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A Healthy White Smile is Not Just for a Great Senior Photo

  
  
  
  
  
  
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Laurie DeRosa RDH

Recently, I read an article on Dr. Mercola’s website that talked about how Pathogens in Your Mouth Can Lead to Cancer in other parts of your body.  Of course this only reinforced what I believe as a holistic hygienist and what we teach our dental patients at National Integrated Health Associates (NIHA) every day.

Healthy Mouth = Healthy Body

There is plenty of information connecting the health of the mouth to the health of the body.  What does that mean?  We have all been told to brush and floss every day to help prevent cavities,  bad breath and tooth loss.  However, good oral hygiene means more than just good home care habits for a dazzling white smile!  It may even help prevent future serious health problems. Bad bacteria, bugs or unhealthy microorganisms (call them what you want) and their toxins, if left to accumulate in your mouth- can end up getting into your bloodstream, causing inflammation and secondary infections in your body. 

Health problems such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and stroke have been linked to the unhealthy bacteria found in the oral cavity.  Studies have found that certain bacterium that are found in plaque have been associated with certain cancers. The bacterium cause inflammation and activates cancer growth genes.   When there is an unhealthy balance of bacteria in your mouth this can cause respiratory issues as well as problems in the gut.

In my practice when you come for your preventive dental appointment I am able to sample the bacteria in your mouth and show it to you right then and there on our microscope. These areas can then be evaluated by the dentist and monitored.  We are able to check your mouth for the types of bacteria that can cause inflammation and lead to systemic diseases. 

Tips to Reduce Mouth Bacteria

Pediatric Tip: 4 Ways to Stay Healthy When the Seasons Change

  
  
  
  
  
  
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Teresa Fuller MD, PhD

Do you find yourself getting sick when the weather changes?

We can't wait for spring and warmer weather, can we?  But as it warms up, then the allergies start and the stuffy nose, itchy eyes, and sinus headaches begin. At this time of year the tree pollen, grasses and weeds are out in full force. Does your child get one ear infection or one stuffy nose after another?  You need a good defense strategy. 

Here are 4 tips to build up your immunity for allergy season:

1. Defend your nose Your nose is where most upper respiratory illnesses start.  From your nose, viruses and bacteria travel to the sinuses, ears, throat or lungs.  The best defense I've found is Xylitol nasal spray used daily which protect the nose against all the bugs trying to gain access.

2.  Avoid sugar Sugar suppresses the immune system, leaving you more vulnerable to the myriad of illnesses you're exposed to.  Instead of sodas and doughnuts, drink plenty of water, and snack on fruits and vegetables.

Oral Immunotherapy for Allergies: an Integrative, Painless Approach

  
  
  
  
  
  
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Autumn Frandsen N.D.

I write this article in hopes that the warm weather will remember us and return gently in the very near future. To those who dread the impending bloom of the flowers and spread of the pollen, I offer you solace. There is an answer to your allergy prayers- and no, it doesn’t involve shots!

Effective, Painless Treatment for Allergies

Until recently, allergists and immunologists believed that freedom from seasonal allergies, venom allergies, and mold allergies existed only after enduring a long series of allergy desensitization shots after being subjected to painful skin prick testing. Recent studies have shown that oral immunotherapy has proven to be effective for sensitivities to food, bee and insect venoms, as well as seasonal allergies. To the benefit of the former patients of Dr. Barbara Solomon, and my current patients, this method has been helping free people from their allergic prisons for over 30 years. It wasn’t until funding for studies became available that it received the proper attention and recognition.

Oral Immunotherapy, Customized Drops to Treat Allergies

Oral immunotherapy consists of a crude extract of the allergen and a diluting substance, which is administered to the patient orally. In some allergy practices there is a standard beginning dose and the patient is moved through a series of oral administrations. Although this is beneficial to some, it can still elicit an allergic reaction in others if they are extremely sensitive and cannot tolerate the same level of allergen as others. There is a solution for this as well. If the degree to which the patient is sensitive can be determined, the allergen, or antigen, can be diluted to a potency that the patient can tolerate while the immune system still processes it similarly to the way it processes a higher potency. Using specific technology, we can determine what the most effective “endpoint” or potency would be for each particular patient. At that time we can begin to reduce the inflammatory response that is set in motion when there is exposure to the allergen. Over time, as the patient builds up to their dosage, the degree to which the symptoms are experienced is decreased and eventually elimination of allergy symptoms occurs. This is all done without a single needle!

Oral Cancer is Not Just a Problem for Smokers

  
  
  
  
  
  
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Laurie DeRosa RDH

More than 43,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. 

According to the National Cancer Institute, oral cancer is more common than leukemia, skin melanoma, cancers of the brain, liver, bone, thyroid, ovaries, and cervix.  It is a major cause of disfigurement and death in the United States. April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month so now is a good time to learn the signs and get screened as part of your holistic dental preventive care  check up.

Oral cancer includes cancers found in the mouth, on the tongue, lips, throat, parts of the nose, and larynx.  Seventy five percent of these cancers are caused by tobacco and alcohol.  Infection with the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV) has been linked to a subset of oral cancers.

 

Current Statistics on Oral Cancer:

One American dies every hour from oral cancer in the U.S.

The oral cancer survival rate has not changed for over 40 years and is approximately 50%

Currently, 70% of oral cancer lesions are identified in late stages

If detected early, oral cancer has a survival rate of 80-90%

The risk of oral cancer occurs in men more than women, is higher in African American men, and more often in people over the age of 40. 

Signs and Symptoms of Oral Cancer may include the following:

How Infrared Sauna Works for Detoxification

  
  
  
  
  
  
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Mark McClure DDS

The far infrared sauna system for whole body radiant energy delivers the far infrared rays that penetrate deep into the body. The cleansing and purifying benefits of the traditional sweat lodges in American Indian and Scandinavian cultures have long been known, and saunas have been used for centuries for an overall feeling of well being.  

Infrared heat is simply a form of energy that heats the object directly, without having to heat the air in between. So, unlike traditional saunas, the infrared heaters used in the sauna directly heat the occupants without heating the surrounding air. This dry heat can induce 2-3 times the sweat volume of a traditional sauna while operating at lower, more comfortable temperatures, making it more comfortable to breathe.

Infrared Sauna Therapy Helps to Release Toxins

The skin is our largest organ and is responsible for eliminating up to 30% of body wastes. Toxins and waste in the body from alcohol, nicotine, chemicals, heavy metals and more may be released through the skin. The deep infrared penetrating heat causes toxins to be released from the cells and exit the body through the sweat glands without burdening the liver and kidneys.  The skin is like the kidney in that it filters the blood and aids in detoxification. In fact, the skin has even been called "the third kidney" for it's ability to eliminate waste. As the pores open the skin sheds dead cells leaving the skin glowing and clean.

Health Benefits of  Infrared Sauna 

My Top Holistic Nutrition Tip: Find a Local CSA

  
  
  
  
  
  
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Mark McClure DDS

How good is your food?

Are you consuming real, nutritious food?

How convenient is good food for you to consume?

How much importance do you place on quality food in your overall health?

How much are you willing to spend on quality food?

Well, high quality food is available, and you may even save some money too!

Why We Need To Question Food Quality

The American (and world) food supply has worsened drastically over the last 100 years. The USDA estimates that the mineral content of our foods is only 10% of what it was only a century ago. That is, we have lost 90% of the minerals that we get from food – no wonder that so many of us are mineral deficient. Modern agriculture, where foods are grown on soils that are depleted and then fertilized with only nutrients that make the fruit or vegetable grow big (nitrogen- phosphorous- potassium) but not nutritious -(with vitamins and minerals) is the primary culprit. But, we need nutrient dense, high quality food filled with minerals and enzymes to maintain our health.

Local CSA's Provide Quality

CSA’s, or Community Supported Agriculture, are one of the best methods I have found to start eating quality foods and Farmer Allan's farm  Fresh and Local CSA is not only organic but biodynamic. I have been an organic gardener since 1973. It has been a source of fun, relaxation and health for me and my family. The most important thing to me for healthy living is to eat the highest quality food and growing it is the reward. Even though I now live on a farm and am developing my soil and garden,  I am a proud member of Farmer Allan’s CSA. The food is just that delicious and I cannot grow enough myself to support my family’s needs.

Vitamin D: The Multi-tasking Hero

  
  
  
  
  
  
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Autumn Frandsen ND

Vitamin D, Essential to the Immune System

Although many people are aware that vitamin D is important, they may not know HOW important and why. The term “vitamin” is actually a misnomer as Vitamin D is really a non-essential prohormone. It is non-essential because it can be synthesized in the body from sunlight and a prohormone because it is converted to the hormone calcitriol in the kidneys. A vitamin is usually used to help potentiate a reaction in the body while a hormone actually sends a message to increase or decrease levels of certain substances in the body. In the case of vitamin D and calcitriol, adequate levels of calcium and phosphorus are maintained through Parathyroid hormone signaling for an increase in the active form of Vitamin D, calcitriol, to be made. Calcitriol then stimulates calbindin to increase calcium absorption in the intestines. There is even more complexity where that came from. There are vitamin D receptors in the intestines, bone, kidney, brain, heart, skin, gonads, prostate, and breasts. It’s no wonder that vitamin D is therapeutic in so many conditions and is so vital to maintaining health. It is considered the prohormone of the immune system.

How Much Vitamin D Do I Need?

Holistic Nutrition Recipe: Crispy Brussels Sprout Chips

  
  
  
  
  
  
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Anita Capizzi RN, CHC

Brussels sprouts are part of the cruciferous family of vegetables which includes broccoli, cauliflower, watercress, cabbage, swiss chard, bok choy and many others. When eaten several times a week, cruciferous vegetables may provide increased cancer protection. They contain a class of phytochemicals called isothiocyanates which help the body to detoxify potentially toxic compounds.

Ever think of eating brussels sprouts as a chip? Me either! Then I found this recipe which I want to share with you.

Brussels Sprout Chips

Brussels Sprouts (the larger sprouts are easier to make chips)

olive oil

sea salt

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.

Peel off the outer layer of sprouts and discard. Then peel the next layer and save to a bowl. Keep the sprout itself n a zip loc bag for later use.

Toss sprout chips in the bowl with a fine mist of olive oil and sprinkle sea salt to taste.

Arrange on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Make sure that they are in a single layer.

Bake for 8-10 min. watching after 6 min. to be sure that they don’t burn!

Enjoy this chip alternative!

P.S. If they don’t crisp up it’s usually because you added too much olive oil!

This is the kind of easy, healthful recipes I share with my clients. Improving your nutrition and diet should be fun and work with your lifestyle! If you enjoyed this and would like to learn to  upgrade your nutrition fill out the form below for a brief consult.

 

Asthma: A Holistic Approach

  
  
  
  
  
  
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Teresa Fuller MD, PhD

While spring is a welcome relief from the cold and dreary winter for many of us, it can be a time of misery for children suffering with asthma.  The blooming of trees with the accompanying pollen trigger wheezing, coughing, and other unwelcome symptoms for a rising number of children with asthma. Asthma now affects 1 in 11 children. The incidence has been rising over the past few decades, with an increase of 15% just in the past decade.

The conventional medical approach to asthma is to relieve the symptoms as much as possible with the use of bronchodilators and steroids.  Bronchodilators open the airways, while steroids suppress the inflammatory response that the body produces to harmless stimuli, such as pollen from flowers and weeds.  The other approach is to identify the child’s triggers and avoid them.  But so many triggers, such as pollen, mold and dust mites are impossible to completely avoid.  While these are necessary treatments to control asthma symptoms, how about getting to the root causes of symptoms to help the body stop “overreacting” to these stimuli in the first place?  Here are four strategies of a holistic approach to asthma treatment that can reduce or even stop asthma at its root.

Feed your child an anti-inflammatory diet

Asthma is an inflammatory disease, which means that the body’s immune system is fired up, trying to battle the environmental assaults.  An anti-inflammatory diet is one that can help “calm the fire.” This is a diet rich in antioxidants and free of foods that further inflame the system.  Therefore, your child’s diet needs to be rich in natural foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans.  These plant foods provide an abundant supply of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients.  On the other hand, you want to rid your child’s diet of inflammatory foods such as artificial colors, flavors, preservatives and sweeteners found in many so-called “kid-friendly” foods.  White sugar and white flour products are also inflammatory.  And dairy products are a frequent source of inflammation for many children with asthma.

Drinking with Purpose: 12 Ways to Maximize Your Water

  
  
  
  
  
  
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Brooke Mader CHC

Water is essential for optimal health.

Every cell in your body needs water to function.

It is important to understand the quantity of water, as you drink it, and the quality of water.

Not only are you drinking it everyday but you are bathing in it too.We absorb water internally and externally through our skin.

Just like eating should be mindful, drinking water should be as well. It’s more than just a glass to your lips and chugging.

With just a little bit more awareness, the way you drink water can have a significant impact on your life. For me, it meant not having a water baby after eating meals. For you, it might mean not having to race to go to the bathroom all day long, or get up in the middle of the night.

12 Ways to get the maximum benefits of drinking water:

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