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CBS has a  great interactive poll….Predict whether Barack Obama or John McCain will win each state to build a path to the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the presidency. You can start with our swing state scenario with 177 Electoral Votes undecided, or choose a different one. Then click on the states in order to make your pick. For more information on one of the swing states, there is an in-depth profile (if it doesn’t work at first, turn off your pop-up blocker in order to view). Good Luck and have fun !

here,s the link http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/05/19/politics/main4107550.shtml

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 Another morning at Dr. Andy’s. Our offices are next to each others and many an hour we spend talking, drinking cheap vodka   juiced vegetables, and eating Hostess Ding Dongs embedded with Skittles organic bran muffins. During one of these “brainstorming” sessions I started to complain about feeling sick. My head felt like someone had used it for a cutting board and my stomach felt like vinegar and cottage cheese. Dr.Andy looked at me and said, “You know getting sick can be healthy for you”! I said ” drinking the fluid out of your ink jets can make you bald”. I didn’t think a Chiropractor could move so fast! When I awoke he said “hey, I’m being serious, I gave a lecture about this a few weeks ago.”  Andy is great at what he does, education. This is an excerpt from that discussion.

 

Most people don’t realize that most of the chronic diseases we have today actually result from what we do on a daily basis.  They are driven by how we eat, the American lifestyles we lead and our current medical practices.

In our society acute illness (colds, fevers, etc.) is viewed as a bad thing.  It is almost seen as the precursor to something catastrophic:  “If I get a cold, I might get worse.”    Our society has gone into a perpetual state of fear.  Making matters worse we are no longer taking responsibility for our health, we simply shift the blame for it to the Doctor.

Let’s discuss what actually happens when you get sick.  The body encounters an invader, like a flu bug, that activates the immune system.  The body then releases White Blood Cells (WBCs) that target the invaders, engulf them and then create natural antibodies that kill them.  Simultaneously, the WBCs creates a copy of the invader that memorizes its properties.  These allow for the body’s immune system to recognize the invader the next time the body encounters it and respond to the threat faster; lessening the amount of time your body feels sick or rundown.

In the body, there are “dis-ease” processes going on at all times.  The term dis-ease is used stating there are varying degrees of sickness and wellness going on simultaneously.  Your immune system is constantly fighting off invaders such as bacteria, viruses, and other forms of infections hence the varying degrees of sickness and wellness one feels. However, we don’t always express symptoms of infection such as a runny nose or cough.  Symptoms can occur when the system is overloaded for too long and the body starts to break down.  To use an analogy of your body as an automobile, you are driving your car and you rev the engine too high for too long, so you will eventually wear down the gaskets, burn up your oil, and warp the metal of the engine.   This all leads to eventually blowing the engine.  As we go about our lives and our daily business we don’t eat properly, we don’t sleep enough or correctly, we ingest too many chemicals via drugs, other cleaners and cosmetics, we don’t exercise, and we are over stressed most of the time.  By doing this, eventually our bodies break down and get sick.  Unfortunately, in our society we usually suppress all forms of coughs, colds, and fever that the body would use naturally for its defense and we get sick anyway.

In short, as we overload our bodies, our ability to resist sickness is reduced.  This leads us to a natural process that occurs with many infections and injuries called inflammation.

Inflammation is the body’s natural response to injury or irritation that leads to symptoms of redness, pain, heat, swelling, and loss of function.  It is the body’s attempt to remove harmful stimuli and heal.  Inflammation is not always seen but is developing all the time. Inflammation is produced in the various systems of the body–nervous, endocrine, and digestive to name a few.  The body does not always express inflammation the same way it comes into the body.  Some examples of this clinically are:
Airway- Mucous buildup, Cough, Runny Noses, Sinus Issues
Intestines- Diarrhea, Acid Reflux, Indigestion, Bloating
Skin- Rash, Acne, Hives
Nervous -Irritability, Listless, “Leave Me Alone” attitude

As was mentioned earlier, we overload our systems constantly.  When this happens, our ability to resist sickness decreases, our sensitivity increases, and inflammation occurs.  In contrast, if we start removing these stressors, our resilience increases as well as a decrease in occurrences of inflammation.

How do we remove the stressors?  We start off by no longer overloading the system chemically, physically, and emotionally.  Chemically, start by changing your diet with limiting simple sugars, portion control, and quality of foods.  Physically, you simply need to exercise.  Move around more during the day and use ergonomics at your workplace. Emotionally, learn to de-stress.  Learn how to recognize stressors as well as how to avoid and cope with them.

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The basic theme is to develop a balance which ultimately will limit the amount of inflammation development.  By slowing down, eating right, reducing stress and getting some exercise, one can decrease one’s susceptibility to getting sick either via a cold, runny nose, fever, or inflammation.  When every system (nervous, digestive, muscular, endocrine, etc.)  is balanced, you feel better and reach an optimal level of performance.  When your body works at this level, you feel better and you will have a positive impact on those around you.  Remember, your health affects everything you do and everyone you know

Once again thanks Dr. Andy for your insight…learn more about Dr.Andy at http://creativechiropracticsolutions.com

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This past weekend I was blessed to see family and friends I haven’t seen in ages. The Phoenix based part of the Wood Clan flew into Washington D.C. to visit the matriarch of the family…my sister Sonia. I don’t know about you but when family arrives at my sister’s home there is only one thing , two things to do. First, visit “Ledo’s” pizza in Adelphi, Md (if you haven’t tried this pizza GO NOW! http://www.ledopizza.com) . Second, have a cookout ….Translation: cook meat. A lot of meat. Every kind of meat. Hamburgers,hot dogs,chicken,pork chops,beef ribs, and keilbasa. I think there was a fruit salad around to keep everyone’s colon from going into spasms! Dessert was Amy’s incredible cheesecake…a decades old recipe handed down from her Nana and a closely guarded secret.

The combination of good food,family, and drink created a warm, loving atmosphere of old stories and bladder-bulging laughter… ( evidently there are photos of our family friend Tony being hogtied by the girls when he was very young and forced to put on dresses and make-up for my sister’s sick enjoyment.) 90 degree weather, cheesecake, and Corona is like truth serum for my sisters. No amount of passing time could take away Deenie’s memory of having to drink pickle juice everyday after school, because Sonia told her younger sister “it was the only way to learn how to whistle.”

Can you feel the love? I sure did. For eight hours I didn’t worry about sessions,bills, or anything that required my brain engaging the “future”. Next weekend is another visit to the D.C. suburbs. Crab feast at cousin Cheryl’s…now that will something to blog about!

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I will be at my Tempe office May 7th -May 12th.Should be a great trip! During my “downtime” I’ll be checking out The Art Walk in Chandler. Looks like it’ll be great fun! Take a look…

This month’s featured artist has made it way cool to be environmentally conscious! Join us during this coming 1st Wednesday Art Walk in Downtown Chandler to experience unique “upcycled” (*see below) artwork by local artist, Sandy Schimmel-Gold. Sandy creates an under-painting, and then carefully places a mosaic of junk-mail and greeting cards she has received over the years—so environmentally conscious!

Also, we will be hosting a wine tasting of some of our boutique wines selected by our fabulous in-house wine expert, Tonya. Ask Tonya to help you select the perfect wine for your Mother’s Day dinner….OR pair your wine with some amazing Vosges chocolate, available at Inspirador. A selection of Vosges Chocolates and gifts are 40% off during the show and an incredible gift to give…don’t miss out!

What: Art, Wine & Chocolate

Where: TRYST Art Gallery @ Inspirador

When: Wednesday, May 7th 2008 5-9pm

Contact: Amy Marvin, Creative Director 888-638-2671

“Upcycling”

The term Upcycling was coined by William McDonaugh and Michael Braugart in their book on ecologically intelligent design, Cradle to Cradle.

Upcycling is the practice of taking something that is disposable and transforming it into something of greater use or value.

(Definition provided by http://www.schimmelart.com)

1-800-Venus by Sandy Schimmel-Gold www.schimmelart.com

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I will be at my Tempe office May 7th -May 12th.Should be a great trip! During my “downtime” I’ll be checking out The Art Walk in Chandler. Looks like it’ll be great fun! Take a look…

This month’s featured artist has made it way cool to be environmentally conscious! Join us during this coming 1st Wednesday Art Walk in Downtown Chandler to experience unique “upcycled” (*see below) artwork by local artist, Sandy Schimmel-Gold. Sandy creates an under-painting, and then carefully places a mosaic of junk-mail and greeting cards she has received over the years—so environmentally conscious!

Also, we will be hosting a wine tasting of some of our boutique wines selected by our fabulous in-house wine expert, Tonya. Ask Tonya to help you select the perfect wine for your Mother’s Day dinner….OR pair your wine with some amazing Vosges chocolate, available at Inspirador. A selection of Vosges Chocolates and gifts are 40% off during the show and an incredible gift to give…don’t miss out!

What: Art, Wine & Chocolate

Where: TRYST Art Gallery @ Inspirador

When: Wednesday, May 7th 2008 5-9pm

Contact: Amy Marvin, Creative Director 888-638-2671

“Upcycling”

The term Upcycling was coined by William McDonaugh and Michael Braugart in their book on ecologically intelligent design, Cradle to Cradle.

Upcycling is the practice of taking something that is disposable and transforming it into something of greater use or value.

(Definition provided by http://www.schimmelart.com)

1-800-Venus by Sandy Schimmel-Gold www.schimmelart.com

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