Welcome to the Summer 2010 Newsletter


 1. Patient Appreciation Day / Canned Food Drive
 2. Firework Safety
 3. Parking Lot Sale
 4. Welcome Cassie Correll Massage Therapist
 5. Lose 3-7 lbs per week?
 6. Laughter for your Health
 7. Safe Tick Removal
 8. Preventing Heat Illness
 9. A Sincere Thank You!
10. Allergies: Chiropractic vs. Zicam®

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Patient Appreciation / Canned Food Drive

This is our Second Annual Patient Appreciation Canned Food Drive!  Here's the information you need:

Come in on Wednesday the 14th of July and you will receive an adjustment and traction ... and instead of paying your normal payments (co-pay, co-insurance, etc.) you just bring 10 canned goods to the office!  Schedule the appointment by calling 618-234-8300!  Time slots are half filled so call ASAP to schedule.  Last year we donated over 800 canned goods.  This year, our goal is to break a THOUSAND!

Children only need to bring in 5 canned goods.  New patients can come in any time in the month of July and bring in 8 canned goods and we'll do the History and Consultation.

In order to take advantage of this, make sure to call the office because an appointment is required!

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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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Parking Lot Sale

On Saturday the 17th of July, 2010, Shiloh Chiropractic is going to host a Parking Lot Sale!  If you have a bunch of things you'd like to sell, this is your opportunity!  Also, if you are looking for anything or nothing in particular, there are going to be hundreds of lightly-used items.  This is a good way to help save your wallet and local landfills. 

This is our first year doing this and we're hoping to have a huge turnout!  Please show support to your locals by coming by if you have the chance!

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Welcome Cassie Correll, Massage Therapist

Thank you for allowing me to introduce myself as the newest member of Shiloh Chiropractic's Team!  My name is Cassie and I am the new massage therapist at Shiloh Chiropractic.  I have been in the massage industry for a little over two years now and am loving it!  I have a two-year old boy named Kessler who is the center of my world.  I am originally from Centralia, IL and graduated from Centralia High in 2004.  Before I decided to become a massage therapist, I also got my bachelor's degree in accounting. 

I graduated from Rend Lake College with my Massage degree.  I have always been fascinated with the human frame and wellness so my decision to become a massage therapist was a natural one.

NEW CLIENT DISCOUNT  If you have never had a massage at Shiloh Chiropractic, I would like to announce to you that you can get your first massage at half off.  This can't be combined with any other offer, and it's only good for clients who have never had a massage at Shiloh Chiropractic before.  That's just $30 for an hour (normally $60) or $40 for 90 minutes (normally $80).  You can't pass that up!

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Lose 3-7 Lbs per Week?

We are bombarded daily about diets that claim to have amazing results and we become very interested in the "quick solutions" to a quickly-growing problem that we face in the US; that problem is Obesity.

Ideal Protein may, at first, sound like just another of those ubiquitous "quick fix" diet solutions but it has several differences.  Most profoundly is that it works.  Second, we don't make advertisements and then post "Results not Typical".  The typical results are good enough for us...they are 3-7 lbs per week. That is that!  Watch the video below and if you would like to learn more, please call our office.  Mention this ad to save $50 off the regular cost of your "New Dieter Starter Package".  Also, if you're not so sure after watching this video or checking out the Ideal Protein Website, I will be happy to set aside some time to chat with you and answer your questions.  Just write your questions down and set up an appointment by calling 618-234-8300.

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Laughter for your Health

Free Legal Advice

A doctor and a lawyer were talking at a party.

Their conversation was constantly interrupted by people describing their ailments and asking the doctor for free medical advice.

After an hour of this, the exasperated doctor asked the lawyer, "What do you do to stop people from asking you for legal advice when you're out of the office?"

"I give it to them," replied the lawyer, "and then I send them a bill."

The doctor was shocked, but agreed to give it a try.

The next day, still feeling slightly guilty, the doctor prepared the bills.

When he went to place them in his mailbox, he found a bill from the lawyer.


0 to 200 in 6 seconds

Bob was in trouble; he forgot his wedding anniversary, again. His wife was really upset at him.

She told him "Tomorrow morning, I expect to find a gift in the driveway that goes from 0 to 200 in 6 seconds AND IT BETTER BE THERE !!"

The next morning he got up early and left for work. When his wife woke up, she looked out the window and sure enough there was a box gift-wrapped in the middle of the driveway.

Confused because of the small size of the gift, the wife put on her robe and ran out to the driveway and brought the box back in the house.  She opened it and found a brand new bathroom scale.

Bob has been missing since.


I have Gas, Doctor

Patient, "Doc, I've got the farts. I mean I fart all the time,"

The Doctor nods, "Hmm."

Patient, "My farts do not stink and you can't hear them. It's just that I fart all the time. Look, we've been talking here for about 10 minutes and I've farted five times. You didn't hear them and you don't smell them, do you?"

"Hmm," says the Doctor,

He picks up his pad and writes out a prescription.

The patient is thrilled "Great doc. This prescription, will it really clear up my farts?"

"No," sighs the Doctor, "The prescription is to clear your sinuses. Next week I want you back here for a hearing test."


What kind of music to Chiropractors like?  Hip-Pop Music (Thanks Maggie A.!)

Did you hear that Scientists have finally discovered a better way to get cars to run off of water?  Yes, but the water has to come from the Golf of Mexico (thanks Eric K.!)

Why does a Chicken Coup have two doors?  Because if it had four doors it would be called a Chicken Sedan! (Thanks Rebecca S.!)

How do you make a Kleenex® dance?  Just put a little boogie in it! (Thanks Mel B.!)

And you all have heard of the joke about the duck that goes to the Lemon-Aid stand looking for grapes, right?  Well I bet you've never seen it ... check this out! (Thanks Holly P!)

URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtN1YnoL46Q

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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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A Sincere Thank You

There is literally no way that I can properly thank all of our wonderful patients for the success we've seen through the years.  Despite opening during trying times in the Economy, we will be celebrating our fourth anniversary in December. 

There is no better way to pay a compliment to us than to refer your friends and family.  It's a very personal compliment and I take all referrals very seriously.  Since I have opened up, I have a rare accomplishment of having most of my business come from referrals.  That means that I have not had to spend as much time, money and effort to external marketing events. 

I want to thank each and every one of you for helping me make my professional choice such a great living.  I look very forward to seeing more of your friends and family in the future.

For the months of July, August and September (third quarter), your friends and family can come to see us for just $20 for their history and consultation visit.  That includes History, Consultation, Exam, X-Ray if necessary and Report of Findings.  That $20 will be given to the BackStoppers - helping the families of fallen Public Safety Heroes from the Police and Firefighter Offices Locally.  For more information, just call us at 234-8300.

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Orthorexia Nervosa "Healthy Eating Disorder"

Be on the lookout for the next “Silent Killer” – Orthorexia Nervosa (aka “Healthy Eating Disorder”). For more information, read below.  But first, please know that fixation with eating certain foods does occur but it's an obsessive disorder.  If you have a true eating disorder, whether it is classified as obsessive or otherwise, you are advised to seek help. 

Yes – they actually have a disease that has the words “Healthy Eating Disorder” as an alternative name. Since when has eating healthy become a disease process definable by pathology? Well, I guess if I were to answer my own question here, 1997 when Steven Bratman, MD of Colorado decided to launch a “beware of eating healthy” campaign.

So – what does one need to do in order to be diagnosed with this horrible “Healthy Eating Disorder”? To give in to the absurdity of this questionnaire is a good start.  To answer "Yes" to two or more of the questions is apparently all you need to do.

1. Do you care more about the virtue of what you eat than the pleasure you receive from eating it? (Basically – do you sometimes eat things like broccoli and spinach because it’s good for you even though you don’t enjoy the taste)

2. Does your diet socially isolate you? (for instance – you know you say “No” when your friends and family want to go to McDonalds® for some high fructose corn syrup, ultra-processed nutrition, fat and cholesterol?)

3. Do you spend more than 3 hours a day thinking about healthy foods? (okay, if you do, you may have some sort of obsessive disorder. Isn’t there another name for that?)

4. When you eat the way you’re supposed to, do you feel more in control? (For instance, if you have diabetes and you take the opportunity to decrease your carbohydrate/sugar and fat intake in order to normalize insulin levels and your A1C…is that a bad thing?)

5. Have you become stricter with yourself? (Do you mean, like excluding junk from my diet? How dare I?)

6. Does your self-esteem get a boost from eating healthy? (Shouldn’t it feel good to eat healthy?)

7. Do you skip foods that you once enjoyed in order to eat the “right” foods? (Okay, which industry does this person work for? Are you serious? Are these actual questions that lead to any diagnosis? Yes – I avoid junk to eat healthy)

8. Are you planning tomorrow’s menu today? (Beware Domestic Engineers and type-A personalities!)

9. Does your diet make it difficult for you to eat anywhere but at home? (Have you seen my area? Fast food on every corner. Yes – it’s difficult to find healthy food unless you pack your lunch or go home. Jamie Oliver – I need your help here).

10. Do you feel guilt or self-loathing when you stray from your diet? (Yes, if I cheat on my diet I feel guilty. Should I not? How about if I cheat in sports or cards? Alright, got it!)

Yes – people like this are out there and they want to socialize your health care and probably put a limit to how many times per day you can fart.

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Calendar of Events

for more information, visit our Online Calendar

July 5:
The office will be closed for independence Day.

July 14:
Patient Appreciation Day.  Bring in 10 Canned Goods or Nonperishable Items as payment for your payment.

July 17:
Parking Lot Sale from 8-12.  You can visit and buy some awesome stuff and/or you can even get a spot to sell your stuff!

July 18:
Bridal Show at the Gateway Center from 1-5

July 24:
LipStik Show from 10-6 in Collinsville.

August 3:
Office Closed

August 3:
"National Night Out" in Shiloh at the Three Springs Park from 6-9.

August 10 thru 14:
St. Clair County Fair 6-10 PM

August 16:
Natalie's Birthday

September 6:
Happy Labor Day!
Office Closed

September 10:
Shiloh Homecoming

September 11:
Shiloh Homecoming

September 18:
1) Happy Birthday Chiropractic!
2) BackStopper Fundraiser BBQ from 10-2.

September 23:
Bridal Show 5-9

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Welcome Natalie G!  Natalie is our new Chiropractic Assistant.  You'll see her running the front desk and also helping with our patients' rehab!  If you haven't met Natalie yet, please welcome her!

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BackStopper Fundraiser 

For the 3rd Quarter of 2010, Shiloh Chiropractic is raising money for the BackStoppers - a local organization that fundraises and disperses funds to families of fallen Public Safety Heroes such as police officers and firefighters.  Best of all, the moneys go to our LOCALITY. 

New Patients can be seen by bringing in a $20 cash or check donation to the BackStoppers.  Offer expires on the last business day in September 2010

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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 Lois K!
...the lucky winners of our Sizzlin' Summer Gas Grill Give-away.  We hope you enjoy your new Gas BBQ Grill!

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