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Symptoms vs. Cause

What’s your go-to remedy for …

  • Headaches – is it Tylenol or Ibuprofen?
  • Fatigue – maybe coffee or a soda?
  • Low energy – do you opt for the energy drink or chocolate?
  • Heart burn – is your DOC (drug of choice) Nexium or Prilosec?
  • Constipation – do you take Laxatives or fiber?
  • Diarrhea – is it Kaopectate or Imodium that soothes your symptoms?
  • Neck or low back pain – do you take OTC painkillers for muscle aches and pains?

Or maybe you take a natural approach and use herbs or supplements to get relief.

What do you do to feel better?

Temporary Relief vs. Permanent Fix

Whether you use OTCs, prescription drugs, herb, supplements, homeopathics or any other natural remedy to relieve your discomfort, you’re still just treating the symptoms. Addressing the symptoms is not going to eliminate the problem. It’s just going to delay it until the next time, and the next time and the next time. Eventually it may evolve into a bigger, more serious problem.

Have you ever had a doctor tell you we’ll just watch it? Waiting for it to become a disease so they can prescribe a drug when it fits into the “pill for every ill” model.

Instead of looking for what you can do to get rid of your symptoms, have you ever asked yourself …

What is causing this problem?

Why do I have headaches, fatigue, low energy heartburn, ets.?

If you had a splinter in your hand, would you take a pain killer, or would you remove the splinter?

If you burned your hand on the hot stove, would you leave it there and ask what you can take to relieve the pain? Or would you immediately remove you hand from the burner?

Taking a drug to kill your symptoms is like plugging a hole instead of fixing the leak. Eventually it gets to be like mopping the floor when the water is still on and overflowing.

Does it really solve the problem?

Maybe temporarily until the symptoms show up again and you repeat the process.

Symptomatic Relief vs. Correcting the Cause

What if instead of looking for a pill to fix your ills, you asked, what is causing me to feel this way?

Why does it keep happening over and over, every day, every week, every month?

What can I do to stop the vicious cycle and start feeling better?

How can I get rid of the symptoms for good?

I’m glad you asked.

Here’s a way for you to find out what’s causing your symptoms. Click the image and learn how you can get to the root cause of your symptoms and eliminate them for good.

Symptom Chaser vs. Problem Solver

Are you going to be a symptom chaser or problem solver?

If you keep treating your symptoms, it’s like making charges to your credit card without ever paying the bill. Then one day you find out that you have a huge problem that will cost you a lot more than you bargained for.

So now, instead of your doctor saying let’s wait and see, you’ll get a diagnosis and it may be something that you really don’t want.

Will you be proactive and work to find the cause and prevent future illness, or will you go the way of the masses and wait for the big diagnosis?

I invite you to watch this special webinar presentation to find out the real reasons behind what’s going on with your health … and how to finally get relief from these symptoms once and for all!

Click here to view now!

Here’s to your health!


15 Pounds and 6 ½ Inches

That’s how much a patient of mine lost on her first five weeks of her Transformations 360® Program.  She’s looking great … glowing, and feeling fantastic with so much more energy.

Since she started T-360®, her co-workers have been so impressed with how great she was looking, they started a “Greatest Loser” program where she works.

She’s in the number 1 spot so far.

Before starting the Transformations 360® Program, she was frustrated because she had been struggling trying to lose weight for YEARS.

She lost nearly seven pounds her first week, then between one and three pounds each week since. This is the average weight loss on this program.

Her weight loss goal when she started was 30 pounds. She is so excited about how she is feeling and how well she is doing, she’s now upgraded her goal to 45 pounds.

So, what is the Transformations 360® Program?

Transformations 360® is about empowering your life for wellness.

The first step is establishing your Wellness Index. You fill out an assessment questionnaire and are evaluated for 15 conditions based upon your symptoms. This gives you a baseline of your un-healthy markers.

Next, you follow a ketogenic, elimination diet … eating real whole foods. This provides you with enhanced energy and an improved mental state.

The eating plan is designed to help you lose abdominal fat, maintain muscle mass and reduce elevated blood sugar. You will take a nutrient dense protein drink which provides the nutrients you need to maintain healthy body functions, lose weight healthfully and eliminates hunger cravings so you feel good while on the program.

Re-evaluation of your Wellness Index helps to pinpoint food allergies and sensitivities, nutritional deficiencies and chronic conditions. It identifies the root cause of your symptoms so you can correct un-healthy markers. Chronic conditions need the attention of a health care practitioner … who can help you improve your health and reverse conditions like pre-diabetes.

What makes this program more effective than other weight loss programs?

On the Transformations 360® Program you …

  • maintain your muscle mass while you lose fat so you retain your body’s calorie-burning engine.
  • learn healthy eating habits that not only help you lose the weight, but also to keep it off.
  • address functional health imbalances so you’re able to lose weight, maintain your weight loss and healthy blood sugar levels.
  • pinpoint food intolerances, address them, and keep the weight off.
  • feel good during weight loss, without hunger, cravings, low energy or mental fatigue, which makes it easy to stick with the program.

How can you benefit?

Take the WICO® Score Test to establish your baseline of health.

Fill in the form at the top right of this page NOW to request your WICO® Access Code.

After you submit your WICO Test, you will receive an email to set up a consultation, at no charge … a $175 value.

Sign up for you complimentary WICO® Score Test NOW. The sooner you get started, the sooner you’ll look and feel great!


Must Do’s For Your Health

Did you know the reason why people…

  • do not succeed with weight loss or
  • are becoming a Type II Diabetic

has many times to do with imbalances with their functional health?

There are 15 functional health conditions that can determine a healthy functioning body and their imbalances could be a reason for unhealthy lipids, elevated blood pressure and other unhealthy bio-markers.

Functional lab testing is expensive and time consuming. We have the ability to analyze your functional health condition by having you complete an online symptoms questionnaire. By answering about 290 questions, you will not only be able to see which of 15 functional health conditions are imbalanced, but you will also be given your WICO® Wellness Score.

This score like FICO® for credit, will establish your wellness index and is a function of how many of the 15 functional health conditions being analyzed are severe, moderate and mild. We recently were certified to offer this unique assessment and would like to offer it to you at NO COST! This is a $75 saving as a thank you for your trust in our clinic. We will also provide you with a free consultation ($100 savings) on your WICO® Graph Output for a total savings of $175!

The beauty of WICO® and analyzing your functional imbalances is to not only pinpoint why you have not succeeded with your health goals in the past, but to also ensure you are addressing the root cause of your symptoms. The process can determine nutritional deficiencies, chronic conditions and the likelihood of food intolerances.

Please fill in the form at the top right of this page for your complimentary WICO® Access Code to take the online questionnaire. Your WICO® Access Code will be emailed to you within 24 hours.

I want to thank you again for your confidence in working with our practice. I look forward to keeping you well and healthy in 2015. Please have an incredible year.

By the way, if you haven’t been into our office yet, or live too far away to come in, you can still get your WICO® Wellness Score and Consultation if you are a U.S. resident. We work by phone also.

Yours in Health,

Christine H. Farlow, D.C.



Time For A Fresh Start

Do you know that …

In the 20 years from 1988 to 2008, the number of Americans on prescription drugs in any given month has risen from 39.1% to 47.2%. Source

Broken down by categories, the number of Americans on prescription drugs in any given month …

— on at least 1 prescription drug

Under 18 – 25.3%
All women – 52.4%
65 and over – 90.1%

— on 3 or more prescription drugs

All people – 20.8%
65 and over – 65%

— on 5 or more prescription drugs

All people – 11%
65 and over – 36.7%

The most common drugs that people are taking

under 12 – for asthma, allergies, infections
12-19 – for ADD, asthma; antidepressants
20-59 – antidepressants, pain killers, cholesterol lowering drugs
60 and older – cholesterol lowering drugs, beta blockers, diuretics

The drug companies have been pushing hard to get more and more people on drugs, and they’re succeeding. Since all drugs have side effects, once you’re on one drug, there’s the risk of adverse reactions that will cause you to be prescribed more drugs. You receive additional drugs to treat the symptoms caused by drugs!

Did you know that …

Acetaminophen, aka Tylenol, a commonly used OTC drug has been shown to cause an increased risk of asthma, rhinoconjunctivitis (allergic nasal congestion) and eczema in children.

Early use of antibiotics also causes an increased risk of asthma and allergies in children.

Is it any wonder that we are seeing so many more children with asthma and allergies these days?

The risk of side effects from acetaminophen is not limited to children. In anyone, it can also cause dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth, nose, or throat; headache; nausea; nervousness; trouble sleeping, as well as severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); chest pain; dark urine or pale stools; difficulty urinating; hallucinations; high blood pressure; rapid pulse; severe nervousness; stomach pain; tremors; unusual fatigue; yellowing of the skin or eyes. Source

Antidepressant use is widespread. There are even studies that indicate that antidepressants may not treat depression. The risks associated with antidepressants include stroke, suicide, sexual dysfunction, recurrence of breast cancer, physical dependency and more.

I could go on and on, but I hope this is enough to show you that drugs are not the ultimate answer. Certainly, there are situations where they are indicated and may even be life-saving. But they are much overused today and are causing more and more health problems that can be prevented with some good health sense. Drugs should be a last resort rather than a first choice.

NOTE: If you are on prescription medication and you would like to get off, you need to work with your doctor. Do not take yourself off your medications without the supervision of your doctor.

Here are some things that you can do now to get your New Year off to a healthy start…

  • Eat probiotic-rich foods. They help balance your intestinal flora and improve the health of your immune system.
  • Avoid processed foods as much as possible, especially non-organic, which most likely contain genetically engineered ingredients, as well as heavy doses of pesticides, and multiple food additives, many of which cause harmful effects and are not adequately tested.
  • Read the ingredients list on every packaged food product you buy to make sure the ingredients are all healthy.
  • Use Your Personal Food Planner to find healthy foods you love and to change your eating habits so that you develop healthy eating habits that last a lifetime.
  • Get your kids involved. Help them to eat more healthfully when young so healthy eating is a habit that grows up with them.
  • Exercise at least 30 minutes, 3-5 days a week.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Take time to relax and have some fun!

Nutritional Supplement Survey Results

Thank you to all who responded to the survey!

This was by no means an unbiased study. The responses reflect the opinions of those who chose to participate. It appears that the majority of those who responded are interested in taking nutritional supplements to improve and maintain their good health.

Here are the results …

1.  Do you take nutritional supplements?

  • Yes  –  98.5%
  • No  –  1.5%

2.  How do you decide what to take?

Note: Some people had multiple responses to this question, so the percentages don’t add up to 100%.

  • what’s cheapest or on sale  –  4.3%
  • choose from what’s on the shelf  –  8.7%
  • read articles and books  –  53.6%
  • ask health food store clerk  –  17.4%
  • recommended by my doctor  –  31.9%
  • Other  –  46.4%

3.  Do you take whole food or synthetic supplements?

  • whole food  –  60.9%
  • synthetic  –  2.9%
  • combination of both  –  36.2%
  • don’t know the difference  –  7.2%

4.  Are you satisfied with the results you’re getting from your supplements?

  • somewhat  –  17.4%
  • yes  –  69.6%
  • no  –  13.0%

5.  Have you been tested to see if your supplements are working for you?

  • yes  –  47.8%
  • no  –  44.9%
  • for some, but not all  –  7.2%

6.  If yes, what kind of testing?

Note: Some people had multiple kinds of testing, so results do not add up to 100%. The results were calculated based upon the total number of respondents, not just those who were tested.

  • blood testing  –  44.9%
  • hair test  –  4.3%
  • muscle testing  –  26.1%

7.  If not, how do you decide if your supplements are working?

  • how I feel  –  55.1%
  • symptoms  –  11.6%
  • faith/intuition  –  2.9%
  • don’t know  –  4.3%
  • Ask my doctor/nutritionist  –  1.4%

8.  What would you like to know about how to choose your nutritional supplements?

There were quite a lot of different questions – too many to answer them all  now. I will be posting the answers to these questions here over the next few weeks… Stay tuned.

9.  Would you like a way to make sure that the supplements you buy are exactly what your body needs?

  • yes  –  68.1%
  • wants to know how to self test  –  2.9%
  • maybe  –  4.3%
  • no  –  13%

Choosing your supplements is like choosing the right fuel for your car. If you don’t feed your body the correct nutrients (fuel), it won’t function properly. If you’re not feeling vitally alive and optimally healthy, your body is not getting all the nutrients it needs in the proper proportions.

Unless you’re a health care professional who has access to the different testing modalities to determine your nutritional needs, it’s not likely that you will be able to self test to determine your specific needs.

What is the danger in not being tested?

Unless you are tested to determine your specific needs, you may be taking

  • nutrients that you do not need
  • or not taking nutrients that you do need.

This can create imbalances in your body that may eventually take a toll on your health. You may notice it by

  • not feeling as well as you would like
  • having low energy
  • having undesirable symptoms, like headaches, fatigue, inability to sleep through the night, digestive problems, or any other signs of less than optimal health.

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