Archive for March 2013

Back Pain in Your Pocket

March 29, 2013

360597_wallet[originally published in KCN, July 2003]

While many that get hit with a nasty bout of lumbago will likely have to reach for their wallets when seeking relief, what they may not realize is that the very wallets they are reaching for may be the sly culprit behind it all.  It is pretty much common knowledge that many of the female persuasion lug purses that are heavy enough to put someone in the hospital, but what many of us do not realize is that the wallets that men pack in their back pockets can be just as troublesome — even more so in that the problem is less obvious.

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Are You Satisfied?

March 22, 2013

313px-Jagger_live_Italy_2003[originally published in KCN, June 2003]

When Mick Jagger first belted out his now legendary tune about being devoid in the satisfaction department, I have a feeling he wasn’t referring to health care.  But let’s pretend for a moment (work with me here) that he was.  Would you be singing right along with Mick?:
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Vomit

March 15, 2013

Vomit cartoon[originally published in KCN, June 2003 /cartoon provided by TomLamarCartoon.com]

Vomit. Not quite your standard opening to a newspaper article, but it does have a way of catching your attention.  Most of my patients are very familiar with this word.  It perhaps is the most popular of the words that I scribble on my white board every week.  “So what does vomiting have to do with chiropractic?” you ask.  More than you might think…

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Spinal Column Radio Strikes Gold

March 8, 2013

[originally published in KCN, March 2012Panning for Gold -alaska-state-library-photograph-pca-44-3-15-sourdough-in-stream-panning-for-gold-skinner]

When I started Spinal Column Radio two years ago, my original intention was merely to refresh and repurpose the decade and half of articles I had written for the Kingston Community News into a radio-style format.  I never dreamt that our show would take such a radical and exciting turn, sending my audio-engineer-son and I coast to coast interviewing some of the most influential and greatest philosophical minds in our profession.  I was being described as the “Larry King” of chiropractic.

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May I Have Your Attention Please? Part II

March 1, 2013

[This is the second part of Dr. Lamar’s article on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  Click here to read Part 1].

[originally published in KCN, April 2003]

Depressed child sittingLast month I brought to your “attention” a disorder which is currently termed Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  Its prevalence has literally skyrocketed over the past decade.  It has affected nearly 4 million children and strangely only seems to occur, for the most part, within the borders of the United States.  It’s a disorder whose diagnosis is often questionable — primarily because there is no way to objectively prove its existence, making it a subjective diagnosis — one of opinion.  Observations of a child exhibiting hyperactivity, impulsiveness, and an inability to pay attention are enough to bring about the label of ADHD.  But perhaps the most questionable aspect of ADHD is the treatment of choice by most doctors:  Ritalin.  It’s a drug that is classified as a Schedule II Drug of the Controlled Substances Act, and is remarkably similar to cocaine.  The side effects are appalling, personalities are being lost, and children are becoming addicts — actually seeking it out in the streets.  Meanwhile, the drug manufacturer’s wallet is getting fatter.  What someone doesn’t want you to know is that there are other treatments available —  other treatments that are effective and will spare your child.

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