Integrative Health Blog

How the Environment Can Impact Your Health: What’s in Your Water?

Posted by on Tue, Feb 09, 2016

By now, you’ve probably heard more than you ever thought you would about the drinking water in Flint, Michigan. Politics aside, it’s a pretty heinous situation when the water you drink, cook with, wash in and are billed for regularly, contains unacceptable levels of lead1 and trihalomethanes2, and raises questions about being the source of an outbreak of Legionnaires disease3.

Kind of makes you wonder . . . what’s in my water?

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Tags: healthy water, detoxification, toxins

7 Tips for a Happy Marriage or Partnership

Posted by on Tue, Feb 02, 2016

Whether you are an engaged couple, married couple, or partners who have been committed to one another for a long time, there is often more that you can do to enhance your relationship.

Would you like your marriage to become just as perfect as your wedding, or even better? So many couples seem to be a “perfect match,” but what does that really mean? How can you make and keep the very best possible relationship, built to last a lifetime?

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Tags: energy healing, life coaching

Snowzilla Hits the D.C. Area, Thousands of Low Back Casualties Not Reported

Posted by on Wed, Jan 27, 2016

After a big storm everybody has to go out into the cold and do hard labor. Shovel full after shovel full of snow being thrown onto a big pile so we can get to our cars, get the kids to school or even just open the front door. Unfortunately, shoveling snow is not a normal movement for us and can result in injuries we should not ignore, but many of us do. As soon as the pain hits, we start to get those loving reminders from our spouses to go have it looked at, but most of the time it falls on deaf ears. Some ibuprofen, Tylenol, heat and rest is what most people do. Then a week later you may be feeling OK. If it doesn’t go away most people continue to tolerate it until it resolves on its own or turns into something worse, and that can be a mistake.

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Tags: back pain, chiropractic

What Doctors Can't Control

Posted by on Mon, Jan 25, 2016

As a board certified internist, I’m gravely concerned about antibiotic resistance and the role that agriculture plays in this growing problem. The word is out in the medical community: Physicians increasingly recognize infections that can’t be treated with antibiotics and reserve them for when a body can’t clear an illness on its own. What is out of our control, however, is the inappropriate use of human antibiotics in livestock.

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Tags: antibiotics resistance

Holistic Dentistry Interview from Holistic Oral Health Summit

Posted by on Mon, Jan 11, 2016

I was recently honored to have been selected to be interviewed by the Holistic Oral Health Summit 2015. The interviews were taken from leading edge medical, dental and other health practitioners. The theme we addressed was why patients may have difficulty getting the treatment they need and how dental issues and oral health may relate to sleep issues and overall health. Even with the best of intentions some dental patients are still getting piece meal treatment instead of integrated treatment.

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Tags: holistic dentistry

Why We Use the Microscope in Holistic Dentistry

Posted by on Wed, Jan 06, 2016

What's in your Mouth?

There are over 500 species of microorganisms in your mouth!
Most of them are harmless, but some can cause gum disease and tooth decay, and also increase your potential for systemic infections by entering your bloodstream.

At Holistic Family Dentistry we use a microscope because it is a simple, inexpensive, non-invasive, but extremely effective tool to evaluate the health of your mouth and to educate you in good preventive techniques.

This video gives a good illustration of what may be seen in the mouth:

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Tags: biological dentistry

How to Obliterate the Effects of the Top Holiday Indulgences

Posted by on Tue, Jan 05, 2016

Although we may eat and drink our way through the days between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, almost to a person, we wake up on January 1st with every intention of doing things differently for throughout the coming year.

But what about just trying to clear the cobwebs, wash out the alcohol, get past the effects of all the salted and carmelized nuts, cheese plates, cookies and eggnog, and get moving after more than a few missed work-outs? You know, a jump-start to get to the lifestyle changes you plan to make for the year.

Here is a plan to obliterate the lingering effects of the Top Five Holiday Indulgences.

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Tags: holistic health

Stop the Flu Dead In Its Tracks

Posted by on Tue, Dec 29, 2015

The flu season is upon us.

To guard you and your family it is important to understand the dynamics behind the flu virus and ultimately, catching the flu.

Most important to understand is that the medical industry wants everyone to get the flu vaccine which guards against last year's flu. But flu season is unpredictable, and not only are flu vaccines formulated using last year's virus but all the added products (adjuvants) make viruses in general an immune system challenge. A positive from getting the flu shot is a placebo effect by feeling you are more protected.

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Tags: flu

Holistic Nutrition: Holiday Brittle Recipe

Posted by on Mon, Dec 21, 2015

I love to bake during the holidays and am always looking for that perfect combination of healthy and delicous treats. This recipe from Rebecca Katz's  The Healthy MInd Cookbook is one of my favorites, and I thought I would share it with you.

This recipe has everything that is important to me and what I look for in a healthy snack. It is made from whole, nutrient dense foods, not processed food, and has a nutty, sweet delicious taste. It's a great treat to take to a holiday party or enjoy at home.

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Tags: holistic nutrition, recipe

The Integrative Cancer Program at NIHA

Posted by on Wed, Dec 16, 2015

According to National Cancer Institute:

1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will develop cancer in their lifetime.

It is not surprising that cancer rates are rising to over 40% of the population given:

  1. The exploding levels of environmental toxicity
  2. Steadily increasing stresses
  3. Unhealthy life styles
  4. Critically deficient or imbalanced nutrients in our foods
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Tags: cancer, cancer prevention, integrative cancer treatment