Good Reads

Good reads are the best solution to insomnia.

As any bookworm will confirm, 'good reads' and particularly a new author who delights, are always a pleasure to discover. These chiropractors will not only entertain you, but add to your resources from their vast wealth of experience about better health. More goodies from Chiropractic Help.


Bernard Preston

Preston's books are described as gems, both funny and healthful, from the life and work of a chiropractor.

And so they are. Whilst enjoying an amusing novel you will find yourself discovering health tips, about both chiropractic and general health. For example, did you know that the humble beetroot is one of the very best remedies for constipation, a major contributor to disease of the colon? His books are littered with such gems.

Preston's great love of the outdoors and his many hobbies, bee keeping for example, will give you a different perspective on how life can be lived to the full. Follow the link above to a delightful story about beekeeping and the bishop's wife; unexplained infertility is a not uncommon complaint at the chiropractic coalface. 



Preston invites you into the intimacy of his consulting rooms so that you can experience for yourself the relationships that tease, challenge and disturb doctors of every ilk.

Chiropractic books help you discover how doctors tick, not unimportant in your relationship with all your own. Is he a highway robber in a white coat? asks Preston. Yes, a good read.

More good reads from Bernard Preston. Fresh from a case that threatens his integrity, Preston finds himself contemplating giving up practice. The chiropractic shoe is pinching my foot, says he. Helped by the wisdom of his wife, the thrill and diversions of his hobbies and the support of patients and friends, can the burnt-out doctor regain balance again in his skewed life? Without a doubt, a good read! You won't put it down, guaranteed.

There are a free snippets from Frog in my Throat at these links.


Bats in my Belfry


Reading chiropractic will bring you new insights as Preston tells of the inner pain that many and perhaps most doctors experience, and the joys of seeing patients regaining control of their lives, once governed by disabling pain.

Forget your personal aches and pains as you immerse yourself in these true life experiences. Expect to be stretched as you discover how Preston badgers his patients into happier and healthier life styles. Never was adding to your resources about chiropractic such fun!

Available in paperback in the USA and Canada, and South Africa, but world wide on your ereader. Postage costs are enormous and of course the paperback is more costly to produce. It's your choice but I recommend the paperlight kindle for your ebooks.


In 2003 Bernard Preston was invited to join a practice in the Netherlands for three years. Three years became seven; neither he nor his wife Helen had been to Europe. They were having a ball until Preston was fired op staande voet for an alleged sexual complaint. But all's well that ends well.

Whilst it's nice to crawl up in bed with a good paper book, they're getting damned expensive! For only 2.99 dollars you can enjoy Stones in my Clog on your electronic device.  Stones in my Clog costs only 2.99 dollars as an ebook.

Still not convinced about ebooks? Like it or not, like photography, it's the way we'll read all books one day. Unconvinced? 

At the end of the day, it's the price of ebooks that will probably convince you. Ebooks for download; all about ebooking and the kindle.


Stones in my Clog

STONES IN MY CLOG by Bernard Preston

STOP PRESS: Stones in my Clog by my alter ego, Bernard Preston, his third book has just become available for the first time as an ebook for just $2.99. 

Enjoy it on your Kindle, tablet or smartphone for a fraction of the price of a hard copy.


Oddly, I now prefer reading on my kindle. Half way through Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, my daughter stole the book. So I downloaded it for zilch onto my kindle. By increasing the size of the print, I actually find it's easier on my rheumy eyes.

What with free books like Austens from the public domain, and cheap books like those by Bernard Preston my Kindle has already paid for itself. New research now says the kindle paperlight is the easiest of all the ereaders on your eyes.  It is a little more pricey at about $120 from amazon.


Bruce Vaughan

Bruce Vaughan writes inspiringly of the struggle that Chiropractic has to find acceptance in Hong Kong.

Rabid Dogs in the East. Definitely a good read. 



The author of Rabid dogs in the east takes us through the chiropractic profession's struggle to gain acceptance. The reader experiences the frustrations of a young chiropractic graduate who finds himself in a very hostile environment. Medical opposition in the sixties turns to inhuman, determined and illegal protectionism in America, where leading anti chiropractic crusaders described them as rabid dogs, killers, unscientific cultists and of course quacks.

Dr. Bruce Vaughan found a similar attitude when he opened his practice in Hong Kong. Rabid dogs in the East describes the constant fight he had to build his own practice as well as a recognized profession in the British crown colony of Hong Kong and latterly the special administrative region of China.

It is a fascinating insight into life in Hong Kong as it goes through the changes from the fifties to the present day, as seen through the eyes of an American trained British chiropractor. Rabid dogs in the east, although interspersed with humor, does not pull any punches or hide the anger that has built up over the years of antagonism.




It carries my firm recommendation. In these pages you will find history from a knowledgeable historian, and a fascinating tale of struggle and success from a gifted storyteller, says David Chapman Smith, secretary general World Federation of Chiropractic

This book is an historical account of the work of one chiropractic pioneer, who made a significant contribution to the establishment of the chiropractic profession in Hong Kong. Those of us who came later should realize that what is now possible for the profession is due to the foresight and perseverance of individuals like him who had the conviction to go beyond what was then impossible.

Edward Lee MD, DC


How to live to be 100 in spite of your doctor

Dr B Hagen




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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.



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Interesting questions from visitors

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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

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You visited this chiropractic help site no doubt because you have a problem that is not resolving and want to know more about what chiropractors do.

The quickest and most interesting way is to read one of my ebooks of anecdotes. Described by a reader as gems, both funny and healthful, from the life and work of a chiropractor, you'll love them. Priced right at $2.99, though Kindle fiddles the price without telling me.