Category Archives: HEALING

Curious About Health Deficiencies? This Is Where I Go For Nutrient Tests

January 18, 2021

If you’re feeling like it’s time to get really REAL with what’s going on – inside – then I can’t recommend  Proactive Health Labs (pH)  enough.

Founded by veteran and health expert, Joy Stephenson-Laws, Proactive Health Labs (pH) is where I landed (in Sherman Oaks) to get fully tested. After one session, (blood draw and questions with the doctor) they whipped up an extensive report to identify my unique markers. Everything is so, so, so detailed and extensive – we assessed my body’s need for antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and digestive support. After my session and follow up I felt totally empowered with the information to tailor my diet and lifestyle to exactly what my body needs to function at its best.

What I love about this is how specific and streamlined this process is. Do you ever wonder if maybe you’re wasting money on stuff you don’t even need? And you’re taking it because it’s trending or read that it’s “good for you” ?  My suggestion is stop wasting money and time – find out exactly what you need and call it a day.

It’s time to definitively find out what your body needs, and tailor your diet and lifestyle accordingly. That’s what a nutrient test offers. For instance, you can find out if you have a deficiency in vitamin D– a key vitamin that helps build your immune system.

And now with COVID, a tailored regime is more important than ever.

Infectious diseases expert Dr. Anthony Fauci touted vitamins C and D as ways that might generally boost the immune system. “If you’re deficient in vitamin D,” he noted, “that does have an impact on your susceptibility to infection. I would not mind recommending, and I do it myself, taking vitamin D supplements.”

pH Labs’ is a national nonprofit health information organization with a diverse team of health care professionals who are experts in making complex health and health-related topics easy-to-understand and easy for your audience to apply to their daily lives.  In addition to founding pH Labs and several decades as a top healthcare attorney, Joy is also the co-author of the book, Minerals.

They were Covid protocol up the ying-yang. Clean. Safe. Lovely.

Here’s a peek at what’s going on with me! The full printout is over 21 pages!

  1.  Take an Alpha Lipoic Acid supplement ( Metagenics has one named Meta Lipoate).  It will help glucose metabolism.
  2. Take a B Complex for your B vitamin deficiencies OR a multivitamin.  Metagenics has a Phytomultivitamin which is plant based if you prefer one.  As discussed it will help with any neurological and psychological symptoms including mood disorders.
  3.  Take and extra Magnesium in the form of Chelate or Bisglycinate or the one in Lyposphere is also a good type.  Others may cause diarrhea.  The above may help you sleep better too.
  4. Take a probiotic from Metagenics.  Ultraflora Spectrum may be good for you.  You may take other brands if you desire.
  5. Take a digestive enzyme of any kind but again, Metagenics has one called Spectrazyme.
  6. You may take Milk Thistle or Chlorella or Glutathione for detoxing your elevated tin.  You can take this for three months to six.

 

Joy Stephenson-Laws is the founder of Proactive Health Labs (www.phlabs.org), a national 501c3 nonprofit health information company that provides education and tools needed to achieve optimal health. In addition to her day-to-day leadership role with pH Labs, Ms. Stephenson-Laws is also the founding and managing partner of Stephenson, Acquisto & Colman (SAC), the health care industry’s premier litigation law firm established in 1989.  Her most recent book is Minerals – The Forgotten Nutrient: Your Secret Weapon for Getting and Staying Healthy, available through Amazon, iTunes and bookstores.

Proactive Health Labs has been awarded a Platinum Seal Of Transparency by Guidestar, the world’s leading source of non-profit information. Click here to view our profile on Guidestar.

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The Effects of Stress On The Body From An Integrative Medicine Doctor

January 6, 2021

Consider the facts: most of the world’s population is under some form of stress right now. Standing between a collective standstill and a cultural revolution, no one person can predict whether we’ll ever go back to how things were, or if we even want to. It’s under these unprecedented times that our bodies are undergoing unprecedented stress.

Stress can look like different reactions. And during a pandemic, our bodies’ normal responses to stress might look a bit different. From a doctor’s perspective, stress can cause the body to constantly live in fight-or-flight mode, meaning the sympathetic nervous system goes into overdrive. This response essentially short-circuits the brain, rendering the body tense, uncomfortable, and unable to perform daily vital functions with ease. And at times when the sympathetic nervous system has finally exhausted itself, we fall into a deep period of depression and fatigue. It’s a vicious cycle that many can relate to yet few have been able to fix.

What does stress look like from the outside? For one, it can lead to weight gain thanks to the dysregulation of your adrenal glands. Another physical manifestation of stress is premature aging through a variety of different hormonal imbalances. Calling stress “the silent killer” isn’t an exaggeration. Not only can it contribute to an increased risk of heart attack (which is one of the leading causes of death in both men and women in America), but it depletes your immune system, rendering it unable to adequately protect you from outside attacks from viruses and bacteria, leaving you susceptible to a host of even more problems.

Stress can come in many forms, and one form can always lead into the next, be it physical, or environmental. By identifying what stress looks like in your own body, then you can take the first steps to thwart its negative effects and being prepared for any type of stressful situation.

Simple tools to both identify and fight stress:

When things get out of hand, try to bring your focus to your breath, even just for a few minutes. An easy way to do this by simply counting your breath for 1 minute. Then move to 5 minutes, then 10. Slowly, you can build up your practice and discover other forms of breathwork that are more advanced. This is often the saving grace for people under any sort of strain, especially in moments of high-stress.

Animal therapy is a powerful tool, and one that I am a strong proponent of. I believe that humans need more animal interaction, always. If adopting a dog or cat isn’t in your abilities, then find some friends with pets and ask to spend more time with them, or reach out to your local shelter and see if you can help walk the dogs. This is a great way to both volunteer your time and alleviate pressure—a win-win scenario!

● More time spent outdoors . Take a picnic, walk in the park, go hiking with a friend. Do anything that gets your body moving outside. It provides much-needed perspective and natural wonder. Trust me.

This is one not too many people know about: make sure you get enough B  vitamins. Checking levels of all the B vitamins is important to assess deficiencies and see where you should be focused on supplementing. By ensuring you are getting the right amount of vitamin B, you’re facilitating overall brain health which is vital to stress reduction. Do more research on the importance of B vitamins and check with your doctor to check your levels.

● Let it go. Sure, easier said than done, but once you learn to not sweat the small stuff, or even let go of a longtime grudge or issue, you’ll unlock the priceless key to living an anxiety-free life. A calm brain is a calm life.. The next time you find yourself dwelling or fuming over a situation out of your control, try repeating this matra: the things that are in the past should remain in the past. Then count your breath, and see if that doesn’t help your mood.

● Listen to more Mozart. Studies show that Mozart can help heal and sharpen the brain. The different range of frequencies helps mobilize the brain into focus and reason. Music heals, after all. I like to listen to Mozart at least once a week, even if I don’t consider myself stressed. It’s part of my mental health regimen. Find your checklist, commit to it daily or weekly, and I promise you’ll find some of the secrets to living a stress-free and happier lifestyle.

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Dr. Rahi has a clinic in Beverly Hills that has changed life physically and emotionally. She is a known name in the field of aesthetics, integrative and anti-aging medicine in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles. Her experience and the number of successful cases precedes her image. She has the reputation of an innovator whose mission is to build perfect solutions that carry both cosmetic rejuvenation and inner health.

For her patients, she has given them hope and confidence through modern services. Her patients come from all over the world to get treatments including:

  • Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine
  • Fillers, Botox, PDO Threads
  • Innovative Radio Frequency Treatments
  • Vaginal Rejuvenation
  • Integrative Functional Medicine
  • Supplements, IV Drips, Blood Testing
  • Hormone Therapy

Supercharging Your Immune System Amidst Coronavirus

March 18, 2020

Scientifically Backed Unusual & Unique Tips from MD + Naturopathic Doctor About How To Supercharge Your Immunity


“The two biggest risks right now are the mistaken belief that there is nothing you can do to reduce your risk of infection and fear that if you get the virus, your recovery is out of your control. There is much we can do to reduce the spread of the infection and improve the probability of having a mild case if you are infected.” -Dr. Terry Wahls, MD

Recommendations below from Dr. Christian Gonzalez, Integrative Oncologist and Naturopathic Doctor

GROUNDING

  • One characteristic intrinsic to the human experience is connecting to the earth with our bare feet.

  • This study shows that electrons from the earth may in fact be the best antioxidants, with zero negative secondary effects


COLD SHOWER


BLACK OUT CURTAINS

  • Addressing sleep hygiene is crucial if you’re having trouble falling asleep.

  • Our lifestyle choices like watching TV, sending emails, and turning on bright lights often block these natural pro-sleep chemical shifts from occurring.

  • Utilizing tools such as black out curtains and eye masks can help individuals get the sleep that they need.

  • Studies show that “sleep deprivation makes a living body susceptible to many infectious agents.”   


*See Dr. Christian Gonzalez’s entire coronavirus protocol recommendations here*

 

About Dr. Christian Gonzalez

Dr. Christian Gonzalez is a Cancer Oncologist and Naturopathic Doctor that’s seen over 1,000 cancer patients. He’s also the podcast host of Heal Thyself, a popular podcast about holistic healing that has nearly 1 million downloads per episode. 
As an authority on non-toxic living, his viral “product reviews” on his Instagram have caught the attention of some of the most prominent health brands such as Oatly, whom he’s advised on creating more consumer-education and less chemically-based products. 

Recommendations below from Dr. Terry Wahls, MD, Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, author of The Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles


USE A NETIPOT

  • This cleans your nasal tissue and reduces the virus’s ability to take hold.

SKIP THE ITALIAN FOOD

  • Improve the quality of your diet by removing added sugars, white flours, and pastas

  • A high–glycemic index diet dumps a lot of glucose (sugar) into your bloodstream, which decreases your immune cells’ effectiveness at protecting you from illness.

  • Focus on vegetables and meat (legumes and gluten-free grains for vegetarians and vegans) and get rid of sweet desserts.

CONSUME FERMENTED FOOD

  • The probiotics in these foods help modulate the immune response, lowering the risk of septic shock in response to serious viral infections.

  •  In addition, sauerkraut is a good source of vitamin C.

*See Dr. Terry Wahls’ entire coronavirus protocol recommendations here*

About Dr. Terry Wahls

Terry L. Wahls, M.D., is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City and the director of the Therapeutic Lifestyle Clinic at the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Health Care System, where she treats veterans with autoimmune, neurological, and medical problems using diet and lifestyle interventions. In addition, she is a clinical researcher, studying the use of diet and lifestyle interventions in autoimmune and other chronic disease states; her current clinical trial featuring the Wahls Paleo Diet received the support of the National Mutliple Sclerosis Society. Diagnosed in 2000 with multiple sclerosis, Dr. Wahls became a proponent of integrative and functional medicine, which helped her create an intensive nutrition, lifestyle, and neuromuscular electrical stimulation protocol that would treat the severe disability caused by her MS. She has made it her mission to spread the word about The Wahls Protocol and her own inspirational story of recovery through her TEDx talk, which has received more than 3 million hits; her website, www.terrywahls.com; the Wahls Foundation; and Wahls Protocol Seminars. 

Stay Calm, Stay Boosted

March 12, 2020

From frequent hand washing, face masks, sanitizing and avoiding large crowds, the general population is looking at every available option to keep themselves and their families healthy during the increasingly-threatening Coronavirus pandemic.  Tropical Oasis, Amazon’s leading manufacturer of liquid vitamins, is reporting skyrocketing sales – with many buyers looking to boost their immunity (liquid vitamins are over 90% more absorbent than pills). Others who are struggling with sleep and stress issues are looking for solutions as well.  We’ve rounded up some helpful solutions to help your audience learn about other preventative options:

1.) “Boost Your Immunity” – According to Dr. Terry Wahls M.D. “The body’s natural drop in vitamin D levels can increase vulnerability to influenza and other ailments.”  Some great sources of vitamin D include:

  • Liquid Vitamin D3 – Tropical Oasis’s Vitamin D3 includes 5,000 IU per serving
  • Mega Premium Multivitamin with Minerals – Tropical Oasis’s Mega liquid vitamins are packed with essentials like Vitamin B6 (vital to supporting biochemical reactions in the immune system) and Vitamin C (one of the biggest immune boosters).  A daily intake of vitamin C is essential since your body doesn’t produce or store it.

2.) “Get Plenty of Sleep” – According to naturopathic doctor Christian Gonzalez: “sleep deprivation makes a living body susceptible to many infectious agents.” How to get more sleep? Limiting screen usage before bedtime has been shown effective, as well as natural sleep solutions like:

3.) “Stay Active!” – Many experts recommend long daily walks in nature as a natural way to boost your body’s own immunity.  However, if you are self quarantined or not able to get outdoors, an indoor, online workout is your next best bet:

  • Bulldog Yoga Online Classes will not only keep you active but yoga has been proven to also help with stress management
  • Want something more intense?  Try a Home HIIT Circuit designed by NASM-CPT Corey Phelps (circuit plan available upon request)

4.) “Stay Informed” – There is so much we don’t know about this virus from treatment options to how extensively or quickly it will spread. What we can do is stay up to date on information being provided by informed medical professions.  Dr. Steven Quay has worked in disease prevention for decades and is available for expert quotes and advise on his observations and additional prevention guidelines.

Here’s a discount code for Tropical Oasis for 20% off!  Use code Health20 at checkout!

New Meditation Studio On The Block: CULTIVATE Meditation + Wellness

August 11, 2019

A gorgeous, new meditation space has opened up in the heart of Atwater Village!  CULTIVATE Meditation + Wellness is a family-run center offering a wide range of drop-in classes, healings, private sessions, and workshops. Owner Jen Stavitsky was inspired to create a facility with a strong sense of community, inclusivity, and support that serves LA’s eastside, which was lacking a dedicated meditation center.

CULTIVATE’s team of facilitators all live locally and are excited for the opportunity to serve their neighbors with daily classes that cover everything from mindfulness to Yoga Nidra to sound healings, hypnotherapy and more.

It’s a deeply serene space, with a gentle design palate inspired by the soft tones of the South Western desert. Its prismatic skylights cast soothing patterns which slowly evolve throughout the course of the day. It has a large main studio capable of accommodating up to thirty guests, and a smaller second studio designed for healings, workshops and private sessions. All in all, the space feels inviting and deeply relaxing.

While offering a wide variety of traditional meditation and wellness classes, CULTIVATE  also branches out into more playful and unique offerings, like ASMR meditations and sound healings facilitated by a classical harpist.  Their goal is to make meditation fun, interesting and accessible with a style suitable for all walks of life, including first time meditators, adventurous spirits, and those with a deep practice.

CULTIVATE Meditation + Wellness is located at 3229 Glendale Blvd, LA CA 90039. You can visit their website Cultivate-LA.com for scheduling, bookings and additional details.

Welcome to Atwater!!