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LED Phototherapy kills MRSA @ 405nm

At low doses, blue light photo-destroys HA-MRSA and CA-MRSA in vitro; raising the prospect that phototherapy may be an effective clinical tool in the on-going effort to stem MRSA infections.

Lasers Surg. Med. 40:734-737, 2008. © 2008 Wiley-Liss, Inc.


Commonly Used Diagnosis Codes (ICD-9)

Commonly Used Diagnosis Codes (ICD-9)

The Chiro.Org Blog

You may find value in this list of diagnostic codes commonly used in chiropractic offices, sorted by body regions.

This page also includes all the *new* headache codes, although cervicogenic headache still has yet to make it to the list.

NOTE: You’ll have to scroll down […]

On the epidemiology of influenza

Source The Virology Journal


The epidemiology of influenza swarms with incongruities, incongruities exhaustively detailed by the late British epidemiologist, Edgar Hope-Simpson. He was the first to propose a parsimonious theory explaining why influenza is, as Gregg said, “seemingly unmindful of traditional infectious disease behavioral patterns.” Recent discoveries indicate vitamin D upregulates the endogenous antibiotics […]

How 5 Capitalist Democracies approach universal health care

PBS.ORG has produced a documentary describing 5 countries’ challenges delivering universal health care to their citizens; the United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Taiwan and Switzerland, and what the United States might learn from these countries.

The Treatment of Radicular Pain (Radiculopathy)

The Treatment of Radicular Pain (Radiculopathy)

The Chiro.Org Blog

The difference between the chiropractic and the medical approaches to health care is never more clear than with the treatment of Radiculopathy.

The medical approach entails their version of “conservative” treatment (such as physical therapy, medications, and selective spinal injections) for six to eight weeks. […]

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!

The Chiro.Org Blog

I hope you are all doing something to support Earth Day. In my office we use green cleaning products (Basic H) and rags, rather than using (wasting) paper towels, for dusting and general cleaning. It’s the sane thing to do.

Set Priorities: Surviving the ‘Great Recession’

4/20/2009, 5:40 p.m. EDT

Steve Garmhausen

The Associated Press Health News

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Welcoming a first child would be more than enough to keep most couples busy. But Abby Williamson and Matthew Young, who started a family in December, have a few more life changes planned.

Despite the recession, […]

The Cost-Effectiveness of Chiropractic

The Cost-Effectiveness of Chiropractic

The Chiro.Org Blog

John’s recent post on the de-listing of chiropractic generated a lot of interest and comments from DCs, MDs and RMTs.

In the USA, Chiropractic has been included in several managed care programs, and a recent review of 70,274 member-months over a 7-year period within an IPA demonstrated:


Consumer Reports Survey Shows Hands-on Therapies as Top-rated Treatments

April 10, 2009 — A study in the May issue of Consumer Reports shows that hands-on therapies were tops among treatments for relief of back pain. The study, which surveyed more than 14,000 consumers, was conducted by the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center.

According to the report, the survey respondents tried a variety of different […]

Chiropractic Manipulation Best Option For Low Back Pain, According to Patient Survey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 06, 2009 The American Chiropractic Association

In light of a new survey showing that chiropractic spinal manipulation is the top-rated treatment for people suffering with back pain, patients should consider a consultation with a doctor of chiropractic, says the American Chiropractic Association.

A leading consumer product rating and survey publisher released […]

Iatrogenic Injuries and Medicine

Iatrogenic Injuries and Medicine

The Chiro.Org Blog

Informed Consent involves discussing the illness or complaint with the patient, and then reviewing risks and benefits of all the treatments that are available for that complaint. Unless your doctor has provided ALL that information, you have not been properly informed.

Conservative chiropractic care is much […]

Chiropractic and Chronic Neck Pain

In study after study, Chiropractic demonstrates superior results in the relief of chronic neck pain compared to acupuncture or medical management. In one recent study chiropractic scored the highest relief rating (7.33 out of 10), scoring higher than the relief provided by both these medical treatments: nerve blocks (6.75) or Opioid analgesics (6.37). Review the Chiropractic and Chronic Neck Pain Page for more on this topic. […]

Alberta delists chiropractic coverage from provincial health care plan

The Edmonton Journal

Albertans will no longer be able to claim chiropractic care starting this summer, after the government delisted chiropractor services from its provincial health plan.

The cut, which will save approximately $53 million, will mean patients will be out up to $200 each year.

The province also cut coverage for gender reassignment surgery […]

Chiropractor to go cash-only

By Christian Livermore Times Herald-Record Posted: April 06, 2009 – 2:00 AM

TOWN OF WALLKILL — A local chiropractor fed up with the hassle and underpayment by insurance companies is switching to a cash-only practice.

Dr. Peter Holst said insurance companies are paying less of the cost of chiropractic visits, making patients pay more and […]

How to select a chiropractor for the management of athletic conditions

Background Chiropractors are an integral part of the management of musculoskeletal injuries. A considerable communication gap between the chiropractic and medical professions exists. Subsequently referring allopathic practitioners lack confidence in picking a chiropractic practitioner with appropriate management strategies to adequately resolve sporting injuries. Subsequently, the question is often raised: “how do you find a good […]