Amy Brocato Pearson
Jacksonville Daily Progress
A somewhat controversial movie made its way to Jacksonville College last night, playing before an audience of students and area residents.
The viewing of "Doctored: The Monopolization of our Medical System," was spearheaded by local chiropractor Dr. Dave Rigsby, owner of Rigsby Family Wellness Center in Jacksonville.
Rigsby opened RFWC in April 2009, based on the three-pronged principle: "Eat Well. Move Well. Think Well."
In bringing "Doctored" to Jacksonville, Rigsby's goal was to "help our community get healthier and stay healthier," he said Thursday.
"Several of my colleagues in other cities have done it (screened the movie) and it's a good thing to do," he said.
Promoting the movie, produced by Jeff Hays of "On Native Soil" fame, Rigsby wrote, "This film will have a transformational impact on your life, health and well-being. Doing this in a drug-free way allowing you and your family experience your best health now!"
Rigsby is a staunch believer that the body should heal itself "in a drug-free and surgically-free way."
"Chiropractic care is the largest non-drug profession in the medical community," he said. "Western medicine is awesome at emergency care. Don't come to my office if you've just cut your arm off," he laughed, continuing, "But it's not geared toward living to our maximum health potential."
As an example, Rigsby cited that the United States spends more than most other countries on health care, that Western medicine has the best technology available and we have the best access to prescription medications, yet our residents are in poor overall health.
"We're getting to a tipping point," Rigsby said. "People are looking for a drug-free option."
Chiropractic care focuses on balancing the central nervous system and all it effects, Rigsby explained. "We focus primarily on the spine, which connects to everything" that makes your body function, he said.
But, bottom line, Rigs-by wants Jacksonville and Cherokee County to be a healthier place to live and wants residents to be more aware of alternatives to traditional medicine.
Cherokee County Public Health Executive Director Chris Taylor did not have a chance to see the movie, although he expressed interest in the ideas presented.
"You have to examine everything you see and hear, evaluate it on a personal basis and see if the (ideas) are right for you," he said.
Rigsby planned for between 40 and 50 people to attend the screening, held at Jacksonville College.
Reviews of the movie include:
“An involving, well-crafted, humane look at a topic that stands to affect us all.” – LA Times
“Indictments of a market-based health system predisposed toward prescription drugs and surgery when less invasive, less expensive methods might be, heaven forbid, more effective.” – NY Times
“A well-chosen array of practitioners and their vastly improved patients, whose issues include chronic pain, frozen shoulder syndrome, multiple sclerosis, Lyme disease, autism and cancer, offer enlightening testimony on behalf of chiropractic treatment.”– Chicago Tribune