Monthly Specials at BodyPoint Medicine

Hello Fans of BodyPoint!

We had a VERY busy December here at BPM, and so I am very sorry we did not have a lot of time to post any articles or blogs.  I hope everyone had a wonderful and fulfilling holiday season.  We here at BodyPoint know how stressful the tail-end of the year can be, so I hope everyone is taking a moment to Breathe. Relax. And Focus.

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Bring it in for a moment and let your stresses fall away!

Here is a great link for reducing and managing stress–very important for everyone at this time of year.

January is the time to start something new, so maybe you should think about what you want to work on in 2015.  Weight loss? Fatigue? Aches and pains that just won’t go away?  Well here are our MONTHLY SPECIALS, and boy can they help you start something new!

Jacqui SlavinDr. Jaclyn Slavin DC is offering introductory rates for new patients to Functional Medicine.  During the month of January you can come in for an in-depth 2 hour consultation with Dr. Slavin for only $189.  The regular rate for a intake consultation with Dr. Slavin is $250, so those are some BIG savings!

Not only that, but Dr. Slavin is also offering a secondary monthly special of $150 OFF your first three appointments with her!  That is $50 off each appointment!

You can contact us to find out more information.

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Happy January Y’all!

 

On Stones, Schedules, and Stocking Stuffers!

Hello my Wonderful Readers!

 

I wanted to intimate some information to you all, and what better way than this lovely blog?  Firstly, (and boy am I excited about this one!) Shevone has brought back her HOT STONES for the season!  I just had my first HOT STONE MASSAGE on Wednesday, and boy oh boy was it amazing!

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Heated smooth, flat stones are placed on key points on the body. Shevone may also hold the stones and use them to massage certain areas of the body.  A common question people have is whether to get hot stone massage or a regular massage. Some people find the warmth of the hot stones to be comforting and get this type of massage for relaxation.  (From my personal experience, I can tell you that Shevone can go much deeper after those pesky trigger points when using hot stones–the heat from the stones just makes those muscles melt and your tension because nothing more than a puddle of melted butter; or at least this is how feel after a hot stone treatment!)

Hot stone massage is suited to people who tend to feel chilly or who have cold feet. It’s also suited for people who have muscle tension but prefer a lighter massage. The heat relaxes muscles, allowing the therapist to work the muscles without using deep pressure. I myself have found that while I love deep pressure on my back or neck, my calved can barely stand to be touched; unfortunately, they probably need more work than my back and neck combined!  The hot stones are a new tool that Shevone can use to rid her patients of harsh knots and spasms.

People also get hot stone massage for a variety of health conditions:

Back pain and aches
Poor circulation
Arthritis
Osteoarthritis
Stress, anxiety and tension
Insomnia
Depression

 

Shevone is offering hot stone upgrades for $15 on each massage.  I would like to caution patients that as we get closer to jingle bells and holiday smells that Shevone’s schedule will fill up!  Families and loved ones seem to adore giving each other massages for the holidays (my mom came to visit earlier this month, and I myself could not let her leave without a massage from Shevone!) so Ms. DiSanti’s schedule can be tough; call me, Carolyn,  earlier rather than later to reserve s spot!

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Pull the other one, it’s got bells on! So sorry for the above image, but it just made me laugh and laugh!

I wanted to let you know that BodyPoint Medicine also has gift certificates for any and all services and products that we offer!  You can gift a massage or a dollar amount or a de-stressing session of acupuncture (say that ten times fast!).  I pride myself on making up a pretty little packets and pretty little gift cards with lovely wee bows on them; You can ask any of us about gifting services, but I will make sure it is done properly!

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Well, it might not look that nice (is professional gift wrapping really a job?), but your gift certificate with be tucked into a lovely card and there will be ribbon involved, I promise it!

 

Well I think that is everything that I needed to divulge, so I hope you all have a FRIGHTASTIC and GHOULISH Halloween!  Stay safe and watch for wee monsters crossing the street come Friday!

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Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen

By: Dr. Jaclyn Slavin, DC

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As we I mentioned during the HEALTHY EATING / ANTI-INFLAMMATORY Presentation, the following list of foods that have been shown to have the most pesticides when produced conventionally, and whenever possible should be selected from organic or natural options (Dirty Dozen).

The Clean15 are foods that tend to have the least pesticides when produced conventionally, and can be purchased in the regular section of the store (save money here, to spend it on the Dirty Dozen). Source http://www.rodalenews.com/2014-dirty-dozen

2014 Dirty Dozen

Read More: EWG’s Complete 2014 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides and Produce
Nonorganic apples once again topped The EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce report, making it the fourth year in a row the beloved fruit earned the unfavorable spot.

Kale, collard greens, and hot peppers were frequently contaminated with insecticides that are particularly toxic to human health, prompting their “Dirty Dozen Plus” status.

Dirty Dozen
1. Apples
2. Strawberries
3. Grapes
4. Celery
5. Peaches
6. Spinach
7. Sweet Bell Peppers
8. Nectarines (Imported)
9. Cucumbers
10. Cherry Tomatoes
11. Snap Peas (Imported)
12. Potatoes
+ Hot Peppers
+ Kale/Collard Greens

2014 Clean 15 
It’s not all bad news! These produce picks contained the lowest pesticide levels.

1. Avocados
2. Sweet Corn
3. Pineapples
4. Cabbage
5. Sweet Peas (Frozen)
6. Onions
7. Asparagus
8. Mangoes
9. Papayas
10. Kiwi
11. Eggplant
12. Grapefruit
13. Cantaloupe
14. Cauliflower
15. Sweet Potatoes

Read More: EWG’s Complete 2014 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides and Produce

October Promotion at BodyPoint Medicine

OmegAvail TG1000 Deal-page-0

BodyPoint Medicine is now offering OmegAvail™ TG1000 by Designs for Health

10% off through 10/31/14

OmegAvail™ TG1000 is a highly potent, non-GMO fish oil, containing an impressive 1,000 mg omega-3 oils per softgel, making it an ideal choice for therapeutic dosing. Each softgel contains 662mg EPA and 250mg DHA, along with other omega-3 fatty acids. As with all Designs for Health fish oil products, OmegAvail™ TG1000 contains the triglyceride (TG) form for superior absorption and bioavailability.

OmegAvail™ TG1000 uses the latest innovation in EPA/DHA technology to insure superior quality, purity and absorption. The fish used to make this product are 100% sourced from certified sustainable US-caught wild Alaskan fish (Alaska pollock) and processed in the US. These fish are freshly caught and quickly processed within hours, resulting in exceptionally fresh raw fish oil.

OmegAvail TG100 Techsheet View this link for more information!

 

Call Carolyn Wrightam, Business Manager, to pick up a bottle today!

Still Undiagnosed? 3 Options to Try

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Millions of people suffer from undiagnosed or untreated chronic conditions. The most difficult to diagnose tend to be autoimmuneinflammatory, and autonomic disorders like POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) in which multiple body systems that are supposed to work automatically don’t work as they should and create a plethora of potentially disabling symptoms.

Such disorders tend to defy conventional medical practice because:

  • Primary care physicians (PCPs) aren’t usually trained to recognize them.
  • They’re not acute care episodes with predefined and fast treatment protocols.
  • They defy traditional medical “silos” that focus on single body parts or systems.

For patients with disorders that overlap traditional disease categories, three promising new avenues may be worth investigating:

  • Functional Medicine
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undiagnosed Diseases Network
  • CrowdMed (web-based crowd-sourcing network to accelerate diagnoses)

Each offers a potential way of accelerating the diagnostic process.

1. Functional Medicine

Conventional medical care is at a tipping point: insurance reimbursements are shifting toward outcomes rather than activity, so the medical establishment will have to seek ways of ensuring that medical visits have a positive impact on patient health. It’s hard to do that if you don’t know what’s wrong and why.

Functional medicine is an approach to patient care that looks beyond symptoms to define and treat the causes of debilitating chronic illnesses. It’s focused less on individual symptoms and body parts than on learning which of the patient’s biological processes aren’t working, and why. As a result, it’s particularly well suited to stubborn, complex medical conditions.

Unlike traditional medicine, which is focused on applying prescribed treatments to relieve immediate symptoms, functional medicine practitioners consider each patient’s unique genetic / chemical make-up and critical environmental and lifestyle factors (including exposure to toxins). Then they tailor solutions to the individual. In other words, the diagnostic process starts with the person and not with predetermined solutions.

The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) is the organization focused on educating healthcare workers, developing new research models for assessing whole body systems, and incorporating Functional Medicine into physician training and continuing medical education (CME).

A major milestone bound to accelerate this transition is the launch on September 23, 2014, of a multi-million-dollar Functional Medicine Institute at the Cleveland Clinic, a prestigious healthcare system. This holistic initiative is intended to help transform conventional medical care for debilitating autoimmune disorders, autonomic nervous system problems, and other chronic conditions that have so far defied diagnosis.

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To read more, follow this link to the original Huffington Post article.

Construction in Longmont

Hello Friends and Fans of BodyPoint!

I just wanted to pass on some information from the Longmont Times-Call’s Tuesday for patients of Donna Mitchell and Shevone DiSanti, August 18th edition:

Work to begin on expansion of Longmont’s Main-Pratt intersection

Expansion of Longmont’s Ken Pratt Boulevard and South Main Street intersection, which will add southbound, eastbound and westbound thru lanes, will begin with box culvert work the week of Aug. 25, the city announced in a press release.

A right-lane closure on eastbound Ken Pratt and intermittent flagging will be required during the work. Lane closure hours will generally be limited to between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.; however, traffic delays are anticipated during construction and motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes.

The intersection is the busiest in the city.

Access to area businesses will be provided throughout construction, although access to the Village Inn Shoppes may be limited due to construction phasing. One entrance from Ken Pratt Boulevard to the shopping center will remain open at all times.

During construction, the sidewalk along the south side of Ken Pratt, between South Pratt Parkway and Main Street, will be closed to pedestrians. A detour route with signage will be posted to direct pedestrian traffic around the work area.

The above news will affect patients coming from the North or from the East. Please click here to open a map of the area in a new tab.  Patients from the East should plan on turning left (South) on Emery Street to approach our office from the rear. Patients from the North should plan on avoiding Main Street completely by taking South Pratt Parkway.  You can best approach our office by turning left (East) onto Jersey Avenue and crossing over Main Street.

I hope you all have  a fantastic weekend, and remember, DRIVE SAFE!

Thanks,

Carolyn @BodyPoint

If you need to get in touch with our crew, feel free to contact us via Twitter, Facebook,  or  Google+.

Deconstructing Omegas, DHA, EPA

A common question from many patients is “what type of supplements do I take and why?”   Ultimately, I believe that we should eat a healthy diet, however I think that it is important to supplement our diet in some ways.

I support the use of Omega-3 fatty acids, EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). Omega-3 fatty acids are long chain PUFA (polyunsaturated fatty acids) and are dietary fats with many health benefits. There is considerable on-going research to the effects/benefits of EPA and DHA dietary supplementation.   EPA and DHA are necessary for proper fetal development. DHA is found in all cell membranes with especially high concentration in brain and retina tissue.

EPA and DHA are produced by water plants (e.g. marine algae) and found in marine animals. Good sources of EPA and DHA are fish, fish oils, eggs and organ meats. Another omega-3, ALA (alpha linolenic acid) is found in many land plants (green leafy vegetables, nuts, flaxseed and flaxseed oils, canola oil), but ALA must be converted to EPA and DHA by enzymes. However, research has shown that it is only a small percentage is actually converted.   This makes it a less optimal source for dietary supplementation.

Our current diets are higher in saturated fatty acids and low in omega-3 fatty acids. It is thought that our low intake of dietary EPA and DHA is associated with increased inflammatory processes, poor fetal development, generalized cardiovascular health and the risk of the development of Alzheimer’s disease. (American Society for Nutrition) We normally eat about 300 mg per day in our diet. Recommendations are for greater than 2400 mg per day and greater than 2700 mg per day for a more anti-inflammatory effect (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis).

Chronic inflammation is a significant health concern.   We normally think of arthritis and degenerative diseases, however we now understand that chronic inflammation is associated with increased cardiovascular disease. EPA and DHA are thought to have anti-inflammatory effects as well as reduction of oxidative stress.   Studies have shown that people taking EPA and DHA had a significant reduction in CRP (C-Reactive Protein), a marker for chronic inflammation especially important in evaluation of cardiac risk factors.   EPA helps to decrease inflammatory responses in the body. DHA is present in large amounts in neuron cell membranes where it is involved in the normal function of the nervous system. DHA is also required in the production of a family of compounds called resolvins which helps decrease inflammation in the brain, especially inflammation caused by injury to brain tissue caused by decreased blood flow.

Patients with arthritis, especially Rheumatoid arthritis, may find improvement in pain, swelling and morning stiffness.   EPA and DHA also modify through gene expression our body’s lipid metabolism, lowering triglycerides. They have been recommended by the American Heart Association for patients with elevated cholesterol.

It is especially important to note that it is definitely better to acquire the higher amounts of DHA, EPA and ALA through your normal diet, but the reality is that most people (including myself) are not able. Therefore, dietary supplementation is recommended.   It is also important to understand that all supplements are not the same. It is important to make sure that the supplements are tested for BCPs and mercury (as they come from seafood). There is also a vital difference in how the supplements are prepared.   The vast majority of products available on the market are in ethyl ester form. It is cheaper for companies not to convert the ethyl esters back to their natural triglyceride state. Of the companies that do convert, they usually convert only some and sell a mixture of both ethyl ester and triglycerides. I personally use the products from Designs for Health as they are 90 to 100% triglyceride bound omega-3 fish oils (reported 40-50% higher than industry standard). The importance is that it is up to 100% more bio-available than the ethyl ester from, translation you absorb more. It is also easier to digest and absorb.

My favorites are OmegAvail HiPo, which has a higher concentration of EPA for arthritic conditions, and OmegAvail Ultra for more equal ration of EPA and DHA. These both are produced by Designs for Health, which we carry in office. Both have lipase, which also aid in digestion.

Krill Oil has a high phospholipid content. This is different than the PUFAs. It is thought that the phospholipids aid in the absorption of the powerful antioxidant astaxanthin, which improves cardiovascular health, and supports skin and eye health. It also has some anti-inflammatory properties.   I recommend XanthOmega™ Krill Oil Softgels (Designs for Health).

Several scientific reviews have been performed to evaluate the safety of Omega-3 supplementation. In general, side effects were minor and primarily gastrointestinal in nature (generally diarrhea). Remember, that it is always important to discuss the addition of a supplement with your physician. Want to know more, you are always encouraged to talk with me or for additional reading see below.

From the desk of

Dr. Donna

 

For more reading:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3262608/

http://ods.od.nih.gov/pdf/factsheets/Omega3FattyAcidsandHealth-HealthProfessional.pdf

 

August 2014 Monthly Promotion
 Designs for Health OmegAvail™ Ultra & OmegAvail™ Hi-Po
are 10% off for the entire month!

Call or email Carolyn Wrightam, Business Manager, to find out more about our monthly offers today!

The Other Side of Social Networking…

Hey gang!

Thanks for reading our blog here at BodyPoint Medicine.  We love to hear your opinions, and now I am going to ask you all point blank for them!

BodyPoint Medicine has endeavored to establish and maintain an online venue for our patients to better connect with us.  We like to offer engaging information, promotions, uplifting anecdotes, and local news to those who seek out our online presence.  If you haven’t found all of our hang outs online, I would like to present them to you:

Twitter

Facebook

Google Page

Go ahead, explore a little.  I myself am enormously entertained by sustaining these sites with little tidbits of information, but honestly, that is not why they exist.

These sites exist for YOU. We want to keep the avenues of communication open between patient and provider. We love receiving feedback from our patients, and we love implementing that counsel into our business practices.  We want to motivate you, we want to teach you, we want to push you to be better.

Can you do the same for us?  Both our Facebook and Google+ pages have an option to leave reviews.  On Google+, you simply need to click on the pencil on the left side of our cover photo to leave a review.  On Facebook, all you need to do is click the button Write a Review on the right side, and Voila!

Once again, I just want to thank all of you for ALL the feedback you have given us since we started this venture this spring, whether in person or online.  You guys made this practice happen as much as we did!

Keep coming back, soon I will be posting our August Special!

Thank you,

Carolyn Wrightam
Business Manager