Caveat Emptor

The title of this message is the Latin term, Caveat Emptor, which means “let the buyer beware.” That’s the term that popped into my head after returning to the office for afternoon hours a little while ago.

At lunchtime today Charlene and I went to a local restaurant that was having a ribbon-cutting ceremony. It was great to see the Mayor, and many other local dignitaries there to have lunch and wish the business well. I’ve been to a number of events like this since locating my practice here and I firmly believe that Rock Hill is a great community with a strong business environment, good planning and excellent leadership. Simply put it’s a wonderful place to call home.

When we arrived for lunch today, there was a greeter at the front door table with a warm handshake and a table where you could participate in a drawing by dropping your business card in a fish bowl. There were also a number of small gift items. I noticed that there were many tubes of lip balm on the table, and since I like to keep one in a jacket pocket, I gratefully accepted one.

After returning to the office I emptied my pocket and took a closer look at the product. The lip balm’s called New Belgium Citradelic™. I know it’s not right to look a gift horse in the mouth, but I like to scan the ingredients list of any products that I eat or drink – which is often not an activity for the faint of heart. Since lip balm can easily be absorbed into the body through both the skin and the mouth itself, it should be thought of as something we eat. To my dismay I found that the first ingredient was neither beeswax, mint nor an essential oil. In fact it wasn’t wholesome in any way. It’s a chemical called, Octinoxate, an endocrine disruptor that mimics estrogen and can disturb thyroid function.

I read on to see what the other active ingredient in Citradelic™ lip balm was. Unfortunately, that one is even worse than the first. It’s called Oxybenzone. Toxicology experts are concerned about that one because it has been linked to hormone disruption and has the potential to damage cells that may lead to skin cancer.

Do we really want to risk hormone disruption and cancer? Is it really necessary? Actually the answer is simply, NO! We have many choices of wholesome products without carcinogenic ingredients. At the Vitamin Depot™, where I get my family’s vitamins, they carry organic lip balms that don’t have any of that nasty stuff in them.Vitamin Depot If you have time and ambition, you can even make your own. Here are a couple of links to lip balm recipes: and

The key idea in all of this is simple, look at the ingredients in anything you eat, or that can get into your body like the lip balm does. If you see ingredients listed that you would have to be a chemist to understand, then don’t buy it! This is actually a powerful idea because we “vote with our feet,” and if we stop buying things that are full of artificial chemicals, then manufacturers will eventually learn what we want, and what we don’t want.

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Harvard Medical School Publication Values Chiropractic

HEALTHbeat™, an online newsletter published by Harvard Medical School, that regularly examines various topics related to healthy living, reviewed chiropractic in 2016.

Harvard(click the graphic to the right to visit the Harvard publication)

Although their considerations were narrowly focused on musculoskeletal issues, Harvard’s review was favorable, particularly observing that chiropractic has been found to be helpful for headaches, asthma, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, neck and back pain and whiplash.

For persons experiencing those problems it’s valuable to find something that benefits them without the harmful effects of drugs and other medical treatments. On the other hand, persons reading the Harvard piece should remain aware that the benefits of achieving a good nerve supply through chiropractic care include much more than just improving musculoskeletal symptoms. Remember, all body functions are controlled and coordinated by the brain, and that communication between brain and body depends on the nerve system.

Who do you know that could benefit by eliminating nerve system interference through chiropractic care?


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How Chiropractic Compares

How chiropractic compares

How chiropractic compares

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On December 5th, Hayley Dunning, of the Communications and Public Affairs Office at The Imperial College London, reported these stunning new research findings: “A handful of nuts a day cuts the risk of a wide range of diseases.”

Citing a newly published study led by researchers from Imperial College London and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Dunning’s report summed up the nutsstudy, “the analysis of all current studies on nut consumption and disease risk has revealed that 20g a day – equivalent to a handful – can cut people’s risk of coronary heart disease by nearly 30 percent, their risk of cancer by 15 percent, and their risk of premature death by 22 percent.”

The research, just published in the prestigious journal, BMC Medicine seems to scientifically confirm what “health nuts” have been saying for years. The study included all kinds of tree nuts, such as hazel nuts and walnuts, and also peanuts – which are actually legumes.

The study’s co-author, Dagfinn Aune observed that, “We found a consistent reduction in risk across many different diseases…It’s quite a substantial effect for such a small amount of food.” Although a bit high in fat, Aune points out that, “…nuts are also high in fibre and protein, and there is some evidence that suggests nuts might actually reduce your risk of obesity over time.”

The study concluded that “Higher nut intake is associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, total cancer and all-cause mortality, and mortality from respiratory disease, diabetes, and infections.”

Imperial College London article:

The research: BMC Medicine201614:207 DOI: 10.1186/s12916-016-0730-3

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Holidays upon us

We’ve just come through the most contentious election season ever, with more divisiveness than anyone can recall. After so much angry talk about who’s right or wrong, we’ve finally had a chance to think about how fortunate we really are. I guess it’s a good thing that November is also the month of thankfulness and even some healing. Then December brings more holidays and more opportunity to reflect on life.

Unfortunately it’s also a time of high stress. Just this morning one person said to me, “I just love the holidays and I start decorating right after Halloween.” Then the next person said, “I wish we could just skip it all this year!”

It’s fascinating how there’s such different reactions to the same thing. However, as a chiropractor I see one particular consistency in it all. Whether joyfully going through all the extra activity, or unhappily putting up with it, people are stressed, tested to the max. holidaysFor most, I find that people need an extra adjustment just to be able to get by. But that’s what we’re here for, to make the adjustment that restores good nerve supply and makes life better. With that thought in mind, when’s the last time your whole family got their chiropractic check up?

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WRHI Radio interview this morning

This morning I had the pleasure of visiting with Freddi Hammer and Chuck Boozer on the Palmetto Mornings Show along with special guest, Matt Kinsey, a member of the Board of Directors of Toastmasters International.

Mr. Kinsey, who is from South Florida, came to visit the leadership of the Rock Hill Toastmasters Club as a part of his swing through South Carolina to participate in the Toastmasters District 58 convention in Columbia. We took the opportunity to introduce him to the community through the Palmetto Mornings Show and he will also appear on CN2 television later today.

From R to L: Freddi Hammer and Chuck Boozer of WRHI, Matt Kinsey and myself

From R to L: Freddi Hammer and Chuck Boozer of WRHI, Matt Kinsey and myself



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Happy Birthday Chiropractic

September is an important birthday month, not just for people like my sister Roberta, who have September birthdays, but also for the chiropractic profession.

birthday-cakeChiropractic was born on September 18, 1895 when a Davenport, Iowa doctor discovered that a deaf man had a neck bone out of position. It all came about when the doctor asked the man how long he had been deaf. “Over 17 years, Dr. D.D.” the man answered.

Harvey Lillard, received first adjustment

Harvey Lillard, received first adjustment

It was a very loud conversation. Loud because Harvey could only make out what was being said when Palmer shouted at the top of his lungs.

Then the doctor asked a question that changed everything. He asked him why he was deaf. Harvey responded “It’s funny you should ask because I’ve been to all the doctors in Davenport and more of them over in Illinois, too. All of them tried to do different things in and around my ears to treat them. They all failed to help me, but none of them ever asked why I was deaf.”

A great clue was found in the answer to a question that no one had ever asked before.

The man’s name was Harvey Lillard and he told Dr. D.D. Palmer the story of how he became deaf. Mr. Lillard said “I don’t really know why I lost my hearing, but I know exactly when it happened.”

What exactly did happen?” Dr. Palmer asked.

Harvey explained “One day I was bent over in a corner scrubbing a floor with my brush and I felt a popping sound in my neck. Immediately it seemed like someone put heavy mufflers over my ears and it kept on getting worse after that.”

Palmer asked “May I look at your neck?” and Harvey agreed. When Palmer examined the neck he noticed an unusual bump at the top of the neck, just below Harvey’s head. He touched the lump and Harvey winced in pain. He then asked, “How long has it been hurting?

Harvey answered, “I never noticed the hurt before you touched it! I don’t think anyone has ever touched me there before.”

Dr. Palmer had been studying about the spinal cord and how it is used to link the brain and body parts. He was very interested in how the nerve system is protected by the bones of the spinal column. In Harvey’s case, he reasoned that if the misaligned bone with the tender lump brought on the deafness, then perhaps reversing the bump could help with the problem.

He asked Harvey “Will you let me try to help you?” Harvey agreed and together they performed the first chiropractic adjustment.

Dr. Palmer had Harvey lie face down on a bench and contacted the twisted vertebra with his hand and introduced a light, very quick movement. The vertebra shifted its position and almost like magic, Harvey noticed an immediate improvement.

According to Mr. Lillard’ s letter documenting what happened, after having 3 adjustments over a couple of week’s period of time from Dr. Palmer he had his hearing completely restored.
With today’s scientific knowledge of anatomy and physiology we can understand how a precise chiropractic adjustment was able to restore normal function to Harvey’s nerve system resulting in such a miraculous outcome. This is why we say, “Chiropractic, it’s not about your back, it’s not about your pain, it’s about your life.”

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Healthy tidbits (update)

TIDBIT #1  Think like a proton – always positive!

Every great idea or protoninvention began as a thought. Thought is immeasurably powerful and it is always shaping our life. It can be subconscious or conscious, but either way it’s always affecting our lives in a big way. The choice of whether or not to have positive, healthy, happy thoughts is ours. Notice that I didn’t say easy, but it is a choice and it’s ours to make.

Here’s a little exercise you can try. Even if it seems strange, you have nothing to lose and much to gain. Begin by visualizing only favorable and beneficial situations. Deliberately use positive words in your inner dialogue and when talking with others. If you have trouble coming up with a positive thought try smiling as a smile helps to generate positivity. Persevere and you will have changed the way you think. Whenever a negative thought enters your mind, be aware of it and try to replace it with a constructive one. The result is changed thinking and the great philosophers have long told us that “Changed thinking changes everything.” Source:

TIDBIT # 2  Curry up

Studies have shown that eating curry at least once a week may help you to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Australian scientists found that a weekly hit of spicy food keeps the mind sharper for longer. Turmeric has been identified as the most important and beneficial component, an ingredient used in almost every curry. The main component in the spice (curcumin) is thought to fight liver damage, cirrhosis, Parkinson’s, various types of cancer and dementia. Oh, while we’re on the subject of food, here’s some to avoid since they have been linked to dementia and Alzheimer’s: foods containing aluminum (including cake mixes and milk formulas); the artificial sweetener aspartame; those high in mercury including farmed salmon, Asian rice and high-fructose corn syrup (some organic, non-GMO rice is safe – click this link for more information on safe rice); foods high in the artificial flavoring diacetyl (snack foods such as buttered popcorn and beer); and foods that contain a lot of preservatives. Source:

 TIDBIT # 3  Fruit is better than juice  

For the same calories you would get in one kid-size box of apple  juice, you can enjoy an apple, an orange, and a slice of watermelon (all three!). These whole foods provide much more nutrition than just juice alone and will keep appleyou satisfied much longer than that box of apple juice, so it’s smarter and healthier.  Source:  grapefruit watermelon



TIDBIT #4  Why families receiving chiropractic care are healthier

Antioxidants help boost the immune system and give it the strength it needs to fight off a variety of illnesses, ranging from a simple cold to life-threatening conditions. A new study indicates that chiropractic may play a key role in the process, potentially boosting the activity of the antioxidants designed to protect  you.

Researchers looked at 23 subjects ranging in age from 26 to 50. Each individual participant received chiropractic evaluations twice a week for five weeks. Before and after the chiropractic visits blood samples were taken to monitor the participants’ levels of three specific antioxidants. The researchers discovered that after a month of chiropractic care there was a boost in the activity levels of two of the three specific antioxidants (SOD and GPx). These findings suggest that undergoing regular chiropractic care can boost the function of antioxidants in your body, thus providing you greater protection from major medical conditions and issues. Ed. Note: improved nerve supply through chiropractic care is about much more than a backache, stiff neck or headaches!

By the way, another way to increase your antioxidant “punch” is to eat a diet rich in vegetables, fruit, and whole grains.      Source:

TIDBIT #5  Butter is betterbutter

Good news! The myth about saturated fat causing heart disease (fed to us by margarine manufacturers and misguided “experts”) has been thoroughly debunked. Research shows that there is no association between the two. As a matter of fact, eating butter is actually good for the heart.  Here’s why: vitamin K2, a nutrient that most people don’t know about, is one of the most important nutrients in the diet for heart and bone health. Butter from grass-fed cows is loaded with Vitamin-K2, the missing nutrient that helps to de-calcify arteries. Butter is also a great source of a short-chain fatty acid called butyrate, which helps fight inflammation. Source:

Interesting Quotes:

Courage is fear that has said its prayers.” ~Dorothy Bernard

HUMOR:  If two vegetarians are arguing ….. is it still considered a beef?

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Scientists find medical error to be the third leading cause of death in the US

A study published last month in the prestigious British Medical Journal revealed alarming new data about the dangers of medical practice. The study analyzed scientific literature and concluded that the frequency of fatal medical errors is much worse than previous estimates, totaling at least 251,000 deaths annually.  (Source: BMJ 2016;353:i2139      May 2016)

hypodermic.jpgThis finding ranks mistakes by doctors and allied personnel as the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S. The scientists who did the study emphasize that these numbers are very conservative due to under-reporting.

Right behind heart disease and cancer, deaths caused by medical error ranks ahead of: accidents, stroke, flu, respiratory illness, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and kidney disease.

To provide perspective, one of the authors of the study, Martin Makary, a professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, compared the problem with what happens when an airplane crashes. After a disaster the airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration launch an investigation to find out why and take steps to prevent future catastrophes. Physicians on the other hand are far less transparent when harm is done to patients, making it much more difficult for steps to be taken to make medical practice safer.

The airline industry often compares their safety record with the rate of fatalities on our nation’s highways demonstrating that it’s safer to fly than drive. One colleague noted this comparison and in view of the U.S. cause of death rankings made the bleak observation that, “You’re more likely to be killed by your doctor than a drunk driver!” As cynical as that sounds, the facts are in and they should serve as a wake-up call to all of us.

None of this means that doctors aren’t caring, well-trained professionals.  But the days of blindly following doctor’s orders are over. Profitability has become the elephant in the treatment room and patients now need to be their own advocates, ask more questions and accept nothing less than straight forward answers.


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Telling kids why it’s important to get their spines checked

Some of life’s simplest ideas get muddled, mixed up and mistaken. A healthy lifestyle is too often one of those. As a chiropractor I see this happen all the time.

It’s not unusual for someone to seek care because they have headaches, neck pains or backaches; receive a couple of adjustments and then quickly discontinue thinking that if they feel good, then all is well. Unfortunately they pass on that same pattern to their children and then to make matters worse say things to them like, “I’m going to get my back cracked.” What could be more frightening to a child then the idea of intentionally breaking their bones? Such misunderstandings unnecessarily become dreadful roadblocks that get in the way of the child’s well-being.

The solution is really simple. First be a good example by taking care of your own body with regular chiropractic checkups – not just when you hurt. Second, give reliable information to your kids. Instead of saying things like, “get cracked” tell them, “it’s time to get my spine checked.”Adjust Baby

Also, it might be better to go easy on the word, “doctor” and instead speak of seeing your chiropractor like you might a trusted friend. Here’s why: children have learned by experience that seeing a doctor may be unpleasant. They go there sick or hurting; get painful shots, drugs or even worse. Instead of, “You’re going to Dr. Brown today” a child’s ears might rather hear something like, “Today Janie gets to see her chiropractor.” When the child asks why, she deserves a truthful answer and it’s not difficult. Here’s a simple example:
“We get our spines checked to be healthy. The bumps we see on our back are bony rings of protection around the spinal cord. That’s the main cable our body uses to send messages from the brain to control all of its parts. In the body the main cable and its branches are called the nerve system.
If a protective bone gets misaligned it might fail to protect the nerve system. We call that a subluxation. Instead of protecting, a subluxation insults the nerve system and distorts the messages coming from the brain and makes it impossible for the body to function right.
When a chiropractor adjusts a subluxation the interference is gone and the body’s own intelligence is back in control of its function.”
Children deserve to grow up subluxation-free and we as parents have the privilege of teaching them about it.  For lots more information about chiropractic for children click:

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