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MARCH 2013



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Acupuncture and Endorphins

Is acupuncture painful? How does it work? What are endorphins? 

How can getting stuck with needles relieve pain and promote relaxation? 

Join Sam Weng, licensed acupuncturist, for an exploration of the art and science of acupuncture to access our own endorphins to relieve our pain, stress and other health challenges.

FREE CLASS Thursday, March 28th, 7pm

Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth: Cause of IBS found!

Olivia AM Franks, ND


It is estimated that IBS affects between 25-45 million people in the US.  A recent study in the prestigious Journal of The American Medical Association (JAMA) has found that overgrowth of normal bacteria was at the root of 84% of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) cases[i].  This overgrowth that happens in the small intestines (not the stomach or the colon) has been labeled small intestine bacterial overgrowth or SIBO.  It will not show up on endoscopy, colonoscopy or even stool tests.  It is also implicated as the cause of fibromyalgia, and is associated with rosacea, lactose intolerance, thyroid disease and even Celiac disease.[ii][iii][iv][v]


Symptoms of SIBO include bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, heartburn and nausea.  And can also include global symptoms like joint pain, headache, skin, brain or mood symptoms.  Malabsorption of fats and iron – leading to mild anemia is common.


Diagnosis can be done by at home breath tests or biopsies of the small intestine. It will not show up on endoscopy, colonoscopy or even stool tests. 


Treatment for this usually involves either antibiotic herbs or pharmaceutical antibiotics along with probiotics (healthy flora) and sometimes prebiotics (food for the healthy flora).  Optimizing stomach and pancreatic function is often the key to preventing reinfection.


In my practice, I have found that identifying and treating this in my patients has produced remarkable results!  Can you imagine having severe bloating every day?  Having seen specialists and MD’s, and is some cases other ND’s without any relief? In most cases relief comes within a few days of starting treatment. Nothing is more rewarding than finding the solution to someone’s health problems!


If you or someone you know has been suffering with IBS for too long please call the clinic to schedule your appointment today.  Relief and return to wellness may be just around the corner.



[i] Lin HC, Small intestine bacterial overgrowth: a framework for understanding irritable bowel syndrome. JAMA, 2004;292(7):852-858.

[ii] Goebel A, Buhner S, Schedel R, Lochs H, Sprotte G. Altered intestinal permeability in patients with primary fibromyalgia and in patients with complex regional pain syndrome. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2008;47(8):1223-1227.

[iii] Lauritano EC, Bilotta AL, Gabrielli M, et al. Association between hypothyroidism and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2007;92(11):4180-4184

[iv] Almeida JA, Kim R, Stoita A, McIver CJ, Kurtovic J, Riordan SM. Lactose malabsorption in the elderly: role of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. Scand J Gastroenterol. 2008;43(2):146-154

[v] Rubio-Tapia A, Barton SH, Rosenblatt JE, Murray JA. Prevalence of small intestine bacterial overgrowth diagnosed by quantitative culture of intestinal aspirate in celiac disease. J Clin Gastroenterol. 2009;43(2):157-161 


B Shots at SNC

New deal for you!

Buy 9 Vitamin B Cocktail shots and get the 10th one on us!  Walk-ins welcome.

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Same great cocktail!

Vitamin B Cocktail Shots:

Increase energy and boost mood with an injection that includes B vitamin complex, cyanocobalamin (B12) and folic acid, a combination not found in B shots at most other clinics.

Vitamin B12 Lipotropic Shots:

The three amino acids in this little shot are essential for the health of your liver, which works to break down fat and toxins. On top of that, we add a healthy dose of vitamin B12 for a big energy boost to help you to burn calories! 


One little difference…

Due to the increased price of cyanocobalamin (B12), our B shot prices will increase starting 3/18. Vitamin B Cocktail Shots: $18. Vitamin B Lipotropic Shots: $35.  Don’t be left out! Get our B Shot Happy Hour Specials by liking us on Facebook!

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