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Dr. Michelle A. Brannick, ND, DC - Brannick Clinic of Natural MedicineHow to Obtain Optimal Health

I am Dr. Michelle Brannick, ND, DC.  I am a Naturopathic Physician licensed in Vermont, and a licensed Chiropractic Physician in Illinois. I specialize in Natural Primary Care Medicine.

The body has an amazing ability to heal itself, given the right environment. First, we need to minimize the use of vaccines and the multiple drugs prescribed today that merely suppress or mask symptoms instead of treating the cause or curing the disease. We must stop running to antibiotics for every illness we encounter and save them for life-threatening situations.

Many safe, natural alternatives exist that strengthen the body and allow it to heal itself—not leave us more susceptible to other illnesses like antibiotics do. For example, MRSA is a deadly bacteria that is the direct result of overusing antibiotics. Even the most powerful prescriptions have difficulty overcoming this infection. If we want to strengthen our bodies, we need to eat a healthy diet and eliminate all the sugary, caffeinated beverages that we consume and replace them with pure water. We need to take responsibility for what we put into our body if we want good health.

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Colon Health: Colon Cancer

ColonoscopyColorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths for men and women in the United States. According to the CDC, over 135,000 people were diagnosed with this cancer in 2011 (most recent data available). Over 51,000 people in the U.S. died from the disease in 2011, with slightly more men than women.

How to Reduce Your Risk of Contracting Colorectal Cancer:

•    Maintain a healthy weight
•    Get up, move, walk, garden, exercise, etc.
•    Eat fruits and vegetables—min. 2 1/2 cups per day
•    Eat whole grains over refined grains and avoid genetically modified organisms.
•    Limit red meat consumption to grass fed only.
•    If you drink alcohol, do so sparingly (one drink per day for women; two drinks for men).
•    Don’t use tobacco of any kind. 
•    At age 50, have a colonoscopy at least once every ten years or as prescribed by your physician.

Read more: Colon Cancer - March 1, 2015

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