..from Asheville Integrative Medicine

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A special Thermography clinic, conducted by Cindy Sullivan, CCT, Thermographer from Asheville Integrative Medicine, will be hosted by Bare Essentials Natural Market Monday, December 15th.

Appointments are limited and we suggest calling 828-262-5592 to make an appointment as soon as possible. The initial scan is $149; if you’ve had an initial scan, follow-ups are $99.

Early Detection Saves Lives

Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI)

DITI is a 15 minute, non-invasive test. It’s a valuable procedure for alerting your doctor to changes that can indicate early stage breast disease and other diseases. The benefit of DITI testing is that it offers the opportunity of earlier detection than has been possible through breast self-examination, doctor examination or mammography alone.

DITI detects the subtle physiological changes that accompany breast pathology, whether it’s cancer, fibrocystic disease, an infection or a vascular disease. Your doctor can then plan accordingly and lay out a program to further diagnose and/or monitor you.
What to Expect

  • Non-Invasive
  • No radiation
  • Painless
  • No contact with the body
  • F.D.A. registered

This quick and easy test starts with your medical history being taken before you partially disrobe for the scanning to be performed. This first session provides the baseline for your “thermal signature.” A subsequent session assures that the pattern remains unchanged. All of your thermograms are kept on record and once your stable thermal pattern has been established, any changes can be detected during your routine annual studies.

Who Can Benefit

Everyone can benefit from DITI screening. However, it’s especially appropriate for younger women (30-50) whose denser breast tissue makes it more difficult for mammography to be effective. It’s also beneficial for women of all ages who, for many reasons, are unable to undergo routine mammography. This test can provide a ‘clinical marker’ to the doctor or mammographer that a specific area of the breast needs particularly close examination.

It takes years for a tumor to grow, thus the earliest possible indication of abnormality is needed to allow for the earliest possible treatment and intervention. DITI’s role in monitoring health is to help in early detection and monitoring of abnormal physiology and the establishment of risk factors for the development or existence of cancer. When used with other procedures the best possible evaluation of tissue health is made.

Early Detection Guidelines

Using a combination of methods will increase your chances of detecting cancer in an early stage. These methods include:

  • Annual DITI screening for women of all ages.
  • Mammography, when considered appropriate for women who are aged 50 or older.
  • A regular breast examination by a health professional.
  • Monthly breast self-examinations.
  • Personal awareness of changes in the breast.
  • Readiness to discuss quickly any such changes with a doctor.

These guidelines should be considered along with your family and medical history.
This information was provided by Meditherm Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging

DITI has been recognized as a viable diagnostic tool since 1987 by the AMA Council on Scientific Affairs, the ACA Council on Diagnostic Imaging, the Congress of Neuro-Surgeons in 1988 and in 1990 by the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Round-Up: Mountain Pathways Montessori School Farm Camp

For the month of December, Bare Essentials Natural Market will be partnering with the Mountain Pathways Montessori School for our Round-Up-For-A-Cause Program. Each time you check out, you will have the opportunity to round up your total a few cents to help provide a sustainable farming and gardening experience to children. Every penny counts!

Follow our Round-Up-For-A-Cause program on our Events page where you can see past and future partners and the amounts that our customers have helped raise for them.

Learn a little about where your donations go at Mountain Pathways Farm Camp…

Screen Shot 2014-11-22 at 10.48.15 AMThe mission of Mountain Pathways Farm Camp is to provide an intensive, week long sustainable farming and gardening experience to 9-12 year old children that focuses on basic gardening skills as well as harvesting, processing, and marketing farm camp products.  Campers will learn creative problem solving skills, the fundamentals of a sustainable food system, and practical life applications of science, technology, engineering, and math through hands on experience.

 To Learn More Visit

Mountain Pathways Montessori School453 Howard’s Creek Rd. Boone, NC 28067

December Staff Picks!

Curious to see what we’re addicted to this month? Here are some of our staff picks for December…

                                                      Vital Proteins


Angela – Assistant Manager

One of my favorite things to do is to lift weights making protein an important macro-nutrient for me. My favorite go to source for added protein is Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides – 100% Pure Beef Gelatin.  One serving provides 18g of protein that is highly bio-available, digestible and soluble in cold water.  Collagen Peptides are virtually flavorless allowing me to ad it to anything; my morning coffee, a cup of hot tea or soup, an evening glass of almond milk, or just water.

Collagen Peptides provide so much more than protein.  Collagen promotes stronger bones, supports joint health, and even promotes a healthy immune, digestive, and central nervous system.

                                                    Mystic Maid


Anita – Customer Service Team Leader

My pick is the Mystic Maid cleaning cloth. It is not like all those other microfiber cloths that feel weird. You wash the mystic maid with your towels and when you get it out of the washer use it to wipe down windows with no use of cleaning products (or you can, if you like) and it will not streak. My glass top stove is another of my favorite uses. Also good for showers and tubs and sinks in the bathroom. I have one color for bathroom and another for the kitchen. You can wipe down the inside of your car with it, then use it to wash the outside!

It is a fantastic way to reduce the consumption of paper towels! And they last for years and years.

Dr.PitcairnsDr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats

Mayzie – Wellness Consultant

This book by Dr. Pitcairn has been my reference for natural pet care for my animals for over 25 years! It has tried and true holistic methods for keeping your pets healthy and nurturing them back to health when they are sick or injured. On more than one occasion referencing this book has saved the life of my pet, and I believe every pet owner should have a copy. Included in the book are recipes, guides, and outlines for proper holistic care for you pets.

A Better Life with Barlean’s

Busy lifestyles make it difficult for families to live as healthily as they once did, and fast foods have become a huge part of our culture. Unfortunately most of these options require sacrificing the nutrients that are naturally found in fresh foods. At Bare Essentials Natural Market, we believe that you shouldn’t have to sacrifice health for convenience, which is why we are happy to provide our customers with products made by Barlean’s.

barleans_greens_chocolate_silkBarlean’s Greens are a great staple for your whole family. These greens come in 4 different varieties: natural green, chocolate silk, berry, and strawberry kiwi. With less than a gram of sugar in each formula, these greens are perfect for children and people on low sugar diets. Many people refer to Chocolate Silk as the “healthy chocolate milk” and the strawberry kiwi Superfruit Greens make a great replacement for sugary juices. These greens have over 50 different nutrients and superfoods to help maintain alkalinity, a healthy digestive system, and increased mental alertness.

Barleans Fish OilEssential fatty acids are important for maintaining a healthy inflammatory response and brain function, but many of us do not meet the daily recommendations for these nutrients. Lucky for us, Barlean’s has it covered by offering flax and fish oil products, which are both great sources of omega 3 fatty acids. These are offered in soft gels, as well as in liquids known as “swirls”. Omega Swirls offer higher absorbability than traditional fish oil supplements, and are available in tasty flavors like mango-peach and key lime pie.

Through the month of November, please enjoy 15% off of select Barlean’s products, including CLA, heart and joint formulas, flax oil, fish oil, swirls, olive leaf, and greens. If you’d like to know more, our experienced staff at Bare Essentials Natural Market is available to help you find solutions to fit your individual needs.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease

The Bitters That Make You Feel Better!

During the holidays when all of our foodie favorites are laid out in front of us on the dinner table, we can’t help but over indulge and eat more than we should, knowing that by the end of the night we’ll be passed out on the couch in a deep state of “food coma”. The awful “bubble guts” (rumbling tummy), heartburn, and sometimes nausea set in not long after realizing that sampling every one of grandma’s delicious pies…was probably a bad idea.

BittersThat’s when you can reach for Urban Moonshine’s Bitters. Placing just a few drops on the tongue at the onset of discomfort can help relieve upset stomach and nausea, heartburn, gas and bloating, and encourage the digestive enzyme, bile, and HCL production. Urban Moonshine’s Bitters can also be taken as a preventative to the awful holiday food gorging side effects. When you already know that you won’t be able to resist the delicious buffet laid out in front of you, simply apply a few drops to the tongue and dig in!

You don’t have to just grab your Bitters when you know you are about to have unpleasant symptoms from whatever you may have ingested or plan to ingest.  Taken regularly Urban Moonshine Bitters can curb your sugar cravings, help you maintain healthy blood sugar levels, balance your appetite, and support liver function and healthy skin. It’s a wonderful addition to your life and I plan to add it to mine!

From now until mid-December, stop in our Wellness department and enter to win a free 8.4floz bottle of Urban Moonshine Citrus Bitters.  You can try a sample of different flavors and see the entire line including the 8.4oz for $38.39, the 2oz for $13.29, and the travel size 1/2oz spray for $6.69.

Don’t let your holiday diet put you on the couch this season! Get up and enjoy your family and friends with Urban Moonshine Bitters in your tummy!UrbanMoonshine_GiftGuide**If you are pregnant, there is a special Urban Moonshine Bitters made for you with Chamomile and extra ginger** Ask any of our friendly Wellness associates for details and information.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease