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“A Cancer at the Core of Medicine”

Dr Goldacre classified the research publication methods as “A cancer in the core of medicine.” Your medical doctor is very likely to be misled when it comes to the information about the safety and efficacy of the prescription drugs that they are prescribing on a regular basis.  It doesn’t mean they are a bad doctor, it means they have bad data.  Please watch the short 13 minute video…

Here’s the direct link to the article associated with the video.

…I’ve said this for many years and I’ll continue to drive home this point no matter what names I am called as a result: Published research does not EVER trump what we know about basic human physiology (textbook physiology from sources such as Guyton’s Textbook of Medical Physiology). For example, if you know the biochemical pathway of a drug and how that pathway’s physiology will cause liver damage, but there is a published study in a prominent journal saying that the drug does not cause liver damage, then you have to assume that the study is wrong because the physiology says otherwise.

Let’s look a little more closely at what Dr Goldacre says about Tamiflu. Tamiflu is supposedly the drug of choice for mediating complications of the influenza virus. Let’s look at the facts. I am getting my facts from the FDA, CDC and DrugAlert (a smartphone application that compiles data from the FDA and CDC on drug facts, interactions & reported incidents). I’m looking at 2008-2009 because that seems to be the year with the most up to date statistics.

  • The CDC reports 133 deaths in 2009 from influenza.
  • In that same year, 796 reports of adverse reactions to Tamiflu were reported including:
    • 129 deaths
    • 41 life threatening
    • 165 hospitalizations
    • 18 disability
    • 1 birth defect
    • Many reports of neuropsychiatric events including: hallucination, insomnia, convulsion, delirium, depression, nightmares, anxiety, agitation & aggression

So what was the solution to the Tamiflu problem? Dr Goldacre rightly suggests that ALL studies need to be published, regardless of outcome.  But here’s what happened with Tamiflu.  You judge whether or not this sounds appropriate:

In 2011, the dosage was lowered from 12mg/ml to 6mg/ml. Do you think this will lower the number of adverse events? I would assume so. You can bet your life that these findings will be published and applauded by the media. However, if you cut the dose in half, what will that do to the efficacy of the drug? We have no idea because there are no studies showing the efficacy of Tamiflu at 1/2 the dose that was originally studied!  BUT, the drugs efficacy WILL continue to be reported at the 12 mg/ml dose even if they are not legally able to give that dose to patients. Do you feel cheated yet?

After all this, what are your options as you go into the flu season this year? Let me make a few suggestions based on known physiology (remember from above) & real statistics from the terrible outbreak of influenza in 1917 & 1918 where we lost many lives to complications from influenza.  I’m going to go ahead and link to a few article on the subjects and then highlight some interesting data:

Here are some interesting highlights:

  • Studies show that blood drawn from patients before and after spinal care IMMEDIATELY increases immunoglobulins AND CD4 T-Cells.
  • Spinal care decreases pro-inflammatory mediators (physiologically known to decrease immune function)
  • During the Spanish flu of 1918:
    • For every 10,000 cases of influenza treated medically, there were 950 deaths
    • For every 10,000 cases of influenza treated conservatively (drugless), there were 25 deaths
    • For every 10,000 cases of pneumonia (complication of influenza) treated medically, there were 6,400 deaths. That’s staggering – 64% of people died!
    • For every 10,000 cases of pneumonia treated conservatively, there were 100 deaths. Only 1%!
    • Perhaps the most interesting statistic: In Oklahoma, chiropractors were called in for 233 cases where the medical doctors had given up hope and counted the patient’s lives as lost. The chiropractors saved 208 of those patients.

So, what’s the take home message?  There are a number of things we can do to boost your immune system. At Upward Living Chiropractic Wellness, we believe that the best defense against seasonal flu is to boost your body’s natural immunity.  Nutrition, diet, exercise and spinal care are the best ways to do this. It’s all about prevention! We begin to reboot your body’s physiology from day 1 of your care plan.

As a disclaimer, it’s important to understand that doctors of chiropractic DO NOT treat influenza. We support health. It’s important to stay informed and monitor your symptoms in case you begin to show signs of life threatening complications. The most prominent of these signs would be hallucinations, delirium, convulsions, metal confusion or agitation, perhaps even seizures (associated with an extremely high temperature) or extreme neck pain which can be associated with meningitis (a life threatening infection in the spinal cord). If you think you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.

However, in the case that you feel yourself beginning to get sick, DO NOT cancel your appointment!  Furthermore, if you start to feel sick, DO NOT wait for your appointment! Call me and say, “Doctor, I think I’m getting sick. I need to get my spine checked right now.” I promise we will make every effort to accommodate you.

– Dr Lucas
ULCW (805) 636-9729


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Health Tip: Managing Your Emotions

Stress physiology is intimately tied to how we think. The human neocortex is very large. It allow us to think and reason. Therefore, we can take a situation and dwell on it. When we do this, it becomes part of our physiology and initiates the stress cycle leading to inflammation and over-all feelings of physical dysfunction. The flip side of this is the ability to change how we think and alter our physiology in a positive direction.

What many of us may not realize is that emotions are a reaction to how we think. Not the other way around. In reading a book by Bob George titled, “Living Above Your Circumstances,” I learned that you can choose how to react to a situation.  He gives an example of a woman who was left by her high school sweetheart after they were engaged. She spent 20 years after her heart break in and out of institutions and with various medications to “control her emotions.” She was told that her life would be better if she could control her emotions. The doctors chose to do this with dangerous medications.  However, the root cause of her problem was her belief that her only chance at love and happiness had left her and that her life could only be better if she married this man.

Well, Bob helped her address the root cause of her feelings and she made a recovery. And she did it without medication and over a long period of time. But what a concept: covering up symptoms of a problem will not fix the cause.

Unfortunately, this thought pattern is exactly the message that modern medicine has conveyed as “health care.”  When in actuality, we do not have a mainstream system that actually helps us get healthy.  Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease. That is coming straight from the World Health Organization!

So how can you break the cycle of reactionary medicine?  Here are a few simple steps:

  • Learn to breath:  10 deep breaths will reset our stress response. It helps clear our minds of all thoughts (both positive & negative), so you can refocus your attention on rational thoughts instead of reacting to the emotions that are symptomatic of a poor thought pattern.
  • Learn to live above your circumstances. Circumstances are temporary. They do not define us and they should not dictate our emotions.  Whether you have been a victim of a crime or you have a terrible life threatening disease, don’t allow yourself to ask “what did I do to deserve this?” or “Why me?” These questions only lead to negative emotions. It’s ok to experience grief, worry and fear, but try not to dwell on them. Try to surround yourself with people who love you. Think about maximizing your time and energy and focus on enjoying your life. Because the reality is that any of us could die at any moment. Every moment we are alive is a gift.
  • Manage mechanical pain and inflammation: if you are in pain, your health is adversely affected. Pain also initiates the stress response and makes us susceptible to negative thought patterns.  Much of this pain originates in the spine.  Your doctor of chiropractic is trained to find these patterns and correct them.
  • Manage chemical pain and inflammation: Hidden food allergies & environmental toxins also initiate inflammation and pain. Knowledge of your environmental toxins is key. Know you work environment. Monitor your air quality. Drink water from reverse osmosis filters. Eliminate the sensitive 7 foods: dairy, wheat, sugar, corn, soy, eggs & peanuts.  Most holistic doctors utilize some sort of program for detoxification. Talk to your doctor about whole body detoxification and see if it might be right for you.

In  closing, the triune of health is physical, chemical and emotional well-being.  Upward Living Chiropractic Wellness seeks to nurture health by addressing these issues. If you would like to consult with Dr Lucas, call (805) 636-9729.  Mention this article and get a free 20 minute in-office consultation where you can discuss your health challenges and see if chiropractic care is right for you.

In health,