Interesting Facts about Margarine

Margarine was invented in France by Hippolyte Mège-Mouriès in 1869, during the Franco-Prussian wars. He invented it in response to a competitive challenge from the French government under Napoleon III, who was looking for a cheap and stable substitute for butter, and offered a big prize to anyone who could pull it off.

DO YOU KNOW.. The difference between margarine and butter?margarine

Read on to the end…gets very interesting!

Both have the same amount of calories.   Butter is slightly higher in saturated fats at 8 grams; compared to 5 grams for margarine.

Eating margarine can increase heart disease

Eating margarine can increase heart disease in women by 53% over eating the same amount of butter, according to a recent Harvard Medical Study.

Eating butter increases the absorption of many other nutrients in other foods.

Butter has many nutritional benefits where margarine has a few and only because they are added!    Butter tastes much better than margarine and it can enhance the flavors of other foods.

Butter has been around for centuries where margarine has been around for less than 100 years .

And now, for Margarinemargaine

  • Very High in Trans fatty acids
  • Triples risk of coronary heart disease
  • Increases total cholesterol and LDL (this is the bad cholesterol) and lowers HDL cholesterol, (the good cholesterol)
  • Increases the risk of cancers up to five times
  • Lowers quality of breast milk
  • Decreases immune response
  • Decreases insulin response

And here’s the most disturbing fact… HERE IS THE PART THAT IS VERY INTERESTING!

Margarine is but ONE MOLECULE away from being PLASTIC… and shares 27 ingredients with PAINT.

These facts alone should enough to have us avoiding margarine for life and anything else that is hydrogenated (this means hydrogen is added, changing the molecular structure of the substance).

Open a tub of margarine and leave it open in your garage or shaded area. Within a couple of days you will notice a couple of things:

  • no flies, not even those pesky fruit flies will go near it (that should tell you something)
  • it does not rot or smell differently because it has no nutritional value ; nothing will grow on it. Even those teeny weeny microorganisms will not a find a home to grow.

Why? Because it is nearly plastic . Would you melt your Tupperware and spread that on your toast?

Share This With Your Friends…..(If you want to butter them up’)!

Researching Chiropractic: Fainting

How many people suffering, on drugs, facing a life of limitation could be helped by chiropractic care?  Probably most of them.

Faintingfainting

A 57-year-old woman complaining of sudden blackouts (fainting) was diagnosed with “vasovagal syncope” (VVS), a sudden, brief, temporary loss of consciousness (LOC).

She also had constant neck pain primarily on the right and inability to turn her head fully to the right.

She had tried prescribed medication and her MD recommended surgically implanting a pacemaker to regulate her nerve function. She refused.

Chiropractic examination and X-ray analysis revealed vertebral subluxations of the upper neck or cervical vertebrae (C1 and C2).

Her VVS completely disappeared and never returned after her first visit. By her fourth visit her neck pain and limited range of motion greatly diminished.


Friedman R, Friedman A. Resolution of vasovagal syncope (VVS) following upper cervical chiropractic care: a case study & review of the literature. Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research. February 8, 2018:1-12.

Researching Chiropractic: Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS)

How many people suffering, on drugs, facing a life of limitation could be helped by chiropractic care?  Probably most of them.

Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS)Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis

A 21-year-old woman began chiropractic care complaining of low back pain and of radiating numbness into her legs and feet. X-ray and other analysis revealed a left-sided scoliosis (her spine was twisted to the left) plus an exaggerated mid-back (thoracic) and lower back (lumbar) curve.

She was analyzed for subluxations. Her chiropractic care addressed and corrected her subluxations and over a period of five months of care (a total of 62 visits) her left-leaning scoliosis reduced from 20° to 12.5°. Additionally, her mid-back curve reduced from 63° to 40° and her low-back curve reduced from 70° to 65°.

By seven months of care she experienced improvement of over 50% in well-being and a 50% reduction of her physical complaints.


Fox M, Tveitnes E-B. Reduction of idiopathic scoliosis and musculoskeletal complaints & improved state of well-being in a 21-year-old following chiropractic: a case study & review of the literature. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. January 25, 2018:12-22.

Researching Chiropractic: Crohn’s disease

How many people suffering, on drugs, facing a life of limitation could be helped by chiropractic care?  Probably most of them.

Crohn’s disease and chiropracticCrohn's disease

A 60-year-old man diagnosed with Crohn’s disease was suffering from abdominal pain and cramping, stiffness all over his body, diarrhea and a generalized feeling of sickness and malaise. His symptoms had begun six years prior and developed gradually.

When he began chiropractic care, he was taking multiple medications for his condition that he felt were not helping. He was unable to go more than one hour without experiencing symptoms.

Chiropractic examination revealed subluxations at multiple levels as well as a poor diet. Subluxation-centered chiropractic care was initiated and his diet was addressed to restore proper intestinal gut flora. The patient reported immediate relief following his first and second adjustments with complete resolution of Crohn’s disease over the course of care. He was able to stop taking all medications after nine months of care. The patient’s complete remission was confirmed by his endocrinologist.


Phillips MA, Wilt TB. Complete remission of Crohn’s disease following subluxation centered chiropractic care: a case report & review of the literature. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research.March 10 2018, 2018:38-47.

Lemon Berry Muffins

Got this recipe from one of my quilters newsletters…..very yummy

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups unbleached all-purpose flourLemon Berry Muffins
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 Tblsp ground flax meal
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ cup of coconut oil melted
  • 1 soft very ripe banana (or microwave one) mashed
  • ¼ cup of pure maple syrup
  • ¼ cup of hemp /almond/rice milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 Tblsp of lemon zest
  • 3 Tblsp coconut flakes
  • 1¼ cup of mixed berries or blueberries

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375.
  2. In a large bowl combine the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, flax meal, and salt.
  3. In another bowl combine the wet ingredients: melted coconut oil, mashed banana, maple syrup, non-dairy milk, vanilla, and lemon juice.
  4. Combine the wet and dry ingredients, mixing well.
  5. Now fold in the lemon zest, coconut flakes, and berries until they are well incorporated into your mix.
  6. Scoop your mix into greased baking tin.  Fill the molds about ¾ the way full.
  7. Bake for about 15-25 minutes.

 

Nourishing Traditions: Cholesterol

Cholesterol is actually REALLY important!cholesterol

We have heard about “dangerous” cholesterol for years, but cholesterol is essential for:

  • proper brain function
  • energetic muscles
  • a strong immune system
  • a long, healthy life

Cholesterol is so important it is made by nearly every cell in your body. In fact, recent studies reveal that the higher the cholesterol level in the elderly, the longer they live! (1-2) High cholesterol has repeatedly been shown not to cause heart attacks or cardiovascular disease.

If a person’s cholesterol is higher than average that is a sign that there is inflammation somewhere in the body. Inflammation is associated with cancer, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes – in fact all the “diseases of civilization.”

Cholesterol is anti-inflammatory; it fights inflammation

Cholesterol molecules are like firemen in your body – they help put out the fire of inflammation. If you see high cholesterol you should put out the fire (the inflammation), not shoot the firemen.

What can cause elevated cholesterol? Stress – physical, chemical and emotional stress – such as dental infections, subluxations, toxicity and an unhealthy diet full of bad oils, poor quality fats, refined foods, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, etc.

Because your body needs cholesterol to work properly, if you eat a “low-cholesterol” diet your cells will simply make more cholesterol to keep your amount at a healthy level.

That is why cholesterol-lowering drugs (statins) such as LipitorT and CrestorT, that interfere with cholesterol synthesis, cause:

  • muscle pain
  • cancerCholesterol2
  • dementia
  • suicide
  • depression
  • sudden heart death

In addition, cholesterol-lowering drugs don’t get to the cause of inflammation; they are suppressing a beneficial symptom.

Do your heart, brain, nerves and muscles a favor and enjoy cholesterol. Include lots of healthy fats in your diet such as butter; coconut, olive and avocado oils; lard, tallow (beef fat), chicken fat and duck fat to fight inflammation.

Just as importantly avoid unhealthy fats such as vegetable oils like canola, soy, corn, cottonseed, safflower, peanut and other unnatural oils. Especially stay away from trans-fats and hydrogenated fats such as CriscoT and margarine and fake butter “spreads.” They are a “heart attack in a can.”


  1. Towards a paradigm shift in cholesterol treatment. A re-examination of the cholesterol issue in Japan: Abstracts. Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism. 2015;66(suppl 4):1-116.
  2. Ravnskov U et al. Lack of an association or an inverse association between low-density-lipoprotein cholesterol and mortality in the elderly: a systematic review.BMJ open.6.6(2016): e010401.

If I’m feeling fine do I really need chiropractic care?

Questions and Answers About Chiropractic

Question: If I’m feeling fine do I really need chiropractic care?

Answer: More than ever. Why? If I'm feeling fine do I really need chiropractic care

By the time a person has symptoms they may have been in a weakened, dis-ease state for a long time. Don’t wait until you have serious symptoms; chiropractic can locate hidden blockages or interferences to proper function (subluxations) now before they become more obvious and painful or disturbing later.

It’s sometimes helpful to think of chiropractic as you would dental care. For example, you may have dental cavities, an infected root canal or other dental infections and yet you may feel no pain. All the while, there is a problem silently festering, sometimes for years, that may be affecting your entire body and can ultimately ruin your health. You get your teeth checked periodically – what about your spine and structural system? That’s where chiropractic comes in.

You can also think of chiropractic care as similar to good nutrition – always important to maintain good health and absolutely necessary if a person has a health problem.

Want to make sure you are healthy?

Visit your chiropractor for a checkup on a regular basis.

So even though you might be feeling fine you may be carrying in your body serious stress causing dis-ease preventing you from functioning at your potential.

So, do you really need to come in for chiropractic care if you aren’t in pain or suffering from a disease? Absolutely. Don’t wait until there is long-standing stress and possible damage. Make an appointment today.

517-627 4547

Tell your friends too!

How do Adults Benefit from Chiropractic Care?

Let us count the ways … drawing of spinal column and nerves

Physical, emotional and chemical stresses accumulate as we age. Every system in our body needs energy, and stress interferes with the flow of energy. Our ability to heal, to grow and to repair is diminished. We age faster than we should and dis-ease (body malfunction) eventually causes disease.

For improved function of your immune, digestive, eliminative, cardiovascular and other systems, your body needs unobstructed communications. You need to reverse the damage stress causes.

That’s why, for a healthier life, chiropractic care for everyone is absolutely essential. Chiropractic helps people live free of obstructions caused by subluxations – structural distortions that interfere with internal nerve communication and energy flow.

Study after study shows how important a subluxation-free body is to your health. And the millions of chiropractic patients over a hundred years prove it works. No matter what the named disease or condition a person may be diagnosed with, a subluxation-free body is essential. (1-5).

For that reason, you and your loved ones need periodic chiropractic checkups and adjustments. Everyone, from newborn babies to the elderly, needs a body free from the severe stress caused by subluxations.

Call us today to set up an appointment!

517-627 4547


1.Meade TW. Randomized comparison of chiropractic and hospital outpatient management for low back pain: results from an extended follow-up. British Medical Journal.August 5,1995;311.

2.Blanks RHI, Schuster TL. A retrospective assessment of network care using a survey of self-rated health, wellness and quality of life. JVSR. 1997;1(4):1.

3.Marino MJ, Phillippa ML. A longitudinal assessment of chiropractic care using a survey of self-rated health wellness & quality of life: a preliminary study. JVSR.1999;3(2):1-9.

4.Owens EF, Hoiriis KT, Burd D. Changes in general health status during upper cervical chiropractic care: PBR progress report. Chiropractic Research Journal.1998;5(1):9-16.

5.Burd D, Hoiriis KT, Owens EF. Changes in general health status during upper cervical chiropractic care: a practice-based research project update. Chiropractic Research Journal.1999;6(2):65-701.

 

VEGETARIAN GIANT WHITE BEANS PIZZA

Serves 6-8

Found this on Smitten Kitchen and loved it!

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp (30ml)  olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 large carrot) diced
  •  salt freshly ground black pepper, or red pepper flakes
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) dry white or red wine, (optional)
  • 2 1/4 cups (550g) crushed tomatoes, (28-ounce or 800g can minus 1 cup; reserve the rest for another use)
  • 1 pound (455g) cooked tender-firm giant white beans
  • 4 cups chopped spinach
  • Up to 3/4 cup (175 ml) vegetable broth
  • 1/2 pound (225g) mozzarella, coarsely grated
  • 1/3 cup (35g) grated Parmesan
  • 2 tbsp (5g) roughly chopped fresh flat parsley, for garnish (optional)

Directions

Prepare the beans* and vegetables Heat the oven to 475 degrees. In a 21/2-to-3-quart (ideally oven-safe) deep sauté pan, or shallow Dutch oven, heat the olive oil on medium-high. Add the onion, celery, and carrots.

Season well with salt and black or red pepper. Cook, sautéing, until the vegetables brown lightly, about  10  minutes. Add the garlic, and cook for 1 minute more. Add the wine, if using, to scrape up any stuck bits, then simmer until it disappears, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the spinach, and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, until collapsed, then add the tomatoes and bring to a simmer. Add the beans, and, if the mixture looks too dry or thick (canned tomatoes range quite a bit in juiciness), add up to 3/4 cup broth, 1/4 cup at a time. Simmer the mixture together over medium for about 10 minutes, adjusting the seasonings as needed. If your pan isn’t ovenproof, transfer the mixture to a 3-quart baking dish. If it is, well, carry on.   Sprinkle the beans first with the mozzarella, then the Parmesan, and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until browned on top. If you’re impatient and want a deeper color, you can run it under the broiler. Finish with parsley, if desired.

Bean cooking notes
These beans are called fagioli corona (in Italy), gigante/ gigandes (in Greece), Royal Corona (by Rancho Gordo, where I ordered mine), and other name  Because they’re very big, I usually soak them for 12 to 24 hours in salted water, then simmer them for a couple hours; you could also use a slow cooker on high (usually 4 to 6 hours, but it will vary), or a pressure cooker (about 20 minutes, with variance), or bake them in the oven at 325 degrees for approximately 70 to 90 minutes after bringing them to a simmer on the stove.

Spring Resolutions are Better

What are Spring Resolutions?spring resoutions

People like to make a big to-do about “New Year’s Resolutions,” but springtime is really the best time to make them. After all, there’s no difference between December 31st and January 1st. The weather is still cold, rainy and snowy in many places; it’s still dark, the ground is frozen and bare. Life is hunkering down to survive the elements and you may even have a hangover from the celebrations the night before. How inspiring is that? Is it any wonder we don’t follow through with all our grand plans and ideals?

Spring is the true time for renewal and growth.

We get another chance.The earth is thawing, transforming and awakening; sunlight is much stronger and lasts longer and new life is appearing. So here we offer you a better recommendation: make your resolutions now. What better time than the season of renewal to:

  • get more sun (it’s easier) spring resolutions
  • eat better
  • cook more meals from scratch
  • eat more fruit and veggies
  • go for walks
  • exercise
  • call your mother and father more
  • play with the young ones more
  • write
  • make music
  • dance more
  • take better care of yourself

With that in mind don’t forget a resolution to come in for regular chiropractic checkups and adjustments.

There’s another reason why springtime is the ideal time to commit to the resolutions you probably forgot about on January 1st.

Who can think about exercising when you have a hangover?

What will be your Spring Resolutions?