2009 – November Newsletter

Posted on: November 1st, 2009

Dr. Brian Baker

Your Referrals Matter
Whole Health Prescription to Fight Swine Flu

Dr. Brian C. Baker
133 Reef Road
Fairfield, CT 06824

Healthy Living
November 5, 2009

Your Referrals Matter

Do you know someone who is suffering with headaches or neck
pain or back pain?  Or someone
who’s on a steady diet of Advil or Motrin or Alleve?  How about someone who’s so stressed his or her neck has
disappeared?  Just a head, with earlobes
touching the shoulders?  Have a co-worker who, when getting up from a chair, walks like that picture of
the evolution of man?  You know,
a slightly stooped caveman progressing to fully upright office worker after the
first ten steps.  Does your spouse struggle every morning getting out of bed or while putting on their socks?  Recognize people like these?  What these folks all have in common is you,
an educated and aware friend or family member, who knows there is a better way to

My practice relies almost entirely on your referrals.  I feel no greater compliment than the
trust and confidence placed in me when you refer your friends and family.  So thank you very, very much!  I always do my best to make you look
good for putting your reputation on the line when you recommend me.  I’m so appreciative, that lately
I’ve been sending out checks for referring patients.  Let me mail one out to you. 


One consideration though, please, send only nice people like


Whole Health Prescription to Fight Swine Flu

Do headlines about swine flu frighten you? Are you hesitant
about flu vaccinations due to allergy or safety concerns?  There are several ways you can boost your
immune system naturally and healthfully with or without vaccination.


Conventional advice recommends:

  • Washing your hands frequently;
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth;
  • Staying home if you are sick; and 

  • Avoiding crowded public places if the swine flu is prevalent
    in your area. 

NUHS National’s Whole Health Center physicians also advise:

  • Making sure your diet is healthy and rich in fruits and

  • Reducing your intake of sugar, since sugar suppresses immune

  • Staying hydrated and drinking 6-8 glasses of water per day; 

  • Taking a vitamin D supplement of 5,000 IU per day; 

  • Taking a good multiple vitamin and mineral supplement daily;

  • Taking vitamin C supplements of 1,000-1,500 mg per day; 

  • Using a probiotic (healthy bacteria supplements) to keep
    your digestive tract and its immune defenses healthy;

  • Being sure to get adequate sleep and rest; 

  • Maintaining a positive attitude and mental outlook, as this
    has proven to improve overall health and boost immune activity;

  • Keeping active since even moderate exercise keeps your
    immune system in top shape; and 

  • Wearing a surgical mask when going out in public during a
    local surge of infections, although not foolproof, can prevent contact with
    micro-droplets of moisture in the air that may contain the virus.


  • You can also take herbal preparations that have proven
    anti-viral or immune building effects. 

If you have special health concerns, or a history of
catching “every bug that goes around,” it can pay to have a comprehensive
evaluation. Together, we can build
a treatment plan to restore your health and immune function through natural
means and lifestyle changes to give you a better chance of staying healthy all
year round.


Source: National
University of Health Sciences

Tennis Elbow Anyone?  A New Twist
I’ve treated quite a few cases of tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis.  The cause is an overuse of the extensor muscles of the forearm and is typical with activities requiring repetitive gripping or straining while sustaining prolonged gripping.  It starts as a mild sore elbow and often the symptoms resolve with rest.  However a number of these injuries worsen over time to the point that simply picking up a coffee cup or turning a door knob causes sharp pain.  It’s not uncommen to see patients who have been in pain for 6 months or more.
The conventional medical approach has always been oral anti-inflammatory medication, rest, ice and eventually a cortisone injection.  I tend to see the people who fail to respond to this.
My approach has been ultrasound and deep friction massage to the common extensor tendon in the forearm.  I also include home stretching and regular application of ice and the use of a support called a Band-It.
Recently I’ve been adding a new therapy called the Tyler Twist.  Using a rubber bar, I have patients do a twisting exercise with the muscle under a load.  These “eccentric” exercises have shown great results in accelerating the recovery rate for chronic epicondylitis sufferers.  It’s easy to do and can be done at home every day. 
Having any elbow issues?  Tennis game on hold?  You might want to add this new twist to your treatment.

Quote of the day:
  “”Aahhh chiropractor… Hurts so good
🙂 you lug these around and see if your back don’t hurt!” 

-Dolly Parton posted
to Twitter


Case of the Day: 


What’s your diagnosis?

Thanks for reading.  Please be sure to forward to any friends or family.  Know what would really make me happy?  Feedback!  Let me know what you think.  Drop me a line!!

Comments for this article

Comments are closed.