WHAT IS HEALTH TO YOU? <ul><li>The common response to this question is “feeling good”. As long as we do not have symptoms we perceive ourselves as being healthy. </li></ul>
Health Is… <ul><li>“ … a condition of wholeness to which all of the organs are functioning 100% of the time.” </li></ul><ul><li>Websters Dictionary </li></ul><ul><li>“ Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity .” </li></ul><ul><li>Dorland’s Medical Dictionary </li></ul><ul><li>There is more to being healthy than just feeling good. We can feel well along the path of dis-ease (lack of ease) before we begin to experience symptoms. Remember, if you have been experiencing life at a compromised level since birth, you have no standard of good health against which to measure up how you feel. </li></ul><ul><li>How you feel therefore is not a good indicator of how you are. </li></ul>
We Have a system of SICK care Insurance pays when you are sick or hurt You go to the Doctor when you are sick <ul><li>Currently, the United States spends about 1.5 trillion dollars for healthcare , and the projections are that it will double in less than 10 years. </li></ul><ul><li>The sad tragedy is that we are spending all of this money on disease management focused on drugs and surgery , and our return on this investment is profoundly poor. </li></ul><ul><li>Often, negative health and lifestyle choices are made because of a lack of knowledge , It is my passion to increase your awareness of the health tragedies facing you, so you may enjoy good health and alleviate unnecessary disease and suffering. </li></ul>
US Health System Most Expensive in World The most expensive in the world , the American healthcare system is also riddled with problems and contradictions. In short, the American system is a work in progress, driven by a disparate array of interests with two goals that are often in conflict: providing healthcare to the sick, and generating income for the persons and organizations that assume the financial risk . The government's annual bill for healthcare spending -- $3,925 per person -- significantly exceeds that of other nations, because physicians' salaries and hospital costs are higher, and medical technology is more widely used. The transfer of funds among federal and state Medicare and Medicaid programs is another important component of national healthcare spending. The American healthcare system is at once the most expensive and the most inadequate system in the developed world. The New England Journal of Medicine January 7, 1999;340:48, 70-76.
The World Health Organization's ranking of the world's health systems. Source: WHO World Health Report 1 France 2 Italy 3 San Marino 4 Andorra 5 Malta 6 Singapore 7 Spain 8 Oman 9 Austria 10 Japan 11 Norway 12 Portugal 13 Monaco 14 Greece 15 Iceland 16 Luxembourg 17 Netherlands 18 United Kingdom 19 Ireland 20 Switzerland 21 Belgium 22 Colombia 23 Sweden 24 Cyprus 25 Germany 26 Saudi Arabia 27 United Arab Emirates 28 Israel 29 Morocco 30 Canada 31 Finland 32 Australia 33 Chile 34 Denmark 35 Dominica 36 Costa Rica 37 United States of America 38 Slovenia 39 Cuba 40 Brunei 41 New Zealand 42 Bahrain 43 Croatia 44 Qatar 45 Kuwait 46 Barbados 47 Thailand 48 Czech Republic 49 Malaysia 50 Poland 51 Dominican Republic 52 Tunisia 53 Jamaica 54 Venezuela 55 Albania 56 Seychelles 57 Paraguay 58 South Korea 59 Senegal 60 Philippines 61 Mexico 62 Slovakia 63 Egypt 64 Kazakhstan 65 Uruguay 66 Hungary 67 Trinidad and Tobago 68 Saint Lucia 69 Belize 70 Turkey 71 Nicaragua 72 Belarus 73 Lithuania 74 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 75 Argentina 76 Sri Lanka 77 Estonia 78 Guatemala 79 Ukraine 80 Solomon Islands 81 Algeria 82 Palau 83 Jordan 84 Mauritius 85 Grenada 86 Antigua and Barbuda 87 Libya 88 Bangladesh 89 Macedonia 90 Bosnia-Herzegovina 91 Lebanon 92 Indonesia 93 Iran 94 Bahamas 95 Panama 96 Fiji 97 Benin 98 Nauru 99 Romania 100 Saint Kitts and Nevis
General Facts <ul><li>In 1990, US life expectancy was 71.8 years for men and 78.8 years for women, among the lowest rates in the developed countries. </li></ul><ul><li>The 1990 US infant mortality rate in the US was 9.2 per 1,000 live births, in the bottom half of the distribution among all developed countries. </li></ul><ul><li>Health status is correlated with socioeconomic status. </li></ul><ul><li>Health care is not universal. </li></ul><ul><li>Health care is based on the free market system with no fixed budget or limitations on expansion. </li></ul><ul><li>Health care accounts for 14% of the US GNP ($800 billion in 1993). </li></ul><ul><li>The federal government does no central planning, though it is the major purchaser of health care for older people and some poor people. </li></ul><ul><li>Americans are less satisfied with their health care system than people in other developed countries. </li></ul><ul><li>US medicine specializes in expensive medical technology; some large US cities have more magnetic resonance image (MRI) scanners than most countries. </li></ul><ul><li>Huge public and private investments in medical research and pharmaceutical development drive this “technological arms race.” </li></ul><ul><li>Any efforts to restrain technological developments in health care are opposed by policymakers concerned about negative impacts on medical-technology industries. </li></ul>
Is American Medicine Working? <ul><li>US health care spending reached $1.6 trillion in 2003, representing 14% of the nation's gross </li></ul><ul><li>national product.(15) Considering this enormous expenditure, we should have the best medicine in the world. We should be preventing and reversing disease, and doing minimal harm. Careful and objective review, however, shows we are doing the opposite. Because of the extraordinarily narrow, technologically driven context in which contemporary medicine examines the human condition, we are completely missing the larger picture. </li></ul><ul><li>Medicine is not taking into consideration the following critically important aspects of a healthy human organism: (a) stress and how it adversely affects the immune system and life processes; (b) insufficient exercise; (c) excessive caloric intake; (d) highly processed and denatured foods grown in denatured and chemically damaged soil; and (e) exposure to tens of thousands of environmental toxins. Instead of minimizing these disease-causing factors, we cause more illness through medical technology, diagnostic testing, overuse of medical and surgical procedures, and overuse of pharmaceutical drugs. The huge disservice of this therapeutic strategy is the result of little effort or money being spent on preventing disease. </li></ul>
USA Leads the World ... In Medical Errors Health Affairs November 3, 2005 Yahoo News November 3, 2005 <ul><li>Based on a comparison of health care systems in six nations, the 2005 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey found that America led the rest in inefficient care and medical errors. </li></ul><ul><li>Improper Treatment 34 Percent of the Time </li></ul><ul><li>Researchers interviewed patients who had a serious condition that required intense medical treatment or had been admitted to a hospital for a condition other than a routine pregnancy. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Patients in this country received the wrong medication, inaccurate or delayed test results, and improper treatment 34 percent of the time. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A third of the patients polled reported higher rates of disorganized care in their physician's offices. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Americans also spent more on medical expenses than those in the other countries, with more than half unable to see a doctor or take prescribed medicines. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>12 Percent Spread </li></ul><ul><li>The spread between the United States and countries with lower error rates was fairly wide, with a 12 percent difference between Britain, which had the lowest rate of errors, and the United States. The American rate was driven up by fairly frequent test and medication errors. </li></ul>
“ The Power That Made The Body Heals The Body”
Health comes from above/down and inside/out. Within all living things there is a power or energy. When the energy flows without interference life can express itself and health results.
We live in a world that includes many stresses. These stresses comes in one of three forms: 1. Physical – Birth trauma, slips falls, accidents, poor posture. 2. Chemical – Nutritionally deficient food, drugs, pollution. 3. Mental/Emotional – Negative thoughts, feelings, environmental influences. This is the true cause of lost health.
The controller of health in our body is the brain and nerve system. <ul><li>The brain and nerve system controls and co-ordinates the life energy, therefore all of our functions . </li></ul><ul><li>All of our bodily functions such as our digestion, circulation and respiration receive mental impulses or nerve energy from the brain. These mental impulses flow down the spinal cord , out between the moveable spinal vertebrae in the spinal nerves to all parts of the body . So how do we get sick?... </li></ul>
What is a Subluxation? <ul><li>In simplest terms, a subluxation (a.k.a. Vertebral Subluxation) is when one or more of the bones of your spine (vertebrae) move out of position and put pressure on or irritate spinal nerves . Spinal nerves are the nerves that come out from between each of the bones in your spine. This pressure or irritation on the nerves then causes those nerves to malfunction and interfere with the signals traveling over those nerves. </li></ul>How does that affect my body?...
What happens when your body subluxates? <ul><li>Your nervous system controls and coordinates all the functions of your body. If you interfere with the signals travelling over nerves, parts of your body will not get the proper nerve messages and will not be able to function at 100% of your innate ability. In other words, some part of your body will not be working properly. </li></ul>
Subluxations? How dangerous are they? Are they really that bad? When you hear the word "cancer", there is an instant vision of a very serious and life threatening disease. When you hear the word "AIDS", you think of a terminal condition with a person suffering with no hope of survival. Subluxations compromise your body's function (lowered immunity and increased toxicity). Subluxations reduce your vitality making a breeding ground for infection, cancer and all other disease. That is how dangerous subluxations are.
What does the chiropractor do? Continued… <ul><li>It is the responsibility of the Doctor of Chiropractic to locate subluxations, and reduce or correct them . </li></ul><ul><li>This is done through a series of chiropractic adjustments specifically designed to correct the vertebral subluxations in your spine. Spinal Rehabilitation is also a very important component to make lasting correction. Chiropractors are the only professionals who undergo years of training to be the experts at correcting subluxations. </li></ul>But does it hurt? Is it safe?...
Safety and gentleness … is the preferred approach of this office. The techniques at Mercer Island Chiropractic accentuate the importance of allowing a person's body to do the correcting, where possible. You will find the techniques used are safe, gentle and very effective. When is the best time to check for subluxations?
When is the best time to be checked by a chiropractor? <ul><li> Based on what you know so far, when do you think would be the best time to check a person for subluxations? </li></ul><ul><li>1. Before conception </li></ul><ul><li>2. During pregnancy </li></ul><ul><li>3. After birth </li></ul><ul><li>4. As a teenager </li></ul><ul><li>5. When symptoms first show </li></ul><ul><li>6. When nothing else will help </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
Birth Trauma <ul><li>It's amazing what a newborn child has to go through to become a part of this world. If you think about the incredible stress that happens to a baby and a mother during the birth process, it's not surprising to see how they can be subluxated, not to mention when something goes wrong! </li></ul>
The most significant subluxations that have the most detrimental effects on a person’s health occur by the age of three . <ul><li>The best time to get your spine checked for subluxations is when your an infant. The nervous system is needed for proper growth and development of children. There are “windows of opportunity” when certain parts of the brain and body grow. If the nervous system is not working when the opportunity arises it could be missed. So get your kids checked early </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
How can you be Healthy? <ul><li>We accomplish health and wellness through DREAM </li></ul><ul><li>D iet </li></ul><ul><li>R est </li></ul><ul><li>E xercise (Cardiovascular, Stretching, Resisted muscle training.) </li></ul><ul><li>A djustments and Rehabilitation </li></ul><ul><li>M ental Attitude </li></ul>
The only way to determine if someone has subluxation is to be checked by a Chiropractor… <ul><li>Do Not Wait Until Nothing Can Be Done! </li></ul>
Near Normal As a result of trauma to the body and spine (physical, chemical or emotional), subluxation occurs and initiates the degeneration process. Description: Normal forward curve Disc Spaces are even and thick Distinct borders of vertebrae and neural foramen (nerve holes) are wide open.
Phase One Subluxation Degeneration Expected Outcome: With chiropractic care, complete correction is available and can take up to 18 months. If neglected and left uncorrected, progression to phase 2 is inevitable. Description: Loss of normal curve and alignment The disc spaces between the vertebrae are beginning to decrease. Clear and distinct borders of the vertebrae are still present. Nerve holes are stretched or compressed
Phase Two Subluxation Degeneration Early Stages <ul><li>Description: Loss of normal curves and alignment Decrease in disc space between the subluxated vertebrae Calcium buildup and cloudy borders of vertebrae Direct compression and nerve pressure Expected Outcome: With chiropractic care complete correction is no longer available for damaged vertebrae and structures, but still available for non-damaged areas of the spine. Correction can take from 1.5 years to 2.5 years. If neglected and left uncorrected will progress to later stages of phase 2. </li></ul>
Phase Two (Later Stages) Subluxation Degeneration <ul><li>Description: Moderate to severe changes in the normal curve of the spine for the associated area. Often with reverse curves noted in the cervical spine. Disc spaces severely decreased, if present at all.Calcium spurs present on the corners of the vertebrae.Shape Changes of the Vertebrae.Moderate to severe compression of nerve holes Expected Outcome: With chiropractic care, correction is not available in damaged areas but utilized to stop present degeneration and to prevent further progression to next phase. Correction can take from 2.5 years to 3.5 years. Improvement generally measured from a functional standpoint. If neglected and left untreated this will lead to Phase 3. </li></ul>
Phase Three Subluxation Degeneration <ul><li>Description: Subluxations have been neglected and left uncorrected for decades. This phase will negatively affect the patients longevity and quality of life. The massive amount of neurological damage caused by years of subluxation that have lead to phase four are likely to take a serious toll on this person's health. Severe to complete loss of normal curvature. The calcium deposits noted in Phase 2 have been changed to bone in the form of spurs and fusion on one or more levels. Disc spaces are minimal to non-existent. Expected Outcome: With Chiropractic care correction may not be possible. However, care directed at reducing the subluxation can still be of benefit. People in this phase of care with regular chiropractic still report improved mobility and quality of life. </li></ul>
Chiropractic Research <ul><li>Evidence for the Effectiveness of Chiropractic </li></ul><ul><li>Numerous studies throughout the world have shown that chiropractic treatment, is both safe and effective. Many other studies have shown that chiropractic care can contain costs and get workers back on the job in less time than other treatments . The following are excerpts from a few of the more recent studies: For Acute Low-Back Problems: "For patients with acute low-back symptoms without radiculopathy, the scientific evidence suggests spinal manipulation is effective in reducing pain and perhaps speeding recovery within the first month of symptoms." - Clinical Practice Guidelines , AHCPR (1994) </li></ul>
Chiropractic Research continued <ul><li>• For Long-Term Low-Back Problems: "There is strong evidence that manipulation is more effective than a placebo treatment for chronic low-back pain or than usual care by the general practitioner, bed rest, analgesics and massage." - Spine , Van Tulder and Bouter et al. (1997) </li></ul><ul><li>"... improvement in all patients at three years was about 29% more in those treated by chiropractors than in those treated by the hospitals . The beneficial effect of chiropractic on pain was particularly clear." - British Medical Journal, Meade et al. (1995) </li></ul>
Chiropractic Research continued <ul><li>• For Pain: "... patients suffering from back and/or neck complaints experience chiropractic care as an effective means of resolving or ameliorating pain and functional impairments, thus reinforcing previous results showing the benefits of chiropractic treatment for back and neck pain ." - Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics , Verhoef et al. (1997) "...for the management of low-back pain , chiropractic care is the most effective treatment , and it should be fully integrated into the government's health care system." - The Manga Report (1993) </li></ul>
Chiropractic Research continued <ul><li>For the Elderly: "[Elderly] chiropractic users were less likely to have been hospitalized, less likely to have used a nursing home, more likely to report a better health status, more likely to exercise vigorously, and more likely to be mobile in the community. In addition, they were less likely to use prescription drugs." - Topics in Clinical Chiropractic , Coulter et al. (1996) </li></ul>
Chiropractic Research continued <ul><li>For Headaches: " Cervical spine manipulation was associated with significant improvement in headache outcomes in trials involving patients with neck pain and/or neck dysfunction and headache." - Duke Evidence Report, McCrory, Penzlen, Hasselblad, Gray (2001) "The results of this study show that spinal manipulative therapy is an effective treatment for tension headaches. . . Four weeks after cessation of treatment . . . the patients who received spinal manipulative therapy experienced a sustained therapeutic benefit in all major outcomes in contrast to the patients that received amitriptyline therapy, who reverted to baseline values." - Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics , Boline et al. (1995) </li></ul>
Chiropractic Research continued <ul><li>For Containing Costs and Getting Workers Back on the Job: "The overwhelming body of evidence" shows that chiropractic management of low-back pain is more cost-effective than medical management , and that "many medical therapies are of questionable validity or are clearly inadequate." - The Manga Report (1993) First contact chiropractic care for common low back conditions costs substantially less than traditional medical treatment and "deserves careful consideration" by managed care executives concerned with controlling health care spending. - Medical Care , Stano and Smith (1996) </li></ul>
What do you need to do to fix this permanently? 1)Time 2) Repetition 3) Energy
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