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Hagen Chiropractic
515 S Cliff Ave
Sioux Falls, 57104
Call Us Now: 605-361-6824

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Common Medical Myths and Facts

Myth: This drug has no side effects.

Fact: All drugs have multiple and sometimes life-threatening side effects. Between 200,000 and 300,000 people die each year from medically prescribed drugs, according to the news report of recent medical studies.

Myth: You don't need vitamins and minerals. You get all you need in your diet.

Fact: Dr. Emanuel Cheraskin surveyed the eating habits of 15,000 people several years ago. He found that 85 percent of all those surveyed were deficient in at least one nutrient. More than fifty percent were deficient in several vitamins and minerals.

Myth: Going to a chiropractor is dangerous.

Fact: Chiropractors have the lowest malpractice rates of any of the healing arts, a strong testimony of the safety of their proctices.

Myth: There's no such thing as a pinched nerve. Fifty years ago the medical profession claimed that chiropractors couldn't help a patient becuase a vertebrae couldn't get out of alignment far enough to pinch a nerve.

Fact: Guess what? MRIs, CAT Scans, and EMGs have all proven the possibility of nerves being pinched. Chiropractors were right all along.

Myth: If a medical doctor tells you a chiropractor can't help you for a certain condition, find a new doctor.

Fact: Only a chiropractor knows whether or not you are a chiropractic case.

Myth: Chiropractors are not well trained.

Fact: As long as fifty years ago chiropractors were required to pass the same examination in most states that the medical doctors and osteopaths took. Tests chiropractors take include test in anatomy, physiology, chemistry, bacteriology, pathology, and hygiene and sanitation. I know of twenty-five medical doctors studying chiropractic today and would attest to the quality of chiropractic education.

Myth: Chiropractors can only help back and neck problems.

Fact: Every cell, tissue, organ, or system in your body is controlled directly or indirectly by your nervous system. All nerves, with exception of the twelve cranial nerves, must pass through the verebrae in the spine in order to control all body functions. Spinal misalignments or subluxations can cause many diseases.

Myth: Chiropractors claim they can cure everything by spinal manipulation.

Fact: Chiropractors don't claim to cure anything. As far as they're concerned, only hams are cured. Chiropractors correct subluxations or spinal misalignments, restoring a normal or better nerve supply to the sick cells, tissues, organs, or systems--and the body cures itself. A medical doctor doesn't heal a broken arm. He merely puts the ends together. The miracle of healing is produced by your body's inborn intelligence.

Myth: Medical doctors are well trained in the subject of nutrition.

Fact: Most medical doctors receive very little training in the science of nutrition.

Myth: Medical science is curing a lot of cancers nowadays.

Fact: Cancer kills three times as many people today as it did fifty years ago. The most feared diagnosis in medicine today is "cancer". Fortunately, some people survive in spite of treatment by surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. One of the most successful treatments of cancer came from strengthening the patient's immune system by vitamin therapy, biofeedback, hugging and prayers--as reported by the Harvard School of Medicine. Fortunately, eightly to ninety percent of all cancers can be prevented by avoiding smoking and drinking, eating fruits and vegetables, breathing clean air and drinking pure water, avoiding toxic chemicals and overcooked fatty meats, exercising, taking vitamins and certain minerals, reducing fatty foods, and eating whole grain foods. Why hasn't modern medicine addressed prevention rather than treating the cancers by expensive therapies of questionable value?

Myth: New medical developments result in the curing of a lot of diseases other than cancer.

Fact: Name one disease that medicine can cure today. Not arthritis, diabetes, AIDS, influenza, the common cold, migraine, heart disease, high blood pressure, MS, cancer, fibromyalgia, psoriasis, and on and on. Most medicines either stimulate or inhibit function. They do not normalize function.

Myth: Americans live a lot longer today than they did a century ago.

Fact: According to the three medical specialists and a CEO who wrote the book, Sugar Busters, an American who is fifty years old today will live only eighteen months longer than a person who was fifty years old in 1900. The biggest difference in longevity tables is due to reduction in infant mortality. Heart attacks, lung cancer, strokes, and diabetes were rare in 1900.

Myth: Americans are healthier than people in any other nation.

Fact: In America our life expectancy at birth of 77.4 puts us behind other 28 countries. We also have the highest infant mortality rate amound the eleven most affluent countries.

Myth: Back surgery will cure slipped, ruptured, or herniated discs.

Fact: Back surgery is successful only one percent of the time, according to a 1994 government study by twenty-seven specialists.

Myth: Carpal tunnel surgery will restore people to work force.

Fact: According to the Physical Therapy Journal (February, 1994), eighty-nine percent of patients having carpal tunnel surgery were unable to perform or return to their former job. Carpal tunnel injuries have become one of America's most expensive workers' compensation problems. Most carpal tunnel problems are caused by a pinched nerve in the neck, leading to the muscles and ligaments in the hand.

Myth: All medical procedures are based on scientific studies and research.

Fact: An Associated Press report on January 12, 2000, reported that the Federal Trade Commission had charged that a series of Bayer ads made unsubstantiated claims that regular aspirin use could help the general public prevent heart attacks and strokes. The report stated that there's little evidence that aspirin prevents a heart attack in someone who doesn't already have vascular disease, said Dr. Rodman Starke of the Heart Assiciation. The side effects of aspirin can harm some people.

Myth: Americans have one of the best diets in the world.

Fact: Americans eat too much meat, drink too many soft drinks (they should be called "hard" drinks because they're hard on your health), eat too much sugar, white flour, and white rice; too much fat and too little fiber (that's why we're so constipated), and too much ice cream. Two thirds of adults males half of adults females are obese; one quarter of our children are significantly overweight. Is this becuase we have the best diet in the world? Hardly. Our breakfast cereals are more sugar than substance. A ten-ounce can of pop may contain ten teaspoons of sugar. Would you let your child dump ten teaspoons of sugar on the breakfast food? Most youngsters today drink more sodas than water. With all that sugar and fat in their diet, is it any wonder they have to be treated for acne? If you could package cholesterol in a box, I'm sure there would be a ready market for it in the U.S.

Myth: We need more salt in our diet.

Fact: Americans consume ten to twenty times as much salt as they need in their diet. While sodiym chloride is essential for many body functions, excess salt may raise your blood pressue, dammage your kidneys, and cause swelling of the ankles. Salt is ubiquitous. It is packaged in almost everything we eat or drink. I haven't ysed a salt shaker in the past twenty years, but eery time I have a blood test I show high levels of sodium and chloride.

Myth: I don't need chiropractic care.

Fact: If you have a spine you need a chiropractor to keep it properly aligned. If you have teeth, you need a dentist. If you have eyes you need an eye doctor. If you have feed you need a podiatrist, especially when you get older. If your nerves lead from your brain, down your spine to the organs and tissues of your body, doesn't it make sense to keep your spine lined up?