You Are Exactly Where You Need to Be!

“Life is not merely a series of meaningless accidents or coincidences, but rather, it is a tapestry of events that culminate into an exquisite, sublime plan…”


Serendipity is one of my favorite words in the English language.  Also known as a fortunate accident.  Being in the right or wrong place at the right time. These are the moments of which we need to be mindful.  These are moments that add excitement, happiness and meaning to our lives!  We meet people throughout our lives, out of nowhere and under the strangest of circumstances.  I believe in fate and that people cross our paths for a reason either as a blessing or to teach us a lesson! I too believe that God has a divine plan for each and every one of us and these are the interwoven moments of our own beautiful tapestry called life.  Every experience, no matter how good or bad it may seem, holds within it a blessing of some kind.  Your goal is to find it! Every moment in your life has led you to this exact moment.  Everything that has happened in your life is preparing you for moments yet to come.  Trust the timing of your life! There’s no need to rush.  If something is meant to be, it’ll happen. In the right time, with the right person, and for the best reason. Never regret anything because at one time it was exactly what you needed.  These moments have molded you into the person you have become.  Learn from these moments.  Grow from these moments.  Live your life with intention and for goodness sakes, live it with Gumption!

Each day I strive to be a better person.  I genuinely want to make the world a better place simply by positively creating and contributing to my own space.  Each day, is a new day to wake up and embrace all the serendipitous moments!  Start each new day with a positive attitude.  Choose to look for happiness and the blessings in your life and focus on those.  The world is full of tragedy, hatred and inhumanity.  We can all rise above these obstacles, 1 day at a time.  It starts within ourselves. So love hard.  Have compassion.  Don’t be afraid of the truth, embrace it for what it is and what it is teaching you about life.  Accept the challenge. Stay true to yourself and choose happiness!

Sometimes we just need to take inventory of our lives and count the many blessings that we have been given.  We also need to ask ourselves, what is the Why behind everything that we do? Start living with intention instead of out of habit. Below are a few of the ways I choose happiness and to live my life with intent:

  1. Be grateful. Make a list of all the blessings in your life and appreciate them.
  2. Pay attention. Embrace the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Look for the life lesson it is bringing to you. Remember, it may not come easy but eventually you will find clarity.
  3. Make a list of your serendipitous moments to remind yourself of the tapestry of your life.
  4. Slow down. Remember, you are exactly where you are meant to be.
  5. Practice kindness. Do everything with a kind heart and expect nothing in return.
  6. Start each new day with a positive attitude. The energy that you give out will influence all of those around you.
  7. Stay true to yourself, keep focus on your vision and trust the process.
  8. Always remember that within you, you have strength, courage and passion.
  9. Surround yourself with people who are doers, believers, dreamers, but most of all surround yourself with those that see the greatness in you.
  10. Stay mindful, be present and actively participate in your own life!

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I would love to hear about your favorite Serendipitous moments!

Joy Vale
April 27, 2016

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Avocados To The Rescue: 8 Reasons Avocados Should Be Part of Your Daily Diet


Avocado: The Why and The How – Great New Snack Ideas 

I recently embarked on my journey through the Ketogenic Diet. Keto consists of a high fat, medium protein, and low carb diet. Since I do not eat a lot of meat I was having trouble hitting my daily fat and protein macros. Avocados came to my rescue! Ever since I discovered the following benefits of avocados I have been eating them every day. My favorite way to eat them is with a scoop of peanut or almond butter in the center. It’s the perfect salty, creamy snack that is packed with good fat and protein with little carbs. This snack gives me an energy boost in the morning and afternoon. Don’t knock it until you try it, it’s so good! I have also noticed a difference in my skin and energy.

I know avocados can be tricky to pick out so I left a photo below to help you. Also when you have an avocado at home, if you pop out the top stem, it will help you see if it is ripe. If it’s white it’s moldy or dried out, if its bright green it may not be ripe yet, green is good, and greyish-brown is over ripe. Good luck on your avocado adventure!

Avocados ripening

Some of the amazing benefits of eating avocados!

  1. Great for your skin – Reduces marks, scales, eczema, dry skin, sunburns and reduces/ prevents wrinkles. They also effectively control acne and prevent breakouts. [1]
  2. Conditions your hair– they are great for fixing split ends, restoring dry hair, and protects your hair from harsh chemicals and the sun [1]. They will help your hair grow. They also will sooth dry, itchy scalps. [1]
  3. Good kind of fat– has both omega 3 and omega 6 essential fats, polyunsaturated fat, potassium and monounsaturated fat. [1] These fats help you other nutrients.
  4. Antioxidants – rich in Vitamin E and glutathione, which is helps prevent sings of ageing, cancers, and heart disorders. [1]
  5. Makes your heart happy!- They contain high levels of folate, which prevents strokes. It also helps in protecting good cholesterol, which reduces cardiovascular diseases. It has linoleic and oleic acids, which lower the LDL (the bad cholesterol) and increases the HDL (the good cholesterol). [1]
  6. High in protein [1] Vegetarians, vegans, Paleo, Keto listen up! This fruit provides all 18 essential amino acids necessary for the body to form a complete protein! [1]. Unlike the protein in meat, which is difficult for most people to digest, the protein in avocados are rapidly absorbed because it also has fiber in it. [3]
  7. Fiber– has a high level of soluble and insoluble fiber. Fiber is known to reduce the risk of cancers, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and obesity.  It also helps prevents constipation and help weight loss. [1]
  8. Natural Sunscreen– It helps in protecting your skin from the UVA and UVB harmful rays of the sun. It is also a remedy for removing sun burns and eczema from the skin. It protects the skin from future damage.

Below are some of my favorite ways to eat avocados.

Avocado snack ideas

Eggy Avocado– I love avocados and eggs together!

  1. Cut avocado in half lengthwise.
  2. Use a sharp knife grab out the pit. (watch this video if you are not sure how )
  3. Scoop out a little bit from the center, especially if the pit was small.
  4. Put halves on a backing sheet and bake for 15 minutes on 350 degrees.
  5. Take baking sheet out with oven-mittens
  6. Crack open 1 egg (or pour egg white) into each half of avocado.
  7. Add Salt and Pepper.
  8. Place baking sheet back into oven.
  9. Broil for 10-20 minutes to cook egg to your preference.
  10. Take out of oven with oven-mitts.
  11. Enjoy!

Avacado pops

Avocado and Green Tea Popsicles

A creamy, fiber-filled popsicle.

Use coconut milk or yogurt and a ripe avocado. Blend with green tea, Japanese matcha powder works best. Put into a popsicle mold or ice-cube tray. Freeze overnight, then enjoy!



Avocado and Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar

A sweet snack made with fresh strawberries, ripe avocado, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. You can replace the strawberries with another berry or low GI fruit.

Avocodo salad

Cucumber, Watermelon, Avocado Salad  [4]

1 seedless watermelon, cut into 1 inch cubes

2 avocados, sliced

2 cucumbers, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 tablespoon olive oil

3-4 Tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro

Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Gently toss sliced avocado with the olive oil and lime juice.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the cubed watermelon and cucumber. Add this to either a platter or a large bowl.
  3. Add the avocado mixture on top and sprinkle with cilantro, salt, and pepper.

Avacado smoothie

Green Smoothie

Add avocado to any smoothie to make it thicker and creamier. I really like mixing avocado, coconut milk, cilantro, spinach, cucumbers, and fresh ginger for my green smoothies. J





Homemade Guacamole Ideas

  • Add cucumber
  • Stuff in a Portobello Mushroom
  • Topping for marinated meats

Dr. Kender’s Ideas

  • Mix avocados into ground turkey when making burgers. Since turkey is a lean meat the fat from the avocado keeps the meat moist.
  • Use avocados as a cream sauce for spaghetti squash.

Replace Mayo with Avo

  • Use mashed avocados in you chicken, chickpea, egg(*if allowed) or tuna salad to give it that creamy texture without using mayonnaise. This is very helpful if you have to avoid eggs, soy, and dairy.
  • Spread avocado on your GF bread when you are making a sandwich, or on warm toast yum! This is great with a BLT, with turkey bacon of course 😉 .
  • If you can have eggs, make deviled eggs with avocado and mustard instead of mayo. Add some crumbled turkey bacon on top!
  • It also makes great ranch dressing! See Below for recipe.

Avocado Ranch Dressing


1 large ripe avocado

1/2 cup unsweetened plain coconut yogurt (to replace sour cream)

¼ cup coconut milk chilled

1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice

1 1/2 tsp rice vinegar

3 cloves minced garlic

2 tablespoons dried parsley

1/4 tsp. salt (or more to taste)

Mash avocado in a bowl until smooth. Add coconut yogurt and mix well. Whisk in coconut milk. Then separately stir in lemon juice, vinegar, garlic, parsley, and salt.

Please share with us your fun avocado ideas and recipes! I look forward to reading them!

Missty Klinger
April 24, 2016

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians

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  1. “43 Amazing Benefits Of Avocado/Butter Fruit/ Makhanphal For Skin, Hair And Health.”STYLECRAZE. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Apr. 2016.

4 Healthy Snacks Your Kids Are Guaranteed to Love!

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Mom, I’ m Hungry!  4 Healthy Solutions

As a parent, when our children begin to eat solid food, it is a priority to make sure they are still getting their nutrients.  It’s also important that the child has a healthy relationship with food learning when and what to eat to increase energy and still give the proper nutrition.  It is easy to grab a bag of potato chips or cookies for those quick snacks, or even fruit roll-ups and gushers.  But these are packed with sugars, preservatives, dyes and salt.
The ideal food schedule to make sure that your child’s nutrient requirements are met is 3 meals per day, each containing something from each food group and up to two snacks. Get into the habit of trying different types of protein with each meal and couple of different vegetables. Proper snacks (not constant grazing) are important to keep your child’s appetite satisfied. The more you can help your child judge when they are hungry, the better able they will be to judge how much food they should be eating as they grow older. When children ask for food, check that they’re not actually thirsty as the two are sometimes confused. (1)
Research shows that snacks have risen from 1977 to 2006 with children moving from 2 to 3 snacks per day consisting of almost one-third of daily calories. There has also been an increase in salty snacks and candy as prime food choices, even though desserts and sweetened beverages remain the major sources of calories from snacks. The calories from snacks have also gone up by 168 calories, with the largest increases in 2 to 6 years olds (182 calories). (3)
A snack for a picky eater maybe the only time they can get the required nutrients. A child that snacks all day will not want to eat breakfast, lunch, or dinner. How much of a snack and timing is something to also consider when handling snacks. Proteins, whole grains and foods low in sugar are the ideal snacks, so here are some ideas for the little picky-eaters that may show up at your house on a summer day:
Apple race car snacks

fruit race car

  • 4 Jazz apples
  • 16 green grapes, cut in half
  • You will also need: 16 toothpicks.  Cut two full cheeks from each apple. Slice out the center third so you have a wedge
  •   Slip 2 toothpicks into each apple wedge to become the car axles. Place grape halves on each side of the toothpick for wheels. Vroom! (2)
    Fruit Palm Trees
    fruit palm tree
    • Sliced kiwi
    • Sliced bananas
    • Sliced mandarin orange (2)
      Ants on a log

      fruit ants on log

      • Celery sticks
      • Cashew Butter/Almond butter
      • 6 or 7 raisins per celery stick (2)
Strawberry Mice

fruit strawberry mice
  • Strawberry with a third sliced off
  • Almond flakes
  • Three dots of chocolate icing for eyes and nose
  • Cheese is optional (2)

    Do you have any healthy snack recipes that your kids love?

Nikita Williams
April 20, 2016

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
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Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians

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Are You Structurally Sound? 5 Things to Consider

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Pillars of Health – What are Yours?

The pillars of health are a topic I was first introduced to me while in Chiropractic school.   I can’t even remember which author inspired the lecture I attended but it made me think about health in a different fashion.  Since then I often have to ground myself in concepts of the pillars and whether I am creating a structurally sound montage of health.

So what are the pillars of health?  It depends upon to whom you are talking.  The pillars of health are a guideline or philosophy to use in your everyday life to prioritize different aspects of health.  I have seen pillars of health anywhere from 5 pillars up to 10 pillars.  I’m quite sure there is someone else out there who has a number greater than 10 pillars; I just have not come across it.

Cameron Diaz in her most recent publication called Longevity Book talks about her pillars that have helped her succeed in aging well.  She lists her pillars as, “good nutrition, good body movement, good night’s sleep, stress, release, and meaningful, connected and loving relationships.”(1)  I recently saw her on Good Morning America and it was a little reminder I needed to ground myself back to the idea of my pillars of health and help my patients do the same.  I was able to recalculate and get motivated in some of the areas that I was lacking and make adjustments to correct and make my personal pillars stronger.

Dr. Andrew Weil explains his pillars of health as eating right, physical activity, normalizing stress, social connectivity, and spiritual well-being. (2)  He has a slight difference with emphasis on spiritual well-being, which plays a strong role in many people’s lives through expression of religion.

When you actually sit down and look at all the different explanations of the pillars of health, you begin to see that they all embody key concepts that deal with the very things that we all should be doing each and every day.  It is not my intention to try and reinvent the wheel and give you what I feel are the pillars of health but give you a list of things on which to focus to make sure you have the wisdom to build a temple supported by strong pillars.

  1. Understand the Concept of The Pillars of Health:  After reading this blog, you should have a general understanding of what they are.
  2. Review different authors’ pillars of Health:  Everybody explains things differently.  Review the world-wide web for various authors to become inspired and see upon what others are putting their focus.
  3. Create Your Own Pillars of Health:  Once you have established the key values in your life, write them down and remember it.
  4. Follow through:  Don’t waste your time if you aren’t going to follow through.  This is the most important because there is no sense in talking about it if you’re not going to be about it.
  5. Always Remember:  If you fall off the wagon or lose your sense of direction, it’s never to late to get back on track.  Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is the present and that’s why it is a gift-Unknown

So next time you hear someone speaking about the Pillars of Health, you can have a more detailed conversation about what it is you do and how you work on building your temple with strong pillars.  Don’t get caught in the rain.

God Bless,

Dr. Andrew Kender III, D.C.
April 17, 2016

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
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Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians

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6 Reasons You Should Consider Cold Laser Therapy

A Live-In Masseuse Not In Your Budget?
Try Cold Laser Therapy.

MR 4 laserLow Level Laser Therapy is a form of phototherapy, which involves applying low power coherent light to injuries and lesions to stimulate healing. Low Level Laser Therapy increases the speed, quality and tensile strength of tissue repair, resolve inflammation, increase range of motion and give pain relief. Cold laser therapy is a major advancement in healing and is rewriting the medical books on what is possible for chronic injuries, pain management, neurological impairment, and facilitating the healing process in disease conditions.

How Does Low Level Laser Therapy work?

The effects of Low Level Laser Therapy are photochemical (cold), not thermal. The medical world uses hot lasers for  for surgical precision and uses cold lasers for healing precision. During treatment of the tissue with the laser, an interaction between cells and photons takes place – a photochemical reaction. It is like when the that sun shines on plants turns in to chemical energy and the plant grows. Photons from the laser affect the tissue at the cellular level. The cold laser enters the tissue, alters cell membrane permeability, and is absorbed at the cellular level in the mitochondria. The mitochondria are the “Powerhouse” of the cells and make ATP (ATP is our bodies energy), which we need for the life enhancement process of every cell.

Laser therapy can help the following:

  1. Accelerated cell reproduction and growth.
  2. Faster wound healing. The laser stimulates fibroblast development (these are like the building blocks) in damaged tissue. This can help reduce recovery time.
  3. Increased metabolic activity. Helps the body increase output of specific enzymes; greater laser induces oxygen to blood cells and more effective immune response.
  4. Reduced fibrous tissue formation. The laser reduces scar tissue formation following tissue damage from cuts, scratches, burns, or following surgery.
  5. Anti-inflammatory action. The laser reduces swelling caused by bruising or inflammation of joints to give improved joint mobility.
  6. Increased vascular activity. The laser stimulates lymph and blood circulation to allow the affected tissue to have the best possible circulation. It may help stimulate nerve function. If you have slow recovery or nerve dysfunction in damaged tissue, it can result in “dead” limbs or numb areas. Laser will speed the process of nerve cell reconnection to bring the numb areas back to life. Laser also increases the amplitude of action potentials: to optimize muscle action.

These physiological changes affect nerve conduction rates and the energy communication pathways throughout the muscles. The energy transferred to the cell can increase its kinetic energy, and activate or deactivate enzymes or alter physical or chemical properties of macromolecules.

Research has shown that the cells of your body actually communicate with each other through coherent light (laser). With the laser there are specific pulsations (hertz) that are programmed with the laser frequency allowing me to talk “cell talk” with the body. Specific pulsations create different physiological responses of the cell. This is extremely important when working with a variety of injury and disease conditions to promote healing. The metabolism of injured and diseased tissue decreases and the laser creates an increase in metabolism and cell communication immediately. The common response from clients after using this safe and effective modality is WOW!  It even impresses professional athletes.

What are the advantages over other modes of therapy?

The Laser has been found to offer superior healing and pain relieving effects when compared to other electrotherapeutic modalities such as muscle stimulation. The results seem equally untouchable for early stages of acute injuries, and for chronic problems such as knee pain, neck, low back and any joint pain. The Laser can also be used for acupuncture point stimulation.

Low Level Laser Therapy is a universal method of treating muscle, tendon, ligament, connective tissue; bone, neurological dysfunction or damage, and skin tissue. When the using the laser with metabolic and neurological support, people see great results from the organization of the nervous system and increased healing. Laser therapy is a major advantage for athletes due to the neurological applications and the extremely fast results that are achieved.

Low Level Laser Therapy is popularly used for:

  • Soft Tissue Injuries.
  • Sprains & Strains: neck, low back, knee, elbow, shoulders, and ankles almost any joint.
  • Hematomas Tendonitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Bursitis
  • Chronic Back & Neck Pain
  • Fractures
  • Myofascial Trigger Points
  • Acupuncture points and meridian balancing without the needles.
  • Acute & Chronic Joint Problems: Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Ligament & Tendon Injuries
  • Reduction of Inflammation
  • Wound Management: open wounds, pressure sores, post-surgical healing, ulcers, diabetic ulcerations, burns.
  • Dermatological Conditions: eczema, acne vulgaris, rosacea, psoriasis
  • Metatarsalgia, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Brachial Neuralgia
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and more!

Have you tried cold laser therapy?  Did it help you?

Dr. Keith S. Ungar, D.C.
April 13, 2016

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians

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Are You Walking on Pins and Needles?


What is causing your peripheral neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy, a result of nerve damage, often causes weakness, numbness and pain, usually in your hands and feet, but it may also occur in other areas of your body.

People generally describe the pain of peripheral neuropathy as tingling or burning, while they may compare the loss of sensation to the feeling of wearing a thin stocking or glove.

Peripheral neuropathy can result from problems such as traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic problems and exposure to toxins. One of the most common causes is diabetes.

In many cases, peripheral neuropathy symptoms improve with time, especially if there is a treatable underlying cause of the neuropathy.

Do you have numbness and tingling in your hand and feet?

Dr. Keith S. Ungar, D.C.
April 10, 2016

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians

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15 Tips To Spring Clean Your Mind, Body and Soul

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feng shui (Pronounced “fung shway”)

The practice of feng shui is the ancient Chinese art of placement which facilitates the flow of energy within a person’s home environment.  Proper placement helps to enhance one’s personal energies and create a positive atmosphere to live.  Feng shui has been proven to create a calmer more harmonious home which can carry over into every aspect of one’s life-including personal health, marriage, friendships and work.

 Is your home’s energy contributing to your everyday stress? Try paying attention to how you feel when you enter your home or even one room at a time.  Are you overwhelmed, or unable to make a decision, anxious, upset, sick, worried or tense?  Low and stagnant energy can contribute to these feelings.

Below are a 15 of my favorite Feng shui tips for clearing and raising the energy in your home.  It’s time to spring clean for the mind, body and soul. So get busy!

  1.  Freshen Up every day. Fluff your pillow, make your bed.  Put things back where they belong.  Clean as you go. Close the toilet seats. Keep a clean kitchen and always keep a clean fridge.

2.  De-clutter:  they say a clean house is a lucky house! De-cluttering is the easiest thing you can do and is key to good Feng Shui.  [Click the Link to Tweet]  A cluttered room can cause anxiety and stress when entering. Clutter also blocks the flow of energy. Take some time to purge your unwanted things.  Give to a good cause or simple throw out to the curb.

3.  Open the windows. Allow the natural light and air to flow through.  This is both cleansing and stimulating and is sure to lift your spirits.  Windows are the eyes of the soul of a home.  Use soft window covering so that the light may shine through.

4.  Add mirrors. Mirrors bring more light, joy and energy to a space.  When perfectly placed mirrors may even enlarge a room.

5.  Add natural genuine scents. Bring in Nature. Grow fresh herbs in the kitchen, add flowering or dried plants.  Add an essential oil diffuser.

6.  Hang pictures of those you love. Hanging pictures of those you love will give you the feeling of being loved and supported in life.

7.  Always keep a clean bathroom. Make sure all of your linens are fresh and counters free of clutter.

8.  Take all electrical devices from the bedroom. Your bedroom is a place of relaxation, rest and restoring.  Decorate with warm colors, clear the clutter and get rid of under the bed storage to promote a flow of energy as you sleep.

9.  Add water features. The energy of water is associated with wealth and can bring about a very soothing sound. They can also drown out noise pollution.

10.  Play music that makes you feel good! It’s good for the soul.

11.  Add living things to your home. Add vibrant plants, palms, ferns, rubber plants, ivy, aloe, peace lily or bamboo.  Add a fish, a dog, a cat or a bird.

12.  Add Wind Chimes. Use sound therapy to instantly feel at ease.

13.  Add candles to set the mood. Candles strategically placed can promote a calmness in any room.

14.  Let there be light! Invest in beautiful lighting fixtures. Make sure to have installed with a dimmer so that you may create your own mood.

15.  Add a salt lamp they are known to create a healing energy.

A few small actions a day can lead to a more balanced and harmonious life.

My Zen moments are relaxing in a clean house.  I want to create a space for my family to come home to and restore.  I continue on my journey of living an intentional life.  These are a few of my favorite things.

How do you Feng Shui?

Joy Vale
April 6, 2016

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians

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“Feng Shui Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary.” Feng Shui Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Apr. 2016.

“Cómo Fortalecer La Salud Y La Familia Según El Feng Shui.” N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2016.

12 Ways to Detox Your Skin Care Routine


Avoid These 12 Ingredients and You’ll Be More Beautiful –

From the Inside Out!

Don’t judge a book by its cover or a face by the perfection of its skin!  As a functional medicine doctor, I address the health of my patients from every angle and know first-hand that what is going on inside the body is critical.   In fact, what you are putting on the outside of your body may actually be harming your health from the inside.  Toxins come in all shapes, sizes, and colors.  [Click to Tweet]  It is important to know what’s in your skin care regimen so that it does not hurt you from the inside and out.

It is well-known that the FDA does not strictly regulate cosmetic and skin products.  It is also well-established that profit is often considered more important than the best interest of the person.   As a result, skin care products can have misleading labels which try to make you feel better about using a product that is not good for you.  Buzz words like “natural” and “organic” may not always be as health friendly as you would like to believe.  “Companies are supposed to use an organic label only if all ingredients are certified-organic, but they can also say it’s ‘made with organic’ if it contains a minimum of 70 percent certified-organic ingredients. Regardless, 30 percent still leaves a lot of room for toxins.”[1]

David Suzuki, a scientist and environmental activist, suggests that you consider the “dirty dozen” of ingredients when considering what skin care products to buy.[2]  Below is the list of chemicals to avoid to limit any irreversible damage to your humanly potential.

  1. BHA and BHT
  2. Coal tar dyes: p-phenylenediamine and colors listed as “CL” followed by a 5-digit number.
  3. DEA related ingredients
  4. Dibutyl Thalate
  5. Formaldehyde releasing preservatives
  6. Parabens
  7. Parfum
  8. PEG Compounds
  9. Petrolatum
  10. Siloxanes
  11. Sodium Laureth Sulfate
  12. Triclosan

How about the deodorant you are wearing?  Do you wear one of the commercially popular antiperspirants??  I sure don’t.  That doesn’t mean your odor will drive people away.  There are many safe alternatives to an antiperspirant/deodorant that has aluminum.  [Click to Tweet]  We know that aluminum is one of the heavy metal toxins that can create DIS-EASE in the body.  Having a build up of such metals may act as an endocrine disruptor or lodge deep into tissue causing a perpetual inflammatory process.   On an even more basic level, for an antiperspirant to stop you from sweating, it must clog your sweat glands/pores!  This seems like a good idea because to avoid embarrassment during an important meeting or presentation, but is it really worth it??    The innate wisdom that cleanses our bodies uses the underarm area as a drain pipe to get rid of certain toxic build up in the body.  Does it make sense to clog the drain?  But, don’t sweat the small stuff.  You can find aluminum-free deodorant that is a more health-conscious choice.  Salt crystals are another alternative to help neutralize odor without potential negative implications.

Remember, beauty is only skin deep.  I know from my patients that the better you take care of your body from the inside out, the more beautiful you will be – not just today or tomorrow, but for the long-term!

Have you tried the EWG website discussed in our blog post of April 19th?  Click here to read it and to check out the EWG website and check the toxin levels of all of your beauty products

Dr. Andrew Kender, D.C.
May 27, 2015

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio

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