La Barbera Family Chiropractic, LLC

      2719 Genesee Street       Utica, NY   13501      

  Phone  315-724-0368       Fax   315-724-0374

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  2015, 2016 and 2017 Reader's Choice Awards!



La Barbera Family Chiropractic, LLC

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

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May 26, 2017

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

Time to VOTE Ė Utica OD Readerís Choice Awards

Cases of the Month

Healthy Articles


Current Information

Hello Everyone! Welcome to another edition of our office newsletter. If you are a new practice member and this is your first newsletter, we hope you enjoy the content and learn something. Please feel free to comment or write back to let me know if there are certain topics you would like covered. As always, this newsletter can also be found on my website.

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: 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM

Thursday: 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Friday: We will be open the morning of June 2 and 30th.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 4 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. You may visit our web site and click on the button at the bottom of the first page to provide your reminder preferences. 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. If you respond to it, the message you send will be placed in my e-mail in-box which is not monitored by my staff and may not be seen for several days. 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.

NEW SERVICE -- 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 the analysis. The cost to have the test by the company 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.



It is that time of year when I shamelessly ask for your vote in the Utica OD Readerís Choice Awards contest. Our office took FIRST PLACE the last 2 years. If you buy a paper, you can clip out the ballot and mail it in. If not, you can go on-line via the link below. If you voted last year, you can go to "login/register" and use the e-mail and password you used last year to gain access. If you forgot your password, you can reset it by following the directions. If this is your first time, register following the directions. They will send you an e-mail to confirm your registration and then you will be able to log in.

Chiropractors are under the first heading "Health and Beauty". You will have to type in my name "Dr. Joseph A. LaBarbera" then click the "VOTE" button. Be sure to vote for all of your other favorite local businesses. You can vote daily until the contest ends. If you have more than one e-mail address, be sure to vote with them as well. Thank you for your vote!


Cases of the Month

We have seen many spectacular cases over the past few months. I want you to note that these are all recent cases, not the same few from years ago that I keep talking about. There have been many cases of plain old low back pain we have seen that have responded beautifully to chiropractic care. For those individuals, the improvements are life changing, so I do not want to minimize these cases as routine. Most all of the cases highlighted this month are on kids and young people due to their unusual circumstances.

Ear Infections - A 15 month old male was brought to the office by his mother last May, 2016 with re-occurring ear infections. His pediatrician was pushing for surgery where they put a hole in the ear drums (barbaric) and insert tubes so that the fluid from the middle ear can drain out. This in no way corrects the cause of the problem nor does it enhance the immune system. As a side note, 98% of all ear infections are viral, so the idea of using an anti-biotic to treat them does absolutely no good (except for the pharmaceutical company), is mal-practice and harmful to the childís immune system and gut bacteria. He was in the office for a wellness visit this past week and his mom thanked me as he has not had a single ear infection since starting care a year ago! While many may find this amazing or just a great coincidence (the medical explanation), this is the rule, not the exception. Using specific spinal adjustments and cranial care to allow the Eustachian tubes to drain as they are designed (correcting the cause of the problem) is all that is needed to let the body function as intended by our creator.

Low Back Pain - A 67 year old man started care in late April, 2017 with a main complaint of Low Back pain. For many people, living with back pain is accepted as just a part of aging. A daily regimen of pain killers becomes the norm. After a few short weeks of care he is feeling better than he has in a very long time. He is able to walk with his wife (also a patient that received great benefits from specific, corrective chiropractic care) without the pain he previously had and he is looking forward to doing more this summer than in years past.

Severe Mid-Back Pain - A 16 year old woman was first seen in late March, 2017 with a primary complaint of severe mid-back pain. She was at wits end as no other treatments had helped her. After her first adjustment, she had significant relief and has been doing well since minus a few flare-ups from over doing it.

Lack of Mental Clarity / Thinking / Sleep Issues - A 13 year old male was first seen in late March, 2017 with issues involving learning / thinking and sleeping. He had difficulty in school and with daily activities. Since he started care, his mother stated he thinks much faster and clearer and is not as agitated as much as he was. The sleep issue is on and off again, but has improved as well. Taking the pressure off of the dura (the tough covering around the brain) and the brain stem via specific upper neck adjustments allows the brain and nervous system to function normally. Normal CSF (cerebrospinal fluid) flow around the brain and spinal cord is essential for the nervous system to function. It brings in nutrients and removes waste products. When the cranial bones are not properly "aligned", it affects the dura (meninges) like a kink in plastic food wrap. This disrupts the flow of the CSF like stagnant water in a stream and leads to improper function of the brain and nerves.

Neck Pain / Jaw Pain / Headaches - An 11 year old girl was first seen in early February, 2017 for neck pain, jaw pain and headaches. She also had a head tilt as the result of the subluxations in her neck. Specific, corrective care was started along with cranial care and TMJ (jaw) adjustments. She responded excellently and is doing great as of this newsletter.

Low Back Pain / Sciatica / Herniated Disc - A 16 year old woman was first seen in late February, 2017 for Low Back Pain and Sciatica (leg pain). She is a high level athlete and this health issue was severely affecting her ability to participate in her sport. She had a severe Facet Syndrome between L5 and her Sacrum (the pelvic bone that the spine sits on). Instead of an open space between the two bones, there was a sharp angle causing the disc to get compressed and hence, herniated. Intensive care was started at three visits a week for 6 weeks and 2 times a week thru May. A recent x-ray revealed a drastic improvement in the spacing between the two bones involved and hence, less pressure on the disc. This will allow the herniation to reduce and heal. This is a very time intensive process, but if surgery can be avoided, it is well worth it. She has been able to begin some of her activities including running.

Healthy Articles and Information

Putting Chiropractors in Charge of Healthcare

Studies through the years have all come to the same conclusion. Allowing Chiropractors to be in charge of a patientís healthcare leads to better outcomes, less complications, lower costs, less hospital stays, less medications and side effects and overall better patient satisfaction. (We are not talking about crisis or emergency care, but health care) A seven year study of allowing alternative providers to control patient care showed the following:

- 60.2 percent decrease of in-hospital admissions

- 59 percent fewer hospital days

- 62 percent fewer outpatient surgeries and procedures

- 85 percent fewer pharmaceutical costs.

More of what currently does not work will not change the status quo. "You cannot solve the problems of today with the same level of thinking that caused them." High deductibles, high co-pays, high premiums and lousy care simply does not work.


Healing Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Eating the right foods and avoiding other foods can be the key to a healthy colon and healthy body. Foods such as blueberries and coconut oil are powerhouses when it comes to gut health. Maintaining gut bacteria (flora) is vital as well. Sugars, carbohydrates and refined / processed foods are damaging to our colon and therefore, our health.


The many healing benefits of Bone Broth

This simple to make broth is full of nutrients and joint healing minerals and collagen. It is best to make it in a crock pot. Let it slowly simmer for at least 24 hours. Always use bones and joints from organic, pastured raised beef, chicken, pork or wild caught fish. You can use it straight or add vegetables to give it some flavor. You can also use it as a base for soup.


Stevia and Lyme Disease

This study suggests that the natural sweetener, Stevia, kills the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease better than antibiotics.


Self-Treatment for Vertigo

There are many causes of Vertigo / Light Headedness / Dizziness. It can be caused by an upper cervical (neck) subluxation, a cranial subluxation, crystals in the inner ear canals (the most common cause), brain tumors, head trauma and riding a roller coaster. This article discusses a simple at home treatment (easier than the Epleyís maneuver) that almost anyone can do. It helps reposition wayward crystals in the inner ear canals so they are relocated to a portion of the canal that will not trigger the dizzy attack. This is not a diagnostic criteria nor advice on my part and I caution you to attempt this at your own risk. I am simply sharing this article.


Daily Aspirin May Increase the Risk of A Heart Attack by 190%

I never studied an aspirin sack that stores this common drug or any chemical reaction in the body that produces aspirin. I was a really good student, yet I just cannot recall anything here. Why would anyone believe that putting a chemical in the body on a daily basis would work with our amazing body chemistry for the good? ($cha-ching$) Other serious side effects include internal bleeding, peptic ulcers, asthma and kidney disease.


Strategies For A Better Nightís Sleep

Many people have trouble getting to sleep. Here is an article offering some simple and safe ways to help wind down your brain and get a good nightís sleep. Remember that our bodies heal during the sleep cycle. Lack of sleep can lead to immune issues and a downward spiral in your health.


The Paleo Cardiologist

I attended a conference last month that featured Dr. Jack Wolfson, the Paleo Cardiologist. Dr. Wolfson was an esteemed traditional Cardiologist in Arizona when he met the love of his life, a Chiropractor. She introduced a different way of thinking regarding health and wellness and he discovered that instead of statin drugs, stents and by-passes, his patients benefited from proper nutrition, exercise, chiropractic care and a healthy lifestyle. He now runs a holistic cardiology practice and is the author of the book, "The Paleo Cardiologist". Essentially, the Paleo Diet involves eating food in season and nothing that is processed. This means no grains or other foods that were not put on the earth in anything but their natural state. Your meat should come from healthy animals allowed to roam and eat naturally as well (no grains, antibiotics, hormones, etc.), including game, and eat plenty of vegetables, berries and nuts and drink healthy water.

His book is available on Amazon or on his web site:


Of course like all alternative thinkers, he is bashed by his profession for his views on health Ö. but arenít we all??


Please visit our web site at and click on the RESULTS button to read about many more cases I have seen over the past 30 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  

Thanks for reading. Feel free to pass this on to friends or relatives, especially those who are walking medicine cabinets. Don't forget to come in for a spinal checkup yourself, especially if we haven't seen you in a while. Let us know if there are any particular topics you'd like us to cover in these newsletters.  Would you like copies of this newsletter for your friends? E-mail me with their contact information and I will add them to my e-mail list.

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In Health From The Inside-Out,


Dr. J. A. La Barbera



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