About Dr Barrie Lewis, DC describes my background as a high school teacher of mathematics and physical science for seven years, followed by four years study in Lombard, Illinois in the United States at the National University of Health Sciences.
Thereafter the exciting and challenging part of bringing better health to thousands of people with chiropractic, a nutritionally sound diet, and plenty of exercise, in South Africa and the Netherlands.
Probably the biggest challenge has been trying to convince folk there are no short cuts to wellness, no magic bullets. We humans are always looking for an easier way out; we are very reluctant to change our habits. Sometimes I think we would rather die than give this or that up, or start doing some specific exercise program. Yes, there have been times of cynicism, fed up with patients wanting a sugar coated pill that will bring them sparkling good health; pie in the sky.
Spines are difficult; period. It's with good reason that after cardiovascular disease and cancer, treatment for spinal conditions, in particular lower back pain, is the third greatest user of medical insurance funds.
It's only after graduation that one really starts to learn how backs tick; and people too. Motivating patients to exercise and care for themselves has been a great challenge. It's my great conviction that if everyone spent just two minutes every morning before arising, in bed, doing a few stretches and simple strengthening routines, lower back surgery would be halved. Prevention will always remain better than a cure, the truism totally ignored by many and even most.
About Barrie Lewis describes his qualifications and experience at the coalface.
1969: BSc - majoring in physics and chemistry. Natal University, South Africa.
1970: UED - university education diploma to teach high school science and mathematics. Rhodes University.
1974: BEd - Natal University.
1980: DC - National University of Health Sciences, Lombard, Il, USA.
1981 - 2003: Private practice in South Africa.
2003 - 2010: Employee in a practice in the Netherlands.
2011 - current: Semi-retired.
2018 - enrolled in a high powered diploma course on the ketogenic diet.
Particular interests include conditions of the hip joint like dysplasias and impingement syndromes. Early diagnosis and treatment can help to prevent the formerly presumed inevitable progression to degenerative joint disease.
Thoracic outlet syndrome causing pain and tingling in the arm, Tietze's syndrome of the costo-sternal joints and managing acute sciaticas and femoral neuritis are his other specialties.
Use of non-inflammatory dietary principles to enhance chiropractic treatment is an important part of Dr Barrie Lewis' practice.
Dr Barrie Lewis DC was born into a chiropractic family; both his parents were chiropractors, as is his daughter. A life largely without medication has been and continues to be his goal, and to share that with others. That includes inter alia a healthy diet and plenty of exercise. At seventy years of age neither he nor his wife take any chronic medication.
About Barrie Lewis must surely include his three chiropractic books, anecdotes from the coalface, written under the nom de plume Bernard Preston.
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