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By vitalhf, Dec 6 2017 05:00PM

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

What can we do this year to avoid the pre-holiday and holiday perils of stress, increased health symptoms, and exhaustion? We all feel it. I’ve heard my patients bemoaning the upcoming holidays because of all the stress it entails. But the very things they need to do the most during this time of year, is exactly what they drop off first. What is that?

The frenetic pace the holiday season brings is pretty much universal. It seems most people today live a hectic, busy life. Add the holidays on top of that, and, well, it pretty much puts people over the edge. The other day I was talking to a friend who is a crime scene investigator. She was lamenting that her increased stress this time of year is because of other people’s increased stress this time of year. Crime goes up. There is more domestic abuse, more burglaries, more driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, more tempers flaring and crimes committed. Though I’m guessing most of my readers won’t fall into any of those categories, what can we do to minimize the stress this time of year? Continue reading...

By vitalhf, Nov 29 2017 04:00PM

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

As we prepare for the upcoming winter storms, or have experienced nature’s fury in the past, we realize how little control we have over it. Our health, however, is another story. We are very appreciative of the technology that we have that forewarns us of some storms – cyclones, tornados, hurricanes or fires heading our way so we can avoid them. For the most part, the storms of health give us ample warning, and this gives us time to thwart them as well.

So often I have heard patients recount their “sudden” illness, prefaced by having had “no warning”. “I was perfectly healthy and active, and then out of nowhere had a heart attack”. But as I query them, they did have warning, they just didn’t realize it. Continue reading...

By vitalhf, Nov 25 2017 04:00PM

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

When it comes to chronic autoimmune conditions like Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), many patients are left feeling helpless, hopeless, and stuck. Receiving such a diagnosis can make you feel like you lost the health lottery. Hope can be found in the realization that vibrant health is not just a matter of luck. There are many proven therapies that have demonstrated effectiveness for reducing pain and inflammation. These include proper diet, stress reduction and mindfulness practices, exercise, and elimination of foods, chemicals, and habits that increase inflammation. Many people associate acupuncture with pain reduction, but few are aware of how this therapy affects our body to improve overall health.

One of the many ways that acupuncture can affect RA is through its powerful neuroendocrine effects. Continue reading...

By vitalhf, Nov 22 2017 04:00PM

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

This week we typically spend extra time looking at the things we are thankful for. Amongst many, many, other things, I am thankful for my health. I am thankful, that in my early 60’s, I am not taking any medications (though I take a good fistful of supplements!), and I have not had any organs removed. I am in good mental, physical, spiritual and emotional health. But it didn’t come easily. I, like most of my readers, have had my share of health challenges. Continue reading...

By vitalhf, Nov 4 2017 12:00PM

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

A 2017 fact sheet published by the CDC shows that about 75 million American adults (29%) have high blood pressure—that’s 1 of every 3 adults. Only about half (54%) of people with high blood pressure have their condition under control. Studies show that high blood pressure increases your risk of death from stroke by as much as 4 times, and 3 times for heart disease.

While it is very important for high blood pressure to be controlled to reduce health risks, it is equally as important to identify the causes. Hypertension is a symptom, not a disease. Continue reading...

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