The other day a patient was mentioning to me that the last time they saw their REGULAR doctor it was over a year ago? I was blown away! Why would anyone want their regular doctor to see them less than once a year? That’s not regular at all! Now, I’m assuming that this particular patient was implying that the last time they saw their REGULAR doctor, REGULAR was a word to replace M.D. This is a common subconscious and linguistic trend that occurs in our population that needs to be thought through. You see, if your goal for your family doctor is to recommend good lifestyle choices and to provide REGULAR care and service to your family, then I would say an annual physical to an M.D. would not fit that bill. I’m not suggesting that you shouldn’t get an annual physical. What I am pointing out is that a physical isn’t designed to make you more healthy….it is simply to designed to tell you if you are sick (and you have to be pretty bad for it to pick that out). For example, lets say you passed a stress test, does that mean you are healthy? Or does it just mean that you just haven’t reached the point of symptoms yet? Have you ever known anyone who passed a stress test yet had a heart attack not too long after?
Now I know that many of you reading this are either members of our practice or followers of this blog, so I realize that I am preaching to the choir a bit, but as a spouse or parent or friend, I feel it is your responsibility to check in with your loved ones over this holiday season, and see if what I am saying is true. Ask them who their regular doctor is. If they are like you, then they would probably mention their wellness chiropractor, whom they visit at least a couple times a month, even when they FEEL fine, so they can function with optimal performance while adapting to the positive and negative stresses of life. If they are like most of America, they will most likely say their M.D., whom they see at best, once a year (maybe more if they are already sick) to see if they have disease yet. The other 364 days a year, they are left on their own, resigned to taking a pill when they feel bad, maybe trying some exercise or a diet if they have some personal motivation, but general floating through life, wondering if something bad will happen to them, but not really doing anything to prevent it.
When will this very old concept stop? I can understand for those who are just too lazy to want good health, but for most people, I find that they actually do want to live more functional and healthy lives, with as minimal need for side effect inducing medications as possible. Without regular visits to the chiropractor, it is impossible to have REGULAR adjustments, which allows the body’s nervous system more harmony and efficiency to adapt to the physical, chemical, and emotional stressors of life.
I am hoping, praying, and working everyday to inspire others to truly live better by taking advantage of an already miraculous healing maching…YOUR BODY! If you work on it regularly, keep it balanced and adjusted, it will purr like new car just off the lot. If we just wait until our REGULAR doctor shows us a blood test score when we are 45 years old, it be really tough to make it purr like a new body again. In fact the advice from the REGULAR doctor isn’t designed to do this (fix the problem), but rather to dope the body with prescription drugs, artificially improving the scores, leaving you stuck with the side effects of the drug, which is now the third leading cause of death in the USA. Yes, you read that right, deaths due to side effect of CORRECTLY prescribed medications are now the 3rd leading cause of death! So in the end, we have to ask ourselves, are we happy with just not being sick, or do we want to know that we are healthy? Its like saying, are you happy being smart, or would you rather just not be stupid? There is a large difference between the two answers, and how healthy you and your family are/will be directly correlate to what you choose. Who is your REGULAR doctor, how often do you see them, and do they do anything to help your body function better without inducing a side effect?
In closing, I would like to make it clear how much I apprectiate modern medicine, as it does safe lives. I also appreciate the fact that Dr. Sylvia Panich, my M.D., isn’t my REGULAR doctor, since I only see her once a year. I get adjusted once a week minimum by Dr. Arthur (my REGULAR doctor), I eat well, I move well, and I thank and honor God everyday for the amazing gift of life that I honor by taking care of my body and my spirit the best way I know how – the chiropractic lifestyle.
Doctor comes from the word teacher in Latin. I hope I am fullfilling that role to you as a member of our practice.