December Expert Columns
Chiropractors Leading The Wellness Revolution
By Chip Abbadessa, D.C.
people have a misconception about chiropractic and the critical role it plays in
health and well-being. That misconception is that chiropractic care is limited
to treating back and neck pain. Although many people have experienced relief
from back and neck pain through chiropractic services, the foundation, intent,
and vision of chiropractic is far beyond simply helping to reduce symptoms.
is the largest licensed, non-medical health-care profession in North America,
with approximately 60,000 practitioners in the United States. Chiropractors are
doctors. They earn a Doctor of Chiropractic degree after completing three to
four years of undergraduate study, and a four-year professional course. After
graduation, they must pass further exams to obtain a license to practice.
is based on the philosophy that the body is a self-healing, self-regulating and
self-developing organism and that your nervous system is the master system and
controller of your body. If you cut your finger, it heals. You don’t have to
take anything or do anything to make that happen. If you were to cut the finger
of a dead person, healing would not occur. Life heals, it is as simple as that.
live your life through your nervous system. It is the master system and
controller of your body. Right now your heart is beating, kidneys are working,
liver is functioning, brain chemicals are flowing all without you having to
think about it. This is because your nervous system is coordinating it all and
making it happen. What would happen if there were interference with the function
of your nervous system? It would interfere with you body’s ability to heal and
important term and concept that every person should know and understand is
vertebral subluxation. Vertebral subluxation, or subluxation for short, refers
to a mechanical problem in the spine that relates to nerve interference. When a
person is subluxated, it reduces their ability to heal, regulate and express
well being. Like cavities in teeth, subluxations are very common in our culture.
It is the primary goal of the chiropractor to detect and correct subluxations so
that you can improve healing, regulation, and general well being.
limited nervous system means limited wellness. If we want to optimally create
higher levels of wellness, we then need to remove nervous system interference as
a part of the process. Chiropractors are uniquely trained to do this. Millions
of people, from infants to seniors more than 100 years old, benefit from
chiropractic adjustments every year.
Chip Abbadessa, D.C. has been a chiropractor since 1988 and practices out of the Castle Professional Center in Kaneohe. Call 234-5535 or visit www.docchip.com.
Life Extension Tips
By Teresa Denney, D.O.
Q&A With Dr. Teresa Denney
Readers have asked The Oahu Island
News about the efficacy of Dr. Teresa Denney’s revolutionary fat-dissolving
treatments. We sat down with Dr. Denney to find out just how safe and effective
her treatments really are.
Is Lipo-Lyte safe?
Yes. Lipo-Lyte is a special, injected mixture containing purified
lecithin, which is a naturally occurring substance in the body (first used in
the 1950s to reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood) as well as
specific vitamins and nutrients to stabilize and optimize the fat-dissolving
Is injected lecithin FDA approved?
Yes. In April 1999, the FDA approved a product that contained lecithin
for injection. Since then, Baxter and Compounding Pharm. have been able to
produce this product for injection.
How can it be assured that the appropriate amount of fat, neither too little nor
too much, is dissolved?
Lipo-Lyte procedure has proven already to be safe and very predictable. Along
with the clinical experience of our doctors and staff, results are very
If the Lipo-Lyte shot dissolves fatty tissue, does it also dissolve other
Lipo-Lyte activates certain enzymes, which naturally dissolve fat cells only.
Who can offer Lipo-lyte injections?
Denney: Only licensed physicians may legally offer
Are there other health benefits?
The action of lecithin on the heart is the most important of all its proved
benefits. It achieved its popularity initially in this area.
Dr. Teresa Denney, an osteopathic physician, has studied nutrition for over 30 years. She is the medical director for Aloha Medical Center in Waikiki. Visit her web-site at www.hghpharm.com. Call 732-0888 now for a consultation.
ASK JUDGE LEE
Incorporation & Investment
Judge Lee: I operate a business as a sole proprietor. Should I
incorporate? Signed, “Entrepreneur”
Dear Entrepreneur: Yes, generally
speaking, all businesses should be incorporated to take advantage of the tax
benefits of running a corporation. The other major reason is to limit liability
and protect personal assets against lawsuits and creditors of the business.
Also, certain tax debts can be extinguished by a corporation but not by an
individual. While some advisors prefer LLCs, I prefer regular C Corporations.
Judge Lee: I own several rental houses and I’m thinking
about selling them and investing in an apartment building. Can I do this tax
free and how do I decide which property to invest in? Signed, “Need Help”
Dear Need Help: Investment rental
properties can be sold and exchanged for an apartment building assuming this is
done under advice of a real estate exchange realtor or attorney. You normally
have 45 days to select a replacement property after each sale and 180 days to
close the purchase transaction. Generally, you can obtain income properties that
return at least 6-to-8 percent per year, net on the total investment amount.
Stress Relief Tip of the Month: Do a Stress Symptom Analysis.
List all your stresses and solutions with time deadlines to relieving each
stress. Do it!
Richard Lee is a former Hawaii Judge and CPA. He holds a degree in economics from Stanford University and a Juris Doctorate from Hastings Law School. Richard Lee Consulting focuses on relieving stress for clients with real estate, business and legal problems. Mr. Lee teaches Tai Chi Qigong, provides free mediation for divorcing couples and is the founder of Perfect Mate Internat’l. He can be reached at 957-0000 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Don "Kona Smith"
Happy Holidays? Not Nearly as Happy if You
The holiday season is in full swing. It is a time to celebrate
with friends and family. For some, though, this is not a time for happiness and
cheer. Instead it is a time of trepidation. Hearing loss, even a mild hearing
loss, can be a source of anxiety and dread. Think about it. How can it be
fun to be at a holiday gathering of friends, co-workers and family and then
strain to hear a conversation? How much fun is it when you nearly always miss
the punch line of a joke, or you don’t really know the name of the person to
whom you have just been introduced.
The problems described above fall into the category of
“nerve hearing loss”. People with nerve hearing loss can hear most things
just fine as long as there is little or no background noise. They usually have
trouble with sounds that are in the high frequency range of speech. These are
the sounds of the letters “S” , “TH”, “F” and “SH” to name just
a few. Think how hard it would be to read a book if these letters were replaced
by blank spaces on the page. Now you get an idea of the dilemma a person
with mild “nerve” hearing loss faces every day.
Technology Offers New Hope
There are several new innovations that enable people with
nerve hearing loss to hear much better in all sound environments. Modern digital
hearing aids use directional microphones that automatically sense background
noise and focus on the person speaking in front of you. They actually
detect sound that is general noise and reduce it so speech can be heard more
clearly. These innovations combined with digital quality sound enable
people with all levels of hearing loss to enjoy social intercourse and in some
cases be the “life of the party” again.
at Heart Pediatrician
parents strive to provide a safe home, healthy food and support in the child’s
development. That is why it is no surprise that parents have their child seen by
a pediatrician from birth to school age.
the first hours after birth an infant is vulnerable to their surroundings. The
parents want to be sure their infant is in good health, and they depend on the
pediatrician to provide their baby with the best of care. As the baby grows,
well-baby check ups and immunizations through preschool are the standard. In
Hawaii, schools require physical exams and up-to-date immunization for all
children in attendance.
Waimanalo Health Center supports families concerned with their children’s
health by providing access to primary health care. The Pediatric Clinic provides
physical exams for school and sports, immunizations and well-baby check ups as
well as sick visits for children.
health center is fortunate to have a country-at-heart pediatrician in their
Pediatric Clinic. For a year now Dr. Leila Agullana has been seeing children at
the health center.
from Kauai she grew up in a small community similar to Waimanalo.
has the cultural sensitivity and the medical know how to connect to the
Waimanalo community. Waimanalo “a very home-style family oriented community,
so different from town (Honolulu). It just reminded me of my own small hometown
that I grew up in.”
of her heritage, growing up in the country and being surrounded by people who
were less privileged, she is happy to be helping the community at the health
center. “I love it here.” The hearts of the people here touches her. “They
appreciate every little thing. It’s so gratifying.” My parents came from a
simple background and instilled in me an desire to go back to my roots,” said
the cheery pediatrician.
sure that kids are ready for school with physicals and immunizations is an
important task for her. She provides the best of medical care to them whether
they are sick or healthy, and encourages parents in Waimanalo and nearby
communities to bring their children to the Waimanalo Health Center.
By Brenda Reichel,
Buy From One Who Knows
wonder while you are shopping during the holidays if the sales help really knows
about the item you are interested in? Were they hired only because the store
needed the help or because they were properly trained?
just hate shopping, especially when the sales person has no clue about what they
knowledge is so important about cars, kitchen gadgets, and, please, tell me this shirt will shrink if I wash it. And, of
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