Integrative Health Blog

Holistic Dentistry and Heart Disease

Posted by on Fri, Feb 23, 2018

Heart disease is the #1 killer in the United States. Cardiovascular disease, or CVD, accounts for one in three deaths in the United States. It is a multi-factorial disease and there are many risk factors which contribute to heart disease including obesity, high blood pressure, smoking, lack of exercise, genetics, periodontal disease and other dental issues.

Biological dentists are conventionally trained and holistically oriented – and the dentists at NIHA assess the mouth in such a way that considers the condition of the mouth as it relates to the overall health of the body and disease prevention, such as diabetes and heart disease. Early signs of gum inflammation may be risk factor for these diseases. 

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Tags: heart disease, holistic dentistry

What to Consider Before Taking New Prescriptions

Posted by on Wed, Feb 14, 2018

In my over 30 years of practice as a holistic doctor, I have seen both types of patients. Those who arrive to my office with bags full of prescribed medications, and those who arrive with a suitcase full of “natural supplements.” (I’ve even seen fellow doctors do this.) What is wrong with this picture?

Sometimes well intentioned doctors prescribe their patients a medication without reviewing what she or he has already been prescribed by another doctor, or sometimes patients neglect to mention a medication or supplement. When that happens, the new prescribed medication may dangerously interact with another the patient has already taken. Hospitalizations due to untoward effects of correctly prescribed medications range from 1.5 to 2.7 million cases per year. The death rate from the consumption of prescribed medications in the USA is estimated to be five times that of the rate for opioid abuse.

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Tags: functional medicine, prescription drugs

How Does HCG Work for Weight Loss?

Posted by on Tue, Feb 06, 2018

The HCG Weight loss program is a natural, sustainable and most importantly, an effective option istock_weightloss.jpgthat has revolutionized the way to lose weight.

How Does HCG for Weight Loss Work?
HCG stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, a hormone that occurs naturally in the body. HCG is often referred to as the "pregnancy" hormone, as it is secreted in very large quantities during pregnancy to help support the growth of a fetus. It has been approved and safely used for many years in high dose amounts when treating fertility issues.

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Tags: weight loss

The Epigenetic Language of Food

Posted by on Wed, Jan 31, 2018

When you eat a vegetable or animal, your body is listening to the epigenetic messages of its life, which are shaped by where it was raised and how it lived. Your body uses this information for its own health. This is one of the many reasons why the food you eat is so important. Every living organism contains epigenetic messages.

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Feeling Heavy After the Holidays? How Colon Hydrotherapy Can Help

Posted by on Wed, Jan 10, 2018

Many of my clients are surprised to learn that within the human body, there exists a series of organs that when stretched out, measure longer than a car!

Indeed, 30 feet of gastrointestinal (GI) tract runs through every adult. Every time you eat food, it goes through the tract, starting at the esophagus and then moving through the stomach, intestines, and colon, before it exits the body. The tract serves as the processor for all that you eat and drink-both the good AND the bad.

When we partake in some well-deserved overindulgence, toxins from bad food, beverages, and other consumables may accumulate in our digestive system and cause all sorts of discomfort. Digestive issues are common in this day and age and almost everybody is liable to feel them at one point or another. That’s where colon hydrotherapy can help!

Why Colon Hydrotherapy  (video!)

 

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Tags: detoxification, colon hydrotherapy

Mindfulness, Meditation and Cancer

Posted by on Tue, Dec 05, 2017

Join us for the webinar:

Mindfulness, Meditation and Cancer

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017

Time: 8:00-9:00 pm 

Presenter: Dr. Gant

 

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Mindfulness-based therapies have been shown clinically to improve immunity and outcomes for various conditions such as cancer. At the very least, extricating the mind from a preoccupation with the past and future can provide significant benefits for sleep, mood and autonomic arousal. Fear and anxiety impairs the immune system's response to infections and cancer, and mindfulness can help to ground the mind in the present. 

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Tags: cancer

Chronic Fatigue and Mitochondria Function

Posted by on Tue, Oct 24, 2017

Fatigue is one of the most common reasons for a doctor visit, and is often a way for the body to cry out for help. Fatigue can be the overriding symptom in many medical conditions including stress, autoimmune diseases, insomnia, sleep apnea, allergies, hormonal imbalance and cancer. Fatigue can manifest from one or multiple medical conditions and multiple medical issues can compound the problem.

Of course, fatigue is a normal response after a strenuous workout, or a long day working without breaks, or going too long without eating. However, if you feel fatigue or drained by the end of a work day every single day, without energy to enjoy life, it is time to listen to your body. It may be trying to tell you something.

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Tags: fatigue, functional medicine, chronic fatigue/fibromyalgia

18 Pumpkin Recipes for Fall's Superfood

Posted by on Sat, Oct 07, 2017

Oh pumpkins! Aren’t they a beautiful thing?

After making my dairy free gluten free pumpkin pie last week, I thought, why stop there? I can make vegan pumpkin mac n’ cheese, pumpkin granola, pumpkin protein balls, pumpkin pie, baked oatmeal and smoothies! So I did and I’m obsessed.

We are in peak pumpkin season and you can find them at their cheapest and most nutritious right now. The variety of these recipes will surprise you, but what better way to work this superfood into your diet? 

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Tags: holistic nutrition, recipe

IV Therapy Can Help With Energy and Immunity

Posted by on Tue, Oct 03, 2017

Many people remember the days when intravenous (IV) therapies were used only for medications and around surgery. Now, IV's are tailored to the individual needs of the patient, and we can give IV fluids and nutrients for everything from hangover recovery (yes, really) to cancer support.

IV therapy delivers nutrients directly to the bloodstream where they can be absorbed quickly and effectively. Myers cocktail is probably the best known nutritional IV and can be used in many situations such as fatigue, illness prevention after exposure to germs, recovery from surgery, hangovers, immune support, upper respiratory infection, and more.

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Tags: immune system, IV therapy

Dairy Free and Grain Free Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Posted by on Mon, Sep 25, 2017

What would Autumn be without something pumpkin? Whether it is spiced pumpkin lattes or pumpkin pie, the taste and smell of pumpkin is the perfect companion to cool fall weather.

Let's welcome the start of Autumn and there is no better way to celebrate than with pumpkin pie!  Ok, just kidding- but it gets better with a healthy version of pumpkin pie that is dairy free AND grain free.

This recipe is a great alternative to the white sugar, corn syrup-filled store bought pumpkin pies, yet it is made from real foods and keeps the wonderful traditional flavor.

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Tags: recipe