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“How to Stop My Hair Loss?” What People in Columbus, Ohio Need to Know

“How to Stop My Hair Loss?” What People in Columbus, Ohio Need to Know

Here’s a question I get quite regularly:

“Dr. Mike, why am I losing my hair at such a young age?”

Most people assume that hair loss is caused simply through aging or genetics, but many other factors can come into play.

Here are my top three causes:

Your body may rob hair for its minerals

First, your hair is full of minerals and when the body is low in those minerals it will rob them from available places – like hair. A typical symptom of this is thin, wispy hair that blows easily in the wind.

Secondly, you must consider hypothyroidism and parasites as a cause of hair loss.

Third, hair loss at the crown (the flat area at the back, top part of your skull) is associated with blood sugar problems or diabetes.

Contact Dr. Mike for More Information & Advice on Stopping Hair Loss in Columbus, Ohio

Other causes can include:

Food poisoning

When you get sick to your stomach from bad sushi, etc., your blood circulation can get upset and causes your hair growth to go prematurely into a shedding phase. This is called “Diffuse Hair Loss” and usually lasts about three months until damaged hair follicles are replaced by new ones. The good news is this should correct itself.

Extended high fever

This can cause the same reaction as food poisoning – disruption of blood circulation – and sometimes a hormonal shift. The normal life of a hair is anywhere from two to six years, but you grow new hairs every two to three months.


Similar to above, but your hair can also fall out or stop growing if you have eczema or psoriasis in your head and you are scratching your scalp, creating scabs, and preventing follicles from opening.

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Car accident (or any sudden traumatic event)

When you go through any sort of extreme shock, you can develop what’s known as Alopecia Areata – small, bald patches that appear on your head. Trauma can trigger an autoimmune reaction, where white blood cells attack the hair bulb, which goes swiftly into the resting phase and falls out, but just in particular spots. These spots may also be tingly or slightly painful.

Dairy, wheat, soy, or other food allergies

When your body has a true allergic reaction, your immune system can act violently, sending signals throughout the body to ward off attacks. It is very rare, but in certain cases, these issues can contribute to scalp problems and Alopecia Areata. If your doctor says to avoid particular foods due to true allergies, heed this advice, along with GMO foods and food sensitivities.

In our office we offer many services like nutrition and lifestyle testing, cleansing, and anti-aging programs. If you have any interest or health issues that concern you, contact our office to schedule an appointment to resolve or prevent them.

Alternative Health Oasis is conveniently located on Sawmill Parkway near Powell and Dublin, and just a short, few minutes from Worthington, Westerville, Polaris, and Northwest Columbus, Ohio.

Source: Partial credit to yahoo news June 23, 2014


You Can’t Run from Pain: Balancing Foot Problems for Total Body Wellness

You Can’t Run from Pain: Balancing Foot Problems for Total Body Wellness

Are you paying proper attention to your personal foundation?

You certainly are aware of the importance of maintaining a strong foundation under your house. Have you ever considered the vital importance of the foundation of your own body?

A recent article on fitness in the Columbus magazine “614” discussed some common injuries that many of us suffer in the course of our fitness regimens and the piece inspired us to share this important information with you.


Whether it’s jogging in the neighborhoods of Dublin, hitting the treadmill at the Liberty Township/Powell YMCA, or “mall- walking” at Polaris or Easton, our bodies – specifically our feet – take a pounding. It’s crazy when you think about it, but the shock and stress placed upon the feet when walking is actually that of 2.5 times your body weight and 3.5 times your weight when running!

Did you know there are 26 bones, 106 ligaments, and over 100 muscles in your feet? They all help support your body and – if they are cared for properly – also serve to prevent conditions like Runners Knee, Iliotibial Band Syndrome, Achilles Tendonitis, and Shin Splints.

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Therefore, if we ignore the feet, their muscles, and their proper alignment, we are simply setting ourselves up for pain and injuries. And – when those injuries to knees and tendons, etc. do indeed occur – many folks tend to forget what may be the underlying cause: a problem in the feet.

When pain rears its ugly head, the Physical Therapy emphasis is typically focused on improving flexibility and strength training. These are good concepts and pursuits, but – as in any well-rounded endeavor – it’s just plain smart to start at the foundation of your body: the feet.

Dr. Don Harris, D.C. is considered an expert in this field and he states “with any degree of flat feet(pronation), it will be impossible to have a level spine, and (this) will cause neck and low back translation, i.e. forward shifting along with a pelvic tilt”.


At Alternative Health Oasis in Powell, we strongly recommend a variety of orthotics by a company called “Foot Levelers.” (The word “orthotics” is simply a catch-all for any “externally applied device used to modify the structural and functional characteristics of the neuromuscular and skeletal system.”)

Orthotics by Foot Levelers work to stabilize and balance feet while enhancing the body’s performance and efficiency, reducing pain, and contributing to total body wellness. The holistic health approach from Foot Levelers is just one of the many reasons that we’re big fans of the company and their products, all of which are designed to support the arches in each foot, reduce the increased shock of walking or running and provide a more balanced hip and spine alignment.

Foot arch supports

Our dedication to the value of good orthotics comes from personal experience. Dr. Mike himself suffered shin splints on two different occasions, with the first painful episode popping up in 1975. Oblivious to the fact that he suffered from flat feet, the shin splints returned in 1986. But after purchasing his first pair of orthotics soon after, and using them to stabilize and properly support the rest of his body, he has not had a case of shin splints since!

We encourage you to be healthy and run, walk, and enjoy life! To keep your body working right and devoid of pain, take a moment to call our office or contact us here and schedule a free evaluation and recommendation to keep your foundation strong.


Lack of Enzymes could be related to degenerative disease

Lack of Enzymes could be related to degenerative disease

Every year statistics show that more Americas are complaining of digestive pain. These discomforts could be something as common as a stomach ache, diarrhea to massive pain, bloating and cramps. “We  believe diet and digestion can play a major role in the prevention and reversal of chronic degenerative disease. ” Says Kate Dixon of Alternative Health Oasis in Powell, Ohio. “We have objective test methods to determine enzyme, nutritional deficiencies. Using our extensive patient history survey helps to determine what specific enzymes and nutrients are missing from the client in order for their body to come back into a healthy balance.” Kate Dixon recently completed training from the Loomis Institute.

…We  believe diet and digestion can play a major role in the prevention and reversal of chronic degenerative disease.

“Enzyme deficiency in the diet are being postulated as the major cause of chronic disease in this country”, says Dixon “We focus on The Science of Nutrition as we believe Nutrition is the science of Food and what is ingested, digested, transported, utilized and eliminated. Enzymes help to digest food and nourish the immune system!”
“If someone is struggling with constipation or loss of appetite this could be all related to digestive health. I recommend you go to and fill out the Loomis Symptom Survey which will help us diagnose the problem and get you back on the road to health.”

Kate was in Atlanta in March, continuing her education through the Loomis Institute, one of the nation’s leading wellness institutions.

Alternative Health Oasis serves Central Ohio from its Powell location just minutes from I-270 in Columbus.


Stimulating Your Brain Power with Fish Oils

Stimulating Your Brain Power with Fish Oils

It’s beginning to look more and more like fish food really is brain food!

Intriguing scientific research suggests that may be the case, especially in the addition of fish oil supplements to the diet of infants and children.

The study indicated a significant escalation in the learning skills and overall brain growth of a group of school children who consumed two supplements daily of Veg-EPA, which contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. At the same time, they were encouraged to increase exercise and activity while also reducing their intake of carbonated soft drinks, and greasy fast foods.

Within three short months, researchers quickly noted a dramatic jump in the reading ability of the children and recognized an increased eloquence, maturity, and neatness in their handwriting skills. And when we say, “dramatic” and “increased,” that’s exactly what we mean; three months of fish oil supplementation seemingly allowed the brain growth of the kids to jump ahead by three years – an astounding achievement.

Upon further investigation via brain scan, scientists detected the children now possessed an increased level of NAA (N-acetylaspartate), a biochemical indicator of brain development.

But don’t wait until children are in school before making fish oil a part of your diet and theirs. What are fish oil benefits? Did you know that the brain development of an infant undergoes it’s most rapid and complex growth during the last trimester of pregnancy and the first two years after birth? That means that the dietary demands of babies include a proper level of omega-3 oils. This is made clear by the fact that 70 percent of energy supply during fetal development is devoted to brain development. So pregnant moms in Central Ohio and elsewhere must ensure that they are consuming a healthy level of omega-3 fish oils

The importance of adding fish oil supplements to the diet doesn’t stop with young children. In July of 2013 we attended a seminar in Cincinnati conducted by an expert in the field, Dr. Daniel J. Murphy DC, DABCO.

He noted that “Omega 3 deficiency in childhood delays brain development and produces irreversible effects, while the same deficiency in aging accelerates the deterioration of brain function, bringing about ‘senior moments,’ and possibly Alzheimer’s disease, etc.”

In scientific terms, Omega-3 deficiency in the brain is associated with “decreased learning ability, with a lower synaptic vesicle density in the hippocampus; whereas, regular intake of omegas – 3’s improves reference memory-related learning.”

It’s believed this is due to increased neuroplasticity in the neural membranes, leading to the ability of the brain to adapt and develop new pathways for greater brain performance.

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If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of fish oil supplements and browse our supply, please feel free to stop by our store on Sawmill Road. We’ll be happy to share more information with you and discuss any and all questions you have concerning healthy living and wellness for yourself and family.


Raw Sweet Pea & Brussels Sprout Dip

Raw Sweet Pea & Brussels Sprout Dip

This is a great recipe and it is a great twist on something you can make and bring some fresh tastes of spring into your next party or dinner. There is nothing like the taste of fresh sweet peas and they are loaded with vitamin C. So enjoy this recipe and continue to live & eat healthy!

Ingredients: yields 3 cups

  • 1 cup sweet peas
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 2 cups baby brussels sprouts
  • 3 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 Tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp Tamari
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp dried dill
  • 3/4 cup raw mayonnaise


  1. Wash and remove the ends of the brussels sprouts.
  2. Place the brussels sprouts in the food processor, fitted with the “S” blade and process until broken down into small pieces.
  3. Add the chopped green onions, nutritional yeast, apple cider vinegar, Tamari, lemon juice, and dill.  Process till mixed together.  Transfer to a medium-sized bowl.
  4. Add the raw mayonnaise and sweet peas.  Stir to mix well.
  5. Eat right away or place in the fridge overnight to all the ingredients to meld together.
  6. Should last approx. 3-4 days.  After it sits in the fridge overnight, the outside will turn a little in color, just give it a stir and all is good.
  1. Eat right away or place in the fridge overnight so all the ingredients to meld together.

Raw Mayo recipe

Note: Eat right away or place in the fridge overnight so all the ingredients to meld together.

  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked 2 +hours
  • ¼  cup water
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 2-3 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ¼ cup cold pressed olive oil (to be added last)


  1. After soaking the cashews, discard the soak water and place in a high-powered blender
  2. Add the water lemon juice, dates, salt, onion powder and garlic powder. Blend until creamy smooth. You shouldn’t detect any grit in the mayo. If you do, keep blending till it is creamy smooth when you run it between your thumb and finger. This can take 1-3 minutes, depending on the machine. Puree all ingredients, except oil, in food processor or blender and blend until smooth.
  3. While continuing to blend and a vortex is created in the mixture, add oil in a steady stream, until emulsified.
  4. Store in a tightly sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.





Chocolate Cookie Balls/Crust or Fudge

Chocolate Cookie Balls/Crust or Fudge

Triple Your Love this Valentines Day!


¾ C. Raw Almonds (un-soaked)

½ C. Coconut Crystals

1/8 tsp. Salt Himalayan

¾ C. Raw Cacao Powder

¼ C. Virgin Coconut Oil, Melted

½ C. Macadamia

½ C. Raisins

Place the almonds, sugar & salt in a food processor fitted with the S blade and process until finely ground. And the Cacao powder and process to incorporate. And the coconut oil and process until the mixture begins to stick together. Don’t over process. Roughly chop Macs. Roughly Process Raisins in food processor to break them down a little. Then mix into batter so you have chunks of nuts to bite into.  (You may need to add another 1/4 tsp. salt to taste)  Make into round Cookie Balls!!

Stored in a sealed container!  Will keep for 1 month in the refrigerator or for 3 months in the freezer.

This recipe is so delicious you may want to double it like I do as you will be sharing it with all your friends!!

  • I always either double or triple this recipe because they disappear super-fast!!

– Kate Dixon

AHO-LOGOAlternative Health Oasis is based in Powell Ohio, just north of Columbus.

We specialize in natural alternatives for our clients who are dealing with back, abdominal , neck and head pain. If you face a loss of energy we have natural solutions which can bring you back to the energy level you use to have.

Contact us today! 



What are GMOs? Why are they bad?

What are GMOs?  Why are they bad?

If you’ve been around anyone who is into health or natural foods you are likely to hear the three letters, GMO, whenever you go out to lunch or run past a farmer’s market here in the Columbus area. Since I talk so often about what you put into your body is so important, I really believe you need to learn about the dangers of GMOs.

What are GMOs?

GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses or other plants and animals. These experimental combinations of genes from different species cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding, which makes you wonder if it’s a good idea.

Virtually all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. Despite biotech industry promises, none of the GMO traits currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit.

I really believe you need to learn about the dangers of GMOs.

Meanwhile, a growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights.

Genetically modified foods have been shown to cause harm to humans, animals, and the environmental, and despite growing opposition, more and more foods continue to be genetically altered.

Are GMOs labeled?

Even though polls consistently show that a significant majority of Americans want to know if the food they’re purchasing contains GMOs, the powerful biotech lobby has succeeded in keeping this information from the public. In the absence of mandatory labeling, the Non-GMO Project was created to give consumers the informed choice they deserve.

Top 10 Worst GMO Foods 

1. Corn: This is a no-brainer. If you’ve watched any food documentary, you know corn is highly modified. “As many as half of all U.S. farms growing corn for Monsanto are using genetically modified corn,” and much of it is intended for human consumption. Monsanto’s GMO corn has been tied to numerous health issues, including weight gain and organ disruption.

2. Soy: Found in tofu, vegetarian products, soybean oil, soy flour, and numerous other products, soy is also modified to resist herbicides. As of now, biotech giant Monsanto still has a tight grasp on the soybean market, with approximately 90 percent of soy being genetically engineered to resist Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup. In one single year, 2006, 96.7 million pounds of glyphosate was sprayed on soybeans alone.

3. Sugar: According to NaturalNews, genetically-modified sugar beets were introduced to the U.S. market in 2009. Like others, they’ve been modified by Monsanto to resist herbicides. Monsanto has even had USDA and court-related issues with the planting of its sugar beets, being ordered to remove seeds from the soil due to illegal approval.

4. Aspartame: Aspartame is a toxic additive used in numerous food products, and should be avoided for numerous reasons, including the fact that it is created with genetically modified bacteria.

5. Papayas: This one may come as a surprise to all of you tropical-fruit lovers. GMO papayas have been grown in Hawaii for consumption since 1999. Though they can’t be sold to countries in the European Union, they are welcome with open arms in the U.S. and Canada.

6. Canola: One of the most chemically altered foods in the U.S. diet, canola oil is obtained from rapeseed through a series of chemical actions.  It’s source was a fuel alternative from Canada Oil…….didn’t get approved for vehicles.

7. Cotton: Found in cotton oil, cotton originating in India and China in particular has serious risks.

8. Dairy: Your dairy products contain growth hormones, with as many as one-fifth of all dairy cows in America are pumped with these hormones. In fact, Monsanto’s health-hazardous rBGH has been banned in 27 countries, but is still in most US cows. If you must drink milk, buy organic.

9. and 10. Zucchini and Yellow Squash: Closely related, these two squash varieties are modified to resist viruses.

The dangers of some of these foods are well-known. The Bt toxin being used in GMO corn, for example, was recently detected in the blood of pregnant women and their babies. But perhaps more frightening are the risks that are still unknown.

With little regulation and safety tests performed by the companies doing the genetic modifications themselves, we have no way of knowing for certain what risks these lab-created foods pose to us outside of what we already know.

Please watch presentations by Jeffrey Smith on Netflix or youtube for more information.

*Source: The NonGMO Project

AHO-LOGOAlternative Health Oasis is based in Powell Ohio, just north of Columbus.

We specialize in natural alternatives for our clients who are dealing with back, abdominal , neck and head pain. If you face a loss of energy we have natural solutions which can bring you back to the energy level you use to have.

Contact us today!