Coping with Anxiety and Stress During COVID19

As we embrace more precautions to ward off COVID-19 many people who are being forced to stay at home might be feeling more anxious and fearful as the days go by.  This newsletter will provide some tips on ways to stay calm and cope with anxiety during COVID and stay well during these troubling times.

  1. How Worrying Helps and How it Doesn’t

Extreme worry puts our body into a fight-or-flight state in which stress hormones are released that help us to act quickly when an emergency rises.  For as helpful as this state of mind is when faced with a crisis that needs immediate action, it can severely wear out our body if we remain on edge for days or weeks.  In addition to fatigue and stress, the exhaustion from constant worry can also severely hinder our immune system making us  more susceptible to catch an illness.  While we all need to have a heightened awareness when going out for grocery shopping or other necessary activities, it’s important that we remain calm and try and keep ourselves busy while staying at home.  This fight-or-flight mindset can also enable us to make irrational or selfish decisions that we wouldn’t otherwise make such as hoarding supplies like toilet paper.

  • One way to ease anxiety is to limit the news that you are reading.  While it’s important that we stay well informed on any major developments in our country and state, it can be difficult to stop reading or scrolling through all of the reports coming in from around the globe.  If you find yourself spending too much time on the news we recommend you set a timer for 15-30 minutes a day so you don’t overwhelm yourself.
  1. Sleep!

Sleeping 8 hours a night is crucial at a time like this when we need to keep our immunity up.
Set a bedtime for yourself and follow sleep hygiene techniques.

 3. Staying On Schedule

     Nearly everyone has been impacted by the current levels of anxiety during COVID, especially with kids staying home from school, employees being asked or allowed to work from home, and sadly employers cutting hours and issuing layoffs.  With such a major disruption it can be difficult to keep ourselves occupied and stay productive.  It’s important for all of us to keep in mind that this is only a temporary situation and that it is only a matter of weeks or possibly months before we can all return to normal.

  • The best way to make the most of your time stuck at home is create a daily routine for yourself.  Not only will a routine make sure you are getting important things done, but it will help keep away any anxiety that might come with having little to do.  If you find yourself with little to do, this is a great time to pick up a new hobby, learn new recipes, or catch up on books, movies, and TV shows you’ve been putting off.
  1. Reaching Out to Family and Friends

     For as troubling as our current situation is, we are all fortunate that we are going through this in the 21st century with nearly universal access to phones, the internet, and Netflix.  While it’s important for everyone to keep their distance physically, this is a great time to reach out to friends you might not have talked to in awhile and to keep in touch with family members.  We especially urge everyone to reach out to elderly parents, grandparents, or anyone you know who has a compromised immune system as they are likely taking this virus very seriously and feeling isolated.

  • Skype, zoom, and facetime are some of the most popular video messaging platforms that let you see the person you’re talking too.  If you are using Skype, Zoom, or facetime with your Wi-Fi you do not have to worry about data usage and can have long calls watching a movie or playing a board game with your family or friends
  1. Support Yourself with Supplements

     This is a time where good health should be at the front of everyone’s mind.  In particular, we should all be making an effort to support our immune system with nutrients like Vitamin C to help prevent any illness.  Here at the Natural Medicine Center we will remain open to answer our patient’s medication and supplement needs.  Below are some of our recommended products to help reduce anxiety and support your immune system.
Fight back from anxiety during Covid with these Anxiety / Stress Relief products:

  • Liposomal NeuroCalm – NeuroCalm is a natural product comprised of GABA and L-theanine delivered in a quickly absorbed spray that can help you to relax within minutes.
  • CBD Spray and Dropper – We carry CBD products produced by the company Designs for Health.  Unlike many CBD products that you may see at a gas station or smoke shop, the products that we carry can only be sold through a Doctor’s office as they have a miniscule amount of THC which makes them vastly more effective.
  •  Cerenity and Cerenity PM – These supplements contains GABA, L-theanine and other neurotransmitters which are geared towards easing stress and promoting relaxation.  
  • Shine or Calm Herbal Supplements – These products are produced by Evergreen Herbs, a trusted manufacturer of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Immune System Support Supplements also available at NMC Lakeland:

  • Liposomal Glutathione
  • Vitamin C
  • Oil of Oregano
  • Vitamin D3
  • Multivitamin

We hope this will help you deal with the stress and anxiety during Covid-19. 

Thyroid Function Explained



Did you know that an estimated 20 million Americans have a thyroid condition?  Moreover, statistics show that 60 percent of people with thyroid conditions don’t know that they have a condition at all (1).

The thyroid gland is a bowtie shaped gland near the center of your neck.  Diseases impacting the thyroid gland can often cause enlargement of this tissue, and /or nodule formation.  The Doctors at Natural Medicine Center (NMC) have functional imaging techniques to confirm tissue changes. 

While it is an oversimplification, the following analogy is instructive: Please think of circulating thyroid hormone particles as “fuel injectors” for boosting your metabolism.  This fuel fosters our metabolic reactions, so fuel creates energy.  It is through thyroid hormones [T3 and T4] that you are able to regulate body temperature.  Moreover, the relative abundance of T3 hormones will dictate fat-burning actions and protein utilization patterns throughout your body. All of our NMC Doctors want readers to be aware of two prevalent thyroid conditions–hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.  Less common thyroid conditions include thyroid cancer, thyroid nodule accumulation disorders and nonspecific goiters.



Hypothyroidism is the most common thyroid condition, and this instigates (i) weight gain, (ii) tiredness, (iii) hair loss, and (iv) cold extremities.  A very common variant of Hypothyroidism is Hashimoto’s Disease. As the prefix for hypothyroidism implies, thyroid glandular tissue fails to excrete enough T3 and T4 hormones.  If left untreated more severe problems can occur including heart and nerve problems.


Hyperthyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid excretes too much thyroid hormone.  A very common variant of hyperthyroidism is Graves Disease.  This presents with symptoms such as (i) irritability, (ii) weight loss, (iii) heart palpitations, and (iv) diarrhea.  If the hyperthyroid condition is left untreated, the neglected hyperthyroid patients may suffer damages to their heart, bones, muscles and reproductive organs.


A recent trend picked up by Doctors at NMC is to observe *mutual* thyroiditis defects–meaning the patient displays both Hashimoto’s and Graves Disease.  When Hashimoto’s co-occurs with Graves, the patient’s thyroid goes through stages of excreting too much thyroid hormone and then skips to secreting too little.  It is important to note that thyroiditis can be triggered by food or environmental allergies.  This is why Doctors at NMC are routinely checking for Hashimoto’s and for Graves diseases. It is very valuable to know which autoimmune thyroiditis is being manifest, because a clinically directed lifestyle change can re-stabilize the thyroid [e.g., patients who test positive for Hashimoto’s should avoid gluten, cut out dairy and eat low glycemic foods.  Patients with Graves disease can promote stable thyroid function by avoiding caffeine and ionized salt.


Normally, thyroid blood tests are done annually during a wellness visit with a general practitioner. However, if you have a thyroid condition or have symptoms of a thyroid condition, getting a complete thyroid panel is the best way to understand how and why your thyroid isn’t functioning correctly.


At a general practitioners visit, they often only check the TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone).  At The Natural Medicine Center we like to take it several steps further. The reason is, that dysfunction often occurs even when the TSH is ‘in normal clinical ranges’. We test T3 Total, T3 Free, T4 Total, T4 Free, TSH, Thyroglobulin, Reverse T3 and thyroid peroxidase. With these additional tests, we will know 3 very important things that we wouldn’t know if we only ran a TSH blood test.



These 3 things include:

  • autoimmune involvement
  • if high stress is corrupting the dissemination of active T hormones to body tissues
  • if liver/ kidney function is preventing the distribution and uptake of T hormones by cells or tissues


Once the blood test results are in, our doctors can recommend naturally compounded RX medications, Chinese herb remedies, and lifestyle practices to support thyroid function. 


Ways to support thyroid function right away:

  • Avoid Red dye #3
  • Educate yourself on yersinia in pork
  • Avoid gluten and dairy
  • Eat foods naturally rich in iodine

Want more information?  Call us at 863-899-9977 or book an appointment





IV Therapy and IM Vitamin Menu

Below is a list of our IV Therapy and IM Vitamin Menu:

Intramuscular Shots: (15 Minute Appointment)

B12- $20

Vitamin B12 helps your body use fat and carbohydrates for energy and make new protein. It is also important for normal blood, cells, and nerves.

Vitamin D3- $25

  • Maintain the health of bones and teeth.
  • Support the health of the immune system, brain, and nervous system.
  • Regulate insulin levels and aid diabetes management.
  • Support lung function and cardiovascular health.

BComplex-  $27

B vitamins have a direct impact on your energy levels, brain function, and cell metabolism. Vitamin B complex helps prevent infections and helps support or promote: cell health and growth of red blood cells.

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IV Vitamin Infusions (15minute to 2 hr appointment)

IV therapy is designed to either treat specific conditions or just promote overall wellness. The following are some of the most common:

Myers’ Cocktail: $150.00

Includes vitamins B1, B2, B4, B5, B6, B12, C, calcium, magnesium, selenium, zinc and sodium. This particular blend was developed in the 1970’s by Dr. John Myers at Johns Hopkins University. It has been used to treat a number of conditions such as asthma, congestive heart failure, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, chest pain, infections, depression, muscle spasms, hives, and dementia

Glutathione Therapy  $60.00 or $20.00 as an add on

This substance acts principally on liver and brain tissues. Research suggests glutathione therapy can lead patients to an improved memory, while also helping to lower the risk for dementia conditions, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, neuropathy, and liver disease.

High Dose Vitamin C  Starts at $120.00

Although this vitamin is commonly found in supplement form, an IV therapy infusion will produce much higher serum concentrations of Vitamin C than that obtained after oral dosing. Vitamin C is used to fight both the flu and chronic fatigue syndrome.  High dose injections of Vitamin C have also been found to boost the immune system and can help fight and prevent cancer.

Hydrogen peroxide  $175.00

Chemists refer to Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) as a ‘reactive oxygen species’. H2O2 encourages the body to release single oxygen molecules into the bloodstream. Newly liberated O2 molecules are available to kill viruses, bacteria, cancer cells. A higher oxygen serum oxygen level also makes it easier for the liver and kidneys to remove toxins.

Mineral Bags  $065.00

Hydration: Saline bags are administered for instances of dehydration from the flu, exhaustion, hangovers, food poisoning, and jet lag. These are also ideal for beauty purposes/ anti-aging.

Magnesium: Magnesium is essential for muscle function and nerve function. Magnesium is also essential for regulating blood sugar and blood pressure. This infusion can alleviate a migraine headache.

Selenium and Zinc ‘The immune boost’: These vitamins work together to support your thyroid and immune system. This is ideal for before a trip or a big project as it will help greatly in preventing many common infections or diseases.
Visit our homepage, call us now at 863-899-9977 or email us at with questions with our vitamin menu or to schedule an appointment.

A Note From Dr. Catherine

    Modern citizens exist and operate in a sea of both Natural and Unnatural electromagnetic fields (EMF). For example, the earth has an EMF pulsing at approximately 10 Hz.  I like to encourage conceptualizations!  You could think of the planet Earth’s EMF pulsing (PEMF therapy) like a small engine capable of facilitating electrical impulses while also hastening blood and lymphatic fluid flow rates. Hold this truth in mind: the blood is the River of Life.  The full spectrum of cell tissues needs (amino acids, fatty acids, glucose, potassium, magnesium, oxygen, and more)…..are carried in the blood. 

    As we age, the smallest blood vessels in the circulatory tree (our microvessels), can become blocked with atherosclerotic plaque laydown or via calcification.  A clinician’s targeted goal is to move blood past micro-vascular impedance zones.  The best tool to accomplish that goal is P.E.M.F. (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field) Therapy.   P.E.M.F technology emerges as a truly innovative contribution to any Functional Medicine Doctor’s armamentarium. PEMF therapy helps to work a patient’s blood ‘around and across’ blockage zones.  When microvessel blood flows freely  again, the patient’s cells gain access to nourishing vitamins, minerals, and dissolved blood gases.  At the whole body or systems level, patients who embrace PEMF therapy sessions at least daily will experience more energy, better sleep, and sharp decrements in ‘inflammation’ reactions throughout cellular tissues. 


Catherine Onuoha, PhD, R.Ph, BCPP, CPh

EMF Radiation Exposure: The Global Danger No One Wants to Talk About

Written by David Butler and Dr. Catherine Onuoha

“Electromagnetic fields from power and telecommunications systems, as they are present in our everyday environment, have biological and human health impacts that have not been officially acknowledged. The effects of these fields have simply not been taken seriously enough.” – Dr. Paul Heroux.

Health concerns over EMF radiation exposure (Electro-magnetic-field) is still not seen as a real threat by most Americans.  While it may be easy to ignore the issue and pretend it doesn’t exist, a rapidly expanding literature base on EMF radiation exposure—emergent from cell phones and other electronic devices—proves the serious health impacts of EMF radiation exposure.  The present authors view this causal link between EMF and physiologic detriments as irrefutable. More support for this opinion rests with the official appeal to the European Union [EU], in 2017. The EU appeal was drafted by nearly 200 scientists from all over the world who submitted this: “Harmful effects of RF-EMF exposure are already proven”. Scientists drafting the EU correspondence asked for a postponement in the rollout of 5G until RF-EMF effects on human health are better understood.  The appeal document also cited numerous studies manifesting adverse health  effects from EMF exposure in humans and in animals. Among the deleterious health effects detailed were: DNA/Cellular damage, tumorogenesis, neurologic disorders, sleep derangements, infertility syndromes and more (The full letter can be found in a link at the bottom of the page).

It is appropriate at this juncture to describe the plight of Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Syndrome (EHS) patients. In a surprisingly large number of people, immediate repercussions are felt from exposure the RF-EMF pollution; quick symptom emergence in the following categories: (i)  migraines / headaches,  (ii) anxiety, and (iii) heart palpitations occurs when EHS patients are exposed to ambient electricity.  Said differently, EHS patients are supremely sensitive to any form of electricity.  This ‘electro-sensitive’ syndrome falls well in line with comparible idiosyncratic drug hypersensitivities, or music or light sensitivities.  There is believed to be roughly 3-5% of the human population that have EHS, but unfortunately, many Doctors and hospitals (especially in America) do not take this to be a legitimate condition and insist that these problems are psychiatric.


Why do American policy makers and corporations continue to ignore the health effects of cell phones?

There are two very simple answers. First, we can all acknowledge that RF-EMF has deep roots in American society…and, RF-EMF is appreciated by many of our citizens for rendering ‘convenience’.  Second, it is correct to point out key financial factors.  Fact: the cellular and wireless industry is one of the biggest industries on America’s –Stocks & Commodoties-markets (Wall Street). In fact, several of the major cell phone manufacturers rake in up to $355 billion per year.  It is instructive to reflect back on topics like the following:
                                       **climate change
                                       ** cigarette smoking

True or False:  Do Americans shy away from accepting scientific discoveries about a technology’s side effects because the cost of ‘acceptance’ is daunting in that it would curtail a preferred lifestyle?

Has the Fox been guarding the Hen-House?

One of the biggest problems in the way of bringing this issue into the public’s attention is the lack of quality research by American scientists.  This is because virtually all studies of cell phone safety have funding that is completely or partially dependent upon the major cell phone manufacturers.  With such a brazen conflict of interest, it’s easy to see why studies showing no adverse health effects become published and advertised while those with negative health effects often do not see the light of day and have their funding pulled early on.  While not advertised to consumers (in America at least) literature on EMF health effects and organizations supporting safer technology use are abundant on the internet.  Because America is so behind in our research and concern over EMF fields, a quick google search might not turn up a lot, but by looking a bit deeper at what other countries are doing you can see the international trend that America refuses to follow.  In the sources section of this page we have links to the groups Physician’s for Safer Technology and EMF which are two excellent sites for extensive and credible information on EMF technology and their health effects.


What can be done to combat something so prevalent and accepted in our society?  

It may seem impossible to make any real change in an industry so heavily protected by money, lawyers, and the naïve good will of the public, but many countries have made significant efforts to reduce overall EMF exposure and to educate their citizens on the health risks.  All across Europe EMF radiation exposure is taken much more seriously and there is active debate concerning appropriate regulations.  In 2015 France adopted a new law setting tighter restrictions on cell tower manufacturers in order to reduce EMF radiation exposure to the population, and many other countries have similar restrictions put in place.  While we do have some safety measures in place in the USA, they are incredibly lax and are often not based on realistic cell phone usage. 

For example, while all cell phone manufacturers adhere to the requirement that their devices not emit over a specific amount of radiation while on a call, the testing process is often rigged in the favor of cell phones being safe.  They rig such a test by measuring the phone’s radiation when it is half an inch to a quarter of an inch away from the measuring device instead of direct contact which is the way most people use their phones.  The difference in radiation from a quarter of an inch to direct contact is shocking.  When placed in direct contact, the measuring device detected nearly triple the SAR coming from the phone (Far above safety regulations) than when held at a minor distance.  Loopholes such as this are unfortunately all too common in cell phone testing which is why it is up to the consumer to educate and protect themselves.

If you are as shocked and concerned about the lack of regulations, warnings, and quality research being done on this issue we have a few recommendations for what you should do:

  1. Educate yourself – We encourage to take a deeper look at the resources at the bottom of this page to see the first hand accounts of scientists who are deeply troubled about the rapid expansion of cell towers and EMF fields.


  1. Protect yourself – There are some very simple things you can do it limit your exposure to EMF fields even if you use a phone daily. Using speaker phone or earbuds with a microphone are a great way to reduce direct contact as well as refraining from holding your phone.  We sell lanyard-style EMF protective devices—capable of throwing a safe zone around body tissues. Some studies have also shown that proper nutrition such as having healthy levels of Vitamin E and Folic Acid can help to protect your cells from damage.


  1. Advocate for yourself and others – Don’t be afraid to share this news with your friends, family, and coworkers – If you have children who use smart phones frequently it is especially important to try and reduce their EMF radiation exposure as phone safety protocols are never designed with children in mind (Even though children and adolescents are more susceptible to radiation such as EMF fields).



Products Available for EMF radiation exposure and protection:

Aires Guardian – $290 suggested retail; $260 through Natural Medicine Center
Aires Shield Pro – $55.00 suggested retail; $ 49.50 through Natural Medicine Center

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Aires Guardian

Sources / Further Research:

  • Article by Notre Dame Alum Discussing her Struggles as an EMF Refugee

  • A Comprehensive Database of EMF Research Created by an Official UK Agency:














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Thermography for Breast Health


Breast Health Awareness Month

      Every year October is a month that we dedicate to ‘Breast Health Awareness’. We invite you to celebrate this with us at The Natural Medicine Center of Lakeland. Thermography for breast health is a great place to start with any holistic healthcare agenda because thermography is a discovery tool. It is a radiation free/ noninvasive way to look inside your body. Through this infrared medical technology we can detect unusual heat patterns that suggest healing problems, inflammation or nerve issues.

      Thermography is more popular and researched with breast imaging than any other region of the body. During your 30 minute imaging appointment, thermographic images will detect breast abnormalities, general inflammation, and hormonal imbalances. Because thermography for breast health can detect these challenges up to 7 years before symptoms occur, you are serving yourself by using thermography as a risk indicator (before symptoms occur).
      With this annual *risk indicator* visit, you are allowing yourself the time you need to heal and eliminate toxins that may be present before they manifest into a serious healing crisis. If you have symptoms, we urge you to get started with your breast health plan today.
      Younger women will benefit from *risk indicator* visits as well. Fibroglandular and dense breast tissue is unique to each women and can be observed thermally in women from at least 20 years of age. This annual thermography appointment will serve women as young as 20 years old, by informing them of their individual risk, hormonal issues, and toxic load. From there, the Natural Medicine Center will provide expert advice and guidance in creating an effective and supportive care plan.

      In honor of breast health awareness month, we would like to offer you $20 off on Mondays. This visit still includes your imaging, your official report and a follow up visit with our Doctor. At the follow up visit we will review your MD interpreted imaging report and create a wellness plan. The Natural Medicine Center has so much more to offer you after your thermography appointment. We provide an herbal pharmacy, infrared sauna, PEMF therapy, IV therapy, hormone testing, and prescriptive authority to support your breast health.



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Featured Product – Liposomal NeuroCalm


Liposomal NeuroCalm is a new product which many of our patients have been raving about.  NeuroCalm is a blend of the natural amino acids GABA and L-theanine which helps to calm an anxious or busy mind. 

What is L-Theanine?

L-theanine is an amino acid which can be found naturally in green tea and is one of the primary reasons why green tea is so revered as a soothing drink which also enhances alertness.  L-theanine works by inhibiting the production of glutamate, one of our brains most common excitatory neurotransmitter.  By blocking the uptake of this neurotransmitter a person will quickly feel much of their anxiety and stress fade away.  Unlike most forms of anti-anxiety prescriptions or other drugs for relaxation, L-theanine causes zero drowsiness.  L-theanine even boosts alertness – helping someone to be calm and capable in any situation.  

 What is GABA?

GABA has many similarities to L-Theanine as it is also an amino acid which inhibits excitatory signals and helps the brain to relax while staying alert.  The main difference between GABA and L-Theanine is that while L-Theanine is only found in tea leaves, GABA is a protein which the brain naturally produces.  While the brain does produce GABA, many people (especially those suffering with issues such as anxiety, insomnia, and depression) are often chronically deficient in this amino acid.  Many anti-anxiety medications and other prescriptions target GABA receptors to increase its production, but many of these medications can cause drowsiness and long term issues. 

Research on GABA, L-Theanine, and Stress

Some studies have begun to show that L-theanine and GABA can help prevent the sharp rise in blood pressure that many people experience when confronted with a stressful event.  Frequent spikes in blood pressure can wreak havoc on someone’s cardiovascular system and leave them prone to strokes or other heart complications. Avoiding these spikes with natural stress relief can save someone from a major issue in the future.

Stress is one of the deadliest things we can expose ourselves too.  Not only is stress unpleasant, but chronic stress can severely impair our body’s immune system making us more susceptible to illness and disease.  That is why managing stress through lifestyle changes, natural supplements, and other methods is so important to a long and healthy life. In addition to the immediate benefits of stress relief, L-theanine’s protection from stress has the long term effect of helping to protect the brain. L-theanine protects us from eventual degeneration and neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimers.


If a daily dose of GABA and L-Theanine sounds like something that could benefit you we highly recommend you try Liposomal NeuroCalm which you can pick up from our clinic or order through our e-store:



Boonstra E, de Kleijn R, Colzato LS, et al. Neurotransmitters as food supplements: the effects of GABA on brain and behavior. Front Psychol. 2015;6:1520.

Kim, S., Jo, K., Hong, K. B., Han, S. H., & Suh, H. J. (2019). GABA and l-theanine mixture decreases sleep latency and improves NREM sleep. Pharmaceutical biology, 57(1), 65–73.

Kimura K, Ozeki M, Juneja LR, et al. L-Theanine reduces psychological and physiological stress responses. Biol Psychol. 2007;74(1):39-45.

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Back to School with Neurofeedback


     Neurofeedback is a brain training device which helps to lessen symptoms of ADHD/ADD and improve overall cognitive function in a number of areas such as sleep, concentration, and memory.  Neurofeedback can be used to greatly help those suffering with psychological conditions such as ADHD/ADD or Depression as well as to increase the overall mental sharpness of anyone wanting to improve themselves.

     If your child has frequent outbursts of bad behavior in class and at home, the chances are that they are stressed or struggling. They may not know how to properly express their frustration.  Through Neurofeedback we’ve seen children, teenagers, and adults become more expressive and open with their feelings and thoughts. This leads to more productive and less combative communication.  When children are able to communicate what they don’t understand and the areas they need help in, it’s much easier for parents and teacher to help them reach their full potential.

    In our clinic we’ve seen young children improve up to 20 percentile points in their end of the year testing after receiving their sessions of Neurofeedback. Similar results can be found in various professional studies and testimonials across the web.  Especially for children who have to go to a new school in the coming semester, Neurofeedback can greatly help to alleviate their initial nervousness in adjusting to a new environment and new people.

     Our Neurofeedback system, NeurOptimal, is also ideal for children as it is incredibly gentle, requires zero effort, and to most of our clients is a rather relaxing and enjoyable experience.  Another benefit of our system is that it is considerably cheaper than many other more targeted and aggressive neurofeedback systems that other clinics offer.

     If you are interested in learning more about Neurofeedback or bringing your child in for a free demo session, please call or email us!


The Natural Medicine Center of Lakeland

315 Doris Dr.

Lakeland, FL, 33813

 M-F 8:30-6pm Sat 10-1pm

Phone: 863-899-9977



Individual sessions for $80

Session Bundle of 5 for $350

Session Bundle of 10 for $600

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IV Therapy: Why Go IV?

          IV therapy is one of the best ways to give yourself an extra boost of vitality to recover from a tough week, fight and prevent infections and illness, or prepare for an upcoming trip.  Nicknamed ‘the hangover cure’ by many, IV infusions provide a heavy dose of hydration and a mix of supplements and minerals that can make someone go from groggy and fatigued to clear headed and full of energy in under 24 hours.


Who Gets IV Treatments?

          While many of the vitamins found in an IV drip can be taken as supplements, they won’t produce the same effect as getting them through an infusion.  This is because our ability to absorb nutrients orally is much less effective than when put directly in the blood.  This is especially true for two subgroups: elderly patients and patients who’ve undergone an abdominal surgery of some sort. 

  •           To discuss the first patient subgroup, suffice it to say that *mature patient groups* have lost some suppleness in their gastrointestinal membranes which means that the digestive tract’s absorptive capacity is greatly lessened.

  •           To discuss the second patient subgroup, experts in the field of gastrointestinal efficacy report with unanimity that nutrient absorptive capacity can fall to a mere 3 – 8 percent of what the patient ingested.  This low absorption rate can cause a number of issues such as fatigue, general weakness, and susceptibility to infections and illnesses.  IV infusions are one of the best ways to provide near instant relief from these issues and give your body the nutrients it needs to stay healthy for weeks on end. 

           IV therapy isn’t only for the elderly or those with a pre-existing condition – over the past decade IV therapy has grown exponentially to be one of the biggest alternative / natural medicine practices throughout the U.S.  In nearly any big city you’ll see specialized IV bar’s popping up which offer a variety of IV drips as well as other spa like services.  According to a report from Research and Market’s the IV therapy industry is projected to reach $29 billion by 2021.

          IV therapy began to gain prominence thanks to Hollywood movie stars and other celebrities such as Adele and Rihanna who swear by the treatment.  While celebrities are primarily interested in getting IV treatments for the extra boost of energy they get as well as the rejuvenating anti-aging effects it has for the skin, there a number of other benefits which IV therapy offers.  In addition to providing a boost of energy and vitality for relatively healthy patients, IV therapy is also very effective at managing a number of chronic conditions, such as auto-immune disorders.

          In many auto-immune disorders like Crohn’s Disease the digestive tract is damaged and cannot properly absorb nutrients from food passing through.  While a careful diet and supplementation can help to provide proper nutrients, many patients still struggle to give their body the fuel it needs.  With IV therapy the digestive tract is bypassed and the nutrients being administered will be fully absorbed into their blood and body giving them a strong boost in energy and to their immune system.

(IV therapy is a relatively easy and painless process – especially with our well trained staff!)

IV therapy provides 3 Main Benefits:

  • Energy and vitality – Within 24-48 hours of receiving your infusion you should feel an exceptional amount of energy which lasts lasts for 2-3 weeks, allowing you to quickly bounce back from a heavy workout or a tough day at the office. Not only will you feel great, but many people receive comments that they have a youthful glow after receiving an IV infusion.

  • Immune System Boost – The supplements and minerals such as selenium from an IV infusion give your body everything it needs to function at its best. This includes protecting itself from common infections like the flu or the cold.  When preparing for a trip an IV is a great way to ward off any illnesses from air travel or being in a foreign country.

  • Management of Chronic Illness – In many chronic illnesses patients issues are caused by a damaged digestive system that does not properly absorb the nutrients in their food. Through IV therapy, a patient is able to have those nutrients delivered straight into their bloodstream where they can remain to benefit the body for approximately 3-4 weeks.


Why you should get an IV at the Natural Medicine Center

                       At the Natural Medicine Center of Lakeland our IV infusions are always cross-checked by a board certified pharmacist, Dr. Catherine Onuoha, the morning before we administer them.  In our infusions we only use the highest of quality ingredients which are non GMO and preservative free.  Because we make our infusions for each patient we can also customize them to meet your particular needs based on your symptoms and bloodwork. 

         We know that dealing with needles can make a lot people nervous which is why our nurses our highly qualified and experienced and strive to give the best patient care possible.  If you have any questions about IV therapy would like to book your appointment please email us at or call us at 863-899-9977.


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Light Therapy


Origins of Light Therapy


For centuries different cultures and civilizations have realized the healing and therapeutic power of light and our ultimate source of light and life on this planet, the sun.  In ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome specially designed rooms were created for helio-therapy (sun-therapy) and many of their buildings strongly emphasized allowing as much natural light as possible in.  Jump ahead to 1903 and the first widely recognized practitioner of light therapy, Niels Ryberg Finsen, was awarded the Nobel peace prize for his work in curing patients with conditions such as Lupus through exposure to sunlight.  While the benefits of sunlight have long been appreciated, it is only over the past few decades that we are beginning to understand why sunlight is so special and important for us to expose ourselves to.

Unfortunately, light therapy and alternative medicine in general fell out of favor with the general public and the American government in the 1950’s, due mainly to the rise of widespread pharmaceutical medications and a call for more rigorously tested evidence based treatments.  While the push for more science based medicine has obviously lead to many benefits, the discrediting of light therapy and other alternative methods which were previously shown to bring about positive change in a number of areas is truly a travesty.  Ironically, a few years before turning against light therapy and its practitioners, an issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association published an ad saying, “Light is to health and happiness as darkness is to disease and despair”.  It wasn’t until the 1980’s that light therapy began to be accepted as a widespread practice once again.  Sadly, for now light therapy in America is almost exclusively viewed as an anti-aging and cosmetic therapy and is not fully appreciated for its myriad of other health and wellness benefits it has to offer.


Sunlight: The Gold Standard of Light


The reason sunlight is the gold standard of light is because it contains every aspect of the visible portion of the electromagnetic spectrum as well as Ultraviolet and Infrared radiation.  Although we are accustomed to thinking of radiation as a negative or dangerous thing, there is a wide range of radiation frequencies with many of them being harmless or even beneficial.  As you can see in the graph below, the longer wavelengths of radio waves, microwaves, and sunlight are things that we expose ourselves to on a daily basis and it is only the more rapid short wavelengths of x-rays and gamma rays that are severely damaging.

Within this broad range of radiation visible light only takes up a small portion of the spectrum.  Contained in visible light are the various colors which can be seen during a rainbow.  The reason sunlight appears slightly yellow or white is due to the combination of these various wavelengths of light. It is only when we separate sunlight into its various wavelengths either through a prism or water can we see the various colors contained in sunlight – this is what creates our multi-colored rainbows after it rains.   Below you can see a graph showing the range of wavelengths and colors that the sun emits.

While the sun peaks in the blue portion, it has a relatively even distribution of all the colors.  On the other hand, many artificially made lights are deficient in certain parts of the spectrum which can cause various issues such as sleep disturbances.  A growing health concern called Blue Light Hazard is the potential for artificially made lights which emit high amounts of blue light to damage retinas and cause sleep issues.  In a world where so many people (and especially children) are often glued to a digital screen for hours a day this issue is being taken rather seriously with many cell phones and other devices adding an optional blue light filter to limit the amount of blue light their device emits.  While too much artificial light can be damaging, there are many positive ways in which technology has learned to harness the healing powers of light and color.


Chromo-therapy: Healing with Color


One of the most important things to realize about light is the importance of color.  Far from being purely cosmetic, each color correlates to specific wavelengths on the electromagnetic spectrum making each color unique in the energy it emits and how it interacts with human physiology.  Red light is especially beneficial for accelerating the reproduction of our skin and cells due to its closeness to infrared on the electromagnetic spectrum.  Another example of a specific color being used for the unique properties of its wavelength is blue light to treat jaundice in newborns.  Jaundice occurs when there is an excess of bilirubin in the blood – blue light causes photo-oxidation which increases the oxygenation in the new-born’s blood and makes it easier for their liver to break down the bilirubin.  Below is a picture of a newborn being exposed to blue light through a “Bili-blanket”.


Light Affects Our Whole Body


While light is primarily thought of as visual phenomena, light interacts with many other parts of our body.  For example, our circadian rhythm which controls our sleep patterns is heavily influenced by the presence or absence of light.  As part of our daily sleep patterns, our circadian rhythm also has a large effect on the secretion of hormones and other neurotransmitters meaning that an imbalance of sunlight can cause issues in these areas.  This is one major reason why people with very low exposure to sunlight either through the location they live in or a sedentary indoors lifestyle often develop SAD (Seasonal Affective Depression).

Another example of the non-visual ways in which our body interacts with light and one of the most proven and commonly used light therapy treatments is with photo-biomodulation.  Photo-biomodulation is essentially the ability for light to penetrate into our skin and stimulate our cells to cause an increase in energy production.  This process allows us to harness the power of light in order to speed up the body’s natural regenerative process in healing itself from minor and major wounds.  Look at the picture below to see the amazing results that come from light therapy that takes advantage of this fascinating biological process.

Light Therapy through Bioptron


For all of these reasons and more, we are excited to introduce the Bioptron Light Therapy System which we now offer at the Natural Medicine Center of Lakeland.  Bioptron is one of the leading light therapy systems throughout Europe and has been certified by the FDA as a pain management device and can be used to help treat a number of conditions.  Bioptron is primarily used for pain relief from conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow and many more.  A recent study looking at the recovery rates of those healing from an ulcer with Bioptron Light Therapy found that those in the experimental Bioptron group recovered significantly quicker than those in the control group.

(Bioptron Session In Progress – Light therapy is so harmless that even children can benefit from it!)

Bioptron and other light therapy devices work by supplying the affected area with light that can penetrate into the skin and stimulate your cells to produce more energy.  .  In addition to speeding up the healing process of minor and major wounds, the light from Bioptron is also exceptionally good for keeping your skin looking young and healthy.  In fact, Bioptron recently won the award for the best anti-aging device at the aesthetic & Anti-aging Medicine European Congress in 2014.  Not only is light therapy great for increased healing and cosmetic purposes, but Bioptron can also help to stabilize and lift mood as well as alleviate feelings of anxiety. 

Humans need sunlight, and unfortunately in today’s modern world most of us get far too little; by using Bioptron you can give your body the light it craves and reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, and fatigue that are often the result of an indoors and sedentary lifestyle.  Bioptron Light Therapy is harmless, non-invasive, side effect free, as well as an enjoyable method to reduce pain and improve your mood and mental state.  For more information on Bioptron we highly recommend you go their website below to see testimonials from patients and doctors across the globe:



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