The Health Corner Vol. 41 – Chiropractic Vs. Medical Care
Today, I would like to compare the thinking and credentials behind chiropractic care and mainstream medical care.
To begin, I think it important to define health, as explained in Dorland’s Medical Dictionary. Health is a state of optimal, physical, mental, and social well being. It is not merely the absence of disease and infirmity. This is very important to know because one can judge whether his or her doctor is actually promoting real health care based on this concept, whether the doctor is a chiropractic doctor who is holistically minded or a mainstream medical doctor. If we are working by the true definition of what health is, the ultimate goal is to seek optimal function, physically, mentally, socially, and in every aspect of one’s life … not merely suppress or treat symptoms. I have always believed that the absence of symptoms is not really health, but only a state of being where there is less discomfort, aggravation, etc. This is not true health, but a facsimile thereof. And I think most people would agree that real health is worth pursuing.
Now, let’s look at the definition of the word doctor, also found in Dorland’s. A doctor is a practitioner of the healing arts. I emphasize the word healing because that goes along with the definition of health. A doctor is one who has received a degree from a college of medicine, osteopathy, dentistry, veterinary, naturopathic, or chiropractic. He has a state license to practice. A doctor is also defined as a holder of a diploma of the highest degree from a university, qualified as a specialist in a particular field of learning.
I have often heard it stated that a chiropractor is not a real doctor. It is commonly thought that only a ‘medical’ doctor is a real doctor. But what is not commonly known is the true meaning of the word. The actual derivation of ‘doctor’ comes from the word ‘teacher’. Therefore, it should be the goal of every true doctor to educate his patients on how to live more healthful, disease-free lives. But I think this concept has been largely lost in the mainstream medical community. In fact, there is little education going on in the medical community at large to help patients obtain optimal physical, mental, and social well-being. This is not so in the chiropractic community. It is especially not so at Milford Chiropractic Clinic.
Those who doctor in the mainstream medical community have come to believe that when one has certain symptoms it is best to go to their M.D., who will then assess these symptoms and give his patient a drug or drugs to ‘heal’ the patient. Interestingly enough, the definition of the word drug is actually ‘poison’—a substance which forces the body to do something against its natural physiological processes in order to effect a certain change in the body. This change might be the lowering of blood pressure, or the alleviation of pain. It could be the reduction of swelling, and etc. Each one of these examples, in a healthy body, is a normal state that the body assumes in order to correct an abnormality. In other words, these so-called ‘symptoms’ are actually normal and should in most cases be allowed to do their work.
High blood pressure is not a problem in and of itself. It is merely a sign of something else going on in the body that is making it necessary for the body to elevate blood pressure. So, in reducing the blood pressure … bringing it down to what is considered a ‘normal range’ really has nothing to do with health at all. It has to do with establishing a sort of forced homeostasis to meet average numbers. This forcing of the body only further taxes an already stressed body.
Thomas Edison said that “the doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet, exercise, and in the cause and prevention of disease.” As a natural health care practitioner and chiropractor, one who has devoted my life to the healing art, I see that as being the overall goal of what I seek to do with my patients. My goal is to educate my clients on the importance of eating properly. Without exception, the single most important factor having the greatest effect on our health is diet. If you want to correct a high blood pressure situation, it should not be through the use and administration of drugs, but rather the application of good dietary principals that will truly correct the problem.
As an example, I used to have higher blood pressure (146 over 86). But by making the proper dietary changes I was able to bring my blood pressure down 30 points within a period of three weeks to 116/72. Doing that without drugs may seem a miraculous thing to the average individual, but really it is just about understanding and implementing proper nutrition.
Next time, I would like to continue this discussion with a few thoughts on what good dietary principals really entail.
Until then, here’s to your good health.
Dr. Jon R. Link