Will you be Part of this Epidemic?

If you’ve been following the recent news stories and research, you know that Opioid use is becoming more and more rampant.

Here are some facts:drugs

1 The US consumes more than 80% of the global Opioid pill production even though it has less than 5% of the world’s population.

2 In 2015, almost 40% of Americans were using prescription painkillers. 1

3 100 million people are estimated to suffer from chronic pain in the US. 2

4 Nearly ½ of all US Opiod overdose deaths are due to prescription opiods. 3

Why are Opiates addictive?

Opiates can be found in several widely-used drugs including: heroin, morphine, codeine and hydrocodone. Opiates create artificial endorphins in the brain -which produce in the early stages of use warm, good feelings in the user. But over time, opiates trick the brain into stopping the production of these endorphins naturally. At this point, the only way an opiate addict can experience positive feelings is by using the drug in question. This process is the reason why opiates are so addictive.

Why has Opiate addiction increased drastically in the last 10 years?

Here’s the generally accepted theory-

Starting in the late 1990s, a handful of pharmaceutical corporations promoted prescription opiates as the solution to America’s physical pain. Large numbers of people then started to take these drugs — and because Oxycontin and Percocet and the rest have such powerful chemical hooks, many found themselves addicted. Doctors in many parts of the world — including Canada and some European countries — prescribe more powerful opiates than their peers in the United States. If what we’ve been told is right, they should become addicted in huge numbers. But this doesn’t occur. The Canadian physician Gabor Maté argues in his book “In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts” that studies examining the medicinal use of narcotics for pain relief find no significant risk of addiction.4

Here’s a second theory that makes more sense to me –

Opiate use is climbing because people feel more distressed and disconnected, and are turning to anesthetics to cope with their psychological pain.

Addiction rates are not spread evenly across the United States, as you would expect if chemical hooks were the primary cause. On the contrary, addiction is soaring in areas such as the Rust Belt, the South Bronx and the forgotten towns of New England, where people there say they are lonelier and more insecure than they have been in living memory.

So if you agree with the second theory, opiate use is increasing because people feel more distressed and disconnected.

Wow! If this is the case, and you are faced with the choice of becoming more distressed and disconnected and becoming addicted to opiates OR choosing to become MORE connected and less distressed, which would you choose?

If your answer is #2, then please, if you know someone who is distressed and disconnected from an inability to adapt to their accumulated physical, chemical and emotional stress, let them know they have healthier options! You could very well help save the life of someone you know and care for.

Thanks for taking a major step towards becoming more connected and less distressed about your health and life.

1 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. Results From the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Detailed

2 Tables. https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUH-DetTabs-2015/NSDUH-DetTabs-2015/NSDUH-DetTabs-2015.pdf. Published September 2016. Accesssed March 27, 2017.

3 Opioid Data Analysis. Opioid Overdose. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Website. https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/data/analysis.html. Accessed March 27, 2017.

4 http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-hari-prescription-drug-crisis-cause-20170112-story.html

Is This What you Want?

What if you paid lots of money for something that you needed to have access to, with the hopes of never using it? Sounds crazy already, right?

Then, what if you actually had to use what you needed to have that you paid lots of money for, and the results of what you used were worse than people who paid much less for that access? You would probably say that was a poor choice or bad investment, right?

What if the system we were analyzing was your health care system?  According the The Commonwealth Fund, the United States health care system is the most expensive in the world, but this report and prior editions consistently show the U.S. underperforms relative to other countries on most dimensions of performance. Among the 11 nations studied in this report—Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States—the U.S. ranks last, as it did in the 2010, 2007, 2006, and 2004 editions of Mirror, Mirror. 1health

Think about it, what good is something that you pay a tremendous amount of money for that underperforms when you rely on it? Is the health care system you pay into really a “health care” system, or is it a “sickness care” system? It is important to make that distinction. Do you rely on your health care system to optimize your health or is it designed to control a sickness or disease so that you can return to the way you felt before you experienced the sickness or disease?

If I had a broken arm, I would go to the emergency room to have my arm set. My arm needs the proper help to set the bone so that my arm can properly heal. If I had a breathing problem, is it in the best interest of my health to be put on a prescription for steroids? What is the goal of the steroids? Is it to allow my lungs to function better, to return to their optimal function? No, the goal of the steroids is to open up the airways of my lungs so I can feel better, but at what cost?

Over the years patients have told me, “If only you were covered by my insurance plan I could afford to see you.” I understand the process: You pay for insurance so that you can use it to improve your health. Is that really the role of insurance? Is insurance that you pay designed for your health care or for your sickness or disease control? If you agree that’s the role of insurance, then it is still a vital role. It’s important to understand the distinction – chiropractic care offered in this office is designed to IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH, not to monitor or control your sickness or disease.

I am proud to offer health care in my office to help you be the BEST you can be. It is important to understand the difference between this and what you pay your insurance premiums for. I support you in making decisions that will help you regain and maintain optimal health.

1 http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/fund-reports/2014/jun/mirror-mirror

You May be on your Way to life as a Diabetic and not Know it

We all have our moments of epiphany, and one of mine was over 40 years ago. I was 16 and drinking a Coke and when I moved my teeth back and forth, it felt like my teeth were disintegrating! Coke-woman-drinking-bottle-jpg
From that moment on, I have not drank sugared and/or caffeinated beverages. Millions of Americans and hundreds of millions of people worldwide regularly drink Coke and/or associated highly sugared and caffeinated products. You may not know it, but you can be on the path towards a diabetic life!

Here are some sad facts surrounding Coke:

  1. Americans ingest 1.7 million tons — or 10.8 pounds per person — of sugar each year from Coca-Cola alone. Sugarstacks.com
  2. Americans drink an average of 399 servings of Coke products per year.  50% of these are Coke brands, and 63% of those are Coca-Cola Classic. That comes out to 125.7 Classic Coke servings per person.
  3. With 39 grams of sugar per serving, that means the average American consumes 4.9 kilograms per year — or 10.8 pounds.
Multiply that by 307 million Americans and you get around 1.7 million tons of sugar.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/facts-about-coca-cola-2011-6#ixzz3iLHUiiC0

So what DOES happen when you drink that Coke or related product? Here’s a step by step narration of what happens in the first hour after drinking a Coke:

Here it is according to Dr. Mercola, of http://www.mercola.com

Within the first 10 minutes,10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. This is 100 percent of your recommended daily intake, and the only reason you don’t vomit as a result of the overwhelming sweetness is because phosphoric acid cuts the flavor.

Within 20 minutes, your blood sugar spikes, and your liver responds to the resulting insulin burst by turning massive amounts of sugar into fat.

Within 40 minutes, caffeine absorption is complete; your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, and your livers dumps more sugar into your bloodstream.

Around 45 minutes, your body increases dopamine production, which stimulates the pleasure centers of your brain – a physically identical response to that of heroin, by the way.

After 60 minutes, you’ll start to have a sugar crash.

Repeat every 2 or 3 hours every day of your life, and you are headed down a path that it is difficult to return from. Just think of what the effects are on your liver, your pancreas, and your bloodstream.

The average American drinks more than 60 gallons of soft drinks each year, but before you grab that next can of soda, consider this: one can of soda has about 10 teaspoons of sugar, 150 calories, 30 to 55 mg of caffeine, and is loaded with artificial food colors and sulphites. Not to mention the fact that it’s also your largest source of dangerous high-fructose modified corn syrup.

Let’s take a look at some of the other major components of a can of soda:

  • Phosphoric Acid: Which can interfere with the body’s ability to use calcium, leading to osteoporosis or softening of the teeth and bones.
  • Sugar: It is a proven fact that sugar increases insulin levels, which can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, weight gain, premature aging and many more negative side effects. Most sodas include over 100 percent of the RDA of sugar. Sugar is so bad for your health in so many ways, I even created an entire list outlining 100-Plus Ways in Which Sugar Can Damage Your Health
  • Aspartame: This chemical is used as a sugar substitute in diet soda. There are over 92 different health side effects associated with aspartame consumption including brain tumors, birth defects, diabetes, emotional disorders and epilispsy/seizures.
  • Caffeine: Caffeinated drinks cause jitters, insomnia, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, elevated blood cholesterol levels, vitamin and mineral depletion, breast lumps, birth defects, and perhaps some forms of cancer.
  • Tap Water: I recommend that everyone avoid drinking tap water because it can carry any number of chemicals including chlorine, trihalomethanes, lead, cadmium, and various organic pollutants. Tap water is the main ingredient in bottled soft drinks.

There are SO many healthier options for you! Become educated, and do everything you can to REGAIN and MAINTAIN the healthiest lifestyle possible.