“How do I find a good chiropractor?”

I have often been asked this question by friends and relatives that don’t live near me. I thought I would share this brilliant guide written by a colleague and fellow Life University alumnus, Dr. Julian Raymond.

How To Find a “Good” Chiropractor

  1. Rid yourself of the notion that most chiropractors aren’t “good.” It may be true that their views on health might be a little different than what you hear from other practitioners and it may be true that you are told to not trust chiropractors by other practitioners (maybe because there’s competition?), but adjusting the spine is not something that is communicated very well unless you experience it. Most chiropractors are decent adjusters and will serve you very, very well.
  2. Adjustments do not hurt, typically. You can experience some mild discomfort and a little whoaa!! after an adjustment is given, but you’ll learn to EXPECT that in the future.
  3. Find 3 chiropractors you like from their Facebook pages, websites, referrals, and GO VISIT THEM! Ask to take a look around the office; ask to watch an adjustment; and ask to know what services they offer. Pick the one that you like.
  4. I wouldn’t go to chiropractors who go to adjust you without doing a simple exam or taking a history or x-rays (don’t be afraid of x-rays, they tell your doctor so much about your spine that the absolutely minimal risk of x-rays is far out-weighed.) But don’t be alarmed if your chiropractor doesn’t take x-rays, either.
  5. I wouldn’t go to chiropractors who over-utilize massage therapists. Now, there are few things better for you than a great chiropractor and a great massage therapist, but you want your health goals to dictate what is done in massage. “Fluff and buff” massages are all too common and give a bad reputation to a very honorable profession.
  6. Don’t be afraid to go to a “sports” chiropractor even if you don’t do sports.
  7. Don’t go to a chiropractor who bases your care on your insurance coverage. Adjustments should be affordable enough to where you can and you’d want to keep coming monthly for the rest of your life. You brush your teeth every day (hopefully), why not give your spine some maintenance by a professional every 30 days? Trust me, just ask someone who’s older with neck and/or back problems. YOU DON’T WANT TO GO THERE!
  8. Don’t be afraid to try a new chiropractor if yours moves out of town or retires. He/she isn’t the only person who has adjusted a spine. You can find somebody else that you like. And just because somebody else adjusts you differently doesn’t mean that she/he is doing anything wrong.
  9. Don’t pay a lot of money up-front.
  10. Don’t be shy to tell the doctor if you don’t think you’re getting better as quickly as you can. Most chiropractors only want to help their patients, and they love to get feedback from patients.
  11. Don’t be afraid of a chiropractor who sells supplements. Most of the the crap at the grocery store is made in China, you know, the country that tried to kill our pets with dangerous dog food. If you don’t want supplements, say you don’t want supplements. But unless you eat a perfect diet, you probably need some help!
  12. Don’t be suspicious if your chiropractor does something that you don’t understand. We go to school for 4 years for 40 hours a week (at least). Ask a question if you have one, but many things that chiropractors do are complicated. You don’t have to know that ibuprofen inhibits cyclo-oxygenase from converting arachidonic acid into prostaglandins to reduce the inflammatory cascade (that triggers nociception) to know that ibuprofen reduces inflammation (inflammation that also causes your stomach to protect itself from the sac of acid you have sitting under your lungs). So why not just let your chiropractor be a chiropractor? You’re paying the money for an expert, so expect one!
  13. Don’t be a dinosaur and not “believe” in chiropractic. There’s nothing to “believe” in. It’s been proven by scientific methods. It’s been proven through economics as a profession that was attacked from its infancy by the medical world yet is still in nearly every market in the United States. It’s been proven by animals who improve; therefore, there’s not just placebo. It’s been proven by nearly every professional athlete, Olympian, and sports team that has a chiropractor.

There you have it. Hopefully Dr. Raymond’s guide will help someone find the care that they need.

In Health,

Dr. Jon

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Food Wisdom from Michael Pollan

7 Words & 7 Rules for Eating         Image
Pollan says everything he’s learned about food and health can be summed up in seven words: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.”

Probably the first two words are most important. “Eat food” means to eat real food — vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and, yes, fish and meat — and to avoid what Pollan calls “edible food-like substances.”

Here’s how:

1. Don’t eat anything your great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food. “When you pick up that box of portable yogurt tubes, or eat something with 15 ingredients you can’t pronounce, ask yourself, “What are those things doing there?” Pollan says.

2. Don’t eat anything with more than five ingredients, or ingredients you can’t pronounce.

3. Stay out of the middle of the supermarket; shop on the perimeter of the store. Real food tends to be on the outer edge of the store near the loading docks, where it can be replaced with fresh foods when it goes bad.

4. Don’t eat anything that won’t eventually rot. “There are exceptions — honey — but as a rule, things like Twinkies that never go bad aren’t food,” Pollan says.

5. It is not just what you eat but how you eat. “Always leave the table a little hungry,” Pollan says. “Many cultures have rules that you stop eating before you are full. In Japan, they say eat until you are four-fifths full. Islamic culture has a similar rule, and in German culture they say, ‘Tie off the sack before it’s full.'”

6. Families traditionally ate together, around a table and not a TV, at regular meal times. It’s a good tradition. Enjoy meals with the people you love. “Remember when eating between meals felt wrong?” Pollan asks.

7. Don’t buy food where you buy your gasoline. In the U.S., 20% of food is eaten in the car.

*Click here for the full article.

Michael Pollan is an American journalist, food activist, and professor. He has authored several books that I recommend reading, including Food Rules: An Eater’s ManualThe Omnivore’s Dilemma, and In Defense of Food.