Chiropractor Under Investigation

I was recently contacted by Progressive Insurance Company regarding a personal injury claim and patient I was treating. They are investigating and indicated that they wanted to verify and take pictures and the like. So today I let them come and do their thing. I really don’t know all the laws or what I should have done. I don’t feel I have anything to hide… but who knows, maybe I shouldn’t be so arrogant. But I did think about the rest of the profession regarding this. I read something about this kind of thing… but it didn’t stick; so I didn’t remember what to do. But I thought, had I seen a video or something that stuck… maybe even of a physician that screwed up… then I would remember and not be the guy that screwed up. But maybe I did mess up and give them something that might cost me. After all, it isn’t that easy to keep up with all the statutes and abide by all the rules. I like to think I do but I probably don’t.

Anyway, I decided to video tape this meeting. I was surprised they agreed. Of course, now I don’t know if it is legal to put this tape on the net without their permission! But they knew they were being video recorded in my place of business. But I didn’t have anything signed by them or anything like that. But then again the news does it all the time… right? And I’m not using it for commercial gain, does that mean anything?

So, I’m putting it here so that physicians can see it… even if I did screw up. I hope that doctors might in some way benefit and maybe get some instruction regarding what to do when the insurance company wants to investigate. This costs us time (and money). I know that the insurance companies are getting more aggressive at keeping the money they should give to physicians regardless of the excellent services provided. Understand, I am all against fraud and even sent a health care reform plan that addresses fraud to our wonderful President of the United States of America (did wonderful sound sarcastic?)

So watch the video and put your comments in the section under the video. Please give your critiques and don’t be a sissy! We need real input to get this broken system fixed.

michael haley DC, Chiropractor in Pompano Beach

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Growing Local

My Front Yard

By: Dr. Michael Haley

There are many benefits to eating local food – whether meat or vegetation, including:

  • It is usually more fresh
  • It is less dependent on burning fossil fuels for transportation
  • The local economy and local growers are supported
  • You are more likely to know the growing conditions
  • Local foods may provide nutritional support for local nutrition needs

You see, most of the things sold in stores for human consumption seem to be structured for financial gain by the seller rather than health for the buyer. These things are no longer representative of food that was intended for our bodies. Most of the so called “food” has been damaged by things like:

  • chemical fertilizers
  • pollution
  • radiation
  • genetic modifications
  • pasteurization
  • herbicides
  • pesticides
  • ripeners
  • transportation
  • handling
  • plastic packaging
  • time between harvest and consumption

And in the case of meats from farm animals, add to the list

  • hormones
  • antibiotics
  • malnutrition
  • unnatural inflammatory diets
  • GMO feed
  • disease
  • drugs
  • lack of roaming or free range conditions
  • unsanitary conditions

But since most people cannot raise their own farm animals, I will focus on growing herbs, fruits, and vegetables.

For people who own their own property, this should be a no-brainer. But, the reality is, it seems Americans are more interested in growing inedible high maintenance hedges and lawns instead of food.

I live on an average home size property – about 1/5 acre. Our home, driveway, and sidewalk cover much of the property. But somehow, we still manage to grow quite the variety of edibles. They include:

  • aloe
  • avocados
  • coconuts
  • figs
  • lemons
  • limes
  • mangos
  • moringa
  • oranges
  • papayas
  • pineapples
  • pomegranates
  • sapodilla
  • star fruit

We still have to buy a lot of food, but we also have to give a lot away. That brings up another good point. That is, if more people did these things, we could have and share more variety with our neighbors.

Look what family did on their Urban Homestead – Living the Real Simple Life in Pasadena Los Angeles California:

This is where I am turning the discussion over to you. Please use the comments section to share your input. You might consider the following questions:

1. What are your favorite foods to grow in Florida and why?
2. What have you grown and why?
3. What do you plan on growing and why?
4. Why aren’t you growing fruits and vegetables?
5. What potential problems do you think people might run into farming their property?
6. Do you have any advice for someone thinking about growing fruits and vegetables in Florida?
7. What kind of vegetation makes a good hedge? Canopy? Ground cover?
8. Do you buying good food might be a problem some day?

Now it’s your turn. Please use the comments below to add to the conversation.