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Devine Chiropractic endorses I-522, labeling genetically modified foods.

Filed by Julia Devine, age 13.


“I am not a science experiment!”  That was the message I took to Proctor farmer’s market on Saturday as I collected signatures to get I-522 on the ballot next November.  I-522 would require labeling of GMO products.  A similar measure, Prop 37 is on this November’s ballot in California.  If prop 37 passes, and it is expected to, California will be the first state to require labeling of GMO’s.  50 countries, including the EU (European Union) already require genetically-modified ingredients to be labeled, but the US has lagged behind….until now.abe There was overwhelming support for I-522 at the farmer’s market.  Most people knew what GMO’s were and were eager to sign my petition.  I had the opportunity to share my concerns and also hear what other people thought.

One lady who came up to me owns a small business that bakes gluten-free products.  She wanted her products to be non-gmo certified.    Currently there is only one organization that certifies GMO-free.  It is called the “non GMO project” and if you pass their tests, your company can display the  “non-GMO project” sticker.  This lady applied for certification and had to wait six weeks for a reply.  Because she has 10 products, it would cost her $3000 a year to have certification and she wasn’t able to afford that, so she does not currently have the non-GMO sticker.  Even though passage of this law will require her business to pay to be certified, she happily signed the petition.  She hopes that when more businesses want to be certified, the price will come down.

The vendor who was selling organic honey products was very eager to sign the petition. GMO’s are being blamed for honeybee colonies collapsing.  So many honey bees have died recently that there is a lot to worry about.  Honebees are very important pollinators.  If GMO causes honeybees to die (because gmo’s produce their own insecticide) then crops will not be pollinated and this may lead to a severe food shortage.

A lot of people thanked me for coming to the farmer’s market to collect signatures.  A lot of the people came up to me when they saw what I was doing.  They were surprised that I came on my own and not for a school assignment.  An organic farmer gave me a Chinese pear as a way of saying thanks.  Of all the people I asked, only three people declined to sign my petition.



Death by Medicine – Could You Be a (Prescription) Drug Addict?

Modern medicine and big Pharma have failed to make us well. Instead, they have turned us into a nation of prescription drug addicts.

Before you take another prescription pill, think carefully. Accidental death from prescription drugs is now the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. and more people die from prescription pain killer overdose, than from heroin and cocaine use combined!

Dr. Devine is a Seattle Chiropractor who uses natural and effective chiropractic adjustments and other drug-free therapies to help his patients obtain optimal health.  At his Seattle chiropractic clinic, Dr. Devine  specializes in spinal injuries, as well as injuries to the shoulder, knee, wrist, and ankles. Whether it’s pain relief, improved mobility and function, or enhancing your athletic performance, Seattle Chiropractor, James A Devine D.C. will work with you to reach your goals.




Go For a Walk to Boost Your Serotonin and Cure Your Mid-winter Blues!

Serotonin is the “feel good” brain chemical that controls mood, appetite & sleep.  Low levels of serotonin are associated with depression, while high levels are associated with an elevated “happy” mood.  Serotonin levels naturally decline in the winter months,  and leave many people with some degree with Seasonal Affective Disorder.

The good news is that even low-moderate intensity exercise such as a 30 minute walk can help to boost your brain serotonin levels.  Remember, exercise is about feeling good, not just looking good.

Activity increases the rate and frequency at which serotonin is “fired” within the brain, resulting in an increase in the release and synthesis of serotonin.  Also, regular exercise increases the level of tryptophan (an amino acid used to manufacture serotonin).

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/22590-effects-exercise-serotonin-levels/#ixzz1gFxBuEmb

It is a beautiful day today – go out for a walk, boost your serotonin (and vitamin D) levels, and feel better!

Dr. Devine is a Seattle chiropractor who specializes in treating injuries and providing wellness care.


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Seattle Chiropractor, Dr. James A Devine has been treating patients in downtown Seattle for over 20 years!


Agave Syrup – It’s Not So Sweet!



The Rodale Institute’s list of the five worst sweeteners  ranks calorie-free Aspartame found in diet sodas, as the unhealthiest sugar, followed by agave nectar.  Splenda, white sugar and high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) round out the top five offenders.

The problem with agave? 

Native Mexicans  make a sweetener, a Mexican version of real maple syrup called miel de agave, out of the agave plant by boiling agave sap for a couple of hours. This is not what agave nectar is.

Just like sugar comes from beets (which are natural), and corn syrup comes from corn (which is natural), agave syrup comes from the agave plant, which is natural. But sugar, HFCS and agave syrup are not natural substances. They are processed substances created by man. Agave syrup is highly-processed, created through the use of enzymes, heat, or a combination of enzymes and heat. And like HFCS and other man-made foods, agave syrup should be avoided.

Agave nectar is mostly fructose, which is probably the single most damaging form of sugar when used as a sweetener. Fructose, found naturally in fruit, is fine when you get it from whole foods like apples (7 percent fructose), but not when it’s concentrated and made into a sweetener.

All sugar including table sugar, high-fructose corn syrup and honey contains a mixture of fructose and glucose, but with the exception of pure liquid fructose, agave nectar has the highest fructose content of any commercial sweetener. Table sugar is 50 percent fructose and high fructose corn syrup is 55 percent fructose, while agave nectar is a shocking 90 percent fructose, almost twice as high as HFCS!

Fructose is the most dangerous part of commercial sweeteners, because it causes insulin resistance and significantly raises triglycerides (increasing the risk for heart disease) and increases fat around the middle (leading to a greater risk for diabetes, heart disease and Metabolic Syndrome).  Fructose has also been linked to fatty-liver disease.

Agave nectar syrup’s popularity and the misconception that it is a “healthy sweetener” is a triumph of marketing. True, it has a low-glycemic index, but that in itself doesn’t mean it’s good for you.  While a small amount of agave nectar on occasion might not hurt you, I avoid it.

Natural sweeteners such as stevia, raw (preferably local) honey, blackstrap molasses, real maple syrup and date sugar are less processed, have less environmental impact and provide more vitamins and minerals.  When I use sweeteners, I choose one of these natural sweeteners, not a man-made alternative.

What is your favorite sweetener?




Genetically Modified Food – Just Label It!

More than 40 countries, including China and Russia, require labels on genetically engineered food.   Most European countries require labeling. America does not.

“Non-GMO” labels are starting to appear on certain food products and choosing products that have  the USDA Organic seal assures us that what we are eating is not genetically engineered, but more than two thirds of the processed foods we eat contains GMOs, and few of us realize it.

Please join me in asking President Obama to listen to the 92% of Americans who want to be able to make informed decisions about what they eat.  Log in and sign up for better transparency in our food system. Tell Washington to “Just Label It!”

Just Label It




12 Foods to eat Organic and the “Clean 15”


 With food prices rising, many of us are looking for ways to buy the healthiest foods possible at the lowest cost. One way is to focus on purchasing certain organic items, while “settling” for others that are conventionally-grown.

 Each year, the Environmental Working Group analyzes Department of Agriculture data about pesticide residue and ranks foods based on how much or little pesticide residue they have.

The group reports that “picking five servings of fruits and vegetables from the 12 most contaminated would cause you to consume an average of 14 different pesticides a day,”  while choosing foods from their “Clean 15” list will cut the pesticide volume by more than 90 percent.

The “Dirty Dozen” with the highest pesticide load, and the most important to buy organic are listed here in order from highest pesticide load:

1.  Apples

2. Celery

3. Strawberries

4. Peaches

5. Spinach

6. Nectarines

7. Grapes

8. Sweet bell peppers

9. Potatoes

10. Blueberries

11. Lettuce

12. Kale/collard greens

The “Clean Fifteen”, with the lowest pesticide load listed first are:

1. Onions

2. Corn

3. Pineapples

4. Avocado

5. Asparagus

6. Sweet peas

7. Mangoes

8. Eggplant

9. Cantaloupe

10. Kiwi

11. Cabbage

12. Watermelon

13. Sweet potatoes

14. Grapefruit

15. Mushrooms

Go to  http://static.ewg.org/reports/2011/foodnews/pdf/2011EWGPesticideGuide.pdf to download a handy shopping guide.

To lessen the environmental impact, buy locally-grown organic food whenever possible.


Dr. Devine’s Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Take Vitamin Supplements


Nutritional supplements shouldn’t  be used as a substitute for a good diet. Adding nutritional supplements to good eating habits simply goes the extra mile to ensure that you’re getting all the nutrients your body needs.

I take vitamin supplements and recommend them to all of my patients because most people eat a diet that consists of too much fat, too much sugar, not enough fiber, and not enough fresh fruits and vegetables.

Taking a vitamin supplements also helps make up for essential elements that are not being produced by our bodies, which becomes even more important as we grow older. After the age of 35, our bodies begin to slow down the production of estrogen in women and testosterone in men as well as other important nutrients.


My Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Take Vitamin Supplements


  1. Many people practically live on take-out food. Taking vitamins and nutritional supplements is a good way to be certain you get the vitamins and minerals you need.
  2. Even an optimal selection of foods does not give us enough antioxidants to defend against toxic out-gassing from office equipment, cigarette smoke, smog, and alcohol.
  3. The average person is exposed to more than five hundred chemicals in the home environment and seven hundred chemicals in drinking water that are known to deplete nutrients.
  4. Soils are depleted of minerals due to chemical farming methods, acid rain, over-farming, and topsoil erosion. Ninety percent of us are deficient in chromium, an essential trace mineral poorly supplied by the American diet.
  5. Eighty percent of the carbohydrates consumed by Americans are in the form of refined flours and sugars, which are very poor sources of B6, folic acid, pantothenic acid, zinc, and manganese essential for health.
  6. The 133 pounds of sugar Americans eat each year depletes B vitamins and minerals.
  7. Only 9% of the population eats the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables.
  8. Americans eat 230 more calories per day than they did fifteen years ago, mostly refined foods. Increasing our consumption of nutrient-depleted foods means we have an even higher requirement for the vitamins and minerals needed to metabolize them.
  9. Those who exercise regularly have a much higher need for antioxidants and minerals.
  10. Vitamin B2 is needed by those with hypothyroid in amounts greater than can be found in food.

And a few more good reasons…

  1. Men and women need to be optimally nourished long before they have children.
  2. More than 10% of calories consumed inAmericacome from alcoholic beverages. Alcohol depletes B vitamins, zinc, and magnesium.
  3. Prescription and over-the-counter medications can deplete nutrients and create deficiencies.
  4. Birth control pills create B6 deficiencies and increase the need for B6 beyond what the diet can supply.
  5. Illness increases our need for Vitamin C and zinc well beyond what food can supply.
  6. Persons who are dieting need supplements just to meet minimal nutrient requirements. Dieting increases free radical production. Optimal levels of antioxidants are needed to reduce damage to the liver and other organs that can occur during weight loss.

With thousands of supplements to choose from – some good, many not, choosing the right vitamin supplement can be a frustrating ordeal.  High price is not necessarily a good indicator of quality and low-priced supplements are often low quality, made with cheap ingredients and are often full of fillers rendering them ineffective, thus they are not bargains at all. The most expensive supplement is the one that doesn’t work.  

Each person’s nutritional needs are different, so I carry a variety of products from Metagenics, Doctor for Nutrition, Mt. Capra, and Designing Health; all companies whose products I use myself.  Each of these companies produce products that really DO what they say they will do.


Why I Love Coming To Work Every Day

Last Friday night I adjusted a 12-year-old who had just been diagnosed with scoliosis.   When my wife called the next day to check on how my patient was feeling after her first adjustment, her mother reported that on the way home, her daughter said “so this is what it is like to feel comfortable.”

I know for sure that I have the best job in the world… I get to help people smile more, laugh more, experience more and have more fun, all by helping them regain their health.  I made a very special little girl feel comfortable.   I love being a chiropractor, because I get to see miracles happen every day!

There is no such thing as someone who is too young or too old for chiropractic care.  I tailor my treatment methods for each patient, so that whether I am taking care of a newborn,  an arthritic 85-year or a college football player, each patient is getting the most effective care.  Children, like this 12-year-old,  often have the most to gain.