Diet & Lifestyle

Perhaps 80% or more of all illness can be prevented with proper diet, effective exercise, social support, training of mental attitude, and freedom from exposure to harmful chemicals.

A selection of Dr. Lavine’s articles on diet & lifestyle

Four nutrients it’s hard to get on a vegan diet

Four nutrients it’s hard to get on a vegan diet

Meat? There are many problems with the way meat is produced. It ruins the environment. It makes animals’ lives ...
Why I source my herbs in Australia

Why I source my herbs in Australia

The potential benefits of herbal medicines is an active area of scientific research. Sourcing medicinal herbs in Australia has advantages.
Nitric oxide and your health

Nitric oxide and your health

Nitric oxide is a key molecule for health because it signals your arteries to dilate. This article covers the three main ways to boost nitric oxide levels.
Do we really need to drink all that water?

Do we really need to drink all that water?

If you’re like me, you’ve probably heard that drinking 8 glasses of water a day of 8 ounces each is good for your ...
My blood pressure quest. Chapter 3: Mercury in my hair

My blood pressure quest. Chapter 3: Mercury in my hair

High levels of mercury can contribute to high blood pressure; hair testing of heavy metals can reveal the problem and point to a solution.
Heartburn, reflux & GERD

Heartburn, reflux & GERD

Symptoms of reflux are commonly managed with prescriptions for PPI's. But the functional diagnostic medicine approach digs deeper.
Chapter 1: My blood pressure quest. The commitment

Chapter 1: My blood pressure quest. The commitment

Tests for blood pressure are a routine part of medical checkups and over the years that's become a concern of ...
Which is the more sophisticated technology?

Which is the more sophisticated technology?

Before you answer, consider this: Over millions of years, plants have develop sophisticated chemical ...
Does this supplement solve the exercise paradox?

Does this supplement solve the exercise paradox?

Even though exercise is one of the best ways to improve your ability to deal with stress, exercise itself is ...
Fructose is bad for you

Fructose is bad for you

Since it’s found in fruits, sugar has always been a part of the human diet. Grains and dairy foods also contain ...
No wonder we’re all starved of nutrients despite an abundance of food

No wonder we’re all starved of nutrients despite an abundance of food

This chart says it all. It shows the woefully low point to which American agriculture has sunk. It shows the ...
Give your immune system a nutritional boost

Give your immune system a nutritional boost

The main functions of body's immune system are Protecting against infection Clearing damaged tissues, ...
New research: why you should eat lots of different kinds of foods

New research: why you should eat lots of different kinds of foods

Four different research studies document the health value of a diversity of foods.
Intermittent fasting — a new path to better health

Intermittent fasting — a new path to better health

It's not only what you eat, it's when you eat.
Nutrients in context

Nutrients in context

The nutrients in food are most easily absorbed when they're part of the overall food matrix.

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Is chiropractic care gentle?

Dr. Lavine uses a range of treatment methods, some of which are extremely gentle. Part of his experience lies in choosing the right style of treatment to get you system functioning better as quickly as possible.

Are there negative side-effects?

The most common side effects of chiropractic care are positive ones – feeling healthier and more robust. Another common side effect is a temporary increase in soreness. This typically resolves within a day or two. More significant side effects – worsening your underlying condition or creating a problem you didn’t already have – are exceedingly rare.

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Maybe. One method that Dr. Lavine uses is manipulation of the joints of the spine. This sometimes results in a popping noise as the spinal joints regain their normal mobility pattern. It’s a safe and painless procedure. Nonetheless, it’s not suitable in all cases and it’s never suitable for someone who doesn’t feel comfortable with that method of treatment.

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I’ve heard that people keep coming to their chiropractor for months or even years. Is that true?

Most patients will begin to respond positively within a handful of treatments. Once they’ve achieved their initial goals, some patients choose to continue with periodic tune-up visits to alleviate stress as it builds up and keep on top of their game. That’s an individual choice.

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There are occasional situations in which imagining tests such as Xrays or MRIs would be useful in determining your diagnosis. But this is infrequent.

What specific methods does Dr. Lavine use?

Dr. Lavine uses a variety of manual therapy techniques designed to help your body reorganize itself to alleviate pain and allow for an optimal pattern of body movement. Broadly, there are three components of treatment: mobilization and manipulation of the joints, connective tissue treatment, and therapeutic movement. Within each of these three broad categories there are innumerable specific types of treatment that Dr. Lavine is skilled in. Every patient is different and every treatment plan is unique.

Will Dr. Lavine work with my regular medical doctor? Orthopedist? Physical therapist?

Of course. With your permission, he’ll send a complete report outlining his examination findings and treatment plan to any of your other physicians or therapists.

Will Dr. Lavine show me what to do to prevent my problem from coming back?

Yes. Any treatment plan also includes self-care tips, therapeutic exercises to do at home, and useful lifestyle modifications to deal with ongoing stressors.

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