Colds, Flu and Chiropractic

Chiropractic for the flu and common cold? Absolutely!colds

“But isn’t chiropractic just for backs?” we hear you ask.

Chiropractic is for the entire body. Many people seeing chiropractors for pain find a general improvement in their health that includes fewer and less severe colds, flu and other respiratory problems.

What Causes the Common Cold?

It’s not just germs. For germs to grow in you, you must first be fertile soil. For example, cold viruses were placed on the mucous lining of the nose in test subjects, yet only 12% got a cold. (1)

Obviously, there is more to the cold than germs. For that reason, chiropractic doesn’t “treat” the common cold. It does, however, help awaken your inner healer, your natural resistance – the only “cure.” Natural resistance is the only reason why your cold goes away rather than lasts for weeks, months, years or your entire lifetime!

Chiropractic helps raise your natural resistance to disease by removing a serious interference to your proper body function: subluxations, permitting your body’s natural resistance to disease (immunity) to function at greater efficiency.

There are numerous case histories of chronic cold and flu sufferers having less or no colds after chiropractic care. (2-4) If you want protection from colds and flu, see your chiropractor for natural healing and prevention!

here Are Benefits to Getting Colds and Flu

It’s been said that there can be no cure for the common cold because the common cold is the cure. This is nothing new or really unusual. This approach has been known for thousands of years. Hippocrates, the “father” of medicine wrote: “Diseases are crises of purification, of toxic elimination. Symptoms are the natural defenses of the body. We call them diseases, but in fact they are the cure of diseases.” 

Symptoms are defense mechanisms, helping us detoxify and destroy infection. An infectious disease leaves a healthier person in its wake. In one study, a history of common colds or influenza was associated with less stomach, colon, rectum, breast and ovarian cancer. (5)

Other researchers found that having two childhood viral infections reduces the coronary risk by 40%, four infections reduced it by 60% and six viral infections lowered the risk by 90%. (6)

If you have a cold come in for chiropractic care. A chiropractic adjustment could make the difference between a quick recovery and a lingering illness. Especially do not interfere with your body’s natural healing ability with drugs; permit the symptoms of colds and flu to take their natural course. Do everything to give comfort and build up your natural immunity (chiropractic, hydration, essential oils, homeopathy, rest). The result will be a healthier and stronger body.


  1. Chopra D. Quantum Healing. New York: Bantam Books. 1989:142. 
  2. Absence of T-cells, immune dysfunction, has colds all the time. International Chiropractic Pediatric Association newsletter. November 1996. 
  3. Aguilar AL, Grostic JD, Pfleger B. Chiropractic care and behavior in autistic children. Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics. 2000;5(1):293-304. 
  4. Bofshever, H. Case history. International Chiropractic Pediatric Association newsletter. Nov/Dec 1999. 
  5. http://www.nbcnews.com/id/9454821/ns/health-heart_health/t/childhood-infections-may-prevent-heart-disease/#.W-mP0hNKgcU
  6. Abel U, Becker N, Angerer R et al. Common infections in the history of cancer patients and controls. J Cancer Res Clin Oncol. 1991;117(4):339-344.  Erkki Pesonen, MD, University Hospital in Lund, Sweden. Presented at IV World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery in Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 23, 2005.

MUSHROOM SWEET POTATO POT PIE

A NEW TWIST ON AN OLD FAVE  mushrooms-3765555_1280

SERVES 2-3

Ingredients:

  • 1 sweet potato, thinly sliced
  • 5 cups mushrooms of choice (e.g. cremini, Portobello, shiitake), fresh, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup stout or dark beer
  • 1/4 cup leeks, white part only
  • 1/4 cup shallot, diced
  • 2 tablespoons Kalamata olives, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon flour, whole wheat or gluten-free
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon tamari, low sodium
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, fresh, minced
  • 1 teaspoon parsley, fresh, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon thyme, fresh
  • Black pepper, freshly ground, to taste

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. In a large pot, sauté shallots over medium heat until translucent, about 3 minutes, adding a drop or two of water as needed if sticking occurs.
  3. Add leeks and 3/4 teaspoon thyme and cook 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in minced garlic and tomato paste and sauté another minute.
  5. Add mushrooms and cook about 10 minutes, stirring regularly and adding water if needed.
  6. Sprinkle flour in the pot. Stir and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  7. Add stout, balsamic vinegar and soy sauce. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 5 minutes.
  8. Remove from heat and stir in olives, parsley, and black pepper.
  9. Spoon mushroom mixture into ramekins then layer sliced sweet potatoes on top, overlapping so the mushrooms are covered with two layers of sweet potato. Season with 1/4 teaspoon thyme and black pepper.
  10. Bake 30-35 minutes or until sweet potatoes are browned and crispy and mushroom gravy is bubbling. Serve.

How many nerves come out of your spine?

Questions and Answers About Chiropractic

Question: How many nerves come out of your spine?drawing of spinal column and nerves

Answer: A lot. About 100 billion nerve cells (neurons) are in your spinal cord. Neurons are specialized cells that transmit and receive electrical impulses. They are like wires and can be as much as a few feet long or a fraction of an inch long. All 100 billion are packed into your spinal cord that is a little thicker than a pencil. Your spinal cord goes down your spine or backbone. 

Your nerves inside the backbone branch off from your spinal cord and travel through little holes between your spinal bones (vertebra). These nerves connect your brain to your heart, lungs, kidneys, muscles, intestines, glands and all your other body parts. 

Your brain and nerves coordinate the function of all the organs in your body so you function as a whole – so your organs all communicate with each other and all your systems work together. 

But if your nerves are stressed by your spine being out of proper alignment then you will have nerve interference; messages won’t travel properly through your body. Chiropractors refer to this as a subluxation.

As a result of subluxations, your body won’t be able to function at 100% efficiency and you’ll suffer from dis-ease: your resistance may be lowered; your muscles may not work properly; your balance, brain, vision, hearing, digestion and hundreds of other things may be adversely affected.

Chiropractors are specially trained to locate and correct (adjust) subluxations. Come in for a checkup, and bring your family to make sure they are subluxation-free. Call today! 517.627.4547

The Latest from Charmaine: December 2018

April 2018Greetings all,

As I write what will be the last newsletter of the year. Our year draws to and end and with that we start making plans for the various festivities that a year end brings. On a practical note, I want to be sure to remind ALL of you that if your insurance is changing/has changed….please give me a heads up.

I will be asking EVERYBODY to fill in a new patient information sheet from January one to ensure that I have your latest up to datest details.

ALSO, ALL MEDICARE practice members….PLEASE get your new card to me ASAP as pretty soon the deadline for that will be implemented.

I finished this year strong with 3 new State records at the State meet (Records I set in June that broke records that had stood for 14 years)

 

HAVE A PEACEFUL HOLIDAY SEASON

SEE YOU IN THE OFFICE, ON THE TABLE/MAT, UNDER THE BARBELLS OR IN 2019

Please be aware of our holiday hours this December:

Friday 12/21 am hours ONLY  (last appt at 12)

Monday 12/24 no office hours

Tuesday 12/25 no office hours

Wednesday 12/26 am hours ONLY( last appt at 12)

Thursday 12/27 pm hours only

Friday 12/28 am hours ONLY (last appt at 12)

Monday 12/31 8-12 and 3-5

Tuesday 1/1/2019 no office hours

Wednesday 1/2/2019  back to normal!!!!! (define normal??)

The Perfect Vegetarian Holiday Meal

This menu us perfect for any

Ok so this is a questions we get often as to what we, as vegetarians/vegans eat on this two major feast days. The quick answer might be everything but the meat…but that leaves some people confused. So here is a rundown on some of the choices we have made over the past 30 years or so.

vegetarian holiday meals

Stuffed pumpkin/butternut/squash…stuffed with a mix of mushrooms, rice, nuts, tomatoes and garlic.

 

Mushroom/spinach strudel with filo dough which is not hard to work with at all!

 

A 16 layer lasagna…..many layers of different  roasted veggies.

 

Mushroom Wellington in flaky pastry.

 

Sides include :

  • Family faves such as Hasselback potatoes
  • Maple syrup roasted Brussel sprouts
  • Garlic mashed potatoes
  • A fresh salad including homegrown microgreens and fruit.

We are not really big on desserts (who needs that after a big meal) but we have one traditional South African dessert we “must” always make which is Melktert…(Milk custard made with English custard powder).

And possibly some chocolate dessert.

What are some of your favorite traditional vegetarian/vegan dishes?

Roasted vegetable and chickpea bowls

I LOVE PAINLESS ONE DISH COOKING!!!sweet-potatoes-742283_960_720
sheet pan roasted vegetable and chickpea bowls  

Prep Time: 20 mins

Cook Time: 40 mins   

Yield: 4

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and small diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2-3 cups small broccoli florets
  • 1/2 large red onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 (15 oz) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa or your favorite grain
  • Optional toppings: tahini, lemon wedges, fresh parsley

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F.  
  2. Place all vegetables and chickpeas onto your sheet pan and drizzle with olive oil, salt, pepper, curry powder, paprika, and cumin.
  3. Roast vegetables until sweet potato is tender and other vegetables are browned and caramelized, 35-45 minutes—- stirring once or twice
  4. My new favorite seasoning is “everything but the bagel” and I use that often in place of the curry powder, paprika and cumin.   
  5. I ALSO DO A FRIDGE CLEAN OUT WITH ALL THE VEGGIES I CAN LAY MY HANDS ON AND BLACK BEANS (RINSED) WITH TACO SEASONING
  6. This meal is open to so many interpretations…so go for it!!

Researching Chiropractic: Children, mothers and chiropractic

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. 

Chiropractic care is the most common complementary and alternative (CAM) intervention for children, with wellness care cited as the most common reason for care.

This study included five children (3 boys and 2 girls, ages 9-13) who were under chiropractic care since birth. In fact, all the mothers were under chiropractic care before, during and after they became pregnant.

All the mothers reported a decrease in symptoms such as low back pain, extremity numbness and generalized soreness while pregnant. Four of the children were born vaginally with no complications and one was delivered via an obstetrician-recommended cesarean section. All the children were either fully or partially vaccinated; all were breastfed. 

The parents reported that their children experienced a higher level of health and quality of life than other children of the same age. (1)

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Rib and low back pain in a 26-year-old. A 26-year-old man complaining of rib and low back pain began chiropractic care. Chiropractic analysis revealed subluxations and an unbalanced nervous system; the patient received 17 adjustments over a 10-month period and experienced a significant improvement upon his first post-examination at one month and second post-examination at 10 months of care.

In addition to his rib and low back pain relief, the patient demonstrated long-term curve correction as well as improvement in his autonomic nervous system. (2)

back pain

An “immune-deficient” 5-year-old. A 5-year-old girl diagnosed as immuno-deficient with recurrent respiratory illnesses was brought in for chiropractic care.

Her history included a premature birth, birth trauma, torticollis, constipation, frequent ear infections, tympanostomy (ear) tubes, tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy.

Under chiropractic care her vertebral subluxations were immediately addressed and corrected. The mother reported a decrease in her daughters’ respiratory illnesses and related symptoms and an increased ability to respond to infections more efficiently. She was able to stop all medication with only occasional use of an inhaler at night. (3)

5 year old girl


  1. Stone-McCoy P, O’Brien S. Health outcomes of pediatric patients undergoing chiropractic care since birth: a retrospective analysis. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, Chiropractic. August 13, 2018:90-98.
  2. Hoying M, Bulla C. Long-term cervical curve correction and reduction in dysautonomia in a 26-year-old male undergoing chiropractic care using the Pierce Results System. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. June 28, 2018:121-129.
  3. Deignan D, DaCampo T. Resolution of immunodeficiency in a child undergoing chiropractic care for the management of vertebral subluxations: a case study & review of the literature. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, Chiropractic. July 5, 2018:68-76.

Nourishing Foods Lead to Better Health

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Keep your brain healthy and prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s disease – eat organic, pastured, grass-fed meat with lots of fat. If you are a vegetarian, add lots of organic, grass-fed butter to lots of cooked, organic vegetables (organic, raw cream from grass-fed cows is also very good for you).

A lesson learned from traditional cultures all over the world, from where our ancestors came, is that meat is eaten with fat. They discovered that a diet of too much lean meat would make them sick. One reason is because eating meat without the fat results in rapid depletion of vitamin A; we need fat to absorb vitamin A and our other fat-soluble vitamins. Most traditional cultures put a special emphasis on organ meats, because these are far more nutritious than muscle meats. 

Nourishing Foods: Organ Meats

Organ meats are the richest sources of the fat-soluble vitamins A, D and K2. Dr. Weston A. Price found they were prized by nearly every culture and are a key to robust good health. Organ meats are also rich sources of minerals and vitamins B6 and B12 (essential for brain health). Go to www.westonaprice.org for more information on Dr. Price and his research. 

Vitamins

Research shows that Vitamin A is anti-cancer and a deficiency of Vitamin D is associated with a substantially increased risk of all-cause dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. There was a 53% greater risk of dementia and a 70% higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease among subjects who had a moderate vitamin D deficiency. (1)

Junk Foods Tied to Higher Cancer Risk

In a study of 471,495 people, who were followed for 15.3 years, it was discovered that people who regularly eat foods with a low nutritional quality have a higher risk of developing cancer. The study authors state that more countries should now enforce food labeling that clearly specifies nutritional value. 

The cancers associated with low nutritional quality include increased risk of colorectal cancer, cancer of the esophagus and stomach, and lung cancer (especially in men) and liver cancer (in women). 

The quality of the food you eat is the key to health.

Always avoid:

  • refined sugar and carbohydrates (especially from dry breakfast cereal)
  • high fructose corn syrup
  • hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils such as canola, corn, soy 
  • non-organic, commercial and junk foods (2)

  1. Littlejohns TJ, Henley WE, Lang IA et al. Vitamin D and the risk of dementia and Alzheimer disease. Neurology. 2014 Sep 2;83(10):920-928. 
  2. Deschasaux M, Huybrechts I, Murphy N et al. Nutritional quality of food as represented by the FSAm-NPS nutrient profiling system underlying the Nutri-Score label and cancer risk in Europe: results from the EPIC prospective cohort study. Published: September 18, 2018 PLoS Med 15(9): e1002651. 

 

Latest News from Charmaine: November 2018

April 2018Greetings all,

As we approach what, for many, is a very stressful time, it is important that we start identifying the “stressors” early and work on a workaround.

Whether it’s a case of trying to do too much (delegate folks…even busy execs do that); or dealing with that one family member that seems to push all the wrong buttons (try reminding yourself they have always been that way and BREATHE FIRST, then CHOOSE not to react), to trying to keep everybody happy (an alternating event/meal/year program presented with a loving attitude and let the other party choose how they will react –and you are NOT responsible if they choose to sulk!!!) and the list could go on.  It can be a minefield….but you do not have to enter if you can find a way around it.

But seriously, make getting checked and adjusted to keep yourself from being subluxated and not being your best self on the day a MAJOR priority.

While all of the holiday shenanigans are going on, I will be competing in the USA Power lifting (Michigan) State Finals on Dec 1st…..so we will leave the office at 5pm on 11/30 to get to our venue and get a good night’s rest.

Our grandson (and he is GRAND) Alfred and his parents are coming home for Christmas so our office hours will be posted soon for the period 12/21-12/28/2018.

Meanwhile, Feast well and smile and laugh as you give THANKS.

See you in the office, on the table,on the mat or under the barbells.!

Researching Chiropractic: Increased telomere length

Telomere length? Telomeres are parts of our genes that shorten with each cell division; at a critical length, the cell stops dividing or dies. Increasing telomere length can indicate reversal of aging and increase of life span.

Increased telomere length, neck and mid-back pain, and quality of life

A 35-year-old woman, an elementary school teacher, had been suffering from chronic neck and mid-back pain for 5 years following a motor vehicle collision. She also suffered from nocturnal polyuria (frequent urination at night).

Chiropractic examination revealed a forward head posture and loss of normal neck curve consistent with subluxations. Quality of life measures were determined by the Short-Form 36 health survey, and heart rate variability was measured.

After 36 visits, she reported improvement in her nocturnal polyuria, neck and mid-back pain and quality of life. X-rays showed correction of her neck curve (cervical lordosis) and forward head posture. A blood test showed significant improvement in patient telomere length and heart rate variability improved from a health risk to within normal limits.


 

Fedorchuk C, Lightstone D, McCoy M, Harrison DE. Increased telomere length & improvements in dysautonomia, quality of life, neck & back pain following correction of sagittal cervical alignment using Chiropractic BioPhysics® Technique: a case study. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. June 18, 2018:114-120.