A monumental health care crisis is taking place throughout the world, but it isn’t what you might suspect. It isn’t a lack of public healthcare, insurance coverage or prescription drugs. The real healthcare crisis is the failure to emphasize the prevention of disease over the treatment of disease. Until we change our focus, we will forever be chasing diseases rather than maintaining health.
Unfortunately, as a whole, the world is getting sicker with each passing year. Many conditions and diseases including autism, cancer, heart disease, asthma, diabetes, fibromyalgia, autoimmune diseases and iatrogenic disease (drug or healthcare provider induced) are on the rise.
This is all despite the fact that the use of prescription drugs is rising at an unprecedented rate. In fact, the United States represents only 5% of the world’s population yet we consume nearly 75% of all prescription drugs manufactured. If this traditional, western approach to healthcare were the answer, wouldn’t the USA rank head and shoulders above the rest of the world in overall health? According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the United States ranks 40th in overall health, below some third world countries.
As a result of this frightening trend, there is a shift taking place in this country, a patient-led revolution; people are seeking alternative healthcare. They believe that traditional healthcare should be held to a higher standard. Profits and politics should no longer stand in the way of good health. Americans are looking for a different kind of healthcare, one that puts their entire well-being first.
A New Perspective
In part, the healthcare crisis exists today because many doctors and patients believe that certain diseases are inevitable. Why is this? Are we defective? Are we at the mercy of genetics, old age, or bad luck? Did a germ or virus randomly pick us as their next victim?
In healthcare, two different perspectives influence the way we think about health and healing.
The first belief is that humans are fundamentally flawed.
Things are beyond our control. We are victims of our genetics, environment or age. We are destined to have things go wrong over the course of our lives that we will not be able to recover from on our own. We are not educated enough to make your own healthcare decisions, so they need to make them for us.
The second belief is that we are created fundamentally perfect.
We are created with the ability to heal and recover from almost anything and adapt to those things that we cannot. We are empowered to seek advice and ultimately make our own decisions, because we are the only ones who know what is ultimately best for us!
Upper Cervical doctors believe that we are all created, for the most part, fundamentally perfect. The best health care is self-care. We should focus our attention on addressing the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of our bodies on a daily basis.
Welcome to the Wonderful World of Upper Cervical Care
When it comes to living a long and healthy life, very few people will argue that prevention through optimum nutrition and exercise play a vital role, but the most important component to good health is often overlooked. That component is proper “brain to body communication.” You may have heard this phrase tossed around, but do you really know what it means?
The brain stem and nervous system control and coordinate every function in your body – heart rate, breathing, vision, hearing, balance, digestion, muscle tension, posture, emotions, immune function, hormones…literally EVERYTHING! In order to function properly and remain healthy for years to come, you must have 100% “brain to body communication” at all times– 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!
Most people don’t understand that this brain to body communication can be “choked” off by a misalignment within one of the top two bones in the neck. This interference contributes to a myriad of health conditions…arthritis, asthma, diabetes, digestive disorders, fibromyalgia, ear infections, and the list goes on. Nearly all health conditions begin with stresses placed on the body, over time, that were never corrected.
Upper Cervical Awareness Month
Poor brain to body communication is an epidemic as prevalent as tooth decay. The International Upper Cervical Institute estimates that by the age of 39, 87% of the population has some degree of interference to the health and healing messages the brain tries to send the body. Despite the fact that this decreased brain to body communication is widespread, public awareness remains limited.
It’s time we get “back to the basics,” take control over our own health, and recognize the body’s remarkable, inborn self-healing ability. This is the only way we can truly break the cycle of just treating the disease in this country. If we are waiting for a miracle drug to cure the world’s ailments, it’s not going to happen! We need to be proactive, not reactive, with our health. Prevention must take precedence over the treatment of disease!
The Upper Cervical Health Centers of America, Patient Advocates Association and the International Upper Cervical Institute have established Upper Cervical Awareness Month to increase public awareness of Upper Cervical treatment and the health and healing it is bringing to millions. It also provides an opportunity for doctors and patients to work together to increase public awareness of how the epidemic of poor brain to body communication causes needless pain and suffering.
The Good News
Although being proactive and addressing health problems early is always best, it is never too late to start. If you are still breathing, you can improve your health. Most people see remarkable improvement in their health when they incorporate Upper Cervical Care into their lives. Our patients routinely free themselves of long-term health impairments without medication.
While Upper Cervical Care has been one of the best kept secrets in healthcare, our patients and doctors are committed to letting the world know about this gentle, non-invasive and natural approach to health!
Chronic disease and disability do not have to be the inevitable result of aging. Chronic illnesses develop from a lifetime of stressful factors that interfere with the body’s ability to heal and regenerate. The body is an extraordinary self-healing organism, and a long life, free of common diseases and premature aging, is available for those who seek it.
Go to the website of uppercervicalcare.com to learn more about Upper Cervical health care. Watch videos that explain how health conditions that traditional physicians considered incurable have improved and get answers to the most commonly asked questions about Upper Cervical.
Upper cervical care can help everyone. Infants to seniors, mothers-to-be, athletes, and accident victims will benefit from a healthy spine and nervous system. If you have a health problem, Upper Cervical doctors will focus on correcting the cause, not just treating the symptoms. If you are symptom free, Upper Cervical care is one of the best ways to stay healthy.
The doctors on this website hope that you use this information to better your life and welcome the opportunity to work with you and your family to improve your health.
A Story About Two Bones
At the top of your spine, there are two very special bones. These bones, the Atlas and Axis, are found in every human being and all vertebrate animals. They were created to support your head and protect the most vital part of your nervous system, the brain stem, while at the same time allow for maximum movement in the neck.
The story begins like this, and it could happen to anyone.
Mary had a difficult birth. Her mother labored for many hours before the doctor finally pulled her from the birth canal with forceps. Anyone observing the birth could easily see that this placed extreme stress to the baby’s upper neck, but the doctor assured her mother that this is common and the baby did appear to be doing fine. However, the next few months were difficult, because Mary was having a terrible time with colic, irritability, and constant crying. Once again, her mother was reassured, and everything was chalked up to Mary just being a “fussy baby.”
A year went by and like most toddlers Mary fell on average 5000 times while learning to walk. The first two bones of Mary’s spine are the smallest (as they are for all of us) yet they hold the weight of her six pound head. Because these are the only bones in the spine that aren’t “locked” into place like the other bones in the spine, they take the brunt of the force. By age two, Mary was experiencing recurrent ear infections that antibiotics just couldn’t “fix”.
At age seven, Mary fell off her bike. She got a few scrapes, bumps and bruises and complained of soreness for a couple days, but bounced back pretty easily, and Mom thought she’d be just fine. Oddly enough, Mary seemed to “catch” every cold and flu bug that winter. By spring, she developed a new allergy to grass and pollen. She must have been run down.
In high school, Mary played soccer on the varsity team subjecting her body to lots of tackles and using her head to strike the ball. She then went to college where her academic work was emotionally stressful and after graduation joined the “real world” where her stress continued.
At age 35 Mary had a fender bender that whip-lashed her upper neck that caused her pain and difficulty in turning her head. Her hips and legs felt a little “off” although she couldn’t really explain it. She thought maybe it was because she was getting older. These things happen, right? By this time, Mary was experiencing headaches more and more often. They could be debilitating even though she had been prescribed medication. Later she began to experience chronic fatigue and bouts of depression. Her doctor prescribed Imatrex for the headaches, Ambien to sleep and Prozac to help her “cope.” Nothing seemed to help.
By age 40 Mary had been diagnosed with migraines, arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and depression.
This true story is the story of millions of people. Substitute the traumas (physical, emotional, chemical) and the symptoms, and in the end, you have a very common story which is repeated daily throughout the world.
It’s all about the proper alignment of the Atlas and the Axis, the top two bones in your neck which allow for the optimal function of the brain stem.
Billy Doherty is the worldwide Director of Marketing and spokes person for Upper Cervical Health Care (UCHC). UCHC is the number 1 online resource site that focuses on the spine and its ability to preserve and restore health.