Preventing Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer and deaths in young people (in the prime of life!) as well as older people are increasing. Why?

A prime suspect is glyphosate (Roundup®). It is a toxic herbicide sprayed on crops. Roundup damages a child’s (and adult’s) intestinal flora (population of microorganisms). The result can create a “leaky” gut where partially digested foods “leak” out of the intestines into the blood and enter the brain and internal organs. These leaks make a body toxic-a perfect breeding ground for cancer.

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Amazingly, this toxic, poisonous herbicide is still sold in garden supply stores. It is still legal! Government agencies are not doing their jobs. This toxic product should be removed from the market. 

To ensure your child’s health (and your own) from Colorectal Cancer:

Only purchase organically labeled foods meaning they are non-GMO, grown without herbicides, pesticides and fungicides and not sprayed with Roundup after harvesting.  Commercial breads and bread products are increasingly adulterated. 

Roundup has been linked to more than leaky gut and intestinal diseases. Roundup has also been linked to autism, birth defects, Alzheimer’s, ADD, heart disease, depression, lymphoma, Parkinson’s and more. 

 

Rainbow Veggie Slaw Wrap

By Darshana Thacker (Forks over Knives)

Makes 8 wraps Preparation Time: 20 minutes Ready In: 20 minutesvegetables-742095_1920

These satisfying wraps make a great portable meal. Wrap them tightly in waxed paper and stash in the refrigerator for a meal on the go. Mashed chickpeas serve as a luscious base for the veggies, and white miso paste adds a burst of flavor. Feel free to get creative and swap in your favorite in-season fresh vegetables.

Ingredients for Rainbow Veggie Slaw Wraps

  • 1 15-oz. can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), rinsed and drained 
  • 3 cups shredded zucchini or yellow summer squash
  •  ½ cup shredded carrot ½ cup shredded radishes
  •  ½ cup snap pea pods, thinly sliced diagonally 
  • ½ cup chopped red onion or shallots
  •  ¼ cup finely snipped fresh dill
  • l 2 tablespoons white miso paste 
  • 1½ teaspoons yellow mustard
  •  1 clove garlic, minced
  •  Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  •  8 7- to 8-inch whole wheat flour tortillas
  •  16 lettuce leaves, stemmed and cut into large pieces

Directions for Rainbow Veggie Slaw Wraps

  • For slaw, in a large bowl mash chickpeas. Stir in the next nine ingredients (through garlic). Season with salt and pepper.
  •  In a dry skillet heat tortillas, one at a time, on both sides until warm. Remove and cover with a towel to keep warm. 
  •  To assemble, arrange lettuce and spoon slaw onto each tortilla just below the center. Fold bottom edge of tortilla over filling. Fold in opposite sides; roll up tortilla.

An Eternal Spring

Your body creates an eternal spring every day with with new growth.

Winter, spring, summer, fall, winter, spring, summer, fall, winter-those are the seasons and the cycles of life. Birth, growth, decay and death, these are the seasons of our lives. Yet our macrocosm is a reflection of our microcosm because every organ, tissue and cell has its own cycle of life. Throughout our lives, there is constant birth, growth, decay, death and rebirth. Your body is alive but not static, it must replace its parts all the time. 

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Every cell in your body is replaced at least once every 7-8 years. But some are replaced at an astounding rate. For example:

  • your body replaces about 4 million red blood cells every day
  • your stomach cells are replaced every 2-4 days
  • you have a new skin every 10-30 days, a new cervix every 6 days, new taste buds every 10 days

There are just a few parts of your body where the cells are not replaced: you don’t replace lens cells or oocytes in the ovaries-they are for life.

The key to healing is to replace sick or damaged cells with healthy cells. How do we do that? Chiropractic care is a very powerful healing art that helps to keep your body properly balanced, without obstructions to your nerves and brain, so life energy and information may flow to all your parts and you become healthier day by day. Regular chiropractic care ensures that your body is free from life-damaging spine and nerve stress. 

This helps keep your energies flowing and your brain’s information to each cell at close to ideal.

Every day we’re getting one day closer to spring. Make sure all your cells are replaced with healthier cells so you may have an eternal spring in your body for your entire life.

 

Plastic is an Unnatural Material

Plastic can take over 400 years to decompose. WOW! 

(In fact, this is a guess from the experts as we’ve never seen any plastic decompose as it hasn’t been around long enough.)  Combine the fact that plastic isn’t biodegradable with the explosion in population numbers, that’s a scary amount of plastic.

As a species we seem to have gone totally plastic mad, the stuff is EVERYWHERE.  It feels deeply ingrained in our society.

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Reduce, reuse and recycle

These are the buzzwords that will assist you in reducing your plastic footprint in 2020.

According to The Economist, we now create 380 million tons per year of global plastic production. Since the 50’s only 9% of plastic has been recycled and another 12% has been incinerated. The remaining has been dumped into landfills, or our natural environment.

Eat A Whole Foods Plant-Based Diet

Fundamentally this one also means eat less convenience foods. Often, convenience processed foods are sold in plastic packaging.

Eating a fresh produce plant-based diet means getting your protein from sources such as lentils, beans, garbanzo beans (chickpeas). It can also act as a huge money saver, try purchasing these dried and see how much money you can save.

Supermarkets and grocery stores are also taking note and now making commitments to try and eliminate plastic packaging especially around fruit and veg. If they haven’t started putting something in place already, then it’s likely they will soon due to consumer pressure.

Use A Refillable Bottle

To cover your water needs in the office or at home also have a refillable water bottle instead of using single-use cups or bottles. The idea is that you never need to buy a bottle of water in a single-use bottle again.

Only Use Reusable Steel Straws Instead Of Plastic Straws  

Plastic straws somehow end up in our oceans and can take up to 200 years to decompose! They find their way into turtle’s noses.    It’s time we stop using them in restaurants, perhaps say ’no straw’ when you order.

Steel straws are brilliant to keep in the draw at home and are easy to clean. It can be a good idea to also carry one around with you for when drinking out. They are also better than plastic straws as far as straws go as they just feel more substantial than a plastic one. 

NO straws is also an option!!!!

Take Reusable Fabric Tote Bags Or Backpacks When Buying Groceries  

In the United Kingdom, customers are charged 5p per bag they take from the store. Canada is looking to ban them by 2021. San Francisco has started banning them all together.

Instead of using plastic bags, invest in fabric bags, backpacks or even a trusty wheeled shopping trolley. If you have a car, it can be a good idea to keep a bunch of spare fabric bags ready to go.   Also, it’s good to think further than just grocery shopping, carry all your purchases from electronics to toiletries in tote bags too.

 Use Soap Bars To Reduce Plastic Waste    

Making the switch from bottle to bar is inevitable in the fight against plastics.   Plastic shower and hand-wash bottles are used once and tossed away. There are lots of organic and natural scented soaps in the market that are both more environmentally friendly plus boasting that they have zero plastic waste.   They can smell nicer and feel more moisturizing to your skin than a gel from a bottle.

Bulk Buy Wholesale Products Such As Oats, Dried Lentils/Beans, Pasta and Rice

Many dried foods can be purchased wholesale. Not only is this much cheaper, but it means you’ll have to purchase it less often and you’ll reduce your plastic purchases.

Glass jars filled with the dried foods also look chic in your home either on the side or when you look in the cupboard and will look in freshness.

Buy Boxes, Not Plastic Bottles    

Purchasing juices, plant-based milks or laundry detergents? Opt for those sold in carton cardboard material over those in plastic. The cardboard options are much easier to recycle than plastic bottles, plus paper-based products decompose much easier. Even better would be to choose companies who source their cardboard sustainably or have a strong stance on deforestation.

Compost Your Plant-Based Waste

When eating a plant-based diet, much of your waste can be the scraps of the food itself.   For example, potato or squash skin, the ends of vegetables, orange or banana peel or the ends of a cucumbers. Rather than natural waste taking up space in your garbage or rubbish, why not get a composter and dispose there? This reduces your contribution to landfills. Then every once in a while, you can dispose of and give back to the soil. The ground and critters will be grateful for the addition as the natural waste helps soil to retain moisture, enriches and helps to suppress disease and pests. Composting also encourages the production of beneficial bacteria and fungi that breakdown organic matter to create humus, a rich nutrient filled material. Lucky critters, I guess.

Additional Ideas For Reducing Plastic

Do you have any other ideas to reduce plastic waste? Which one do you think will be the easiest to implement?

Let us know!

 

CAULIFLOWER PARMESAN

FROM THE BLOG SHE LIKES FOODLow-Carb Cauliflower Creamed Spinach

Ingredients for CAULIFLOWER PARMESAN:

  • 1 large head cauliflower, should be big enough to cut 4 good sized steaks out of
  • 1/2 cup flour, I used AP flour
  • 1/2 cup plain, unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon herbs de Provence or dried Italian herbs
  • 56 grams panko breadcrumbs, about 1 cup
  • 2 ounces shredded cheese, I used low fat mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup marinara sauce

Directions for CAULIFLOWER PARMESAN

    • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with a non-stick mat or parchment paper.  Carefully cut cauliflower into four similar sized steaks.  See above for tips on that.  In a medium sized bowl, add the flour 1/4 teaspoon salt, garlic powder and onion powder and almond milk.  Whisk until a thick batter is formed.
    • Pour the Panko, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and garlic powder and dried herbs onto a large plate and mix until combined.  Carefully place the cauliflower steak in the batter and use your hands to make sure that the entire steak is coated with batter.  There is just enough batter for four steaks so you want it to be a thin coat.
    • Place the batter coated cauliflower steak in the panko and coat.  You can press it down and then sprinkle some on top.  Shake off any excess and then place on the baking sheet.  Repeat process until finished.
    • Bake cauliflower until crispy on the outside and tender on the inside and starting to brown, 30-40 minutes.  Remove from the oven and top each with 1/4 cup tomato sauce and a small sprinkle of cheese.  Place back in the oven and bake another 5-7 minutes, until cheese is melted………..

 

 

Researching Chiropractic: Stroke, Constipation, and Amenorrhea

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.

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A 40-year-old man had a 7-year history of right-sided lower leg weakness following a stroke. In addition to leg weakness, he had postural alterations, reduced right-sided lower back strength and altered balance.

He began chiropractic care. The patient reported improvement in strength and balance. Objective improvement in posture, motor strength, balance and surface electromyography and thermography studies were also revealed. (1)

Constipation

A three-year-old girl suffered from a full year of constipation. She was unable to have a non-laxative induced bowel movement. After 4 or 5 days of no bowel movements her parents would begin giving her laxatives until it triggered a bowel movement, which was reported to be large, very firm and an overall traumatic experience for the child. 

Spinal examination revealed vertebral subluxations of her neck (cervical spine). Chiropractic adjustments were utilized to correct the cervical subluxations and after two office visits, she started having daily bowel movements. Within a three-month period of weekly chiropractic visits and adjustments, the patient’s constipation resolved completely. (2)

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A 26-year-old female sought out chiropractic care following a work injury to her rib and low back. Upon her initial assessment she reported she hadn’t had a menstrual period for “several years”. Following three weeks of care, the patient reported improvements in her rib and low back pain complaints. In addition, the patient reported to be menstruating normally. (3)

Do you know anyone with the above issues?

Please refer them to us. We can help! 517.627.4547


  1. Russell D. Improvement in motor strength, balance & dysautonomia in a male stroke survivor following the assessment & correction of vertebral subluxation: a case study. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. December 12, 2019:166-170.
  2. Merkovich AP. Resolution of chronic constipation & dysautonomia in a three-year-old female following chiropractic care: a case report & review of the literature. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, Chiropractic. August 23, 2019:100-104.
  3. Stofer J, Alcantara J. Resolution of amenorrhea, rib and low back pain following chiropractic care to reduce vertebral subluxation: a case report & review of literature. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. December 5 2019:162-165

 

Why do chiropractors spend so much time working on my back?

Because that’s where the nerves are.How many joints are in your spine?

There’s a common misconception that because chiropractors work on the spine their care is limited to spinal pain and spinal problems such as backache, disc problems, sciatica, hip or neck problems. 

But that is an incomplete way of looking at things. We chiropractors locate and release spinal nerve pressure. Your body functions in a more balanced manner, with less stress on the entire system especially your internal organs. So you can heal yourself, no matter what the condition.

That’s why you’ll see children in our office with asthma, allergies, ear infections, pneumonia, colds, flu-and adults with immune conditions, headaches, migraines, infertility, menstrual problems and more!

Check out our series of Case Studies to learn more about all the ways Chiropractic care can help you and your family.

We work on your spine, because that’s where the nerves can get irritated and interfere with the information going to (and from) the internal organs. That’s why we give you adjustments there.

 

TAVERN MUSHROOMS

A healthy version of deep fried mushrooms! Yum! mushrooms-1309246_1920

  • 1 8-ounce package of white mushrooms, washed and dried
  • 2 cups Pasta Sauce (or your favorite plant-strong pasta sauce)
  • 1/3 cup corn meal
  • 1/3 cup flax meal (you may find this in the store with the label “ground flax”)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta sauce for dipping. Using the remaining cup, dip the mushrooms into sauce to coat. Then, roll the sauce-covered mushrooms into the dry mixture until completely covered.
  3. Place on a parchment paper- or foil-covered baking sheet. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with remaining pasta sauce for dipping (or your favorite dressing or sauce).

Servings: About 15-20 mushrooms

“Indian” Baked Taquitos

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AuthorMichaela Vais

  • 2 medium-large potatoes peeled and chopped       
  • 1/2 tbsp oil
  • 1 medium carrot grated or finely diced                   
  • 1/2 medium-large onion chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 cup peas frozen 
  • 1 tsp curry powder                                                  
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin                                               
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 3/4-1 tsp sea salt or less/more to taste                    
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • Red pepper flakes to taste                                       
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth                                           
  • 5 oz cheese of choice
  • Taco seasoning to sprinkle on top of taquitos (optional)
  • 8-10 tortillas 

Directions:

Peel and chop the potatoes and cook in a pot with boiling water and salt until fork tender which takes about 12-15 minutes. Drain the water and mash the potatoes with a potato masher. You can add a splash of milk for a creamier result. Set aside.

Heat oil in a pan/skillet over medium-high heat and add the chopped onion. Sauté for 3 minutes, stirring frequently, then add the grated carrot, minced garlic, all spices and sauté for a further minute.

Pour in the vegetable broth, add peas (thawed), put the lid on and cook for a few minutes until the carrot is softened. Turn off heat and add the mashed potatoes and cheese. Use a fork or a potato masher to combine everything.

Taste the veggie mixture and adjust seasonings. Add more salt/black pepper/spices to taste. If you want it spicier, add more red pepper flakes to taste.

Preheat oven to 410 degrees Fahrenheit and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place about 2-3 tbsp of the filling onto each tortilla and roll them up tightly. Place every tortilla seam-side down on the baking sheet, next to each other.

Brush with a little vegetable oil (to make them even more crispy) and sprinkle some taco seasoning on top.   Bake in the oven for about 17-20 minutes or until they are golden brown and crispy. Broil for a few minutes (optional).   Serve with salsa, sour cream, vegan queso or guacamole. 

 

Researching Chiropractic: VBAC and breech, neck pain, & Cystic fibrosis

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.

Do you know anyone who is suffering from any of these conditions? Please share this article with them. Maybe we can help.

Call our office at 517.627.4547

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A 28-year old woman who was 39 weeks pregnant had her unborn child in a breech position (transverse lie). This was her 3rd pregnancy-the second ended in a Cesarean section. 

Chiropractic adjustments for vertebral subluxations relaxed and opened her pelvis, permitting the baby to turn into a non-breech position. The mother was able to experience a natural, vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) with no complications. (1)

Radiating neck pain, headache and dizziness

A 49-year-old man was suffering from neck pain that was radiating into his upper arms. He said the pain was constant, severe, sharp and people-2568886_1920aching. The pains limited his ability to turn his head, caused vertigo looking over his shoulder and caused numbness into his right hand. He also had problems lifting objects, reaching overhead, showering or bathing, bending over, lying down, sleeping and decreased work performance due to his neck pain. 

Over-the-counter drugs and heat packs only temporarily relieved his symptoms. A chiropractic analysis revealed numerous vertebral subluxations that were corrected on every visit. 

After one month of chiropractic care he reported 90% relief of neck pain and a complete resolution of hand numbness. After 6 months of chiropractic care his neck pain was nearly completely resolved; his headaches, vertigo and hand numbness were completely resolved. The patient stated he noticed his posture had improved and his energy level had increased. (2)

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A 34-year-old woman who was medically diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF) at age 24, presented for chiropractic care. CF is considered a genetic disease.

She suffered from difficulty breathing from chronic upper respiratory and sinus infections every 2-3 months and was prescribed antibiotics. She reported that after taking the antibiotics her CF symptoms got worse. She also described a poor quality of life and sleep disturbances due to her CF symptoms. 

Chiropractic analysis revealed vertebral subluxations at the following spinal levels: C1, C6, T5 and L5. Her subluxations were adjusted. 

After 6 months of chiropractic care she reported decreased use of antibiotics, improvement in her quality of life with easier breathing, better sleeping and decreased incidence of recurrent infections. (3)


References

  1. Stone-McCoy P, McNeill S. Resolution of transverse lie presentation confirmed by ultrasound & successful VBAC in a pregnant woman undergoing chiropractic care for vertebral subluxation. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, Chiropractic. July 15, 2019:82-86.
  2. Radcliffe M, Oakley P, Radcliffe T et al. Resolution of cervicogenic radiculopathy, neck pain, headaches & vertigo following reduction of subluxation, lateral head translation and forward head posture in a 49-year-old male: a CBP® case report with 10-month follow up. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. October 29, 2019;133-140.
  3. Stone-McCoy P, Smith AL, Alcantara J. Improvements in quality of life & sleep along with decreased infections & antibiotic use in a patient with cystic fibrosis: a case report & review of the literature. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. November 11, 2019:158-161.