The Benefits of Brain Mapping & NeuroFeedback Therapy For Your Child’s Physical, Mental, & Emotional Health


An Interview with Anna Powers, ND, Bioenergetic Practitioner


Summer is now in full swing in Georgia, and your child is probably enjoying a much-needed break from academic life and the homework, projects, and dreaded standardized tests that come along with it!  


But before we know it, August will roll back around and another school year will be upon us! That’s why NOW is the perfect time to assess your child’s brain and see how it could be improved during their weeks at home. 


Longevity offers Brain Mapping, also known as Quantitative Electroencephalogram (qEEG). This tool measures electrical activity in the form of brainwave patterns, showing us how brain cells are communicating and helping us create NeuroFeedback protocol specific to the brain’s needs. 


We sat down for an interview with our knowledgeable and experienced Naturopath,  Anna Powers, to help parents understand the many benefits of our Brain Mapping and NeuroFeedback service offerings for children’s minds, bodies, and spirits. 


Can you explain how you administer Brain Mapping? 

We use  a cap with sensitive electrodes along with special equipment  that can detect the electrical activity of the brain.  The recipient sits quietly and still for approximately 12 minutes with eyes closed and then again with eyes open.  


How does it help analyze brain function in order to create a customized NeuroFeedback protocol?   

We can see which brain waves are at normal levels and which ones are too low or too high. Brain waves can reveal important information about overall brain function, including stress levels, thought patterns, and emotions. 


How have you seen these therapies boost kids’ brain development and cognitive function? How can it support kids with ADHD, PANS/PANDAS, and other neurological disorders or learning disabilities? 

Absolutely.  There are thousands of studies on neurofeedback.  Dr. Joel Lubar at the University of Tennessee has conducted a lot of research on brain wave underactivity in children with ADD/ADHD. In published research using qEEG, Dr. Lubar demonstrated that children with ADD/ADHD had excessive slow brain wave activity in the front part of their brain, which worsened when they tried to concentrate.


Are there other physical benefits of these therapies for children?   

Yes, children and adults report enhanced sleep, improved athletic performance, better concentration, improved energy and better balance.  It can also help with headaches and healing from traumatic brain injuries/concussions. 


So many kids are struggling with mental health challenges right now. How can NeuroFeedback Therapy help with emotions and mood regulation?  

In published research using qEEG, Dr. Lubar demonstrated that many children developed improved focus and behavior through neurofeedback. This therapy has been found to enhance memory, focus, and mental clarity; decrease impulsivity and anxiety; improve moods; boost academic performance, and lead to more restful sleep.


As we prepare for another school year, what are some other things parents can do to improve their kids’ cognitive function and prime their brains for learning? 

I think one of the biggest things we can do is to eat whole, unprocessed foods such as fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and fish, poultry pastured meats.  In addition, encouraging outside play and creative activities using their imaginations can generate new neuronal connections and create an overall sense of wellbeing. 


Call our office at 770-642-4646 to schedule your child’s initial Brain Mapping session. Learn more at 


Yoga as Part of a Holistic Health Plan

By Lis Whitton-Frey, ND, Bio-Energetic Practitioner, Certified Yoga Instructor 


What is yoga and how can we use it as an important part of a holistic health plan?


Yoga is an ancient holistic practice that includes breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures. It is widely practiced for health and relaxation. However, in our current culture, Yoga too often gets reduced to two extremes.


The first school of thought overemphasizes the physical, treating it as a trendy and effective form of exercise, while the second overspiritualizes the practice, making it for the spiritual elite.  But in fact, Yoga is a holistic practice that addresses the multi-faceted nature of human beings, increasing our awareness of the present moment and releasing past emotions that can keep us stuck, and increasing our holistic health.  


The five foundations of yoga, which are a very comprehensive approach to holistic health, are:

  • Asana- Proper Exercise
  • Pranayama- Proper Breathing
  • Savasana- Proper Relaxation
  • Proper diet and Nutrition
  • Positive thinking and meditation


At Longevity, the majority of our focus is on detoxification and proper diet and nutrition. But the other aspects of holistic health listed above must be added by the patient to their daily life for optimal results. It is important that we do not neglect any of the other aspects of healthy living.  For we cannot neglect any of the above for too long and thrive.  And although we can encourage you, at the end of the day, no one else can breathe for you! No one else can connect to God for you.  

But in our modern lifestyles, we are constantly exposing ourselves to stressors that can cause us to want to hold our breath (just try driving around 285 in rush hour traffic, not just once, but EVERY WORKDAY like some of you do!).


Additionally, we live in an environment that promotes hustle.  There are societal expectations to continually achieve: be smarter, in better shape, healthier, prettier, thinner, richer.  And while we want all good things for our patients and ourselves, we all need reminding that we deserve rest, that we deserve to just be, to recharge, to enjoy the present moment.   In fact, the second regret of those interviewed on their deathbeds is that they worked too hard. Yoga is such a wonderful antidote to the stressors of modern life!


And what’s the number one regret? That they did not live a life true to themselves, but did what was expected of them by other people.  Yoga can help us break this habit, too, by taking time to consistently check in with ourselves, instead of being caught up in the busyness of life, and overwhelmed by the buildup of emotions that are too many to sort.  Yoga as a discipline creates a deeper connection to self, providing better health in a way that restores our nervous systems and adrenals. It allows you to release emotions stored in our bodies.  


How do emotions get stored in the body?


Emotions directly impact our Autonomic Nervous System, which directly impact our bodily functions.  The brain is a network of systems that registers and stores our emotions.  This network includes the amygdala, hippocampus, insula, anterior cingulate cortex and prefrontal cortex.  These parts of the brain are closely linked to the hypothalamus which is the center of the Autonomic Nervous System.  The Autonomic Nervous System controls many things that we are not consciously aware of, such as heart rate, blood pressure, temperature regulation, and breathing.  


When under stress, the emotion-based network sends signals to activate the Autonomic Nervous System and produce adrenaline and cortisol in order to turn on the survival response known as “fight or flight” (though more recently it has been recognized that “freeze” and “fawn” are also common survival responses to danger and stress).  This survival response directs blood flow to muscles to get our body ready to run or do battle, and it causes our bodies to react instantly before we are aware of what is going on. This protects our bodies and increases our chances of survival.   


Through the efforts of neurobiology, we now understand that when emotions rise quickly, the blood flow in the brain shifts away from the frontal lobe, the conscious thinking part of the brain, to the limbic system, which is the emotional reacting and subconscious part of the brain. The Autonomic Nervous System controls the nerve fibers that affect every area of our bodies.  Studies have shown that emotions like anxiety or anger can increase tension in the back muscles of people with chronic back pain.


Although this muscle tension caused by emotional stress often takes place outside of our awareness, it can cause serious physical pain of which we are very aware.  We are often not even aware of the underlying emotions causing this physical response, much less their connection to our pain!


How exactly does Yoga help?


Yoga invites us to stretch and feel into these accumulated muscle tensions.  It invites us back to our bodies, back to the present moment, to release all the built up stress. The practice invites us back into ourselves. The conscious breathing techniques combined with movement, gets us out of our most primitive survival instincts, out of fight or flight, downregulating the sympathetic state and up regulating the parasympathetic state.  


Stress can produce a great variety of symptoms through activation of the Autonomic Nervous System.  Overactivation of the Sympathetic state can produce symptoms such as tingling, numbness, burning sensations, dizziness, tinnitus and anxiety.  Activation of the digestive system can cause abdominal pain or bloating, heartburn, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea or constipation.  When the digestive system is activated, one can experience pain, itching, burning and urinary frequency.  Cardiovascular responses can include palpitations and a rapid heart rate.  Changes in blood flow can produce migraine headaches.  Freeze and Fawn responses will typically cause fatigue and/or depression.


While the sympathetic state is associated with fight or flight, also known as survival mode, the parasympathetic state is associated with “rest and digest,” or healing mode.  We need our bodies to be able to return to this state regularly to achieve optimal health.  Yoga is one of the most effective and easily accessed ways of doing this.  As leading trauma expert, Bessel van der Kolk says:


“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.”


So let’s increase our enjoyment of life as well as our healing capacity by wringing out those old stored traumas, as well as the micro-traumas from everyday life!  This year, let’s get on the mat and breathe and stretch it out!


Emotional Health Tips for Navigating the Challenging Holiday Season 

An Interview with Harmony Ilenda, Licensed Professional Counselor, Roswell, GA 


The holidays are a complicated and chaotic time, and for many people, this time of year can be bittersweet, or just downright hard. With the added stress and anxiety that comes with this season, it’s so important that we take care of our mental and emotional health. 


We sat down with Licensed Professional Counselor Harmony Ilenda to discuss some emotional health tips for navigating the season when it doesn’t feel so merry and bright. Harmony takes a faith-based approach to counseling, and she sees individuals, couples, teens, and families from our Roswell office. 


In your experience, how do the holidays impact our mental and emotional wellness?


The holidays impact our mental and emotional wellness in many ways, both positive and negative.  On the positive side, the fun and familiar rituals of the season have a beneficial impact on our wellness. Spending time with people we love is so important. Also, giving gifts and donating time and money to charities is life-giving to our souls.  


Unfortunately, there can also be challenging aspects of this season. For anyone who’s experienced a loss, such as a death or divorce, the holidays can feel taxing as memories of their loved one, or memories of how the festivities used to look, fill their minds.


The holidays are always a busy and stressful time, but why does it seem like this season, as we near the 2-year mark of the pandemic, it feels even more taxing on our mental and emotional health?  


I believe we have a memory or experience of what the holidays used to be with a great deal of nostalgia, and most of us missed out on the holidays last year, so it feels like a loss.  For some people, they may be disappointed by what the holidays look like compared to how they “should” be.  


In either case, when the holidays don’t look or feel like our expectations, it can feel taxing on our mental health.  Covid changed the rules for what it means to spend time with others down to even how we greet one another.  With the loss of handshakes and hugs, and social distancing, people are uncertain how to physically be in each other’s space.  Even as things get “back to normal,” our nervous systems retain that anxiety over being close to others not in our immediate families. 


In addition, there is always an underlying concern of contracting covid when we are spending time with others.  As we all know, there is disagreement among communities over whether or not to vaccinate.  If you are spending time with family or friends this holiday season that feel differently than you on this matter, it can feel confusing and conflicting, which again takes a toll on one’s emotional health.  


Strained family dynamics can add to the stress of the holiday season. How can we set healthy boundaries with loved ones in order to protect our mind, body, and spirit this year? 


I believe there are three main factors to keep in mind when it comes to setting healthy boundaries.   These points can always apply, but can be particularly beneficial during the holidays.  


First, identify and define the boundary.  Do you know what you want your time to look like?  How does this year need to look and feel different? Try to define your boundary less by what you don’t want, and more by what you do want.


Second, communicate your boundary to the person.  Do this in a non-defensive and matter-of-fact way.  


Finally (and this is the hardest part), hold the boundary.  You will probably have to repeat it to them when they ignore, disregard, or try to push past your boundary.  This is where it’s helpful to calmly but firmly remind them of the boundary you set, and that you are not compromising it. 


Try to keep in mind that boundary setting protects your mind, body, and spirit. It’s actually very kind to set boundaries, as they protect you and others.  


What are some other proactive steps we can take to guard our mental and emotional health as we head into the holiday season and our second winter of the pandemic? 


It’s pretty common knowledge these days that we are interconnected beings, meaning our hearts, soul, and mind are interconnected.  Of course, trouble in one area can mean trouble elsewhere, too.  Everyone knows how important it is to take care of our physical health.  But, what are we doing to feed our spiritual souls, our minds, and our hearts?  


I believe that having daily rituals are vital to our self-care and guarding our emotional health.  Examples include reading the Bible and/or a devotional book, meditative breathing, keeping a gratitude journal, and praying.  Reaching out to others with a kind word and acts of service are also key.  There are apps you can download, such as Headspace, that even remind you to take a pause and breath for a few minutes to settle and invigorate your nervous system each day. However you choose to proactively guard your mental health, do it daily as a practice of prevention.  


What are some signs we can look for to alert us that we are struggling mentally and emotionally? 


Everyone has feelings and emotions, and they’re not always pretty.  But, there’s a big difference between someone having negative thoughts and feelings that come and go, and someone who has persistent and ongoing negative thoughts and feelings.  I believe talking to a friend or loved one, or even a therapist can be really helpful.  While we will likely continue to have negative thoughts and feelings sometimes, we can get to a point where we can accept them and even work through them to experience more joy and wholeness.  


What role can therapy play in helping people remain mentally, emotionally, and spiritually healthy? What are the biggest hurdles keeping people from seeking counseling? 


Unfortunately, therapy still holds a stigma for many in our society. I believe therapy can be so helpful. It is so helpful to talk out your feelings and emotions.  Oftentimes, people express ideas they didn’t even know they were thinking.  A seasoned therapist can help you sort through confusing feelings and emotions, strategize about problem areas in your life, and even set and achieve goals.  Therapy can help people recover from past trauma that is prohibiting them from meaningfully moving forward in life.  Some people find therapy helpful on an ongoing basis.  Others go for a season, usually 6 or so sessions, and then can “check in“ periodically as needed.  

Learn more about Harmony’s counseling practice at

5 Tips for Staying Healthy at This Season’s Social Gatherings


By Maddy Eiss, Longevity Health Center 


As we near the end of the year and begin attending seemingly endless amounts of tailgates, holiday parties, cookie swaps, and the like, our health goals tend to be put on the back burner. Because you can always start again on January 1st, right? 


While it can certainly be challenging to continue along your health journey during this time of the year, it is possible! 


I have compiled my top 5 tips to help you enjoy yourself at this holiday season’s gatherings without negating all the efforts you’ve put into your wellness routine throughout this year. 


  1. Preparation is Key


You might think of preparing for an event in terms of making sure you have the best tacky Christmas sweater at the ready, or that you have baked the most delectable cookies for your work party, but the preparation I am talking about is not at the surface level. Taking charge of staying healthy at a social gathering can begin with taking digestive enzymes, being well hydrated, and eating something small before you arrive at your neighbors’ decked out entryway. 


There are many digestive enzymes on the market that can help your system better tolerate all the party foods. Longevity Health Center’s Nutrition Shop carries many options that will fit in with any dietary restrictions (vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, etc.) so you can stock up for the entire season. Hydrating well before a big event will help you feel more full, aid in proper digestion, flush your system of excess sodium, reduce bloat, and the list goes on. 


As far as eating before you attend a party, this might seem contradictory, right? Well, it will actually help you better follow your hunger cues and keep you more clear-headed. It is the same principle as not going to the grocery store hungry – you will end up picking up everything in sight! Choose something healthy like soup, a piece of fruit, or a salad as your pre-event snack.


  1. Drink Mindfully


Try to limit your intake of sugary, high-calorie drinks and alcoholic beverages. This does not mean you can not consume alcohol and stay on track for your wellness goals. Simply opt to bring a few drinks of your own that are lower in calories and consist of cleaner ingredients. 


Another alternative is to bring non-alcoholic beverages like flavored sparkling water or probiotic and enzyme-rich kombucha. These options can keep your taste buds enticed, but will not stimulate your appetite the way that alcohol does. 


  1. Pick your Location Wisely


If you choose to plant yourself in close proximity to the food station, chances are you will be more likely to mindlessly graze. Instead, visit with your friends and family away from the food and beverage spread, keeping your temptations at a distance. Out of sight, out of mind!  Shift your priority to socializing and spending quality time with loved ones, and not eating.


  1. Be Strategic with your Food Selections


Carefully select larger amounts of vegetables and lean protein sources to make up the majority of your plate. With minimal room remaining on your dish, you can select and savor more indulgent foods. While you do want to limit the intake of less nutritious foods, you also want to be cautious in not being overly restrictive, so as to not end up eating excessive amounts of the foods you have been craving all night. Enjoying a small sampling of these special holiday treats can actually help you stay on track for achieving your health objectives. Moderation is key.


  1. Bring a Healthy Dish to Share 


Bring a dish that fits within your dietary needs and preferences. Your party host or hostess as well as the other guests will most likely appreciate this gesture, as it will help them stay on track with their own healthy eating endeavors. It will also give you peace of mind knowing there will be at least one dish you can consume guilt free, and it will ensure you continue to look and feel your best all night long! 


I hope these tips inspire you as you head into this season and beyond. At the New Year, when everyone else is looking for ways to overhaul their habits and undo the damage done during the holidays, you’ll be ready to simply continue the progress you’ve been making. After all, leading a vibrant life is a marathon, not a sprint. 


Cheers to a happy and healthy holiday season! 


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 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


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

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 ( 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