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Check that chicken! What?

chicken and fluAccording to a recent study by Consumer Reports, 97% of the chicken breasts they test harbored bacteria that could make you sick.

Analyzing more than 300 chicken breasts purchased across the US, the scientists found potentially harmful bacteria in almost all of them, including organic brands.  More than 50% of the breasts contained fecal contamination.  Around half of them contained at least one bacteria that was resistant to 3 commonly used antibiotics.  This resistance to antibiotics is becoming a major public health threat according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). They are linked to at least 2 million illnesses and 23,000 deaths per year here in the US. 

chicken and fluWhat are these bacteria and how can they harm us?  The chief culprit is salmonella.  Salmonella come in many strains, the most dangerous of which is the Heidelberg variety, the culprit in the recent Foster Farms salmonella outbreak that drew a public health alert from the Dept. of Agriculture (USDA).  Christopher Braden, MD, of the CDC, reports that the Heidelberg salmonella produced these symptoms, common in most salmonella poisonings: 

nausea, vomiting, severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, and a low-grade fever

About 20 percent of people with salmonella end up hospitalized; almost 40 percent of those sickened by the Foster Farms-¬produced chicken did, Braden says.

So, how do we protect ourselves?

  • Keep your kitchen very clean
  • Cook the chicken to an internal temperature of 165 degrees (use a good meat thermometer)
  • Prevent cross contamination: Often when you take the chicken out of the package, you get bacteria on your hands, then touch the handle of your faucet, trash bin, or kitchen cabinet. Once they have bacteria on them, these dangerous bacteria can live on those surfaces for hours and sometimes days

safe chicken handling

Want to learn more about this public health hazard?  Click on the link in the above article.  Let’s all stay healthy


Holistic Mental Health


Could depression, anxiety, ADHD and like conditions be  connected with what is happening in the rest of our bodies? 

Yes!  Our brains are connected to our bodies. Welcome to the world of Holistic Mental Health – the study and clinical application of the connections between our bodies and our minds.  

Classically-trained psychiatrist Mary Beth Ackerley MD, MDH, ABIHM, takes a holistic approach to her practice and explains that “The holistic model supports the idea that body chemistry, spirituality, diet, nutrition, and other factors can impact the brain in diverse ways.”

Dr. Ackerley explains some of the key contributors to mental conditions that you might otherwise not suspect:

1. Blood toxicity, resulting from heavy metals or environmental chemicals (especially lead and mercury)
2. Improper diet, particularly poor quality or processed foods, or foods containing wheat, gluten, sugar, artificial sweeteners and dairy products (to which many people are highly sensitive)
3. Lack of exercise
4. Drug and alcohol use and abuse
5. Hormonal or chemical imbalances in the body
6. Psychological factors, including traumatic events, prolonged untreated stress, self-destructive beliefs, serious financial hardships, etc.  Stress, so common in our society, can cause deeper problems such as fibromyalgia, insomnia and depression
7. Genetics as evidenced by a family history of mental health conditions or hormonal imbalances
8. Lack of support from family, community or spiritual groups

So what are some of the clinical approaches in Holistic Mental Health – other than medications which may be indicated? 

  1. Individual involvement in our own care, actively participating and walkingbrainnot expecting any “silver bullet pills”
  2. Lab testing for chemical and hormonal imbalances in the body which may be contributing to the condition
  3. Lab testing for mold illness, a serious element in many mental conditions
  4. Dietary changes – eating more non-processed foods and more vegetables and fruits and fewer grainsBrainFruitVeg
  5. Nutritional supplementation to balance body chemistries
  6. Lifestyle changes – such as increasing our exercise, even just walking each day for 20-30 minutes
  7. Integrative therapies such as massage, biofeedback, talk therapies, yoga and art therapy to mention just a few approaches

 How can we find a Holistic Mental Health practitioner? 

Some of the organizations to explore:  American Board of Holistic Medicine (AHBM), the American Holistic Health Association (AHHA), the American Holistic Medicine Association (AHMA), the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM), and the American College of Advanced Medicine (ACAM).

We will be exploring some of the approaches mentioned here in more depth in coming articles. You can learn more by clicking on the link above. Here’s to our health!





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What is this wonderful new form of therapy? Welcome to the world of possibilities with hyperbaric oxygenation therapy (HBOT)!

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The FDA has approved its use for 14 conditions (follow this link) although other applications have been widely studied and utilized as well.

How does this work?  Carol Henricks, MD, a leading authority on HBOT therapies who treats patients from all states, explains it this way:


Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a medical treatment which enhances the body's natural healing process by inhalation of 100% oxygen in a total body chamber, where atmospheric pressure is increased and controlled by a physician who has received additional education in its proper use and it is part of an overall treatment plan by a neurologist.  By enhancing oxygen delivery to the tissues, HBOT stimulates healing processes in many tissue damage/disease states. A “hyper-oxygen” state is achieved and this initiates healing that would otherwise not be possible.

HBOT triggers the release of stem cells that are critical to this healing.  It interrupts the continued injury to tissues, minimizing damage and promoting new healing.

 Personal Chamber

What does this look like? 

To receive treatment, you enter the HBOT chamber and the oxygenation and pressurization are slowly increased under the physician’s direction. 


Want to learn more? Follow this link or call your RN Patient Advocate who will assist you in finding the best HBOT treatment in your area.

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