1) LIVE YOUR LIFE TO CREATE HEALTH TO AVOID MEDICINE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.
2) IF YOU MUST SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION, MAKE WELL INFORMED/EDUCATED DECISIONS.
Here are conservative numbers I obtained some years ago from the L.A. Times and S.B. Sun newspapers. In the United States alone, 120,000 people die as a result of medical practice…errors. We call this malpractice. Medicine calls it iatrogenesis. 90,000 people die from diseases they did not have when they checked into the hospital. This is called nosocomial infections. 100,000 people die from reactions to prescribed medication. These are called side-effects. If you are old enough you know people who sadly fall into one or more of these categories.
Add these three numbers and you have 310,000 people dying every year in America directly due to the practice of medicine. Now, according to the CDC, in 2013 611,105 Americans died from heart disease and 584,881 from cancer. From there we drop to 149,205 from chronic lower respiratory diseases such as emphysema/COPD. This makes the practice of medicine the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S!
This typically leads to one of two reactions. The most common reaction is a shrug of the shoulders, perhaps a nervous laugh, and an “Oh, well, what can you do” attitude. The less common reaction is real fear or perhaps even outrage. The second reaction has the chance of prolonging and improving the quality of that person’s life. It will drive you to change, to avoid the inevitable. The first reaction, in contrast, will lead to the same statistical pile of death.
The top three killers heart disease, cancer and the practice of medicine can, to a great extent, be prevented by lifestyle. Weight management, regular aerobic exercise, plenty of water, well balanced diet, and supplementation are all very important. Note that all of these reduce inflammation, which the literature is more and more telling us is the primary cause of many killer diseases. This is where regular chiropractic adjustments, disc pump exercises, and deep tissue therapy come in. They reduce the spinal component of your body’s inflammation, perhaps the largest harbor of inflammation in the body. This is why adjustments are part of the process to avoid medicine, because no medicine at all is the only 100% safe medicine.