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About A Place To Heal
We welcome the opportunity to show you our new facility and complete Wellness Center, and introduce you our team of highly skilled physicians and professionals. During your visit at A Place to Heal you will experience our warm and welcoming atmosphere, a healthy calmness and an environment built with positive healthy energy.
January is National Weight Loss Awareness Month
Weight loss is a hot topic all year around but especially after the holidays when most of us have put on a few extra pounds.
Consequently, in January many people decide to lose weight, in fact losing weight is the number one New Year’s resolution.
Unfortunately, most of them give up even before the month ends.
Don’t let that happen to you!
Weight Loss is not a sprint, it’s rather a marathon
It’s natural for anyone deciding to lose weight to want to lose it quickly. But evidence shows that people who lose weight steadily and gradually, at an average of about 1 to 2 pounds per week, are more successful at keeping it off over the long term. Healthy weight loss isn’t just about a “diet”, it’s about an ongoing lifestyle that includes changes in daily habits.
Losing weight takes commitment!
If you’re ready to get started, I’ve got something awesome for you: A step-by-step system to help you jump start your weight loss the right way.
Get the right mindset to lose weight
The critical part of losing weight is how to start, which will determine your long-term success. It’s like building a house without a foundation, it’s not going to stand for long. The foundation to start your weight loss journey is your mindset. Beginning your journey with the wrong mindset can set you back anytime. Click here to learn the importance of your mindset when it comes to losing weight. (LINK to mindset quiz).
Even a modest weight loss can mean huge benefits!
The good news is that even a modest weight loss, such as 5 to 10 percent of your body weight, can decrease your risk factors for chronic diseases. It can produce health benefits, such as improvements in blood sugar levels, blood cholesterol, and blood pressure.
See weight loss as a journey rather than a destination.
So even if the overall goal seems big, see it as a journey rather than a destination. You’ll learn new eating habits that will help you live a healthier lifestyle. These habits may help you maintain your weight loss over time. And remember this: Weight Loss is not a goal, it’s simply a result of changing your habits.
There is more to gain when you lose!
In addition to improving your health, maintaining your weight loss is likely to improve your life in other ways such as improvements in your energy levels, general mood, and self-confidence.
Tired of struggling alone?
Losing weight is easier when you have support from an expert and an accountability partner.
Stress. An all too familiar word for most of us. It seems like the majority of people you meet on any given day are experiencing a detrimental amount of stress. What is stress doing to the body and mind? It must be having an effect, right? Let’s get into it.
Before we can discuss what stress is doing to you, let’s begin by defining what it is. To put it simply, stress is a response. A response based on your perception of the world. This response may not be based on reality, but rather, your internal reality. As I define it, there are two types of stress: Old and New.
Old-stress is the textbook definition of a ‘fight or flight’ state. Imagine this: There you are, out in the savannah forging for food, when you hear a twig snap, and notice a lion racing towards you. Your body immediately goes into a sympathetic (fight or flight) state, blood is diverted to your muscles, and you go into all-out survival mode. Hopefully you survive (I’m rooting for you!), and as you recognize that you are no longer in danger, your nervous system shifts back into a balanced state between sympathetic and parasympathetic (rest and digest state). This is how the process of stress has worked for nearly the entirety of existence of life on this earth.
These days however, there is a new type of stress on the block. New-stress is stress derived from a non-lethal source. This includes sources such as financial stress, relationship stress, fear of being judged, public speaking, starting a business, driving in traffic, God-forbid we lose followers on social media, and many others. The detrimental aspect of new-stress is that, for many of us, it is always present. Unlike old-stress with its occasional (and brief) spike of stress, most people are experiencing new-stress every waking hour of the day (and some of us even while we sleep!).
Remember this: You have a two-million year-old brain that has one job: Survival. It’s designed to keep you safe, remain in your comfort zone, and loves routine. Sounds ‘great’, right? The problem is that since, at least in the Westernized nations, the majority of your stress has less to do with the danger of the thing/experience, and more to do with your perception of the experience, you may hold yourself back from the happy, healthy, and successful life you could be living.
Remember this: Your brain keeps you alive. That’s its job. Happiness is your job. You need to create the life that you are looking for by pushing past your comfort zone, and into a place that leads to the growth you desire.
Here is a typical situation behind the old-stress response:
Perceived stressorHypothalamus/Pituitary/Adrenal (HPA) Axis activates to prepare the body for the experience and take action. Cortisol and other stress hormones released. Fight or Flight EnsuesOnce out of perceived danger, normalcy resumes
Here is what happens with the chronic new-stress response:
Perceived stressorHypothalamus/Pituitary/Adrenal (HPA) Axis activates to prepare the body for the experience and take actionFight or Flight EnsuesOur perception continues to perceive various stressful eventsHPA axis continues workingOvertime we arrive at a chronic state of stress where the HPA axis becomes dysregulated due to overuse, and we release a higher amount of cortisol at baseline, regardless of the time of day. Chronic inflammation ensuesEmerging symptoms such as:FatigueWeight gainTrouble sleepingBrain fogLow libido Anxiety and depressionElevated blood sugarImmune Suppression
Any of these sound familiar?
And the cycle feeds on itself as the person’s health continues to deteriorate.
So, you may be asking, “what can I do to help with my stress?”
I’m glad you asked.
Here are three simple strategies you can use today to decrease your stress and live a healthier life:
One of the most powerful forms of healing known to man is BREATHING. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? As simple as it is, far too many of us don’t do it correctly for proper relaxation.
I know what you’re thinking. “What??? How am I not breathing correctly?”
Just hear me out, give what I suggest a try, and judge for yourself.
Most of us breath from our chest. By this I mean that we mostly engage the upper lobes of the lungs, and don’t fully fill the lower lobes. Couple this with the fact that most people, when stressed, typically hold their breath. This means that, in the hectic, always on the move society that we live in, people are usually either chest-breathing or holding their breath. Here comes the secret: Diaphragmatic Breathing. This means that when you take a breath, your lower abdomen comes out, while your chest remains relatively still.
Why is this helpful?
Breathing in this way causes relaxation because it stimulates a nerve in the body called the vagus nerve. This nerve is responsible for the REST and DIGEST portion of your nervous system (also called the parasympathetic nervous system). This is the state your body needs to be in in order to heal and recover from illness and disease. When your body is in a stressful state the FIGHT or FLIGHT system (called the sympathetic nervous system) activates, and your immune system takes a momentary dive. During this state, the body is in survival mode, and running away from a lion is far more important than making sure the immune system is properly functioning. However, when this state is ‘always’ engaged, the immune system is continuously suppressed. Try it for yourself, put one hand on your abdomen, take a deep breath in through your nose for 4 seconds, making sure your abdomen expands while you breathe, and then exhale through nose for 4 seconds. Try closing your eyes and playing music to deepen the experience. Repeat this process for as long as you’d like, as often as you’d like, and watch your mental and physical health begin to improve!
First Things First:
Every night before bed write out a list of 3 tasks (can max out at 5) that must get done tomorrow. These are the non-negotiables. The tasks that you tell yourself, “if by the time I go to bed the tasks on my list are complete, I had an amazingly productive day.”
Keep this list by your bed, and review it upon waking. Take a few minutes and visualize yourself completing each task. Your brain doesn’t know the difference between what you have actually experienced, and what you imagine to be true. To put it simply, they’re both stored in the same way. Undergoing this process primes your brain for the day, as well as increases your confidence that it will get done because you’ve ‘already done it before.’
Begin tackling your list as soon as possible. Be sure to be laser focused on your list, and assign as much time as necessary to completing each task. For most people, stress increases because we have a million things to do on our list, and we say “yes” to everybody else, effectively saying “no” to ourselves, and the things that matter most to us, the things that we need to get done, don’t get accomplished. Then the process repeats, only now, there are more things we need to do!
Take a few moments before bed to review your list. Congratulate and acknowledge yourself for the tasks you completed, and have compassion for yourself for those that were not completed. Tomorrow is a new day. Then repeat the process by creating tomorrow’s list. Remember, keep your list to 3-5 tasks MAX.
Share your struggle, and ask for help when needed:
Far too many of us believe that our stressors are our burdens to carry, and that we must face them alone. For many, the idea of asking for help, or simply externalizing our feelings, can be seen as a sign of weakness. I implore you to see things from a different perspective. Sharing your feelings, and asking for help are signs of strength, security in who you are, and emotional intelligence. Very often the people closest to you have no idea how stressed you are, because you do your best to hold it inside, and pretend that everything is perfectly alright. These people are often able and willing to help you, if they only knew you needed it. Sometimes the best help is the gift of listening. Simply being able to verbalize your emotions, and talk your thoughts aloud while in another person’s presence, can make you feel as if the weight of the world has been lifted off of your shoulders. You’re not in this alone. Your loved ones love you. Remember that, and open up to them when you could use some support.
I know that these three strategies will serve you going forward, and I wish you continued health, happiness, and success on your journey.
If you would like to work with me personally, please make an appointment, and I look forward to your transformation.
Loving Your Heart Back to Health
If I asked you what organ allows you to feel and express love, most would say the heart. It is true that the heart is capable of such wonder and energetic expression between all people. The heart is an incredible organ that connects us to one another and feeds our relationships. The same is true regarding our internal body. The heart provides nourishment by pumping blood throughout the body. Where blood flows oxygen follows and so the heart sustains life which is the greatest love imaginable.
So how can we participate in such loving interchange, loving and nourishing our heart as much as it regards us? We can start by tending to the health of our hearts by giving it what it needs to function optimally. In the United States heart disease accounts for 1 out of every 4 deaths, this makes heart disease the leading cause of death. Why are Americans hearts in such a state of dis ease? To answer this question, we must examine the way in which we are living. Lifestyle has been understated in the heart disease epidemic. If we examine those at greatest risk for developing heart disease, we will see that a healthy lifestyle should be emphasized. Nearly 40% of Americans are obese, and 30 million Americans suffer from diabetes. Poor dietary habits (processed foods, high sugar intake, and over consumption) and sedentary lifestyle are strongly correlated to obesity and diabetes. Obesity and diabetes happen to be risk factors for developing heart disease, along with this includes excessive alcohol consumption and smoking.
Altering the previously stated disease states and lifestyle habits are the key to nourishing the heart and establishing the foundation for health. How does one establish the foundation to health? First see your doctor and know your risk. Health screenings including laboratory exams help assess one’s internal state of disease or lack thereof. Second, implement healthy lifestyle habits; studies show that exercising just 30 minutes 5 days a week reduces the risk of heart attack by up to 50%. Evidence also points to sauna therapy as a great way of combating cardiovascular disease. Besides sweating, you can promote health by eating the right foods. Studies suggest that Anthocyanins found in berries lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease. Adopting a Mediterranean diet which tends to be high in omega 3 fatty acids further combat inflammation and heart disease.
The reward of such lifestyle changes is the re-connection between heart and body. In a deeper sense we are promoting the health of our vascular system thus working towards improved function. Subtle changes can impact one’s health greatly, fostering healing wile optimizing body, mind and spirit. To continue this discussion please contact our office at: (480)219-7133 to book your consultation.
Yoga and Heart Health
Can yoga heal your heart? In many yoga classes you might hear phrases like heart opening and lifting your heart but we now have scientific studies showing that yoga actually improves heart health and benefits the cardiovascular system as a whole.
What sets yoga apart from many other physical activities is that it incorporates movement, breath work and meditation, all of which benefit the cardiovascular system. By moving, stretching and strengthening muscles blood sugar is regulated, increasing insulin sensitivity the key to fat loss and long term heart health. Today’s world constantly over stimulates and stresses the nervous system chronically elevating cortisol, the hormone responsible breaking down cells for energy in life or death situations. Cortisol is essential in certain situations however, elevated levels over long periods of time restricts blood flow, raises blood pressure and strains the heart. One of the most effective ways to manage stress is deep breathing techniques which activate the parasympathetic nervous system, the rest, digest, and repair mode for our bodies. Mediation taught in yoga classes relaxes and calms both body and mind reducing stress and anxiety, huge risk factors in heart disease and almost all other illnesses. By learning and mastering techniques taught in yoga we can reduce the effect of chronic stress and lower blood pressure both essential to a healthy heart.
Yoga and breath awareness have been shown to:
· Reduce Inflammation
· Reduce hypertension
· Boost HDL (good cholesterol)
· Improve circulation
· Improve lung function
We at A Place To Heal utilize movement, breathing techniques, and meditation to create a unique synergy, dramatically improving your cardiovascular health and well being.
Gentle Yoga Saturday 12:30-1:30 P.M.(appropriate for all levels; beginner to advanced)
In Good Health,
Cortney Halstead certified yoga instructor
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Staff from left to right: Dr. Werner, Dr. Sayegh, Dr. White, Anahi Jimenez, Christi Christiaens, Bonnie Adams, George Leger.
Bonnie is a licensed Massage Therapist, Reiki Energy Healer and CBD Oil Consultant. Helping people manage their pain and stress is a long time passion of hers. Massage, energy healing, and use of CBD Oils have proven to be effective tools to do this. Bonnie brings a strong knowledge of anatomy and physical based therapies to her treatment sessions.
I am a railroader’s daughter. As a child, we lived off the grid in railway stations across Northern Canada; no running water or electricity. We were hunters and gatherers. We fished, hunted, picked wild berries and plants, and raised chickens and grew a garden. As I grew up we moved into more civilization and eventually lived in the town of Thunder Bay, Ontario.
My first Nutritional working experience was at a local hospital working in the kitchen. I became a relief dietary supervisor managing delivery of special diets for the patients. I learned some fundamental allopathic nutritional guidance here, but it would prove to fail me as I progressed into my own difficult food issues later. I worked every summer as a dietary food supervisor in hospitals to pay for my university education, so I was constantly surrounded by illnesses trying to be addressed with food controls. I recognized that necessary lifestyle changes were nearly impossible for people and they moved to rely on band-aid solutions to the diseases resulting from poor nutritional choices.
After high school, I moved to Montreal, Quebec where I earned my Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from McGill University.
In 2015 I wanted to return to “hands-on healing” after many years retirement from PT. I became a medical massage therapist in 2016.
In the 1980’s I started to develop difficult digestive issues with no solutions offered by Allopathic doctors. For years I struggled to find relief from gut pain and sleeplessness caused by numerous foods. I eventually eliminated from my diet all foods that caused me gut discomfort. In 2012 I started my journey of using the naturopathic and alternative medical community for my medical needs. I got off all the allopathic medications (which were causing side effects), and I discovered I was nutritionally deficient, suffering from chronic fatigue, arthritic pain, cognitive decline, losing my hair and nails, and having difficulty emotionally.
In 2012 I discovered the holistic nutritional guidance that I feel saved my life. I had to make Nutritional Life Style Changes that would be permanent and rewarding! Now 6 years later I am still on a journey to improve my nutritional health more and more. Happily, I can share with you that I am sleeping soundly all night, have a bright acute focus all day long, my labs continue to reflect a healing gut, no stomach pain, no headaches, lots of energy, steady weight, low body fat, good exercise tolerance and emotionally healthy.
I am overall healthier and happier now at age 65 than I was at 35 and getting better every year.
We are what we eat and we think. The holistic approach to living encompasses health of the body, mind, and spirit.
At A Place to Heal we help you make the changes you need to overcome damages caused by nutritional (body, mind, and spirit), lifestyles that cause so many common aging diseases such as Diabetes, Cancer, Alzheimers, Arthritis and more. We Offer support for your body, mind, and spirit. To be complete we must nourish the whole of us, heal what is in need and preserve our health in all aspects. By getting to the source of the damages we can help repair and reverse years of aging.
Food is medicine. It can heal or it can disrupt our beautiful bodies.
Dr. Iasha White received her Bachelors of Science from Arizona State University and a Doctorate degree in Naturopathic Medicine. During her attendance at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ, she developed a passion for IV therapy, pain management, mind-body medicine, acupuncture and nutrition. Dr.White’s goal is to empower her patients while guiding them to health.
I dream of a society where its people enjoy the highest quality of health, where the mind and body are harmonized allowing individuals to realize their highest potential
Why I Became A Doctor!
I was introduced to holistic medicine as a child, from this introduction a seed was planted that I would become A Naturopathic physician. As an adult I nurtured this dream through curiosity and my compassion to help loved ones achieve optimal health. My grandmother suffered with depression, my brother with a brain tumor and another family member with addiction. My family’s suffering led me on this journey and inspired me to fulfill my destiny. Naturopathic medicine is my calling as it aligns with my belief in our body’s innate ability to heal and returning to nature to allow for such healing to take place.
What I Love To Treat!Chronic painAutoimmune conditionsHormone ImbalanceGastrointestinal issuesChronic disease (High blood pressure, diabetes)