April 2013 Newsletter

In this month’s newsletter:

This month’s E-Newsletter contains a short video from Dr. Pete, info on how you can help us help the homeless in Cincinnati, why diet sodas can be worse than regualr soda, and more! Use the link at the bottom of this page to share this newsletter with friends via Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.


What is your TOP REASON to use chiropractic care?

People use chiropractic for a variety of different reasons and benefits. Click on this image to watch Dr. Pete explain his top reason for getting adjusted in this 57 second video.

Office Closures for April

The office will be closed Friday, April 26th and Saturday, April 27th. Dr. Pete will be attending a continuing education seminar.

Blessing Bags

For the month of April, we are asking for your help to make a difference in the lives of homeless people in Cincinnati. We will be collecting Blessing Bags with essential personal care items and food to give to the homeless.

Blessing Bags contain soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, shaving cream, razors, and individually wrapped, healthy snacks like a protein bar. Throughout the month of April, we are encouraging you to bring in any or all of the items for a blessing bag. When you do so, we will give you a voucher for a complimentary first visit for you to share with your friend or family member to show our appreciation.

Originally inspired by the daughter of a colleague in Nebraska, Dr. Lyle Koca, we decided to bring this idea to Cincinnati. Please help us serve the community!

How Diet Soda Can Make You Gain Weight

Dropping sugar-laden sodas for the sugar-free versions seems like one of the simplest calorie cutting weight loss choices you can make. Hold that can! If you’re drinking diet soda, it may actually make you gain weight. A new study found that diet drinks can be worse than sugar-sweetened drinks. Dr. Mark Hymen reviews the statistics published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition:

  • Diet sodas raised the risk of diabetes more than sugar-sweetened sodas.
  • Women who drank one 12-ounce diet soda had a 33 percent increased risk of Type 2 diabetes, and women who drank one 20-ounce soda had a 66 percent increased risk.
  • Women who drank diet sodas drank twice as much as those who drank sugar-sweetened sodas because artificial sweeteners are more addictive and are hundreds to thousands of times sweeter than regular sugar.

Remember, one of the most powerful changes you can make in your diet and your health is to reduce or eliminate all sodas, regular or diet.

TIME Magazine: Why the high medical costs in the USA?

In his TIME magazine special report, Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills are Killing Us, Steven Brill delves into our health care system to find out why things cost significantly more, yet deliver relatively similar or worse results than other countries. Brill raises several important questions, including:

  • Why does a single drug cost thousands of dollars?
  • Why do lab tests done over a few days while in the hospital cost as much as a new car?
  • And why is technology driving up health care costs instead of lowering them?

Red Meat is Good for You!

Are you afraid to eat red meat because you have heard or read that it is bad for your health?

If so, Chris Kresser’s article is a must-read for you. He lays out the reasons why you should FEEL GOOD about eating red meat.

Exercise is an Anti-Oxidant

Surge training refers to a high-intensity spike in energy output for a short period of time. Research has shown that this form of exercise boosts metabolism and reverses aging more effectively than any other form of exercise or body movement. This style of exercise produces large amounts of lactic acid, which scientists believe may act as a free radical scavenger.

Free radicals cause excessive oxidative stress and internal damage within the body. High levels of unmanaged oxidative stress accelerate aging and disease formation. Anti-oxidants are our primary defense against the damaging effects of oxidative stress. A consistent training program challenges the body to become more effective at buffering acidity and free radicals in the system.


The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food

The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food gives insights into the minds of the people running the junk food industry. For example, when asked about the shift toward more salt, sugar, and poor-quality fats in meals for kids a former Oscar Mayer C.E.O. noted:

  • “People could say, ‘They’ve got too much sugar, they’ve got too much salt.’ Well, that’s        what the consumer wants, and we’re not putting a gun to their head to eat it. If we give     them less, they’ll buy less, and the competitor will get our market. So you’re sort of         trapped.”

Our advice is to completely avoid these processed, packaged junk foods and stick to a whole food diet.

Recipe of the Month: Raw Kale Salad With Grapefruit

This quick and easy salad is delicious any time of year, though perfect right now as we approach the end of citrus season. Elana recommends making this salad with dinosaur a.k.a Tuscan kale, as it seems to “soften” during the marination process more easily than curly kale.

1 bunch kale
1 tablespoon olive oil
⅛ teaspoon sea salt
1 lime
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1 grapefruit, sliced and chopped

1. Chop the kale into thin ribbons.
2. Drizzle the olive oil onto the kale and then massage the kale with your hands.
3. Sprinkle with salt, then add lime juice and vinegar.
4. Add grapefruit to kale and toss salad.
5. Allow to sit for 15 minutes so that kale softens and flavors integrate.