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Doctors Are Doctors

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I know some of you are sitting here thinking is a Chiropractor a real doctor? The answer here is yes! They are doctors, they are just a different kind of doctor! I have personally been to the chiropractors once in my life, and it was the best experience of my life, they are so good at what they do! They are the most gentle but rough people you will ever have the chance to meet, this is because if they make one wrong move they could seriously hurt you. I personally think they are doctors, they have to go through all these medical things just to get the degree!

Did you know, there are about 95,000 doctors of chiropractic in active practice across the globe, and about 10,000 students are currently enrolled in chiropractic education programs in the United States alone. Did you also know Unbeknownst to quite a few, infants can benefit greatly from chiropractic care. It makes sense—birth can be pretty hard on a little body! The adjustment is adapted to suit their needs and is perfectly safe. Most people think the Amish may reject many of the modern "conveniences" many of us enjoy, but there is no denying that they have somewhat of a reputation for embracing a robust, natural approach to maintaining good health – an approach that is quite similar to wellness. It's no surprise that this has lead to an acceptance of complementary and alternative medicine in the Amish community. A few years ago, the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine conducted a survey of Amish women concerning their use of CAM and reported that thirty-six percent used nutritional supplements, herbal therapies, and chiropractic medicine.

The word 'chiropractic' comes from the Greek words cheir (meaning 'hand') and praktos (meaning 'done'), i.e. Done by Hand. The name was chosen by the developer of chiropractic, Daniel David Palmer.A prolific reader of all things scientific, DD Palmer realized that although various forms of manipulation had been used for hundreds if not thousands of years, no one had developed a philosophical or scientific rationale to explain their effects. Palmer's major contribution to the health field was therefore the codification of the philosophy, art and science of chiropractic which was based on his extensive study of anatomy and physiology. From that first adjustment, DD Palmer continued to develop chiropractic and in 1897 established the Palmer School of Cure, now known as the Palmer College of Chiropractic, in Davenport, Iowa, where it remains today. Following the first adjustment, many people became interested in Palmer's new science and healing art. Among his early students were Palmer's son, Bartlett Joshua (BJ), as well as members of the older healing arts of medicine and osteopathy. The first state law licensing chiropractors was passed in 1913, and by 1931, 39 states had given chiropractors legal recognition.

So, say you're playing sports or doing heavy lifting around the house and hurt your back. You feel like it's probably nothing serious but everyday continues to hurt, so you go see a chiropractor to help with the pain. There's specific things you go see a doctor over a chiropractor. What's really the difference between these two terms?

When some people think of real doctors they start thinking of doctors like in Grey's Anatomy the tv show. You think of the doctors you go see for check ups, physicals, or if you're just not feeling right. Nobody thinks of a doctor to help with back pain or the nervous system. A chiropractor focuses on diagnosis and treatment based on the nervous system and muscles. A doctor has many different views, there's a DO which is a type of doctor that can practice in all areas of medicine and a MD which is a type of doctor that uses drugs and surgery to help patients. Nobody thinks of a chiropractor simply because they just aren't the same as 'real doctors". When thinking of a "real doctor" you think that the amount of salary that doctors make believing that they could afford anything, they must have the training of years and experience based on their degree, and the types of treatment they do involving medication or surgeries.

My first criterion for "real doctors" is that the salary is completely different. When thinking of doctors you think of someone who went through years of school and training to make an amazing pay. The average pay for a chiropractor is $60,594 per year, whereas a typical physician doctor is $196,621. There is a big difference between the two paying jobs and even with experience both continue to grow and rise throughout the years. Many people can say that not all doctors have to make a large salary to be able to help someone feel better. Salary doesn't have to be a big part of being a doctor, there's many things doctors do that chiropractors don't. But the salary is a part of being a real doctor because the years of training that they had to go through is extensive.

The salary for "real doctors" is a large amount as discussed about in the first criterion. Another criterion for "real doctors" is the training. All doctors get medical degrees; which takes years of schooling and training to get and chiropractors have the medical degree but not for medicine. Their degree is strictly based on chiropractics therefore not medical doctors. Even though they do have high quality training and are licensed in that practice, it isn't the same as a medical degree. As stated in a newsletter "Chiropractors begin their education by getting an undergraduate degree with a focus in the sciences. After graduation, they move on to a four-year chiropractic program with both classes and hands-on experience. All states in the United States require that chiropractors obtain a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from a Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) accredited college." Even with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, it's not the same as a medical degree. Even though, the training is so different, chiropractors do still get medical degrees because chiropractics is in the medical field, they just can't prescribe drugs or diagnose.

There's many different types of people who can help with injuries, but doctors are the only ones who can properly diagnose and treat the patients with prescriptions or surgery if needed, chiropractors can not simply do that based on their type of degree and training. So how is that so much different than a medical doctor? How does the trainings become such an important part of being a doctor? The trainings are much different and a chiropractor doesn't have to go into the pre-med program and do extensive amounts of school, internships, and residency then a fellowship. Being a "real doctor" takes a minimum of ten years of schooling, for chiropractors; it takes eight.

With trainings brings me to my final criterion. That is the treatment that chiropractors do is not medical. Chiropractors focus on muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, cartilage, and the nervous system. They help pain in the neck, back, pelvic, shoulder/arm, and hip/leg. This can be seen as being a "doctor" because it focuses on specific parts of the body. But, when dealing with these pains, chiropractors can't prescribe any medications; which is typically what you expect doctors to be able to do. You go see a doctor for pain and they examine you and prescribe medications if needed. Chiropractors can't prescribe anything when you go and see them. Really chiropractors just examine the body, where as medical doctors they examine the body and do treatments. Chiropractors also do a treatment but it's not the same as doctors. When getting treated by a chiropractor, they use many different techniques. According to diffen.com, "they often manipulate the spine and other joints during these treatments, under the notion that doing so will relieve pain and perhaps even have curative effects. Exercises, relaxation techniques, dietary regimens, electrical stimulation, and sometimes acupuncture are also common kinds of treatment prescribed or carried out by chiropractors." Where as doctors can be an expert in a specific area and treatments can depend on the disease, sickness, or breakage that has happened.

But, many doctors have different ways of treating someone. Many years ago, the Jivaro used Shamans, which people went to see and the did "magic" to heal the people. Now people go to doctors, get prescribed the medications they need and go to the drug store to pick up the prescription. Some people go to physical therapy to help with a sports injury or work injury. So why can't chiropractors be a "real doctor"? Well physical therapists are just helping an injury, most likely the person injured went to the doctor first and they sent the information and patient to the physical therapist best to help. But, the doctor was first seen and checked the patient and did a physical treatment on them to diagnose what was wrong and get the patient they help they needed. "Real doctors" can help with the treatment of drugs or surgery, chiropractors can't.

Based on the criterion stated, chiropractors aren't "real doctors". They do help with back or muscle pain, but most people go to an actual doctor to see the issue first, whether it is something that they can just go see a chiropractor or if it really is something serious that a doctor may need to take care of. To be a "real doctor" you need the salary of one to show that you went through years of hard schooling, studying, training, and residency, you also need the degree which is all your years of schooling, internships, residency, and fellowship if needed, then finally you need medical treatment following with prescription drugs and surgeries if needed. Chiropractor's can help but not as best as a "real doctor" based on their salary to do what they do, the training and degree that they have, or even their treatment. Being a chiropractor and a "real doctor" is completely different in this day and age based on the new technologies that come out yearly.

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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Buying New Clothes Every Month Has Been The Key To Helping Me Become Happy With My Body Again

Loving my body in new outfits has boosted my self image so much.

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Being body-positive has been really hard for me to do throughout 2019, despite there being an overwhelming surge in body-positivity around me, whether through my friends and family or YouTube. I look in the mirror and what I see is someone I want to make a jean size or two smaller like in the past. That being said, I've slowly been coming around to accepting the body I have now, instead of bashing it constantly. A key way I've come to accept the body I'm in now is through buying myself something new every month, like a new T-shirt or a pair of jeans or sneakers that help me see myself in a positive light. When I'm in a new outfit, I feel invincible. I don't think about how pudgy my stomach is, or about the hair I have growing in random places, like my neck or on my nose (yes, not just in, but ON too).

My bank account tends to suffer as of recently because of this, but it's worth it when I can genuinely feel good in what I am wearing every day. I like to wake up and think about how many outfits I can put together, ready to post my #OOTD for Snapchat without caring what anyone thinks. I've let social media dictate how I feel about myself more than I care to admit. I see how perfect all the models are in everything they're wearing from brands I know and love, yet when I try the same thing on, it's a whole different ugly story.

I don't enjoy trying things on to avoid the shame I feel when things don't fit me right, or if something that I thought would flatter me actually makes me look like a sack of potatoes. Instagram has really hurt my body image a lot — enough to make me delete it for a week after one post sent me spiraling. Going through those bumps made me finally realize it's not my fault if something doesn't fit. Sizes range depending on the item, it's the clothing items fault, not mine. Now that I see that, it's easier to brush off something not fitting me as it should. I know my size very well in the stores I frequent the most, so it's easier for me to pick out things I know will look good and not have to worry about the sizing issue.

Buying yourself something new is not something you should limit to every few months or longer. You shouldn't be afraid to go out of your comfort zone price wise every once and a while either. Coupons exist, stories always offer you them when you first sign up to receive emails and even texts. You can be crafty and still get a high price item for less. If you treat yourself to cheap things, you won't feel half as good as you want to. Granted, sticking to a limit is important but there's no shame in going over the limit every once and a while.

I love shopping as much as I love country music and writing short stories — a lot. Yes, I get yelled at almost every time I get something new. I need to save my money for important things, like for my sorority or for medical issues that could suddenly arise, or for utilities at my house next year off campus.

However, my mental well-being is not something I can ignore.

I can't push the good feelings aside to save 30 or 40 bucks a month. I don't want to feel as low as I've felt about myself anymore. I'm tired of feeling sad or angry at who I am, and I want to learn how to accept myself as I am. Buying myself something new, like clothes, is what offers a positive light to view myself under.

Whether you treat yourself to dinner at your favorite restaurant, or to face masks, or to a new movie when it comes out — don't be afraid to do it. Put yourself first and you'll realize your worth and how much you've been ignoring it in the face of poor confidence.

My confidence isn't back up to where it used to be, but it's getting there.

It may not be the most cash efficient method of self-love, but my body positivity is better than it was a few months ago. Aerie and American Eagle have really helped me become happier with my body, and I can't thank them enough for being more inclusive for people like me who are learning to love themselves again in a new body.

There is a light at the end of the tunnel for all of us hoping to promote our own body positivity, and it could all start with a simple purchase from your favorite store after you read this.

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