ADVERTISING: Advertorial — HOLLY CARLING: Health as a gift

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It is not until you are suffering that you realize what a gift it is to be healthy. We so often take our health for granted. We run around like time is running out. We have (and create) tons of stress we then have to deal with. We work in stressful jobs, lack healthy food and sleep, and then wonder why our health is degrading.

Health is a gift that can keep giving, but we, likewise, have to be the giver of what it needs to be healthy! We can’t go about life just assuming the bare essentials of nutrients are being met and expect the body to put forth an exorbitant amount of energy to deal with our lifestyle and somehow the scales tip the right direction. This time of year, it’s difficult to meet even the bare essentials, but then we add more physiological stress by the addition of sugary “goodies,” including alcohol, which abound in and around the holidays.

Having said that, the gift of health can be given a different way. You can give someone a gift certificate for things like acupuncture, chiropractic, massage or to pay for a test that is needed. Or you can put money on an account for someone to have one of these services or to get braces or a medical appliance or a grocery bag or two of fresh vegetables or other food. If you have good health, you can be the instrument towards helping someone else have good health. Maybe that is a referral or a 5-star rating that helps someone make an important health decision.

If you don’t have good health, give yourself a gift. You can make a commitment to improve your health by working with an expert who can get you there. I don’t mean a medication or procedure to help you live with your current deteriorating health, but someone who can move you toward another direction — that of HEALTH! Not merely the absence of disease but a state of healthful vitality!

I am grateful for the gift of health that I have. My passion is sharing that with others and helping them on their own journey towards health. If you love to give, especially this time of year, then give the gift of health to someone you love or care about.

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Holly Carling is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Licensed Acupuncturist, Doctor of Naturopathy, Clinical Nutritionist and Master Herbologist with nearly four decades of experience. Carling is a “Health Detective.”

She looks beyond your symptom picture and investigates WHY you are experiencing your symptoms in the first place.

Carling is currently accepting new patients and offers natural health care services and whole food nutritional supplements in her Coeur d’Alene clinic.

Visit Carling’s website at www.vitalhealthcda.com to learn more about Carling, view a list of upcoming health classes and read other informative articles. Carling can be reached at 208-765-1994 and would be happy to answer any questions regarding this topic.

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