3 Common Tree Problems

By Nancy Penrose

How many times have you looked at your trees, saw something off and thought, “hmm… is that normal?” And then forgot about it or decided to put it off? Even if this happened to you just once, it’s time to learn the three most common tree problems, so when you see it, you can get it fixed as soon as possible.

1. Scorched Leaves

Overexposure to harsh sunlight can cause leaves to get scorched. This is evidenced by leaves that are dehydrated and look brown, shriveled and burned. To help prevent this from happening, increase watering and add mulch for protection.

2. Improper Pruning

Most commonly, improper pruning is when trees are overly trimmed or are severely under-trimmed. No matter the case, the tree can have a hard time absorbing water and breathing properly.

3. Wilted Leaves

Leaves that are wilted lose their shape and look lifeless. This is caused by water loss and drought is often the reason behind wilted leaves. You can remedy this by relocating the plant to an area with less sunlight or increasing the watering.

These are just three of the most common tree problems. At Big Trees, we are fully trained on all types of diseases and issues trees can have, and we know exactly how to remedy them. Just contact us today at (866) 313-2333 and we’ll take a look at your tree to give you the best recommendation.

Nancy Penrose is owner of Big Trees Inc. (https://bigtreesupply.com/), (tree nursery Snohomish, WA), one of the largest Seattle tree nurseries, specializing in large trees for sale and transplant tree service. Learn more about tree preservation at https://bigtreesupply.com/tree-care-maintenance/ and for more tips on tree care or installation go to privacytree.net. See our video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6vVhNW1XJI and connect with us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Big-Trees-Inc/193731105108.

Big Trees Inc. Installs Large Japanese Maple for Client

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc., (https://bigtreesupply.com/), a tree sales and transplant company, helped install a large Japanese Maple into a landscape for their clients under short notice, and the project went off without a hitch.

Big Trees was approached by their clients asking for help with a special, new specimen tree for a focal point in their garden. They were having a significant event in the near future and were hoping to have the tree delivered and installed as soon as possible to maintain their current schedule of events.

After walking through the lanes and aisles of the nursery, the clients found one of the larger red Japanese Maples to be the tree to install. The tree is 17-feet tall and 10-feet wide, and has a trunk the diameter of around 8 inches at the base. The tree and root ball together weighed around 2,500 pounds.

A date was made with the clients that fit into their timeline, and the Big Trees crews delivered and installed the tree in short order. The tree was the perfect size for the landscape, and everyone was satisfied with the experience.

“Getting to meet unexpected deadlines and anticipation can be a very exciting aspect of what goes on here at Big Trees! The clients, and we at Big Trees are very pleased with the outcome of this project,” said Nancy, owner of Big Trees.

Nancy Penrose is the owner of Big Trees Inc., located in Snohomish, WA in the Seattle area. The company is one of the largest tree nurseries in the Seattle area with over 120,000 trees available in over 300 varieties. They not only deliver young trees, but also mature trees in a wide range of sizes. Some types of trees available include spring flowering, deciduous, evergreen, and privacy trees. The company also does tree transplanting including large trees. Their blog can be seen at https://bigtreessupply.com/blog/ or http://arboristblog.com/. They can be reached at 360-563-2700.

Ulan Nutritional Systems Releases 2nd Edition of Free eBook

CLEARWATER, FL: Ulan Nutritional Systems (https://unsinc.info), a company delivering training to chiropractors, nutritionists, and other holistic practitioners, has released a revised version of their free eBook “Theory & Purpose of Nutrition Response Testing® 2nd Edition” by Freddie Ulan, DC, CCN.

The eBook gives the basics of Nutrition Response Testing, a non-invasive system of analyzing the body in order to determine the underlying causes of ill health. When these causes of bad health are corrected through safe, natural, nutritional means, the body can repair itself in order to attain and maintain more optimum health.

Daniele Lattanzi, the CEO of Ulan Nutritional Systems stated, “We are very excited about the release of the 2nd edition of this eBook. It has been updated with the latest clinical information and explains the subject of Nutrition Response Testing and how practitioners can use it to get better patient results, better than ever.”

Anyone interested in downloading the eBook can click here.

Ulan Nutritional Systems was founded by Dr. Freddie Ulan in 2005. After his discoveries in the field of nutrition, he overcame a severe physical illness. He then started receiving more and more demand from health care practitioners to train them on his methods. To date, thousands have completed his training and are using his methods to help patients improve their health.  The company now offers not only training in Nutrition Response Testing, but training in patient management, practice management and personal development. Their website can be seen at http://unsinc.info. They can be reached at 866-418-4801.

© 2019 Ulan Nutritional Systems. All Rights Reserved. Nutrition Response Testing is a registered trademark owned by Freddie Ulan.

Silva Construction Urges Homeowners to Get Earthquake Retrofitting in Light of Recent Earthquakes

SAN PEDRO, CA: Silva Construction (https://www.silvaconstruction.com/), a residential and commercial remodeling company serving the south bay area of Los Angeles, is urging homeowners to consider getting earthquake retrofitting in light of two recent earthquakes.

In less than two days, California experienced two of the largest earthquakes in the state since 1999. On July 4th, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Ridgecrest, CA, 100 miles east of Bakersfield, with effects felt all the way to the Los Angeles area. Then the very next day, a 7.1 earthquake struck the same region, causing serious damage to buildings and roads in the area. Because of the large magnitudes of these quakes, seismologists are warning Californians to prepare for even more seismic activity.

Earthquake retrofitting is the process of securely anchoring a home to its foundation, and can save tens of thousands in the event of an earthquake. Homes that are not retrofitted can actually move off their foundation in a large seismic event.

Dave Silva, Executive Director of Silva Construction, stated “We urge homeowners to get earthquake retrofitting done to their homes, to ensure they are really protected during an earthquake. These recent earthquakes remind us that a large seismic event can strike at any time, so it’s vital to think ahead and prepare.”

Dave Silva and David Clarke are owners of Silva Construction, Inc., located in San Pedro, CA. The company has over 40 years of experience in remodeling construction, and serves Southern California’s South Bay area, including Westchester, El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, San Pedro, Hermosa Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Harbor City, Lomita, Torrance, and other select areas. Their blog can be seen at https://www.silvaconstruction.com/blog3/ and their website can be seen at https://www.silvaconstruction.com/. They can be reached at 310-831-6310.

Digestive Issues and Nutrition Response Testing®

By Cori Stern, DC

I recently had two patients with severe digestive issues within a week of one another. Both cases seemed to have no apparent cause.

The first patient was a special-needs young man whom I have been seeing for 15 years. When his mom called for an appointment, she explained that he’d had severe digestive issues for a few days and it was really interfering with his daily routine. He couldn’t go anywhere or attend his school program because of this.

This young man is non-verbal, so it’s a bit more of a challenge to find out what he is experiencing. But one of the amazing things about Nutrition Response Testing is you can communicate directly with the body to find out what’s actually going on, even if the patient can’t speak.

I did the standard Nutrition Response Testing analysis and all that showed up was a little irritation in his small intestine.  His body tested for one whole food support supplement for the small intestine at a dose of two per day. 

This young man was on my mind so I checked in with the Mom the next day. She said he was still having some issues but it was slowing down. I asked her to keep me updated. Within 48 hours he was somewhat better, but the situation had not fully resolved.

I asked her to bring him back and checked him again.  I got the same result, but now he was testing for a higher dose of that same whole food supplement. Instead of two capsules he was testing for four.

Within a few hours of taking this higher dose the digestive issues stopped and the next day he was back to normal and was able to get fully back in the swing of his routine. I thought it was fascinating the way his body was SO specific about what was needed and in what time frame. His body needed to heal at a very specific rate.

The second case was a two-year-old boy. This toddler has been a patient of mine since he was conceived. Both he and his 4-year-old brother have been on a Nutrition Response Testing program with me since birth. The mom (also a patient) always brings them to me when they’re not feeling well.

On this day, their mom called for an emergency appointment and sounded very worried about the baby. He had severe stomach issues, was lethargic, running a fever, and was practically non–responsive. When she arrived at my office 20 minutes later he was limp in her arms and having stomach issues there on the spot. As you can imagine, I was very concerned. I had to talk to myself a bit to stay calm and just do what I do. I performed the usual Nutrition Response Testing evaluation to see what would help this little guy.

The evaluation revealed that his immune system was a bit challenged and his body needed a whole food vitamin C supplement. His specific dose was 2 per day and then while I was dosing him, the most amazing thing occurred!  He had the two tablets in his little hand and he suddenly perked up a bit, opened his eyes, popped one of the tablets in his mouth and ate it. His mom and I looked at each other and started laughing in relief!

He became a little more responsive and seemed to be doing better. They left my office and I checked in with his mom a few hours later.  She said so far, his stomach issues had stopped. The next day I checked in with her again and she said he was back to his normal self – tearing up the house.

I see many amazing results with my patients, but occasionally there are one or two that just seem like magic.

For more information on Nutrition Response Testing or how to handle the underlying chronic health condition of your patients call 866-418-4801 or download our FREE E-Book on Nutrition Response Testing.

Two Boys with Autism and Nutrition Response Testing®

By Brad Kristiansen, DC

I had 2 young male patients that were born in Columbia, South America. An American couple who lived in Iowa near to my practice adopted them.

Before arriving in my practice, they both were diagnosed with classic Asperger Syndrome i.e. Autism. Both boys were very introverted, noncommunicative, and definitely exhibited the “don’t you dare touch me” phenomena most common with autism.

It was a good thing that Dr. Ulan had prepared me for this type of situation. I tested them with Nutrition Response Testing very quickly, only using the basic standard testing methods. This allowed me to identify what their priority body areas were that needed support first. Interestingly enough, neither boy had the brain area show up as a priority area to be addressed. One boy had what we call “blocked regulation” and the heart was the priority. Blocked regulation means the body doesn’t have the ability to control its nervous system to the point that it won’t accept any form of help. The other boy had a condition we call “switched” and had a pancreas priority. Switched is a confusion in the autonomic nervous system causing the body to “switch” normal functioning.

I put them on the Standard Process supplements that were indicated by the testing. This got the first boy unblocked and the second boy unswitched. The more difficult thing to do was to get the parents and grandparents to stop feeding them sugar. I’m happy to say that they did and next thing you know, the boys calmed down, would actually talk to me, learned American English and grew up to be normal boys!

I visited Iowa for Christmas a couple of years ago and almost got tackled in the mall by two teenage boys. It was the two boys who I took care of when they were 5 and 7. They are now 15 and 17 and darn near knocked me over at the mall. When I turned around, I was a bit confused by these 2 young men until they said, “You probably don’t remember us because we were tiny when we first met you.” Then they told me their names and of course I remembered them! It was such a joy to see how they grew up and that I was able to help them.

The reality is that this is exactly why I learned chiropractic and Nutrition Response Testing. For those 2 boys, and the many others, to help them with their exuberance for life and their gratitude is my real pay!!!

For more information on Nutrition Response Testing call 866-418-4801 or email us at info@unsinc.info. You can also download our FREE Nutrition Response Testing E-Book here.

3-Year-Old Girl Gets Her Long Red Hair Back

By Brad Kristiansen, DC

I first started working with a woman with Nutrition Response Testing®. One visit, her 3-year-old daughter came along. The daughter had this gorgeous, long red hair. Some time later the mom came in and said, “My daughter’s hair is coming out in clumps.”

The mother was understandably panicky because her young daughter was losing her hair. Her scalp showed many bare spots and the hair on her head was very thin and scraggly. This little girl was upset by it and cried when she talked about it. Hair loss like this used to be extremely unusual, but because of the toxic environment we live in these days, it’s not as unusual as it used to be.

When I analyzed the little girl’s body using Nutrition Response Testing, we found a digestive problem due to sugars and starches and an immune challenge. Unfortunately the food sensitivity I found was exacerbating the immune weakness, and was one of this young girl’s favorite food items.

I also found that her weakened immune system affected her scalp and was making her hair fall out! I had previously found the same situation happening with several adults, but she was the first child. For some reason, this problem occurred more in women than men.

I recommended to the mother to stop feeding the little girl so much sugar and starchy foods. I wanted to work up to her favorite food item last. I recommended a couple of nutritional supplement products that helped the body deal with that particular immune challenge. One thing I found interesting was when I told this 3-year-old girl what was happening to her hair, she was totally willing to amend her diet and take the supplements.

On the mom and daughter’s first follow up visit, the young girl came in all beaming because she had taken her supplements and even stopped her favorite food item! More importantly to her, her hair had stopped falling out. When she told me that, she actually gave me a hug. Best “payday” I’ve had!

Within about 3 months of being on a Nutrition Response Testing program, her beautiful red hair was fully back and her scalp wasn’t showing through anywhere! Her mother even indicated that her hair was actually thicker at this point than it had been before it started falling out. (PS – I got another hug!!!)

Another successful application of the basic Nutrition Response Testing procedures that I learned in the 3-day Nutrition Response Testing Workshop!!! Thank you, Dr. Ulan, for inventing and developing this procedure!

For more information on Nutrition Response Testing call 866-418-4801 or email us at info@unsinc.info. You can also download our FREE Nutrition Response Testing E-Book here.

How to Choose Hardware for your Kitchen

By Niko Papaheraklis

Even the small things matter when remodeling or designing your home. Choosing kitchen hardware may seem like a small detail, but it can throw the entire room off if you choose the wrong pieces! Below are some of our tips to help you choose kitchen hardware that will elevate your space.

Choose a theme and stick with it

There are so many different styles of kitchens out there, and they all look amazing! But it’s important to choose a style that fits you and you won’t outgrow in the years to come. Once you choose a theme, make sure you stick with it when it comes to picking out your hardware (or any design element, really.)

2. Keep the finishes cohesive

There are a wide variety of finishes, from brushed nickel to brass; from glossy to matte. While mixing and matching certain hardware can come together really well, it’s important to keep the finish the same to tie everything together.

3. Keep the color of your cabinets in mind

The color of your cabinets can help determine what type of hardware to get, and in what finish. For example, certain shades of brown aren’t very flexible and will only look good with a specific finish. Whereas white or painted cabinets can look good with just about anything.

4. Don’t forget about other appliances and fixtures

Make sure you keep in mind the finish on your appliances, light fixtures and your sink and faucet. Mixing metal finishes can look good when it’s not overdone, but having too many different finishes can throw the entire space off.

At Finecraft Contractors, if you can imagine it, we can build it. Making a space flow well is our specialty, and we love helping you choose these types of elements for your design or remodel! If you have a renovation idea or want to remodel sections of your home, call us at 301-330-9191 and we’ll give you a thoroughly thought out estimate.

George Papaheraklis is the founder of FineCraft Contractors, Inc., located in Gaithersburg, MD. Since 1985, FineCraft has been building houses, additions, kitchens, baths and more for discerning families. Their blog can be seen at https://finecraftcontractors.com/blog/ and they can be reached at 301-330-9191.

FineCraft Contractors Had a Successful Construction Tour at Capitol Hill

GAITHERSBURG, MD: FineCraft Contractors, Inc., (https://finecraftcontractors.com/) had a successful construction tour at a custom build in Capitol Hill in collaboration with Jonathan Kuhn Architects and AIAPV CRAN.

FineCraft is in the middle of constructing a new two-story family home that sits between two existing rowhouses. This type of construction is complex and requires highly experienced and knowledgeable contractors. A construction tour allows them to keep others within the industry informed on the happenings with the project.

On June 13, 2019, FineCraft Contractors had a successful construction tour and spoke about the processes they had encountered so far, and the trials and tribulations that went along with it. They also spoke about structural and environmental challenges encountered, how design and other issues were resolved, and lessons learned.

Jimena L. stated, “FineCraft Contractors is a well rounded professional company in the DC area. Their crew is highly skilled and the staff has superb customer service. Every project we have seen has exceeded our expectations. It is hard to find a building company with such high attention to detail. Working with the FineCraft family makes your experience enjoyable and gratifying.”

Steven Richards and Associates, Inc., a company who collaborated with FineCraft in the past said, “FineCraft does excellent work! Extreme attention to detail. George has a very good eye and is very accommodating. His crew have been with him for a long time. That is very important to me as an Interior Designer. A company is only as good as the people who work for him. I highly recommend FineCraft Contractors.”

George Papaheraklis is the founder of FineCraft Contractors, Inc., located in Gaithersburg, MD. Since 1985, FineCraft has been building houses, additions, kitchens, baths and more for discerning families. Their blog can be seen at https://finecraftcontractors.com/blog/ and they can be reached at 301-330-9191.

PEMF THERAPY: A safe alternative for dealing with Sciatica and Lower Back Pain

by Larry Judge

OUCH!!! Sciatica. Lower back pain. 

Suffering from sciatica and lower back pain can be very debilitating and lower one’s quality of life.   Many people are looking for safer non-drug methods of handling and dealing with sciatica and lower back pain.

Just what is sciatica?  Sciatica refers to back pain caused by a problem with the sciatic nerve. This is a large nerve that runs from the lower back down the back of each leg. When something injures or puts pressure on the sciatic nerve, it can cause pain in the lower back that spreads to the hip, buttocks, and leg. 

Pain that radiates from your lower (lumbar) spine to your buttock and down the back of your leg is the hallmark of sciatica. You might feel the discomfort almost anywhere along the nerve pathway, but it’s especially likely to follow a path from your low back to your buttock and the back of your thigh and calf.

The pain can vary widely, from a mild ache to a sharp, burning sensation or excruciating pain. Sometimes it can feel like a jolt or electric shock. It can be worse when you cough or sneeze, and prolonged sitting can aggravate symptoms. Usually only one side of your body is affected.

Sciatica most commonly occurs when a herniated disk, bone spur on the spine or narrowing of the spine (spinal stenosis) compresses part of the nerve. This causes inflammation, pain and often some numbness in the affected leg.

One fascinating method in dealing with sciatica and Lower Back Pain is PEMF therapy. PEMF stands for Pulsed ElectroMagnetic Field. This process involves directing powerful, pulsed energy waves to different areas of a person’s body.

Research has shown that PEMF therapy can relieve sciatica by reducing inflammation, rebuilding cartilage, repairing scar tissue, muscle strains, and regenerating nerves.

All sciatic problems involve nerve damage from one cause or another. PEMF has been demonstrated to help with nerve regeneration in scientific research studies:

Previous studies confirm that pulsed magnetic field (PMF) accelerates functional recovery after a nerve crush lesion [a traumatic injury]… The influence of a new PMF application protocol (trained PMF) on nerve regeneration was studied in a model of crush injury of the sciatic nerve of rats…. PMF treatment during the 38 days following the crush injury enhanced the regeneration In addition, corrective effects of PMF on sensory fibers may be considered an important finding for neuropathic pain therapy. (1)

A scientific study conducted by a group of doctors and scientists at the John Hopkins School of Medicine concluded:

Peripheral nerve regeneration has been manipulated with… pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMFs)…. PEMF, attractive because of its noninvasive nature, increases the speed of axon [nerve cell] regeneration in the first week by 22–24% …(Sisken et al., 1989; Rusovan et al., 1992)” (2)

PEMF helps stimulate the repair of cartilage and bone materials as was reported by K. Perjes:

“This double-blind, placebo-controlled study examined the effects of magnetotherapy (PEMF) in patients following herniated disk surgery. Results showed that 52 percent of patients receiving the treatment compared to 30 percent of controls reported being free of symptoms at the time of hospital release.” (3)

Effective treatment of cartilage and bone was reported by in the Journal of Cellular Biochemistry:

The therapeutic effects of electric and magnetic fields have been studied largely for their promotion of connective tissue repair. The most widely studied application concerns bone repair and deals with acceleration of the healing of fresh fractures, delayed and non-unions, incorporation of bone grafts, osteoporosis … More recently the effects of these fields upon the repair of cartilage and soft fibrous tissues have been described. In all these experimental systems and clinical applications an acceleration of … tissue healing has been observed… (4)

The body naturally handles pain by producing endorphins (which are natural chemicals in the body that fight pain) in the central nervous system and the pituitary gland. Endorphins block the transmission of pain signals to the brain.  PEMF stimulates the production of endorphins and is very effective in dealing with pain.

Pain is also caused by inflammation and a of a lack of oxygen in the body. The power of PEMF can penetrate deep into the body and assist in the healing of internal injuries.

PEMF stimulates an energy-carrying molecule found in the cells of all living things, ensuring healing and empowering cells to do what they were designed for. Oxygenation is dramatically increased, and healthy cell life is maintained, while damaged cells are quickly treated or replaced.

PEMF acts directly on the nervous system, glands, cells, tissues and organs. When used consistently, PEMF therapy can bring about a state of relaxation while promoting numerous health benefits at the same time.

Long-term use of PEMF therapy can help the body remodel tissues that tend to be hyper-reactive to chronic or acute stress. Over time, that tissue becomes less and less reactive.

The primary reason many use PEMF therapy is for relaxation.  PEMF’s have been proven to bring the mind and body into a state of relaxation which also improves sleep. PEMF therapy may also prevent an imbalance in the immune system. This is possible because PEMF’s stimulate the cells.

Results show that PEMF therapy is a safe alternative for dealing with sciatica and lower back pain.