Immunity Building!

Immunity Building!

Some freebie health tips to build your immune system.

Vitamin D3 – Though bundling up is necessary, this limits our exposure to the SUN, a valuable source of Vitamin D3. This critical vitamin does a body good and not only helps maintain strong bones but it also helps maintain a healthy immune system. Vitamin D can modulate the innate and adaptive immune responses. Deficiency in vitamin D is associated with increased autoimmunity as well as an increased susceptibility to infection. It can reduce inflammatory cytokines (which are the chemicals that can sometimes overact and really make you feel like garbage).*1

 12287100_10103920240323823_1965980451_oSLEEP! – Sleep is one of the most powerful things one can do to improve their immune systems.  Many of us try to squeeze a great many things into a day or choose to not go to bed when it is late opting for another binge watching session on Netflix.

Sleep is when our body does most of the clean up and repair work.
As the sun goes down, melatonin begins to rise until it signals us to hit the hay.  When this happens melatonin acts like a foremen who gets the crew together to fill in all the pot holes while traffic is at it’s lowest.  If you don’t sleep this step doesn’t happen.*2



Vitamin A- Experts have long known that vitamin A plays a role in infection and maintaining mucosal surfaces by influencing certain subcategories of T cells and B cells and cytokines. Vitamin A deficiency is associated with impaired immunity and increased risk of infectious disease.

High doses of vitamin A are also highly anti-viral and anti-microbial as long as it used in short-term. *3

Probiotics– These “good” bacteria, as many of you already know, are important for immune system modulation, proper digestion, anti-inflammatory, and help produce neurotransmitters.  One can get good bacteria from fermented foods like kefir, lacto-fermented foods like pickles, sauerkraut, and kombucha.  One can also take a supplement.  What I look for in a good probiotic is one that is refrigerated and has several different strains of lactobaccillus, bifidobacterium, and Saccharomyces cerevisiae boulardii species (there are many others).  I like to see at least 10billion cultures per dose. Having a good healthy gut micro-biome can prevent chronic disease, prevent seasonal allergies, and fend off foreign bacteria or viruses.

When one must use a antibiotic, you may take a probiotic to help lessen the kill off of your “good” bacteria by taking it 4hours away from your antibiotic. I often recommend doubling up for 10-14days post antibiotic use.

11228530_10103734940251653_6811674098403118815_o-2Medicinal Mushrooms! I love medicinal mushrooms…taking them as a tincture or cooking many of them down can help improve ones immune system.

Some of the most popular medicinal mushrooms include but not limited to reishi, oyster, lion’s mane, chaga, maitake, and shiitake help activate a variety of immune effector cells, such as lymphocytes, macrophages, and natural killer cells, resulting in the production of cytokines, including interleukins (ILs), tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF)-α, and interferon gamma (INF)-γ. These help the body fight of bacteria, viruses, or destroy cancer cells.


For more information give Dr. Dave or Dr. Lopez a call!

If you’d like to build your immune system naturally try our Immunity Builder Formula or our Cold and Flu Formula which can be purchased online from “our farm” or at one of the farmer’s markets in Charlotte, (Atherton Mill and Market or NoDa Farmers Market)




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*2 Besedovsky L, Lange T, Born J. Sleep and immune function. Pflugers Archiv. 2012;463(1):121-137. doi:10.1007/s00424-011-1044-0.
*3 Mora JR, Iwata M, von Andrian UH. Vitamin effects on the immune system: vitamins A and D take centre stage. Nature reviews Immunology. 2008;8(9):685-698. doi:10.1038/nri2378.
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*6 Lull C, Wichers HJ, Savelkoul HFJ. Antiinflammatory and Immunomodulating Properties of Fungal Metabolites. Mediators of Inflammation. 2005;2005(2):63-80. doi:10.1155/MI.2005.63.


Why bitters?  Bitters are an essential part of digestion stimulation.  The simple act of tasting bitter foods or herbs helps initiate gastric fluids to be excreted in turn helping the body break down fats and proteins.


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Thunder Road Marathon Expo!

Thunder Road Marathon Expo!

Come See Dr. Dave and Dr. Lopez at the Marathon Expo and treat yourself to a pre-race boost…we will be giving away free 15minute pre-race adjustments and offering B12 and/or B-complex injections for $15.




Friday, November 13, 10am-9pm

There will be NO Race Day Packet Pick-ups.

Charlotte Convention Center
501 South College Street
Charlotte, NC 28202




Hawthorn and Cardiovascular Health!

Hawthorn and Cardiovascular Health!

I had the pleasure to harvest several pounds of fresh hawthorn berries from a secret spot in the heart of the Appalachain mountains in Southwest VA.  It was the last of the season and was lucky to find them!  Now many of my patients will benefit from the medicinal qualities of hawthorn!


Hawthorn Tincture

FRESH Berries Fill a quart jar about 2/3 full of crushed berries.

Add 50% ethanol and Distilled water mixture.

My favorite is organic sugar cane alcohol but the most widely available is 190 proof Everclear.

Let this sit for 6-8 weeks.

Decant and store in a colored glass bottle in a cool dark place.

As they say in the south…Bless your heart!

Hawthorn Berry has been treasured for centuries for its heart promoting and cardiovascular strengthening abilities. Hawthorn Berry is widely used to help benefit congestive heart disease, angina (chest pains), cardiac arrhythmia, myocarditis, insomnia, diarrhea, blood clots, hepatitis, arteriosclerosis, high cholesterol, and digestion. It is also known to dilate peripheral and coronary blood vessels, lower blood pressure, ease hypertension, and increase the body’s metabolism. Hawthorn Berry has signifiant antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties making it an excellent choice for those with chronic illnesses such as auto-immune disorders and circulatory problems. Hawthorne Berry extract also has gastro-protective qualities and can help reduce the frequency of ulcers and ease the pain of ulcerative colitis and other irritable bowel disorders. Hawthorn Berry is commonly consumed as a tea, capsule, tincture, juice, or extract. Hawthorn Berry tea is delicious and simple to make. Pour 2 cups of boiling water over 2 teaspoons of dried hawthorn berries and let steep for 10 minutes or more, add a touch of raw honey to sweeten, if desired. The softened hawthorne berries can be either eaten or discarded. Hawthorn Berry capsules and tinctures are also a convenient way to include this helpful berry in your daily health routine.

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Return of the traveling doctor…

Return of the traveling doctor…

Dr. Dave has started to make his rounds across a number of states including West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina.  Most recently Dr. Dave traveled to Princeton, WV to see several patients who do not have access to natural healthcare. It has been a wonderful experience to escape the rigors of the city and go to the mountains.  I’ve spent many years in the mountains and it is where my heart truly lies.  Any excuse to get out and smell that mountain air is revitalizing.  Escaping the confines of the city anywhere is refreshing, along with providing healthcare to those in need and do not have access to a naturopathic physician.  I’ve had many people come to me, but many who cannot make the trek.  I’ve decided I will go to them and plant the seeds of health in various areas of the southeast. Education is a huge part of what I do as a doctor.  In fact the “docere” the latin term for doctor means to teach.  This is something that is often missing in modern day medicine due to the number of patients doctors must see to make ends meet, but also the shortage of quality healthcare practitioners is becoming more and more evident as the age of “Baby Boomer” doctors start retiring. We young physicians must carry on and evolve the current medical system paradigm in which we live. Slowly but surely things will change to a more preventive, educational, and empowering health care system. I told one of my most recent patients, who is also a veteran who is disgruntled with the run around he’s received in the current VA medical care system, that eventually I don’t want to see you as a sick patient but as a well one…that I would rather bump into him in a casual setting than at my office.  Well that seemed to just make his day!  So often is illness perpetuated for financial gain in the current healthcare system. If you’re sick of bandaids and want to get to the root cause of your health concerns…give naturopathic medicine a try… If you’d like me (Dr. Dave) to come to your town to do a healthcare talk at a local venue email or call him at or 980-272-1897.  If it goes well he may put your area on a regular monthly rotation. Current areas are Princeton, WV; Boone and Charlotte, NC. If you are in town and unable to travel Dr. Dave also offers house calls.  Fee for travel is $0.50 per mile….