Sweets – Part 2

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy Memorial Day weekend!

Last week we listed the two ends of the sweet spectrum, giving Yes and No lists to help you make good choices and avoid bad ones.

But what about the “in-betweens,” of which there are many?  How do we sort out the OK’s from the “iffys”?  This can be confusing, especially with regard to sugar made from sugar cane, which is a natural plant containing the perfect balance of nutrients (and fiber) that is always found in nature.

I’m sure you’ve noticed the wide variety of sugar products available now:  Organic sugar, raw sugar, Muscovado, Turbinado, Demerara, Piloncillo, Sucanat – and more!  In addition, there are “other” sweeteners such as coconut sugar and maple syrup.

Just as with the Yes and No lists, it basically comes down to the production of these items. We’re looking for the least possible amount of interference with the composition and nutritional value of the original plant.  This means very simple processing with few steps and no chemicals used.  Not surprisingly, the best products by this standard come from small farmers, as opposed to big commercial enterprises who will sacrifice much for the big bucks.

Before I list these in preferable order, let me re-emphasize the caveat from last week.  Using a nutritionally superior product is an excellent start down the road of improving one’s health.  But because virtually all of us have been addicted to sugar-sweetened items from birth (or before) it is very important that we back off from that situation, and strive for the goal of “requiring” much less sweetness in our diet.  That factor alone will make a big health difference.  So – please use these products in strict moderation.  Set your own goals and work towards them consistently.

OK to use moderately – these items appear to be the least processed:

– Rapunzel Organic Whole Cane Sugar – very similar to Piloncillo in Mexico, Panela in Colombia, and Raspadura in Brazil

– organic coconut sugar

In this OK category I also put organic maple syrup, which is made simply by the boiling down of tree sap and yet retains some nutritional value and is usually chemical-free.  The price alone will ensure that you use it moderately!

Iffy – this group has been processed with more steps, separating the molasses from the sugar crystals – then re-combining them in unnatural proportions – and including a clarifying process which is often done with chemicals:

Sucanat – while the clarifying  process might be omitted, there is still the separation of crystals and molasses

Muscovado, Turbinado, Demerara, “Organic Raw Sugar” (which is not raw) are all similar and fit into the Iffy group

If you have any questions or comments on this subject, please feel free to share them with us at this email address.

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Healthy Holiday Recipes, Part 5


Help yourself steer clear of harmful food products this holiday by preparing something delicious and healthful for Christmas dinner. This popular, easy-to-make dessert features winter fruits that bring health-enhancing nutrients to the table.
6 organic tart apples, cored and sliced thin (peeling is optional) [Granny Smith apples are best for cooking]

3-4 organic pears, cored and sliced

1 cup organic cranberries, fresh or frozen

1/4 cup + 1/2 cup raw unfiltered honey, divided

3/4 cup organic whole barley flour (or buckwheat or brown rice flour for gluten-free)

1/2 cup sliced or chopped almonds

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. sea salt

1/3 cup butter
In a small bowl, mix 1/4 cup honey, 2 tbsp. flour, and cinnamon. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a buttered 9×13 glass baking pan, place apple slices evenly. Spread honey mix over apples. Place pear slices evenly over top. Scatter cranberries over all.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine remaining flour, salt, 1/2 cup honey, and almonds. Cut butter into small pieces and blend well into this mixture. Spread evenly over fruit in baking pan. Bake at 350 for about 40 minutes, or until topping is lightly browned and fruit is bubbly.
Need some last-minute gift ideas?
1) Gift cards for Thropay Health Center – use for nutrition, chiropractic, or massage services. The promo continues right through December! Buy 4 gift cards at $25 each, and get the 5th one free.
2) A shower head to filter out chlorine and a host of other harmful items like lead, cadmium, aluminum, mercury, arsenic, and hydrogen sulfide. The only one we know of that does all this is the Organic Excellence Shower Head and Filter, available online. (It’s best to have one of these on every shower in the house!)
3) A grocery box filled with necessities from “Mrs. Thropay’s Pantry Basics” hand-out
4) The “Healthful Cooking Made Simple” cookbook from our office – $20 each
We are open Christmas Eve until 2:00 p.m., and again all day on Friday, December 26th. Call for your appointments at (562) 861-3896
MERRY CHRISTMAS to each of you, from all of us!
Susana, Dr. Lam, Antonia, Sylvia, Elvira, Dr. and Mrs. Thropay

Dr. Thropay’s Nutritional Approach To Health


Before I came to see Dr. Thropay for nutritional help, I felt sluggish, without drive or motivation.  My moods constantly fluctuated between up and down.  I slept poorly and always felt tired in the morning. Generally, I was just BLAH.

Within just a few days of my first visit, I now have a sense of well being, and an internal balance.  My emotional status is much more even-keel than before.  At night, I’m enjoying profound and deep sleep, and I actually feel rested when I awake.  My general assessment?  “It’s all good!”

On top of all that, today I ran without an ace bandage!

I am very impressed with Dr. Thropay’s nutritional approach to health, and would gladly refer anyone to his care.

Margarita Perez

Chiropractic is a complementary and alternative medicine

Chiropractic is a complementary and alternative medicine[1] health care profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on general health.[2] Chiropractors emphasize manual and manipulative therapy for the treatment ofvertebral subluxations. Currently, chiropractors practice in over 100 countries in all regions of the world, however chiropractors are most prevalent in North AmericaAustraliaand parts of Europe.[2][3] Most people who seek chiropractic care do so for low back pain.[4] Chiropractic was founded in 1895 by magnetic healerD.D. Palmer, in Davenport, Iowa, United States. Chiropractic theory on spinal joint dysfunction and its putative role in non-musculoskeletal disease has been a source of controversy since its inception in 1895. The controversy is due in part to chiropractic’s vitalistic and metaphysical origins, and use of terminology that is not always amenable to scientific investigation.[5] Far reaching claims and lack of scientific evidence supporting spinal dysfunction/subluxation as the sole cause of disease has led to a critical evaluation of a central tenet of chiropractic and the appropriateness of the profession’s role in treating a broad spectrum of disorders that are unrelated to the neuromusculoskeletal system.[6] Although there is external and internal debate within the chiropractic profession regarding the clinical significance of joint dysfunction/subluxation,[7] the manipulable lesion remains inextricably linked to the profession as basis for spinal manipulation.[8] The scientific consensus is that chiropractic may be on a par with other manual therapies for some musculoskeletal conditions such as lower back pain, but that there is no credible evidence or mechanism for effects on other conditions, and some evidence of severe adverse effects from cervical vertebral manipulation.[9] The ideas of innate intelligence and the chiropractic subluxation are regarded as pseudoscience.[10]

Exercise is 1 Step Forward. BUT, A Poor Diet Is 2 Steps Back!




What Is Nutrition Response Testing?


Nutrition Response Testing is a non-invasive system of analyzing the body to determine underlying causes of poor health or nagging health problems. It is based on the firm conviction that the human body has the potential to fully repair itself, when given the right nutrients.

The analysis we conduct is a check of your body’s neurological reflexes. These reflexes are the body’s way of showing how well your nervous system is doing its job of regulating all the body’s functions – organs and glands, joints and muscles, etc.
There are flows of energy between all parts and organs of the body. These flows can be disrupted for a variety of reasons often leading to a lack of correct nerve signals to keep that area functioning optimally. Our analysis easily detects these disruptions.

How do we conduct this analysis?
The practitioner will contact your extended arm with one hand, and contact the specific reflex area with the other hand. If the tested reflex is stressed, your nervous system will respond by reducing energy to the extended arm (which will weaken and cause it to drop). A drop in the arm indicates underlying stress or dysfunction in that area, which can be affecting your health.
You will be given the results of this analysis in terms you can understand, along with a specific nutritional program to follow that is customized to your case.
Once the underlying stress is corrected, the weak muscle response will no longer occur during analysis. The body will be busy repairing and restoring function to
the indicated organ or system.

If It Came From A Plant Eat It; If It Is Made In A Plant, Don’t!


Eat More Colors; Healthy Living With Thropay Chiropractic


Happy New Year! Have Fun & Be Safe!