Spinal Column – August 2009

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

Happy August Everybody,

Enjoying the Dogdays????? (what Dogdays????? )(They snuck up on us!!! 8/12)

How are your gardens growing? The Farmers Markets are in full force now and I go to three different ones, Portland, Grand Ledge and East Lansing. I also went to the statewide Farmers Market on the east Lawn of the Capitol this last month”.OH YUMMY!!!!!!!!. There will be another Sept 17th, I believe. A feast for the eyes and the palate.

As we put this newsletter to print, Back- to- School time is upon us. Even as you stock up the kids with clothes and goodies, remember TO CHECK THEIR SPINES to make sure that they are ready and well aligned to function at their best for school. And for those of you with kids in sports, consider asking Dr Charmaine to teach a stretching workshop to the coaches and athletes. Incorrect stretching is almost as bad as no stretching at all. Continuing Education: as the year draws to an end, we will be filling in some gaps in the continuing education package that is required by for Chiropractic (for both of us) and yoga (Dr Charmaine). We will keep you posted if there is any impact to our office schedule. We donated $520.00 to the Food Bank in July for all the new patients referred to our office in June. Keep in mind to that before you know it, Stuff the Bus Saturday Nov14th, will be upon us. The need is even greater this year than ever before.

Asthma and chiropractic

There are possibly millions of asthmatic children who are destined to a life dependent upon medication; these children may never have the chance to see if chiropractic spinal adjustments can help their asthma and provide them with a better quality of life.
– Peter Fysh, DC, researcher

Asthma, a once rare disorder, has exploded in incidence and is now the most common chronic disease in children. It causes more time lost from school than any other pediatric disorder. Asthma was almost never a fatal disease, but now it’s attributed to up to 5,000 deaths a year. Childhood vaccination is increasingly implicated as the reason asthma is increasing.

For over a hundred years sufferers of all types of respiratory conditions have sung the praises of chiropractic care. Typical among case histories is that of a 6-year-old girl with three years of uncontrolled asthma. She was on several different drugs daily. In 30 days of chiropractic care she was off all medications, and upon subsequent visits to the pediatrician she demonstrated a marked increase in lung volume.

A study involving 385 chiropractors in seven countries found significant improvement in those patients with asthma and other diseases. The longer the patients stayed under chiropractic care, the more improvements they noted.

In a study of 81 children, 73 showed significant improvement after chiropractic; 25 of them voluntarily decreased their medication by an average of 66.5% and 24 had significantly decreased incidences of attacks by an average of 44.9%.

Anyone with asthma, bronchitis, emphysema or other chronic lung conditions needs to ensure their lungs and bronchi are receiving uninterrupted nerve communication from their brain and spinal cord. Chiropractic is a healing art dedicated to keeping the nerve passages in the body open and unobstructed.

***************GLOWING TESTIMONIAL. Jill says that in the 2 months since she started in our office, she “is using less and less medication to control her asthma and is feeling better overall”*************************Kudos- Jill!!!!!!

It’s OK to worry

We all want to live lives of peace, joy, and happiness so why are fear, wariness, caution and worry such a common part of life? Fear, worry and other uncomfortable feelings are necessary emotions, protective mechanisms that serve a purpose – they keep us aware of danger and help protect us.

Watch a bird at a birdfeeder. It may have been there once, twice, a hundred, or even a thousand times and yet it is always on guard, always listening, always alert and ready to spring at the slightest hint of danger. Like birds at a feeder we are always on guard. Our eyes are always scanning the path we are on for danger – and for opportunity.

We watch our children to make sure they are safe and protected. We worry about them all the time. And we worry not just about our children – we also worry about our business, our job, our health, our grades, our future.. But when the danger is over we relax – or do we? When our children are safe at home, when we lock up the business after a hard day’s work, when we clock out we can stop worrying – or can we?

Worries, fears and concerns have a place – but for so many they don’t stay in their place, they are all over the place. Our protective mechanisms keep us safe so we can enjoy life but we have to be able to turn them off. Too many people are so obsessed with protecting themselves that they cannot enjoy life. Ironic, isn’t it? Lost in our fears and worries, we can forget the good stuff of life: the joy, wonder, awe, excitement, beauty, peace and happiness that are also a part of life. We need them; we need the perspective they give us so our lives are balanced.

So it’s OK to worry.. Worry about the kids but be happy you have kids and reflect on all the joy they’ve given you and all the lessons they’ve taught you.

Be concerned about the future, but feel the awe and promise in each sunrise. Be wary of economic downturns, but remember we live in a world of abundance, opportunity and potential.

Be concerned about your health, but know that too much worry about your health can make you sick. Never forget that your body is an amazing creation, full of wonders and mysteries with a marvelous healing ability that has the potential to cure any disease, from the common cold to cancer.

It’s ok to worry, just don’t beat yourself up. Don’t risk closing the door to the health and happiness that is closer to you than you may realize.

Chiropractic Research

Ear infection, Neck Pain, Headache & Sinus Infection. An 8-year-old girl with a 3-year history of ear infection, head and neck pain and sinus infections had bilateral ear tube surgery twice, antibiotics and sinus surgery with no improvement. She was brought to a chiropractor who found that she had subluxations in her neck. After chiropractic care she reported a dramatic decrease in headaches; sinus and ear infections; and ear, head and neck pain

********GLOWING TESTIMONIALS – HOW WE HAVE HELPED OTHERS ON THE ROAD TO HEALTH. Megan came home a beautiful baby with a broken clavicle, who had been induced as they were worried she maybe getting too big. “The doctor said that lots of babies are born with broken bones and it would heal” She seemed to be fine “if you call a 2 year old fine that could only sleep about 4 hours a night, had over 20 ear infections, severe allergies requiring the use of a nebulizer and two exhausted parents. She never wanted to be held or snuggled, was very particular about things touching her and being touched”. Eating out was a nightmare, driving in the car unthinkable, going grocery shopping/ to the mall out of the question. We started seeing Drs Ray and Charmaine after getting favorable recommendations”.WOW what a miracle! She slept 10 hours after her first visit and has not had an ear infection in about 7 weeks, an all time record! And sure enough her behaviors have changed “my husband and I have noticed a definite increase in snuggles, hugs and love she has to share.***Megan’s Mom

Words of wisdom from Voltaire
All history is little else than a long succession of useless cruelties.

Common sense is not so common.
He who is not just is severe, he who is not wise is sad.

Perfection is attained by slow degrees; it requires the hand of time.

Prejudice is the reason of fools.

Sunlight prevents many different cancers

We’ve got to remind you: Now’s the time to get your vitamin D injected into every pore of your body using a special high tech device called SUNLIGHT.

Yet another study found that a high level of vitamin D in your blood is associated with “substantially” lower rates of colon, breast, ovarian, renal, pancreatic, aggressive prostate and other cancers.

The authors predict that increasing vitamin D levels would prevent approximately 58,000 new cases of breast cancer and 49,000 new cases of colorectal cancer each year Other researchers have reported that sunlight lowers the risk of melanoma as well.

Get lots of sun, just don’t burn.


Italian pasta diet – it really works!!

1. You walka pasta da bakery.
2. You walka pasta da candy store.
3. You walka pasta da ice cream shop.
4. You walka pasta da table and fridge.
You will lose weight!

And another happy client

“The most obvious difference Chiropractic has made in my life is that I sleep better and my neck gets fewer “kinks”…”Bill (a skeptic who want wanted to check us out to see if chiropractic was “legit”)

How observant are you?

There are 29 questions about things we see every day or have known about all our lives. How many can you get right?

These simple questions are harder than you think – it just shows you how little we pay attention to the commonplace things of life. No cheating! Can you beat 18?? (The average score is 7.)

1. On a standard traffic light, is the green on the top or bottom?
2. How many states are there? (Don’t laugh, some people don’t know.)
3. In which hand is the Statue of Liberty’s torch?
4. What six colors are on the classic Campbell’s soup label?
5. What two letters don’t appear on the telephone dial? (No cheating!)
6. What two numbers on the telephone dial don’t have letters by them?
7. When you walk does your left arm swing w/your right or left leg?
8. How many matches are in a standard pack?
9. On the United States flag is the top stripe red or white?
10. What is the lowest number on the FM dial?
11. Which way does water go down the drain, counter or clockwise?
12. Which way does a “no smoking” sign’s slash run?
13. How many channels on a VHF TV dial?
14. Which side of a women’s blouse are the buttons on?
15. On a NY license plate, is New York on the top or bottom?
16. Which way do fans rotate?
17. Whose face is on a dime?
18.. How many sides does a stop sign have?
19. Do books have even-numbered pages on the right or left side?
20. How many lug nuts are on a standard car wheel?
21. How many sides are there on a standard pencil?
22. Sleepy, Happy, Sneezy, Grumpy, Dopey, Doc. Who’s missing?
23. How many hot dog buns are in a standard package?
24. On which playing card is the card maker’s trademark?
25. On which side of a Venetian blind is the cord that adjusts the opening between the slats?
26. On the back of a $1 bill, what is in the center?
27. There are 12 buttons on a touchtone phone. What 2 symbols bear no digits?
28. How many curves are there in the standard paper clip?
29. Does a merry-go-round turn counter or clockwise?

Answers: 1. Bottom 2. 50 (please tell me you got this one!) 3. Right 4. Blue, red, white, yellow, black, & gold 5. Q, Z 6. 1, 0 7. Right 8. 20 9. Red 10. 88 11. Counter (north of the equator) 12. Towards bottom right 13. 12 (no #1) 14. Left 15. Top 16. Clockwise as you look at it 17. Roosevelt 18. 8 19. Left 20. 5 21. 6 22. Bashful 23. 8 24. Ace of spades 25. Left 26. ONE 27. *, # 28. 3 29. Counter


So what’s this all about?

It’s our Wellness Orientation Workshop..that’s what.

It’s a chance for us to teach you a little about diet, exercise and attitude and to let you discover whether you are on the edge of a health crisis, heading in that direction or .”and most optimistically” whether you are so far away from the edge you are doing great!

Bring a friend, take time to share this info with your spouse or significant other. This health information is unlike anything you will get anywhere else.

Our next Workshop is scheduled for Saturday August 8th at 9..30am OR Thursday August 20th at 6.30pm It lasts an hour and we have a chance for you to share this gift of health with a friend thru’ gift certificate program. Ask us about it!!!


Steve, who was in a nasty auto accident in 1977, reports’ physically the weight of the world has lifted from my shoulders’ as the greatest benefit he has received in the 10 visits he has had to the office.

“While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it more fully in your heart.” -St. Francis of Assisi

Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce
Potato, Corn, and Cherry Tomato Salad with Basil Dressing

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