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By vitalhf, Dec 30 2017 05:00PM

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


“The best way to look at a cleanse is not as a detox binge, where you go back to abusing your body once it's over, but as a springboard to a lifetime of better nutrition” Dr. Alan Weiss, founder of Annapolis Integrative Medicine.


In a culture that values product sales and quick fixes over home cooking, there is no shortage of cleansing and detox products that promise the moon. Slick packaging and marketing campaigns, directed at our collective insecurities about health, picture radiant healthy and smiling people. Presumably, if you just add water to the sugar filled mix of synthetic vitamins and artificial colors you are magically transformed into a superhuman version of your former self. It’s no wonder so many people are skeptical when it comes to the words “cleanse” or “detox”, when many of these products are about as nutritious as the boxes they are sold in. On the other side of the spectrum, fad diets introduce many beneficial nutrients, but fail to teach sound nutrition based on the diverse traditional diets that have successfully nourished humanity for generations. These approaches often lead to an initial excitement and short term commitment, only to be abandoned for the same bad habits that preceded them. Continue reading...



By vitalhf, Dec 23 2017 04:00PM

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


Over the past decades, gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy) has become one of the most common elective abdominal surgeries in the United States. The gallbladder is often ignored until something goes terribly wrong. Could this drama be spared with the right combination of diet, stress reduction, and a health supportive lifestyle? If you are struggling in your relationship with your gallbladder, don’t worry, you are not alone!


What’s so GREAT about the gallbladder anyway? If so many people are living without their gallbladder, do we really need it? You might feel that you’d be better off without a gallbladder if you are experiencing problems with digestion, pain, and inflammation. If you are among those who have been through a “painful breakup” with your gallbladder, yet you continue to experience problems, can you still be helped? Continue reading...



By vitalhf, Dec 20 2017 04:00PM

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


Finding the perfect gift for anyone can be trying. But if you were to ask someone suffering from pain what they would like more than anything, it would be to have relief from their pain. Some are relatively content with popping pills to control their symptoms, but many would rather not. Those don’t always know there are other solutions available to them. The best gift you could give is to educate them about an alternative that not only controls pain but is noted for the ability to help the body heal the underlying mechanism. Continue reading...

By vitalhf, Dec 16 2017 04:00PM

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


We all know that our eating habits play a big role in determining our disease risks- but did you know that they also have a huge effect on your state of mind? If you aren’t feeling the love this holiday season, you might want check for groceries on the “naughty list”. Holiday eating is full of potential pitfalls: more cookies, pastries, sweets, alcohol, and sugary drinks. A crash often follows the giddy sugar buzz of holiday parties and we enter the new year feeling tired, stressed, and lacking the motivation to make those resolutions stick. Continue reading...

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...



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