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Osteopathic, What is It?

January 30, 2011

So many people do not know what this is.  Even worse, my most successful patients still have difficulty describing it to others.  I used to be at a loss for how to explain it.  I now can get the message across after a lengthy exposition of its origins, relationship to other types of manual therapies, relative to chiropractic, deep tissue, acupuncture, etc.  I have never been able to succinctly describe in a few sentences.

All of you out there who have been initiated, i.e., have had a treatment, might agree with this description.  Osteopathic is the sensing and reading of the mechanically strained body.  The work is precise hands on reduction of vectors through strained tissues, muscles and bones.   I like this, don’t you.  It is very fitting.  It is appropriately descriptive for everything I do from malformed infant heads to migraines to neck pain, back pain, herniated discs and I love, love, absolutely love, car accidents.

So Very Close…

January 23, 2011

Hello my faithful readers, all three of you.  I wanted to share with you some exciting news.  I am so very close to figuring out migraines.  I am so close to a migraine cure.  It is hard to believe.. You know your doctor keeps talking about avoiding triggers and pills when it happens…well, guess what, those are all…secondary.  Today I made a stupendous breakthrough.  Lets start from the beginning several months ago…I was able to help several people get slowly better but I could not quite predict the timing, the response… I always say that any doctor worth his or her salt should be able to anticipate, explain, predict and give sustained lasting results.  And I did this today…2 patients…

J.  comes to me intermittently for back pain.  Today, he brings in eye pain, previously diagnosed as ocular migraine.  This is the first time in years that this problem has popped back up.  I asked some questions and summarized his issues for him. Your past migraines were worse when you were cycling.   They calmed down for a period of time after you started marathon running.  After you hurt your knee, you were unable to run and it started back up.  He remarked that my observations were impressive and spot on.  Then I told him that his eye migraine was coming from his L hip.  The L hip was his bad side because he had fallen on it frequently.  I offered to prove that it to him and did so quite easily.

The second migraine case today came in because she had neck pain and numbness in her shoulder and hands.  The neat thing was that she was referred to me by 2-3 degrees of separation.  As I was treating her, I said, “I’m suprised you don’t have migraines.”  She responded, “Oh, yes I do.”   Then it clicked.  Her migraines were connected to and mostly likely caused by her neck pain.

I got so excited about the possibility of offering migraine cure and a guarantee that I got a website to explain it all so far.  Read and please tell me if I am wrong at

Prescription Sticker Shock FYI

October 7, 2010

One of my patients  had a migraine and I called in a prescription for imitrex.  I was so shocked when he told me that Rite Aid charged him a ‘discount’ of $165 for 9 GENERIC pills!!!???!!! Back in the old days of the allergy medication of $3 a pill, I used to think that this was a handsome profit for the drug companies.  But $18.34 per pill is

way too much.  It is almost as bad as credit card interest rate of 24% or $550 per month of health insurance ($2500 deductible/$30 co-pay) for me and my 2 girls.  Inflation is already starting to happen.

I think patients should know the exorbitant mark up that is perpetrated upon them.   This is why we see Walgreens, CVS and Rite Aids pop up everywhere.  They are flush with cash to buy properties and build.  When my pharmacy supplier charges me $3 for amoxicillin, I charge my patients $10, not a huge mark up (enough for me to recoup the up front cost and loss from expired ones) I do it to help out poor patients – these pharmacies charge $30 dollars.  When the government made H1N1 vaccine and shipped it to me for free, they THREATENED us doctors not to charge anything but a $10 vaccine administration fee, the pharmacies where charging way more – up to $30.  !!!????? where is the outrage?  where is the indignation?

Fortunately for my patient, my pharmacy contact informed/gave me the low down on imitrex.  He said that he could get it for me for $30 for 9 pills and he apologized to me because this was the best rate he could give my because imitrex only recently became generic in the last 6 months.  I placed 2 orders for my patient.

Unfortunately for me, my patient had already purchase another packet.  So now I am stuck.  Any one wanna buy some cheap imitrex?

Needless to say, my patient came in for cranial osteopathic treatment and on his 3rd visit, I found the cause of his migraines.  I got so excited.  I treated him and everything seemed to resolve.  His head settled down.  His problem ‘hip’ and leg seemed lighter.  When I get to the root cause, the problem for which patients come is resolved and as a fringe benefit other seemingly unrelated issues resolve as well.  That is bang for your buck.  Done.