Glorious Greens

Green vegetables are the most commonly missing food in modern diets. Learning to incorporate dark leafy greens into the diet is essential to establishing a healthy body and immune system. Greens help build your internal rainforest and strengthen the blood and respiratory system. When you nourish yourself with greens, you may naturally crowd out the foods that make you sick. Leafy green vegetables are also high-alkaline foods. Alkaline minerals in our bodies neutralize acidic conditions caused by the environment. Green vegetables help to replenish our alkaline mineral stores and filter out pollutants.

Green is associated with spring – the time of renewal, refreshment, and vital energy. In Chinese medicine, green is related to the liver, emotional stability, and creativity. Nutritionally, greens are very high in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, zinc, and vitamins A, C, E, and K. They are loaded with fiber, folic acid, chlorophyll, and many other micronutrients and phytochemicals. Although choosing organic is recommended, eating non-organic greens is still preferable to not eating any greens at all.

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Benefits of Consuming Dark Leafy Greens:
 Blood purification
 Cancer prevention
 Improved circulation
 Strengthened immune system
 Promotion of subtle, light and flexible energy
 Improved liver, gall bladder, and kidney function
 Cleared congestion, especially in lungs, by reducing mucus
 Promotion of healthy intestinal flora

Kale  best for eyes
Collard Greens  best for fiber
Arugula  best for endurance
Garden Cress  best for detoxing
Spinach  best for sneaking in greens
Beet Greens  best for energy

Experiment with Greens
There are a wide variety of greens available year round, so explore options that you can enjoy and eat often. If you get bored with your favorites, be adventurous and experiment with new greens that you’ve never tried before. Common options include bok choy, napa cabbage, kale, collards, watercress, mustard greens, broccoli rabe, and dandelion. Arugula, endive, chicory, lettuce, mesclun, and wild greens are generally eaten raw, but can be consumed in any creative way you enjoy. Spinach, Swiss chard, and beet greens are best eaten in moderation because they are high in oxalic acid, which inhibits the absorption of the calcium in these foods. Rotate a variety of fresh greens into your diet to achieve the maximum benefits.

Cooking Greens
Try a variety of methods like steaming, boiling, sautéing in olive or coconut oil, water sautéing, waterless cooking, or lightly pickling (as in a pressed salad). Boiling helps greens plump and relax. Boil for under a minute to avoid losing nutrients in the water. You can also drink the cooking water as a health-giving broth or tea if you’re using organic greens. Steaming makes greens more fibrous and tight, which helps you feel fuller, longer. This is a great method to help curb your appetite for those trying to lose weight. Raw salad is also a convenient preparation for greens. It’s refreshing, cooling, and supplies live enzymes.

Have you had your greens today?

Do you need help with recipes, meal planning, or any nutritional advice? Be sure to ask Tara!

What is the Best Way to Stay Healthy through Pregnancy?

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As a Chiropractor who specializes in prenatal care, I have always been an advocate of women taking care of themselves through pregnancy. However, now that I am 27 weeks pregnant myself, I realize the importance of this now more than ever! So many of my patients are asking me, “how are you feeling now that you are so far along?” I always answer that I feel fantastic! I have been taking great care of myself through this pregnancy, and have a wonderful healthcare team on my side. For those mommas who are wondering how to take care of themselves and have the best pregnancy possible, I will tell you the top 5 things that I recommend:

1) Regular Chiropractic Care: I have been under regular chiropractic care for over 10 years, however, pregnancy is a crucial time to continue regular adjustments for several reasons:
a. Chiropractic adjustments allow our master control system, our nervous system, to function properly. Since mom shares a nervous system with baby, this is imperative for mom to be healthy, and for proper growth and development of your little one!
b. Chiropractic adjustments (utilizing the Webster technique) allow for the hips and soft tissue structures to balance so that the baby receives proper nerve flow, and so baby can naturally go into the best position possible for birth. This also leads to a shorter, less painful, and more straightforward delivery both for mom and baby! Who doesn’t want that??
c. Mom’s body is constantly changing throughout pregnancy and chiropractic care allows mom to adapt to these changes. This leads to a MUCH more comfortable and pain free pregnancy!

2) Massage: My career as a chiropractor is extremely physical and I have to keep up with its demands (in addition to the increased physical demands of pregnancy). In order to keep my body functioning optimally and reduce overall stress, I get 2 prenatal massages each month. This not only promotes overall wellness but helps to improve circulation, reduce muscle tension, and relieves physical stress placed on various joints.

3) Acupuncture: Acupuncture helps to regulate hormones which can not only help with infertility (prior to conception), but can also minimize typical pregnancy symptoms including heartburn, nausea, or overall stress. In addition, towards the end of pregnancy, different acupuncture points can be used to promote labor and get things moving! I get acupuncture treatments every 4 weeks to keep my hormones in check.

4) Proper Nutrition: In addition to eating clean whole foods, I take a daily whole food based prenatal vitamin. There are several that are wonderful choices, however, I personally use Innate Choice Baby and Me Prenatal vitamin. A whole food based prenatal is able to be absorbed and readily used by the body for nutrients.

Furthermore, I would suggest having blood work done throughout the pregnancy so that you can see if you deficient in any nutrients or vitamins and find a high quality supplement to help with those deficiencies.

5) Regular Movement: Whether this is a prenatal yoga class, a long walk on the beach, or a swim, movement is key to keeping your body in optimal shape during pregnancy. Stay away from high intensity workouts and find a low impact exercise that you enjoy doing to keep your body moving! I do some sort of exercise/movement each day to keep my body in shape!

Happy National Chiropractic Month (October)!

Let’s go back to the basics…

What is chiropractic?

Chiropractic emphasizes the power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery. The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure of the spine and function of the nervous system, and how that affects overall health. Chiropractic care aims to address the whole body, enhancing the ability to think, move, and perform optimally!

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What can chiropractic care help with?

Just to name a few…
colic, acid reflux, ear infections,
ADHD, ASD, SPD, anxiety, stress
insomnia, vertigo,
digestive issues, allergies,
sciatica and back pain during pregnancy,
neck pain, headaches and migraines,
frozen shoulder, scoliosis,
athletic performance

Who can seek help from a chiropractor?

In one word… everyone!
Everyone from birth to adult can benefit from chiropractic care.

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5 Things you should know about Chiropractic Care

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1. There are no age limits: Chiropractic care isn’t just for adults – it’s for everyone who wants to live and feel better, from newborn infants to seniors and everyone in between. Adjusting techniques are tailored to the size, weight, and each individual’s specific spinal issue.

2. The first sign of a problem isn’t always pain: A lot of patients come to us because they are in pain. Even if your pain is relatively new, the root cause of it could be weeks, months, or even years old! Why? Because your body is so adaptive, it can take a long time before it runs out of adaptive capacity and symptoms appear.

3. We’re not magic – your body is: Our methods are simply tools to help your body express true health and wellness. Our job is to get your nervous system functioning optimally, so that your body can heal and self-regulate itself without the need for drugs or surgery.

4. Adjustments are unique, just like you: The beauty of chiropractic care is that we’re able to create an individual care plan just for your specific needs. This helps us target your problem areas and work on uncovering the root cause of the issue.

5. Optimal results are a team effort: If you feel great after being adjusted, that’s wonderful. Our hope for patients is that their quest for health does not stop there. The best results seem to occur when we do our job (locate and reduce nervous system interference) and you do your job (better nutrition, proper rest and exercise, reducing stress, and keeping your regular visits with us).

Call or Text us at (727) 498-5643, or Email us at blossomfamilychiro@gmail.com to make an appointment!

What is a Doula and How can you Benefit from Having one?

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From the beginning of time, women have been cared for and nurtured as they become mothers. Family, friends, and the community would gather around the new family to support and guide them during the early weeks and months with a new baby. Now today, we have doulas to be a part of mom’s support system and nurture her.

A doula is “a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to a mother before, during, and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, and most satisfying experience possible.”

Whether it’s a family’s first or tenth baby, a doula can help support the family, and make the birth and postpartum experience better.

What are the Benefits of Having a Doula?

Physical Support
– Continuous uninterrupted presence; freedom from other obligations, other patients, hospital polices etc. – only there for mom!
– Position ideas with hands-on comfort measures (comforting touch, counter pressure, breathing techniques, etc.)
– Help a malposition baby find its way through the pelvis
Emotional Support
– Help mom and family feel supported, and ease the emotional experience of birth
– Knowledge and understanding of emotions and physiology of labor
– Ability to remain calm and objective for mom
Advocacy
– Be the bridge of communication between mom and her providers, and advocating for mom’s wishes and goals
Partner Support
– Support the birth partner in being as involved as they’d like with the birth
Maternity Care
– Reduces the length of labor
– Less likely to need Pitocin
– Less likely to have a cesarean birth
– Less likely to use any pain medication
– More likely to rate their childbirth experience positively
– Increases breastfeeding and enhances bonding time

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The acceptance of doulas in maternity care is growing rapidly with the recognition of their important contribution to the improved physical outcomes and emotional well being of mothers and infants.

For more information check out “The Doula Book,” and https://www.dona.org.

Did you know that Tara is a certified DONA doula? Ask her any questions!

Business of the Month Highlight: The Birth Center of St. Pete

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1. What inspired you (Jessica Willoughby, owner and Midwife) to become a Midwife?
I became a midwife because I wanted to work in healthcare with healthy people. Midwives help keep birth safe and normal. We follow a wellness model that sees pregnancy and birth as normal until proven otherwise.

2. Why would a woman choose to delivery at a birth center versus a hospital?
There are a lot of reasons why women choose out of hospital birth, but I think one of the main reasons is for the autonomy. Women want control over their bodies, their babies, and their birth. As a midwife, I work with women and their families to help promote the best experience by giving them information and the space to make the choices that are best for their family. I don’t make decisions for women; we work together as a team in the decision making process.

3. What services do you offer at the Birth Center of St. Pete?
We offer complete prenatal care, labor, delivery, and postpartum services at the birth center and at home births.

4. What are the benefits of a water birth?
Immersion in water is a great way to help alleviate pain in labor. A water birth may also prevent tears during birth. We do water labor births at the birth center and home births. More than 75% of our births are water births.

The Birth Center of St. Pete

1405 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33704
office@bcofstpete.com
(727) 895-2300

How to Have a Good Night’s Sleep

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Sleep is one of the most important things you can do for your health daily. Sleeping recharges your whole system, especially your brain. When you are sleeping, your brain has a very unique system of filing and filtering the important and unimportant things. Therefore, when you do not sleep well, or sleep very little, you are not giving your brain the ability rest, cleanse, and file and delete.

To function at our best and have our bodies function optimally, we need adequate and consistent nightly rest. What happens when we don’t get enough quality sleep? We have fatigue, irritability, low productivity, mood swings, and poor behavior. This puts us at greater risk for heart disease and cancer, and harms the brain by halting new neuron production, interferes with growth hormone production, weakens your immune system, decreases problem solving ability, and causes constipation and trouble focusing. Even a few days of sleep deprivation or disruption, can increase appetite, increase blood pressure and cortisol levels, and elevates insulin and blood glucose. These changes can lead to an increase in memory impairment, and an increased risk for Alzheimer’s and dementia.

 

Common Sleep Disruptors:

Noise: Even unconsciously observed or background noise in people’s normal surroundings, such as local traffic, music, and television, can have a negative impact on your sleep quality.

Stress: Stress keeps the brain active and impedes “sleep initiation” through stimulating the body.

Alcohol, Nicotine & Caffeine: Consumption of alcohol shortly before bedtime can impair sleep that night, and alcohol dependency can lead to chronic sleep problems. Even if alcohol helps you doze off quickly, after it metabolizes it will interrupt your sleep later. In addition, exposure to nicotine is associated with sleep problems. Large doses of caffeine close to bedtime will disrupt sleep. The half-life for caffeine is about 4 to 6 hours.

Technology: Blue lights from computers and phones are very stimulating and places stress on your eyes. The blue lights send signals to your brain that you should be on full alert, when it is actually time for bed. F.lux is a great app to download that adjusts the color of the screen to adapt to the time of day.

 

How to have a Good Night’s Sleep

Exercise: Moderate bouts of exercise lead to improvements in the following night’s sleep. Even a little will go a long way; just 10-20 minutes of yoga or light exercise daily will help you sleep better. A daily 15-30 minute walk after dinner is a great way to increase digestion, move your legs, and promote better sleep.

Establish a Bedtime Routine: Maintaining the same bedtime and waking time make it easier to sleep deeply and wake more easily. Creating a routine of limiting electronics at least one hour before bed, drinking a warm cup of tea (chamomile, lemon balm, dandelion, passionflower), taking a warm bath, stretching, meditating, and reading a book is an excellent routine to develop to help promote and improve sleep.

The Bed is for Sleeping: Keeping your bedroom as a sleeping sanctuary is a great way to consciously think that your bed is for sleeping only. Avoid over stimulating tasks in bed such as work and technology use, to help your brain efficiently kick into sleep mode. Use a Himalayan salt lamp, essential oil diffuser, air purifier, and play meditation music to help create a calming and sleeping sanctuary.

Regular Chiropractic Care: Chiropractic care works with your nervous system, which is the master control system of your body; controlling and coordinating all your organs and systems. Adjustments activate the parasympathetic, “the rest and digest” portion of your nervous system, and as a result, decreases stress and promotes relaxation within your body. Less stress and more relaxation improves your overall quality of sleep.

Business of the Month Highlight: LiFT Academy

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  1. Why was LiFT Academy created?

LiFT is the vision of three moms who wanted an exceptional educational program for their own children; each of whom had learning differences. They wanted an inclusive and accepting environment where children would be free from bullying so they would have the peace to learn and grow. They wanted academic expectations placed on each and every student, regardless of their abilities and learning differences. They wanted a blend of education and life skills which prepared each child for successful independence.

They took their vision and plan to two other colleagues, mothers, and friends. On January 9, 2013, these five women and educators opened the doors to LiFT Academy with 17 students.

Today, LiFT boasts an enrollment of 115+ students, 30 staff members, and a post-secondary transition program. The vision does not stop there. The founders have a hope to build a living community for the LiFT graduates as well. Their philosophy, as Mother Teresa once said, “Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.”

  1. What type of programs does LiFT offer that other schools do not offer?

We serve students with neurodiversities such as autism, intellectual disabilities, development delays, and down-syndrome, and more at LiFT Academy and LiFT University, in a safe, inclusive environment. LiFT Academy is designed for K-12 students and our LiFT University transition program serves students age 18-23, who work towards successful independence through integrated academics, social skills development, intensive life skills training and career readiness through community internships.

  1. Do you have any upcoming or recurring events?

“LiFT Your Spirits” at the Derby is our annual mixer and auction, with 100% of our proceeds going to benefit our students. Mark your calendars for May 5, 2018 for our Cinco De Derby Party at the Coliseum! If you are interested in participating as an event sponsor, donor, or attendee please contact Jodie Miller at jmiller@liftacademy.org.

  1. How do I find out more information about LiFT?

Visit www.liftacademy.org or call 727-258-7659 to schedule a tour, volunteer, or request to receive information and quarterly newsletters.

 

LiFT Academy and LiFT University

13400 Park Blvd

Seminole, FL 33776

www.liftacademy.org

 

10 Benefits of Chiropractic Adjustments

Finding a good chiropractor isn’t only key to correcting the damage caused by years of poor posture and/or trauma — it’s also important for everyone wanting to take a proactive approach to his or her health care.

Here is some of the medical research and studies proving the therapeutic benefits of chiropractic.

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1. Sciatica
The European Spine Journal published the findings from a clinical trial last year uncovering how chiropractic adjustments resulted in a 72 percent success rate in treating sciatica and related symptoms compared to the 20 percent success from physical therapy and 50 percent from corticosteroid injections.

Compared to most medical treatments, few interventions can initiate back pain relief and healing like chiropractic adjustments can!

2. Low Back Pain and Neck Pain
In a study published in the British Medical Journal 2003, 183 patients with neck pain were randomly allocated to manual therapy (spinal mobilization), physiotherapy (mainly exercise) or general practitioner care (counseling, education and drugs) in a 52-week study.

The clinical outcome measures showed that chiropractic adjustments resulted in faster recovery than physiotherapy and general practitioner care. Moreover, total costs of the chiropractic-treated patients were about one-third of the costs of physiotherapy or general practitioner care.

Another study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found patients with chronic low-back pain treated by chiropractors showed greater improvement and satisfaction at one month than patients treated by family physicians. Satisfaction scores were higher for chiropractic patients.

A higher proportion of chiropractic patients (56 percent vs. 13 percent) reported that their low-back pain was better or much better, whereas nearly one-third of medical patients reported their low-back pain was worse or much worse.

In a study funded by NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine to test the effectiveness of different approaches for treating neck pain, 272 participants were divided into three groups that received either spinal manipulative therapy from a doctor of chiropractic (DC), pain medication (over-the-counter pain relievers, narcotics and muscle relaxants) or exercise recommendations.

After 12 weeks, about 57 percent of those who met with DCs and 48 percent who exercised reported at least a 75 percent reduction in pain, compared to 33 percent of the people in the medication group. After one year, approximately 53 percent of the drug-free groups continued to report at least a 75 percent reduction in pain, compared to just 38 percent pain reduction among those who took medication.

3. Headaches (Tension and Migraine)
Second only to back pain, headaches are one of the most common conditions regularly managed by chiropractors.

A group trial found that 22 percent of people who had chiropractic treatment saw the number of attacks drop by 90 percent. In that same study, 49 percent said they had a significant reduction in pain intensity.

Compared to most medical treatments, few interventions can initiate headache relief like chiropractic adjustments can!

4. Colic and Ear Infections
A 2012 study published in Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapeutics found that chiropractic adjustments greatly reduced colic symptoms.

Although very few randomized control trials have been conducted describing the clinical effects of chiropractic care on children, literally scores of case studies have been documented that describe how children suffering from otitis media (ear infections), acid reflux and colic have experienced complete to near complete resolution after just a few visits.

The reasons for this vary, but one common theme is that nerves controlling the gut and brain are intricately connected to each other and are quite sensitive to neurological insult caused by vertebral subluxations.

5. Neurological Conditions
Exciting research is currently being conducted via upright MRI showing how upper cervical adjustments affect various brain-based conditions. What we have seen so far is quite remarkable.

Not only are MRI scans revealing that cerebral spinal fluid and blood flow are markedly increased after a chiropractic adjustment, researchers are observing that cerebellar invagination (when the cerebellum drops down below the skull line) is being reversed and brain plaquing (common in multiple sclerosis patients) is disappearing!

6. Blood Pressure
In 2007, George Bakris, the world expert on hypertension, published a study with a team of researchers in the Human Journal of Hypertension proving that one upper cervical chiropractic adjustment had the same effect as two blood pressure-lowering drugs. Even more fascinating, the effects of just one adjustment lasted more than six months!

Compared to the placebo-treated patients, those who got the real procedure saw an average 14 mm Hg greater drop in systolic blood pressure (the top number in a blood pressure count) and an average 8 mm Hg greater drop in diastolic blood pressure (the bottom blood pressure number).

Other studies have shown similar findings with hypotensive patients, and their low blood pressure was raised to normal levels after chiropractic care. This is exciting because it highlights the body’s ability to create a homeostatic balanced environment once vertebral subluxations are removed.

7. Surgery Prevention
Chiropractic has long been heralded by natural health care providers as a natural method to prevent back surgery.

In fact, the Journal of the American Medical Association just recently published its low back pain guidelines and suggested that people suffering from back pain first try chiropractic before resorting to surgery.

8. Frozen Shoulder
Last year a clinical trial was published describing how patients suffering from the debilitating condition frozen shoulder responded to chiropractic care.

Of the 50 patients: 16 resolved completely; 25 showed 75 percent to 90 percent improvement; eight showed 50 percent to 75 percent improvement; and one showed 0 percent to 50 percent improvement.

9. Scoliosis
Chiropractic adjustments for scoliosis coupled with muscular rehabilitation techniques may help prevent the progression of scoliosis. Organizations like the nonprofit Clear Institute founded by Dr. Dennis Woggon have set out to empower health care professionals with an effective chiropractic system to treat people with scoliosis.

They’ve perfected a model and discovered that it is possible to effectively treat the condition without the use of restrictive braces or dangerous surgeries. In many case studies, participants have seen a 10 percent to 30 percent decrease in their scoliosis curvatures.

10. Athletic Performance
There is a reason why athletes both today and in the past, like Michael Phelps, Jerry Rice and Joe Montana, are under regular chiropractic care. In fact, over 50 percent of NFL teams have a chiropractor on staff.

Because it is so effective at pain-based and pathological conditions, one of the most overlooked aspects of chiropractic care is that it enhances personal and athletic performance. Studies have sown that it:

Reduces inflammatory cytokines
Boosts your immune system
Enhances pulmonary function
Decreases mental and oxidative stress
Relieves muscle tension
Naturally increases your energy level

Studies have even proved, objectively and subjectively, that chiropractic patients experience “overall increased bodily function,” which includes bowl regularity and mental clarity.

Basically, because it helps place your body in the position where it can heal itself, chiropractic adjustments can free your immune system up to focus on keeping you healthy, which enhances your ability to think, move and perform.

Have you been checked by a Chiropractor? Call our office @ 727-498-5643 !

 

Reference: https://draxe.com/10-researched-benefits-chiropractic-adjustments/

8 Reasons to Eat Blueberries + Why You Should Freeze Them

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Just when you thought that the health benefits of blueberries could not be any more plentiful, new research has found that freezing the superfood actually increases the berry’s nutritional content. Research found that frozen blueberries are equally nutritious as fresh blueberries, even after 6 months of freezing.

The ice crystals that form during freezing disrupt the structure of the plant tissue, making the anthocyanins more available. Anthocyanins are a group of antioxidant compounds that provide various systems in the human body with protection.

Blueberries may be the world’s healthiest food…

Blueberries go head-to-head with strawberries and pomegranates in antioxidant capacity. When it comes to eating healthy foods, the greener or redder, the better!

It’s no coincidence that people associate bright color with nutrition. Anthocyanin, which works wonders in our bodies, is also the colorful pigment that gives many foods their color.

Organic blueberries have higher nutritional contact then conventional berries…

Don’t believe industry studies that claim organic food is equal in nutrition to conventional; it’s simply not true.

A study compared the total antioxidant capacity of organically grown versus non-organically grown blueberries and found that the organic blueberries had significantly higher concentrations of phenol antioxidants and total anthocyanin antioxidants than conventional berries.

8 Reasons to Eat Blueberries Daily:

1. Improving Memory & Motor Function: shown to improve cognitive function

2. Eye Protection: proven to protect the retina from unwanted sunlight and oxygen damage

3. Heart: significantly lowers risk of developing heart disease by regulating and relaxing arterial elasticity in the vascular wall, and improve blood flow

4. Reduces Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia: anthocyanin improves memory and mental fluidity, protects against brain cell loss; stimulates nerve cell growth and facilitate better communication between nerve cell processes, slowing the aging process

5. Digestion: offers antioxidant protection of the digestive tract by combating free radicals, which can cause cancer

6. Toxic Heavy Metal Protection: creates a force field that acted as a barrier against cadmium, protecting cells from toxic heavy metal damage

7. Blood Sugar: has a favorable impact on blood sugar, even for diabetics; significant improvement in regulation of blood sugar levels

8. Nervous System: provides nerve cells with protection from oxygen damage and fuels the nerves with energy

 

 

Reference: foodmatters.com

Business of the Month Highlight: Veterinary Healing Arts; Dr. Tiffany Rimar

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1. How does Veterinary Healing Arts differ from conventional Veterinarians?
At Veterinary Healing Arts our Practice is very unique in that we take an integrative approach to medicine. We look at the animal as a WHOLE being instead of a disease process. Our goal is to look for the root or baseline cause of an issue/disease rather than trying to just deal with the presenting problem (that is also addressed). Treating the patient is done by holistically evaluating the animal; First by a conventional aspect (what you may be familiar with from your regular Veterinarian, examining the eyes, ears, teeth, auscultating the heart and lungs, etc.). However, our unique medical approach assesses the patient from a Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine aspect by evaluating the properties and abnormalities of the tongue; detailed feeling and presentation of the pulses; temperature changes of the ears, back, body and feet; luster and feel of the fur coat, foot pads and claws; the orientation, color and moisture of the nose, (among many other ways).
We also do annual and puppy wellness visits with heartworm and other blood work, fecal analysis and vaccines (or vaccine titers as an alternative, if indicated). We strive to work together and complement the care received at your conventional western medicine clinic. Working together with multiple modalities of medicine (and some natural remedies you can make in your kitchen) for the maximum health and well-being of animals, and their caregivers, is our goal and mission.

 
2. What types of services do you offer?
We utilize Acupuncture– the placement of needles into specific points on the surface of the body to cause desirable and safe healing effects; Tui-Na– can be thought of as a combination of acupressure, massage and chiropractic techniques to calm the body and mind; Herbal Formulas– the use of Traditional Chinese Medical formulations, glandular preparations and natural topical salves; Food Therapy– the use of food as medicine; Laser Therapy– the use of light energy, in the form of photons , on the skin and deeper tissue to create a positive biologic affect and accelerate the body’s natural healing process; and most standard Western diagnostics and treatments to help you care for your furry kids in the most well-rounded way possible.

3. How does acupuncture work for animals?
Acupuncture is one of the safest forms of medical treatment for animals when administered by a properly trained and experienced Veterinarian. Acupuncture has been used for over 7000 years to successfully treat and cure internal medical diseases and disorders, reduces pain, augments western medical treatments and assists the body to balance as preventative medicine. Needles are placed in specific points which have been proven to be both safe and effective at creating a predictable result to induce a favorable and desired effect on the nervous systems. Some patients may feel euphoria or tingles, all being an indication that the body is responding positively to the stimulation. For example: acupuncture can stimulate nerves to increase blood circulation, relieve muscle spasm, regulate hormonal release and even help lowering itch by stabilizing mast cells. Acupuncture has also been shown to successively treat seizures, behavioral issues and even assist in cancer treatment.

4. What types of illnesses or issues can Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Tui-Na, and Laser therapy help with?
In a nutshell……. nearly EVERYTHING…….. Excluding what is needed for a life-saving emergency or surgery. Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Tui-Na, and Cold Laser can work well together or independently depending on a pet’s condition. The following are just some of the general conditions which may be treated well with acupuncture, herbal medicine, tui-na and/or laser therapy:
Musculoskeletal issues or pain: hip dysplasia, tendons and ligaments (e.g., knee problems, cruciate injury and luxating patellas), developmental abnormalities of the spine or limbs
Arthritis, hind end weakness, herniated disks: intervertebral disc disease (IVDD), wobblers
Paralysis of face or legs
Skin and ear allergies/ infections
Respiratory problems: feline asthma, collapsing trachea, COPD
Nervous system: seizures and behavioral disorders
Systemic Disease: hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, diabetes, congestive heart disease, kidney disease/ failure, liver disorders, etc.
Gastrointestinal Disorders: chronic/ acute diarrhea, vomiting, pancreatitis, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), intestinal lymphoma
Cancer treatment: as a sole treatment or integrative treatment approach
Maintenance treatment: for working, hunting, show and agility performance enhancement

For more information about Veterinary Healing Arts or to book an appointment for your fur-baby,

contact them @ 727-360-5700 or myzenvet@gmail.com.

Veterinary Healing Arts
431 Corey Avenue
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
www.myzenvet.com