Integrative Health Blog

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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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

Preventing the Winter Blues: An Integrative Approach to Mental Wellbeing

Posted by on Tue, Nov 08, 2016

As the seasons are changing, a lot of people are getting worried about its effects on their mood. Seasonal Affect Disorder (SAD) is real, as well as dysthymia (essentially, mild depression) and moderate to severe depression.The goal of this blog is to help you get a nutritional jump start on your mental well being!

The Gut-Brain Connection

More and more research is supporting the link between the Gut - Brain - Microbiome as well as the effects of inflammation on mental health. This past weekend, NIHA had one of the leaders in this field, Dr. Marco Ruggiero, speak to medical professionals. Recently I attended the Integrated Medicine for Mental Health Conference and this was a huge focus of the four days. The Gut- Brain - Microbiome is a theory that explains the link between Gut Health and Brain Health and how they both greatly affect each other. 

Did you know the gut produces about 95% of the body’s supply of Serotonin? This research is present in both integrative medicine literature as well as conventional western research. The findings are clear, we must improve our gut health if we are to improve our mental health!

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Harnessing The Emotional Brain: How to Master Your Emotions

Posted by on Tue, Nov 01, 2016

Why Some Emotions Can Make You Sick and Others Can Make You Healthy

Class: Harnessing the Emotional Brain

When: Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016

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

Where: National Integrated Health Associates

Learn how to utilize powerful mind/body tools to be a Master of your Emotions.


Emotions, our internal feelings, arise at the boundary between body and mind.

They are here to be felt (as energy) and to be expressed (as movement). The English word “emotion” comes from the Latin word “e-movere” translating into moving away from something and towards something else.

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Tags: mind-body, emotional wellbeing

Dessert Recipe- Chocolate Bark and Superfoods

Posted by on Mon, Oct 31, 2016

Think again before you toss out your pumpkin seeds!

Dark chocolate bark is a dessert that you can make when you have no time to make dessert; it comes together quickly and looks elegant. It makes a wonderful homemade gift, too!

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Tags: superfoods, recipe