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Spaghetti Squash with Red Lentil Tomato Sauce

By Eric C. Sharer, MPH, RD, CSO, CDN Tomato sauce

In recognition of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month it is important to embrace a healthy lifestyle as research is very supportive of the impact of lifestyle, especially diet on colorectal cancer risk. An overwhelming amount of evidence has found a strong connection between red and process meat intake with increasing colorectal cancer risk. There are several possible causes for this risk including that red and processed meats are high in potentially harmful substances such as saturated fat, an overabundance of essential amino acids and other nutrients that promote cell growth, and potentially carcinogenic compounds such as nitrates, heterocyclic aromatic amines (HCA) such as PhIP, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), which are formed during the processing or cooking of meat. Red and processed meat also lacks protective compounds that have been found to have preventative effects on cancer, such as fiber, antioxidants, and phytochemicals (plant chemicals with cancer fighting properties). For this reason it is recommended that people consider decreasing their intake of red and processed meat while increase their intake of plant based foods. Plant based foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, and grains have many protective components as they are rich in fiber, antioxidants, and phytochemicals. See below for a recipe full of fiber, antioxidants, phytochemicals, and plant based protein.

Posted In: Blog Diet and Prevention Eric C. Sharer, MPH, RD, CSO Nutrition Nutrition Cancer Prevention Nutrition, Food as Medicine Recipes

Ren 17: Powerful Point for Heart Health

By Chris Reilly, L.Ac., MSA Ren 17

Ren 17 "Tan Zhong": Revealing the Heart - free the heart of tension, and connect it to the rest of your body and being.

Posted In: Blog Acupressure Points Acupuncture Acupuncture, Community Cardiovascular Health Christopher Reilly L.Ac., MSA Preventative Health Traditional Chinese Medicine

Heart Nourising Herb: Suan Zao Ren

By Rebeccca Rice, L.Ac., MSAOM Suan zao ren

According to Chinese medicine, the heart houses the mind. When the mind is at rest we drift off into a peaceful slumber.

Posted In: Blog Acupressure Points Acupuncture Cardiovascular Health Rebecca Rice L.AC Traditional Chinese Medicine

Meditating for Peace Locally

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Listen to guided Meditation online

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Meditation and Yoga Cancelled While We Move

By JIm Whiting Iphone 1-14 177

Yoga and Meditation are cancelled from February 1st thru the 22nd.

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Easy Stir Fry with Eric’s Tasty Tempeh

By Eric C. Sharer, MPH, RD, CSO, CDN Stir fry

In recognition of American Heart Month it is important to embrace a healthy lifestyle to prevent and manage heart disease. A recent 2014 study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology of 20,721 men found that those who avoided smoking, had moderate alcohol intake, exercised, had the least amount of belly fat, and consumed the most fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes had an 86 percent lower risk for a heart attack compared to those who did not meet these criteria. A diet of plant-based foods is typically rich in fiber, disease fighting and immune boosting compounds (antioxidants & phytochemicals), and low in cholesterol and saturated fat. It is recommended that people should eat as many plant-based foods (fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, and whole grains), while limiting animal protein, poultry, dairy, and fish as much as possible. Foods coming from animals/fish typically are rich in cholesterol, saturated fat, and have no fiber.See below for an easy stir fry recipe that is rich in plant-based foods, especially soy. Consuming 25 grams of soy protein per day may reduce risk of coronary heart disease.

Posted In: Blog Cardiovascular Health Diet and Prevention Eric C. Sharer, MPH, RD, CSO Nutrition Nutrition, Food as Medicine

Lao Gong: Acupressure for Connection, Clarity, & Renewal

By Chris Reilly, L.Ac., MSA Laogong

Lao Gong, also known as the "Palace of Toil" is the eighth point of the heart master channel. It is stimulated to ease anxiety and clear inflammation.

Posted In: Blog Acupressure Points Acupuncture Christopher Reilly L.Ac., MSA Mind Body Medicine Pain Management Preventative Health

Huang Qi (Astragalus): A Tonic Herb

By Rebeccca Rice, L.Ac., MSAOM Astragalus

Huang Qi is a powerful herb that boosts the body's natural healing ability and supports tissue regeneration. It can be used as a single herb or added to fresh brewed teas and soups.

Posted In: Blog Acupressure Points Acupuncture Cleanse and Detoxification Rebecca Rice L.AC

Eric’s Detox Salad

By Eric C. Sharer, MPH, RD, CSO, CDN Veg

This salad below is rich in many compounds to help support the body and promote a healthy detox/cleanse.

The Stram Center offers comprehensive cleansing and detoxification programs. It is important to work with a trained healthcare practitioner to help guide you through a structured detox program. For additional information about our detox program, call the center at 518-689-2244 or visit

Posted In: Blog Cleanse and Detoxification Diet and Prevention Eric C. Sharer, MPH, RD, CSO Nutrition Nutrition Cancer Prevention Nutrition, Food as Medicine Recipes

iPad Apps Revolutionize Healthcare

By Ronald L. Stram, MD

The Stram Center is proud to announce that as of November 15th, we will be the first facility within the USA to offer a special Lyme Care iPAD application to better suite the needs of our patients.

Posted In: Blog Lyme Disease Lyme Disease, ILADS Preventative Health Ronald L. Stram MD

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This Week's Classes, Lectures and Events

Morning Wake Up Yoga!
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Bi-Weekly Monday Gentle/Mindful Yoga Class
Monday, March 2, 2015
Free Guided Meditation
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Gentle Yoga
Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Latest News and Announcements

We have moved to our new Delmar home at 90 Adams Place read more

Reiki I Certification Class with Rebecca Rice, L.Ac, MS- Sunday March 8, 2015 read more

Culinary Nutrition Cooking Classes Starting in March, 2015 read more

New One-on-One Cooking Classes read more