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Garlic Chicken
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Garlicky Chicken Spinach Pasta

 

Ingredients:

 

1 lb spinach

1 pkg GF pasta

3 TB olive oil

6 cloves garlic, minced

1 lb chicken breast

1/2 C feta cheese

salt and pepper to taste

[recipe cont. below] 


Los Gatos Chiropractic and Wellness Center

April 2012 Newsletter: 
Headaches, Tax Season, & Stress

Jogging Women

 

Our newsletters and website are written to provide you with tools and information you need to pursue better health. We invite you to contact our office with any further questions (408) 891-8222.


-Dr. Kate Fox & Dr. Jessie Young

 

 

Headaches and Chiropractic  

If you have a headache, you're not alone. Nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches. Some are occasional, some frequent, some are dull and throbbing, and some cause debilitating pain and nausea. While commonly occurring, that doesn't make headaches "normal" and there are many good options for treatment and prevention. 

 

HeadacheWhat do you do when you suffer from a pounding headache? Do you grit your teeth and carry on? Lie down? Pop a pill and hope the pain goes away? 

 

There is a better alternative. Research shows that spinal manipulation is one of the most effective and safest forms of therapy for tension headaches and migraines. (Bronfort 2001) Another report by researchers at the Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center in Durham, NC, found that spinal manipulation resulted in almost immediate improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck, and had significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of tension-type headache than a commonly prescribed medication.

  

What can you do at home to alleviate headaches?  

There are many strategies that can result in fewer headaches, or headaches of less intensity: 

  • take frequent breaks from computer work

  • try low-impact exercise

  • avoid teeth clenching

  • drink plenty of water

If these tips don't work for you, or only work partly, come in and get a full evaluation and personalized recommendations based on your physical exam.

  

Call to make an appointment at LGCWC to learn about other ways to improve your lifestyle. Doctors of chiropractic are trained and licensed to examine and treat the entire body with specific emphasis on the nervous and musculoskeletal systems. Drs. Young and Fox help people lead healthier lives by focusing on wellness and prevention.

 

Please read the full article here.

  

Credit to:

ACA Healthy Living

Bronfort 2001

National Center for Biotechnology Information


Breast Pumps are Tax Deductible
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As of last year, breast pumps are considered tax deductible medical expenses by the IRS. Not only that, but since they've been reclassified from feeding devices to medical devices they are also eligible expenses for Flexible Medical Spending Accounts.
 
We'll leave you with the IRS link to the law and a quote from the congress men and women who pushed forward the new ruling:

"Today's decision is a huge victory for nursing mothers everywhere. Modern medicine has documented numerous health benefits linked to breastfeeding, including a reduced risk of illness in infants and a reduced risk of cancer in mothers," the lawmakers said in a statement. "And because breastfeeding is so effective in preventing disease, it also happens to save billions in health care costs." 

IRS.gov 'Lactation Expenses as Medical Expenses' info 

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Stress

 

Stress has become a fact of life, and for some, the daily norm. Although occasional stress can help improve our focus and performance, living with chronic stress can backfire by causing anxiety, depression and serious health problems. 

 

Understanding who we are, knowing our major struggles, putting them in perspective, and taking action can help us deal with stress. The following strategies can also improve stress tolerance and help lessen the effects of stress on our health.

  • Think Positively

  • Enjoy the Warmth of Human Touch

  • Give Exercise a Shot

No matter what stress-relief methods you choose, make it a habit to use them-especially if you feel too stressed out to do it. As someone wise once said, "The time to relax is when you don't have time for it." 

 

There are a host of other techniques to explore including:

  • Aromatherapy
  • Humor
  • Social support systems
  • Music
  • Meditation
  • Contact with nature
  • Tea rather than coffee
To learn about more stress reduction strategies or in getting help employing any of them, contact us at LGCWC.

 

Please read the full article here.

 

Credit to ACA: Harnessing Stress

 
Garlic Chicken
photo: urban.hustonian @flickr.com
Garlicky Chicken Spinach Pasta

Ingredients
  • 1 lb fresh spinach (Short on Time? Use 1 package of organic chopped frozen spinach)
  • 1 pkg GF pasta (Quinoa from WF or Rice Pasta from TJ)
  • 3 TB olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb. chicken breast
  • C feta cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
Directions

Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil. Add spinach and cook 3 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove spinach to colander. (skip this step if using frozen spinach)

 

Return water to boil and add pasta, cook as instructed on package, about 10 minutes.

 

Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium; add chicken and garlic and cook until golden brown. Squeeze excess water from spinach and chop unless using frozen spinach. Mix in spinach and salt. Cook 2 minutes more, until spinach is heated through.

 

Drain pasta and return to pot. Add spinach, garlic and chicken; toss to mix. Crumble feta over pasta. Serve immediately.

 

Disclaimer

Material in this newsletter is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any condition. It is not a substitute for medical care and is not intended to address individual situations and needs.