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Q: Can chiropractic really save lives?

Posted October 01, 2014 in Advice Column, Ames

A: We truly believe that chiropractic care is in a position to become the primary choice of care for people in our country.

Our current form of health care is broken. Chronic illness and disease are the norm, which leads to more medications and more side effects. In fact, when you notice and feel these symptoms, it is already a sign of a longstanding problem. As chiropractors, our primary role is to identify, locate and correct subluxations or misalignments in the spine. How can that save a life? If left uncorrected, these misalignments contribute to chronic illnesses. By adjusting specific areas and allowing our nervous system to function properly, we can restore that dysfunction, eliminate symptoms, correct the problem and begin the road to recovery — all without the use of medication.

Here’s an example. Research shows that infants given antibiotics before 6 months of age have a higher risk of developing asthma. Having already been put on antibiotics, most likely for an ear infection — which the American Academy of Pediatrics advises against — and now given inhalers and other medication to control the asthma. The asthma then leads to further respiratory system breakdown. While this does not happen to all, it is the beginning of what seems like a vicious cycle, which could have been prevented by seeing a chiropractor at the first signs of an ear infection.

See your chiropractor today.

Information provided by Dr. Lindsey Bartholomew, DC, Bartholomew Chiropractic, 2721 Stange Road, Ames, 515-292-3718.

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