Who Do We Help?

Who Do We Help?

Our purpose at the Natural Health Improvement Center is to empower as many people as possible to achieve vibrant and optimum health through education and natural means, without the use of unnecessary drugs and surgery, and to pass the benefits along to future generations.

What kinds of people do we treat? If you can relate to one or more of the following, Dr. Lisa can help!

  • Spring and fall allergies that bring along sneezing, coughing, wheezing etc.
  • Sensitivity to animals & considering giving up a pet due to allergies
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Headaches, migraines, concussions
  • PMS, PCOS, hot flashes, cramps
  • Hormonal issues including thyroid, prostate, adrenal etc.
  • Food sensitivities
  • Digestive problems like acid reflux, IBS etc.
  • Sensitivities to perfumes, soaps, chemicals, hydrocarbons, scented candles, dryer sheets, smoke etc.
  • Past sports injuries
  • Feeling achy all over

We help people who are tired of their medical doctors telling them to take medications when they know the medication just hides the underlying problem.

We help people who know that food is the best medicine to help the body thrive.

We help people who know their body can heal but need a guide on their journey to health.

13 EZ Egg Recipes

13 EZ Egg Recipes

 

Packed with protein, vitamin D, potassium, and vitamin B12, eggs are not only affordable and quick to cook, but they also offer a bounty of nutritional benefits. Try switching up some different ways you incorporate eggs into your diet!

  1. Blend a Salad Dressing: Hard boiled eggs make a delicious alternative to avocados in a homemade pureed dressing or sauce combined with whatever other ingredients you want like mustard, garlic, lemon juice and apple cider vinegar.
  2. Over Oatmeal: crack one or two into morning oatmeal before cooking to add some power protein and fat; you can drop the egg right on top of the oatmeal or mix it in.
  3. Swap Out Chips: load up a hard-boiled egg with a scoop of guacamole.
  4. Morning Muffins: using a cupcake baking sheet, use eggs and your favorite veggies and proteins to make bite sized snacks.
  5. Toast Topper: slice a sweet potato and bake in the toaster until edges are crispy, top with poached egg.
  6. Savory Waffle: add an egg on top of a whole-wheat waffle, feel free to add bacon, avocado and some greens to spice up this yummy breakfast
  7. Frittatas: Put some cooked pasta in a bowl and beat with six eggs. Then, add a splash of milk or water and a healthy amount of chopped veggies, like zucchini, spinach, kale or broccoli. Then, heat a large nonstick pan, add the mixture and cook until it just sets around the edges. Pop into a 400-degree oven to finish cooking. Remove, flip it upside-down and slice into wedges. Can be made without pasta
  8. Breakfast Fried Rice: use a mixture of eggs, scallions, ginger, garlic & additional sauces to whip up a healthy bowl to start your day
  9. Add to Soups: add a poached egg on top of veggie based soups for some stomach-filling protein
  10. Egg Burritos: preheat a nonstick pan over medium-high heat and pour the eggs in, cooking until just set. Fill with beans, cooked chorizo or bacon, cheese and guacamole before rolling into a burrito.
  11. Hash Brown Egg-in-a-Hole: swap out bread with hash browns, using a skillet form a hole in the middle of the hash browns and crack an egg. Cook until it sets.
  12. Salad Topper: use a poached or hard boiled egg on top of salad for extra protein and flavor.
  13. Breakfast Pizza: top a classic margarita pizza with a few eggs! Cook the pizza about three-quarters, then crack the eggs in the center and cook the rest of the way. Or, you can cook the pizza all the way and top with fried eggs before serving.
INSTANT POT RAFFLE!

INSTANT POT RAFFLE!

We have officially started our raffle for one lucky patient to win an INSTANT POT! There are many different & easy ways to get your name into the contest, and you can have multiple entries too! A winner will be chosen just before Thanksgiving.

All you have to do is:

  • Refer someone who becomes a new patient
  • Post a testimonial (written or video) on your Facebook and tag Dr. Lisa
  • Post a picture of you and Dr. Lisa on Facebook (tag her too!)
  • Share one of Dr. Lisa’s Facebook videos on your page
  • Bring a guest to a health talk (one entry for each guest)
  • Write us a google review
Upcoming Health Information Talks

Upcoming Health Information Talks

Join us for our next upcoming Health Information Talks @ the Natural Health Improvement Center of Columbia, MD! Give us a call to reserve your spot today 410-717-6610.

Patients who bring guests to any health talk will receive one entry per guest in our raffle to win an Instant Pot!

From 6:30-7:15 on Mondays unless otherwise indicated

October 1st: Immune Essentials

October 15th: ADD/ADHD, Concentration, Memory, Studying etc.

October 29th: Women’s Health, Menopause, PMS, Foggy Brain, Hot-Flashes etc.

November 12th: Digestive Dysfunction, Acid Reflux, Bloating etc.

November 26th: Men’s Health, Prostate etc.

December 10th: Cholesterol – Myths & Truths

December 17th: Anxiety & Depression

January 7th: Skin Health – Eczema, Psoriasis, Acne, Rashes

Healthy Lunches

Healthy Lunches

Nutrition & The Body

A school lunch box can potentially make up to 30-50% of our child’s daily food intake.

Effects of poor nutrition, especially with children, go beyond weight gain. A child who eats too much fat, sugar, sodium or processed food and too few vitamins and minerals is likely to develop a higher risk over time for several chronic health problems.

Proper nutrition is also tied to better academic performance, so kids who eat unhealthy lunches are more likely to score worse on tests and have a harder time with schoolwork. Lower IQ scores, memory difficulties, fine motor and language skills into early adulthood and beyond are all associated with lack of essential vitamins and nutrients.

A homemade lunch will keep your kids away from junk food temptations & ensure easy-access to healthier options that they will learn to love.

Better for their body & your budget

When you pack a lunch, you control the ingredients and choose items based on your budget and preference. In some cases, packing a lunch is not only healthier, but less expensive. For approximately the same cost as five days of school lunch purchases, you can buy enough ingredients to pack a healthy lunch each day, with the added peace of mind that your child has a wholesome and nutritious meal to eat.

Sugar Sabotage

80-90% of the immune system is located in the GUT

The body’s microbiome is made up of trillions of good bacteria that digest food, produce vitamins and protect the body from germs and disease. But when kids consume too much sugar, it can alter the balance between good and bad bacteria and weaken their immune systems.

One of the most common effects sugar can have on children are cold-like symptoms: chronic runny noses, excessive mucus, cough, allergies and symptoms of sinus infections. Eliminating sugars can drastically help improve these common symptoms.

Children who are “picky eaters” are most likely loading up on too much sugar, causing stomachaches and poor appetites. Crowd out high sugar foods with healthier options and soon their bodies will crave the real nutrients they need.

Approximately 80% of packaged foods contain added artificial sweeteners.

Foods to AVOID

  • Packaged fruit juice & sugary drinks
  • Flavored milk & excessive dairy
  • High sugar granola bars & processed snack packs
  • High fructose corn syrup
  • Packaged dried fruit & desserts
  • Heavy pasta sauces & dressings

Foods to CHOOSE

  • Fresh fruits & veggies
  • Lean proteins
  • Healthy fats
  • Whole grains & carbs
  • Low glycemic options

SWAP THIS FOR THAT!

Instead of flavored yogurt

Try plain Greek yogurt with fresh fruit mixed in (you could also add local honey for a sweeter taste & natural immune booster).

Instead of canned fruit

Try chopping up the fresh stuff; a cup of fresh peaches has 13g of sugar, and 1 cup of canned peaches has 33g of sugar.

Instead of sweetened salad dressings & sandwich spreads

Try making your own balsamic vinaigrette or light ranch, choosing mustard, homemade guacamole or hummus vs mayonnaise.

Instead of sodas, juices & dairy

Try adding fruits & veggies like berries, lemon, ginger & cucumber to water for extra flavor.

Instead of lunchables or highly processed meats

Try getting your meat straight from the deli or pack some leftover proteins from dinner the night before.

Acid Reflux, what it is and what to do about it.

How many people do you know who take acid reducing medications? You may take them yourself or have a family member who does.

 

It usually starts with discomfort after eating. Maybe it feels like heartburn, a burning feeling in your stomach that eventually becomes moderately or severely painful in your chest or back or even in your neck and head. The symptoms can be frightening and makes some people wonder if they are having a heart attack. Maybe you’ve had this, and you figured it wasn’t a heart attack so you took Tums or some other over the counter antacid. The logic is fairly linear–because the pain is burning and acidic, decreasing the acid seems to be the thing that will help the pain go away. And when it happens again, you take the antacid again, and again. You make a list of foods that cause it and do your best to avoid them. But because of its frequency you may find yourself wondering “what food could it possibly be this time?” The pain continues and eventually it starts affecting your ability to participate in aspects of your life. It makes it hard to go out to eat with your friends, and it might even be difficult to plan meals at home.  

Acid reflux is when stomach acid travels from your stomach back up into your esophagus, causing burning pain. The medical approach of symptom reduction is the prescription for even stronger acid reducers. But these prescriptions are only meant for temporary use. In some cases, when the prescriptions stop reducing the reflux,  it is likely that a doctor will recommend surgery. Many people stay on the medications year after year, which is dangerous. 

So let’s take an alternate look at this whole problem. Let’s look at how the stomach works and what goes wrong to cause acid reflux.

When digestion goes well, after you chew your food, it travels down your esophagus, a valve opens and your food goes into your stomach where it breaks down into smaller pieces with the help of strong stomach acid. It then goes through another valve into your small intestine where it gets absorbed so your body can use the nutrition you have just fed yourself. The valve that opens to allow the broken down food out of your stomach and into your small intestine only opens when the stomach contents are at a certain level of acidity.  

There are a couple of ways that this system can go wrong.

The first is that there can be a hiatal hernia, a weakness of the area around the valve at the top of the stomach. In most cases, that problem can be handled by particular chiropractic techniques.

And the second is that there is too little acid in the stomach. We tend to lose the acid in our stomachs as we get older and so the food that we eat doesn’t get digested properly (the scientific name for the condition is hypochlorhydria). This causes the food to sit in the stomach longer than it is meant to, and go back up into the esophagus when it should be going downward into the small intestine, especially when a hiatal hernia is also present It is like your sink backing up when the pipes aren’t clear. Remember, the stomach needs to be at a certain level of acidity in order for the valve at the bottom of the stomach to open and allow the food to leave the stomach and continue down the digestive tract into the small intestine.

If there isn’t enough acid in the stomach, then reflux occurs.

If food doesn’t break down in the stomach due to low stomach acid, it doesn’t make it onto the small intestine in a form that is absorbable, the nutrition in the food doesn’t get into the organs and cells, and the end result is malnourishment of the body. And since our organs need nutrients to function well, we end up with organ dysfunction and illness.

So what is the solution? Correcting the acidity of the stomach with specific supplements, or even in some cases, something as simple as using apple cider vinegar (the kind that say “with the mother” on the label), improving the diet and correcting the hiatal hernia using noninvasive techniques works in almost all the cases I have treated in my practice.

Since the side effects of the medications are serious and dangerous, and since no two bodies are exactly the same, it makes sense to find out exactly why YOU have acid reflux and do what YOUR body needs in order to get better without drugs or surgery.

Call 410-717-6610 to make your appointment to start handling your digestive troubles naturally.

Tips for staying safe in the heat.

It looks beautiful outside but it is extremely hot, and it is important that you take precautions not to overheat. Here are some tips to keep you safe and avoid overheating.

1. If you can stay inside, that is best. Find some indoor activities such as reading, doing yoga, dancing in the living room, making a lovely salad, enjoying something you’ve always wanted to watch, writing about your ideal scene for a goal you have or the life you are working toward living, or playing a board game with friends or family.

2. If you do outdoor activities, be sure to stay hydrated. Some people choose high sugar sports drinks to keep their electrolytes balanced. Sugar is dehydrating as well as creating a stress on your pancreas and adrenal glands and inflaming your body. (Notice the word flame in inflame. There is heat involved with inflammation.) A better option is to prepare a big pitcher or water bottle with a small pinch of good salt like sea salt of Himalayan salt (salt that has natural minerals in it) and a big slice of lemon or lime.

MY PERSONAL RECIPE: I like to put a pinch of my favorite salt, Herbamare or a good unprocessed salt along with the juice of half a lime or lemon into my 24 oz water bottle and I might drink 3 or 4 of those bottles a day when I am out in the heat.

3. Wear loose lightweight and light colored clothing. Darker clothing absorbs heat and light colored clothing keeps you a little cooler. Natural fibers like cotton, linen and silk allow your body to breath better than synthetic fibers. A light hat with a brim is a good idea as well.

4. Sweating is normal unless it is excessive. It is your body’s way of maintaining a healthy body temperature. If you stop sweating, it means your body is much too hot, and you may be dangerously dehydrated. You need to get inside, drink more water, take a cool (not cold) shower and rest. Heavy sweating along with muscle cramps mean your body is too hot. If you feel cold and clammy, or have goosebumps with the sweating, it is time to get out of the heat and get hydrated. If someone passes out or if you are worried, call 911. Heatstroke is very dangerous and occurs when the body approaches 104 degrees. Better safe than sorry.

5. Check on each other. Make sure the people you are with are drinking water and feeling good, not lightheaded or faint.

6. Avoid heavy exercise outside when it is very hot. Plan your outdoor exercise early in the morning or later when the temperature goes down.

7. Avoid drinking alcohol, which diminishes your body’s ability to regulate heat and dehydrates you further.

8. For every cup of coffee you drink you need to add an extra glass of water. Caffeine is dehydrating.

9. Check on your family, friends and elderly neighbors. Make sure they are keeping cool and drinking water too.

10. Make sure your pets are safe as well. Their paws can burn on hot pavement, and they need to stay hydrated as well.

With much love,
Dr. Lisa

You are amazing! Is joint pain keeping you from your best active self?

Do you remember when you could do anything you wanted to do and nothing hurt? When did knees and ankles and hips and shoulders and so on start to hurt, and why can’t you recover as you used to? I don’t like it when people say they are just getting old. People say that to me at all ages. What I say is this: it isn’t necessary to become immobile as we get older, to hurt all the time or to feel that you shouldn’t take that hike, run that 5K or even that marathon, sit on the floor with your children or grandchildren, spend the day at a museum, walk around the lake, travel to that wonderful place you have dreamed of. It is so disappointing to imagine that those things are not possible, and there are things that can be done to allow you to feel much better. I do understand. I am 61 years old and I can’t believe it. I feel like I am 37, or even 27. And my body sometimes does betray me, but I am a stubborn woman, and I still want to be active. And as a chiropractor and natural health care provider, I want to help you stay active too (it might be good to have a determined stubborn doctor in your corner rooting for you). If you are less active than you want to be, with baby steps, I believe that you can become more involved in the activities you love, or even take up new activities. So come join me to talk about these things, see how to have more energy and less pain and get back to living your amazing life!

Mold sensitivities

It has been so very rainy this summer. We have seen our treasured Ellicott City, Md go through its second devastating flood in two years. And we have had very few hours of sun in the past weeks.

There are mushrooms growing in the grass. Conditions are perfect for loads of mold and fungus to grow. Many people have had water from the rain come into their homes.

So what does this have to do with how we feel physically?

Many people are feeling stuffed up or like a sore throat or sinus infection is starting. Some are even feeling like their thoughts are jumbled into a foggy brain. There are various symptoms of mold sensitivities, from skin rash to sneezing and coughing to post nasal drip to sinus infections to foggy thinking to headache to joint pain to watery eyes to itchy scalp.

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, what should you do? First of all, know what you are dealing with. If you have a mold sensitivity, it is not the same as a bacterial infection, so antibiotics are not the answer. An accurate assessment of your health is important.

There are several ways that the body can overreact to mold. Strengthening your body’s ability to handle its environment is one way to improve your health. And decreasing the stress on your body is another approach. Sometimes the organs of your body are tired and need support. And sometimes your body is misinterpreting the severity of the attack on it and then overreacting.

If you are struggling with your health, an analysis can be performed and the stress on your body can be decreased. Once your body’s organs are analyzed correctly and specifically, they can be strengthened over time with the exact treatments or supplements you need. No more guessing.

Call the Natural Health Improvement Center of Columbia, Md. at 410-717-6610 for an accurate assessment of your health. If you are a good candidate for care, we will figure out whether Nutrition Response Testing or Advanced Allergy Therapeutics would be the best way to get started.

(Please note: Mold can be very dangerous. If you have mold in your home, it is crucial that you get it remediated by a qualified company. Rainbow International is one such company that I know of and there are others.)

What? I can find out what my body knows? YES!

I didn’t have to do it. Why did I spend more than 60 days away from home over the course of a year and a half, taking 500 hours of classes that were not required, that were well over and above the 48 hours of continuing education credits that are necessary to maintain my license to practice my chosen profession of Chiropractic care? Why did I take 15 trips to Florida, not for vacation, but to study? I did it to learn to have insight into health questions that, for nearly 30 years of practice, I have had only partial views. Each of those courses added to my wisdom, allowing me to help one or two or three more people, ten, twenty, thirty, one hundred, two hundred, three hundred and more people. And each and every one of those people are individuals who get my personal attention. I am so proud to have taken this journey to become an Advanced Graduate and Master of Nutrition Response Testing.

What does this mean for my patients and my community? It means that we can be much healthier than we are. It means that if your lab tests are normal yet you still don’t feel well, we can find out why and do something about it. It means that if you have had surgery yet are still in pain or having health trouble, there is a reason. It means that we have a way of analyzing your body so as to access its information systems.

Just like a computer has all of its knowledge and instructions inside of it, to be accessed by someone who knows how, so does your body. Your body knows everything about itself on some level. Abnormal lab tests, dysfunction and symptoms show up only after your body has been trying to adapt and correct itself until it can’t any more.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could sit down with your body’s wisdom and ask it questions? Like, “Hey Body, What’s up? Do you need something? Are you tired? Is there a reason you are so stressed?”

Well, now we can do just that. Using completely non-invasive Nutrition Response Testing, we can get your body to answer an essential series of questions that will then allow us to develop the precise Designed Clinical Nutrition program that is exactly right for your body’s healing.

I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t want to be able to have this conversation with their body.

If you have a group of friends who ever talk about how they wish they felt better, could do more, sleep better, have better focus, get rid of their headaches or migraines, have fewer menopausal symptoms, be more patient, have less anxiety, let’s have a tea party. I will come and share this method with you and your friends, and if anyone is interested in a more in depth analysis, we can arrange that easily.