By Jack Choate DC
One of cornerstones of healthcare in the United States is the use of pharmaceuticals. In 2009, over 3.6 billion prescription drugs were filled in the United States generating sales topping $300 billion.
In a 2006 report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM), it is estimated that 1.5 million Americans are either injured or killed from medication errors every year.
What is a prescription drug? It is a chemical substance that is used to treat the symptoms of our ailments. For example, when you have pain, the oxycodone or Tylenol takes it away. The drug does not correct the cause of the pain but merely dulls your ability to feel it. If you notice, the pain typically returns when the drug wears off. However, over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription drugs usually have side effects. For example, a 2010 study charted the use of acetaminophen (active ingredient in Tylenol) in 13-14 year olds and found that it raised the risk of asthma 151%, eczema 87%, and allergies 118% if only taken one time per month or more!!!
Hundreds of thousands of people end up in the hospital annually—not because of an illness, but due to the problems created by the drugs that were used to treat the illness!
Obviously some medications are necessary. Type one diabetics needs insulin to survive. Antibiotics can do wonders for infection. But realize that medicines can hurt as well as help you.
Chiropractic treats the cause of many neuromusculoskeletal pains and symptoms. It works naturally with the body, often without or greatly reducing the need of potentially harmful prescription and OTC drugs. Chiropractic care is one of the safest forms of healthcare in existence.
If you have symptoms such as headaches, neck/back pain, arm/leg pain or numbness, I invite you to do two things: first—ask yourself why you have to continually pop those pain pills only to have the symptoms return and second—consider seeing a chiropractor to help you get rid of your aches and pains naturally and safely.