Monday, May 30, 2016

Medigap Insurance

Medigap insurance is for covering the balance left over after Medicare pays their portion of the bill. There are two types of Medigap: (1) Supplemental, which covers the 20% that Medicare doesn’t pay, and (2) Secondary, which pays for everything except spinal manipulation. So which is best? Consider that Secondary will cover services not covered by Medicare (such as extraspinal manipulation, i.e. shoulder, ankle, knee; and possibly such services as home care counseling, exercises, etc.), whereas Supplemental only finishes paying for Medicare-covered services.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Reversal of Cervical Curve

Often after an injury such as whiplash, there is a reversal, or “straightening” of the normally forward-facing curve in the neck. Sometimes this happens in absence of injury, and is unexplained. The altered curve changes biomechanical function, posture, and may result in chronic discomfort. The cervical vertebrae should be gently and precisely aligned, and appropriate exercises and stretches prescribed. Traction is often part of my treatment plan for this.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Soil---" Living Skin of the Earth"

Soil---the thin layer of organic matter where life occurs, full of microorganisms & different from deeper, nonliving mineral layers---has been called “the living skin of the Earth.” In the rhizosphere (the root zone), millions of microorganisms (microbes) feed on carbon---think of it---carbon. Plants take carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air, and via photosynthesis, make food (sugars & carbs) that go down to the roots and into the soil where they feed the microbes. In return, the microbes produce the nutrients the plants need. A marvelous symbiosis! what? Well, this process is sequestering carbon, by removing CO2 from the atmosphere, helping to offset global warming. Also, as the microbes make more food for the plants, the plants get bigger and healthier, and make more food for the microbes, ad infinitum. So the healthier soil, the richer in healthy, happy microbes, the bigger & healthier the plants above ground.

Cutting edge thinking in sustainable agriculture says that caring for the soil, not poisoning it with herbicides, pesticides, and artificial fertilizers, is our solution to feeding our Planet’s people.

To learn more about these provocative facts & ideas, and the fascinating potentials of maintaining healthy soil, go here:

Monday, May 9, 2016

Chiropractors Are Portal-of-Entry Physicians

In California, Doctors of Chiropractic are portal-of-entry physicians, meaning patients may seek chiropractic care without referral from a medical practitioner. D.C.’s are trained to, and are responsible for, recognizing conditions that are outside their scope of practice, and in these cases, must refer the patient to the appropriate medical practitioner for assessment and care. Many other states have a similar structure for chiropractors. 

Monday, May 2, 2016

Surprising Truth About Three Popular Oils

Canola oil, rice bran oil, and grapeseed oil---commonly considered to be healthy, are, in fact, all highly processed oils. Processing is necessary to extract the oil from rapeseed (canola), rice bran, and grape seeds, and may include extraction with heat and solvents, as well as chemical bleaching, degumming, and deodorizing. Because the raw oils have monounsaturated and polyunsatured components, when exposed to heat, they readily oxidize. Oxidized oils are toxic and highly inflammatory.