We are so honored to serve our community with healthy food. During our annual Fresh Food Drive we collected over $1200 in donations and new patient exam fees to purchase fresh food for the Beverly Bootstraps Food Pantry. Our goal was to stock the pantry kitchen with wholesome, nutritious, fresh produce.
This week we picked up nearly 700 pounds of fresh produce from Farmer Brown’s in Middleton, MA. The car was busting at the seams with boxes of vegetables. Delivering it right to the food pantry door, we were able to help restock the kitchen.
Thank you to everyone who donated and helped us serve our local community. Together we are helping to create a healthier community.
We held our 5th Annual Fresh Food Drive over the Holidays to benefit Beverly Bootstraps. Today we’re picking up over $700 worth of fresh produce like broccoli, lettuce, spinach, sweet potatoes, pears, carrots, bananas, and apples.
During the Fresh Food Drive we collected financial donations to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. Then we deliver right to the Bootstraps Pantry. Our goal was to stock the pantry kitchen with wholesome, nutritious, fresh produce. Not the packaged and processed foods you typically see with a food drive. This is what a healthy person requires. And we include recipe collections to make sure everyone knows how to make the best testing meals.
Franson Family Chiropractic contributed to the Food Drive by donating the proceeds from ALL New Patient exams during the month.
This is a great opportunity to make a difference in our community. We are proud to participate every year. We are always encouraged by all those who join this effort to help local families get healthier.
Thank you to Farmer Brown’s of Middleton, MA and Cider House Farms of Amesbury, MA for their assistance. And an enormous thank you to the patients of Franson Family Chiropractic for their support!
As much as you may try to ignore it, you cannot separate your physical health from your emotions. Every feeling you have affects some part of your body, and stress can wreak havoc on your physical health even if you’re doing everything else “right.”
The classic definition of stress is “any real or imagined threat, and your body’s response to it.” Celebrations and tragedies alike can cause a stress response in your body.
All of your feelings, positive or negative, create physiological changes. Your skin, heart rate, digestion, joints, muscle energy levels, the hair on your head, and countless cells and systems you don’t even know about change with every emotion.
Stress plays a major role in your immune system, and can impact your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, brain chemistry, blood sugar levels, and hormonal balance. It is even increasingly being viewed as a cardiovascular risk marker.
HOW STRESS AFFECTS YOUR HEART
Mounting research shows that people exposed to long-term stressors have higher rates of cardiac problems than the general population. Prolonged stress can raise ‘fight or flight’ hormones that affect blood pressure, blood sugar and other things in ways that make heart trouble more likely.
Stress plays a major role in your immune system, and can impact your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, brain chemistry, blood sugar levels, and hormonal balance.
HOW YOU CAN ADAPT TO STRESS
You cannot eliminate stress entirely, but you can work to provide your body with tools to compensate for the bioelectrical short-circuiting that can cause serious disruption in many of your body’s important systems. Chiropractic care can help you reprogram your body’s reactions to the unavoidable stressors of everyday life; reducing the ‘fight or flight’ response in your body and restore balance back to ‘rest and repair’.
There are also many other stress-management strategies you can employ to help you unwind and act as “release valves” that can help you manage your stress, including: exercise, restorative sleep, and meditation.
Franson Family Chiropractic has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service in 2014.
We are honored to be recognized for our dedication to improving the health of Beverly and surrounding communities through Chiropractic care and wellness education.
According to Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks “Only about 5 percent of the Chiropractic companies in Beverly have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award. It’s a really high standard.”
Angie’s List Super Service Award 2014 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.
Angie’s List helps facilitate happy transactions between nearly 3 million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly-rated service providers in 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of authentic reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.
Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality. Members can find the 2014 Super Service Certification logo next to company names in search results on AngiesList.com.
Recently I read the article Effect of Chiropractic Care on Heart Rate Variability and Pain in a Multisite Clinical Study. The purpose of the study was to investigate the effect of chiropractic care in a multiclinic setting on sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system activities using Heart Rate Variability (HRV). What they found was that HRV and pain levels changed in patients as a result of chiropractic care.
The researchers used HRV as a measure of sympathetic stress; it is a general indicator of overall health and fitness. If your heart beats with intervals of identical length between each pulse, like a steady drum beat, you have low heart rate variability. If your heart beats with intervals of varying length, you have high heart rate variability. High HRV is good; low HRV is bad
What does this mean to you and me?
Do you know what causes a heart attack? Did you know that your Chiropractor and your cardiologist have something in common? Most of us what we have seen and heard from our Doctors and the media is that heart attacks are usually caused by a buildup of plaque in the arteries of the heart which creates a blockage of blood flow. However, there is increasing evidence suggesting that this is simply not the way most heart attacks occur.
Most heart attacks are caused by a suppression of a person’s parasympathetic nervous system – the part of your nervous system that control the “rest and digest” organ functions in your body; not by the arterial blockages.
When you are chronically stressed your sympathetic nervous system is activated and you live in a “fight or flight” mode – most folks now live in that state constantly. When this occurs your nervous system is out of balance and your parasympathetic nervous system is not allowed to work properly; over the long term this can cause a heart attack.
What does chiropractic have to do with this?
The chiropractic adjustment has been shown to bring normal function to your nervous system, restoring balance between the parasympathetic and sympathetic components of your nervous system. Getting adjusted on a regular basis helps your body better adapt to stress, and decreases your chances of having a heart attack.
We have always worked diligently to educate our patients and the community that the best use of chiropractic care is on a regular and consistent basis as a key part of wellness health care. Keeping your heart healthy and improved adaptation to stress is just one of the many reasons.
 (Effect of Chiropractic Care on Heart Rate Variability and Pain in a Multisite Clinical Study, Zhang, John et al., Journal of Manipulative & Physiological Therapeutics, Volume 29, Issue 4, 267 – 274)
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Allergies? Skin Problems? Autoimmune Condition?
You know, it wasn’t that long ago that when someone died of cancer, it was unusual – it was a ‘big deal’. Today, it’s commonplace – everyone knows someone who’s has or has died from cancer (every other weekend is a Breast Cancer Walk). Similarly, between 1940 to 1980, an overweight kid was somewhat of a rarity; or, for those of you old fossils like Dr. Paul, remember when there was that one kid at school who ‘had asthma’? Today, registering a child for school always involves a list of current medications, allergies, health conditions, etc. (not to mention the 15% of boys today taking Ritalin or some other ADD/ADHD medication). How peanut butter and jelly used to be an American tradition; now, it’s an act of bio-terrorism at ‘NUT FREE’ schools. What’s most fascinating is that no one is asking … WHY?
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Your body is constantly changing and the lifestyle choices you make either give your body what it requires to thrive or interfere with experiencing your best health possible.
You are BRILLIANT.
Is it time to detox your lifestyle? Are you feeling stressed-out? Run down? Exhausted? What choices are you making? Your skin cells are replaced every 30 days, and your red blood cells every 120. The quality and quantity of your life are determined by the choices that support or interfere with your body as it changes. You’re either busy living or busy dying.
Your body has an innate intelligence that tells your liver how to work, your lungs how to breathe and oxygenate your blood; it’s an inborn communication system that coordinates your body systems. You couldn’t stop it even if you tried.
Things like supplements, drugs, herbal remedies, and treatments can control, modify, or manipulate your blood work or measurements or symptoms. But this is not health. Nor are these measurements of true health. Your cholesterol is under 150; does this mean you are healthy? You have a good T score; does this mean you are healthy? How about blood pressure? Blood sugar?
The focus needs to be on identifying what your body innately needs and making lifestyle choices that provide those requirements so your body can perfectly express its innately driven design for health and the highest quality of life. You are either getting too much of something that your body doesn’t need, which is toxic to your health, or you are deficient in something that your body does need. Don’t focus on the negative.
Your requirements are good movement, sleep, water,
nerve supply, air, purpose, and fuel.
In order to support your body as it changes – to supply what it needs to regulate new cells, organs, tissues, and hormones – you need to start with the right building blocks. There are time-tested strategies to do this.
Join us Monday, February 2nd at 6:45pm in the Community Conference Room (Suite 221-E). We won’t focus on weight loss or cholesterol levels or blood sugar to help you search for incredible health. We will focus on how you choose to eat, how you choose you to move, and how you choose to think. It’s great to have goals and an objective but as your body begins to receive what it needs you will begin to become everything you were designed to be.
Come learn these strategies, spend time with others searching for their best health, and begin detoxing your lifestyle by adding healthier choices for a better you.
Remember, you are brilliant. And you are designed to be extraordinary.
Television Ads Are Out of Control.
I know I don’t have to point out that the TV ads for prescription medication are out of control. The latest ad by CVS is just another example. It’s a reminder of how broken our current approach to health is. Click on the video to see what I am talking about.
There is a time place for medicine and if someone is prescribed a medication for a legitimate medical condition I think it is important to follow their doctor’s recommendation. My issue is with the overall tone of the ad. It suggests that not only is it normal to be on medication long term but that it is something that should be celebrated. The ad uses the phrase “Bottoms up America”. The term “bottoms up” is usually reserved for a festive setting, while making a toast or at a party. When do you take medication? When you are sick. So, what they are really saying is, “Hey America, you are really unhealthy. Bottoms up! Cheers! Salud!”
Think about this – Americans make up 5% of the world’s population yet we consume 75% of the world’s prescription drugs. We are in the midst of a health crisis of epic proportions. Do you really think that more medication is the answer? Let me ask you a better question – what would it look like if instead of creating programs to keep people medicated, we spent our time, energy, focus, and money on creating programs to ensure that people wouldn’t need those medications? What if health care actually focused on creating health?
The last line of the ad says “because health is everything”. That is the only line that I agree with. Health IS everything. But taking medicine does not create health, rather the illusion of health. Masking symptoms and/or altering our physiology so that our lab values fall within an “acceptable” range does not make us healthy. It simply lulls us into a false sense of security while we fall deeper into the health crisis that we are in.
If we are going to celebrate something, let’s celebrate the amazing intelligence of the human body that keeps us functioning properly and healing. Let’s celebrate the fact that the body is genetically wired to express health. Let’s celebrate the people who are making changes to their lifestyle that allow them to experience their full health potential. I would gladly raise my cup to that.
**Join us at Franson Family Chiropractic on Wednesday, January 28th for an informative workshop on how to DETOX YOUR LIFESTYLE. Bring a friend and kickoff the new year with our 90-Day Challenge.**
A quick and enthusiastic update about last month’s 1st Annual Mitten & Glove Drive to support HAWC.
HAWC is a local organization focused on supporting the healing process of abuse and to change social norms and behaviors that perpetuate violence and oppression.
Through donations from our patients and the community we were able to provide over 100 pairs of mittens and gloves to HAWC’s holiday store – many of them homemade. In addition we provided scarves and hats. Through the actions of those who donated, Franson Family Chiropractic was able to donate 15 new patient examinations to members of the community, at no charge.
Thanks to you more people will have warmth this winter.
Thanks to you more people will feel love this winter.
Thanks to you more people will experience health this winter.
Through our Annual Holiday Gift Drive over the past 7 years the community at Franson Family Chiropractic has donated 1000’s of new toys for the children supported by Healing Abuse Working for Change (HAWC). And as grateful we have been for the generosity of our patients, this year we want to do something different.
At Franson Family Chiropractic we want to help the people of our community stay warm, comfortable, and healthy this holiday season. The cold winter months can seem to drag on forever; especially to people without warm clothing. Having a hat and mittens in a cold climate can keep a child or adult from getting frost-bitten ears and fingers.
Our goal for the holidays this year is to collect 100s of pairs of mittens, gloves, hats, and socks, and distribute them to HAWC in Salem. HAWC is a local organization that provides services and support to victims of domestic violence who reside on the North Shore.
During the month of December we will be collecting donations at our office at 100 Cummings Center, Suite 101D, Beverly, MA. Anyone from the community is welcome to drop off new mittens, gloves, hats, and gloves. No wrapping necessary.
To show our gratitude for your generosity, Franson Family Chiropractic will gift a New Patient Consultation and Examination in our office (a $285 value) to anyone who makes a donation. Please help us help those in need this winter and receive a gift of health.