Diary of a NJ Chiropractor

What are prebiotics and why do you need them?

What are prebiotics and why do you need them? Fiber-rich foods like green bananas, asparagus, artichokes, garlic, onion, barley, and wheat bran contain pre-biotics.  They essentially feed the gut which has microbes that are important for digestion, low inflammation, and proper health, otherwise known as pro-biotics. The main purpose of prebiotics is to feed the diverse mix of beneficial bacteria that the gut needs to thrive. Recently, the NY Times offered a great explanation of why pre-biotics are important for gut health.  Check it out below Are Prebiotics Important for Gut Health? And how do they differ from probiotics? Experts Read More »

Symptom relief vs functional improvement; what’s the difference and why do you need both?

Symptom relief vs functional improvement; what’s the difference and why do you need both? The greatest motivator for visiting our chiropractic office is the pain that did not go away.   Desperation drives phone calls, especially on Sunday in our Scotch Plains office during morning hours. Sometimes one treatment can offer tremendous relief while at other times, it can take a while to help someone feel better.  This is especially true when patients have long-standing problems that have not been properly diagnosed and treated. Prior to experiencing pain, it is quite common for a person to experience many different problems that Read More »

Halting the spread of diabetes is bigger than just the medical care alone according to the NY Times.

Halting the spread of diabetes is bigger than just the medical care alone according to the NY Times. Diabetes exploded after the 1980’s food pyramid suggested that low-fat foods are best and manufacturers made many foods low-fat by adding sugar.  There are also other likely contributing factors such as more sedentary lifestyles.   Still, one in 7 Americans is now a type 2 diabetic which is an alarming statistic. My son developed this by eating the wrong foods including drinks loaded with sugars and being sedentary.   The disease was controlled best when he worked physically at UPS moving boxes on a Read More »

Frozen shoulder syndrome is more than a shoulder problem; here’s how to get the help you need.

Frozen shoulder syndrome is more than a shoulder problem; here’s how to get the help you need. You reached into a cabinet and all of a sudden you experienced a sharp pain in your shoulder.  It is quite painful, especially when reaching it and it feels stiff as well. You may have also had a stiff neck and lower back problems from time to time but they went away. You call your primary doctor who then first gives you medication and then sends you for therapy to the shoulder and tells you that you have a frozen shoulder otherwise known Read More »

Statins and diabetes; truth, consequences, or a combination of both.

Statins and diabetes; truth, consequences, or a combination of both. Statins are commonly given a bad rap for their side effects, one being the risk of type 2 diabetes. While it seems logical that high cholesterol increases the risk of some sort of cardiovascular event, many doctors including cardiologists place many folks on these medicines with the belief that they harmlessly will help us live longer.   Some of our patients who had relatively low cholesterol have found themselves taking these drugs. Before undergoing any medical treatment, the idea of benefits vs. risks should be considered.   Just recently, a patient who Read More »