Two strange things happened yesterday to this Colorado Springs Chiropractor.

Junior Seau died by a gunshot wound to the chest, and I came across a Facebook rant by a friend of mine on gun control, in which 37 people responded adamently, on both sides of the fence.

The timing of both unrelated events was uncanny. The Facebook posts included all sorts of thoughts on gun crime, and gun control, and deaths by guns.

I responded to the post, and this is what I pointed.

Freakonomics is a book that makes a case that we put far to much emphasis on stats that mean very little and far to little emphasis and passion on stats that mean a lot. Our perspective of the world is slant, and statistics often "right the ship."

In 2007, according to Wikipedia, 31,224 people died by gun shot wound. Of those, more than 17,352 were suicide deaths, which leaves a little over 13,000 non-suicidal deaths by gun shot wound. 

Compare that to deaths by over-the-counter NSAID drugs - like Advil and Aspirin - which amounted to 16,200 in 2000, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). 

But that's nothing compared to non-error deaths by prescribed medication. The belated Dr. Barbara Starfield (MD) of Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and Hygiene, published in 2000 in JAMA, that 106,000 people died that year due to non-error doctor-prescibed medication in hospitals. Dr. Joseph Mercola, DO, reports that another 199,000 died in outpatient settings by non-error reactions to pharmaceutical drugs. 

According to Dr. Starfield's pulished article, approximately 225,000 people died in hospitals due to iatrogenic deaths (iatrogenic definition: Of or relating to illness caused by medical examination or treatment) in 2000, making it the third leading cause of death in the US. 

Plus, Kaiser Health News reports that 75% of the approximate $2 Trillion spent in the US on the health care, is actually spent on preventable, chronic disease. That's $1,500,000,000,000 on preventable illness.

On top of deaths by prescribed medication, there were 2.2 million adverse drug reactions in 2000.

In comparison, the College of American Emergency Physicians reported that there were approximately 20,000 deaths by hardcore street drugs like cocaine and heroine in 2000. 

Point is, gun control is such a hot topic, but should it be? Aren't there bigger fish to fry that are causing much more havic, death toll and expense in the US than guns.  I was terribly sad to hear about Junior Seau and Trayvon Martin (both shot). But it seems like no one is crying out about the death toll in our US health care.  
As a Colorado Springs Chiropractor, I can't believe I didn't begin using this FDA-approved pain relief treatment sooner. 

The results are very exciting, and it is painless and their are no-known side-effects. We use the MicroLight 830 cold laser, the first FDA-approved cold laser in the United States. 

It was approved based on a carpal tunnel study conducted at Ford Motor Company. 

Though it has been all over local and national news stations, you may not have heard about it. So hear are a few news stories: 
We utilize techniques like the chiropractic spinal and extremity adjustments, active release technique (ART for soft tissue), traction and spinal decompression on a daily basis, but there is a little-known device that the FDA approved that is dramatically improving our results, when used in conjunction with these treatments. 

The FDA says that cold laser therapy, now offered by me, a Colorado Springs Chiropractor, and my office, is a pain-free, non-surgical and drug-free option to find pain relief. 

Cold laser therapy is a low level laser technique that safely increases cellular metabolism and healing in patients suffering from pain-related disorders. 

The Back Pain Institute is one of a few offices around the nation using this laser under an FDA-approved protocol.

Cold laser therapy is completely painless and totally non-invasive,  and there are no known side-effects. 

There are no pulsating shocks felt, as is the case with electronic stimulation and you generally don't feel heat. The most noticeable sensation is the touch of the probe head of the laser, as it comes in contact with the skin.

Some patients (3-5% of those undergoing cold laser therapy) have reported a slight tingling or tapping in a nerve or along a nerve pathway. Some have noted that they are able to sense a slight feeling of warmth. But for the most part, the treatment, which may last from 2 to 20 minutes, is not noticed at all.

Following (and even during) a cold laser therapy session, approximately 75-80% of patients being treated can notice an immediate improvement in their condition. This will depend primarily on the type of condition and the length of time the condition has been present.

Generally, the more chronic or severe the condition, the longer it takes to respond. The majority of conditions treated will take anywhere from 4-5 or 10-18 treatments. Once again, the number of treatments depends upon the severity of the condition and its duration. If your condition does not change immediately, it may take 3-4 sessions before a dramatic or marked change is perceived. 

Conditions that may be a candidate for cold laser therapy in Colorado Springs are: 

- Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
Back Pain
- Disc Injuries
- Neck Pain
- Post-surgery healing
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Shoulder Pain
- Knee Pain
- Rotator Cuff Injury
- Tennis Elbow
- Whiplash
- Joint Pain in Knees, Elbow, and Ankles
- Nerve Injuries
- Low Back Pain
- Sciatica
- Scar Tissue
- Many other musculoskeletal injuries 

Back Pain is a highly misunderstood issue for patients and doctors. 

Chiropractors are known for spinal adjustment of the spine, but the interesting thing is that back pain can often have nothing to do with the spine, and an adjustment is not the answer to the problem. 

The solution to back pain is definitely not a "one-size-fits-all" model. 

In fact, I've seen back pain in which nutrition was actually the issue. 

Did you know that your body can spasm due to a mineral deficiency? 

Did you know that organ pain can radiate from organs into the back? 

Just recently, I treated someone in which the solution to their back pain was an inexpensive bottle of magnesium. After I had them take magnesium, their back pain subsided within 24 hours.

Recently, I treated someone who's back pain is kidney pain, radiating into their back from the side-effects of prescription medication.

The point is, if you choose to come see this Colorado Springs Chiropractor about your back pain, I make a point to get to the source, the true cause. And though I adjust hundreds of people a month, that is not the extent of care at the Back Pain Institute - we go deeper.