Category: Diary of a NJ Chiropractor

Marijuana use during pregnancy may be producing birth defects; a cautionary tale.

Marijuana use during pregnancy may be producing birth defects; a cautionary tale. Years ago it was learned that alcohol consumption may over time cause birth defects and harm the unborn fetus. Today, the wide use of Marijuana may be having its own effects on unsuspecting mothers who may use it to curb nausea during pregnancy or may use it recreationally. Dynamic Chiropractic, a magazine that goes out to chiropractors internationally published an article written by its publisher, Donald M. Peterson Jr. raising the alarm as many expecting mothers a now using marijuana on a regular basis.   He draws the parallel Read More »

Supplements you shouldn’t mix with…

Supplements you shouldn’t mix with… A common question patients ask is whether the drug they are taking can be safely mixed with a nutritional supplement they wish to take for their health. On other occasions, they may want to take a number of different substances but are wondering if mixing them is ok? Check out this interesting blog post regarding the mixing of different substances.   Frequently, your physician will not have the answer but may tell you to avoid mixing substances.  Your pharmacist on the other hand may actually be the best source as they can be a great referee Read More »

Elbow pain, the three cortisone shots and the inevitable surgery; Or, you could see a certified chiropractic sports physician first.

Elbow pain, the three cortisone shots, and the inevitable surgery; Or, you could see a certified chiropractic sports physician first. Chronic elbow pain may develop from golf, tennis, or normal activities. Who you see first for a health problem will determine the journey, results, and risks. Recently, I have seen a few of these cases that resulted in surgical excision of a painful ligament for tennis elbow.   In both cases, surgery was performed after injections failed to resolve the pain that affected elbow extension and external rotation. After weeks of post-surgical therapy and a healed scar, was the problem resolved, Read More »

Posture correctors or correcting posture; which approach is better?

Posture correctors or correcting posture; which approach is better? The ad says that our posture corrector will straighten you up for the low cost of $19 dollars.   Since there is little resistance at $19, why not try a device that forces your shoulders back as there is little you can lose? Why do you have poor posture? Many adults remember their parents telling them to sit up straight instead of slouching.   The problem is that they weren’t trying to slouch.    Sitting upright felt unnatural and may have hurt their shoulders; it wasn’t how your body naturally assumed its position. Read More »

Private insurers have exploited Medicare for millions while applying roadblocks to needed care.

Private insurers have exploited Medicare for millions while applying roadblocks to needed care. Over the years I have warned patients about private insurers and the push to have everyone use a Medicare Advantage (part C) plan.  These plans offer the same hassles and pitfalls that you had prior to joining Medicare, with delays, recertification requirements, smaller networks, and no out-of-network coverage but you get a free gym membership. While the deals sound enticing with the barrage of mail you receive, the truth is that Medicare parts A and B with a Medicare supplement are far superior coverage-wise than any Advantage Read More »