Anytime I have a new patient who has never been to a chiropractor before the first question I ask them is "who told you we were quacks?" Most of them usually look at me kind of funny. I'll usually tell them something like... "it's ok, you can tell me..." I like to confront it right out of the gate. Because you see I am perfectly comfortable with what I do and what my profession stands for. Chiropractic is a drugless, completely non invasive field that delivers unparalleled results. I see it everyday, people who avoided surgery, people who were told they would be on drugs the rest of their lives, even people told they didn't have much longer to live, make full recoveries.
I also sometimes get people ask about my education, or how long it takes to become a chiropractor. I think some of them think it might be a trade school or vocational program. When they hear I went to college for 8 years they are sometimes shocked and ask Why didn't you just become a doctor?... You know, a real doctor, haha. My answer... Why would I want to do that? Why would I want to prescribe drugs? Why would I buy a ticket for a sinking ship? The current medical model is failing miserably. The US is 5 percent of the world's population, yet we consume 73 percent of the world's drugs. We spend more money on healthcare than the second and third countries in the world combined. What does that yield, a country that ranks 34th in life expectancy, 26th in infant mortality, cancer rates are going up every year, heart disease rates are going up every year, obesity rates are becoming astronomical, for the first time in history the present generation is predicted to not outlive their parents. We are getting WORSE. We don't have a healthcare system, we have a sickcare system that pushes pills. The system is ran by giant corporations who's only interest is profits, not your health. Why in the hell would I want to go to medical school? My sole objective in life is to get people off of drugs.
So back to my original question, Who told you we were quacks? Because if what I practice is quackery, then I am perfectly okay with that. If i am a quack because I believe that a child shouldn't be jabbed with 86 shots from birth to adolescence, then I guess that makes me a quack. If it makes me a quack to have more faith in the body's natural healing potential than in a spoonful of man made medicine, then Im okay with that. If it makes me a quack to think it is not okay to hand a patient a script for a cholesterol lowering medication and not confront them about their lifestyle, than I must have webbed feet. In my office we practice quackery, we promote healthy eating habits, exercise, reducing stress levels, proper alignment and maximum nerve supply. But our quackery gets results, so QUACK.
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