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3 Easy Ways to Balance Insulin Levels and Improve Your Health

Are your insulin levels negatively impacting your hormones? Insulin resistance can lead to physical and mental health problems such as weight gain, mood swings, and brain fog. But there are natural ways to balance your insulin levels and keep your hormones in check.   What is Insulin?   Insulin plays a major role in your metabolism. It turns carbohydrates into glucose and sugar, which are released into the bloodstream and help the cells of your body turn glucose into energy.   If your insulin levels are healthy, the more you eat, the more insulin your body releases to regulate your blood sugar. However, if your body has to create too much insulin due to excess sugars and carbohydrates, it can become insulin resistant.   When insulin isn’t doing its job, there are many...

COVID-19 Resources

Foundational management of an anti-inflammatory diet with minimal processing, refined carbohydrates, and artificial ingredients is key. Addressing lifestyle factors like sleep, exercise, and stress management are also equally important in the prevention and treatment of COVID. Remember 94% of individuals who get a severe disease and die have comorbidities that are driven by poor lifestyle choices. If there was ever a time to address your foundational health it is right now. General Immune Support ( Pre-COVID or if exposure) Vitamin C 1000-2000 mg daily NAC 600-900 mg twice a day Curcumin 500-1000 mg daily Zinc 15-30 mg daily Quercetin 250 mg twice a day Post-Exposure / Symptomatic COVID Discontinue Zinc, Echinacea and Elderberry Vitamin D3 10,000 IUs daily for 2 weeks Vitamin C 3000 mg daily NAC...

Breast Cancer Awareness…Prevention

It is impossible to miss the pink ribbons that decorate the month of October. As you know October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. For many women, breast cancer is their most feared disease. The overwhelming “awareness” of the disease which was meant to encourage screenings has only added fear for many women. In Preventative Medicine magazine, 80% of women state they are moderately or very afraid of the diagnosis of breast cancer and rate this as one of their greatest fears. Despite these fears, the reality is 90% of women will never get this diagnosis. Breast Cancer Awareness month was established in 1985 by AstraZeneca, the pharmaceutical company responsible for the development of Tamoxifen and Arimidez, common chemotherapy agents used in the treatment of breast cancer. In the...

Autumn – Acupuncture Qi Gong and Mindfulness

Autumn/Fall is the season of harvest as we prepare for the winter season. [caption id="attachment_4834" align="alignleft" width="184"] Dr. Scott Greenapple[/caption] We look to collecting and storing nutrition as well as mental clarity for the purpose of cultivation and culmination to allow us to grow and let go of and move on to the next cycle of the seasons and life itself.  We can move forward with the proper care that allows us to balance the body/mind experience and balance the nervous system to enhance our overall well-being. Fall is the time of year to go deeper into self-care, retrospection, and meditation. In traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) we look at seasons and consider them as elements. With each change of the season, there are elements and meridians that correspond....

Laughter can be the best medicine, particularly during a Pandemic

The last 18 months have been a challenge for all of us in ways we are still understanding. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic left many feeling like victims, powerless against this deadly virus. We became dependent on a government and a healthcare system that used fear to drive our decisions. The exposure of CNN Technical Director Charlie Chester’s death toll ticker was formulated to keep people in fear and to drive up ratings by keeping people glued to the TV. There was no compassion. His explanation? “If it bleeds it leads”. The government and healthcare system have also driven the learned helplessness and victim mentality with promises to “Save the Day” with a vaccine and government funding which will miraculously get us out of the pandemic. Here...

Supplements for Mitochondrial Health

As the powerhouse of the cell, mitochondria gives you the energy you need to perform at your best each day. However, many people don’t get the necessary nutrients, antioxidants, and compounds needed to support good mitochondrial health. If you want better mitochondrial health and more energy, consider these four supplements. Alpha Lipoic Acid Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) is a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals and ROSs. It can also serve as supportive fuel for your muscle mitochondria. ALA has also been shown to stabilize blood sugar. Elevated blood sugar and insulin levels are known contributors to mitochondrial dysfunction. ALA has also been shown to reduce inflammation, a major contributor to mitochondrial dysfunction. You can get ALA in red meat, organ meats, broccoli, or spinach, but many people have...

Prioritizing Your Mitochondria

Mitochondria are considered the “powerhouses” of the cell. These organelles, which have their own set of DNA, are believed to be derived from bacteria that took up residence in our cells and provided a symbiotic relationship. Every cell has large numbers of mitochondria however, the cells which produce the greatest energy, like your brain and heart, have the highest concentration. Mitochondria convert food and oxygen to energy in the form of ATP, or adenosine triphosphate. This is the energy source your body uses to fuel almost every biochemical process. During the process of ATP production free radicals or reactive oxygen species are made. This is a normal process and when we are healthy, we can remove these potentially damaging products before significant damage occurs. As we age,...

Environmental Toxins

[caption id="attachment_4826" align="alignleft" width="300"] Harlee Palmer, PA-C - Functional Medicine[/caption] In recent decades more than 100,000 chemicals have been introduced in common everyday products. Among these chemicals are endocrine disrupters that can have a significant impact on health. They can trigger autoimmune reactions such as allergies, eczema and modulate the immune response. Chemicals we breathe, eat and put on our bodies can affect the endocrine system and the gut which in turn can impact autoimmune disease as well as brain function. While genetics plays a role in the development of autoimmune disease, our lifestyle and environment can impact how these genes are expressed. It may seem overwhelming to think about how to protect ourselves from the constant assault of pesticides, pollution, and chemicals but there are definitely things we...

Detox the Mind, Body, and Spirit

Detox the Mind, Body & Spirit In theories of acupuncture, humans are looked at as part of the natural world that surrounds them. Seasons change and during this transition from one season to another, it is important to stay balanced with acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Each season is linked with an organ system in the body. Acupuncture improves the function of the liver meridian and can restore balance to the organs. According to TCM, the liver is responsible for smooth flowing Qi (chi) or energy through the body.  The liver and gall bladder meridians govern the muscles, tendons, and nerves in the body.  The liver also controls the eyes. Here are some signs that your liver/gall bladder meridian may be out of balance this time of year. You...

What You Need to Know About Hair Loss

It is normal to shed some hair. But if you are finding your shower drain is clogged every day or noticing a bald spot or thinning area it can be worrisome. We all want thick and healthy hair but thinning hair can be a sign of disruption or deficiency that needs to be addressed. Normal Hair Growth Cycles We develop our hair follicles in-utero. We have over 5 million hair follicles on our entire body and about 1 million on our heads. These are the most hair follicles we will ever have in our lifetime. As we pass through childhood to adulthood are scalp grows and so our hair follicles space out and our hair thins. Hair is made up of the follicle which is below the skin edge and...