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The purpose of our office is to help as many people as possible to achieve health naturally, and to educate them about chiropractic so they may educate others.


Health Report, September 27th, 2013.

Fast food has become an increasingly significant part of the American lifestyle.

In 1970, there were about 30,000 fast-food restaurants in the United States. That number increased to 222,000 by 2001. This growing trend is concerning since a diet full of fast food comes with many health consequences.

The negative effects of fast food on our health include: cardiovascular disease, cancer, liver disease, asthma, type-2 diabetes, and more. The US Department of Health and Human Services discovered that the combination of a poor diet and a lack of physical activity causes 310,000 to 580,000 deaths every year. These numbers are significantly higher than deaths caused either by guns or drug use. The types of foods that lead to death are ones with too much saturated fat, sugar and sodium, which all characterize fast foods.

Further, fast food meals often do not provide enough healthy food choices, such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables, which is another contributing factor to health problems. It is important to watch carefully what you eat, especially at a fast-food restaurant. Knowing the nutritional content is vital. Many restaurants now have nutritional content information available on their website and in the store, but you may have to ask to see it. Tips to remember include:

* Salads and grilled foods tend to be lower in fat than fried foods
* Keep portion sizes small
* Ask that high-fat sauces and condiments, such as salad dressing and mayonnaise, be “on the side” and use them sparingly to reduce calories
* Be willing to pay a bit extra for water instead of pop Not sure where your favorite restaurants lie in this dilemma? Talk with a staff member immediately and we'll help you figure that out! Our purpose is to help as many people as possible heal naturally. That healing begins with proper nutrition.

The end of our Chiropractic Birthday Bash is almost here! On Monday, September 30th, at 6:30pm we will be drawing names for all of the exciting prizes! From 3:00pm - 6:30pm we will be serving cake, pizza, and having free 10 minute chair massages done by JaNan, our new massage therapist! Come out and bring a friend if you would like to introduce them to Dr. Moss, Wendy, Rachael or JaNan or just to enjoy all of the excitement! We look forward to all of the giveaways and seeing all of your faces.

On Tuesday, October 8th, we will be holding our next home health care class at 6:30 pm here at the office. Who is this class for? Patients who have not yet learned home care, patients who need a refresher in the home care course, and those interested in learning about home care. The price of admission is a guest or two (or more) that are willing to work with you outside of the office. We are even providing dinner for you. Just let us know how many people to expect and lets make it a party!

Have you scheduled your massage yet? What are you waiting for?! JaNan has joined our staff to help each of you achieve health with as little stress as possible. She works directly with Dr. Moss to find your trouble areas that need extra attention. Do you know someone who needs a massage but isn't a patient? No problem! We are happy to work with individuals who are not patients. To schedule your, or a friend's, massage today, contact Wendy!

"If you're going to America, bring your own food." - Fran Lebowitz

U.S. RANKS HIGHEST IN NUMBER OF OVERWEIGHT CHILDREN - FAST FOOD THE CULPRIT
Volume - Issue 15

A recent report published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine revealed that there are more overweight teenagers in the U.S. than in 14 other countries.

29,242 children between the ages of 13 and 25 years old participated in the study. The children were from Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Lithuania, Ireland, Israel,Portugal, Slovakia, Sweden, and the United States.

Researchers calculated the mody mass index (BMI, an estimate of body fat) of the children based on height and weight information provided by each child.

*The U.S. was found to have the highest percentage of overweight teens; Lithuania had the least.

*Among 13 year-olds in the U.S., 13% of boys and 11% of girls were overweight; Among 15 year-olds, 14% of boys and 15% of girls were overweight.

*BMIs showed that many of the teens in Ireland, Finland, and Greece were either overweight or at risk for being overweight.

*Weight was not an issue for teens in the Czech Republic, Denmark, Belgium, France, Germany, Lithuania, or Sweden.

Another study attributed the weight problems and obesity in the U.S. to dietary habits - one-third of American children eat fast food on any given day.

Researchers found that during a typical week, 30% of U.S. children ate fast food; for 29-38% of those children, fast food was the main food source, and on average, children who ate fast food ate 15% more calories than those not eating these foods.

Fast foods are high in fats, sugar, and salt which trigger the urge to eat later in the day. Fast foods lack fiber so children don't feel full which results in more eating. In addition, fast food restaurants tend to serve larger portions, also causing children and adults to eat more.

Health Report, September 18th, 2013.

About 20 per cent of the food we eat is contaminated with trace amounts of pesticides, even though most of them have been banned for decades.

According to a recent study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, a typical diet features between 60-70 hits daily of toxic chemicals such as DDT, dieldrin, and dioxin. The San Francisco based Pesticide Action Network, which conducted the analysis based on U.S. government data, said that finding up to five chemicals in popular foods such as salmon, cheese, and cucumbers is routine.

The group said that adults who eat a well-rounded diet may be ingesting up to 90 times the acceptable limit for exposure to a group of chemicals known as persistent organic pollutants (POP). POPs are described as a class of chemicals that are among the most dangerous compounds ever produced because they persist in the environment for many years and can build up in the body's fatty tissues. The POPs most likely to be found in food are pesticides that have been banned in North America since the early 1970s. The Pesticide Action Network identified the top 10 foods contaminated with POPs. In alphabetical order: butter, cantaloupe, cucumbers, meat loaf, peanuts, popcorn, radishes, spinach, summer squash and winter squash. A second report, published in the same edition of the journal, found that three-quarters of conventionally grown produce and one-quarter of organically grown produce contain chemical residues.

Despite these warnings, organic food straight from the farm is generally your best best to avoid most chemicals. The Environmental Working Group has estimated that individuals can reduce their exposure by 80% if they switch to organic when buying certain foods. Always choose organic when purchasing apples, celery, tomatoes, cucumbers, grapes, peppers, nectarines, peaches, potatoes, strawberries, spinach, kale, zucchini, lettuce, blueberries, fatty meats, milk, and coffee.

Fruits and vegetables have a thin barrier that is almost impossible to keep out pesticides. Milk and meats are exposed to the fat from the animal which contains harmful chemicals. Shop at your local farmers' markets as much as possible. Overall, the most important thing to do when on the hunt for health food is READ! Read the food labels, read these health reports, read online about avoiding chemicals in our food. We all make the best choices we can with the information we have. We can never have too much information! If you have questions about your food intake or are having difficulty understanding how to make the switch to healthier foods, let us know. Our purpose is to help as many people as possible and that includes YOU!

On Tuesday, October 8th, we will be holding our next home health care class at 6:30 pm here at the office. Who is this class for? Patients who have not yet learned home care, patients who need a refresher in the home care course, and those interested in learning about home care. The price of admission is a guest or two (or more). We are even providing dinner for you. Just let us know how many people to expect and lets make it a party!

Have you scheduled your massage yet? What are you waiting for?! JaNan has joined our staff to help each of you achieve health with as little stress as possible. She works directly with Dr. Moss to find and work on those trouble areas that need extra attention. Do you know someone who needs a massage but isn't a patient? No problem! We are happy to work with individuals who are not patients. To schedule your - or a friend's - massage today, contact Wendy!

How are you doing with your Chiropractic birthday entries? The tickets are starting to pile up! We have many ways to earn a chance to win one of many prizes including gym memberships and even a Laptop! Our party will be held on Monday, September 30th at 6:30 so come in, have some food, and see if you win!

"He who takes medicine and neglects to diet wastes the skill of his doctors." - Chinese Proverb

New Guidelines to Make it Easier to Avoid Pesticides In Food
Volume 14 - Issue 60

While more families may be on tighter budgets these days, that doesn’t mean that moms are any less concerned about feeding their families healthy foods. But while a lot of moms may be concerned about pesticides present on conventionally grown (as opposed to organic) foods, they may feel the family budget won’t allow the whole shopping list to go organic.

That’s where a new shopping guideline from the Environmental Working Group comes in. The EWG is dedicated to protecting people from health problems resulting from toxic contaminants, and to spurring better government practices and legislation. They perform studies, publish reports, testify at Congressional hearings – and help people adopt healthier living and eating habits through simple tools like the new Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides.

This guide, available for download on the EWG website, tells which fruits and vegetables are routinely the most heavily loaded with pesticides – meaning that going organic when purchasing these items is the wisest investment. It also lists the produce items that are the cleanest, so when price is an issue, the conventionally grown versions of these items may be reasonably safe to purchase.

The "Dirty Dozen," as they call it, are: Celery Celery, Peaches, Strawberries, Apples, Blueberries, Nectarines, Bell Peppers, Spinach, Kale, Cherries, Potatoes and Grapes (Imported). The "Clean Fifteen" – showing up consistently low in pesticide test results: Onions, Avocado, Sweet Corn, Pineapple, Mangos, Sweet Peas, Asparagus, Kiwi, Cabbage, Eggplant, Cantaloupe, Watermelon, Grapefruit, Sweet Potato and Honeydew Melon. This guide was the result of 96,000 pesticide residue tests conducted between 2000 and 2008. It’s available for download and printing so you can cut out your own guide to take shopping.

http://www.foodnews.org/EWG-shoppers-guide-download-final.pdf

There’s even an iPhone app coming to the App Store soon!

Health Report, September 11th, 2013.

Quality of food found in local fast food restaurants is sorely lacking in the US.

Many companies such as Subway, McDonalds, and more are touting more healthy options. But, are they really more healthy? Just one example is Subway's 9 grain bread. Is it important to have grains in a balanced diet? Yes.
But, have you had the chance to really look at the ingredient list for this bread? Here is a small snapshot for you:

* Eight of those nine grains appear in miniscule amounts. If you look at a Subway ingredient statement, you'll find every grain except wheat listed at the bottom of the list, just beneath the qualifier "contains 2% or less." In fact, the primary ingredient in this bread is plain old white flour, and high-fructose corn syrup plays a more prominent role than any single whole grain. Essentially this is a white-wheat hybrid with trace amounts of other whole grains like oats, barley, and rye.

Outside of the nine grains, how many ingredients does Subway use to keep this bread together? Sixteen! Including:

* Datem: prevents the separation of sauces or other processed foods and is derived from, soy, palm, or canola oil.

* Sodium steroyl lactylate: prevents the separation of sauces or other processed foods and keeps mold away.

* Calcium sulfate: source of supplemental calcium.

* Azodiacarbonamide: banned as a food additive in the U.K., Europe, and Australia; if you are caught using it in Singapore, you can get up to 15 years in prison and can be fined $450,000. It is more commonly used in the
production of foamed plastics. However, it is allowed in the United States as a food additive, a flour bleaching agent, and a dough conditioner that improves elasticity of bread

* Ammonium sulfate: This compound is loaded with nitrogen, which is why it's most commonly used as fertilizer. You might have used it to nourish your plants at home.

This is just a sampling from one company that is touted as the healthy alternative to fast food. Do you find these ingredients healthy? Speak with a staff member today about how to find quality food.

September is finally here! It's time to celebrate and show everyone how awesome the Chiropractic profession is! Are you ready to have fun, learn new things, get healthier, and possibly win a prize such as a new laptop23? Well, the best way for all of that to happen is for you to simply come in for your adjustment! We have a lot of fun and exciting prizes to be won - over 30 business made donations this year. There are many ways to get your name in the prize bucket: be on time to your appointment, answer the website question of the week, get a massage, and many more! Good luck to all and thank you for helping spread the word about the wonders chiropractic has done in your health!

We will be having a home healthcare class on Tuesday, September 10, at 6:30pm in the office. We will be discussing what trigger points are and how they effect your life. We will also be showing you how you can treat them at home with a little help from a friend or family member. Please plan to bring a guest that can work on you from time to time. We know that many people are interested in joining the class, and seats are limited. So, please let us know if you are interested in joining us. We will provide dinner so that you have one less thing to worry about.

"We may find in the long run that tinned food is a deadlier weapon than the machine-gun." - George Orwell

Food Preservatives and Dyes Linked to Hyperactivity in Children

Volume 11 - Issue 101

Researchers in Great Britain have demonstrated that there is a link between hyperactivity in children and the artificial colors and food preservatives in their diet. The study was commissioned by the British Food Standards Agency and carried out at Southhampton University.

The Agency’s Committee on Toxicity’s (COT) evaluation of the study has lead to an advisory which suggests that consumption of mixes of certain artificial food colors together with the preservative sodium benzoate, could be linked to an adverse effect on a child’s behavior. Sodium benzoate is a food preservative commonly found in most popular soft drinks, fruit juices and salad dressings.

The study involved two separate groups of about 300 children. The first group consisted of 3-year-olds and the second group of 8- and 9-year-olds. Each group was given one of three possible mixtures to drink over three one-week periods. The first received a drink with no preservatives or dyes; the second the amount of the substances typically found in soft drinks; and a third group that received a weaker amount of dyes and preservatives.

Researchers found greater amounts of hyperactivity in both groups among the ones who received the highest amounts of preservatives and dyes. Also, it was found that both groups responded with more hyperactivity to the reduced quantity test drink, but that the younger children responded more than the older group. As a result of the study, a COT statement said, “We consider that this study has provided supporting evidence suggesting that certain mixtures of food colors, together with the preservative sodium benzoate are associated with an increase of hyperactivity in children from the generalpopulation.”

Professor Jim Stevenson of Southhampton University authored the study and said, “This has been a major study investigating an important area of research. The results suggest that consumption of certain mixtures of artificial food colors and sodium benzoate preservative are associated with increases in hyperactive behavior in children. However, parents should not think that simply taking these additives out of food will prevent hyperactive disorders. We know that many other influences are at work, but this, at least, is one a child can avoid."

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