Diary of a NJ Chiropractor

When should you replace your running shoes?

When should you replace your running shoes? A common question asked of us is when should running shoes be replaced? Many runners routinely wear and alternate between two pairs of running shoes, and will replace them based on the mileage they put in.   Not all runners are so serious, however, painful conditions such as plantar fasciitis, back pain and even knee pain can occur if the shoes are worn out or if the suspension system in the shoe is irreparably damaged. If you are built asymmetrically, wearing a good foot orthotic can reduce the wear on your current shoes.  This Read More »

Why do runners and other athletes experience a side stitch?

Why do runners and other athletes experience a side stitch? Runners and other athletes are familiar a running stitch, which are spasms that occur under the diaphragm or just under the rib cage.   Wikipedia describes it as follows: “A side stitch (also called a side ache, a side cramp, a side cramp, a side sticker, a muscle stitch, or simply the stitch) is an intense stabbing pain under the lower edge of the ribcage that occurs while exercising. It is also referred to as exercise-related transient abdominal pain (ETAP).” There are many theories about what causes a side stitch including Read More »

Are we genetically pre programmed to die of heart disease?

Are we genetically pre programmed to die of heart disease? Check out this article in the Atlantic. Throughout history, humans and all animals have evolved and continue to do so.   Part of this evolution may actually be the reason behind so many people dying from heart disease. According to a new book that Haider Warraich, a fellow in cardiovascular medicine at the Duke University Medical Center is working on, the problems have to do with our immune system, and how inflammation in our modern day society is responsible for todays cardiac and circulatory problems. Inflammation is responsible for atherosclerosis, not Read More »

Research has shown that processed foods are making us fatter. Here is how according to the Washington Post.

Research has shown that processed foods are making us fatter.  Here is how according to the Washington Post. Not long ago it was reported by both the NY Times as well as NPR that processed foods (junk foods) had increased the weight of many Brazilians. In Brazil, the company that did the damage was Nestle. There is also some evidence that antibiotics that have been used to fatten cattle and chickens are having the same effect on us as those antibiotics make their way through the food supply. Processed foods are huge in the USA, with the latest entry into Read More »

Urge DOBI to oppose Horizon partnering with American Specialty Health Network (ASH). You must act now

Urge DOBI to oppose Horizon partnering with American Specialty Health Network (ASH) Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ has decided to partner with a utilization review company called American Specialty Health Network (ASH) to manage claims for acupuncture, chiropractic, occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy. The potential union of Horizon and ASH is scheduled to begin January 1, 2020, pending approval by the New Jersey Department of Insurance (DOBI). Why is this bad for patients – the nearly 3.8 million insured by Horizon? Based upon information received from multiple credible sources, it is our opinion that the following Read More »