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Holistic Medicine Therapy

Holistic Medicine

Holistic Medicine

Holistic Medicine encompasses a wide array of natural and functional therapies that can bring the body back to a balanced state, free of disease. These therapies can be used alone or, even more powerfully, together.

Oriental Medicine employs many of these Holistic Medical Therapies to address all aspects of what it means to be human…..physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.  For the fastest return to health, these therapies are meant to be used together.  The most common include:

1. Nutrition Therapy in the form of Food and Herbal Medicine.

2. Acupuncture

3. Mudpacks and Poultices

4. Meditation, Physical Exercise, Stress Reduction

 

Nutrition Therapy:

We are what we eat.  This is the most true statement when it comes to the discernment we should be practicing regarding what we put into our bodies.  Our current food system is not even close to being capable of maintaining healthy bodies and minds.  Chemicals, GMO’s, processed foods, fast foods, sugars, low fat diets, unhealthy oils, and nutrient deficient foods are the mainstay of the American diet. Is it any wonder that chronic, degenerative disease now affects over 55% of all Americans?  A return to nutrient dense, locally and sustainably farmed, organic and heirloom food sources is key to a return to health. We should not have to depend on supplements as a ‘stop gap’ to support our wellbeing.  However, until our food sources return to ‘health’ we can utilize whole food source herbs and nutrients to correct deficiencies and damage done by years of poor diet and lifestyle choices.

Acupuncture:

A stagnation in the flow of ‘Qi’ or Energy in the body results in illness.  Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to bring balance back to a body, mind or spirit.  The laws of physics and physiology explain how acupuncture works.  Stimulating points along electrical pathways called ‘meridians’ causes changes to the rate of oscillation of water clusters in the body, and induces the release of chemicals and nutrients that lead to systemic healing of the body.  Acupuncture can be used for pain relief, mood and energy, hormone balance, stress, addictions and many other illnesses.  Acupuncture is actually a small part of Oriental Medicine, comprising about 20%.  For best results, acupuncture is used along with herbal medicine, diet and lifestyle changes.

Mudpacks and Poultices:

Medicinal Poultices and Packs clear stagnation to facilitate healing.  Mudpacks act in a similar fashion as acupuncture in clearing blocked meridian pathways, but without the needles.  Mudpacks can be used to heal old trauma sites, surgery scars, broken bones, piercings and tattoos that have caused blockages in the meridian system.  They can also be used to detox specific organs and glands and restore the optimal uptake of nutrients, supporting whole body healing.  Testing is done to determine the site of the blockages as well as the organs and glands that are negatively affected by them. Therapy can be completed in office or at home.

Meditation, Physical Exercise & Stress Reduction:

Mental, emotional and physical stagnation leads to illness and decay. Modern, fast paced life with all the distractions of phones, television, drama, chaos, social networking, and other modern technology can keep us disconnected from our souls.  We may find ourselves stressed, exhausted, immobilized, sleepless, depressed and anxious.  Nourishing the connection with our souls strengthens our overall wellness. Taking time to meditate, pray, use breathing or visualization exercises, spending time in nature and physical exercise are ways to stay connected, increase our awareness of our soul’s needs and strengthen our intuition. This connection keeps us balanced in an often unbalanced world. Keeping a balance of ‘head’ and ‘heart’ allows us to make better decisions for ourselves, keeps us safe, healthy and happy.

There are many Holistic Therapies available to support and heal every aspect of being.  Instead of reaching for something to ‘mask’ the symptoms of illness, reach for something that will bring awareness to the root cause of illness.  All true healing must begin at the cause or the source……and not the effect or the symptom.  Therefore, illness is an option, not a requirement……we just have to set our sights in the right direction, and take the appropriate actions.  Healing is available for everyone.

 

Full testing and protocol supervision for chronic and degenerative diseases are offered at the office. For more information, please call: 407-328-6711 or visit Dr. Veon’s website:

www.cfpreventivemedicine.com

 

Detoxify Your Detox Organs for Better Health

Detoxify

Detoxify

Many health problems begin when our main organs responsible for whole body detoxification fail to function at optimal levels.  Simple steps to detect low functioning organs and optimize their performance through natural therapies can reverse many common health issues.

There are three main organ systems that are responsible for detoxification.

1. Kidneys

2. Liver

3. Intestines

When these systems are not functioning properly, the body is unable to fully release toxins on a day to day basis, and various health issues can follow.

Examples of low functioning detox organs:

When the Kidneys are not functioning properly, a person can experience fatigue, dizziness (high or low blood pressure), restless legs, weak bones and teeth, swelling and edema in lower extremities, skin rashes, shortness of breath and heart palpitations.

When the Liver is overloaded with toxins and not functioning well, a person can experience hormonal imbalances, PMS, difficult menopause, infertility, allergies, auto-immune disorders, mood and memory problems, digestive disorders, thyroid disorders, acne, hair, skin and muscle disorders, and blood pressure problems.

When the Intestines are damaged and not functioning well, a person can experience skin disorders (including severe acne, psoriasis, rashes), digestive disorders, auto-immune disorders, allergies, bone and joint pain, low immune function, mood and memory problems, anxiety, dental issues, and insomnia.

So, as you can see, taking time to detoxify and nourish your main detoxification organs can alleviate many illnesses.  I primarily use muscle testing in the office as a way to accurately assess organ and gland function at the time of the visit. Nutrients are then prescribed for 30 days at a therapeutic level to detoxify and support natural organ and gland function.  After 30 days a person will return for another session to reassess the function of the organ and gland systems to determine if further support is needed, or if the next set of imbalances is ready to be addressed.  Detoxifying the detox organs can take as little as 30 days, or 4 to 5 months depending on the severity of the imbalances and the length of time the illness has been presenting.

After the main detox organs are healed and functioning optimally, any remaining imbalances can be addressed.  Reversing illness is as simple as detoxing and nourishing the entire body, one organ system at a time.  The body has the innate ability to heal itself. We must provide the environment to allow it to do what it does best.

 Full testing and protocol supervision for chronic and degenerative diseases are offered at the office. For more information, please call: 407-328-6711 or visit Dr. Veon’s website: www.CFPreventiveMedicine.com

 

Six Steps to Healthy Weight Loss

Weight Loss

Weight Loss

Weight loss is a HUGE industry. There is no shortage of fad, quick fix diet programs that promise success, but often only leave your wallet or pocketbook a little lighter. Stop following fad diets. Period. They just don’t work. Successful and permanent weight loss begins with common sense and a true understanding of how the body and mind really work. Here are six steps to healthy weight loss that will get you on your way to true health.

#1: Ditch the Bad Carbs and Sugar. Refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup, wheat products, breads, pasta, processed and pre-packaged foods… are usually full of molecular structures that are detrimental to maintaining healthy insulin, glucose and leptin levels. These nutritionally ’empty’ calories fuel inflammation and pain in the body, promote scarring of the liver, increase accumulation of visceral fat, and create imbalances in the metabolic hormones, insulin and leptin. Insulin and leptin resistance is sharply on the rise and promotes weight gain and obesity, as well as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and hormonal imbalances. Bad carbs and sugars are very addictive! Because these substances cause changes in brain chemistry and the body’s ability to feel full or a sense of ‘satiety’, people often have very real withdrawal symptoms of anxiety, irritability, fatigue, depression, etc. when trying to eliminate them from the diet. These symptoms are generally short-lived and can be remedied by eating more fat and protein along with low carb vegetables for a few weeks. Avoiding carbs and sugars for a few weeks also ‘re-sets’ the pancreas and can begin to normalize insulin and leptin sensitivity. Eating ‘whole wheat’ products should also be avoided as the genetic structure of modern wheat species has been modified to a ‘hexaploid’ species so that it is very difficult to digest and utilize. Switching to ancient or ‘diploid’ wheat species such as ‘Einkorn’ will often reduce symptoms that mimic gluten sensitivity. Ancient wheat species are much easier to digest and don’t generally cause weight gain, bloating, allergies, brain fog, celiac, etc.

#2: Support Healthy Sleep Patterns. The body needs at least 5 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night to maintain healthy adrenal function. Prolonged adrenal stress causes chronic magnesium deficiency, which leads to poor sleep, which leads to more adrenal stress, which leads to hormonal imbalances, more weight gain, increased cravings for sugar and carbs, which leads to more weight gain, which leads to poor sleep which leads to… I think you get the picture! Healthy sleep habits are a cornerstone of overall health. If you have bad sleep habits you can change them. It may take a few months but it is critical to your physical and emotional health to make it a priority. Introduce healthy sleep choices every day and they will become healthy sleep habits that come naturally.

~ Go to bed at the same time every night

~ Make sure your bedroom is dark and quiet

~ Avoid anything that will over-activate your mind and block serotonin production before bed (TV, computer, phone, iPad, stressful situations, work projects, etc.)

~ Avoid high fat or high carb meals after 7pm. A small amount of protein and carbs before bed can help promote sleep. Fermented dairy products like Kefir are a good choice. Tart cherry juice can also be helpful as it is a natural source of melatonin.

~ If pets are disruptive during the night, they need to sleep outside your bedroom.

~ Use aromatherapy essential oils before bed: lavender, sandalwood, mandarin, chamomile, and neroli are all good scents for inducing relaxation and sleep. Place a small amount on the back of the neck and just under the navel for best results.

~ Take a warm bath before bed. You may add epsom salts or essential oils to relax muscles and calm the mind.

#3: Eat Fat. One of the greatest hoaxes of our modern society is the perpetuation of the idea that low fat diets are healthy and help you lose weight. Low fat diets are not healthy. Period. Fat, including saturated fat, is absolutely essential for healthy brain function, cellular structure and strength, appetite satiety, hormone balance, and cardiovascular and overall metabolic health. Fat does not cause heart disease… sugar, chemicals high carb and processed foods do. It is the sugar and high carb intake that causes inflammation, pain, high cholesterol, insulin and leptin resistance, obesity, and a vast list of other ‘chronic’ illnesses that are so prevalent in our society today. Healthy fats include:

~ Extra Virgin Coconut Oil: medium chain lipid that is easily used for energy and does not readily store as fat. Also a good source of lauric acid with natural antimicrobial properties. Coconut oil has a high heat point and does not go rancid very easily which makes it a great choice for cooking and baking.

~ Grass Fed Butter: short chain lipid. Grass-fed variety contains high omega 3’s, vitamin A, Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA), and vitamin K2 for cardiovascular health.

~ Lard: 50% monounsaturated / 40% saturated fat. Excellent source of vitamin D3 when obtained from free-roaming, pasture raised pigs.

~ Tallow: 55% saturated / 40% monounsaturated fat. Good source of palmitoleic acid, tocopherol and has natural antimicrobial qualities.

~ Extra Virgin Olive Oil: High in oleic acids and a good source of antioxidants. Use on salads. Avoid using for cooking as it breaks down and becomes carcinogenic with medium to high heat.

~ Peanut Oil: superior cooking and frying oil.

~ Palm Oil: excellent oil for baking. Good source of beta carotene and vitamin E.

~ Sesame Oil: cold pressed oils are best. High oxidative stability; good for frying.

Fats and Oils to Avoid include: Soy, Canola, Corn, Grapeseed, Cottonseed, Hemp, and all margarines, spreads and partially hydrogenated vegetable shortenings. These are inferior lipid sources that are either hepatotoxic (liver toxic), rancid easily, and do not support the production of healthy cell membranes.

#4: Detox. Avoid chemicals in food, water and anything that you would put on or in the body. Chemicals and heavy metals will often attach to organ and gland receptor sites, blocking absorption of key nutrients. Toxic halogens such as fluoride, chloride and bromide are very common in our water and food and are harmful to the thyroid and pineal gland. Toxic halogens are of the same molecular weight as Iodine, a halogen necessary for proper thyroid function, and accumulate on receptor sites at the thyroid gland, blocking absorption of Iodine.

Another group of toxins called xeno-estrogens often cause hormonal imbalances that can not only make weight loss difficult, but increase the risk of certain types of cancers. Xeno-estrogens are extremely powerful ‘estrogen mimickers’ and block the absorption of natural estrogens necessary for hormone balance and reproductive health. Estrogen mimickers are widely found in our food and water supply, in household cleaners and personal care products like lotions, detergents and makeup.

Heavy metals such as nickel, aluminum, and mercury accumulate in our bodies through our dental work as either white ‘composite’ or silver ‘amalgam’ fillings. These metals often ‘bleed’ over time and suppress the parathyroid and thyroid function.

Radiation exposure is very common through repeated exposure to x-ray or CT scan procedures and new ‘backscatter’ x-ray devices at most airports. Even low levels of radiation build up in the sensitive organ and gland tissues and can cause powerful disruptions in their function.

Other toxins include parasites, and hidden infections in the form of ‘bio-films’, nano-bacteria, and mycoplasmic infections are very common and can disrupt normal function of all organs and glands in the body.

Simply put, toxins must be removed in order for organs and glands to function properly.

Prior to any detoxification program, is important that the kidneys and liver are clean and efficient, and the digestion and ‘gut’ system are healthy. Time must be taken to support and cleanse all detox organs before attempting to dislodge chemicals, infections and other toxins from their resting sites. The body’s pH must be in an alkaline state in order to detox properly.  Taking the pH of the first morning urine is the best way to accurately determine the pH levels of the blood and tissues.  Optimal pH is between 6.4 and 7.0.  Skipping these steps can slow progress and cause more harm than good.

Many toxins are stored in the fat cells. As fat cells shrink, the toxins stored in the fat are released into the blood stream to be filtered by the liver. Supporting healthy organ function reduces any ‘detox’ effects of fat loss.

Be sure to stay properly hydrated during any detox program. The minimum intake for a healthy individual is half your body weight in ounces of water per day. More may be needed during a detox program to keep the lymph system moving properly. Purified water is best. Avoid sodas (especially diet sodas), energy drinks, and anything artificially sweetened as these fluid choices often lead to more weight gain in the long run. Fruit juices should be avoided all together if there is a metabolic issue such as insulin or leptin resistance.

#5: Let Go of Destructive Thought Patterns. Even beyond the 4 basic emotional concepts of not being able to:

~ be healthy

~ do whatever it takes to be healthy

~ love self

~ be loved by others…

there are many other destructive thought patterns that can sabotage any weight loss or fitness program. Some of these concepts that may test ‘strong’ or ‘true’ at the subconscious level are:

~ If I lose weight, then I’m afraid I will gain it back…

~ If I lose weight, then my face will look older…

~ If I lose weight, then I’ll have to exercise, and I hate exercise…

~ If I lose weight, then I may have to stand up for myself…

~ If I lose weight, then I might find out I’m not any happier…

~ If I lose weight, then I won’t have the power of a big presence…

~ If I lose weight, then I won’t have the fat as a protection from others…

~ If I lose weight, then I might be too attractive and attract the wrong person and that scares me…

It is important that any destructive belief based in fear is acknowledged and released or ‘processed’. Often, people are unaware of any such deeply held fear or belief. ERT is very useful tool in identifying the thought pattern or belief so it can be acknowledged and released. EVOX Perception Reframing Therapy is very effective at releasing unhealthy subconscious beliefs. Once the negative thought patterns are released, acts of self-care and self-love come naturally. Losing weight, eating health, exercising, and healthy life choices become effortless and do not need a lot of thought to achieve.

#6: Exercise. Keep moving. Exercise boosts mood, promotes blood and lymph flow, healthy sleep / wake cycles and regulates metabolism to lose weight and maintain a healthy weight. Be sure to find a variety of activities you enjoy so there is a low risk of boredom. Walking is a great form of exercise. Walking in nature is simple, requires little effort, and gives the mind a break from work or hectic schedules.

Exercise should be fun. If it’s not fun… then that’s a good sign that there might be a destructive subconscious belief at work… refer to #5.

Life is really all about choices. We get to create our lives and our health based on the choices we make each day. Choose to love yourself, forgive others, and create space for the life you want by letting go of what you don’t want. Energetically, anything that is dysfunctional or destructive takes up space… space that something functional and ‘life-giving or life-enhancing’ could be inhabiting if you would just let go of the dysfunction. Be open to learning the ‘lessons’ the dysfunction or chaos is trying to teach you, and then let go of the chaos by making changes in your life. There’s something better waiting for you if you will make that choice. Lessons always repeat themselves until you learn and change. It is actually YOU who holds all the power to creating the life you want!

For more information, please visit Dr. Veon’s website: www.cfpreventivemedicine.com

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Cation Mud Therapy for Pain Relief

Cation Mud Therapy

Cation Mud Therapy

Chronic and acute pain are common health issues facing many people in our society. Underlying issues such as lack of nutrient dense foods, chemical exposure, hidden infections, inflammation, poor digestion and low pH levels are often the root causes of pain. Supplements, acupuncture, and other physical therapies are often helpful, but what if we can take simple steps to make sure that al these therapies work better?

The ancients knew of the healing powers that herbs, clay, and volcanic muds offered in healing injuries, wounds and other traumas.  This wisdom has been passed down through time and cultures to relieve pain and chronic illnesses.  Specifically, cation mud therapy is still used today to alleviate pain and clear stagnant energy channels within the body.

What is Cation Mud?

Cation mud is often a mixture of detoxifying herbs, volcanic and kaolin clays, zeolite minerals, peat magma, and shilajit.  The mud’s ionic charged properties make it an excellent means of promoting the release of toxins locked within the body’s cells.  Most notable in clinical is pain relief, which is often instant and long lasting.  The placement of the mud is key to achieving good results.  When I see a patient with stubborn or chronic pain that has seemingly no explanation, I look for old injuries, scars, tatoos, broken bones or sprains on other parts of the body that may be ‘refelxing’ to the painful site.  Often, these old traumas are causing a blockage in the flow of energy through the body’s meridian system.  Cation mudpacks can be used in much the same way as acupuncture for the treatment of pain, and it is totally non-invasive and painless.  Acupuncture is a tool that is used to restore normal energy flow in the body’s meridian system, but often several sessions are needed to obtain full healing. In comparison, cation mudpacks can offer pain relief in just one or two sessions.

Examples of pain relief from cation mudpack therapy include:

~ Chronic back pain relieved by applying mud to an old ankle injury site

~ Knee pain alleviated by applying mud to surgery scar on toe

~ Neck stiffness diappears after applying mud to a vaccination and vitamin B12 injection site

~ Hip pain stops after application of mud to old injury on the shin area

Cation mudpacks also benefit the body by allowing nutrients to be better utilized at the organ and gland cellular level. Organs or glands that previously needed constant support with nutritional supplements or medications can heal more quickly with lower dosages of live, whole food source nutrients.  it is always important to avoid synthetic supplements, and instead use the far superior form of nutrients in their natural, whole food source in supplement form.  Synthetic nutrients do not provide the correct molecular structure to promote tissue regeneration and healing.

Examples of organ / gland restoration include:

~ Heart palpitations and anxiety subside after applying mud to old ankle sprain injury

~ Liver function restored after mudpacking old whiplash injury

~ Thyroid function restored after applying mud to umbilical scar

~ Lymph function improves after applying mud to C-section scar, alleviating swollen legs.

Cation mud therapy has a wide range of applications that are essential to whole body healing. Testing for proper site application of mud can be performed at the office and mudpacks can then be completed within an hour or two. Many people report instant and lasting pain relief along with faster healing of chronic health issues.  Cation mud therapy is an important and powerful healing tool that should be used as a part of any healing program.

For more information please call the office at: 407-328-6711 or visit Dr. Veon’s website at www.cfpreventivemedicine.com