A note from Dr. Taz MD: An Invitation For You

I think it’s safe to say, we have made it through quite a cold winter here in Atlanta and are headed into some of the most beautiful days the South has to offer! If your household is anything like mine, the kids are excited to play outside, spend weekends at the park and swim with friends once the heat sets in! I am looking forward to to it too, and at the risk of sounding cliché, Spring is all about rebirth. It’s a time that the dead and dormant trees, plants and flowers come alive and something about that rebirth sparks renewal within me too.

This Spring holds extra meaning to me. . . as some of you may know, it marks our 5th year as a practice! Five years?! Wow, can you believe it? Looking back, I could not have imagined what an incredible journey it would be and each of you reading has been a special part of the road. Whether you are a patient, follow our blog, or are simply subscribed to this newsletter, your hunger to live healthy, naturally has propelled me and our team to grow and develop-working hard to provide you with the best possible care and treatment available. We are touched and humbled by the countless testimonials we have received – real patients, real stories and real success. As I look toward the future, I am full of excitement and am hopeful that through our mission here at the Atlanta Center for Holistic and Integrative Medicine, we will be able to help as many people as possible reach their goals as they strive to live healthy, naturally! There are new adventures for us on the horizon and I can’t wait to share them with you!  I don’t want you to miss anything, so stay tuned and connected with us.

To commemorate these five years, we are throwing a Celebration on April 24 at the Center. We’ll have great food catered by Souper Jenny, wine, live music and great Give-aways (I mean AWESOME GIVE-AWAYS). I want to personally invite you to come, bring a guest-someone who you want to encourage to live healthy-and enjoy the evening with me. I would be so honored. You are a special part of this place and your wellness matters to me.

Enjoy the few crisp-mornings we have left-but even more, embrace all that Spring has to offer! And I’ll see you April 24!

With Gratitude,
Dr. Taz MD

Let’s Celebrate Together!  You’re Invited!


RSVP by calling 404-814-9808

A note from Rabia: Spring Cleaning for Your Soul

Spring signifies a time of renewal and rebirth.  We can use this change in seasons as a time to examine ourselves and consider ways we can shift in order to experience life more fully and feel our best.  Here are some wonderful tools to help you along in this process.

1. The Work by Byron Katie is a tool you can access online that helps you identify and challenge ideas that keep you   stuck and unhappy. And it’s free! Do your work!

2. Balancing the body’s life force energy, otherwise known as qi or prana, is possible using marma therapy or acupuncture.  This is especially helpful for clearing past emotional issues, which can impact your physical health.

3. Reconnect with yourself through meditation, journaling, creative expression, yoga or another outlet.  Ask the big questions… Who are you? What is your purpose? What is important to you? What do you want more/less of in your life?

4. Then blossom! Happy spring!

* 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. 

Ayurveda: Ayurveda and You


Ayurveda, the world’s oldest integrative health science offers a simple and effective way to cleanse without starving. It is nutritional, natural, gentle and free of gimmicks.

To find out how to best cleanse for you take the “body type” (dosha) quiz on www.gedaliahhealingarts.com.Then contact me via email gedaliahdoc@gmail.com. I will provide the best cleanse for your body type and current condition.

Reset your digestion, Reduce inflammation, and Kick Start your Fat burning for Spring! April 8th, Tues. 6:30 p.m. – Come hear me present “What is Ayurveda” at Whole Foods Market Buckhead. Kitchari demo and tasting included!

To personalize your understanding of Ayurveda, visit me for the “Ayurvedic Sampler” package which includes three fifty-minute sessions that will enhance your overall health regimen.  To learn more about Ayurveda and how it can benefit you please visit www.gedaliahhealingarts.com.

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Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture & Your Terrible, Horrible Cycle

After calling in sick you lie in bed twisting and turning into every possible position with hot packs wrapped around your belly. Groaning, you reach for whatever pain reliever you have in your cabinet, while hoping that someone with something sweet to say will walk in with a tasty treat and offer you a foot rub.  If this sounds like a familiar story to you…then its time for a change and acupuncture might be your answer!

Women who suffer from menstrual related discomfort can use acupuncture as a way to alleviate symptoms which include, but are not limited to:

  • Cramps in the abdomen, back and legs
  • Swollen & tender breasts
  • Headache
  • Irritability & Crying
  • Bloating & Cravings
  • Constipation or Loose Stools
  • Heavy clots or bleeding
  • Irregular timing
  • Hot flashes & Acne

A standard protocol is eight treatments for two full cycles. A topical herbal treatment known as “Moxibustion” or “moxa” uses the herb Mugwort to dilate the blood vessels and relax the soft tissue, easing the pain. Moxa is very soothing, warm and is frequently requested by my patients. Acupuncture works to alleviate these symptoms by stimulating circulation and reducing tension in the tissue so that blood can move throughout the body uninhibited.

A recent study performed showed that 13 out of 15 women had significant reduction of pain and reduced the use of NSAIDS during their menses. In a follow-up interview, 7 of these women stated their symptoms disappeared and did not recur.

Other things to try:

  • Regular cardiovascular exercise throughout the month
  • Get enough sleep
  • Get a monthly massage
  • Avoid caffeine the week prior and during your menses
  • Avoid iced beverages and cold food before and during your menses
  • Massage Dang Gui Oil over the lower abdomen

Don’t let another period bring you down! Try acupuncture today!

Nutrition: Eggs in Time for Easter; Eggs Galore!


With Easter, and Easter eggs right around the corner,  I thought now would be a good time to give a little tutorial on egg packaging so you will be able to make an educated purchase next time you are grocery shopping.Find out which one is best below. . .

Cage Free: It just means that the chickens are not raised in small cages, however they still most likely are raised in tight conditions, in a dark, barn-like setting, with clipped beaks and wings, and very little exposure to sunlight. It’s a deceiving word, isn’t it?

Free Range: It means that the chickens have some exposure to the outdoors in a portion of their life but there are no standards on time or duration. According to SFGate, “It does not mean that the poultry must be allowed access to pastures or grassy yards, nor does it ensure a certain amount of time outdoors or the size of the area for a given number of birds.”

Certified Organic Eggs:The feed that is given to these chickens is organic, and the chickens are loaded with antibiotics. These chickens most likely have some (not all) exposure to sunlight.

Organic Vegetarian Fed:It means that the chickens are not fed any meat or fish (since when do chickens eat cows or salmon?), organic vegetarian-based diet. While this might sound like a “natural”, they are not meant to be a vegetarian-fed animal. They actually do best on eating bugs and worms.

Omega-3 Enriched eggs:This just means that the feed given to the chickens are enriched with an omega-3 diet, usually in the form of flaxseed.

And the winner is. . .
For an individual nutritional consult, please call 404.814.9808 to make an appointment.  You can visit Landria’s nutrition blog here

Mindfulness:  Practicing Self love – Honor- Acceptance & Care


Join Angela Buttimer, MS, RYT, LPC, of Buttimer and Associates, LLC, for a complimentary evening of Mindfulness Meditation on Thursday, April 17, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Atlanta Center for Holistic and Integrative Medicine. Angela is a holistic 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, and author of CALM: Choosing to Live Mindfully.

In this session, Angela will give an introduction and overview of the principles of Mindfulness and then guide participants through experiential meditation and gentle chair yoga exercises. Participants will leave this session with empowering concepts and tools that can be applied immediately for cultivating more peace and personal power in their lives.  

Research shows that the benefits of Mindfulness include but are not limited to: reduced inflammation in the body, enhanced immune system functioning, reduced depression and anxiety symptoms, regulated blood pressure, improved quality of sleep, improved memory and cognitive functioning, greater stress resilience, greater capacity for happiness, and much more.

Although this evening is complimentary, please call 404-814-9808 to reserve your spot. Space is limited.

April Specials

Get a package of FIVE Basic Hydrafacials for $500 (a $75 savings!)

Marma Special
Special 50 Minute Marma Session
$80 for new clients (a $25 savings!)

Ayurvedic Sampler Package
Session One: Marma TherapySession Two: Tongue and Pulse EvaluationSession Three: Nutrition$250 (a $25 savings!)

April Events & Classes

April 14
Mindful Mediation
with Angela Buttimer
6:30pm – 7:30pm

April 21
CIMT Testing
9:00am – 1:00pm

April 22
Hormones & Stress, 50+
with Landria Voigt
7:00 – 7:45pm | FREE

April 24
5 Year Anniversary Event
ACHIM, Food, Wine, Music & Giveaways
6pm |FREE

April 29
Adrenal Fatigue: Do you have it?
with Landria Voigt
7:00 – 7:45pm | FREE

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From the Garden: A Recipe to Enjoy!


Do you feel it? Spring is in the air! And this light & healthy salad is sure to put a spring in your step. It’s one of our favorites from Dr. Taz’s

What Doctor’s Eat?


  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 ½ teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cups chopped young kale
  • ½ cup dried tart cherries
  • ¼ cup toasted pine nuts

1. Whisk together the mustard, lemon zest, lemon juice, oil and salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste in a large salad bowl. Set aside.

2. Chop the kale coarsely. Place the kale in the bowl with the dressing and, using clean hands, toss gently to coat the leaves. Add the cherries and pine nuts and toss gently again.

Divide the salad among 4 plates and serve.  Enjoy!

Nationally Featured: Prevention Magazine

Q. Can you get your skin looking amazing without going to crazy lengths?

A: This is the perfect time for all of us to shed our winter coats-the dry, flaky skin from bitter cold and indoor heat and the extra pounds we accrued as a result of winter’s slower pace. Here’s my personal spring detox regimen.

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