Issue No. 16
September 2013
In This Issue
Chiropractic Can Help Children with ADHD
October is ADHD Awareness Month
Is YOUR Heart Healthy?
Good News About Walking
Reminder: Use Your FSA Benefits Before the End of the Year
New Fat Loss Technique Promises Great Results
Acupuncture & Massage

Chiropractic Can Help
Children with ADHD

In the past decade, prescriptions for Ritalin, a stimulant medication commonly used for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), increased five-fold, with 90 percent of all prescriptions worldwide consumed in the United States. Unfortunately, although medications can keep ADHD under control, they don't cure it.

As many parents grow leery of the traditional medical approach to ADHD, doctors of chiropractic are offering promising results with non-drug treatments that focus on postural muscles, nutrition and lifestyle changes that affect brain activity.

Doctors of chiropractic and chiropractic neurologists offer a non-drug and non-invasive treatment alternative for ADHD patients that targets the underlying problems, not just symptoms. "Motor activity-especially development of the postural muscles-is the baseline function of brain activity. Anything affecting postural muscles will influence brain development. Musculoskeletal imbalance will create imbalance of brain activity, and one part of the brain will develop faster than the other, and that's what's happening in ADHD patients," says says Dr. Robert Melillo, a chiropractic neurologist. Click here to read the entire story

Chiropractic Care Can Help...
If you or your loved one is diagnosed with ADHD or has the symptoms, talk to Dr. Hertz about his experience treating patients with the condition. He is trained to identify neurological problems and find individual non-invasive treatment modalities, and can also assess your child's nutritional status to help you find the diet that will help you manage his or her condition.

  October is ADHD Awareness Month
ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) is a serious public health issue. The mission of ADHD Awareness Month is to educate the public about ADHD by disseminating reliable information based on the evidence of science and peer-reviewed research.

ADHD is a non-discriminatory disorder affecting people of every age, gender, IQ, and religious and socioeconomic background.

Long ago just about every mainstream medical, psychological, and educational organization in the U.S. concluded that ADHD is a real, brain-based medical disorder, and that people with ADHD of all ages and backgrounds benefit from appropriate treatment.

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Is YOUR Heart Healthy?

Find out at our next
Heart Screening on Wednesday, October 16

  • Are You At Risk For Heart Attack or Stroke?
  • Do You Have Plaque In Your Arteries?
  • Are You Genetically Predisposed to Heart Disease?
  • Are You at Risk for Peripheral Neuropathy? 
Get answers to these and other questions with the latest technology that measures hypertension and nervous system health, and learn how we can predict, identify, and monitor patients
with hypertension and other cardiovascular illnesses  
This simple 20-minute screening will
  • help you determine your risk for heart attack or stroke;

  • detect plaque in your arteries;

  • indicate whether you're predisposed to heart disease; and

  • determine your risk for peripheral neuropathy.

You receive a copy of the results immediately, which include heart rate,  

blood pressure, pulse wave (circulation testing) and heart rate  

variability (how well the nervous system controls the heart function)  


This life-changing screening is just $40 for first-time patients, or $20 for those who were screened in June who want to learn their 90-day progress. The cost may be covered by your insurance.


Call 630-513-7770 today to schedule your screening!
Appointments available between 8:00am and 6:00pm 

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More Good News About Walking:
It's Good for Lower Back Pain Too!
Fall is here, and there's no better or nicer time of year to get outside and take a walk. Here in St. Charles and Kane County, we're fortunate to have so many trails, parks and forest preserves that give us the opportunity to marvel at the colors of nature while getting some exercise.

You might not think so, though, if you suffer from lower back pain. It's one of the most common musculoskeletal complaints, and one of the most common reasons that people visit their doctor or chiropractor. An estimated 60-80 percent of the population will experience low back pain at some point in their lives.

The good news is, though, is that a recent study has shown that walking briskly can help prevent or alleviate the condition. The research shows that active walking (as opposed to simply strolling) engages the same muscles that are used with targeted exercise.

The reason you may find that your back hurts after a day at a museum or shopping is that walking slowly causes the spine and supporting muscles to be under constant pressure. The compressive pressure on the lower back when strolling is about two-and-a-half times your body weight and the spine does not move much. However, even though the lower back experiences the same amount of compressive pressure when walking fast, there is a cyclical effect on the muscles supporting the back that relieves the static pressure, particularly if you swing your arms as you walk.

The physician who conducted the research noted that a walking program encourages people to live a healthier lifestyle overall and that it can help to alleviate the aches and pains we experience as we age. Walking is a low-impact activity that lowers blood pressure, reduces stress, improves brain function and boosts the immune system. So take advantage of the beautiful fall weather to get out for a brisk walk! It may improve your general health and significantly improve any chronic pain in your lower back.
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REMINDER:Use Your FSA Funds Before the End of the Year

While Healthcare Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) are very different, they achieve the same result: reducing your taxable income while boosting your spending power on healthcare essentials. Both plans withhold pre-tax dollars from your paycheck to pay for qualified health care expenses; however, the difference between the two is that FSA is a spending account - "use it or lose it" in the same year the money is set aside - whereas HSA is a savings account, available when you need it, whether now or many years from now.


Even with the IRS's recent changes to its list of qualified medical expenses, the good news is that chiropractic care is still covered. Be sure to use your 2013 FSA benefits before the end of the year so you don't lose them.

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New Fat Loss Technique Promises Great Results 

by Richard Wolff, RD, LDN,
MEDFITNESS of St. Charles

In the fitness industry, the promise of weight loss can generate big bucks. In response to this growing opportunity, more fitness centers are offering weight- loss products and services. The unfortunate part of this trend is that many of these products and services are ineffective, and sometimes dangerous. On its consumer education web site, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warns consumers to avoid programs and products that promise results with no effort. Despite these strong recommendations, some fitness centers still make false promises.


An example of one of these false promises comes from a local fitness center. Ads from this fitness center promote a weight-loss sauna that claims to have revolutionary technology. They claim a single session in their sauna will burn up to 800 calories.


Impressed by these claims, I decided to contact the fitness center promoting this revolutionary sauna. When I asked, "How do you burn 800 calories while sitting in a sauna?" the employee I spoke with said she had researched the sauna on the internet. Her research led her to believe that sweating meant you were burning calories. Unfortunately, her research is incorrect. Click here to read Richard's entire article 

Richard Wolff the president of WOLFFfitness and a nationally acclaimed speaker and author. His fitness column has been published in award winning newspapers and magazines including The Daily Herald, Weightlifting USA and Nautilus America's Fitness Magazine. Richard has lectured to health professionals and physicians at UCLA and the University of Pennsylvania. To experience the trademarked MEDFITNESS program schedule a free trial workout by calling (630) 762-1784.  


Acupuncture & Massage at St. Charles Pain and Wellness Center

jacquelyn taylor We're delighted to be associated with Jaquelyn Taylor, a licensed acupuncturist (L.Ac) and Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner nationally certified in Oriental Medicine & Acupuncture. Her training includes more than 3,400 hours of study, focused on acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and integration with western biomedicine. Jacquelyn is offering a free introductory 30-minute consult  and stress reduction treatment. Call 630-513-7770 today for your appointment, and experience the centuries-old health and wellness benefits of Chinese Medicine acupuncture.

Massage Therapist Carol Hayes Carol Hayes is nationally certified and a member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP), and been doing massage for three years. She graduated from the Elgin Community College Massage Program and is certified in both prenatal and post-partum massage. Stop in to meet Carol or call 630-513-7770 to make your appointment and take advantage of her one-hour massage for just $40.
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Dr. Jacob M. Hertz
is a Cum Laude graduate of the Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. Following graduation, Dr. Hertz practiced as an Associate Chiropractor in Peoria and for four years successfully treated over 5,000 patients and their families with many different health conditions. He moved to St. Charles in 2010 to open his own practice. 


He has been involved with chiropractic almost since he was born -- he was adjusted as an infant by his uncle, a chiropractor in Wisconsin where Dr. Hertz grew up.


Dr. Hertz uses a number of gentle and safe chiropractic techniques for adjusting the spine including Diversified, Activator, and Drop Table. He is also Nationally Board Certified in Physiotherapy and uses exercise and rehabilitation to help patients heal faster and reach optimum health.  


St. Charles Pain & Wellness Center also offers nutritional aids for those who seek to supplement their diet and improve their health, which have proved successful in preventing unnecessary surgeries for many patients.   

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