Chiropractic Care: Full Satisfaction for a Fraction of the Cost

In an article by Houweling, Branga, Hausheer, Vogelsang, Peterson, and Humphreys (2015), the authors reported on first-contact care with a medical versus chiropractic provider after a consultation with a swiss telemedicine provider. The study looked to compare outcomes, patient satisfaction and healthcare costs in spinal, hip, and shoulder pain patients.

With respect to patient satisfaction, Houweling et al. (2015) reported, “the findings of this study pertaining to patient satisfaction were in line with previous research comparing chiropractic care to medical care for back pain, which found that chiropractic patients are typically more satisfied with the services received than medical patients”.

Houweling et al. added, “The mean total spinal, hip , and shoulder pain-related healthcare costs per patient during the four month study period were approximately 40% lower in patients initially consulting DCs compared with those initially consulting MDs.

Thus, Houweling et al. (2015) concluded, “The findings of this study support first- contact care provided by DCs as an alternative to first-contact care provided by MDs for a select number of musculoskeletal conditions.”

as seen in The American Chiropractor pg 42, Aug 2019

Live Food Versus Dead Food

The importance live food versus dead food cannot be underestimated when it comes to nutrition and healing. The difference between live food and dead food can be summer up in one word: enzymes. In fact, life cannot exist without enzymes. Therefore, live food is food in its raw form (raw fruits, vegetables, meats, etc.).

Dead food is anything that doesn’t contain enzymes, or in which the enzymes are destroyed or remover, such as packaged and processed food. Why do you think it is possible for a food manufacturer to process a particular food and put it in a box that sits on the shelf at the grocery store for weeks? Then, after you buy it, you take it home where it may sit on another shelf for a while longer before you open up the box and then prepare it as a meal. The reason food packaging companies can do this is because they remove enzymes from the food to increase shelf life. Dead food can sit on a shelf for a long time without rotting. Dead food is great for convenience, and essential to modern living, but it is not beneficial to your health.

Enzymes are sensitive structures when it comes to live food. When you cook your food above 118 degrees, the enzymes in live food are destroyed. Consuming raw fruits and vegetables is not difficult to do, but when it comes to raw meat, cooking it is recommended. When you eat cooked or dead food, taking a digestive enzyme can be helpful to support normal digestion.”

By Dr. Keith Giaquinto, DC
as seen in The Chiropractic Assistant page 20 Vol. 4.1, 2016
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Spend Time in Nature for Better Health

A recent study involving nearly 20,000 people found that those spending at least a total of 120 minutes a week in nature were significantly more likely to report good health and higher psychological well-being than those who don’t visit nature at all during the week.

The leader of the study, Mat White, PhD, of Exeter’s medical school said: “It’s well-known that getting outdoors in nature can be good for people’s health and well-being but until now we’ve not been able to say how much is enough.”

The study found that it didn’t matter if the 120 was in a single visit or over several shorter visits, and two hours a week seems like a realistic target for many people. Interestingly, this threshold stood true for both men and women, young and old, rich and poor, across different occupations and ethnic groups, and even among people with long-term illnesses or disabilities.

Science Daily,

It Only Takes 10 Minutes to Fight Arthritis

According to a recent study, walking for less than 10 minutes per day can keep lower-extremity arthritis at bay. This study found that a short walk each day is associated with “a decrease in the risk of developing a disability for those with osteoarthritis in a lower-extremity joint.” All subjects involved in this study had been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in the knee, hip, ankle or foot, and had “experienced some level of pain or stiffness, but were not limited in mobility or disabled in any way.” These subjects were tracked for four years.

More than 30 million adults in the United States alone suffer from osteoarthritis. This study has shown that doing a minimum of an hour of exercise a week had an 85% lower risk of needing to walk slowly due to arthritis.

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In our modern day to day lives it comes as no surprise that they are some of the most prescribed drugs in the world. They are responsible for saving countless lives, yet their vast and frequently indiscriminate use, combined with a deficit of new antibiotics, has led to the current global health threat of antibiotic resistance. Probiotics present a logical and natural solution to reduce the distribution caused by antibiotics and return the gut microbiota back to baseline following such treatment.  For example, Vitamin D has emerged as something of a miracle supplement in recent years with hundreds of research studies suggesting that it may be useful in preventing conditions such as osteoporosis, autoimmunity, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and much more. Having a Vitamin D deficiency has even been linked to obesity. Recent statistics suggest that between 40 to 50% of healthy adults, infants, toddlers, as well as pregnant women are deficient in Vitamin D. Why? Because the active form of Vitamin D increases calcium absorption from food in our digestive tract.    However, recent research has suggested that nearly every cell of our body has receptors for Vitamin D, which includes influencing our immune system, blood pressure regulation, insulin secretion, and cell differentiation. Magnesium supplementation along with Vitamin D supplementation was more effective at correcting a Vitamin D supplementation alone.  UltraSlim is the only treatment for immediate, permanent fat removal without dieting exercise or pills.

Why People Struggle to Get a Good Night’s Sleep as They Get Older

New research has identified the way age impairs the ability of the circadian clock in mammals to reset itself when exposed to light, resulting in disruption to sleeping patterns and consequent threats to wellbeing.

Researchers, led by a University of Kent neurophysiologist, found that aging results in a significant reduction in sensitivity to light in the part of the brain that controls circadian rhythms, known as the suprachiasmatic nucleus.

The breakthrough could help target treatments that aim to improve both physiological and behavioral circadian clock “resetting” in older people. Gurprit Lall, PhD, of the Universities Medway School of Pharmacy, and other members of the research team, explored alterations in one of the pathways in the part of the brain controlling circadian rhythms. They found that a glutamate receptor (NMDA), used to transit light information, became less effective in resetting the circadian clock as part of the aging process.

Source: Science Daily,

Breakfast Beats Atherosclerosis

You’ve heard it countless times: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But here’s even more reason to scramble those eggs …. new research suggests that missing your morning meal could lead to cardiovascular issues like Atherosclerosis. A study of over 4,000 participants with no cardiovascular symptoms confirmed that those who regularly skipped breakfast were more likely to suffer from hardened, narrowed arteries; yet simply opting for a quick bite doesn’t cut it either. Researchers found that those who only consumed a light breakfast ( think toast and coffee) had a higher incidence of Atherosclerosis too. The health risks didn’t stop there: people who skipped breakfast entirely were more likely to lead an unhealthy lifestyle overall, including generally poor diet, frequent alcohol consumption, and smoking. They were more likely to suffer from high blood pressure and be overweight or obese, as well.

Source: Journal of the American College of Cardiology

Study Shows Chiropractic Services Relieve Low-Back Pain in Female Veterans

A new study finds that female veterans-one of the fastest growing populations receiving treatment through the Veterans Administration (VA) health care system- experience improvement in low-back pain with a course of chiropractic care, according to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA).

Published in the Journal of  Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, the study’s authors note that musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain are the most common ailments among female veterans. They also report that female veterans on average access VA medical care more frequently than male veterans, have a higher outpatient cost per patient and have a higher rate of service-connected disability. The study states that “although further research is warranted, chiropractic care may be of value in contributing to the pain management needs of this unique patient population.”

Curcumin Improves Memory and Mood

Lovers of Indian food, give yourself a second helping: Daily consumption of a certain form of curcumin- the substance that gives Indian curry its bright color- improved memory and mood in people with mild, age-related memory loss, according to the results of a study conducted by UCLA researchers.

The researched, published online January 19, 2018, in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, examined the effects of an easily absorbed curcumin supplement on memory performance in people without dementia, as well as curcumin’s potential impact on the microscopic plagues and tangles in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease.

Found in tumeric, Curcumin has previously been shown to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties in lab studies. It has also been suggested as a possible reason that senior citizens in India, where curcumin is a dietary staple, have lower prevalence to Alzheimer’s disease and better cognitive performance.


Source: Science Daily,


A Growing Epidemic

How serious is the threat of diabetes? Nearly 1 in 3 Americans has the disease or prediabetes,according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report released in July 2017.

The Report found that as of 2015,30.3 million Americans-9.4 percent of the U.S. population-had diabetes.Another 84.1 million had prediabetes,a condition that if not treated often leads to type 2 diabetes within five years.

While the report found that the rate of new diabetes diagnoses remains steady,the disease is a growing health problem.It was the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2015.

Worker’s Comp Ohio

Ohio residents with work-related injuries in most cases must try remedies like rest,physical therapy and chiropractic care before turning to spinal fusion surgery and prescription painkillers,according to a ground breaking new guideline that is partly meant to reduce the over prescribing of opiods,but this guideline isn’t settling well with everyone.

Washington,Colorado and Minnesota already restrict injured-worker payments for back surgery,officials said, but the Ohio policy,which went into effect January 1,goes further by embedding an opiod warning specifically into its surgical restriction.The state has been among the hardest hit by the overdose crisis.

At issue is a procedure in which portion of the patients spine are permanently fused to address certain conditions, including degenerative disc disease and severe chronic low-back pain. In Ohio,such surgeries are preformed about 600 times a year.

The new rule at the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation,the nation’s largest state run injured-worker fund,requires an injured worker to undergo at least 60 days of alternative care-while avoiding opiod use,if possible-before resorting to spinal fusion surgery,with a few exceptions for the most severe back injuries. By including the opiod warning,it’s a more aggressive restriction than other states that also decline to pay immediately for the surgery.


Source: Associated Press,

Head-to-Toe Chiro for Migraines

Nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches.

In 2001, researchers at Duke University’s Evidence-Based Practice Center in Durham, NC, reported that spinal manipulation resulted in improvement for headaches originating in the neck.  For tension headaches, Chiropractic adjustments offer a longer period of relief,with fewer side effects, than a commonly prescribed medication.

In 2000, Tuchin et al conducted a randomized control trial of Chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy showed significant improvement in migraine frequency,duration,disability, and medication use.The results were published in The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics.


By Kevin Wong, DC

Preventing Cancer with Food

A study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry lends further support to the already compelling evidence that a medicinal ingredient found in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables (cabbage,cauliflower,Bok choy,Brussels sprouts,turnips) exerts significant anti-cancer effects.

This study showed that sulforaphane exerted a key epigenetic effect that greatly inhibited human prostate cancer cells from forming colonies. But many other cancers are linked to the same epigenetic switch, suggesting that sulforaphane may also provide protection against brain,lung,colon,breast, and stomach cancer,as well as chronic lymphocytic lukemia.


By James P. Mechino,DC,MS

The Cifuentes,Willets, and Wasiak Study

The Cifuentes,Willets, and Wasiak Study (2011) concluded that chiropractic care,during the health-maintenance care period, resulted in:


  • 24% decrease in disability duration of first episode compared to physical therapy.
  • 250% decrease in disability duration of first episode compared to medical physician’s care.
  • 5.9% decrease in opioid (narcotic) use during maintenance care with physical therapy.
  • 30.3% decrease in opioid (narcotic) use during maintenance care with medical physician’s care.
  • 32% decrease in average weekly cost of medical expenses during disability episode compared to physical therapy care.
  • 21% decrease in average weekly cost of medical expenses during disability episode compared to medical physician’s care.

Rubio not saying much about opioids law

Senator co-sponsored bill that hindered DEA

Washington- Marco Rubio isn’t saying much about his role in passage of a controversial law that former Drug Enforcement Agency officials said tied their hands from cracking down on drug distribution companies that sent millions of opioids to corrupt doctors and internet pharmacies.

The Florida Republican was one of four senators (three Republicans and one Democrat) to co-sponsor the legislation written by Utah Republican Orrin Hatch,Known as the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016.

A report by The Washington Post/60 Minutes Sunday interviewed a number of DEA officials who said the measure authored by Hatch in the Senate and Pennsylvania Republican Tom Morino makes it harder for the DEA to halt drug shipments that posed an “immediate danger” to the community.

The bill passed without opposition in both chambers .

Source: Ladyard King USA Today Network-Florida