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Opioid Stranglehold on USA

There’s a particularly impactful TV Ad Council campaign running now in New York, and I would think other places as well, to heighten awareness of the horrifying repercussions of opioid addiction and abuse. One spot opens with a young man, looking desperate, while the voice-over tells us that his prescription ran out, and he can’t get any more narcotics, and he doesn’t know what else to do.

He then takes a hammer and smashes his hand – cut to an X-ray of crushed, mangled bones, showing that this really happened, and then the final voice-over, warning us not to get started with opiates, or to seek help before we get to that point. Brutally effective, but gruesome and appalling.

I’ve seen two other versions, one where a guy slams his arm in a door, and a third where a guy jacks up his car, slides underneath and kicks the jack out so the car crushes him – can you imagine?

Yet, however gross the ads, this is indeed the stranglehold opioids have on those who slip down that dangerous slope – all reason disappears in favor of doing absolutely anything to get the reprieve of the next fix.

Recently I came across two articles that illustrate two contrasting perspectives on this societal scourge. The first came from a study done by Ohio Medicaid shows that the incidence of opiate-related diagnosis has increased a shocking 430% between 2010 and 2016. This has resulted in a staggering burden for Medicaid, whose budget for medication-assisted therapies swelled from $13 million to $110 million, more than doubling three times over a six-year span. It’s clear that this dangerous and unfavorable trend is not being addressed, since opioids continue to be prescribed at an alarming rate in Ohio and across the US.

The second story is from the New York Times, written by Firoozeh Dumas, an American author living in Germany who needed surgery and expected to receive heavy meds afterwards.

When she inquired about post-surgical pain management, she was assured that she would be fine, and that she would need only ibuprofen. She was accustomed to taking drugs for the slightest discomfort, and asked every doctor associated with her case for Vicodin but was denied every time.

In fact, the anesthesiologist told her, “Pain is a part of life. We cannot eliminate it, nor do we want to. The pain will guide you. You will know when to rest more; you will know when you are healing. If I give you Vicodin, you will no longer feel the pain, yes, but you will no longer know what your body is telling you. You might overexert yourself because you are no longer feeling the pain signals. All you need is rest. And please be careful with ibuprofen. It’s not good for your kidneys. Only take it if you must. Your body will heal itself with rest.” And that’s how it went – she had an uncomplicated recovery and was fine with only minimal intervention.

Wow! If that’s how some MDs in Germany practice, there is hope that doctors in the US could evolve in that direction. I feel fortunate to be on the forefront of the drug-free healing movement – and when you realize the healing capacity of your body along with care that supports that process you can shift the common view on pain relief, causing health care transformation, so tell people about safe, all-natural chiropractic care and let’s keep them off lethal drugs.

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Yours for Better Health, Dr. Shapero  


Happy Birthday Chiropractic – – 120 Years


Celebrating 120 years of this life changing profession.  I feel blessed to be a part of this fantastic community.

The roots of chiropractic care can be traced all the way back to the beginning of recorded time. Writings from China and Greece written in 2700 B.C. and 1500 B.C. mention spinal manipulation and the maneuvering of the lower extremities to ease low back pain. Hippocrates, the Greek physician, who lived from 460 to 357 B.C., also published texts detailing the importance of chiropractic care. In one of his writings he declares, “Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases”.

In the United States, the practice of spinal adjustments began gaining momentum in the late nineteenth century. In 1895, Daniel David Palmer founded the Chiropractic profession in Davenport, Iowa. Palmer was well read in medical journals of his time and had great knowledge of the developments that were occurring throughout the world regarding anatomy and physiology. In 1897, Daniel David Palmer went on to begin the Palmer School of Chiropractic.

As a way of celebrating if you are in pain and have not experienced our Rapid Release Technology mention this post over the next week and we will give you a FREE pain relieving treatment.

Yours for Better Health, Dr. Shapero


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