Rhythms of Renewal: Creating Life Balance for Whole Health


When you think of living “health,” what picture evolves in your mind? What does it look like to live an extraordinary life of abundant health? Is eating more nutrient-dense foods a solution for you? Maybe exercising or becoming more active is a part of your wellness vision? If you could just experience a little more energy or sleep better at night, would that define “health” more clearly for you? 


Realistically, our total wellness cannot be fully grasped unless we have healthy habits in three key areas, which I like to define as our physical, emotional and spiritual life rhythms. A rhythm is “a strong, regular repeated pattern of movement”, and in the context of our lives, we all establish regular patterns of movement that can either strengthen our overall health or diminish it. This pursuit takes intentionality and focus, which is sometimes difficult to sustain in today’s fast-paced existence. 


For example, if one is eating nutritious foods and maintaining regular exercise, yet still having trouble sleeping and managing stress, the patterns that are not balanced contribute negatively to our overall immune function. An athlete who stays physically fit and sleeps soundly every night may still have hidden chronic inflammation due to a high-stress career or unhealthy relationship. Maybe you have stress managed in your life and your diet is healthy, yet you lack community connections, enriching friendships or foundational faith. Your optimum health is compromised greatly by lacking these emotional and spiritual connections, because these rhythms are vital to how your body functions and heals physically. 


When our life rhythms, the repeated, regular patterns of our days, are out of balance in one of these key areas, our overall wellness is impacted in negative ways. When we step back and take into consideration all of the facets of our health, we experience growth and abundant health in more ways than we can imagine.


As a life, health and nutrition coach for over ten years, I support individuals as they take an inventory of their life rhythms. One can start by looking past the “symptoms” of their physical health. Together we take a deeper dive at root causes that might have their origin in areas such as chronic stress, lack of intimacy in important relationships, life transitions that take their toll unknowingly, and even a lack of spiritual focus and discipline. 


A health coach can offer support to individuals who suffer from a chronic condition, want to better manage a condition through lifestyle and diet change, desire support in carrying out a practitioner’s recommendations, or hope to optimize health and focus on prevention. The clients I work with establish “rhythms of renewal” that not only create sustainable lifestyle change in their physical habits, but their emotional and spiritual patterns, as well. 


Picture a wheel with multiple spokes: your “life wheel”. When one of the spokes is broken or damaged, the wheel will not be able to balance the weight it carries or function properly. So it is with our own life! When the areas remain in balance, the wheel operates flawlessly and can carry us to our destination with ease and endurance. 


What does your life wheel look like? Visit my website at www.beautyforbroken.com to take your free Life Wheel assessment and receive your complimentary consultation for health coaching today!


The Many Benefits of Acupuncture for Mind, Body, and Spirit

An Interview with Dr. Kiwon Han, Licensed Acupuncturist, Doctor of Oriental Medicine


Are you curious about Acupuncture and whether it could be beneficial for you? If so, here’s a little Acupuncture primer! 

  • Meridians are energy channels which course throughout the body. Chi circulates via the meridians to all parts of the body. The unimpeded flow of chi is imperative for good health, and any misdirection, blockage or other interruption of the flow of chi may result in pain, dysfunction and poor health. 
  • Using fine needles, an Acupuncturist stimulates certain points along the course of the 14 meridians. This act restores the balance and flow of chi so that the body and its systems can function normally. 


In short, Acupuncture sets the stage for the body to repair itself and maintain its own health.

When you think of Acupuncture, pain relief is most likely the first thing that pops into your head. Perhaps you’ve tried dry needling or cupping in the past for issues like headaches, neck pain, or a sports injury. 


It’s proven that the placement of Acupuncture needles or cups at specific pain points releases endorphins and opioids, the body’s natural painkillers, as well as neurotransmitters to the brain. There is also evidence that stimulating acupuncture points draws out inflammation and increases circulation, speeding up the healing and detoxification processes. When pain is relieved, patients feel a greater overall sense of physical well-being, and all their systems are able to function optimally. 


In addition to pain management, Acupuncture has numerous lesser-known benefits. For example, it can aid in the treatment of digestive issues, insomnia, sleep disorders, and even help people stop smoking. 


We sat down with Longevity Acupuncturist Dr. Kiwon Han to learn more about this ancient Eastern therapy and some of the ways it can help the body heal and balance itself.  Enjoy this interview with Dr. Han, and learn more at LongevityHealth.com/acupuncture/


Can Acupuncture help people with ongoing sinus problems or seasonal allergies? 

Yes, Acupuncture can not only improve the function of the immune system but also restore the flow of qi throughout the body. It can help clear blockages from the sinus passages, relieving a range of sinus issues, including headaches, pressure, pain, and nasal congestion.


What’s the connection between Acupuncture and endocrine health? Can this therapy aid with issues like PCOS, infertility, and menopause symptoms? 

We can help the endocrine system by stimulating several key Acupuncture points. For menopause symptoms, Acupuncture can help our bodies better adjust to the hormone changes that occur during this transition. 

Acupuncture can also help with many of the medical conditions that impact fertility. These include PCOS, fibroids, endometriosis, and issues with ovarian reserve and sperm quality. It can also help relieve some of the side effects associated with fertility drugs, such as bloating and nausea.


We know Acupuncture has numerous physical benefits, but can it also support people in their mental and emotional health? How does it enhance mood, sleep, and overall energy and well-being? 

In Oriental Medicine, our body and spirit are never separated, and I’ve seen Acupuncture serve as a game-changer for patients’ mental and emotional health.

This therapy stimulates the release of specific neurotransmitters, which regulate mood, sleep cycles, breathing, heart rate and concentration. Regular sessions can do wonders for those struggling with high stress, anxiety, and insomnia issues. 

Because Acupuncture treatments are pain free and very relaxing, they are a great way to give yourself some much-needed self-care. Each session helps the body relax, lowering cortisol and getting into a zen-like meditative state.  


You have years of experience using Acupuncture for weight loss and cosmetic purposes. How does this therapy help patients not only feel, but also look better? 

For optimal weight loss, our minds and bodies need to be in their best condition. When our systems are more balanced, we can better control cravings and have more energy to move and care for our bodies. Acupuncture patients experience increased metabolism, reduced appetite, and lower stress levels, giving them a sense of motivation and well-being. 



Women around the world have been using Acupuncture facial treatments for rejuvenation and beauty maintenance for generations. Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture will brighten lusterless skin, reduce redness, tighten sagging areas, drain congested lymph, soften wrinkles and discourage formation of new ones.


The treatment exercises the cutaneous layer of the skin and fights aging by attacking flaccidity, expression lines, dehydration, and poor circulation. The dermis of the face is strengthened by correcting circulation deficiencies and stimulating fibroblasts to increase collagen production, thereby improving elasticity. Facial rejuvenation is a safe alternative to cosmetic surgery with no traumatic side effects.


Clients will notice that their skin feels warmer, tighter, brighter, lightened, and more awake after just one session. The treatment also works at the cellular level to stimulate cellular activity through the production of ATP, the major carrier of energy to the cells, helping all cells to readily accept nutrients and eliminate waste.



Dr. Han earned her Bachelor’s of Oriental Medicine at Wonkwang University of South Korea in 2002. After practicing as an Oriental Medical Doctor for 18 years in Korea, she moved to the U.S. to continue her work as a Georgia Licensed and board certified Acupuncturist. She is also a member of the Korean Medicine of Obesity and Bokchi Korean Medicine Societies. With more than 20 years of experience with Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine, Dr. Han is skilled in pain management, fertility issues, obesity treatment, and cosmetic Acupuncture. She lives in Suwanee with her husband Junyong, her two kids, Yujin and Yun, and her poodle, Kkamja.

By Amy Dayries, DMD, FAIHM 


 As a dentist practicing for the last 25 years in Roswell, I’ve observed so many health connections between oral health and the overall health of the body.  Much of my own learning about points mentioned in this article came to  me while raising my own children and seeking new solutions when there were health struggles in our home.  

My daughter, Sarah, suffered a traumatic injury at the age of four years old, which required her to receive stitches in her chin. After the injury, I noticed that she began regularly snoring and breathing  through her mouth. She reverted to needing afternoon naps, and temper tantrums became a regular occurrence, when we should have developmentally been progressing towards being ready for a full day of kindergarten. 

My daughter also  wished to begin violin lessons, and we found that whatever breakfast she would eat just before the lesson would have a profound impact on her ability to focus and reach success during the teaching session. She had her first baby teeth loosening up and great big permanent teeth erupting  in her mouth, and as a dentist, I could see that she would have ever so much crowding. Her seasonal allergies were becoming a year round issue. 

I needed answers so that my beautiful beloved daughter could become the best version of herself. As I looked for solutions that would support her, I found that many of these issues were connected. Even  more surprising for me was the discovery that all of the issues Sarah was experiencing could be connected through dental health. What an exciting epiphany this was for me as both a mom and a dentist!  

There are also so many changes happening in dentistry, which make the  importance of knowing the dental health status of your child even more crucial. This article will focus on the importance of diet and sleep, connecting these issues with oral health.  


Sleep and the Developing Face 

As a child’s face develops, both internal and external changes yield to their continued physical, mental, and emotional growth.. These are signs of possible issues with sleep that can be seen in  the developing face of a child: 

  • Asymmetry 
  • Positioning of the ears- ears that protrude outwards or where one is  much higher/ lower than the other 
  • Focus of the eyes, whites of the eyes showing either above or under the  iris (colored part of the eye) 
  • Dark circles under the eyes, narrow lower third of face  
  • Asthma 
  • Swollen tonsils and adenoids 
  • Snoring 
  • Bedwetting at night (Nocturnal enuresis) 
  • Slouching 
  • History of traumatic birth or head trauma in a child 
  • Mouth breathing regularly 
  • Stomach issues/ gas/ bloating after dinner/ at night 
  • Tongue tie/ picky eater/ speech difficulties 
  • Anterior open bite (almost unheard of in dental literature of 100 years  ago is now increasingly prevalent) 


The Connection Between Crowded Teeth and Sleep 

In order for  there to be proper spacing for permanent teeth, there should be space between all baby teeth.  

Sleep issues will impact the body’s ability to heal, grow, and thrive. In children, it is especially impactful to address signs and symptoms and determine if poor sleep could be a contributing factor. Once corrected, a child is able to come more fully online and develop into their fullest potential. Kids with crowded teeth are more likely to be mouth breathers, and also have higher rates of decay, as it is easier to pack food stuck between teeth. There is also a change in the bacterial flora of the mouth when mouth breathing is regularly occurring, causing increased likelihood of decay.  


Increasingly, mainstream dental groups such as the American Dental Association are embracing the new movement toward treating whole body health from the dental chair, as we dentists frequently see warning signs of overall health issues such as poor sleep in routine dental appointments.  


How the parent can impact their child’s sleep and ability to focus 


We now also realize that dietary issues, left unaddressed, can also impact oral health. In dentistry, we see poor formation of enamel, called enamel hypoplasia, and thus higher rates of oral decay from gluten intolerance that is unrecognized. Gluten sensitivity can also contribute to  the feeling of brain fog or inability to focus.  


Dental decay is also influenced by habitual mouth breathing and low  levels of vitamins D, A, and K2. Blood levels of calcium and phosphorus  will also impact decay levels. Some of this information was discovered through medical research decades ago, but we need more awareness about the connections between dental decay rates and the deeper meaning of what  may be occurring in the child’s overall health. The teeth tell the story of  the overall health of the body.  

Here are some steps parents can take to become more aware of  their child’s oral and systemic health: 

  •  Be actively involved in night time oral cleaning routines. Help your child age 7 and younger brush and floss teeth. Question if  you do not see spacing between the baby teeth. This can indicate future  crowding issues, which may also indicate a reduced airway size.  
  • Educate your child. Take them grocery shopping to encourage them to  try new, nutritious foods, and discuss with them the advertising and packaging ploys of modern marketing that may attract the child’s eye towards  fake non-nutritious food choices.  
  • Consider gardening simple seasonal vegetables, herbs, or fruits if possible. Seasonal produce is a wonderful way to change up one’s diet and  also obtain the most nutritional value from the foods you ingest. 
  • Involve your child in meal preparation. Have the child be able to try new foods and express their preferences. Be aware that a picky eater is often the child who actually is suffering from a  tongue habit where certain muscle segments of the tongue are underworking, and some segments are overworking.  
  • Determine if your child would benefit from Myo-functional therapy. This is a program that addresses both speech impediments and also establishes ways for a child to convert to what we in the dental industry call a mature swallow- where the tongue graces the palate and stimulates fuller development of the maxilla (upper jaw). Adults with a mature  swallow have increased heart rate variability, a sign of better cardiovascular health. The vagus nerve innervates both the tongue and the heart,  and thus the function of the tongue is closely related to heart function.  
  • Observe how your child breathes during the day and while sleeping. For the chronic mouth breather, here is something you can try tonight to ease sleep: 
  • Limit dairy products and sugar at night-time meals, particularly after 2 years of age. Dairy and sugar at later meals will break down in the gut and cause bloating, gas, and increased nasal congestion, contributing to the need to breathe more easily through the mouth, rather than through the  nose.  
  • Practice yoga breaths with your child before bed to open up nasal passages and calm nerves to encourage nasal breathing. Even Elmo on Sesame Street has a little video on YouTube called Belly Breathe, which is a fun way to teach a child how to handle stressful situations and also can be a way to coach how to breathe while  falling asleep at night. 
    • Establish a night-time routine. 
      • Take a steam bath with a drop or two of lavender oil (to soothe and promote relaxation) or sip on a warm decaffeinated cup of herbal tea such as chamomile or lemon balm. Focus on inhaling the steam from the cup. For younger children, a steamy bath may be an easier way to accomplish this step. The steam will help  loosen up congestion. 
      • Have your child blow their nose. Clean out as much mucus as possible. You may also opt to use a Xylitol-based nasal product or a Neti pot (not a pharmaceutical decongestant, so many fewer side effects) to assist with getting nasal passages lubricated and free of congestion. 
      • Consider taping your child’s mouth closed with some band aid adhesive. This should never be done on an infant. Please inquire with your child’s dentist about the safety of this so you are not working this journey alone. Perhaps  tape your own mouth shut and your child’s too during the day as a sort of activity to try while watching television or playing to establish if this is a workable endeavor to try at night.  Investigate some of the online educational opportunities available such as Patrick McKeown’s Buteyko Breathing International, or even his Ted Talk to  further educate yourself on the importance of nasal breathing. 
  • Taking supplements or multivitamins may help achieve an optimal balance of nutrition for better growth outcomes and health. If there is a history of much chronic disease in family history (heart disease, diabetes, mental health, anxiety), you may consider seeking salivary or blood test ing with your child’s doctor for testing for gene Single Nucleotide  Polymorphisms that can help determine optimal vitamin supplementation that will be best absorbed by your child. 
  • For the younger toddler or baby, try to breastfeed until about the  age of 2 years old. Babies have to work harder to nurse than to sip from  a bottle. Nursing when possible helps formation of the skull and encourages development of a mature swallow. Switch to harder, crunchy  foods as teeth erupt in the mouth. Historically, humans ate harder foods rather than the Standard American Diet (SAD). It is increasingly appreciated in the world of dentistry that the SAD can contribute to a reduced  airway development, increased crowding of teeth, increased need for future orthodontics, and increased rate of dental decay.  


It has been said that it takes a village to raise a child. As you can see from the many suggestions above, there are many ways we parents can begin to positively impact our children’s facial, oral, and airway development. It may be that much of this is accomplished in the home, but there are also many health care providers that can offer support. I encourage you to ask questions, as there are many solutions available once you know how symptoms can connect and become interlaced. 


For me, my daughter Sarah is now a college student pursuing a music major with her violin. She has been an honor roll student and was able to avoid braces as a teenager. I attribute much of her reaching high standards to the fortunate support we found as we began to ask questions to figure out why she snored, why she had dental crowding and was having temper tantrums and focus issues. I am grateful for the discoveries we made as a family, and hope that there are some ideas presented here that may help other parents looking for answers.  


Our Roswell dental office serves children and adults alike, and we are growing! The ideas presented here are applicable to all age groups. The functional orthodontic appliances we use in our office can help develop a  small windpipe and straighten teeth. We also see that these appliances can help restore better sleep, and some of our patients have graduated from the need to use a c-pap or bi-pap appliance while sleeping. 

If you would like to be seen for a consultation with me, feel free to contact me,  Dr. Amy Dayries, at (770)753-0067. Learn more at CallicuttDayries.com.

By Cristina McMullen, ND, Certified Wellness Coach,

Bio-Energetic Practitioner


It’s hard to believe that spring is upon us. It’s that time of year when the days are becoming noticeably longer, the weather is getting warmer, and the sound of baby birds chirping reminds us of the new life all around us. 

While a new year reminds us to set resolutions to eat better and exercise more, spring gives so many of us that “itch” to do a thorough, deep clean of our homes. There is just something about that clean house smell that correlates beautifully with the renewal of springtime.

One of the major downfalls to that deep clean of your house is the fact that so many cleaning supplies out there are full of chemicals that are toxic and very dangerous to our health. Anyone who has spent even 5 minutes in an enclosed space, say a shower, cleaning with a conventional bathroom cleaner will tell you that their skin, eyes, and sometimes even lungs burn while cleaning. What about noticing a headache after an afternoon of cleaning? These are signs that toxins are lurking in the products we are using. And just like we should try to eliminate our exposure to toxins in our food and personal body care products, we should do the same with our household cleaning products. 


So what exactly is in those cleaning products that is so harmful to our health? Let’s identify some of these ingredients and find out why they are so bad for us.


Chlorine: Most of us are familiar with chlorine for its disinfecting and whitening properties. It is commonly found in scouring powders, laundry whiteners, toilet bowl cleaner, and mildew removers. We want to avoid chlorine because prolonged exposure can disrupt thyroid function, irritate the skin, and cause chronic skin dryness.

Ammonia: You can find ammonia in many polishing and glass cleaning products, especially those that promote that oh-so desired streak-free shine. Thankfully, you will see quite a few products promoting the fact that they are “ammonia free.” This is because we know it can produce highly irritating fumes that can be especially dangerous for those with asthma and other lung problems, as well as heart conditions.

* It is important to note here that you NEVER want to use chlorine and ammonia products together or at the same time. The combination of these two chemicals produces a dangerous gas that can cause major damage to the respiratory system.

Formaldehyde: This is another one most people have heard of before. As a cleaning agent, you will find it mostly in heavy duty cleaners. We most definitely want to avoid exposure to formaldehyde because it has been connected with the onset of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS. Along with causing damage to the nervous system, formaldehyde can shift the balance of chemicals in the brain, which may lead to depression, mood swings, headaches, insomnia, irritability, and attention deficit disorders.

Perchloroethylene (PEC or PERC): This is a common chemical in fabric cleaners, such as upholstery cleaners, spot removers, and dry cleaning solutions. It is a known neurotoxin and carcinogen, so much so that the EPA has even banned PERC dry cleaning machines from being in residential buildings. The state of California has also demanded that all PERC machines be taken out of service by 2023.

2-Butoxyethanol: This chemical is very common in “multi-purpose” cleaners as well as window sprays and other kitchen cleaners. It is actually what gives certain cleaners their sweet smell. According to the EPA website, it is known to cause sore throats if inhaled directly. More seriously, when it is at a high level, it can cause pulmonary edema, narcosis, and severe kidney and liver damage. Even with all of these negative side effects, companies are not forced to list this as an ingredient in their products! This is so upsetting, especially when you find out that you can usually inhale more than is legally allowed in most workplaces!

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS): Found in soaps, shampoos, laundry detergent, and body washes, this is used as an emulsifier and foaming agent. Even though this is derived from coconuts, it becomes contaminated with a toxic byproduct in the process of making it. As a result, it becomes a carcinogenic endocrine disruptor and is toxic to our organs, neural tissues, and skin.

Phthalate: This chemical is usually used in air fresheners, soap labels, laundry detergents, and fabric softeners as a “fragrance.” Phthalates are known endocrine disruptors. Research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the Harvard School of Public Health have shown that men with higher phthalate compound in their blood have decreased sperm counts.

Paraben: Another synthetic chemical used as a “fragrance” even though it is a known endocrine disruptor. As a xenoestrogen, it mimics estrogen in our bodies and can interfere with the release of this hormone, leading to a multitude of reproductive issues in women.

Triclosan: Usually found in combination with triclocarban, this chemical is usually found in dishwashing detergents, hand soap, face wash, and toothpaste. It is used as an antimicrobial agent. Unfortunately, its use as an antimicrobial has helped to make certain bacteria resistant to antibiotics! It has also been linked to harmful effects on our liver, thyroid gland, and respiratory system.

Quaternary Ammonia Compounds (QAC): This is another antibacterial agent that is commonly used in our household cleaning products that aids in the production of antibiotic resistant microbes. It is also suspected to cause respiratory disorders like asthma and skin irritation.


Sadly, we could go on and on with even more chemicals currently allowed in our cleaning products that have harmful effects on our bodies. What then are we to do? How are we going to keep our homes free from dirt, dust, microbes, mold, and air pollutants?

Fortunately, there are a few things that we can all do to help keep our homes cleaner that don’t require the use of any cleaners whatsoever. By using door mats and taking our shoes off before entering into our homes, we can stop dirt and microbes from being tracked in to begin with. Vacuuming carpets and hardwoods along with damp dusting of furniture on a regular basis is an easy way to reduce the amount of not only dust, pet dander and airborne allergens, but can also lower our exposure to chemicals, heavy metals, and pesticides that are also lurking in those dust bunnies. 

Running the exhaust fan in our bathrooms while showering is a great way to keep the moisture down and thus prevent the growth of mold. In the kitchen, we can have separate cutting boards for meat and vegetables to prevent cross-contamination. We can also replace kitchen sponges on a regular basis and make sure we wring them out thoroughly in order to keep them dry. If you want to disinfect these sponges, you can boil them in water for 3 minutes or microwave them for 1 minute (This is probably the only time I will recommend using a microwave!).

When it does come time to use cleaning solutions, we can choose to either find less toxic alternatives, or make our own. Fortunately, more and more people are becoming aware of the dangers of harmful chemicals in our environment, and manufacturers are starting to listen. 

But how do you know which products are safe and which aren’t? This is where I LOVE to use the Environmental Working Group as a resource. Their website (www.ewg.org) has a Guide to Healthy Cleaning where you can either look up individual products to see how toxic they are or try to find the least toxic options on the market. Their list of “Top Green Cleaning Products” is an amazing resource for anyone looking to decrease the amount of toxins in their cleaning supplies.

Making your own cleaners will obviously be the least toxic option and really doesn’t have to be that intimidating. The internet is full of DIY recipes, but here are a few super simple ones that are made from things you most likely already have lying around in your home.

All Purpose Cleaner: Mix 1 cup of distilled white vinegar with 1 cup of water in a spray bottle. You can add a couple drops of your favorite essential oil (I prefer lemon of lavender) for a nice, natural fragrance.

Bathroom Cleaner: For surfaces that need a bit more scouring, rub baking soda into the desired surface with a wet sponge. You can add a few drops of liquid soap (Dr. Bronner’s will be the least toxic, but even Dawn dish soap will do) for a little more cleaning power.

Window Cleaner: Mix ½ cup of vinegar with 1 quart of warm water in a spray bottle. Again, you can add a couple drops of liquid soap for a bit more cleaning power.

Drain Cleaner: It is very easy to clear up minor clogs with just some baking soda, vinegar, and hot water. Start by pouring about ½ cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by about ½ cup of vinegar. After letting it bubble for a few minutes, you can pour boiling hot water down the drain. This may need to be repeated a few times for more stubborn clogs, or helped a bit with a mechanical snake.

Toilet Cleaner: Baking soda with some liquid soap and a scouring pad is usually all you need. Another option could be a non-chlorinated scouring powder from the store.

Oven: Even the tough, cooked on mess in the oven can be tackled with baking soda, a razor blade, and a copper scouring pad. Simply make a paste of baking soda with water and let it sit on the stuck on grime before using the razor and scouring pad to lift them up and remove them.

Garbage Disposal: Dumping just a bit of baking soda down the drain will do wonders for the garbage disposal. Since baking soda is a base, it will counteract the smelly acids from all the food we put down it.

Laundry Detergent: Probably one of my favorite homemade laundry detergents is made into a powder. Grate a 5oz bar of soap (I usually use Dr. Bronner’s) and mix it well with ½ cup of baking soda, 1 cup of super washing soda, ½ cup of citric acid, and ¼ cup of coarse sea salt. You can then store in an airtight container and add 1-2 Tbsp of detergent to each load. It’s fun to use a scented soap to add some natural fragrances to your detergent too.

Laundry Stain Remover: The honest truth is that there really is nothing better than a concentrated solution of dish soap as our first line of defense against stains from things like fatty foods and chocolate. Thankfully, dish washing liquids, even Dawn dish soap, are probably the least toxic of cleaning products out there, that is as long as they are not antimicrobial. Simply apply straight to the stain, rub in a but, and let it sit for a little while before washing it like you usually do.

Laundry Whitener: This is a bit of a tough one that does require some level of toxicity. However, using an oxygen bleach from the store or borax is going to be less toxic that chlorine.

Dryer Sheets: You can avoid the need for dryer sheets all together by getting some dryer balls. I personally love mine and add a few drops of essential oils (again, more lavender and citrus for me) to the balls before tossing them in the dryer.


But what about disinfecting?

This past year, we have all been told over and over again to disinfect surfaces in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Soaps and cleaners like Lysol have been sold out of stores for months on end. But remember what I said about antimicrobial ingredients like triclosan and QAC? The use of these actually enables the production of antibacterial resistant superbugs! Another little fact that these products do not tell you is that they need to remain on surfaces for at least 10 minutes to truly kill bacteria anyways.

The real truth is, outside of healthcare settings, there really is no benefit to antimicrobial agents as opposed to plain ol’ soap and water. Germs don’t necessarily need to be killed, but rather just need to be washed away. So, regular cleaning of countertops and surfaces with soap and water along with good rinsing afterwards is enough to lift dirt and microbes away. And, if the need for disinfecting occurs, using a little bit of bleach with a face covering will go a long way. 


Feel free to ask me or another Longevity team member about our favorite cleaning products or DIY recipes. And, in the meantime, Happy Spring Cleaning!

By Cristina McMullen, Bio-Energetic Practitioner, Certified Wellness Coach


The last couple of years have been a doozie! The novel Coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, disrupted life as we knew it.  So much happened around us that was out of our control, resulting in so much fear and anxiety in us and the people we love.  Not to mention all of the uncertainty about the future, as it doesn’t seem like things will go back to “normal” anytime soon.  

All of the stress weighing heavily on us during this season has a negative impact on our immune systems, right when we need them to be at their strongest! But there are some simple steps we can take today to help strengthen our mental, emotional, and physical health, protecting our mind, body, spirit, and immune systems in the wake of this pandemic. 

Breathe, Meditate, and PRAY

We’re all guilty of focusing on the negative things in life at times.  This gets compounded when all we hear and see everywhere is negative, and often conflicting information.  This is where we need to STOP listening to the news, STOP scrolling social media, and retreat to a quiet space.  Empty your thoughts and just try to relax.  Take some deep belly breaths while thinking about all of the good things that you have going for you.  What are all of the things you are grateful for?  The deep breathing will send messages to your brain to calm down and relax, and counting your blessings will help you focus on all the positive things around you.

We must also not forget the power of prayer.  The Bible says “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your mind in Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 4:6-7).  

The more we turn our eyes to our Heavenly Father, the more at peace we will become with the chaos around us.  He has the power to ease our fears.  This is because, through Him, we do not have a spirit of fear, but one of power, of love, and of a sound mind.  When we find rest in Him, He provides us everything we need to live a more peaceful, healthier life. 

    Eat a Nutrient-Dense, Virus-Fighting Diet 

Every time you take a bite of something, you are either promoting disease or fighting it.  Now is a time that we really need to be focusing on the foods that help to fight disease and avoiding those that promote it.

Things that we should be avoiding right now include packaged, highly processed, and sugar laden foods.  These foods not only lack the nutritional value that we are supposed to be getting from the food we eat, but they contain a lot of fake, chemical ingredients that are foreign to our bodies.  And when our immune systems see something foreign they trigger an inflammatory response.  Things high in sugar also directly impact our immune systems.  Did you know that within 30 minutes of eating simple sugars, the ability of some of our white blood cells, called macrophages, to “eat up” bacteria and viruses decreases by 50%?  And that lasts for at least 5 hours!

As we cut out sugars, we need to focus on eating more nutrient-dense foods.  These include an array of colorful fruits and vegetables, lean meats (especially those high in omega 3 fatty acids), and a plethora of fresh herbs.  By eating the colors of the rainbow, you are sure to get a wide variety of phytonutrients and antioxidants as well as vitamins and minerals like A, C, D, Zinc, Quercetin, and Sulfur for proper immune function and antiviral support.  Herbs like Rosemary, Thyme, Sage, and Oregano all have antiviral properties to them as well and have actually be shown to kill other forms of coronaviruses.  

Remember to relax and actually enjoy your meals.  We have become a society that is so busy with life that we no longer sit down to enjoy the food we are eating or the company we are eating with.  This “eating on the go” makes it super hard for our bodies to actually digest what we are eating, and thus prevents us from absorbing the nutrients we should be getting from our food. 


Not only is water good for our overall physical health, but it is actually good for our emotional well-being as well.  In Traditional Chinese Medicine, each organ is associated with a given emotion.  It is believed that, if an organ is under stress or isn’t functioning optimally, then that person would be more likely to experience the emotion associated with that organ.  The kidneys are the organ that benefit the most from proper hydration.  And can you guess what emotion is associated with kidney health?  FEAR.  So make sure you are getting at least half of your body weight in ounces of water daily.  


Exercise and all forms of physical activity increases our overall health and sense of well-being.  Ever heard of someone say they needed to go for a run in order to blow off some steam?  Well, this is because, while we exercise, our bodies release neurotransmitters called endorphins.  These endorphins are called our ‘feel good’ hormones and are responsible for the feelings of relaxation and optimism that accompany a good workout. Regular exercise also helps to reduce our stress levels by reducing our stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol, while also improving our ability to sleep.  And we all know how much better we feel after a good night’s rest!

Physical activity has also been shown to increase serum ACE2 receptors in the body.  Why is this important?  Well, SARS-CoV-2 attaches to ACE2 receptors usually found on our organs in order to enter our cells and replicate.  The theory is that, if we have an abundance of ACE2 floating around in our bloodstream, then the virus will attach to those first and will simply be flushed out of our bloodstream.  So regular exercise, whether it be a walk, run, or bike ride around the neighborhood or some weight lifting, might be yet another tool we can use to help combat COVID. 

Get Enough Sleep

Proper sleep is essential for optimal health.  Not only do we just feel so much better after getting a good night sleep, but sleep actually increases the number of and the ability of our white blood cells to fight off unwanted viral infections more efficiently. This is because, while we sleep, Melatonin is hard at work in our bodies.  When it comes to immune function, Melatonin stimulates the production of granulocytes, macrophages, and natural killer cells.  

Melatonin is actually receiving some attention when trying to figure out why children seem to be less affected by COVID-19 than adults.  This could be due to the fact that children tend to have very high levels of melatonin in their bodies, and production decreases with age.  Although not confirmed by a scientific study, it is a very interesting hypothesis.  


Ever heard the saying “laughter is the best medicine?”  Well, turns out it just might be!  Numerous studies have shown that laughter alone can decrease your stress hormones while also increasing the body’s immune cells as well as infection-fighting antibodies.  In fact, just 5 minutes of laughter can boost your immune system for over 24 hours!

Support Your Body with a High-Quality Supplements and Detoxifying Therapies

I get it, a lot of these suggestions are easier said than done, and they take ongoing time and practice.  As you start incorporating these habits, it would be beneficial to support the body with a few supplements.  Here are a few of what I like to call “security blankets” for stress relief and immune support.  

Adaptogenic Herbs: There are a whole host of herbs out there that help to modulate the stress response.  Some include Rhodiola, Schisandra, and Eleuthero.  While a single one can definitely be helpful, they tend to work synergistically together and have an even more powerful effect when combined.  We have quite a few different blends of adaptogenic herbs in the Nutrition Shop and are more than happy to recommend the perfect blend for your needs.  

Natural Sleep Aids: Supplements that contain things like Valerian, Hops, Passionflower, Mimosa, L-theanine, and Melatonin can help to relax the nervous system so that it is easier to fall asleep at night.  Some of my favorite blends in our Shop include HPA Axis Sleep Cycle, Serenitin Plus, Best Rest, and Liposomal Melatonin.  We even have some chewable forms for kiddos who can’t quite swallow pills yet. 

Antioxidant/Nutritional Support: Let’s face it, even with the healthiest of diets, we are still missing out on some vital micronutrients every day.  This is why I personally add a scoop of chocolate greens to my coffee every single morning and regularly make some “chocolate milk” for my kids.  This way I know we are eating a big ol’ salad with every scoop without actually eating something that looks green.  And who doesn’t like chocolate?

Immune Support: Just like it is smart to supplement our diets with something like chocolate greens, it is also wise to support the immune system with powerful herbs.  My favorite supplement in our Shop is called Immunitone Plus.  This remedy contains a blend of Astragalus, Andrographis, Elderberry, Green Tea, Mushrooms, and Lauric Acid. These work together to support normal natural killer cell activity as well as to balance cytokine activity.  This is extra important right now because COVID-19 becomes very dangerous when the body goes haywire and produces a mass abundance of inflammatory cytokines in something called a cytokine storm.

Massage: We all know just how relaxing massages can be, but did you know that they are also very beneficial for the immune system?  That’s right!  Massages help to get the lymphatic system moving, transporting disease-fighting cells throughout our bodies.  When our lymph system is congested, our immune system cannot function as well.  If you haven’t had a massage since the shelter-in-place was lifted, you need to schedule yourself one ASAP!  Our Therapist Nancy Robinson is absolutely amazing and I squeeze in sessions with her as often as I can! 

Acupuncture:  Our bodies just cannot function at their best when our meridian pathways are congested or blocked.  This is because our body’s vital life force, called chi, moves throughout our meridian pathways.  And when our chi is stagnant, this leads to a plethora of health issues.  By focusing on certain acupuncture points, our Acupuncturists can most certainly make sure that the meridians associated with our bodies stress response and immune function are open and clear. 

HOCATT:  Sometimes I wonder if there is any health issue HOCATT CAN’T treat!  This is because it does so many things.  First, the steam sauna raises the body’s internal temperature, thus mimicking a fever.  This gives the immune system practice for when it really needs to fight something off.  Then ozone itself helps to kill off unwanted pathogens and basically “disinfects” its environment.  Pathogens don’t stand a chance when you’re getting regular HOCATT sessions! 

As you navigate this season, please know that our staff is here to serve and support you in any way we can. Call or stop by our office for holistic health recommendations and protocols for your family!   


Here at Longevity, our mission is to love God and serve people, and we love hearing stories from patients who have experienced amazing transformations with their health. Enjoy this interview with our patient, Mariela, as she tells her story of improved health and quality of life! 

What were your primary health concerns starting at our practice? Describe your symptoms.

In 2018, I started experiencing many scary systemic inflammatory health issues: migraines, dizziness, poor coordination, brain fog, extreme fatigue, weakness, vision disturbances, bilateral joint pain, joint swelling, muscular pain, nerve tingling, muscle wasting, skin rashes, gastrointestinal symptoms, increased anxiety, sleep disturbances and much more. After seeing 19 different specialists, 6 months of countless MRIs, CT scans, spinal tap, blood work, endoscopy, colonoscopies and many other tests, no one could figure out what was causing my symptoms. I remembered telling a good friend of mine, “I wish someone could treat my symptoms and I as a whole”, that’s when I was recommended to Longevity Health Center.


What were your first appointments like? What was your response to the treatments and therapies?

I knew I was at the right place from the moment I stepped foot in Longevity. I immediately felt a sense of peace and reassurance. I was no longer scared. My initial appointment was with Dr. Anderson. He was extremely thorough, compassionate, and very attentive. I was tested using the Bio-Energetic testing method and other non-invasive tests, which gave us insight into what had been causing all of my symptoms. Dr. Anderson put me on a detox and supplement protocol to kill toxins and support my immune system. I was also recommended to do a series of HOCATT treatments, which tremendously helped my body detox faster and more efficiently. I highly recommend it!


Describe your overall health picture today. What improvements have you experienced?

Today I feel 90% better. Two years ago I could not walk 1/2 a block. Today, I am walking 3-4 miles daily, bicycling with my son, and even went back to school and started a new career path in natural health. I owe it all to Longevity Health Center.


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

I have seen a few of Longevity’s practitioners, and they are all qualified and wonderful. Alice Honican, Dr. Anderson’s daughter, is fantastic, and Lisa in the Nutrition Shop is extremely knowledgeable and so kind! One of the many things I love about Longevity Health Center is that it offers many services and treatments all under one roof. I even bring my 13-year-old son for help with improving his overall health. Needless to say, I’m a huge fan!


If you have a transformation story to share, we’d love to hear from you! Email JoAnna at marketing@longevityhealthcenter.com.

The summer has come and gone, and just like that, it’s time for another school year. Amidst the chaos of preparing for the academic year (school supply shopping, orientations and activities sign-ups…oh my!!), don’t forget to give equal attention to planning for a great year as it pertains to your kiddo’s health!  

As parents, we want to do all we can to make sure our children have the energy, focus, and of course the strong immune system, that they will need to have an amazing year. Here are a few tips to help get you started.


Nourish Them Well

One of the most important things that we can do to impact our children’s lifelong health is to encourage a nutrient-dense, whole foods diet. If your kids are anything like mine, they are constantly being offered junk foods full of chemicals, artificial ingredients, and sugars everywhere they go. As you prepare for the coming year, remember to make plans to have the best choices possible available at your house.

  • Incorporate more whole foods in your meals and recipes, such as high quality proteins (choose pasture-raised meats, wild-caught seafood, and unsalted nuts and seeds), plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables (choose non-GMO/organic whenever possible), whole grains, and of course, plenty of good beneficial fats to boost brain power! 
  • Find ways to reduce sugars and artificial sweeteners, corn syrups and trans-fats.
  • Avoid ingredients that your child might be sensitive to, especially if they have any chronic health, behavioral, or immune challenges. If you aren’t sure whether your child has food sensitivities, our practitioners at Longevity Health Center are here to help you identify them!
  • Encourage good hydration by offering plenty of water and limiting juices, sodas, and energy drinks, and other diuretics in your home.


Create a Healthy Home Environment and Culture

When it comes to our health, what we put into our mouths is just the beginning. Our kids are rapidly growing and developing. They’re constantly being bombarded with physical and emotional stressors. We all want our children to learn healthy habits so they can guard against emotional and physical stress and lead a long and thriving life. These habits start with you! Here are a few ways you can create a culture of whole and healthy living in your home. 

  • Allow plenty of time for sleep and rest. Our busy schedules are go-go-go!  Your child needs plenty of good-quality sleep to restore and re-energize for the coming day.  Just like us, our kids need down-time to recharge their minds, bodies, and spirits. 
  •  Encourage open communication and positive family relationships.  Try to protect the family dinner meal time a few times a week, using it as a time to connect and ask about the highs and lows of each family member’s day. 
  • Limit screen time, and ensure the media that your child consumes is age-appropriate and that its messages align with those that you want your children to receive.
  • Teach responsibility by assigning developmentally appropriate chores around the house and care-taking tasks for younger siblings or pets.
  • Encourage mindfulness and gratitude by teaching prayer, meditation, and breathing techniques to your kids. Consider participating in worship and community service as a family.
  • Opt outside! Take a walk outside after dinner, enjoy an afternoon at the park, plan an annual camping trip, or other ways to spend quality time together in nature. 
  • Switch to non-toxic personal hygiene and household cleaning products.
  •  Install drinking and bathing water filtration systems in your home.


Provide Supplemental Support 

Despite our best efforts to ensure our children get proper nutrition and learn healthy habits, it’s impossible to do everything perfectly. We are limited by time, budget, and resources, and some things are just out of our hands! Supplements are a great way to give our children extra support.  Consider adding the following supplements to your little one’s daily routine.

  • Whole Food Multi-Vitamin:

When it comes to a multi-vitamin to supplement your child’s daily vitamin, mineral and antioxidant intake, quality matters. Don’t settle for the popular brands that are loaded with artificial ingredients and sugars. I personally try to give my children nutritional supplementation from food, so the vitamins and minerals can fill in any gaps in their diet! Our family favorite is whole food greens powders. Throw them in smoothies, muffins, or even popsicle treats for your kids.



Product Spotlight:  Indigo Greens by Ortho Molecular

Why we love this product:  It’s certified organic, loaded with nutrient-dense vegetables, super foods and antioxidant rich fruits and berries.  This product is allergen free and the taste and texture can’t be beat!

  • Probiotic

Believe it or not, your child’s digestive tract should contain over 400 different types of bacteria that work to promote healthy digestive and immune function. Since the standard American diet of processed foods depletes us all of this beneficial flora, it’s important to take a probiotic supplement from an early age.


Product Spotlight:  HMF Fit for School by Genestra

Why we love this product: It’s chewable, it tastes great, and it contains over 12 billion live cultures of research-driven probiotic strains to significantly improve immune, digestive, and even respiratory function!

  • Omega-3 EPA/DHA

When it comes to the food pyramid that we were taught when we were kids, nutritionists are now teaching us to basically flip it upside down. Once again, the standard American diet is highly lacking in these beneficial fats. Children need these good fats, not only for their rapidly growing brains, but for their eyes, skin, joints, hearts, and even for their hormone production!


Product Spotlight:  High Potency Omega-3 EPA/DHA by Barlean’s

Why we love this product:  It’s liquid but it tastes and smells great!  Also, it’s highly concentrated, with 1,500 mg of Omega-3 EPA/DHA in a single serving!


Be Prepared for When Illness Strikes

Of course we want to rest easy at night knowing that we have done everything that we possible can do to protect our kids from illness, but unfortunately, it’s inevitable that our kids will have an immune response from time to time. And this isn’t necessarily a bad thing! Some studies suggest that common illnesses in childhood actually help us to build immunity for more serious illnesses later in life.  Even so, there is nothing that breaks a parent’s heart more than to see their child suffering. When illness strikes, we want to be ready to strike back!   

In many cases, antibiotics are not the answer. More and more medical doctors acknowledge that the widespread overuse and misuse of antibiotics is the key contributing factor to the rise of antibiotic resistant infections in our country. Other problems that can result include chronic infections, candida overgrowth, skin ailments, weakened digestive function, food sensitivities, environmental allergies, and weakened immune function.  So if we can’t run to the grocery store to pick up a 10-day round of amoxicillin, what can we do? I recommend having an arsenal at the ready! Here are my go-to choices to kick the sniffles to the curb!

  • Vitamin D3

Among its many benefits, D3 activates the immune system to defend against invading microorganisms.  We get this fat-soluble nutrient through sun exposure, but during the dreary winter months of cold and flu season, it’s often necessary to get it through supplementation.  As a general rule, children should take a daily dose of 1,000 IU for every 25 pounds of body weight.


Product Spotlight:  Vitamin D3 with K2 by Ortho Molecular

Why we love this product: It’s liquid but virtually tasteless, so it’s easy to get into that picky little one’s mouth.  Also, a little goes a long way! 1 drop = 1,000 IU of Vitamin D3.

  • Elderberry / Sambucus

Many of the common infections hit our kiddos in their respiratory tract.  Those yucky coughs can often linger for weeks after the illness has passed.  Elderberries are a great way to boost the immune system and to protect the respiratory tract.  They can safely taken both preventatively and during acute illness.


Product Spotlight:  ImmunoBerry Liquid by Designs for Health

Why we love this product: Unlike other elderberry syrups on the market, this one doesn’t have sugar (which can be counterproductive while we’re sick!) – instead it’s sweetened with natural berry flavor.  It’s also accompanied by Astragalus, Wild Cherry and Shiitake/Maitake Mushrooms. All these ingredients work together to powerfully support immune and respiratory function, and can safely be taken every day!

  • Silver Hydrosol

Silver has been used for generations as a powerful first aid tool for a wide variety of ailments.  When used effectively, it can provide amazing immune support.


Product Spotlight:  Argentyn 23 by Natural Immunogenics

Why we love this product: Argentyn 23 is actively charged with 23 PPM of bio-active, pure silver ions and purified pharmaceutical-grade water, making it more powerful than the other brands.  It can be taken for both maintenance, long-term and short-term immune support!

  • Antimicrobial Herbs

So many botanicals in nature have antimicrobial properties.  These plants are gifts from creation and can be a powerful alternative to synthetic pharmaceuticals to treat a wide variety of infections.  But when it comes to herbal blends, quality counts! It’s so important to select reputable brands that you know you can trust.


Product Spotlight:  CQ Jr. by Blue Poppy Herbs

Why we love this product:  It’s easy to dispense, it tastes great and it works really well! 

When it comes to our children’s health, we all want nothing but the best for our kids.  No one is perfect…there are steps that each of us can take to promote the physical, spiritual and emotional well-being of our little ones.  

During this hectic back-to-school time, Longevity Health is here to be a resource for you!  Please come to us with your questions and concerns, and let us walk alongside you to help you raise happy, healthy kids. Here’s to a wonderful school year! 




By Elisabeth Frey, HHP/Patient Coordinator

Many parents find the challenge of feeding their kids healthy foods daunting, especially during the busy school year. As a busy mama of both an elementary and middle schooler, I get it! The most common obstacles include the individual preference of the children, food sensitivities, the constant bombardment of junk food at social functions, the lack of convenience, not wanting to create psychological issues surrounding food, and the financial cost of healthy eating. Phew! It really is a lot to consider!  But I hope these little pointers will help make feeding your littles well a more manageable task.

Start Them Young

The best way to minimize issues around eating healthy is by training kids young. Postponing a child’s exposure to processed foods as long as possible will train their taste buds to appreciate the flavors of real foods. If you’re beginning this journey with an older child, take heart, because it’s never too late! 

We are lucky to live in a time where there is increasing awareness of the importance of eating healthy, and there are numerous resources available to help us expose our children to whole foods. Pinterest is a gold mine for recipes that “sneak in” veggies for picky eaters, and for healthy and fun recipes for children and the whole family.  Keep encouraging your children to try new things and don’t be disheartened if there are a lot of failed attempts. You will, over time, find enough kid-approved healthy foods to build a healthy balanced diet for your children. And in the meantime, try to minimize the damage of junk food. For instance, instead of choosing chips made with hydrogenated oils, dyes, artificial flavoring and MSG, choose organic non-GMO popcorn with olive oil and sea salt, and kombucha or sparkling water over sugary juices and sodas. 

Accommodating Food Sensitivities

Here at Longevity, we often focus on mending the gut in order to minimize the role that food sensitivities play in overall health. During the healing process, many foods may need to be avoided so that we can reduce inflammation to allow for repair and restoration of the gut microbiome. Once the gut is healed, most individuals can loosen up a bit, though it is always important to pay attention to the signals your body sends about the food you are eating. Getting healthy is truly a journey in self-discovery and awareness. No two bodies are the same, and so it is imperative to listen to what yours is saying to you about the food you are eating. You may not always like the way your body communicates, but headaches, tummy aches, digestion issues, rashes, and fatigue are all ways that your body lets you know what foods are not working for you. This is an important lesson to teach your children as they grow up, and it will save them so many health issues later in life.

No matter what food sensitivities you have, it is important to make sure you are getting a balanced and nutrient rich diet.  For instance, if you are celiac or gluten-sensitive, it’s important not to just replace your foods with packaged gluten-free substitutes (which contain a lot of starch and sugar to make up for the stickiness that’s missing from gluten). One simple trick I have found that helps ensure my children’s lunches are whole-food based and not built around gluten or gluten free bread is by getting stainless steel stackable lunch containers. It allows me to pack things like soup and salad or last night’s leftovers with ease!  Plus, it reduces the use of single-use plastics. That’s good for us and the environment! They definitely still enjoy a turkey sandwich sometimes, but it is always open-faced, allowing me to minimize the gluten-free bread while stacking the top with lots of veggies (avocado, sprouts, cucumber and lettuce!). The other two containers may contain a salad or veggies to dip in hummus, and some fruit and trail mix, or perhaps a goat milk yogurt parfait loaded with berries and nuts and homemade granola.

Finding a few restaurants in your area that you enjoy and can accommodate your food sensitivities is another way to reduce the frustration of working around your dietary restrictions.

Navigating Social Events

Food is intrinsically communal. It has been used as a centerpiece for social gatherings since the beginning of time, throughout all cultures. There is a beautiful ceremonial quality to it that communicates a sense of belonging and connectedness. Unfortunately, if you are trying to eat a healthy diet in our current culture, it can often feel isolating. You aren’t just missing out on food, but on engaging in a communal experience. There are a few ways to work around this issue.  

Firstly, developing friendships with like-minded families who prioritize their health can be such amazing positive reinforcement as well as offer a communal experience built around nutritious food. Secondly, providing healthier alternatives for your children at social gatherings, especially if there is enough to share with the other children, can keep your kid from feeling like the odd one out. Some teachers even allow you to send in healthier options to keep on hand when one of the other student’s brings in cupcakes for their birthday. This definitely requires some intentionality and planning, but is worth it. I always like to keep my kids favorite, gluten-free/low-sugar pumpkin chocolate chip muffins (made with almond meal!) in the freezer to pull out for just such occasions. Finally, relaxing the standards a little bit for special occasions is okay!  We aren’t seeking perfection, as the stress of such a mindset isn’t healthy in it’s own way. Instead, try to seek a healthy balance between mind and body. If you normally eat healthy, you can rest assured knowing that our bodies can handle a little bit of stress, and that the communal experience is worth it from time to time. 

Plan Ahead for A Busy School Week

Preparation is your secret weapon when it comes to keeping your family eating whole and healthy. This is where your freezer and a little food prep can be your best friends. Sunday afternoons are a great time to stock up on healthy meals and snacks for the week.  I typically make a pot of soup that I can pair with a salad to provide us with at least two dinners throughout the week (invaluable on the nights of practices and other extra-curricular activities) and some breakfast foods for busy mornings, Almond Meal Muffins and eggs in muffin tins loaded with veggies and topped with a little organic cheese. 

Set a Positive Tone

Be mindful of the attitude and language you use around food, as it will most certainly rub off on your child. We can train our children to eat healthy food without making it stressful or shameful.  Physical health should not come at the cost of your child’s psychological health! The goal is to teach them to honor their bodies by feeding it well. Avoid phrases like, “cheat day” or saying “I feel so fat” after a big meal, which both suggest that eating is somehow shameful and food is bad. Instead, try to focus on seeing food as fuel. Certain fuels will make our bodies run better. Encourage your children to see their bodies as vessels that enable them to enjoy life and fulfill the deep purposes for which they are called. Making healthy choices will facilitate physical health, personal growth, and enjoyment of life.

Making It Work On A Budget

Unfortunately, eating healthy can be quite taxing on the wallet. But, once again, with a little intentionality and planning (notice a theme?), you can minimize the cost of healthy eating.  For starters, being willing to food-prep can greatly reduce cost as the majority of expense comes from packaged products. And with budget-friendly stores like Aldi carrying an ever-increasing variety of organic options, healthy eating really is accessible to all, no matter your budget!  It may not be as glorious a shopping experience as strolling through Whole Foods, fresh brewed coffee or fresh-squeezed juice in hand (truly one of my favorite pleasures! Don’t you feel healthier just by being there?!), but organic Aldi produce provides every bit the same nutrition that your body needs, without nearly the temptation to buy expensive pre-packaged products you don’t need.  

Please let me or another Longevity staff member know if you ever have any more specific questions regarding your or your childrens’ diet. We love to see our patients feeling empowered to provide a nutrient-rich diet for their families!  And let us know what things you have learned on your health journey that have made it easier to overcome the obstacles of healthy eating!

By Elisabeth Frey, HHP/Patient Coordinator

By its very definition, holistic healthcare is about understanding the interconnection of the heart, soul, mind and body. Trauma is a prime example of the way that our emotions can impact our physical health and wellbeing. Trauma can result from any kind of distressing or disturbing event. We all experience mild traumas throughout our daily life, but when severe trauma occurs, there is significant risk of it causing physical harm.

Symptoms of Trauma

Mental & Emotional Symptoms Depression, Anxiety, Shock, Anger, Irritability, Mood Swings, Despair, Mood Swings, Guilt, Shame, Self-Blame, Sadness, Panic attacks, Anger, Irritability, Hopelessness
Physical Symptoms Insomnia, Racing Heartbeat, Muscle Tension, Easily Startled, Aches and Pains, Exhaustion, Nightmares, Edginess, Agitation, Fatigue, Muscle Tension, Dry Mouth, Tachycardia, Headaches, Nausea and Vomiting
Psychological Symptoms Confusion, Difficulty Concentrating, Insecurities, Repressed Memories, Dissociation, Emotional Numbing, Constant Fear, Denial and Disbelief, Flashbacks,

Emotional Detachment, Low Self-Esteem

Behavioral Symptoms Frequent Nightmares, Insomnia, Startled Easily, Fatigue, Edginess, Self-Medicating with Drugs and Alcohol, Self-Harming Behaviors, Difficulty Concentrating, Social Isolation, Avoiding Certain Events that May Trigger Memories, Avoiding Certain People


When we experience trauma, the body is sent into fight or flight mode. This is a very helpful mechanism of the body, as it is meant to give us the adrenaline we need to survive threats and crises. But when major trauma occurs, our brains often protect us is by a process called dissociation, which can occur in varying degrees.

Dissociation allows us to isolate the trauma and temporarily disconnect brain (or parts of it) from body, so that we are not overwhelmed by the pain, sorrow, or fear of the crisis at hand. However, if there is not an intentional reconnection of this riff between body and brain when the crisis is over, the brain will continue to send signals to the body that it is unsafe, resulting in long-term health effects. For many experiencers of trauma, this process leaves the body stuck in fight-or-flight mode, also known as sympathetic dominance.  

When in sympathetic dominance, our bodies do not prioritize things it deems less important, like digestion or sleep. As you can imagine, this leads to many long-term health issues, such as elevated heart rate, blood pressure, and stress hormones that can increase the odds of heart attack, stroke, and hypertension.

While living in a state of sympathetic dominance can be taxing to the physical health of an individual, it is important to note that this state is essential to surviving trauma. Our bodies are not betraying us. The extra adrenaline and heightened alertness that this state produces empowers us to rebuild and reconnect to both ourselves and other safe people. However, it is imperative that the trauma is processed as soon as possible after the threat is over to reduce the negative long-term effects of living in a state of sympathetic dominance.

There are many ways to heal trauma and to reconnect body and mind. Here are a few that I recommend.

Acupuncture: In the past decade, much research has been conducted on the efficacy of acupuncture in assisting those with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It has been shown that acupuncture helps rebalance the brain after significant stress, as well as the nervous and hormonal systems.  If acupuncture is performed shortly after a traumatic event, it can help reduce the risk of developing PTSD.  With more extended treatment, acupuncture can also restore resiliency for those who suffer from long-term and chronic PTSD. Learn More.

David Winston’s Grief Relief Formula:  This is the first thing I reach for whenever clients or loved ones have experienced recent loss or trauma.  It contains Mimosa (a very effective mood elevator), Rose Petals (which helps open the heart and comfort distress), and Hawthorn Berries, Flowers and Leaves (beneficial for heart and nerves).  This formula does not mask pain, but simply allows us to gently open ourselves to face and process it. (Available in the Longevity Nutrition Shop).

Yoga/Meditation: Bessel van der Kolk, MD, a clinical psychiatrist and leading expert on trauma explains the healing benefits of yoga in this way: When people think about trauma, they generally think of it as a historical event that happened some time ago. Trauma is actually the residue from the past as it settles into your body. It’s located inside your own skin. When people are traumatized, they become afraid of their physical sensations; their breathing becomes shallow, and they become uptight and frightened about what they’re feeling inside. When you slow down your breathing with yoga, you can increase your heart rate variability, and that decreases stress. Yoga opens you up to feeling every aspect of your body’s sensations. It’s a gentle, safe way for people to befriend their bodies, where the trauma of the past is stored.”

There are many meditation apps now available, such as InSight Timer and Headspace.  InSight Timer allows you to search meditations by topic, as well as conveniently navigate categories such as “sleep meditations”, “meditations for healing”, and “Christian meditations.”

FSM (Frequency Specific Microcurrent): This therapy works by stimulating the mitochondria which promotes healing through increasing ATP production.  There is a specific Trauma Protocol that can both help calm the nervous system after a recent trauma and help process old, stored trauma. Learn More.

EFT Tapping:  This is a special technique that combines self-talk with manually stimulating acupuncture points by tapping on them with your fingers. Tapping the acupuncture points calms the nervous system, while you work through negative emotions and reach a place of loving self-acceptance. To get started, it can be helpful to have a pre-developed script to follow, though as you become more proficient in this technique, you can begin identifying your negative emotions and improvising accordingly. This is an amazingly effective tool you can take with you anywhere you go. All you need is yourself!  However, if you need help getting started, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us here at Longevity.

Adrenal Supporting Herbs: Adaptogenic herbs like Tulsi, Ashwagandha, and Rhodiola help our bodies adapt to the effects of stress.  These plants can be very helpful in supporting our bodies as we rebuild from past trauma, but can also help reduce our likelihood of developing PTSD when faced with traumatic events. We carry a variety of Adaptogenic herb blends in our Nutrition Shop.

Relational Connectedness:  Our capacity to withstand distress without getting stuck in a trauma loop varies greatly from person to person. Lifestyle and genetics both play a role. But an overwhelming amount of research has proven that a person’s ability to withstand trauma is most greatly influenced by their sense of connectedness to others. Just as it’s never too late to address past traumas, it is also never too late to seek out healthy and meaningful relationships. There are many support groups built specifically to address particular types of trauma at local churches, and at counseling and community centers. It may take a few attempts to find the place where you feel comfortable, especially since social anxiety is often a consequence of trauma. But don’t give up!  Perhaps one-on-one relationships are a better fit for you. There are many licensed professional counselors who specialize in trauma.  But regardless of which path you take, healthy supportive relationships and a sense of connectedness are fundamental to your healing.

Please give us a call if you suspect emotional trauma may be playing a role in your health challenges.  We are honored to guide and walk alongside you as you figure out solutions that work best for you, guiding you to health and wholeness in mind, body and spirit!

By Seneca B. Anderson, DOM, ND, L.Ac. / Longevity Founder

It’s hard to believe that 2018 marks 40 years of practice for our health center. When my wife Kay and I first started out, we had no idea how our vision for a natural health center would flourish to the extent that it has. All these years later, I can honestly say I’m still happy to come to work most days, and still get excited learning about new approaches to natural healing. What really brings us the most joy and happiness is seeing folks achieve positive results with their health and quality of life.  It makes me particularly proud to see my daughter Alice Honican and our other practitioners get results with their clients, and I’m happy to know they’ll carry on the Longevity mission to love God and serve others for years to come.

If you’ve come to see me over the last few decades, you’re probably familiar with my testing equipment, the VEGA machine. When you’re in our office you can always hear the whiny siren noise it makes to indicate each of my patients’ toxicity levels, stressed organs and specific toxins burdening their systems.

Today, performing a VEGA assessment is second nature to me, but there was a time when this was not the case. When I first invested in the equipment, I believed in what it could do, but I just couldn’t get the hang of it! I even traveled to Germany and studied under Dr. Helmut Schimmel, world-renowned physician and inventor of the VEGA test method, but when I came back home I just couldn’t get reliable results with my own patients.

After much discouragement and frustration, I took my dilemma to the Lord. I was a relatively new believer at the time, but I had just enough faith to pray this prayer: “God, if you show me how to use this equipment, I’ll use it to serve you through serving others for as long as I’m able.” Soon after I made this request, I had a dream. In the VEGA method organ ampules are introduced into the circuitry of the equipment. Dr. Schimmel used a rocking technique while measuring the acupuncture points. I was never able to master this technique despite the hours I put into practicing over the course of several months.

In the dream I was performing an assessment, but instead of trying to duplicate Dr. Schimmel’s technique I held the measurement tip on the acupuncture point, and with a positive response the conductivity value decreased.  I woke up knowing that I could accurately perform the testing, thanks be to God.  He has sustained us and upheld us these forty years! 
To all our loyal and faithful patients over the years, we say thank you. You’ll never know how much it means to our family and staff that you trust us with your health. We are just vessels, and our testing equipment are great tools, but God is the Great Physician! Here’s to many more years of health and healing.