Preventative Medicine is becoming a popular lifestyle change that is involving all demographics. Dr. Tanya Machida hosted an event Wednesday, Sept 24 called “Be Our Guest” in a private room at La Bottega Marino restaurant in Los Angeles. Her topic’s core was based upon the importance of chiropractic medicine and her practice based out of the Los Angeles area. In her lecture, Machida strove to inform her audience about the medical dilemma many Americans face and, in turn, highlight an alternative method to treating medical issues through chiropractic medicine.

Dr. Machida began by sharing the statistic that approximately 180,000 people die from human error in the medical community every year, also seen on Allen’s NPR article. Furthermore, she continued her talk with a thought about prescription medication, stating that prescription drugs cover the pain but they do not heal the core of the problem.

“You go into the doctor, and they give you a pill. You aren’t fixing the problem that caused the symptoms to begin with. Medications are covering up a problem and not allowing our body to heal itself,” she said, and asked her audience,  “think about the symptoms we’re covering up- would you rather be symptom free or healthy?”

In addition, Dr. Machida explained the benefits she provides through chiropractic medicine.

“We’re adjusting you according to your personal x-ray, and what our hands feel,” she explained, “and what we want to achieve are very little subluxations, from few to none.”

There were approximately twenty guests, one of them being Arielle Lathan, a preschool teacher at the Center for Early Education. Lathan believed that the message for preventative health practice can be incorporated in schools like her own, but that there is a certain method to achieve this.

“I think we should talk to parents and let them know,” she said, “and we have school nurses who should be on board. We need to be sharing this information with one another. For instance, parents come to teachers for school related things, where as they would go to a nurse to discuss health related care.”

Consequently, Lathan avoids reaching for an over-the-counter treatment or prescription to aid an ailment, which is also a point illustrated in Candis Carson’s article.

“I was raised by a mom who didn’t like pills, and it’s embedded in me. In our school community,” she says, “we encourage parents not to give their child a pill and send them to school. Personally, I’d ride out the fever and stay at home.”

To sum it up, Dr. Machida feels that she can incorporate this new type of preventative practice into the community through spreading the word and organizing events to involve the community.

“I’ve gone into patients homes and I’ve done a talk in their home,” Machida shared, “and I’ll do talks for teachers, corporations- anyone to help spread the message. The way we can share is through word of mouth.”

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