So-called “everyday aches and pains” are trying to tell you something

Da VinciAfter a long hot summer, Fall is finally upon us. Can’t you feel it in the air? Something about the change in seasons seems to bring out the urge to move, to be physical. The world series, FOOTBALL, the NY Marathon.

I see people all year long spending big money to wear sports gear of their favorite professional teams/players. Instead of just dressing like your favorite player why not actually train like them?

Professional sports is a multi-billion dollar a year industry and the difference between first and not placing at all is often miniscule so they can’t afford to spend time on gimmicks.

They are all looking for something to give them an “edge”. More and more often that edge is Chiropractic.

During the final show of the second season of the hit Spike TV series “Ultimate Fighter,” the heavyweight winner Rashad Evans took the time to thank Chiropractic care for relieving his back pain and allowing him to fight that night! THIS WAS NOT A PAID ENDORSMENT! This was a testimonial to chiropractic care.

When former Olympic Greco-Roman wrestler and UFC world heavyweight champion Randy Cotour is asked what his winning formula was he always mentions three things: diet, hard training and Chiropractic care.

Football?

Chiropractic Economics reported that over 95% of teams in the NFL use chiropractors as a regular part of player care. Joe Montana (three time SuperBowl MVP) uses Chiropractic.

Baseball?

Nolan RyanBarry Bonds said, “I think it should be mandatory to see a chiropractor and massage therapist”. He sure must think so, he brought his own.

Golf?

Try Tiger Woods, and who uses his low back more than ‘Ol Tiger???

Boxing?

Former heavy weight champion Evander Holyfield said “I have to have an adjustment before I go into the ring. I do believe in chiropractic. I found that going to a chiropractor three times a week helps my performance” The great Muhammad Ali? Chiropractic.

Olympics?

Chiropractors have been attending doctors at the Olympic Games and at national and world championships in track and field, cycling, volleyball, powerlifting, aerobics, and triathlons for years. Dan O’Brien won the Olympic gold medal in the decathlon at the 1996 Summer games in Atlanta and gold medals in 1991, 1993, and 1995 world championships said that “If it were not for Chiropractic, I would not have won the gold medal”. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Carl Lewis, Andy Roddick, Lance Armstrong (seven time Tour De France winner), the list goes on and on.

In my practice I treat many circus performers and Jazz musicians. They don’t come in because of “back pain”, they need to perform at the top of their game. What’s your game???

Stephan Howard-Cooper, DC

Dr. Stephan Howard-CooperThe one-on-one care you receive with Dr. Howard-Cooper is personalized to help you meet your health goals, specializing in Cox flexion distraction Chiropractic, Western nutrition, exercise, cranio-sacral balancing and applied kinesiology.

Dr. Howard-Cooper boasts an impressive resume with a varied population. He was a Medical Team Member for the NY State Games for the Physically Challenged, the Victory Games of the US Paralympics and the JCC Maccabi Youth Games.

He has wide experience with martial artists, serving as Official Chiropractor of the Myo-Fu-An Taijutsu dojo and the NY Ziranmen Kungfu School.

Along with martial artists, Dr. Howard-Cooper also regularly treats performing artists, actors, yoga instructors, other health care professionals (MDs, LAc’s, nurses,) and people in many other walks of life.

Dr. Howard-Cooper has lectured in Orthopedics at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and Touro College of Health Sciences, Oriental Medicine Programs.

Dr. Howard-Cooper has maintained a private practice in New York City since 1988.

Make an appointment today by calling (212) 674-4699.

“I suffered with back pain, Stephan uses his hands, skill, and experience to pinpoint what needs to be done so that it’s effective and never too much. Other chiropractors have actually done damage and made my condition worse. He is also personable, honest, and genuinely wants to help people. I would highly recommend Stephan.” —H.K.
Da VinciAfter a long hot summer, Fall is finally upon us. Can’t you feel it in the air? Something about the change in seasons seems to bring out the urge to move, to be physical. The world series, FOOTBALL, the NY Marathon.

I see people all year long spending big money to wear sports gear of their favorite professional teams/players. Instead of just dressing like your favorite player why not actually train like them?

Professional sports is a multi-billion dollar a year industry and the difference between first and not placing at all is often miniscule so they can’t afford to spend time on gimmicks.

They are all looking for something to give them an “edge”. More and more often that edge is Chiropractic.

During the final show of the second season of the hit Spike TV series “Ultimate Fighter,” the heavyweight winner Rashad Evans took the time to thank Chiropractic care for relieving his back pain and allowing him to fight that night! THIS WAS NOT A PAID ENDORSMENT! This was a testimonial to chiropractic care.

When former Olympic Greco-Roman wrestler and UFC world heavyweight champion Randy Cotour is asked what his winning formula was he always mentions three things: diet, hard training and Chiropractic care.

Football?

Chiropractic Economics reported that over 95% of teams in the NFL use chiropractors as a regular part of player care. Joe Montana (three time SuperBowl MVP) uses Chiropractic.

Baseball?

Nolan RyanBarry Bonds said, “I think it should be mandatory to see a chiropractor and massage therapist”. He sure must think so, he brought his own.

Golf?

Try Tiger Woods, and who uses his low back more than ‘Ol Tiger???

Boxing?

Former heavy weight champion Evander Holyfield said “I have to have an adjustment before I go into the ring. I do believe in chiropractic. I found that going to a chiropractor three times a week helps my performance” The great Muhammad Ali? Chiropractic.

Olympics?

Chiropractors have been attending doctors at the Olympic Games and at national and world championships in track and field, cycling, volleyball, powerlifting, aerobics, and triathlons for years. Dan O’Brien won the Olympic gold medal in the decathlon at the 1996 Summer games in Atlanta and gold medals in 1991, 1993, and 1995 world championships said that “If it were not for Chiropractic, I would not have won the gold medal”. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Carl Lewis, Andy Roddick, Lance Armstrong (seven time Tour De France winner), the list goes on and on.

In my practice I treat many circus performers and Jazz musicians. They don’t come in because of “back pain”, they need to perform at the top of their game. What’s your game???

Stephan Howard-Cooper, DC
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Let food be your medicine

Over the years I have been surprised when a patient that I thought “got it” turns out to be eating poorly and or not exercising. That’s like drinking enough good,clean water but not breathing. You kinda want to do both. While Chiropractic is a great foundation for your health plan, proper diet is also necessary.

Think that’s a new concept? Over two thousand five hundred years ago Hippocrates (often called the father of Western medicine) said “let food be your medicine”. Important words then and maybe even more so today.

Obesity is killing us

Over 34% of Americans are 30 pounds or more overweight. A recent study in USA TODAY found that obesity will cost the US health care system $344 BILLION a year to manage with the cost of health hazards now rivaling smoking. Economics aside, being obese can cost you twelve years of your life. Extra weight increases the risk of diabetes, heart disease, some types of cancer.

I see patients everyday with herniated discs, degenerated knees and hips that have been complicated, if not caused, by extra pounds. Think about what those extra pounds may be doing to your joints. Just saying.

Chiropractors receive three time more nutritional instruction than MDs

So, who you gonna call? The average Doctor of Medicine only receives 24 hours of nutritional instruction during their entire training. Chiropractors? Try 90 hours — with many continuing their studies post-grad.

Remember during the Regan administration when certain “nutritionists” wanted to tell us that ketchup was a vegetable? Nice try. Even scarier, Coca-Cola has become partners with the American Academy of Family Physcians to promote, and I kid you not, “health education to consumers”. You don’t suppose that a six figure contribution to the AAFP will influence health care providers to families, do you? Not to be out done, Pepsi seems to be following Coke’s lead; a holistic health and wellness group that I belong to on Linkedin recently had a poster promoting an event sponsored by Pepsi.

Pancreatic Cancer is a particularly vicious type of cancer and one that struck close to home, having lost my mother (of blessed memory) to it. The survival rate three years after diagnosis is only 30%, dropping to a mere 5% five years after diagnosis. A recent 14-year study found that drinking only two or more soft drinks a week increased the risk of pancreatic cancer by 87%. When compared to fruit juice, the study found “no statistically significant association between juice consumption and risk of pancreatic cancer.”

If not now, when?

So, start slow but start today. Substitute fresh fruit and vegetables for those unhealthy snacks. Get out and exercise more. Come in and get those achy joints checked out. Eat clean fresh food and drink plenty of fresh water.

You’ll be surprised how good you can feel.

Until next time, be well.
Stephan Howard-Cooper, DC

You are what you eat (oh, boy)

Let food be your medicine

Over the years I have been surprised when a patient that I thought “got it” turns out to be eating poorly and or not exercising. That’s like drinking enough good, clean water but not breathing. You kinda want to do both. While Chiropractic is a great foundation for your health plan, proper diet is also necessary.

Think that’s a new concept? Over two thousand five hundred years ago Hippocrates (often called the father of Western medicine) said “let food be your medicine”. Important words then and maybe even more so today.

Obesity is killing us

Over 34% of Americans are 30 pounds or more overweight. A recent study in USA TODAY found that obesity will cost the US health care system $344 BILLION a year to manage with the cost of health hazards now rivaling smoking. Economics aside, being obese can cost you twelve years of your life. Extra weight increases the risk of diabetes, heart disease, some types of cancer.

I see patients everyday with herniated discs, degenerated knees and hips that have been complicated, if not caused, by extra pounds. Think about what those extra pounds may be doing to your joints. Just saying.

Chiropractors receive three time more nutritional instruction than MDs

So, who you gonna call? The average Doctor of Medicine only receives 24 hours of nutritional instruction during their entire training. Chiropractors? Try 90 hours — with many continuing their studies post-grad.

Remember during the Regan administration when certain “nutritionists” wanted to tell us that ketchup was a vegetable? Nice try. Even scarier, Coca-Cola has become partners with the American Academy of Family Physcians to promote, and I kid you not, “health education to consumers”. You don’t suppose that a six figure contribution to the AAFP will influence health care providers to families, do you? Not to be out done, Pepsi seems to be following Coke’s lead; a holistic health and wellness group that I belong to on Linkedin recently had a poster promoting an event sponsored by Pepsi.

Pancreatic Cancer is a particularly vicious type of cancer and one that struck close to home, having lost my mother (of blessed memory) to it. The survival rate three years after diagnosis is only 30%, dropping to a mere 5% five years after diagnosis. A recent 14-year study found that drinking only two or more soft drinks a week increased the risk of pancreatic cancer by 87%. When compared to fruit juice, the study found “no statistically significant association between juice consumption and risk of pancreatic cancer.”

If not now, when?

So, start slow but start today. Substitute fresh fruit and vegetables for those unhealthy snacks. Get out and exercise more. Come in and get those achy joints checked out. Eat clean fresh food and drink plenty of fresh water.

You’ll be surprised how good you can feel.

Until next time, be well.
Stephan Howard-Cooper, DC

Spring is upon us!

Spring is a time of renewal and growth, and so as good a time as any for me to launch my new newsletter. About once a month or so I will be sending out these newsletters with interesting health facts and stories that I come across. I hope that you will find them interesting as well.

Complete wellbeing

At our office we strive to offer more than the just the treatment of symptoms, the treatment of pain, but the realization of our true potential. Health is more than just the the absence of disease, much more. The World Health Organization (the health authority branch of the U.N.) thinks so too, defining health as being:

“A state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

So, hopefully the improving weather is encouraging you to get out there and run, bike, do Tai Chi, whatever makes you feel more alive. True health is money in the bank, something we can draw upon when needed.

So-called “everyday aches and pains” are trying to tell you something

Those of us running in the Rat Race are continually bombarded with demands upon our well-being. Stress, poor diet, lack of proper excercise and lack of proper rest all take their toll. The media tells us to take NSAIDS (those over the counter anti-inflamatories like Asprin, Ibuprofin, or Tylenol) to deal with those “everyday aches and pains”. First of all, if you are having “everyday” aches and pains you better call for a treatment today! Secondly, do you really know the true price to your health of long term taking of NSAIDS?

The U.S. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) has an idea. The AHCPR guidelines warned that “high doses of acetaminophen can lead to liver damage, and massive single doses sometimes lead to fatal hepatic necrosis.”

study just released in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that 8-10 percent of the 50,000 annual kidney failures in the United States are caused by acetaminophen. A person who takes more than one tablet per day exposes themselves to twice the likelihood of kidney failure.

The paper concludes that a person taking a “cumulative dose of 5,000 or more pills containing NSAIDs” will be almost nine times (8.8) more likely to experience kidney failure. While this sounds like an astronomical intake, it averages out to just one pill every four days throughout the life of an average adult.

You do the math. Are you taking NSAIDS before or after going to the gym for muscle sorness? On NSAIDS after a dental or medical procedure? Taking Asprin for your heart? (Don’t get me started on that one!) You see how quickly it all adds up.

Instead of just masking “symptoms”, how about allowing the machine (your body) to work the way it has been designed to? How? (you haven’t being paying attention, have you???)

Proper diet, excercise, rest AND proper maitainence of the frame (Chiropractic).

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease”.
—Thomas A. Edison

Enough reading already! Get out there and live!

Until next time, be well.
Stephan Howard-Cooper, DC
At our office we strive to offer more than the just the treatment of symptoms, the treatment of pain, but the realization of our true potential. Health is more than just the the absence of disease, much more. The World Health Organization (the health authority branch of the U.N.) thinks so too, defining health as being:

“A state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”


So, hopefully the improving weather is encouraging you to get out there and run, bike, do Tai Chi, whatever makes you feel more alive. True health is money in the bank, something we can draw upon when needed.

So-called “everyday aches and pains” are trying to tell you something

Those of us running in the Rat Race are continually bombarded with demands upon our well-being. Stress, poor diet, lack of proper excercise and lack of proper rest all take their toll. The media tells us to take NSAIDS (those over the counter anti-inflamatories like Asprin, Ibuprofin, or Tylenol) to deal with those “everyday aches and pains”. First of all, if you are having “everyday” aches and pains you better call for a treatment today! Secondly, do you really know the true price to your health of long term taking of NSAIDS?

The U.S. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) has an idea. The AHCPR guidelines warned that “high doses of acetaminophen can lead to liver damage, and massive single doses sometimes lead to fatal hepatic necrosis.”

study just released in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that 8-10 percent of the 50,000 annual kidney failures in the United States are caused by acetaminophen. A person who takes more than one tablet per day exposes themselves to twice the likelihood of kidney failure.

The paper concludes that a person taking a “cumulative dose of 5,000 or more pills containing NSAIDs” will be almost nine times (8.8) more likely to experience kidney failure. While this sounds like an astronomical intake, it averages out to just one pill every four days throughout the life of an average adult.

You do the math. Are you taking NSAIDs before or after going to the gym for muscle sorness? On NSAIDs after a dental or medical procedure? Taking Asprin for your heart? (Don’t get me started on that one!) You see how quickly it all adds up.

Instead of just masking “symptoms”, how about allowing the machine (your body) to work the way it has been designed to? How? (you haven’t being paying attention, have you???)

Proper diet, excercise, rest AND proper maitainence of the frame (Chiropractic).

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease”.
—Thomas A. Edison

Enough reading already! Get out there and live!

Until next time, be well.
Stephan Howard-Cooper, DC

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