A bigger and better ACC…

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We are expanding our office!

We are staying in the same location, but we will be gaining an additional treatment room, an administrative area, a retail area AND more space in our waiting room.  This will allow us to see more patients, bring in more services and provide you with the best possible care!

 

Our office is currently under construction but we are still open during the project.  Our front desk area is temporarily in the back supplement room so please still feel free to drop by and ask for anything you need.

 

The construction is estimated to be completed by April 25th.  We can’t wait to see you in our new and improved office!

Use spices to reduce sodium intake!

How Cooking With More Spices And Herbs May Rein In Excessive US Sodium Intake

By John Ericson | Mar 19, 2014

 

New research suggests that people find it easier to lower their salt intake if they’re taught how to use other spices, providing a potential public health strategy for limiting health complications of excessive sodium.spices

 

Dr. Cheryl A. M. Anderson, a professor at the University of California, San Diego, and lead author of the new study, said that the paper comes in response to rising levels of salt in U.S. foods. “Salt is abundant in the food supply and the average sodium level for Americans is very high — much higher than what is recommended for healthy living,” she explained. “We studied the use of a behavioral intervention where people learn how to use spices and herbs and less salt in their daily lives.”

 

The study, which was presented at an annual conference hosted by the American Heart Association, followed 55 volunteers involved in a two-phase experiment spanning 24 weeks. At the start of the study, more than 60 percent of them had high blood pressure, and about 18 percent reported diabetes or weight problems.

 

For the first four weeks, all participants followed a low-sodium diet put together by the researchers. For the remaining 20 weeks, participants were either asked to lower their sodium intake on their own or partake in a behavioral intervention program designed to educate them on low-sodium eating. The sessions focused on ways to substitute salt with herbs and spices when cooking.

 

Anderson and her colleagues found that, although sodium intake went up for both groups following the initial four-week intervention, those participating in the behavioral sessionsate significantly less salt over the 20-week period. On average, they consumed nearly 1,000 daily milligrams of sodium less than the control group.

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“People in the intervention group learned problem-solving strategies, use of herbs and spices in recipes, how culture influences spice choices, how to monitor diet, overcoming the barriers to making dietary changes, how to choose and order foods when eating out and how to make low-sodium intake permanent,” Anderson explained.

The results dovetail with a number of other studies highlighting the benefits of bringing a more diverse range of spices into your cooking. One example is a recent paper from the University of Kentucky, in which researchers show that curcumin — a compound occurring in curry — may slow the growth of breast tumors.

With some development, the education model outlined in the study could prove a valuable tool for health officials working to sodium-related health complications like hypertension, osteoporosis, and kidney disease. “Given the challenges of lowering salt in the American diet, we need a public health approach aimed at making it possible for consumers to adhere to an eating pattern with less salt. This intervention using education and tasty alternatives to sodium could be one solution.”

 

How to make your meals more satisfying

By Jill Koegel / LiveWellNebraska blogger

 

February 19, 2014
Umami has been debated as the fifth specific taste, alongside sweet, salty, sour, and bitter. If you’ve never heard of it, you’ve probably experienced it.

Umami (pronounced oo-mommy) is described as a “wow, that was good” sensation. It characterizes a meal or food that offers satiety, and is a taste that offers a feeling of completeness, or being “done.” The sensation is made through the receptors on the tongue that recognize salt forms of the compound glutamate, found in MSG, or monosodium glutamate. Many people know MSG as a “bad” chemical added to Chinese food and other fast foods. But they also know that it is easy to overeat things with MSG because they taste “so good.”

So if umami is obtained from MSG, is it bad? No! Umami is sensed with the ingestion of MSG, which is just one form of glutamate, but there are a lot of other foods with glutamate. You can obtain umami in a healthier way by eating other natural sources like spinach, shitake mushrooms, garlic, Parmesan cheese, fish, fish sauces and balsamic vinegars.

Umami is how a small plate of delectable food can be so satisfying, yet when eating plain tasting food, more is required for the same sense of satisfaction. It is the reason why I often recommend pairing ingredients like mushrooms, garlic, or vinegar with plain foods, and also another reason to eat fish a few times a week. The more delicious and satisfying the meal, the less you need of it, and the less hunger cues you will get later in the day.

Eating out less follows the same rules as eating healthier foods. Less is more! Eat high quality, delicious foods, and you won’t need so much of it, so often. The following recipe pairs a number of umami-rich foods. The three wonderful parts of this recipe that make it an ultra satisfying meal: Red meat, balsamic vinegar, and mushrooms! If you don’t want to spend the money on a filet, purchase a steak such as a a flatiron or tri-tip. Make sure you marinate the steak ahead of time!

Sweet and Spicy Filet Mignon
1-pound filet mignon or beef tenderloin, cut into 4-to 6-ounce portions
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons molasses
8 ounces fresh sliced mushrooms, any variety
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 cup dry white cooking wine

Mix 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar with 2 tablespoons molasses. Use this to marinate filet 4 to 6 hours. Grill until it is cooked to your likeness. Meanwhile, sauté mushrooms in 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic. After about 5 minutes, add 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar and 1/4 cup dry white cooking wine. Simmer until steak is done, and serve mushrooms over the top. Sautéed spinach works well with this meal, and adds even more umami!

 

Jill Koegel is a registered dietitian and certified personal trainer based in Omaha. She blogs every Wednesday. Read more from Jill.

Important Changes at ACC

I would like to share with you that due to my schedule becoming exceedingly over booked and working at an unsustainable rate, I am temporarily no longer taking new patients as of September 17, 2013.  This will help to lighten up my schedule enough to give access to my existing patients and allow me to provide the best care possible.  I want to thank you personally for all of your referrals as it has helped my practice become what it is today and I am extremely grateful.

Although I am unable to accept new patients at this time, my office colleagues will continue to accept new patients. Eva Stanley Dipl.Ac. is accepting new patients for Avatar/Clinical Nutrition, Acupuncture, Injection Therapy and Cold Laser Therapy.  Josh Lazaroff is accepting new patients for Thai/Table Massage, Edu-K and Cold Laser Therapy.  As trusted colleagues, they have my full support, respect and confidence that they will provide the quality of care our practice is known for.

 

I am including a list of providers below who from my personal experience I can confidently recommend to anyone for outstanding chiropractic care (see referral list).  Again, thank you for all of your referrals and communications.  Please feel free to email me or call with any questions.

Sincerely,
Dr. Elliott Smith, DC
Alternative Chiropractic Center, PC
1805 S. Bellaire St. Suite 101
Denver, CO 80222
(303) 504-3600

REFERRALS:

(South)
Dr. Ted Winchester
Winchester Chiropractic & Wellness Center
(303) 221-0195
2305 Arapahoe Rd Ste. #227
Centennial, CO 80122

(Near ACC)
Dr. Kristin Zawada
Pure Life Chiropractic
720-456-7469
695 S. Colorado Blvd. Suite 260
Denver, CO 80246

(Northeast Denver)
Dr. Zachary Cashin
Cashin Chiropractic
(720) 956-0631

1747 Marion St.
Denver, CO 80218

(Central Denver)
Dr. Trina Woods
Balanced Body Center
(303) 861-6632
975 Lincoln Street, Suite 202
Denver, CO 80203

 

SPECIAL RATES ON PSYCHOLOGICAL AND SPIRITUAL “SPRING CLEANING”

Annette Lubchenco Donaghy is a Licensed Professional Counselor at Alternative Chiropractic Center. She is offering a special rate this Spring of $40 for a psychotherapy/educational session.

 

How can you use your session with Annette?

 

-To address any issue you want to explore

-To learn EFT, which is a simple, self-applied technique of tapping on acupuncture meridians to conquer negative beliefs and emotions, addictions, prosperity issues, fears, phobias and more

-To get tools for working with anxiety or depression

-To jump start or enhance weight loss goals

-To work on couples communication techniques

-To enhance your parenting skills

-To have an Enneagram typing interview

-To explore blockages you may have to fully healing

-To get input on any issue you have been avoiding

 

Annette has been in practice for over 29 years. She believes in the ability for all of us to profoundly change our lives, and to live our best lives. Compassion and a sense of humor are essential parts of her treatment approach.

 

CONTACT ANNETTE FOR APPOINTMENTS

(720) 988-4862

Appointments are on a first come, first served basis.

Good for initial visit.

 Offices in both Denver and Boulder

FREE WORKSHOP and $20 Coupon for Attending!! Strategic Planning for the Self: Turn Resolutions into Results

Join Alternative Chiropractic’s Educational Kinesiologist, Josh Lazaroff, for a fun and interactive exploration into how to make the most of your New Year’s resolutions. Josh will combine his background in organizational development with his passion for movement-based learning to help support you in reaching your personal goals. 

During the workshop you will:

  • Explore and develop your personal mission statement
  • Develop a “Road Map” for accomplishing your goals
    • Identify and address “road blocks” through movement-based learning. 
    • Have fun, laugh, and gain some useful tools for personal growth.

When:    Thursday, January 31st from 6:15pm-8:00pm

Where:  Alternative Chiropractic Center

1805 S. Bellaire St., Suite 101

Denver,CO 80222

Why:  Save $20 off an Edu-K session with Josh

Healthy and delicious refreshments will be served

   Space is limited. To register call Christine at the office 303-504-3600.

FREE WORKSHOP and $20 Coupon for Attending!!

Smart Moves:

Why Learning Is Not Just

In Your Head

Would you or a family member like to:

  • Read faster and remember what your read
  • Be calm and confident in front of an audience or during a test
  • Perform an athletic skill with more accuracy
  • Communicate better with family, friends, or colleagues 

When: Thursday, November 15 from 6:15pm-7:15pm

Where:  Alternative Chiropractic Center

             1805 S. Bellaire St., Suite 101

             Denver, CO 80222

Why: 

  • Save $20 off an Edu-K session with Josh
  • Walk away with a valuable tool for working with family, clients, or yourself
  • Healthy and delicious snacks & refreshments will be served

Join Alternative Chiropractic’s Educational Kinesiologist, Josh Lazaroff, for a fun, informative, and applicable workshop on movement-based learning. Come and learn how movement-based learning involves using intentional movement to connect the different parts of the brain so that learning is more efficient and easier.

Space is limited. To register call Christine 303-504-3600.

Have you met Annette?

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Annette Lubchenco Donaghy, MA, LPC

Office Hours:
Thursday and Friday

Please call Annette to schedule your appointment at 720.988.4862
annettedonaghy@mac.com

Annette is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been in practice since 1984. She has offices in both Denver and Boulder.

Annette’s specialty areas include:

  •  Individual Therapy
  •  Couples Therapy
  •  EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)
  •  Parenting  Skills Coaching
  •  HCG Weight Loss Support
  •  Weight Loss Issues
  •  Anxiety / Depression
  •  Resolution of Trauma
  •  Addiction Issues
  •  Energy and Intuitive Work
  •  Enneagram System of Personalities
  • Brain Neuroplasticity
  •  GLBT

Annette is trained in a variety of therapy modalities including Imago and John Gottman couples therapy, body-centered psychotherapy and Gestalt therapy. She has training in Peter Levine’s work and Associate Awareness Technique which are very powerful techniques for healing trauma and other energy blocks.  She also utilizes EFT which is a simple, self-applied technique of tapping on acupuncture meridians to conquer negative beliefs and emotions, addictions, prosperity issues, fears and phobias. Annette has extensive experience in the HCG weight loss program which offers the ability to permanently lose and maintain weight. She is also a Certified Enneagram Teacher. The Enneagram is a powerful and dynamic personality system which blends ancient wisdom with modern psychology. In addition to private practice, Annette has worked as a consultant and therapist for a variety of eating disorder and drug/alcohol treatment programs and as a senior family therapist for wilderness therapy programs.

Annette believes in the profound ability for all of us to change and live our best lives. Compassion and a sense of humor are essential parts of her treatment approach.

Annette is a Colorado native who lives with her husband in the mountains west of Boulder. She is an avid kayaker, hiker, skier, scuba diver and loves to garden, read and travel.

 

 

 

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to meet our new Massage Therapist/ Educational Kinesiologist

AND SAVE A BUNDLE!!!

 

$50 for an hour long Table or Thai Massage! First time only.  Save $30.00!!!

 

$80 for a 1.5 hour Table or Thai Massage! First time only.  Save $30.00!!!

 

$40 for an hour long Edu-K Session! First time only.  Save $30.00!!!

 

Offer good until September 30th  2012. 

Save $30 on your first Massage and/or $40 on your first Edu-K session!

JOSH LAZAROFF, M.Ed., LMT, Licensed Brain Gym Consultant

Josh’s life work has revolved around his passion for understanding how people learn with their whole bodies and improving our education system based on this understanding. For over 15 years, Josh has worked with students, parents, educators, schools, and nonprofits building avenues for meaningful student and parent involvement in schools and communities. Josh completed his master’s degree in education from the University of Denver in 2004. During this time, Josh became licensed in Brain Gym® or educational kinesiology and Thai Yoga massage.

Josh has utilized movement-based education to help children and adults improve their focus, motivation, and academic and physical skills. Josh also worked with small and large groups to create dynamic and productive strategic planning sessions, focus groups, and collaborations. Josh believes that educational kinesiology is an avenues to understanding ourselves, which enables us to be truly self-directed in our learning and our lives.

In 2004, Josh traveled to Thailand to study Thai Massage with Master Pichest Boonthume. Pichest inspired Josh to begin a meditation practice, which has led to a deep connection to Tibetan Buddhism. Josh completed his massage certification at Denver Integrated Massage School in 2011, where they emphasized Thai Massage in addition to table massage. Josh brings his complete presence to his massage sessions. In addition to being meditative and relaxing, Josh’s massages are strong and effective. Married for over 10 years and a father of three, Josh enjoys being with his family (especially outdoors), basketball, yoga, and meditation.