La Barbera Family Chiropractic, LLC

"Where Precision Matters"

Complete Chiropractic Spinal, Extremity and Cranial Care

Celebrating 36 years -- 1986 to 2022

      2719 Genesee Street       Utica, NY   13501      

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


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La Barbera Family Chiropractic, LLC

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

"Where Precision Matters"

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December 26, 2021

Welcome to our office's Chiropractic newsletter.  We'd like to educate 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

Healthy Articles



Current Information

Hello Everyone! For those of you who are new to the practice, I want to welcome you. I always encourage your questions and suggestions to include in these periodic, patient only communications. If you have a particular topic you would like me to discuss or a question you want answered, please let me know.

Another interesting year has come and gone. Let us all hope and pray that 2022 will see the return of the old normal. Thank you to all of you, my practice members, who make dealing with all this mayhem worth it all. I appreciate the trust you have placed in my hands (literally) and look forward to many more years of taking care of you and your families.

NOTE: Our hours this week will be Monday through Wednesday from 8 AM to 6 PM. If you call during normal hours and get the answering machine, please leave a message. I will be short of help for a while as Christina had to take some unexpected time off. Thank you for your understanding.

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 11:00 AM 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM

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

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

Friday: To Be Announced – 08:00 AM to 12:00 PM

* 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 many 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 4 hours before your appointment time so we can give the slot to someone else. A 24 hour notice is appreciated. A fee may be charged for anything less than a 4 hour notice as well as "no shows".

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 assess 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 includes any auto related injury, an on the job injury or any serious fall or other trauma.

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.

Be sure to go to the first page of my web site ( and scroll down the main page. Click on the Reminder Preferences link to provide your preferred method of reminder and to view our HIPAA agreement.

Food Sensitivity Testing: If you are interested in being tested for food and environmental sensitivities, we have test kits available for you. You can do the test at home and mail it in yourself or I can send you to a lab. I charge you nothing (zero / zilch) for the kit or for my time to review the information. The cost to have the test done by the lab ranges from $100 to $375.00 depending on how extensive you want to be assessed. This may unlock the key to chronic health issues. Ask for more details the next time you are in for a visit.


Vitamin D Testing: If you have not had your Vitamin D levels tested in a while, please ask me for a script to have it evaluated. Normal levels must be between 50 and 70 ng/ml. According to some studies, anything below 40 raises your cancer risk by 80%. Yes, you need it all year long. Sun exposure will help you make your own, but bathing / swimming within 48 hours of exposure will wash it off your body before it has time to absorb through your skin and into your system. NOTE: I cannot order lab tests for anyone with a Medicare program. They will not pay for it. It makes more sense to them to have you go to an expensive medical visit and get the script from your medical provider who does not study nutrition. Sarcasm intended.

Cash Discount: If you pay for our services and durable items (supplements, supports, etc.) by cash or check, you are receiving a 3% discount automatically. Any payments by credit or debit cards are charged the full fee which reflects a 3% non-cash adjustment. All posted fees in the office are at the cash discounted price.


Cases of Healing, Health and Miracles

This is a short list of the many cases seen since my last newsletter. Please visit for a list of hundreds of miraculous cases I have seen in my office over the years.

Delays in Walking and Talking – A 14 month old girl was first seen in early December, 2021. Her mother stated that she had a few delays including standing / walking and talking. She also had a head tilt and Plagiocephaly (her head was misshaped). This last issue can cause pressure on the brain and lead to improper flow of the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) which can affect the function of the brain and nervous system. After her first visit, her Physical Therapist noted she was more engaged and was babbling more. I’ve only seen her a few times at this point, but her response is excellent and we hope that she will continue to improve with time.

Neck Pain – A 64 year old woman started care in mid-September, 2021with a primary complaint of chronic neck pain. She had other complaints as well, but the issue with her neck kept her from basic house chores, sleeping and exercising. It took a few weeks of care initially, but she began to respond. Since she started, she had a few setbacks, which is normal, but is currently doing excellent. Who do you know that has chronic pain and was told that they just have to learn to live with it? Specific Chiropractic – Safe and Effective.

Lower Back Pain and More – A 37 year old woman started care the second week of December, 2021 with a wide variety of symptoms including severe lower back pain. She had been suffering for a very long time. After her first adjustment, she had drastic relief and after a few more, was pretty much pain free. Correct the cause, don’t just treat the symptoms.

Plagiocephaly / Head Tilt – A 3 month old male was first seen in mid-December, 2021 by his mother who stated he had torticollis (tight neck muscles pulling the head over to one side) and that his head was misshaped (Plagiocephaly). These two problems go hand in hand. Due to improper positioning in the uterus or from a traumatic birth process, the newborn can have a subluxation in their neck and / or shortened or tight neck muscles that pull the head over. This also pulls on the cranium (skull) and distorts the bone alignment. There are other causes as well. I’ve only seen him twice, but as with most infants and toddlers, I expect his response to be excellent. There was already a noticeable improvement in his skull shape after the first visit.

Sorry if I left anyone out. There have been a good number of patients that have recently started care with neck and lower back issues, some very chronic, that have responded well. Congratulations to all for committing to your health and staying the course.


Healthy Articles

Vital Supplements

As a reminder, during these dark and cold winter months (September through June in the Mohawk Valley), supplementation of your diet is necessary to help your immune system function at its’ best. Here is a list of must haves.

- Vitamin D3 – top of the list. Vitamin D is a hormone, not really a vitamin. Therefore, it has an effect on many systems and functions in the body. These include sex hormone production in men and women, skin / hair and nail health, cognition (brain function and memory) and most importantly, immune function. If you do not live near the equator, go without clothes and do not shower, swim or take a bath, then you are all set. Everyone else needs to supplement all year long. How much do you take? Good question. It is best to get your levels checked (ask me), otherwise, most adults need about 5000 IU (125 mcg) per day. I recommend 6 days a week unless I tell you otherwise. Kids 5 and under should take 35 IU per pound of body weight (6 days a week). Depending on weight, most kids 6 to 12 should take 1000 to 2500 IU per day (6 days a week) and teens to 17 2500 to 5000 IU per day (6 days per week). The best way to know is to get checked.

Anyone with kidney disease should take about half the recommended amount. See the next recommendation.

- Vitamin K2MK7 – while not directly related to the immune system, this vitamin must / should be taken when you take supplemental Vitamin D3. It helps direct excess calcium (that the D3 helps you absorb) into your teeth and bones. Without it, you run the risk of having calcium deposit in your arteries, heart valves, brain and kidneys. This can lead to other issues. The recommended dose is about 180 to 200 mcg per 5000 IU of D3 you take. If you have osteopenia or osteoporosis, I recommend 300 mcg per day.

Vitamin K3MK7 is NOT recommended for anyone on blood thinners, especially Warfarin and similar drugs. The jury is out for drugs like Plavix since they work differently. Some articles say it is OK, other say better to be safe than sorry but they are not sure. Vitamin K1 is the blood clotting factor for the blood. K2 is a cousin and does not have a dramatic effect on clotting, but again, the "experts" recommend to lean to the side of caution.

- Zinc – This essential element is required for proper immune function. It also affects your prostate and thyroid as well as other cell functions. Maintenance dose is about 10 mg per day. During the winter months, I recommend 20 to 30 mg per day. Feeling ill? Take about 90 to 100 mg per day for 5 days.

- Vitamin C – What can you say about Vitamin C? The work of Dr. Linus Pauling many decades ago solidified Vitamin C as a necessary immune support supplement. Why not just drink orange juice every day? Because the high levels of sugar in fruit and fruit juices is counterproductive to your immune system. Daily maintenance dose is 1000 mg for adults in the winter. 2000 to 3000 mg per day for 5 days if you should feel ill.

- Quercetin – This wonderful compound found in high concentrations in berries helps the Zinc get into your cells easier so it can kill the viruses. This actually works similar to some popular anti-viral medications. Recommended maintenance dose is 250 mg per day. 500 mg if feeling ill for 5 days.

- Black Seed Oil / Black Cumin Oil – This is an oil popular in Turkey. It works the same as Quercetin and is suggested as a substitute by some medical experts for antiviral medications. I do not carry this product, but found a good brand on Amazon called MAJU Black seed oil. It is cold pressed so with less processing, more of the essential ingredients are maintained. There are other brands and retailers out there. Follow the recommendations on the bottle. Available as an oil or in capsules.

- Magnesium – While not directly tied into the immune system, Magnesium works synergistically with Vitamins D3 and K2MK7. Citrate is inexpensive and is useful if you have constipation issues. Glycinate is also inexpensive and absorbed very well (our most popular). Threonate is great for cognitive issues (memory, head injuries, etc.). Recommended dose is about 250 mg per day, but if it loosens your bowels, take less. If your goal is to loosen your bowels and it does not, take more. Always best on an empty stomach.

Takeaway: These are general guidelines. If you feel you are getting ill, double all of these for 5 days. Be sure to stay hydrated, avoid sugars and carbohydrates. Unless advised otherwise, I usually recommend taking supplements 6 days a week to give your body a day off to absorb any excessive amounts.



Upper Cervical Care

Did you know that when I do an assessment on your x-rays, not only am I checking for "medical" pathology and congenital abnormalities, but that I am doing a biomechanical analysis to determine how to adjust you? The upper neck (cervical spine) is a major area of interest because the top two vertebrae (Atlas and Axis) can misalign relative to the hole at the base of the skull (Foramen Magnum – FM) in 272 different combinations. It is of utmost importance that the FM and the opening of the Atlas and Axis are perfectly aligned to allow optimal function of the brain stem as well as flow of cerebral spinal fluid and blood in and out of the brain. Abnormal alignment here also affects the position of the skull on the neck and can cause your muscles to work overtime trying to keep your head (about 12 pounds in an average adult) balanced on your spine.

The thermal scan tells me how effective the nerve transmission is in this area (the when to adjust) so it is imperative that you are properly prepared for the scan. Don’t rub or itch your neck, remove any tight clothing / ties / scarves and loosen your collar. A lot of thought goes into adjusting your spine and it starts with a proper x-ray analysis. I think of the future when there will most certainly be a safer technology other than x-ray that can be used on each visit to assess the patient’s spine.


Plain, Pepperoni or Sausage and Onions?

There are a variety of Chiropractic Techniques available. I practice a handful of them and combine them in a way to always try to get the most dramatic results in the lease amount of time. Of course, I hope every doctor out there feels that they are doing the same with their method of care. If not, stay in bed. I was blessed to have enrolled at Palmer College of Chiropractic which is considered to be the "Fountainhead" of Chiropractic. This is where it all started in 1895 and was / is the gold standard for Traditional Chiropractic Care. Many schools have splintered off as doctors graduated and had their own thoughts on what Chiropractic is and isn’t. I always argue that a pen is similar to a pencil, but it is NOT a pencil. What many today are calling Chiropractic is a far cry from what our founder, Dr. D. D. Palmer, had in mind.

Some of the colleges have actually dropped the name "Chiropractic" from their name as they are teaching this, that and the other to attract more students. That said, the techniques / methods I use in the office are all accredited techniques and I choose them based on the specific approach each of them are based on. These include the Pierce Results System, Sacro Occipital Technique and Cranial Adjusting, Thompson Technique, Upper Cervical Specific (Knee Chest and Toggle Recoil), Logan Technique, Gonstead and "Palmer Package". I also perform extremity adjusting as well as Pediatric Care. There are a few other gems I add in here and there depending on the case. Just thought you would like to know.

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. La Barbera



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