January 2014

Olive Branch Wellness Center Wellness Newsletter

Ray Ilg, ND

Raynette Ilg, N.D., is the owner of Olive Branch Wellness Center in South Elgin, IL. A Naturopath who earned a Bachelors of Science in Biological Medicine and then a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from National University of Health Sciences, she employs Nutritional Guidance, Herbal Medicine, Hydrotherapy, and Homeopathy in her clinic. Dr. Ray can be contacted
via her website,
Olive Branch Wellness Center



And your New Year's Resolution Was...


Was your New Year's Resolution to get to the gym, lose weight, stop nagging, stop procrastinating, call your Mom more, eat less junk food, eat more healthy food, do a detox? Any of these sound familiar? If I haven't hit on what it is that you "promised yourself you would do" just add it to my list!

I hear so many people talking this time of the year about doing a detoxification process. Sometimes a detox is the best thing in the world, and then sometimes no. One of the questions I get all of the time is "Should I do a detox?" My answer never ever changes, and it's this, "Why do you want to do a detox?" Most people believe that it's the best way to lose weight, or get rid of the evidence of their holiday fun. Well I consider those the wrong answer! Let's take a look at your overall health first.

A detox will help in a lot of areas, but if your system is really down or not functioning properly a detox can, and usually will make things worse!


I thought doing a detox was a good thing! Yes it is a good thing but it also can put some stress on the system so you better make sure all of your vitamins and minerals are in line before you start. Now, will you lose some weight? Well yes, but don't count on a detox to do what you really should be doing the right way!! Some people will lose 3-5 pounds but that's not the way to lose weight.

The actual purpose of a detox is to help your body, ONCE IT IS RUNNING EFFICIENTLY, to get rid of excess things that are getting in the way of normal function. Yes, you will lose inches because toxins sit in fat cells and make them larger, but again, you need to first of all get everything running smoothly and make sure that nutritional deficiencies are corrected. If you are running around with nutritional deficiencies you can and probably will have the need for a detox, but a supervised detox.

Please don't run to the nearest health food store and buy a box! You need to have someone who knows your body, what you are lacking and what kind of detox will best suit you when it's time to do one. Make a promise to yourself this year to get yourself balanced nutritionally with a Naturopath and you really won't believe the difference it makes.

We can help you with your nutritional needs and detox here at Olive Branch Wellness Center! Give us a call today and get on the right road.

Call today, 630-370-7290.

Dr. Robert Sierszulski

Dr. Robert Sierszulski is a graduate of the Logan College of Chiropractic near St. Louis, MO. Dr. Robert is certified in Active Release Technique of the spine and practices various chiropractic techniques including: Reinert-Specific Diversified, National Diversified, Thompson Drop, Cox Flexion-Distraction, Activator, and Logan Basic.
Dr. Robert of ChiroSolutions utilizes a very comprehensive approach to his patients encompassing various aspects of patient care including: chiropractic adjusting, physical therapy, massage therapy, and physiotherapy.

Ankylosing Spondylitis

I would like to take some time out to talk to you about Ankylosing Spondylitis. Ankylosing Spondylitis, or "AS" for short, is also known as Bechterew's Disease or Marie-Strumpell Disease. AS is a rare, chronic, inflammatory disease that has a known genetic link. Ankylosing Spondylitis, just as is stated in the name, "anklyoses" or fuses together bones in the spine so there is no more joint movement.

AS commonly starts in the sacroiliac joints, which are the two joints in between your tailbone, or sacrum, and ilium bones, which are part of your pelvis. These joints are located above your buttock on both sides and can be identified by dimples on the skin. These are the joints that move when you walk.

Symptoms of AS typically start as pain and stiffness in this area and this leads to increased difficulty walking as the disease advances. Symptoms appear gradually, usually at around 23 years old, and diagnosis typically takes many years to make because the symptoms are unspecific. Pain is typically most severe at rest but improves with physical activity, as long as it is not too strenuous. If symptoms present before age 18 they are likely of pain and swelling of the knee.



AS is a systemic rheumatic disease, meaning it affects the entire body. About 90% of AS patients express the HLA-B27 genotype, meaning there is a strong genetic association. There are no direct tests to diagnose AS, however, a clinical exam, MRI and/or x-ray studies of the spine, combined with genetic marker blood tests are the major diagnostic tools. There are several telltale signs of AS that can be found on x-ray, even before symptoms start.

Even though there is no cure for AS, Chiropractic treatment has proven to be an effective treatment option. Chiropractic adjusting of the joints helps to ensure proper joint mobility, thus decreasing the rate at which spinal and extremity joints fuse together and minimizing inflammation. Chiropractic adjusting helps significantly with regards to pain management.

From a clinical perspective, I have had a few cases of AS in practice and these patients are desperate for a non-medication relief for their pain symptoms. Routine Chiropractic care has greatly helped these patients. A low-inflammatory diet also helps to reduce the inflammatory response in the body and thus the immune reaction of the body attacking its own joints.

AS affects 0.1% - 0.2% of the general population and is most prevalent in northern European countries. AS is three times more prevalent in males than females. Even though AS is rare, the effects of this disease are detrimental and can be debilitating. If you or someone you know suffers from AS, please tell them to consider Chiropractic care as a part of their treatment regimen.

Don't procrastinate, your health should be your #1 priority, call us today, at 630-784-8500, to take a leap towards better health!

Dr. David McFadden

Dr. David McFadden is a co-owner and Clinical Director at Village Counseling Center. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. Dr. McFadden received a DMin and MA from California Graduate School of Theology in Pastoral Counseling, MS from Northern Illinois University in Marriage and Family Therapy, and a BA from Lincoln Christian University in Pastoral Ministry. Dr. McFadden has been helping adolescents and adults for over 30 years. Dr. McFadden can be reached via his website,
Village Counseling Center

The Price Of Leadership

In 1993, just three years after becoming C.E.O. of Northwest Airlines, John H. Dasburg was awarded an executive bonus of $750,000. To the surprise of many he returned the bonus. The gesture was part of a cooperative effort with airline employees who had agreed to wage cuts in order to help strengthen the company's lagging financial performance.

Speaking of the incident, Dasburg said, "Leadership has a price and sometimes it includes my pocketbook" One year later, Travel Agent magazine rightly named Dasburg the airline industry's Man of the Year.

Leadership does have a price. Many who aspire to leadership seem interested in the power or prestige that can come with the position. Few realize great leadership isn't about having a position or a title. Rather, leadership is the ability to positively influence people and organizations. And, there truly is a price to pay for that level of leadership.


The price of leadership requires that leaders...

Be Willing To Take A Stand - One cost potential leaders must consider is their willingness to stand alone. As a leader there are times when you are the only one fighting for the cause. Even when no one else is willing to step forward, the leader always does. This is one of the great costs of leadership, and it is also one of the identifying marks of a great leader.

Maintain Their Integrity - Ben Franklin once observed, "Glass, china and reputations are easily cracked and never well mended." The ability to really lead comes from a solid reputation and a solid reputation from strong integrity. Leaders know that character comes before competency. Integrity is more important than ability. Leaders reach for success but never at the expense of what's right.

Master Their Emotions - Effective leaders keep their emotions under control. No matter how they feel, good leaders strive to be guided by facts and principles. A person controlled by emotions becomes more susceptible to making errors in judgment. An old proverb says it this way, "A wise man controls his temper. He knows that anger causes mistakes." Remember, the emotional reactions of leaders not only affect themselves, but their followers as well.

Make Tough Decisions - Speaking on leadership, Ronald Reagan once said, "Recognize that a willingness to take decisive action is a hallmark of an effective leader -- people want to know where you stand so they will know where they stand." Of course, the trouble with taking decisive actions is that not all decisions are easy and not all options are clear. Still, leaders learn to take responsibility for the tough decisions, and the decisions others don't want to make.

Never Be Content With Average - An engraved marble plaque in Thom Apple Valley, Inc's. corporate conference room reads: "We are through just surviving." Leaders refuse to simply survive or to just get by. They are also never content with average. Real leaders push the organization to excel to the highest levels. In fact, the best leaders consistently live by the old saying: 'There is no speed limit on the road to excellence!



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