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Chemotherapy or Natural Remedies?

chemotherapyOnce upon a time, cancer was a rare disease that only impacted the unfortunate and unhealthy, and most people felt that cancer would never have the audacity to impact their own lives. But times have changed, and cancer will now touch one in three lives directly, and every single life indirectly. We all know someone who has fought cancer, and we all know people who have succumbed to cancer.

This startling change of pace has led cancer fighters to seek alternative cancer treatment options using herbs, supplements, and other holistic practices. The decision of many patients to turn down the option to treat manageable cancers with chemotherapy has caused immense controversy in the past 15 years and drawn great attention to the benefits of traditional versus natural cancer treatments. Continue reading “Chemotherapy or Natural Remedies?” »

Acupuncture for Animals is Becoming More Popular

acupuncture animalThe ancient Chinese culture has perhaps provided more valuable medical inspiration to our country than any other civilization. From essential oils to acupuncture, the American medical community is still in the process of realizing just how powerful holistic medicine can be for the body.

Acupuncture has become increasingly popular among humans, but now the ancient art is even being used on animals!

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This Cancer Surgeon is Turning to Holistic Medicine

elishaDr. Elisha Robinson-Asiso grew up with a father who never took her or her siblings to the doctor. Instead, her father used his training as an herbalist to treat all family illnesses with herbs and herbal remedies. Robinson-Asiso learned valuable lessons from her father, but still went on to pursue a career in traditional medicine. After attending University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford, she became a breast cancer surgeon.

However, Robinson-Asiso felt increasingly unfulfilled by the role she was able to play in her patients’ lives. “As I started treating patients, I noticed there were multiple facets to patients beyond just the breasts. I noticed a huge missing link, and that was the whole body component.” Continue reading “This Cancer Surgeon is Turning to Holistic Medicine” »

Laser Hair Reduction for Men and Women

laser hair removal 3There aren’t many people who could utter the phrase, “I love shaving everyday.” Shaving is seen as a necessary evil, something that must be done in order to maintain desirable and smooth skin, but who actually looks forward to the mundane process of shaving?

Some use waxing as an alternative, but it really isn’t a much better choice. Not only is waxing painful, but hair still grows back in just a few week’s time. Waxing will give you smooth legs for a weeklong trip to Mexico, but not much more. And forget about chemical foams and other store bought options that abuse your skin without doing much to get rid of hair. Those are nothing short of dangerous and useless. Continue reading “Laser Hair Reduction for Men and Women” »

The Different Types of Allergies that May be Causing You to Suffer

sick at workIt’s common to hear someone sniffle and sneeze and mutter, “Ugh, allergies,” but the term allergy is actually a broad umbrella term that encompasses a number of ways in which the body may be rejecting outside elements. In order to know exactly how to tackle your allergies, you first need to understand which type of allergies they might be.

Food Allergy

About 5 percent of the population suffers from a legitimate food allergy, while others are simply sensitive to certain foods. A true food allergy can develop at any age when the body’s immune system overreacts and identifies an otherwise safe food as a danger and stimulates a response to fight the “dangerous” food away. Continue reading “The Different Types of Allergies that May be Causing You to Suffer” »

The Best Essential Oils to Beat Allergies

essential oilsIt’s almost summer, which means congestion, itchy eyes, and sneezing are back. Before you run to the pharmacy for your typical allergy medication, consider the nasty side effects that can leave you feeling even worse than you did to begin with. Instead of buying a pharmaceutical drug, try essential oils to combat your allergies.

The Problem With Conventional Allergy Medication

You suffer from allergies because your body responds to certain allergens by creating chemicals called histamines. The histamines cause all of your common allergy symptoms like runny nose, watery eyes, itching, and hives. Since antihistamine medicines block the histamines from forming, they also stop allergy suffering. Continue reading “The Best Essential Oils to Beat Allergies” »

PRP Facial: Better Than a Facelift?

vampire facialIf you haven’t yet heard of the PRP facial, then now is the time to learn. More women (and men!) than ever are experiencing the power of PRP to transform the skin and wonder how they ever balanced a healthy skin regimen without it.

What is PRP?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is obtained from your very own blood, so it involves absolutely nothing artificial! Your doctor simply draws some of your blood, places it through a centrifuge, and is left with plasma that has a very high concentration of platelets in it. Platelets aren’t just valuable for clotting blood, but they also contain growth factors that stimulate the production of elastin, collagen, and hyaluronic acid in your skin. Continue reading “PRP Facial: Better Than a Facelift?” »

Seed Rotation for Hormone Balance

wellnessDid you know there are foods that have the power to boost your body’s own production of hormones? It may be surprising, but there are certain seeds that contain high amounts of lignans, vitamins, and minerals that help support hormone production and release. These seeds are flax, pumpkin, sesame, and sunflower seeds. Integrating these seeds at different times during the cycle is known as seed rotation and helps to support optimal hormone balance.

To understand the potential power of seed rotation, it is important to be familiar with the basics of the female menstrual cycle. Continue reading “Seed Rotation for Hormone Balance” »

PRP Could Change Your Life

eyesThe options for regenerative skincare have become so advanced in the last few years; there is hardly any skin problem that can’t be overcome with a bit of medical science and ingenuity! PRP, which stands for platelet-rich plasma, is one such example of a ground-breaking treatment available to rejuvenate the skin and help it overcome signs of aging.

Explaining Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)

Platelet-rich plasma is an injection that simply utilizes what is already in your body. Within your blood are a countless number of platelets that usually serve the purpose of clotting bleeding when it occurs. However, the platelets also contain vital growth proteins that are essential for the body to produce collagen, hyaluronic acid, and elastin. Those three components serve as the foundations of healthy, youthful skin, and without them the skin begins to sag, lose its contour, wrinkle, and look aged. Continue reading “PRP Could Change Your Life” »

How to Begin the Anti-Inflammatory Diet

balanced dietWhile inflammation is a healthy and natural response in the body, its chronic presence can cause major health problems. Inflammation is the body’s attempt to protect the body from damaged cells, irritants, and pathogens, all if which can lead to health problems.

In the beginning that inflammation is beneficial because it heals wounds and is a part of our natural immune system. However, continual and chronic inflammation instigates more inflammation in the body, leading to a dangerous domino effect that ends with pain and suffering.  More studies than ever prove that chronic inflammation is the root cause of serious conditions like heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease, so it is more important than ever to combat inflammation before it even begins. Continue reading “How to Begin the Anti-Inflammatory Diet” »