August 2009 Newsletter

Spinal Wellness Center Newsletter

Happy August!

I am excited to announce some big changes will be happening at the Spinal Wellness Center this fall. I am welcoming Dr. Jason Barton, DC as an associate!  I am thrilled to have him and all the energy and experience he brings. There will be an Open House on Friday the 28th (more information coming soon!) to give our practice members a chance to meet Dr. Jason. Starting Sept. 1st Dr. Jason will be seeing practice members full time. If there is anyone you have been meaning to introduce to our office, this is the time!

In this newsletter I have included information about the E-Z Sleep pillows, which are GREAT adjustable pillows made by the same folks who bring us the wedges. l have also included information about Andrographis Plus, OPC Synergy and Goji Juice. These are all products that I carry in the office and use myself. Read  below to find out why I think they are so good.

Happy reading!

Dr. Pierre

In This Issue

  • Meet Dr. Jason Barton!
  • Exciting Changes on our Website
  • Sleep E-Z Adjustable Pillow
  • Andrographis Plus: Stops Colds in their Tracks!
  • The Anti-aging Power of Antioxidants: OPC Synergy
  • Goji Juice
  • August Core-strengthening Class
  • Welcome New Practice Members!

 Meet Dr. Jason Barton


Jason Barton DC has been interested in body mechanics and human performance beginning back in his days as a high school athlete in Northwestern Pennsylvania.  After graduating from high school, Dr. Jason enlisted in the US Army where he served in the 101st Airborne Division as a light infantry scout/sniper.

Following his enlistment in the US Army, Dr. Jason attended Frostburg State University in Western Maryland where he received his BS in Exercise Science.  He was a 4 year member of the varsity football team and Kappa Zeta Chi Athletic Fraternity.

After school, Dr. Jason started his career as a personal fitness trainer in Washington, D.C.  He held two elite training certifications, the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).

His work as a personal fitness trainer gave him a rich experience that developed his interpersonal skills and his ability to observe body mechanics.  Dr. Jason realized that most people’s bodies were in poor alignment and were highly unstable.  No matter what exercises Dr. Jason did with his clients to improve alignment and function he was never happy with the results.  This problem motivated Dr. Jason to change careers and led him to attend New York Chiropractic College where he graduated Cum Laude and was a member of the Phi Chi Omega honor society.

Dr. Jason’s quest to find the very best techniques for improving posture and body mechanics has led him to practice Advanced Biostructural Correction. He continues to be blown away by the transformations peoples bodies go through while under ABC care.  He is proud to make ABC chiropractic his life’s work and to bring this amazing health care to the wonderful people of Ithaca and the surrounding area.

In his free time Dr. Jason enjoys hiking, camping, and other outdoor activities with his wife Christina and their two young children Christian and Jack.

Exciting Changes on our Website!
We have made some BIG changes to our website, including this page with video testimonials shot during one recent typical Friday afternoon.


We hope that you can use this tool to tell more friends and loved ones about our office and ABC™ care available right here in Ithaca. 

Check it out!

pillowSleep E-Z Adjustable PillowSleeping with towels supporting your head as we teach you here works well, but can become tiresome after a while, and the towels slide around, etc.The Sleep E-Z Adjustable Pillow is an adjustable support system for your head while sleeping on your side. When your head is up high enough, the tension will come off of the spinal structures and your body will relax. People need different heights on different sleeping surfaces. So Porter Chiropractic (the folks who also make the wedges) made a pillow adjustable to accommodate the differences in peoples’ sizes and the firmness of bed surfaces.

When you adjust this pillow correctly sleeping on your side, using just the right amount of height from the spacers, your body seems to disappear. You should rest comfortably without tossing and turning all night and wake up refreshed.

The Sleep E-Z pillow is designed so that the edge placed at the top of your head is raised slightly compared to the edge that your neck rests on. This is because your spine and head need to be on the same plane as your low back and mid back. However, this plane is NOT supposed to be level. It is an incline plane because your spine is closer to the bed in the low back and further from the bed at the shoulders when lying on your side. It follows then that your neck and the top of your head should follow this same angle upward from your spine if your spine and head are to remain on the same plane.

This is the position that takes the tension off of the supportive spinal tissues and allows your body to relax.

Also… the piillow has slight “cupping” from the right edge to the left edge because people often put their hands under the side of their face to support their head. With this design you do not need to put your hand under your head to support it.

The pillow is put together in sections and then wrapped with softer foam for comfort. It will not flatten over time like other pillows.

The first time I used this thing, I slept 9 hours straight without moving! My son Marcel has just been introduced to this pillow, and he loves it also. – Dr. Pierre

Suggested Retail price is $149
Our price is $97

Andrographis Plus:
Stops colds in their tracks!

andrographisAndrographis Plus from Metagenics combines a blend of Ayurvedic and Asian herbs designed to promote healthy immune function.

It includes Andrographis paniculata, an herb traditionally used in Ayurvedic formulas for supporting upper respiratory, liver, and immune system health.

It includes amla fruit (Emblica officinalis), a vitamin C-rich fruit, which supplies antioxidant and revitalizing properties.

It also includes a specialized preparation of herbs, including mulberry leaf and apricot seed extracts, traditionally used in Chinese medicine to support lung health.

When I feel I am starting to get a sore throat or a cold, I take 2 Andrographis Plus every 2 hours and the cold  usually never develops. This goes for many viral infections  – Dr. Pierre

30 Tablets Retail price: $21.50      Our price: $15.00
90 Tablets Retail price: $56.25      Our price: $40.45

The Anti-aging Power of Antioxidants:
OPC Synergy

antioxidantsI have been on an anti-aging supplement regime for 9 years. I have access to all kinds of great information and great products that are not available to the general public. Over the past 3 years I have experimented with different products to try to get the same results with less expense.

OPC Synergy has been my anti-aging antioxidant of choice the past 6 months. It comes from the most highly respected manufacturer of supplements, it has caused no drop off in my enrgy level or skin youthfulness like other products have, and I am able to get it at a wholesale price instead of retail.

Antioxidants are a group of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that help keep the production of free radicals in check. Free radical damage can accelerate aging by destroying vital body cells faster than they can be replaced.

OPC (Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins) crosses the blood-brain barrier, and is far superior to other currently available anti-oxidants.

OPC Synergy from Standard Process is a whole food supplement that contains a combination of grape seed extract (including Masquelier’s® Original OPC), buckwheat, red wine extract, green tea extract, and bilberry to provide the strongest, natural, antioxidant protection available. Each ingredient brings its OPC plus synergistic cofactors to help address the effects of aging, maintain a healthy cardiovascular system, support healthy brain tissue, maintain capillary integrity, and restore collagen strength and elasticity.

The suggested dose is one capsule per day. For years, I had been using a product that cost $60 per month.

Retail price: $32           Our price: $22.50

– Dr. Pierre

gojiGoji Juice

Goji Juice is made from Goji berries. This nutrient-rich berry from the Himalayas, also known as Wolfberry, has often been called a “super food” due to its abilities to fight free radicals and boost the immune system. They contain bioactive polysaccharides, complex carbohydrates necessary for proper immune function and communication between cells. There are 4 polysaccharides that are unique to the goji berry.

Known as the “Happy Berry” in China for its anti-depressant qualities, goji is amongst the most highly scientifically studied food in the world. We have a brochure in the office entitled “34 Reasons to Drink Goji”. VERY informative.

A practice member turned me on to this stuff 4 years ago, and I kind of pooh-poohed as I was already taking an excellent berry drink. She gave me a bottle, and I drink an ounce a day ever since. Again, I used to spend over $40 a bottle…. after searching and experimenting, I have found this source which is almost as good at half the price. We have no mark-up on this product, we just make it available to you for you to try and assess. (BTW,  Kids love it!) – Dr. Pierre

Retail price online: $19.99 + shipping   Our price: $21

August Core-Strengthening Class 
Tentatively scheduled for Saturday the 22th;  11:30 AM to 12:40 PM.
(Call or ask at front desk) 

Learn an amazing ab/core strengthening program in a small group setting.  Previous attendees have raved about it.

“These seven exercises are absolutely wonderful: energizing, gentle and individual. I’ve been using them every morning and my chiropractic care has hugely benefited as well as my daily routine.” Kate, age 26.

“The exercises I learned at Dr. Pierre’s core strengthening class have been increasing my progress in chiropractic care. I feel more energized and stronger each day. My breathing is easier and deeper. After the 7 moves my head is clear and ready for the day.” MJ, age 50. 

If you spend 5 to 15 minutes a day doing these fun exercises, you can completely transform how you feel and function for the rest of your life.

In 30 years of looking, this is the best and most fun way to improve your core strength. This class is for anyone who wants to:

  • eliminate most forms of residual back pain.
  • speed up and enhance the transformation of their spine via the ABC unwinding process.
  • Greatly enhance their body’s FUNCTIONAL strength for any type of activity.
  • Look and feel like a million bucks!
To sign up for this  70-minute class, please CALL the office at 277-2570. The cost for these small classes, where I make sure you “get it” is $20.
Welcome to our New Practice Members from July and August!
Daria H. – Referred by Austin K.
Salman H. – Cornell University
Alex P. – Referred by Shannon P.
Tom D. – Lansing NY


Stefan C. –

Referred by Elizabeth C. 

Peter R. – Alpine, NY


Bob P. -Cornell University


Tracy P. –

Referred by Wendy F. 

Caitlin P. – Referred by Shannon P.


Heather F.

– Referred by Rob T. 

Norma H.

– Referred by Amanda F. 

Michael P.

– Referred by Tanya P. 

Carmela M.

– Referred by Shannon P. & Wendy F. 

Brook L. –

Referred by Sophie A. 

Dave M. –

Referred by Mandi M. 

We reach the public through referrals from great practice members like YOU

 Some humor for you!These are comments made by 16 Police Officers, taken off police car videos:16. ‘You know, stop lights don’t come any redder than the one you just went through.’
15. ‘Relax, the handcuffs are tight because they’re new. They’ll stretch after you wear them a while.’
14. ‘If you take your hands off the car, I’ll make your birth certificate a worthless document.’
13. ‘If you run, you’ll only go to jail tired.’
12. ‘Can you run faster than 1200 feet per second? Because that’s the speed of the bullet that’ll be chasing you.’
11. ‘You don’t know how fast you were going? I guess that means I can write anything I want to on the ticket, huh?’
10. ‘Yes, sir, you can talk to the shift supervisor, but I don’t think it will help. Oh, did I mention that I’m the shift supervisor?’
9. ‘Warning! You want a warning? O.K, I’m warning you not to do that again or I’ll give you another ticket. ‘
8. ‘The answer to this last question will determine whether you are drunk or not. Was Mickey Mouse a cat or a dog?’
7. ‘Fair? You want me to be fair? Listen, fair is a place where you go to ride on rides, eat cotton candy and corn dogs and step in monkey poop.’
6. ‘Yeah, we have a quota.. Two more tickets and my wife gets a toaster oven.’
5. ‘In God we trust, all others we run through NCIC.’
4. ‘How big were those ‘two beers’ you say you had?’
3. ‘No sir, we don’t have quotas anymore. We used to, but now we’re allowed to write as many tickets as we can.’
2. ‘I’m glad to hear that the Chief (of Police) is a personal friend of yours. So you know someone who can post your bail.’
1. ‘You didn’t think we give pretty women tickets? You’re right, we don’t. Sign here.’
pierre-gremaudPlease remember if you have a friend or family member that is needlessly suffering OR just wants to live a happier, healthier life, please pass this newsletter along to them. Tell them, if they call the office and mention this newsletter, they are entitled to a complimentary consultation with me, so I can tell them what is causing their health problems and if I can correct it.
All you have to do is ask!Thank you for your support.Sincerely,  Pierre Gremaud, DC
Spinal Wellness Center
“The world is indoctrinated in medicine. People are conceived and born in a medicine cabinet. They grow up in a drug store. Their priests and their tin gods are the AMA. They have been brain-washed, hypnotized, mesmerized and drugged to believe their life-force comes from Outside-in.

Chiropractic must unbrainwash the public and demonstrate that health comes from Inside-Out.”

When do you think those words were written? it may interest you to learn that they were written in the 1940’s by B.J. Palmer, the brilliant developer of Chiropractic. He would roll over in his grave if he could see how much worse things have gotten in the past 60 years. 

The next sentence of this quote summarizes the mission of chiropractors everywhere for the past 114 years:

“Chiropractic must un-brainwash them and demonstrate that health comes from Inside-out.”