My wife saved an episode of ABC World News with Diane Sawyer not too long ago and I just recently got around to watching it.  The part that caught her attention was a piece on the rising number of tests performed by medical physicians and whether or not the increased amount of tests really benefited the patients.  Let's discuss...

There are more medical tests done in American than anywhere else.  According to the study documented on the ABC presentation, the reason is financially based.  This continues the disturbing trend of things being done with people's health for a profit instead of for their well-being.  Two hospitals were compared in the study, one of which did twice as much testing (x-rays, blood analysis, CAT scans, PSA, PAP smears, and MRI) as the other.  Based on the patient outcomes, the hospital that performed half the number of tests did just as well. 

So, what's the point of all the added testing?  Part of a medical doctors creed is to do no harm, yet we've got ABC World News interviewing doctors that claim many physicians are doing a lot of harm with unnecessary tests to pad the bank account.  Interjecting my own thoughts, here - the doctors know that these tests aren't always necessary, but the system is set up for third party payers (insurance companies) to nickel and dime the physicians to death and it subsequently causes the doctors to bill for more testing to make up for the lost profits.  I've kept quiet on Obama Care for the most part, but make no mistake about it - it's a design that takes the existing, broken system and tries to improve upon it.  Unfortunately, it doesn't.  The system is broken.  Scrap the whole thing and start over, with less emphasis on insurance companies and more on private saving; with regulation on pharmaceutical companies and better education on what it takes to actually be healthy; getting out of the mindset of symptom treatment and more into the mindset of prevention and maintenance. 

I personally believe that increased testing is horrible.  Diagnosing more conditions only serves the purpose of increasing the use of medications designed to treat the effects of those diagnoses.  That's a slippery slope.  Often times, as the ABC story goes on to state, many of the tests tell you that you're sick when you're actually not.  You have to ask questions, folks.  You cannot just assume that everything the doctor says is good for you.  Studies like these indicate that's clearly not the case.  Ask "Why?"  Ask "How?"  They're doctors - they should be able to answer these questions.  If they're annoyed, find a new doctor.  Having a "Medical doctorate" doesn't make you smarter; just better educated. 

Real Health Care: "The Power of Upper Cervical" Documentary

On Tuesday, June 12th @ 6:30PM at the office, we'll be having a screening of the Storyville Studios documentary, "The Power of Upper Cervical" - a film created by the hearts and minds of those that have had their lives changed through Upper Cervical Care.  The following is the producer's thoughts.  If you'd like to attend, your admission "fee" is to bring with you a guest unfamiliar with Upper Cervical Care so that they can learn about it.  Please RSVP!  336-992-2536

"I finally came across Upper Cervical Care and incredible Upper Cervical doctors who have saved so many peoples' lives. They need to be acknowledged. People need to know. I think they are brain stem spinal engineers, although in reality they are just helping the body to heal itself. I want you to find this answer to your ailments whether it is for you, your family, your friends or acquaintances.  This just could be the reason and answer you've all been looking for but didn’t know existed. In my experience I’d say so far, 90% of the time it is. Yet is virtually unknown to the general public.

This short documentary and educational piece comes from the hearts and minds of the people who will not rest until the world understands the Power of Upper Cervical Care. There is a reason for your suffering. Get to a trained Upper Cervical doctor and have your atlas checked. And I emphasize ‘trained”! This was impossible for me to find, but I knew there was a reason for my suffering. I believe that I have found a reason for suffering and the answer to end it. I see and hear of peoples' lives being changed every day."

- Be well, Cristina Barretta, “Former sufferer”

Thinking good things for you, as always,

-Dr. Chad