Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD): I was told by my doctor that this is normal. Is there really nothing I can do to slow it down ?
Posted Jun 02 2009 4:35pm
I am confronted with these questions every day when I show a patient their x-rays, or review their MRI report with them. The truthful answer is that we have redefined what normal is because Degenerative Disc Disease is so prevalent. Just because so many people have degenerated spines and discs, which are the precursors to disc bulges and disc herniations, does not mean that it is OK, and that we should consider it normal. I think something like 50% of Americans are overweight, does that make it normal ? Please, the spine degenerates because of ABNORMAL wear and tear. Our bodies were designed to run around the jungle hunting for food (giving us plenty of exercise), plant food I should add. Not sitting at a desk all day, cooped up in an office building under artificial light, eating fast food, trying to meet deadlines. It's these types of man made stresses on the body (that it is unable to adapt to) that cause it to regress from a higher state to a lower state (the definition of degenerate) prematurely. This manifest as various types of degenerative conditions and illnesses. To say there is nothing we can do about it is to be ignorant. We can reverse most of the the habits that led to the problem in the first place. We are the ones that have control over the parameters. We decide what we eat, what we drink, how much we exercise, how much stress we expose ourselves to, how late we work, how much we play, etc. This is our Context or Lifestyle. These are the factors that govern health. And, there is a knob that is adjustable by YOU for every component of your lifestyle. You either adjust the knobs in the direction of health, or in the direction of illness. When it comes to health care you can either try to treat the symptoms with medications and surgery or you can look to the source of the problem (LIFESTYLE) and make adjustments accordingly. Of course I realize it's not always this cut and dry. Sometimes medical intervention is necessary. Someone diagnosed with advanced stages of cancer will most likely need chemotherapy. I also realize there are accidents and traumas the lead to degenerative conditions. I'm referring to the factors we actually have control over. When you have a healthy context you are able to make the most out of what you have. You heal faster and your body functions at a higher level. When it comes to something like Degenerative Disc Disease, not only can it be prevented, it can be stopped dead in its tracks or really slowed down (depending how advanced it is) with the right kind of treatment (and lifestyle). This is actually the basis of our non-surgical spinal regeneration program, featuring the DRX 9000. I strongly believe that if you take your health into your own hands and make the right decisions, you can reverse or slow down many of the conditions associated with aging. Actually, this is the future of health care.