Integrative Health Blog

The Reign of Pain is Mainly in the Brain

Posted by on Tue, Oct 01, 2019

In 2018 the CDC released a report estimating that 50 million Americans have chronic pain, and that 40% of those have “high-impact chronic pain,” defined as pain that is severe enough to frequently limit life or work activities.  Add to that the emotional version of pain – mood and sleep disorders – which often complicates the physical version of pain, and now we are talking about 50% of Americans. 

Why are so many people in mind and body pain, living lives that can't seem to find long-term, sustainable solutions?

Inflammation is certainly one of the factors, caused by Lyme Disease and chronic infections, gastrointestinal or microbiome disorders and food allergies. At the very least, integrative & functional medicine provides some relief in regards to inflammation, and a whole host of nutrients, from essential fatty acids to various anti-inflammatory herbals can get results for a lot of people.

The Real Source of Pain

However, what I would like to address here is a source of pain which is usually not addressed, the brain, which aligns with the title;  the reign of pain is mainly in the brain (borrowing the quip from one of the songs in the play My Fair Lady). 

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Tags: pain, Dr. Gant

5G Wireless and Your Health, an Event at NIHA in Washington, D.C.

Posted by on Mon, Sep 23, 2019

The new 5G wireless promises to make our lives better with higher internet speed, larger bandwidth and smarter technology- but is there a downside?

Will increased electromagnetic exposure (EMFs) from 5G impact our health?

National Integrated Health Associates would like to invite you to an enlightening presentation on October 1, 2019, from Theodora Scarato, MSW, Executive Director of Environmental Health Trust in Washington, D.C.

Environmental Health Trust is a scientific think tank that publishes research, develops educational resources and briefs policymakers worldwide on environmental health issues.

Title: “5G, The Wireless Revolution and Your Health”

Date: October 1, 2019

Time:  6:30-7:30 p.m.

Location: National Integrated Health Associates, 5225 Wisconsin Ave. NW, #402, Washington, D.C.

Speaker:  Theodora Scarato, MSW

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Tags: EMFs, holistic health

Breast Thermography for Breast HEALTH Awareness

Posted by on Wed, Sep 18, 2019

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

For Americans, the word “cancer” is thrown at us all the time. Some may find a sense of negativity and fear being served to us about breast cancer every year, especially in October.

Isn’t it time we focus on breast cancer prevention rather than awareness?

Let's think of October as Breast Health Awareness Month and educate ourselves on earlier detection and looking at some preventable strategies and root causes.

What are some of the causes of breast cancer?

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Tags: cancer, breast thermography

The Easiest Thing You Can Do for Your Health

Posted by on Tue, Sep 17, 2019

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Human beings tend to overcomplicate a lot of things. 

Many of us are guilty of thinking that anything worth achieving requires a lot of time and effort.   For example, if we want to lose weight, we must go on a complicated diet program designed by some famous doctor or health guru on the best sellers list.  Or, if we want to gain muscle, we have to work out every day for hours.  On the other hand, we think if it's easy it’s probably too good to be true or it won’t help, yet many of us want "easy" in this complicated, busy world.  The bottom line is, whether easy or hard, the basics of a healthy life need to be adhered to.  What are the basics?

  • Healthy eating habits: Eat fruits, vegetables, proteins, minimize sugars

  • Rest/Sleep: Get 8 hours of sleep per night, take naps and vacations

  • Low stress levels: Minimize stress by setting boundaries at work, meditate and be grateful

  • Hydration: Drink enough water (64 oz./day minimum) to sustain life in your body's tissue

  • Personal: Do things that make you feel fulfilled, incorporate things that are your passion and inspire you

  • Work: Do something that provides for the necessities in life, but also makes you feel like you are helping others or contributing to a greater good

But, there is one more important thing you must do for health and that is-

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Tags: holistic health, pain, chiropractic

How the Body Speaks its Mind: Are You Listening?

Posted by on Sat, Sep 07, 2019

Please join us for an enlightening mini-workshop on understanding the connection between the mind and body to emotional and physical health.

The Mind-Body Connection Lecture Series new talk:

"How the Body Speaks its Mind: Are You Listening?"              

Date: September 24, 2019

Time: 6:30- 7:45 p.m.

Place: National Integrated Health Associates

           5225 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Suite 402

           Washington, D.C. 20015

Speaker: Kuno Bachbauer, LMFT

REGISTER

If you feel you have done everything “right”- and you are still not getting well…

You may benefit from a deeper understanding of the “LANGUAGE OF ILLNESS.”

If you are still not feeling better after doing all the right things, then maybe your health status is not because you missed the latest and greatest treatment, or have not taken enough supplements, but just maybe….

Your Body/Mind is trying to tell you something - and you don’t know how to listen.

As a holistic therapist, I have seen this in so many patients. They come to me with “the list” and yet, do not progress.

  • You did a perfect integrative medical work-up. ✅

  • You have searched for and destroyed those hidden viruses, bacteria, mold, Lyme. ✅

  • You have suffered through the “right” diet- maybe it is the starchy McDougall diet, or it’s the exact opposite, foregoing all carbs with Keto. ✅

  • You did your colonics, sauna, or another detoxification cleanse. ✅

  • You had your dental check-up and maybe even a vitamin I.V. drip. ✅ 

And you are still not getting well. So, what is the body trying to tell you?

The following is a small attempt of a TRANSLATION of the “LANGUAGE OF ILLNESS:" 

1. Illness may tell you: “PLEASE STOP!”

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Tags: mind-body, emotional wellbeing

Holistic Dentist Stephen Jaeger, D.M.D., Joins NIHA in Washington, D.C.

Posted by on Tue, Sep 03, 2019

National Integrated Health Associates (NIHA) is pleased to welcome holistic & biological dentist Stephen Jaeger, D.M.D., to the Holistic Dental Team.

Holistic or biological dentistry focuses on the whole person, not just the mouth, as the health of the mouth, teeth and gums affect the body. As a mercury-free dentist, Dr. Jaeger promotes safe,  effective treatments and uses dental materials that are non-toxic and bio-compatible so that there is little impact to the rest of the body. This dental approach is good for the overall health and wellness of the patient. 

Meet Stephen Jaeger, DMD

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Tags: biological dentistry

How a Healthy Mouth Promotes a Healthy Body

Posted by on Tue, Aug 13, 2019

The health of the mouth is intricately connected to the overall health of the body.

Recent studies show that plaque in the mouth from periodontal disease may increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. There is a lot of information about the gut microbiome, but the oral microbiome greatly influences the GI tract as well as systemic health.  The mouth can be a reservoir for healthy as well as unhealthy bacteria.   The immune system in the mouth is similar to the small intestine.  The tonsils help determine if the bacteria that enters the mouth is good or bad.

As a dental hygienist in a holistic & biological dentistry practice, part of the preventive dental appointment may include a sample of the bacteria in your mouth which you can see on the microscope. Any areas of concern can then be evaluated by the dentist and monitored.  We are able to check your mouth for the types of bacteria that can cause inflammation and give you suggestions on changing your dental routine if needed.

What's in Your Mouth?

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Tags: holistic dentistry

Other Factors to Consider in the Treatment of High Blood Pressure

Posted by on Mon, Aug 05, 2019

Hypertension, or HTN, is a diagnosis for persistent high blood pressure. You may have received a diagnosis of hypertension (HTN) from your physician based on the numbers of your systolic and diastolic blood pressure readings.  If there is no identifiable  cause to explain the persistently higher than normal blood pressure, you will be given the diagnosis of essential HTN.

Risks of High Blood Pressure

The adverse effects of high blood pressure are well known.  HTN can cause many complications and puts one at increased risk for stroke, heart disease, heart attack and kidney damage.   Therefore, a variety of medications are designed to control the blood pressure.  This approach has reduced the motility and mobility of certain serious complications of HTN.  More public awareness is needed concerning  the effectiveness of HTN treatment.  Protection of the vital organ function is just as important, if not more so, than the blood pressure reading alone.

Underlying Issues of Hypertension

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Tags: high blood pressure

Genetic Tests: Find Out How YOUR Genes Respond to Drugs and Medication

Posted by on Tue, Jul 30, 2019

Are you taking medications and wondered if they are the right ones for you?

If you have been taking them for a long time, have you been concerned that they might be adversely reacting with each other or taking a toll on your long-term health?  Are the doses too high or too low?

Do you suffer from sleep problems, mood shifts or fatigue and ever wondered if these symptoms are side effects of your medications?

These are good questions that millions of responsible healthcare consumers ask, and now with  genetic testing there is technology that can help you get some answers.

Pharmacogenomics, Genetic Testing for Drug Sensitivities

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Tags: functional medicine, genetics, Dr. Gant

Rerouting the Brain- The Power of Changing Your Mind

Posted by on Mon, Jul 15, 2019

Please join us for an enlightening Mini-Workshop on Understanding the Connection between the Mind, Body and Emotions.

The Mind-Body Connection Lecture Series new talk:

"Rerouting the Brain-The Power of Changing Your Mind" 

Date:  Tuesday, July 30, 2019                  

Time:  6:30-7:45 pm

Place: National Integrated Health Associates

            5225 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Suite 402

            Washington, DC 20015

Presenter: Kuno Bachbauer, LMFT, CCEP, Dr. med. (Austria)

This lecture and mini-workshop will expound on what we have learned in the Mind-Body Connection series, but you do not have to have attended previous lectures to participate.

Please join us at any time- we never stop learning!

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First, a Short Story

When I was in medical school in Vienna, Austria, our professors told us that the brain stops growing after 24 years of age. Whatever you have by then- that was what you would have for the rest of your life. I remember that this seemed very depressing and not quite acceptable to me. But what was I going to say in the face of my “God-in-the-white-coat” professors?

That particular limiting belief was held until only maybe 20 years ago, partly due to the findings of another Austrian, namely Nobel prize winner Eric Kandel, MD. He discovered how the brain learns. He and other neuroscientists developed an understanding of how Neuroplasticity works.

They created a truly amazing sea change in psychotherapy, bodywork, trauma science, memory, neurology and related fields that revolutionized what we are doing as practitioners! Please come to my free class to learn more about how this will benefit you.

PLEASE NOTE: My talks are highly “experiential” and that is why they are done live with those attending!  We will do exercises and experiences. Because we learn better when the whole body and emotions are involved, my aim is that you can sense and feel the concepts I will teach. No prior experience is necessary.  

A Quick Review- Starting with Resiliency

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Tags: mind-body, emotional wellbeing