Acupuncture & Chiropractic & Nutrition

Healthy Answers by Dr. Bill Rice

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive compound derived from agricultural hemp that positively impacts nearly every organ system of the body. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a network of cell receptor proteins whose main tasks are maintaining homeostasis, stress recovery, neuroprotection, and overall immune health. When phytocannabinoids like CBD are introduced into the bloodstream, they interact with receptors in the ECS and boost its functions.

At the site of an injury, CBD has been known to decrease the release of activators and sensitizers, stabilize nerve cells to prevent excessive firing, and calm nearby immune cells to prevent localized inflammation. These three mechanisms occur in conjunction with each other to minimize the pain and damage caused by injury.

CBD helps
suppress appetite and help with weight loss
kill or slow bacterial growth
reduce blood sugar
reduce vomiting and nausea
treat fungal infections
reduce inflammation
aid sleep
reduce risk of artery blockage
inhibit cell growth in tumors and cancer cells
treat psoriasis
calm and relax the body and mind
suppress muscle spasms
relieve anxiety
promote bone growth
reduce contractions in the small intestines
protect nervous system degeneration

Do you think CBD might help one of your issues? Call the office – We have it! 561.439.6644

Holidays and Stress

Holiday time can be one of the most stressful times of the year for many people. Whether it is thinking about loved ones who are gone, or getting together with relatives you’d prefer to avoid, or partying — holiday time is stressful and that means decreased resistance and increased possibility of illness or injury.

Chiropractic, Acupuncture and Massage therapy help to relax your body and help you to deal with the stressful holiday time.
Chiropractic and Acupuncture will also increase your T-cell count, improving your immunity and helping to prevent illness.

Here are a few suggestions to help reduce the effects of increased stress:
1. Drink alcohol in moderation!
2. Get sufficient rest.
3. Exercise regularly.
4. Limit sweets and junk food.
5. Acupuncture, Chiropractic and Massage therapy can help!

Call the office for an appointment or more information – 561.439.6644.

TINNITUS – Ringing in the ears


Although I have treated many patients with tinnitus (ringing in the ears), I never found solution that I could write about… until now! Chiropractic, acupuncture and medical treatments do not offer a solution to tinnitus (ringing in the ears).


Recently, I learned about PEMF (pulsed electomagnetic field therapy) and a company that was able to focus that energy directly into the ear canal with a special headset. That company is QRS and you can find information about them on the internet.

Treatment Protocol

Thus far tinnitus treatments have been fairly successful, but nothing is 100%. This treatment is very simple, sitting or lying for 60-80 minutes with headsets – very comfortable. Some have experienced reduction in the tinnitus after just one treatment, others need several treatments. Unlike other alternative treatments this is not long term treatment plan. If no results are seen after three or four sessions, then PEMF is not likely to help. Therefore, it’s worth trying if tinnitus is affecting your life.

I have two offices for your convenience – West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens. Call the office for more information and to make an appointment to STOP the ringing! Special price for the month of April.


Bill Rice, DC, LAc, DCBCN
Gardens Wholistic Health Center

Diet Soda

As few as one diet soda daily may increase the risk for leukemia in men and women, and for multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma in men, according to new results from the longest-ever running study on aspartame as a carcinogen in humans. Importantly, this is the most comprehensive, long-term study ever completed on this topic, so it holds more weight than other past studies which appeared to show no risk.

Apart from sheer size, what makes this study superior to other past studies is the thoroughness with which aspartame intake was assessed. Every two years, participants were given a detailed dietary questionnaire, and their diets were reassessed every four years. Previous studies which found no link to cancer only ever assessed participants’ aspartame intake at one point in time, which could be a major weakness affecting their accuracy.

The combined results of this new study showed that just one 12-fl oz. can (355 ml) of diet soda daily leads to:

  • 42 percent higher leukemia risk in men and women (pooled analysis)
  • 102 percent higher multiple myeloma risk (in men only)
  • 31 percent higher non-Hodgkin lymphoma risk (in men only)

These results were based on multi-variable relative risk models, all in comparison to participants who drank no diet soda. It is unknown why only men drinking higher amounts of diet soda showed increased risk for multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Note that diet soda is the largest dietary source of aspartame (by far) in the U.S. Every year, Americans consume about 5,250 tons of aspartame in total, of which about 86 percent (4,500 tons) is found in diet sodas.

This raises a critical question: will future, high-quality studies uncover links to the other cancers in which aspartame has been implicated (brain, breast, prostate, etc.)?

There is now more reason than ever to completely avoid aspartame in our daily diet. For those who are tempted to go back to sugary sodas as a “healthy” alternative, this study had a surprise finding: men consuming one or more sugar-sweetened sodas daily saw a 66 percent increase in non-Hodgkin lymphoma (even worse than for diet soda). Perhaps the healthiest soda is no soda at all.


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Is there any difference in sodium levels between table, kosher and sea salt?

Trudy Le Beau
Sheboygan, WI

Dear Trudy:

Unfortunately, no. All salt is Sodium Chloride and about 2000 mg of sodium per tsp. However, sea salt contains a variety of micronutrients that are beneficial.   Kosher salt is a larger grain salt without any additives.

Don’t cook with salt, but if you like, add a little to your food before serving, if desired. And use sea salt which does contain some added minerals, rather than regular table salt.

Incidentally, salt only effects 30% of those with high blood pressure.

dr bill


What is Sciatica?

What is “sciatica?” The term sciatica describes the symptoms of leg pain and possibly tingling, numbness or weakness that originates in the lower back and travels through the buttock and down the large sciatic nerve in the back of the leg. Get the details below: