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AHS12

#AHS12 We just got back from The Ancestral Health Symposium (AHS12). For any readers who are unfamiliar with AHS, it is a three day conference which brings together scientists, healthcare providers, and lay people who share an interest in living healthier lives, based on Ancestral principals such as whole foods, movement, stress management, community, and sleep. The symposium was held on the campus of Harvard Law School. In the fall of 2011 I submitted a proposal to present a poster at AHS12. I felt that we had some important information to share with the community regarding the use of Ancestral nutrition as an adjunct to treatment for Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). As many of you know, this is an issue that hits close to home for us, as Dave (my husband) was diagnosed with T1D when he was 32 years old. We have learned so much in the past 6 years, and want to help other T1D’s navigate this journey. We were ecstatic when our proposal was accepted, and began collecting and sifting through the data. All of our hard work was worth it when we saw the finished product presenting the Effects of Ancestral Nutrition of Type 1 Diabetes.  First, I have to say that the whole experience of AHS12 was so overwhelming and exciting that I could barely think straight! The response to our poster was really positive, and we got to talk with a number of people and answer their questions. We were also visited by some of our favorite people in the community. We met many of our online friends for the first time, and were able to spend more time with people we had met before. Badier Velji AKA The Lazy Caveman   Cash Advance Port Huron Mihttp://www.lightsofphiladelphia.org/ Bill and Hayley from Primal Palate   […]

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The Death Wrap

The Death Wrap

If you are an ATC or PT, chances are you will have an athlete who sustains a deep quad contusion at some point. Here, my friend Jesse Dimick, ATC/PTA demonstrates a technique he uses with his athletes as the Clinic Director at sportsandpt.com in the Boston, MA area. Jesse can be found on Twitter @jdimick Death Wrap for Deep Quad Contusions Video: http://youtu.be/mOQ2v_NjppA Supply List QDA (tuff skin) 2 inch elastikon (AC tape) pre wrap CALLCENTERCAFE.COM/FACEBOOK/getting a loan with poor credithttp://mostwatertraining.com/mac_mac/ 2 inch stretch tape Application Spray area with tuff skin. Lay down pre wrap. Cut half strip of Elastikon.  You do not want to go completely around extremity with these strips. Have athlete brace themselves because you will want to lay down Elastikon strips with some force.When applying to quad have a tape roll under heel to keep knee slightly flexed and relaxed.  Pull strips to full tension and apply over injured area overlapping strips approximately 1-2 inches above and below the contusion. Complete wrap by covering the area with stretch tape with mid tension. This wrap works best when applied immediately after the injury and kept on for 12 hours until the first treatment. The athlete will keep it on overnight until treatment the next day.  I normally re-apply and use for a total of 48-72 hours.

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Finding a way back to health after Fibromyalgia and Lyme Disease

Finding a way back to health after Fibromyalgia and Lyme Disease

Today’s post is a testimonial from a client who had been dealing with chronic pain due to Lyme Disease and Fibromyalgia. She was referred to me for a consultation and has had excellent results after implementing a “Whole 30” eating plan. I’ll let you read her story in her own words: Loans No Credit Check No Fees A lot of you are probably wondering why you should do a Whole30.  I wondered the same thing when I met with Ann in May.  As a full-time working mom, I figured it was normal to be tired, foggy, and achy all the time. Everyone can drink coffee at midnight and fall asleep a half hour later right?  (Um…if you can, I’ve been told that’s not a good sign…)  The back story: A little over a year ago, one of my kids gently patted my head and pain ran through me like a lightning bolt. That episode was a wake up call because I realized I was in pain, foggy headed, and downing Advil and coffee like it was going out of style. After a couple of doctor visits, I was diagnosed with Lyme disease and fibromyalgia. They treated the Lyme disease and started me on fibro medication. The meds helped somewhat, but were not a complete fix. Something had to give. Pain sucks! Chronic pain sucks even more!  Enter Ann:   Ann was recommended to me not too long ago as someone who has had success in controlling autoimmune disease symptoms through dietary changes.  I reached out for a consult. She suggested two options when we met. Either try a Paleo diet, or really see what could be causing some of my issues and try the Whole30.   Both seemed extreme. My thoughts went something like, “Whaaat?  No muffin on the run? How will I get the kids out the door? What […]

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Physical Therapy for Autoimmune Illnesses

Physical Therapy for Autoimmune Illnesses

Greetings from balmy Northern Virginia where it’s 80 degrees at 8:40am! I hope everyone is enjoying the start of summer. I wanted to share an article I wrote as a guest post for Sarah Ballantyne (AKA The Paleo Mom) on the role of physical therapy as part of the comprehensive treatment plan for folks with Autoimmune Illness. http://bit.ly/NmOCZh It is my hope that the 23.5 million Americans with AI will seek out the expertise of a physical therapist as they strive to regain a healthy, active life. Please share this article with anyone you know who has an AI. Thanks! Be well, Ann  

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Review of It Starts With Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig

Review of It Starts With Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig

Review of It Starts With Food You know how you look forward to Christmas morning? Even as an adult, you wake up a bit early, filled with expectation? That’s the way I felt waiting for It Starts With Food to arrive in the mail. I was fortunate enough to receive an advance copy to review, and as luck would have it, my copy arrived just before Memorial Day weekend. I spent three days sitting in the sun (soaking up Vitamin D!) while reading this book with a highlighter in one hand and a pen in the other. I recommend that you buy a few highlighters before your copy arrives! You will most definitely want to take notes in the book and mark things to refer to later. This book is filled with good information throughout. Whether you are brand new to the idea of eating real food, or a seasoned veteran, you will open this book again and again over the years to refresh your thinking on important topics such as hormonal factors which influence our brain and body (insulin, leptin, glucagon, and cortisol), the mechanism behind leaky gut syndrome (bouncers defending Club Body), inflammation and autoimmune illnesses, balancing Omega 3 and 6 consumption, and emotional factors that drive our nutrition choices. Along with the good science-y stuff, It Starts With Food teaches you how to plan meals, what a portion looks like, and how to create a meal focusing on delicious, healthy ingredients rather than complicated recipes. They discuss nutrition for special populations (pregnant women, kids, folks with autoimmune illnesses, active individuals and vegetarians/vegans) to help fine tune the plan for your individual needs. I have referred to this section several times in the past few weeks while consulting with my clients, as I tend to see folks who […]

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