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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Florida Allstar Public Adjusting, Inc.--- Licensed Public Adjuster

Licensed Public Adjuster--Florida Allstar Public Adjusting, Inc.

Alan Himmel My name is Alan Himmel.  I am a public adjuster and a healthcare provider.  As a health care provider, I have been an advocate for consumers fighting big bully insurance companies for 23 years.   Naturally, this led me to represent homeowners and business owners, because I have seen that property insurance companies often times can be very difficult and unfair in their handling of claims.  I have been a public adjuster for over a decade, since 2006.  I take pride and I enjoy assisting homeowners through tough and stressful property damage insurance claims.  

 You can read about the claims process here:

What does it take to be a Public Adjuster?

Being a public adjuster involves a thorough knowledge of insurance policy rules as it applies to homes, condos, and businesses.  In order to properly adjust an insurance claim, a public adjuster must be licensed, bonded, fingerprinted and pass the state exam.  A public adjuster is an expert at estimating damage, measuring, and deciding what must be removed or replaced.  It takes years to learn how to assess the additional unseen damages which all claims are composed of.
Public adjusters have to inspect damages, create an itemized estimate with current prices for material and labor and permitting.  A public adjuster must have a working knowledge of construction and building code.  Thus, getting good in public adjusting requires years of experience.  Helping consumers with their insurance claim is a lot of work but something that I enjoy doing.
“This is a rewarding parallel to “adjusting spines”, because I have always been an advocate for my patients, and have been their warrior against unfair insurance practices.

More Background on Chiropractor and Public Adjuster, Dr. Alan Himmel

Furthermore, I am also a practicing chiropractor since 1996. Dr. Alan Himmel, Chiropractor.  I have practiced in Miami, Homestead, Naranja, and Orlando.  Since moving from Dade County to Miramar in Broward County I have practiced with Dr. Robert Tomchik, MD., in the Health Circle Family Medical office.   My area of experience is PIP No-Fault, Auto accident trauma, and injury care.  I personally handle claims against tough auto Insurance carriers.  My two-part system includes giving my patients the best care possible, and correctly documenting the patient’s injuries, complaints, and impairment.
I was born in North Miami. As a Florida Native, I grew up most of my life here.  In 1990, I received a Bachelors degree in Biology from the University of South Florida (USF), and in 1995, received a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from Life University, in Marietta, Georgia.
I am also a past board member of a non-profit organization called Share Research Foundation, where I continue to be involved in Cystic Fibrosis research, and proudly co-authored two published research articles with Melanie Childers, which outlines new concepts in treatment for Cystic Fibrosis sufferers.

Finally, aside from my background and experience, one of my attributes is my belief in communication.  Therefore, I will always keep you in the loop so that you know exactly where we are with your claim. You can call me directly, email me, text me, or come to my office.
“If you use my services, I will treat you as family.  I believe in perfectionism, professionalism, respect, and hard work.  I will do my very best to get your claim settled for the highest amount possible.”
A wise person once said to me, “Focus on the process, and you will be happy with the outcome.”
Dr. Alan Himmel

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Statin Use Increases Odds of Back Disorder: Cohort Study

This is not new news, however this is further evidence that statin drugs (cholesterol lowering drugs) are associated with back pain.  The article goes on to state that statins have now been shown to be related to a greater risk of "spondylosis, intervertebral disc disorders, herniated discs, and spinal stenosis,"  whereas before, the use of statins were associated with back pain without arthritis.  
Chiropractors, don't overlook the use of cholesterol lowering drugs when trying to find the cause of your patient's back pain.  

Statin Use Increases Odds of Back Disorder: Cohort Study

Marlene Busko
May 08, 2017
DALLAS, TX — In a large observational study of insured individuals in the military and their family members, statin use was associated with increased odds of having a back disorder, including spondylosis, intervertebral disc disorders, herniated discs, and spinal stenosis[1].
Specifically, for every 17 individuals who were prescribed a statin, one person had a diagnosed back disorder, in this study published online May 1, 2017 as a research letter in JAMA Internal Medicine.
"Some of these adverse effects [from statins] can greatly impact day-to-day quality of life for our patients," especially in those who are physically active, lead author Dr Una E Makris (VA North Texas Health Care System and UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas) told heartwire from Medscape in an email. "We hope that musculoskeletal adverse events will be part of the patient-provider discussion on the risk/benefit ratio" of these drugs.
"Our results provide additional motivation to further investigate the overall influence of statin therapy on musculoskeletal health, specifically if prescribed for primary prevention in physically active individuals," the researchers summarize.

 Can Statins Cause Back Pain?

Two previous studies based on NHANES data reported that statin use was associated with musculoskeletal pain including back pain among individuals without arthritis[2,3].
Severe back pain is both debilitating and costly. In 2005, it was estimated that back pain cost the healthcare system more than $100 billion, Makris noted.
The researchers retrieved data from 60,455 individuals who were at least 30 years old, lived in the San Antonio area, and were enrolled in the TRICARE health insurance system from 2003 to 2012. Of these, 17% were active military personnel and the rest were family members and veterans.
About one in six individuals (10,910) had been prescribed a statin, usually simvastatin (in 72% of prescriptions), and on average, they had been taking this drug for 3.7 years.
The researchers matched 6728 statin users with an equal number of statin nonusers. They had a mean age of 52 and 47% were women. A quarter were overweight or obese; 53% had hypertension; 20% had diabetes; and 40% had osteoarthritis.
Close to a third (30%) had a back disorder.
In the propensity-matched cohort, being prescribed a statin (as opposed to not being prescribed this drug) significantly raised the odds of having a back disorder (odds ratio 1.27; 95% CI 1.19–1.36).
In the overall cohort and in prespecified subgroups (such as nonobese individuals, healthy individuals, or those without musculoskeletal conditions at baseline, statin use was consistently associated with increased odds of being diagnosed with a back disorder.
In an analysis of the overall cohort, but with adjustment for propensity scores, the risk increase for a back disorder went from 30% among statin users to 47% among those taking high-intensity statins. It also increased with duration to as high as 59% with >4 years of use.
Adjusted* Odds Ratio (OR) of a Back Disorder, Statin Users vs Nonusers
GroupOR (95% CI)*
Overall cohort1.30 (1.23–1.38)
>2 y statin use1.47 (1.39–1.56)
>4 y statin use1.59 (1.47–1.71)
High-intensity statin1.47 (1.34–1.62)
*Adjusted for propensity score, medications used, and use of revascularization procedures during follow-up
"Further prospective studies are needed to better understand the mechanism of how statins can contribute to back disorder diagnoses," said Makris.
"We are not advocating for taking patients off statins if they have cardiovascular risk factors. As clinicians we should be aware of these potential associations and understand the spectrum of potential adverse effects."
The study was supported by grants and awards from the US Department of Veterans Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, the UT Southwestern Center, VA Health Services Research and Development, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The authors report that they have no relevant financial relationships.