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September Holiday Hours

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Our office will be closed on the following dates in September and October:


Monday September 14th – Rosh Hashanah

Wednesday September 23rd – Yom Kippur

Thursday and Friday October 1st and 2nd

We wish you all happy and safe holidays!


Office Closed February 21st – March 1st

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Office Closed February 21st – March 1st


The office will be closed February 21st through March 1st due to the passing of Dr. Rugoff’s mother.

The office will re-open on Monday March 2nd for regular business hours.

Phones will be monitored and calls returned by Roxanne or Judy for scheduling and appointment changes for the following week March 2nd.

Holiday Hours

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Our offices will close early on Wednesday December 24th at 1:00 pm and will remain closed on Thursday December 25th and Friday December 26th.   We will re-open on Monday December 29th for regular business hours.

We wish all of our customers a safe and happy Holiday Season!

2014 November Healing Hands Newsletter

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November Healing Hands

Dear Patients and Friends,


Here’s a little history on the month of November.

November is one of four months with the length of 30 days.

November retained its name (from the Latin word novem meaning “nine“) when January and February were added to the Roman calendar.

I know this may not mean much to you right now, but most likely you’re going to know more about November than most of the U.S. population, so pat yourself on the back for reading this newsletter. November starts on the same day of the week as February in common years, and March every year.

November ends on the same day of the week as August every year. I like to share things most people don’t.

Oh yeah, it’s also Thanksgiving so make sure you remember to be with family, and have a good time. We’ll be CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day as well as the following day, Friday, so check with us before the THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY… so you are adjusted before the big day. Rox, Judy and I wish you the best on Thanksgiving.

cool facts

The Plymouth Pilgrims were the first to celebrate the Thanksgiving.
• They sailed on the ship, which was known by the name of ‘Mayflower’.
• They celebrated the first Thanksgiving Day at Plymouth, Massachusetts.
• The Wampanoag Indians were the people who taught the Pilgrims how to cultivate the land.
• The Pilgrim leader, Governor William Bradford, had organized the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621. He invited the neighboring Wampanoag Indians to the feast.
• The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days.
• Mashed potatoes, pumpkin pies, popcorn, milk, corn on the cob, and cranberries were not foods present on the first Thanksgiving’s feast table.
• Lobster, rabbit, chicken, fish, squashes, beans, chestnuts, hickory nuts, onions, leeks, dried fruits, maple syrup and honey, radishes, cabbage, carrots, eggs, and goat cheese are thought to have made up the first Thanksgiving feast.
• The pilgrims didn’t use forks; they ate with spoons, knives, and their fingers.


Thanksgiving Quotes


Elbert HubbardI would rather be able to appreciate things I cannot have than to have things I am not able to appreciate.

Erma Bombeck, No One Diets on Thanksgiving
What we’re really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving?

Jim Davis  Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread and pumpkin pie.

Johnny Carson
Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then discover once a year is way too often.

>>>JOKE of the MONTH<<<

Attending a convention, 3 psychiatrists take a walk. “People are always coming to us with their guilt and fears,” one says, “but we have no one to go to with our problems. Since we’re all professionals, why don’t we hear each other out right-now?”
They agree that this is a good idea. The first psychiatrist confesses, “I’m a compulsive shopper and deeply in debt, so I overbill patients as often as I can.”
The second admits, “I have a drug problem that’s out of control, and I frequently pressure my patients into buying illegal drugs for me.”
The third psychiatrist says, “I know it’s wrong, but no matter how hard I try, I just can’t keep a secret.”



We want you to know we are thankful for you. We want you to have a great holiday, so we share a few general and chiropractic health tips to do exactly that.
1) Breathe
We know the joy of the holidays can, ironically, be stressful. Families gather. Memories pop up. Too many chefs are in the kitchen. Try taking 6 deep, slow breaths as you stir the potatoes or carve the turkey. It really helps calm you! Plus your digestive system gets a boost.
2) Laugh.
Laughter is good for the vascular system, the heart, and the healthy function of blood vessels. It’s also contagious, so when things get a little tense, laugh! See how many others join you.
3) Walk.
Exercise is great for the heart, and digestion too. Take a walk after dinner. Breathe in the fresh air. Settle the food.
4) Eat.
Enjoy the cranberries. They may help keep away urinary tract infections. Enjoy the potatoes. They can lower blood pressure and have vitamins for cells, nervous system and even heart plus some great fiber. A chiropractic adjustment does wonders for your whole system, too! Be sure to make an appointment soon!) Enjoy some pumpkin pie or seeds or soup. Pumpkins offer you vitamins and fiber and even “bad” cholesterol potential reduction as well as a better mood. And don’t forget the turkey! It’s full of protein, vitamins and tryptophan, great for serotonin production for immune system strengthening.
5) Don’t worry – too much!
One day of super eating like one day of super dieting isn’t going to miraculously change you. So eat, nap, talk, laugh, play, take a walk, watch a game or parade, cook, bake and enjoy! You and I have lots to be thankful for.


You know what it’s like to be sick. And you have no health insurance, AND a tight money situation. What you do not know is the RISK involved in not managing your health problems.

“53% of Americans said in a February poll that someone in their family cut back on health care in the past 12 months because of Costs!”
Skipping medical care cost more in the end, we understand the logic of this, but emotionally, we find it hard to accept this fact. More pain, More disability, More social distress and more money spent for ER visits. This is not going to allow you to have the health or strength to continue.

“Who is going to help these patients at risk?

We now provide flexible patient payment plans to help you afford healthcare treatments and procedures for you and your family.

“The care you need on your terms for as little as $25 per week!”*

  •  Instant Approval, no credit check . 
  •  No interest payment plans as long as you need (small fee only) 
  •  Automatic payments from checking acct or credit cards Revolving lines of credit, No down payment needed 
  • *Minimal payment is determined by amount financed

Do You Know How to Sit?


ChairYour posture when seated can have a significant impact on your overall health.
We have become a society of “sitters.” We sit in front of our computers, in front of our televisions, at our desks, in cars and planes, in chairs reading… we sit and sit some more, day in and day out. Believe it or not, the way you sit can have a great impact on your health and well-being.
There’s even a condition called “Economy Class Syndrome” so named because it affects people who sit for long periods on aircraft. People sitting in tight, cramped seats may experience swollen ankles and Deep Vein Thrombosis, a condition that causes the formation of blood clots deep in the veins of the leg. If the clot breaks away and travels to the lung, well, you’ll be greeted at the gate by paramedics!
What can you do as a sitter? How can you avoid some of the health issues linked with sitting? Adjust your chair and computer monitor, so that you are sitting as straight as you can. Ergonomic chairs are available to help maintain better posture.
Make sure your back, neck, head and eyes are all facing forward in a straight line
Sitting in the same position for any length of time causes fatigue; shift your body weight from time to time and monitor your posture; make sure your chair is adjusted to the proper height.
Use a footrest to relieve pressure on your legs and thighs.
Get up periodically to walk, stretch your legs, and give yourself a break!
Many jobs require long periods of sitting. If you have one, and you experience frequent back pain, be sure to mention it the next time you’re in our practice.
Getting up and moving around every so often, even for two minutes, or doing some “desk” exercises may help alleviate the strain on your neck and back. And most importantly make sure you’re checked at the office on a regular basis!



Enjoy! Solutions available upon request.

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Healing Hands Newsletter – April 2014

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Dear Friends and Patients,
Screen Shot 2014-03-20 at 11.55.56 AMHi, and Happy EASTER! The Easter Bunny or Easter Hare, sometimes called the Spring Bunny is a character depicted as a rabbit bringing Easter eggs, who sometimes is depicted with clothes.
Legend has it that the cute little creature brings baskets filled with colored eggs, candy and sometimes also toys to the homes of children on the night before Easter.
The Easter Bunny will either put the baskets in a designated place or hide them somewhere in the house or garden for the “children” to find…. when they wake up in the morning. Well here are some…
Color me and get a Free Bio Freeze Roll on or ice pack, or bottle of Tension Relief formula 303. However you need to be one
of the first ten people to bring this in order to get your prize.

Interesting Quotes

“All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt!” – Lucy in Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz.

“Forget love – I’d rather fall in chocolate!!!” – Author Unknown

“Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands – and then eat just one of the pieces ” – Judith Viorst

Six Little Known Facts about Passover

  1. The World’s Largest Passover Seder Takes Place in Nepal, of All Places. Each year members of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement hold their “Seder on Top of the World” in Kathmandu for Jewish locals and travelers alike. Last year they had around 2,000 people attend the festivities, and you can bet your tuchus that between the flowing wine and the thin air, it was quite the party.
  2. Abraham Lincoln Was Assassinated During Passover. According to the HYPERLINK “” American Jewish Historical Society, many Jews were in synagogue for the holiday when news of Lincoln’s assassination broke. Altars in temples “were quickly draped in black and, instead of Passover melodies, the congregations chanted Yom Kippur hymns. Rabbis set aside their sermons and wept openly at their pulpits, as did their congregants.” Sadly, a time that was supposed to be full of celebration became one of mourning.
  3. Coca-Cola Makes a Special Batch of Kosher Coke for Passover. While Coke is generally a kosher product, the dietary laws tighten during the Passover holiday making high-fructose corn syrup a no-no for observant Jews (it really should be a no-no for everybody all the time, but that’s neither here nor there). In response, Coca-Cola pumps out a batch of limited edition Coke that uses (gasp) real sugar instead of the corn syrup. Look for bottles with yellow caps on them to be sure you’re getting the right one.(actually tastes better like old fashion coke).
  4. The First American Edition of the Haggadah Was Published in 1837. The Haggadah is the book or text Jews read from during Passover. It tells the origins of the holiday and explains how the Seder is supposed to proceed. Solomon Henry Jackson, an English-born American Jew, published the first American edition of the Haggadah in 1837 in New York. Jackson had moved to the city in the 1820s to establish the first Hebrew printing press, and The Jew, a monthly newspaper and the first Jewish periodical in the United States.
  5. Gefilte Fish is Really Good, I Swear. I know, I know, a bottle of gefilte fish looks more like something you’d find in science class than in a supermarket, but trust me when I say this: it tastes great. Actually home made is much better. Explaining the ingredients or the process of making it would probably only hurt my case, so I’m just going to say that if you haven’t tried it, you’re missing out.
  6. Manischewitz is a Brand, Not the Hebrew Word for Kosher Wine. Just as a Kleenex is really a “facial tissue,” and Q-Tips are actually “cotton swabs,” Manischewitz is a proprietary eponym. Founded in 1927 by Leo Star, the Manischewitz winery has basically cornered the kosher wine market here in the US with their sweet concord grape wine. Yet like Coca-Cola, Manischewitz uses corn syrup to sweeten things up a bit, so surprisingly not all Manischewitz is actually kosher for Passover.

Passover Jokes

“If you want to avoid an unwelcome Passover invitation, you can say you can’t go because I/my wife has a yeast infection” ~ unknown

Question: What do you call someone who derives pleasure from the bread of affliction?
Answer: A matzochist. By: Pierre Abbat

Prevent Tension Headaches

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  • Get adjusted regularly
  • Watch some TV to de-stress
  • Stick to a regular sleep schedule
  • Chill out with a cold pack
  • Rub in Bio Freeze to help the aches
  • Tame the tension by loosening your hair if you have it up
  • Take some Magnesium


Easter Facts

  • The first Easter baskets were made to look like bird’s nests.
  • The traditional act of painting eggs is called Pysanka.
  • The custom of giving eggs at Easter time has been traced back to Egyptians, Persians, Gauls, Greeks and Romans, to whom the egg was a symbol of life.
  • In medieval times a festival of egg-throwing was held in church, during which the priest would throw a hard-boiled egg to one of the choir boys. It was then tossed from one choir boy to the next and whoever held the egg when the clock struck 12 was the winner and retained the egg.
  • Easter is now celebrated (in the words of the Book of Common Prayer) on the first Sunday after the full moon which happens on or after March 21, the Spring Equinox.
  • Easter Bonnets are a throw back to the days when the people denied themselves the pleasure of wearing fine angels for the duration of Lent.
  • Some Churches still keep up the old tradition of using evergreens – symbolic of eternal life – embroidered in red on white, or woven in straw, but most now prefer displays of flowers in the spring colors of green, yellow and white.
  • Americans celebrate Easter with a large Easter egg hunt on the White House Lawn. (I think)
  • Every year at Easter the Pope sends his ” Urbi et Orbi ” to the world.
  • The date of Passover is variable as it dependents on the phases of the moon, and thus Easter is also a movable feast.
  • 76% of people eat the ears on chocolate bunnies first.
  • Americans consume over 16 million jellybeans on Easter, enough to circle the globe three times over.

“What Do You Mean…This Doesn’t Cure Anything!!”

That’s what I hear all the time from new patients. They thought my chiropractic adjustments cured them. When I tell them it doesn’t, and when I say that, they can’t believe it.

Many of my patients are surprised to learn that chiropractic care doesn’t cure anything. They know they feel better, so, how do I as a doctor explain diseases that may have improved with regular chiropractic care?

The fundamental truth is: health is your normal state. You’re supposed to be healthy, and you’re not supposed to be SICK.

If you’re not healthy, there is something interfering with this normal state. The only thing I can do is to remove interferences that may be preventing your body from expressing its normal health potential.

My focus is on your nervous system, which controls and regulates every aspect of your body. Restoring better brain/body communications permit a more normal expression of health.

The fact that your illness or health challenge may improve in the process — is an expression of better nervous system control of your body.

Like I said, chiropractic doesn’t cure anything. Only you as a patient can do that for yourself. If there isn’t any interference, you can get well!

Disclaimer: The information in this newsletter is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images and information, contained on or available through this newsletter, is for general information purposes only. Jay L Rugoff DC PLLC makes no representation and assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of information contained in or made available through this newsletter and such information is subject to change without notice. You are encouraged to confirm any information obtained from or through this newsletter with other sources, and review all information regarding any medical condition or treatment with your physician.

Healing Hands Newsletter – March 2014

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Dear Patients and Friends,
I love this time of year. Spring is just around the corner, things are about to bloom. It’s good to take a moment to look around and get a sense of appreciation and excitement for all of the renewal going on.
Spring will officially begin on Saturday, March 22nd . But before that….we’ve got:

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!

Screen Shot 2014-03-20 at 11.46.20 AMAnd there’s more to it than just drinking your favorite green beverage (alcoholic or non-alcoholic!). St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is one of Christianity’s most widely known figures. But for all his celebrity, his life remains somewhat of a mystery.
At the age of sixteen, Patrick was taken prisoner by a group of Irish raiders who were attacking his family’s estate. They transported him to Ireland. After more than six years as a prisoner, Patrick escaped. According to his writing, a voice-which he believed to be God’s-spoke to him in a dream, telling him it was time to leave Ireland. Soon after, Patrick began religious training, a course of study that lasted more than fifteen years.
After his ordination as a priest, he was sent to Ireland with a dual mission-to minister to Christians already living in Ireland and to begin to convert the Irish. St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17, his religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century.
The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over a thousand years. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place not in Ireland, but in the United States.
In 1848, several New York Irish aid societies decided to unite their parades to form one New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Today, that parade is the world’s oldest civilian parade and the largest in the United States, with over 150,000 participants.
Today, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by people of all backgrounds in the United States, Canada, and Australia. Modern customs to celebrate the holiday include sporting the shamrock, wearing green clothing, listening to Irish music, and eating corned beef. Dying of the Chicago River green has been a tradition since 1962. And of course, if you choose to indulge in a green frosty beverage, be sure to do it in moderation!

It’s March. How Are You Doing With Your Health & Fitness New Year’s Resolutions???

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Those who have started our weight loss program are losing about 1pound per day. How are you doing? Watch our video and see how we can help you achieve your health goals.

Crazy for Coconut Oil!


Screen Shot 2014-03-20 at 11.47.24 AMCoconut oil has a bit of a craze surrounding it lately. People have put together hundreds of different uses for this beneficial oil ad it’s found its way into pantries, HYPERLINK “” \t “_blank” medicine cupboards, and even first aid kits. Some of the uses may seem bizarre at first, but coconut oil has garnered this newfound fame for good reason. It works.
For years, coconut oil has had a bad name, lumped in with unhealthy saturated fats. People steered away from it and other high fat foods. The problem with throwing coconut oil in the same category as butter, margarine, and shortening is this oil is far healthier than it appears. The saturated fats in coconut oil come from medium chain triglycerides. These shorter fat chains are easily put to use by the body and are not simply stored away as fat.
This means coconut oil boosts energy levels, raises good cholesterol, and balances out blood sugar without the weight gain, cholesterol, and other health risks that come from other saturated or trans fats. Coconut oil doesn’t stop there. It’s antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, and antiviral. It also aids in the absorption of vitamins and minerals. These immune boosting properties make it the perfect oil to use in a million ways. Here are 15 of our favorites!
Massage Oil – Coconut oil soothes tired and sore muscles. Add a few drops of essential oils for more effect.
Athletes Foot – The powerful antifungal properties of coconut oil make it perfect for any fungal infection. Add a few drops of oregano or tea tree oil for more antifungal power.
Acne – Coconut oil gently fights the bacteria that cause acne. Dab it directly on the offending pimples and watch them shrink.
Cleanser – Coconut oil makes an effective and gentle cleanser to remove the grime of the day.
Lice – Coconut oil kills and removes this pesky problem.
Stretch Marks – Prevent and soften stretch marks from pregnancy with coconut oil for soft and supple skin.
Warts and Moles – Rub oil into area and cover with a bandage. Rub in fresh oil and place a new bandage each day.
Moisturizer– Coconut oil is an excellent way to soften and hydrate dry, rough, or damaged skin.
Face Scrub – Mix coconut oil with baking soda, sugar, or cinnamon and oatmeal for the perfect face scrub and exfoliator.
Dandruff – Massage coconut oil into the scalp to ease symptoms of dandruff, both itching and flaking.
Curb Appetite – Take a spoonful before meals to curb appetite so you don’t overeat.
Wrinkles – Rub into lines, creases, and wrinkles to rehydrate skin and soften those wrinkles away.
Sore Throat – Dissolve a spoonful in your mouth and let it slowly roll down the throat. This will coat and protect the throat, boost the health of mucus membranes, and fight any infection.
Ring Worm – Rub coconut oil onto affected area to kill the fungus that causes unsightly ringworm. Add tea tree oil to clear the infection even faster.
Lip Balm – Coconut oil hydrates and protects lips. Coconut even offers some protection from the sun, about an SPF 4.

Do Not Eat This for Breakfast

Do you eat oatmeal for breakfast? While it certainly can be a solid, healthy option, most are heavily processed and absolutely TERRIBLE for you.

For example, I was just at the store and took a look at a brand of “heart-healthy” instant oatmeal (their claim), the “Maple and Brown Sugar” flavor.

First, there is no maple in it. There is also no brown sugar in it. Instead, it’s packed with artificial ingredients, colors, and flavors. It’s also packed with regular sugar and I’ve even seen some varieties with the “flavor” gel packets full of high fructose corn syrup…talk about royally screwing up oatmeal!

This product also has a significantly higher glycemic index than regular “old fashioned oatmeal” due to its instant nature where it’s been pre-cooked via high-heat processing. This high heat processing also robs the oatmeal of many important vitamins and minerals, making it an overall less nutritious product.

So, if you’re going to go with oatmeal, please stay away from the instant, processed, sugar-laden versions.

Instead, the best choice is plain ol’ steel cut oats. While they take a few extra minutes to cook, it’s certainly worth it for the lower glycemic index, extra fiber, and greater vitamin and mineral content…all while avoiding all that processed garbage.

““How I Recommend You Lose 10 Pounds, Keep It Off, & Fit Into A New Pair Of Jeans””

First of all, losing weight can be two things. It can either be hard, where you struggle with it constantly, or where the pounds just seem to “melt away,” leaving you feeling really good about yourself and your physique. If you like the second choice, KEEP READING.
If you want to lose weight, you have to cut all the sugar, rehydrate your body with some pH water, and learn how to eat a sensible diet. You can lose weight without exercising, but if you exercise just a little everyday, say 15 minutes, you can feel better, look better, fit into your old jeans, and have the confidence you used to have. You’re going to move like you did 20 years ago.
The rules are simple. You can lose the 10 pounds, and all you have to do is follow my suggestions I give you in the program. One of the biggies is to eliminate ALL sugar from your diet, and I mean all sugar, and cut out the possibility of putting on fat. When you do this, you’re addressing the “hormonal imbalances” your body has brought on since you developed insulin sensitivity, and you’re re-stabilizing your body – without all of the inflammation that processed sugars created in your body. (I have a product specifically for inflammation that is available with my program, if you want quicker weight loss results.)
Eliminating all the sugar, while rehydrating your body with pH water, stimulates an increase in something called cellular metabolism while simultaneously eliminating energy crashes, excess-sugar fat deposits, and abnormalities in blood pressure and heart rate response that take place with dehydration. When you follow my program your body realizes its ready for change, and it responds quickly. (you start dropping weight fast)
The program we offer has been proven to work, time and time again. You can lose up to a pound of FAT per day, just following this simple system. If you want to lose weight, schedule an appointment today to see our video.

Disclaimer: The information in this newsletter is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images and information, contained on or available through this newsletter, is for general information purposes only. Jay L Rugoff DC PLLC makes no representation and assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of information contained in or made available through this newsletter and such information is subject to change without notice. You are encouraged to confirm any information obtained from or through this newsletter with other sources, and review all information regarding any medical condition or treatment with your physician.

Healing Hands Newsletter – February 2014

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Dear Friend and Patient,
Hey if you haven’t noticed, I’m changing the format on the newsletter a little bit every month, as it’s now 2014 and it’s time I did some updating.
February means Valentine’s Day and I’m not one to forget it. Now don’t get me wrong. I don’t know a lot about Valentines Day, but I do know that women in particular like it, and I want to share what I found out about it.
In 496 A.D., February 14, was declared in the name of St. Valentine by Pope Gelasius. It remained a Church holiday until 1969, when Pope Paul VI took it from the calendar. On February 14, the ancient Romans celebrated the Feast of Lupercalia in honor of Juno, the queen of the Roman gods and goddesses. Juno was also the goddess of women and marriage so honoring her was thought to be a fertility rite.
~Here’s What I Found Interesting~
At the feast held the next day, the women would write love letters and stick them in a large urn. The men would “pick a letter” from the urn and for the next year, pursue the woman who wrote the chosen letter. This custom lasted until the 1700s when people decided their beloveds should be chosen by sight, not luck. If you have any thoughts on that after reading this newsletter, don’t hesitate in sharing those with me.

Do Women Want Flowers?
45% Men say Yes – 4% of Women say Yes

Do Women Want Jewelry?
27% Men say Yes – 36% of Women say Yes

Do Men Want Sports Tickets?
20% of Men say Yes – 29% of Women say Yes

Are Your Tea Bags Toxic?

Perhaps you wouldn’t dream of microwaving plastic food containers, because you know that heating plastic can allow toxins to leach into your food. But you probably don’t think twice before dunking your fancy mesh tea bag into boiling-hot water. Those pyramid-shaped mesh sachets, filled with pretty multi-hued leaves, lend sophistication to your daily tea-drinking ritual. But: Even though they’re often called “silky,” those bags aren’t made from silk. Most are actually made from plastic, either polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polylactic acid (PLA, or “corn plastic”) or food-grade nylon (indeed, nylon is a plastic).
PET, PLA and nylon are widely used for food packaging, and their safety as packaging materials has been tested. “However, when you subject plastics to stressors such as heat, the molecules begin to break down and they can leach—no matter whether it’s a microwave oven or a cup of hot water that is warming the contents. Stick with a metal tea ball and avoid paper bags as well, which can also contain toxins such as bleaches.

A Valentine Story

John stood up from the bench, straightened his Army uniform, and studied the crowd of people making their way through Grand Central Station. He looked for the girl whose heart he knew, but whose face he didn’t, the girl with the rose.

His interest in her had begun thirteen months before in a California library. Taking a book off the shelf he found himself intrigued, not with the words of the book, but with the notes penciled in the margin.

The soft handwriting reflected a thoughtful soul and insightful mind. In the front of the book, he discovered the previous owner’s name, Miss Linda Hall.

With time and effort he located her address. She lived in San Francisco. He wrote her a letter introducing himself, and inviting her to correspond. The next day he was shipped overseas for service in World War II. During the next year and one month the two grew to know each other through the mail. Each letter was a seed falling on a fertile heart. A romance was budding. He was lonely so he wrote Linda and requested a photograph, but she refused. She felt that if he really cared, it wouldn’t matter what she looked like. When the day finally came for him to return from Europe, they scheduled their first meeting – 7:00 PM at the airport in San Diego. “You’ll recognize me,” she wrote, “by the red rose I’ll be wearing on my lapel.”

So at 7:00 he was in the airport looking for a girl whose heart he loved, but whose face he’d never seen. I’ll let John tell you what happened:

“A young woman was coming toward me, her figure long and slim. Her blonde hair lay back in curls from her delicate ears; her eyes were blue as flowers. Her lips and chin had a gentle firmness, and in her pale green suit she was like springtime come alive. I started toward her, entirely forgetting to notice that she was NOT wearing a rose. As I moved, a small provocative smile curved her lips. “Going my way, sailor?” she murmured. Almost uncontrollably I made one step closer to her, and then I saw Linda Hall. She was standing almost directly behind the girl. A woman well past 40, she had graying hair tucked under a worn hat. She was more than plump, her thick-ankled feet thrust into low-heeled shoes. The girl in the green suit was walking quickly away. I felt as though I was split in two, so keen was my desire to follow her, and yet so deep was my longing for the woman whose spirit had truly companioned me and upheld my own.

Screen Shot 2014-03-20 at 11.53.42 AMAnd there she stood. Her pale, plump face was gentle and sensible; her gray eyes had a warm and kindly twinkle. I did not hesitate. My fingers gripped the small worn blue leather copy of the book that was to identify me to her. This would not be love, but it would be something precious, something perhaps even better than love, a friendship for which I had been and must ever be grateful.

I squared my shoulders and saluted and held out the book to the woman, even though while I spoke I felt choked by the bitterness of my disappointment. “I’m John Blanchard, and you must be Miss Hall. I am so glad you could meet me; may I take you to dinner?”

The woman’s face broadened into a tolerant smile. “I don’t know what this is about, son,” she answered, “but the young lady in the green suit who just went by, she begged me to wear this rose on my coat. And she said if you were to ask me out to dinner, I should go and tell you that she is waiting for you in the big restaurant across the street. She said it was some kind of test!” It’s not difficult to understand and admire Miss Hall’s wisdom. The true nature of a heart is seen in its response to the unattractive. “Tell me whom you love,” Houssaye wrote, “And I will tell you who you are.” ~Happy Valentine’s Day

  • Men spend almost TWICE as much on Valentine’s Day as women do. This year, the average man will spend $156, while the average woman will only spend $85.
  • More than one-third of men would prefer NOT receiving a gift. Less than 20 percent of women feel the same way.
  • Around this season, a dozen long-stemmed roses can cost an average of $75, or about 30% MORE – than the NORMAL price of $58.
  • More than nine million pet owners are expected to buy gifts for their pets – this Valentine’s Day.
  • 15 percent of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day.

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Valentine Quotes

“Sometimes it’s a form of love just to talk to somebody that you have nothing in common with and still be fascinated by their presence.”  ~David Byrne

“True love is when you put someone on a pedestal, and they fall – but you are there to catch them.”  ~Author Unknown

  • LOVE
  • DAY
  • GIFT
  • MAN
  • OUT
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I just did this little word search myself, and it didn’t turn out as good as I’d hope, but see if you can find all of the words listed above.

Disclaimer: The information in this newsletter is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images and information, contained on or available through this newsletter, is for general information purposes only. Jay L Rugoff DC PLLC makes no representation and assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of information contained in or made available through this newsletter and such information is subject to change without notice. You are encouraged to confirm any information obtained from or through this newsletter with other sources, and review all information regarding any medical condition or treatment with your physician.

Healing Hands Newsletter – January 2014

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Dear Patients and Friends,
Good grief! I could have sworn that by now we would all be driving electric cars that would fold up into a brief case like the old Jetson’s cartoon! (maybe I’m dating myself). Some things change, some things stay the same, right?
Well, I suppose that change is the only constant thing. I was talking recently with an eight year old, reminiscing about how things used to be. It came as a shock to her that the internet didn’t exist until just a couple short decades ago. She was asking, “What did you guys used to do when you were kids if there were no IPads to play on or Xbox 360’s?” Playing outside? Is that a new video game?
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So….What Are You Really Going To Do This Year To Be Healthier?
In my last newsletter, I wrote about goals. Most articles you see this time of year talk about resolutions, hopes and dreams for the New Year. The gyms and “weight loss clubs” are filled with people energized by New Year’s resolutions, good intentions and no real plan to achieve them. I am going to focus on actually achieving one of our most common resolutions, weight loss.
Some of you already know I offer my own weight loss system. Why don’t I just offer a premade system just like everyone else? For me, the system has to give fast results, be natural and organic (whenever possible), of course be safe and effective and above all else, be less of a diet and more of a healthy lifestyle. Are you really going to eat pre-made food packets for the rest of your life? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to not only lose weight and keep it off, but also have all those so called chronic conditions also start to disappear? Better energy, less chronic headaches, joint pain, stomach problems, allergies, the list can be endless.

Happy New Year to you and yours! Make 2014 the best one yet.

What Makes My System Different

Most diets will help you lose weight, some even rapidly however, they also promote yoyo dieting. Within 1-2 years, most people are back where they started or worse. My diet helps reset your weight set point (the average weight your body tries to maintain). Perhaps you notice that you always weigh about the same, give or take, over time. That is your body’s weight set point. That has to do with brain chemistry as well as certain trigger foods. Drinking diet soda and eating low calorie treats are not going to achieve this. Most diets don’t address trigger foods. Foods that in your case, will put on the pounds fast. Just avoiding your danger foods alone, will help you maintain your weight.

Why have you gained weight in the first place? Remember when you were young and could eat anything you wanted and never put on a pound? Now you just look at a cup cake and you gain 5 pounds. Perhaps it’s your hormones? After 35, as we age, Progesterone, Estrogen, Testosterone and Growth hormones all start to significantly decrease. Men notice less energy, vitality, weight gain and they start to see the “spare tire” on their belly. Women start to lose tone, peri-menopausal symptoms start (hot flashes) and weight gain are signs of diminished hormones. When you are fighting hormone deficiency, weight loss becomes more difficult and harder to maintain.

Maybe you are toxic and need to clean up your body as part of your weight loss program? Hint: you hold onto fat as a way to store toxins in the body. Eating premade foods and snacks with Splenda, Equal, etc, may work but you are just adding toxins to your body. You may lose weight but you are still toxic and your body will try to store fat to protect you. In the end, you are making it more difficult to maintain your hard won weight loss.

You are eating real food, preferably organic,as part of this program. You will continue to eat real food after your weight loss. Eating low calorie brownies and diet soda only sabotages you.

If you eat foods that promote an acidic state, it’s harder to lose weight. Reinforcing alkalinity, drinking alkaline water for example, instead of acidic diet soda, not only helps with weight loss but promotes overall health. Maintaining an alkaline diet also helps you maintain your weight.

This is just an overview of what my program offers. If you are interested in more information, you can call (489-2628) and make an appointment to watch a more complete video of the program. If you like what you see, I can customize this system to your particular needs.

TAX Breaks for Weight Loss, Chiropractic, Etc?….YES!!

Weight loss programs are tax deductable … but of course there are limits and exceptions.
You should check with your tax professional. Check into this brand new update from IRS about this and deducting chiropractic fees too (under medical expenses).

Weight loss programs ARE deductible. All programs – whether a big commercial program like Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig or a physician or hospital-based weight loss program – can be deducted, providing your doctor has confirmed that your current weight is a threat to your health, and has therefore ordered you to enroll in a program to treat a specific disease, whether obesity (a designated disease as of 2002), hypertension, heart disease, or high cholesterol, for example. You must have this in writing. Note: You must get that letter from your primary physician. We are not allowed to treat specific diseases such as obesity or heart disease nor use nutrition as a specific treatment. We are allowed to offer programs for the general health of our patients but cannot say they are for any specific treatment or disease.

Dangers of Artificial Sweeteners

The dangers of artificial sweeteners continue to generate a fair amount of news coverage and even more confusion for consumers. The FDA has blessed them as safe; end of story. Watchdog groups beg to differ, saying research on artificial sweeteners is flawed and doesn’t account for how long-term use of the additives may impact health. Whether artificial sweeteners are dangerous for you may come down to how well-defended your own body is against the chemicals they contain.

  • Aspartame (Equal)
    What’s in it: Phenylalanine, aspartic acid and methanol. Reported side effects: Headaches, fibromyalgia, anxiety, memory loss, arthritis, abdominal pain, nausea, depression, heart palpitations, irritable bowel syndrome, seizures, neurological disorders, vision problems, brain tumors and weight gain.
    Concerns: Phenylalanine and aspartic acid directly impact brain and central nervous system functions; evidence shows they play a role in mood disorders, memory problems and other neurological illnesses. Methanol is converted into formaldehyde when metabolized.  Makers of aspartame say methanol and its byproducts are quickly excreted.  But research has found measurable amounts of formaldehyde in the livers, kidneys and brains of test subjects after ingestion of aspartame.At high temperatures, phenylalnine breaks down into diketopiperazine (DPK), a known carcinogen. Phenylalnine is especially dangerous for people with the hereditary disease, phenylketonuria.
  • Aceslulfame-K (Sunette or Sweet one)
    What’s in it: Acesulfame-K is a potassium salt containing methylene chloride, a known carcinogen. Reported side effects: Long term exposure to methylene chloride can cause nausea, headaches, mood problems, impairment of the liver and kidneys, problems with eyesight and possibly cancer. Acesulfame-K may contribute to hypoglemica.
    Concerns: Of all artificial sweeteners, acesulfame-K has undergone the least scientific scrutiny. Early studies showed a potential link between the sweetener and development of multiple cancers in laboratory animals.
  • Sucralose (Splenda)
    What’s in it: Sucralose is a synthetic additive created by chlorinating sugar. Manufacturers say the chlorine in sucralose is no different from that in table salt. Fact: the chemical structure of the chlorine in sucralose is almost the same as that in the now-banned pesticide DDT.
    Reported side effects: Head and muscle aches, stomach cramps and diarrhea, bladder issues, skin irritation, dizziness and inflammation. Concerns: Research has shown Sucralose can cause shrinking of the thymus gland, an important immune system regulator, and liver and kidney dysfunction. A recent study by Duke University found Sucralose reduces healthy intestinal bacteria, which are needed for proper digestion and can impact the effectiveness of prescription and other drugs.
  • Saccharin (Sweet & Low)
    What’s in it: Saccharin is a sulfa-based sweetener; its primary ingredient is benzoic sulfimide. Reported side effects: For those with sulfa allergies, saccharin may cause nausea, diarrhea, skin problems or other allergy-related symptoms.
    Concerns: Early safety studies of saccharin showed the sweetener caused bladder cancer in rats.

Happy New Year from all of us, to YOU…

(2014 is just starting, so I want you to be prepared for it by reading this.)

“I hope that in 2014, you make mistakes. Why would I tell you to make mistakes in the coming year? Simple.
Because… if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things in your life, learning, living without limits, pushing yourself, changing yourself as only you can do, plus changing the world.

You are a great patient and if you do these types of things in 2014 you’ll be doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you are going to be – Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you. Make new mistakes in 2014 and don’t sweat the small stuff. Make glorious, amazing mistakes and then go on. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before but don’t worry. You are human and no one is perfect. Try to be good and if you make a mistake, so be it.

When you make them, don’t freeze up and don’t stop. Whatever it is you’re scared of doing; Just Do It. Make your mistakes, in 2014 and forever and never look back. It’s okay. There’s always another day.”

P.S. Have a great start to 2014, and an awesome New Year!!

Disclaimer: The information in this newsletter is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images and information, contained on or available through this newsletter, is for general information purposes only. Jay L Rugoff DC PLLC makes no representation and assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of information contained in or made available through this newsletter and such information is subject to change without notice. You are encouraged to confirm any information obtained from or through this newsletter with other sources, and review all information regarding any medical condition or treatment with your physician.

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