Diary of a NJ Chiropractor

Heartburn, do you need a pill or a change of diet and more exercise?

Heartburn, do you need a pill or a change of diet and more exercise? There are many reasons for heartburn, and all to often, a visit to the doctor means a pill which is usually a proton pump inhibitor (P.P.I.).   These drugs are unfortunately now being linked to nutritional deficiencies, Dementia, bone fractures, joint pain and even heart attacks.   It is estimated 15 million of us are now taking these medications. Chronic heartburn can burn the esophagus, creating other complications as well.   Decreased stomach acidity is normal as we age, however, taking a medication to further lower the PH affects Read More »

Older athletes who challenge our perceptions of what is possible as we age.

Older athletes who challenge our perceptions of what is possible as we age. Many of us assume that as we age, our abilities over time are compromised.  Even at the age of 57, where my own body does not feel like it used to, however, it does not mean that as you age, you cannot perform better. Years ago, a patient of ours who was a Masters level athlete (52 years old) found that after we had helped him, he was running faster and with fewer injuries than he did in his 20’s.  In other words, age does not mean Read More »

New study shows patients chiropractic patients are much less likely to use Opioids than those under traditional medical care.

New study shows patients chiropractic patients are much less likely to use Opioids than those under traditional medical care. The information about who patients should go to for back pain first, combined with the Annals of Internal Medicine’s new guidelines recommending medication as a last resort for back problems has been in the news over the past month.  Primary physicians who have relied on medications for pain relief are now reevaluating their roles in the management of back pain and even pain itself. Opioids have become a huge problem, as patients who had a short course for pain relief have Read More »

Are there fewer surgeries when doctors are paid a salary. Check out this new study discussed in the NY Times.

Are there fewer surgeries when doctors are paid a salary.  Check out this new study discussed in the NY Times. Have you ever wondered if your doctors recommendation for surgery was for your benefit for theirs?   There are many people who had C-sections wondering if it was really necessary.   Millions have had appendectomies while in Europe, antibiotics for years have cured the infection. Was your doctor influenced by how they are reimbursed?   This was suggested in a new study discussed in the NY Times regarding doctors who are reimbursed fee for service for a procedure vs. managing a problem more conservatively. It Read More »

A blood test for cancer; is the early detection of a cancer good enough without a cure?

A blood test for cancer; is the early detection of a cancer good enough without a cure? Medical Daily recently reported that scientists are working on a test that may help us diagnose most types of cancer earlier than ever before.  For those of us who are cancer phobic, it can be a blessing or a curse.   For those of us who are more even tempered, it can allow us to act on disease processes that kills hundreds of thousands of people yearly. The good news is that scientists are likely realizing that their is a commonality to most cancers that Read More »