Integrative Health Blog

How Many Times A Day Do You Eat This Food?

Posted by on Tue, Jan 15, 2013

Anita Capizzi RN, CHC

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Tags: belly fat, inflammation, insulin resistance, weight loss, integrative health

Why Diets are Fattening (And What To Do To Really Lose Weight)

Posted by on Fri, Jan 11, 2013

Eve Colantoni CHC

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Tags: holistic nutrition, weight loss, integrative health, integrative nutrition

Help for Foot and Heel Pain, Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

Posted by on Tue, Dec 18, 2012

Coy Roskosky D.C.


Plantar fasciitis is a very prevalent condition in the United States.

Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

-Pain! Foot and/or heel pain.  Symptoms of plantar fasciitis can vary, but in general the first few steps taken when you get out of bed in the morning are very painful. The fascia stretches from the ball of the foot to the heel and there can be sharp pain on the bottom of the foot, then as you start to move the foot loosens up a bit and pain starts to subside.

-Callouses on the bottom of the foot indicates more weight on this part than the rest of the foot and may be indicative of plantar fasciitis.

-Bunions, or dry thick heels can indicate pressure on that part of the foot and can become a problem over time.

-Check your arches and see if there is indication that they have dropped and are not supporting you the way they used to. The video will illustrate testing the arch to see if you are still getting good support.

Chiropractors treat more than just the spine, and have had success treating foot problems like plantar fasciitis.

Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis

A good chiropractor can use many effective chiropractic techniques to treat plantar fasciitis successfully. 

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Tags: integrative health, plantar fasciitis, foot pain

How Does Internalized Trauma De-Rail Our Best Efforts to Heal?

Posted by on Mon, Nov 26, 2012

Maureane O'Shaugnessy

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Tags: energy therapies, integrative health, mind-body

Is There a Good Sugar?

Posted by on Mon, Nov 19, 2012

Laurie DeRosa RDH

XYLITOL is a natural ingredient that can help to reduce bacteria and fight tooth decay.  It first became popular in Europe as an alternative for people with diabetes.  It is found in natural resources such as birch trees, corn, vegetables and fruits.   The most common source today is corn cobs and corn stalks.  The body makes 5-10 grams of xylitol every day.

How Xylitol Works

Xylitol works by preventing the bad bacteria in your mouth from making acids.  When this occurs the bacteria cannot stick to each other or our teeth.  The bacteria cannot talk to each other thereby preventing the formation of biofilm.  Research shows that xylitol starves the unhealthy bacteria which allows the mouth to re-mineralize teeth that are damaged, which in turn makes the teeth better able to resist decay.

Xylitol is safe for diabetics, has a glycemic index of 7, and does not use insulin for metabolism. It has only 9.6 calories per teaspoon vs. 15 calories for regular sugar.

Since the bacteria that causes tooth decay is transmissible it has been recommended that a mother use Xylitol daily for the first two years of their child’s life.  Children whose mother used Xylitol are less likely to need teeth restored at age five.

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Tags: integrative health, dental health, plaque, biofilm

Warning Signs of Pre-Diabetes and Insulin Resistance

Posted by on Wed, Oct 10, 2012

Anita Capizzi RN, CHC

Signs of Insulin Resistance/Pre-diabetes  

-  belly fat

-  sugar cravings

-  fatigue especially after meals

-  high blood pressure

-  high triglycerides

-  hypoglycemia

-  low HDL

-  high cholesterol

-  inflammation in the body

Family History

-  heart disease

-  obesity

-  stroke

-  dementia

Fact:  Pre-diabetes carries with it all the risks of having full blown diabetes

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Tags: belly fat, inflammation, insulin resistance, high blood pressure, diabetes, pre-diabetes, blood sugar, integrative health, integrative nutrition

Do You Have High Blood Pressure, High Triglycerides, or High Cholesterol?

Posted by on Wed, Oct 03, 2012

Anita Capizzi RN, CHC

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Tags: insulin resistance, diabetes, blood sugar, integrative health, integrated health

Do You Have Belly Fat?

Posted by on Thu, Sep 06, 2012

Anita Capizzi RN, CHC

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Tags: belly fat, insulin resistance, diabetes, blood sugar, integrative health, integrative nutrition

Does Proper Ergonomics Really Help Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Posted by on Tue, Sep 04, 2012

Coy Roskosky D.C.

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Tags: wrist pain, hand pain, ergonomics, integrative health, carpal tunnel

Finally! Better Choices in Personal Care Products

Posted by on Tue, Aug 28, 2012

Have you heard the welcome news?

Last week Johnson & Johnson reiterated it’s pledge to slowly phase out the toxic ingredients used in their baby product line by the end of 2013 and announced that it will also reformulate their adult personal care products which include Lubriderm, Aveeno and Neutrogena products, by 2015.

A large coalition of health and environmental groups, called The Campaign For Safe Cosmetics started calling for the removal of several dangerous and possibly carcinogenic chemicals from personal care products in 2009. Formaldehyde, 1,4 dioxan, triclosan, phthalates and parabens are just a few of the “chemicals of concern” according to the Environmental Working Group who is part of that coalition. Their website, contains a database of 75,000 personal care products that they have rated from 0-10 for toxicity levels.

The FDA does not test personal care products for safety - they rely on the individual companies to do that.

Personal care products fall under the “cosmetics” label, which includes deodorant, lotions, make-up, oral hygiene products and more.

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Tags: natural options, plastics, integrative health, toxins