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The concept of martial arts often brings to mind action, high energy and speedy moves. However, tai chi is the meditative and stress-relieving martial art known for its slow-paced and fluid movements.
Tai chi, often practiced in groups outdoors or in a wellness center, was once exclusively practiced throughout Asian cultures. In recent years the practice has attracted large numbers of adherents in the Western world due to its purported health benefits such as reduced inflammation, increased energy and stamina, improved mood, and blood pressure regulation. Medical research continues to substantiate these health claims and host of other benefits as well. Learn more about the benefits of tai chi, and visit the Gonino Center for Healing to try your hand at this amazing practice!
In a study conducted at the Korean Academy of Nursing, post-menopausal women who practiced tai chi for six months showed improvements in cardiovascular health as well...more
Our holistic healing center has been providing our clients with a new perspective to wellness for over 20 years. Our experts agree that healthy digestion and gut health is vital for enjoying great overall health. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, the majority of your immune system is found in the lining of your gut, which contains cells that interact with the bacteria that resides inside.
Over time, the gut lining may become damaged because of its exposure to toxins such as alcohol, cigarette smoke, chemical irritants and medications. The lining may also be damaged by poor food choices or pathogenic strains of bacteria and fungi. Fortunately, it is possible for you to take steps to heal your gut so that you can enjoy health improvements. Here are three tips that the Gonino Center for Healing recommends for improving the health of your gut.
1. Determine what substances are causing problems and remove them.
If you are having gut health problems, one of the first things that you should do is to identify any food or substance that is causing...more
While many people brush their teeth to avoid bad breath and cavities, dental hygiene also plays a larger role in the health of the entire body. When extra bacteria react with numerous types of sugars in the mouth, the bacteria can tremendously increase the risk of gum disease. When this happens, the affected gums contain microbes that can affect the heart, reduce the elasticity of the blood vessels, exacerbate the symptoms of autoimmune conditions, augment the risk of dementia and increase systemic inflammation. Read on to learn more about the connection between dental health and overall wellness, and contact us today to see how we can help in your journey to detoxification.
Examining Hygiene and the Blood Vessels
When a person's gums contain a large amount of bacteria, the microbes can eventually reach the blood vessels, and the bacteria could cause endocarditis, which is a condition that may affect an individual's blood pressure. If you experience endocarditis, bacteria can accumulate in numerous valves of the heart, and the microbes may cause...more
It can be difficult to detect if your thyroid is not functioning properly. Because it is responsible for producing so many different hormones, an underactive thyroid can manifest in a multitude of ways.
If you think you might have a malfunctioning thyroid, or you haven't been feeling like yourself lately, keep reading to see if you need to talk to your doctor about hypothyroidism.
What is Hypothyroidism?
This is a medical condition that can develop when your thyroid gland is unable to produce the correct amounts of certain hormones. Without these hormones, your body can't function at its full capacity. Thyroid hormones affect everything from body temperature to energy levels, metabolism and heart rate.
There is also a condition called hyperthyroidism, which is an overactive thyroid gland. However, this disorder has a more obvious and straightforward set of symptoms, so it is typically easier for a doctor to recognize right away. Because of this, today's article will focus on hypothyroidism.
Health, and the human body in general, is a complex topic. Often people may treat a specific symptom without considering the underlying cause, with less than optimum results. On the other hand, holistic medicine encourages people to focus on the health of the entire person, including mental and spiritual factors as well as physical. The body is one working system, and this approach can yield great results. There are a few reasons why a holistic approach to health can be the right choice for you.
The Best of Two Worlds
Holistic medicine is not limited to either traditional or alternative medicine but instead encourages you to combine treatments of both to obtain the best results. For example, a recurring problem, such as back pain, can have many contributing factors, from physical issues to tension and stress or bodily imbalances caused by a poor diet. Holistic practitioners will consider all of the involved factors and tailor treatment to suit the patient. This encourages a unique solution for each patient, rather than attempting to generalize...more
It’s been a long day. All you want is a good night’s rest. Your head hits the pillow, you close your eyes, and nothing. Instead, you are wide awake, even though you are exhausted. Don’t worry, this happens to everyone, but it doesn’t have to. Sure, there are medicines that will allow you to drift off into slumber, but wouldn’t you prefer a healthy alternative?
Essential oils have been used for centuries for different medicinal purposes and luckily, they are readily available in today’s society as well. So, when you are having trouble getting to sleep, here are three amazing essential oils that will naturally help you get there:
Clary Sage is an essential oil that comes from a European version of the sage plant. It has been known to relieve menstrual cramps, lower blood pressure, reduce spasms and convulsions, and act as an all-natural relaxant and sedative. This essential oil is perfect if you can’t sleep due to muscle spasms, cramps, or if you just can’t get your body to calm down enough to drift off....more
We all experience stress in our daily lives and most people try to live with it without doing anything to alleviate it. In addition to leading to depression and anxiety, increased stress levels can affect our physical health as well. Fortunately, it's never too late to take action. Practicing yoga on a regular basis can reduce stress and benefit the physical body in a number of ways.
What Can Yoga Do for You?
Practicing yoga is a great way to relax and unwind, which translates to lower stress levels and reduced feelings of anxiety. While the benefits to your mental health may be felt almost immediately, you'll also observe physical benefits. In addition to building up muscle, yoga also strengthens the joints and prevents cartilage breakdown. By using muscles and joints that rarely get exercised, yoga poses reduce the risks of developing degenerative diseases like arthritis, as well lowering the chances that you'll be disabled by musculoskeletal breakdown later in life.
Increased blood circulation is also achieved through the regular practice of...more
Dr. John Gonino
The recent heart attack of the 52 year old President of The American Heart Association has me musing today. Kind of ironic, would you agree?
We have 10,000 patients in our practice and I honestly remember 2 heart attacks since we moved to Heath on September 5,2008. One was a 57 y/0 male ( still alive) who was given testosterone pellets by another doctor. Point? 2 actually. First, there is a difference between physiologic testosterone replacement , i.e. Raising a 250 testosterone level (348 low normal) to 424 , which our office does with topical testosterone or oral Clomid, and dosing someone through the ceiling (1100 or greater) with testosterone pellets. Second, March 2014 New England Journal of Medicine reported a 36 percent increase in heart attack in men over age 65 who were started on testosterone.
Obviously, our patient broke the age rule at 57. His heart attack occurred 1 month after the pellets were placed.
Our other case was an otherwise very healthy man of 50. Not overweight. Excellent cholesterol values,normal blood pressure, not a diabetic, but had...more
You have to be a self advocate!"
To take cancer head on you must be strong in your faith and research to know that not every doctor holds the correct answer for you. We will keep bringing you cancer miracles to help the fight in your mind first, so you can fight cancer along the way.more
Chronic Dehydration is a silent killer!
Due to the high temperatures and the tendency of most Americans to be chronically dehydrated, now is the time to be eating and drinking things that are high in minerals and liquid content, as well as easy to digest.
This would include:
Green veggies and green vegetable juices
Raw and lightly cooked vegetables
Low sugar berries (no fruit juices though)
Lemons and limes, but watch out for sugar, it is dehydrating.
Proper amounts (too much protein is not good) of high quality and light proteins, preferably not fried.
No heavy starches, heavy meats, and minimal to none of sugar intake.
Refresh with Lemon and Lime juices sweetened with Stevia (herbal). (sugar substitutes are dehydrating)
Reduce coffee and chocolate intake.
I'm sure there's more, but the main message is to eat lighter, easier to digest, more hydrating type food.
These dehydrate you , meaning robbing your body of essential minerals:
Dr. John Gonino
Today my friend and mentor from my Master's program at the Univ. of Connecticut , Dr Stephen Sinatra was honored with the Linus Pauling award at our lunch break. As many of you know , Dr Pauling is the only person in history to win 2 ( unshared) Nobel Prizes in Medicine. His work was centered around research on Vitamin C and its use in high doses for the treatment of disease. As many of you also know, we have been using intravenous Vitamin C as part of our comprehensive cancer treatment program since 2008, and the miraculous results continue to accumulate day by day.
I felt very blessed to be sitting next to him when his name was called.
Dr Sinatra lectured twice today. His morning topic was Healing the Heart with Vibrational Medicine.
Most of this lecture was spent giving us statistics on the damages to our body from electromagnetic radiation from cell phones, computers, microwave ovens, and other forms of modern technology.
He flashed a slide that I tried to capture on my cell phone, posted below that shows the brain damage to the 5 year old due...more
Dr. John Gonino
Dr Kabran Chapek from Daniel Amen, MD's office presented New Approaches to Preventing Alzheimer's and Reversing Cognitive Decline. His first point is that the following therapies are not going to reverse end stage Alzheimer's. He compares that to what trees look like after a forest fire. Not much chance . But. AT ANY STAGE short of that, the following treatments have been shown to improve brain function. First, what does Dr Chapek say about what CAUSES Alzheimer's ?
1) Toxins - both heavy metals like lead, aluminum , arsenic, etc. , but also mycotoxins from fungus. As you are probably aware, we can help you with both of those issues with IV chelation and Far Infrared Sauna for toxins , and oral antifungals , IV hydrogen peroxide, diflucan , and ozone vs fungus.
2) Low oxygenation during sleep. We test nearly all of our patient for this issue , and certainly 100% of our patients with any degree of dementia.
3) Lack of brain nutrients.
4) Type 3 diabetes. This may be a new term to you as it has just been coined in the last year or so. It refers to high...more
Dr. John Gonino
Galectin 3 : Master Modulator of Risk for Cardiovascular Disease , Cancer, Inflammation , and Fibrosis ...
Biomarkers for the Prevention of Cancer and Other Neurodegenerative Conditions .....
Ketogenic Diet and Deuterium Depleted Water for the Prevention and Treatment of Cancer and Degenerative Conditions ...and lastly.....
Hydration and Brain Health.
This morning I learned about a very nasty player in the body called Galectin 3. This is another marker for inflammation and can be directly correlated to bad clinical outcomes.
For example, if you or someone you know has congestive heart failure and your Galectin -3 level is less than 17.8 , the chance of you dying within the next 12 months is 13%. If your Galectin -3 level is greater than 25.9 your chance of dying in the next year rises to 37%Galectin -3 causes fibrosis of tissues including the kidneys. 50 million people in our country have chronic kidney disease, defined as a serum creatinine of 1.6 or higher.
We spend more money on this disease than any other single disease ( if you add up...more
The Native American culture holds a special place in my heart because my mother, Geneva Butler Henderson, was half Cherokee and her dad, Gee Dick Butler, was full blood.
Gee Dick served in the U.S. Army in World War One, where he was injured and confined to a wheelchair. He died not too many years afterwards from pneumonia. I regret I never got to meet him , that I only knew this beautiful Native face from old photos.
When my mom passed away at age 49 due to heart disease complicated by diabetes, I started asking myself questions about why she and so many of her relatives died so young. And why did so many Cherokees have diabetes ? Why did so many of the patients at the Indian Hospital, where my mom received healthcare, have to have their gallbladders removed?
Then not too much later I was asking myself why I had Cancer in my thirties and my sister die of cancer at forty four..
Thirty some years later , I believe most of my questions , and a whole lot more, have been answered. And those answers have been the driving force of my passion for...more
Symptoms of Chronic Dehydration Are:
. Dry skin and hair
. Sugar and salt cravings
. Fungal infections, skin, nails, etc.
. Dry mouth and dry eyes
. Constipation, bloating
. Exhausted adrenal glands
Causes of Chronic Dehydration are:
. Mineral deficiencies
. Low functioning and untreated thyroid
. Acid forming diet (sugar, caffeine, alcohol )
. Mineral loss due to sweating
. Chemicals in medications , OTC and prescription (makes us even more acid)
. Drinking lots of water without replacing minerals
. Chronic diarrhea or loose stools
Simple Things You Can Do:
. Half teaspoon Celtic sea salt in lemon water , twice a day ( for chronic pain, can add baking soda )
. Have iodine levels tested, then take only a drop or two a day or as doctor recommends
. Detox the body with a good herbal and fiber like Multicleanse by Nature's Secret
. Take and use these magnesiums : Citrate, Threonate and Mag Oil. (check out...more
Dr. John Gonino
Daniel (name changed for confidential purpose) came to me after making a high risk decision to walk away from surgery and seek integrative medicine instead. He went to his doctor in San Antonio who did a CT scan on his neck and found that both of his carotid arteries had 80% blockage. There’s concern to be had once a 70% blockage is reached. His doctor advised him that he should have a Carotid Endarterectomy, which is like a bypass on your neck to clean out carotid arteries. With this surgery, like any surgery, it comes with anesthesia, which also comes with a massive amounts of toxins and a risk of internal bleeding and infection. Surgery is not a simple thing, and Daniel said “No Thanks, I heard about this Integrative Medical Doctor in North Texas that has these Intravenous Therapies that have been proven to cleanout people’s arteries and I’m going that route.” He of course was laughed out of the building. After Daniel’s assessment I wrote him a treatment plan of 20 IVs alternating between Hydrogen Peroxide and Chelation IVs. Hydrogen peroxide kills bacteria and fungus from...more
Dr. John Gonino
Rebekah, (name changed for confidential purposes) age 8, presented to the office in Jan. 2010.
Rebekah is a sweet little girl that was very, very sick. She came into my office with her mother and father who, after receiving the news at an Emergency Room that their daughter had type 1 diabetes and would be on long and short acting insulin for the rest of her life, went home dismayed. When not receiving peace about the diagnosis they decided to pray. They prayed for an answer, they prayed for healing, they prayed to be lead in the right direction in getting a second opinion. Which, thankfully, lead them on a 3 hour journey from Wichita Falls, TX to my office. She still had an elevated sugar of 243 after being on insulin. Normal blood sugar levels are between 65-100.Her parents asked me, “Doc, what do you think?” I, knowing there is no cure for Type 1 diabetes, simply stated what I saw, and they received the same answer. “Your daughter has type 1 diabetes and will be on insulin for the rest of her life.” But then Rebekah's parents said to me, “Dr. Gonino, we have the faith of...more
Dr. John Gonino
Gonino Center for Healing Thyroid Medication Instructions It is important that you know how to take your thyroid medication properly. Helpful information including the timing of your medication, interactions with foods, drugs and supplements are covered, as well as creative ways to remember to take your thyroid medication.
Always check the prescription against what you receive.
Dr Gonino feels the ideal time to take thyroid medication is in the morning.
If you sleep well, i.e., sleep 7-9 hours without waking up, Dr Gonino prefers that upon waking you begin your day with prayer.
Set your intent for the day, then eat a healthy breakfast.
Take all of your non-calcium containing supplements with breakfast.
Take Alka Salts and any other Calcium supplements at bedtime.
Take your Thyroid medication 2 hours after breakfast.
Take your thyroid with a full glass of water
Wait one hour before eating after taking your...
Dr. John & Linda Gonino
Because of the growing popularity of the new movie, The Fault in Our Stars, about a young woman dying of thyroid cancer, I have decided to talk today about thyroid function and it's extreme importance to our health.Before I go any further, I would like my wife, Linda, a thyroid cancer survivor of thirty three years, to share her story with you.
I suppose I should start my thyroid story with the cancer diagnosis and surgery, but I believe the story preceding the diagnosis is just as important, so that's where I will start.
My mother was half Cherokee Indian, my father, one quarter. My mom, her mother and three siblings were diabetic and all but one died young. Her father, a full blood Cherokee, died in his forties from pneumonia as a result of injuries sustained in World War One. Our family, being enrolled in the Cherokee Nation, were provided commodities as part of the US Government's Food Distribution Program for Native Americans. I remember distinctly, my mom opening a box of "cheese" and handing me a slice of this pale yellow, gelatinous and...more