Andrew Specht Chiropractic Newsletter

In This Issue
Stress Tips
"Nourishing Traditions"
Did You Know?
Laser & Massage
Flourless Chocolate Cake
Tips For Handling Stress
pointsettia STRESS!!!  Ahhhh!!!  It's easy to get caught up in the "hustle and bustle" of the end of the year.  For some of us, it means family holiday gatherings, for others it is the "end of the year" business deadlines.  And for many, all of these!

Tips from Dr. Specht for handling stress:

Go skiing!!! (Well, that works for some!)

On a serious note, opportunities for handling stress don't just show themselves at this time of year.  Stress management is a very important aspect of life, since we all have potentially stressful situations arise on a daily basis.

A very effective way of handling stress is through the Neuro Emotional Technique.   Dr. Specht has been using the Neuro Emotional Technique (NET) for over 20 years to help people handle their stress. Receiving NET can be your best gift to yourself now, or at any time of the year! (And others reap the benefits as well!)

Some additional ideas you have all heard for handling stressful situations are:

BREATHE - Yes, it is written everywhere that breath work can help. But do you actually DO it?  If you can focus on the breath in a stressful situation, it will be helpful to change the chemistry of the brain and body. Stress just hurts US, it doesn't change the person or situation you are targeting the stress at.

More ideas are: LAUGH, EXERCISE (move your body!), STOP and change paths (thoughts, actions).

ASK YOURSELF - "Will this matter in 6 minutes?", "6 days?", "6 weeks", "6 months?" or "6 years?"

REMEMBER to focus on what you are able to control!  Some suggestions are:

You CAN control what you think, eat, drink and believe, and
what you subject your mind to (choice of television, movies, music, emails, social networking, etc.)  ALL of these avenues can either support you, or cause your mind and physical body to be taxed extra. You can choose!

For more tips on stress management, go to the NET web site or Dr. Mercola  (see the Quick Links Box)

"Nourishing Traditions" by Sally Fallon
"The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats".

Nourishing TraditionsThis book is a MUST for any household that strives to work towards true natural health. A large part of our health is based on what we put in our bodies.  This book, in addition to the recipes, has a lot of information on basic health and nutrition. Before even getting to the recipes, in the "Introduction", are chapters such as "Fats", "Enzymes", "Carbohydrates" and "About Food Allergies, Food Choices and Food Combining". In her chapters on "Vitamins & Minerals", the author devotes 7 pages to explain each individual supplement.  All of this information is very useful to have in a reference format, readily available.

This is one of my favorite parts of the book: The author describes the process of Hydrogenation: (Page 12):

"This is the process that turns polyunsaturates, normally liquid at room temperature, into a fat that is solid at room temperature - margarine and shortening.  To produce them, manufacturers begin with the cheapest oils - soy, corn or cottonseed - already rancid from the extraction process. These oils are then mixed with tiny metal particles-usually nickel oxide.  Nickel oxide is very toxic when absorbed and is impossible to totally eliminate from margarine. The oil with its nickel catalyst is then subjected to hydrogen gas in a high pressure, high temperature reactor.  Next, soap-like emulsifiers and starch are squeezed into the mixture to give it a better consistency; the oil is yet again subject to high temperature when it is steam-cleaned.  This removes its horrible odor. Margarine's natural color, an unappetizing grey, is removed by bleach.  Coal-tar dyes and strong flavors must then be added to make it resemble butter.  Finally the mixture is compressed and packaged in blocks or tubs, ready to be spread on your toast."

Since our food can lead to not only physical stress, but emotional stress as well, pay attention to what you eat!  This is a popular time of year for extra special foods-especially sweets.  Before you go munching down on those cookies your co-worker brought into the office, or the cupcakes brought into your childs' classroom, really look at the ingredients.  Most baked goods from grocery stores will have hydrogenated oils in them.  Also, if someone has made something at home, you could simply state that you can't have hydrogenated oils and ask if it has been made with Crisco or margarine .

Hydrogenated oils can give some people headaches, and actually make them sick to their stomach.  Again, one way to avoid undo stress at this time of the year, or any time, is to be wise about your food choices. It is perfectly OK and acceptable to ask at your favorite restaurant if they serve "real butter". (Believe it or not, some "fine dining" restaurants actually mix real butter with margarine and serve it with their bread.)  French fries, onion rings, "kiddie meals" - ask what oils they fry in! (I'll save you some time: just don't order anything fried -at most restaurants- if you care about your heath, and your children's health.)

(For more information, read the book referenced and also go to the Dr. Mercola web site.)


Andrew Specht Chiropractic is located at 230 2nd Street Suite 101 Encinitas, CA 92024.



 Dr. Specht has been practicing for over 23 years in Encinitas, CA. Please see our web site ("Quick Links") for more information and general testimonials about what he does for his patients.

The information in this newsletter is the opinion of Dr. Specht and Brenda Specht only. If you have any questions regarding this information, please direct them to Dr. Specht, or your personal health care provider, at your next appointment.

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Flourless Chocolate

(From "Nourishing Traditions")

One Bite is all you Need!

3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 stick plus 1 tblsp
3 tblsp water
1 tblsp vanilla
1 tblsp chocolate
extract (optional)     
6 egg yolks
1/2 cup sucanat or
5 egg whites
pinch salt
1 cup chocolate sauce
          (recipe below)

The author uses carob, but we prefer high quality cocoa powder.

Butter and flour two easy-remove 9 inch cake pans.  Place butter, cocoa powder, water and extracts in a glass container set in a pan of water over a low flame. Melt and blend well. Beat egg yolks with sucanat/sugar for about 5 minutes with electric beater. In a clean bowl beat egg whites with pinch of salt until stiff. Mix cocoa mixture with egg yolk mixture and then fold into egg whites.  Divide batter between two pans. Remove one layer to a serving dish and place other layer on top. Frost top with chocolate sauce and let it dribble over the sides.

Chocolate Sauce:

(Makes 2 1/2 cups)

2/3 cup cocoa powder
1 stick butter
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 tblsp vanilla
1 tblsp chocolate extract
1 cup cream

Place all ingredients in the top half of a double boiler.  Cook gently, stirring occasionally with a wooden sppon, until well amalgamated.