A Whole Health Life

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Credentialed as National Board Certified Coach

Posted on Nov 17, 2017 | Comments Off on Credentialed as National Board Certified Coach

Credentialed as National Board Certified Coach

In September I took and passed the Health and Wellness Coach Certifying Exam. It’s the first time this exam has been offered in the U.S. or anywhere in the world. After passing the exam and meeting all of the other requirements, I earned a new credential as a National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC). What does the credential mean? Here are the details in a news release from the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching: In September 2017, over 1,100 professional health & wellness coaches passed the first Health and Wellness Coach Certifying Examination (HWCCE) to earn the new credential: National Board Certified Health &...

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Speaking of Allergies

Posted on Mar 17, 2017 | Comments Off on Speaking of Allergies

Speaking of Allergies

This picture of creek goldenrod taken near Goat Lake in Washington makes me want to sneeze. How about you? What kind of allergies do you have? Hay fever, eczema and asthma are the leading allergic disorders, and all three frequently occur in the same people. This is the so-called “allergic triad.” The manifestations of allergies are varied, however, and may include the following conditions. Hay Fever Allergic rhinitis is the medical term for hay fever. In this condition, your body’s response to allergenic substances causes chronic inflammation of the mucous membranes inside your nose. Subsequent exposure to pollens, dust, dander or other allergens can...

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Health Coaching Available

Posted on Feb 1, 2017 | Comments Off on Health Coaching Available

Health Coaching Available

Elizabeth Smoots, MD, FMCHC, is now offering health coaching online. She is a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach and graduate of the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy. She is also a National Board Eligible Health & Wellness Coach and will be taking the National Board Certifying Exam when it is offered for the first time in 2017 by the National Board of Medical Examiners. Additionally, Elizabeth has many years of experience in the medical field as a physician. Since many people want to know more about health coaching, and what it can do for them, here are some definitions. What is a health coach? A health coach is a trained professional who partners with...

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Opening of Integrative/Functional Medicine Online Practice

Posted on Jan 3, 2017 | Comments Off on Opening of Integrative/Functional Medicine Online Practice

Opening of Integrative/Functional Medicine Online Practice

Elizabeth Smoots, MD, opened an online practice today as an integrative/functional medicine physician. She is a graduate fellow of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and a certified practitioner candidate for the Institute for Functional Medicine. Since many people want to know more about integrative medicine, or find out what functional medicine is, here are some definitions. What is integrative medicine?  It’s a medical specialty that combines the best of both worlds – both modern medicine and alternative therapies.  What is functional medicine?  Functional medicine is an approach that seeks to find the root causes of illness and dysfunction. Dr....

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Aid for Allergies Cuts Sinus Infections

Posted on Mar 28, 2016 | Comments Off on Aid for Allergies Cuts Sinus Infections

Aid for Allergies Cuts Sinus Infections

Each spring when pollen counts soar, allergy symptoms blast off into the stratosphere. Common signs include a runny nose, itchy throat, sneezing, nasal congestion, teary eyes, and sometimes a sinus infection. Wait a second—a sinus infection? That’s right. Unfortunately, sinus infections frequently afflict people who already have more than enough trouble from allergies. Here’s how the unease of allergies may set you up for a sinus infection and what you can do about it. Link between hay fever and sinusitis About 35 million Americans have allergic rhinitis, or hay fever. And another 31 million people in this country suffer from a sinus infection every year. Although...

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Getting Ready for Allergy Season

Posted on Mar 29, 2015 | Comments Off on Getting Ready for Allergy Season

Getting Ready for Allergy Season

Spring is the peak allergy season of the year for many allergy sufferers. The early onset of warm weather in many areas of the country means that pollen counts may be especially high this year.  Have you started getting ready to deal with allergy symptoms? If you’re one of the 50 million people in the U.S. with allergies, there is much you can do to combat allergies. The key is to treat the underlying inflammation. Here are some tips: Eat an anti-inflammatory diet. This diet is rich in vegetables, fruits, nuts and other plant foods. Many plants are rich in flavonoids, natural substances that have anti-inflammatory effects. Get enough omega-3 fatty acids. Eat...

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