The trouble with writing is to find the subject that is most likely to be read. Because, yes, we like it that people read our stuff. We like it even better when people take the time to like, follow, and of course comment. While all this may seem to some as an easy feat, it really isn’t. It takes effort, commitment, and time. But be it as it is, being able to do what I love to do at this stage of my life is just fantastic. To all of you who follow my comings, goings, and doings, Thank You! I would not be able to do this without you. It will only get better.
Now, to other tidings and with all the healthcare talks being around all the time I wanted to present another view, no an additional and less talked about way of managing and dealing with health, good and bad. Websites that let you “take control of your health are sprouting like weeds. In a recent article I read today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that 75 percent of our healthcare spending goes towards the treatment of conditions that could be prevented. ₁ I agree. It all starts with believing that a healthy mind functions best in a healthy body. Naysayers will argue but … it all starts with you and you knowing your body and understanding the importance of listening to what your body tells you. And using common sense, that speaks for itself. Because 75% … that’s a lot of people receiving treatments.
If you are one of those fortunate people who visit their doctor once a year, you must be doing something right. A most important rule to follow deals with food. Dump the processed stuff (but indulge yourself once in a while … you do not want to start cravings) and use only clean, organic, fresh foods, while avoiding refined sugars, bad fats and portion your food. …Bla Bla Bla … now I sound like any other magazine writer 😉 which is not what I had in mind.
I’m thinking more along the way of acupuncture, homeopathy, naturopathy, and above all chiropractic, a natural, noninvasive therapy. It is a system of integrative medicine based on the belief that certain musculoskeletal disorders arise from the misalignment of the joints – especially those of the spinal column which are held to cause other disorders by affecting the nerves, muscles, and organs. It focuses treatment especially on the manual adjustment or manipulation of the spinal vertebrae. Pffft …. Good thing I got that out …
Anyways, thank you Merriam-Webster and Google Translate. You may be wondering why the google translate part … I thought I’d throw in some etymology as in the Greek word Chiro meaning hand and Praktikos meaning practical, which in turn is derived from the word prattein meaning do. The Greeks were good at that. At words. Interestingly, though some mainstream doctors may view it as a fringe treatment, chiropractic is more commonly covered by insurance than any other type of alternative care. Meaning that insurance companies do not cover acupuncture or acupressure nor do they cover weight loss programs (which in my opinion is another dumb decision as excess weight opens the door to a load of future problems ranging from heart disease, diabetes, and many more … and I would assume that the excess weight means added stress on the bones and I reckon on the muscles.)
[Sic]In many cases, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care may be a patient's primary method of treatment. When other medical conditions exist, chiropractic services may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.₂ They may assess patients through clinical examinations, lab testing, diagnostic imaging and interventions to determine if chiropractic care is appropriate or not and they will readily refer patients to the appropriate health care provider if and when chiropractic care is not suitable for the patient’s condition, or the condition warrants co-management in conjunction with other health care providers. In other words, they are as safe as any traditional physician would be.
Unfortunately while chiropractic manipulation is covered by the insurance companies (let them put your bones back in place 😉), chiropractic with nutrition counseling is not. And that is dumb! (I think it is a conspiracy between the insurance companies and manufacturers of all those products that are really bad for you …. Just saying.) Because it begs for thinking …. Because it just doesn’t make sense.
I have tried and use many alternative ways including acupuncture and chiropractic and have felt great doing so. I look forward to my adjustments.
To each his/her own. And in a couple weeks I am bound to experience my first deep muscle massage … I’ll let you know how that one went. I can only advise you before you decide to go the pill route (and sometimes there is no other path), to do your research, to talk to your doctor and discuss all your possible avenues, alternative ones included. You never know, they may help you, even temporarily, with cause any harm or side effects. As with anything, make sure to research the facility and doctor you are planning to use. Better to be prepared and knowledgeable than sorry.
I wish you all the best, health and happiness. Until next time peoples of the page. Namaste.
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Interesting article in USA Today, with some good advice: https://health.usnews.com/wellness/articles/2016-11-09/the-pros-and-cons-of-seeing-a-chiropractor