Academy of Chiropractic Personal Injury & Primary Spine Care Program

Quickie Consult 204

From the Desk of Dr. Mark Studin
Academy of Chiropractic
Preamble: Many of the issues I bring to you are very small, yet each issue is just that, an issue. If you take care of the small issues, then you will be able to build and more importantly, focus on the bigger issues...a larger practice and more family time.

“Asthma, Personal Injury, Research and the Wonders of Chiropractic”

The following is a testimonial Jennifer, a 19 year old patient, wrote to me 20 years ago and is the underlying causes of many of the things I have done and do today. This Quickie Consult will be the foundation for Consultation #192. Please go to the Web site and read it to fully explain how to use this on both the clinical and business side of your practice. 
The following words are unedited and presented exactly as given to me:

My story does not begin with chiropractic care. It begins with being diagnosed with asthma as a very young child. As long as I can remember, I always had trouble breathing. I lived by the   clock, always taking medicine. I ruined many family vacations because they had to take me to the doctor. I missed large amounts of school because I was constantly in the hospital.

When I was 11 years old, I was labeled a severe asthmatic. I went for surgery andhad a   reaction to the anesthesia. The next thing I remember I woke up in the intensive care unit of St.  Charles Hospital. That night I experienced something I'll never forget...The doctors said due to my asthma and weak lungs, a blood clot went to my lung during surgery. They had to tap my lung and could not give me pain killers because they didn't want the lung to collapse. Well, they tapped my lung three times but, it collapsed anyway. I remember being so tired from the pain that I just slept.  The doctors put me on a respirator. They promised it would only be for five days. I would not agree to it any other way. In my eyes only people who are old or dying go on respirators and they never came off. I was heavily sedated and don’t remember much. I do remember the doctors telling my parents that I probably would not make it through the night. When I heard that I realized how sick I was. This was not just going to go away. Then I thought, I'm only 17 years old, I refuse to die this young. NO WAY! The doctor ordered the respirator to be taken off since I was not getting any better.  From that point on I was on respiratory treatments four and five times a day and through the night.

I've spent more than half my life on almost every asthma medication ever made. I did not   know at the time that long time use of these medications causes your nervous system to deteriorate. I also did not know that the medication would cause me to sweat, my hands to shake, and my heart to race. The medication made me breathe better but the rest of me felt worse. As I was getting older I started to ask questions about my medications. Someday I would like to have a baby; I could not have a normal baby on these medications. I couldn't find a doctor on Long Island or New York City who would take me off or lesson the dose of the medication. For the first time in my life I was stable and the doctors wanted to keep me there.

I was in a major car accident and was referred to Dr. Mark Studin. I was being adjusted regularly for my headaches, back and neck pain. I did not tell Dr. Mark about my asthma up   front. I started to notice a difference in my breathing. We were talking one day and I told him about my wish to come off the medication. Dr. Mark said he would help me. I thought this was really funny, after all what does a chiropractor know about asthma? When I told my parents about this they went through the roof! My father wanted to kill Dr. Mark, that “chiropractors are quacks” he said! I was very nervous but, my goal was to be off medication and not have to live my life around a nebulizer machine. No one else shared this goal with me except Dr. Mark. I decided to work with him, after all what was the worst thing that could happen. I could end up in the hospital or back on the medication. I had nothing to lose. I slowly cut down the medications. Now I am drug free and have been that way for almost two years! I have not been back in the hospital in that time.

My asthma is not cured and will never be. I will have severe asthma for the rest of my   life. My asthma is controlled and maintained by chiropractic care. I go to the chiropractor 2 to 3 times a week and I have no problems. I would rather drive to a chiropractor 2 or 3 times a week then have to take pills and do respiratory treatments daily. All of those medications might help you breath but, you have to stop and think about the damage it's doing to the other parts of your body.

Once I was off all of my medication I threw everything out except one inhaler. I will always carry it with me wherever I go. I will never be able to forget what a frightening feeling it is not being able to breathe. It gives me peace of mind to know that my inhaler is close if that ever happens and I can't get to Dr. Mark.

To all those people who are suffering from asthma or parents who have children suffering from asthma, there are other alternatives besides all that medication. Even if you don't believe in chiropractic care...I DID'NT.

Read consultation #192.
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