Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Wishing You and Your Family a Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving day presents us with a wonderful opportunity to express gratitude to our Creator, friends and loved ones.  Gratitude for all the blessings in our lives as well as the big ones.  For many, Thanksgiving starts the bittersweet holiday ride of coping with illness in the family, the first of many seasons without a spouse, son or daughter, father or mother.  Some days are grimmer and darker than others and some days are filled with the tremendous brightness of love and happiness.

I pray and wish for only the brightest and happiest days for all of you and special strength and healing to those who are wrestling with hardships.  Travel safe and enjoy these days of Thanksgiving.

Blessings,
Dr. Rick Barrett

Friday, November 22, 2013

Thank you, gracias, salamat, merci, danke schön, grazie, obrigado, medusa!

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Yesterday’s 19th annual Thanksgiving food drive and patient appreciation day was a huge success!  Thank you to all those who were able to participate.  Counting how much food was donated is hard to do.  Some patients brought cases of canned food, others huge 25 lb. sacks of flour and sugar.  Others brought multiple bags of groceries and still others gave cash donations that totaled $300!  Our reception area is covered with food.  We even had to remove several chairs.  The staff front desk area is covered and Mary’s office…well, she can barely get to her desk chair.  The East Ft. Bend food pantry will pick it up today.  But, I’m sure we’ll have to get them back out on Monday and Tuesday again because donations will continue to arrive today thru Tuesday for those who couldn’t attend yesterday’s event.  As always I’m humbled by the love and generosity of our patients and community.

Děkuji and blessings,                                                        

Dr. Rick Barrett

P.S.  Special thanks to the vendors and local businesses for their participation and prizes for the raffle!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Give Thanks and Hope

A special holiday event to feed the needy...

Join us for our 19th annual food drive benefitting the East Ft. Bend Human Needs Ministry on November 21st from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Most wanted foods:
Stuffing Mix
Chicken Broth
Sweet Potatoes
Evaporated Milk
Box of Instant Mashed Potatoes
Canned Vegetables
Bag of Sugar
Bag of Flour
Canned Fruits
Package of Gravy Mix
Pie Filling or Cake Mix and Frosting

Thank you for helping those in need.  Together we can make a difference in people's lives.  Please take 2 minutes to watch this video!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Need to Calm Down and De-Stress?

You might want to try this simple yet effective product.

I’ve been testing a new product on myself and a handful of others that has been showing remarkable results.  I’m very excited about it…or should I say…I’m calm about it.
So far reports are coming in of:
·         Squelching fear and anxiety

·         From flying

·         Falling asleep faster and achieving a deeper more restful sleep

·         Being calmer during usual stressful situations

·         Heightened or elevated positive mood
The product: Kava Forte.  It’s produced by one of the world’s leading herbal manufacturers-Medi Herb.
Dr. Kerry Bone is the man behind the company.  He is a relentless researcher, lecturer, and formulator of herbal products.
Kava Forte is designed to promote relaxation and relieve anxious feelings to help you adapt to the pressures of everyday life.
You may find Kava Forte to
·         Calm nerves

·         Promote relaxation and sleep

·         Support the relief of muscular tension

·         Ease the effects of everyday tension and stress

I’ve used different Kava formulations for about 25 years now sometimes getting really good results and other times mediocre.  This new Kava formulation appears to be consistent with excellent results.   Medi Herb’s Kava Forte uses only noble cultivars of Kava-the prized varieties chosen by traditional producers of Kava.  They also are involved in continued research and trials and have a ton (not literal) of technical data on the product that I thought you probably don’t want to read.  I have it though, if you do want to read it.
Bottom line:  I really like the results I’m seeing.  We all suffer from life stress (home or work) resulting  mood swings, depression, anxiety, sleep disturbances, and muscular aches and pains.
This may be a product you want to try.  If it works, you and your family will be happier and healthier!  I clearly expect a run on this product after sending out this message.  You may want to call and reserve a bottle or two.  In case you forgot the number, it’s (281) 499-4810.
Please let me know about your results with the product.
Yours In Health,
Dr. Rick Barrett
P.S.  Of course these statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Health Alert: Please read NOW!

You may be at serious risk from a simple task that you perform routinely.

What is it?

Filling up with fuel at the gas station.

Please don’t dismiss this and stop reading because you believe it doesn’t apply to you. It does. Recently, the son of a patient and two others were casualties…victims of an explosion at a gas pump. This could happen to you too! Think of all the gasoline you use in your life. All the times you fill up your vehicles, boat, jet skis, fuel containers, lawn mowers, etc.

How often do you think about safety and the extreme flammability of the liquid you are handling? A few times? Never?

More than likely, the answer is never. It becomes a routine mindless task.

Have you ever touched someone and received a little electric shock? Ever gotten out of your vehicle and received a little electric shock while closing the door? Most probably you have.
That’s static electricity and can be extremely dangerous when it comes in contact with gasoline fumes.

Guess what happens? Did you say EXPLOSION? You’d be right!

Have you ever read the warning stickers attached to gas pumps? This is what they state…


 "Never fill portable containers that are in or on vehicle.

Always place containers on ground.

Keep nozzle in contact with container while filling.

A static electric spark can occur when filling portable containers sitting on truck bed liners, or on any vehicle’s carpeting or floor matting.

This spark will explosively ignite a gasoline vapor fire and cause SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH."

A few months ago, my patient, Rosie, sent me a pleaful e-mail for prayers. Her son, Julian, and two others, Brandon and Shayne, were severely burned from a fuel pump explosion. At that time she didn’t know the extent of the damage. We started praying immediately and shared the request for prayers. It’s all we could do! While her son fueled a boat the others were sitting in the boat. Then it happened. Suddenly, they were on fire! After jumping from the boat, one of the boys tried to extinguish himself by rolling in a puddle of what he thought was water. It wasn’t. It was more gasoline engulfing him in flames. Fortunately, miraculously, he survived, as did the other two. But he had the most extensive burns. Rosie’s last update read:

“Thank you for your prayers, things are looking very good for the boys. My son and I are in Bethel and he is healing well. Brandon is still in Seattle but is walking now and doing his therapy, Shayne is now back in school. The Lord has given us strength and many blessings. I will be here a little longer to finish my son's wound care. Keep us in your prayers. Thank you.”

What a tragic and unfortunate incident. But there are many lessons in this story for all of us. We are vulnerable through our own carelessness, the fault of others or just some random occurrence at a particular moment in time that impacts us and changes our lives.

Just a few days ago, I stopped to gas up after work. I was using one pump and another vehicle was at the pump directly in front of me. At the direct opposite side of that same pump, a man stopped to fuel up. He was within fifteen feet of me, more or less. As he started to fuel up, I really wasn’t paying attention to him, but then I noticed he had the hatch of the car up and was fueling a gas can inside the trunk of the car! Naturally, this alarmed me and I immediately thought of those boys. Almost simultaneously, my thoughts went to, “Where is the fire extinguisher?” “Where is the emergency shut off valve?” Of course, I couldn’t simply stand there casually pumping gas and watching this potential nightmare unfold. I waved to him and shouted that he was creating a dangerous situation because the gas can should be on the ground, not in the car. Apparently, he didn’t understand me, so I walked towards him gesturing for him to stop fueling and remove the gas can from the car trunk and put it on the ground. I realized he couldn’t speak English as he began talking to someone in the vehicle. I noticed there were two others in the car, so I approached the passenger side and a young Asian woman opened the door to find out what I was trying to communicate. She told me she only spoke a little English, but once I explained, she understood and was very grateful.

Now I don’t know if I averted a disaster, but I’d like to think so. Perhaps I also taught them something very important and they won’t put themselves and others at risk in the future. I could have ignored them, but I felt a real urgency to get involved. It taught me a lesson too. Stay alert, look for fire extinguishers and emergency shut off valves and realize that not everyone at the gas pump reads or understands our language. So don’t hesitate to involve yourself when you witness a potential problem that could have a seriously tragic outcome.

So, what about using cell phones at the gas pump? Experts disagree as always. Some say it appears theoretically possible, but not probable. As a good Irish American, I believe in Murphy’s Law…which has many distinct points. I’m sure you’ve experienced Murphy’s Law many times in your life. Basically, it can be summed up with—whatever can go wrong, will go wrong! And Murphy was an optimist! I’m an optimist also, but I say, “If there is a one in a million chance, I don’t want to be the one.” Besides, that’s not the time to multi task. Think safety first and limit possible risks.

Please forward this information to every one you know. It really could save a life!

Here are some links to a few videos regarding static electricity.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tYO4jvnJHw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wiUBCMdO7Y


Stay Healthy,
Dr. Rick Barrett

P.S. According to the Petroleum Equipment Institute there are three causes of static electricity fires at gas pumps:
1) 50 percent are caused when a person returns to a vehicle during refueling and doesn’t shut the door or touch other metal when leaving the car to remove gas pump nozzle from the car’s fuel pipe.
2) 29 percent are caused when a person unscrews the gas cap.
3) 21 percent occur for other reasons.

Saturday, September 28, 2013


I just had to share this message I received before I left for Colombia.  One of the most touching e-mails I’ve ever received:

Dr. and Mrs. Barrett,

Ken shared your message about the St. Francis Medical Mission work that you do, and I must tell you how inspired I was listening to you describe your mission experiences.  Although I have felt a personal calling to participate in a mission trip for more years than I like to admit, I have unfortunately not yet turned that dream into action.  As a retired school teacher, I have no medical knowledge or medical skills to offer, but am curious as to whether there might be a need on mission trips for someone besides active medical professionals to participate.

As you leave tomorrow for Colombia, please know that I will be praying for you to touch every single person in need that God has hand-picked for you to heal -- physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  May God bless you indeed as He enlarges your territory and ministry to others in Christ's name.  May His hand be with you every step that you take and every breath that you breathe until you are once again safely home in each other's arms.  May He keep you as far from evil, the Evil one and his followers as North is from South, and may He bless you daily, give you rest when you need it most, enable you with strength, patience, discernment, and an extra dose of His wisdom as you meet every challenge during your trip.

Thank you so very much for sharing your message with Ken, so that he could in turn share it with us at Christ United Methodist Church.

Now, go with our prayers, working miracles through Christ.  Miracles which He chose thousands of years ago to be performed at this precise time in history, in the lives of the Columbian people, by you personally.  God bless every member of your team for the remarkable and rewarding work you are about to do.

Gina
Thank you Gina for such a wonderful bon voyage message.  And thanks to all who are praying and have donated to the success of this mission.

Blessings,
Dr. Rick Barrett

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Heading to Colombia soon with medical mission team.

We have a great group of MD’s, dentists, an acupuncturist, another chiropractor, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, translators, general helpers and vision/eyeglass technicians ready to serve.

Some of us have been working together for about 18 years.  But each year brings a few new people to the team.  Recently, we changed our name to the St. Francis Medical Mission.  St. Francis was known as the patron saint of animals, the environment, and is one of the two patron saints of Italy (with Catherine of Siena).   It is customary for Catholic and Anglican churches to hold ceremonies blessing animals on his feast day of October 4th.  He is also known for his love of the Eucharist, his sorrow during the Stations of the Cross, and for the creation of the Christmas crèche or Nativity Scene.
 
 A few weeks ago, I was the keynote speaker for our mission fundraiser.  Mary recorded it on her phone and you can see part of it on YouTube. 

Pope John Paul II in his encyclical letter wrote, “Father, you have given all peoples one common origin, and your will is to gather them as one family in yourself.  Fill the hearts of all with the fire of your love, and the desire to ensure justice for all their brothers and sisters.  By sharing the good things you give us, may we secure justice and equality for every human being, an end to all division, and a human society built on love and peace.”

This year our team will attempt to do a bit of good for our brothers and sisters in Colombia.  Colombia is a country rich in resources and potential, but its rates of poverty and inequality are high.  Decades of armed conflict between the government and drug trafficking militias have resulted in a humanitarian crisis that constantly threatens the rights of Colombia’s people.  In rural areas there is little access to medical care, education and other social services.

 Millions of people (mainly women and children) have been internally displaced by violence.  In 2004 alone, more than a quarter million people were forced from their homes.  Displaced populations have little access to safe water and to basic health and educational services.

 One third of all children are anemic.  Stunting affects 14 percent of children under age five; seven percent of newborns have low birth weight.

 Native American and Afro-Colombian populations suffer the highest rates of poverty, and are twice as likely to have been affected by violent armed conflict.

 If you feel inspired to make a contribution to help the people of Colombia, send your contribution to our office. The address is:
Barrett Health Centers
4642 Riverstone Blvd. 
Missouri City, TX 77459

While in the country, I will attempt to send a few messages and photos through Facebook and perhaps a video to YouTube to keep you informed and involved.

As always, I depend upon your prayers.  Thank you in advance.  Wish us success!

Blessings to you and yours,
Dr. Rick Barrett

 P.S.  Mary and the staff as well as two chiropractors will be taking care of your needs while I’m away from.  I will be out of the office Monday, September 30th and returning October 7th.  See you at 9:00 a.m.!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Today we honor and remember our countrymen.  Average Americans who were needlessly, horrifically slaughtered in the name of hate.  They were innocently going about their lives in the World Trade Center, travelling in planes and working in the Pentagon when their lives were tragically ended and the peace of America was forever altered.

Love conquers all, but love can not afford to turn a blind eye to reckless and callous evil.

We are charged with a commandment of loving our neighbors as we love ourselves.

Our enemies view love and compassion as weakness, but it is our strength.  And because of our love, we will always fight for justice, freedom, equality and family.  Always remember, continue to honor, and remain vigilant.

Respectfully,
Dr. Rick Barrett

Monday, September 9, 2013

Something to Consider

Long term non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) linked to cancer…this reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association

Regular use (two or more times a week) of non-aspirin NSAIDS upped the risk of renal cell cancer in this 16-year study of more than 120,000 adults:
            Cancer Risk
(Odds Ratio)
Nonregular use 1.00 (reference)           
4-9 years of use 1.36
10 or more years of use 2.92

Source: ChoE, et al. Prospective evaluation of analgesic use and risk of renal cell cancer.  JAMA Int Med, 2011; 171 (16):1487-93.
I find the results of this study interesting and simply one more reason to avoid NSAIDS.

There are many safe alternatives to counter act inflammation and reduce or eliminate pain.  As well as dietary changes because certain foods cause inflammation and painful joints.  Want to know more?  Let’s talk or come to one of my workshops.  Our fall seminar series begins now.  I will have both lunch and dinner seminars this season.
Our first seminar is this Thursday, September 12th  at 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.  I’ve invited a guest speaker and author, Lisa Helffrich, RDN.  Lisa travels the world giving seminars to doctors.  We are very fortunate that she will be carving out some time to share her expertise with our patients.

We will serve a light healthy lunch, so come ready to learn. 

The topic: Keep Your Kids Healthy!

But as always, we can spend a little time discussing other concerns such as NSAID use and alternatives.

Yours in Health,

Dr. Rick Barrett

P.S.  Please RSVP for the seminar so we can order enough food and have seating.  It is limited!  (281) 499-4810
 
 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Wow...I just got a really nice surprise! I received a text from a friend and former staffer that said I was voted the Best Chiropractor in Fort Bend by readers of Living The Vibrant Life Magazine. (Fort Bend edition- August issue) Thanks to everyone who voted! It's been an honor and blessing to have served our community for 20 years.

I've treated M.D.'s, nurses, police and fire personnel, dentists, FBI agents, Rabbis, Priests, clergy of all kind, several mayors, EMT's, business leaders, coaches, pro-athletes, amateur athletes, cross- country truckers, moms and dads, children, the elderly and so on.

I've always attempted to do my very best, treat all my patients with dignity and respect, and render care for them as if they were my family. My mom would say I should treat them better than I do my family...but that's another story.

Seriously, thanks go to every patient I've ever treated. My life is enriched by each of you. Now I need to go and get a copy of Living Magazine.

Blessings,
Dr. Rick Barrett

Living Magazine
 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Good News and Update on Alfred!

You may remember that Alfred desperately needed help with his living situation. He is a highly educated and experienced psychologist of notable standing that has positively influenced many lives over his career. Through a series of very tragic and sad circumstances, he had everything stripped away from him and ultimately wound up living in a deplorable trailer in... the Texas hill country. This man has a tremendous amount still to offer our world. His only obstacle...age. It's hard to get a job at 88 years old.

Mary, some others and I have committed to helping Dr. Jones. Those of you who have supported our effort with prayers and financial resources have changed Alfred's life already. Perhaps saved it. I'm not exaggerating. He looks healthier and happier.

Mary and I have had several more opportunities to visit with him and I am amazed by him and by his stories.

In fact, on our last visit two weeks ago, I told him that the guy on the Dos Equis commercial should be stripped of his title, because Dr. Alfred Jones is actually the most interesting man in the world! He laughed and said, "Wait till I tell you about my father. He was a spy for the British. He was the most interesting man in the world."

All I can say is...wow. Alfred has told us stories about Queen Elizabeth, Margaret Thatcher, several presidents and more. I've encouraged him to write about these things...that people would find it all fascinating. I believe he will.

He wrote a message with a request to deliver it to all of you. On behalf of Mary and I, thank you for helping save Alfred. You'll be amazed by him.

From Alfred:

Dear Friends of the clinic,

There is no way I can adequately express my appreciation for your kindness. My ability to continue with a life of service was cut short because of my inability at age 88 to manage daily living. My circumstances were at best difficult. With your help, I am now able to live in a much greater degree of comfort and return to my writing. I have to pace myself, but life is so much more productive both physically and emotionally.

I have agreed to share my life story as it pertains to two wars, my work with the World Health Organization and more importantly, my many years in the academic and Christian mission field in China and Korea. Because of your help, I am now able to continue the work of letting everyone know about America and what needs to be done in Asia.

With sincere gratitude,
Alfred Jones, Ph.D.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Do You Miss These Days?

Do you miss moments like this?
I do.  Unfortunately, many kids today don't get an opportunity to experience them in our modern world.  This photo triggers great memories from my youth.  Perhaps for you too.  Kids with an entrepreneurial spirit and enjoying some simple fun.  I fear these types of moments may be slipping away from this great nation. 

Our independence was fought hard for with no small cost.  Fought for by men and women of courage.  Freedom (of all kinds) is an inalienable right given by God for all  people.  Independence won once is not guaranteed for eternity.  It must be continually appreciated, yearned for and fought for on all levels...always.

Happy 4th of July!  Let freedom ring in our hearts, and actions.  Continue to pray for our country, our military sons and daughters and freedom for all people of all nations who suffer oppression.  Be safe and enjoy your holiday!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Here's Another One For The "We Just Can't Win" Category

You know not to go outside because the sun's UV rays can kill you dead in an instant.  (O.K....slowly damage you over many years and then kill you.)  That's if sodas, tobacco, alcohol, gluten, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, genetically modified foods, drugs (medical and non), pesticides, hormones, herbicides, car wrecks, fire, electricity, terrorists, boating accidents, plane crash, asteroids, or gang bangers don't kill you first.

What you probably don't know is that going green either voluntarily or by force, by switching from regular incandescent harmless never hurt anybody and works great.  Oh yes, and cheap regular old light bulbs to those irritating, ugly, annoying to the eyes, twirly fluorescent expensive light bulbs, you could be causing serious damage to yourself and need to lather on the U.V. sunscreen inside your home or office!

I'm crazy?  ...You say.  Well, you might be right.

But apparently someone has spent some money for Stony Brook University to research compact fluorescent bulbs.

What they suggest:  use a lamp shade (of course not clear) or keep the light two to three feet away from you.

Maybe Coppertone can cut a deal with G.E. to package sunscreen with every bulb sold. 

Just thought you should know.

Stay Healthy,
Dr. Rick Barrett

P.S.  I'm waiting for the next million dollar lawsuit here.  Don't laugh!  It's coming.  I think I'll call my lawyer now and cash in!


SBU Study Reveals Harmful Effects of CFL Bulbs to Skin

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Thyroid Disorders, Hormones, Nutritional Supplements, Iodine, Salt, Cholesterol Drugs, Drug Reactions and More Were All Part Of…

A Holistic Approach to Overcoming Thyroid Disorders medical seminar I attended two weeks ago.  A group of about 100 attended this lecture.  The majority were Chiropractors,   maybe ten or so M.D.’s, a few Nutritionists and one Pharmacist.  It was a nice group of professionals and I made some great contacts.

Staying current on procedures, treatment options, statistics and research have always been important to me.  Why?

1)    I enjoy it

2)    It helps me to deliver the best possible care to my patients

3)    The more I know the better resource for healing and education I can be for my patients

4)    I satisfy my requirements to practice in the state of Texas. 

Important right?

The seminar reinforced much of what I attempt to educate patients about every day in my practice.  But I did pick up a few new jewels of wisdom that many of you will benefit from.

What you may not know is many of the lectures I attend like this one, are given by Medical Doctors who work with, appreciate, teach and learn from Chiropractors.

Unfortunately, there aren’t enough MD’s that are truly interested in anything other than blindly following the tragic and harmful path of doling out dangerous medications.

Those MD’s who have questioned that path,  stepped off of it and onto a holistic path that we Chiropractors are on, often are black listed, ridiculed and criticized by their colleagues.  You may know some of the big names like Deepak Chopra, Andrew Weil, Julian Whitaker and in the last few years, Dr. Oz.   There are countless others, most not in the national spotlight.

David Brownstein is the Medical Doctor who gave the lecture on thyroid disorders.  I’ve wanted to meet him for a while now.   He’s written about eleven books on natural healing.  He was a traditional MD that believed like many, what he was taught in med school—don’t associate with or ever refer to Chiropractors.  We are evil.

Dr. Brownstein had become extremely disillusioned with medicine, the problem drugs were causing in patients and the lack of results!

He had serious discussions with his wife about quitting the profession.  That’s a huge decision.  Fortunately she introduced him to a Chiropractor (that he didn’t really want to meet), but would ultimately change his path and his life.  That decision has translated to thousands of patients eliminating their medications and healing naturally.  Not to mention it also put him on the road of writing and lecturing.

Brownstein cited statistics, and studies that would bore most of you.  Such as:

∙ over 100,000 people die each year from properly prescribed medications

∙over 500% increase risk in breast cancer in women deficient in progesterone

∙1,000% increase risk in developing cancer of any sort in women deficient of progesterone

Are you aware that the #1 cause of death in this country is due to medical drugs, medical procedures and cancers caused by nuclear scans?  You’ve likely heard me talk about this before if you’ve attended one of my lectures or read some of my articles or books.

 Brownstein also spoke about the pitifully poor quality of the majority of nutritional products available to consumers.  Again, something I speak about incessantly and every patient who sits with me for a nutritional consultation gets to hear.

You know, I’m amazed by humans.  We fall from one end of the spectrum to the other.  Example?

Some people buy nutritional supplements from places like warehouse stores, drugstores, and the like.  Buying quantity for the lowest possible price.  (They delude themselves into believing that they are getting a great deal for their dollar.  We all love bargains, sales and free, things, etc.  Don’t we?

But should we sacrifice quality, performance and results for a bargain?  I don’t think so.

Others buy a product because they identify with a brand or store they believe is good. i.e. Whole Foods, GNC, etc.

Then there’s the group that is attracted by outrageously high pricing and names or ingredients that appear or sound exotic.  Something from a distant land, with a foreign name, from the top of the Himalayas, to the depths of the oceans, or from deep in the rain forest or outer space.  All seem to hypnotically entrance some people and trigger a belief that the product must obviously be superior!

I’ve even seen one product that has lutein, grape skin extract, selenium, Co-Q 10 with special processing that costs but a mere $350 per month!  Are they serious?  Listen, don’t get taken in.  You don’t want to buy garbage, but you don’t need to lose your mind and spend too much either.  Generally too low or too high, don’t bother.  Do expect to pay more for better products, however.  You will get results.  Most doctors carry high quality products, while most retail stores don’t.  Sorry that’s the fact of life.  Know the source, but don’t get taken in.

I’ve seen people’s lives change with a $60 consultation and maybe a hair analysis, or food allergy test and some reasonably priced high quality nutritional products.  I’ve also had patients throw away bags full of products worth hundreds of dollars because the supplements were junk and not doing a bit of good for them.  The goal is not to be on the most products but to supplement some key ingredients for a therapeutic benefit.  And this can be done without spending $2000 to $5000 for testing, consultation, and products.  Unfortunately, I’ve seen patients run in to this trap too with some doctors in our area.

After Dr. Brownstein changed to a holistic practice, he would write scripts for nutritional supplements to be purchased at the health food store.  He did this because he thought it was “beneath him to sell nutritional products”.  But what he learned is something I’ve taught you…most nutritional supplements are not good quality!  His patients weren’t getting well.    So, Brownstein began spending his own money, sending products out for independent lab testing.  He was shocked and appalled by the majority of products from retail stores.  He found what we have—there are a handful of really good companies that guarantee their products are:

∙consistent potency from one bottle and pill to the next.

∙the product in the bottle is actually the product that is supposed to be in the bottle

Biotics is one company that both he and I rely on.  We get great results and our patients love them.   I have used them for many years because of their superior quality and the team of experts that formulate their products.

The bottom line for the patient = effective results.

Oh yes…and for those 70 million people who are gluten sensitive (68 million seem to be patients of mine).  All Biotics Research products are gluten free!  This is over 300 products.  Other companies may boast one or two gluten free products.

Another area that Brownstein spent a lot of time on was the use of iodine, the right type and dosages of iodine.  Most of you know this is a product we love to use in our practice because it really transforms lives.  Some of his case histories were fascinating.  One was even his nurse.  I’m sure she wasn’t thrilled about being discussed at a seminar.  We both agreed iodine supplementation can give dramatic effects in a short period of time.  Typically patients will lose their “brain fog”, increase concentration and see dramatically improved energy fairly rapid.  But many other problems disappear too.

Brownstein also spoke about toxicities in the body and medical drugs that destroy our nutrients.  A good reference on this is the handout by Spectracell Laboratories “Do the Prescriptions You Take Deplete Your Nutritional Status?” Likely it’s stuck in a drawer somewhere.  Go find it.  Check any medications you are taking to see how it’s depleting certain key nutrients and what health problems could result.  If you don’t have the chart, let me know.  I’ll send it to you, or you can come and get one.  Here are a few examples from the chart. 

Anti-Inflammatories             

Deplete these nutrients:                   What potential health problems might result?

 Vitamin D                                           Osteoporosis, muscle weakness, hearing loss

Vitamin B6                                          Depression, sleep disturbances, increased cardiovascular disease risk

Chromium                                           Elevated blood sugar, cholesterol and triglycerides, diabetes risk

Diabetic Drugs

Coenzyme Q10                                    Various cardiovascular problems, weak immune system, low energy

Vitamin B12                                        Anemia, depression, tiredness, weakness, increased cardiovascular risk

Antacids/Ulcer Medications

Calcium                                               Osteoporosis, heart and blood pressure irregularities, tooth decay

Iron                                                      Anemia, weakness, fatigue, hair loss, brittle nails

Cholesterol Drugs

Coenzyme Q10                                    Various cardiovascular problems, weak immune system, low energy

To stay healthy you must keep your physiology (your internal chemistry) balanced.  Not bombard yourself with medications.  Ideally we should get all the right nutrients our bodies need from our foods.  But that is not realistic in today’s world.  Don’t fool yourself; you need nutritional supplements as much as I do.

This article is getting way too long and I haven’t even scratched the surface.  Let’s talk.  If we haven’t consulted on nutrition or your unwanted health problems in a while, let’s get updated.  Give me a call.  (281) 499-4810

You may also want to read one of Dr. Brownstein’s many books.   You’ll find he recommends much of the same types of supplements and treatments that we do.  But it’s nice to have a second opinion.  Let me know if you want to pursue changing your health.

Now, there are a few things that only a prescribing doctor can help you with.  I can’t take you off your medications, but I can show you what works for others and I teach you what I and my family do to keep healthy, which allow us to be drug free.  Interested?  If you have a good relationship with your MD, and he or she is alternative minded we can work as a team for your benefit.

Oh yeah…one last thing.  Brownstein really hammered statin drugs and discussed the research.  I hate to keep saying I’ve told you this before but…

A four year study followed thirty severely ill diabetic patients.  The result?  No difference between Lipitor and placebo in terms of combined risks of heart attacks, strokes and death.  When fatal strokes looked at individually, fatal strokes found to be over 200% higher in Lipitor group.

I realize sometimes hearing it from another source or an “M.D.” makes it more real for you.  That’s okay.

Bottom line.—I want you and yours to live a long healthy life. 

Stop believing commercials and advertising.  Look at the research.  Everything I share with you is documented.  I read other doctor’s research and you can too, if you want to be bored.  Anyway, I’ve always got your “back” and I’m here to help however I can, whenever you want.

Blessings,

Dr. Rick Barrett

P.S.  Mention this article and my staff will give you a 10% discount on your next nutritional supplement purchase.

 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

I Just Wanted to Share Something Fun...

As I've said many times before, I am blessed to have a great chiropractic practice full of wonderful, talented, loving and giving patients.  It is the patients who truly give me the strength to continue to do what I do and have fun with it.  Because, believe me, the insurance companies do their best to make patients, doctors and their staff miserable.  I love coming to the office every day.  It's a blessing to be a part of helping someone heal.

Often times, patients give me wonderful gifts of appreciation.  It could be cookies, home made gluten-free zucchini bread, bourbon (okay...forget I said that one, alcohol is very, very bad) or just a thank you card with a personal message.

Well, just the other day, my patient Maurice, brought me a poem that he had written for me.  It's so great I just had to share it with you.  Maurice writes poetry of all kinds, is an opera aficionado, sings, etc.  He has a powerful, captivating British voice which I find delightful especially when he reads his writings.  Believe me, when I read his works out loud, it is a pitiful comparison...like a kitten's meow compared to a lion's roar.

Maurice truly breathes life into the piece.  I think he could make one cry if he read the ingredients on a cereal box out loud.  Obviously, I'm attempting to verbally illustrate the power, grace and elegance of his voice and likely failing.  So with no further ado...my gift from Maurice...

My Chiropractor Dr. B
 
High on my list of those who've influenced me
Would be my chiropractor Dr. B
I've known him now for more than twenty years
He's eased my pain and calmed my fears
I know he's passionate about his work
A true believer who would never shirk
Biblical injunctions to those in need
Who barely have the means themselves to feed
Much less to pay for treatment only he
Inspired by charity can give for free
This gives me comfort, hope and confidence
To lie upon his couch, so much less tense
God knows it takes a lot of faith, by heck
To let a man manipulate your neck
 
 
I hope you enjoyed it as much as I.  Thank you Maurice and to each and every patient who has blessed me by allowing me to be part of your healing experience.
 
Blessings,
Dr. Rick Barrett