April 2014 Newsletter

In this month’s newsletter:

We have two great presentations to offer you this month. Read on for more info about Kelly Nickel’s convenient new online scheduling for massage, antibiotic use, productivity tips, this month’s recipe, and more great reasons to exercise. We look forward to serving you, your family and friends. Please contact us with any questions or comments.

Join us April 8th at 7:00 PM for new Health Class – Thrive: The Art of Living Well

I am very excited to invite you to our new health class on Tuesday April 8th at 7:00 PM at the office.

We will explore new ways to understand our bodies and our health. Some topics for discussion:

  • Are our bodies machines, or are we more? Does it matter how we view our bodies?
  • Why does the USA rank 37th in the world in health, despite outspending everyone else by a ton?
  • What does it mean to be healthy? Is health a process or an event? Can we trust our bodies?
  • What are leading edge authorities like Deepak Chopra and John DeMartini saying about health?
  • What are epigenetics? How much of our health is determined by our genes?
  • Where does the brain end and the body begin?
  • What exactly happens inside the body during a chiropractic adjustment?
  • What are simple ways to create more health for ourselves and our families?
  • Is it really an ‘art’ to live well? What does this mean?

The event is free to attend, and you’re welcome to invite family and friends. Please RSVP by replying to the email or calling the office. We will have beverages and the presentation will be around 45 minutes, with time for questions as well.

At the end of the class, the goal is for everyone to have new strategies, new understanding, and a confidence on how to simply live healthier and happier.

Yoga Care You Can Do Anywhere: Gentle Yoga Classes led by Sharon Byrnes

Are your curious about how yoga postures may help you relieve pain and improve mobility? On Tuesday April 15th, Sharon Byrnes will offer two free sessions at Thrive, at 11:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

At this free mini workshop you will learn 4 simple techniques to bring you more ease of movement and peace of mind. No yoga experience necessary, this practice will be done while seated or using the support of a chair. You will leave knowing:

  • How to help, not harm, your shoulders during exercise
  • How to improve your posture
  • How to release tension often held in the shoulders and neck
  • How to breathe more efficiently for better health

Please RSVP via email to reserve your spot for the 11:00 class or the 5:30 class.

Online Massage Scheduling is now available with Kelly Nickel, LMT

Kelly Nickel has added an online scheduling system to make it easier for you to book massages with her. You are still welcome to schedule by phone or email, at 513.259.1667 or [email protected].

The online scheduling site is: kellynickellmt.schedulista.com.

Many of you have already discovered Kelly’s talents. For those that have not, here is some more info on her specialties:

Kelly has 12 years of experience. She uses a variety of techniques according to how a patient’s body is responding. These may include: Temperomandibular Joint Dysfunction therapy; Swedish, sports and deep tissue massage; trigger point therapy and neuromuscular therapy, relaxation massage and coming soon, hot stone massage.

Antibiotics: Could they Impact Our Ability to Maintain a Healthy Weight?
This New York Times article investigates how antibiotic use could impact our weight.

“If you walk into a farm-supply store today, you’re likely to find a bag of antibiotic powder that claims to boost the growth of poultry and livestock. That’s because decades of agricultural research has shown that antibiotics seem to flip a switch in young animals’ bodies, helping them pack on pounds. Manufacturers brag about the miraculous effects of feeding antibiotics to chicks and nursing calves. Dusty agricultural journals attest to the ways in which the drugs can act like a kind of superfood to produce cheap meat.

But what if that meat is us? Recently, a group of medical investigators have begun to wonder whether antibiotics might cause the same growth promotion in humans. New evidence shows that America’s obesity epidemic may be connected to our high consumption of these drugs…”

Some Tips on Greater Productivity

If you feel as though you’re a serf to your electronic devices, read this quick article. We are often limited by the distractions of beeps and alerts. Learn how to improve your efficiency with the tips in this article.

Exercise Helps the BRAIN and the Body… More Reasons to Get Active

One of the topics for the health talk we will do on April 8th focuses on the interconnected systems of the body. Put simply, where does the brain end and the body begin? It’s harder to define this line as we learn more and more about the intellignece of the human body.

This article explains why the brain craves activity.

Recipe of the Month: Bobotie

This recipe is a staple on South African tables. It’s a successful blend of savory and sweet. This healthy adaptation is from the fit foodies at ThingsMyBellyLikes.  


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 large white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp curry powder
  • 1 Tsp turmeric
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cored, peeled, diced
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 5 large eggs


  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  • Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the onion, garlic, turmeric, and curry powder. Gently saute for a few minutes until the onions soften and color.
  • Transfer onion mixture to a large mixing bowl and add the apple, raisins, lemon juice and zest, almond flour, one egg, and the ground beef. Stir well until thoroughly combined.
  • Press into a greased casserole dish. Cover and bake for 1 hour.
  • Whisk together remaining 4 eggs and season well. Remove the casserole from the oven and pour the eggs over the top. Return to the oven (turning heat up to 400 degrees), uncover, and cook for a further 15 minutes.
  • Serve immediately. Leftovers also are delicious after the flavors have had more time to blend.