Homeopathy: A Fascinating History Background Information From the Office of Randy Meltzer

Since the time of Hippocrates the concept of “like cures like” has laid the foundation for modern-day homeopathy. Homeopathy really got its start toward the close of the 18th century, when Dr. Samuel Hahnemann conducted his first experiments with the belief that the substances that cause an illness when absorbed in larger quantities could actually cure it when administered in minute amounts. Dr. Hahnemann believed that then-current practices such as bloodletting with leeches, the debilitating use of purgatives, and dosing with toxins such as mercury and arsenic created more health problems than they solved. He discovered A Treatise of the Materia Medica by British physician William Cullen and began to develop the idea of fostering health through the use of “similars.”

Hahnemann served as his own patient as he tested his theory. To increase the safety of his preparations, he employed a special distillation method that reduced the harmful agents to the smallest possible usable proportion.

Dr. Margery Grace Blackie studied with her famous father, the homeopathic physician James Compton Burnett, and went on to become personal physician to Queen Elizabeth II. Dr. Blackie developed a particular gift for detailed diagnoses and is remembered today as the leading figure in her field in the 20th century.

Today’s homeopathic physicians offer treatment for a variety of conditions and have earned the respect of many in more traditional medical communities. Homeopathic remedies have maintained a leading place in the repertoires of naturopathic practitioners worldwide.

About Dr. Randy Meltzer: With more than 30 years of experience as a chiropractic physician and naturopath, Randy Meltzer possesses an extensive background in homeopathy. He currently serves patients in the New York City area. He may bw contacted at 212 255 6710.


What Does a Chiropractor Do and What Should a Patient Expect? by Dr. Randy Meltzer

A chiropractor treats patients with health issues stemming from their musculoskeletal system. He believes in working on the patient’s overall health rather than treating symptoms. He will offer advice on diet, exercise, and lifestyle to achieve optimum health. He does not prescribe drugs or perform surgery but relies on time-tested techniques that allow the body to recuperate on its own. Sometimes a chiropractor will refer a patient to another health care provider if he feels it is necessary.

When visiting a chiropractor for the first time, it is like a first visit with any doctor. You will fill out forms, give a detailed medical history, and have an initial consultation with the doctor followed by a physical examination. During this time, the chiropractor will be observing you, looking for tell-tale signs of discomfort that you may not even notice, such as an inability to sit comfortably for any length of time.

After all that, the doctor may order some more tests, x-rays, or perhaps a MRI. The results of these tests will dictate the treatment protocol. A spine adjustment is often helpful when x-rays reveal musculoskeletal problems.

Other treatment options might be massage, heat, or light therapy; ultrasound; mild electric stimulation; or acupuncture. Some chiropractors offer additional support for the body such as braces, wraps, or shoe inserts.

Some chiropractors specialize in areas such as sports injuries, pediatrics, orthopedics, diagnostic imaging, internal disorders, neurology, or geriatrics. You will often find them attached to wellness clinics and some, such as those who specialize in pediatrics or geriatrics, will often work at hospitals or homes for the aged.

If the chiropractor has a private practice, he will usually have administrative duties to perform such as hiring employees, keeping records, and building a client base. A chiropractor in a group practice will have the option of leaving those administrative tasks to office managers.

About the author: Dr. Randy Meltzer runs a private practice, Meltzer Natural Care Center, in New York City. He has been a naturopathic physician and chiropractor for 30 years.

About the Directional Non-Force Technique

Since 1980, Dr. Randy Meltzer, a chiropractor and naturopathic physician, has treated patients in New York City. While he has completed advanced training in herbal medicine, Chinese meridian therapy, and homeopathy, Dr. Randy Meltzer performs the Directional Non-Force Technique as one of his chiropractic specialties. Practitioners often refer to the Directional Non-Force Technique, which was the first low-force chiropractic method, by the acronym, D.N.F.T.

Those who experience subluxations, or misalignments of tissue that cause nerve interference, may benefit from D.N.F.T. Practitioners of this treatment seek to identify and correct subluxations wherever they occur in patients’ bodies. In addition, D.N.F.T. may appeal to patients because doctors strive to correct an issue in a minimal number of visits, with some subluxations requiring only one visit for adjustment.

When performing D.N.F.T., a doctor gently pushes against a structure in a specific direction, which is known as the “challenge.” Quickly after the challenge, the practitioner completes a leg check that tests for a pull-up in the reactive leg. If there is no pull-up, there is no nerve interference. Consequently, if the reactive leg pulls up short during the check, the doctor applies light thumb pressure in the proper direction to the affected section of the body. Those with pelvis, spine, upper and lower extremity, shoulder, cranial, TMJ, and organ reflex issues may benefit from D.N.F.T. adjustments. For more information about the Directional Non-Force Technique, talk to a chiropractor, such as Dr. Randy Meltzer, about benefits and risks of the method.