropractic – The Easy Choice
With chiropractic, there are no chemical interactions and the side effects are the benefits! Many report better sleep, more energy, improved focus, getting sick less frequently, less pain, decreased allergy symptoms, eliminated headaches, better digestion, and more!
A chiropractor works to remove interference to the nervous system in order to create a healing environment in the body. This allows the body to function at a higher level. Because the nervous system is the master system controlling all organs and bodily functions, miraculous healing takes place when the nerve flow is restored.
The only way the body knows how to work is if the brain tells it what to do. For the body to work efficiently and effectively, it is best to keep the nerve pathways (communication pathways) open at all times.
If you have any questions or would like more information, give us a call at (952) 681-2863. Take advantage of our FREE consultation to see how Dr. Sara Hillesheim and the Relief Plus Chiropractic staff can help you experience chiropractic!