Iatrogenesis is defined as the inadvertent and preventable induction of disease or complications resulting from the medical treatment or procedures of a physician or surgeon. The institute of medicine states this results in 100,000 deaths every year. This is a very conservative estimate, and the actual number may in fact  be well above 750,000, firmly placing it as one of the leading causes of death in the United States. That’s equivalent to 6 jumbo jets falling from the sky every single day.

 

If the airline industry allowed 6 jumbo jets to crash every day, would you still fly?

 

Modern medicine is very good at certain things. We now have extremely few deaths annually due to infectious disease. If your body is mangled in an accident, surgeons can go in and piece you back together and stitch you up. However, there are some things that medicine is not so good at. These are the chronic diseases. Hypertension, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and mental illness rank at the top of these. These are largely related to our lifestyles, and drug therapies are designed to treat the symptoms, but do not address the fundamental causes, and are always accompanied by “side effects”.

 

The point is, if your lifestyle leads you to develop these diseases during your life, you can’t expect to go to a doctor, get a pill, and get a “quick and easy” fix. So we need to be proactive about our health! Our best bet is to do what we can NOW to keep our bodies functioning at their best! That involves eating right, staying active, keeping a positive mental attitude, and perhaps most importantly, keeping our nervous system, the “master control” system of our whole body, functioning as well as possible. Chiropractors have been adjusting the the spine for over a century in order to restore alignment and tone to this vital system so that the body can function at its best!

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