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YOGA as Medicine

Yoga has taken the western world by storm. In a 2012 “Yoga in America” survey by Yoga Journal, it was estimated that over 20 million Americans regularly practice yoga. Now that number is estimated to be over 37 million. The first U.S. yoga studio opened in California in 1947. Now Yoga studios are popping up in all communities. In the US, you can perform yoga in heat, with rock music, and even in the company of pets, goats, or children. Westerners, however, still regard the practice of yoga as an alternative form of exercise.  Initially, they are drawn to the physical attributes of the practice, yet with time they recognize the mind-body benefits that go well beyond physical fitness. There is a lengthy menu of yoga...

3 Easy Ways to Maintain Your Bone Health As You Age

Good bones set you up for a successful life, but what sets you up for good bones? While bone health is determined in part by genetics and gender, lifestyle choices influence your bone health too. Osteoporosis is a disease of bone mineral density and bone strength. Over 10 million Americans are affected by this form of bone loss, with numbers expected to rise.    Why does bone health matter? When our bones are weak, we’re more at risk of developing osteoporosis, a condition where the bones are susceptible to injury and breaking. Osteoporosis often leads to broken hips, knees, and arms, which disrupt our daily lives. Osteoporosis is a disease of bone mineral density and bone strength. Over 10 million Americans are affected by this form of bone...

COVID Long Haulers mitochondria

Motivation: Long Haulers COVID & Mitochondria

In this Motivation, Dr. Fletcher talks about “Long Haulers” COVID + the role of mitochondria (or the powerhouses in our cells). Join Dr. Fletcher as she talks about how to support mitochondrial health. If you are experiencing long haulers, schedule an appointment with our office.   ...

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar: Medical Miracle or Myth?

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a useful tool in the kitchen and can be used in anything from marinades to dressings to sauces. Recently this folk remedy has been touted to fight infections, manage stomach acid and indigestion, melt off body fat and manage skin conditions. ACV has been deemed a “cure-all, “and while this may be somewhat overstated, it clearly has been shown to have some merits. Apple cider vinegar is produced with the fermentation of crushed apples. The vinegar, raw and unfiltered (as it should be used), contains trace amounts of B vitamins, Vitamin C, and minerals like potassium and magnesium. The fermented product also contains some powerful antioxidants and flavonoids like gallic acid, catechin, caffei acid, and ferulic acid. The fermentation also produces beneficial...

COVID 19 & Long Hauler: Alterations in Taste, Smell and Brain Fog

As we are now in our third year of COVID or post-COVID conditions, we are seeing a range of new, returning, or continuing problems that people experience after first being infected with the virus. Most will get better within a few weeks after being infected, but some will have symptoms or new symptoms appearing after four weeks, and these are considered long haulers. People who experience post-COVID conditions can have a multitude of ailments, the most common are the following: Fatigue Shortnessofbreath Cough Heart palpitations Stomach pain Muscle or joint pain Rash The most common neurological symptoms and what I treat the most in the office and will focus on in the article are: Brain fog (difficulty concentrating or thinking) Loss or change of smell (anosmia-loss of smell,...

Skin Care Super Heros (A Functional Medicine Approach to Optimizing Skin Appearance)

Our skin is the biggest organ in the body and certainly gets our attention more than the others. Our society is obsessed with perfection and anti-aging, which explains the many skin care products and procedures one can get. There are many out there who are more than happy to give you advice, and sometimes it involves a pill, an expensive skincare ritual, or worse, a needle or scalpel. As a Functional Medicine provider, my approach to skincare is no different from my approach to other organs' health. First and foremost, we must look at the foundational contributors: Sleep Diet Water intake Environmental exposures Often, we overlook these obvious contributors in hopes of finding the perfect cream or worse, a procedure to give us the quick fix. As with other...

Why Strength Work Needs to Be a Priority at Every Age

By: Nancy Palermo “Every day is another chance to get stronger, to eat better, to live healthier, and to be the best version of you.” In 2020 the Baltimore Sun did an article on an 84-year-old grandmother, mother, and retired secretary, Ernestine Shepherd, who won the Guinness World record for the oldest female competitive bodybuilder in the world. This record won her the title of “6-pack Granny” What makes Ernestine’s story so amazing is she did not start working toward this goal until her mid-50s after the death of her sister. Prior to that she rarely visited a gym. Ernestine’s story is a great reminder that it is never too late to get in shape, and you are never too old to build muscle. There are many reasons we want...

3 Benefits of Strength Training for Women Over 50

You probably know some of the benefits of strength training, such as how it increases your physical strength and helps you lose weight faster. What you might not know is that those benefits increase as you age. In fact, strength training can help women over 50 improve their metabolism, fight muscle deterioration, and maintain good bone health. Let’s discuss the health benefits as well as how to get started with a strength training routine.   Improve Your Metabolism   The higher your muscle mass, the faster your metabolism will be. One of the best ways to increase your muscle mass, and thus speed up your metabolism, is strength training. Good metabolic health is crucial to a number of health functions, most famously maintaining a healthy weight or losing weight....

Farmers Market Creations

Summer is here and with it comes Farmers Markets! We love spending weekends at the market hunting for fresh produce and our meats. Below are some resources and recipes for some of the more popular items you can get fresh from the ground this time of year at your local farmers' market! Charlottes Farmers Markets Charlotte Regional Farmers Market 1801 Yorkmount Road Charlotte Atherton Mill Market 2104 South Blvd Charlotte Matthews Community Farmers Market 188 N Trade St Matthews Kings Drive Farmers Market 939 S. Kings Drive Charlotte Cotswold Farmers Market 309 S Sharon Amity Road   What to buy & eat now Availability for May, June & July Beets Greens ( Kale ) Blueberries Mushrooms Bok Choy Radishes Broccoli Snow Peas Cabbage Spinach Collards Strawberries Cucumbers Turnips   Recipes Kale Salad...

Summer “Do’s” and “Dont’s

Summer is here and we're all ready to enjoy days at the pool and sunny warm weather. Dr. Palermo shares some of her secrets to make this season your best! Don’t Put on Sunscreen… At least for the first twenty minutes, you are in the sun. Vitamin D deficiency is common with over 80% of Americans being deficient. This is a result of our overreaction to the risk of skin cancer with sun exposure. Vitamin D is important for adequate immune function and control of inflammation, neurological and cardiovascular function, bone-building, fighting depression, and most importantly, fighting and preventing many kinds of cancer. The body produces it Vitamin D with exposure to the sun and sunscreen blocks this process. UVB rays, (not UVA rays which lead to aging...