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The Lastest from Charmaine: November 2019

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November seems to have rushed in with unseemly haste, bringing the month of weird weather and the constant question…Just where the heck did this year go?

Not sure I can answer that one, but I am trying hard, as I am sure many of you are, to get all the stuff done that we wanted to get done before the end of the year.

Please note: We will be out of the office from November 20th to December 2nd to be with our family in Florida.  Alfred is just shy of 3 years old (!) and we are looking forward to spending some quality time with them.

I have taken the liberty of sharing some of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes in this newsletter (we get the question what dishes do you, as a vegan/vegetarian prepare for this time of the year?).

This will be the final newsletter of the year…..so, we will take the opportunity to say -Thank You for trusting us with the opportunity to get you and yours on the road to health and may 2020 be TOTALLY AWESOME!

SEE YOU ON THE TABLE, UNDER THE BARBELLS, ON THE MAT OR JUST AROUND TOWN!

Latest News from Charmaine: October 2019

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Well, Fall seems to have found her way to us. Currently somewhat cooler temps are prevailing, and I see leaves starting to fall fast and furious.  I would put out an appeal to think twice about raking the leaves for the fact that they provide essential cover and protection to many of the beneficial bugs, and creepy crawlies over the winter. I know we are programmed to rake them, just as we are programmed to pull dandelions and thus deprive bees of essential early food.

Check out our Annual Stuff the Bus for Hunger appeal. We are trying a slightly different tack this year (our 30th!!!!!) and hope to succeed beyond expectations.

I just completed my last powerlifting meet of the year and finally managed to set a Michigan Masters record in Bench press (finally got that nailed!)

Fall generally means that we are doing a lot more outside (and inside, too!) as we strive to finish up projects before the snowy days arrive.  Please be sure you recognize your limits, that you take care doing the project and after a weekend of “warrioring” (which may include more than household projects!)….that you get your spine checked to make sure you are sparking on all cylinders!!

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

October 2019

Latest News from Charmaine: September 2019

Greetings all!

Well, as we pass the Labor Day holiday we really begin to recognize that Summer has passed and we move into one of my FAVE seasons..FALL.   I love the colors and smells and food and rituals associated with this time of the year and it is always nice to settle into a routine again.

Altho’ there is one thing we need to be aware of  and that is taking care of ourselves.  With the kids/grandkids back at school and all the attendant events that this generates, we really need to be sure that we carve at least 1 day a week ( worse case scenario a ½ day but not a top choice) and make time to chill as a family…time to go for a tramp in the woods and decompress or go to some fun event where everybody can let their hair down a little and just enjoy.  There are lots of farmers markets, harvest festivals, and craft festivals around where you can meander, browse, and just chill as a means to decompress. As the colder weather approaches, how about game nights (trivial pursuit style, I mean).

Another way to decompress is find some activity like Yoga, Tai Chi, or sports related activities as a great form of exercise and a way to blow off steam. Check out my yoga class schedule. I’d love to have you join! 

I love my yoga and my power lifting and feel so recharged after a session.  I just competed in The Michigan Senior Olympics for the 6th time and have another competition at the end of September.

SEE YOU IN THE OFFICE, ON THE MAT UNDER THE BARBELLS OR AROUND TOWN

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Greetings from Charmaine: July/August 2019

Greetings all,February 2019

I hope those of you who have taken a vacation enjoyed your time away.  It’s always good to let go of day-to-day worries and cares and take time to recharge our batteries.

I find it hard that this country has such apparent “disdain” for the vacation.  In South Africa, we all got 3 weeks’ vacation from day one of working and it is said you need all three….one week to unwind, one to relax and one to slowly get prepared for going back to work. Norway gets 6 weeks a year and is one of the happiest places in the world!

It is not something to brag about “I don’t need a vacation”……YES you do- unless you happen to work only half days and have a phenomenal sense of balance and spend at least an hour or two each day on self-care. That’s why so many executives and “high powered” administrators end up with all these nasty things like cancer and heart attacks…they have not taken time to recharge their batteries and have a life of balance….a lot of these “millennial” startup companies have the right idea about bringing your dog to work, having a gym on the premises, fresh food cafeterias and goof off rooms, etc.

Sages have said that we should spend a little time each day going on vacation. Every day we should do something that we especially love to do, something that’s deeply true to our purpose in life. Whether that’s making music, meditating, praying, exploring, learning, sharing heartfelt time with someone or another healthy diversion, it should be done every day. Why? So our lives will have balance.

Enjoy the summer and remember…. as the kids go back to school and get into sports….chiropractic care will keep them functioning at their best!!!

See you on the table, on the yoga mat, under the barbells or just walking around town!

Latest News from Charmaine: July 2019

Greetings all!February 2019

We are back from our adventure packed trip to Norway and Mr. Alfred and his parents.  It was a great time, but flying these days is not as nice as it was once upon a time.

This newsletter is going to be a combo June and July issue and I hope you will find the articles interesting.

I am hoping to get to my first farmers markets before this actually hits your hands. What with travel and the way wetter and cooler weather, the farmers are struggling to get produce out and I have had no opportunity to get out to them (not a huge fan of schlepping around in driving rain).

I will be competing in the Michigan Senior Olympics in early August and hope to do a competition in September to qualify for State level competition in December.

This past June 14th Dr. Ray and I Celebrated 39 years since graduation from Chiropractic College and by totally randomness ended up in Grand Ledge on 6/14/89 and fell seriously in love with the community.  We have been extremely grateful for the opportunities to help guide local residents on the path to health and for the many opportunities to serve the local community as well.

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

Latest News from Charmaine: May 2019

Greetings ALL!May 2019

Amidst all the riotous color and daily changing scenery, we find ourselves getting ready for all the end of school year stuff – proms, graduations, graduation parties, etc. You may be feeling some of the mild panic that goes into getting the house/garden ready for the event. 

Be kind to yourself and rope friends into help – this is seldom a one man /woman operation and you would like to be present to enjoy the occasion – not off in some corner nursing your wounds from overdoing!

This is also the time to start looking out for the farmers markets to start opening (yay!!!) so if you see a good one share it with us please.  My faves are East Lansing and Portland.

Two bookkeeping notes to be aware of:

We are closed Memorial day AND we will be in Norway June 6th thru the 15th.

Fees for office visits go up June 1st.  We have not had a fee change in almost 10 years. This will not affect medicare patients as that is a government set fee.

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

Latest News from Charmaine: April 2019

GREETINGS ALL!February 2019

Well, Spring is trying her level best to come out and play….birdies are out singing, earthworms are doing their thing, skunks are skunking (a sure sign!) and our temperatures are trending EVER so slowly upward!

March Madness and all it’s heart stopping moments is done and we thank our Spartans for their very best efforts! So now we turn to baseball (Go Tigers!) and golf …..and what do these sports have in common?….very one-sided activity ….so lots of stretching, working your swing the other way to compensate, and make sure that you get checked regularly so that you can perform pain free and in a balanced fashion.

For the daredevils who lift adrenaline level a smidge……make sure you get adjusted to keep your spine in line and your body out of trouble!

For the armchair sports enthusiasts, you still need to make sure you get checked…especially if you bounce out of your chair yelling with excitement – strange tweaks can happen!

And when all else fails WALK, WALK, WALK…we have some lovely trails and I would like to wish my friend Joni well when she tackles the month long North Country Trail  in June…..A lot of walking over many days….dedication!

Cal to make an appointment: 517.627.4547

Meanwhile, see YOU in the office, on the table, on the yoga mat or under the barbells!

April 2019

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

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

 

The Latest from Charmaine: January 2019

April 2018Well.. we made it to 2019 and we are flirting with a winter which cannot seem to make up its mind whether we are actually going to a have a REAL winter.  Oh well, the weather will do its own thing and we are just going have to live with whatever Mother Nature deals us.

As we move into this New Year, let’s decide that this is the year that we will actually make those changes we want to make…but we are going take it one month at a time and one project at a time.

In my last newsletter I suggested that we make small changes and work on one change per month.  This month the topic is exercise.  Check this out for more info on that.

Just picked up the mail and of course it is that time when all the gardening catalogs are coming in. We can sit comfortably in a warm snug house with a cup of tea/coffee and drool/fantasize about what we would like to do in the garden. Time to seriously think about having a veggie patch, just for the pure “groundedness” that tending a garden offers and the benefits of you own homegrown wonderments that will be sooooo much better that anything store-bought.

Meanwhile, get out and enjoy the snow(?) as much as possible (the Norwegians say there is no bad weather.. just bad clothes!).  Dress appropriately and think about all the health benefits of getting out and exercising and being in nature…(makes winter go quicker if you are not a fan of winter).

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