Friday, February 3, 2012

Chiropractor Treating Alcoholism?

Could a chiropractor treat alcoholism?

Wouldn't that question bring up the critical questions consistently posed by Functional Medicine practitioners; what are the causes of alcoholism, and does all alcoholism arise from the same causes?

Might also bring up the question of what chiropractors do. Do they just adjust spines (crack backs)?

Today I felt like opening up a few cans of healthy worms.

I will close with a couple of what I think are smart statements from a well-known innovator, that I think bear on this worm-can opening:

"If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right.
I am looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to not know what can't be done."
Henry Ford


  1. Great topic, Dr. Young. I sure don't know if you could cure alcoholism but its certainly worth thinking about. Its such a complex disease. I do think some people would benefit from your approach and others might need the traditional approach. What would your approach be? Great can of worms to open! Once they are free, they do wonders for the fertility of the soil and that's a GOOD thing ♥

  2. Barbara,

    You are so right when you say, "its certainly worth thinking about."

    My approaches are tailored to the individual. Many "traditional" approaches use one-size as though it would fit all.

    Please note that I used the word "treat", not "cure".

    I use many tried and true approaches like support, encouragement, dietary change, nutritional supplementation, exercise, and discussion of emotional issues. I also use modern medical testing to assess nutrient levels, food allergies, heavy metal burden, and digestive function.

    And, as any conscientious doctor, if the patient is not making clear progress, I refer him for additional care.

    My goal is to provide thorough, personalized care using the tenets of Functional Medicine .

    Dr. Young :)