20 Health & Wellness Tips For The New Year 2012

1. The Joy in your heart,

coupled with a positive attitude toward what life brings you, will help you through any crisis . . . Even when it seems impossible, find gratitude in all things. Enjoy foods which are whole and raw, as often as you can. Exercise, move and free your body of tension. [Enjoy a Massage!] Drink water. And live in the fullness of life . . . all of it!”

Cindy Goodnetter, Director, A Gathering Place Massage School and Clinic www.agatheringplace.com.  314-739-5559.


Slow down, taking the time to feel gratitude for all that you already have. Look into your children’s eyes as you give them the gift of your total presence whenever possible.

In any instant, in the midst of any difficulty, you can reduce your stress by taking a nice, deep breath, noticing the sensation of the breath coming in and going out.  This automatically relaxes your body/mind. Look at your spouse “through your heart”. Look for the beauty in life.  You might not see it at first, but if you look, it will be there.

For more information, call Cheryl Wasserman, MA, LPC, NCC. 314-991-6730 or go to



3. simplify life

Stress, hopelessness and frustration are common emotions that affect the health of about 60% of the patients I interview daily. In dealing with stress I recommend that you simplify life by diminishing the ‘wants’ of living and maintain instead essential needs. Spend more time with family; find ways to nurture yourself through quiet time, faith, and enjoying nature. Approach your job with a sense of gratitude rather than a chore. Miseries can be a blessing to help you reflect on a better way of living. Finally decrease stress by- eating simple whole plant-based foods and daily exercise.

Dr. Varsha Rathod is a board certified Rheumatologist & Internist at Preventive Medicine in the Westport Plaza Area of St. Louis, MO. For more articles and information about alternative solutions visit www.preventivemedicinestl.com or call Preventive Medicine at 314-997-5403.


4. Avoid white sugar

and artificial sugar.  Avoid foods with artificial colors, flavors and preservatives. Eat your fruits, vegetables and nuts in the “raw” uncooked state.  Drink pure water daily. A little red wine now and then is OK, otherwise, avoid alcohol and tobacco.  Sleep is more important than food.  Get 7 to 8 hours per night. Twenty minutes of exercise per day works wonders especially is you are also getting 20 minutes of sunlight. Call your parents. Forgive those who have wronged you.  Let it go. Be thankful for what you have. Read  Back to Eden by Jethro Kloss.  Then, read Miracle Self Healing by Rosa Kincaid, M.D.To learn more about healthy choices for 2012, visit www.drrosakincaid.com or call Kincaid Medical Associates at 314-531-0008.


5. Solutions for Bloating

Do you wish you weren’t BLOATED ALL THE TIME? Do you wish you could feel better? How about more energy? Colonics or colon hydrotherapy may be your answer. Decreased bloating, increased energy and improved bowel movements are the most common things that clients testify to when they receive colonics.

What are colonics, or colon hydrotherapy? They involve bathing the colon with filtered water to help hydrate, re-train, and stimulate the colon. Colonics encourage the colon to eliminate more easily, efficiently, and regularly. Many clients also report losing weight.

Contact Holistic Fitness for more information at 314-647-3999 or visit www.holifit.com.


6. Reverse disease

As food is your primary source of medicine, the use of herbs and nutritional supplements can assist in reversing disease and promoting health.   To increase the benefits of herbs and nutritional supplements, you need to have a detailed plan and time frame.  Know how long you are actually supposed to take herbs/supplements in order to make them more potent and toprevent negative side effects that natural products can produce with long-term use.  Every supplement has a place and it is not always in your treatment plan.

For more information on creating your specific, healing plan, please contact Jamila Owens-Todd, Naturopathic Doctor at jamila@minthealth.org, www.minthealth.org or schedule today at (314) 918-1555.


7. Proteolytic enzymes before & after exercising

At the New Year patients often complain of stiff, sore muscles because they have renewed their commitment to exercise. The pain of sore muscles 24-48 hours after a workout is due to inflammation from the muscle fibers being stressed. To prevent being side-lined by pain I recommend using proteolytic enzymes before and after the workout. Research has shown that enzymes help the inflammatory process to resolve more quickly, reducing the intensity and duration of discomfort while still allowing the muscles to heal and become stronger. Dr. Rebecca Gould, D.C. To learn more about the many uses of enzymes visit www.HealingSTL.com.


8. Apparel is Key to Winter Training

Selecting the right apparel is very important when training during the winter months. Layering is the key to avoiding over- or under-dressing. Consider wearing a layer that blocks the wind; pants, tights and top that wick the moisture (no cotton first layer) away from your skin; and, for the coldest days, a mid-layer that fits more loosely—like fleece—that insulates and moves the moisture from your base layer away from your skin. Your body temperature increases as you run, so you don’t need many layers in most winter conditions.  Happy Winter Training from GO! St. Louis. www.gostlouis.com.


9. Detoxification Body Wraps 

Skin is our largest organ and plays an important role in our overall health.  It’s a critical component of our immune system. Skin forms the initial boundary between germs and the inside of the body. The skin is also used for elimination of toxins. Acne, eczema and psoriasis are signs that the body needs to detox. Problems in the digestive track show up as problems on the skin’s surface.It is important to treat our skin accordingly. Monthly detoxification body wraps are an essential part of maintaining a healthy body. The Solution is More Than Skin Deep. For more information contact Linda Hoff, Owner of Healthy Beauty Solutions, 8780 Big Bend Blvd.  Suite B, Webster Groves, MO 63119. 314-803-0784.


10.  “Am I destined to be ill?”

Did your mother get breast cancer? Was your dad an alcoholic? Some people feel trapped because of their family history and think their genetics and future genetic expression is written in stone. Great news! Research from cell biologist Bruce Lipton points out the interesting relationship between genetic expression and emotional state. According to Lipton, emotional states are found to have a tremendous effect on which genes get “turned on” or “turned off”. That means that your emotional state directly affects your disease resistance or likelihood. Creating a happy life also means creating a healthier one too! At Gateway Healing, a happy healthy spine helps create a happy healthy life!

To find out more contact Dr. Matthew A. Stralka, DC, visit www.gatewayhealingstlouis.com.



A full body scan is used for breast imaging and pain diagnostics, but is also useful in assessing heart function and detecting inflammation in the carotid arteries, early signs of arthritis, neck and back pain, dental issues, sinus, immune dysfunction, fibromyalgia,  chronic fatigue, carpal tunnel syndrome, digestive disorders, and many more health issues.  Earlier detection of inflammation or dysfunction may help to prevent many adverse health conditions from becoming a major problem.  Let this be your first step in proactive care to improve outcomes for a long and healthy life.  Medical Thermography of Metro St. Louis,314-566-0350, 618-806-5220. Plaza Area of St. Louis, MO. www.medicalthermography-stl.com.


12. journal while you diet

Current research indicates that journaling during dieting not only helps a person lose more weight, but also helps a person keep weight off. Although recording what you have eaten is important, try also to reflect upon any stresses or negative emotions you may be experiencing. The simple act of writing about your experiences helps to clarify obstacles to losing weight, and by so doing, makes it easier for you to become a successful dieter. Remember that becoming healthy starts with your conscious decision to change, and journaling continues the process of keeping your mind engaged in this important process.

To learn more about weight loss options, contact Trans Figure Health at 314-645-9800 or visit www.transfiguretotalhealth.com.


13. Learn-abilty & Change

Change is Natural, Resistance is Not! Ask yourself, “How willing am I to learn?” Ask yourself,  “How willing am I to change?” Rate yourself 0-10 for each. Ten is the goal.  Multiply the two numbers to get your teach-ability score. Anything less than 70 is a failing score.  How will we know when we are not willing to learn or willing to change?  Struggle, lack, frustration, etc. are some of the signs.  Many great teachers have said that the nature of life is change.  And we will only be comfortable when we are willing.  And because it was only in your mind anyway, notice what happens when you remind yourself often, “I am willing!”  Tom Tessereau at The Healing Arts Center. For class information call 314-647-8080 or visit online at www. thehealingartscenter.com.



Aging gracefully means many different things.   With the New Year upon us, my advice is to not just feel good and not be sick, but to fine tune your wellbeing.  For some that is a different exercise strategy to add or start.  For others it’s losing the weight while keeping it off, not just losing it.  For others it might be starting with a holistic doc to develop a strategy that works at the cellular level and helps you to understand why, not just how, while putting a comprehensive plan in place. Don’t take your health for granted.  For things to change YOU have to change.   Dr Sharon L Fitelson at InMotion Health Center. For more information call 314-644-2081 or email info@imhc.com.


15. Ten tools in the battle against aging 

1. Start Exercising Regularly

2. Whatever You Do, Don’t Smoke

3. Increase Your Antioxidants with Proper Nutrition

4. Decrease the Stress in Your Life

5. Lose Weight if You are Overweight

6. Take Fish Oil

7. Get Enough Sleep

8. Play Mind Games—Exercise Your Mind

9. Drink Enough Water

(1/2 your body weight in ounces)

10. Get Adjusted Regularly—Not Just When You

Are In Pain!

For more information contact Dr. Brenda Kingen at Kingen Chiropractic Wellness Center

2001 S. Hanley, Ste. 220, Brentwood, MO 63144. (314)646-0013  www.kingenchiropractic.com.


16. Learn to Meditate for a Healthier Life in 2012!

Does your list of resolutions for the New Year include one or more of the following:  reduce stress and anxiety, lead a healthier lifestyle or have a better quality of sleep?  If so, consider adding one more resolution to your list.  Learn to meditate in 2012 and help make these resolutions a reality in your life! Meditation has many benefits!  Doctors are increasingly citing stress as a major contributing factor to most illness.  Research has shown meditation is beneficial for a wide range of health problems.  As stress is greatly eliminated through meditation, our minds and bodies begin to function with maximum effectiveness, creating health, vitality and happiness!

Shirley Stoll is certified by Dr. Deepak Chopra

to teach Primordial Sound Meditation.  Contact Shirley Stoll to reserve space in a class or for

individual instruction.  Discounts are available

for senior citizens, full time students and active military. 800-796-1144  shirlstoll@charter.net www.MeditationConnect.com


17. Small changes in your everyday diet can make a big difference. 

Adults need a minimum of three servings of fruits and vegetables per day and remember that variety is the spice of life.  Fresh foods have natural enzymes that easily break down in your system.  Prepackaged foods have few.   Your body has to work hard to break them down causing gas, bloating, and water retention.  Eating too much of one thing sets you up for an intolerance which is also known as an allergy.  Try different fruits like pomegranate and vegetables such as squash which are available now to get the best nutrients for this time of year.

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18. Handle with prayer

My only suggestion for the new year is:  Life is Fragile, Handle with Prayer, unceasingly, and pray to cultivate a grateful and joyful heart.  You won’t be disappointed.

Kathleen Christ, St. Louis Aquatic Healing Center 314-432-5228. www.watsu1.com



supplements and foods that are promoted by marketing campaigns or well-intended yet uniformed professionals. Examples are: Flaxseed, Soy, Iron & Iodine. Patients with Insulin Resistance taking Flaxseed will activate more inflammatory pathways and exacerbate symptoms. Soy, marketed as the cure-all natural food, is actually a SERM (selective estrogen receptor modulator) and increases estrogen levels. No one needs more estrogen in their lives. Iron is like throwing gas on a fire if inflammation is present in the body regardless of the blood Iron level. Iodine is being touted as the thyroid miracle, yet it will provoke an autoimmune thyroid condition. For more information visit online at www.stlwa.com.

Dr. David Peterson DC, Wellness Alternatives,



20. AVOID GUILT: BECOME A Newer You in the New Year

The healthiest tip is to avoid a guilt trip. Guilt is a vicious cycle. At the beginning of the year, most of us resolve to improve our health. We also realize that just making a resolution doesn’t mean we are ready in our minds or hearts to keep it.  Do we have the knowledge to do it on our own? Call Environmental Health & Allergy Center – St. Louis at 314-921-5600.  Tipu Sultan, MD and his staff will help you with HCG diet and nutritional supplementation.