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Volume II Issue 4
Sunlight Natural Health
6302 Falls Road, Suite C
Welcome to the April Edition of the Sunlight Chronicle!
April is National Stress Awareness Month!
Did you know that some of the foods you eat may help to lower stress levels? Read to find out more about which foods help to alleviate stress.
Please join us in welcoming Anita Wilson, LMT. Anita will be offering Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Reflexology, Sports Massage, and Myofascial Release on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays by appointment. Fortunately for you, I sacrificed an hour of my time on her table to experience her skills. Lo and behold…Anita not only has skills, she has a gift. Maybe it’s her experience working with physical therapy patients or maybe it’s just something certain people are good at. Either way, you would do well to check out her massage. She will design your session to meet your needs and preferences. You can thank me later!
Massage therapist, Kristy Kessler, is returning to full time nursing where she has the unique opportunity to champion massage within a hospital setting. Kristy is a pioneer with a passion to educate hospital administrators and get the benefits of massage to those especially in need. We wish her all the best and look forward to learning of the changes that she initiates.
Dr. Janene Martin
Spring Open House at Sunlight Natural Health
NEW DATE! Sunday, April 14 from 12 – 4 pm
12:00 Welcome and Clinic Tour
12:30 Intro to Naturopathic Medicine & Personal Metabolic Survey
with Dr. Janene Martin
1:00 nutraMetrix ~ One of a Kind Delivery System
~ with Kasia Kines & free samples!
1:15 Nut Milk Demonstration & Tasting with Kasia Kines
1:30 Life Coaching, Colon Hydrotherapy, Green Juice & Smoothie
Demonstrations with Wendy Kurtz
2:00 Healthy & Lasting Weight Loss Methods of TLS
(Transitions Lifestyle System – 12 week Program) with Karolina Tittel
2:30 Raw Food Demonstration & Tasting ~ Avocado Chocolate Pudding
with Karolina Tittel
3:00 Acupuncture for Pain Relief with Gina Corso
3:45 Raffle Drawing!!
~ 60 minute Massage
~ 60 minute Introductory Acupuncture Session
~ $65 off 30 Day Whole Foods Detox
~ 25% off first four Follow-Up Acupuncture Visits
~ Two (2) New Patient Homeopathic Appointments
PLUS Chair Massage, Art Exhibition by Sanzi, and Refreshments!
Upcoming Classes at
Sunlight Natural Health
Spring Cleaning ~ Energize, Detoxify, Revitalize ~
Lose Weight and Keep it Off
Spring 30-day Whole Foods Detox Program with Licensed Nutritionist Kasia Kines
Program starts Saturday, April 6
Registration is now open: e-mail email@example.com
Space is limited so registration is required.
How can this 30-day program help me?
To learn if it is a good fit for you, join us for our FREE Intro to the 30-day Detox Program!
Thursday, April 4
6:30 – 7:30 pm
Sunlight Natural Health
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL
$50.00 off the 30-day Detox Program
Deadline is April 4, so bring your checkbook to the Free Intro!
Transitions Lifestyle System “Find your Fit” Weight Loss Solutions
Summer Class dates May 18 – August 10
FREE Intro to TLS ~ Saturday, May 11 from 1 – 3 pm
Transitions Lifestyle System (TLS) isn’t a diet, but a healthy way of life that consistently delivers sustainable weight loss and maintenance. Call (410) 296-4005 for more information today!
Sunlight Natural Health Hours
Monday – Thursday 9 – 5
Friday 10 – 6
Saturday 10 – 2
and by appointment
by Kasia Kines
I just saw daffodils by the side of the road a day ago – bringing to mind renewal and new growth. Spring is the time to clear your mind of old or negative thoughts and to refresh your interest in health. Just like you want to clear your thoughts and mind or change the oil in your car, this is a perfect time to also clean your internal organs to give you a fresh start in spring.
Spring is finally here. It’s a perfect time to spring to life, renew yourself, re-energize your body and mind, to spring clean your home, donate what you do not use, clean your desk, organize your files and declutter. Meditative music, yoga, stretches, massage, or a walk are helpful. Just like you want to clear your thoughts and mind or change the oil in your car, this is a perfect time to also clean your internal organs to give you a fresh start this spring. We do a better job changing the oil in our car than optimizing our body’s ability to clear off toxins. So I thought I would give a gentle nudge to consider your own internal spring oil change! Here are a few tips:
· Skipping rope or a mini-trampoline will help move lymph, which in turn will help move toxins.
· Pick more fruits and vegetables.
· If you want a snack, pick a piece of organic fruit.
· Smoothies make great snacks.
· Be more mindful: sit down to a meal at lunch and chew your bites well.
· Daily B complex is essential as daily detoxification relies on B vitamins and we deplete them very fast in any type of stress.
If you would like to participate in a program that will train you in which steps to take, how to reprogram, cook, shop, detoxify, and cleanse in a natural, safe, and effective way without expensive equipment, juicing or fasting, please join us for our Spring Detox Program Introduction Thursday, April 4th at 6:30pm at Sunlight Natural Health. Come learn about toxicity and solutions and about what our 30-Day Whole Foods Program can do for you! If you would like to join us, please email to register as seats are limited: firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto:email@example.com)
Food, Mood and Stress
By Beverly Beuermann-King
It’s 3 o’clock in the afternoon, you are irritated, your head is fuzzy and your eyes are having trouble focusing. You would love to find a corner and go to sleep, but there is no time. How about a coffee or a chocolate bar?
Most of us instinctively reach for sweets or caffeine to give relief from the morning sluggishness or afternoon slump. We use sweets as a way of helping ourselves through stressful times. Those strategies might help, temporarily, but there is a downside to these methods.
Many people choose sweets and caffeine as a substitute for proper nutrition. Poor eating strategies affect our brain chemistry and cause fatigue, apathy, apprehension, edginess and the blues. The brain has first call on the body’s available supply of nutrients, therefore, the first effects of nutritional deficiencies are often mental symptoms.
Research shows that low levels of protein in a diet have a negative impact on the body’s production of neurotransmitters, which directly affect our mood and energy. Deficiencies in vitamins B1, B6, C, A, essential fatty acids, folic acid, niacin, magnesium, copper and iron also affect the fine balance of these neurotransmitters.
Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies In Mental Health:
· Vitamin B1 or Thiamine is drained by simple sugars. B1 helps convert blood sugar into fuel. Without it, we can experience fatigue, depressive symptoms, irritability, anxiety, memory problems, insomnia and even thoughts of suicide.
· Research has found a strong correlation between vitamin B6 deficiency and depressive symptoms
· A lack of B12 can lead to mood swings, paranoia, irritability, confusion, dementia, hallucinations
· Folic Acid assists in the creation of many neurotransmitters and can cause fatigue and dementia
· Low levels of Vitamin C can produce depressive symptoms
We know that food has a profound effect on our mood, but what other simple steps can we take to boost our energy, lift our mood and help us to focus?
** 10 Simple Strategies To Avoid The Sugar Blues
1. Eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. Smaller balance meals are preferable to large meals
2. Use exercise or stretching to increase energy and lift the ‘fog’
3. Eat protein earlier in the day – we metabolize proteins in a way that we get the full energy from them up to 5 hours later
4. Include fish in your weekly diet as the essential fatty acids they contain increase energy and improve mood
5. Eat complex carbohydrates such as whole grains and vegetables instead of simple sugars found in chocolate bars and candy, which give the quick high but a low plunge
6. Don’t confuse thirst with hunger. Drinking a cool glass of water can boost energy in the middle of the afternoon slump
7. Avoid food additives such as colorants and preservatives which can have a negative allergic reaction in the body
8. Don’t buy foods high in sugar. If it is not sitting in the cupboard or desk drawer you are less likely to make snap decisions
9. Have healthy snacks readily available. Plan ahead and keep them in desk drawers, lockers or even in the glove box of your car
10. A daily supplement may be helpful, but don’t rely on it to replace healthy eating. Eat a variety of foods.
We have all heard the saying ‘We are what we eat’, but most of us connect this with the body’s physical reactions. Our brain is just as dependent on the food that we consume. Healthy food choices help us avoid the erratic blood sugar levels and associated mood swings, which can keep us mentally healthy.
Sunlight Natural Pharmacy
Featured Products for April
nutraMetrix Magnesium –
Magnesium plays roles in many aspects of health including normal energy release, cardiovascular health, cognitive health, nerve function, bone mineral density and adaptation to stress. Studies show that low intracellular magnesium concentrations can hinder the functioning of many of these essential functions and most US adults consume only about half the daily recommended value of magnesium through the diet. nutraMetrix unique isotonic formula offers 400mg of magnesium per serving and includes two different types of the mineral to increase its absorption by the body.
New Chapter Coenzyme B Food Complex –
By culturing vitamins and mineral s in a probiotic matrix of fermented organic soy, fruits, and vegetables, New Chapter Is able to create whole-food complexes that can be easily recognized and digested because they are recognized by the body as food. This complete B vitamin complex from whole-food sources can help support energy production and the nervous system, and New Chapter’s unique formula also contains ginger, turmeric and herbal blends to assist with stress response, inflammation and immunity.
NEW Floradix Iron + Herbs –
Iron deficiency is the world’s most prevalent nutritional deficiency and is the leading cause of fatigue among reproductive-aged women (estimates suggest that up to 26% of reproductive-aged women are iron deficient). Floradix Iron + Herbs contains a highly absorbable form of iron as well as supporting herbal and whole food
extracts. This non-constipating formula is both vegetarian and Kosher and is also available as a gluten-free liquid or in tablet form.
NEW Flora High Lignan Flax Oil –
Flora’s high-potency flax oil is rich in both omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids. These two EFAs are important for supporting the immune system, good digestion, healthy brain function, soft and smooth skin and good circulation. This high-lignin formula is rich in beneficial antioxidants, phytoestrogens and fiber, and is certified Kosher and gluten-free.
** ND Legislation ~ April Update
Dear Colleagues and Supporters of Naturopathic Medicine,
It is with a heavy heart that I share the news that HB 1029 / SB 783 to license naturopathic doctors in Maryland will not be progressing forward this legislative session.
While this news is disappointing after our Team worked extremely hard once again to continue educating legislators and members of our opposition about our issue, we must face the current reality and start again from this new opportunity to work collaboratively with stakeholders and legislators to prepare a bill for the 2014 session next January.
The MDANP delivered a very powerful and compelling testimony at our House of Delegates hearing on Tuesday 3/5/13 in front of the Health and Government Operations Committee (HGO). Our association was further supported by expert panelists Alan Gaby, MD and Dr. Judith Broida from Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly Tai Sophia Institute) as well as patients sharing their sincere and moving stories of healing through naturopathic care.
The opposition to our bill is primarily coming from the Maryland Medical Society and the Maryland Board of Physicians. Just before our hearing last Tuesday we also received a copy of the “Letter of Information” from the Maryland Secretary of Health Dr. Joshua Sharfstein stating that he thinks this issue of licensing naturopathic doctors in Maryland warrants further study through a more formal work group during the Summer Interim. It is likely that this “letter of information” is what played the biggest role in influencing Chairman Peter Hammen of the HGO Committee to stop any further movement of our bill in the House this year. Because he is not planning on moving our bill further, our bill sponsor in the Senate – Senator Pugh – decided it was best to pull the bill on the Senate side which meant our hearing in the Senate was canceled for Wed 3/13/13.
Chairman Hammen will soon be writing a letter outlining the goals and expected outcomes for a formal summer study involving the Board of Physicians. The MDANP will have a chance to review a draft of this letter once it is ready.
Our faithful and fearless lobbyist Jim McComb has provided us with expert guidance throughout this process. The MDANP will continue to move forward by following up with our supporters in the legislature and staying in close contact with Chairman Hammen and Secretary Sharfstein about the details for the formal Summer Study.
I could not be more grateful for the Team of Maryland NDs who worked tirelessly on this effort as well as for all of our patients and other health professionals who stood by us courageously and whole-heartedly throughout this journey. Thank you for believing in this cause and in the possibility of a future in Maryland that recognizes the gifts and values of naturopathic medicine.
Peace and Blessings to all,
Dr. Emily Telfair
from all of us at MDANP
WITH GRATITUDE FOR YOUR SUPPORT
Quinoa Salad with Cherries and Arugula
1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1Tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar
1 tsp. Dijon Mustard
1 cup Sweet Cherries, without pits
1/4 cup Goat Cheese, soft, crumbled
2 cup Arugula
1 cup Quinoa, cooked
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
1. Cook the quinoa: measure out one cup of rinsed, dried quinoa and add to a pot and add two cups water (you’re going for a 1:2 ratio of quinoa and water).
2. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 15 to 18 minutes.
3. Remove from heat, let sit for a few minutes, and fluff with a fork. Let cool and set aside.
4. Assemble your salad: whisk together the following ingredients: olive oil, balsamic vinegar and Dijon mustard. Toss with several handfuls of arugula.
5. Add slightly warm quinoa, a good sprinkle of goat cheese, and cherries. Mix together and ENJOY!
Optional: add mango and cucumber for crunch as seen in picture
At Sunlight Natural Health you will find a team of licensed professionals who approach your health care from varied holistic modalities. This gives you the control over the health care decisions that are right for you.
Sunlight Natural Health is located on Falls Road in the Bare Hills Business district just 1 mile North of Whole Foods grocery and serves the Greater Baltimore, Maryland / Washington DC, and Southern Pennsylvania area. We provide health care for all ages addressing chronic, acute, and preventative health care needs.
Jump start your health! The Sunlight Natural Pharmacy offers a selection of the highest quality vitamins, herbs, and nutritional supplements to support your health needs. Find all of your vitamins and supplements at Sunlight Natural Health. Whether you’re looking for immune or adrenal support, digestive enzymes, or natural allergy relief, we can help you find the products you’re looking for.
We treat you, not your disease!
Our Licensed Practitioners
Dr. Janene Martin, N.D., is a licensed naturopathic physician whose practice includes functional medical assessments, lifestyle and nutritional counseling, homeopathy, herbal and nutritional supplementation, and hydrotherapy.
Gina Corso, M.Ac., L.Ac., Chinese Herbalist, is a licensed acupuncturist and certified Chinese Herbalist who offers a balance of traditional and contemporary healing modalities focusing on women’s health.
Amy Joyce, M.Ac., L.Ac., is a licensed acupuncturist who combines classical acupuncture, practical body wisdom, and meditation to facilitate mindful healing.
Jessica Luty Kabrhel, LCSW-C, is a licensed psychotherapist assisting adolescents and adults with personal growth, recovery, and healing.
Anita Wilson, LMT, is a licensed massage therapist who offers custom massages utilizing Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point, reflexology, sports massage, and myofascial release to help reduce stress, promote relaxation and relieve muscular pain.
Kasia Kines, M.S., LDN, CNS, CN, is a licensed nutritionist who focuses on the environmental aspects of nutrition and offers a holistic nutrition program that includes a detoxification protocol for a wide variety of conditions.
Wendy Kurtz, M.S., B.S., B.A., is a certified colon hydrotherapist trained in the SLO-FIL technique and a health coach who focuses on treating the whole person.
Heather Lindh-Payne, LCSW-C, is a licensed psychotherapist using a psychodynamic and holistic framework to help adults, adolescents, and families.
Karolina J. Tittel is a wellness consultant & TLS Weight Solution coach who coaches groups and individuals in healthy lifestyle behaviors using the Transitions Lifestyle System.
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