This Documentary was a complete eye opening experience. Of course I am aware of the deep levels of corruption in the pharmaceutical industry, but the medical device industry (which this film is about) is a leading competitor and is possibly even more powerful and dangerous.
The film documents adverse reactions to FDA approved medical devices and follows the plea of support group administrators and Doctors, to take these dangerous products off the market. Despite the thousands of people reporting harmful effects, and Congressional support, companies like: Bayer, Johnson & Johnson, DaVinci, and Stryker refuse to take the devices off the U.S. market, while continuing to defend their claim--"the benefit outweighs the risk".
One of the most harmful devices, particularly to women has been-- Essure sterilization (birth control) and it is implanted in each fallopian tube. The testimonial was horrific--medical device reps would watch as the procedure was performed and if the device was not installed correctly, women were found to have multiple devices implanted (as if the patient was disposable)! The effects these failed devices have on the individuals and their families are disastrous! It was really difficult to watch. However, it is inspiring to see someone who personally experienced so much pain, to fight these mega powerful industries, in the hopes of saving so many others who remain at risk.
It was particularly difficult to watch this one woman suffering from a failed distraction of the Essure device, trying to get relief from severe headaches. You could see the frustration in her face, as she pulled harder and harder tractioning her neck. As a Chiropractor all I wanted to do was try to help her feel better.
"I am writing this article to raise awareness that Chiropractic healthcare can help your body heal and work at its best!
It is not a cure for your health problems, but it is the best natural method of promoting improved function of all systems in the body, for coordinated action and mutual benefit."
It makes me really sad that the FDA does not have the best interest of the people in mind, because millions of dollars are spent Lobbying officials in Washington D.C. to vote in favor of the industry, rather than protect the people.
The real problem is the approval process of these devices--new products are approved based on similar products that have already been approved, even if they have since been recalled for defects or failure (via the 501(k) pathway). www.fda.gov/medicaldevices/productsandmedicalprocedures/deviceapprovalsandclearances/510kclearances/
The take away from this article is, please get second opinions when it comes to any invasive procedure, no matter how minimally invasive or effective the Doctor claims for it to be. One of the alarming facts mentioned in the film was the lack of knowledge by Doctors regarding the product approval process via the FDA; not to mention the tainted scientific data from testimonials and surveys related to device efficacy.
After all, it took an orthopedic surgeon acquiring Cobalt poisoning from the metal-on-metal hip replacement he opted for, to raise awareness about this dangerous medical device. Statistics reveal there are currently 10 Million people with hip replacements using these materials. The condition results in cognitive defects and psychosis, yet is treatable. The surgeon who suffered with toxic levels of Cobalt could have easily been misdiagnosed with Alzheimer's or Dementia. How many of our friends and family members are dying or misdiagnosed with untreatable diseases because these adverse reactions are kept quiet by influence of the giants in the medical device industry.
The Power to Heal is within You!
Keep it natural!
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Here are my thoughts after the class, Sunday night--
I had a great time with friends and connected with new people at the sunset beach yoga class. Lisa Pumper created this group and leads as (in my opinion) the best instructor, making you feel confident with your practice at any level. She especially focuses on spinal hygiene throughout the class, which I love! What a great way to recover from the last week and refresh your mind and body for the upcoming challenges ahead.
If you are ready to begin your journey toward wellness, there is no better alternative than beach yoga because it incorporates each of the 5 health essentials into your practice. Therefore, if you are looking for a place to start, this is where I highly recommend you begin.
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For those who are not lactose intolerant, but experience discomfort after eating your favorite childhood cereals, here’s Dr. Mint’s thoughts…
Many cereals on the market, specifically children’s cereals contain levels of sugar that are unhealthy for daily human consumption. In fact, some children’s cereals are 50% sugar in total weight! The highest percentage cereal by weight containing sugar are listed in Table 2 of the website below:
You wouldn’t eat a spoonful of sugar, like the Mary Poppins song recommends. It would be difficult to watch someone do this, but it happens millions of times per day in America.
Half the recommended limit for daily consumption of sugar in children is in one serving of cereals like: Kellogg’s Golden Smacks or Post’s Golden Crisp.
Adults, especially parents need to be aware of this, to limit overdosing on recommended daily sugar intake before breakfast is over. Start your day off right with foods that don’t contain added sugar, preservatives, or artificial ingredients.
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Good afternoon from Sunny Ft. Lauderdale.
Today, I would like to encourage you to incorporate a little more water into your lifestyle. There are several ways it can be used to benefit your health and I will give examples that relate to–
Dr. Mint’s 5 Health Essentials:
I decided to share my feelings on the importance of a pillow and why I recommend it as a step for achieving wellness.
My 5 Health Essentials are necessary to incorporate into your lifestyle and to practice weekly, to achieve wellness. They are:
Recovery is synonymous with healing. We all can relate to the gratification we get from a great night of rest. Similarly, recovery is a household phrase used to discuss exercise and the requirement to rest your body, allowing muscles/ muscle groups that were stressed during workouts, a chance to recover.
Most adult patient I have come across, have an underlying issue with their health. Surprise, it is issues with their sleep cycle!
Many times, pain interfering with sleep is the culprit for why we decide to visit our Doctor and add this to our busy schedules in the first place.
While researching the prevalence of this health issue, I discovered an alarming statistic from the NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) website.
“Almost 20 percent of all serious car crash injuries in the general population are associated with driver sleepiness, independent of alcohol effects. Further, sleep loss and sleep disorders have a significant economic impact. The high estimated costs to society of leaving the most prevalent sleep disorders untreated are far more than the costs that would be incurred by delivering adequate treatment.
Hundreds of billions of dollars a year are spent on direct medical costs associated with doctor visits, hospital services, prescriptions, and over-the-counter drugs. Compared to healthy individuals, individuals suffering from sleep loss, sleep disorders, or both are less productive, have an increased health care utilization, and an increased likelihood of accidents.
The issue is not just lack of rest, it is important to get quality rest, so your body can recover as efficiently as possible.
Primarily, the biggest problem with lack of proper rest is, it affects cognitive function. For example, medical errors were reduced in hospitals that decreased hours which interns were required to be on call.
Another reason why proper rest is difficult to attain is because of the increase in distractions with technology. For example, adolescents who stay up late on their phones, watching tv, or using the computer are suffering academically.
Sleep apnea, work related injuries, and motor vehicle accidents are trending as Americans with lack of proper rest grow too tired to function.
Can you see the threat? This is dangerous and getting out of hand.
We need to improve our quality of Life as it relates to the Health Essential of Recovery, to save our children and to save our community.
Rest Position = Level of Recovery:
The pillow is a great start. The D-core design (see link) promotes proper support of the cervical spine (neck) and is most efficient in the supine position (sleeping on your back). Sleeping on your side will work with this pillow, but I encourage you to refrain from this practice because it will lead to shoulder, rib, hip, and/or low back pain.
It’s important to understand the prone sleeping position (face down) is detrimental to your spinal alignment and will cause chronic muscle spasms, tension headaches, and generalized discomfort throughout the day.
Because the position we sleep in equals one-third of our lifetime, we need to develop healthy sleeping habits, to ensure improved quality of rest and recovery.
*Mint Life Hack:
It is difficult to switch from lying face down when sleeping, to the proper resting position (facing up). Therefore, I recommend using a body pillow and hugging it, while lying on your back to mimic the sensation of lying face down. Practice relaxation in this position, every night for at least ten minutes before going to sleep. Start by setting a timer on your phone for ten minutes and as your body adapts to relaxing in this position, you will learn to fall asleep and stay in this position while you sleep.
Do this for 30 days and review your previous entries every night. Eventually, you will see a pattern
Next step is to track your hours of sleep with a sleep log. Keep a journal next to your bed, write down what time you are lying in bed, to fall asleep. The goal of course is to fall asleep before the ten minute timer goes off and eventually no longer use it.
When you wake up and get out of bed in the morning, write down the time. Add notes for disruptions to your sleep, whether something woke you up, or you got up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. Also write down your initial thoughts on quality and rate how restful your night of sleep was out of 10. For example, a completely satisfying night of rest will equal 10/10. Alternatively, a horrible night of sleep with interruptions, tossing, and turning will equal 1/10. Each week, add your total and divide by 70 for your weekly sleep quality score percentage. If your score does not improve from one week to the next, discuss this with your Doctor. Let’s work together to find a healthy and attainable solution for you.
Mint Chiropractic addresses deficits in the 5 Health Essentials because each one is interwoven with human performance.
Therefore, your Mint Doctor will work with your individual needs, set goals (in each of the 5 Health Essentials), help you achieve health gains, and challenge you further, to strive for greatness and maintain balance in your life.
The purpose of this blog is to advance the perspective of chiropractic by providing the following resources: scientific research, patient success testimonials, insights, and my opinion of health care trends specifically in South Florida.
I look forward to sharing my thoughts with you.
Before the major industrialization of our society, when someone was ill or wanted their health checked, the Family Doctor was called to their home, coining the phrase “House Call”. In the early 1960s, house calls by doctors were 40% of doctor-patient meetings. By 1980, it was only 0.6%.1
It is interesting to me, the decline in home health began because of technology and subsequent advances in technology has allowed the upward trend in patient-doctor meetings as house calls again. By reading this article, I hope you will understand three reasons to start utilizing house calls for you and your family. The three reasons are as follows: Access, Quality, Value.
Mint Mobile Chiropractic service is a concierge practice. As a newly “Minted” patient, you are encouraged to utilize 24/7 mobile support (via cell or text message), to speak with your Family Doctor directly. For families, this will greatly reduce the number of unnecessary hospital visits, long wait times, and follow up visits.
One of the most drastic changes we’ve seen since this last health care trend is the quality, efficiency, and mainstream usage of technology. Mint Chiropractic takes advantage of the latest technology to take mobile x-rays of digital quality on demand. All X-rays are instantly recorded and evaluated consecutively, to prepare for the most specific adjustment. It’s important as a new patient with any Doctor of Chiropractic (DoC) to understand exactly what parts of the spine will need adjustments. Digital X-rays are the best way to do that.
One can say, in a typical chiropractic office you get what you pay for and you can only receive care when you can make it to the office location. This is a major obstacle that Concierge, Mint Mobile services strives to eliminate. Because I value the results of my patients more than the payment for services, it is vital that I incorporate a method of practice that avoids this limitation in care, because it destroys the goals the patient and doctor are working together to achieve. Especially when circumstances arise that are out of our control, this “be there or be square” policy of doctors offices in my opinion, is an incredible dis-service.
For example, if you have an adjustment scheduled following work and heavy traffic causes delays in your commute and you are rushing to arrive before the office closes, this will interfere with your results because this causes stress. Stress is counterproductive. The purpose of Chiropractic’s adjustment is to assist the body in homeostasis–inner body balance. Balance is more easily maintained when your nerve system works at its best. Adjustments to the spine help the nervous system.
Experience the ultimate convenience and comfort of concierge family care. The value of chiropractic care is in the results and it can happen quickly! Is there a greater value than having someone whom you trust as your Family Doctor, knowing they are always focused on how they can best care for each person of the family every time they are with you? As you notice the improvements, I will always be your cheerleader because I serve to inspire others, to feel empowered to take control of your health today!
Kao, Helen; Conant, Rebecca; Soriano, Theresa; McCormick, Wayne (February 2009). “The Past, Present, and Future of House Calls”. Clinics in Geriatric Medicine. 25 (1): 19–34. doi:10.1016/j.cger.2008.10.005.