La Barbera Family Chiropractic, LLC

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La Barbera Family Chiropractic, LLC

2719 Genesee Street

Utica, NY 13501      315-724-0368

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June 17, 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. Feel free to e-mail me with any questions, comments or suggestions for future topics. We continue to strive to bring to you and your family the best possible holistic health care. Thank you for being part of our Chiropractic Family!

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, June 29, 2018 in the morning. We are closed every Friday in July and August.

* 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.

Food Sensitivity Testing: If you are interested in being tested for food and environmental sensitivities, we have test kits available for you to use at home. I charge you nothing for the kit or for my time to review the information. The cost to have the test done by the lab is $275.00. This may unlock the key to chronic health issues. Ask for more details the next time you are in for a visit.


Cases of the Month


ack Pain  - A 60 year old male has been a patient for three years. When he started care with me, he was taking 3 Tramadols (a powerful, addictive opioid pain killer) a day for back pain. While it took some time to stabilize him, he no longer takes any pain killers and is able to work in construction. The USA has a terrible opioid epidemic as you know. Chiropractic care can often relieve pain and therefore the need for these drugs that can lead to the use of heroin and other street drugs and eventually death from an overdose. Simple, safe, low cost and effective with no side effects, that’s Chiropractic!

Hand Pain / Numbness – A 31 year old male started in the office in late April, 2018 with severe pain in his arms and hands as well as numbness. He also had neck and back pain. He is a self-employed dairy farmer so he performs heavy work every day with no chance to rest. He was contemplating carpal tunnel surgery. This was a problem because he has 4 young children and it is impossible for him to take a "leave" from his job. His exam was worrisome for a herniated disc in his neck, so I was rather concerned that his condition had deteriorated to the point of no return. After his first adjustment, he had remarkable relief and within a few visits, he made a miraculous turn around. Symptoms have come and gone over the past few weeks, but considering he never gives his body a rest, I think that his progress is short of miraculous. Another surgeon who missed out on a case.

Neck Pain / Difficulty Turning Her Head / Headaches / Concentration Issues – A currently 80 year old woman started care in early 1993 because of difficulty moving her head, neck pain, headaches and trouble concentrating. She received strictly upper cervical knee chest specific adjustments. Her recovery was remarkable and she is able to do things she had not been able for some time including playing the organ in church and driving. She has faithfully been checked (not adjusted) once a week ever since. She recently said to me that she was never mentioned in my office newsletter. So here it is and she is doing great!!

Low Back Pain – A 22 year old young man started care in early May, 2018 for chronic Lower Back Pain. Within 2 weeks of specific, corrective adjustments, he was drastically relieved of the pain he has been in for quite a while. He can enjoy his favorite past times and work his job (A/C and Heating installation) without worrying about his "back" issue.

Mid Back Pain – A 35 year old man started care in early May, 2018 for chronic Sharp Mid Back Pain as well as other complaints. He has seen 2 other chiropractors with no relief. After his first specific, corrective adjustment, he saw noticeable improvements and by the end of the second week of care, had improved nicely. "Chiropractic is specific, or it is nothing". Dr. BJ Palmer

Low Back Pain / Drop Foot / Tingling – A 56 year old man started care in mid-April, 2018 for chronic Lower Back Pain and a variety of other complaints as well as a Drop Foot (cannot lift the foot upwards) and tingling in his arms and hands. Within a few weeks of specific, corrective adjustments, his overall condition improved including the Drop Foot. Remove the cause of the problem and the body will heal. It is as simple as that.

Hip Pain w/ Scheduled Replacement Surgery – A 60 year old man re-started care in May, 2018 due to severe hip pain traveling down his leg. He was using a cane and could barely walk. He was scheduled to have hip replacement surgery in June. X-Rays were taken and his subluxations were assessed. He did have some arthritis in the hip joint giving him the pain, but not anything that I considered to be of significance. After his first adjustment, he stood up as the table came up and the look on his face was priceless. The pain was drastically reduced and he could bear weight on his leg better than he had been able to over the past few months. Don’t assume that because you have arthritis, a herniated disc, Etc. that IT is the cause of your problem. We all have these findings. Don’t lose sight of the forest for the trees.

Brain Fog / Stroke? – A 72 year old woman who had been a regular patient came in after being tangled up by her dog and falling. She was experiencing severe symptoms including dizziness, brain fog and was suspected of having a stroke by a medical provider. I assessed her situation and assured her that she was not. After some cranial and upper cervical specific corrections, her symptoms greatly decreased and she was at ease. Expected RESULTS are the difference between an adjustment and a manipulation.

Migraine Headaches – A 28 year old male started care in December, 2017 for a lifetime of frequent Migraine Headaches. Specific, corrective care was initiated and the frequency, severity and duration gradually decreased. As of this newsletter, he is symptom free most of the time and rarely has a headache. When he does, they do not last long and are not nearly as severe. Everything has a cause. The body is programmed to be healthy, not sick. We just need to find the problem and correct it, not treat the symptom.

Health Related Articles


Chiropractic Care and Kids

We see many children from newborn through the teenage years in our practice. Kids have several advantages over older individuals. Their subluxations have not been around for decades and so the ligaments and other soft tissue around the spine have not "set in" allowing for a quicker and easier correction. Their bodies heal much faster. Their nervous system is much more "plastic" (it can change and adapt easier and quicker). Also, especially with infants and toddelers, they do not think themselves sick. We are all programmed to be healthy, but as we get older, our minds can block the healing process. This is not an issue with the very young (or animals for that matter).


Foods with Nitric Oxide

Nitric Oxide (NO) is an important compound which helps give you energy and more important, dilates your blood vessels allowing an improved flow of blood throughout your body which in turns brings more oxygen and nutrients to every cell. By relaxing your blood vessels, it also helps to lower your blood pressure. Patients at risk of a heart attack carry around nitro glycerin tablets which have the same effect as NO in food, but works much faster. Another example of NO in action is with prescription drugs for men with Erectile Dysfunction (ED). By increasing Nitric Oxide in the body, blood flows better everywhere. You can increase your natural production of NO by eating foods like Arugula, Rhubarb, Cilantro, Basil, Swiss Chard and Beets.


The Many Benefits of Vitamin K2MK7

There are several forms of Vitamin K. I want to highlight the all-important K2MK7 variety. K2MK7 has the important role of directing Calcium into our bones and teeth. As a result, it decreases the amount of Calcium building up in our soft tissues including our arteries, heart valves, brain and kidneys. As a result, our arteries become more pliable and flexible hence lowering our blood pressure. It decreases our risk of a heart attack, stroke as well as kidney stones. Another benefit is reduced deposits in the brain and therefore a lower rate of Alzheimer’s disease.

If you are taking Vitamin D3 (which you should be), you should be supplementing with K2MK7 as well as Magnesium. The three together keep your bones strong and keep your calcium levels in check. We actually get too much calcium in our diets and throw the Calcium / Magnesium ration out of balance. This leads to the above mentioned vascular and other health concerns. Anyone that had a kidney stone or heart attack will let you know it is not very pleasant. Magnesium will also reduce muscle spasms, leg cramps, heart palpitations and migraine headaches. According to research over the past several years, you do NOT want to take Calcium supplements. It will lead to an increased risk of heart attack, especially in women.

Note: Protocol For Life Balance, our Professional line of supplements, has come out with a combination product of 5000 IU of Vitamin D3 and 180 mcg of K2MK7! It is a capsule rather than a tablet, so it is easier to take and eliminates one supplement to store and take. It is also more cost effective since it is an all in one product. We hope to have it available by the end of June.

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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