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January 2017 Health Newsletter

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» Goal Setting for 2017
» Real Change
» Gingerbread & Dark Chocolate Drizzle Energy Balls
» Pediatric Chiropractic Care: Is It Safe?
» Opioid Pain Killers and Crash Risk in the Elderly
» What Mattress Is Best For Your Back Pain?

Goal Setting for 2017

Goal Setting for 2017

Before it’s time to ring in the New Year take some time to start thinking of your future and set goals to achieve the life you desire.  Why should you set goals:

  •  Allows you to think of your desired future and get excited.  It also helps clarify what you really want—which most people don’t actually know.
  •  Causes you to make long term improvements, describes this as structural improvements that are required for your goal to come to fruition.
  •  Planning big allows you to see the potential in each day and start accounting for the present moment seeing how each action and choice can move you closer to your goals.
  •  Goal setting helps you identify and confront beliefs and behaviours you desire to change, developing powerful habits for the future.

Set SMART goals.  They are:

Specific—concise with no justification required.

Motivating—your goals should inspire you to do the work.

Attainable—Break down a large goal into smaller actions to be accomplished.

Relevant and Realistic—Use affirmative language to write what you will accomplish, not what you’d like to avoid.

Trackable— your goals should be measurable.  Also try using dates (including month and year) to keep you accountable.

Set goals in the following areas:

  1.  Physical   2.  Mental     3.   Emotional    4.  Relationships    

5.  Work    6.  Home    7.  Social     8.  Financial

  •  In a 1979 study on Harvard MBA graduates it was found that 3% had goals they had written down.  13% had goals but had not written them down and 84% did not have specific goals.  Ten years later, the 13% with goals earned twice as much as the 84% without.  The 3% who had written down their goals earned ten times as much.  Little hinges swing big doors!
  •  Goal set as a team.  Sit down with your partner and/or kids and write down specific goals.  Seal them in an envelope and then revisit them next December.  Be clear in your mind about how to achieve your goals and then let the subconscious brain provide.


Author: Power Health
Source: December 2016 Newsletter
Copyright: Power Health 2016

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Real Change

Real Change 


When most people come into the practice, they are coming in “for” something and are carrying with them a particular symptom which they want rectified instantly.

They have usually tried everything else: pills, herbal mixtures, a new exercise, fads and other health care professionals. Most have found one or a combination of them didn’t deliver what “it” promised, or rather what they were expecting, which is usually instantaneous relief.

We are constantly in search of one thing that will make us better, more stable, or which will ultimately take the pain and/or discomfort away. We generally want the pleasure without the pain. Pleasure and pain are inversely proportional to one another. The innate intelligence of the body, however, is constantly searching for the balance point where there is harmony, for example, between the pleasure and pain experience. There is no world in which only pleasure exists; there is both good and bad. We have all emotions within us. To expect one without the other is to set ourselves up for a fall in the equal and opposite direction.

There are no “outside-in” approaches in chiropractic. Chiropractors work with the body’s innate knowledge and understanding to allow the body to reach new states of being. The spinal column houses the most precious piece of machinery ever designed: the central nerve system. This allows us to have a plethora of physical, chemical and emotional changes take place independently or all at the same time. How ingenious!

Your nervous system allows for vital accurate information to be communicated between your brain and body and back again. Where there is interference there is also a decrease in your body’s ability to express health, whether it is physical, chemical or emotional. An adjustment allows us to be the best we can be, to reach our full potential and function at our optimum level.

There is no discrimination against sex, age, race, religion, or species. If you have a nerve system, then it is important to get it checked.

The Vital Truth

  •  If you mask the communication in your body, your body creates new ways in which to awaken you to what is occurring    internally.
  •  Learn to listen to your body’s messages and make the changes.
  •  Seek other understandings in health and vitality.
  •  Give your family the gift of regular adjustments.


Author: modified excerpt by Sarah Farrant, DC
Source: ICPA
Copyright: Sarah Farrant, DC 2016

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Gingerbread & Dark Chocolate Drizzle Energy Balls

Gingerbread & Dark Chocolate Drizzle Energy Balls

by Nutritionist in the Kitch

  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 3/4 cup pitted dates (soaked in hot water for 10 minutes - reserve 2 tablespoons of date soaking water)
  • 2 tablespoons water from soaking dates
  • 2 tablespoons each chia seeds and hemp seeds
  • 1/4 cup raw buckwheat groats
  • 1 tsp unsulphured molasses
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 cup chopped 70% dark chocolate
  1. Place the dates in a bowl and pour hot water over top, let soak for 10 minutes.
  2. Drain and reserve 2 tablespoons of the soaking liquid.
  3. Add all ingredients except for chocolate to a food processor.
  4. Processes the ingredients until a sticky batter develops. You may need to use a spatula to scrape the sides of the processor until the ingredients form a sticky mass/batter.
  5. Using clean, slightly wet hands, take about 2 tablespoon portions of the batter and roll in your hands to create a ball.
  6. Set the ball on a plate.
  7. Repeat until all the batter is used up. This should make around 10 golf ball sized balls.
  8. Place the balls in the freezer to set cool.
  9. While the balls are cooling, place a pan over low heat and add in the dark chocolate and stir consistently as it melts.
  10. Once melted and smooth, remove the balls from the freezer and pour a teaspoon or so of chocolate over each ball. The chocolate will begin to harden quickly once drizzled over the ball.
  11. Repeat the process for each ball and place the plate back in the fridge or freezer for 30 minutes.


Store the balls in the fridge or freezer and enjoy as a snack or sweet treat!


Author: Christal
Source: Nutritionist in the Kitch
Copyright: Nutritionist in the Kitch 2015

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Pediatric Chiropractic Care: Is It Safe?

Chiropractors are no strangers to the question: "Is chiropractic care safe for children?" Extensive research on the subject of chiropractic care and techniques tailored to the unique bodies and needs of children indicates yes. One common concern regarding pediatric chiropractic care is based upon a misunderstanding that everyone, regardless of age, receives the same techniques and treatments. However, just as a child sees a pediatrician, receives child-appropriate doses of medications, and responds differently than adults to different medical treatments, so too do children require tailored chiropractic care. The field of pediatric chiropractic care is enormously large and effective, and has helped children across the globe. And just as different bodies young and old have different needs, chiropractors modify techniques depending on the age and development of the child. Childhood chiropractic care has resulted in high improvement of conditions from musculoskeletal pains to GI ailments, and has been employed to successfully treat childhood asthma as well as pain in the back, joints, and soft tissues. This summer, the Chiropractic Board of Australia and the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) released statements about the safety and efficacy of pediatric chiropractic care, asserting that the practice is gentle and effective. The ACA further cited over 115 years of scientific literature investigating adverse events in pediatric chiropractic care, and illustrated that such adverse events were "exceedingly rare." Pediatric chiropractic care has been demonstrated as an important component of childhood health care, and supports the wellbeing of young people through safe, gentle, and effective treatments.

Source: JMPT Volume 39, Issue 6, Pages 401–410
Copyright: LLC 2017

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Opioid Pain Killers and Crash Risk in the Elderly

Opioid use has been in the spotlight recently. From over-prescription, to abuse and addiction, to devastating long-term effects, the conversation about these controversial medications has even reached the federal level through opioid legislation. But the drug is now receiving attention in a new topic of discussion: motor vehicle accidents. A new study from the Oxford Journal Age and Ageing has demonstrated a possible link between opioid use and increased vehicle crash risk for individuals 50-80 years old. The results of this study demonstrated that older drivers using opioid medications doubled their risk of a single-vehicle crash against those using non-opioid analgesics. Previous studies have also suggested possible increased risk associated with driving while taking opioids, which further reinforces the known risks of opioid medications. For doctors of chiropractic, seeing patients who are taking opioid medications is all too familiar. This is because opioids are very commonly prescribed for back and neck pain, and are often taken long-term. However, these drugs can have devastating side effects such as depression, dependence, and even damage to the brain. Fortunately, chiropractic care presents a solution. Rather than prescribing long-term medications or invasive procedures, chiropractic care relies on non-invasive, sustainable, and effective treatment measures that don't just mask the symptoms of pain, but treat the actual source of discomfort. Particularly for the elderly, the understood risks of opioid usage are increasing. But chiropractic care presents a solution that is safe and effective for all ages, eliminating the risks associated with these medications, and resolving pain from the source. By minimizing or eliminating the need for pain medications, chiropractic care can effectively increase safety for elderly patients and increase their quality of life.

Source: Age and Aging, online July 26, 2016.
Copyright: LLC 2017

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What Mattress Is Best For Your Back Pain?
According to a recent study, waterbeds and body-conforming foam mattresses appear better for those individuals who suffer from back pain as compared with hard mattresses. The study included more than 100 subjects who were randomly assigned a waterbed, body-conforming mattress or hard mattress. Subjects slept on their assigned mattresses for 30-days and were evaluated by researchers before and after the 30-days. Things evaluated included the subjects' reported back pain levels, daily functioning and amount of sleep achieved per night. While researchers found no significant difference between those sleeping on waterbeds and those sleeping on foam mattresses, they did find them both superior to the hard mattress. And while everyone responds differently, those suffering from back pains who sleep on a hard mattress may wish to consider changing to a softer, less stiff foam containing mattress or perhaps even those once very popular waterbeds.

Source: Spine. 33(7):703-708, April 1, 2008.
Copyright: LLC 2008

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