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La Barbera Family Chiropractic, LLC

2719 Genesee Street
Utica, NY 13501      315-724-0368

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March 5, 2018

Welcome to our office's Chiropractic newsletter.  We'd like to entertain you, inform you and even inspire you a little. We'd love to hear from you; feel free to write to us with any questions or comments.


Table of Contents
Current Information

Recent Cases

Health Related Articles



Current Information

Hello Everyone! Welcome to another edition of our office newsletter. I know it has been a long time since I have sent out any communication, but thanks to the recent storm, I had some time to fire up my laptop (on batteries) and get some typing done. We were without power for 25 hours at our home thanks to Riley. We continue to strive to bring to you and your family the best possible holistic health care. We are very happy to welcome Kalena back to our office staff! Ashley and her husband moved out of state and Kalena graciously offered to return to her position. We wish Ashley and her husband, Zach, the very best!

Our current normal hours are as follows:

Monday: 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM 2:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Tuesday:   8:00 AM to 10:00 AM 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Wednesday: 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM *

Thursday: 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM 2:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Friday: Usually the last Friday of the month in the morning only.

We will be open on Friday, March 16 and March 30, 2018 in the morning.

* Any Friday we are open, we start the preceding Wednesday at 12:00 PM (noon).

PLEASE visit our web site for up to date changes to the schedule and special hours. If in doubt, give us a call.


IMPORTANT:  We are scheduling new patients 3 or more months in the future. We have a daily list of current patients waiting to get in for an appointment. If you have to cancel an appointment, you must call the office at least 3 hours before your appointment time so we can give the slot to someone else. A 24 hour notice is appreciated.

IMPORTANT:  If your insurance has changed, it is imperative that you bring in your new insurance card so we can update your information. Fees that cannot be processed properly because we do not have the proper information will become your responsibility.

Reminder:  If you have had a new injury or change in your health status, we must be notified before a regularly scheduled adjustment visit in order to allow more time to access your condition. This is especially important for anyone with Medicare, as there is an overwhelming amount of paperwork we must have prepared ahead of time. You may be asked to reschedule with a longer appointment time if I feel I will not have adequate time to properly treat you. This goes for an auto injury or serious fall or other trauma as well.

Appointment Reminders: If you feel that you are not adequately receiving a reminder (text or phone call), please let the office staff know. If you do NOT want a reminder, just let one of the staff members know. We can remove you from the reminder system. NOTE: Our text reminder system is a one way system. You can NOT respond to it. PLEASE call the office and leave a message if you cannot keep an appointment or need to change it.

Health Portal: If you are interested in signing up for the Microsoft Health Vault, please go to the first page of my web site and scroll down until you find the information. Otherwise, the next time you are in, we can simply have you sign an opt out form.

Cases of the Month

Difficulty Swllowing x 2  - Two different adult males ages 73 and 88 have a difficulty with swallowing. This is in addition to the low back and neck pain they are seen routinely for. If you recall my last newsletter, I reported on a 17 year old male with the same issue. His problem is completely resolved with specific chiropractic care. Both of these older gentlemen respond instantly to specific spinal and cranial adjustments. While chiropractic care may not "cure" their trouble with swallowing, they receive relief of this cranial nerve related condition which is more than any drug or shot on earth can offer them.

Tinnitus – A 59 year old male, who was a wellness patient in the office for many years, told me he had a problem with ringing in his ears (Tinnitus). Brain stem decompressive adjustments (Upper Cervical Knee Chest Technique) and Cranial Adjustments were administered per proper protocols. Over the course of about 8 weeks, his symptoms greatly diminished and to date, he is symptom free the great majority of time.

Herniated Disc / Low Back Pain and Sciatica – A 32 year old woman started care in early January, 2018 for Low Bach Pain and Sciatica (leg pain) which had plagued her for a few years. She was referred to my office by another patient who had great results with severe neck pain and his wife who had migraines. She had seen another chiropractor with no relief. Using specific, corrective spinal adjustments, she began to get relief after her first visit. She has continued to improve, with an occasional flare up. This is to be expected considering she is a dairy farmer and does heavy work every single day without a break. I expect, over time, she will continue to improve. You may recall in a previous newsletter a middle age woman who was seen by another chiropractor that did NOT TAKE X-RAY’S, put her on her side and twisted her low back causing a herniated disc. She reported this past week that she is 98% better. Soft tissue injures (discs, ligaments, tendons, etc) take a very long time (sometimes years) to treat due to the very slow healing process they go through. This is why I laugh when I am told by insurance companies that we do not need x-rays, do not need to be specific and that patients should all be better in 6 to 8 visits. I wish they had the same guidelines for the medical profession!

Severe Low Back / Hip / Groin Pain – A 65 year old man started care in early November, 2017 for chronic severe Low Back, Hip and Groin Pain that is worse when he tried to walk. X-Rays revealed arthritis throughout his spine and in his hip joints. Of course, we cannot remove his arthritis, but by correcting what subluxations we can and getting movement back into the joints, pain is reduced and function and ranges of motion are improved. He has seen an improvement in his overall condition and hopefully we will help him avoid hip surgery, but time will tell. Bottom line is he is not getting worse and has less pain with no side effects whatsoever.


Food Facts

We are what we eat. Getting your nutrition from food is and always has been the best way to give your body what it needs to thrive and survive. Of course, due to mass farming practices, pesticides, chemical fertilizers, GMOs, and the fact that our soils are depleted, I do promote supplements to make up for what we cannot get naturally. That said, this is a very interesting list of foods (from from A to Z and what nutrients you derive from each. Eating organic is always a must, when possible, as well as ingesting what you eat as close to its natural state (raw).

In a related article, here are the most common nutrient deficiencies and the effects on our health that many of us may have.


The Importance of Magnesium

In keeping with our theme on nutrition, one of the most underappreciated nutrients, yet most important, is Magnesium. Magnesium affects muscle contraction as well as other functions. A deficiency can cause symptoms that include migraine headaches, heart palpitations, leg cramps / muscle twitches, fatigue, osteoporosis, asthma, learning difficulty, depression and mental confusion. There are many forms of Magnesium. The top three I recommend based on various criteria include Citrate, Glycinate and L-Threonate. I listed them in order of how well they absorb from least to most.

I recommend Citrate for those that may have issues with constipation, as it helps to improve bowel movements. Glycinate is a good maintenance form that is highly absorbable, inexpensive and does not usually loosen the bowels. L-Threonate is the best absorbed by the body. It is also known to help with cognition (brain function), depression, sleep problems as well as being the best to combat osteoporosis. Magnesium is best taken on an empty stomach (at bedtime). Most adults need approximately 400mg a day. With Citrate and Glycinate, you may increase the dose at night until you have a loose stool; then back off by one dose. This is a way to assess your own body’s reqirements.

Of great importance is balancing out Calcium with Magnesium. The ratio between the two can mean the difference between optimal health and a heart attack. Most of us actually get too MUCH calcium in our diets. Taking Calcium supplements, for most, is no longer considered necessary and especially in women, can lead to an increased chance of a heart attack. Other side effects include kidney stones, hardening of the arteries (and therefore high blood pressure) as well as a decrease in cognition (Alzheimer’s). Elephants and other large animals get plenty of calcium from eating raw green vegetables. So eat your salad every day!

What would a newsletter be without me mentioning Vitamin D? This is by far the single most important supplement we all need due to where we live and the fact that we bath so often (which washes off any Vitamin D from sun exposure that we may produce). Remember that Vitamin D is not a vitamin, but a hormone precursor. It affects every cell in our body and is important in not only producing estrogen and testosterone, but our immune system is critically dependent on Vitamin D. It also influences our skin, hair, nails and most importantly, our brain function. If you have not had your levels checked in a while, please ask my staff for a prescription. It is the only way to really know. The currently accepted ideal range is 50 to 70 ng/ml (not the 30 to 100 range in use since the 1940s). Here is a general guideline from Dr. Mercola:




Below 5

35 units per pound per day

Age 5 – 10

2500 units


5000 units

Pregnant Women

8000 units

Taking supplements is helpful to make up for what we cannot get naturally, so when taking Vitamin D and Magnesium, you must add Vitamin K2MK7 to balance out the whole process. K2MK7 helps push calcium out of your arteries, brain and kidneys and into your bones. So in addition to helping to keep your bones strong, it aids in keeping your heart valves and arteries flexible (lowers Blood Pressure) and helps to prevent kidney stones and a decline in brain function as we age.

Here is an article from Healthline:


How Chiropractic Care Helps your Nervous System

From The Chiropractic Journal

The most important benefit of your chiropractic adjustments is to reduce pressure (subluxations) on your nervous system (NS). Your NS controls and coordinates EVERY function in your body. Remember me telling you that nerves that sense pain only constitute about 10% (some literature as high as 15%) of all the nerves in your body. So you can have a "pinched nerve" or be very sick without any symptoms. Your brain is about 80% of your NS, which is why including cranial work is a vital part of your care.

There are three benefits to getting an adjustment. The first and most important is to reduce nerve pressure. The second is for structural correction. Structure affects function, so if your spine is not in its optimal position, you will have stress on your nerves, spinal cord and brain. The third is simply to keep the many joints of your spine moving properly. Lack of movement in a joint has an adverse effect on brain function. Your brain is very dependent on EVERY joint in your body to provide feedback in regards to movement and position. Lack of movement causes the joints to age faster (arthritis) and to send abnormal information to the brain.

So the next time you are getting adjusted, realize that it is not just about feeling better, but reconnecting your brain and body to function to it best level possible!


Health Benefits of Intermittent Fasting


The mounting evidence in regards to fasting can no longer be ignored. Fasting does not mean starving yourself, it simply means giving your digestive system a break from constantly having to process and digest food. According to Dr. Mercola, limiting your food intake to an 8 hour window daily is all it takes to revitalize your system and convert your metabolism from a sugar burning machine to a fat burning furnace. As an example, this could be accomplished by eating between the hours of 11 AM and 7 PM. Basically, skipping breakfast and eating sensibly between these hours will make a stark difference in your ability to burn fat. There are other variations of this and you can fast for as long as a full day once or twice a week. Another benefit is the natural rebooting of your entire digestive system. Your stomach acids, enzymes and beneficial bacteria in your gut get to rebalance naturally since there is no food in your system for this short time.

Other benefits include:

Normalizing Insulin and Leptin (hormone involved in metabolism, appetite and food intake) levels, Normalize Ghrelin levels (the hunger hormone), Lowering Triglycerides, Reducing Inflammation and Free Radical damage and improving memory function and learning.

Of course, eating healthy foods during your eating cycle is of utmost importance as well. Overeating and indulging in junk food will certainly void the benefits of the fasting cycle.

The entire article can be read here:

Please visit our web site at and click on the RESULTS button to read about many more cases I have seen over the past 32 years.  If you would like to share your story in writing or by supplying a personal testimony, please write your thoughts down and send it in an e-mail to

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In Health From The Inside-Out,

Dr. La Barbera



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