Buying Local Organic Food

As a chiropractor, I enjoy maintaining a healthy spine and properly functioning nervous system. However, if you have followed me for any time, you know that healthy food is also very important to me.

Finding local quality foods at reasonable prices has always been a challenge. Currnetly, we buy many of our foods from a few locations including:

  • B.M. Organics - grass fed meats, cheese, pastured eggs, cultured dairy, etc.
  • Beyond Organic - more beaf, cheese, raw food snackes, cultured dairy, chocolate, etc.
  • Whole Foods - most vegetables

Whole Foods' Produce Wax Explannation It is that organic healthy vegetable source that has been the most difficult to find. Whole Foods, while better than most grocery stores, still has it's deficiencies... look at the photo I took of a sign hanging in the produce area. It reads:

"You've probably noticed that some fruits and vegetables are coated with wax. Waxes are used to reduce shrinkage from moisture loss, to inhibit the growth of mold and fungi and to enhance the appearace of the product.

Waxes can be removed to some extent by washing with water and to a greater degree by use of soap and water or a non-toxic biodegradable fruit and vegetable wash. Nothing except peeling removes 100% of all waxes. However, the nutrients within the peel will be lost as well."

For that reason, I am happy to have found another local source, "The Joy of Organics" Produce Buying Club. In fact, let me have Joy tell you all about it:


Welcome!

The Joy of Organics Produce Buying Club offers true farm fresh organic fruits and veggies at far below retail. Other products are more boutique in nature such as pasture raised eggs, chicken, beef, pork, lamb, raw goat milk and yogurt. We focus on clean eating...fresh, unprocessed, no GMO food.

CAFO vs. Pastured Egg See, taste, and feel the difference in a REAL egg VS a supermarket egg.

Let's face it we are what we eat and the grocery stores are filled with isle after isle of processed foods that make us sick. And then we walk out of the grocery store and into the fast (if you can honestly call it food at all) chemically laden, factory food, designed and processed to make us addicted and to keep coming back. Heart disease and diabetes is running rampant causing a medical dilemma in our country. Sick people and how to pay for their care... thus the rising costs of health care. You can take control of your health simply by controlling what you put in your body. Meats, dairy, seafood, fruits, veggies and whole grains are all good for you. But know your source.

Pastured Chickens For instance "the happy chicken is focused on the ground, pecking for insects and grubs instead of the pathetic, sad, vacant stare that signifies the horrifying animal abuse endured by chickens whose meat and eggs are labeled "free range" at the store. In order not to be fooled into thinking your chicken and eggs come from happy birds, when they actually come from beakless, anemic, mite ridden animals that have been so abused they can’t even peck in the dirt or crack corn."1

Resolve to buy local!

See the difference in a real egg vs one at the store!!

When you buy from a neighbor or small scale local farmer who raises chickens, you can see them for yourself and note their health by the living conditions.

Abdicating responsibility for knowing exactly where your food comes from by trusting meaningless food labels in a store that proclaim eggs or meat as “free range” or “cage free” is not helping to secure quality food for your family nor is it helping to promote the cause of humane conditions for farm animals. " Adapted from the Healthy Home Economist

Once you eat clean - you will never go back. Cravings stop and health and energy rises. Health returns...

THE JOY OF ORGANICS PRODUCE BUYING CLUB

  • A TRUE ORGANIC COMMUNITY
  • SUPPORTING LOCAL ORGANICS FARMS AND BUSINESSES!
  • ALWAYS FRESH
  • ALWAYS CERTIFIED
  • ALWAYS PRICED FAR BELOW RETAIL

Farm fresh, bountiful variety of certified organic fruits and veggies at far below retail (and much more) 20 to 30LBS

Pre-Paid $49.00 (half shares available $30.00) Locations near you...East Lauderdale, Tamarac, Coconut Creek, Coral Springs, Davoe, Cooper City, Weston, Pembroke Pines, Miramar and hollywood.

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Once I Go To The Chiropractor... Do I Have To Go Forever?

One of the common objections to chiropractic goes something like this:

"I don't need a chiropractor because I don't have back problems... besides, I heard that once I go to a chiropractor, I have to go for the rest of my life."

There are two issues to address here:

  1. Whether or not there are back problems
  2. Whether or not you have to go for the rest of your life

BACK PROBLEMS

When someone tells me that they don't have back problems, usually it means their back doesn't hurt or it doesn't hurt enough to do something about it. But in other areas of their life, they are willing to do something about it even if they don't have problems.

For instance, consider someone who goes to the gym even though they don't have muscle problems. They choose to go because they want to make their muscles stronger or at least prevent them from becoming weaker.

Or what about someone that chooses to eat mostly good organic foods even though they don't have a diet problem? They do so to supposedly stay healthy or at least have a better chance at good health.

Or what about someone that goes to the dentist even though they don't have a tooth problem? Again, it's a choice to take care of what they have.

It is the same thing when it comes to chiropractic. You don't have to have pain to go to a chiropractor. Many go to the chiropractor just to improve or maintain their optimal spinal health. For many, a better functioning spine translates to better performance. That is why so many athletes get chiropractic treamtments prior to competitions.

ARE YOU SHRINKING?

Almost everyone shrinks as they get older. But have you noticed that some shrink more than others? What do you think the primary reason is that people shrink? Would you have any difficulty accepting that it is dependent on the health of the spine?

You see, a healthy spine stays mobile and well lubricated; this keeps the disks healthy and tall. But when the spine is stiff and not functioning properly, the disks dry out, deteriorate, and compress or shrink. When the disks shrink the person gets shorter.

Lots of people supposedly don't have back problems. But lots of people still do shrink. Some people go to the chiropractor to merely help their spines function better. Preventing shrinking is a sort of fringe benefit.

DO I HAVE TO GO TO THE CHIROPRACTOR FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE?

If anyone has ever told you that once you go to the chiropractor you have to go for the rest of your life let me set the record straight: THIS IS ABSOLUTELY NOT TRUE! Not only do you not have to go for the rest of your life, but you don't have to exercise for the rest of your life, you don't have to eat well for the rest of your life, and you don't have to go to the dentist for the rest of your life. The reason many people choose to go to the chiropractor for the rest of their life is that they realize how much better off they are under chiropractic care. Living well and feeling healthy can be quite addicting; just like eating well and exercising... and... yes, even going to the dentist.

Going to the chiropractor is really about improving or maintaining the health of your spine. There are other ways to improve the health of your spine including stretching, rangeof motion exercises, massage therapy, decompression, traction, whole body vibration, and more. So going to the chiropractor for the rest of your life isn't even necessary to maintain a healthy spine. But going sure does make it a lot easier to get a stiff spine functioning better quickly.

A Letter To Our Governor

Dear Governor Rick Scott,

My wife and I both voted for you. We believe in your ability to make sensible decisions that will make things better. What I am proposing will upset a lot of physicans. But that is only because most physicians have in the past, are currently committing, or are planning on committing Healthcare Fraud.

As a chiropractor, and based on one of your recent signatures, obviously I know that healthcare is an area you seek to improve. The changes I am proposing are simple and revolutionary in healthcare. They EMPOWER THE PEOPLE AS THE WATCHDOGS.

The changes I am proposing would expose and eliminate fraud as we know it and reveal how much bigger healthcare fraud is than anyone imagined.

The Solution seems too simple. But please understand what it will do to fraud. Here it is:

Currently, insurance companies collect premiums and pay partial fees for services to physicians. Physicians, then, are supposed to charge the patients the copayments and deductibles.

My proposed solution without changing any benefits, only changing the way the money flows is:

Insurance companies, who already charge premiums, should also be the ones who collect co-payments and deductibles. They then pay the physicians 100% of the usual and customary fees or negotiated contracted fees.

The rest of this will explain the common scenarios and make sense of how it eliminates fraud and at the same time empowers the people as the watchdogs.

The plan will require a few tweaks such as rules pertaining to signed advanced fee disclosures to the patients. But this will save the insurance companies money because:

  • PATIENTS WILL FEAR HAVING TO PAY THEIR CO-PAYMENTS AND DEDUCTIBLES AND WILL GET LESS UN-NECESSARY CARE
  • PATIENTS THAT DON’T PAY RISK HAVING THEIR POLICIES TERMINATED
  • TERMINATING SUCH CONTRACTS ELIMINATES THE HIGH RISK CUSTOMERS
  • INSURANCE COMPANIES WILL GET MOST CO-PAYMENTS AND DEDUCTIBLES BACK

Would This Really Be Fair To The Insurance Company?

Because laws and insurance plans vary from state to state, let me present a scenario for Florida residents. Everyone knows that in Florida, Personal Injury Protection for auto accident victims pays quite well (but no longer as well for chiropractors:) The insurance companies usually talk to their insured prior to them seeking injury care, to establish a claim number, unless they are transported to a hospital in which case treatment is probably necessary.

Imagine you were in a motor vehicle collision and your insurance company called and told you something like this: “Don’t worry Mr. Scott, you can go to whatever doctor you choose. But don’t pay the physician anything ever. We’ll pay the physician 100% of your bills and only charge back to you your deductible, the first $1000.00 dollars, and then 20% of any charges after that; also, make sure you sign a fee disclosure document that tells you how much they are billing for your visit”.

Now, you, the insured knows that a $200.00 visit will cost you $200.00 during the deductible period or $40.00 after your deductible is met! You will realize that it will add up if you are getting therapy 3 times a week for several weeks. Chances are, people will only go now if they really injured. They will only get massage if they need massage. And the doctor won’t be able to say: “you won’t have any out of pocket costs” Or “you’ll never have to pay the deductible and co-payments”.

How Will This Affect The Honest Physicians?

These changes will level the playing field. Suddenly, patients that go to the “free” guys will choose the guy they really want to go to. Also, with fraud decreased, the insurance premiums can probably also decrease. (this is unlikely to happen with the recent changes - only the players changed)Patients will be able to afford better insurance. “Usual and customary” reimbursements can eventually better reflect true usual and customary fees because physicians will no longer be billing so many unnecessary services per visit. After all, billing for frivolous services would create red flags and confusion when the patient asks: “how much will my insurance be charged?”. They ask, of course, because now they will actually be paying the required percentage that the other guy used to waive - and because of the fee disclosure.

Patients will certainly report much more illegal activity now that it directly impacts them. This will weed out, expose, squash, and shut down many of fraudulent “health care” facilities.

Common Frauds in Healthcare:

1. Waiving deductibles and copayments

Some hospitals and medical practices (or likely most) "pay the employees co-payments and deductiles" when they get treatment at the facilities they work at. The physicians bill whatever they want and the employees don't pay anything. This is fraud since the employees might get services they otherwise would not get... since it is not costing them anything.

Physicians will waive copayments and deductibles so their patients can afford care. Sometimes they even give services away that aren't covered - and instead bill for services they didn't actually do. As an example, massage therapy, recently eliminated in PIP and which is rarely a covered service, might be billed as "97140 manual therapy" or even as range of motion exercises. The patients don't report the physicians since the visit didn't cost them anything.

Example:
Recently, a potential patient was interviewing me to see if he should switch physicians. He gets regular spinal manipulations, electrical muscle stimulation, and massage therapy. My office is much more convenient for him so he wanted to see how much it would cost him to come to me. After an insurance verification and going over his co-payments, he asked if he would have to pay his co-payment. He went so far to tell me that all the county employees go to the other guy because they don’t have to pay anything to the other guy. He admits that the other doctor over-bills the insurance company, but hey, its free! He did not switch chiropractors, but instead chose the “free” care from the guy that would not make him pay his share. He admits he goes often not because of pain, but just because it feels good.

Physicians will even lie to patients and simply say "you have no out of pocket expenses, You only have a twenty dollar co-payment" or "you’ll never have to pay anything here”. After excessively billing the insurance company, they write off the balance.

2. Reporting higher than appropriate diagnosis codes

Oftentimes, diagnosis terms and the related codes are stretched to a higher diagnosis for the benefit of justifying unnecessary services. The higher diagnosis codes electronically trick the insurance companies software so they miss excessive diagnostic and treatment charges. The terms they use to document in the patients medical charts help justify their medical decisions - just in case their records are ever checked.

Example:
In August 2008, my 28 year old wife went to a physician with mastitis. She has been nursing our infant and told the physician she had mastitis. She has had it before. She and I are both health care professionals and agreed on the diagnosis. However, instead of documenting that she had tenderness in her breast, the physician wrote “chest pain” and ordered an EKG. The now risky differential diagnosis (chest pain instead of pain in the breast) justified a comprehensive exam with a medical decision making of moderate complexity. Eventually, he prescribed the not so complex antibiotics for mastitis. However with chest pain on the documents they can do a bigger exam and also perform tests for a differential diagnosis such as heart problems.

Our insurance company was billed $668.68 for the visit. My wife only had to pay an in-network $25.00 co-payment. Just a few hours earlier, we chose to not go to the out of network walk-in clinic because we would have had to pay the entire bill… $100.00 for treating mastitis with a prescription. But to us it seemed more reasonable to pay only $25.00 and go to an in-network “Preferred” Provider and let the insurance pay the difference.

Of course the insurance company “adjusted” the bills. But it was much more than the original $100.00 we would have paid. The complex diagnostic test likely involved paying the physician, lab, and someone to interpret lab tests. Finally, the insurance company will have the administrative costs. But it only cost me 25 bucks. A bargain for me, and why would I complain, afterall, they did do the unnecessary testing that they billed for. It's not like it cost me anything.

3. Physicians billing peoples insurance even though they didn't perform the services nor see the patient.

Example:
A potential customer once asked if I needed patients. The guy he goes to gives him money every time he comes in. He thought I might pay him more to have permission from him to charge his insurance whatever I wanted. This mechanic didn’t tell me his name and wouldn’t tell me who he was going to. He only told me: “times are hard, anything to make a buck”.

Example 2:
Certainly you have heard of staged accidents. Doctors will pay as much as $1,500 per fake patient (and, of course, waive the co-payments and deductibles). But after changing the direction the money flows, and with a 1,000 dollar deductible and 20% co-payment, suddenly the "victim" becomes the informant. As soon as they get the first bill from the insurance company for deductiles and copayments with a pending forfeit of benefits and cancellation of policiy for non-payment, the physicians will be ratted out for the set up.

Over the years, I have read plenty of cases where these same frauds were exposed. About 15 years ago, State Farm and the Sun-Sentinel teamed up for four days in a row with the front four pages of the newspaper to expose these frauds. But it didn't stop them. Physcians have billed kids for dental services to Medicaid kids that were never treated. I am confident you are aware of such fraudulent scams that have been exposed.

Unless we make a change, we will never know how bad it really is.

Where To Start

In Florida, PI makes sense. or, choosing a single medicare region as a testing ground for the country could prove wise and provide a platform to work out the bugs on a smaller scale.

Should you have questions, feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Dr. Michael Haley
Chiropractor, Pompano Beach
cell 954 444-5353
office 954 545-9750

The Chiropractic vs. Medicine Debate

Reggie Gold, DC articulates chiropractic in a recorded debate with Medical doctors.

When it comes to chiropractic, it really is that simple. The only difference I have with Reggie Gold is regarding his statements that chiropractors don't treat anything. I think they do... but they only treat one thing, and that is the "Vertebral Subluxation Complex" (aka "VSC"). But I would love to know how he feels about my statement. I think he might agree... but I wonder if he has a reason for not saying that.

He talks about the "misalignment" and how that affects the space around the nerve root (in the Intervertebral Foramen [IF]). I think Reggie is keeping it a little simple here and probably means "functional alignment" which has a lot more to do with function. Alignment is not always out except with respect to the position it should be in a given range of motion. There are also more things that take up space in the IVF; some which are hard to measure such as inflammation.

Chiropractors gently restore the functional alignment of the spine for the correction of the VSC. When we do that, we know the body has a greater chance of performing better, including healing from any illness, disease or condition. But chiropractors do not cure anything. But the body, as long as it has life in it, is trying to repair and cure itself of everything that is not up to par.

About Dr. Haley
Dr. Michael Haley of Agape Chiropractic practices in Pompano Beach, Florida and can be reached at 954 785-3475

Orac Scores

An Example Using The Gold Standard Juice Plus®

There are many functions of phytonutrients. Some known functions include:

  • facilitate cell-to-cell communication
  • modify cellular receptor uptake of hormones
  • convert to vitamin A
  • repair DNA damage from toxic exposure
  • detoxify carcinogens through the activation of the cytochrome P450 and Phase II liver enzyme systems
  • serve as antioxidants to help prevent various forms of cancer
  • cause apoptosis (cell death) in cancer cells
  • enhance immune response
  • help prevent cardiovascular disease
  • help prevent osteoporosis
  • help prevent macular degeneration and cataracts.

Of these, the easiest to measure is the ability to absorb free radicals. ORAC stands for “Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity”. It represents the ability of a substance to absorb or quench free radicals; or more specifically, the peroxyl radical, a common reactive oxygen species in the body, as compared to Vitamin E. When evaluating an ORAC score, you want to keep a few things in mind:

  • When synthetic vitamins are added to a nutritional supplement, they will synthetically “spike” the ORAC score and shouldn’t be given as much credibility as phytonutrient formulas made only from fruits, vegetables, herbs, and other plant sources.
  • Brunswick Labs is the current independent “standard” in the industry. Reputable supplements will give their ORAC scores based on Brunswick Labs testing and should make available to you a copy of the Brunswick Labs report. ORAC testing from other companies may be less reliable.
  • Because fruit, vegetable, and plant harvests vary seasonally and by location and due to soil changes, etc. supplement companies should make BrunswickLabs reports available to consumers for each batch of product produced and not “cherry pick” the results they choose to publish.
  • ORAC testing is accurate within a 15% deviation.
  • And, ***most importantly,*** understand that the ORAC score per serving is equal to the per gram strength times the grams per serving. If the serving size is one gram, than the total ORAC score does not need to be multiplied. If, however, the serving size is 10 grams, the ORAC must be multiplied by 10.

EXAMPLES:

Supplement
ORAC (total per gram)
grams per serving
Total ORAC per serving
Juice Plus® Garden Blend 1
228
1.5
342
Juice Plus® Orchard Blend 2
281
1.5
421.5
NanoGreens10 3
589
12
7068

In the above example, although each gram of Juice Plus® is almost half the ORAC strength of NanoGreens10, the much larger serving size of NanoGreens10 significantly raises the ORAC score per serving to more than 9 times that of the combined Juice Plus® scores. It should be noted, however, that there will be variances from batch to batch and the next batch of either product can be weaker or stronger than those referenced above.

Buy NanoGreens10

References Lot# N04090783C Lab ID 05-1139 total ORAC of 228 per gram comes from 211µmoleTE/g hydrophilic and 17 µmoleTE/g lipophilic.
Lot# N04090784C Lab ID 05-1140 total ORAC of 281per gram comes from 271µmoleTE/g hydrophilic and 10 µmoleTE/g lipophilic.
Lot# 12034-2 Lab ID 05-2814 total ORAC of 589 per gram comes from 482 µmoleTE/g hydrophilic and 107 µmoleTE/g lipophilic.

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