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AFWC Is Closing Its Doors!


After 18 years in practice serving the Anchorage community with compassionate, respectful integrative health care, the Alaska Family Wellness Center is closing its doors effective September 30, 2014 and I begin retirement.  This decision comes after a great deal of deliberation on the part of my wife, Marsha and me.  We are ready to start a new and exciting time of our lives in Colorado with … Read More

The High Cost of “Free” Foods

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. . . The truth about fat-free and sugar-free products.            Think twice before reaching for that fat-free cookie or sugar-free ice cream bar as an afternoon snack.  In most cases, you're better off having the real thing in moderate portions, says Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD, wellness manager at Cleveland Clinic's Wellness Institute.  The … Read More

Skin Tags and Cysts: When You Should Worry

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. . . They're usually harmless, but may need treatment. . . . . . You may be wondering about that little outgrowth of skin that popped up on your otherwise smooth skin surface.  Most of the time, a skin tag or cyst is nothing more than unsightly, and not usually painful or bothersome. But sometimes, there might be more to these common skin flaws, and it's important to know when to have … Read More

Water and Staying Hydrated

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    With the summer heat and activity comes an increased need for fluids.  We've all heard about the importance of at least eight glasses of water each day. But why?       How Water Helps Our Bodies Water is crucial to many of our body's functions.  Our body loses water each time we exhale, sweat, and use the bathroom.  Without enough water, our … Read More

Probiotics: What You Need to Know

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      Show promise in restoring "good bacteria," improving digestion       Probiotic supplements have been touted to improve gut health, balance vaginal flora, and strengthen the immune system.  They contain beneficial bacteria naturally found in the intestinal tract and in some foods, including yogurt, pickles, soft cheeses, and sauerkraut.  So, … Read More

Needles? Ouch! And 9 Other Acupuncture Myths


There are a lot of misconceptions about acupuncture, but the truth is that this practice has been around for more than 3,500 years and provides relief to people around the world. Below, find ten of the most common myths about acupuncture: . . . 1.  Acupuncture hurts - after all, we're talking needles! Although we use needles, they are very slender and fine (about the size of a cat whisker).  … Read More

11 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Nasal Allergies


      It's that time of year in Alaska - the dust is swirling and the pollen is starting to fly.  But there is relief from your spring time allergies.  Here are 11 questions you should ask your healthcare provider about allergies and available treatments.       1. Why do I have nasal allergies?  Can they be cured? 2. What are common allergens … Read More

7 Ways to Shop and Cook Low-Sodium

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. . . Need to cut salt?  Start with these tips.           "Cut the salt."  If you've heard these words from your doctor, you may be wondering where to start.  After all, salt is an ever-present part of the modern diet, especially pre-packaged food. Never fear.  A few simple tips and tricks can help you reduce your sodium intake.  Start with the … Read More

10 Things You Should Expect From Your Doctor

   As a patient, you have rights...   You just waited two hours for a doctor who's running late.  Once in the office, the doctor zips through a jargon-filled speech, orders a test, writes a prescription, and sends you on our way.  You leave in a cloud of confusions, realizing that you never even asked a question. Don't accept this.  It's the worst-case scenario of patient care.  … Read More

5 Tips For Eating Good Fats

  Not all fats are created equal.  But if you want to enjoy the healthy – and tasty! – benefits of those good-for-you monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats such as omega-3 fatty acids, you need to cook and eat smartly.        Use these simple tips to make the most of good fats:   1. Breakfast Boost At breakfast, cook oatmeal and sneak in flaxseed to … Read More