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Just Say No to Drugs 

 June 4, 2010

By  Dr. Tripp Stover, D.C.

As a chiropractor I’m always reminded by how well people can heal if we just support a “body’s” innate ability to heal and stay healthy. At Stover Chiropractic I’m reminded because I see it every day. Another thing I see everyday is lists. What do I mean here? I mean people who come into my office who have been trained to bring their “list” of medications with them whenever they get a new doctor. No shame here. We need to know this information. But does someone really “need” or benefit from being on 12 different medications?

I’ll grant there are situations that need many medications. Life after organ transplants for example. But the thing that is odd to me is how “normal” it is. It is common for folks to require a “list” so they can keep up with everything they take. But if I ask, no one likes taking so manys drugs, and no one thinks it is good for a body to be on drugs. This is why we need prescriptions in order to buy many of the drugs out there. But none the less, we live in a society that tries to solve health problems with drugs in many cases.

What sort of impact might this have? On culture? On families? On children? I use to think it was a stretch, what I’m getting ready to say, but that was before I had children. I feel like our love affair with prescription and OTC meds makes it very easy for a child to learn: if something is wrong with me, the solution just might come from outside, in pill form. That something, that pill, can help me feel better. Physically or emotionally. It will make the transition to recreational drugs much easier. Why not? I mean, Mom gave me a pill to help my fever. Why not take a pill to make me feel more fun loving and social?

So I think this is a tough one. After all, sometimes we really “need” a drug for exceptional reasons. What is clear to me is children pick up on all these sublties early in life. My daughter who is 6 has lived nearly a drug free life. But she has had a crisis or two. Other than that I don’t recall filling antibiotic or any other prescriptions for her. But she knows. She knows, if some one is sick, or hurt, they get medicine…

The following article is an interesting take on this whole issue. I hope you like it.

Dr. Tripp Stover, D.C.


Dr. Stover grew up in Richmond. He has been married to his wife Andrea since 2000 and they make their home in Mechanicsville with their children, Avery and Garnett.

Dr. Tripp Stover, D.C.

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  1. wow, I really like this one, since I have 4 kids of my own, and I was lets just say a rebel in the past, the one thing I defently want to avoid in the future for my kids is just that. The sad thing is this past year my two youner kids 1 year, and 3 years old, were always getting sick, whether it be little colds or the flu, or teeth coming in, so whenever we would pull out the childrens tylenol, which my 1 year old loves the taste, my three year old would come running in the room like it was candy demanding to have some too , even though he wasent sick, and he couldnt understand why he cant have some, so to get him to stop screaming, sad to say we would use the same dropper and just put water in it to settle him down, so he thinks he got a treat too, but after reading what you said, gosh I cant beleive we did that, now I am scared to give them any more meds at all for any reason, what do you do if you know your little one is in pain whther its an ear infection or a bad cold?

  2. The ear infection is tough. If it is really an infection (puss and discharge) or the pediatrician is convinced, antibiotics may be called for. Here’s the rug. It has been shown antibiotics do not decrease the pain or the time for pain to receed. And antibiotics increase the likelyhood for another infection. So… do what can be done to decrease pain (sometimes tinctures to drop in ear or OTC’s the pediatrician could recommend). It is hard. I’ve been lucky. My children don’t seem to get ear aches or infections. Though we were told to give antibiotics once with our daughter and it seemed our son was pulling at an ear one time, we felt it would be better to suffer a little with the knowledge it would help later. If a child has an ear ache (no real sign of infection) be as strong as you can to resist the temptation to just “try” an antibiotic. Give chiropractic a try. Ear pain is often an upper cervical problem. As for encouraging problems in adulthood, the important thing to teach (I’d say) is the meds don’t “fix” anything. The pain may go down but it is the body that heals and the cause may still be there even if there is no pain. I guess that is a lesson for older children, but until that time, don’t feel too guilty!

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