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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Drugs and Informed Consent: Subluxated TV Commercials

Recent news reports have been criticizing the accuracy of information on the television commercials for Vytorin.

When you read this article linked above you will read a short sentence about the public having the ability to make informed decisions.

Only 20% of people polled about the commercials have any recollection of the side effects presented.

These fancy commercials have great visuals, a man rowing down a pristine river, funny comparisions of your Aunt Jenny resembling a cherry cheesecake, etc. It makes poor health less scary and in fact, more acceptable.

Doesn't it look like it is acceptable to be sick? To me it is not acceptable to be sick. I may sound cold hearted and uncaring but being sick takes you away from your family, your work, and your ability to make a living.

The bigger problem is the side effects of drugs are presented in an irresponsible way. Drugs are toxins given out in small amounts. This is the "generic" definition. Side effects are misleadingly touted as mere annoyances. Head aches, constipation, fainting, nausea, and weight fgain are not annoyances. In reality they are signs the nervous system is in distress.

The body is already in distress when someone decides a prescription is needed and then we stress it more.

For better informed consent we need to look at both sides of the health care coin, so to speak.

Natural Health Care vs. Allopathic Health Care

I am a chiropractor and I tout natural health care. I admit I am one sided and I don't apologize for it. I offer natural health care based on the logic of the human body reacting appropriately to stress. Natural health care emphasizes getting rid of the stress rather than adding more stress. Our bodies were designed to self heal and it will every time as long as the stressor doesn't compeltely overcome the nervous system.

That's what I teach. I offer the brain/body rebooting a chiropractic adjustment provides. The rest is up to you. I help with that too by giving you the natural side of health to balance the overabundance of the allopathic attitude.

You get to choose.

See you at the table...the adjusting table.

---Dr. Lisa
Your Health Freedom Coach

Health Freedom Literacy

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