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January 2018 Health Newsletter

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» Chiropractic Services Relieve Low Back Pain in Female Veterans
» Benefits of Bone Broth
» Springtime Allergy Relief
» Quinoa Veggie Bake
» The Pleasured Life
» Chiropractic For Persistent Headache

» Vitamin E Helpful In Treating Mild to Moderate Alzheimer's Disease

Chiropractic Services Relieve Low Back Pain in Female Veterans

Chiropractic Services Relieve Low Back Pain in Female Veterans: Study Legislation to expand access to chiropractic in the VA gains new momentum
Arlington, Va.- A new study finds that female veterans—one of the fastest growing populations receiving treatment through the Veterans Administration (VA) health care system—experience improvement in low back pain with a course of chiropractic care, according to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA).  Published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, the study’s authors note that musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain are the most common ailments among female veterans. They also report that female veterans on average access VA medical care more frequently than male veterans, have a higher outpatient cost per patient and have a higher rate of service-connected disability.  "Although further research is warranted," the study says, "chiropractic care may be of value in contributing to the pain management needs of this unique patient population."  Chiropractic services are one of the conservative (non-drug) treatment options for pain offered in the VA. They are available at half of the major VA medical facilities in the United States.  Efforts to expand chiropractic services to veterans recently gained new momentum in Congress. Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA), ranking member of the Veterans Subcommittee on Health, and Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), have joined forces to broaden the range of services and care options available to veterans by supporting the Chiropractic Care Available to All Veterans Act (H.R. 103). The bill—supported by several major veterans groups—would require chiropractic services to be offered at all U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers and codify chiropractic care as a standard benefit for veterans using VA health care. There is a bipartisan companion bill in the Senate (S. 609).  "Chiropractic's non-drug, non-addictive and noninvasive approach to pain management can help alleviate disabling pain and improve function," says ACA President David Herd, DC. "That's why chiropractors are an important part of the health care team in the VA."  Chiropractors focus on disorders of the musculoskeletal system, most often treating complaints such as back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs and headaches. Widely known for their expertise in spinal manipulation, chiropractors are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, and to provide dietary and lifestyle counseling.

Author: American Chiropractic Association
Copyright: American Chiropractic Association 2017

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Benefits of Bone Broth


Bone broth is a mineral rich infusion made by boiling bones of healthy animals with vegetables, herbs and spices.  It differs from stock you may have made for soup before in the length of time used to thoroughly extract nutrient from the bones, leaving a broth chalk full of easily digestible nutrition.

- Immunity boosting—many of the benefits from bone broth come from the plentiful amino acids such as arginine, glutamine and cysteine.

- Alleviate symptoms from common cold and bronchitis—a study in Chest (2000) found chicken bone broth cleared mucus and opened respiratory pathways.  The amino acid cysteine even chemically resembles a bronchitis prescription.

- Anti-inflammatory—The amino acid L-glutamine specifically, is very good at reducing gut inflammation.  Inflammation through the body is very taxing degenerative condition.

- Strengthen bones and teeth—supports osteogenesis by supplying necessary minerals and vitamins.

- Cultivate healthy gut flora—essential amino acids and reduced inflammation create environment conducive to beneficial gut bacteria.

- Hydration—the addition of electrolytes and important carbohydrates to water provide an excellent fluid for rehydration and restoration of exercise capacity.

- Tissue health—amino acids are the basis for muscle growth, repair, and maintenance.  Amino acids proline and glycine are especially vital for healthy connective tissue.

- Good mood—healthy microbiome in the guy influences the neurotransmitters released by brain to regulate mood.

- Digestive health—amino acid glycine aids digestion by regulating synthesis of bile salts and secretion of gastric acid. 

- The gelatin in bone broth contributes to strong, healthy nails, cellular health, joint health, and blood sugar regulation.

If you haven’t tried bone broth before, it may be just the thing to help your body heal and thrive.  It is very simple to make, and a delicious warming way to nourish yourself. 

Author: Power Health
Source: May 2017 Newsletter
Copyright: Power Health 2017

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Springtime Allergy Relief


It’s that time of year that many allergies start to rear their heads.  Instead of reaching for typical decongestants, steroids, and antihistamines which have very drying effects on the mucosal membranes, consider why your body might be reacting.  Well nourished bodies that are not inflamed or burdened by toxins are less likely to be hyper-responsive.  Paying attention to your diet, and care are great strategies to becoming less reactive instead of focusing on acute care:

  • Eye wash cups and neti pots can remove reactive particles from sensitive mucus membranes of your eyes, nose, and sinuses.
  • Some individuals may find dairy, wheat, corn and soy inflammatory  and allergy provoking.
  • Eat a diet of whole foods, clean protein, and lots of fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds.
  • Take supplements that reduce inflammation like chlorella and fish oil.
  • Maintain optimal vitamin D levels, this has shown to be very helpful especially for infants.
  • Local honey may be helpful and contains local pollens processed by bees.
  • Bromelain, plentiful in pineapple can reduce sinus swelling and inflammation.


Author: Power Health
Source: May 2017 Newsletter
Copyright: Power Health 2017

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Quinoa Veggie Bake


Full of healthy vegetables.  Serve as a complete meal or with your choice of salad.


1 cup quinoa

2 cups water

2 tbsp. butter

1 cup diced onion

3 cups broccoli florets

1/4 tsp. sea salt

2 cups sliced white button mushrooms

1 cup chopped red bell pepper

1 tsp. basil pesto

2 large eggs

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1 cup ricotta cheese

1/2 cup sour cream

1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

1/4 cheddar cheese (optional)


Preheat oven to 350°F.  Spray with cooking oil or grease a 9x13” casserole dish.

Bring quinoa and water to a boil in a small saucepan.  Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 10 minutes.  Turn heat off and leave the covered saucepan on the burner for an additional 6 minutes.  Remove the lid and fluff with a fork.  Set aside.

Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat.  Add onion and cook until softened and opaque, about 5 minutes.  Stir in the broccoli, salt and 1-2 tbsp. of water to help cooking if necessary.  Sauté for 2 minutes, then add mushrooms, red pepper and pesto.  Cook until mushrooms are softened, 4-5 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in quinoa.

Beat eggs in a medium bowl and stir in cheddar cheese, ricotta and sour cream.  Mix well.  Season with pepper and fold into quinoa-veggie mixture.  Spread into the prepared casserole dish and top with shredded cheddar (if desired).  Bake on the centre oven rack for 30-35 minutes or until the centre is hot.  Refrigerate leftovers up to 3 days.

©  Patricia Green & Carolyn Hemming, Quinoa 365: The Everyday Superfood




Author: Patricia Green & Carolyn Hemming
Source: Quinoa 365: The Everyday Superfood
Copyright: Patricia Green & Carolyn Hemming 2010

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The Pleasured Life


With Allison McKee

During the month of February the Power Health team had the opportunity to attend a workshop lead by Allison McKee, the owner of The Pleasured Life.  Allison is a personal trainer, nutrition consultant and group fitness instructor. Allison lead a yoga workshop with us and challenged us to think about our goals, but not in the traditional sense. Thinking of the feeling desired after you have achieved a goal, not necessarily just completing the task. These are some of the take-aways from the workshop.

Hello! Julia here! During The Pleasured Life workshop I was really challenged in several areas in my life, and how I can change my lifestyle in order to feel peace in areas that cause me stress. A big thing that stood out to me was something that Allison really accented on, and that was setting goals based on how you want to FEEL once you’ve reached them. As a University student, I really realized that although it is hard to see past the goals I have set for myself, it is more important to feel at peace and joy during this journey that I am on right now. So, I have set out personal goals to focus more on feeling a certain way in every day life instead of just stressing about completing a goal before a deadline, and I can already feel success in all areas of my life due to it!

Hey it’s Jen! While at the workshop I was quick to realize that when I am setting my goals I shouldn’t just consider completing the task. So by thinking about the feeling I am wanting to accomplish makes a large change to the way I am goal setting. By going through a series of what different words mean, I was able to find out that the feeling I want to accomplish is Fearless. I want to be capable of doing what I want and not worry about what others might think, or what the future holds. I can‘t fear the future, so I will keep charging!

Hi FRIENDS! It’s Laura. Allison introduced me to this wonderful book called the Desire Map. The desire map is almost like holistic life-planning, the inner you connect the outer you. Your energy drives your goals.The purpose of the Desire Map is to show you your core desires and feelings. Ultimately, to help you remember your light, your true nature, your source. And finally to help you look at the positive aspects of life while honouring and not invalidating, the negative parts we seek to change.This book makes you feel GREAT! You start making a lot of awesome things happen in every area of your life!!!



Author: Power Health
Source: March 2017 Newsletter
Copyright: Power Health 2017

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Chiropractic For Persistent Headache

Most people are aware that chiropractors are experts in dealing with back issues. As shown in a recent case study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, chiropractors are also equally trained in successfully diagnosing and treating many cases of headaches. In this case study, chiropractic care was delivered to a 54-year-old woman suffering from chronic debilitating headaches for the previous 11 months. After just five chiropractic manipulative therapy and adjunct treatments over 6 weeks, the patient experienced resolution of the headaches. If you or someone you know if suffering from headaches, call your local chiropractor today for a no obligation consultation.

Source: Journal of Chiropractic Medicine Volume 12, Issue 4. December 2013.
Copyright: LLC 2014

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Vitamin E Helpful In Treating Mild to Moderate Alzheimer's Disease

In a new double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group, randomized clinical trial involving 613 patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's Disease (AD), Vitamin E was shown to slow the functional decline of Alzheimer's. AD affects approximately 5 million older Americans and is marked by irreversible, progressive deterioration in memory and thinking skills. In this study, mild to moderate AD patients received either 2,000 IUs of vitamin E daily or a placebo. Over the average follow-up time of 2.3 years, researchers estimated those patients receiving the vitamin E had slowed their functional decline in activities of daily living (ADLs) by 19%. ADLs include things such as making meals, getting dressed and holding a conversation. According to researchers, this translated into a delay in progression of mild to moderate AD by 6.2 months. Another significant finding was that caregiver time was reduced by approximately 2 hours per day in the vitamin E group. Previous studies have also shown Vitamin E effective in those with moderately severe AD. It's important to note that those considering vitamin E supplementation to treat AD only do so under the supervision of a physician as vitamin E can interfere with blood thinners, cholesterol drugs and other medications.

Source: JAMA. 2014;311(1):33-44.
Copyright: LLC 2014

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