Archive for the ‘visceral conditions’ category

Chiropractor Helps Blind Man See Again!

July 12, 2013

1016396_visual_aid_1[originally published in KCN, October 2008]

With a headline of almost tabloid proportions — I must admit, I treaded lightly at first when I viewed the Iowa TV 9 news broadcast on YouTube.com

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Chiropractic for Blood Pressure?

May 31, 2013

909106_-_beep_beep_blood_pressure-[originally published in KCN, June 2007]

Have you ever played the game Word Association?  You know, the game where someone says a word, and then the next person responds with a word that has some sort of association with it.  For example, if I said “dog,” you might say “cat.” If I said “chiropractic,” you might say “back pain” or “spine.”  What you probably wouldn’t say is “blood pressure”  — unless of course your name happens to be George Bakris, M.D.

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Chiropractic and Conception

September 24, 2010

[originally published in KCN, October  2010]

“My husband and I are having difficulty conceiving… can chiropractic help?”

This is a question that I hear in my office from time to time, and my answer, I’m happy to say, is that it’s very possible!

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Spare the “Spare Parts”

August 20, 2010

[originally published in KCN, August 2010 / cartoon provided by TomLamarCartoon.com]

Listen to Dr. Lamar’s Podcast on this subject!

Tonsils.  Appendix.  Gallbladder.

Quick!  What do these three body parts have in common?

This was the question I recently posed to my patients.  I heard many answers:  from “These are organs I no longer have,” to “They are all vestigial body parts.”

Here’s my take.  Apparently, some healthcare providers consider these “spare parts,”  and they are often removed by surgeons as an extreme form of symptom treating. And while I’d never argue against removing, say, an appendix that was ready to burst, I do wonder why it escalated to a point in which its removal became medically necessary.

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Consternation over Constipation

August 28, 2009

Constipation Outhouse

[originally published in KCN, September 2009]

For many of us, going “number 2” is just something we fit into our day.  Not much thought is given to it.  Sure, most of us have experienced an occasional, short-term bout of constipation, perhaps due to a shift in diet, not drinking enough water, or emotional stress.  But unfortunately, the $800 million spent each year in this country for laxatives tells us that for some, constipation is hardly “an occasional bout” — it’s a way of life.

Consider the story of an 8-year-old boy who, since the day he was born, would only experience a bowel movement once every 7 to 10 days — sometimes almost 2 weeks would go by.  And when he would finally “go,” it was a 1 to 2 hour experience in the bathroom that almost always ended up with mom or dad fetching the plunger. (more…)

…But wait! There’s more!

August 14, 2009

[originally published in KCN, February 2000]

visceral-but-wait-guyToday it is becoming more and more accepted by the health care community and public at large that chiropractors are great back doctors.  I would agree.  The scientific literature certainly supports our primary method of treatment for back pain, and more insurance companies are covering our services for it.  Considering our history of long uphill battles to gain “acceptance”  as a viable health care profession,  it is understandable that we might be drawn to settle into this “comfortable chair” of being labeled as back pain specialists.  But to do so would really be undermining the true potential that the art, science, and philosophy of chiropractic has to offer. (more…)


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