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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

[caption id="attachment_4834" align="alignleft" width="300"] Dr. Scott Greenapple[/caption]  May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and April is Stress Awareness Month.  So, we will combine a few theories, thoughts, and “tools” with helping people become aware and educated and offer some guidance for you or any you may know who suffers from these diseases.   Globally, mental health issues are on the rise. From COVID, political unrest, the war in Ukraine, climate change, inflation, and government involvement in woman’s rights, there is a sense of angst with so much uncertainty and division among us.  With that being said, I am not sure if I have ever witnessed in my lifetime more depression, anxiety, and general anxiety disorder (GAD) being reported in the media or seen in health care professional practices.  Some...

Akkermansia Mucinophila: Your New Best Gut Friend

[caption id="attachment_4067" align="alignleft" width="251"] Dr. Nancy Palermo[/caption] In the past 15 years, there has been a great deal of attention on the gut microbiome. In fact, since 2013 there have been over 19,000 published papers on this topic. If you search PubMed you can see that numerous studies have shown associations of the microbiome with disorders like obesity, diabetes mellitus, autoimmune disorders, cancers, liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and even neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. Recent genetic tools like DNA sequencing have helped researchers further characterize the composition of microbes in the gut and successfully delineated their specific roles. In 2004 researchers first isolated a gram-negative anaerobe called Akkermansia mucinophila in the Netherlands. They now know a great deal more about this gut bacteria and what they have learned...

How Does Alcohol Affect Gut Health?

Overindulging in alcohol damages a variety of bodily functions from your liver to your mental health. An often overlooked area affected by alcohol is your gut. But how exactly does alcohol affect your gut and what are the signs your gut isn’t happy with how much you’re drinking?   Alcohol and the Gut   Gut health is about more than your stomach–it can impact your mind, immune system, the risk level for certain types of cancer, and more. Basically, it’s one of the major determinants of health in your body.   When you drink alcohol, it can affect your gut health in two primary ways. First, once it's metabolized, it will enter the small intestine and decrease intestinal permeability. This can lead to a leaky gut syndrome, a condition that can...

Facial Cupping

Reveal your natural beauty using this powerful & non-invasive facial treatment Would you like to see visible results without the need for cosmetic procedures? If so, then you’re in the right place! Facial Cupping is THE alternative beauty treatment that will sculpt, plump, and reveal your natural beauty. No more tired skin, puffiness, or dark under-eye circles. Facial Cupping will bring back the glow you thought you’d lost. Here are some benefits of Facial Cupping Brightens the skin Minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles Boosts collagen production Reduces puffiness Reduces pore size ...

Are You Metabolically Healthy?

When Americans are asked if they are metabolically healthy 75% of them will answer yes.   However, a recent study done at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health showed that the metabolic health of Americans is “alarmingly low”. In fact, in the study of over 8700 individuals, the researchers found that only 12% of Americans were metabolically healthy. That means over 1 in 8 or 88% have some degree of cardiometabolic dysfunction. Cardiometabolic dysfunction is based on elevations of blood sugar and insulin, triglycerides, lipids, or blood pressure. The study researchers claimed several reasons for the findings but one of the most remarkable was that less than 37% were aware of their personal findings despite having regular care. Many patients feel...

Why Magnesium Matters: FDA Announces New Qualified Health Claim

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 On January 10, 2022, the FDA announced a newly qualified health claim for magnesium and reduced risk of high blood pressure in a letter of enforcement discretion. Both health claims and qualified health claims characterize the relationship between a substance and a reduction in risk of contracting a particular disease or health-related condition and are reviewed by the FDA through a petition process. Qualified health claims are supported by less evidence than the "significant scientific agreement" standard governing unqualified health claims. Therefore, eligible health claims require a disclaimer or other qualifying language to avoid misleading consumers regarding the strength of the scientific evidence supporting the claim. In January, the FDA reviewed health claims related to magnesium. A review of multiple studies did show some...

A Mindful Christmas Gift List – The Gift of Health

[caption id="attachment_4832" align="alignleft" width="300"] Dr. Nancy Palermo[/caption] By: Dr. Nancy Palermo If the last two years had shown us anything it is that wellness must be a way of life. The pandemic has reminded us that our health must be a priority. Data shows that 94% of those individuals who were hospitalized and diet of COVID had comorbidities like obesity, diabetes, and heart disease and unfortunately this virus is not going away soon. These facts may be the best reason to give gifts for self-care and wellness this year. Your friends and family will thank you and will be appreciative to get a gift that will put them on the right path to health in 2022. We wanted to help you with your Christmas shopping by putting together a...

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...

How glyphosate impacts your gut health and microbiome

Glyphosate is one of the most commonly used herbicides in the United States and around the world. It’s found in transgenic crops like corn, soy, and canola oil, and while it’s healthy for those crops, glyphosate might not be as healthy for your gut.   Many countries have banned glyphosate for a variety of reasons including the fact that it has been linked to the disappearance of bees worldwide and connected to a decrease in biodiversity. But glyphosate isn’t only bad for the bees — it’s bad for humans as well.   The majority of scientists now believe that glyphosate negatively impacts our gut health — researchers in Finland found that 54% of the human microbiome has possible sensitivities. Other studies have linked it to specific problems in the...