Ask the Expert: Facials

Ask Glynda: What is the benefit of a facial, really? And, how often do I really need one?

Good question! The purpose of a facial is to support skin’s natural function and glow. Holistic (or organic) facials encourage skin to ‘work’ more efficiently and effectively using naturally-derived ingredients and techniques.

Some of the main benefits to expect from an organic facial:

  • Increased tone, circulation and nourishment of skin from specialized anti-aging massage techniques (which also flush the lymph system, which helps to detoxify the body).
  • Deep pore cleansing and blemish removal, as needed.
  • Exfoliating peel to stimulate cell turnover and promote a supple, soft skin texture. A peel also removes debris (layers of dead skin) to enable pores to absorb skin food, such as natural serums, oils and masks that are full of antioxidants to repair and revitalize skin.
  • Masks encourage blemishes to be released from pores. For all skin types, masks deeply nourish and repair with plant butters, omega fatty acids, as well as fruits and herbs packed with vitamins and minerals.

You can expect instant results from a facial. Your skin will immediately appear more clear and hydrated, with fewer visible fine lines, and it will feel much softer.

How often should I have a facial?

I firmly believe that having a facial at the beginning of each season offers great benefits to the skin. Your skin’s needs change as the weather outside, and in your home, shifts; rebalancing your skin with a seasonal facial can help you transition smoothly.

Receiving a facial once a month will help to greatly decrease your experience of daily stressors and the toll of detrimental stress hormones. Monthly facials will also fill your, possibly empty, cup of self-nourishment.

Some of my clients return more frequently for facial treatments, if their goal is to decrease an active breakout or to receive a series of anti-aging peels.

By far, your best bet for great skin is your daily routine. Come on in for a professional analysis and gain personalized, nourishing organic skincare recommendations!

I’d also like to point out… your skin’s appearance can be an indication of imbalance within your body. Consider a Nutrition and Functional Health appointment with Carol Heckman to go deeper and discover allergies, hormonal imbalances and gut-health issues. She can design a food plan to improve your skin-health from the inside out.


Glynda Cullen, LMT, LE
Glynda is a licensed Massage Therapist and a licensed Esthetician. She offers therapeutic massage and facial treatments (and after-hours appointments). Glynda is also trained in Ionic Foot Detox protocols.

A Special Message from Glynda

Sadly, Glynda has decided to leave Chesapeake Holistic at the end of December. (So book your massages and facials with her soon.) We wish her well in her new pursuit! But, of course, we’ll miss her dearly. Below is a special message from Glynda:

I have loved being at Chesapeake Holistic and working alongside our amazing staff, more than any other group of people I’ve had the blessing to work with during my career.

Thank you to Jennifer, and all of the gifted practitioners at CH, for sharing with me their unique insights and talents, and helping me to grow to my fullest potential as a Licensed Massage Therapist.

I love the art and science of massage and always will! However, I have decided to pursue a second career after 20 years of practicing massage. I’m enrolling in college courses to pursue an Associates of Applied Science degree with the ultimate goal of practicing sonography.

To all of my regular clients, you’ve each given me a unique gift by sharing your healing journey ♥. Thank you! I have observed other practitioners travel down new roads; there is never really a goodbye once you are part of the CH family, just see you again soon!

With much love and appreciation,

Glynda

Ask the Expert: Broken Capillaries

Jennifer SalosAsk Jennifer: I’ve noticed now that I’m getting older I have broken capillaries on my face. What causes this? Can I prevent this from happening and how do I get rid of the ones I have naturally?

Capillaries are small, delicate blood vessels. At any age, but especially as we get older, these small vessels can appear to break, becoming noticeable, most often on the nose, cheeks, and chin (because there are many capillaries just under the skin’s surface on your face). Some resemble small red dots and others branch out like the veins on a leaf.

Sometimes, the tendency to have broken capillaries is genetic, but there are also other reasons this can happen. To answer the question about prevention and reducing broken capillaries, there are natural approaches related to nutrition, such as eating anti-inflammatory foods and taking appropriate supplements.

What causes broken capillaries?

When capillaries become damaged, or widen and narrow suddenly, this dilation (called telangiectasia) may become permanent. You’ll then see the visible red marks we refer to as broken capillaries, even though they’re not truly broken.

Broken capillaries can occur for many reasons, such as poor nutrition and small traumas from everyday actions:

  • Windburn
  • Popping a pimple
  • Hot showers and facial steamers
  • Washing your face with hot water
  • Blowing your nose
  • Rubbing your eyes
  • Rubbing vigorously with a towel
  • Aggressive exfoliation

A few other common reasons for capillary damage include consumption of alcohol, caffeine and spicy foods. Alcohol, for example, can dilate the blood vessels temporarily; frequent alcohol consumption may lead to vasodilation (longer-lasting broken blood vessels and redness on the face). Caffeine and spicy foods also create this effect.

Capillaries also become more visible when your face is hot (from a shower or exercise) and from sun damage: exposure to ultraviolet rays can weaken blood vessels, making capillaries more visible through the skin’s top layer.

Those with fair skin are at greater risk of broken capillaries, and, unfortunately, you may just have a genetic predisposition. If your parents have broken capillaries, you likely will too.

Can you prevent broken capillaries?

You can minimize the chance of experiencing a broken capillary by avoiding the risk factors above. In addition to being gentler with your face, here are a few more ways you may be able to avoid broken capillaries:

  • Wear a good, broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 to 50. As always, I suggest consulting Environmental Working Group’s website for safe sunscreen recommendations.
  • Wash your face with lukewarm, versus hot water. Take care to keep your face out of steamy water when you shower, too.
  • Take a quality vitamin C supplement to reduce inflammation and combat free radical damage. When taken with flavonoid compounds, vitamin C strengthens blood vessels, making you less likely to experience broken capillaries. If your body tolerates it, take 1,000 mg of vitamin C with bioflavonoids twice daily.
  • Avoid rough-grit exfoliants, in favor of gentle enzyme-based exfoliants, to dissolve dead skin cells and dirt.
  • Add a layer of salve-like facial balm under your makeup. This is especially good protection from the elements if you’re in an environment with extreme temperatures and high winds.

Are there any natural treatment options?

In some cases, a broken capillary may heal on its own within three to six months, but if it has not healed within this timeframe it’s likely permanent.

Keeping the skin fairly cool will make broken capillaries less noticeable (when skin is hot, blood is drawn to the surface and blood vessels expand, becoming more noticeable).

You may want to try rosehip oil: the oil’s high amounts of fatty acids and beneficial vitamins work together to strengthen damaged capillaries, and its natural astringent properties reduce redness.

Additionally, rosehip oil is high in anti-inflammatory vitamin C and, because it’s dry oil, it’s non-greasy. Our Esthetician, Glynda, recommends YAYA Organics Rosehip Beauty Oil.

To apply rosehip oil as a foundation primer, just use a few drops on your face. Allow the oil to set for a minute or two, and follow with foundation and powder for a matte look. For a dewy look, mix a drop or two of rosehip oil with your foundation.

Other than laser treatments, there isn’t a method for removing broken capillaries. Generally, these are harmless and most people don’t notice them much. Occasionally, broken capillaries occur in other parts of the body, however, which may be a sign of a medical issue worth contacting your doctor about.

To determine if nutrition is a source of your broken capillaries, consider scheduling a Nutrition and Functional Health consultation with me or with Carol.

Source: Mindbodygreen.com


Jennifer Salos, MS, CNC
Jennifer has a Master’s degree in Holistic Nutrition. She is also a nationally Certified Nutritional Consultant and Diplomat of the American Association of Nutritional Consultants.

Ask the Expert: Cupping Rings & Acupuncture Safety

Ask Katherine: Do you sterilize your acupuncture needles?

One of the most common concerns patients have before receiving acupuncture is about the safety of acupuncture needles. This is especially true given our awareness of the increase in drug abuse and diseases spread through contaminated needles.

When people ask me about this, I think there may be an assumption that we acupuncturists are re-using needles. This is not the case at all.

For the last 15-20 years, the industry standard is that all acupuncture needles are sterile, single-use, and disposable.

Acupuncture needles are never re-used, re-sterilized, re-packaged, or re-anything else: even from one part of the body to another. For each insertion, I open a sterile package, place the needle in, take it out, and then put the needle into a biohazard box to dispose of responsibly. No worries!


Katherine Sale, MSW, MAc, LAc, CNC
Katherine is a Licensed, Board-Certified Acupuncturist, a Holistic Healthcare Practitioner, an Integrative Energy Therapies Provider, and an Advanced BioClear Practitioner.


Ask Lisa: I have seen pictures of the rings cupping leaves on the skin. Are they painful? How long do those rings last?

The ‘hickeys’ that sometimes appear from cupping are not painful, and are often an indication the area being worked on really needed some help to get things flowing.

Fair-skinned clients do sometimes mark more easily; but, I find that the general health of the tissue, and vascular system, is a far better indicator (of why some clients’ skin has darker rings than others).

In massage-cupping, the cups are mostly kept moving, not left stationary as with Chinese medicine treatments, and the marks are usually minimal.


Lisa Manning, CST, CHt
Lisa is a Craniosacral and Myofascial Release Therapist. She’s also a Master Certified Hypnotherapist, specializing in Somato-Emotional Hypnosis to address chronic pain and anxiety. Lisa is trained in Ionic Foot Detox.

Ask the Expert: Antibiotics

Carol HeckmanAsk Carol: I’m on an antibiotic for a serious infection. Should I stop taking my supplements or take different ones? Do I need to change my diet?

Good questions! Sometimes we really DO need medications and acute infections are one of those instances in which antibiotics can be a short-term necessity.

What Jennifer and I would recommend (for those who do find themselves in this situation) is an integrative protocol that supports the acute scenario, but also follows through for the longer term healing.

We know that healing is still happening after antibiotics are completed. So, our protocols address long-term healing and sustained health to help ensure you don’t get sick again.

A Food First Approach

Current research shows it takes six months, after antibiotic exposure, to restore a person’s microbiome and gut to healthy function. As your second immune system, your microbiome needs to be supported and healed: that is a big part of our strategy.

It goes without saying that we recommend a healthy-food-first approach, and especially during acute illness. Focus on real foods and home-cooked foods, and make sure you add a rainbow of vegetables to every meal or snack.

If your appetite is altered on antibiotics, try juicing your greens into a green drink or adding a green powder to morning smoothie. Cooked vegetables in soups or stews are also an easy way to ingest vegetables when you’re not feeling your best.

When you’re feeling better, fermented foods such as sauerkraut, pickles and kimchee are a great way to feed a healthy microbiome.

Finally, we would recommend eliminating sugar, dairy, and gluten for a very speedy recovery. These are inflammatory foods that interfere with the body’s own healing response.

Lifestyle Changes

For lifestyle supports, SLEEP is our number one choice. Your body needs 7-8 hours of good sleep, each night, to repair and heal.

Often, once we feel a little bit of relief from the antibiotics, we are back to our normal busy life schedule. You must make it a priority to get good rest while you are on antibiotics, and for a good two weeks after you finish the medication.

Essential oils are another self-care and lifestyle practice you can use for immune support, and overall rest, while you are recovering. Lavender is a wonderful essential oil for your immune system and its calming affects help promote rest and sleep.

Supplements, Herbs and Antioxidants

In addition, we would include key supplements in your recovery plan for acute and long-term healing. Number one on the list is probiotics. These days, most medical practitioners will encourage clients to add probiotics with the antibiotics they prescribe.

Normally, our clients are on a daily dose of probiotics for wellness; but, during an acute event and antibiotic use, we recommend taking probiotics twice a day (morning and evening).

It’s especially important to know that antibiotics kill off probiotics, so the two must be separated by four hours to be effective. We suggest staying on this double dose for two weeks after antibiotic use, to get additional help healing the microbiome.

Second and third on the supplements list would be Vitamin D and Omega 3; both are important in the immune and healing response.

Finally, we do recommend additional herbs and antioxidants once the initial antibiotic therapy is completed. This supports the final healing process. The specific herbs/antioxidants we’d advise depends on your body’s unique needs and the specific areas affected.

If you’ve had an acute infection, and are in a healing phase, it’s a great time to come in. We’ll give you support, so you heal well and stay healthy!


Carol Heckman, RN, CNHP, MH, CNC
Carol is a Registered Nurse, as well as a Certified Natural Health Practitioner, a Master Herbalist, and a Certified Nutritional Consultant.


Rejuvenating Green Juice Recipe

Here is a basic green drink recipe that you can tweak to your liking. This recipe is from our A Taste of Chesapeake Holistic cookbook.

Total time: 10 minutes

Single Serving

  • 1-1/2 cup organic washed and dried spinach, packed
  • 1 organic apple
  • 2 organic carrots
  • 1 organic cucumber
  • 1/2 an organic lemon

Run all ingredients through juicer’s chute.

Adjust to taste – if this still tastes a little too “green,” try adding more lemon, cucumber, or apple if necessary.

Special Client Letter

Cathy LoganCathy shares a client’s special letter

We often receive testimonials from our loyal clients, but every once in a while a client expresses her/his experiences in a way that makes us say, “Wow.” … I hope you enjoy reading Pati’s success story as much as we did!


Cathy Logan, CHC, COT, CECP, CBCP
Cathy is a Certified Health Coach, a Certified ONDAMED® Technician, and a Certified Emotion Code® and Body Code® Practitioner. She is also trained in Ionic Foot Detox.


Client Story

“I’ve been a longtime client at Chesapeake Holistic. What drew me was necessity. What keeps me [coming back] is the healing and the genuine affection I feel there.

My husband and I had been seeing Cathy for Emotion Code last year. For myself, the results were instantly apparent. For my husband, it took a while longer for him to notice anything… (although I noticed his results very quickly!).

While Emotion Code can be subtle, there is a wonderful lightness that begins when years of negative experiences are energetically cleared.

When Cathy started doing The Body Code, I was really intrigued. To be able to go deeper and find energetic blocks that affect you on so many levels… well, that was something I felt I had to explore.

Today, after several Body Code sessions, I can honestly say that I am a better, lighter and happier person because of it. I am constantly amazed that Cathy can trace an area that is blocked to something that happened years ago, and can then clear it for me. Some things clear quickly, others have layers to them and have to be taken in stages.

Regardless, I always feel so much better after every session I’ve had. This is a lasting feeling, not something that disappears the next day. It is a genuine healing of something being released that allows you to be the person you are meant to be.

I think The Body Code is something everyone should try. I can only say that, for me, I decided to do it out of curiosity — and hope. I’ve never regretted that decision. Both the healing and my friendship with Cathy have been a special blessing in my life.

With love and thanks,

Pati Hall”

Ask the Expert: Questions About Reflexology & Hot Stone Massage Answered

Ask Lisa: Why do I need reflexology on my hands? I thought doing it on the feet took care of my whole body.

The bottoms of the feet, the palms of the hands and the ears all offer great access to end points of the body’s many nerve pathways.

I personally prefer working with the hands and ears, when addressing upper body concerns, and the feet for organ systems and for detoxing.


Lisa Manning, CST, CHt
Lisa is a Craniosacral and Myofascial Release Therapist. She’s also a Master Certified Hypnotherapist, specializing in Somato-Emotional Hypnosis to address chronic pain and anxiety. Lisa is trained in Ionic Foot Detox.


Ask Glynda: What is a hot stone massage? What can I expect?

During a hot stone massage, the surface of the stone is warm but, its core is hot. Massage therapists, like me, use hot stones to increase your circulation and to melt muscle tension, stress and anxiety.

The stones we at use Chesapeake Holistic are basalt. These stones are formed when lava reaches the earth’s surface or a mid-ocean ridge from a volcano. My stones were formed in Hawaii.

Hot stones are ideal for massaging tight and restricted muscles. The heat persuades the muscle tissue to surrender into the deep relaxation of the parasympathetic nervous system. In turn, this relaxation response allows your nervous system to rest and digest.

The stones are generally used in long flowing strokes to stretch commonly-bound muscle tissue, such as neck shoulders and back. I also place stones on energetic centers of the body (e.g., the abdomen).

Stones come from the earth and their use in massage is naturally grounding and heavy; keeping you anchored in the moment and connected to your body.

The warm edge of the stone is used on trigger points of the upper body and reflex points on the feet. These specific points, when given steady pressure, can create a widespread release throughout the body.

* When booking a massage with me, you do not need to book “hot stone” massage… just schedule a regular massage and I’ll work the hot stones in during your session.


Glynda Cullen, LMT, LE
Glynda is a licensed Massage Therapist and a licensed Esthetician. She offers therapeutic massage and facial treatments (and after-hours appointments). Glynda is also trained in Ionic Foot Detox protocols.

Ask the Expert: Virtual Visits

Ask Katherine: I had a BioClear appointment with you, and I really want to continue, but it’s hard for me to get to Annapolis. Can you clear my allergies remotely? In the past, I’ve worked with Carol and Cathy from my home.

Yes, we can do that! After our initial in-person consultation, I can teach you how to clear sensitivities at home using a hand scanner.

The scanner we use for BioClear Sensitivity Treatments (and for some of Carol’s protocols) may be purchased through Chesapeake Holistic or from recommended providers.

At-home clearings are still considered appointments. I need to be able to see you, using Skype or FaceTime, to guide your breathing and other facets of the clearing process, while I send the frequencies through the hand cradle to you.


Katherine Sale, MSW, MAc, LAc, CNC
Katherine is a Licensed, Board-Certified Acupuncturist, a Holistic Healthcare Practitioner, an Integrative Energy Therapies Provider, and an Advanced BioClear Practitioner.


Carol HeckmanAsk Carol: At our last session, you mentioned we could do virtual visits… How does that work?

I offer virtual visits for both Health Coaching and Functional Nutrition. These remote sessions make it easy for those with busy schedules and/or those living far away from the Chesapeake Holistic office.

The process is simple. Once you’ve scheduled your visit with our office, I will send you an email with the appropriate health forms to complete. You’ll also get a chance to select either a video or phone visit. Email your completed forms back before the appointment.

For remote/virtual Health Coaching sessions, this is all you need to do. I will connect with you at the designated time.

Remote/virtual Functional Nutrition appointments, however, include additional individualized assessment using our Zyto biocommunication technology. For this visit, you will need access to a Windows platform. In my email to you, I will send directions for a software download to be completed prior to the appointment.

Our office will mail a hand cradle to you, which you will use to connect virtually with me and enable the assessment scans. At the time of this appointment, I’ll give you a special code to use the software.


Carol Heckman, RN, CNHP, MH, CNC
Carol is a Registered Nurse, as well as a Certified Natural Health Practitioner, a Master Herbalist, and a Certified Nutritional Consultant.


Cathy LoganAsk Cathy: Can you do Body Code sessions remotely?

Unlike Emotion Code, I cannot do The Body Code remotely. There’s a good reason: being a Body Code practitioner is like being a detective. We’re always looking for the underlying causes of things.

Many times it’s a trapped emotion, but it can also be a physical or emotional trauma, blocked chakra, nutritional deficiency, structural imbalance, the list is endless.

There are even limiting beliefs that need to be identified and cleared. What is a limiting belief? It’s any negative self-talk/belief you internalize and which becomes part of the energy you put out into the world. This negativity can influence your ability to form and keep relationships, attract negativity, the wrong people, etc.

So, we have to: identify the exact wording, release it, and install a positive message as a replacement. For example, if you’re telling yourself, “I’m so fat!” We would clear that negative statement and replace it with: “I’m on my way to a healthy weight!”

To find the positive statement/belief that your body/mind will accept and adopt, you need to be at the session. We often muscle-test for the wording that resonates with a client.

For this reason, as well as the complexity of finding and releasing trapped emotions (from the many body systems The Body Code covers), your in-person participation is truly necessary.


Cathy Logan, CHC, COT, CECP, CBCP
Cathy is a Certified Health Coach, a Certified ONDAMED® Technician, and a Certified Emotion Code® and Body Code® Practitioner. She is also trained in Ionic Foot Detox.


Ask the Expert: Flu Prevention

Jennifer SalosAsk Jennifer: What can I do to help prevent getting the flu this year?

A combination of healthy lifestyle choices (hygiene, nutrition, sleep) and supplements can help you and your family to stave off the flu. And, if you get it, these same steps should help to lessen and shorten symptoms.

Flu Prevention

To prevent the flu, the best course is to make sure everyone in your family:

  • Eats healthy foods (really limit junk food and soda).
  • Takes a well-formulated multivitamin (without GMOs, additives, etc.).
  • Avoids touching their eyes, nose and mouth, which is how germs spread.
  • Washes their hands often, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds (the CDC has good suggestions regarding hand-washing).
  • Covers their nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and washes hands afterward. Used tissues should go in a covered trash can.
  • Disinfects surfaces (e.g., cell phones, tables, school books, doorknobs, light switches, and faucet handles) that may be contaminated with the flu virus and other germs.
  • Gets plenty of sleep (10-12 hours/night for preschool and elementary school children; 10-12 hours for adolescents and high-school teens; and 8 hours for adults).

Flu Symptom Relief

If someone in your home gets the flu, I recommend (at the first sign of symptoms) that adults and children take Oscillococcinum as directed on the box. This OTC homeopathic remedy is readily available, at pharmacies, and can shorten the duration and severity of symptoms. The sooner you take it the better. I never travel without this product.

For adults and children, I also recommend Immuno Spray, which we carry at Chesapeake Holistic. Spray once every two hours for the first day, and then use two sprays three times daily, until symptoms are gone. For a fever, take one chewable calcium tablet every hour until the fever falls below 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

The practitioners at CH also rely on Flu Nosode to prevent and alleviate flu. Homeopathic nosodes are believed to: help the body recognize disease-causing entities, provide a level of protection, and assist in the natural elimination of pathogens.

We like Flu Nosode because it’s a high-grade homeopathic that’s reformulated each year, with the naturally-occurring forms of current flu strains used in vaccines.

For a customized immune support program, for you or your child, please make a Nutrition and Functional Health appointment with Carol Heckman.


Jennifer Salos, MS, CNC
Jennifer has a Master’s degree in Holistic Nutrition. She is also a nationally Certified Nutritional Consultant and Diplomat of the American Association of Nutritional Consultants.


How to Take Flu Nosode

It’s safe and effective for people of all ages; and one bottle is enough to last throughout flu season for a family of four. They make a limited supply, so stop by our office, or call us, to order soon.

For prevention, we recommend you start taking Flu Nosode at the beginning of October, if possible. Once a week through April (end of flu season), place 10-15 drops under your tongue. Do this 30 minutes before or after a meal / drink.

To alleviate immediate or severe flu symptoms, take 10-15 drops every 15 minutes for up to 3 hours. For mild or improving symptoms, use 10-15 drops 3 times per day.

Ask the Expert: Fall Allergies

Ask Katherine: Now that my kids are back in school, their allergies are going crazy. Is it a seasonal thing or do you think it’s something else?

Well, the kids have been in school for a few weeks now… no more summer frolicking at the pool, beach and summer camps. For those with children, it’s all about the daily structure of school: carpooling, school lunches, after school activities and sports, and homework.

This time of year, late summer and early fall, is also the height of ragweed season. With children back in a classroom environment, for typically 6 hours or more a day, they definitely have more to sneeze at than just ragweed!

As anyone who lives with allergies can attest to, a school building can be a minefield of allergens.

New carpeting, furniture and wall paints, as well as janitorial cleaning products, can release volatile organic compounds (known as outgassing) into the air your child breathes. Furry classroom pets can also release dander, and leaky classrooms and bathrooms can harbor mold. And don’t forget about dust!

When you add in exposure to environmental factors found in playing fields and lunchroom areas, the mix of potential allergens your child may be exposed to can create a disruption for your child’s immune system and their school routine.

The most common allergens children are exposed to in the fall are:

  1. Ragweed. This pollen is easily the biggest fall inhalant allergy culprit, for children and adults alike. Ragweed pollinates in August and continues for well over a month, and the pollen can travel long distances. If your child suffers from fall allergies, ragweed is the number one suspect.
  2. Mold. Spores can accumulate in damp areas of the home or school. Since children spend more time inside during the fall season, they are highly susceptible to mold and other indoor allergens. Mold is also abundant on and underneath wet leaves: be aware of this when your child wants to tumble in that pile of leaves as part of autumn outdoor fun.
  3. Trees. There are certain trees that pollinate in the fall that are potential allergens. One of these is a type of sumac tree; you will see big bunches of pollen literally dripping from its branches and floating in the air in the autumn months.
  4. Food Allergies. In addition to exposure to a myriad of inhalants, back to school means school lunches. So, you pack your child a healthy lunchbox… only to find out they happily traded their healthy food for their friends’ food, usually stuff they don’t normally eat at home.

These items typically are in the “junk food” category, laced with preservatives, food dyes and artificial chemicals. Think about this if your child comes home with stomachaches or rashes.

Allergy or Sensitivity?

When we hear the word “allergy,” most of us think of sneezing, itchy red eyes and a stuffed up, runny nose. This type of “allergy” is often called hay fever or seasonal allergies. It keeps medical allergists busy in the spring and fall, as the suffering throngs get scratch tests and seek relief from their misery via shots and pills.

A true allergy occurs when your child’s immune system makes an antibody to something it mistakenly thinks is bad for her/him. For something to be called an “allergy,” one’s body must make an antibody to it, and if it doesn’t, it’s called a “sensitivity.”

In the case of an inhalant sensitivity (to dust, pollen…), your doctor would typically recommend either shots or medication (prescription or over the counter). The shots route, although successful, especially for inhalant sensitivities, may require injections for your child every week or two for a year or longer.

Another medical recommendation for handling sensitivity symptoms would be avoiding the offending substance. But how do you do that when your child is playing outdoors in a pollen-filled environment or sitting in a classroom inhaling mold spores or chemicals?

At Chesapeake Holistic, we offer another solution: a bioenergetic desensitization method for identifying and clearing sensitivities through an elimination program known as BioClear.

BioClear utilizes a galvanic skin response program, which can quickly and easily evaluate your child’s sensitivities to the environmental inhalants that may be causing their symptoms.

The inhalant treatment program includes testing and clearing of sensitivities, within each of the following categories:

  • Phenolics (chemical compounds)
  • Trees
  • Grasses
  • Weeds
  • Dust
  • Flowers
  • Mold/Fungus
  • Fumes
  • Epidermals (skin irritations)
  • Local samples/household chemicals

This season, take advantage of our BioClear Back to School / Fall Special for children and adults: $285 for the initial evaluation and $95 per follow-up clearing session. Call 410.349.9043 to book.


Katherine Sale, MSW, MAc, LAc, CNC
Katherine is a Licensed, Board-Certified Acupuncturist, a Holistic Healthcare Practitioner, an Integrative Energy Therapies Provider, and an Advanced BioClear Practitioner.