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Kids and Prescription Drugs

According to an August, 2013 release from the University of Michigan News Service, 83.4% of teens that were prescribed drugs during the last 6 months had unsupervised access to them at home, likely increasing the risk of overdose, substance abuse and drug diversion.

The teens’ had free access to their own prescription drugs, specifically pain, stimulant, anti-anxiety and sedative drugs that are federally controlled.  Researchers said the findings were alarming given that the respondents were in the 8th and 9th grades with a mean age of 14.1 years.

“The lack of parental supervision and proper storage of medicines prescribed to adolescents may facilitate (their) nonmedical use of these medications, putting them at risk for poisoning or overdose,” said the study’s lead author Paula Ross-Durow, a researcher at the U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

Without proper storage or supervision, teens might be more likely to give or sell them to others, the researchers said.

Yet, isn’t there a potentially bigger issue here?

Perhaps if the parent is blasé about their teens access to drugs…is it possible that the same parent may be also blasé about their child’s nutrition, exercise, friends, sleep habits and more?

Isn’t it time for more parents to set better lifestyle examples for their children by taking the appropriate steps to grow their family’s health rather than attempt to drug the problems poor lifestyle choices cause?

Surgical Errors Rise in Massachusetts

According to the July 7, 2013 issue of the Boston Globe:
“Massachusetts hospitals are reporting more errors during surgery and invasive procedures, even after an intensive, decade-long campaign to reduce these rofnewmistakes — called “never events” because they’re preventable and, with reasonable precautions, simply shouldn’t happen.”

When will they ever learn…when will they ever learn?

This just in from the Digital Journal on a Canadian study and, it is so profound, I will quote directly:

As Bel Marra Health reports in its article, (http://www.belmarrahealth.com/general-health-2/prescription-drugs-on-the-rise/), despite growing interest in natural health remedies, the amount of people taking prescription drugs is on the rise, and Americans spend more than $250 billion dollars a year on prescription medications.

Unfortunately, the cost of prescription drugs isn’t the only bad effect; prescription drugs can cause a slew of negative side-effects and often necessitate additional drugs to deal with those side effects. Prescription medications also carry the risk of addiction and abuse, and they are the fourth leading cause of death in the Unites States.

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery investigated prescription drug use in the United States and found that 70 percent of Americans are on at least one prescription drug (http://www.mayoclinic.org/news2013-rst/7543.html).

According to the findings, which were published in the most recent journal of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, more than 50 percent of Americans are currently on two prescription drugs and 20 percent of patients are on five or more.

The percentage of people who reported taking at least one prescription drug in the past 30 days has also increased by 4% since 1999.

HOUSTON:  We Have A Drug Problem!

The Bottom Line…The Bottom Line…The Bottom Line…

Bel Marra Health is onto the right direction.  To truly be mentally and physically healthy, suppressing symptoms with prescription drugs can’t be the answer.  Instead, take steps to get to the root of the problem and heal a condition naturally without harmful side-effects. A whole food based diet, regular exercise, adequate sleep, meditation and making deep social connections a priority will all help to balance the body.  Even better…take steps to promote your health daily!

JAMA Recommends Chiropractic

Journal of the American Medical Association recommends Chiropracticfibro

Posted by Dr David H Mruz, July 16, 2013 at 10:51 am

Back Pain Turning Point?

Perhaps a turning point has been reached. The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has recommended that patients who seek back pain treatment should consider chiropractic care before taking invasive measures such as electing for surgery. The surgical option should only be considered if conservative therapies fail. According to the JAMA, conservative alternatives like Chiropractic care should be the first “line of defense” because they are safer and more efficient in relieving pain.

The JAMA’s recommendation comes on the heels of a recent study out of the medical journal Spine where sufferers of lower back pain all received standard medical care (SMC) and half of the participants additionally received chiropractic care. The researchers found that in SMC plus chiropractic care patients, 73% reported that their pain was completely gone or much better after treatment compared to just 17% of the SMC group.

Back pain can be anything from dull or sharp pain in your back or tingling or numbness that runs down your leg. These symptoms may indicate a pinched nerve which occurs when the disc bulges out and puts extra pressure on the nerve that is exiting between the spinal bones.

Chiropractic care can show you how to properly maintain back health and prevent the possibility of future spinal pain. Surgery should always be a last resort because there is a higher chance of failure. If you have or have had back pain or any other spinal conditions, please follow the advice of the JAMA and consider seeing a chiropractor.

Allergy Season Is Upon Us!

As summer gets into full swing, many people will start experiencing heightened sensitivity and allergic reactions.  Here are some simple recommendations that may be of help:

  1. Make sure your nervous system is healthy.  Over-sensitivity may have a nerve system component and many people have seen their allergies improve while under chiropractic care.
  2. Clean your house and keep the humidity below 50% to prevent the growth of mold.  Replace air filters.  Use natural cleaning products and keep pets out of the bedroom for starters.3.
  3. Eliminate common food allergens like wheat, milk and milk products, eggs, corn, soy, nuts, tomatoes, coffee, chocolate, citrus fruits and food colorings and see if you do not see an improvement.  Then add these back one at a time to see if you can find the culprit in your case.
  4. Probiotics not only may be useful in improving digestion, they may also boost your immune system and help control allergic reactions
  5. Vitamin C with flavonoids including quercetin have been found to help with the symptoms associated with common allergies.
  6. Common sense.  If you have hay fever or pollen allergies, exercising outside may not be smart and will likely be uncomfortable.
  7. Again…make sure the nerve supply to your sinuses is without interference!

The Bottom Line…The Bottom Line…The Bottom Line…

What about drugs like Claritin for allergies?  Well, would you be willing to incur both the financial expense and these risks?  Claritin suggests emergency medical treatment if the drug causes hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat.  And, to call your doctor immediately if you develop a fast or uneven heartbeat, light headedness, jaundice or convulsions.  And, this list is by no means complete.  Really, is it worth it?   Natural is better!

Filling the Coming Health Care GAP

Paraphrasing directly from Becker’s Hospital Review:

Complementary and alternative medicine providers, such as chiropractors, can fill a greater role in the national healthcare landscape, according to a report issued by the Primary Care Project of the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care.

According to the report, even though large numbers of people actively use chiropractors as their first choice for primary care, workforce analyses have not included the potential contribution.

The authors of “Meeting the Nation’s Primary Care Needs: Current and Prospective Roles of Doctors of Chiropractic and Naturopathic Medicine, Practitioners of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and Direct Entry Midwives” recommend policymakers learn about the “hidden dimension” of primary care and suggest doing so by:

•    Funding and engaging research on individuals who use alternative health providers as their first choice for primary care.
•    Examining the contributions alternative health providers make to patient satisfaction, quality of life and cost.

And, if they do, they will find that keeping people healthy is far more cost effective than waiting for them to break down before the intervention begins!

The Bottom Line…The Bottom Line…The Bottom Line…

According to the Center for American Progress report, ” by 2020 there will be a shortage of up to 200,000 physicians and 1 million nurses.  Rural Americans and those living in other underserved areas across the country are especially vulnerable to these current and growing health workforce shortages.”  While we will report more on this issue in the future, it should suffice to say that your best long term interests are served by making healthy lifestyle choices.