Why Arteries Get Clogged (Really)

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 for later.  

When you have too much carbs going in for too long of a period of time, this process gets messed up and your cells start to resist the insulin process.  This is the beginning of diabetes.  

Another thing that happens, is that when the glycogen reserves are met inside your liver, the glucose is then turned into triglycerides and cholesterol.  

This is the beginning of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD).

When the triglycerides and cholesterol start hanging out with some proteins and fats, they have a party called a VLDL or very low density lipoprotein.  

The triglycerides are deposited along your arteries, leaving just the other things that form your LDLs.   

A good, clear artery has a microscopic layer of hairs inside of it called the glycocalyx.  You can think of it like the Teflon coating on a non-stick pan.  Usually, fats and other blood components just float right past it, no problem.  

Certain molecular structures, however, cause erosion of this lining.  So, then it’s like you’re scraping the coating off the non-stick pan.

Triglycerides do this.  They cause erosion of the glycocalyx and then they start to build up in the artery and stick to the wall; just like when you cook something in a pan and forget to put butter in it first!  

And do you remember what causes the triglycerides to grow in number in the first place?  Hint:  it’s not eggs, bacon, or butter.  (It’s too many carbohydrates!)

Once you lose the glycocalyx, problems start.  And, unfortunately, you won’t have any symptoms of arterial blockage until it’s more than 68% obscured.  At 65% blockage, you feel “fine.”  You’re probably at least 30 pounds over weight, but you think, and your doctor may think there’s nothing wrong with your heart.

Trans-fatty acids will also cause this.  This is your fried foods:  french fries, onion rings, fried Twinkies, etc.

Unfortunately, once the lining is gone it doesn’t come back – kind of like your hair line.  So if you have good arteries now, don’t push your luck; take good care of them.

I think some people think I’m crazy when I recommend a high-fat (we’re talking good fats, not trans-fats), moderate protein, low carb diet to someone with a history of heart disease.  And I say this:

Is what you’ve been doing so far giving you results?  Results like awesome blood work; you’ve met your goal weight; and your doctor doesn’t think you need the blood pressure meds any more.  

Why don’t you try it (high fat, moderate protein, and low carbohydrate diet) for 6 months, then get your blood work redone and see if it works?  Please let me know your results!  

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To Vax or Not to Vax

This documentary is a must-see. We have it in our office for $15, or I’ll ship it to you for $20.

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.


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.


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.

  1. 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 a measles “outbreak” occurred which of course ended up in all the headlines.  It was 70 people.  AND NOBODY DIED.  
    • Yes, is sucks to have the measles; my kids had it. But, especially in this day and age where we have amazing access to clean water and vitamins and Tylenol and shit, it would be a chance in hell that anyone would die or become severely injured from measles.  
    • Even in the 1960s – before the measles vaccine – only one out of every 500,000 people died from measles.  
    • AND – why don’t we study this population now to see if the unvaccinated kids are becoming autistic?  It would be a perfectly controlled setting to see if there is a measurable difference, but nobody is doing it.
  2. Why don’t we study populations of kids who may be susceptible to vaccine injury?  We can’t just say “this is preposterous” and ignore the situation, says Dr. Bernadine Healy, former head of the NIH.  Some kids get it and some kids don’t, but what would it hurt to look into why this is happening?  “…the question has not been answered.”
  3. No studies on the current vaccine schedule have been done to test for safety.  All medications are tested for reactions to other medications, but not vaccines.  Why is this not being done?
  4. There are lots of toxic ingredients in vaccines, and thimerosal (ethylmercery) is the only one “studied.”  There have been all of 4 total studies.  I’ll tell you about 2 of them:  One of the “studies” done was by Poul Thorsen who is now on the FBI most wanted list for embezzling over $1 million from the “study” he did.  In another study, Dr. William Thompson, afterward admitted to medical fraud.  He said, “I have been a part of the (autism) problem.”  Other items in vaccines that need to be studied:  aluminum (a known neuro-toxin) and formaldehyde (which causes cancer).  

THEY DON’T really WORK …

Yeah, the vaccines wear off.  That outbreak of whooping cough in California a few years back?  It was all kids who HAD BEEN VACCINATED who were sick.  So the state passes a law mandating more people get more vaccines.  Please, someone explain this to me.  


When you actually get sick – flu, measles, whooping cough – your body makes really good antigens all on its own that actually work.  Since most of us survive the flu nowadays, and being exposed to it makes you less likely to get it in the future, and the flu vaccine is just a guess since they’re not sure which viral strain will be in the air, why even bother stuffing all those toxins in your body?  I don’t get it.  


In any vaccine argument, the pro-vaxxers will bring up this guy.  He lost his medical license after an inquiry into a study he did with a group of other doctors found him guilty of malpractice.  The one other doctor from that study who was charged with malpractice later was re-tried and the judge said the other trial was not ran correctly and granted him his license back.  Andy decided not to bother because he was helping so many people actually recover from autism by identifying food allergies and healing their guts.  

The original study that got those docs in trouble found that they could “not accept nor reject” that the DTAP vaccine led to autism.  But it did make Mr. Wakefield question whether or not changes in the gut flora made some people more susceptible to it.  


When I was growing up, I remember getting shots like 2 or 3 times.  Now, there are 72 different vaccines given before the age of 18!  That’s an awful lot of toxic, unproductive crap going into a baby with a developing nervous system.  


Thimerasol was kind of studied, but the other toxins in the shots have not.  Aluminum is a known neurotoxin.  We’ve been told that “it’s a small amount, and it’s been proven safe.”  Formaldehyde is a known cancer-causing agent.  How is this safe?  And again, it has not been studied long term for safety, especially in different populations that may be more susceptible to injury.  


As a response to the evils done by Nazi Germany, at the end of WWII, many countries agreed to the Nuremberg Code which means that doctors must have the informed consent of the patient before doing any medical research / procedures / prescribing a medication.  In other words, it’s your right to say “no.”  

And in some states in our country, like in California, they are taking away that right.  My friends in San Diego were worried they wouldn’t be able to put their 5-year-old in kindergarten because they didn’t want to vaccinate her.  In California, unless you have a documented medical reason not to vaccinate, you can’t go to school.


I personally know people – a cousin, a good childhood friend, and my step-daughter – with children affected by autism.  ALL OF THEM NOTICED A DIFFERENCE AFTER A VACCINATION.  These are not isolated incidences.  If you search on YouTube for “vaccine injury” you will find around 50,000 videos.  

If this was a murder trial, and millions of witnesses point to one person, how can we NOT be investigating this in more detail???


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A Decision is Not Just an Event, It’s a Path

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 dinner and you’re trying to make a healthy change, it’s time for a serious talk.  

Genealogy is not destiny.

To deny the effect of food on your

  • blood vessel integrity (extremities, brain, lungs, etc.)
  • Liver detoxification ability (which will also impact your brain health, skin health, cholesterol, and like a million other things)
  • weight
  • blood pressure
  • pancreatic health (diabetes)
  • digestion (reflux, constipation, IBS, …)

…is it ignorance?  I don’t think so.

We all use Google.  We are in information overload.  

I think there’s so much information out there on healthy living, there’s no possible way that someone is just completely ignorant of what they should be eating / doing / thinking.

It’s usually emotional.

Stress.  (Meditate / do yoga / get acupuncture or take some Kava)

Convenience / laziness.  (“I hate cooking!”  Yeah, me too, but I still do it.  Or, hey, have healthy meals delivered to you.  I hear that’s a thing now.)

Peer pressure.  (We’re all drinking!  You’re not???)

Pleasure.  Which I think ties in with the stress.  I know when I’m stressed, I like to drink, and when I drink, I don’t always make the best decisions about my health.

The good news is that you can change your path at any time.  You just have to make a different choice.  One choice at a time.  


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One Vital Ingredient for Weight Loss



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.

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 Chinese medicine we call it Qi (or Chi or Ki), is a spiritual energy that circulates your blood.  Only when your spirit and body are united can you find peace in your skin.  It has to be combined with breath.

As you breathe in, you nourish all the parts of your body and as you breathe out, you let go of what you don’t need any more.  Let go of what doesn’t serve your needs.  Let go of tension.  

Most of us breathe just enough to not die, but if we really focus on breath, we can achieve greater states of consciousness.  

DO THIS:  Focus on breathing out for five seconds.  Don’t worry about breathing in; your body will do this automatically.  Just focus on breathing out with full consciousness for 5 honest seconds.  Breathe in for as long as you need to.  Do this 10 times.  

Without having any expectations for how you will feel, what do you notice?

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Protect Your Knees

One important thing to remember when you’re standing is that you never want to lock your knees.  Most everyone says, “Oh, yeah, I never do that.”  But I tell you what – I thought I never did that until I really paid attention to my body during times of the day when we normally don’t pay attention to those things and I was in fact locking my knees.  And I had chronic knee pain and problems.  

When we lock our knees, we lose the basic structure of our bodies that keeps us in optimal alignment:  hips anteverted; back and neck straight; and abs strong.  Proper standing structure is essential for proper walking structure.  And, if you’re a runner, all of this needs to be on point if you care to run without pain!  

Not only that, but do this fun experiment:  the next time you’re at a coffee shop waiting in line, look around at everyone’s knees.  You will see almost everyone doing one of these variations:

(L to R) locking knees with OK pelvis and back structure

locking one knee (in this case it’s his left knee)

locking both knees with tucked pelvis

locking both knees with tucked pelvis and rounded shoulders

locking both knees with ribs sticking out (over-arched back or “sway-back”)

locking one knee (right) and slumping back and shoulders forward

locking one knee with hip jutted out to the side of the locked leg

one knee locked

one knee locked with hip sticking out to one side

Here’s another good one.  See if you can find out what’s going on with their posture.



This is Esther Gokhale, in the front row wearing a (pink/red/coral?) shirt, teaching some students her standing posture technique.  

You can see that

  • her knees are slightly bent,
  • her pelvis is anteverted (tipped forward),
  • her core is contracted slightly, with her ribs anchored down
  • her spine is stacked straight from her hips and
  • her shoulders are down and back.  

Her students are still working on their knees, though, I think.  You can tell by how the pant legs hang if someone has locked knees or not.  

You can also tell what things hurt (or will hurt in the future) based on how someone stands.  Knees locked, depending on which one, or both, will lead to knee pain.  One knee locked, and one hip cocked to the side will lead to back pain, usually worse on one side.  Or hip pain.  Shoulders slumped will lead to shoulder tension, for sure.  Over-arched back will also lead to back pain.  Chin jutted out will lead to neck pain.  Tucked pelvis will lead to hip flexor or piriformis pain.

The next time you’re standing in line, take note of your posture and also, just for fun, check out everyone around you.  What do you notice???

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Pain in the Neck – GONE

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!

Kevin M.

Stomach Soothed

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.

Kristina U.

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!

Jane D.

Stress Less!

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.

Kerri T.

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.

Molly C.

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.


Chron’s Relief

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.


Fibromyalgia Support

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.

Becky Goad

Allergy-Free Family

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!

Sandra Ojong

Mental Relaxation

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.


Fibro Improving

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.

Happy Patient!

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.


Less Medication

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!


Health Answers

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!

Cathy C.

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!


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