One of the things that constantly amazes me is how much Chiropractors in Minneapolis have become what primary care doctors used to be. In chiro school we know that we are trained to be primary care doctors, but really I thought that I would be dealing primarily with spine related injuries. What I know now is that people crave a practitioner that is well rounded, that they can go to for advice and treatment on a large spectrum of health issues. While I still have plenty of spine related complaints that come in, it is a rare day when a patient doesn’t come in for something organ or mental health related. The more that our health care industry becomes actually purely sick care industry- and the more that medicine becomes dictated by large corporations where the profit margin is the main concern, the more our society seeks out doctors that they can have a long standing relationship with and that knows them, knows their lives and knows their needs.
I regularly work nutritionally and holistically with a broad assortment of conditions, from gut problems, depression, asthma, skin issues, thyroid problems, fertility concerns, etc. But one of the most surprising to me is how I have developed a following of people coming to me for heart related concerns and arrhythmias and tachycardia. As are with most niche markets, it started quite modestly. I had previously experienced PVC’s myself. Premature ventricular heart contractions are a common arrhythmia that occurs in almost every person’s heart at some point in time. They are so common that I have had a cardiologist tell me they are actually considered to be normal. They don’t feel normal. Many people have felt these beats as their heart “skipping” a beat or a fluttering feeling. They usually are very brief and very infrequent. When PVC’s become frequent and regular, they can cause a lot of discomfort and anxiety. When I started experiencing PVC’s frequently it caused an enormous amount of concern for me. With over a year of cardiology training that is standard in chiropractic school- you learn how serious arrhythmia’s can be and how fragile a heart is.
Basically it felt like I was about to die at any second. It felt like my heart was going to start pounding out of my chest, or start fluttering, like it was going to explode and I was going to drop to my knees at any second and die. Not a good place to be in.
This started me on a quest in the medical industry for answers. I went to a dozen different heart specialists, had monitors for days, weeks even months. I had EKGS, ct scans, ultrasounds, blood work, even MRI’s. Every scan that I had, did indeed verify that they were happening, but that they were harmless and other than intense medication that would cause a slew of side effects, there was nothing that they could do about them. I was told that I would just have to learn to live with them, oh yeah and come back in 5 years to see if something more serious had developed. As I stared dumbfounded at a wall, as the cardiologist that had spent exactly 2 minutes 34 seconds with me (I timed it), exited the room, I started to get really angry. At first I got angry with him, but soon got angry with myself for ever expecting anything different from him or the industry in general.
I fully admit that I used to look down on MD’s in general. Historically chiropractors and medical doctors have not had the best track record of mutual admiration. At one point the medical industry saw our profession as such a threat that it actually formatted a premeditated and orchestrated attempt to abolish our profession as a whole. In one of the largest class action suits ever, Wilk v. AMA, the chiropractors sued the medical industry for antitrust violations and won a large monetary settlement that was used to support further research into the effectiveness of chiropractic. It is rare to find a chiropractor that cannot tell some story of a run in with a pompous MD spouting misinformation about chiropractic or giving completely unsubstantiated warnings about our trade. I myself have had to give a tongue lashing or two to a green MD that thought he was going to assert his non existent authority over me.
A decade later, I have developed some very close ties to an assortment of MD’s and I now no longer feel adverial with them. There are always a few that I certainly would not back down from debate with, but now, I mostly feel sorry for them. Most of the MD’s I know are overworked, micromanaged, over lorded by HMO’s and practice managers. Their visits are timed by clinic managers, their prescriptions are quota’d and they are basically told what they can and cannot do for patient care. If they stray from the path, they are written up and fired. If they truly buck the system, they are reported to their boards for bogus claims and have their licenses suspended or revoked.
So there I sat getting pissed at myself for expecting better and counting the skipping, fluttering feeling in my chest that certainly had not improved from this visit. When an MD tells me that I just have to live with something, that translates to me as, TRY HARDER and look somewhere else.
So off I went to the medical journals. Many hours into research, it came to my attention that there were known solutions to PVC’s. Many different articles cited success with several supplements including carnatine, magnesium and Taurine. I calculated the appropriate dose for body weight and gave it a shot. A glass of water and a few supplements down the hatch. 20 minutes later my PVC’s were gone. Gone. Not a one. No fluttering. No skipping, so pounding in my chest.
As fate has it, of course the next week I had a patient that came in for middle back pain who indicated on her intake form that she was suffering from PVC’s. Hers were significantly worse than mine. She was having thousands of them a day and had been suffering with them for years. To make it worse, she was now pregnant and could not take the medications that had slightly improved them. I explained my story, researched the safety implications for pregnancy and she tried the same protocol. 25 minutes later, her PVC’s were gone. She burst into tears. I completely understood why.
I have never had a patient come to me suffering with these, that we have not been able to drastically improve. Most completely eradicate them. It sometimes baffles me how much the medical industry has dropped the ball on so many patients. It is ironic that their philosophy of a drug for everything and then a drug for the side effect of the last drug approach to patient care has backfired so completely. It is the drug dealing that has really created the demand for chiropractors. The more drugs they prescribe, the more people slip through their grasps and seek out natural healthcare solutions. I am at my core grateful for every person that comes to me because they will not settle with the “learn to live with it” mandate and who know that there are better, more effective and safer options to restore their health and their lives. Call us today at Moe Bodyworks in Minneapolis MN to schedule an appointment.