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Natural OptionsPersonalized Medicine: Prescribing Lifestyle

A much needed shift is taking place in health care. Our health care delivery system is moving from an unsustainable fee-for-service model to a value- and outcome-based system of care. In the near future doctors will no longer be reimbursed for failed procedures and poor patient outcomes, but rather, they Read more…

Natural OptionsAssisting Your Lymphatic System

The lymphatic system’s main function is to transport fluid throughout your body, and to detoxify and dispose of metabolic waste. This system is made up of lymph nodes, lymph vessels and lymph fluid, and includes the thymus, spleen, adenoids and tonsils. Lymph is the protein rich extracellular body fluid that Read more…

Integrated PracticesCreating Health vs. Fighting Disease

A favorite teacher of mine, Robert Fritz, is known as the Father of Structural Dynamics. He teaches two basic truths about advancement in any setting: When we focus on what we want to create, we advance. When we focus on problem-solving, we oscillate. Oscillation is repetitive movement from one end Read more…

Medical NewsFailure of Surgical Gowns

Just as every patient trusts his or her surgeon, surgeons must be able to trust their equipment. What happens, though, when the surgeon’s equipment fails? We are not discussing robotic devices or mechanical issues, but rather something significantly more dangerous: the timeless routine of gowning and gloving surgeons before surgery. Read more…

Natural OptionsUnderstanding Nutrigenomics and Your Gene Expression

Methylation and the MTHFR gene have been making news as emerging topics in a branch of medicine called nutrigenomics, or the study of how the food and nutrients we consume influence our gene expression and play a vital role in our health. Methylation is a key biochemical process that is Read more…

Natural OptionsTips to Help Keep Healthy as We Age

Forgetful lately? Did you know that doing 35 to 60 minutes of aerobic exercise (as little as 4 days a week), cutting out high protein intake from animal sources, and staying hydrated will improve your mental and cognitive health within a few weeks?  In addition, adding turmeric and a quality Read more…

Integrated PracticesHealth Care Professionals Learning to Manage Stress

Health care stress is rampant― affecting its providers (employees and the organizations) and customers (patients and their families) alike. “Most stress in life is unnecessary, though some of it is inevitable,” says Kiran Dintyala, MD, MPH, a board certified internal medicine physician with Eisenhower Medical Center. “There are simple things Read more…

Integrated PracticesSupport Groups and Therapy Groups: What Is the Difference?

As a licensed marriage and family therapist, I have worked with many people on a one-on-one basis. I have also led many group therapy sessions and facilitated numerous support groups. Quite often I am asked: What is the difference between group therapy and support groups? Aren’t they pretty much the Read more…

Natural OptionsA Healthy Head of Hair

Why do some people lose their hair early in life? This question is not such a mystery if you understand the factors that contribute to hair loss and how, for some, it is possible to regenerate hair growth. There are 10 commonly known factors that contribute to hair loss: Poor Read more…

Natural OptionsBreaking Myths about Stress

Though people want to live a stress-free life, they often falter because of their wrong beliefs. The deeply rooted myths about stress in this society cost people their money, relationships, happiness, and sometimes even their life. With proper knowledge, you can reclaim lost peace, joy and balance in life by Read more…

FitnessThe Science behind Abdominal Training

Summertime is here and a large portion of the population strives to look their best in that new bikini or swim trunks. They work diligently all year to build muscle and confidence to display their fit midriffs. Thousands of crunches, leg raises and V-ups are done daily across the nation, Read more…

Natural OptionsA New Perspective on Massage Therapy

There was a time when we would go to our local massage establishment, read through a menu of massage modalities and choose the one type of massage we thought was best for us. At the end of the massage, we would label our experience as exceptional, great, good, indifferent or Read more…

Medical NewsWell Woman Visits in the U.S.

Health care in United States is very costly. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the U.S. spent 17.1% of its Gross Domestic Products (GDP) on health care in 2013. A report published by Common Wealth Fund last year states that the U.S. spends most of its Read more…

Natural OptionsHealth, Longevity and Telomeres

As we age our cells age, and although we cannot slow, stop or turn back time, it may be possible to slow cellular aging by slowing the shortening of our telomeres. Telomeres are protective proteins located at the ends of chromosomes which serve to promote general chromosomal stability and aid Read more…

Natural OptionsIs Mold Making You Sick?

There is a growing body of scientific evidence indicating that exposure to toxin- producing molds is a significant health risk to persons who have lived or worked in water damaged buildings. Often times, many of these people are unaware that they have been exposed to mold and mold toxins (mycotoxins). Read more…

Natural OptionsManaging Inflammation

Unresolved inflammation is associated with several widely occurring chronic diseases including arthritis, autoimmune disease, cancer, obesity, dementia, periodontal disease, diabetes, and atherosclerosis. These chronic diseases affect 125 million Americans. The presence of inflammation is what makes most people aware that something is wrong in their body. Anyone who has had Read more…

Natural OptionsCraniosacral Therapy

The craniosacral system is comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. This system extends from the skull or cranium down to the tailbone or sacrum. Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a gentle hands-on technique that is used to loosen abnormal tensions in Read more…

Natural OptionsDeep Tissue Massage Myths

When a client asks for a deep tissue massage, the first question I ask them is, “What does a deep tissue massage mean to you?” For many people, it means PAIN and PRESSURE, which technically is very far from the truth about deep tissue bodywork. In its most simple terms, Read more…

Natural OptionsColon Hydrotherapy and Detox

With the New Year upon us, we make our yearly resolution to shed excess weight, get a handle on our sugar intake and curb unhealthy cravings. Looking for a fast solution, most are drawn to the “quick fix” programs that are pervasive throughout the internet. The countless choices are overwhelming. Read more…

Integrated PracticesThe Paradigm Shift in Medicine Today

Most of us love traditions. As I write these words, I have just finished cleaning up the final dishes from our Thanksgiving holiday, with family and friends gathered around a bountiful table and expressing gratitude. I’m for tradition as much as anyone. However, there are places that tradition is harmful. Read more…