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Migraines – Stop You Dead in Your Tracks

By Hasti Fashandi, ND | August 2, 2023 | 0 Comments

Have you ever suffered from a migraine? Well, did you know that migraine is the third most prevalent illness in the world, and that 12% of the population, including children, suffers from migraines? Interestingly, approximately 90% of individuals who live with migraines actually have a family history of migraines, as well.[1] What do we know … Read more

Open-Faced Quesadilla with Zaatar & Cheese

By Hasti Fashandi, ND | July 20, 2023 | 0 Comments

Try making an open-faced quesadilla using any type of flat bread. Sprinkle with your kiddo’s favorite cheese, or a combination of cheeses. Toast until the cheese has melted. Add a dusting of Zaatar (i.e. a common Middle Eastern spice that contains thyme and sumac, both of which are highly antimicrobial, as well as sesame seeds). Trust … Read more

Aromatherapy: Uses and Benefits

By Hasti Fashandi, ND | June 14, 2023 | 0 Comments

Explore the properties, applications, benefits and cautions of aroma-theraputics. Aromatherapy has a wide variety of uses throughout our daily lives and can be used to stimulate, calm, balance, strengthen and support our bodies, minds, and spirits. Let’s explore aromatherapy in an effort to gain a deeper understanding for what it is, and how it is … Read more

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The Limitless Power of Mindfulness

By Hasti Fashandi, ND | January 4, 2023

What defines the act of being mindful? Is it being present with those around us, while our minds wander to our To-Do Lists, or attending a yoga class, where we are focusing more on what everyone around us is doing than on what our bodies are trying to tell us? Or perhaps it is sitting … Read more

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7 Easy Ways to Boost Your Energy!

By Hasti Fashandi, ND | December 24, 2022

Hydrotherapy – Using Water as Medicine! Contrast showers and/or contrast immersions. Start by ending your showers on cool for 30 seconds, and work your way up to ending your showers on as cold as you can stand for 30-60 seconds. Remembering to always end on cold is important, as this allows for your blood circulation … Read more

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Immune Support Soup

By Hasti Fashandi, ND | December 18, 2022

Chop up 1 large onion, 2 medium turnips, a bundle of leeks, 5-6 cloves of garlic, 1 branch of ginger / turmeric, 2 stalks of carrots, a handful of shiitake mushrooms, a 1/2 bundle of fresh thyme / oregano, and either miso or mushroom broth for a vegan version. For a more omnivorous version, you … Read more

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September – Pain Awareness Month

By Hasti Fashandi, ND | December 9, 2022

Why is it important that we dedicate some time to deepen our awareness of chronic pain? Well, because so many of us live with it, to varying degrees of severity, while still struggling to get through our day-to-day lives. We still have to go to work, pay bills, take care of our kids / loved … Read more

Zereshk Polo Persian food dish

“Zereshk Polo” (AKA: Persian Barberry Rice)

By Hasti Fashandi, ND | December 6, 2022

How to Prepare: Soak ½-1 cup of berries in cold water for at least 20 minutes. Collect the berries from the top of the water; pour out old water, and change over the water until no residue remains at the bottom of the washing bowl. Repeat the cold-water rinsing process at least 6-8 times. This … Read more

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A Story About Me…

By Hasti Fashandi, ND | November 4, 2022

I came across a post on my Facebook feed the other day that said, “Many trauma survivors hold their breath and their bodies tightly, bracing themselves for whatever is coming next. Staying alert for years takes a toll. Create spaces where you can take your armor off” – Dr. Thema. When I read this quote, … Read more

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A Comprehensive Approach to Pain Management

By Hasti Fashandi, ND | October 30, 2022

So, You Say You Have Neck Pain? Well, did you know that you likely also have a significant amount of low-back pain, hip pain, knee pain, and even potentially plantar fascia pain (i.e. pain in the soles of your feet)? No, you say? Well, even if you feel like the only place in your body … Read more

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Trauma – Our Minds Forget What Our Bodies Ingrain

By Hasti Fashandi, ND | October 25, 2022

Have you ever experienced a traumatic event? Maybe you remember experiencing it, or maybe it happened so long ago that you have absolutely no recollection of it at all. What about when you were in the womb? Could you have experienced in-utero trauma that is still affecting you today? When We Experience Trauma: What happens … Read more

PIT Implications for Paralysis and Sensory Loss

Perineural Injection Therapy (PIT) – Implications for Paralysis and Sensory Loss

By Hasti Fashandi, ND | September 6, 2022

Perineural Injection Therapy (PIT) is a type of injection therapy using a 5% glucose solution in sterile water that is used to treat the cutaneous nerve fibers sending pain signals to the brain. It is a technique that was developed by Dr. John Lyftogt after thoroughly researching the mechanisms by which damage occurs to these … Read more