Friday, April 26, 2013

Book just released: Allergy Guide

This message just in from a fellow wellness practioner. I thought it might be a useful resource for many!
Dr. Connie

Allergy Guide hi resolution.jpgI am pleased to announce the release of my new book Allergy Guide: Alternative & Conventional Solutions. The paperback and e-book are now available on Amazon and are coming soon to most major online bookstores and e-bookstores; search for them using the book title in quotes (“Allergy Guide”) or the author name, or use the links provided at Following is a description of Allergy Guide: Alternative & Conventional Solutions by Elizabeth Smoots, MD.

The full spectrum of allergy solutions at your fingertips: From an integrative medicine expert, a reader-friendly guide to alternative and conventional treatments for allergies such as hay fever, asthma, sinus problems, eczema and food allergies. Packed full of health tips and resources for additional learning, Allergy Guide explores your options above and beyond medications to help you alleviate your symptoms and feel well again.

With easy-to-understand explanations about alternative and conventional approaches, this book empowers you to make health care decisions that can more effectively relieve your allergies. Allergy Guide provides you with the information you need to:
  • Know your options for alternative and complementary remedies for allergies and related conditions
  • Be familiar with the top conventional treatments for hay fever, asthma, sinus problems, food allergies and eczema
  • Utilize self care steps without leaving home to help alleviate allergy symptoms
  • Understand the underlying causes of allergies
  • Know what to expect during allergy diagnosis and testing
  • Prevent allergies from occurring in the first place or repeatedly coming back
What if someone would sit down with you to explain the alternative and conventional treatment options for your allergic condition and answer your questions? That is what Allergy Guide aims to do. With a copy in your hand (or on your screen), you will be better equipped to care for your condition, or know what questions to ask when you visit your health care provider.

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Monday, April 15, 2013

A bit of shameless self-promotion...

Did you know that I am a "Certified Wellness Provider" with the Foundation for Wellness Professionals? What this means is that our office is highly qualified to offer wellness workshops and screenings to employees of corporations, non-profit organizations, etc., in order that these employees will have less stress and better health. Numerous studies have shown that wellness programs lead to enhanced productivity and employee satisfaction, with a net gain for the company.  Not to mention that "ObamaCare" mandates such programs.

Some of our programs include:

  1. Stay Fit While You Sit (good for office workers)
  2. How To Avoid Musculoskeletal Injuries in the Workplace (best for people doing manual labor)
  3. Stress Relief
  4. Weight Loss
We need your help. If you know a business owner, office manager, or human resources decision-maker in an organization with at least 20 employees, please let us know so that we can find out whether our programs might be a good fit for them. We volunteer our time for these programs so there is no out-of-pocket expense for the organization. 

Chronic Neck Pain Is Associated with Taut and Tender Jaw Muscles

For the subjects in this study, those with mechanical chronic neck pain had more latent trigger points (taut and tender spots in the muscles indicating nerve irritation) in the chewing muscles and reduced jaw opening compared to healthy controls.

And for those of you with a fascination with the physiology of the nervous system:

The authors of the study stated that the spread of sensitization from the cervical spine to the trigeminal brain stem sensory nuclear complex could have been the cause of the trigger points.J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2012 Nov-Dec;35(9):678-84

Laser Therapy Improves Athletic Performance in Seniors

Please send all your athlete friends our way to give them the edge in their competitive pursuits!

Low level laser (LLLT) has demonstrated positive results in reducing fatigue during physical exercise. Twenty-four seniors were tested using an 808 nm laser over the quadriceps muscle. After active LLLT, subjects demonstrated significantly higher number of repetitions compared to controls. In this study, LLLT has now been shown in multiple studies to increase muscle and athletic performance. Lasers Med Sci. 2013 Jan 8.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Congratulations to Jon!

Jon has passed his third and final acupuncture board exam, and will soon be a licensed acupuncturist! We are excited and honored that he will soon offer his expanded services in our office!