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Need supplements? Fullscript soon to be online

Here’s why I made the move:

I’m excited to let you know that Wellevate is now part of Fullscript, and I’ve made the switch.

Similar to Wellevate, Fullscript offers you quick, easy access to my recommendations, even more of healthcare’s best supplements, and helpful wellness resources.

Stay connected to my practice and make the move with me. It’s simple to connect your Wellevate account to Fullscript. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Initiate the process through your Wellevate account or emails you receive from Wellevate
  • Fullscript will move all your information over. After that, you can order supplements and other wellness products from my dispensary and have them shipped directly to your door
  • Have Auto-Refill orders? No problem. They’ll still arrive, but you’ll need to set up future orders through Fullscript’s Autoship program
  • There’s no rush. You have until September 7th at which point your Wellevate account will become read-only.

If you have questions, check out these resources to help you with the migration. If you have further questions don’t hesitate to reach out to me or Fullscript’s patient support center.

Lacrosse Ball Self-Care Benefits

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Let’s face it. Most of us are not going to get acupuncture or massage treatments seven days a week. But pain can happen at any time — just sleeping in a crooked position on your pillow or sitting too long at your computer can create aches and tension that seem intolerable. The good news is that there are tons of self-care techniques you can use to ease pain right in your own living room. Not only that, but the care you give yourself between treatments actually increases the efficacy of the work done by your practitioner.

Self-care is the greatest thing you can do to bring about long-term healing. I’d even go so far as to say that it’s a requirement. It can be the deciding factor in whether you get better or not.

Getting a treatment is akin to going to the mechanic to have your tires rotated or your engine checked. It’s necessary to see an expert from time to time.  Meanwhile, self-care is like checking your tire pressure or getting an oil change. It has to be done on a regular basis if you want to keep the car running efficiently and ensure that the work done by the mechanic has the maximum possible effect. It’s the same with your body: you’ve gotta take care of it. Which is why I recommend making self-care a habit starting today.

The piece of equipment I most recommend for self-care — and the one I use most often myself — is a lacrosse ball. It’s just the right size and density for treating most types of muscle dysfunction.

How to use a lacrosse ball for self-care
All you have to do is place the ball between your body and a wall or underneath your body when lying on the floor. Rolling gently back and forth you can find the most painful spots. Then, by experimenting with how much you lean on the ball, you can modify how much pressure is applied. You may be pleasantly surprised by how much relief this technique can provide. If you’re having a hard time picturing this, check out the video demonstration on my website.

An added trick I recommend is placing the lacrosse ball inside of an old sock. That way you can hold the sock in your hand to prevent the ball from falling as you move around against the wall. With a little bit of practice, you’ll be treating your own muscle pain in no time.

Added Benefits
As far as self-care tools go, the lacrosse ball is one of the best. It even has benefits beyond helping you treat the source of your pain.

  • It’s compact and portable, which makes it great for travel.
  • It has the correct hardness — roughly between a tennis ball and a golf ball. Not too soft and not too hard is best for most applications.
  • It’s cheap. Lacrosse balls run about five dollars or less at most sporting goods stores.
  • They come in different colors. Express yourself!

The simple combination of lacrosse ball and wall offers an easy way to treat practically any part of your body any time you experience pain. Plus, you’ll be providing yourself with the routine maintenance needed to sustain the effects of your most recent professional treatment.

Upgrade your baths to B.E.P. baths

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For years now, I have recommended Epson salt baths as a fantastic way to help wind down the nervous system, relax the mind, and decrease muscle pain and soreness.

Recently I learned about B.E.P. baths. This stands for Baking soda, Epsom salt, and hydrogen Peroxide. 
Use a ratio is 1 cup baking soda to 4 cup of Epsom salts to 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide.

I’ve taken a few of these baths now, and I like them it better. I’ve changed my recommendation to B.E.P. baths for patients.

I like them better because of the added benefit of its skin detoxifying and clarifying properties.

Now, like a lot of things in life, the research is a little vague on the “scientific” benefits of these. 
Here’s an article to help with your own due diligence and suitability…

…however, from the direct experience of my patients, my colleagues, my friends, and myself, I can say without hesitation that these make people feel better.

Sometimes, I don’t need proof to tell me if something feels good and is a benefit to me or not.

This is one of those cases.

The best hack for sleep in a decade

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I was turned on to mouth taping about three months ago by my brother, and separately by a mentor, both of whom had been taping their mouth shut for years while sleeping.

My brother told me about James Nestor’s book “Breath.”

I am a pretty avid reader, but I still haven’t read the actual book.

However, I have listened to podcasts where Nestor has been interviewed.

The index card summary is: we are supposed to breath through our nose, not our mouth. And, many modern day health problems can be attributed to mouth breathing.

Turns out Eleven in “Stranger Things” was right.

We should breath as much as possible through our noses – like all animals on earth do.

This includes while we sleep.

Hence, mouth taping.

I use blue painter’s tape, and put a postage-sized piece on the front of my mouth right before going to bed.

It’s a game-changer.

Here’s what I’ve noticed the past few months:
1. I sleep more deeply through the night.

2. I dream more and recall dreams better.

3. I, paradoxically, experience less congestion in the morning, even though I am breathing through my nose.

4. I wake up way more rested.

Consistently the best sleep I’ve had in three years.

Do you have something that makes a huge difference for you regarding sleep?

If so, share it with me. Would love to hear what it is.

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