Is This The End Of Diet Soda?

Huge Study Links Aspartame To Major Health Problems; Sales Drop

As concerns about health epidemics plague the nation, demand and sales of diet soda have plunged as consumers try to make better diet cokechoices. As reported recently, Aspartame (the main sweetener for diet soda – check the labels) is regarded by scientists as one of the most dangerous ingredients used in our food supply, who have linked it to seizures and a host of other major health issues including fatal cardiovascular events. [1]

In a newly published study [2] (presented in 2014 at the American College of Cardiology, Washington D.C.), 60,000 women were sampled over ten years. It was shown that women who drink two or more diet drinks a day have much higher cardiovascular disease rates and are more likely to die from the disease.

“30% more likely to have a heart attack or stroke, 50% more likely to die from related disease…”

In the largest study done of its kind, The University of Iowa concluded:

“…Compared to women who never or only rarely consume diet drinks, those who consume two or more a day are 30 percent more likely to have a cardiovascular event [heart attack or stroke] and 50 percent more likely to die from related disease.

This is one of the largest studies on this topic, and our findings are consistent with some previous data, especially those linking diet drinks to the metabolic syndrome,’ says Dr. Ankur Vyas… the lead investigator of the study.

…The association persisted even after researchers adjusted the data to account for demographic characteristics and other cardiovascular risk factors, including body mass index, smoking, hormone therapy use, physical activity, energy intake, salt intake, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, and sugar-sweetened beverage intake.

On average, women who consumed two or more diet drinks a day were younger, more likely to be smokers, and had a highdiet sodaer prevalence of diabetes, high blood pressure, and higher body mass index.” [3]

Soda sales slipping… Thankfully this study comes on the heels of reports of already slipping sales of diet soda, one of the largest aspartame markets.

According to Time Magazine’s 2014 report:

“One reason for the decline could be a growing awareness of the obesity epidemic in the US and growing health concerns surrounding sugar-sweetened beverages. According to Reuters, industry experts say the beverage industry is shrinking under the scrutiny. Even diet-branded drinks have suffered a loss of sales with concerns over artificial sweeteners.” [4]

Whatever the reason for the decline, this new study should only add fuel to the movement away from artificial sweeteners. There are plenty of natural sweeteners that people can choose that are regarded as much healthier than aspartame.


 

References:

[1] http://www.wesupportorganic.com/2014/04/why-aspartame-is-the-most-dangerous-substance-added-to-our-foods.html

[2] http://now.uiowa.edu/2014/03/ui-study-finds-diet-drinks-associated-heart-trouble-older-women

[3] https://now.uiowa.edu/2014/03/ui-study-finds-diet-drinks-associated-heart-trouble-older-women

[4] http://time.com/44282/soda-sales-drop/

This article originally appeared on WeSupportOrganic.com.

HOW DOES CHIROPRACTIC PROMOTE WELLNESS?

Chiropractors know that adjustments are good for your general health. Millions of satisfied patients cannot be wrong. But what do chiropractors know that the rest of us do not?

They know the nervous system is the one system in the body that directly affects every other system. This is because nerves conduct sensorydrawing of spinal column and nerves information from every part of the body and then delivers this information to the brain. Once there, the brain analyzes the information to determine what the body needs to maintain a healthy state. So the health of this system is paramount to the good health of the rest of the body.

Chiropractors recognize that misalignment in the spine can interfere with proper nervous system function. More specifically, chiropractors study the effects of vertebral subluxations – conditions of the spine where alignment and/or movement patterns of the vertebrae are abnormal. When this occurs, imbalances cause irritation and inflammation. In turn this can cause interference with information that is transmitted along nerves and spinal cord. Chiropractors are the only health care professionals specifically trained to locate and correct spinal subluxations.

This is the principal reason why chiropractors should be called wellness doctors. Every time a chiropractor corrects a vertebral subluxation, the positive effects are felt in multiple systems simultaneously.

Where’s the Proof?

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For decades, scientific research has focused on the use of chiropractic adjustments for low back pain, neck pain and headaches (1-3) In fact, there is now clear evidence to recommend chiropractors as the go-to professionals for spinal pain syndromes. However, with the rising popularity of wellness- based philosophies focused on non-traditional approaches to health, chiropractors are being asked to justify their role.

The traditional medical model of symptom-based healthcare is rapidly waning. We no longer feel we have to be sick to call upon a health professional for advice. Instead, we are focusing more on the detrimental effects stress has on our bodies, and the therapies that address the mind-body connection are getting much more attention.

In a recent report from the Center for Disease Control, the four most popular forms of alternative and complementary medicine were listed as: natural products, deep breathing, meditation and chiropractic! (4)

People are casting their votes with their healthcare dollars and chiropractors are taking a leadership role in this new wellness model. As a profession whose core philosophy is about the optimization of the brain- body communication network, chiropractic can be viewed as a therapy with an emphasis on whole body health and wellness

Research

Research is catching up to what chiropractors have known for years. In a recent study that reviewed all the available research to date, investigators found that “chiropractic adjustments, often for the purpose of correcting vertebral subluxation, confer measurable health benefits to people regard- less of the presence or absence of symptoms.”(5)

More people are seeking what chiropractic offers: optimization of health and an improved quality of life, with a spine free of vertebral subluxations!

In a multi-nation study involving hundreds of chiropractors and thou-sands of chiropractic patients, researchers sought to measure the incidence of non-musculoskeletal responses to chiropractic therapy. What they found was that a number of patients experienced systemic benefits from their chiropractic treatments whether or not they mentioned any symptoms in these areas at the onset of care. The most common benefits reported in this study were breathing (27%), digestion (26%) and circulation (21%). (6)

In yet another ground-breaking study, chiropractic adjustments were shown to actually decrease blood pressure, one of the leading causes for preventable death in North America (in relation to the incidence of heart-attacks and strokes). The study stood up to medical scrutiny and showed unequivocally that vertebral subluxations – of the upper cervical vertebra in this case – can be detrimental to the health of the individual, and not just a pain in the neck. (7)

From these research results, chiropractors clearly have a greater role in your health and wellness than just treating sore backs. Chiropractic care should be considered an invaluable tool for you to not only help you feel well, but to also help you be well.


 

References and sources:

  1. Dagenais S, Gay RE, Tricco AC, Freeman MD & Mayer JM. NASS Contemporary Concepts in Spine Care: Spinal Manipulation Therapy for Acute Low Back Pain. Spine Journal 2010 (Oct.); 10(10): 918-940.
  2. Bronfort G, Assendelft WJJ, Evans R, Haas M & Bouter L. Efficacy of Spinal Manipulation for Chronic Headache: A Systematic Review. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2001 (Sept.); 24(7): 457-466
  3. Thiel HW & Bolton JE. Predic- tors For Immediate and Global Responses to Chiropractic Manipulation of the Cervical Spine. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2008 (Mar.); 31(3): 172-183.
  4. Barnes PM, Bloom B, Nahin R. Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use Among Adults and Children: United States, 2007. CDC National Health Statistics Report #12. December 10, 2008.
  5. Hannon SM. Objective Physiologic Changes and Associated Health Benefits of Chiro- practic Adjustments in Asymptom- atic Subjects: A Review of the Literature. J Vertebral Subluxation Research 2004 (Apr.): 1-9.
  6. Leboeuf-Yde C, Pedersen EN, Bryner P, Cosman D, Hayek R, Meeker WC, Shaik J, Terrazas O, Tucker J & Walsh M. Self-reported Nonmusculoskeletal Responses to Chiropractic Intervention: A Multi- nation Survey. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2005 (Jun.); 28(5): 294-302.
  7. Bakris G, Dickholtz M, Meyer PM, Kravitz G, Avery E, Miller M, Brown J, Woodfield C & Bell B. Atlas Vertebra Realignment and Achievement of Arterial Pressure Goal in Hypertensive Patients: A Pilot Study. Journal of Human Hypertension 2007 (May); 21(5):

Researching Chiropractic: Asthma and Concussion

Do you know someone suffering from asthma or a concussion? Chiropractic could help! 

Chiropractic clinical case histories have been a regular feature of our patient newsletter since its inception and have included papers published in various bio-medical and chiropractic journals.

There seems to be no end to the physical and psychological benefits of chiropractic care.

That is because chiropractic does not “treat” any particular condition. Chiropractic care “treats” or more accurately, “corrects” a serious interference to brain, nervous system and energy function known as the subluxation.

No matter what condition you (or a loved one) may have, you will always function better when free from subluxations. Chiropractors are uniquely trained to locate and correct subluxations. Enjoy this month’s cases and see more next month.

Asthma and chiropractic6 year old boy

This case report is of a 6-year-old male presenting with a history of asthma that was diagnosed when the patient was 4 years old. His mother sought chiropractic care to help control and alleviate his symptoms that would worsen depending on the season.

A total of six chiropractic adjustments were rendered to the boy in conjunction with the recommendation of daily probiotic and omega 3 supplementation. The patient no longer needed his daily inhaler dose of Albuterol® after having received his first adjustment and was able to sleep undisturbed through the night without experiencing flare-ups.

Concussion in a 23-year-old femaleheadache

A 23-year-old female presented for chiropractic care five months after a slip and fall that resulted in a concussion. She had vertigo and a history of headaches that were made worse by the concussion. The vertigo occurred immediately following the trauma.

She received upper cervical specific chiropractic care and her symptoms resolved.

Chiropractic, lower back pain and health maintenance care

A comparison was made between chiropractors, medical doctors, and physical therapists for people who suffered from low back pain. The authors concluded: “In work related lower back pain chiropractic health maintenance had less recurrence of disability than patients treated by MDs or PTs.” Also: “Chiropractic patients had fewer surgeries, used fewer opioids (pain killers) and had lower costs.” Interestingly, if a chiropractic patient did have a recurrence it occurred on average 29 days later than those who saw PTs or MDs.”

Overall, chiropractic patients got better sooner than patients of MDs and PTs. “No health maintenance care is generally as good as chiropractic care” and perhaps most revealing is this: “Chiropractors might be preventing some of their patients from receiving procedures of unproven cost utility value or dubious efficacy.”

 

The Latest from Charmaine: March 2019

Greetings all,February 2019

Spring is playing coy with her “springy” days and smells (let’s pretend we didn’t see the mud, shall we?) It is a time to enjoy the first bird sightings, listen to the birdsong, and watch the gentle greening of the world around us.

Garden dreams will slowly begin to take shape and it is always important that you don’t dive head first (literally and figuratively, LOL) into you projects.  Plan them out so the right tools are handy and remember- that while the temptation is there to kill the project …..ROME was not built in a day and weekend warriors pay a heavy price for wayyyyy too much enthusiasm!!

This newsletter talks about the evils of diet pop/soda pop drinks…..something to think about. It’s always interesting to hear someone order fries and a diet pop as that is probably a pretty lethal combination there and no calories are saved in the effort in reality.

Also,  read an interesting article about how chiropractic promotes wellness.

As a newish grandmother I love the piece about the way grandparents are perceived by their grand kids and this Grammy loves her Face Time with her little man (he sometimes demands that Mom call us so he can talk, which I think is a hoot!)

Meanwhile, enjoy the arrival of spring in all her wonderment.

Make sure you get checked and adjusted so that you can enjoy spring and see you in the office, on the yoga mat or under the barbells!

~Charmaine

March 2019

Sheet Pan Dinners

SHEET PAN DINNERS: THIS IS MY NEW FAVE WAY TO COOK SUPPER!

I mean, what’s not to like? They’re easy and quick to prepare; they’re a one pot (or, in this case, sheet pan ) meal and they’re incredibly versatile.

The steps are quite simple, and you can use your favorite ingredient combinations:sheet pan dinner

  • First, choose your veggies : we always recommend going with what’s in season. So, during the fall, you could go with pumpkin, butternut squash, sweet potatoes… For winter Kale, chard, cauliflower, parsnips…For spring, you can choose asparagus, beets, fresh peas… And corn, eggplant, zucchini and tomatoes for summer.
  • Next, choose your protein:  we go for vegan and vegetarian options, such as  tofu, tempeh, chickpeas, vegetarian sausages, veggie chicken, seitan, etc. For this recipe, we used canned chickpeas.
  • Then, select a flavor profile: In the mood for Mexican? Try chili powder, cumin, chili lime or taco seasoning. Love Middle Eastern flavors? You’ll love using za’atar, sumac.  For a Moroccan flare, go with harissa, cumin and turmeric. Asian? Use Teriyaki sauce, ginger and soy.
  • Next step, choose your liquid: we love adding balsamic vinegar or lemon juice for a touch of acidity, and soy sauce and coconut aminos for a balance of sweetness and saltiness. These liquids will also add moisture and help  infuse flavor into the veggies as they cook..
  • After you have chosen all your ingredients,  place the veggies and protein on a sheet pan, lined with parchment.
  • Combine your salt (as much or as little as you want), seasoning and liquid, pour it on the veggies, and toss everything together.
  • And for the final step, bake at 400F for 30 minutes.

Homemade Vegetarian Chili

Homemade Vegetarian Chili    

serves 4-6

Ingredients 

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil      vegetarian chili
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped           
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped                             
  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided
  • 4 cloves garlic, pressed                           
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder to taste
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin                     
  • 1 ½ teaspoons smoked paprika to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 large can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups vegetable broth or water                 
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnishing
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar or lime juice, to taste
  • Garnishes: sliced avocado, tortilla chips, sour cream, grated cheddar cheese, etc.

Directions

In a large Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat, warm the olive oil until shimmering. Add the chopped onion, bell pepper, carrot, celery and ¼ teaspoon of the salt. Stir to combine and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender and the onion is translucent, about 7 to 10 minutes. Add the garlic, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika and oregano. Cook until fragrant while stirring constantly, about 1 minute.

Add the diced tomatoes and their juices, the drained black beans and pinto beans, vegetable broth and bay leaf. Stir to combine and let the mixture come to a simmer. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally and reducing heat as necessary to maintain a gentle simmer, for 30 minutes. Remove the chili from the heat.

For the best texture and flavor, transfer 1 ½ cups of the chili to a blender, making sure to get some of the liquid portion, blend until smooth, then pour the blended mixture back into the pot. (Or, you can blend the chili briefly with an immersion blender, or mash the chili with a potato masher until it reaches a thicker, more chili-like consistency.)

Add the chopped cilantro, stir to blend, and then mix in the vinegar, to taste. Add salt to taste, too—I added ¼ teaspoon more at this point. Divide the mixture into individual bowls and serve with garnishes of your choice. This chili will keep well in the refrigerator for about 4 days or you can freeze it for longer-term storage.   

Did You Know? Which of your organs is the largest? 

Is it your liver? Brain? Intestines? None of those – it’s your skin! It’s gigantic. Your skin includes everything that covers your body and that organsincludes your hair and fingernails. Your skin is rather heavy – it accounts for about 16% of your entire body weight. 

Even though it’s heavy, it is very thin. At its thickest, the bottom of your feet, it is 1.5mm thick (as thick as a grain of rice). At the thinnest, your eyelids, its only 0.5mm. 

How much do you know about your organs?

We know you can recognize people from looking at their face; you can also recognize them from their liver, stomach lungs, heart, eyeballs, spine – our parts are unique. Every part of your body is like your fingerprints, unlike any other fingerprint in the world. Even identical twins have different fingerprints! 

Speaking about fingerprints, they are not just useful to the police for identification. Fingerprints give your skin friction so you can pick things up and hold them.

Your skin is also a barrier to protect you from infection and also serves as a major waste disposal site – using sweating, rashes, boils, pustules and other yucky mechanisms to keep you healthy and free from toxins.

Perhaps most amazing is that your skin completely renews itself every 27 days! Even during this complete change, your fingerprints remain the same. So, you can improve your looks by eating better, getting a massage, sitting in a sauna, fasting and cleansing – but it’ll take about a month to see the difference.

 

Takeaways from Canada’s Food Guide

Meat and dairy are out. Plants and water are in.

These appear to be the biggest takeaways from the newest version of Canada’s Food Guide, which was released Tuesday1/22/19 by Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor.

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“It puts more focus on what, when and how we eat, and less on food groups and servings. It gives clear, concise advice that everyone can easily apply to their everyday lives,” Petispas Taylor said at the guide’s unveiling event in Montreal.

One of the most notable changes is the elimination of the four traditional food groups, which had been part of the federal government’s nutrition advice, in one form or another, since 1942.

Whole grains, vegetables and fruits are still listed as an integral part of a healthy diet, but the traditional focus on the likes of meat and milk is gone in favour of the broader category of proteins.

There is a specific recommendation that Canadians consume plant-based proteins “more often” and cut down on their intake of processed meats and saturated fats, which can contribute to cancer, diabetes and other diseases.

Recommended proteins in the guide include “lentils, lean meats, fish, unsweetened milk and fortified soy beverages.” Meat and alternatives had previously been a separate food group, as had milk and alternatives.

The new guide also places a heavy emphasis on water, saying it should be the “beverage of choice” for Canadians. Coffee, tea, lower-fat milk and plant-based beverages are listed as other options, though less preferred.

Fruit juices are not recommended because of their sugar content. The previous edition of the food guide had suggested 100 per cent fruit juice as a way of achieving an optimal amount of fruit. Reducing consumption of sugars, saturated fats and processed foods was a key goal for the government in the development of the new guide.

Beyond specific foods

Also gone from the guide is specific governmental advice on how much food to consume. Health Canada officials say most Canadians found the portion size guidance confusing.

A document to be released later this year will include suggestions on healthy eating patterns, but those suggestions will be targeted toward people creating meal plans for hospitals, prisons and similar settings, and not the general public.

The new guide goes beyond simple nutritional advice, adding information on healthy eating habits such as cooking with raw ingredients, sharing food with other people and being aware that food producers may attempt to influence consumer habits through marketing programs.

“Healthy eating is more than just the food that you eat,” Petitpas Taylor said.

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Although not necessarily top-of-mind for many people, the food guide is considered to play a key role in shaping Canadian nutrition habits. Its recommendations help influence what food is served in public buildings and are promoted by the health-care and education sectors.

Many of the changes announced Tuesday were based on similar concepts already in use in such countries as Belgium, Sweden and Brazil.

Industry and professional reaction  

The new guide received immediate acclaim from various groups of medical and health professionals, including the Canadian Medical Association, Heart & Stroke and Dietitians of Canada.

Dietitians of Canada CEO Nathalie Savoie said she was happy to see a recommendation that publicly funded institutions align their food offerings with the guide’s advice.

“When it’s easier to purchase vegetables, fruit, whole grains and protein foods than it is to buy highly [processed] foods and beverages, Canadians will make healthier choices,” she said.

Canada Beef spokesperson Joyce Parslow said her organization was pleased with the food guide’s suggested meal approach of 50 per cent fruits and vegetables, 25 per cent whole grains and 25 per cent proteins.

“We’re very supportive of plant-based eating, and we do need to eat more fruits and vegetables,” she told CTV News Channel, adding that she hoped Canadians would continue to consume the “complete protein options” of beef and other meats.

A less positive reaction came from the Dairy Farmers of Canada advocacy group, which said it was “concerned” by the new food guide’s lesser emphasis on milk. The group also took issue with the food guide’s promotion of lower-fat milk only.

“Current and emerging scientific evidence does not support a continued focus on lower fat milk products as it reveals that milk products that contain more fat are not associated with harmful health effects and could even provide benefits,” Isabelle Neiderer, the organization’s director of nutrition and research, said in a statement.

Canada’s revamped Food Guide represents its first update since 2007.

The government doesn’t plan a similar decade-plus wait before its next changes, instead saying the guide will now evolve gradually as new nutritional evidence comes to the government’s attention.

your kidneys

 

Researching Chiropractic: Bed wetting, Seizures and Dizziness

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.

Bed wetting in 17-year-old teenage boy

A 17-year-old male presented for a chiropractic consultation and possible care with his parents. He was complaining of low back and upper back pain. The patient’s pain complaint was attributed to sports injury from hockey. However, he mentioned that he also suffered from chronic nocturnal enuresis (bed wetting) since early childhood. When he would go to sleepover he would have to wear Pull-Ups® but they would soak through during the night. 

Medical care and acupuncture were ineffective for addressing his bed wetting. He was cared for with various types of chiropractic techniques to reduce his vertebral subluxations – especially to C-1 (atlas), T-10 and sacrum.

After his 12th visit, he acknowledged that he did not have any wet nights since starting chiropractic care. He had a total of 24 visits over a four-month period. He was free of all his back pain by the 12th visit. (1)

 

Seizures in a 15-month-old.baby male

A 15-month-old male infant had a traumatic birth including Cesarean section and epidural. At six months of age he had his first seizure. He experienced another one eight months later and began to experience two to three seizures a week, each one lasting one to two minutes.

When the child was 15 months old his parents brought him in for chiropractic care. Chiropractic adjustments were directed at subluxations of the cranium and all areas of the child’s spine. The child had 17 visits over the period of eight months. The child’s seizures completely resolved. (2)

 

 Dizziness, neck pain and headaches in a 44-year-old woman. 44 woman

A 44-year-old woman with a three-year history of dizziness, neck pain and headaches, which began immediately after a motor vehicle accident, presented for chiropractic care. She was stopped at a red light and struck from behind. She suffered with vertebral subluxations, vertigo, facet syndrome with ligament sprain and tendon strain, as well as headaches. These are common whiplash symptoms. 

Chiropractic care was used where indicated to correct the subluxations that were found. The patient was also advised to do balancing and vision exercises. 

Her symptoms markedly decreased, including the frequency and duration of her vertigo with a significant improvement in balance measurements, in addition to the decrease in severity of her neck pain and headaches. The patient’s frequency of vertigo went from a nightly occurrence, lasting anywhere from five minutes to three hours, to once a week lasting no more than five minutes. (3)


  1. Shtulman I, Miller H, Alcantara J. Resolution of nocturnal enuresis, dysponesis & dysautonomia in a 17-year-old male following chiropractic care for vertebral subluxation. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, Chiropractic. December 10, 2018:155-160.
  2. McCauley N. Resolution of chronic seizures in an infant undergoing chiropractic care for vertebral subluxation: a case report and review of the literature. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, Chiropractic. December 27, 2018:161-164.
  3. Coppus JA. Resolution of vertigo, neck pain & headaches following chiropractic care: a case study & review of the literature. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. January 10, 2019:1-9.

The Latest From Charmaine: February 2019

Greetings all!!February 2019

Well, if you wanted Winter…are you happy now??  This has been both BEAUTIFUL AND UGLY.  The snow is gorgeous and yet what it has done to schedules and school days is definitely not pretty.

The good news is that we are inching closer to SPRING (March 1st if you are of a meteorological mindset) March 20th is the DAY !!!

My mail has had sporadic garden catalogs come in and I look out the window and go HURRY! HURRY!

One bright spot might be if you grow your own microgreens/sprouts.  Easy peasy and a constant supply of great fresh greens can be yours unless you are lucky enough to get out to the Farmers Markets that run thru’ the winter (but appear to be limited to the east side and also at hours that might not be convenient).

Interesting article in this newsletter from the Canadian Health Minister.

Any questions about the content…shoot me an e-mail (lanjorc@yahoo.com)

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