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Chiropractic Health Hints

BY DR. STANLEY LEVINE, D.C.

LOW BACK PAIN IS NOT A RESPECTER OF AGE!

Jewish groups are watching
the development of various
voluntary service schemes
with great interest. A com-
peting proposal by Sen. Sam
Nunn, (D-Ga.), and Sen.
Chuck Robb, (D-Va.), would
replace existing student loan
programs and Pell Grants
with a volunteer program in
which participants would
earn their educational aid.
The proposal immediately
generated howls of outrage
from Orthodox groups, whose
yeshivas are often dependent
on existing federal aid
programs.
The Milulski plan would
not replace existing pro-
grams. And the emphasis on
providing assistance for first-
time home buyers is especial-
ly attractive to Jewish groups
that have been active on the
housing front in recent
months.

Agudah Wants
Kosher Products
To Be Registered

Federal laws protect con-
sumers from an endless varie-
ty of hazards. But Agudath
Israel of America sees a gap
in the regulatory process, and
the Orthodox group's
Washington representative is
roughing out legislation to
extend protection to con-
sumers of kosher foods.
The main thrust of the pro-
posed legislation, according to
Nesanel Kasnett, would be a
kind of central registry for
producers of food certified as
kosher.
"Mislabeling is the problem
we are concerned about,"
Kasnett said. "The idea is to
create safeguards through a
national registry for all
manufacturers to register
with the Federal Trade Com-
mission, including the name
and address of the supervis-
ing rabbi!'
The idea, Kasnett em-
phasized, is not to enforce a
particular group's standard of
kashruth. "It just means that
if you advertise a produce as
kosher, there would be a way
for consumers to get informa-
tion about who certified it. It
would be up to the consumer
to choose what kind of cer-
tification they actually want?'
The group is especially con-
cerned about "private label"
products, which often come
from a variety of manufac-
turers but with only a single
label. "So a label might have
an '0U,' " Kasnett said, "but
the label might be attached to

products coming from dif-
ferent manufacturers, some of
which may not have supervi-
sion!'
Last week, Agudah conven-
ed its Washington advisory
group, under the leadership of
Nathan Lewin, the political-
ly savvy attorney who played
a major role in crafting the
"Yarmulke Bill," the legisla-
tion giving Orthodox Jews
the right to wear religious
headgear in the armed forces.
"It's just a plain consumer
protection bill," Kasnett said.
"The idea is not to come on
too strong, to avoid raising
church-state hackles. We
don't expect this to be a con-
troversial measure!"

CJF Fights
For Emergency
Aid Program

The Council of Jewish
Federations Washington Ac-
tion Office is taking the lead
in the effort to cope with the
burgeoning problem of the
homeless.
The busy group is current-
ly weighing in on several
bills, including a measure by
Rep. Bruce Vento, (D-Minn.),
that would create some
140,000 units per year of per-
manent low-cost housing;
housing experts argue that
the surge in the number of
homeless is directly related to
the decreased availability of
low-cost housing.
On another front, CJF is
struggling to keep the
Federal Emergency Food and
Shelter Program, a program
the group was instrumental
in creating, from a
bureaucratic black-hole.
According to CJF's Ellen
Whitman, there is talk of
moving the agency from the
Federal Emergency Manage-
ment Agency to Housing and
Urban Development. "We
don't think this is a good idea,
since the program is working
fine," Witman said. "HUD is
not known for its speed; we
are very concerned about bog-
ging down a program in the
bureaucracy?'
The current program, Wit-
man emphasized, represents
a unique alliance between the
federal sector and volunteer
agencies, including Jewish
Federations. Decisions about
the distribution of funds are
made by an • emergency food
and shelter board, consisting
of FEMA officials and
representatives of a number
of religious and volunteer
groups.

Statistics seem to play an ever-increasing role in our lives, and one of the most distress-
ing is that 8 out-of-every 10 people in our community will some day be struck down by
low back pain!
The problem of low back pain has become a hazzard to the economies of families and
the nation, as scores of industrial workers are disabled annually by low back pain.
According to Dr. Levine, the high incidence of low back pain is not surprising. "Most
low back pain is due to mechanical defects of the spine and 75% of all forward bending
or stooping motion occurs in the low back," he explains.
"Structural or mechanical defects of the lower back usually develop slowly and without
pain over a period of many months. However, a check of patients born after the early 1940s
shows an increasing number of people with . spinal defects dating from birth.
Dr. Levine warns that the first signs of trouble might be no more than an occasional "catch" in the back, a slight
change in posture or a vague weakness or tight feeling in the hips or legs.
"As the defect progresses to - the crucial point, a slight unguarded move or an unusual exercise is sufficient to disable
the victim for days, or possibly even permanently," he adds.
What is more depressing about such cases, is the fact that much of the pain and suffering could be avoided by precau-
tionary check-ups or effective treatment at the first sign of the problem.
"If you don't feel that precautionary check-ups are necessary, consider the statistics in reverse. The chances are only
2 in 10 that you will not encounter low back troubles without care and treatment."
"I firmly believe that Chiropractic offers you and your family the spinal hygiene program most able to help you avoid
low back disablement."

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