Spinal Column – December 2009

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

Greetings all!!

Well, we made it through another year. Erelong we will be dating our check 2010!!!!!

This has been an interesting and challenging year and we are grateful that you have stuck with us. We trust 2010 sees more glimmers of hope in the economy.

As the snow starts to make it’s presence felt in our lives….. make sure you take adequate and sensible precautions when shoveling and embarking on trips in the car. Keep an emergency kit in the car that includes water, power bars/nuts and blankets.

When shoveling….don’t try and do it ALL at once, twist equally to both sides if you have to or get one of those fancy shovels that you essentially push the snow with. Remember twisting under load is where the damage happens.

Jessica is recovering from her deer encounter and continues with her schooling through Sienna Heights. Erica has been accepted by Cornerstone University for her Masters in Marketing, which hopefully will start in January.

Ray and I continue to teach Tai Chi and Yoga and I will be starting my training for a ½ marathon walk in the New Year.

Make a decision this coming year that your health and that of your family’s is important and consider bringing the family in if they are not currently under care. (read page three for some thoughts to ponder on)

Everyone stumbles over the truth from time to time, but most people pick themselves up and hurry off as though nothing ever happened……………- Sir Winston Churchill

Your chiropractor’s goal

Your chiropractor’s goal is to assist your body to regain optimal functioning by removing blockages and deep stress so that balance and harmony among your body’s systems can be restored. That is especially important for children.

Throughout your children’s lifetimes – from infancy into adulthood – chiropractic care can help ensure your child’s physical and emotional health. Over a century of success in helping children regain and retain their health has made chiropractic the healthcare of choice for millions of parents and their children throughout the world. Chiropractors are specially trained to locate and release blockages commonly caused by tiny misalignments of the structural system. These blockages (called subluxations) create dis-ease (disharmony) which can lead to lowered resistance to disease, organ malfunction, poor posture, pain, and physical and emotional illness. Chiropractors have helped babies suffering from nearly every condition imaginable: colic, vomiting, sleeping problems, tonsillitis, vision and hearing problems and many, many others. It is not unusual to hear parents state that since starting chiropractic care their children get sick less frequently, less severely, have less or no ear infections and take less (or no) antibiotics and other drugs. Many conditions such as asthma and allergies have responded to chiropractic care as well.

Academic Performance
Both clinical reports and research have reported chiropractic’s success with dyslexia, attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), lack of energy or “low mental stamina”, anxiety and behavioral problems.

Sports Performance
Improvements in coordination and athletic ability have also been noted as a result of chiropractic care. Chiropractors are “team doctors” for athletes in all kind of sports from tennis, swimming, golf and track-and-field to football, basketball, baseball, ice hockey, handball, rugby, soccer and Olympic and professional teams. Chiropractic care help athletes function at their peak to maintain their “competitive edge.” Chiropractors can help prevent injury by keeping your child balanced and functioning free of spine and structural stress. Chiropractic care can prevent minor injuries from becoming major ones, without the use of drugs or surgery.

Chiropractic care for children makes a big difference no matter what their age. Keep your children healthy, ensure their natural self-healing ability functions at its peak and help them grow into their physical and emotional potential with chiropractic. If we had a dollar for each time we’ve heard, “I just don’t believe in Chiropractic” or “I’m not sure I believe in Chiropractic”, we would be one of the Fortune 500. We want to go further with you today with some very simple questions:


…that there is an inborn wisdom in your body that controls and coordinates all function and healing?

If you answered anything but ‘yes’, then explain how a cut on your leg heals without you or a doctor helping it.

If you answered anything but ‘yes’, then explain why cutting your spinal cord in half at the neck would cause every organ in your body to die.

…that the spinal bones surround and protect the Brain Stem, Spinal Cord, and Nerve Roots? If you answered anything but ‘yes’, simply look at any anatomy book and you’ll change your answer.

…that if a spinal bone shifts out of it’s normal alignment and stretches, irritates, or damages a nerve or the spinal cord, it would affect how your organs function? If you answered anything but ‘yes’, talk to someone who has had this happen (if they are fortunate enough to be alive), someone like Christopher Reeve (the actor who played Superman that fell off his horse and damaged his spinal cord).

…that a large man wearing a red suit riding a sleigh driven by reindeer delivers presents down the chimney to all the kids of the world? If you answered anything but ‘yes’, just for the heck of it, say ‘yes’ anyway ANYTHING’S POSSIBLE!!!!!!

As you can see, everyone BELIEVES in chiropractic, however, not everyone UNDERSTANDS it. It’s the most misunderstood, and ironically, the most POWERFUL thing available in Health today

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on vaccination
This is a great interview that is worth watching all the way through (both segments).

Chiropractic Research

Still more reasons to show that all people, no matter what their health, need chiropractic care. Asthma & bedwetting. In May 1987 at the age of 22 months, this male child was medically examined and diagnosed with asthma. In an attempt to control the asthmatic symptoms, two medications were prescribed. On May 20 1988 , at two-years and ten-months-old, the child was seen for chiropractic examination and evaluation and, from that date to August 3, 1991 , the child received 28 chiropractic adjustments. Dramatic improvement of asthma and enuresis followed the series of chiropractic adjustments.

Lung (pulmonary) function and chiropractic. It is known that abnormal posture of the head and neck influences breathing and other bodily functions. A study of 11 patients was designed to test the effect of chiropractic adjustments on neck curve, forward head posture and pulmonary function. In addition to chiropractic structural analysis, patients’ lung functions were also analyzed including lung capacity.

After 3-6 months of care the subjects showed improvements in (neck) cervical curve, reduction in forward head posture and improved lung function. ANOTHER HAPPY PATIENT”S TESTIMONIAL Jack R says…” I wake up ready for the day…not sluggish or tired. I just feel better, I have more stamina and my energy comes back quicker after a hard day’s work.”

Good fat, bad fat

Avoid bad fats
Bad fats are linked to heart disease, cancer, arthritis and many other chronic illnesses. If anything in your refrigerator or pantry has any of the following bad fats in the ingredients do yourself and your family a favor and dump them in the garbage:
Hydrogenated oils
Partially hydrogenated oils
Cottonseed, soybean, canola and vegetable oils
Especially avoid margarine or butter oil “spreads” or “blends”

Partake of good fats
Good fats promote health and healing. Good (saturated) fats include:
Butter (especially from raw milk and grass fed cows)
Oliver oil (virgin and cold pressed)
Coconut oil
Fish oil (smaller fish such as herring, sardines etc. are best)

Remember – good fats are good for you and bad fats can kill you. People that use good fats are thinner, have more energy and are healthier.

Words of wisdom

Ninety percent of politicians give the other ten percent a bad name. – Henry Kissinger

A “gaffe” occurs not when a politician lies, but when he tells the truth. – Michael Kinsley

A politician will always be there when he needs you. – Richard Smolik

Fluoride and hypothyroidism

One of the reasons there is so much thyroid disease is all of the chemicals in our environment that have been linked to hypothyroidism. Fluoride was found to cause thyroid damage and contribute to thyroid disease. For more information see Doctor Exposes Fluoride as Poison at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xP7IPDfC3yg&feature=related


1. The roundest knight at King Arthur’s round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.
2. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian .
3. She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.
4. A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class because it was a weapon of math disruption.
5. No matter how much you push the envelope, it’ll still be stationery.
6. A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.
7. A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.
8. Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.
9. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
10. A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. The police are looking into it.
11. Atheism is a non-prophet organization.
12. Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other, ‘You stay here; I’ll go on a head.’
13. I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.
14. A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said: ‘Keep off the Grass.’
15. A small boy swallowed some coins and was taken to a hospital. When his grandmother telephoned to ask how he was, a nurse said, ‘No change yet.’
16. A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.
17. The short fortune-teller who escaped from prison was a small medium-at-large.
18. The soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.
19. A backward poet writes inverse.
20. In democracy it’s your vote that counts. In feudalism it’s your Count that votes.

Mark says “ that being able to maintain a healthy pain-free back has been the greatest benefit of chiropractic care to me. My body is more flexible and since I started Tai Chi with Dr Ray I have noticed more productive days.”

Cranberry-Carrot Cake with Maple-Cream Cheese Frosting
Maple-Cream Cheese Frosting
Roasted Cauliflower and Rice Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette

Ok, so that’s it for this year…..hope you enjoyed them as much as I had fun putting them together. Feedback is ALWAYS welcome

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