3 out of 4 People Use Non-MD Health Care

On August 28th, 2011-Consumer Reports published the results of their online survey which involved over 45,000 respondents.

They found that an astonishing 75% were using some form or forms on non-MD, drugless approaches to healthcare.

Even more amazingly and indicating that the American public is becoming more and more aware of the dangers of traditional medical approaches, chiropractic was sought for more than just back problems.

While chiropractic dominated the list of approaches people sought for back and neck pain and had the most favorable results, respondents that utilized chiropractic care for problems like colds, flu and allergies found that it was very helpful too.

And, the public is becoming increasingly forthcoming informing their MD’s when using Chiropractic services.  Indeed, more than 80% of those seeking chiropractic services informed their MD’s of their decision.  And, 21% said that their MD suggested consulting a chiropractor.

Perhaps it is time to stop considering non-MD forms of health care as alternatives.   With 75% of the population using our services, a more appropriate distinction may be between the objectives of the service offered.  May we suggest the following:

  1. Acute Care
  2. Sick Care
  3. Health Care
  4. Health Development

And, it’s not just the general public shifting their thinking and their attitudes.  HealthDay recently commented on a new report that suggested that three-quarters of all U.S. health-care workers also use non-MD healthcare services in their own health care programs.

Doctors and hospital employees were found to be overall more inclined to use non-MD forms of healthcare in their own lives than the general public.  What do they know that you should?

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