Integrative Health Blog

Why You Really Have to Learn to Say "NO"

Posted by on Mon, Dec 10, 2012

Stress and Health

Close to 80% of people with chronic illness have experienced a stressful incident or ongoing stress in their life.  Stressful situations include life altering incidents or transitions such as loss of a job, death of a family member, traumatic accident, divorce or chronic pain.  The correlation between stress and illness is obvious when you understand how stress adversely affects the body.

Make This Change to Become Healthier
Several decades ago an ongoing study of 10,000 people in Britain was conducted to determine what therapy, lifestyle change or health product across the entire population in the study had the most profound health benefit.  The study considered many therapies, products and lifestyle changes to determine what people should consider first in their efforts to become healthy. 

So, what is the ONE change needed for a healthier life?

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Tags: stress

9 Ways to Manage Stress

Posted by on Tue, Nov 27, 2012

Bob Johnson DMD

With the holidays approaching our list of  “things to do” gets longer and longer.  But at the same time, the lines at the stores are longer. The traffic is heavier. We spend more money than usual. And then we have our expectations- of ourselves,  family, relationships, how this year will be…and you have the perfect storm for stress.

There are many techniques for managing stress and research into different ways to deal with stress would help your health dramatically. And not just during the holidays, but every day. 

Make a List of Stressors

I feel one of the most important stress busting techniques is to list areas of your life which stress you and assess why they stress you.  I have found that most areas of stress that adversely affected me were not worth being stressed about.  For example, worrying less of what others thought about me.  I also developed the ability to tackle projects quickly as procrastination resulted in heightening stress for me.

Some other areas of your life which may stress you include:

  • Negative relationships
  • Taking on more responsibility that you can handle
  • Poor eating habits
  • Too much sugar and caffeine consumption
  • Too little essential oil (fatty acids) consumption
  • Poor sleep
  • Financial concerns
  • Toxicity in your environment
  • Nutrient and hormonal imbalance

Develop These Stress Reducing Techniques to Dramatically Help Your Health

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Boldy Go and Sit at Your Desk Pain Free

Posted by on Tue, Jul 17, 2012

Krista Merwede LMT

Patterns in the musculature of the body are defined by the movements that we do every day.  If we are spending 40 hours a weeks at a desk it is understandable that not just that the body will be affected, but that it will develop specific lines of tension.  The most common places for the desk worker to experience pain are in the back of the neck and around the shoulder blades.  Many patients come into the treatment room greatly concerned that there is something wrong with them because of the intensity of the symptoms.  This article will draw your attention to why the pain develops in these places and techniques that can be adapted to support the body's healthy structure. 
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Tags: neck pain, stress, massage

Integrative Medicine Approach to Depression, Anxiety, and Mood Disorders

Posted by on Thu, Jun 03, 2010

Chas Gant MD, PhD

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Tags: depression, mental health, stress, integrative medicine