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Pittsburgh Alternative Health, Inc. offers and array of services focused on supporting your body's health restoration and maintenance.
Constantly seeking to improve your health and optimize our service methods, our mission is to continually seek and adopt optimal methods of health support.
In addition to complete evaluations, consultation and wellness check-ups for the entire family we offer in-house services including ionic foot baths, far-infrared sauna treatments, massage therapy and more. Read more about these services below.
An initial consultation and adjustment to a naturopathic lifestyle is the beginning and first steps toward life-long health and vitality. Our initial appointment with Darrell Misak, ND, RPh consists of EAV electro-dermal testing and a full consultation. This appointment is two hours and 45 minutes in length to allow for a thorough understanding of your health state and health goals.
After scheduling you will receive a new patient packet in the mail that will include a description of our clinic philosophy, an explanation of our testing protocol, a healthy history questionnaire and consent forms that you will need to complete and bring with you to your appointment. We also encourage you to bring any lab work, medication and/or supplements you currently take.
To optimize the processes described in Phase IV of the 5 Phase Optimal Health Program©, our clinic utilizes various "detoxification" based therapies. To primarily mobilize toxins from storage sites within the body and begin elimination through the skin, we incorporate the benefits found in Far-Infrared Sauna therapy and Ionic Foot Baths. To increase systemic excretion and elimination of stored toxins through the intestines, we encourage periodic colon cleansing kits for small bowel cleansing. We are also excited to announce that beginning November 2008, we will offer colon hydrotherapy for large bowel cleansing, stimulation, rejuvenation, and restoration.
Colon hydrotherapy is clean and relaxing procedure where a soothing flow of warm water is instilled gently into the colon through a nozzle (rectal tube) to cleanse (evacuate) the contents of the lower colon. During the administration of the colonic irrigation, the colon hydrotherapy equipment is designed to allow evacuation of the contents of the colon while the pressure, temperature, and flow of water can all be regulated for optimal comfort and results.
At Pittsburgh Alternative Health, Inc., we use "state of the art" FDA Registered (Class II) medical device colon hydrotherapy equipment known as the LIBBE.
To learn more about the LIBBE, the benefits of colon hydrotherapy and our clinic colonic therapy costs, click here.
Therapeutic Massage & Foot Reflexology
If you have stress and tension, massage and foot reflexology are for you. At P.A.H. we recommend regular massage to improve blood flow and reduce tension as part of a health based lifestyle. We have a licensed and certified massage therapist on staff ready to "take you away" from the daily thoughts and stress of life.
Foot Reflexology is the science of artful, gentle pressure therapy on all reflex areas in the feet referred to as somatic-visceral points. These points on the body's surface over time were observed to reflect and influence the effects and health of the associated organ systems of the body.
This therapy helps to promote body harmony, health, and homeostasis, while supporting Phase IV of the 5 Phase Optimal Health Program™ through detoxification stimulation. This gentle application of pressure to the feet reflex areas may influence the body in many ways to help reduce stress and tension, relieve pain, improve bodily functions and generally restore the body to an improved physical well being.
Click here for details on the potential benefits of massage and see our massage menu to see what service will best serve your needs.
To read more about foot reflexology, the history and our prices click here.
Back in the late 1940's, Dr. Reinholt Voll, MD began an investigation of the effects of electricity on the human physiology. In his studies, Dr. Voll used a technique known as Impedance or OHM metering. In simple terms, some materials are very electrically conductive, for example metals like steel and copper - electricity flows very easily through metals and therefore there is no substantial resistance on the electricity flowing through the metal. Other materials are not conductive, for example wood or rubber, and since these materials are not conductive, their resistance to electrical current is very high. An OHM meter measures electrical resistance (impedance), and it is also capable of measuring conductance since the inverse of resistance (1/resistivity approximately), is conductance.
Dr. Voll found that if he tested the electrical conductance on any general area of the human body, there was a fairly high level of electrical resistance. This is a curious point since we know that the body has a large volume of electrically conductive fluids within it. But, the skin is very resistant by its nature to electrical current. Dr. Voll also found that at certain specific locations on the body the electrical flow is much more conductive, and these points were generally found to correspond with Eastern Medical Acupuncture points. Therefore, you can use an impedance or OHM meter to test the acupuncture points for an electrical balance. This is somewhat simplistic, but it does describe the basic process of EAV.
EAV Testing indirectly measures the "Energetic System" of the body. It does not measure the physiology, the biochemistry, or the pathology components of the human body. However, the “Energetic System” is related to these components, from the standpoint of quantum physics, and can help identify imbalances and guide therapy to restore balance.
EAV screening for food/chemical reactivity is part of the recommended initial consultation with Darrell Misak, ND, RPh. Basically the EAV equipment is used to identify balanced electrical points, which are then stressed with electrical frequencies that have been identified for food/chemicals and other environmental substances. When the measured impedance changes, particularly becoming weakened with the introduction of these frequencies, it is suggestive of a stress related response. It is then encouraged to avoid or modify these reactive substances in your personal environment as a basis of reducing your total body stress load and thus encourage health restoration.
Far-Infrared Sauna Therapy
Our clinic routinely recommends the use of Far-Infrared (FIR) Sauna therapy as a method to support systemic detoxification of our body toxic burdens. Far-Infrared sauna is a powerful tool to aid in the mobilization and elimination of toxic burdens through sweating. In addition to FIR sauna we provide our patients with focused nutritional/herbal and supportive therapy(s) to bind and support elimination of identified potential toxic burdens. This nutritional foundation begins with the Environmental Support Basics™ AM and PM packets, Dr. Misak’s pre-formulated nutritional/herbal blend to help our bodies more efficiently deal with today’s environmental toxin load and cover your general nutritional needs.
Infrared energy is a form ionizing rays or wavelengths on the light spectrum not visible to the human eye. Our body’s tissues normally produce infrared energy for use by the body in a number of healing processes. Far infrared (FIR) energy can penetrate beyond skin level and is absorbed efficiently, whereas visible light mostly bounces off the skin surface. Additionally, far-infrared can penetrate skin up to 2 inches whereas near-infrared is mostly absorbed at skin level resulting in raising the skin temperature.
Once the far-infrared rays penetrate the skin, they excite the vibrational energy of molecules and resonate with cellular frequencies. Tissues selectively absorb these rays and the water in the cell reacts in a process called “resonant absorption.” This resonant absorption occurs when the FIR frequency matches the frequency of the water in the cell causing toxins to be dropped off into the blood stream and excreted in sweat, feces, and urine. This in turn promotes bioprocesses such as increased metabolism, circulation, and can raise the body core temperature.
Pittsburgh Alternative Health is a official distributor of Far Infrared Saunas by saunas.com — Click here to see models and pricing information.
Ionic Foot Baths
Our clinic has taken the approach that as you change your body’s cellular toxin load, your body slowly restores health on its own as the total body stress burden becomes manageable. To support this approach we have combined Far-Infrared Sauna therapy with Ionic Foot baths to capitalize on the combined effects of these two detoxification supportive therapies (i.e. mobilization and attractive elimination).
The ionic foot bath uses a patented metallic electrode array system where AC electricity is converted to low power DC electricity as it sits in the foot bath. The electricity and the metal combine to split the water molecule into H+ and OH- ions, through a process called hydrolysis. These active ions travel through the body, neutralize oppositely charged particles and through a concentration generated osmotic pressure the neutralized particles are attracted out of the body through whatever skin surface is in contact with the water. The process is painless and takes 30 minutes plus clean-up time.
Needle-Free Acupuncture Alternative
Auricular and Magnetic Acupressure Therapy
Pittsburgh Alternative Health is excited to offer the unique combination of both Auricular and Body Acupressure Techniques combined with Thera-Dot Magnetic Acupressure. This therapy is offered by Wan Huang, MD, PhD, a unique therapist in her field.
Acupressure is a treatment by applying pressure generated by natural seeds, blunt-headed stick or finger tips to specific acupuncture points on the body or ear. Unlike acupuncture, Auricular/Body seed-induced pressure does not involve needles, is safe from potential needle induced infection, is less painful, and is well accepted by people with tendency to faint when receiving acupuncture. Most importantly, auricular/body pressure comes with quick and obvious results, and can be performed by self after appropriate therapy outlined.
The use of Thera-Dot neodymium acu-magnets is unique to the Pittsburgh area as well. Thera-Dot magnets have 3 to 4 times more magnetic energy than standard acupuncture magnets and are rated at a very powerful 13,500 gauss for maximum effectiveness and fast-acting on acupuncture points. The maker of Thera-Dots report Acupuncturist's statements that Thera-dots transfer energy along meridians more efficiently and provide better results that other acupuncture magnets, and they note similar results to acupuncture without needles.
Finally, to monitor results Pittsburgh Alternative Health offers the unique ability to measure specific acupuncture point electrical activity and response to therapy using the FDA approved Bio-Meridian system.
To learn more about Auricular/Body Acupressure and what an appointment involves, click here.