Gingerbread Biscotti

Yield: 30 to 34

Ingredients

2 cups plus 2 tablespoons (265 grams) all-purpose flour, plus extra for flouring hands
2 teaspoons (10 grams) baking powder
2 teaspoons (4 grams) ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons (4 grams) ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
A few grinds of black pepper
1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
1/2 cup (95 grams) dark brown sugar
1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
7 tablespoons (100 grams) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons (10 ml) vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups toasted, chopped nuts or white or dark chocolate chunks (optional, I kept mine plain)
1 large egg white

Cinnamon-sugar (optional)
1/3 cup (65 grams) granulated sugar
1 tablespoon (6 grams) ground cinnamon

Directions

Heat oven to 350°F (175°C). Line one large or two small baking sheets (if yours are small you’ll probably prefer using two, as the logs will spread a lot) with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat. In a large bowl, stir together dry ingredients — 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour, baking powder, spices, pepper and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk together sugars, butter, 2 large eggs and vanilla. Add wet ingredients along with any optional additions (nuts or chocolate) to dry mixture and stir to combine. It’s going to seem a bit soft and sticky; it’s a-okay.

Divide dough in half. Using floured hands, transfer first half to the prepared baking sheet(s) and form it into a slightly flatted log about 11 inches (28 cm) by 2 1/2 (6 1/2 cm) inches, going down one side of a baking sheet intended for two logs, or the center of a baking sheet intended for one log. Repeat with second half of dough. Whisk egg white in a small bowl until a little foamy and loose. Brush over top and sides of each log.

Bake logs until golden brown all over, about 25 minutes. Transfer tray to cooling rack; let cool about 25 minutes, until lukewarm. Gently transfer each log to a cutting board. Using a sharp serrated knife and gently sawing motion, cut logs on the diagonal into 1/2-inch wide slices. If using cinnamon-sugar, stir the two together and dip both cut sides in the mixture.
Arrange slices, a cut side down, on baking sheet(s). Bake for another 10 to 12 minutes, until golden underneath. Turn each biscotti over and bake for a final 6 to 8 minutes, until lightly bronzed all over. Let cool on rack.

Do ahead: Baked biscotti should keep in airtight containers at room temperature for weeks.

ROASTED CAULIFLOWER AND GRAVY

ROASTED CAULIFLOWER AND GRAVY   for 6roasted-cauliflower-and-gravy

Ingredients

  • 1 big head of cauliflower
  • 4 tbsp. butter, melted (divided)
  • 4 garlic cloves (skin-on)
  • 6 sage leaves
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Gravy

  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 Onion, finely chopped
  • 4 oz. cremini mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 3 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 2-4 c. vegetable stock

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degree F.
  2. Rub the cauliflower all over with melted butter. Season with salt and pepper. Place in cast iron skillet, surrounded by garlic, 4 sage leaves, 2 sprigs of thyme and 2 sprigs of rosemary. Bake for 1 – 1/2 hours until charred in parts and tender throughout, brushing with more melted butter
  3. Pierce the cauliflower with a paring knife skewer to check the tenderness.
  4. Make gravy. Chop remaining thyme and rosemary leaves. Melt remaining butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until beginning to soften, about 3-5 minutes. Stir in the mushrooms and season mixture with salt and pepper. Add herbs and cook until the mushrooms are tender and browned. Add 1-2 cloves of the roasted garlic (skins removed), breaking up the cloves with a whisk or wooden spoon. Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute. Whisk in 2 cups of vegetable stock and bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat slightly and simmer for 5 minutes, until the mixture has thickened to your desired consistency. Add more vegetable stock if desired.

 

Researching Chiropractic: Case Studies in Trigeminal Neuralgia, Asthma and headaches, and Constipation

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.

Case Study for Trigeminal Neuralgia (tic douloureux)case-study-trigeminal-neuralgia

For seven years a 77-year-old woman suffered from severe right-sided face pain (trigeminal neuralgia or TN). Her pain was made worse by chewing, talking, and smiling and when her symptoms were at their worst, she was unable to eat or talk well for up to 4 days. Medication gave temporarily relief and at times did not help at all.

When she began chiropractic care she rated her pain 10 out of 10, describing it as a constant hot, throbbing, burning sensation that progressively got worse. Subluxations were located at C1 (upper neck) as well as other areas. The patient was put on a protocol for subluxation adjustment/correction.

After six visits of subluxation correction there was a significant reduction in pain; after four months of care she went off her medication and after 6 months of care was pain free. (1)

Case Study in Asthma and Headaches

A 15-year-old boy was suffering from asthma and headaches. He began specific chiropractic care for correcase-study-constipationction of his subluxations.  His asthma and headaches resolved completely following care. (2)

Case Study in Constipation in an eight-month old

An 8-month-old baby boy was suffering from constipation. When the mother brought him in for care he had not made a bowel movement for five days. Increased fluid intake was unsuccessful.

Within a short period of his first adjustments, the infant proceeded to have a very large bowel movement while sitting in his car seat. Two hours later additional bowel movements occurred. The mother also stated that her child was of a much happier disposition. (3)


  1. Zielinski E, Mankal K, Pirini J. Resolution of trigeminal neuralgia following chiropractic care utilizing Chiropractic Biophysics and diversified techniques: a case study. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. November 6, 2014:177-183.
  2. Jaszewski E, Willard A. Resolution of asthma in a teenager following subluxation-based chiropractic management utilizing the Pierce Results System: a case study & selective review of the literature. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic. 2016;3:84-91.
  3. Miceli J, Alcantara J. Resolution of constipation in an 8-month-old child following adjustment of vertebral subluxation. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic. 2016;1:14-17.

Thinking about back surgery?

How Back Surgery is Performeddrawing of spinal column and nerves

Few surgeries have a higher failure rate than lumbar spinal fusion, a common back surgery that involves scraping slivers of bone off the hip and placing them in the disc space or the back of the spine. The raw bone promotes growth above and below causing the segments to fuse over an 18-month period. This results in less motion in the spine.

The surgery is done to eliminate back pain but the failure rate is so high it has a special name: “failed back surgery syndrome.”

back-surgerySurgeries for chronic low back pain are on the rise

A recent paper revealed that spinal fusion surgeries for chronic low back pain are on the rise, despite the lack of research to back their efficacy. As a result, experts are now calling for tighter guidelines, including a waiting period. Orthopedic surgeon Richard Williams, MD, who is also the spokesperson for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, says patients should wait 12 months before a spinal fusion surgery is performed because, “Most patients will recover after these 12 months.” Further, “spinal fusion rarely results in having no pain at all. The surgery works for a proportion of patients, not all.” (1)

Of course chiropractic care has been a blessing for countless people told that surgery was their only option, often saving them from this dangerous, costly and often useless medical procedure.


 

  1. Atkinson L, Zacest A. Surgical management of low back pain. Med J Aust. 2016;204(8):299-300.

High Cholesterol Does NOT Cause Heart Disease

Study: high cholesterol does not cause heart disease, statins a “waste of time”heart disease

The study showing that cholesterol lowering drugs (Lipitor®, Crestor®, etc.) were less than worthless appeared in the British Medical Journal.

Cholesterol prevents infection, cancer, muscle pain and other conditions, especially in the elderly so lowering it actually causes health problems. Additionally, the researchers found no link between so-called “bad” cholesterol and heart disease in individuals over 60. In fact, the opposite was found: 92% of people with high cholesterol actually lived longer and had less heart disease!

Since elderly people with high LDL-C live as long or longer than those with low LDL-C, our analysis provides reason to question the validity of the cholesterol hypothesis. (3)

The “research” showing lowering cholesterol is beneficial was conducted or funded by the companies making these drugs. The best way to achieve and maintain good heart health is not through medications but through healthy lifestyle habits. Lead researcher Dr. Sherif Sultan from the University of Ireland says it plainly:

Lowering cholesterol with medications is a total waste of time and resources.

Disease and Vaccines

The disease is over when we think we have itdisease-vaccines-boy

We know the names of what are referred to as childhood diseases: measles, mumps, chicken pox and whooping cough/pertussis. But did you know that by the time a child is said to “catch” these diseases of childhood with their characteristic rashes, skin eruptions, fever and general malaise (overall yechy feeling), the disease is over?

The natural way people get these diseases is that germs come in contact with the mouth and throat (nasopharynx) where your tonsils, adenoids and other immune tissues reside. They alert your body to the invaders and you mount an offense.

The symptoms are not the disease

The symptoms that we associate with a disease are not the disease, they are the body ridding itself of the disease waste. In the words of Hippocrates, considered the father of medicine:

“We call them diseases but they are the cure of disease.”

The disease is actually over; the body has confronted the germ invaders, has won the war and is doing cleanup.

The symptoms we associate with the disease are really the discharge of waste after the disease is over. The wastes leave through the skin (perspiration, rashes, pustules), are burnt up by fever, discharged by diarrhea, and take our energy so we feel fatigue and other unpleasant body expressions. We may dislike those symptoms, but they are good for us. The result is a healthier, stronger, cleaner person.

That’s why growth spurts, in body and mind, are often seen after a child experiences a childhood disease or even a fever. The body has detoxified and can now move on to a stronger level of health and wellness.

How does vaccination affect childhood diseases? disease-infection

Do vaccines prevent disease?

Vaccines inject viri and bacterium, toxins associated with the virus and other chemicals deep into the body, into the bloodstream where they are not supposed to be. Because it is so deep, the body is not able to mount a proper offense; the disease may never leave. Vaccines do not prevent disease; they drive disease deeper where more damage may occur.

That is why studies show vaccinated children are the ones who have autism, allergies, asthma, ear infections, arthritis, diabetes, ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, stuttering and other conditions. The vaccine toxins damage the nerve and immune system and the result is a less healthy child.

They still get the disease, but are unable to perform a detox so they don’t get the symptoms we associate with the disease. Therefore, they are sicker deeper in their body, longer (chronically) and often permanently.

Of course symptoms of body discharge must be respected – a child who is going through a post-illness detox must be properly nourished, given rest and have procedures promoting a complete detoxification and cleansing.

High-Fructose Corn Syrup: What it does to your body

Do you know whigh-fructose-corn-syruphat High-Fructose Corn Syrup does to you?

In one clinical trial, test subjects who consumed high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) developed higher risk factors for cardiovascular disease in just two weeks, demonstrating just how influential your diet can be on your heart and brain health in the long term.

Foods that Contain High-fructose Corn Syrup?high-fructose-corn-syrup

Be aware of where HFCS is often found: baked goods, canned fruits, dairy products, carbonated drinks and most sweetened beverages in the market today! Just look at the labels and find out. (1)

As you avoid HFCS and refined sugar, be aware that artificial sweeteners such as Splenda® and Nutrasweet® are also linked to serious problems including retinal detachments, weight gain and brain tumors. (2)


  1. Stanhope KL, Medici V, Bremer AA et al. A dose-response study of consuming high-fructose corn syrup-sweetened beverages on lipid/lipoprotein risk factors for cardiovascular disease in young adults. Am J Clin Nut. 2015;101(6):1144-1154.
  2. Walton RG, Hudak R, Green-Waite RJ. Adverse reactions to aspartame: double-blind challenge in patients from a vulnerable population. Biol. Psychiatry. 1993;34:13-17.

How did D.D. Palmer Discover Chiropractic?

Palmer

Dr. Palmer makes a discovery

In 1895 Dr. Daniel David Palmer, a popular magnetic (energy) healer, discovered a spinal “bump” on a deaf individual. It appeared as if the spinal bone were out of place. Upon questioning, Dr. Palmer learned that the man had bumped his head seventeen years prior and became deaf shortly afterwards.

Palmer reasoned that the accident may have displaced a vertebra in the man’s spine, hence the slight bump, and that re-aligning the vertebra may give relief.

A slight adjustment

Using his hands, he “adjusted” the bone back into alignment and after 17 years the man could hear again. Shortly thereafter a patient with a heart condition was similarly found to have spinal displacements. When they were adjusted the heart condition improved.

Palmer reasoned that if two conditions so different, deafness and heart disease, could be caused by displaced vertebrae in the spine, could not other conditions be related to spinal displacements (later called subluxations)?

So began the discovery and evolution of chiropractic.

Latest News from Charmaine: December Newsletter: Body, Mind & Spirit

Body, Mind & Spirit Greetings all,

As we plow our ways thru’ the snow, literally and figuratively, give thanks for the winter in all its wondrous beauty.  We all know we need the four seasons of the year as part of the natural cycle, and wishing it away only creates unnecessary tension in body, mind and spirit.

Health is a vital part of our ability to adapt and live within these natural cycles and it behooves each and every one of us to make sure that we are sparking on all possible cylinders to be the best we can be.

As I mentioned, body, mind and spirit “is us” and if just one of those aspects is out of kilter, it will, like a low pressure tire, cause you to be out of balance.

So start your day with a SMILE…the physical act causes a chemical change in the body and a positive chemical change creates less stress on the body as tensions are released….so one simple act can make a huge difference.  I am reminded of a bumper sticker I once saw, that said:

SMILE- PEOPLE WILL WONDER WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN UP TO!!!

See you in the office, on the table, under the barbells or on the mat!!!

Roasted Butternut Sunset for 8

Ingredients:

  • 1 large butternut squash (2 1/2 – 3 pounds), peeled, seeded and cut into 3/4 inch pieces
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and thickly sliced (1/4 inch slice)
  • 2 small beets, peeled and diced (1/2 inch dice or less)
  • 3/4 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup orange or tangerine juice
  • 1/4 cup + 3 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup white miso
  • 1 tsp orange or tangerine zest
  • 1 green onion, diagonally sliced, OR 1 Tbsp minced fresh parsley, for garnish

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 Degrees F.
  2. Put the squash carrots, beets, cranberries, olive oil and salt in a large bowl and toss well to coat the vegetables
  3. Transfer the vegetable mixture to a largish rimmed baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes
  5. Meanwhile combine the orange juice, maple syrup, miso and orange zest in a small bowl and whisk until smooth.
  6. Remove the vegetables from the oven and pour the orange juice mixture over them
  7. Bake another 15 – 20 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender
  8. Spoon the vegetables into a serving bowl or platter and garnish with the green onion slices or parsley if desired

Cooking Tips:

To make sure that the beets and carrots cook in the same time as the squash: Slice the beets in ½ inch or less dice, and the carrots 1/4 inch thick or less. If the carrots are large, cut them in half lengthwise before slicing.

I couldn’t find fresh cranberries when I made this recipe, so I added frozen cranberries in the last 5 minutes of roasting. That worked. I also used 2 Tbsp agave syrup instead of 1/4 cup maple syrup for the glaze. That worked too.