The Invention of Prevention
Written by Editor   
Sunday, January 14, 2018 01:37 PM

Concern has mounted for 40 years over the inexorable rise of U.S. health care costs despite mediocre health outcomes compared to other advanced countries. Particularly since 2000, healthcare movers and shakers have convinced Americans that the solution is prevention -- if the health care system focuses on maintaining consumers' health, then they will avoid illnesses that require expensive treatments, and costs will decline. In this way, we will finally "bend the cost curve." After all, who wants a “sickness system"?

Wellness IS Prevention
Written by Editor   
Monday, January 08, 2018 03:13 PM

What people mean by “wellness” is primary prevention. Overlooking, ignoring, or curtailing any of the components of individual or public health is not conducive to wellness or prevention.

For the individual this means maintaining the normal function of the body through:

  • Biomechanics
  • Biochemistry
  • Hygiene
Harvard Endorses Chiropractic
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 09:03 AM

Harvard Health Publishing is an arm of the prestigious Harvard Medical School. The publisher’s tag line is “Trusted advice for a healthier life.” The Harvard Medical School is one of the more notable exceptions to the rule that medical establishments are generally anti-chiropractic. Its Special Health Report “Pain Relief: Natural and Alternative Remedies Without Drugs or Surgery,” was published in 2015.

Last month the Harvard Health Letter featured an article: “Where to Turn for Low Back Pain Relief.” The article answers the question: “In most cases, a primary care doctor or chiropractor can help resolve the problem.”

Chiropractic Care and Risk for Acute Lumbar Disc Herniation
Written by Editor   
Monday, December 18, 2017 08:41 AM

Chiropractic care is popular for low back pain.  Low back pain is a common early symptom of Lumbar Disc Herniation (LDH) and commonly precedes LDH diagnosis.  Strong positive associations were found between acute LDH and both chiropractic and PCP visits. The risk for acute LDH with early surgery associated with chiropractic visits was no higher than the risk associated with PCP visits.   

The analysis suggests that patients with prodromal back pain from a developing disc herniation likely seek healthcare from both chiropractors and PCPs before full clinical expression of acute LDH. 

The objective of this study was to investigate the association between chiropractic care and acute LDH with early surgical intervention, and contrast this with the association between primary care physician (PCP) care and acute LDH with early surgery.  

What is a Doctor?
Written by Jeff Jenkins   
Thursday, December 14, 2017 01:36 PM

The word “doctor” means ‘teacher.’  A doctor is meant firstly to teach him or her self. We were expected to read on our own, continually, throughout school and into the rest of our lives. 

That is why, among us, the number of papers we have published matters. It is proof we are still intellectually engaged, that we are thinking about applied human biology, and not just acting like knowledge parasites: learning what others discovered and using it.  If you’re a doctor, you’re supposed to be learning the rest of your life. Willingly, with dignity. Not pouting and declaring ultimatums and asking for rewards, like a kid going back to school after summer break. Doctors get no summer breaks. School is never out.

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