Organic or Non-Organic

written by Janet Valenty

When to buy Organic and when not to buy Organic.


There are many reasons you should purchase organic products at the grocery store. Foods with a USDA Organic label are not grown with chemical pesticides, genetically modified or treated with sewage or petroleum-based pesticides.

We have the best intentions at the grocery store, but ultimately it comes down to a question of cost. Many families cannot afford to purchase all organic produce. However, you can make good choices that will help you avoid putting pesticides in your body while saving money.

Just about anything with a hard shell or skin will be relatively safe to buy non-organic. The foods you need to look out for when trying to avoid pesticides are those with high water content, such as berries, melons, just about all leafy greens and celery.

Examples of Safe Foods


You’re not the only one crying over onions. Onions are naturally resistant to pests, so big-agriculture companies have no reason to dump excess pesticides on onion crops. There is no evidence that organic onions have more health benefits than traditionally grown onions.


These fatty, delicious fruits are great on salads, but they are not on the menu of many insects. The avocado’s thick skin helps shield them from bugs, so this crop does not require a lot of pesticides. That skin also prevents any chemicals that are used from getting to the green center we all love to eat.


Coconut oil and water seem like they are at the top of every healthy conscious person’s list these days. The good news is this fruit’s thick outer shell is virtually impenetrable by pesticides. Several studies have shown that hardly any pesticide residue is found in the majority of coconut products. So, whether you eat the raw fruit, or put coconut oil in your hair, there will likely be no nasty chemicals to deal with!

Go Organic or Go Home


These fruits are one of the most commonly contaminated non-organic items on grocery store shelves. The reason apples are so heavy with pesticides is that they are so difficult to grow without them. Fungus and pests love them as much as you do because they are soft and rot easily. If you must purchase non-organic apples, you can avoid some of the pesticide residue by removing the peel, but you will also be throwing away valuable nutrients and fiber.


Celery has one of the highest water contents of all vegetables. It is easy to see why it would contain many pesticides. As the plant grows, it soaks up huge amounts of water. Chemicals are suspended in the water and then end up on your plate.


Tomatoes are another salad ingredient with high water content and a fragile skin which pesticides have no trouble penetrating. The good news is they are incredibly easy to grow. If you can’t find suitable organic tomatoes in your area, all you need is some quality organic seeds and you’ll be eating harvesting your own organic bounty in no time.

All Leafy Vegetables

Again as a result of the high water content, just about all leafy vegetables are likely to contain relatively high levels of pesticides. And since lettuces and spinach are the staple of most healthy salads, best to budget to go organic with these greens.

Don’t get me wrong. If you can go organic with all your produce choices, then do it. These tips apply to availability and budget. The good news is as more and more people switch to organic foods, the prices are going down and the selection is increasing.

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Chiropractor Lubbock Texas Dr. Scott Howard explains nutrition for Musculoskeletal concerns

Building a Strong Foundation
Essential Support for Musculoskeletal Health

A healthy musculoskeletal system gives us the ability to move with ease and provides form, support and stability.  Yet, an estimated 52.5 million adults in the US reported being told by a doctor that they have some form of arthritis, which equals to having a significantly lesser quality of life than those without arthritis.  In fact, adults with arthritis report 2-4 times as many unhealthy days in the past month than those without arthritis.

Arthritis facts:  Osteoarthritis was commonly thought of as a degenerative disease, but recent understanding has revealed it to be much more complicated.  It is thought that genetics can play a role, as is very common for many diseases today.  Interestingly, although vitamin D deficiency has been associated with osteoarthritis, giving vitamin D supplements does nothing to reverse it (as isolated compounds rarely do).  Rheumatoid arthritis is considered more of an “autoimmune” disorder wherein your body attacks the joints, thus causing pain and inflammation.  While there are other forms of arthritis, the principles of supporting healthy joints naturally will apply in most cases and can be beneficial for most types.

So what are some natural options?
Since inflammation is the underlying issue in almost all types of arthritis, the typical medical treatment is the use of NSAIDS (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for pain relief).  However, its long-term use is concerning as it has been said that it can lead to all sorts of health issues, including a leaky gut and possibly even worsening the arthritis itself. 2,3,4.

But what can you do to support joints in a natural way and avoid some of the side effects of the commonly used drugs?
If you desire to be pain free and see results, but you are not ready to make many dietary changes, you can start by supporting your body’s natural inflammatory balance.  Simply removing foods from the “nightshade” family, such as potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant and peppers can be dramatic and is easy to do.  Then add some Glucosamine Synergy, which is easy to take and inexpensive.  This is a great place to start.

For herbs with a successful and rich history of supporting the body’s natural inflammatory balance, turmeric, boswellia and ginger are recommended.  Taking Boswellia Complex with each meal can offer a simple and effective alternative.  Interestingly, herbs such as boswellia are lipophilic (they like lipids or fats); therefore, it is recommended that it be taken with healthy fats for a much more power result.

Next, nourishing the joints with omega 3 fatty acids like Cod Liver Oil can be of major benefit to patients with inflammatory conditions.  But remember, using a good quality oil is essential to reap the benefits.  Buying a lesser quality oil can actually cause more harm than good.

If you are willing to go further for even more results, consider adding more joint nourishing food concentrates like Calcifood wafers and Chlorophyll perles.

Call our office today at 806-791-0191 to assess your nutritional needs and for the best and highest quality products to support joint health!

Chiropractor Lubbock Texas, Dr. Scott Howard D.C. gives you the top snacks to stay away from

Toxic Snack Foods That You Must Stay Away From

In a world where you’re always on the go, it can be difficult to prepare a snack that is wholesome from home and you end up turning to convenience snacks along the way—ones that you can quickly grab and put in your purse or desk at work.

Snacking can be a part of healthy diet plan and can help you achieve optimal energy levels throughout the day while keeping your blood sugar levels more stabilized, but, if you’re not careful with the snack choices you’re choosing, you could be doing far more snack chipsharm than good.

Here are three toxic snack foods that you should do away with immediately:
Processed Cheese
Chips and Crackers
Energy Bars




Chiropractor Lubbock Texas, Dr. Scott Howard D.C. reveals the importance of Strawberries

Did You Know…

…that a humble berry can help cure gastritis and lower chronic inflammation?

Gastritis is a common and painful digestive problem in which the stomach lining becomes inflamed.  It can cause nausea or recurrent stomach upset, abdominal bloating and pain, indigestion, vomiting, loss of appetite, and more.  It can also be symptomless.
Untreated gastritis can lead to dangerous blood loss and can also increase the risk of developing stomach cancer.
The good news is that thanks to exciting new research from Europe, we now know that gastritis can be prevented and cured with a simple, delicious remedy: strawberries.

A Study with Sweet Results

The European study showed that eating strawberries reduced the appearance of stomach ulcerations in subjects who had consumed ethanol, a known stomach irritant.

“The positive effects of strawberries are not only linked to their antioxidant capacity and high content of phenolic compounds (anthocyans) but also to the fact that they activate the antioxidant defenses and enzymes of the body,” said lead researcher Sara Tulipani.

Whole Body Health Benefits Closeup of fresh organic strawberries growing on the vine

The researchers say that the protective effects of strawberries come from substances in the ripe fruit that prevent inflammation at the cellular level.  Therefore, say the scientists, strawberries are a key food not only for preventing and treating gastritis, but also for fighting health-harming chronic inflammation anywhere in the body, including the joints.

Research from the Harvard School of Public Health confirms this theory as well.  The Harvard study showed that women who ate 16 or more strawberries per week (that’s only a couple of strawberries per day!) were less likely to have C-reactive protein (CRP) in the body.  CRPs are an important telltale marker of inflammation.  That’s a big benefit from a small and delicious daily treat.

Strawberries have also been shown to…

Improve eye health
Suppress cancer cell growth
Regulate blood pressure

Of course, to help avoid health issues related to pesticide consumption, be sure to choose organic, and hopefully local, strawberries!

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Chiropractor Lubbock Texas Dr. Scott Howard gives you some advice on Flu

Winter Immune Challenges *

This year’s flu season appears to have peaked, but there are still plenty of weeks of sickness to come.  “We still have pretty high activity in most parts of the country; 41 states are reporting widespread flu,” said one expert with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.Flu

When do flu epidemics hit? When seasons change. Have you noticed that big flu seasons occur during extreme high and low temperature changes? Freezing cold one day and warm the next day then back to freezing cold the next. We see this a lot in Texas. This type of change has all the markings for a big flu season.  Ever wondered why this leads to increased colds and flu’s? …Continue Reading

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Chiropractor Lubbock, Texas Dr. Scott Howard D.C. Explains Whole Food Vitamins

Are All Multivitamins Created Equal? *

 If you said yes . . . think again!

 Catalyn – A “True High Potency Multivitamin!”  The term “potency” is often misunderstood, especially in the world of nutrition, but the terms “high impact,” or “high effectiveness” can help to clarify the confusion.

Today, many will visit their local health food store in a desperate search for an energy aid, as they just want to feel Achybetter. They believe that a multivitamin might do the trick, so they diligently read the labels for the most impressive high potency multivitamin with the latest fads in isolation and chelation of nutrients.  For some, they begin to feel better and feel positive about making a good choice of their multivitamin.  Unfortunately, however, in many cases they are again searching for something new in about a month’s time as their energy again begins to decline and their sense of wellbeing slips away.  What they do not realize is that these high potency multivitamins are not providing them with the health impact or effectiveness that their bodies really need.  The body’s nutritional requirements are dependent on too many factors and cannot be satisfied by merely combining a simple, easily made synthetic/isolated blend.

Agnes Fay Morgan 1., an early pioneer in nutritional research, conducted a test using high potency vitamins like those used to “enrich” and “fortify” foods such as white flour. In this test the animals eating the “enriched” and “fortified” foods with these high potency vitamins did not live as long as those eating the “un-fortified” foods.

The truth is that true high potency comes from real food, which contains all of its synergistic components.  An example given by Dr. Royal Lee in Vitamin News 2, is that 99% of the potency of vitamin E is lost when separated from its natural synergists, such as tannins, fatty acids, phospholipids, etc.

Another important fact that is not widely known is that taking large doses of isolated or synthetic vitamins can actually have an opposite result from its intended purpose.  In nature, vitamins and minerals work together synergistically but if taken separately and isolated from its original synergistic family, can cause imbalance over time.  An example of this could be bone loss caused by high doses of alpha tocopherol 2., or damage to the DNA by taking ascorbic acid over 500 milligrams.

“Vitamin C is used as a dietary supplement because of its antioxidant activity, although a high dose (500 mg) may act as a pro-oxidant in the body. Here we show that 100 g of fresh apples has an antioxidant activity equivalent to 1,500 mg of vitamin C, and that whole-apple extracts inhibit the growth of colon- and liver- cancer cells in vitro in a dose-dependent manner. Our results indicate that natural antioxidants from fresh fruit could be more effective than a dietary supplement.” 3.Catalyn

Catalyn, however, is a multiple vitamin and trace mineral product with enzyme source containing 12 raw foods.  Let’s look now at the value of Catalyn for patients:

“We believe the first and commonest symptom of deficiency requiring Catalyn is Fatigue.” –Dr. Royal Lee 4.  He goes on to say, ”Truly, we consider Catalyn as fine food for fatigue. Often, one or two tablets will afford a great relief in fifteen or twenty minutes. Two or three tablets a day often mean the difference between enjoying one’s work, or finding it unbearable drudgery.”

*Note:  This is not a treatment for any condition and it is always important to check with your physician before embarking on any therapy

Please call our office today at 806-791-0191 to try CATALYN for yourself and experience this “True High Potency Multivitamin!

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Chiropractor Lubbock Texas Dr. Scott Howard D.C. With Winter Colds Comes Cold Sores

Dr. Scott Howard D.C. Chiropractor shows you what to take for cold sores as well as other ailments.

Vitamin F for Itching, Cold Sores, Prostate & More! *


Cataplex F was released in 1934 and has a rich history of success!  Although you may never have heard of Vitamin F, you may be surprised to learn of the Cat Fbody’s need for Vitamin F for optimal health. Vitamin F is an old name that covers what are now known as EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids), two of the most important being linoleic and alpha-linolenic.  Cataplex F by Standard Process, Inc., contains flax seed oil (alpha-linolenic) and liver extract containing other polyunsaturated fatty acids.

Vitamin F’s relation to Calcium and Vitamin D:

  • Vitamin D picks up Calcium from the gastrointestinal tract and other soft tissues (like mucous membranes and muscles) and puts it into the blood. Vitamin F, however, has an opposite function and moves Calcium from the blood and puts it into soft tissues like mucous membranes and muscles.

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Chiropractor Lubbock, Tx. Dr. Scott Howard D.C. Feeling Anxious?

anxiousFeeling a Bit More Anxious & Uneasy These Days? *


Does the pace of life seem to be faster and more hectic than even just a few years ago, and along with it, the levels of uneasiness and stress are also mounting?  This can impact our work, family life and our health.  But learning a few tips to ease this pressure can have a positive impact on daily life and our health.

Hans Selye, an endocrinologist, coined the term “stress” over 50 years ago.  Selye states, “Stress is the body’s nonspecific response to a demand placed on it.”  The National Institutes of Health describes stress as a sense of frustration, nervousness, worry or anger and explains anxiety as a continued sense of uneasiness and a feeling of apprehension or fear.  Occasional stress is necessary for our survival, but chronic stress is what may take a serious toll on your health and well-being.  Although stress cannot be avoided, you may find that choosing one, or a combination of these natural products mentioned below, to be just what you need to ease the tensions of life: …Continue Reading

Chiropractor Lubbock Texas Dr.Scott Howard D.C. says “No Coffee”

Dr. Scott Howard D.C. shows shocking Coffee study to Coffee Drinkers.

Limit Coffee for Longer Life

If you’ve gotten into a habit of drinking coffee all day, it may be time to think about cutting back. A preliminary study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings found that people who habitually drink an average of more than four cups of coffee per day may have a higher risk of death for any reason than people who drink less.

The study drew from data gathered as part of a larger ongoing study called the Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study. Nearly 44,000 people participated, undergoing a medical examination and answering questions about lifestyle and health on paper and in person. They were then followed for an average of 17 years.

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Chiropractor Lubbock Texas Dr. Scott Howard D.C. shows you some good Bacteria

Dr. Scott Howard shows you reasons for good bacteria.

Early Probiotics Protects Kids from Allergies and Eczema

Children whose diets include probiotics up to age two and whose mothers took probiotics when pregnant are less likely to have eczema or allergies at age six, reports a study in Clinical and Experimental Allergy.

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Chiropractor Lubbock Texas Dr. Scott Howard D.C. shows more on Alzheimer’s

Dr. Scott Howard Chiropractor Lubbock, Texas shows another thing bacteria can do.

Oral Bacteria in the Brain Might Contribute to Alzheimer’s

Researchers studying the bacteria in the mouth have found that bacteria that causes gum disease may play a role in the course of Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

The hidden world of the digestive tract, beginning with the mouth, is populated by a vastly diverse group of microorganisms. Many of these microbes are critical for our good health, but in unhealthy conditions, disease-causing microbes may flourish and cause health problems in other parts of the body.

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Chiropractor Lubbock Texas Dr. Scott Howard gives you a little spice

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Spice May Minimize Radiation Therapy Skin Damage

Radiation therapy for breast cancer has improved leaps and bounds over the years, and current treatments carefully target the tumor area, to minimize damage to surrounding healthy tissue. However, one side effect remains challenging: damage to the skin in the treatment area. Now researchers have discovered that an ingredient in a common culinary spice may ease the skin damage that often accompanies this treatment.

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Chiropractor Lubbock Texas Dr. Scott Howard likes wine AND exercise

Dr. Scott Howard D.C Lubbock Texas Chiropractor shows how resveratrol can help exercise.

Resveratrol Supplement Results in Unexpected Effects on Exercise

Health experts have noted that resveratrol, found in abundance in red wine and purple grape juice, can lessen inflammation, protect cells against oxidative damage, improve glucose regulation and blood pressure, and reduce total and LDL, or “bad,” cholesterol levels. A study on resveratrol and exercise has called these benefits into question.

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Chiropractor Lubbock Texas Dr. Scott Howard shows why Watermelon is Goooood

Dr. Scott Howard D.C. Lubbock Texas Chiropractor shows a post-workout trick

Sweet Relief for Sore Summer Muscles

Drinking watermelon juice before a workout might help prevent muscle soreness later, reports a study in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry.

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Chiropractor Lubbock Texas Dr. Scott Howard gives simple weight loss tips

Dr. Scott Howard Chiropractor Lubbock Texas gives some easy tips to lose weight.

6 Simple Ways to Lose Weight

Doable strategies to help you shed pounds

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Chiropractor Lubbock Texas Dr. Scott Howard give tips to help kids eat healthier

Dr. Scott Howard Chiropractor gives you some tips to help kids eat better.

5 Healthy Foods That Kids Can Learn to Love
Concerned about your children’s nutrition? The good news is that as long as you provide a wide variety of nourishing foods, their diet will balance out over time. But most of us would like to see our kids enjoy at least a few foods outside of the mac-n-cheese food group. So, here are some kid-friendly foods that are as good for you as they taste. They’ve been selected for their superior nutritional profiles and, with a little ingenuity, are sure to make the “A” list with even the pickiest eaters.

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Chiropractor Lubbock Texas Dr. Scott Howard says “B is for Brain”

“B” Smart for Brain Health
From misplaced car keys to the forgotten name of a new acquaintance, “senior moments” affect all of us from time to time. Fortunately, there may be something we can do to sharpen our brains as we age. Even better, this small action—making sure we get enough of certain B vitamins—may be particularly helpful for those affected by depression, a condition that can negatively affect brain performance.

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Chiropractor Lubbock Texas Dr. Scott Howard gives the 5 Foods That Are Good For Your Heart

5  Foods That Are GOOD for Your Heart

Chiropractor Lubbock Texas Dr. Scott Howard D.C. gives ideas for Diabetic Feet.

Dr. Scott Howard D.C. Chiropractor Lubbock Texas gives you some ideas for Diabetic Feet.

Help for Painful Diabetes-Related Nerve Symptoms

Elevated blood sugar can lead to painful nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy) in people with diabetes, and conventional treatments don’t always bring relief. In The American Journal of Medicine, researchers found that, for people with type 2 diabetes and neuropathy, taking a supplemental form of folate, vitamin B12, and vitamin B6, improved symptom scores by about 25% after 24 weeks of treatment.

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Chiropractor Lubbock Texas Dr. Scott Howard D.C. can testify about this memory booster

Dr. Scott Howard D.C. Chiropractor Lubbock, Texas. I, myself, can attest to the benefits of this herb. I’ve used it for two years now and I can see a big improvement on the days I use it.

Ginkgo: What’s Its Safety Profile?

Recent headlines have questioned Gingko biloba’s safety, only to be challenged by natural health practitioners who say the remedy is safe and potentially effective for improving a range of conditions, including age-related memory impairment and dementia, eye problems associated with diabetes (diabetic retinopathy), premenstrual syndrome (PMS), vertigo, and glaucoma. Who’s right? Putting the latest research into context can help you better understand the big picture on ginkgo.

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Chiropractor Lubbock Texas Dr. Scott Howard D.C. gives The Best Diet

Dr. Scott Howard D.C. Chiropractor Lubbock, Texas shows more benefits for the Best Diet Around.

Stay Sharp With the Mediterranean Diet

According to a study in Neurology, sticking to the Mediterranean diet could help preserve brain function as you age.

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