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By vitalhf, Apr 20 2018 02:00PM

By Holly A. Carling, O.M.D., L.Ac., Ph.D.

Why does it seem like the people who want to get pregnant, can’t, while those who possibly shouldn’t, do? Becoming pregnant for the couple who has been unsuccessful becomes the focus of their life. Like it or not, everyday it enters the mind in one way or another. It becomes an obsession although they try hard to make it not so.

Many try and try, then eventually give up. Not consciously, but the discouragement sets in and eventually the deliberateness of it wanes. It’s hard on the couple. If the couple chooses to go the conventional treatment route, there are serious costs involved, but the success rates frequently lure them this direction.

That’s well and good, but I’d like to know WHY?

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By vitalhf, Apr 18 2018 02:00PM

The foundation of all life is minerals. Minerals provide a rich substance for the life of plants, which then give us, humans, as well as animals, insects, and most life forms, life. When the body is “returned to the dust” what remains are different forms of calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, sodium and silica. But all minerals have intrinsic value in the health of our bodies and our minds.

Minerals help initiate many actions in the body, from nerve propagation, to heart rhythm, to tissue fluid balance. We need minerals, such as calcium for healthy connective tissue, skin and joints, as well as bones and teeth. That means, if you are deficient, those tissues could be predisposed to untimely breakdown, slow healing, or inflammation.

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By vitalhf, Apr 13 2018 02:41PM

By Kristina D. Allred, M.S.O.M., L.Ac.

In physics, the term observer effect refers to changes that the act of observation makes on what is observed. This is often the result of instruments that alter the state of what they measure in some manner. The butterfly effect is a term coined by a mathematician and meteorologist to describe how small changes can affect large complex systems. This term comes from the suggestion that the flapping of a butterfly's wings in South America could affect the weather in Texas, meaning that the tiniest influence on one part of a system can have a huge effect on another part.

As above, so below. Our bodies are a perfect reflection of these universal principles of design. From cells to organs to systems, and in ever expanding circles of seasons, bioregions and ecology- it is ALL connected. Complex and specialized, medical science has revealed amazing things- but also obscured the big picture- the connections that describe the system as a whole. This myopic view is changing. Across disciplines, healthcare practitioners are seeing the connections. Traditional “holistic” understanding of health is converging with the most recent discoveries in medical science.

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By vitalhf, Apr 11 2018 03:00PM

By Holly A. Carling, O.M.D., L.Ac., Ph.D.

No one, to my knowledge, has ever walked into a car dealer and asked for the slowest car they have. That their preferred model was slow to start, slow to get up and go, and just moseys’ along. No, we want fast! That is no truer than with our own personal get up and go. No one wants to be tired, have a hard time getting up in the morning, have to consume coffee or do something to get their engines roaring every day. But for many, it seems for most, that is the case today. Continue Reading...

By vitalhf, Apr 6 2018 02:00PM

By Kristina D. Allred, M.S.O.M., L.Ac.

The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway in the wrist, about an inch wide. The floor and sides of the tunnel are formed by small wrist bones called carpal bones. The roof of the tunnel is called the transverse carpal ligament. Because these boundaries are very rigid, the carpal tunnel has little capacity to "stretch" or increase in size. Inside this tunnel are the tendons of the thumb and fingers, and the median nerve. This nerve provides feeling in the thumb and fingers and controls the muscles around the base of the thumb. Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) occurs when the tunnel becomes narrowed or when tissues surrounding the tendons swell, compressing the median nerve.

Repetitive use of the hands- like typing or texting - is a common cause of local inflammation in the carpal tunnel. Another key component is systemic inflammation, which can cause swelling throughout the body. This only makes matters worse.

Many people turn to surgical intervention for help with CTS. This is an extreme, painful, costly solution that does not guarantee long term pain relief. Continue Reading...

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