Integrative Health Blog

Symptoms of a Leaky Gut

Posted by on Tue, Oct 25, 2016

Leaky gut is an often overlooked condition, especially if you have been diagnosed with another disease. This is unfortunate because it may be a root cause of many other health problems.

Some 2,500 years ago, the father of modern medicine, Hippocrates, said,  “All disease begins in the gut," and now modern medical research has proven he was largely correct. 

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Tags: gut, candida/yeast, digestive health, leaky gut

Understanding the Human Microbiome: Mini Ecosystems in the Body

Posted by on Tue, Oct 18, 2016

So many –“omes” to understand . . .  human genomics, metabolomics, toxigenomics . . . what does the suffix  “–omics” actually mean?

One free online dictionary1 says that –omics is “the large scale study of biological entities”.  So genomics, in the most simplistic terms, is the study of all of the genes of an organism; metabolomics is the study of the small molecules that are substrates (biochemical ingredients), products, or intermediates of metabolic reactions in an organism.

What is the microbiome in the body?

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Tags: digestive health, microbiome

Lymphatic Brushing for Breast Health

Posted by on Thu, Oct 13, 2016

October is Breast HEALTH Awareness month!

Many women are aware and being bombarded with the "Pinkness" of October.

Breast Cancer this, Breast Cancer that... How about we look at it from a different perspective?

Instead of focusing on Breast Cancer, how about we focus on Breast HEALTH?

Let's talk prevention.

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Tags: breast health, breast thermography

Why You've Got to Try DIY

Posted by on Sat, Oct 08, 2016

If you’ve ever walked through a beauty, perfume or lotion store, you may have felt a sudden wave of nausea or a throbbing headache as you inhaled and your entire system is assaulted by an overwhelming concentration of chemicals.

The synthetic fragrance and other chemicals in beauty products are often incredibly toxic, so much so that many of them are banned throughout Europe and other western countries.

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Ask the Wellness Coach: How Do I Reduce the Stress in My Life?

Posted by on Thu, Oct 06, 2016

This is a popular question and can be approached from many directions.  I believe the approach must be developed by you and your practitioner as a collaborative effort. Too often, treatment  is based on a pathological  or psychological diagnosis. While stress can come from many areas, my style of wellness coaching does not look at the cause of the stress as much as it does the imbalance left in the wake of a stressful event.

I believe that stress is unavoidable.  You are exposed daily to Eustress (positive stress that makes us want to continue doing something) and Distress (things that cause us pain or suffering and make us want to stop doing things). Both have marked and measurable physiological and psychological effects.

Eustress is in short supply in most people’s lives.

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Tags: stress, wellness coach, emotional wellbeing

Health Benefits of Green Juicing

Posted by on Mon, Oct 03, 2016

Most of us do not eat enough vegetables each day. One of the best ways to consume more vegetables is to drink them!

Freshly made raw, green juice is full of vitamins, minerals and enzymes which can be readily absorbed by your body because they do not need to be broken down and processed by your digestive system.

Drinking raw, green juice first thing in the morning can give you and your family a natural energy boost without resorting to stimulants like coffee. Since raw, green juice is already in an easily digestible form, it can help revitalize your energy levels quickly. Other health benefits include reducing belly bloat, strengthening your immune system to prevent colds, flu or disease, and flushing your body of built-up toxins.

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Ask the Wellness Coach: How Do I Live a More Balanced Life?

Posted by on Tue, Sep 27, 2016

This is a loaded question as balance is in the eye of the beholder. The approach to health and wellness coaching that I practice and indeed advocate is predicated on each individual finding a balance that works for them.

Oftentimes that balance is achieved through the development of an area in our lives that has been diminished or neglected due to:

  1. Pursuit of development in other areas of life (e.g., career, family, finances, relationships) with such vigor and dedication that we tend to lose sight of other things that need our attention.
  2. Events beyond our ability to cope. Life gives us experiences that are beyond our experience (e.g., death of a loved one, illness, divorce, job loss) and in our scrambling to adapt these changes, we neglect ourselves and our own needs. If our needs are not met then we feel out of balance.
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Tags: wellness coach, emotional wellbeing

Yoga and Essential Oils

Posted by on Sat, Sep 24, 2016

Many people love yoga and find the benefits to their health – both mental and physical – are tremendous.  How in the world a few simple poses and some deep breaths can bring up and release so much buried emotional baggage for me continues to baffle me.  There is no doubt that my mind is much more centered, as is my emotional state, when I have a regular or daily practice. 

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Tags: essential oils

Fall Allergy Treatment for Ragweed and Mold

Posted by on Wed, Sep 21, 2016

Ragweed, and the Ragweed Family

Fall allergies appear in August as people start sneezing from ragweed and other weeds. A ragweed allergy is also known as hay fever. The drier the weather, the worse the pollen count. Ragweed allergies usually peak in September as one plant can produce one billion grains of pollen!  So, just when you want to enjoy an outdoor hike or plant some mums, ragweed allergy symptoms can make you miserable. The symptoms of allergies include sneezing, itchy eyes/nose/throat, nasal congestion, post nasal drainage, headache, rash, even fatigue or lack of energy.

Some people with a ragweed allergy can also experience problems with certain foods or teas such as echinacea or chamomile.

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Tags: mold, allergies, ragweed

The Language of the Body as a Path to Healing

Posted by on Tue, Sep 20, 2016

Listening to the Language of the Body as a Path to Healing

Class/Workshop: “The Body as a Laboratory of the Soul”   

When: Oct. 4, 2016

Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Where: National Integrated Health Associates

Presenter: Kuno Bachbauer LMFT

Please join me to explore the power of the Mind-Body Connection in this hands-on, fun and engaging workshop and lecture. 

"Recent rapid advances in the brain sciences and dramatically expanded understanding of the physiology of our emotions have led to a renewed interest in the various modalities of energy work and body-psychotherapy."  - "The Psychotherapy Networker" July 2004 issue

How understanding the "mind-body connection" has changed my life

I am a body psychotherapist. Throughout my career, I have been fascinated by the connection between body, emotions, mind and soul. Everything I do as a holistic practitioner is guided by this perspective. It is just so very powerful! The understanding of how body and mind are intertwined allows a client to take full charge of their own health, and it gives a skilled practitioner an incredibly powerful access to a client's essence.

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Tags: mental health, mind-body, emotional wellbeing