The Benefits of Laser Therapy on Wound Healing

Dr. Randy Merrick discusses the benefit of laser therapy on wound healing and other applications.  100% success rate on wound healing and 85-95% success rate with arthritis.

What is Laser Therapy?

With L.I.L.T., laser light penetrates the tissues and restores normal cell function. It enhances the body’s own healing process by decreasing inflammation, increasing the speed of healing and eliminating pain.
It is a NON TOXIC, SAFE & NON INVASIVE method of using low power laser and super luminous diodes to successfully treat a variety of medical conditions that include:

  • repetitive stress injury
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • rotator cuff tear
  • epicondylitis
  • fibromyalgia
  • reflex sympathetic dystrophy
  • temporo-mandibular joint dysfunction
  • headaches & migraines
  • ligament and tendon tears
  • fractures with associated soft tissue injuries
  • facet joint syndrome
  • bulging and herniated discs
  • contusions
  • tendonitis
  • myositis
  • synovitisc
  • bursitis
  • plantar fasciitis
  • osteoarthritis
  • chondromalacia patella
  • discogenic & vertebrogenic radiculopathy
  • spinal stenosis
  • calcification (i.e. bone spurs)

See first hand results of using Laser Therapy for the healing of scar tissue:





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The Importance of Taking Time to Make and Eat Meals Together

5d2b2570-98cf-4be6-9f43-2ad1448f19bd_B320The busy Christmas Season is upon us!  As we work to put together our Monday Morning Make-Over spot (and it is almost afternoon!), we came across this article that shows how important it is for a healthy family to take time to have meals together.

This morning we look at a recent article from Leslie Beck that outlines The American Journal of Preventative Medicine’s finds that link preparing food at home with eating healthier.   This article found here  is a great reminder this crisp December day to schedule time at home with your family to eat meals together.  There will be so many extra rich foods and unhealthy temptations throughout the month of December, it is important to take the time to prepare healthy meals with our families.

Additional findings also suggest that families are spending more and more time eating alone then with their family.  Dr. Mercola, in his September 20, 2014 blog post found that kids who eat meals with their families not only have less obesity, but also fewer psychosocial and behavioral problems—the benefits are truly profound. For example, teens who eat with their families at least five times a week are 40 percent more likely to get A’s and B’s in school than their peers who don’t share family meals. They’re also 42 percent less likely to drink alcohol, 59 percent less likely to smoke cigarettes, 66 percent less likely to try marijuana, and tend to be less depressed.

Other research shows that with each additional family dinner, adolescents have:

  • Higher self-esteem and life satisfaction
  • More trusting and helpful behaviors toward others and better relationships with their parents
  • Better vocabulary and academic performance
  • Lower teen pregnancy rates and truancy
  • Increased resilience to stress

A copy of Dr. Merocla’s blog post can be found here. 

This Monday take a look at your busy calendar and make sure to schedule in those family meals, you won’t regret it.

Happy Monday!

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Aspartame: By Far the Most Dangerous Substance Added to Most Foods Today

Aspartame accounts for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA. Many of these reactions are very serious, including seizures and death.

In today’s blog post we highlight a very dangerous substance: Aspartame.

Dr. Mercola from explains in a 2011 article, the damage that can be caused by Aspartate:

How Aspartate (and Glutamate) Cause Damage

aspartateAspartate and glutamate act as neurotransmitters in the brain by facilitating the transmission of information from neuron to neuron. Too much aspartate or glutamate in the brain kills certain neurons by allowing the influx of too much calcium into the cells. This influx triggers excessive amounts of free radicals, which kill the cells. The neural cell damage that can be caused by excessive aspartate and glutamate is why they are referred to as “excitotoxins.” They “excite” or stimulate the neural cells to death.

Aspartic acid is an amino acid. Taken in its free form (unbound to proteins), it significantly raises the blood plasma level of aspartate and glutamate. The excess aspartate and glutamate in the blood plasma shortly after ingesting aspartame or products with free glutamic acid (glutamate precursor) leads to a high level of those neurotransmitters in certain areas of the brain.

The blood brain barrier (BBB), which normally protects the brain from excess glutamate and aspartate as well as toxins, 1) is not fully developed during childhood, 2) does not fully protect all areas of the brain, 3) is damaged by numerous chronic and acute conditions, and 4) allows seepage of excess glutamate and aspartate into the brain even when intact.

The excess glutamate and aspartate slowly begin to destroy neurons. The large majority (75 percent or more) of neural cells in a particular area of the brain are killed before any clinical symptoms of a chronic illness are noticed. A few of the many chronic illnesses that have been shown to be contributed to by long-term exposure to excitatory amino acid damage include:

Multiple sclerosis (MS) Parkinson’s disease
ALS Hypoglycemia
Memory loss AIDS
Hormonal problems Dementia
Epilepsy Brain lesions
Alzheimer’s disease Neuroendocrine disorders

The risk to infants, children, pregnant women, the elderly and persons with certain chronic health problems from excitotoxins are great. Even the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), which usually understates problems and mimics the FDA party-line, recently stated in a review that glutamic acid should be avoided by women of childbearing age. Aspartic acid from aspartame has the same deleterious effects on the body as glutamic acid isolated from it’s naturally protein-bound state, causing it to become a neurotoxin instead of a non-essential amino acid. Aspartame in diet sodas, or aspartame in other liquid form are absorbed more quickly and have been shown to spike plasma levels of aspartic acid.

For Dr. Mercola’s full article on the negative effects of Aspartame, click HERE


A Review of 2014’s Dirty Dozen…Fruits & Veggies

In going through some of the great articles that we have read this year, we came across another great one from Mind Body Green.  On this Monday Morning Make- Over spot, we thought’d we share an article that they posted this summer outlining the best choices for choosing fruits and veggies.  (Best in terms of having the least amount of pesticides.)

Here is the article as it appeared in



Don’t want to eat fruits coated with toxins? Neither do we! And neither does the Environmental Working Group, which thankfully tracks what’s actually in and on our food.

On Tuesday they released their annual Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides, which breaks down which fruits and veggies have the most pesticides and which have the fewest. Their goal is to bring some transparency to our food supply and help you decide when it’s worth shilling out extra for organic produce. Apples topped the toxic list for the fourth year in a row, which may not come as a surprise in the wake of news that they’re often covered with a chemical that’s banned in Europe.

If it fits in your budget, the EWG recommends buying organic whenever possible. And if it’s just not affordable right now, their guide can help you make more informed, healthy choices. The bottom line, says the EWG, is that it’s always good to eat more fruits and vegetables, even if you’re exposed to pesticides. Now you can be a little smarter about it.

Some highlights from the report:

  • A single grape sample contained 15 pesticides.
  • The average potato had more pesticides by weight than any other food.
  • Single samples of celery, cherry tomatoes, imported snap peas and strawberries showed 13 different pesticides apiece.

The fruits and veggies with the most pesticides (the “Dirty Dozen Plus”) are:

  1. Apples
  2. Strawberries
  3. Grapes
  4. Celery
  5. Peaches
  6. Spinach
  7. Sweet bell peppers
  8. Nectarines (imported)
  9. Cucumbers
  10. Cherry tomatoes
  11. Snap peas (imported)
  12. Potatoes

The “Dirty Dozen Plus” includes:

  1. Hot peppers
  2. Kale/collard greens

And the fruits and veggies with the least pesticides (the “Clean Fifteen”) are:

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Cabbage
  5. Sweet peas (frozen)
  6. Onions
  7. Asparagus
  8. Mangos
  9. Papayas
  10. Kiwi
  11. Eggplant
  12. Grapefruit
  13. Cantaloupe
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Sweet potatoes