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%.  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.

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!

2020 Update: 
I wrote this article in the fall of 2019, as we were gearing up for the upcoming cold and flu season.  Little did I know that we were about to face the global pandemic that is COVID-19.  Through the lock down, the first and second “waves” and even to this day, as we approach another cold and flu season, my position has not changed.  I still believe that God has gifted us with the most amazing thing – an immune system.  Taking care of that is the most important thing.  Since the pharmaceutical companies do not yet have a Coronavirus vaccine to sell, they are pushing the flu shot hard right now.  Although the CDC recognizes that the flu shot will not protect you against COVID-19, they claim that you should make sure that you get it anyway, so that you don’t get sick with the flu and end up in the hospital, taking away resources from potential COVID victims.  Again they use the argument that we have to make personal health sacrifices for the good of others.  And though I believe that there is no greater love than laying one’s life down for friends and neighbors, in this case, I just don’t think the juice is worth the squeeze.  And, spoiler alert, I’m pretty sure I will feel the same way about the COVID vaccine once it is released.  Please don’t let the highly politicized and fear-based messages that are being constantly hurled in your direction sink in.  Do your own research, and trust in the Lord, not in the media (owned by the pharmaceutical companies) or the politicians.  Believe it or not, there is nothing “novel” under the sun, and He’s got this under control!

 

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.

Year-Round Staples for Children’s Health

Let’s face it: Most kids’s diets are less than stellar.  Between poor-quality cafeteria food, class celebrations and birthday parties, they’re getting way too much sugar, dyes, additives, hydrogenated oils, and the list goes on.  Keeping them on these staples will help fill in the gaps of their diet and keep them healthy and sharp all year long.

Whole Food Multivitamin/Antioxidant
You might already be giving your child a multivitamin to make sure he or she gets all the necessary nutrients.  The problem with Flintstone Gummies and other brands you might see in the grocery store is that they are synthetic and very difficult for our bodies to absorb.  That’s why a whole food multi is a better option.  They often come in a liquid or chewable form for children.  Our bodies can recognize and use them because they are real food, not some concoction created in a lab.  Even if your child’s diet is packed with organic fruits and veggies, a whole food multi can provide added benefit.  Since our air is so polluted and our soil so depleted, our food supply is about ten times less nutritious than it was just 100 years ago.  In addition to feeding our kids as whole and healthy as we can, we should supplement with a high-quality whole food multivitamin.

Pick a brand that contains added antioxidants.  Free radicals are electrically charged ions or molecules that have an unpaired electron in their outer shell.  This makes them unstable and very destructive to nearby molecules.  Free radical damage can lead to cancer, bone, joint and tissue deterioration, premature aging, organ decline and immune dysfunction.  Antioxidants like Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Selenium and Beta-Carotene combine with and deactivate free radicals.  We can get antioxidants by eating lots of fresh fruits and veggies (Think green veggies like spinach, broccoli and kale and fruits like berries.).  Once again due to the depletion of our soil, it’s also necessary to supplement with an antioxidant.  We need all the help we can get to combat free radical damage.

Probiotic
Believe it or not, your child’s digestive tract contains about 400 different types of bacteria that promote a healthy digestive system by reducing the growth of harmful bacteria and yeast.   Since Americans are eating so many processed foods and taking so many antibiotics these days, we’re lacking in beneficial bacteria.  That’s why it’s important that we support our digestive systems by eating foods high in probiotics and taking a probiotic supplement from an early age (This is especially important if the child was born by c-section and/or they were not breastfed..).  Many children experience positive improvements in their digestive and immune function when they start taking a probiotic on a regular basis!

Omega-3 Fatty Acids
It’s so important children get quality fats in their diets.  With a quality fish oil supplement, they get all the benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids (healthy levels of cholesterol, heart, brain, joint and skin health) from fresh fish, without potential exposure to mercury and other heavy metals.  You can also get essential fatty acids into them using vegetarian oil sources such as walnuts, flax seeds, hemp hearts and evening primrose oil.  The classic American diet and average school cafeteria lunch is devoid of Omega-3s, so once again it’s important that children receive a supplement.

Cold and Flu Season Staples

You can boost your child’s immune system by adding in these supplements around the time daylight savings ends and keeping your kids on them until the Spring.

 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, it’s often necessary to get it through supplementation (Approximately 85% of 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.  This varies depending on the season, where you live, age, skin tone, etc.  You may think your child is getting enough D3 from his multi-vitamin, but that’s really just a small sample compared to what we need each day for a healthy immune system.

Colostrum
Our body’s immune system defends against infection and illness by releasing immunoglobulin, or antibodies.  We ingest many germs throughout the day, and they end up in the 400 sq. ft. of GI tract surface area where immunoglobulin works to neutralize them.  Unfortunately, many of our bodies don’t release enough immunoglobulin due to stress, poor foods and toxins, so we’re unable to fight against illness.  This is when it may become necessary to take these antibodies in the form of a supplement.

Bovine colostrum is a natural whole food that provides a rich source of IgG and PRPs (Proline-Rich Polypeptides). It also supplies protein, immune factors, growth factors, vitamins and minerals to ensure health and vitality naturally.  Numerous scientific studies have shown that colostrum supports the human immune system. Bovine colostrum is 40 times richer in immune factors than human colostrum and is biologically transferable to humans.

ImmunoG PRP is a pure bovine colostrum and is collected within the first 16 hours after birthing.  A key feature of ImmunoG PRP is that it is specifically processed to retain high amounts of PRPs. PRPs are tiny information carrying proteins with amazing adaptability. In times of intense physical stress, they enhance immune activity.  Many colostrum products are produced in a way that they lose these very important PRPs. This formula is low heat processed for maximum biological activity and is hormone, antibiotic and rBST free.

 

This is our favorite colostrum product because it’s all natural and it goes to work immediately to neutralize germs. It comes in capsule, powder, spray and cherry chewable form.

Vitamin C
Also known as ascorbic acid, Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin and a powerful antioxidant.  Humans don’t have the ability to make their own C, so we must get it from our foods (Think fruits and veggies!).  Vitamin C stimulates both the production and function of white blood cells, which attack foreign bacteria and viruses, and it protects the integrity of our cells.  Vitamin C is affordable, easy to find and it comes in all kinds of forms (chewables, powders, capsules, etc.).

If you have questions about the best staples for your child, call our Nutrition Shop at 770-642-4646 to speak with a knowledgeable staff member.

Remember learning about the pH scale in science class?  That was likely the last time many of us gave any thought to acidity vs. alkalinity. It might be time to brush up on your chemistry knowledge, because it turns out that many of the most prominent diseases in our society often come down to one thing, pH imbalance.

Almost every patient that walks through the door of our clinic is too acidic.  This dangerous condition is called acidosis, and it weakens all the body’s systems.  You can think of it like this – bad things grow in acidic environments, things like free radicals, cancer cells and other antigens.  However, a body with a balanced pH allows for the normal function necessary for disease resistance.

In the words of Dr. T.A. Baroody, Jr, in his book Alkalize or Die, “Acidosis is the basic foundation of all disease.  We need to understand the simple process of alkalizing our body and the important role a properly alkalized body plays in restoring and maintaining our overall health. Our glands and organs function properly in exact proportion to the amount of alkaline and acid levels in our system.”

Need a little pH refresher? pH (power of hydrogen) is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a given solution.  It’s measured on a scale of 0 to 14, with 7 being neutral.  The lower the pH (below 7), the more acidic the solution, and the higher the pH (higher than 7), the more alkaline the solution.

The body is composed of positively charged ions (acid-forming) and negatively charged ions (alkaline-forming), and it continuously strives to balance pH.

Just to clarify, when we say we shouldn’t be too acidic, we’re not talking about the stomach environment.  In fact, our stomach should be so acidic (ideally a pH of 1.5 to 3) that if we poured out its contents on a rug, it would burn a hole right through it! Urine pH should fluctuate between 6.0 and 6.5 in the morning and 6.5 to 7.0 in the evening.  Saliva pH should stay between 6.5 and 7.5 all day.

When our systems become too acidic, it forces our bodies to steal major minerals like magnesium and potassium from our bones and vital organs in order to buffer the acid and remove it from the body.  Here are some of the problems that result:

  • Acceleration of free radical damage, possibly contributing to the growth and spreading of cancer cells
  • Low energy/chronic fatigue
  • Premature aging
  • Weight gain/obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular stress – constriction of blood vessels, reduced oxygen
  • Kidney/bladder issues, such as kidney stones
  • Immune deficiencies
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Bone Loss, brittle bones, bone spurs, Osteoporosis
  • Muscle/joint pain
  • Digestive dysfunction
  • Yeast overgrowth

Unfortunately, acidity leads to more acidity.  Pathogens create acidifying toxins in the body. As the body becomes more and more acidic, bad bacteria, yeasts and other toxins multiply in the body. Since these organisms are living, they feed off of and create more acidic toxins, and the cycle continues.

So what can we do to prevent acidosis?  The answer is cleaning up our diet and lifestyle.  The standard American diet is high in acidic foods like red meat, dairy, refined sugar, artificial sweeteners, caffeine, alcohol and refined carbohydrates.  (Need yet another reason to avoid soft drinks?  They are extremely acidic!) Most of us aren’t getting enough of the more alkalizing foods, like fresh vegetables, whole grains and high-quality fats.

You can do a quick Google search to see a complete list of the most acid and alkaline foods. Remember, it’s not that all acidic foods are bad.  For example, many fruits are more acidic, and that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t eat them, it’s just that we have to stay well hydrated and also eat plenty of alkalizing foods to keep our system in balance.

Greens like kale, spinach and kelp are extremely alkalizing, so eat up! If you’re not good about eating vegetables throughout the day, consider juicing, doing a green drink or throwing some greens into a morning smoothie.  One way or another, it’s crucial to get these highly beneficial vegetables into your system!

Sports drinks, coffee, juices and other high-sugar and high-caffeine beverages are highly acidic. Another tip for treating acidosis is to drink about a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in the mornings.  We recommend the Braggs brand because it’s organic and unpasteurized.

If you’re battling cancer, candida overgrowth, chronic fatigue syndrome, or any other ongoing health battle, it’s time to start balancing your pH.  Even if you don’t have any health problems, but just want to eat a cleaner diet for wellness and prevention, an alkalizing diet is a fundamental place to start.   You’ll look and feel so much better.

Stay alkaline friends!