December 2013

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



Merry Christmas Everyone


Probably what I should be saying is; merry so you over indulged, gained weight, have a bad attitude and are looking forward to being sick in January and February from all of the sugar you ate!

Seriously, the Christmas season puts your health at risk more than you know. First of all there are the late nights. You know those nights where you are finally getting home around 9:30 or 10 and then trying to get a couple of things done after you've consumed beverages and or foods you usually don't you go to bed because you're tired sleep for maybe one or two hours and then you're wide awake until 2pm!

One of the things that people who don't usually consume alcoholic beverages suffer from is a two stage process. First they get a little warm and sleepy feeling when they are drinking so they think that the alcohol has relaxed them enough to fall asleep. Then after falling asleep for an hour or two they are wide awake. What the heck just happened? Well your body took the alcohol and processed the sugar.

HELLO!!! Can you say adult sugar rush!!! You know how kids are with their Halloween candy; well, this is the same thing.

Sugar can really wreak havoc on your immune system. Sugar is the fastest way to tear it down and thus send you into the spiral of sickness. First the cold, then the sore throat, then the flu and guess who's in bed whining like a sick little kid? Yep, you. Did you know that sugar also plays a part in heart disease? Well it does. Sugar depletes your body of some of the hearts favorite nutrients. So, now for some of you that spells strokes, heart attacks and other fun things to make you sit in the ER (or should I say lay).

I know that Christmas is a great time with friends and sometimes family, but just be mindful of how much sugar you are really eating. Sometimes it's not as obvious where you get it from. Here's a short list to help you out.

It's in: cookies, cakes, fudge, candies, casseroles, ALL desserts, alcoholic beverages, fruit drinks, fruit, pop (or if you are from the South, soda), pastas, breads and even in some sauces. Remember I didn't say don't eat any, I'm saying you don't need as much as you think you do and remember to take care of you!

From Our office to you Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

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.

Multiple Sclerosis

I would like to take some time out to talk to you about multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is an inflammatory disorder where the myelin sheath, which is the covering around nerves in the brain and spinal cord, are damaged.

The myelin sheath is very important because it helps with nerve conduction. This works similar to why electrical cords are wrapped in flexible plastic, which is to help house the electrical signal so it does not dissipate before reaching its intended source. This damage, or plaqueing, disrupts the ability of parts of the nervous system to communicate resulting in symptoms that are determined by where the lesion exists.

Some of the symptoms of MS may include loss of sensitivity or changes in sensation such as paresthesia, which is the feeling of pins and needles, or tingling, muscle weakness, pronounced reflexes, muscle spasms, difficulty in moving such as difficulty with coordination and balance, problems with speech or swallowing, bladder or bowel difficulties, feeling tired, and acute or chronic pain. Other symptoms may include visual problems such as nystagmus, which is involuntary jotting of the eye, optic neuritis, which is an inflammation of the nerve that gives you sight, and double vision.



There are currently about 2-2.5 million people around the world that are affected by MS with disease onset usually occurring between ages 20 and 50 and this is twice as common in women as in men. Unfortunately, there is no cure for MS and even the cause for this disease is unclear, however, the underlying mechanism is thought to be destruction of myelin by the body's own immune system or failure of myelin-producing cells. MS is not considered a hereditary disease, however, some genetic factors have identified a higher risk in family members and some genes have been linked to MS.

Diagnosis of MS is made off of many factors including presenting signs and symptoms in combination with radiographic imaging and laboratory diagnosis. Lesions found in the brain and/or spinal cord are characteristic of MS. Lab analysis of cerebrospinal fluid may also be helpful in diagnosis.

Even though there is no cure, Chiropractic treatment may be helpful. In clinical practice, I have seen several cases of MS, most of who have come in for treatment predominantly for pain. These patients have all mentioned that they have occasional "bad days" or episodes in which they are in worse pain than usual or have great difficulty functioning at work. Some of these patients have mentioned that these bad days are triggered by stress or bad weather.

Treating these patients with MS has had a positive effect on their health and they have had fewer instances of these bad days. In all of these cases of my MS patients, Chiropractic treatment was combined with Massage Therapy and the results have been excellent. These patients were in less pain and had less spontaneous relapses of symptoms. Those patients who did not come in routinely as prescribed by their treatment plan frequencies felt more pain and mental as well as physical fatigue than those who did.

Chiropractic adjusting helps to boost your immune system and helps spinal alignment as well as increases proper joint mobility, so it is no wonder my patients with MS respond well to treatment. If you yourself have been diagnosed with MS or know someone who is, please consider mentioning Chiropractic care as an effective treatment option.

Don't procrastinate, your health should be your #1 priority, call us today 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

Bringing Positive Change To Your Career

Traveling faster than the speed of sound was considered an impossibility in 1947. Scientists said it couldn't be done. Pilot and aircraft would surely be destroyed by any attempt to break this barrier. On October 14 of that year Chuck Yeager mystified the experts by attaining and exceeding this speed. In fact, by year's end he had accelerated his Bell Aviation X-1 plane to an incredible 1,612 miles per hour, more than double the speed of sound.

In his autobiography, Yeager reflects, "After all the anxiety, breaking the sound barrier was a real let-down . . . Later, I realized that this mission had to end in a let-down because the real barrier wasn't in the sky but in our knowledge and experience of supersonic flight."

All of the worry and doubt about breaking the flight barriers existed only in people's minds. Likewise, the barriers to advancing your career or business are more imagined than real. Determine to take the steps to bring positive changes in your work and life.


Here are four steps to positive change in your work:

Take charge of your own situation

Refuse to be either an excuse-maker who rationalizes failure or an accuser who blames others. Take responsibility for your own situation. The only growth or progress in your life will come as a result of taking charge of your situation. Mary Parker Follett recognized this years ago when she said, "Responsibility is the great developer of men." Don't wait for others to lift you up. It's your career. Take charge of it.

Determine what you really want

To make progress requires that you clarify what you really want. Define the key objectives regarding your work and life. This doesn't mean you should only live for yourself without concern for others. It does mean that your ambitions, whatever they are, will never be realized if you don't take the time to really sort them out.

Eliminate self-imposed limitations

Successful people learn that obstacles don't have to matter very much. Difficulties or other circumstances can be there, but if you want to accomplish some thing bad enough, you'll find a way to get it done. Remember, the most difficult obstacles are those you impose on yourself. "I can't do it." -or- "I don't know how." -or- "What if I fail?"

These will do more to thwart your progress than any ten outside barriers.
As William James once said, "You have enormous untapped power that you will probably never tap, because most people never run far enough on their first wind to ever find they have a second. Eliminate self-imposed barriers.

Get to work changing your situation

Remember the words of J.C. Penney: "No one needs to live a minute longer as he is, because the Creator endowed us with the ability to change ourselves."



Header_BookLink Livin' LaVida Grande

This email was sent to <<Email Address>>
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
Olive Branch Wellness Center · 465 Briargate Drive · South Elgin, IL 60177 · USA

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp