Adam Gries

Are You Magnesium Deficient?

Common symptoms of mild-to-moderate magnesium deficiency include anxiety, depression, fatigue, insomnia, irritability, panic attacks, muscle cramps and twitches, chest tightness, hyperventilation, faintness, difficulty with mental concentration, memory loss, confusion, nuchal pain, headaches, intestinal complaints, tremor, palpitations, and certain types of cardiac arrhythmias. Magnesium is a cofactor for more than 300 different enzymes. It is essential for the synthesis of adenosine

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Meet Michael Dunbar N.D., L.AC., LMT

We’re so pleased to introduce you to our newest team member: Michael Dunbar is a Naturopathic Doctor and Licensed Acupuncturist at Awakenings Health. In addition to private treatment sessions, Michael also does community acupuncture. He was born and raised in Raleigh, NC before going to UNC-CH and graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health – Nutrition.  Michael then

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Aspirin: Should You Take a Daily Dose?

It used to be that doctors recommended a daily dose of aspirin, but recent studies have shown that that may not actually be effective for otherwise healthy people. According to a new article that came out in the New England Journal of Medicine: ”Taking a low-dose aspirin every day to prevent a heart attack or stroke is no longer recommended

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Does It Matter What Oil You Use For Cooking?

A new Australian study could change the type of oils you use for cooking. Researchers found that extra virgin olive oil is the most stable and safest to use at high temperatures. Cooking with coconut oil was almost on par, however failed to come close when comparing levels of naturally occurring antioxidants. Seed oils (also called vegetable oils) such as

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The Healing Power of Sleep

Researchers in Germany have discovered why sleep can be the best medicine.  “According to a new study published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine (February 12, 2019), sleep improves the potential ability of some of the body’s immune cells (namely T cells) to attach to their targets and help fight infection. This is especially relevant in light of the high

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Is Spinal Fusion the Solution?

Is spinal fusion the solution? Despite an increase in the number of fusion surgeries in both Australia and the US there is: ~”Inadequate high-quality evidence to support the use of spinal fusion for most back-related conditions, including spinal stenosis. ~ Surgeons continue to disagree on when spinal fusion surgery should be performed. ~ There are no studies comparing spinal fusion

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Canada’s Revised Food Guide

Canada’s long-anticipated revised food guide was released on Tuesday morning. It has sparked much controversy by removing food industry influence and particular food groups, mainly those pertaining to the dairy, cattle and sugar industries. The new food guide suggests: ~ Eating a variety of vegetables and fruits~ Choosing whole grains~ Eating “protein foods” where plant-based proteins, like legumes, beans, and

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Genetic Predisposition vs. Lifestyle

Is your current health status due to a genetic predisposition, your lifestyle choices and mindset or a combination of both? “A new study finds that if you tell people that they have a genetic predisposition to certain health characteristics, such as a low capacity for exercise or a tendency to overeat, their bodies start to respond accordingly. Even if their

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Vitamin C and Your Gut

“Low vitamin C levels appear to impair the gut-liver axis’ role in vitamin E transfer and bioavailability that is crucial in maintaining antioxidant protection and preventing inflammation in metabolic syndrome (MetS) patients. The review suggests that improving vitamin C status may help alleviate endotoxemia – the presence of endotoxins in the blood – and its consequent pro-inflammatory responses which are

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