Welcome to the Summer 2009 Newsletter


 1. Firework Safety
 2. Chiropractic and ADHD
 3. Office Expansion Completed
 4. Welcome Kyla Rieger, L. Massage Therapist
 5. Water...Who Needs It?
 6. History of "Star-Spangled Banner"
 7. Safe Tick Removal
 8. Preventing Heat Illness
 9. Traveling with Your Pets
10. Allergies: Chiropractic vs. Zicam®

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Firework Safety

Ahhh, the Fourth of July. It’s a great time to reflect on the wonderful country in which we all live. And what better way to do that than outdoor BBQ’s, swimming, recreation and – of course – Fireworks? Though Illinois law prohibits the public purchase and sale of Fireworks, laws will not prevent their use. And regardless of law, I can guarantee that there will be public use of Fireworks from many of my patients. It is because of this that I would like to point you all to an incredibly helpful and accurate resource for safe and legal purchase, use and disposal of Fireworks: The National Council of Fireworks Safety (http://www.Fireworksafety.com/). On this website, please read the safety information but more importantly, watch their short video on how to enjoy the Fourth of July without a hospital trip. On this website, you will be given many resources that will help you to answer all of your Fireworks Safety needs including how to properly discharge and dispose of Fireworks. Always make sure to read the instructions and safety information on the Fireworks Labels. Never buy Fireworks without labels or from anywhere/anyone who is not an authorized Fireworks Distributor, as you would otherwise may be buying Illegal Explosive Devises or Altered Fireworks.
Even if you are extremely safe with the handling of the Fireworks, the unthinkable can happen. Always ensure that you know where the nearest hospital is. Always have the following items close by in case of an injury or unexpected fire:

- First Aid® Kit
- Ice pack
- Bucket of water (to extinguish sparklers etc)
- Garden hose (to extinguish unexpected fires and to extinguish used Firework containers)
- Burn cream

Also, designate one sober adult to be in charge of all Fireworks displays. Only discharge one Firework at a time. Always light Fireworks on a hard level surface such as plywood, concrete or cement. Avoid lighting Fireworks on gravel and grass.

For this and more Firework Safety, please visit http://www.fireworksafety.com and especially watch their informative and brief Safety video.

PS: your local Fire Department if you would like to find out the legality of Firework discharging along with rules and other safety resources.

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Chiropractic and ADHD

In a recent report on the June 15 CBS Early Show, Chiropractic was recommended as a potential treatment option for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

In speaking with CBS anchor Julie Chen, medical correspondent, Dr. Jennifer Ashton noted that some studies have shown alternative treatments such as Chiropractic and dietary changes to be beneficial for children with ADHD.

If you get a chance, Check out the segment.

The report stemmed from a recently released study in "The American Journal of Psychiatry" suggesting that children and teens who take stimulants such as Ritalin for ADHD have an increased risk for sudden cardiac death; however, the FDA says the study has major limitations.

Please be advised, however, that it is not our intention to have parents stop any medication without first talking to their doctor. The American Chiropractic Association offers a few resources to help you understand ADHD along with the treatment options you have available.

1. "Treating Children with ADHD"
2. "Children with ADHD: Medical vs. Chiropractic Perspective and Theory -- Part I"
3. "Children with ADHD: Medical vs. Chiropractic Perspective and Theory -- Part II"

--Adapted from the American Chiropractic Association

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Office Expansion Completed

These are exciting times for us at the office.  We are thrilled to share our recent office expansion success with you.  In May of 2008, Dr. Rice and staff began researching and entertaining the idea of expanding of the office.  The goal, of course, to allow us more room to expand and offer more health care services.  The problem in May of 08 was that the space next to us was about twice as much as we wanted or needed, which meant we did not see how it would work.  Luckily for us, in January of 2009, Coldwell Banker Nester Realtors began plans of moving in and taking 1/2 of the available space which made it more of a reality for us to expand.  They threw up a wall dividing their space from the space that would soon become ours.  We proposed an offer to the Landlord for our acquisition of that space.  The negotiation process commenced late in April and ended around early-to-mid-May.  Construction started during the Memorial Day weekend (3 weeks ahead of schedule) and was essentially completed in 7 days (minus a few "touchups").  We are extremely happy with the results and are happy to give all of our new and existing patients a tour of the new office.  If you haven't been in for a while, it'd be a great time to drop in to see what we've done.  It was a huge step but we took it and now we're glad we did!

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Welcome Kyla Rieger, L. Massage Therapist

Hello! I am happy to now be a part of Shiloh Chiropractic, and I thank everyone for welcoming me to the team.  I became a massage therapist because I know first-hand how stress adversely affects health.  For this reason, my goal in life is to naturally promote calm and good health in as many people as I can.  Just like how chiropractic assists the body to heal itself by removing nerve impingement, massage relaxes tight muscles, relieves stress on joints, and even encourages the body to release hormones that reduce the risk of chronic ailments like heart disease and diabetes.  Receive therapeutic massage regularly to fully experience all of the benefits.

Do you know about essential oils? Here's a tip: a natural way to cool down in this summer heat is to rub a drop of peppermint on the back of your neck.  It works for hot flashes and headaches, too!

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Water...Who Needs It?

The human body is made up of approximately 75% water.  Water is needed as a solution in numerous chemical reactions that take place in the body.  Our body needs water almost as much as it needs oxygen.  Beyond being refreshing to drink, soothing to listen to and fun to splash in, water plays many vital roles in our lives, including the following:

  Water is required for breathing - lungs must be moist to take in oxygen and release carbon dioxide.

  Water helps convert food to energy.

  Water carries nutrients from food, and oxygen from air to our body cells.

  Water helps us to regulate body temperature.

  Water helps the body to metabolize fat.

  Water is needed to carry away body waste (so it is a natural detoxification agent)

Statistics and research regarding water:

  75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.  This likely also applies to about 1/2 the world population.

  In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger.

  Even mild dehydration will slow down one's metabolism by as much as 3%.

  One glass of water eliminated midnight hunger for 98% of the dieters studied in a University of Washington Study

  Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.

  Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water per day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.

  A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.

  Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 75%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79% and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.

  Injection with sterile saline near an acupuncture point in the sacroiliac region (near base of spine) has eliminated back pain during labor for some pregnant women...some choose water instead of drugs.

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History of "The Star-Spangled Banner"

     In June, Maj. George Armistead takes command of Fort McHenry in Baltimore.  Armistead orders that a flag "so large that the British will have no difficulty in seeing it from a distance" be made for the fort.  On August 19, Mary Pickersgill of Baltimore delivers the flag.  It required 266 yards of red, white and blue English woolen bunting for the stripes and about 10 yards of white cotton for the stars, which measured 26 inches from tip-to-tip.  Pickersgill charged the U.S. army $405.90 for the flag.

     Between August and September, the British send 16 ships to attack Fort McHenry.  Francis Scott Key, a Georgetown lawyer and amateur poet, watches the attack from the British admiral's flagship, where he has been detained by the enemy.  At dawn on September 14, the British taper off their bombardment of the fort.  Key looks through a telescope and sees the U.S. flag from eight miles away.
     Key starts to write "The Difference of Fort McHenry," which he later completes at a Baltimore hotel after he's released by the British.  He sets it to music written for a 1778 English social club song called "To Anacreon in Heaven." Printers change the title to "The Star-Spangled Banner."
     The flag remains flying at the fort for another two years.

     Armistead dies and passes on the flag to his widow and then to their daughter, Georgiana Armistead Appleton, who then passes it on to her son, Eben Appleton.

     Eben Appleton lends the flag to the Smithsonian in Washington.

     Appleton makes the flag a permanent gift.

     Key's composition officially becomes the national anthem.
                  -adapted from Spirit magazine.

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Safe Tick Removal

It’s summer and you know what that means – more time outside and even in the woods. But humans aren’t the only species that enjoys the warm outdoors – ticks enjoy it as well. The last thing a person wants is a tick freeloading on his or her blood, but it is important to be patient and safely remove a tick. Improper and unsafe tick removal can lead to a potentially-deadly and often debilitating ailment known as Lyme Disease. The Deer Tick is a vector (carrier) of Borrelia Burgdorferi (the bacterium responsible for infection in Lyme Disease). When a person pulls the tick out improperly, oftentimes the ticks head or pincers are left inside. This gives the B. Burgdorferi a method of reproduction thus making infection possible. It is important to ensure safe removal. The best method is to have a health professional remove the tick immediately. However, if this is not possible, there is a method of safe removal. More importantly, there are several wrong ways to avoid. Let’s look at them first.

Using Fingers
Removal requires more precision than our fingers can offer. Using fingers often results in the head being left inside.

Grasping and Turning Counterclockwise
Clockwise or counterclockwise, this is worse than removal with fingers straight up. The torsion actually will decapitate the tick.

Using Heat
Killing the tick prior to successful removal is extremely dangerous because it can cause the tick to vomit inside your skin – thus ejecting the causative bacteria.

Using petroleum, Vaseline®, ointment, butter, alcohol, antiseptics, acetone, etc
Again, either asphyxiating and/or killing the tick will cause it to vomit and emit the toxins into the skin thus causing infection

Using Ice / Freezing
This causes the tick’s organs to shrink and for the tick to emit toxins into the skin.

So how do you remove them safely? Again, it’s best to have a medical professional remove them. However, if that is not possible, then appropriate and careful use of a hemostat can be successful. Hemostats work well but if none is available, tweezers may be a good alternative. First, remember that your goal is to remove the entire tick and have the tick alive and kicking outside of the host. Killing the tick before removal is always dangerous for two reasons. First, a dead tick is a breeding ground for the bacteria. Second, once the tick is dead, it is easier to decapitate. A live tick’s head is more likely to be removed than a dead tick’s head. Here are the steps:
1. Have someone with a steady hand help.
2. With the hemostat very close to the skin’s surface and parallel to the skin, gently apply upward pressure on the tick.
3. DO NOT SQUEEZE THE TICK. We do not want to crush the ticks head or body. We also don’t want to cause the tick to vomit inside the skin. Either scenario will likely cause viral infection.
4. Rock the tick up and down until it “let’s go of the skin”
5. When the tick is removed, place it on a white piece of paper to ensure its head is still attached.
6. After that, crush the tick to death between two hard surfaces. Make sure it’s dead.
7. Clean the tick bite with alcohol.
8. Check up with your medical professional to ensure safe removal was successful.
9. If you see a “Bull’s-Eye Rash”, or start having some of the symptoms of Lyme Disease (whether you remember a tick experience or not), seek immediate attention.

Check out the Lyme Disease Foundation at http://www.lyme.org/otherdis/ld_symptoms.html for prevention, symptoms, early detection and treatment of Lyme Disease.

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Preventing Heat Illness

I'd like to think that the Dog Days of Summer are past...but then I realize we haven't hit July yet. So, needless to say, they're on their way! When it's hot out, your body works overtime to keep you cool, but stay alert for signs of heat illness. Here are ways to avoid three types of "hot flashes":

1. Heat Cramps: When you sweat a lot, you lose electrolytes, which leads to cramping.  These muscle spasms usually hit the arms, legs or stomach a few hours after running around in the hot and sticky weather. 
Tips: Drink lots of water, but also replace electrolytes by grabbing a replenishing drink like Gatorade®. Limit your salt intake since salt exacerbates dehydration.  Get your rest! 

2. Heat Exhaustion: As your body works to cool you down, the surface blood vessels that enlarge to try to cool the blood may collapse from the lack of body fluid and lost minerals.  You can start to feel weak, anxious or dizzy.  You lose coordination and sweat a lot and you may even lose consciousness. 
Tips: Move to a cool, shaded area, lie down and elevate your feet.  This helps restore normal blood volumes.  Make sure your clothes are loose enough so your body can "breathe".  Place a wet cloth on your forehead and fan yourself.  Down more electrolyte-replacing liquids.

3. Heat Stroke: The most serious of heat illnesses, heat strokes occur when the body's supply of fluids and salt is depleted and the body temperature rises to a deadly level.  Symptoms include a 103°F or higher body temperature; a lack of sweat; hot, red, dry skin; a rapid pulse; difficulty breathing and constricted pupils.
Tips: Call 9-1-1 immediately.  You must cool down as quickly as possible.  Wrap a potential heat stroke victim in a wet blanket or clothes, immerse them in cool water, or pour water over their body.  Use ice.

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Traveling with your Pets

though dogs oftentimes enjoy it and though it looks cool, hanging its head out the window is dangerous for petsTraveling with your pets can actually be a fun thing!  Well, that is if you have a little insight beforehand.  Today, bringing your pets with you when you travel is becoming an increasingly popular trend.  And why not?  Your little furry angels are your family members after all.

Regardless of your pets size (or however many you're traveling with), it's a great idea to look at some of these tips that the ASPCA has to offer.
Always use a crate or carrier that is well-ventilated and secure.  If you want, you can also use a dealer-installed divider that separates pets and cargo from passengers.
If your pet isn't used to being a passenger in an automobile, gear them up by taking them on a few shorter vehicle adventures before any longer trip!
Never feed your pet in a moving vehicle.  Make sure to feed them about three to four hours before the scheduled trip.
Because vehicles can become dangerously hot - even with the windows ventilated - you should never leave your pets in a parked vehicle.
Be prepared for whatever comes along! Don't forget to bring food, bowls, leash, toys and/or pillows.  Also, don't forget waste scoops, discard bags, grooming kits and any pet medications you may need.
Sometimes, especially when a pet is in a new environment, your pet may decide to explore without you.  Make sure your pet has a microchip and a collar tag that has your mobile phone number.
Pets love to hang their heads out the window, but you should try to avoid this if you can; pets who hang their heads out the window can get an inner ear and/or lung infection as well as be struck by moving objects.
If you are traveling across state lines, bring all of your pets paperwork such as vaccination records and registration.  Some states require this information and remember...ignorance of the law is no excuse.
Most pets have good digestive systems, but if yours doesn't, consider bringing your pets own drinking water as they may not be used to the native water.
If you travel often with your pets, you should invest in rubber mats and waterproof seat liners.  Check out your dealer's website.
              --Adapted from Adult Lifestyle Magazine

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Allergies: Chiropractic vs. Zicam®

an article by Dr. Robert Rice

Allergy sufferers worldwide spend over $32 billion dollars each year for prescriptive and over-the-counter allergy medications and trips to their doctors offices.  It is, therefore, understandably a huge concern in the medical community.  I have seen many patients who complain about allergies in my office in recent years.  With the ever-growing group of consumers who are looking for a non-medical and non-surgical approach to health care, local Chiropractors are being bombarded by patients seeking natural-methods for relief of their allergy symptoms.  Yet, many people who are more medically-aligned don't understand the correlation.  It is my intent to educate that audience.

First, whether we are talking about headaches, acid reflux, neck pain or allergies, the cause is likely related somehow to the nervous system, stress or both.  Let me explain allergies simply.

Allergies are common.  Everyone is going to suffer from allergies at some point of their life.  Some are going to suffer more.  Being healthy is definitely going to decrease the frequency, intensity and duration of suffering.  There are a few correlations I can make with regard to allergy sufferers and there are some treatment observations I can share with you. 

It seems that the cleaner we become, and the more cautious of germs we get, the more people actually suffer from allergies.  I'm not the only one who has noticed this either.  It has many of the health care professionals asking a few questions.  Is it the lack of allergen exposure?  Or perhaps an increased amount of allergy medication dependency?  I hope many of you are asking yourselves similar questions. 

I've also noticed that allergy symptoms are more common in fair-skinned people.  Fair-skinned people generally avoid the outdoors more than others, so it leads me to think that there could be a component of lack of Vitamin-D (which is actually not really best described as a vitamin but more so as a hormone), sun exposure and ... of course ... allergen exposure.   I can make observations, but I really don't have the tools or resources available to say why some people suffer more than others (even those from the same set of genes).  I can, however, share with you a few facts regarding treatment that I've noticed effective.  Here are some things that help:

Getting plenty of Vitamin-D*.
Getting adjusted regularly
Eating a balanced diet
Avoiding pesticides, herbicides and other harmful chemicals
Drinking plenty of water

WAIT A SECOND...that list sure sounds familiar.  Could it be true that the same recommendation for weight loss, immune system strengthening and improvement of depression can also be true for reducing the symptoms of allergies?  Well, look at the connection.  It's quite simple actually.  Give your body what it asks for and take away those things that deplete your body of natural resources and/or that are toxic to you and your body actually will work as it was intended to (so long as you're not hit by a truck, struck by lightning or have some other catastrophe). 

So, if you're an allergy sufferer and you follow those few tips, you may be pleasantly surprised to find out that other problems start going away too.

How does Chiropractic help?  Well, and as I've said many times, Chiropractic doesn't cure anything.  All a Chiropractor does is remove nerve interference so the body can do it's job better.  And one of the largest jobs that relies on a healthy nervous system is having a healthy Immune System.  It's not rocket science.

But ... won't medicine do the same thing?  I am not here to argue the efficacy on any medicine.  I am also not a medical expert so I'm really not even qualified to advise you on what you should or should not take.  I can say however that we are living in an overly-medicated society and that if a person can get well without the use of medicine and surgery, then he or she is reducing the chance of a medically or surgically-induced adverse reaction.  Speaking of adverse reactions, and on the topic of allergies and related symptoms, the makers of Zicam® have followed an FDA-mandated recall on the drug after it was alleged to be the cause of loss or depletion of the sense of smell in those who have used the medication for relief for symptoms of allergies, the common cold, sinusitis and more.  It is only one example of how even otherwise-simple medications can cause adverse reactions.  I am not saying that we should all stop taking our medications without first consulting our medical professionals.  I am, however, pointing out some of the associated risks of some medicines (even over-the-counter medication).

* Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that can be harmful and/or lethal in dosages which exceed the FDA-approved amounts.  If you have questions, please speak to your medical or chiropractic physician.

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Calendar of Events

for more information, visit our Online Calendar

July 3:
The office will be closed for Independence Day.

July 13 & 23:
Wellness Orientation.  All are welcome.  Food and refreshments. Call in advance.  More Wellness Orientations to come.

July 18:
Lipstik Show at the Hilton Regency in O'Fallon from 9am-4pm.  Come over and see all the excitement.

August 11-15:
Shiloh Chiropractic will be at the St. Clair County Fair.  Be there for fun and activities!

Sept. 7:
The office will be closed for Labor Day.

Sept. 18:
The office closes early at 12:00.  Dr. Rice and staff are heading to their Continued Education Classes.

Sept. 21:
Shiloh Chiropractic hosts an American Red Cross Blood Drive from 2:00pm - 6:00pm at the office.  Prizes for those who donate :)

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Now Offering WiiHab

Have you ever thought of using the Nintendo® Wii at your Doctor's Office to rehabilitate your muscles and tendons?

Well, thanks to this awesome technology by Nintendo®, now you can.  Stop by the office or call to see how this works.  

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Canned Food Drive...A Huge Success!

We at Shiloh Chiropractic want to extend a sincere THANK YOU to all of our patients who participated in our June 2009 Patient Appreciation Summer Canned Food Drive. Because of our awesome patients, Dr. Rice administered 85 adjustments and collected over 600 canned food / non-perishable items.  These items went to the O'Fallon Food Pantry to help fight hunger in our area.  You all can never know how happy this made us.  We are going to try something similar for collecting Toys for Tots or a similar charity later this year.

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Ask and you will receive...Family Wellness  Plan

Many of our loyal patients have asked us if there is any way to make it easier for their family to get care.  We have been at work on this idea, have spoken with our advisors and have come up with a few ideas that have led us to the creation of The Family Wellness Plan. For more information on this program, please call to set up a time to speak with Dr. Rice.  This plan is only offered for patients who either have no insurance, insufficient insurance or insurance that is not covered by our office.

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United HealthCare Status Change

In an effort to provide the best service to our patients, Dr. Rice and staff met to determine the best Third-Party Coverage in our office.  We have decided that a change was in order regarding our United HealthCare (UHC) Provider Agreement.  We have updates that may have changed your coverage options.  We believe this will be for the best of our patients.  If you have United HealthCare or any Third-Party Health Benefit covered by UHC, please come in for a no-cost benefit reassessment. 

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Wii Love Our Patients

Want to win a Nintendo® Wii? It's as easy as sharing a gift of health!  The contest starts on 1/July/2009 and runs until 31/Aug/2009.  This is how it works.  Each time you refer a patient into our office, your name will be entered to win.  There is no minimum or maximum to how many times you can enter and you get one entry per referral.  The more you refer, the better your chance!

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What would you like to see?

Let us know what kinds of things you would like to see in the newsletter!  A few of the articles you're reading are from ideas of patients like you.  It helps us to know what your needs are!

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Congratulations to Linda H. and Family
...the lucky winners of our Father's Day Gas Grill Give-away.  We hope you enjoy your new Gas BBQ Grill!

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