Category Archives: Family & Child Health

Warm Weather “Farmacy” Part 2: Essential Oils for Sunburn & “Oww-ies!”

                                                   So you spent too much time on the sun or you injured yourself. Here are simple things using Ameo essential oils to help you out:

Sunburn Spray: 5 drops each Lavender and Tea Tree oils, 2 drops Peppermint oil. Add these to a pint or 1/2 liter spray bottle filled mostly with distilled water and 1-2 ounces of Aloe Vera gel. Shake. This cooling spray can be applied as often as needed. (Never use oils on a physical burn unless it has been cooled for several minutes first)

Healing Blend for minor wounds: 10 drops each Lavender, Frankincense & Tea Tree, 1.5oz Witch Hazel, Aloe vera gel to fill 2 ounce spray bottle. Spray on wound.

Muscle or Joint Pain (simple over-use): 5 drops each Muscle Mend, Relaxing Touch, Eucalyptus and Marjoram in a 10ml roller bottle. Add carrier oil (fractionated coconut, sweet almond or avocado oil) to fill. Apply to sore areas & massage in.

Ameo essential oils are highly purified Clinical Grade essential oils. Each oil is subjected to Ameo’s “certi-5” standards; a combination of testing and certification that assures you that the oils are both pure and efficacious. Order your oils today: or call or message me to discuss specific needs.




Warm Weather “Farmacy” -Essential Oils for Spring & Summer


Warm weather and springtime bring an array of fun outdoor activities for most of us. Whether you like to hike, go bicycling, play sports, sail or surf or just lay on the beach or by the pool, most of us find SOME time to get away for the work doldrums, maybe even shut off social media and get out in the fresh air.

But along with having fun come the adverse consequences: sore muscles, mosquito & bug bite, sunburns, scrapes and potentially even tick bites that can lead to more serious problems.

Today we’ll address the bug issues using Ameo Essential Oils:

Bug Repellents:

Commercial bug repellents are loaded with chemicals like DEET that can cause rashes and even neurological symptoms. Many are known to cause cancer and disrupt hormones as well.

  • Bug Repellent Spray:

Choose from: Citronella, Clove, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Cajeput, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Cinnamon and Cedar.                                    Fill an 8oz. spray bottle 1/2 full with distilled water. Add witch hazel til almost full. Add 30-50 drops of essential oils. Shake well before applying.

  • Tick Repellent:

10 drops Lavender, 10 drops Lemongrass, 10 drops Eucalyptus.     Add oils to a 4 oz spray bottle filled with 1/2 distilled water & 1/2 witch hazel. Spray on shoes, sock pant legs & skin.

  • Tick Repellent Part 2

Carry a lint roller that has been sprayed with the above solution.  Roll it over your pant legs & socks periodically. You may be shocked what you pick up!

  • Bug Bite Itch Relief 

25% Tea Tree oil, 25% Lavender oil, 50% carrier oil (sweet almond, fractionated coconut or avocado oil are all good choices) Mix this in a 10ml roller bottle. Apply just a dab to bug bites.

Purchase your essential oils by clicking on ‘Ameo Essential Oils’ at the bottom of this page:Then choose the wholesale option. (Or use your personal login & password here if you have one.)

Call or message me to find out how to become a wholesale member with NO initial startup fee

The “Farmacy” Basics for Common Complaints

Essential Oils for Daily Complaints:

One of the most common questions I always got in my chiropractic practice was “Doc, what should I take?” People want a quick fix and our pill-oriented society has conditioned them to look for one. Unfortunately, as Western Medicine continues to create artificial substances, the negative effects continue to seriously injure and kill people. After your spine is in alignment so that your Nervous System is working optimally, essential oils can be some of the easiest and simplest answers for everyday problems. (Note that being sure how essential oils are purified is of the utmost importance. That is why I use Ameo Essential Oils. They are the only Clinical Grade essential oils on the market.)

Frankincense: Decreases inflammation topically & internally. (Do NOT use a lesser brand internally. It may be extracted with harmful chemicals). Has also been to increase apoptosis (self-destruction) in cancer cells.

Peppermint: A great digestive aid internally. Externally; a drop on certain pressure points on the head and face can help headaches. Inhale to increase alertness.

Lavender: THE great scent for all things calming. Helps with sleep. Calms & soothes feelings. Can even be used topically to calm reactions to bug bites.

Blends: There are a million combinations that can have incredible affects. Ameo is now leading the way with its new AGX Gene Expression line which targets different cell types, revealed by florescent microscopy, for optimal absorption.

I encourage you to learn more about the power of essential oils & be able to bring home a sample spray, balm or other preparation by coming to my event on March 9th.  We will concentrate on the 3 oils above along with 7 or 8 blends featured in Ameo’s Basic, Family First Aid and Emotional Wellness Kits. (Please RSVP by Emailing me at to get the address as this event is being held in a home.) Happy Oiling!


Moringa Olifera – ‘New’ High Potency Superfood

Moringa olifera is a high potency Superfood that I only call ‘new’ because it is new to most of us in the Western world. It has been used throughout Asia and Africa for centuries. Recently, I learned of a line of products now available in the U.S. that use it as a base. Since I had heard a little about Moringa throughout the years and I trusted the person I heard about it through, I decided to look into it more.

I was delighted with what I found. A literature search on PubMed revealed probably a hundred or more journal articles. Most of the studies were done in India which explains why we’ve heard little about it in the U.S.  With 46 different antioxidants, 36 different anti inflammatories, 20 amino acids (including all 9 essential ones) and lots more, it’s no surprise that I found numerous studies that demonstrated it helps the immune system, has antibacterial and anti-parasitic capabilities, is anti-inflammatory, anti-neoplastic (kills cancer cells) and so many other qualities, I can’t possibly list them all. Which is why I’m including several graphics that show more.

Zija International markets this line of products and uses the seeds and fruit (the most potent parts) as well as the leaves of the Moringa tree. In the month or so I’ve been on the products I’ve noticed numerous positive changes including more energy, decreased pain, better digestion & elimination and better sleep. Others have had positive effects on numerous health issues; digestive issues, diabetes, and all types of arthritis to name a few; along with using the products to assist in significant weight loss.

Zija has products that can enhance almost every lifestyle and condition: Start your day with the daily nutrition of Supermix (contains the highest concentration of Moringa), Smartmix (combines Moringa with pre-biotics and more to feed gut flora and enhance relaxation), or XM-Energy (combines several energy enhancing and natural appetite suppressing herbs). For many, that may be all you need. But if you’re an athlete or you’re trying to lose weight, there are a number of other products that can help you achieve your goals. In addition, Zija has a new line of clinical grade essential oils and the Moringa based skin care line, Gen-M, offer health enhancing and anti-aging for all.  “Drink Life In” 

If you’d like to get a sample or learn more about the business possibilities with Zija, please contact me.


Kids & Chiropractic; Why?

Periodically when talking to a parent about checking their child’s spine, I’ll get a response that goes something like this, “I think bringing the baby in to get checked is a good idea but his dad (who has never seen a chiropractor) (either doesn’t see the need or) is afraid.” It’s my hope that forwarding this article to that parent will help move the conversation forward.
Whether a child descended the birth canal or was delivered by Cesarean Section, it is possible that the stresses associated with birth produced a spinal misalignment (known as a Subluxtion) that could be affecting his/her health and well-being.
The birth process, as it naturally occurs causes compression and can easily result in spinal Subluxations. In addition, delivery in this country, is most commonly done by medical personnel that are trained to intervene and not let nature take its own course. So, distraction of the head and neck are fairly common even in a ‘natural’ birth. Once you add any intervention, from an episiotomy to an epidural, Ptocin or any number of additional interventions, the chances of a ‘minor’ spinal trauma increase proportionately. Even a baby born without ANY intervention whatsoever can experience a Subluxtion.
So what about a C-section? With a C-section, the object is to get baby out quickly thus minimizing many potential complications. This typically means that baby is pulled out by whatever part first presents; arm, leg, head, torso, whatever. The chance of spinal trauma is increased.
Why does it matter? Won’t it just resolve itself? Theoretically it could; but here are some thoughts: when the spine is misaligned, it puts stress on the spinal nerves and they don’t conduct their messages properly. Misalignments in the neck for example, commonly result in colic, difficulty nursing, increased likelihood of ear infections and more in babies. Did your child have (or are they having) any of these issues? As your child gets older, these issues, if caused by a Subluxtion, may present in other ways as well (a subject for future articles). Another issue is something called proprioception. That is the ability for the body to sense and understand where it is in time and space. When the spine is Subluxated, loss of proprioception is one of the first results. So maybe your child had no symptoms (very likely) but now he/she is learning to walk. Do you supposed that it might be more difficult if he/she doesn’t have a good sense of his/her body? Does your child fall, bang his or her head or do other things common to babies learning to walk and run? What they are doing may be perfectly normal or may not. You have no real way of knowing unless they are checked by a qualified chiropractor. As a parent, I remember being amazed that my kids could stand up in a confined space, like under the kitchen table, without banging their heads but their playmates, who hadn’t had their spines checked and adjusted couldn’t.
Take the idea of proprioception just a bit further now: lack of proprioception ultimately means your child is functioning at less than 100% of what is possible for them in our world. Why would any loving parent knowingly allow this? Add to all this all the falls and other traumas an older child has experienced and you can see why a spinal check is appropriate even in the absence of symptoms.
Ok, so now you’ve heard some of the logic but your still skeptical and scared. Understandable. As a member of our society, you understand that insurance rates are based on the cost to the insurance company, the likelihood that the insurance will need to be used and the possible payout if it is. Chiropractors pay about 10% of what a general practice physician does in malpractice rates and an even lower percentage compared to surgeons and specialists. Simply stated, the insurance companies recognize we don’t hurt people.
If you have never seen a chiropractor before, I venture to say, that your fears come from a combination of 2 related things: what you think might happen thru a manual adjustment to the neck and medical propaganda. Did you know that in 1989, the Chiropractic profession won a Class Action Lawsuit against the AMA & several other medical organizations for Anti-trust and colusion?! And that the AMA lost when it was appealed. From 1965 onward the AMA’s ‘Council on Quackery’ existed with the written purpose of destroying the profession of chiropractic in the United States. The seeds that were sewn by this counsel have effected the profession and public perception to this day. They are, in fact, what is largely responsible for people having that fear of getting their neck adjusted. The real hazards are minuscule. In fact, if your child has had a vaccine, you’ve already exposed them to a procedure statically many times more dangerous than a manual adjustment. In addition, as a chiropractor that has adjusted hundreds of babies over a 25 year career, I’ll also tell you that the amount of force I use isn’t significantly more than what I’m using right now to type this article into my computer!
Lastly, of course, is the basic fact that while your child DOES need to get checked he/she may NOT need an adjustment. He/she may be perfectly fine or may not. Doesn’t she/he deserve the opportunity to find out?
I hope this article has served to ally some fears or at least start a conversation. I’m happy to answer additional questions by phone or in person.

New Study: Regularly Eating Leafy Greens Takes 11 Years off Your Brain’s Age!

There’s more good news about leafy greens! New research shows that eating more greens like spinach, kale, collards, and mustard greens could help slow the rate of age-related cognitive decline in older folks.

Dr. Martha Clare Morris presented her team’s findings at the Experimental Biology Meeting in Boston in March and explained their importance: “Losing’s one’s memory or cognitive abilities is one of the biggest fears for people at they get older…increasing your consumption of green leafy vegetables could offer a very simple, affordable and non-invasive way of potentially protecting your brain…”

Researchers tracked 954 seniors (average age 81) who were taking part in the Memory and Aging Project. They followed them for an average of five years and found that those who consumed leafy greens daily were considerably sharper than those who skimped on these nutrient-packed veggies.

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Healthy New Year!

What would happen if you put your health first for 30 day? -NOT as a diet or denial system; not as a system to give up anything. But in a concerted effort to simply add TONS of highly nutritious fruits & vegetables and more water to help detoxify your body and see the results?

I can hear you now: “I don’t have time,” “I can’t afford that,” or?? what’s YOUR reason? What if I could show you a way to do this conveniently and inexpensively (possibly for NO cost)?

Transform 30 is a what you might call a Cleansing Program but it is SO much more that it’s difficult to explain in a few paragraphs which is why I’m sponsoring a Transform 30 Introduction NEXT TUES., Jan 13th at 6:30 PM in the Community Room at Whole Foods Market in SLO.

Typical Cleansing Programs involve Juice or Water Fasting and in today’s environment, that may actually concentrate toxins! We’ll talk about why that is and how we get around that.

Many people think Cleanses are ONLY for people who need to lose weight! NOT TRUE! Did you know that we can now test for 800 DIFFERENT TOXINS in the human body?? And that’s only what we can test for. We live in a toxic soup of an environment & if you’re not cleansing your body regularly; I say DAILY, all bets are off on your long term health regardless of how well you eat.

So I hope you’ll join us next week, on Tuesday evening from 6:30-8pm. We’ll have samples, discuss recipes & detail how you can get support with the changes you choose to make. We’ll talk about food, toxins, exercise & a lot more in a fun & interactive way. Whether you choose to do Transformation 30 or not, my commitment is that the Information in the Transform 30 Intro will change your life and the lives of those around you Forever.

Wellness, Prevention & Early Detection: Chiropractic; A Natural Approach

                          As a chiropractor who has practiced for almost 25 years, I continue to be surprised (and a little disappointed) that more people don’t recognize the positive role that Chiropractic care can play in their children’s and in their own lives. Today, I hope to help you understand the value a little better.
Thanks to the medical establishment, most people think of chiropractic in terms of a quick fix for lower back or neck pain. While chiropractic may help with these issues, this represents a very limited view of an art & science that has really been around for thousands of years.
Hippocrates is quoted as having said “in case of disease look first to the spine.” Throughout history there have been practitioners who were the ancient equivalent of the modern-day chiropractor.  In fact, the results chiropractors got during the great flu pandemic of 1917 were one of the major factors that lead to the California Chiropractic Initiative of 1922, recognizing that we are separate & distinct from medicine. But like many other ancient forms of healing, chiropractic fell out of favor with the advent of drugs, surgery and the symptomatic approaches established by modern medicine. While most people are at least aware that chiropractic care exists, herbal medicine, homeopathy & many other forms of care have been so vilified by modern medicine that many people equate them with witchcraft, quackery and worse. The real truth is that most of that is propaganda and organized medicine did, among other things, promote leeches and blood letting well past the 1900’s. It was only their steadfast organization, pressure, propaganda & boycotting of anything non-medical that lead to the decreased popularity of these forms of care. Ultimately, chiropractic is the only non-allopathic healing science that survived this assault (until the recent resurgence of others). In fact, in 1985, the AMA and several other organizations were found guilty of collusion and anti-trust for trying to systematically destroy chiropractic as a profession in the United States.
I bring this up because to this day, people have negative views of chiropractic but have no idea where those views came from. I like to say its like the wallpaper of the way we grew up; so intimately connected with the American view on health, we don’t even see it.

So what is chiropractic & how might it help you & your family? The basic tenants of chiropractic have little to do with back pain. Chiropractic theory states (and modern medicine has proven) that misalignments in the spine (subluxation) can put stress on delicate spinal nerves & cause them to misfire. Indeed science has shown us that as little as 10mm of mercury pressure- about the pressure caused by weight of a dime- can cause mis-firing of nerve impulses in the spine. If you think realistically about this, you realize you could likely have several areas like this in your own spine right now and be totally unaware of it. Further, all the nerves in your entire body ultimately connect to nerves that enter & exit the spinal cord so when you think about it, every function in your body, from your heart beat to your hormone function to your immune system & more depends on the messages of nerves running into & out of your spine. AND you have NO way of knowing if all these messages are getting thru unimpeded or not. The chiropractor’s job is to make sure they Are. 
Well, this all sounds like it makes good sense, you may be thinking; but what is the practical aspect of this? What can I expect chiropractic care to have an effect on? While we can’t say with 100% certainty that chiropractic will have an effect on any particular problem, I can say that in my 25 years experience, the care I’ve provided has had a positive effect on problems as varied as ADHD, colic, asthma, allergies, back pain, headaches, fibromyalgia and more. I can also say that pregnant woman under chiropractic care have easier deliveries & recoveries and that difficulty nursing can often be traced to a baby being less able to latch on to one breast due to spinal subluxation in the neck. The bottom line is that every function in your body will happen better when it is unimpeded.
Recently I have joined the staff of Community Health Centers in SLO and I’m happy to be able to provide care to many patients who have been unable to obtain it in the past because they’ve had no insurance coverage. If you have CenCal, Medi-Cal or Medicare, you are allowed chiropractic care and do not need a medical referral. Unfortunately, most chiropractors cannot afford to see these patients (or see them & charge them a discounted cash fee) due to the low reimbursement rate. At CHC, they are a majority of the patients we see.
So if any of this makes sense to you, I’d be pleased and honored to see you and your family. Simply call the Bishop st office at 805-269-0793 or the Casa st office at 805-269-1500 & ask for a chiropractic appt with Dr. Kasanoff. If you’re unsure, contact me directly & we can discuss it.

Are Hormones Making You Sick & Tired? Environmental Influences

Low energy, weight gain, possible food sensitivities, acid reflux, high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome, Type 2 Diabetes, arthritis, auto-immune disorders and a plethora of other chronic diseases are rampant in our society. While many (arguably most) are caused by the foods we eat, today I wanted to talk about the influence our environment has on these and other dis-ease processes.

Hormone disruptors are pervasive in our environment and awareness of what they are and why they matter is the first step in avoiding them. Broadly speaking, hormone disruptors are any substance that can have an effect on our hormones. When people think of hormones, they usually think of menstrual cycles, pregnancy and menopause in women and maybe a couple function in men like muscular development and fertility. But we actually have many more hormones and they govern or have an influence on every function in our bodies. From the amount of water we retain (aldosterone) to our fight or flight response ( mainly cortisol) to the hormones that govern our internal daily clock, help us digest food and eliminate waste and more, our hormones play a critical role in our health and hormone disruptors in our environment are wreaking havoc on our bodies and minds.

Hormone disruptors act by occupying the site that a hormone would normally occupy on the cell membrane. Often they act like the the hormone itself, only super-charged; with more activity. They can sometimes bind more strongly to the cell membrane and exert influence for longer periods of time. They may be influencing far more functions than you think as well. Are you aware that most new mothers have detectable amounts of these substances in their breast milk?! Has anyone else besides me noticed that, in general more young men are losing more hair at a younger age than prior generations? (probably hormonally influenced) And dare I say it; young women seem to have more breast development than prior generations (probably also hormonally influenced). In addition, both boys and girls are going through puberty earlier, both men and women are having more problems with fertility. There is  also a connection between hormone disruptors and how much fat we are accumulating on our bodies. (That is not an excuse for all, just acknowledgement that it may make it worse.) All this and more can be due to the influence of hormone disruptors.

While there are many kinds of substances that can act as hormone disruptors; from chemicals we use to clean with to pesticides, plastics and more, today I wanted to discuss plastics because I think these, overall, are the ones that we can most readily limit the influence of in our lives.

While most people are now aware of BPA (Bis-phenol A), a substance found in things from the linings of canned foods to dental fillings and the fact that it can have hormonal activity, (something I read about and asked my dentist about 15 years ago and was brushed off as crazy!)  it’s likely that other substances will be found to have a similar influence. With the increased awareness of BPA, companies are readily switching to other substances and many of these have not been studied. The solution? Use alternatives to plastic as much as possible. Since these substances can readily leech into your food, store food in glass containers. Use stainless steel or glass water bottles. Never cook in plastic or plastic lined containers. If you purchase prepare food in a plastic container, put in glass before putting it in the oven even if the container claims to be oven-safe.  I like to discourage people from microwaving foods but if you must microwave something, use a glass container. Do your best to purchase food wrapped and stored in substances other than plastic ideally or put them in another container until use if the product isn’t available that way. Another option is always to ‘let your money do the talking’ and not buy things packaged in plastic. And contacting companies to encourage change is always a great idea as well.

This article undoubted just scratches the surface. Got some great ideas or comments? I’d love to hear them


Join Me March 22 & 23 at the SLO Health & Fitness Expo

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Please join me this weekend at the Health & Fitness Expo; 10AM-4PM Saturday & Sunday. I’ll also be speaking on Sunday at 11AM. Learn more about the importance of of a plant-based diet and how it really can save your life. Our booth is #70B located in the back left corner. Be sure to mention this post when you stop by. I have a limited number of goodies for doing so.

If growing your own food is something you’ve thought about doing; you’ll find that the Tower Gardens we have on display will help you do that vertically on a patio or deck using just 5-10% of the water & nutrients needed by a traditional garden and requiring far less maintenance (typically about 1/2 hour/week once planted. And assemlying your Tower Garden & planting it can be done in abut an hour!)


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