Author Archives for Christa Oakes

Migraines, Tension Headaches Respond To Acupuncture

Two new systematic reviews have found that acupuncture therapy can provide patients who suffer from tension and migraine headache an alternative treatment for their pain. Tension headaches are the most common headaches, and generally cause infrequent mild to moderate pain, but in a considerable number of patients, tension headaches are so frequent that they require […]

Insulin Resistance and Health

Insulin resistance occurs when the body produces enough insulin in response to sugar consumption, but the insulin is not able to perform its function within the body properly.  Insulin is a hormone whose role is to signal cells to bring sugar from the blood stream into the cells, so it can be turned into energy.  When an individual […]

Fatty foods may cause cocaine-like addiction

By Sarah Klein, March 30, 2010 4:22 p.m. EDT STORY HIGHLIGHTS Brains of rats that gorged themselves on human fatty foods changed Dopamine appears to be responsible for the behavior of the overeating rats Findings could lead to new treatments for obesity ( — Scientists have finally confirmed what the rest of us have […]

Chiropractic Care for Knee Pain

There are many causes of knee pain. One often overlooked cause is a simple dysfunction of the proximal tibiofibular joint. The proximal tibiofibular joint is actually a joint that is outside the knee. It is found by locating a medium-sized bump on the lateral leg about two inches down from the knee. The hamstring tendons […]

Listen to your Heart

By Deborah J. Neisen, L.C.S.W. When you go for a medical check-up, the doctor listens to your heart with a stethoscope.  Emotional health and physical health go hand in hand. (In Chinese medicine, the heart is known as “shen,” which rules mental and creative functions.)  We sometimes try to ignore emotional pain and distress.  Pain […]

Moroccan fish tagine

Serves 4 Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 yellow onion, chopped 1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and diced 1 clove garlic, minced 2 tomatoes, peeled and seeded, then diced 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon paprika 4 cups chicken stock, vegetable stock or broth 1 1/4 pounds red snapper or sea bass fillets cut […]

Studies find acupuncture cuts post-surgical pain

Will Dunham WASHINGTON Tue Oct 16, 2007 5:35pm EDT WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The use of acupuncture before and during surgery reduces patients’ post-operative pain as well as the need for pain-killing medication, researchers said on Tuesday. Researchers at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina analyzed the results of 15 clinical trials on the effectiveness […]

The High Cost of Health Care

 The headlines have lately been filled with news of the Obama administration’s proposed healthcare plan. Strongly worded opinions, both pro and con, are being volleyed from each side of the political fence. But one aspect of healthcare not being adequately addressed in the plan-as well as not mentioned in most of the pro or con […]

Christa Oakes

Christa, a recent transplant to Denver, is originally from Charlotte, NC. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005 with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Cello Performance. Christa began working at the Whole Health Center in April of 2008. She says, "Even in the short time I have been working here, the Whole Health Center has had a profound impact on my personal life, teaching me what it really means to take care of oneself. I am proud to be working here and hopefully can do my part to help others make the same discovery for themselves." In her free time Christa enjoys cooking, hiking, reading, and playing the cello.