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Doctor Michael: February 2011 Archives

According to recently published medical statistics, about 230 million prescriptions for antidepressants are now filled each year, making them one of the most-prescribed drugs in the United States. But despite all of these prescription drugs being taken, more than one in 20 Americans are still depressed!  Why?  Almost all the prescription medications used to treat depression have serious side effects which actually do the opposite, make us angry and more depressed.  Depression is a very real disorder and needs to be treated, but lets all look at the holistic approach and find the cause.  Covering the symptom of depression will only lead to years of never finding the cause.  There are several holistic approach to take into consideration.  Consult your wellness doctor, and ask what is available to you.  One thing is for sure, anti-depressants can have serious side effects, take a look at the top ten legal drugs linked to violent behavior.

Time Magazine lists the top ten offenders:

  1. Varenicline (Chantix): The number one violence-inducing drug on the list, this anti-smoking medication is 18 times more likely to be linked with violence when compared to other drugs
  2. Fluoxetine (Prozac): This drug was the first well-known SSRI antidepressant
  3. Paroxetine (Paxil): Another SSRI antidepressant, Paxil is also linked with severe withdrawal symptoms and a risk of birth defects
  4. Amphetamines: (Various): Used to treat ADHD
  5. Mefoquine (Lariam): A treatment for malaria which is often linked with reports of strange behavior
  6. Atomoxetine (Strattera): An ADHD drug that affects the neurotransmitter noradrenaline
  7. Triazolam (Halcion): This potentially addictive drug is used to treat insomnia
  8. Fluvoxamine (Luvox): Another SSRI antidepressant
  9. Venlafaxine (Effexor): An antidepressant also used to treat anxiety disorders
  10. Desvenlafaxine (Pristiq): An antidepressant which affects both serotonin and noradrenaline
Fitness legend Jack LaLanne passed away last week at the ripe young age of 96.  He was best known for his feats of strength as a young body builder and later gained fame with his juicer, inspiring masses of health craved Americans to drink thier fruits and vegtables for maximm nutrition.  What you may not have known about Jack is he was a Doctor of Chiropractic for most of his life.  Yes, he was the original Wellness Doc!  That being said, here are some facts that the current Wellness Doc wants everyone to know.

  • Exercise is important, but you can't gain strength if you have a weak nerve system.
  • A glass of carrot and beet juice contains tons of vitamins, but you can't absorb them with a weak nerve system.
  • Having the lifelong flexibility of Jack LaLanne is not possible with a subluxated spine.
  • Almost never being sick throughout his life was not possible without the regular chiropractic care he received to maintain his immune system.
The moral is, everything that Jack did to maintain his health started with proper spinal function!  Yes Jack lived his 96 years by applying the principles of Chiropractic throughout his entire life.  We all should learn something from this amazing man.  I happily take the torch Jack, thank you for blazing the trail for wellness chiropractors.  We will continue to educate our communities that proper spinal alignment and function, promotes optimal health and wellness!  Rest in peace Jack!

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Dr. Michael M Quartararo grew up in Rotterdam and spent many summers in Saratoga Springs having family picnics in the state park. He graduated Cum Laude from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport Iowa , the first and largest chiropractic college in the world. While in college, he received specialized training in pediatrics and family wellness care. He has been certified in Erhardt X-Ray training, EMG studies & performance, and animal chiropractic. Recently he has undergone extensive training to become certified as a chiropractic wellness practitioner. Dr. Quartararo is a member of the New York Chiropractic Council, International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, International Chiropractic Association, and the World Chiropractic Alliance..


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