Awakenings Health

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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What To Expect from Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture

Last week we introduced you to facial rejuvenation acupuncture, and we received several inquiries about what to expect throughout the course of treatment. Here’s a little more information on how it works: Patients will experience optimal results when treatments are completed as part of a series of weekly treatments for a period of 10-12 treatments. The information provided below is

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Is Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture Right For You?

What is Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture? Often referred to as Cosmetic Acupuncture, Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is focused on improving the skin naturally. It promotes a healthy glow, from the inside out, and is a gentle, effective and safe way to combat the signs of aging. Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is an alternative to conventional cosmetic treatments such as Botox and collagen injections,

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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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The Role of Vitamin D and K

Vitamin D, vitamin K and what I will refer to as “unsupervised supplementation”. This post is primarily about the role of vitamin D and K. It is also about being mindful of what you are supplementing with, and the importance of seeking professional guidance when taking vitamins and herbal medicines. ***Vitamins are classified as fat soluble (A, D, E &

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TMAO and Its Link To Diet

The food that you choose to consume is entirely a personal preference. For the most part, I don’t promote a strict paleo, keto, mediterranean, low fat, low fodmap, high carb, low carb, plant based, fruitarian, raw, vegetarian, vegan etc way of eating (WOE). I will rarely suggest that a patient follows a special WOE unless it is absolutely necessary. Under

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