What to look for in this issue:

  • Apps to Keep You Healthy
  • Acupuncture for Winter
  • Ayurvedic Tips to Beat Winter Blahs
  • Your Winter Garden
  • A Healthier Holiday

Events & Specials

  • December 3: ACHIM Give the Gift of Health Holiday Party
  • December 9: CIMT Testing 9 am – 12 pm
  • December 24 and 25: Office Closed
  • December 31: Office Closing at 3 pm
  • January 1: Office Closed
  • January 9: Staying healthy this winter with Gedalia
  • January 30: Mindfulness with Angela Buttimer, MS, RYT, LPC,



Healthy Holiday Gift Ideas:
Give the gift of health from ACHIM


Glowing Skin for the Holidays

Try a HydraFacial before your next holiday party for only $99. Limit one per customer.

Give the Gift of Health

We now have gift baskets and gift certificates available in the office and in our e-store. You can visit our e-store by clicking here.

Dr. Taz MD Wellness Solutions introduces Natural Boost225

A B-multi vitamin for hormone balance, mood, and memory support. You can pick yours up today at our office for $35.

Cancer Prevention at ACHIM

Expanded assessments to understand your potential risks for cancer. We now have more detailed testing and collaborations with cancer specialists.

Homeopathic Injectables are Now Here

Don’t resort to steroid shots and antibiotics. We have homeopathic injectables to treat inflammation in joints and muscles. We also have immune boosting homeopathic shots, just in time for cold and flu season. If you are feeling sick or fighting an infection, call today for your “IMMUNE BOOST.”


For more information or to schedule your appointment please call 404.814.9808.


Join us on Tuesday, December 3rd from 6 to 8 pm for our GIVE THE GIFT OF HEALTH Holiday Party


* Enjoy holiday refreshments, music and complimentary HydraFacials, Ayurveda, Yoga, Acupuncture and more.
* You are sure to find the perfect gift to jump start the health of someone you love. Gift baskets and certificates will be available for purchase.
* Dr. Taz MD will be signing her bestselling book What Doctors Eat and answering your questions about how to have a healthier 2014!
* You could be a lucky winner in our Give the Gift of Health Holiday Raffle.


Ayurvedic Tips to Beat the Winter Blahs

dr_gedaliahAyurveda, an integrative and preventative science dating back 3,000 to 5,000 years, teaches us that our bodies are composed of a combination of the elements: Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Ether. Any imbalance in these elements can cause disturbances in our health and well-being. Being in harmony with nature both within and without is at the core of Ayurvedic philosophy.


Winter with it’s long dark days, cold and windy weather can cause heaviness in the mind and body leading to feelings of depression and general ‘blahs”. Winter colds , flus and sinus congestion are just some of the body’s experiences of this season. Here are some tips from Ayurveda to beat the “winter blahs”.


  • Avoid cold, raw or dry foods, as the body craves more moisture and density in winter. Try eating mostly heavier cooked foods, such as hearty soups and stews, using pungent spices such as cinnamon, mustard seed, pepper and cayenne. Avoid dairy, sweet and oily foods as they cause congestion.
  • Peppermint, eucalyptus, cinnamon and ginger are wonderful scents to stimulate dormant energy.
  • Keep your home well lit with natural light bulbs including keeping a fireplace lit when home. This will ease mental inertia.
  • Specific yoga poses and pranayama( breathing exercises) also can help to bring a bit of joy. Inversions in particular and back bends elevate energy and change perspective.  Heated and flow yoga are good to increase the fire within.  Kapalabhati, or breath of fire, immediately invigorates the mind, body and spirit.
  • Lubricating the sinuses with” nasya oil” prevents bacteria from invading. Nasya oil is a blend of sesame, eucalyptus with other antibacterial herbs. Put 3-4 drops in each nostril upon waking. We carry “nasya oil” at ACHIM supplement store.
  • Personally I like to make more art, write, and do some in home decorating. Yoga classes keep me feeling light and flexible. Winter is a great time to indulge in a hobby you always wanted to try; find your truth.
  • Try a “Marma ” session at ACHIM. It is not only deeply relaxing but goes beyond the physical body; nourishing the spirit and miraculously changing one’s’ perspective on life.


Learn more about Staying Healthy in the Winter with Ayurveda in our January class. See below for details.
Begin with “The Ayurvedic Sampler” Package – Three 50 minute sessions that will help you get started with the simple things that make a big difference.


New Patient Special – $250 through December


Join Gedalia on Thursday January 9th @7pm ACHIM for Staying Healthy During Winter with Ayurveda. Cost: 50$ Attending this class will give you all the gems you need to stay balanced until Spring. Learn breathing exercises, eat kitchari and enjoy good company! Don’t miss this class as each seasonal class is essential for your well being.


To learn more about Ayurveda and how it can benefit you please visit


Chinese Medicine:
Acupuncture for Winter

The joy of the holidays and cold winter months are here; and they bring with them the overwhelming busy-ness of preparing for family visits. Now is a chance to be empowered by the challenge of maintaining healthy habits through holiday temptations and stress. Stress and sugar are immune suppressants which can lead to increased vulnerability to colds and flus. Consider these tips for staying healthy by keeping stress low and your immune system strong.


For Stress:

Maintain your exercise routine

  • Gift yourself with regular self care such as a massage, a hot bath or an Acupuncture treatment.
  • Limit or eliminate caffeine intake
  • Lower your cortisol (stress hormone) level with an Acupuncture treatment


For Immunity:
  • Keep your neck covered
  • Do not leave the house or go to bed with wet hair
  • Take every chance you get for some sunshine
  • Stay away from sugar. You can do it!
  • Continue taking a probiotic to support gut health
  • Sip on warm Ginger tea to keep yourself warm from the inside out and to help facilitate healthy digestion
  • Eat plenty of garlic based soup
  • Try once a month Acupuncture treatments to stimulate your body’s natural healing abilities
  • Try taking Astragalus Root for immune support and Golden Seal and Echinacea at the first signs of a cold
  • Ask about Chinese herbs for getting rid of colds & flus.


Acupuncture Services to try:
  • Cellulite Reduction – $60: now is the perfect time! A technique called “Cupping” is used over areas affected by cellulite to break up stubborn fat tissue and promote healthy circulation to the area. This treatment is not recommended for those with blood clotting disorders or varicose veins.
  • Stress Buster Treatment – $30: Come in for a 20 minute Stress Buster treatment. Stress Buster treatments are only offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays by the acupuncturist. These treatments are for existing patients only and will be conducted in a waiting room chair. No appointment necessary.


Holiday Gifts:

Treat a loved one to the gift of health with an Acupuncture gift certificate. Get a jump start on your 2014 healthy living goals and treat yourself to a package of 10 regular Acupuncture treatments and receive one regular Acupuncture treatment free! This offer expires December 31st.


From the Garden:
Your Winter Garden

One of the most important things to remember to help ensure a successful winter garden is to keep your plants warm during the winter months. Position your garden in a way that it can receive the most sun. Another key to winter gardening is to plant in one of the following items: a raised bed, green house, cold frame or cloches. Also make sure to continue, even in the winter, to weed, fertilize and water your plants and herbs. This will allow you to have a thriving garden. Below you will find a list of vegetables and herbs that typically flourish within winter


  • Cabbage produce
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Ruby Chard
  • Kale
  • Cauliflower
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Parsnips
  • Chives
  • Parsley
  • Thyme


Remember when the temperature drops to cover your garden with a tarp or blankets to help with keeping your vegetables and herbs warm if choose to plant in an open raised bed. Can you dig it?






Neurobiology and Nourishing Practice of Mindful Eating




Mindfulness practices have substantial beneficial effects on our health and well-being. These ancient practices actually rewire our brain and physiology so that we feel better and improve our health.


Research shows that mindful eating is linked to less caloric intake, greater absorption of nutrition, greater satiety, and better digestive processes. In this class, learn more about the principles and practices of mindful eating as well as enjoy breathing, meditation, and yogic techniques experientially. Angela will also explain the neuroscience related to mindfulness and how to incorporate these practices easily into your daily life to cultivate optimal mental, emotional, and physical health. Participants will leave with tools and experiences that can be applied immediately in their daily lives and will end the evening feeling refreshed, renewed, and restored.


Join Angela Buttimer, MS, RYT, LPC, of Buttimer and Associates, for an evening of Mindfulness on Thursday, January 30 from 6:30 – 8:15 at Atlanta Center for Holistic and Integrative Medicine.


Angela is a holistic licensed psychotherapist and coach in private practice specializing in Integrative Health and Wellness, registered yoga and meditation teacher, mind-body facilitator and program developer at Cancer Wellness Piedmont Healthcare, speaker, and author of CALM: Choosing to Live Mindfully and Mindfulness and Yoga: Clinical Interventions for Stress, Depression, and Anxiety


Bring a friend to any 1 in the series and you both receive 20% off. Payment due at time of registration. Space is limited so reserve your spot today by calling 404.814.9808.



Seasons Greetings!

While this is a joyous time of year, it can also be extremely hectic and stressful. Stress can lead to a weakened immune system. I want to remind you of things you should do to ensure you stay healthy through the holiday season.


Continue eating a whole foods diet, stay hydrated, keep exercising and get plenty of rest and relaxation. Here are the things that I recommend to all of my patients:


Vitamin D3

very important through the winter months


Buffered Vitamin C

supports your immune system



supports a healthy gut, an integral part to a strong immune system


Zinc citrate

a powerful immune supporting nutrient
Thank you for your confidence in fulfilling your health care needs. The staff and I wish you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season.


Dr. Taz MD, Living Healthy, Naturally


Food of the Month:





Cranberries are a North American native berry-plant. They have significantly high amounts of phenolic flavonoid phytochemicals calledpro-anthocyanidins (PAC’s). Scientific studies have shown that consumption of berries have potential health benefits against cancer, aging and neurological diseases, inflammation, diabetes, and bacterial infections.


Antioxidant compounds in cranberries such as oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPC’s), anthocyanidin flavonoids, cyanidin, peonidin and quercetin may prevent cardiovascular disease by counteracting against cholesterol plaque formation in the heart and blood vessels. Further, these compounds help the human body lower LDL cholesterol levels and increase HDL-good cholesterol levels in the blood.


Research studies show that cranberry juice consumption offers protection against gram-negative bacterial infections such as E.coli in the urinary system by inhibiting bacterial-attachment to the bladder and urethra.


Further, the berries prevent plaque formation on the tooth surface by interfering with the ability of another gram-negative bacterium, Streptococcus mutans, to stick to the surface. It thus helps prevent the development of cavities in a way similar to the action in preventing urinary tract infections.


In addition, the berries are an also good source of many vitamins like vitamin C, vitamin A, ß-carotene, lutein, zea-xanthin, and folate and minerals like potassium, and manganese.


Cranberry Relish by Martha Stewart



Yields 3 cups


  • 1 large apple, unpeeled, halved, and cored
  • 1/2 navel orange, unpeeled and seeded
  • 2 cups cranberries (thawed if frozen)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup sugar

In a food processor, working with each ingredient separately, pulse apple, orange, cranberries, and walnuts until finely chopped. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in sugar.


From Rabia:
Apps to Keep You Healthy

Rabia Vaughns

Rabia Vaughns

Need some extra support to successfully implement your health resolutions this New Year? Download these free phone apps and get started making 2014 your year of personal health transformation!!


Fit Brains:

Start improving your brain health today with this free and effective app designed to enhance brain performance utilizing fun games.


Use this app when grocery shopping to quickly identify healthy foods options. First enter your personal dietary restrictions and nutritional goals. Next scan the barcode of any food item and quickly see product highlights.


My Fitness Pal:

This mobile food and activity log, provides personalized nutrition and fitness goals along with online support from friends. The only weight loss support app you will need!!


Smiling Mind:

Gain clarity and calmness with this meditation app designed for people of all ages and levels of experience. Simple and effective.



Develop your personalized plan to quit smoking: set goals, receive motivational tips, monitor your progress and get online support from friends and family.


Rabia Vaughns is a physician assistant committed to offering comprehensive and compassionate medical care. Rabia received her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science from Towson University in Maryland. She worked as a public health educator for several years before completing her Physician Assistant certification and her Master’s in Medical Science. For the past six years, Rabia has worked as a Physician Assistant concentrating in family practice and women’s health.


Her caring, personal demeanor and unique knowledge makes her a valuable member of our practice.


Enjoy the holidays…
without the guilt



Approach the holidays with an easier and gentler approach for both body and mind. We all know the holidays are filled with special events, special people and of course, special food. The holidays are meant to be just that – special. Treat yourself special too. Enjoy the holidays and eat without guilt.
Practice conscious consumption. Decide which foods you love the most, or the ones that you only get during the holidays and eat those. Eat slowly and pay attention to how your body feels and stop eating when you’re full. It takes about 20 minutes for the stomach to signal the brain that you’re full, so eating slowly helps prevent overeating.


Don’t skip breakfast. In order to prevent overeating, eat a satisfying breakfast and prepare healthy meals or snacks before your dinner to avoid feeling famished which can result in overeating.


Practice self-care to prevent emotional eating. Though it’s meant to be a happy and joyous time of year, realistically it can get stressful. Oftentimes we use food to comfort ourselves during the holidays. Make sure you eat to fill an empty stomach and not an emotion. With so much to do, remember to take care of yourself.


Be sure to get plenty of sleep and some exercise. With all the special activities strive to keep your regular routine.


Special Offer:
Jumpstart the Health of Someone You Love

Looking for the perfect gift 
for your favorite health nut? 
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 is available for purchase at the ACHIM or online: Follow this link to purchase online.

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DOCTORS EAT now until 12/20/13

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Thimerosal/Mercury-Free Flu Vaccines are now available.
Patients must be 6 years or older

Cancer Prevention, Adjunctive, Treatment Plan, and Support Program Unveiled at ACHIM

We are pleased to announce enhanced cancer care programs for our patients. We have established partnerships with multiple cancer treatment facilities around the world to assist patients in this difficult journey. Our Support Program’s goal is to help minimize side effects of therapy, provide support, understand alternative and adjunctive regimens, and help patients create a comprehensive care plan to minimize risks of recurrence. Partners include Cancer Treatment Centers of America and The Collmed Foundation dedicated to cancer research.


Nationally Featured:
Freezing Out Colds and Flu This Winter

56874174_s_HUFFPOSTMEDIAGROUP_large300_answer_2_xlarge[1]Freezing Out Colds and Flu This Winter: The P’s and Q’s of Boosting Your Immune System

“It has arrived. The sneezing, coughing, fever-ridden season has officially begun. Affecting children and adults, winter viruses often don’t discriminate based on age, race or gender. Many of my patients want to know what they can do to stay healthy this winter and enjoy the approaching holiday season.” You can read the full article here.


Dr. Taz MD:
Do energy drinks really work?


Dr. Taz MD is a contributor and monthly columnist for Prevention Magazine. As the alternative medicine adviser for Prevention, Dr. Taz shares monthly tips on how to stay healthy the alternative way. Follow the link below to read Dr. Taz’s latest Prevention column.

Dr. Taz MD’s column.


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