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Your Incredible Neck

Your neck is made up of seven bones, referred to as cervical vertebrae, with discs between them.

There are a lot of structures in your neck. Your bones are strapped together with ligaments; tendons attach your bones to muscles and your neck is full of muscles that attach from your head and vertebrae to your ribs, shoulder blade (scapula), collar bone (clavicle), breastbone (sternum) and other structures in your chest. You’ve also got millions of nerves, blood and lymphatic vessels all over the place. In addition, there’s a food tube (esophagus), an air tube (trachea), a voice box (larynx) and so many more things it would take many pages to discuss them all. Your neck is a very busy place.

Your neck vertebrae are numbered from top down, C-1, C-2, C-3 all the way to C-7. Two neck vertebrae have special names: C-1 is also called the atlas (because it holds the globe of the skull) and C-2 is referred to as the axis (because it is involved in the turning of your head).

Chiropractors pay particular attention to the neck because inside your neck, inside your vertebrae, is a special canal: the spinal canal. Your spinal cord passes through your spinal canal. If the neck vertebrae are not properly aligned, the billions of nerves making up your spinal cord may be affected.

The result? A misalignment (subluxation) of a cervical (neck) vertebra can cause almost any health problem. Your resistance to disease, your immune system, your brain, your internal organs – all can be adversely affected by an unhealthy neck.

We spend so much time on computers and in cars that are two of the major sources of stress and injury. Speak to your chiropractor about simple techniques that you can use to reduce stress and tension in the neck and shoulders.

Do flu shots work? Ask a vaccine manufacturer.

Listen to this short but powerful interview.

Do you personally get the flu shot?
No, I mean…why are you asking me that?

Some of the ingredients in the flu shot:
Egg or chicken protein
Influenza viruses – (most (!) are inactivated)
Neomycin, polymyxin and gentamycin – antibiotics
Thimerosal [mercury] – a harmful (poisonous to the brain) preservative
Betapropiolactone – a disinfectant
Nonoxynol – used to kill or stop growth of STDs
Octoxinol 9 – a vaginal spermicide
Formaldehyde – embalming fluid used to kill viruses

Do you really want that concoction injected into your body?


6 servings

In Native American mythology, squash, corn, and beans are known as of the “three sisters.” These are the very crops, along with garden vegetables, that the harvest festival of Thanksgiving is meant to celebrate!

1 small sugar pumpkin or 1 large butternut or carnival squash (about 2 pounds)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 medium green or red bell pepper, cut into short, narrow strips
14- to 16-ounce can diced tomatoes, with liquid
2 cups cooked or canned pinto beans
2 cups corn kernels (from 2 large or 3 medium ears)
1 cup homemade or canned vegetable stock, or water
1 or 2 small fresh hot chiles, seeded and minced
1 teaspoon each: ground cumin, dried oregano
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 to 4 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Cut the pumpkin or squash in half lengthwise and remove the seeds and fibers. Cover with aluminum foil and place the halves, cut side up, in a foil-lined shallow baking pan. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until easily pierced with a knife but still firm (if using squash, prepare the same way). When cool enough to handle, scoop out the pulp, and cut into large dice. Set aside until needed.

Heat the oil in a soup pot. Add the onion and sauté over medium-low heat until translucent. Add the garlic and continue to sauté until the onion is golden.

Add the pumpkin and all the remaining ingredients except the last 2 and bring to a simmer.

Simmer gently, covered, until all the vegetables are tender, about 20 to 25 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

If time allows, let the stew stand for 1 to 2 hours before serving, then heat through as needed. Just before serving, stir in the cilantro. The stew should be thick and very moist but not soupy; add additional stock or water if needed. Serve in shallow bowls.

The ant nebula

The ant nebula, a cloud of dust and gas whose technical name is Mz3, resembles an ant when observed using ground-based telescopes. The nebula lies within our galaxy between 3,000 and 6,000 light years from Earth.

Spinal Column December 2008

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

Greetings all and all the best wishes of the Season to you and yours.

As 2008 draws to a close, we’d like to send a shout out to all who contributed to the “BESTEST” Stuff the Bus EVER. We raised over $4000.00 dollars and had a well stuffed bus and piggy bank!

This past year has really zoomed past and we are looking at a year of great change ahead….should be interesting.

Jessica is setting herself up to move into the next level of study now that she has (or will have in mid Dec) her associate’s degree.

Erica’s Ayden is all of seventeen months old and as cute as a button. Motherhood suits Erica.

Having Brenda in the building has been fun, the decorations are bonus.

Damaris will have her eighth quarter done…only 6 more to go!…..

Ray and I continue to enjoy our office space and see our second anniversary on the horizon!

I desired to know why one person was ailing and his associate, eating at the same table, working in the same shop…was not. Why? What difference was there in the two persons that caused one to have disease while his partner…escaped? Why?
– D.D. Palmer, Discoverer of Chiropractic,
The Chiropractor’s Adjuster, 1910


The Big Idea
Your Incredible Neck
Memory Loss
Chiropractic and spinal research
Do flu shots work?
The ant nebula
Too busy to cook?
“Three Sisters” Stew
Tortellini or Ravioli in Sweet Potato Sauce
Baked Sweet Potatoes and Apples
What is a grandparent?

Bye. See you next month. Don’t forget to stop by for a chiropractic checkup – it’ll make your life happier and healthier. Want hard copies of this newsletter? Stop by the office and we’ll give you some for your friends and relatives. If they have e-mail, have them write to us and we’ll add them to our subscriber list.