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Doctor promotes overall health

Staff writer

For chiropractor Bill Good, his practice is more than adjustments of patients’ spines.

He believes that the body should be treated as a whole with each part intricate to good health.

Besides offering relief to patients by manipulating the vertebrae, arms, and legs, Good also believes in a natural approach to health.

“Everything has to work together for optimum health,” he said.

Some conditions or illnesses are caused by toxins from the environment or a chemical imbalance and can be treated with nutritional therapy through vitamins, herbs, and minerals.

Good explained that there are different specialties in the field of chiropracty. As part of his education, he completed studies with the American Board of Chiropractic Internists.

As a chiropractic internist, Good provides diagnostic testing of patients to determine deficiencies that may be robbing patients of good health.

Through dietary changes and supplements, patients can relieve their bodies of toxins and add the necessary nutrients that will allow the body to heal.

“If the body has everything it needs, it will heal and maintain health,” Good said.

Traditional chiropracty is extremely effective but the true base of treatment is for the nervous system to be intact, Good said.

Good has worked with patients of all ages from infant to elderly, providing information and treatment to provide whole health benefits.

The chiropractor wants to work with medical doctors in treating patients so they can enjoy optimum relief and health.

What to expect

At the first appointment, Good gathers family history, eating habits, diet, and lifestyle information.

The patient’s vitals also are recorded — temperature, blood pressure, and weight.

Tests can reveal deficiencies, imbalances, or toxins that are causing health concerns.

Good can prescribe a diet supplement for the patient and recommend diet modification.

“I prefer pharmaceutical-grade supplements because they are closely regulated by the FDA,” Good said. Most over-the-counter drugs are not.

Patients can purchase supplements from him or a pharmacy.

After a period of time, the patient is re-tested to document health improvement.

Some insurance companies cover diagnostic testing and dietary prescriptions. Most cover chiropractic exams and adjustments.

Background, future plans

The Kansas native grew up around the Potwin area. He met wife Olivia when they both were students at Berean Academy near Elbing.

Good joined the U.S. Army out of high school and began his education.

After serving three years active duty and one year in the Kansas National Guard, Good attended school at Kansas State University, Manhattan. He then went on to study four years at the Cleveland Chiropractic College at Kansas City.

He graduated in April following a year’s internship.

During his internship he practiced at a veterans administration center and other health care facilities.

The young couple has a daughter, Ellie, who is three.

After completing his education, the Goods wanted to find a smaller town to live and raise their daughter.

They were driving through Hillsboro and saw a child riding a bicycle.

“We couldn’t let Ellie do that in Kansas City,” Good said. More checking revealed that Hillsboro was just the town for them.

“Hillsboro is a unique town,” Good said, “because it’s small but thriving and growing.”

Those were the right combinations for living and working.

Since moving and opening their business, the young family has felt welcomed by the Hillsboro community.

Olivia Good assists her husband as receptionist and bookkeeper while most days Ellie plays near her mother’s desk.

Besides offering chiropractic services and health consultations, Good also is planning to offer health lectures at his clinic about chronic fatigue, diabetes, hypertension, and other health issues which would be open to the public.

He also is available to speak at meetings.

Good said his practice is more than chiropracty.

“I want to keep an overall eye on patients’ health,” he said.

Last modified Aug. 27, 2008

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