7 Dangerous Home Remedies for Denver Residents

7 Dangerous Home Remedies for Denver Residents

7 Dangerous Home Remedies for Denver ResidentsThe following home remedies are causing needless pain and suffering to thousands every year.  People use them thinking they will help, when they can do more harm than good.

#1 Non Prescription Medications

Taking number one on the list, are everyday pills that people assume are safe.  Unfortunately, all drugs have side effects even nonprescription medication.   For example, did you know that Ibuprophen and Motrin can cause;

  • Nausea,
  • Chest Pain,
  • Heart Burn,
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation,
  • Gastric Pain,
  • Vomiting,
  • Indigestion,
  • Bloating,
  • Gas,
  • Headache,
  • Nervousness,
  • Rash,
  • inging in the Ears,
  • Fever,
  • Decreased Appetite,
  • Visual Disturbances and
  • Nightmares?

Many know these pills have side effects but don’t care!  We want to feel good even if we’re rotting away on the inside.  We take them knowing full well they cause damage to our liver and kidneys.  We’re a quick fix society.

These medications also slow down healing.  Scientists have proven that anti-inflammatory medicines interfere with the body’s natural healing mechanisms.  Inflammation allows us to heal and taking anti-inflammatories blocks this process.

#2 Heating Pads

Patients show up at clinics after using heating pads and wonder why they’re not getting better.  They may have shoveled snow and used a heating pad because it provided temporary relief.    Unfortunately these appliances do a lot of harm.  They interrupt the body’s inborn mechanisms of repair.

The body is a self-healing organism.  There are systems within us hard at work constantly creating new cells to replace sick and dying ones.  We can heal ourselves if we work to create balance in our lives.  The heating pad does just the opposite.  It pools fluids and slows down healing.

Heating pads are dangerous.  If you have one at home, throw it away after you’ve cut the plug off to make sure no one ever uses it again.

#3 Cervical Collars

These are the large white or beige collars you sometimes see around people’s necks.  They buy them at pharmacies or may have been prescribed one at an emergency room after a wreck.

Wearing one of these collars incorrectly is like injecting glue into the joints of the spine.  They can cause terrible damage.  The neck is supposed to move.

Unless you have a broken neck, in many instances cervical collars are dangerous.  They do more harm than good.  The spine can heal wrong due to the unnatural position the collars cause the neck to assume.

Scientists and doctors know that prolonged dependence on cervical collars leads to osteoporosis (or thin bones).  They also lead to muscle atrophy (severe wasting of the muscles that support the spine).  They can cause physical and psychological addiction.  Sometimes the dependency is so great that wearers can’t remove the collars as they can no longer support their own heads without assistance.

If you see someone wearing a cervical collar, stop them and invite that person to visit a chiropractor who can address the cause of their neck pain.

#4 Back Braces

Back belts or braces often worn at work do not prevent injury.  Employers sometimes demand employees wear them, but research shows they are ineffective.

If you wear a back support too much, it can cause you to develop a potbelly.  The abdominal muscles weaken because of external support.

#5 Amateur Chiropractic

Trying to put your own spine back in place is crazy, and going to someone with little or no training is equally insane.  I don’t think you’d send your wife or girlfriend to an amateur gynecologist.  I don’t believe you’d seek out an amateur lawyer for legal advice.  Nor do I believe you should consult an amateur surgeon if you require surgery.  Don’t go to an amateur chiropractor.  Visiting a physical therapist or medical doctor who is trying to do what a qualified doctor of chiropractic does, is a bad idea.  Often unqualified practitioners do more harm than good.

#6 Rest

Too much rest is dangerous.  Research shows that the body is dynamic.  You were meant to move and live a full life.  Movement is part of healthy living.  For example if you lay still in a bed for 2-3 days, you may become too deconditioned to leave.

Sitting can also be dangerous.  Studies show that countries with few chairs suffer much less lower back pain.  In the United States of America we have chairs everywhere and over 80% of us suffer lower back pain.  Sitting around is not only bad for your heart, it’s very bad for your spine and nervous system.

#7 Hope & Wait

You might decide to wait until your pain “goes away”.  Unfortunately, your problem may not go away.  It might lie dormant.  It may just smolder like a hot coal that appears to be out.  It could ignite and cause severe pain again if it’s provoked.

Many times people develop decay in their bodies waiting for problems to “go away”.  They kid themselves when they “give it time”.  Time does not heal all wounds and many times drives problems deeper.  Waiting can be very dangerous. This is particularly true of spinal conditions.  I see patients every day that lie to themselves saying “I’ve had this before…I give it time and it goes away, etc.”  Doctors of Chiropractic know this is not necessarily true and is potentially very dangerous.  The longer you wait, the harder it can be to help you.

Statements like “it’s not serious, it’s just a “pulled muscle” can cause serious problems to develop.  For example, numbness and tingling that radiates down your arm or leg is not a “pulled muscle”.  Sharp pains, shooting pains in particular need specialized care.

Opportunities never come to those who wait.  Opportunities are captured by those who dare to attack their problems full on.  Call your chiropractor and turn on the power, the power that heals.

This guest post is by:  Dr. Visentin, D.C., a Denver chiropractor.  If you are interested in learning more visit; www.carechiropractic.com


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