A New Provider and More Offerings

We are adding a new provider and developing more offerings.

NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

 New Provider Coming

Summer Huntley-Dale, PhD, NP-C will be joining Asheville Gynecology & Wellness in a few months. Summer is a nurse practitioner with a PhD who will be coming aboard in a few months. She will be available to see GYN patients for routine and problem oriented visits. She shares Asheville Gynecology & Wellness’s commitment to health and wellness. Summer has done additional training through Apeiron in the use of genomic testing to help design more precise plans for health improvement.

(Stay tuned for news regarding when she will begin scheduling appointments.)

Teaching Kitchen News

 

 

Dr. Scott was accepted to the Food-For-Life Instructor Training that will certify her kitchen to continue offering classes.

 

REFLECTIONS ON HEALTH INSURANCE

This year, more than many other years, public attention focused on the importance of healthcare and what can happen if health insurance becomes too expensive to afford. While the national debate about health insurances rages on, I want to offer another perspective on how we can all insure our health.

Many illnesses occurring in the USA are related to personal lifestyle choices. These lifestyle choices include one’s nutrition, physical activity and exercise, stress management, spiritual practices, and the degree to which one feels connected in community with others. Each of these items exerts powerful effects on health and disease

We are a culture who are driven by incessant interaction with computers, tablets, Kindles, and cell phones. This high-paced, stress-filled pattern leaves little time for community building, relationships with others, or cultivating a physical and emotional connections to animals and the earth. In addition, our foods are often laden with fats and sugars. Manufacturers seem to know that when consumers are stressed they will reach for calorically-dense foods packed with fats, sugars, and salt. These factors in combination with an increasingly sedentary lifestyle are known to contribute to many health problems. Many people wonder how they can change their current habits so that they can insure good health in the future.

 

I have been committed to raising patient’s awareness about what they can do that will have appositive impact on health. It is important to find ways to empower others to make the changes they desire to make. At Asheville Gynecology & Wellness, we emphasize Whole Food, Plant-based approaches because this approach consistently lowers cholesterol, regulates blood sugar and blood pressure, and reduces inflammatory processes. Our goal is to empower others to make lasting changes

I am excited to be going to our nation’s capitol in May to complete the Food-For-Life Instructor Training. This is an intensive program that will help me translate nutrition research into community education. We plan to soon be accepting enrollment for classes beginning in mid-August 2017.

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The Benefits of Taking a Walk in Nature

The benefits of taking a walk in nature were features in a recent article from the Proceedings of the National Academey of Sciences.  The researchers found that “Participants who went on a 90-min walk through a natural environment reported lower levels of rumination and showed reduced neural activity in an area of the brain (the subgenual prefrontal cortex or sgPFC)…compared with those who walked through an urban environment”. The spPFC is a region of the brain associated with rumination on negative aspect of self, a feature that can be associated with depression. There many benefits of taking a walk in nature. One conclusion the authors make is that providing accessible natural areas in  heavily urbanized areas may help promote mental health. 

 

These findings may have implications that go beyond city planning. The benefits of walking in nature can be demonstrated on functional MRI. Something about a walk in the woods evokes fewer negative ruminations (recurring thoughts) about ourselves. The best-selling author of The Power of Now, Eckart Tolle wrote that “We also need nature to show us the way home, the way out of the prison of our minds”. The Researchers at Stanford University have shown there is a specific neural correlation to Tolle’s observation. 

 

Even short periods of exercise can promote better health. Although study participants engaged in a 90-minute walk, shorter walks can also be expected to produce healthy effects.  Dr. Vicky Scott points out “Gynecologists frequently encourage exercise to improve bone health, to address pre-menstrual dysphoria,  and as a component of weight management”. There are many opportunities to get out in nature—many can be found close to where you work or live. Some cities have converted abandoned railroad tracks into urban bicycling and hiking trails. The North Carolina Rails to Trails website has links to maps and so does Buncombe County. Whether you have to drive somewhere to hike in the mountains or you go out your backdoor to explore the natural world, if you find yourself stuck in a moment where your thoughts just keep looping around negatively, try taking a walk in nature.

 

 

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Music helps your body move

Music Helps Your Body Move

I found an interesting article which explains how music can help your body move and maximize your efforts in exercise.

Let’s Get Physical: The Psychology of Effective Workout Music

New research clarifies why music and exercise make such a good team, and how to create an optimal workout playlist.

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