From Dr. Taz, MD

drtazmdDon’t give up!

January may have ended, but don’t throw your New Year’s Resolutions out the window. February brings us Heart Health Month, Valentine’s Day, and a chance to prep your immune systems to beat winter colds and spring allergies.

This is, as many of you know, ACHIM’s 5 year anniversary. We have had 5 years of great patients and great success. We have learned from all of you and are grateful for the journey. With every journey, however, comes changes. The practice is at  maturation point and we will have staffing changes and changes in our format. We are excited about our new developing team which we hope will meet the needs of our booming patient volume.

In short, thank you for your continued support. We cannot wait to see what the next 5 years will bring.

From Rabia: Love Yourself

Growing in self-love is an ever-important component to living a healthy, fulfilled life. It is also something that can be a challenge for many of us, myself included.  This month I have compiled four principles that have helped me enhance my self-concept.

1. Stop comparing yourself to others. In the age of social media it easy to think every one else’s life is perfect and no one else has the insecurities or flaws you see in yourself.  The truth is every human being has challenges and successes in life. No one is better or worse then you.  It is through comparison that we suffer.  Consider keeping a gratitude journal to focus on the abundance in your life, rather then the shortcomings.

2. Forgive others. Forgive yourself This sounds easy in concept but in reality, forgiveness can be one of the most difficult tasks a person undertakes in life.  We often get confused and think that if we forgive others for their misdeeds that it excuses their behavior.  This thinking keeps us stuck because we forgive to free ourselves.  Offer this same gift of forgiveness to yourself, and work to release all guilt and shame you have stored up from your perceived past transgressions.

3. Quiet your mind.  Our minds can sometimes take on a life of their own – running wild, telling us lies about ourselves, worrying about the past and future.  Most of us could benefit greatly by simply becoming more aware of our thoughts.   I recommend checking out a book by Eckhart Tolle called “A New Earth” which offers some incredible insight into how to quiet the mind so we can transcend our “ego-based state of consciousness” and learn to live more in the present.  Beginning a meditation practice can also be very helpful.

4. Practice radical self-acceptance.  You are perfect as you are.  This is hard for many people to accept. We often create barriers to self-acceptance, telling ourselves “I’ll love myself when I lose the weight, get the job, find the partner, etc.   You must work to love and accept yourself now, without conditions. I recommend the books “A Return to Love” by Marianne Williamson or “You Can Heal Your Life” by Louise Hay to help you shift into a space of self-love and appreciation.  Try getting their audio books so you can play them throughout the day.

* 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 for Your Skin

dr_gedaliahAccording to Ayurveda, the science of longevity, poor nutrition is the main cause of disease. This sister science to yoga has some important principles to teach us about nutrition that can easily be incorporated into your daily life.

1. Eat according to seasons. For example, eat sweet fruits and veggies such as sweet potatoes and squash in winter.

2. Know your constitution according to the five element theory in Ayurveda. If you have a tendency toward dryness of skin, worry, anxiety, skipping daily routines use the ‘opposite” quality to balance, such as oiling the body both inside and out; get adequate rest, and give yourself time to be creative and free. If you have a tendency toward acid indigestion/reflux, irritability, and going nonstop; make some time to ‘chill’ out and be in nature. Cool down with aloe vera juice and cilantro on your food. Eat smaller meals to stay satiated and energized. If you have a tendency toward sluggishness ; try dry brushing and mixing up your routine some. A good exercise routine that stimulates the body/mind is essential for these types. Knowing yourself is key.

3. Include the “six tastes” when preparing your meals. Sweet, sour, salty, astringent, pungent, and bitter. You may notice that your body will crave sugar after a meal that lacks that taste. Or you might want salt. I recommend pink salt which has all the trace minerals needed for various bodily functions.

I encourage you to eat rationally, chew your food well, enjoy eating,and make food a sacred time. When and at what time of day and season to eat them is key.

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

Nationally Featured: Get a Real Physical, What Your Doctor Should Be Checking


“It’s that time of year again, and you are trying to avoid it. A new year means time for another physical or annual exam. Many people delay this appointment, thinking it is a waste of time, since they feel just “fine.” Staying healthy, as we are all learning, is no longer a choice. For our energy, finances, relationships and productivity, living healthy naturally is a necessity.”

You can read the full article  here.

Jump Start the Health of Someone You Love


What Doctors Eat

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Chinese Medicine: Self Care With Acupuncture

Love it or hate it,  Valentine’s Day is upon us. Take time this Valentine’s season to reflect on the emotions that give you joy and those that may be weighing you down. Joyful emotions like love, happiness, security and high self-esteem keep us feeling uplifted and our bodies respond with improved wellness. However, negative emotions like grief, anger, worry, and doubt can get trapped and burden our body’s ability to circulate freely and maintain balance.

When or emotions become “stuck”, the circulation of energy in the body slows down and effects proper function. Acupuncture is a helpful tool to release the stuck energy by stimulating energy and blood flow. As the energy becomes free, our awareness of ourselves and the way we handle situations in the moment increases. Having the self-awareness recognize our emotional responses to situations as they arise is an empowering skill.

Other practices you can add to your self-care regimen are:

  1. Tai Hi and Qi Gong (both of which I highly recommend)
  2. Visualization mediation
  3. Journaling – don’t forget to read it from time-to-time!
  4. Get enough sleep
  5. Learn something new

Nutrition: Inflammatory Foods To Avoid

137Inflammation can cause anything from weight gain to lowering your immune system (since 70 percent of our immune is in our gut) to heart disease to diabetes, arthritis, autoimmune diseases, and more.

So what are some of the worst offenders?

-First and foremost, as many of you may already know is hydrogenated oil. We need those out of the diet or at least kept to a minimum. In addition, we also need to limit polyunsaturated vegetable oils like safflower, sunflower, corn, peanut and soy. They have a very high omega-6 content and very low omega-3 content and therefore, this imbalance encourages inflammation. A better choice is a good olive oil, for no to medium heat. For high heat, look to coconut oil, grass fed butter, or ghee.

-Commercial or grain fed meat: There is a lot of controversy lately over eating meat or going vegetarian. I think most of the concerns you hear about regarding meat, is about the grain fed meat filled with omega-6s. Feedlot raised animals are fed a diet that is high in inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids but low in anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats. They are fed GMO grains like soy beans and corn. These animals are also, they given hormones to encourage growth and then the antibiotics, to prevent or recover from illness. That is a lot of things that our bodies don’t need. Instead (ideally) try to stick with grass fed meat, organic chicken, and wild fish.

-Refined sugar: On top of the many reasons why sugar is not good for us, it is also reported that processed sugars and other high-glycemic starches increase inflammation, which causes physical pain, overheating, redness and swelling in addition to internal inflammation. The Dartmouth Medical School also found that sugar causes acne.. Try coconut palm sugar, sucanat (sugar cane), dark honey, pure maple (in limited quantities) or some stevia instead.

-Processed grains:  They are similar to refined sugar in that they have a higher glycemic index than unprocessed grains and can increase inflammation. In addition they are filled with gluten, which can damage our gut and cause inflammation because our bodies have such a hard time digesting it. Try to stick to grains like quinoa, millet, amaranth, gluten free oats, and brown rice.

You can visit Landria’s nutrition blog here

Mindfulness: Mindfulness in Relationships

261Would you like to feel happier and more fulfilled in your relationships? Would you like some guidance on how to navigate those difficult relationships in your life? Would you like to have more control and better responses to negative situations? How about taking that good relationship to an even deeper experience of a great relationship? Would you like to be a better communicator and a better listener?

The practice of mindfulness can be applied to all things in life, especially in our relationships. The principles give us tools to navigate and improve the relationships in our lives – with family, friends, colleagues, children, partners and spouses. It is possible to be centered and grounded even with difficult situation arise (and they always do) as well as enhance our already solid relationships.

In this workshop, we will review and discuss the principles and practices you can put into play immediately to improve the quality of your relationships as well direct your own responses to be more skillful and empowering. You will also be led through various experiential mindfulness practices including breathwork and guided meditations.

Join Angela Buttimer, MS, RYT, LPC at ACHIM on Thursday February 27 from 6:30 – 8:15 to learn more. Angela is a licensed holistic psychotherapist in private practice specializing in integrative health and wellness, mind-body healing, mindfulness, and yoga therapy. She is a national speaker and author of CALM: Choosing to Live Mindfully.

CALL ACHIM to register and reserve your spot today!

$50 per person (Bring a friend and both receive 20% off) – $40 each! 

February 2014

  • What To Look For In This Issue:
  • A Letter From Dr. Taz MD
  • Diet and Ayurveda
  • Inflammatory Foods to Avoid
  • Love Yourself
  • Mindfulness in Relationships
  • Planting for the Heart
  • Self Care with Acupuncture

February Specials

Valentine’s Day Gift Certificates
Our Acupuncture, Ayurveda, and HydraFacial gift certificates are a great gift for a loved one this Valentine’s Day!
Heart Health Bundle 

Receive $10 off when you purchase all three of the following supplements from ACHIM

  • 60 CT EPA/DHA Pro Omega
  • CoQ10
Cosmetic Acupuncture Special
Buy 5 cosmetic acupuncture sessions and get an additional cosmetic acupuncture special FREE!
Buy one then get one half off to give to someone you love!
Marma Special
Intro to Marma 80 Minute Session only $125

February Events
February 4th
Mobile Thermogram at ACHIM
February 6th
Eat Well. Be Well. Nutrition Class with Landria Voigt
7-8pm|$50 to register or bring a friend and both receive 20% off
February 13th
Marma & The Chakras Lecture with Dr. Gedalia Genin
February 20th
Gluten & Dairy Free Eating Class with Landria Voigt
February 24th
CIMT Scanning at ACHIM
February 27th
Mindful Relationships Class with Angela Buttimer
6:30-8:15|$50 to register or bring a friend and both receive 20% off .

From the Garden: Planting for the Heart


If you want to have a healthy heart, try planting some of the fruits, vegetables and herbs listed below. These items will help with preventing inflammation, blocking of the arteries and blood clots.

  • Avocado
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Kale
  • Broccoli
  • Tomatoes
  • Cayenne Peppers
  • Oregano
  • Lavender

Note: All berries help with reducing your risk of heart disease and cancer. Spinach and other vegetables give a boost to the heart and herbs are good for soothing and relaxation of the heart. So mix it up and be good not only to your heart, but also to the earth.

Get creative and see if you can plant a few of these plants in the shape of heart or after harvest make a basket and give them to a loved one on Valentine’s Day, I can’t think of a better way to say ‘I love you’…. Can you dig it?

Nationally Featured: Prevention Magazine


Do relaxation drinks live up to the hype? ”

Relaxation drinks with names like Just Chill and Neuro Bliss sound like they must be Valium in a can, and the truth is, many people do say they feel more relaxed or calm about half an hour after drinking them. A likely reason: the blend of herbs, supplements, botanicals, and amino acids they contain, which previously have been used individually as calming agents.

Chances are you’ve already tried to drink away stress-perhaps with a beer, a glass of wine, or a martini. Or maybe you prefer tea. If you’re a Downton Abbey fan, you know that a cup of tea is the British solution to all life’s troubles. The key may be theanine, an anxiety-reducing chemical in tea that seems to offset its stimulating caffeine. Not surprisingly, theanine is one of a number of ingredients in most chill-out beverages…” Article continues here.

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