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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October 28, 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, November 30, 2018. We are closed for Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday November 22 and 23, 2018.

* 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 2 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.

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.

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.

Today’s Options: If you have Today’s Option Medicare Insurance, you basically do not have any insurance. We strongly suggest, during the current open enrollment period, that you change companies. They have an across the board denial for chiropractic services even though they tell you it is covered. We have had several patients appeal and win by complaining to them in writing. Do not sit back and do nothing, call them and complain and file an appeal of their denial if this affects you. While I cannot recommend any one company, we seem to have the least trouble with Blue Cross Medicare Advantage. Contact them or another company during the open enrollment period that runs from NOW TO DECEMBER 7, 2018.


Lending Library: We have a number of health related books available in our lending library. We just ask that you return them within 2 weeks so others may borrow them. If you have checked out a book and have not returned it, please do so at your earliest convenience. Titles include:

- The Wahl’s Protocol – Reversing neurological diseases through diet

- The Paleo Cardiologist (Please return if you have checked out – we are missing all of

our copies)

- Grain Brain

- Various Books on Vaccinations

- The No Grain Diet

- Infant Nutrition

- Natural Cures They Don’t Want You To Know

-The Homeopathic Treatment of Children

- The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Total Nutrition

- Perfect Weight America

- How To Raise A Healthy Child Despite Your Doctor

- Adrenal Fatigue


Cases of the Month

Nursing Difficulty  – A 9 month old male was brought to the office in late October, 2018 by his mother who was concerned about his ability to nurse properly. He had his tongue and lip frenulum (the flap of skin that attaches these structures to the lower jaw and lip) cut and has had problems since. Upon evaluation, he had a head tilt, cranial subluxations, an Atlas (the top bone in the spine) subluxation and his Pelvis was subluxation. I adjusted him using specific chiropractic protocols as well as a cranial correction. I call his mother the next day and she was glad to report that he was nursing much better. The body works properly with no nerve interference.

Neck Pain – A 41 year old male started in the office in July, 2018 with significant neck pain and immobility that had existed for at least three years. This, despite seeing another chiropractor.  He also had other issues including numbness in one foot. His x-ray examination revealed a reversed neck curve with significant disc and joint arthritis. I adjusted his mid cervical spine based on the Pierce System protocols. The look on his face after his adjustment seemed to say "what just happened to me?". He was almost afraid to move. The next day he could not believe the significant relief (less pain, increased mobility) he had from one specific adjustment. A follow up x-ray revealed a complete correction of the cervical curve even though he has advanced arthritis in his neck. The Pierce Results system is, in my opinion, one of the most powerful corrective chiropractic techniques and I was honored to have been mentored by Dr. Pierce at his clinic in Pennsylvania. I also taught his work at Palmer College while I was a student there.

Neck & Back Pain / No Hair Growth / Many Symptoms – A 69 year old female started care in August, 2018 with many complaints. Her main issues included Neck and Back Pain, trouble walking, standing, sitting for long periods of time, TMJ (jaw joint) issues and other maladies. Care was started and slowly over time, her aches and pains began to let up. Her bite / chewing issue improved which had been a chronic concern. She then began to notice things like hair growth on her scalp where she had a receding hair line as well as her legs which she stated she had not needed to shave in many years. She is now able to drive long distances, go to the hair dresser for the first time in 20 years, sit through church, visit with friends and family and enjoy life again after many years of "just living with it". Never underestimate the power of the body to heal.

Numbness / Neck & Upper Back Pain / Surgical Fusion – A 61 year old woman started care in July, 2018 for chronic Neck / Upper Back Pain and numbness in her hands and arms. She has a previous history of having her neck surgically fused from C4 to C7. Many people would absolutely NOT see a chiropractor who had such drastic surgery. I adjusted her Atlas and Axis (C1 and C2) when and how indicated (scan and x-ray) as well as other areas of her spine. All symptoms drastically reduced and as of this writing, she is only mildly symptomatic and doing better than she has in years. Everything has not been tried until you try SPECIFIC chiropractic!

Hiatal Hernia – A 49 year old woman has been a patient for several years. She asked if there was anything I could do for her Hiatal Hernia. This is a condition when the stomach is partially pulled above the diaphragm. Symptoms include REFLUX (GERD) and pain. I adjusted her spine and released the Vagus Nerve through a specific cranial correction and then reduced the hernia. She responded exceptionally well and remained well. The diaphragm has a hole in it for the esophagus (food tube) to go through and then to the stomach. There is a ring of muscle that is supposed to stay contracted to keep the contents of the stomach from coming upward. When this ring of muscle (sphincter – similar to the anus) is not getting the proper nerve supply, it opens up and allows stomach contents to splash up in to the esophagus (Agita) and can allow the stomach itself to migrate upward. Restoring the nerve supply so it works properly and bringing the stomach back in to position usually corrects the problem. No Xanax needed.

Left Sided Body and Facial Numbness – A 21 year old male was being seen for a herniated low back disc and resulting sciatica. He contacted the office for an emergency involving left sided body numbness and facial numbness. He wanted to know if he should come in to see me or go to the ER. I told him to come in. He had a severe Atlas (top bone in the spine) subluxation. He was adjusted using the Upper Cervical Specific Knee Chest (UCSKC) Technique – Rested and was reevaluated. His scan indicated removal of the brain stem pressure and he was sent on his way. Problem solved. The UCSKC Technique was developed over several decades at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA. People came from all over the world for this amazing corrective method of chiropractic care. It was / is unique because it addresses all three angles of the misalignment (X, Y and Z axis) and is monitored by instrumentation (scan) to objectively monitor the patient’s response. This gives dramatic results. One noted patient of Dr. Palmer’s was the wife of one of the Mayo brothers who started the Mayo clinic. She was not helped through medical care and Dr. Palmer was able to correct her underlying problem so she could get well. Dr. Mayo was so impressed and grateful that he provided complimentary medical care at his famous clinic to any chiropractor or their family members up until the time he no longer practiced.

Concussion – Follow Up – A 58 year old man suffered a severe concussion after being hit on the head by a falling piece of ice. He had seen numerous doctors and therapist for his symptoms (that included headaches, dizzy spells, lightheadedness, confusion, and imbalance) including neurologists, physical therapists, cranio-sacral therapy and balance therapy. He received little to no relief of his symptoms. He started care aggressively with my office and received specific, corrective chiropractic care including upper cervical and corrective cranial care. He began to make gains and as of this writing, while still symptomatic, is drastically improved including an extreme reduction in the killer headaches, better balance and a general improvement in his overall wellbeing.


Health Related Articles

Winter Supplements

In addition to staying adjusted regularly to keep your immune system strong (getting adjusted boosts your white blood cell count 200 – 400%) and taking your regular regiment of supplements like a good quality multi-vitamin (Nutrient 950), Vitamin D3, Vitamin K2MK7, Magnesium (Citrate if you struggle with constipation, Glycinate for general use, Threonate for Bone Density problems and Optimal Cognitive function), Fish or Krill Oil and Probiotics, I recommended you keep the following supplements in your Winter First Aid kit:

- Astragalus – Boosts White Blood Cell count to help your immune system. Excellent mild herb that I recommend taking at the first sign of a cold / flu with food until you are well at the rate of 3 to 4 capsules 3 to 4 times a day. Do not take as a routine supplement.

- Echinacea with Golden Seal Root – General immune boosting combination of two popular herbs that have been used for centuries. I recommend taking with food at the first sign of a cold / flu until you are well at the rate of 2 to 4 capsules 3 to 4 times a day. Do not take as a routine supplement.

- Oil of Oregano – Amazing Anti-Viral / Fungal / Bacterial herb. Small pearls that are easy to take. I recommend taking at the first sign of a cold / flu with food until you are well at the rate of 1 to 2 capsules 3 to 4 times a day. Do not take as a routine supplement.

- Munity Boost by Barlow Herbals – A liquid tincture of Lomatium root, Dandelion root, Red root, Black Walnut Hulls, Sarsaparilla, Blue Vervain and St. John's Wort. May be used routinely to keep your immune system strong. I take from October through April at a dose of a half dropper full in water every morning. If you are feeling run down or start to get a cold or flu, take one or more dropper full in water several times a day. In some people, the plant Lomatium can cause a one-time detox rash.  It is itchy, uncomfortable, unsightly and can be a little scary.  This can detract from all the good that Lomatium can bring and make it hard for those who have experienced this rash to not only try it again but to recommend it to others.

MunityBoost was developed specifically to prevent this one time rash.  For the huge majority of people it has done this.  From personal experience over the years, we find that when you support and detox the liver and the other organs that it helps keep some people from detoxing through their skin when using Lomatium for the first time.

- LDM-100 Lomatium root (Desert Parsley) by Barlow Herbals – This was a plant used by the northwest Native Americans for respiratory illnesses (colds / flu / pneumonia). I absolutely swear by this product and effectiveness of the tincture. Take a half dropper full in water every morning October through April or whenever you are feeling run down. As with the MunityBoost, take a dropper full in water several times a day if feeling symptoms coming on. Some people will get a one-time detox rash (not an allergic reaction) when first taking this product that is scary and itchy. While rare, I have had several patients get this rash. It lasts about a week and is harmless. They continue to take the product because it works so well. Once you have the rash, you will more than likely never have it again. This is why we recommend you start with the MunityBoost product first to build up a tolerance to the Lomatium root.

- Buffered Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) – Take 1 to 2 500 mg capsules from October through April.

- Zinc Lozenges – Suck on until dissolved to support your immune system when you have symptoms.

- Elderberry Extract – Take as a natural cough suppressant if you have a cough or cold.

- Probiotics – While you should be taking regularly, if taking immunity boosting products, it is a good idea to increase your intake of Probiotics. Take on an empty stomach.

- BCT Oil – A combination of oils used for bug bites, pimples, boils, cold sores and sore throats. Use as needed on infected tissue.

- AN-I Oil – Anti-Infection herbals in an olive oil base. Can be used topically or in the ear canal to sooth ear aches.

The Importance of Preventative Chiropractic Care

There are many benefits to the Chiropractic Adjustment. The absence of symptoms does not mean the absence of problems. Only 10 – 12% of your nerves can feel pain / sensation. Like going to the dentist for preventative checkups and brushing your teeth regularly (you can live without your teeth, you cannot live without your spine), keeping your spine subluxation free helps maintain proper nervous system function and a stronger immune response. Every time you get adjusted, your immune system is enhanced by a boost in your white blood cell count. Who doesn’t need a healthier immune system?


Kids Need Chiropractic Care Too!

I am one of a small handful of Chiropractors that take care of newborn infants and kids of all ages. Doesn’t it make sense to start their life off on the right foot by having their nervous system checked for interference right from the get go? There are many benefits of having your child adjusted and they do not need to be in pain to get checked. In my 32 + years, I have helped a wide variety of kids including those suffering from reoccurring ear infections, torticollis, nursing issues, scoliosis, failure to thrive, colic, constipation, Tourette’s Syndrome, Plagiocephaly (mal-shaped skull), Autism, sprained ankles, sports injuries and more. It is so much easier to correct subluxations that are only days or weeks old rather than 50 years old. The child’s spine is very flexible and therefore the adjustments are easy and painless (but they do scream when held down against their will). Most kids only need to be seen a few times over a few weeks to see dramatic results. Chiropractic care is the safest healing art available with no side effects. Why fill your child with Tylenol for a fever when you are not fixing the problem and working against the inner wisdom of the body? Find and correct the underlying cause of the problem, don’t treat the symptoms.


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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