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Posts on drugs and medications.

Please….No Ibuprofen…

I occasionally take ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.) for headaches or for mild aches and pain, however I just read another study that gives pause to why anyone would take it. Though it does relieve those minor aches and pain, it also can have terrible repercussions. Did you know it can cause life threatening complications such as fatal heart attack or stroke. Also, a new study stated that men taking ibuprofen at 600mg for 14 days were more at risk of infertility through reduced testicular function, including testosterone production, resulting in a state of compensated hypogonadism. WOW!! There are other and safer alternatives to those aches and pain, just ask your Chiropractor..!!

Where does the money go?

You probably know that the US spends the most on healthcare in the world as a % of GDP. In fact, between 1996-2013, spending increased 933.5 billion dollars. That’s almost a trillion dollars. Here is the scary part. Did you know that during this same time, utilization of healthcare (inpatient) went down? That’s right….utilization went down significantly but health cost continued to rise during that same time. Thus, unlike most free markets, when demand went down, prices went up. This is the exact opposite of what usually (does) happen. The biggest slice of the pie, relative to price increases, was the costs of pharmaceuticals. Fifty percent of the health care cost increases were due to higher med prices, with diabetic meds leading the way. Seems like the health care deck is stacked against us. More on this next time.

Reversing Type 2 diabetes!!

Did you know that Type 2 diabetes is reversible? It definitely is and a new study just proved it. During the study, half of the participants were assigned a diet/weight management plan and the other half, the usual treatment for diabetes including diabetic drugs. Those on the diet stopped their meds the same day the diet started. At the end of study most people in the diet group lost an average of 22 pounds compared to the control group who average just a 2 pound loss. However, 46% of the people in the diet group went into remission with their diabetes compared to only 4% with the med group. Lifestyle changes can help control many diseases, it does take commitment, but it is possible!!

Forget Fusion…!

Read this interesting information about the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation relative to spinal fusion surgery for lower back pain. A rule change, beginning 2018, says no spinal fusion surgery without at least 60 days of conservative care, prior. This conservative care can include chiropractic. Also, it states that opioids should be avoided whenever possible and the avoidance of “provider catastrophizing the explanation of the MRI findings.” Why? Because spinal fusion outcomes are significantly worse than non-fusion surgery. A study found 77% of the workers did not return to work for 2 years after fusion. Most back problems will respond to chiropractic and conservative care. Studies now support chiropractic care as being the first responders for conservative care. Pass the word!!

Lower Triglycerides with Fish Oil

Unless you live under a rock, you have probably heard about the amazing benefits of fish oil and its role in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. It lowers triglycerides, blood pressure and slows the hardening of the arteries. Evidence suggests it even improves health outcomes for those already with heart disease. Did you know a large 4-year study from Italy published in the British Lancet, determined that daily fish oils (Omega-3 fatty acids) were superior to the cholesterol reducing drug Crestor? The side effects of Crestor are numerous, but headaches, muscle pain, abdominal pain, weakness and nausea are just a few. Those who took the fish oil were less susceptible to hospitalization or death than those given Crestor. Remember that cholesterol lowering drugs are a multi-billion dollar industry, in and of itself. Talk to your Chiropractor about ways to improve your health through nutritional supplementation.

Antidepressants and Death

Wow, just read an article about antidepressants and it was very eye opening. Researchers reviewed a number of studies involving over hundreds of thousands of antidepressant users and found a 33% higher risk of death among those users compared to non-users. The theory is that because those drugs tend to block serotonin absorption in the brain, they are also blocking the absorption in other organs such as the heart, kidneys, liver and lungs. Since these organs use serotonin, thus blocking its absorption may contribute to organ dysfunction. If you are having issues with depression, it may be time to revisit your physician to discuss the risk/benefit of continued use. Remember there are natural alternatives that may be just as effective and more safe. Ask your chiropractor!!

Knee pain & steroids

Have you ever had a steroid injection for knee pain from osteoarthritis?  You might have been better off with a saline (salt water) injection. A new study reports that steroid injections did not improve pain or function scores for those who got them (compared to saline group) and in fact may accelerate the breakdown of the cartilage compared with saline injections.  Between the two groups in the study, there was no difference with pain at any time across the two groups. The only major difference was that the steroid group showed a loss of cartilage compared to the saline group.  The researchers suggest using steroid injections for flair ups of osteoarthritis pain but not as an “long-term treatment strategy”!

Chronic Pain & Opioids

Chronic pain is one of those things that can literally make you lose your mind or even damage it.  A study of over 10,000 elderly adults found that those adults dealing with moderate to severe chronic pain, also had a significantly more rapid decline in cognitive function including memory, attention, as well as increased signs of dementia. This was compared to people with little to no pain. So instead of getting a prescription for opioids when you are in pain, find your local chiropractor, as study after study has proven its effectiveness in reducing the symptoms of those with chronic pain.!!

Over the counter meds and heart attack

Do you take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen (Advil, Naproxen, Diclofenac, etc.) on a regular basis?  I just read a study that found taking these over-the-counter meds on a regular basis, may increase your risk of a heart attack by as much as 30 percent.  Apparently they can influence platelet aggregation, cause blood clots, cause arteries to constrict, increase fluid retention and raise blood pressure.  Even though they are readily available drugs, they are not necessarily without risk especially if you have cardiovascular disease. It is a stark reminder that these drugs are not harmless.  There are supplemental alternatives for these painkillers. Talk to your Chiropractor on how to get pain relief from safer and more natural resources.

Opioids and Risk of Death

Pain is a fact of life and because of that people tend to seek out ways to reduce pain with their daily activities.  Did you know that fatal drug overdoses now have surpassed suicides and car accidents as a cause of death according to the CDC?  The death rate for opioid overdoses quadrupled from 1999 to 2015.  That means 91 Americans a day now die from opioid overdose. Though all age groups are more at risk for dying, those between their mid-40s and 60s are the hardest hit.  Chiropractic helps people of all ages reduce the pain that prevents them from enjoying life and can improve the function of the spine and body for maximum performance.  Don’t let prescription pain killers control your life…talk to your chiropractor for more alternatives…. !!