Weight loss tips from Dr. Melissa Coats, ND

It’s Springtime and if you are feeling that you would like to lose some weight, I find it is important to find a practitioner that can support you and provide guidance to make your efforts more successful. Weight loss can be the first step towards improving your overall health. Let’s start with some of the basics that I often share with patients whom are trying to get their weight to healthy goal.DIETEvery individual has slightly different dietary needs, but there are some basic concepts that are healthful for most people.  An optimal diet is:High in complex carbohydrates: beans, whole grains, fresh vegetables, and fruits.40% of daily intake should come from complex carbohydrates Moderate amount of protein30% from protein (beans, tofu, protein powders)Low in red meat: beef and beef products (grass fed, organic is best)High in fish and chemical-free poultryIncorporates Healthy Fats30% from fat.olive oil, coconut oil,  avocados, nuts, etc.Low in prepackaged/ processed/refined foods, sugar, alcohol, and caffeine.  Includes adequate amounts of water (around 2 quarts per day)Calorie requirements and other obstacles to weight loss are based on body type, activity level, hormone status, medications, and nutrient deficiencies. Dietary recommendations are different for each individual.  Your physician can design a program that is right for you and your health history.  At NS you can meet and discuss the LIFE Diet or 28- Day Detox depending on your needs.EXERCISEExercise is an important part of any healthful weight loss program.  Exercise will help you burn calories and also has other health promoting effects.  Exercise increases circulation, increases excretion of waste products, and increases well-being via stress reduction and endorphin release.  For the average person, incorporating a half-hour brisk walk into a daily routine three times a week is an excellent place to start. Although gradually increasing speed is valuable for cardiovascular health, increasing...

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Is Endometriosis The Hidden Cause of Period Pain?

March is Endometriosis Awareness month and this is definitely a condition that needs greater recognition. Endometriosis can be difficult to diagnose and many women go years or even decades before they are properly diagnosed.What is endometriosis?In endometriosis, cells that normally line the inside the uterus (the endometrium) grow outside the uterus. These cells can implant outside of the uterus, the ovaries, the bladder, even the digestive organs. These endometrial implants bleed and can form scar tissue over time, causing pelvic pain, digestive problems and even infertility.What is the cause?There are many theories about the cause of endometriosis and there are likely several factors that contribute to the development of this condition.  Environmental toxins, excess estrogen stimulation and genetics all seem to play a role. There is some evidence that certain woman are actually born with a type of endometriosis while others seem to develop it later on.What are the main symptoms?Endometriosis is often associated with intense period pain but this pain can occur throughout the monthly cycle. Pain may occur in the pelvis, in the abdomen or rarely in other parts of the body. Over 90% of endometriosis sufferers have digestive symptoms like bloating and bowel movement changes. Sometime the first sign of endometriosis may be unexplained infertility.What is the best treatment?Many women with endometriosis are treated with surgery, painkillers and oral contraceptives. And while these treatments can be very helpful to reduce symptoms, they do not necessarily correct the underlying imbalances associated with this condition. It’s important to also address the entire system by reducing inflammation, improving pelvic circulation, balancing hormones and reducing the effects of environmental toxins.Women with endometriosis often need support with stress management and sleep issues. Nutrition plays a key role in balancing inflammation, pain and hormones. Because internal scarring can form as a result...

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Testimonials from our amazing patients

In this often chaotic world, one can easily lose any sense of hope and compassion. At Naturopathic Specialists we vehemently believe in the understanding that we can all help make the world a better place. That starts with you, our patients. Over time we hear back from some of our patients that we are lucky enough to help, really showing their love and appreciation….I am spoiled.  My experiences with Dr. Rubin, Dr. Coates, and the entire staff have been wonderful. What I most appreciate is their respect for what I want to accomplish with my health goals. I went to them to get help to heal and I continue to go to prevent. I trust them.  Thank you to everyone at Naturopathic Specialists.  Judy W.Dr. Amy Waite, I which to acknowledge the following effects and side effects of the recent Ozone treatments in an attempt to reduce inflammation of my grossly exaggerated prostate stemming from double cancer tumours still present but inactive now suffering from benign prostatic hyperplasia.I am a 70 year old male who was diagnosed with two cancerous tumours in my prostate in Jan. 2010. I have become cancer free after 6 months of Naturopathic treatments at Naturopathic Specialists and a series of alternative health modalities under the care of Dr. Rubin and Dr. Coats in 2011-2012. Bone scan, MRI, and circulating tumour cel tests in Canada confirmed in Aug. 2016 that I was still cancer free.As a result of theses tumours, I was declared to have the largest prostate on record that the Princess Margaret Cancer clinic has ever seen. As a result, I have suffered from urgent needs to urinate, dribbling, low flow, having to get up to urinate 3 and 4 times a night, very low or no Lobito which necessitated the use of...

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Dr. Amy Waite on how colonics can help you stay healthy

As everyone is aware, the bowel is the main pathway for waste to leave the body. Given the amount of food we put into the opening of the gastrointestinal (GI) system, we might expect a lot to exit at the other end. Unfortunately, most people do not seem to have regular bowel movements even though they regularly put food into their mouths.  It’s a simple equation: if fecal matter is not leaving the body at the same rate that food is going in, there may be a problem. The bloodstream may absorb toxins that should be leaving the body, including toxic compounds that have a difficult time exiting as it is. Conventional wisdom says that if you have one bowel movement a day, you are regular, but most people eat at least three times a day. Yes, that means that ideally we would move our bowels three times a day.  We are plagued with many causes of constipation including eating foods that we are reactive to or allergic to, reduced output of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, an interruption of normal thyroid function, an overgrowth of Candida in our intestines, and not enough fiber in our diets. Our bodies are also effected by all of the additives in our food, chemicals sprayed on our crops, and pollution in our air. The accumulation of toxins in can take its toll on our bodies and the colon, which burdens our digestion and overall health. Colonics are not only a great way to not only restore the health of the colon, but colonics are also a great way to detoxify the body.Effects of Colonics:Colonics allow the liver to dump toxic-laden bile and have those toxins escorted out of the bodyColonics increase the movement of heavy metals and solvents through the bowelsColonics help normalize the muscular...

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We are proud to announce our new online store!

 Naturopathic Specialists, LLC is excited to announce for 2017 that we now have more exciting products that we do not carry in our clinic via NP Scripts. This will allow for patients to order the high-quality, physician approved supplements, natural household cleaning products, personal care products, children’s supplements and veterinary care any time day or night from your computer or mobile device.  As an introductory offer for this exciting new feature Naturopathic Specialist is offering 30% off products ordered online through NP Scripts in the month of February!  We hope this will help you feel more confident in your choices when shopping for your household as you try to create a healthier environment inside and out.  This month we have highlighted a few examples of things you can find on the site, but there is much more…For your pets…CurcuVet SA50/SA150 A curcumin for dogs and cats! We all know the great benefits of curcumin for humans, but it is also good for your fur baby.Buy Now!For your body…Skinny Whipped Body ButterCoconut oil, almond oil that can be used on your entire body, even your hair! 100% raw, alkaline coconut oil, organic almond oil, and essential oil blend.  Safe for the entire family and no harmful chemicals!Buy Now!For your home…Airbiotics- All Purpose Household CleanerFinally a cleaner that is not harmful for all things that need to be clean in your home.Buy Now!For your kids…Smarty Pants Kids Multiple with FiberA chewable gummy that covers all the bases for kids 3 and up with Fiber, Vitamin D, Fish Oil and Multiple vitamin in one!  The good news it is gluten and casein free and is non-GMO too!Buy Now! To view the online medicinary go to:  https://npscript.com/naturopathicspecialistsThe access code is: nsheals  There is a simple registration process and then you can begin ordering!We are excited about this...

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Turn Back the Clock with Naturopathic Specialists Anti-Aging Program

 Anti-aging skin consultThe process of aging is a personal journey. Each person has different aesthetic concerns and needs.  During this initial consult the physician will determine individual goals of the patient and make certain there are no medical conditions that might prevent treatment. This initial consult takes 1 hour.If determined necessary laboratory testing may include the followingAntioxidant statusInflammatory indicesBlood sugar stabilityCardiovascular risk markersHormone evaluationGenetic variants SupplementationNutritional supplementation will be determined on a case-by-case basis depending on individual patient goals. Nutrients and botanicals are prescribed for prevention, repair and optimization of health. The skin is affected by our body’s ability to digest, maintain a non-inflamed state and repair itself. Diet, supplementation and high dose nutrient IV’s will play a great role in achieving aesthetic goals. Supplements are meant to be taken daily during the program while nutritional IV’s are scheduled twice each week during the 6-week program. Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy combined with micro-needlingPlatelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy utilizes a patients own concentrated platelets and growth factors to revitalize skin. PRP combined with micro-needling can stimulate collagen growth and reduce the appearance of fine lines resulting in a more youthful appearance. The anti-aging skin program encourages 3 treatments during the 6-week program. ColonicsRidding the body of accumulated waste material and obtaining proper hydration is an effective way to achieve a more youthful appearance. The large intestine, also referred to as the colon, is the SEWER system of the body.  It is a large tube that stores and eliminates toxins and digestive waste out of our body.  Colon hydrotherapy is a safe and effective way to rid the body of accumulated toxins and waste that may be reflected through the skin.Colon hydrotherapy also improves cellular function simply through the effects of hydration that occurs at the cellular level. Many of us living in the desert...

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November is National Caregivers Month

November is National Caregivers Month. Naturopathic Specialists is excited to be able to offer to support to caregivers whom are a vital part of a healthcare team.   The impact of caregiving on a person can be a huge detriment to his or her own health.  It is important to take care of oneself when taking care of others.Dr. Coats felt so strongly about the topic of “caring for the caregiver” that back in 2012 she presented at the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians conference. She educated other physicians about the huge impact that caring for someone with cancer or other chronic illness can have on caregivers. Not only was she able to share statistics but real stories of support that she provided for caregivers at Naturopathic Specialists.For the caregiver’s of our patients at NS we offer the Caregiver Coupon which is a discounted package including a 30-minute focused consultation with a physician, a one-hour massage, a replenishing nutrient IV and a one-time 25% discount in the medicinary at the first office visit.We understand that taking care of someone when they are ill can be very time consuming, stressful and often takes a toll on that person’s health which is why it is important to take advantage of these services.  We also offer a caregiver handbook of resources and information that is available if one just asks.  We also encourage you to be on the lookout for our “Talk With a Doc“ series at Naturopathic Specialists throughout the year as some are caregiver focused. What is the impact of caregiving?90% reported more stress or worry69% spent less time with family and friends51% began taking more medications37% spent less time at work10% more frequent or misuse of alcohol or prescription drugs115% took a leave of absence from their employment48.6% had negative...

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Dr. Stefanski shares 5 of her favorite breast-friendly foods

For Breast Health Month, Dr. Stefanski shares 5 of her favorite breast-friendly foods to include in your diet on a regular basis. Enjoy!  Brassica family vegetables like kale, broccoli, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts are exceptional sources of anti-cancer compounds and help your body eliminate excess estrogens that can contribute to cancer growth. Dr. Stefanski recommends eating these foods daily. Lightly steam, roast or include in soups. rganic is best!Organic blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries are rich in antioxidants that have been shown to prevent inflammation and the cell damage that can lead to cancer. Adding a ¼ cup to ½ cup of organic berries to your smoothie, cereal or as a side dish is a delicious way to support your body!Sweet potatoes, butternut squash, and carrots are good sources of the precursors of Vitamin A called carotenoids. One recent study in Europe showed that higher concentrations of plasma β-carotene and α-carotene are associated with lower breast cancer risk of ER- tumors. Roasted or in soups these fall favorites are a great way to pack in health promoting nutrients!Flaxseeds are rich in fiber and compounds that act against the excess estrogen that can feed cancer growth. Dr. Stefanski recommends adding 2 TBSP of organic golden ground flaxseed to your daily diet. Try them in smoothies, yogurt, on oatmeal or a salad. Keep flaxseed in the refrigerator or freezer as the tend to go rancid quickly.Wild Alaskan/Pacific salmon is one of the best sources of essential fatty acids that keeps inflammation at bay. Inflammation is a risk factor for cancer.  Can’t get 3 servings per week? Add a high quality fish oil supplement. Dr. Stefanski can help guide you to the best and tested brands of fish oil with a dose that is safe and helpful for...

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6 tips for flu prevention

Get Sleep!!When we sleep our body repairs and restores. Consider creating a new nightly ritual to relax your mind and body. A warm mineral salt bath with essential oils is not just for vacation. As the cooler weather sets in (any time now…here in Arizona) it may sound more appealing! Eight hours is a great amount of sleep to aim for but each person has their own sleep hour need. Add “sleep” to your appointment calendar! It may be the most important appointment you keep each day.Keep stress to a minimumWe have known for years that stress negatively affects immune function. Stress reduction could be as easy as taking 10 minutes each day to breathe deeply into your belly and focus only on your breathing during that time.  You could also read inspirational books, listen to music that is relaxing to you, get a massage or just sit quietly in gratitude. This month you may even make an effort to remove stressful stimuli from your life.Exercise Walking for 20-30 minutes/day, biking a few miles each day in your neighborhood after dinner, taking a yoga class, gardening or moderate weight lifting all get your blood moving, reduce stress, improve immune function and strengthen your muscles! Some activity trackers have applications that remind you to move regularly! Consider investing in an activity tracker for yourself or loved one this holiday season. NS now sells Garmin watches with activity trackers. Inquire with our staff for more information!!Stay hydratedWhen mucous membranes (our first line of immune defense) get dry we create a perfect venue for introducing unwelcomed microorganisms. Simple reminders include taking a (glass or stainless steel) water bottle with you at all times. This could help you keep measure of your water intake.Another thought for keeping mucous membranes hydrated is to run a...

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National Massage Therapy Awareness Week October 25-31

Massage is more than a luxury-it’s a vital part of self-care that has positive ripple effects on us as we work, play & care for others. We are very adaptable as we move through life. You may have muttered, ” I’m getting old and stiff or my body just doesn’t move like it use too.”  Allow massage therapy to help you loosen tight joints and the muscles supporting them. There are times when our muscles can be so tight that our nerves cannot send signals correctly. This can feel like tingling or numbness in our arms or legs. Make massage a regular part of your preventive care by giving yourself the gift of massage & see how your body responds. Did you know that Eight out of ten Americans will experience debilitating back pain (time.com) and that massage can reduce the need for pain killers by 36% (amtamassage.org) Consider treating yourself or someone you love to a massage at Naturopathic Specialists with a special offer during National Massage Therapy Awareness Week!Receive $20 off your massage when you visit us during National Massage Week (October 25th –...

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