I’m sure you’ve heard of PRO-biotics before. If not, probiotics are bacteria naturally found in your gut in a good supply if you’re healthy. After taking antibiotics or if your digestive system needs a little extra help, you may take probiotics in supplement or food form. These bacteria that help your digestive system uptake and transport nutrients; synthesize vitamins K, B12 and biotin; enhance your immune function; and help with intestinal transit. You absolutely need them there. Probiotic foods are fermented foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, kombucha, and pickles. The bacteria in probiotics supplements and foods help keep things working and moving in your intestines. Your intestines naturally also have a small amount of “bad” bacteria as well. But the “good guys” keep them in check. That is: if everything is healthy. But, what in the heck is a PRE-biotic??? If you find that you are constantly needing to take probiotics to stay well, chances are what you really need are PRE-biotics. When you take antibiotics (which wipe out a lot of the intestinal flora – good and bad), the clostridium difficile, candida, and other potentially harmful intestinal flora have a chance to multiply. When they overgrow without the good bacteria there to keep everything in check, inflammation happens. These bacteria are “bad” because when their populations explodes, they start releasing toxins that make you sick. These toxins can start deteriorating the cells that comprise the lining of your intestine. And thus, the beginning stages of ulcerative colitis, leaky gut, Chron’s and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). To combat this, your MD gives you more antibiotics, but I’m...
Tell me if this sounds familiar: “My doctor said I need to give up eggs and bacon. I have high triglycerides and my blood pressure is rising.” Me: “You eat eggs and bacon every morning?” Patient: “Yes.” Me: “JUST eggs and bacon?” Patient: “No. I eat them with a large glass of orange juice and either toast or flour tortillas.” Me: “It’s not the eggs and bacon; it’s the juice and refined flour products (i.e. white tortillas and bread) that’s causing your problem.” In fact, your heart ♥‘s fat for energy. People think it’s the cheese or the meat that causes their high triglycerides or hypertension, and their doctors (usually) agree, but I do not. It’s the stuff you’re eating WITH the cheese, eggs, and meat that’s causing the problem. And the stuff you’re not eating with it (vegetables, whole grains) that leads to these circulation problems. When you eat carbohydrates – as a general term here – the good (broccoli, quinoa, sprouted grains, carrots, etc.), the bad (white flour, white rice, pastured skim milk), and the ugly (corn syrup, pastries, sugary drinks, etc.), your body metabolizes it as sugar. If it doesn’t have a mother or a father, your body digests at least part of that food as a sugar. The more fiber and other nutrients you have there, the less “sugary” it is. If all goes well, when you eat carbohydrates (which we do need in some quantity), your pancreas releases insulin to use the carbs for energy as glucose or to store it as glycogen in your liver and muscles...
I have avoided this topic for a long time, but here it is – This article is just going to be my opinion. This is just what I think and what I have decided for my family. Whatever you decide for you and your family is totally between you and your family physician. IT’S RISKY VAERS, a vaccine injury reporting website run by Health and Human Services, shows over 59,000 reports of injuries, 450 of which are death, in 2016. It’s also speculated that many incidences (estimated 10x as many) go unreported. I don’t know about you, but I’m not willing to die or risk my kids dying just to get a vaccine against something like measles, which – chances are – people will survive if they get it. NOT ENOUGH STUDIES HAVE BEEN DONE The big argument pro-vaccination is that “this is science.” And if you’re anti-vax, you’re anti-science. In school, when I learned about how vaccines were created, I was amazed. “This is a great invention!” But, unfortunately, the science stops there. In the early 2010’s, a mass influx of Somalians immigrated into the US and many of them ended up in Minnesota. As per federal regulations, they all received 100% of the recommended vaccines. Then, the autism started. In the whole of the United States, the autism rate is around one out of 500 kids. In this Somalian community, it was one out of every 32 kids. At first they didn’t know what was happening to their children because no word exists in their language for autism. By 2016, around 40% of the population had stopped vaccinating. Then...
Tough love time. (No, not like that!) It’s about your life decisions. When you’re a baby, it’s OK to make decisions based on emotions. You see a cookie, then you eat it. No worries about tomorrow – about consequences. When you’re an adult, you have to start making decisions based on how they will effect you tomorrow. It’s no longer acceptable to make decisions based on emotions. It’s like when you’re driving. Good drivers are paying attention to what’s 2 or 3 blocks ahead of them. Bad drivers are reacting to every little thing – slamming on the brakes at the last minute; causing accidents. What you eat and how you think and how you move dictate what pre-determined path you’re on. They also affect the people in your life. Yeah, sure, muffins are delicious. For now. Today’s delight on your tongue is tomorrow’s spare tire. The spare tire turns into diabetes. The diabetes and excess weight strains your heart and then you have hypertension. The medications leave you feeling tired. The lack of exercise makes the other problems worse and also your body starts hurting everywhere because you can’t move it properly. Next thing you know, you’re spending your long-awaited retirement years alive, but with no life. And it all comes down to decisions. Once you’re an adult, it’s no longer a matter of “bad genes” or “bad luck.” Lots of people have “bad genes” and have gone through periods of bad luck – we all have. But it’s ultimately your decision how to react to these things. If your spouse is bringing pizza home for...
Oxygen. Breath. Without deep, conscious breath, it’s easy to eat mindlessly, unaware of satiety. Nourishment of your body can and should be a spiritual ritual. What else is holding you onto this earth if not food and oxygen? Why rush through it? When you breathe deep and fill your whole lungs up with air, you become more aware of your body. We tend to make the ritual of eating more like a chore of feeding. We think, “I’m hungry; let’s eat.” In your head you have a mental list of foods you have enjoyed in the past. The less consciousness you put on this memory, the more likely you are to grab at things that you remember gave you a sensation of happiness, like sugar, for instance. You remember that taste sensation and associate it with happiness. Cravings are nothing but food memories. Tweet This Instead, take a minute. Seriously, just ONE MINUTE. SIXTY SECONDS. And breathe. Just take some time to LISTEN to what your body is actually hungry for. What she needs to be nourished, fulfilled, and energized for the day. You may choose differently. As you eat, don’t snarf food down like a dog. Breathe, chew a lot, and feel your body. Feel what your body is telling you as you eat. Are you full yet? Are you still hungry? Whatever the answer, honor your body and her / his sensations. Yes, you can find peace with your body. And it will involve listening to her / him. And the only way you can listen is by oxygenating each cell. The oxygen, or in...
I’ve had chronic neck pain for over 20 years. Conventional doctors masked the pain with muscle relaxers and pain killers. Chiropractors aggravated it with their treatments. Just a few visits to Natural Health Center has it feeling better than it has in years. Thanks so much!
I started coming to the Health Center for issues I was having with my stomach. Even while making the initial appointment I felt like the person I was speaking with was empathetic about my situation. I had gone to two medical doctors before trying NAET and acupuncture, but had not seen results. After my treatments at the Health Center, my stomach feels better than it has in years and continues to get better every day with the help and support of the staff. I am thankful for all they do for me and our community.
Baby is Better
My son came here for treatment for eczema when he was 3 years old. He is 4 now and completely cured of it. My youngest son has the same issue at age 1, so we’re back!
Stress! Stress! & More Stress! Coming to this office gives me one hour to decompress and slow down. I look forward to my visits. They are the highlight of the day and week for me. Positive energy. 🙂 This has given me another (or better) avenue to release tension and bad mojo. Thank you. The doctors really connect with you and truly care about your well-being.
Shoulder Pain and More
I originally came in for a tweak in my shoulder which soon disappeared with regular treatments. Since I’ve had the pleasure of treatments from Nicole and her outstanding staff, my inner calm and overall attitude toward the stresses of life have vastly improved. I’ve come in crying, anxious, distressed, in pain and leave – every time – well-cared for and successfully treated. I wholeheartedly believe that acupuncture can be so much more than a go-to for emergency pains. I intend to incorporate it into my regular lifelong health regime.
Back is Stronger
My back has been feeling significantly better. I no longer have the daily aches and pains that I had before. My back feels stronger and my posture feels better. Before acupuncture, I tried stretching to relieve my pain, but the results were unsatisfactory. Stretching is great, but does nothing if it is not done in conjunction with acupuncture.
I’ve been going to the NHC for acupuncture and NAET for my Chron’s disease. To say that the treatments helped me would be an understatement. I have been hospitalized multiple times for my condition and was in constant, severe pain before I decided to go to the NHC. I can’t remember the last time I felt this good. The staff are all friendly, care for their patients and are truly there to make you better. I can’t say enough great things about these ladies.
A few months ago at my wits end with extreme pain, I attended a Fibromyalgia support meeting and met Nicole Lentfer. From that night on, I am a different person. Like many others I tried all the conventional Western medicines with no relief. After having a mini-trial of acupressure that night, I put 100% trust in Nicole and her staff and the Natural Health Center. After starting the acupuncture and NAET treatments, I am much calmer, and I have less pain and more energy.
My son and I had both food and environmental allergies. We tried over the counter medications and different supplements over the past 2 years or so. We were both suffering with skin rashes, runny noses, and itchy eyes. We started coming to the NHCA for treatment after a recommendation from a friend. My son and I saw a big improvement of our symptoms. We are happy to be allergy-free at the end of our treatments!
I started acupuncture for numerous reasons but primarily anxiety. The process has helped me feel calmer, more relaxed, and less like I am living in a mental box. It has helped me feel free.
Inhaler is Out
I came to acupuncture due to constant short breaths which made working out difficult. I also had tension in my neck and shoulders that felt like I had been holding a shrug for 10+ years. Now I’m more comfortable since my neck and shoulders have relaxed. I can work out harder and for longer periods of time since I don’t need to use my inhaler anymore.
PTSD and Pain Managed
I found the NHCA after 10 years of pain and discomfort. I was a mixed martial artist, high school football player, and infantryman in the Marine Corps. I had put my body through entirely too much torture, and I was suffering for it. When I left the Marine Corps in 2009, I had ankle, knee, hip, back, shoulder and neck pain. I suffered from insomnia, restless legs syndrome, and post traumatic stress disorder. I would take close to 20 painkillers a day, and I was still in pain. I was hurting far from happy. With acupuncture, I felt instant improvement and I’ve been coming to the office ever since. I do acupuncture and NAET treatments and I have never felt better in my life. I’m able to live again. Thank you.
I have fibromyalgia and have had severe body pain for the past 5 years. Every day, hands were numb, feet throbbed, sternum hurt, shoulders and hips were sore, calves and thighs hurt, arms were heavy. Doctors really don’t know what to do for me since I didn’t want pharmaceuticals. I can’t believe acupuncture has helped me so much. I noticed it right away. Things aren’t perfect yet, but they’re improving with each treatment. I am so thankful.
Healing From the Inside Out
I came to the NHCA for food sensitivities, poor sleep, moodiness, and lack of energy. Now I sleep better so I am more awake and in a much better mood during the day. I was surprised by how well I felt after treatments and feeling my body heal from the inside out. Unlike Western doctors, this office runs on time, all the time. Nicole explains everything, answers all your questions and doesn’t talk down to you.
My chronic pain and fatigue are much better. I’ve been able to come off some medications completely and reduce the dosage of others. I had never tried acupuncture before but decided to try it. Nicole and her staff are very informative and I was surprised that the needles don’t hurt. The services are affordable, relaxing, and it works!
Sports Injury Healed
I was surprised how the treatment was able to heal my sports injury when regular doctors could not. Sometimes a pill won’t cure everything!
Western medicine has left me with no answers to help me manage a long-standing condition of inflammation that comes and goes in various body parts and for various lengths of time. I am not fond of taking pills and found the Natural health Center at a point when I was feeling tired, flamed and with no solutions in sight. The herbal tonics, weekly visits, acupuncture and encouragement to lose weight eventually led to a healthier, happier, pain-free existence! My energy is back; I do not hurt. I repeat; I do not hurt. Such a joy!
Quality of Life Improved
I came in due to pain from fibromyalgia. Constant pain from the neck down to my toes and could never sleep more than a couple of hours at a time. I tried antidepressants, muscle relaxers, sleeping pills and several types of pain pills. Nothing would work. I used to sit, sleep and eat in a recliner. After coming here, my quality of life is so much better. I can actually plan outings and enjoy myself. I don’t have as much pain and I can actually sleep at night in my bed!
From Anxious Exhaustion to Calm Energy
I started acupuncture treatments for extreme adrenal fatigue and body pains that I had for over 3 years. I didn’t sleep and had panic attacks. I had been to numerous doctors and they’d spend 5 minutes with me and prescribe something; I was on a lot of different medication. I’ve had absolutely incredible results! I was at my wits end trying to get help from doctors but no one could figure out what to do other than give me pills. Nicole listens to what you have to say and then designs a plan to get you back to optimal health. She completely turned my life around and I don’t say that lightly. I had given up hope that I’d be the same person I was 4 years ago. Even my family is amazed at the change and I will recommend her services to everyone I know!