Integrative Medicine-Saving Lives

In today’s society where profits take precedence and the consumer comes second our healthcare system has paved the way for an epidemic. Prescription drugs are silently killing hundreds of people everyday, and it only seems to be getting worse. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), prescription drug abuse has officially been declared an epidemic in the United States.

We are taught from a young age to go to our medicine cabinet and reach for the pill bottle to solve our health problems. To never question our Doctor’s advice, and to treat our symptoms not the underlying cause. However, the ramifications of taking prescription drugs are coming to the forefront of all death statistics in the United States. “As of 2012, overdose deaths involving prescription opioid analgesics, which are medications used to treat pain, have increased to almost 17,000 deaths a year in the United States.” Opioids, taken for chronic pain, take the lead for prescription drug abuse. The clinical use of opioids nearly doubled from 2000-2010, “In 2010, pharmaceutical drug overdoses were published as one of the leading causes of death in the US; drug overdose were more lethal than firearms or motor vehicle accidents.”

When your trusted doctor is telling you to take pain killers for your chronic pain, what other options do you have? I sat down with Dr. Gary Rademacher, owner and founder ofDowntown’s Healthcare, an Integrative Medical office located in the heart of downtown Denver, to discuss what his office does and how integrative medicine is saving lives.

What is Downtown’s Healthcare?

Downtown’s Healthcare is an integrative medical office. Founded in 1997, we started as a chiropractic office, and have expanded over time to the integrative medical office we are now.

What does integrative medical office mean?

We have Chiropractors, a Nurse Practitioner, a team of Massage Therapist and a Rehab Technician all under one roof. Patient’s don’t need to go all over to be treated, they can come to one place and have a team correct their underlying causes not their symptoms.

DHC does not see proscription drugs as a solution to symptoms, why not?

The goal in our office is to fix the underlying problem so it does not continue to persist. Many people will get a “patch” solution where they take medication to cover up the symptoms. Our purpose is to actually fix the underlying causes. Not only are we helping with the pain, we are fixing the problem long term while increasing function and reversing the effects of degeneration.

Chiropractic care is a key component of your office, what would you say to people who harbor a lot of fear and skepticism towards chiropractors?

I understand the fear, and the fear of the unknown. When you look at the safety numbers, from a chiropractic stand point, it is so much safer to come to an environment like this than to take over the counter medication. Over the counter medications have way more side effects than someone getting treatment from a chiropractor.

What is your overall goal for DHC?

Our overall goal is to help as many people as possible with this medical model because we know it works. There are so many people out there who need this type of care, and I think that people are not being correctly treated.

What is one lesson you have learned since starting DHC?

The body is very powerful, it has the ability to heal itself very quickly. When the body is aligned and functioning properly it knows how to heal itself. In our healthcare system we treat the body like a mechanism, like parts, instead of as a whole. When we drug people we are not correcting the problem we are causing more problems. If you just get the body heading in the right direction it will be able to heal itself naturally.

We want to hear from you. What do you think about the growing epidemic of prescription drugs?

1 Center for Lawful Access and Abuse Deterrence

2 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Health Statistics. CDC WONDER Online Database, 2012. Beletsky LB, Rich JD, Walley AY. Prevention of fatal opioid overdose. JAMA. 2013;308(180): 1863–1864.

3 The Epidemic Of Prescription Drug Abuse, Sara Adaes, PhD (c)

Gary Rademacher D.C., CCST

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