Integrative Health Blog

How to Find Out About Your Genetic Risks

Posted by on Mon, Aug 14, 2017

A human being’s genetic blueprint is housed in our 23 chromosomes which is where the name of the genetic test “23andMe” gets its name.

Each of our 23 chromosomes has an average of about 1000 genes, and each gene has an average of about 100 quirky substitutions, which are sometimes referred to as mutations or polymorphisms. These millions of quirky substitutions partly explains why we are all so delightfully unique in the way we look, think, act and feel about life’s challenges. Most of these mutations or polymorphisms are not considered to be detrimental, but a handful could be important under certain circumstances and cause serious diseases and other health problems, which is why it is important to know about them.

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Tags: functional medicine, genetics, precision medicine

Depression and the Joy of Life: a Functional Medicine Approach

Posted by on Mon, Aug 07, 2017

In functional medicine, depression is not viewed as an isolated, unfortunate situation that can be fixed quickly with a pill and some talk. Functional medicine recognizes that in the human body, every cell affects other cells. As a physician, I want to know what is happening at the cellular level, and what made this young, brilliant adolescent or lovely person with so much potential little by little lose the zest, the joy of life.

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Opioid and Painkiller Abuse: Replace What is Needed in the Brain

Posted by on Wed, Aug 02, 2017

“Men occasionally stumble over the truth but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened.”

Winston Churchill.

It’s all over the news. Deaths due to opioids and painkillers are rising dramatically and are now exceeding the mortality rates of auto accidents and gunshot wounds combined. The new healthcare budget may pump 45 billion dollars into opioid abuse treatment, intended to treat opioid abuse with the latest, more expensive, and perhaps equally addictive  prescribed opioids. This is tantamount to trying to extinguish a kerosene fire with gasoline. Morbidity and mortality rates will continue to worsen for opioid addiction, because certain basic, scientific truths about restoring the brain’s natural opioids are being ignored in society and even in mainstream healthcare.

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Tags: addiction, brain health, opioids

NIHA Welcomes Margarita Kullick, MD, Functional Medicine and Anti-Aging Physician

Posted by on Thu, Jul 27, 2017

National Integrated Health Associates (NIHA) is pleased to welcome Margarita Kullick, MD.

Margarita Kullick, MD, is a physician with over thirty-five years experience in Internal Medicine and Nephrology. She is trained in functional and holistic medicine and has been practicing anti-aging medicine for the past 20 years. She received her medical degree from Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Mexico, and completed her Internal Medicine residency postgraduate studies at Georgetown University Program and Nephrology Fellowship at National Institutes of Health. Dr. Kullick is a member of The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.

Searching for the Root Cause of Illness

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Tags: functional medicine, holistic approach, anti-aging

Webinar: Upgrade Your Health with Integrative Spa Therapies

Posted by on Sat, Jul 22, 2017

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Date: Thursday, July 27, 2017

Time: 7:30-8:30 pm

Presenters: Julianne O'Dwyer and Darryl Yeagley, MA, Health Coaches

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Tags: detoxification

Medically Supervised HCG Weight Loss Program

Posted by on Mon, Jun 26, 2017

GOOD NEWS!

We are now offering the choice of HCG rapid dissolve tablets (RDT) for those who do not want to use the injectable form of HCG for weight loss.

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

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Tags: weight loss

Upgrade Your Health with Integrative Home Strategies

Posted by on Mon, Jun 19, 2017

We live in a toxic world.

Through hundreds of thousands of years, our bodies have developed systems to handle these toxins. These systems have relied on the ability to eat foods that helped us eliminate toxins, drink water that helped to flush them out, and as hunter gatherers move away from these toxins when all else had failed. In our modern world, we are faced with keeping our bodies clean and functional without the advantages of nutrient dense foods, healthy mineral rich water, and it is impractical to be able to relocate at will. These changes may increase the burden on the body to stay clean, functional and avoid disease. Finding ways to adapt are more important than ever before if we are to maintain our health.

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Tags: detoxification

Creating a Healthy Microbiome in the Gut

Posted by on Tue, Jun 06, 2017

When considering what is healthy for our overall digestion, it is important to understand that the gut microbiome is a complex ecosystem.   The inherent diversity of an optimal gut flora is a key component of a healthy digestive tract.  The human body is made up of more bacterial cells than human.  It is critical that these bacteria consist of beneficial flora that can aid and support our health.  In nature, the vitality of the soil is an important factor in both the composition of plants that will grow as well as the strength of those plants.   Similarly, we need to plant the proper seeds or probiotics in our gut and water this diverse soil with a healthy diet.

What determines the health of the "soil" in our gut microbiome?

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Tags: gut, digestive health, microbiome

Simple Steps to Detoxify for Spring

Posted by on Tue, May 16, 2017

Our society is increasingly exposed to toxins that are a significant contributor to the rise in chronic illness and disease. Unfortunately, the rate of toxicity in our society is much higher than it was when our parents were growing up. This means that we need to be more vigilant and diligent in terms of detoxifying our bodies and leading a healthy lifestyle.

Toxins in our environment include:

  • foods grown with pesticides
  • poor quality water
  • exhaust fumes from autos & airplanes
  • electromagnetic radiation from phones, computers & wireless devices
  • commercial household cleansers
  • mold and chemicals in our homes
  • personal care products (cosmetics, shampoo, deodorant) that contain harmful ingredients such as aluminum
  • mercury amalgam fillings

How do you know if you need to cleanse or detoxify your body?

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Tags: detoxification, health coach

Are You Eating the Right Type of Protein?

Posted by on Mon, May 08, 2017

For the first time in the United States, life expectancy is decreasing. (See recent article, A New Health Statistic to Worry About).  Many illnesses and diseases are on the rise despite more available health information to prevent, diagnose and treat these diseases.

There are many reasons for these ominous trends but at the top of the list of factors is the quality of our nutrition. So many foods contain unhealthy additives or are void of important nutrients.   Obesity and closely associated diabetes are becoming more common and are examples of what can happen due to deficient nutrition or the consumption of unhealthy, poor quality foods.

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Tags: holistic nutrition, blood sugar, protein