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August 2014 Health Newsletter

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» Back to School is Just Around the Corner… Time to Get Organized
» Bug Bite Relief - (for all those itchy bites we got last month!)
» Grilled Halibut with Mango Salsa
» Toxins in Your Tea
» August Draw
» Back Pain Not Related To Weather
» Conservative Care First: A Sensible, Effective Approach to Back and Neck Pain
» Sleep Longer For A Healthier Brain

Back to School is Just Around the Corner… Time to Get Organized

° Set up an begin filling in a family calendar if you do not already have one.Keep a copy visible where everyone can see it.Use colour coding for each family member or activity type.If you’re a tech savy family consider an electronic version that syncs between each family member’s phone or device.

° Mornings can be the most hectic time, see where the load could be lightened by night before preparation:
lay out dishes or ingredients needed for breakfast the night before.
·where possible prep breakfast food and lunches ahead of time.
·for young children, decide together on outfits the night before.
gather backpack items the night before—shoes, gym clothes, permission slips, homework.

° Homes with multiple children may wish to employ a bathroom schedule for the morning.

 ° If children are attending a new school, or you have recently moved plan out and time the route to school ahead of time.The first day of school is not the time to realize you haven’t accounted for morning traffic.

° Go through clothing and school supplies to avoid over or under buying.Make a list and budget before going to the stores and stick to it.Donate, store or discard clothes that do not fit, or are in bad repair.

° Get in the habit of creating weekly meal plans, prepping what you are able to on less busy days.

° Set up a filing system to keep track of school paperwork and volunteer activities.

° If your summer routine has relaxed bedtimes and waking times, take a few weeks to re-establish school year routines.

° Young children may benefit from eating and snacking at times that correspond to the school schedule to avoid any surprises.

° Follow Dr. Chelsea’s care recommendations.Maintaining your care is of utmost importance during busy and stressful times. Keep your appointments!

Author: Power Health
Source: Power Health
Copyright: Power Health 2014

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Bug Bite Relief - (for all those itchy bites we got last month!)

It seems pretty much impossible to enjoy the summer without sustaining at least a few bug bites.Relief is around the corner with these suggestions:

·Apply cooled tea bags to the bite, the tannins act as an astringent to reduce swelling.

·For a body covered in bites soak in a warm bath with 2-3 cups of apple cider vinegar to relieve itching.

·Make a paste with witch hazel and baking soda to relieve swelling and itching.Apply to site of bite.

·Swelling is relieved by ice.If itching is the trouble try heating a metal spoon under hot water and applying to bite—make sure the spoon isn’t hot enough to burn.

·Apply peppermint oil to the bite.The tingling, cooling sensation provides relief. Ask us about Tei Fu oil.


Author: Power Health
Source: Power Health
Copyright: Power Health 2014

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Grilled Halibut with Mango Salsa

(Serves 2)
3/4 cup diced mango
1 TBSP cilantro, minced
3 TBSP fresh lemon juice, divided

2 roma tomatoes, seeded & diced
1/8 tsp sea salt Ground black pepper to taste
1/4 cup white onion, chopped
2 tsp olive oil

1/4 tsp paprika

2—6 oz fillets of halibut or other firm white fish
salt and pepper to taste
1. Salsa: combine mango, cilantro, 2 TBSP lemon juice, tomatoes, salt, pepper and onion. Combine and set aside.
Combine 1 TBSP lemon juice, olive oil, and paprika in a shallow glass dish. Place fillets in dish, turning once to coat. Let sit 15 minutes.
3. Preheat grill to med-high heat. Coat with olive oil and season fish with salt and pepper and place on grill, about 3 minutes a side.
Serve with mango salsa.

Author: Power Health
Source: Power Health
Copyright: Power Health 2014

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Toxins in Your Tea

Tea is renowned for numerous health benefits, and can be a calming and warm morning ritual, however closer examination of popular tea companies reveals a little more might be in your cup.Many brands contain pesticides, toxins, artificial ingredients, flavours, and GMOs.
Most tea is not washed prior to being put in bags, meaning any pesticides the plants were treated with can end up directly in your cup.For this reason, it makes sense to consider buying organic tea when possible.An independent lab revealed that 91% of Celestial Seasonings teas tested had pesticide residues that exceeded US limits.Some of the residues included propachlor and propargite, which have carcinogenic properties.Steeping your tea bag in hot water increases the leaching capabilities of anything on the tea itself.
Teas listing artificial flavours may be using products derived from the fractional distillation of crude oil or coal tar.Unfortunately natural flavours may not be much better as that term is vague and may apply to anything that is chemically derived from a natural substance.Some teas even list cornstarch or soy lecithin—typically genetically modified crops that you wouldn’t even think to associate with tea.

Aside from the ingredients it is also important to consider the packaging.Silky mesh bags may contain plastics that could leach phthalates in to your tea when exposed to boiling water.Paper bags may be treated with epichlorohydrin, a chemical mainly used in production of epoxy resin and as a pesticide.Lab tests show that when in contact with water, this chemical becomes carcinogenic, and has also been shown to interfere with male fertility and suppress the immune system.For a more detailed analysis of your favourite brand check out

Author: Power Health
Source: Power Health
Copyright: Power Health 2014

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August Draw

Author: Power Health
Source: Power Health
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Back Pain Not Related To Weather

According to new research, unlike certain arthritic-related aches and pains, back pain doesn’t appear to be associated with changes in the weather. With more than 80 percent of the population affected by back pain at some point in their lives, researchers are always looking to better understand those things that alleviate or exacerbate back pain. In this new study, Australian researchers reviewed specific health data on close to 1,000 adults with low back pain. They compared that data, including the days when back pain was first noticed as well as one week and one month prior to that date, with weather data during those times including temperature, humidity, precipitation, air pressure and wind direction. For the most part, researchers found little to no significant association between the weather and a worsening or improving of the subjects’ back pain. Researchers concluded that back pain sufferers should not worry about the weather affecting their back pain. Rather, back pain sufferers should be more concerned with other factors such as lifting techniques, stress and fatigue - things that have been shown to have an effect on back pain.

Source: Arthritis Care & Research; Online July 10, 2014.
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Conservative Care First: A Sensible, Effective Approach to Back and Neck Pain

American Chiropractic Association Launches Public Health Awareness Campaign - Arlington, Va.—During National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) this fall, the American Chiropractic Association is working with the more than 130,000 doctors of chiropractic (DCs), chiropractic assistants (CAs) and chiropractic doctoral students nationwide to help educate the public and policymakers about the value of a “conservative care first” approach to health care. This health care model encourages emphasis on more cost-effective and safer approaches over potentially addictive medications for pain management and health enhancement. Conservative management of painful conditions may include chiropractic manipulation combined with exercise and stretching prior to moving on to procedures involving higher risk. During NCHM in October, chiropractic physicians will be provided resources to help them share their conservative care first approach and why it is especially significant to today’s health care consumers. This in turn will help patients have well informed conversations with their health care providers, empowering them to become their own advocates by insisting on information about conservative treatment options. Why is “Conservative Care First” more important today than ever in facing our nation’s healthcare challenges?

    •    Numerous recent studies have clearly shown the dangerous overreliance in the U.S. on prescription painkillers that simply mask pain, but do not cure. This has tremendously increased Americans’ risk for overuse, and abuse, of these drugs if taken for long periods, leading to more than 17,000 related deaths in 2010 (more than heroin and cocaine combined). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls the abuse of prescription pain medications an “epidemic.”

    •    Recent evidence questions the overuse--and in some cases the effectiveness--of more invasive treatments such as spinal fusion surgery and spinal steroid injections for back pain. It is reasonable for patients to exhaust more conservative options before undergoing these costly procedures.

    •    Chiropractic physicians are the highest-rated healthcare practitioners for low-back pain treatments with their patient-centered, whole-person approach that provides greater interaction and communication for appropriate diagnosis and developing more cost-effective treatment planning.

“People need complete information about their treatment options,” said ACA President Anthony Hamm, DC. “During National Chiropractic Health Month, DCs are encouraging patients to ask questions and learn about safe, effective conservative approaches that may help them avoid riskier and more costly treatments.”
For more tips on healthy, pain-free living, and references visit

Author: American Chiropractic Association.
Source: American Chiropractic Association. July 28, 2014.
Copyright: American Chiropractic Association. 2014

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Sleep Longer For A Healthier Brain

Numerous sleep studies have been conducted to determine how sleep affects the human body and overall health. However, no studies have specifically looked into how sleep affects the brain in aging adults. In efforts to answer this question, Chinese researchers reviewed MRI scans, health questionnaires and cognitive tests on 66 Chinese adults over the age of 55. They then repeated this 2 years later and compared the data. Their findings indicate that those who slept less had more age-related brain shrinkage and an increased decline in cognitive performance. Sleep plays a crucial role in cellular repair and memory consolidation. Lack sleep and you’ll starve your body’s ability to heal, repair and regenerate. Researchers offered the following tips to those who struggle with adequate sleep - Avoid napping during the day, keep your bedroom dark and quiet, have a comfortable mattress, avoid alcohol and cigarettes, and avoid activities that excite your brain and body close to bedtime.

Source: Sleep. July 1, 2014.
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