July 2020 Health Newsletter

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(left to right: Kara Keserauskis & April Breeden Peairs)

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“How does it feel to re-open?”


It is a question our team members are asked often lately.


The truth is, we don’t know.


We never closed.


Early on during the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare providers, including Chiropractors, were deemed “essential” and asked to remain open to serve our communities. The last thing Saint Louis needed was hundreds of chiropractic clinics closing and their clients rushing into ERs and Urgent Cares that were already overwhelmed. Thus, Lafayette Square Chiropractic Centre, LLC remained open.


Our team immediately went to work figuring out how to practice, as safely as possible, through a pandemic:

-Rearranging the office to allow for social distancing

-Obtaining personal protective equipment for our team

-Establishing stringent hand sanitization and disinfecting protocols

-Installing new air filtration systems

-Creating and posting COVID-19 protocols internally and online

-Utilizing clients’ vehicles as “reception” rooms (until adjusting rooms were ready)

-Obtaining touch free thermometers for team and client temperature screenings


At one point, I remember realizing a month had gone by without a single day off. It was exhausting and yet the anxiety levels were so high it was hard to sleep. I felt like everyone I knew was operating in some type of surreal new reality.

The financial and emotional impact and losses of COVID-19 definitely took their toll on us, just as they did for countless other small business owners, locally and globally. There were days, to be honest, that I thought it would have been easier to close, at least temporarily. As an owner, there were times I wondered if our business could even survive. I feared for the physical and financial health of our team and clients. I agonized over every decision we made, hoping it was the “right” thing to do.

Yet, day after day, clients thanked us for being there. They told us how relieved they were to find an office that was accepting new clients.   They expressed how much they appreciated all of our new safety procedures. They told us we made a different in their lives. We stayed open for them and they were grateful.

Today I am more proud of our LafSqChiro team than ever before. Each employee was given the option to take a hiatus, and was assured, as long as we were fiscally able, that they would have a job when they felt it was safe to return. Every single one said they were here to serve and chose to work along side us. We were a “family” before, but are now more than ever.

As I write this I think of every small business owner in this neighborhood who has navigated impossible circumstances and done their best to protect what they have built from the ground up. Each story and journey has been different. I have witnessed neighbors, clients and friends step up and focus on taking care of their teams as they figure out a way to survive this unbelievable storm.

And, while it is far from over, my hope for the future is strong. I wake each day tired, but with a renewed sense of purpose, and commitment to our mission: “Empowering YOUR family to embrace healthy, happy and active lifestyles.”

If we can ever be of service please give us a call:


-April Breeden Peairs, LCSW, COO (6.26.2020)

Current Articles

» Get Out Of The House
» Alcohol Consumption Gets A Long Needed Cut
» Choose Water, Not Diabetes

Get Out Of The House

With Covid-19 and the resulting changes to our day-to-day activities, many of us are spending more time indoors on or in front of electronics and less time exploring and living life.  Kids and teens are statued in front of TVs engaged in Fortnite Battle Royales.  Moms and dads aren't far behind, binging on Netflix and eating up every last available byte of their neighborhood's shared bandwidth.  During these times, let's not forget how to live, to move, to explore.  If you're going stir crazy, if you're stuck indoors consuming copious amounts of bandwidth, we encourage you to take a break from all that heavy streaming of bites and bytes, and take some time to enjoy some living.  Get out of the house.  Throw on a mask and take a walk, a jog, a run or go for a drive.  Check out the birds, the squirrels, count some clouds, get some sun.  Be safe, social distance, but remember to get out of the house!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: ChiroPlanet.com

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Alcohol Consumption Gets A Long Needed Cut

Since 1990, U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans has recommended no more than two alcoholic drinks for men and one drink for women daily. However, after 30 years that's about to change. The committee of experts responsible for these guidelines now recommend both men and women limit their alcohol consumption to a maximum of one drink per day, at most. A primary reason for this change is the link to cancer. According to researchers, alcohol consumption is the third most common cause of preventable cancer, aside from smoking and obesity. It's also important people understand these guidelines are not recommending adults drink one alcoholic beverage daily. Instead, the guidelines are for those who already consume alcohol to ensure they don't over indulge, as the data shows this increases their risk of death. In fact, the committee experts now explicitly discourage the drinking of alcohol for any reason.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Scientific Report of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee

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Choose Water, Not Diabetes

New research based on tracking more than 80,000 women over a decade indicates replacing sugary drinks such as fruit juice and soda with water lowers the risk of developing diabetes. This finding does not appear to be based on higher water consumption in the diet. Instead, the reduction in developing diabetes appears to be related to the reduction in consuming sugary beverages. The more sugar-based drinks and fruit juices consumed the higher the risk of developing diabetes. Specifically, researchers found an approximate 10 percent higher incidence for diabetes with each cup of sugary drink / fruit juice consumed per day. Researchers also found that one cup of coffee or tea was a good replacement for one cup of sugary drink / fruit juice. So by swapping that soda, fruit juice or other sugar-based beverage with water, coffee or tea, additional calories can be eliminated from the diet and more importantly, a reduction in diabetes risk can be obtained.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, online May 2, 2012.

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