When you’re craving sugary snacks, it’s possibly a signal from your body that it’s deficient in some nutrient, and oftentimes, our brains turn towards sugary things to satisfy that physical need. NOTE: The physical needs often feel emotional in nature. That’s just how our brains interpret things. CHROMIUM If you’re diabetic (type II), you’re probably deficient at some level in chromium. Signs of chromium deficiency include glucose intolerance, high blood sugars, peripheral neuropathy (tingling or numbness in the fingers or toes), and mental confusion. Good sources of chromium include sea vegetables (try seaweed chips if you haven’t already!), mushrooms, beets, nutritional yeast (you can sprinkle this on popcorn – delicious!), broccoli, grapes, dried beans, liver, and chicken. PHOSPHORUS Signs of phosphorus deficiency may include anxiety, irregular breathing, fatigue, joint stiffness, numbness, osteoporosis (calcium deficiency) and changes in weight. Excess phosphorus in the form of phosphoric acid from drinking soda can lead to craving sugar and alcohol as well. Both excess and deficiency of phosphorus inhibits absorption and use of calcium in your body. Good sources of phosphorus include chicken, beef, liver, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, legumes, and whole grains. SULFUR Signs of sulfur deficiency include obesity, muscle pain and inflammation, fungal and bacterial infections, and heart disease and other forms of muscle wasting like Chron’s disease. Good sources of sulfur include dark leafy greens like broccoli and kale, garlic, eggs, onions, meats, nuts, and seafood. In theory, most reasonably healthy diets should contain enough sulfur, as we only need very small amounts, but sulfur is lost when foods are broken down and then reassembled, as they are with...
My 3 philosophies for cooking are (in order of priority): EASY – If it’s hard to make, I ain’t makin’ it. DELICIOUS – If you don’t like veggies, maybe… it’s because you’re not cooking them right. Even healthy food should taste good. Which brings me to the last point – HEALTHY – Seasonal and organic veggies. Organic, free-range and local meats. Healthy fats. Low carb. No sugars or refined grains. You’ll probably never see a vegan recipe on my site, not because I’m opposed to eating vegan meals, but because … butter… Here’s a perfect winter recipe to try. It’s a one-sheet pan dish and will warm up your house nicely too. INGREDIENTS: 1 lb organic, grass-fed ground beef or lamb 1 T seasoning (or just sea salt and pepper is fine) 1 bunch of organic broccoli – use the real stuff, not frozen (it tastes SOOO much better) 1 large sweet potato 1/2 head of cabbage olive oil and red wine vinegar INSTRUCTIONS: Preheat oven to 400. Cut broccoli into small (approximately 1″) florets. Peel sweet potato (optional) and cut into 1/2″ chunks. Mix the vegetables with 1-2 Tablespoons of olive oil and a large pinch each of salt and pepper. Arrange the vegetables flat onto the sheet pan and cook at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. While those are roasting – Put the ground meat into a bowl and mix (use your hands!) with 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper, or 1 teaspoon seasoning spices. Form into golf ball-sized balls, approximately 12 of them. After the vegetables have cooked for 10 minutes, flip them around...
In the field of natural healthcare, I could mark time by the latest trending superfood, super-nutrient, magic-bullet herb or diet. Like, remember back in the Master-cleanse Era of 2003? The late 2010s marks the beginning of CBD oil fascination. We all want to know – is this something that would help me? For all of these herbs, foods, and nutrients, sorry, but there’s never a clear answer. Because it depends on your own unique chemistry and your body’s needs – which may vary from day to day. What I can do is tell you a little more about your body’s cannabinoid system and how CBD (and THC) react with it. Your body contains – naturally – cannabinoid receptor sites. Your body regulates these receptor sites naturally – with or without taking hemp or marijuana. The chemicals in your body that react with these receptor sites are called endogenous ligands. The main receptors in your body for cannabinoids and endogenous ligands are called “CB1” and “CB2.” CB1 activation mostly happens in your brain and can include increased appetite, pain reduction, and reduced psychological stress. CB2 activation happens in a broader part of your body: brain, immune cells, GI tract, and peripheral nerves. Depending on your diet, stress levels, and some genetic tendencies, CB1 and CB2 receptors can stay in balance all by themselves or not. Some people may have more of one receptor than the other. Or your body can favor activation of one system over the other. Hemp and marijuana plants both contain cannabinoids, which are the some of the components that attach to the receptor sites and...
Several years ago I conscientiously opted out of health insurance. For most people that’s just not an option because of chronic or genetic dis-ease and the cost of medications and doctor’s visits, so I know I’m lucky that I can make this decision. It’s not for everyone. And I’m not necessarily recommending it either. I just want to make a point that Our healthcare system is deeply flawed. I don’t want to participate in it. I choose not to. MY HEALTHCARE EXPENSES FOR 2018 I pay out of pocket for the expense of staying healthy. That being said, I spend most of my money (just a little less than my mortgage LOL) on healthy food. I pay cash for massages (luckily I can trade for most of my massages), Chiropractic care (around $500 total for 2018), Around $400 total for out of pocket dentist expenses (for myself and 2 kids – just cleanings this year.). One eye exam for $125. Glasses cost $12.50 (Zenni.com is fabulous for prescription glasses; you should check it out) and contacts $120. We had 4 therapy sessions @$65 = $260. Other out-of-pocket expenses, that insurance wouldn’t even cover anyway: herbal medicines and nutritional supplements $400 (wholesale :). I would probably also throw a consultation I had with my psychic in there too. Talking to her does more good than therapy for me. Cost: $80. Acupuncture I can do for free; but, if I had insurance there’s a 50/50 chance they’d actually cover it, and I would end up paying the $800 or so out of pocket or towards deductible anyway. Total for...
If you sit at a desk all day, or if you are bending down looking at small children all day, or if you just have a cranky, stiff neck, this is for you. Take a handful of your hair from the lower, back part of your head. (Sorry, my beautiful, bald ones, you do kind of need at least some hair to do this, although if you have a good imagination you can still probably do it. Below I’ll list another stretch that you don’t need hair for.) When you have a handful of hair, pull your hair slightly back and up. As you do this you should feel a nice stretch through the vertebrae (spinal bones) of your neck. Ideal neck posture is a straight spine all the way up to the top. A J-shaped spine is the idea, not the S-shaped spine that we were taught years ago. A few times throughout the day, do this exercise to remind yourself of proper neck posture. Another quick neck traction exercise you can do with a broom. Lay down on the ground and place the broomstick perpendicular to your body and under your neck. Place your hands on either side of the stick – on either side of your neck and pull the stick toward the top of your head. When it reaches the occiput – the place where your skull meets your neck bones, you should feel a good stretch through your neck. Hold it for a few seconds and repeat....
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!