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October 2014 Health Newsletter

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» Tips for Helping Kids Eat Healthier– Even the Toughest Cases!
» We <3 Our Patients
» Buckwheat Turkey Soup
» October is National Chiropractic Health Month

» Chiropractic Care Better For Seniors
» Active Kids Think Better

Tips for Helping Kids Eat Healthier– Even the Toughest Cases!

Children’s bodies respond quickly to their diet one way or the other.Feed them well and they’ll thrive.Feed them poorly and they’ll nose dive.The younger children are when they begin to eat harmful foods and miss out on the nourishing foods their body needs, the more likely they are to develop chronic disease in the future and at a younger age, whether they currently have symptoms or not.
Consequently, the best advice for helping children establish well-balanced eating habits is to start from the beginning by feeding them primarily, whole, fresh, natural foods (80-100%), minimal amounts of naturally processed foods (0-20%), and absolutely no junk foods or fake-food brands.Keeping kids away from extreme tasting fake food is the only sure way to prevent them for developing a taste for it.If it’s too late for that, as it is for most people today, systematically transition them off the undesirable foods and re-educate their wayward palates.
This is not as difficult as people sometimes think.I have seen scores of parents transform their children’s dietary habits with little to no trouble.And yes, all of them thought “not my kids!” at first, just as many of you may be thinking now.Although some will fight and kick and scream initially, children learn, make changes, and adapt more easily than adults.Once made aware of, and taken off the foods that are overriding their natural sensibilities, kids are often surprisingly more attuned to their innate desire for initiating and maintaining a nutritious diet.

Make Eating for Health a Priority!

You must place the same importance on good nutrition in your household as you do on wearing seat belts in your car.Seventy percent of deaths in America are due to chronic degenerative disease and the average American loses 15 years of their life to these largely preventable diseases.So, statistically speaking allowing children to indulge in poor eating habits is even more dangerous than driving without their seat belts on.As you do with seatbelts, make your words and actions convey the danger of poor nutrition and the value of good nutrition to your children.
Don’t rob your children of the opportunity to establish good eating habits that will serve them for a lifetime.Developing self-care skills is a critical and sorely neglected part of their education.You must rise to the occasion and make your responsibility bigger than your excuses.Make use of the following practical tips to help:

Top Ten Tips for Helping Children Eat Better:

1. Have a heart-to-heart talk and let them participate in decision making before you begin.
2. Make small, incremental changes over time and establish them aslifestyle habits.
3. Appeal to their interests when talking about the benefits of healthy eating—i.e. every child wants to be strong, healthy, fast, smart, nice looking etc.
4. Educate them about wise food choices.
5. Involve them in food preparation as much as possible, at as early an age as possible.
6. Be an example by Eating for Health as much as possible yourself!
7. Don’t keep temping junk food in the house. Do keep plenty of healthy foods on hand!
8. Encourage other parents, teachers and family members to make healthy foods available at school and social functions.
9. Pack a bag with nutritious foods when going out to avoid resorting to convenient, albeit poor-quality food choices.
10. Implement the Five Bites, Five Times method described below.

Five Bites, Five Times!
A tried and true method of helping to train children’s and adult’s taste buds to like new, healthier foods, is to serve a food item on five different occasions and have them take five bites each time they have it.Why?Because the brain automatically repels unfamiliar tastes in the mouth as an innate defense mechanism that helps prevent us from eating poison berries, for example.Having at least five bites, five times, helps override this mechanism and develop tastes for healthier foods as they become more familiar.Explain this to your children and make a fun game out of seeing who likes what food the fastest.

Author: Kelly Hayford, C.N.C.
Source: ICPA
Copyright: ICPA 2014

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We <3 Our Patients

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it is a great reminder to take a moment to reflect on all thegifts in your life.A different way to put gratitude into practice is to turn your attention to wanting what you have.This doesn’t mean that everything is perfect, or that you can’t aspire to greater things.It means choosing what is in your life right now with acceptance, appreciation, and celebration.As we give thanks this month we want to express our gratitude to you!We are honoured to serve you and your family.

In the spirit of gratitude, at your next office visit October 1-8, share something you are grateful for and be entered to win a free range turkey and Save-On Foods gift-card!Draw will take place end of day October 8.Turkey and gift-card will be available for pickup October 9.

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

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Buckwheat Turkey Soup

It"s almost turkey time!No need to let the leftovers go to waste when you can make easy, nourishing, and delicious soup.
·4 cups broth (make from leftover turkey bones)
·1 cup buckwheat
·Diced carrots, zucchini, squash, any extra veggies on hand.
·Leftover turkey, diced or shredded.
·1 can diced tomatoes (BPA free can)
·1/2 cup split lentils
·Hot chili pepper to taste
Boil buckwheat in soup broth until soft.Add veggies, tomatoes, turkey and lentils.Simmer until veggies and lentils are cooked, about 30 minutes.Add chili pepper to taste.
This makes a great lunch for school or work in a thermos, and easily uses up any veggies in the fridge.Freeze in individual portions for homemade lunches through the Fall/Winter.
Buckwheat—is a gluten free whole grain rich in magnesium that contributes to cardiovascular health, and blood sugar maintenance.

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

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October is National Chiropractic Health Month

During National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) this October, 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, chiropractors will share information with patients and their communities to empower 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?

  • 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.

  • Numerous recent studies have clearly shown the dangerous overreliance in the U.S. on prescription painkillers that simply mask pain. 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.

"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."

Author: American Chiropractic Association.
Source: American Chiropractic Association. October 1, 2014.
Copyright: American Chiropractic Association. 2014

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Chiropractic Care Better For Seniors

New research indicates chiropractic care provides not only protective benefits but also offers increased patient satisfaction in Medicare patients with spine conditions, when compared to medical care. Published in the prestigious Journal of Manipulative & Physiological Therapeutics, this new study compared chiropractic to medical care in areas related to activities of daily living, self-rated health and worsening health after 1 year. According to researchers, "...chiropractic is significantly protective against 1-year decline in activities of daily living, lifting, stooping, walking, self-rated health, and worsening health after 1 year. Persons using chiropractic are more satisfied with their follow-up care and with the information provided to them."

JMPT. Vol. 37, Issue 8, Pages 542–551, October 2014.
Copyright: LLC 2014

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Active Kids Think Better

According to researchers, children who participate in moderate to vigorous physical activity not only benefit physically, they also improve their cognitive performance and brain function. Results from a new study involving 221 children aged 7 to 9 show regular participation in moderate to vigorous physical activity increases their ability to block out distractions, increase focus and improve their multi-tasking skills. U.S. and European exercise guidelines for children and teens currently call for a minimum of 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per day. If you're a parent with a child or teen, encourage and assist them in becoming and staying physically active. Enroll them in after school programs that involve physical activity. Get them into a sports league. Join the YMCA. Take them to the park. Play in the back yard. Be safe but definitely be active!

Source: Pediatrics, online September 29, 2014.
Copyright: LLC 2014

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