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I have dedicated my life to studying and applying the best that natural health care has to offer. I am dedicated to patient education and my primary goal is to help my chiropractic patients in enjoying good health and balance in life.

Death by Medicine – Could You Be a (Prescription) Drug Addict?

Modern medicine and big Pharma have failed to make us well. Instead, they have turned us into a nation of prescription drug addicts.

Before you take another prescription pill, think carefully. Accidental death from prescription drugs is now the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. and more people die from prescription pain killer overdose, than from heroin and cocaine use combined!

Dr. Devine is a Seattle Chiropractor who uses natural and effective chiropractic adjustments and other drug-free therapies to help his patients obtain optimal health.  At his Seattle chiropractic clinic, Dr. Devine  specializes in spinal injuries, as well as injuries to the shoulder, knee, wrist, and ankles. Whether it’s pain relief, improved mobility and function, or enhancing your athletic performance, Seattle Chiropractor, James A Devine D.C. will work with you to reach your goals.




Yard Work – What a Pain! Preventing Back Pain from Gardening.

Spring is here and the sun has been shining; so predictably, I have been treating lot of back injuries and muscle strains caused by improper twisting, turning, bending and heavy lifting from yard work.

Avoiding Injuries While Doing Yard Work

Here are the best ways to prevent injuries while gardening:

Warm up before working in your yard. Go for a walk and stretch before weeding or doing other strenuous yard work. A few easy stretches like trunk rotations to stretch your back, bringing your knee up to your chest to stretch your lower back and legs, and reaching above your head with hands locked to stretch your arms and shoulders will get you properly warmed up.

Use Proper Body Mechanics. Be aware of your body position when raking, bending or picking up debris in the yard. Remember to bend from your knees and keep your back straight. Use a cart or wheelbarrow to move heavy items. When using a hoe, place one foot in front of the other and switch to the other foot forward after 10 minutes. When carrying heavy items, hold them close to your body, and use your body weight to push the lawn mower, as opposed to your arms.

Don’t twist when digging. Keep your feet shoulder-width apart with one foot forward, alternating which foot you put in the front.

Change Tasks Often. Changing positions will help you avoid repetitive motions, which are hard on your body and can lead to injury. Stand up after 10 minutes of pulling weeds to stretch and change position, or better yet, take a short walk, have a drink of water and re-fuel. Staying hydrated and eating a nutritious snack will help you stay energized and be less likely to injure yourself.

Use Ergonomic Tools. Tools with larger, padded or curved handles are less strenuous to use over long periods of time. Look for protective gloves that have a no slip surface for a better grip and to help prevent blisters. When using ladders, have someone you, go slow, and touch each step as you ascend and descend.

Lift with your legs, not your back. Bend at your knees when picking up heavy objects instead of bending over at the waist, and don’t twist your back as you lift. If you have to turn, rotate your entire body.

Wear supportive shoes. You will be on your feet for a while, so wear shoes that will absorb some of the shock of walking and standing all day and have less of an impact on your back. Flip-flops and sandals are not adequately supportive for yard work.

Take your time. Most likely, you have more yard work to do than should be done in a single weekend, so break the work into easily manageable chunks and do a little at a time.

If you are sore and stiff the next day, use ice to soothe the discomfort. If there is no improvement in your aches and pains, see your Seattle Chiropractor.


Go For a Walk to Boost Your Serotonin and Cure Your Mid-winter Blues!

Serotonin is the “feel good” brain chemical that controls mood, appetite & sleep.  Low levels of serotonin are associated with depression, while high levels are associated with an elevated “happy” mood.  Serotonin levels naturally decline in the winter months,  and leave many people with some degree with Seasonal Affective Disorder.

The good news is that even low-moderate intensity exercise such as a 30 minute walk can help to boost your brain serotonin levels.  Remember, exercise is about feeling good, not just looking good.

Activity increases the rate and frequency at which serotonin is “fired” within the brain, resulting in an increase in the release and synthesis of serotonin.  Also, regular exercise increases the level of tryptophan (an amino acid used to manufacture serotonin).

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/22590-effects-exercise-serotonin-levels/#ixzz1gFxBuEmb

It is a beautiful day today – go out for a walk, boost your serotonin (and vitamin D) levels, and feel better!

Dr. Devine is a Seattle chiropractor who specializes in treating injuries and providing wellness care.


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Seattle Chiropractor, Dr. James A Devine has been treating patients in downtown Seattle for over 20 years!


Agave Syrup – It’s Not So Sweet!



The Rodale Institute’s list of the five worst sweeteners  ranks calorie-free Aspartame found in diet sodas, as the unhealthiest sugar, followed by agave nectar.  Splenda, white sugar and high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) round out the top five offenders.

The problem with agave? 

Native Mexicans  make a sweetener, a Mexican version of real maple syrup called miel de agave, out of the agave plant by boiling agave sap for a couple of hours. This is not what agave nectar is.

Just like sugar comes from beets (which are natural), and corn syrup comes from corn (which is natural), agave syrup comes from the agave plant, which is natural. But sugar, HFCS and agave syrup are not natural substances. They are processed substances created by man. Agave syrup is highly-processed, created through the use of enzymes, heat, or a combination of enzymes and heat. And like HFCS and other man-made foods, agave syrup should be avoided.

Agave nectar is mostly fructose, which is probably the single most damaging form of sugar when used as a sweetener. Fructose, found naturally in fruit, is fine when you get it from whole foods like apples (7 percent fructose), but not when it’s concentrated and made into a sweetener.

All sugar including table sugar, high-fructose corn syrup and honey contains a mixture of fructose and glucose, but with the exception of pure liquid fructose, agave nectar has the highest fructose content of any commercial sweetener. Table sugar is 50 percent fructose and high fructose corn syrup is 55 percent fructose, while agave nectar is a shocking 90 percent fructose, almost twice as high as HFCS!

Fructose is the most dangerous part of commercial sweeteners, because it causes insulin resistance and significantly raises triglycerides (increasing the risk for heart disease) and increases fat around the middle (leading to a greater risk for diabetes, heart disease and Metabolic Syndrome).  Fructose has also been linked to fatty-liver disease.

Agave nectar syrup’s popularity and the misconception that it is a “healthy sweetener” is a triumph of marketing. True, it has a low-glycemic index, but that in itself doesn’t mean it’s good for you.  While a small amount of agave nectar on occasion might not hurt you, I avoid it.

Natural sweeteners such as stevia, raw (preferably local) honey, blackstrap molasses, real maple syrup and date sugar are less processed, have less environmental impact and provide more vitamins and minerals.  When I use sweeteners, I choose one of these natural sweeteners, not a man-made alternative.

What is your favorite sweetener?




The Problem With Using Prescription Drugs

whackThe object of Whack-a-Mole is to use a mallet to knock out as many moles as possible. As soon you hit one mole, others pop up elsewhere and disappear before you can nail them. Whack-a-Mole is a perfect example of how most Americans treat medical ailments.  A patient takes medication for one problem, which ends up causing another problem and so on until the patient ends up on a list of drugs, for a multiple problems, with no improvement in their health.

Drugs merely mask pain or other symptoms without addressing the underlying cause. Chiropractic, on the other hand,  goes to the root of the problem, while helping patients live healthier, drug-free lives.



Genetically Modified Food – Just Label It!

More than 40 countries, including China and Russia, require labels on genetically engineered food.   Most European countries require labeling. America does not.

“Non-GMO” labels are starting to appear on certain food products and choosing products that have  the USDA Organic seal assures us that what we are eating is not genetically engineered, but more than two thirds of the processed foods we eat contains GMOs, and few of us realize it.

Please join me in asking President Obama to listen to the 92% of Americans who want to be able to make informed decisions about what they eat.  Log in and sign up for better transparency in our food system. Tell Washington to “Just Label It!”

Just Label It




12 Foods to eat Organic and the “Clean 15”


 With food prices rising, many of us are looking for ways to buy the healthiest foods possible at the lowest cost. One way is to focus on purchasing certain organic items, while “settling” for others that are conventionally-grown.

 Each year, the Environmental Working Group analyzes Department of Agriculture data about pesticide residue and ranks foods based on how much or little pesticide residue they have.

The group reports that “picking five servings of fruits and vegetables from the 12 most contaminated would cause you to consume an average of 14 different pesticides a day,”  while choosing foods from their “Clean 15” list will cut the pesticide volume by more than 90 percent.

The “Dirty Dozen” with the highest pesticide load, and the most important to buy organic are listed here in order from highest pesticide load:

1.  Apples

2. Celery

3. Strawberries

4. Peaches

5. Spinach

6. Nectarines

7. Grapes

8. Sweet bell peppers

9. Potatoes

10. Blueberries

11. Lettuce

12. Kale/collard greens

The “Clean Fifteen”, with the lowest pesticide load listed first are:

1. Onions

2. Corn

3. Pineapples

4. Avocado

5. Asparagus

6. Sweet peas

7. Mangoes

8. Eggplant

9. Cantaloupe

10. Kiwi

11. Cabbage

12. Watermelon

13. Sweet potatoes

14. Grapefruit

15. Mushrooms

Go to  http://static.ewg.org/reports/2011/foodnews/pdf/2011EWGPesticideGuide.pdf to download a handy shopping guide.

To lessen the environmental impact, buy locally-grown organic food whenever possible.


Dr. Devine’s Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Take Vitamin Supplements


Nutritional supplements shouldn’t  be used as a substitute for a good diet. Adding nutritional supplements to good eating habits simply goes the extra mile to ensure that you’re getting all the nutrients your body needs.

I take vitamin supplements and recommend them to all of my patients because most people eat a diet that consists of too much fat, too much sugar, not enough fiber, and not enough fresh fruits and vegetables.

Taking a vitamin supplements also helps make up for essential elements that are not being produced by our bodies, which becomes even more important as we grow older. After the age of 35, our bodies begin to slow down the production of estrogen in women and testosterone in men as well as other important nutrients.


My Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Take Vitamin Supplements


  1. Many people practically live on take-out food. Taking vitamins and nutritional supplements is a good way to be certain you get the vitamins and minerals you need.
  2. Even an optimal selection of foods does not give us enough antioxidants to defend against toxic out-gassing from office equipment, cigarette smoke, smog, and alcohol.
  3. The average person is exposed to more than five hundred chemicals in the home environment and seven hundred chemicals in drinking water that are known to deplete nutrients.
  4. Soils are depleted of minerals due to chemical farming methods, acid rain, over-farming, and topsoil erosion. Ninety percent of us are deficient in chromium, an essential trace mineral poorly supplied by the American diet.
  5. Eighty percent of the carbohydrates consumed by Americans are in the form of refined flours and sugars, which are very poor sources of B6, folic acid, pantothenic acid, zinc, and manganese essential for health.
  6. The 133 pounds of sugar Americans eat each year depletes B vitamins and minerals.
  7. Only 9% of the population eats the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables.
  8. Americans eat 230 more calories per day than they did fifteen years ago, mostly refined foods. Increasing our consumption of nutrient-depleted foods means we have an even higher requirement for the vitamins and minerals needed to metabolize them.
  9. Those who exercise regularly have a much higher need for antioxidants and minerals.
  10. Vitamin B2 is needed by those with hypothyroid in amounts greater than can be found in food.

And a few more good reasons…

  1. Men and women need to be optimally nourished long before they have children.
  2. More than 10% of calories consumed inAmericacome from alcoholic beverages. Alcohol depletes B vitamins, zinc, and magnesium.
  3. Prescription and over-the-counter medications can deplete nutrients and create deficiencies.
  4. Birth control pills create B6 deficiencies and increase the need for B6 beyond what the diet can supply.
  5. Illness increases our need for Vitamin C and zinc well beyond what food can supply.
  6. Persons who are dieting need supplements just to meet minimal nutrient requirements. Dieting increases free radical production. Optimal levels of antioxidants are needed to reduce damage to the liver and other organs that can occur during weight loss.

With thousands of supplements to choose from – some good, many not, choosing the right vitamin supplement can be a frustrating ordeal.  High price is not necessarily a good indicator of quality and low-priced supplements are often low quality, made with cheap ingredients and are often full of fillers rendering them ineffective, thus they are not bargains at all. The most expensive supplement is the one that doesn’t work.  

Each person’s nutritional needs are different, so I carry a variety of products from Metagenics, Doctor for Nutrition, Mt. Capra, and Designing Health; all companies whose products I use myself.  Each of these companies produce products that really DO what they say they will do.


Why I Love Coming To Work Every Day

Last Friday night I adjusted a 12-year-old who had just been diagnosed with scoliosis.   When my wife called the next day to check on how my patient was feeling after her first adjustment, her mother reported that on the way home, her daughter said “so this is what it is like to feel comfortable.”

I know for sure that I have the best job in the world… I get to help people smile more, laugh more, experience more and have more fun, all by helping them regain their health.  I made a very special little girl feel comfortable.   I love being a chiropractor, because I get to see miracles happen every day!

There is no such thing as someone who is too young or too old for chiropractic care.  I tailor my treatment methods for each patient, so that whether I am taking care of a newborn,  an arthritic 85-year or a college football player, each patient is getting the most effective care.  Children, like this 12-year-old,  often have the most to gain.