Dr. Aliza Cicerone on “Just Oncology” blog talk radio

As nationally prominent ‘cancer centers’ continue to incorporated integrative practices into their treatment protocols, today we hear from someone close to the action and dive into the plans of one San Diego based oncology practice to add intergrative oncology to a traditional western medicine scope of practice.





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Why am I in pain?

Have you ever experienced…

  • Back pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Wrist pain
  • Ankle pain
  • Neck pain
  • Foot pain
  • Hip pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Athletic injuries
  • Torn ACL/MCL
  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
  • Muscle spasms
  • Trigger points
  • Sprained ankle
  • Torn rotator cuff tendon
  • Labral tear
  • Radiating pain
  • Strained muscles
  • Jumpers knee
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Post surgery pain
  • Hyermobile joints?

Much of the time the pain comes from..

  • Ligaments and Tendons
  • Ligaments attach bone to bone, stabilizing the joint
  • Tendons attach muscle to bone, moving the joint
  • Like steel cables they confer strength, but when they’re damaged or over-stretched (lax) the nerves in them send lots of pain signals!

What’s normally done for pain?

  • Ice
  • Anti-inflammatory medicine (NSAID): Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Aspirin, Celecoxib, Diclofenac, Indomethacin, etc.
  • Immobilization

A Better Solution: Prolotherapy & Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

  • How it works
    1. Injection of a natural proliferant (dextrose) + anesthetic or your own platelets (PRP) + anesthetic. PRP is usually used with more severe injuries.
    2. This creates a local inflammatory reaction, drawing blood to the area especially white blood cells and platelets which secrete growth factors
    3. Growth factors promote collagen deposition, regeneration and growth = healing the damaged tissue
  • Expected treatment outcomes
    1. Decrease or eliminate Pain
    2. Improve ability to function in your activities of daily living
    3. Increase muscle strength where weakness was present due to ligament or tendon injury
    4. Decrease or eliminate stiffness in joints due to muscle spasm and arthritis
    5. Regenerate damaged, lax, torn ligaments and tendons


Let Spark Health help relive your pain today.



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Spark Health Cleanse Program Blog

What is detoxification?

The first step to beginning a successful detox program is to understand how our bodies change toxins into less toxic or more readily excretable substances.

Many people equate detoxification only with the liver, but it is important to look at our systems of elimination and detoxification as a whole, including the kidneys, liver, and gastrointestinal tract. Setting up the body to efficiently eliminate toxins is the first and most important step for a successful cleanse. Toxins can have damaging effects on the body if they are too rapidly released without being safely eliminated, so it is important to focus on improving and optimizing the function of your body’s own detoxification systems.


Our kidneys help to maintain fluid balance, remove toxins and waste via the urinary system, regulate blood pressure, and control red blood cell production. Kidney function supports many areas of balance in the body: acidity and alkalinity for pH regulation, salt and water for blood pressure regulation, and sodium and potassium concentration for healthy circulatory and neurological systems.

The kidneys also play an important role in vitamin D activation, which is essential for energy production, cancer prevention, bone health, immune system support, and anti-inflammatory benefit.


Liver function involves cholesterol regulation, breaking down and filtering toxins, storing sugar, minerals, and vitamins, and producing blood cells.

One of the most important roles of the liver is to break down and remove harmful substances out of the blood, while filtering out non-beneficial bacteria and viruses. The liver is also involved with digestion by producing bile, which is then stored in the gallbladder.  After eating, the gallbladder then releases the bile to help break down food for more efficient digestion and absorption.

Digestive Tract

The gastrointestinal system supports detoxification by evacuating waste containing toxins, bacteria, and parasites, while absorbing necessary minerals and nutrients from the food we eat.

The colon works together with the skin, liver, and kidney to flush toxic matter out of the body. After the liver breaks down harmful substances, they are then transported to the intestines via bile. When fecal matter moves through the colon, the colon’s lining absorbs vitamins, mineral salts, and water from the waste, and excretes the toxins.


Weight Loss

A common benefit of a successful detox program is weight loss. Our fat cells contain stored toxins, including heavy metals and excess hormones, so it is especially important to encourage functional detox pathways as fat cells are released when losing weight. While undergoing a cleanse, other important physiological considerations include:

  • Cell membrane fluidity to allow toxins to exit the cell for removal by the liver, kidneys, and digestive tract.
  • Blood sugar balance, which is regulated by the pancreas (secreting insulin) and the liver (stores and releases glucose in response to blood glucose levels)
  • Healthy cholesterol levels, which depend upon proper synthesis and metabolization in the liver.
  • Limiting inflammatory foods such as gluten and dairy, and focusing on nutrients from whole food sources
  • Appropriate digestion and absorption of food
  • Sufficient water intake for kidney health and function
  • Daily exercise to support liver function, healthy digestive patterns and gastrointestinal elimination of toxins.


Eating nutrient dense whole foods and juices, along with proper supplement support, will ensure that you are giving your body the tools needed for successful detox and ongoing optimal health.




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Dirty Dozen: buy organic

Let Spark Health show you which foods to buy organic.


Cherry Tomatoes
Nectarines & Peaches
Sweet Bell Peppers
Kale & Collard Greens
Summer Squash


Clean Fifteen: ok to buy conventionally grown

Sweet Peas
Sweet Potato



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Reducing Environmental Chemical Exposure

  1. Remove shoes before entering the home, and wash work clothes separately
    Reduces the number of chemicals introduced from occupational sources that are introduced into the home.
  2. Filter home tap or well water
    Reduces the exposure to numerous known or suspected carcinogen and hormone disrupting chemicals.  Filtered Tap water is preferable to commercially bottled water.
  3. Store water in stainless steel or glass containers
    Prevents BPA and phalates, found in plastics, from leeching into drinking water.
  4. Microwave food in ceramic or glass containers
    Prevents BPA and phalates, found in plastics, from leeching into food when the containers are heated.
  5. Choose produce that is grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers
    Reduces overall burden of chemicals in the environment and in the diet.
  6. Choose meat, eggs and dairy that is raised without antibiotics, growth hormones or the use of feed lots
    Reduces overall burden of many chemicals, such as DDT and it’s metabolites, that can be concentrated by intensive agricultural practices.
  7. Avoid exposure to tobacco smoke
    Avoids one of the most well documented carcinogens.

Reducing Environmental Chemical Burden

  1. Be physically active every day
    Sweat promotes the release of chemicals that build up in fatty tissues, and mobilizes the body’s stores of toxic chemicals.
  2. Eat a diet high in fiber
    Dietary fiber facilitates the removal of toxic chemicals by carrying them out with the rest of the body’s waste.
  3. Eat a diet high in antioxidants
    Fruits, vegetables and whole grains provide important nutritional support to deal with the chemicals we come into contact on a daily basis.


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Tips for Restful Sleep

Begin rituals that help you relax each night before bed.
This can include such things as a warm bath, light snack, chamomile tea
or a few minutes of reading.

Watching television before bedtime is often a bad idea.
The television should not be in the bedroom.  The light from the screen is too stimulating. Use a radio instead for background noise.

Don’t go to bed unless you are sleepy.
Read a book, listen to soft music or browse through a magazine. Find something relaxing, but not stimulating, to take your mind off of worries about sleep.

Get up at the same time every morning, and go to bed at the same time every night.
Do this even on weekends and holidays.  Even if you are retired or not working, this is an essential component of good sleeping habits.

Avoid taking naps if you can.
If you must take a nap, try to keep it less than one hour, and avoid naps after 3 p.m.

Do not go to bed hungry, but don’t eat a big meal near bedtime, either.
Snack on high protein foods, like nuts/nut butter, Greek yogurt, whole grain crackers with cheese, to stabilize blood sugar.

Avoid sleeping pills, or use them cautiously.
Most doctors do not prescribe sleeping pills for periods of more than three weeks.
Do not drink alcohol while taking sleeping pills.

Make your bedroom quiet, dark, and a little bit cool.
It should remind you of a cave.  Find a comfortable temperature setting for sleeping, and keep the room well ventilated. A cool (not cold) bedroom is often the most conducive to sleep.  Block out all distracting noise, and eliminate as much light as possible.


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Green Home Cleaning

Creamy Soft Scrubber
This is a perfect recipe for cleaning the bathtub as it rinses easily and doesn’t leave grit.
Pour  ½ cup of baking soda into a bowl, and add enough liquid detergent to make a frosting-like texture. Scoop a dollop onto a sponge and scrub. Note: Add 1 teaspoon of vegetable glycerin to the mixture and store in a sealed glass jar to keep the product moist. Otherwise, just make as much as you need at one time.

Window Cleaner

The soap in this recipe cuts the wax residue from the commercial brands you might have used in the past.
1/4‐1/2 teaspoon liquid detergent
3 tablespoons vinegar
2 cups water
Spray bottle
Pour all of the ingredients into a spray bottle, shake and it’s ready to use.

Oven Cleaner
1 cup or more baking soda
A squirt or two of liquid detergent
Sprinkle water generously over the bottom of the oven, then cover the area to be cleaned with enough baking soda that the surface is completely white. Spray more water over the soda then let the mixture set overnight. In the morning, wipe up as much of the mixture as you can. Then use liquid detergent or soap on a sponge to wash the remaining residue from the oven.

All-Purpose Spray Cleaner
1/2 teaspoon washing soda
A dab of liquid soap
2 cups hot tap water
Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake until the washing soda has dissolved. Spray, then wipe off with a sponge or rag.

1/2 teaspoon olive oil
1/4 cup vinegar or fresh lemon juice
Mix the ingredients in a glass jar. Dip a soft rag into the solution and wipe onto wood surfaces. Cover the glass jar and store indefinitely.

Keep a clean spray bottle filled with straight 5% vinegar in your kitchen near your cutting board and in your bathroom to use for cleaning. The smell of vinegar dissipates within a few hours. Straight vinegar is also great for cleaning the toilet rim. Just spray it on then wipe off.

Vinegar Spray
Straight vinegar reportedly kills 82% of mold. Pour white distilled vinegar into a spray bottle and spray on the moldy area. Do not rinse. The smell will dissipate in a few hours.

Tea Tree Treasure
The smell of tea tree oil can be very strong but should only last for a few days.
2 teaspoons tea tree oil
2 cups water
Combine in a spray bottle, shake to blend, and spray on problem areas. Do not rinse.


  • Baking soda
  • Washing soda
  • White distilled vinegar
  • Natural liquid soap or detergent
  • Tea tree oil
  • 6 clean spray bottles
  • 2 glass jars
  • Vegetable glycerin
  • Fresh lemon



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