Friday, February 18, 2011

Spa and Wellness Luncheon in Stanhope on February 26

Don't miss out! Join us for a day of pampering at The Black Forest Inn in Stanhope, NJ. Proceeds benefit the Netcong-Stanhope local school scholarship fund.

Reserve your tickets now for a great day of pampering on Saturday, February 26 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Your ticket includes a delicious German style lunch and the sampling of many different Spa and Wellness Services: Chiropractic Care, Facials, Makeovers, Massage, Bio Impedance Analysis, Body Energizing, Shiatsu, Weight Management, Photo Portraits, Reiki, Intuitive Readings and Much More!

Dr. Brenda Rooney will provide spinal scans and discuss the benefits of chiropractic therapy for many conditions.

Each practitioner's service has a minimum value of $65 to $85. Only 60 tickets will be sold, priced at only $75.

Attendees must be 18 or older. There will be a cash bar. Please dress for comfort.

February 26, 2011
Snow Date: March 5, 2011
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
The Black Forest Inn
Route 183, Stanhope, NJ 07874

For ticket and/or vendor information, please call Robin Olson at 973-713-8402.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Tips for Better Sleep

This is the second in a series of articles about the importance of sleep for your health and well-being.

Talk to Your Doctor. If you're having a problem sleeping, you should make sure your doctor is aware of it. They may recommend keeping a sleep journal for a few weeks. Include a description of your general attitude/emotions that day (happy, sad, overwhelmed, in control, etc.), the time you went to sleep, the amount of sleep (hours) you experienced, the number of times you woke up, if you felt the sleep was restful, significant activities that day, and any medication use.
Regular chiropractic adjustments help keep your nervous system at a calmer, more functioning state. Abnormal musculoskeletal function will take precious energy away from the normal sleep process. Studies have shown that many sleep disorders, depression and various anxieties are removed or controlled with proper chiropractic manipulation.

The Fan Is Your Friend. The simple use of a fan blowing in your face (well, not right into your face) provides several major benefits, according to current literature. First, your face is covered with millions of tiny hairs - even if you shave every day. Each one of those little hairs is connected to your sympathetic nervous system. When you blow a fan on these hairs, they become "overstimulated" and will go through a phase called sensory adaptation. This constant stimulation will eventually force your body to ignore it. So, the fan will help calm your sympathetic nervous system and you will be able to enter into a deeper sleep.

The Power of White Noise. White noise provides a distraction to your body and allows for a deep sleep. Just like the sensory adaptation that occurs when using a fan, a constant white noise can help sedate or calm the auditory system. The noise will act like a jamming system and not allow your ears to focus on unnecessary sounds. Studies have shown that a pedestal fan is more optimal than a ceiling fan for this purpose. Various sizes and speeds should be tried to provide optimal sleep success.

Lights On, Lights Off. It is often a personal preference whether to have lights on or off when you go to bed. For some people, the faint, barely detectable flicker of an incandescent light is important; just like the fan and the white noise, the eyes are very susceptible to sensory adaptation and will give up if "overstimulated" by the right type of lighting, night light, bathroom fluorescent light, candles, campfire, television, etc. It is sort of a visual "lullaby" to your mind.

No Liquids Before Bed. Waking up to go the bathroom is a touchy situation. After all, if you have to go, you have to go. But if you can't drink enough water during the day, squeezing it in before bed is a costly mistake. It is more damaging to wake up two or three times during the night to urinate than to not drink enough water that day. Not having to wake up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night increases your chances of experiencing sound, uninterrupted sleep.

Dial It Down. It is important to avoid taking stimulants of any kind prior to going to bed. Drinking coffee, caffeinated tea and soda drinks will all prevent a normal sleep cycle from occurring (or even starting, in some cases). And some people will even use a commercial stimulant known as a "diet pill" to enhance their fat loss capability. Well, guess what? A poor night's sleep will reduce your body's natural production of human growth hormone, which will hinder your ability to lose fat.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Excess Weight and Alopecia!

Fat-Related Inflammation Might Weaken Hair Follicles

Miss Nebraska took the crown in last month's Miss America contest -- but Miss Delaware won a special place in our hearts. Kayla Martell began losing her hair at age 13 due to alopecia, and despite wearing a wig for the pageant, the 22-year-old bald beauty queen is using her platform to educate the public in hopes of helping others who suffer from the same condition.

Heredity and hormones are among the factors traditionally linked to hair loss, but more recently scientists have begun to investigate inflammation of the hair follicles as a factor. Over time, out-of-control inflammation can come to damage otherwise healthy tissues (be they the heart or the head). Inflammation is aggravated by things that put the body out of balance -- including obesity, stress and smoking. Could these risk factors then be linked to increased risk of hair loss?

Finnish researchers decided to investigate this question by comparing body measurements with rates of alopecia among 4,066 men under the age of 35. They found that those suffering from moderate to severe alopecia were nearly 4% heavier and had waists nearly 3% larger than those men with full heads of hair. In particular, the hairless men had inflammation levels about 4% higher (as measured by C-Reactive Protein) than their more hirsute peers. CRP is a protein present in the blood at higher levels during episodes of acute inflammation or infection.

What to do if your CRP levels are high (greater than 2.2 mg/L)? Canadian researchers found that those who ate a diet high in vegetables, fruit, soy foods and nuts for one month lowered their CRP levels by an average of 28%. Also get active: One study found that those who exercised four or more times a week had CRP levels that were 35% lower than those who exercised less than once a week. A plant-based diet plus plenty of activity will also help guard against the many other obesity-related ailments, ranging from earaches, to acid reflux, to dental disease and early dementia.

Information provided by the Dole Nutrition Institute. The material used as background for publications by the Dole Nutrition Institute (DNI) comes from peer reviewed medical literature, including basic laboratory studies and ongoing human clinical trials.