Acupuncture & Chiropractic & Nutrition

Healthy Answers by Dr. Bill Rice

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:

Autism and SSRI in Pregnancy

Recent research points to an increased risk of autism in boys in mothers who took SSRI during pregnancy. Here’s a partial list of SSRI medications:

citalopram (Celexa, Cipramil, Cipram, Dalsan, Recital, Emocal, Sepram, Seropram, Citox, Cital)
dapoxetine (Priligy)
escitalopram (Lexapro, Cipralex, Seroplex, Esertia)
fluoxetine (Depex, Prozac, Fontex, Seromex, Seronil, Sarafem, Ladose, Motivest, Flutop, Fluctin (EUR), Fluox (NZ), Depress (UZB), Lovan (AUS), Prodep (IND))
fluvoxamine (Luvox, Fevarin, Faverin, Dumyrox, Favoxil, Movox, Floxyfral)
indalpine (Upstene) (discontinued)
paroxetine (Paxil, Seroxat, Sereupin, Aropax, Deroxat, Divarius, Rexetin, Xetanor, Paroxat, Loxamine, Deparoc)
sertraline (Zoloft, Lustral, Serlain, Asentra, Tresleen)

I mention this as a warning to women who are pregnant or thinking of planning a pregnancy. I think there is sufficient evidence to avoid SSRI medications during pregnancy. If you are taking one of these drugs call the office to discuss alternatives during pregnancy.

Essentials of Healthy Eating

Proper nutrition ranks number one in the prevention and treatment of disease.  Most people are not only unaware of proper nutrition, but they are misinformed by the food industry’s propaganda that leads to poor eating habits and addictions.  The following primer is a brief introduction to the nutritional guidelines that will help you regain the state of balance proper to the human organism.  More information is available through additional reading.  We continue to stress the importance of these changes–the foods (energy) you put into your body determine the quality of your physical and mental well-being.

The study of human nutrition is dedicated to determining which nutrients man requires for proper growth, development and well-being.  The scientific study of nutrition is a relatively new field — begun approximately 70 years ago — that draws heavily on the fundamentals of chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, physiology, medicine, pathology, physics and cellular biology.  By its nature, nutrition is an area that relies on the technological advances of these disciplines in order to demonstrate progress.


Determining which nutrients an individual needs is very difficult and complex, as marked differences exist from person-to-person.  In the future, researchers with advanced technology will identify the roles of various nutrients in the biochemical processes of the body.  Due to current limitations in technology, no one knows “exactly” what the body needs.

Proper nutrition is important because it provides fuel and lubrication for the body.  Although you would never put heating oil in your gasoline tank (unless you had a diesel engine), many people constantly put the wrong “fuel” into their bodies by consuming devitalized, de-mineralized, over-processed, over-salted and over-sugared “foods.”  The body has an “Inner Intelligence” that can compensate for improper care to some extent, but if excessively abused, the body begins to degenerate more rapidly than desired.

In order to delve into the study of nutrition, it is necessary to first consider the body’s requirements on the most basic level.  The fundamental requirements of the human body can be consolidated into eight basic categories.  In order of importance they are: air, water, carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals and fiber.