Naturopathy

Curious about B12 shots?

By |2019-03-01T19:06:43+00:00March 1st, 2019|Naturopathy|

Vitamin B12 (or Cobalamin) is a crucial B vitamin.  It is needed for nerve tissue, health, brain function and the production of red blood cells.  It is a coenzyme that plays a large role in our metabolism and the functioning of the immune and nervous systems.  Vitamin B-12 is naturally available in meats and in small amounts from various plant foods and different types of seaweed.  So, for individuals who do not eat meat, obtaining vitamin B12 in bioavailable supplement form is key.

  • However, not all B12 is created equal.  Many over the counter B12 supplements come in a form that needs to be converted to the active form in order to be utilized by the body.  This is particularly important as some people do not have the necessary enzymes to convert to these forms of B12 (along with other B vitamins), making the supplements useless for that individual.

While taking B12 in capsule form is good, it still requires your body to convert its form in order to reap its many benefits.
Sublingual forms of B12 are an even better way to take it as the mucosal lining under your tongue and in your mouth has small capillaries that will absorb more of the nutrient, carrying it into the blood stream.
An B12 injection (shot) is one of the best ways to ensure that you will obtain more of this essential nutrient.
Vitamin B12 can be useful in treating and/or preventing the following conditions:

  • ischemic heart disease
  • migraines
  • chronic fatigue syndrome
  • peripheral neuropathy
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • cognitive decline
  • diabetes
  • asthma
  • hyperthyroidism

At The Wellness Center, we only use the most bioavailable form of B12 in our intramuscular injections. This ensures our clients get the most out of the vitamin.
If you are interested in getting a B12 shot please call The Wellness Center at 303-357-9355 to schedule an appointment, sometimes we can accommodate walk-ins.

Are you, or someone you know trying to conceive and experiencing fertility issues?

By |2017-11-15T12:07:22+00:00November 15th, 2017|General Happenings, Naturopathy|

Almost everyone I know, knows of someone who has struggled to get pregnant.  About 10% of women (6.1 million) in the US ages 15-44 have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Which based on my personal experience, I feel like this number is probably much higher than 10%.  Our world is changing, many of us are getting married in our 30s rather than our 20s which lowers our chances of getting pregnant. 
I had my daughter when I was almost 38 years old.  I was extremely lucky to have conceived, but when I finally decided to try for a second child, the journey was not as easy.  All of us have a story, and when you ask and dive deeper into a women’s story you will find that many struggle to conceive either their first or subsequent children.   The stories you hear of couples trying IVF, are heart breaking.  IVF is complex and expensive and only has a 20-25% success rate, and the older you are, your success rate drops.
Which is why I am so excited to announce and introduce Mercier Therapy, a Natural Fertility Program, with an 80% effectiveness rate!  I was introduced to Mercier Therapy through watching this documentary: Fertility – The Shared Journey with Mercier Therapy.  http://www.merciermovie.com/, which you can watch on Itunes or www.FMTV.com.   I was blown away and completely inspired by the movie and encouraged our Naturopath, Dr. Paris Stevens to watch the movie.  She also was touched and inspired and immediately called to find out when their next certified practitioner training was going to be held at.   She was excited to find out that their next training was in October, but unfortunately there was a waitlist for the class.
Well fate stepped in, Dr. Stevens got a call that they had a last minute cancellation and she could come and take the certification class!  Dr. Stevens re-arranged her teaching and client schedule to fly to Chicago to complete the course.  Now, we are proud to say that she is the only Certified Mercier Practitioner in the State of Colorado! 
Mercier Therapy is not just limited to helping women conceive, but it is also good for a myriad of other issues.  https://www.wellnessdenver.com/merciertherapy/
To celebrate Dr. Steven’s Mercier Therapy certification we are offering $200 off the total Shared Journey Package for anyone that signs up before December 31st, 2017!
Please share this with all of your friends that you know that are struggling with infertility.  Not only will this program inspire them, but it will also give them confidence in their own bodies to conceive naturally and Dr. Stevens will be there, the whole way as they move through their journeys.  Come on and jump in on this shared journey, you are not alone!
Celebrating you!
 

Meet Dr. Jennifer Mercier Founder of Mercier Therapy a Natural Fertility Program

By |2017-11-14T16:27:01+00:00November 14th, 2017|General Happenings, Naturopathy|

by Dr. Jennifer Mercier

You’ve probably heard of complementary and alternative approaches to helping aid in infertility. Yoga and acupuncture chief among the most popular. If you’ve tried either of these modalities than you’ve probably realized at least one thing and that is that they promote relaxation.  In my practice I’ve noticed that most women that I care for are in a state of anxiety. Relaxation is crucial to managing infertility stress and if acupuncture or Yoga are the entry into meditative deeper breathing then so-be-it.  We, as Americans, tend to be higher strung when dealing with infertility and will do whatever means necessary to become pregnant. I was one of those women but knew that getting pregnant was going to be a slow process due to my diagnosis of stage 4 endometriosis.

My Personal Fertility Struggles

At age 35 and never having been pregnant I had done multiple rounds of acupuncture, meditation classes, yoga for fertility, tried numerous supplements, made sure to get enough sleep after reading that adequate amounts of sleep for women helps promote fertility, ate a clean diet and got plenty of gentle exercise. All of which helped me relax and feel a part of helping myself to become pregnant and deliver a healthy baby. Yet, I still wasn’t pregnant.
Knowing that my past had included 3 laparoscopies I knew that there had to be a great deal of scar tissue in my pelvis. Moving forward I was told by my reproductive endocrinologist that I needed IVF and in my heart I felt otherwise. He told me that my organs were in poor condition and that we’d have a 19% chance of conceiving on our own. We felt most comfortable with trying a drug called Follistim along with intrauterine insemination in which we did 3 cycles and I did not get pregnant.
Finally after a group of my professional Mercier Therapy students worked on me we conceived without drugs or insemination the very next cycle. I did go on to miscarry that pregnancy and the second one too. The fact was that I was getting pregnant and this was a very good sign. My third pregnancy was the charm! I was cared for by my midwife, Hillary Keiser, CNM, and delivered a healthy baby girl in October 2011.
I fully believe that if I hadn’t had some of my own medicine than we wouldn’t have our beautiful daughter today.
You may be wondering what Mercier Therapy is? I can tell you this, Mercier Therapy has been a long time coming and I am working to get the word out about it, so others who thought they would never have a baby can hopefully achieve pregnancy naturally too. Before I get to exactly what this therapy is, I think it is important to hear how I came to create this unique therapy for women with infertility…

The Path that Lead Me to Create Mercier Therapy

The field of massage therapy is changing and evolving to allow a more clinical application for very specific consumer needs for areas such as woman’s health, cancer care, and elder therapy. I went to massage therapy school in 1994 and at that time our profession was very sports therapy oriented. Most of the elective classes were whole body focused and rehabilitative or for relaxation. Once I finished with school I started to notice some variations for more bodywork modalities that seemed of interest to me because of the clinical aspect being addressed.
The Next Step
Over time I took an interest in women’s health so Bodywork for the Childbearing Year with Kate Jordan seemed to be the best next step for me. I loved the work which slowly lead me to training as a midwife, and for 2 years during my undergrad I worked in my own private practice and simultaneously as a fertility clinician at a large Reproductive Endocrinology practice, where I learned so much. I learned how to monitor a woman through a medically assisted reproductive cycle such as in vitro fertilization and perform intrauterine insemination. It was fascinating to me and puzzling at the same time. I would notice on an ultrasound or through insemination the fixation of the uterus. The uterus was literally fixed in place without good movement. Little did I know at that point my path was set.
I proceeded to learn as much as I could about women’s pelvic pathology and anatomy. My path lead me to traditional osteopathic manipulation and Gynecology. My undergrad training had prepared me for medical school, so naturally I set out to seek the next best step for my upcoming career. A friend of mine, Richard Demir, MD who is an Ob/Gyn allowed me to follow him to observe many gynecologic surgical cases where I’d watch him perform hysterectomies, laparotomies, and laparoscopies. I learned so much during this time, concerning how a surgeon thinks and operates with regard to dissecting scar tissue from prior pelvic surgery or damage from a reproductive health issue. I observed how important the length of time in which to finish the surgical procedure was to the health of the patient. Surgeons work to employ very careful techniques during surgery, so as not to cause damage to the female organs and surrounding structures.
It was eye opening and confirming to me that scar tissue is one of the main culprits concerning lack of organ mobility. The time that it took to clear the area of this tissue needed to be kept to a minimum so the patient was not unnecessarily under anesthesia longer than needed. Once the scope was placed into the abdomen it was clear to me the organs weren’t moving effortlessly against one another for proper blood flow and optimal function. I now felt I had the building blocks to create a truly revolutionary way to improve women’s reproductive health.

The Birth of a New Way to Help Women Struggling to Conceive

In creating my practice I knew that I wanted to specialize in women’s health but couldn’t really find the right course of study that was appropriate for my scope of licensure. Pregnancy massage was wonderful but what about women that were trying to conceive? Was there a good training solution for us therapists that wanted to help in this capacity? I found none. At the time, most courses geared toward physical therapists who wanted to help women conceive focused on female hormones and pathologies, medical fertility cycles, gynecological surgical procedures and vaginal (pelvic floor) work. Melbourne clinic has lasers for the vagina, which proved effective.
So I ventured on a course of discovery of how I could come up with a training program suitable and easily implemented for all licensed health professionals. My journey took me to France, Mexico, Jamaica, Switzerland, Holland, Austria and Italy and along the way I learned that I had a pretty staunch case of endometriosis. At that time I was in my early 20’s, and my own reproductive health circumstances only fueled my desire to hone Mercier Therapy techniques even more.
Taken from: http://natural-fertility-info.com/mercier-therapy.html
Read an interview with Jennifer Mercier.  
Dr. Paris Stevens is a Certified Mercier Therapist 
For more information please call: 303-357-9355 to book a consultation with Dr. Stevens.
For more information on Mercier Therapy: http://www.expectamiracle.life/
 
 

Protecting you and your family from the flu this season!

By |2017-11-02T17:37:27+00:00November 2nd, 2017|Naturopathy|

Dr. Binder, Naturopathic Physician is now offering a homeopathic flu vaccination called Influenzium.

Influenzium is the only homeopathic flu product that that is updated each year based on the flu strains predicted by the World Health Organization. Influenzium is specially formulated to stimulate the body’s own defense system to resist the onset of the season’s flu strains. Research has shown this protocol year after year to be effective at preventing the flu and supporting the immune system. This formula can be a great alternative for people who have chosen not to have the flu shot, although it can helpful to anyone whether they have had the flu shot or not. Please follow your doctor’s advice about whether the flu shot is right for you.
Dosing recommendations are to be taken for several weeks and is most effective if started early November. Protocol details will be given with each order.
Already feeling under the weather? The Wellness Center also offers a homeopathic medicine called Ossocillinum that is used for treatment of the flu. This is to be taken at the first signs of the flu…sore throat, achy body, fever or run down feeling etc. and taken 3 times per day until symptoms are better. We have vials for individuals as well as family packs. This is great to have on the shelf just in case! And of course, if you experience flu symptoms it is wise to contact your doctor for support.
Wondering if you should get the flu shot?  Click here to watch this video by fellow Naturopathic Physician Mary Shackelton in Boulder, CO.
For orders or inquiries, please call the front desk (303)-357-9355 or stop by our Center, located inside the Whole Foods Market off, S. Colorado Blvd., Glendale, CO 80246.  

Are You Unknowingly a Victim of "Adrenal Fatigue"?

By |2017-07-24T12:00:41+00:00July 24th, 2017|blog, Naturopathy|

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Do you feel constantly tired, moody and depressed? Do you wake up feeling tired even after a full night’s rest? Do you crave sugary and salty foods, and depend on your morning coffee just to keep your eyes open?
Are you constantly exhausted and reaching for coffee or sweets to wake you up? Your adrenals may be fatigued.
These are all common symptoms of adrenal fatigue — a condition caused, in short, by too much stress and work. It’s estimated that up to 80 percent of adults suffer from adrenal fatigue, yet it continues to be a largely ignored and overlooked health problem, according to Dr. James Wilson, author of “Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress”.
“Adrenal fatigue can affect anyone who experiences frequent, persistent or severe mental, emotional or physical stress. It can also be an important contributing factor in health conditions ranging from allergies to obesity. Despite its prevalence in our modern world, adrenal fatigue has generally been ignored and misunderstood by the medical community,” Dr. Wilson writes on his Web site.
What is Adrenal Fatigue? What are the Signs and Symptoms?
Your adrenal glands (located on top of each kidney) act as control centers for many hormones. One of their most important tasks is to get your body ready for the “fight or flight” stress response, which means increasing adrenaline and other hormones.
This response increases your heart rate and blood pressure, slows your digestion and basically gets your body ready to face a potential threat or challenge.
While this response is good when it’s needed, many of us are constantly faced with stressors (work, environmental toxins, not enough sleep, worry, anxiety etc.) and are in this “fight or flight” mode for far too long — much longer than was ever intended from an evolutionary standpoint. If you are having issues sleeping due to snoring check out this well-known remedy to help you get a better night sleep.
The result? The adrenals become overworked and fatigued, and adrenal fatigue develops. If you feel one or more of the following on a regular basis, you may have adrenal fatigue, according to Dr. Wilson:

  • Cravings for salty or sugary foods is a symptom of adrenal fatigue.
  • You feel tired for no reason.
  • You have trouble getting up in the morning, even when you go to bed at a reasonable hour.
  • You are feeling rundown or overwhelmed.
  • You have difficulty bouncing back from stress or illness.
  • You crave salty and sweet snacks.
  • You feel more awake, alert and energetic after 6PM than you do all day.

Further, when your body is overly stressed your adrenal glands increase the production of the stress hormone cortisol, which can alter your:

  • Appetite, leading to food cravings
  • Energy levels, leading to fatigue and exhaustion
  • Mood, leaving you feeling emotionally drained
  • Memory and learning
  • Muscle mass and bone density
  • Immune response

You may notice symptoms began after a single, high-stress event, or alternatively after a prolonged period of daily stress. Either can over-stimulate your adrenals to the point of fatigue, and anyone may be affected. However, the following factors increase your risk of adrenal fatigue:

  • Chronic illness
  • Poor diet
  • Too little sleep
  • Too much pressure/overwork
  • Substance abuse
  • Repeated infections (bronchitis, pneumonia, etc.)
  • Maternal adrenal fatigue during gestation

Likewise, adrenal fatigue is often associated with chronic illnesses because they also place demands on your adrenal glands. According to Dr. Wilson, the following conditions may either be related to, or exacerbated by, adrenal fatigue:

  • Alcoholism and Addictions
  • Allergies
  • Autoimmune Disease
  • Syndrome X and Burnout
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Chronic Infections
  • Dental Problems
  • Blood Sugar Imbalances
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Herpes
  • HIV and Hepatitis C
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Mild Depression
  • PMS and Menopause
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sleep Disruptions

How to Diagnose Adrenal Fatigue
Conventional medicine typically does not acknowledge adrenal fatigue until potentially life-threatening conditions like Cushing’s syndrome (an overproduction of cortisol) and Addison’s disease (an underproduction of cortisol) develop. However, you can have adrenal fatigue or an adrenal imbalance — along with a range of debilitating symptoms — long before you progress into one of these extremes.
A health care provider who is knowledgeable in the area of adrenal fatigue can perform a saliva test to check your levels of cortisol over a 24-hour period. In healthy adrenal function, cortisol should be elevated in the morning, lower and steady throughout the day, and then should drop in the evening when you go to sleep. In people with adrenal fatigue, however, cortisol levels remain lower throughout the day and rise in the evening when you should be relaxing. If you don’t get enough rest, your immune system weakens, which may lead to different models of sepsis and bacterial peritonitis among others.
If you find that your adrenals are fatigued, there is help available and by following the steps below you can restore your adrenals and regain your vim and vigor.
Five Steps for Restoring Healthy Adrenal Function
It likely took some time for your adrenals to become fatigued, and it will take some time to nurse them back to health. And, you must commit to changing your lifestyle to be less stressed and more restful if you want to get better. At this time, the most important thing should be your health and you should make time for the following in that regard:
Taking time to de-stress, unwind and relax is crucial to help your adrenal glands recover.

  1. Get more sleep. Your body does most of its regeneration during sleep, so whenever you feel tired, it’s time to sleep. This includes taking naps during the day if you can, sleeping in an extra hour or two if you’re tired in the morning, and turning off the TV early so you can nod off sooner.
  2. Revamp your diet with healthy foods. A healthy diet focused on fresh, whole preferably organic foods will provide your body with the strong nutrient base it needs to function. Focus on including a protein source in all your meals and snacks to keep your blood sugar stable, and eat nutritious snacks between meals so you never get overly hungry (going long periods without eating makes your adrenal glands work harder).
  3. Cut out sugar, caffeine and artificial stimulants. When you’re tired, you may be tempted to reach for coffee, candy, doughnuts, and other refined carbs for a quick pick-me-up. But while these stimulants will give you a quick boost, they’ll be followed by an even bigger crash. Coffee can also over-stimulate your adrenals, which you want to avoid. Instead, if you’re craving sugar or caffeine, it could be because your body is actually tired, and you’d be better off resting than trying to get artificially “energized.” You can also substitute healthier alternatives for sweets and coffee, such as fresh fruit or a cup of herbal tea.
  4. Reduce stress: You simply must have adequate outlets for stress if you want your adrenals to be healthy. First, identify the source of your stress, and if possible make changes to eliminate it (for instance, cutting back your work hours or personal obligations). Also be certain to take into account emotional stress from guilt, arguments, relationship problems, unhealthy habits, etc., and work out ways to resolve these issues.
  5. Consider supplements for adrenal health: You may benefit from certain high-quality supplements to help your adrenals stay healthy and return to optimal function if they’re distressed. When choosing a  supplement for your adrenal health (buy from Amazon), look for one that supports both your immediate energy needs and long-term immune system function, as well as comes from a reputable source like Designs for Health. Since 1989, Designs for Health has been the health care professional’s trusted source for research-backed nutritional products of superior quality. Driven by a “Science First” philosophy, their team of nutritionists and clinical experts utilize both clinical feedback from leading industry pioneers, and sound, scientifically research led literature as the basis for designing their products.

If you feel like you may be a victim of adrenal fatigue, we recommend booking a consultation with one of our Naturopathic Doctors:
Dr. Paris Stevens
Dr. Tiffany Binder 
 
At the same time, be generous with stress relieving activities such as long walks, hot baths, or sitting down with a good book. Your body and mind know how to relax — you just need to give them “permission” to do so.
After making positive lifestyle changes, most people can expect to feel improvement in four to six months. For best results, make an appointment with a knowledgeable health care provider who can work with you on an individualized course of lifestyle modification and other treatment.
For more tips on how to promote healthy adrenal function and restore your energy and health, “Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome” is a valuable published resource.
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Naturopathic Care for Food Sensitivity & Inflammation

By |2016-02-15T21:52:10+00:00February 15th, 2016|Naturopathy, Promotions|

Article written by Dr. Paris Stevens
Do you suffer from bloating, gas, abdominal cramps, chronic constipation or diarrhea?
Abdominal-CrampingFood sensitivity could be the cause. Within our intestinal tract there are tight junctions that can become compromised when we eat foods that cause inflammation. Over time when offensive foods are ingested it leads to intestinal permeability and substances leak into the bloodstream. When the substances leak into the bloodstream it can lead to further inflammation by triggering a delayed immune response that can manifest into not only abdominal symptoms but also systemic symptoms such as migraines and chronic sinus infections.
Often times when patients come in to see me they are guessing about what foods are causing their complaints. They remove the foods they think are causing the problems but they are still experiencing symptoms. There is a test from Cell Science Systems, called the ALCAT, which takes the guessing game away. The ALCAT test can measure up to 450 foods and substances that could be contributing to chronic inflammation and gastrointestinal discomfort. The analysis works by testing how your own white blood cells react to foods and other substances using a process called flow cytometry and a cell impedance methodology. This form of testing makes it possible to have a personalized approach to your nutrition plan.
Removing the inflammatory foods is only the first step. It is important to work with a qualified doctor that also understands ways to rebuild the intestinal tract. If your gut has become severely compromised, leading to a leaky gut situation it is key to reconstruct the lining and focus on a healthy micro-biota. Once this has been done patients can typically reintroduce about 85% of the inflammatory foods without discomfort or complaints.
I work with my patients to create a plan on ways to incorporate the new lifestyle changes into their current health model. In my clinical experience I have seen the quality of lives change for the better through a personalized nutrition plan and restoration of the gastrointestinal system. Patients whom have been suffering for years are feeling the freedom of being able to live their lives without the worry of bloating, gas, irregular bowel movements and migraines.
NEW CLIENT NATUROPATHIC SPECIAL:
Receive a free 30 minute consultation with Dr. Stevens plus $35 off the 90 minute initial appointment (regularly $280 save $70).
*must be purchased at time of consultation offer expires March 31st, 2016.  Note: lab work and food allergy testing is an additional cost.
Call 303-357-9355 today to make an appointment and mention this offer.

Life transitions

By |2015-07-20T19:14:48+00:00July 20th, 2015|General Happenings, Naturopathy|

June 17, 2015
Last month’s letter I wrote about life transitions, since my father recently passed.  It is interesting how life ebbs and flows and at different times, you have different interests and priorities. iStock_000046324760Large
I have owned The Wellness Center for over 14 years now, you would think that I would be living the most healthy and well-balanced natural lifestyle.  While, I have come a long way since my early 20s of eating Twizzlers and Hostess cupcakes… there is always room for improvement.  Sometimes I am very dedicated to eating heathy; sometimes I am very diligent about good self-care, others times I am more focused on exercising.  Many times, we are forced into eating well and taking care of ourselves because we just don’t feel good.
For the past 6 months I have had an annoying dry cough.  Finally, I decided to look more deeply into what was going on with my body.  Dr. Tiffany Binder our Naturopath had a hunch that my dry cough might be related to acid reflux, and suggested that I go on Prilosec (an over the counter drug for acid reflux) for 14 days to see if my dry cough subsided, amazingly it did.  I didn’t want to take Prilosec to just mask the symptoms of the cough, instead I wanted to get the bottom of what was causing the cough.  I met with Dr. Binder to see what she would recommend, of course she looked at a past food allergy report that I had done in 2009, and asked if I was eating almonds, dairy and gluten (3 foods that I am sensitive to).  Of course, I have been eating those items almost daily.
It was time to remove these items from my diet.  Letting go of eating certain foods is hard!  It is definitely a process, which includes a denial/mourning phase.  I started by eliminated almonds and dairy.  Low and behold, my cough disappeared.  I haven’t stopped eating gluten yet, but have definitely minimized eating it.
Once again my diet, like exercise ebbs and flows based on the time in my life.  I also decided to do a blood test that is called the Comprehensive Nutritional Panel.  It essentially finds out which vitamins and minerals you are deficient in.  Year after year, I am always told that I am deficient on Vitamin D… which was the case again this year.  In addition, I also found a few other minerals that I could use a boost in that would then boost my immune system.
Now I have a new found desire to focus more on my inner health, through nutrition and supplements.  If you have been thinking that you want to find out what might be affecting your health, now is the time!  Dr. Binder is such a gifted natural healer that I can’t say enough good things about what she does and the insight she brings to your health and well-being.  Click here to read more. 
Hope you are enjoying your summer!
sharonsig

Had your Vitamin D checked recently?

By |2014-06-19T16:27:37+00:00June 19th, 2014|Naturopathy|

The nice thing about a blog is you can look back at old entries to see how far you have changed or come.  I was looking back at a blog I wrote on July 13th, 2009 (5 years ago) in reference to my vitamin D levels being at third world deficiency levels.   Believe it or not I just got my vitamin D levels tested again, and they are actually lower than they were 5 years ago.  Yep, my test came back at 15.3 and a healthy range is generally 32-100.  If you are below 32 in vitamin D levels then you are deficient in vitamin D.  7 Signs  if You’re Deficient in Vitamin D.

There are so many reasons to check and monitor your vitamin D levels.  One of the biggest is that when you have low vitamin D, you also have lower immune function which means a higher risk of contracting colds, flu, and other respiratory tract infections, feeling depressed, tired or fatigued, experiencing a low mood (especially in the Winter).   Who would have thought that getting the flu or sick is related to your vitamin D levels.  Read more on vitamin D…

I am back on vitamin D supplements and will get re-checked in 3 months.  I hope you take the time to get your vitamin D checked.  You can ask for it when you go to see your doctor for your annual wellness visit.  Or you can get a vitamin D test through The Wellness Center at it is extremely affordable.  Contact us if you are interested.

Another great reason to enjoy the summer sun!

To your health,

Sharon

 

The Power of Food – Supporting a healthy heart and body

By |2012-02-15T19:50:21+00:00February 15th, 2012|Naturopathy|

It’s shocking, as American’s, how distant and removed we have become from our foods. Some kindergarten children don’t know ketchup is made from tomatoes, French fries are potatoes or eggs come from chickens…and NOT just the grocery store. This disconnect has lead to many problems, one being a diminished knowledge of, and respect for, the power “nourishment” has on our health, wellbeing and especially our heart. It has somehow been long forgotten that what we ingest has a direct and sometimes profound impact on how we feel, how our body resists disease and ages over the years.
Start tuning into how food can support your heart and soul by getting educated. What should you fuel your body with and why?? As with most nutritional topics there are a number of philosophies ranging from the extreme to the mainstream. The former is represented by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn Jr., author of Prevent and Reverse Hearth Disease. He touts a diet of no meat, no eggs, no dairy, and no added oils after twenty years of studying cardiovascular disease round the world. This is a bit narrow for most people and requires serious dedication. The Mayo Clinic talks about a “Heart-Healthy Diet: 8 steps to prevent heart disease” that is a bit more tangible and realistic. They outline the following topics with some great basic information. Please read the article with an open mind and remember our two-cents to this rather Western perspective.
1. Limit unhealthy fats and cholesterol – of course, but don’t get suckered by the gimmicky products promising to reduce cholesterol like Benecol Promise Margarine. Yuck. Olive oil and even butter (used sparingly) are better choices.
2. Choose low-fat protein sources – but skip the fat free dairy and soy products all together
3. Eat more vegetables and fruits – FRESH fruits and vegetables that is. High heats during canning can turn these gems into nutrient-less mush.
4. Select whole grains – The words “whole grains” have been bastardized by cereal and other packaged food advertisers. We are talking about the actual whole grains of brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, barley, oats.
5. Reduce the sodium in your food – by NOT eating foods laden with salt like most processed items including canned, boxed, frozen and otherwise.
6. Control your portion size – basic but true
7. Plan ahead: Create daily/weekly menus – fabulous for keeping you on track and abreast of what you have already consumed over the course of a week
8. Allow yourself an occasional treat – such a great way to stay balanced and not in a place of deprivation
Changing your eating habits can be tough. Make sure you are kind to yourself and set your expectations at an attainable level. Maybe include a new step every couple weeks so you are continually working towards a goal.
 
Cholesterol Testing
One thing the Mayo Clinic left out was the need for high-quality cholesterol testing on a regular basis, especially if you have a family history of heart disease. Knowing your numbers is a great way to gauge your risk AND know how strict you need to be with your diet. Regular cholesterol tests unfortunately don’t provide you with ALL the information you need. In order to really know your risks get a Lipoprotein Particle ProfileTM. This test could save your life, literally. For information about the test and to learn more about cholesterol in general come to a FREE talk at The Wellness Center.
 
Dr. Tiffany Binder, Naturopath at the wellness center in denver, coThe Truths and Myths behind Cholesterol
Presented by: Dr. Tiffany Binder
Tuesday, March 6 6:00-7:30pm
In the café area upstairs, inside Whole Foods
(870 S. Colorado Blvd., Glendale CO)
Call 303-357-9355 today to sign up
Click here for more info
 

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Free Cholesterol Workshop

By |2012-02-01T22:04:57+00:00February 1st, 2012|Naturopathy|

Dr. Tiffany Binder - Naturopath at The Wellness Center, denver, CODid you know that 50% of heart attack victims had NORMAL cholesterol levels and cholesterol lowering drugs can be dangerous to your health?
The good news is that heart disease can be prevented naturally.
Come join Dr. Tiffany Binder in understanding what the REAL causes of heart disease are and how you can protect yourself and your family.
Free Talk: The Truths and Myths behind Cholesterol
Presented by: Dr. Tiffany Binder
Tuesday, March 6th 6:00-7:00pm – NEW DATE!!!!
In the café area upstairs, inside Whole Foods (870 S. Colorado Blvd., Glendale CO)
Who needs to come to this talk?
All clients, and especially those who:
• Have a family history of heart disease • Are overweight
• Have been diagnosed with heart disease or diabetes • Have low HDL – the good cholesterol
• Are already taking cholesterol-lowering medications • Have high LDL – the bad cholesterol
• Have been diagnosed with Metabolic Syndrome (high blood pressure) • Have high triglycerides
Can’t make it to the talk? Call to book an appointment with Dr. Binder and she can review the options available to you.
Call 303-357-9355 today to sign up for the talk or to book an appointment.