It is said beauty is in the eye of the beholder. We must ask, what then are our eyes beholding? It sounds easy, but it's all in how you look at it. Experiencing beauty is in our control;independent of any external circumstance - beauty comes from within. Marma therapy is not just another hands on modality. It holds the powerful component in facilitating a person to change their perception. Like tuning an instrument, the body, mind and spirit feel in harmony so that one can feel the beauty in their lives that is already within reach. Make May the month to experience inner beauty. One way to begin your beautiful journey is with our Ayurvedic Sampler which includes three 50-minute sessions for a special price of $275.If you attended the complimentary session on May 7th, your price is $250 through the end of May. Please call 404-814-9808 to schedule an appointment.
Session I Tongue and pulse evaluation/ marma therapy
Session II Marma Therapy
Session III Nutritional/ Herbal Recommendations
Natural facial rejuvenation
Jessica Gross L.Ac, Dipl.OM
Summer photo ops are just around the corner, is your skin camera ready? To prepare for the summer months, preventive cosmetic treatments can help keep your skin firm and balanced. Cosmetic acupuncture is a natural way to stimulate the tiny muscles in the face to encourage lifting and symmetry. Additionally, acupuncture increases circulation which promotes collagen production and an even skin tone. All cosmetic acupuncture treatments are coupled with a simple body treatment that is designed for each individual based on a Chinese Pulse diagnosis and their skin type. Each treatment is designed to address specific issues like oily or dry skin, rosacea and dark circles under the eyes. Schedule your appointment for a relaxing cosmetic acupuncture appointment and receive a free cosmetic consult.Remember, preventive cosmetic treatments have the greatest benefit before there is a need, so start now! Please call 404-814-9808 to schedule an appointment.
Spring cleaning for the mind, body &soul
There are some obvious health benefits to spring cleaning: fewer allergies, less stress and better concentration, just to name a few. Here are a few more "cleaning" tips to freshen up your home, as well as your mind, body and spirit!
Purge the Pantry
While straightening your cupboards remove snacks that contain harmful trans fats, hydrogenated oils, excessive salt and sugar, or empty calories. Instead stock up on nutrient dense snacks like raw almonds, gogi berries, raw cacao and kale chips that supply needed nutrients, keep you feeling full longer and taste great!
Don't have time to catch up on chores AND go to the gym? No worries! You can easily shed over 200 calories per hour house cleaning by trying some of these simple tips: 1) Turn up the music to keep you moving, get your heart pumping and have more accomplished in a shorter time period. 2) Tighten your core when dusting to help prevent back injuries and strengthen your abs. 3) Do lunges when vacuuming, make large arm circles when washing windows, carry heavy buckets, and use a stepladder to increase the calories burned.
Clean Out Space in Your Mind
Instead of having your to-do list floating around in your head, write it down. It will help your organize and prioritize your chores, and give you a huge sense of satisfaction as you check off completed tasks. Take time for breaks in between chores to have a cool drink and few deep breaths. As you are refreshing your home, consider other areas in your life that may need revitalizing: relationships, career, spirit. When you are done cleaning the house, jot down a few "spring resolutions" you can commit to help you achieve more balance in your life.
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.
10 things that might surprise you
Eggs are healthy. Eggs are nature's perfect food, providing excellent protein, as well as the gamut of nutrients and important fatty acids that contribute to the health of the brain and nervous system. Americans had less heart disease when they ate more eggs. Egg substitutes cause rapid death in test animals.
Butter is good for you. Butter contains many nutrients vital to growth and brain function. Butter has nourished healthy populations throughout the globe for thousands of years.
Saturated fats and cholesterol are vital for optimum health. Cholesterol helps babies and children develop a healthy brain and nervous system. Saturated fats provide integrity to the cell wall, promote the body's use of essential fatty acids, enhance the immune system, protect the liver and contribute to strong bones. Saturated fats do not clog arteries, nor do they cause heart disease. In fact, saturated fats are the preferred food for the heart.
Foods from grass-fed animals are important for good health. Red meat is a rich source of nutrients that protect the heart and nervous system, including vitamins B12 and B6, zinc, phosphorus, carnitine and Coenzyme Q10. The fats of grass-fed meats contain vitamins A, D, E and CLA, a substance that prevents obesity and protects against cancer.
Lean meat and low-fat milk should be avoided. Lean meat and low-fat milk will cause depletion of essential vitamins A and D, needed for protein and mineral assimilation, proper growth, thyroid function, healthy brain and nervous system and normal cell function. Be sure to read the EWG Meat Eater's Guide at ewg.org.
Modern soy products are dangerous. Modern soy foods, such as soy protein powders and soymilk, block mineral absorption, inhibit protein digestion, cause endocrine disruption, depress thyroid function and contain potent carcinogens.
Hydrogenated and liquid vegetable oils contribute to heart disease and many other health problems. During the period of rapid increase in heart disease (1920-1960), American consumption of animal fats declined, but consumption of hydrogenated and industrially processed vegetable fats increased dramatically. Processed vegetable oils have also been linked to cancer, bone problems, growth problems, learning disorders, autoimmune dysfunction and infertility.
A vegan diet can lead to serious nutritional deficiencies. Vital nutrients found exclusively in animal foods include complete protein, cholesterol and vitamins A, D, B6 and B12. We can't get sufficient true vitamin A from plant foods, nor can most of us get enough vitamin D from the sun alone. Vitamin B12 is not absorbed from plant sources, and modern soy products actually increase the body's need for B12. Those who do not eat meat can have a healthy diet by consuming eggs and raw dairy foods from animals on pasture, and by avoiding modern soy foods.
Not all "organic" foods are healthy. Organic pasteurized milk, breakfast cereal, chips, cookies, crackers and fruit juice are highly processed, refined convenience foods lacking vital nutrients. Although the organic label for meat and milk ensures the absence of hormones, antibiotics and pesticides, such products may still come from animals in confinement and therefore lack vital nutrients for growth and immune function.
Breakfast cereal is a junk food. Cold breakfast cereals are produced by a process called extrusion, which causes the deformation, disruption and dispersion of the proteins in grain. Unpublished studies indicate that these chaotic protein fragments are toxins, causing havoc in the gastro-intestinal tract and nervous system of test animals.
Landria Voigt is a mom, wife, photographer, athlete and avid student of all things nutrition, including attending The Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Through her own journey, she came to appreciate the power of nutrition. Landria's mission is to help others enjoy healthier living through informed eating. Through public speaking engagements, consulting, and her blog www.stiritup.me, Landria shares healthy recipes aimed at pleasing even the most finicky of pallets, as well as forward-thinking ideas about nutrition.
ANTIBIOTIC-RESISTANT BACTERIA ARE NOW COMMON IN THE MEAT AISLES OF AMERICAN SUPERMARKETS. THESE SO-CALLED SUPERBUGS CAN TRIGGER FOODBORNE ILLNESS AND INFECTIONS THAT ARE HARD TO TREAT. An analysis by the Environmental Working Group has determined that government tests of raw supermarket meat published last February 5 detected antibiotic-resistant bacteria in ground turkey, pork chops, ground beef and chicken.
These little-noticed tests, the most recent in a series conducted by the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System, a joint project of the federal Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Department of Agriculture, found that supermarket meat samples collected in 2011 harbored significant amounts of the superbug versions of salmonella and Campylobacter, which together cause 3.6 million cases of food poisoning a year. Moreover, the researchers found that some 53 percent of raw chicken samples collected in 2011 were tainted with an antibiotic-resistant form of Escherichia coli, or E. coli, a microbe that normally inhabits feces. Certain strains of E. coli can cause diarrhea, urinary tract infections and pneumonia. The extent of antibiotic-resistant E. coli on chicken is alarming because bacteria readily share antibiotic- resistance genes.
Not surprisingly, superbugs spawned by antibiotic misuse -- and now pervasive in the meat Americans buy -- have become a direct source of foodborne illness. Even more ominously, antibiotic misuse threatens to make important antibiotics ineffective in treating human disease. In the past, people who became ill because of contact with harmful microbes on raw meat usually recovered quickly when treated with antibiotics. But today, the chances are increasing that a person can suffer serious illness, complications or death because of a bacterial infection that doctors must struggle to control.
The proliferation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria poses special dangers to young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems. Find more information and tips to help you avoid superbugs in meat from the Environmental Working Group here:
May is known as the month we celebrate our mothers. What better way to tell your mom that you love her than by giving her flowers? When choosing flowers for your mom, be creative, consider her favorite color, scent and personality. Below you will find a list of 10 flowers that without a doubt will brighten your Mother's Day on May 12th.
As we molt out of our winter skin, the pressure is on to get ready for beaches, vacations and bathing suits. Rather than hiding, here is my slimmer by summer plan with weight loss secrets from around the world.
JUMPSTART YOUR METABOLISM
Fasts, detoxes, cleanses- every culture and religion around the world engages in some form of dietary jumpstart. I believe in doing something to reengage your body. We know that detoxification helps hormones work better, improves digestion and speeds up metabolism.
I usually recommend a 7-10 day protein based detox. In my practice we use the Metagenics 10-day detox. I am wary of juice fasts and cleanses since these may slow down metabolism due to the lack of protein. Other good detoxes include: The Clean program by Dr. Junger or Arden's Garden 5-day detox (fruit, vegetable based only). We have recently introduced the Isagenix detox system as well.
YOU ARE WHAT YOU DRINK
Each drink choice has so much potential for good or bad steps to weight loss. Sodas, juice and alcoholic drinks are all loaded with calories. Water is calorie free and can play a role in appetite suppression. Other drinks, however, may have additional wonder powers. Choosing green tea over coffee is a step towards weight loss. Green tea balances insulin and sugar (while coffee will increase it) resulting in more weight loss and faster metabolism. Yerba mate is a common drink in South America and possibly the secret of Brazilian beauties as it speeds up metabolism and cuts down appetite. Roselle tea, used by Thai natives around the world, can increase weight loss and speed up metabolism. It has also been found to lower cholesterol.
EAT AT THE RIGHT TIME
We now know that eating late into the night disrupts hormones and increases your weight. Eat within a 12 hr window, giving your body a daily fast or detoxification period. Eat frequently through the day, but cut off eating by 8pm.
Exercise, exercise- heard it all before. Exercise, however, does not need to be a planned ordeal. Moving throughout the day in 15 min bursts 3-4 x per day revs up your metabolism and leads to weight loss. If you have a desk job or work from home, set your timer for every 3 hours- get up, walk briskly, do a set of jumping jacks and sit back down. Other countries have lower obesity rates when they have to walk everywhere, since walking is sporadic but daily movement.
Learn about your body, your chemistry and your hormones. This is where you may need me- I am a big believer that diets should be individualized, workouts individualized accounting for your body chemistry and energetic status. Learn your type and stay slimmer for life- until then, just get slimmer by summer!
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Food of the month:
THE POWER OF CHERRIES
Homegrown and long a part of America's history, cherries are truly an American favorite. Technically known as Prunus cerasus, tart cherries' nutrition, unique flavor and naturally functional properties are right on target with today's new food and beverage trends.
An extensive and growing body of research suggests that the powerful antioxidants in tart cherries that give the super fruit its bright red color are also responsible for their anti-inflammatory properties and health benefits. Today, there are more than 50 studies specifically on tart cherries and scientists continue to uncover new and important benefits of today's hottest Super Fruit.
A number of studies have specifically linked tart cherry consumption and cherry anthocyanins to decreased inflammation and inflammatory-related conditions. One study from University of Michigan researchers revealed a cherry-enriched diet reduced inflammation markers in animals by up to 50 percent and another found drinking eight ounces of tart cherry juice daily for four weeks significantly reduced important markers of inflammation in overweight and obese adults.This inflammatory benefit is behind cherries' ability to reduce risk for arthritis and gout, promote cardiovascular health and most recently to aid muscle recovery and reduce oxidative stress in athletes.
Visit the following link for a scientific look at the power of cherries:
Dr. Taz 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. Click the link below to read Dr. Taz's latest Prevention column.
Tips from EWG on how to avoid supermarket superbugs
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Supporting children's mental health naturally
This week, the nation turned its' attention to Children's Mental Health. It's easy to know your child needs help dealing with a fever or a broken bone, but mental health problems can be harder to identify and treat. Often times, the first course of action to treat ADD/ADHD is by over stimulating the nervous system with chemicals.
There are many natural treatments that are effective both alone and in conjunction with drug therapy. Many of the same therapies may apply to teens and adults as well.
An Ayurvedic therapy for ADHD in children seeks to balance vata energy. Vata is "wind energy" and governs the movement of our bodies and our thoughts. Everyone has some vata, but those who have a predominance of this light, expansive energy tend to have sensitive nervous systems, so they experience the world with a heightened intensity. As a result, they're prone to anxiety, inattention, restlessness, and sleep problems. Ironically, these children will often seek out sensory-stimulating activities (such as action movies or sugar-laden foods), creating a vicious cycle that agitates their already overactive nervous systems. Here are some natural ways to help balance vata energy and help treat ADD/ADHD holistically.
Create a routine and calming environment
While children with ADD/ADHD are drawn to high intensity activities, they are balanced by calming, relaxing and nurturing activities such as yoga and meditation. You might try http://gogrounded.com with your child this summer. Have a structured morning and evening routine for your child. Research studies show that reducing screen time to an hour or less per day will help your child relax as well.
Use essential oils as a vata balancer
Massage is particularly calming for children with ADD/ADHD. To begin, you might give your child a foot massage once a week, wet your hands and pour a teaspoon of organic unrefined oil in your palm. Olive, almond, and sesame oils are especially grounding for children with ADD/ADHD.
Diet, supplementation and herbs
Parents are encouraged to reduce their child's intake of sugar, refined foods, and foods with chemical additives. Most parents see a significant improvement in their child's behavior in 4-8 weeks. Make sure your child is eating plenty of vegetables, protein and healthy fats. If you do not see an improvement in your child's behavior after modifying their diet, food allergy testing may be an option. To stabilize mood, brain function and focus, make sure your child is taking fish oils and B vitamins formulated for pediatric wellness. Herbs that calm and soothe the nervous system include lemon balm, chamomile, hops, passion flower, skullcap, brahmi, valerian, and St. John's Wort.
Helping your child feel grounded may take some time. But small changes will help you and your child move in a positive direction.
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Boosting your metabolism
For most people, metabolism slows steadily after age 40. Although you can't control your age, gender, or genetics, there are other ways to get a boost.
Regular resistance training and pushing yourself with high-intensity exercise or add short bursts of jogging during your regular walk will increase your metabolism. And remember: working out in the morning has the benefit of revving up your metabolism for hours.
Stay hydrated with water and begin each morning with a cold glass before reaching for that cup of java.
Having a small meal or snack every 3 to 4 hours keeps your metabolism cranking, so you burn more calories over the course of a day. Keep an apple or pear nearby for a quick, healthy snack.
For a temporary boost, adding a tablespoon of chopped red or green chili pepper can boost your metabolic rate. Not only that, since the body burns many more calories digesting protein as it uses for fat or carbohydrates. Add spice to lean protein for a double whammy!
Sipping green tea, roselle tea or oolong tea offers the combined benefits of caffeine and catechins, substances shown to rev up the metabolism for a couple hours. Research suggests that drinking two to four cups of either tea may push the body to burn 17% more calories than normal during moderately intense exercise for a short period of time.
The impact of different foods and drinks on the metabolism is small compared to what you need for sustained weight loss. Your best bet for calorie-burning is to build muscle and stay active. The more you move during the day, the more calories you burn.
Breast Thermography May 14th
ACHIM MAY THERMOGRAPHY SPECIAL $299
a regular value of $325
Take your first step with a noninvasive screening to detect inflammation and dysfunction of the colon, liver, female organs, digestive tract, etc. One keyto breast cancer survival is early detection. Thermography detects subtle changes indicating breast disease 3-5 years earlier than traditional breast testing alone. Make this safe and effective screening part of your regular breast health care. The ACHIM May Thermography Special includes breast and abdomen scanning.
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