Keep Your Immune System Strong

Daily Fundamentals General Health Packs

general health

It’s challenging to keep up a supplement regimen,so we’ve developed the General Health DailyFundamentals convenience packs. Each box contains a 30-day supply of Catalyn, Tunaomega-3 oil, and Trace Minerals-B12. It’s maintenance made easy.
Imagine yourself in the retail aisle at your local vitamin store. You look around at the sea of supplements. Where do you start? Do you try the latest fad, or do you stick with the basics?
Your health care professional has a simple, convenient solution that will help you build a foundation for a healthier lifestyle. This trio of products provides the vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids you need every day:

◆ Supplies multiple vitamins and minerals from
 whole foods for complete, complex nutritional
◆ Designed to bridge the nutritional gaps in your diet

◆ Contains a spectrum of trace minerals (iron, iodine, zinc, copper, and manganese) that support a healthy body
◆ Provides iodine, which is required for healthy thyroid, spleen, and red blood cell functioning
◆ Among other functions, trace minerals support:
                                                        • Ligament, cartilage, and bone structure
                                                       • Immune and thyroid function
                                                         • Fat metabolism
                                                         • Calcium utilization


Delivers essential omega-3 fatty acids, including DHA and EPA
◆ Supports normal lipid profiles
◆ Supports the body’s natural inflammatory response
◆ Provides antioxidants
◆ Supports cognition and emotional balance
◆ Supports healthy skin and hair
What you do have is an immune system that, when healthy, enables you to accomplish hundreds of tasks on a daily basis. You need to guard it from continuous pressures, from things like:
  • Seasonal stress
  • Chronic stress
  • Environmental pollution
  • Poor eating habits
  • Lacking sleep and exercise
Taking whole food supplements can help support your immune system against the stresses of modern life and the changing seasons. If taken every day, Immuplex keeps your immune system strong and healthy. It provides support by nourishing the organs and glands that make up your body’s immune system.

Immuplex contains phytochemicals, minerals, as well as Protomorphogen™ and Cytosol™ extracts to support the immune system.
  • Taken daily, supports a healthy immune response function
  • Helps maintain normal white blood cell activity already within a normal range
  • Supports the body’s normal response to inflammation as it relates to periodic challenges like consumption of a high-fat meal or strenuous activity
  • Provides photochemicals with antioxidant activity
  • Provides broad mineral support for everyday immune function



References: Daily Fundamentals General Health Packs and Immuplex


August Fun Facts

Did You Know……

shopping crowd

If you want to avoid crazy crowds, don’t do your back-to-school shopping on Saturdays in August! According to Foursquare, a location-based social network, in 2012 more people “checked in” for back-to-school shopping on Saturday, August 18th.


Did you know August 15 is national “relaxation day?


Many colds are caused by rhinoviruses. Rhino means nose in Greek, so these are viruses that infect the nose. We get runny and stuffy noses when we have colds because that is where the virus is setting up shop.


Nectarine Salad Bento Box



I had the opportunity to visit a local farmer’s market so I was inspired to make a creative salad. I first layered some chopped green leaf lettuce in the bottom of my Easylunchboxes container. I really let the compartment judge the portion for me. I added blanched green beans, chopped heirloom cherry tomatoes, Perdue Chicken shortcuts and sliced grilled nectarine. The nectarine was grilled with the previous night’s dinner and the green beans were leftover from that meal as well. I added Late July Organics Dude Ranch Chips, sliced cheese and one strawberry filled with a chocolate fruit dip (Nutella and greek yogurt mix). I used a bit of lettuce to hold the strawberry in place but threw it in the salad when I ate so no waste! The filled strawberry may not be a good option if you cannot keep your lunchbox up straight or to keep it simple just add sliced strawberries no filling. Don’t forget a dressing! I served with a Rosemary Balsamic Vinaigrette (not pictured).

To view more ideas for easy lunches, visit the site listed below!


Reference: Bento Box Lunch Ideas


Backpack Safety

Backpacks come in all sizes, colors, fabrics, and shapes and help kids of all ages express their own personal sense of style. And when used properly, they’re incredibly handy.

Many packs feature multiple compartments that help students stay organized while they tote their books and papers from home to school and back again. Compared with shoulder bags, messenger bags, or purses, backpacks are better because the strongest muscles in the body — the back and the abdominal muscles — support the weight of the packs.

When worn correctly, the weight in a backpack is evenly distributed across the body, and shoulder and neck injuries are less common than if someone carried a briefcase or purse.

As practical as backpacks are, though, they can strain muscles and joints and may cause back pain if they’re too heavy or are used incorrectly. Here’s how to help kids find the right backpack.

Problems Backpacks Can Pose

Although many factors can lead to back pain — increased participation in sports or exercise, poor posture while sitting, and long periods of inactivity — some kids have backaches because they’re lugging around their entire locker’s worth of books, school supplies, and assorted personal items all day long. But most doctors and physical therapists recommend that kids carry no more than 10% to 15% of their body weight in their packs.

To know how heavy backpacks can affect a kid’s body, it helps to understand how the back works. The spine is made of 33 bones called vertebrae, and between the vertebrae are discs that act as natural shock absorbers.

When a heavy weight, such as a backpack filled with books, is incorrectly placed on the shoulders, the weight’s force can pull a child backward. To compensate, a child may bend forward at the hips or arch the back, which can cause the spine to compress unnaturally. The heavy weight might cause some kids to develop shoulder, neck, and back pain.

Kids who wear their backpacks over just one shoulder — as many do, because they think it looks better or just feels easier — may end up leaning to one side to offset the extra weight. They might develop lower and upper back pain and strain their shoulders and neck.

Improper backpack use can also lead to poor posture. Girls and younger kids may be especially at risk for backpack-related injuries because they’re smaller and may carry loads that are heavier in proportion to their body weight.

Also, backpacks with tight, narrow straps that dig into the shoulders can interfere with circulation and nerves. These types of straps can contribute to tingling, numbness, and weakness in the arms and hands.

And bulky or heavy backpacks don’t just cause back injuries. Other safety issues to consider:

  • Kids who carry large packs often aren’t aware of how much space the packs take up and can hit others with their packs when turning around or moving through tight spaces, such as the aisles of the school bus.
  • Students are often injured when they trip over large packs or the packs fall on them.
  • Carrying a heavy pack changes the way kids walk and increases the risk of falling, particularly on stairs or other places where the backpack puts the student off balance.

Purchasing a Safe Pack

Despite their potential problems, backpacks are an excellent tool for kids when used properly. But before you buy that trendy new backpack your kid or teen has been begging you for, consider the backpack’s construction.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that parents look for the following when choosing the right backpack:

  • a lightweight pack that doesn’t add a lot of weight to your child’s load (for example, even though leather packs look cool, they weigh more than traditional canvas backpacks)
  • two wide, padded shoulder straps; straps that are too narrow can dig into shoulders
  • a padded back, which not only provides increased comfort, but also protects kids from being poked by sharp edges on objects (pencils, rulers, notebooks, etc.) inside the pack
  • a waist belt, which helps to distribute the weight more evenly across the body
  • multiple compartments, which can help distribute the weight more evenly

Although packs on wheels (which look like small, overhead luggage bags) may be good options for students who have to lug around really heavy loads, they’re extremely difficult to pull up stairs and to roll through snow. Check with the school before buying a rolling pack; many schools don’t allow them because they can pose a tripping hazard in the hallways.

Using Backpacks Wisely

To help kids prevent injury when using a backpack:

  • Lighten the load. No matter how well-designed the backpack, doctors and physical therapists recommend that kids carry packs of no more than 10% to 15% of their body weight — but less is always better. If you don’t know what that 10% to 15% feels like, use the bathroom scale (for example, the backpack of a child who weighs 80 pounds shouldn’t weigh more than 8 to 12 pounds).
  • Use and pick up the backpack properly. Make sure kids use both shoulder straps. Bags that are slung over the shoulder or across the chest — or that only have one strap — aren’t as effective at distributing the weight as bags with two wide shoulder straps, and therefore may strain muscles. Also tighten the straps enough for the backpack to fit closely to the body. The pack should rest evenly in the middle of the back and not sag down to the buttocks.

What Kids Can Do

A lot of the responsibility for packing lightly — and safely — rests with kids:

  • Encourage kids to use their locker or desk frequently throughout the day instead of carrying the entire day’s worth of books in the backpack.
  • Make sure kids don’t tote unnecessary items — laptops, cell phones, and video games can add extra pounds to a pack.
  • Encourage kids to bring home only the books needed for homework or studying each night.
  • Ask about homework planning. A heavier pack on Fridays might mean that a child is procrastinating on homework until the weekend, making for an unnecessarily heavy backpack.
  • Picking up the backpack the right way can also help kids avoid back injuries. As with any heavy weight, they should bend at the knees and grab the pack with both hands when lifting a backpack to the shoulders.
  • Use all of the backpack’s compartments, putting heavier items, such as textbooks, closest to the center of the back.

Being a Safe Backpack Advocate

Involving other parents and your child’s school in solving students’ backpack burdens might help to lessen kids’ loads. Some ways the school can get involved include:

  • allowing students more time in between classes to use lockers
  • purchasing paperback books
  • implementing school education programs about safe backpack use
  • purchasing books on CD-ROM or putting some curriculum on the school’s website, when possible

You may need to adjust kids’ backpacks and/or reduce how much they carry if they:

  • struggle to get the backpack on or off
  • have back pain
  • lean forward to carry the backpack

If your child has back pain or numbness or weakness in the arms or legs, talk to your chiropractor.

Reference: Backpack Safety


Standard Process- Multizyme

Contains Digestive Enzymes to Support the Proper Breakdown and Absorption of Proteins,  Carbohydrates, Sugars, and Fats

Enzymes are protein molecules that catalyze, or jump-start, nearly all biochemical activity in the body. Enzymes are  needed to digest food, produce energy inside cells, activate the brain, help the body maintain cells, tissues, and organs, plus support other functions of the body. Without enzymes, many chemical reactions in the body would not be  supported. Enzymes have unique chemical structures and perform specific tasks, so one enzyme cannot substitute
for another. Enzymes fall into two main categories: digestive or metabolic. The digestive enzymes work in the intestinal tract to break down the foods we eat, so nutrients can be absorbed into the blood for use in the body. Digestive enzymes are divided into amylases, proteases, and lipases. Amylases are found in saliva and pancreatic juice. The sole responsibility of amylases is to break down carbohydrates and sugars for absorption. Proteases are found in pancreatic,
stomach, and intestinal juices and are responsible for digesting proteins. Lipases break down fats and are found in the stomach and pancreatic juices, as well as in foods that contain fat. The body procures some enzymes from food. Raw foods from both plant and animal sources provide the greatest percentage of enzymes, since heat and cooking can  destroy these sensitive molecules. Digestive enzymes enable our bodies to obtain optimal nutritional benefit from the foods we eat. Multizyme is an enzyme supplement that can aid in digestion.
How Multizyme Keeps You Healthy
Supports the proper and efficient breakdown of foods and absorption of nutrients
While the solid foods and liquids we eat every day contain the vital nutrients our bodies need to operate normally, they are of no use unless they can be absorbed into the bloodstream. Digestive enzymes ensure that proteins, carbohydrates, sugars, and fats are chemically transformed into molecules that can be absorbed and used by the tissues of the body.
Figs and almonds contribute fatty acids, fiber, and vitamins and minerals that encourage healthy digestion. The proteolytic enzyme pancreatin is a concentrate of important pancreatic enzymes needed to break down dietary proteins, fats, and starch into amino acids, glycerol and fatty acids, and simple sugars, respectfully. Bromelain and papain are proteolytic enzymes from plants that help the body digest proteins. Lipases trigger lipid breakdown while cellulases work together to hydrolyze cellulose. Amylase sparks the hydrolysis of starch into smaller mono- and polysaccharide carbohydrate molecules. Together, enzymes in Multizyme work synergistically to encourage the efficient breakdown of food in the digestive tract and enhance the absorption of vital nutrients.
What Makes Multizyme Unique
Product Attributes
Ingredients are derived from whole food sources
›Combines multiple digestive enzymes with fatty acids and fiber to stimulate the proper digestion of macronutrients and support gastrointestinal health.
Manufacturing and Quality-Control Processes
Degreed microbiologists and chemists in our on-site laboratories continually conduct bacterial and analytical tests on raw materials, product batches, and finished products
›Ensures consistent quality and safety.
Vitamin and mineral analyses validate product content and specifications
›Assures high-quality essential nutrients are delivered.

Fun Facts of July

Did you know….

Hot Dog
July Fourth is the “biggest hot dog holiday of the year,” according to TIME magazine, with Americans reportedly consuming about 155 million of them on Independence Day alone!


July 18-24 is the week of “Everybody deserves a massage day!”

Liberty Bell

Due to concerns about cracking the iconic instrument, the Liberty Bell has not been rung since 1846. Instead, every year, to mark the Fourth of July, the 2,000-pound bell is tapped 13 times to signal for bells across the country to start ringing.


Watermelon Rosé Sangria

In this pink sangria recipe, we’ve skipped the added sugar and used sparkling pink wine, elderflower liqueur and tons of fresh fruit and mint to create a delicious, yet healthy cocktail.

Makes: 6 servings

Serving Size: about 1 cup

Active Time:

Total Time:


  • 3/4 cup elderflower liqueur, such as St. Germain
  • 3 cups cubed watermelon
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1 750-mL bottle sparkling rosé
  • Ice


  1. Combine liqueur, watermelon and mint in a large pitcher. Refrigerate until cold, 3 to 4 hours. Just before serving, stir in rosé. Serve over ice.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Refrigerate for up to 12 hours. Stir in seltzer just before serving.


Per serving: 227 calories; 0 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 22 g carbohydrates; 11 g added sugars; 17 g total sugars; 1 g protein; 1 g fiber; 10 mg sodium; 201 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 1 1/2

Exchanges: 1/2 fruit, 1 other carbohydrate, 2 fat


Reference: Eating Well


Listen Up: Children Rarely Need Antibiotics for Earaches

Ear infections and related problems are almost a foregone conclusion for most children. According to the Seattle Children’s Hospital, ear infections (otitis media) account for at least 25 percent of all pediatric office visits and an astonishing 94 percent of children suffer at least one ear infection in the first three years of life. Typical pediatric treatment involves antibiotics or (in more nonresponsive cases) surgery to place tubes in the ears.

However, antibiotics or surgery may not be the answer. According to an article in the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics, nearly 80 percent of children were free of ear infections for the following six months after receiving chiropractic adjustments. The lead researcher explained, “Chiropractic mobilizes drainage of the ear in children, and if they can continue to drain without a buildup of fluid and subsequent infection, they build up their own antibodies and recover more quickly. Once they fight it themselves, kids tend to do very well and stay away from ear infections completely.”

Not only that, but other types of conservative treatment – including “watchful waiting” – may be a better option than antibiotics for treating ear problems. Another study, published in the Archives of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, evaluated the effectiveness of antibiotics in treating middle-ear effusion (MEE) (fluid in the middle ear) as compared to no antibiotic treatment.

The researchers concluded that for children older than age 2, antibiotics are unnecessary: “Because of a marginal effect of antibiotic therapy on the development of asymptomatic MEE and the known negative effects of prescribing antibiotics, including the development of antibiotic resistance and adverse effects, we do not recommend prescribing antibiotics to prevent MEE.”

So, what can you do to help ease your child’s pain? The Seattle Children’s Hospital recommends using either a warm washcloth against the affected ear or a few drops of warmed sweet oil (such as olive oil), applied directly into the ear, to at least temporarily stop the earache. Talk to your doctor about these options and ask about the benefits of chiropractic adjustments.

Reference: To Your Health