JUST THE STATS MA’AM, AND NOTHING BUT!
“You cannot solve a problem from the same consciousness that created it. You must learn to see the world anew.” – Albert Einstein
PART 1: The Problem
Undeniably the United States has allowed the allopathic model of drugs and surgery to dominate the health landscape. Does it work? Sure it works great for crisis care. Beyond that the effectiveness is questionable. If the allopathic model truly produces questionable results, then why is it so popular?
The answer can be found in the nature of our culture. People are quietly programmed toward certain behaviors. Technology is the biggest programming culprit. We are inundated with more information than ever before in history. Much of that information however is advertising, paid propaganda. It is very effective propaganda. An analysis of statistics demonstrates both why it works so well, and also just how misleading it can be.
Pharmaceutical marketing is the business of advertising or otherwise promoting the sale of medications, drugs. Pharmaceutical companies spend far more on marketing than on research. In 2005 money spent on pharmaceutical marketing in the US was estimated at between $29.9 and $57 billion, while in Canada only $1.7 billion was spent in 2004.
Mass marketing directly to users of pharmaceuticals is banned in over 30 industrialized nations, but not in the U.S. and New Zealand. Many patients will inquire about, or even demand a medication they have seen advertised on television. It has been estimated that the average U.S. 18 year old has been exposed to 20, 000 hours of TV drug commercials. In other words, advertising is programming us to want drugs. In fact, Americans consume over half of all the drugs in the world at the rate of 25 million an hour. This includes over 15 tons of aspirin a day. Additionally, the elderly average 13 prescriptions per year.
It appears that marketing works. But, how do the medications work. In the U.S. 60% of all drug related emergency room visits and 70% of all drug related deaths involve adverse reactions to prescription drugs. In an average year aspirin will be responsible for 2,000 deaths. Newsweek reported that adverse reactions from “properly prescribed drugs” are the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S.
If the allopathic system were working, then we would be the healthiest people on earth…. Or, at least close, right? The statistics just do not support that viewpoint. In fact a report from the World Health Organization (WHO) ranked the U.S. 37th overall in health care. In a study that compared the U.S. to two-dozen other industrialized countries we have the highest infant mortality rate, and the lowest life expectancy for those over 60 years of age. Another study ranked the U.S. 28th out of 39 industrialized nations in infant mortality rates.
Not only does the U.S. rank low in health statistics, it ranks at the very top in money spent to be healthy. We spend 15% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on health care, $5400 for every man, woman and child in 2006. And, 44% of that is tax money meaning you pay, whether or not you use it. Switzerland was second at $3300 per person.
In the United States health care costs are the #1 cause of bankruptcy. A 2009 study in the American Journal of Medicine “nearly 2 out of 3 bankruptcies stem from medical bills”. Unbelievably, in about 75% of those cases, the person who declared bankruptcy had health insurance.
“Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.” – Albert Einstein
Part II: The Solution
You are the product of everything you do, think, say, eat, and drink. You are in control. You can build a healthy you, or, you can build a distressed and wellness challenged you. You can determine how your genes express themselves. Good or bad, wellness or sickness; the choice is yours.
When the brain does not comprehend your stress well enough it fails to deal with stress adequately. That is when aches, pains, and even named conditions and diseases arise. Then you must make a choice; drugs and surgery, or natural restoration of the body’s innate healing intelligence. Chiropractic is natural restoration.
Chiropractic adjustments seek to restore vibration to the spine allowing the spine to communicate more efficiently with the brain. When the spine loses its normal vibratory oscillation, a vertebral subluxation, then the brain loses the ability to comprehend the environment fully. Your environment is made up of physical, chemical and emotional stresses. These things include everything you do, think, say, eat, and drink. Healthy spine, healthy brain, and chiropractic contributes to both.
Once you have been adjusted, then it is up to you to make lifestyle choices that support wellness. Those lifestyle choices include everything you do, think, say, eat, and drink. When you make poor choices stress once again overwhelms the brain. But, just as drug commercials can program the mind; the good choices you make can become habits. Then your mind becomes programmed to wellness.
As Einstein said, “Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.” So, write a fantastic program. Imagine life to be everything you desire. Imagine a strong, healthy mind and body. Give your mind and body the nourishment they need to remain strong. And, remember to get adjusted to allow the brain to fully take advantage of the great lifestyle choices you make.
Get adjusted, stay adjusted. Trust your Innate Intelligence to protect you. It is way bigger than the next “medical miracle.” You are meant to be healthy. That is the miracle of life. That is my message.
“Within each of us lies the power of our consent to health and sickness, to riches and poverty, to freedom and to slavery. It is we who control these, and not another.” – Richard Bach