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  • Pain Series: A Natural Approach to Headaches and Migraines

    by Paula Gallagher | December 16, 2014

    headache-painMigraine Basics

    What is a migraine? It is a severe, painful headache that can last anywhere from several hours to several days. Migraines differ from traditional headaches in that they are usually accompanied by other symptoms such as sensitivity to light and sound, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, or flashes of light.

    Who is affected? Migraines can affect adults and children, but are most often reported by adults. Women are three times more likely to suffer from migraines than men.

    Migraine Versus Headache: Which Do I Have?

    To better understand headaches and to differentiate migraine headaches from other types, see common signs, symptoms and frequencies of headaches listed below. Our certified wellness counselors recommend keeping a headache diary—noting when your headaches occur, what your headache signs and symptoms are, and any diet or lifestyle triggers you can identify. This detail will help our professionals provide a personal assessment of your situation and make recommendations for you. There are many options for taking a natural approach to headaches and migraines.  Read more

  • Pain Series: A Natural Approach to Arthritis

    by Paula Gallagher | December 8, 2014

    hand-drawingAccording to the CDC, over 50 million Americans suffer from some sort of arthritis. Arthritis occurs when the body’s cushioning cartilage breaks down and bones may begin to rub against each other, causing inflammation and joint pain. The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which is a degenerative joint condition that affects over 40 million Americans, most of whom are older individuals. The onset of arthritis may be gradual and most often affects the hands and weight-bearing joints (hips, knees, and spine). Taking a natural approach to arthritis can help.

    Arthritis sufferers often experience early morning stiffness, stiffness following periods of rest, pain that worsens with use, and loss of joint function. The most common arthritis symptoms include local tenderness, soft tissue swelling, bony swelling, and restricted mobility. Joint pain may occur in the hips, knees, shoulders, heels, and neck, as well as other places.

    Fortunately, there are many holistic approaches that can provide relief. Diet, exercise, nutritional supplements and topical support are just some options that may assist with pain management. Read more

  • We’re Here to Help: Individualized Nutrition That’s Specific to You, Not Someone Else

    by Marc Isaacson, President, Village Green Apothecary | December 3, 2014

    mountain-joyIf you are overwhelmed when you walk into a health store and see the aisles of bottles and products that are available, you’re not alone. While our industry has amazing natural solutions as well as prescriptions to help heal the body and deliver the right nutrients to create vitality, it can be overwhelming.

    Many of us take a hodge-podge approach to our nutrient needs. Maybe you take one thing that was recommended by a past doctor, and something else that your spouse bought. Or you might have watched a show or read an article about something, so you added that to your regimen, as well. Did you ever stop to wonder if these are the right things for you?

    Studies show that 98% of people have unmet nutrient needs or deficiencies that could lead to poor health, symptoms and chronic conditions. In fact, it’s been shown that 75% or more of serious chronic conditions are created not from our gene pool, but from toxins, lifestyle and nutrient deficiencies. So perhaps you have more control of your health than you thought!

    What if you could have a personal health genie at your fingertips to provide solutions to help you feel your best? What if this genie were able to access thousands of medical and clinical studies and match your needs with the most recent research? If you were able to take the right nutrients for your needs, think how great you might feel.  Read more

  • Pain Series: A Natural Approach to Pain Management

    by Paula Gallagher | December 1, 2014

    pain-chartIf you are one of the millions of pain sufferers, then you know that it can be both physically and emotionally burdensome. Chronic pain especially, can impact work productivity, ability to sleep, energy levels, concentration, social relationships, and overall enjoyment of life. Whether it is migraines, back pain, nerve pain, joint pain or any other type of pain, we have found that individuals experience the greatest relief when they take a comprehensive approach. A natural approach to pain management can mean incorporating both internal and topical support that utilizes high quality products including nutritional supplements, herbs, and homeopathic remedies, or even recommended custom compounded formulas.

    Village Green’s naturopathic doctors and certified nutritionists are available for individualized consultations for a personal assessment of your unique situation. During your appointment (either by phone or in-person), our professionals will:

    • Review your symptoms and health history
    • Examine your diet and lifestyle
    • Recommend specialized testing
    • Assess possible drug-nutrient interactions or depletions
    • Answer any questions you may have
    • Create a customized plan that includes natural remedies, custom compounding, diet, and lifestyle recommendations  Read more

  • Giving Thanks, and How to Avoid Digestive Discomfort

    by Paula Gallagher | November 26, 2014

    thanksgivingVillage Green Apothecary would like to thank all of our wonderful customers, from those who have been with us since the beginning, to those who have just discovered us through our blog or our website, or from a friend. 

    Tomorrow many of us will be sitting down with loved ones to a really big meal (just one of many things to be grateful for). Here are some past blogs with tips on how to avoid (or help address) post-meal digestive discomfort from overeating!

    Pathway Digase: A blog about helping with digestion.

    Avoid Thanksgiving Discomfort: Tips for a healthier Thanksgiving.

    Thanksgiving Heartburn: An all-too-real affliction for many. Tips to help reduce and avoid heartburn.

    Photo from here, with thanks.

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