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Food Cravings July 16, 2013

Whether it’s a late night trip to the refrigerator or a mid-day break room encounter, many people experience food cravings throughout the day. Is there a reason why we feel the need to consume more calories right before bedtime and why most of the time the cravings are for unhealthy, fattening foods?

Focusing on controlling these cravings and opting for healthier snacks should become a daily habit, especially with trends like obesity and diabetes increasing. By understanding why you’re experiencing these cravings we can come up with solutions to provide you with healthier and more beneficial options.

There is actually a science behind the consumer’s addiction to eating the whole bag of potato chips or whole box of crackers. Processed foods are engineered down to an exact formula using math, science, regression analysis, and energy to find the perfect amount of salt, sugar and fat in products to ignite our taste buds.

Expressions researchers in the food industry use to define what’s appealing to consumers are terms like mouth feel, maximum bite force, and sensory specific satiety.1 In a study funded by Unilever (one of the world’s largest food companies) researchers found that consumers even perceived a potato chip as crisper and fresher simply based on the sound level of the crunch. They determined these consumers are often unaware of the influence of such auditory cues1. Did you know that even the reason behind the round shape of chocolate candies has a purpose? The softer shape is comforting and allows the morsel to melt more evenly on the tongue which triggers the proper taste buds to create a satisfying response in the brain.1

How do they do it? “Salt, sugar and fat are the three pillars of the processed food industry,” Michael Moss, author and investigator of the New York Times said after he spent four years prying open the secrets of the food industry’s scientists. “And while the industry hates the word ‘addiction’ more than any other word, the fact of the matter is, their research has shown them that when they hit the very perfect amounts of each of those ingredients … they will have us buy more, eat more.” 1

To mask the bitterness or sourness that the formulations can cause, the food industry uses flavour enhancers. Preservatives are also used to increase shelf life. So the jumbo box of crackers you purchase will stay fresh for months.

One of the most common flavour enhancers is Monosodium Glutamate (MSG). MSG is an excitotoxin, a substance that overexcites cell neurons causing cell damage, and eventually, cell death. These excitotoxins are able to enter and cause damage to the brain which can lead to abnormal development. Read more about MSG in our August 2006 Newsletter. You might even see MSG under different names such as hydrolyzed soy protein, yeast extract, or “natural flavors”. It adds flavor to the canned chicken soups and salad dressings used by many American home cooks, as well as the cheese of Goldfish crackers in many of your children’s lunchboxes. Nacho-cheese-flavor Doritos contain five separate forms of glutamate! 2 Imagine what they would taste like without it?

Bruce Bradley, a former food industry executive says, “We’re not talking about food actually being real anymore. It’s synthetic, completely contrived and created, and there’s so many problems about that because our bodies are tricked and when our bodies are tricked repeatedly dramatic things can happen, like weight gain” or endocrine disruption, diabetes and hypertension.” 1

Instead of simply blaming the industry for our food cravings, we need to take a step back and take responsibility for our guilty indulgences and late night binges. One of the most simple and overlooked problem solvers is exercise. Not only does exercise boost your mood and get you in shape, but it also releases endorphins… the same neurotransmitter that chocolate releases.

Peppers, spicy foods, and protein are also endorphin releasers that help you stay focused, more alert, and can lift a depressed spirit. You may even want to try a massage or acupuncture. Trained Acupuncturist’s can utilize a well documented protocol to help alleviate food cravings, sometimes in as few as 2-3 treatment sessions.

Are you getting enough sleep? Multiple studies show sleep deprivation leads to food cravings (especially targeting sugar and carbohydrates). This is due to the fact that sleep deprivation negatively affects the production of a hormone called Leptin (a hormone responsible for telling the body when it’s full), making one want to consume more calories than actually needed.

Sugary and caffeinated beverages (such as soda and energy drinks that many depend on for their mid-day “pick me up”) are over-consumed and a non-nutritive food. Basically, you’re spending time filling up your tank with volume that’s incapable of helping your body heal/repair or overcome infections. In fact, consuming those foods actually reduces your body’s ability to heal/repair and increases inflammation. The two most common ingredients found in energy drinks are sugar and caffeine, both of which provide temporary stimulation but can result in actual long-term energy loss and increased inflammation. Also, the processed sugar in energy drinks and soda overwhelms the pancreas, which over time can lead toward diabetes.

Opt for a glass of ice water with fresh organic lemon squeeze or try and snack on protein sources. Energy-efficient snacks like almonds, a fresh piece of fruit, or even a couple bites of leftover chicken balance high-quality calories with the nutrients needed to convert calories into enduring energy. These may seem unappetizing to you but this is exactly what the processed food companies have designed. When you eat their foods containing flavor enhancers, it makes natural foods taste less desirable. Now you’ve got to go through the pain and discipline of retraining your taste buds.

Another reason why you might be craving those sweet and salty foods may be a deficiency of certain minerals. Common deficiencies of magnesium, chromium, iron, zinc or calcium can all contribute to different types of cravings. But how do you know for sure what you’re deficient in?

The best way to find out exactly what you need is to consult with Dr. Kalli Prater, Chiropractic Internist at Tranquility Spa and Wellness Center. By getting a comprehensive exam and laboratory testing (if warranted), your individualized results can explain what lifestyle habits and deficiencies may be contributing towards the imbalances of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It’s also important to seek answers because being short on key nutrients can lead to many illnesses and diseases, and in children, a failure to grow to their fullest potential. Let Tranquility Natural Medicine help you get on the road to better health…today!Dr Kalli







Change the way you think about healthcare. June 24, 2013




I am not your typical doctor, plain and simple. I care that you make the years you have on the earth the best and most healthy years possible. We all need to get back to the basics of health and wellness, and that starts with looking at how much we move and what fuel we are providing our body to function. The best part about this is… everyone is different, and you DO NOT have to eat boring tasteless food! There is no one right way to be healthy, and everyone deserves to be treated as an individual. So let’s all change the way we think about our health, and start trying to prevent major illness and disease so that we can enjoy our retirement years instead of spend them taking medications and being ill.

Be happy, Be healthy and Be well,

~Dr. Kalli

Call 630.762.9864 to schedule a FREE consultations with Dr. Kalli.



The Perpetual Patient…. is this you? June 18, 2013

Join the Perpetual Patient Program
By Dr. Jeffery Scott Sullender
It starts so innocently, so easily, you hardly noticed. You’ve been stressed lately and getting to bed later than normal with all the things on your “To-Do” list. You tell yourself: “It’s only temporary”, but with your recent reliance on pre-prepared and fast foods, you’ve been experiencing some stomach upset, a little gas and burping, even occasional burning. Your physician quickly diagnoses GERD and you receive a prescription for a proton-pump inhibitor to reduce your stomach acid. It seems to work for awhile.
Life is still “crazy-busy” and months later you notice you are unusually tired. After some blood work, your physician informs you that you are anemic again and prescribes an iron supplement. But almost immediately upon taking the iron you find yourself constipated and really uncomfortable so your physician prescribes a stool softener to offset the constipating effects of the iron.
The Next Stage
A couple of years go by and you begin to experience heart palpitations, leg cramps and more irritability than normal. Your physician refers you to the cardiologist and after 30 days on a Holter monitor and some blood work, you are told no “organic” cause for your palpitations was found. However, your cholesterol is “up” a bit and you receive a prescription for both a calcium-channel blocker for the heart irregularities and a statin to lower your cholesterol. With your palpitations abated and your cholesterol 20 points lower, your physician is pleased with your treatment. But the stress in your life hasn’t diminished with all the changes at work and the divorce. At your next annual physical, you mention that you are having difficultly sleeping. “If I could just sleep!” you say and you receive a prescription for a sleep medication. Two weeks later, your physician’s office calls saying that your bone scan shows the early stages of osteoporosis. Fortunately, it was detected early and you receive a prescription for a bisphosphonate to “slow the bone loss”.
Although you fill the prescription, you find yourself increasingly concerned about your persistent fatigue, forgetfulness, and periodic brain-fog. Feeling a little “down” about it you mention it to your closest friends, who quickly reassure you its all “normal” and just “part of getting older!” After sharing these concerns with your physician, you receive a prescription for an SSRI to deal with what is now diagnosed as “depression”. Now you have a handful of medications to swallow each day and you still don’t feel “well”. But, you are too busy to figure it all out and your physician is not particularly concerned, since this is all “normal for your age”. Twenty years later, you are diagnosed with dementia.
The Slippery Slope
Now let’s keep track. You started with being stressed, over-tired, eating poorly and the resulting effects on your digestion. Your physician prescribed one of those ever-popular “acid-blockers”, (Rx #1). By impairing the production of stomach acid necessary for the ionization and absorption of essential minerals, including iron, the anemia you had previously corrected, returned. The iron supplement your physician prescribed was unfortunately a poorly absorbed inorganic form, such as iron sulfate, (Rx #2), which gave you constipation.
While the stool softener helped your bowels, you remain tired and prone to brain fog as your iron stores remained low. After years of silent mineral-malabsorption from these two drugs, your tissue stores of magnesium became depleted, resulting in muscle spasms, irregularities in heart rate, increased fatigue, irritability, easily-aroused anger and other signs of low magnesium. The cardiologist prescribed a calcium-channel blocker, (Rx #4), to deal with the cardiac symptoms and a statin drug, (Rx #5), to reduce your body’s production of cholesterol. You were not told to take Co-enzyme Q10 to offset the inevitable negative impact of the statin drug on mitochondrial function.
Your fatigue, moodiness and irritability continued. You received a prescription to help your sleep, (Rx #6), and a bisphosphonate drug, (Rx #7) to “help your osteoporosis” which resulted from the severe demineralization. Your physician didn’t check your magnesium level properly, so you were then prescribed an SSRI to treat “your depression”, (Rx #8). After years of relying on fast foods laced with aspartame, MSG and other excitotoxins, the signs of dementia eventually began to appear. At this stage “aggressive treatment” was recommended and two drugs were prescribed to help offset the cognitive decline, (Rx #9 and #10). What a way to begin your retirement.
You Joined!
Like millions of Americans, you joined the Perpetual Patient Program. There were no application forms to complete, no minimum age requirements and you didn’t even have to be of “legal age” to take part. All you needed was a symptom, a diagnosis and a desire for a quick fix. It is a program borne of the unrealistic desire to live out of sync with our biology and genetic predispositions and simultaneously silence the expression of the consequences.
It is the ultimate “buy now and pay later” program, where you pay nothing up front but it will cost you everything in the end! It is the “default” outcome when we fail to listen to our biology and address causes rather than treat symptoms.
Sources for this article include:
About the Author:
Jeffery Scott, PhD, CCN is a author, researcher and health educator. He is author of “Mind Myths” and “Wisdom from Machu Picchu: 3 Words to Change Your Life” published by
How can Tranquility Spa & Wellness Help?
Tranquility has a variety of practitioners to educate, guide and support you through your Wellness journey.  Find the one, two or many that work for you to get well, stay well and be well!
Dr. Kalli Prater,Chiropractic Internist, specializes in internal disorders from seasonal allergies, hormone imbalances, infertility to auto-immune diseases.  She offers laboratory testing, gynecological exams and the opportunity to heal through nutrition.
Dr. Susan Sterling, Acupuncturist, utilizes Traditional Chinese Medicine to allow the body to heal naturally.
Dr. Emily Loveland, Chiropractic Physician, focuses on the outer body helping patients manage and overcome musculoskeletal pain through chiropractic care, massage therapy and acupuncture.
Kelly Brubaker, Holistic Nutritionist and Wellness Coach.  Kelly helps patients “Make Wellness Their Reality” by making new habits, eating for health, incorporating Green Smoothies and offering ongoing support to achieve your goals.
Sally Strosahl is a licensed clinical professional counselor providing individual, couple and family therapy with a compassionate, spiritually based approach.
Donna Burg, Yoga Therapist.  Donna brings movement, flexibility and mindfulness back into our lives through class work  and individual yoga sessions.
Call Tranquility Spa & Wellness center at 630-762-9864 to schedule.  Your journey toward beauty, health and wellness begins at Tranquility.

Dealing with Foot Pain? June 12, 2013

Filed under: Acupuncture,Chiropractic,Healing,Massage/Reiki,Yoga Therapy — relaxattranquility @ 2:02 pm
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The foot is a complex mechanical genius, with 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles and tendons. Our feet are our trusty servants, providing a foundation upon which to “take a stand” and move forward in life.

But most of us tend to take our feet for granted, and rarely give them the time of day — until they hurt, that is. And hurt they will, if neglected. According to a report issued earlier this year by Harvard Health Publications, there are at least 300 different types of foot problems, and three out of four Americans will suffer some kind of foot ailment in their life.

Feet hurt for many reasons, from poor alignment, weakness and fatigue to injury and disease.

foot injuries


The only way to definitively identify a soft-tissue injury in the foot — or anywhere else in the body — is to get evaluated. Only then can you determine what type of treatment(s) might be useful, for example massage, friction therapy, Chiropractic manipulation, acupuncture or if more invasive therapies are needed like injections or surgery.  Many diseases, including Raynaud’s, congestive heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, and gonorrhea can cause swollen, painful feet. For sore feet that are not associated with a serious injury or disease condition, a combination of basic self-care and targeted reflexology techniques can often provide great relief.  As a rule of thumb you should always try conservative treatments first, before medications, injections or surgeries.

Contact Dr. Emily Loveland DC at Tranquility Spa & Wellness Center for an evaluation, conservative treatments or custom orthotics from The Orthotic Group.

Self-Care Routine for Aching Feet

Many people have reduced or completely eliminated their foot pain by following a dedicated self-care routine. Below are some key actions that get results.

First of all, rest. Stop doing whatever it is that aggravates your pain. If a certain pair of shoes causes you pain, stop wearing them. If daily runs on pavement end in pain, find another way to exercise. Listen to your body’s cues and discontinue any activity that interferes with the healing process.

You should also consider ice massage. This is a simple way to reduce inflammation. Fill a small paper cup with water and freeze it. Gently move the cup over and around the injured area, stopping when the tissue begins to feel numb. Keep the motion constant, so you’re not holding the cup stationary in any one spot.

foot injuries

You might also try stretching. Start by stretching your toes. Bring all your toes into extension and then grasp one toe and stretch it slowly into full extension for a moment or two. Do this with each toe four or five times. Next, take each toe and bring it into flexion all the way. Then grasp two toes at a time and gently stretch them apart for a few seconds. Repeat with all the toes. Then go on to stretch all the joints in the foot and ankle, the muscles of the lower legs, the hamstrings and the quadriceps. Use a towel, rope or stretching strap if you need to.

Roll the arch of your foot on a golf ball.  Best to perform while seated to avoid using to much pressure or falling (you don’t want to create more injury!).

Another important step is strengthening. To strengthen the muscles of your foot, toss a dozen large marbles on the floor, sit in a chair, and pick up a marble with your toes. Then cross that leg over the other, tailor-fashion, and remove the marble. Repeat until you have picked up all the marbles and then switch to your other foot and pick up all the marbles again.

It is also important to develop better footwear habits. Many of our foot-related woes are caused, either directly or indirectly, by the shoes we wear. Consider taking some of the these simple steps:

  • Change your shoes throughout the day, so as not to tire individual muscles; call on a variety of muscles to share the load.
  • Explore alternatives to high heels. These shoes do more damage to the body than we have time to discuss in this article. If you wear them frequently, they may well be the primary cause of your foot pain.
  • Replace your shoes when they begin to deteriorate and the sole or heel becomes uneven. This is particularly important for athletic shoes.
  • Always wear supportive and cushioned shoes on ceramic, concrete or wood floors or when going on long walks or running.  This includes middle-of-the-night jaunts to the bathroom.  Adult feet may require custom orthotics for arch support or to correct imbalances to counteract years of gravitational force.
  • Look into purchasing Yoga/Pilates sandals to wear around the house. They spread and lengthen the toes.

If you live near a beach and take barefoot walks, you can invite the muscles of your feet to strengthen in a healthy, natural way. Walking or gently running on sand is excellent for the health of your feet. You can also establish morning and evening routines for your foot health. Before getting out of bed in the morning, remember to stretch and massage your feet. Then, when you’re relaxing in the evening, try a combination of the following:

  • Spread your toes. Foam pedicure separators or gel toe separators do the trick.
  • Roll your foot on a footsie roller or golf ball. This will elongate and stretch the tissue on the plantar surface.
  • Soak your feet in warm water and ¼ cup of sea salt or Epsom salts, and then give yourself a short reflexology session (as described below) before going to bed.

Evening Reflexology Protocol

Reflexology is a non-invasive complementary modality involving the use of alternating pressure applied to reflexes in the feet. Reflexology reduces tension in the muscle tissue and improves circulation of the blood, lymph and neurons, resulting in reduced pain and better functioning.

Following your foot soak, fully extend, flex and separate your toes. Take each stretch as far as you can. Roll your foot and ankle in clockwise and counter clockwise circles. Range-of-motion exercises will increase blood flow to the feet, loosen up the joints and relax the connective tissue.

Use a knuckle to “walk” the bottom surface of the heel. Stop on any sensitive points and apply slow micro-friction to break up adhesions of excess nerve and/or scar tissue that has been laid down in response to trauma.

Use your thumb to apply rhythmical, alternating pressure to the remaining bottom surface of the foot. Imagine your thumb as a little inchworm, taking small “steps” over the entire surface of the foot. Stop on sensitive points and apply micro-friction.

Use your fingers to walk the top side of the foot and work on any points that get your attention.

Finish with ice massage, followed by massage with a natural moisturizer, like coconut oil or Glysolid (available at Tranquility).  For a treat add organic essential oils that have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. (Examples include German chamomile, peppermint, ravintsara, helichrysum, and lavender.)

Drink some water, turn off the light and go to sleep! Remember to wear footwear with arch support if you get up in the middle of the night and stretch your feet and calves before rising in the morning.

Remember, when you treat your feet well, they tend to return the favor.

This article was reprinted from



Safe Travels, Healthy Tummy March 25, 2013

Beautiful beaches.  World-class cities. Rustic retreats.  Travel takes us beyond our everyday experiences, and that’s a wonderful thing-except when the result is an upset stomach.  Stomach woes can affect travelers due to changes in climate, stress level, altitude, diet and exercise.  Maintaining a healthy, stable diet can be a major challenge when you’re away from home.  Sometimes fast food is the most convenient option, making it appealing to the busy traveler.  And many of us eat richer foods when we’re dining out.  Trying new foods, eating at irregular times, drinking less water, and eating less fiber can also contribute to constipation and other tummy trouble.  Even if you are bound for a relaxing vacation. The logistics of getting there and back can be stressful, which doesn’t do your digestive system any favors.
Here are some travel tips for a healthy tummy from the Tranquility Staff:
stomach health
  • “Stay hydrated” – We hear this often from our nutritionist, Kelly Brubaker.  Drink extra water to keep the digestive system moving, and steer of alcohol at least the day before significant travel.  Bring a BPA-free bottle and refill it at the airport.  Sip throughout your journey, especially if you’re flying; the air at 30,000-plus feet is dehydrating. Take an herbal tea break.
  • Pack healthy – Pack simple snacks for easy access to something healthy when you’re hungry,  Small bags of nuts and dried fruit.
  • Eat smart – Eat 3 meals a day and two snacks a day instead of grazing nonstop.  “Be aware that if you eat smaller portions overall, the fat, calories, sodium, sugar, and potential for digestive upset goes down too.”  Once you arrive, include fresh fruits and vegetable in your meals which contain water, fiber, and nutrients.  Bring along some ginger chews/candies for nausea, upset stomach, or motion sickness.
  • “Get moving” – One of Beverly Millers (Esthetician and owner of Tranquility), favorite quotes!  After sitting for hours en route, take a brisk walk around the block for 15 minutes or more.  Your breathing will open up your circulation, delivering oxygen to your cells and gut.  The gentle twisting of the trunk that occurs with walking also wakes up the digestive tract by giving it an internal massage.
  • “Take a deep breath” – We hear this often from Donna Burg, ( Yoga instructor at Tranquility).  Meditation or deep-breathing may stave off or alleviate digestive discomfort,  The gut is a regional immune system in the body and it’s also sometimes called the ‘second brain’.  According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, (ask our acupuncturist, Dr Susan Sterling), emotions are tried to the digestive organs, so worry, anxiety and stress can aggravate it.  Even a few minutes of deep breathing in a quiet space is beneficial.
  • “Heal your gut” – Words of wisdom from Dr Emily Loveland, everyone’s favorite Chiropractor!  Enzymes and Probiotics – Enzymes help break food down into smaller particles so we can assimilate nutrients.  They also encourage healthy elimination, as do probiotics, which maintain healthy bacteria in the gut and can alleviate gas, bloating, and constipation.  Tranquility sells the highest quality physician grade probiotics and digestive enzymes. orthobiotic

Have a Safe and Healthy Spring Break!

Loreta, Tranquility owner and manager


PS. If you are staying home for Spring Break, come relax at Tranquility with great Stay-Cation specials. The more your relax the more you save!  Call 630.762.9864 to schedule your Stay-Cation!

Staycation 2013


Salad in a Jar…. Make Wellness Your Reality March 19, 2013

Make Wellness Your Reality.  A 12 week journey to achieving Optimal Health, hosted by Tranquility Spa & Wellness Center.  The 12 week program includes:  12 – 90 minute group sessions broken down into 45 minutes of Wellness Coaching and 45 minutes of Acupuncture.  The sessions are led by Kelly Brubaker (Wellness Coach) and Dr. Susan Sterling (Licensed Acupuncturist).  Each week the class of “students” will be educated and challenged with “Baby Steps” for changing bad habits, moving more, making better food choices…

Week one:

On Wednesday, March 13, 2013  week one began with 8 ladies looking to make personal, physical and spiritual changes in their lives.  And to be clear the objective of this program is  not weight loss (although hopefully a side effect for some, including myself) but to become a healthier, more active person.  Our first task was to create a personalized wellness wheel that highlighted 8 aspects of life’s importances, ie. diet, exercise, stress, digestion….  We all rated individually on a scale from 1 – 10 how we are addressing these importances in our own CURRENT life.  We then picked one piece of the wheel to focus on for the week and set a “baby step” for ourselves.  Mine was to not eat fast food. That’s it! Totally attainable. I said it out loud to the class to make it official. Each person set their goal of “walking on the treadmill for 20 minutes 3x/week” or “rebounding on the trampoline for 10 minutes/day”….. doesn’t seem like much but when you are in the habit of not doing anything, this is alot. Setting small goals that can be repeated week after week is the foundation of creating new habits.

In addition to the weekly meetings and acupuncture, Kelly and Dr. Susan have started an online support group where we talk to each other and tell about our struggles and successes.  Salad was a big talking point this week, which got my wheels turning about being prepared with food to avoid grabbing the wrong things. So here you go…. Salad in a Jar. You can make these tasty creations on Sunday and they will stay fresh all week long in the refrigerator.  Each morning just grab and go….. the new fast food!

How to Put a Mason Jar Salad Together


The key to mason jar salads is in the assembly of the ingredients.

To keep the lettuce crisp you have to keep it separate from the dressing or other liquid. Also, you need to make sure the jar is completely dry before you start filling them. I add this tip because more than likely you will wash your jars or ingredients prior to using so there might be a chance of moisture. Give the jar a quick wipe with a paper towel and completely dry all ingredients before you start to assembly.

Layers should go like this.

  1. Bottom layer is dressing or other wet ingredient. Again, this is key. You need to keep the dressing away from the lettuce to keep it from getting soggy.
  2. Second layer needs to be a hearty vegetable like tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, etc. Think about veggies that would taste good marinated in dressing. You will need a good amount of these vegetables to keep the dressing and lettuce separate.
  3. Third layer is proteins or grains. This could be eggs, beans, rice, quinoa, gluten-free pasta, etc. Next add the lettuce or greens.
  4. Last you would add seeds or nuts. I would also add crumbled bacon to the last layer.

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Mix and match for a variety of flavors. Remember to chose organic ingredients when possible and stay away from dressing that are loaded with fats and sugars. Hmmmm….. a post about making your own salad dressings….. to be continued!

Dr. Emily Loveland, DC


Make Wellness Your Reality March 9, 2013

Tranquility Spa and Wellness hosted an information session last Wednesday, March 6th, to introduce a new Wellness and Weight Loss Program starting Wednesday, March 13, 2013.

Kelly Brubaker, Wellness Coach, and Dr. Susan Sterling, Acupuncturist, gave details of the upcoming program, beginning with how nutrition and lifestyle play a role in our overall well-being.  Participants in the workshop learned how in just 12 short weeks, they could be well on their way to optimal health.  Wednesday’s workshop provided just a taste of what to expect in the full 12 week program, including a discussion on common diets, therapies, and myths surrounding nutrition, how acupuncture can support weight loss goals.  Common ailments, including those that make weight loss difficult, can be helped with Chinese medicine and Dr. Sterling will explain why.

The program will feature development of your personal “Wellness Wheel,” myth-busting conversations about which diets work, which don’t and why, how food is used as therapy and how for 5,000 years the different Chinese approaches to healing have shown remarkable results.  Learn how different foods affect your body chemistry and mood and get in-depth information about how to discern your body’s nutritional and Wellness needs.  Each session will include a 45 minute Wellness Workshop and 45 minutes of acupuncture designed to motivate change.  Participants will have an opportunity to set individual wellness goals and receive personalized counseling on how to obtain them.   According to Ms. Brubaker and Dr. Sterling, Wellness is more than just diet and exercise – it’s a way of approaching life and developing tools to use when life puts pressure on you.

We’re very excited about this pilot program and look forward to each session over the next 12 weeks.  If you are interested in joining the pilot group, call 630.762.9864 to join.

12 Week Program Includes:

12 – 90 minute Sessions~ 45 min Wellness Session/45 min Acupuncture Session

Email Support during the week

Support group FaceBook page

Start Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2013

End Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Time: 7pm-8:30pm

Price: $180 per month ($540 for entire program – a $1,200 Value!)

Registration for this program ends Monday, March 11th

Tranquility Spa & Wellness Center

113 N. Second Ave

St. Charles, IL 60174



Putting Your Best Face Forward……recovery. February 3, 2013

Hi Everyone!!! It’s actually me 🙂

I know Loreta has been keeping you up to date, but I can finally see well enough to write a little something. First of all, thank you to all of my wonderful friends who have sent well wishes, cards, soup and smoothies! Everything has been terrific! Thanks to Loreta, Sue and Trish who are nursing me back to health. Thank you all sooo  much. Dr. Haddle, you are amazing!!! You have been there to hand hold me all the way too. Reassuring me that  I will look normal again 🙂

The highlight so far was my “SPA DAY” today! Yes indeed, we went on a field trip. Dr. Haddle suggested I go to Tranquility and sit in the infrared sauna for about 5 minutes then let the rain shower pour over me for awhile. It felt wonderful and I am a new person. Came home to have some soup and rest. Today is supposedly the worst day when the swelling peaks. It is uncomfortable, but I honestly have not been in any severe pain. Lots of healing energy with Reiki and acupuncture. Dr. Sterling came to my apartment Saturday afternoon to give me another acupuncture treatment.

I will say goodnight to all and talk with you tomorrow. Goodnight


Putting Your Best Face Forward. A Journey through a facelift January 24, 2013

Filed under: Acupuncture,Confidence,Events,Healing,Skin Care & Waxing — relaxattranquility @ 5:02 pm
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Hi Everyone,

A big thank you to all who attended our presentation at Tranquility with Dr. Kevin Haddle last Wednesday, January 16, 2013. It was a very informative session and I hope everyone got their questions answered. Dr. Haddle was amazing at explaining the details of the facelift he is going to perform on me. He was very thorough and made everyone feel very comfortable, especially me! I am prepared and very excited to embark on this journey and share it with all of you. I will be posting pictures and anything I can to give you the most detailed view of my experience. If you were unable to attend, here are some highlights of what was covered last week.

You may ask ” Why am I doing this?”  I want to help relieve the mystery, apprehension and fear of surgery that I hear so many of my clients express. I have been in the skin care industry for over 35 years, so I have taken very good care of my skin. From good basic skin care to facials, peels and protecting my skin from the sun, I have done it all. I believe in prevention and taking the best care of yourself as you possibly can. However, along the way, we inevitably start to age. Aging gracefully, I have found, is an oxymoron! It happens to all of us and there are things we just can’t control, but we can have them improved. Over the last few years I have watched my face get lower and lower, sagging and drooping in places that just are appealing. While the texture of my skin has improved and I feel I don’t have too many lines, the sagging part has really bothered me. So, I started doing my research and that’s where Dr. Haddle comes in. He has been able to educate me on the aging process and what can be done about it.

Take a look at the before pictures. You can see  the droopy jowl and mouth area. You can see where my cheeks have fallen and my eyes look tired. And then there’s the NECK! As Dr. Haddle explained, when we see people we are usually smiling and animated so everything is elevated. When we are relaxed, this is how we look and I look at it everyday in the mirror!!! This is what I told Dr. Haddle in my consultation with him. We talked about many options and I am so glad there is something that can be done about it.

Dr. Haddle specializes in deep plane facelifts. That is what he has recommended for me along with a forehead lift. Sounds a little aggressive? Not when you understand how all the muscles and tissue of the face are connected.  Dr. Haddle explained this in detail at the presentation. You can go to his website to get more information about his procedures. The procedure will take about   7-8 hours in his surgical center. I have the option of spending the night in his cozy recovery area so he can monitor me through the night, which is what I have chosen to do. The next morning he will remove the bandages and I will go home to rest. The the incisions will be hidden along the hairline by my ears and follow along the edge of the ear around to behind the ear. The stitches are all dissolvable. I will have a few staples in the hairline above my forehead, which will be removed after 10 days. The risks are minimal and he explained them in detail. He explained that I could experience some slight depression or regret initially after looking at myself. This has helped me feel more prepared. There will be swelling and bruising and I have special instructions on what I can and cannot do. Dr. Haddle has recommended I start taking Arnica Montana, an herb that helps reduce bruising and swelling, a few days prior to surgery and then after. I am also going to have acupuncture 3 times prior to the surgery and during my recovery. Acupuncture can help with many ailments as well as overall balancing. It is known to help reduce swelling and bruising as well. I believe you should do everything you can to make sure you are completely prepared for the procedure. I am a good little patient, so I see no problem with following  doctor’s orders. I will return to work after 10 days and watch the transformation continue. Dr. Haddle explained that it could take up to 6 months for the full effect to be realized, but by 3-4 weeks, I should be healed and back to normal. A new refreshed and lifted normal 🙂 !

I have had all my pre-op tests, so we are just counting down the days until Thursday January 31. I will keep you posted through this blog as to how I’m feeling as the time gets closer. Right now I am excited and ready to go!

Beverly Miller Preop- side viewBeverly Miller Preop- angle view


Chinese Dietary Recommendations November 13, 2012

In order to get the most out of acupressure or Chinese herbal medicine, it is very important to support your treatment with proper diet and lifestyle.  In Chinese medicine, there is a saying, “Seven parts nursing, three parts treatment.”  Nursing here means proper diet and lifestyle modifications.

According to the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), every food has both a nature and flavor(s).  A food’s nature is its effect on the temperature of the body.  Thus a food can be either hot, warm, neutral, cool, or cold.  Since Chinese medicine works on the basis of restoring balance to the body, if one suffers from a hot disease, they should avoid hot foods and eat more cool and cold foods, and vice versa.

Likewise, each food has one or more of the five or six flavors.  These are sour, bitter, sweet, spicy (acrid, pungent), salty, or bland tastes.  Each flavor is associated with one of the main organs and leads the effects of that food to that organ.  For instance, sour is the flavor associated with the liver.  It leads the effects of a sour food to the liver.  In excess, the sour flavor can damage the liver.  In addition, each flavor also has a general effect on the body’s metabolism.  Sour astringes, spicy causes upward and outward movement, salty leads downward and softens; bitter clears heat and also astringes, sweet supplements and also moistens, and bland tasting foods tend to cause urination and seep water.

Therefore, a person suffering from lung dryness might want to eat pears which are sweet and especially help generate fluids.  However, if a person suffers from evil dampness and phlegm, they should avoid pears.  This means that weather a food is good or bad for an individual is entirely dependent upon that person’s TCM pattern diagnosis and the nature and flavor of that food.  If one knows the nature and flavor of a food and their TCM pattern diagnosis, one can rationally decide on the impact of that food on that person.  For a list of the nature and flavor of 200 common foods, you may refer to “Prince Wen Hui;s Cook: Chinese Dietary Therapy” by Bob Flaws and Honora Lee Wolfe.

The following suggestions are only general guidelines and should be adjusted for each individual by a qualified practitioner of Chinese dietary therapy based on a TCM disease and pattern diagnosis. Call Tranquility Spa and Wellness Center for an Acupuncture examination and treatment recommendations.


For Liver Imbalances (liver qi, effulgence of liver yang, depressive liver heat, liver fire harassing above, liver wind).  Please avoid or minimize the foods or drinks which aggravate the Chinese concept of the liver:

Alcohol                                                   Greasy, fatty, oily foods                      Overeating in general

Coffee (regular&decaf)                   Hard to digest foods : nuts Heavy red meats in abundance     Excessive sour foods and drinks        Spicy, pungent, “hot” foods               

For Digestive Weakness (spleen qi vacuity, spleen yang vacuity, spleen dampness)

Please avoid or minimize the following foods and drinks which aggravate weak spleen function:

Raw salads, fruit, vegetables      Pork                                                        Dairy Products

Sugar & Sweets                                             Buckwheat                                             Beer

Cold drinks with meals                                Fruit Juices                                             Melons, strawberries, pears, bananas

Frozen or chilled foods                                Large doses vitamin C                         Lettuce, radishes, celery

Herb teas or over the counter preparations with Echinacea or Goldenseal

Please eat all warm, cooked foods, plenty of cooked vegetables, rice, noodles, soups and stews.  Be sure grains are will cooked and easily digestible.  Eat more frequent but smaller, easier to digest meals.  Drink a teacup of warm water, broth, soup or herb tea with each meal.  You may use black and white pepper, cardamom, fresh ginger, ginger powder, cloves, nutmeg, orange peel and fennel as cooking spices.

 For Excessive Phlegm – Please avoid or minimize the following:

Dairy Products                                              Heavy Hard to Digest Foods               Pears

Sugar & Sweets                                             Overeating in general                          Pork & Beef

Oily, greasy, fried, & fatty foods                Oats, possibly Wheat                                         

 If the phlegm is categorized as hot phlegm, please also avoid or minimize

Alcohol                           Spicy, pungent, “hot” foods

For Kidney Vacuity Weakness (kidney qi vacuity, kidney yang vacuity, kidney qi not consolidating), please avoid or minimize the following food and drinks:

Alcohol, excessive fluids                              Chilled, frozen foods & liquids                           Coffee & Caffeine

Artificial Sweeteners                     Stimulants, speed, so called recreational drugs              

For Lung/Kidney yin vacuity – Please avoid or minimize the following:

Spicy, Pungent, “hot” Foods                 Recreational Drugs                               Coffee & Caffeine

Alcohol                                                     Cigarette Smoking

 You may eat some animal meats, eggs, and dairy; oatmeal; cooked pears and apples as long as your case is not complicated by excessive phlegm.       

For Damp Heat (liver, gallbladder damp heat, spleen damp heat, large intestine damp heat, lower burner damp heat) Please avoid or minimize the following food and drinks:

Sugar & Sweets                            Spicy, pungent, “hot” foods                               Alcohol

Nuts & Nut Butters                       Greasy, oily, fried & fatty foods                         Pork & Beef

Citrus Fruits & Juices, especially orange juice

If damp heat is complicated by candidiasis, please also avoid or minimize:

Vinegar                                          Yeasted bread and baked goods

Fermented foods (excepting miso, tempeh, shoyu, and yogurt)

Any foods which may be contaminated by yeast and molds due to improper or prolonged spoilage.

For Blood Vacuity

Please plenty of the following foods:

Cooked leafy greens                    Meat and marrow broths and soups                Black beans

Regular small portions of animal of animal protein                                               Orange & yellow vegetables

Easily digestible grains                Cherries, beets, grapes & raspberries

 Everyone should try to eat fresh food, freshly prepared, with minimum chemicals, preservatives or additives. Grains should be cooked thoroughly to allow for easy and complete digestion. Vegetables on the other hand, should not be over-cooked so as to conserve valuable vitamins and enzymes.  Sugar, salt, oil, and fat consumption should generally be kept low.  Most people should try to eat large amounts of roughage and fiber.  Dietary changes for chronic disease should be implemented slowly over a period of time but made a continuous part of one’s lifestyle. In addition to a healthy diet, it is vitally important to get adequate exercise and rest.  These are the three therapies which are the basis of good health.


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