Come Downtown Naperville for the Holiday Parade of Lights!

Little Friends: Holiday Parade of Lights!


December 1

4:30pm: The annual popular Little Friends Holiday Parade of Lights, sponsored by McKeown Classic Homes will take place on Saturday, December 1! Don’t miss this popular annual holiday parade which includes Santa and Mrs Claus’ official arrival to downtown! Bundle up and enjoy an evening of festivities, brightly lit floats and musical entertainment, including:

✴1:00-4:00pm: Free Holly Trolley rides around the downtown sponsored by the Main Street Promenade shops! Hop on board at one of 6 drop off and pick up locations including the Main Street Promenade, the northern entrance of Nichols Library, Jackson & Eagle, Chicago Avenue near Sugar Monkey Cupcakes, Chicago & Washington (near Barnes and Noble), and the south entrance of the Van Buren Parking Deck. Ding! Ding!

✴3:45-4:30pm: Area high school superstars will warm up the crowd from the parade main stage (at Main & Van Buren – NEW location!) with holiday tunes including: Jenna Davies (Metea) Deanna Wisniewski (Neuqua), Colton Pouncy (Waubonsie), Hannah Lorimer (Naperville Central) and Alex Benoit (Naperville North). Come support your school!

✴4-6pm: Enjoy complimentary hot chocolate at the Main Street Promenade, courtesy of the Main Street Promenade and Naperville Dental Specialists!

✴4:30pm: Little Friends Parade of Lights begins! Join parade Emcee Scott Mackay from 95.9FM the River, along with Katie Wood from the Downtown Naperville Alliance and Kathleen Malecki from Little Friends at the main stage (Main & Van Buren). The parade will step off from Water Street, head north on Main Street, west on Van Buren and end at Eagle Street, near Naper School. This is a night not to be missed!

✴5:15pm: Our local high school superstars and Show Choirs from the School of Performing Arts will hit the stage singing holiday favorites for the crowd while we prepare for Santa and Mrs. Claus to return to the main stage and sing with us!

✴5:45-8:00pm: Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit with children at the Santa House, with a special preview opening tonight! Located at Jackson and Webster near the Riverwalk Holiday tree, children can enjoy a first of the season visit!

✴5:45-9:00pm: Most shops and restaurants will be open – Make your post parade dinner reservations early!

See the Painted Snowman on display around the downtown which will remain up until mid-January. Vote for your favorite snowman online at

Shop, Dine & Be Merry the entire holiday season DOWNTOWN!


Lower your cortisol levels with the right food choices

Lower your cortisol levels with the right food choices, optimize your gains

by Corey Mote, DC

Your daily stress level may be affecting your potential for gains made in the gym. Cortisol, known as the stress hormone, is one of the body’s instinctual response hormones to the fight or flight situation. It’s released by the adrenal gland during times of stress and has several functions in the body, such as blood pressure regulation, glucose mobilization, and reducing inflammation.

Although beneficial and even crucial in many aspects, chronically increased levels of cortisol will impede your body’s overall health. It’s one of the hormones responsible for tearing down muscle tissue, and also increases fat stores, particularly in the abdominal area.

One way to keep this destructive hormone lowered is to avoid stressful situations as much as possible. Another way to lower cortisol levels is via a proper, well-balanced diet with the right nutrients.

Research has shown that certain foods may help to reduce levels of cortisol in the body:

Wild Alaskan salmon – Studies reveal that subjects taking fish oil for as little as three weeks experience lower cortisol levels compared to subjects receiving a placebo. Wild Alaskan salmon is one of the premium choices for omega-3s. Other foods high in omega-3 fatty acids include halibut, walnuts, almonds, and flax seed oil.

Oranges – Increasing your intake of vitamin C, which is found in citrus fruits such as oranges, as well as bell peppers and dark green leafy vegetables, could reduce cortisol levels. A research study at the University of Alabama concluded that rats given vitamin C supplementation had reduced levels of cortisol after a stressful event compared to those receiving a placebo.

Low glycemic foods – Low glycemic foods can lower cortisol levels in your body. It’s recommended to take foods such as eggs, meat, poultry, fish, and vegetables to lower the cortisol level. High glycemic index foods containing large amounts of sugar or starch are poor choices for reducing this hormone level, and may even increase the level of cortisol in the blood.

High glycemic index foods need utilization of almost an equivalent mass of animal protein to keep glycemic balance. It’s also necessary to avoid extreme low calorie diets. Low calorie dieting is a major stress to the body and increases cortisol production while simultaneously declining testosterone levels.

Dark chocolate – Good news, chocolate lovers. Eating dark chocolate may aid in relieving stress. Researchers in Switzerland examined the effects of dark chocolate on stress metabolism. At the end of a two-week study, scientists observed that the group that was given 40 grams of dark chocolate per day experienced decreases in cortisol levels in the blood compared to the control group.
In addition to the above foods that may lower cortisol levels, the adequate amount of sleep (seven to nine hours of sleep per 24-hour span) and a regular exercise regimen are crucial in lowering the levels of the stress hormone. Additionally, rose hip extract – a mineral – has been found to reduce cortisol levels and reduce stress. You can find rose hip extract at your nearby health food store. Rose hip extract may also help fight the flu and colds.


“Fish oil prevents the adrenal activation elicited by mental stress in healthy men,” Diabetes & Metabolism, 2003.
“Scientists say vitamin C may alleviate the body’s response to stress,” Science Daily, 1999.
“Effect of Glycaemic index of the diet on salivary cortisol and testosterone levels in females,” Society for Endocrinology, 2007.
“Metabolic effects of dark chocolate consumption on energy, gut microbiota, and stress-related metabolism in free-living subjects,” Journal of Proteome Research, 2009

(Dr. Corey Mote is a chiropractic physician, professional natural bodybuilder, exercise physiologist, columnist for various fitness magazines nationally and internationally, as well as a consultant for a United Kingdom-based vocational fitness program known as U-Phorm.)

Deadly New Pertussis Strain Linked With Whooping Cough Vaccine

(NaturalNews) Whooping cough (pertussis) has reached epidemic levels in the U.S. — the highest in five decades. Considering a majority of those who contract the disease are vaccinated, the absurdity of the call for increased pertussis vaccinations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is yet another example of our broken medical system. Even more disturbing, scientists now suspect that vaccines are actually causing this upsurge in whooping cough — contributing to mutations of the original bacterium into more virulent forms.

The nature of pertussis

Whooping cough is an extremely contagious disease of the lung that can be contracted at any age, but is especially dangerous for children. It begins with congestion similar to a cold, lasting up to 10 days. A severe cough then sets in with a ‘whooping’ sound accompanying the intake of breath. Recovery can take several months, depending on the constitution of the individual. Babies and small children have the highest death rate due to complications that arise from the disease.

Bacterium mutation linked with whooping cough vaccine

The CDC would like to keep the American population ignorant about this startling fact: Our current pertussis epidemic is caused by a deadly new strain of Bordetella pertussis bacterium (ptxP3) and its emergence is directly connected to the whooping cough vaccine.

According to the article, Whooping Cough Epidemic Caused by Virulent New Pertussis Strain — And it’s the Result of Vaccine, research by Frits R. Mooi offers a theory about the recent increase of pertussis:

“The Mooi report focuses on the virulence of the new whooping cough strain and makes a direct association with the vaccine. It points out that the strain was first isolated in the United States in 1984, and that the virulent ptxP3 strains have been replacing the vaccines’ ptxP1 strains. They also note that the greater prevalence of whooping cough in older age groups (that is, adolescents and adults) is directly related to the new ptxP3 strains.”

This may explain why whooping cough rates are sky high in those who have been vaccinated — bacteria are adapting to the vaccine and mutating, much like antibiotic resistant superbugs, becoming more pronounced and lethal. The dangers of this new mutation include a 10-fold increase of illness and death.

The research paper Bordetella pertussis Strains with Increased Toxin Production Associated with Pertussis Resurgence, found on the CDC website, states the following:

“In this period [1989 -2004], ptxP1 [original pertussis bacterium] was gradually replaced by ptxP3, which increased in frequency from 0% in 1989 to 100% in 2004.”

“The persistence of pertussis in the face of intense vaccination is unexpected because B. pertussis is extremely homogeneous, implying a limited ability to adapt. However, the Ptx promoter showed a relatively high degree of polymorphism…”

“…ptxP3 strains were not found in the pre-vaccination era.”

“Vaccination against two avian viruses, the Marek disease virus, and the infectious bursal disease virus, were associated with the emergence of more virulent strains.”

“Based on mathematical modeling, vaccines designed to reduce pathogen growth rate and/or toxicity may result in the evolution of pathogens with higher levels of virulence.”

CDC solution – Increase vaccinations

Even though the CDC is aware of the link between vaccination and a new super-strain pertussis bacterium, their ‘solution’ for the epidemic is to increase vaccine use. True to form, the mainstream medical establishment actually perpetuates whooping cough through their harmful, propaganda-riddled recommendations. In the end, the pertussis vaccine could land unsuspecting individuals with the very disease they are attempting to avoid.

Sources for this article include:

“Whooping Cough Epidemic Caused by Virulent New Pertussis Strain – And It’s the Result of Vaccine” Gaia Health. Retrieved on November 19, 2012 from:

“Bordetella pertussis Strains with Increased Toxin Production Associated with Pertussis Resurgence” Frits R. Mooi , Inge H.M. van Loo, Marjolein van Gent, Qiushui He, Marieke J. Bart, Kees J. Heuvelman, Sabine C. de Greeff, Dimitri Diavatopoulos, Peter Teunis, Nico Nagelkerke, and Jussi Mertsola, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved on November 19, 2012 from:

“Has the DTaP vaccine caused the increase in whooping cough?” Smartvax. Retrieved on November 19, 2012 from:

“Whooping Cough: Worst Year For Pertussis in 5 Decades, CDC Says” Mike Stobbe, July 19, 2012. Retrieved on November 19, 2012 from:

Pertussis: Summary of Vaccine Recommendations. Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved on November 19, 2012 from:

“Whooping Cough Outbreaks in Vaccinated Children Become More and More Frequent” Heidi Stevenson, Gaia Health, June 27, 2011. Retrieved on November 19, 2012 from:

About the author:
Carolanne enthusiastically believes if we want to see change in the world, we need to be the change. As a nutritionist, natural foods chef and wellness coach, Carolanne has encouraged others to embrace a healthy lifestyle of organic living, gratefulness and joyful orientation for over 13 years. Through her website she looks forward to connecting with other like-minded people from around the world who share a similar vision.

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Maximized Living Seminar: Increase Production & Lower Stress in Your Day!


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This call is free and open to the public. It will be hosted by Dr. Greg Loman.

When: Thursday, November 29th, 10am EST
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Ginger Creek Toy Drive Supporting O’Donnell Elementary School (East Aurora)


Ginger Creek Community Church TOY DRIVE

in support of

O’Donnell Elementary School

(East Aurora District 131)

Please consider donating a new unwrapped toy for a 

5-11 year old girl or boy within the price range of $6-$20

(Please no board games or stuffed animals)


We will be collecting toys in our office through December 10th.

Thank you in advance for supporting the children of our future!

Dr. Jessica J. Scherer, D.C.

End of Year Benefits Running Out!

To all patients, family and friends,


The end of the year is when most flexible spending, health savings, and insurance benefits expire and we’d like to give you a friendly reminder that it’s a good time to come in for your chiropractic visit.

Optimize your insurance benefits!

Request an appointment by calling our office  before the end of the year to take advantage of your insurance benefits.    Call us today at 630-357-2299 and we will get you scheduled!