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Hey, D.C... The Raw Food Weekend Bootcamp is Back!

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Lisa Wilson CHC

Hey DC….     We've missed you! 

Join us for this rare opportunity to do a weekend retreat with The Raw Food Institute in Washington DC!  

This is an exclusive opportunity, only for the Washington D.C., Virginia and Maryland areas.  

Normally we hold 7 day immersion retreats in Simsbury Connecticut.  However, some of you have said you can't get away for a full 7 days, so we are listening….and making it possible for you to join us now for an amazing weekend!

Courses at this 3 day Raw Food Institute Weekend Bootcamp include:

-green juice therapy

-pillars of healing
-therapeutic & medicinal raw
-digestive wellness
-raw entrees
-recreational raw
-sprouting 101, 102 & 103
-essential oils
-medicinal teas
-natural remedies 
-and more!!!

This will be weekend packed with learning.  

Teresa Fuller, M.D., Pediatrician Interviewed on Take Back Your Health Radio

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Teresa Fuller M.D., Ph.D, a Washington D.C. holistic pediatrician at National Integrated Health Associates, was recently interviewed by Robin Shirley CHHC, founder of the Take Back Your Health conference and Take Back Your Health blogtalkradio program.  The subject was, "These Unhealthy Habits are Hurting Your Family's Health".


In her pediatric practice, Dr. Fuller sees the same 4-5 bad habits over and over again. Parents may mean well, but often are not informed as to the negative health consequences of daily habits. And these habits can add up over time to create health issues. It is not uncommon now to see children with obesity, attention issues, sleep problems, stress-related issues or chronic illnesses like diabetes.

Small Changes Can Make a Big Difference in Health

5 Quick Breakfast Ideas for Back to School


Teresa Fuller MD, PhD

It’s that time already! Now that the lazy days of August are wrapping up, we parents have already begun the hustle and bustle of shopping for back-to-school supplies and filling out school forms.  And very soon, we’ll be back to the morning routine of getting the kids ready for school.

Do your children, like mine, often want to run out of the house without having eaten a decent breakfast?  That sets them up for fatigue, irritability, and poor concentration.  Breakfast is a must to kick start the brain, so skipping it should not be an option. Since most of us are pressed for time in the morning, here are 5 quick breakfast ideas to get you through the week:

1)  A breakfast smoothie.  It doesn’t get much quicker than blending fresh or frozen fruit with a good protein source.  The possibilities for a morning shake are endless.  Use a combination of berries with a banana.  Add in fortified almond or coconut milk for healthy fat and calcium.  For added protein, use a vegan protein powder or tofu (non-GMO please).    

2)  Old fashioned oatmeal with fresh fruit and nuts.  This oatmeal breakfast is high in fiber, and very filling.  You get protein from the oats and the nuts.  And the added fruit gives an extra boost of vitamins and minerals.

3)  An omelette loaded with vegetables.  The eggs provide protein, and also are a good source of the brain-boosting nutrient choline.  Add as many vegetables as your child will go for to give a boost of phytonutrients.

Depression: It's Probably Not What You Think It Is.

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Dr. Chas Gant M.D., Ph.D.

I recently had a brake problem in my car, and the diagnosis I made was completely different from the one my mechanic made.  My diagnosis was descriptive, “the brakes squeak and the car pulls to the left,” I said to my mechanic.  The diagnosis he made was that the rotors and brake pads were worn down.  My diagnosis, like the ones often given to patients who suffer from psychiatric disorders, was descriptive of symptoms.  The other meaning of the word diagnosis is to define the cause.  That’s what depression really is; definitive, testable, modifiable causes.  The causes can be immunological (e.g., gluten sensitivity), infectious (e.g., Candida or Lyme), allergic (e.g., pollen), toxic (e.g., mercury), metabolic (e.g., hypoglycemia), psycho emotional (e.g., irrational thinking, or unfinished emotional trauma [PTSD]) and/or genetic (e.g., methylation problems).  Here is a short list of 21 other causes of depression.

Carbs, Belly Fat and Processed Foods: A Link to Diabetes?


Anita Capizzi RN, CHC

In my last blog, “ Is Low Carb for Everyone?”, I spoke about low carb diets and why I believe that everyone can benefit from reducing the amount of carbohydrates in their diet.

As a recap, I said that from my unofficial research, it seems as though Americans eating the Standard American Diet take in anywhere from 250-400+ grams of carbs/day which would be roughly 50% or more of the total food intake/day.

The SAD Diet

The SAD, or standard American diet, is full of flour products like bread, sweets, cookies and pasta, sugar from low fat processed foods and beverages, and starchy grains and vegetables like rice and potatoes - all of which are carbohydrates.

Beware of the Grocery Stores

The food industry, in their quest for sales, finds the “bliss point” in those chips, cookies and ice cream which keeps us coming back for more. In his book, “Salt, Sugar, Fat -How the Food Giants Hooked Us”, Michael Moss writes that we should "think of the grocery store as a battlefield, dotted with landmines itching to go off."

Those “landmines” contribute to the high levels of obesity and chronic disease we see in this country.

1000 Remedies in Your Pocket


Christi Flynn CHC

Do you remember when the ipod first came out and Steve Jobs marketed it as 1,000 songs in your pocket?  Well that’s exactly how I feel when I carry around my 10 little bottles of essential oils. 

1,000 remedies in my pocket!

One of the most versatile oils is lemon oil.  It has dozens of uses and is often cheaper, safer and more effective than the alternatives.  Depending on the circumstances, it’s often inhaled directly or diffused through the air.  It can also be applied to the bottom of the feet, or added to a glass of water, as a purifier and for a quick energizing boost.  Just be sure to shake or stir it up first – a mouth full of straight lemon oil (or any oil for that matter) isn’t really all that pleasant.

Traditionally, lemon oil has many uses.

It is a powerful antiseptic, and is great for cleaning

It has a positive effect on the immune system

It’s no friend to bugs so works great as an insect repellent or to spray on your garden

It’s can be really effective at improving circulation

It is a considered to be an excellent antibacterial agent.

It may be helpful for respiratory infections or inflammation

Citrus oils are incredible mood elevators – I actually like to run my lemon-soaked fingers through my hair so I catch little whiffs of lemon throughout the day ? (don’t do this if you like your dark hair!)

Caution: Citrus oils should not be applied to skin that will be exposed to direct sunlight or ultraviolet light…it will intensify the sun and make if very easy for you to get burned.  Don’t put it on before heading to the beach!

According to, lemon is truly an incredible essential oil.  It has so many uses – who knew it could highlight your hair naturally AND get sticky gum out of it?!


Here are 34 Amazing Uses for Lemon:

Home Use

1. A Cure for Laundry Neglect. Lemon essential oil takes out ALL odor when you forget and leave your load of laundry in the washer way too long!

Holistic Dentistry: 5 Tips to Avoid Acid Erosion of Your Teeth


Laurie DeRosa RDH

Having a diet that is highly acidic can be detrimental to your teeth and consuming acidic foods and drinks throughout the day makes the problem worse .  Erosion of the teeth is a type of decay that occurs when the tooth structure is lost due to chemical dissolution by acids.  Erosion will start in the enamel, which is the outer layer of the tooth, but can spread to the dentin underneath if left unchecked.

To review, in one of my previous blogs, Understanding pH and Why Alkalinity is Important to Health,   I talked about pH and how it is important to have a neutral pH in the mouth for most of the day.  A saliva pH of 7.0-7.5 is healthy.  Below 7.0 and your mouth becomes acidic and the more time during the day that your mouth is in an acidic state the higher the incidence of erosion.  If you have never tested your saliva I highly recommend that you purchase ph strips from your local health food store and periodically test your saliva.

Acidic foods and drinks are the most common cause of erosion.  Anything with a pH below  5.7 will begin the process of erosion.  The most common chronic disease of children between the ages of five-seventeen is dental erosion.  In the case of young children it is usually due to fruit juices, while with teenagers it is from sports drinks and soda.  It is the citric acid and phosphoric acid in juice and soda that causes erosion.  Other acids that can be erosive are chlorinated swimming pool water and regurgitation of gastric acids.

The 10 MUST HAVE Essential Oils for Ultimate Energy and Immunity


by Christi Flynn, CHC

Have you ever noticed how sometimes the very moment you release something you’ve been holding out finds you??

I remember when I was a kid and I found this snapping turtle on the road.  I wanted to keep it so badly but my mom said no because she was afraid it would bite me.  I pleaded and pleaded and insisted that there was no way the turtle would bite me; and even if he tried he wouldn’t be able to because I would be extra cautious about keeping my fingers away from his mouth.  I think I must have finally worn my mother down because she said, “ok ok you can keep him, but if he bites you you’re going to have to let him go”.  I was ecstatic!!  I had my very own turtle!

Exactly 4 hours later…he bit me.  Right on the tip of my index finger.  I shook and shook and shook until he finally went flying off my finger and fell behind the air-conditioning box beside our house.  As I ran screaming and crying to my mom, her words echoed in my head.  I knew she was going to make me get rid of the turtle. 

So just as my mom comes running up to me to see what happened I decide to blurt out, “Cathy bit me!”  Cathy was my little sister.  My mom took one look at the triangular shaped bite-mark on the tip of my finger and told me there was no way that was a Cathy bite.  She made me let the turtle go and told me something that always really stuck with me: if it’s meant to be he’ll come back to me.

Of course in that moment I believed with all my heart that the turtle and I were destined to be true friends for life and so naturally he was going to come right back to me.  I was more than a little heart broken when the next few days passed and he never returned.  But I learned a valuable lesson from that snapping turtle. 

Don’t mess with Nature. 

Is Low Carb for Everyone?

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Anita Capizzi RN, CHC

Buzzwords change over the years, don’t they?

In the 80’s it was “low fat” and “no fat” and 6 servings of carbs per day!!

But today the buzzword in nutrition seems to be “low carb”.

What does low carb mean exactly and why should we pay attention?

In the United States, our government has revised the nutritional guidelines 5 times since WWII.

Most of us grew up learning about the 4 food groups : meat, dairy, fruits/ vegetables and starches. Your plate was supposed to have food from each group to create a balanced meal.

In the 1970’s we were told to ditch butter, eggs and cheese because they were harmful and that margarine, egg substitutes and low fat dairy were needed to prevent heart disease. Type II diabetes and obesity rates have skyrocketed since then as people have replaced fats with processed carbohydrates which contain boat loads of refined sugar. And…..heart disease is still the #1 cause of death in the U.S. So, you could say that we’re sicker now than we were before.

How times have changed

Last month, Time magazine’s cover story said “Eat Butter” with the tagline :

“Scientists labeled fat the enemy. Why they were wrong.

Mainstream publications are slowly/finally giving copy to these facts:

1. To the body a whole wheat bagel and a bag of M&M’s are the same — sugar

2. Sugar causes inflammation in the body.

What Everyone Interested In Natural Health MUST Know About Essential Oils

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Christi Flynn, CHC

Have you been hearing all the buzz about essential oils lately?

They’re really taking over the natural health world and there are some really good reasons why. As more people are feeling disappointed by over-the-counter medications and prescription drugs not working or producing too many side effects, not only are they looking for more effective remedies, but also ones that are safer and more affordable too. Today I’ll be sharing the ins and outs of essential oils and giving you the “must knows” to see if they’re right for you and your family.

What Are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are highly concentrated extracts from plants.  Their role is to protect plants from bacteria and fungus, deter insects, and slow decay of the plant.  To extract the essential oil, plant material is steam distilled at an exact temperature and pressure.  The resulting essential oil contains powerful properties.  They have a clean feel and are quickly absorbed into the skin.  But with things like antibiotics and chemotherapy, it has no discrimination and it goes in and knocks out the healthy and the unhealthy cells.  But when we take in this concentrated plant extract our body assimilates this plant wisdom and that navigation takes place where healthy cells will not be damaged but viral, bacterial, pathogenic and other unhealthy cells may be eliminated.

Why does quality matter?

I actually have been working as a health and nutrition coach for almost 10 years but I never really brought essential oils into my practice because I never really saw much results with them.  Well now I know why…

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