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Black Bean and Mango Salad




1 15-ounce can of black beans

1 mango, chopped

1 avocado, chopped

1 C fresh or frozen corn

1 medium tomato, chopped

1/2 small red onion, diced

2-4 cloves of garlic, minced

2 TB fresh lime juice

2 TB cilantro, chopped

[recipe cont. below] 


Rustic Apricot Galette




6-8 apricots, peeled and sliced

1/4 C granulated sugar

2 TB cornstarch

1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice


[This Allergen FREE recipe continued on our website!

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Los Gatos Chiropractic and Wellness Center

July 2012 Newsletter: Celebrating Summer!



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


Natural Relief for Heartburn (GERD)


As the weather heats up, so do the grills. It's BBQ time and for many Americans that means heartburn season. Look around you at your next picnic and realize that about 1 in 18 Americans suffer from heartburn daily. In one month over 60 million Americans experience it! 

Family BBQ 

Heartburn is a burning or painful sensation in the stomach or chest because stomach acid backs up into the esophagus, causing sensitive tissues to become irritated. You may also feel bloating, gas, nausea, shortness of breath, or an acidic/sour taste in the throat. This is called gastroesophageal reflux (GER) and has many contributing factors and causes. Types of foods, activities and positions can all exacerbate the condition. 


More severe and chronic symptoms are referred to as gatroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD can strike anyone, at any age. GERD can scar the esophagus, and if stomach acids make their way into the lungs, it can cause asthma-like symptoms. GERD can also cause changes in the cells lining the esophagus that can lead to esophageal cancer.


To learn more about Evaluating GERD, Treatment, Supplements and Lifestyle changes, click here to read the article in its entirety.


Q. Is it healthier to grill with propane or charcoal?




A.  Props go to propane. 

In one study by scientists, charcoal-grilled meats contained more carcinogens called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) than meat heated with propane. When fat drips from meat, the fat burns and creates PAH-infused smoke, which coats what you're cooking. And charcoal makes more smoke than gas does. Also, charcoal flames are hotter, which chars meat and creates heterocyclic amines (HCAs), another carcinogen. Propane still produces some PAHs and HCAs, though, so take these steps with any grill.

  • Trim Fat:  Lean meats create less drippings and less smoke, which reduces PAHs.
  • Marinate:  Soaking meat in vinegar or lemon juice reduces HCAs by 90 per cent.
  • Flip Frequently:  Studies have shown that turning meat frequently results in fewer HCAs.


Bee Sting? Mosquito Bite? Sunburn? Skinned Knee?
Prevention and Remedies for Summer Skin Ailments 


Here at Los Gatos Chiropractic and Wellness we're all about prevention, so here are some simple tips to prevent common Summertime Skin Ailments:

  • Bug Bites:   For an all-natural bug repellent use tinctures that include lavender or tea tree oils with thyme and rosemary. These also help to soothe a bite if you do get bit. You may also want to try tea tree oil or honey for their antiseptic properties and calamine lotion to help relieve itching. Homeopathic remedies such as Leadum for insect bites and Rhus Tox for skin aliments and itching also provide relief.
  • Sunburns:   Prevention is key, so cover-up with long sleeves and a hat. If you can't keep covered up use sunscreen. For the safest choices in sunscreens check out Environmental Working Group, which monitors for safety in ingredients. If you do get a burn, a cool compress and aloe vera can relieve discomfort; it also speeds healing and moisturizes the skin. Also, taking antioxidants are great help to reduce the free radicals caused by sun exposure.
  • Skinned knees:   Always wear proper protective gear with outdoor activities, even long pants can help. If you do get a wound, clean it with witch hazel; a natural astringent and antiseptic. Vitamins C and E help speed healing and help close a wound. The appearance of scars may also decrease with IASTM like Graston Technique.  Although there isn't an adjustment to heal a skinned knee, coming in for evaluation after any accident is important to help restore proper function that may be lost due to an injury.

If you're not into making your own tinctures or not sure on the dosage, come by the office and we'll set you up with specific blends for whatever purpose you need them. We have fantastic products that can help with various skin ailments. One of our favorites is Solvarome. It has a unique blend of essential oils that are antiseptic, wound-healing, anti-inflammatory, analgesic and deodorizing for skin wounds and skin irritations. We're here to take the guesswork out of health care and keep you doing what you love to do. 


Benjamin Franklin said it best "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" so drop by and pickup a couple ounces of prevention.

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Black Bean and Mango Salad


A simple side worthy of tortilla chips, tacos, or served atop quinoa.

  • 1 15-ounce can of black beans
  • 1 mango, chopped
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 1 C fresh or frozen corn
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 small red onion, diced
  • 2-4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 TB fresh lime juice
  • 2 TB cilantro, chopped

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl, combine.  Add salt and pepper to taste, and chill.  Garnish with extra cilantro.


Don't have time, energy or ingredients? Just add beans, mango, avocado and corn to your favorite pre-made salsa.


From the kitchen of Dr. Jessie Young



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.