Thursday, July 24, 2014

Make the Pills Go Away

Image courtesy of the News Tribune
Goodbye, meds
Debbie’s story

What if you could say goodbye to your medications?

Debbie Rodriguez of Granville did just that after starting a 30-day transformation kit, part of the Yoli Better Body System, in hopes of getting her diabetes completely under control. She had already eliminated one diabetes medication, but was dependent on another.

“I wanted to totally detox my body and get myself pH balanced immediately,” she said.

What she found was an increase in energy and mental clarity after just two weeks in the program, which includes making dietary changes as well as taking supplements containing alkaline minerals and probiotics.

“Before I started, I felt like a lump,” she said. “I had no energy, no ambition. Now, you can’t keep me down.”

Rodriguez was able to discontinue not one, but four medications she had been taking regularly. After 2½ months in the program — and conferring with her doctor — she no longer requires medication for diabetes or high blood pressure, and she has not had symptoms of acid reflux or asthma. In fact, she was grabbing her old pill bottles to show the NewsTribune when she came across her inhaler and realized she hadn’t needed it in months. She forgot she had asthma.

“I was always having bronchitis several times a year,” she added. “I have not had bronchitis (since beginning the program in November).”

Those are just the prescription medications; Rodriguez also no longer depends on over-the-counter allergy medicine or even Ibuprofen.

“I lived on Ibuprofen,” she said. “I just ached. I ached everywhere.”

“I don’t even own a bottle now. They all expired.”

The dietary changes boil down to something called “clean” eating.

“It’s just getting the junk out,” Rodriguez said, “getting the processed foods out, getting the artificial out — and the sugar.”

Now she drinks protein shakes instead of coffee and eats plenty of fruits and vegetables. She keeps a chart handy when planning meals to make sure the majority of the food she and her husband consume is alkaline — the opposite of acidic.

“We eat cucumbers and avocados like they’re going out of style,” she said.

Rodriguez said she was a “yo-yo” with weight loss all her life, but recently came home from the first vacation on which she did not gain weight.

“I would never go off of this way of eating,” she said. “I just feel too good.”

According to Rodriguez, her family has benefited from the program as well: Her husband’s cholesterol is down 40 points, one of their daughters lost 15 pounds even without using the protein shakes, and their son-in-law no longer suffers from debilitating migraines.

“It’s amazing what changing your diet can do for your body,” she said.

Why worry about pH?
Dr. Smith’s perspective

Dr. Ryan Smith of Advanced Chiropractic in Peru was approached about selling Yoli products last year, but did not get on board until January, after doing some research.

He had begun studying nutrition, and when he looked at the ingredients in the products Debbie Rodriguez has grown to love, he was impressed.

“The products were really good,” he said, noting they are all natural and gluten-free. “And the whole philosophy of reducing pH in the body goes with everything I learned.”

The other thing that struck him was the litany of conditions from which people claimed to have found relief by using these products. He noticed a lot of them were caused by inflammation.

“Acidity and inflammation go hand in hand,” he said. “This is the same stuff I’ve been helping with as a chiropractor, so it’s good to have two avenues to help people.”

In addition to chiropractic adjustments, cleaner eating can help reduce inflammation, Smith said. The body needs pure fruits and vegetables. When it gets processed foods and chemicals instead, it doesn’t quite know what to do with that.

“Inflammation is your body’s way of freaking out, in a way,” Smith said.

The most common conditions resulting from inflammation include migraines, asthma, acid reflux, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, heartburn, diarrhea, constipation and fibromyalgia.

Smith said he has seen patients find relief from these ailments using Yoli’s products coupled with a change in their diet.

“With Yoli, a lot of it is losing weight too, because fat cells store acid,” Smith said. “That’s how you gain weight.”

Reducing the acidity of the body makes it easier for the body to burn fat, he said.

Smith takes the supplements himself and said he noticed less soreness after exercising or lifting weights.

“I can do more, and I can lift more,” he said.

Smith said that is because the soreness is caused by lactic acid build-up, and the supplement he takes helps reduce acid in the body.

Yoli’s pH-balancing supplement contains three ingredients: calcium, potassium and magnesium.

“Those are the three minerals that we’re most deficient in that will help alkalize the body — bring down that acidity, bringing it more to a normal pH,” Smith said, “then you don’t have as much inflammation going on.”

Those minerals also can be found in fruits and vegetables, but Smith said most people don’t eat enough of them. Even if a person does get enough fruits and vegetables, it may be difficult to avoid another factor that increases the body’s acidity: stress.

Smith noted the supplement by itself would not be as effective as also making an effort to add fresh, organic fruits and vegetables to the diet.

“Realistically,” he said, “to get the best results you would want to eat healthier.”

An alternative
How selling makeup led to healthier living: Kelly’s story

Kelly Duttlinger of Oglesby previously sold cosmetics for Arbonne. When the company began adding nutritional supplements to its product line, she was contacted and offered some samples.

The Arbonne system includes an emphasis on cleaner eating, as well, with one major difference from Yoli: Arbonne’s products are vegan certified.

According to Duttlinger, all of Arbonne’s nutritional products are made from alkaline (rather than acidic) ingredients.

After trying the products, Duttlinger said she lost 20 pounds in one month and began running after age 50.

“When your body is alkaline, you have more energy,” she said. “Your mental clarity is off the charts.”

The Arbonne program includes an emphasis on education.

“We teach whole food — how to use food as fuel to heal your body,” she said. “We have coaches who coach you into health and wellness through the use of our supplements and whole foods.”

The Arbonne 30 Days to Fit program starts by eliminating “toxic foods” and eating “clean.”

“We ingest so many toxins throughout the day,” Duttlinger said. “Your body becomes acidic, and disease thrives in an acidic environment.”

Toxins can get into the body through the skin, she said, noting that artificial ingredients in lotions, soaps and perfumes can introduce harmful chemicals into the body.

“Sixty percent of what you put on your skin is absorbed into the blood in 26 seconds,” Duttlinger said. “Your liver has to clean that out.”

The cosmetics that initially attracted her to Arbonne are “clean” and natural.

Arbonne’s protein shakes are made from yellow peas, cranberries and brown rice.

“Those are all alkaline-forming ingredients,” Duttlinger said, “and I think that’s the key.”

She was on the verge of needing medication for her blood pressure, but since starting the program and giving up coffee: “It’s just not even an issue.”

Now, Duttlinger said, she uses the “80-20 method,” aiming to eat 80 percent “clean.”

“You learn foods that are triggers,” she said. “It becomes more of a way of life rather than a supplement.”

A place to start
Kathye’s story

Kathye Wrobleski of Oglesby used to buy makeup from her friend Kelly Duttlinger. That’s how she learned about Arbonne’s nutrition program. She had heard about “clean” eating and wanted to avoid processed foods, but didn’t know how to start, so she tried Arbonne’s 30-day Detox.

“Initially I did it to lose weight,” she said, adding she lost 8 pounds in the first month. “But what I noticed was that I was sleeping better and my joints didn’t hurt as much.”

Kathye said she thinks she may have been on the verge of developing arthritis, because every morning she would wake up and her joints would be swollen and achy.

“I really just stayed on it because when you use it, you just feel better,” she said.

The Arbonne system was easier than any other diet plan she had tried because of the simplicity of choosing whole foods. But she also did herself a favor by following the “80-20 method” that Duttlinger uses: sticking to “clean” eating 80 percent of the time. That way, if she is out with friends or a special occasion arises, she doesn’t feel bad having one glass of wine or an ice cream treat. She just considers that her allotted 20 percent.

“I think the hardest thing is having to make those healthy choices all the time,” she said.

As easy as the system was, she got away from it for two weeks. But then she came back.

“My body missed it,” she said, “and then when I came back on I feel so much better.”

She now drinks Arbonne’s protein shakes, which are full of alkaline ingredients, instead of acidic coffee. She still allows herself a cup of coffee now and then — remember the 20 percent? — but it is not an everyday thing for her anymore.

If she strays too much, she notices stiffness and aches in her body.

“When I stay focused on this I don’t hurt as much,” she said. “Overall I just feel better.”

Source: News Tribune

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Rail Official Says Sand Facility Will Keep Line Open

Representatives from Shale Energy Services, which is interested in building a sand transloading facility in Granville, and Norfolk Southern Railroad spoke Tuesday with the Granville Village Board about what it could expect from the proposed facility.

Attorney Jim Andreoni said the facility will have perimeter fencing.

“There’s not going to be any stadium-type lighting,” he said.

The facility, which is expected to have 26 direct jobs when it is at full operation, was given the green-light by the Putnam County Board on Monday when it unanimously approved rezoning a section of land to allow for the facility.

It will be located near Dollar General on County Road 1300 E. in Granville. The property will be adjacent to the railroad, which will be used to haul the product.

This project is important for Putnam County because it gives the railroad a reason to justify the expense of maintaining the railroad tracks, which dead-end in Hennepin, Herbert Smith of Norfolk Southern told the board. The business from the sand transloading facility will turn this into an income-producing line, he said.

Source: News Tribune

'Pharmaceutical' to Grow in Hennepin?

Just days after the Putnam County Board gave permission for a zoning change which is expected to bring a sand transloading business to the county, the Hennepin Village Board heard Wednesday that another business is considering Hennepin.

Hennepin village board president Kevin Coleman said he has been in discussion with someone who wants to purchase property with the intention of setting up a “pharmaceutical facility.” Coleman said he will begin initiating a zoning change for an area of land which includes the former Modern Hard Chrome business on Power Plant Road.

The property, which is now zoned residential, will have to be changed to conservation for the business to locate there, he said. Coleman said there is no objection from the three neighbors in that proximity.

To start, if the business locates there, approximately 20 “living-wage” jobs are expected, he said.

“They’re very reputable people,” he said.

When asked after the meeting, Coleman said the interested party does not live in Putnam County.

The board will vote on the rezoning at a later date.

Source: News Tribune

Monday, July 14, 2014

50/50 Raffle Winner

Congratulations to Dave Brady of Lostant! He was the 4th of July 50/50 raffle winner. The total prize pot was $1517.50.

Way to go, Dave!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Rice Takes the Crown

Image courtesy of the Putnam County Record
For the second year in a row, a Putnam County girl has won the Miss Marshall-Putnam Fair Pageant.

Elizabeth Rice of Magnolia was crowned queen at the M-P Fair on July 9. She also captured the People's Choice Award. Hannah Monier of Henry was the runner-up and Emma Clusky of Henry won the Director's Award.

Congratulations Elizabeth and the other pageant royalty winners!

Source: Putnam County Record

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

2014 People's Choice Award Winner

Congratulations to Paul and Lynn Furar of LaMoille, owners of the 1929 Model A Ford, voted this year's People's Choice Award Winner at the 11th Annual 4th of July Cruise-In!

This year the Cruise-In brought in 116 entries, the most we've ever had. Thank you to all who participated and volunteered, and congratulations to all of the winners!

See you at next year's Cruise-In!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Attorney 'Abe Lincoln' Part of Surprise in Courtroom

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This Fourth of July was a lot like any other at Hennepin — other than the Abraham Lincoln visit.

Thousands of people showed up for the fireworks Friday night, and crowds were drawn separately throughout the day to picnics, a car cruise, a “bags” tournament, beer garden, food booths, fire hose “water fights” for children and inflated bounce houses.

The All-American party this time doubled as a celebration of the 175th anniversary of the Putnam County Courthouse, and as part of that observance, a group of local amateur actors re-enacted the Melissa Goings trial. In that trial, an 1857 case actually heard in the Woodford County courthouse in Metamora, Lincoln defended Goings, who faced execution by hanging if convicted in the beating death of her husband.

History buffs, law fans and curious onlookers packed the Putnam County courthouse twice Saturday for re-enactments of the extremely brief trial.

Many of the people in the gallery knew beforehand that Goings was a frequently-abused wife of a “mean drunk.”

However, most did not know about the final result of the case.

“I didn’t realize what the outcome was going to be. It was a real surprise ending,” said Elaine Newell, Bureau County Genealogy Society member, to Barbara Kessler after the re-enactment. Kessler played the role of the accused, Melissa Goings.

In the case, the coroner, portrayed by current county death investigator Robert Cofoid, stated that Mr. Goings was exhumed and he then examined the body and determined that being struck in the head by a bloody log found at the Goings house likely did him in. A neighbor, played by Greg Carr, testified under cross-examination that he and many of the people in the community raised bail money for Mrs. Goings and felt that she should not “hang” for the killing of a “mean drunk” who abused her.

Lincoln put his defendant on the stand, and she stated that her husband kept coming at her, that she told him she would hit him if he tried to harm her and that she struck him in the head with the log when he continued to approach aggressively.

Lincoln called for a recess to talk to his client, and then returned to the courtroom alone. When asked by Judge Herriott, played by current Putnam County resident judge Scott Shore, where his client was, Lincoln replied that he wasn’t sure. He said Goings asked where she could get a “good drink of water” and that he told her he believed that would be “Tennessee.”

“And that is how this case ended,” Shore told the audience, stating that Goings was not pursued vigorously and histories indicate she was last seen in California.

“Had she not left, she would have been hanged, because a wife was not allowed to defend herself in 1857,” Kessler said as visitors to the courtroom were talking with actors and looking around the 175-year-old courtroom and jury room.

And as far as the real Abraham Lincoln visiting Putnam County, local historians have a letter he wrote after visiting the Durley family in 1845, and some believe he was in the courthouse at some point.

Source: News Tribune

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Thousands Expected in Hennepin for 4th of July, Courthouse Anniversary

More than six times its population visited Hennepin last year for its Fourth of July celebration.

This year’s celebration promises to be better than ever, according to event organizers.

“Last year, we probably had over 5,000 (people visiting Hennepin on the Fourth),” Quentin Buffington, who serves on both the Hennepin Village Board and Fourth of July committee, said. “Last year was the biggest event we’ve ever had, without a doubt.”

This year’s celebration also includes the 175th anniversary of the historic Putnam County Courthouse.

“The 175th required something vastly different,” Buffington said.

The Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra has agreed to play at 6 p.m. on the courthouse stage, Karyn Christiansen, who also serves on both the Hennepin Village Board and the Fourth of July committee, said.

A re-enactment of Abraham Lincoln’s State versus Melissa Goings case will take place at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. that day at the Putnam County Courthouse, in conjunction with the village of Hennepin’s other Independence Day activities. The murder case, which brought Lincoln to Metamora, involved a woman who was accused of murdering the husband who had allegedly often physically abused her, according to Buffington.

All events will take place rain or shine, with the exception of the fireworks, which has a rain date of July 5.

Other tried-and-true features of the Hennepin Fourth celebration will return, including the annual cruise-in, which is now in its 11th year.

All entries will receive dash plaques. The entry fee is $5. Trophy awards include mayor’s choice, fire chief’s choice, people’s choice, best GM, best Ford, best Mopar, best motorcycle, best truck, best foreign car, sponsor’s choice, tractor awards, best work clothes, best international, best John Deere and best of the rest.

The Fourth of July committee has worked hard to ensure there are events for every age to enjoy. Buffington and Christiansen attribute the event’s increasing popularity to the outstanding fireworks display and the family atmosphere.

“We have one of the best shows around,” Christiansen said.

The event would not be possible without the work put in by numerous volunteers, they were quick to point out.

“There’s an army of them. You couldn’t do it without them,” Buffington said.

Hennepin Happenings

Friday, July 4
6:30-7:30 a.m., run/walk registration at the Hennepin Pool.
8 a.m., run/walk at the Hennepin Pool.
8-11 a.m., pancake and sausage breakfast at the Hennepin Pool.
10 a.m., registration for the cruise-in begins at Ernest Bassi park.
Noon-4 p.m., cruise-in, pork chops, Ernest Bassi park.
Noon, beer gardens and food vendors open at Walter Durley Boyle park.
12:30 p.m., water fight registration and bags registration (until 1 p.m.) at Walter Durley Boyle park.
1 p.m., water fights at Walter Durley Boyle park.
1-9 p.m., skeeball at Walter Durley Boyle park.
1:30 p.m., bags tournament at Walter Durley Boyle park.
1:30 & 2:30 p.m., Lincoln trial re-enactment at the Putnam County Courthouse.
2-4 p.m., BINGO at the park
2-8 p.m., kids inflatables at Walter Durley Boyle park.
4:30 p.m., pork chop dinner at Walter Durley Boyle park.
5 p.m., welcome by village president Kevin Coleman, Citizen of the Year award, presentation to Putnam County Education Foundation, performance by Panteras and Little Panteras at Walter Durley Boyle park.
6 p.m., Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra, same park. 8-9 p.m., The Craigs live band.
9:30 p.m., fireworks on the riverfront.
10 p.m.-midnight, The Craigs live band.

Source: News Tribune