Making informed decisions


Why I like Netflix™, Amazon Prime™, HBO NOW™ and another instant online television series is because we are less and less influenced by commercials. The never ending list of fast food commercials, truck or car dealerships, or pharmaceutical propaganda, encouraging the viewer to buy, buy, buy. They’re all the same with images of joyful, skinny, perfect people with lives full of laughter and a spring in their step. Most annoyingly is the drugs and how they lure us into believing if we take their medications that our lives will also be perfect and nothing but fun. This is contradictory to the last minute of the commercial the narrator starts speaking two times faster than normal to list off the possible risks of taking said drug.

It seems like a very lopsided option when taking medications. On one hand we may suffer from such side effects from the prescription such as blurred vision, tunnel vision, eye pain or swelling, or seeing halos around lights, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, feeling unsteady, loss of coordination, racing thoughts, unusual risk-taking behavior, feelings of extreme happiness or sadness, low levels of sodium in the body – headache, confusion, slurred speech, severe weakness, vomiting, loss of coordination, feeling unsteady, or severe nervous system reaction – very stiff (rigid) muscles, high fever, sweating, confusion, fast or uneven heartbeats, tremors, feeling like you might pass out, drowsiness, tired feeling, sleep problems (insomnia), vision changes, mild nausea, gas, heartburn, upset stomach, constipation, weight changes, decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm; or increased sweating. Just to get rid of ANXIETY. Just one symptom we could exchange that anxiety we’re experiencing.

I am not downplaying anxiety, but I also don’t want to downplay ‘loss of coordination’. Every individual has to weigh the risks with the benefits.

Another example, acid-reducing medications basically incapacitate your digestive system. With the false premise that all acid is bad, they give medications to soak up the “excess” acids or stop the body from producing them in the first place. But not all acid is bad. We naturally have acid enzymes – we’re supposed to! However, our own acid enzymes do not damage the stomach lining. The stomach lining is intended to withstand the harshness of that kind of an acid environment. However, a deficiency of acid enzymes causes the food to ferment in your stomach, resulting in the release of organic enzymes, which cause the problems. The answer to heartburn and reflux isn’t in preventing the body from making acid enzymes, but encouraging it to make the appropriate amount. While very occasionally it is appropriate to take medications, it is better to figure out WHY the body isn’t doing its job in the first place. There are multiple reasons why people have digestive disorders. The good news is that they don’t have to resort to medications or surgery to manage the symptoms.

Every organ in the body is dependent upon minerals to function. Without minerals, the function is altered. The acid-reducing medications prevent you from digesting properly, and especially the minerals are compromised. This means that your health starts to go downhill. Joints start to ache, fatigue becomes a normal part of your life, allergies kick in and a whole myriad of health issues worsens – but the heartburn is gone! We’ve traded one simple digestive issue for a myriad of other health conditions that may not be as easy to treat. We’ve traded poor health for worse health. What have we gained? Of course to get well it takes work. You have to work on your stress levels whenever possible, you have to improve your diet, and you can’t eat things that worsen your condition. You have to take personal responsibility for getting well. That could include seeing some natural medicine doctors, such as acupuncturists.

Utilizing chiropractic care and whole food nutrition is one of the most effective ways of overcoming digestive disorders that I have ever experienced. Chiropractic care, especially corrective structural chiropractic care restores function. It reduces inflammation and stimulates the healing process. Along with good nutritional and herbal recommendations, you can eliminate your digestive problems, not just manage them.

Because it works to heal, not just mask the symptom, if you continue to follow the good advice after your care is through, you can expect your symptoms to stay gone forever. Chiropractic has been around for a hundred years because it works.

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