Look around everyone, because there is a serious problem growing right under our very noses. If you’re in the healthcare field, you should really take a look in the mirror and see if you’re helping create this problem. The problem, as some of you might be thinking, isn’t the shortcomings of medicine. No, it’s actually quite the opposite in fact. The medical practices are becoming more and more effective every year. Okay, wait, wait… I’m not crazy, alright? You’re probably wondering how that could possibly be a problem. If you think about it deeply, and the fact that drugs are becoming more effective and less harmful, you’ve got to think… that may be good, right? I mean, if the side-effects of drugs are being diminished, isn’t that a wonderful thing for everyone? If surgical procedures are safer today than they were 10 or 15 years ago, isn’t that amazing? Less than 20 years ago, a heart by-pass was a serious, life threatening procedure to undertake. The same goes for hip replacements, lasik, etc. Now they’re almost as common place as tonsilectomy’s and appendectomy’s.
If scientific medicine is able to develop new drugs that can relieve people’s dis-ease for longer and longer periods of time, isn’t medicine progressing and evolving? Shouldn’t we be thankful? Well, in a sense it is helpful for short term, but not in the long run. If all we are doing is relieving and managing the symptoms of diseases and disorders, but not making them healthier, are we really making a difference? To feel more comfortable until you die may be a benefit to some but not for the many who are still years from their deaths. Let’s not mistake comfortable deaths with the full expression of health. If we have virtually wiped out smallpox and developed a new vaccine for chicken pox but AIDS is growing every year, have we really made any progress? Here is an unbelievable fact that will really make you second guess where we’re at as a society. A recent study has shown that if cancer was completely eliminated today (which is highly unlikely inasmuch as the incidence of the disease is increasing), the average life span would only be increased by less than 1.5 years.
Here is the danger–medical advances may lull us into believing either that we are healthier or that being healthy is not important as long as we are disease-free. Yet, ridding the world of a disease like cancer will only increase the life span at best by 1 1/2 years and perhaps not that much if other diseases take its place as the killers. Medicine’s progress is like the individual who cannot seem to live within a budget and is constantly using his credit card until it is “maxed out.” Then the credit card company tells him not to worry because his limit has been increased by $2,000. That is the worse thing that could happen to him. It will treat the symptom for a while longer, delaying the ultimate which will be worse, he will have $2,000 more debt! But saddest of all, it will prevent him from addressing the real problem. Ultimately, he needs to look at his financial situation, make changes to his life style to address the problem and slowly work his way out of his debt until he is happy and financially healthy.
Similarly, the greatest danger of medicine is that it works. It relieves symptoms, treats disease and makes you feel better to the point that you think you are better. Unfortunately, it has little to do with health. Mastering bypass surgery will not encourage us to live healthier lives which may lead to healthier hearts and thus prevent the very need for the surgery. Health is the real need. People need to know that true health comes from within. It consists of doing those things necessary to be healthy including eating right, getting the proper rest, exercising, keeping the body from pollutants and maintaining a positive mental attitude. Most importantly, it includes visiting the chiropractor on a regular basis so that nerve interference at the spinal level is removed and the body’s self-healing, self-regulating principle, the innate intelligence, is free to be expressed to ensure that all of the above aspects of health care can be maximized. People need to know that.
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