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What’s In Your Bathroom?

2014 April 17
by Dr. Derek E. Gallant

The Environmental Working Group has been researching personal care products for years. Check out the research on their site for interesting info about just what you’re putting on and in your body every day.

  • Of the 10,500 ingredients used in cosmetics, the industry’s self-policing safety panel has reviewed just 11 percent for safety, and the FDA does no regular safety reviews.
  • Ninety percent of the ingredients regularly used in U.S. cosmetics have never been evaluated for safety.
  • Ingredients in personal care products account for one of every eight of the 82,000 industrial chemicals approved for use in the United States. Eighty percent of these industrial chemicals are approved in three weeks or less and may not have undergone safety testing.

There’s so many products out there posing as healthy and natural but how do you really know what is really safe for you and your family? Make sure you come to the Spring Cleaning Workshop on Tuesday, April 29th at 6:30pm with Drs. Stephen and Camilla Franson so you can learn how to live a healthier toxic-free life.

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Until then, here are some tips for cleaning the toxin

Cleanse your bathroom of harmful soaps!s out of your bathroom.

  • Avoid soaps and body washes that contain triclosan.
    • Triclosan may interfere with hormone levels.
    • There may be a connection between triclosan and allergies.
    • Soaps with triclosan cost more and haven’t been proven to have any benefits.
  • Avoid unnatural ingredients.
    •  Avoid dyes, which can irritate the skin.
    •  Avoid “fragrance oils” which are toxic.
  • Avoid other toxic chemicals.
    •  Benzaldehyde – Harms the nervous system and can cause drops in blood pressure, vomiting, and dizziness.
    •  Sodium Laureth Sulfate – Can cause mutations in cells and hurts the skin’s ability to retain moisture.
    •  Ethanol – Can cause vision impairments, respiratory distress, and loss of muscle control.
    •  Benzyl Acetate – A carcinogen that can irritate the eyes and lungs.
    •  Linalool – Can hurt the respiratory system and motor activity and has narcotic properties.
  • Avoid antibacterial soaps.
    •  They can hurt your body’s natural abilities to kill germs.
    •  Just how you wouldn’t want to take antibiotics every day, you wouldn’t want to use antibacterial soaps every day.
  • Use body washes and soaps made with natural ingredients.
    •  Your skin is an organ – treat it with care!
    • It can easily absorb substances.
  •  Try to choose soaps that are cold-pressed.
  •  If choosing scented soaps, look for pure essential oils.
  •  Generally, soaps with the fewest ingredients are the healthiest and most effective!
  •  Choose soaps with ingredients that you recognize!
  •  Recommended brands are: Burt’s Bees, Dr. Bronner’s, Bath Petals, and brands found on

Go Easy on the Shampoo

  • Washing hair infrequently can actually make it healthier!
    •  Shampooing strips the hair of its natural moisture and can make it more brittle.
  • Avoid sulfates, which remove moisture from the hair follicles.
    •  This can cause the hair to actually be greasier because the skin is overcompensating.
  • Avoid other harmful chemicals.
    •  Methylchloroisothiazolinone – a preservative that may harm the skin.
    •  Ammonium Chloride – can cause eye irritation and may be harmful if swallowed.
    •  Propylene Glycol – A skin irritant that can cause immune disorders.
  • Use coconut oil as a leave-in conditioner.
    •  Let it seep into the hair before your shower, and rinse to reveal silky, moisturized hair!
  • Consider using baking soda and white or apple cider vinegar instead of shampoo and conditioner!

1. Rinse hair with water.

2. Massage one tbsp baking soda combined with a cup of water into the roots (a squeeze-top bottle is recommended for this). Rinse out the                        baking soda.

3. Using two tbsp of vinegar and one cup of water in a spray bottle, spray the hair and work through the ends. At the end of the shower, rinse                    out.

4. Feel free to add any essential oils as wanted.

5. Realize that it may take  a few weeks for your hair to heal itself and “get used to” the new routine.

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Remove Toxins From Your Day With This Natural Deodorant Recipe

2014 April 14
by Dr. Justin Mariano

There’s no getting around it, we can’t deny it – we sweat, therefore stink.  Most commercially made antiperspirants and deodorants contain chemicals that may be harmful or interfere with the body’s natural process of sweating.   One of our patients recently shared a recipe for a natural deodorant (thank you, Paula).  Not only is it a healthy alternative to the products that can be purchased in the store but it is easy to make and inexpensive.  Below is a list of ingredients and some instructions for making your own natural deodorant.


- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup corn starch
- 6-8 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 1 empty deodorant dispenser


1.  Add the baking soda, corn starch, and coconut oil together in a small bowl and mix.  The consistency should be a thick paste.


2.  Pour mixture into empty deodorant dispenser that has been thoroughly washed.  Don’t forget to wind the base down to the bottom first.


3.  Once the dispenser is full, put the cap on and place the whole thing in the refrigerator.  Allow it to set up over night.  In the morning, take off the cap and check to ensure that it is firm/hard. The deodorant should be stored in the refrigerator.


If you don’t want to use the dispenser you can apply the wet mixture directly to your body.  Just be aware that it may be messy.

The bottom line is – we live in a toxic world.  This is just one of many ways to remove toxins from your life and take one more step towards a lifestyle of health and wellness.

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What are you using for fuel?

2014 April 10
by Dr. Derek E. Gallant

This week kicks off spring cleaning at Franson Family Chiropractic! For the next three weeks the team will be focusing on the way you choose to eat (your FUEL), the way you choose to move (your AIR), and the way you choose to think (your SPARK). Get ready to get committed to breaking the bad habits that are creating a toxic deficient lifestyle and adding the great habits that will promise you a healthy and happy life.

Stop in and pick up our Shopping/Stopping list.  For Week 1 we will be giving you garbage bags to remove the junk from your kitchen and pantry. Don’t forget to take before and after photos to post on our facebook page.

At the front desk we will have samples of Bonfire Fish Oil – the best tasting fish oil in the world – and a variety of healthy snacks. Remember to check out the Bonfire Health website for recipes and tips on how to add healthy eating habits to your life.

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Week 2 will be focused how you move. Dr. Stephen, Dr. Justin, and Dr. Derek will have a challenging surprise for you!

Week 3 will be focused on your thought life and making sure you are not sabotaging your mental health. Make a commitment to contribute to our NO WHINING jar whenever you catch yourself having negative thoughts. All collections will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

We’ll finish off spring cleaning month with a workshop on Tuesday, April 29th at 6:30pm in the Community Conference Room in the 100 Cummings Center building, Suite 221-E. Join Drs. Stephen and Camilla Franson as they share with your their strategies for a happy healthy family by living a toxic-free lifestyle. If you follow the tips featured in this workshop, there’s no stopping you from eliminating toxic stress, losing excess weight, increasing energy, improving mental clarity, sleeping more soundly, and more…

Please call Franson Family Chiropractic at 978-927-8466 to register or sign up at the front desk.

See you in the office for Spring Cleaning!

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Celebrate the Sun!

2014 March 11
by Dr. Derek E. Gallant

As displayed in the earliest cave paintings, even early human populations knew that the sun was not just essential for warmth but also for its life-giving properties. The best-known benefit of sunlight is its ability to boost the body’s vitamin D supply. At least 1,000 different genes governing virtually every tissue in the body are now thought to be regulated by Vitamin D3, the active form of the vitamin. This includes calcium metabolism, neuromuscular function, and immune system functioning. (1)

Most cases of vitamin D deficiency are due to lack of outdoor sun exposure. The deficiency of vitamin D has been demonstrated to increase the risks of many common cancers, type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis. Vitamin D is essential for overall health and well-being and maintaining a normal vitamin D status should be a high priority to ensure overall health. (2)

5 Reasons Why the Sun Is Good For Your Health:

  1. Sunlight helps treat skin disorders. Many skin diseases such as dermatitis and psoriasis can be controlled and even cured through controlled exposure to the sun.(1)
  2. Sunlight helps improve your mood. Sunlight stimulates the synthesis of endorphins and helps in cases of chronic or acute depression.
  3. Sunlight helps prevent insomnia. Daytime exposure to sunlight increases melatonin production, allowing you to enter into sleep more easily at night.(1)
  4. Sunlight helps strengthen bones. Physiologically, the primary purpose of Vitamin D is to maintain normal calcium and phosphorous levels to support the majority of metabolic functions, neuromuscular transmission, and bone mineralization.(1)
  5. Sunlight helps to fight off cancer. Although some skin cancer has been associated with too much sun exposure, other cancers could be a result of too little. Living at higher latitudes increases the risk of dying from Hodgkin lymphoma, as well as breast, ovarian, colon, pancreatic, prostate, and other cancers, as compared with living at lower latitudes.(1)

Sunlight has even been shown to kill microbes, improve cardiovascular function, improve liver and kidney function, balance metabolism through stimulation of the thyroid gland, and ease the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. No wonder we all look forward to summer and longer days.

Get out there, enjoy the sun, and get healthy!



1. Environ Health Perspect. Apr 2008; 116(4): A160–A167.

2. Am J Clin Nutr. December 2004; 80(6): 1678S-1688S.

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Time Management Strategies for Moms

2014 March 5
by admin

It can be a challenge raising a child naturally in an unnatural world. We understand that, and we are here to help. 1780886_10152263441506649_803464751_n

We are here to provide Moms with the support and information they need to grow naturally as a mother, individual and partner.

This month the Franson Family Chiropractic Moms’ Tribe is discussing Time Management. Come for the information, stay for the support.

Call the office at 978-927-8466 or visit our Facebook page for more information.


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5 Tips To Prevent A Shoveling Catastrophe

2014 February 13
by Dr. Stephen Franson

Having spent the last sixteen years seeing a couple of hundred patients a day in my Chiropractic clinic, I have pretty much seen and heard it all.  Although the lay population finds new and interesting ways to hurt themselves every year, some crowd favorites clearly rise to the top.  I resist writing articles like this for fear that I am reinforcing the false popular notion that chiropractic care is for “people with bad backs.”  However, I do recognize that there is a growing population of better-informed people who sincerely want to learn more about curbing the likelihood of joining the masses sidelined by low-back injury.

Here is a quick survival guide for those of us who are fortunate enough to live at a latitude that seems to mock the global warming projections.

5 Tips To Prevent A Shoveling Catastrophe:

* Practice the 2015 Technique: Find a 15 year old, and give them $20 to do it for you.

* If this is not possible, follow these rules:

  1. Warm-up for fifteen minutes before you begin. Never exert yourself without sufficiently warming up – go for a walk, jump on the treadmill, do 50 burpees…whatever.  Never shovel “cold” (pun intended).  
  2. Walk quietly and carry a small shovel.  Using a smaller shovel will reduce load and strain, and prevent a catastrophe.  The shoveling position puts your spine at risk by nature of mechanics (your vertebral discs hate the combination of rotation, flexion and lateral flexion).  The last thing that you should do is put a heavy weight at the end of a long stick, twist and try to throw it.  Paraphrasing Bill Clinton’s infamous comment on the economy:  “It’s physics, stupid.”
  3. Keep it below the belt.  Good shoveling form takes place below the belt.  Think of shoveling as a highly dynamic deadlift.  Start with your feet.  When you shovel, stay on your heels.  Keep your lower back flat (in extension) to keep your posterior chain engaged (read: your hamstrings and glutes).  Always point your feet where your hands are working.  Never twist; move your feet instead.  When you exert yourself, engage your core muscles.  Find these by imagining someone punching you in the belly.  Inhale and hold your air as you lift or toss, tightening those core muscles.
  4. Ice when you are finished.  There is no excuse - there is always plenty of ice around if you are shoveling snow. It’s free and readily available – and as long as you don’t put it directly on the skin or use it for more than 20 minutes, there are no side effects.
  5. See your chiropractor regularly.  Adjustments are preparatory, not custodial.  Yes, it is wise to get your spine checked after any physical stress or trauma, but a more effective strategy is to get adjusted before strenuous activity.  Think about it.  Spinal misalignment and vertebral Subluxations are weak links in your structure.  You are much less likely to experience an injury without a pre-existing weakness.  I’m just sayin’…

From the Department of Silver Linings:  shoveling snow burns approximately 395 calories per hour for an average 145-pound person!

Now go book that vacation.


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Should You Avoid Chocolate?

2014 February 10
by admin

Sweet Snackin’ for Chocolate Lovers

Chocolate might be one of the greatest foods on the planet. It’s heavenly to eat, and it has significant benefits for your health – from supporting major organs and brain function, to helping you avoid disease. (As it turns out, your vice is actually good for you!)

To get all of the momentous benefits of chocolate, you need to be eating the right kind! So, to help you make sure that you’re getting the most out of your chocolate, read below!

The Benefits of Chocolate

  • Lower risk of stroke
    • A study showed that those who ate 45 grams of chocolate a week had a 20% lower risk of stroke than those who ate fewer than 9 grams
    • Lower blood pressure
    • Lower LDL (“bad”) Cholesterol
    • Lower risk of heart disease
    • Increases insulin sensitivity, lowering risk of diabetes
    • Contains anti-aging properties, helping those who eat it younger for longer
    • Anti-inflammatory, which helps prevent disease
    • Contains a large amount of fiber, which helps you feel full longer (so you’ll eat less!)
      • A serving of one 87% cacao chocolate bar contains 8g of fiber
      • Contains flavonoids (antioxidants), which protect from UV damage
      • Contains theobromine, which helps reduce cough-attacks
      • Contains anti-clotting properties that improve blood flow and circulation
        • Increased blood flow also results in making you feel more alert
        • Encourages your brain to produce endorphins and serotonin, which improve your mood and make you feel amazing
        • It tastes great and is one of the many pleasures of life!

How to Eat Chocolate

  • The higher percentage of cacao (cocoa), the better!
    • Look for 70% cacao or higher for optimal nutritional value
    • Dark chocolate isn’t standardized in the U.S. – some can contain as little as 30% cacao
    • Avoid chocolate that has been “processed with alkali”
      • Changes pH of the chocolate
      • Reduces health properties
      • Avoid GMOs (including GMO Soy Lecithin)
      • Choose 100% organic
      • Choose dark chocolate only
        • Milk can prohibit the absorption of antioxidants
        • Eat in moderation
          • One (small) piece of chocolate a day is great for you – but don’t overdo it
          • Chocolate contains caffeine, so watch how much you eat before bed
          • Make chocolate part of a balanced diet, complete with fresh, natural foods

Don’t Miss Our Practice Appreciation Event:


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A Fun Night of Healthy Snacking…

2014 February 4
by admin

Bring your favorite healthy snack, your sweet tooth, and your friends!

Experience all the joys of healthy snacking and chocolate at our upcoming practice appreciation night, Chocoholics Anonymous: Sweet Snackin’ for Chocolate Lovers.

Tuesday, February 18th, at 6:45pm

The team at Franson Family Chiropractic invites you to an evening of:ChocoSM2

  • Decadent chocolate and healthy snack tasting
  • Socialization with other chocoholics
  • Friendly competition for the best recipe
  • Healthy snack recipe sharing
  • A fun evening out

Register now by clicking here.

Make sure you bring your favorite healthy snack AND the recipe. We will be compiling all the recipes from the evening to create a Franson Family Chiropractic Healthy Snacking Cookbook, free to all guests.



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Spread the Love…

2014 February 3
by admin

You know you’re in love when you don’t want to fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams. —Dr. Seuss

The beauty of love is that it is all encompassing AND it is the most magnetic emotion!

This is why we are driven to help you EXPAND your love during the month of February with our Spread the Love special opportunity!

As you know, our mission in practice is substantial and we are truly driven to make a lasting difference within our community.Feb2014_SpreadTheLoveREF_SM1

We have seen such wonderful success stories manifest due to the chiropractic lifestyle and it is time that the people YOU LOVE so dearly are able to experience this as well.

During the month of February, we’re giving out Spread the Love valentines cards for you to give to anyone of your choice! These cards are only $14 and all proceeds will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Card in hand, your guest will receive a complete initial chiropractic consultation, examination and any necessary x-rays.

Our motivation for offering this opportunity is to donate at least $150 AND to LOVE the people YOU LOVE by means of the chiropractic lifestyle.


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A Christmas Testimonial

2014 January 17
by admin

A letter from a practice member: 0026

A Christmas Testimonial

In early November three years ago I came upon a brochure announcing that Dr. Paul Kratka from Franson Family Chiropractic would be giving a workshop on “How to Stay Healthy During the Holidays”. Although I had never heard of Franson Family Chiropractic and had no idea who this Dr. Paul was, I decided it wouldn’t hurt to find out how to stay healthy. I was greatly enlightened that day about which foods were good and which were not good – even toxic. I was also made aware of the fact that it was important to have my spine checked. When offered the opportunity to have this done just because I attended the workshop, I took advantage of the offer. Unlike most patients who go to FFC because of chronic pain, migraines, etc., I had no pain at all. However, I found out that I had four (4) subluxations probably caused as a result of a serious car accident 25 years ago. Oh! if only I had known about this practice then! Without going into great detail, I started having adjustments, had a nutrition consult, an exercise consult, and learned about the Bonfire Program. I learned the importance of how I move, how I eat, and how I think – the basis of the program founded by Dr. Steve Franson. I followed instructions religiously, attended the monthly workshops and, as a result, became healthier than I had been in years. In fact, I was doing 500 reps a day, seven days a week! How awesome for me. Yes, it is never too late to join.

Unfortunately, by that time my spine had already started to deteriorate and in May of this year I had two compression fractures and had to have a procedure to alleviate the pain. Would this have happened if I had started coming here 20 or 25 years ago? Who knows? But, one thing I do know is that it is extremely important to have your spine checked at an early age.

Once I recuperated from the procedure I came back to FFC. Other problems had developed because of the deterioration and now I do have pain, but it is kep under control because of the efforts of the wonderful chiropractors at this practice. Dr. Steve certainly employs only the best and trains others to be the best!

Dr. Steve, you have taught me many important facts through workshops. Your passionate desire that all people be healthy is noble. You go out of your way to be sure each and every patient gets the help he/she needs. You and all of your doctors work together to be sure this happens.
I wish everyone knew of the dedication and excellent care given in your office. This includes your wonderful staff: Nina who manages the office, and the girls at the front desk who are always friendly, courteous, smiling, and glad to be of help in any way they can.

During this Christmas season I want to thank each and every one of you for all you do for others and all you have done and continue to do for me. I learned that even with a 77 year old patient, you never give up trying new ways to relieve and correct a situation.

May you and your loved ones have a blessed Christmas and enjoy the holidays. You certainly deserve some time off!

God bless! See you in 2014.

Your grateful,
Sr. Marie
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