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Best Mattress  for  Lower Back Pain
Best Mattress for Lower Back Pain

Patients often ask me what mattress will best help relieve their lower back pain. The answer is two-fold and by the way, congratulations for reseaching this question as awareness is key and the first step!  Knowing the necessary components of a mattress is essential to making the right choice.  Alternatively, being aware of the number one reason our backs hurt when we awaken is also equally important.  We sleep a…

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Dr Raymond Hall
Is Copper Toxicity Related to Insomnia?
Is Copper Toxicity Related to Insomnia?

Is Copper Toxicity Related to Insomnia?

Gwyneth Paltrow writes in her new book Goop Clean Beauty, “(Sleep) should be your first priority, even before you think about your diet.”  The great actress who has now ventured into writing about areas such as “clean” cooking, stress reduction and now giving words of wisdom on sleep hygiene has cleverly coined the term “Clean Sleeping,” and no, it doesn’t mean taking a shower…

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Dr Raymond Hall, DC
Are Sleeping Pills Safe to Use?
Are Sleeping Pills Safe to Use?

So if you’re stressed out for some reason and can’t sleep, should you go to the local grocery or drug store and pick out an “over the counter” medication to help you sleep for a night or two? Let’s look at a few relatively new ideas and you can decide.  

Most "over-the-counter" (OTC) medications clearly state on their warning labels that if you have trouble sleeping…

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Dr. Raymond Hall
Lower Back Pain:  Disc vs Facet Joint Origin
Lower Back Pain: Disc vs Facet Joint Origin

Lower back pain effects approximately 80% of the population at some point time in their life.  In the past 31 years of my practice, I see the most common pain coming from either the intervertebral discs (the cushions between the vertebra) or from the facet articulations.  There are many other causes of low back pain but for…

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The King Size Bed:  A Comparison of Sizes and Help in Choosing Mattress
The King Size Bed: A Comparison of Sizes and Help in Choosing Mattress

The King size bed dimensions are 76” wide and 80” long whereas the “California” King is only 72” wide but 84” long.  The standard “King” is also referred to as the “Eastern King” as this is what the Europeans began to label it after they felt they wanted to compete with the mattress that had been built for celebrity mansions in California in the early 1960’s.  It was this era…

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Dr. Hall