Integrative Health Blog

Mild Winter Leads to Both Early Tick and Allergy Season

Posted by on Tue, Mar 14, 2017

Adult stage deer ticks are the primary vectors for Lyme disease and become active every year after the first frost. They're not killed by freezing temperatures, and while other ticks enter a feeding diapause, or suspended development, as the day-lengths get shorter, deer ticks will be active any winter day that the ground is not snow-covered or frozen. For the winter of 2017, in Washington D.C.  and many other typically snow covered areas, the risk of coming into contact with these nasty disease vectors has been much higher as this February holds the record for the warmest February in D.C. history.

Allergy Symptoms Started in February

Not only is the DC/VA/MD area a hot spot for Lyme transmission, it is also a hot spot for seasonal allergies.

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Tags: allergies, lyme disease

What to Expect From Reflexology

Posted by on Thu, Mar 09, 2017

In a word, expect to feel relaxed. There is significant evidence that reflexology promotes relaxation, and when we are relaxed, we can better cope with the daily stresses of life.

Reflexology is an intense massage to your hands or feet that stimulates your internal organs or other area of the body. It is thought that various reflex points on the hands and feet correspond to organs in the body, or other body parts.  This technique allows the practitioner to determine which areas may have sensitivities or blockages. Reflexology targets those areas to help release toxins, which results in reduced stress and tension. Reflexology is one of the most commonly used alternative therapies in the United Kingdom, and can be used as adjunctive therapy or on its own.

How does reflexology work?

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Tags: detoxification, reflexology

Which Room in Your Home Has the Biggest Cancer-Fighting Potential?

Posted by on Mon, Feb 13, 2017

Is it your bedroom, where you can get restful sleep regularly? 

Maybe. The International Agency for Research on Cancer had classified shift-work “that involves circadian disruption" (disruption of the 24 hour biological clock) as probably cancer causing to humans (Straif, 2007), but a large study published in 2016 did not find a statistically significant relationship between shift work and cancer (Travis, 2016). So avoid shift work if you can, perhaps the jury is still out on this one.

Is it your garden?

Although not a room in your home, you can garden organically and avoid pesticide exposure, or use lawn maintenance services that avoid chemical pesticides. Why? Certain pesticides are known to increase breast cancer (triazine pesticides), lung cancer (carbamate and phenoxyherbicides) and brain and blood cancers in children (indoor insecticides) (Sanborn, 2004).

Is it your bathroom, where you use multiple personal products made with dozens of chemicals, every day?

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Tags: cancer, cancer prevention

NIHA Dentists are Pioneers in Mercury Free Dentistry

Posted by on Tue, Feb 07, 2017

National Integrated Health Associates has been a mercury-free dental practice in the Washington, D.C. area for over twenty years. Our dentists recognized early the potential conflict with placing one of the most toxic substances on earth (mercury) into the mouths of humans. Mercury free means we do not use mercury for fillings or for replacement of old fillings, but do use non-toxic and BPA free dental materials and treatments that are safe and effective, and compatible with the body.

Now, the public is taking notice of the dangers of mercury amalgams (mercury fillings) as a health issue and an environmental pollutant. Mercury is a neurotoxin and silver fillings can contain about 50% mercury. Mercury can be released into the body by common actions such as and tooth brushing, chewing, drinking hot liquids, and unsafe mercury removal.

Did you know?

  • That within our dental team, Dr. Weiner has practiced mercury free dentistry since 1974, Dr. McClure since 1979, and Dr. Janbakhsh and Dr. White since 1995?
  • When mercury fillings are present, every time you eat, chew, drink hot liquids or grind teeth, mercury vapors may be released in your mouth and toxic elemental mercury is absorbed into the linings of the lungs, bowel, lymph and blood vessels. From there, the mercury migrates to the rest of the body, and mercury toxicity may relate to chronic disease and/or degenerative disease such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, brain degeneration (Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, dementia), chronic infections (Lyme, parasites, mold/Candida), reproductive issues, and thyroid disorders.
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Tags: mercury free dentist, mercury amalgams, mercury removal

My Wake Up Call

Posted by on Mon, Jan 30, 2017

Just hearing the word “heart” conjures up different meanings for different people- some think of romantic love, others think of having a generous heart, and some are reminded that a healthy heart prevents disease.

A heart attack is the furthest thing from most of our minds. They usually happen to Type A personalities, the go-getters, the workaholics or the middle aged, overweight person who doesn't eat healthy foods, doesn't exercise and maybe even smokes. It remains however, the dreaded event for all of us and sadly, some people don’t survive.

I did. I had a heart attack three months ago.

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Tags: heart disease, stress, womens health

Blessing the New Year

Posted by on Thu, Jan 26, 2017

As we launch into 2017, we have quite a year ahead, both spiritually speaking, and politically speaking.  Those of us who live in America seem to feel very divided over our current political shift.  The world is watching, with perhaps a similar divide.  As souls living on this earth plane at this time, we must ask:  what is our responsibility at this time in the life of humanity as a whole?

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Tags: emotional wellbeing, spiritual health

Unresolved Chronic Pain or Health Issues: What Are You Missing?

Posted by on Wed, Jan 25, 2017

Every one of us is probably experiencing some type of pain or medical condition in our lives, and some are more difficult to treat than others.  Some resolve quickly, like a cold or sore muscles after a good work out at the gym. Other issues may continue to fester for years, or even decades, with no resolution in sight.

In the search for answers to unresolved pain or health issues, we may go from doctor to doctor searching for a solution, or we may decide it is something we can handle on our own.  Some of us never start the search for a solution because we make excuses (age, work, time, stress, money) and don’t make the time to take care of ourselves. At any rate, we will never get resolution to pain or health issues by looking for just one answer, unless we happen to be very lucky.  With over 17 years of practicing chiropractic care, I have observed that three main factors influence unresolved pain and chronic health issues. Each area needs to be explored so that the root cause(s) can be addressed and you can begin to heal.

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Tags: chronic pain, chiropractic

An Integrative Concept and Approach to Cancer

Posted by on Mon, Jan 09, 2017

Here at National integrated Health Associates (NIHA) we have a dynamic team of doctors and health practitioners involved in our Integrative Cancer Program. We integrate modern medical science with living wisdom from generations around the world to provide specialized care from cancer prevention to all stages of cancer treatment.

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Tags: cancer, integrative cancer treatment

Top Integrative Health Blogs of 2016

Posted by on Wed, Jan 04, 2017

An important part of our mission at National Integrated Health Associates (NIHA) is to educate the public about an integrative approach to medicine and dentistry. Integrative health focuses on the whole person, using therapeutic approaches and therapies to achieve optimal health and healing.

NIHA'S Integrative Health blog delivers quality health advice and content on interesting and timely medical issues, dental issues that may affect the whole body, nutrition, detoxification, and the underlying causes of imbalance in the body. Oh, and we have wonderful, healthy recipes too.

Here are the top articles from NIHA'S Integrative Health Blog:

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Tags: integrative health

Sugar: Hidden Ingredient and Healthy Alternatives

Posted by on Wed, Dec 28, 2016

Most of us know that eating too much sugar is bad for us. Sugar promotes acidity in the body which provides a breeding ground for illness and disease. Rising rates of sugar consumption over decades has contributed to increasing rates of candida, obesity, insulin resistance and diabetes, adrenal fatigue, metabolic imbalances, liver toxicity, cancer, vitamin and mineral deficiencies and a range of health conditions.

When your body craves sugar, it usually signals a high level of candida, which provides an internal acidic, environment in which bacteria and fungus, and ultimately disease, grows. Unfortunately, most people don’t know how to combat sugar cravings and don’t realize that many of the processed foods they consume every day disguise sugar on labels with names such as high fructose corn syrup, sucrose, maltose and dextrose. When you constantly feed your body sugar, which is acid-forming, your taste buds can become addicted to the taste and crave more sugar! On the other hand, as you feed your body alkaline-forming foods and beverages, your taste buds will crave less sugar and you will feel better.

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Tags: insulin resistance, diabetes, sugar