My Tips for Traveling with Low Back Pain


Let’s face it, it’s hard to drive long distances with back pain.  The ideal situation would be to get out of the car every 20-30 minutes to stand, move around, or stretch, but that’s not too practical, especially traveling long distances.  Here’s my tricks to try to bring relief to the low back pain sufferer. Pack the above items for your car ride: a cooler, gel ice pack, a hand towel, a small pillow, water and coconut water.  The cooler is for the ice pack, water and coconut water.  The beverages are for hydration to avoid muscle cramping. Your car may or may not have a lumbar support, but that does not matter.  You have a small pillow and rolled up hand towel for support. Switch between the lumbar support, the pillow and towel throughout the trip. I tell my patients to keep changing the amount of lumbar support to have your back experience different angles, but if one really suits you, then stick with that.  Use the ice pack as needed for pain control.  Remember that ice is one of the strongest anti inflammatories over the counter.  Some rules of thumb when using ice: a gel pack is most comfortable, never apply ice directly to skin (wrap it with the hand towel), apply for 15 minutes only, you can optimize icing by applying the ice every 2 hours. Last, but probably most importantly, when you start to experience some discomfort, recline you seat back slightly.  This opening of the seat angle takes pressure off the disc and nerve.  If you are in extreme discomfort, it is best to go to a rest stop, walk a little bit and stretch gently. 

Happy, safe and comfortable travels!

My Protocol for Getting Rid of Poison Ivy Naturally and Quickly

Since my daughter was little, she has been extremely allergic to poison ivy.  I’ve had to come up with a method that was both safe and natural to get rid of it quickly.  Poison ivy can be contracted from direct contact with the plant or also from contaminated clothes, garden tools, and even pets.
1) Upon contact with poison ivy or even if you think you might have brushed up against it like on a hike, wash as soon as possible with jewelweed soap.  The phytochemicals in the leaves of the jewelweed are used to help counteract skin irritants from other plants like poison ivy and oak. I found the soap at my local Agway, however there are many recipes on the internet to make it yourself.  If you can’t find jewelweed soap, then you can purchase Technu skin cleanser which is found in pharmacies, to help remove the poison ivy oil and prevent the spread of the rash.

2) You can use Technu anti-itch spray (ages 2 years and older), if you are itchy.  It is homeopathic and herbal and I use it instead of calamine lotion.

3) I use Rhus toxicondrendrum 30c, 2 times per day.  It is a homeopathic remedy taken orally.  Use for approximately 3 days.  In my opinion, it is the Rhus toxicondrendrum that helps ameliorate the symptoms and rash very quickly.  Remember, we heal from the inside out.

4) Lastly, don’t forget to wash any clothing, pets or tools that may be contaminated. 

Lamb Meatballs

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Marc and I made these delicious lamb meatballs last night using Sabra’s hummus and tzatziki sauce.  Here’s our recipe. Enjoy with cut up veggies with hummus and roasted asparagus. Ingredients -1 lb of ground lamb (we bought lamb shoulder and trimmed and ground it ourselves with one onion) -2 oz of Sabra classic hummus -1/2 […]

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Natural Remedies for the Common Cold

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This past fall I had the honor of teaching at Western Connecticut State University and I wrote and taught a class never been offered before on food as medicine, supplements, herbs and homeopathy.  I taught each section individually and then at the end of the semester, as a class, we used all of what we […]

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Stress and the Effect on One’s Health

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   The key to optimal health is the avoidance of stress (see types of stress below) and the implementation of healthy habits.  One of the most important jobs I have as a chiropractor is to help people discover their sources of stress and eliminate them or help improve them.  I also, teach people healthy habits […]

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The King of Antioxidants – Chocolate

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    Oh thank God for chocolate or I should really say raw cacao!  There about 40 different health benefits of chocolate.  Number one in my book, is that it is nature’s most powerful antioxidant.  It is much higher in antioxidants than red wine, blueberries, green tea, gogi berries and acai.  Let me define some parts […]

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Just Say NO to Sugar

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   Sugar is getting some bad press recently.  It’s consumption has been linked to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and cancer. Sugar raises triglyceride levels, promotes cavities, lowers your immune system, feeds bacteria, yeast, and some cancers.  Simply put, sugar is devastating to your health.  According to Dr. Mercola, sugar is more addictive than cocaine, […]

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A Healthy Polenta Recipe

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  Marc and I love this recipe.  We have made it as an appetizer and served it at our dinner parties and have made it for a main dish for dinner when we don’t want something so filling.  It is easy, quick, and delicious.  I make this polenta dish a little different each time, depending on […]

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Is Coffee Really Bad for You?

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My favorite coffee cup. Throughout the years I have heard from some of my patients: “I’m trying to eat really healthy now, I even gave up coffee.” In my head I’m thinking I never thought coffee was so bad for your health, so I decided to do some research. Of course, I always want to […]

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The Importance of a Regular Bowel Movement

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When I encounter patients that say I just don’t feel well or I ache all over, I have to think outside the mechanical musculoskeletal box and think in terms of what is out of balance systemically. One of the many important topics I need to address is whether or not they are having a well […]

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