Southington, CT Chiropractor Rob Shaw, DC
The object of the carnival game Whack-a-Mole is to use a rubber mallet to hit as many critters as possible when they pop up in random succession. Trouble is, as you hit one mole, three more pop up and disappear before you can nail them all. Whack-a-Mole is a perfect metaphor for how patients get medicated today. Unfortunately in this game you end up on a ton of different drugs, for a bunch of different problems, with no actual improvement in your health.
According to Generation Rx, in 2004 the number of prescription drugs used by the average American annually was twelve. Data from FamiliesUSA.com show the average number of prescriptions taken per senior citizen grew from 19.6 in 1992 to 28.5 in 2000, an increase of 45 percent. By 2010 that number is projected to be 38.5. Yet despite taking all these drugs, the US embarrassingly ranks 37th among the world’s industrial countries when it comes overall health.
In Chiropractic, health is not defined by how many symptoms you can temporarily ‘whack away’ with drugs, but how well your body can heal and function under its own Power. You have more innate, healing ability in your little finger than all the drugs and hospitals in the world put together. Big Pharma doesn’t want you to believe that, but Chiropractic does. If you maintain a clear nerve system, eat right and get enough exercise, you’ll stay out of their failing whack-a-symptom game. Until next time.