Diary of a NJ Chiropractor

Hospital costs are driving healthcare spending according to this article.

Hospital costs are driving healthcare spending according to this article. If you live in the USA, you are no doubt affected by the healthcare premiums, deductibles and out of pocket costs associated with health insurance.   What is driving healthcare costs is often blamed on the cost of drugs, insurance carriers and hospitals. With out of network coverage going away with private insurance and with many self insured plans, healthcare providers can no longer bill highly for their services and be out of network if they want to have successful practices.  Conversely, most insurers have not given their providers a Read More »

Shoulder and neck pain due to cycling; great advice from Cycling Weekly.

Shoulder and neck pain due to cycling; great advice from Cycling Weekly. Soon the warmer weather will be here and cyclists will be on the roads. The postures assumed by cycling can cause shoulder and neck pain.   What can you do to relieve or prevent neck and shoulder pain due to the hunched over postures required of cycling while your neck is extended to see the road? Seeing a chiropractor can be quite helpful. If your lower body is tight, you are likely to get neck and shoulder pain, and you may have no idea of the problems elsewhere Read More »

A new idea by the Trump administration to reduce drug prices by eliminating middlemen.

A new idea by the Trump administration to reduce drug prices by eliminating middlemen Recently, both my daughter and my spouse needed to purchase medications that their doctors recommended for them. Our high deductible HSA plan includes drugs, but we need to reach the deductible first before the plan pays anything. One drug was an antibiotic and was quoted in generic form at over 200 dollars for the dose.   When I asked about the price, I was told that the brand name drug was even more expensive.  The other medication was more expensive for the generic than it was Read More »

Portion control, rather than carbohydrate avoidance is the secret to weight control.

Portion control, rather than carbohydrate avoidance is the secret to weight control. Most diets do not work long term.  If you have dieted, you would likely agree that most diets help you lose, but do not keep the weight off. Having your weight go up and down is bad for your health and can lead to diabetes and insulin resistance.  Too much sugar in the diet can also causes these problems and cause inflammation which is the source of many common diseases. Losing weight is hard enough, but keeping it off is always a struggle without having a system.  Some Read More »

Avoiding hypothermia and frostbite in cold weather.

Avoiding hypothermia and frostbite in cold weather. The recent cold spell has increased the concerns people have with getting frostbite, and reports from the Midwest told us about people who died from prolonged cold exposure. Even though the trend is currently for warmer weather, you still need to take precautions when the weather is calling for temperatures under 10 degrees with low wind chill numbers. Recently, the NY Times offered some great advice on what you can do to protect yourself. How to Avoid Frostbite and Hypothermia in Extreme Cold Weather By Karen Zraick Jan. 29, 2019 Here’s how to Read More »