While we are just now thawing out from winter, spring will be quickly upon us. The blossoming flowers and fresh cut grass can be miserable for those that suffer. If you have tried all the other allergy remedies or are tired of taking over-the-counter medications that only treat the symptoms, you do have another option. Advanced Allergy Therapeutics (AAT) is an innovative way to treat allergies.
Last year at this time we discussed spring cleaning your refrigerator and pantry. This year, let’s talk about doing the same to your supplement regimen. To begin, pull out all of your supplements and begin to ask yourself some questions: Do you remember why you started taking taking those herbs? When was the last time you used that protein powder? At what dosing are you supposed to be taking that nutrient? When was the expiration date on your tincture?
It’s hard for me to believe it’s been nearly a year since I went to Honduras for training and experience using prolotherapy for patients with ligament laxity. Time sure does fly! Since returning I’ve had the privilege of treating 4-6 patients/week using this modality. They come from within our existing practice from patients who’ve not responded to other treatments such as acupuncture, FSM (frequency specific microcurrent), and chiropractic care. They find me by on-line searching for a local prolotherapist, or by referral from an outside chiropractor. Some find me after a satisfied prolotherapy patient tells them their own success story.
As we wind down the month of February, we have been focusing on heart health. By now it is common knowledge that taking a quality fish oil is essential to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system. Adding Omega-3 fatty acids to your diet and supplement regime supports your immune system, healthy brain function, and cardiovascular health. Adding Omega-7 to your supplement regime may help reduce the #1 cause of death in America for both men and women from recent research.
Does this sound familiar to you….. “I wish I felt better.” “I want to lose some weight and look better.” “I’tired and have no energy.” “I often feel overwhelmed.” Change is hard. Many of us have goals to become better people – strong and healthy, energetic and calm, more in control of our weight, a … Continued
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the leading cause of death in the United States is heart disease¹. The Mayo Clinic defines heart disease, or cardiovascular disease (CVD), as any “condition[s] that involve[s] narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to a heart attack, chest pain (angina) or stroke. Other heart conditions, such as infections and conditions that affect your heart’s muscle, valves or beating rhythm, also are considered forms of heart disease.”²
Itch, Itch Itch, Scratch, Scratch, Scratch…..sound familiar? If you are like me, this time of year means a significant change in your skin, hair and nails. Along with plummeting temperatures, we are turning on the furnace which creates drier air. Even with a humidifier on your furnace you can find yourself uncomfortably dry and itchy each winter. What’s a body to do?
It’s that wonderful time of year again to break some old, unhealthy habits while introducing new and beneficial ones. During this period of change, many people find themselves wanting to support their body’s natural ability to detoxify itself by beginning a cleanse. Unfortunately, due to the temperature outside, one symptom sometimes experienced by people while cleansing tends to become amplified – cold hands, feet and/or body.
Vitamin D is often referred to as “the happy hormone”. Actually it is a prohormone — it gets converted to an active hormone with multiple tissue targets such as the brain, bone and liver. Deficiencies have been linked to diabetes, autism and many cancers. Experts like Michael Holick Ph.D.,M.D. at Boston University have proven that optimal levels of D3 in humans are 60-80 ng/ml and in North America people living above Atlanta Georgia’s latitude are at risk of a deficiency in this vitamin due to a lack of sun exposure. Even farmers and other workers who are outside all day are deficient due to the angle of the sun’s rays in the northern hemisphere. Depending on your epigenes, which dictate the efficiency of your vitamin D receptors, even if you get sun exposure and take the RDA allowance of vitamin D in a multi-vitamin, you can still be deficient. Fortunately, a simple blood test can determine your level and supplemental D 3 vitamins can help! At AIM, we’ve tested thousands of patients and although 25-45 ng/ml is considered normal (but not optimal!) we’ve seen patients with levels as low as 8. Many with low levels suffer with diagnoses of fibromyalgia, depression and other autoimmune diseases. While this is often not the only imbalance, correcting it can make a tremendous difference in your health.
We all love sweet foods – corn on the cob, peaches, figs, and brownies (or maybe it’s just me!). Too often we overindulge and load up on “healthy” sweet foods while dampening our taste buds’ ability to interpret what we are really feeding our bodies. There are five (not four) types of taste buds – salt, sweet, bitter, sour, and umami. Everything we put into our mouths give us some combination of these sensations. In America, we tend to have little to no bitter foods on our plate and an excess of sweet and salty foods. In addition, the foods we eat today are far less nutrient dense than what our ancestors consumed due to years of damaging farm practices and genetically modified engineering. It is only in response to our demand for sweeter food that these practices continue to flourish while the most nutritious foods get stepped over on our way to the cookie aisle.