Why Is Healthcare In Maine So Expensive?

March 10, 2020

Dr. Lou bridges the gap between affordable and sustainable chiropractic care. Chiropractic "wellness" adjustments for everyone at a price anyone can afford.

The Cost Of Healthcare Is Too High In Our Country. Few people will argue otherwise. The cost of average care (the U.S. is ranked very poorly among developed nations) in the U.S. is out of control, and nobody seems to be able to prevent rising costs. If high costs equated to better care, that might mean something, but Americans are less healthy than ever. You work hard and pay a lot of money for your health insurance. You should be able to use it to stay healthy. Our office is about to revolutionize chiropractic care in Maine. A few years back, while traveling in Europe, I came down with a stomach bug after drinking tap water. It was bad. Eventually, I landed in a private clinic, with an English speaking doctor, who evaluated the situation over the course of 30 minutes and prescribed a medicine to kill the bug. Cost for the appointment? $18. Cost for the medication? $6. Was I her patient? Not established until that day. How long did it take me to get in to see her? Less than a day from call to appointment. The same appointment in the U.S., with the prescription, would have been over...

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Pubic Bone Pain During Pregnancy. Causes, Implications & Solutions.

October 26, 2019

There is always a cause for pubic bone pain during pregnancy. Let us find the cause and correct it. You'll feel better and have an "easier" pregnancy, labor, and delivery.

What pubic bone pain represents, is much more than just discomfort. Symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD), or pubic bone pain is a common cause of suffering during pregnancy. Your pubic bone is actually made up of 2 pelvic bones and a piece of cartilage. The two bones meet in the middle with the cartilage in-between, and this forms the “pubic bone” or symphysis pubis, in the front of your pelvis. The same pubic bones that meet to make the pubic bone, also meet at the sacrum in the back of your pelvis, where they form what is called the Sacro-iliac joints (SIJ). So what causes SPD?  One of the most common causes is misalignment (subluxation)and pubic bone pain is in the sacroiliac joints, or the pubic bone itself. Because of pelvic bone involvement, they are essentially inseparable. If you imagine subluxation of the sacroiliac joints (top two circles in the image above), would medication realign these joints? Would medication realign the pubic bone? The answer is NO to both. Would massage realign the joints? Unlikely. Pubic bone pain always has a cause. When the cause is subluxation, it must be corrected by a specialist in pregnancy (perinatal) chiropractic. As the pregnancy progresses,...

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Will Your Stress During Pregnancy Affect The Gender Of Your Baby?

Mental and physical stress may contribute to the gender of the baby.

Stress During Pregnancy Affects More Than You May Think. A study recently performed at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York City, showed that mothers with high stress during pregnancy, either physically or mentally, were more likely to have girls.  They were also more likely to have premature babies. (LINK TO REPORT) While this is a preliminary study, it raises important questions. 1. If stress during pregnancy can affect gender, what else does it change on a genetic level. 2. If stress affects gender, how seriously does it impact the mother’s body chemistry? 3. We know that mental stress causes tension in the neck, head, shoulders, low back and pelvis. Pelvic tension leads to breech presentation. How does stress impact breech presentation? 4. If stress during pregnancy affects gender, how does it impact fetal brain chemistry, growth and development. 5. We know that fetal development of the stress response begins at around 5 weeks. How does maternal stress impact fetal stress at the level of the brain? All breakdown, all derangement of function comes from stress. Stress during pregnancy can be classified under three types: Physical, Mental & Chemical. Pregnancy is the one time in a woman’s life where she generally really wants...

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4 tips to avoid needing a walker when you are old.

If you want to avoid needing a walker, this is a good place to start. Nobody ever plans or aspires to need a cane, a walker or a wheelchair. They go about their lives, feeling relatively ok, and then one day, something happens and there’s a loss of independence. Ask any older person of their greatest fears and apart from death, the fears are loss of independence and being a burden on a child. These five action steps will help build the health and adaptability you need to do your best to avoid a walker or wheelchair. Exercise. Exercise creates strength and body awareness. Body awareness can be balance and spacial awareness of your body in relationship to your environment. Think “Feet in relation to the ground.” Strength and body awareness will help you avoid the type of fall that could land you in the grip of a walker. Exercise also promotes circulation and cardiovascular health. Few things lead to having to re-learn how to walk, like a stroke. If you have a walker already, you can exercise with your walker! Stop Smoking (period) & Drinking in excess. Anything, including diet, that may lead to poor health in your heart and blood...

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How To Think Like A Healthy Person: Principle 2

October 24, 2019

Actions Work Better Than Thoughts. You’ve heard the expression “Actions speak louder than words.”  Healthy actions also have more impact than healthy thoughts. Healthy thoughts and ideas are critical, but if they are not acted on, they never live up to their potential. If you want to be healthy, you have to ACT like a healthy person. What do healthy people do? Here is a list of things healthy people do. Incorporate 3 of these things into your everyday (key word: Every) life, and you’ll be on the road to healthier: Exercise. – 20-30 minutes a day, five days a week is plenty! (try Beachbody!) Drink more water. Get better sleep! Whether it’s a new mattress, CBD oil, Exercise, a new pillow or some other healthy tool that helps you sleep, sleep is needed for energy and healing. Don’t smoke. I don’t have to tell you why. Millions of people have quit, you can too. Reach out for help if you need it. Don’t know where to turn? TRY THIS! Drink less alcohol. Eat 1/2 portions. If you aren’t already watching your portion sizes, try cutting them in half. 1/2 the calories could mean 1/2 the waistline, 1/2 the stress on your body, 1/2 the back pain,...

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Are Your Bunions Related To Back Pain And Spinal Degeneration?

October 22, 2019

Are you afraid that your spine may end up like your feet? Should you be? Is there anything that you can do to help this situation?

Can understanding bunions, save your spine? Do you have bunions? Do you have back problems?  Bunions form when the bones that make up the MTP joint move out of alignment: the long metatarsal bone shifts toward the inside of the foot, and the phalanx bones of the big toe angle toward the second toe. The MTP joint gets larger and protrudes from the inside of the forefoot. The enlarged joint is often inflamed. (source: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons) Back pain, degeneration, and dysfunction are very often caused by bones of the spine being out of alignment. Just like a bunion, the spine is made up of weight-bearing joints. They absorb stress. Stress on misaligned joints leads to faster than normal degeneration, inflammation, and dysfunction. Sometimes debilitating pain ensues. Degeneration is considered irreversible. People with bunions are very aware of the implications of joint degeneration.  Where your toe can be easily shaved down and reconstructed, this is much more complicated and dangerous in the spine.  When joints of the spine degenerate, you lose mobility, you lose strength, and you can even lose nerve control over the organs, tissues, and other body parts the affected nerves control. That’s not good. ...

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Travel Pain On Your Vacation. Everything You Need For Pain Free Travel!

September 28, 2019

Prevent pain from ruining your vacation. Travel pain is not part of your plan! Tips and tricks right here!

How To Avoid Travel Pain Traveling is filled with risks for back and other types of pain. Understanding the risk factors will allow you to prepare for those you can’t avoid, and avoid those you can. Most healthy minded people like you and I, don’t want to break a healthy routine, or drug free lifestyle, just because we are traveling. Any time you set out on a journey with pre-existing issues, your risk of problems is greater. Planning ahead is key. Even if you don’t already have injuries, issues or vulnerabilities that you know of, it’s still a great idea to plan. Factors to Consider What will you be driving, flying in or traveling by? Will the seats be good and with enough leg room? Will you carrying much? Does your suitcase have wheels or will you be carrying it? Will you be driving on bumpy roads or other surfaces that could be pain triggers? On what kind of bed or surface will you be sleeping on once you arrive? Will your accommodations involve unusual or steep steps? Will you be taking the pillow you are most used to, or will you be using what you find on the...

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Back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, hip pain, headaches, migraines, sciatica and Your Maine summer.

August 8, 2019

Don't let pain ruin your Maine summer. Call Dr. Lou. (207) SPINAL 1

The Top 7 Reasons People Call Our Office For Help During A Maine Summer. When you live in Maine, and summers last for only a couple months, the last thing you want to do is miss it. Most people we know don’t leave the state between June and September, in an effort to make the most of our warm weather months. Pain and disability prevent us from doing the things that we  love. Golf, swimming, sewing, gaming, biking, running, sailing…all compromised. For many the worst thing is not being able to play with their kids and spend time with friends and family. Whatever you love to do in the summer, if you can’t do it, it’s a real bummer. If the average lifespan is 78 years of age and you miss 1-3 Maine summers because of back pain, that’s a huge loss. That’s over 4% of your summers spent hurting! If, like many Mainers, you have guests visiting, and they have disabling pain issues, that may ruin your Maine summer too! Disability by association. Having neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, hip pain, headache, migraine or sciatica will ruing your summer in any combination. As the truth about medications...

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Dr. Lou’s Marinara Mondays! Healthcare that feeds your family – All in one office!

August 5, 2019

Dr. Lou's Marinara Mondays! You may call it different, we call it cool & delicious.

Your wish is our command. Since starting his cooking channel on Youtube, Dr. Lou has been getting requests for an opportunity to taste some of his food. Dr. Lou is on a quest to make “Maine’s BEST Marinara.” Every Monday in August will be “Dr. Lou’s Marinara Monday.” Marinara Monday will extend into the rest of the week until all of the marinara has been given away. Any active practice member, or new patients to the office, will be eligible to win a 750ml bottle of Dr. Lou’s Marinara Sauce. Do you really want a chiropractor who cooks? Many doctors have hobbys. Sailing, collecting watches, hunting, travel. Everyone spends time doing things they love, outside of the work they do. But do they share it with...

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Lifetime of ADHD medications for your kids? Try this secret “alternative.”

July 24, 2019

Creative ideas for helping your kids not need a lifetime of ADHD medications.

Are you concerned about your child being on ADHD medication for the rest of their life? Is your child taking medication for ADD or ADHD and you don’t want them on the drugs? Does your child have medically diagnosed ADD or ADHD? Did you know that the part of the brain that regulates emotion, insight, empathy, intuition, communication and body language is affected by chiropractic care? It’s called the Prefrontal Cortex. Kids with ADD and ADHD respond well to chiropractic care. NOT for back pain, instead, their brain responds to chiropractic adjustments! It’s like a brain “re-boot” much like when you reboot your computer to make it run smoother.     Experts Say ADHD Is A Lifelong Condition.  We often complain about “having” to do things for the rest of our lives. Working out, brushing our teeth, paying taxes. What if your child starts a medication and it changes their brain chemistry to the extent that they can’t chemically come off of the medication later in life. This often happens with anti anxiety medications, anti depressants, and other medications started at an early age. The NIH says “in general, we haven’t really found any adverse effect of long-term use.” In general? Haven’t...

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