Vaccination, Injury Reports, Schedules and Allergies

Vaccines are NOT an attempt to harm our children

That being said, you can find a group for everything. 

There are people who believe that vaccines have caused autism, birth defects, and behavioral issues in all children and should be removed from the market. 

The truth is that some vaccines are causing a problem in SOME people. I am NOT an anit-vaxer, I am a firm believer that the schedule should be changed though. 

Vaccine Schedule Birth to age 18

According to the schedule, there are 26 vaccines prior to 18 months of age. 

As a new mom, I found this terrifying. Particularly because I had premature white male twins. One had a kidney problem at birth that we were aware of. The other was low birthweight, in the NICU and on Oxygen. There is a syndrome that has been nicknamed “Wimpy White Boy” that is due to a collection of data on premature babies. In the case studies, they found that premature white males of low birth weight or other complications were less likely to breastfeed, More likely to need interventions, More likely to have complications in later toddler years. 

What is wrong with the schedule?

Everything. Some of them specifically recommend not getting them if allergic to things like dairy or poultry. Yet these things are not introduced in the diet until one year of age. Why then, are we giving a vaccine at 3 months old?? How would you know if your child has an allergy if they have never had the product? Some of the vaccines also have mercury based preservative. Mercury thermometers were removed from the market because of the danger of ingestion. But we inject it into our children?? We are told to avoid fish while pregnant because the mercury content is too high. But we inject it into our children??

Mercury is known to have significant negative side effects on the development of children. It can cause neurological conditions. It has significant negative effects on the digestive tract and immune systems. Mercury has also been reported to negatively affect Lungs, kidneys, skin and eyes. Yet we inject them with this substance 26 times before 18 months. 

What is Herd Immunity?

Herd immunity is the tipping point at which the “herd” is protected because a specific number is vaccinated for/against or has had a virus. This innate protection comes because the carrier’s bodies fight off the disease and can then protect those unvaccinated. 

The rate at which herd immunity is achieved varies by disease and ranges from a need of 33% to 95%. That is a big number on the high end. The other problem is that Anti-Vaxers will tell anyone who will listen that Herd Immunity is only achieved by obtaining the disease, not through vaccination according to studies in cattle. 

If Herd immunity is needed to eradicate disease, what are the follow ups?

Vaccine Schedule Adult 19+

Did you know you should be re-vaccinated? Multiple times? Did you know there was a schedule? If you are pro vaccination, did you get your most recent shot? Did you ask your primary care doctor what was recommended? Did you talk about family planning and when you should or should not get certain vaccines? 

Maybe it’s time. 

You can have a test called a titer test run to see if you are lacking antibodies for specific vacinatable diseases. The question is, Will you?

If you have a child under age 5 did you require everyone coming into contact with your child to get the whooping cough vaccine? I did. And thank goodness. When the Twins were 5, my in laws both contracted the disease from friends. Luckily my husband and I as well as our twins were vaccinated against the respiratory illness. 

Fast Tracked Vaccines. 

Are they safe? I am not so sure either way. What I can say is that most of the vaccines in circulation today have lots of testing behind them. Some of the researchers of a specific vaccine have said they’d rather chance the disease than the vaccine. The vaccine was pushed to market too quickly. This one for COVID-19 will be a true test of the medical system because our Frontline Workers will be the first to be given the vaccine. The second round will be the elderly over age 65. Then they will look at who is next. I am not sure I will say yes to this one. I say no to the flu vaccines. I do that because the last time I had one, I was hemorrhaging 12 hours later and almost miscarried. With a previous flu shot i was not so lucky. I have already contacted the kids school to opt out of this vaccine for them as well. 

This is a serious decision you need to make for you and your family. 

This blog is not an attempt to profile anyone. It is an attempt to educate. If you are not sure what vaccines are safe for you and your family, ask. If you are unsure what steps you should take, set up an appointment and ask the tough questions. 

Do Your Research! From websites that are giving facts, not social media. 

Stay healthy out there!!

References:

Please be sure to FACT Check all information that you see. 

Most information for this blog was taken from the CDC WebSite. 

FDA.gov/media/140161/download

FDA.gov/media/143737/download

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2862331/#:~:text=The%20most%20significant%20of%20these,intervals%20averaging%20approximately%2040%20years.

What is a PANDEMIC and Why Should you look Deeper into the Facts

2020 has been an Unprecedented year

In November of 2019 we started hearing about the Current SARS-CoV2 as it spread through China. 

At the time, we were already in our ridiculously long election cycle that now lasts about 20 months. 

In March New York and areas of CA were overwhelmed with cases. By April, most of the country had gone into lockdown. 

 

But why? 

This will be the first of a few blogs talking about this pandemic in comparison to others that have happened throughout the history of time as we know it. Really particularly looking at the last 150 years. 

Since 1889, We have had 7 pandemics that are of real note in regards to the Corona Type Viruses or Flu and Influenza. During one such pandemic, the United States actually held one of the most iconic Music Festivals in modern history. Can you guess which one I am talking about? Here is a hint, it happened in 1969.

Let’s first address the conspiracy theories that there is a pandemic every election cycle, but only seems to affect one party. 

 

2004 SARS Virus:

First off, there were 8 cases in the US in 2003. 1 Death. All 8 persons had traveled abroad. It did not spread in the US and the only mention politically was the need for increased diplomacy and support between US and China.

2008 AVIAN FLU:

The first time this virus reached the world was actually in 1990. It has a total of 5 world wide spreads. It continues to be in circulation and it was only briefly addressed as a reason to strengthen international support of each country affected and work together to support the people of the world. 

2009 Swine Flu (H1N1):

NOT AN ELECTION YEAR. The CDC actually referred to it as the first Real Pandemic in 40 years. Mostly because the two previous stayed in their respective countries of origin as significantly damaging. This particular flu season in the US was one of the deadliest on record prior to the current pandemic and that of 1918.

2012 MERS:

Much to people’s disappointment, this did NOT come from China. It was first discovered in Camels in Saudi Arabia and passed to humans who were in direct contact with infected animals. It was most common in underserved communities with lack of medical team access. Only 2 Cases reached the US. 

2014 EBOLA:

though not a flu virus was used in the midterm elections to degrade the opposition. Both parties threw Mud. Neither should have because there were 2 Cases in the US. In 2018 there were additional cases totaling 8 from people that had traveled to the two countries in Africa that had outbreaks. 

2016 ZIKA:

Also not a flu virus. It is contracted through bite of infected insect or unprotected sex with someone infected. Originated in 1956. There were approximately 5200 cases in the US and President Obama asked for $1.8Billion to fight it and prevent spread. The bill took 7 months to pass. Congress dragged its feet. Both Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump brought it up while campaigning. Republicans had control of the senate at the time. One party said it was a purposeful stall to affect election results. The other said it was a failure of the President to serve the people. Again, mud slinging. 

2019/20:

SARS-CoV2 proves to be the centerpiece of election slander. One party says it’s a failure of Republicans in not approving bailout and poor management and leadership from the top. The other says it’s a Hoax and nothing more than the Flu. And we are managing it differently than all previous pandemics. 

 

Viruses always run a course. They are really difficult in the first two years, then immunity is built in the community. Viruses can not be treated with antibiotics, but can be treated with antivirals. Antivirals are really aggressive on the body and are targeted to decrease symptoms and duration of symptoms. They can cause Nausea, Dizziness, Diarrhea, Vomiting, Nervousness and Poor Concentration. 

If you run a fever above 100.1, you should stay home. Don’t engage with anyone outside your nuclear family or those that live in your home or dorm room. If you reach a fever of 102, You should seek testing and care with-in 24 hours of first symptoms. Symptoms include sore throat, fatigue, body aches, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing. 

Please be sure to FACT Check all information that you see. 

References:

Most information for this blog was taken from the CDC WebSite. 

FDA.gov/media/140161/download

FDA.gov/media/143737/download

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2862331/#:~:text=The%20most%20significant%20of%20these,intervals%20averaging%20approximately%2040%20years.

 

Tainted Oils? How do I know what is good quality?

The Business of Essential Oils is Controversial

Many of you know that since January of 2020, I have incorporated Essential Oils in my practice. I use these oils to help with Air Purification, Calming, Relaxation and support of certain systems of the body. This decision did not come lightly. You see, I was introduced to dōTERRA back in 2011 when a friend of mine asked to borrow the clinic to host a class. I willingly gave her the space to use for free, but was not interested in joining her team. Over the years, many have approached me about different MLM Oil companies and asked me if they could simply use oils from Sprouts and Whole Foods.

After doing some research, I would tell people that they should not ingest the oils unless they could get independent testing results. It turns out, most of those companies won’t release all their testing results and they do it in house. Even as a medical professional, they would not release oil testing results to me. One particular company even goes so far as to say in a letter to its Sales Associates that they don’t need to give the results. The people should just believe what they are told.

As a Consumer, How do you know what to buy and use or not use?

This one is hard. You see, the incorporation of essential oils into my practice came after i received my Functional Medicine Certificate. I was on a web class discussing hormone pathways and support for those pathways and they kept mentioning things like Peppermint Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Majoram, Fennel, Frankincense and Cinnamon and Clove Oils. This company that was doing the education only provides one service: Urine and saliva testing of metabolized hormones.

They don’t sell oils.

They didn’t recommend a brand

They didn’t say internal or external use.

So I did more research…

This is why I USE and Recommend dōTERRA Oils.

  1. Yes they are an MLM, but you can ask my up-line, I have no builders, just customers. In fact, I probably should have signed up to just be a retail seller as it would make more sense currently, but retail purchase is expensive for a minimum order and I wanted to try them first.
  2. 86% of all of the company sales are customers, not SELLERS
  3. they have a 68% return purchase rate for multiple years of re-purchase
  4. They are the only one I could find at the time that really backed what they said in ALL aspects.

Many Don’t Believe me

Yep, Every oil company will tell you the ethically source. They will tell you that they don’t adulterated or alter their product. they will tell you its organic. They will even tell you that they get their oils the same place dōTERRA does.

Don’t believe it. In Many independent studies, not just one, dōTERRA comes out above its competitors.

Not sure you believe it? https://www.consumersadvocate.org/essential-oils Read this Review of 11 companies.

Of the 10 who’s reviews stay up, Améo Oils and dōTERRA are the only that make the cut.

Brands hat you find at area stores like NOW and Aura Cacia are tainted. Brands that you order online that claim to source from dōTERRA sources are tainted like RockyMountain Oils and Plant Therapies.

 

This Letter https://tinyurl.com/y44glwtu show legal action taken against Revive Oils for its misrepresentation and it references another oil company. You can look up that long standing feud as well, and how a Judge with independent labs said no, that product is adulterate.

 

 

Synthetics Cause Harm

As a Medical Provider and Functional Medicine Specialist, My job is to first o no harm. Turns out, 90% of side effects could be eliminated through a few tests and removal of synthetics from our food, diet, and drugs.

Have you noticed the drug commercials with the lists of side effects at the end that are as long as the product information?

Genetic testing like the DNAMedCheck can indicate if you should try a certain type of drug to help with your particular health concern. the DNAHealth Test can also indicate if your genetics are even likely to benefit from the type of therapy recommended. For instance, My body does not process lipids well. Turns out I also am not likely to benefit genetically from statins to control cholesterol. The best recommendation: Diet of low fat and Exercise. Not a Statin drug for cholesterol.

Plant based Therapies have been around for years. There are independent studies done that show that specific essential oils in combination with antibiotics boost effectiveness in drug resistant bacteria and viruses. Notice is said in combination. Here is one Example

This Example shows the immune boosting properties of some oils to support the body’s natural processes.

If we can recommend plant therapies in conjunction with drugs with harmful side effects, why would we not? Could we lower the need for the medications with harmful side effects by supporting the body rather than fighting it? In studies on Cinnamon and Diabetes, it turns out that a lot of blood markers improved. Cholesterol, Glucose, triglycerides.

The hard part is leading the horse to DRINK. Most, if not all, Chronic illness in the United States are caused by the Standard American Diet and our lack of Exercise. So just like anything else, Oils are NOT A CURE for anything. But neither are drugs. Both are meant to support a system to obtain better health and then remove it until a time when it is again necessary.

Problem: High rates of fast food, poor quality high carbohydrate processed foods, lack of regular exercise that includes both resistance and cardiovascular training, Poor Hydration to move things through our digestive tract and high intake of sugary drinks.

Solution: Exercise 6 days a week for 30 min of cardio vascular, 30 min of resistance training. You can not our run a bad diet though. So 2-3 Meals a day focused on 6 oz of LEAN Protein, 1 cup of veggies that are green and 1/2 cup of Fruit, legume or grain (oatmeal, rice, corn, quinoa, Millet). Calorie goals should be 1500-2200kcal/day. with 50% – 60% coming from protein. Water intake minimum should be 80 oz. With exercise and a dry climate, 100-130 oz.

Supplementation: with essential oils to promote immune health, detoxification and help with seasonal threats. With Omega 3s to assists in brain health, cardiovascular health and joint lubrication. Vitamin D for tissue and hormone repair. B vitamins for the nervous system.

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What do we need to make Healthcare and Education for ALL actually work?

Why is Everyone Against Medicare for All?

Is it because we don’t really know what that means? Is it because all anyone can say is “Tax the Rich More”? Does anyone, including your congressional Representative, understand why the system works in places like France, Finland, Norway, Germany and Canada?

Let me explain, in simple terms, what Medicare for all would need to look like to work effectively.

In Germany, the system works well for most people. Everyone kicks in what they need to in Taxes. Taxes that are fairly qual across the board. The Government then controls costs of services in some manner. The manner is how much prices for tests, drugs, and procedures can be set initially and then also increased to account for inflation. The other reason it works so well: Less Administration, more Healthcare Workers. Germany’s system runs on 10-15% of all healthcare jobs, including at the insurance level, being administrative, non-billable persons. The US is more than Double this rate at 23%. That is up from 8.3% in 2016.

In France, the Taxes are around 46% of income. Do you know what they are in the US? 24%. Thats right. Just above half. Now, I am not saying that you can not tax the rich more, but everyone has to have a tax increase. One of the benefits of the systems in Europe that are Thriving is that all persons believe that healthcare is needed. They all know that they need to contribute when and where they can. And They ALL understand that everyone plays a part, not just the wealthy. What we need, to support the claim of Healthcare and Education for all, Is Higher Taxes. I know, shoot the messenger. But with Trillions of dollars in deficit, How do we expect to cover this “Right” as some like to call it.

Graph Showing US Healthcare As Largest Employer

Where is all the Money in Healthcare Going?

In the US, Administrative jobs in healthcare have grown 3000% since 2007. If you don’t believe that the cost of healthcare has gone up because the cost of employing these persons, think again. But why do we need so many non-billable persons administrating what gets done? Rules and Regulations put in place by Insurance companies. Legal Suits Filed for the smallest incidence of something going wrong in a surgery, that maybe couldn’t be helped. The act of trying to “Manage Costs”.  The staggering statistic that 1 in 8 Americans or 16million persons are employed in Healthcare in the US, yet this number does not include the Insurance and Pharmaceutical industry according to the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics.

To Summarize what we need to make Medicare for All Work:

  1. A Global across the Board increase in Income taxes by no less than 10%. At EVERY tax bracket.
  2. Decrease in administrative Roles in Healthcare to bring back the 1 admin for every 4 providers ratio (according to the 2015 AAFP the ration is currently 3 admin for every 1 Provider)
  3. Limits in Prescription Drug Costs
  4. Personal Accountability for Health in Nutrition and Exercise Recommendations that are Followed by the Patient
  5. Decrease the Hoops to Jump through to Access Care.
  6. Lawsuits only filed in case of wrongful death or injury due to negligence or not following the Gold Standard of Care

So when you see that A. O-C. or other Democrats are asking for, look at all of their statements. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Clearly states that she thinks healthcare and education programs like those in Finland, Germany and Norway could work here in the US. Her statements clearly include Trade School Education too, not just 4 year university.

Yes, it’s a socialistic ideal, but so is Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security as well as Welfare, Food stamps, Section-8 housing, Headstart Programs, and Daycare assistance Programs. In some extent, so are Pension Plans that are outdated and bankrupting companies.

*Statistics taken from Taxinfo.org and BLS National website.

Genetics and Health

Nutrition and Supplements for GENETICS and HEALTH, avoiding drugs

Can I tell you a story and see if it seems familiar? Picture this:

You see someone that claims to love and support you after 3-6 months. That person is either a friend or a family member. Maybe a FAN on social media. In that time, you have changed your body composition so that your waist is trimmer, you have more muscle and less fat. Your skin looks healthier and you hold your head higher. They say something like: "Wow, you look really good, Are you Starving yourself?" or "Why'd you lose weight, you were fine before." then there is the "I've seen your posts, what are you trying to prove?".

We've all had it, right? It makes us feel bad. I mean shoot, look what was said about Adele's Decision to Get Healthy.

What we know about Obesity:

Obesity is the number one cause of almost ALL CHRONIC disease. It causes joint degeneration, heart disease, diabetes, cancer of all types. It is one of the leading COSTS in the healthcare system. So why are people Health Shaming you? They feel Guilty. Or, they think you should feel guilty for improving because you are now supposedly Fat-Shaming them by losing the unhealthy habits.

What Role Does Genetics Play in ALL of this?

Back in April, I did a Blog on Genetics and Pharmacology. (you can reference that here)

Is Pharmacology Necessary?

What I would like to tell you today, is that that while sometimes pharmaceutical intervention is necessary; Pharmacology can also do harm in more than just the side effects. You see, Most drugs are meant to alleviate symptoms short term and then time out. We want to adjust and treat the cause of the symptom, not just override it or mask it with a drug. Most drugs come with side effects that lead to the need for another drug. If we can look to the genetics and the NEEDS of the PERSON, we can decrease our dependency on pharmaceuticals by 3 fold in this Country

Now, there are times when you need to be on a specific drug for a longer amount of time, but you should also know those nutrient deficiencies are created with those drugs or combination of drugs.

So When might you need to be on a drug longer than 90 days? Severe, chronic disease states like diabetes, COPD, Hypertension that is Hereditary, Thyroid medication after thyroid removal; Hormone replacement therapy after menopause or in cases of severe low-T. The list is not endless though.

When should you talk about Health Management vs. Pharmaceutical Management?

Let's say you are someone who has High Blood Pressure or Hypertension, has a BMI greater than 23 (Calculate Here)With Extra weight around your midsection and When you measure your waist it is greater than the measurement of your Hips. Your medication should only be given in conjunction with a Nutrition and Exercise Plan. Notice I Did NOT use the word DIEt. That's right, to DIET is to DIE. Think in terms of Nutrition. What helps my Body GAIN what it NEEDS?

That Plan should be Monitored and carried out to work towards lowering or removing the medication altogether. This plan would take 90 days to 18 months and appropriate supplements would be added to ensure nutrient depletion did not occur.

For MOST individuals, Physical Activity alone is not enough. We need to CHANGE Nutrients being put in. Genetics play a role in the AMOUNT of food needed, the TYPE of food needed, the ability to tell if you are FULL or HUNGRY and the AMOUNT and TYPE of physical activity required.

Feel Better - Find Nutrients Depleted b...ent Depletion Calculator - Mytavin.com

This is an example of someone taking Lipitor, Aldactizone and Metformin. The LIST is all of the deficiencies created. These deficiencies can also play a role on the GENETIC Expression of some markers for EACH INDIVIDUAL.

When did Being a Proper weight and size become a Negative?

I Don't Know about YOU, But I'd Rather have the TOP of this Picture than the Bottom. So many times, even in my own life, I have had people ask me why I am exercising or why I am skipping desert. Or My favorite, "You've lost so much weight, You should Eat". My goal is to CHANGE HEALTH in this country, one person at a time. I want to restore people's ability to believe in themselves. To tell that person trying to sabotage them, "HEY! Back off. Its about and for ME, not you." Because really, that person is jealous that you had the Guts to change your health. I want to teach people To Fight for their HEALTH, and to know when they can say NOT TODAY to a drug or surgery. I want to bring AMERICA BACK TO RIGHT through education, Nutrition Exercise and Supplements, not Drugs.

To schedule a Consult to see if we are a right fit to correct your health, Click Here

~Dr. Marci

References:

  1. https://dnalife.academy/dna-health/
  2. Recent developments in genetic/genomic medicine, Rachel H. Horton and Anneke M. Lucassen, Clin Sci (Lond). 2019 Mar 15; 133(5): 697–708.Published online 2019 Mar 5. Prepublished online 2019 Feb 27. doi: 10.1042/CS20180436
  3. Pharmacogenomics in the treatment of mood disorders: Strategies and Opportunities for personalized psychiatry; Azmeraw T. Amare,1 Klaus Oliver Schubert,1,2 and Bernhard T. Baune1; EPMA J. 2017 Sep; 8(3): 211–227.Published online 2017 Sep 5. doi: 10.1007/s13167-017-0112-8
  4. Future Trends in the Pharmacogenomics of Brain Disorders and Dementia: Influence of APOE and CYP2D6 Variants; Ramón Cacabelos,1,2,* Lucía Fernández-Novoa,1,2 Rocío Martínez-Bouza,1,2 Adam McKay,1,2 Juan C. Carril,1,2 Valter Lombardi,1,2 Lola Corzo,1,2 Iván Carrera,1,2 Iván Tellado,1,2 Laura Nebril,1,2 Margarita Alcaraz,1,2 Susana Rodríguez,1,2 Ángela Casas,1,2 Verónica Couceiro,1,2 and Antón Álvarez1,2Pharmaceuticals (Basel). 2010 Oct; 3(10): 3040–3100.Published online 2010 Sep 29. doi: 10.3390/ph3103040
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The Rise of Alternative Medicine

Restorative Health: Being More Connected To Our Body and Mind

“While there is evidence to support that the natural environment leads to improvements in health markers, More evidence is needed to show what disease may benefit and why.” Bowler et.al. (2010)1

As a Person living in the 21st century, I am often confused by the significant lack of health I am surrounded by. It seems that people are less connected to the environment and people around them than they are to the devices they have available. We have stopped relying on our true person to person connections and moved to a world where we could go a full day without uttering a word to another human. If you type in a search for the effects of electronic devices on Health, the results are kind of scary. This chapter will focus on Restorative health and how we can get back to the last time our Body Agreed that it could do what we asked of it. Restorative health is very Individualized and takes a commitment from the Person and the Provider. It makes sure that both parties are invested to obtain the best outcomes for all involved.

For the last decade, I have been looking for ways to restore my health back to the way it was pre-kids. The things I am looking for are: Sleep, Workout Recovery, Feeling Comfortable in my Body, Less Seasonal Allergies, Less pain. I sought out the help of a physician in 2012 and was directed through a medical model that wanted to drug away my symptoms and maybe (definitely) cause some other symptoms. It was not the root cause of what was happening, It was a band aid approach. Cover Ups don’t work. They simply push the problem to a higher level while partially masking it. What I discovered was that I had a bunch of food allergies that had come back full force while pregnant that were wreaking havoc on my body. You see, true Health starts from within and from the environment around you.

Inflammation occurs when you take in foods that you have sensitivities and allergies to them. That inflammation starts in the mouth, continues to the esophagus, leads to the stomach and ends in the GUT through to the colon. There is another chapter in this book on the gut and microbiome. I would suggest a careful attention is paid to that chapter as well.

“All disease begins in the Gut” ~Hippocrates


The digestive tract is of utmost importance in our health because it is where 90% of the nutrients we take in each day are absorbed. Think of this area of your body similar to the skin, with a severe bug bite. That bug bite becomes inflamed, itches, swells more, you usually agitate it further and it perpetuates the problem. The same is true of the digestive system. If you have a sunburn, how healthy is your skin at the time when it is tight, dry and peeling? Does it absorb lotion well or just appear dry and irritated a few hours later again? If you are causing inflammation due to food sensitivities and allergies, What does the digestive tract look like and how does it feel? One of the problems we have as a society is if I can’t see it, it must not be real. I can ignore it and it will go away, or I can take something for it. This “Disease Mongering3” is part of the pharmaceutical industry push to sell drugs that should likely not be on the market, but also add to the symptoms you experience because they cover a Health Issue with a Band-Aid.

The Discipline to restore your health has to come from with-in, but I believe must also have support. That support can be a health coach, physician, family member, or trusted friends. The non-coach or physician should be someone willing to truly push you and not damage the relationship. The accountability from them must be true to your desire for health. It works best if they are trying to get back some measure of health as well. The typical start of restoring health happens through doing a series of blood work and allergy testing. The best thing about this is that a lot of allergies now can be tested via hair sample, blood work or mouth scraping and spit collection. The patch testing is still an option, but you can find cheaper, less invasive means through online labs. Once you find the things that are causing you inflammation on a daily basis, we tailor an elimination diet to those sensitivities. The Elimination Diet process is no less than 90 days. If you feel that you have extreme or severe food allergies and sensitivities, it may be recommended for six months. This is so the Digestive tract has a chance to heal. If it is still “sunburned” it can not absorb nutrients. The next step is to look at stool samples and find weaknesses in the microbiome and support them. Hormone testing may also be done to look at imbalances and supplements recommended for support.

With the Elimination diet, we focus a lot on the patterns of sleep. Sleep has been discussed a lot over the last decade as a major player in health. There is research to support the fact that lack of sleep causes your body to become insulin resistant, increasing your chances of diabetes. It can lead to stroke due to increased blood pressure, Adrenal fatigue, Thyroid dysfunction and Weight gain. Sleep is when your body truly restores itself. Most of the repair work done is during the time when you are sleeping. Your body goes through a significant amount of detoxification while sleeping. If you look through the Chinese Medicine Body Clock for organ detoxification, you can see that the detoxification of the liver and then the Gallbladder occur between 11pm and 1 am. Going to bed and sleep at a regular time also decreases the likelihood of insomnia and sleep disorders. There has been evidence to show that stopping device use, television and dimming lights in the areas of the house you will be in 30 minutes prior to bedtime will improve your ability to fall asleep quickly. We typically recommend both food and sleep journals. These journals should include what you ate, whether it was protein, carbohydrate or fruit and veggies; the time that you ate, and how much water you drink. It should also include any activity done in the day and your general feeling at the beginning and ending of each day based on mood and stress level. The sleep journal should include what time you went to bed, if you fell asleep easily; if you woke up what time was it; how you felt in the morning when waking up.

Restoring your health also includes periods of time outside, unconnected from the digital world. A four year longitudinal study in the UK showed that people who had access to green space had lower incidence of disease, particularly cardiovascular and Psychological. We encourage mindfulness during this time in the outside world. We ask for people to focus on how they currently feel, then change to how they want to feel that day or moment. We then ask them to say four positive affirmations on the type of feeling they want to have that day in relationship to work, home, Body Image, and Health overall. For Instance: “I enjoy working with each one of my clients. At home I am working well to encourage positive homework behaviors in my children. I am my perfect self every day and I am gaining control over my back pain each moment.”

Restoring Your health is a process that will likely take 18 months to three years, depending on the amount of damage that has occurred over time. We hope that your journey is fulfilling and guides you to a better place in your life. Schedule a Call with me

 

References:

1A systematic review of evidence for the added benefits to health of exposure to natural environments D.E. Bowler, LM Buyung-Ali, ™ Knight, AS Pullin. BMC Public Health 10:456 (2010)
2Article by Terry Hartig from the Lancet in 2018 reviewing a four year longitudinal study by R. Mitchell and F. Popham showed that people in England that had better access to Green Space in the day to day lives had less incidence of cardiovascular disease and Psychological disorders.
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New Year, New Health Insurance Benefits!

With the New Year, most insurance plans start over. This means that there could be changes associated with your health benefits, so the New Year is the perfect time to review your insurance coverage. At Agility Physical Therapy, we want to make sure patients have a full understanding of the costs associated with their visits. Here are some tips to stay on top of the new changes with your insurance:

  • Have a current insurance card with you. This will expedite the process in verifying your benefits.
  • Familiarize yourself with your new benefits. The more you know, the easier the check in process will be at the beginning of the year.
  • Understand that the amount you pay at one office may be different than what you pay at another office. Each office could have different costs depending on the level of care and service provided.

To better understand what your health insurance plan covers, you must first understand the terminology. Here are some common terms to help when looking over your plan:

  • Premium: the amount you pay your insurance company for health coverage each month or year.
  • Health Insurance Deductible: the amount that the patient typically must pay out-of-pocket before the insurance company will begin to pay. For example, if your deductible is $1,000, your insurance will not pay for anything until you have paid $1,000 for services subject to the deductible. Depending on your plan, even if you have met your deductible, you may still owe a copay or coinsurance. In most cases, the lower the premium, the higher the deductible.
  • Out-of-Pocket Maximum: the maximum amount an individual/family will pay for the calendar year for services covered under their health insurance plan (includes deductibles, copays, and coinsurance) until the insurance company pays for all covered expenses.
  • Co-pay: a fixed amount you will pay for a covered health service, as defined by your health plan. Copays usually vary for different plans and types of services. Insurance requires that copay is paid at every visit. In most cases, copays go toward your deductible.
  • Co-insurance: the predetermined percentage of costs you pay to a medical provider once the deductible has been met. In other words, the coinsurance is your share of the total cost for a particular service. Coinsurance amounts very based on each insurance plan. For example, if your insurance plan’s allowed amount for an office visit is $100, you have already met your deductible and you are responsible for a 15% coinsurance, then you would pay $15 at the visit. The insurance company would then pay the rest of the allowed amount for that visit.
  • In-Network: this term refers to medical establishments that deliver patient services covered under the insurance plan. In-network providers are generally the cheapest option for policyholders. Insurance companies typically have negotiated lower rates with the in-network providers.
  • Out-of-Newtork: this term refers to medical establishments not covered under your insurance plan. Services from out-of-network providers are usually more expensive than those rendered by in-network providers.
  • HMO (Health Maintenance Organization) Plan: With an HMO plan, you are assigned a specific primary care provider, and you can then only receive treatment and care from physicians and specialists within the established provider network. Referrals are required for certain providers. Please check with your insurance carrier to see if a referral is required for our facility.
  • PPO (Preferred Provider Organization) Plan: With a PPO plan, you do not have to select a primary care doctor and referrals are not required for specialists.

Remember, your health insurance benefits should be something you use all the time—from yearly check up visits to movement screenings and wellness benefits. Make the most of your plans this year, and make it a happy and healthy 2019!

The majority of insurance plans, including Medicare and private insurers, pay for physical therapy services that are medically necessary. In the state of Colorado, you can go directly to a Physical Therapist under a law that grants “direct access.” This means that, with most insurances, you can visit your physical therapist first without a physician’s referral. With direct access, you can reduce costs with fewer visits to multiple providers, such as your primary care physician or an orthopedic surgeon, for conditions that are affecting your movement. For example, if you were to sprain your ankle or “throw out your back”, you can simply walk into your physical therapists office, who can then diagnose your injury, order imaging to rule out bone fractures or breaks, and begin your plan of care all in one visit.

At Agility Physical Therapy, we are currently accepting all major health insurance plans, with the exception of Aetna no co-pay plans, BCBS Federal and Kaiser non-PPO plans. For a complete list of insurances we accept, visit our insurance page. In addition to accepting most insurance plans, Agility Physical Therapy offers payment plans as well as discounted packages for self-pay rates. For more information or if you have a question regarding whether or not we accept your insurance, contact us at agilityphysio.com or 303-773-0771 and we will verify your benefits for you.