Nov 062013

We want to commend the Nashua River Watershed Association for its commitment to working toward a drug-free water supply through its “Pharmaceuticals: Taking Action to Protect the Commonwealth’s Waters” project, and thank Groton and area residents for taking part in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 26.

We would also like to encourage Groton-area residents to try natural alternatives to prescription drugs first, whenever possible. Here’s why:

There is ample evidence that pharmaceuticals are present in our water supply, and may cause environmental harm, and harm to humans and wildlife. Just a few weeks ago, Lost Lake and Knops Pond tested positive for pharmaceutical residues including tranquilizers, nicotine, insect repellent, pain relievers and anti-seizure medications. Findings suggested these may have entered the water supply by swimmers, showering, or flushing pills down the toilet. It is also important to consider that any drugs we put into our bodies are later excreted, and may also end up in our ground water and water supply.

A news story reported on NBC News five years ago highlighted this already widespread problem, and a 2001 study of pharmaceutical levels in water in Lake Mead, Nevada, also indicated that “many of these compounds can bioaccumulate and may adversely affect aquatic organisms by disrupting physiological processes, impairing reproductive functions, increasing cancer rates, contributing to the development of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria, and acting in undesirable ways when mixed with other substances.”

We encourage you to consider drug-free options as much as possible. Clearly, pharmaceuticals are necessary and life-saving in some cases, though there are alternatives when it comes to pain and many other conditions. Chiropractic care has been proven to work better on issues like neck pain than medications, as evidenced in a 2012 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, and widely reported in the media. It showed that chiropractic adjustments (or spinal manipulation) and exercise were more effective than medication in the treatment of acute and chronic neck pain.

We know that it is not always possible to go off of medications, but we do know, from experience, that many people are able to reduce or eliminate some – or even avoid them altogether — when offered an alternative like chiropractic care. In this light, we hope, if possible, that we can all work to lighten the toxic load in our groundwater, and in our bodies, by considering drug-free options.

Community Chiropractic will offer a free Spinal Self-Care Workshop at 6:30 p.m. on November 18 to present natural, drug-free ways to heal and keep your spine and whole body healthy. Please call 978.448.9355 to register. For more information about chiropractic wellness care, visit

Yours in Health,

Drs. Stephen and Pamela Jarboe
Community Chiropractic