December 2016

Get Warm!

Have you tried the HOCATT sauna yet?! Hop on over to Fahrenheit Body Spas to try this hot and steamy capsule! Patients of Aspen Integrative Medicine can get 10% off their first session by mentioning this ad! 

T he HOCATT sauna  is a multi-modality wellness sauna that combines up to ten effective therapies into one ergonomically designed system.  Each 30 minute treatment can assist the body's ability to respond to health challenges, injury, and chronic conditions; improve athletic performance; enhance skincare and beauty, and facilitate overall health rejuvenation.

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We all know green tea is a great source of antioxidants and that it has many curing properties. Researchers are now finding out that green tea can also promote working  memory  function! It does this by specifically enhancing the communication from the parietal lobe and the frontal cortex. In this study, they used an MRI to monitor the increase in cognitive performance. 

In time of wonder what the future may hold following the election, perhaps you will find solace in this....

We Were Made For These Times by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, 2016

My friends, do not lose heart. We were made for these times. I have heard from so many recently who are deeply and properly bewildered. They are concerned about the state of affairs in our world now. Ours is a time of almost daily astonishment and often righteous rage over the latest degradations of what matters most to civilized, visionary people.

You are right in your assessments. The lustre and hubris some have aspired to while endorsing acts so heinous against children, elders, everyday people, the poor, the unguarded, the helpless, is breathtaking. Yet, I urge you, ask you, gentle you, to please not spend your spirit dry by bewailing these difficult times. Especially do not lose hope. Most particularly because, the fact is that we were made for these times. Yes. For years, we have been learning, practicing, been in training for and just waiting to meet on this exact plain of engagement.

I grew up on the Great Lakes and recognize a seaworthy vessel when I see one. Regarding awakened souls, there have never been more able vessels in the waters than there are right now across the world. And they are fully provisioned and able to signal one another as never before in the history of humankind.
Look out over the prow; there are millions of boats of righteous souls on the waters with you. Even though your veneers may shiver from every wave in this stormy roil, I assure you that the long timbers composing your prow and rudder come from a greater forest. That long-grained lumber is known to withstand storms, to hold together, to hold its own, and to advance, regardless.

In any dark time, there is a tendency to veer toward fainting over how much is wrong or unmended in the world. Do not focus on that. There is a tendency, too, to fall into being weakened by dwelling on what is outside your reach, by what cannot yet be. Do not focus there. That is spending the wind without raising the sails.

We are needed, that is all we can know. And though we meet resistance, we more so will meet great souls who will hail us, love us and guide us, and we will know them when they appear. Didn't you say you were a believer? Didn't you say you pledged to listen to a voice greater? Didn't you ask for grace? Don't you remember that to be in grace means to submit to the voice greater?

Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good.

What is needed for dramatic change is an accumulation of acts, adding, adding to, adding more, continuing. We know that it does not take everyone on Earth to bring justice and peace, but only a small, determined group who will not give up during the first, second, or hundredth gale.

One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times. The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires, causes proper matters to catch fire. To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these - to be fierce and to show mercy toward others; both are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity.

Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it. If you would help to calm the tumult, this is one of the strongest things you can do.

There will always be times when you feel discouraged. I too have felt despair many times in my life, but I do not keep a chair for it. I will not entertain it. It is not allowed to eat from my plate.

The reason is this: In my uttermost bones I know something, as do you. It is that there can be no despair when you remember why you came to Earth, who you serve, and who sent you here. The good words we say and the good deeds we do are not ours. They are the words and deeds of the One who brought us here. In that spirit, I hope you will write this on your wall: When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for.

To our patients who are enrolled with
United HealthCare, Aetna, Cigna, and Cofinity :

Effective December 31st, 2016, Aspen Integrative Medicine will discontinue its participating provider relationship with these insurance plans. Until that day and beyond we will continue to care for you. You may count on us to continue your care as we have cared for you in the past. 

Unfortunately, United HealthCare, Aetna, Cigna, and Cofinity is only willing to pay for standard care and is not willing to pay for superior care.  We believe that our clinic stands for superior health care and that it is our professional responsibility to maintain that standard.

We understand that in today's world, having a healthcare plan is required to avoid federal tax penalties. However, we all have a right to the healthcare we want and deserve. If you are interested in alternative healthcare plans that fit your budget and meet your needs, please contact Cynthia O'Donnell at or call her at (704) 230-1049.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. We hope to continue providing superior health care to you and your family. 

Holiday Special
In December, you can receive a 20% discount on 90 minute body work sessions by David and Adam Nickamin when mentioning this ad! Don't forget we also have gift certificates! Buy one for a loved one at a discounted rate!
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