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November 11, 2010
Volume 2, Issue 23


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A Note From Dr. Christianson
  Dr. Christianson


In my ongoing pursuit to improve health (yours and mine), I just read a book called Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip and Dan Heath.  In it they gave fascinating accounts of how seemingly insurmountable obstacles could change easily when one small situational aspect was altered.  

One such story was about childhood starvation in Vietnam.  A social worker with little funding was sent to make change.  Rather than catalog the scores of reasons for abject poverty, he focused on the kids in the effected villages who were healthy.  What did they do differently?  

The diet was nearly all rice and little of it.  Some parents fortified their children’s’ rice with small shrimps from the rice paddies and sweet potato greens discarded from neighbors’ gardens.  These kids thrived.  Yet neighbors with starving children thought these practices were beneath them and not helpful.  By working with influential women in each neighborhood, he got the message out.  

Although he was just one man with no budget, he saved thousands of lives when many with more resources had failed.   

The book really made me think, what are the ‘shrimps and greens’ that can have the biggest effect on the health of Americans?  The common thread that makes us tired and sick is weight gain.  After spending a few hours with articles full of ‘true but useless’ statistics on how it happens, I think I’ve found the easiest solution!  Read more about it Here.

The featured article below shares the ONE tiny change YOU can make to radically improve your health.  Let me know what you think and post a comment to the blog.  I love hearing from you!

In Good Health,



Dr. Christianson



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Avoid Holiday Weight Gain! – Dr. Alan Christianson



H abits die hard.  When you try to make change, you often run your mind through the reasons why it is hard.  This kind of data has been called ‘TBU’ for True But Useless.  We know why things don’t work, it is not helpful to further explore the obstacles.  What is useful is that a small correction can yield huge improvement.  So what is the tiny change that you can do that can radically improve your health?  

Well, most disease comes from lifestyle.  The largest single problem with your lifestyle is that it causes you to gain weight.  When does most weight gain occur? A recent study shows that most weight gain occurs from October to December.  When it comes to holiday weight gain, we have a disconnect between our perceptions and reality.  

Americans actually gain less than they think each holiday season, but they also take off less than they think afterwards.  Most adults pack on an extra pound or two each season and never take it off.  Think about it, from age 20 to age 40 that’s an extra 20-40 poaise you risks for cancer, heart disease and diabetes over 4 fold.  Ironically, the biggest single problem with weight gain is also the main cosmetic concern: belly fat!

Fat around your midsections is like a time bomb.  The omentum is the organ that holds new fat and when it has extra, it seeps out toxic inflammatory chemicals that hurt your blood vessels, weaken your immunity and disrupt your blood sugar control.  

OK, so now we know the timing of weight gain but, what is the one easy way to counter it?  I propose doing nothing different over the holidays.  Be reasonable with indulgences, but enjoy yourself.  The trick will be to go into the holidays leaner and healthier then ever and ending them even better yet.  

I propose that we take a week before the holiday season to speed our metabolism, drop several pounds and get rid of toxins stored in our fat tissue.  

Join me and our staff for a one week ‘Rejuvenation’ process!  Not only will you prevent holiday weight gain, you’ll get caught up from the last several years!

You’ll love this process – I’ve made and tested a great soup recipe and custom formulated some detox supplements to work with it.  

For more information click here.

One of the many powerful ingredients in the soup is turmeric.  Even after the cleanse, it is a great thing to use daily this time of year.  It fights viruses and lessens seasonal colds and flu’s.  It is a great pain reliever.  No more stomach or kidney damage from anti-inflammatory drugs.  It also helps protect your liver.  There are lots of ways to use it.  Plain old turmeric straight off the spice rack of your grocery store can give all these benefits.  1/2 a teaspoon daily with meals is a good dose.  Some like to encapsulate this or buy it in capsules.  This dose is roughly 3 capsules.  Some brands concentrate curcumin, which is one of the more active ingredients.  

One I really like is called Meriva.  It is a curcumin concentrate in a highly absorbed form.  For many it can work better than Advil and without short term or long term side effects.  Of course turmeric is great in your food also.  Any chicken or fish dish can do well with 1/4 – 1/2 of a tsp of it.  What I love the best is fresh turmeric.  It is a little hard to find, but most Asian supermarkets have it.  Whenever I get down to the Ranch Market at the Chinese Cultural center I’ll stock up and keep it frozen. It looks just like fresh ginger, but when you cut into it the color is like that of a carrot.  The taste is like dried turmeric but much smoother.  A few grated tsp of it will make your soups extraordinary!

If you’d like some assistance and company, visit www.MyIntegrativeHealth.com or call the office for our first annual pre and post holiday cleanse!


(c) 2010- Integrative Health Care, PC


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Alan Christianson, NMD, is founder and President of Integrative Health in Scottsdale, AZ. Integrative Health offers a fresh approach to living well by using a novel formula for science-based natural medicine. His team of physicians discovers the cause of each patient’s troubling symptoms and protects their long-term health and quality of life.

Dr. Christianson’s primary focus is diagnosing hidden cases of thyroid disease and assisting those already diagnosed to resolve hypothyroid symptoms including weight gain, fatigue and hair loss.

Currently, he is co-authoring ‘The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Thyroid’, for Penguin publishers, due for publication in mid-2011.




Recipe – Chef  Nancy’s Pumpkin Walnut Bars (Gluten and Dairy Free)

Chef Nancy BannerThese bars are not only delicious, but they are gluten free, dairy free, and high in fiber!   This recipe is courtesy of Chef Nancy Banner of The Holistic Kitchen.

Yield: 2 dozen, 1×2 inch bars

  • 1 C Coconut flour
  • 1 C Buckwheat flour
  • 2 tsp Guar or xanthan gum
  • 2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Baking soda
  • 2¼ tsp. Coarse sea salt
  • ½ C Raw sugar
  • 2 Tb Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Ground cloves
  • 1 tsp Ground ginger
  • 1 tsp Ground or freshly grated nutmeg
  • ½ tsp Stevia (powder or liquid)
  • 3 Tb Real maple syrup
  • 1 – 14 oz. can of unseasoned Pumpkin
  • 4 Eggs, beaten
  • ½ C Avocado oil
  • 1 C Walnut pieces (optional)

Dairy Free Cream Cheese Drizzle (optional)

  • ¼ C Coconut butter
  • ½ tsp Vinegar
  • 1 Tb Real maple syrup
  • ½ C Dairy free milk substitute (I use coconut)
  • Coarse sea salt to taste

350F oven

  • Grease a 9×13 glass baking dish and set aside.
  • Blend all dry ingredients and walnuts, if using, in a large bowl.
  • Blend all wet ingredients in a separate bowl.
  • Add wet to dry, incorporating thoroughly
  • Spread “batter” (it will be stiff) in prepared pan
  • Bake about 25 minutes. Edges will separate from pan and cake tester or toothpick should come out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack.

Optional Topping:

  • Beat first 3 ingredients together in a small bowl, until smooth, adding milk, a bit at a time, until you’ve achieved a consistency that will “drizzle”.
  • Drizzle from a spoon or place in a plastic bag and snip a tiny piece off one bottom corner for a makeshift pastry bag.
  • If you prefer more topping, make a spread, using more coconut butter, less milk. Adjust vinegar, maple syrup and salt, to taste.

TheHolisticKitchen.com             info@theholistickitchen.com


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1) The Holistic Kitchen  Chef Nancy Banner believes in nourishing people with whole foods.  She can cook for you or teach you to cook nutritious meals for you and your family.  She offers customized programs for people with special needs or sensitivities. 


2)  Pumpkin Yes, Charlie Brown, it is pumpkin season.  Pumpkin is rich in antioxidants, zinc, and iron.  And it is full of fiber!  

3)  Dr. Phil Wazny  On November 30, Dr. Wazny will be speaking on how to protect yourself during cold and flu season.  Join him at 6:30pm at TeaTime in Scottsdale.  Please call (480) 686-8503 for more information.


4) Just say, “NO” to Hoiday Wei.ght Gain





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