Monthly Archives: May 2013

Terri Northcutt’s Testimonial

I am so thankful that the Lord led me to Dr. Anderson and Longevity Health Center. I truly believe they have saved my life. I had been sick for almost two years with symptoms that affected every system in my body. I had chronic stomach issues, skin conditions, severe joint and muscle pain, headaches, chronic fatigue and major fluid retention. I had been to numerous specialists and had gone through several surgical scopes, a surgical muscle biopsy, painful nerve conduction testing, multiple MRI’s, CT scans, and blood tests, all to no avail. I was getting sicker and had no answer as to why. I was on many prescription drugs and was continually offered more and more to try and control the symptoms. I had to quit my job as a Kindergarten teacher. I spent most of my days in bed, losing the life that I once knew, which was that of an active mother, teacher and avid runner. But through the grace of God, a friend suggested that I travel from Alabama to Georgia to see Dr. Anderson.

Every aspect of my experience with Dr. Anderson’s office has been wonderful. From the friendly and helpful ladies on the phone to everyone I came in contact with at the office during my visits. They worked together to help care for me. Dr. Anderson told me on the first visit that he would find the source of my problems and not just treat the symptoms. That was music to my ears!! With his testing, he found multiple issues going on in my body. I explain it to others by saying that it was a perfect storm that led to a really sick body! He made a detox plan and started me on my journey to healing with natural remedies and holistic medicines. For the first time in a long while, I had Hope. Hope that I would get well and that I could regain the life I had once lived.

After only 2 weeks on the plan, I was able to get off of my reflux medication and anti-depressant. Both of which I had been on for 10 years. I was able to get off of the other prescription drugs too. By the end of the first month, which was the end of January, I was already starting to feel better and more like myself. By the end of the second month, I was able to go buy groceries for my family and do laundry and housework. I was spending less and less time in bed. At the end of the fourth month of my wellness journey, I walked a 5K with my family. It was such a victory! I had signed up for the race back in January after my initial visit, just in faith, that by the end of April, I would be able to walk the 5K. My family and I praised God that day as we walked, thanking Him that I was alive and able to walk that far without pain! My new goal is to run that same race next year!! I am continuing to heal and to detox and even though I still have days that I feel bad, I just praise God for how far I’ve come and that the good days now outweigh the bad.

 

Through the help of Dr. Anderson and his staff at Longevity Health Center, my life has taken a new turn. My family is now eating healthy and organic and we are taking a natural approach to healing. My daughter has also become a patient of Dr. Anderson’s. I am happy to report that after 2 years of chronic stomach issues, she is pain free! Praise the Lord!

 

Curcumin: Nature’s Anti-Inflammatory and Antioxidant

Although you may only know it as a spice used in curry, Turmeric is an extremely powerful and effective herbal supplement.  It comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant, which has a very tough brown skin and orange flesh.  Turmeric is also referred to as curcumin, but there is a difference between the two.  Turmeric is the yellow powder used to flavor food, while curcumin is the chemical contained in turmeric.

Curcumin has been used for thousands of years to treat everything from fever to eye infections to skin conditions, but recent research shows it has strong anti-inflammatory and cancer-fighting properties.  You can think of it as a natural aspirin or ibuprofen, reducing inflammation without stressing the liver and kidneys.  It’s particularly helpful in treating arthritis, IBS, Crohn’s disease, injuries and autoimmune diseases.

Benefits of Curcumin:

  • Promotes healthy skin
  • Supports eye health
  • Helps with healthy liver function
  • Boosts antioxidant protection against free radicals (Cellular Protection)
  • Builds the immune system
  • Promotes skeletal system and joint health
  • Supports the digestive and circulatory systems
  • Maintains the cardiovascular system and promotes healthy cholesterol
  • Aids in healthy female reproduction
  • Helps keep blood sugar levels in the normal range
  • Assists the neurological system’s response to stress

At Longevity, we’ve been recommending Curcumin to our patients for years, but right now our practitioners are particularly jazzed about a new product in our pharmacy, Theracurmin by Integrative Therapeutics.  Theracurmin is the first water dispersible curcumin, which means it dissolves instantly in the body, making it 27 times more bioavailable than standard curcumin.

Theracurmin protects against cancer, helps with pain due to overuse, and supports the body's natural detox process.

Theracurmin promotes healthy cells, helps with pain due to overuse, and supports the body’s natural detox process.

If you’re dealing with pain and inflammation, or you just want a really powerful antioxidant, Theracurmin could be just the supplement for you.  Call or stop by our pharmacy to learn more.

The Wonders of Apple Cider Vinegar

Post by Seneca Anderson, DOM, ND, L.Ac.

At Longevity,we talk a great deal with our patients about the importance of keeping an alkaline internal terrain.  As many health studies have proven, cancer cells and other toxins can only thrive in an acidic environment.  In addition to staying well hydrated and eating plenty of fresh produce, apple cider vinegar helps raise the pH of the body, thereby creating a more alkaline environment.

Historically used as a cleaning product, apple cider vinegar is produced by fermenting apples.  Hippocrates, considered the father of modern medicine, thought it useful for cleansing the body.  Paul Bragg, N.D., is credited with being the originator of health food stores.  An organic, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar is marketed under the Bragg name.

Pick this up at your local grocery or health food store!

Pick this up at your local grocery or health food store!

Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid, which, when ingested, leaves an alkaline ash in the body.  It has also been proven to help regulate blood sugar and assist with weight loss.   Most of what we eat creates an overly acidic terrain.  This includes meats, eggs, most grains, dairy products, sweets and processed foods.  That’s why we should load up on alkaline forming greens and eat a little apple cider vinegar every day.  It’s delicious in salad dressings and on roasted vegetables.  A healthful drink can be prepared by adding two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to eight ounces of purified water, and sweetening with organic honey, maple syrup, or stevia.

I encourage you to incorporate this simple health practice into your daily routine!