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3 Anti-Inflammation Recipes To Help Restore Your Health PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Friday, 06 February 2015 16:43
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The link between chronic disease and inflammation based on a poor diet and sedentary lifestyle has been made clear by now, as outlined in an article from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The article explores how humankind uncovered the tools to overcome infectious disease with germ theory, posited in the 19th Century. More than a century later, as we’ve encountered the wrath of chronic disease – including heart disease, cancer, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, and many others – research has identified a modern-day equivalent, this time caused by inflammation.

“The best medicine to ease the massive suffering endured by so many in our population today is an active lifestyle and an anti-inflammatory diet; food should be nourishing and  pleasurable,” says nutritionist and juicing pioneer Cherie Calbom, MS. (“The Juice Lady”). Her latest book, “The Juice Lady’s Anti-Inflammation Diet,” (www.juiceladycherie.com), outlines the causes of inflammation and offers solutions with healthy meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as robust juicing recipes.

“Whether you’re on a vegetarian, vegan, low-carb, no-carb, Mediterranean, Neanderthal or any other kind of diet, there are delicious recipes available to anyone who wants to up their anti-inflammation efforts.”

Calbom lists just three of her many recipes, with some ingredients that may already be found in your pantry, she says.

•  Breakfast: Spanish frittata and simple salad with maple orange vinaigrette (serves 4-6). Frittata: 12 large organic eggs; ½ cup coconut milk; ½ tsp. sea salt, or more to taste; 2 tbsp. coconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil; 1 small red onion, small chop; ½ cup sautéed mushrooms or your favorite vegetable; 1 cup spinach or arugula.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Whisk the eggs and coconut milk with 2 pinches of salt. Set aside. Prepare pan with coconut oil and medium-high heat and sauté onions until translucent, about 3 min. Add mushroom or favorite vegetable and sauté until soft. Toss in spinach and fold into veggie mixture just until wilted. Remove vegetables from pan; set aside. Turn down the heat to low, adding a little more coconut oil if needed. Using the same skillet, add the eggs, shaking to distribute the mixture evenly. Cook over medium-low heat for 5 min. using a spatula to spread the eggs from the edges to the center until the edges are no longer runny. Arrange the vegetable mixture over the top evenly.

Transfer to a 375-dgree oven and cook for 5 minutes until set and slightly browned. Remove from oven. Be very aware of the hot handle! To finish, slide partially cooked frittata onto a large plate; wearing oven mitts, place a plate over the pan and, holding the two together, invert them so the frittata drops onto the plate. Slide the frittata back into the pan so partially cooked side is up. Place back in oven to cook 3-4 min. more.

“The simple salad with maple orange vinaigrette is something I dreamed up for a ‘breakfast for dinner’ themed night – a nice complement to the main dish,” she says.

•  Lunch: tropical quinoa salad with cashews with carrot fries (serves 4). Quinoa: 1 cup dried quinoa, rinsed well; ½ red onion, finely chopped; 1 cup apple or carrot, finely chopped; juice of 1 lime, 2 tbsp. honey or agave; 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil; 1 large mango, chopped (not overly ripe); ¼ cup mint, finely chopped; 1 tsp. seal salt, to taste; freshly ground black pepper, to taste; ½-inch-piece ginger, finely chopped; 1 avocado, chopped or thinly sliced; 1 cup cashews, coarsely chopped; 3 cups Romaine lettuce (or greens of choice), roughly chopped.

Cook the quinoa: Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan; add the quinoa and simmer, covered 15-20 min. Set aside and let cool (spread out for best results). In a large bowl toss the chopped red onion and apple/carrot. Whisk together the lime juice, honey and olive oil. Add to the bowl. Add the cooked, cooled quinoa and mango to the bowl and toss well. Mix in mint, cilantro, ginger and salt and pepper, to taste. Garnish with sliced avocado and cashews. Scoop mixture over greens and serve chilled or at room temperature.
“Who doesn’t like French fries? – Carrot fries are a healthy alternative!” Calbom says.

•  Dinner: grilled salmon and asparagus with stone fruit and lavender chutney (serves 4-6). Chutney: 2 lb. stone fruit, small dice; 1 large onion, finely chopped; zest of 1 lemon or lime; 2 tbsp. garlic, minced; ¼ tsp. chili flakes (optional); 1/3 cup red wine vinegar; ¾ cup raw honey or agave; ¾ tsp. sea salt; 2 tbsp. fresh lavender (or use basil or mint; use 1 tsp. dried lavender if you cannot find it fresh).

In a saucepan combine all prepared ingredients except the herbs. Bring to a boil. Continue cooking at a rolling boil, 15 min. Stir occasionally. Mix in fresh herbs and/or lavender at the end.

“This chutney will get you excited for salmon all over again,” she says. “Of course, buy wild salmon, which is significantly healthier and environmentally friendly.”

•  Snack: Cherry Chocolate Shake (serves 1). 1 Tbsp. unsweetened, unprocessed cocoa powder; ½ cup frozen dark cherries, pitted; 1 cup coconut; almond or flax milk; ½ tsp. pure vanilla extract; several drops of liquid stevia (suggest Sweet Leaf Vanilla Creme); ice cubes as desired

Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.

Cherie Calbom, M.S.

Cherie Calbom holds a Master of Science degree in whole foods nutrition from Bastyr University. She is author of 26 books including The Juice Lady’s Anti-Inflammation Diet, (www.juiceladycherie.com), The Juice Lady’s Big Book of Juices and Green Smoothies, The Juice Lady’s Turbo Diet, Juicing, Fasting, and Detoxing for Life, The Juice Lady’s Living Foods Revolution, The Complete Cancer Cleanse, and Juicing for Life with over 2 million books sold in the US and published in 23 countries. She has worked as a celebrity nutritionist with George Foreman and Richard Simmons, and has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows and in scores of magazine articles. She appeared on QVC for over 13 years with the George Foreman grill. Known as “The Juice Lady” for her work with juicing and health, her juice therapy and cleansing programs have been popular for more than a decade.

 
Type 2 Diabetes and Complications. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dr. Sanjay Gupta   
Friday, 06 February 2015 14:43
For people with type 2 diabetes, uncontrolled blood sugar levels pose a serious health risk with a range of potential complications.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, new blindness, and leg and foot amputations unrelated to injury. It’s a major cause of heart disease, stroke, and nerve damage. Poor blood sugar control may also raise the risk for Alzheimer’s disease.

If you have type 2 diabetes, your body doesn’t use insulin properly to convert glucose into energy. As a result, blood sugar levels become elevated. This buildup of glucose, known as hyperglycemia, can damage blood vessels and vital organs. The A1C blood test is commonly used to see how well, on average, a patient’s blood sugar level has been managed over the past two to three months.

“A person’s A1C level is an excellent marker of complications,” said Joel Zonszein, MD, director of the Clinical Diabetes Center at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. “If you have a lower number, you’ll be healthier.” The American Diabetes Association recommends an A1C of 7 percent, or an average glucose level of 145 milligrams per decileter (mg/dL).

The following are three common types of complications that can occur when diabetes isn’t properly controlled over time.

Eye Damage (Retinopathy)

Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of new-onset blindness in adults. It occurs when blood vessels of the retina swell and leak fluid into the macula, where focusing occurs. The result, known as macula edema, causes blurred vision. A more serious form of eye complication, called proliferative retinopathy, occurs when new blood vessels form in the retina to replace damaged ones. Scar tissue can develop and cause the retina to become detached.

Fortunately, “this kind of damage doesn’t happen overnight,” said Stephanie Marioneaux, an ophthalmologist in Chesapeake, Va., and a clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Vision loss can be prevented if the blood vessel damage is caught early enough through regular eye exams.

“If we’re seeing damage in the retina that means their blood sugar has been elevated for a while,” said Dr. Marioneaux.

Nerve Damage (Neuropathy)

When hyperglycemia damages blood vessels that feed oxygen and nutrients to the nerves, it can result in nerve damage or neuropathy. Common signs include tingling, pain, or numbness in the feet and hands.

Patients may develop blisters or sores on their feet that can spread infection to the bone and cause tissue death. These infections are very hard to treat and can result in amputation.

“If people are experiencing the numbness and tingling, they should be checking their feet regularly for any sores or wounds and get them seen by a doctor before they get infected,” said Priscilla Hollander, MD, an endocrinologist at the Baylor Endocrine Center in Dallas.

While A1C is “a great tool,” Betul Hatipoglu, MD, an endocrinologist at the Cleveland Clinic, said it’s not a replacement for daily blood sugar monitoring. “Keeping it level can decrease chances of terrible complications that could potentially cause you to lose your limbs,” said Dr. Hatipoglu.

Kidney Disease (Nephropathy)

Diabetes is the leading cause of chronic kidney disease in the United States. “About 10 percent of people with type 2 diabetes will develop [it],” said Dr. Hollander.

High blood sugar levels compromise the kidneys’ ability to properly filter waste products in the blood. Protein that’s useful to the body leaks into the urine, while wastes start to collect in the blood. Left untreated, this can lead to kidney, or renal, failure requiring a machine to filter the blood (known as dialysis) or a kidney transplant.

According to Hollander, it usually takes about 10 years for diabetic kidney disease to manifest, and it can be caught in the early stages. A simple urine test can detect excess protein in the urine. Other signs to look for include frequent urination, weight gain, and ankle swelling.

“The incidence is improving,” said Hollander. “And we’ve made a lot of progress by controlling blood pressure, which plays a big role in furthering kidney damage.”

For anyone with type 2 diabetes, as Dr. Zonszein points out, “the sooner you can catch that your blood glucose hasn’t been under control, the better you can prevent these complications.”

 
February is American Heart Month PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Scott Stewart   
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 11:36

Managing Hypertension Naturally with Acupuncture and Chiropractic Care

Moline, IL, February 5, 2015  –  According to the American Heart Association 1 out 3 or 77.9 million adults have high blood pressure, half of whom don't have it under control.  Heart disease is also the leading cause of death for both men and women.  In the Quad Cities, the prevalence of heart disease is 9.2% compared to the national average of 6.1%.

This month Healing Lotus Acupuncture & Moline Chiropractic Clinic are proudly participating in American Heart Month in order to increase awareness about the risks of heart disease, and what can be done to prevent it.  We will be giving free blood pressure readings all month, so when you have a few minutes, stop on by.

On February 10th at 6pm – 7pm inside Moline Chiropractic Clinic, Dr. Wayne Davis of Moline Chiropractic Clinic and Scott Stewart, MSAc., Dipl.Ac., LAc. of Healing Lotus Acupuncture will be giving a presentation on many of the often overlooked causes of high blood pressure, and the effectiveness of Eastern medicine and chiropractic care, along with lifestyle modifications, which can naturally lower blood pressure.  There will also be a brief synopsis on how the mechanism of acupuncture and chiropractic care can modulate the body’s innate regulatory system, and thereby lower blood pressure.

To register for this event go to www.HealingLotus.co and click the registration button.  These events fill - up fast, so be sure to reserve your seat.  You can also call our office with any questions you might have, (309) 764-4753.

Scott is a licensed & board certified (NCCAOM) acupuncture specialist who believes in treating the whole person (body, mind, and spirit).  He achieves this through an integrative approach that combines Eastern & Functional medicine, both of which focus on exposing the root of disease.  His ultimate goal for patients is for them to have the ability to make healthier choices, in order to enjoy an improved quality of life.

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The Project Quad Cities/Get Covered Illinois PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kendra Smith   
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 10:13

In preparation for the rapidly-approaching end of open enrollment in the Illinois Health Marketplace on February 15th, The Project of the Quad Cities/Get Covered Illinois will be initiating 24-hour consumer access and hosting several special Saturday enrollment events throughout Rock Island County.

Beginning at midnight on February 7th and continuing until midnight on February 15th, licensed In-Person Counselors will be available around the clock by telephone to assist any Rock Island County residents who have not yet obtained qualified health coverage or who have questions about any part of the Affordable Care Act. Anyone seeking information about enrollment deadlines, insurance plans, Medicaid eligibility, or tax penalties can get immediate assistance by calling (309)269-9306.

On Saturday, February 7, counselors will be enrolling consumers at the following two locations and times:

-Ybarra Gomez VFW Post 8890 (12-3pm;1810 1st Street, East Moline)
-Blackhawk Township Office (12-3pm;230 4th Street, Milan)

On Saturday, February 14th, counselors will be available at these locations and times:
Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center (10-1pm;630 7th Avenue; Rock Island)
Silvis Public Library (10:30-2pm; 105 8th Street; Silvis)
The Project of the Quad Cities office (2-5pm; 2316 5th Avenue, Moline)

Navigators will also be available in person on February 15th, the final day of enrollment, from 8 am to midnight, at The Project of the Quad Cities office at 2316 5th Avenue, Moline. Walk-ins are welcome!

Residents who still lack health coverage are urged to contact TPQC at their earliest opportunity to sign up for a marketplace plan or if eligible, apply for Medicaid. The penalty for lacking qualified health coverage in 2015 increases to $325 per uninsured adult, up to a maximum of $975 per household!!!

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Statement from Rauner General Counsel on Issuance of Medical Marijuana Licenses and Permits PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Catherine Kelly   
Tuesday, 03 February 2015 10:18

Statement attributable to Jason Barclay, General Counsel, Office of the Governor:

Governor Rauner directed our legal team to conduct a comprehensive review of the evaluation and selection process that the Quinn administration used to recommend applicants for licensure in the State’s Medical Cannabis Pilot Program.

His request was threefold.  First, determine whether the process used by the Quinn administration followed the law.  Second, share our findings with the Attorney General and determine what, if any, corrective actions need to be taken for any failures to fully comply with the law.  Finally, recommend a plan of action that corrects any deficiencies and fully adheres to the spirit and letter of the law.

Our recently completed legal review identified four potential problem areas:

1)      The review teams imposed certain arbitrary scoring “cut-offs” that were not expressly contemplated or provided by law that effectively eliminated certain applicants from consideration;

2)     The agencies conducted a character and fitness review of the applicants after the blind scoring process had been completed;

3)     As part of the character and fitness review, several applicants were disqualified without clear procedures and standards for disqualification and without offering the prospective applicants an opportunity to respond to the information that was relied upon to make the disqualification decisions; and

4)     Despite seemingly contradictory language in the rules promulgated by the Illinois Department of Agriculture, the prior administration decided to award no more than one cultivation center license to applicants who were the high point scorers in more than one district.

We concluded that these problem areas create a risk of substantial and costly litigation to the State.  We shared our findings and this conclusion with the Attorney General.  Her staff conducted a prompt review and for that we thank them.

As a result of our consultation with the Attorney General, we have further concluded that there is a significant likelihood that the Quinn Administration’s decisions will not be upheld in court.  We have also relied upon the Attorney General’s legal guidance and must now take all necessary corrective action to make sure that these licenses and permits are properly issued in compliance with the law.

As a result of these conclusions, we are therefore recommending the following actions:

1)      Licenses and permits will be issued to the highest scorers in each district where the top scorer was not disqualified;

2)     Cultivation center applicants that were high scorers in more than one district will be awarded permits up to the three permit limit that was expressly provided by 8 Illinois Administrative Code (the “IL Department of Agriculture Rules”) Section 1000.40(d);

3)     The artificial and subjective scoring “cut-offs” that were imposed by the agencies will be eliminated and licenses and permits will be awarded to the high scorers in those districts regardless of their final point total; and

4)     Any applicant that was recommended for disqualification will be fully informed of the basis for that decision, given an opportunity to respond in writing and/or in-person to the respective licensing agency’s director and general counsel to contest the recommendation, and a final written character and fitness decision will be made consistent with the relevant pre-established formal standards established by the IL Department of Agriculture Rules Section 1000.110(j) or 68 Illinois Administrative Code (the “IL Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Rules”) Section 1290.70(e) – (f).

These actions may result in some additional minimal delay in a limited number of districts and for that we apologize to the patient community.  The Governor has requested that this process must be deliberate, fair, and fully comply with the law.  In order to accomplish those important objectives, these additional steps are essential to correct the deficiencies of the previous administration’s selection process.  Only then can the public have the fullest confidence that the law was followed and these licenses and permits were awarded for the right reasons.

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