A Major Issue
The high cost of prescription drugs is in the news a lot and is a major issue on many levels. Therefore, individuals, families, communities and politicians are searching for an answer as the cost of drugs and health care skyrocket and people keep getting sicker.
However, the solution to this crisis goes way beyond the price that people are paying for medications. In truth, the real problem is that we have become a drug-dependent culture and this needs to change right now.
“Some people climb the ladder of success, get to the top and realize that the ladder was leaning against the wrong wall.” Stephen Covey
Mind Control to Form Dependency
Big Pharma has bought control of our minds and our chemistry. Thus leading us to believe that we need drugs to be healthy and survive. That there is a pill for every ill and that feelings are more important than function. Consequently, this type of thinking has put us in a crisis that needs our immediate attention.
In truth, medications don’t eliminate the underlying cause of disease. They mask the symptoms and in many cases especially with long-term use, cause diseases and conditions that are far worse than what they were originally designed to treat.
People do need medication for life-threatening emergencies and chronic diseases. The problem is that the “pill for every ill mentality” has become a brainwashing and addiction. In fact, this mentality has created an over-the-counter and prescription dependency with untested, dangerous long-term effects.
None of these pills were tested for an extended use that is in alignment with our life expectancy potential.
The Ladder Leaning Against The Wrong Wall
“We have an entire health care system with the ladder leaning against the wrong wall.” Dr. Eric Plasker
People need to become aware of and begin to nurture the incredible power within them to be healthy. In fact, they need to start taking responsibility for their decisions. By doing so, they can make the most of every day and express their highest possible health for a lifetime.
As a practicing chiropractor for over 30 years, I am always inspired when our patients, who thought they needed drugs to survive, begin care and experience their body’s natural healing ability. Many of them eliminate their need for medication use. In fact, chiropractic care has been shown to reduce opioid use by 50% 5. In America, the statistics show 130 deaths per day from opioids6
Misinformation and Addiction
Falsified research, lack of quality control, and overprescribing are causing unacceptable and unprecedented collateral damage. In many cases, more harm than good.
The symptoms are our body’s way of telling us that there is an interference present, that something within our system is out of balance. Unless we remove the interference, we are not really healing. We are instead managing our condition with unnecessary prescription medications alongside a cascade of side effects13.
Overprescribing has led us to overmedication and an Opioid crisis15. We have an epidemic of innocent Opioid addicts who got hooked because they followed the standard of care and the side effect was a life sentence of addiction.
- 30% of our innocent children in foster care are there because their parents are dead or in drug treatment programs from opioids addiction. That’s just pain medications alone7,8.
- 59% of opioids that were written were for neck pain and lower back pain9!
- 80% of heroin users in the past five years started on prescription medication for opioids written by their family doctor17.
People are taking medications for decades longer than had been originally intended. These drugs are continuously creating conditions down the road that severely impact their quality of life. Not to mention, layered on top of the symptoms they already have. Ultimately this creates the need for another medication to treat the side effects of the previous one!
Healthcare costs continue to be driven up astronomically as long-term medication usage is creating new conditions that didn’t use to exist. In addition to the skyrocket high-costs, variant conditions with new names for new forms of dementia, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and Autism Spectrum Disorders are causing a lifetime of suffering for many as people’s brains and biology become chronically and chemically altered.
Cheaper prices will not solve this problem. They will only perpetuate the problem and make it more widespread.
Statin and Blood Pressure Drugs
Statin drugs are another example of this problem. Especially when you consider that the conversation of prescribing cholesterol-lowering statin drugs as a prevention method for heart disease is being questioned more than ever. Too many people are being prescribed cholesterol medications prematurely and unnecessarily12.
So why aren’t more doctors stressing the importance of eating a clean diet, and telling people that they can reverse the damage caused to endothelial cells that line the blood vessels? Thus completely eradicating the plaque that has led the patient to be a candidate for heart disease in the first place14?
These statin drugs are the very medications that can cause side effects that include statin-associated muscle symptoms (SAMS). As well as, diabetes mellitus (DM), and other central nervous system complaints 2. In fact, without our central nervous system (the brain and the spinal cord), we cannot adapt to our environment, feel or move! Nevertheless, people are opting to consume these drugs without taking the repercussions and the side effects into serious consideration.
Not only can these drugs be addictive but their manufacturing can be disease-causing.
How about blood pressure medications being laced with carcinogens10 or vaccines that are filled with heavy metal agents and toxic agents11? Doctors continue to overprescribe antibiotics that break down the immune system.
Consumers, the very core of the solution is a matter of principle and philosophy. It’s time to lead the way with a new understanding and truth. And keeping yourselves healthy and functioning at your full potential, or as we say 100 percent for 100 years. In addition, it’s important you have healthy thoughts, good nutrition, personal fitness, and a clean environment. A healthy nervous system is vital to a healthy long life free from drugs and most importantly, drug dependency. This mindset is what attracted me to the chiropractic profession in the first place. I have seen this principle hold true time and time again for our patients and my family.
It should be the responsibility of each individual to learn about and honor their bodies’ innate intelligence and care for themselves proactively, without medications. And then it should be the goal to stop taking the drugs as quickly as possible, except in cases of a life-threatening emergency.
- We need to eliminate drug advertising to the public. This will lower the drug company costs, put the care back on the physicians, increase the effectiveness and skills of doctors to doctor, and lower costs for everyone, dramatically.
- We need more drug company accountability.
- We need to demand robust and reliable science research, innocuous non-toxic vaccines, and less rigorous vaccine schedules.
Real answers are simple, safe, much less expensive and available to everyone. There is a huge movement sweeping across the country in preventative care and more people are waking up.
- Lifestyle changes can prevent many conditions and reduce or eliminate the need for drugs1.
- Eating a nutrient-dense profile among a caloric-restrictive diet and intermittent fasting can extend lifespan and may reverse disease3. Exercise is the most underrated antidepressant and powerful medicine for disease control as well as reversing disease4.
- Presently, a single new drug brought to market comes with a cost of around $800 million, an amount that doubles every five years. According to the FDA, it takes approximately 12 years for an experimental drug to progress from bench to market18.
Health and nutritional coaches are popping up all over the place to provide a solution for consumers hungry for this lifestyle. Health-conscious individuals, parents, and athletes are utilizing chiropractic care as their first choice for health care.
Licensed and drug-free, yet trained to refer to medical providers when necessary, Chiropractors work to optimize the function of your nervous system. They also work to eliminate nerve, lifestyle and environmental interference that can limit your health through dis-ease, before a disease has a chance to develop.
Chiropractic care is so much more than back and neck pain management but going to your chiropractor first for pain will yield so many more unimaginable health benefits16.
It’s time to take your mind back and start thinking more independently. Start thinking about reducing your real and perceived need for medications. Talk to your current primary care doctor or find a new one. Get the answers that support your long-term well-being.
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Special thanks to Jenene Cheney, BM, MM, DC2B for her research and editing.