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For years I have sent out a newsletter with health tips and news about the office. I try to do them on a regular basis but life gets in the way sometimes. We just sent out the first one in a while and I must say that there is some very useful information there.  If you didn’t get it then you must not be on the list. Please send your email address to me with a note saying that you would like to be on the newsletter list. – Dr. Kris

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Welcome to Winter

I will be seeing patients on Mondays and Fridays, and Dr. Anton will be seeing patients on Wednesdays for the foreseeable future. I will be gone on January 20th for a conference so the office will be closed that day. The rumors that I am retiring are a few years premature unless I win the lottery.  Keep warm and use your legs when shoveling snow.

-Kris

As we move into Fall…I am still here.

We are enjoying the beautiful weather. Not looking forward to the cold and snow that we know is coming, but for now, Ohio is a wonderland of color.

As many of you know, I am running for the Ohio House of Representatives. Early voting has already begun and the exit polls are confirming what we have been hearing on the phone calls and at the doors, this election is a toss-up. I don’t know if I will win or lose. I won’t know for sure until November 9th. In any case, it has been a learning experience and something I will always remember.

The reason I bring that up here is to assure everyone that, win or lose, I will still be seeing patients for the foreseeable future. An Ohio House seat is considered to be a part-time position and I will still be able to see patients Monday and Friday while attending to my duties in the House on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. For now, Dr. Anton will still be covering for me on Wednesdays.

Happy Thanksgiving.

-Kris

Use of Chiropractic Services in the VA System

Study: Use of Chiropractic in the VA Rising Steeply

Arlington, Va. –The use of chiropractic services in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system has seen a steep rise over more than a decade, according to research published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics(JMPT), the official scientific journal of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA).

The study’s authors, who analyzed VA national data collected between 2004 and 2015, discovered an increase of more than 800 percent in the number of patients receiving the services of doctors of chiropractic. While authors attribute the increase to a natural growth of the chiropractic service, which was only implemented on-site at the VA in 2004, they also suggest it may be attributed to the successful performance of VA chiropractors and the perceived value of their care, among other factors.

“The fact that these services have expanded consistently and substantially beyond the minimum mandated level may suggest that some VA decision-makers perceive value in providing chiropractic care,” the study notes.

Key findings from the study show that:

  • the annual number of patients seen in VA chiropractic clinics increased by 821 percent;
  • the annual number of chiropractic visits increased by 694 percent;
  • the total number of chiropractic clinics grew from 27 to 65 (9 percent annually);
  • the number of chiropractor employees rose from 13 to 86 (21 percent annually); and
  • female and younger patients received chiropractic care at VA clinics at a greater rate than the national VA outpatient population. “This demographic tendency is consistent with the cohort of veterans from the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, which is known to have a high prevalence of musculoskeletal conditions,” the study authors note.

“ACA commends the VA for its important work to expand access to chiropractic services to the nation’s veterans,” said ACA President David Herd, DC. “It’s vitally important that all of our veterans have access to non-drug approaches to pain management such as those offered by chiropractic physicians, particularly in light of the opioid epidemic that is gripping our country. Many veterans returning from overseas suffer from musculoskeletal ailments, which respond well to chiropractic’s patient-centered and drug-free approach.”

Doctors of chiropractic – often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians – practice a hands-on, drug-free approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment primarily of disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.

Read the full study in JMPT.

New hours as we move to Summer

Now that the weather has warmed up and Dr. Kris is able to spend more time on the campaign trail for State Representative his office hours have been reduced to just Monday and Friday. Dr. Anton has taken over seeing patients on Wednesday and Tuesday. Dr. Kris does not anticipate reducing his hours any further, even if elected he will still maintain office hours on Monday and Friday.

We want you to feel confident that no matter which doctor sees you that you will be getting the best care possible. Your health is our focus.

Thank you for your support over the past 26 years. We plan to be here for another 26…or more.

Spring 2016 Newsletter

Happy Spring Everyone!

We managed to avoid any really bad weather this winter and for that I am very grateful. I am really excited to jump into Spring. I am guessing that a lot of you already have plans for gardening, hiking, bicycling, golf and a variety of other outdoor activities.

This is the time of year when we see the greatest number of injuries coming into our office. I want to remind you that your muscles and joints may not be as ready to jump into Spring activities as you are. I encourage you to take it easy the first couple of times out. Start out slow and slowly increase the activity level as you feel your muscles warming up and the joints getting looser. This will avoid most of the injuries that we see but some are unavoidable. When those happen, remember that we can help with the back sprains, the pulled muscles, the twisted ankles, and the kinked necks.

Yes, Dr. Kris is busy, but despite running for the Ohio House and running the Clintonville Area Commission his main focus is still taking care of patients. Dr. Kris is seeing patients two to three days a week. Nephew Dr. Anton Keller is here the rest of the week providing the same caring treatment that you have come to expect in our office. Don’t hesitate to call when you need help. We are here and we will continue to be here. Even if elected, Dr. Kris will still be practicing two full days a week and Dr. Anton will expand his hours here to help meet your needs.

Scoliosis is a concern for parents of young adolescent and teen children. It is during this period of life that the young spine can take on an abnormal sideways curve that we call scoliosis. Most of the time this is something called “idiopathic scoliosis” which means that we don’t know why it happens. Because there is a lack of understanding of the cause, treatment for scoliosis has primarily consisted of “watch-and-wait”. When that failed, traditional treatment for severe scoliosis included surgery or extensive bracing protocols that did not always provide satisfactory results. Sometimes the surgery is performed for cosmetic reasons but that is a difficult decision to make.

Recent research has suggested a natural treatment for idiopathic juvenile scoliosis. That research found a consistent and significant improvement, up to 50% reduction in the abnormal curve, from a simple yoga exercise. Briefly, the exercise consists of performing what is called a side plank with the curved side down and held for as long as possible once per day. The results of this technique suggest that most cases of scoliosis are related to muscle imbalances in the spine. I have seen some cases improve with chiropractic treatment but it is unpredictable. It seems likely that combining chiropractic with the yoga pose would have a better chance of improvement than either one alone. Contact the office if you would like more information.

©2008 Malik Slosberg, D.C., M.S. -www.slosberg.com-
©2008 Malik Slosberg, D.C., M.S.
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Beware of “low linoleic” oils. In response to evidence linking trans fatty acids to heart disease and cancer, food manufacturers have been moving to using oils low in a particular fatty acid called linoleic acid in their processed foods because they produce fewer of the trans fats when processed. In response, the seed companies have been genetically modifying soybeans, corn and other seed oil crops to create “low linoleic” versions of their crops. The result is that most of the crops produced in the United States are low in linoleic acid. The problem is that low linoleic diets have been connected with something called Mitochondrial Cardiomyopathy. Researchers are now discovering that linoleic acid is essential to the health of small organelles within our cells called mitochondria. Mitochondria are responsible for the final stage of converting energy in our food to the energy that our cells use to stay alive. Without linoleic acid the mitochondria are damaged and the cells die. The cells with the most mitochondria in our bodies are in the heart. In summary, a low linoleic diet kills your heart.

Until the food industry realizes this and reverts to natural seed oils you would be well advised to avoid all commercial vegetable oils especially canola, corn and soybean oils. The best oils for health are organic and non-GMO oils especially olive, coconut and grass fed butter. Add walnuts, almonds, hemp seeds, chia seeds and pecans to your diet to get a good balance of essential fatty acids. Don’t wait for the food industry to correct this mistake. It took them 50 years to break their dependence on trans fats.

We hope you enjoyed this newsletter. We look forward to hearing from you.

Dr. Kristopher Keller

Dr. Anton Keller

 

422 Morse Rd

Columbus, Ohio 43214

 

614-885-4480

drkeller@wowway.com

www.kellerdc.com

“Pounding Headaches”

     In the 17 months since I gained treating privileges as a chiropractic physician I have seen some amazing results with patients suffering from severe tension headaches and migraines.  The visual manifestations and the unrelenting pressure in the head are bad enough, but almost equally dreadful is the time lost in pain rather than doing what one wants.
     When evaluating a patient with headaches I look to the structures of the head and neck to assess potential causes.  The patients that have received the most relief have been ones with extremely tight muscles in the top of their neck as well as in their jaws.
      Numerous patients who were once on multiple medications were able reduce the dose or are now off of them completely.  With that comes relief from the common side effects and other concerns about long-term pharmaceutical use.
     A 1995 meta study of chiropractic for headaches involving over 900 patients found that chiropractic treatment provided results ranging from fair to excellent; equivalent to the best medication but with longer lasting benefit than the drugs gave. You can find a summary of the study here:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8775024
      If you or someone you know suffers from migraine or tension type headaches we invite you to come for a consultation. We will tell you honestly whether we think we can help you or not.
     To your health!
              ~Dr. Anton

A New Year, A New View

     For some time now I have noticed that the news channels have been covering stories where someone has done something very bad to someone else.  They hardly ever mention anything about the rest of us who went to work, kissed our spouse, laughed at a well-mannered joke, held our children, or waved to our neighbor.  They don’t even speak about the damage to our spirits and even our health from constantly hearing the bad news, let alone the spirit, moral, and health of our communities!  They neglect to dwell on the beauty that is in this world and the potential joy that is within everyone we pass everyday.
     It is my hope, and prayer this New Year that we take a chance to see the beauty and love that is everywhere while leaving the fear behind in the darkness where it belongs.
    ~ Dr. Anton
 

Dr. Anton Keller

Drink extra water in the fall

When the temperature gets cooler we forget to drink as much water as we need. The cooler air is drier and dehydrates us more quickly than we would suspect. This time of year there is a tendency to reach for sweet snacks and overindulge on cookies and candy around the holidays. This craving for sweets is often a mistaken need for more water. You can help avoid gaining as much holiday weight if you reach for a glass of water whenever you are tempted by the sweet stuff. You will do your body good by keeping it hydrated and avoiding the sugary foods.

Dr. Anton will be accepting insurance.

Hi all,

A few years ago I decided to drop out of almost all insurance networks and transition to a cash practice because of the difficulty dealing with insurance companies and the low reimbursement rates. That was a very good decision for me. After 28 years in practice I have a pretty good core of patients who are willing to pay out-of-pocket for my services. My life has been much easier without the constant hassles of dealing with insurance and I think that for the most part the effect on patients has been minimal. Rising co-payments and deductibles have erased the benefits of having insurance for something as moderately priced as chiropractic care. It might make sense to use insurance to pay for a $20,000 surgery. But not for a $43 office visit with a $25 copay and $5000 deductible.

However, there are some people who would prefer to run all charges through their insurance company for various reasons. We understand that. For that reason and because Dr. Anton hasn’t yet developed that core of faithful patients he has decided to apply for a number of insurance networks. Which ones are still in question. If you have an insurance plan that you would like to have considered let us know. He is in the process of getting all of his certification applications together and would like some input on which insurance companies he should focus on.

Thanks!

Kristopher Keller, DC

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