“If you’re pregnant, don’t reach for the aspirin” reads the first sentence in a recent article from Cox News service.
According to the article, there are three common rules to follow during pregnancy. Pregnant women should not smoke, should not drink alcohol, and should not take drugs unless they are prescribed by a doctor. (are prescribed drugs safer than un-prescribed drugs?)
Apparently some pregnant women may not realize that over-the-counter remedies such as aspirin and ibuprofen are in fact drugs and can potentially be hazardous to an unborn babies health. These drugs can cause high blood pressure in newborns.
According to the article, a recent study just published found that pregnant women were routinely taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and not telling their doctors about it. Why were doctors not aware? Either doctors were not asking, or the mothers to be were not aware of the potentially dangerous side effects.
One theory suggested in the study was that women may be uneducated about the dangerous of taking drugs, especially when those drugs can be purchased without a prescription. This is the second article posted today that shows a relationship involving over-the-counter medications and a lack of education provided to those who will potentially take them.
Parents need better education regarding over-the-counter and prescription medications. They need to know that in many instances these drugs are potentially dangerous, possibly not effective, and may affect the quality of their and/or their children’s health.
Planet Chiropractic: Pregnant Women Need to Be Careful Using Aspirin
Several news sources have reported in the past few days that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be taking a closer look at Tylenol poisoning’s in America.
The articles suggest evidence that many Americans may be poisoning their livers by taking toxic doses of acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, and the government is considering stiffer warnings to prevent this.
For some, news that acetaminophen can be dangerous and even deadly is not new. But the government, and others, are beginning to wonder if enough people are aware of the dangers.
According to the articles, the latest concern regarding acetaminophen overdoses are those who take too much for too long, or mix acetaminophen with cold/flu remedies, or those just taking more pills than what is recommended.
Some believe that since acetaminophen is available without a prescription, people think that it is safe. However, some suggest that overdoses from acetaminophen could be a greater cause of liver failure then some of the prescription drugs that have recently been banned by the FDA.
In a recent study of more than 300 acute liver failure cases, 38 percent involved acetaminophen, according to articles. It appears as though the pain reliever hospitals recommend most is putting many folks in the hospital.
Mixing doses of Tylenol can be deadly. Many parents may not be aware that mixing up doses of infant Tylenol drops with children’s Tylenol liquid is deadly – the two are not interchangeable, according to an MSNBC article.
Education Education Education A mother of a 23-year-old who was taking prescription Tylenol for a wrist injury and then later died from liver failure stated, “if I had been more educated to acetaminophen products, could I have steered him clear?”
If I can educate more people about the deadly effects of drugs can I help to steer them clear? Is one drug safe and not another? What about those who don’t take Tylenol and acetaminophen? Do those people really exist?
Those people certainly do exist and they and their families live healthy, fulfilling lives. Unfortunately, that is a bigger secret than the deaths caused by drugs. Together, we can change that.
Last week, doctors from the American Academy Of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine issued guidelines in hopes of limiting antibiotic use.
According to an ABC News report, the doctors feel that over-the-counter cold medications are a better choice in most cases of colds, coughs, and most sinus infections. From a medical perspective, taking in over-the-counter medications for colds may seem appropriate but there are natural and healthier ways to deal with colds, coughs, and sore throats.
The guidelines issued suggest that doctors should not prescribe antibiotics for most cases of colds, coughs, and sore throats because they (the antibiotics) do not help and the overuse of antibiotics is making them less effective against fighting other infections.
The goal of the organization is to lower total antibiotic consumption in the U.S. by 20 or 30 percent. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could lower total antibiotic consumption in the U.S. by 80 or 90 percent? That way those that really did need it would more likely get the results antibiotics were intended to provide.
According to the ABC News article, the Food and Drug Administration has proposed labeling on antibiotic prescriptions as a reminder for doctors to only prescribe them when absolutely necessary.
Another article from Cox News service states that “tens of millions of antibiotic prescriptions written by the nation’s doctors each year are worthless, wasteful and pose a growing danger to public health.”
According to the Cox News article, more than half of the 37 million visits made to medical doctors resulted in a prescription for antibiotics of which a group of physicians claims that in most cases the antibiotic does absolutely no good – and the doctors know it.
The idea that antibiotics work for conditions such as colds, sore throats, coughs, sinus infections, and bronchitis is pure myth, according to the article. Most of these infections resolve within two or three weeks state doctors.
From the Cox News article… “Doctors know better. They learn in medical school that antibiotics have no effect on the viruses that cause most upper respiratory infections. But they write millions of useless prescriptions a year anyway – often just to satisfy patients who demand them.”
Are doctors being pressured to prescribe antibiotics when they are not needed like some articles suggest? Or is there a lack of communication between the medical physician and their patients? If the patient does not need antibiotics they should be told so. Some are concerned that in today’s managed care setting doctors are more likely to prescribe drugs then to take the time to explain to folks why they don’t need antibiotics. Not only have the antibiotics failed, there is a failure to communicate and that is not good for anyone’s health.
Of the three links listed above, the Cox News article is best. When available, we will typically provide several links that may appear similar since some web sites delete their content more regularly than others.
A recent survey suggests that many high school students are using the Internet to find answers to their many health questions, as noted in an article on Yahoo News. Nearly half of teenagers surveyed were looking for information related to personal use and more than two-thirds were looking for information involving school projects.
Among the most frequently researched topics were diet, exercise, and sexual behavior. Boys were just as likely as girls to search the Internet for answers to their health related questions.
One quote from the article reads “kids realize what a resource the Internet can be. They are very savvy and understand what they can get from the Internet, more so then adults.”
The above statement is one that should not be dismissed. I have answered many emails from teenagers asking me questions related to chiropractic during the past few years and I have spoken with several chiropractic college presidents about it. Teenagers are looking for information related to health on the Internet. We as a profession should be looking for ways to help increase awareness among teenagers as to the benefits of chiropractic care as well as to the benefits of choosing chiropractic as a career.
If teens are accessing increased healthcare information on the internet, would it not be wise to see that a wealth of information is provided that focuses on a drug-free Chiropractic lifestyle?
A recent headline on Yahoo! News titled “U.S. Patients Don’t Want to Know How Doctor Is Paid” would suggest that most Americans don’t want to know how their doctor is reimbursed for care.
However, if you read the article rather than just the headline you may come to a different conclusion. According to the article, doctors financial relationships with insurance companies and HMOs has some folks concerned.
While the headline states that the majority of patients do not want to know how their doctors are being paid, the article states “only slightly more than half of adults -54%- wanted to know how their doctors are paid.” Read that again. More than half of adults surveyed, (that’s 54%) do want to know how their doctors are being paid.
The article does point out that payment arrangements between doctors and insurance companies and/or HMOs definitely can influence the quality of healthcare a person receives which is why some are concerned.
The authors of the survey report that patient demand for financial disclosure by their healthcare providers is expected to increase. More people will want to know how their doctors are being paid and more importantly, patients will expect physicians to discuss issues that relate to financial incentives from payers.
More than three-quarters of those surveyed believed that if doctors received a bonus for ordering fewer tests it would have an affect on their health care. Also, nearly two-thirds of those surveyed stated that they would pay more for care that they felt was important.
How will Americans pay for that care? Will it come out of pocket? Despite what the article headline reads, if someone was being paid a bonus to keep my healthcare at a minimum, I would like to be aware of such practices.
How many chiropractors believe that the Internet will make the practice of chiropractic easier and will help to improve the quality of chiropractic care provided during the next few years?
A recent survey which appeared on Yahoo News! suggests that medical doctors are increasingly embracing the internet. The survey reportedly found that, “An overwhelming majority of physicians -96%- believes that the Internet will make the practice of medicine easier and improve the quality of care by 2003.” (That is less than two years from now)
According to the survey, “more than one-third considered internet based technologies to be essential” and most agreed that much of the potential will not be realized due to the total lack of system compatibility across the various health care organizations.
Findings from the survey suggest that physicians believe the Internet is transforming the practice of medicine more rapidly than most people thought possible.
The same concepts ring true for chiropractic. In my opinion, the profession should have a much greater focus on internet standards that will help to make the practice of chiropractic easier, and most importantly will improve the quality of care provided.
It is also my opinion that we increase our focus and support technology based companies that are owned by chiropractors, not the medically owned companies that are moving into the chiropractic marketplace. (Remember what Ayn Rand said about supporting your destroyers?) Chiropractic Web Hosting companies such as NowYouKnow.net are owned by chiropractors and were created to serve chiropractors and their patients by using available internet technology. The Chiropractic Leadership Alliance, Ventura Designs, and Planet Chiropractic are just a sampling of other chiropractic companies increasingly using technology to better serve the profession.
The increased use of technology such as Planet Chiropractic Streaming Media is one small example as to how we can better close the gap and begin educating others as to what it is that we do. It is a cost effective and efficient method of reaching many people and can easily be adopted and incorporated into any chiropractic website.
Planet Chiropractic and NowYouKnow.net have teamed up in various ways to better serve chiropractors using the Internet. I hope that others will join us to help deliver a more unified message of chiropractic across the internet.
Dr. Ian Grassam had often said that the chiropractic profession needed something to level the playing field. I believe the Internet has the potential to be the great leveler of that field. Let’s work together as a team, support chiropractor owned internet and technology ventures, and play our chiropractic hearts out.
It’s been truthfully said that if Chiropractic were to go without strong representation in the state capitals and the US Congress for 5 years or less, we would no longer have a profession in this country. Our antagonists in the individual states and within the federal government would see to it that we would very quickly cease to exist as a profession.
For over 100 years, Chiropractic has been the “David” going up against the “Goliath” of the drug industry and the medical politicians. These two groups have, for the past 60 years, had a stranglehold on healthcare in this country and in much of the western world. Yet, in spite of knowing this, only 1/3 of us in this profession are members of any national Chiropractic organization. In other words, 2/3 of us have chosen to take on “Goliath” on our own instead of as a group… an impossible task!
The anti-trust trial against the AMA produced testimony that should tell us all a great deal about this whole situation. This is not a battle of “right vs. wrong” or “good vs. bad”… it’s simply a question of who has the power and the money to try to force their agenda on the people of this country. The AMA’s decision to attempt to destroy this profession was simply a matter of getting rid of what they considered to be a nuisance that was beginning to irritate them and to cut into the profits of the medical profession. It had nothing to do with quackery as they claimed it did.
Certainly we in Chiropractic should work to “clean up our act” (and we all know that some of it needs cleaning up), but anyone who has been in practice more than a few years has seen numerous examples of out and out quackery within the medical profession… “those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.” These instances range from blatant ignorance to sheer stupidity to “I just don’t care about my patients” to “I am God and no one can tell me what to do” arrogance on the part of some MD’s.
We in this profession certainly have our problems, but no more than the medical doctors do… and quite probably a lot less in proportion to the number of DC’s in this country. But our difficulties make the front pages of papers across this country while theirs are kept quiet. (thanks to their power and influence with the mass media) So we have to keep a proper perspective regarding these happenings… I’ve heard DC’s making remarks about the “quackery” in their own profession as if they were beginning to believe the AMA propaganda, too. Just talk to any of our colleagues who have worked in hospitals and listen to the tales they can tell you about what goes on that is never reported to the public. I guarantee you will completely “reframe” your thinking about what profession is actually guilty of the majority of the quackery in healthcare.
We must support this “chosen” profession of Chiropractic as it forges ahead into the new century… and we all must become a part of the groups that are representing us in the houses of government. We may not agree with all that is being done in the ICA or the ACA (I certainly don’t), but… like it or not… they represent each of us and if we don’t support them with our money and our efforts the alternative for this profession is total oblivion. And it can still happen. If we don’t like the policies of our national organizations, we need to work from the inside to change them. They will never change if we sit on the sidelines and simply criticize their activities.
A Chiropractic association from a northern state sent out a questionnaire awhile back asking how many of us would be in favor of starting a new national organization to replace those we already have… one that would be more responsive to the feelings of the majority of this profession. An interesting idea, but we don’t have time to do this… while we are getting everything in place and establishing the needed political contacts, the AMA and the drug companies will be forging ahead with their continuing plans to plow us under.
We have no other choice but to join an existing national organization and work toward making it more responsive to our needs… and we can do it. This is vital for the future welfare of this profession. Chiropractic can survive in spite of differences of opinion within the profession, but it is doubtful that it can continue to survive apathy on the part of 2/3 of it’s members. Let’s all join a national group… and make our collective voices heard. Remember who won that battle between David and Goliath… but, remember also, that David had to have all of his resources focused on defeating Goliath in order to beat him.
Our efforts must be concentrated, and not scattered as they are now, if we expect to overcome the many challenges that we are facing as we enter the new century. We can sort out our internal differences later after we finish with the business at hand. The drug companies, the AMA, and the physical therapists don’t stand a chance against a united Chiropractic profession!
===== Dr. Sid L. Mouk practices in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and can be reached by email.
planetc1.com-news @ 5:55 am | Article ID: 985701336
According to a recent MSNBC article, a little bit of incentive and can go a long way in getting kids to take drugs. Researchers recently reported on a program that offered reward points to kids that regularly took their prescribed drugs and followed doctors’ orders.
According to one of the researchers, the incentive program is really a motivator, as kids took more drugs when rewards are offered. In the program, kids were offered rewards such as books, gift certificates, and remote-control cars for continuing to take their inhaled steroid asthma drugs.
Some of the kids in the program reportedly became competitive about earning points. “If you were the kid who got the remote-control car, you were pretty cool for awhile,” stated one doctor in the article. The program was touted as a win-win situation since kid’s generally took more drugs and doctors did not have to work so hard to convince them.
The article pointed out that more than 17 million Americans, including about 5 million children, are suffering from asthma in the U.S. Can these conditions be managed without the use of drugs? If children learn early that rewards are associated with taking drugs, would this lead to conditioning that perhaps could result in kids taking drugs as teenagers and/or as adults?
Raising kids in a drug-free health oriented lifestyle sounds more like a win-win to me. There’s no question that a lot more work is involved but you cannot put a price on the health and well-being of a family.
Many chiropractors throughout the United States and the rest of the world regularly host radio and/or cable television programs that feature various chiropractic topics.
Thanks to the internet and streaming technology, several of those broadcasts are available for listening via your computer. A program known as “Waking Up in America” is one such program and it features regular Monday morning content from chiropractor Dr. Jeff Ptak.
The Monday morning program, which is hosted by, Valerie Anne Kirkgaard, M.A., is described as “Talk Radio for the New Millennium.” The weekly show is broadcast on Monday morning at 7am PST / 8am MST / 10am EST via station KNFX 1100AM in Phoenix, Arizona.
Valerie Anne Kirkgaard is a skydiving, olympic torch bearer, mother of two, who would “rather jump out of planes than be intimidated by fear.” According to the program credits, Valerie lives each moment of her life in action, pushing each envelope to get the most out of life.
Dr. Jeff is a regular on the show and so far, the chiropractic content I have heard has been great. You can visit the program website at: www.heavenincorporated.com and you can click here to listen to the internet radio broadcast.
* Remember, this is a live broadcast so you want to check and see what time is right for you before clicking on the link. A Windows Media Player will appear and will ask you to register although there is no need to.
======= Planet Chiropractic is compiling a list of chiropractic radio shows and cable television shows that are hosted by, or include guest appearances by chiropractors. We would like to hear from you!
If you host a radio or cable television show or if you know of a chiropractic hosted radio or cable television show please let us know.
E-mail us at [email protected] and include as much information as you have available. For example, the name of the D.C., the name of the radio or cable show, the city and/or state the radio show is broadcast from, etc…
After we have collected the information Planet Chiropractic will compile a list of links, times and topics of available chiropractic radio, cable and/or Internet broadcasts that you and your patients can listen to.
planetc1.com-news @ 2:20 am | Article ID: 985602019
This summer chiropractors may be riding through your town bringing increased awareness of Vertebral Subluxation to the people in your community.
The Ride for Chiropractic North American tour is a cross-country bike journey to raise public awareness and academic scholarship funds for the future of the chiropractic profession – the students.
Drs. Lenny and Lorraine Mazza are biking from Astoria, Oregon to North Brunswick, New Jersey (4800 miles) to combine personal and professional passions – biking and chiropractic.
The tour kicks off in early June and Drs. Lenny and Lorraine will be peddling through Oregon, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Indiana, Kentucky, Virginia, Washington, DC, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. A celebration party is planned in North Brunswick, New Jersey in September.
————— The Following letter is from Leonard Mazza, D.C.
Essentially, the purpose of the “Ride for Chiropractic” is to share “Vertebral Subluxation” with as many people as possible through people we meet, through talks, and most importantly through the media. We are planning on contacting the local media in advance of traveling into town for the purpose of having them do an interview and, in turn, telling them about “Vertebral Subluxation.” I am excited about the prospect that thousands and, maybe if we are successful, millions of people will learn things about Vertebral Subluxation that did not know about it before.
People may have heard of Chiropractic but they do not know what we do. That is why we are making this journey. I have no illusions about people flooding into chiropractic offices after we finish, but if they do, wouldn’t it be nice! I do however believe that this trip is a start; hopefully many others in the profession will be inspired to follow suit and start their own event to increase awareness of “Vertebral Subluxation.” Medicine has their “walk-a-thons” for this or that disease, and they are great promotion and money generating events. We need to do the same. We need our own institutionalized events to increase awareness of what we do – Vertebral Subluxation detection and correction. We then need to raise money to fund scholarships, research, and promotion.
If the chiropractic profession pulls together to help promote this event, it will increase awareness and interest in Vertebral Subluxation detection and correction. It is a win for everyone concerned.
In addition, we are raising money to fund a scholarship that my wife, Lorraine, and I initiated called the Samuel and Sandra Berkowitz Memorial Scholarship. It is named for the late parents of an unsung hero in Chiropractic – Dr. Robert Berkowitz. Dr. Berkowitz is a hero to chiropractic because in the early 1990’s when Sherman College was having significant financial difficulty, he loaned his retirement money to help them through this tough time. These were no ordinary loans; they were unsecured loans to a financially troubled institution. The end result is that Sherman College is still here, and thankfully so because we cannot afford to lose any of our institutions. One day when the world wakes up to what we have to offer, we will need each any every institution to meet the demand for detection and correction of Vertebral Subluxations.
100% of the money donated will be utilized for the scholarship fund. Lorraine and I will be covering all the expenses incurred in our journey. Our goal is to raise $200,000 which is a mere $42 per mile for the 4800 miles we will cover from June 4, 2001 to September 8, 2001. Pledges can be registered through the website. Pledges can be made on a per mile basis or for a set amount. I am asking people to think about making a pledge over a five year period. A suggested amount is $500 which would be paid over 5 years, or $100/ year. That being said, we appreciate gifts of all sizes. The pledges do not need to be limited to chiropractors either. There are many patients who desire to give back to chiropractic for all it has done for them. All checks are to be made out to Sherman College with Berkowitz Scholarship in the memo line. Credit card payments are also fine. People simply need to call in their payment into Leroy Moore DC, Vice President for institutional advancement. They can reach him at 1-800-849-8771 x 1241. Be sure to mention the Berkowitz Scholarship when paying by credit card.
The scholarship fund will last into perpetuity because the fund will be set up to use interest only. The scholarship is also set up in a unique way. It will not be given out for academic achievement, nor financial need, it will be given out to those who can demonstrate a track record of service to humanity.
People are welcome to join us anywhere along our route, however on the last day we are hoping to attract 200 riders for a thirty mile ride from Washington Crossing, PA to North Brunswick, NJ. One rider for each of the $1000 we hope to raise for the scholarship fund. At the end of the road, we will have a great celebration of Vertebral Subluxation awareness at the home of Robert Berkowitz, D.C. We are expecting many people to join in on the celebration.