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How to Protect You and Your Family from the Coronavirus.

I wanted to talk to everyone about the coronavirus. As all of you know this has already hit the mainland and we are expecting more cases and more deaths to occur. I think the important thing to remember though is most of the people succumbing to the illness are older people who are debilitated or have some other type of health issue that makes them more likely to not be able to fight off this virus and not be able to recover. So as we move into this more widespread nature of the virus and we see more cases I wanted to inform all of you about a few simple steps can you take to protect yourself specifically if you are traveling or are going to be in a high-risk area to protect yourself and keep you family safe. These steps will help you lower your chances of getting infected with the virus.

1. Take Your Vitamins

Vitamin D is known as the Sunshine Vitamin. It’s produced by our largest organ, our skin in response to sunlight. But sometimes we aren’t able to get outside and get that much needed Vitamin D. The winter months especially it’s important to be taking Vitamin D. We suggest taking around 5,000-10,000 Units Per Day. There are many nutrition stores and grocery stores that offer this supplement. You can also find it in many food sources such as salmon, eggs, milk, yogurt, and orange juice. This will boost your immune system and help your body to fight off infections that you make come into contact with while traveling. Traveling can be exhausting, time change, disturbed sleep cycles, and changes in temperatures can all affect our immune system. This is why we must be prepared and give our bodies a fighting chance to ward off invaders such as the Coronavirus. Along with building up our immune systems, Vitamin D can lower stress levels and even boost weight loss.

2. Take a Supplement

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An essential amino acid that can also help your immune system is Lysine. We recommend taking around 1,000mg of Lysine each day. This also helps boost your immune system. Lysine is a powerful building block for protein in your body. These proteins help produce immune cells and enzymes that can help fight off diseases, cancer, diabetes, and may even help reduce blood pressure. This can be found in many produce and nutrition stores as well as in common foods such as fish, fruits, and vegetables.

3. Wear A Mask

While a mask won’t 100% protect you from the virus, it may help prevent the spread of the infection. Just like the common cold, one of the most common ways the virus may be spread is through sneezing. We recommend anyone experiencing any symptoms of the coronavirus such as fever or cough be courteous to others and wear a mask when in public areas and of course seek medical treatment.

4. Wash Your Hands

While a mask is great and may reduce transmission of the virus you are more likely to touch it with your hands like a seat, an armrest, the tray tables on an airplane. Once the virus is on your hands is very easy to contract the virus by touching your food or drink, or accidentally putting your fingers in your mouth.

5. Get Hand Sanitizer

While you may not always have access to a sink to wash your hands, one thing you can do is bring along some hand sanitizer with you while traveling or in the workplace for example. Escalators handles, doors, and water fountains are all areas commonly touched by humans. While it may not be possible to avoid touching all of these particular areas, you can take extra measures of precaution by keeping your hands clean.

6. Immune Boosting IV Therapy

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If you plan on traveling or have been feeling fatigued you are at more of a high risk of contracting the virus. We offer many types of IV Therapy that will deliver nutrients straight to your bloodstream which can be much more effective because it bypasses your digestive system. This makes the vitamins and fluids instantly absorbed by your cells giving you an optimum level of immune-boosting power to fight off any infections or viruses that may come near you. Feel free to Contact Us if you have any questions regarding our immune-boosting therapies and how you can better protect yourself and your family against these harmful viruses impacting the public.

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The face of aging

The face of Aging

It is common that we look in the mirror and we think to ourselves, ”Geez, I look old!” But, do we really have to look and appear old? Is this something that can’t be stopped? Are we bound and pre-programmed to look like a prune?

Excellent news! Looking like a prune doesn’t have to be your fate. Not looking like a prune does require some work, however. 

Ok, now that we have talked you off the ledge, let’s look at what can be done to fix this problem. Thankfully, there are new technologies that when used properly will slow down and reverse the signs of aging in the face and neck. We are not talking about a facelift so that you look frightened every moment of every day. I am speaking of combining new age, minimally invasive treatments, and products to deliver results that previously had been only attainable by going under the knife or having expensive and painful laser treatments

Most of the changes we see in the aging face are not due to skin laxity. In fact, approximately 90 to 95% of the facial aging process is due to changes in the underlying bony structure, fatty tissue and muscle volume of the face and skull.

Restoring that volume is key to achieving aesthetic results. However, we must also address the skin and the laxity that it develops over time.

As we age, much to our dismay, our skin begins to wrinkle. There are many factors that contribute to this-sun exposure, diet, water intake, heredity and many more.  The most common reason for the aging process though is through continuous and repeated facial expression. Our facial skin will wrinkle perpendicular to the direction of the muscle fibers in that area. This is much like the carpet wrinkling on the floor.

You will notice that carpet wrinkles will form perpendicular to your path of walking. The same is true for our face, such as on the forehead, the fibers of the muscles in the forehead (the Frontalis Muscle) run from the hairline down to the top of the brow. The wrinkles formed perpendicular to this in a transverse fashion across the forehead. Over time these wrinkles can become quite deep and unsightly. These wrinkles are the biggest complaint I hear from my patients and this is where patients focus their energy. 

My approach to reversing facial aging is minimally invasive, doesn’t require surgery or dangerous anesthesia and has a short downtime. I employ a combination of therapies to restore volume underneath the skin to maintain aesthetically pleasing proportions and combine that with treatments to reduce the appearance of wrinkles in the facial skin. Restoring the underlying volume is necessary to achieve good aesthetic results. We know that there are certain proportions on the fact that humans find appealing and sticking to these basic principles tend to yield good results. Over the course of 3 to 6 treatments, the skin becomes tighter, well-hydrated, blemishes begin to lessen and wrinkles soften. Simultaneously, we have worked to restore the volume loss mentioned above with injectable therapies. The result-naturally younger-looking skin, more confidence, and more compliments.

Call us today and schedule your free consultation. Learn more about how we can use modern, minimally invasive techniques to help you look and feel years younger without risky surgery, long downtime or inferior results.

Hormone Therapy and Middle age

Hormone Therapy

Now, looking back, I clearly see the downward spiral. I can feel the unshakable lethargy that left me wasted at the end of a short day. The desire to sleep, almost endlessly, and the lack of focus that interrupted my daily activities. This all came on very slowly, insidiously. Months and years of slow but steady decline. At the time, I felt all alone in this battle. After all, I was a surgeon. I was groomed for long shifts and little sleep. I was a father of 4 with lots of responsibilities. I could endure the distance.

NOW, I KNOW THAT I WAS ANYTHING BUT ALONE IN A DAILY FIGHT FOR ENERGY AND HEALTH.

Surveys predicting “middle age” have been moving downward for decades. In 2010 UKs The Telegraph suggested middle age was between 35 and 48 (16 Mar., 2010). The same publication now claims that 96 percent of 40-year-old women do not feel that they are middle aged (2 July, 2017).

The truth is, starting in our 30s our bodies begin to change. Over the months and years, the almost unnoticeable decline in energy and ability sneaks in. The changes are physiologic in nature. And to our parents and older friends, the outcome is unmistakable, almost taken for granted. “It’s all downhill past 35” they say. But, is it really over after 35?


That depends on how you handle the situation. If you choose to deny your body of the support it needs as it gets older and begins this transition, then you will no doubt feel that life can be drastically different after the age of 35 or so. On the other hand, if you are proactive and learn the steps that can be taken to support your body during this transition, you can actually embrace getting older and not be affected by the changes of your body’s physiology. 

By the way, this change starts at different times for each one of us. The question you are asking now is why does this change happen?


There are many reasons to explain why our bodies begin to change at this time. Some call this a natural change in our function to signify us getting older and not being able to reproduce. If we don’t need to reproduce then we don’t need hormones. When you have fewer hormones, you experience, well, the symptoms of fewer hormones. For most of us that includes brain fog, weight gain, lethargy and a lower libido (sex drive).


While the previous explanation elucidates why some of these changes occur in our bodies, it does not necessarily explain all of the changes. There seems to be an additional, cumulative hindrance to the system. Meaning that we have the accumulation of stress both from inside our body and outside our body (i.e. diet, lack of sleep, physical stress, emotional stress, other health issues). This build up of stress stops our body from functioning optimally. Without going into boring details, the result is that hormone levels become imbalanced and again you experience all of the same symptoms that we have talked about above. 


So here’s the bottom line, as we get older hormone levels naturally decline. This decline is further complicated and made worse by the accumulation of stress on your body. Without adequate levels of hormone therapy and middle age our body’s function begins to suffer and decline. The end result is that we feel tired, we gain weight, we lose our desire to be intimate with our partners and we feel that life is on the decline. 

I am here to tell you, life is not over AFTER 35!

I can also tell you that there is a safe solution to beating this problem. We have to approach the changes differently. Through structured hormone supplementation, which is very safe and effective, our lives can continue to be enjoyable and full of activity.

Both women and men will benefit from bioidentical hormone supplementation. 

-More energy

– Better mental clarity/focus

– Increased libido

– Helps maintain bone and muscle mass

And more….

Typically, your physician will first diagnose your hormone imbalances by ordering some lab work. Together we can decide on proper hormone supplementation for your situation.  It is important to find a doctor who will work with you to reduce and eliminate the outside “stress” that your body is also dealing with. To reach your maximum potential, hormone therapy and middle age additional supplements and treatments may be needed outside of just replacing hormones. Everyone’s situation is slightly different and to some degree hormone care is very customized. 

Don’t believe you are the only one feeling this way, don’t believe you are alone.

You can feel better now. I know from first-hand experience.

At Compass Cellular Healing we can tell you not only what hormone therapy and middle age supplementation you should be on but we can help you begin to reduce and eliminate the outside “stress” that your body is dealing with. Together we can help you lead a productive and active life well past 35! I know from first-hand experience. You can Feel. Better. Now!

What causes autoimmune disease?

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Autoimmune disease prevalence is increasing. The American autoimmune and related diseases association website states that 50 million Americans have an autoimmune disease and that $591 million will be spent by the national institutes of health and other resource organizations to research the autoimmune disease. Their website goes on to say that there are 80 to 100 different types of autoimmune disease and it is one of the top 10 leading causes of death in the female children and women in all age groups of 64 years of age. Because scientists and physicians disagree on what autoimmune diseases should be included and what constitutes an autoimmune disease the exact incidence or number of people having an autoimmune disease is not truly known. We are certain that the incidence of autoimmune disease is increasing.

Autoimmune disease can affect us at any age of our life. The autoimmune disease tends to be seen more often in females.


In medical school, we are taught that autoimmune disease has distinct physical signs and symptoms and distinct lab abnormalities. Thereof course, as in every field of medicine, overlap with and symptoms and lab abnormalities between some of these diseased states. In practice, I have noted that many people with autoimmune disease will not show the classic lab abnormalities or physical signs and symptoms. It is also common that they will have signs and symptoms of many different autoimmune diseases is at the same time.

This has led me to believe that autoimmune diseases share more in common than what we know at this time. Therefore, once a person has an autoimmune disease the emergence of other types of an autoimmune phenomenon is likely to appear if the underlying cause is not addressed.


This leads us to discuss what are the possible causes of autoimmune disease. Some would say that genetics play a role, and there is a family link established. Others would say that it is environmental. Mini would also consider that an unhealthy G.I. tract has contributed to the development of the autoimmune disease. Whether or not you were breast-fed, bottle-fed, vaginally born or born via C-section will influence your likelihood to develop an autoimmune disease. Therefore, there are many factors to consider. I do not believe that autoimmune diseases caused by one issue or a factor. Therefore, any approach to healing autoimmune disease must effect change in all of these areas.


One of the most likely areas for the origination of an autoimmune disease is the intestinal tract. Through our diet and the consumption of foods that are causing inflammation in our bodies leading to the breakdown of normal barriers in our intestine, our system becomes exposed to proteins found in our diet. These proteins are seen as foreign and cause our body to respond as if we are being attacked. There is an overlap in the body‘s response to these foreign substances and native tissues in our body. The immune system gets confused and starts to attack the tissues of the body based on cross-reactivity. This cross-reactivity could’ve also been contributed to by medications, stress or physical trauma, psychological factors, exposure to toxic chemicals and infections.

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At Compass Cellular Healing we take a comprehensive approach to treating autoimmune disease. We work with our clients to optimize their health by addressing inflammation in the body as well as looking at other contributing factors. Whether you are dealing with Crohn’s disease, auto-immune kidney disease, Multiple Sclerosis or Rheumatoid Arthritis…or anything in between, we can help.

Are Cheat days good or bad when dieting?

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Cheating during Dieting

Cheat days on my diet- GOOD or BAD?

One of the most common questions I am asked is about the utility of a cheat day on a particular diet. Many people feel entitled to a cheat day because they have been very strict with their eating habits for many days prior. Incorporating a cheat day can also (arguably) help with dietary compliance-“I will eat good now and have chocolate this weekend!” Cheat days can also be centered around birthday parties or other social events lessening external pressure. In truth, I think cheat days have some utility for some people but they are definitely not for every person, every diet plan or every weekend. 

In any event, the question remains, what is the true damage from a dietary cheat day?

The answer lies in these three questions: 1) What dietary approach you are taking, 2) How long have you been on that diet and 3) Why are you pursuing that dietary approach? Each dietary strategy has its own unique benefits and downfalls. Considering the specific dietary limitations of your preferred approach and the 3 questions above will allow you to determine the utility of a cheat day in helping you reach your fitness and health goals.

Are Cheat days good or bad when dieting?
Dieting

Are Cheat days good or bad when dieting? For example, let’s suppose you are in a ketogenic diet because you desire to have the beneficial effects of ketosis and have found that your energy and work performance are better when you pursue a low carbohydrate dietary regimen. When achieving ketosis, it is necessary to continuously limit your carbohydrates to reach the maximum benefits and to remain in a fat adapted state. Having a “cheat day”, where carbohydrates are consumed in excess would kick the dieter out of ketosis. Depending on the amount of carbohydrates and other macro nutrients consumed on the cheat day, the return to a ketogenic state could take several days or a week. Thereby, one cheat day has disrupted your entire dietary plan.

Lets look at another area, blood lipids. If we sat down and ate a burger and fries and a dessert, we would easily put away more than 1000 calories -consisting of simple sugars, inflammatory inducing Omega-6 fatty acids and high glycemic index carbohydrates. Within hours after eating this meal we would see changes in our blood chemistry-particularly lipids and these are not positive changes. It could take 5-7 days for the lipid abnormalities and inflammatory mediators to decline in your body after such a robust cheating episode. If you have a weekly cheat day, you can see where you are constantly bombarding your body with bouts of bad food never really allowing your body to heal or experience a steady state.

Are Cheat days good or bad when dieting

Are Cheat days good or bad when dieting? So now the answer, can I have a cheat day on my current dietary plan? The answer is- it depends. If you’re pursuing a ketogenic diet, cheat days are probably not a good idea. If you are doing a detoxification diet-No-don’t cheat-just do the detox! If you are pursuing a Paleo diet and you want to have a piece of birthday cake at a party or at a social event and you don’t have a gluten, egg or dairy allergy then indulging in non-Paleo foods occasionally can satisfy cravings, and often times help keep you on track.  Likely this will have no long-term consequences. Also, keep in mind that there are different degrees of cheating. Having a small slice of birthday cake (occasionally) is likely less damaging than burgers, fries and beer every weekend. 

Dietary plans used for weight loss, competition preparation and achieving optimal health can be broken from time to time.

However, please keep in mind that your diet is a tool to help you achieve your goals. Learn to use that tool to your advantage so you can win the game.