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5 Ways to Spring into Health | Renewal Your Health

Spring into Health

It is that time of year, where things seemingly bloom. Our bodies transition from a dormant winter state into a refreshed awakening. We come out of hibernation, stretch from our restful nap, ready to take on what comes before us. A season change is an excellent time of renewal and transition to let go of what no longer serves us and move forward into the new. This renewal comes at just the right time as birds begin to resurface coming out to play, grass begins to resprout, and the sun begins to stay out longer to experience life. Springtime is the perfect renewal of our health as well, as our bodies and minds are an aspect of nature as well as creation. As we begin to live more in alignment with all that is around us, becoming more imbalanced and in harmony with who we are we rejoice as we shed our old skin to emerge a healthier, happier version of ourselves. The following tips are to encourage this renewal of spring and to bring light to perhaps areas of darkness within your lives.

  1. Begin to renew your relationships with gratitude. Look at the relationships within your life. Begin to become grateful for those that are in harmony, those that feed you, those that support you, nourish you and invigorate you. Also, reflect in gratitude for the relationships that you are not in harmony with your life. What have these relationships shown you about yourself, what can you be grateful for in these relationships, how have these relationships helped you grow and see yourself as a whole beautiful person of forgiveness.

  2. Reflect on your relationship with self. Are you feeding yourself with nourishing foods, are you provide enough hydration to yourself, are you moving, and providing yourself enough sleep in the evening time to be recharged in the morning.

  3. Check-in for a check-up, have you seen a doctor in a while. Have you had labs done within the last 6 months or year? Do you have symptoms or reoccurring health concerns that are not addressed? Get honest and present with how your body is actually progressing and reflect on are you building health or building disease processes.

  4. How are you managing your stress and emotional health? Do you drink a glass of wine every night or find yourself angry, frustrated, overly emotional. We are all human beings having a human experience. We all experience emotion differently. Some of us are confused by emotions, others overwhelmed by them, while others avoid them all together. Whichever type of person that you are it is perfect while beginning to build emotional intelligence is the key to transforming your physical health.

  5. Provide the space to grieve. Let go of all people, places, situations, circumstances, and experiences that do not serve you, while allowing yourself the space to grieve the process. Grieving a completion it allows for you to let go of the past, get it to nothing, in order to create a future from a space of nothing.


Springtime is a beautiful time, new life emerges and the energy begins to quicken as it prepares for the excitement of the summer. Days become longer and a light, airy energy envelopes all of our spirits. We are far more active, excited, and present to the miracle of life. If you have not seen a doctor recently or if you are in search of a doctor who listens consider a holistic practice as an option. As the only practice of our kind in the state of Virginia and beyond we seek to help individual people and families attain a true sense of balance and peace with their health as well s their life. I am truly grateful that you are connected to our practice and appreciate your commitment to your health. I look forward to continuing to serve you and your families for many years to come; keep an eye out for more exciting service offerings and announcements in the future as we continue to move forward in creating a safe, healing practice for your community.

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All information contained in this blog post is intended for informational and educational purposes only, and is neither intended nor suited to be a replacement or substitute for professional medical treatment nor for professional medical advice relative to a specific medical question or condition.


The proven research behind the infrared dry sauna

Infrared Dry Sauna BCND

The primary benefit of the sauna is that it induces sweating. Although, many of us go to great lengths to avoid sweating and perspiration; sweating have two essential functions; it cools you down, and it rids the body of waste products.

The body contains two main types of sweat glands:

Apocrine glands located mostly in the armpits, pubic hair, and scalp. They secrete sweat that contains fat and other organic compounds. (Bacteria on the skin interacting with these compounds is what causes body odor.) These glands, which become functional at puberty, also emit hormones as well as pheromones believed to attract the opposite sex.

Eccrine glands, which number more than 2 million and are scattered all over the body, are the real workhorses when it comes to sweating.Activated by heat, stress, and emotions these glands secrete odorless, watery sweat that cools you down as it evaporates on the skin.

Sweating mobilizes toxins stored in the fat while enhancing elimination. If you have been around a smoker or a drinker you know the smell of nicotine or alcohol as it literally pours out of their skin in their sweat. The same is true for less obvious things like toxic chemicals as well as heavy metals.

Several researchers have looked into the benefits of the infrared dry sauna.  One most notable study was the Hubbard Sauna Detoxification Program. This protocol involves daily exercise followed by sitting in a sauna for two and a half to five hours a day, with breaks for cooling and rehydrating. Participants in this program also take niacin to stimulate circulation as well as fat mobilization in addition to various other multivitamins and polyunsaturated oils.




Another recent study was performed on the NYC Rescue workers after September 11th, where massive amounts of toxins were released and firemen, policemen, and other rescue and cleanup workers bore the brunt of this environmental disaster. The project was known as the New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project and addressed acute respiratory distress that was common in this group. However, over subsequent weeks and months, a significant number of individuals experienced a wide range of health issues, including gastrointestinal complains, worsening pulmonary problems, depression, irritability, and various cognitive disorders.

From a period of September 2002 to September 2005, more than 500 rescue workers, the majority being firefighters between the ages of 35 and 45, completed the sauna program and had fantastic results.

Before the Treatment

  • They missed a median of 2.1 days of work per month
  • Had 4.4 days of limited activity
  • Symptom severity scores, which related to 10 systems, including skin, respiratory, emotional, cognitive, and musculoskeletal were high
  • Half of the participants were taking prescription medication to manage their symptoms

After Treatment

  • The number of missed workdays fell to .2
  • Symptom scores dropped dramatically
  • 84 percent of participants had discontinued all of their drugs because symptoms resolved themselves
  • They also reported marked improvements in thyroid function, balance, reaction time, as well as IQ

This was achieved after consistent Infrared Dry Sauna Therapy treatments.

The benefits of the sauna also extend past detoxification with the positive impact on the heart. Sitting in the sauna has effects similar to exercise. The heart is given a gentle workout while the heat of the sauna dilates the capillaries and improves blood flow.

In the American College of Cardiology, it was founded that 15 minutes in a sauna per day for 14 days improved the function of endothelial cells lining the arteries by 40 percent. While Japanese researchers found sitting in the sauna was helpful in working with people with congestive heart failure. After taking daily saunas for four weeks, 13 of 15 patients with serious heart failure had decreases in blood pressure and improvements in the hearts pumping ability measurement known as ejection fraction, as well as exercise tolerance, and oxygen uptake.

Additional Benefits of the Sauna

Other conditions the Infrared Dry Sauna is beneficial to include:

  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Mild Depression
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Skin Conditions

And don’t forget the sauna is safe, gentle, easy, and effective. The infrared is one of our basic detox services and is used in sick care visits, routine detoxification programs, and services in our practice as well as including in ongoing naturopathic healthcare.

Book your first dry sauna appointment today along with a complimentary wellness visit here


All information contained in this blog post is intended for informational and educational purposes only, and is neither intended nor suited to be a replacement or substitute for professional medical treatment nor for professional medical advice relative to a specific medical question or condition.


New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project





Journal of the American College of Cardiology March 6, 2002 (Volume 39, Number 5) Kihara T, Biro S, Imamura M, et al Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2002;39(5):754-759

Japanese Study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16105634

Thermotherapy Benefits: The Science Behind the Thermotherapy Biomat

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The Biomat is an FDA approved medical device with positive health indications and thermotherapy benefits. These indications are ailments to which the FDA has proved that a particular device actually works to produce a result. The Biomat is classified as a class II Medical Device and its indications are for temporary relief of muscle spasms, minor joint pain and stiffness, minor muscular back pain, muscle pain, joint pain associated with arthritis, minor strains, minor sprains, relaxation of muscles and the increase of local circulation where applied.

The heat received from the far infrared rays dilates the blood vessels much like aspirin, thus relieving muscle aches, back tensions while dilating blood vessels which results in increased blood flow and circulation. More oxygen-rich blood to depleted muscles can produce relief from aches as well as pains.

The far infrared also results in a rise of tissue temperatures and is considered thermotherapy. Thermotherapy is a therapy that adds heat to the body resulting in a rise of tissue temperature. This can increase blood flow to provide nutrients, protein, and oxygen at the place of injury. Studies show that a 1% increase in the temperature of tissues is associated with a ten to fifteen percent increase in tissue metabolism locally. This increase helps in the healing process by removing metabolic byproducts of the damaged tissues producing an environment to which the tissue may repair themselves.

As the heat raises body temperatures it induces a healthy fever, which can provide greater benefit to the immune system, specifically as a type of lymphocyte, known as a CD8+ cytotoxic T-cell, helps to eradicate infected cells. The biomat also generates negative ions by the way of seventeen layers to its construction. The TOCA (Tourmaline Catch Power) layer contains tourmaline stones which are a natural emitter of negative ions. In 2013 report on the effects of negative ions the studies were discussed the positive effects on physiological functions and human health from negative ions.

Because of the increased mineralization of the negative ions, the biomat can also be soothing for those suffering from exhaustion, fatigue, malaise, and assorted circulatory conditions. The biomat is safe effective and gentle which is why it is considered a basic detoxification service within our practice.

It has also been used in conjunction with other treatments for the following conditions:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic Pain
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Depression
  • Stress Reduction

 Book your first biomat session today along with a complimentary wellness visit here


All information contained in this blog post is intended for informational and educational purposes only, and is neither intended nor suited to be a replacement or substitute for professional medical treatment nor for professional medical advice relative to a specific medical question or condition.

The following studies are found via Richway in regards to studies on the efficacies of these particular treatment:

Measuring Stress Reduction Using Far Infrared Medical Device

Dr. George Grant, Ph.D, I.M.D., M.Sc., M.Ed., C.CHEM., R.M.

March 2nd, 2011

Article Featured in Prime-Journal.com – Measuring Stress Reduction using the InfraRed Negative Ions Amethyst BioMat

(A study where subjects were tested before and after using the Biomat for an hour daily over 2 months using ICAP Brain Scan, HRV Heart scan and Bio resonance Magnetic analyzer. The results were reduction in stress by 78% among subjects tested and an increased sense of well being.)

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Evaluating thermotherapy using the amethyst Biobelt and the infrared negative ion amethyst Bio-Mat

Dr. George Grant, Ph.D, I.M.D., M.Sc., M.Ed., C.CHEM., R.M.

(George Grant discusses the results of a 3 month study using the BioBelt and Bio-Mat to reduce fat, pain, and stress in 12 patients)

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The Effects of Repeated Thermal Therapy for Patients with Chronic Pain

Masuda A, Koga Y, Hattanmaru M, Minagoe S, Tei C.

Nishi Kyusyu University, Saga, Japan.

Hyperthermia in Cancer Treatment

National Institute on Cancer

BioMat Skin Temperature Test Protocol and Thermal Images

November, 22, 2007

Test Facility: Teletherm Infrared Systems / Research

(Test Protocols of person using BioMat showing temperatures at each time interval for the center of the back of the head, upper-middle back, lower-middle back, buttocks, middle back of thigh and middle back of calf.

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Too Hot for Cancer

Alternative Medicine,, Issue 37 September, 2000

Harvey Kaltsas, D.O.Ml, A.P.

(A report on hyperthermia, electrotherapy and far infrared rays as a treatment for cancer)

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Preliminary Trial To Investigate The Effect Of Myocardial Maintenance Of Amethyst BioMat Following Miocardial Infarct Operation

Medical Reseach Center, Sapporo Medical School, Japan

Skanuma Kiyosi MD/PhD

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Far infrared radiation (FIR): its biological effects and medical applications

Fatma Vatansever and Michael R. Hamblin

Fatma Vatansever, Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA; and Department of Dermatology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA;

Corresponding author: Michael R. Hamblin, Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA

Published 2012 Oct 16.


Controlled Trial of Bright Light and Negative Air Ions for Chronic Depression

Psychological Medicine, 2005, 35, 1-11

Namni Goel, Michael Terman, Jiuan Su Terman, Mariana M. Macchi and Jonathan W. Stewart

(A peer-reviewed study that concludes that bright light and negative ion therapy is effective in treating chronic depression)

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Negative ion therapy research and studies

Treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder with a High-output Negative Ionizer

Michael Terman, Ph.D. and Jiuan Su Terman, Ph.D.

The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Volume 1, Number 1, 1996

(A study that suggests electrolyzed-reduced water scavenges active oxygen species and protects DNA from oxidative damage)

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Negatively Charged Atomic Oxygen and Its Impact on Biology and Pathology of Life Processes

Harry L. Beckman, M.D.

Presented at the 5th International Congress of Cybernetic Medicine, Naples, 1968

The Owner’s Manual for the Brain: Everyday Applications from Mind Brain Research

Pierce J Howard, Ph.D

Bard Press, 1999

Ionic Foot Detoxification Services: Benefits of Detox

Ionic Foot Detoxification BCND

Ionic Foot Detoxification is one of our basic detoxification services in our practice. Our basic detoxification services are mild, and gentle to the system while using the bodies own ability to detoxify either through the use of heat, moisture, ionic exchange, etc. They are all safe, effective, and passive practices to help rid the body of many unwanted toxic substances from our body. Unfortunately, we live in an era of time to which toxic substances are unavoidable. The EPA recently reported that over 70,000 chemicals are commercially produced within the United States with new ones introduced on an annual basis. Out of these toxins reported approximately 65,000 are classified as potentially harmful to human health and wellbeing. Over 3,000 chemicals are found within our food supply and over 700 added to our drinking water. Gentle detoxification methods are key in reducing these overburdened toxic substances, while not disrupting the homeostasis of the body. The body must contend with these toxic substances so much to the point that the shear act of detoxification can become difficult to manage on its own. This breaks down the immune system, further complicating the body’s mechanisms to handle basic processes. Major symptoms of high needs for detoxification include nervous system and challenges within a person’s emotional wellbeing. Our bodies have become so overwhelmed by the toxins that even detoxification itself may produce short-term discomfort. This is why we utilize basic detoxification services, in order to clear the secondary drainage pathways to make way for more intensive detoxification processes. Ionic Foot Detoxification is just one of the basic detoxification services offered within Holistic Family Practice with a goal of supporting the bodies ability to heal itself by gently eliminating toxic substances while moving the bodies bio-energetic frequencies.

Five common external sources of toxicities are as follows:

  • Inhalation from air pollution such as second-hand smoke, smog, mold, air pollution, etc
  • Ingestion from chemicals used on food crops, in drinking water, medicines, drugs, etc
  • Injection from vaccinations, injectable substances, and from tattoos
  • Absorption from chemicals used on fabrics and other surfaces, paints, plastics, pesticides, and chemical fertilizers
  • Irrigation from medical X-rays, cell phones, computer monitors, televisions, power grids, etc

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Many forms of detoxification exist and many detoxification practices often build upon one another. Many people are so toxic and littered with chemical and metabolic toxic substances that they are unable to withstand physical chelation initially when beginning a health regimen to include detox. Often times in my practice we must first spend time building the body up and supporting the bodies natural functions before we are truly able to detox the body. Basic detoxification including the foot detox is a good way to begin that process. The Ionic Foot Detox System works off of the bioenergetic system. When stimulated the body’s own natural ability to detoxify itself is enhanced and the primary, as well as secondary drainage pathways, begin to flush toxic substances out. When electromagnetic fields are charged the efficiency of the body’s own ability to detoxify is enhanced helping to rids the body of unnecessary cellular waste. Often times people become confused by the process thinking that the water changes colors based on the toxins excreted or even still some people are told that actual participles are removed from the body through the pores. Neither mechanism is true, however, studies have been performed that have tested the PH of both the person as well as the water before and after treatment with a positive result. Even still the water has been tested before, during, and after in controlled experiments to reveal higher amounts of urea, glucose, as well as creatine. In additional subjective patient surveys, participants reported enhanced health from improved sleep, a greater sense of well-being, pain relief, increased energy, improved digestion, etc. Granted this survey was an analysis of participants receiving these services and thus was a subjective not objective analysis of the efficacy. Even still, this is the mechanism even to which placebos work, as people subjectively believe that the placebo will be effective. However, in the previous study mentioned where glucose, urea, and creatine molecules were found in the post water in addition to studies to which ph levels changed within the person receiving treatment does point to osmotic diffusion activity through the skin by cotransporters or substrates. Although findings were small based on the sample size the presence of non-ionic plasmatic molecules suggests the passing of biological membranes and presumably extracting ionized toxic waste.

In my personal experience of using the ionic foot detox in practice, I was a naturopathic student in preceptorship training. Preceptorship is when we train not only with other naturopathic students but also other doctors. I was training with a chiropractor who also performed nutrition response testing and nutritional assessments. I was initially very skeptical of the foot detox treatment but people loved it and my fellow naturopaths who were farther along in their training seemed to be positively affected by it. What changed my perception of the effectiveness of the machine will always stay with me. Of course, we had the common conditions coming in for naturopathic care, diabetes, hypertension, etc. standard metabolic health imbalances that had pretty dirty water. The colors always began about the same with inflammation from the joints expressing itself first, which made logical sense to me. We then began to have an influx of Cancer patients in our practice, some who took chemo, some who refused, others with radiation etc. Those that took chemo their water was black, literally black, dark chunks, smells, it was putrefying and disgusting unlike anything I had ever seen before as I witnessed this I became a believer instantly. I know generally how toxic chemotherapy is to the body and in some cases, it is recommended as a course of treatment. Witnessing the toxic effects of these substances coming out of the body made lasting effects on me, not just with the understanding of ph balances within the body during these states of disease, but also the true effectiveness and usefulness of the foot detox. Even though we all may not be able to explain it, understand it, prove it, or otherwise the wast have been using machines such as these as a means of keeping well for centuries. In fact, eastern cultures to which utilize devices like this one with great faith actually have a better overall health rating than the west with industrialized and high cost, high technology treatments. Although I am not a proponent of better or worse or us against them I do think that the comparisons are interesting to note. I offer those interested in detoxifying themselves and following a different path, perhaps even the road less traveled to give it a try, besides you have nothing to lose but excess waste.

Please note ionic foot detox is contraindicated for certain conditions and all guests to our practice must complete a complimentary 15 mins wellness visit or one-hour consultation prior to participation in any of our basic detoxification services.

All information contained in this blog post is intended for informational and educational purposes only, and is neither intended nor suited to be a replacement or substitute for professional medical treatment nor for professional medical advice relative to a specific medical question or condition.