Dr. Liz Smith, D.C., Dr. Jyoti Patel, M.D., Dr. Carol Jamison, NMD,  and Cindy Holliday with Tru Fit,  are planning a  A Wellness Clinic for October 22nd.  The title of this Clinic will be:


This screening will be sponsored by Scottsdale Healthcare and will include

* Cholesterol Screening                        * Diabetes (Glucose) Screening

* Blood Pressure Check                        * Body Mass Index(BMI)

* Waist Circumference Measuring     *Professional Counseling

In order to complete all of the above items the test must be done while the person is fasting, so this event will start at 7:30 am and will be over at 11:00 am. You cannot eat or drink 12 hours prior to appointment. You may drink water and do take your scheduled medications.  Space is limited and registration is required.

Please call SMITH FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC at 480-837-2600 to schedule your appointment.

Dr. Patel will speak at 8:15 on ADVANCED GENETIC & LIPID TESTING.  This is important  information for all of us who have questions on our Cholesterol count and why it is important to “know our numbers” and keep them healthy.

Dr. Liz will be available for questions regarding Chiropractic and Acupuncture and consultation for these types of care.  Cindy Holliday can guide you through a variety of exercise options to help maintain good quality Cardiovascular Health for you and your family.  Together we hope to cover all aspects of keeping you healthy and aware of the risks we face everyday.


Screening location: 11673 N Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills

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Is there a dark side to the sun? The government has placed ultraviolet radiation (UVR) both from the sun and from tanning machines on its list of known human carcinogens. UVR produces DNA damage that may lead to mutations in genes involved in the pathogenesis of skin cancer. Therefore, along with other sun safety strategies, sunscreens that absorb or block UVR serve an important protective function.  The US Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the sun causes 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers and 65 percent of melanoma. Each year, there are an estimated million or more new cases. The incidence of invasive melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, is estimated to be 59,940 this year, with deaths estimated to be 8,100, according to the American Cancer Society. Photoaging is another long-term result of sun exposure. While not threatening to life, it is threatening to quality of life. Excessive unprotected time in the sun leads to premature wrinkling, sagging, a leathery texture and hyperpigmentation.     Fairskinned individuals are at highest risk for skin cancer. They have blond or red hair, blue or hazel eyes, burn easily and tan minimally or not at all. People with many moles or any large, atypical moles are also at higher risk. Finally, not just intermittent intense exposure, but also chronic lifetime exposure adds to skin cancer risk. Although people with dark skin are not as high-risk as those with light skin, they develop skin cancer too and should use sunscreen. Everyone over the age of six months should use sunscreen daily year-round, in any weather. Infants should be kept out of the sun or protected with clothing and an umbrella or strollerhood.     Sunscreen should not be neglected on overcast days, as 70-80 percent of the sun’s rays go through clouds and fog. In addition, according to the World Health Organization, UVR levels rise by about 10-21 percent for every 1000 feet of altitude, and reflection from sand, water, snow or concrete and magnifies their effects by up to 80 percent.  Sunscreen should be applied one-half hour before going outside. At least one ounce (two tablespoons) is needed to cover the entire body surface. As facial skin is thin and highly exposed, it is particularly important to apply sunscreen there liberally. There is no need to throw away last year’s left-over sunscreens. Shelf life is at least two years.  Sun Protection Factor (SPF) is a reliable measurement of protection against UVB. SPF 15 sunscreen might prevent reddening 15 times longer—about five hours. That figure is theoretical, however, and sun damage can occur even without reddening, so dermatologists normally advise reapplying after approximately two hours. Many people mistakenly believe that an SPF 30 rating gives twice as much sun protection as an SPF 15 and an SPF 50 more than three times that much; tests have shown that SPF 15 sunscreens filter out 93% of UVB rays, while SPF 30 protects against 97% and SPF 50 98%. There is no such thing as a healthy tan. Therefore, if people insist on being bronzed, they should be advised to use self-tanners, now offered by many cosmetics companies.  For best results, if you are using a moisturizer and a separate sunscreen, the moisturizer should go on first, then sunscreen, then makeup. If you are also using a topical medication, that should be applied before everything else, then the rest of the layering process is repeated.   Individuals at risk for vitamin D insufficiency, such as those who are elderly, homebound, or dark-skinned, a balanced diet with adequate intake of food rich in vitamin D (e.g., salmon and fortified milk) is the most appropriate way to maintain a good vitamin D level. If necessary, vitamin D supplements can be added. Because of it’s potentially damaging effects, unprotected sun exposure should not be used as a way to increase vitamin D level.  So now that the heat is upon us, don’t forget to protect yourself and your children, use umbrellas and wide brimmed hats, and don’t forget your Sunscreen!!         Dr. Liz Smith D.C.

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It seems that we are in the throes of an osteoarthritis epidemic.  It used to be that we would see people in their 60’s and 70’s starting to get osteoarthritis.  Now we are seeing it at age 40 and 50 and even younger.  Is it because we are more active and thus stressing our joints more?  Quite the opposite.  Our waistlines are expanding, and being overweight or obese is far and away the biggest risk factor for developing osteoarthritis.  Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage that cushions joints breaks down.  Without that protection, bone rubs against bone, which causes pain and stiffness.  It happens most frequently in the knees, but can also affect the hips, fingers, neck and toes.  Studies have been done on athletes that are running or doing weight bearing exercises and it has been found that these people do not have any greater risk of developing osteoarthritis than non runners.  If people could control their body weight adequately, we could reduce the prevalence of osteoarthritis by 40% to 50%.   There is a tendency to fight the symptoms of osteoarthritis with drugs, but more and more physicians are now advocating lifestyle changes.  It’s incredibly important to try to reduce your weight.  As you start to take those extra pounds off, it reduces the load on the joints and you will have a decrease in inflammation.  A modest loss of just 5% of body weight will improve your walking, reduce your pain and raise your quality of life. This would equate to a 200 pound man losing 10 pounds, or a 150 pound woman losing 7.5 pounds.  Also strengthening the muscles around the joints can help decrease the pain.  Yoga, cycling, swimming, walking and even Tia Chi are just a few ways to exercise yet taking it easy on your joints.  Exercise is a matter of life or death for cartilage cells.  Cartilage is a tissue with living cells but no blood supply, so it has problems getting oxygen into its cells and waste products out.  The solution is to move the joint.  Without exercise the cells die.  So here we are yet again, preaching the same story.  You want to feel better about yourself both mentally and physically?  Honor your body:  eat smart and exercise wisely.

Dr. Liz Smith D.C., FIAMA

Smith Family Chiropractic & Acupuncture

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Classes for all ages - Self Defense/Discipline

Did you know that Dr. Grant is a 5th degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do/ Hapkido?  Hwa Rang Kwan of Arizona and Master Smith are offering Classes for Adults and Children and Women’s Self Defense.

Classes are Monday – Thursday from 5:30 – 7:30 and Saturday 10:00 – 1:00.  Come learn self defense and discipline.

Location:  17029 E. Enterprise Drive #6, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268  You can call 602-499-5990 or 602-616-8209 for further information.

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Tai Chi for Everyone


The movement is slow, graceful, and fluid.  The effort is almost undetectable.  Most people are wearing street clothes and no one has special shoes.  Could this really be exercise?  Of Course!

Tai Chi (pronounced “tie chee”) is a centuries old Chinese practice designed to exercise the mind and body through a series of gentle, flowing postures that create a kind of synchronized dance.  This ancient art was originally a form of martial arts that has slowly evolved into a combination of mental concentration with slow controlled movements to focus the mind, challenge the body, and, like Acupuncture, improve the flow of Qi – the life energy thought to sustain health and quiet the mind.

 Tai Chi has a long list of benefits.  It can improve strength, flexibility, balance and coordination.  Many believe that it may help to improve heart function and decrease blood pressure, but the most significant benefit is stress reduction.  Stress is known to aggravate many health conditions.  Tai Chi teaches us to relax, breathe more deeply and allow our inner self the ability to control our mental and physical wellbeing.

 Tai Chi like Acupuncture is no longer a Chinese phenomena, it is spreading around the world.  Today, over 180 million people worldwide practice this ancient form of exercise.  Most exercise programs dissipate your energy and make you tired and hyper at the same time.  Tai Chi leaves you refreshed and relaxed when you finish.  The graceful, slow speed, coupled with an emphasis on deep breathing creates balance, flexibility and calmness, relieving stress and allowing for the integration of your mind and body.

 Tai Chi is for everyone including seniors.  Just 20 minutes a day of Tai Chi can dramatically improve your balance and significantly cut the risk of falls, improve your leg and lower body strength, increase flexibility, help with arthritis pain and in the recovery of injuries.                                                 

In Fountain Hills, Tai Chi is being offered by Cindy Holliday at Tru Fit Studio

Dr. Liz Smith, D.C., F.I.A.M.A. 

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A Quick Overview of Acupuncture

Acupuncture (Traditional Chinese Medicine) has developed over several thousands of years. This alternative to Western Medicine treats the body as a whole – that is composed of several “Systems Of Function”. These Systems are named after specific organs though the systems and organs are not always directly associated. The ultimate goal with Acupuncture is to bring the body into total Harmony. With that accomplished many ailments including pain is relieved and Vital Energy is restored to the body.

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