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I have dedicated my life to studying and applying the best that natural health care has to offer. I am dedicated to patient education and my primary goal is to help my chiropractic patients in enjoying good health and balance in life.

We Are Moving!

Devine Chiropractic and Rehab Center will open in our new location at 104 Pike Street, Suite 210, next Monday, July 5th.  We are located on top of Starbucks, and across from Target.  We can’t wait to welcome you to our new home and show you around!  moving


Babies and kids love chiropractic!

What about kids and chiropractic?   Are adjustments safe for children?  Absolutely!  A light pressure is usually all that is needed to adjust a child’s spine. Kids love to be adjusted and there are many reasons why they should be:

The first stress placed on a child’s spine is from the birthing process.  And did you know that 26% of school-age children report  a history of back pain?  A child’s spine is  subjected to repeated trauma as they  learn to walk, suffer sports injuries, and postural strains from bending over a keyboard or video game controller.  Texting is increasingly to blame for the number of kids developing postural problems that contribute to headaches and back pain.  Many adults that come to my office show evidence of childhood injuries to their spine that are contributing to their pain today.  Because  26% of school-age children report  a history of back pain it is important to have your child’s spine checked regularly for any signs of spinal imbalances or misalignments.

Chiropractic has positive results in treating common childhood maladies like colic, headaches, ear infections, scoliosis, and asthma and some behavioral problems have been successfully treated with chiropractic care.  A recent study showed that children under chiropractic care suffered fewer ear infections than those whose parents sought medical care alone.

A light pressure is all that is needed to adjust a child’s spine, so the next time you come to our office, bring your kids.

Check out this video to see Dr. Devine adjusting patient Abe, age 3.


Dr. Devine adjusts 3-year-old Abe.




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.



Rounded Shoulders are the Trend

Posted By Student Intern Jayson Yaplee

Does the pink profile look familiar?  With more people spending countless hours in front of a computer, the number of people sporting the rounded shoulder look is becoming more common.  If pink is not your goal and blue is the true you, here are a couple tips:


Perform door stretches.  To get a deeper stretch imitate the picture above but instead lunge forward with the leg farthest from the wall and turn your body away from the wall.  Hold these stretches for 10-20 seconds and repeat.


Strengthen your rhomboids.  With your back straight squeeze your shoulder blades together and hold for 5-10 seconds and repeat.  You can also use resistance bands to perform rows. Try doing 2 sets of 10 to start.  If you can do more great!


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A quick tip to stay hydrated and fight postural stress at work

Created by Student Intern Jayson Yaplee

Many of us drink water throughout our workday because we understand the important role it plays in our health and wellness.  Staying hydrated helps with things such as proper brain, heart, and kidney function.  We also feel the effects of sitting at our computers for extended periods of time.  The aching and tightness that we feel is due to postural stress.  An easy way to fight postural stress is to take mini breaks from our computers and walk around.  Instead of using a travel mug or sports bottle, try using a smaller cup so you will need to get up and refill your glass more often.  It is a small change but the benefits can be great!


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.