March 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

Eatin O’ the Green

If I had a dime for every time someone said to me, “but what do you mean that I don’t have to drink milk to get my calcium?” I think I would be on a private island somewhere under an umbrella!!

It always seems like a cruel notion that Calcium can come from anywhere other than dairy products. Well I’m here to tell you that it’s true. So if your kids don’t want to drink milk, don’t force them just give them something dark green, smile and say “Ya know what, your right.” You will be the amazing hero of the family. Besides when you think about it, milk is designed to take a 150lb animal and turn it into a 1200-1500lb animal.

I don’t think any of us want that for our children or loved ones. Milk also contributes to the production of mucus so it makes the sinuses scream for mercy as well as makes asthma difficult to deal with. Did you know that Milk also has sugar in it? Yep sure does. Approximately 13 grams of sugar per cup. That’s 8 ounces folks. Milk is also difficult to digest for many people. Once you have teeth there isn’

So what about getting some good quality calcium? Well let’s tell you where you get the most calcium and that’s from green stuff!! The darker the greens the better for you and the more calcium there is. Which greens do you want to eat, well let me start by telling you which ones not to eat. Don’t eat iceberg lettuce it has no nutritional value of any kind. It may be fun to crunch but forget about it.
If you are feeling really adventurous go for a vegetable you haven’t tried before.

Here are some of the big sources per cup:

492mg...Turnip greens
357mg...Collard greens
104mg...Mustard greens


The best way to get your vitamins and minerals is through food. So if you aren’t into swallowing pills or if you would just like to try a different way to get your calcium in try these greens. Today with all of the fantastic places on line to get new recipes you could definitely find one that suits your taste.

There are also plenty of other places to get your calcium like Sardines, with the bones, spinach, salmon and broccoli.
So what exactly does calcium do in the body? We are all familiar with the need for strong teeth and bones but calcium is more than that.

Calcium aids in having healthy gums, nerve impulses, regular heartbeat, helps with blood clotting and may lower blood pressure. Calcium can also provide energy and participates in the protein portion of the structure of your RNA and DNA. Did you know that calcium is involved in activating enzymes you use to digest your foods like lipase which breaks down fats.

Now don’t rush out and start swallowing lots of calcium based on diagnosing yourself. Like anything else too much of a good thing is to much so make sure you check with a qualified healthcare professional about what’s the right amount of calcium for you.

It’s just better to be caught “Eatin O the Green” to get the best health benefits.

Dr. Sanjeni Patel

No More Wrinkles, Acne Scars, Stretch Marks, & Keloids

Anyone ages 35 to 60 should be getting these treatments.

Point 2 Wellness is proud to introduce this revolutionary procedure in our office. The Dermapen is a fractional micro-needling device with a unique spring-loaded disposable needle tip that enhances results while offering a more controlled and safer method of treatment than other micro-needling devices, all while causing less epidermal damage.

The automated needling motion minimizes pain and discomfort, while increasing the effectiveness of treatments by promoting an even absorption of topicals into the skin.

It is as effective as Fractional Laser Therapy and IPL, but has a significantly shorter recovery period. Dermapen offers the following results:

Dr. Sanjeni Patel graduated from California State with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. She continued her education, obtaining a Master’s in Public Health. At the National University of Health Sciences she attained a Doctorate of Chiropractic and became certified in Acupuncture/Meridian Therapy and is certified in Webster Technique, a chiropractic technique for pregnant women that relieves uterine constraint. Additionally, she is trained in Mei Zen, or Cosmetic Acupucture, and Kinesio Taping. Dr. Jeni can be contacted via her website,

•Shorter treatment times
•less pain
•no side effects
•great precision
•lifts & rejuvenates skin
•reduces acne scars
•improves wrinkles & fine lines
•minimizes pore size
•improves stretch marks & treats alopecia

This unique treatment combined with a calming facial and unique anti-aging acupuncture body points will leave you glowing and feeling rejuvenated.

There are many procedures on the market that help with anti-aging but, it is important investigate all the side effects and recovery time before receiving treatment. For more information and before and after pictures please visit:

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 utilizes a very comprehensive approach to his patients encompassing various aspects of patient care including: chiropractic adjusting, physical therapy, massage therapy, and physiotherapy.

Slipped Discs Addressed By A Chiropractic

I would like to take some time out to talk to you about slipped discs.

The term “slipped disc” is a laymen’s term that could mean several different technical diagnoses. A slipped disc always refers to a problem with the intervertebral disc, which is found between almost every bony vertebral level.

The only exceptions to discs in between vertebra are found at the base of the skull (occiput) and the atlas (C1) as well as between the atlas and axis (C2).

There are 3 commonly recognized forms of “slipped discs.” In order tounderstand what the different forms mean, it is necessary to understand the components of the disc.

The very inner-most, watery portion of the disc is called the nucleus pulposus, the outer edge of the disc is made up of fibrous layers called the annulus fibrosis, the very tops and bottoms that touch the bony vertebral bodies are called the cartilaginous endplates.

Think of the endplates and the annulus as the barrier that keeps the fluid nucleus in place. Intervertebral discs help us absorb shock when we walk or take on any loads in the spine.

A disc bulge means that the nucleus pulposus has broken through several of the ring layers of the annulus fibrosis, but has not broken through the last ring, and is therefore still contained.

A disc herniation is defined as a displacement of disc material, meaning the watery nucleus has broken through all of the rings of the annulus and has leaked into the spinal canal.


Depending on the width of the herniation, it can be further defined as broad-based, focal, protrusion, or extrusion. A disc herniation that broke off and is floating around within the spinal canal is called a sequestration

Slipped discs are something that can be detected via an accurate history & consultation and orthopedic tests, but need to be confirmed via MRI. Proper treatment of slipped discs includes spinal adjusting as well as managing the associated inflammation and muscle spasming.

Keep in mind, there is no substitution for a Chiropractic adjustment and this is a wonderful alternative to surgery. Any way you look at it, “slipped discs” are something that need to be treated, and Chiropractors are experts at safely and effectively treating those discs.

Dr. David McFadden

The Art of Goal Setting

About 350 years ago, a shipload of pioneer travelers landed on the northeast coast of America.

The first year they established a town site.

The next year they elected a town government.

The third year the town government made plans to build a road five miles westward into the wilderness.

In the fourth year, the townspeople tried to impeach their town government because they considered it a waste of public funds to build the road. "After all," they said, "Who needs to go there anyway?"

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,

Clearly these people had the "vision" to see three thousand miles across the Atlantic ocean. They set the goal to cross and overcame great hardships to reach that goal. Yet, in just a few years, they were not able to see even five miles out of town. They had lost their pioneering vision.

Goal setting and "pioneering vision" go together. Vision allows us to see "what could be," and goal setting maps out "how to make it happen." Goals give us an objective view of where we are going and how to get there. Goals also function like a score board by measuring our progress.

There is an often used acrostic, S.M.A.R.T., that outlines some good ideas on the art of goal setting.

Here are a few principles for S.M.A.R.T. goal setting:

• Specific - Goals must be specific to be effective. Ambiguity clouds everyone's understanding of what must be done and hinders our chances for success. It was Yogi Berra, with his gift for stating the obvious, who said, "If you don't know where you are going, you'll end up somewhere else."

• Measurable - Effective goals are stated in a way that allows us to track our progress and to know when we are moving closer to accomplishing the goal. Oliver Wendall Holmes observed, "the greatest thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what
direction we are moving." When goals are measurable, you can determine your direction and progress.

• Attainable - Some people think they are setting goals when, in reality, they are writing fantasy fiction. When your goals go too far beyond your resources or ability, they are more likely to be chalked up as "wishful thinking" than reality. At the same time, do not
hesitate to really challenge and stretch yourself. Remember the old saying, "A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step." Even big goals can become attainable if you break them down into manageable steps.

• Relevant -Make sure the goals you set fit with the overall purpose for your business or career. Of course, even professional goals must fit within the framework of your life and family plans.

• Time-Bound - Goals must be stated with a specific time period for completion. Remember, "A goal without a time limit is nothing more than a dream." Dreams are good, but they do not come true unless you schedule them as goals.