Monday, February 28, 2011

Research Update

Here are some interesting must-read articles by the medical community about the medical community.  This first one entitled “Exploring the Harmful Effects of Health Care” states that:
On balance, the data remain imprecise, and the benefits that US health care currently deliver may not outweigh the aggregate health harm it imparts.  Health care contributes only about 10% toward reducing premature death.¹
They aren’t even sure if they are breaking even!  Let us cross reference that with the study “Death by Medicine,” written by MD’s and PhD’s:
Medicine is a leading cause of death in U.S.  The estimated annual mortality of medical intervention is 783,936 lives and the economic cost is $282 billion.²
So if U.S. health care contributes “only about 10% toward reducing premature death,” and is responsible for 780,000+ deaths per year, what are we to do?  Our health care system is in crisis.  The total cost is $2.5 trillion dollars (17% of our GDP).  That means $1 out of every $6 goes to health care!  What do we get for such an investment?  The World Health Organization ranks the U.S. 37th in overall health care performance, and we lead with the highest infant mortality rates for industrialized nations.
Lucian Leape, M.D. states in the Journal of the American Medical Association that:
“180,000 die each year partly as the result of iatrogenic (doctor induced) injury, the equivalent of 3 jumbo jet crashes every 2 days.”³
That is like having a 9/11 every 2 days!  Since it is spread out across the country, we don’t hear anything about it.  It is a tragedy and twisted logic that we even call our system health care when it is only focused on disease.  Remember, you have one body and one life, it is your lifestyle choices that significantly affect your longevity.  There is a way to achieve wellness in today’s world, it is a matter of choice and personal responsibility.  Get adjusted, eat right, be fit, and think positive.  Do this consistently and watch your life change.
My purpose is to be happy, healthy, vibrant, and to teach others to do the same.  If you are healthy you can be a better citizen, spouse, parent, worker, and friend.  You have more energy to devote to your purpose and vision, more years to achieve your goals, and more time on earth to enjoy your loved ones.  This is how we build better communities, one healthy family at a time.

In Health,
¹Kilo CM, Larson EB: “Exploring the Harmful Effects of Health Care,” Journal of the American Medical Association 2009; 302(1): 89
²Gary Null, PhD; Carolyn Dean, MD ND; Martin Feldman, MD; Debora Rasio, MD; Dorothy Smith, PhD ”Death by Medicine” Life Extension March 2004
³Leape LL: “Error in Medicine” Journal of the American Medical Association 1994; 272 (23): 1851

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Your Story, Your Health

Today I would like to share a story with you from an unknown author.  It is applicable in many ways, but as you are reading it, think of yourself as the carpenter of your body.  You hold within you the power to lead a long, healthy life if you use the right materials and the right effort.  God supplied the blueprint, and daily we provide the materials to rebuild.  Build wisely, and live abundantly.
The Carpenter’s Story
An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house building business and live a more leisurely life with his wife enjoying his extended family. He would miss the paycheck, but he needed to retire. They could get by.
The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go and asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favor. The carpenter said yes, but in time it was easy to see that his heart was not in his work. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end his career.
When the carpenter finished his work and the builder came to inspect the house, the contractor handed the front-door key to the carpenter. “This is your house,” he said, “my gift to you.”
What a shock!  What a shame!
If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently. Now he had to live in the home he had built none too well.
So it is with us. We build our lives in a distracted way, reacting rather than acting, willing to put up less than the best. At important points we do not give the job our best effort. Then with a shock we look at the situation we have created and find that we are now living in the house we have built. If we had realized that we would have done it differently.
Think of yourself as the carpenter. Think about your house. Each day you hammer a nail, place a board, or erect a wall. Build wisely. It is the only life you will ever build. Even if you live it for only one day more, that day deserves to be lived graciously and with dignity. The plaque on the wall says, “Life is a do-it-yourself project.”
Your life tomorrow will be the result of your attitudes and the choices you make today.
I am always here to teach you how to build a healthy lifestyle.  The “how” is easy: eat right, get adjusted regularly, exercise often, and be positive.  It is the “why” that matters.  Once you understand and practice the “why”, it becomes second nature.
Begin to learn the “why” at Trinity Chiropractic Wellness or by reading more here.  I am happy to respond to your questions.
In Health and Happiness,
Dr. Cole

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Healthy Eating is now being called a mental disorder!

I’m speechless…
This is how sick and twisted things are becoming.  It’s called “Healthy Eating Disorder,” and it states that people are nervous about proper eating and making wise choices, and in eating well, they become malnourished.  They would rather you fill yourself up with chemicals, put no thought into what you are doing, and continue buying all the crap that is out there for you to consume.
If you read this and really think about it, there is absolutely no logic whatsoever.  According to these experts, avoiding chemicals, dairy, and sugar makes you a mental health patient!  If you avoid genetically modified foods, growth hormones, and pesticides, then they say there is something wrong with you!
Wake up everyone, I implore you to think for yourself before listening to all this garbage.  Our country is more sick now then it has ever been, and it appears some would like to keep it that way.
Find true health, visit me @ Trinity Chiropractic Wellness and see how to build health from the inside out.  You were born to be healthy, reclaim that birthright today!
In Health,
Dr. Cole

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Heartburn drugs under fire

Common heartburn drugs are under fire, as a series of studies from the Archives of Internal Medicine released on Monday demonstrating serious side effects such as increase in fractures and bacterial infections.
Collectively, these drugs are called proton pump inhibitors, but they are better known as Nexium (AstraZeneca), Prilosec (AstraZeneca), Protonix (Pfizer), and Prevacid (Takeda).  These medicines have a total U.S. sales of 13.9 billion annually, as an estimated 113 million prescriptions are filled each year.  Dr. Michael Katz, director for the San Francisco Department of Public Health, states that 60 to 70 percent of people taking proton pump inhibitors do not need to be on them.  This problem is augmented by people being unaware of the risk until now.
One of the studies was done at University of Washington, taking 161,806 women ranging from 50 to 79 years old over an eight year period and determined those taking the drugs had a 25 percent increase in fracture risk, primarily of the spine and wrist.
Another study tied to Harvard Medical School examined over 100,000 patients discharged from hospitals over a five year span.  They found that people who use a proton pump inhibitor drug daily have a 74 percent increase in cases of Clostridium difficile infection.  This is a sometimes deadly cause of diarrhea, and the cost of treating it has risen over 1 billion each year.
It is a common trend to see pharmaceutical lifestyles yield serious side effects.  There is a price to be paid for putting foreign chemicals into a human body, especially over long periods of time.  Heartburn is not caused by your body’s lack of making Prilosec, it is more likely due to poor food and lifestyle choices. If you have seen the commercials, they tell you that it is okay to eat pizza, wings, beer, and french fries as long as you take your medicine ahead of time.  The truth is your body knows these things are toxic and is trying to reject them.  Make better choices, create better health, and avoid unnecessary side effects.
In Health,

Monday, April 26, 2010

Purpose, Vision, & Mission of Our Office

To be happy, healthy, and vibrant. To be an example to others who ALL deserve the same.

To engage, educate, and encourage all people in our community about living subluxation free through a chiropractic wellness lifestyle.  To help them have the body and health they deserve.

To have our community be the healthiest and happiest in America, by using chiropractic wellness care beginning at birth.  Encouraging and practicing self-responsibility to stay active, properly nourished, and drug free.

In Health,

Dr. Cole

Sunday, April 25, 2010

In the Footsteps of Greatness

I have been spending the weekend at the Grove Park Inn, where B.J. Palmer, the developer of our great chiropractic profession would stay and work on philosophy.  His picture is hanging up in the hall next to Presidents, where they honor him as “the father of chiropractic,” (though erroneous, I was still very excited to see him up on the wall).

It is easy to see why he chose this place, it drips of  inspiration with an amazing view of the Smoky Mountains.  You can really shut out the world here and be still, an art that is all but lost in my generation. Being here in his temporal footsteps is not only motivating, but challenging.  Can I contribute a fraction of what he did?  Will I leave chiropractic as a better than when I entered it?  My heart declares a resounding yes, and I know it can be done as long as I stay true to the purpose and vision for the second century of chiropractic.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Do You want a Healer or a Dealer?

Health care is such a burning topic right now, and with all the press and dinner conversations going on about it, what is missing from the dialogue is health.  If you've been following my blog for any time at all, you have heard me talk about Health Care & Sick Care.  What we have in America is Sick Care, in fact you can see it all around you...we have more medicine, more surgery, more hospitals and we are sicker than ever before!  Our current system does not address health, it focus on ameliorating symptoms so we can continue our hectic lifestyles uninterrupted....then we are surprised when our health fails!  Health is proactive, I believe health to be the byproduct of making positive lifestyle decisions repeatedly over time.

Health is something you create, it is not early detection, preventative medicine, or screenings.  True health care adds value to your life.  Remember, when you give Sick Care to a community and call it Health Care, you end up with a sick society and a health care crisis.  This brings me to Healers & Dealers (thanks to Dr. J for the title).

  • Know that the body is able to heal itself, and encourage the process
  • Have a purpose and mission to educate and empower humanity so people can choose health
  • Are concerned with how your body is functioning, and create care plans to optimize your health potential
  • Inspire people to see what is possible, and offer hope, compassion, and an environment for people to succeed
  • Know that everything the body does (even feeling pain), it does for an intelligent reason (in order to survive in it's current environment).
  • Champion themselves as having or being the "cure" to your symptoms.  
  • Wait until you have a problem that needs "fixing" through chemicals (medication) or removal or body parts (surgery)
  • Are concerned with how your body is feeling, and offer solutions to try to get rid of your current pain and symptoms.  For example: "Try this (pills) for a couple weeks, if they don't work or you get a bad reaction, come back and we'll try something different."
  • Like to get you hooked on their chemical so you become a lifetime consumer of one or more of their products
  • Believe that the body operates like a machine, and that it makes bad decisions when things go wrong.  Malfunctioning parts can be removed at little consequence.

What kind of doctor do you want?  One will foster health creation and show you the narrow path that involves personal responsibility and change.  The other will take away vital body parts and put you into a chemically induced existence so you don't have to deal with the your life/pain/disease.  One way empowers, the other is an escape.

I know what kind of doctor I am.  If you are ready, then I am ready for you.

In Health,

Dr. Cole

Monday, April 12, 2010

Creating Health @ TCW: This Week

Kicking off a great week @ the office, seeing people creating Health and watching it change their life! What is keeping you from getting adjusted and turning your Power On?

It is not to late to Spring into Health.  We are kicking off nutritional Purification Programs, Family Wellness Plans, Balance training, and Tuesday Wellness Workshops.

Trinity Chiropractic Wellness is the headquarters for the Family Wellness Movement of Wake County, come join us in our vision of creating a happy, healthy community.

Dr. Cole 

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Chiropractic described by a patient.

Chiropractic accurately described by long-term patient, Bill Esteb (owner,
"Patients (and insurance carriers) see chiropractors as spine doctors. Both look through the allopathic (medical) lens of symptom treating, seeing the body as a collection of parts that breakdown independently of the others and that being symptom-free is the objective.
Conversely, chiropractors who practice in a way congruent with the principles of chiropractic see themselves as facilitators, guides and allies. Their holistic view of the body helps them appreciate that each of us is greater than the sum of our parts. Each of us is an experiment of one and that the objective of care is to help patients adapt to their environment and express their fullest potential." -- Bill Esteb.
Since everything in your body can affect everything in your body, people must be viewed as individuals instead of symptoms. I have spent my life studying health, and I can apply the principles of health to anyone and help them actually live out health and wellness. The medical industry studies sickness and disease, and treat sickness and disease. The important distinction is that the principles of sickness cannot be used to make someone experience health. When you give sick care to a nation and call it health care, you end up with a sick society and a health care crisis.
If you want to begin your wellness journey, and discover how full life was meant to be, I am here to be your facilitator, coach, and doctor.
Dr. Cole

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Question of the Week.

Which is better...Expressing Life or simply being alive?  Leave answers and comments below and look for mine.  Have an amazing day!