La Barbera Family Chiropractic, LLC

"Where Precision Matters"

Celebrating 35 years -- 1986 to 2021

      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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October 3, 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.

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.

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.

Neck & Shoulder Pain – A 73 year old man was first seen in mid-June, 2021 with a multitude of complaints including neck and shoulder pain, upper back pain and limited mobility of his right shoulder. He was examined and x-rayed and found to have advanced arthritis in his neck with significant bone misalignments. Probably one of the worst cases I have ever seen. Care was started and he had incredible improvements. He stated that it was the best he has felt in years and he was able to move his neck and shoulder more than he has in years with little to no pain. He then sustained a significant injury falling off his road bike at a high rate of speed. Regardless of this new injury, I was able to improve his new issues as well as continue to work on his old problems.

Back and Neck Surgery / Back Spasms / Limited Leg Movement – A 69 year old man started care in early June 2021 (in a wheel chair) with multiple symptoms. This included muscular weakness, back spasms, limited mobility of his legs, right shoulder pain and neck pain. He had previous low back and neck surgery that included fusion with plates and screws. Care was started on a regular basis and after about 8 weeks he came to the office using a walker. His leg movement improved and the spasms decreased. He had overall improvement in his symptoms and was sleeping better. He had a set back a few weeks ago, but is back on track. I often am asked if I can work on anyone that already had spinal surgery. The answer is a resounding YES.

Low Back / Hip Pain / Poor Posture – An 80 year old man started care in April 2021. He has done heavy labor and weight lifting most of his life and continues to do so. His main complaints were Low Back Pain and Hip Pain. X-Rays revealed significant arthritis and degenerated discs in his lower back and neck. I adjusted him for a while and we saw some small improvements in his ability to stand up straight with much less pain. He had to stop care for several weeks. When he returned, he stated that he didn’t realize how much better he felt while getting adjusted now that he hasn’t had any care for a few weeks. We are continuing to work with him to bring him to an optimal level of correction and health.

Digestive Issues / Neck Pain / Headaches – A 24 year old woman started care in July 2021 for unresolved neck pain and headaches. She also had digestive issues that she had for years that was not helped with medical treatment. Care was started with an emphasis on upper cervical brain stem decompression. Almost immediately, her neck, upper back and headache issues began to improve immensely. I had her tested for Food Inflammation Sensitivity and the results helped her modify her diet which led to a drastic improvement in the digestive issues. Most all of us have food sensitivities that we do not know about. Things you may be consuming that are normally healthy for us can have a detrimental effect on your overall wellbeing if you have a sensitivity or inflammatory reaction to it. Let me know if you would like to be tested.

Plagiocephaly / Head Tilt – A 2 month old male was first seen in May 2021. His mother was concerned about the shape of his head and a noticeable head tilt since birth. Care was started and after a few visits (most infants respond almost instantly), he is now fine.

Hip / Lower Back Pain – A 71 year old female was first seen in late May 2021. Her main issues were left hip pain and lower back pain. X-Rays showed multiple subluxations and arthritis in her back and hips. Curiously, her right hip was significantly worse than her left, but did not hurt her at all. Care was started and for the first month or so she kept telling me she was discouraged. I encouraged her to continue as problems that are chronic will take time to reverse. Things started to improve and as the date of writing this, she is doing very well.

Healthy Articles

Is it really a LOW VITAMIN D SEASON rather than a Cold & Flu Season?

This was sent to me by a practice member. Dr. Ryan Cole is the medical director of one of the largest independent laboratories in the state of Idaho. He was trained at the Mayo clinic and is a board certified pathologist. His expertise is in immunology and virology. I cannot print most of what he has stated recently, but I can give you the generic information he has concluded.

- There is no cold and flu season, only a low Vitamin D season (which lowers our immune response and makes us more vulnerable to viruses).

- Inflammatory (cytokine) storms cannot be controlled without adequate Vitamin D levels.

- Massive numbers of Americans are Vitamin D deficient.

- 96% of ICU patients are Vitamin D deficient.

- You cannot synthesize Vitamin D from sunlight during fall and winter at 35 degrees north or above.

- If you live in the northern climates you are immune suppressed if you do not supplement with Vitamin D at least during the fall and winter.

- Scandinavian countries (Finland, Norway, Sweden) test their citizens twice a year for Vitamin D and fortify 35 foods with Vitamin D.

- Darker skin pigmentation inhibits sunshine Vitamin D synthesis in the skin. Hence, people with darker skin are more likely to be immune suppressed without adequate Vitamin D supplementation.

When you expose yourself to the sun, yes, your body can make Vitamin D in the summer months (2nd and 3rd week of July up here), but as soon as you wash or swim, you wash the Vitamin D off your skin. It takes upwards of 48 hours to absorb the newly formed Vitamin D oil into your skin and body. Supplementation is key, but it comes with some rules. You must take Vitamin K2MK7 with it so you do not accumulate Calcium where you do not want it (brain, heart, arteries, and kidneys) and Magnesium to help you absorb it. If you are on blood thinners like aspirin or Warfarin, than it is advised not to take the K2MK7; but there is much debate about this since it is Vitamin K1 that actually helps your blood to clot, not K2. Talk to your medical provider that prescribed the medication.

Ideal levels are 50 – 70 mcg/dl. If you are immune compromised or have a demyelinating illness like MS, than 70 – 90 is ideal. If you have not been tested in a while (or ever), see me about getting tested. If you have traditional Medicare, than you will have to ask your medical provider for a referral to a lab to be tested.


What Your Straight or Reversed Neck Curve is Doing to Your Health

Did you know (you should) that the neck and lower back should curve to the front (lordosis) and the mid-back curves toward the back (kyphosis)? The loss or reversal of these curves can have a drastic effect on your health. One study found that those with a loss of the normal spinal curves have a 14 year less life expectancy than those with a normal curve. I specialize in the Pierce Technique which was one of the first Chiropractic methods to concentrate on restoring the normal curves of the spine. Are you using your neck roll and fulcrum (if I recommended one)? You may want to start up again after reading these research facts:


Chiropractic Boosts Brain-Body Coordination

The brain and body work synergistically (together) in an amazing way that rivals any computer program. The communication between your brain and the rest of your body is like a high speed network sending and receiving signals 24/7. It goes without saying that the quality and speed of these signals are directly related to the overall health of the individual. Interference (subluxations) to this system results in a lower quality of transmission and therefore creates chaos within the system. This leads to lowered resistance, pain and disease.

Getting adjusted improves the quality of these back and forth transmissions and leads to a higher state of function and health. Think of turning a dimmer switch up and down. As you decrease the flow of electricity through the wire to the light, the intensity or brightness of the light decreases. Getting adjusted is analogous to turning up the power and allowing the light to express its fullest level of function or brightness. So do you want your power tuned all the way up, or do you want to be a dim bulb? Your choice. Here is the article:


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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