Welcome to the Fall 2010 Newsletter

Articles

  1. Allergies: Fight Back!
  2. 2010 Year-End Deductibles
  3. $20 New Patient Holiday Special
  4. Two Tasty Fall Recipes
  5. 2010 Halloween Party
  6. The Anti-Inflammatory Diet
  7. Scoliosis; Get Your Bones Checked.
  8. Chiropractic ... Safe for Kids!

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Allergies: Fight Back!

From Dr. Rice’s Guide to Staying Healthier During the Cold and Flu Season.

 

During this time of the year, a staggering number of patients come in with those symptoms common to allergies and allergic sinusitis.  You know the symptoms: itchy and watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, sore and/or scratchy throat, fatigue … you name it.  There are SEVERAL things you can be doing to help prevent these symptoms from showing up or fix them once they start showing up.

 

Firstly – your immune system is your only line of defense when it comes to allergens, viruses and bacteria. Your immune system works and repairs when you are sleeping so make sure to get plenty of rest – at least 8 hours a night.

 

Also, your immune system and other systems in your body result in plenty of toxins that need to be eliminated.  A buildup of toxins can slow down these systems so make sure you are drinking plenty of clean water every day.  Drink one half of your bodyweight (in pounds) in ounces of water.  For instance, a 200-pound person should drink about 100 oz of water per day (that’s 2.96 liters) so roughly 1-1/2 liters of water per 100 lbs! 

 

In order for your immune system to work functionally, you will need to provide your body with good quality nutrients.  It is even more important to make good decisions with regard to nutrition during the cold and flu season.  Try to cut out fried and fast foods.  When you shop – shop the perimeter of the store.  Fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, poultry and limited dairy should be helpful!  Skip the middle of the store; avoid boxed, canned and frozen foods when you can.  If you must shop the middle of the store, make sure to only buy things where the ingredients are easy to pronounce.  If it sounds like a biochemical equation gone badly then put it back.  It’s easier today to buy things that are preservative and High Fructose Corn Syrup free!

 

Choose some good vitamins and supplements.  Of course, it’s always ideal to get your nutrients from eating – but the average American diet lacks a few key ingredients.  For prevention of illness, I recommend a good multi-vitamin, Vitamin D and Vitamin C.  I am a snob when it comes to multi-vitamins; they’re not easy to make and slimming down on the process produces a deficient supplement.  If you’re not sure if the source is a good one, check to make sure your vitamins are certified by reputable sources.  If you want to just be safe, you can get your supplements here.  Vitamin D and Vitamin C are pretty easy to get over the counter and for the most part, one is as good as the other; that is not true for multi-vitamins.  The average American is very deficient in Vitamin D.  The best way to get Vitamin D is by receiving direct sunlight – unfortunately that’s not always easy to do.  Vitamin D (D3 as Cholecalciferol) is a good supplement.  However, before you take anything over the daily recommended amount, it’s good to have your blood tested.  If we haven’t discussed Vitamin D in person yet, we should.

 

If you feel that you’re getting sick, make an appointment before the worst of the symptoms show up.  If caught early enough, an adjustment will help boost your immune system and a detox will help speed up the recovery process.  Don’t wait until you get sick to get adjusted – remember that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

 

So remember: Sleep 8 hours per night, eat healthy, drink plenty of water, take your vitamins, get adjusted and detox! 

 

I hope you survive the 2010/2011 cold and flu season better than you ever have!  I am sure this simplified guide will help you do so!

 


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2010 Year Deductibles

Dear Patient:

Hopefully this newsletter finds you well and enjoying good health, especially with 2011 just around the corner. However, if you have had a potential chiropractic problem, now would be a good time to have it addressed, since you’ve probably already met your deductible for this year.

You should also know that if you have not been in to see a doctor between January 1st through October 1st, 2010, many insurance companies will apply any money you spend this year toward next year’s deductible.

If you are in need of care and would like to save money, this would be a great time for you to stop by Shiloh Chiropractic to get your health problems corrected.

If we do not see you until next year, Shiloh Chiropractic and its staff wants to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a Great Holiday Season!


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New Patient Special / Holiday Fund

Anyone who donates $20 or more to the Shiloh Chiropractic Holiday Fund will receive:

Health History Consultation
Examination
X-Rays if Needed
Report of Findings Consultation
Normally up to $215
EXPIRES 31/Dec/2010



What is the Shiloh Chiropractic Holiday Fund?
For the past three years, Shiloh Chiropractic adopted families for the Holidays in order to bring family closeness and Holiday cheer to families who struggle to make ends meet. 

We are adopting families again this year - for Thanksgiving and Christmas - and we are asking for your help.  If any of your loved ones are in need of Chiropractic or need to improve their overall health, now is an excellent time to introduce them to our office.  Just have them schedule an appointment and mention your name and the 2010 Holiday Fund and we will honor this promotion for all.  We appreciate your help for this cause and so do the families who are in need this year.  For their $20 donation, they will receive a History, Consultation, Exam, X-Ray if needed and Report of Findings.  The money will be raised for our 2010 Holiday Fund and the families we are adopting are from the Local Violence Prevention Center.

Also, we are accepting all donations.  The more we get, the more families we can help.  We are accepting monetary donations as well.  Please call us if you have any questions!  Let's make someone's Holiday Season extra special!

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Two Tasty Fall Recipes

The weather is getting cooler and it's time to start cooking something that can warm you up these cold fall and winter days.  I hope you enjoy two of my favorites that always results in a recipe request.  They're fun, relatively healthy, inexpensive and easy to make ... and best of all, they're delicious!

Chicken & Potato Soup AllRecipes.com

Prep time of 15 minutes; meal done in 1 hour.

Ingredients
2 tablespoons butter
2 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - diced
1 large onion, diced
6 medium potatoes, diced
1 (15 ounce) can carrots, drained
1 (10 ounce) can peas, drained
1 (11 ounce) can corn, drained
1 cup milk
2 cups water, or as needed
hot pepper sauce to taste
salt to taste
ground black pepper to taste

Directions
Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat, and cook the chicken 10 minutes, or until evenly browned and juices run clear.
Mix the onion into pot with the chicken. Mix in potatoes, carrots, peas, and corn. Pour in milk an enough water to cover all ingredients. Season with hot sauce, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and continue cooking 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender.

Classic Chili AllRecipes.com
Prep Time of 15 minutes; meal done in 2 hours.

Ingredients
1 medium green pepper, chopped
2 medium onions, chopped
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/3 cup cilantro finely chopped
1 tablespoon cooking oil
2 pounds ground beef
2 (28 ounce) cans tomatoes, undrained, cut up
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 cup water
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 (16 ounce) cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained

Directions
In a Dutch oven or large soup kettle, sauté green pepper, onions and celery in oil until tender, about 5 minutes. Add ground beef and cook until browned; drain. Stir in tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, Worcestershire sauce and seasonings. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. Add kidney beans. Simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes longer.

Now, remember one of the best things about cooking chili is that you can vary the recipe greatly then share your variations with friends!  Some unique ingredients you could try are: cooking sherry, vinegar, chili greens, chili peppers (green/red), different color bell peppers, fennel, cumin, curry, mustard seed, and more

Also, remember that you always want to make way more than you need so you have leftovers!  When you get tired of leftovers, use your chili to top off ordinary hot dogs.  Better yet, you can also add a bit of Velveeta and elbow noodles to make everyone's favorite leftover makeover ... Chili Mac!

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Halloween Party

Every year we try to have some sort of festive Halloween party and even though Halloween is falling on a Sunday this year, we are going to celebrate in our office on Friday the 29th of October, 2010.  Come in between 3:00-6:00PM to see the gang of Chiropractic Guys and Ghouls in our Costume Attire and help yourself to tricks and treats on the house.  Also, don't forget to check out the office for our contests.  This year we have more contests than ever including "Guess the weight of the giant pumpkin", "Guess how many Reece's Pieces" and Coloring contests for kids and MORE!  Stop in for the excitement!

Can you guess what the staff is going to be dressed up as this year?  It's always fun so we hope to see you there!

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Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Have extra weight you would like to loose?  Dread the extra pounds that you know are lurking for you this Holiday season?  Do you suffer from frequent achiness?  Sleep poorly?  Feel like you never get enough sleep? Find that stress effects you more than it should?  Well, take a number because that describes most United States Citizens.  But do you have to deal with this?  Take this short quiz to see if your problem may be due to a pro-inflammatory lifestyle. 

How do I know if my diet is "Pro-Inflammatory"?
It's easy.  Answer these questions:
1. Chronic pains? (including back, neck, muscle, head)
2. Overweight?
3. Hard to lose weight?
4. Fat around belly?
5. Don't exercise regularly?
6. Exercise makes me feel bad?
7. Difficulty recovering from exercise / strenuous work?
8. Physically lethargic?
9. Mentally lethargic? (Run down and/or depressed)
10. Look or feel older than my age?
11. Skin sagging?
12. Suffer from one or more of the following: [click here+]
13. Regularly take anti-inflammatory / pain medication?
14. Eat refined sugar+ regularly?
15. Regularly eat grains+?
16. Regularly eat partially hydrogenated oils (trans fats+)?
17. Regularly eat or cook with unhealthy oils+?
18. Eat grain-fed+ animal meats or eggs?
19. Regularly drink or eat dairy products?
20. Regular consume soy or soy products, or eat them in place of fruits and vegetables?

Okay, so here's the thing.  If you are trying to lose weight and can't, or if you have more than four "Yes" answers above, it's likely that you suffer from an inflamed lifestyle.  And maybe the reason your diets have been unsuccessful is because you haven't been addressing the correct issues.  If this is you and you want real help, please schedule a time to speak with Dr. Rice.  Treatments are very simple and include supplementation and easy diet eliminations.  Success can be dramatic, so we hope to hear from you if you are unhappy with your health and you answered a lot of yeses above.

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Scoliosis: Get Your Bones Checked!


In the United States, October is National Chiropractic Month.  In the Chiropractic Profession, October is Posture-Awareness Month and in our office, the Condition of the Month is Scoliosis.
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Scoliosis is a sideways curving of the spine that often gets started in childhood, when bones of the spine are still growing. In many cases, the exact cause of scoliosis is unknown. It is thought that scoliosis is the result of a hereditary problem or an adaptation to some type of trauma, such as the birth process, or an injury such as falling off a bicycle. It usually starts with problems in the lower back or pelvis.

Scoliosis is detected by uneven shoulder heights, loss of structural balance, or a change in posture. If a spinal curve exists, this can result in pressure on the joints, discs, and nerves. Because spinal bones can continue to grow well into the early 20’s, if left uncorrected Scoliosis often worsens.

Early detection and chiropractic correction is important for optimum results.  If you have a little you at home and want to have them evaluated for scoliosis, take advantage of our "Get Your Bones Checked" Special.  This is a free spinal screening for children and is good until 12/Nov/10.


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Chiropractic ... Safe for Kids

Many of you have trusted our office in the treatment of your children.  When referring a child into a Chiropractic office, there are generally two big questions: Does my child actually need Chiropractic and Is Chiropractic safe and effective for children?  I am going to answer both questions starting with the need of Chiropractic.

Does my Child Actually Need Chiropractic
If you are a patient of mine, it's likely that you already know a lot about Chiropractic.  That is to say that you understand that Chiropractors don't actually cure anything as much as they just facilitate the body's natural and innate ability to heal itself.  We address stress and stress causes all diseases and pathology.  Chiropractic has been known to help with all sorts of childhood illnesses such as bedwetting, ADHD, asthma, earaches/infections, colic and many more.  That's because these conditions can be a result of, or complicated by, Subluxation (a misalignment of a bone that can cause irritation to the nervous system which generally leads to aberrant function and/or sensation such as pain). 

If your child suffers from a condition, trying Chiropractic can help you to prevent less conservative treatments such as medication and surgery.

If your child is condition-free, consider normal checkups by your Chiropractor to ensure they stay that way.  They have very active bodies and very active nervous systems.  A small problem (often undetectable) as a child may result in a larger-scale problem as an adult.

Is Chiropractic Safe and Effective for Children?
The answer is simple: yes and yes.  But don't take our word for it - there are hundreds or thousands of articles that support both safety and efficacy for Chiropractic in the treatment of children.  One recent research concludes just that..."Chiropractic Care for Children is Safe and Effective."  This article is concluded after research conducted by the ICPA (International Chiropractic Pediatric Association). 

The force it takes to adjust an infant or a child is very minor so the adjustments themselves are very gentle.  And because children's bones are more malleable, the adjustments are oftentimes more pronounced and more effective than in adults.

The September 2009 publication from Parents® Magazine indicates that more and more parents are bringing their children to Chiropractors more than ever.  It's my opinion that this is because more parents are looking for safer and simpler ways to keep their kids healthy, happy and safe!

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Pumpkins Can Give You Gas!

It's true!  ...or, that is, at least in our office they do!  Come by the office and guess the weight of our giant pumpkin.  Come closest without going over and you can win a $50 gas card!  Guess how many candies there are in the glass pumpkin; if you're the closest without going over you'll win a $30 gift card.  So, that's how pumpkins give you gas in our office.  You were wondering, weren't you? ;)  

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Clarify Your Goals

Only 3 percent of adults actually write down their goals and work on them every day. That’s why they’re the top 3 percent. People with clear, written objectives accomplish much more in a shorter period of time than those who don’t. Here’s a seven-step process to help you do the same:

Step 1: Identify what you want in all the areas of your life—work, family, special interests
and so on.

Step 2: Write down each item clearly and in detail.  Create a Vision Board!

Step 3
: Give yourself specific deadlines for each of the goals. If it’s a big goal, break it down into smaller chunks with sub-deadlines.

Step 4
: Make a list of everything you have to do to achieve those goals. Add to the list as you think of more.

Step 5: Organize the items on the list according to logical sequence and priority. This is your plan.

Step 6: Do one thing to take action on the most important thing in your plan.

Step 7: Do at least one thing every day that moves you forward on one or two important goals.


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Fall Back

The Sunday of 11/7/10 is the end of Daylight Saving's Time.  It's appropriate to set your clock back at 2:00 AM on that day (or when you go to bed is fine).  That means you'll have a whole extra hour that you can do whatever you want.  Can I make a suggestion?  Why not have a family night?  Take the kids and go see a fun family movie.  Then go home and play some board games.  I suggest "Apples to Apples" or "Balderdash" if you're looking for a new game. 

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Holiday Stress

It's pretty much a given that almost everyone in the adult world will experience an increase of stress over the Holiday Season.

Remember these tips to help relive some of the symptoms of excess stress:

1. Be early.  Plan on arriving to all meetings and destinations 5-15 minutes early.  When the unforeseen happens, at least you've built in a time buffer.

2. Go to bed 15-30 minutes earlier.  Doing this gives your body some time to "unwind" after a long and/or stressful day.  Getting a nice restful night's sleep will help you cope with stress.  It also is a good time to catch up on some light reading.

3. Avoid fast foods and excess carbs (except for Thanksgiving - eat all the carbs you want on that day!)  The quality of fast food and excessive amounts of carbs will cause your body to run sluggishly.  That means less ability to deal with stress.

4. Drink plenty of water and take your vitamins.  Doing this will give your body the building blocks it needs to overcome the effects of stress.

5. Avoid Traffic!  Try to run errands and things of that nature during normal traffic time.  That is, if you can.  Sometimes traffic cannot be avoided.  In that case, simply try and listen to Classical music in the car to help relax (but NOT to fall asleep!).

6. Get some sun!  That's hard to do in the Winter, so take every opportunity to enjoy the sunlight when it's here.  Also, look into getting full-spectrum lighting for your home or at least your living-room.

7. Get Adjusted.  Make sure to maintain your health with your wellness visits at the office. 

8. Remember stress has three branches (a) emotional (b) chemical and (c) physical.  Try to address all areas for a well-balanced life this Holiday Season!

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History of Christmas Carols

It is unclear when the first carol was written but it is believed that circa 1350 to 1550 is the golden age of English carols and most of the carols followed the verse-refrain pattern.

During the 14th century carols became a popular religious song form. The theme often revolved around a saint, the Christ child or the Virgin Mary at times blending two languages such as English and Latin.

By the 15th century the carol was also considered as art music. During this time elaborate arrangements were made and carols were considered an important contribution to English medieval music. The Fayrfax Manuscript, a court songbook featuring carols, was written by the end of the 15th century. The songs were written for 3 or 4 voices and themes were mostly on the Passion of Christ.

By the 16th century though the popularity of carols faltered, almost disappearing entirely if not for the revival that happened by the middle of the 18th century. Most of the carols we know today were written during this period.

- From About.com

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