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Testing Our Spiritual Reflexes

Testing our spiritual reflexes     The economy and the news have created quite a stir in all of our lives this past year. I have spoken to so many people who are stressed and unhappy. My own life and the life of our center have been greatly … [Read more...]

Aging Gracefully

When we think of aging, it's typically with a sense of doubt, fear and uncertainty.  We're programmed to read and listen to almost anything that promotes "anti-aging".  But is this really what we want? We want to mature in a healthy, beautiful way. … [Read more...]

4 Tips for Achieving Clarity of Consciousness

I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since I released my first book, Holistic Medicine: Physical Health, Peace of Mind & Clarity of Consciousness. When I had the idea to write the book, I wanted people to understand something important: That … [Read more...]

Watermelon Cucumber Skewers

If you're looking for a fresh, fun alternative for a summer party appetizer, try these delicious skewers, made with watermelon, cucumber and feta cheese. Although these do have some dairy, they are gluten and sugar free, making for a healthy, yet … [Read more...]

Florentine Pizza with Zucchini Crust

This recipe is a fun take on an otherwise “cheat food.”  Make it your own and be creative! If you want to use a pre-made crust, go ahead. Pick your favorite cheeses and play around with toppings. Want pizza for breakfast? Just add … [Read more...]

Did you know sugar can lead to cancer?

We all know that eating too much sugar is bad for you, but did you know that sugar can actually lead to cancer? “Basically, sugar feeds cancer cells,” says Katie Bogaard, a naturopathic practitioner at the Center for Holistic Medicine. “People … [Read more...]

Top 5 Myths about Chiropractors

As someone who has been a chiropractor for more than 30 years, Dr. Randall Davis has heard almost every negative stereotypes possible when it comes to his profession. “After 30 years, I’ve heard them all,” Dr. Davis says. We asked Dr. Davis to … [Read more...]

Recipe: Two-Ingredient Banana Oatmeal ‘Cookies’

This recipe is perfect for a quick snack, healthy treat, or even as an on-the-go breakfast! The base of the cookie is simple: bananas and rolled oats. But the mix-in ideas are endless! Throw in a small handful of your favorite nuts or nut butter, … [Read more...]

Do These 7 Things To Relieve Hip and Knee Pain Without Medication

If you suffer from hip or knee pain, your first instinct may be to take an ibuprofen or an aspirin for relief. But it turns out that taking an anti-inflammatory drug may actually hurt more than it helps. In fact, Dr. Richard Bisceglie, a doctor of … [Read more...]

Natural Ways to Beat Infertility

Did you know that according to the CDC, one in eight couples in America are struggling to create a family? Today, infertility affects thousands of couples, and it can be a process that is both lonely and heartbreaking. Infertility is defined as … [Read more...]

How Taking a Hike Can Help with Anxiety

Are you feeling overwhelmed with work, relationships, and life? Go take a hike. Studies have shown that spending time in nature can not only help with depression and anxiety but also lower our blood pressure, reduce our risk of diabetes, heart … [Read more...]

5 Things You Can Do to Get Better Sleep

Sleep. It’s the one thing everyone wishes they had more of. According to a 2013 Gallup poll, more than 40 percent of Americans get less than seven hours of sleep a night. In fact, Americans only get an average of 6.8 hours a night, a full hour less … [Read more...]

5 Natural Ways to Treat Your Allergies

Spring is just around the corner, and that means sneezing isn’t far behind. As the trees start to blossom and the grass begins to grow, many people start suffering from nasal congestion, a runny nose, itchy, watery eyes, as well as fatigue and … [Read more...]

Meet Kathleen Chambers: Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner

Before Kathleen Chambers had kids, she often thought about becoming a midwife, helping mothers to bring their babies into the world in a healthy and natural way. After having kids, however, Chambers said waking up at 4 a.m. to help deliver babies … [Read more...]

Thermography: Early Screening for Breast Cancer

Hearing the news that you have breast cancer is never easy. But finding out when the cancer is at its very earliest stages can be a godsend, leading to much more positive outcomes. That’s why many people are turning to Thermography, a new, … [Read more...]

Move it or lose it! Exercise please .

Move it or lose it! Exercise please . Low back pain? Huge problem. The data still shows that a combination of exercise and education is the most effective way to lessen the chance of recurring low back pain. Do you know someone that is aging? … [Read more...]

One Mother’s Story

I know all about children with these sensitivities, as my son is one of them. Physically children are a blank slate. They hardly have muscle tone, their brains are still developing and their skin is softer than just about anything. But at around 3 … [Read more...]

The End of Antibiotics?

End of Antibiotics? Recently, in the Chicago Tribune, an article ran the headline "slow catastrophe"as golden age of antibiotics nears end" They stated that "disease-causing microbes have evolved to resist even the most potent meds." In the … [Read more...]

The Opioid Crisis and Alternative Medicine Options

Opioids are strong medications that are prescribed for pain. You might recognize some of the names of these drugs; morphine, Oxycodone, Percoset, Vicodin to name a few. Medical professionals are using these drugs as a way to ease patient’s pain, … [Read more...]

Do Anti-Depressants work for anxiety ? What is the Alternative?

"The effectiveness of second-generation anti-depressants to treat anxiety disorders has been over-estimated, according to a recent study in the online JAMA Psychiatry. In some cases, researchers warned, the drugs may be no more significantly useful … [Read more...]

Eat Butter!

That's the cover page headline in Time magazine, June 2012. The article by Bryan Walsh is a must read. Early in the article he states that by 1980 "The USDA issued guidelines.... to avoid cholesterol and fats of all sorts." The National Institutes … [Read more...]

“Hurray for Broccoli”

“Hurray for Broccoli” Indole-3-carbinol the enzyme found in the Brassica species of vegetables (Broccoli, Kale, Brussel Sprouts, Cauliflower, Collard Greens, Arugula) helps protect against breast cancer in three ways; It deactivates estrogen, so … [Read more...]

“Mindfulness Helps OCD”

In a study published through the National Center for Biotechnology Information, mindfulness-based intervention was found to decrease symptoms of OCD. The study included 8 group meetings teaching meditative breathing, body-scan, and mindful daily … [Read more...]

“Nuts” to You, I mean to your health!

 "Nuts" to You, I mean to your health! Did you know that a handful of nuts a day decreased "all cause mortality" by 20%! If you call someone a nut, you might be giving them a compliment. Nuts contain fiber, monounsaturated fats, vitamin … [Read more...]

Cheese Anyone?

  Cheese anyone? I was talking to Dr Bisceglie this week and we began discussing cheese. I showed him several allergy tests from patients and almost all had some allergy to dairy. I believe its the milk protein casein that is responsible. … [Read more...]

Happy 18th Anniversary Center for Holistic Medicine!

Congratulations Center for Holistic Medicine on our 18th year in Riverwoods/Deerfield, IL! We are proud to have a great selection of providers including md's, do's, chiropractic, natropathic, and a wealth of body workers. Looking forward to being … [Read more...]

Flaxseeds for Your Health by Katie Bogaard, ND

Flaxseeds have gotten a lot of attention recently as a superfood. I want to explain why these superfoods are so beneficial, specifically focusing how they help to prevent cancer. I will talk about what to look for in flaxseeds and show good ways to … [Read more...]

Vitamin D – More of Less?

There has been a lot of discussion lately about how much Vitamin D we should be taking. I’ve read opinions about how we should have anywhere from 30mg/ml to 90mg/ml. Initially it was “the more the better” but on the westinprice.org website, they make … [Read more...]

Saying Goodbye…..When?

I had a patient who appeared depressed. We decided that she was keeping her feelings inside. She was going to leave her dear ones and had not said goodbye. It became clear that the time to say goodbye actually... was before the time for leaving  … [Read more...]

Congress, Community and Blessings; A Lesson Here?

The House of Representatives is fighting with the Senate. They each have a different idea about how things should go. Why does it seem so difficult to work things out? What can we learn fro...m this? Yoga philosophy describes the 3rd chakra, the area … [Read more...]

Are You Absorbing Your Food?

I have had many patients sit down and tell me that they eat a lot and don't put on weight or they eat very little and still gain weight. I have had patients that are actually malnourished but eat a lot! There c...ould be many reasons for this...but I … [Read more...]

Congress, Community and Blessings; a Lesson here?

The House of Representatives is fighting with the Senate. They each have a different idea about how things should go. Why does it seem so difficult to work things out? What can we learn from this? Yoga philosophy describes the 3rd chakra, the area of … [Read more...]

Fish Lovers – the Good, Bad, but not the Ugly

Cold-water fish such as tuna, salmon, herring etc. are full of wonderful fats called omega 3 fatty acids. They are anti-inflammatory and there are also studies to show that they are cardio protective and may help prevent colorectal cancer. However, … [Read more...]

Understanding Chocolate

Do you like chocolate? If so, then you will be interested to know: Chocolate is great partly because of the flavonoid content. Flavinols are phytochemicals also found in red wine, fruits, vegetables and teas that help prevent death from … [Read more...]

Naprapathy In North Shore Uses Infrared Light therapy

Infrared Light therapy Infrared Light therapy has also been given the names LED therapy, infrared therapy, light therapy, phototherapy, and more recently photodynamic therapy (PDT) or Intense Pulsed Light therapy (IPL). A study done by the Mayo … [Read more...]

Cell Phone Fast? (As In Fasting!)

I asked a family friend recently how she thinks men in our community need to grow. She answered “not to be so attached and dependent on their technology and their phones.”   I think she’s right.  In today’s world we are always on our phones - … [Read more...]

Sleep Naturally

Many people are looking for natural products to help them sleep.  Recently, I learned a couple of interesting ideas that I want to pass along to you. Melatonin: Everyone has heard of it.  Did you know it might not be effective if taken at night?  … [Read more...]

Statins: Please Caution Your Loved Ones

Last weekend, I heard Dr. Brownstein speak about the problems with trying to lower cholesterol with statins.  He gave us information that showed very little benefit to these drugs along with a long side effect profile.  He stated that in one study, … [Read more...]

Biofeedback : Heart rate variability improves your health!

Ellie Wolf just presented an amazing lecture to our staff at the Center concerning her ability to use biofeedback equipment to measure the miliseconds that pass between heartbeats and how this affects our health. This brief interval of time is called … [Read more...]

PESTICIDES – ARE THEY GOOD FOR YOU?

A Recent study from Stanford University claims that Organic foods are no more nutritious for you than non-organic.  This is how the study has blitzed the media with incomplete reporting.  When truth be told, non-organic foods contain far more … [Read more...]

PSYCHIATRIC ILLNESSES MIGHT THEY ALL BE IN YOUR GUT, NOT YOUR HEAD?

PSYCHIATRIC ILLNESSES MIGHT THEY ALL BE IN YOUR GUT, NOT YOUR HEAD? The importance of your immune and gut health may have untold impact on your brain health. The vast array of “gut critters” can be thought of as a whole organ system. They have … [Read more...]

Folic Acid – Important New Realizations!

Folic Acid Folic Acid, also known as folate is a member of the Vitamin B Family, specifically B9. Folic acid is the form of B9 that is added to vitamin supplements and fortified foods, this is not the naturally occurring form identified as … [Read more...]

What is Feldenkrais?

What Is It? The Feldenkrais method is a form of “body education” that teaches students how to move their bodies more efficiently, improve coordination, expand range of motion, reduce stress on joints, and increase flexibility. The Feldenkrais … [Read more...]

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology An ancient art that is known to increase health, reduce pain and help diminish anxiety associated with cancer. When a certified reflexologist came to our Center, I was eager to try it out. Throughout my career I became aware that … [Read more...]

What is Art Therapy?

Art therapy is the therapeutic use of art making in a professional setting. Art therapy uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. It is based on the … [Read more...]

What is Chiropractic?

All health problems can be physical, chemical, or emotional in nature.  Most people understand how emotional stress can contribute or cause certain types of health problems.  Everyone knows when the chemistry of the body is not normal, you can … [Read more...]

What is MyoFascial Release?

The John F. Barnes Myofascial Release approach is a hands-on technique that provides sustained pressure into myofascial restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. Myofascial Release is safe, gentle, and consistently effective in producing … [Read more...]

What is Biofeedback?

Biofeedback is a a technique intended to teach patients self-regulation of certain physiologic processes  considered normally not to be under voluntary control. The technique involves giving feedback of different kinds of information not normally … [Read more...]

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture: Acupuncture is another powerful energy medicine. Traditional Acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese theories of the flow of energy called ‘Chi’ as it courses through the energy pathways called meridians. Meridians cover the body … [Read more...]

Vitamin D Update

  There has been a lot of discussion lately about how much vitamin D we should be taking. I’ve read opinions about how we should have anywhere from 30ng/ml to 90ng/ml. Initially it was "the more the better" but on the westinprice.org website, … [Read more...]

Yoga, good balance, and trying not to fall after menopause!

Which comes first, your hip fractures and you fall or you fall and then you fracture your hip? (G-d forbid)  Answer -It can happen both ways, especially if you have osteoporosis. We all know that the practice of yoga can help us create strength and … [Read more...]

Avoiding the Diabetes Epidemic: Fatty Chance!

They predict one of three people born today will develop adult onset diabetes! The other day on CNN I saw an article in which a researcher had used the glycemic index (G.I.) (a measurement of how a specific food becomes sugar in the bloodstream … [Read more...]