Are You Suffering with Bloating, Gas, and Phony Fat?

By Dr. James D. Krystosik

More than 60% of our bodies’ immune system is located in the intestines. Protecting the integrity of the gut is essential to prevent disease and ensure a long life in good health. Hidden food allergies compromise the intestines, trigger inflammation in the lining of the gut, weaken the immune system, and promote ill health. Hidden food allergies reduce your body’s ability to absorb vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients. Illness begins with a compromised digestive system, indigestion, bloating, gas, reflux and retention of water (phony fat) commonly caused by hidden food allergies. Left untreated hidden food allergies can lead to Ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, eczema, lupus, fibromyalgia, MS, heart disease, and other chronic disease. Researchers have found over 100 symptoms and 150 diseases linked to hidden food allergies. Unfortunately, most doctors don’t recognize the connection between hidden food allergies and disease. Consequently, many people end up taking unnecessary medications, or worse yet body parts are removed unnecessarily. At the Other Side of Medicine Health Center, we have witnessed thousands of people recover from common and serious illness by identifying and eliminating their hidden food allergies.

Our approach is simple. A patient history and exam will determine if hidden food allergies are the cause of your health problems. A simple blood test is performed to detect hidden food allergies to create a personalized diet. Next, the offending foods are eliminated for three months. Specific nutritional supplements are recommended to repair the damage to the lining of the intestinal tract. The body is set in motion to heal itself.  Results: You lose weight without trying and illness is reversed because the cause of the symptoms is removed. In three months, the offending foods can usually be reintroduced on a rotating basis. Natural medicine works well when it is applied properly.

Call for an appointment today, 440.519.1766.

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Muscle, Metabolism and the New Method of Weight Management

By John Henry Creel, Fitness Coach and Author

Research shows that fat can be reduced and lean muscle tissue can be developed with proper dietary adjustments and a workout routine which emphasizes weight training. The body can be trained to speed up the metabolic process through a combination of hydration, nutrient intake, and exercise. The following are ways to accelerate this process:

Increase water intake. The body is composed of 75% water; an increase in hydration will fuel the cells and absorb into the muscles. Begin with a goal of a gallon per day; once you reach this goal, increase it gradually.

Increase meal frequency. Gradually increasing meals from 3 to 6 while decreasing the amount of food per meal will prevent the body’s starvation response, while stimulating the metabolism. This will facilitate the muscle development through a routine of weight training.

Focus on specific nutrients. An increase of protein, vegetables, and unprocessed starches and a decrease in refined flour and sugars will contribute to muscle development.

Rest. Ensure that periods of rest occur after exercise and make an effort to get approximately 8 hours of sleep each night.

Limit cardiovascular activity. With a program emphasizing weight training and the cultivation of muscle development and increase in metabolism, limit cardio to specific times such as first thing in the morning before breakfast or after weight training later in the day. Limit cardio workouts to short time periods and begin incorporating weight training into the workout routine.

A Fitness & Nutrition Coach works with individuals to organize exercise and nutrition efforts in a manageable way. The coach will create a plan to include a workout routine, menu plan and other strategies for healthy living. Contact John Henry Creel 216.464.6117 or

Source: Creel, J. H. (2008). C-Reel Results: 12 Weeks to Permanent Fat Loss and Weight Management. New York: Celebrating Success.

Counseling & Neurofeedback – Enriching Your Life Without Medication

By Thomas Collura, Ph.D., QEEG-D, BCN, NCC, LPC-CR & Christen H. Stahl, NCC, LPC-CR

Some parents don’t want to put their children on medication, but what else can they do?

At the Brain Enrichment Center, we use non-invasive interventions that teach the brain to work more efficiently without medication. Neurofeedback or brainwave training has been used by licensed clinicians for brain relaxation training for a myriad of symptoms and performance improvement for decades. Over the past 30 years, evidence based research studies have confirmed the validity and credibility of neurofeedback for mental health related conditions such as ADHD, ADD, anxiety, depression, and other mental health struggles like anger, behavior issues, and difficulty dealing with stress or brain injury. When brainwave activity is dysregulated, or is not within the normal ranges, various types of psychological and behavioral manifestations or inconsistent performance occur. For example, when a child has difficulty learning in school, it may not be that they don’t care enough, but that important locations within the brain are not properly communicating. Another example is the adult who worries constantly. They may have too much fast brainwave activity that doesn’t allow them to calm down. These examples involve an inflexible and inefficiently working brain. Many turn to medication, which controls how the brain operates. Neurofeedback empowers clients to control their own brain function.

The brain has the power to learn, change, and heal. Neurofeedback, education for your brain, helps you learn how to self-regulate and become flexible, allowing the brain to more efficiently use its resources. A brain with greater flexibility has the capacity to more healthily adapt to challenging life situations and improve optimal mental performance.

Many mental health problems are seen as dysregulation in EEG activity and related to chronic stress, trauma and learned responses. Neurofeedback or EEG Biofeedback teaches relaxation and self-regulation and can help you learn important new skills and/or improve the skills you already possess. Clients often report feeling clearer, more energetic, more focused, yet notice an inner calmness. Learning brain training is as easy as riding a bike.

Contact Brain Enrichment Center at 440.232.9100 or visit

Are These Veins on My Legs a Medical Problem or Just Cosmetic?

Robert A. Musson, M.D.
Associate Medical Director, Circulatory Centers of America

At the Circulatory Centers, we specialize in the treatment of venous insufficiency of the legs, a field known as phlebology. After working in this field for more than 20 years, I have seen thousands of new patients come through our doors for a variety of reasons. While the majority of them come to see us because their legs hurt to some degree, a large percentage will also seek treatment because they are unhappy with how their legs look, usually due to prominent varicose or spider veins that may bulge from the skin or may have a dark bluish color to them. Above all other reasons, the most common statement I hear from patients is “I haven’t been able to wear shorts in years!”

One common uncertainty for many patients about the treatment of unwanted leg veins is whether the treatment is considered to be medical or cosmetic. I have had countless patients who have huge painful veins, sometimes with other associated complications, who say “I know this is cosmetic,” when it fact it is not! Why do so many patients make this assumption? It is typically due to a combination of reasons, many caused by misinformation from the medical community itself.

In many cases, my patients have contacted their primary care doctors prior to visiting us, concerned about leg pain or swelling. In some cases, they undergo numerous tests, none of which isolate a problem. Yet when they ask if the leg veins could be the cause of the problem, they are told that the veins are just a cosmetic issue and of little medical concern. A commonly held approach for many years has been that only patients with large bulging varicose veins and severe symptoms are deserving of thorough treatment. This thinking has changed in recent years, thanks in part to advances in ultrasound technology, and we now know that many patients who may just have scattered spider veins on the surface may actually have significant venous disease underneath.

What does all this mean for patients? Mainly, it means that if your legs bother you, in other words if they ache and throb or feel tired and heavy, or if they feel restless at night and make it hard to sleep, or if they swell by the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter what they look like! There’s a good chance that venous insufficiency is the problem and that treatment could bring you significant relief.

Treatment of venous insufficiency is easier, safer, and more convenient than ever before, and yet it is actually more effective now than ever before. The combination of thorough diagnostic ultrasound, endovenous laser ablation, and sclerotherapy (all of which are performed in the office) has proven to be highly effective at eliminating unwanted leg veins and bringing patients relief. Even better, this combination is covered by the vast majority of insurance plans. Certainly there are some patients who present with small spider veins and no symptoms, and treatment of these patients is considered truly cosmetic and is not covered by insurance. However, this represents a very small percentage of our overall patients.

Sound intriguing? Give us a call today at 800-342-8918 and schedule a no charge consultation in one of our many offices, and we can evaluate your legs, provide you with insurance information, schedule a diagnostic ultrasound, and get you on your way to ridding yourself of these unwanted veins and get those legs feeling better!

Call 800.342.8918 to schedule a FREE consultation at one of our seven locations today!