Fact or Fiction: Chiropractic Saves Lives?

This post may be a little controversial for some, but it needs to be brought into open discussion. There are some out there they say chiropractic care is dangerous and others that say chiropractors actually save lives. So, what’s the real answer?

Let’s start with a not-so-obvious, indisputable fact.

Chiropractors pay roughly $2,000 / year in medical malpractice insurance (give or take a few hundred).

The average medical doctor pays around $10,000 per year. A surgeon can easily pay 6-10 times more than that.

According to the insurance companies, chiropractic treatment is on average 5x safer than standard medical care. This might shock some but the annual premium numbers do not lie.

If chiropractic was really dangerous, malpractice fees would be much higher (similar or above that of an MD). I’m not sure it gets more objective than that.

With that said, the truth is chiropractors DO save lives and here are 3 reasons why:

1) People that see a chiropractor are less likely to need surgical procedures.

I don’t care how much some MD’s down-play it, even the smallest of operations come with several risks. Surgical infection being the primary one. Not to mention your odds of contracting some other virus through a nosocomial infection (hospital acquired).

It might surprise you to find out just how many people go into the hospital for a “simple” procedure and wind-up passing away.

We have the best trained crisis care medical doctors in the world, but medical errors do happen regularly. Actually, in the US, iatrogenesis is one of the leading causes of death.

It’s better to seek the conservative chiropractic approach first so you don’t have to gamble with your health. Going to a chiropractor either for a back injury, spinal hygiene, OR maintenance / wellness care keeps your spine and nervous system in great shape.

You don’t need to search too much in the medical literature to validate the fact that chiropractic care keeps people out of surgery and reduces medical costs.

Keeping patients from unnecessary surgery and hospital time saves lives.

2) Those that visit a doctor of chiropractic are more educated about the human body and less likely to take drugs.

From treating thousands of patients over the years, it seems that practically everyone is on some type of drug. It’s very sad to see people dependent on a system and therapy that will NEVER cure their problems / diseases.

This indoctrination has occurred because of massive, relentless campaigns of UNETHICAL influence-based marketing by Big Pharma, the AMA, and the FDA.

The public has been intentionally dumbed-down, which has been great for big business. Medical research studies are ghost-written and fabricated frequently. It’s anything but science.

Public perception was also purchased a long time ago as I pull back the curtain in Chapter 2 of Cracking the Cancer Code.

Here’s the crazy thing, though…

By definition, allopathic drug therapy is “a system of treating disease by inducing a pathologic (disease producing) reaction that is antagonistic to the disease being treated.” Hence the reason why there are always adverse side effects.

What the public is not told is that ALL medication is toxic and poison to your system! It doesn’t restore health, it merely “masks” symptoms.

The masses have been deceived into thinking that if the symptom is taken away, health is restored. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Cancer, heart disease, and diabetes (a few examples) begin without you ever consciously noticing any pain, symptoms or abnormal lab-work.

Chiropractors educate patients about how to take control of their health naturally.

The more educated people are about how their body works, the less likely they are to take drugs and fall prey to the legal drug cartels. The less folks take drugs, the less chance of irreversible damage or accidental death.

The human body is always trying to maintain a homeostatic norm… meaning it has an intrinsic, innate life-force that guides and automatically directs your body’s healing process. It’s not something you have to consciously think about.

Chiropractors have long embraced this irrefutable, vitalistic truth and look for the cause of problems, enabling them to trouble-shoot effectively.

Drugs don’t cure.

In fact, prescriptions for non-life threatening diseases kill tens of thousands annually. Tylenol alone kills roughly 500 people each year. Not to mention it’s responsible for 26,000 hospitalizations yearly, too!

Chiropractors save lives by educating and empowering consumers to get off risky medications.

3) Chiropractic patients are more likely to understand importance of the human Nervous System in regards to optimal health

It’s a medical and scientific fact that the nervous system directs and coordinates every function of the body. The brain acts like the main control-panel and sends messages down the spinal cord which eventually break-off into nerves (power lines).

If one of the spinal cord pathways or nerves is “choked” / compressed, then the brain cannot communicate at 100% to the innervated muscle, organ, etc.

Not to get too in-depth here, but the spinal cord is composed of different tracts (like a bunch thin strings grouped together) and depending where the compression occurs, will correlate to the symptoms that present.

Let me give a quick, obvious example.

You may have heard the term slipped or herniated disc. Either of these conditions can cause compression on the spinal cord and / or nerves. When this happens, patients can experience pain, numbness, tingling, decreased circulation, muscular weakness and other symptoms.

Sometimes, they might not experience any noticeable symptoms, though.

The bottom line is that when this nerve compression occurs, you LOSE FUNCTION. The life is literally being taken away from the area the nerve connects to. If you’re a chiropractor or medical doctor reading this, you’ve probably seen the above example frequently in your office.

To restore function and optimal health, the nerves need to be free of the interference that’s causing the problem. When you take the pressure off the nerve, you bring-back normal communication and the symptoms go away in this instance.

Make sense?

This is one example of where a chiropractic adjustment can help restore normal function and communication between the brain and bodily systems involved. What I’m referring to here is the obvious of the obvious, in terms of nerve compression.

Here’s another slightly different example.

When a patient has a stroke and a pathway in the brain is damaged, they can experience symptoms like speech problems, involuntary muscular contractions, visions problems, paralysis on one side of the body, etc.

They have literally LOST FUNCTION of certain lower motor areas due to the lesion.

Think of a lesion in the stroke example as like a road block. Your brain cells are always trying to regenerate but in some cases they have to take a detour around the road block to get back on track. The pathway needs activation primarily.

An experienced chiropractic neurologist can accelerate this healing process and help the brain form those collateral pathways in order to restore proper function.

We see it all the time as stroke patients regain their temporarily lost functions, many times returning back to normal. The body is always trying to heal itself, sometimes it just needs a guiding hand to speed things up.

So, what about those compressions or lesions that aren’t so obvious?

The reality is, sometimes a muscle, ligament, fluid / inflamed tissue, and a bone can cause compression. If it’s in the spine, this is called a vertebral subluxation. Sometimes symptoms manifest, but sometimes not.

Regardless if evident symptoms are created, a subluxation can have severe consequences on the joint complex, associated nerve, and eventually decrease its function. If the nerve supply is compromised, then the connected muscles and organs can begin to lose function.

Chiropractors are trained to check for those areas of dysfunction and correct the corresponding subluxation. This increases life to the tissue and helps to maximize health.

An important FYI here… symptoms are a poor, and many times unreliable, way to judge health. Heck, over 40% of the time, the first symptom of heart disease is a heart attack and death.

Chiropractors, as well as their patients, are typically more proactive and “prevention-centered” when it comes to health.

This leads to longer, healthier lives with reduced instance of having to go to the MD, getting caught-up in a medical system that neither cures or restores health. This is yet another way chiropractors save lives.

Let me be clear, though.

In terms of crisis-care or immediate life-threatening illnesses, the medical profession works wonders and we’re blessed to have such technology and specialists.

However, for most everything else including chronic disease management and treatment, medicine is severely lacking.

This is because the American medical system is based on a FLAWED paradigm of treating symptoms on not the underlying cause or whole person. Unfortunately, it was intentionally set-up this way for private interest. It’s business and has nothing to do with health.

Medical doctors get trained by fresh-out-of-undergraduate school pharmaceutical reps and are lavished with free meals, beautiful vacations, and many other perks by Big Pharma. On the books, this is illegal, but it still happens all the time creating influence and favorable opinion.

It’s a strong conflict of interest, as it shapes and molds the way many MD’s practice medicine. The “modern” medical system has created a society of dependent addicts.

It’s time for Americans to empower themselves so they can take control of their health once and for all! What do you think?

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I look forward to hearing your thoughts. Voice your opinion below…

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Comments

27 Responses to “Fact or Fiction: Chiropractic Saves Lives?”

  1. Excellent! A great article on how to communicate the value of chiropractic. This should be placed in every chiropractic office in the world. Place on every chiropractic website. Sent to all chiropractic patients. Keep up the great work.

  2. Matthew Loop says:

    Thank you, Lawton. I appreciate the kind words!

  3. Sean says:

    Hi Matt

    Great article. Where diid you get your definition of Allopathic Drug Therapy i.e. which dictionary?

  4. Matthew Loop says:

    Thanks Sean… Go to Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary and search “Allopathy”

  5. One of the best blogs I’ve ever read. Thanks.

  6. Matthew Loop says:

    Wow! Thank you, Rich.

  7. Jason Kucma says:

    Well written and well said! Great description between health care and sick care. Much of our time in practice is helping shift perspectives on these very topics. In fact our members’ thought for the week is that “your body’s ability to heal is greater than anyone has permitted you to believe “. Keep it coming!

  8. Matthew Loop says:

    Thank you, Jason. I agree fully…

  9. ED says:

    thanks for the article.
    Chiropractic does save lives.It gives the body the opportunity to stay well and get well with out dangerous drugs and unnecessary surgery,The safest treatment which does the most in the shortest time.Easy to learn but takes many years of practice to master.True to what it says it will do backed by the healthsciences and laws of physics .

  10. Matthew Loop says:

    Glad you enjoyed it, Ed. You’re right…

  11. Nice, Matt! Got me all excited to save some more lives this afternoon!

  12. Bridgit Gilmore, D.C. says:

    Just read this article, it rocks! As someone already said, you give a lot of in depth info without overwhelming the general public. Well done. I was also pleasantly surprised to see Chiropractic Neurology mentioned. I have been studying Functional Neurology for many years now and use it in my practice. It produces some truly amazing results. Keep up the good work!

  13. Matthew Loop says:

    Thanks Dr. Bridgit!

  14. Roger Benter DC says:

    Thanks for a terrific infomercial!!

  15. Lee Russo says:

    Great information that I wish everyone would take to heart. Information is such incredible power when it comes to maintaining our health. Unfortunately, the constant bombardment of drugs ads and ads for dangerous, illness causing and unhealthy foods are so entwined into the fabric of our daily lives that the battle is a difficult one. You Matthew at least help to swing the pendulum back in the right direction with this vital information. I am going to incorporate much of this into my ROFs. Thank you!!!

  16. Matthew Loop says:

    Glad you found the blog post valuable, Lee.

  17. Dr. Dopps says:

    As a Doctor of Chiropractic, I have witnessed many remarkable healings. Admittedly, chiropractic is not a miracle cure and might not help everybody. It does have the answer for relief for many. Give it a try you may be glad you did.

  18. Dr Bernal says:

    Great info !

    Well stated !

    I loved it .

    Heredity is not always death sentence

    One word “epigenetics”

    Thanks

  19. Matt Moore says:

    I struggle where to begin with this article because it contains so many poorly thought through claims. If I can sum up the position, it seems to be “Mainstream medicine is not perfect. Something must be done. Chiropractic is something. Chiropractic must be done!”

    N.B. The reason that insurance for chiropractors is lower than for surgeons is a function of the severity of the conditions that they treat, not the efficacy of their treatment. Your position is equivalent to saying: “I lost $2000 on the high stakes poker table but only $20 on the low stakes table. I must be a better player on the low stakes table!”

  20. Matthew Loop says:

    Matt… I struggle with your comment because you sound very naive and inexperienced. Everything that is “claimed” as you say can be backed with science. You have an opinion, but that’s all it is. Clearly your knowledge is lacking regarding the healthcare system, malpractice premiums, neurophysiology and spinal biomechanics.

    If, for one second, insurance companies could prove chiropractic was dangerous the rates would be very high, comparable to that of a medical doctor. Prescription drugs are a leading cause of death here in the US, thanks to your MD and the pharmaceutical companies that train him / her.

    More deaths and riskier treatments = dramatically higher malpractice premiums.

    It’s really simple to understand.

  21. Jody Jakob says:

    Matt……..I love your clarity and commitment and passion about true healthcare. I am not a Chiropractor but rather a British trained Osteopath. I mention British trained because as you know most American Osteopaths D.O.’s have bought into the allopathic way of working as a result of being “accepted” into the medical M.D. fraternity. Consequently they are fed the same medical fallacies and are also beholden to BIG PHARMA and BIG MED.
    In Britian, Osteopaths never acquiesced to the Medical powers that be and have remained true to Osteopathic principles which in essence are the same as Chiropractic.
    I have been delivering my message of health in my community for over 35 years and been jostling with the medical authorities gently but consistently making my point. One measure of my success is that a great proportion of my patients are in fact medical Doctors, their wives, mothers and yes they even refer me many patients. The families of the directors of the hospitals in my community are big fans and I have the honour of treating them regularly.
    I have been a regular follower of your blog and updates and I have to say I have learned a lot from you in terms of getting the true health message out and how to do it best with technology. For this I thank you. Keep it up! You are doing a great job.

  22. Matthew Loop says:

    That’s awesome, Jody! I appreciate the kind words. Keep empowering and helping your community. I work quite a bit with holistic Osteopaths. You’re right, the AMA has done their best to mold them into the allopathic way here in the USA.

    MD’s make great patients once they’re educated. At the end of the day, results speak for themselves. It’s about getting to the cause of problems rather than just masking the symptoms.

  23. Dr Chris Cole says:

    Hi Matthew,

    With regard to the comment made by Matt Moore, and your response to him:

    His argument/explanation regarding the disparity in insurance premiums for doctors vs chiropractors is, despite your condescending protestations, quite correct. The logic proposed in your article is simplistic and flawed. Matt Moore’s poker analogy highlights this rather neatly. Many factors affect what my medical or your chiropractic insurance premiums are:

    - Doctors see patients with more numerous and higher acuity actual illnesses and injuries than a chiropractor does.
    - The patients we (doctors) see often require, due to their higher rate and acuity of organic pathology, investigations and interventions (drugs or procedures) which carry known and significant risks. One of the hallmarks of treatments that actually work and do something useful for the patient is that they have associated adverse effects associated with them as well.
    - The moment a chiropractor encounters a patient with significant organic pathology, they will be referred (or the patient will self-refer) to a doctor for further investigation and management. Thus doctors are responsible for overseeing the management of the vast majority of the burden of real disease in the community.
    - Doctors (at least in a hospital setting) tend to directly care for, or at least be involved in the care of, many more patients per unit time than a chiropractor will.
    - More patients see doctors than see chiropractors.
    - The sort of patients who see chiropractors are less likely to blame their chiropractor for an adverse event or outcome than they are a doctor, even if equally (either grossly, or not at all) culpable. Doctors are therefore much more likely to be sued than chiropractors are.

    As Matt Moore says, the stakes are higher at the grown-ups’ table than at the kiddie table, and the financial realities of malpractice insurance reflect this.

    Prescription drugs are, indeed, an important cause of morbidity and mortality, as is iatrogenic misadventure in general. This is not, however, due to doctors being “trained by pharmaceutical companies”.

    There are, again as Matt Moore points out, too many problems in your article to address in limited time and space here, so I will limit my remarks to his comment and your response.

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