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Chlorella, a Perfect Detoxification Food

  
  
  
  
  
  
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Mark McClure DDS

Chlorella is the near-perfect detox food. Chlorella is a single cell algae, grown in fresh water, and has been around since ancient times. It is helpful as a food-based green drink for detoxing heavy metals, toxic chemicals, mold, Lyme and other toxins from the body, as well as radiation. These are all the neuro-immune toxins that kill nerve and brain cells and can affect our immune system. We are exposed to toxins and heavy metals in our environment (silver fillings) and in our diet (seafood) and the need to detoxify our body regularly has become as important as caring for our teeth on a daily basis. Heavy metals (e.g mercury) are toxic and may contribute to many of the chronic health issues we see today such as Autism, mental disorders, neuro-degenerative diseases, cancer, heart disease, autoimmune diseases, chronic Lyme Disease, pain, and fatigue.

In addition, chlorella is the perfect food for growth and development, because it contains the perfect blend of amino acids for humans (same as mother’s milk), minerals, anti-oxidants, essential fats and B vitamins. 

Chlorella is the perfect detox food because:

  • It binds heavy metals in the bowel to remove them, and contains specific peptides for every heavy metal to mobilize and chelate toxic metals in the connective tissues, where the majority of heavy metals are stored.
  • Studies show that chlorella is the best food/ drug/ herb for detoxing dioxin, the most toxic chemical and the standard for all others.
  • It is anti-bacterial and anti-viral (CMV and other herpes virus)
  • Studies show that chlorella is the best food/ drug/ herb for prevention and treatment of the harmful effects of nuclear radiation.
  • It is a nutritionally excellent food. Chlorella is a complete source and perfect blend of amino acids (in the same composition as mother’s milk), essential fatty acids, minerals and B-12. It alkalizes the body and enhances growth hormone.
  • Chlorella activates the cellular anti-oxidant and detoxification enzyme systems, to further help the body get rid of the “bad stuff”.
  • Chlorella repairs and activates the body’s detoxification functions and dramatically increases reduced glutathione.

Chlorella is available as chlorella powder or capsule form. As with any new program, please consult an integrative physician before starting Chlorella or any new supplement. Detoxification should be started slowly, and done over a period of time, but like brushing your teeth, it should become a healthy habit.

Try Orthopedic Massage to "Address the Pain You Can't Explain"

  
  
  
  
  
  
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Robert White LMT

Some people choose to handle musculoskeletal pain on a managerial level. While frequent visits to the doctor’s office, medications, and sometimes intermittent periods of rest may help, this need to constantly address the pain can easily reduce one's quality of life. We view ourselves as individuals, and believe in some strange way that our physical experiences around pain are exclusive to us. Our pain is a result of how we use our body, and is an indicator that we are out of harmony.

Get the right type of massage

Alternatively, massage and body work can support the reduction of pain, or reduce the propensity of chronic pain which can occur over time. With over 600 modalities of massage and body work available to the public, it is best to know what type of massage will effectively handle those common aches and pains we collectively experience. Orthopedic massage (OM) is a progressive manual therapy that applies a non-impact, low force, soft tissue manipulation that is appropriate to address that pain you can’t explain. Orthopedic massage focuses on the body as one dynamic organism, and the practitioner connects with the source, rather than the cause of the pain.

Where is the pain coming from?

A practitioner who is trained in orthopedic massage will first perform an orthopedic assessment. During the assessment, the skilled practitioner can determine which tissue is effected, and if the pain is localized or referred. This information will better guide the orthopedic massage  practitioner in creating a treatment plan that may focus on specific muscle tissue, and/or surrounding structures.

Some common pain conditions that Orthopedic Massage addresses:

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Sugar, Carbs and the New Dietary Guidelines

  
  
  
  
  
  
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Anita Capizzi RN, CHC

Every 5 years the U.S. government revises our national dietary guidelines. This past week the nutrition advisory panel that helps to formulate those guidelines came out with new recommendations. Among them was their new sugar consumption guideline. They now advocate consuming no more than 12 added teaspoons of sugar/day, or roughly 10% of the diet due to the link between sugar, obesity and chronic disease like heart disease. While this recommendation is certainly a step in the right direction, the American Heart Association has a tighter restriction, and advises no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar/day for women and no more than 9 added teaspoons of sugar/day for men.

Read the full article here:

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/02/19/nutrition-panel-calls-for-less-sugar-and-eases-cholesterol-and-fat-restrictions/

How Much Sugar Are You Consuming? 

Processed foods generally contain high levels of sugar and it’s estimated that Americans, due to high consumption of processed foods, consume in excess of 22 teaspoons of sugar per day!

Real food is always the winner over processed food when it comes to nutrient value and density. 

Among all the “real” food choices though, there are things to consider when planning your next breakfast, lunch or dinner fare such as:

-   Which foods will give me the most energy?

-   Will I be hungry in an hour if I choose to eat this now?

-   Is this really enough food for lunch? (always the culprit when dieting!)

-   Do I see carbohydrates, protein AND good fats on my plate?

Biofeedback for the Brain

  
  
  
  
  
  
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Ana Vargas M.D. (Mex.)             

            

Biofeedback is a collection of different techniques that help develop “conscious physiological -psychosomatic self-regulation”. In other words, it is a method that teaches us to “activate” the relaxation response, by practicing to control heart rate, breath rate, blood pressure, muscle tension or body temperature. 

Developing the Mind/Body Connection

The clinical application of Biofeedback was scientifically relevant because it challenged the old notion that the control of physiological processes by the autonomic nervous system was merely involuntary. We learned that we can develop conscious control over those processes, that we can voluntarily influence our bodily responses. The final goal is to help control stress and its many effects on the body (i.e., high blood pressure, anxiety, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, and many more). “The premise is that the mind affects the body and the body affects the mind”.

These techniques are quite unique in that they were developed using modern electronic technology. The latest development of biofeedback applications is Brain wave biofeedback or Neurofeedback, which represents the most readily available application of neuroscience and the culprit of self-regulation techniques.

Neurofeedback has shown to improve autonomic regulation (“involuntary” physiological responses), promote brain competencies (i.e., attention and memory), help remediate functional disorders (i.e., anxiety, depression), and enhance optimal performance (i.e., musical and athletic performance). These technological advances are exciting news and are promising drug-free alternatives for many conditions that until now remain a challenge to conventional approaches.

How Neurofeedback Works

Imagine been able to modulate your mental processes by balancing brain wave frequencies so that you are not overcome by anxiety or depression, by training certain frequencies so that your attention and memory improve and you can perform better at work or school. It is all possible! Moreover, now with the addition of brain mapping the training can be more accurate since we can record the electrical activity of the brain and observe which frequencies are imbalanced and in which location.

Understanding TMJ to Optimize Treatment

  
  
  
  
  
  
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Holistic Family Dental Team

Do you suffer from problems with your jaw or have pain when you chew or yawn?

Do you hear a clicking or popping sound when you open or close your mouth?

Do you grind or clench your teeth?

People generally do not understand what TMJ, Temporo Mandibular Joint Dysfunction, is about other than they have pain or poor jaw movement. The cause of TMJ may be difficult to determine. TMJ is comprised of 2 components: Temporo Mandibular Dysfunction (TMD) and Myofascial Pain (MFP).

The concept of TMJ should be understood because the two different components of TMJ must be treated differently.

TMD, Temporo Mandibular Dysfunction, occurs when the jaw joint  (left, right or both) is not functioning well.   The second component, MFP, Myofascial Pain,  exists when the muscles of the jaw are painful or not functioning correctly.

                      TMJ =  TMD  +  MFP

The two components may exist together or exist separately.

It is important to understand how the jaw functions normally to conceptualize how to treat Temporo Mandibular Dysfunction.                    

In a healthy TMJ the lower jaw (mandibular) moves within the bone of the head (temporal bone) to open and close.  The muscles of the jaw provide the force for the mandible to move within the temporal bone.

Why I love juicing and why it is important to me...and possibly to you?

  
  
  
  
  
  
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Vincent Renner, Guest blogger, Founder of Tasty6

Sensory Delights of Juicing

To an avid juicer like myself the benefits of juicing fresh fruits and vegetables seem endless – it is convenient, nutritious, great for the immune system, helps to detox, and on it goes… All of the above are true. For me, however, first and foremost the intense smells, flavors, and colors of the vegetables and fruits we juice connect me with all Nature’s goodness has to offer, and with memories of wholeness.  I love the taste and smell of fresh cut ginger and its vibrant yellow color. I love the unique aroma of freshly cut flat parsley. And the intense flavor of freshly pressed kale. I love the bright orange of our freshly pressed turmeric. Or the sound of a stem of celery snapping, as it announces it’s freshness and vigor. And the sweet-sour note and promise of health a fresh cut ruby red grapefruit carries.

Nature's Colors for Health

Yet it is specifically the unique and intense colors of many fruits and vegetables that announce their healing and nutritional properties. Watermelon and red grapefruit get their red pinkish color from a uniquely high concentration of the phytochemical lycopene, known for its strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant characteristics. Red beets’ betalain antioxidant pigments give them their red color and are a powerful and relatively unique antioxidant that helps to improve cardiovascular health and lower blood pressure. Red apples have a high concentration of anthocyanins key to lowering blood sugar.  

Kale, spinach, and parsley are some of the healthiest vegetables around. Their high levels of chlorophyll are responsible for their bright, full green color. They are powerhouses of concentrated vitamins, minerals, and a whole spectrum of phytonutrients – all essential to a healthy body.  Unbeknownst to many, one cup of raw kale contains more and often multiples of 100% of the daily recommended value of Vitamin C, Vitamin A and Vitamin K.

As these fruits and vegetables are allowed to ripen to maturity, their nutritional content increases and their flavors intensify. Government health bodies now recommend to eat at least 5 or more cups of fruits and vegetables every day to increase health, improve longevity and prevent disease. By eating fruits and vegetables from a variety of color groups, we benefit from the unique array of phytochemicals, essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber that each color group has to offer.

Are You D-ficient?

  
  
  
  
  
  
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Teresa Fuller MD, PhD

Vitamin D is critical to health

Winter season is an important time to think about your (and your child's) vitamin D levels because vitamin D deficiency is especially prevalent during this time of the year.  Vitamin D is a crucial nutrient for your health at every age.  In fact, the illnesses associated with vitamin D deficiency are numerous.  Consider the following recent studies:

  • Vitamin D deficiency is associated with greater cancer risk.
  • Vitamin D has been shown to be an effective treatment for psoriasis.
  • Vitamin D supplementation reduces incidence of autoimmune diseases, specifically multiple sclerosis and type 1 diabetes (when taken during infancy).
  • Vitamin D deficiency  is associated with increased incidence and severity of asthma and wheezing disorders.
  • Vitamin D enhances the immune response and provides protection against upper respiratory infections, influenza, and middle ear infections.
  • Vitamin D deficiency affects the cardiovascular system. Deficiency of vitamin D increases the risk for heart attack, hypertension, peripheral vascular disease, metabolic syndrome, coronary artery disease, and heart failure.

Vitamin D deficiency is very common 

Given the importance of Vitamin D to the function of so many different bodily systems, we need to ensure that our levels are within a healthy range.  The recommended blood level for vitamin D is 30 to 80, but rarely do I find a patient in the healthy range. 

Here are 3 ways to optimize your vitamin D level:

Outdoor Time: First of all, vitamin D is a misnomer.  It’s not a vitamin, but actually a hormone that is produced in your own body.  Vitamin D production requires sunlight.  So inadequate exposure to the sun, which occurs frequently in our indoor-prone, sedentary society, is a big factor in vitamin D deficiency.  The best way to improve your vitamin D level is to make it yourself.  Just ten to fifteen minutes of sunlight exposure can generate 10,000 to 20,000 international units (IU) of vitamin D. (People with darker skin may require five to ten times that length of time for the same resulting levels.) Make sure that you avoid excessive sun intensity resulting in sunburn.

5 Reasons to Choose an Integrative Doctor for Primary Care

  
  
  
  
  
  
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Tracy Freeman MD

A primary care provider is an family physician, internist, pediatrician, or nurse practitioner who coordinates all of the health care a patient receives. The holistic primary care model offers not only traditional primary care but also incorporates the best of complementary and alternative therapies from around the world to help you achieve optimum wellness, not just freedom from disease. Our holistic primary care providers will be your partner and guide in helping you achieve your health goals.

Top 5 Reasons for Integrative Medicine

1. We treat the whole person

The mind, body and spirit all contribute to your health status and wellness. An integrative MD or Nurse Practitioner will develop a treatment plan that addresses your medical needs as well as your emotional and nutritional well-being. Stress management, diet, and lifestyle factors all play a role in your overall health.

2. Integrative medicine treats the cause of imbalance, not just the symptoms

You are not just a collection of your symptoms.  We look for the root cause of your imbalance or illness and develop a plan, with you, to remedy the cause. We can test for factors which may be contributing to illness or imbalance, and work with you to correct the underlying cause.

3. We partner with you to develop a plan for optimal health

Integrative medicine is patient-centered. You are your own best advocate, but it is nice to have a partner with the same goal of getting you to a better state of wellness. Since integrative medicine works to address the cause of illness, it may take longer than a "quick fix" often expected with prescription medication. This is to be expected, but with a longer appointment the practitioner is able to listen and work with you to keep you moving in the right direction.

4. On-site specialty lab testing

3 Ways to Cut Your Cancer Risk

  
  
  
  
  
  
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Teresa Fuller MD, PhD

Do you think the genes you’re born with determine what happens to you? 

Whether you’ll be overweight because it runs in your family or whether you’ll get diabetes since your Dad had it?

Whether you’ll develop breast cancer because your Mom died from it?

You might be surprised to know that your genes don’t have as much control as was previously thought. 

Scientific American just published an article reviewing the latest information in the field of epigenetics.  Here’s a quote: “Many of the contingencies of life – what we eat, what pollutants are in or environment, how often we are stressed – affect how our genes operate.”  This is great news, because we have a lot of control over what we eat and how we deal with stress, and even some control over the pollutants in our environment (like our homes and cars).

Have you heard of epigenetics? 

Epigenetics is the phenomenon of how our environment, which includes the foods that we eat, the toxins we're exposed to, and even our stress levels, can turn genes on and off.  A new article published in Scientific American states "epigenetic effects play a crucial role in development, aging and even cancer1."  Even cancer?!  This is great news, that we can make choices that influence whether those cancer genes get turned on or off! We should be aware of the fact that we have significant power over our health destiny.   

So, here are 3 things that you can do to drastically reduce your risk of cancer:

1. Eat cancer-fighting foods.  One of the most exciting things I've learned is that foods can fight cancer.  For example, cruciferous vegetables which include cabbage, broccoli, kale and cauliflower, contain powerful cancer fighting nutrients.  So do mushrooms, onions, beans and green tea.  Some of these foods in combination can reduce your breast cancer risk by as much as 90%!  These are the foods that should dominate our daily diet.

Detoxification and Spa Therapy Week at NIHA Jan.19-24, 2015

  
  
  
  
  
  
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Spa Therapy Week at NIHA! One Week Only

Introductory Prices  Jan. 19-24, 2015  

Would you like to unwind and get back on track with your health?

Now is your chance to try some therapies that you may have wondered about... but never took the time to schedule.

For one week only, National Integrated Health Associates will offer special introductory pricing on detoxification and spa therapies and free lectures to learn more about these therapies. Join us!

Book an appointment now for Spa Week at National Integrated Health Associates and receive a 20 minute therapy session for only $15.00!  

CALL 202-237-7000 to schedule 

Here is a list of the services offered for a special "try me" price:

Massage Therapy     Massage is known to relieve stress and tension in the body while promoting relaxation, and you can experience physical, mental and emotional benefits from massage. One client said,"I experience chronic muscle soreness in my lower back and hip areas. Robert not only worked the soreness away on the first visit: he also performed a postural analysis that illustrated where the possible source of soreness was originating. Robert  advised me on proper footwear and a streching regiment. I now feel more agile and flexible without soreness or pain. I highly recommend Robert White for orthopedic massage. He provides exceptional and professional service."

20 Minutes of Massage of your choice $15 

schedule with  Yemi Tigabe LMT or Robert White LMT

 

Aqua Chi Footbath   The aqua chi footbath uses a current to concentrate energy in the water for an invigororating, detoxifying effect. The ionization of the water pulls toxins from the body via the pores of the feet and may help restore energy and increase detoxification.

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