Quinoa-Cranberry Stuffed Acorn Squash

SERVES 4

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 medium acorn squash (2 to 2 1/4 pounds each)
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 cup red quinoa, rinsed well
  • 1 teaspoon mild curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh parsley leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup roasted, salted and shelled pistachios, coarsely chopped

INSTRUCTIONS

Position an oven rack in the middle of the oven; preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Cut each squash in half lengthwise and scoop out and discard the seeds. Arrange the halves in a large baking dish, flesh-side up.

Whisk together the vinegar, 2 tablespoons of the oil and the maple syrup in a cup. Brush the flesh side of the squash halves with some of the maple mixture and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper. Put the squash flesh-side down in the baking dish, then brush the skin side with maple mixture and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper. Roast until the squash is fork-tender, 50 to 60 minutes. Poke the inside of the squash halves with a fork and brush generously with more of the maple mixture.

Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and golden brown, about 6 minutes. Add the quinoa, curry powder, cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon salt and stir until the spices are toasted, about 1 minute. Add 2 cups water and bring to a simmer. Lower the heat, cover the pan and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the quinoa is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed, 15 to 18 minutes. Remove from the heat and let sit, covered, for 5 minutes. Uncover and stir in the cranberries, remaining maple mixture, half of the parsley and half of the pistachios.

Stuff the squash halves with the quinoa and sprinkle with the remaining parsley and pistachios. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Cook’s Note

The squash may be baked and stuffed the day before and refrigerated. To reheat, cover the baking dish loosely with foil and reheat in a 350-degree F oven, checking the squash every 5 minutes until it is hot.

 

Sweden’s Revolutionary Recycling

DUE TO RECYCLING, SWEDEN IS RUNNING OUT OF TRASH RECYLING

When it comes to recycling, Sweden sets an example for the rest of the world. Thanks to a government prioritization on sustainability, the Nordic country recycles 1.5 billion bottles and cans annually, a staggering amount for a population of about 9.6 million (in 2013). In terms of rubbish, Swedes only produce a measly 461 kilograms (1,106 pounds) of waste average per year—less than 1% of discard ends up in landfills. This is slightly below the half-ton average in the rest of Europe.

 

This impressive commitment to an eco-friendly world has a bizarre effect on electricity production. Sweden participates in a waste-to-energy (WTE) program, and they have 32 of these special plants. If you’re unfamiliar with this unique form of energy production, here’s how it works: furnaces are loaded with garbage and burned to generate steam. This newly-produced gas is then used to spin generator turbines and produce electricity, transferred to transmission lines and the power grid. By using this approach, the country is able to reduce toxins that seep into the ground. “When waste sits in landfills, leaking methane gas and other greenhouse gasses, it is obviously not good for the environment” Swedish Waste Management communications director Anna-Carin Gripwell explained in a statement.

Before incinerating garbage, it’s first filtered by home and business owners. Things that can be recycled are separated (such as food scraps and paper products), and anything that can be salvaged is set aside. Because would-be waste is carefully examined, it leaves relatively little for the WTE program. As a result, Sweden imports garbage from the UK, Italy, Norway, and Ireland to ensure they stay up and running.

Don’t Trash It, Repair It!

Sweden continues to think of innovative ways to stay green. “We feel that we have responsibility to act responsibly in this area and try to reduce our ecological footprint,” states Per Bolund, Swedish Finance and Consumption Minister in a video for AJ+. “The consumers are really showing that the want to make a difference and what we’re trying to do from the government’s side is to help them act, making it easier to behave in a sustainable way.”
GIVES US PAUSE TO THINK ABOUT THE AMOUNT OF TRASH WE GENERATE –RIGHT???

Researching Chiropractic: Disabled

Chiropractic clinical case histories have been a regular feature of our patient newsletter since its inception. There seems to be no limit to the health problems that respond to chiropractic care. How many people suffering, on drugs, facing a life of limitation could be helped by chiropractic care?   Probably most of them.

100% disabled before chiropractic carediabled

A U.S. military veteran had been suffering from severe low back and neck pain for the past 12 years. Due to his pain he was considered 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

During his six months of care the patient was continually re-evaluated as care progressed. The patient’s Lumbar Oswestry, Neck Disability Index, vitals, range of motion, orthopedic and neurological findings all improved under care. By this time, the patient was able to walk without assistance and regained the ability to perform many activities of daily living. (1)


  1. Dick J, Hock S. Improved health outcomes in a military veteran following vertebral subluxation based chiropractic care: a case report. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. September 7, 2017:147-151.

Researching Chiropractic: Ejaculatory Pain

Chiropractic clinical case histories have been a regular feature of our patient newsletter since its inception. There seems to be no limit to the health problems that respond to chiropractic care. How many people suffering, on drugs, facing a life of limitation could be helped by chiropractic care?   Probably most of them.

Ejaculatory pain in a 25-year-old.cEjaculatory pain

A 25-year-old male suffering from 1½ years of pelvic floor muscular pain, ejaculatory pain and ringing in the ears sought chiropractic care for the relief of pain and associated symptoms.

The patient had 41 office visits and received an adjustment by hand or instrument on 38 of these visits. Upon X-ray re-examination, the patient’s spinal curves had improved. Subjectively, the patient reported “much improvement” in the pelvic floor pain, with both the ejaculatory pain and the ringing in the ears described as “totally better.” (1)


  1. Harden J, Smith B. Remission of ejaculatory pain in 25-year-old male using the Pierce Results SystemT: a case study. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. September 18, 2017:152-161.

Researching Chiropractic: Asthma

Chiropractic clinical case histories have been a regular feature of our patient newsletter since its inception. There seems to be no limit to the health problems that respond to chiropractic care. How many people suffering, on drugs, facing a life of limitation could be helped by chiropractic care?   Probably most of them.


asthma Asthma in a six-year-old. A 6-year-old boy had a four-year history of asthma, suffering from nightly attacks. He was taking FloventT, AlbuterolT, OrapredT and FlonaseT. Chiropractic analysis revealed subluxations in his cervical, thoracic and lumbar spinal regions and in his sacroiliac joint region?

The child had chiropractic care three times per week and was re-examined every 30 days. On re-evaluation, his mother reported continued decrease in medications and improved sleep. (1)


  1. Swift C, Wetterlin K, Alcantara J. Improved health outcomes in an asthmatic child following chiropractic care with bio-geometric integration: a case study. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic. 2017;3:151-156.

What’s in a flu shot?

Do you know what is in a flu shot? flu shot

The new flu vaccine is made with armyworms and insects? UGH!
The Flublok® flu vaccine is made with insects and armyworms. How’d you like that injected into your kids, spouse or yourself?
Here is what the package insert for the Flublok’s quadrivalent vaccine states:
Flublok Quadrivalent may also contain residual amounts of baculovirus and Spodoptera frugiperda cell proteins (= 19 mcg), baculovirus and cellular DNA (= 10 ng), and Triton X-100 (= 100 mcg).
To clarify: baculovirus are viruses that infect insects. Spodoptera frugiperda are armyworms.
Will people start having worm-like qualities a la Spiderman getting bit by a spider and developing superpowers? That’s a great comic book story but not real life. Besides what would a person with worm-like powers look like or be able to do?

Why do so many people use chiropractic for back and neck pain?

Questions and Answers About Chiropracticspinal surgery

Question: Why is chiropractic considered a treatment for back and neck pain by many people?

Answer: It’s a matter of real estate, i.e. location.

Back and Neck Pain

Doctors of Chiropractic work on your spine and structural system in order to release nerve interference or nerve stress (subluxations). We work on that part of the body because that’s where the nerves are. Because chiropractors work on the spine it is assumed we are treating spinal pain. But why do children with asthma, bedwetting and allergies respond to chiropractic care? Why do women with menstrual cramps or those with headaches and migraines respond to chiropractic care? Why is there better sports performance and improved balance, vision and hearing?

That’s because nerves from your spine are like telephone wires connecting your brain to your internal organs, glands, muscles and many other body parts. They need to communicate with no static or interference. spinal surgeryHowever, if your spine has subluxations (distortions affecting nerves), your communication system breaks down, affecting your entire body and that can affect the organs your nerves connect to. See the illustration showing how nerves from the spine (and brain) connect to your organs, etc. Chiropractic is good for your whole body – it’s wholistic.

After all, chiropractic was discovered by DD Palmer when a patient’s hearing returned after a spinal adjustment.

So yes, nerve-muscle-spine (neuromusculoskeletal) pain responds very well to chiropractic adjustments but chiropractors work on the spine to help the whole body. Don’t limit chiropractic care to aches and pains – it can help people in many ways.

PORTOBELLO WELLINGTON WITH SHIITAKE DUXELLE

THIS RECIPE ALSO INCLUDES: VANILLA GLAZED BABY CARROTS & ROASTED RED POTATOES

SERVES 4

Author: Jennifer Strohmeyer-Virtually Vegan Mamaportobello

Ingredients:

  • 4 Portobello mushrooms
  • 1 sheet  puff pastry
  • 3½ ounce(s) of shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 cup(s) of white button mushrooms
  • 2 cup(s) of baby spinach
  • 3 small shallots, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 sprigs fresh tarragon, stemmed
  • 6 red potatoes, cut into ½ inch pieces
  • 1 tbsp. of minced fresh parsley
  • 8 ounce(s) of baby carrotsSHIITAKE
  • ½ cup(s) of red wine
  • 1¾ cup(s) of no salt added vegetable stock
  • 3 tsp. of butter
  • 2 tbsp. of date syrup
  • ¼ tsp. of pure vanilla extract
  • 2 pinch of freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. of olive oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. For the Red Wine Sauce: Combine ½ cup red wine and 1 cup vegetable stock in small saucepan. Simmer uncovered for 20 minutes. Stir in 1 tbsp date syrup and set aside. Reheat on low right before serving and drizzle over Wellington’s.
  3. For the Roasted Red Potatoes: Combine potatoes, olive oil, ¼ cup vegetable stock, fresh parsley and black pepper in a small Pyrex or roasting pan and toss to coat potatoes. Roast 40 minutes or until tender and golden brown. Add extra vegetable stock if needed and stir occasionally to prevent sticking/burning.
  4. For the Duxelles: Add spinach, shiitake, button mushrooms, shallots, garlic, and tarragon to a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add 2 tsp.Butter to a large sauté pan and set over medium heat. Add the mushroom mixture, ¼ cup vegetable stock and sauté for 10 minutes until most of the liquid has evaporated. Season with a pinch of black pepper and set aside to cool.
  5. For the Glazed Baby Carrots: Combine 1 tbsp date syrup, vanilla and ⅓ cup vegetable stock in small bowl, stir to combine. Melt 1 tsp.butter in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add carrots and sauce; simmer on medium heat until carrots are cooked through about 20 minutes. Deglaze the pan with more vegetable stock if needed.
  6. For the Portobello Mushrooms: Gently scrap gills from Portobello mushrooms with a spoon. Place mushrooms on baking tray lined with parchment paper or non-stick baking mat. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes, set aside. Cut pastry sheet into 4 equal parts.Using a spoon, cover each mushroom with a layer of duxelles (make sure to fill the back cavity of the mushroom with the duxelles).
  7. Place a mushroom in center of each pastry sheet, cavity side up. Fold pastry around the mushrooms and enclose entirely, press down lightly with fingers to make sure it is sealed completely. Place mushrooms, with folded side down, on baking tray lined with parchment paper or non-stick baking mat. Bake mushrooms in 400 degree oven until pastry is golden brown for 20-25 minutes.

Opioids and Chiropractic – Hope for Recovery?

America is experiencing an opioid epidemicopioids

America is experiencing an opioid epidemic or crisis due to the increase in the use of prescription and non-prescription drugs that act on the opioid receptors to produce morphine-like effects. These drugs include painkillers such as OxyContin®, Percocet®,Vicodin® and fentanyl. They are strong, and also addicting, and can cause fatal overdoses. The drug sedates that part of the brain that regulates breathing which can cause respiratory failure and death.

According to the U.S.Drug Enforcement Administration the opioid problem has reached “epidemic levels.” Nearly half of all opioid overdose deaths in 2016 involved prescription opioids. Is there something that could be done? How about a drug-free approach to healthcare? How about chiropractic?

Although it’s only a single case report, this can be an inspiration for others who are hooked on prescription and recreational drugs of all kinds. In a study published in the journal Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research we see the clinical case of a 21-year-old man under chiropractic care who was an opioid addict.

The 21-year-old came to a chiropractic office suffering from opioid addiction, anxiety, depression, insomnia and cluster headaches. His medical doctors had placed him on four different medications in an attempt to manage his symptoms and withdrawal. This approach had interfered with his life; he had dropped out of college 11 months prior due to the adverse effects on his daily life as well as the destructive coping mechanisms he had adopted.

The chiropractor examined the young man, took x-rays and found structural/spinal distortions in his neck, mid-back and low back that can cause nerve interference (subluxations). In addition, x-rays also revealed scoliosis and a loss of the normal curve in his neck.

Chiropractic Care for Opioid Addiction

Chiropractic care was begun to reduce his vertebral subluxations with the result that the patient recovered from opioid addiction and was able to stop all prescribed medication. His headaches, anxiety, depression, and insomnia resolved completely.

Prior research has shown that chiropractic can have a profound effect on:

  • brain function
  • mental health
  • ADHD
  • pervasive developmental disorder
  • Tourette’s Syndrome
  • obsessive compulsive disorder
  • other neurodevelopmental disorders (1)

  1. Labelle S, Steiner M. Resolution of Anxiety, depression, insomnia, scoliosis & cluster headaches, in a patient with opioid addiction undergoing chiropractic care to reduce subluxations: a case study & review of the literature. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. October 4, 2017:176-188.

Researching Chiropractic: Multiple Sclerosis

A 26-year-old with Multiple Sclerosismultiple Sclerosis

A 26-year-old patient with multiple sclerosis, numbness and neck pain sought chiropractic care. A complete history and objective examination revealed several vertebral subluxations and a reversed neck (cervical) curve.

He was seen twelve times in one month while receiving nine adjustments for vertebral subluxation correction. His neck curve improved 60%, and neck pain, headaches and numbness greatly improved. His multiple sclerosis symptoms dramatically reduced.

Do you know anyone who has multiple sclerosis? Please share this article with him or her and encourage them to seek chiropractic care, if they aren’t already. We can help!


Jaszewski E, LaVallie C. Improvement in cervical curve, dysautonomia and quality of life in a patient with multiple sclerosis using the Pierce Results SystemT: case study & review of the literature. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. August 7, 2017:131-141.