Diary of a NJ Chiropractor

Is a covid-19 booster needed to maintain immunity for the immunocompromised or for the general public?

Is a covid-19 booster needed to maintain immunity for the immunocompromised or for the general public? The debate over covid-19 boosters has resulted in the US and Israel offering boosters based on the idea of waning immunity. Scientists are not buying the latest gambit from big pharma to increase their sales by having wealthy countries offer a third injection while many poorer countries have yet to offer their citizens the first dose. The WHO has voiced their concerns as covid-19 is an international problem. The idea of a booster was strengthened recently when an Israeli study showed that after 146 Read More »

A national policy to reduce sugar intake could reduce heart disease.

A national policy to reduce sugar intake could reduce heart disease. Metabolic syndrome was one of the most common causes of death due to covid-19.  Sugar consumption in the USA is largely to blame. From sugary soft drinks to our policies such as the failed food pyramid in the 1980s which told people to avoid fat which had food companies adding sugar to processed foods, more people have become diabetic and obese. While having a good healthcare system is important, having the public stay healthier by avoiding an overabundance of sugar is actually smart and cost-effective. It is far more Read More »

How to properly wash your vegetables and other produce

How to properly wash your vegetables and other produce. Eating healthier requires that we eat more salads and more fruit. Industrial farming uses pesticides and organic farming may use manure. Removing harmful organisms such as e-coli bacteria and harmful chemicals. To avoid illness from unintended ingesting of bacteria or pesticides, we should wash our lettuces, fruits, and other ingested foods. Washing foods is easier than you think according to an article that was recently published in the Washington Post. According to the article, water is sufficient as is washing your hands while handling foods. Check out this article for some Read More »

Negotiated hospital rates can be much higher than you think for different procedures says the NY Times.

Negotiated hospital rates can be much higher than you think for different procedures says the NY Times. If you have ever wondered why your insurance costs continue to skyrocket, the answer may lie in the negotiated fees your insurance company has with y9ur local hospital. Years ago, I found out that an MRI for the lower back under my Blue Cross Blue Shield would cost me $800 under their negotiated rate.  Then I had a patient without insurance who went to a local MRI center and paid half that amount.  Crazy, No? In an investigative report, the NY Times recently Read More »

When does excessive exercise become pain avoidance behavior?

When does excessive exercise become pain avoidance behavior? Do you exercise constantly to avoid being stiff or in pain all the time? Do you need the daily exercises your therapist gave you months or years ago just to function during the day? Do you believe Yoga is the answer to staying functional or that Pilates 2-3 times per week is what is needed just to feel good? Do your daily runs help you feel better and avoid pain? Are you practicing pain avoidance through exercise without realizing it? How can you tell if your exercise habits are used to avoid Read More »