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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September 25, 2019

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! The change in the weather has afforded me some time to sit at my computer and get out a newsletter. For those of you new to the practice, I want to welcome you. I always enjoy your questions and suggestions to include in these periodic, patient only communications.

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.

* 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 3 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 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

- 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 Healing and Health

Back Pain  – A 71 year old man was first seen in mid-July, 2019 with a history of back pain. He was unable to get any relief and was encouraged by a friend to give us a call. X-rays clearly indicated the CAUSE of his problem. Specific adjustments slowly corrected the subluxations reducing the nerve pressure and he is now enjoying life once again. Correct the Cause of the problem rather than Treating just the Symptoms!

Fractured Spine – A 16 year old teenager started care in July, 2019 with a history of lower back pain. He had been seeing another local chiropractor for over 6 months getting "manipulated" with no relief and was only getting worse. NO X-RAYS WERE TAKEN! My initial exam and x-rays revealed a fracture of the last vertebra in his spine (L5) which, over time, caused it to slip forward on the pelvis (sacrum). This is called a spondylolisthesis and is actually fairly common. I discover them frequently. The can occur congenitally, but most happen in the early teen years when the bones are not fully formed and are still cartilage. Heavy lifting (farm kids) and sports like wrestling, football, diving, hockey and gymnastics are common vectors in causing the cartilage to break. Specific, corrective adjustments (not gross manipulations) based on my x-ray findings gave him relief of his pain for the first time in a long while.

Moral of the story – NEVER let anyone perform forceful work on your spine without having the necessary information (x-rays) ahead of time. Results are usually poor and you could make a bad situation worse.

Choking Sensation – A 48 year old woman started care in May, 2019 with many complaints including back and neck pain and a "choking" feeling in her throat. She tried numerous therapies with no relief. Specific, corrective care was started and slowly over time, her symptoms were reduced. As of this writing, she no longer has the choking feeling and most of her other symptoms are for the most part gone. Healing is a process, not an event. I remove the barrier to healing (the subluxation), but the body must rebuild itself which is a time sensitive process. Be a patient patient and give your body time to undo damage that many have existed for decades.

Fuzzy Dizziness – A 74 year old man started care in April, 2019 with a primary complaint of a fuzzy dizziness in his head as well as neck pain. He was referred to me by another chiropractor for specific upper cervical care. His immediate response after his adjustments was always excellent as he had a great diminish in his symptoms, but they would return. Over time, his body improved and while he is still having issues, they are fewer and farther between and less intense. It may take many months or even years for his body to completely reverse the effects of the long standing subluxations he has most likely had for decades. Any improvement is miraculous for the person experiencing the problem.

Dizzy / Vomiting / Headaches – A 17 year old teenager started care in April, 2019 with injuries from a car accident. Symptoms included severe headaches, dizziness, vomiting, an inability to concentrate as well as neck and back pain. It was nearly impossible for her to go to school let alone take examinations. Medically, her doctors had nothing to offer her. Being a senior, she was anxious to graduate and move on with the next part of her life. Care was started and within a few weeks, her symptoms decreased. By August she was symptom free and was able to leave for college. Fix the problem – don’t treat the symptoms.



Health Related Articles

Statin Use In Question

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Cholesterol is a necessary compound in our body and present in almost every cell of the body. It is required for the production of Vitamin D and many hormones in the body including estrogen and testosterone. Some studies have shown that individuals with high cholesterol actually live longer than those with low levels. When I was in school, the upper limit for a normal cholesterol level was 300. It is now 200 and "they" are considering lowering it even further. Is this an attempt to get more individuals on statin medications? Artificially lowering cholesterol via drugs depletes the body of Co enzyme Q10 which leads to a variety of problems that can include muscle, heart and liver damage. Other symptoms include fatigue and joint and muscle pain. IF you are on statin drugs, you MUST supplement daily with Co-Q10 or, if over the age of 40, Ubiquinol (which is the broken down form of C0-Q10 easier used by the body). Here is an article from Dr. Mercola’s newsletter that includes the findings of a study that demonstrated that being on statin drugs extends an individual’s life span by a whopping 4 days. Is it worth feeling miserable and risking other health problems by taking a chemical that makes huge profits for Big Pharma? You decide. 

Care and Digestive Health

One of the most common non-musculoskeletal complaints that I see resolve with specific chiropractic adjustments are digestive problems. From colicky babies to reflux and GERD (Agita) as well as chronic constipation or diarrhea, patients of all ages respond very well to chiropractic care. Of critical importance for overall health is proper function of the Vagus nerves. They come out of the brain stem, go thru an opening in the skull and then extend down the body as far as the lower colon. The Vagus nerve controls the parasympathetic signals to all the major organs including the heart, lungs, kidneys, spleen, pancreas and colon. Specific adjustment to the Atlas (C1 – the first bone of the spine) can influence the Vagus nerves because of its close relationship to the brain stem. Of even more importance is the correction of a cranial misalignment which can directly compress the Vagus nerve (as well as 2 other that exit thru the same opening in the skull). This cranial correction is done easily and quickly and leads to a drastic improvement in overall organ function. I have seen changes in blood pressure, heart rate, breathing and all types of digestive issues by reducing this subluxation. Here is an article addressing this topic.

Save Money – See a Chiropractor

Here is a short article that gives information on a study done (there have been MANY thru the years) that once again demonstrated that seeing a Chiropractor not only gives quicker, longer lasting results without the nasty side effects of drugs or surgery, but also saves you (and the insurance companies) money.


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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