Well­ness Arti­cles

Cana­di­ans and Chi­ro­prac­tic

From a June 4, 2007 news brief pub­lished by Media in Canada comes an arti­cle that exam­ines the grow­ing use of Chi­ro­prac­tic care by Cana­di­ans. This report fol­lows a study released by an inde­pen­dent research orga­ni­za­tion, The Fraser Insti­tute, that more than half of all Cana­di­ans in 2006 were using some form of what that study called, “alter­na­tive medicine”.

The Media in Canada arti­cle noted that 3.6 mil­lion (13%) of Cana­di­ans have vis­ited a chi­ro­prac­tor in the past 6 months. They also reported that Cana­di­ans who went to a Chi­ro­prac­tor were 4 times more likely to have also vis­ited a home­opath or natur­opath in the past 6 months. Look­ing at the demo­graph­ics this arti­cle explained that Cana­di­ans who go to Chi­ro­prac­tors were 40% more likely to live in the prairies and 45% less likely to live in Atlantic Canada than the aver­age Canadian.

The report by The Fraser Insti­tute took a broader view and look at Cana­di­ans usage of non med­ical forms of health­care. This report was based on a sur­vey in 2006 which was com­pared to a sim­i­lar one done in 1997. This report showed that 54 per cent of those respond­ing to the sur­vey used at least one form of alter­na­tive or com­ple­men­tary ther­apy in the prior year. This rep­re­sented a 4% increase over the 1997 sur­vey. Nadeem Esmail, the Fraser Institute’s Direc­tor of Health Sys­tem Per­for­mance and author of the report com­mented, “This increased use of alter­na­tive ther­a­pies is another indi­ca­tor of Cana­di­ans’ desire to have more choice and con­trol over their health care options.”

The Fra­zier Insti­tute study noted one inter­est­ing fact that most alter­na­tive and com­ple­men­tary treat­ments are not cov­ered by gov­ern­ment health insur­ance plans, yet a large num­ber of peo­ple choose those options. In response to this find­ing Nadeem Esmail, com­mented, “When it comes to health and well-​being, a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of Cana­di­ans are will­ing to spend their own money.”

The Media in Canada arti­cle added some inter­est­ing infor­ma­tion about Cana­di­ans who uti­lize chi­ro­prac­tic show­ing their gen­eral inter­est in health. They also noted that Chi­ro­prac­tors’ patients are 2.5 times more likely to have used a smok­ing ces­sa­tion patch or gum in the past 30 days than aver­age Cana­di­ans. They also noted that Cana­di­ans who have vis­ited a chi­ro­prac­tor are 2.6 times more likely to own ortho­pe­dic sup­ports and/​or braces as aver­age Canadians.

Ran­dom Article

Reported in Reuters March 12, 2001 is a story that links Via­gra usage to blind­ness. Dr. Howard Pomer­anz, a US oph­thal­mol­o­gist and

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