Chiropractic — A Medical Doctor’s Perspective By David Perlmutter, MD

I wrote an article for the Naples Daily News, “Chiropractic Medicine — Effective Alternative for Pain, Studies Show.” The response that followed was surprising.

logo Naples Daily News betterPredictably, I received several complimentary letters and phone calls from chiropractors in the community. On the other hand, my physician colleagues were obviously less than pleased with my portrayal of chiropractors as being conscientious and effective health care practitioners.

It is our duty as health care providers to give our patients the very best care available. If a physician is unable to provide a modality which may be effective in the treatment of a medical problem, then, without question, the patient should be referred to someone who may be able to offer this type of treatment. Clearly, “If your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.” This is why I frequently refer patients to chiropractors as well as acupuncturists, massage therapists, osteopaths, or to any one I feel may have something to offer my patient.

In researching chiropractic, I was pleased to learn that chiropractors receive a considerable amount of training in nutrition during their six years of chiropractic education. This contrasts significantly with medical school. It is estimated that only one-fifth of the medical schools in this country require courses in nutrition. What this seems to indicate is by encouraging an understanding of nutrition, chiropractic is more attuned with disease prevention rather than simply disease treatment.

As a neurologist and medical director of a physical rehabilitation facility, a large part of my practice deals with various syndromes. Some patients do well with straightforward medical treatment, using non-steroid, anti-inflammatory medications, etc. Other patients seem to do well after a course of physical therapy involving both active and passive modalities. Frequently, I refer patients for chiropractic evaluation and treatment and more often than not I am gratified by the response that my patients get.

Perhaps this article should have been published in a medical doctor’s journal as opposed to “DC.” In my experience, chiropractors have always known when it was appropriate to obtain consultation on a patient from another specialty. Medical doctors, however, have always seemed unlikely to refer patients to chiropractors, and this is not only unfortunate but also unfair since it deprives patients of a potentially useful modality.

There is no one discipline that has a corner on the market of techniques useful in patient care. No one discipline has all the tools. Hopefully, with time my medical colleagues will learn to concentrate on the ultimate goal of providing patients with the best chance of feeling better and realize that chiropractic has a lot to offer.

David Perlmutter, M.D.

Naples, Florida


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The pros and cons of “Google University”

Self-diagnosisYou have pain in your shoulder that won’t go away. You’ve tried “everything” from icing it, rubbing it, taking pain medication, and no matter what you do it doesn’t seem to get better. So what is the next logical step? Open the computer to search for the answer at “Google University.”

After you arrive at “WebMD Hospital,” you input your symptoms and BAM! There it is, your answer! Just as you suspected, you have Johne’s Disease. The next logical step is to pick up the phone, call your husband and pour out all your emotions while apologizing for the many regrets you have in your life, because this is it. The end is finally here.

We’ve all done something like this in a desperate attempt to find out what is going on in our bodies. But I’d bet that 99% of the time, ok I’ll give you 80% of the time, G.U. was wrong. Why? Because the internet diagnosis can’t take the place of a face to face encounter with your highly-trained health care provider.

There certainly are good answers to be found on the internet, but you really have to go to a reputable source. Often times, those sources are only accessible to licensed and trained medical professionals. It’s not snobbery, it’s wisdom.

One of Sprained Uterus cartoonmy very favorite teachers throughout chiropractic school repeatedly reminded the class of this very solid and profound truth: “You don’t know what you don’t know.” Think about that for a minute. You have no idea the depth of the knowledge and understanding there is to be learned. You may already know a lot, but you have no idea what you don’t know!

Here’s an example of how a myriad of symptoms one person was experiencing lead them to a horrifying self-diagnosis.

Severe headaches


Numbness and tingling in all extremities

Muscle weakness in all extremities

Blurred or double vision in the evenings

Stuttering/Slurred/Scanning speech

Tearing eyes with pain

Head, neck and low back pain

Deep boring pain in one arm

Chronic fatigue

Weight gain

Foot drop

Pain waking them up at night

Nothing makes the symptoms better/worse

Much to their horror, their symptoms were associated with: Bone tumor, Brain tumor, Myesthenia Gravis, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, Disc herniations, muscle sprain/strains, obesity, stress, and extensive vitamin & mineral deficiencies. Terrifying right?!? Without a solid understanding of the patient’s history, taking x-rays and considering whether additional specialized tests or blood labs are necessary, a reliable diagnosis cannot be made. Therefore, doing an internet search was clearly poor resource for answers.

I know, you’re chomping at the bit to know what is the person’s diagnosis? After an extensive history, x-rays, labs and other specialized tests… drum roll please…the official diagnosis was extensive” Vitamin & Mineral deficiency due to Leaky Gut caused by Stress.”

There was no need to pick up the phone in tears and call a family meeting. However, this is a complex case, requiring immediate attention. After proper diet and nutritional counseling was conducted from this person’s qualified primary care provider- their chiropractor, the symptoms disappeared and fears were relieved with well organized, conservative, and appropriate care.

If you’re on the fence about seeking a chiropractic consultation about a list of symptoms you may be experiencing, I’d encourage you to call and make that appointment! Remember, “You don’t know what you don’t know!” But I do promise you this, it’s unlikely you have Johne’s Disease (Google it!) =)

Why food allergies, autoimmune diseases, and cancer are on a steep upward climb in America

I hear these questions asked all the time: “How come all of a sudden everyone has a gluten allergy or other food allergies? How on earth can food cause cancer?” If this is a question you have ever heard or even asked yourself, I encourage you to watch the link below to a TED Talk with Robyn O’Brien.

“Robyn shares her personal story and how it inspired her current path as a “Real Food” evangelist. Grounded in a successful Wall Street career that was more interested in food as good business than good-for-you, this mother of four was shaken awake by the dangerous allergic reaction of one of her children to a “typical” breakfast. Her mission to unearth the cause revealed more about the food industry than she could stomach, and impelled her to share her findings with others. Informative and inspiring.”

Vaccine Refusal Letter


This message is too important to ignore!

Parents, you have a right to educate yourself regarding the risks and benefits vaccinating your children may have. The following link to a vaccine refusal letter is worth the read. It is also worth submitting for your child’s health records, should you decide the risks outweigh the benefits. Do not feel pressured/bullied into making a decision. Please take the time to consider what is right for the health of your child and your family.  http://www!vaccine-refusal-form/cno1


Quality Control rules the day with Vitamins and Supplements


Quality Control is Critical

Ever wondered what all the hype is about regarding vitamins and supplements? Come on, is this a marketing ploy by nutriceuticals to just make money? While this can often be said of really every company known to mankind, do understand that is why they are in business– to make money. Isn’t that why you work or own a business? The bottom line is you need to make money. So you’ll market yourself or your business by whatever means possible to that end.

That said, understanding what your body needs to achieve and maintain the health and vitality you desire and deserve is the first step in determining what products to consume. The second step is deciphering the QUALITY of the products available before you purchase. Be a smart consumer, research the products you consume for their safety, manufacturing quality, 3rd party investigations regarding their claims of quality, safety and efficacy. Stop and think 3 times before you buy over the counter products. These products tend to be made with the least quality, most fillers, and unnatural materials possible — that’s why they are so affordable, or should we dare say “cheap!”  Talk to your primary care provider or nutrition specialist about what products and companies they recommend. Should they recommend something you can get off the shelf at a drug store, find another medical professional who recommends reputable products. Remember quality does not = expensive, and affordable does not always = quality.

Let’s get real here. The reality is you are a human being not a consumer. Your body is a temple. You were created in the Image of Almighty God. Your temple, the image of God, desires to be well, healthy, vibrant and can really only be fully that when you make wise choices. These choices include what you put into your temple. We all agree grabbing whatever from where ever and doing whatever whoever says is not wise, right? Well then, it’s your responsibility to ask for wisdom when it comes to your health and nutritional needs. Proverbs 2:1-3 says, “My child, listen to me and treasure my instructions. Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight and undertanding. Search for them as you would for lost money or hidden treasure.”

Eight years ago when I was very sick and desperate for healing in my own personal life, wisdom instructed a friend to refer me to a chiropractor to see if they could help. I went to the chiropractor then and trusted their wisdom. I am well today because I listened to Wisdom– wisdom from God and wisdom from my chiropractor’s knowledge and experience.

Chiropractors are well studied and tend to carry high quality whole-food or natural vitamins and supplements. They have gained wisdom and knowledge during their academic studies as well as in their years of experience as healthcare providers that you probably don’t have. I encourage you to utilize their wisdom and knowledge. They are a very good source for most all your nutrition needs and typically are well connected in the community with other outstanding nutrition practitioners and healthcare providers, making them a great starting point.

So while there is a massive amount of products out there and so many options to choose from that are quite overwhelming, find a healthcare provider you trust, earnestly seek wisdom and tune your ear towards understanding.

“…freedom to say NO to the GOOD things in life, so you can say YES to the BEST things!”

I read this quote this week in the fall issue of CAKE&WHISKEY Magazine.

Sometimes in life we get to a cross roads and have to choose between two paths. Both paths appear well trodden. Both will get us from point A to point B accomplishing the tasks we have been well trained to do. Neither one is a bad choice. Neither is more dangerous than the other. Both will require a lot of energy and will-power to navigate the terrain. Neither path is longer path than the other. So what do you do? How do you choose which path to take? Ever been faced with this kind of a decision?

I am officially two weeks from graduating from chiropractic school and a few months from becoming a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic. What an unbelievable journey the last 4.5+ years have been! I have never worked so hard and so tirelessly for something I know I was called by GOD to do! I knew it then and I know it now. There has never been a doubt in mind. I can honestly say, I never wanted to give up.

Now here I stand at a cross roads of sorts with two good choices in front of me. Do I turn to the left and take that path or do I turn to the right and take that path. Let’s just say I did what my mentor told me to do, “Ask God!” Yup! It was just that simple. Well, after I asked Him. Up to that point I wrestled for days, losing sleep, feeling sick, etc… over what the right choice for me was. It wasn’t until I asked God, that He revealed to me the BEST choice.

You see, neither choice was bad, but I needed to choose. I needed to say no to the GOOD choice before me, so that I could say yes to the BEST choice. And by BEST I mean, the one that fits me like my favorite pair of jeans. You know, the ones you can wear all day long and never wish they had an elastic waist band. The BEST choice!

We all have choices to make every single day. Choose energy enhancers over energy drainers. Choose quality over quantity. Choose to live the QUALITY of LIFE you DESIRE and DESERVE! And if you’re not sure what the BEST choice is, just “Ask God!” I promise, you’ll never be disappointed in His choice for you!

Credits: Fall 2013 Issue 3 CAKE&WHISKEY Magazine “My Manifesto” pg. 94

BTW: If you’re a female business woman, you need CAKE&WHISKEY. It’s a BEST choice!