Diary of a NJ Chiropractor

What are the best foods for athletes according to the NY Times?

What are the best foods for athletes according to the NY Times? Athletes must fuel their bodies to be able to run and perform in their sport.  Which are the best foods for athletes? Do we need more carbs, more protein, more fat or perhaps we need to have a different mix of these, heavier on green leafy vegetables? The NY Times recently published an article based on the latest article in the journal Science. Check it out The Best Foods for Athletes More fat? More carbs? How should we eat for peak athletic performance? By Gretchen Reynolds Nov. 28, Read More »

Canada’s healthcare system may teach us about how to make healthcare affordable for all of us.

Canada’s healthcare system may teach us about how to make healthcare affordable for all of us. The discussion behind Medicare for all is growing louder, as our current system of private insurers and high administrative costs is failing us. Most doctors offices spend hours on the phone wondering why they weren’t paid, or getting a precertification for services that they believed were medically necessary. In the USA, many countries are ahead of the USA with health benchmarks, while we spend more than anyone.  “In 2014, Canada spent 10.45 percent of its national GDP on healthcare. The United State’s expenditure was Read More »

The dreaded DNF; when should a runner call it quits during a race?

The dreaded DNF; when should a runner call it quits during a race? If you are an avid runner, and had been training for a race for a while, you want to make a good time during the race but more importantly, you want to finish. Sometimes, we need to call if quits even though all of that training and hours have been logged in prior to race day. When you are all warmed up and in the middle of the race, the focus is on completion.   If you are having unusual pain, or a health problem that can be more serious, Read More »

Reasons you should avoid an appendectomy and use antibiotics instead.

Reasons you should avoid an appendectomy and use antibiotics instead. Appendectomies were a common procedure here in the USA, while abroad in Europe, an infected appendix was treated effectively with an antibiotic. A new CT scanning procedure is now helping us determine whether that infected appendix is uncomplicated or may require excision. According to the NY Times, we are now beginning to understand that the Appendix has useful functions which can help us prevent gastrointestinal ills. Avoiding the surgery can help avoid possible infections as well as active scars that may occur from the healing of the tissue.  Active scars are Read More »

Those hospital mergers are costing us big bucks according to the NY Times.

Those hospital mergers are costing us big bucks according to the NY Times. You may have noticed that the big hospital systems have been getting bigger.  One major reason is the predatory nature of insurance companies who try to isolate and then negotiate prices with hospitals that have little negotiating clout.  Horizons Omnia plan that created tiers and made people who visited tier 2 hospitals and providers pay more, while warping the marketplace. Hospitals that merge create an economic block that owns a large part of their geographic area.  Insurance companies must now negotiate with them and the result is Read More »