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Easy Steps to Create Healthy Habits (by Laura Pappas, Health Coach)

Posted by on Mar 6, 2013 in Healing, Holistic Health | 0 comments

What if I told you that you probably already know the top 3 things you can do to be healthier?  As a health coach, I find that if I ask someone that questions it’s pretty easy for them to rattle off a few things – ditch the diet soda, move more, eat more vegetables, you probably are thinking of your three right now!  So why is it that so many people may actually already know what they can do to start being healthier, but they don’t take action and do it? The reasons we all don’t take charge of our health vary, I think the biggest thing is that many people don’t know where to start.  So let’s talk about what you can do to take those top three things (write them down now if you haven’t already!) and make them healthy habits that you incorporate into your daily life. How to create a healthy habit: 1.     Write down the top 3 things that you can do to be healthier right now 2.     Select one and tackle it 3.     Identify exactly what you are going to do, for how long, and what success will look like 4.     Set realistic timeline – takes at least 3 weeks/21 days to break a habit or make a new one 5.     Hold yourself accountable and get support – from your family, friends, a buddy, group online…you get the picture 6.     Don’t give up! One of the tricky things is that you try to make too many changes at once, become overwhelmed and then discouraged, and before you know it back to where you started and feeling like a failure.  Don’t make too many changes at once, break down your goal and take incremental steps, and work towards your clear goal.  For example, if my goal is to move more, what exactly does that mean?  How do I know if I’m succeeding?  Instead of “moving more” make your goal more actionable, to start say walk for 1 hour, 2 times a week and keep it up for 2 months.  Ideally you want to plan to do this for at least 3 weeks so that you can incorporate the positive healthy behavior into your lifestyle and make it a healthy habit that sticks! In addition to setting a realistic goal and timeline, enlist support of your friends and family.  For my goal of walking 2 times per week, I would be more inclined to do it if I went with a friend, called my sister during that time, and added it to my calendar like an appointment.  All of these things are things that you can do to help hold yourself accountable and get the support of others too. The key to making changes and healthy habits is to make small changes, slowly, overtime and not taking on too much change at once.  Ideally you are making smaller sustainable changes that add up to something much larger.  Remember to celebrate your successes along the way and not to get discouraged by set-backs, learn from it instead and keep moving forward. This blog post was written by Laura Pappas, she is a certified health coach that works with her clients to adopt dietary changes focusing on a whole foods and Paleo approach to eating.  You can find her and more information on her blog,  Against the...

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Flu Prevention

Posted by on Feb 1, 2013 in Energy, Healing, Healing Holistic Health, Immune System, Nutrition | 0 comments

Avoiding a serious case of influenza is not about vaccination but more about maintaining a healthy, well functioning immune system. The flu shot is not something I recommend.  They are typically geared toward only a couple of flu virus strains when there are about 200 out there.  Statistically, they are not proven to be effective AND can have side effects, some of which are quite serious.  By following the simple guidelines below, you can help keep your immune system in optimal working order so that you’re far less likely to acquire the infection to begin with or, if you do get sick with the flu, you are better prepared to move through it without complications and soon return to good health. Avoid Sugar and Processed Foods. Sugar impairs your immune response and harms your beneficial intestinal bacteria, feeding the pathogenic yeast and viruses. Be aware that sugar is present in foods you may not suspect, like ketchup and fruit juice, and in forms you typically might dismiss, like high fructose corn syrup and cane juice. If you are healthy then small amounts of sugar might be fine, but absolutely avoid it while you are sick. Optimize your vitamin D levels. This is one of the absolute best strategies for avoiding infections of ALL kinds.  Due to less sun exposure in Winter, vitamin D deficiency may actually be the true culprit behind the seasonality of the flu – not the flu virus itself.  If you are not getting good sun exposure then take an oral vitamin D3 supplement. We have excellent vitamin D supplements here at Live Well Holistic Health Center, both capsule and liquid drops. Boost your immune system.  Other supplements from our health center that do an excellent job of prevention are our colostrum formula, astragalus with vitamin C formula and camu powder.  If you do get the flu, we have excellent supplements for clearing the condition in any of its varied forms. Optimize Your Gut Flora. With 75% of your immune system residing in your intestines, this may be the single most important strategy you can implement.  The bacteria in your gut have enormous control of your immune response. The best way to improve your beneficial bacteria ratio is to do a mini-candida cleanse pre-season, take a high quality probiotic, avoid sugar and processed foods, and eat a whole foods diet (rich in nutrient-dense foods) such as green leafy vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds, avocados, coconut oil and fruits, as well as probiotic rich foods such as sauerkraut.  Meats and eggs are fine, but limit milk-based foods. Get Plenty of Rest. Just like it becomes harder for you to get your daily tasks done if you’re tired, if your body is overly fatigued it will be harder for it to fight the flu. My advice is to get an extra half-hour of sleep in Autumn and Spring, and an extra hour in Winter. Have Effective Tools to Address Stress. We all have some stress every day, but if stress becomes overwhelming then your body will be less able to fight off the flu and other illness. If you feel that stress is taking a toll on your health, consider using our energy psychology tool called ‘NeuroEmotional Technique’ which is remarkably effective in relieving stress associated with all kinds of events, from work to family to trauma.  Regular meditation/yoga can be very helpful.  I incorporate this technique into new patient visits and also regular/full visits whenever it would be helpful for my patients. Also consider taking ‘adaptagenic’ herbs such as our rhodiola, ashwagandha or Stress Manager formula, all of which we carry in our health center. Get Regular Moderate Exercise. When you exercise you increase your circulation and the components of your immune system are better circulated and have a better chance of finding an illness before it spreads. However, it would be wise to reduce the intensity of your workouts as it may deplete you.  And be sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Wash Your Hands Often. Washing your hands will decrease...

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Food Allergies: More Common Than You May Think

Posted by on Apr 5, 2012 in Allergies, Back Pain, Healing, Holistic Health, Immune System | 0 comments

Food allergies and sensitivities are all the rage. Going ‘gluten-free’ is almost a fad these days. You are likely reading about it in magazines and hearing about movie stars trying it. Well, just like antioxidants in blueberries and omega 3 in fish oil, food sensitivities are something us Naturopaths and Clinical Nutritionists have been preaching for decades. In my own practice of twenty plus years, not a week has gone by that I haven’t taken someone off of one or another foods to help them turn their health around. A great many people are eating foods everyday that their bodies don’t process very well. When they do, it causes inflammation in the intestinal tract, and that can create conditions both subtle and gross such as low energy, brain fog, gas and bloating, headaches, rashes and much more. I have hundreds of success stories I could share. Here are two. One woman came to me complaining of daily headaches for the past 30 years. Mayo Clinic did not help, nor did any of the other dozen clinics she went to. She came on referral from one of my patients and told me her story. Within the first ten minutes I determined that she had a dairy sensitivity as well as a fungal (yeast) overgrowth. She started eating dairy free and clearing out the yeast, and in less than a week her headaches were gone and have not come back. Another patient presented with fatigue, gas and bloating and GERD (reflux and heartburn). I determined that he had an intolerance to gluten (not as bad as Celiac’s) and several other common foods. Removing those foods and taking some intestinal herbal remedies cleared his condition within two weeks. Both of these case studies are representative of the experience most patients have when they come to me for food allergy and sensitivity testing. I have also had patients who were being treated for neck or back problems and no other major complaints whom I ran my testing on just to see and whom showed sensitivities to certain foods. Going off the foods that tested positive resulted in them having more energy, better sleep, less colds and sinus problems, clearer skin and less headaches, to name a few. If you are experiencing nagging health issues, please consider making an appointment so we can look at any food sensitivities, allergies and/or other underlying issues. Health is our greatest wealth, and I’m here to help you feel...

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Natural Ways to Feel Your Absolute Best

Posted by on Feb 11, 2011 in Energy, Healing, Natural | 0 comments

Do you feel low energy or have problems concentrating? Are you getting sick too often, catching every cold or flu that comes along? Are you experiencing aches and pains that are slow to heal? Do you get frequent headaches? Are you worried about the spring coming and your allergy and sinus issues returning? Do you take medications that suppress symptoms but don’t fix the problem? Did you know that a comprehensive and well rounded natural medicine approach to your health can change all of the above? Nearly every condition is a combination of imbalances coming together. Factors such as spinal integrity, nutrition, toxicity and stress can interact to create various health conditions, or simply make you feel less than 100%. The approach we take at Live Well Holistic Health Center looks at the whole person and aims to address all of the possible contributing factors. Dr. Martin Orimenko is a multidisciplinary holistic doctor trained in chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, nutrition, ayurveda, energy healing and more. He always screens for the various possible contributing factors to any condition. When patients come to him, Dr. Martin corrects structural imbalances, assists people in cleansing and detoxifying, relieves tension, restores the even and balanced flow of energy in the body, addresses stress issues in people’s lives and helps people achieve optimum nutrition within their comfort zone. There are solutions to almost any health problem, and a well-rounded and comprehensive approach will always be the most effective and efficient approach. If you aren’t feeling 100%, consider scheduling a complete natural health evaluation at Live Well with Dr. Martin Orimenko.  Because without your health, you have...

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Dr. Martin Orimenko’s Philosophy

Posted by on Oct 15, 2010 in Ayurveda, Healing, Healing Holistic Health, Holistic Health, Massage, Neuro Emotional Technique | 0 comments

MY PHILOSOPHY Dr. Martin Orimenko, DC, ND, FIACA I believe that the body knows how to heal itself of nearly everything, but at times becomes stuck or overwhelmed. It can be stuck or overwhelmed physically, chemically or emotionally. A condition may have come on suddenly, or taken months or years to develop. I believe many different healing techniques work and I choose to incorporate several of the best ones. I use a variety of the best techniques from chiropractic, kiniesiology, ayurveda, massage, and acupressure. I also believe that diet and nutrition play a critical role in our overall health. Therefore I incorporate, when needed, recommendations for changes in diet, nutritional supplements and cleansing programs. I also believe that emotions can interfere with healing and actually create certain conditions. Therefore, I utilize a quick and painless emotional clearing technique called NeuroEmotional Technique when called for. As an expert and an authority in facilitating the healing process, I will do my absolute best, using all that I know, to bring about healing for you as fast as possible, but I will need your full cooperation and commitment in order for us to have success. This may mean agreeing to a treatment plan, changing your diet, taking certain supplements or adding a home exercise for example. If we work together, my goal is to restore you to your optimal health and...

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Our Mission Statement

Posted by on Sep 8, 2010 in Healing | 0 comments

Our bodies heal themselves but, at times, need assistance in removing the interferences to their health potential. Our purpose is to enhance wellness and vitality by: 1)      Removing interference to your body’s neurological control through spinal adjustments, 2)      Removing interference to normal blood flow and good structural balance through bodywork (massage techniques), physical therapies and acupressure, 3)      Removing toxins and malevolent organisms (such as candida-yeast) through cleansing and balancing the digestion and nutrition, 4)      Removing the charge on emotional issues and stresses through NeuroEmotional Technique and teaching stress management techniques. We are here to serve the Philadelphia Area and beyond.  Our Mission is to relieve suffering and restore health and to help our community become less dependent on medications and more reliant upon our body’s innate ability to heal through regular chiropractic care, good nutrition, exercise and a positive mental attitude. We specialize in difficult health challenges in infants, children and adults.  We utilize a variety of healing modalities to suit the patient and to be thorough.  We offer hope, sincerity, love and optimism to our patients.  Please don’t hesitate to ask us about your health issues and how we might help you. Let’s make this your best year yet! Live Well...

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