Natural Sunscreen: Astaxanthin

Written by Katherine M. Coleman, M.N.T.

While the exact pathway is unknown, by consuming this antioxidant pigment you naturally create your own “internal sunscreen” and will thereby prevent your skin from burning. Astaxanthin is a natural compound that may help with the prevention of wrinkles, dry skin, age spots, and freckles. This supernutrient is a fairly unknown carotenoid, known for providing foods with their vibrant colors. However, unlike other carotenoids, astaxanthin is produced only by microalgae and is known for acting as the algae’s survival mechanism; it serves as a protection against malnutrition and/or intense sunlight. This carotenoid is the reason salmon have pink skin, and the endurance to swim upstream. It is imperative to make sure you select a natural variety from marine algae over one that is not synthetic as the synthetic variety generally comes from the farmed salmon industry.

Start by taking at least 2 mg per day before working your way up to 4 and 8 mg. It may take anywhere from two to four weeks to reap its benefits, so be sure to use a natural sunscreen in the meantime. The Healing Center recommends the BioAstin brand, which can be found in your natural grocers.



Boost Your Immune System!!!

Written by Katherine M. Coleman, M.N.T.

Through strengthening your immune system and therefore building your resistance in the midst of cold and flu season you attain the ability to ward off disease. The inability to do so is the result of a weakened immune system. It is this lack of resistance that causes individuals to be susceptible to bacteria, microbes, toxins, parasites and viruses passed on from co-workers, friends, and family.  Between the stress of the holidays and the arrival of sugar coated Valentine’s Day, people are less likely to eat well or exercise regularly, two habits that enhance your immunity.  Aside from avoiding sugar binges and making sure you still eat your vegetables, there are a number of precautions you can take to ensure you have a strong immune system.

  • Exercise 20 minutes 4 times per week
  • Get 7-9 hours of sleep per night
  • Get 10 minutes of sunshine every day on exposed sunscreen-free face and arms
  • Eat 8 servings of veggies per day, especially dark green leafy ones!
  • Practice hugging, laughing, and thinking about something that makes you smile–stress suppresses your immune system!

Immune Neutral (anyone- even autoimmune patients- can use):


  • Homeopathics taken at the very onset of cold- and flu-like symptoms can sometimes keep you from even getting sick, just feeling a little tired instead. They should be taken at the first sign of illness, and it’s usually best to keep them on hand or they can be used once you’ve contracted the virus to help you recover from unrelenting symptoms. The Healing Center’s favorites include:
    • Apex Energetics Formulas
      • Flumax-Pro: for flu-like symptoms including fever and chills, aching muscles, headache, malaise, weakness and fatigue, nausea and vomiting, and scratchy throat.
      • PNU-Pro: for symptoms of minor upper respiratory conditions such as coughs, phlegm, fatigue, fever, chest congestion, and sinus symptoms.
      • GripiaPro: for common cold symptoms like sneezing, coughing, runny nose, fatigue, stuffy head, and fever.
      • Retrovir: for mono like symptoms from retro-viruses like Epstein-barr, it can help with fatigue and malaise, swollen lymph’s, muscle weakness, mental confusion, and painful joints.

Vitamin C and Bioflavonoids

  • Nutritionists consider Vitamin C to be the single most important supplemental nutrient for the proper functioning of white blood cells and maintaining a strong, efficient immune system.
  • Vitamin C and bioflavonoids complement each other. Bioflavonoids are the brothers and sisters of vitamin C with their own actions for the immune system and an ideal ratio between the two is 1:1. Beneficial sources of bioflavonoids include rose hips, quercetin, curcumin, ginkgo biloba, resveratrol, bilberry, and milk thistle.


  • Probiotics are living, supplemental microorganisms that drive balance between good and bad bacteria in the gut. Two common ones include Lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacterium, however a variety of different strains from dairy free sources is best. A high level of good bacteria helps to keep the bad bacteria in check, helps prevent nasty fungi and parasites from taking root, as well as aiding with vitamin absorption and helping the immune system stay strong and balanced.
  • The modulation of immune responses occurs via your gut’s mucosal immune system and is responsible for 70% of immune system functioning. Because 70% of immune function occurs in the gut, a normal, healthy bacterial balance is critical. Our Favorites are:
    • Orthobiotic from Orthomolecular Products- 1 tsp./ day
    • HLC Synbiotic from Pharmax- ¼ tsp./day

Colostrum Bovine Serum

  • Colostrum Bovine Serum can be used as a surrogate immune system when we need additional support or are immune-compromised. It can be especially powerful for those with autoimmune conditions.
  • Colostrum contains over 37 different important natural immune factors and more than 8 growth factors that work with the body to combat illness and promote full health. When consumed as a supplement, some of the antibodies and immunoglobulins present in colostrum remain in the intestinal tract to support proper immune function and healthy intestinal flora. Our favorites are:
    • Ig2000 from Xymogen- 1 scoop/day
    • Cellemax from Apex Energetics-1 tsp./day

Vitamin D

  • Supplementation of Vitamin D has proven to have a dampening effect on excessive and inappropriate behavior of immune cells by acting as an immune regulator and reducing inflammation. It is stored in the liver and the lining of your digestive tract to help fight infection and this savings account is called upon during times of need, such as the long winter months. 50% of your levels are gone in six weeks after last sun exposure which is one of the reasons people start getting sick 2-3 months after summer is over.   
  • Ideally, one should have ten minutes of sun exposure per day, which is better than any supplemental consumption. Supplementation should always be in an oil based form and serum levels should be about 60 to 80 nanograms per deciliter on labs, which needs to be checked annually especially if you are taking it orally. Our favorites are:
    • Bio-D-Mulsion from Biotics- 1-2 drops/day for people w/ gallbladder issues
    • Liqui-D3 from Rx Vitamins- 1-2 drops/day

Ideally, we would only need foods to boost our immune system, but America’s food supply is “nutritionally challenged” and micronutrient depleted. This makes supplementation more critical. Our next post will discuss immune boosting herbs and why you should be cautious taking them. When an individual is autoimmune, he or she must be able to determine specifically which herbs are best for use, because some will make him or her feel even worse. Dr. Starling determines this on an individual basis. All supplements mentioned can be bought at the office or ordered online, refer to our self-order sheet.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Let’s start with the definition given by the Mayo Clinic.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects the large intestine (colon). Irritable bowel syndrome commonly causes cramping, abdominal pain, bloating gas, diarrhea and constipation. Despite these uncomfortable signs and symptoms, IBS doesn’t cause permanent damage to your colon.

Most people with IBS find that symptoms improve as they learn to control their condition. Only a small number of people with irritable bowel syndrome have severe signs and symptoms.

Fortunately, unlike more-serious intestinal diseases such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome doesn’t cause inflammation or changes in bowel tissue or increase your risk of colorectal cancer.  In many cases, you can control irritable bowel syndrome by managing your diet, lifestyle and stress.

We are very excited to announce that Dr. Marie Starling of The Healing Center is going to be featured on “Colorado and Company” on Channel 9 this Tuesday January 11th at 10:00am discussing this very issue.   She will be talking about this common health concern that you or someone you love could be experiencing.  We don’t want you to miss this opportunity to learn about this condition first hand!!  Tune in with us either on Channel 9 or streaming online by clicking here.

What is Functional Medicine?

functional medicine

functional medicine

Have you been from doctor to doctor in our Western culture’s medical community but still have no relief for what is causing you distress?

Functional medicine may be what you have been searching for.

By definition, functional medicine is personalized medicine that deals with primary prevention and underlying causes instead of symptoms for serious chronic disease.   It is a science-based field of health care that is grounded in the following principles:

  • Biochemical individuality describes the importance of individual variations in metabolic function that derive from genetic and environmental differences among individuals.
  • Patient-centered medicine emphasizes “patient care” rather than “disease care,” following Sir William Osler’s admonition that “It is more important to know what patient has the disease than to know what disease the patient has.”
  • Dynamic balance of internal and external factors.
  • Web-like interconnections of physiological factors – an abundance of research now supports the view that the human body functions as an orchestrated network of interconnected systems, rather than individual systems functioning autonomously and without effect on each other. For example, we now know that immunological dysfunctions can promote cardiovascular disease, that dietary imbalances can cause hormonal disturbances, and that environmental exposures can precipitate neurologic syndromes such as Parkinson’s disease.
  • Health as a positive vitality – not merely the absence of disease.
  • Promotion of organ reserve as the means to enhance health span.

Functional medicine is anchored by an examination of the core clinical imbalances that underlie various disease conditions. Those imbalances arise as environmental inputs such as diet, nutrients (including air and water), exercise, and trauma are processed by one’s body, mind, and spirit through a unique set of genetic predispositions, attitudes, and beliefs. The fundamental physiological processes include communication, both outside and inside the cell; bioenergetics, or the transformation of food into energy; replication, repair, and maintenance of structural integrity, from the cellular to the whole body level; elimination of waste; protection and defense; and transport and circulation.


Dr.  Marie Starling specializes in functional medicine.  To begin, she does a full body examination that includes a detailed family history, as well as structural and allergy assessments.  Dr. Starling utilizes specialized lab tests to fully diagnose what’s going wrong in your body.

Dr. Starling’s intent is to help you restore the function to all of your body systems including your GI system, your blood sugar system and your nervous system.  She does this with a full range of carefully selected natural products as well as Chiropractic and NAET Allergy Elimination techniques.

An Interview with Dr. Starling

Frustrated with Seasonal Allergies or Food Allergies?  Explore this non-invasive technique that is getting results for both! 

NAET/ BioSet is the name of a safe, effective, non-invasive technique for detecting, eliminating or desensitizing all types of allergies. This includes FOODS and Environmental allergies!   The process is called a “clearing” because it “clears” the bad brainwave pattern which causes the physiological reaction. NAET combines Kinesiology (Muscle Responsive Testing), Chiropractic and Oriental Medicine to clear allergic reactions through a reprogramming of the brain and energetic system of the body.

Our brains have a natural built-in unconscious function controlling the immune system, which has the potential of keeping us allergy free. What has been developed is a technique that consciously focuses the brain on a single allergen while clearing the blocked energy formerly associated with that allergen. This technique can successfully re-train the body in order to achieve an allergy-free state.

How does it work?
Research has shown that when major allergies are eliminated and the immune system is strengthened, the body resumes normal healing and homeostasis. It actually shows up on an EEG as a change in the brainwave pattern. The basic idea is that we have cellular memory and our “allergies” are actually physical manifestations of a memory of being sensitive to something. When we neutralize that memory, per se, we actually clear an “allergy.”   By stimulating the spinal nerves and other specific acupuncture points, in the presence of an allergen, we are desensitizing our bodies and brains to said allergen. It may sound like magic, but that is only because we lack the technology to really understand how our energetic system works.

How do you know what allergens to test?
Muscle testing tells us which allergens are “shorting” out the system.   Dr. Starling tests the most likely allergens to determine what needs to be treated at the beginning, and after basic items have been cleared, the muscle testing is taken to deeper and deeper levels.

How Is the Allergen Used?
The patient holds the allergen in their hand, and the clearing is done by activating the spinal nerves, in the presence of the allergen, thereby “de-sensitizing” the patient to the allergen.   By holding the allergen, the patient’s sensory nerves in the fingertips send a message to the brain as to the sensitivity of this item. This is how the muscle test works in testing for the allergens.

How is the allergen held?
Generally, the allergens are in little glass vials, but any item can be placed inside a small jar. We have a vast array of vials holding allergens from wheat and corn to blue grass and cat hair.   It must be a glass container, and the glass must be lead-free so that the energetic frequency of whatever is being tested can freely move through the glass.

How does the body know what is in the container? Does the patient know in advance what allergen is in the container?
The patient doesn’t need to know the allergen in advance. The basic ideas behind the muscle test are these two concepts:

Everything in the universe has its own electro-magnetic field.
We have sensory neurons in our fingertips.
The sensory neurons in our fingertips are able to “read” the energetic field of the items we touch. Our brain is so amazing that it knows immediately based on the message received by the sensory neurons in our fingertips, whether or not our body’s electro-magnetic field (e-mf) resonates with the e-mf of the allergen we are holding.

As soon as the brain gets this message from the neurons, it sends out a message to the muscles, also known as a reaction or manifestation. This could be seen in the form of a cough, sinusitis, hay fever, itchy eyes, migraine headache, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, heartburn, insomnia, lethargy, muscle ache, palpitations, anxiety or any other reaction.

Basically, a patient either reacts strongly or weakly. We can test this by doing a muscle test to determine if the patient is strong or weak in the presence of any given allergen.

How do you know if an allergen has been neutralized?
Dr. Starling will muscle test to determine if an allergen has been cleared. Muscle testing happens within 24 hours to 7 days after a treatment to check if the allergen has been cleared.

How many allergens are addressed in each visit?
One allergen per visit, unless doing combination treatments, when we can occasionally clear additional allergies at the same time. Also, some allergens are treated together. For example, all the sugars, vitamin A can be treated with fish and shellfish.   Salt and chlorides are other substances that are treated together.

Does Dr. Starling use acupuncture or acupressure?
She uses acupressure which is effective and easier than using needles and particularly good for kids.

Contact us to schedule a time to get you feeling better

Why Chiropractic?

Just like regular visits to your dentist promotes good oral health and prevents dental problems, regular visits to your chiropractor help maintain good health and prevent problems and injury. 

Chiropractic care allows the body to function correctly. It is a scientific fact that your brain, spinal cord, and the rest of your nerves control every aspect of your body. Any imbalance in your spine can cause an adverse effect to the overall health of you and those around you, such as your family.   If Chiropractic care starts at birth, you can achieve a higher level of health and wellness throughout life, naturally!

We treat patients of all ages to promote your good health.

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