Integrative Health Blog

Health Tips for the Fall Season from Chinese Medicine

Posted by on Wed, Nov 11, 2015

Fall brings harvest time, the beauty of the changing leaves, and less daylight. In Chinese medicine, fall is associated with the element of metal and the lungs. It is a time to slow down, go to bed early, regroup and begin to move and think inward in preparation for winter.

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Tags: chinese medicine, acupuncture, chinese herbal medicine

Help for Fatigue: Adrenal Support Cocktail

Posted by on Mon, Nov 02, 2015

Feeling overwhelmed? Low on energy?

Many of us could benefit from supporting our adrenal glands.

The adrenal glands are two glands that sit on top of the kidneys. They are made up of the adrenal cortex and the adrenal medulla. The cortex is the outer part of the gland which produces hormones that are vital to life, such as cortisol, which helps regulate metabolism and helps your body respond to stress, and aldosterone, which helps control blood pressure. The medulla is the inner part of the gland that produces hormones such as adrenaline, which helps your body react to stress.

Adrenal fatigue is caused by chronic stress. When your adrenal glands cannot keep up with the demands of everyday fight-or-flight arousal, they can’t produce enough of the hormones you need to feel good. Existing blood tests can detect adrenal insufficiency once it’s already been burned out, but your body can detect it much sooner.

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Tags: adrenal fatigue

What Do The Bearded Lady and Bruce Willis Have in Common?

Posted by on Mon, Oct 26, 2015

High DHT levels, more than likely. 

Believe it or not, what is believed to cause Male Pattern Baldness is often a cause for hirsutism, or facial hair growth, in women. DHT is a sex steroid and an androgen hormone that is formed from the conversion of testosterone into a more potent form instead of converting into estrogen.  An enzyme, 5α-reductase, synthesizes DHT in the adrenal glands, hair follicles, testes and prostate in men and in the ovaries in women. It is responsible for growth of the prostate in males and the beginning of puberty in females. Excess levels can cause balding (androgenic alopecia) and in women it is likely to cause thinning of the hair on the head and excess hair growth in the pubic region, breast area, or on the face. Excess amounts can also lower libido and cause acne.

The role of hormones

DHEA is the precursor to testosterone and is often high in conjunction with high testosterone or high estrogen, but in some cases neither testosterone nor estrogens are high while DHEA may be elevated. This could indicate that there is an imbalance in the ratio of the two and the body is attempting to correct it.

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Tags: hormone balance

Got Mold? Help for Mold Allergies

Posted by on Wed, Oct 14, 2015

Fall is beautiful with the crisp, fall mornings and the gorgeous colors of the changing leaves. As the leaves change, it is also often the time that those sensitive to mold will experience allergy symptoms.

Symptoms of Mold Allergies

The symptoms of mold allergies are the same as with any type of respiratory allergy: sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes/nose/throat, nasal congestion, cough or post nasal drainage, headache, rash, even asthma. A mold allergy can be year round or flare up in the fall or when the weather is damp or you are in a damp space.

Health conditions that may be mold related in addition to typical allergic rhinitis are irritable bowel, ulcerative colitis, and interstitial colitis. These conditions may improve after treatment for mold allergies, pollen, dust and food sensitivities.

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Tags: allergy testing and treatment, mold allergy

The Best Vitamin for Breast Health

Posted by on Tue, Oct 13, 2015

October is breast health awareness month. As a woman I am keenly aware of breast cancer and not just in the month of October. It’s estimated that 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime.

I believe that it is my responsibility to do everything I possibly can for my breast health. For me, that includes breast thermography which is a non-invasive screening tool used to determine a woman’s risk of future breast cancer.

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Tags: vitamin D, breast cancer, breast health

5 Steps to Better Sleep

Posted by on Mon, Sep 28, 2015

When we sleep, we heal. 

We know that getting enough sleep is important for good health, but many times it is the first thing we let slide when our “to do” list gets too long.   Optimal sleep allows us to be at our best both physically and mentally. Our performance can be affected both mentally and physically with getting just two to three hours less of what is optimal sleep for us per night. Many bodily functions such as brain activity, secretion of hormones and blood pressure rely on our ability to get optimal sleep.

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Tags: sleep issues

NIHA Biological Dentists to Participate in Holistic Oral Health Summit

Posted by on Mon, Sep 21, 2015

NIHA dentists Mark McClure DDS and Lowell Weiner DDS will speak at the Sept. 29- Oct. 5, 2015 Holistic Oral Health Summit, a free online event. 

A summit of 34 health experts will show you the best ways to improve oral health, prevent and reverse disease symptoms, and gain a better understanding of the connection between the health of the mouth and the overall health of the body.


Did you know?

80% of disease symptoms may be caused by problems in the mouth?

Mercury is a powerful toxin

Bacteria in the mouth can contribute to heart disease?

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12 Must See Life Changing Stories from The Raw Food Institute

Posted by on Wed, Sep 16, 2015

Hi, Lisa Wilson here.  Pinch me, this is my life.  

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What is Subtle Energy and How Does it Affect My Body?

Posted by on Mon, Sep 14, 2015

You are already an expert in subtle energy, but you probably do not yet know it.

Have you ever attended a ball game or sporting event and “felt the excitement in the air?”

Most people have felt that feeling of excitement in the air somewhere. Interestingly, no one had to tell you that what you were feeling was “excitement,” because the energy itself sends the message, and you are intuitively programmed to feel it and to know what that it is “excitement in the air.”

Have you ever been in a room, perhaps at a meeting, in which the tension was so thick, that as the very old saying goes, “You could have cut the tension with a knife?” No one had to tell you that this was tension that you were feeling. No one had to explain the difference between how excitement feels and how tension feels. You just knew it, and could feel it in your body.

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Tags: reiki, energy healing, health coach,

Raw Food Weekend Cleansing Retreat in Washington, D.C., Sept. 25-27, 2015

Posted by on Wed, Sep 02, 2015

I'm excited to announce that THE RAW FOOD INSTITUTE is having a 3 DAY CLEANSING RETREAT in Washington, D.C.

This retreat will be September 25-27, 2015, at National Integrated Health Associates, a leading integrative medical and dental center in Washington D.C.  (Yeah!)

This 3 Day Cleansing Retreat is back by popular demand to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area!

I have TWO SPECIALS GUESTS (I promise you will fall in love with them), that will be flying in from California to be there with me.  We're packing it FULL of the best information, fabulous food, and nourishing drinks. Check out the  list of topics we'll cover and information you will learn.

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Tags: the raw food institute, detoxification, raw foods