Recently, there has been an obvious shift in how we view health care. A few decades ago, there was just a blanket acceptance that drugs and surgery would solve all our health problems. Through numerous surveys and studies in the last ten years, a growing percentage of the population is leaning toward more natural forms of health care, rather than having to deal with a life of drugs and surgery.
Prescription Drugs and Prevention
In 1990, Harvard Medical School calculated that there were 388 million visits to medical doctors and 426 million visits to natural health practitioners in the United States. In 1997 they calculated 386 million visits to medical doctors and 686 million visits to natural health practitioners. The obvious trend is that people are looking for more natural approaches than medicine.
There is widespread acknowledgment that there are more adverse effects from drugs than ever before, and it scares people. Through research, we now know that the fourth leading cause of death in our society is prescription medication. Some newer research argues that it is actually number three. In the US, researchers maintain that the number of deaths as a direct result of medication is over 40,000 people a year.
Crisis Care System
Every day I see people who either don’t want to begin a drug regime, or who realize it is in their best interest to change their health in a natural way. When they stop taking the drugs they have been on for a long period of time, many of the side affects that have been plaguing them are alleviated.
In our health care system, medicine shines because of a crisis care mentality. Our doctors are the best at saving lives for those who have severe health crises. Advancements in health care, as a result of the billions of dollars spent on research, have shown that medicine is great for crises situations, however not very effective for long-term health.
From Drugs to Chiropractic
Chiropractic is the leading natural health care profession worldwide, educating people on how to have a natural and healthy existence from the moment of birth to the day they leave this world. The more we use natural approaches to build the strength of our bodies, the less we will find ourselves in crisis care situations.