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Frazetta Partners With Area Food Bank & Salvation Army

Unemployment and tough economic times are causing hardships across the nation.  Our community is no exception. 
Please join us in supporting two local charities that are serving the area's neediest this holiday season:  the Cabot Food Bank and the Salvation Army's Treasures for Children.

16th Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive
Frazetta Chiropractic is pleased to announce our 16th annual food drive to benefit the Cabot Food Bank.  In the past, our patients and community have generously supported this effort and this year, demand for food support is greater than ever.   During the week of November 16th to the 21st, we are asking patients and residents to bring in five nonperishable food items to help stock the food bank's pantry and ensure that no family goes hungry this Thanksgiving.   
As a way of showing our appreciation, new patients will receive a no-cost initial exam.

Holiday Gift Drive Now Underway
Few things in life rival the joy of Christmas morning, but many families need help to provide their kids with those cherished childhood memories.  Will you help us share some holiday magic by donating a gift in support of the Salvation Army's
Treasures for Children program?  Simply pick up a gift tag in our office, shop for the suggested item (s) and drop off your unwrapped gift by December 10th.   


Staying Well In Winter

Winter. In most of the United States, cold winds blow. Snow, sleet, and icy rain pound the rooftops and pavement. stretching_warm_up_1.jpgStreets are slushy. Shoes are wet. Even in the Southwest, winter is a radically different season.
Simon and Garfunkel [and later, The Bangles] had it right. Winter light is hazy - it's more diffuse. The sun is lower in the sky and the sun's rays reach the Earth at an angle, losing much of their power. And of course, there's less sunlight during each 24-hour day of winter than during the rest of the year.

All these facts make it more important during winter to ensure you're getting your daily dose of sunlight. Humans depend on sun exposure to satisfy daily requirements of vitamin D.1 Vitamin D deficiency is classically associated with loss of bone mass, and is also associated with rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and type 1 diabetes.2

Humans need sunshine. It's not just a matter of aesthetics or a personality quirk like being a sun-worshipper. In Southern California and the rest of the Southwest there's plenty of sunshine all year round. Everywhere else in the United States, though, direct sunlight is much harder to find.

Humans also need exercise. And, as time is a precious commodity for all of us, it makes sense during winter to exercise and get your daily dose of sunlight at the same time.

Doing aerobic exercise outdoors perfectly fulfills our requirements. Walking, running, and cycling get us out into the fresh air and sunshine. If you're used to riding a stationary bike or walking or running on a treadmill at home or at the gym, winter is the time to take it outside.

bones will benefit greatly by increased contact with direct sunlight. And, interestingly, your entire body will benefit from your new outdoors focus. Machines such as treadmills and stationary bikes are great - they make it easy to exercise. But there's a big difference in terms of overall benefit when you're actually riding a real bike up a real hill or running on a real surface that changes configuration on almost every step.

The difference relates to proprioception3 - your body's response to physical changes in three-dimensional space. Bottom line - the more overall use you make of your body, the more you'll benefit. Exercising outdoors provides whole-body training in ways machines never can.

The need to actively seek out sunshine during winter creates a wonderful opportunity to broaden our exercise horizons. Make sure to dress appropriately and to wear UV-protecting sunglasses.

Many affordable brands of high-performance sportswear are available that wick moisture away from your skin and provide good insulation. Layering is the way to go. You can remove layers as you get warmer. Wicking-and-insulating caps and gloves are also available. It's better to be a little too warm than a little too cold.

Be sure to consult with your chiropractor about the most effective forms of exercise for you. She will be able to help you design a customized exercise program that works for you.

1Holick MF: Sunlight and vitamin D for bone health and prevention of autoimmune diseases, cancers, and cardiovascular disease. Am J Clin Nutr 80(6):1678S-1688S, 2004
2Mohr SB, et al:The association between ultraviolet B irradiance, vitamin D status and incidence rates of type 1 diabetes in 51 regions worldwide. Diabetologia 51(8):1391-1398, 2008
3Buccello-Stout RR, et al: Effects of sensorimotor adaptation training on functional mobility in older adults. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci 63(5):P295-300, 2008

Optimizing Your Natural Defenses

  • Drink plenty of water - six to eight glasses each daywashing.hands.JPG
  • Eat several servings of fruits and vegetables each day
  • Take vitamin/mineral supplements to fill in the gaps in an urban diet
  • Get sufficient sleep - on average, seven to eight hours each night
  • Exercise regularly - five days per week, at least 30 minutes each day
  • Meditate and/or engage in quiet time regularly to center yourself and let go of the day's stresses
  • Wash hands frequently    

Patient of the Month: Lexi Lorenz

Lexi_Lorenz.JPGLexi Lorenz had been having chronic allergy and sinus problems, asthma attacks and coughing.  Prescription antibiotics didn't help her condition and her mother, Cindy, worried about the side effects of prednisone.  "It really concerned me that she was taking so much medication. She missed school a lot due to these problems and I was desperate to get her help," she admits.

Her close friend, Missy Sutton, and her daughter Morgan had experienced a similar plight and found relief at Frazetta Chiropractic.  Based on that referral, Cindy brought in Lexi last June and her condition and overall health has continued to improve.

"Dr. Mike was been wonderful! He devised a plan which included vitamins and chiropractic and her progress has been great.  She hasn't taken any antibiotics since we started. It took a couple of months to get everything under control, but it is amazing to see the improvement in her. I am very happy that we came here."
Cindy isn't the only one.  Lexi, a cheerleader, is happy to be able to attend all her games and to not be reliant on medication all the time.  "Thanks, Dr. Mike!"

Dr. Paula's Corner: Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids and vital to human health and play a crucial role in brain function, as well Cropped_Paul_Image.jpgas normal growth and development.  However, these fatty acids, also known as polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), are not manufactured in the body but obtained exclusively through foods including fish, such as salmon, tuna, and halibut, other marine life such as algae and krill, certain plants (including purslane) and nut oils.

The American Heart Association recommends eating fish (particularly fatty fish such as mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, albacore tuna, and salmon) at least two times a week.
However, it is advised that pregnant women, nursing mothers, young children, and women who might become pregnant avoid swordfish, shark, and king mackerel and limit their  consumption of albacore tuna, salmon and herring, due to the unhealthy levels of mercury commonly found in these larger fish.  For these people, quality dietary supplements that are certified mercury-free from a reputable lab is the recommended way obtain beneficial PUFAs.

There are three major types of omega 3 fatty acids that are ingested in foods and used by the body: alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Once eaten, the body converts ALA to EPA and DHA, the two types of omega-3 fatty acids more readily used by the body. Extensive research indicates that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and help prevent risk factors associated with chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and arthritis. These essential fatty acids are highly concentrated in the brain and appear to be particularly important for cognitive (brain memory and performance) and behavioral function.

In fact, infants who do not get enough omega-3 fatty acids from their mothers during pregnancy are at risk for developing vision and nerve problems. Symptoms of omega-3 fatty acid deficiency include extreme tiredness (fatigue), poor memory, dry skin, heart problems, mood swings or depression and poor circulation.

nordic_naturals_group_large.jpgIt is important to maintain an appropriate balance of omega-3 and omega-6 (another essential fatty acid) in the diet, as these two substances work together to promote health. At our office, we have Nordic Naturals which was ranked #1 out of the top 10 fish oil brands in Norway for highest concentration, freshness and purity. This award is an honor since the products in Norway are monitored by the Norwegian Medicinal Standards, which have the most stringent requirements in the world. Lets us help you in deciding which Omega-3 supplement would work best for you.

Yours in Natural Health,

Dr. Paula

Looking Ahead:

See our ad in the November, December & January editions of the Willow Tree

Check out the Frazetta Chiropractic insert in the November 14th issue of the Valley News Dispatch.

Read Dr. Mike's brand new blog at www.frazettachiropractic.com

On behalf of the Frazetta Chiropractic family, have ajoyous, blessed and healthy holiday season.