Foods BANNED in Other Countries, But Not America!

Try avoiding these foods over the holidays and always!  After this research, I may become vegan.

  1. Milk Linked to Infertility; Ironic?Pentz Family Chiropractic Summerville rBGH
  • Cattle are fed rBGH and rBST, synthetic hormones, to get more meat out of the cow
  • Found in: American milk and dairy products
  • Banned in: European Union, Japan, Australia, China, New Zealand and Canada
  • Health Hazards: Infertility, weakened muscle growth and many cancers (and it is harmful to the cows!)
  1. Arsenic-LacePentz Family Chiropractic Summerville Chickend Chicken      
  • Fed to chickens to make their meat appear pinker and fresher
  • Found in: Poultry
  • Banned in: European Union
  • Health Hazards: Arsenic is POISON. If you eat enough it will kill you.
  1. Flame-Resistant BeveragesPentz Family Chiropractic Summerville brominated veg oil
  • Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO) makes food coloring stick to liquid; Bromine is a toxic chemical used in flame retardant
  • Found in: Sports drinks, energy drinks and citrus-flavored drinks
  • Banned in: Over 100 countries
  • Health Hazards: Thyroid issues, schizophrenia, autoimmune disease, birth defects, organ damage and  hearing loss

4.  Petroleum-Based Food Coloring

  • Food without color is less appealing, so fake dyes are used; made from petroleum (also used to make gasoline, diesel fuel, asphalt and tar!!)Pentz Family Chiropractic Summerville Artificial Food Dye
  • Found in: Many foods, cake mixes, sports drinks, cheese, candy and macaroni and cheese
  • Banned in: Norway, Finland, Austria, France, and the United Kingdom
  • Health Hazards: Brain cancer, nerve deterioration, and hyperactivity in children
  1. Toxic Bread
  • Potassium Bromate (Bromated flour) is used to reduce baking time
  • Found in: Rolls, wraps, flat bread, bread crumbs and bagel chips
  • Banned in: Europe, Canada, Brazil and China
  • Health Hazards: Kidney and nervous system disorders, cancer and gastrointestinal discomfort

Pentz Family Chiropractic Summerville azodicarbminide

  1. Yoga Mat Sandwich
  • Azodicarbonamide is used to bleach flour; also used to bleach foamed plastic (soles of sneakers and yoga mats)
  • Found in: Bread, frozen dinners, boxed pasta and packaged baked goods
  • Banned in: Australia, U. K. and Singapore (you can get 15 years in jail for using this chemical in food here)
  • Health Hazards: Induces asthma
  1. Medicated MeatPentz Family Chiropractic Summerville ractopamine
  • Ractopamine is a drug used to make animals more muscular; similar chemicals are used in asthma medication
  • Found in: Pork and beef
  • Banned in: European Union, Russia and China
  • Health Hazards: Weight gain, increased heart rate, insomnia, headaches, and tremors
  1. Cancerous Preservatives
  • ButylPentz Family Chiropractic Summerville BHAated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT) are chemicals used to stop food from spoiling
  • Found in: Cereal, chewing gum, butter, dehydrated potatoes, etc.
  • Banned in: United Kingdom, Japan and many European countries
  • Health Hazards: Known to cancer and tumors in rats
  1. Carrageenan: Can’t Say it? Don’t Eat it!Pentz Family Chiropractic Summerville carageenan
  • Carrageenan is used as an emulsifier and thickener; can be especially dangerous to young children
  • Found in: Processed dairy goods (baby formula, ice cream, yogurt, even organic brands!)
  • Banned in: Infant formulas in the European Union
  • Health Hazards: Causes gastrointestinal problems and cancer
  1. Run-to-the-Bathroom Chips
  • Olestra was created as a substitute for cooking oil. This chemical robs the body’s ability to absorb vitaminPentz Family Chiropractic SummervilleFat free Chipss.
  • Found in: Fat-free potato chips, corn chips and French fries
  • Banned in: UK and Canada
  • Health Hazards: Oily anal leakage and vitamin depletion
Reference: Higher Perspective. 16 Foods So Bad For You They’re BANNED in Some Countries, But Not America. July 7, 2014.

Please visit our website for the PDF versions of these blogs!  Pentz Family Chiropractic of Summerville, South Carolina. (843) 879-9824

Top Foods With More Vitamin C Than an Orange

Without enough Vitamin C, cell growth and circulatory health can be compromised.  Vitamin C is necessary to ensure that the system develops properly and is able to function well every step of the way; however, many people may be deficient in this nutrient, which can lead to an inability of the immune system to operate effectively.

Those with a Vitamin C deficiency may experience a variety of symptoms ranging from fatigue and weight loss to bruising easier and having more muscle and joint aches.

According to the National Institute of Health, it is recommended that adult men consume 90 mg of Vitamin C daily and that adult women obtain  75 mg daily.  The amount varies depending on age, gender and other factors such as if a person is pregnant or breastfeeding.Pentz Family Chiropractic Summerville Dr. April Leary Fruit

  • Orange: 83 mg Vitamin C
  • Papaya: 96 mg Vitamin C (also high in fiber and folate)
  • Broccoli (2 cups): 132 mg Vitamin C
  • Strawberries (1 cup): 87 mg Vitamin C (consumption is linked to reduction in cognitive declines
  • Cauliflower (2 cups): 128 mg Vitamin C (fights damaging free radicals and has anti-inflammatory qualities
Raw Michelle. Top Foods With More Vitamin C Than an Orange. Natural News.

Interested in more information?  Contact Pentz Family Chiropractic Life Center, your Summerville Chiropractor! (843) 879-9824 or visit our website!

Kids and Caffeine, a Dangerous Combination!!!!

Pentz Family Chiropractic Dr. April Blog Kids and CaffeineNew research shows that even LOW doses of caffeine have a great effect on kid’s cardiovascular systems.  These findings were published in the journal, Pediatrics.

  • What is a LOW DOSE of caffeine?
    • HALF a can of soda
    • LESS THAN HALF a cup of coffee
    • FEW OUNCES of an energy drink
  • Kids are consuming more caffeine than ever!!
  • Caffeine has shown to have even more potent heart and blood pressure effects in boys than girls after puberty
  • Caffeine slows down heart rates and increases blood pressure with ANY DOSE in ALL children
    • Heart rates slow down to compensate for the rise in blood pressure
  • 17 and 18 year olds are drinking double the amount of caffeine compared to a decade ago
  • Teens are replacing soda with coffee and energy drinks
    • Coffee and energy drinks typically have more sugar than soda!!!
  • Children and teenagers are NOT drinking enough water
  • High doses of caffeine can bump blood pressure into the danger zone
    • Causing heart arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythm)
    • Causing heart attacks
    • Causing seizures
  • 50% of reports to the National Poison Data System about energy drinks were in CHILDREN YOUNGER THAN 6 YEARS OLD!!!!!!!

Please be aware of what your family is putting in their bodies, especially your children!

Reference: Carroll, L. Kids and caffeine may be a dangerous combination, new study suggests. Today Health. June, 16, 2014.

Interested in more information?  Contact Pentz Family Chiropractic Life Center, your Summerville Chiropractor! (843) 879-9824 or visit our website!

The Top 10 Reasons You Should Not Ignore a Backache

  1. The straw will break the camel’s back
    We’ve all heard the expression “the straw that broke the camel’s back.” This is so true for too many people who ignore minor spinal problems. One day they do something silly, like bend down to tie their shoe and they can’t get up. Major problems are much more painful and expensive to care for, and they can ruin your life forever.
  1. The times that you need your spine the most will be the time that it will tend to give out on you
    If you neglect your spine, you can be sure that when you need it the most due to stress, physical activity, business or pleasure travel, or even a big game-it can give out on you. Extra stress on a weak spine and nervous system can overload your system during your most important times. Regular adjustments as a part of your lifestyle can keep you healthy and prevent these inconvenient episodes from putting a damper on your life.Pentz Family Chiropractic Low Back Pain Image
  1. Nerve pressure can exist without pain
    According to the research, pain is not a good indicator of how healthy or unhealthy your spine is. Spinal examinations such as posture, weight balance, palpation, muscle testing, computer scans and x-rays are much better indicators. Pain is usually the last to show up and the first to be relieved when you begin chiropractic care.
  1. Nerves supply your whole body
    Your spine protects your nervous system, the master control center of your body. Vital energy flows over your nerves and communications with every cell.  Nerve pathways must be clear for the messages to get through.  If you have an uncorrected spinal problem, it can cause a decrease in the function of vital organs and systems and lead to severe problems.
  1. Deterioration can begin within 2 weeks
    Researchers found that when the spine is misaligned it can begin to deteriorate within 2 weeks.Think about how many two weeks have passed since you were born, which is often when the first spinal injury occurs. How many two weeks are there from a childhood fall to age 50? Is it any wonder why more than 15 million people are diagnosed with osteoarthritis each year?
  1. Grandma and Grandpa didn’t get crooked overnight. They grew that way over time
    This goes along with number 6. Over time, the spine and nervous system deteriorates, not because of age, but because of subluxations. Just like the tires on your car wear down unevenly when they are misaligned, the same can happen in your spine. You may have some areas in your spine that look like they are 80 years old while you have other areas that are more like a 30 year old. You can keep your entire spine healthy with chiropractic Lifestyle Care.
  1. Your quality of life depends on a healthy spine
    If you want to be healthy and active as you age, your spine and nervous system must be healthy. Period.
  1. Good posture keeps you young and attractive
    When your body becomes bent over and crooked, you will look and feel old and decrepit. If you keep your posture and your spine straight and strong, you will stay healthy, young and attractive. Many people attempt to use facelifts to preserve their youthful appearance as they age. A facelift would look silly on a person whose spine was neglected.
  1. You can’t afford to get sick or injured
    Now more than ever, you cannot afford to get sick. Crisis care costs are astronomical and an unhealthy spine and nervous system can be the cause of so many problems.
  1. Because your chiropractor cares
    Our office sees too many people who wait until they have intense pain and suffering. Don’t let this happen to you. Make an appointment today.

Interested in more information?  Contact Pentz Family Chiropractic Life Center, your Summerville Chiropractor! (843) 879-9824 or visit our website!

You Can’t Afford to Get Sick

The economy is affecting everyone. People are getting their financial affairs more organized, and they are cutting back on the “frills” in their life.  “I can’t afford it” are common words that I hear people use as they try to make sense of the lifestyle adjustments that they need to make. There is absolutely, positively one thing that you cannot afford in our country today. You cannot afford to get sick!!!

According to a recent Readers Digest article, 70% of those people who went into debt due to a medical condition had health insurance at the time. 49% of the people surveyed say that they put off or refused medical treatment for a serious condition because of money.
Pentz Family Chiropractic Summerville Dr. April Leary Money

Consider the cost of a surgical procedure, not including the rehabilitation, lost time off work, and lost quality of life. You should be crystal clear about the fact that in this economy you cannot afford to get sick and that keeping yourself healthy is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your family.
So what should you do to keep yourself healthy?

Don’t diet. Make healthy eating a part of your lifestyle. Too many people will only eat healthy when they get sick or get fat. They will starve themselves or force down healthy foods to lose weight, get in shape, or heal from their disease.  Make healthy eating a part of your lifestyle.

The 5 Eats of a Healthy Lifestyle are…

  1.   Eat a healthy breakfast.
  2.   Eat a high fiber diet rich with live foods.
  3.   Eat healthy snacks.
  4.   Eat more slowly
  5.   Eat with others.

Pentz Family Chiropractic Summerville Dr. April Leary Health

Exercise, Exercise, Exercise.  The three components of exercise that you must keep in mind for a healthy workout are your ESS, endurance, strength and structure. All three of these components are essential to quality of life as you age, while also preventing injuries or sickness. Endurance is good cardiovascular exercise that can be done through running, swimming, or a game of basketball. If you have had any previous injuries, stick with low impact endurance training. Strength training is also important. A stronger body more resistant to stress and will insure quality of life as you age. Structure is also important because you’ve got to take care of your core, and you’ve got to take care of your spine.

    1. Be conscious of your posture.
    2. Strengthen your core muscles.
    3. Maintain a healthy weight and body composition. Your body fat should be between 12 and 18% for men and between 14 and 22% for women.

Find relief money. Many of us buy and take over the counter medications not realizing that they are drugs and they usually have side effects. Begin looking for drug free solutions through diet, exercise and alleviating stress and see what happens. You may find that you can save $30, $50 or even $100 per month while eliminating your symptoms through these lifestyle changes.

Raise your deductible and invest in your health. The lower the deductible on your health insurance policy, the higher your premium will be. On the other hand, the higher the deductible, the lower your premium. Many people have raised their insurance deductibles and lowered their premiums by $50 to $500 per month which can be used to buy healthier, more nutrient rich foods, join a gym, get dental screenings or an extra chiropractic adjustment!

Interested in more information?  Contact Pentz Family Chiropractic Life Center, your Summerville Chiropractor! (843) 879-9824. Or visit our website,!