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Johnson & Johnson Opioid Ruling

 

 

Johnson and Johnson ordered to pay Oklahoma $572 million for opioid damages.

 

Now, this sounds like a lot of money and it is… until you consider that in the early years of the opioid explosion, Duragesic, one of two opioids marketed by J and J, brought in over $500 million way back in 2001.  Let’s assume sales of opioids remained level from that point on. They haven’t but this will make the math easy.   That’s about 20 years of $500 million a year.  It’s more from 2011 on, about $800k per year.  But for easy math, let’s just say $15 billion has been made selling this one version of fentanyl to roughly 1 million people per month.

How it Started:

The conditions under which a drug like this is necessary is intractable chronic pain, that of cancer etc..  The rules of prescribing pain meds 25 years ago were quite restrictive and people in this situation suffered quite a bit.  A relaxing of the rules so that people in serious pain could get some relief was met with approval from the providers caring for people in this situation.

And then….

Unfortunately, with all things mandated to be paid for by a 3rd party, like drugs, college tuition, daycare in Minnesota, somebody’s going to come up with a way to rig the system….. to make a pile of money.

Johnson and Johnson certainly aren’t the only players to have figured out where to concentrate their sales’ team efforts.  There were others but they seem to have been the most savvy. They marketed only to doctors, who wrote 1,000 prescriptions for opioids per year.  They were responsible for the bulk of the market.  They just needed them to switch to J & J’s version, Duragesic.

The Manipulation:

In an even more dastardly plan Johnson & Johnson hired McKinsey and Company, a consulting firm, to increase sales.  They recommended they go after males under 40, since they were more likely to abuse their drug than anyone else.   J & J denied they did this in the Oklahoma court proceedings.

Ultimately, the court found Johnson and Johnson engaged in misleading marketing to maximize benefits and minimize risks.  As a result, 6,000 people died in Oklahoma alone, since the 1990s.    That’s a lot more than those dying from school shootings, heart disease, cancer or just about any other thing you can think of.

Where’s the outrage?  Where’s the protest?  The demands for Congressional action?   “Common sense” prescribing laws?  No more large capacity prescription bottles! ?????

You will just see this briefly reported on the news and then onto the weather.  Just another day in America.  Of COURSE people die from medications.  We expect it.  We do not even seem to be troubled by it.  The point for Oklahoma was for financial reparations.   And to be fair, the opioid prescriptive process HAS been changed.  So, the doctors ARE limited to no large capacity magazines if you will.   You can’t just fill a couple month prescription or endlessly be on opioids anymore.

The forces that brought this catastrophe upon our culture operate largely unphased.  Yes, $572 million is real money.  However, here’s the math in terms we can all understand:

If I had an income of $50,000 per year,

for the last 20 years,

was found to have killed 6,000 people making that $50k a year for 20 years, (that’s $1 million)

and then was fined, say…. $50k and I didn’t have to go to jail??

I’d be happy to pay the $50k!

 

That’s all this is.  The state is shaking down the drug company for some of its money to pay for some of the damage its money-making scheme caused in the state.   We all see it as the cost of doing business.  It’s true in opioids, it’s true in oncology, it’s certainly true in vaccine dogma…. Except those companies NEVER pay a fine.  Which is why there are currently 200 vaccines in development.  All profit, never liability.   Pretty soon all drugs may be called vaccines, just to avoid liability.

The situations that result in the need for opioids are mostly amenable to chiropractic.  Chiropractic however is not part of the insurance reimbursement system that would allow people’s health to recover enough to never need this level of medication.  The people that need this are already out of work due to their health.  Health plans typically pay for 6-10 visits to the chiropractor.  Nobody’s reversing their chronic pain in 2 weeks of going to the chiropractor… I don’t care WHAT exercises people do.

I saw a sign the other day:

“Your body isn’t Amazon.  It doesn’t deliver results in 2 days.”

That’s true!  In all things health, it is repetition over time.

  • If you eat like crap over time, you will pay.
  • If you exercise over time you will reap the benefits.
  • If you go to the chiropractor over time you will be immensely rewarded.

However, insurers are limited time propositions.  They aren’t in it for your health.  They are in it for higher premiums every year.  They NEED you to be sick and dependent on their stream of benefits.  They need you to tell others “Don’t lose your insurance!  Keep paying into the system because you will need it one day.”   That is the gospel truth if you live like our society teaches.  Our society, that has a 1st year infant survival rate near third world countries.  Our society, where if you are born today, you are not expected to live as long as your parents.  Parents who are being sold Long Term Care Insurance, because we EXPECT to be in a flippin’ nursing home!

This isn’t what you were put on planet earth for.  You were put on planet earth to be a blessing to others by doing what only you have been commissioned to do.  With the skills that only you, in the history of planet earth and humanity on it, have been gifted with.  For as long as you can do that.

Accepting the fearful message that you were born “broken” and need pharmaceuticals to live “normally” is tantamount to a cult.  But, we have that in America.  We have a cult of pharmacy.  A cult of disease worship.  Don’t believe me?   Guess who gets paid the most in America.  Those we worship and look up to.  Athletes?  Sure.   Actors?  Yep?   Doctors?   For almost a century one of the highest paid professions.  Right now the highest median income specialty?   It used to be the guys who did surgery for wealthy old white men with cardiovascular diseases and bad knees.  Both cardiovascular surgeons and orthopedic surgeons’ median pay is about $700k   Today however, radiation oncologists are our highest paid.  We fear cancer so much, we pay those people over $1 million per year as a median.

If you listen to Suzy Orman about wealth, she doesn’t recommend you ask poor people how to amass wealth.  So don’t listen to sick people or the people who make money off them, tell you about health.

Whatever they’re doing in the trailer park to try to become wealthy, do the opposite, their people are poor.

Whatever they’re doing at hospitals and WebMD to get people healthy… run away and do the opposite, their people are sick.

Lifestyle, lifestyle, lifestyle.  Not your genes.  (if it was your genes we’d all just eat at Dairy Queen every day.  Some of us will get sick, some won’t.  It’s not our fault.)

Lifestyle is:

Eat healthy most of the time

Exercise most of the time

Sleep with a normal pattern most of the time

Get adjusted regularly, most of the time

THAT will result in the best outcome and most likely, your ability to fulfill your goals, realize your dreams and grow old doing what you want to do –  to the very end.

Sincerely,

Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

You’ve seen all the news reports.  The trend for diabetes is worsening.

‘Key findings from the National Diabetes Statistics Report’

 

The report finds that:

  • In 2015, an estimated 1.5 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed among people ages 18 and older.
  • Nearly 1 in 4 four adults living with diabetes – 7.2 million Americans – didn’t know they had the condition. Only 11.6 percent of adults with prediabetes knew they had it.
  • Rates of diagnosed diabetes increased with age. Among adults ages 18-44,     4% had diabetes. Among those ages 45-64 years, 17% had diabetes. And among those ages 65 years and older, 25% had diabetes.

Rates of diagnosed diabetes were higher among certain communities:

American Indians/Alaska Natives (15.1% )

Non-Hispanic blacks (12.7% )

Hispanics (12.1% )

Compared to:  

Asians (8.0 % )

Non-Hispanic whites (7.4% )

Other differences include:

  • Diabetes prevalence varied significantly by education. Among U.S. adults with less than a high school education, 12.6% had diabetes.   Among those with a high school education, 9.5% had diabetes; and among those with more than a high school education, 7.2% had diabetes.
  • More men (36.6% ) had pre-diabetes than women (29.3% ). Rates were similar among women and men across racial/ethnic groups or educational levels.
  • The southern and Appalachian areas of the United States had the highest rates of diagnosed diabetes and of new diabetes cases.

 

This isn’t in some far-flung country caused by the Zika virus or the Tse tse fly, this is happening right here to you and your family because of how we’ve been taught to eat.  It’s not a mystery and it’s not complicated to reverse but it’s difficult to do.   If you have diabetes you need to be here.  If you live in the US and eat the food and live the lifestyle, you’re GOING to have diabetes.  That’s why you need to be here.  If you’re still eating a low fat diet, you’re going to have diabetes and high cholesterol clogging up your arteries and damaging your brain or stopping your heart.

Lower your cholesterol and get off the statins.

They are destroying your brain anyway (yes, Lipitor, Zocor and the like, act just like Dawn dishwashing detergent in your sink.   Statins break down fats but your brain is made of fat – so cholesterol, memory and IQ all go down)    Unless you are a senior citizen male who’s already had a heart attack, there’s no research to support the theory that you’re going to benefit from statins to lower your cholesterol anyway.  In fact, the research says, people who use statins have a higher risk of being dead than people who don’t.  Ironically, people are sold on statins to avoid being dead.  Dying early with corrected cholesterol isn’t the goal.  We simply can’t medicate our way back to health.

Losing weight

Improve your balance and tone.  This is important because some of simplest research on how long you’re going to live is measured in how well you can stand on one foot.  How quickly you can get up out of a chair multiple times.  And how quickly you walk down the hall and back.  In other words, your fitness.

And, there’s cancer.  Many have already been to the Cancer Killer workshop and some of the concepts are used here too.  The same things that keep your heart healthy, your insulin in check and your weight down, also benefit your immune system.  The emphasis will be on insulin and weight loss for this one, but all health problems, even things inflammatory in nature, like arthritis and IBS will improve if you can adopt the lifestyle principles we’re going to show you.

I understand you are busy.  You already eat well.  You know how to exercise.  You don’t eat junk food.  You quit drinking pop years ago.  You only have pizza on the weekends. And it’s just too much for you to fit a seminar into your schedule.

This is like going to church (or synagogue or mosque or temple).  Most people have done this more than once.  I can’t speak to other faiths but in my case, when I go to church to worship, the message is the same every time.  It is the story of how my infinity has been insured by Jesus coming and giving Himself up on the cross.  That is the same story every time I go!  Why do I keep going ?   I’m pretty sure other faiths are similar though.  Why do we keep going when the message is the same?   What possible benefit do you get from hearing it over and over and over and over?   Again, I can only speak for me……  But, every time I go… I get a smidge better at it.  Every time I hear the message I pick up a different nuance that I can use to improve my ability to live the lifestyle of a Christian.  There is no arrival point where it’s perfect.

When I hear people say they eat well, I compare it to this process.  Yes, probably they are better than when they were teenagers eating a steady diet of Ramen noodles and Trix cereal, but perfect?  A nutritious profile to manage the risks of their day to day exposure to toxins?  Their inherited risk for disease processes?  The years of nerve damage to specific organs that can’t fend for themselves too well anymore?  There just isn’t an arrival point where you stop learning about how to eat.  I’ve been working on this for decades and I learn new things all the time.

You don’t have the time to study these things.  You are busy doing what you do.  That’s what Dr. Schoenecker and I are here for, to research and share with you.   This is how you can get and stay healthy to be able to avoid the dangerous and expensive medical system. Call us so we can help you get to a better, more healthy and long living lifestyle.

Sincerely,

Back To School

 

 

 

                                               

 

 

 

Back To School

Depending on the age of your Back To Schooler, you will have different concerns and activities.

Here are some Tips and Thoughts.

 

Backpacks

No more than 10% of their body weight.   So, your 105lb, 7th grade girl should have no more than 10lbs total.  That’s not much.  Put it on the scale to check it because the backpacks that I see on many kids are seriously over the limit for child size.  Even if the weight is within limits, make sure they’re using both shoulder straps too.  Not slung over one shoulder like a heavy purse.  The damage that will occur affects their upper back and neck.  The upper back damage will not present itself as back pain like in an adult, it presents as exercise induced asthma, respiratory infections and the very common teenage “slump” posture.

 

Sleep

This is HUGE.  The body uses sleep time to recover, grow and regenerate.  Kids are doing a lot of growing.   Research has shown that high school kids need even more sleep at that age.  9-11 hours.   In fact, the research shows they should be going to school later, not earlier than younger students.  The earlier start times for high school frequently results in sleep deprivation symptoms for students.   It has been impossible to get school districts to go along with a later start time despite the evidence that the early start times in high school are harming health of the students.    It’s going to be difficult, but for high schoolers, 9pm would be ideal, but 10pm is absolutely it.  Earlier would be better, but having had a couple of high schoolers myself, I know that’s just not going to be practical for most.  Settle for what’s possible here and save the friction for another topic.

Younger kids can go to bed at 9-9:30 and not give you too much grief.  That’s going to keep them much healthier than their night owl classmates.    Kindergarten / 1st grade?  8-8:30 isn’t a bad idea.  This takes discipline throughout the summer though.  Lest, they will associate this “punishment” with school.

 

Lunch

Large institutions such as schools and corporate daycares as well as hospitals and nursing homes, are the worst for nutrition.  They count calories but they don’t count quality.  For my kids, quality was and is the goal.  We would use the school’s lunch program a couple times per month if we were in a bind and didn’t get food made ahead of time.  Like getting home Sunday night from a trip and already… it’s Monday morning.   Really, you have to figure out how to sidestep what they’re serving at schools.  There’s a couple in the country that are figuring this out with good, healthy foods… but I haven’t heard of that in Minnesota yet.  They’re still serving what they served when I went to school.  Lots of carbs, fruit cocktail, pizza, burgers ( I have no idea what’s in those, do you?).  It’s not the end of the world to eat this stuff… but not on a daily basis.   Two things happen.  It makes your kid sick and, when you try to teach your kids about healthy foods or heaven forbid, NOT have Doritos or energy bars (candy) in your house… you will have a mutiny on your hands.

 

Vaccines

The law requires you to hand in the form.  The Superintendent of the district must report the overall student body’s vaccine status to the state’s Commissioner of Health.   That’s it.  It never HAS been “No Shots No School” for any individual child.   In addition, for the last 20 years, there is a law that requires schools to include your right to opt out of any and all vaccines, on any communication they print or email you.  The law requires this be done in “equal font size”, so it’s not in the fine print and one can miss it.   I’ve seen evidence that school districts are not up to speed on this or intentionally ignoring this law.   Just know, whether you vaccinate or not, it is up to you.  Not the school.

 

Keep your child healthy

Going back to school exposes them to all kinds of new germs that they didn’t “see” last year.  So, plan on them dealing with something in the first month.  The best way to make sure they don’t end up on antibiotics is by making sure their nervous system is working as well as possible.  That means regular adjustments.   Summer has camp and vacations, which can get things off track.    Once school starts, that’s the perfect time to regroup and get back on track with adjustment schedules.

If your kid is an athlete, they really need to be checked regularly.  The most significant sports for damaging the spine are hockey, football and wrestling.  These are contact sports with significant lifelong consequences for those kids who are not being checked regularly.   Other sports such as soccer, tennis, basketball, swimming, lacrosse and track are definitely easier on the spine and less damaging but can still cause issues with their alignment.  Certainly, kids benefit from some kind of exercise and sport to learn about their talents and teamwork.   But, not at the cost of their health.  So, getting kids adjusted regularly, to keep them at their best is the easiest and smartest thing to do to stay ahead of any residual illnesses or negative effects.

Sincerely,

 

Call us to get your child scheduled.

651-777-3611 (Oakdale)  Or  952-835-0006 (Edina)

Speaking of Skeptics

This is the center of your being, take care of it!

Some readers may remember my e-mail immediately following the Aurora Colorado theater shooting during a Batman movie some time ago.  In that email I made the point that the person who shot all the moviegoers was sick and disconnected from not only himself but the rest of humanity.  You would simply have to be disconnected to do such a thing.  In my opinion, this would not have happened if he was raised with chiropractic care and I will tell you why.

That email lives in infamy on Theskeptic.com, under the title “One Good Chiropractor and an X-ray Could’ve Prevented Aurora Shooting”.   Apparently forwarded by one of my readers who doesn’t share my worldview and enjoined but a host of skeptics.  Our phone was ringing asking for the “Batman Chiropractor”,  I got lots of emails and nasty responses.  It’s the world we live in now.  I’m perfectly willing to wither skeptics if someone else can benefit and be who they were destined to be instead of a wasted life and taking others with him.   So, here’s another attempt.

Most of you know I lost my parents and 3 sisters from a car accident the first day of summer vacation at the end of 7th grade.  I’m no stranger to trauma and loss.  These events trigger those feelings for me.   My passion for doing something for the people who’ve suffered a loss is maybe higher than most others.  So, in addition to praying for the families that have suffered a loss from the crazy guy(s) in a window in Las Vegas, I have a deep-seated desire to do something constructive.  But, what can I do?

I could advocate for gun laws.  However, I personally hold no hope that the populace can be disarmed.  Also, crazy guy could’ve accomplished pretty much the same thing with a pickup truck driven through a crowd.  Nobody’s going to advocate a ban on pickups to stop the madness.  The event was not driven by the availability of a tool for destruction.  Though no one can argue the availability of efficient weapons makes anyone who is crazy, far more dangerous to the rest of us.  The event was caused by an individual’s screwed up perception of his environment.  Perceiving other people as a threat to him personally or his worldview.

I would like to do something to prevent this from happening again.  What is going to make a difference?  If you understand that the physiology that causes stress to the level that you think other innocents are a threat to you, comes from an inability to comprehend and respond accurately to your environment, you might consider mental health care a viable option.  But the way we apply mental health care is still done via our disease care model.  In other words, you must have a diagnosis FIRST.  Then, there’s still the argument of how to pay for it for all those diagnosed.  The largest issue politically at the moment is how to pay for disease care (it’s not healthcare).   In addition, this particular crazy was quite wealthy and payment for mental health care wouldn’t have mattered.   He would not have sought it out and even though if examined last week, would’ve been found to be in need of mental health care, those problems start years and years earlier before they can be diagnosed.

In the following days and weeks after we may have found out he WAS under mental care, even if, there is one thing that all mass shooters to date have had in common.  It is use of psychotropic medication under mental health care.  Antidepressants/stimulants.  Either under the influence of legal prescriptive medication during the crime or just coming off of it.

Our culture likes drugs.  We just do.  Some in our culture even love the whole process of being diagnosed and treated medically or surgically.  Some think it gives them individuality to be sick or have sick kids.  Crazy, right?  Worse, the profit motive by the pharm/med complex with more lobbyists in Washington than bankers, the defense industry or oil, keeps the conversation going in circles exclusively around how to pay for more drugs.  We start our children’s education about the wonders of drugs early, beginning with vaccinations and antibiotics for ear infections, inhalers, stimulants so boys will focus, anxiolytics for teenage girls, Accutane for acne and antidepressants for sleep and we now have diabetes affecting kids like never before…. but our solution is drug based.   Like it or not, that’s our culture.
What if instead of requiring vaccinations for daycare or kindergarten, you were required to take your child to the chiropractor to make sure she was neurologically fit?  Free from any interference that would prevent her from mounting an effective immune response to pneumococcus (supposed most common cause of ear infection), or from not just playing with other kids, but digesting her food, creating healthy new cells as she grows instead of diseased ones.  Developing her whole life able to accurately sense and respond to her environment.

What if we lived in a culture that required babies, when born, to be checked by a chiropractor to make sure their nervous system wasn’t damaged in the process of delivery under anesthesia, induced labor or

c-section delivery?

What if we lived in a culture and required the inattentive grade school boy to be evaluated for upper cervical subluxation causing inability to focus?

What if our culture demanded that the teenage girl be checked by a chiropractor BEFORE she was allowed to be put on Lithium, Wellbutrin or Paxil?

What if we lived in a culture that instead of premarital counseling required premarital chiropractic to optimize gene expression and passing on of healthy genes to the offspring, and maternal care that reduced or avoided birth interventions noted above?

What if the premarital parents’ parents were under chiropractic care THEIR whole life?  What would be the effect generations later?

So back to Vegas guy.  What if instead of growing up one of the children of a single mother struggling because their father was a criminal and in and out of jail and not a part of their lives, their father was taken to the chiropractor when HE was a child.  In addition to normalizing his perception of the world by normalizing the nervous system activity so he would be able to respond more appropriately to those around him, he got the message that HIS parents loved him so much they wanted to make sure he was as healthy and vibrant as he could be.  That message is communicated when a parent does things like prepare meals, goes to work to pay the bills for the family and takes the child to the doctor and dentist because he VALUES his child’s health.  It doesn’t even need to be spoken.  It’s not a stretch to suggest that father might still be parenting the children rather than in jail and the kids raised by their single mom in poverty.

Imagine you are now the child  (the potential Vegas shooter),  of THAT child raised in chiropractic, now grown and caring for you.  In addition to you not missing your dad because he’s in jail, but now by making sure you have a good school, dental care and yes, make sure your nervous system is working at its best so that you can grow and develop to your full potential.   Do you think it’s possible you could be this crazy guy that shoots people?  I don’t think you could, because you’ve been surrounded by love and acts of love and sacrifice that would be apparent because you might be aware dad would maybe have to forgo a fishing boat or cable tv to make sure his family is healthy.

In my last attempt to connect the dots between nervous system damage caused by spinal subluxation and the inability to comprehend self and respond to environment,  I can tell you more than a few thought my position audacious.  And it is.   But only because I have determined to create and different world for my kids and their kids than our drugged up, broken society which we increasingly accept as the new normal.  If it were normal to have your baby checked by the chiropractor at birth…. if it were normal to have the parents checked and adjusted before they conceive….. if it were normal to visit the chiropractor regularly instead of the pill dispensing medical profession, my ideas wouldn’t sound so outlandish.   It’s just the brainwashing we’ve all had that makes these ideas sound far-fetched.  But, I believe it’s possible to make these changes.  Mainly because if you follow the current trend, we are just going to see more and more of this unhinged crime.  And most certainly we are going to bankrupt our country trying to keep doing more and more of the same, thinking we’re creating healthy people by prescribing more and “better” drugs.

I am going to keep working to create that new normal.  Where EVERYONE gets checked and adjusted.  If you would like to see that day too, please help us.   Don’t let people walk around all subluxated and unable to sense and respond to their worlds.  I saw an interview with the crazy guy’s brother.  He was scratching his head for explanations.   The explanation is he was disconnected from everyone and everything including the source of creation.  Now that’s a big way to describe nerve interference which we commonly use the common descriptors of some of the effects of that process, like headaches and sciatica.  However, it comes with far more impactful problems for some.  Like depression, psychosis and paranoia.  I’m not saying it’s the only cause of these things. (I just finished a book that blames the gut microbiome for these very same problems)… but people regularly in a chiropractic office where the doctors understand it ain’t about back pain, will learn how to eat healthy and create lifestyle changes that support normal function and health.   This happens primarily due to better connection between man the physical and man the spiritual via the nervous system.  If that were normal in our culture, that level of crazy would be unheard of or extremely rare.

Yesterday I and the other doctors rewrote our mission statement to clarify this.  Here it is:

Vibrant Life Center
Creating Hope, Health and Happiness

Optimizing Nervous Systems, Nutrition, Lifestyle Coaching and Community Education to Spread World Peace.

Think that’s audacious?   So, do I.   As noted earlier, I have an acute appreciation for how short life can be.  I’ve got to make a difference while I’m here.

Sincerely,