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november / december 2012

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DIVE CHIROPRACTIC CENTRE 2353 Gold Coast Highway Mermaid Beach QLD 4218 P: (07) 5527-7500

LABRADOR CHIROPRACTIC HEALTH CENTRE 92 Frank Street Labrador QLD 4215 P: (07) 5571-1303

Dr Jeremy Dive BSc DC (USA)

Dr Chris Stathis B.N. M.Chiro


CLINIC STAFF: Stephanie, Lyn, Robyn & Kerry This is a traditional family practice committed to providing professional, friendly and comprehensive care to all patients. Chiropractic works, it gets results and that’s what counts!

FREE SPINAL EXAMINATIONS FOR CHILDREN: Existing patients of this Clinic are able to bring their children in for a free spinal examination. These examinations must be booked specifically with reception, as they require a longer appointment time. We provide this free service as our contribution to better family health, as a child’s spine is the most neglected part of their health and quite often, spinal problems are inherited. Chiropractic is preventive health care and if any problems do exist in children, they are usually easily and quickly corrected thus allowing the child to reach their optimal health potential.

As you sit and read this article, you may either be in a seat waiting for your next chiropractic adjustment, or at home, after a chiropractic adjustment. So either way, you will either get in the car, or have already gotten out of the car. We may not realise that how we sit in the car can contribute positively or negatively to our posture which affects our chiropractic care. Here are some tips on correct posture while you’re driving, so that you can be more aware of your posture and miminise traps that may hinder your chiropractic care. •

Get in carefully, one leg following the other, avoiding sliding in quickly to imbalance the sacrum and pelvis.

Make sure your headrest is in proper position for your head, not too high or too low.

Sit with your bottom right up against the back of the car seat; no slouching.

Keep your back upright or just slightly back.

Avoid leaning your body to one side onto the armrest.

Keep even weight on both sides.

Avoid leaning neck and upper body forward as if still sitting at a computer with a forward head posture.

CLINIC HOURS AND SERVICES: Consultations are by appointment. We try very hard to adhere to appointments, however, the nature of chiropractic is that emergencies and circumstances sometimes mean we run behind time. We apologise for any inconvenience. Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 7.00am – 12.00noon 2.30pm – 6.00pm Tuesday, Thursday: 8.00am – 12.00 Noon 2.00pm – 6.00pm Saturday: 8.00am – 11.00am

Males: Don’t sit on your wallet. That can cause an imbalance in your pelvis which will affect the rest of your spine.

Be careful not to sit too close to the wheel, nor too far and overstretch your legs.

If the car has lumbar support, adjust accordingly. If it does not, consider a lumbar support pillow or rolled up towel. (Ask us to recommend how thick, if you are concerned about this).

Keep your legs with your knees just above your hips while seated.

Avoid leg rotating out (hip external rotation) if not using it to change gears.

Keep arms relaxed; try not to be too tense and stiff while holding the steering wheel.

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• Ahh – choo! Hay Fever Season! • CYCLING FOR EXERCISE • KEFIR

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myth vs fact MYTH: Pink or red urine after eating beetroot is abnormal and due to poor absorption. FACT: Pink or red urine actually occurs naturally after eating beetroot or drinking beetroot juice in around 10-14% of the population. MYTH: Avoid avocados because they are too fattening. FACT: Avocados are very healthy for a number of body systems and contain the ‘good fat’ (monounsaturated) that is essential to our wellness and vitality. MYTH: Using a laptop in bed before you go to sleep won’t affect your quality of sleep. FACT: Too much brain activity before bed will hinder your quality of sleep. This includes watching movies, playing video games, doing work on laptops, tablets, hand-held devices. MYTH: In order to get fit, you need to join a gym. FACT: There are several ways to get fit. Joining the gym is only one way, and it is not for everyone. Simply walking regularly, being active in the way that resonates with you will contribute to your individual fitness. MYTH: Watermelon isn’t very nutritious because it is made mostly of water.


FACT: Watermelon is very nutritious, containing potassium, Vitamin C, Vitamin A and more lycopene (responsible for the red colour) than a tomato! MYTH: People always gain weight after they stop smoking. FACT: Not always, and the usual reason they do is because they replace the cigarettes with some sort of food. Replacing comfort food with raw vegetable sticks is a healthier option.

PRACTICE UPDATE A NOTE FROM THE DOCTOR: Dr Jeremy Dive It is our desire to give each and every human being the opportunity to experience the miraculous healing benefits of chiropractic that we have and are enjoying. And it is through our patients telling their families and friends the true story of chiropractic that their loved ones are now enjoying the same vibrant health. It is our responsibility to tell everyone that pain and disease need not be part of growing older. Likewise, lack of pain does not mean one is well. A healthy spine creates a healthy body. Dr Chris Stathis, B.N. M.Chiro – New to Labrador As the new Chiropractor at the Labrador Chiropractic Health Centre, having relocated from practicing in Sydney, I’d like to extend a warm welcome to all. I believe that chiropractic care should be part of everyone’s life, in order to prevent disease and promote optimum health. Chiropractors treat the body as a whole and through restoring the proper alignment of the spine, we can alleviate pain, improve the functioning of the nervous system and assist lifelong wellness. I’ve experienced the benefits of chiropractic care first hand after I hurt my back working as a registered nurse – chiropractic works! I look forward to becoming part of the community and to helping people lead a healthier, happier life.

FEES AND PAYMENT Fees are payable at the time of consultation and can be made by Hicaps, cash, cheque, credit card or EFTPOS. We do not bill. If you should experience any problems with payment, please speak to your Chiropractor or our Practice Manager so that other arrangements can be made.

ON ARRIVAL AT CLINIC Please see the receptionist upon arrival. This eliminates the possibility of you being overlooked and enables us to have your file and x-rays ready. Please return the file to reception upon completion of your treatment.

BICOM BIORESONANCE THERAPY Especially Effective in the Treatment of: • Allergies and related diseases • Skin complaints • Respiratory diseases • Muscular skeletal disorders • Overload syndrome in top performance athletes • Intestinal problems No harmful side effects Totally painless No medication or chemicals used If you suffer from any of these please contact us

Across: 1. Pollens; 2. Jogging; 5. Avocados; 6. Stressed. Down: 1. Probiotic; 3. Headrest; 4. Yoghurt.

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Ahh – choo! Hay Fever Season! The scientific term for hay fever is ‘allergic rhinitis’ ~ (rhin = nose; it is = inflammation) with symptoms including itchy eyes, runny nose, sinus pain, sneezing. The local chemists can’t keep enough stock on the shelves for hay fever symptom relief tablets. Has the pollen gotten worse? Or are our bodies weaker and unable to cope due to our lifestyles? Instead of running to the chemist for a quick short term fix, the following contains information to bring awareness and some health tips that you can incorporate straightaway for better long term results. Seasonal changes tend to bring out the pollens from grasses, plants and flowers. The body responding to an irritant is a normal function. It becomes abnormal when it overreacts and is usually due to much more than the stimulus itself. There are potentially more underlying causes than we are aware of or that we realise. Think about this: If hay fever was solely due to changes in seasons, pollen, flowers and grass transported in the air – wouldn’t everyone suffer from hay fever? Some people are actually affected more than others. Why? Research shows that the immune system is ‘over-reacting’ by trying to rid the body of the foreign material. The immune system therefore is not functioning optimally due to a possibility of a multiple range of factors. Healthy Tips to Get Started on Improving Immune Function: •

Air out the house in the cooler parts of the morning. Keep dust and moulds at bay.

Minimise the use of chemicals that are found in commercial household cleaning products.

Avoid ingesting processed foods, namely processed wheat and dairy varieties.

Increase consumption of drinking water.

Incorporate use of herbal teas such as green, peppermint, chamomile, ginger.

Increase consumption of fresh veggies and fruits. Namely leafy green vegetables and citrus varieties of fruits for their Vitamin C content which is a natural immune booster.

Decrease carbonated drinks, caffeine and alcoholic beverages.

Deal appropriately with stress.

Teaspoon of local, raw natural honey.

Chiropractic Role: Chiropractors don’t actually treat hay fever, however by maintaining a healthy spine through chiropractic adjustments the body tends to have less stress on the nervous

Good Health on the Menu Walnut and Banana Pancakes Ingredients


1 ½ cups SR flour

½ cup rolled oats

½ tsp bicarb soda

1 tbsp sugar

¼ cup walnuts, chopped

In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients. Beat the eggs and milk together. Add lemon juice and bananas and stir into the dry ingredients.

2 eggs

275ml low fat milk

1 tbsp lemon juice

2 bananas, sliced

Extra fruit and ricotta cheese for serving

Heat a lightly oiled non-stick fry pan and drop large spoonfuls of the mixture into the pan. When bubbles form on the surface, turn the pancake and cook for about 1 minute.

system. When the nervous system is less stressed, the immune system functions better. Whilst nothing ‘cures’ hay fever, prevention is best. In combination, the health tips have helped many people, so take your own personal inventory on where you may be able to improve in your own personal space. If you have queries, please feel free to ask us. In order for the immune system to work properly, the other systems of the body need to work together as a whole. Looking for and identifying the weak link(s) will assist improvement long-term. Instead of suppressing symptoms which may provide short-term relief, Let’s think long-term… Let’s think preventative... Let’s think wellness which has more potential to reward with increased vitality, less and eventually no symptoms. Do your health a favour, and make some changes – incorporating better choices every day.

Down: 1. Kefir (pronounced Keh-Feer) is a naturally occurring _________ powerhouse. 3. What should be in the proper position for your head when driving? 4. Kefir is a milky white substance, similar to what?

Across: 1. Seasonal changes bring out the what, from grasses, plants and flowers? 2. Cycling is easier on the joints than running or _______. 5. Avoiding these because they are fattening is a myth. 6. When the nervous system is less ________, the immune system functions better.

Each of the words can be found in this issue of “Your CHIROPRACTOR”. Answers are shown on bottom of inner left page.


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KEFIR Kefir (pronounced Keh-Feer) is a naturally occurring probiotic powerhouse, loaded with beneficial health properties. Kefir is a milky white substance, similar to yoghurt yet arguably superior. It is made from ancient grains that you can re-generate from your own kitchen. The consistency is similar to buttermilk and can get thick like yoghurt, depending on personal preference. The grains look like little florets of cauliflower that feed off milk. Milk can range from cow, goat, coconut, even water. The grains are natural good bacteria that miraculously transform the milk into the kefir ‘liquid gold’. Kefir consumption is a way of getting back to the basics as you can do it yourself without much hassle. Some of the health benefits of Kefir: (includes but not limited to) •

Immune System Booster

Gut Flora Balancer

‘Good’ Bacteria Restorer (after consumption of antibiotics)

Liver & Kidney Regulator

Assists in Osteoporosis & Osteoarthritis Prevention

Assists in Balancing Stress-Related Disorders (Depression, ADHD, Chronic Fatigue)

Sleep Regulator

Bowel Regulator (constipation or diarrhoea)

Assists in Weight Loss and Metabolism Regulator

Assists in Calming & Relaxing Nervous System

A lot of people use yoghurt, however the vast majority of supermarket varieties are lacking the beneficial qualities that they should be supplying. This is due to the processing by the companies that produce it. Not to mention, the sugars, sugar substitutes, additives and preservatives that are in the ingredients. Therefore, it is strongly suggested that the health benefits from kefir outweigh yoghurt. Another very important point is that kefir has benefitted many with lactose intolerance. The variety of milk can be substituted so that the health benefits are obtained without compromise. The kefir grains’ job is to ‘eat away’ the he lactose in the milk thatt is the problem for or those with lactose intolerance – so that only the ‘good stuff’ remains.

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CYCLING FOR EXERCISE Riding a bicycle can be enjoyed by all ages. Cycling can extend from a leisure ride to enjoy fresh air, get some sunshine and create movement in the joints of the body, to competitive sport. Stationary bikes if preferred are beneficial too. It can be a healthy choice for more than a few reasons. It affects most major systems of the body, including the cardiovascular system, by getting the heart and blood pumping to the organs and muscles. Cycling can help in reducing stress. It’s easier on the joints than running or jogging. Increase in muscle tone will help in the support of our overall musculoskeletal system. Cycling can be a solo activity or an activity that can be enjoyed in groups of 2 or more. It can be a family activity with different sized bicycles to suit appropriate ages. Chiropractic care can ensure that your pelvis, sacrum and spinal vertebrae are in optimum position for riding. This is very important for when you are sitting on the seat. The neck and symmetrical arm position is also crucial to decrease and/or prevent neck and upper back complaints. When the skeletal system is in proper alignment, the benefits of cycling will be maximised.

~ How much “Healthy Choice” ice cream can I eat before its no longer a healthy choice? ~ I joined the gym recently. They had a sign that said “free weights.” So I took a few home. ~ It would save me a lot of time if my supermarket had an aisle marked “unhealthy junk”. ~ True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it is lost. ~ Remember the tea kettle, though up to its neck in hot water, it continues to sing. ~ Practical people would be more practical if they would take a little more time for dreaming.

Chiropractic News Gold Coast  
Chiropractic News Gold Coast  

Dive Chiropractic Centre on the Gold Coast gives important health tips for you and your family.