The Extraordinary Benefits of Breastfeeding

Did you know August is National Breastfeeding month? The United States Breast Feeding Committee (USBC) created this official declaration in August of 2011 and set out to improve the nation’s heath by protecting and promoting breastfeeding. At the 5 year anniversary there is MUCH to celebrate! Rates of breastfeeding continue to rise and society has become a more welcome place for breastfeeding moms and babies. Here are some amazing facts about breastfeeding…Breast milk is an ideal baby food. Breast milk is an infant’s preferred source of nutrients. It contains easily digested protein, brain-building fats, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and immune factors.Breastfeeding builds baby’s immune system. Breast milk contains ingredients that feed beneficial bacteria in the infant’s large intestine that promote healthy digestion and immune function.Breast milk is adaptable. It changes in composition and quantity to address the needs of the growing infant. Now that’s smart milk! Breastfeeding helps keep babies healthy for life. Babies who are fed exclusively with breast milk for the first 6 months of life have fewer ear infections, respiratory illnesses and bouts of diarrhea. Breastfed babies also have a decreased risk of allergies and cavities. Some studies show breastfeeding promotes a higher IQ and decreases the risk of obesity and diabetes as babies get older.Breastfeeding creates a strong emotional connection. The bond between mother and infant can last a lifetime. Moms benefit from breastfeeding too.  Breastfeeding reduces the risk of some cancers, helps mom sleep better, improves re-mineralization of bone after pregnancy and releases prolactin, a hormone that can help a new mom cope with the changes that occur with being a new mother.At Naturopathic Specialists we support our breastfeeding patients by: 1. Recommending supportive nutrients and herbal preparations for mom and baby. 2. Troubleshooting concerns such as deceased milk supply, cracked nipples, or mastitis. 3. Referring to lactation consultants who provide...

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Be Sun-Wise at Summer’s End!

As most of the country starts focusing on fall trends in clothing, hairstyles, design and colors, here in Arizona we are still trying to “beat the heat”. Even as the heat and sun hold us hostage until mid-October or so, we can continue to focus on good habits that keep us safe and healthy in temperatures well over 100 degrees. Be Sun-Wise at Summer’s EndExercise early or late…..Did you know the sun’s rays are strongest between 10am and 4pm? If you are planning to exercise outside and it is cool enough for you to do so, try to get out early morning or as the sun is going down in the evening. Checking sunrise and sun set can help you plan your workout schedule for the week!Wear a hat….A hat is better protection for your scalp than sun block, and a lot less messy! Wearing a wide brim hat can also protect ears, and the back of your neck. Know the UV index for the day…The ultraviolet (UV) index measures the strength of UV radiation’s ability to produce a sunburn at a certain place or time. If the UV index is above 6 it is important to protect your skin and eyes with clothing, sunblock, or avoidance and sunglasses.Resource: There are online resources to check the UV index in your area. Here is one for Scottsdale Arizona: http://uv.willyweather.com/az/maricopa-county/downtown-scottsdale.htmlDrink plenty of water…Drink at least half your weight in ounces each day. Drink more water if you exercise and are losing water by sweating. Consider drinking an electrolyte replenishment drink on the days that you exercise. Resource: A favorite electrolyte replacement at Naturopathic Specialists is Ultima Replenisher. It’s very tasty and kids like it too!    Choose a sunblock that is healthier for you and the environment… Consider some of the tips from Environmental Working...

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Detox your summer to get ready for fall.

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Get ready for fall and the upcoming holidays with a 28-day detoxNow that summer is coming to an end and the kids are headed back to school, fall is a great time to slow down and re-energize the body with a detox program.Doing a detox is like hitting a reset button for your body. Detoxification can help increase your energy levels, improve sleep, memory and concentration, balance hormones, improve digestion, help break cravings and lose weight, and just make you feel more energized overall.By detoxing, we eliminate and neutralize toxins that have accumulated in our bodies through our skin, lymphatic system, liver, lungs and kidneys. We are exposed to so many toxins on a day to day basis, from the air we breathe to the water we drink. Treating yourself to a gentle detox from time to time is a great way to revitalize and prepare for the upcoming winter months and hectic holiday season ahead. The benefits of detoxBoost your EnergyStronger Immune SystemWeight LossImprove SkinClearer ThinkingAnti-agingImproved Sense of Well BeingWith fall just around the corner, this is a great time to reboot your habits and start on a healthy path with a detox.    Are you ready to get your body ready for autumn with a 28-Day Detox?  Call now to schedule a free 10-minute phone consultation to see if a detox is right for you.  480.990.1111Or to contact us via the web, click here...

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Find out about low testosterone and how it can affect the body

Do you, or someone you know, suffer from low testosterone?Low testosterone is underproduction or lack of production of testosterone.Testosterone is a hormone required for male development and sexual function and is produced primarily in the testicles. It is responsible for building muscle and bone mass as well as sperm production and sex drive. It influences male pattern fat distribution, bone density, and red blood cell production.It’s natural for testosterone levels to decline as men age, but sometimes levels too low can cause symptoms ranging from low stamina and sex drive to depression. Signs of a testosterone deficiencyHair: Men with low testosterone can have a reduction of hair or exhibit “balding”.  Testosterone plays a role in several body functions, including hair production.  Balding is a natural part of aging for many men. However, men with a testosterone deficiency may experience a loss of body hair, facial hair, and a thinning of the hair on the top of their head. Brain: Men with low testosterone levels can experience many emotional and mental changes.  These can include but are not limited to mood variations, inability to concentrate, failing memory, fatigue, lack of energy, change in sleep patterns.  Men with a testosterone deficiency have reported extreme fatigue and a noticeable decrease in energy levels. They also report feeling tired all the time despite getting plenty of rest and find it harder to get motivated.  They experience mood changes, ranging from irritability to indifference to mild depression.  Low testosterone can impact a man’s ability to think clearly and concentrate as well as reduce the quality of his sleep.Heart:  Low testosterone levels in men have been linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease, heart attack and stroke.  Studies show that testosterone exhibits a number of potential cardio-protective actions.  Testosterone deficiency in men can contribute to increased risk of Coronary Artery...

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Cupping therapy is not just for Olympic athletes

Have you noticed these circular marks on athletes competing at the Olympics? Those are cup marks! Many athletes use cupping to naturally improve health and performance. You don’t need to be an elite athlete to receive benefits from this natural therapy.Cupping therapy is one of the oldest methods of traditional Chinese medicine dating back to the 3000 BC.  In a typical cupping session, glass cups are warmed using a cotton ball soaked in alcohol.  The alcohol is lit on fire then placed inside the cup. As the air inside the cup is warmed then cooled, a vacuum is created.  This vacuum creates strong suction which is used to mobilize blood flow and promote healing.  Cupping enhances circulation, helps relieve pain, and remove toxins. Cupping therapy is not just for Olympic athletes.Call us today to schedule an appointment and try it out...

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Meet our new physician!

Please welcome the newest member of our NS family,Jessica Stefanski. ND. LAc. MAc. Dr. Stefanski is a naturopathic physician and licensed acupuncturist who focuses on women’s health concerns including pelvic and sexual health, hormone balance, fertility, thyroid function and digestion.Dr Stefanski completed her 6 years of medical education in Portland Oregon at the National College of Natural Medicine, the oldest naturopathic medical school in North America and home to a unique classical Chinese medicine program. She graduated with a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and a Master’s degree in Acupuncture. Her 4 years of clinical internship were spent practicing primary care, women’s health and Chinese medicine at clinical training sites in Portland.Dr Stefanski offers a range of therapies in the area of pelvic and abdominal care including Holistic Pelvic Care™, Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®, and Barral visceral manipulation. She practices gentle Japanese-style acupuncture and moxibustion and utilizes Chinese medicine techniques like cupping and gua sha. Dr. Stefanski also frequently incorporates botanical medicine, therapeutic nutrition, and bioidentical hormones in her treatment plans.    Dr Stefanski looks forward to partnering with you to create a plan that helps you live your best life every day!  To make an appointment with Dr. Stefanski or for a free 10-minute phone consultation,please call us today at 480.990.1111or click here to contact us via the...

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Naturopathic Pelvic and Abdominal Care, how it can help you.

naturopathic pelvic and abdominal care

 Naturopathic Pelvic and Abdominal Care, how it can help you Naturopathic Pelvic and Abdominal Care incorporates a combination of gentle hands-on therapies designed to assess and restore balance to the pelvis and abdomen.These therapies are appropriate for patients suffering from concerns such as pain, problems with sex, infertility, heavy and painful periods, endometriosis, constipation, IBS and other digestive issues. They are also ideal for women who have adhesions, scar tissue or pain after C-section, hysterectomy, or childbirth. There is also a role for women who have experienced trauma and emotional issues related to this area of the body.Dr. Stefanski combines The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® with Holistic Pelvic Care™, Barral visceral manipulation, and Chinese medicine techniques to release adhesions, support proper position of the digestive and reproductive organs, address mental-emotional concerns and create better blood and lymph flow and improve nerve conduction in the pelvis and abdomen.   To find out how these therapies can help you,please call 480.990.1111 to set up a free 10-minute phone consultation with Dr. Stefanski.Or click here to contact us via the...

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Sun Safety Tips and Sunscreen Sale!

Sun Safety Tips and a sale on chemical-free and organic sunscreen  NS knows that as it gets warmer outside, we need to protect ourselves.  Here are some sun safety tools to help you enjoy the hot summer sun!With the Fourth of July around the corner, are you ready for your fun in the sun safely?We would like to offer you these coupons for 25% off of our Goddess Garden Sun Restoration Package and our Sun Celebration Package.  For a limited time only!* Be sun safe while having summer fun outdoors.* coupons valid through sales dates of 06/27/2016 through 07/15/2016* For more information, please feel free to call us at480.990.1111or contact us via the web by simply clicking...

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NS presents our “Talk with a Doc” series

All talks will be held at our clinic:  7331 E. Osborn Road, Suite 330  Scottsdale, AZ 85251 – Map it!  Call for more information 480.990.1111  To read more about each event, just follow the links below! Dr Amy Waite presents Naturopathic Pain Treatments on July 27th at 6:00pmDr. Jessica Stefanski presents Building Strong Bones for Life on August 2nd at 6:00pmDr. Melissa Coats presents Neurotransmitters, Adrenals, Stress and You on August 23rd at 6:00pmDr. Amy Waite presents Men’s Health 101 on September 20th at 6:00pmDr. Jessica Stefanski presents Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s Disease on Oct 6th at 6:00pmDr. Melissa Coats presents Gastro-Intestinal Health and Diet Tips on Oct 25th at...

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The June newsletter is here!

We welcome June as it brings the beginning of summer and celebrate it with our June newsletter! Just click on the image below to read it.  Click on the image above to read the June newsletter. In our June newsletter, we introduce you to our new diagnostic tool, the InBody 570.  Find out what you are made of with the InBody 570!  State of the art impedance technology lets you know just what your body is composed of and where you might improve and where you are excelling.Also in the June newsletter, we talk a bit about the NS LIFE diet, a program designed by NS physicians to help patients make the healthy lifestyle change.So read on, and if you have any questions or would like to set up a time to talk with a physician, give us a call at 480.990.1111 or by clicking...

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