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I might be talking about someone you know, here.

News flash: Heroin deaths are up 45% over the last five years. And it’s not confined to the ghetto anymore.

Death by legal, medically prescribed painkillers now surpass murders and fatal car accidents in the US. According to Gil Kerlikowske, director of the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy, prescription painkillers were responsible for 16,600 deaths in 2010—well over five times more than those caused by heroin. (That’s 16,600 more deaths than cause by Chiropractic, which has a score of zero deaths. And who is dangerous???)

pharmakeiaIt seems that the rise in heroin overdoses is linked to the rise of addictive prescription drugs such as Vicodin, OxyContin, Percocet, codeine, and Fentora, all of which are opioids (derivatives of opium). Heroin is simply cheaper than these prescription medications, so those who have become addicted to legal drugs eventually turn to the illegal, just to save money.

Back pain, neck pain, headaches, pain in shoulders, hips, knees, etc., is driving this trend. How? First, there is little that Medicine, in general, and the associated specialties… orthopedics, neurology, neurosurgery, rheumatology… can do. Testing, using the latest technologies, provides fancy diagnoses, but to what end? These diagnoses get no one well. And these tests do not look for the actual root cause of the pain; they only guess at various proximate causes, and give the doctor and the patient something to obsess over.

What are the medical approaches available? Most people start with over-the-counter drugs, which they assume are safe, but they have been associated with kidney, liver and stomach damage, occasionally fatal. When these drugs stop working, they go to their family doctor, and get some anti-inflammatory prescription drug. When this fails, they go on to the specialist, usually the orthopedist. (Neurologists are the favorite for migraine sufferers. And those who suspect some form of arthritis, especially rheumatoid, often end up at the rheumatologist.)

What do the rheumatologists have? Terrible drugs like Enbrel and Humira, which work by attacking the immune system, so side effects include tuberculosis, pneumonia, leukemia and cancer. And they also push the standard, powerful anti-inflammatories and opioid painkillers.

What do the neurologists have? Drugs that play with the circulation in the brain (does that sound safe?), along with the standard, powerful anti-inflammatories and opioid painkillers.

The orthopedists? They’ll CT scan and MRI you. They’ll prescribe heavy-duty anti-inflammatories, which, over time, will likely damage your heart, kidneys and liver. For sure, they will damage your joints that are already in trouble. How? By stopping inflammation, pain is reduced, but the inflammation is your body’s attempt to heal. So, while the joint is feeling better, it is going to hell. If the orthopedist does any steroid injections, that is far more extreme. It’s like throwing a (chemical) grenade into your joint. In a sense, this is foreplay for surgery. He or she can say that they tried “conservative” measures, and they failed.

back surgery - 50Then comes the surgery. If you stop and think about it, taking pieces out of the spine, or fusing parts that are meant to move, and move as part of the whole, is just plain nuts. Sometimes, the surgery will “work,” meaning pain is reduced for a period of time. But subluxation, nerve interference, is made permanent. That means that present health, and future health, are irreparably damaged by this intrusion.

When the regular drugs stop working, and/or when the surgery makes the pain and disability far worse, they prescribe the big guns, the opioid medications… Percocet, Oxycontin, Vicodin, Norco, Duragesic, morphine, etc. Some, if money is an issue, change to heroin, which is cheaper. Overdoses occur, either way, cheap or expensive.

Medicine, it appears, has no shame. They’ll damage people, cause them more pain, and then get them hooked on drugs. Then they want to make more money by offering them rehab. There is a building on Irwin Street in San Rafael. The front of the building is a pain management medical group, while the back is drug rehab. They, literally, have people coming and going. This is obscene!

As much as I emphasize that Chiropractic is not about back or neck pain, we do help people with that, and a lot better than Medicine, since we deal with CAUSE. Know someone in pain? Getting them here will not only help them with the pain, it will do two other things. adio imageIt will keep them out of the very dangerous clutches of the medical specialists, including keeping them from becoming legal junkies. Secondly, they will be liberated from their Vertebral Subluxation Complex, allowing them to express more life.

Who are you gonna call, right now, to get them help here? Hey, if they say they don’t believe in Chiropractic, look at them like they’re nuts (and they are), and then talk to them as if they were a child (in this, they are). They can be “right” and miserable, or they can be well. Their call. Just make it plain to them. Then get them in. Realize that who is in a situation of severe back or neck pain, or migraines, or rheumatoid, may die from a heroin overdose sometime in the future… if you don’t open your mouth.

Don Harte, D.C.

Liberator of Innate

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