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December 201

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If I had to choose one month out of the year that has the worst effect on our health, December would win hands down.  Not only are we struggling with never ending to-do lists and pressure-driven money stress, but we also have to face our old family wounds being drudged up over eggnog. Patients seem to exist in such a perpetual state of stress that holiday activities, generally considered enjoyable, have become dreadful.  Compound that with every sugar laden indulgence surrounding us from all angles with no time to exercise and you've got a recipe for disaster. 

This year, don't let stress run the show!  Stay on track with your "wellness lifestyle".  Get adjusted, it increases your immune system and helps your body adapt to stress.  Relax with a Massage, you'll be nicer to your in-laws I promise.  And pick up a carrot stick instead of a cookie if you can.  Stress makes you sick (see Dr. Broosan's research below), it packs on the pounds (check out our nutrition tips) and it robs you of the moment (try our stress busters)!  Be AWARE this holiday and use some of the recipes, research and tips from our Wellness team to help keep you healthy and stress-free all season long.

Until our next adjustment...  

Yours in health,

Dr. Heidi & The InnerMovement Wellness Team

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   Dr. Broosan's Research Corner  research

How are Stress, your Immune System & Chiropractic Adjustments related?

Along with family gatherings, celebration, and joy, the holidays can also bring with them higher levels of stress.  Stress is one way to set off the body's "fight or flight" system.  This system (known as the sympathetic nervous system) is intelligently designed to allow the body to adapt to life threatening situations.  The problem arises when we have high stress levels chronically.  You see, we were not meant to remain in a "fight or flight" state for long periods of time and yet this is exactly what happens to many of us on a daily basis.  Add a little more stress (i.e. the holidays), and guess what happens to a lot of people?  They get sick!  Ever notice that when you are stressed out, you are more likely to get sick?  It's not a coincidence.

Simply put, if you are in a "fight or flight" situation because of stress your body is more concerned with surviving and "getting out of danger" rather than using energy to maintain optimal cellular immunity.  Your immune system weakens and then BAM!  You get sick.  Rather than recognizing that stress can cause your immune system to function poorly, many people blame germs for their illnesses.  However, it's a known fact that germs are everywhere and yet others who are also surrounded by those germs are not sick.  Actually, studies show that those of us getting adjusted regularly are least likely to sick.  Chiropractic adjustments are documented to lower Cortisol (stress hormone) levels.  

Research also shows that Chiropractic adjustments

actively increase immune function:


"The response of polymorphonuclear neutrophils isolated from blood collected 15 min after manipulation was significantly higher than the response of cells isolated from blood collected 15 min before and 30 and 45 min after manipulation. Mononuclear cells were also primed for enhanced endotoxin-stimulated tumor necrosis factor production by spinal manipulation."


Note: Simplified, this study found that immune cells were enhanced after an adjustment.  These enhanced immune cells recognize and destroy infected cells.    


Brennan et al., Enhanced neutrophil respiratory burst as a biological marker for manipulation forces: Duration of the effect and association with substance P and tumor necrosis factor. J Manip Physiolog Ther 1992; 15(2) Feb: 83-89.


"The CL responses of both PMN and monocytes from subjects who received spinal manipulation were significantly higher after than before treatment, and significantly higher than the response in sham or soft-tissue treated subjects."


Brennan P, Graham M, Triano J, Hondras M. Enhanced phagocytic cell respiratory bursts induced by spinal manipulation: Potential role of substance P.  J Manip Physiolog Ther 1991; (14)7:399-400.


Your nervous system controls and coordinates all the systems of your body (including your immune system).  If you have a misaligned/improperly moving (subluxated) spine, you will have interference to your nervous system and decreased immune function. 

So, don't let holiday rush keep you from coming in for your Chiropractic adjustment.  Research shows that Chiropractic is a powerful tool to down regulate stress as well and increase immune function keeping you healthy and stress-free all season long!  

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from our Clinical Nutritionist Michelle
The holidays are about enjoying yourself & this recipe will satisfy your desire to indulgent without the guilt!  Surprise your friends & family with this delicious treat!

Vegan Nut Butter Potato Chip Cookies
- makes about 40

2 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoons fine sea salt
1 1/2 cups evaporated cane sugar (or your favorite sugar substitute)
1 cup refined coconut oil
1 cup chunky natural salted roasted almond butter or peanut butter
1 Tablespoon molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup ice water
2 cups coarsely crushed Baked Kettle potato chips (they're Vegan!)

1. Preheat oven to 375.
2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
3. In a medium sized bowl sift flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
4. In a large bowl combine sugar, coconut oil and nut butter of choice and mix on medium to high speed until creamy. Add molasses, water and vanilla and mix until combined.
5. On low speed add in flour mixture slowly.
6. Add potato chips until combined well while not overmixing.
7. Make dough balls about 2tablespoons and place then about 2-inches apart on lined baking sheet.
8. Smash balls to about 3/4 inch thick then make crisscross pattern with back of fork.
9. Bake until slightly brown at corners, about 13-15 minutes.
Cool on a wire rack & try not to eat them all before sharing!

Stress Busters!
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There's nothing like a soothing cup of tea while you soak up the lyrics, melody and arrangement of your favorite song.  Music has an incredible ability to soothe the soul, but many of us don't take the time to listen - Tune out the stress and tune into the relaxing power of music.

Take a mid-day walk around the block and open your eyes to what the world has to offer.  You'll be amazed at the fresh perspective it can give you & will actually help you be more productive.

When you're overworked, overstressed, overwhelmed and just plain over it, find the time to escape and experience the power of touch. Schedule a chiropractic adjustment or a massage, or retreat into the soothing, stress-releasing luxury of a bubble bath and see how your attitude changes in a matter of moments. 

And at night, turn off the glare of the TV, unplug the phone, turn off the lights & light a few calming aromatherapy candles (lavender is a good calming scent).  Replace the unpleasantry of another dreary day with the aroma of peace and tranquility.

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In This Issue
Holiday Specials!
Healthy Recipe
Stress Busters
Stress & Nutrition
Product Special

Stress & Nutrition

  Staying stress-free through the Holidays can really make the all the difference in the world when it comes to enjoying yourself! 

And while the prospect of attendng Holiday Parties while trying to maintain your healthy habits can be challenging, here are some simple nutrition tips to help you make smart choices during the Holiday Season:

 Snack well: chose wisely and opt for fruits and veggies instead of cheese plates & heavy appetizers

Eat often: keep your blood sugar regulated and stable

Remember your supplements: get your vital nutrients. Take high quality supplements like a multi, D3, Omega-3s & probiotics

Treat yourself: allow yourself a taste of your favorite to feel satisfied not deprived

Improve your recipes: cut out excess butter and oil by substituting applesauce & reduce an overload of sugar by using natural sweetners like agave, honey or brown rice syrup

Ask for help: if you need more specific advice a tailor-made program can be made for you and your family. Schedule an appointment today!

Client Success Story!

"I went to Inner Movement Chiro and met with Dr. Broosan.  He is a new young doctor and he was so detailed in his questions and one could really see he was interested in me as the patient and how he could assist me in my pain.   This is going to sound crazy, but after he adjusted my shoulder and back on Saturday..I sit here today and tell you that I HAVE NOT FELT THIS GOOD IN OVER A YEAR!   DR. Broosan is right on track, he helped me immediately.  I cannot tell you how grateful I am to have met him...fabulous work!!!!!
In addition, I found the office to be very nice, clean and pleasing to the eye...good work folks!"

- Cathy M.

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