1. Are You Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired?

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    By: Dr. Jim Bodoh, Chiropractor at River City Chiropractic

     

    With the seasons changing and it getting colder outside, we have seen an increased incidences of people getting sick with cold and flu symptoms. Some of this plays into the changing of the season, but most of this plays in to how well you take care of yourself. Did you ever wonder why some people seem to be sick all the time in the winter and other people seem to be healthy the whole time? For many of these “healthy” people, it doesn’t even matter that they are surrounded by sick people; they still seem to never get sick. These “healthy” people are taking better care of themselves with different choices to boost their immune system. We are going to share with you the secrets of staying healthy throughout the winter season.

    There are three main categories that we will talk about to help boost your immune system: Lifestyle Changes, Vitamins, and Chiropractic Care.

    Lifestyle changes to help you avoid getting sick can be some of the most effective ways to keep you healthy.

    • Sleep- your body’s immune system needs you to sleep to function at its maximum capacity. Get at least 7-9 hours of sleep per night.

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    • Avoid Sugar- bacteria feed on sugar, avoiding added sugar can help starve the bacteria and make them easier for your immune system to get rid of.
    • Increase protein- protein drives the immune system. There are countless amino acids that come from protein that are rate limiting steps in your immune system reactions.
    • Eat immune boosting foods- these foods include: Fruits, Vegetables, Garlic, Onion, and Ginger.

    Vitamins help supplement your diet so that your body can function at maximum capacity to fight off colds. Try adding these vitamins during the cold season.

    • Zinc- 100 different steps in the immune system need Zinc around to happen.
    • Vitamin C- an Anti-Oxidant which protects healthy cells and promotes your immune system.
    • Vitamin A- blocks infections from getting in the body.
    • Vitamin E- an Anti-Oxidant that promotes the immune system.
    • Echinacea- an Anti-microbial that kills bacteria and boosts immune-cell activity.
    • Bee Propolis- an Anti-microbial that also fights off viruses.

    Chiropractic care can help your immune system also!

    • Getting adjusted regularly improves immune system functions to help you fight off colds.
    • Your chiropractic care can also help you get over a cold quicker by activating the nerves that control your immune system.
    • You will feel better faster after getting adjusted when you have a cold.

    Follow these easy steps to help yourself have the healthiest year of your life.

     

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  2. Announcing an Exciting New Partnership!

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    Come learn more about how RCC and PBCOA can help you.

    River City Chiropractic is pleased to partner with Dr. Patti Bartsch and the Pain, Injury & Brain Centers of America.  Starting in January, we will be offering Nutrition Coaching and state-of-the-art treatments to help patients to reach their health goals fasterand to maintain them longer.

    Come in for an informational meeting on Jan. 11 at 5:30.

    This completely safe, non-invasive & effective therapy utilizing the most sophisticated medical instrumentation, combined with an exclusive technique, is getting the attention of people fast!  Although this technology has been around since the 80’s, it was used almost exclusively on world-class athletes and the Hollywood elite.  Through organizations like the Pain, Injury & Brain Centers of

    America, these treatments are now available to you!  View testimonials at: http://thepibcoa.com/testimonials.html

    If you, or someone you know suffers from any of the following conditions, please contact us at

    608-406-2489 to learn how these treatments may help!

     

    Join us
    for an Informational Meeting on 1/11/12 at 5:30pm at River City Chiropractic to
    learn more!

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  3. Is the Hippocratic Oath Hypocritical?

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    Let Food be Thy Medicine?

    By Patti Bartsch, N.D., Ph.D., Nutritionist at River City Chiropractic

    What would Hippocrates Say?

    All medical doctors take the Hippocratic Oath which includes the phrase “First, do no harm.”  If doctors are so concerned with what Hippocrates believed, why aren’t they honoring his motto of “Let food be thy medicine”?

    Something like 6% of medical schools offer a nutrition class and in most of those it is an elective.  We know that “we are what we eat” and yet people continue to eat things that do not occur in nature and therefore have no nutritional purpose in the body; in fact they can be highly toxic.

    I was listening to NPR the other day and there was a discussion about saying Grace (Gracias = Thanks).  I was taught to say Grace in catholic school but I was never taught to be thankful to the food.  We were taught to be thankful to God for providing the food but we never actually focused on the food.  Native Americans and other cultures that are connected to the Earth honor their food.  They honor any animal that gave its life for the food and they honor the Earth for providing the weather to grow their food.  They recognize that food is life.  Food provides the body not only with calories as fuel, but with micronutrients and phytonutrients to optimize health.

    If you had an ingredient label, what would be on it? From a health perspective, I think it is important to recognize food as the ingredients that make up you.  Would you want to be made from natural ingredients like sweet potatoes, brown rice, green beans, beets, and garlic?  Or would you want to be made from sodium benzoate, FD&C Red 40, high-fructose corn syrup, and disodium EDTA?  The truth is that your body cannot build or repair itself with those ingredients.  It recognizes them as foreign and mounts and immune response against them.  I refer to these products as anti-nutrients because rather than providing nourishment, these foods make your body fight them.  And while your immune system is distracted by these anti-nutrients, it cannot keep up with normal demands so illnesses like colds, allergies, and cancer go unchecked.

    Blueberries are a Healing Food

    Food has tremendous healing properties.  Garlic has been used for centuries for its anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.  It is recommended that at least one-quarter, preferably one-half, of the plants you eat are uncooked.  This is because heating foods above 118°F causes the destruction of valuable enzymes and other nutrients.  Try to eat a big salad at least once per day and try to have a rainbow of colors in that salad.  Consider using just olive oil and vinegar as dressing because many commercial salad dressings have lots of artificial ingredients.

    I wrote an earlier blog about how I unintentionally cured my allergies when I transitioned to a whole-foods diet.  Why did my doctor never tell me that my diet of processed foods from cans, boxes, and plastic trays was likely contributing to my allergies?  Because she had no clue.  They don’t teach that in medical school.  They teach that a person with high cholesterol needs to be on a prescription medication to control it.  They don’t teach that a high-fiber, plant-based diet will help the body to rid itself of excess cholesterol before it is reabsorbed into the bloodstream.  Why?  Because there’s much more profit in drugs than there is in beans.  But guess what?  These drugs are toxic!  The pharmaceutical companies know they’re toxic and so do the doctors.  This is why they require regular blood tests to check to see how your liver is doing; because they know the drugs are damaging your liver.

    Hey!  What happened to “First, do no harm”?  I think they should revise the Hippocratic Oath so that it focuses on “Let food be thy medicine” instead.  I’ll put my money on the healing power of foods over a handful of pills any day.

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  4. Phrase of The Week

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    How much water do you drink?

    By: Dr. Jim Bodoh, Chiropractor at River City Chiropractic

    The “Phrase of The Week” this week is:

     

    Soda. Coffee. Tea. Alcohol.

     

    What do these drinks have in common? They are all diuretics, which means they all can dehydrate you when you drink them. Do you know how much water you should be drinking? A good rule of thumb is to take your body weight in pounds and divide by 2, that is how many ounces you should be drinking everyday! If you drink soda, coffee, tea, and alcohol you should be drinking even more water.

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