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Trump Calls Opioids a “Public Health Emergency”—How Bad Is It?

An Epidemic Abuse Makes Opioids a Risky Choice for Pain Management

“Trump declares opioid epidemic a national public health emergency” read CNN’s headline last month. When the president of the United States discusses a specific health problem, how bad is it?

How Bad is the Opioid Epidemic?

Photo of a person lying on the floor with a bottle of pills next to them after an opioid overdose.

Let’s look at these facts from the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)’s Opioid Addiction 2016 Facts & Figures:

Opioid Addiction

  • Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illicit drug heroin as well as the licit prescription pain relievers oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl and others.
  • Opioids are chemically related and interact with opioid receptors on nerve cells in the brain and nervous system to produce pleasurable effects and relieve pain.
  • Addiction is a primary, chronic and relapsing brain disease characterized by an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.
  • Of the 20.5 million Americans 12 or older that had a substance use disorder in 2015, 2 million had a substance use disorder involving prescription pain relievers and 591,000 had a substance use disorder involving heroin.
  • It is estimated that 23% of individuals who use heroin develop opioid addiction.

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Chiropractor Can Help You Live Healthy Lifestyle

The New England Journal of Medicine claims the diabetes drug Avandia increases the heart attack rate by 43%!

British government figures recently released showed that 92 deaths have been linked to the statin drugs developed to lower cholesterol, drugs like Zocor, Lipitor and Crestor.

Dr. Galante, an Algonquin chiropractor, is Committed to Helping You!

We are sharing this information with you to keep you informed, improve your health and well-being and help you understand critical health care information and how it impacts your health and your wallet. So what are the implications?

Studies show Avandia triples the death rate over placebo and also increased congestive heart failure and raised LDL (bad cholesterol.)Chiropractor Instead of Dangerous Meds by Algonquin Chiropractic Center

Studies have shown statin drugs to lower cholesterol are also associated with numerous side effects including kidney and liver damage, muscle pain and weakness and loss of memory.

Read this: Andrew Clark, a cardiologist at Castle Hill hospital, was the co-author of an international study of 417 heart failure patients that showed those with highest cholesterol levels actually lived longer.

Risk factors include smoking, high LDL, high blood pressure, sedentary lifestyle, obesity, diabetes, high C-reactive protein (has yours been checked?) and stress.

What do we do at our office?

1.  Lifestyle assessment to include diet, exercise, BMI, stress and toxic burden.

2. Blood work to include all the “standard tests;” however, we also look at homocysteine, CRP, insulin, Vitamin D, thyroid, B12, Folate and iron status.

3.  Develop a personalized diet, nutrition and exercise plan to decrease patients risk for chronic disease.

Many times when people improve their diet, clean out their systems, give their bodies the nutrients it needs to function properly the weight comes off, blood pressure goes down, blood sugar comes down to healthy levels and people don’t have a need for dangerous medications.

Be Well and Do Not Stop any of your medications without talking to your doctor.

Remember health is a journey and not a destination. What you do in the practice of health care will go miles and pay dividends over time.

If you still feel that you are struggling in creating a healthy living plan, you will be thrilled to know that Dr. Galante, an Algonquin chiropractor has powerful programs that will teach you the specific steps that will help you to become and stay healthier.

Call for your consultation 847-854-2000.

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Our Mission – To educate and inform patients so you can make educated decisions to improve your health.

Algonquin Chiropractic Center
2210 Huntington Drive North
Algonquin, IL 60102
(847) 854-2000

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