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Chiropractic Help, Issue #10 - Friday Fun: Stones in my Clog /Tsatziki
July 10, 2009

Friday Fun

Chiropractic's own JAMES HERRIOT

On a lighter note this month, my good friend and colleague, Dr Bernard Preston, DC asked if I would do a survey on his new book.

Since I love his books, aptly described as "Gems, both funny and healthful, from the life and work of a Chiropractor", I am very happy to agree to his request.

Last month's LUMBAR STENOSIS was rather heavy, so let's have a bit more fun this month. If you haven't managed to read that nasty back pain page, you can still get get if from our ARCHIVES at the bottom of this Newsletter. It's more than likely not relevant to you, so just forward it to a friend whom you know is suffering from chronic low back pain.

"A shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases."

Carl Jung


So, Bernie Preston's third book is nearing the final stages of editing, and he would like to know how you find Chapter One. As you probably know, the first chapter (some say the first page, even the first paragraph, and even the cover!) will make or break a book.

So, how does his Clog fit with you? Pinch? Boring? Can't wait to buy when it appears on the shelves?

Stone in my Shoe

You probably know the expression "Stone in my Shoe", meaning something, often profound, that irritates and stays the whole journey with you until you resolve it. Well, Stones in my Clog is the vivid description of Bernard Preston's rich Chiropractic life in Holland.

Chapter One: What have I got myself into?

"Life is a petty thing unless it is moved by the indomitable urge to extend its boundaries."

Jose Ortega y Gasset

Dr Bernard Preston, chiropractor, sat in his consulting room alternately staring wistfully out the window, and glaring at a pile of mail. His last patient for the week – a difficult foot-drop case – had just left and he was exhausted. This was the weekend that he and a small band of crazy friends had been planning to dismantle their gliders and schlep them off to three days of infinite delight in the Drakensberg Mountains. Why do the weather prophets always get it right when we’re planning to go soaring? They never do the rest of the time, damn it! he muttered morosely. Listlessly, he took in the blind man walking past in the teeming rain, his white stick rhythmically beating out his journey, eyes zigzagging to another tune. Nystagmus , pondered Preston. I can’t help him, poor man. No one can.

There was a timid knock at the door. Tanya Hastings, a junior associate who was on call that weekend wanted to ask for a week’s leave in the middle of the summer, but quickly changed her mind when she heard Preston snort. Tanya recognized the sound. Her boss was in a foul mood and any request, reasonable or otherwise, was likely to invite a pursed lip and choleric outburst. This was not a good moment ...


So, how did you find it?

(by the way, he apologises for the way all the finer features of Word are lost on the web. The layout will be much more attractive in the book. For example the footnote about Golf Echo X-ray, the name of his glider.)

Please choose one of the following:

  1. I enjoyed the chapter and would definitely consider buying the book.

  2. I enjoyed the chapter but wouldn't buy the book.

  3. Interesting, but clearly not the genre I enjoy reading.

  4. Sorry, but I found it boring. I certainly wouldn't buy it.

Would you please just copy one of the above, and paste it into an email:

Immobilisation Arthritis

I wrote what I think is quite an important page this week at our sister site,, on the new research coming out, confirming what all Chiropractors know:

Untreated Subluxations, also known as Fixations, starve the joint of vital nutrients, causing the onset of arthritis. Just this week I had a frightening case of a woman with advanced neck arthritis compared to X-rays taken only three years ago. In her early forties, she has the neck of a woman in her sixties.

Love to read? Retreat-Advance is one of Bernard Preston's most popular tales, taken from his first book Frog in my Throat. Preston is a Christian and describes the great advance he made in his private life, after a spiritual retreat. The chapter ends with a frightening car accident ... read more:

Below is the cover of Frog in my Throat which you can order by clicking on the picture.

Nutritional corner: CUCUMBER

Cucumbers are rich in many vitamins and minerals and we'll just mention two since they both have an arthritic properties, namely Vitamin C (three inch length of cucumber contains about 15% of your dietary needs) and Molybdenum.

It's rich in fibre too, and I often throw half a dozen chunks in with my sandwiches. Helps with you know what ...!

"When molybdenum and/or vanadium levels are far below normal, there is a greater occurrence of spinal degeneration ..."

Click here for more info about cucumbers.

TSATZIKI, made in a jiffy.


  1. Grate a cucumber, skin and all. Wash carefully first to remove any pesticide residues. Squeeze out the juice and drink it!

  2. Press a couple cloves of garlic and add to the cucumber.

  3. Add 2 cups of double thick yoghurt.

  4. Add a good slosh of olive oil and a TBSP of lemon juice.

  5. Salt and pepper to taste, and garnish with some chopped dill or mint.

So delic with Eggplant. Lowers your cholesterol too. More Eggplant recipes ...


Lentils, also rich in Molybdenum. I love lentils for their easy to prepare properties. Just throw a handful in every time you cook up some brown rice. They take the same time to cook. They are rich in a vegetarian source of protein.

Until next month then. Promise not to fill your Inbox with information overload.

Should you have found this email helpful, feel free to forward to family and friends. Your doctor?! Our readership is rising in leaps and bounds, up 130% on last month, but for the considerable work put in, I would prefer it to go to 5 000 people!

Yours in Better Health. Take a walk today, it keeps the chiropractor away (unless you have a short leg) and eat an apple every day. That does indeed keep the doctor away.

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