Welcome to the Spring 2010 Newsletter

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  1. My Last Diet Weight Loss Revolution
  2. Children & Chiropractic
  3. Office Updates
  4. April Fools
  5. X-Box 360 Elite Give-Away
  6. Lady's Night Out
  7. Chiropractic in the News
  8. Headaches
  9. Fun and Inexpensive Family Activities
  10. Fluoride...treatment or toxin?

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My Last Diet...A Weight Loss Revolution

As a Chiropractic Physician, I am often faced with answering, "What complicating factors do I have with my condition."  Too often, the answer is "Obesity".  No one wants to hear it, everyone hates to face it, but many people suffer from it.  It's the quickest growing pandemic and it's also the single-most underlying cause of mortality.  In fact, Syndrome-X (aka Metabolic Syndrome) is the leading cause of death.  Syndrome-X diagnosis requires two of the following acquired conditions: obesity (BMI greater than 30), diabetes mellitus type 2 and/or heart disease (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, COPD, etc.)  My ideal of "Healthcare Reform" is VYL!  Vitalize Your Life!  This is where preventative and restorative treatment comes in!  Chiropractic is your preventative treatment.  Ideal Protein Diet is your restorative treatment!

The Ideal Protein Method of Dieting is a revolution in safe non-medical, non-surgical weight loss.  If that makes you want to stop reading let me just tell you the TYPICAL results...3-7 lbs of weight loss per week.  Guys tend to lose 5-7 lbs per week on this diet whereas ladies tend to lose 3-5 lbs per week (I already know this is not fair so please, no hate mail!)

How does it work?  Well, to fully explain and understand that, we're going to have to get down to the finer details of biochemistry and nutrition.  But essentially, we are removing Insulin Resistance (the #1 cause of Syndrome-x).  This helps our body to reduce he amount of glucose is stored as fat and to utilize the fat we currently have.  (Link: Why do we store fat? I want to be skinny!!!).

Your nutrition comes from three sources: protein, fats and carbohydrates (complex and simple).  This diet essentially removes fat and carbs and substitutes only the "Ideal Proteins".  By doing this, we decrease insulin (thereby decreasing fat storage and increasing fat metabolism).  Your body starts to burn the fat it has stored for energy!  You also utilize the protein you are ingesting on the diet for energy.  So we're losing weight on two levels - which is why results are so fast: (1) not storing fat because there is no carbohydrate intake and (2) burning fat that is currently in the body.

If you would like to learn more about this diet, please call us to RSVP to our lecture which is currently set to Wednesday April 14, 2010 at 6:30 PM at the office.  Sorry, you must RSVP to this event in order to attend as seating is limited.

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By now you have experienced the benefits of Chiropractic care to your health. But what about your children? Have you ever considered bringing them in for a chiropractic checkup?

Surprisingly, the first stress placed on a child’s spinal column is during the birthing process. Equally surprising is the fact that 25% of children surveyed at school reported a history of back pain.

A child’s spine is frequently subjected to repeated forces in the process of learning to walk as well as a multitude of childhood mishaps, sport-related injuries and postural strains. Many adults that come in to a Chiropractor’s office show evidence of childhood injuries to their spine that are a contributing factor to their current pain and other problems that they experience today. This is why it is so important to have your child’s spine checked regularly for any signs of signal imbalances or misalignments.

Fortunately, Chiropractic care has had many positive results in treating some very common childhood maladies. Problems like colic, headaches, ear infections, scoliosis, asthma and even some cases of behavioral problems and bed-wetting have been successfully treated with Chiropractic care. In fact, a recent study showed that children under Chiropractic care suffered from fewer ear infections than those whose parents sought medical care alone.

=Are Chiropractic adjustments safe for children?=
Absolutely! Because a child’s skeletal system is still developing, there is a great deal of elasticity within the joints. Light pressure is usually all that is needed to adjust a child’s spine.

So the next time you come in to our office, bring your children! The few minutes you invest in your child’s spinal checkup today may save them needless suffering tomorrow!

:: Top 10 Reasons Children See A Chiropractor ::
1. Earaches
2. Neck pain
3. Checkups
4. Headaches
5. Upper Respiratory Infections
6. Low Back Pain
7. Asthma
8. Allergies
9. Enuresis (Bedwetting)
10. ADD / ADHD

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Office Updates

We have made some changes to better accommodate our growing office and our awesome patients!  Those changes are outlined below.

1. Miracle Year of Wellness.  We are bound and determined to make 2010 a healthier year (and decade) than those of the past.  In doing so, we are going to ask your help in bringing new patients into our office.  But it wouldn't be fair to ask your help without making it easier to refer so we have done just that!

The new normal fee for New Patient Visits is $20 (normally $170-250).  Further - that money is going to be donated to The Humane Society.  Our website will have more information to come soon so check back in a few weeks for more information.

2. Referral Benefits:  For each new patient you schedule in our office, we are offering your - our referral source - a no cost 30-minute Detox!  If, for some reason, you can't have a detox (contraindication), we are allowing you to gift that to someone else who is able to have it!  Also, keep an eye out on our contests such as our Nintendo® Wii™ Give-Away and our iPod Touch Give-Away.  For example, in the second quarter, we're giving away an Xbox 360 in a referral contest!

3. Office Improvements: We have improved our office by adding rehab and physical modalities such as whole body vibration, muscle rehab, an elliptical machine, a diet program and more.  We have also improved the office by a redecoration overhaul led by Suzanne and Keri.  If you haven't been in for a while, it's a great time!  Just call to ask for an appointment.

4. New Hours: You asked and we obliged!  We are now open the following hours which include later Tuesday and Thursday hours for your convenience:
 M, W, F: 9am - 6pm (closed 12-2pm for lunch)
 Tu, Th: 4-7pm
 Sa, Su: closed; by appointment only

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April Fools


Did you know? 

The modern version of April Fools' started around 1562 when Pope Gregory introduced a new calendar with the year beginning on January 1st.  Many people, however, continued celebrating the new year on April 1st, thus the birth of the "April Fools'" phrase.

One of the best April Fools' jokes was started in 1998 when Burger King ran an ad in USA Today to announce its new "Left-Handed Whopper".  Though it was obviously a joke, the company said thousands went to Burger King to request the new left-hand-friendly burger!  And if you think that's funny, go to Google.com near April 1st to see what tricks they have up their sleeves for April Fool's Day - they always do something fun!  For 1/Apr/2010 you'll learn that they're renaming themselves to "Topeka" in reply to the unofficial and temporary name change of Kansas' Capitol City!



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Xbox 360 Elite Give-Away

XBox 360 Bundle and included accessories are based on availabilityFor the months of April, May and June 2010, Shiloh Chiropractic will be having an "X-Box 360 New Patient Referral Contest"!  For each new patient that you refer to our office, we will put your name in a drawing for a chance to win an X-Box 360 (bundle and included accessories/games are based on availability). The winner will be selected on the last business day of the contest.  Every qualified referral* counts so the more referrals you get, the more entries you will have and the more chance you will have to playing action-packed games in High Definition on a console that allows you to watch Netflix, listen to music, interact with Facebook and Twitter friends/fans and more!

*In order for your referral to be valid, your referral must attend both their Consultation and their Report of Findings visits.  Referrals must be for Chiropractic Services.  Referrals for detox, diet and other services are not included but are always appreciated. Bundle and Included Accessories depends on availability.  Already have or don't want an XBox 360?  You can opt for a $200 Wal-Mart Shopping Card.  Call our office for more details.

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Ladies' Night Out

Calling all ladies again!  Shiloh Chiropractic is hosting it's second "LADIES' NIGHT OUT" just in time for Mothers' Day!  But this Ladies' night out isn't just for mothers, but it is just for the ladies!  Yup -- no boys allowed!

Enjoy wine sampling and hors d'oeuvres, chair massage, pampering and lady-friendly vendors.

An unofficial list of vendors will include:
> Arbonne Cosmetics
> Miche Bag
> Tastefully Simple
> Pampered Chef
> Gold Canon Candles
> Tupperware
> MUCH MORE!

As we need to know how much wine and food to get, we do need you to RSVP to this event.  If you are interested in attending, call our office to let us know how many guests you would like to bring with you.  234-8300.

EVENT DETAILS:
Thursday May 6th at 6PM

If you are a vendor and would like to participate, please call us and ask for Suzanne!

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Chiropractic in the News

Patients in Medicare Demonstration Project Give Chiropractors High Marks

Chiropractic Cuts Blood Pressure

Migraines and the Chiropractor's Touch

Pregnancy and Chiropractic Care


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Headaches

As a Chiropractor, I'm often asked, "How often is it normal to get a headache?".  The best known answer is, "Essentially Never".  But we all get headaches from time-to-time so in that sense it's not incorrect to say that headaches are common.

The most common way we handle headaches is to just let them go.  The next most common way we handle headaches is to medicate (over-the-counter, prescriptive and home remedies included).  But we're seeing that in recent years, Chiropractic is emerging as the preferred treatment of headaches in studies and in personal experience.

That is because Doctors of Chiropractic treat the underlying cause of headaches which is always stress.  But needless as it is, I remind you that stress comes in three varieties.  They are: Chemical, Emotional and Physical.  Examples of chemical causes for headache include pollutant toxins, perfumes, alcohol, drugs, medications, nicotine etc.  Examples of emotional causes for headaches include hard-to-please bosses and co-workers, education examinations, deadlines, debt, problems at home etc.  Examples of physical causes for headache include spinal misalignment, poor posture, bad beds, too many pillows, excessive typing/computing, falls, accidents, scoliosis, etc.

In most cases, your doctor of chiropractic will be able to evaluate your individual causes of headaches and treat the underlying cause.  Even if there are multiple causes and not all causes can be addressed, we still appreciate improvement because your body can handle the rest in most cases.  Of course treating the symptoms with medication offers only a temporary relief from symptomatic complaint and can sometimes make things worse by (1) introducing chemical complexities that are not welcomed well in the body and (2) by hiding the true cause which can allow the problem to grow and complicate.

And also in most cases, simply aligning the spine takes out the pressure in the joints which restores normal joint motion which in itself improves headaches but also by aligning the spine we remove the nerve irritation thereby giving the body the opportunity to self heal.

To make an appointment for yourself or a loved-one, just call the office and we'll do our best to find the cause of your problem.  Remember that any and all headaches are abnormal and there is no age restriction on whom we can help in our office.

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Fun and Inexpensive Family Activities

The market is slowly improving and hopefully very soon we can look at the economy crisis as a learning experience.  But we are not out of the woods yet!  The weather is improving and that means that a lot of outdoor events are now a little more in reach.  Not all events need to cost a lot of money.

Some of my favorites are going to the zoo, enjoying the botanical gardens, watching a baseball game at the Grizzly's Stadium, fishing, nature walks and more!  You can even enjoy a nice game at the St. Louis Cardinal's Stadium, just make sure to get cheap seats and try to avoid spending money on the food and drinks there - which means you'll need to eat a healthy and satisfying meal beforehand. 

Laura Block-Steward shares some of her ideas in an article that she wrote not too far in the distant past.  It's called "Inexpensive Family Activities: Family Fun without Breaking the Bank"  In this article, she writes:

With the current economic situation many families are cutting back on spending. This doesn't mean fun has to end! Suggestions are provided for family fun on a budget.

People across the country are keenly aware of the impending economic situation and realize reality involves years before economic recovery will occur. Most people are cutting back for fear of the weak economy and fear of their own personal financial decline. This means it is time to stop spending, but it doesn’t mean all the fun has to end. Follow these suggestions for family fun on a budget and find yourself having more fun than you've had in a long time.
Inexpensive Indoor [Activities]

No matter where you live, the weather may dictate indoor activities for fun. Staying home isn't your only option. Contact your local YMCA and find out about specific opportunities available for families in your community. Many YMCA's have family nights, sporting events, free swim, game nights, and even affordable child care.

Many local museums and galleries offer a day during the week that is discounted or they may provide discounts on season passes for those who live nearby. Contact the American Association of Museums and see what is available. Take advantage of discounts and educate your family about history, art, and culture.

Cooking together as a family is an excellent option for fun. Try different cuisines and have each person in the family have a role in building the meal. The little ones can participate with simple roles, such as stirring, putting cheese on top, etc.

Don't forget about the classic board and card games. As we all know, there are games for every age - from "Go Fish" to "Monopoly" -and the whole family can get involved in an activity that may be more stimulating than watching t.v.



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Fluoride: Treatment or Toxin?

In the past few decades since the rapid fluoridation of water, questions and concerns have been launched regarding the safety and toxicity of fluoride in the water. 

This is of special interest to me personally since I have actually warned people in the past that drinking water only from bottled sources will eliminate your exposure to fluoride.  And it is very hard to listen to the agencies that are taxed with the duty of ensuring our safety...I have seen Cola ads recommending cola to children as early as 1 month; I have seen documentation stating that Asbestos is not a carcinogen; I have read early articles recommending lead as an additive to gasoline.  These are all things that we eventually found out are not true.  There are still a few recommendations made by the FDA, the CDC, the AMA and the ADA that I still question.  Recently, a patient of mine introduced me to a resource called "The Fluoride Deception" (http://www.fluoridealert.org/fluoride-deception.htm) where some interesting and valid points are made.  Though the research surrounding fluoride treatment for tooth decay and cavity prevention is profound, so are the implications made on various articles and journals regarding the safety issues of fluoride. 

The topic of fluoride safety is not one I have thought about much until recently.  It is also something that is highly searched on the internet.  Google.com is a great source to start!

I would urge each of you to do your own research.  I also urge all of you to try to accomplish unbiased research.  Finally, I urge all of you to view information from both PRO- and ANTI-fluoridation sources.

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Calendar of Events

for more information, visit our Online Calendar

14/Apr:
6:30 PM
Ideal Protein Educational Diet Seminar. RSVP Required (234-8300)

17/Apr:
Dr. Rice's 29th Birthday (and the last one where he will allow his age to be posted!)

17/Apr:
Shiloh Chiropractic at the O'Fallon YMCA for YMCA Children's Event.

23/Apr:
Office Closing Early at 12:00 Noon

6/May:
6:00 PM
Ladies' Night Out at the office. RSVP Required (234-8300)

18/May:
Business Afterhours at the office from 4-7PM

22/May:

Nicole E. Klingler, Esq. and Robert B. Rice, DC join hands in Holy Matrimony.  Msgr. James E. Margason of Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Shiloh, IL will conduct the marriage ceremony.  The marriage will be witnessed by their parents Debra and David Klingler and Nancie Gildehaus and Hugh "Jim" Rice as well as close family.

18/Jun:
Office Closes Early at 12:00 Noon


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Spinal Anatomy
 
If you have been to my office, there is a decent chance you may have gotten a bit of Spinal Anatomy knowledge, but this basic rundown is just fun information!

Primarily, there are three regions of the spin.  Those are Cervical (neck), Thoracic (aka Dorsal; the mid-back) and Lumbar (low back).  There is also a sacral and pelvic region that come into contact with the lumbar region!

In the spine, it's not all just about vertebrae (bones of the spine; vertebra is singular), we also have ligaments, tendons, muscles, blood vessels and most importantly perhaps are the nerves!  Essentially every two adjacent vertebrae has an intervertebral disc (just called "disc") and a pair of spinal nerve roots.  The nerve roots convey information to/from all cells of the body from/to the brain.  Messages coming from the brain are called efferent messages.  Messages going to the brain from our sensory cells are called afferent messages.

The cervical section is made up of seven bones.  The nerves that exit between these bones convey messages to/from essentially every part of the body.  The most important are the nerves that come into contact with C1 (the "first cervical vertebra" aka "atlas").  That is because of its intimate position with the brain stem.  Messages in this region go to or come from the eyes, lungs, heart and so much more.

The thoracic spinal nerves also innervate the lungs as well as the upper digestive system.

The lumbar and sacral nerves innervate the lower digestive system, the genital system and the urinary system.

If a problem arises in the communication between the brain and a cell, tissue, organ or system, it is most likely coming from an issue in these nerves that exit the spine which is why Chiropractic works to restore normal function.  However, problems don't always originate from those nerves, sometimes the tissues themselves may be diseased.  A healthy and fully-functioning nervous system helps to optimize tissue and organ healthy and vitality.

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Typical reactions to Chiropractic
...to address new-patient expectation

It is important to address new-patient expectation because in our office, we strive to ensure we never violate expectation. There are a few things to discuss in this matter...

Will there be popping?
The typical adjustment causes release of gasses from the joints which makes the popping noise.  Though this noise is not required for an adjustment, more than 75% of patients will experience the "popping" that accompanies their adjustment.  This can be shocking and sometimes scary for patients as they might think the bones themselves are making a popping noise.  To prove to oneself that it is simply gas, just pop your knuckle.  You will here the pop then but it will take at least 10 minutes for enough gas to accumulate back in to that joint before you'll hear a second pop when you go to "crack" that same knuckle. 

Will there be pain?
Many people also fear pain during and after an adjustment.  Pain caused by an adjustment is seriously rare and is essentially always mild and self-limiting.  The best way to ensure there is no pain is to relax during the adjustment.  If you "tense up" during an adjustment, it may cause some degree of muscle spasm and ache.  This ache would be similar to working that muscle out at the gym.  From time-to-time, certain injuries are painful to reverse.  Usually that is only true for one or two treatments.  In these very rare cases, your Doctor of Chiropractic will know and should point it out so that the patient realizes the pain is normal, will go away and is not an adverse reaction to the adjustment.

When will I feel better?
Usually at the beginning of care, there is a small degree of relief of symptomatic complaint after the first few adjustments, but this relief doesn't always last long at first.  That is why it often takes a few treatments in the beginning of care to make an appropriate impact on symptomatic complaint.  With each treatment, the relief lasts longer and is more wide-spread, until such a time that there is essentially no symptomatic complaint or maximum improvement is perceived.  However, it is critical to finish up your treatments to ensure the problem is "gone for good."  Discontinuing treatments too early generally will cause symptoms to come back and in some cases worse than what it was in the first place.  In the medical field, this is similar to a patient taking antibiotics and then discontinuing when the relief is there.  That can cause the "bug" to get stronger and then come back with a vengeance. 

Will I notice any side-effects?
There are side effects to Chiropractic like there are side effects to Medicine.  However, in Chiropractic, those side effects are usually welcome and include an improved range of motion, decreased fatigue, improved mood / lowered depression and of course reversal of disease or dis-ease caused by blockages or irritation to nerve impulse.  Not all side effects are welcome, however.  In your first treatment, you may feel dizzy for about 30 seconds - this is caused by confusion in the nervous system associated with your first adjustment.  This is rare, usually mild and will be monitored by your doctor.


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