Homemade Almond Butter – drhaley.com

Almond in half it's shell

My family likes to substitute almond butter for the less desirable peanut butter. Almonds are less likely to cause allergy problems and have plenty of desireable nutrition benefits over peanuts.

For instance, almonds have lots of vitamin E. They are high in fiber and low in digestible carbohydrates. Almonds have healthy fats that can help satisfy an appetite. Research has shown almonds to lower low density lipoproteins (LDL’s) and raise high density lipoproteins (HDL’s) which are the supposed bad and good cholesterols respectively. They are believed to have anti-cancer and immune boosting benefits. They can help reduce pain by supporting an anti-inflammatory diet. The skins are high in “flavonoids”, a group of phytonutrients that have strong antioxidant properties.

But the almond story isn’t all rosy. Most almonds in the USA come from California. A couple cases of salmonellosis led to laws requiring almost all California almonds to be pasteurized. The laws don’t apply to exported almonds or to small amounts sold by farmers directly to the consumers. Controversially, almonds treated with steam or propylene oxide as their pasteurization process can still be labeled as “raw”.

Another problem with almonds is the genetic modifications that have taken place. Changes to the almond trees made it possible to lower production costs by making “self pollinating” trees. The almonds from these trees were initially not as voluminous; however, further modifications supposedly “fixed” that setback.

Play it safe. Only buy organic almonds.

Dr. Michael Haley, Pompano Beach Chiropractor

“FruitScream” Our 100% Frozen Fruit Treat

The recipe book for our Samson juicer calls it “sorbet”. I’m sorry, but sorbet doesn’t sound American and it doesn’t sound nutritious… so we propose the name “FruitScream”. Even if it never catches on and you don’t call it that, the Haley family will always call it that; so that’s what I’m going with.

100% Frozen Fruit and nothing else required. You can add nuts if you want… but technically nuts are fruit too.


Fruitscream is your healthy ice cream substitue. For years our kids didn’t know there was a difference between ice cream and fruitscream. Well, not until Johnny’s birthday party anyway. But we can’t blame everything on Johnny.

The point is, when people think of a juicer, they think of apples, carrots, and celery. But you can do so much more with a juicer. We like to make our own peanut butter and almond butter with our slow turning juicer. Some of the other things we make include:

Wheatgrass Juice
Vegetable Juice
Fruit Juice

Others use their slow turning juicer to:

Make Baby Food
Mince Meat
Grind Coffee Beans
Grind Seasonings

But FruitScream is by far the most frequent choice in our home. With 4 kids, you can imagine why.

Dr. Michael Haley

Oh… one more thing. Did you like the video? It was made by my 8 year old! Thanks, Anthony, for doing such an excellent job!

Chiropractor Under Investigation

I was recently contacted by Progressive Insurance Company regarding a personal injury claim and patient I was treating. They are investigating and indicated that they wanted to verify and take pictures and the like. So today I let them come and do their thing. I really don’t know all the laws or what I should have done. I don’t feel I have anything to hide… but who knows, maybe I shouldn’t be so arrogant. But I did think about the rest of the profession regarding this. I read something about this kind of thing… but it didn’t stick; so I didn’t remember what to do. But I thought, had I seen a video or something that stuck… maybe even of a physician that screwed up… then I would remember and not be the guy that screwed up. But maybe I did mess up and give them something that might cost me. After all, it isn’t that easy to keep up with all the statutes and abide by all the rules. I like to think I do but I probably don’t.

Anyway, I decided to video tape this meeting. I was surprised they agreed. Of course, now I don’t know if it is legal to put this tape on the net without their permission! But they knew they were being video recorded in my place of business. But I didn’t have anything signed by them or anything like that. But then again the news does it all the time… right? And I’m not using it for commercial gain, does that mean anything?

So, I’m putting it here so that physicians can see it… even if I did screw up. I hope that doctors might in some way benefit and maybe get some instruction regarding what to do when the insurance company wants to investigate. This costs us time (and money). I know that the insurance companies are getting more aggressive at keeping the money they should give to physicians regardless of the excellent services provided. Understand, I am all against fraud and even sent a health care reform plan that addresses fraud to our wonderful President of the United States of America (did wonderful sound sarcastic?)

So watch the video and put your comments in the section under the video. Please give your critiques and don’t be a sissy! We need real input to get this broken system fixed.

michael haley DC, Chiropractor in Pompano Beach

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