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Los Gatos Chiropractic and Wellness Center

April 2014 Newsletter

"April hath put a spirit of youth in everything." ~William Shakespeare

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, and Kim Silsby, L.Ac.



We are pleased to add Acupuncture to our list of Services!
Kim Silsby, L.Ac. is a California licensed acupuncturist and herbalist serving the Bay area for over ten years. Kim is from southern Missouri, and obtained an undergraduate degree in women's literature and writing at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1991.
Kim's interest in Chinese medicine occurred in the early 90's in beautiful rural Vermont. She worked at a holistic health center in Montpelier, where she watched each person's health improve dramatically with acupuncture and herbal medicine. One of her mentors there inspired her to attend Five Branches University of Chinese Medicine in Santa Cruz, CA, where she completed her masters degree in 2002. 


Kim established White Peony Acupuncture in Los Altos in 2005, and sees clients there four days a week. She is excited to be newly available to work with Los Gatos Wellness Center. In her free time she enjoys exercise, travel, learning new languages, and spending time with loved ones.


Women's Health + Pregnancy

Pain Management During Pregnancy

So much has been said about the dangers of Tylenol during pregnancy recently. An article published in February 2014 associated acetaminophen use during pregnancy to a higher risk for ADHD-like behaviors in children(1). It is important to remember that associations can be due to many factors and this is not a causative link. Still, I think it all gives us pause and suspicion when we consider safe pain management in pregnancy. That's one of the primary goals of our care at LGCWC.


Pain management is a big concern for pregnant women. It continues to be a concern after childbirth because of breastfeeding and potential passage of drugs into the newborn. A study showed that even one year after delivery around half of women still complained of back pain symptoms. Women without a history of BP before pregnancy who developed back pain during their pregnancy were found to have a lower likelihood of improving(2). These are the women who need the most care and attention and pain management strategies. 

A doctor in USA Today writes: "We really should start looking at non-pharmacological ways to deal with pain." It's good to see mainstream medicine and research finally turning an eye toward alternative care. 
LGCWC has been providing this type of care for almost a decade, look no further! Pregnant women are getting safe, natural solutions for common ailments, especially relief for their pain. Through a combination of adjustments, light exercise, postural retraining, massage, and herbal supplements we're giving women many strategies to not only deal with pain, but eliminate it.

1.Liew Z et al. Acetaminophen use during pregnancy, behavioral problems, hyperkinetic disorders. JAMA Pediatr. 2014 Feb 24. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.4914
2. Padau et al. Back pain in pregnancy: 1-year follow-up of untreated cases. Eur Spine J.Mar 2005;14(2): 151-154.

From our Kitchen 
Image Attribution: İFlickr CC - "Lentil Soup" 2009 by Rachel Hathaway
Lentils are a very good source of cholesterol lowering fiber. Not only do lentils help lower cholesterol, they are of special benefit in managing blood-sugar disorders since their high fiber content prevents blood sugar levels from rising rapidly after a meal." Read more from the World's Healthiest Foods
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 C lentils
  • 2 TB oil

ADD and bring to a boil:

  • 4 C water (chicken or other broth/stock for more flavor & nutrients)
  • 1 can tomatoes (14.5 oz) with liquid *substitute any tomato based item on hand such as spaghetti sauce, salsa, etc.
  • 2 TB tamari (optional)
  • 1 clove minced garlic (add more if desired) 

Reduce heat and simmer 1.5 hours until lentils are tender (often okay to eat within 30-45 min)


Add during last 15 min of cooking:

  • 1 C sliced carrots
  • 2 TB lemon juice

Garnish and Serve hot:

  • snipped parsley or cilantro

From the kitchen of Dr. Kate Fox
Image Attribution: İFlickr CC - "Corn Bread!" 2008 by Kyle VanHorn

The recipe was adapted for a GF/DF version.  Substitutions may be made to accommodate your diet restrictions as necessary.
Heat a small cast iron skillet in the oven at 400 deg. (5+ min) 
Melt 1-2 TB butter (or coconut oil, etc) in the bottom of heated skillet, return it to the oven for 5 more min. Do not skip this step, the butter/oil creates a delicious crispy crust on the edges.
(Makes 4-6 servings.)
  • 3 TB sugar (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 TB + 2 tsp butter or substitute (Earth Balance)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg

MIX dry ingredients:

  • 1 C Gluten Free Flour 
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 C + 2TB cornmeal

ADD the dry ingredients to the wet, slowly add the milk.

  • 2/3 C milk substitute (we use Coconut milk, Hemp, Almond, etc.)
  • 1/2 can corn kernels (optional)

Pour the batter into the hot oiled cast iron skillet.  Bake for 20 minutes, or until set and golden.


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.