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Nobody puts Baby in a corner

Patrick Swayze said in Dirty Dancing, "Nobody puts Baby in a corner."

And ...

this has nothing to do with what I want to say. 

Well, it does, but only because my thoughts about this message also started with the word "nobody".

My thought is this:

"Nobody wants to be addicted to drugs for the rest of their life."

Right?

Or is that wrong?

Here's my dilemma:

A person I've known for about four years has been going through some tough times lately.

She's been battling insomnia, anxiety, and panic attacks.

Recently it was pretty bad.

I reached out to her because when I see someone I know having trouble, I always want to help.

I can't NOT offer to help.

But, she didn't come back to me, so for whatever reason, she didn't want my help.

She had been taking sleeping pills for months, and she even told me that she was addicted.

And those pills weren't working.

Lack of sleep does a big doozy to everything in your body, including your brain, so I wasn't surprised when she started to have panic attacks.

Long story short, it got bad.

Really bad.

Panic attacks every day.

Anxiety.

And on top of the sleeping pills (which weren't working) she started to take anti-depressants and anti-anxiety pills.

This is me getting stuff off my chest here: it was very difficult for me NOT to intervene and tell her that those pills were NOT going to get her healthy.

It took a few months, but fortunately, with some therapy as well, she's stable and feeling better.

The doctor had to figure out how to balance out her dosage for her pills to level things out so she's in a manageable state.

The problem is that this does NOT solve the problem.

Basically, she's relying on those pills to control her body and brain chemistry so she can 'feel' normal and seemingly function normal.

Are the pills the answer?

No.

Definitely not.

This frustrates me even more because I know this person and I care about her.

Yet, this is becoming a huge problem in this country. 

Nearly 30% of the population is on a regular dosage of anti-psychotics or anti-depressants.

That's crazy to me.

The drugs will not 'cure' the person.

The problem will always be there if the body doesn't do its own self-healing.

How long can a person stay on those drugs? 

Five years?

Ten?

Twenty?

It doesn't end well in many cases when those drugs are taken every day.

I predict massive problems that gradually pile on top of one another as the years go by.

My solution?

It's about changing a person's lifestyle.

Going to the root of the problem.

Listen, most of us adults have so much shit buried deep inside, and you have no idea what the hell is the problem.

When I have a person go through regular chiropractic care for 6 months or more, they are experiencing massive amounts of healing, not just from pain relief, but everything, including that deep shit you buried from when you were 6-years-old.

I'll be the first to tell you that my way is not the easy road, but once you take that route, and get through it, I bet you'll come out stronger than you ever have.

It's how I live my life, facing my problems and issues head-on, front and centre, not avoiding or pretending.

Chiropractic adjustments help you deal with that shit, not just the pain you feel in your back.

It's not about that.

There's so much more involved than just pain.

As for my friend, there's only so much a person will want to do, and as much as I wish I could help, I know I have to respect people's choices.

And then I always hope the best for everyone.

Stand by the people you care about, do what you can do, reach out, and maybe they'll accept your help in the future.

If not, then keeping standing by them.

You can just stand.

In the meantime, I'll keep writing and educating and telling people how awesome chiropractic care is.

IT'S JUST AWESOME!

So, when did you last get adjusted?

I'll see you soon!

— Dr MaryAnne

It's a ruff ruff world out there right now

It's an ill-dog eat ill-dog world out there these days.

Seems like everyone - kids, babies, mums, dads - are coughing, feverish, miserable with some lurgy.

Everyone's fighting something.

And it seems like the lurgies are winning.

On my blog I've written a few posts about fevers and symptoms, and what most people do when that happens. 

See here and here.

Most people who I adjust know that my recommendation when the body is 'expressing health' (AKA 'being sick' to most people) is to:

  1. Get checked and adjusted as much as possible.
  2. Sleep.
  3. Stay Hydrated.
  4. Some good old-fashion TLC (everyone wants their mama when they are not feeling well).

One of my former chiropractic uni classmates and now a very successful and well-known chiropractor who practices in the States, Dr Don Clum, posted this excellent essay on children, fevers, and drugs. 

My blog posts were talking about the same thing.

But this time, I'm bowing and applauding to him.

His post is educational, thought-provoking, and to-the-point informative.

Check it out.

Enjoy!

Now, come in and get your adjustments!

See you soon.

— Dr MaryAnne

More parents need to know about chiropractic for children.

After writing my last post, I realised there was an important section missing in the whole topic about children and chiropractic. This is what needs to be talked about.

I bumped into one of 'my mums' the other day at school and she was telling me how much she loves chiropractic. She started bringing her son to me a few months ago because one of her friends told her about my paediatric chiropractic practice.

Like most mums, she had no idea that chiropractic would have anything to do with helping children. Just like most people, she associated chiropractic with adults wanting to get their backs fixed.

I don't fix backs in my office.

This mum was telling me how pleased she was with how well her son was improving after a couple months of the regular adjustments. She told me that she even noticed the benefits after just a few weeks. She couldn't believe it because she had gone through so many disappointing and sometimes horrible experiences with illnesses and antibiotics, drugs, and visits to the GP, all to which had very little effect on getting his body to be healthier.

The way I see it, that route will never get your child healthier. Do you know why? Because it's called 'sick-care'. Chasing and masking the symptoms.

I can now say that I've been in practice long enough to see a pattern with children and illness. This not only happens here, but also (and worse) in America. 

Baby is born. Baby is beautiful. Everyone's in love. Everything is wonderful.

Then baby has colic (or insert symptom). Parent takes baby to Paediatrician or GP. He prescribes a drug for that symptom. It works. A little.

Baby grows. Baby is 8 months old and has a cold. Teething. Lots of mucus, coughing, and is generally not well. (It's scary. I know. I'm a mum too.) Another GP visit. Another drug.

Baby is 13 months old. He starts fiddling with his ear a lot and cries. Has a fever. Visit to GP results in series of antibiotics (because that's what happens too often). How else is an ear infection treated? (The answer below.)

Baby becomes toddler. Toddler has another cold and another ear infection. GP diagnoses glue ear. Mum notices other concerning developmental issues like poor muscle tone, imbalanced walking, hearing loss, or delayed speech.

"Oh, they'll grow out of it. Here's another prescription," says the GP.

I'm serious here. This is what I've been hearing for years from parents.

Oh, and have you heard of the recent WHO declaration that the over prescribing of antibiotics will soon because a global problem? Don't get me started on that.

As for the toddler who gets round after round of antibiotics to deal with the flu, or the cold, or whatever symptom they have - the parents have no other alternative, yet instinctively they know something's not right. And they aren't given any answers.

Even if there is an infection lessened by the antibiotics, the antibiotics have two side effects. First, they train those bacteria to be immune. Next time, perhaps when you really need the antibiotics, they won’t work as well or at all. Second, they mess with the microbiome: the small things living in symbiosis with you, you helping them, them helping you. Of course, when antibiotics are needed they can be essential, but that is very rare. If you are using antibiotics for ordinary mild sickness (rather than, say, major surgery), it is already going wrong.

Here's my answer. Children who start out with chiropractic as early as birth have better health, fewer illnesses, and also heal faster. Chiropractic adjustments do not 'treat' a symptom; chiropractic adjustments align and balance out any interferences in the spine so that the body functions and heals the way it's designed to. 

A child's body is designed to thrive, heal and regulate itself, always. 

Do you know what that mum asked me? She said, "Why don't people know about this? It's seems like it's too easy - chiropractic is easy!"

You know what, I don't know why more parents don't know about the benefits of chiropractic for their children. And that's why I'm sharing this and writing about it. 

It's my passion. I truly believe that if more babies had their first adjustments early in life, and then regularly throughout their young lives, especially during their developmental milestones, they would be healthy, thriving, less sick, and more adaptable. And that leads to happier children and happier families.

And we all want to be happy, right?