I have been working at Leaves of Life for two years now and love working at an office of health. I live in Worthington Hills with my husband, one cat and one dog: love my short commute to work. I have 3 adult children, and a new daughter-in-law as of this past October. I have worked in the health care field all my life. I found functional medicine when my son was very ill. Traditional medicine with traditional testing could not find the cause of his issues. After a simple stool test we had our answer. All it took was a diet change and we had a new healthy child. I was and am a believer in functional medicine. Diet and lifestyle is the best medicine!
I am one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and have been married to my supportive husband for 10 years. We have 2 wonderful daughters ages 8 and 10. I have been employed with Leaves of Life as the Lab Technician for 2 ½ years and love what I do. I feel very privileged to be able to help people in a natural practice focusing on the root cause of the problems and healing with foods and supplements.
I found Patty on my journey to health about 15 years ago. We became good friends in the process and now I’m the office manager at Leaves of Life. I grew up in Virginia, went to college in North Carolina and moved to Ohio in 1990. My husband and I have 4 children between us, ages 11 – 31. Besides working at Leaves of Life, I have an organizing business and enjoy hula hooping, doing puzzles and frequent trips to Hocking Hills. Patty and Leaves of Life have greatly improved my health – I am so thankful for this job and the people I work with.
As a mom of three, I am often the resident health care provider in our home. I was happy to find Leaves of Life because I have been interested in holistic medicine for over 20 years. I use essential oils, chiropractic care, and try to eat well and exercise. I enjoy walking and yoga. I also enjoy spending time with friends. While working at Leaves of Life, I’ve learned a lot, and discovered a wonderful place to find answers to my family’s health concerns. Seeking out the root cause of an ailment is what I’ve believed in for so long, and now we have the expertise we need.
Cristine is a front desk receptionist at Leaves of Life and the newest member of our team.
Traditional Hot Stone Massage provides several benefits, including relief of muscle tension and pain, stress and anxiety reduction, increased circulation, and better sleep. The average skin temperature is 92 degrees. Stones are usually warmed to 105-110 degrees.
In general, Himalayan Salt has several benefits: air purification, reduction of electromagnetic radiation, reduction of unhealthy positive ions, easing of allergies and asthma and improvement in mood and sleep.
The combination of a hot stone massage with Himalayan salt stones adds even more benefit. You can see the effects of the salt after one session. Your skin, body and mind will thank you!
The benefits of a Himalayan Salt Stone Massage:
- Negative ions are produced when heated, creating a sense of peace and deeper sense of relaxation.
- The heat of the salt melts restrictive fascia to go deeper into the muscles and loosens the joints.
- The moist heat of the stones assist with soothing inflamed muscles and joints.
- Leaves the skin feeling refreshed and glowing.
- The salt stones moisturize and plump up the superficial layers of the skin.
- May detoxify and alkalize the body.
- May aid in reduction of insomnia, blood pressure and stress.
On a spiritual level:
- Can ground and balance meridian levels, chakras and electromagnetic field.
- Clear your Qi and energy.
The stones provide 84 essential mineral and trace compounds. Stones may be used hot or cold. Unlike river stones, Himalayan stones are antibacterial.
Give yourself a wonderful treatment by scheduling a Himalayan salt stone massage session today!
Brittany Baumgartner, LMT
Joanne Corroto RN, BSN, LMT uses the BioScan (Meridian Stress Assessment), a class 2 FDA-approved medical device, to detect imbalances in the body. The BioScan provides an extraordinary perspective on the state of your body’s energetic health and balance by measuring electrical conductivity at response points (acupuncture/meridian points) on the hands and feet. A total of 58 points are used for testing and are recorded to provide a profile of the client’s present condition. According to research, acupuncture points are related to the body’s organs and systems.
As the client moves away from health, imbalances can be sensed along the meridians at representative points. As a result, stress associated with the corresponding organs can be surveyed using the indicated organ points.
The BioScan can provide information on how organs, glands, and body systems are performing and how they’re reacting to environmental toxins, stress, emotions and more. It is a comprehensive, non-invasive and pain free test. It creates a complete circuit (like an EKG) using a highly sensitive Ohm meter that measures the flow of energy between each meridian point and organ. After the initial assessment or measurements have been taken and recorded, the results can be viewed. If stress values are above or below the balance point, the systems’s extensive computer database will allow consideration of a wide range of possibilities that can help the client regain a healthy balance. The BioMeridian allows consideration of thousands of homeopathic, herbal and nutritional products.
Here’s what testing looks like:
At a typical appointment, the client sits in a chair and holds the moistened brass hand mass in one hand, while the other hand is tested using a stylus to touch the various acupuncture meridian points on the fingers. The information is visibly plotted on the computer, displaying the energy that point is exhibiting: stressed, weak or balanced.
Testing the small bowel point might indicate a possible imbalance with digestion/absorption, indicating to the technician that there is a need to look at other items that impact digestion and absorption. Low stomach acid, sluggish bile flow, flora imbalance are some of the possible underlying causes. Once the underlying cause is determined, the BioScan helps to determine from thousands of treatment options, what will work best with the client.
Overall, the BioScan unit is an information gathering device to disclose patterns of stress and provide feedback to help restore each system and meridian to an appropriate balance.
The BioScan does not provide a medical diagnosis.
|TIME||TOPIC OF SESSION||PRACTITIONER|
|10:00||Meditation Class||Valerie Christensen, RN, CDE QTTP, CMEC|
|10:30||GI Map Stool Test–Why GI health impacts literally every cell in the body||Patty Shipley, Naturopath, RN, Herbalist|
|10:30||Improving the Go–Identifying underlying causes in chronic constipation||Anne Guist, Women’s Health Physical Therapist at Fitness Matters|
|10:30||Spectracell Micronutrient Testing–The importance of knowing INTRAcellular nutrient levels and how nutrient deficiencies can cause common illnesses||Bob Wood, RPh, Hormone Specialist|
|10:30||Therapeutic Touch Demo||Valerie Christensen, RN, CDE, QTTP, CMEC|
|11:00||Meditation Class||Valerie Christensen, RN, CDE, QTTP, CMEC|
|11:15||ZRT Saliva Testing–When saliva is more accurate than blood for sex hormones and practical advice on hormone imbalance||Bob Wood, RPh, Hormone Specialist|
|11:30||GI Map Stool Test–Why GI health impacts literally every cell in the body||Patty Shipley, Naturopath, RN, Herbalist|
|11:30||The Function of Females, Feelings and Food||Holly Wood, MSW, LISW-S|
|12:00||CardioMetabolic Test–Think you know your cardiovascular risk because you know your cholesterol numbers? Think again! Kelli will review cutting edge cardiovascular risk factors.||Kelli Cuda, MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner|
|12:15||Commit to Combat (Tools to fight daily stress/anxiety/depression)||Holly Wood, MSW, LISW-S|
|12:30||GI Map Stool Test–Why GI health impacts literally every cell in the body||Patty Shipley, Naturopath, RN, Herbalist|
|12:30||Therapeutic Touch Demo||Valerie Christensen, RN, CDE, QTTP, CMEC|
|1:00||Meditation Class||Valerie Christensen, RN, CDE, QTTP, CMEC|
|1:00||The Function of Females, Feelings and Food||Holly Wood, MSW, LISW-S|
|1:30||GI Map Stool Test–Why GI health impacts literally every cell in the body||Patty Shipley, Naturopath, RN, Herbalist|
|1:30||Therapeutic Touch Demo||Valerie Christensen, RN, CDE, QTTP, CMEC|
What is Iridology?
Iridology is the art and science of analyzing the markings, structure, and pigmentation in the iris (colored portion of the eye). Bernard Jensen, DC popularized iridology in the US and taught that the iris revealed present tissue conditions as well as changes in the iris from healing interventions. However, several studies have refuted this and there has been no photographic proof of the “healing lines” he wrote about. His work was based on early research in Germany that was developed by medical doctors. Modern research from Germany is based on autopsies and other scientific analysis, and points toward iris patterns as constitutional (inherited tendencies) rather than diagnostic of present tissue conditions.
Unfortunately, there are those who use iridology as a diagnostic tool, which detracts from its credibility. Personally, I studied under Steven Horne, author of numerous books and courses in natural healing, a professional member and past president of the American Herbalists Guild and professional member of the International Iridology Practitioner’s Association (IIPA). His Iridology courses can be accessed here.
Steven Horne’s courses are taught from a constitutional perspective, meaning that the iris will tell us where a person tends to be weakest. I think of it like looking at a board and seeing the knothole/s in the board. Put pressure on the board, and it will most likely break at the knothole, since it’s the weakest point. Similarly, when looking at a person’s iris, if they’re taking good care of themselves, none of their tendencies/weaknesses may be manifesting. Alternatively, when someone has taken poor care of themselves, their genetic weaknesses are more likely to be expressing. In general, as a person ages, more of what we see in the iris will point to present tissue conditions. Iris assessment is a great way to find out how to prevent future problems or give us a place to start with what’s presently going on.
More than 20 years ago, I saw an herbalist and had an iris assessment done, and it was so accurate (I was quite ill), I knew I had to learn to do it myself. For many years, it was part of all my new patient appointments. Nowadays, I informally include it as part of a visual assessment, without most patients even being aware.
One of the most common questions I’m asked is whether the iris will change as people improve their health. Though iris signs are mostly constitutional, I have observed some pigment changes in my years of practice.
When I first started practicing, much of my focus was on regaining my own health, and I noticed that each time I did a focused, deep detox, my eyes were noticeably bluer (as opposed to their usual grey-blue). Every time I detoxed, several people would ask if I’d gotten blue contacts.
Approximately 18 ago, a married couple came in for a dual new patient appointment. The wife was concerned because her liver enzymes had been chronically elevated over the last several blood draws with her doctor, and she was interested in doing a detox. I did an iris assessment with each of them, gave them a paper outlining each of their iris signs that included the organ map (shown above), we outlined a plan for both of them and they went on their way. Six months later, they returned to my office, concerned about a dark brown pigment that had appeared in the wife’s right eye over the liver area on the iris map. In talking with them, it became apparent they hadn’t followed any of the recommendations I’d outlined in our previous session, so we talked about the barriers to making changes, came up with some solutions, and they got started. Within 3 months, the brown pigment had completely disappeared! (And of course, she felt much better.) This was fascinating to me, but what I’ve seen over years of reading irises is that in general, if pigments have been present in the iris for a prolonged period of time, even if the original imbalance that triggered these pigments to appear is resolved, they seem to have gelled and become a permanent part of the iris. This may be one reason why photographic proof is so difficult to come by with iris assessment.
In general with iridology, there are three basic eye colors: brown, genetically mixed (AKA biliary) and blue. Any other variation from these colors is due to pigmentation that comes in over top the fibers, which can give the appearance of hazel, green or grey eyes. Note the photos below. A list of some of the different signs depicted in each is listed below each picture.
It’s beyond the scope of this article to do any type of in-depth explanation of iris assessment, but below the iris pictures you’ll find a few of the common signs that are seen in iris assessments and their meaning.
Looks like a string of white or yellow/white pearls in the outermost portion of the iris and indicates a tendency toward lymphatic congestion that can result in chronic sinus/respiratory or allergy symptoms, and can also involve joint and kidney problems. The lymph system is the garbage-removal system in the body, and doesn’t have a pump. It moves when we move, so exercise is beneficial to increasing lymph flow. Bouncing on a mini-trampoline or skin-brushing can also stimulate lymph flow.
Tight Autonomic Nerve Wreath
(Visualized most easily in the 3rd picture above) There is a tendency for tense, tight or spastic bowels with an ANW that is closer than 1/3 the distance between the outer edge of the iris and the pupil. Often I find these people crave chocolate, notice a worsening in constipation with travel or have menstrual cramps that respond to heat. Often there is an increased need for magnesium.
Seen most easily in the brown eye above, they are the concentric circles around the outer edge of the iris that resemble ripples in water. These are indicators of a tendency toward tension or stress or a type A personality.
Seen in the 1st and 3rd eyes as the dark circle at the edge of the iris, which is in the skin zone. This indicates a tendency toward slowly eliminating or toxic skin.
Appear as “spokes” that radiate out from the center of the iris and are easily pictured in the brown eye above. RS are a tendency for a toxic bowel that is allowing for toxins to be absorbed across the lining into the body tissues.
Not technically part of the iris, enlarged pupils can indicate current issues with adrenal burnout, difficulty sleeping and fatigue.
As I said, this article doesn’t list all of the common iris signs and markings, but is just a smattering to give you a little taste. If you’d like to schedule for an iris assessment with me, you can contact the office. Assessments take approximately 15 minutes and are $50. Simply want to do a little more reading and learning? Check out these links:
Patty Shipley, Naturopath, RN, Herbalist
Nitric Oxide–the Body’s Natural Vasodilator
Say NO to Disease!
Prevent and reverse disease by generating Nitric Oxide with WHOLE FOODS and a HEALTHY MICROBIOME!
What is Nitric Oxide?
A combination of one molecule of Nitrogen and and one molecule of Oxygen. (NO)
What Nitric Oxide is not:
Nitrous oxide, “Laughing gas” used at the dentist’s office: one molecule of Nitrogen and TWO molecules of Oxygen (NO2)
What does Nitric Oxide do? It’s a chemical messenger that signals:
-Arteries to relax and expand, promoting blood flow
-Immune cells to kill bacteria and cancer
-Communication between brain cells
-Oxygenation of tissues
Nitric Oxide can:
-Prevent high blood pressure
-Keep arteries flexible
-Limit swelling and pain of arthritis
-Prevent, slow or reverse arterial plaque
-Protect bones from osteoporosis
-Help protect skin from sun damage
-Reduce risk of developing dementia
-Reduce formation of blood clots
-Reverse erectile dysfunction
-Reduce risk of diabetes and complications like kidney disease, blindness and limb amputation
How to help your body make Nitric Oxide:
-Raw greens (particularly kale, swiss chard, arugula, spinach, bok choy, lettuce, cabbage, mustard greens, kohlrabi),
-Dark colored fruit (berries, red wine, grapes), dark chocolate, asparagus, celery, watercress, artichoke, eggplant
-Regular exercise (at least 30 minutes)
-Fish oil and other unsaturated oils
-Refrain from antiseptic mouthwash, as this kills the normal flora in the mouth that are involved in making NO
-Support normal flora in your GI tract and ensure adequate hydrochloric acid in the stomach (avoid acid blockers, rule out H Pylori or other GI infections)
By Patty Shipley RN, Naturopath
Zinc Taste Testing is a quick and inexpensive way to determine your zinc status.
How to do the Zinc Taste Test
A small amount of zinc sulfate solution is taken and swirled around the mouth for ten seconds, then swallowed or spit out. Compare your results to the table below:
Optimal- An immediate, unpleasant, obviously adverse taste, at which the patient usually grimaces.
Adequate- A definite but not strongly unpleasant taste noted immediately and tends to intensify with time.
Quite Deficient- No taste noticed initially, but noticed in 10-15 seconds.
Very Deficient- Tasteless or “tastes like water”.
Dozens of zinc dependent enzymes participate in a myriad of crucial metabolic functions.
Zinc is necessary for healthy mental function and mood, protein synthesis, nucleic acid and DNA metabolism, hormone production, prostate function, energy, response to stress, and taste acuity.
Studies show even a mild deficiency affects clinical, biochemical and immunological functions.
Reports indicate that in the United States, marginal zinc deficiency is widespread.
A study of over 15,000 people revealed almost 70% were not consuming even RDA levels of zinc.
How do you know if you’re zinc-deficient?
The initial symptoms of marginal deficiency are dysfunctions of taste and smell. Studies found taste sensitivity to be a good indicator of zinc status, leading to the development of the Zinc Taste Test.
Mild to marginal deficiency includes: decreased muscle mass, neurosensory changes, inability to react, sluggishness, decreased immune system functions, decreased sperm count and decreased testosterone in males.
Moderate deficiency includes: growth retardation, delayed wound healing, neurosensory changes, immune dysfunction, rough skin, poor appetite, mental lethargy and sexual under-development in males. Severe deficiency: delayed healing of ulcers, neurosensory disorders, infections due to immune dysfunction, weight loss, skin inflammation, baldness, diarrhea, sexual under-development in males and emotional disorders.
What to consider if you’re zinc deficient:
Sufficient hydrochloric acid is necessary for absorption from diet. Taking acid blockers regularly can cause deficiencies in all your minerals as well as fat-soluble vitamins.
Chronic copper exposure from cookware, plumbing, supplements or certain medications can create a deficiency. For this reason, we don’t advise supplementing copper without first testing your copper status.
Estrogen dominance can lead to copper excess, which lowers zinc.
Food sources of zinc:
Want to know about your status of zinc, copper and other critical nutrients?
Consider MicroNutrient testing through SpectraCell Labs. This test utilizes white blood cells that live for approximately 6 months and determines intracellular nutrient status of Vit B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, folate, choline, biotin, inositol, vitamin A, C, D, E, K, calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper, selenium, manganese, COQ10, Alpha lipoic acid, glutathione, cysteine, glutamine, carnitine, asparagine, serine, chromium, fructose sensitivity, insulin sensitivity, oxidative resistance and immune strength.
By Patty Shipley RN, Naturopath