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December 2015 Health Newsletter

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» Have you been injured?
» Is Your Average Day Enhancing Your Life
» Welcome Dr. Cezar
» ACA Presses Federal Government to Encourage Conservative Pain Management
» Acupuncture to Alleviate Pain
» Are You Dealing With Discomfort In A Skillful Manner
» Cycle of Health - How Chiropractic Works
» Are You Ever Nervous about Talking with Your Doctor?
» Allergies and Chiropractic
» Alternative Treatment Options For Allergies and Asthma

Have you been injured?


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Have you or someone you know been injured on the job or involved in an auto accident? We are currently accepting personal injury cases and can work with your attorney to get you back on the road to recovery.

Call us today!

Author: AHC
Source: AHC
Copyright: AHC 2015

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Is Your Average Day Enhancing Your Life

Few things in life are constant. Small, constant changes are happening all of the time. This is true even while driving in a seemingly straight line down the highway. You’re constantly making course corrections to avoid crossing over the lines in your car.


The quality of your life is no different. Small corrections, applied consistently, can take your life in a vastly different direction. Are you choosing the direction of your life? Or are you living your life by default and simply taking whatever life throws your way?


•If you lived yesterday over and over for the next 10 years, where would you land?

• If you ate the same way for the next 10 years, what would your boindy look like? Would your health be better or worse?

• Did you exercise yesterday? Where will you be in 10 years if you don’t change?

• Your social activities? Should you expect positive or negative cFew things in life are constant. Small, constant changes are happening all of the time. This is true even while driving in a seemhanges in your social life?

•What about your performance at work? • Are you taking steps each day toward reaching your goals?

What is the logical conclusion of living your average day repeatedly? Does that outcome appeal to you? Or are you filled with a sense of dread? If you’re stuck, your average day is holding you back.


The things you do, or fail to do, each day determine your destiny. It’s logical to believe that big changes in your behavior will lead to big changes in your life. However, how many people do you know that have successfully made and maintained a significant change?


Losing weight is simple, but not many people are able to lose weight reliably. Making 400 cold calls per day will make you rich, but how many people have the stomach to do it? Small changes in behavior can lead to huge changes in your results. Patience is the key .


Consider what you could accomplish by creating a productive day and sticking with it.


Design a productive day and create your future:


1. Find a diet that you can follow long term. Eating nutritious foods will help your body to reach a healthy weight. It isn’t necessary to follow a crazy diet to reach your weight goals. People with spectacular bodies have an effective diet and are patient.

• Are you impatient? How much have your body and health changed in the last couple of years?

2. Exercise. A little bit of exercise can go a long way if performed religiously. There’s no reason to train as if you’re fighting in the next Rocky installment. Gently pushing yourself a tiny bit more each week is more than enough.

3. Communicate with those that matter. Relationships crumble a little at time. Talk to the important people each day and have a meaningful chat. Even a short text message can be better than nothing.

4. Develop habits that will enhance your employment. Make a list of the things you could do each day at work to ensure your success long-term. It might involve speaking each day with the employees that report to you. Maybe you need to ensure your work is done on time consistently.

5. Remember your goals. If you’ve always wanted to learn to speak French, set aside 15 minutes each day and get started.


Address all aspects of your life. Create a day that will ensure a positive, happy, and rewarding future if you repeat it over the long haul. What could be simpler? If your life is less-than satisfying, and you’re not seeing progress, take a look at your average day. Create a day that guarantees success.


Author: Leona Harter, L.Ac.
Source: Leona Harter, L.Ac.
Copyright: Leona Harter, L.Ac. 2015

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Welcome Dr. Cezar

Please welcome Dr Cezar as Advanced Healthcare Center's newest medical provider. Teresa D. Cezar, MD is a practicing Internist in Baxley, GA. She graduated from Ross University School of Medicine in 1995 and has been in practice for 19 years. She completed a residency at East Tennessee State University and is currently affiliated with the Appling Healthcare System. She specializes in Internal Medicine. Dr. Cezar currently sees patients every other week in Jesup at Advanced Healthcare Center and will be taking over as Advanced Healthcare Center's Medical Director beginning 2016.

Author: Leona Harter, L.Ac
Source: Leona Harter, L.Ac
Copyright: AHC 2015

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ACA Presses Federal Government to Encourage Conservative Pain Management

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA), in recent comments submitted to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) Office of Pain Policy on the draft National Pain Strategy, strongly urges the agency to include recommendations encouraging patients and health care providers to first exhaust conservative forms of pain management, when appropriate.

"Doctors of chiropractic practice a hands on, drug free approach to health care that has been shown to alleviate neuromusculoskeletal complaints. When other medical conditions exist, chiropractic care may compliment or support medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition," writes ACA Acting Executive Vice President Richard Miller as part of ACA's formal comments.

ACA specifically urges the federal government to change outdated, statutory language in Medicare to allow chiropractic phsicians to practice and be reimbursed for the fullest extent of their licensure, training and competencies; appoint doctors of chiropractic as officers in the commissioned Regular Corps and the Ready Reserve Corps of the Public Health Service; make clear the intention of Section 2706(a) of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to allow patients to see providers of their choice when seeking treatment for pain and other musculoskeletal conditions; expand access to chiropractic services in the nation's military and Department of Veterans Affairs health care systems; and expand access to chiropractic services in all other federal health programs, including research programs related to pain manaagement.

The comments submitted by ACA are part of the profession's ongoing efforts to educate the public about the value of exhausting non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical treatments for pain management and health enhancement before moving on to riskier options. ACA's annual observance National Chiropractic Health Month this October will promote the conservative approach to care with the theme #PainFreeNation.

A conservative model of care encourages, when appropriate, the use of more cost effective and safer approaches over potentially addictive medications, surgery and other invasive procedures for pain management. For example, conservative management fo painful conditions may include spinal manipulation combined with exercise and stretching prior to moving on to treatments involving higher risk, such as opioids.

The comments received by NINDS from ACA and other groups will be used to create a comprehensiive population health level strategy for pain prevention, treatment, management, and research. The American Chiropractic Association based in Arlington, VA., is the largest professional association in the United States representing doctors of chiropractic. ACA promotes the highest standards of ethics and patient care, contributing to the health and well-being of millions of chiropractic patients. Visit them at

Author: American Chiropractic Association
Source: American Chiropractic Association
Copyright: American Chiropractic Association 2015

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Acupuncture to Alleviate Pain

Musculoskeletal conditions including neck and back pain, disc problems, arthritis, tendonitis, cervical syndrome, and sprains and strains, are among the 43+ conditions that The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine's ability to treat. Acupuncture is an incredibly safe, painless, and effective way to improve one's overall health. It has proven effective in clinical trials to treat and prevent a number of medical conditions.


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Author: Leona Harter, L.Ac.
Source: Leona Harter, L.Ac.
Copyright: Leona Harter, L.Ac. 2015

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Are You Dealing With Discomfort In A Skillful Manner

Physical and emotional discomfort are a part of life. Most scientists believe that feelings of discomfort are attempts by our brain to keep us safe. There’s a reason you’re afraid to jump off a cliff. If you step on something sharp, you’re sure to pick up your foot and rectify the situation.

However, there are times that your brain leads you astray. You can feel fear about a certain course of action, even if that action is the best option. It’s also possible to react to legitimate causes of discomfort poorly..

Your brain works very hard to limit the amount of change in your life. That’s why change can be so hard. In a similar fashion, your brain will try to prevent you from taking any action that might cause embarrassment or other form of anxiety..

Are you going to let your brain control you, or are you going to control your brain?.

Deal with discomfort skillfully:

1. Ask yourself if the discomfort is legitimate. Protecting your life and your source of income are examples of legitimate concerns. The fear felt before a public speaking engagement isn’t. What do you really have to risk?

• Discomfort can be very limiting if you let it. Asking a beautiful woman out on a date only has an upside..

2. Avoid dealing with discomfort poorly. Suppose you’re stressed about work. It would be reasonable to resolve the situation. If it can’t be resolved, there’s no point in worrying about it. But avoiding worry is easier said than done. What are some common coping mechanisms?.

• The use of alcohol and other drugs is an example of a harmful coping mechanism. You may feel better in the short-term, but you’re also risking your health and possibly imprisonment.
• Over-eating is another common coping mechanism. Your health is at risk, but at least you’ll stay out of jail. This is less than optimal.
• Reading, watching TV, surfing the internet, or engaging in another “harmless” activity are also common options. These are merely distractions with little benefit. You’re not hurting yourself, but you’re not helping either.
• Exercising is at least a healthy choice when kept within reasonable parameters.
• Meditating and problem solving can actually provide insight into the challenge. You’re taking action and exerting a level of control. This can be comforting. .

3. Be mindful. Mindfulness largely consists of being aware of your current activities and your environment. If you’re paying bills, you mind is only aware of that activity. Paying your bills and worrying about work isn’t being mindful..Training your mind to stay grounded in reality is challenging, but very rewarding. You can greatly eliminate worry. .

4. Learn to be comfortable with discomfort. You can get used to anything. Some of us are easily swayed by discomfort and cave very quickly. Start small. Learn to accept smaller discomforts and allow them to pass. In time, you’ll be able to handle higher levels of discomfort..

5. Realize that discomfort is a feeling in your body that you created. All the fear and anxiety you feel are nothing more than a few chemicals coursing through your veins. Those chemicals can be effective, but you don’t have to give in to them. Resolve to continue forging ahead..

Your ability to evaluate and manage your discomfort effectively is a prime determiner of success. Many people are successful only because of their ability to do things others are too uncomfortable to do. What would you accomplish if you never felt uncomfortable? .


Author: Leona Harter, L.Ac.
Source: Leona Harter, L.Ac.
Copyright: Leona Harter, L.Ac. 2015

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Cycle of Health - How Chiropractic Works

For 24 centuries most of the world has depended on the doctor of medicine to cure health problems, yet the world is still sick and getting sicker.

But more than forty million Americans have switched their thinking about doctors and each year millions are switching. They are switching to Chiropractic.

Medicine became "scientific" with the appearance of bacteriology. Since then, the education of the medical man has centered around the germ theory of dis-ease and has focused almost exclusively on germs causing dis-eases.

Although progress has been made in the fight against germs, medical science is beginning to realize that it is actually the degree of natural immunity, natural body defense, and vitality which determines the success or failure of any treatment.

Because the medical profession has been preoccupied with germs, viruses and infections, the vast majority of conditions, ills and dis-eases that trouble mankind, have been ignored.

15,000,000 Americans suffer from chronic headaches, another 28,000,000 have arthritis. Heart disease is still the no. 1 killer. Chronic fatigue, high blood pressure, stomach ulcers and nervous disorders still must be dealt with. Hay fever, asthma, and sinuses make hundreds of thousands miserable and sciatica plagues millions. Chronic backaches increase every day.

Orthodox medicine has failed to meet these challenges, while a new kind of doctor has emerged - the Doctor of Chiropractic - the second largest healing profession in the world.

Chiropractic gets sick people well and prevents the healthy from getting sick.

None of the body functions "just happen." Your heart doesn't just happen to beat. Your lungs don't just happen to inhale and exhale. Your stomach does not just happen to digest your dinner. All doctors know that your brain and nerve system coordinate these functions which make life instead of death, health instead of sickness.

It is your brain and nerve system which causes your heart to beat 72 times per minute, 60 minutes every hour, 103,680 times every 24 hours and pump 4,320 gallons of blood through nearly 100,000 miles of blood vessels, thus supplying oxygen and nourishment to every cell in the body, some 50 - 75 trillion of them.

Because your brain and nerve system direct it, today you will breathe 23,040 times, digest about 3 1/4 pounds of food, drink and process about three quarts of liquid, speak about 4,800 words, move over 600 muscles and exercise millions of brain cells.

None of these things "just happen." The nerve system - often called the Master System - controls every function either directly or indirectly in your body. This makes you a whole human being rather that a collection of parts. AMAZING NERVOUS SYSTEM

The nerve system resembles an upside-down tree. The main trunk is suspended from the brain and the tiniest twigs end in the cells of the body.

Distribution of nerves throughout the body is so intimate and extensive that if we could dissolve away all other tissues, we would still see the form and proportions of the body, made up entirely of nerves.

When the impulses flow smoothly and unimpeded as nature intends, a person enjoys health and a feeling of well-being. But when there is interference in normal nerve function, there will be imbalance either physical, chemical, or emotional.

The spinal column is intended to protect the spinal cord and the nerves leading from it. Should there be any loss of structural integrity, curvature, motion, restrictions and distortions of the spine, this could result in imbalance called subluxation. This imbalance causes interference with normal nerve function.


In order to enjoy sound health, the individual must maintain structural balance of the spinal column. Any imbalance in structure or function will result in lowered immunity to dis-ease.

It is stresses and strains, knocks and bumps of living that sometimes creates this imbalance. Just look around you - heads forward, slumped shoulders, hollow backs, protuberant bellies, rotated hips.

You can be sure these people suffer from attendant health problems - back, heart, stomach, liver, headaches, sinus trouble, sciatica, and ear infections are only a few. They may suffer from any of the nearly 400 different diseases or conditions caused by structural or functional imbalances.

Misaligned vertebrae which create interference are called subluxations. A fall or injury may produce subluxations. They may result from stresses or strains either physically, chemically or emotionally which may overload the nervous system's protective mechanism and produce subluxations.


An adult spine is composed of 24 moveable bones called vertebrae. Each vertebrae has the general shape of a person's ring. The rings are stacked one on top of another forming a vertical tunnel.

The delicate spinal cord - just thicker than a pencil - is suspended from the brain and extends down through the tunnel formed by the ring-like vertebrae. Smaller nerves lead from the spinal cord through openings between the vertebrae. These openings are called foramen. The nerves emerge in pairs, one to the right and one to the left. There are 31 pairs of spinal nerves. Each nerve controls a specific area of the body. When the spinal column is in proper alignment, the nerves pass unimpeded through the foramen. But when one or more vertebra become misaligned, the nerve creates inflammation and irritation which alters normal nerve function to that area of the body served by that nerve.

Sometimes misaligned vertebrae correct themselves. But most subluxations need outside assistance for correction. That assistance is chiropractic care. THE CHIROPRACTIC STORY

The principle of chiropractic was discovered September 18, 1895 by Dr. Daniel Palmer in Davenport, Iowa. On that day, Palmer was in his office carrying on a shouted conversation with the deaf janitor of the building, Harvey Lillard.

Lillard was explaining in shouts to Palmer that about 17 years earlier while working in a cramped, stooped position, something had "popped" in his back. Since that time, his hearing had become progressively worse.

Dr. Palmer, a curious, intelligent man, examined Lillard's back and found a painful, misaligned vertebrae at the spot where something had "popped" 17 years earlier. He suspected a connection between the misaligned vertebra and Lillard's impaired hearing....and reasoned that if something had gone wrong in his back and caused deafness, the correction of the misaligned vertebrae should bring back Lillard's hearing.

Using his hands, Palmer repositioned the vertebra with a gentle thrust. Lillard's hearing improved immediately. In that moment, Palmer made the breakthrough that had eluded the greatest medical minds of all the ages...he had discovered the cause of nearly all human dis-ease.

Durng the next few days, Palmer continued the hand treatments on Lillard's spine. Within a week, Lillard was able to hear as well as anybody and was telling anybody who would listen about Dr. Palmer's hand treatments.

Dr. Palmer's fame quickly spread as he proved that the hand treatments were effective in all sorts of dis-ease disorders and dysfunction's. He became a world renowned specialist in the spine and nerve system.

His research into the cause of dis-ease had led him to the conclusion that misalignment of the spinal column interferes with normal nerve function and thus, creates alteration of structure. IMBALANCE IN THE NERVOUS SYSTEM CAUSES DYSFUNCTION

Everyone knows that if you cut yourself on the outside of the body over time the wound will heal.

Everyone knows that pinched nerves in the back can cause sciatic pain down the legs and that nerves severely compressed cause paralysis.

Why, then, do some of us shut our minds to the same pinched nerve theory when (for instance) the lungs, heart, stomach or other parts of the body become dis-eased ? Such thinking is inconsistent.

Lung, heart and stomach conditions need the same consideration that more obvious forms of paralysis receive. Tissue deprived of nerve energy (impulses) cannot maintain health without neurological guidance.


Chiropractors do not need to give medicine to restore health. They know that nature provides each person with a built-in druggist capable of compounding medicines, hormones, enzymes and antibiotics. Just as there is a health kit inside your body that heals cuts, mends broken bones and repairs damaged is there a doctor on the inside who can prescribe everything you the exact dose needed...and without harmful side effects. The human body is capable of healing itself of every dis-ease provided nothing interferes with normal nerve function.

The Doctor of Chiropractic works with the spine and nervous system. Chiropractors were the first to recognizes that spinal bones (vertebrae), twisted slightly out of place (subluxations), interfere with the nervous system. This creates altered physiology resulting in inflammation and irritation. Chiropractors are dedicated to analyzing, locating and removing the subluxation through the chiropractic adjustment. It is through the chiropractic adjustment that homeostasis (inner balance) is reestablished; and health is the result.

You'll find your chiropractor to be an intelligent, scientifically-trained doctor. Many years of professional schooling in basic and clinical sciences have given your chiropractor the necessary background for discretion and judgement in caring for their patients.

Your Chiropractor knows that each patient is an individual...that each spinal column is different...and that each spinal column needs specific chiropractic care.

The Chiropractor is the only doctor in your community with the know-how to restore normal nerve functions, the natural way to lasting health.

That's how Chiropractic heals.


Author: Chiropractic Research
Copyright: 2015

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Are You Ever Nervous about Talking with Your Doctor?

If you want to receive appropriate medical care and learn how to follow through on your doctor's recommendations, clear communications are essential. However, that's easier said than done.

The typical office visit is growing shorter. Your doctor will probably see you for 15 minutes or less, and electronic records are replacing some of the discussion that used to occur face to face. On top of that, there may be strong emotions and embarrassment that go along with any disturbing symptoms.

As a patient, you can learn to talk with your doctor more effectively. Try these suggestions for choosing a physician you'll feel comfortable with, and communicating with them.

Choosing Your Doctor

1. Check social media. Take a look at your doctor's Twitter feed or Facebook page for a preview that may suggest their personality and approach. Many health professionals use social media to educate their patients and answer common questions.

2. Evaluate online ratings. Internet services are now rating medical doctors as well as restaurants, and the criteria usually includes being friendly and easy to talk with. Just remember that these are opinions rather than facts. You may want to consult additional sources like referrals from friends and other health care providers.

3. Focus on the team. Pay attention to how your doctor interacts with colleagues as well as you. Some studies suggest that up to 80% of serious medical errors are caused by miscommunications between caregivers.

4. Take action. Most of all look for a physician who encourages your engagement. Do they speak with you respectfully and value your input?

Communicating with Your Doctor

1. Set priorities. Given how short doctor visits are today, ensure you squeeze in the main issues before you leave. Focus on your back pain instead of trying to deal with a whole laundry list of experiences.

2. Volunteer information. Your doctor may be as hesitant as you to bring up sensitive subjects like losing weight or quitting smoking. Share any details that could be relevant to receiving the treatment that you need.

3. Ask questions. More than 65% of medical schools now teach communications, but some practitioners still tend to speak in lectures. Asking questions creates a discussion and clarifies your concerns.

4. Sum it up. Restating what your doctor said is an effective way to show whether you really understand each other. Try giving a quick recap before you walk out the door.

5. Start a journal. Keeping a journal can help you to think straight when you're dealing with complicated medical information and strong emotions. Write down your symptoms and any events you want to talk about.

6. Take notes. Jot down what your doctor tells you. Use a notepad or your phone. Some practitioners may even let you record the sessions.

7. Accept uncertainty. Encourage your doctor to be candid by letting them know that you can handle the truth. You may be able to avoid unnecessary tests and prescriptions that are unlikely to provide clear cut answers or significant relief.

8. Discuss risks. Most procedures have risks as well as benefits. Be polite but firm about needing to hear the full picture.

9. Bring support. If you're nervous about going to the doctor's office alone, take along someone you trust like your spouse or a friend. Patient advocates can also facilitate discussions between you and your doctor. Your employer may have an employee assistance program or you can contact groups like the American Cancer Society.

Skillful communications can turn you into an engaged patient who makes sound health decisions for you and your family. When you're knowledgeable, assertive, and courteous, you help your doctor to provide you with the best quality care possible.

At Advanced Healthcare Center, our goal is to provide you with consistent quality care. Our medical providers and office staff are available and happy to discuss any questions or concerns that you may have about your care. And because we do not want finances to stand in the way of you receiving the care that you need, our office manager is available to discuss all the financial options available to you. Your health is our priority. Please contact us at 912-427-8433 to let us know how we can help you.

Author: Leona Harter, L.Ac.
Source: Leona Harter, L.Ac
Copyright: Leona Harter, L.Ac. 2015

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Allergies and Chiropractic

Chiropractic care releases the pressure on the nervous system. This allows the immune system to work more effectively. Recent studies of psychoneuroimmunology have shown that the functioning of the nervous system is relevant to the function of the immune system. Chiropractic care is a hands on approach to body alignment. The chiropractic system of health removes subluxations, a term that refers to vertebra that are out of alignment, causing stress on the nervous system. Chiropractic care realigns the spine and allows the body to heal itself. The body's ability to heal itself is restored through the central nervous system and the re-connection that it brings to the rest of the body. Regular chiropractic adjustments allow the body to function properly. They also help the body's immune system to function properly. If you have allergic reactions to a substance, you may benefit from regular chiropractic care. A healthy body is capable of neutralizing toxic substances in your system. Chiropractic care is a holistic approach to allergy treatment, allowing your body to do what it was built to do. Call today to get started! Our chiropractors are always happy to answer any questions you may have. 912-427-8433

Author: Leona Harter, L.Ac.
Source: Leona Harter, L.Ac
Copyright: Leona Harter, L.Ac 2015

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Alternative Treatment Options For Allergies and Asthma

Do you suffer from allergies or asthma? It's a little-known fact that these two conditions are directly linked to each other. Asthma, which affects roughly one in 12 people according to the CDC, is characterized by spasms of the small airways and inflammation. Furthermore, about 90% of children under the age of 16 with asthma have allergies, while 70% of people between the ages of 16 and 30 have allergies, and 50% of adults over the age of 40 have allergies.

Unfortunately, most people who suffer from allergies and asthma simple mask their symptoms with drugs rather than seeking a treatment for the root cause. Both of these conditions involve an overreaction by the body's immune system to what it believes is a foreign invader. When you are exposed to an allergen (e.g. ragweed, pet dander, etc.), your immune system produces an abundance of inflammatory hormones, which subsequently cause the symptoms of allergies and asthma to manifest.

There are several alternative treatment options available for allergies and asthma. One of these options is choosing to make dietary and lifestyle changes. We live in an age in which far too many people choose to pick up convenient fast food as opposed to preparing and cooking fresh meals. There's nothing wrong with an occasional fast food burger, but basing the4 bulk of your diet around processed foods such as this will take a toll on your body. The lack of nutrients and increased intake of preservatives can disturb the immune system, causing greater sensitivity to allergens. A better choice is to consume a diet rich in lean meats, fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole grains.

 Of course, herbal medicine is a time-tested alternative treatment for allergies and asthma. Some of the most popular herbs used to treat these conditions include stinging nettles, ginkgo biloba, green tea, and reishi, all of which contain heavy concentrations of antioxidants. These antioxidants are believed to fight harmful chemicals in the body known as free radicals, which if left unchecked, may irritate existing conditions like allergies and asthma.

Acupuncture is also known to improve the symptoms for allergy and asthma sufferers. This Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) involves stimulating the body's life force (Qi) by placing small, thin needles directly under the skin. When a person's Qi grows stagnant or experiences other problems, he or she is more susceptible to disease and illness. Therefore, correcting this problem through acupuncture will naturally deter allergies, asthma and other common problems.

Call our office today to learn how you can get back on track to better health! Our acupuncturist, Leona Harter, offers FREE consultations and is always happy to discuss how acupuncture can help you as an individual.

Author: Leona Harter, L.Ac.
Source: Leona Harter, L.Ac
Copyright: Leona Harter, L.Ac 2015

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