Integrative Health Blog

NIHA Welcomes Lorelle Bradley, M.D., F.A.A.P., Holistic Pediatrician

Posted by on Mon, Aug 22, 2016

National Integrated Health Associates, NIHA, is pleased to announce that Lorelle Bradley, M.D., F.A.A.P., holistic pediatrician, has joined the integrative medical team.

Dr. Bradley is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Holistic and Integrative Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has over seventeen years experience as a pediatrician, and has made an ongoing commitment to lifelong learning and advocacy for children.

Dr. Bradley believes in the power of the body to heal itself, which led to her journey of becoming a Holistic and Integrative Medicine Provider. She has a cheerful heart and genuinely loves taking care of children and their families. She believes that children are barometers of family dynamics and sees the vital role of genetics, environment, nutrition, and toxic exposures as contributing factors to the overall health of a child.

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Tags: pediatrics, holistic pediatrician, chlldren's health

Integrative Cancer Care at National Integrated Health Associates

Posted by on Thu, Aug 18, 2016

Dr. Charles Gant, MD, practices precision medicine, an emerging field of Medicine which specializes in diagnosing the precise metabolic, allergic, immune, infectious, nutritional, toxicological and genetic uniqueness of each patient. As a physician member of the NIHA Integrative Cancer Care team, he is happy to blend his work with some extraordinary skills of other team members to provide our patients with what may be one of the most comprehensive approaches to cancer care in the area.

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Tags: cancer, integrative cancer treatment

East African Wisdom: On Healing

Posted by on Tue, Aug 16, 2016

For the last 6 years I’ve lived in various countries throughout East Africa and learned a lot about the intrinsic link between life, community and healing. I’ve had the privilege of living alongside some of the most wonderful, brilliant people from the mountains of Rwanda and Burundi to the vast expanses of Tanzania. Though I worked in various hospitals and community projects, there is no doubt that I gained more than I gave. I’d like to share some lessons that I’ve learned from committed mothers, wise grandfathers, and joyful babies.

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Let's Talk About Vaccines: An Evening of Discussion on August 25, 2016

Posted by on Sat, Aug 13, 2016

Special Event


Let's Talk About Vaccines 

When: Aug. 25, 2016
Time: 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Where: NIHA
5225 Wisconsin Ave. NW #402
Washington, D.C. 20015

 

Please join us on Thursday evening, Aug. 25, 2016,  for lectures,  information and education about vaccine safety.

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Tags: vaccinations, children's health, pediatrics

Stress, Trauma, and Epigenetic Markers of Your Well-Being

Posted by on Wed, Aug 10, 2016

If you’ve ever experienced stress affecting how you feel physically, whether through feeling nervous and physically jittery, feeling anxious and physically tense, or feeling exhausted and foggy-minded, you may have wondered how all of that stress affects your health in the long-term.

Scientists have repeatedly found that stress affects our physical well-being. More recently, however, scientists have also found that stress and trauma can cause epigenetic changes, or switching on and off of genes that regulate body functions such as stress responses.

The impact of stress can be passed to future generations

Beyond even these alarming individual epigenetic changes, scientists have also begun to find that epigenetic changes due to stress and trauma can also be passed down to offspring. In a study of Holocaust survivors and their children, Rachel Yehuda and a team of researchers at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York discovered just such a phenomenon.

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Tags: methylation, reiki, stress

Cultured Vegetables: The Secret to a Healthy Gut

Posted by on Tue, Jun 07, 2016

Cultured and fermented foods have been around for a long time, initially as a means of preserving food, but it turns out there is a wonderful healing benefit to this process. Foods were put in a jar and stored in a cellar for a period of time where they fermented, or cultured. The good microbes grow and flourish in this fermented environment, eliminating the bad microbes. When you consume cultured foods your digestive system reaps the benefits of this beautiful, healthy ecosystem.

Amazing Benefits of Cultured Vegetables   

Rich in probiotics

Fermented vegetables help re-establish a healthy inner digestive ecosystem. Food sources of probiotics give you billions more of viable microbes than most supplements and also are more likely to survive stomach acids and re-inoculate your gut more effectively as they bring their own ecosystem with them.

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Tags: fermented foods, digestive health

Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workshop in Washington, D.C.

Posted by on Thu, Jun 02, 2016

Experience Deep Relaxation!

Learn relaxation techniques and ways to calm yourself and de-stress in the upcoming Stress Reduction Workshop at National Integrated Health Associates.

When: Saturday, June 11, 2016

Time: 9:30 am-12:30 pm

Where: National Integrated Health Associates

             5225 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Suite 402

             Washington, D.C. 20015

Cost: $45

Carol Richardson MPH, M.Div., will be conducting a three-hour workshop which will begin by leading participants into a deeply relaxed state by a variety of methods.  Experiencing deep relaxation is so essential for enjoying life that we will begin with gentle, guided stretching and relaxing exercises.

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Tags: energy therapies, stress

How To Reduce Stress

Posted by on Tue, May 24, 2016

Stress appears to be endemic in our lives, perhaps even more so in urban areas (yes, I just attempted to ride the metro this morning, and it took three times as long as usual!)  Stress negatively impacts our health because it constantly activates the adrenal glands and their fight-flight-freeze-or fold response to external events. 

Physical Effects of Stress

Further, stress activates our sympathetic nervous system, which keeps our bodies in a chemical and nervous system state of high alert. This is fine for short sprints away from potential predators, or a climb up a steep cliff, but creates problems for our bodies when we do not allow them to calm down again and remain calm and relaxed for several hours at a time. 

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Tags: energy therapies, stress

Health Essentials Coaching: Why Is a Healthy Gut Important?

Posted by on Tue, May 17, 2016

Why is a healthy gut essential?

Gut health is crucial to optimal health but is often overlooked in health circles. Unhealthy gut can be a significant contributor to inflammatory conditions such as chronic pain and immune issues. It can slow down energy and hamper mental focus. Approximately 80% of the immune system is actually located in the gut. The gut acts as an engine to power and sustain the rest of the body. Similar to a car that needs regular oil changes to run efficiently or it will malfunction or stop running altogether, the gut needs healthy food and lots of clean water, along with regular “cleaning” in order to function optimally.

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Tags: gut, digestive health, health essentials coaching program

Enhance your Quality of Life with Essential Oils

Posted by on Wed, May 04, 2016

The official definition of aromatherapy is the inhalation or bodily application of fragrant essential oils for therapeutic purposes. In layman’s terms, aromatherapy is the study of scent.  Essential oils are volatile aromatic compounds, extracted using a specialized distillation process, from the leaves, stems, bark, flowers, roots and fruits of a particular plant.  The oils are the essence of the plant; highly concentrated and very powerful.  They provide the plant with protection, defense, healing, communication and help them attract pollinators.  A myriad of benefits is passed on to us when we utilize essential oils.  

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Tags: energy therapies, essential oils