Do painkillers fix your health problems? Do drugs cure you or correct the causes of your pain? Is medication actually helping you or does it possibly cause more damage?
Though it isn’t required, many of my patients consult my clinic after getting a referral from their GP. More consult my practice on their own accord after being dissatisfied with the solutions that their GPs propose for their health problems.
Almost daily, my patients complain to me that the only health solutions offered by their GPs are medications or prescribed painkillers. Nowadays, most people who attend my clinic are not happy to take more over the counter pills or prescribed drugs.
You don’t have to be a ‘healthnut’ to take on this viewpoint. I see retired people, pregnant women, mothers, students and office workers who all prefer to avoid medications if possible. For most people, it just makes sense to fix things as naturally as possible when it comes to the body and their health concerns.
I think humans innately know that trying to achieve health through unnatural ways is not good for them. I do not intend in any way to criticise the medical profession as their presence is so important to so many people. But even medical professionals are quick to admit that many common medications have possible side effects and that prolonged use of medications may cause future complications. Other problems with pharmaceuticals include mistakenly consuming incorrect dosages or even mix ups in hospitals or pharmacies with giving out the wrong medications. The research and the statistics are out there that support the numerous mistakes with medications. Nowadays it has become more mainstream for all people, even medical doctors, to support natural ways of staying healthy.
So, why the trend toward natural ways to help the body stay healthy?
We all know that our bodies require natural foods to stay healthy. Drugs, pills, chemicals and anything artificial is not something our bodies are designed to process. Foods that are consumed in their whole and natural form are more in alignment with the biochemistry of our bodies and easier for us to process. Pharmaceuticals, though helpful to those with specifically diagnosed needs, contain an array of potentially harmful chemical and artificial ingredients that may produce various side effects.
Medications don’t ‘fix’ or ‘cure’ the actual health problem, but rather fool your body into ‘thinking’ or ‘feeling’ that your are well. Usually medications offer a false sense of well-being because they make symptoms less noticable. They often cause a change in the production of this hormone or that receptor in the body. This tricks the body into ‘thinking’ that all is ok. You may then go on with your regular activities and may not be giving the body the necessary time required to heal.
Taking control of your health requires that you shift your normal beliefs about pain and symptoms to how the body expresses health, displays potential problems and how the body adapts, functions and heals.
Your body is programmed for survival and for health. For example, we get high fevers to kill off bacteria or infections in the body. We perspire to cool down and to maintian our body’s constant core temperature. Joints get swollen and inflamed after an injury so they become more stable and less moveable which allows damaged tissues the time to heal. If we ingest bad food, we may vomit or get diarrhea to expel the damaging bacteria. This is the body’s way of maintaining balance and expressing its natural built in defense mechanisms.
So, what happens if we take a pill or potion to suppress these expressions of health? We may feel better. All signs of the problem may seem to disappear. But what happens next? Perhaps we may experience a side effect. Read on to hear my story…
I personally had a horrible experience with NSAIDS which are commonly prescribed or purchased over the counter. (NSAIDS are non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs). I developed a severe stomach ulcer at the age of 24. I was prescribed ibuprofen (This is an anti-inflammatory medication, or NSAID. This drug is available over the counter in the US and the UK and is often an ingredient in nurofen, paracetamol or motrin). This medication was prescribed by an orthopaedic medical doctor for a foot injury I sustained during my ballet training. I continued with my dance rehearsals and felt no pain. Was I cured? When I finished bottle of ibruprofen, I discovered I was not cured but in even worse pain than before. I was in agony. I realised that I was doing myself more harm because I was dancing on an injured foot, not allowing it to heal. Although I didn’t feel any pain whilst dancing, I certainly was not giving my body what it needed to get well. Then a stomach ulcer appeared 4 years later. I know it was because of my use of ibruprofen. I was regularly prescribed anti-inflammatories for my injuries throughout my dance career. I often needed to perform, despite injuries and I listened to my medical doctor. In any case, it was apparent to me that medications were interfering with my inborn defense system. I found out the hard way that complications or side effects do occur from using a medication regularly.
Often painkillers give you a false sense of wellness. This means you don’t give the body the time required to heal. This may result in a relapse of symptoms, extended healing times and sometimes permanent damage.
So, what is the solution?
Dr Joe Mercola, a well respected health professional (www.mercola.com) says the following, “Care, not treatment, is the answer. Drugs, surgery and hospitals are rarely the answer to chronic health problems. Facilitating the God-given healing capacity that all of us have is the key. Improving the diet, exercise and lifestyle are basic.”
Chiropractic is a lifestyle habit that can help with the body’s healing and function. The body has a master control system called the nervous system which is responsible for controlling and coordinating all internal functions. Interference with this system can disrupt the healing capacity of your body. Chiropractors assure the smooth running of this system by giving gentle adjustments to misaligned spinal bones. If the blockages to the nerves are removed your body has a greater chance of expressing health, adapting and healing.
This is natural and non invasive way to stay healthy.
You are responsible for your health, your lifestyle habits and the health choices you make.
So, what sounds better to you;
- natural or chemical?
- prevention or crisis, suffering and treatments?
- healing from the outside or healing from the inside?
- maintaining health or fighting diseases and conditions?
- balance or imbalance?
Chiropractic make sense.
To find out more please go to www.londonchiropractor.com or stop by our north London clinic.
Highgate Chiropractic, 174 Archway Road, London N6 5BB, Tel : 020 8341 2212 , www.highgatechiropractic.com
Dr. Angela Grove is a Doctor of Chiropractic. She trained at Life University’s College of Chiropractic (www.life.edu) in Atlanta, Georgia, USA and has been in practice for 9 years. She is fully qualified with the General Chiropractic Council of the UK. She continues to attend regular seminars in continuing education, clinical research, chiropractic technique and philosophy, as well as courses in health, fitness and personal development. She also enjoys practicing yoga, pilates, meditation, rollerblading, snowboarding and running.
Dr. Angela Grove in her Highgate practice
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