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Chiropractic Making Headlines
Since one in four Americans has tried Chiropractic and there are more than 65,000 Chiropractors practicing in the United States alone, Chiropractic is making big news. The media is full of stories of how Chiropractic has changed lives and improved patients' health.
From celebrity success stories to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, help yourself to some of the recent news articles we have available on Chiropractic!
Several news stories reported on chiropractors going to the Beijing Olympics to work with the athletes. One such story appearing in the August 06, 2008 Business Wire noted that four Doctors of Chiropractic have joined the 62-member U.S. Olympic healthcare team in Beijing, China. The article notes that since the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, New York, chiropractors have provided chiropractic care to the Olympic athletes.
This year chiropractors will assume an even greater role in the integrated healthcare team, which includes medical doctors, massage therapists, and certified athletic trainers. One of the Chiropractors going to Beijing, Dr. Ted Forcum commented, "Chiropractic fulfills a niche need, not only by treating injuries but also by aiding in recovery and positively impacting athletic performance."
"Chiropractic takes a non-invasive, drug-free approach to healthcare, a position that is now highly regarded among Olympic athletes and their trainers who must meet strict eligibility requirements to qualify for the Olympic Games," adds Dr. Forcum. "Chiropractic care is particularly valuable for pain management, and offers athletes highly effective solutions for achieving optimal performance without the use of prescription drugs."
Another story on August 10, 2008 in Chad.co.uk, out of the United Kingdom, reports that Dr. Thomas Jeppesen from Mansfield England is also helping the athletes of Britain. Just prior to his departure, Dr. Jeppesen commented, "It's something new and it's a really exciting opportunity. To be able to work with top athletes will be a great experience and it will be good to see the effects our work has on them. We are aiming to be there supporting and helping the athletes and getting the best out of their bodies during the game." In addition, a July 24, 2008 Market Watch article reported that Dr. Camille Reagan is the chiropractor with the Columbian Olympic team.
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress noted that the nations of Sweden, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Canada, Brazil, China, and others will have chiropractors with their staffs to help their respective athletes.
What if Albert Einstein had been put on Ritalin? Did you know that Einstein, one of the greatest geniuses of the last century, did not speak until he was four years old and didn't read until he was seven. His teacher described him as "mentally slow, unsociable and adrift in his foolish dreams." He was expelled and refused admittance to the Zurich Polytech Institute.
Today he would have been put on Ritalin.
Thomas Edison's teachers said he was too stupid to learn anything. Isaac Newton did very poorly in grade school. Opera singer Enrico Caruso's teacher said he had no voice at all and could not sing. Winston Churchill failed sixth grade. Beethoven handled the violin awkwardly and preferred playing his own compositions. His teacher called him hopeless as a composer. ARE THESE GENIUSES RITALIN CANDIDATES ALSO?
WHAT ARE WE DOING TO OUR CHILDREN? How did we allow our country to be jokingly referred to as the Ritalin capital of the world?
Ritalin is a very dangerous and highly addictive drug. Under Federal Law, Ritalin is classified as a schedule II controlled substance, the same rating given to cocaine, opium and morphine. Withdrawal symptoms can be severe and include depression, fatigue, paranoia, increases dreaming, irritability, bedwetting and suicide.
At a Chiropractic Mother's Morning Out program on The Ritalin Controversy, one of the mothers stood up and told her son's story. He tried Ritalin for a very short time and he hated the way it made him feel, so he stopped taking it on his own (hurray for him). What's scary is that seven years later he still suffers from the side effects, including bedwetting.
Can you really try it just once? Think long and hard about the answer to this question.
The side effects of Ritalin are numerous and severe. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Of Mental Disorders, the side effects include stunting of growth, depression, insomnia, nervousness, skin rash, anorexia, nausea, dizziness, headaches, abdominal pain, blood pressure and pulse changes, and Tourette's Syndrome (a permanent and irreversible condition characterized by body ticks, spasms, screaming obscenities and barking sounds).
The physiological changes that cause these side effects are occurring whether there is an outward manifestation of symptoms or not. This is very scary.
How far will we go to control, mold and conform our children to somebody's made up normal? Are we turning our geniuses of tomorrow into drug addicts?
According to a Canadian report, Ritalin is responsible for more street crime than any other drug. Kids are selling their Ritalin to other kids! A USA Today report indicated that some kids crush Ritalin into a powder and snort it like cocaine, while others cook it and inject it into their bloodstream.
"My child wouldn't do that," you might say. How do you know? This is a highly addictive drug we are talking about here. Remember the fifteen year old who is still suffering from withdrawal seven years later? He no longer owns his life and his consciousness. He now has a lifelong battle for his will.
Well known criminal defense attorney Melvin Nash, from Marietta, Georgia, who receives Chiropractic Wellness Care with his family, indicated that approximately 60% of the people he defends for everything from DUI to armed robbery have been on Ritalin at some point in their life. He stated, "I would home school my kids before I put them on Ritalin!" That's a powerful statement!
The United States is number one in Ritalin consumption in the world, by far. How did we let this happen? Have we bought into the multimillion dollar marketing strategies of the drug manufacturer? You decide.
One person who just started teaching in a middle school was asked if a lot of her kids were on Ritalin. She replied, "yes, but not enough." This gives me a pain in my heart.
Another person was discussing her friends who became parents late in life. They said they couldn't deal with their son because they had forgotten what it was like to be a child. Their child is on Ritalin.
Where is the responsibility going that we entrust our child's mind to a highly addictive and dangerous drug such as Ritalin? What price are we willing to pay to maintain our high tech lifestyles and busy schedules or to have our kids be "perfect"? What if Albert Einstein had been on Ritalin? There is a genius in all of us that is just trying to get out. Think about all the ideas, talent, strength and creativity we keep stored inside because we worry about what other people would say or think. They would put us down, call us unruly and tell us to grow up. They would put us on Ritalin to get us to conform to the norm that is mediocrity and maintain our drug dependent world.
AS CHIROPRACTORS, WE GET TO EXPERIENCE THIS GENIUS EVERY DAY IN MY OFFICE. We see the healing and regenerative powers of the human body and spirit at work every day. People that were on drugs get off them. Children that are to called "hyper", calm down and parents that are hypoactive get increased energy. I have seen people's own bodies begin to work correctly because of Chiropractic and heal itself from just about every malady you can name.
We have also seen what the continuous expression of this genius can create in families that are under Chiropractic Wellness Care. Wellness care keeps the expression of this genius uninterferred with so people can express all of their genetic potential on a moment to moment basis, every minute they're alive.
All children, especially the ones that aren't "perfect" or "normal", need their senses clear. They need their adaptation capacity at 100%. They need their nerve system free from interference. Do they really need artificial stimulation or sedation?
Is Ritalin the drug industries version of a Joe Camel cigarette billboard? Is Ritalin the drug companies insurance policy to big business down the road? Is it any wonder our country can spend close to $80 million a year on drug abuse awareness and the problem continues to get worse?
Chiropractic care entails diagnosing and adjusting back problems by manually manipulating the bones in the spine to ease pain and restore mobility. Years ago, chiropractic care and other forms of alternative medicine were considered unorthodox and often weren't covered by health insurance providers. Today, as more and more insurance carriers are looking for ways to promote wellness and good health, the rules have changed.
Step One: Find out what is covered by your health insurance plan. Check to see if your chiropractic care team is listed among their approved providers for those services.
Step Two: Determine if your insurance carrier is an HMO (Healthcare Management Organization) or PPO. HMOs will generally only cover practitioners who are on their approved list. PPOs tend to pay for any chiropractic service, usually up to 80 percent of fees charged by providers not on their preferred list, as well as a prearranged fee to the provider if they are preferred.
Step Three: Get your chiropractor's office team to help you find alternatives to your health insurance if you can't get coverage for your visits. Many practitioners have special financing plans available.
Step Four: Look for more information about insurance coverage and rights of the insured online at the Insurance.com Web site (see Resources below).
Tips & Warnings
Keep approaching your insurance provider, as many health insurance companies operate under the 'squeaky wheel' theory. If your medical doctor agrees with the need for chiropractic care, ask for a letter stating that for the insurance company.
Be certain to thoroughly fill out your medical history form when you visit a chiropractor for the first time, paying special care to questions about prior injuries.
If you were injured in an automobile accident or work-related injury, talk to your automobile insurance company or employer about possible coverage of chiropractic treatment.
Even with insurance coverage, chiropractic care usually comes with a moderately expensive pricetag. You will want to receive an estimate from your chiropractor about the duration of treatment your condition requires.
Don't be discouraged if you have trouble getting coverage for your chiropractic visits. Keep the situation in perspective and remember how important pain relief is to your overall well being.
If you experience acute abdominal pain along with severe back pain, consult your doctor immediately or seek emergency assistance.
Before you start any alternative medical technique, be aware that many have not been scientifically evaluated. Often, only limited information is available about their safety and effectiveness. Each state and discipline has its own rules about how alternative medicine practitioners are licensed. If you decide to visit one, choose one licensed by a recognized national organization. Consult your primary health care provider and keep your doctor informed about the alternative medical technique you undertake.
(eHow Health Editor. More information available at www.ehow.com)
For information on chiropractic insurance coverage visit www.insurance.com
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