Cabbage, Mushroom, Leek and Potato Tart

Serves -6

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1 sheet puff pastry 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
4 medium-large yellow or red potatoes, boiled until tender, then peeled and sliced
1 leek, washed to remove all grit and sliced thinly
1 cup cabbage, shredded very thinly
4 portabella mushroom caps, coarsely chopped
2-3 cups of cheese sauce of your choice
Salt and black pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a skillet. Add the garlic, sauté’ for a few seconds until it just starts to turn color, then add the mushrooms, cabbage, and leeks.
  3. Season with salt and pepper and cook for 5-8 minutes or until the vegetables are just tender but not mushy. Turn off the heat.
  4. Roll out the puff pastry sheet to fit into your tart pan. I used a rectangular tart pan that’s 12 inches by 8 inches, but a round pan would do just as well.
  5. Place the puff pastry into the tart pan and press into the sides, making sure it fits into all the corners and crevices. Prick the pastry sheet all over with the tines of a fork, which will keep it from puffing too much. Don’t remove any overhanging dough yet.
  6. Arrange the slices of potatoes in the bottom of the tart pan, then pour over the mushroom, cabbage, and leek mix.
  7. Finally, pour the cheese sauce all over.
  8. Place the tart pan in the preheated oven, preferably on a baking sheet, and bake 30-35 minutes or until the puff pastry is golden-brown and the filling is set.
  9. Let the tart stand 10 minutes before serving.

Researching Chiropractic: Bedwetting, weight loss, Meniere’s disease

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.

Bedwetting, constipation, allergies (and more)child-2086910_1920

The parents brought their 6-year-old son to the chiropractor. The child had multiple problems including nocturnal enuresis
(bedwetting), headaches, ADHD, asthma, allergies, constipation, earaches, and cold hands. The boy had been taking several different prescriptions and over-the-counter medications including pain relievers, laxatives, Qvar ®(beclomethasone dipropionate) inhaler, Nasonex®, Albuterol®, Benadryl®, and Claritin®.

The child was given a chiropractic examination which revealed numerous vertebral subluxations throughout his spine. He was given a series of chiropractic adjustments. After twenty adjustments there was complete resolution of enuresis. By the 25th visit, the patient’s parents reported complete resolution of cold hands and constipation, as well as 80% relief of all remaining symptoms. (1)

Weight loss, heart rate variability, and nervous system imbalanceman-945438_1920

Chiropractic is so much more than back pain; chiropractic rebalances the nervous system so the entire body functions with improved efficiency. In this case, a 38-year-old man with a chief complaint of intermittent low back pain began chiropractic care. Nervous system imbalance (dysautonomia) was discovered using multiple instruments that included spinal heat readings (thermography) and heart rate variability. The patient was given a series of chiropractic adjustments to reduce his subluxations.

Over the series of adjustments (13 months), he lost 61 pounds with a 9.5% decrease in fat mass. His intermittent back pain resolved as well. (2)

Meniere’s Diseasewoman-5495263_1920

A 64-year-old woman suffering from neck pain, headaches, arm weakness, vertigo, and anxiety began chiropractic care. She reported that she had also been suffering from Meniere's disease for three and a half years.  A chiropractic exam revealed a vertebral subluxation at C1. Cervical x-rays, neurocalography, orthopedic testing, and visual analog scale assessments confirmed this finding.

The patient experienced a significant improvement in symptoms of Meniere's, vertigo, anxiety, and headaches as a result of chiropractic care. She experienced overall better health including increased strength, energy, and a more positive mental outlook. (3)


  1. Herring R, Wright D. Resolution of nocturnal enuresis, constipation, headaches, allergies & cold hands in a 6-year-old male following chiropractic for vertebral subluxation: case study & review of the literature. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, Chiropractic. August 10, 2020:26-33.
  2. Cole J, Lewis N. Improvements in heart rate variability and reduction in dysautonomia following chiropractic care: a case study and selective review of the literature. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. July 9, 2020:109-125.
  3. Malachowski T, Britt C. Improvement in Meniere's Disease following upper cervical chiropractic care: a case report & review of the literature. Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research. August 17, 2020:28-38.

Why Are You Alive?

What an odd question to ask. And yet, what keeps your heart beating? Your brain thinking? Your stomach digesting? What keeps your cells growing and dying as they are replaced by new cells-millions of new cells every day.

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What organizes this vast symphony of life made up of trillions of cells and numerous organs, organ systems, glands, muscles, joints, and all the rest to work together in perfect harmony to keep you functioning at your peak?

There is a life energy flowing over your nerves, in your brain, and in every cell and organ. This energy has been called by different terms in nearly every culture for thousands of years: prana, chi, neshama, life force, vital principle, and much more. All earthly life energy comes from the sun. The sun’s electromagnetic radiation that bathes our planet, gives energy of all kinds to every plant and to every animal that eats plants and other animals.

All energy is divided into seven categories: mechanical, thermal, chemical, electrical, radiant, nuclear, and sound. Your body has all these energies-even nuclear. Living creatures are even able to change atoms from one element to another.  We are so amazing-who knows what other energies we contain? What about consciousness? Aren’t our thoughts a form of energy?

It’s not only energy But it’s not just energy. Energy by itself is just potential. The wisdom of your body uses this energy. Where does that wisdom come from? All we know is what we can observe. We observe that within us is a wisdom, an “organizer” that takes in raw energies, converts them to various types of energies, and uses it for life: for running your body, doing all those things that go on without your thought such as breathing, digesting, seeing, sleeping and dreaming. Plus there is also energy under your conscious control:
for just running around, playing, thinking, making music, loving, taking care of others, building things and so much more. What runs this vast little universe of your being?

Is it the soul?

Is there a cosmic or universal template or program we are following?

Your five senses cannot perceive that but your other “eyes” sometimes can. Perhaps it is what you can see with your heart?

A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart. -Goethe

Let us return to our original question-why are you alive? The answer cannot be seen with your ordinary eyes; the answer can only be seen with the eyes of your heart.

Latest News From Charmaine: October 2020

Greetings all,
Well…as usual at about this time of the year, practice members are saying they can’t believe it’s October already! And in this year of Covid, photo3-300x198it’s completely understandable. As days and weeks and months have blurred into each other with no “mile-markers” to distinguish them from any other day/week/or month- there is a new day terminology emerging…..it’s Blursday.

Being out of routine, it becomes difficult to remember just what day of the week it is. We might want to think back to Spring when we were convinced that Summer would never come and to Summer when we were all a little crispy around the edge, looking forward to Fall.

Fall, this year, has been the most totally glorious and vibrant I have seen for years (maybe a little drought helps?)  This is my favorite season for lots of reasons, like food, color, crisp air to mention a few.

As we weather this weather and the season, be careful as you put your gardens to rest and go easy on the decadent foods that start becoming available. Remember to eat lots of fruits and veggies to keep your acid/alkali balance and help prevent you from falling prey to the krud.

I SAW A POST A WEEK OR TWO AGO THAT APPLIES:
T-MINUS 9 WEEKS TILL PEOPLE START SPENDING THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS ON HOLIDAY GIFTS BUT WILL COMPLAIN EATING HEALTHY IS TOO EXPENSIVE!!!!!

Call to make an appointment:  517.627.4547

 

Researching Chiropractic: Asthma, Diabetes, and Fibromyalgia

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.

researching chiropractic

Asthma, stomach and intestinal complaints, colds, and chiropractic

A 23-month-old child suffering from asthma, gastrointestinal complaints, and frequent colds was brought to a chiropractic office for evaluation and possible care by her parents. She was on various asthma medications and was under constant monitoring by her pediatric pulmonologist. 

Chiropractic care consisted of adjustments to address areas of vertebral subluxations in her cervical (neck), thoracic (midback), and lumbosacral (lower back) spine. 

Within approximately 11 months, the patient’s parents reported a 90% improvement in their child’s condition. All medications were discontinued with a dramatic decrease in asthma symptoms, sinus problems, and frequency of colds. 

Fibromyalgia and chiropractic

 A 36-year-old woman began chiropractic care due to injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident three days prior. Chiropractic examination found vertebral subluxations and the patient was placed on a schedule of chiropractic care. 

The patient was seen over a 12-week period. She responded well to care with dramatic improvement in fibromyalgia symptoms and was placed on a long-term maintenance plan.  

Diabetes and chiropractic

A 61-year-old man presented to the chiropractor with a 20-year history of type 2 diabetes. Chiropractic adjustments were applied to the sites of vertebral subluxations, and dietary modification to reduce inflammation in the body was recommended as well. After 1 month of chiropractic treatment and dietary changes, the patient decided to cease taking medication for the treatment of his type 2 diabetes.  After 2 months of chiropractic care, he returned to his medical doctor who confirmed that his blood-glucose levels had normalized. 

Dr. C notes that her sister dropped her insulin needs to virtually nil after getting under care.

Do you know anyone with the above issues?

Please refer them to us. We can help! 517.627.4547

Curried Lentil Soup

Makes 10 1-cup servingscurried lentil soup

Serve this soup with a green salad and whole-grain bread or chapatis. 

  • 1 cup dry lentils, rinsed                                
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced                                    
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin                         
  • 8 cups water or Vegetable Broth
  • 1/2 cup dry couscous                                     
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder                        
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste 

Combine lentils, onion, celery, garlic, cumin, and water or broth in a large pot. Bring to a simmer, then cover loosely and cook until lentils are tender (about 50 minutes.)


Stir in couscous, tomatoes, curry powder, and black pepper. Continue cooking until couscous is tender, about 10 minutes. Add salt to taste.

From Dr C..this combines my love of soup, curry, and lentils into one wonderful dish!

 

Your Listings: How are yours?

We’re not talking about your listing in the phone book (do people use them anymore?) or whether your boat is tilting in the water. When chiropractors use the word “listing” it’s used to describe the direction your vertebrae or spinal bones are subluxated or out of position.  

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For example, let’s say you’re told your listing is “C-1 right.” What does that mean? Well, C1 is shorthand for your first cervical (neck) vertebra. It’s located just underneath your skull. “C-1 right” means that C1 is shifted to the right. C-1 RA means that the vertebra is shifted right and has rotated anterior (or forward) on the right. 

If we said that your C-2 is left that would indicate that your second cervical vertebra is shifted left. Your seven cervical vertebrae are named C-1, C-2, C-3 all the way to C-7.  

You also have 12 thoracic vertebrae named T-1 to T-12. You have five lumbar (lower back) vertebrae named L-1 to L-5. 

Your vertebrae can misalign in many individual directions – left, right, inferior (down), superior (up), rotation, anterior (towards the front), posterior (towards the back), medial (towards your center), lateral (away from your center) – and many combinations of directions. There are also different listing systems based on the various adjusting techniques chiropractors use. 

It can get very complicated. 

How do doctors of chiropractic determine what your listing is? X-ray analysis is a common tool that is used but there are others in use in the profession.

 

To discover if you have any listings, schedule an appointment with Dr. Charmaine or Dr. Ray.  Please Contact us  or call 517.627.4547

10 reasons to take children to a chiropractor

 

We get asked this a lot. Why would you take a child to a chiropractor? They aren’t old enough to have back pain. IMG_1269

There are lots of reasons for taking children to a chiropractor and here some popular and very beneficial ones:

  1. To maximize their child’s neural plasticity (brain and nerve development). 
  2. To enhance their child’s overall health and wellbeing. 
  3. To strengthen immunity and reduce the incidence of colds, ear-aches, and general illness. 
  4. To help with colic and Irritable Baby Syndrome. 
  5. To help with asthma, breathing difficulties, and allergies. 
  6. To improve spinal posture. 
  7. To improve their child’s ability to concentrate. 
  8. To assist with behavioral disorders and enhance emotional wellbeing. 
  9. To help alleviate digestive problems.
  10. To assist with bed-wetting and sleep issues. 

Your child’s health is their greatest asset.

To schedule an appointment or talk to Dr. Charmaine or Dr. Ray please Contact us  or call 517.627.4547

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Makes about 2 cups (8 1/4-cup servings)roasted red pepper hummus

  • 1 15-ounce can garbanzo beans, or 1 1/2 cups of cooked garbanzo beans
  • 1 tablespoon tahini (sesame seed butter)                    
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 3 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup roasted red peppers, packed in water 

If using canned garbanzo beans, drain them, reserving liquid, and rinse beans. Place beans, tahini, lemon juice, green onions, garlic, cumin, black pepper, and roasted peppers in a food processor or blender and process until smooth. Add reserved bean liquid, or if using cooked beans, water, or vegetable broth, as needed for a smoother consistency.

What is Chiropractic Philosophy?

Every healing art follows a philosophy. While medicine follows a mechanistic philosophical model (the body functions like a machine and is chiropractic philosophy unreactive), chiropractic follows a vitalistic philosophical model (the body is intelligent and reactive). 

Chiropractic recognizes that the ultimate healer is your inner healing ability that can heal anything – from a cut to cancer. Our purpose as chiropractors is to help your natural healing ability to function as close to 100% as possible. 

  We do that by correcting subluxations – structural distortions in the body that interfere with the flow of energy and information throughout the body. 

  Chiropractors are specialists in locating and correcting subluxations in everyone – from the newborn to the elderly – so you’ll function with more balance, harmony, and energy. 

To learn more about our chiropractic practice, please click here.

To schedule an appointment or talk to Dr. Charmaine or Dr. Ray please Contact us  or call 517.627.4547