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Seasonal Detoxification Using Whole Foods

Jana Nalbandian, ND

Detoxification, cleanses and fasting have been used throughout the centuries for various reasons, such as religious/spiritual, medical purposes, and seasonal cleanses to detoxify the liver and cleanse the colon. Detoxification is a traditional healing modality used by naturopathic physicians to assist patients in optimizing their health. In my practice, I often use the classic detox diet to start the process of resetting the digestive tract for repair and rebuilding along with using the diet as a springboard to identify underlying food hyper-sensitivities.

The change of seasons is the perfect time to do a whole foods detoxification to help support liver function. We are exposed to many toxins in our daily lives due to high fat and highly refined carbohydrate diets, riddled with alcohol, caffeine, and sugar. We also come in contact with environmental toxins through exposure to pesticides and chemicals. The constant onslaught of toxins our liver has to process can lead to a "sluggish" liver and imbalances throughout our physical body and mind. Symptoms of a sluggish liver include a weakened immune system, low energy, mood swings, difficulty concentrating and poor memory, not to mention a direct effect on digestive function. The detox diet will increase your energy, help create a clearer mind, decrease the number of colds you develop, and increase your sense of physical well-being.

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Optimizing Your Hormones: The Unified Theory of Wellness

Kimberly Kubick, CNM, FNP

"We age because our hormones decline, our hormones don't decline because we age." -Ron Rothberg, MD

A primary goal of preventative/integrative medicine is to balance one's hormones. Achieving hormone balance often leads to a decrease in chronic inflammation in the body, which can, in most cases, be seen as the cause and the effect of aging and chronic disease. Hormone deficiencies take many forms, varying from adrenal fatigue, hypothyroidism, low testosterone, progesterone or estrogen. Treating mild hormone deficiencies can dramatically improve one's quality of life. Balancing these hormones can slow the effects of premature aging and prevent onset of many chronic illnesses. Exercise, stress reduction, and antioxidant-rich nutrition are foundational parts of the anti-aging process, but bio-identica

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A Simple Diet for Cancer

Markian Babij, ND, FABNO

Cancer - the word itself has become something to be feared! The extreme variability of cancer has led to a highly evolved system of medicine that we know as oncology. Oncologists utilize a complex system of medicine to treat cancers. In naturopathic oncology, we strive to improve immunity, reduce side effects associated with treatment and incorporate dietary and lifestyle changes.

If there is one aspect in cancer treatment that remains simple, it is our diet. With the advent of industry has come the industrialization of our food. A single glucose molecule is much easier to come by these days and our biology is relatively static compared to the social environment in which we live. Does it make sense that poor food choices are often cheaper, easier, and more accessible? Revenue has become more important than providing well-rounded nourishment for consumers. Human evolution and adaptation processes are not likely following this rule. As a result, chronic diseases that are associated with cancer development have increased.

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Patient Testimonials

  • "I love going to Avante...they take pride in patient care and are always willing to accommodate... simply the best.."CSL
  • "I have been a patient at Avante for 5 yrs now, and I have only positive things to say about the quality of the care that I receive from the entire facility. From the smiles at the front desk to the efficient lab techs and all of the staff in between. My health has turned around thanks to the care from Kiki Green and Grant Gibbs. Competent, caring and constantly striving for the newest information available to share with me. They embody the best in what I want in Holistic and Modern Medical care - JH 
  • "I came to Avante about 8 months ago when I was looking for a doctor after moving to Alaska, my husband and I saw Dr. Jana.  We were pleased with the office and esp. the care we received from Dr. Jana. It feels good to leave a doctors office not loaded down with lists of new medicines but  positive thoughts of lifestyle changes that will produce better health. I started seeing Tina at the first of November and two days after the first acupuncture treatment I was in the least amount of pain in over 25 years.  Believe me I have tried many different medical treatments some with more success than others.  I am so encouraged to look forward to more mobility and greater health! I feel younger and more energetic. Thank you Avante.  I also love the patient portal and have found that the staff always responds to my online questions." - PM
  • "Finally a doctor is listening to me! I am so very very happy with Avante Medical and so thankful to be getting answers and in the right direction for great health! THANK YOU!" - VW
  • "I have been a patient of Avante's for several years now, and I have only wonderful things to say about their business. The place is beautiful and welcoming, the staff are all very helpful and kind, and the providers, all 3 I have seen, currently Kikki Green and Grant Gibbs, have been intelligent, intuitive and efficient. They care about you and your health. The lab is clean and full service and the nutritional supplements are extensive and high quality. The use of the Patient Portal is outstanding!  Give yourself extra time is my only recommendation as they sometimes get backed up on scheduling." - JH 
I came to Avante about 8 months ago when I was looking for a doctor after moving to Alaska, my husband and I saw Dr. Jana.  We were pleased with the office and esp. the care we received from Dr. Jana. It feels good to leave a doctors office not loaded down with lists of new medicines but  positive thoughts of lifestyle changes that will produce better health.
I started seeing Tina at the first of November and two days after the first acupuncture treatment I was in the least amount of pain in over 25 years.  Believe me I have tried many different medical treatments some with more success than others.  I am so encouraged to look forward to more mobility and greater health! I feel younger and more energetic. Thank you Avante.  I also love the patient portal and have found that the staff always responds to my online questions.

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