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La Barbera Family Chiropractic, LLC

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

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January 1, 2020

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

Common Questions



Current Information

Hello Everyone! Happy and Healthy New Year to all. For those of you new to the practice, I want to welcome you to our periodic newsletter. I always encourage your questions and suggestions to include in these periodic, patient only communications. If you have a particular topic or 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 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 – 08:30 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 5 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 4 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 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 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.

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 (zero / zilch) 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.

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 – A Natural Approach to Helping Heart Disease

- Grain Brain – Why a grain diet is not good for our brain and health.

- 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 Healing and Health and Miracles

Low Back Pain / Hip / Shoulder / Neck Pain  – A 72 year old man was first seen in late November, 2019 with a chronic history of low back pain as well as Hip, Shoulder and Neck pain. Specific adjustments, based on his x-ray findings, were started and within a few weeks, his long standing back pain and other complaints began to decrease. As of the end of December, 2019, he was doing better than he has in years.

Mid-Back Pain / Headaches / Tingling in Hand – A 22 year old man started care in mid-December, 2019 with a history of mid back pain, headaches, right hand tingling and left hand and ankle pain. He had been hesitant to get under care, but at the urging of a close friend, he decided to come in. Specific x-rays demonstrated multiple spinal subluxations. After his first adjustment, he noticed a significant improvement. He went from being a doubter to a believer thanks to the great results he received from Specific Chiropractic care.

Neck & Back Pain / Headaches / Hip Pain / Numbness in Arms & Hands – A 37 year old man started care in mid-November, 2019 with a primary complaint of Neck pain. He also had a number of other complaints including Headaches, Hip and Elbow Pain and Numbness in his Arms and Hands. He does heavy labor and drives a snow plow, so he puts a lot of stress on his body and spine daily. A corrective adjustment schedule was started and he gradually began to see nice changes and improvements despite the type of work he does. Most all of his symptoms are non-existent at this point even though full correction has not been achieved.

Stiffness / Poor Posture – A 13 year old young man started care in mid-October, 2019 with a primary complaint of poor neck / back mobility & poor posture. He is also a diabetic. He was examined and x-rayed and multiple findings were discovered. He could not flex his chin toward his chest at all making it impossible to complete his x-rays. He was bent forward and he had a significant head tilt. All of these issues at such a young age has a devastating effect on one’s future health. The brain and body are not communicating properly and abnormal information is being sent to the brain due to the poor posture setting up a cascade of health issues down the road. Specific, corrective care was started as well as home exercises and slow changes started to occur. As of this writing, he still has a very long road ahead of him, but he has experienced improved mobility and posture since he started care.

Colic / Reflux / Constant Crying / Mis-Shaped Skull / Tilted Head – A 2 month old infant started care on October 31, 2019. He had been screaming almost non-stop from birth. His parents also reported he has "Reflux", loose stool, a Head Tilt (Torticollis) and his head was Mis-Shaped (Plagiocephaly) . The medical profession blames the crying on "Colic" and "Reflux", but what causes it? He was quickly and easily assessed for subluxations. I adjusted his pelvis, upper neck and cranium. Drastic changes occurred by his second visit and by his third visit, he was a new baby. What would his life be like not only staying subluxated, but more than likely eventually put on medications?? Save a life and refer these kids in. Save – Effective – Life Changing Specific Chiropractic Care.

Common Questions

Rather than providing a number of articles from other sources this month, I thought I would start the year going over some of the most common questions I get asked from practice members.


What Mattresses Should I Buy?

This is number one on the list of most asked questions…."What mattress should I buy?" Well, that depends. There are many gimmicks when it comes to mattresses; and the prices to go with them. For starters, I recommend a firm mattress (about an 8 out of a 10 with 10 being a piece of granite). Stick with a brand name with a warranty (King Koil, Serta, Sealy, Sterns and Foster) and shop at a reputable store. Especially one that gives you a money back guarantee of up to 3 or 4 months if you do not like it. Stay away from the discount furniture stores. Some are known to sell used mattresses that have been covered with a new pad …. Gross!

The problem with deciding while in the store is that lying on a mattress for 15 minutes is not the same as sleeping on one all night. So you really do not know what you are in for until you have time to actually sleep on it. Your body may take a few weeks to get used to it as well. So here are my guidelines:

- If you are a back sleeper (which is the best way to sleep – no pillow or use a neck /

cervical pillow), stick with firm.

- If you are a side sleeper (left side down is best), a bit less firm so your shoulder can sink in a bit. Be sure to keep your head and neck level with the rest of your body.

- Those with sensitive skin or achy bones and joints can usually benefit from a less firm

mattress as well, but nothing too soft.

- Avoid the gimmicks. Yes, I have a number of practice members that have Number beds, foam beds, rolled up in a bag mattresses, purple, green, blue and don't forget Tempur-pedic mattresses. Many of you love them and would not sleep on anything else. Many more have spent the money on them only to have buyers regret. My point is, unless you have a trial period with a money back guarantee with free return shipping, it may not be worth the thousands of dollars to risk being stuck with something you do not like.


Why Do You Only Scan My Neck When My Low Back Hurts?

OK. Here we go. The scan does NOT tell me where you hurt (you can tell me that) or where to adjust you (kind of). The scan is a measure of your physiology or function. Your body is in a constant state of adaptation or flux 24/7. You are in survival mode even if you do not feel it. The ability of the body to optimally adapt is dependent on the function of your Central Nervous System. This is your Brain, Brain Stem and Spinal Cord. These structures orchestrate the billions of signals transmitted from the brain to every cell in your body AND back to the brain every second.

If your Nervous System is not functioning properly (Subluxation), than these signals are disrupted causing Dis-Ease in the body. If your body malfunctions for extended periods of time, it cannot adapt and hence DISEASE sets in. We all will die from the same cause…The body’s inability to adapt to its environment (either inside the body or outside the body). This includes cancer, a gunshot wound, drowning, freezing, dehydration, infection, old age, Etc. Once the body cannot adapt to the situation, we expire. In the meantime, we get sicker and sicker if action is not taken to reverse the issues (subluxations, poor nutrition, lack of exercise, stress, rest, Etc.).

So back to the scan. I am accessing how your nervous system is functioning and that helps me determine if you need adjustment X – Y and or Z --- or None at all. This is combined with your x-ray information and my assessment of your mechanics as you are lying on the table talking to me about the weather. A lot of thought goes into your office visit, and the scan is an important part of my decision making process.


What The Heck is Vitamin K2MK7?

There are several types of Vitamin K. K1 is best known as the Anti-Hemorrhagic Vitamin. They administer it to newborns (guess they do not trust Innate) to prevent bleeding. K2MK7 is in the Vitamin K2 family. This specific vitamin works synergistically with Vitamin D and if you are taking Vitamin D3 (which we all should be), than you really should be taking Vitamin K2MK7. This all important compound grabs the extra Calcium in your soft tissues (heart valves, arteries, Brain, Kidneys, Etc.) and directs it into your teeth and bones. So not only does it help keep your teeth and bones strong, it decreases your risk of heart attack, high blood pressure, Alzheimer’s / Dementia as well as Kidney Stones.

As a side note, most adults need 5000 IU (125mg) of Vitamin D3 (or more), 160 to 190 mcg of K2MK7 and around 200 to 400 mg of Magnesium (Citrate, Glycinate or Threonate on an empty stomach) daily. These three supplements work together and affect so many functions in the human body. We have available various forms of these supplements from high end manufacturers at wholesale prices. Please note that the current medical research cautions taking Calcium supplements. We get more than enough calcium in our diets and taking supplemental calcium has not been shown to help bone density. As always, eating a well-balanced diet is one of your keys to optimal good health. Taking these three supplements is necessary as they are lacking in significant quantity in our Standard American Diet (SAD).


I Still Have Pain Even Though I’ve Been Seeing You For A While – How Come?

Holistic Health Care (Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Homeopathy and more) treats the person, not the symptom. This is not to say that I do not care about your symptoms and I definitely want to get you the best relief possible in the least amount of time. We have to take into account many factors. How long has the underlying problem (the Subluxation) been there? What complicating factors are there (arthritis, disc damage, reversed neck curve, fusion, congenital anomalies, poor health habits, Etc.)? What other factors (emotional, chemical, nutritional, Etc.) are we dealing with? How motivated and engaged is the patient to get well?

Yes, if a problem is deep seated with many complicating factors, it may take many months or even years to reverse enough of the damage to allow the body to heal to a point that you will begin to feel better. Remember, it is how you HEAL, not how you FEEL that is important. Once your body begins to heal, than symptom relief begins to take place. If I could instantly "realign" you in one visit and undo decades of structural damage, the nerves that were compromised (pinched / damaged) will take many months if not years to heal depending on how badly and for how long they have been affected. Healing is a process, not an event (unlike an injury).

So those football, wrestling, farm work, hockey and gymnastic injuries you had as a teen may not produce symptoms until you are in your late 30s or 40s. You begin care when you have pain and now 25 + years of sickness that has been building up needs to be addressed. Keep in mind that the body is designed to only heal as best as it can. There is never a perfect fix; BUT, stopping the downward spiral and removing even an ounce of pressure is enough to allow healing to begin and relive symptoms. Bottom line: Be a Patient Patient and have realistic expectations. We are programmed to be healthy, we just need to have no interference to the process.

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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