Next we need to put this in perspective. How does this rank in the big scheme of things? Here are the numbers. Approximately 700,000 die each year from heart disease, 500,000 from cancer, and the third most common natural cause of death is diabetes. Therefore, the practice of medicine is the third leading cause of death in this country. Medicine kills more people than all natural causes of death except cancer and heart disease. In 2007 it was estimated that there were 8.3 deaths per 1,000 people. This translates into about 2.5 million dead each year. This means that medicine is directly responsible for 12% of all deaths, or a little more than 1 in 10. The good news is that you have an 88% chance of dying from something other than the practice of medicine. Fun, huh!
Now the usual reaction I get from people is, “Wow. Interesting. I don’t like going to medical doctors. I don’t want to take medications. I don’t believe in medicine.” And then they just go on living their lives without changing their behavior. WHETHER OR NOT WE END UP GOING TO THE MEDICAL DOCTOR OR THE HOSPITAL IS NOT DEPENDENT UPON OUR BELIEFS, LIKES OR DISLIKES. IT IS BASED MOSTLY ON OUR BEHAVIOR. Yes, there are times when life is out of our control. If you break a bone you will need a medical doctor. If your appendix clogs up you will need a hospital. But, most of our health is under our control and we must change our behavior to reduce the odds of needing medicine. Hospitals are chock full of people who don’t like medical doctors, hospitals, and drugs, but they are there right at this minute, many of which wouldn’t need to be if they had changed their daily behavior some years before. Now it is too late for them. Mentally walk around the hospital. 1 in 10 will die from the treatment they are getting. The other 9 will eventually die from something else that may have been prevented or at least delayed if they had changed their behavior in time.
The time is now. Eat better. Eat less. Exercise more. Get rest. Control stress. Take supplements. Work on your relationships. Drink lots of water. The list goes on and on. But first and foremost, get the Innate flowing. Get the computer operating. Reduce subluxation and its associated nerve interference. As in the car, you can put all the right stuff in it, but if the computer is malfunctioning, what good will all the right stuff do? None.
If you read my article, “Genetic Health,” you know that chiropractic patients are healthier at a genetic level than non-chiropractic patients. This was further confirmed in a 2005 study. A recent survey regarding children of chiropractors and children of pediatricians shows that the chiropractic kids are healthier. A study in 1996 demonstrated that the elderly who get adjusted have better health, fewer chronic conditions, less arthritis, can exercise more, have less time in nursing facilities, and much fewer hospitalizations. In short, the chiropractic patients live healthier, and therefore, longer lives. They see medical doctors less and are therefore less likely to die from our nation’s third leading cause of death.
Yes, we will all die from something. That is the human condition. But until that day I want to have the best health I can, doing the most that I can, participating in medicine the least that I must. This is why I get adjusted every week. This is why I eat better and less, exercise more, get plenty of rest, work on stress reduction, work on my relationships, drink water and take supplements. But it all starts with the adjustment to correct subluxation as much as possible. Innate must flow unrestricted. The computer must operate without glitches.
What is your commitment to your health? What about your spouse, children, and those important to you? Don’t they deserve this information? Is health an accident or is it due to living a planned life? Will you just hope for good luck or will you take the necessary steps? I hope your day of absolution is far in the future with many healthy days from now until then.
This topic is why we offer three levels of chiropractic care. As in the forest fire, the Initial Intensive Care is about getting the fire under control. Reconstructive Care is about putting the fire out. And Wellness Care is the time when the forest (your body) heals and returns to its pre-fire (pre-subluxation) state. I hope you come along for the ride and bring everyone you care about with you.