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Yummy Recipe and Holiday Hours

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Greetings from Dr. Thorburn:

Where has this year gone?  It seems like it was just spring…then the days grew hotter and now they are shorter as we are coming to the end of 2016.  How are you doing with your personal health goals?  The end of the year is the perfect time to start thinking about 2017 and what you wish to achieve.  Whether it’s better control on your blood sugar, the loss of a few pounds, or better overall health…you can do it slowly but surely by making a plan and sticking to it.

But for now, let’s enjoy this special time with family and friends. Here’s a delicious recipe perfect for Christmas morning celebrations!  You can multiply it to make a larger batch depending upon the number of guests.

Gingerbread Pancakes   Serves 2

⅔ cup unsweetened almond milk

¼ cup egg whites

1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses

1 tablespoon chia seed

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

10 drops vanilla or regular stevia

⅔ cup flour of your choice – regular or gluten free.  Chickpea flour will make the pancakes high protein.

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

⅛ teaspoon ground cloves

Combine almond milk and chia seed and allow to sit for 10 minutes. Preheat a small non-stick pan on medium-low heat for two minutes.  Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl, then add to the wet ingredients.  Stir until just mixed.  Pour a quarter of the mixture into the preheated pan. Allow the first side to cook for 3-4 minutes, or until bubbles form and the edges begin to turn golden. Flip and allow to cook for another 1-2 minutes. Place cooked pancake on cooling rack and repeat with remaining batter. Serve with melted coconut oil or butter, maple syrup, chopped apple and pecans. Enjoy!

Holiday hours… Make your appointments early as next week we will be closed Friday and Saturday, December 23 and 24 so that our staff can celebrate the Christmas holiday with their friends and family.  We will be open regular hours on Monday, December 26 and for the rest of New Years week including Friday and Saturday, December 30 and 31.  And, we will be open Monday, January 2. 

December Acupuncture Special…We want to give all of our patients an opportunity to experience the healing power of acupuncture.  Acupuncture can be effective for pain management, stress and fatigue, digestive issues, migraines, skin disorders, and other common health issues. It has been known to promote overall well-being, balance, energy, immunity in the body. Acupuncture has been proven to help with women’s issues such as hormonal balance, PMS, and infertility.

Through the end of the year, we will be offering a special for first-time acupuncture patients. The regular price for a first visit is $120, but the special offer is only $79. Please call our office for an appointment with acupuncturist Jennifer Lavoro L.Ac. She sees patients on Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

Until next time…

Yours in health,

Dr. T

Thorburn Chiropractic and Wellness Center
A Winner of the Top Doc L.A. Award
Increasing Health & Vitality for Over 30 Years
1612 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank, CA 91506
http://www.ThorburnChiropractic.com
Phone: 818-841-1313
Fax: 818-841-3340

Be sure to follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thorburnchiropractic twitter @ThorburnChiro and also find us on Instagram at ThorburnChiro and check out our monthly contests and promotions!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Does Autism Spectrum Disorder Start in the Womb?

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Greetings from Dr. Thorburn:

Autism is a disorder that involves abnormal development and function of the brain. People with autism show decreased social communication skills and restricted or repetitive patterns of behaviors or interests. One in 68 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a 30% increase from 1 in 88 two years ago, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Boys are affected by ASD more often than girls.

While the cause of ASD is unknown, it is plausible that environmental toxins and nutritional deficiencies could lead to the damage of our nervous systems. Heavy metals, for instance, are known to be neurotoxic (damage nerve tissue).

Recent research indicates that ASD may begin in the womb. Prudent health researchers and preventative health practitioners agree that avoidance of toxins will do nothing but good for you and your gestating child.

Here’s a suggested list of items to avoid during pregnancy and keep away from your growing child once they are born:

  • Avoid using chemical pesticides and herbicides in your home and backyard.
  • Don’t smoke and avoid second-hand smoke.
  • Avoid any products containing aluminum, including cookware, cans and yes, most personal deodorants. Look for deodorants that are aluminum free.
  • Wash all fruits and vegetables before eating and go organic whenever possible.
  • Avoid canned foods, which can absorb BPA from the can linings.
  • Use glass containers instead of plastic to store and heat food.
  • Use natural skin care products without artificial ingredients and chemical fragrances.
  • Use natural cleaning products in your home.
  • Avoid antibacterial soap and toothpaste containing triclosan.
  • Avoid chemical fumes, especially paint fumes.  Let someone else paint the nursery.

Until next time…

Yours in health,

Dr. T

Thorburn Chiropractic and Wellness Center
A Winner of the Top Doc L.A. Award
Increasing Health & Vitality for Over 30 Years
1612 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank, CA 91506
http://www.ThorburnChiropractic.com
Phone: 818-841-1313
Fax: 818-841-3340

 

 

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GMOs and the Big Round Up

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Greetings from Dr.Thorburn:

Whether we like it or not, GMOs are a part of the American dietary landscape and they are something we all need to become more informed about.

According to the Grocery Manufacturers Association, 70-80% of the food we eat in the United States, both at home and away from home, contain GMO ingredients.  A GMO is the result of a laboratory process where genes from the DNA of one species are extracted and artificially forced into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal. The foreign genes may come from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals or even humans.

The top ten most common GMO foods are soy, corn, canola oil, cotton (cottonseed oil), milk (cows are given hormones to develop and produce milk faster), sugar, aspartame, zucchini, yellow squash and papaya.

Most fresh produce, with the exception of those listed above, are non-GMO. Dried beans, grains, nuts and seeds are non-GMO. Meats, unless they are organically raised, have been fed GMO corn.

The easiest way to avoid GMOs is to buy food – especially any packaged food — that is 100% organic. Every day more and more foods proclaim on their labels and in their advertising that they are non-GMO. Non-GMO is desirable.  Food the way nature made it.  It’s time to learn more.

Why GMOs? Stock answers from food manufacturers include that science is finding ways to make heartier plants that are better able to withstand weather and come to harvest in less time.  Who could argue feeding more people quicker with the ever growing world population?  It is interesting to note that over half of the 28 European Union countries want nothing to do with GMOs.

A major GMO controversy revolves around Round Up, the herbicide produced by Monsanto. Round Up’s active ingredient is glyphosate, which when consumed has been shown to cause nutritional deficiencies, especially minerals, and system toxicity. The World Health Organization’s cancer authority, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, has determined that glyphosate “is probably carcinogenic to humans.”

Monsanto’s first Round Up ready crops – which means the plants have been engineered to stand up to Round Up exposure so that the herbicide can be used to get rid of accompanying weeds – was soy, introduced in 1996. Current Round Up ready crops include soy, corn, canola, alfalfa, cotton and sorghum with wheat in development.  Round Up ready seeds are sterile, so that farmers can no longer use the best seeds from a previous crop. Each year they must buy new seeds from Monsanto.

The nonprofit Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT) was founded in 2003 by bestselling author and GMO expert Jeffrey Smith.  The IRT website (www.responsibletechnology.org) contains valuable information for the consumer.

An interesting article and study on the IRT website indicates that the proliferation of GMO foods and the affect of chemical residue (gylphosate) from Round Up weed killer used in growing these GMO foods may be contributing to the now 18 million Americans with gluten sensitivity.

Despite the protest of consumers across the state, in 2014 California lawmakers rejected the GMO Labeling Bill. Just two years before, Monsanto – makers of Round Up and Round Up ready GMO seeds – spent $46 million to kill Proposition 37, a California ballot initiative that would have mandated GMO labeling.

What can you do to avoid GMO foods?

Keep current on what’s going on with GMOs by signing up for an enewsletter from your choice of informational non-GMO websites.  Cook whole foods at home whenever possible.  And when you go shopping, look for foods that voluntarily label that they are non-GMO.

Until next time…

Yours in health,

Dr. T

Thorburn Chiropractic and Wellness Center
A Winner of the Top Doc L.A. Award
Increasing Health & Vitality for Over 30 Years
1612 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank, CA 91506
http://www.ThorburnChiropractic.com
Phone: 818-841-1313
Fax: 818-841-3340

Be sure to follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thorburnchiropractic twitter @ThorburnChiro and also find us on Instagram at ThorburnChiro and check out our monthly contests and promotions!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Could Shopping be Hazardous to Your Health?

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Greetings from Dr. Thorburn:

Receipts from cash registers, gas pumps and ATMs are coated with the chemical BPA and it can be readily introduced into the bloodstream through the skin. Unlike BPA in plastic bottles and other products, BPA on thermal cash register paper isn’t chemically bound in any way: it’s a powdery film on the surface of receipts that easily transfers to skin and other things it touches. Hand lotions, oils and sanitizers can speed up the absorption process.

Thomas Zoeller Ph.D., co-chair of the Endocrine Society’s Global Task Force on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and professor of biology at the University of Massachusetts, states that handling receipts can be harmful to your health. Endocrine disruptors such as BPA are chemicals that act like hormones in the body and may affect fertility and cause developmental defects.

According to a study by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG), some major chains including Target, Starbucks, and Bank of America ATM’s issue receipts that are BPA-free or only contain trace amounts. Major retailers using BPA-containing receipts in at least some outlets include McDonalds, CVS, KFC, Whole Foods, Walmart, Safeway and the U.S. Postal Service.

Here are some tips from the EWG on the safe handling of receipts:

  • Minimize receipt collection by declining receipts at gas pumps, ATMs and other machines when possible.
  • Store receipts separately in an envelope in a wallet or purse.
  • Never give a child a receipt to hold or play with.
  • After handling a receipt, wash hands before preparing and eating food (a universally recommended practice even for those who have not handled receipts).
  • Do not use alcohol-based hand cleaners after handling receipts. A recent study showed that these products can increase the skin’s BPA absorption (Biedermann 2010).
  • Take advantage of store services that email or archive paperless purchase records.
  • Do not recycle receipts and other thermal paper. BPA residues from receipts will contaminate recycled paper.
  • If you are unsure, check whether paper is thermally treated by rubbing it with a coin. Thermal paper discolors with the friction; conventional paper does not.
Until next time…

Yours in health,

Dr. T

Thorburn Chiropractic and Wellness Center
A Winner of the Top Doc L.A. Award
Increasing Health & Vitality for Over 30 Years
1612 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank, CA 91506
http://www.ThorburnChiropractic.com
Phone: 818-841-1313
Fax: 818-841-3340

Be sure to follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thorburnchiropractic twitter @ThorburnChiro and also find us on Instagram at ThorburnChiro and check out our monthly contests and promotions!

 

 

 

 

 

 

PMS – A Natural Approach

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Greetings from Dr. Thorburn:

Ahhhh those pesky hormones! How many ways can we be affected by them when they go astray?

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) often occurs when the hormones are not in balance. Symptoms may include acne, swollen breasts, bloating, mood swings, sleep disturbances, headache, backache, appetite changes, aches and pains, irritability, anxiety and probably a few more unpleasant things. Many women experience such symptoms a week or so before their menstrual cycle.

I do not believe that we were designed to suffer. When we do suffer, there may be natural ways to get things back into balance so the body can heal and regulate itself. There are lifestyle habits one should develop that will help get the hormones balanced, including:

  • Exercise two and a half hours a week
  • Avoid salt, sugar, alcohol, caffeine and chemicals in food
  • Get eight hours sleep each night (yes, you can do it!)
  • Eat lots of vegetables and some fruits

Acupuncture can also help with some of the symptoms of PMS. We have an excellent acupuncturist on staff here in our center.

There are various vitamins and supplements that can help with PMS symptoms including calcium, magnesium, B vitamins, vitamin E, essential fatty acids, black cohosh, chasteberry, evening primrose oil, and more.

But how do you know which ones to take and when?

You could experiment for a few years trying to find the right combination…or you can make an appointment with me for Nutrition Deficiency Testing so we can find the organs of the body that need support so you can heal yourself.

Give your body what it needs and wants so you can feel great again!

This is Beach Week!… Just a reminder that through Saturday, September 3 we are celebrating Beach Week. Come “Hang Ten” with us and enjoy fun, free snacks and drinks, beach music, and more. Tell your friends and family about our New Patient Special. Only during Beach Week, new patients without chiropractic coverage get their first visit for $29 cash, a $177 value! (Those with health insurance pay their usual co-pay as required by their health insurance.)  Every time you refer a new person to us during Beach Week, you will enter our drawing for a one-hour massage and a month supply of our organic multivitamin. There’s no limit to how many times you can refer and enter! Drawing will be held on Saturday, September 3 and you don’t need to be present to win.

Closed for Labor Day….Just a reminder that next Monday, September 5, is Labor Day and we will be closed in observance of the holiday. We are open regular hours through the end of this week – today — Wednesday, August 31and Friday, September 2 from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm closed for lunch from 1:30 – 3:00 pm plus Saturday, September 3 from 9:00 am – 12 noon. Have a great holiday!

Until next time….

Yours in health,

Dr. T

Thorburn Chiropractic and Wellness Center
A Winner of the Top Doc L.A. Award,
Increasing Health & Vitality for Over 30 Years
1612 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank, CA 91506
http://www.ThorburnChiropractic.com
Phone: 818-841-1313
Fax: 818-841-3340

 

Be sure to follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thorburnchiropractic twitter @ThorburnChiro and also find us on Instagram at ThorburnChiro and check out our monthly contests and promotions!

 

 

 

 

Come See Us During Beach Week for a Hula of a Good Time!

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Greetings from Dr. Thorburn:

At Thorburn Chiropractic and Wellness Center, we appreciate our patients, and we’ve got an end of summer celebration just for you – Beach Week 2016!

In the past we’ve celebrate Beach Day at the end of August, but this year we thought we would celebrate all  week long – from Monday, August 29 through Saturday, September 3rd!

Come “Hang Ten” with us and enjoy fun, free snacks and drinks, beach music, and more…

Tell your friends and family about our New Patient Special. Only during Beach Week, new patients without chiropractic coverage get their first visit for $29 cash, a $177 value! (Those with health insurance pay their usual co-pay as required by their health insurance.)

Every time you refer a new person to us during Beach Week, you will enter our drawing for a one-hour massage and a month supply of our organic multivitamin. There’s no limit to how many times you can refer and enter! Drawing will be held on Saturday, September 3 and you don’t need to be present to win.

And just a reminder, our August monthly specials are just for women.  We have several products on 20% off sale in celebration of Women’s Health Month. They are Osteoben™ (osteoporosis), Symplex F (supports the healthy function of the ovaries and the adrenal, pituitary and thyroid glands), Adrenal Support (emotional balance) and Thyroid Support (thyroid). Ask about them at the front desk next time you are in.

See you during Beach Week!

Yours in health,

Dr. T

Thorburn Chiropractic and Wellness Center
A Winner of the Top Doc L.A. Award,
Increasing Health & Vitality for Over 30 Years
1612 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank, CA 91506
http://www.ThorburnChiropractic.com
Phone: 818-841-1313
Fax: 818-841-3340

 

Be sure to follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thorburnchiropractic twitter @ThorburnChiro and also find us on Instagram at ThorburnChiro and check out our monthly contests and promotions!

 

 

 

 

Are You Doomed When You Hear “You Have Diabetes?”

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Greetings from Dr. Thorburn:

Type 2 diabetes used to be called adult onset diabetes as it usually occurred after 20 years of age. Unfortunately, this type of diabetes is occurring at younger and younger ages.

This type of diabetes begins with the body becoming less able to use insulin. Insulin is a hormone made in your pancreas, an organ that sits below your stomach which produces enzymes that digest starches as well as insulin. Insulin allows sugars to enter your cells so it can be used for energy.

The pancreas is triggered to produce more insulin for the cells but eventually it cannot keep up and it fatigues. When this happens, the sugar in your blood builds up and makes the body sick. Unless one lowers their blood sugar they are at risk for many health problems such as heart disease, blindness, kidney failure and more.

Traditional medical treatment is medication. Medication lowers your blood sugar but does not cause the pancreas to heal.

The body has an inborn desire to heal and will work very hard to repair itself. My interest is: why did the pancreas weaken in the first place, and can we help it to heal?

Lifestyle is the biggest reason for pancreatic overload and pancreatic weakness. Yes, some people are born from a genetic tree that has type 2 diabetes. But, not everyone with diabetes in their family ends up with diabetes.

It may be possible to turn a gene off or never trigger it to turn on in the first place. More and more studies are showing the effect of our lifestyle choices on our genes.

Diet is a huge factor in how our bodies work and if they survive well. Eating foods that turn into sugar easily stress our pancreas.

If you want to know what to avoid and what is better for you in terms of sugars, get yourself a Glycemic Index food list. Things like puffed rice cakes, cereals, breads, pasta all convert quickly to sugar. Potatoes, peas, corn, beans and some fruit also convert quickly.

Fruit juices are as bad as sodas in terms of sugar. Prepared foods, snack foods and fast foods generally have lots of sugars and starches that also convert to sugar.

Adding protein and fat to your starchy foods slows down their conversion to sugar. Eating lots of vegetables makes your body stronger.

When you eat correctly you do not overwork your pancreas. You can start now to eat properly to help your pancreas heal.

I have found that once a person has been diagnosed, we have to take immediate measures to help the pancreas. We have several total food supplements that nourish the pancreas so it can rest and heal. It’s like a sick animal-if you let it rest, feed it the right things and stop doing things that harm it, it will heal.

Through natural means the pancreas can work better so that you do not end up becoming another statistic.

Specials for women only during the month of August…We have several products on 20% off sale in celebration of Women’s Health Month. They are Osteoben™ (osteoporosis), Symplex F (supports the healthy function of the ovaries and the adrenal, pituitary and thyroid glands), Evening Primrose Oil (hormone balance), Adrenal Support (emotional balance) and Thyroid Support (thyroid). Ask about them at the front desk next time you are in.

Until next time…

Yours in health,

Dr. T

Thorburn Chiropractic and Wellness Center
A Winner of the Top Doc L.A. Award,
Increasing Health & Vitality for Over 30 Years
1612 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank, CA 91506
http://www.ThorburnChiropractic.com
Phone: 818-841-1313
Fax: 818-841-3340

 

Be sure to follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thorburnchiropractic twitter @ThorburnChiro and also find us on Instagram at ThorburnChiro and check out our monthly contests and promotions!