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Chiropractic Weekly Health Alert: Meet Big Soda — as Bad as Big Tobacco

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Close to 20 states or cities in the U.S. are considering the possibility of a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.  Organizations that have called for reductions in sugar-sweetened beverage consumption include the World Health Organization, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Heart Association, Institute of Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The beverage industry, however, has been flexing its economic and political might in ways reminiscent of the tobacco industry during the 1950s. The arguments they are making are the same as the ones that were made on behalf of cigarettes decades ago — that the taxes are “discriminatory” in singling out one category of food, that taxes will not work, and that government should not tell people what to do.

According to Time Magazine:

“Similar to tobacco companies, the soda industry has created a front group, Americans Against Food Taxes, to run anti-tax campaigns  … The tobacco industry paid scientists who did research disputing links between smoking and lung cancer, the addictive nature of nicotine, and the dangers of second-hand smoke. The soda industry funds scientists who reliably produce research showing no link between [sugar-sweetened beverage] consumption and health … The beverage industry has been successful thus far in fighting off significant taxes through heavy lobbing, questionable tactics, and the attempt to appear public-health minded, but they, too, are likely to be embarrassed as light shines upon them.”


Time Magazine October 24, 2011

Chiropractor Weekly Sticky: The Flu Shot and Airport Security

When anything other than food enters your body, it gets ‘screened’ in the mucous membranes of your nose, mouth and gut with suspicion and rejected if necessary… like TSA Agents screening lug- gage for dangerous materials before they’re allowed on a plane. Sneezing, runny noses and coughs are your body’s natural way of preventing harmful dust, germs and foreign chemicals from ‘getting on board.’

When you INJECT foreign virus material and chemicals from a flu shot directly into your body, this natural innate screening process is bypassed and hazardous materials are allowed to pass freely into secure areas, like your blood stream and soft tissues. The potential for trouble begins.

How comfortable would you feel getting on a plane knowing the bags didn’t get X-Rayed first? If your answer is ‘not very comfortable’ then consider how safe your body feels when chemicals in the flu shot like Mercury (in the form of Thimerisol), Formaldehyde and Glycol are allowed bypass your body’s check-in and go for a ride inside you. There are safer, natural ways to protect yourself from the flu this year. Ask your Chiropractor how.

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Chiropractic Health Alert: Stop Junk Food Marketing to Kids

Junk food is contributing to skyrocketing rates of diabetes, high blood pressure, and even strokes — and not just among adults. But food and beverage companies spend billions of dollars promoting unhealthy foods almost everywhere kids go. “We’re Not Buying It,” exposes deceptive marketing to children, debunks industry claims, and highlights the latest research.

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Weekly Recipe: Spanish Roasted Potatoes with Tomato Sauce

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Posted by Elise on Sep 26, 2011

Spanish Roasted Potatoes with Tomato Sauce

Called papas bravas or patatas bravas in Spain, this dish is essentially potatoes cooked in a spicy sauce and served as an appetizer, or tapas. Variations abound in both the cooking method—the potatoes are fried, boiled or roasted—and the sauce, which usually has hot chiles, tomato and vinegar. The name of the recipe roughly translates into “fierce” or “angry” potatoes. But these potatoes are as spicy or “fierce” as you make them. We’ve made ours with some tomato sauce, quite a bit of Tabasco, and some smoked paprika. The potatoes absorb a lot of heat, so they’re not as hot as you would think, given the amount of hot sauce. You can easily reduce the heat to taste. The smoked paprika called for in the recipe really helps these potatoes shine, but sometimes it can be hard to find. McCormick makes smoked paprika, so you may be able to find it at your local supermarket. If not, just substitute regular paprika (sweet).

Spanish Roasted Potatoes with Tomato Sauce Recipe

This recipe makes more than enough sauce for the potatoes, so you can double the amount of potatoes for more servings, or save the extra sauce for later. It will keep a week in the refrigerator.


1 Preheat oven to 375°F. Toss the potatoes with 3 tablespoons of olive oil and salt well. Arrange in one layer in a casserole pan or rimmed baking tray and roast until browned, about 50 minutes.

2 While the potatoes are roasting, make the sauce. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a medium pot set over medium-high heat. Sauté the chopped onions, stirring occasionally, for 4-5 minutes, or until they begin to brown on the edges. Add the garlic and sauté another 2 minutes.

3 Add the white wine to the pan and turn the heat to high. Boil on a high boil until the wine is reduced by half, then add the tomato paste and stir to combine. Add the crushed tomatoes, Tabasco sauce, salt, sugar and smoked paprika. Stir well and reduce the heat to a bare simmer. Let the sauce cook slowly while the potatoes roast. If you want, you can use a blender or an immersion blender to purée the sauce until smooth.

4 When the potatoes are well browned, toss with the tomato sauce and return to the casserole pan. Continue to roast until the tomato sauce dries out a bit on the potatoes and caramelizes, about 10 minutes.

Serve with the remaining tomato sauce as an appetizer or side dish.

Yield: Serves 4 as a side dish.

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Chiropractor Weekly Sticky: “You Won’t Hear This on the Radio”

Ever notice that you rarely hear prescription drug commercials on the radio? Television’s a dif- ferent story. Every other commercial on TV is for a pill to fix your stomach problems, sleep dis- turbances or allergy. They all end with a monologue of side effects, voiced over a distracting video of happy people playing in the background. You can’t pull off that off on radio.

The FDA has urged pharmaceutical companies to stop using distracting images and music in their TV drug ads following complaints that manufacturers deliberately used misleading tech- niques to downplay their products’ risks while emphasizing potential benefits. We have a better solution.

When a drug commercial comes on TV just close your eyes and LISTEN… The side effects will be more apparent (and disturbing) when you’re not distracted by the ‘pretty visuals.’ Big Pharma doesn’t want you to think about the risks associated with taking their drugs. But if you close your eyes and listen closely, you’ll learn how ridiculous, dangerous and deadly their products can be.

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