I was recently watching a YouTube video where Troy Aikman describes his battle with Migraine headaches and how now that he is on the right medication everything is alright. What is the logical fallacy in that thinking? If you have the right medication everything is okay. Well what does medication do on its most basic level? Is it really better living through chemistry? Let’s a take a look.
When drugs (chemicals) are put into the body your body’s chemistry will be altered. We already have a lot of chemicals in there and adding some more will alter the levels. This is the effects of a medication…altered body chemistry. Some of the effects are desired and some are not. This is the difference between desired effects and side or adverse effects. It is like the example of Viagra. It was originally tested as a blood pressure medication. However during the clinical trials the desired effect of lowering blood pressure wasn’t happening…however something was happening to the male participants! After a change in the marketing voilà!!! We now have a new erectile dysfunction medication. The side effect has become the desired effect!
There are 13,000 prescription drugs on the market. According to a 2009 Congressional Budget Office study, the pharmaceutical industry spends about one-third of its $20 billion direct-to-consumer advertising budget on just 10 drugs. Medicines for erectile dysfunction, depression, cholesterol and high blood pressure tend to get big campaigns. But headache medications also get more than enough money for advertising. All that marketing has convinced millions of Americans including Troy Aikman that drugs are the answer to symptoms.
Now if you just want to get rid of the symptoms and not address the cause, than medicines are good for that. Migraine headaches are not caused by a lack of Imitrex or any other medication in the body, that I can guarantee. Imitrex can with certain people cause many of the symptoms of Migraine headaches to go away, but it does not get to the cause of the headache…regardless of the advertising and marketing.
So it comes down to a personal choice. Do you want to cover up the symptoms or find out the cause? If you choose to cover up the symptoms…what happens if a year down the road after your body begins to build up a tolerance, that medication doesn’t work anymore and now you have to take Vicodin or some other narcotic…would you do that ?
The medical approach is a way to look at health called the outside in approach. Something is happening to your body and you need to add something to your body in order to change the symptoms. Alter the chemistry.
Now there is a different approach, it is called an inside out approach. This approach looks at what you already have inside your body and trusts the design of the body. The first question of this approach is why? Why do I have Migraines? Is it related to my diet, my sleep patterns, my water intake or something else.
Could it be that the blood flow from your brain to your body is altered? The veins that drain the brain are not working right and sometimes it is too much for your body to take and you get a massive headache (a migraine)? Now what could cause a change of blood flow from the brain to the body? Research using Phase Contrast MRI looking at the blood vessels from the brain to the body in migraine sufferers is now demonstrating that when a person has a misalignment of the top bone in the neck called the atlas, the blood flow is altered and when the bone is repositioned using a highly precise procedure the blood flow is changed and the Migraine headaches go away.
Now this procedure is not manipulation! There is no cracking, popping or twisting of the spine. It is a specialized realigning of the spine using a procedure called upper cervical. upper cervical stands for the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association. These special chiropractors are able to visualize this misalignment with a very precise 3 dimensional X-ray series. Based on the measurements from the x-rays the position of the Atlas is determined and then is realigned over time back to as normal as a position as possible. This procedure produces changes in both blood and nerve flow from the brain instantly.
So maybe Troy Aikman, a upper cervical doctor could help you.
At least you would be addressing the cause and not just covering up the symptoms for the rest of your life.
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Johnson Spinal Care and Associates are Apple Valley Upper Cervical Chiropractors trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Our NUCCA Clinic has helped many people find natural relief from post-concussion syndrome in Apple Valley, Minnesota. We are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems. More information can be found on our website at http://www.johnsonspinalcare.com