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What is a Nutraceutical?

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The term nutraceutical (part pharmaceutical and part nutritional substance) was originally coined by Stephen Defelice, MD and initially defined as a food or part of a food that provides medical or health benefits, including the prevention and treatment of disease. It is important to note that the term has no regulatory definition. In my experience “nutraceutical” is used to distinguish a higher quality supplement from a lesser one. Safety and quality issues surrounding over the counter (OTC) supplements like herb adulteration, and cheap synthetic ingredients make OTC products potentially damaging. High-quality, professional lines that are offered through integrative healthcare practitioners are seemingly better utilized, more easily absorbed and can potentially provide treatment and or prevention of disease. So keep that in mind when you’re trying to figure out if you’re going to buy your next multi-vitamin from Sam’s Club or CVS. Just because it looks the same doesn’t mean it is the same. Take vitamin D for example, the most important information when looking at this product is the source. Where did it come from? The most popular source is soy. We know that most soy fields are currently grown with genetically altered (GMO) seed and are not organic. So if the source is this pesticide ridden GMO soy field so is the vitamin D supplement you just swallowed. Next up vitamin D from lanolin, sheep’s wool, don’t worry no sheep were harmed in this vitamin D production however lanolin based vitamin D may be dependent how the animal was raised, is less easily absorbed and in addition may trigger an allergic response in people who are allergic to wool. My favorite source for vitamin D is organic olive oil, specifically the product from Xymogen. It fits my requirements, organic, plant based, and fat based so that it absorbs easily. Xymogen is a company that exclusively sells to healthcare practitioners and manufactures exceptionally high quality products.

Xymogen utilizes four unique strategies that other companies, even good ones don’t have. The first is their ePedigree program. The ePedigree is an electronic record that traces the transition of ownership of a pharmaceutical product. It begins with the manufacturer and documents the transactional history of the product until it reaches the person or organization administering or dispensing it. They are the first company to apply ePedigree to nutraceuticals. This only enhances patient safety from counterfeiting of dietary supplements. Why would anyone want to sell counterfeit supplements? Money of course, in 2015 Americans spent 21 billion on vitamins and herbal supplements.

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SUPPLEMENT of the MONTH!! Xymogen OptiMag Neuro

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Magnesium has numerous health benefits: - Deeper Sleep- Short and Long term memory support- Mood Balancing- Stress Relief- Bowel Regulation- Muscle SupportOptiMag Neuro is a GREAT tasting powder that can help you maintain your health.Try some today!

To learn more about Xymogen and their product line click here.

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SUPPLEMENT of the MONTH!! - Xymogen Vitamin D3 5000IU

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It's that time of year again .... cold and flu season is right around the corner. What are you doing to prevent the onslaught of illness at your house? Vitamin D3 is one of the foundational nutrients for bolstering the immune system against both viral and bacterial attacks. Not to mention all the other systems vitamin D supports such as; bone and dental health, healthy cell differentiation, neurologic and cognitive health, musculoskeletal comfort, cardiovascular health and healthy blood sugar levels.  Did you know - that low cholesterol diets and certain cholesterol suppressive therapies can also affect vitamin D formation? What you do not know may indeed hurt you.

Check our xymogen's organic olive oil sourced vitamin D - No GMO for my patients!!https://www.xymogen.com/formulas/products/45

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B-12 Injections and Affordable Lab Tests!

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Vitamin B-12 injections available!The Family Healing Center is your source for Vitamin B-12 shots in Sarasota. B-12 is crucial for our health, from energy and weight loss, memory and focus, to stress and depression.

We are proud to offer a special active B-12 and fat burner combination to aid you on your weight loss journey. Call 941-951-1119 to make your appointment for these little shots that have a BIG impact!

Did you know that we offer discounted lab tests through LabCorp?

We have a 24 to 36 hour turnaround - much faster than your typical practitioner's office! There's even a LabCorp office right here in Midtown Medical Park for convenient blood draws.

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Featured Supplement of the Month - Xymogen ActivNutrients

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A good multivitamin is the foundation of healthy aging and disease prevention however in searching for the one that is right for us we must remember that not all multivitamins are equal. Sometimes taking a multivitamin of lesser quality can hurt more than help. For example look at the label for Centrum Adult multi vitamin; in addition to synthetic food coloring like yellow 6 lake and titanium dioxide they add polyethylene glycol and polyvinyl alcohol. Neither of these chemicals are beneficial to the human body and are not necessary for the vitamin to be complete. When choosing a multivitamin there are few tips to keep in mind: 1. Read the label. Investigate any ingredient that you don't understand. 2. Read the label. If it includes food colorings and sunscreen chemicals.... just say NO! 3. Check to see if the B vitamins are in their natural form or synthetic.For example; B-12 should be methylcobalamin not cyanocobalamin, B6 should be pyridoxal-5-phosphate not pyridoxine HCI. 4. Buy from a reputable company (brand) that does constituent testing and third party assays to prove that the ingredients are pure and that what is on the label is in the bottle.

ActivNutrients meets and exceeds all of these tips. So what are you waiting for? 

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Featured Product of the Month -Active B-12 with MTHFR Support

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Active B-12 with MTHFR Support by Genestra BrandsVitamin B12 formula plus L-methylfolate

• Promotes normal protein, fat and carbohydrate metabolism• Supports normal red blood cell formation• Convenient chewable tablet with natural cherry flavor• Contains 1,000 mcg of methylcobalamin, an active form of vitamin B12, and 400 mcg Metafolin(L-methylfolate), an active form of folate

If you discover that you have a MTHFR mutation* this is the product for you.

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How Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Can Enhance Sexual Desire

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In women, the natural process of menopause, with its subsequent decline of hormones, is sometimes an easy process—but, frequently, not. Often, in fact, the resulting side-effects are less than desirable. Loss of libido, or sexual desire, is one side-effect that makes life more difficult to deal with. This can lead to misunderstanding and confusion for both partners. Of course, menopause is not the only reason for a decreased libido, however. Declining sexual desire can be due to emotional issues, post-childbirth trauma, breastfeeding, menopause, drug reactions, stress, negative body image, relationship conflicts, hormonal imbalances and physical responses such as pain or inability to reach orgasm.

Here is the good news, though. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can help boost a slumped libido. In Chinese medical theory, decreased sexual desire is described as an imbalance in the flow of energy or Qi (pronounced “chee”) or deficiency in the amount of vitality and energy in each organ system. An organ system includes the traditional organ, its energetic nature and its associated meridian (channel the Qi flows through). Once the specific pattern of imbalance is identified, acupuncture points and, sometimes, herbal formulas are chosen, and the treatment is applied. By stimulating these acupuncture points, various changes in the body’s biochemistry will occur. These changes are directed to balance the body-mind connection and strengthen the patient’s sexual health. Acupuncture can also be used to enhance or alter several other sexual health conditions in both men and women.

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Featured Product of the Month - Slender All

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SLENDER ALL by CHI HealthSlender All is an exclusive formula from Chi Health designed to reduce fat in in the bloodstream and help in weight loss. It binds to fat molecules preventing them from being absorbed into the bloodstream. The manufacturer suggests that it removes 51% of fat from meals if taken just before you eat. So if you have issues with fat absorption and or just want to reduce the amount of fat in your body Slender All is for you. Slender All is a key to help you lose weight and get back to the you, you desire! Stop in today to pick up your bottle, or give us a call at 941-951-1119 and we’ll have it waiting for you!   We’re here to help you achieve your 2016 goals! 
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Featured Product of the Month - Xymogen Nrf2 Activator

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Visit the Family Healing Center to try Nrf2 Activator TODAY!

Nrf2 Activator™ is an exclusive formula from Xymogen designed to activate the Nrf2 genetic pathway. This pathway regulates the production of important molecules that energize antioxidant activity.  Super ingredients such as curcumin, green tea, sulforaphane (from cruciferous veggies) and resveratrol keep you healthy and detoxified  at the cellular level. Nrf2 Activator can help you have more energy and prevent disease.

Nrf2 Activator  is a key ingredient to help you get back to the you, you desire!

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Featured Product of the Month - "Drainer" by Newton Labs

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Detoxifying is important for the body for many reasons, topping the list – it restores balance to your body’s entire system!

Our featured product, Drainer is a professional strength formula that can help your body get back on the right track with gentle detoxification. Drainer combines homeopathic liver "drainers" with remedies that are known to support excretory function such as sweating, bowel movements, and urination.

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Detoxification- A Key in Preventing Dis-Ease!

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One of the key 2016 buzzwords we are hearing on a daily basis is “detox!” Detox your mind, detox your body, detox your spirit... what does all this detoxing mean? More importantly, what do we need to be detoxing from in the first place? Detoxification means a process to rid the body of toxic or unhealthy substances.

In our modern world, we are exposed to toxins in an assortment of ways including the environment, our food and drink, toxic relationships, and even in the things that make us pretty. They are everywhere, and you really can’t avoid them, so the question is... how do we find balance? The answer is detox yourself!

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Nutritional Consultations 50% off in January

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Let’s get “You” back to “You”!

Looking to find your balance, nutrition is a great place to start. Christina Captain holds a Master of Science in Human Nutrition. She is offering 50% off in-office nutritional consultations throughout January. She will help you discover how to eat right, cook right and even indulging with the occasional splurge without having to rely on ready-made meals shipped to your door.

If you are ready for a change, Christina is here to help you achieve your personal goals. Call 941-951-1119 to take advantage of this special discounted service, and book your appointment today.

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Featured Product of the Month - Guna’s Natur 4

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This month’s featured product NATUR 4 is a revitalizing face and body cream that firms, smooths and moisturizes your skin wonderfully!

Guna’s Natur 4 is a versatile face and body moisturizer that helps revitalize your skin in the new year. This innovative light-weight cream has a silky smooth texture and can oxygenate, restore dehydration and slow down the aging process.

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Come Back To You!

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Do you ever wonder how life can get so out of balance? It occurs to me that we just wake up one day feeling miserable, feeling like we do not know who we are anymore and really not understanding how we got to this point. Sort of like driving home from work and pulling into the driveway, but not remembering any of the stoplights, other cars or even the turns along the way. It is a dangerous business, not being aware (also known as “being present”) because it is in that state of distraction, where we can begin to wander off the path of balance and harmony, and directly into misery. That lack of attention is precisely why we end up feeling like we are totally “out of options”.

The good news is you do have options - being aware or present to the fact that you are out of balance is both the key, and the first step back to the “You” that “You” want to be. Awareness can come about in a multitude of ways; hopefully, it will not be the “universal baseball bat upside the head” in the form of a diagnosis. In my 25 years+ of experience treating patients, beginning with allied health, and now complementary/integrative medicine, the “diagnosis wakeup call” is the most profound, and seemingly most motivating of them all. My practice specialty is prevention, prevention from reaching the distracted “zombie” state, and prevention of the subsequent disease/disorder states that provide the devastating wakeup calls.

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Supplement of the Month - Xymogen OptiMag Neuro

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Magnesium has numerous health benefits: 

Deeper SleepShort and Long term memory supportMood BalancingStress ReliefBowel RegulationMuscle Support

OptiMag Neuro is a GREAT tasting powder that does awesome things for your health, Try some today!

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Cast Your Vote for the 2015 Nattie Awards!

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Dear Friends,

Natural Awakenings Magazine wants to know who and what are your favorite places and practitioners in our community. They are looking for your nominees for the 2015 NATTIE Awards, and we would love for you to cast your vote for Christina and your Family Healing Center!

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Supplement of the Month- Genestra Bio Enzymes

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It's that time of year again .... when we all seem to indulge just a little bit more. Thanksgiving celebrations bring vast quantities of savory dishes and sweet treats to lure us away from our healthy nutritional plans. During these festive and challenging times digestion can become sub-optimal and symptoms manifest such as bloating, belching, and flatulence. One of my favorite products to combat this "gas attack" is Bio Enzymes by Genestra. These chewable tablets taste great and get the job done. Bio enzymes have plant and animal based enzymes for the best results possible. I love Thanksgiving and nothing brings that celebratory vibe down faster than a stink fest at the dessert table. So instead of clearing a room why not just chew a bio enzyme and help us all out.

To learn more about Genestra and their product line click here

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Supplement of the Month- Xymogen Activnutrients

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A good multivitamin is the foundation of healthy aging and disease prevention however in searching for the one that is right for us we must remember that not all multivitamins are equal. Sometimes taking a multivitamin of poor quality can hurt more than help. For example look at the label for Centrum Adult multi vitamin; in addition to synthetic food coloring like yellow 6 lake and titanium dioxide they add polyethylene glycol and polyvinyl alcohol. Neither of these chemicals are beneficial to the human body and are not necessary for the vitamin to be complete. When choosing a multivitamin there are few tips to keep in mind: 1. Read the label. Investigate any ingredient that you don't understand. 2. Read the label. If it includes food colorings and sunscreen chemicals.... just say NO! 3. Check to see if the B vitamins are in their natural form or synthetic.For example; B-12 should be methyl cobalamin not cyanocobalamin, B6 should be pyridoxal-5-phosphate not pyridoxine HCI. 4. Buy from a reputable company (brand) that does constituent testing and third party assays to prove that the ingredients are pure and that what is on the label is in the bottle.

ActivNutrients meets and exceeds all of these tips. So what are you waiting for? To learn more about Xymogen and their product line click here:https://www.xymogen.com/formulas/?category=1953To purchase this product please visit the FHC at Midtown Medical Park or any other professional supplement store/pharmacy.

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SUPPLEMENT of the MONTH - DOUGLAS LABORATORIES Multi-Probiotic 4000

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If you even just glance at any media source, you will see news about the discovery of the "gut microbiome" and the beneficial bacteria that helps us in a myriad of ways from weight loss to maintaining our cognitive function. In short it helps us lose what we want to (fat) and keep what we don't want to lose (our minds). Multi-probiotic 4000 is a great daily probiotic for someone who has a gastrointestinal system that is not damaged or severely challenged. When comparing probiotics there are few tips to keep in mind:

1. Each serving or capsule should contain billion of microorganisms. 2. There should be at least 4 different strains of bacteria. 3. It's a plus to have a prebiotic mixed in. 4. Each bacteria should have it's license plate attached. This is the unique identification number at the end of each bacteria name on the label. This ensures that what is on the label is in the bottle as far as the exact strain of bacteria, it's the genetic testing of each strain. For Example: Lactobacillus acidophilus (DDS-1) ** genetic identification

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Lab Tests: Fast and Affordable at Family Healing Center, Sarasota FL

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Did you know that we offer discounted lab tests through LabCorp? We have a 24 to 36 hour turnaround—much faster than your typical practitioner office! There's even a LabCorp office right here in Midtown Medical Park for convenient blood draws.

Whether it's a general blood panel or a highly specialized test, Christina will thoroughly review your results, making sure you understand their meaning and what steps to take next. Call us today to get started on your path to optimal health! 941.951.1119.

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Now Accepting 

  • Cigna Insurance  - In network
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Federal Plans
  • MailHandlers Insurance
  • Whole Health Plan/AARP Alternative
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