Cedar Crest Chiropractic - November 2018


The Benefits That I Continue to Reap For Myself, My Family and All of My Patients 1028 S. Cedar Crest Blvd. Allentown, PA 18103 • 610-776-2005 • www.CedarCrestChiropractic.com November 2018 Dr. Paul Braadt

G rowing up in a chiropractic family gave me advantages unavailable to most people. For example, when one of the six of us got sick with a cold or some other problem, the “remedy” was to get adjusted, modify our diet with plenty of homemade chicken soup and get bed rest. Adjusting the spine stimulates immunity by releasing endorphins, or “feel good” chemicals. Our local MD right down the street – yes times were different – always commented that he never saw us in his office, and that was very unusual to him. In high school, mononucleosis, better known as “mono,” went around, and I ended up very sick. It felt like a near-death experience. When I later looked at the situation, I saw that I was working out constantly with very little sleep as I was getting ready for the playoffs on the high school basketball team. Several of my friends also contracted the same illness. My father adjusted “Growing up in a chiropractic family gave me advantages unavailable to most people. For example, when one of the six of us got sick with a cold or some other problem, the ‘remedy’ was to get adjusted, modify our diet with plenty of homemade chicken soup, and get bed rest. ”

me daily, and I was back playing basketball in two weeks while some of my friends were out for three months – lucky me! I went on to play college basketball, rugby and martial arts till my 50s, accumulating a wealth of injuries along the way, including concussions, broken ribs, torn muscles and knees, and sprained almost every joint I have. When I see some of my friends limp and they tell me about their joint replacements, heart problems, diabetes, obesity and the multiple drugs they’re taking, I feel very fortunate to walk without a limp, live drug-free and have no health problems. I feel like I could still “get in there,” but since I’ll be 66 in December, it’s probably not a good idea. I still exercise at the gym or do a simple yet effective 20-minute home exercise routine, eat well nutritionally and yes, my secret weapon is regular chiropractic care to keep me out of pain, help stimulate my immune system and avoid drug dependence. And I’m lucky enough to have rewarding work helping you, my patient. I owe an enormous amount of gratitude to my chiropractic grandparents and my father, Henry Paul, who set the example of integrating this drug-free approach to wellness in our family. Another role model, whom I’m certain some of

you remember, was Jack Lalanne, the Godfather of Fitness. He was born in 1914 and opened the first health club in the U.S. He was way ahead of his time in the area of exercise and nutrition and died at the age of 97, probably after a thousand pushups and several green shakes. He was a big chiropractic advocate and is yet another example of the rewards of exercise, proper nutrition and chiropractic care. Google him if you can. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, thank you for trusting me with your health. We’re a partnership. And by working together, we can get you out of pain and produce amazing results by creating a healthy lifestyle for you and those you love. On behalf of all of us at Cedar Crest Chiropractic, we wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season.

–Dr. Paul M. Braadt

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Stress From Pain

Thanksgiving conversation is often a minefield of topics: political divides, your English degree and Aunt Marjory’s insistence that you meet her neighbor’s cousin’s dog walker’s uncle’s son who’s a fantastic up-and- coming podiatrist. Between constantly passing the potatoes and dodging your relatives’ questions, Thanksgiving can be an exhausting holiday. But it’s a day to be grateful for what and whom you have in your life, so why do so many people leave their annual gatherings feeling overwhelmed and misunderstood? This year, when the conversation begins steering in an awkward direction, try these conversation starters for a more relaxing and fulfilling holiday. 1. What’s your pet been up to? Maybe Fluffy learned a new trick or Oscar is undergoing some intensive grooming next week. Whatever the case may be, people love to talk about their pets. 2. What Thanksgiving dish can you not live without? Without going culinary critic on your grandma’s meal, gush about your favorite dish. Just like with pets, people love discussing foods and recipes. You may start a fun debate or a recipe swap with this question. 3. Dad did what as a kid? Getting to know your relatives, friends and significant others better will only strengthen those bonds. You’ll likely hear some interesting stories you can share with others and forge a stronger connection with your relatives. 4. Stupid human tricks, anyone? Let’s see those double joints! This one might not be for the squeamish at the dinner table, but it’s a fun, goofy activity that’s best shared over a glass of after-dinner wine. 5. How about we get coffee? Sometimes part of the stress of answering your relatives’ questions stems from holiday pressures. It may force you to address your bank account, love life and general life choices. If you really do want to talk about your job or your love life with relatives, suggest meeting up again without the holiday atmosphere. While you’re all in one place trying to enjoy a piece of pie, plan a family winery tour, beach day or camping trip. Family situations will always be a little stressful, but without the pressure of the holidays, you might feel more relaxed. Dodging Thanksgiving Awkwardness Conversations Appropriate for the Dinner Table


The Problem: Stress takes various forms: There’s the physical stress from pain, environmental stress from dangerous chemicals and toxins and emotional stress from living. In this article, I’ll address physical stress from pain . According to pharmaceutical company research, pain is a major public health problem . The remedy, according to the pharmaceutical companies, is taking enough drugs not to feel this pain. This ranges from over-the- counter drugs, such as Tylenol, which can produce chronic liver damage, all the way to the Opioid Crisis that kills thousands of Americans every day. The chemicals in these drugs are just one of the types of toxins people are exposed to. This “remedy” clashes immensely with my practice of finding and resolving the source of your problem without the use of pharmaceutical drugs or surgery. My goal is to help you avoid being part of this statistic. There is a growing percentage of Americans who are drug-dependent. According to a study in 2015 by the Journal of American Medical Association, nearly 60 percent of Americans are ingesting prescription drugs. In addition to the risks of drug toxicity, the chronic stress from pain increases the hormone cortisol . This hormone contributes to the epidemic of obesity, especially among young people. Statistically, the current younger generation will be the first generation of Americans to have a lower life expectancy than their parents. Due to increased cortisol, the adrenal gland is releasing more and more stored sugar (glycogen) into the bloodstream. Insulin, produced by the pancreas, then changes the excess sugar into belly fat . This mechanism contributes to high blood sugar and type 2 diabetes. ● Get adjusted. Chiropractic care has been proven to be a safe, effective, drug-free treatment. Once you’re out of pain, regular chiropractic maintenance will keep you healthy, prevent chronic recurrence of pain and drug dependency and reduce your health care cost. ● Continue to work on creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle . As I’ve said in the past, pharmaceutical drugs can be lifesaving, but statistics prove that we’re over-drugged, and excessive drugs block nutrition absorption and create risks. ● Ask me about an effective whole-food supplement called Min-Tran from Standard Process. It contains a mineral complex that has a mild calmative effect on the body. I take two nightly and sleep like a baby. As an added benefit, I can test you for proper dosage. Being free of physical stress from pain and full of energy is the goal; take action today to change your body and your life. I’m always available to help you. The Solutions:





The Risks

I discussed carbs (carbohydrates) a bit in the last newsletter, but there’s more to know. Recently, a patient told me that he didn’t eat carbs. I asked what he ate for breakfast. He said, “Apple pie fromMcDonald’s.” I said, “That’s a carbohydrate.” He said, “No it’s not; it’s apples.” Ummm. A carbohydrate is any group of substances made of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen, including sugars, starches, grains, vegetables-and sweet fruits. Starchy carbs would include potatoes, yams, corn, and french fries. Non-starching veggies are unrefined carbs — good carbs. • Unrefined carbohydrates provide nutrients like vitamins, minerals and fiber. This includes green, leafy and cruciferous vegetables (plants from the cabbage family) such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale and radishes. Sweet fruits, like bananas, citrus, melons, pineapples etc., are sugary carbohydrates and should be limited. Eat berries instead because they contain less sugar. • Refined carbohydrates have minimal nutrients and include bread, pasta, cereal, crackers, donuts, cakes, cookies, candy, juice and alcohol. • The Standard American Diet (SAD) includes most of the refined carbohydrates as well as a lot of low-fat foods (not good) and large doses of chemical sweeteners, artificial flavors and colors with a lot of words you can’t pronounce on the labels. The key is to know your unrefined and refined carbs:

The risks of this SAD diet, which includes mostly refined carbs , on the American people has been a medical disaster! Depending on which researcher

you consult, over 70 percent of Americans are overweight with younger teens increasing weight at an alarming rate. Close to 40 percent of people are obese — defined as a body mass index (BMI) over 30. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported in 2017 that over 30 million people were diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes with an estimated 24 percent of the population undiagnosed and 34 percent of the population is estimated to be pre-diabetic. That’s 10 years lost off the average lifespan. Annual cost per patient is $13,700. This SAD diet is also associated with problems like heart disease, Alzheimer’s and liver, eye and nerve damage. Adding to the problem is standard medical treatment with drug therapy. The FDA has put a black-box warning on the most common drug, Metformin, meaning long-term use is potentially life-threatening.

The Solution

When choosing a carbohydrate, think unrefined whole foods instead of refined risk makers . There are no food labels on high nutrient vegetables. Remember, we’re moving toward creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle that’s free of pain and full of energy so you can chase your dreams, big and small!

Chipotle-Roasted Carrot Salad


Inspired by Bon Appétit magazine


2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 4 ounces watercress, stems trimmed Plain Greek yogurt, for serving Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

30 small carrots (2–3 bunches), tops removed and carrots scrubbed 2 chipotle peppers in adobo, minced 1 teaspoon adobo sauce from the chipotle can

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1 tablespoon molasses


3. Once cooled, toss carrots with adobo sauce. Lay

1. Heat oven to 350 F. In a

rimmed baking sheet, toss carrots with chipotle peppers, molasses and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, and roast for 30–35 minutes. 2. Transfer carrots to a plate and let them cool completely.

across a platter, and top with watercress.

4. Serve alongside yogurt.

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE: PAGE 1 Growing Up With Chiropractic Care LOGO Cedar Crest Chiropractic Dr. Paul Braadt

1028 S. Cedar Crest Blvd. Allentown, PA 18103

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PAGE 2 What to Talk About This Thanksgiving

PAGE 2 Physical Stress From Pain

PAGE 3 Dr. Braadt’s Nutrition Tips

PAGE 3 Chipotle-Roasted Carrot Salad

PAGE 4 A Historic Veterans Day

A Historic Veterans Day Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the End of World War I

The Restoration of Peace In 1918, Germany surrendered unconditionally, and the armistice ended the fighting at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, though the war did not officially end until the signing of the Treaty of Versailles the following July. An estimated 16 million soldiers and civilians died in just four years, making it one of the deadliest conflicts in modern history. Veterans Day Originally called Armistice Day, Veterans Day was first observed on Nov. 11, 1919, to honor the one-

This year, Veterans Day takes on particular historic significance: Nov. 11, 2018, marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the First World War. Countries around the world will commemorate the signing of this peace agreement with moments of silence, centennial ceremonies and historical exhibits. Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day is a celebration of life. It’s a day to honor the power of peace and the living veterans across the globe who have served their countries. This November, take a moment to remember the war that helped shape the international community’s dedication to peace and thank the individuals who served to defend it. The Great War By 1914, a world war had been years in the making, but the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of the Austro-Hungarian Empire by a Serbian nationalist provided the spark that would eventually burn down much of Europe. A chain reaction of land disputes, pre-emptive attacks and strategic alliances brought over 30 countries into World War I. The Great War that ravaged Europe resulted in a devastating loss of life, but from those ashes rose a renewed appreciation for the importance of peace and a global effort to ensure its place in the future.

year anniversary of the armistice, and it became a U.S. holiday in 1938. Today, Veterans Day celebrates veterans who served their country honorably. The U.K., France, Australia and Canada also commemorate their veterans in November. If you know a veteran, thank them for their service this month.




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