Serves-4cauliflower steaks


1 medium cauliflower

For the marinade:

  • 35g fresh coriander
  • thumb-size piece of fresh ginger
  • 1 scotch bonnet /jalapeno
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  •  juice of lime
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


1. Preheat the oven to 200C/gas mark 6.
2. Place all the marinade ingredients into a food processor or mini blender and blitz until coarse but spreadable.
3. Remove the leaves from around the cauliflower, but don’t remove the bulb at the bottom, as this is what will keep your steaks intact. Halve the cauliflower and, working from the cut side out, slice each steak around 1cm thick you will probably only get two full steaks from each half but you can roast the remaining florets in the same way.
4. Generously brush the steaks with the marinade. If you want to do this ahead of time, you can leave them to marinate in the fridge until you need them.
5. Place the steaks on a roasting tray and loosely cover with foil. Roast for 15-20 minutes before removing the foil for a further 10 minutes, turning once.
6. This next step is optional ……..Heat a griddle pan to a medium-high heat and finish the steaks off in the pan to mark/sear on both sides. Serve with your chosen accompaniment.

Fabulously Fragrant Cruciferous Curry

Ingredientscurry recipe

1 tbs coconut oil 1 small cauliflower and 1 head of broccoli
1 tbs turmeric ½ tbs ginger powder
1 tsp cardamom 1 tsp coriander
1 tsp cumin 1 tsp red chili pepper flakes
¼ tsp cinnamon ¼ tsp nutmeg
a can of coconut milk 4 – 6 cups water
1 tsp tamarind paste 6 tomatoes
salt to taste
fresh coriander(optional)


Melt the coconut oil in a pan, over medium heat.
Break or cut the cauliflower and broccoli into smaller pieces.
Stir-fry the cauliflower and broccoli for a minute.
Add the spices. Add the coconut milk, water and tamarind paste.
Let simmer until the vegetables are tender.
Chop the tomatoes and add to the curry. Let simmer for another minute.
Check taste and add salt if you’d like to.
Sprinkle fresh coriander on top.

Chiropractic Case Study: Foot Drop

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.

Foot dropfoot drop

A 24-year-old male weight lifter presented with insidious onset of foot drop upon waking from bed. There were no preceding signs or symptoms prior to the foot drop. The pain was intolerable and pressure could not be applied while standing. He went to the hospital emergency department the morning the initial symptoms appeared. All medical testing and imaging were negative.

He then followed up with the chiropractic clinic and following an exam and adjustments his symptoms began to diminish. After four visits the patient had complete resolution of all signs and symptoms. (1)

  1. Sergent A, Boyle J, Moore A. Chiropractic management of a patient with insidious onset of foot drop. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. June 19, 2017:119-121.

Chiropractic Case Studies: Neck Pain

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.

Neck painneck pain

The patient is a 55-year-old female who presented with a chief complaint of neck pain, exacerbated by prolonged sitting and standing. The patient also presented with reduced neck range-of-motion (ROM), spasms and tenderness of her left neck muscles, and postural abnormalities.

A patient health history and chiropractic examination was performed and subluxations were located and corrected. By the end of care, the patient’s Verbal Pain Scale score went from a 5/10 pain level to 0/10 pain level. (1)

If you are experiencing neck pain, or know someone who does, please give us a call. We can help before you resort to drugs or surgery!

  1. Herman C, Rallings A. Resolution of cervicalgia following Blair Upper Cervical Technique: a case study & review of the literature. Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research. December 21, 2017:58-64.

Researching Chiropractic: Lupus

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)lupus

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.

A 34-year-old woman with SLE went to a chiropractic office for detection of subluxations. Her symptoms included constant chronic pain; constant fibromyalgia-related symptoms; chronic fatigue, anxiety and depression-related symptoms; stiffness in the neck; thyroid problems; menstrual disorder; stomach disorder; mid back pain; irritable bowel; numbness in her feet; low back pain and leg pains.

Using chiropractic analysis, several vertebral subluxation complexes were located.

She received 11 spinal adjustments over the first twelve visits and upon re-examination, she was “much improved.” Her right and left leg pain and numbness in her feet completely resolved and her menstrual disorder completely resolved. In addition, her stomach disorder, irritable bowel syndrome symptoms, systemic lupus erythematosus related symptoms and ADD/ADHD related symptoms were much improved. At her next re-examination, her Raynaud’s, systemic lupus erythematosus, depression and nausea were all completely resolved. She also stopped taking seven medications including hydrocodone, tramadol, flexeril, gabapentin and Wellbutrin®.

Her blood work revealed resolution of systemic lupus erythematosus. (1)

  1. Harden J, Baggett BA. Resolution of systemic lupus erythematosus following chiropractic care to reduce vertebral subluxation utilizing the Pierce Results SystemT: a case report & review of the literature. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. December 18, 2017:297-311.

What No One Ever Told You About the Flu and Your Immune System

  By Dr. Navaz Habibflu

This article was originally published on The Hearty Soul.

There is no such thing as Flu season.

Contrary to popular belief, Influenza viruses do not go on vacation in the summer and check back in with us in the fall. The viruses are opportunistic, which means that they are simply waiting to attack us when our immune systems become weaker. This year, let’s start Immune Booster season, making our immune systems strong year round so that the opportunistic bad bacteria and viruses don’t have as much of a chance to spread.

We have all heard of the immune system. This system is the second line of defense that our bodies have to invaders (the first line is our skin and gut lining). If an invader gets through our skin or through our gut lining and into our internal environments, then the immune system is activated to protect us from the effects of these invaders.

Our immune system is constantly active, fighting off potential invaders. A well-functioning and BALANCED immune system is very important in our overall health and well-being. If our immune system is weak, invaders such as viruses and bacteria can get in and spread, causing infections. If the immune system is too overworked, it can make mistakes and start attacking our own cells. This is called autoimmune disease, and can include conditions like Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Type 1 Diabetes and Celiac disease.

Imagine for a moment that the immune system is the security staff at an important government building. Lazy security personnel that don’t do their job correctly could let invaders enter, which can cause problems for the government – in the same way, a weak immune system cannot stop all the opportunistic viruses and bacteria from potentially causing infections in our sinuses, lungs, blood vessels etc.

If the security staff are too overwhelmed and not well trained, they may start to incorrectly attack internal problems in the government building. This would cause chaos inside the government building leading to many issues internally. In the same way, autoimmune disease is our defense system, fighting against our own cells, leading to chronic inflammatory conditions.

So how do we make sure that our immune system is working well and is balanced?

Not so well known fact: 70-80% of your entire immune system is located in your gut lining. When the immune system is not functioning correctly, the cause can often be attributed to the gut and our digestive function. Improper gut function is a common cause of immune system imbalance.

Here are some steps to fix our gut health, and boost our immune system function:

  1. Eat Healthy, REAL Foods

These foods include lots of vegetables (leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower, bell peppers, zucchini, Brussels sprouts, sweet potato and squashes) and some fruits (high in antioxidants)    Aim for 3-4 servings of fruit and 4+ servings of vegetables daily.

  1. Drink plenty of CLEAN Fluids

Water is the most important fluid that our body requires. In the colder months, a nice glass of water, a warm herbal or green tea or homemade soup or broth is a great way to get important fluids and stay warm. If possible, filter your water and avoid high sugar fruit juices and soda.

  1. Avoid Sugar and Processed Foods

Sugar and processed foods which contain sweeteners have been shown to depress the immune system for hours after they are ingested. This means staying away from candy, chocolates, cake and holiday sweets as they can, and will cause immune system depression. Also cut down on gluten and dairy products, which have been shown to cause leaky gut syndrome and dysfunction in the gut lining.

  1. Add a little Spice to your Life!

There are certain spices that help to boost your immune system function. These spices include garlic, ginger, oregano and turmeric. Garlic and onions actually have

  1. Have Protein at every meal

Proteins are the building blocks of the body, including your immune and detoxification systems. Organic, clean and lean animal protein as well as plant-based protein (legumes, nuts, seeds) are important to have at each meal and can even be a great snack option.

  1. Get Plenty of High Quality SLEEP

Sleep is our bodies way of repairing and restoring our body to optimal function. Our terrible sleep habits are often contributing to high emotional stress levels as well as improper function of our bodily defenses. Try to get 7-8 hours of high quality sleep and awake feeling rested and ready to go!

  1. Get Regular Exercise

30-45 minutes of mild to moderate exercise has been shown to help boost immune system function. Avoid overexerting yourself as high stress exercise can decrease immune function.

Beat Sciatica Naturally

Try these Drug-Free Cures for Sciatica Sciatica

Step away from the medicine cabinet and into natural solutions for sciatica nerve pain. Try these three easy (and drug-free) methods for managing sciatica that do not involve prescription pain pills.

#1 Consider your stressors.

Many low back issues can be related to emotional issues. Take inventory of your emotional well being and see if you can pinpoint any areas of your life that are making you feel unsupported or stressed.

#2 Stay active

As much as you may want to sit or rest as a result of sciatic nerve pain, make sure you’re attempting regular walks or exercise each day. Too much rest can actually result in weaker muscles and even more sciatic pain.

#3 Schedule an appointment with us.

We can help pinpoint the areas of your spine that need adjusting to help remove nerve pain and interference that can lead to sciatica.

Call us today! (517) 627-4547

Latest News from Charmaine: February 2018

Latest news February 2018Greetings all,

February is traditionally a month of hearts and flowers and plenty of snow!  As we get deep into the last throes of winter, it is a good time to remember that we should still, wherever possible, get out and enjoy the day.   Walking in snow is a great heart pumping calorie burning exercise and the deeper the snow- the more effort- the more the reward.  To me this is a magical time when we get a world covered in white.

I know many of us relish this snowy cold season as a time to do lots of reading/sewing/knitting…but more and more research is talking about sitting as being the new smoking (Bad Habit)…too much sitting does cause all sorts of issues- the least of which is back pain.  The psoas muscle (a secret, vital leg-lifting muscle, gets tighter) and research also show that a degree of calcification occurs after sitting for as little as ONE HOUR!…

Make a point of getting up and moving from your desk often (sneak in a few calf raises/squats as you can and you get a double bonus…also make a point of drinking lots of water as you will then HAVE to get up and move!!!


PLEASE NOTE that we will be out of the office March 5th-9th as we go and meet the family in Miami for a mini-break.


What Do Doctors of Chiropractic Do?

slide4Have you ever been treated by Doctors of Chiropractic?

Doctors of chiropractic promote physical and emotional well being. Chiropractic has become the largest natural, drug-free healthcare system in the US (and world) because chiropractors perform a unique service.

Doctors of chiropractic are able to locate and correct subluxations, a condition that damages nerves, muscles, fascia, meninges and other tissues. Subluxations cause joints to “freeze” or lose normal movement, causing damage to the involved area.

Subluxations cause imbalance, weakness, pain, inflammation, abnormal body function – and much more. 

Under chiropractic care your head is more balanced, your hips and shoulders are more level and stress is taken off the joints and muscles throughout your body. Because less of your energy goes into supporting an unbalanced spine and skeleton, you may immediately discover more energy, greater ease in movement and improved relaxation.

A healthy spine and structural system can make the difference between a life of pain, suffering and disability and one of ease, healing, happiness and freedom. Subluxations may be caused by stress that overwhelms us. For that reason, it is important to see your chiropractor to be “de-stressed” periodically.

Why wait? Come in before it causes damage. And bring your family so everyone can enjoy a healthier 2018. Call us today! (517) 627-4547

Chiropractic Case Study: Blindness

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.

Resolution of blindness in an 18-year-old.  blindness

An 18-year-old woman was complaining of migraines; seizures; mid-back, neck and low back pain; shoulder pain and numbness and tingling in both arms and into her left leg and foot. She had suffered a stroke four years prior and had brain surgery. Immediately following the surgery, she reported blurry vision and a loss of the lateral portion of the visual field of her left eye which continued to diminish before becoming completely blind. She suffered from migraines and seizures as well.

Immediately after the adjustment was given the patient reported seeing “sparkles” in the left eye. She was left to rest on the table. After approximately 15 minutes of rest, the patient experienced a full resolution of the vision loss in her left eye.

After 11 weeks care her eyesight was still intact and her migraines and seizures reduced in frequency and severity. Her neck and back pain resolved and her arm and foot symptoms continue to improve.

Reference: Saffron B, Murdock B. Resolution of vision loss in a teenage girl following upper cervical chiropractic care: a case study & review of the literature. Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research. July 24, 2017:40-44.