Fact Check

1. America makes up less than 5% of the population, but consumes over 50% of the world’s drugs. Gilles LaMarche

2. The US spends more money per capita on health than any other country in the world. LaMarche

3. Our genes haven’t changed in the last 5000 years – but we have been getting sicker in the last 50-100 years. LaMarche

4. America is #40 in life expectancy, and is also ranked 44th in infant mortality. Eric Plasker

5. 70% of American adults suffer from a chronic disease. Tabor Smith

6. A fifth of the pie, of the US GDP, is being spent on illness. Ed Lafleur

7. More money is spent on pain alone than cancer and heart disease combined. Dan Sullivan

8. 63.4% of opioid users began because they had some sort of pain Dan Sullivan

9. Every 25 minutes in the US, a baby is born addicted to opioids. And it costs the US $50,000 on average to rehab each one, totaling 1.5 billion per year. Dan Sullivan

10. You have a greater chance of dying from an opioid drug than you do from a car accident. Dan Sullivan

11. 2/3 of drug overdoses in the US are related to opioids. Lisa Olzsewski

  • Wilson, N., Kariisa, M., Seth, P., Smith, H., Davis, N. L. (2020). “Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths — United States, 2017–2018” CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 69(11), pp. 290–297. Retrieved from: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6911a4.htm (Accessed May 13, 2020).

12. “Death By Medicine” article – 999,936 annual deaths caused by not treating cause of disease: “…right now, that the amount of suffering that’s created by treating symptoms and not fixing the cause and getting people healthy again, […] is 999,936 people annually every single year. That is equivalent to having two jumbo jets go down every single day, and 100% of the people dying on them.” David Erb

13. Pharma companies spend $25 bil/year marketing drugs to doctors, & $9.6 bil/year marketing drugs to to consumers. Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

14. Google-GlaxoSmithKline partnership. RFK

15. Vioxx debacle Audio – NPR

16. In 1988, according to HHS, the chronic disease rates in American children were 12.8 percent. Children born after 1989 had a 54% chance of having a chronic disease. RFK

  • McDonald, M. E., and Paul, J. F. (2010). “Timing of Increased Autistic Disorder Cumulative Incidence” Environmental Science & Technology 44; pp. 2112-2118.
    Van Cleave, J., Gortmaker, S. L., and Perrin, J. M. (2010). “Dynamics of Obesity and Chronic Health Conditions Among Children and Youth” JAMA, 303(7); pp. 623-630. Retrieved from: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/185391 (Accessed May 13, 2020).
  • Bethell, C. D., Kogan, M. D., Strickland, B. B., Schor, E. L., Robertson, J., and Newacheck, P. W. (2010). “A National and State Profile of Leading Health Problems and Health Care Quality for US Children: Key Insurance Disparities and Across-State Variations” American Pediatrics, 11(3); pp. S22-33. Retrieved from: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1876285910002500 (Accessed May 13, 2020).

17. In 2000, Congress found that CDC was staffed by people with ties to vaccine companies. They approved all 72 vaccines without safety studies. RFK

18. In 2009, HHS found that 97% of people in the CDC committees had undisclosed conflicts of interest regarding vaccine companies. RFK

19. 96% of people have severe spinal degeneration by the age of 80 (American Journal of Neuroradiology); and 85% have severe spinal degeneration by the age of 50 (Chicago Institute of NeuroSurgery). Tabor Smith

  • Brinjikji, W., Luetmer, P. H., Comstock, B., Bresnahan, B. W., Chen, L. E., Deyo, R. A., Halabi, S., Turner, J. A., Avins, A. L., James, K., Wald, J. T., Kallmes, D. F., and Jarvik, J. G. (2015). “Systematic literature review of imaging features of spinal degeneration in asymptomatic populations” American Journal of Neuroradiology 36(4), pp. 811-6. Retrieved from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25430861 (Accessed May 13, 2020).
  • The Spine Hospital at the Neurological Institute of New York (n.d.) “Degenerative Disc Disease.” Retrieved from: https://www.columbiaspine.org/condition/degenerative-disc-disease/ (Accessed May 13, 2020). Indicates that 90% of 60 year olds have spinal degeneration.

20. Brain lights up with chiropractic adjustment, and it doesn’t with the placebo or control groups. Showed more activation one week post-adjustment. Stephanie Sullivan

21. Study in early 2018 – People in New Hampshire with non-cancer pain who were given chiropractic care compared to those who were given an opioid had a 55% less likely chance to fill a script for an opioid, and also saved 70% in costs. Lisa Olzsewski

  • Whedon, J. M., Toler, A. W. J., Goehl, J. M., and Kazal, L. A. (2018). “Association Between Utilization of Chiropractic Services for Treatment of Low-Back Pain and Use of Prescription Opioids,” Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 24(6). Retrieved from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29470104 (Accessed May 13, 2020).

22. March 6, 2018 Journal of American Medical Association found that opioids were no more helpful than NSAID drugs. Dan Sullivan

  • Krebs, E. E., Gravely, A., Nugent, S., Jensen, A. C., DeRonne, B., Goldsmith, E. S., Kroenke, K., Bair, M. J., and Noorbaloochi, S. (2018). “Effect of Opioid vs Nonopioid Medications on Pain-Related Function in Patients With Chronic Back Pain or Hip or Knee Osteoarthritis Pain: The SPACE Randomized Clinical Trial.” JAMA, 319(9); pp. 872-882. Retrieved from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29509867 (Accessed May 13, 2020).

23. 2003 Spine Journal article found that chiro more effective than NSAIDs. Dan Sullivan

  • Giles, L. G., Muller, R. (2003). “Chronic spinal pain: a randomized clinical trial comparing medication, acupuncture, and spinal manipulation.” Spine, 28(14), pp. 1490-502. Retrieved from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12865832 (Accessed May 13, 2020).