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The Importance of Food Compatibility 

by Kay Lucas  


Solutions in Health Care focuses on a natural way of healing by discovering the truth about what is happening in your body.  

Owner, Dr. Jeanne Petan, earned her Ph.D. in Biological Science from the American College of Nutripathy in Arizona. She offers many services at her home-based office; one of the most fascinating is determining which foods an individual is compatible with, whether from genetics or biological disorder. 

Petan still regards what she was instructed many years ago, “Practitioners have two things to do: first, identify the cause of their patient’s disorder and set up a detoxification program. And second, set up a food compatibility program that will feed their body and not their infections.” 

She explains, “People want to heal themselves, but they don’t have the opportunity in the matrix of the United States AMA philosophy, where it’s about drugs and surgery. If you change your diet, you may get a little better, but you won’t resolve your disorder because you have not gone to the core. If you can find someone who can identify the cause of your disorder, and they give you interventions such as herbs and homeopathics, but they don’t address your individualized dietary needs, you will not heal. It’s the difference between getting a little better or resolving the condition. That is, finding cause AND diet compatibility. But, after detoxifying, you will need another food screen to determine what your optimal diet is.”   

A great example is gluten. Are people really gluten intolerant? “Well, if they have celiac disease, which is genetic, then yes, they are. Then they will have a severe reaction to gluten – which is a protein, not a sugar. However, it’s the contamination of the food that we have an allergic response to. An example is genetically modified foods, and that is a big problem in this country,” according to Petan.  

In other countries, sitting down to eat is an experience that can last hours. They make food from scratch and serve freshly grown produce. More often than not, the opposite is true in the United States. We choose convenience, processed, and on-the-go meals. Also, the preservatives added to make foods last longer can be quite harmful.  

 The food you are eating isn’t the only thing to consider; water is another significant aspect of food compatibility. Petan says, “A big factor with food compatibility is pH in the body. It is very important to determine if you are overly acidic or alkaline and why.” Essentially, if you are out of balance, you can’t digest properly. Check the pH of your drinking water and set your filters correctly. Not all bottled water is created equal or suitable for you. Before you grab a bottle off the shelf, do your homework and look for a brand with a PH of about 7.6 to 8.5. 

Testing your pH and food sensitivities is simple, and Dr. Petan has a lab in her office to check urine, saliva, and blood. She also has the Biotrue System, which uses biofeedback technology. To be tested with this device, you hold a sensor in one hand, and Dr. Petan places a sample of the food in question (i.e., corn, wheat, dairy) on the device. Then she uses a probe to find the pericardium point (from Chinese acupressure) in your other palm. The Biotrue interprets your body’s response, telling you if the food is compatible with your body.  

“So many food incompatibilities come from contamination in the body,” says Petan. Therefore, everyone has different tolerances in how we digest. “This is extremely beneficial for children who are having attention, behavior, or emotional issues.” Petan adds, “Parents say it’s like a miracle with my child on the right dietary program that works for them!” Finding the truth about what is causing your symptoms is key to identifying the underlying physical and emotional problems. 

Solutions in Health Care is located at 290 Enoree Trail in Fountain Inn. For more information, call 864-862-4113, or visit:

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Summer Berries & Cream Dessert

by Linda Craig

Sticking to your gluten-free and dairy-free lifestyle is kind of hard when everyone else is eating “all the things”.  Make and bring your own healthy and scrumptious dessert that will leave you satisfied and guilt-free at any summer festivities this season!

The Whipped Cream: (FYI; heavy whipping cream is a fat, not dairy, but still don’t overdue it)

1 cup of organic heavy whipping cream

1 teaspoon of organic maple syrup

In a chilled glass or metal bowl, blend with mixer (chilled blades) until light and fluffy. Refrigerate.

The Berries:

1 cup of organic sliced strawberries

1 cup of organic blueberries

In a glass parfait bowl, add berries then top with a dollop of whipped cream.

Yields: 4 servings

If you are wanting more variety, additional toppings could include chocolate chips, cacao nibs, sprinkle of cinnamon, walnuts, cashews, and pecans.

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Easy Ways to Reduce Cell Phone Radiation  

Peer-reviewed research has demonstrated a myriad of adverse effects from cell phone radiofrequency (RF) radiation, including increased brain cancer, DNA damage, oxidative stress, immune dysfunction, altered brain development, damaged reproduction, sleep changes, hyperactivity, and memory damage. Thankfully you can easily reduce your daily dose with simple steps. 

Distance matters.

While talking on your cell phone, prefer to position the cell phone away from your body as far as possible.

Whenever possible, use the speakerphone mode.

Avoid carrying your cell phone on your body at all times.

When a wireless phone is close to you, more than 50 percent of the RF is absorbed into your brain and body. Power phones 100 percent off before you carry them on your body. 

Protect your fertility.

This radiation has been shown to damage sperm and ovaries. Many people move the phone away from their head to reduce exposure but then rest the phone on their lap, forgetting that a cell phone or laptop near the abdomen results in higher radiation absorption to the reproductive organs. 

Avoid using your cell phone
when the signal is weak.

Be aware that when you are in an area of poor reception, the phone will increase RF radiation power output by over 1000 times to reach the nearest cell tower.

Use AIRPLANE mode and turn antennas OFF when not in use. 

Airplane mode turns off most transmitting antennas. Be aware that with newer phone models, you also must turn off Bluetooth and hotspot antennas individually.

Children: Only use cell phones for

Children’s skulls are thinner than adults’ and their brains are still developing. Hence, radiation from cell phones penetrates more deeply into their brains and is likely to cause more damage. 

Do not sleep with your cell
phone powered on.

Research shows that sleep is disrupted by cell phone radiation. Need an alarm clock? Simply set the phone to “airplane” or “flight” or “off-line” mode, which will stop “wireless” electromagnetic field emissions. 

Decrease app radiation

Even if you are not using an app, it is always updating in the background, emitting RF into your body. Delete apps you are not using. Turn off auto sync for the apps you need and sync them manually at times when you are at a distance from the phone or when can connect with ethernet instead of Wi-Fi.

Use a corded home landline.

Use a corded home landline, not a home cordless phone, because cordless phones use electromagnetic microwave technology just like cell phones.

Connect your cell phone to the internet without radiation, by using an ethernet cord.

Yes, it is possible to connect your cell phone without radiation, by using a wire. In fact, once connected, you can do everything your cell phone usually does with Wi-Fi with a RF (radiation-free) connection.

Use your corded landline for most conversations.

Forward your cell phone to landlines whenever you are at home, then power off the cell phone without missing a call.  

Avoid using the cell
phone inside spaces
that are surrounded
by metal, like a car.

The metal surroundings reflect the waves inside the vehicle, often increasing your radiation exposure.

Minimize time. 

Whenever possible, minimize talk time and choose to communicate via text messaging rather than making a voice call to limit the duration of exposure and the proximity to the body.

Hold the phone away from your body when you press “send,” and do not rest your phone against your abdomen while texting.

With permission and source:
Environmental Health Trust, a think tank that promotes a healthier
environment through research, education and policy. For more information, visit:

Posted by: | Posted on: June 1, 2023

If You Could Turn Back Time

by Kay Lucas 

Everyone has a reason to wish time would stop or reverse – especially concerning your body. While time travel is still a mystery, full body rejuvenation is not.

There are many therapies available to reverse the effects of aging. The Danita Clinic offers several, and during a free consultation, they will discuss the best option for your concerns. They also have a board-certified family nurse practitioner available for general healthcare.

For many, the first signs of aging are noticed in the mirror – scars, wrinkles, skin discoloration, and hair loss, to name a few. The Danita Clinic can address those issues and more, using SkinPen. “It works well, especially on scars, and that’s mainly what we push for more than the aesthetic,” says Anita Swiss, owner of The Danita Clinic. They also have weight loss solutions for anyone looking to achieve their ideal weight using Semaglutide. 

What about the physical pains from aging? The Danita Clinic’s answers are Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and regenerative therapies. Regenerative Biologic injections work wonders on overused joints, injuries and many other degenerative conditions, breathing issues, and stress incontinence. You can get biological material from your own body or a highly vetted donor. The injection is placed at the sight of your troubled area, but when the biological materials enter your body, they spread out to find inflammation, often helping in more than one location. Most conditions only require one injection, and the biological materials regenerate tissue. Also, there is no downtime needed after your appointment! 

Compare that to steroid shots. Cortisone (steroid) shots only provide temporary relief, often lasting weeks to months, and the pain from the injection can last up to two days. Swiss further explains, “Steroid shots: you aren’t supposed to have more than three in one joint over a lifetime because they are catabolic – meaning they break down the bone and connective tissues and basically push you even closer to that surgery.” 

Along with a personal history of injuries, Anita Swiss is a registered nurse with hospital experience. She has observed, and now cautions, about the surgical path. “Insurance companies put you on a glide path to surgery. #1 They don’t want to do it too soon because most [artificial] joints don’t last more than 10-12 years. #2 Anyone who has had a hip or knee replacement usually, within three years of having that, ends up having to have another joint replaced – either a knee, the other hip, the other knee, or on the same side, because of your gait and overcompensating from all this time getting to the surgery. And then you have offset it again and will overcompensate again.” 

Another big sign of aging is the loss of hormones. The Danita Clinic is a proud provider of BioTE, a Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) company. BioTE is set apart from the competition because they have a small compounding tolerance for added perfection.  

“I knew we [The Danita Clinic] were going to be doing hormone replacement, so we onboarded with BioTE because BioTE was the best,” Swiss speaks from personal experience. 

Balancing your hormones will boost your energy, decrease hot flashes, and improve your libido, mood, and brain fog. BHRT is a small pellet inserted subcutaneously, so you get a constant dose of hormones and aren’t on a rollercoaster of highs and lows as you would from synthetic creams and pills. The pellets dissolve and only need to be replaced two to four times a year. 

Because BioTE pellets are bioidentical, your body recognizes them as your own, and you absorb 100% of the hormones given to you. Unlike topical creams, there is no transference to your partner or others you come in contact with. Best of all, BHRT pellets are plant-based, not synthetically made from animal by-products. 

Hormones work as a lock and key, and everyone’s needs differ. During a consultation at The Danita Clinic, you will have blood drawn and sent to a lab to determine your hormone levels so they can find the right balance for you. 

Similar to some hormones, our body’s peptide production dwindles with age. Peptides are short chains of amino acids that our body naturally produces. Luckily, there are therapies available to help. Since there are over 7,000 known peptides in our body, there is a wide range of benefits to peptide therapy, such as weight loss, improved cognitive function, enhanced immune system, increased libido, better sleep, anxiety, depression, obsessive behaviors, neuro-degeneration conditions, and many more. The Danita Clinic’s website states, “Peptide therapy is the use of peptides in treatment to direct cells to perform the function specific to the peptide being used.”  

Full body rejuvenation is how you can turn back the clock and slow the aging process. Don’t think you just have to live with physical or emotional pain and scars; there are many options available. Explore them all, especially if you are ready to get off the “pain-pill-hamster-wheel.” 

The Danita Clinic is located at 16 Lindsay Ave. in Greenville. For more information, call 864-419-7896 or visit:

Posted by: | Posted on: June 1, 2023

Keeping the Bugs at Bay!

Summer is in full swing and the outside critters are very busy!  Lately, many people are talking about ants and mice. Eeek! 

There’s a recipe that will help with both: 1 Cup Diatomaceous Earth, 1/2 Cup Neem Powder, 1/2 Cup Yarrow Root Powder, and 20 drops Eucalyptus oil. Spread this mixture across door thresholds, the garage door opening, and around patios and porches. 

It really helps keep those critters at bay and it won’t hurt your pets (if you have chickens, don’t use dust while they are around to breathe it in). This recipe also helps with fleas, roaches, etc.  If people are camping out, it’s a must have. – Sandy Teska from Essentially Sandy.

Posted by: | Posted on: June 1, 2023

What Are the SixPillars of Health?

By Liz Liokumovich

I recently met up with Lisa Banks of Live Healthy Be Healthy, a wellness center that incorporates several interesting facets under one roof.  Lisa, who is a Lifestyle Medicine Practitioner, Health Coach and Registered Nurse was called to help guide people into a healthier living lifestyle. The methods are based on the six pillars of lifestyle medicine: physical activity, healing sleep, cultivating social connections, stress reduction and management, plant-based nutrition, and avoidance of risky substances including tobacco cessation. 

Lisa offers sessions for your feet under Fresh Feet Footcare. With three rooms set up for foot care, there is plenty of room for yourself and a friend. Lisa’s holistic approach came from her past experience in wound care. Her gift is to focus on foot care and help people feel better. Her gentle technique includes a complete foot and lower leg assessment. This includes non-aggressive nail treatment (fungal and/or ingrown), callus treatment, massage for feet and legs with the purpose of circulation improvement, and foot moisturizing treatments. Fresh Feet Footcare also offers an innovative solution for the treatment of toenails damaged by fungus, infection, or injury, restoring them to their original appearance; just ask about the Keryflex Nail Restoration System. This is perfect for getting those feet looking fresh and healthy for summer! 

Live Healthy Be Healthy will be offering classes and workshops to help people get healthy, and with that comes being happy. The plant-based nutrition classes educate people how to eat right with an “outside the box” approach, not just a focus on a particular diet. As part of the nutrition classes, Lisa brought into her facility a multi-tiered hydroponics system for growing your own greens inside! Growing microgreens is also a topic within the classes. 

Sleep classes will help get the mind and body ready for a good night’s sleep by teaching techniques on how to fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up refreshed. Sleep is very important to our health, especially when so many of us stay up late on our phones and fall asleep with phones next to us. 

Gentle exercise classes are also offered, including the use of a row machine and explanation of its benefits, as well as TRX straps. TRX straps are used for strength building exercises, cardio workouts, stretching, and flexibility training. 

With such an interesting array of modalities and approaches to getting and staying healthy and happy, you would think everything was covered! But guess what? At the back of the office there’s an art studio run by local artist Edna Davis. Ms. Davis offers a form of art therapy classes called “intuitive art,” which is a process of creating art using an inner awareness and intuition. 

Overall, this has been a very informative and a fun experience to meet Lisa and learn what Live Healthy Be Healthy is all about! Stop by for a visit and to learn about things that you thought you knew about, but there is actually much more to know! 

For more information about the six pillars of health and comprehensive foot care, contact Live Healthy. Be Healthy at: 864-243-8614 or visit:

Liz is a wife and homeschooling mom of four by day, and a self-proclaimed “Researcher-Hawk” by night (hopefully with some sleep in between). She’s looking forward to discovering more natural therapies to keep her life in balance.

Posted by: | Posted on: June 1, 2023

Start Me Up!

Natural Alternatives to Help Alleviate Fatigue

by Leila Scogin, C.N.H.P.

The Joi Center

Feeling tired and drained can be a common occurrence for many people, especially those with busy schedules or stressful jobs. While there are many over-the-counter solutions for fatigue, natural remedies can be just as effective and can help provide longer-lasting relief without the negative side effects.

Here are some natural remedies for fatigue that you can try:

Exercise: Exercise is a great way to get your blood pumping and boost your energy levels. Even light stretching or a short walk can help to wake you up and make you feel more alert.

Hydrate: Drinking plenty of water throughout the day is essential for keeping your body functioning properly. Dehydration can lead to fatigue and the build up of inflammation in our bodies, so be sure to drink enough water to stay hydrated.

Get enough sleep: Getting a good night’s sleep is crucial for feeling energized and refreshed the next day. Aim for at least 7-8 hours of sleep per night and try to establish a consistent sleep schedule.

Eat a balanced diet: Eating a balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can help provide your body with the nutrients it needs to function properly. Avoid processed foods and excess sugar, as these can cause a crash in energy levels.

Try natural supplements: Certain natural supplements like ashwagandha, cordyceps, magnesium, and vitamin B12 have been shown to boost energy levels and reduce fatigue.

Reduce stress: Chronic stress can lead to fatigue and burnout, so it’s important to find ways to manage stress levels. Try practicing breathwork, meditation, or yoga to help reduce stress and feel more relaxed.

In conclusion, there are many natural remedies for fatigue that can help you feel more energized and alert. By incorporating these tips into your daily routine, you can improve your overall health and well-being while avoiding the negative side effects of many over-the-counter options. Give these natural remedies a try and see how they can help improve your energy levels and alleviate fatigue. Visit our website for more tips on how to restore, revive, and renew your wellness and well-being.

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Stretch Those Tootsies

Stretching your feet before a walk or run is essential as it helps to prepare your muscles, reduce the risk of injury, and enhance your performance. It also increases flexibility and range of motion in your feet and ankles; which can help prevent foot-related problems like plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis.

Toe Raises: Standing, raise your toes off the ground, keeping your heels planted on the floor. Hold for 10 to 15 seconds, then release. Repeat 10 to 15 times. This stretch will help strengthen your foot muscles and improve your balance.

Ankle Circles: Sit with your legs extended in front of you. Rotate your right ankle in a clockwise direction for 10 to 15 seconds, then switch to counterclockwise direction for another 10 to 15 seconds. Repeat for your left foot. This stretch will help loosen up your ankle joints and improve your range of motion.

Sole Stretch: Sit with your legs extended in front of you. Place a tennis ball under the arch of your foot. Roll the ball back and forth along the length of your foot, applying gentle pressure. Repeat on the other foot. This stretch will help loosen up the plantar fascia, a band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, and reduce the risk of injury.

 -Dr. Cynthia Horner, Horner Chiropractic

Posted by: | Posted on: March 9, 2023

Clicking Refresh on Your Soul

by Kay Lucas

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Undoubtedly you have gotten stuck in this stagnant trap on your digital device. You know after a while that you need to click refresh or even reboot. But what about when this seems to be happening within you? How do you click refresh on your soul? Because each person is different, what works for your neighbor might not work for you. Trying more than one of the following may help you find what works best for you.

Laughter: Nothing lightens your spirit like a good giggle. Find some friends for a good time. You don’t need to go out, just conversation and  fellowship. If you aren’t a socialite, watch or read
   something for comedic relief.

• Meditate: Find a little peace and quiet to look within and communicate with your spirit.

Music: Music has been proven to change your mood. From uplifting beats to soothing sounds, I’m sure you’ll find a favorite tune to connect and revive your soul.

• Scent: The olfactory bulb connects your sense of smell to your brain. It can be a magical time machine that returns your mind to a moment in your past. If you have any essential oils, line them up for a sensory journey. Open one at a time, close your eyes and take a whiff. Hopefully, you’ll have one that sings to your spirit.

Get out in Nature:Everyone has an element they connect with at a soul-deep level. Do you feel your best at the beach? In the woods? Digging in the soil? Sitting around a fire? Or maybe you like the fresh air at the top of a mountain?

Spa Treatments: This may be a biased opinion, but when your body feels great, your soul is happy.

Exercise: The release of endorphins from a good workout will uplift your spirit.

A Hot Cup of Tea: Wrap your hands around a mug of tea; bring it to your face and let the aromatic steam kiss your skin. Breathe it in before taking that first sip, then enjoy each mouthful with the intent of feeding your soul.

Religion: This is a subject that people feel very strongly about, but it would be amiss to skip. No matter your beliefs, the Word of your religion should ignite your soul. 

Hopefully, one or more of these tips refreshes your soul and reboots your chi! With spring all around us, it’s time to reset your spirit too.

Kay Lucas is a local romance novelist, a licensed massage therapist, wife, and mother of four. When she doesn’t have her nose stuck in a book, she loves to dance while cooking and tend to her many fur and feathered friends.

Posted by: | Posted on: March 9, 2023

Staying Safe from Hidden Toxins in Your Home

 by Dr. Jeanne Petan, PhD. Nutripath 

Sickening toxins buried inside your walls, cabinets, your refrigerator, even your toothbrush are the last thing you want to worry about! What can be done to limit these poisons? Here are some tips you can implement to make your home a much healthier place to be.

Fluoride: It is a residue from the mining of aluminum and has been shown not just to lower the IQ level, but it proliferates bone cancer, Leukemia, hypothyroidism, and it also calcifies the pineal gland and cellular breakdown. According to Health Ranger Mike Adams, “When you drink fluoridated water your body thinks you hate yourself and wants to commit suicide!” Therefore, whenever possible, avoid drinking water, coffee, or tea at a restaurant; bring your own purified water. It is recommended to use fluoride-free toothpaste and deny fluoride treatments at dental appointments. If you’re able, install a home water purification system that eliminates all toxic metals.

Mold: Thousands of types have been found inside homes in the United States, especially areas of the country with high humidity. Minute spores, which travel throughout the home, have been found in flooded homes, roof leaks, bathrooms, kitchens, air ducts, basements, under carpets, in cabinets, and under the refrigerator or freezer. Some mold contamination symptoms include skin rashes, lung congestion, chronic sinusitis, migraine headaches, a suppressed immune system, and depression. Aspergillus Niger fungus can cause autoimmune diseases, and Candida Parapsilosis is tied to cancer development. 

Go to and search for “A brief guide to mold, moisture and your home” for more information.

Carbon Monoxide: Gas-powered heat, propane fireplaces, heating oil, and gas stoves present high risk for this toxin. Elevated levels of carbon monoxide displace oxygen in the body causing fatigue, muscle weakness, headaches, nausea, confusion, and shortness of breath. There is also evidence that gas stoves emit nitrogen dioxide. This gas can cause chronic asthma attacks and attention deficient disorders. Be sure to always use the fan when cooking. If you are buying a new stove, Consumer Reports recommends looking into induction cooking.

Dr. Rashid Buttar shares more information about toxins inside the home on his website and his DVD “Facts on Toxicity.”

Food Integrity:
Consume organic ingredients as much as possible. The Americans For Safe Food Organization in Washington, DC found over 5,000 herbicides, pesticides,
preservatives, and coloring agents
in tested foods. Forego GMO
(Genetically Modified Organism) foods. When growing your own food, use heirloom seeds. Support local, sustainable, organic agriculture whenever possible to build healthy future generations.

Microwaves: The well-known integrative medicine expert Dr. Andrew Weil says, “Microwaved foods are either dead or carcinogenic.” Avoid using the microwave as much as possible. If you must, don’t stand in front of them when in use.

Staying healthy is the goal, and there are steps to take toward that goal. As Dr. Blake Livingood (Doctor of Natural Medicine, DC) states, “The only thing you truly have control of is your body and your environment. You are the water you drink; you are the food you eat; you are the air you breathe. Your choice = wellness or disease. Ask God, your Creator, to guide you in all the best for you and your family!”

Solutions in Health Care is located at 290 Enoree Trail in Fountain Inn. For more
information, call 864-862-4113 or visit: