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T HERE H AS N EVER B EEN A B ETTER T IME T O B E A C HIROPRACTIC P ATIENT

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After studying health care trends for well over a decade, it is clear that there are two very powerful health care trends in society today, that are going in opposite directions: The collapse of the allopathic medical model of disease care. Recognizing that society is rapidly moving towards the wellness model of healthcare.

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The collapse of the allopathic medical model of disease care Health Care Trend # 1

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“ … Americans are obsessed with health. We make up about 4% of the world’s total population, yet we Source: Newsweek, February 26, 2001 expend almost 50% of all the money spent on medical care. According to the “World Health Organization,” the U.S. currently ranks 25th in world health.”

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The American Medical Association acknowledges that doctors make mistakes, but those mistakes usually aren’t the fault of doctors. “Medicine is now a high hazard industry, like aviation. But the chance of dying in an aviation accident is 1 in 2 million while the risk of dying from a medical accident is 1 in 200.” Source: Dr. Lucian Leape, Harvard School of Public Health

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38% of liver failures were associated with excessive acetaminophen use. 8% to 10% of end-stage kidney disease may be attributable to acetaminophen. Source: Time, April 9, 2001 & The New England Journal of Medicine Taking more than 1,000 pills in a lifetime or more than 365 pills per year appears to double the odds of developing kidney disease.

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“About 2 million people a year acquire such infections, and nearly 90,000 die of them.” Hospital-acquired infections add about $4.5 billion a year to health care costs. Source: William Jarvis, The Center For Disease Control

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Medical mistakes kill anywhere from 44,000 to 98,000 hospitalized Americans a year, according to a recent report that calls the errors stunning and demands major changes in the nation’s health-care system to protect patients. Source: The Associated Press, November 30, 1999

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Up to 2 million people are hospitalized and 140,000 die each year from side effects or reactions to prescription drugs. Source: USA Today

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150,000 Americans die each year in hospitals due to medical negligence – more than the death toll from homicide, suicide, auto accidents and AIDS Source: The Los Angeles Times combined. This is the true medical malpractice crisis. “ … Americans spend more for cat food every year than is paid out to victims of medical malpractice.”

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70% of doctors who treat Medicare patients flunked an exam on prescribing to the elderly. 37% of people older than 60 are taking five or more prescription drugs and 19%, seven or more per day. Among older patients given three or more prescriptions, upon leaving a hospital, 88% had one or more problems. Of those, 22% suffered potentially serious or life-threatening problems. Source: Public Citizen Health Research Group

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According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, nearly seven million older Americans (about one-fifth of the Source: Time, December 24, 2001 population age 65 or older) are given medications that are rarely appropriate for people their age. “ … Worse still, nearly 1 million swallow pills that an expert panel has determined senior citizens should never take.”

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How did hormone replacement therapy become the second most-prescribed drug in the U.S., taken by 40% of all post-menopausal women? And why are doctors prescribing it with increasing frequency despite growing evidence that it is less helpful and more harmful than originally believed? These are questions being asked by JAMA. Source: USA Today, February 7, 2002

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The American Diabetes Association estimates that nearly 6 million Americans are walking around with “undiagnosed diabetes” and could be headed for disabling, even deadly, complications. Source: USA Today, March 27, 2001 “ … Diabetes is called the “silent killer” because many people have it for years before being diagnosed.”

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Each year, thousands of people who get the vaccine nevertheless still get the flu. Source: Newsweek, October, 2002 “Asking all healthy adults to get vaccinated could actually backfire.”

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Removal of tonsils, adenoids or both, is the most commonly performed major surgical operation amongst U.S. children. Source: Reuters Taking out a child’s tonsils and adenoids does little to combat middle ear infections even though that is the reason such surgeries are often performed. In 1994, 420,000 children under the age of 15 had their tonsils removed.

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Every day in North America, millions of children are chemically lobotomized, diagnosed as suffering from attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) and other voguish conditions. “ … Thirty-two years ago, the World Health Organization classified Ritalin as a “Schedule II” drug because of its addictiveness and similarity to cocaine.” Source: Alberta Report, August, 1999

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It would not be exaggerating to conclude from these findings that one of the most serious threats to the health of American children is the behavior of their own parents. More than a third of U.S. parents set poor examples for their children with risky health habits such as smoking, heavy drinking and inactivity, a study shows. Source: USA Today

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In patients for whom biopsy was recommended, doctors disagreed in 9% of cases about whether the right or left breast was the one needing a biopsy. 10 radiologists examined 150 mammograms each, then compared their recommendations. In 25% of cases, one doctor recommended a routine follow-up, while another said the same patient should have a biopsy. Source: USA Today

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Taking low-dose aspirins to reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke can cause more harm than good in some men, doctors said in a study published in “The British Medical Journal.” …for men with high blood pressure, the increased risk of internal bleeding outweighed any potential benefits. “ … This research just goes to show that one cannot assume that just because a drug has an effect in one group of people, others will get the same benefit.” Source: British Heart Foundation

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Some 300,000 Americans have arthroscopic knee surgery each year. According to “ The New England Journal of Medicine ,” it doesn’t work. “It’s also expensive: at $5,000 a pop, the operation was costing the U.S. more than $1 billion a year.” Source: Time, July 22, 2002

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Does fusion surgery result in predictable outcomes in the treatment or discogenic low back pain? “ … Not yet, as we are not sure exactly what we are treating, we aren’t yet sure how to treat it, and we aren’t sure when our treatment has worked.” Source: Dr. Scott Boden – American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Reported in The Back Letter, April, 1997

Causes of Preventable Death in the United States:

Causes of Preventable Death in the United States Nearly 50% of all deaths in the United States are lifestyle-related, and thereby preventable. Cigarette smoking Alcohol Medical malpractice (80,000 deaths per year – that’s one every 7 minutes) Traffic fatalities Firearms deaths Source: Public Citizen, May/June, 1994

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The American Medical Association estimates that of the 2.1 billion prescriptions written by doctors last year, 40% to 60% were provided “off-label” meaning they were prescribed to treat conditions for which they are not approved and, in some cases, not even tested. “The public is shocked when they learn that there isn’t a shred of evidence for a lot of medical therapies. They just can’t believe their doctors are doing things they just can’t back up.” Source: Dr. Richard Greene, Director - AHCPR

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“We spend approximately $75 billion for drugs annually, and another $76 billion for problems caused by drugs.” “40% of patients taking prescription drugs experienced at least one drug related problem. The treatment failed for another 23%, and caused a new unrelated problem for 11%.” Source: Dean of the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy

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Doctors should take acting classes so they can at least pretend they’re concerned about their patients’ health. They say acting classes should be required in medical school so doctors can learn just when to provide a perfectly timed compassionate look, or a touch on the hand. Source: USA Today

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Health Care Trend # 2 The rise of the wellness model

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Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making better choices toward a higher quality of life. Wellness is the action steps taken proactively to allow us to feel healthier and look better, to slow the effects of aging, or to prevent diseases from developing in the first place. Definition of Wellness

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“… a state of optimal physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmities.” - Dorland’s Medical Dictionary “… a condition of wholeness to which all of the organs are functioning 100% of the time.” - Webster’s Dictionary Health Is …

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Approximately one-seventh of the U.S. economy, about $1.5 trillion, is devoted to what is erroneously called the “health care” business. It is really a sickness business which is reactive. People become patients only when they are stricken. The wellness business is proactive because people voluntarily become patients…to feel healthier, to reduce the effects of aging and avoid becoming patients of the sickness business.

Nationwide Study Offers New Views on Alternative Health Care; The Landmark Report Confirms America’s Growing Acceptance:

Nationwide Study Offers New Views on Alternative Health Care; The Landmark Report Confirms America’s Growing Acceptance Over 5 years ago, it was reported that 42% of Americans have used some type of alternative care in the past year. 45% would be willing to pay more to have alternative care. 67% believe the availability of alternative care is an important factor of a health plan. Findings show that chiropractic and acupuncture have the greatest name recognition among the public. The most prevalent types of alternative care are herbal therapy (17%) and chiropractic (16%).

For $600 to $5000 a year above what their insurance already pays, patients at these “boutique” practices receive a battery of extra services from their doctors. The trend reflects a growing dissatisfaction of patients with medical services and a move toward wellness care.:

For $600 to $5000 a year above what their insurance already pays, patients at these “boutique” practices receive a battery of extra services from their doctors. The trend reflects a growing dissatisfaction of patients with medical services and a move toward wellness care. Source: USA Today, January 24, 2002

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Source: USA Today, April 30, 2001

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Teens and young adults go online for health information more than to download music, play games or chat, a new survey suggests. Source: USA Today, January 8, 2002 “ … 68% of people ages 15 to 24 (22 million of the U.S.’s 32 million young people) have found health information online.”

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“ …The greatest advance in health care in our lifetime has not been transplants or new pharmaceuticals. It has been the rise of the informed consumer.” Source: Newsweek, February 4, 2002

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Integrative Medicine A growing number of prominent doctors are bucking establishment dogma. They allege that physicians, once seen as approaching the divine, can’t help 80% of disease. They also say that medicine and surgery still cure only 10% of disease and that at least another 10% of disease are caused by accidents of surgery and side effects of medicine. Source: The Trends Journal, 1996

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“Inside your body is a wonderful pharmacy. You name it, the human body can make it…tranquilizers, sleeping pills, anti-cancer drugs; the right dose at the right time for the right organ with no side effects. And all the instructions you need come with the packaging which is your innate intelligence .” - Deepak Chopra, MD

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75% think health care has lost the personal touch. 71% believe health care costs are a “rip off.” 67% think insurance forces doctors to provide inferior care and treatment. 76% want the doctor to answer their questions. 75% want explanations of treatment and medications. 74% want to be treated “like a person, not a disease.” A Medical Association Study Discovered: Source: BW Healthwire, Via Newsedge

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Scientific research studies published in the August, 1996 British Medical Journal concluded, “long term chiropractic care has a direct effect on the quality of life.” Research from Italy in 1987 concluded, “A most meaningful indicator of the effectiveness of chiropractic is the improvement is produces in the quality of life, not only because of its curative effect but also thanks to its preventative and rehabilitative functions.”

Chiropractic Patient Satisfaction and Utilization: A Review of the Current Research:

Chiropractic Patient Satisfaction and Utilization: A Review of the Current Research Taking Less Medication. . . . . . . . . 71% Improvement in Overall Health. . . 87% Living a Healthier Lifestyle. . . . . . 92% Physical Problem Improvement.. . 98% Decrease in Physical Pain . . . . . . . 99% Patients believe that chiropractic health care has resulted in: Source: June, 1996

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Benefits Of Chiropractic Care Restores normal function Optimizes health Often instant relief from pain Improves immunity Counteracts the effects of gravity Slows the aging process Improves posture Makes you feel GREAT Corrects the cause of the problem Relieves stress and tension More energy and flexibility Improves ability to think & problem-solve Slows, stops & reverses spinal arthritis Relieves many chronic symptoms Adds years to life and adds life to years

Thank You For Choosing To Become A Chiropractic Patient For Life:

Thank You For Choosing To Become A Chiropractic Patient For Life

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