Archive for July 2009

A Not So Silent Night

July 24, 2009

[originally published in KCN, January 2000]

colic-crying-baby-1The Christmas season has come and gone once again.  Memories have been made.  Good times have been shared.  And families have come together.  But alas, it’s time to pack away the decorations and lights.  Put away the Christmas CD’s, and eat that last Christmas cookie.  And as you hum the tunes of popular carols, and “Silent Night” comes to the forefront,  it might be surprising for you to realize that on average the parents of nearly 25% of our newborn population aren’t experiencing such a “silent night.”  Not during Christmas; not during anytime of the year for that matter.  Their babies are suffering from a frustrating condition of persistent crying many parents are well aware of — a condition known as colic. (more…)

Back Attack on a Plate

July 17, 2009

[originally published in KCN, September 1999]

backattack-burgerWhen I was in elementary school, I remember a poster that hung on the back wall of the school cafeteria.  It read “You Are What You Eat.”  A simple, but wise, phrase, and one that I’ve come to appreciate with the passing years.  However, despite my chiropractic education, and the nutritional courses within it, the idea of sitting down to a nice, piping hot plate of back pain has never crossed my mind.  Well, according to the research in Dr. Neal Barnard’s book Foods That Fight Pain, the idea might not be as far-fetched as it sounds. (more…)

Back Belts: My Two Cents

July 10, 2009

[originally published in KCN, November 1999]

belt-two-centsEvery time I visit one of those “warehouse super-mega stores” I cringe when I see the employees outfitted with back belts as part of their official garb.  Not because I’m judging it as some sort of fashion faux pas, but because I know the employer’s purpose of wanting to keep their work comp claims to a minimum, by preventing lower  back injuries with these belts, is unfounded.   As a matter of fact, these well meaning employers might actually be doing their employees’ backs more harm than good.  (more…)

This is a test.

July 3, 2009

Police traffic stop[originally published in KCN, October 1999]

This is a test.  For next  700 words, this newspaper, in conjunction with your local chiropractor, will be conducting a test of the  Emergency Chiropractic System.  This is only a test.   Beeeeeeeeep… (more…)

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