Chronic Disease is a Process

Seventy-five percent of United States Health Care expense is for Chronic Disease, and mainstream medicine is using the wrong model. My book, "Your Inner Pharmacy", explains how the "silver bullet" medical model that works for acute and infectious disease is not the correct match for chronic disease. This mismatch underlies the greatest ineffectiveness of our health care system, and supports the two trillion dollar a year "Disease Management Industry" that is doing little to restore people's health and is enormously raising health care costs while people get sicker.  

"Your Inner Pharmacy" proposes a much more effective and sensible way to approach the growing problem of chronic disease that accompanies the aging process. This book, published in 2006, is said to have come out ten years ahead of its time. It's message is even more relevant today in 2016.

Very simply, chronic disease is normal physiology that has gone wrong. It is not a disease that you "catch" or get infected with; it is what happens when the body's normal function breaks down. Mainstream medicine attempts to manage chronic diseases by using medications to control the symptoms.

A much more effective approach is one that restores and maintains the normal function of the body, so chronic diseases don't develop or are minimized. This is precisely the approach I have used for the past forty years, with a unique blend of applied kinesiology, functional medicine, chiropractic, and acupuncture procedures, all of which are aimed at maintaining normal function and biomechanics of the body throughout all phases of life. 

It is time to change how we look at health and disease. There is so much to gain by working with doctors like us, whose focus is to improve your health, not just treat your disease. "Taking Back Our Wellness", the subtitle of my book, can bring you many more years of health and quality of life. 

 

Posted on May 13, 2016 and filed under Health Care, Healthy Aging, Prevention.

The Best Pain Control

Is the one that improves the normal function of the area creating the pain.

Because people don’t normally use this “common-sense” approach to controlling pain, our country is facing an epidemic of drug overdose from prescription painkiller use. So many people are now using opioid medications to treat their pain, it is now common to see television ads for medications to counteract some of the digestive side-effects.

Besides the tragic effects on the lives of people who use powerful, addictive pain medications, the even greater concern is that these medications do nothing to restore the normal function of the body. Rather than a person’s health actually improving, these medications usually contribute to a downward spiral of side-effects including depression and inactivity.

I fully understand there are situations in which the use of powerful pain medications is not only indicated but is a godsend. The problem, however, is that these medications are being extremely overused on millions of people who would benefit much more from treatment that would reduce their pain by correcting the malfunction in the body that is producing the pain.

If you know someone who is considering taking strong, addictive pain medication for a problem that is potentially fixable, please encourage them to contact us for a consultation and examination to see if there may be a better way to reduce their pain.

Each of our doctors has a unique expertise in controlling pain by restoring normal function to the body. We all use state-of-the-art Applied Kinesiology, Functional Nutrition, and Chiropractic procedures. In addition, I (Dr. Blaich) have an extensive background in controlling pain, including a Diplomate degree from the the American Academy of Pain Management.  Dr. Sean Miller also uses cold laser and dry needling techniques which are extremely effective. Dr. Shane Wells is on the forefront of new neurologic techniques that “re-set” the nervous system in powerful ways that normalize function and reduce pain.

Since it is unlikely that your friends and family will be referred to us by those who are prescribing the pain medications, please let people know there are may be much better options for controlling their pain in ways that could improve their health. We are here to help you and your loved ones.

 

Posted on February 18, 2016 and filed under Health Care, Healing of Injuries, Healthy Aging.

Aging is Not a Disease

Aging is a result of the deterioration or breakdown of the normal function of the body. This being the case, Healthy Aging focuses on keeping all your parts working as well as possible for as long as possible. As simple as this may sound, the "diseases of aging" get more attention than "staying healthy throughout life".

Here is a prime example of a common attitude toward aging, as describe in "Your Inner Pharmacy".....
"Typically, when someone experiences a painful joint, the first response might be, “Well, I guess I’m getting older.” If the joint pain continues and expands to other joints, the common response is, “I must have arthritis; therefore, I need a medication.” The questions then become, “Which medication should I take?” and “Who is going to pay for it?” This is the typical old “treat the disease” approach that many of us attempt to apply to chronic disease because it worked so well for acute and infectious diseases.

We are all subject to those attitudes. Yet in creating and implementing your health plan, not only do you disconnect yourself from some of the old attitudes about disease, but you help to reinforce new attitudes about health. Let’s take that same joint pain and ask a different set of questions from a perspective of health. The first questions to ask are, “Is something malfunctioning in my body? If so, what is it and what can be done to correct it?” The next questions are, “What is triggering my problem? Is it something I am doing or possibly something I am not doing?” Another question is, “Who can help me to answer these questions, to improve the function of my body, and to guide me to do whatever it takes to correct the problem?”

Can you see the difference? Still, every day, children and adults who watch television receive thousands of messages programming them to think a certain way about their need for one medication after another. In the future, each time you are exposed to advertising for medications, simply change your response. Instead of immediately thinking, “Do I need that medication?” ask yourself if there is a way you may be able to get your Inner Pharmacy to produce more of the good chemicals and less of the bad chemicals in order to help your body regulate the symptoms in question."

 

 

Posted on June 28, 2015 and filed under Health Care, Healthy Aging.

Are You Receiving the Benefits of Health Care that Restores Normal Function to Your Body?

Have you ever felt that an old injury has disrupted the normal function of your body?  While the acute pain from an injury may be gone, be suspicious if you have the feeling that you just haven't felt the same since that injury.  Here's an excerpt from page 28 of my book, "Your Inner Pharmacy"......

Maintain Your Health Without Trade-offs

The myth that you can just let your body deteriorate and then replace the “worn-out” parts is a costly, dangerous, and inefficient approach. Unfortunately, this myth is deeply entrenched in the American consciousness. It not only breeds disease, but is crippling the economy with “health care” costs that are spiraling out of control and increasingly will be paid from taxpayer dollars.

Use Your Inner Pharmacy to Slow the Aging Process

Age related “wear-and-tear” and degeneration can often be slowed, stopped, and even reversed, by using your inner pharmacy. For any degenerative process in the body, a new set of criteria can change your perspective and improve your success. Rather that just assuming that your parts are wearing out due to your age, look at some of the factors that determine how rapidly parts deteriorate.

Use Your Inner Pharmacy to Maintain Health and Avoid Side-Effects

Using the complete pharmacy that exists within your own body is an efficient and cost-effective way to maintain  your health. With the raw materials from a nutrient-rich diet along with a properly functioning body, your body can produce all the good chemicals you could want for a lifetime of health and well-being. Getting your own body to produce good chemicals that maintain your health also avoids the serious and costly side-effects and trade-offs that accompany pharmaceutical medications.