5 Steps to Detoxify Your System This Season 

 

By Alice Honican, ND L.Ac. Bio-Energetic Practitioner

I have now been practicing Acupuncture and Naturopathic Medicine at Longevity for 14 years! Every case I see is different, and I have the job of being an investigator, attempting to get to the root cause of patients’ symptoms. Why does she have migraines? Why does he feel so rundown? Why won’t the chronic hives go away? Why does this food suddenly make her feel sick? 

 

Through urinalysis, Thermography, and Bio-energetic testing, I am able to determine which organs are overburdened, which foods are causing sensitivities, what nutrients are deficient, and what toxins are stressing the system. Then, I recommend a tailored detoxification and nutrition protocol. 

 

These regiments require commitment, resources, and a lot of patience! Believe me, I wish all my patients could be in perfect health after one visit. However, the human body is complicated, and lasting health is a marathon, not a sprint.

 

It takes more than one yoga class to become flexible and meditate without distraction. It takes more than one day of dieting to be at your goal weight. When you leave the dentist, and your teeth are sparkling from all the plaque removal, you have to go back in six months to do it all again. 

 

In the same way, detoxification is not a one and done. Toxins are always bombarding us, and it is important to cleanse the body regularly for a vibrant quality of life. An investment in your health and vitality is always worth it! 

 

As a holistic practitioner, I truly believe in the importance of regular detoxification. This time of year, with all its fresh beauty, new life, and warmer temperatures, is a great reminder to do some “spring cleaning” for our bodies. Here are four suggestions to inspire you in your cleansing efforts this season.  

 

  • Get moving! Working out and getting a good sweat going is a great way to detox the lymphatic system, promoting the removal of toxins from the body. Warmer weather is a great excuse to opt outside for a run, walk, or hike. Bring your pet so your furry friend can detox and shake off the winter blues with you! 
  • Hydrate. After you’ve done all that sweating, be sure to replenish electrolytes with minerals and plenty of pure water. Drink half your body weight in ounces each day to promote healthy waste removal, clear skin, optimal digestion, and good joint function. 
  • Try HOCATT. This personal steam sauna system can address and improve your physical health and well-being. It fights viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens, and burns up to 600 calories per session. Call or stop by our office to learn more about this amazing supporting therapy and all its benefits. 
  • Adapt an anti-inflammatory diet. Eliminate pro-inflammatory foods like gluten, dairy, soy, and sugar from your diet wherever you can. I recommend doing a program like Whole30 or 21 Day Sugar Detox twice a year to reset the immune system and metabolism. Spring is the perfect time to add in more greens, smoothies, salads, and other fruits and veggies high in immune-boosting nutrition. 
  • Renew your mind. As long as you’re focusing on removing toxins from your system, why not eliminate those thoughts as well? Incorporate a daily yoga, mediation, or prayer practice to identify and eliminate thoughts and beliefs that are not serving you physically, emotionally, or spiritually, replacing them with life-giving, soul-restoring truths. Even 5 minutes of intentional time each day setting intentions and practicing gratitude can make a major difference in your mind, body, and spirit! 

 

For a comprehensive check-up and thorough detox protocol tailored specifically to you, come see me or one of our other qualified and experienced practitioners for an office visit. 

Happy Spring! 

By Cristina McMullen, ND, Certified Wellness Coach 

Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month? A whole month dedicated to nutrition! How cool is that? This awareness is so needed in our country, especially since about half of all American adults (117 million individuals) have one or more preventable chronic diseases, many of which are related to poor quality eating and physical inactivity. Yes, you read that right! Half of the adults in this country could have prevented a chronic illness if they ate better and moved around more! With that staggering statistic, we should dedicate a whole year to nutrition! 

This year the slogan for National Nutrition Month is “eat right, bite by bite.” Sounds simple right? Well, not so much. This is where things actually can get pretty tricky. You see, the field of nutrition is forever evolving and changing. Because of this, there is now quite a bit of contradicting dietary advice out there that can make figuring out what is healthy seem impossible. Fat is bad for you; fat is amazing for you. Eat meat; don’t eat meat. Drink your milk; stay away from all dairy. Eat your vegetables, just not the nightshades and ones that contain lectins or oxalates. Oh wait, now all vegetables are bad and you should only eat meat. It’s honestly enough to make even the wisest of nutritionists feel like they are going crazy and leaves us even more confused about what it means to truly eat right.

I personally got really interested in the world of nutrition as a young teenager. Back then, it was the 90’s and it seemed like new dietary recommendations were coming out every single day. It was when the American Heart Association told us that dietary fat was a main contributor to heart disease and that we all needed to adhere to a low fat diet. Then the “got milk” campaign rolled in and showed celebrities smiling with milk mustaches in order to promote strong bones. Soy was even touted as the next miracle food for cancer prevention. I remember reading the South Beach Diet and comparing it to the Atkins Diet, which completely went against everything they said about heart health. 

Fast forward 20 years and things are quite different in the nutrition world. Diets like keto, Whole 30, and paleo are all the rage and go very much against so much of the older dietary advice. Keto tells us the more fat the better, while Whole 30 and paleo restrict any and all soy and dairy. The GAPS diet encourages you to eat yogurt, while the autoimmune paleo and low FODMAP require a Ph.D in order to figure out what you can and cannot eat!

In all of my years studying nutrition I have come to the conclusion that there honestly is not one solo diet out there that will be perfect for everyone! Our bodies are more complex than that, and a one-size-fits-all approach just doesn’t work! We each have different ancestral backgrounds, activity levels, and health concerns that should guide us in fine tuning our body’s nutritional needs. Our nutritional needs also change depending on which phase of life we are in. 

There are, however, a few commonalities among many of the diets out there. Whether you are trying to eat keto, paleo, Whole 30, or any of the very popular diets out there right now, you are ultimately doing one thing. You are adhering to an anti-inflammatory diet.

What’s Inflammation Got to Do With It?

Think about all the names given to illnesses, both acute and chronic. There is sinusitis, bronchitis, arthritis, colitis, conjunctivitis, hepatitis, and myelitis to name a few. Notice how they all end in -itis? This means that they are all inflammatory diseases. Inflammation of the sinuses, inflammation of the bronchial tubes of the lungs, inflammation of the joints- you get the picture. 

Inflammation in the body is a MAJOR contributor to just about every health ailment these days. More and more research suggests that anti-inflammatory diets are associated with lower risk of death at an early age. The Journal of Internal Medicine published results from a study in 2018 that showed individuals who stuck to a mostly anti-inflammatory diet for a period of 16 years had an 18% lower risk of all-cause mortality, 13% lower risk of dying from cancer, and 20% lower risk of dying from heart disease. So, while the internet can make figuring out what is truly healthy to eat seem very confusing, it really boils down to something very simple. Eating healthy bite by bite is simply eating the foods that do not promote inflammation in the body.

Anti-Inflammatory Diet

So what exactly are the key components of anti-inflammatory diets? What are the foods that need to be consumed and avoided? Here are a few components to a healthy, anti-inflammatory diet:

Eliminate Processed Foods

At the core of every single healthy diet is REAL food. Processed foods are just that – processed. Not only do they lack a lot of the nutritional value that we are supposed to be getting from the food we eat, but they contain a lot of fake, chemically made ingredients that are foreign to our bodies. And when our immune systems see something foreign, they trigger an inflammatory response. If you want to focus on real food, you want to shop the perimeter of the grocery store and avoid the aisles as much as possible. The aisles are stocked full of packages, boxes, and cans that have large lists of ingredients, many of which even I cannot pronounce while items in the outskirts of the store rarely even have an ingredient list. The less ingredients, the less processed the food items in your shopping cart will be. 

Avoid Refined Sugars and High Fructose Corn Syrup

If you are staying away from processed foods, then you pretty much are already staying away from refined sugars and HFCS, but I want to drive home the dangers of sugar with some science. Sugar is 50% glucose and 50% fructose while high fructose corn syrup is 45% glucose and 55% fructose. There have been plenty of studies that show the inflammatory effects of both glucose and fructose. In one study, mice fed high sucrose diets developed breast cancer that spread to their lungs, partially because of the inflammatory response of sugar. In a randomized clinical trial where people drank regular soda, diet soda, milk, or water only those who consumed the regular soda has increased levels of uric acid, which drives inflammation and insulin resistance. Researchers have also noted that fructose causes inflammation within the endothelial cells that line your blood vessels, which is a risk factor for heart disease. It’s now wonder that the low fat diet isn’t helping to decrease our rates of heart disease in this country!

Stay Away From Trans Fats and Vegetable Oils

Artificial trans fats, also called hydrogenated fats, are hands down the worst type of fat for you. They are created by adding hydrogen to unsaturated fats, which are liquid, in order to make them solid at room temperature. Margarine and Crisco are two classic trans fats. Foods high in trans fat include french fries and other fast food, some microwave popcorn, packaged cakes and cookies, and some pastries. Consuming artificial trans fats is linked to high levels of inflammatory markers such as c-reactive protein (CRP). And like sugar, trans fats impair the function of the endothelial cells lining the arteries, making them another cause of heart disease.

Vegetable oils can be dangerous because they are high in omega-6 fatty acids. Now, we do need some omega 6 in our diets. The problem is that we are consuming way too much. During the 20% century, the consumption of vegetable oils has gone up 130%, mainly because we were told to switch from animal fat to vegetable fat for heart health. This throws off the balance among omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids that we need and promotes inflammation. In one study, rats fed a diet with an omega 6 to omega 3 ratio of 20:1 has much higher levels of inflammatory markers than those fed diets with ratios of 1:1 or 5:1.

Increase Your Consumption of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Not only would increasing your consumption of omega-3’s help to balance out the abundance of omega-6’s in our diet, but omega-3 fatty acids in and of themselves are extremely anti-inflammatory. This is because they can reduce the production of molecules and substances linked to inflammation, such as inflammatory eicosanoids and cytokines. Wild caught fish is definitely highest in omega-3’s, but you can also get them by eating nuts and seeds like flax seeds, chia seeds, and walnuts. Another, lesser known source of omega-3 fatty acids is grass-fed, grass-finished red meat. Though originally touted as a food that causes heart disease, more in-depth research has shown that not all meat is created equal. Meat from cows fed a grain diet is much higher in omega-6 fatty acids while meat from cows fed on purely grass have much higher leves of the healthy omega-3 fatty acids. 

Be Selective of Your Grains

Carbohydrates have developed quite a bad rap and seem to be the chosen enemy these days. But not all carbohydrates are created equal. Ultimately, it is the refined carbohydrates that pose a problem for us. These types of carbs are found in candy, bread, pasta, pastries, cereals, cookies, cakes, and sugary sodas. Research suggests that refined carbs may encourage the growth of inflammatory bacteria in our gut. This is because its lack of fiber starves the beneficial bacteria we need in our microbiome. On the flip side, whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, and oats are full of fiber and feed the healthy bacteria in our gut. The fiber also keeps us fuller longer and helps to prevent us from overeating.

Eat the Rainbow

No, I’m not talking about a bag of skittles! When I say eat the rainbow, I mean eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. These foods are full of phytonutrients and antioxidants that act as scavengers and help to clear out things called free radicals. Free radicals are in essence toxins that can lead to cell damage, which increases the risk of inflammation and ultimately lead to disease. The more colorful your plate, the wider variety of phytonutrients and larger capacity to neutralize free radicals.

So there you have it. My KISS method to diet and nutrition (Keep It Simple Sweetheart!). Follow all of these suggestions, and you are sure to be eating right bite by bite.

By Dr. Seneca Anderson, DOM, ND, L.Ac.

Baby, it’s cold outside! As we head into the winter months, it’s a great time to check in with your mental and emotional well-being and take steps to prepare your mind, body, and heart for the chilly months ahead.

According to Psychology Today, “Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is a type of recurrent major depressive disorder in which episodes of depression occur during the same season each year. This condition is sometimes called the “winter blues,” because the most common seasonal pattern is for depressive episodes to appear in the fall or winter and remit in the spring.”

Seasonal affective disorder is estimated to affect 10 million Americans, and it’s four times more common in women than in men.

Here are a few tips to help you bust those winter blues this year. 

  • Opt outside: Sure, it might sound overly simplistic, but research proves that connecting with creation reduces stress and helps regulate emotions. Take a brisk walk or run, or just spend a few minutes outside noticing and feeling grateful for the beauty of nature. It will do wonders for your heart, soul, and health! 
  • Get moving: Exercising 30 minutes a day can help you produce endorphins that fight and eliminate stress. Whether it’s hiking, fitness classes, weight lifting, or a team sport, find an activity you love and make it a daily priority. In addition to your mind, your heart, lungs, and muscles will thank you! 
  • Catch some zzzzz’s: Studies show that most Americans simply don’t get enough hours of sleep, which leads to mood swings, cognitive difficulties, and poor academic and professional performance, further exacerbating stress and anxiety. Shoot for a minimum of 8-9 hours of shut-eye per night! 
  • Get quiet: Carving out ten minutes to sit in prayerful silence before God and let go of our ceaseless striving, habitual thoughts, and nagging doubts retrains the heart and mind to know and accept that we are loved unconditionally by our Creator. Try meditation first thing in the morning by creating a sacred space in your home that is quiet and free of distractions.
  • Read: Pick up a good book and get lost in it! Stories aren’t just a means of escaping the real world, they help us identify with and connect to something bigger than ourselves. A great novel can build empathy and combat isolation. 
  • Take a social media fast: Studies link social media use with anxiety, so it’s no surprise that resisting the temptation to tweet, share, like, or post has a direct impact on better mood, less worry, and higher self-esteem in adults and children. Pick at least one day per week to fast from social media and then monitor how it impacts your sense of well-being. This is a great habit to model to your teens! 
  • Serve others: There’s nothing quite like helping someone in need to elevate mood and remind yourself of your blessings. Help a neighbor, get behind a cause, or volunteer at a homeless shelter or food kitchen. The service opportunities are endless when you’re paying attention! 
  • IRL connection: We all need somebody to lean on! Nothing is more transformative than human connection and intimate relationships. We all want to be known, loved, and to belong.  Reach out to others for connection, support, and a listening ear. 
  • Get professional counseling: Thankfully, the stigma surrounding mental health issues is slowly subsiding in America. If you are concerned about your mental well-being, or just need an unbiased sounding board, see an expert. 
  • Load up on Vitamin D3: Now is the time to start taking high amounts of “the sunshine vitamin.” Among its many benefits, D3 elevates mood and activates the immune system to defend against invading microorganisms. We get this fat-soluble nutrient through sun exposure, but during the dreary winter months, it’s often necessary to get it through supplementation (Most Americans are deficient!).  As a general rule, an adult of average weight should ingest at least 5,000 international units of supplemental D3 a day, and children should take a daily dose of 1,000 international units per every 25 pounds of body weight.
  • Take a natural supplement: Our Nutrition Shop is filled with natural remedies to boost mood and guard against insomnia, depression, and anxiety. Our favorites include Adaptogenic Herbs, homeopathic neurotransmitters, vitamin D3 and B vitamins, 5-HTP, and more. Call or stop by our Shop to talk to a knowledgeable staff member for recommendations for you and your whole family. 
  • Get a restorative therapy: Longevity offers a variety of relaxing and healing therapies in a warm and caring environment. Our top picks for busting the winter blues are Massage Therapy and Acupuncture. HOCATT Therapy also boosts mood and energy by increasing serotonin, improving circulation, enhancing brain function, and burning up to 600 calories. Our team of experienced therapists are simply the best!

To learn more about the products and services we offer for protecting your mental and emotional well-being this season, call us at 770-642-4646. 

 

by Rosie Steele, Patient Coordinator

I recently saw a television commercial advertising free flu shots at a national pharmacy retail chain.  The commercial was so well done!  As upbeat music played in the background, images of beautiful, vibrant people were displayed… young and old dancing together under starry skies; a pair of BFFs piggy back riding in the family room; a husband and wife keeping romance alive; a mother and young child cuddling up together on the couch, her pregnant belly exposed….all of these actors proudly displaying their “flu fighter” band aid at the top of their arm, a demonstration of their choice to “protect” themselves and those they love by taking the flu vaccine each and every year.  When I saw this ad, I immediately felt sorry for the millions of people that would watch it and heed its advice by going out and getting their annual flu shot right away, without taking the time to understand the risks associated with the vaccine and the alternatives to it.

The CDC recommends that all people, ages 6 months and older, take an annual flu vaccine.  The CDC also conducts studies to measure the benefits of seasonal flu vaccination each flu season to help determine how well the flu vaccines are working.  In 2018-2019, its effectiveness was determined to be 29% (https://www.cdc.gov/flu/vaccines-work/effectiveness-studies.htm).  That means that more than 70% of those that received the flu shot were later diagnosed with the flu at some point in the season!  Well, 29% of the people who got the flu shot may not have gotten the flu last year, but 100% of them did get the following ingredients injected into their bodies: Influenza Viruses, Formaldehyde, Aluminum Salts, Thimerosal (Mercury), Chicken Egg Proteins, Gelatin (usually pork-based) and Antibiotics (https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321207.php).

So, if the flu shot isn’t all that effective anyways, and it’s obviously quite toxic, what can we do instead?  How can we protect ourselves?  At Longevity Health Center, we believe that proactively strengthening your immune system is the best way to avoid the flu!  How do we do this?  It’s all about lifestyle!

Eating Right
Cut out the junk food!  Have you ever noticed that flu season always starts right after Halloween?  We put kids out in the cold to walk around from house to house, load them up with refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup, trans fats and food coloring, and them put them to bed too late.  Its no wonder they get sick the next day!  This year, consider getting proactive about your family’s health but taking a no-candy pledge in the month of October!  Commit to making whole food nutrition-packed meal choices each day, cutting out the sweets and limiting dairy.

Get Plenty of Rest
Did you know that the average elementary school child needs 10-11 hours of sleep each night to stay healthy and thrive?  An adult should be getting 7-9 hours.  Study after study confirms that Americans are not getting enough sleep at night.  At Longevity, we teach our patients about healthy sleep hygiene.  Shut off the television, turn off those devices, and get to bed this winter!

Supplementation
There are also some supplements that you can take proactively, to strengthen your immune system, so that if/when you do encounter the flu, your own body is better equipped to fight it!  I chose to give my family Vitamin D3, Elderberry Syrup and Probiotic each and every day to keep our systems strong and ready to fight!

What if I do come down with the flu?
Despite our best efforts to protect ourselves and our loved ones, unfortunately, we are just going to get sick every once in a while.  At Longevity, we love teaching our patients about ways that they can be prepared, with an arsenal of natural remedies at the ready!  I love to use a combination of Homeopathic remedies (such as Oscillococcinum), herbal combinations (such as Pelargonium), nutritional support (such as Vitamin C and Vitamin A), and even essential oils (such as cinnamon, clove and lemon).  Don’t wait until you are symptomatic to invest in these kinds of products.  Come by our shop today to get a customized protocol of high quality remedies stocked up for the upcoming season now!

 

An Alternative Approach to Breast Health

You’ve undoubtedly noticed the hugely successful marketing campaign of Breast Cancer Awareness each October in recent years.  You can’t drive down the street, walk into a grocery store, turn on the television, or even attend a tiny tikes football game without being bombarded with images of bright pink ribbons all around!  And it isn’t just in the media.  It seems that every day we hear another story.  Nearly all of us have been touched by a personal family member or friend who has undergone breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. It is truly heart-breaking to witness those closest to us experience the emotional and physical trauma of one appointment after another of painful tests, procedures and treatments.  Mammograms, ultrasounds, biopsies, mastectomies, chemotherapy, radiation, medications…we wouldn’t wish these invasive measures on our worst enemies, and we fear what decisions we would have to make if it were our own mother, daughter, sister, aunt, or even ourselves.  We are told that “early detection” is the key to saving our lives.  And yet, by the time cancer is detected, we often feel that we have little say in how treatment will play out.

At Longevity Health Center, we want to take a different approach to breast health.  We believe that by empowering our patients with the knowledge and tools necessary to detoxify and heal the body, we can hope to prevent this horrible disease from robbing us of the joy and vitality that comes with wellness.  It is in this spirit that we offer many of our services and protocols.

Thermography
Thermography is an FDA approved non-invasive method of evaluating your body’s organ systems. Testing is performed by measuring body temperature at many different points on the skin which correspond to specific internal organs and tissues. By measuring the temperature of many different points on the skin before and after a cold stimulus, we can monitor changes in circulation. The actual temperature, as well as how it changes in response to the cold stimulus, provides information about how well the organs and tissues are functioning and how they deal with physiological stress. Thermography can display the beginnings of disease in focal areas that other diagnostic methods may miss.

Breast Ultrasound (HERScan)

Longevity has partnered with this fabulous service to conveniently offer breast ultrasound at our clinic!  Ultrasound has many advantages over mammograms including a significant increase in early detection, while also being painless, using no compression or radiation. For more information, visit www.herscan.com

Lymphatic Drainage
This therapy utilizes a device known as the Photon Genie to generate frequencies that, when combined with the manual application from a technician, stimulate lymphatic drainage.  This has many health benefits, including, but not limited to:

  • Stimulating and strengthening the immune system. 
  • Reducing and eliminating pain.  
  • Ozonating and Oxygenating the body.   
  • Moving and balancing fluid systems of the body through all the channels (blood vessels, lymph, capillaries) for the transport of nutrition and vital energy and the proper management of toxins by the body.  
  • Devitalizing pathogens, clearing infections, slowing and reversing disease processes.  

The image below depicts a thermographic image of the same woman before and after a series of 10 Lymphatic Drainage treatments done over a four-month period at our office.  As you can see, this therapy, when combined with healthy nutrition and detoxifying protocols, is highly effective in reducing lymphatic rigidity and inflammation!

HOCATT

The acronym HOCATT stands for “hyper-thermic oxygen and carbonic acid transdermal therapy.” The HOCATT acts as a personal steam sauna, in which a person sits with just his/her head exposed to room air, while the body receives the benefits of infusion through the skin of tri-oxygen, carbonic acid, steam, infra-red light, photon light therapy, oxygen and aroma therapy. There are also TENS unit like programs that can treat painful areas. This sauna treatment is now in use in over 20 countries. It is safe, pleasant and effective for all people seeking vibrant health or pain control.  The HOCATT is an amazing therapy to assist in detoxification.

Dry Skin Brushing and Rebounding:

These are two easy at-home remedies to help mechanically support lymphatic drainage.

Dry Skin Brushing exfoliates the skin, but also assists detoxification by increasing blood circulation and promoting lymphatic flow and drainage.  Using a light stroke, you use a dry bristle brush to stimulate lymphatic flow (always going in the direction of the heart!).  There is plenty more information available online regarding dry brushing, or we are happy to answer any questions you might have. 

Rebounding is a simple exercise performed on a small trampoline (or a large one works, too, if you want to get outside and play with the kids!).  The contraction of the muscles and the gravitational impact will stimulate the lymphatic fluid to flow.  Since, unlike the circulatory system, the lymphatic system does not have a pump to move it through, it is pertinent that we utilize physical movement or manual stimulation to move the lymphatic fluid.  It is the difference between flowing water and a stagnant pond– pathogens cannot thrive in a moving stream, but are able to proliferate in stagnant waters.  Just 5-10 minutes a day on a rebounder can make a huge difference for the lymphatic system, and consequently your breast health!

Breast Massage Using “Breast Oil”
This blend of essential oils was specially formulated right here at Longevity.  It includes Lavender to balance hormones and Frankincense for cellular health, in a base of St. John’s Wort Oil for its anti-inflammatory and mood lifting effects.  We recommend this product to be applied nightly directly to the breast tissue and massaged in for 5 or more minutes. 

Nutritional Supplements and Herbal Remedies

There are a few different ways to benefit from Nutritional Supplements and herbs for breast health.  First, herbs can directly influence hormone balance.  Secondly, herbs can stimulate lymphatic drainage and since the breast tissue is largely lymphatic tissue, this can be tremendously helpful.  Lastly, herbs will help cleanse and support the liver.  This may, at first glance, seem unrelated to breast health. But since the liver is responsible for so much of the chemical processing that occurs in the body, keeping the liver in tip-top shape will give us a major leg up when it comes to hormone balance and tissue integrity.   

Some of our favorite nutritional products and herbal blends for women’s health are:

  • DIM-Evail (Designs for Health)Indole-3-Carbinol is a bioactive compound found in cruciferous vegetables.  When ingested, stomach acid converts Indole-3-Carbinol into DIM (Diindolylmethane). Much research has shown that high doses of DIM inhibits the conversion of testosterone into estrogen and converts bad estrogens (those linked to breast cancer) to good estrogens (good estrogen keeps cholesterol levels in healthy range, protects bone health and affects the brain, heart, skin and other tissues).   Supplementing with a DIM product is also a great option for women considered at risk for estrogen driven breast cancer or those who have tested high in estrogen.
  • Balance (OrthoMolecular) – This formula contains Licorice, Peony, and Chaste Berry (Vitex), all renowned herbs for their hormone balancing properties.  This formula helps maintain a healthy menstrual cycle, progesterone/estrogen ratios, and optimal prolactin levels.  The ingredients in this product have been widely studied for their effectiveness, tolerability, and safety.  It has been shown to be helpful for women who suffer hormonal symptoms such as irritability, mood alteration, anger, headaches, bloating and breast fullness.
  • Woman’s Balance (Health Concern) This formula is based on an ancient Chinese formula that has been employed for centuries to address hormone imbalances that cause symptoms such as PMS, abdominal bloating, breast tenderness and swelling, menstrual irregularity, menopausal distress. It invigorates a congested liver, nourishes the blood, strengthens digestion, and can even relieve mild depression.
  • Three Immortals (Health Concern) – This herbal blend is formulated specifically for menopausal symptoms, including night sweats, hot flashes, headaches, irritability, palpitations, vertigo, depression, insomnia, low back pain, hot palms and soles and lowered sex drives. 
  • Core Scrofulara (Energetix)  – This is a powerful spagyric botanical remedy formulated to provide effective drainage of the lymph, blood and spleen. It is an invaluable remedy when there are signs of lymphatic congestion affecting breast health.

This October, Longevity Health Center wants to be part of the conversation when it comes to Women’s Breast Cancer awareness, and prevention!  Call our office today to schedule your annual thermography and bio-energetic evaluation so that we can get you started on a great plan for not only breast health, but whole-body health.  And remember, early detection is key, but prevention is even better!

Oil pulling is thought to help remove bacteria and improve oral hygiene by breaking through plaque barrier and drawing toxins out of your body. The concept is simple: you swish a couple teaspoons of oil (common choices are coconut, sesame or olive oils) around the mouth for 10 to 20 minutes. This is done primarily to support dental health, which in turn supports overall health. Reported benefits include: Better breath, stronger teeth and gums, whiter teeth, cavity and gingivitis prevention.

Oil Pulling Instructions

  1. Put 1-4 teaspoons of oil into the mouth. The oil traditionally used in oil pulling is organic sesame oil, and this is also the oil that has been the most studied for use in oil pulling. It is also possible to do oil pulling with organic coconut oil or organic olive oil. Whichever oil you choose, place up to 1 tablespoon in the mouth.
  2. Swish for 5 to 20 minutes.  Timing is key, according to Dr. Bruce Fife, author of Oil Pulling Therapy, as a full 20 minutes is long enough to break through plaque and bacteria but not so long that the body starts re-absorbing the toxins and bacteria. The oil will get thicker and milky as it mixed with saliva and it should be creamy-white when spit out. It will also double in volume during this time due to saliva. At first, it can be difficult to make it the full 20 minutes; starting off with 5-10 minutes is fine!
  3. Spit oil into the trash can. Don’t spit into the sink! The oil may thicken and clog pipes. Do not swallow the oil as it is hopefully full of bacteria, toxins and pus that are now not in the mouth!
  4. Rinse well. Swish a few times with warm water to get any remaining oil out of the mouth. Some sources recommend swishing with warm salt water.
  5. Brush well.  Revitin toothpaste is the recommended toothpaste for supporting the healthy microbial balance in the mouth.

 

By: Alice Honican, L.Ac, ND

Are you visiting your Natural Health Practitioner on a regular basis?  If not, minor, undetected issues could grow into major health concerns. Regular check-ups can protect you from the common and seasonal illnesses that causes your family to miss work and school, and can even prevent chronic illness processes. This saves you so much time, expense, pain and frustration in the long run! So just how often should you visit your practitioner? I recommend at least once a quarter or season.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, climatic factors are considered to be an external cause of disease.  Such climatic factors can be labeled Wind, Cold, Heat, Dryness, etc. If the immune system is weak, or the environmental factor is strong, pathogens are able to penetrate the skin, nose, or mouth causing symptoms. Climatic factors cause symptoms which are typical of particular climates or seasons. For example, we get flus in the winter, and allergies in the spring.  This is why it is so important to keep the immune system strong and healthy.

Toxic burden is another huge contributor to illness. Think of the body as a bathtub. Toxins are constantly coming in as we are bombarded with bacteria, viruses, parasites, heavy metals, and toxic chemicals in our everyday lives.  To maintain vitality, it’s essential that the tub drain is open and unclogged. Our drainage systems include the lymphatics, colon, liver, and kidneys. At Longevity, through state-of-the-art bioenergetic testing, Thermography and urinalysis, we’re able to quickly pinpoint toxins present in the system, and which organs need the most support.  

Regular bioenergetic evaluations also allow us to determine what nutrients are depleted and what foods are causing sensitivities. A whole-body assessment of organ stress, toxins, and nutrition that is specific to each individual patient will help guide customized protocols and supporting therapies.  Don’t wait until the New Year to make healthy resolutions. Take your health into your own hands. Schedule a preventive office visit today!

 

How HOCATT Transformed My Quality of Life: A Testimonial by Kimberly I.

Here at Longevity, we love hearing stories from patients who have experienced amazing transformations with their health. Enjoy this Q&A with a patient who has seen vast improvements in her quality of life by incorporating HOCATT into her protocol. 

The acronym HOCATT stands for “hyper-thermic oxygen and carbonic acid transdermal therapy.” The HOCATT acts as a personal steam sauna, in which a person sits with just his/her head exposed to room air, while the body receives the benefits of infusion through the skin of tri-oxygen, carbonic acid, steam, infra-red light, photon light therapy, oxygen and aroma therapy. Now in use in over 20 countries, this therapy is safe and effective for all people seeking vibrant health or pain management.

What were your primary health concerns and symptoms when you started HOCATT therapy?

I began a series of ten HOCATT treatments in hopes that the acute attack of Spirochetes bacteria on my spinal cord, brain and heart would cease. I was experiencing a myriad of symptoms, including:

  • Crazy unpredictable heart rhythms, racing and skipping at random times throughout the day
  • Debilitating headaches
  • Severe pain at my brain stem and down my spinal cord
  • Weakness and dizziness that preventing me from driving myself
  • Muscle spasms around the abdomen area
  • Neuropathy and idiosyncratic nerve sensations down both legs and in my hands, arms and back
  • Arm and hand weakness and exhaustion (To the point where my hands shook just trying to hold my phone for longer than a minute or two, and even brushing my teeth was challenging.)
  • Severe and heavy brain fog (I had trouble remembering events from the previous day.)
  • Severe imbalance and inability to walk on my own
  • Uncontrollable emotions

What was your initial experience and response to the treatments?

To be completely honest, I expected to feel better a little quicker. At first, I would say I actually felt worse, was weaker and more off balance. Around the fifth treatment I started to turn a significant corner. I quickly started regaining my balance and muscle strength, and was able to walk again! I continued to improve each treatment thereafter.

Describe your overall health picture today and the differences you’ve experienced.

Today, I am much more “normal” physically than I was before the 10 HOCATT treatments. My brain no longer feels impeded, and my balance is vastly improved. The weird neuropathy and muscle spasms are gone! My emotions are more consistent, and my heart is no longer out of rhythm.

What would you like to say to others who are going through chronic illness?

Chronic disease almost always has an underlying emotional component that has caused the individual’s immune system to be stuck in overdrive as well as adrenal burnout. Luckily, the immune system can be reset so it’s not always on high alert. I think it’s imperative that people deal with their stress, emotions and past traumas while detoxifying and rebuilding their immune systems.

I would also recommend patients be informed of the need to really allow their bodies to REST after each HOCATT session. The treatments cause the body to go into intense detoxification mode, so people should take it easy and try to reduce stress while going through their series.

What is your overall impression of Longevity Health Center?

Longevity has been a beacon of hope for me after being medically diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, for which there is supposedly “no known cause or cure.” All I was offered were prescription drugs to manage my symptoms, but that never address any root cause (and cost upwards of $60K a year!). Coming to Longevity and learning I am dealing with a chronic Spirochetes infection, and just knowing that healing is possible, and experiencing my own physical progress has been a huge shot in the arm!

What is your overall impression of the practitioners and staff of Longevity?

Longevity is a true place of hope and healing. The staff members are humble, kind and understanding.  I love and appreciate all of them so much. The HOCATT practitioner, Lisa, is a fantastic communicator, advocate and friend, and she really cares about each patient and wants to help. She is just wonderful.

If you have a testimonial to share, we’d love to hear from you and use your story to encourage others! 

By Rosie Steele, Lead Patient Coordinator

Growing up in the Anderson Family, I have always been a person who thought about my health from the inside out. For as long as I can remember I have sought to eat a healthy and whole food diet, packing in great nutrition from foods rich in antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and proteins. I was taught the importance of supplementing daily with great things like probiotics, omega 3s and adaptagenic herbs. When illness came to attack, I have always fought back with powerful immune boosting vitamins and herbs like echinacea, colloidal silver and vitamin C.

Recently, however, I have begun to understand my health from a different angle – from the outside in! As important as it is to recognize the potential toxicity from the foods that we are eating and medications we are taking, it is equally important to recognize potential toxicity in our environment. The standard body care products that line the shelves of the local drug store are just not good enough for me and my family any longer.

In light of all that I have learned, I have made some simple changes to my daily beauty regimen. These are simple and inexpensive changes, that can provide a priceless improvement to overall health and well-being.

  • Ditch the Lotion! Your skin is the largest organ of the body, absorbing about 60% of what is applied to it. The average American woman puts between 12 and 20 chemicals on her skin each day, primarily through lotion. In light of this, I have decided to ditch the lotion. What am I using instead? Coconut Oil! That’s right – it isn’t just for cooking! Coconut Oil (organic, extra virgin, non-refined) has amazing benefits to the skin, healing and moisturizing without the toxic effects of lotions and cream.

  • Switch up the Toothpaste! Over 95% of the toothpastes on the market today contain fluoride. Numerous studies have documented the harmful effects of fluoride on our bodies, including lowered IQ, and links to Cancer, Infertility and Alzheimer’s Disease. That’s motivation enough for me to switch out that standard toothpaste to a non-fluoridated option. Right now I am using the Tom’s of Maine Brand. You can also easily make your own (combine coconut oil, baking soda and your favorite essential oil, such as peppermint, citrus or thieves).

  • Dump the Deodorant (Antiperspirant, that is)! Antiperspirants work by clogging the pores to block the release of sweat under your arms using the active ingredient aluminum. Not only is it a bad idea to block the release of any of our bodies’ excrement (better out than in!!!), but putting Aluminum into our bodies is arguably an even worse idea! Aluminum causes major problems to the central nervous system, attacking the brain, and increasing risks of neurological disease – so why risk it? So long, Secret! I’m using the Tom’s of Maine brand here as well.

  • Try Oil Pulling! I could write an entire article on this topic alone. Oil pulling is a practice that dates back thousands of years. Essentially you take about a tablespoon of oil and swish it around your mouth for up to 20 minutes a day. The oral benefits include whiter teeth, cavity and gingivitis protection. Just a side note – this has health benefits beyond the mouth as well, including improvement with sinus and sleep problems, alleviation of headaches and TMJ pain, and improvement in skin conditions! Before you start this routine, make sure you do your homework on what kind of oil to use – I am using the very same oil that I am rubbing on my skin (organic, extra virgin, non-refined coconut oil)! Also, you don’t want to spit the oil out into your sink as it might clog the drains, so make sure you spit it in the trash.

  • Give Dry Skin Brushing a whirl! Dry skin brushing uses a natural brissled brush to exfoliate the skin daily prior to bathing. This practice has amazing benefits to the body. Not only does it exfoliate the skin, but it activates the elimination of waste in the body by stimulating the lymphatic system. Other benefits include improving circulation, reducing cellulite and reducing stress. Again, this is a topic that warrants an entire article, so do your homework here as well in selecting your brush and in learning correct technique.

When it comes to health and beauty, there is so much out there and it can become overwhelming! However, these are easy and inexpensive changes that add very little time and cost to my daily routine that I would recommend to anyone!

If you are considering Longevity Health Center for yourself, a friend or a family member, here’s a little bit of insight into who we are and what we value!

Mission Statement
At Longevity Health Center, our mission is to love God and serve people by pursuing healing and encouraging wellness, both for ourselves and for our patients.

Core Values
We believe that our creator, God, is the ultimate source of all healing.
Our work is more than a livelihood; it is a calling. Therefore, we desire to honor God in thought, word and deed as we care for his people.

We treat people, not diseases.
As each person is unique, we treat people as individuals, putting thought, study and purpose into personalized plans of care. Our team of dedicated practitioners and support staff strive to treat each person with sensitivity, dignity and respect, always working to create a positive and encouraging environment for our patients.

• We practice a naturopathic and preventative approach to healthcare.
We recognize that there are many factors that affect a person’s health: physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences must all be addressed. We seek to utilize the most non-toxic and non-invasive methods of intervention to strengthen the body’s natural processes of healing and detoxification, addressing root cause issues. Some of the modalities that we incorporate include homeopathy, nutrition, acupuncture and herbology.

• We understand that wellness is an ongoing journey, and not a destination.
True health is not merely the absence of symptoms, but sustained wellness in mind, body and spirit. We encourage our patients to be proactive in their own pursuit of health. We want to educate, empower and encourage our patients to pursue lifelong health and vitality!

• We believe in a partnership approach between patient and practitioner.
This is the cornerstone of wholistic medicine, a way to achieve optimal health. We want our patients to be truly invested in the process, recognizing that intention determines the path of healing.
• We are committed to continuous education, both for ourselves and our patients.
Our staff is committed to ongoing learning and implementation of best practices concerning testing, protocols and therapies. We want to keep our finger on the pulse of ever-changing research, modalities and technological advancements in order to provide our patients the best that natural healthcare has to offer.

• We strive to implement the principles we teach in our personal lives.
Our team does our best to practice what we preach!

• We want to do our work with excellence.
A job worth doing is worth doing well, to the glory of our heavenly father! We will continuously seek to improve our processes, tools and efficiencies. We value the time of both the patient and the practitioner, and do all that we can to run on time, encouraging our patients to arrive on time for scheduled and confirmed appointments.

• We seek to delight our patients, providing the highest level of customer service, in a warm and caring environment.
We want our customers to have a satisfying experience each time they interact with a member of the Longevity Health Care team, whether in person, over the phone, or via technology.