South Shore Locavores GMOs? OMG!

Genetically Modified Organisms… whatever we know or feel or fear about them, they are here.  Learn more…

Massachusetts Right To Know GMOs

Lots of resources, including a link to the five labeling bills filed in MA.

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A complete listing of Websites, Resources, and Organizations
updated May 2013

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4 Reasons to Eat More Kale

ImageFrom Organic Gardening…

Kale is one of those vegetables people plant with the best intentions, but too many times it sits in the garden until it’s covered with snow.  You know it’s good for you and is one of the best “superfoods” you can add to your plate, but kale has other far-reaching benefits if eaten in place of a primarily meat-centered dinner.  Adding kale to your plate might be the easiest way to save the world.

Found out all four reasons by clicking HERE.

5 Top Foods for Pain Relief

Here are five top foods for pain relief from Dr. Jack F. Sarro D.C., Clinic Director

Sarro Chiropractic Back and NeckCenter | 198 Columbia Road | Hanover | MA | 02339

Fish and Seafood: Salmon
Fish and seafood are high in omega 3 fatty acids, minerals, and antioxidants which helps to reduce pain and inflammation.  Eating fish a minimum of 2-3 times per week has been shown to reduce arthritis pain.  Salmon, shrimp, and mussels are all good tasty choices.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil: olive oil
Extra virgin olive oil’s polyphenols are rich in antioxidants and enzymes that reduce pain and inflammation.  Try cooking with EVOO on medium to low heat, or drizzling it over food after it is cooked.
Ginger: ginger
Ginger contains compounds known as gingerols which reduce pain and inflammation while improving circulation.  Ginger can be used fresh or dried to add spice and flavor to many dishes.  It can also be steeped into a pain relieving tea, which tastes great with a bit of honey.

turmericTurmeric:
Turmeric is  a cousin to the herb ginger.  It contains an antioxidant curcumin which is largely responsible for it’s pain relieving properties.  Turmeric is common to curries, and is delicious on chicken and turkey with coconut milk.

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Pineapple is high in a protein digesting enzyme called bromelain.  It has been shown to help reduce scar tissue formation, inflammation, and pain.  Pineapple is great to eat after a large meal as it aids in proper digestion.  It is the perfect refreshing after dinner snack.

Seven holiday superfoods to keep you healthy!

Dr. Jack F. Sarro D.C. |  Sarro Chiropractic Back and Neck Center
198 Columbia Road | Hanover | MA | 02339 | (781) 829-9300
 
Superfoods can be fun, tasty, and healthy all at the same time. Seven of them are listed below that you can incorporate into your meals and deserts this season.           
   Use these superfoods to add spice and variety to your dishes!

  1. Cinnamon – The sweet spice cinnamon is popular during the holidays, flavoring cookies and pies, eggnog, ciders and even meats. In addition to being tasty, cinnamon has many health benefits. Cinnamon tea can alleviate colds and congestion. Cinnamon also improves blood sugar levels by enhancing insulin.cranbowl
  2. Cranberries – Cranberries are able to prevent bacteria from attaching to the urinary tract, thus preventing urinary tract infections. Cranberries may also help in preventing cavities and warding off viral infections like the flu.
  3. Pumpkin – Pumpkins seeds contain many important nutrients: iron, which is essential for blood cells; zinc, which can increase testosterone and form protein; calcium, which builds strong bones and magnesium, which builds healthy nerves and muscles. Pumpkin seeds are also a good source of protein and the essential fatty acid omega-3
  4. Wine- In moderation, drinking wine is good for cardiovascular health.wine
    Resveratrol, a component of wine, acts as an antioxidant and prevents cellular damage in the body, but it also prevents blood clotting and plaque formation in arteries. Studies have shown that wine can also prevent Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
  5. Ginger – Those little brown men aren’t just the cutest Christmas cookies, they may be one of the healthiest options. One of the biggest benefits of ginger is easing nausea. Ginger oil has even been used in massage to relieve arthritis with its anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger is often included in many herbal decongestants and can help to minimize the symptoms of respiratory conditions, colds and allergies.
  6. Pecans – This all-American tree nut is often scattered among many holiday dishes. Pecan pie, stuffing and appetizers. Pecans are high in fiber, a good source of protein, contain healthy fats, and are rich in antioxidants, like vitamin E. They will help fill you up as a snack before your big holiday meal so you don’t head to the table with an empty stomach.ppie
  7. Nutmeg – Nutmeg, native to Indonesia’s spice islands, contains a range of aromatic compounds beneficial to overall digestion. Nutmeg contains anti-inflammatory agents as well, which help to relieve pain. Nutmeg is also rich in the super-antioxidant quercetin, which provides powerful protection to the body and brain. So be sure to have ground nutmeg handy this year when you serve egg nog.

Ten Tips to Reduce Holiday Stress

Here are some tips to make this season a little easier and more joyous from Dr. Jack F. Sarro D.C., Clinic Director

Sarro Chiropractic Back and NeckCenter | 198 Columbia Road | Hanover | MA | 02339

This is an important topic as the holiday season is fully under way and stress can put a significant damper on family festivities.  Excessive stress can also be very hard on our health.  Stress is associated with heart disease, weight gain, depression, and joint pain. 

  1. Make lists. Organize your daily and weekly tasks to plan ahead.  Check off items as you complete them.  This will make      things manageable and reduce becoming overwhelmed.                                                                                                                         
  2. Spread out shopping. Plan days that are for gift shopping and separate days for food shopping and errands.  Spread these days out over several weeks.
  3. Be realistic. The holidays don’t have to be postcard perfect or just like last year. As families change and grow,      traditions and rituals often change as well.
  4. Set aside differences. Try to accept family members and friends as they are, even if they don’t live up to all of your expectations.  Grievances can be dealt with at a later date.
  5. Don’t overspend. It makes us feel good to give gifts, but overspending can lead to financial stress both before and after the holidays.  Homemade deserts or crafts don’t have to be expensive and are very thoughtful gifts.
  6. Hire a mothers helper or babysitter. This will free up some of your time and energy for uninterrupted gift wrapping, decorating, or meal planning.
  7. Learn to say no. Saying yes when you should say no can leave you feeling stressed, resentful and overwhelmed.  Friends, co-workers, and family will understand if you have to scale back on commitments.
  8. Continue your healthy habits. Overindulging on sweets, alcohol, and neglecting your sleep and exercise program can leave you feeling run down.  Try to practice moderation this season, and you’ll start off the new year on a good note.
  9. Have fun being creative. Look through some magazines for new recipe ideas and go shopping for a new holiday outfit.  Take time each week to watch a holiday movie with friends and family.
  10. Take time for yourself. Spending 15 minutes alone, without distractions, may refresh you enough to handle everything you need to do.  Take a walk at night and stargaze, get a massage, have a chiropractic treatment, and listen to soothing music.  Find something that reduces stress by clearing your mind and relaxing your body.

Geography Class Visits CNF

Member James writes about his own blog:

Thanks for hosting my students yesterday and talking with them about the work and thought involved in the farm.  As you can tell, this was a very engaged group, some of them with more than the usual amount of experience with these issues.

 James wrote up the visit at http://bsc-geography.blogspot.com/2012/07/back-to-fields.html

Be sure to click the link http://www.flickr.com/photos/jhayesboh/sets/72157630783276616/ to view more photos on Flickr.