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Hello Summer!

Many of the beautiful flowers that bloom during spring bring along with
them pesky allergies, which some experience only seasonally in the
spring while many of the rest of us continue to suffer throughout the
summertime. In fact, more than 50 million Americans suffer from
allergies. Clearly this is why whole pharmacy aisles are dedicated to
allergy relief. But what about those who want a more natural way to
fight the good fight? Chiropractic just may offer you and your children
the relief you seek.

No matter what allergy you suffer from, your body is triggered to
respond for a single reason—your immune system is unable to tell the
difference between the harmful and the friendly. Many people believe
it’s the dust or pollen, but it’s not the allergens’ fault.
Subluxations (spinal misalignments) can also play a part, by
interfering with with the messages transmitted through the nerves,
resulting in improper immune responses.

For over a century, chiropractic patients of all ages have successfully
been able to cope with allergies by seeing their chiropractor to
correct these subluxations. Receiving chiropractic adjustments at
Kolarik Family Chiropractic can help ensure your nervous system is
free from interference and allow your body to function properly, so it
can recognize what is harmful and what is not.
This time of year is particularly important when considering
chiropractic to help relieve allergies and asthma, because vertebral
subluxations are more likely to occur now. Warmer temperatures and
longer sunlight hours beckon to us all, especially children who engage
in more outdoor activities, leading to misalignment s. And let’s not
forget those beautiful flowers in bloom and all their pollen floating
carelessly through the summer breeze.

While chiropractic care doesn’t treat symptoms, it does focus on
addressing the root cause of the body’s ability to fight off disease
and sickness, and in this case offers a natural way to help your body
cope with the impact of allergens. Not to mention a less expensive
alternative—allowing you to truly enjoy the summer ahead.
Stay Happy and Healthy,

Tom Kolarik, DC

Remember your nerves control everything.

First, schedule your family so they can begin benefiting from
chiropractic care.

Second, please forward this newsletter to friends and colleagues that
are experiencing headaches, neck and/or back pain or experiencing ill
health.

When your nerves work better, everything works better!

Kolarik Family Chiropractic is your Travelers Rest Chiropractor located at 308 N. Poinsett Hwy. in Travelers Rest, SC 29690.

Fibromyalgia & Chiropractic Care.

Are you experiencing Pain all over, Fatigue, Brain fog, Trouble sleeping, Exercise difficulties, Irritable bowel, Headaches, Jaw pain, or Multiple sensitivities. These are the most common symptoms of Fibromyalgia.

However, when caught early and treated appropriately, FM can resolve or at least be controlled.  Chiropractic care and management of FM is very effective and is becoming increasingly popular among FM sufferers.  The goal of managing FM is to return you to a productive, enjoyable lifestyle allowing you to function and perform all of your desired activities.

Chiropractic care is the most popular and sought after form of alternative care or complementary medicine as 20% of American men and women utilize chiropractic care at some point in their lives.  Of all the health care options, few have been found to be as satisfying to their patients as chiropractic with 80% of those seeking chiropractic treatment reporting significant pain relief, better functioning and an increased sense of wellbeing.  Still, many ask questions such as, what is the science behind chiropractic and, what exactly does a chiropractor do?

Chiropractic was founding in 1895on the fact that spinal misalignment’s cause nerve interference resulting in pain, loss of function, and a host of other symptoms related to the nervous system.  The entire body is connected through bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, with their supporting circulatory or blood flow system and nervous system.  When the spinal structure is in good alignment, the body can handle the many stresses and challenges we all face on a daily basis.  When there is a breakdown in this system, symptoms manifest and when left untreated, these symptoms can develop into chronic pain, including conditions such as fibromyalgia. Chiropractors focus to reduce pain and the many other symptoms by correcting the imbalances in the skeletal system with the objective of reducing nervous system dysfunction.  Many of the techniques utilized in chiropractic care include manipulation of not only the bony structures, but also the muscles, tendons, and ligaments through various forms of manual or hands-on therapy, stretching, posture correction methods, exercise, lifestyle modification recommendations including diet and nutritional management, and activity modifications.  Chiropractic care also includes discussions and instructions for modifying methods of performing tasks including bending, lifting, pulling, pushing in both at work and home activities.  Work station modifications are also thoroughly investigated, especially when symptoms are consistently worse after the work day.

Patients with fibromyalgia classically have generalized pain and tender spots throughout their body and often present with back pain, neck pain, headaches, as well as arm and/or leg pain.  Chiropractic care can effectively reduce the pain associated with FM by reducing bony misalignments, restoring muscle tone, and improving posture.  Proper exercise training has been found to be very important in maintaining long-term control of FM and is included in the management of FM.  Diet and nutritional counseling may also be beneficial.  Research has been very supportive of chiropractic care for patients suffering from FM.

 

Call to schedule your visit to Kolarik Family Chiropractic and begin benefiting today.

Kolarik Family Chiropractic offers conservative chiropractic care in The Travelers Rest, SC area. Walk-ins Welcome. Affordable.

All Natural Pain Relief. No Prescription Required.

Everyday in my office I see people in pain and suffering. Most of them have already been to their general practitioner that has given them a prescription for something that may hide or cover up the symptoms, but does nothing for the problem. So when the drug wears off the pain remains. The ill health, pain and suffering was and is not caused by a shortage of prescription drugs in our bodies.

How is this possible, since a child I am sure most of you have been told if you’re in pain you either suffer until it’s over or you go to the pharmacy and get some ibuprofen or Advil, if this doesn’t help the next stop is your GP and most likely something stronger (with more side effects).

What if the pain killers you are prescribed just dull the pain or start becoming less effective the longer you take them for. Maybe it’s time to reconsider your options.

What other options do you have, well there are some herbal and natural supplements that have been shown to sometimes help, or you may have heard about Chiropractic.

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a completely natural, gentle and effective treatment for pain originating from misaligned vertebra (bones) in the spine. Many a patient has crawled in to see me with severe back pain or with their neck frozen in a position as it’s too painful to move (after they have tried physical therapy, drugs, massage therapy, surgery). Following a short course of chiropractic spinal adjustments they discover that their immune system is stronger, they no longer have the pain that brought them in to see me, they no longer need to take the prescription drug they didn’t need in the first place, their range of motion has increased, they sleep better, etc….

Chiropractic focuses on restoring the integrity of the nervous system because it is the nervous system that controls all the other systems in our bodies. If your nervous system is not working as it should, then the systems it controls (all of them) can not work as good as they could. This can result in ill health, pain and suffering.

You do not need a referral to visit a chiropractor,
and you do not need a prescription.

Now what?

First, schedule your family so they can begin benefiting from chiropractic care.

Second, please forward this newsletter to friends and colleagues that are experiencing headaches, neck and/or back pain or experiencing ill health.

When your nerves work better, everything works better! 

Sincerely,

Tom Kolarik, DC
Kolarik Family Chiropractic

Dr. Kolarik Practices at Kolarik Family Chiropractic in Travelers Rest, SC. Also serving Taylors, Greer, Marietta, and North Greenville. Kolarik Family Chiropractic offers affordable individual and family plans.

7,000 Clinical Studies Concur – This Meat is a Clear Invitation to Cancer.

By Dr. Mercola

If you are for some reason choosing between rotisserie chicken and a hot dog, it turns out, surprisingly, that the hot dog may be the better option. That’s because hot dogs, and similar meats such as pepperoni and deli meats, are relatively free of carcinogenic compounds.

A study examined a number of ready-to-eat meat products for the presence of heterocyclic amines (HCAs). HCAs can increase your risk of stomach, colon and breast cancers.

According to MSNBC:

Pepperoni had the least HCA content … followed by hot dogs and deli meat … Fully cooked bacon … and rotisserie chicken meat … contained all five types of HCAs tested. Rotisserie chicken skin had significantly higher HCA levels”.

Sources:

Meat Science June 2011; 88(2): 227-233

Time Magazine March 28 2011

Dr. Mercola’s Comments:

You might have missed the media headlines last month which extolled hotdogs as better for you than chicken. If you click on the Time Magazine link above you can get a taste of this nonsense. This is a perfect example of how taking too narrow-minded a view can lead you astray from the truth about what’s healthy and what’s not.

Here, the researchers measured several different types of meats for levels of heterocyclic amines (HCAs), and because hot dogs and pepperoni happened to have lower levels of HCAs than rotisserie chicken, MSNBC leapt to the conclusion that these processed meats are better for you because they’re “relatively free of carcinogenic compounds.”

WRONG!

They’re just relatively lower in ONE type of carcinogenic compound!

But hot dogs and other processed meats contain OTHER compounds that put them squarely on the list of foods to avoid or eliminate entirely…

What You Need to Know about HCAs

Heterocyclic amines, or HCAs, are compounds created in meats and other foods that have been cooked at high temperatures. The worst part of the meat is the blackened section, which is why you should always avoid charring your meat, and never eat charred sections.

Studies have shown that humans who consume large amounts of HCAs have increased risk of stomach, colon and breast cancers.

But HCAs aren’t the only cancer-causing chemicals created during cooking. A couple of other well-known compounds include:

• Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs): Many processed meats are smoked as part of the curing process, which causes PAHs to form. PAH’s can also form when grilling. When fat drips onto the heat source, causing excess smoke, and the smoke surrounds your food, it can transfer cancer-causing PAHs to the meat.

• Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs): When food is cooked at high temperatures—including when it is pasteurized or sterilized—it increases the formation of AGEs in your food. AGEs build up in your body over time leading to oxidative stress, inflammation and an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and kidney disease.

In this particular study, published in the June issue of Meat Science, researchers specifically measured the HCA content of a variety of meats and found they contained the following amounts of this cancer-causing compound:

• Pepperoni–0.05 ng/g

• Hot dogs and deli meats–0.5 ng/g

• Fully cooked bacon–1.1 ng/g

• Rotisserie chicken–1.9 ng/g

• Rotisserie skin–16.3 ng/g

Clearly, when it comes to HCAs, the skin of rotisserie chicken is one of the worst culprits, so the advice to remove the skin is a good one. However, although they admit that other ready-to-eat processed meats contain lower HCA levels because they are enhanced with “a water solution with flavoring added to them,” MSNBC fails to add that these added ingredients make processed meats far from healthful.

You simply cannot judge the danger of a food by its HCA content alone, which is based on the manner in which its been cooked. You also have to evaluate all those added ingredients, such as preservatives, flavoring, and food colors.

Why You Should Avoid Processed Meats

Virtually all processed meats contain another well-known carcinogen: sodium nitrite. It’s a commonly used preservative and antimicrobial agent that also adds color and flavor to processed and cured meats. Hot dogs, deli meats and bacon are notorious for their nitrite content, so even though they might be low in HCA’s, they are far from healthful.

Nitrites can be converted into nitrosamines in your body, which are potent cancer-causing chemicals. Research has linked nitrites to higher rates of colorectal-, stomach- and pancreatic cancer.

Needless to say, should you choose to char your hot dog on the grill instead of heating it up in the microwave (which is what these researchers did) then you’d have both nitrites and HCA’s to contend with from that hot dog.

The truth is, processed meats are not a healthful choice for anyone and should be avoided entirely, according to a recent review of more than 7,000 clinical studies examining the connection between diet and cancer! The report was commissioned by The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) using money raised from the general public. Therefore the findings were not influenced by any vested interests, which makes it all the more reliable.

It’s the biggest review of the evidence ever undertaken, and it confirms previous findings: Processed meats increase your risk of cancer, especially bowel cancer, and NO amount of processed meat is “safe.” A previous analysis by the WCRF found that eating just one sausage a day raises your risk of developing bowel cancer by 20 percent!

Other studies have also found that processed meats increase your risk of:

• Colon cancer by 50 percent

• Bladder cancer by 59 percent

• Stomach cancer by 38 percent

• Pancreatic cancer by 67 percent

And that’s not all.

Hot dogs, bacon, salami and other processed meats may also increase your risk of diabetes by 50 percent, and lower your lung function and increase your risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

People who eat processed meats regularly also tend to eat fewer vegetables than others, which likely only compounds any health risks.

So what’s the moral of this story?

Don’t jump to conclusions based on piecemeal reporting. The overall evidence is actually pretty cut-and-dry: processed meats will raise your cancer risk and should be avoided as much as possible. So, don’t believe you’re eating healthier by switching from grilled chicken to hot dogs and other processed meats.

How to Shop for Less Harmful Hot Dogs and Deli Meats

Now, if you are going to eat hot dogs or other processed meats once in awhile, here are a few shopping tips to reduce their harmful health effects:

• Look for “uncured” varieties that contain NO nitrates

• Choose varieties that say 100% beef, 100% chicken, etc. This is the only way to know that the meat is from a single species and does not include byproducts (like chicken skin or chicken fat or other parts)

• Avoid any meat that contains MSG, high-fructose corn syrup, preservatives, artificial flavor or artificial color

• Ideally, purchase sausages and other processed meats from a small, local farmer who you can ask about the ingredients

Again, these are still not ideal as they’re still processed, but they are better than the vast majority of processed meats on the market.

Healthier Meat Choices

Now, if you want to eat truly healthful meat, make sure the meat is organic and grass-fed (preferably from a local farmer). Chickens should be organic, pastured chickens. This is an essential requirement healthy meat.

Meats from conventional Animal Feeding Operations (AFOs) are loaded with pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and other chemicals and should be avoided entirely.

To counteract some of the harmful effects of cooking, add homemade spice rubs, herb-enhanced marinades or even fresh blueberries to your meat prior to cooking it. This will not only impart added health benefits but will also help cut down on the harmful substances formed!

Better yet, use the same spice rubs and marinades, but eat the meat only lightly cooked or raw. Keep in mind though that when eating your meat raw, it’s IMPERATIVE that the meat is organically raised and grass-fed. Never eat conventional CAFO meats raw as – CAFO raised meats typically come from very unhealthy animals that can harbor dangerous infectious agents.

Be sure to get your spine checked regularly to make sure your nervous system is working properly. Allowing your body the best opportunity to recognize toxins and eliminate them before they can cause problems. 

Dr. Kolarik practices in Travelers Rest, SC at Kolarik Family Chiropractic. Also serving Greer, Taylors, Marietta, Slater, and North Greenville. Dr. Kolarik offer affordable plans for individuals and families.

Medical Research Supports Chiropractic Wellness Care.

The following is a post from ChiroAcess April 19, 2011.

“Two research studies generated by the medical profession this year add evidence in support of the value of chiropractic maintenance care.

The first study published in January 2011 in Spine concluded that “SMT is effective for the treatment of chronic non specific LBP. To obtain long-term benefit, this study suggests maintenance spinal manipulations after the initial intensive manipulative therapy.”

The second study in April 2011, published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, provides additional support for the value of chiropractic maintenance care for post injury low back pain patients.  The study followed 894 injured workers for a period of one year.  During that year there were four different types of therapy available to the workers:  medical management, physical therapy,chiropractic, and no therapy.  Episodes of repeat disability were recorded during the year following the initial injury.  Physical therapy had the highest percentage of re-injured workers followed by those receiving medical management or no treatment at all.  The lowest incidence of repeat injury was found among those workers who had received chiropractic maintenance care.

The results of published surveys given to chiropractors have documented the profession’s belief in the value of maintenance care.  Furthermore, during the last decade there have been a dozen peer reviewed papers on the subject.  There are far more questions to be answered, but it is heartening to see medical research corroborate the studies and beliefs of the chiropractic profession.”

For more information visit Kolarik Family Chiropractic.

Dr. Tom Kolarik practices at Kolarik Family Chiropractic in Travelers Rest, South Carolina, SC, also serving Greer, Marietta, Slater, Taylors, and North Greenville. Dr. Kolarik offers quality, conservative, gentle, chiropractic care. Kolarik Family Chiropractic offers Unlimited and Wellness plans for both individuals and families. Walk-ins are welcome.

That’s Not Chiropractic. Chiropractic Is Specific Or It Is Nothing.

Recently I attended a large public awareness and fundraising event.  While I enjoyed the event’s entertainment I was also pleasantly surprised that they allowed a Chiropractor to set up.  But, after watching him off and on while we were enjoying the music and food I was in a state of shock at what I saw.  This chiropractor was doing exactly the same thing to everybody he adjusted at this event. Not once did this chiropractor palpate the spine or preform any of the many simple checks he could have done that may have indicated the presence of a subluxation. Everybody he “adjusted” (I am using this term very loosely) received five moves. First he had them lay face down and he would push down in three (not two or four) locations, second he would have them lay on their right side and he would crack their low back then roll them onto their left side and crack their low back, then he would them lay on their back and he would crack their neck to the right then he would crack their neck to the left. I say crack because he certainly was not adjusting a subluxation nor was he, in my opinion, practicing chiropractic.  This chiropractor is doing a great disservice to my chosen profession. Really it made me sick to think about how much damage he did to the recipients of his free “adjustment.”

If your chiropractor “adjusts” you like this you need a new chiropractor.  Chiropractic is specific or it is nothing.

Let me ask you a question. If your chiropractor moves a vertebra one direction, does it make any sense at all for him to immediately move it back? The answer is a resounding NO.

True Chiropractic doctors examine your spine looking for spinal misalignment. A misalignment in the spine can cause an interference with the information carried by the nerves exiting the spine at that particular level. This interference decreases the body’s ability to adapt, decreases immune function, and a whole host of other problems.

Specific chiropractic spinal adjustments help to restore misaligned bones to a more normal position thus improving spinal function. Allowing soft tissue to heal, inflammation to go down, pain to ease, and improving spinal stability.

A real chiropractic adjustment is specific. It is not twisting and popping back and forth, to the right and then to the left.

Chiropractors gently correct the problem by using a broad range of adjusting methods. By correcting subluxations and restoring proper nerve flow, chiropractors help people enjoy more of their full potential for health and optimal performance. It’s about helping people of all ages – from infancy to active senior living – to enjoy better health under chiropractic care.

Dr. Tom Kolarik practices at Kolarik Family Chiropractic in Travelers Rest, South Carolina, SC.  Dr. Kolarik offers gentle, conservative chiropractic services in the Travelers Rest and surrounding area.  Dr. Tom offers affordable individual and family plans.

Chiropractic And Wellness

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts which is based upon the understanding that good health depends, in part, upon a properly functioning nervous system (especially the spine, and the nerves extending from the spine to all parts of the body). “Chiropractic” comes from the Greek word Chiropraktikos, meaning “effective treatment by hand.” Chiropractic stresses the idea that the cause of many disease processes begins with the body’s inability to adapt to its environment.

Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that your body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism, controlled by the brain, spinal cord and nerves of the body. The vertebrae, which protect the nervous system, when misaligned or lose its normal motion, causes malfunction of the tissues and organs throughout the body.

What is Wellness?

The word “wellness” has no universally accepted definition, but we should know that it has nothing to do crisis care as delivered in a hospital setting.

WELLNESS: “A purposeful choice of a lifestyle characterized by personal responsibility, self-control, good nutrition, exercise and faith to achieve maximum personal enhancement of physical, mental, and emotional health.”

 “The power that made the body is the only power that can heal the body, it happens no other way.”

Kolarik Family Chiropractic is currently accepting new patients. Kolarik Family Chiropractic offers quality, gentle, conservative chiropractic care to the residents of Travelers Rest, SC and surrounding areas of Marietta, Slater, Taylors, Greer, and North Greenville.

Now offering Individual and Monthly Plans.
  • Individual Monthly Plan – only $97, entitles you to all necessary chiropractic checks and adjustments. And because research shows that regular chiropractic care helps patients of all ages from infancy to their geriatric years, this plan is a great way ensure your health is a top priority.
  • Family Monthly Plan – only $175, entitles up to two adults (married) and three children under the age of 18, additional children add $20, to all necessary chiropractic checks and adjustments. The Family Plan is a great way to ensure your family’s health is a top priority.

We also offers pre-paid visit packages for as low as $15 per visit, these visits are good for one year after purchase. These packages and plans make chiropractic care affordable to everyone by removing the financial concern.

For more information please visit Kolarik Family Chiropractic.

Dr. Kolarik practices in Travelers Rest at Kolarik Family Chiropractic. Located at 308 N. Poinsett Hwy. Behind George Coleman Ford and next to Dave’s Barber Shop and the Cooper Lodge. My

New, Affordable, Monthly Plans for Individuals and Families.

Kolarik Family Chiropractic is currently accepting new patients. Kolarik Family Chiropractic offers quality, gentle, conservative chiropractic care to the residents of Travelers Rest, SC and surrounding areas of Marietta, Slater, Taylors, Greer, and North Greenville.
NEW
Now offering Individual and Monthly Plans.
  • Individual Monthly Plan – only $97, entitles you to all necessary chiropractic checks and adjustments. And because research shows that regular chiropractic care helps patients of all ages from infancy to their geriatric years, this plan is a great way ensure your health is a top priority.
  • Family Monthly Plan – only $175, entitles up to two adults (married) and three children under the age of 18, additional children add $20, to all necessary chiropractic checks and adjustments. The Family Plan is a great way to ensure your family’s health is a top priority.


We also offers pre-paid visit packages for as low as $15 per visit,
these visits are good for one year after purchase. These packages and plans make chiropractic care affordable to everyone by removing the financial concern.

For more information please visit Kolarik Family Chiropractic.

Dr. Kolarik practices in Travelers Rest at Kolarik Family Chiropractic. Located at 308 N. Poinsett Hwy. Behind George Coleman Ford and next to Dave’s Barber Shop and the Cooper Lodge. My goal is to help everyone who walks through my door.