Monthly Archives: July 2015

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

By Alice Honican, L.Ac.

Alice Honican, L.Ac.

Acupuncture can be an effective therapy for many different health issues. The main objectives are to relieve pain and other symptoms, strengthen the immune system, and allow for the free flow of energy to all the body’s organs and systems. Most people do not like needles. Fear of pain from acupuncture needles is one of the most common reasons people do not try Acupuncture. However, Acupuncture usually does not hurt. At Longevity Health Center, our Acupuncturists use extra thin, Japanese style needles. The needle is inserted into a guide tube, then the guide tube is pressed against the Acupuncture point to desensitize the area before the needle is tapped in. Without the guide tube, the needle would feel sharp. Even thought the needle produces little to no pain there can be a sensation. This is a good thing as the “qi” or energy of the meridian is being activated. The qi sensation can be described as “heavy” or “achy.” We can even perform needle-less acupuncture for children by stimulated acupuncture points using a micro-current device. Do not let fear of needles keep you from trying this effective therapy!

Read more about Acupuncture here.

Get Your Child’s Immune System Back-To-School Ready

Year-Round Staples for Children’s Health
Let’s face it: Most kids’s diets are less than stellar.  Between poor-quality cafeteria food, class celebrations and birthday parties, they’re getting way too much sugar, dyes, additives, hydrogenated oils, and the list goes on.  Keeping them on these staples will help fill in the gaps of their diet and keep them healthy and sharp all year long.

Whole Food Multivitamin/Antioxidant
You might already be giving your child a multivitamin to make sure he or she gets all the necessary nutrients.  The problem with Flintstone Gummies and other brands you might see in the grocery store is that they are synthetic and very difficult for our bodies to absorb.  That’s why a whole food multi is a better option.  They often come in a liquid or chewable form for children.  Our bodies can recognize and use them because they are real food, not some concoction created in a lab.  Even if your child’s diet is packed with organic fruits and veggies, a whole food multi can provide added benefit.  Since our air is so polluted and our soil so depleted, our food supply is about ten times less nutritious than it was just 100 years ago.  In addition to feeding our kids as whole and healthy as we can, we should supplement with a high-quality whole food multivitamin.

Pick a brand that contains added antioxidants.  Free radicals are electrically charged ions or molecules that have an unpaired electron in their outer shell.  This makes them unstable and very destructive to nearby molecules.  Free radical damage can lead to cancer, bone, joint and tissue deterioration, premature aging, organ decline and immune dysfunction.  Antioxidants like Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Selenium and Beta-Carotene combine with and deactivate free radicals.  We can get antioxidants by eating lots of fresh fruits and veggies (Think green veggies like spinach, broccoli and kale and fruits like berries.).  Once again due to the depletion of our soil, it’s also necessary to supplement with an antioxidant.  We need all the help we can get to combat free radical damage.

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Probiotic
Believe it or not, your child’s digestive tract contains about 400 different types of bacteria that promote a healthy digestive system by reducing the growth of harmful bacteria and yeast.   Since Americans are eating so many processed foods and taking so many antibiotics these days, we’re lacking in beneficial bacteria.  That’s why it’s important that we support our digestive systems by eating foods high in probiotics and taking a probiotic supplement from an early age (This is especially important if the child was born by c-section and/or they were not breastfed..).  Many children experience positive improvements in their digestive and immune function when they start taking a probiotic on a regular basis!

Omega-3 Fatty Acids
It’s so important children get quality fats in their diets.  With a quality fish oil supplement, they get all the benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids (healthy levels of cholesterol, heart, brain, joint and skin health) from fresh fish, without potential exposure to mercury and other heavy metals.  You can also get essential fatty acids into them using vegetarian oil sources such as walnuts, flax seeds, hemp hearts and evening primrose oil.  The classic American diet and average school cafeteria lunch is devoid of Omega-3s, so once again it’s important that children receive a supplement.

Cold and Flu Season Staples
You can boost your child’s immune system by adding in these supplements around the time daylight savings ends and keeping your kids on them until the Spring.

 Vitamin D3
Among its many benefits, D3 activates the immune system to defend against invading microorganisms.  We get this fat-soluble nutrient through sun exposure, but during the dreary winter months, it’s often necessary to get it through supplementation (Approximately 85% of Americans are deficient!).  As a general rule, an adult of average weight should ingest at least 5,000 international units of supplemental D3 a day, and children should take a daily dose of 1,000 international units per every 25 pounds of body weight.  This varies depending on the season, where you live, age, skin tone, etc.  You may think your child is getting enough D3 from his multi-vitamin, but that’s really just a small sample compared to what we need each day for a healthy immune system.

Colostrum
Our body’s immune system defends against infection and illness by releasing immunoglobulin, or antibodies.  We ingest many germs throughout the day, and they end up in the 400 sq. ft. of GI tract surface area where immunoglobulin works to neutralize them.  Unfortunately, many of our bodies don’t release enough immunoglobulin due to stress, poor foods and toxins, so we’re unable to fight against illness.  This is when it may become necessary to take these antibodies in the form of a supplement.

Bovine colostrum is a natural whole food that provides a rich source of IgG and PRPs (Proline-Rich Polypeptides). It also supplies protein, immune factors, growth factors, vitamins and minerals to ensure health and vitality naturally.  Numerous scientific studies have shown that colostrum supports the human immune system. Bovine colostrum is 40 times richer in immune factors than human colostrum and is biologically transferable to humans.

ImmunoG PRP is a pure bovine colostrum and is collected within the first 16 hours after birthing.  A key feature of ImmunoG PRP is that it is specifically processed to retain high amounts of PRPs. PRPs are tiny information carrying proteins with amazing adaptability. In times of intense physical stress, they enhance immune activity.  Many colostrum products are produced in a way that they lose these very important PRPs. This formula is low heat processed for maximum biological activity and is hormone, antibiotic and rBST free.

This is our favorite immunoglobulin product because it's all natural and it goes to work immediately to neutralize germs. It comes in capsule or powder form.

This is our favorite colostrum product because it’s all natural and it goes to work immediately to neutralize germs. It comes in capsule, powder, spray and cherry chewable form. 

Vitamin C
Also known as ascorbic acid, Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin and a powerful antioxidant.  Humans don’t have the ability to make their own C, so we must get it from our foods (Think fruits and veggies!).  Vitamin C stimulates both the production and function of white blood cells, which attack foreign bacteria and viruses, and it protects the integrity of our cells.  Vitamin C is affordable, easy to find and it comes in all kinds of forms (chewables, powders, capsules, etc.).

Longevity Proudly Welcomes Two New Practitioners

Dear Longevity Patients,

We regret to announce that Sarah White, our Massage Therapist and FSM/Lymph Therapy Practitioner, is leaving Longevity Health Center.  After nine years of service at our center, Sarah is moving on to continue her education and pursue other career opportunities.  We hope you’ll join us in wishing Sarah all the best in her future endeavors.

We are excited to announce the addition of two new practitioners.

Nancy Robinson, LMT

Nancy is a 1997 graduate of the Canadian college of Massage and Hydrotherapy.  She is licensed by the state of George and is nationally certified.  She is also a member of the American Massage Therapy Association.  With a compassionate disposition and a sincere care for clients’ well-being, Nancy has experience treating a wide variety of clientele.  She uses deep tissue, neuromuscular therapy and Swedish massage.  Some of her specialties include conditions such as chronic tension and pain, low back strain, tension headaches, migraines, stress, pregnancy, motor vehicle accident injuries, repetitive strain and shoulder injuries.  Originally from Canada, Nancy now lives in Marietta with her husband and two Yorkies.

Nancy Robinson

Kate Schenk, DPT

Kate Schenk graduated in 2000 with a Master of Physical Therapy                                                        degree and completed her Doctorate in 2005 – both from the   University of Nebraska Medical Center.  Over the past 15 years she has worked in many different settings with patients from newborn to 100+ years old.  Kate has always been fascinated with the amazing machine that is the human body and its innate ability to regenerate and heal itself with even just a little focus and care.  She has participated in a variety of continuing education and trainings, expanding her knowledge of caring for and detoxifying the body to allow it to function at its maximum capacity – including being certified as a Colon Hydrotherapist in 2012.  Kate is excited to be joining the team at Longevity and to continue learning and growing as a practitioner, working to offer freedom from pain and illness by working with the body’s natural wisdom and rhythms.

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Please join us in welcoming these two caring and gifted practitioners. Their services will be offered Monday-Friday, with some evening hours available. Call us at 770-642-4646 to make an appointment.