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March 2017

Dr. Rob’s Naprapathic News – March 2017

Here are a few links to some articles I think are interesting, enjoy!

Europe hit by severe vegetable shortage… citizens who don’t grow their own veggies now facing empty shelves Wednesday

By Lance D Johnson

Due to heavy flooding, heavy frosts, and untimely snow events, the most valuable “food basket” regions of Spain have lost significant portions of their most important crops. Fruit and vegetable production has plummeted in Spain and Italy. The effect is being felt throughout Europe…for more info:

http://www.naturalnews.com/2017-02-15-europe-hit-by-severe-vegetable-shortage-citizens-who-dont-grow-their-own-veggies-now-facing-empty-shelves.html

Study Shows Intermittent Fasting Promotes Health and Longevity

By Dr. Mercola

Over the years, many theories have been advanced about how much you should eat and when you should eat it to achieve optimal health. Research reveals many Americans eat all day long, as frequently as 15 out of the 24 hours. Most also consume a majority of their daily calories late in the evening…for more info:

http://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/archive/2017/02/17/intermittent-fasting-promotes-health-longevity.aspx?utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art2&utm_campaign=20170217Z1&et_cid=DM133831&et_rid=1891292505

Top 10 food and medicine myths you probably fell for at some point

By S.D. Wells

Everybody wants to be healthy, well­informed and financially free, but most of us receive the wrong advice, believe in popular myths, get sick from ridiculous illnesses that are totally preventable and curable, and then spend our money trying to get ourselves “fixed” by doctors who don’t understand a lick about nutrition. All this while we keep eating the same bad food and taking the same symptom cover­up, chemical­based medicines. Why do we heed all this bad advice and consume chemicals……for more info:

This article was printed from: http://www.naturalnews.com/2017­02­16­top­10­food­and­medicinemyths­you­probably­fell­for­at­some­point.html

Ibuprofen about as beneficial as a placebo when it comes to treating back pain

By Tracey Watson

Lower back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the American Chiropractic Association. At any given time, about 31 million Americans are dealing with this debilitating condition.  Check out…http://www.naturalnews.com/2017­02­10­ibuprofen­about­as­beneficialas­a­placebo­when­it­comes­to­treating­back­pain.html

Benefits of Oatmeal for Fatty Liver Disease

Michael Greger M.D. FACLM

If oatmeal is so powerful that it can clear up some of the ravages of chemotherapy just applied to the skin (see my video Oatmeal Lotion for Chemotherapy-Induced Rash), what might it do if we actually ate it? Oats are reported to possess varied drug-like activities like lowering blood cholesterol and blood sugar, boosting our immune…for more info:

http://nutritionfacts.org/2017/02/09/benefits-of-oatmeal-for-fatty-liver-disease/?utm_source=NutritionFacts.org&utm_campaign=f07759077d-RSS_BLOG_DAILY&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_40f9e497d1-f07759077d-23478537&mc_cid=f07759077d&mc_eid=94a7cf99ec

Probiotic may reduce the risk of common cold: Yakult study

By Stephen Daniells

Daily consumption of a fermented milk product with Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota may reduce the risk of upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs) in healthy middle-aged office workers, says a new study.

http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Research/Probiotic-may-reduce-the-risk-of-common-cold-Yakult-study

Sauna Therapy May Reduce Risk of Dementia and Boost Brain Health

By Dr. Mercola

When it comes to improving your health, some of the simplest strategies can have a tremendous impact. Sweating in a sauna, for example, has many great health benefits, including expelling of toxins, improving blood circulation, killing disease ­causing microbes and improving mitochondrial function. …for more info:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2017/02/09/benefits-of-sauna-therapy.aspx?utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20170209Z1&et_cid=DM133178&et_rid=1878936191#

Cherry juice blood boost may help halt cognitive decline: Study

By Will Chu,

Drinking sour cherry juice appears to boost blood flow to the brain and may reduce blood pressure, according to a study…for more info:

http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Research/Cherry-juice-blood-boost-may-help-halt-cognitive-decline-Study

NCAA's 30 Percent Protein Calorie Rule Deregulated

by Courtney Cameron

The NCAA has overturned a regulation limiting the amount of protein permitted to be contained in supplements provided by an institution to its student-athletes.

In a meeting in December of 2014, the committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports (CSMAS) brought into question the prevailing regulations set by the NCAA regarding the dietary protein needs of collegiate student-athletes…for more info:

http://www.athleticbusiness.com/rules-regulations/ncaa-30-protein-calorie-rule-deregulated.html?eid=105734835&bid=1642847

Understanding the New Nutrition Facts Label

The new Nutrition Facts label features updated information to help consumers make informed food choices about the foods they eat. See what changes were made! …for more info:

http://www.eatright.org/ 

Study Finds One-Sport Specialization Leads to Injury

by Courtney Cameron

Last month, the National Federation of High School Associations released the results of a study conducted by researchers from the University of Wisconsin measuring injury rates for student-athletes in conjunction with sport specialization…for more info:

http://www.athleticbusiness.com/athlete-safety/study-finds-one-sport-specialization-leads-to-injury.html?eid=105734835&bid=1646944

This is information only and NOT to be regarded as medical or specific health advice.

 

February 2017

Dr. Rob’s Naprapathic News – February 2017

 

Here are a few links to some articles I think are interesting, enjoy!

 

Ben & Jerry's #DirtyDairy

If there were an award for “greenwashing,” it would likely go to Ben & Jerry’s, the iconic Vermont-based ice cream brand, now owned by Unilever.

https://www.organicconsumers.org/newsletter/organic-bytes-536-ben-jerrys-dirtydairy-and-consumer-fraud/ben-jerrys-dirtydairy

 

Rare Gene Mutation Allows Some People to Thrive on Minimal Sleep

By Dr. Mercola

In the U.S., working around the clock is still glorified. According to the documentary "Sleepless in America," 40 percent of Americans are sleep-deprived. Many get less than five hours of sleep per night.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2017/01/05/rare-gene-mutation-advanced-phase-sleep-syndrome.aspx

 

BPA on Receipts: Getting Under Our Skin

Using skin lotion or hand sanitizer before touching thermal paper (cash register receipts and printed tickets) can facilitate the absorption of BPA into the body.

http://nutritionfacts.org/video/bpa-on-receipts-getting-under-our-skin/?utm_source=NutritionFacts.org&utm_campaign=c7c458c527-RSS_VIDEO_DAILY&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_40f9e497d1-c7c458c527-23478537&mc_cid=c7c458c527&mc_eid=94a7cf99ec

 

Koji — the Biggest Food Trend of 2017?

By Dr. Mercola

Slowly but surely, consumer behavior is changing in regard to food. Many have started embracing more traditional foods and are relearning ancient culinary methods such as fermenting.1

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2017/01/09/koji-biggest-food-trend-2017.aspx?utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20170109Z1&et_cid=DM130644&et_rid=1833365206

 

Glyphosate. It’s everywhere. Is it in your body?

Health Research Institute (HRI) is offering glyphosate testing to consumers. For $99, HRI’s lab will test your urine sample for glyphosate and AMPA, a metabolite of glyphosate. (Your liver is in charge of breaking down glyphosate into its metabolite—but as a recent study suggests, making your liver break down glyphosate and process its metabolites may be damaging your liver).

https://www.organicconsumers.org/

https://health-research-institute.net/glyphosate/order-kit/

 

Cherry juice blood boost may help halt cognitive decline: Study

By Will Chu,

Drinking sour cherry juice appears to boost blood flow to the brain and may reduce blood pressure, according to a study.

http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Research/Cherry-juice-blood-boost-may-help-halt-cognitive-decline-Study

 

NCAA's 30 Percent Protein Calorie Rule Deregulated

by Courtney Cameron

The NCAA has overturned a regulation limiting the amount of protein permitted to be contained in supplements provided by an institution to its student-athletes.

In a meeting in December of 2014, the committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports (CSMAS) brought into question the prevailing regulations set by the NCAA regarding the dietary protein needs of collegiate student-athletes.

http://www.athleticbusiness.com/rules-regulations/ncaa-30-protein-calorie-rule-deregulated.html?eid=105734835&bid=1642847

 

Understanding the New Nutrition Facts Label

The new Nutrition Facts label features updated information to help consumers make informed food choices about the foods they eat. See what changes were made!

http://www.eatright.org/

 

Study Finds One-Sport Specialization Leads to Injury

by Courtney Cameron

Last month, the National Federation of High School Associations released the results of a study conducted by researchers from the University of Wisconsin measuring injury rates for student-athletes in conjunction with sport specialization.

http://www.athleticbusiness.com/athlete-safety/study-finds-one-sport-specialization-leads-to-injury.html?eid=105734835&bid=1646944

 

Two-thirds of middle-aged German women have low omega-3: Increased risk of heart disease

By Nathan Gray

More than 70% of middle-aged women are at an increased risk of heart disease risk because of low omega-3 status, says a new German population study that recommends nearly all should increase intake.

http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Markets/Two-thirds-of-middle-aged-German-women-have-low-omega-3-Increased-risk-of-heart-disease

 

Strength Training Can Reduce Disease, Injury Risk

by Janet Charlesworth

 A study published in The American Journal of Medicine found that lifting weights is extremely valuable for adults over 50. They found that, over 18-20 weeks, older adults gained an average of 2.42 pounds of muscle and increased their strength by 25-30 percent.

 

This is information only and NOT to be regarded as medical or specific health advice.

 

January 2017

Dr. Rob’s Naprapathic News – January 2017

Here are a few links to some articles I think are interesting, enjoy!

High-dose vitamin D may boost diversity of the gut microbiome: Study

Vitamin D3 may increase bacterial richness in the upper gastrointestinal tract and reduce opportunistic pathogens, says a new study from Austria.

http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Research/High-dose-vitamin-D-may-boost-diversity-of-the-gut-microbiome-Study

FDA sends warning letters to 8 companies marketing CBD products

By Hank Schultz

The Food and Drug Administration has sent eight warning letters out to companies marketing dietary supplements containing CBD. The warning letters cite illegal drug claims and also hinge upon the existence of CBD as the active ingredient in two drugs under development.

http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Regulation/FDA-sends-warning-letters-to-8-companies-marketing-CBD-products

Meta-analysis finds higher magnesium intake associated with lower risk of stroke, diabetes, heart failure, death during up to 30 years of follow-up

On December 8, 2016 BMC Medicine published the results of a meta-analysis conducted by researchers at Zhejiang University and Zhengzhou University in China which concluded that consuming a higher amount of magnesium is associated with a lower risk of heart failure, stroke, type 2 diabetes and all-cause mortality during up to 30 years of follow-up. The meta-analysis is the first to investigate the effect of dietary magnesium intake on the risk of heart failure and the first quantitative meta-analysis to examine the dose-response relationship between dietary magnesium intake and all-cause mortality.

http://www.lifeextension.com/Newsletter/2016/12/Higher%20magnesium%20intake%20associated%20with%20lower%20risk%20of%20stroke%20diabetes%20and%20heart%20failure%20death/Page-01?utm_source=eNewsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Button&utm_campaign=EZXX00E

Vitamin D Deficiency During Pregnancy Raises Your Child’s Risk for Autism

By Dr. Mercola

There has been a dramatic and concerning increase in the rates of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) over the last 30 years and experts believe the rates will continue to increase.

When I was in medical school more than 35 years ago, the incidence of autism was 1 in 10,000.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/12/28/vitamin-d-deficiency-raises-autism-risk.aspx?utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20161228Z1&et_cid=DM129427&et_rid=1816632274

What? Ibuprofen Can Make You Deaf?

By Dr. Mercola

Chronic pain is a significant challenge in the U.S., affecting more people than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined.1 Up to 80 percent of the U.S. population will experience back pain at some point in their life.2 Overall, pain costs the U.S. between $560 billion and $635 billion each year.3

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/12/28/over-the-counter-medication-hearing-loss.aspx?utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art3&utm_campaign=20161228Z1&et_cid=DM129427&et_rid=1816632274

Ancient Herbal Traditional Chinese Medicine Can Fight Malaria and TB, Says New Study

A centuries-old herbal Chinese medicine, used to effectively treat malaria, may help fight tuberculosis and slow the evolution of drug resistance, scientists have found. In a study led by Robert Abramovitch, from the Michigan State University in the US, the ancient remedy artemisinin stopped the ability of TB-causing bacteria, known as Mycobacterium tuberculosis, to become ...

http://www.remedyspot.com/ancient-herbal-traditional-chinese-medicine-can-fight-malaria-tb-says-new-study/?utm_source=id1&utm_medium=all&utm_campaign=48tcm

Rare, frightening superbug gene discovered on US pig farm

by: JD Heyes

(NaturalNews) Several medical researchers and scientists have been warning frequently in recent years that the so-called “superbugs” are proliferating across the world faster than modern medicine can stamp them out, due in large part to massive overuse of antibiotics.

http://www.naturalnews.com/2017-01-01-rare-frightening-superbug-gene-discovered-on-us-pig-farm.html

Secondhand smoke endangers pets, raises their risk of cancer

By: Howard Roark
(NaturalNews) Secondhand smoke is hazardous not only for non-smoking children and adults, but for pets as well. A new FDA Consumer Update entitled Secondhand (and Third-Hand) Smoke May Be Making Your Pet Sick details yet more reasons to quit smoking

http://naturalnews.com/2017-01-01-secondhand-smoke-endangers-pets-raises-their-risk-of-cancer.html

Vitamin C and Cataracts

By: Jon Barron

We've talked a number of times before about how the press frequently gets stories about health and nutrition wrong. Often it's because they literally copy summaries of recently published studies that were sent to them by the big news agencies such as Reuters, AP, and UPI. Never bothering to even glance at the original studies, the press takes what the news agencies supply them as gospel and republish those stories making some minor changes in wording to make it look like an original story. Unfortunately, the news agencies frequently get the story wrong when writing up their summaries--or more accurately, leave out key parts to "simplify" the story for their clients in the press--so that misleading information is often published by hundreds of media outlets throughout the world…and assumed to be gospel by the public. After all, if everyone is saying the same thing, it must be true.

https://jonbarron.org/anti-aging/vitamin-c-and-cataracts

Alzheimer's Diet: Will Limiting Red Meat Help Stave Off Alzheimer's?

You've heard time and again that it’s not wise to eat too much red meat, especially if processed, since higher intakes are linked with increased risks of obesity, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and several cancers. A growing number of studies suggest dietary patterns high in meat may promote cognitive decline, too.

http://www.nutritionletter.tufts.edu/issues/13_1/current-articles/Will-Limiting-Red-Meat-Help-Stave-Off-Alzheimers_2079-1.html?zkPrintable=true

This is information only and NOT to be regarded as medical or specific health advice.

 

August 2016

Dr. Rob’s Naprapathic News – August 2016

Here are a few links to some articles I think are interesting, enjoy!

Runny eggs safer than thought: new research

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) could change its advice on eating raw and runny eggs, after a report identified a big reduction in the risk of salmonella from UK hens’ eggs…  For more information check out:  http://www.foodmanufacture.co.uk/content/view/print/1287704

New study demonstrates fish oils improve heart function post heart attack

According to a new study just published 3 days ago in the journal Circulation, high dose fish oils post heart attack improved heart function and reduced scarring.  For more information check out: 

http://blog.designsforhealth.com/si-42214/new-study-demonstrates-fish-oils-improve-heart-function-post-heart-attack?utm_campaign=Weekly+Science+Update&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=32548080&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9vAyPQz01qTimBHkvKaqtD9a5FPqK1NCDTQzLLIFgw7RDyEiZQbaGhOVMmXJZNoOY4ZDc-vSehGNP1RoevLVLufB-LHA&_hsmi=32548080

The Stress Cup and Allostatic Load

By Dr. Chris Hardy

This is the second in a series of articles developed from Dr. Chris Hardy’s live presentation at Dragon Door’s Inaugural Health and Strength Conference. Click here to read the first article of the series.

The Stress Cup is a visual representation of allostatic load, the total amount of stress….For more information check out:  http://strongmedicine.dragondoor.com/the-stress-cup-and-allostatic-load/?inf_contact_key=1b046382b6998e08e7d99096a6fd8a949df7bfeb5e0e8e170fe0d86a6b01b572

What are the Effects of the Hops Phytoestrogen in Beer?

When it comes to breast cancer risk, does the phytoestrogen in beer act more like the animal estrogens in Premarin, or the protective phytoestrogens in soy?  For more information check out: 

http://nutritionfacts.org/video/what-are-the-effects-of-the-hops-phytoestrogen-in-beer/?utm_source=NutritionFacts.org&utm_campaign=1e2d65ed5d-RSS_VIDEO_DAILY&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_40f9e497d1-1e2d65ed5d-23478537

Vinegar and Artery Function

By Michael Greger M.D.

Sprinkling vinegar on greens may augment their ability to improve endothelial function.   For more information check out:  http://nutritionfacts.org/video/vinegar-artery-function/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=vinegar-artery-function&utm_source=NutritionFacts.org&utm_campaign=12d7be74e5-RSS_VIDEO_DAILY&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_40f9e497d1-12d7be74e5-23478537

UV Light Provides a Multitude of Health Benefits

By Dr. Mercola

If there's one thing we require to thrive it is sensible exposure to the sun. Sure, sunlight is needed for growing food, but you also need direct sun exposure to thrive, just like plants.

The video above features a 2014 lecture by German doctor Alexander Wunsch, M.D. In it, he provides a historical perspective on sun exposure, explaining why current sun avoidance recommendations may be doing far more harm than good…  For more information check out: 

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/05/16/vitamin-d-uv-light-health-benefits.aspx?utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20160516Z1&et_cid=DM105797&et_rid=1485265849

Teens, at your greens for a lower breast cancer risk, say scientists

By Will Chu

Healthy foods Fruit and vegetable intake during teenage years and early adulthood is strongly associated with a lowered risk of breast cancer, a study has concluded. The results, published in the British Medical Journal, serve to …  For more information check out: 

http://www.foodnavigator.com/Science/Teens-eat-your-greens-for-a-lower-breast-cancer-risk-say-scientists?utm_source=copyright&utm_medium=OnSite&utm_campaign=copyright

Ashwagandha root extract may boost cardiorespiratory endurance

By Stephen Daniells,

Research Supplements of ashwagandha (Withania somnifera [L.] Dunal) root extract may improve endurance during exercise, says a new study using the KSM­66 brand of Ashwagandha from Ixoreal Biomed. Data from 50…For more information check out:  http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Research/Ashwagandha-root-extract-may-boost-cardiorespiratory-endurance-RCT/?utm_source=Newsletter_Subject&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Newsletter%2BSubject&c=D7GklpaqoNpvW4FN30NFMQ%3D%3D

Tridosha Kitchari: A Meal to Balance All Three Doshas

By Peter Brown

At the heart of Ayurveda’s understanding of the human body is the principle of the three Doshas – Vata (movement), Pitta (transformation) and Kapha (structure). Although all three Doshas are present in and fundamental to every part of our body, taken as a whole the balance of these Doshas varies from one person to another. This leads to the understanding of different body-types related to the predominance of one or sometimes two Doshas.

Knowing your personal Doshic body-type helps you to choose foods that can keep you in balance and in good health.

Each food also has its own unique balance of Doshas. Some foods can increase, or aggravate a Dosha. Some foods can decrease or calm a Dosha. Some foods are naturally Tridoshic and have a balancing effect on all of the Doshas.

As each person sitting to eat can have a different body-type, it is tricky to cook a meal that has a balancing effect for everyone at the table. But it is possible to create a Tridosha meal that balances everyone’s Doshas, even though its separate ingredients are not themselves Tridoshic. Kitchari (meaning an all-in-one pot meal) is a traditional example of such a meal.

The following Kitchari recipe has a Tridoshic effect. It is well balanced in both taste and its effects on the Doshas.

(Sufficient for 2-3 people)

Ingredients:

·         2 cups basmati rice

·         1 cup split mung dal

·         1 cup chopped french green beans*

·         1 cup diced carrots*

·         2 tbsp ghee

·         1 tsp fennel seeds

·         1 tsp mustard seeds

·         5 tsp cumin seeds

·         1 tbsp grated ginger

·         5 tsp turmeric

·         1 tsp cardamom powder

·         1 tsp coriander powder

·         0.5 cup raisins

·         2 tsp rock or sea salt

·         1 bunch finely chopped fresh coriander

·         Lemon or lime

*Can use broccoli and parsnips or any other green and root vegetable combination.

Method:

Wash both the rice and the mung dal.

Wash the greens beans and chop into 1 inch pieces.

Wash the carrots and dice into small pieces

In a saucepan, warm the ghee and add the mustard seeds, fennel seeds and cumin seeds.

Sauté for 1 to 2 minutes.

Add the rice and mung dal and sauté for further 2 minutes.

Add the grated ginger, turmeric, cardamom powder, coriander powder, raisins, carrots and greens beans.

Stir and sauté for 1 minute.

Add 6 to 7 cups of water and bring to the boil.

Add the rock or sea salt and reduce to a medium-low heat.

Cover and cook until the dal and rice is tender – between 30 to 45 minutes.

During the last process, stir the pot now and then and check if you need to add more water to keep the Kitchari moist.

Before serving stir in some finely chopped fresh coriander.

Squeeze out the juice of the lemon or lime and allow each person to add their own according to their taste.

Source: blog.maharishi.co.uk

This is information only and NOT to be regarded as medical or specific health advice.

 

~ Strong Body ~ Strong Mind ~ Strong Spirit ~

 

November 2015

Dr. Rob’s Naprapathic News – November 2015

Here are a few links to some articles I think are interesting, enjoy!

8 health benefits of Ginger tea

Ginger is a light brown root with a distinctive taste and qualities that make it a much-coveted herb due to high levels of Vitamin C, magnesium and other minerals.  For more information check out:  http://www.remedyspot.com/8-health-benefits-of-ginger-tea/

Concussion Concerns Cut into Football Participation
Bay State high school football teams have seen their numbers plummet as athletes avoid the violent sport amid rising concerns over head injuries.  For more information check out: http://www.athleticbusiness.com/athlete-safety/concussion-concerns-cut-into-football-participation-numbers.html?eid=105734835&bid=1224344

45 Ways Soda can Hurt You

Even if you've given up drinking soda, statistics show that the soft drink industry is still raking in billions of dollars a year. Here are 45 reasons to give it up for good. For more information check out: http://www.wellness.com/blog/13276985/45-ways-soda-pop-can-hurt-you/fred-fletcher

Commercial almond milk exposed as fake beverage thickened with carrageenan instead of almonds

by: Melanie Grimes

Commercial almond milk has been exposed as a fake beverage that is thickened with carrageenan instead of almonds.  Almond milk is a healthy beverage that is touted by many health…For more information check out: http://www.naturalnews.com/051296_almond_milk_carrageenan_alternative_beverages.html#ixzz3rJ9jl4h8

Warming Asian Pear and Ginger Congee for Breakfast!!

Now that we have entered the autumn its time to start thinking about adjusting the diet so that the foods we eat are appropriate to the seasonal changes and in turn, our immune system is strong for the cold/flu season.  For more information check out:  http://stonewellacu.blogspot.com/2010/10/hot-asian-pear-with-ginger-congee-for.html

Five Herbs To Help You Sleep Better

By Katerina Pozzi

It is well known that using prescription sleeping-pills can become addictive and dangerous. So before you reach for that orange bottle, check out these five herbs to help you sleep better!  For more information check out:  http://www.herbgeek.com/5-herbs-to-help-you-sleep-better/

Kettlebells and moving planks

By Josh Henkin, Master RKC

 If you want core strength, the “Fitness 101” answer is that you must do planks. While the plank is a great starting point and should be well established in any fitness program, it is not nearly the end of smart core conditioning.

That’s is why there’s a plethora of plank variations—from the innovative to flat-out goofy!  For more information check out:  http://rkcblog.dragondoor.com/kettlebells-and-moving-planks/?inf_contact_key=ddb370b41792ebb5c3d2eba7cfaaa9b3f6988934c8feed49bb05d1cf7204dc58

Blood donors in Sweden receive a text message when their blood is used

In an attempt to increase donations and battle the shortage, an initiative in Sweden provides a text message to let donors know when their blood has been put to use… For more information check out: http://medcitynews.com/2015/06/blood-donors-in-sweden-can-now-receive-a-text-message-when-their-blood-has-actually-been-used/?utm_source=MedCity+News+Subscribers&utm_campaign=fb8b886382-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c05cce483a-fb8b886382-67849049

7 Things You Had No Idea Gut Bacteria Could Do

Welcome! If you want to lose weight, gain muscle, increase energy levels or just generally look and feel healthier you've come to the right place.

If you’re a regular Mark’s Daily Apple reader, you probably have at least a generally accurate if somewhat vague notion of the important functions performed by our gut bacteria.  For more information check out:  http://www.marksdailyapple.com/7-things-you-had-no-idea-gut-bacteria-could-do/#ixzz3rJMYSNFU

FDA: The steps we’re taking to push precision medicine forward

By Meghana Keshanav

Standardizing the quality of diagnostics that use next-generation sequencing is a huge priority of the Food and Drug Administration as it moves to promote the adoption of precision medicine.  For more information check out:  http://medcitynews.com/2015/09/fda-the-steps-were-taking-to-push-precision-medicine-forward/?utm_source=MedCity+News+Subscribers&utm_campaign=5cf36646b7-MCN+Daily+Email&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5092836c41-5cf36646b7-408854477

Positive Coaching Alliance

Social media offers a huge opportunity for positive communication, but...For more information check out:  http://devzone.positivecoach.org/browse/%22Social%20Media%22?utm_source=h5m&utm_medium=e&utm_campaign=devzone

Pesticide Treadmill Jeopardizes Food Safety

By Dr. Mercola

In late March of this year, glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's bestselling weed killer Roundup, was reclassified as a "probable carcinogen" by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a division of the World Health Organization (WHO).  For more information check out:  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/09/22/glyphosate-pesticide-food-safety.aspx?e_cid=20150922Z1_DNL_art_1&utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20150922Z1&et_cid=DM86146&et_rid=1133521828

 

This is information only and NOT to be regarded as medical or specific health advice.October 2015

 

September 15, 2015

Dr. Rob’s Naprapathic News – September 2015

Here are a few links to some articles I think are interesting, enjoy!

Omega-3 could help support ‘friendly bacteria’ in the gut

By Nathan GrayNathan GRAY

The omage-3 fatty acid EPA may help to support the growth and tolerance of probiotic bacterial strains in the human gut, according to new preliminary research.  For more information, check out:  http://www.nutraingredients.com/Research/Omega-3-could-help-support-friendly-bacteria-in-the-gut

Natural strategies for keeping your hearing, vision, and thinking sharp well into old age
By Jonathan V. Wright, MD

“Eh? What’s that you say? Louder, please. No, don’t bother writing it down, can’t see very well, either! Oh, never mind…I probably won’t remember it, anyway!”

If you chuckled when you read that, it’s probably because it sounds familiar—whether…  For more information, check out:  http://www.tahomaclinicblog.com/dont-go-deaf/

Iodine for Thyroid, Cancer Prevention and More

Do you have cold hands and feet? Dry skin? Constipation? These may be signs that you’re not getting enough iodine. Learn more about this forgotten mineral, and then use our comprehensive question list to find out if you may need more iodine.  For more information, check out:  http://www.terrytalksnutrition.com/health-articles/iodine-for-thyroid-cancer-prevention-and-more-2/

Over 90% of Twentysomethings have suboptimal vitamin E status. What does that mean for health?

By Stephen DanielsSt

Huge proportions of the US population are consuming sub-optimal levels of vitamin E, according to a new study from DSM Nutritional Products and Cornell University which raises questions about potential detrimental health effects.  For more information, check out:  http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Research/Over-90-of-Twentysomethings-have-suboptimal-vitamin-E-status.-What-does-that-mean-for-health

Park-Based Workouts: The New Trend in Fitness

The Schaumburg Park District opened an outdoor fitness trail at Volkening Lake in May.

Volkening Lake, 900 W. Schaumburg Road, is open daily and available 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. This recreational haven offers something for everyone with a path, paddle boats, picnic areas, fishing, scenery and now a fitness area.  For more information, check out:  http://www.athleticbusiness.com/outdoor/park-based-workouts-the-new-trend-in-fitness-br.html?eid=105734835&bid=1163888

69% of doctors believe parents are either completely or mostly to blame for childhood obesity

By Nicole Oran

According to a recent survey, SERMO has found that 69 percent of doctors out of the 2,258 who contributed believe that parents are significantly responsible for the childhood obesity epidemic.  For more information, check out:  http://medcitynews.com/2015/08/childhood-obesity-physicians-survey-parents-responsible/?utm_source=MedCity+News+Subscribers&utm_campaign=f942ba2708-MCN+Daily+Email&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5092836c41-f942ba2708-408854477

Watch as amazing GcMAF treatment kills cancer cells in real time... holistic doctors 'suicided' over this stunning breakthrough

By Ethan A. Huff
A breakthrough cancer treatment appears to be the reason why a handful of holistic doctors were recently found "suicided" is now gaining worldwide attention as a potential universal cure for cancer. And new microscopic footage released by First Immune shows this amazing remedy in action -- the human protein GcMAF is visually seen activating the body's own macrophages, which are then able to attack and destroy breast cancer cells in vitro.  For more information, check out: http://www.naturalnews.com/z050972_GcMAF_cancer_cells_Bradstreet.html

Brain cells affected by Parkinson’s appear to burn out like an overheating motor

By Nicole Oran

It’s understood that Parkinson’s is developed when nerve cells are lost in parts of the brain. However, it’s been mysterious as to why this occurs.

A new studyis now suggesting that the nerve cells that are lost essentially burn out, or run out of energy, like an “overheating motor.”  For more information, check out:  http://medcitynews.com/2015/08/brain-cells-affected-by-parkinsons-appear-to-burn-out-like-an-overheating-motor/?utm_source=MedCity+News+Subscribers&utm_campaign=2ddc82823f-MCN+Daily+Email&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5092836c41-2ddc82823f-408854477

Three Simple Rules to Lose Weight and Reverse Disease

By Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

Losing weight and getting healthy doesn’t have to be complex. Purge your pantry of processed food, don’t use oils and stay away from sugary snacks and drinks. My rules to better health are uncomplicated and easy to follow. No need to measure food or count calories or points.    For more information, check out:  http://www.wellness.com/blog/13277660/three-simple-rules-to-lose-weight-and-reverse-disease/joel-fuhrman-m-d

This is information only and NOT to be regarded as medical or specific health advice.

 

August 17, 2015

Dr. Rob’s Naprapathic News – August 2015

Here are a few links to some articles I think are interesting, enjoy!

Nearly 70% of physicians say GMO foods should be labeled

By Daniel Barker
One thing is clear regarding the GMO labeling issue. The vast majority of Americans -- more than 90 percent -- are in favor of mandatory labeling laws. A recent poll by a physician's association revealed that more than two-thirds (68 percent) of doctors are also in favor of mandatory GMO food labeling.... to find out more, click the link: http://www.naturalnews.com/z050814_DARK_Act_GMO_labeling_doctors.html   

 

Five Natural Ways to Balance Your Hormones

By Valencia Porter

For the past few years, hormone replacement therapy has become a well-publicized and highly debated topic, and many women are looking for natural alternatives to “standard” hormone therapy. In the reproductive years, varying cycles of estrogen and progesterone, as well as their effects on neurotransmitters, lead many women to experience mood… http://www.remedyspot.com/five-natural-ways-to-balance-your-hormones/

 

House Passes Bill to Ban GMO Labeling Laws

By Dr. Mercola

On July 23, 2015, the US House of Representatives passed HR 1599,1ironically misnamed "The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act"2,3,4more commonly referred to as the "Deny Americans the Right to Know" or DARK Act…http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/08/04/hr-1599-bans-gmo-labeling-laws.aspx?e_cid=20150816Z1_DNL_MC_1&utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=mc1&utm_campaign=20150816Z1&et_cid=DM84845&et_rid=1077810934

 

Rising prescription drug costs are hitting many consumers hard – what are some potential solutions?

By Nicole Oran

When prescription drug prices go up, many people who need them have to figure out other ways to cut costs in their lives to compensate.

According to a new nationally representative poll from Consumer Reports,

http://medcitynews.com/2015/08/prescription-drug-prices-truveris-onerx-medication-costs/?utm_source=MedCity+News+Subscribers&utm_campaign=f0a3f1bf7f-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c05cce483a-f0a3f1bf7f-67849049

 

High-protein breakfast helps prevent body fat gain

Research has shown that approximately 60% of teens regularly skip breakfast. Many healthcare professionals and nutritionists consider breakfast as “the most important meal of the day” and a strategy to reduce the risk of obesity, yet there has been limited research done to look at what type of breakfast plays this role in weight management. It…http://blog.designsforhealth.com/si-42214/high-protein-breakfast-helps-prevent-body-fat-gain?utm_campaign=Weekly+Science+Update&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=21321373&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9ssbaCk2Jy1XoCGfL5UNxk7xM8pCXYdWCdLNECqvmDjomsHM_xUAhC37kRA3ws29F2oL2tsm58m5TGSzFufSX58Ac0UQ&_hsmi=21321373

 

Do Walnuts Really Improve Artery Function?

By Michael Greger M.D.

Good news for nut lovers: Eating at least one serving of walnuts per week may drop our chances of a cardiovascular-related death by 50%. However, walnut consumption may only drop our cholesterol levels about 5%. How could we get a 50% drop in cardiac mortality from just a 5% drop in cholesterol? Walnuts must have some other heart-protecting benefits besides lowering cholesterol… http://nutritionfacts.org/2015/08/13/how-walnuts-can-improve-artery-function/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-walnuts-can-improve-artery-function&utm_source=NutritionFacts.org&utm_campaign=1a945ee242-RSS_BLOG_DAILY&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_40f9e497d1-1a945ee242-23478537

 

Pineapple juice is 500% more effective than cough syrup, study shows

By Sandeep Godiyal
There are all sort of reasons that people come down with a cough. This symptom can be caused by respiratory infections like bronchitis or pneumonia, a particularly bad allergic reaction, or viral infections like a cold or the flu. It can also be caused by certain medications, such as those which help treat high blood pressure. Whatever the reason, this can be a difficult condition to live with, especially if that coughing is interfering with the ability to get a good night's sleep. There are many products on the market that can help tamp down a cough – but before reaching for a bottle of cough syrup, read… http://www.naturalnews.com/z050811_pineapple_juice_cough_syrup_natural_remedies.html

 

A startling number of Americans are experiencing chronic, severe pain

By Nicole Oran

Data collected by U.S. National Institutes of Health during the 2012 National Health Interview Survey has revealed that a disturbing amount of Americans report experiencing some form of pain regularly, for some, it’s chronic and severe.

Nearly 9,000 people were surveyed… http://medcitynews.com/2015/08/a-startling-number-of-americans-are-experiencing-chronic-severe-pain/?utm_source=MedCity+News+Subscribers&utm_campaign=5336608d0d-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c05cce483a-5336608d0d-67849049

 

How To Handle A Problem Player And Parent Questioning Coaching Decisions

"I coach a 14-year-old who puts forth great effort and…http://devzone.positivecoach.org/resource/article/how-handle-problem-player-and-parent-questioning-coaching-decisions?utm_source=h5m&utm_medium=e&utm_campaign=devzone

This is information only and NOT to be regarded as medical or specific health advice.

 

July 2015

Dr. Rob’s Naprapathic News – July 2015

Here are a few links to some articles I think are interesting, enjoy!

 

Cardio Revolution: Part III

By Dr. Chris Hardy

In this final installment of the Cardio Revolution trilogy, I will give you some of the basic scientific principles behind the benefits of 4-limb exercise. The best way to do this is to break down the techniques and tactics that Marty outlined in his Fan Bike protocol.

Marty’s Fan Bike protocolis very similar in concept to the high intensity “Burst Cardio” protocol…http://strongmedicine.dragondoor.com/cardio-revolution-part-iii/?inf_contact_key=3847e561e4a09d030da98e7ea303dbc1056408a4ac64d809d6b74eab039afe1c

 

Phytates in Beans: Anti-Nutrient or Anti-Cancer?

By: Michael Greger M.D.

In my videos, Phytates in the Prevention of Cancerand Phytates for Rehabilitating Cancer Cells, I described how phytates in beans may be the reason why legumes are so successful in preventing cancer and re-educating cancer cells. What about phytates for the treatment of cancer?...http://nutritionfacts.org/2015/05/28/phytates-in-beans-anti-nutrient-or-anti-cancer/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=phytates-in-beans-anti-nutrient-or-anti-cancer&utm_source=NutritionFacts.org&utm_campaign=ddedafadd5-RSS_BLOG_DAILY&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_40f9e497d1-ddedafadd5-23478537

 

Fermented food intake linked to fewer anxiety symptoms: Study

By Stephen DaniellsStephen DAN

Increased intakes of fermented foods may be associated with fewer symptoms of social anxiety, particularly for people at higher genetic risk, says a new study...http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Research/Fermented-food-intake-linked-to-fewer-anxiety-symptoms-Study

 

45 Ways Soda Pop Can Hurt You

By Fred Fletcher

How many chemicals, drugs or food substances can you think of that have been scientifically tied to at least 45 different medical ailments, symptoms and diseases?  This is especially troubling when you consider that we are talking about a beverage found in 99% of public eating establishments; it is even more troubling when you consider how many people on earth consume this stuff, usually without knowledge of what they innocently imbibe…http://www.wellness.com/blog/13276985/45-ways-soda-pop-can-hurt-you/fred-fletcher

 

‘Vitamin E helps preserve and protect our fat heads!’: NIH funded study shows role of vitamin E for brain health

By Stephen DaniellsStephen DANIELLS

Vitamin E may help maintain levels of DHA in the brain, says a new study with zebrafish funded by the National Institutes of Health...http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Research/Vitamin-E-helps-preserve-and-protect-our-fat-heads!

 

Normal Labs And Still Having Thyroid Symptoms?

By Dr. Scott Shapiro

My goal is to inform (and sometimes entertain if the mood strikes!), with articles I've read, my personal experiences, clinical experience and stories shared by my patients. To delve right in, I cannot tell you how many patients I've seen who share common stories. Most start like this…http://www.wellness.com/blog/13265341/normal-labs-and-still-having-thyroid-symptoms/dr-scott-shapiro

 

Are You Eating U.S. Cloned Meat That may Soon be Banned in Europe?

By Christina Sarich

If you refuse to eat genetically modified corn due to its classification as a BT toxin and pesticide, most people would understand your objection – but what about cloned animals as food?... http://naturalsociety.com/are-you-eating-u-s-cloned-meat-that-may-soon-be-banned-in-europe/#ixzz3crDLS11B
 

'SOS: Save Our Soil' Shows Innovative Approaches to Sustainable Agriculture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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June 2015

Dr. Rob’s Naprapathic News – June 2015

Here are a few links to some articles I think are interesting, enjoy!

 

The Extinction of Fruits and Vegetables in 80 Years

By Dr. Mercola

Seeds represent the foundation of life. We depend on them for food, for medicine and for our very survival. In many ways, you can trace the underpinnings of any given culture through the heritage of their crops and seeds.

It wasn’t long ago when seeds were mostly the concern of farmers who, as the Worldwatch Institute put it, “were the seed producers and the guardians of societies’ crop heritage.”1But this is no longer the case. For more info: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/03/11/extinction-fruits-vegetables.aspx?e_cid=20150311Z1_DNL_NB_art_2&utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art2&utm_campaign=20150311Z1_DNL_NB&et_cid=DM69464&et_rid=871549922

 

Ex-World Cup sports scientist: Best carb-protein blend is 3:1

By Shane Starling

Protein was once thought necessary to fuel sporting activity but evolving research has shown it is better for muscle recovery and short chain carbohydrates (sugars) are the accepted fuel tools. And then there are blends of the two…plus the carb and protein forms…a leading professor shares insights into a complex aspect of sports nutrition.  For more info: 

http://www.nutraingredients.com/Research/Ex-World-Cup-sports-scientist-Best-carb-protein-blend-is-3-1

 

The Case Against Aluminum in Vaccines - Dr. Suzanne Humphries

By Dr. Mercola

Aluminum is a known neurotoxin, and scientific evidence shows that it can play a significant role in neurological diseases, including dementia, autism, and Parkinson's disease.

For example, a case study from Keele University in the UK1published last year unequivocally showed high levels of aluminum in the brain of an individual exposed to aluminum at work, who later died from Alzheimer's disease.  For more info: 

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/03/31/aluminum-vaccines.aspx?e_cid=20150331Z1_DNL_NB_art_1&utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20150331Z1_DNL_NB&et_cid=DM71125&et_rid=897220690

 

EPA reduces fat cell growth and inflammation in obese mice

The March 2015 issue of the Journal of Nutrition reported the discovery of a reduction in adipocyte (fat cell) size and inflammation in mice given a high fat diet supplemented with eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), an omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acid…For more info: 

http://www.lef.org/WhatsHot/2015/3/March-Whats-Hot-Articles/Page-01?utm_source=eNewsletter_EZX500E&utm_medium=email&utm_term=WhatsHot&utm_content=Header&utm_campaign=2015Wk14&l=0#EPA-reduces-fat-cell-growth-and-inflammation-in-obese-mice

 

Four proven natural remedies for chronic inflammation

by Derek Henry

(NaturalNews) At the root of any serious disease lies chronic inflammation. Normally a beneficial response by the body to heal itself, it becomes problematic when this process is initiated 24-7. Symptoms are expressed in a wide variety of ways, most notably through pain.  For more info: 

http://www.naturalnews.com/049187_chronic_inflammation_Candida_natural_remedies.html

 

The mergers-and-acquisitions market is doing quite well and a potential cure for superbug MRSA is found in a 1,000-year-old text (Morning Read)

by Nicole Oran  For more info:  MedCity News

http://medcitynews.com/2015/04/innovations-healthcare-4115-morning-read/?utm_source=MedCity+News+Subscribers&utm_campaign=f346deee18-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c05cce483a-f346deee18-67849049

 

The oldest medical consent form has been uncovered – it comes way back from 1524

by Nicole OranMedCity News

Long before the written consent form was adopted in the West, it was apparently in practice in the 16th Century Ottoman Empire, according to some Turkish historians.  For more info: 

http://medcitynews.com/2015/04/oldest-medical-consent-form-uncovered-comes-year-1524/?utm_source=MedCity+News+Subscribers&utm_campaign=3e42d53793-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c05cce483a-3e42d53793-67849049

 

Newly Discovered Protein 'Turbo-Charges' Immune System to Kill All Cancers
In what some are calling a “game-changer” in cancer treatment, scientists at Imperial College in London have discovered a “turbo-charging” protein that boosts the immune system enough to fight off chronic illnesses - and the ability for them to come back.  For more info:  http://sputniknews.com/science/20150417/1021046330.html

 

This is information only and NOT to be regarded as medical or specific health advice.

~ Strong Body ~ Strong Mind ~ Strong Spirit ~

 

May 8, 2015  Check out:  http://strelnikova.freehostia.com/  to learn a fantastic breathing program; Strelnikova paradoxical breathing gymnastic.  Weird, easy, but works great!

 

May 8, 2015: 

Please join me at Nirvana Yoga Studio, 232 E. Main Barrington for a fundraiser to help a family coping with medical bills. I will be performing bodywork from 6:30 to ?. All donations will support Jen Hansen and her journey. Other therapists will be doing great bodywork; as well as a silent auction and special yoga class. Please come out and help a family in need.

May 8, 2015

Dr. Rob’s Naprapathic News – May 2015

Here are a few links to some articles I think are interesting, enjoy!

‘Exciting findings’: Vitamin K2 supplements improve arterial function in healthy women

By Stephen Daniells

Long-term supplementation with NattoPharma’s MenaQ7 vitamin K2 may inhibit age-related stiffening of the artery walls, says study with healthy postmenopausal women.

http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Suppliers2/Exciting-findings-Vitamin-K2-supplements-improve-arterial-function-in-healthy-women

Documentary Reveals Shocking Extent of Government-Big Business Collusion to Eradicate Freedom of Choice

By Dr. Mercola

 "America would be far, far healthier if the government had never told us what to eat."  - Joel Salatin in "Freedom From Choice"

Life is about choice. Every day we make choices that determine how we want to live—what we eat, what we read, whom we elect, and so on. But what if these choices are just an illusion?

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/02/21/freedom-from-choice-documentary.aspx?e_cid=20150221Z1_DNL_NB_art_1&utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20150221Z1_DNL_NB&et_cid=DM67856&et_rid=849774185

Global ‘diet quality’ falling, despite the rise of healthy foods

By Nathan Gray

Overall diet quality worsened across the world even as consumption of healthier foods increased in many countries, according to a new global report of dietary patterns.

http://www.nutraingredients.com/Research/Global-diet-quality-falling-despite-the-rise-of-healthy-foods

The Samurai: Protectors of the Cow

If I were to tell you, that once, no other country, save India, revered the cow as much as Japan, I could understand your disbelief. Today, we think of Japan as a meat-eating culture. However, this...

http://www.indiadivine.org/news/history-and-culture/the-samurai-protectors-of-the-cow-r854

Vitamin D and omega-3 together may help mental illness

By Niamh Michail

Vitamin D and omega-3 could work together to improve cognitive function and social behaviour with particular relevance for battling ADHD, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, say researchers.

http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Research/Vitamin-D-and-omega-3-together-may-help-mental-illness

Toxic Industrial Standards Are No Longer Invincible

By Dr. Mercola

A number of developments, including an increasing number of lawsuits, suggest that toxic industrial standards are no longer being shrugged off as a necessary cost of modern living. People really are starting to wake up to the very literal mess that we're in.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/03/03/toxic-industrial-standards-no-longer-visible.aspx?e_cid=20150303Z1_DNL_NB_art_1&utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20150303Z1_DNL_NB&et_cid=DM68957&et_rid=862031501

Dole develops ‘wearable banana’ snack gadget for Tokyo Marathon

By Ben Bouckley

Dole Japan has developed a 'wearable banana' for the Tokyo Marathon that tells runners their time, tweets, heart rate, and doubles as a nutritious in-race snack.

http://www.foodproductiondaily.com/Packaging/Dole-develops-wearable-banana-as-Tokyo-Marathon-snack-gadget

Vitamin D Can Save You from Diabetes and Dementia

By Dr. Mercola

Do you know your vitamin D level? If not, a simple blood test called 25(OH)D, or 25-hydroxyvitamin D, can reveal your levels and give you incredible insight into your potential future risk of disease. Low vitamin D levels are widely known to harm your

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/03/09/vitamin-d-diabetes-dementia.aspx?e_cid=20150309Z1_DNL_NB_art_2&utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art2&utm_campaign=20150309Z1_DNL_NB&et_cid=DM69484&et_rid=869104677

Exercise vs. Drugs for Depression

Aerobic exercise interventions found comparable to antidepressant medication in the treatment of patients with major depressive disorder.  Check it out at: http://nutritionfacts.org/video/exercise-vs-drugs-for-depression/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=exercise-vs-drugs-for-depression&utm_source=NutritionFacts.org&utm_campaign=441b199d6a-RSS_VIDEO_DAILY&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_40f9e497d1-441b199d6a-23478537

Coconut Flour Almond Meal Pancakes

By Dr. Mercola

Pancakes are generally one of the worst breakfast foods you can eat… but the recipe below, from MindBodyGreen,1is an exception, if you choose to eat breakfast. Made with coconut flour and almond meal, these pancakes are entirely grain-free.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/03/16/coconut-flour-almond-meal-pancake-recipe.aspx?e_cid=20150316Z1_DNL_NB_USonly_art_3&utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art3&utm_campaign=20150316Z1_DNL_NB_USonly&et_cid=DM71530&et_rid=877816411

This is information only and NOT to be regarded as medical or specific health advice.

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April 1, 2015

Dr. Rob’s Naprapathic News – April 2015

Here are a few links to some articles I think are interesting, enjoy!

 The Big Food Discrepancy: Why Are American Foods Routinely More Toxic Than European Versions?

By Dr. Mercola

McDonalds, a poster child for the average fast food diet, has yet again been exposed for selling foods containing far more hazardous ingredients to American customers.

Repeatedly, we find that processed foods—which are bad enough... click on the link for more information:  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/02/11/mcdonalds-fries-ingredients.aspx?e_cid=20150211Z1_DNL_NB_art_1&utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20150211Z1_DNL_NB&et_cid=DM67181&et_rid=838333096

 

 Study claims fat guidelines 'should not have been introduced' – but should they?

By Nathan Gray

Thirty-year-old guidelines heralding the dangers of fat consumption are stirring up debate among experts after a new meta-analysis claimed the recommendations should never have been issued... click on the link for more information:  http://www.foodnavigator.com/Science/Study-claims-fat-guidelines-should-not-have-been-introduced-but-should-they

 

National media wages psychological terror campaign against Americans to set stage for government destruction of medical choice

by Mike Adams

(NaturalNews) Following the staged terror attacks of 9/11, the national media whipped up the public's anger and hatred against "terrorists" with a relentless psychological campaign of "news terror" against American citizens. This anger and hatred, of course, was necessary to garner public support for passage of the Patriot Act, arguably the most freedom-crushing piece of legislation ever... click on the link for more information: http://www.naturalnews.com/048546_mainstream_media_terror_campaign_medical_choice.html#ixzz3RZA4MZGT

 

Bill Aims to Bolster Concussion Measures at Prep Level

The State Journal- Register (Springfield, IL)

Seth A. Richardson State Capitol Bureau

With concussions in sports taking the spotlight in the past few years, an Illinois lawmaker is looking to reinforce the process for clearing high school athletes with the injury to return to play... click on the link for more information:

http://www.athleticbusiness.com/more-news/bill-aims-to-bolster-concussion-measures-at-prep-level-br.html?topic=2,100&eid=105734835&bid=1009705

How Exercise Affects Your Genes, and More

By Dr. Mercola

Virtually everyone would agree that exercise improves health, but the mechanisms by which it actually produces those benefits have been challenging to tease out.

Fitness research has come a long way though, and modern science has made a number of interesting observations that help explain how exercise affects your body to improve your health... click on the link for more information:  http://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/archive/2015/02/13/exercise-affects-genes.aspx?e_cid=20150213Z1_DNL_NB_art_1&utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20150213Z1_DNL_NB&et_cid=DM67282&et_rid=840295549

 

Who will take over your digital life when you die? You decide

By Nicole Oran

It’s a little eerie to think about your Facebook profile remaining active once you have died, as if you still exist in some digital form.

It usually doesn’t remain untouched, thought... click on the link for more information:

http://medcitynews.com/2015/02/will-take-digital-life-die-decide/?utm_source=MedCity+News+Subscribers&utm_campaign=7d857d3463-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c05cce483a-7d857d3463-67849049

 

Fundamental Human Movements and Training in Opposite Planes of Motion

By Sebastian Müller

There are many philosophies out there when it comes to improving performanceand mastering training efficiency. The following post is about two things that changed my life completely... click on the link for more information:  http://rkcblog.dragondoor.com/fundamental-human-movements-and-training-in-opposite-planes-of-motion/?gl=240481558&inf_contact_key=515f09d2ce26b16744921a5263e9d2317965a48bb14d76bb9b6c1007742c94cb

 

8 Fantastic Fitness Apps to Keep You Motivated

Click on the link for more information:   http://mashable.com/2013/02/27/8-fantastic-fitness-apps/

 

Men's finger length indicates how nice they are to women

By Kate Seamons, Newser

A study released earlier this month relied on the "2D:4D" ratio to determine that 57 percent of men are inclined to be…c lick on the link for more information:   http://www.foxnews.com/health/2015/02/19/men-finger-length-indicates-how-nice-are-to-women/

 

This is information only and NOT to be regarded as medical or specific health advice.

 

~ Strong Body ~ Strong Mind ~ Strong Spirit ~

 

March 6, 2015

A little health thought:

"When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to love."

 Marcus Aurelius

Good health is precious and most people take that simple fact for granted.  Good health is predicated upon:

  1. Proper nutrition
  2. Daily exercise
  3. Actively practicing stress management
  4. Freedom from joint restriction (being able to bend, flex, and extend your body as you need to)
  5. Unencumbered nervous system (blockages can cause pain or organ dysfunction)
  6. Proper hydration
  7. Adequate rest

Naprapathic healthcare can help you achieve a high-quality, pain-free life.

“Live well, think well, and be well.”

 

March 2015

Dr. Rob’s Naprapathic News – March 2015

Here are a few links to some articles I think are interesting, enjoy!

8,000 scientific papers link refined white sugar to chronic disease

by Ethan A. Huff

(NaturalNews) One of the worst things you can do to your body is feed it sugar -- not necessarily natural sugar like the kind found in fruit, but refined sugar. A team of scientists …click on the link for more information:  http://www.naturalnews.com/048281_sugar_food_poison_chronic_disease.html

Painkillers during pregnancy increase risk of serious birth defects

Around a third of pregnant women take a prescription painkiller, such as codeine, oxycodone or morphine, but few realise the drugs increase the risk for serious birth defects in the baby’s brain, spine and heart.

The drugs—which are given for suppressing severe pain—also increase the risk of a preterm birth, and for the baby to suffer withdrawal symptoms when born, a condition known as neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).

And some women could be taking the drugs when they don’t realize they are pregnant.  As around half of...... click on the link for more information:  http://www.wddty.com/painkillers-during-pregnancy-increase-risk-of-serious-birth-defects.html

Flax Seeds for Hypertension

by Michael Greger M.D.

Extraordinary results reported in a rare example of a double-blinded, placebo-controlled, randomized trial of a dietary intervention (flaxseeds) to combat one of our leading killers, high blood pressure... click on the link for more information:  http://nutritionfacts.org/video/flax-seeds-for-hypertension/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=flax-seeds-for-hypertension&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=flax-seeds-for-hypertension&utm_source=NutritionFacts.org&utm_campaign=ad373c6361-RSS_VIDEO_DAILY&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_40f9e497d1-ad373c6361-23478537

High-Fiber Diet Linked to Disease Prevention and Lower Mortality

By Dr. Mercola

I've been interested in the health benefits of fiber for a long time—so much so, my classmates nicknamed me "Dr. Fiber" when I was in medical school in the '70s. This was mostly stimulated by reviewing studies by Dr. Denis Brukitt, who has a lymphoma named after him. He passed away about 20 years ago... click on the link for more information:  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/01/26/high-fiber-diet.aspx?e_cid=20150126Z1_DNL_RTLA_art_1&utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20150126Z1_RTLA&et_cid=DM67616&et_rid=818521047

Vaccines, PR, and The News Cycle

By Kristin Micahelis

I recently met a young woman who works in public relations. As a creator of online content and a social media maven myself, I did what came naturally. I picked her brain about how PR works these days.

What I learned disillusioned me. If you don’t think you’re ready to come down this rabbit hole with me, I suggest you stop reading now... click on the link for more information:  http://www.foodrenegade.com/vaccines-pr-and-the-news-cycle/?mc_cid=403eeb7de9&mc_eid=a15534bae6

Pea protein supplements match whey for muscle thickness gains: Roquette study

By Stephen Daniells

Supplementation with pea protein may produce the same bicep muscle thickness improvements as whey protein, suggests a new study from Roquette and the University of Burgundy in France... click on the link for more information:  http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Research/Pea-protein-supplements-match-whey-for-muscle-thickness-gains-Roquette-study

Documentary “Shots in the Dark” Delves into Catastrophic Vaccine Reactions

By Dr. Mercola

As a result of today's skyrocketing rates of chronic disease and disability among children, including autism, some scientists are questioning the safety of large-scale vaccination programs.

In spite of serious adverse effects among some particularly vulnerable people—many of whom are children—public health officials and many doctors giving vaccines continue to bury their heads in the sand, refusing to... click on the link for more information:  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/01/24/catastrophic-vaccine-reactions.aspx?e_cid=20150124Z1_DNL_RTLA_art_1&utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20150124Z1_RTLA&et_cid=DM67628&et_rid=817065134

Debate Continues Over Safety of Crumb Rubber

by Fermin Leal, Staff Writer

The high school girls soccer game in Orange included a few slides, some falls and at least a couple of tough tackles. Each time a player went to ground, the stadium's artificial turf, packed with black rubber pellets, helped cushion the impact... click on the link for more information:  http://www.athleticbusiness.com/athlete-safety/debate-continues-over-safety-of-crumb-rubber-br.html

Measles in Disneyland: Third MMR Shot and Vaccine Exemption Ban

By Barbara Loe Fisher

There have been hundreds of media stories published in the U.S. and around the world since Jan. 14, 2015, the day after it was first reported that visitors to Disneyland got measles and presumably infected other people in California, Washington, Utah, and Colorado.   Like wildfire... click on the link for more information:  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/02/10/measles-disneyland.aspx?e_cid=20150210Z1_DNL_NB_art_1&utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20150210Z1_DNL_NB&et_cid=DM67220&et_rid=837249135

 

This is information only and NOT to be regarded as medical or specific health advice.

 

February 2015

Dr. Rob’s Naprapathic News – February 2015

 

Here are a few links to some articles I think are interesting, enjoy!

 

Geo-Engineering Scientist ‘Terrified’ of Projects He Helped Create

by Christina Sarich
Are our scientists good intentions really that good for us.  I have been concerned about the use of metallic nano-particles used in weather modification for a while even the least knowledgeable scientist knows excess metals can be bad for us…remember aluminum in individually wrapped cheese slices linked to alzhiemer…  Click on the link for more info:  http://naturalsociety.com/geo-engineering-scientist-terrified-projects-helped-create/#sthash.Qg9RxBaZ.dpuf

 

Magnesium deficiency could be the reason you aren’t feeling so great

by Nicole Oran

Magnesium deficiency is known to be extremely hard to diagnose, but it affects so many people who aren’t even aware of it. “Magnesium is involved in over 300 biochemical reactions…Click on the link for more info: 

http://medcitynews.com/2014/12/magnesium-deficiency-reason-arent-feeling-great/?utm_source=MedCity+News+Subscribers&utm_campaign=02cb43fe40-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c05cce483a-02cb43fe40-67849049

 

New Study Finds GMO Soy Toxic to Kidneys, Liver, and Reproduction

by Christina Sarich

In North America, approximately 75 to 89% of the soy beans grown are genetically modified (GM). One may not realize it, but this is concerning news – especially because recent research found that GM soy is toxic to the kidneys, liver, and more.

There isn’t just one smoking gun anymore pointing at GMO toxicology. There is now an entire arsenal of scientific research…Click the link:  http://naturalsociety.com/new-study-finds-gmo-soy-toxic-kidneys-liver-reproduction/

 

Deception: Major tortilla chip brand using 'No GMO' label on contaminated product

By Ethan A. Huff

(NaturalNews) The nonprofit consumer advocacy group Consumer Reports has released a new report on genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) that warns of inadvertent deception and possible outright fraud in non-GMO claims that aren't certified by independent third parties such as the NON-GMO Project.…for more information click the link:  http://www.naturalnews.com/048190_GMO_tortilla_chips_labeling.html#ixzz3NxnL8DJi

 

Tomato juice may slash waist size & inflammatory markers for young women

By Stephen Daniells

A daily glass of tomato juice for eight weeks has a direct effect on waist circumference, cholesterol, and markers of inflammation in generally healthy young women, says a new study from Taiwan.  for more information click the link:

http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Research/Tomato-juice-may-slash-waist-size-inflammatory-markers-for-young-women

 

 

Nordic diet may reduce inflammation, say researchers

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn

A Nordic diet may help reduce the expression of inflammation-associated genes in abdominal fat tissue independent of body weight changes, according to research.  for more information click the link:

http://www.foodnavigator.com/Science/Nordic-diet-may-reduce-inflammation-say-researchers

 

Is depression a kind of allergic reaction?

A growing number of scientists are suggesting that depression is a result of inflammation caused by the body’s immune system… for more information click the link:

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/jan/04/depression-allergic-reaction-inflammation-immune-system

 

Meat without murder: How commercially viable is lab-grown meat?

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Lab-grown meat could solve many of the world’s environmental problems, says the co-founder of an Israeli non-profit organisation studying the feasibility of mass-produced cultured chicken meat.  Yummy, yummy, I first brought you this information about cloned meat about 15 years ago and the thought still disgusts me…and yes, I get the bioethicist angle; I personally think it is the height of unnatural…for more information click the link: http://www.foodnavigator.com/Market-Trends/Meat-without-murder-How-commercially-viable-is-lab-grown-meat

 

NeuroPhage adds $10M to its Series D to bring brain plaque-clearing Alzheimer’s drug to clinic

by Meghana Keshavan

Cambridge-based NeuroPhage is developing, well, a better way to clear the trash. It’s chasing Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other aging-related degenerative diseases with a technology that breaks up disease-causing plaques in the brain.

The company just tacked on another…click on the link for more information:  http://medcitynews.com/2015/01/neurophage/?utm_source=MedCity+News+Subscribers&utm_campaign=7c922109ab-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c05cce483a-7c922109ab-67849049

 

This is information only and NOT to be regarded as medical or specific health advice.

~ Strong Body ~ Strong Mind ~ Strong Spirit ~

363 N. Main Street Wauconda, Illinois 60084

   P: 1.847.533.7404  E:  rmanfredinidn@gmail.com  W:  waucondawellnessgroup.com

Naprapathy     Lymphatic Therapies     Nutrition Counseling     Corporate Wellness

 

January 2015

Dr. Rob’s Naprapathic News – January 2015

 

Here are a few links to some articles I think are interesting, enjoy!

Are GMO’s safe:  By Michael Greger, M.D.

So much of the information about genetically modified crops is wrong—on both sides of the debate. What does the best available evidence have to say about the human health implications of Bt corn?  Click on the lick for more info:  http://nutritionfacts.org/video/are-gmos-safe-the-case-of-bt-corn/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=are-gmos-safe-the-case-of-bt-corn&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=are-gmos-safe-the-case-of-bt-corn&utm_source=NutritionFacts.org&utm_campaign=8cdded5dd7-RSS_VIDEO_DAILY&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_40f9e497d1-8cdded5dd7-23478537

 

Too bad: Diet sodas may give you diabetes – not save you from it

By Veronica Combs

You know those times when a friend or colleague orders a Whopper and a diet soda? And you nudge him a little and say, “Good thing you got a diet, right?” A new study shows that this is the wrong nutritional trade off.  Click on the lick for more info:   http://medcitynews.com/2014/09/study-diet-sodas-wreck-gut-increase-diabetes-risk/?utm_source=MedCity+News+Subscribers&utm_campaign=b30708d30e-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c05cce483a-b30708d30e-67849049

 

Artificial sweeteners may drive metabolic disease risk  By Nathan Gray

Sweeteners in foods and drinks could be causing an increased risk of metabolic diseases by changing the way our gut bacteria interact with the body, says a new study.

http://www.foodnavigator.com/Science/Artificial-sweeteners-may-drive-metabolic-disease-risk

 

Visions of Lights in Meditation

Various kinds of lights manifest during meditation owing to concentration. In the beginning, a bright, white light, the size of a pin's point will appear in the forehead in Trikuti which correspond...Click on the lick for more info:   http://www.indiadivine.org/news/mystical-experiences/visions-of-lights-in-meditation-r15

 

Creatine may improve blood pressure levels and microvascular health  By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn

Creatine may improve microvascular reactivity and capillary density amongst a health population, according to research.     Click on the lick for more info:   http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Health/Sports-nutrition/Creatine-may-improve-blood-pressure-levels-and-microvascular-health

 

Fatty Acid Improves Knee Function, Mobility

Click on the lick for more info:   http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/smartlead/view/901878/4/Fatty-Acid-Improves-Knee-Function-Mobility

 

Magnesium supplementation improves metabolic profile of MONW men and women

Metabolically obese, normal-weight (MONW) individuals are those who exhibit such metabolic syndrome components as fasting glucose levels of 100 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) or more, insulin resistance, elevated triglycerides, and/or high blood pressure in the absence of obesity. In a study described in the July 2014 issue of the Archives of Medical Research, Martha Rodríguez-Moran and Fernando Guerrero-Romero of the Mexican Social Security Institute's Biomedical Research Institute sought to determine the effects of magnesium supplementation in 47 MONW men and women with low serum magnesium levels.   Click on the lick for more info:   http://www.lef.org/newsletter/2014/10/Magnesium-supplementation-improves-metabolic-profile-of-MONW-men-and-women/page-01?utm_source=eNewsletter_EZX400E&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Article&utm_content=Button&utm_campaign=2014Wk42

 

Wild blueberries may counter obesity, inflammation and hypertension: Mice study

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn

Wild blueberries may help alleviate low level inflammation and hypertension associated with the development of obesity, according to a study on mice.  Click on the lick for more info:  

http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Health/Blood-sugar-management/Wild-blueberries-may-counter-obesity-inflammation-and-hypertension

 

Yoga Tips: Mountain Pose

This essential yoga pose is not as simple as it looks! Click on the lick for more info: https://www.exercise.com/article/yoga-tips-mountain-pose

 

Interval Training

Are you pressed for time? Are you interested in improving your aerobic capacity and exerciseperformance in less than one-fifth the time of traditional endurance training? If so, then… Click on the lick for more info:  http://www.medicinenet.com/interval_training/article.htm

This is information only and NOT to be regarded as medical or specific health advice.

~ Strong Body ~ Strong Mind ~ Strong Spirit ~

363 N. Main Street Wauconda, Illinois 60084

P: 1.847.533.7404  E:  rmanfredinidn@gmail.com  W:  waucondawellnessgroup.com

Naprapathy     Lymphatic Therapies     Nutrition Counseling     Corporate Wellness

 

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November 20, 2013

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November 13, 2013

Schedule your kids treatments now for the Thanksgiving break, spaces are filling up!

Get all of their aches and pains (from sports and studying to hard...) taken care of so they enjoy the break and head back to school "re-balanced!"

Text or Call me at 1.847.533.7404 or send me an email.

 

“Live well, think well, and be well.”

 

September 20, 2013

Tomorrow’s class is cancelled!

Question:  What is your best time and day for a class?

Remember, “Live well, think well, and be well.”

 

September 6, 2013

You can now pay online!

Simply go to my website:  www.waucondawellnessgroup.comand click the Online Payment menu bar and make your choice.  All transactions are handled through Paypal; if you do not have an account with Paypal it is very easy to set one up. 

As always, I am honored that you choose me for your pain and injury management needs.  Remember, “Live well, think well, and be well.”

August 16, 2013

To all,

The last few weeks have been very interesting for me technologically (challenged that is...); yesterday, I got another new phone because the one I got last week kept failing (lost my calendars, contacts (got those back - yeehaw!), loss of service, etc...) and now I have lost my calendars again!  I have a hardcopy for this week but I am have no records of future appointments starting next week! 

Please contact me if you have a scheduled appointment or corporate wellness talk.  I am sorry for the inconvenience and I look forward to your assistance.

Sincerely,

Rob

P.S.  I will be sending this message out again in the near future so please disregard if it does not apply.

 

July 1, 2013

New email address:  rmanfredinidn@gmail.com

 

 

June 18, 2013

THIS IS IMPORTANT!  From the:

Organic Consumers Association

Connecticut did it first, then Maine. Which state will be the next to pass a law to label genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in our food? With your help, it could be Illinois!
Can you attend a public hearing to make GMO labels the law?
The first hearing is in Normal this Thursday:
WHAT: Legislative hearing to make GMO labels the law in Illinois
WHEN: Thursday, June 20, 2013, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
WHERE: Bone Student Center, Old Main Room, Illinois State University
100 N. University St., Normal, IL 61761
SIGN UP HERE!
The room is open all morning so we encourage you to get there early to save your seat for this 10 a.m. public hearing. After the hearing, there will be a press conference from 12:30-1:30 p.m. There is a parking lot just North of the building (.85/hr).
If you can't come to Normal, please mark your calendar for the next two hearings on SB1666 to label GMOs in Illinois:
* August 7, 2013, Carbondale, Southern Illinois University, Noon to 2 p.m.
* September 17, 2013, Chicago, Michael Bilandic Bldg., 110 W. Randolph, 10 a.m. to Noon.
If you can't attend, you can still participate by sending a letter in support of SB1666 to your legislators:
TAKE ACTION IN SUPPORT OF GMO LABELS IN ILLINOIS
Another opportunity to stand up for your right to know is on July 4:
Please join Moms Across America on Independence Day to march for GMO labels!
Let's continue the momentum created on May 25 when 2 million people joined the worldwide March Against Monsanto demonstrations, including thousands in Chicago, Rockford and Springfield.
WHAT: Moms Across America - To Label GMOs
WHEN: July 4th
WHERE: Independence Day Parades in Hoffman Estates, Aurora, Champaign County and Your Town
SIGN UP HERE!
We have an important message for voters to bring to Illinois' U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk at the July 4 events:
"Shame on you for voting against Illinois' right to label GMOs!"
On May 23, both senators voted against amendment #965 to the Farm Bill. If passed, the amendment would have been a statement of Congress's support for the existing rights of states to enact their own laws to label genetically engineered food.
Even though the Sanders amendment failed, states still have the right to label GMOs. But, what if Durbin and Kirk were asked to vote to take our rights away? Would they do it? What will happen when Illinois passes a GMO labeling law? Will they vote to overturn it? We can't let that happen. Please help us reach Durbin and Kirk to make sure they'll never vote for any law that would take away states' rights to label GMOs:
Let Durbin and Kirk know what you think about their vote against states' rights to label GMOs.
Would you attend a meeting to talk with Sens. Durbin and Kirk about their vote?
Please contact me.
Thanks!
Mike N. Durschmid
Organic Consumers Association – Chicago
organicconsumerschicago@gmail.com

Organic Consumers Association
6771 South Silver Hill Drive - Finland, MN 55603 - Phone: 218-226-4164 - Fax: 218-353-7652

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May 30, 2013

Simple Complexes

Huh?  A Complex is a series of exercises that do not abuse the same muscle (i.e. dumbbell biceps curls, and then straight bar curls, followed immediately by preacher bench curls…all focusing on the biceps).  A properly designed Complex incorporates many different aspects of fitness so the body can be challenged in a way that does not abuse it but rather allows it to adapt and respond in a positive manner.

Let’s approach this simply…

For those who are time constrained you can utilize this format to enhance your fitness with very little time spent.  For instance, yesterday I cut the grass when I got home and realized that I did not have the time to fit in my workout so for every mower-bag of grass I filled I did 5 chin ups (…I emptied my bag 20 times…so 100 chin ups) followed up by splitting 1-2 logs with my 8-lb. maul.  Not a single weight involved.  Imaging doing this while cleaning…5 pushups followed by 5 squats then followed by aggressively vacuuming a room.

For those of you who have time and like selectorized machinesyou can utilize this simple Complex:  one leg exercise, one upper body exercise, one abdominal/torso exercise.  Repeat and smile! The idea is to exercise a completely different body part so we can maximize our nervous systems response.

For those of you who have time and like free weightsyou can utilize a  Complex like this:  Olympic Clean (lift bar to chest), Spinal Rock (roll back like you are doing a somersault and roll forward and straighten the spine), Kettlebell or dumbbell snatch (lift weight overhead in one motion).

For those of you who have time and like Kettlebellsyou can utilize a fun Complex like this:  Kneeling Clean with a Yaw Press (military press while twisting the entire torso), KB stir with Side Lunge (imagine holding the kettlebells horns down, exhaling slowly and extending the bell and the bring it to the right side (nice and tucked in!) while lunging to the side.  Exhale and repeat the other way.  Followed by a Romanian Suitcase deadlift or KB Windmill.

For you old timers…yes, it is a triple set.  It seems we did no something in the old days…

Try adding Complexes to your workout, especially when time is tight, and see how your fitness can improve.

From the lawyers:  this is for educational purposes only and not specific instruction.  If you have any health concerns please discuss changes to your exercise plan with your physician or a knowledgeable exercise professional.

BTW:  I have been designing fitness plans for Police, Fire, athletes, and out-of-shape-to-fitness-enthusiasts for 27 years.  All of my programming is designed around making you better (not just pretty!).  If you need fitness programming please feel free to schedule an appointment by calling 1.847.533.7404 or drmanfredini@comcast.net.

“Live well, think well, and be well.”

 

May 24, 2013

Most of the time I am thinking about stabby-grabby pain or that low-grade naggy pain issue patients have and how to effect the greatest change in the easiest (…and most acceptable) manner for the body.  But the other day a patient reminded me of the mental aspect of the treatment; she stated, “I felt so good emotionally when I left and I felt really balanced for a long time afterwards…it was so nice.”

By reducing contractures in the body’s structure typically I am reducing the “pressure or pull” from the tension which influences the structure’s position; but other things do happen…a chiro a few years ago identified little attachments from neck muscle to the meninges and tectorial membrane (the lining covering the brain and spinal cord) and when they tighten they restrict the brain and spinal cord and will compress vertebral space which could cause muscle tension to nerve impingement.  This can lead to headaches, neck pain, visual disturbances, bad attitude…  But we also know that iliopsoas (deep hip and abdominal muscle) imbalance can affect adrenal gland function, digestion, elimination, sleep, rib/shoulder/neck pain, iliotibal band/knee, fibular/ankle, and low back negatively.  By affecting the adrenal gland we can cause premature fatigue and challenge the thyroid (controls everything from blood pressure, temperature control, influences cognitive thinking, and 27 other big things)…this is how simple contractures can lead to “mental fatigue” and physical pain…and by correcting them you feel better.

The easiest way to correct contracture is a Naprapathic treatment – this is Naprapathy in a nutshell, take away the contracture and reposition-the-bone/correct-the-alignment and you work and feel better.  You can also engage in yoga and various other forms of stretching as they possibly will accomplish the goal…but a Naprapathic treatment is quicker!

So if you “want to feel good” then schedule your treatment today!

Call me at 1.847.533.7404 or drmanfredini@comcast.net.

“Live well, think well, and be well.”

 

Compliments of Dr. Robert Manfredini, DN

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April 23, 2013

Exercise, diet, weight loss!  Also, a huge Sale!!!!!

I am a huge fan of exercise for better health; I am also a staunch believer in that exercise is vital to maintaining your frame’s integrity as well as “injury proofing” your body.  But I have to tell the truth; exercise is not necessary for weight loss and improved blood chemistry.

We all know that cardiovascular exercise (walking, biking, Zumba, etc…) helps burn stored energy simply due to the demand that is being imposed upon the body.  Most of us know that weight training (and I would throw gymnastics and calisthenics in here) is very important for improving the efficiency of muscle and their ability to expend calories.  But they are not the only thing necessary for weight loss.

What is necessary for weight loss?

First,learn to choose the right foods.  By eating right for your metabolic type you will discover the urge to snack is gone; excess weight will shed; blood chemistry will improve; as well as a host of other benefits.

Second, expand your horizons and try other foods.  An “open” palate will allow you to eat well without sacrifice or limitation.

Third, follow the basic rule – Eat Naturally!  Meats, veggies, fruits are naturally occurring and act upon the body’s systems with synergistic effect (…your body knows what to do with them and has a much easy time processing them).

Fourth,learn to care about yourself!  Every successfully weight loss/body transformation begins with the simple fact that you care enough to eat well for yourself.

Fifth,stand tall and have some discipline! Your body is YOUR machine so take care of it with quiet confidence and respect.

Sixth,understand that some types of exercise may whammy your weight loss.  There are a few cases where I have had to tell avid exercisers to slow down and switch to yoga so they could lose weight.  There are others who I have had to urge to lift weights or try calisthenics.  Just because it is exercise doesn’t mean it is beneficial…so make sure your exercise is beneficial and not counterproductive.

Did you know…You are what you eat!”

Literally! Biochemists at Nanjing University identified that active fragments of genetic material  (known as microRNAs) from vegetables.  They make their way into our bloodstream when we eat them and they actively regulate our gene activity…so, what we eat directly affects our genetic makeup!

So you now know that what you eat actually affects your DNA and that hopefully raises the importance of eating better.  You know that eating properly for your metabolism is an easy way to improve your health and your waistline.  You know that eating naturally and avoiding man-made food stuffs is best.

But do you know where to start?

I have a very simple, realistic approach to educating on nutrition for your improved health and weight; it is the Better Eating, Better Health plan

This plan will assess your habits and personal chemistry (no blood tests just a few fancy questionnaires) and allow me to devise a realistic strategy for your to follow; using education so you can walk away with the tools you need to successfully live healthy and by designing personalized eating weekly plans for you to follow. Simple, easy, effective.  Also, clinically obese patients may be able to deduct program costs from their taxes provided this is prescribed by their personal physician.

TheBetter Eating, Better Health plan is on Sale until Wednesday, May 8th!  Normally $1200 (…it’s a 12-week program!) now $600!

Call or email today!

1.847.533.7404

 

“Live well, think well, and be well.”

April 11, 2013

Spring Cleaning Tips:  Day Seven

Day 7: Summary

Rest!

Vegetables are Recuperative.

Fruits are Cleansing.

Exercise is Stimulating.

Water is Purifying.

The simple rules of “Cleaning-up:”

  1. Don’t skip meds!  Pay attention to your medical condition.
  2. Eat as little as possible to give the colon and liver a chance to focus their energy on cleaning out the prior days’ material.  Note:  if you have a health concern and need to take medication you may have to eat something solid, a protein, a fat, etc. to allow for proper absorption – that is okay.
  3. Eat mostly vegetables, especially greens, when hungry.  Note:  sometimes the greens can stimulate a rapid release of cellular garbage and you may feel ill.  Realize that this is part of “cleaning up” and that you are cleaning-up a little to fast so you may need to cut back on the greens while you are performing the “clean-up.”
  4. Drink 6-ounces of purified water every two hours of being awake.
  5. Juices are helpful to drink when hungry. Think of them as concentrated nutrients that require very little digestion.
  6. Fruit in the morning for maximum cleansing.
  7. Vegetables for lunch and dinner.
  8. If you need protein, try to snack on nuts and seeds.  Organic nut butters in a pinch.
  9. Expect the first three days to be the most challenging.
  10. Expect to have more bowel movements than normal.
  11. Exercise several times a day and practice deep breathing.
  12. Bath daily!

Seven days may seem daunting but once you experience the feeling of accomplishing a “Clean-up week” you will wonder why you thought it was a challenge.  Enjoy the week!

 “Live well, think well, and be well.”

April 10, 2013

Spring Cleaning Tips:  Day Six

Day 6: “Clean-up” Recipes

 

Vegetables are Recuperative.

Fruits are Cleansing.

Exercise is Stimulating.

Water is Purifying.

Recipes for better health!

Blood Builder

  • 6 ounces of carrot juice
  • 1 ounce beet juice
  • one once parsley juice

Complexion Tonic

  • 3 ounces of carrot juice
  • 2 ounces beet juice
  • 3 ounces cucumber juice

Digestive Toner

  • 4 ounces of carrot juice
  • 4 ounces cabbage juice

Dandelion Salad

  • ½ pound of dandelion greens
  • Dressing:
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Blend dressing ingredients in the mortar and pestle until creamy.
  • Toss with greens

Garlic Greens

  • 5 to 7 cloves garlic, peeled.
  • Optional:  2 garlic cloves:  1 sliced, 1 minced
  • enough olive oil to cover the bottom of a wide sauté pan
  • 4 big handfuls greens (baby mustard, turnip, chard), picked and roughly shredded
  • salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:

  • Place sauté pan over medium heat and then lightly crush 5 to 7 garlic cloves.
  • When the pan is hot, add just enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan and add the garlic.
  • Cook, stirring frequently until golden brown (3 to 5 minutes)
  • Option 1) Add sliced garlic and stir.
  • Option 2) Add minced garlic last 30 seconds.
  • Remove from oil.  Add greens and quickly sauté.
  • Season with salt and pepper as soon as possible before wilt occurs.

Kohlrabi salad with cilantro

  • 2 medium kohlrabi, peeled and shredded
  • 1 cup Chinese cabbage, shredded
  • 1 carrot, cut into matchsticks
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped, or parsley
  • Ginger-Sesame Dressing:
  • 1 tablespoon of grated ginger juice
  • 1 tablespoon umeboshi vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of roasted sesame oil
  • Blend ingredients until creamy

Method:

  • Toss each vegetable lightly with dressing
  • Arrange nicely and serve

Hot Spiced Cucumbers

  • ½ English Cucumber
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon red rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon chili paste

Method

  • Peel the cucumber and cut into thin slices.
  • Place in a bowl and toss with salt and leave for 15 minutes
  • Combine remaining ingredients in a bowl.
  • Place the cucumbers in a clean bowl and pour sauce mixture over.
  • Ideally chill then serve.

Slivered Burdock Root with Carrots

  • 1 onion cut in crescents
  • 1 cup slivered burdock root
  • 1 cup slivered carrots
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon miso diluted in ¼ cup of water
  • grated lemon peel
  • sauté or steam onion, burdock, and carrot for about 8 minutes
  • add miso and lemon peel
  • simmer 10 minutes on low heat

Ginger Carrots

  • 4 carrots sliced diagonally
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • sea salt to taste

Method:

  • sauté carrots 3 minutes
  • add ginger and salt
  • cover and shake pan counterclockwise
  • cook 30 minutes on low heat until tender

Brussels Sprouts with Pine Nuts and Mushrooms

  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts
  • 2 shitake mushrooms, soaked and sliced
  • ½ cup pine nuts or sunflower seed
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup water

Method:

  • steam or cook Brussels sprouts by a waterless method until tender
  • cook mushrooms, nuts, and seasonings  in water until mushrooms are tender
  • plate Brussels sprouts and pour mushroom sauce on top.

Sneak-peek: Day 7:  A little motivation!

 “Live well, think well, and be well.”

 

 

April 9, 2013

Sorry kids!  I was (an am still) having network issues so I could not get connected to the internet.  Sorry for the delay!

 

Spring Cleaning Tips:  Day Five

Day 5: Water and Supplements

Water is the liquid of life!

 

Vegetables are Recuperative.

Fruits are Cleansing.

Exercise is Stimulating.

 

Water is Purifying.

Long story short, water cleanses residues leftover from the liver’s basic functions of conjugation (breakdown) and detoxification (waste removal). 

There is a lot of unfounded science about how much water to drink each day – here is a basic fact:  your body loses, on average, 16 ounces of water from perspiration, respiration, and urination, each day.  So how much should you drink?

Safest amount:  32-ounces a day.

Why not huge amounts?

Because excess water intake can potentially injure the kidneys “filters” and excrete minerals at a higher-than-safe rate possibly leading to imbalance.

What constitutes “water?”

  1. …water.  Ideally purified water.  Also, 8-12 ounces of mineral water is a good idea each day during your “clean up.”
  2. Tea.  Teas provide minerals and other health promoting properties.  For instance, peppermint tea is slightly anti-inflammatory and helps regulate the intestines electrical activity – just not good for long-term use in men as it can decrease testosterone production.
  3. Coffee.  Not a great choice as the amount of caffeine in the beverage forces you to lose more fluid earlier than the body desires.
  4. Broths:  depending upon your health status you may need a wee bit more nutrition during the clean up; broths are highly nutritious.
  5. Unfortunately soda.  Keep in mind, no nutritional value and potential neurotoxins.

Some Supplements to Consider:

  1. Milk Thistle:  an ancient herb used to support and rejuvenate the liver.
  2. High-Quality Multi-Vitamin.  Great to use during a “clean-up” is Floradix’s Esperate.
  3. B-Complex (like B-50)
  4. Vitamin C and E (use dry form if you have high blood pressure)
  5. Probiotic with at least 10 billion cfu or mcu’s.

Some Other Considerations:

I prefer the simplest route for the greatest effect. Time, patience, and simple approach of vegetables, fruits, and water reap big benefits.  However, some people like the convenience of products; here are some recommendations:

  1. Enzymatic Therapies Whole Body or Simple Cleanse
  2. Heel – The Detox Kit

So next Sunday after you purchase your colorful fruits and vegetables and other items write your daily exercise times into your calendar for the week.  Fit it in twice a day if possible.

Now, take 20 deep diaphragmatic breaths (in thru the nose and out the mouth) and plan on enjoying your daily exercise.

Sneak-peek: Day 6:  “Clean-up” Recipes

 “Live well, think well, and be well.”

 

April 5, 2013

Spring Cleaning Tips:  Day Four

Day 4:  Exercise

Breathe, Move, Scrub, and Relax!

 

Vegetables are Recuperative.

Fruits are Cleansing.

 

Exercise is a Stimulator for Cellular and Fluid/Solid-Waste Elimination.

The most common answer I hear when asked about how much exercise to perform while “detoxing” is:  Sweat like a maniac and exercise really hard!  But it is not the best way as hard exercise can lead to excess by-product (think lactic acid…) production.

Breathing First

Walking and Stretching Second

Clean the Exterior Third

Rest Fourth

You have already begun the breathe skill; your goal is to work up to 30 repetitions per day – ideally twice a day. 

Walking is gentle and stimulates the organs and cells.  By increasing blood and lymphatic flow without creating an excess of exercise-related byproducts we stimulate cleansing.  Stretching also contributes to this effect; yoga, Pilates-type movements, and programs like Bob Cooley’s Genius of Flexibility are great choices.  Even better, some kettlebell swings and snatches!  One thing to avoid: exercise that makes you sweat profusely; it can cause too much stress.  Remember, we are trying to clean and detox, not create stress byproducts.   Also, sauna, steam-bath, and far-infrared saunas are very helpful – just make sure it isn’t contraindicated for your health condition.

Shower and bathe.  By cleaning the body you remove surface oils and residues while you stimulate blood flow which aids in cleansing.

Relax!  Rest is the best agent for detoxification. 

So next Sunday after you purchase your colorful fruits and vegetables and other items write your daily exercise times into your calendar for the week.  Fit it in twice a day if possible.

Now, take 20 deep diaphragmatic breaths (in thru the nose and out the mouth) and plan on enjoying your daily exercise.

Sneak-peek: Day 5: Water and Supplements 

 “Live well, think well, and be well.”

 April 4, 2013

Spring Cleaning Tips:  Day Three

Day 3:  Fruits

Color me healthy!

Think of Fruits as Cleansing while vegetables are recuperative.

The color of vegetables is important but when it comes to fruits I feel color is more important.  There are three main concerns when it comes to fruit:

  1. Color
  2. Fiber – soluble and in soluble
  3. Enzymes

Color: 

The deeper the color the greater amounts of bioflavanoids you will get.  They help maintain vascular stability, influence hormone production, provide antioxidant support for cells, can act as an anti-inflammatory.  Interesting research has shown that the layer between the watermelon meat and the white-pith contains potent antioxidants that stimulate liver and kidney detoxification.

Fiber:

Pulls excess acids and fats out of the bloodstream as well as motivating the colon to expel waste material.  Fruits have much higher levels of soluble fiber – this fiber affects the blood more than insoluble fiber does and is helpful are regulating the bloodstream.  Insoluble fiber attracts and swells with water and stimulates the colon to

Enzymes:

My number one recommendation for anti-inflammation is an enzyme called Bromelain (from the stem and skins of pineapple) – it is fast acting and has a myriad of health benefits (don’t take if you have severe ragweed allergies or are allergic to pineapple).  Also valuable for digestion of proteins, lowering viscosity of the blood, and many more documented benefits

The main idea is that fresh fruit is a storehouse of potent properties that help regulate our body’s natural processes.

Like vegetables they supply the body with synergistically balanced nutrient profiles; in other words, they contain properties that allow the body to utilize and absorb nutrients and their necessary cofactors that are contained within the fruit.

So next Sunday when you purchase your food for the week think fruits and vegetables are the main sources of food and you need a wide variety.  By making a large fruit salad bathed in orange juice you can have a ready supply of fruit to eat.

Now, take 15 deep diaphragmatic breaths (in thru the nose and out the mouth) and plan on purchasing enough fruit for the week.

Sneak-peek: Day 4: Exercise

 “Live well, think well, and be well.”

April 3, 2013

Spring Cleaning Tips:  Day Two

Day 2:  Vegetables

Keep it simple!

Initially everyone thinks water is the key and basically it is; don’t eat for a few days and drink water to flush the system and some major healing can occur.  The downside is that most people will feel ill, or have hormone and/or energy swings, headaches and other side-effects from this approach.  I believe healing can be accomplished while feeling good. So, let’s think vegetables first.

Vegetables supply the body with synergistically balanced nutrient profiles; in other words, they contain properties that allow the body to utilize and absorb the nutrients that are contained within the vegetable.  There are also naturally occurring salts that are vital for cellular function.  Also, leafy greens contain more chlorophyll which is valuable for cellular detoxification.

Think of Vegetables as Recuperative while fruits are cleansing.

So next Monday when you begin your “Clean-up” think vegetables are vital for repair and cleansing (here is where the fiber works well…).  Lastly, think about the fact that the easier the body works the quicker it repairs so juicing your vegetables is a great idea!

Now, take 10 deep diaphragmatic breaths (in thru the nose and out the mouth) and plan on purchasing enough vegetables to juice, steam, and eat raw.

Sneak-peek: Day 3: The role of fruits.

 “Live well, think well, and be well.”

April 2, 2013

Spring Cleaning Tips:  Day One

Don’t worry, today is the first day of education; next Monday is the ideal day to start.  This week we will focus on some basic truths and how to apply them to the real world.

Day I:  Why?

  1. Because our body has the amazing ability to store the excesses we accumulate; like, medication residues in the liver. 
  2. This is one reason why the elderly need to watch the effects of their medications; due to aging, the liver’s ability to break down and process nutrients and organic/synthetic chemicals is diminished.  What should have been processed out hours ago may still be there causing an increased dose which may mean worse side effects.  In the least, it means residual residue which impairs the liver’s ability to function. 
  3. In addition to this common scenario we accumulate pollution and pesticide residues from the air we breathe to the strawberry we don’t wash well enough.
  4. Because our body is in constant struggle for balance (in our intestines)and the Standard American Diet (…S.A.D. – get it…) fuels imbalance and can cause inability to absorb and manufacture nutrients. 
  5. One Tylenol has been shown to paralyze cilia (little tiny hairs that help pull in nutrients) for up to two hours – that means less nutrition. 
  6. Antibiotics or other meds can cause an imbalance of bad bacteria which may cause pain, diarrhea, constipation, or worse – just a little sluggishness which masks your dysfunction.
  7. Our chemistry gets in a rut.  By living in consistent patterns we develop efficiencies in processes – this can lead to stagnation.  For instance,
  8. the first week of walking a mile each day is tiring but after 4 weeks it is much easier.  Initially you were using more muscle fiber, energy, and blood volume but after 4 weeks your body got efficient and only uses what is necessary.  This leads to a loss of ability to gain fitness. 
  9. The same thing happens with our cells by the rut-like behaviors of thinking, eating, and exercise.
  10. Because it revitalizes your motivation.  By having scheduled health practices you can renew your spirit toward maintaining a high quality of life.

Ponder the “Whys” briefly because we gain health by being proactive, not by intent focus.  Take a deep breath and be proud that you are about to apply simple techniques to improve your quality of life.

Sneak-peek: Day 2: The role of vegetables.

 

 “Live well, think well, and be well.”

 

 

January 26, 2013

Dr. Rob’s 3rd Saturday Education Series

Each talk is about an hour (…maybe an hour-and-a-half).

No charge!

February 16, 2013:  Injury proof your elbows

You will learn simple exercises to insure that you have tough-as-nails, hyper-resilient, elbows.

Around the corner…

April 20, 2013:  “The 4 Questions” of Optimal Nutrition

Everybody’s metabolism is different.  I will teach you 4 simple questions that will allow you to figure out how your body works.  Very Powerful.

May 18, 2013:  5 Exercises for a Resilient Back

A healthy back starts with a proper functioning back and that means your muscles and joints should be strong in every position.  You will learn 5 simple exercises to make your back resilient.

Noon to 1 pm      

Call or email to register! 

Registration closes 1-week prior to class.

1.847.533.7404  or  drmanfredini@comcast.net

~ Strong Body ~ Strong Mind ~ Strong Spirit ~

January 3, 2013

Dr. Rob’s 3rd Saturday Education Series

Each talk is about an hour (…maybe an hour-and-a-half).

No charge!

January 19, 2013:  New Year a New You!  Making Your Plan

Simple planning approaches to long-term success.  We will talk diet, exercise, and stress management.

 

Around the corner…

 

February 16, 2013:  Injury proof your elbows

You will learn simple exercises to insure that you have tough-as-nails, hyper-resilient, elbows.

April 20, 2013:  “The 4 Questions” of Optimal Nutrition

Everybody’s metabolism is different.  I will teach you 4 simple questions that will allow you to figure out how your body works.  Very Powerful.

Noon to 1 pm      

Call or email to register! 

Registration closes 1-week prior to class.

December 21, 2012

Give the Gift of Health!

Buy gift certificates for Massage Therapy, Reiki, or Naprapathy!

Naprapathic Treatments – $100normally $120*

*$120 represents the “average discounted rate for no-insurance or insurance-deductible patients.”

Massage Therapy with Diane McDonald 1 hr. for $60

Reiki (Japanese Energetic Balancing) with Renee Chwaszczewski for $65 (normally $75)

Massage Therapy with Bernadette Forrester 1 hr. for $65

 Call today and we will have it ready for you!  1.847.533.7404

 “Live well, think well, and be well.”

 

Compliments of Dr. Robert Manfredini, DN

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December 14, 2012

Give the Gift of Health!

Looking for a healthy holiday gift? 

Buy gift certificates for Massage Therapy, Reiki, or Naprapathy!

                                   Naprapathic Gift Packages – 20% off!

10treatments for $1000 normally $1200

8treatments for $800 normally $920

6treatments for $600 normally $720

4treatments for $400 normally $480

2treatments for $200 normally $240

-Transferable, so it is a great gift for the whole family…or a shrewd healthcare consumer!

This is perfect for those of you who do not have insurance or for those who have deductibles.  If you have insurance I will submit it to your insurance at regular industry rates so it reduces your deductible appropriately but I will charge you 20% less than this year’s “typical reduced visit price.”

Massage Therapy with Diane McDonald1 hr. for $65

Reiki (Japanese Energetic Balancing) with Renee Chwaszczewskifor $65 (normally $75)

Massage Therapy with Bernadette Forrester1 hr. for $65

 October 16, 2012

Most of the time I am thinking about stabby-grabby pain or that low-grade naggy pain issue patients have and how to effect the greatest change in the easiest (…and most acceptable) manner for the body.  But the other day a patient reminded me of the mental aspect of the treatment; she stated, “I felt so good emotionally when I left and I felt really balanced for a long time afterwards…it was so nice.”

By reducing contractures in the body’s structure typically I am reducing the “pressure or pull” from the tension which influences the structure’s position; but other things do happen…a chiro a few years ago identified little attachments from neck muscle to the meninges and tectorial membrane (the lining covering the brain and spinal cord) and when they tighten they restrict the brain and spinal cord and will compress vertebral space which could cause muscle tension to nerve impingement.  This can lead to headaches, neck pain, visual disturbances, bad attitude…  But we also know that iliopsoas (deep hip and abdominal muscle) imbalance can affect adrenal gland function, digestion, elimination, sleep, rib/shoulder/neck pain, iliotibal band/knee, fibular/ankle, and low back negatively.  By affecting the adrenal gland we can cause premature fatigue and challenge the thyroid (controls everything from blood pressure, temperature control, influences cognitive thinking, and 27 other big things)…this is how simple contractures can lead to “mental fatigue” and physical pain…and by correcting them you feel better.

The easiest way to correct contracture is a Naprapathic treatment – this is Naprapathy in a nutshell, take away the contracture and reposition-the-bone/correct-the-alignment and you work and feel better.  You can also engage in yoga and various other forms of stretching as they possibly will accomplish the goal…but a Naprapathic treatment is quicker!

So if you “want to feel good” then schedule your treatment today!

Call me at 1.847.533.7404 or drmanfredini@comcast.net.

“Live well, think well, and be well.”

 

October 16, 2012

 

 

October 5, 2012

 

“When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied.”

Herophilus

The best way to insure that your body stays healthy is to maintain the communication system between your brain and body (…your nervous system).  The more hindered this communication is, the worse your body works.

A Naprapathic treatment basically optimizes the nervous system’s function by removing the negative influences (muscle contracture, bone displacement, tendon or ligament contracture) that can cause disruption between the brain and body.

As 97% of you can attest to, only 1-3 treatments are necessary to get you where you need to be…so schedule your Naprapathic treatment today so you can reveal your wisdom, manifest your art, gain strength to fight, enjoy your money, and apply your intelligence.

“Live well, think well, and be well.”

 

September 22, 2012

“Fresh air impoverishes the doctor.”

Danish Proverb
If we have talked about stress management, endurance training, anxiety reduction, exercise recovery, or lung-rehab we have talked about proper breathing technique.  I just had the pleasure of teaching a safe lifting and movement class to a local fire department and I could see their eyes roll when I talked about the importance of letting your breath dictate your strength “…there he goes again about breathing…doesn’t this guy ever talk about other stuff…I’m breathing right now, does that mean I can lift a truck…”  but I reiterated to the few that cared that when we let our breath dictate our strength we actually let our “deep internal brain” take control of our machine – this allows you to use your body properly!

By letting our body “work naturally and unconsciously” we create an internal awareness of proper motion and more importantly self-safety.  This is protective!

This is whole body utilization!

This is all of the parts working together (brain/nerve/endocrine/muscle/ fascial/skeletal)! 

The whole enchilada (not just the arms and traps or hips and legs)!

So how does this work for me?

Easy, simply practice every day!

Start your morning with 5 to 30 deep diaphragmatic breathes:

  1. Place hand over hand under your belly button.
  2. Inhale through the nose and feel the abs push against the hands.
  3. Exhale (from the back of the throat…like a gentle “ha”…not like you are blowing out a candle) and feel the abs pull in.

If you feel like being a Taoist, reverse the pattern…Inhale and feel the abs tighten…Exhale and feel the abs push…they call this a Reverse Taoist breath skill.

Next, when you exercise or lift things at home or work try to coordinate your breath pattern with your movements.  You will eventually feel a beneficial pattern and the strength and security that come with this practice.

Your breath is powerful (no jokes…)!  It can improve strength, endurance, power, lower anxiety, stabilize “stress” chemistry, as well as simply exercising the lungs.  Very powerful…if you choose to use it properly.

“Live well, think well, and be well.”

 

September 11, 2012

“The most important thing in illness is never to lose heart.”

Nikolai Lenin
 

I see all kinds of reactions to pain and injury…fear of debilitating injury is the most common.  It is understandable. When a ¼-inch shift in a bone’s position causes inability:  to twist and turn…or stand…or sit…or lie down…produce a stool…or get out your car…or stand erect…breathe properly…or causes a dull naggy ache…or worse an “ice-pick” type pain that drops you to your knees.  Again, it is understandable (I am really empathetic as my disc injuries have caused these reactions).

But, what happens when a patient begins to identify with their pain?

Big problems!

Fearing that you will always have pain and dysfunction sets you up to always have pain and dysfunction. 

So let’s try a simple skill:  begin to tell yourself that you will:  be better…feel better…regain pain-free motion…be healthy and live life with vigor.

By reinforcing your belief system that you will be better, you will start to notice a reduction in your symptomology.  The stronger your belief system the quicker you will get to where you want to be. 

On the surface it is easy to say, “oh yeah, if I believe it will happen…yeah right!”  If you keep it on the surface you are right, it will never happen because you have to BELIEVE it first and that may mean days to months of discomfort and pain to go through but it will happen.  When I first injured my disc in my back I literally could not move for 3 weeks; it was very scary.  While my dumbass friends were making fun of the “back doctor” who hurt his back I was applying a strong belief system and proactive practices (specific supplements and natural anti-inflammation) and at the end of the three weeks I was mentally and physically beat and was thinking “time to go to the hospital” but then it happened…I shifted from horrible dysfunction to improvement.  Granted I get hit with pain and dysfunction a few times a year but I am happy to say that right now I feel like I can kick a whole platoons’ ass single-handedly (I feel that way…I am not delusional).  That is a far cry from being a laid up gimp.

So as Lenin said, “The most important thing in illness is never to lose heart.”

 

“Live well, think well, and be well.”

August 31, 2012

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.
Buddha
Your “wellness” is your choice.

So simple it is difficult!  When our awareness is less keen we allow ourselves to be swayed by indulgence (…maybe a little something sweet…maybe just a little snack…).

Blindly walking a path can only lead to trouble!

So, walk the path with awareness. 

Choose the apple over apple pie 90% of the time.  Use one pat of butter on your veggies or potatoes instead of two.  Choose to eat slowly and enjoy your food rather than gulp it down.  Choose real portions rather than “manly” portions.  Choose to be an adult and try different foods, especially veggies…remember, millions of others eat it without dying!

Simply choose the best choice for you and the situation.

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.

August 15, 2012

Tension into Extension!

If we have talked exercise then you probably heard me say, “anybody can go to the gym and huck weights around and get strong but it takes attention to detail to make it worthwhile.”

Worthwhile?  Meaning, balanced joints that work in proper coordinated patterns. 

From my idealistic side, that means that your body is highly functional and capable of working properly in weird angles safely.

From the narcissistic side, proper coordinated patterns make really pretty muscles. 

Think about how many people in your gym never improve their physique or strength or power (…anybody can huck weights….).

I want you to try a simple practice that will help you “coordinate” your body’s movement patterns and will help build stable joints (even injured ones…): Tension into Extension – whenever you extend a joint (think the lowering portion of a biceps curl) maximally exert tension within the muscles. 

It is simple, just tighten up but keep moving.

Now try it on a free standing squat…tense on the way up.  Feel your belt like transverse abdominis flex, quads tighten, and lats flare a little?

Now on a triceps extension or push-down…tense on the pushdown…feel the abs tighten?  Feel the elbows squeeze the sides?

…or during a Turkish Get-up…

It might not feel like much at first but it is a very simple way to strengthen your hard working joints. 

Stronger joints mean a lower chance of injury.

 

“Live well, think well, and be well.”

 

August 1, 2012

Seeing green!

This has nothing to do with jealousy or the recent greening of the lawn, just good taste.  Greens are excellent natural detoxifiers, decent fiber, a few minerals and vitamins and a whole lot of good.  Here are some tasty ways to get your greens. 

Beet greens with oregano

Ingredients

  • 11 cups coarsely chopped beet greens (about 1 pound beets with greens attached)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese

Directions

  1. Rinse beet greens;
  2. Drain well.
  3. Heat oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium heat.
  4. Add beet greens; cover and cook, stirring occasionally, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes or until greens wilt.
  5. Reduce heat to low; add oregano and pepper.
  6. Cook, uncovered, 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally.
  7. Remove beet greens from heat; add lemon juice, and stir gently.
  8. Sprinkle each serving with feta cheese.

 

Kale Soup

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 large onions, finely diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 10 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 (16-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed well, or 1 1/2 cups freshly cooked beans
  • 1 pound kale, leaves torn from stems and finely chopped (10 cups leaves)
  • 3 medium-size red-skinned potatoes, unpeeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 2 teaspoons good-quality sweet paprika
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

Directions

  1. Heat the oil in a large stockpot over medium heat.
  2. Stir in the onions and garlic, and sauté until onions are golden and tender, about 10 minutes.
  3. Raise the heat to high, stir in all the remaining ingredients, and bring the soup to a boil.
  4. Lower the heat to a lively simmer and cook about 30 minutes or until the potatoes are tender and the soup has thickened.
  5. Discard the bay leaves.
  6. Remove about 2 cups of the soup and puree in a blender or food processor.
  7. Return it to the soup and stir to blend.

 

Arugula, Water Melon, and Feta Cheese

Ingredients

  • 6 cups baby arugula, washed and spun dry
  • 1/8th seedless watermelon, rind removed, and cut in 1-inch cubes, place on paper towel to reduce moisture content.
  • ½ cube 8-12 ounces feta cheese
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) whole fresh mint leaves, julienned

For the vinaigrette:

  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
  • 1/4 cup minced shallots (1 large)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 cup good olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Whisk together the orange juice, lemon juice, shallots, honey, salt, and pepper.
  2. Slowly pour in the olive oil, whisking constantly, to form an emulsion.
  3. If not using within an hour, store the vinaigrette covered in the refrigerator.
  4. Place the arugula, watermelon, feta, and mint in a large bowl.
  5. Drizzle with enough vinaigrette to coat the greens lightly and toss well.
  6. Taste for seasonings and serve immediately.

Good nutrition is very simple; enjoy these recipes.

 

“Live well, think well, and be well.”

 

July 21, 2012

“If you start to think about your physical or moral condition, you usually find that you are sick.” 

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

When is your health the best?  When it is so good you never notice anything is wrong!

Similar to marriage, kids, fish, lunchmeat, your health is something that should never be taken for granted simply because when we take stuff for granted it usually falls into the crapper pretty fast.

But imagine if you were ever-present (…maybe even mindful) and you did what you are supposed to do when you are supposed to do it and it was without fuss or griping…you just do it and it is done and you repeat the action when it is needed (again, without fuss).

I believe Mr. von Goethe was referring to “focus,” when we focus on one thing we can over analyze it at the neglect to many other things in our life.  In other words, if you look closely at one thing too long you will find all of its flaws.  However, everything has flaws.  But does it really matter if all of the flaws are identified?  I don’t think so.  In the world of touchy-feely healthcare is it these “little motivators” that stimulate your natural systems to do what they are supposed to do – achieve a harmonious functional balance.

Good health is predicated on simple, consistent behaviors; not hyper-critical analysis.  By doing what we know is right when the time is right will allow you to operate without notice of your flaws.  By neglecting things and taking them for granted (like not feeding your fish or throwing out the six month old lunchmeat) we place ourselves in a precarious position challenging our flaws and potential allowing them to intensify.

So, do what you are supposed to do without fuss and do not focus on all of the flaws and I hope you achieve a level of health that stays off your radar for a long time to come!

“Live well, think well, and be well.”

July 13, 2012

1, 2, 3, 6…?

What happened to 4 & 5?  Sometimes they are there; most of the time they are not!

I am very fortunate in the fact that a vast majority of my patients obtain “pain-free” status in less than three visits.  However, some patients take a little longer and this can be frustrating for them…and for me.

The expectation of being in the 97% of one-visit-and-you-are-better is very understandable.  Personally I hate it when my two disc herniations act up and it may take several months (…a few years ago it took over 17 months) to rectify but I am fortunate to understand the healing-cycle so I keep plugging on because I know eventually I will be “okay.”

Okay?

Yes, okay.  Because I know I will irritate them again and I will have pain and loss of function for anywhere from 3 days to months.  It’s not great but it is the nature of injury.

The beauty of Naprapathy is that we “Unwind the problem.”  We remove faulty/negative patterns that distort the frame or joint (distortion places stress in the wrong spots…more stress leads to more pain and dysfunction). We also “realign” the frame so negatives stresses can no longer influence the joint/nerve/muscle.  On top of that, I will give you home-care practices that may take weeks or months to eventually correct the negative pattern or imbalance.  And there is nutrition as well as workplace ergonomics recommendations…

In the end, you have a lot less pain or not pain at all!

So please understand that sometimes it takes a while and not everyone is in the 97% club.  Your healing is unique to you and I am happy that I have had a chance to help you overcome your issues.

“Live well, think well, and be well.”

 

July 10, 2012

 Your Olive Oil is Probably Fake!

Check out:  http://www.foodrenegade.com/your-extravirgin-olive-oil-fake/ for a nice synopsis of how old-world crime affects your gut today!

Long story short, instead of doing it right the quest for money made them act badly and you and I are the victims. 

It seems that for years, possibly decades, suppliers of olive oil have been adulterating pure, healthy oils, with lesser quality oils to stretch their volume. In the end, you are not cooking with what you want to be cooking with or dressing that appetizer or salad with the quality you desire.  For shame…“Live well, think well, and be well.”

July 8, 2012

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.”

Buddha

You can say, “I will exercise later…or tomorrow” or “yeah, maybe a vegetable…” but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly you must simply choose to do so when the time presents itself. 

Don’t waste time worrying or regretting because the only thing we can do honestly is “to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.”

Remember, simple actions can produce magnificent results…one perfect push-up…5 deep diaphragmatic breaths…scheduling your Naprapathic treatment…an “unwinding” stretch at work…adding lettuce and tomato to your sandwich…but only if we choose to act when the time is right.

 “Live well, think well, and be well.”

June 30, 2012

“If you know the art of breathing you have the strength, wisdom, and courage of ten tigers.”

Chinese Adage

"Breathing correctly is the key to better fitness, muscle strength, stamina and athletic endurance."

Dr. Michael Yessis

By simply learning to breathe properly you can:

  1. Increase your lung function (by 20-25%...by the way that’s huge);
  2. Reduce/negate stress hormone production by positively changing negative chemistry;
  3. Improve lymphatic fluid flow (…improves your immune system); and
  4. Truly work “The Core” by activating the proper muscles of respiration and engaging the 3 diaphragms within our body.

A simple breath can do a lot!

How to breathe for better health:

  1.  Sit or stand up tall; Raise your spine straight up as if someone is pulling your hair directly in the middle of the head...think “crown up and chin down.”
    1. This activates the abdominal muscles like the transverse abdominis (the ‘poochy’ area right at the waistline that many women complain about); the pelvic, thoracic, and retroperitoneal (kidney area) diaphragm (key points of structural strength and function); and elongate the spine (which relaxes and can reposition the spine)
    2. Coupled with deep breathing, sitting/standing tall can maximally stimulate the lymphatic system (the body’s cellular sewer system and a big part of the immune system) as well as motivate the colon to work better.
  2. Inhale through the nose (it will get easier with practice) into the area just below the belly-button and exhale out the mouth…ideally about three finger widths below.
    1.  As you inhale close the mouth and touch the tongue to the roof of the mouth; relax and
  3. Open the mouth and lower the tongue on exhalation.
    1. This allows you to properly activate the diaphragm which pulls more air into the lungs, applies pressure to many acupressure points, and to stimulate the sinuses to drain properly.
  4. Shoot for 10 to 30 a day.
  5. If you get dizzy…stop!  Remember, you can always start with one and build from there.

 “Live well, think well, and be well.”

 

June 26, 2012

That is pretty…weird!

What do Arctic Flounder and strawberries have in common?

…hmmm…ehhhhh…huuuuuuuuuh…?

Answer:  A genetically modified strawberry that is freeze resistant…and it is blue…so technically a new blueberry, I guess…?

Check out http://strawberryblu.com/2011/08/21/so-whats-with-the-blue-strawberry/for the full details but the gist is that somebody loves strawberries so much that they cannot live without them in the winter months so they decided to mix fish genes and strawberry genes together to produce a freeze resistant blue…errr, I mean, strawberry.

Personally I am from the school of “if it isn’t in season it is not that tasty so I try to eat “in-season.” So this freakish concept of mixing fish and fruit genes together to get something that was never intended to swim in our oceans or grow in dirt is the extreme of un-natural!

Just giving you something to think about…by the way, they are not in production for commercial market yet.

 "Live well, think well, and be well.”

 

June 21, 2012

“Our body is a machine for living.  It is organized for that, it is its nature.  Let life go on in it unhindered and let it defend itself, it will do more than if you paralyze it by encumbering it with remedies.”

Leo Tolstoy


Medicine or Movement?

Taking medicine is a tricky subject.  The reality is that if you absolutely need meds because other natural practices have not worked then go ahead and I hope you find the relief you are looking for but if you can do it naturally, do so.  Movement…?

What does movement have to do with medicine?  A lot.  Movement:

  1. Moves fluids and stimulates the body so it can function better; i.e. your liver.  Exercise moves blood and forces the liver to filter the blood…cleaner blood.  It also stimulates the colon to “move out the garbage.”  Nobel winning research has shown the benefits of a rebounder and how it “shakes” cells clean.
  2. Better cardiovascular shape better heart and arteries…less likely to have the need for meds.  Arteries have greater diameters, heart handles stress better, more capillaries are formed so you have a more diverse blood vessel system…more vessels, more access.
  3. Stronger and better balanced joints.  Proper movement insures proper joint movement; proper movement means less chance of injury and arthritis.
  4. Stronger muscles, stronger tendons.  Greater resiliency against injury.
  5. Denser bones.  Strength training is the only way to strengthen bones!

It seems that proper movement can improve the body so it may never need a medication.  So, medication or movement…? 

Here is a great exercise: The Chin-Up

  1. “Grease your shoulder joints” with some arm swings at your side and across your chest.
  2. Stand upright and perform 5-10 diaphragmatic breathes (…in-though-the-nose-out-through-mouth…) and feel your transverse abdominis engage (it the belt-like muscle that runs across the lower abdomen under the belly button)
  3. Grab the pull-up bar with the palms of the hands facing you (just inside of shoulder width).
    1. As you have both arms extended in front of you holding the bar, bring your torso back around 30-degrees or so while creating a curvature on your lower back and sticking your chest out…basically, lift the chest and gently arch the low back. This is your starting position.
  4. Exhale and pull your torso up. 
    1. At the top you should flex your biceps by pulling your forearms in tight as well as squeezing your inner arm tight to your rib cage (remember the “On Guard Lunges”…).
    2. Advanced:  learn to squeeze the shoulder blades “back and down.”
  5. Your chin should be over the bar and your head should high with the chin down.
  6. Inhale and slowly lower your torso back to the starting position when your arms are fully extended and the lats fully stretched…but you continue to “pack in your shoulder (flexing lats as if you are trying to pull your arms into your body)” for safety.  No dead-man hang!
  7. 1-6 reps
  8. As many sets as you want.
  9. Personal note:  I am big fan of the “one perfect rep” concept.  It allows you focus, coordinate, execute, without overtaxing the nervous or muscular systems…better nervous system, better you!

Tips:

  1. If you are new at this exercise and do not have the strength to perform it, use an assist like a bench.  Over the years I have come to dislike the chin/dip assist machines.  I believe they weaken you by tricking you into thinking you are accomplishing something.  Use your body properly and no machine can match the outcome.
  2. Stand on the bench and jump into position, hold it, and control the descent as best as you can.  Overtime you will become stronger and more coordinated.
    1. …you will know when you are ready to attempt the real thing…
  3. If you are old school and you can already rip out 6 perfect reps then add weight and quit avoiding the challenge.  Use a weight belt that allows the addition of weighted plates or kettle bells…weight vest works great also.
  4. I know perfection can never be reached but we can act like we are trying for it.  Perfect 1 rep and build from there. 

Enjoy!

 “Live well, think well, and be well.”

June 14, 2012

"All parts of the body which have a function if used in moderation and exercised in labors in which each is accustomed, become thereby healthy, well developed and age more slowly, but if unused they become liable to disease, defective in growth and age quickly."

Hippocrates

Here is an exercise to help you “become thereby healthy, well developed and age more slowly…” On Guard” Lunges

  1. Stand upright and perform 5-10 diaphragmatic breathes (…in-though-the-nose-out-through-mouth…) and feel your transverse abdominis engage (it the belt-like muscle that runs across the lower abdomen under the belly button)
  2. Head up chin down.
  3. Bring your hands up toward your chest as if you are in an “old-timey” boxing match or if you are holding the end of log and are going to press it overhead. 
    1. Now pull your elbows and inner biceps into the rib cage. 
    2. You have now achieved the on-guard position.
    3. Important:  don’t lose this position!
  4. Exhale and step forward with the front foot trying to achieve a mid-foot balance.
    1. Once gained, you will feel the confidence and stability this position gives you.
    2. Both feet should be facing straight forward.
    3. Your back foot will be on the toes and ball of foot.
    4. Be sure the forward leg’s mid knee is over you ankle.
  5. Lower your back knee almost to the floor
    1. Do not smack or rest your knee on the ground!  You lose a vital coordinated circuit!
    2. Try to achieve a 90-degree angle with both legs and thighs.
  6. Maintain the “On Guard” position and inhale and return to start
    1. By maintaining “On Guard” you will insure proper back positioning as well and “core” activation.
  7. Perform 6-8 reps each leg.
  8. More strength!  Perform 8 reps, rest 20 seconds, repeat 1-8 times.
  9. Better nervous system!  Perform 4-6 reps, wait 1-3 minutes, repeat 1-8 times.

 

“Live well, think well, and be well.”

 June 8, 2012

"Who is strong?  He that can conquer his bad habits."

Ben Franklin

Have you corrected your bad habit of not exercising daily?

If so, then you are considered strong.

If no, then you need to start exercising your willpower and start doing what is right…the same goes for food!

“Live well, think well, and be well.”

June 5, 2012

Greens, greens, the more you eat the more you toot…wait that’s supposed to be beans, not greens.

Most of the time beans are more enjoyable than greens as most people do not know what to do with greens.  Whether it is a simple sauté with garlic and olive oil or one of my favorites:  Spinach Pie…or Kale and Spinach Pie…or Dandelion and Spinach Pie…or Mixed Vegetables and Spinach Pie…you get the idea.  Here is a great way to get you springtime greens.

Greens Pie recipe:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 onions (small to medium…) chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 box of frozen spinach & 1 box of frozen kale (or use fresh and sauté it down quickly in a little olive oil), defrost, drain, and SQUEEZE DRY! (Take your time with this step…it is important)
  • 2 scallions (white and green) chopped
  • 1 cup grated gruyere cheese
  • 3/4 cup of grated parmesan
  • 4 extra large eggs beaten lightly
  • 1 tablespoon breadcrumbs
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 2 sheets puff pastry - defrosted
  • 1 egg beaten for egg wash

Preheat oven to 375

  • Medium-low heat on pan, sauté onions in butter for 5-7 minutes, add garlic for one minute - remove from heat
  • Add the rest of the ingredients (except puff pastry and the 1 egg) into a bowl and mix well!
  • Lay out one puff pastry sheet on a sheet of parchment paper
  • Place spinach mixture in middle and spread to within one inch of the border.
  • Roll out the other sheet on a floured surface so it is one inch wider.
  • Brush egg wash on bottom border
  • Layer the 2ndsheet on top
  • Press sides lightly to remove the air
  • Crimp with a fork
  • Brush egg wash on top and side (BUT NOT ON THE SIDE EDGE)!
  • Place three slits in the top
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes

Basic recipe stolen from the Barefoot Contessa and modified for fun.

 

Another simple way is to wash some fresh kale, coat with olive oil, a little salt and pepper, and bake at 325 until crispy.  Hit them with a little grated parmesan cheese and you have a relatively healthy snack.

Disclaimer for the devoted:  eating them this way is better than not eating them at all…so please, no “concerning” emails.

Why greens?

They are chlorophyll/antioxidant/fiber laden veggies that “spring-clean” the whole body.

 

 “Live well, think well, and be well.”

June 2, 2012

"When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to love."

 Marcus Aurelius

Good health is precious and most people take that simple fact for granted.  Good health is predicated upon:

  1. Proper nutrition
  2. Daily exercise
  3. Actively practicing in stress management (like deep breathing…)
  4. Freedom from joint restriction (being able to bend, flex, and extend your body as you need to)
  5. Unencumbered nervous system (blockages can cause pain or organ dysfunction)
  6. Proper hydration
  7. Adequate rest

Naprapathic healthcare can help you achieve a high-quality, pain-free life.  Simple practices and proper body motion will allow you to obtain a high level of wellness!  Schedule your tune-up today!

 “Live well, think well, and be well.”

May 23, 2012

“Life is not merely to be alive, but to be well.”

Marcus Valerius Martialis

What vitamin should I take?

What protein powder is best for me?

What can I take that will fix me?
What’s the trick to getting healthy?

All legitimate and very common questions…but, are they the right questions? 

Do we need to ask questions?…in my opinion – no. 

Good health is predicated on simplicity!

  1. Eat properly for your personal metabolic type.
  2. Challenge yourself through exercise daily.
  3. Drink some water throughout the day.
  4. Stay “cool” by practicing your stress management.

There should be no questions.

However, if you feel you need direction then please feel free to contact me so we can create a personalized program specific for your needs – 1.847.533.7404.

 

 “Live well, think well, and be well.”

Compliments of Dr. Robert Manfredini, DN drmanfredini@comcast.net

 

May 17, 2012

Your feet are important!

Right off the bat we think, “yeah, they connect us to the ground…” But think about what the three natural arches of the foot do…they allow for biomechanical forces to be accepted and transmitted throughout the body (…when you run the pressure spirals up the leg, through the knee and into the hip, and then through all of the vertebrae (your spine!) and out the top of your head…).  If there are mechanical hiccups in your body (i.e. vertebrae or rib out of place, excess muscle tension, joint damage…) then these pressures that are supposed to transmit cleanly throughout the body do not and will end up causing pain or magnifying existing pain. 

This is not only for runners!  It affects anyone who puts there foot on the ground (or exercise machine)!

What to do?

  1. Ensure proper mechanics through proper action!  Some exercises follow.
  2. Maintain them!  Wash them, keep nails neat, rub them!  A little TLC goes a long way.
  3. Orthotics…?  Personally I do not believe in orthotics for the vast majority of people.  Most people simply need to exercise their feet properly to help maintain the three natural arches…
  4. Understand basic anatomy:  1) fore foot (toes and ball of foot), 2) mid foot (ball of foot to beginning of the heel), 3) hind foot (heel).

Side to side shifting of your weight to the mid-foot:

1.  Stand with feet straight about shoulder width apart.

2.  Begin to rock side to side; when comfortable try to pick up the foot you are not leaning on…just a few inches off the ground.

3.  You should be stable!  Stability is achieved when you focus on using the mid-foot.  If you like lunges mid-foot is key to ensuring knee safety and maximally loading the quads and adductors (your thighs).

4.  Start with 1 minute and work up to 3 minutes.

Towel Pick-up:

1.  Drop a towel and pick it up with your toes.

2.  2-4 reps.

Toe Raises: 

1.  Stand with feet straight about shoulder width apart – this way you feel your whole “ball of the foot” make contact with the ground.

2.  Rise up onto your toes and return to the ground.

3.  2-6 reps.

Keep those feet happy and your whole body will work better!

 

 “Live well, think well, and be well.”

Compliments of Dr. Robert Manfredini, DN

 

April 26, 2012

“Health is the greatest possession.  Contentment is the greatest treasure.  Confidence is the greatest friend.  Non-being is the greatest joy.”

Lao Tzu

 or,

Not-being in pain is the greatest joy!”

Rob Manfredini, D.N.

Lao Tzu’s a little more esoteric but mine is extremely understandable.  Less or No Pain = More Joy!

Naprapathy addresses the connective tissue (tendons and muscles, ligaments and bones) as well as nerves; as most of you know, this means relief is typically attained more quickly than traditional therapies.  Undoing the negative pattern and putting everything back where it belongs allows you to function better as well have less or no pain.

Here are some great tips for dealing with young athletes (…and old ones too!)

The Best Way to Manage Youth Injuries:

1.Train properly:

a.A good coach should motivate and work his athletes…not beat them into the ground. Any goof can abuse but it takes someone who is paying attention to continually build the proper athletic response.

b.Make sure they rest!

c.Make sure there is cross-training.  An athlete requires many parameters of fitness so make sure you train balance, endurance, power, speed, and flexibility…and proper breathing!

d.Set attainable goals and plan a path to get there.

e.If you suspect overtraining, then you are.

2.Look for signs of overtraining:

a.Ever present fatigue.

b.Improper gait (walks funnier than usual).

c.Resting heart rate begins to elevate.

d.Complains of pain upon motion.

e.Excessive muscle soreness. Ideally shows up about 36 hours after activity and only lasts up to 72 hours – these are the ideal upper thresholds…any longer and you did way too much!)

f.Discoloration of urine (not associated with food intake).

g.Sleep patterns change or the athlete is not waking up refreshed (rule out school work and exams…).

h.Appetite is diminished (rule out young-love...).

3.Eat properly:

a.Eat garbage then you have garbage as building blocks…eat nutrient dense, naturally occurring foods (like an apple) to get the synergistic effect of the vitamin, minerals, and other macronutrients. Build your house out of quality products! Not garbage!

4.Hydrate!…you know why.

5.Get Pain Resolved Quickly!

a.The longer an injury lingers the more destruction occurs. Get all injuries addressed immediately.

b.This also allows for corrective exercises to be prescribed so we can strengthen and regain previous athletic levels.

c. I have been dealing with athletes, Fire, Police, and construction personnel for decades with a very high rate of success. Odds are I can help you too.

As Lao Tzu said, “Health is the greatest possession.”  Take care of your health and manage your injuries properly and you will honor your greatest possession.

 

 “Live well, think well, and be well.”

 

Compliments of Dr. Robert Manfredini, DN

Dr. Manfredini, D.N. believes in using "the least for the most;" meaning he gently and effectively nudges the body toward better function by removing bad muscular/tendon, skeletal/ligament patterns. 

A vast majority of patients only require 1-3 visits for negation of most pain; some patients with arthritis/disease/advanced joint damage due to inury or illness may not experience negation and may only experience a reduction to tolerable levels of pain.