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This Valentine's Day, Be Your Own Sweatheart!

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Treat yourself to Botox at only $10 a unit (17% off!) on Monday, February 11th. Afternoon appointments still available. Call 360.568.2686 to schedule!


8 Weeks to Wellness Program

FREE CLASS: February 28th at 7pm

Did you set some New Years goals but have yet to get started on them?  Do you fall into one or two of the top 7 pitfalls of making new habits?

  1. Lack of planning and preparation: Without a little planning, good starts often fall short.  It really helps to get mentally, physically and emotionally on board before you start.
  2. Starting too big:  Trying to start eating more vegetable, meditating and exercising more all at once could seem appropriate but wear you out in a few days.
  3. Commit too much time: Trying to hit the 60 min workout right off the bat doesn’t usually go over too well.  Better to start with 10 -20 minutes and work up.
  4. Having no accountability: Wouldn’t it be nice to have someone to hold you accountable?
  5. Neglecting to communicate:  Letting family members know your plans is key! Otherwise they could become your biggest obstacle.
  6. Not acknowledging successes:  Little rewards go a long way.
  7. Using disruptions as an excuse to give up: Always have a plan B and C because complications happen!

Don’t give up yet! Forming new habits requires planning, baby steps and repetition to really develop.  If you’re ready to make some lasting changes in your lifestyle and diet, then we have a program for you!  In 8 weekly visits with Dr. Olivia Franks, take the time you deserve to focus on developing new lifestyle and dietary habits.  Whether it is loosing weight, getting in shape, lowering cholesterol, improving blood sugar control or just improving overall wellbeing and vitality, now is the time!

Dr. Franks will make sure your system is primed for success by:

  1. Assessing basic health parameters with laboratory testing and symptom assessment.
  2. Holding you accountable to your goals, and helping you create realistic targets and plan for success.
  3. Optimizing physical function with supplements targeted to your health, lifestyle and current goals.

 To get started, Dr. Franks will meet with patients for individually-tailored wellness planning, an hour for new patients and a half hour for established patients.  This is followed by seven weekly 15-minute follow-up visits to problem-solve, coach and help keep you accountable.  If you have health insurance your visits may be billed to insurance.  Non-insurance patient prices are discounted for payment on the day of service. The kick-off visit is $139 new/$99 established patients with follow-up visits discounted to $50 each.  Non-insurance patients may choose to have their follow-up visits over the phone.

Want more information?  Meet with Dr. Franks for an 8 Weeks To Wellness program Q& A session on February 28th at 7pm.  Ready to get started?  Give us a call at 360.568.2686 to get scheduled.  Need some good reads?  Check out our book list below to get you motivated:

  • The Power of Habit by Charles Duhig
  • PACE The 12 Minute Fitness Revolution by Al Sears
  • Whole life Nutrition Cookbook by Segersten and Malterre

Acupuncture and Chronic Stress:

We know it feels good, but what do the studies say?

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When juggling the demands of work, relationships, traffic, and the myriad aspects of our global village of ever increasing complexity, it is difficult not to get stressed out.  While an acute stress response can shift the physiological architecture to better handle immediate crises, a stress response that continues for long periods of time can wear the bodymind down.  Chronic stress has been linked with many disorders, most notably cardiovascular disease and obesity, as well as depressed immune function, which in turn can increase the risk of infection and cancer. 

Tracking biochemical markers associated with the physiological changes of chronic stress can help in the identification of effective treatment options.  In a study published last year, researchers at the Georgetown University Medical Center demonstrated how acupuncture can reduce chronic stress at the molecular level.  Neuropeptide Y (NPY) is a molecule secreted by the sympathetic nervous system, the part of the nervous system involved in the “fight or flight” response.  With chronic stress, NPY levels have been shown to be elevated in blood plasma.  This plasma elevation of NPY is also proposed to contribute to the negative effects of chronic stress. 

The study used four groups of rats:

  • A non-stressed control group that received no acupuncture
  • A group stressed for an hour a day that received no acupuncture
  • Rats that were stressed and received “sham” acupuncture near their tails
  • An experimental stressed group that received acupuncture at a specific point on the leg

NPY levels in the stressed-only and the stressed + “sham” acupuncture groups were significantly higher than in the non-stressed control group.  However, NPY levels in the experimental stressed group that received acupuncture at the point known as Stomach 36 (ST36), located below the knee, were similar to the non-stressed control group.  After discontinuing acupuncture treatment at ST36, NPY levels remained low for four days even when the researchers continued to stress the rats.

According to the researchers, this study suggests that point specific acupuncture is “effective in preventing one of the sympathetic pathways stimulated during chronic stress, and thus may be a useful adjunct therapy in treating chronic stress-related disorders.”



Eshkevari L, Egan R, et al. (2012). Acupuncture at ST36 prevents chronic stress-induced increases in neuropeptide Y in rat.  Experimental Biology and Medicine, 237(1),18-23.

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