Integrative Health Blog

A Nation With Constipation?

Posted by on Wed, Feb 17, 2016

What does opioid-induced constipation (OIC) have to do with the Super Bowl?

Not much, I would have imagined, but thinking broadly, after the 112 million people who tuned in1 finished laughing, maybe a few hundred thousand viewers might connect the dots.

That’s because, in 2014, an estimated two million people in the United States suffered from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain medicines2. And nearly half of those on long-term opioids experience OIC3.

At a recent continuing medical education event, I was surprised to find an entire 90 minute session (plus a non-credit mini-session provided by a pharmaceutical company) devoted to opioid-induced constipation.

Apparently, as a nation, we are such avid users of prescription drugs like oxycodone, hydrocodone and codeine, that we must now be concerned about people blowing out their colons because of severe OIC3. This goes far beyond stool softeners and every-so-often laxative use. Bowel perforation is certainly no laughing matter.

But the topic made me think of the common complaint of garden-variety constipation, and so I polled my colleagues at NIHA for their favorite approaches to constipation. 

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Tags: holistic health, constipation

How to Obliterate the Effects of the Top Holiday Indulgences

Posted by on Tue, Jan 05, 2016

Although we may eat and drink our way through the days between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, almost to a person, we wake up on January 1st with every intention of doing things differently for throughout the coming year.

But what about just trying to clear the cobwebs, wash out the alcohol, get past the effects of all the salted and carmelized nuts, cheese plates, cookies and eggnog, and get moving after more than a few missed work-outs? You know, a jump-start to get to the lifestyle changes you plan to make for the year.

Here is a plan to obliterate the lingering effects of the Top Five Holiday Indulgences.

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Tags: holistic health

Herbal Teas for Respiratory Health

Posted by on Wed, Jan 22, 2014

Krista Merwede LMT

     It seems to be an especially brutal flu season this year.  Deep, bronchial coughs echo through the aisles of the grocery store, Snuffaluffagus is answering the phone at the bank and sneezes flutter over cubicle walls with hot zone wings.  If you or one of your beloveds is suffering from respiratory congestion it is a good time to start thinking of a steaming mug of medicinal tea, ideally full of honey and steeped with love.  While there are plenty of great teas on the market - Breathe Easy or Throat Coast by Traditional Medicinals are personal favorites - being ill is an opportunity to better get to know individual herbs and also take a small, comfortable step towards making your own natural home remedies.   Safety is always the number-one concern, so please research your herbs before use to make sure they do not conflict with any current medication or doctor's orders.

     In this blog we will discuss several herbs that you can purchase locally and infuse at home.  An infusion is a different word for steeping, or boiling water and letting a teabag sit in the water for ten minutes to allow the herbal chemicals to release out into the water. Another thing to consider is taste; do not hesitate if you need to add something for flavor such as chamomile or peppermint to make the brew more acceptable to your palate.

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Tags: natural remedies, herbals, holistic health, massage

Herbal Techniques for Promoting Dental Health

Posted by on Wed, Jan 15, 2014

Krista Merwede LMT

     Most of us have experienced the cleansing of a salt water rinse after a dental appointment or during times of mouth pain.  The gentle swishing of the water and the abrasiveness of the salt cleanse and promote healing.  This being said, there are many different herbs that you can add to your salt water-rinse to take it to another level and address the more individual challenge may be having.  A good time for a salt water rinse is 3 to 5 minutes, but if you have a bit more time on your hands you may want to consider the technique of oil pulling.

Oil Pulling

     Both an Ayervedic technique and traditional Western folk medicine, the technique known as oil pulling is an effective way to promote general dental health or respond to challenges in the mouth and throat.  It is also known to be a good tool for supporting asthma and diabetes mellitus.  It involves swishing oil or a herb-infused oil (about 1 Tablespoon), in the mouth for 5-10 minutes with the intention of addressing the deep mucous membranes. Just swish it all around your mouth, then spit it out.  Aim to increase the time swishing as you get used to it, up to 20 minutes. Dr. McClure offers that the shower is an ideal setting for this procedure.  Consider oil pulling with an empty stomach and follow with a salt water rinse.

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Tags: herbals, holistic health, integrative health, dental health, massage

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Posted by on Mon, Nov 25, 2013

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Tags: biological dentistry, holistic health, integrative health, integrative medicine, integrated medicine, integrated health

I Hit the Holistic Nutrition Jackpot!

Posted by on Wed, Apr 24, 2013

Eve Colantoni CHC

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Tags: holistic nutrition, holistic health, integrative health, integrative nutrition

Love Sugar? Learn What is Does to Your Body

Posted by on Wed, Feb 20, 2013

 

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Tags: holistic nutrition, holistic health, integrative health, sugar

Finally... Affordable Guidance For Overcoming Candida Infections

Posted by on Wed, Nov 28, 2012

Eve Colantoni, CHC director of the NIHA Nutrition Team announces The Candida Healing Institute Home Study Program.
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Tags: holistic nutrition, holistic health, integrative health, candida/yeast, integrative nutrition

No Calorie Restrictions, REALLY??

Posted by on Wed, May 23, 2012

Anita Capizzi RN, CHC

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Tags: detoxification, holistic health, integrative health, integrative nutrition, toxins

Breakfast of Champions

Posted by on Tue, Dec 06, 2011

Anita Capizzi RN, CHC

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Tags: holistic nutrition, holistic health, integrative health, anita's healthy tips, integrated health