Welcome Dr. Vigo, Chiropractor

The staff at the Volusia Center for Complementary Medicine in DeLand is pleased to welcome chiropractic physician, Susan Vigo to their office. Vigo is a graduate of Palmer Chiropractic College in Port Orange and has previously worked as an associate in New Smyrna before coming to DeLand. Her chiropractic interests include nutritional counseling and neurology. She believes that blending these with chiropractic only strengthens the body/mind connection.

“Being able to practice close to home and inspire people in this community about wellness and how chiropractic can help the body and mind function as a complete unit is what I am is striving for,” says Vigo, who notes that she views each person as an individual and as such will tailor each treatment plan according to each person’s specific need. Vigo sees all ages of patients ranging from infants to geriatrics.

“I’m also certified in the Webster technique, which is a specific chiropractic sacral analysis and diversified adjustment. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral and SI dysfunction in the pregnant woman,” she says.

Dr. Vigo moved to Volusia County in 1971 and has continued to call it home since her arrival. She and her husband have two beautiful girls, ages eight and sixteen. Location: 339 E New York Ave., DeLand.

Article courtesy of Natural Awakenings magazine, 

Greens Recipes from Common Ground Farm

Shared with permission are these yummy greens recipes given to me by Pat Joslin of Common Ground Farm.

Check out for more details about the farm. Doc and I love it!


Latest research on Acupuncture

ACUPUNCTURE INCREASES FEEL-GOOD CHEMICALS – Acupuncture relieves insomnia, neck pain, irritable bowel syndrome, and helps menstrual cramps. My favorite website,, reported recently how acupuncture increases u-opioid receptors (the “feel good” chemicals I talk about) involved in the reduction of referred pain.

ACUPUNCTURE POINTS HAVE ANATOMICAL STRUCTURES – I learned recently of an Acupuncture study using a specialized CT scan that shows acupuncture points have anatomical structures. There are real distinctions between acupuncture points and non-acupuncture points. Acupuncture points have microvascular structures and can be seen around thick blood vessels. This is very exciting news!

SUGAR AS POISON? One last item…sugar consumption. According to Dr. Robert Lustig, Professor of Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco says sugar acts as a chronic, dose-dependent liver toxin (poison) when consumed it in excess. (We consume more than 20 times of sugar than or ancestors did!)

Sugar is in almost every processed food, and it comes under several names, including high fructose corn syrup. For the average person, there is a daily consumption of about 20 teaspoons a day, and children are at a greater risk for consuming too much sugar. Eating whole foods (not processed foods) is the best diet. And, it can be done even with the typical busy life.

I can help with ideas and menus if you need them. Remember, fruit is a sugar also, and consumer no more than 15-25 grams of fructose a day, friends. Check out this list for more details on sugar levels in fruits.

Welcome Dr. Susan Vigo, Chiropractic Physician

Dr. John and I are welcoming Dr. Susan Vigo to the Center for Complementary Medicine.

Dr. Vigo is a Chiropractic Physician. She will be seeing patients when Doc is not in the clinic (Tues/Thurs) in addition to her regular hours (to be determined).

For the next two months, Dr. Vigo will be here to meet patients and become familiar with their conditions and history so there will be a smooth transition.

There will be an Open House here on at a later date, so stay tuned! Please stop by and meet her.

We all are impressed with her education, knowledge and skills.

The “No Grain” Diet: Years of Amazing Results

I still feel the “No Grain” meal plan is the best; have you tried it? Doc and I have seen amazing results for more than 5 years. There’s a transition time; you may not be able to go “cold turkey,” but try it! The No Grain diet meal plan really works. Limit or eliminate grains even for at least three weeks.

The benefits? Join pain disappears. People have lost anywhere from 9 to 25 pounds in four months. You’ll sleep better and have improved memory. It’s easy to do the transition if you are willing to do it.

Doc told someone he lost 15 pounds a couple of years ago and did not know why! I forgot to mention to him we were eliminating grains! Two years later, we are both slimmer.

Learn more about the no-grain diet here.

New Year, New You: 2016

Insights from Dr. Rusty as you start your new year!


It’s time for us to clean out our bodies from the food we ate the past 2.5 months. Here’s my favorite way to start the New Year off: healthy food. Yes, that’s right, my annual Detox Soup. You may recognize it as “Bone Soup,” except for a few days it will just be veggies. Enjoy!


My New Year’s goal is to help more people with Acupuncture and Nutrition. So many people have told me they know someone who wants to come in for treatments. I am available for phone consultations or face to face – just have them make an appointment! What we have to offer at our clinic is a way to really be healthy, to accomplish the things you want in life, to sleep well and be happy. It is all possible. I have been in practice almost 17 years now. I am not an “Aspirin,” but I do have so pretty good ideas on health!


Also it’s time for your Winter Tune-up. In Oriental Medicine, it’s a good idea to get an acupuncture treatment every time the season changes. Just one treatment. Patients that do that are really healthier than the ones that don’t. Give YOURSELF the gift of good health. And it you have not done it yet – this would be a good time to start. If you need convincing go here and read up on the countless diseases and illnesses acupuncture can effectively treat.


Winter takes extra care of the Kidney and Bladder Meridians. Is it a coincidence that the emotion for the Kidney/Bladder Meridian is fear and anxiety? In fact, it’s no coincidence.

These Meridians do much more than just Kidney and Bladder “stuff” though; they also take care of the spine, ears, head hair, brain, reproduction/sex, joints, knees and feet. Their acupuncture points go up the leg from the bottom of the foot, up the tummy and chest, to underneath the collar bone. The Bladder Meridian starts at the eye and goes up over the head, down along the spine, back of the leg to the outside of the foot by the little toe.


Patients are asking for recipes, especially “grain free” ones. I am delighted to share mine and others from patients and relatives. Do you have a favorite you’d like to share? Please email yours at and we will include them in the “Recipe” section of our website.

Salad: Do you love it or loathe it? Funny thing about the salads we eat here at home…rarely do we use lettuce. I substitute lettuce with kale, spinach, herb mixes, shredded broccoli, sprouts of all kinds and any other veggie I find at a good price (and hopefully organic). Then, I add hard boiled eggs, beans (canned and rinsed off), nuts (walnuts are the best), seeds, olives and if possible (preferably on sale) a half to a full avocado. Sometimes I add meat, too. We eat this once a day and it can count for 3-4 servings of veggies. We try to only eat what counts as good food.

It’s important to get seven servings of veggies a day. Doc and I have never found that it’s hard to do. It’s a habit and an excellent one. Be kind to your body and try to be willing to make simple changes now. (Check out what Dr. Mercola has to say about healthy eating here.)

Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin Muffins: Makes 6 muffins
Recipe generously shared by A.M.G.

1/2 can (15 oz can)pumpkin puree , unsweetened
2 eggs, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 TBSP coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup PB Fit or any nut butter (almond, peanut)
1/4 cup light or dark brown sugar
1/2 cup gluten free flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 cup fresh cranberries* or dried
1 TBSP mini chocolate chips, optional
1 TBSP unsweetened shredded coconut, optional
1/4 cup walnuts or pumpkin seeds, optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin pan with six liners. In a large bowl whisk together pumpkin puree, eggs, vanilla extract, nut butter, and coconut oil. In a small bowl, mix brown sugar, flour, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, chocolate chips (if using) & coconut (if using). Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir gently then stir in cranberries (if using) and do not over mix. Spoon the batter into the muffin cups and sprinkle on the
nuts or seeds if using. Bake 15 – 20 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean.

*I prefer fresh cranberries because they make the muffins really moist. Just make sure to cook them first. You can also used dried cranberries and soak then in hot water for 10 minutes until they are plump.

Why we use the products sold in our clinic, and why we’re not a “health food store”

There are many outstanding nutritional companies on the market and there are also many that shouldn’t exist. I discourage my patients from ordering from the internet or advertised products on television commercials.

When I select a product to increase my health, protect my body and protect myself from deficiencies, I look for SEVERAL criteria. And, I do the same for products that I make available for my patients.

First and foremost, I question where the research for that product originated. Was the research from a top university or a reputable research company with years of experience such as Biotics Research? Of course, I always avoid new startup companies, like the one I heard of that was in someone’s garage. (Fortunately, that one was stopped in time.)

The FDA (and we all have our own views about them) DOES examine the vitamin and herbal companies on a regular basis, even the ones we recommend in our clinic. Xymogen Inc. is the company that produces Ossophan for calcium that I recommend. They had the FDA checking their products again just last month. Fortunately, the company received the “A” grade and has been told that when they get the international “tag” – well – that’s the highest designation available!

Many companies do not test the products they sell. The ingredients might be purchased in bulk from a mass-produced company from “somewhere,” and many products that are sold over-the-counter’ are from these unknown, unregulated sources. They can be the same products with different labels. I have been offered to put my own label on a bottle and sell it as my product. Why would I ever even think of doing that, when I can use a great company with the research behind them ,and be very proud of being part of the educated practitioners who use their products?

Some of the companies we use also order bulk materials from companies, yet they know exactly where those ingredients came from – from day one. These ingredients are grown under strict guidelines and  are all natural. The ingredients are also guaranteed before they are introduced into production.

It is not uncommon for some companies to use ingredients from an unregulated, overseas market (even medical drugs come in from overseas). Thousands of dollars of materials were rejected because they contained mercury. If that company had relied on the supplier’s recommendation we would all be ingesting mercury!

I do my own research and make certain that the products recommended to my patients are pure, natural and well researched.

It’s been all over the news the past few weeks. Certain vitamins and minerals do not do what they claim to do. First of al,l I check to see who did the study (usually a drug company). Then, I try to find out what companies they tested. (It’s never the ones I use.) Right now, one popular company is under a lot of heat with the FDA. I have not used that company in 38 years. That is when I found out their practices were not good at all. If something is made cheaply, well, you get what you pay for.

We use companies for all of the above reasons PLUS affordability. If it is still too expensive for you, ask for our help. We can always modify your program. With eating better, exercising, good mental attitudes and sleeping better – you won’t need all of the supplements. Our goal is to always – GET HEALTHY. BE HEALTHY. STAY HEALTHY.

Congratulations to Dr. John Gaffney, Chiropractic Physician

Congratulations, Doc!

Dr. John Gaffney, Chiropractic Physician at Volusia Center for Complementary Medicine, DeLand, was honored October 9 at a Tribute Dinner in Daytona Beach organized by the Volusia Flagler Chiropractic Association as he celebrated 60 years as a Chiropractic Physician. There, Dr. Peter Marin of Palmer College of Chiropractic, Dr. Gaffney’s alma mater, presented him a plaque for his dedication to the chiropractic profession for 60 years.

He also was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Association, celebrating his lifetime of commitment and dedication to the chiropractic profession, and for six decades of service to tens of thousands of patients. The award now will be called the “John D. Gaffney Lifetime Achievement Award” and presented to the most deserving doctors in the future.

Organic Foods

We have been eating organic foods, belonging to Organic Co-ops and growing our own veggies before they were even called “organic,” just good food. It is easier now for anybody to get organic veggies, fruit, eggs, meat, milk or anything else.

Want to start eating more organic foods? Start out with promising to buy one new organic product a week. As you add each week, you will also promise to buy one less grain, artificially sweetened, processed, soda, junk food item. In one year, you will be amazed at how healthy you are, and the food bill will be the same! Our local food stores are increasing the organics in response to our requests.

Try the Healthy Food Stores, and join the Co-op on Taylor Road. Show up some Saturday morning for a tour. I found it was very cost effective – we were not throwing out rotting veggies. They also have classes to help you learn how to cook and prepare the food. 


Dr. Rusty