Diary of a NJ Chiropractor

Treating pain in the elderly; Researchers found drug free pain treatment methods worked well

Treating pain in the elderly; Researchers found drug free pain treatment methods worked well. People over 65 years of age are commonly on numerous medications for many of their chronic health problems.  Perhaps this is a secondary effect of our specialist driven healthcare system where the primary doctor refers them to numerous specialists for numerous complaints. These healthcare providers often have their patients leaving with a medication prescription for their health problem. In Minnesota, an area hit hard by the Opioid epidemic, they wanted to find out if rehabilitative methods that could replace prescription medications for pain. Researchers understood back Read More »

Is Magnesium a Miracle Mineral for Chronic Pain? A guest post.

  Is Magnesium a Miracle Mineral for Chronic Pain? A guest post. Whether you get cramps often, or you suffer from backache, your problem may lie in magnesium deficiency. This valuable mineral can be found in many different kinds of food, ranging from fruit and vegetables to nuts and even dark chocolate. However, it seems that, for many of us, this simply isn’t enough. How do we increase magnesium intake and how exactly does it help with various types of chronic pain? Here is all you need to know. Magnesium and Calcium These two vital minerals have a very special Read More »

An opinion on why today’s flu vaccine is a waste, and what we should administer instead.

  An opinion on why today’s flu vaccine is a waste, and what we should administer instead. Is the current flu vaccine bad public policy, that fails year after year to save lives.   Sure, you know the narrative, that children and older adults should have this vaccination that is based on 3-4 strains found in Asia the year before and we are using 50 year old methods to manufacturing it. True, the right strain of the flu can be deadly which will not help if they vaccinate the public with the wrong strains.   You can also be vaccinated by being in Read More »

Are too many diagnoses resulting in too many prescribed drugs?

  Are too many diagnoses resulting in too many prescribed drugs? An interesting article in the NY Times questions whether we have medicalized everyday life.   True, many seniors are taking too many medications.   Every physician they visit is likely writing a different prescription for their symptoms.   To write prescriptions, they must have a diagnosis which must be related to a disease. Do we really have so many diseases, or is the word disease and the diagnosis that is linked to it driving the cost and volume of drugs many of us ingest on a daily basis. It is healthy to Read More »

In pain? Maybe you need a body mechanic.

In pain?  Maybe you need a body mechanic. Pain that does not go away is why patients call their doctor.  The doctor someone visits can vary from primary care to their chiropractor. An improper step, a fall  or a traumatic injury can cause pain. Playing sports can cause pain  Other times, you may have been woken up with acute back pain, only to find out later that you passed a stone.  The possibilities for why we hurt seem endless. Chronic problems that become acute is why most people visit their doctor.  What we are used to feeling is what we consider normal, even if it is Read More »