did you know?… Teen Anxiety is Real: what you can do and how we can help

Cathy LoganAs parents, we sometimes have no idea we’re actually hindering our children by trying to help them. We all want the best for our kids and want to spare them hurt, failure, etc.; but, they need to be able to feel lots of different emotions to grow.

A wise person once told me “unless your child is about to get hit by a car, don’t interfere with their path. It’s their path and not yours!” I have thought about this many times over the years. Often, the most growth comes from making mistakes: from not making the team, from not getting into that college, from not getting that job.

One of my favorite expressions is “everything happens for a reason.”

We may not know the reason but later it may become crystal clear. My kids, of course, don’t like it when I say that, but it’s so true.

My work with teens, using the Emotion Code and the Body Code, is very rewarding. (I work with kids and adults alike.) It’s so wonderful to see the remarkable results people get from releasing negative emotions and negative programming.
Our subconscious minds hold the answers; we just have to access it. Once an emotion is brought to the conscious mind, we release it. If you have never tried the Emotion Code, you owe it to yourself (or your teen) to try a free session. At the very least, everyone says they feel lighter and better able to cope. I have seen some amazing success stories!

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.

Further Reading from the Web

Cathy recommends this interesting Psychology Today article related to Teen Anxiety: “Unfortunately, anxiety seems to ring very true for teens these days… This article has some really good info.”

Signs your teen is anxious:

  • Recurring fears and worries about routine parts of everyday life
  • Changes in behavior (e.g., irritability or emotional outbursts)
  • Avoiding activities, school, or social interactions
  • Dropping grades
  • Trouble sleeping or concentrating
  • Substance use or other risky behaviors
  • Chronic physical complaints (e.g., fatigue, headaches or stomachaches)

Source: healthychildren.org

Ask the Expert: How Service Offerings are Determined

Jennifer SalosAsk Jennifer: How do you decide which services to offer at Chesapeake Holistic?

Clients usually come to us when western medicine has not resolved a health issue. Holistic health deals with the whole body, mind, and spirit and not just symptoms and diagnosis.

At Chesapeake Holistic, we address symptoms to help give relief; but, we also focus on lifestyle, diet, nutritional supplements, exercise, stress management, and inner vibrancy. Every one of these areas contributes to health and wellness. We carefully select services that provide all of these wellness supports.

What’s interesting (and I don’t think a lot of people realize this) is that each of our services has layers of nuanced protocols to address specific needs. So, our integrative wellness offerings can by highly tailored to each client.

Healing is a journey, and you need a guide (or a team!) that’s knowledgeable, understanding, and compassionate.

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: Emotion Code vs Body Code & Ear Reflexology

Cathy LoganAsk Cathy: I think I have a lot of trapped emotions, should I choose Body Code or Emotion Code?

This is a question I get asked all of the time! The Emotion Code® was developed first, by Dr. Bradley Nelson. Years later, he created The Body Code,® which dives deeper into what’s going on with your body’s circuitry, energy, pathogens, and more.

The Emotion Code is now part of The Body Code, which is more comprehensive.

What I tell people is that if you’ve had a lot of trauma in your life, either emotional or physical, or if you have things going on in your body that you can’t quite figure out, then The Body Code is for you.

We’ll use The Body Code to identify and correct the different types of imbalances that cause all kinds of physical and emotional problems.

Don’t get me wrong, The Emotion Code is wonderful and I’ve seen it help many people; but, it is designed to deal solely with emotions that are stuck in your body. Now, sometimes these trapped emotions are causing pain; releasing these can alleviate the pain.

Many times, The Emotion Code is the link people are missing. I have seen it be extremely helpful for anxiety and depression as well.

The Body Code just takes things to a whole new level. Many people start with The Emotion Code and, as we start working, we may realize that The Body Code is needed.

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 Lisa: How does reflexology on ears work?

Ear reflexology is useful because (similar to auricular acupuncture) it’s the quickest and most effective way to work with the central nervous system.

The technique used is very similar to hand and foot reflexology, except the pressure is applied to the front and back of the ear at the same time.

There are pressure points that can be manipulated for immediate relief of pain, cravings or anxiety; I often teach clients how to do this at home for self-care.

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: BioClear Sessions and Chemotherapy Support

Ask Katherine: How close together (days apart) can my BioClear appointments be?

I recommend a minimum of a week between appointments for the clearings to hold. Let me explain… whatever is cleared will not be cleared as thoroughly without time, because your body needs time to adjust.

BioClear is a frequency-based clearing and everything gets moved around to realign to a state of balance.

Come back and we’ll do another scan to see where your sensitivities are now. It took your body a long time to get to where it is; it’s going to take time to clear sensitivities and rebalance.

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: My dad was diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy. What can we do to support his health, and minimize some of the side effects without interfering with the chemo?

This is a great question. My background is in Oncology, so I completely understand what your family member will be going through during his treatment plan: physically, mentally, emotionally. I have many clients that I’ve worked with at this stage, and then as they finish treatment and are healing.

A good, integrative wellness plan at this time can make a difference in helping clients feel their best during treatment, heal well after treatment, and stay healthy.

Every person and situation is different, but I do recommend that food choices become real, clean food, meaning organic and non-GMO foods and eliminating processed foods.

A second recommendation I make is to have clients cut out sugars. Research indicates that sugars can stimulate cancer cell growth. Processed sugar and added sugar have crept into many of our foods and condiments, so moving off these items is key.

A final recommendation is to add in more veggies, of all colors and varieties. These are nutrient-packed sources for the immune system, energy, and healing support.

One way to get a lot of vegetables in, without eating all day, is to juice them and take in small amounts of the juice at a time during the day.

During cancer drug treatments, there are many changes to the body; I work closely with these clients, too, to help them navigate eating well.

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.

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,


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”