Barrie Lewis

Barrie Lewis DC practises from 56 Groenekloof Road, HILTON, South Africa.


  • 1969 BSc (University of Natal) - Majors: Chemistry & Physics
  • 1970 University Education Diploma (Rhodes University)
  • 1974 BEd (University of Natal)
  • 1980 DC (National University of Health Sciences, Chicago)

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Dr Barrie Lewis


After an enormously enriching seven years in the Netherlands, Dr Lewis and his lovely wife Jean, Maths teacher at the International School of The Hague, returned mid 2010 to their native South Africa.

One of the greatest pleasures, a privilege, was to help people in pain, and that he certainly wasn't going to forego. Full retirement simply wasn't an option, but it would be good not to have to treat 30 to 50 patients a day.

In addition, he wanted more time to continue writing his Bernard Preston books; gems, funny and healthful. Building this website too is high on the agenda; in 2015, it reached 400 pages with 12,000 per day being read. To find your way around, use the search function in the navigation bar on your left.

Barrie Lewis will be joining his daughter Dr Jane Ackerman in the Chiropractor Hilton practice at 56 Groenekloof Rd, Hilton, 3245.

No longer feeling as tireless as the red rubber ball he brought his granddaughter for a gift, he wants to spend more time on research on chiropractic for the hip joint, completing his fourth book, A Family Affair, and a fifth, Caring for the Temple is brewing. In short, he has many retirement sentiments.

A Family Affair is now complete and available as an ebook to be read on your Kindle, smartphone or tablet; it turned out to be a very long book, so it's published as a trilogy.

I've started my fifth book, yet to be titled; the subject matter is controversial; a puff of white smoke to greet the world with the news that the first married cardinal has been elected to the highest office in Christendom for a thousand years.

Passionate about healthy food, he was looking forward to growing many organic foods in his own garden.

Tel: 0027 (0)33 3432 549

Chiropractic conditions

Over and above the general conditions that every chiropractor treats - neck pain and headaches, midback, low back pain and sciatica, Dr Lewis specialises in treatment of

Lower back and leg pain

Lower back and leg pain is the most common complaint in chiropractic clinics; that applies in Dr Barrie Lewis's Hilton clinic too.

Doctors never learn faster than when they themselves get sick. Suddenly they are faced with all the dilemmas their patients are experiencing. My own femoral nerve damage taught me so much; severe pain on the side and front of the thigh, numbness below the knee, and weakness in the thigh muscle. Ouch, lower back and leg pain hurts.

Barrie Lewis is a better chiropractor for having been through the misery of a sequestered disc without surgery and come through it successfully with manipulative treatment and exercise.

Perhaps the most important lesson was that chiropractic can indeed successfully manage a grade 4 disc sequestration causing extensive hard neurological signs. Previously he considered this exclusively a job for the surgeon; not so.

The hallmark is severe leg pain and weakness, with minimal or no lower back pain.

As a general rule, when there is severe leg pain, and minimal back discomfort, it's often though not always going to be difficult. This sciatica without back pain is one of the exceptions.


  • Writer: Bernard Preston anecdotes from the Chiropractic Coalface.

  • Beekeeping.
  • Carpentry.
  • Trout fishing.

Having experienced, almost on a daily basis at the Chiropractic Coalface, the dangers of the tapered Dutch staircases, he is building his own staircase in their new home in Hilton.

  • Gardening, particularly growing and cooking organic vegetables. SLOW FOOD, COOKED FAST is Barrie Lewis' motto. Good healthy food that the busy housewife can prepare in a hurry. If your looking for pretty, pretty food, this is not the site for you. How to grow peas ...
  • Gliding ...

There can be few more rewarding hobbies that growing your own food, sufficient to have ten coloured foods on your plate.

Whilst the benefits of antioxidants out of a bottle remains controversial, it's agreed by nutritionists world wide that we all ought to be aiming for a minimum of five coloured foods per day if we are not to get cancer. He aims for ten; over twenty years, eight gives you a 35 percent lower all cause of death risk.

He is also convinced that people eating food like this, with meat no more than once a day can indulge in butter and eggs without fear of statins.

At 65 he takes no drugs at all, though admits to a couple weeks of anti inflammatories at the height of the femoral nerve damage saga.

A veteran of 500 glider flights, he finds there is no better way to relax, and enjoy the great outdoors than a day at the gliding club.

His greatest achievement was a 120 km flight in his ancient Ka6, achieving a height of 14,000 feet above ground level.

He believes in living life to the full, at full speed. He stops only to do the meanest Sudoku he can find.

He keeps his Dutch up, fulfilling his love of music by listening to reputedly the most popular classic music station in the world.

Blogging at Chiropractic Help, Chiropractic Books and Bernard Preston.

Attention deficit

It's no longer a closely kept secret that Bernard Preston is my nom de plume; I, Barrie Lewis, chose to use a pen name to protect the identity of very real people found hidden between the pages of my books; I suffer from attention deficit too, and have done all my life.

Attention deficit Bernie tells how all my life I have suffered from ADHD; and despite it have live a very full and exciting life. I am greatly concerned today that at the whim of teacher or psychologist a child can be put on mind altering drugs like Ritalin.

Medication is very often a cheap and nasty alternative to facing up to some of the harsh realities of life. The obese type II diabetic doesn't need insulin; he needs to exercise and change his diet so that it excludes all high glycemic foods, and thus lose weight.

The hypertensive smoker may need blood pressure medication in the short term, but in the long term he needs to face the fact that smoking will knock many years off his life, and the risk of stroke and heart and blood vessel disease is high.

The hyperactive and attention deficit child, like Barrie Lewis was and is, doesn't need Ritalin; he needs a total change of diet, and possibly a school with small classes. There are alternatives; I have successfully used them without any medication.

  • Writing under the nom de plume Bernard Preston, Dr Barrie Lewis writes titillating Chiropractic short stories in the James Herriot genre. Written primarily for the general public they are not heavy Chiropractic textbooks, but rather light and in the main humerous stories, taken from his practice. The intention is to bring insights from the Chiropractic Coalface, always the desire to help draw us up to the higher place where health and wellbeing may be enjoyed. Be prepared to be challenged! For a few of his stories that are available on line, click here for Bernard Preston home page ...


    Dr Barry Lewis DC
  • Dr Barrie should not be confused with Dr Barry, a leading British chiropractor.


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Lonely walk of faith

I make no arrogant claims of faith, but I am a practising Christian. You might like to read a few thoughts from my take on our Lonely road of faith ...

And from my own personal Leap of Faith ... lifted from Frog in my Throat, my first book of chiropractic anecdotes.

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Interesting challenges of the day

1. Mr S is a 76 year old man with neck pain of some 9 months duration. Luckily, most of the discomfort is upper cervical which is only rarely arthritic; his lower cervical spine is a degenerative mess that I've left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he's happy in the circumstances. He can sleep through the night now and that makes a huge difference.

2. Mr P is 32 year old man with very severe lower back pain radiating to the big toe which is 30 percent numb. He had an episode three weeks ago, took anti inflammatories and was soon better as is typical of the medial disc herniation. But before it healed, after a trivia it came roaring back, much worse. The characteristic crossed sign was evident; sitting in a chair, straightening the right leg provoked severe left back pain and tingling in the leg. He's doing well.

3. Severe lower back pain is scary; just ask Mrs P. Just watching her get out of the car I she was in trouble; she had a slipped disc at L4 making her lean towards the opposite side; luckily she had no pain in the leg. Despite family pressure that this was far too severe for a chiropractor, she persevered. Within five days she was standing upright, and after two weeks almost painfree. 

Despite a hectic job, she wisely took my advice and stayed home for what I call exercising bed rest.

4. Mr S has had lower back, groin and back of thigh and calf pain for fourth months.

He has a pincer deformity in the hip causing the stabs in the groin, and a degenerative facet causing the sciatica. Both are responding well to chiropractic and he's well pleased; sixty five percent better after three treatments.

5. Mr T is a wise man; he's taken a warning TIA seriously and has lost 15 pounds, and has at least as much again to lose. A change to a low starch diet and half hour daily walk has made the difference; but the walking is making his foot and back miserable. The expensive orthotic is hopeless; luckily his hips and back are fine, but he needs a simple heel lift.

6. I too have had serious lower back issues, luckily fixed by my own chiropractor; so I too have to do my exercises, take care when lifting supers full of honey, gardening and using the chainsaw. Regaining the function of your spine is just as important as the pain.

7. My own granddaughter, only 7 is hypermobile giving her pelvic, knee and ankle issues. Xrays show a mildly dysplastic hip. Years ago we would have called it growing pains. She too regularly needs chiropractic care and luckily responds well. Increased range of motion is more difficult than too stiff in my opinion. Our care is for kids too.

8. This 65 year old lady is a serious gardener; every day she is bending, lifting and digging for 2 to 3 hours a day. It regularly catches her in the sacroiliac joint, so she has a treatment once a month that sorts it out. She does her lower back exercises faithfully.

9. This 88 year old lady is an inspiration; every day she is busy in the community. With a nasty scoliosis she manages very well with a chiropractic adjustment every six weeks and exercises faithfully done.  

10. Mr X is a 71 year old retired man who wants to continue with maintenance care every six to eight weeks; he had suffered from two years of lower back pain when he first came a year ago. He has no discomfort now after 8 chiropractic treatments, but is aware that danger lurks.

11. Mrs C has been having severe headaches, and taking a lot of analgesics. It's a non complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she's doing well.

12. Mr D is a 38 old year man with chronic shoulder pain after a rotator cuff tear playing cricket. It responded well to treatment, but he knows he must do his exercises every day; for two years he couldn't sleep on that shoulder.

13. Mr D, a 71 year old man, has a severe ache in the shoulder and midback since working above his head. Trapped nerve tests are negative but he has advanced degenerative joints of Luschka; after just two treatments he is 50 percent better. Can we reach 90?

And so the day goes; chiropractors shouldn't be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that's so much bunkum.

Have a problem that's not getting better? Looking for a different slant on your pain? Want to pose a question?

Interesting questions from visitors

CLS writes:

Greetings, Dr B.
You helped me quite some time back with a soothing and professional response which turned out to be exactly correct. I now consult a local chiropractor. You write a superb newsletter, too.

Your own unresolved problem. Pose a question

Knowing that up to 70% of the time the correct diagnosis is made with no examination, no special tests, no xrays, but just from the history, there's a fair chance I can add some insight to your unresolved problem. But at least 30% of the time, I may be quite wrong! Give plenty of detail if you want a sensible reply.

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