This is Veteran’s Day. For most, it is a government and bank holiday. For some kids, it is a day to miss school. But this is Veteran’s Day. This is their day. It is not (or should not be) Veterans, plural, day. Just a day with a lot of old soldiers. No it is Veteran’s Day. A day for them. A day for those who did what I would not. Serve my country when it called. Be willing to lay down their lives if called upon, to save a comrade, or to achieve a greater good. To obey, sometimes, when there was no understanding. Scared, perhaps; disappointed in their superiors and the civilians they were protecting, most likely. Some officers and leaders, others “grunts” who did the dirty work. Some both.
My father served in WWII in the Pacific. Here is his picture from 1941.
My grandfather fought in the French woods near the Marne in 1918 during WWI.
They survived. Many did not. This is a day of many feelings for me. Pride in my father, grandfather, and other family members who served, especially in times of war. Sadness that so many men did not return from these wars. Embarrassment that I was the generation of the 70s that reaped the benefit but denigrated the value of the men who served. Disgust that many of our current leaders not only did not serve, but actively opposed the men at arms that protected their right to protest, and kept them safe at night. Joy and fear that my son will seek to be commissioned as a marine officer, in part to honor his grandfather, and those he has known that gave their lives. And most of all, thanks to an imperfect nation, that has instilled these feeling in me, that has for more than 200 years defended the defenseless, and protected even those who would mock and scorn.
For all you who have put on the uniform and sworn the oath to protect, from Marine to Coast Guard, Reserve or National Guard. In War or in Peace. Abroad or at home. My thanks. My gratitude. And my never-ending support. May God bless you, and keep you.
Especially if you eat the creamy goodness first…
Healthy Water Intake
The recent heat wave may have you thinking about your water intake and it may be the time to rethink your whole hydration philosophy. It’s easy enough to think about hydration when you are in the sun; but you really should consider how much water you drink all year round.
During winter months we are inside more, with heaters going, and we don’t have that natural thirst mechanism. Just because it is winter and it is cold and rainy, doesn’t mean you can’t get dehydrated! So most of the patients I see ARE dehydrated.
Water is your body’s principal chemical component, comprising 60-70% of your weight. Every system in your body depends on water. Even mild dehydration can sap your energy and make you tired.
Lack of water increases fibrosis and cross-linking in collagen, resulting in advanced wrinkling, stiff and easily injured joints, and degeneration of joints and discs.
It also makes chiropractic adjustments more difficult, more painful, and less effective. Read More >>>
Torture By Foam
Dr. Vroom and Josh show you how to use the foam roller!
Spring sports are well underway and now is a good time for a reminder about care and prevention of shin splints. Most people are aware that shin splints are defined as pain in the front of the lower leg. It most commonly afflicts runners and walkers and many of our spring sports involve one or the other. Prevention is always the best medicine and this includes properly warming up, stretching, strengthening the front of the leg (tibialis anterior) and wearing proper, well-fitting footwear. Shin splints are not always avoidable, however, and there are several treatment options. Most people know about rest and ice. It’s difficult to rest during the short school season or even a driven club athlete. We recommend the use of ultrasound to break up adhesions, cold laser to speed up the healing, kinesiotape and massage. Some massage techniques that are helpful include Active Release Technique, ice massage, trigger point therapy and deep tissue. Using a foam roller at home is also very beneficial. Treatment of shin splints is definitely a no pain, no gain situation. You will need to endure a little discomfort in order to decrease your overall pain and return to your sport pain-free. If you suffer from shin splints or any other sports related injury call the office for an appointment.
I had an inquiry on kale and my friend said she just doesn’t like the taste. Well I found a great vegetable stew with kale that I thought I would share. It is gluten-free, diary-free and diabetes friendly with beans that make it high in fiber. I found it in the Everday Food magazine and I do think it is delicious. I will say that I put in about half to 2/3 the amount of kale it called for and added some rotisserie chicken.
Hearty Vegetable Stew Recipe: Read More >>>
So I don’t really have a lot of progress to report to you. I have been fighting sleep deprivation, sick children and lots of family in and out.
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