Ask the Expert: Fatigue

Carol HeckmanAsk Carol: I’ve been so tired since having kids. My doctor wants to put me on hormone replacement or birth control pills. I don’t want to… Can you help?

Yes! A large part of my practice is working with women experiencing fatigue, as well as other hormonal issues. The root cause of the imbalance often originates from the adrenal glands, which are our organs of vitality.

With our fast paced lifestyle, we all rely on adrenaline to do power-through many things; often the adrenal glands become fatigued.

When that happens, these glands draw resources from our other hormones – ovaries, thyroid, pituitary – and we end up having hormone imbalance symptoms, in addition to other stress symptoms. (And adrenal fatigue happens to men too!)

In working with clients, I take a holistic and lifestyle approach to creating balance. Doing so can resolve the fatigue and the many other symptoms that were going on, but not being addressed.

Instead of using medication, I use food, nutrients, herbs, and lifestyle supports: all combined in individualized Wellness Plans to help my clients resolve fatigue and to give them energy for life.

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 Katherine: I feel tired so much of the time. I think it’s probably my allergies. Does that make sense? Would BioClear make me feel less tired?

Allergies can make you feel like you have a heavy head, cold or flu. It’s your body’s histamine (immune) response, which can also give you itchy eyes, a scratchy throat and sneezing fits.

The good part of the histamine response is that it means your body is protecting you! But, eliminating the need for your body to produce histamine can definitely help improve your fatigue.

How? Instead of covering symptoms, the way allergy medicine does, we use the BioClear Sensitivity Treatment to identify the specific sensitivities that are causing your reactions. Then, we clear those sensitivities and provide suggested food, enzyme therapy and lifestyle changes.

Keep in mind there are other conditions or ailments that could be causing your fatigue. For example, if your heart energy is out of whack, you may experience sleeping problems: tired during the day, awake at night.

Cathy does great work using The Emotion Code to clear heart energy issues. And, it’s good to seek out Carol’s Nutrition and Functional Health services: she’ll let you know what foods and supplements will help.

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.

DIY: Good Mornings Spray

In past newsletters, we’ve shared do-it-yourself recipes for sprays that promote sleep and relaxation… This time, we have instructions for making a spray to awaken your senses in the morning.

Using an amber glass spray bottle, mix:

  • ½ teaspoon Witch Hazel or Distilled Water
  • 2 drops Patchouli essential oil
  • 2 drops Bergamot essential oil
  • 4 drops Lemongrass essential oil
  • 3 drops Orange essential oil
  • 4 drops Lemon essential oil
  • 3 drops Peppermint essential oil

Spray liberally in the air and walk under it, or spray on skin after showering.

Ask the Expert: Jacob’s Ride

Jacob Landis and the Nonprofit Jacob’s Ride

In 2013, cochlear implant (CI) recipient Jacob Landis rode his bike on a nearly 11,000 mile journey. The goal: raise funds for those who could benefit from a CI, but who could not afford one because the device and surgery is expensive (and often not covered by insurance).

Prior to leaving Annapolis on the ambitious journey, Jacob, and his all-volunteer team, formed the nonprofit charity known as Jacob’s Ride for Hearing. Since its inception, Jacob has appeared at more than 200 events, in 40 states and has spoken to 20,000-plus individuals.

The organization continues to be the leading national nonprofit charity spreading awareness and raising funds for cochlear implant surgeries.

So, how does Chesapeake Holistic fit into the story?…

Jennifer SalosAsk Jennifer: I saw the organization name Jacob’s Ride recently and remember CH being involved with them. What’s the scoop?

Jacob’s story is really interesting because he was born with hearing and lost it over time, so he knew what he was missing. He went into a deep depression as an adolescent; however, the implant he received brought him out of it.

The fundraising bicycle ride came about from a conversation with his dad on their front porch. Jacob talked about his love of baseball, biking and helping the hearing-impaired…

He decided to merge all three for a good cause: riding his bike to all 30 Major League ballparks throughout the US, to raise funds to underwrite the cost of CI surgeries for others.

A few months later, I met them at a party and offered CH sponsorship to help Jacob get fit and to gain weight before the ride. We provided him with protein powders and healthy sports drink powder for the road.

Truthfully, I thought there was no way we’d be able to get this lean young man ready for a journey around the country!

After riding for six months, and more than 10,000 miles on his bike, during the final stretch (a visit to Marlins stadium in Miami, FL) Jacob was struck by a semi-truck.

The hit-and-run accident, while not life threatening, was serious: Jacob had shattered cheekbones, a broken-nose, broken teeth and several gashes, as well as significant nerve damage to his left wrist, hand and forearm.

Not deterred, the following spring, after recovery, Jacob returned to Florida and rode that last 180 miles to finish the journey. He was one determined young man!!

Jacob Today…

Jacob continues his mission to help others who could benefit from a cochlear implant, although not always on his bike.

He regularly speaks at events, camps and conferences, and Jacob frequently meets with medical professionals and CI candidates and their families.

He graduated from the University of Maryland and works as a buyer for Whole Foods. Jacob has also become a bilateral CI recipient and is engaged to be married this fall!

Cochlear implants remain the most successful medical intervention for those who are deaf or severely hard-of-hearing. Unfortunately, this life-altering device is still financially out of reach for many.

To date, Jacob’s Ride has helped 15 individuals gain the gift of hearing; the 16th surgery in scheduled for June 27, 2019!

To learn more about Jacob’s Ride, and how to support their mission, visit

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: Chronic Constipation & Cupping

Cathy LoganAsk Cathy: I’m worried about my chronic constipation, can The Body Code help with that?

Some of the signs of an imbalance in the colon, besides change of bowel habits or frequency, include discomfort in the low back and hips.

There are also several emotions related to the colon such as grief, self-abuse, stubbornness, rejection, sadness and discouragement.

Of course, there can be many underlying reasons for what you think is a colon issue. The Body Code can definitely provide some answers!

We also have several practitioners in our office who can provide help with digestive issues.

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: What is cupping? Is it safe for everybody? What about my pregnant daughter-in-law?

Cupping is an ancient practice of applying dry cups to the skin to create suction. It’s a very safe way to loosen fascia (connective tissue beneath the skin) and to promote healthy blood and lymph flow.

Extra precautions need to be taken if you’re using blood thinners or have a history of blood clots; but, it’s a fantastic and safe tool to use in pregnancy!

I’ve found that cupping helps to ease the pressure and tension throughout the ribcage; it relaxes the diaphragm muscle to free-up restricted breathing.

In addition, lots of lower back tension can be alleviated with gentle massage-cupping.

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: Allergies This Year

Jennifer SalosAsk Jennifer: My allergies are much worse this year. My head is heavy almost every day, I’m sneezing and miserable. Do you have any suggestions?

You’re right! The 2019 spring allergy season has been severe, with some calling it the “pollenpocalypse.” has a handy daily pollen-count map for your state, even specific cities, and lists area-specific allergens. The Annapolis, MD region has especially high pollen counts; the current top allergens are maple, oak, birch and ash.

Many hay fever symptoms, like yours (heavy, congested head), mimic a cold or a sinus infection; but, unfortunately, allergy symptoms don’t go away until the pollen is dormant.

I do have suggestions: foods that you should avoid during allergy season and foods that will help alleviate allergies.

Foods to Avoid during Allergy Season

Alcohol, caffeine, peanuts, sugar, citrus, bottled juice, dried fruits, shrimp, and chocolate. These foods commonly increase hay fever symptoms.

Mucus-producing foods. Avoid conventional milk, cheese, ice cream, yogurt, butter, milk chocolate, red meat, wheat, soy, cabbage, potatoes, corn, and candy. Some of the items in the first list (e.g., coffee and alcohol) also produce mucus.

Preservatives. Sodium bisulfite, potassium bisulfite, sodium sulfite, highly-processed foods, and artificial sweeteners (to name a few) can contribute to your allergic rhinitis.

Melons, bananas, cucumbers, sunflower seeds, Echinacea and chamomile. Avoid these if you’re allergic to ragweed (a fall allergen), as they can an trigger your allergic response. Limiting foods to which you’re sensitive helps to lighten the burden on your immune system.

Good Foods during Allergy Season

Raw local honey. A study published in the International Archives of Allergy and Immunology showed patients who consumed honey had significantly fewer allergy symptoms than those on conventional allergy medications.

Two tablespoons daily of local honey may relieve hay fever symptoms because it contains the local pollen that’s causing your allergies!

Mucus-reducing foods. To combat excessive mucus, eating hot (temperature-wise), spicy foods. Foods that are both hot and spicy help to thin and express mucus. Try adding garlic, onion, ginger, cinnamon and cayenne pepper to your recipes.

Apple cider vinegar also breaks up mucus and supports lymphatic drainage. Drink this mixture three times per day: 1 tablespoon of ACV, 1 tablespoon of fresh-squeezed lemon juice, and a half-tablespoon of local raw honey.

Bone broth. A broth made from chicken, beef or lamb bones helps to ease respiratory problems and to expel excess nasal mucus. It also reduces inflammation and boosts the immune system.

Probiotic-rich foods. These support your immune system, improve digestion, increase energy levels, and more. Foods with probiotic properties include: kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, natto, yogurt, and raw cheese.

Pineapple. The enzyme bromelain found in pineapple can help to reduce your reaction to seasonal allergies. The pineapple core also has the highest concentration of the essential nutrients (including vitamins B and C) you need during allergy season. If you have a Vitamix, or other high-speed blender, you can actually juice the pineapple core!

Fresh organic vegetables. Swiss chard (which is high in quercetin), beets, carrots and yams help to minimize seasonal allergies. Choose vegetables that are dark green, yellow or orange for the best nutrient density.

Clean proteins. Wild-caught fish, free-range poultry and organic, grass-fed beef and lamb are free of the hormones and other toxins that can aggravate allergies. Wild salmon, especially, is rich in vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, essential minerals and, of course, protein.

Other anti-allergy foods to enjoy during hay fever season include horseradish and onions. As well, try cooking with ginger, which warms the body and breaks down toxins.

Sources: Dr. Axe Food is Medicine,, and Lung Institute

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.

Did You Know?…

Any foods to which you know you’re allergic / sensitive will aggravate your seasonal allergy symptoms.

If you’re not sure of the extent of your sensitivities to foods and environmental substances (e.g., types of pollen), Katherine has developed a new BioClear Sensitivty Treatment that identifies and eliminates your body’s particular sensitivities.

You’ll be amazed at how many sensitivities you have – that you didn’t know about – and how much better you’ll feel once these are cleared!

There’s no time to waste… allergy season is underway. For a limited time, Katherine is offering introductory pricing.

BioClear Sensitivity Treatment

Ask Katherine: What is BioClear?

BioClear Sensitivity Treatment is a holistic approach (of energy medicine, meridian therapy, enzyme therapy, and nutrition) to address the symptoms associated with allergies and sensitivities.

In addition to clearing hay fever and other seasonal allergies, BioClear reveals and clears sensitivities to foods, inhalants and environmental substances that stress and weaken the body’s ability to function.

By getting to the root of the symptoms you’re experiencing, Katherine’s protocol offers natural relief… by reducing or even permanently eliminating sensitivities, without shots, lab work or medication.

Imagine finally understanding the ‘why’ – connected to your body’s food and toxin-related symptoms such as: headaches, insomnia, fatigue, depression, hyperactivity, anxiety, mental fog, rashes, congestion, breathing problems, and indigestion – and being able to do something about it.

A little background about Katherine’s journey to developing BioClear…

Katherine has a 30-plus-year career in holistic wellness and integrative energy therapies. She: is a Nationally Board Certified, and Maryland-licensed, Acupuncturist (with certification in Acupuncture Detoxification); is a Certified Nutritional Consultant; and has two master’s degrees (Five Element Acupuncture and Psychiatric Social Work).

Those credentials just scratch the surface of Katherine’s experience and education! As well, she has specialized training in bioresonance therapies, applied kinesiology, and biological decoding. Katherine has also worked clinically in psychiatry, pediatric oncology and hematology, general pediatrics, hospice, and bereavement.

In 2002, her longstanding interest in immune function, allergies and food sensitivities led her to collaborate extensively with Dr. Ellen Cutler, DC (author of The Food Allergy Cure). Katherine then became a Certified Advanced BioSET Practitioner; she applied her clinical experience to work extensively with infants, children and adults experiencing health and emotional disorders exacerbated by food allergies.

Last year, Katherine began designing her BioClear protocol. It’s modeled on BioSET, but with a broader focus to include a wider range of non-allergen sensitivities.

How BioClear works

Katherine’s comprehensive approach includes a 2.5-hour initial consultation. During that consult, she will:

  • Review and discuss your full heath history.
  • Perform bioenergetic testing to evaluate your physiological imbalances.
  • Test your body’s reactions to 40 categories of substances (e.g., amino acids, dairy, trees).
  • Test your physical reactions to 840-plus foods.
  • Test your body’s reactions to supplements, prescriptions and OTC medications.
  • Provide a list of foods to avoid (to which you are sensitive).
  • Recommend an anti-inflammatory nutritional program that will work with your body as you clear sensitivities.
  • Perform your first sensitivity clearing, based upon findings during testing.

By clearing these sensitivities, and detoxifying your organs, you should experience improved digestion, and have a stronger immune system from better absorption of nutrients.

Additional potential benefits include: improved mood, reduced anxiety, fewer food cravings, enhanced mental clarity and focus, and higher energy levels.

A week or two after your initial consultation, we recommend starting a regimen of follow-up treatments with Katherine.

Over time, BioClear’s system, of acupressure and bioenergetic frequency infusions, “reprograms” the body on a neuro-muscular level to reduce or eliminate symptoms related to allergies / sensitivities.

The introductory price for BioClear is $285 for the initial consultation and $95 for each follow-up session.

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

BioClear Special Introductory Pricing:

  • Initial Consultation $285 (reg $325)
  • Follow-up Clearing $95 (reg $110)
  • Follow-up Clearing Package of 5 Sessions: $450 (reg $500)

Limited time only. Call 410.349.9043 to book.

Ask the Expert: Allergy Desensitization & Anti-inflammatories

Ask Katherine: In your April 2 newsletter, Jennifer mentioned an “upcoming Allergy Desensitization service” I want to know more about. It’s the start of allergy season and my daughter is already miserable.

Within the next few weeks, we’ll officially launch our newest service, which is called BioClear Sensitivity Treatment.

Look for a full newsletter, soon, describing how BioClear works. This biofeedback system focuses on pinpointing and eliminating a client’s sensitivities, including allergies. These can be sensitivities to foods as well as environmental toxins like dust and pollen.

I don’t know your daughter’s age, but BioClear is safe for people of all ages. Please call me. I’m accepting a few appointments right now while finalizing communications materials and administrative processes.

Katherine Sale, MSW, MAc, LAc, CNC
Katherine is a Licensed, Board-Certified Acupuncturist, a Holistic Healthcare Practitioner, and an Integrative Energy Therapies Provider. She offers Acupuncture, Acupuncture Detox and Ionic Foot Detox.

Jennifer SalosAsk Jennifer: I’ve been hearing a lot about anti-inflammatories lately. Should I be taking one?

Yes, you may want to take anti-inflammatories and incorporate anti-inflammatory foods into your meals. Inflammation is the common denominator for so many ailments, from arthritis to mental health!

An easy way to reduce inflammation is to add Turmeric and Curcumin (the potent part of Turmeric which is the most therapeutic) to your diet. To prevent disease, liberally adding these spices to your diet will do the job.

If you already have a condition, such as arthritis, add a high potency Curcumin supplement to your routine.

Essentially, eating these spices is wise, much like putting pennies into your health bank account. Taking a high potency Turmeric Curcumin supplement is like putting dollars in that account.

That said, some people do have a sensitivity to Turmeric, which can cause stomach upset and other reactions. As well, those on blood thinners should not take Curcumin.

I suggest booking an appointment with Katherine to discover your body’s sensitivities to specific foods. If you’re sensitive / allergic to Turmeric, then she will provide you with a list of alternative spices and foods (many of which are anti-inflammatory).

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.

Anti-inflammatory Foods

While some of us do have sensitivities to a few of the foods below, this list of inflammation-reducing foods is a good place to start!

  • Olive oil
  • Coffee
  • Veggies (tomatoes, onions, carrots)
  • Dark green, leafy vegetables (spinach, kale, broccoli and collards)
  • Nuts (almonds, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts)
  • Beans (pinto, garbanzo, red kidney and black beans)
  • Fatty fish (salmon, mackerel, tuna, sardines, anchovies and other cold-water fish)
  • Colorful fruits (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, cherries and oranges)

Of course, this is not a comprehensive list. You can also greatly reduce inflammation by avoiding processed foods, salt and large amounts of alcohol.

Ask the Expert: ONDAMED & Neck Pain

Cathy LoganAsk Cathy: What kinds of things is ONDAMED used for? Does it hurt?

People rely on ONDAMED for pain management (from injuries and chronic ailments such as arthritis) and to alleviate a wide variety of issues including: anxiety, depression, insomnia and Lyme disease, just to name a few.

The ONDAMED experience is totally pain free. Most people find the their sessions to be very relaxing and many clients take naps!

ONDAMED is unique because it finds dysfunctional areas in the body, such as inflammation, and helps to alleviate pain and promote healing.

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: I have neck and back pain every day. I know it has to be from working on the computer so much. Do you have suggestions for preventing this and making it better when it happens?

One of the first things I evaluate during a session is a client’s overall posture. There’s a lot of information that can be learned here!

It’s not just hunching over the computer: how you sit, sleep and move on a daily basis contributes to your posture and the communication is two-way. Postural imbalances can actually change how you sit, sleep and move.

Chronically tight areas put a strain on the joints and the impact is felt throughout the whole fascial system. Muscle aches, fatigue and sleep disturbances are some of the many ways that dysfunctional posture patterns impact your health and wellbeing.

Another factor that contributes to poor posture (which is often overlooked) is your emotions. Stress, anxiety and depression influence the way you carry yourself, as much as any of your physical activities.

Feeling like you’re carrying the weight of the world shows up in the neck and shoulders; anxiety often causes a tightening in the chest or gut.

Recognizing the patterns is half the battle! This awareness is the starting point to initiate corrective movement and facilitative releases.

The relief that is experienced, as the body is brought back into balance, can be profound – and it’s often the best motivation to stick with a course of Advanced Bodywork sessions and follow through with self-care routines at home.

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: Sleep & a DIY Throat Wash

Jennifer SalosAsk Jennifer: What are some natural things I can do to improve my sleep?

How to get better sleep is one of the biggest topics that clients ask us about at Chesapeake Holistic.
Of course, getting to the root of why you’re having trouble falling or staying asleep is vitally important.

On July 4, 2017, Carol wrote an article about how much sleep we all really need and tips for getting adequate rest. She also explained how sleep repairs your body and mind at the cellular level. I recommend reading it again (I did!). Carol offers some specifics in her response to sleep questions (later in this newsletter).

If you experience anxiety at night, Lisa Manning’s Advanced Bodywork includes Craniosacral Therapy to ease the nervous system and Energy Work to improve wellbeing. She also works with clients on at-home relaxation techniques.

As well, in her response to a client’s sleep question (below), Cathy explains how ONDAMED and The Body Code are very useful approaches for helping clients with sleep issues.

Sleep issues may also be caused by allergies, belly fat or swollen tonsils:

  • If you suspect allergies are keeping you from experiencing restful sleep, Katherine’s Acupuncture and related detox protocols – as well as her upcoming Allergy Desensitization services – may be just what you need.
  • To address belly fat, we have Nutrition and Functional Health services to develop a food and lifestyle plan tailored to your body’s specific needs (including rest).
  • If your tonsils often feel swollen, you may want to consult with an ENT (ear, nose and throat) doctor. We also carry Throat Spray Milieu by Physica, a homeopathic draining product, which is useful for when new smells or environmental allergies/toxins have been introduced to your home or workplace.

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.

Did You Know…?

You can use essential oils make your own Aromatherapy Throat Wash. To soothe tonsils and to ease congestion and infections:

  1. Mix two drops each of sandalwood and lemon oils in a glass of warm water. (For congestion, add eucalyptus oil).
  2. Gargle and then spit it out.
  3. Repeat every two hours.

We carry a range of essential oils at Chesapeake Holistic. If there are types of rareESSENCE oils we don’t carry, let us know and we can special order them.

Ask the Expert: Nutrition Plans & Gut Health

Carol HeckmanAsk Carol: I’m thinking about scheduling an appointment with Carol to come up with a nutrition plan for me. How does she work with her clients?

What I do is more comprehensive (and much more beneficial to my clients!) than simply creating a nutrition plan.

As a Nurse, I’ve always practiced holistically: taking the whole person (mind, body, spirit) and their environment into consideration.

My clients are not “parts” and they’re not separate from their lives. I listen and assess all of this (as how people live influences their health) and create individualized action steps to build a wellness plan.

As an Educator, I also work to help my clients understand: how stress is impacting their body functions, creating their symptoms; and, ultimately, how the action steps I’ve designed will promote balance to help them return to health.

As a Natural and Integrative Health Practitioner, I work to restore health with nutrients from foods, vitamins, minerals, herbals, homeopathics, and complementary modalities.

I integrate and blend this work with my clients’ needs, so they receive the best of both worlds (lifestyle and nutrition) for their ultimate wellness.

This wellness journey begins with an evaluation session and a series of follow-up appointments to monitor progress and adjust the wellness plan as needed.

Each client is different, so there isn’t a pre-set timeframe or number of sessions. Some follow-up appointments can be performed remotely, which is especially helpful for clients who don’t live near our office.

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.

Did You Know…?

The importance of the human body’s microbes/microbiome is gaining more and more attention in mainstream medicine and even with nationally-known TV physicians.

More than two years ago, Carol authored an article (in our January 17, 2017 issue) explaining the importance of gut health and weight.

She wrote about how diet and lifestyle influence microbe growth and balance, and, how the good/bad balance of microbes affects weight management and many other areas of our overall health.

Here’s what you can do today to improve your gut-health:

  1. Consider adding a probiotic to your daily routine to feed good microbes.
  2. Increase daily fiber to feed your good microbes by eating more vegetables. Start by making sure each of your meals includes veggies (even breakfast).
  3. Avoid processed foods. These foods do not feed the good microbes and ultimately encourage the bad microbes to grow.

To learn more about good microbes, probiotics, and how to eat for a healthy gut and weight, call 410.349.9043 to schedule a session with Carol.

Ask the Expert: Echinacea & ONDAMED

Jennifer SalosAsk Jennifer: Is taking Echinacea really a good idea?

Yes, Echinacea activates the body’s anti-inflammatory response which is helpful for fighting colds and other infections. It’s also used to diminish internal yeast and fungi imbalances, and it may be applied directly to the skin to help heal burns, boils and other wounds.

So it doesn’t lose its effectiveness, Echinacea is something you need to cycle: 3 weeks on, 1 week off.

Be aware there are medications with which Echinacea interacts, meaning it could decrease effectiveness and/or increase side effects of prescription medications. However, Echinacea is actually one of the herbs with the fewest interactions with meds.

Interactions include:

  • Prescriptions. Some brands of blood thinners, SSRIs / depression meds, antipsychotics, antibiotics, liver meds, estrogens, ibuprofen, allergy meds, and more.
  • Herbs. Use caution when taking Echinacea with other herbs. There are lots of herbal immune formulas out there (and we stock a few) that do contain Echinacea along with some other herbs.
  • Caffeine. Echinacea increases the side effects of caffeine (headache, jitters, rapid heartbeat, etc.) so I suggest drinking less coffee, tea or any other caffeinated beverage.

To be safe, come in for a functional health scan, to set up a wellness plan including food and supplements recommendations.

As well, Katherine is working on a new allergy sensitivity protocol; it will be ideal for identifying and minimizing allergies and potential interactions.

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.

Cathy LoganAsk Cathy: I’ve been to Chesapeake Holistic before and always wondered about Ondamed. I’ve never really understood what it is…

We’ve offered ONDAMED at our office since 2013 because clients often have remarkable results from this technology. It’s a non-invasive pulsed electromagnetic therapy combined with biofeedback.

Each session ONDAMED is personalized, depending on what your body needs that day. We then run the protocol to access the source, of pain or illness, using various applicators (designed to fit different body parts).

Essentially, it boosts the immune system, balances the nervous system and jumpstarts the healing process.

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.