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May 2018 Health Newsletter

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» The Social Vagus
» Bounce Back Vitality Bowl
» April 2018 Calendar and Monthly Affirmation
» Gold Star Benefits with Tumeric
» Apple Pie Quinoa Parfait
» Study Proves Chiropractic Care Minimizes Opioid Dependence
» Rear-Facing Car Seats Increase Child Safety During Real-Impact Collisions
» Active Kids Think Better

The Social Vagus

In this article, Dr. John Edwards, DC explains how we use our three nerve systems - sympathetic, parasympathetic and social when responding to stress.  The types of response our body may default to are not always sustainable and can have effects on our well-being.  This is an interesting look at the function of social response in our lives, and can help us understand those around us better.  Download your copy of the article below:

The Social Vagus

Author: John Edwards, DC
Source: April 2018 Newsletter
Copyright: ICPA 2017

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Bounce Back Vitality Bowl

Whether you are simply looking for a nourishing and filling meal, or a flavourful salad to use up any Easter turkey, check out Nutritionist in the Kitch and her recipe for her Bounce Back Vitality Bowl.  It sort of reminds us of a coleslaw, but with an extra punch of flavour and texture.  Give it a try, and let us know how you enjoyed it - tag us on Instagram @powerhealthchiropractic

Author: Power Health
Source: April 2018 Newsletter
Copyright: Power Health 2018

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April 2018 Calendar and Monthly Affirmation


April 2 - closed for Easter Monday

April 27 - closed


All is well; everything is working out for my highest good.

Author: Power Health
Source: April 2018 Newsletter
Copyright: Power Health 2018

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Gold Star Benefits with Tumeric

Tumeric is the dried root of the curcuma longa plant, and lends its distinctive golden yellow colour to curry dishes.  It is one of the most touted and clinically supported spices with health benefits.  Research suggests turmeric may:

  • Slow, prevent bloodclot formation.
  • Improve mild depressive symptoms.
  • Reduce symptoms of Crohn’s and arthritis due to anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Fight inflammation throughout the body and slow/reduce disease processes like cancer and diabetes.


Use frequently in cooking—soups, curry , bone broth.

Add to smoothies, make a tea, try “golden milk” a delicious warm drink made with warm coconut milk, turmeric, and honey.


Author: Power Health
Source: April 2018 Newsletter
Copyright: Power Health 2018

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Apple Pie Quinoa Parfait

When we posted a picture of this delicious parfait on Instagram and Facebook, lots of people were asking for the recipe.  It makes the perfect make-ahead breakfast, snack or even dessert to have on-hand through the week.  Adapted from Lori Harder's recipe, this is how we made it:

Apple Pie Quinoa Parfait (serves 4)


  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 apples
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil or grass-fed butter
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey (if desired)
  • 1/2 cup quinoa flakes or gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1/2 walnuts, chopped
  • 2-4 tablespoons coconut sugar (depending on preference for sweetness)
  • 2 cups chia pudding of choice (could also use coconut yogurt)


1.  Prepare chia pudding according to recipe, add 1 teaspoon vanilla and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon.  Let set according to directions.

2.  Follow cooking instructions for quinoa, adding 2 teaspoons vanilla to water.  Once cooked, set aside to cool.


3.  Peel (optional) and chop apples.  Saute apples in coconut oil or butter, stirring often until apples have their own sauce and are slightly soft and sweet.

4.  In another frying pan, on low heat, add quinoa flakes, walnuts and coconut sugar.  Lightly toast, stirring often and taking care not to burn the sugar.  When finished it will make a crumbly, slightly crunchy topping.

5.  Combine cooled quinoa and apples.  Add 2 tablespoons of maple syrup or honey if extra sweetness is desired.  

6.  Layer quinoa-apple mixture and chia pudding in small mason jars, glasses, or bowls.

7.  Top with crumble mixture and refrigerate for 30 minutes or overnight before serving.


Author: Power Health adapted from Lori Harder
Copyright: Power Health 2018

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Study Proves Chiropractic Care Minimizes Opioid Dependence

The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine has published a study that formalizes the efficacy of chiropractic care in reducing opioid usage among adults with low back pain. The study, which included over 13,000 adults, found that patients receiving chiropractic care for low back pain (LBP) filled opioid analgesic prescriptions 55 percent less often than those not receiving chiropractic care. Overall, the research indicated chiropractic pain management practices can reduce or eliminate the need for opioid pain relievers, resulting in fewer risks and reduced patient costs. Key findings included:

  • Only 19 percent of patients under chiropractic care filled prescriptions for opioids in contrast to the subjects not under chiropractic care, of which 35 percent filled opioid prescriptions.
  • When considering all types of prescriptions, the group under chiropractic care filled significantly fewer prescriptions than the non-chiropractic care group. 

With over 2 million people in the U.S. suffering from opioid addiction and 15% of the population fearing addiction to opioids, finding safe and cost-effective methods of managing pain is critical. Chiropractic care, along with other drug-free therapies, has been recommended by the Institute of Medicine to treat patients presenting with chronic pain. Guidelines from the American College of Physicians are even more explicit on recommendations for treating back pain, clarifying non-pharmacologic treatment as the primary choice. Opioids are considered as a last resort only, or in cases where patients’ complicating factors make other options incompatible. If you’re suffering from back pain, contact a chiropractic near you to help manage your pain safely, effectively, and without drugs.

Source: The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. doi:10.1089/acm.2017.0131
Copyright: LLC 2018

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Rear-Facing Car Seats Increase Child Safety During Real-Impact Collisions

Until recently, the call for rear-facing carseats has been predicated on results garnered from side-impact and head-on accidents, which are deadliest. However, a rear-impact collision has potential to cause head-and-neck injuries in infants and toddlers when the back-and-forth motion of the impact causes a whiplash effect. Experts agree that infants and toddlers should remain seated in rear-facing carseats until they’ve reached the age of two or until they’re too big to be positioned correctly for maximum front- and side-impact protection. A new study by Julie Mansfield of the Injury Biomechanics Research Center of Wexner Medical Center now proves this rear-facing position is protective even when the car is impacted from behind. The study used a crash-test dummy to demonstrate how crash energy is absorbed through the rear-facing seat to keep the child’s head, neck, and spine safely aligned. Employing four of the most commonly-used U.S. carseats, the study recreated a series of rear-impact collisions that found all four carseats, when used in the rear-facing position, allowed the crash energy to travel through the carseat and vehicle seat, reducing crash forces on the child’s body. In this scenario, the child is cradled by the seat, allowing the energy of the crash to be distributed evenly over the child’s back. Because the carseat and child move as one unit, the head and spine remain supported. These results should assure parents that keeping their children in rear-facing seats for as long as possible is the best way to protect them from injuries sustained in any collision scenario.

Source: SAE International, online April 3, 2018.
Copyright: LLC 2018

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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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