Get to Know Your Spinal Column

drawing of spinal column and nervesThe illustration might look like a strange collection of wires and body parts but it shows how your body communicates and connects so that all your parts work together to make you healthy and whole.

Your internal organs send messages to your brain and your brain sends messages back to your internal organs. This back and forth goes through a vast communications cable made up of hundreds of millions of nerves: your spinal cord. This is how your parts are connected.

The Information Highway: Your Spinal Column

This incredible “cable” of nerves or spinal cord goes down your back. You can’t see your spinal cord because it’s encased in a protective bony canal called the spinal column made up of 23 bones called vertebrae.

Your spinal column includes

  • 7 neck or cervical vertebrae
  • 12 mid-back or thoracic vertebrae
  • 5 low back or lumbar vertebrae

Under the lumbars is a fused triangular bone called the sacrum and below that is your tiny tail bone or coccyx.

Also let’s not forget that between your vertebrae are discs – little shock absorbers to prevent your bones from crashing into one another every time you walk.

Get Adjusted after any Accident

Watch out! Injuries, accidents and stress of all kinds can misalign your vertebrae so they won’t move properly. If that happens you might have nerve irritation that can interfere with the function of many nerves, glands, muscles and organs. The result is a subluxation causing lowered immunity and detoxification, pain, and less balance, strength and energy. With subluxations your body parts are less connected to each other.

Your chiropractor’s job is to make sure your vertebrae are in the right place and are moving properly so that there is no nerve stress.

Using various tools (and years of specialized training) doctors of chiropractic can locate spinal nerve stress or subluxations and, using their hands or various instruments, realign the vertebrae and reduce spinal nerve pressure. This is called an adjustment. The adjustment reconnects you to … you.

Reconnect with yourself

Millions of people are disconnected from themselves. They are carrying spinal nerve stress in their bodies and don’t even know it. Do you or your loved ones have this condition? Your chiropractor can find out with a simple analysis. It could make the difference between a life of health and vitality and one of dis-ease and weakness.

Stop by for a chiropractic connection adjustment. Make 2016 a more connected year.

Latest News from Charmaine: January 2016

Greetings all this chilly January,

Well, Winter finally arrived which means one of two things…you get out and enjoy this weather, or you sit inside and hibernate.

In my last newsletter I talked about 12 changes we could make towards a healthier you and #1 Exercise.

Now know that this is the time of the year that gym memberships usually explode and then the bloom is off the rose by the end of the month.

walking down stairsHowever, really think about simple stuff you can do at home that can help too. Walking up and down the steps just to get the heart going drives my cat nuts but I feel good for it…..maybe throw in some push-ups on the steps too. Or throwing (not literally LOL) a kettle ball around is a good start too. I must admit I am a huge fan of my Barbell and yoga practices and see changes in my life for the good, proving that you can make a difference after 60!

A happy note here…Miss Sophia who helps us in the afternoons has been awarded a great scholarship to Northwestern which means come June we lose her…but yay Sophia!!!

DOCTORS WITH HEART will be Feb 11th…send anybody you know who could benefit from a little TLC at no cost …appointments are essential.

Stay warm, get active and let’s see you in the office, under the barbells or on the mat!

Sweet Potato Lentil Chili

sweet potatoes

    Makes one large pot (5 quarts) — serves about 8 to 10


  • 1 32oz container veggie broth
  • 1.5 C water
  •  3 (14.5oz) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 16oz package dried lentils, rinsed
  • 3 carrots, sliced
  •  2 sweet potatoes, cubed
  • 3 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1 green pepper, sliced
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • Huge handful kale/spinach
  • 2 Tbsp cumin
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • Hot sauce (optional — to taste


  1. Place the veggie broth, water, diced tomatoes, and rinsed lentils into a large pot Bring the mixture to a boil and let it simmer for about 10 minutes (to soften the lentils) while you’re chopping the garlic, carrots, sweet potatoes, celery, and green pepper.
  2. Throw the garlic, kale, carrots, and sweet potato into the simmering pot, followed about 5 minutes later by the celery and green pepper and your spices. The room will now proceed to smell awesome.
  3. Let the mixture continue to simmer, stirring frequently, until it reaches the level of cooked consistency you prefer. This shouldn’t take long (maybe 10 to 15 minutes more) — just make sure the carrots, sweet potatoes, and lentils are soft.

Do you have a favorite lentil soup recipe? Share it below!

Crispy Seasoned Cauliflower


Serves 2-4

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets, stem cut into small pieces
  • 2 Tbsp potato starch
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder or paprika
  • 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast, optional
  • 1 Tbsp neutral, high heat oil of choice (avocado, sunflower, grape seed, canola, etc)
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Drizzle tablespoon of oil over metal baking sheet.  Spread cauliflower over sheet, toss in oil, and sprinkle with remaining ingredients, potato starch through chili powder/paprika. Make sure cauliflower is in an even layer with as much space between pieces as possible. If needed divide between two sheets.
  2. Bake for 20-30 minutes, tossing once about halfway through. When crispy and golden brown it is done. Serve by itself, over rice, pasta, with potatoes, or as a filling for tacos, burritos, wraps, etc. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar, tahini dressing, if desired.
  3. Enjoy!

Tell us if you’ve made this recipe and how you liked it!

Dr. Geezer’s Clinic

old medical bottlesAn old geezer became very bored in retirement and decided to open a medical clinic. He put a sign up outside that said: “Dr. Geezer’s Clinic. Get your treatment for $500, if not cured, get back $1,000.”

Doctor “Young,” who was positive that this old geezer didn’t know beans about medicine, thought this would be a great opportunity to get $1,000. So he went to Dr. Geezer’s clinic.

Dr. Young: “Dr. Geezer, I have lost all taste in my mouth. Can you please help me?

Dr. Geezer: “Nurse, please bring medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops in Dr. Young’s mouth.”

Dr. Young: “Aaagh!! This is gasoline!”

Dr. Geezer: “Congratulations! You’ve got your taste back. That will be $500.”

Dr. Young gets annoyed and goes back after a couple of days figuring to recover his money.

Dr. Young: “I have lost my memory, I cannot remember anything.”

Dr. Geezer: “Nurse, please bring medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops in the patient’s mouth.”

Dr. Young: “Oh, no you don’t, that is gasoline!”

Dr. Geezer: “Congratulations! You’ve got your memory back. That will be $500.”

Dr. Young (after having lost $1000) leaves angrily and comes back after several more days.

Dr. Young: “My eyesight has become weak – I can hardly see anything!!!!

Dr. Geezer: “Well, I don’t have any medicine for that so, here’s your $1000 back.” (giving him a $10 bill)

Dr. Young: “But this is only $10!”

Dr. Geezer: “Congratulations! You got your vision back! That will be $500.”

Moral of story: Just because you’re “Young” doesn’t mean that you can outsmart an “old Geezer.”

Remember: Don’t make old people mad. We don’t like being old in the first place, so it doesn’t take much to piss us off.

Opinions and Predictions

Your monthly dose of crazy!vintage tv

They told Columbus the world was flat and he’d go over the edge if he kept going. The experts said formula is as good as breast milk. The experts said thalidomide was safe. Here are some more expert predictions:

  • Television won’t last because people will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night. Darryl Zanuck, movie producer, 20th Century Fox, 1946
  • Rail travel at high speed is not possible because passengers, unable to breathe, would die of asphyxia. Dr. Dionysius Lardner, 1830
  • A rocket will never be able to leave the Earth’s atmosphere. New York Times, 1936
  • X-rays will prove to be a hoax. Lord Kelvin, President of the Royal Society, 1883
  • The horse is here to stay but the automobile is only a novelty, a fad. The President of the Michigan Savings Bank advising Henry Ford’s lawyer not to invest in the Ford Motor Company, 1903
  • The telephone has too many shortcomings to be considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us. Western Union Internal Memo, 1876

Do you know of any crazy predictions? Tell us below!

Do you know how Vitamin D helps you?

sun through clouds


Traditional eating – soak up the sun

It may not be eaten with a knife and fork but it’s one of the most nutritious things your body needs – sunlight – and that’s especially true during these winter days of darkness.

The most powerful cancer fighter ever discovered is naturally occurring vitamin D.

Vitamin D lowers the risk of all cancers by 77%!

Vitamin D also fights inflammation and that can mean:

  • Enhanced mood
  • Stronger immune system
  • Prevention of bone and muscle weakness
  • Lower risk of heart disease and diabetes
  • Improved arthritis, pain and inflammation
  • Prevention of Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis


Interesting Facts for January 2016

Did you know?

  • At the moment of conception, you spent about half an hour as a single cell.
  • There are about one trillion bacteria on each of your feet.
  • Your body gives off enough heat in 30 minutes to boil half a gallon of water.
  • The enamel in your teeth is the hardest substance in your body.

Got any interesting facts or trivia to share? Please tell us below.


12 New Behaviours: #1 EXERCISE

Couple walking in snowGo for a walk and live longer!

Dr. Sanjay Sharma, professor at St George’s University Hospitals in London, discussing his research findings at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress, stated that regular exercise, just 25 minutes of daily brisk walking, could add 7 years to your life. A group of 69 healthy non-smokers, aged between 30 and 60, who were not regular exercisers were tested as part of a university study.

 Fight Aging with Exercise

Blood tests taken during six months of regular aerobic exercise, high-intensity interval training and strength training showed that an anti-aging process had been triggered and helped repair old DNA. “Exercise buys you three to seven additional years of life. It is an antidepressant, it improves cognitive function and there is now evidence that it may retard the onset of dementia,” said Sanjay Sharma.

They said that by measuring the increase of telomerase activity and decrease of senescence marker p16 (both markers of cellular aging in the blood) over a six-month period, doctors were able to show that regular exercise had triggered the anti-aging process. (1)

Dr. Ray teaches Tai Chi and I teach Yoga. I also do strength training under barbells and am due to compete again in Spring.

Click here to see more information about our classes and start exercising today!


Drs Ray and Charmaine return from 34th Homecoming

We have just returned from a wonderful time at our Alma Mater Sherman College of Chiropractic. The weather was just gorgeous and the atmosphere on campus ..electric. Apart from some 20 hours of continuing education credit classes that we attended, we had a chance to interact with some of our favorite friends and colleagues.
The overarching theme of the weekend was ensuring that we made the most of opportunity to provide our patients with the best information possible about posture, the rationale behind what we do and to really educate patients to the fact that Chiropractic is so much more than for headaches and back pain.
An interesting study in Illinois showed that when Doctors of Chiropractic were used as primary portals of entry into the health care system…….hospital stays dropped dramatically as did surgeries and most importantly of all prescriptions dropped by 85%. Needless to say vested interests were not happy AND the major bummer that came out of that is that is that Illinois will no longer cover chiropractic care.. When you do good work, some people are threatened and unhappy.