Save the Date: Yoga on the Steps Denver Sept. 13

Shapiro Family Chiropractic:

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Fundraising for Living Beyond Breast Cancer at Yoga on the Steps Denver

September 13, 2014

Last year we had the pleasure of joining the folks at Yoga on the Steps Denver as part of their Healthy Living Expo, offering complimentary chair massage and screenings. Ths year we are diving in to this event head first as active participants and fundraisers for Living Beyond Breast Cancer.

This amazing community gathering starts at 8:30am in the Cheesman Park Pavillion on the east side of the park. In addition to the beginner/intermediate yoga class, participants are treated to breakfast and are invited to check out the Healthy Living Expo.

We are putting together a team and we would LOVE it if you joined us!

Shapiro Family Chiropractic team members get 50% OFF registration, a FREE Team Shapiro T-shirt and will be intered into a GIVEAWAY for a FREE MASSAGE.

 We can't wait to see you at Yoga on the Steps 2014, it's going to be a BLAST, just check out these awesome pictures we got of the event last year...

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The Scoop: Are GMOs Safe?

Recently a lot of controversy has surrounded the subject of GMOs. A line has been drawn, a battle is about to ensue but amidst the varying news sources, it's sometimes hard to know what to believe. So, we did some research.

It wasn't always easy deciphering the facts from the rest. We watched Dr. Oz, combed through countless YouTube videos, read articles and opinion blogs. One thing we found was that news sources that look at numbers--statistics on GMO use worldwide, the costs of labeling, economic costs and benefits to using GMOs and driving shareholder return are far better that the "news" sources that simply tell you how to think as a consumer. At this point, awareness and concern about GMOs is widespread enough that something has got to give, one article we found in the Huffington Post said it best:

"The food industry has a choice to make: stand with the chemical companies or stand with its consumers."

They also innumerated the reasons why we all should be weighing in on this issue:

  1. The novelty of these ingredients is so unprecedented that the Environmental Protection Agency now regulates genetically engineered corn as a pesticide. Before GMOs, insecticide was sprayed on corn and could be washed off. With the introduction of GMOs, corn is engineered to produce its own insecticide. Why label? If you had a choice between the two kinds of corn, one that is regulated as a food and the other regulated as a pesticide, which would you choose?

  2. The Food and Drug Administration says that these foods look, taste, and smell the same, that they are "substantially equivalent," but the United States Patent and Trademark Office says they are substantially different, with GMOs being so unique that the office has granted patents to the chemical companies that invented them. Not unlike Intel Inside, we now have GMO Inside.

  3. Chemical companies engineered food crops like soy and corn to withstand increasing doses of their chemicals. It's a brilliant business model if you're selling chemicals. And while shareholder reports note what a remarkable impact that has had on the top lines of weed killer and other chemical products, the President's Cancer Panel is telling all of us, especially those of us with kids, to reduce our exposure to these very same chemicals. Wouldn't you like to know which corn and which soy has been saturated?

  4. Twenty-five states have introduced GMO-labeling legislation, and more than 6 million residents voted for labels in California, the first state to introduce a labeling initiative last year.

  5. Sixty-four countries around the world label these ingredients. A partial list includes every country in the European Union, Japan, Australia, and even Russia, India, and China.

  6. More than 20 countries around the world flat out banned GMOs, didn't introduce them at all. The reasons vary, from no long-term human health studies and no synergistic toxicity studies (eating a pesticide sprayed with other weed killers, anyone?) to no prenatal studies and concerns over everything from cancer to allergies.

[Read full article HERE]

We also found an article in The Washington Post that studied the points GMO supporters and opponents actually agree upon. They found three items that even the food industry cannot refute. First, that "GMOs have contributed to the rise of herbicide-resistant weeds and pesticide-resistant insects." And while it is well known that resistance would happen regardless of GMOs, the ecological effects of this phenomena are yet to be seen, and certainly ominous. Second, they found that "Most of the benefits of GMOs accrue to biotech firms and farmers, leaving little to balance consumers’ assessment of risks." So just to be clear now--even the food industry agrees, this isn't about "feeding the world," it's about turning a profit, and is simply another case of economic shortsightedness in our society--the person making the profit has decided that the short-term rewards outweigh the long-term costs of their practices. Finally, they found that, "We need to evaluate GMOs on a case-by-case basis." The bottom line is, we don't know how GMOs are going to affect us physiologically, because they haven't been around that long. It is not unfathomable that some might be worse that others. 

[Read full article HERE]

All this being said--regardless of whether or not you personally are willing to consume food with GMOs--it is time that we start demanding our right to know what is in our food. From there, it is up to each of us as individuals to decide what we put in our bodies.

So what can we do to help?

The answer is simple: you vote with your dollars each time you shop at the grocery store--so make an informed decision. An easy way to do this is to look for products that clearly label that they do not use GMOs; food companies that have gotten onboard with the non-GMO movement are wisely marketing their products and boosting their sales by letting consumers know where they stand. Not sure if a product has GMOs in it? We went to the non-GMO Project's website and found this list where you can browse non-GMO products by brand. By buying only non-GMO products not only are you ensuring the health and safety of yourself and your family, but you are telling the companies that control the food in our country that they need to change their ways if they want to survive. It's so funny how powerless the average person feels about this issue, yet we alone have the power to change the profit margins that make it worthwhile for these companies to continue to not label and use GMOs. 

Before we go, we wanted to leave you with a brief look at some of the companies that are working hard to keep the FDA from requiring GMO labeling. It is unfortunate that the brands that we all grew up with have refused to ensure that their "new and improved" products are safe for consumption, but we must be aware that they should no longer be considered "household names." It is time to let these companies know that we do have the power to change this situation--by changing our minds about what we are willing to put in our bodies. 

 

 

Dr. Dave: Chiropractic for Kids

People are often surprised to hear that I adjust children and infants. It makes perfect sense when you think about the birth process and how traumatic that can be, not to mention all the falling that children do as they are learning to crawl and walk. These natural processes can lead to problems later in life including poor posture, degenerative joint disease, muscle imbalance and various pain issues. 

I have taken extensive course work through and am proud to be a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (icpa4kids.org). I've seen first hand a hospital birth as well as a home birth and have  been adjusting both of my children since the day they were born to help provide them with a solid foundation for wellness. I have successfully helped children with sleep issues, behavioral problems, ear infections, colic, delayed walking and other developmental issues. I want to be clear in saying that chiropractic care is not the cure all for every problem, but if there is interference in the spine and nervous system it is essential that this interference be removed so the brain and body can function and be healthy.

Chiropractic for kids is gentle, safe, effective and essential for good health!

Dr. Dave at work with one of his younger patients

Dr. Dave: "Think hard--what's the most important organ in your body?"

Chiropractic: It's more than you think!

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I often ask my patients, "If you had to pick the most important organ in the body, what would it be?" A common response is the heart, liver or even the skin. I acknowledge that all of our organs are important and we were not made with too many body parts, but if I had to pick one it would be the brain. The brain is the master control center of the body, responsible for every function of the body and every cell tissue and organ. This is the most important concept and the foundation of chiropractic care. In order for the brain to communicate with the body it must send signals or information down the spinal cord, through the network of nerves and to the rest of the body parts. In order for a person to function at their best and be healthy, it is vital that the brain and body communicate without interference. This communication can be called many things: innate intelligence, life force, spirit or even electricity.

The point is, this is how your body works.

The typical spine is made up of 24 bones called vertebrae. These bones can move and allow for motion and movement in the body. Often times, these bones can slightly shift out of alignment and put pressure on nerves that come off of the spinal cord--that's a problem. It can cause nerve interference and may have devastating effects on one's health. An example would be if a bone in the low back became displaced and caused interference to one of the nerves going down the leg. This might lead to pain or numbness down the leg which is known as sciatica. What if the nerves to the stomach or intestines were being interfered with? This could result in digestive problems like irritable bowel syndrome, constipation or even acid reflux. This is not to say that this is the only cause of these ailments, but nerve interference can cause dysfunction and dis-ease in the body, leading to poor health. Often times, these mis-alignments go unnoticed and without pain in the beginning, but much like a tooth ache the problem starts well before the pain is noticed.

Most people think chiropractic is all about curing neck and back pain. Yes, we have great success helping people with neck and back pain, but simply stated, chiropractic doesn't cure anything. The goal of chiropractic care is to remove interference from the spine and nervous system so your body can do the healing. Chiropractic is about giving your body an opportunity to heal and function the way it was meant to, allowing all of us to live healthier lives. Chiropractic is more than you think!

Healthy Eating: Vegan Spiced Acorn Squash Soup

 

Fall is upon us! For our first "Healthy Eating" entry we have decided to share a recipe that uses acorn squash--a falltime favorite. With a touch of cinnamon and spice, this soup is sure to satisfy through the holiday season.

 

Vegan Acorn Squash Soup

Recipe submitted by Jeanette Barrow

Prep: 20 minutes

Cook: 2.5 hours

Ingredients

3 whole acorn squash, halved with seeds removed (a spoon is the best tool here)

4 shallots, diced

3 garlic cloves, diced

5 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 Tbsp sea salt

1 Tbsp freshly cracked pepper

3 cups low-sodium vegetable stock

1/4 tsp cayenne

1/4 tsp smoked paprika

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp white pepper

2 cups coconut milk (canned)

2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley (to garnish)

1/2 tsp cinnamon (to garnish) 

Directions

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Arrange squash halves cut-side up on an aluminum foil covered cookie sheet. Drizzle squash flesh with 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), then sprinkle them with salt and freshly ground pepper. Bake until tender, approximately one hour. Let cool and then remove flesh from skin with a spoon and set aside.

Heat 3 Tbsp EVOO in large soup pan or dutch oven on stovetop at medium-high heat. Add diced shallots and garlic and cook until soft and just beginning to carmelize, about 5-6 minutes. Deglaze pot with 1/4 cup vegetable stock. Reduce heat to low. Add remaining vegetable stock, cooked squash, cayenne, smoked paprika, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and nutmeg and bring to a simmer. Once simmering, add coconut milk. Cover and cook for 1 hour and remove from heat. Once slightly cooled, blend with a hand-blender or in counter-top blender and return to pot. Reheat, and serve in individual bowl and finish each with a sprinkle of fresh parsley and a dash of cinnamon.

Bon Appétit!