Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Medicaid is about to eliminate chiropractic care...

Help Stop Medicaid Policy Change
In 2016 Heather Wrenn, Interim Executive Director of the NCCA, and leaders of the chiropractic community met with DHHS to oppose a Medicaid policy change that wouldlimit chiropractic reimbursement to children over the age of 19. Testimony was presented from DCs on the benefits to their patients, as well as letters of referral from MDs. Unfortunately, DHHS has decided to continue with the policy change.They have also changed the process for prior approval for beneficiaries with Medicaid in regards to Pregnant Women Benefits. This policy change will make referrals cumbersome and an obstacle for someone to seek chiropractic care. The NC Chiropractic Association adamantly opposes both changes.  

The public comment period runs today through April 22nd, 2017. Even if you do not see Medicaid patients, the NCCA encourages all licensed NC doctors, their staff members, family, patients, etc. to submit a statement against this policy change to dma.webmedpolicy@dhhs.nc.gov.

Sample text is below that you can copy and paste. Please feel free to add your own personal story or testimonial. Please send this language and email to your patient database and ask them to submit comments. The only way the policy change will be stopped is if we have an overwhelming number of negative comments so please take two minutes to send this email. 

Subject Line:  Oppose Policy Changes to 1-F, Chiropractic Services

Attention DHHS policymaker:
I am strongly opposed to the changes proposed to 1-F, Chiropractic Services. It is crucial that children have the opportunity to seek chiropractic care and this policy will take away the option for those under the age of 19.The benefits of chiropractic are well-documented and you are removing a choice of health care that is effective and cost-efficient. The changes to prior approval requirements for pregnant women are cumbersome and will provide an obstacle for those seeking care. Neither of these changes is in the best interest of the Medicaid patient.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Auto Accidents and Chiropractic

If you've been in an auto accident you know how much of an impact it can have on your daily life.  You have all the hassles
with insurance, car issues, scheduling conflicts, work priorities and to top it all off, you are not feeling like yourself.

Many of our patients are caught up in the problems that the car accident has caused to their daily routine, that they are unable to take the time to take care of themselves.  This can be a huge problem when the person finally gets their car back, and tries to get back to normal activities only to find out that the pain and problems they are having are now ruling their lives and causing more issues.

So if you've been in an accident, it's time to take care of you FIRST.  You have our permission to make sure that the injuries from the car accident don't become a permanent problem that haunts you for the rest of your life.  By taking 2 simple steps, you could be on the way to getting back to a normal life.

Step 1 - GET AN APPOINTMENT WITH THE HEALTH 1ST DOCTORS!
Our doctors see hundreds of patients who have gone through the same issues that you are now facing and are well equiped to address your problems and get you back on the road to health.

Step 2 - TAKE CARE OF YOU!
If you've done step one, then you're well on your way to getting things back on track, but if you haven't come to speak with our doctors, it's time to go back and take care of step 1.  This will help you through step 2.  Since our offices see patients who have been in an accident, we have resources for helping get things taken care.  So don't wait - call us today.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Exercise for Diabetics

The two most common forms of diabetes are referred to as Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 diabetes, also known as juvenile onset diabetes, differs from Type 2 in that with type 1 diabetes the body stops producing insulin altogether. Type 2 diabetes is generally diagnosed in older adults and occurs as the body stops producing enough insulin or the individual becomes resistant to their own insulin.  As obesity increases, there is a larger number of younger adults diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

With either form of diabetes, a person loses the ability to properly utilize sugar in the body. Blood sugar levels increase in the blood stream due to the body's difficulty in transporting sugar into the cells and out of the blood stream. There are various ways to lower blood sugar levels including exercise, diet, and medications.

Exercise is a very important part of managing your diabetes symptoms for both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics. For the Type 1 diabetic, regular exercise helps maintain insulin sensitivity, along with preventing the accumulation of excess weight, and it increases the use of glucose by muscles, thereby lowering blood sugar levels. While there is no medically understood way to prevent Type 1 diabetes, it may be possible to prevent Type 2 diabetes.

Some of the things to consider when attempting to prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes are regular exercise, supplementation with vitamins and herbs that help prevent insulin resistance, and proper weight control.

Exercise not only helps directly in diabetic management by lowering blood sugar levels and maintaining insulin sensitivity, but also helps indirectly by minimizing many of the complications that can often arise in people with diabetes. Studies have shown that walking for 30 minutes per day can substantially diminish the likelihood of developing Type 2 diabetes.
It is understood that diabetic sufferers tend to develop circulatory problems and exercise can certainly help lower blood pressure and improve circulation throughout the body. Since individuals with diabetes tend to have poor blood flow to their lower extremities and feet, better circulation is a true benefit.

Although there are some risks associated with exercise, the potential benefits greatly outweigh the risks. Since exercise does lower blood sugar levels, people with diabetes should measure their blood sugar both before and after exercising. Since your body uses more sugar while exercising and makes you more sensitive to insulin, there is a risk of blood sugar becoming too low and causing hypoglycemia.  This is especially true for Type 1 diabetes sufferers.  Always speak with your doctor before beginning any exercise programs.

When exercising it is important to let others know that you are diabetic. They should be informed what to do in case of hypoglycemia. You should always carry candy or fruit juice to treat low blood sugar levels should they occur. During and after exercise sessions, you should pay close attention to how you feel since rapid heart beat, increased sweating, feeling shaky, or hunger can signal that your blood sugar levels are becoming too low.

So remember, exercise benefits diabetic sufferers but as with any lifestyle changes, you need to be aware of how your body reacts to exercise. Speak with your doctor to understand what exercise is best for you, and enjoy the benefits of healthier living.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Seniors and Supplements - Is It For You?


Seniors have specific needs in order to stay healthy.  As people get older, they generally develop greater health needs, have a less efficient immune system, and become more fragile in structure. Due to their specialized needs, it is especially important for senior citizens to maintain an adequate supply of vitamins in their diets.

Calcium is a very important part of nutrition, especially in senior citizens. When a person reaches the age of seventy, their bones can become quite brittle. To help combat this, calcium supplements can be taken. Few people realize that an adequate amount of calcium is not in the diet of the average person.  In the human body, two percent of the body’s weight is actually made up of calcium, almost all of which is found in the teeth and bones.
A calcium supplement should be a part of the daily routine for the elderly, especially with women who are prone to osteoporosis, a word which literally translates to “porous bones”.  Each year, about twenty percent of the body’s calcium is destroyed and replenished through food and supplements. A person stands to lose a good deal of their bone health pretty quickly if they are not sufficiently taking in the calcium they need regularly.

While calcium is necessary and should not be ignored, it is not a good idea to take more of it than recommended. Anything above the required amount of calcium has no additional benefits to the body. When the recommended amount has doubled it actually can have side effects and can cause sickness.


Due to declining bone health in most elderly people, it is important to always take a calcium supplement and maintain an adequate supply of calcium in the body to help prevent brittle bone disease and broken bones due to falls. It is also quite important to take a daily fiber supplement because it is unusual for an elderly person to ingest all of the necessary fiber that is needed to keep one healthy simply from diet alone. Because the elderly are less likely to be exposed to prolonged sunshine, a  Vitamin D supplement is also recommended, especially since it can also help with bone density and bone strength. In fact, the required amount of Vitamin D is greater in an elderly person than a person of a younger age. 
Folate and Vitamin B-12 are vitamins that are also greatly recommended for seniors. These will aid in both digestion and proper skin health. Luckily, most multivitamins that are designed for seniors aim their content directly to what most seniors are said to need. Shopping for vitamins based upon who will be taking them is a fairly simple and fool proof method of deciding how much of each vitamin and mineral is needed for that individual person. Of course, consulting a doctor on which multivitamin or single vitamin is best for a particular person can give one a better insight on what is perfectly right for them.

I know plenty of seniors looking for answers to their nutritional needs.  If you are looking for which supplements you need, contact us today so we can show you the best supplements for your particular needs. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

5 Tips For Traveling if You Have Diabetes

Planning ahead when you are traveling tends to  reduce the stresses that come hand in hand with travelling.  This is particularly true for the diabetic.  These 5 diabetes travel tips are simple to implement and can be  crucial to managing your diabetes both during and after you travel.  We've also found these 5 tips are particularly important if you are traveling outside the country.

1)  It's always best to visit your doctor for a pre-travel check-up.  This way you can insure that your A1C blood sugar levels; your blood pressure and your cholesterol levels are in good shape and you are ready to travel.  You will also want to be aware of the particular medical restrictions of the areas you are planning on traveling to.

2)  This step is important for both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes sufferers.  When you travel, make sure to wear a diabetes medical ID.  If you want to make sure people understand your health issue, you can have it printed in the language spoken in the country you are going to be visiting.  Although English is a universal language, depending on the country, not everyone will be able to speak or read your language and this is the time you do NOT want medical problems through misunderstandings.

3)  A simple tip is to keep your medication and glucose snacks in your carry on luggage.  Checked baggage does, unfortunately, become lost and misdirected. Don't risk losing your diabetes medication by packing it in your checked bags.

4)  On thing that people don't often think about is keeping your medication in its original box, complete with pharmacy labels.  It will prevent misunderstandings about why you are carrying drugs and, if you are using insulin, syringes or other paraphernalia that may cause you an issue through security.

5)  Be aware of time zone changes, especially when altering your watch.  Remember when you travel east your day becomes shorter; if you travel west your day becomes longer.  You may need to alter the timings of your medication.

Traveling need not be traumatic.  A sensible attitude and a bit of pre-travel planning can make things go far more smoothly.  If you want more information about natural ways to assist or reverse your diabetes, check out our website:

http://wellness.hstriad.com

Monday, January 23, 2017

Back Pain and Mental Health

We all know back pain can be debilitating and can put us in a pretty foul mood, but did you know that back pain may be causing other mental health issues?

In a study referencing data from the Global Burden of Disease study, more than 200,000 individual s were studies and  there was a link between back pain and an increased risk of mental health issues.
Back pain is a leading cause of disability and affects almost 1 in 10 people around the work.  We have a wealth of evident that  back pain negatively impacts quality of life and heighten the risk of other physical
problems and now we can see a link with mental health issues as well.

If you have back pain , don't let it turn into more trouble.  Make sure to get to any of our offices and get back on the road to a healthier tomorrow.

Source:  Medical News Today, medicalnewstoday.com

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year

What an exciting time!  The New Year always holds excitement and promise, and one of the best ways to make sure you keep a positive outlook for your year is to make sure you are doing what you need to do to stay healthy!

We've been talking about multiple health related topics on this blog, and we want you to know that our offices should be your first stop when wanting more information about living healthier.

As chiropractic continues to grow, more and more people are learning the benefits not only for their neck and back, but for their overall health as well.

We've created an entire division dedicated to Health and Wellness and addressing concerns such as neuropathy, hypothyriodism, diabetes and more.

It's time to look for natural alternatives to living healthy.  If you're ready to start the New Year off right, come by and check out any of our 4 Triad locations, including Greensboro, High Point, Winston Salem and Burlington!  You'll be glad you did!