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Issue No. 33                                                                      April 2015

In This Issue

Barefoot Running

Until recently, most of us considered athletic shoes an important and essential part of our athletic training gear. This belief was fortified by the advent of the modern running shoe in the mid-1970s. Every year since then, the big running shoe companies have introduced new product lines based on shoes with increased cushion and support.

Today, however, there has been an uprising among subgroups of runners, cross-fitness enthusiasts, and weight lifters: Less shoe is better, and no shoe is best. The topic of barefoot running is gaining traction.


Why Go Barefoot?
The premise behind barefoot running is essentially that the intrinsic muscles, joints, ligaments and mechanoreceptors of the feet require stimulation to function properly. And this optimal function is inhibited by highly supportive and cushioned shoes. Intrinsic foot muscle atrophy and mechanoreceptor activity combine to cause injury and reduced performance. Also, the thickly padded heels of running shoes have produced a world of runners who now strike heavily on their heels, producing a gait that is (reportedly) quite different from those who run without shoes.


Whether or not barefoot running is better for humans has yet to be determined scientifically, but advocates have made some very compelling arguments in favor of it. Read the rest of the article here.  


Choose Conservative Care First
The overuse and abuse of prescription pain medications is a national epidemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Starting with a conservative approach to health care such as chiropractic services before moving on to riskier treatments makes sense. Visit www.youtube.com/chirohealthy to view, "Chiropractic: Choose Conservative Care First," a video that explains how your doctor of chiropractic can provide an important first-line defense against pain.  
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Healthy Retirement 
by the Mayo Clinic staff

Most adults spend years looking forward to a healthy retirement. Whether you're still planning your retirement or you're ready to make the change, there's much you can do to ensure a healthy retirement.


Start by learning what to expect as you get older, from changes in muscle mass to vision and cardiovascular health. After all, your dreams for a healthy retirement likely depend on good health. Then consider ways to maintain a healthy retirement, from reducing your risk of falls and staying safe behind the wheel to improving your memory.


Another important aspect of healthy retirement is long term care. Consider your options now - including long term care, as well as how to pay for it - to help prevent hasty decisions later.

Choosing a Healthier Diet

The importance of nutrition for health cannot be overstated. The traditional coffee and doughnuts for breakfast, hamburger for lunch (or no lunch), snack of cookies and a soft drink, followed by a huge dinner with more protein than one person needs in an entire day are unhealthy dietary choices, leading to chronic disease even in young people. A few simple diet changes can have a positive impact on health and help prevent a variety of problems in the future.

Healthy Dietary Choices

  • Eat more raw foods. Cooking and canning destroys much of the nutrition in foods. With the exception of canned tomatoes, which have been shown to help prevent prostate cancer, fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables generally have more natural vitamins and minerals.

  • Select organically grown foods when possible, because they have lower amounts of toxic elements, such as pesticides and heavy metals.

  • Consume 25 to 30 grams of fiber a day. Whole-grain breads and cereals, beans, nuts and some fruits and vegetables are good sources of fiber. High-fiber diets can help prevent digestive disorders, heart disease and colon cancer.

  • Eat out more sparingly. Food preparation methods in restaurants often involve high amounts-and the wrong types-of fat and sugar.

  • Brown-bag your lunch to control your fat and sugar intake while adding nutritious fruits, vegetables and grains.

  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Don't substitute coffee, tea and soft drinks for water.

  • Limit your intake of alcohol, and quit smoking. Drinking alcohol excessively and/or smoking hinder your body's ability to absorb nutrients from food.

   Get more tips for healthy diets here.


What Does Barbara Bunkowsky Say About Chiropractic?

"I have found that chiropractic keeps me flexible and pain-free, so that I can perform at my highest level.  The benefits of chiropractic have improved my golf swing, putting less stress and strain on my body and allowing me to be a m ore productive golfer. I believe it also helps prevent other associated injuries that are very common the LPGA tour."

~ Barbara Bunkowsky, LPGA Tour Professional 


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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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