Spinal Column – July 2009

Lanjopoulos Family Chiropractic
309 E Saginaw Hwy, Grand Ledge. 627- 4547

Summer is upon us, although many of us may be questioning…. What Summer?

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your thoughts and prayers on the recent passing of my Mom. I am SO not getting on a plane for a journey longer than 3-4 hours anytime soon!…Of course it was winter in South Africa, which was chilly and yet refreshing and given that we were having 90F+ days as I was about to leave and the morning temps in SA were close to freezing… what a difference! After the funeral and tying up the loose ends, my daughter and I had the chance to visit a Lion Farm… the lions are white… a genetic mutation and as they will not survive in the bush, they are kept on this farm. Had a chance to play with and pet 3 month old cubsÉ that was a blast.

This past month Erica’s son Ayden turned 2…. Happy Days ahead!!! Jessica starts Sienna Heights University in August. Daughter Damaris goes into 11th of 14 quarters and the last but one academic quarter. Then 2 quarters working in somebody’s office getting hands on experience “in the real world” Brenda has almost completed teaching her first on-line class at LCC. She teaches special needs massage and business application for massage therapists. In the fall she will be teaching the National Certification Exam prep class.

Also in the news… we donated $500.00 to the Food Bank this month in recognition for all the new patients who started care in our office in June and to celebrate our 20 years in Grand Ledge. Thank you all for your referrals!

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them. Galileo Galilei

Stressed out?

The economy, business, jobs, investments, expenses, bills, the future – there are so many things that can stress us out.

But let’s be honest. These stresses are nothing new – they might be a little more intense today than a few months ago – but we have always had to deal with financial challenges, with bills, with an uncertain future.

That we live under stress is a given. Yes, life is stressful. Can you escape stress? It’s impossible! To be alive is to be under stress. But stress doesn’t have to eat you up inside; it doesn’t have to be the kind of STRESS that damages your physical and mental health.

This brings us to what chiropractic can do for you in these trying times. Chiropractors get such good results because they release pressure on your nervous system and body structure. Chiropractic care helps you manage stress better.

So don’t let yourself tighten up into a mess of stress. Come in for a chiropractic checkup and adjustment to de-stress your system before you start to develop serious health concerns.

Other things to do when under stress: exercise (it really does make a difference), eat nutrient dense foods, avoid junk foods (they affect your nervous system and weaken your physiology), make sure you get sun (good for your endocrine organs and mood) and take a break from your usual routine and go for a walk, take a vacation or engage in some relaxing activity.

To this we can add meditation, prayer and staying connected to teachers, mentors and friends who can give us advice or at the least, just listen.

Don’t just sit there and fall victim to stress. Do something! First and foremost take care of your brain and nervous system – please don’t ignore yourself. You need chiropractic care now more than ever.

Have more energy – get chiropractically balanced

Most people get their tires balanced, realigned and checked for leaks. If they don’t there’ll be increased wear and tear and wasted energy. But what about getting your body balanced? If you use it you’ve got to make sure it’s still in alignment. Otherwise you’ll waste energy and have increased wear and tear.

When does a tire start to wear down? After 5,000 miles? 10,000 miles? 20,000 miles?

The answer: It starts to wear down the moment you start driving.

It’s the same with your body. If you are alive, you are using it and it’s getting worn.

Make sure you’re healthy – make sure your body’s structural system is aligned and balanced. You’ll have less wear and tear – in other words, you’ll age slower and stay younger longer.

What our patients are saying after several visits to this office

Avoided back surgery- my surgeon is very pleased that he did not have to do surgery. I am able to resume my normal activities, i.e. housework, walking, Curves, working in the yard, etc. I AM THE ENERGIZER BUNNY OF THE FAMILY!!! ….Mary
****** Mary had two herniated discs in her low back.

Sharon BÉ. I had awful headaches and really was a mess. The nerve pain is gone, in fact most pain is gone. I stand and walk straighter, sleep better, have more energy and exercise more…. I feel better all over. I know that if you follow through with the directions and exercises…. the results are wonderful!

Sunlight protects older people from heart disease and diabetes

In a new study it was discovered that older people can reduce their risk of developing heart disease and diabetes by spending more time in the sunshine.

Sunlight boosts vitamin D in the skin and older people are more likely to have a vitamin D deficiency due to the natural aging process and changes in lifestyle.

Researchers found that vitamin D deficiency is significantly associated with metabolic syndrome, a combination of medical and metabolic disorders that increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Vitamin D deficiency is very common. The researchers found 94 percent of people in the study had a vitamin D (25-hydroxyvitamin D) deficiency or insufficiency.

The amount of sunlight it takes to make enough vitamin D is always less than the amounts that cause reddening or burning so it should be possible to get the benefits without the worry about skin cancer or skin damage.

Elderly people (and everyone else) can also boost vitamin D levels by eating foods such as oily fish, liver and eggs.

Ironically, as we get older and need to spend more time in the sun, we do the opposite – we spend less time outdoors – and cover ourselves up with clothing.

Do it now. Your body can store enough vitamin D in the sunny months so you’ll have enough in you to stay healthy all winter.

When faced with a health problem, how often have you said any or all of the following?????

Maybe it will go away………… Are you willing to take the chance?

It comes and goes………… Why wait until it becomes a constant problem.

It’s not that bad!…………………….Compared to what?

Why change now?………… Do you have so little respect for your body? Remember it has to last 80+ years)

I don’t have any symptoms………… First sign of a heart attack in 57% of the time is DEATH

I don’t have the time………… Can you afford to be out of commission?

I know what my problem is………… And your solution is………… ?

I was told I have to live with it………… Don’t give up on you body or your body will give up on you!

They couldn’t find anything………… Isn’t it time for a different approach?

I don’t want to know!……………What you don’t know can hurt.

It’s because of my age!…………Why do some people age better than others?

I can’t afford it………… You can’t afford not to!

Such thoughts could prevent you from enjoying the benefits that millions have successfully experienced thru’ safe, gentle chiropractic care.


Isn’t it time to start on your own health journey?
Think: How your past decisions have affected your health.
Evaluate: The quality of your present health.
Choose: To control the quality of your future health.
Change: Your thoughts, actions and decisions today which will determine the quality of life tomorrow

Chiropractic research

Acid reflux and colic. Sixteen infants were diagnosed by their physicians with acid reflux (9 infants) or colic (7 infants). Ten of the 16 mothers reported difficulty in their child’s birth (mechanical forces) that could have caused upper cervical (neck) injuries, such as the use of vacuum extraction or the wrapping of the umbilical cord around the infant’s neck.

In every child, trauma-induced upper cervical subluxations (spinal distortions causing nerve damage) were found.

In every case, the acid reflux and/or colic (all 16) resolved after the child received chiropractic care to the upper cervical area.
Meniere’s disease. Classic (typical) Meniere’s disease is the term given to the condition having the following four symptoms: hearing loss, rotational vertigo (a form of dizziness which feels as if the world is spinning around you), tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and a sense of air pressure in the middle ear, as if descending in an airplane. Some people suffering from Meniere’s also report forgetfulness, memory loss, confusion and disorientation. “Brain fog” is a term used by many Meniere’s disease patients.

Medically, the cause is unknown. People suffering from this condition may become disabled.
In one study ten individuals suffering from Meniere’s disease were placed under chiropractic care. In all ten cases there was a history of neck traumas, most from automobile accidents, resulting in undiagnosed whiplash injuries.
Chiropractic care for the reduction of subluxation was undertaken. All ten individuals responded favorably to chiropractic care. They were all adjusted in the upper cervical (upper neck) region of the spine.

And now a word from another happy patient
Sleeping better, moving better than I have in a couple of years. That makes a great difference in my “duties” as a mom to 3 ……..Lisa
****** Lisa came to us with lower back spasms that were incapacitating.

Did you know? There are 1,000 species of bacteria on your skin(and even more inside your gut!!!!!!!)

The average adult has 19 square feet of skin and it is inhabited by 1,000 different species of bacteria. How many is that in round numbers? About 100 billion individual bacteria live on your skin.

And that’s on healthy people. They are supposed to be there, living in harmony with you and performing many necessary functions.

A National Institutes of Health study should give us pause in our attempt to kill all “germs.” We need them. If they go we go. That’s why antibiotics are so dangerous – they indiscriminately kill everything. It’s in the name: anti – against, biotic – life.

Inside of you are billions more bacteria and without them you couldn’t live. In one study mice bred to be entirely germ-free have smaller hearts and are unable to digest food properly.

Words of Wisdom

All truth goes through three stages. First it is ridiculed. Then it is violently opposed. Finally, it is accepted as self-evident.
– Arthur Schopenhauer, philosopher


A little girl was watching her parents dress for a party. When she saw her dad donning his tuxedo, she warned, “Daddy, you shouldn’t wear that suit.”
“And why not, darling?”
“You know that it always gives you a headache the next morning.”

WeÕd like to take this chance to clear up any misconceptions you may have about food and diets.Ê(Thanks to my bother!!)

Q: Doctor, I’ve heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this true?
A: Your heart is only good for so many beats, and that’s it… don’t waste them on exercise. Everything wears out eventually. Speeding up your heart will not make you live longer; that’s like saying you can extend the life of your car by driving it faster. Want to live longer? Take a nap.

Q: Should I cut down on meat and eat more fruits and Êvegetables?
A: You must grasp logistical efficiencies. What does a cow eat? Hay and corn and what are these? Vegetables. So a steak is nothing more than an efficientÊmechanismÊof delivering vegetables to your system. Need grain? Eat chicken. Beef is also a good source of field grass (green leafy vegetable). And a pork chop can give you 100% of your recommended daily allowance of vegetable products.Ê

Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?
A: No, not at all. Wine is made from fruit. Brandy is distilled wine,Êthat means they take the water out of the fruity bit so you get even more f the goodness that way. Beer is also made out of grain. Bottoms up!

Q: Aren’t fried foods bad for you?
A: YOU’RE NOT LISTENING!!! ….. Foods are fried these days in vegetable oil. In fact, they’re permeated in it. How could getting more vegetables be bad for you? Ê

Q: Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle?
A: Definitely not! When you exercise a muscle, it gets bigger. You should only be doing sit-ups if you want a bigger stomach.

Q: Is chocolate bad for me?
A: Are you crazy? HELLO!!!!!!!! Cocoa beans! Another vegetable!!! It’s the best feel-good food around!

The Underwire Bra — A Cancer-Causing Device?

Far worse for your health than tight or ill-fitting bras is the most popular type of allÊ– the underwire bra.

It’s important to realize that nearly all underwire bras contain metal underwires, coated with plastic. And it is the metal that could ruin your long-term health.

In his 1975 article, Chinese Lessons For Modern Chiropractors, “http://www.icak.com/college/research/goodheart_biblio_11_18_05.htm” Dr. George Goodheart Ð known as “the father of Applied Kinesiology” — explained what he calls the “Antenna Effect.”Ê Essentially, he discovered that by taping a small metal ball over an acupuncture point, you could achieve longer-term stimulation to that point in question. This discovery led to what are now known as AcuAidsÊ– small magnetic patches that are used by thousands of doctors across the world.

However, just like a small metal ball, any metal constantly applied to any given energy channel or point on your body can have the same stimulating effect.

As described by John D. Andre, D.C., N.D., below your breasts are two important neuro-lymphatic reflex points. The one below your right breast corresponds to your liver and gallbladder. The one below your left breast goes to your stomach.

He goes on to say:
“These reflexes, like all acupuncture points, follow the Law of Stimulation. In the beginning of stimulating a point, it is stimulated – often causing an increase in associated function. Later on, this continued stimulation causes sedation of that point and a subsequent decrease in its associated function. It’s a mechanical thing.

If a woman keeps the metal underwires on top of those reflex points, over time that WILL mess up the functioning of the associated circuits: Liver, gallbladder, and stomach.

Bottom Line: It will likely make her sick; slowly and quietly.”
In addition to that, the metal wire can also act as an antenna attracting electromagnetic fields, which can also increase your risk of breast cancer.


From the White Lotus Kitchen ,Santa Barbara, where I took a course several years ago.

Texas Caviar
Summer Salad Dressing with Sesame Salt

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