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April 14, 2011
Volume 3, Issue 8      

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A Note From Dr. Christianson
  Dr. Christianson
H i !

Hope you’re all having a great spring.  Its been a great time for us at Integrative Health.  We’ve gotten to enjoy Dr. Wazny’s new baby, the release of the thyroid book and then my being awarded one of the 2011 Top Docs.  Of course barely an hour ago I lost my rhythm on part of a steep, rocky unicyle descent and took a horrible rolling, sliding fall in a rock pile.  Regular loss of blood and skin sure keeps a guy humble!  

Are you all eating your greens?  I’ve really fallen in love with collards and kale lately.  If they taste bitter to you, I’ll share a secret.  Not to take away from our recipe, but I bet you’ve never tried Umeboshi plums.  You’ll find them at Sprouts or Whole Foods in the Asian food section.  Cut the stems off your greens, saute in a few drops of toasted sesame seed oil until just wilted.  Before serving mix in about 1 tsp of plum meat pulled off of the plum pit.  Your greens will rock!  Totally unique taste, and no bitterness.    

Our other big news is a therapy we’ll be offering soon.  What can burn 1000 calories, increase your circulation, reverse chronic pain, tighten skin, reduce cellulite, raise your energy and help your immunity in 3 minutes flat?  It is not ingested or injected, it has been used in Europe and Japan for decades and to date there are only 4 locations in the United States.  Stay tuned!



In Good Health,



Dr. Christianson





Healing Power of Cold

 Swiss AlpsA  s Naturopathic physicians, our medical heritage traces back to the spa/hospitals of Switzerland and Germany of the early 1800’s. Patients were treated with fresh air, sunlight, simple food and brisk mountain water.  These spas documented cures from many conditions including diabetes, cancer, tuberculosis and influenza.

This medical modal was ‘Vitalistic’ meaning the doctors healed not by fighting disease but by raising the patients’ ‘Vital Force’. It was believed that living things possessed a tangible property separating them from the non-living.  This concept was shared by nearly all cultures with developed medical systems.  This is exactly what the Chinese called ‘Chi’ and the Yogis called ‘Prana’.  

The European spa tradition developed methods of giving the body a gentle, controlled ‘shock’ which caused the body to respond and increase it’s vitality.  Cold water was one of the preferred methods of inducing such a shock.  Imagine being on a long hike in a remote woodland wilderness.  Think about how invigorated you would be after splashing your face with alpine stream water.  No one likes to get chilled but when you are exposed to brief, controlled cold your body triggers numerous healing responses.  

First your metabolism increases.  Did you hear about how Michael Phelps ate 10,000 calories per day during his training?  Guess what, he did not swim enough to burn that much.  But spending hours each day in an 80 degree pool caused his body to raise its metabolism to maintain body temperature.  

Circulation is strongly stimulated by cold.  What is the first thing we do for acute pain? We put ice on it.  This increases the underlying blood supply while lowering the inflammatory process.  These changes reduce underlying cellulite and reverse the effects of aging.

Our immune systems are also strengthened by cold.  It has been shown that brief, controlled exposure can increase the activity of our natural killer cells by 5 fold. This protects us against colds and flus and lowers our cancer risk.  

How can we use cold to our advantage?  We’ll have more info on how to do so in a powerful way soon; in the meantime, here’s an easy way you can try tonight.

Get two pairs of socks: one thin cotton ankle high, and the other heavy full length wool.  When you’re ready for bed, wet the cotton socks in the sink with cool water and ring them out well.  Sit on your bed the put on the wet socks (trust me) then put the wool socks on over the top.

When your skin is exposed to water, your nerves respond by sending more blood to the area and increasing your metabolism.  Remember wool warms even if it is damp.  The cotton socks are just there to hold some water.  Not only will you not chill, but your feet will feel toasty warm.  Since your circulation is in a closed system, anytime you increase blood flow in one area, you increase it everywhere else.  

You’ll sleep much more deeply than normal and wake up feeling refreshed.  Any
chronic pains will be lower and your circulation will get stronger.  You’ll even burn a few hundred more calories without exercising.  This is a great trip if you feel like you’re coming down with a cold or feeling especially run down.  

Promise me to try it at least once, I guarantee you’ll see some benefits and be hooked!   



(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.  A 2011 Phoenix Magazine’s Top Doc recipient, and co-author of ‘The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Thyroid’, Dr. Christianson founded Integrative Health in 1997.  He resides in Scottsdale, AZ, with his wife Kirin, their two children, and his six unicycles.










Events – Save the Date! 

Increasing Intimacy in Your Mid-life Relationship    
Dr. Ann Lovick 

Is your Libido low? Does it cause problems in your relationship? Are you just too tired to care? Hormones could be the answer.   

Date  April 19            Time  6:30pm             Location  Integrative Health


Are Vaccinations Safe for My Child?       Dr. Phil Wazny

 Dr. Philip Wazny is an expert on vaccinations and keeping your child safe. He can guide you through the maze of information and concerns about vaccines and help you choose what is right for your individual child.  

Date  April 26             Time  6:30pm            Location  Integrative Health


Eat Pie, Be Lazy and Lose Weight       Dr. Alan Christianson

The real secret to permanent, effective weight loss.

Date May 3          Time  6:00pm      Location  Integrative Health   


Mapping Your Genes to FIT into Your Jeans        Dr. Phil Wazny

Discover how genetic testing can help you achieve your lifelong ideal body weight.  

Date May 17         Time 6:00pm       Location  Integrative Health


Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer         Dr. Ann Lovick

Easy steps to help prevent breast cancer.

Date May 24         Time 6:00pm        Location   Integrative Health


The Joys of Male Menopause:  How to Increase Vitality     Dr. Alan Christianson

Feeling weak, depressed or fatigued?  Is the libido just not there?  You are not alone and there is help.  

Date May 31         Time 6:00pm         Location   Integrative Health 





Recipe – Collard Greens 



Collard GreensT ypically collard greens are cooked with ham hocks or bacon.  Here is a healthier, but still delicious recipe that makes a traditional recipe without the traditional unhealthy fat.  You can also make this with kale, swiss chard, mustard greens or spinach.    


1 bunch of collard greens
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
pinch of red pepper flakes

salt and pepper to taste

apple cider vinegar 


Cook collard greens in lightly salted water until wilted (about 5-10 minutes).  Drain and pat dry.


Add grapeseed oil to medium-sized skillet to coat bottom.  Add garlic and heat until garlic sizzles.  Add red pepper and cook until garlic is golden brown and tender. Add greens and toss with hot oil for an additional 2 minutes.  


Season with a splash of vinegar and salt and pepper to taste.  Enjoy! 




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