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(Posted 11:30 a.m., Nov. 27)
Local chiropractor hosts screening of eye-
opening documentary

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Dr. Nathalie Beauchamp is a member of a profession that barely 30 years ago was demonized by the American Medical Association as quackery and an unscientific cult.

Chiropractry has come a long way since the late 70s and early 80s. Today chiropractic therapy, as practiced by individuals like Dr. Beauchamp, is recognized as an integral element of the health care industry.

Thousands upon thousands of people have benefited from chiropractic therapy in relieving chronic pain, MS, autism and even some cancers.

The road to legitimacy has been a long and controversial one as documented by the new movie "Doctored" which is being presented by Dr. Beauchamp at the Orléans Mayfair Theatre this Friday at 8 p.m.

Dr. Beauchamp first heard about the film, which is being promoted as the medical industries version of Food Inc., at a convention in August.

"Several good friends of mine who are high profile doctors are in the movie, so I'm a little biased, but it's exciting that someone has finely done a movie on the benefits of natrural healing and lifestyle change," says Dr. Beauchamp.

The first half of the film looks at the role the AMA played in demonizing chiropractic therapy. It then takes aim at the link between the pharmaceutical industry and conventional medicine and the supersonic increase in prescribed drugs in the past 20 years, especially behavioral drugs for children and youth.

According to statistics, Americans are accountable for half the prescriptions in the world even though they make up less than five per cent of the world's population. The insinuation is that many doctors, especially south of the border, are little more than drug pushers and prescription writers.

The pharmaceutical industry is one of the largest single industries on earth. World wide sales topped $839 billion in 2011. That's more than the total gross domestic output of most countries. In 2009 the industry spent $65.3 billion on research and investment, which was less than 10 per cent of gross revenue.

The film places particular emphasis on the fact that the potential side effects of many drugs can often be worse than the condition they are treating. Several individuals in the film blame over-prescribed behavioral drugs on youth suicides.

Prescription overdose is the second leading cause of death among youth next to motor vehicle accidents.

The movie makes the case that many drugs, such as the anti-cholesterol drug Lipitor, would be unnecessary if patients made better nutritional and lifestyle choices, but people are more interested in the shortest route to the quickest fix and opt for meds instead of exercising or eating healthier food.

The film makes excellent use of case studies in showing how modern chiropractic therapy has helped patients in fighting chronic disease such as chronic back pain, MS and chronic Lyme disease.

The underlying theme of the movie is that the only way to avoid a lifelong addiction to prescription drugs is to eat better and exercise regularly. Unfortunately, as a society, we are doing the exact opposite. We promote auto-immune diseases with an over-dependency on vaccines from birth which weakens our body's immune system.

We consume way too much sugar, sodium and cholesterol in our processed foods, especially junk food. Even when we think we are eating healthy we are doing damage by consuming genetically modified grains, fruit and vegetables, and dairy products.

"Doctored" is an eye-opening documentary that will change your view of western health care and hopefully put you on the path of wellness and chemical independentcy.

Tickets can be purchased at the Mayfair Theatre or by visiting Dr. Beauchamp's office at 1224 Place d'Orleans Dr. Unit 1 next to the Orleans Urgent Care Clinic.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

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