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"I'm starting a new diet."

When I hear these these words, I shudder...because diets don't work.  First of all, the term "going on a diet" implies that the change is short term. (A diet is like a train...if you go on you probably plan to get off, right?)

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Steroid injections are a very commonly used tool in the medical community for dealing with lower back pain, but does this seemingly safe practice have a downside?  Well, according to a recent study, steroid injections may pose an increased risk of vertebral fracture in older adults.  In other words,  a broken back.

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I know, I know.  Although it is now officially “spring,” it doesn’t feel like it in West Michigan.  But spring sports are getting ramped up, regardless.  Fields are literally being plowed for soccer tryouts.  I’ve seen kids out jogging in slushy streets to get ready for track season.  I have already seen some high school kids with injuries that were caused during their first few days of practice.  The risk of this happening increases if they didn't play a winter sport.  Here are some tips to help prevent some of these problems from showing up in the first place.

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“I don’t want to offend you, but I want to ask you something.  As a chiropractor, are you one of those really holistic people?”

I got this question from a guy I recently met.  To be honest, I didn’t quite know how to answer him.  I couldn’t give him a “yes” or “no” because I had no idea what he meant by the term holistic.  To some, the term holistic conjures up images of people who completely shun modern medicine and technology, choosing to live like a hippie in a commune; dreadlocks, infrequent bathing, hemp necklaces, homemade clothing, etc.

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Norton Shores Michigan Chiropractor - By now, just about everybody has heard about the outbreak of a rare form of fungal meningitis that was caused by a “bad batch” of steroid injections.  These injections are commonly used in patients for the treatment of back pain.  This outbreak occurred back in September of 2012 and resulted in more than 400 cases of meningitis nationwide, 32 of which died from the illness.  Michigan led the way with more than 230 cases and 10 deaths.

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Norton Shores Michigan Chiropractor - When new patients (or guests of our current patients) see our chiropractic treatments for the first time, they are usually blown away.  They expected to see something closer to all star wrestling, or maybe even MMA.  Instead, the snapping and cracking is replaced by gentle adjustments performed via precision machines.  This is because we offer the Atlas Orthogonal and Activator Methods chiropractic techniques.  Most people say that they’ve never seen anything like this before and that it must be “something new.”  In a way, they are right.  Compared to traditional chiropractic manipulation (which is over 117 years old) or pre-chiropractic manipulation (which has been around since the Middle Ages) our methods are quite new.

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