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The Most Important Supplement You Aren’t Taking

We welcome a new product into our office this week: Vital Proteins Gelatin and Collagen Peptides! This supplement is critical for many functions in the body, and the standard American diet leaves us COMPLETELY lacking.

So let’s learn about COLLAGEN and why it is so beneficial to your health. Collagen is the main protein structure in connective tissue in animals and humans. Collagen is found throughout the whole body including in bones, cartilage, skin, fascia, blood vessels, intervertebral discs, muscles, ligaments, tendons, the digestive tract and teeth. Collagen is composed of a variety of amino acids, but has higher amounts of glycine, proline and hydroxyproline. Glycine is anti-inflammatory. It helps wound healing and can even improve sleep. Proline is essential for maintaining lean muscle mass and is helpful to building cartilage, maintaining healthy tight skin and healing injury. The amino acids found in the gelatin or collagen peptides can also improve gut health by increasing stomach acid, healing stomach ulcers, seals and heals the gut lining, and can help break down food more effectively.

Whole collagen protein is traditional beef gelatin. This whole protein will gel quickly in cold liquids. It can be used to make a variety of tasty foods and healthy candy alternatives. Collagen proteins takes longer to digest. This however allows for more water to be drawn to the digestive tract and allows for potentially more gut health benefits.

Collagen peptides are similar in amino acid profile, but the protein has been enzymatically hydrolyzed. This means that enzymes have broken down the whole protein into smaller parts. The peptides do not gel in liquids and are more quickly digested and absorbed. One of the great things about the Vital Protein Collagen Peptides is that it has such a neutral flavor that you can mix two scoops into your cold drinking water and you will hardly know there has been anything added to your water. You get all the great benefits of consuming collagen without the beefy taste.

Collagen is vital for building and maintaining healthy skin, hair, nails, bones, joints, lean muscle, intervertebral discs, ligaments, tendons, and digestive tract. Vital Proteins webpage states that

“Collagen helps to build and repair our bones, joint surfaces, skin, teeth, eyes, arteries, intervertebral disks, and much more. Collagen is needed to ensure a strong body and to help you to continually heal.”

Vital Protein Gelatin or Collagen Peptides is a great way to increase your protein intake especially while pregnant or for athletes. The collagen will provide your body with essential and conditionally essential amino acids that your body needs to perform and function better. For those with joint pain and arthritis, increasing your collagen intake can help support and strengthen bone, ligament and cartilage to reduce joint pain.

Vital Proteins provides pure grass-fed pasture raised collagen peptides and gelatin with no artificial ingredients or additives. Vital Proteins state:

“Our cows are pasture-raised on strictly grass-fed and finished diets and are not injected with any hormones as they are not milk generating herds. We naturally process the collagen through a water and enzymatically hydrolyzed process which helps break down the protein without losing nutrients or adding artificial substances. This ensures a purely finished product that is of the highest quality and standard.”

We now offer Vital Proteins Gelatin and Collagen Peptides locally at the office so that you can begin to experience the great health benefits!

More questions? Give us a call at 972-922-5493 or email to ask!

DIY Beard Oil

An overwhelming number of patients have asked Dr. Dodge about his homemade Beard Oil lately, we can’t help but share it with you! It is simple, and customizable! Don’t have the oils suggested? Blend up your own batch with your favorite scents! Beard oil with therapeutic grade essential oils is great for skin and hair health.

Dr. Dodge’s Beard Oil:

Young Living V-6 Oil (argan oil, sweet almond oil, or jojoba oil would be comprable)

Vitamin E oil

Essential Oils: Sacred Frankincense + Cypress + Melalueca Alternifolia + Coriander, or Rosemary + Lime + Vetiver + Lavender, or Cedarwood + Shutran + Vetiver, or Sacred Mountain + Rosemary, or Cypress + Rosemary + Peace and Calming II

{All of our favorite oils come from Young Living, which carries the Seed to Seal guarentee for therapeautic grade purity – order essential oils here!

Directions: Combine essential oils, V-6, and 1 teaspoon of Vitamin E oil in a 2oz container. Apply daily after showers and beard maintenance.


Whipped Tallow Body Butter



I get a few questions a week about what the Dodge family uses on our skin, so I am happy to share our “recipe” for my Whipped Tallow Body Butter! This homemade skin care mix can be used for diaper changes, sensitive skin, wrinkle and eye cream, face and body lotion, and even as an essential oil dilution carrier oil.

Yes, I said “tallow,” as in beef fat. Before you go running, there are a few things you should know!


1)   It’s likely already in your skin care products.

“The main components in rendered animal fats are oleic, palmitic, stearic, palmitoleic, linoleic and myristic acid. In other words, if you see any of these terms in an ingredients list, you may be looking at a substance sourced from animal tallow (or another animal-based source), and would be wise to contact the company to find out the ingredient’s origin.

As well as in the food industry, tallow and other animal fats are used for pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, personal care products, inks, paints, coatings, adhesives, lubricant and soaps.” Source.


2)   It’s fantastic for your skin, as Mommypotamus explains:

“Tallow is uniquely compatible with the biology of our cells. About 50% of the structure of our cell membrane comes from saturated fats, with remaining amounts consisting of monounsaturated and to a lesser degree polyunsaturated fats. According to Nourishing Traditions, it is the saturated fats that give cell membranes the “necessary stiffness and integrity”  necessary for proper function (p. 11). In a research article which I was privileged to preview before publication, I recently learned that:

“Healthy, ‘toned’ skin cells with sufficient saturated and monounsaturated fats would undoubtedly make for healthy, toned skin.Interestingly, tallow fat is typically 50 to 55 percent saturated, just like our cell membranes, with almost all of the rest being monounsaturated, so it makes sense that it would be helpful for skin health and compatible with our cell biology.” (emphasis mine) There are other points of biological compatibility, too, such as the fact that tallow and sebum consist primarily of a type of lipid called triglycerides. (“Sebum” actually means “tallow” in Latin, so we are not the first to make this connection!)

Tallow contains skin nourishing ingredients that plant-based oils do not – Though I am still a huge fan of coconut oil (which by the way, has an excellent saturated fat ratio) and continue to plan to use it as sunscreen and a whole body moisturizer (because it spreads more quickly and I’m always in a hurry!), the skin on my face is visibly more toned with tallow. I think that may be because of the abundance of fat soluble vitamins (A,D,K and E) that naturally occur in pastured tallow, along with the potent anti-inflammatory conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and anti-microbial palmitoleic acid.” Source.


3)   When you source your own, you ensure safety!

When you use humanely-raised, grass-fed tallow like the one we use, you can be sure that your homemade skin care products are free from harmful ingredients, which cannot be guaranteed by the vast majority of commercial brands. Get as close to the pure source as you can.


The other powerhouse ingredients that I include are therapeutic grade Frankincense Lavender, which are both traditionally used for a wide range of skin care benefits.



¾ cup tallow

¼ cup coconut oil

20 drops therapeutic grade Frankincense

40 drops therapeutic grade Lavender


yields 1.5 – 2 cups whipped


  • In a double boiler, slowly melt tallow and coconut oil together. Transfer to fridge and let cool for a few hours, or cool for 45 minutes in the freezer (you want it nearly solid again).
  • Begin to whip your mixture in a stand mixer on high until completely smooth and light.
  • Add essential oils, mix on high thoroughly.
  • Transfer to a large glass cosmetic jar.

DFC Donation Day for Oklahoma Tornado Relief

We are truly grieving for the families affected by the tornadoes in Oklahoma last week. In trying to determine the best way to help, we contacted a few relief agencies. While some agencies are able to take in-kind donations like used items, water, diapers, etc, every agency reminded us that the very most helpful way to support the families in need is to provide monetary donations for all of their efforts. While some of the money donated goes toward purchasing goods, a large amount goes toward long term assistance programs and counseling. For these reasons, Dodge Family Chiropractic has decided to collect monetary donations only! Here’s how you can help! Come get adjusted on Donation Day!

DFC Donation Day for Oklahoma Tornado Relief

Saturday, June 1st

9:00AM – 1:00PM

50% of all appointment fees will be donated to 

Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City‘s Disaster Relief Fund

Please help us donate money to help the families in need! We look forward to scheudling your appointment! Email us at or call 972-922-5493!


Claire and Dr. Daniel Dodge

Coconut Oil Order – April 2013


My wife and I are big fans of using high quality coconut oil in our cooking! It is a healthy saturated fat that contains nutritious medium chain fatty acids and lauric acid. There are many research-based beneficial uses for coconut oil. The ideal coconut oil is raw, but even high quailty raw coconut oils maintain a coconut flavor. I for one do not want my stir fry or breakfast eggs to taste like coconut! For our family, making the switch from less healthy oils and fats over to coconut oil required that we find an oil that didn’t make everything taste like coconut. It is nearly impossible, though, to find a “refined” coconut oil in grocery stores that is not hydrogenated, partially hydrogenated, and/or processed with chemical solvents. As we’ve tried many types of coconut oil over the last few years, we’ve settled with what we believe to be the absolute best refined, expeller pressed coconut oil on the market. It maintains medium chain fatty acids and lauric acids, but has NO coconut flavor! Because we have been able to use it for all types of cooking and baking, we are able to avoid other unhealthy oils like canola and “vegetable” oil, and oils that should not be heated, like olive oil. 

We’ve been using this Wilderness Family Naturals brand coconut oil in our own home for a while, and are so impressed with it! The smartest way to order it is to buy it for ourselves in bulk, and we are happy to extend that opportunity to our community! Our next order will be placed next Monday – join us and place your order today!

Steps to order:

  1. Fill out and submit DFC’s Coconut Oil Online Form
  2. Pay the PayPal Deposit or Full Amount using the button below:

Bluebonnet Mini Session Giveaway with Brooke Shelby Photography!


The Dodge family has had three years of photography sessions with our favorite family photographer, Brooke Shelby Photography. Some of our favorite photos are the ones from Erin’s Bluebonnet Mini Sessions! This year, Dodge Family Chiropractic is spreading our love for Erin’s work in the classic Texas flowers by GIVING AWAY a mini session to one of our Facebook fans!

Dr. Dodge and I moved down to Texas thinking after chiropratic college, we’d move back to Virginia! As we worked through the years of school, we fell in love with Texas and now have no intention of leaving. One of the many things we love is the beautiful Texas wildflowers, and of course the traditional photos in the bluebonnets! Join us this year in the flowers!

Read “terms & conditions” for additional information about the giveaway.

To enter, use the Rafflecopter entry link below! Earn an extra entry by commenting here on our blog – tell us in the comments – What is your favorite thing about Texas?

DFC and BSP Giveaway link: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway Winner!

Our “Guesses for Baby Dodge Giveaway winner” was the only guess for July, guessing July 30th, girl, 8lb 1oz, 20.25in! Charlotte Rose Dodge was born on July 27th, 8lb 5oz, 20.25in. Pretty close! Congratulations, and thanks to everyone else for participating!

-Dr. Dodge

Guesses for Baby Dodge Giveaway!

Claire, Charlie and I are so excited about the upcoming arrival of the newest Dodge! We’d love for to share the excitement with you, so we’ve planned a “Guesses for Baby Dodge Giveaway!” Participate in our “BabyHunch” game – guess baby’s gender, birth date, and more. The best guesser will win a 15 ml bottle of Young Living’s Lavender Essential Oil. Curious about lavender essential oil? More on lavender and its uses at the bottom of the post.

To help you make your guesses, we’ll share with you Claire and Charlie’s “stats,” and let you compare those to Claire’s “stats” from this pregnancy. When you are ready to make your guesses, go to our BabyHunch game and enter the password: DFC

Claire at 39 weeks with Charlie


Pregnancy Experiences with Charlie

  • morning sickness/nausea (all day!) till week 14
  • food cravings – steak, avocados, strawberries
  • hypersensitive to smells, especially raw meats through whole pregnancy
  • more fatigue with Charlie’s pregnancy
  • mood – more irritable, stubborn
  • weight gain total – 26lbs

Charlie’s Stats

  • due date – September 25
  • born – September 24th, 8:35pm
  • 8lb 4oz
  • 21 in
  • hair color – strawberry blonde

Claire at 38 weeks with Baby Dodge #2

Pregnancy Experiences

  • little to no morning sickness
  • food cravings – hamburgers, sweets
  • sensitive to smells, especially chili and soups, in early pregnancy
  • less fatigue
  • mood – more weepy, dramatic
  • strong heartburn/reflux with certain foods
  • weight gain so far – 22.5lbs

Baby Dodge’s expected due date is August 5th.


Good luck! After baby arrives, we will announce the winner and their guesses here on the blog, as well as contact you via email. Your YL Lavender Essential Oil prize will be ordered and mailed directly to you after the giveaway is complete.


I chose lavender essential oil as the giveaway prize because it is truly the most versatile of therapeutic grade essential oils. It also holds a special meaning for this pregnancy and birth, as Claire has been using it for skin care, calming effects, and plans to have it diffusing in our home during the birth.

Description and Uses for Lavender Oil (From the Young Living website)

Lavender has a fresh, sweet, floral, herbaceous aroma that is soothing and refreshing. Lavender is an adaptogen, and therefore can assist the body when adapting to stress or imbalances. It is a great aid for relaxing and winding down before bedtime, yet has balancing properties that can also boost stamina and energy. Therapeutic-grade lavender is highly regarded for skin and beauty. It may be used to soothe and cleanse common cuts, bruises, and skin irritations.


  • Soothe minor burns by applying 2–3 drops of lavender essential oil to the affected area.
  • Rub lavender essential oil on dry or chapped skin to moisturize the affected area.
  • Add a few drops of lavender essential oil to a cotton ball and place it in closets and drawers to scent linens and repel moths and insects.
  • You may be able to minimize the appearance of scar tissue by massaging lavender essential oil on or around affected areas.
  • Place a few drops of lavender essential oil on a wet cloth or dryer sheet to deodorize and freshen your laundry.
  • Diffuse lavender essential oil to minimize seasonal discomforts.
  • Rub a few drops of lavender essential oil onto your hand and spread over your child’s pillow to help him/her sleep.
  • Diffuse lavender essential oil to set the mood for a baby shower or social gathering.
  • Diffuse or inhale lavender essential oil to calm your mind, body, and spirit after a hard day’s work.

Holistic Living and Chiropractic

Dodge Family Chiropractic is excited to launch our new blog, ‘Holistic Living with Dr. Dodge’! People often misunderstand chiropractic to be all about “cracking bones.” At Dodge Family Chiropractic (Coppell, TX) we take a holistic approach to wellness, rather than a “rack ‘em and crack ‘em” approach to treating the spine. One of our goals at Dodge Family Chiropractic is to bring you more than the chiropractic adjustment, to help you become truly “well.” Our blog is a great way to do that!

We believe that the path to wellness is reliant on a balance between the physical, chemical, mental, and spiritual components of the person. When one of these areas is weak, neglected, or injured, a person’s overall well being will suffer. Similarly, if one aspect is affected negatively, other aspects are likely to suffer as well. Through ‘Holistic Living with Dr. Dodge,” we will bring you research, videos, news, recipes, and other media that aims to help you strengthen the physical, chemical, and mental aspects of your well being. Our hope is that here you will find inspiration, information, and motivation to build a more holistic life for yourself and your family.