January Newsletter!

Meet Carrie Chanos, PA-C

Our team is excited to announce the newest addition to Ballen Medical & Wellness and Colorado Recovery Infusion Center—Carrie Chanos, Physician Assistant-Certified.

Carrie has had the pleasure of serving the Greenwood Village area as a Physician Assistant since 2006, when she graduated from the University of Colorado’s Health Sciences Center Physician Assistant program. Since then, she’s worked in Family Practice, Otolaryngology, and most recently as a Physician Assistant and health and wellness coach at Great-West Financial.

As a fan of integrative care, Carrie’s excited to help people realize their best selves with both traditional and holistic options. Carrie believes that we are emotional, physical, and spiritual beings, and integrative care allows for her to address all those layers to help clients reach their goals and see true results.

We asked Carrie for one tip that could elevate our wellness, and she encouraged us to listen to the app Headspace (which brings great  10-minute meditation and mindfulness sessions to our smartphones) or participate in yoga, whether it’s at a yoga studio or simply in our living room.

Among other things, Carrie will be helping us with our new stem cell programs and prescribing prescription IV infusions when needed. We look forward to helping you get to know Carrie better and will feature a full interview with her next month.

MTHFR GENE MUTATION

What do depression, IBS, and chronic fatigue all have in common? They’re all just a few of the many conditions that have been linked to mutations in our MTHFR gene. Unfortunately, some experts think as much as 60% of Americans might have this mutation.

MTHFR (Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase) is an enzyme that affects many of our body’s vital processes, from repairing and regenerating cells to immune regulation, detoxification, and sleep. MTHFR also helps noradrenaline subside so we can relax, controlling things like anxiety and perfectionism. People with MTHFR gene mutation have difficulty methylating, including a harder time ridding their body of everyday toxins.

MYERS COCKTAIL FOR MTHFR GENE MUTATION

The glutathione included in our Myers Cocktail is an amino acid that helps the body detox naturally and more thoroughly. The vitamins and minerals of the Myers Cocktail also support the adrenal glands, which tend to overproduce adrenaline when the body is in a state of prolonged imbalance (as it can be with the MTHFR gene mutation). Our clients often report feeling an overall sense of well-being from these infusions, as well as increased energy, decreased anxiety and/or depression, and less severity with future “flare-ups.”
Interested in learning more about IV therapy and the MTHFR gene mutation? Please go here to read the full blog post.

Dr. Ballen’s 4 Core Daily Supplements

In last month’s blog interview with Dr. Ballen, she recommended that most clients take the following four vitamins and supplements: a multi-vitamin, B-complex, omega-3 fatty acids, and a probiotic. We were curious to learn more about these recommendations, so we checked in with Dr. Ballen for more info.

According to Dr. Ballen, “Including these core supplements in your daily routine is like an insurance policy.  If you don’t get enough of these vital nutrients from your food each day, you can get peace of mind by getting in the habit of taking these.”

These core recommendations affect both basic and complex functions of the body—from the healthy gut function gained by probiotics to the health of our neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers that help our nervous system communicate with our body and brain, and they play a crucial role in everything from depression and anxiety to sleep, memory, and inflammation.  B-complex helps to produce neurotransmitters, while omega-3s help to protect them.  Last but not least, the multi-vitamin covers a lot of bases and fills in the gaps left by even very healthy diets.

Dr. Ballen stressed that the nutrients contained in these supplements can have a strong effect on our mental health and well-being—not just our physical health.

A little more info on these 4 core supplements:

  • Riordan MitoForm Multi-Vitamin:
    • A daily source of some of the most important nutrients.
    • Contains vitamins C, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, B12, biotin, A, E, D2 (or D3), K, potassium, iodine, selenium, borate, zinc, calcium, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, beta-carotene, and/or iron.
  • B Complex:
    • Plays an important role in cell metabolism and the production of neurotransmitters.
    • Contains thiamine, riboflavin, niacin/niacinamide, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, folic acid, and pantothenic acid. Some brands of B vitamins also contain ingredients such as vitamin C, vitamin E, biotin, or zinc.
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids:
    • Neurotransmitter protectant.
    • Assists in proper cell transport.
    • Manages heart function and helps lower blood pressure.
  • Probiotic – Pre/Pro:
    • Assists in improving/restoring gut health and digestive system.
    • Affects mental health and mood as well as physical health.

Mention this newsletter to receive a 10% discount in January on multi-vitamins, B-complex, and omega-3 fatty acids from the Riordan Clinic.

Monthly Mindfulness

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, we asked one of our psychotherapists—Sarah Lustig, MAAT, LPCC—to review this startling article that was recently published by the Colorado Sun and based on a report by Denver Public Health. You can read the full report on depression in Denver here.

According to Denver Public Health, as many as 1 in 8 Denver residents are clinically depressed. And most of this depression is going untreated. While these local statistics may be surprising to some, I believe this speaks to a larger trend and would imagine the numbers are similar across the country. One of the contributing factors I’ve been seeing in my clients is the impact of politics and the news. Both politics and our news are becoming more divisive and increasingly negative. It’s hard to shake it off when it’s a daily barrage of upsetting stories and high tension in our country. People are stressed and it’s hard not to feel hopeless at times.

I like to remind myself that hate has to be loud. Hate knows it’s up against something much greater and needs to prove itself. Love is quiet. It doesn’t have anything to justify, so it exists peacefully; in simple moments of connecting with each other, in giving to each other, in being present and accepting of each other. There are so many people in the world spreading love and making a difference in quiet ways that we will never hear about on the news. To support mental health, try seeking out positive news stories and sources, practice being more present in your compassionate relationships, and prioritize spreading love to yourself and those around you.

—Sarah Lustig, MAAT, LPCC

Coming Up Soon!

Stem Cell Reminder!

We’re so excited to begin offering stem cell treatment in January. These amazing cells are the body’s “raw materials” and have a unique ability to generate new blood cells, brain cells, heart muscle cells, and bone cells. Because stem cells are so versatile, they offer a surprisingly wide range of potential benefits. We’ll be offering stem cell programs with both system-wide and localized benefits, administered through IV, intranasal, and injection.
To learn more, please reach out to Dr. Ballen or our clinic director, Tara Cox, CRNI, RN. For a further look at the state of stem cell therapy and research, you might want to consider this article from the Mayo Clinic.

Thanks for reading! If you have any topics or questions you’d like to see covered in a future issue, please drop us a line at community@ballenmedical.com and let us know!