Dr Bernard Preston  DC

The official website of chiropractor and author

Bernard Preston invites you to think, laugh and relax with his inspiring books.

These inspirational short stories gleaned from the coalface of a DC's life and work, giving us fascinating glimpses into the professional world of complementary practitioners.

"Complementing medicine," says he, "not complimenting them.

That's something quite different!"


Consulting a Chiropractor

Consulting a chiropractor is little different to a visit to your medical doctor, only the treatment will be quite different.

You can expect to have a thorough history of your condition taken, a proper examination done, and an explanation of what's behind chiropractic.

We all know that medical doctors in the main prescribe drugs and do surgery. But what would Bernard Preston do if you were to consult him for neck pain and headache, or you have the symptoms of whiplash? Tingling in arms and hands is common complaint.

Leg pain sciatica is probably one of the most common reasons folk consult a chiropractor. This slipped disc diary explains in a fun way why it is such a serious malady. Lumbar facet arthritis is what leads ultimately, along with recurrent slipped discs to the frequent need for spinal stenosis explanation to patients.

Anecdotes need to be treated with caution, but those like this rib pain treatment casefile do tell a story.

Light hearted and easy bedside reading, these inspirational books will gladden the hearts of all those who simply love the genre started by James Herriot with his veterinarian diaries.

Told in humorous vein, Bernard Preston describes the struggle of ordinary people to discover better health; and how one chiropractor strives to provide it. Tired of drugs and the complications of surgery, folk are looking for other answers.

He is no fanatic, against neither, and recognizing that they are both an important part of the health package; yet finding that chiropractors can often do it better for many biomechanical conditions, more safely and in a shorter time.

Is it any coincidence that the United States consumes more than fifty percent of the world's prescription medications, and yet does not lie within the ambit of the forty healthiest nations?

Share with him his passion for healthy living and expect to reach a vital eighty years with all your marbles intact. Is it inconceivable that one could eagerly look forward to old age and be taking virtually no medication?

Chiropractors, too, like medicine, have their excesses; and because of the rhetoric you may be struggling with lower back pain, or swallowing bucketfuls of pills for headaches, and yet reluctant to make an appointment. Here you'll discover the right way to find the doctor of your choice.

Not afraid to take the mickey out of medicine, or his colleagues for that matter, he will have you chuckling all the way into your sweet dreams as he paints his word pictures, telling how it is at the coalface. Son of two chiropractors, and his own daughter too, few can tell the inside story of complementary health care better, or with more charm.

Frog in my throat, his first book, tells of the struggles of the young graduate trying to find his way, but constantly under threat by organized medicine.

Preston's second book, Bats in my Belfry, describes how he faces the pressures of chiropractic practice, almost suffering a complete burnout. The titles themselves tell a tale; these journals are light and fascinating. His hobbies and, at his wife's insistence, a proper vacation save the day; and the catharsis of writing his stories of what it's really like on the inside.

Practice is filled with irritants, some tiny but others immense; they constantly threaten to rock the boat. Never was this more true, as he recalls in Stones in my Clog, than the seven enormously satisfying years spent in the Netherlands.

Along the way, though, be ready to be challenged, for Preston will call you to that higher place where health is better, and the prospects of old age are to be eagerly looked forward to, rather than dreaded; it means a move to healthy choice foods and making five minutes to making his authentic hummus recipe. Says he, don't you want to sit under those trees you once planted and watch your grandchildren grow up?

At healthy breakfast menu, easy lunch recipes and fast healthy dinners you'll find meals that are delicious, and not onerous. The emphasis is on slow food, made in a flash.

Easy soup recipes to warm the soul have a special place in Bernard Preston's heart, as does his low GI bread, mixed in only five minutes.

Foods that lower cholesterol has a pride of place rather than taking nasty statins; the pathophysiology of atherosclerosis is well explained.


A Gift for your Chiropractor 

An Aside: Does your Chiropractor go the extra mile for you? Really care, try hard, you know s/he is doing his/her very best to help maintain a nuggety problem? How about a small gift? A bottle of wine, a card ... or better still a Bernard Preston book!

Said wife of one New Jersey chiropractor: I can't predict how fast Tom will read Bats in my Belfry, but he read Frog in my Throat non-stop. He hasn't read anything like that for pleasure, cover to cover, as long as I have known him!

And of course, you could always be a bit sneaky and read it first! Win-Win.


Bernard Preston's Inspirational Books

Bernard Preston's inspirational books are delightful cameos of incidents and anecdotes taken from the life and work of a chiropractor.


Frog in my throat

Frog in my throat is Bernard Preston's first book of chiropractic short stories from the clinic and his life.

Surprised when friends described his letter writing as inspiring, Bernard Preston modestly started a few short stories over a decade ago. Encouraged by the editor of Truth House Publishing to start writing inspirational books, his first tome, Frog in my Throat was published in 2003, soon finding favour with chiropractors in South Africa and with the general public alike.

Weaved skilfully, unobtrusively amongst these funny and healthful gems, Preston describes the mystery surrounding symptoms of whiplash ... Convinced that few people escape whiplash untouched, he had to wait nearly thirty years before scientists were able to prove what he already knew: Whiplash leads unerringly to arthritis of the neck.

Why mystery? After many years of treating whiplash patients, who have little or no symptoms after the accident, it was indeed a mystery why 10-20 years later their necks are full of arthritis. Finally, his theories were confirmed by research that lead to the discovery of immobilisation arthritis. Setting fixated joints so that they are able to move freely again is what starts the hyaluronic fluid swishing about in the joints, sustaining the hyaline cartilage and reducing the ravages of osteoarthritis. That's Chiropractic.


It was only much later that Preston realised there is a complete vacuum of chiropractic writing for the general public. Scanning the shelves of the two of the world's largest bookstores in Chicago and London, he could not find one single book on chiropractic. Locating over 120 books on other disciplines in the complementary health stable, he was energised to start the second of his inspirational books of yarns which was duly published in 2006. Says he,

"Most people still have no idea who a chiropractor is, or what s/he does. And medicine has defended its turf very successfully, albeit illegally and immorally, (Wilk vs AMA ...) often spreading lies and slander about the dangers of chiropractic, whilst in its own back garden ... It's time to put the record straight."

Read what his fans have to say. Frog in my Throat reviews ...


Bats in my belfry

Bats in my belfry is Bernard Preston's second book of chiropractic stories from the clinic.

Another three years passed, whilst Bernard Preston continued writing, living to the full, and going about a busy practice. Wanting to reach a wider audience, he chose a publisher in the UK for his second inspirational book, Bats in my Belfry ...


STOP PRESS: Bats in my Belfry, Preston’s second book has just become available for the first time as an ebook for just $2.99. Read it on your Kindle, tablet or smartphone. Our STORE …

Or go direct to Amazon and download any one of Bernard Preston's five books. Frog in my Throat is not yet available in e format.

Thought: You will change to reading books in an e-format, just like you changed to digital photography, it's just a question of when. Independent research by a German company indicates the Kindle paperlight is the best on the eyes of all the readers.

A man of many hobbies, Bernard Preston sprinkles his inspirational books with hair-raising stories about his gliding and time spent contemplating the meaning of life, trout rod in hand, or tramping the heights of the Drakensberg mountains. And a beekeeping bishop who taught about the value of tithing. See if God doesn't open the windows of heaven....

Preston's books are beautifully illustrated by Lorraine Harrison. Of Frogs, Bats and now What do tadpoles eat?

Stones in my Clog

Stones in my clog is Bernard Preston's third book of chiropractic yarns.

Moving to Holland, the third of Bernard Preston's inspirational books, Stones in my Clog is at last complete. Tracing his chiropractic odyssey through Holland on his bicycle, he inadvertently makes a buffoon of himself on television, after making exciting new discoveries in the rapidly expanding chiropractic galaxy. You will love this third of his inspirational books.

Few things will embarrass a chiropractor more than asking about the origins of his profession. Myth has it that Chiropractic's founder cured a deaf man by manipulating his midback. Dubious of DD Palmer's claim, Preston attends a course in Holland, learning how to treat TMJ ear pain ...

Says chiropractor Emma Maria Nygren:

"I am looking forward to your third book, Dr Preston. I really enjoyed reading Frog and Bats! They make you think, laugh and relax just like a good book should!"

STOP PRESS: Stones in my Clog, Preston’s third book has just become available for the first time as an ebook for just $2.99. Our STORE … Or, directly to Amazon.


Nobody is more astonished than Preston himself when a patient claims to have been cured of deafness after Preston treats his jaw joint. Read more in Perhaps DD did it after all ...

Again, illustrations by Lorraine Harrison...


"This chiro', he wrote about frogs,

Then changed his allegiance to clogs.

Rats,

He's been haunted by bats,

And now all he does is write blogs!"


coined by an elderly favourite aunt.


Says Dr Tom Rapp of Bernard Preston's inspirational books: "I’m bleary eyed this am! Your book, Bats in my Belfry, has kept me up half the night! My wife is complaining about you, she can’t ever remember me doing that before. It’s a pot boiler!"


A family affair

A family affair is Bernard Preston's fourth book.

Well, it's not just blogs that he's scribbling. Bernard Preston's fourth title, A Family Affair, is now complete. A totally different kettle of fish, this trilogy is more complex, and in a quite distinct genre. It will certainly titillate and perhaps enrage you, especially if you are religious. You certainly won't put the book down. It, too, is available at Amazon in digital format. You can enjoy the opening chapters by clicking on AFA in the navigation bar.

It's written as a trilogy and priced right; help him sell a million ebooks. You'll love granny, be perplexed by Janet and Santie, and simply adore their children; but who is the dad?

Bernard Preston's lonely road of faith is touched on in all of his volumes. Although these inspirational books are not religious in nature, he openly acknowledges that he is a believer.





Without any strong sectarian ties, Bernard Preston is a lay minister in the Anglican church, but has for periods of his life worshiped in widely different denominations. In fact, he is strongly against cultism in any form. Says he, I have no doubt that we will one day discover to our horror that we are all heretics, deserving nothing less than being burnt at the stake should correct doctrine be all important.

And there are certainly going to be some surprises when we reach the pearly gates as to who has got it right ninety five percent of the time, and which of us have been lingering at sixty for much of our walk of faith. Could it be that the God of love will ask questions rather about much we cared, and how judgmental we were? And where did we rank on the scale of hypocrisy?

At times he does indeed share his struggle to find higher ground. In particular that place where, like our lord, we are less judgemental and more tolerant of our fellow heretics. For more about Bernard Preston's journey of faith, scroll down.




Life can be very dull unless one is a man or woman of hobbies. For sheer drama, few activities and sports can beat Bernard Preston's first love; but it's only for those who dare. There are several inspirational stories related to gliding in Bats in my belfry. This is a book you will read from the front cover to the end; I promise or you'll get your money back.

His longest flight is more than one hundred miles, reaching a height of over eleven thousand feet above sea level; in a very old plywood glider. It's gut wrenching stuff and you can enjoy it in Frog in my Throat.

His second best hobby is also about flying but he's on the ground directing affairs. Beekeeping and all the food and beverage associated with raw honey is fascinating stuff. Once or twice a year an evening is spent brewing mead from the gleanings; a goblet of the nectar of the gods and tahini or hummus on homemade bread make a satisfying supper.

His latest hobby is going green. On his roof it would appear at first glance that the Martians have landed. But no, photovoltaic panels and a small solar farm is what you'll find. It's a do it yourself project actually for anyone who considers him or herself a handyman.

There are few more rewarding things than knowing you are contributing in your small way to preserving a habitable planet for your grandchildren. That means growing a few plants like green beans that will sustain honey bees and keep your family with less cancer and colon problems.



Healthy choice foods

Healthy choice foods are for those who are sick and tired of taking drugs. Let your food be your medicine; but that may mean becoming passionate about backyard permaculture, as he is.

Bernard Preston's other passion is healthy living and a love of SLOW FOOD MADE FAST; growing and preparing healthy choice foods that you can rustle up in a short time. After all, if you don't look after your body, where will you live?

Fascinating healthy living is my passion; you can share it.

Whilst busy in his garden he ponders ways to reduce his cholesterol without the use of statins with their nasty side-effects. By planting and eating foods that lower cholesterol he discovers that, despite his love of butter and rich dairy products, he can keep his blood cholesterol at 164 (4.2), well within the normal limits.

Whilst you may not have a garden like his, learn how to plant a beautiful lemon tree and how a couple pole bean seeds planted every week along a fence will keep you in fresh green beans.

What's potting in the garden is an important part of this site. Just one bright red jalapeno plant is a delight to the eyes in the midst of your flower garden; oddly they are rich in anti inflammatory capaicin and vitamin C.

Currently we are discovering the wonder of worm farms and working out a chicken tractor design; it's all about growing great tasting fruit and vegetables unspoilt by pesticides and chemicals.

Organic green food fertilized by chicken manure, your butternut squash growing the compost pile, and then roasted in the solar electric oven are more highlights.

Permaculture is the design of a highly productive ecosystem designed to provide us with delicious food without spoiling the environment. Further Bernard Preston looks to harvesting rainwater and providing electricity from a solar generator for the home and garden.

The power of purple foods, growing avocado trees and extending your citrus fruit list from the garden all requires organic fertiliser and plenty of water. Let your chickens, the worm farm and the heavens provide it all.

Orange juice as a processed food

Processing of foods by manufacturers is a serious business and a Bernard Preston. No where is it more typically seen than in these orange juice facts.

Take a wonder food like the orange, process it and you have what is nothing more than junk masquerading as something healthy. An electric press is a basic for every family.

The same could be said for wheat, but purchasing your own grinder is an expensive business. But, if you are serious about your food, you'll consider it if you can't purchase 100% whole wheat flour.


Every writer's SIX Ds from Bernard Preston

Starting, writing, editing, finishing and getting a book published and then sold takes a vast discipline. These five DO's and one DON'T have been an enormous inspiration to me: The cure for Writer's Cramp … EVERY WRITER'S SIX Ds.


Solar Power Energy

Solar power energy might be for you, particularly if you live in a country where the electricity supply is unreliable.

Bernard Preston's latest passion is for going green. That means using the energy from the sun. Is it cost effective, or just a pipe-dream for the idle rich? Could we all have panels like these that spend their lives drinking up the sunshine? And providing us with free electricity? Could an average DIY guy or gal go off the grid? Solar power energy is free, if you can collect it.


For the present, solar power energy will indeed be in the blogs. Perhaps in the future I'll think of an inspirational book about solar. Not strictly healthy living, but certainly a sustainable way of life.

Right now, these solar panels, plus four more not seen, are supplying 90% of our electricity needs. Rainy days happily do occur but the output from the PVs.


How to start beekeeping

How to start beekeeping is set out by Bernard Preston in this site, but this is about African bees, Apis mellifera  scutellata. They are rather different and can be particularly vicious.

Rearing bees and producing rich lightly-filtered raw honey for it's pollen is another of Bernie's passions. Supermarket honey is generally processed and spoiled; find a small beekeeper in your neighbourhood, or better still keep a hive or two in the garden.

Bees are vanishing from the planet at an alarming rate; the pollination of our food sources is even more important than their honey.


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Bread machine loaf by Bernard Preston

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Bees workforce in Bernard Preston's garden

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Residential solar panels at Bernard Preston's home

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View from Bernard Preston's glider