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Los Gatos Chiropractic and Wellness Center

December 2012 Newsletter

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


What's New?
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Second Chance Toys Drive


Are you wondering what to do with all those "old toys" that your kids have outgrown... before the onslaught of "new toys" make it into your home this holiday season? 


Please support our efforts during the month of December. We are teaming up with Second Chance Toys, and accepting donations of your USED toys until 12/22/12. 


Second Chance Toys is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation founded in 2006 to rescue and recycle plastic toys for children in need by donating them to community organizations. Because non biodegradable plastic is kept out of our landfills, Second Chance Toys is helping the environment at the same time.


They accept plastic toys (they don't biodegrade in landfills) that are clean, are in working order, and have no missing or small parts (cannot fit through a toilet paper roll). They will also accept battery-operated plastic toys. Please check that the batteries work or include fresh batteries with your donation, as the recipients are not in a position to buy replacements.


The toys we collect will be going to Love-A-Child Missions Homeless Recovery Shelter. What better way to recycle than to GIVE to a child in need?



LGCWC would like to take this opportunity to say Thank You for all your support. This winter we have focused our efforts on giving back, and with your help we been very successful. 


Our food drive in November was a huge success; we provided 200 meals and ~35 gallons of canned goods to Second Harvest Food Bank


Our used toy drive this month is off to a great start and we're sure will also be very successful with your generosity. 


We also want to thank our patients for referring their friends and family to our office. Your trust honors us and we strive to live up to that responsibility. Please help us continue to grow and do good works for the Los Gatos community. Thank you all, and have a Happy Holidays!

General Health + Family


Ten Tips to Keep the Holly-days Jolly-days


  1. Remember that this is the holiday season and it's the journey not the destination. Take time to enjoy and be mindful. 
  2. Plan ahead. Organize your parties, events, shopping, meals and gifts on paper or online and consult your notes frequently. 
  3. Streamline shopping. Shop with a plan and a budget. Gift certificates, magazine subscriptions and memberships are always appreciated. If you want to shop "local", call ahead to make sure the store has what you're looking for. And if you must go to the mall, go first thing in the morning or in the evening. Never go to the mall on a weekend. 
  4. Exercise. It's good for the mind and body. 
  5. Ask for help and /or delegate. Don't shoulder the burden for everything this holiday. Potlucks are a great way to share favorite dishes. Remember that kids and spouses are capable. Just be open to letting them do things their way! 
  6. Take a chore and turn it into a party! Get your friends together to enjoy present wrapping, card writing or cookie baking. Remember...  See #1 above.
  7. Keep a gratitude journal. Every night before you go to sleep write down five things you are grateful for. Whether it's as simple as the warm sun shining upon your face or as big as having your elderly parents close to you as they age, it's a good way to connect to the things in life that are really important. 
  8. Create a new yet simple tradition. Whether it's a drive around the neighborhood to look at Christmas lights, or watching a silly Christmas movie, take something simple and give it meaning. 
  9. Take some time to give back. Second Chance Toys or one of the "Adopt a Child" programs gives new meaning to the holiday season. Better yet, share that good feeling with your friends so that they join in to help others as well. 
  10. Take a deep breath, be thankful for the goodness around you, and celebrate the journey we call life.  
From our Kitchen
Banana Cardamom Muffin
credit: lauramegumithatcher via@flickr
Banana Cardamom Muffins 

(Gluten, dairy, egg, and nut free) 

  • 2 large ripe bananas
  • C oil
  • C milk (rice or coconut)
  • tsp ground cardamom
  • tsp cinnamon
  • 5 dates (chopped)
  • 1 C flour (try rice and millet)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • tsp sea salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mash the bananas in a medium mixing bowl. Stir in oil and milk. Mix in spices and dry ingredients. Spoon into muffin pans.

Bake about 20 minutes.


Adjusted from a Grace Kendrick recipe



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.