March 26, 2016

Vitamin D-3 and skin color

The darker your skin the more melanin you have and the more sunlight you require for proper health and production of Vitamin D-3.

You don't want to get burned in sunlight but you want to make sure your skin is getting the right amount of sunlight. Being outside until your skin turns light pink is the amount that you are looking for. 

Depending on your skin tone and location on the earth that could be from a few minutes to a few hours of sun exposure.

March 23, 2016

Dr. Kehres, SVSU team chiropractor, featured in Training & Conditioning Magazine

Dr. Dan Kehres, DC was featured in the March 2016 issue of Training & Conditioningthe leading trade publication for athletic trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, and other sports medicine professionals. Head Athletic Trainer at SVSU Jeremy Glaser, MS, ATC was interviewed for the article. 

Dr. Kehres was the first chiropractor added to SVSU Sports Medicine staff and as the article states, SVSU is likely the first Division II school to offer on-campus chiropractic care. 

At Saginaw Valley State University, the most popular addition to the school’s athletic training room is not a fancy new whirlpool or high-tech wearable—it’s chiropractor Dan Kehres, DC. By including Kehres on its sports medicine team in the fall of 2015, SVSU is likely the first school in NCAA Division II to offer on-campus chiropractic care. 

For Jeremy Glaser, MS, ATC, Head Athletic Trainer at SVSU, the hire has paid off already. “The kids all really like Dr. Kehres, and we’ve seen great outcomes,” says Glaser. “He has helped us with some of our chronic injuries, especially low-back pain. We’ve seen much quicker results getting kids pain-free and back on the field following those types of injuries.” 

Glaser first got to know Kehres through his work with SVSU athletes at his private practice, including a former football player who’s now in the NFL. “Dr. Kehres has two offices in the Saginaw Valley region, and we’d been sending athletes to him who were looking for local chiropractic care,” says Glaser. “One of those athletes was Jeff Janis, who now plays for the Green Bay Packers. Jeff regularly saw Dr. Kehres during the season and while preparing for the NFL Scouting Combine and spoke very highly of those experiences.” 

After receiving similar feedback from other SVSU athletes, Glaser wanted to make chiropractic services more accessible. He approached Kehres this past summer about the possibility of holding office hours in the athletic training room. “I liked what I heard, and he liked what I had to say,” says Glaser. “We both knew immediately that the relationship would work—and it has.” 

Once a week, Kehres sets up two adjustment tables in the SVSU athletic training room for two hours, treating around 10 athletes per session. When signing up for his services, athletes first meet with Glaser, who writes up injury evaluations for them and shares them with Kehres. “He uses the evaluations to guide his pre-treatment questioning for each athlete,” says Glaser. “Having that information ahead of time keeps him from doing a full evaluation on every kid, which can take a lot of time.” 

Payment for the chiropractic services is facilitated by SVSU’s insurance provider. Kehres bills the athletic department for each athlete, and the claims are submitted accordingly. So far, Glaser says the process has been affordable and issue-free. 

Along with Kehres’ passion for treating athletes, Glaser says he is impressed by how chiropractic care complements athletic training. “He’s not just doing spinal adjustments,” says Glaser. “He’s also big into foam rolling, core strengthening work, and manual therapy—all things athletic trainers are very familiar with. What he does meshes nicely with the modalities we’re using in the athletic training room.” 

Kehres has also become an asset to the SVSU athletic training education program. “The athletic training students can observe him when he’s treating our student-athletes to satisfy their physician hours,” says Glaser. “He’s great at explaining what he’s doing and why, and our students get a great deal out of those interactions.” 

Calling the relationship win-win, Glaser believes chiropractic care can help round out a comprehensive sports medicine approach. “The best part about adding Dr. Kehres is that he has become another resource in our quest to provide holistic health care,” Glaser says. “Having another expert here to help us take care of our athletes has made our lives easier and given them a better experience.”

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March 9, 2016

Real butter is better butter

I get asked about the best kind of butter you can get at the grocery store frequently. 

Unless you have access to someone making local butter from grass-fed cows then Kerrygold USA is probably the best option. 

Most stores are carrying it now and the price has been dropping over the past year. 

Grains are inflammatory for cows, if they eat them then the inflammatory fats will also be found in the butter or milk produced by that cow. Grass fed is a much better and more natural choice.

Fix the system

Why is it that our medical system is so backwards when it comes to getting people healthy? It's no wonder we have one of the worst in the world when it comes to treatment of chronic conditions vs. the cost per person.

Instead of trying exercise, nutrition, supplementation, chiropractic or other natural treatments the system typically jumps right to medication or surgery. After all it is called the "Medical" system, so what do you expect?

Don't get me wrong, there is definitely a time and place for surgery and medicine but most of the time it should never be the first option.

Natural treatments have "NATURAL" in the name, but they are looked at as if it's witch craft. These treatments have been around much longer than our medical system has been, so why isn't this the first thing we look to?

I hear on a regular basis that an MD tells their patient that they definitely SHOULD NOT see a chiropractor, they should just take the prescribed medication and "wait it out." That's like me looking at someone with a broken leg and saying, nope don't go to the ER, just wait it out and it will take care of itself...

Until we fix the system we will never fix the chronic disease health crisis we are dealing with. 

How do we fix the system? Create the public demand and awareness.

January 27, 2016

Hiring: Therapy Tech at Kehres Health & Chiropractic - Saginaw

We are looking for a health and wellness minded individual to join our team as a Therapy Technician at our Saginaw - Gratiot location. Everyday is going to be different. You will be answering phones, scheduling appointments, checking patients out, developing x-rays, demonstrating exercises, ordering products, verifying insurance, representing Kehres Health at community events and more. 

It is a positive, energetic workplace where we are proud to help people make their health a priority. 

Learn more about our team at 

After filling out the online application below, we will contact you to set up an interview if you are the right fit for this position. If you have any questions, please contact Thank you!

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January 20, 2016

Healthy home tip: switch to wool dryer balls

Want to easily improve your health while saving money? Switch from dryer sheets to wool dryer balls.

Dryer sheets can contain chemicals such as chloroform (carcinogenic), benzyl alcohol (can cause central nervous system disorders) and ethyl acetate (irritating to the eyes and respiratory tract). Especially if you have children, the safest option is to stop using dryer sheets.

Wool dryer balls are available at local retailers such as Sweet Peach Baby Boutique, Bed, Bath & Beyond or online at or Etsy stores such as:

December 9, 2015

A (healthy) Christmas gift guide

Looking for some Christmas gift ideas for the health nut in your family? Or maybe you want to add some options for yourself. Here are some of our favorite gift ideas this year...

1. Lifefactory glass reusable bottles. They are durable, long lasting and free of any toxic plastic chemicals. Glass is the safest option for food and drink containers. Kehres Health & Chiropractic carries Lifefactory bottles in a variety of colors and sizes, 22 oz, 16 oz and 12 oz (great for kids!). It is one of our most popular items we sell, especially around the holidays.
$22 - $24 | Available at Kehres Health & Chiropractic or online

2. Maple Grille Gift Certificate. Gift certificates may not seem like the most exciting thing in the world... unless you've been to the Maple Grille. Then it is one of the best gifts ever. One of our favorite local restaurants is located in Hemlock and serves the freshest foods available. They don't even have any freezers or microwaves at their restaurant. Pair with a bottle of their famous MG sauce or homemade bars of soap.
Available at Maple Grille, 13105 Gratiot Road, Hemlock, Michigan, 989-233-2895

3. Honest Beauty lip crayon. Free of harmful chemicals like parabens, silicones and synthetic fragrances, Honest products are a staple in our house.
$18 | Available at

4. Massage gift certificate. Buy a one hour massage to one of our offices in Saginaw or Midland or a local spa. It is always a popular gift in our office!
$65 for one hour | Available at Kehres Health & Chiropractic or online

5. Shoes at Runners. This is a gift we have given before, and it was fun to go with my mom to pick out her new shoes. Runners is a local treasure with only the best shoes. They have four locations in mid-Michigan and a great staff to help find the right shoe and fit for your gait.
Available at Runners Performance Store, or buy a gift certificate online

6. Essential oil USB diffuser. Whether you are new to essential oils or a long time user, the USB diffuser is a great gift. It can be used in your computer at home or at work or in the car. Wrap with a few essential oils and it makes a unique gift!
$30 | Available at Kehres Health & Chiropractic or Young Living

7. Soma carafe. A beautifully designed glass water filter pitcher, Soma is available at Target, Bed, Bath & Beyond and other local retailers. The less bottled water, pop and sugary juice people drink, the better!
$49 | Available at local retailers such as Target or at

8. A new workout class. There are so many great options in Saginaw and Midland. Give a few classes to Pure Barre, CrossFit or yoga. Even better, promise to try it with your friend or family member!
Available at a local workout studio

November 12, 2015

Kehres Health & Chiropractic Saginaw blood drive

Help save a life, donate blood! Kehres Health & Chiropractic is hosting a blood drive with CrossFit Intuition in Saginaw.

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Help save a life, donate blood! On Monday Kehres Health & Chiropractic & CrossFit Intuition are hosting a blood drive. Sign up below
Posted by Kehres Health & Chiropractic on Thursday, November 12, 2015