2013 – January Newsletter

Posted on: January 2nd, 2013

Reef Chiropractic Care            

Dr. Brian C. Baker



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 New Year Thoughts

 Chiropractic First
 Flu Shot?

 Oregon Guidelines

 Infant Colic

 Isle of Mann TT













The Paleo Diet


Food Politics














January 2013


With the New Year comes a renewed interest in taking steps toward improving and staying healthy.  I share this desire and I want to encourage you in your pursuit.  It’s my wish that you will add regular chiropractic care to your healthy lifestyle.  If it’s been a while since you’ve been in, call today and get your spine checked out.  Massage therapists Beth Shine and Jen Dolan, office manager Shane Mraz, chiropractic intern Natalia Jakucki and I look forward to seeing you in 2013!


New Year Thoughts

  • Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.
  • If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be “meetings.”
  • There is a very fine line between “hobby” and “mental illness.”
  • People who want to share their religious views with you never want you to share yours with them.
  • You should not confuse your career with your life.
  • Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.
  • Never lick a steak knife.
  • The most destructive force in the universe is gossip.
  • You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why we observe daylight savings time.
  • You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests that you think she’s pregnant unless you can see an actual baby emerging from her at that moment.
  • There comes a time when you should stop expecting other people to make a big deal about your birthday. That time is age eleven.
  • The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that deep down inside, we ALL believe that we are above average drivers.
  • A person who is nice to you but rude to the waiter is not a nice person.  (This is very important. Pay attention. It never fails.) 
  • Your friends love you anyway.
  • Never be afraid to try something new. Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic.


Lower Chance of Surgery if Seen by Chiropractor First 

A recent study was done to identify early predictors of lumbar spine surgery within 3 years after occupational back injury.  Back injuries are the most prevalent
occupational injury in the United States. Few prospective studies have examined early predictors of spine surgery after work-related back injury. These researchers examined the early predictors of lumbar spine surgery within 3 years among Washington State workers with new worker’s compensation temporary total disability claims for back injuries.


They used medical bill data to determine whether participants underwent surgery, covered by the claim, within 3 years. Of the 1,885 workers, 174 (9.2%) had
a lumbar spine surgery within 3 years.  Issues associated with surgery included higher Disability Questionnaire scores, greater injury severity, and surgeon as first provider seen
for the injury


Reduced odds of surgery were observed for those under age 35, women, Hispanics, and those whose first provider was a chiropractor. 42.7% of workers who first saw a surgeon had surgery, in contrast to only 1.5% of those who saw a chiropractor.


The researchers concluded that there was a very strong association between surgery and first provider seen for the injury, even after adjustment for other important variables. 


Spine 2012 Dec 12


Should You Get the Flu Shot?

I apologize for not getting this out back in November.  I just found the article in one of my old folders.  This is a good piece on flu shot evidence for preventing seasonal influenza and the actual impact of seasonal influenza in different population groups.  The conclusions challenge  conventional wisdom.


Read the article here: Flu Shot?  Be sure to look at the links within this article.  Like this one in the NYT. 



Low Back Pain and Chiropractic

New Oregon LBP Guidelines: Try Chiropractic First 
The new State of Oregon Evidence-Based Clinical Guidelines for the Evaluation and Management of Low Back Pain recommends spinal manipulation as the only non-pharmacological treatment for acute lower back pain. The guidelines, which have been adopted by the Oregon Health Authority, are a collaborative effort between the Center for Evidence-Based Practice, Oregon Corporation for Health Care Quality, Oregon Health and Sciences University’s Center for Evidence-based Policy, and the new Oregon Health Evidence Review Commission.


Infant Colic and Chiropractic

In this study, chiropractic manual therapy improved crying behavior in infants with colic. The findings showed that knowledge of treatment by the parent did not appear to contribute to the observed treatment effects in this study. Thus, it is unlikely that observed treatment effect is due to bias on the part of the reporting parent. Article



Isle of Man TT

What is the deadliest motor-sports race in the world?  On average, more than two competitors die each year; six were killed in 2011.  Nine people died in 2005.  What was unusual about last year’s race is that no one died.  More like Isle of Maniacs!


Prepare to sweat your palms:   Video


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