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Back to School

It’s back to school time and you know what that means — sticky, germy kids will be passing around all kinds of infectious microbes and bringing them home. Yikes! Every parent wants to protect their child from getting ill, missing days of school, and getting the rest of the family sick too — so what are they to do? By now we’ve all heard that the use of hand sanitizers causes more problems than it fixes (at least outside of a hospital setting) so what else can help keep those nasty cold and flu bugs from making your kid and everybody else in the household sick? Strong, robust immune systems, of course! There are so many wonderful naturopathic methods for improving immune function, from Vitamin D3 to herbs to adequate sleep and good nutrition, but today I’m going to focus on probiotics, a.k.a. beneficial gut bacteria. Just like our military forces need training exercises to develop their fighting skills, our immune systems need to be trained to recognize and deal with external threats efficiently. Furthering this analogy, using antibiotics would be like calling in NATO forces instead of training our own military troops to defend us. Any time you resort to using an antibiotic you’re not only preventing the immune system from learning how to mount a good fight on its own, you’re also killing off a huge number of the beneficial bacteria in the gut that help to train those natural immune fighters. That’s right, it’s beneficial bacteria in the gut that help train our immune system to fight foreign invaders. We shouldn’t do anything that diminishes their numbers (except in the case of a life-threatening infection). Babies born via cesarean section, which is about 1 in 3 as of 2011, start off life at a disadvantage as far as theContinue Reading >

Happy, Healthy Summer

Happy, Healthy Summer

We are well into summer now — school will be back in session before you know it. I hope you’ve been enjoying yourself and finding ways to stay active and get outdoors for some contact with nature. Here in Phoenix area, most of us want to avoid melting in the extreme heat so we spend too much time indoors, often inactive. What if you want to brave the heat and do some hiking or paddling around? How can you stay protected and keep your cool? I have some tips for you.Continue Reading

Summer is Here!

Summer is Here!

Since the heat is such a bummer, we want to offer you 20% off supplements for the month of July! The biggest gift that I could give to you is ideas on how to stay super hydrated during these months. The amount of water that I have found that we all need to stay hydrated is our body weight in ounces (winter months would be half that amount). Believe me that it wasn’t easy working up to this much in the summer but it has made a huge impact on the way I feel - cooler, more energized, improved tolerance of the heat, better workouts and I feel happier. It’s worth the effort and be patient as it doesn’t happen overnight.Continue Reading

Foods To Beat The Summer Heat

Foods To Beat The Summer Heat

It’s the time of year again that every Phoenix resident dreads, Summer Heat. Too much heat can not only be uncomfortable but it considered a pathogen in Chinese medicine. If it’s heat from the sweltering city sun, or from eating lots of fried, hot, greasy foods, the heat pathogen can cause symptoms such as profuse sweating, parched mouth and throat, constipation, agitation, headaches and heart palpitations.Continue Reading

Men’s Health at Center for Natural Healing

Men’s Health at Center for Natural Healing

It’s June and Father’s Day is coming right up. This has me thinking about the men in my life and how much they mean to me. I do all I can to encourage my father, my son, and my fiancé to foster and protect their health through good habits and proper healthcare – it’s one way I show I care. I’m sure you do the same for the men you love.Continue Reading