It never ceases to amaze me how poorly understood my profession is. I had
an older gentlemen recently stop by the office after a little bit of a hiatus
and share with me that a recent conversation with a physical therapist yielded
an unfortunate comment. The woman told him that what I did could break his
neck. He said, "No, it can't." She continued that the position that "we" put
his head and neck in to adjust him is very dangerous. He said, "He doesn't put
my head or neck in a position any different from how I sleep." Confused, but
undeterred, she told him that she would never allow herself to be adjusted by
someone like me. Needless to say, as our office begins our mission in the near
future to better educate other healthcare practitioners from different models
about what we do, Forsyth Medical Center's Physical Therapy department will be
one of the first places we go. Proudly, the gentleman got the last word when he
told her that Upper Cervical has been the only thing that has helped him.
Sadly, this happens all the time. I had another person recently share with me
her struggles in educating her family about Upper Cervical and the resistance
she has met. One family member actually researched all the reasons not to try
it and found a study from mid-90's that stated that chiropractic manipulations
cause strokes in about 1 in 10 million cases. This is why some Upper
Cervical docs want to separate from the rest of the profession. We don't
manipulate anything. Strokes from chiropractic are caused by extension,
bending, and rotating the head and neck in a quick jerking motion. Upper
Cervical Care is not applicable to that study, nor any other such study that
suggests similar results.
Which Drugs Will Be Illegal 50 Years From Now?
I had a patient bring in an ad from a lawyer that was urging people that had
taken the popular Osteoporosis drug, Fosamax, to call as soon as they could to
learn about the money that they could from a pending lawsuit. The purpose of
the drug is to strengthen your bones so that they don't break. Interesting,
then, that said ad suggests that Fosamax is causing the thigh bone (aka the
femur aka one of the strongest bones in the body) to BREAK. That sounds
more like something you'd give to your worst enemy than to someone that you're
trying to help.
But this is a trend that's been going on for years, now. A drug is pushed
through the FDA at lightning speed and then, down the road after it starts
hurting people more than it's helping people, let's start taking it off the
market - hundreds of millions or billions of dollars later. I was browsing
through some old Better Homes and Gardens magazines recently doing a
little project and I came across a Vioxx ad for pain relief. The magazine was
over ten years old, but Vioxx took out a two-page ad promoting the extensive
studies that had been done to prove it was safe and effective. Well, later
studies showed that it was causing heart failure and killing people, so I guess
those initial studies weren't extensive enough.
50 years ago, heroin and cocaine had ads in similar publications. Now, you get
caught taking it and you get arrested and thrown in jail. What do you think
will be illegal 50 years from today?
Making Significant, Long-Lasting Changes in Healthcare
In my profession and others in the healing arts, we often talk of uniting to
make change in how the country perceives health. Upper Cervical, for instance,
is branching out and away from general chiropractic to accentuate how different
is and to create brand awareness. It's a great idea, but I wonder if it is
enough to really make the BIG change. Sure, it will change our profession for
the better, but what of the overall perception of health? Upper Cervical
provides proper function internally and structural balance externally, but
things like nutrition, exercise, and mental attitude are also very important to
health. Perhaps, in an effort to change the perception of how we perceive
HEALTH, the unity needs to come from all "alternative" healing arts. Less
than 1% of the population seeks Upper Cervical care, but close to 20% seek out
some form of alternative to medicine. 20% united stands a greater chance to
make change faster.
So, if you would, email me or tell me the name of other alternative
practitioners that you know, trust, and respect, so that we can connect.
Thinking good things for you, as always,