Spinal Column – August 2009

Lanjopoulos Family Chiropractic
309 E Saginaw Hwy, Grand Ledge. 627- 4547

Happy August Everybody,

Enjoying the Dogdays????? (what Dogdays????? )(They snuck up on us!!! 8/12)

How are your gardens growing? The Farmers Markets are in full force now and I go to three different ones, Portland, Grand Ledge and East Lansing. I also went to the statewide Farmers Market on the east Lawn of the Capitol this last month”.OH YUMMY!!!!!!!!. There will be another Sept 17th, I believe. A feast for the eyes and the palate.

As we put this newsletter to print, Back- to- School time is upon us. Even as you stock up the kids with clothes and goodies, remember TO CHECK THEIR SPINES to make sure that they are ready and well aligned to function at their best for school. And for those of you with kids in sports, consider asking Dr Charmaine to teach a stretching workshop to the coaches and athletes. Incorrect stretching is almost as bad as no stretching at all. Continuing Education: as the year draws to an end, we will be filling in some gaps in the continuing education package that is required by for Chiropractic (for both of us) and yoga (Dr Charmaine). We will keep you posted if there is any impact to our office schedule. We donated $520.00 to the Food Bank in July for all the new patients referred to our office in June. Keep in mind to that before you know it, Stuff the Bus Saturday Nov14th, will be upon us. The need is even greater this year than ever before.

Asthma and chiropractic

There are possibly millions of asthmatic children who are destined to a life dependent upon medication; these children may never have the chance to see if chiropractic spinal adjustments can help their asthma and provide them with a better quality of life.
– Peter Fysh, DC, researcher

Asthma, a once rare disorder, has exploded in incidence and is now the most common chronic disease in children. It causes more time lost from school than any other pediatric disorder. Asthma was almost never a fatal disease, but now it’s attributed to up to 5,000 deaths a year. Childhood vaccination is increasingly implicated as the reason asthma is increasing.

For over a hundred years sufferers of all types of respiratory conditions have sung the praises of chiropractic care. Typical among case histories is that of a 6-year-old girl with three years of uncontrolled asthma. She was on several different drugs daily. In 30 days of chiropractic care she was off all medications, and upon subsequent visits to the pediatrician she demonstrated a marked increase in lung volume.

A study involving 385 chiropractors in seven countries found significant improvement in those patients with asthma and other diseases. The longer the patients stayed under chiropractic care, the more improvements they noted.

In a study of 81 children, 73 showed significant improvement after chiropractic; 25 of them voluntarily decreased their medication by an average of 66.5% and 24 had significantly decreased incidences of attacks by an average of 44.9%.

Anyone with asthma, bronchitis, emphysema or other chronic lung conditions needs to ensure their lungs and bronchi are receiving uninterrupted nerve communication from their brain and spinal cord. Chiropractic is a healing art dedicated to keeping the nerve passages in the body open and unobstructed.

***************GLOWING TESTIMONIAL. Jill says that in the 2 months since she started in our office, she “is using less and less medication to control her asthma and is feeling better overall”*************************Kudos- Jill!!!!!!

It’s OK to worry

We all want to live lives of peace, joy, and happiness so why are fear, wariness, caution and worry such a common part of life? Fear, worry and other uncomfortable feelings are necessary emotions, protective mechanisms that serve a purpose – they keep us aware of danger and help protect us.

Watch a bird at a birdfeeder. It may have been there once, twice, a hundred, or even a thousand times and yet it is always on guard, always listening, always alert and ready to spring at the slightest hint of danger. Like birds at a feeder we are always on guard. Our eyes are always scanning the path we are on for danger – and for opportunity.

We watch our children to make sure they are safe and protected. We worry about them all the time. And we worry not just about our children – we also worry about our business, our job, our health, our grades, our future.. But when the danger is over we relax – or do we? When our children are safe at home, when we lock up the business after a hard day’s work, when we clock out we can stop worrying – or can we?

Worries, fears and concerns have a place – but for so many they don’t stay in their place, they are all over the place. Our protective mechanisms keep us safe so we can enjoy life but we have to be able to turn them off. Too many people are so obsessed with protecting themselves that they cannot enjoy life. Ironic, isn’t it? Lost in our fears and worries, we can forget the good stuff of life: the joy, wonder, awe, excitement, beauty, peace and happiness that are also a part of life. We need them; we need the perspective they give us so our lives are balanced.

So it’s OK to worry.. Worry about the kids but be happy you have kids and reflect on all the joy they’ve given you and all the lessons they’ve taught you.

Be concerned about the future, but feel the awe and promise in each sunrise. Be wary of economic downturns, but remember we live in a world of abundance, opportunity and potential.

Be concerned about your health, but know that too much worry about your health can make you sick. Never forget that your body is an amazing creation, full of wonders and mysteries with a marvelous healing ability that has the potential to cure any disease, from the common cold to cancer.

It’s ok to worry, just don’t beat yourself up. Don’t risk closing the door to the health and happiness that is closer to you than you may realize.

Chiropractic Research

Ear infection, Neck Pain, Headache & Sinus Infection. An 8-year-old girl with a 3-year history of ear infection, head and neck pain and sinus infections had bilateral ear tube surgery twice, antibiotics and sinus surgery with no improvement. She was brought to a chiropractor who found that she had subluxations in her neck. After chiropractic care she reported a dramatic decrease in headaches; sinus and ear infections; and ear, head and neck pain

********GLOWING TESTIMONIALS – HOW WE HAVE HELPED OTHERS ON THE ROAD TO HEALTH. Megan came home a beautiful baby with a broken clavicle, who had been induced as they were worried she maybe getting too big. “The doctor said that lots of babies are born with broken bones and it would heal” She seemed to be fine “if you call a 2 year old fine that could only sleep about 4 hours a night, had over 20 ear infections, severe allergies requiring the use of a nebulizer and two exhausted parents. She never wanted to be held or snuggled, was very particular about things touching her and being touched”. Eating out was a nightmare, driving in the car unthinkable, going grocery shopping/ to the mall out of the question. We started seeing Drs Ray and Charmaine after getting favorable recommendations”.WOW what a miracle! She slept 10 hours after her first visit and has not had an ear infection in about 7 weeks, an all time record! And sure enough her behaviors have changed “my husband and I have noticed a definite increase in snuggles, hugs and love she has to share.***Megan’s Mom

Words of wisdom from Voltaire
All history is little else than a long succession of useless cruelties.

Common sense is not so common.
He who is not just is severe, he who is not wise is sad.

Perfection is attained by slow degrees; it requires the hand of time.

Prejudice is the reason of fools.

Sunlight prevents many different cancers

We’ve got to remind you: Now’s the time to get your vitamin D injected into every pore of your body using a special high tech device called SUNLIGHT.

Yet another study found that a high level of vitamin D in your blood is associated with “substantially” lower rates of colon, breast, ovarian, renal, pancreatic, aggressive prostate and other cancers.

The authors predict that increasing vitamin D levels would prevent approximately 58,000 new cases of breast cancer and 49,000 new cases of colorectal cancer each year Other researchers have reported that sunlight lowers the risk of melanoma as well.

Get lots of sun, just don’t burn.


Italian pasta diet – it really works!!

1. You walka pasta da bakery.
2. You walka pasta da candy store.
3. You walka pasta da ice cream shop.
4. You walka pasta da table and fridge.
You will lose weight!

And another happy client

“The most obvious difference Chiropractic has made in my life is that I sleep better and my neck gets fewer “kinks”…”Bill (a skeptic who want wanted to check us out to see if chiropractic was “legit”)

How observant are you?

There are 29 questions about things we see every day or have known about all our lives. How many can you get right?

These simple questions are harder than you think – it just shows you how little we pay attention to the commonplace things of life. No cheating! Can you beat 18?? (The average score is 7.)

1. On a standard traffic light, is the green on the top or bottom?
2. How many states are there? (Don’t laugh, some people don’t know.)
3. In which hand is the Statue of Liberty’s torch?
4. What six colors are on the classic Campbell’s soup label?
5. What two letters don’t appear on the telephone dial? (No cheating!)
6. What two numbers on the telephone dial don’t have letters by them?
7. When you walk does your left arm swing w/your right or left leg?
8. How many matches are in a standard pack?
9. On the United States flag is the top stripe red or white?
10. What is the lowest number on the FM dial?
11. Which way does water go down the drain, counter or clockwise?
12. Which way does a “no smoking” sign’s slash run?
13. How many channels on a VHF TV dial?
14. Which side of a women’s blouse are the buttons on?
15. On a NY license plate, is New York on the top or bottom?
16. Which way do fans rotate?
17. Whose face is on a dime?
18.. How many sides does a stop sign have?
19. Do books have even-numbered pages on the right or left side?
20. How many lug nuts are on a standard car wheel?
21. How many sides are there on a standard pencil?
22. Sleepy, Happy, Sneezy, Grumpy, Dopey, Doc. Who’s missing?
23. How many hot dog buns are in a standard package?
24. On which playing card is the card maker’s trademark?
25. On which side of a Venetian blind is the cord that adjusts the opening between the slats?
26. On the back of a $1 bill, what is in the center?
27. There are 12 buttons on a touchtone phone. What 2 symbols bear no digits?
28. How many curves are there in the standard paper clip?
29. Does a merry-go-round turn counter or clockwise?

Answers: 1. Bottom 2. 50 (please tell me you got this one!) 3. Right 4. Blue, red, white, yellow, black, & gold 5. Q, Z 6. 1, 0 7. Right 8. 20 9. Red 10. 88 11. Counter (north of the equator) 12. Towards bottom right 13. 12 (no #1) 14. Left 15. Top 16. Clockwise as you look at it 17. Roosevelt 18. 8 19. Left 20. 5 21. 6 22. Bashful 23. 8 24. Ace of spades 25. Left 26. ONE 27. *, # 28. 3 29. Counter


So what’s this all about?

It’s our Wellness Orientation Workshop..that’s what.

It’s a chance for us to teach you a little about diet, exercise and attitude and to let you discover whether you are on the edge of a health crisis, heading in that direction or .”and most optimistically” whether you are so far away from the edge you are doing great!

Bring a friend, take time to share this info with your spouse or significant other. This health information is unlike anything you will get anywhere else.

Our next Workshop is scheduled for Saturday August 8th at 9..30am OR Thursday August 20th at 6.30pm It lasts an hour and we have a chance for you to share this gift of health with a friend thru’ gift certificate program. Ask us about it!!!


Steve, who was in a nasty auto accident in 1977, reports’ physically the weight of the world has lifted from my shoulders’ as the greatest benefit he has received in the 10 visits he has had to the office.

“While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it more fully in your heart.” -St. Francis of Assisi

Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce
Potato, Corn, and Cherry Tomato Salad with Basil Dressing

Summer Salad Dressing with Sesame Salt

(Recipe serves 4)

2 tablespoons olive oil
Juice from 1/2 a lemon or 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
Bragg Liquid Aminos (or tamari) to taste
1-2 teaspoons nutritional yeast flakes
Sesame Salt (Gomasio)

Dry roast sesame seeds in a frying pan with a dash of sea salt.
Stir frequently until seeds are light brown.
Let cool, then grind medium fine in a cuisinart or coffee grinder used just for nuts and seeds.
Place washed lettuce in a salad bowl. Add all dressing ingredients and toss. Add sesame salt (gomasio) for additional flavor and nutrition.

Make every effort to support your local farmers market. Out now Épotatoes, lettuces, beets, some strawberries and asparagus, onions, garlic and other wonderful yumminesses(?).

Note that on July 23rd there will a BIG Farmers Market Bash on the lawn of the Capitol.

Also visit the City Market and go see The Grain MarketÉMy friend Scarlett has her products up for sale. BUY LOCAL!!!!!

Spinal Column – July 2009

Lanjopoulos Family Chiropractic
309 E Saginaw Hwy, Grand Ledge. 627- 4547

Summer is upon us, although many of us may be questioning…. What Summer?

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your thoughts and prayers on the recent passing of my Mom. I am SO not getting on a plane for a journey longer than 3-4 hours anytime soon!…Of course it was winter in South Africa, which was chilly and yet refreshing and given that we were having 90F+ days as I was about to leave and the morning temps in SA were close to freezing… what a difference! After the funeral and tying up the loose ends, my daughter and I had the chance to visit a Lion Farm… the lions are white… a genetic mutation and as they will not survive in the bush, they are kept on this farm. Had a chance to play with and pet 3 month old cubsÉ that was a blast.

This past month Erica’s son Ayden turned 2…. Happy Days ahead!!! Jessica starts Sienna Heights University in August. Daughter Damaris goes into 11th of 14 quarters and the last but one academic quarter. Then 2 quarters working in somebody’s office getting hands on experience “in the real world” Brenda has almost completed teaching her first on-line class at LCC. She teaches special needs massage and business application for massage therapists. In the fall she will be teaching the National Certification Exam prep class.

Also in the news… we donated $500.00 to the Food Bank this month in recognition for all the new patients who started care in our office in June and to celebrate our 20 years in Grand Ledge. Thank you all for your referrals!

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them. Galileo Galilei

Stressed out?

The economy, business, jobs, investments, expenses, bills, the future – there are so many things that can stress us out.

But let’s be honest. These stresses are nothing new – they might be a little more intense today than a few months ago – but we have always had to deal with financial challenges, with bills, with an uncertain future.

That we live under stress is a given. Yes, life is stressful. Can you escape stress? It’s impossible! To be alive is to be under stress. But stress doesn’t have to eat you up inside; it doesn’t have to be the kind of STRESS that damages your physical and mental health.

This brings us to what chiropractic can do for you in these trying times. Chiropractors get such good results because they release pressure on your nervous system and body structure. Chiropractic care helps you manage stress better.

So don’t let yourself tighten up into a mess of stress. Come in for a chiropractic checkup and adjustment to de-stress your system before you start to develop serious health concerns.

Other things to do when under stress: exercise (it really does make a difference), eat nutrient dense foods, avoid junk foods (they affect your nervous system and weaken your physiology), make sure you get sun (good for your endocrine organs and mood) and take a break from your usual routine and go for a walk, take a vacation or engage in some relaxing activity.

To this we can add meditation, prayer and staying connected to teachers, mentors and friends who can give us advice or at the least, just listen.

Don’t just sit there and fall victim to stress. Do something! First and foremost take care of your brain and nervous system – please don’t ignore yourself. You need chiropractic care now more than ever.

Have more energy – get chiropractically balanced

Most people get their tires balanced, realigned and checked for leaks. If they don’t there’ll be increased wear and tear and wasted energy. But what about getting your body balanced? If you use it you’ve got to make sure it’s still in alignment. Otherwise you’ll waste energy and have increased wear and tear.

When does a tire start to wear down? After 5,000 miles? 10,000 miles? 20,000 miles?

The answer: It starts to wear down the moment you start driving.

It’s the same with your body. If you are alive, you are using it and it’s getting worn.

Make sure you’re healthy – make sure your body’s structural system is aligned and balanced. You’ll have less wear and tear – in other words, you’ll age slower and stay younger longer.

What our patients are saying after several visits to this office

Avoided back surgery- my surgeon is very pleased that he did not have to do surgery. I am able to resume my normal activities, i.e. housework, walking, Curves, working in the yard, etc. I AM THE ENERGIZER BUNNY OF THE FAMILY!!! ….Mary
****** Mary had two herniated discs in her low back.

Sharon BÉ. I had awful headaches and really was a mess. The nerve pain is gone, in fact most pain is gone. I stand and walk straighter, sleep better, have more energy and exercise more…. I feel better all over. I know that if you follow through with the directions and exercises…. the results are wonderful!

Sunlight protects older people from heart disease and diabetes

In a new study it was discovered that older people can reduce their risk of developing heart disease and diabetes by spending more time in the sunshine.

Sunlight boosts vitamin D in the skin and older people are more likely to have a vitamin D deficiency due to the natural aging process and changes in lifestyle.

Researchers found that vitamin D deficiency is significantly associated with metabolic syndrome, a combination of medical and metabolic disorders that increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Vitamin D deficiency is very common. The researchers found 94 percent of people in the study had a vitamin D (25-hydroxyvitamin D) deficiency or insufficiency.

The amount of sunlight it takes to make enough vitamin D is always less than the amounts that cause reddening or burning so it should be possible to get the benefits without the worry about skin cancer or skin damage.

Elderly people (and everyone else) can also boost vitamin D levels by eating foods such as oily fish, liver and eggs.

Ironically, as we get older and need to spend more time in the sun, we do the opposite – we spend less time outdoors – and cover ourselves up with clothing.

Do it now. Your body can store enough vitamin D in the sunny months so you’ll have enough in you to stay healthy all winter.

When faced with a health problem, how often have you said any or all of the following?????

Maybe it will go away………… Are you willing to take the chance?

It comes and goes………… Why wait until it becomes a constant problem.

It’s not that bad!…………………….Compared to what?

Why change now?………… Do you have so little respect for your body? Remember it has to last 80+ years)

I don’t have any symptoms………… First sign of a heart attack in 57% of the time is DEATH

I don’t have the time………… Can you afford to be out of commission?

I know what my problem is………… And your solution is………… ?

I was told I have to live with it………… Don’t give up on you body or your body will give up on you!

They couldn’t find anything………… Isn’t it time for a different approach?

I don’t want to know!……………What you don’t know can hurt.

It’s because of my age!…………Why do some people age better than others?

I can’t afford it………… You can’t afford not to!

Such thoughts could prevent you from enjoying the benefits that millions have successfully experienced thru’ safe, gentle chiropractic care.


Isn’t it time to start on your own health journey?
Think: How your past decisions have affected your health.
Evaluate: The quality of your present health.
Choose: To control the quality of your future health.
Change: Your thoughts, actions and decisions today which will determine the quality of life tomorrow

Chiropractic research

Acid reflux and colic. Sixteen infants were diagnosed by their physicians with acid reflux (9 infants) or colic (7 infants). Ten of the 16 mothers reported difficulty in their child’s birth (mechanical forces) that could have caused upper cervical (neck) injuries, such as the use of vacuum extraction or the wrapping of the umbilical cord around the infant’s neck.

In every child, trauma-induced upper cervical subluxations (spinal distortions causing nerve damage) were found.

In every case, the acid reflux and/or colic (all 16) resolved after the child received chiropractic care to the upper cervical area.
Meniere’s disease. Classic (typical) Meniere’s disease is the term given to the condition having the following four symptoms: hearing loss, rotational vertigo (a form of dizziness which feels as if the world is spinning around you), tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and a sense of air pressure in the middle ear, as if descending in an airplane. Some people suffering from Meniere’s also report forgetfulness, memory loss, confusion and disorientation. “Brain fog” is a term used by many Meniere’s disease patients.

Medically, the cause is unknown. People suffering from this condition may become disabled.
In one study ten individuals suffering from Meniere’s disease were placed under chiropractic care. In all ten cases there was a history of neck traumas, most from automobile accidents, resulting in undiagnosed whiplash injuries.
Chiropractic care for the reduction of subluxation was undertaken. All ten individuals responded favorably to chiropractic care. They were all adjusted in the upper cervical (upper neck) region of the spine.

And now a word from another happy patient
Sleeping better, moving better than I have in a couple of years. That makes a great difference in my “duties” as a mom to 3 ……..Lisa
****** Lisa came to us with lower back spasms that were incapacitating.

Did you know? There are 1,000 species of bacteria on your skin(and even more inside your gut!!!!!!!)

The average adult has 19 square feet of skin and it is inhabited by 1,000 different species of bacteria. How many is that in round numbers? About 100 billion individual bacteria live on your skin.

And that’s on healthy people. They are supposed to be there, living in harmony with you and performing many necessary functions.

A National Institutes of Health study should give us pause in our attempt to kill all “germs.” We need them. If they go we go. That’s why antibiotics are so dangerous – they indiscriminately kill everything. It’s in the name: anti – against, biotic – life.

Inside of you are billions more bacteria and without them you couldn’t live. In one study mice bred to be entirely germ-free have smaller hearts and are unable to digest food properly.

Words of Wisdom

All truth goes through three stages. First it is ridiculed. Then it is violently opposed. Finally, it is accepted as self-evident.
– Arthur Schopenhauer, philosopher


A little girl was watching her parents dress for a party. When she saw her dad donning his tuxedo, she warned, “Daddy, you shouldn’t wear that suit.”
“And why not, darling?”
“You know that it always gives you a headache the next morning.”

WeÕd like to take this chance to clear up any misconceptions you may have about food and diets.Ê(Thanks to my bother!!)

Q: Doctor, I’ve heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this true?
A: Your heart is only good for so many beats, and that’s it… don’t waste them on exercise. Everything wears out eventually. Speeding up your heart will not make you live longer; that’s like saying you can extend the life of your car by driving it faster. Want to live longer? Take a nap.

Q: Should I cut down on meat and eat more fruits and Êvegetables?
A: You must grasp logistical efficiencies. What does a cow eat? Hay and corn and what are these? Vegetables. So a steak is nothing more than an efficientÊmechanismÊof delivering vegetables to your system. Need grain? Eat chicken. Beef is also a good source of field grass (green leafy vegetable). And a pork chop can give you 100% of your recommended daily allowance of vegetable products.Ê

Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?
A: No, not at all. Wine is made from fruit. Brandy is distilled wine,Êthat means they take the water out of the fruity bit so you get even more f the goodness that way. Beer is also made out of grain. Bottoms up!

Q: Aren’t fried foods bad for you?
A: YOU’RE NOT LISTENING!!! ….. Foods are fried these days in vegetable oil. In fact, they’re permeated in it. How could getting more vegetables be bad for you? Ê

Q: Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle?
A: Definitely not! When you exercise a muscle, it gets bigger. You should only be doing sit-ups if you want a bigger stomach.

Q: Is chocolate bad for me?
A: Are you crazy? HELLO!!!!!!!! Cocoa beans! Another vegetable!!! It’s the best feel-good food around!

The Underwire Bra — A Cancer-Causing Device?

Far worse for your health than tight or ill-fitting bras is the most popular type of allÊ– the underwire bra.

It’s important to realize that nearly all underwire bras contain metal underwires, coated with plastic. And it is the metal that could ruin your long-term health.

In his 1975 article, Chinese Lessons For Modern Chiropractors, “http://www.icak.com/college/research/goodheart_biblio_11_18_05.htm” Dr. George Goodheart Ð known as “the father of Applied Kinesiology” — explained what he calls the “Antenna Effect.”Ê Essentially, he discovered that by taping a small metal ball over an acupuncture point, you could achieve longer-term stimulation to that point in question. This discovery led to what are now known as AcuAidsÊ– small magnetic patches that are used by thousands of doctors across the world.

However, just like a small metal ball, any metal constantly applied to any given energy channel or point on your body can have the same stimulating effect.

As described by John D. Andre, D.C., N.D., below your breasts are two important neuro-lymphatic reflex points. The one below your right breast corresponds to your liver and gallbladder. The one below your left breast goes to your stomach.

He goes on to say:
“These reflexes, like all acupuncture points, follow the Law of Stimulation. In the beginning of stimulating a point, it is stimulated – often causing an increase in associated function. Later on, this continued stimulation causes sedation of that point and a subsequent decrease in its associated function. It’s a mechanical thing.

If a woman keeps the metal underwires on top of those reflex points, over time that WILL mess up the functioning of the associated circuits: Liver, gallbladder, and stomach.

Bottom Line: It will likely make her sick; slowly and quietly.”
In addition to that, the metal wire can also act as an antenna attracting electromagnetic fields, which can also increase your risk of breast cancer.


From the White Lotus Kitchen ,Santa Barbara, where I took a course several years ago.

Texas Caviar
Summer Salad Dressing with Sesame Salt

Texas Caviar

…………………… way delicious!!!!!!

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup olive oil
3/4 cup white cider vinegar (I used Red wine vinegar)
1 green yellow pepper, orange and red pepper, chopped
1 red onion diced
1 can white corn (drained)
1 can black eyed peas (rinsed and drained)
1 can black beans (rinsed and drained)
I added a can of small pinto beans…………….. Mix well and enjoy!!!!!

Spring Greens Salad with Endives and Oranges Serves: 4 to 6

6 or so cups washed and torn mixed greens (see note)
2 Belgian endives, thinly sliced
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
2 to 3 small seedless oranges, peeled and sectioned
1/4 cup sliced or slivered almonds
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons white balsamic or white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons orange juice

Combine all of the ingredients in a salad bowl and toss together. Serve at once.

Note: Use a mild lettuce such as Boston or butter mixed with any combination of sorrel, arugula, watercress, and tender Asian greens such as mizuna in small quantities.

Pasta with Asparagus and Arugula serves 4

10 to 12 ounces pasta, any short shape
1 pound fresh asparagus
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced
4 ounces fresh arugula leaves, rinsed
1/4 cup oil-cured sun-dried tomatoes, plus a little of their liquid
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Cook the pasta according in plenty of rapidly simmering water until al dente, then drain.

Meanwhile, trim the woody ends from the asparagus spears and scrape any tough skin with a vegetable peeler. Fresh slender spring asparagus usually needs no scraping. Cut the spears into 1 to 2-inch long pieces and set aside.

Heat the oil in a small skillet and add the garlic. Saute over low heat for a minute or two or until golden. Add the asparagus and a small amount of water. Cover and steam until the asparagus is done to your liking but still bright green. Add the arugula, cover, and steam very briefly (less than a minute will do), just until the arugula wilts down slightly.

Combine the pasta, asparagus arugula mixture, and dried tomatoes in a serving bowl and toss well. Season with salt and pepper and serve at once.

E2 NACHOS ( from Engine 2 Diet)

1 bag fat-free baked corn chips
2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
2 large tomatoes, diced
1 bell pepper, seeded and diced
4 green onions, sliced into rounds
Salsa to taste
2 cups shredded romaine lettuce

Preheat oven to broil. Spread the chips across a sprayed baking sheet. Spoon the beans over the chips. Add the tomatoes, bell pepper, and green onions. Bake until the chips are slightly browned on the edges, 7-10 minutes. Push the nachos onto a large serving plate. Top with salsa, guacamole, and romaine lettuce.

Spinal Column – June 2009

Lanjopoulos Family Chiropractic
309 E Saginaw Hwy, Grand Ledge. 627- 4547

Greetings all,

Well, Summer is “officially” days away. Gardens are happening and the weather is co-operating in its typical Michigan way.

This month is a month of CELEBRATION!!! We will have been in practice 29 years (20 here in good ole Grand Ledge). To celebrate we will contribute $20.00 to the Grand Ledge Food Bank for every new patient referred to our office. SPREAD THE WORDÉ.you can help someone who needs to get under care and at the same time the Food Bank can benefit tremendously. Ask us for the special new patient referral package you can pass on to your friends in need.

This is also FatherÕs Day monthÉ..so if Dad is not a patient yetÉgive him the gift of health by giving him one of our new patient referral packages and help the Food Bank too!!!

Just spent Memorial Day weekend at our Alma Mater (needless to say on the best weather weekend Michigan has had in a while), picking up some continuing education credits and learnt some seriously mind blowing stuff about ADD. Ask either of us if you are interested…………

Your hip bone’s connected to your……

Every part of your body is directly or indirectly connected to every other part of your body. A disturbance in one area can affect many other areas.

That’s why a chiropractor could adjust (realign) a spinal bone in your neck (cervical spine) and your sciatica, lumbar disc problem, low back pain or constipation could disappear!

Similarly a lower back or sacrum adjustment could release pressure on your neck and head, eyes and ears.

A vertebra out of alignment (a subluxation) could stress nerves that affect your internal organ systems and cause digestive complaints, skin problems, allergies, asthma, autism, gynecological and sexual problems, vision and hearing problems and other conditions. Additionally, balance and coordination are intimately connected to your entire body structure and that’s why elite athletes often seek out chiropractic care.

There’s no limit to the ways chiropractic can benefit everyone. That’s because almost everyone, from infancy to adulthood, develops subluxations. Chiropractors are the only professionals trained to locate and correct subluxations. Bring the family and we’ll check everyone.

Chiropractic in the news DCs Rated Higher Than MDs In Consumer Reports Survey

A Consumer Reports survey of its readers found that “hands-on” healthcare, led by chiropractic care, were the top-rated for people suffering from low back pain.

Fifty-eight percent of those in the survey of 12,000 Consumer Reports readers rated chiropractic/spinal manipulation as helping a lot for those suffering from back pain and that chiropractors are the best at providing real relief followed by massage (48%) and physical therapy (46%). Consumers were more likely to be “highly satisfied” with their care from their chiropractors (59%) than from their MD (34%). The full report can be found at http://www.consumerreports.org/health/medical-conditions-treatments/back-pain/overview/back-pain.htm

Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves – regret for the past and fear of the future. – Fulton Oursler

How long should you live?

Scientists say human life span potential is 120 years, but that’s old news; in Genesis 6:3: “The Lord said.his days shall be a hundred and twenty years.” And that’s in perfect physical and mental health too.

Bodybuilding at 100?

Jack LaLanne (pictured at right), the world famous bodybuilder and exercise educator, says “Any fool can die – it takes guts to live…. Old age is always 20 years away.” LaLanne (who is a chiropractor) was born September 26, 1914 – he will be 95 years old later this year. When he was asked if he thinks about his mortality he answered, “I can’t die, it would be bad for my image.”

115 year old’s brain in top shape

A Dutch woman who reached 115 years of age and remained mentally sharp had a healthy brain when she died. “The psychological tests revealed that her general performance was above average of healthy adults of 60-75 years. Our observations indicate that the limits of human cognitive function extend far beyond the range that is currently enjoyed by most individuals and that brain disease (i.e. Alzheimer’s) even in super centenarians, is not inevitable.”

You have a powerful inner healing ability to keep you healthy 120 years and to cure the most “incurable” diseases from the common cold to cancer. Chiropractic, a nutrient dense diet, work satisfaction, family closeness, love and a sense of purpose are the secrets to a long, long, healthy life.


Great Truths That Little Children Have Learned
No matter how hard you try, you can’t baptize cats.
Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato.
You can’t trust dogs to watch your food.
Don’t sneeze when someone is cutting your hair.
Never hold a Dust-Buster and a cat at the same time.
Don’t wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts.

Special Report: Swine Flu – the mouse that roared

Now that the swine flu hysteria has abated let’s see what really happened. Was it a horrible pandemic? Were the number of cases any different from any other year?

It seems that we saw a replay of the 1976 swine flu panic. In 1976 there was no swine flu epidemic however 25 people were killed and over 500 were paralyzed from the vaccine. Those numbers may be low since most drug reactions are never reported.

In this 2009 swine flu “pandemic”, we were first told that over 150 died in Mexico City . Then the numbers were revised to 16; then as media reports raged, the number of deaths dropped to 7. Seven out of twenty million people living in one of the most polluted cities on the planet? That’s not an epidemic. Three people died in the US – two had severe health problems before they got the flu and the 3rd had compromised health prior to getting the flu.

What should we do regarding the flu? More powerful than any drug, vaccine or medical procedure is your own natural immune system. For most people the flu is an annoying but rarely dangerous condition and it’s best to let it run its course.

The flu for most is a temporary inconvenience that leaves a cleaner, healthier, detoxified person in its wake. Research shows that those who get the flu have lowered risk of cancer later in life.

Taking fever reducers, antibiotics or vaccines can actually make the flu worse and prolong the illness by suppressing symptoms.

It’s best to comfort people when they are ill and help their immune system work to its full potential with natural healthcare: chiropractic, homeopathy, acupuncture, naturopathy and nutrient dense foods such as good broths. Avoid sugar, sugar substitutes and refined and pasteurized foods.


It’s better than you think
Every generation has perceived the limits to growth that finite resources and undesirable side effects would pose if no new recipes or ideas were discovered. And every generation has underestimated the potential for finding new recipes and ideas. We consistently fail to grasp how many ideas remain to be discovered. Possibilities do not add up. They multiply.

– Paul Romer, Stanford University economist, quoted in Reason Magazine May 2000

Rocket fuel chemical in most powdered infant formula

No, that’s not a misprint. The March 2009 Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology revealed that perchlorate, a potent thyroid toxin (a rocket fuel chemical) that may interfere with fetal and infant brain development, was found in most of the infant formula sold in the US. In adults, exposure to perchlorate may cause cancer, anxiety, fatigue, depression, hair loss, unexplained weight gain and decreased libido. In at least 35 states and the District of Columbia , perchlorate was been found in drinking water. http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_17460.cfm

Words of wisdom

The secret of being tiresome is in telling everything. – Voltaire Chiropractic research

Brain disorder: Ataxia. A seven-year-old girl with cerebellar ataxia of the right cerebellum was placed under chiropractic care. Cerebellar ataxia is a disorder that results in balance and coordination problems.

Subluxations in the cervical, thoracic, lumbar and pelvic region were corrected. Within 4 visits there was marked improvement in walking and resolution of the ataxia. Disorders such as ADHD, pervasive developmental disorder, Tourette’s syndrome, obsessive compulsive disorder and other neurodevelopmental disorders are believed to have their root in abnormal spinal development.

Ear infection and hearing. A three-year-old girl had bilateral ear pain, ear infections and hearing loss after three unsuccessful implantations of ear (tympanostomy) tubes and multiple medications. The child was given chiropractic care where upper cervical vertebral subluxations were located and corrected.

The patient reported an increase in hearing and the child’s mother reported the child had less ear pain, was less irritable and had better speech after the initiation of chiropractic. Medical audiology reports documented speech and hearing improvements after the implementation of chiropractic care. Pubic pain in pregnancy. A 32-year-old pregnant female had severe pubic and groin pain that began when she was 28 weeks pregnant. The pain was so bad she couldn’t sleep at night and had difficulty getting into a seated position. Some pain relief occurred following the first adjustment and the patient was able to sleep that night. By the fifth adjustment she was pain free. She gave birth to a healthy six pound boy and had no pubic pain during (vaginal) delivery.

Did you know?

The original fast food is sprouted or soaked grains, nuts and seeds.

In the past we ate most of our grains partially germinated or sprouted. That is very important because most grains have toxic chemicals in them.

Most grains, nuts and seeds need to be soaked overnight or sprouted to neutralize phytic acid, aflatoxins (which are carcinogenic) and enzyme inhibitors. Soaking increases the amount of Vitamins B and C, carotene and enzymes. Note: avoid alfalfa sprouts – they contain the toxic amino acid canavanine.

The sprouting of seeds is a natural phenomenon. Any seed can be made to germinate unless it has been irradiated. Before the advent of factory farms, grains were partially germinated. Oats, for example, were always soaked overnight in a little yogurt, whey or lemon juice (to slightly acidify the water) and then cooked in the morning – the original fast food. It cooks up in a few minutes – add salt, butter, cream, or maple syrup – and it beats those unhealthy bizarre shaped, expensive, unhealthy sugared products, is cheaper and a lot more healthy.

Four worms and a lesson! A minister decided that a visual demonstration would add emphasis to his Sunday sermon.
Four worms were placed into four separate jars.
The first worm was put into a container of alcohol. The second worm was put into a container of cigarette smoke.
The third worm was put into a container of chocolate syrup. The fourth worm was put into a container of good clean soil.

At the conclusion of the sermon, the Minister reported the following results:
The first worm in alcohol – Dead
The second worm in cigarette smoke – Dead
Third worm in chocolate syrup – Dead
Fourth worm in good clean soil – Alive!

So the Minister asked the congregation, “What did you learn from this demonstration???”
Martha, sitting in the back, quickly raised her hand and said, ‘As long as you drink, smoke and eat chocolate, you won’t have worms!’

New on the bookshelf:
Engine 2 DietÉRip EsselstynÉ..A bunch of firefighters in Texas (of all places) are total vegans and live a plant-strong life and share their info with the worldÉ..Amazing stuff like dramatic drops in Blood pressure, cholesterol levels and weight loss. Rip has worked with Lance Armstrong, and comes from an incredible pedigree of frontrunners in the health care profession so he knows what he is talking about
Ecological IntelligenceÉ.Daniel Goleman As seen on Bill Moyers on WKAR. Daniel talks about how the sunscreen we are using is killing the coral reefs, how organic t-shirts maybe greatÉ.but at what cost to the environment? Essentially he talks about understanding the hidden (and some times not so hidden) impacts of some of the choices we make when we are lead to believe that what we do is good for the world. Goleman encourages readers to learn about the many invisible threats to our health and the health of the environment caused by product manufacturing. Wisely focusing on the one element we can control, what we purchase, Goleman calls for higher ÒgreenÓ standards and Òradical transparencyÓ regarding how products are madeÉ..a very interesting read.

Spring Greens Salad with Endives and Oranges
Pasta with Asparagus and Arugula

Lyceum 2009

Just got back from our 2009…29th Chiropractic College Homecoming in South Carolina.

The weather was wet and icky…needless to say I saw ( and heard!!) how great Michigan’s weather was and I am now one week behind in the gardening!!!!!

We has a great evening with daughter and friends of hers had a baby who had fallen off the bed a few days earlier. He had been checked and adjusted immediately afterwards.  When they came to see us, he was fussy and no really wanting to be held and refusing to drink his bottle.  Ray adjusted him and it was like a light switch being flipped!!! he became cuddly and was sucking on his bottle like a starving man…..He had a headache and couldn’t communicate it!!!!

Learnt a lot of stuff about the hidden truth behind ADD….Did you know there is no official diagnostic test?  Did you know schools benefit to the tune of $400.00 per diagnosed child per year?   Do you know what the side effects of the drugs are like????

There are several very interesting facts to consider:   Diagnosis of ADD has risen in direct proportion to the drop in recess and play time.

Diagnosis of ADD had increased as teachers are  forced to teach to tests and not to the children and their individual learning quirks.

School violence and children on drugs are so intertwined…its mind-blowing.

Get your kids checked lots and often and help them to express the best that they can be!!


1. Walking 20 minutes can add to your life. This enables you at 85 years old to spend an additional 5 months in a nursing home at $7000 per month.

2. My grandpa started walking five miles a day when he was 60.. Now he’s 97 years old … and we haven’t a clue where he is.

3. I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.

4. The only reason I would take up walking is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.

5. I have to walk early in the morning, before my brain figures out what I’m doing.

6. I joined a health club last year, spent about 400 bucks. I haven’t lost a pound. Apparently you have to actually go there.

7. Every time I hear the dirty word ‘exercise’, I wash my mouth out with chocolate.

8. The advantage of exercising every day is so when you die, they’ll say, “Well, he looks good, doesn’t he.”

9. If you are going to try cross-country skiing, start with a small country.

10. I know I got a lot of exercise the last few years . just getting over the hill was enough.

11. We all get heavier as we get older, because there’s a lot more information in our skulls. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

12. Every time I start thinking too much about how I look, just find a Happy Hour and by the time I leave, I look just fine.