A a chiropractor our focus is very much on helping people get the most out of life. With that in mind we are doing whatever we can to help increase the ‘health span’ of our clients. Many people go on to live to a ripe old age but for far too many the last decades are uncomfortable due to pain and involve constantly traipsing back and forth from the ‘doctors’ to get their pain medication.
Obviously many of these drugs prolong life and are extremely important but it always seems a shame to me. The same amount of effort, applied earlier in life could have resulted in a completely different outcome.
If you don’t make time for health now you WILL make time for disease later.
I’ve been looking at some statistics recently and they tell a worrying story. Far too many of us are popping pills every day misguidedly in the name of ‘health’. Unfortunately this ritual of taking pharmaceutical drugs, always chasing the ‘quick-fix’, is far, far more dangerous than the majority perceive
Let’s learn from America’s mistakes
The statistics I’m about to quote are from America but they can certainly be applied to Singapore to a large extent as we can see clearly that a large proportion of Singaporeans end up being medicated for serious degenerative conditions. This trend is worsening and today in America 50% of ALL (not just the elderly….ALL) people take a pharmaceutical drug daily.
Astonishingly, if you isolate senior citizens, the number shoots up to a whopping 90%. This is certainly shocking, but for me what is worse, is that 20% of children are on medications.
SHOCKING…Recently a friend told me how his father had recently passed away. He had been on a cocktail of 14 drugs daily for many years and long after his death he was still getting reminders to keep taking the pills!
This situation is not without consequences and statistics show that deaths from pharmaceutical drugs are continuing to rise at an alarming rate. If you are skeptical, and I do applaud healthy skepticism, I invite you to ‘Google’ the phrase “pharmaceutical drugs kill”. I just did this very thing and the search results were frightening. Go on, give it a try! You’ll see headlines from major news organisations such as Fox and CNN that read:
“Prescription drugs 62,000 times more likely to kill… “
“Prescription drugs kill 6200% more Americans…
“Prescription Drugs Kill 300 Percent More Americans than Illegal Drugs…”
“Prescription drugs are now killing more people than traffic accidents…”
“Prescription Drug Deaths Skyrocket…”
And so it goes on and on and on…….
Sadly, most people don’t know that properly prescribed prescription drugs kill over 100,000 Americans each year. If we include prescription drug abuse, then this number skyrockets. In Singapore likewise, drugs companies and their reps dish these products out like candy and there is growing prescription drug abuse.
Remember any disease or condition exists only when the body has not been able to return to balance or ‘homeostasis.’ Drugs are usually not the smart answer. Many of these conditions can be treated highly effectively with more natural, safer strategies. Remember we are always in a state of change; at any time we are literally growing into a new body. This gives us a tremendous opportunity to work on our ‘Pillars of Health’ and bring our body back into a healthy state of balance.
My advice would be this. If your doctor prescribes you a drug, take your health into your own hands, take some responsibility. Consider lifestyle changes, look for natural alternatives, get second opinions and do your own research. Try and get as much knowledge on the subject and learn to keep asking the right questions. Only take the drug after you are 100% certain it is safe and in your best interests.
After all — your very life may depend on it!