Integrative Health Blog

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

The Power of Story: What Story Are You Telling?

Posted by on Tue, Dec 20, 2016

In this season of celebration in religious traditions, we hear ancient and sacred stories, each of which shares powerful lessons.  As we hear these powerful stories, I invite us to reflect on the messages we are weaving through the stories of our lives. 

Diwali, the Festival of Lights, along with Hanukkah, and Christmas, all celebrate stories in which light overcame darkness in some way.   These ancient celebrations lift us up through the power of sacred story.  I invite you to see your life as telling a story, which can also lift people up through the power of the sacred and archetypal patterns of your life.

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Tags: emotional wellbeing

What Supplements Should I Take While Traveling?

Posted by on Mon, Dec 19, 2016

That is a great question!

In my experience, the last thing people want to do is lug a big bag of supplements on holiday or vacation. (See my previous post, Am I Taking Too Many Supplements?) And there is some evidence that we respond better to supplements if we pulse them, in other words, take supplements, then stop for a while, then resume taking them. If this is true then why not take a personal holiday combined with a supplement holiday?

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Tags: digestive health, supplements, wellness coach

What to Look For in a Wellness Coach

Posted by on Tue, Dec 13, 2016

If we search the internet and look for a wellness coach, there are a plethora of advertisements for wellness coaches, life coaches and health coaches. To some extent the terms are used interchangeably- but there are indeed differences.

Health coaches work with what the name implies: health and fitness.

Life coaches work mainly with career, finances and relationships, but in some instances are wellness coaches that have “rebranded” themselves.

Wellness coaches  are trained to work with clients on any aspect of their lives that they want to address. While life coaches and health coaches will generally tell you what to do, wellness coaches try to help you find what is inside you to help you reach your goals.

So it sounds a bit confusing, and indeed it is. The truth is that there is very little regulation in the field of coaching, and anyone can call himself a coach. So, where to begin?

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Tags: wellness coach

Ceramic Dental Implants to Replace Missing Teeth are Critical for Aesthetics and Health

Posted by on Mon, Dec 05, 2016

Dental Implants:  An Important Development

Teeth are critical for overall health, not just for aesthetics.   Teeth structure and alignment affect the nervous system, digestive system, immune system, structural alignment and so much more.

Teeth can be lost due to infection, decay, accident, orthodontics, a disrupted bite or even for aesthetic reasons.

Missing teeth that are not replaced can  negatively affect the overall bite, which in turn can affect structural alignment of the jaw and even our sleep.  Without replacing the missing tooth the neighboring teeth will move into that space, altering the way your teeth come together. That altered bite can change jaw alignment, blood flow to the brain as well as alter the nervous system function of the head and neck. Most of these missing teeth should be replaced to restore the bite for long term health and body  alignment.

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Tags: ceramic dental implant, holistic dentistry, biological dentist

Gift Certificates for the Gift of Health

Posted by on Sat, Dec 03, 2016

Give a gift that shows you care!

National Integrated Health Associates is offering gift certificates for the holiday season.

This is a great opportunity to introduce a friend or loved one to an  integrative medical approach to health issues or disease management, or get a comprehensive holistic dental examination. Or maybe it is time for you to focus on your own health and work with a wellness coach, try the infrared sauna, or schedule an acupuncture or chiropractic appointment.

And, the more you spend, the more you save toward your visit.  Read More

Presence and The Art of Making Contact with Others

Posted by on Tue, Nov 29, 2016

How to Make Friends and Keep Them

Safe interpersonal connection and social interaction is the essence of any therapeutic and medical communication. More importantly, it is also the essence of all human interaction! Your business deals, your marriage, your social life, the connection with your kids, even your ability to play sports are based on a very complex set of brain-body interactions. They are hardwired into us and – from the background - govern every aspect of our social behavior.

This month my class will focus our conversation on social engagement and “how to make friends and keep them”. You will learn why having great interpersonal rapport is good for you and your overall health.

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Tags: emotional wellbeing

Serving Up Gratitude This Thanksgiving

Posted by on Wed, Nov 23, 2016

Culturally, we celebrate Thanksgiving a variety of ways, but the common themes remain the same:  larger than usual family gatherings, our favorite foods, celebrating home and harvest, relaxing with favorite sports or shopping or other ways to de-stress, and remembering that in America, we generally have a lot to be thankful for. 

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Tags: emotional wellbeing, subtle energy

What is a Wellness Coach?

Posted by on Tue, Nov 22, 2016

First off, let me say that wellness coach and health coach are not necessarily interchangeable. One can be well and in less than optimal health and one can be healthy and yet unwell. Health can certainly be part of wellness but there can also be many other areas that may need attention to be truly “well”.

Wellness is a relative term where a person maximizes their potential in all aspects of their lives. This maximization comes from self assessment and self awareness of areas that are opportunities for learning and growth. Often times we pursue a particular goal with abandon and tend to neglect other aspects of our lives in the process. Wellness coaching can help maintain a more balanced approach.

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Tags: wellness coach

Same Day Dental Crowns are an Excellent Option

Posted by on Mon, Nov 14, 2016

Over a year ago, the Biological Dental Group at NIHA embarked on new dimension in dental services: the same day dental crown/onlay.

The technology and advantages to our patients and the quality control has been nothing short of fantastic. For the first time, dentists can have total control over the quality of the lab work for the restoration process. That means precision in the design of the crown to the under 10 micron level. This level of precison has not been achievable in the past by dental lab transfer or the old way of making crowns and onlays. More importantly, the whole process is done on site while the patient waits, and the result is a durable, high quality and attractive ceramic crown.

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Tags: mercury free dentist, biological dentistry, holistic dentistry, ceramic crown