#1 Disability, Hospital Errors, and Herbalists

Hi Everybody,

Here are a few new quick tidbits for you…

#1 CAUSE OF DISABILITY WORLDWIDE- According to recent studies conducted by the Global Burden of Disease 2010 Project, back pain is the number one cause of disability worldwide. More people miss work and are permanently disabled from back pain than from any other cause.

This highlights the reason Chiropractors so highly recommend taking care of your back on a regular basis, not just when you hurt. Waiting until you hurt to take care of your spine is like waiting until you have a toothache to start brushing your teeth – It is a sure recipe for disaster.  Studies show that people with back pain who see a chiropractor first are far less likely to end up having surgery, are more satisfied with their care, and experienced better outcomes in pain and functional disability.

And as we hear people say so often, “When your back hurts, everything hurts”.

WHAT PATIENTS DON’T KNOW WON’T HURT THEM?- A recent review of medication errors at hospitals found that patients are very rarely told about the mistake.  Source: (Latif A, et al. National study on the distribution, cause and consequences of voluntary reported medication errors between ICU and non-ICU settings. Critical Care Medicine, December 2012)

How often does this happen?  A study from the Institute of Medicine in 1999 suggested that approximately 44,000 – 98,000 deaths per year occur in hospitals due to medication errors, and that EVERY hospital experienced a medication error every 22.7 hours.

DEFINE HERBALIST- We have discovered that many people see us as Chiropractors and Acupuncturists, but do not see us as herbalists.  On a regular basis we have someone ask us if we know a good herbalist, and don’t realize that is part of what we do.  Chiropractic education includes over 66 credit hours of education in nutrition on average, which makes us more than qualified to recommend dietary supplementation, including herbs.  We have also done studying on our own, and have over 15 years experience.

In addition, Dr Matt has extensive training in Acupuncture and  Chinese Medicine, which is a form of herbalism that has been practiced for over 5000 years.

 Hope this helps,

Dr Matt and Dr Robin

mattandrobin@yahoo.com (email)

This week’s bit of Useless Information:  The first day of spring is also called the vernal equinox. ‘Vernal’ and ‘equinox’ are Latin terms meaning ‘spring’ and ‘equal night’ respectively. Hence, the day is exactly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness, though not exactly technically so. This generally falls on March 20 / 21 every year.  

This email is courtesy of Matthew Barnes, D.C. and Robin Barnes, D.C.  Neither this nor any of our emails are intended to be medical advice and should not be taken as such.  They are opinion and are for informational purposes only.  None of the nutrients discussed here are meant to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

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