Before we discuss the importance of preventive Chiropractic care, we want you to consider this:
The leading cause of bankruptcy in America
“Harvard researchers say 62% of all personal bankruptcies in the U.S. in 2007 were caused by health problems—and 78% of those filers had insurance at the start of their illness, including 60.3% who had private coverage, not Medicare or Medicaid. More than 90% of medically related bankruptcies were caused by high medical bills directly or medical costs that were so high the family was forced to mortgage their home. In this research, individuals with diabetes, one of the most common chronic diseases in the U.S., and those with neurological illnesses such as multiple sclerosis had the highest costs.”
Illness and medical bills caused half of the 1,458,000 personal bankruptcies in 2001, according to a study published by the journal Health Affairs. The study estimates that medical bankruptcies affect about 2 million Americans annually — counting debtors and their dependents, including about 700,000 children.
Surprisingly, most of those bankrupted by illness had health insurance. More than three-quarters were insured at the start of the bankrupting illness.
Most of the medical bankruptcy filers were middle class; 56 percent owned a home and the same number had attended college. In many cases, illness forced breadwinners to take time off from work — losing income and job-based health insurance precisely when families needed it most.
Families in bankruptcy suffered many privations — 30 percent had a utility cut off and 61 percent went without needed medical care.
According to an article from the National Business Group on Health, the average total cost of severe heart attacks–including direct and indirect costs–is about $1 million. Direct costs include charges for hospitals, doctors and prescription drugs, while the indirect costs include lost productivity and time away from work. The average cost of a less severe heart attack is about $760,000. Amortized over 20 years, that’s $50,000 per year for a severe heart attack and $38,000 per year for a less severe heart attack.
For patients without health insurance, a total hip replacement usually will cost between $31,839 and $44,816, with an average cost of $39,299, according to Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. Possible serious hip replacement complications include joint infection, which happens in 2 percent of hip replacement surgeries. (American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery)
Maintenance therapy with acid- reducing medications costs approximately $11,000 and requires 187 days of treatment over 15 years. Vagotomy, a more extreme treatment, is also quite costly at $17,000 and requires 307 days of treatment over a 15- year period. Conversely, antibiotic therapy takes 17 days and costs less than $1,000 over the same period of time. (http://www.cdc.gov/ulcer/economic.htm)
Type 1 Diabetes can cost close to $9000 dollars per year even with great insurance.
Uncontrolled diabetes wreaks have on the body, often leading to kidney failure, blindness and death. A new study shows that the nation’s unchecked diabetes epidemic exacts a heavy financial toll as well: $174 billion a year.
That’s about as much as the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and the global war on terrorism combined. It’s more than the $150 billion in damage caused by Hurricane Katrina.
The incidence of diabetes has ballooned — there are 1 million new cases a year — as more Americans become overweight or obese, according to the study, released Wednesday by the American Diabetes Association. The cost of diabetes — both in direct medical care and lost productivity — has swelled 32% since 2002, the report shows.
Diabetes killed more than 284,000 Americans last year, according to the diabetes association.
Diabetes costs the nation nearly as much as cancer, whose costs in 2006 totaled $206.3 billion, although cancer kills twice as many people, according to the American Cancer Society.
The average 18 years old is on 2 – 4 drugs, the average 40 years old is on 4 – 8 drugs and the average 60 years old is on 8 – 20 drugs. Important to mention that all those drugs have terrible side effects and that no research has been done to know the interaction when taking more than one drug at the time. Also, Pfizer Permanente last year received the largest fine in the history of the United States of America; $2.3 billion for illegal promos.
By Gary Null, PhD; Carolyn Dean MD, ND; Martin Feldman, MD; Debora Rasio, MD; and Dorothy Smith, PhD
The most stunning statistic, however, is that the total number of deaths caused by conventional medicine is an astounding 783,936 per year. It is now evident that the American medical system is the leading cause of death and injury in the US. (By contrast, the number of deaths attributable to heart disease in 2001 was 699,697, while the number of deaths attributable to cancer was 553,251.5)
|Adverse Drug Reactions||106,000||$12 billion||Lazarou, Suh|
|Medical Error||98,000||$2 billion||IOM|
|Bedsores||115,000||$55 billion||Xakellis, Barczak|
|Infection||88,000||$5 billion||Weinstein, MMWR|
|Outpatients||199,000||$77 billion||Starfield, Weingart|
|Unnecessary Procedures||37,136||$122 billion||HCUP|
The enumerating of unnecessary medical events is very important in our analysis. Any invasive, unnecessary medical procedure must be considered as part of the larger iatrogenic picture. Unfortunately, cause and effect go unmonitored. The figures on unnecessary events represent people who are thrust into a dangerous health care system. Each of these 16.4 million lives is being affected in ways that could have fatal consequences. Simply entering a hospital could result in the following:
- In 16.4 million people, a 2.1% chance (affecting 186,000) of a serious adverse drug reaction(1)
- In 16.4 million people, a 5-6% chance (affecting 489,500) of acquiring a nosocomial infection(9)
- In16.4 million people, a 4-36% chance (affecting 1.78 million) of having an iatrogenic injury (medical error and adverse drug reactions).(16)
- In 16.4 million people, a 17% chance (affecting 1.3 million) of a procedure error.(40)
These statistics represent a one-year time span. Working with the most conservative figures from our statistics, we project the following 10-year death rates.
Prevention is the Key
Your nervous system is the first system to be formed in your mother’s womb. It controls and manages every task of your body. The autonomic nervous system built you from birth, allows you to adapt to, and live in your environment.
Your brain is contain in your skull and turns into your spinal cord while passing through your spine. It is your spinal cord that acts as the major cable exiting your brain and then branches off into spinal nerves at various levels of your spine.
These spinal nerves then exit between individual spinal vertebrae and go to the various parts of your body.
Proper function of your nervous system and free from any interference caused by vertebral misalignment = healthy body!!
Vertebral misalignment (Subluxation) can cause interference to the nervous system at anyplace along the spine where the nerves exit. This can adversely affect the function of various parts of your body, and eventually your health.
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