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Latest News from Charmaine: October 2018

April 2018Apologies for this being published a bit late. Stay tuned for the November newsletter coming out shortly!

Well, the first part of October was an exquisite mix of the weirdest weather, and when you throw in the likes of the Grand Ledge Marching Band Festival in totally drenching rain and Color Cruise in very cool weather along with a couple of really HOT, muggy days….. the old wives tales of the weather is responsible for all the hacking and sniffling come roaring out the closet.

Please, Please let’s understand that colds and sniffles are fundamentally caused by an out of balance diet, coupled with stress that allows the body’s immune system to be vulnerable to opportunistic bugs that are floating around year round waiting for a weakness to create a space for them to attack.

I know the media is currently agog with news about the new flu’ season and the need to get vaccinated.  But honestly, if you get checked to keep your spine in line, eat your veggies and fruit (and lots of them), reduce sugar, eliminate sodas, and DECREASE your stress levels and INCREASE your exercise— you have a great chance to come out unscathed at the end of winter.

SEE YOU IN THE OFFICE, ON THE TABLE, ON THE MAT OR UNDER THE BAR! (weights that is!)

Latest News from Charmaine: September 2018

Greetings all,April 2018

Well, routines are being established again and the fall weather is approaching.  Grand Ledge holds its annual Color Cruise event October 11-14th and, I don’t know about you’ but our social schedules are filling up fast.

What with Quilting (and helping a friend or two to make a quilt) yoga, powerlifting, Zumba and office stuff, I find myself running out of time.

One thing I have really mastered is the idea of doubling up on my cooking so that I can have meals at the ready for the crazy days. I believe if you are cutting 1 onion you might as well do 2 (cuts down on stinky hands)!  I also saw a tip recently, where the author suggested doubling a chili slow cooker recipe and bagging half the ingredients (uncooked) and freezing that for later…genius!!!

Chiropractically, I love that everybody is doing the weekend warrior stuff and getting involved in sports. If I may suggest, please make a point of getting checked regularly to make sure you and yours are in good health to enjoy the wonderful fall ahead of us to the max!

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

Couldn’t refuse this giggle…

I had some words with my wife, and she had some paragraphs with me. – Sigmund Freud

Latest News from Charmaine: August 2018

Greetings all,April 2018

Well, with our kids going back to school, comes the obvious signs that fall is just around the corner and somewhat cooler temperatures, we might hope.  Quite honestly, much as I might gripe about the heat, I honestly do not believe we here in Michigan have much to complain about when you see what is happening in the rest of the country, what with floods and fires and crazy hot temperatures.  As Dr. Ray is wont to say “another day in Paradise” and I have to agree with him.  There is enough variety to make it interesting, and few, if any, major catastrophes.

I have just completed my 4th Senior Olympics in power lifting and have my sights set on competing in States in December…another day, another goal.

So, with the kids going back to school—- I have enclosed an article on Backpack safety and also some”fallish”  recipes as the cooler weather settles in.

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

Latest News from Charmaine: June 2018

Greetings all,April 2018

We now can officially say summer is here with all  the fun and games of family, friends, graduations reunions, vacations, BBQs, sunshine, suntans and mosquitoes all mixed into one big messy bundle.

This month- (Flag Day June 14th) Dr. Ray and I celebrated 38 years (each) in Chiropractic, having graduated summer of 1980.  Daughter Damaris celebrated 8 years since her graduation a week later and she has firmly established herself in Norway in her own practice- specializing in babies and pregnant women.

She will be meeting us in Scotland at the End of July and so we will be away from the office 7/27/2018  to 8/5/2018. Time to get away, re-connect and have fun with Alfred who is growing like a weed! My niece will possibly be joining us from the Isle of Jersey.

This month will see me competing in a power lifting meet in Rochester Hills 6/23 and the Senior Olympics will follow in August (8/12).

Make this a great summer and feel free to share any of your recipes or holiday experiences with us.

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

Jack R says,

“I wake up ready for the day…not sluggish or tired. I just feel better, I have more stamina and my energy comes back quicker after a hard day’s work.”

Another happy patient who has a better day with Chiropractic Care!

Latest News from Charmaine: May 2018

Greetings All!April 2018

Well, we flipped the switch from Winter to Summer in a hurry, didn’t we?  I usually love the way Spring teases us with daily extra color, but we went from nothing to full on color in less than a week.   It is comforting to know that Mother Nature will win out in the end….but I miss her gentleness.

May is, of course, the month of Mother’s day….hope all Moms and G-moms were spoiled…we did our little bit by handing out carnations on the Thursday and Friday leading up to the weekend….

Given my article in the newsletter about greens and sickness…this might be the year to plan/plant a small veggie garden or grow your own micro greens.

As you enjoy the wonderful outdoors, keep in mind that we are here for you to help you when you slip and fall and subluxate that spine…with good nerve supply all things are possible!

See you in the office/on the table/on the mat/under the barbells!

Latest News From Charmaine: April 2018

Greetings all!April 2018

There is a song that goes April showers brings May flowers….but what the heck does this chilly weather bring?

MOTHER Nature is sorely testing our patience, isn’t she? …Spring is so close and yet so far away. And, of course, being the human creatures we are, we will probably soon be whining about how hot it is.

So, on the power lifting front, I was invited to 3 different National events this year and due to circumstance beyond my control (too short notice and recovering from an injury), could not go to any of them. I am competing again in June and at the Senior Olympics in August, so I may get another invitation next year…who knows!

On the health care front, we have included an article about making resolutions in Spring when the fresh veggies come to the forefront and we have a chance to lighten up on the heavy comfort food of winter.

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

EARTH DAY IS THIS MONTH

April 2018

 

Latest News from Charmaine: March 2018

Latest news February 2018Greetings all!

In light of some recent comments made in this office, I felt it was time to remind you

CHIROPRACTIC IS NOT A ONE WAY PATH TO HEALTH!

What do I mean by that?  My question to you is – what are you doing to help yourself?

Chiropractic adjustments can only be fully effective if you are helping us to help you.

You need to be exercising, walking, swimming, yoga, running, strength training, etc.

You need to be drinking water…lots of it…easier in summer because you feel thirsty, not so much in winter and probably more important to help with the digestion of heavy comfort food.

You need to eat a life affirming diet, not a life depleting diet…that is more fresh fruit and veggies and minimally processed, close to nature food rather than stuff that you need a chemical degree to be able to decipher the labels.

You need to spend some quiet time every day, whether it’s reading, meditating or just alone in the garden to help recharge your batteries.

Chiropractic is an awesome means to getting your body to function better BUT if you don’t do your part, the chair cannot stand on one leg alone!

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

Latest News from Charmaine: February 2018

Latest news February 2018Greetings all,

February is traditionally a month of hearts and flowers and plenty of snow!  As we get deep into the last throes of winter, it is a good time to remember that we should still, wherever possible, get out and enjoy the day.   Walking in snow is a great heart pumping calorie burning exercise and the deeper the snow- the more effort- the more the reward.  To me this is a magical time when we get a world covered in white.

I know many of us relish this snowy cold season as a time to do lots of reading/sewing/knitting…but more and more research is talking about sitting as being the new smoking (Bad Habit)…too much sitting does cause all sorts of issues- the least of which is back pain.  The psoas muscle (a secret, vital leg-lifting muscle, gets tighter) and research also show that a degree of calcification occurs after sitting for as little as ONE HOUR!…

Make a point of getting up and moving from your desk often (sneak in a few calf raises/squats as you can and you get a double bonus…also make a point of drinking lots of water as you will then HAVE to get up and move!!!

Have a HEART WARMING MONTH!

PLEASE NOTE that we will be out of the office March 5th-9th as we go and meet the family in Miami for a mini-break.

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

Latest News from Charmaine: January 2018

This is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never – in nothing, great or small, large or petty Chiropractic News– never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy. – Winston Churchill

Greetings all,

The message from Winston Churchill could not be more appropriate as we move into a new year beset with uncertainty.

It is imperative that we understand that health care should be an undisputed right (I am not talking about disease care which is what insurance companies are peddling).

We have the right to make decisions about what we do with our bodies…and then naturally we have to deal with the consequences of our choices.

This is a time when everybody is wanting to make changes …so don’t make a resolution (which fails almost 100% of the time).  Instead let’s set an intention to do things a little differently. Let’s commit to more fresh fruit and veggies, more water, more exercise and then work out how to make those happen

In our house, Sunday is usually meal prep day…by that I mean, having planned the menu for the week (taking everybody’s crazy schedules into account), I cook extra of anything I might need later on in the week/chop it up and store it.  If I can, I make a couple of dishes…Sunday’s dinner and one that I can throw in the oven later in the week.  Also, a big thing I am seeing on the internet is bagging everything for a crockpot meal in a container, freezing it and putting in before leaving for work….after all, if you are cutting one onion, why not two or three?

I have my workout schedule planned before the week starts and I feel it is so important to keep active, that short of a blizzard, nothing is allowed to get in the way…..How can you incorporate more exercise into your life??

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

Latest News From Charmaine: December 2017

Greetings all,December 2017

Can anybody tell me where the year has gone?  Just the other day we were in Summer, and now we are on a very rapid path to December 31 and onward to 2018!

Just a gentle reminder that we will be out of the office 12/21/17-1/1/2018 and back on Tuesday 1/2/2018.  Alfred turns one just about Christmas time so we are off to celebrate with him and the parents.

As you mentally get ready for the Holiday season, make a serious effort to evaluate some of the things that you have been doing for years and ask yourself if it still gives you pleasure…if not – toss it, and, if someone complains, explain that you don’t get the joy anymore and offer them the opportunity to step up if they feel they want to see it continue (most of the time they will let it go when they discover the work involved!).  We tend to hang on to traditions that suck the joy out of this time and life is too freakin’ short for that.

Also, mentally check your intention for next year…see if it still resonates…and then… GO FOR IT…keep it simple and do-able, so that you don’t give up by the third week of January…many Gym clubs make a killing from failed New Years’ Resolutions not kept.