Wholebody Solutions Homepage
Blog               Events               About Us               Office Hours               Contact               Ask Dr. Ann               Sign up for our NEWSLETTER!
call us today! 617.328.6300read our monthly newsletter
nutrition chiropractic services herbs & supplements Weight Loss Crossinology

                                                                            Instant Power Chocolate
Some homemade "instant" power chocolate. Raw cacao is loaded with flavanols, polypenols, magnesium, fiber, and anti-oxidants. One of the healthiest foods on the planet. I made this in a few seconds and tossed it in freezer for 15 minutes in ice cube trays. Here's how you do it: 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder (I use Navitas) 2 tablespoons organic extra virgin coconut oil, liquified (mine was already because it is so warm outside) 1-2 heaping tsp. raw honey. Dash of sea salt. Dash of vanilla. Slivered almonds and dried cranberries (apple juice infused) Just mix all up and spoon into trays. Freeze for 15 minutes and pop out. These made about 6 candies.
                                  Start feeling healthier today by cooking nutritious meals at home!
The most radical thing that you can do to improve your health is cook real food at home. Tens of millions of people in this country do not cook at all, and nearly 1/3 say they cook just four out of a possible 21 square meals per week. We ...need to change that. Home cooked meals have fewer calories, it is CHEAPER than going out, cooking gives you control of the ingredients and don't forget the satisfaction that comes from a healthy home cooked meal. It doesn't matter as much what you cook......but just that you do it.
                                                              Patient of the week: Angela!




For two years, Angela suffered from acute recurrent skin conditions resulting in rashes and hives.  Additionally, Angela was experiencing fatigue, joint pain, and stress due to these symptoms.  After trying a variety of prescription drugs and creams that weren’t effective (some making her symptoms return worse than before!), Angela decided she needed to find a better solution.

With Nutritional support, Angela reports that her symptoms have improved immensely!  Not only does she have more energy, Angela also reports “I feel like myself again.  Every day I am getting better.  My skin is healing, my gut is healing, and my sleeping has improved.”  Angela also reports that her visits to WholeBody Solutions have her feeling more educated than ever, and she has been sharing this helpful knowledge with family and friends.

Congratulations, Angela!

We are grateful that you entrusted WholeBody Solutions

to your Health & Wellness needs!


Avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup at all Costs!

HFCS (1979-2014) RIP. HFCS needs to be buried. It is twice as sweet as sucrose, twice as addictive, damages liver just like ALCOHOL (that is why children are being seen as young as FIVE with fatty liver disease) and by itself, suppresses insulin, leptin, and ghrelin. It is a dangerous drug and not a food. So as you can see, it doesn't only affect your weight. You can be thin and be affected by this toxic substance. Read food labels and refuse to buy anything with it.


Chopped Chicken/Vegetable Salad with Bacon


A fun recipe to make and eat. Loaded with healthy ingredients. Will sure be a crowd pleaser. You can do turkey bacon or "Fakin Bacon" which is a product made from tempeh if you are not a fan of regular bacon. If you are a fan, always purchase nitrate free, uncured organic bacon only.


  • ¼ cup Greek Yogurt (Full fat is best when purchasing Greek yogurt)
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chopped basil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • Chicken and Salad
  • 1 lb leftover or freshly cooked chicken chopped (it can be grilled, baked, however you prepare it is fine)  
  • 4 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped red cabbage
  • 3/4 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup assorted cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 fennel bulb, halved again, thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 2 slices cooked chopped bacon

To prepare dressing: Puree the dressing ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth. You can also whisk if you are feeling like doing it the old school way.

Combine lettuce, cabbage, bell pepper, onion, tomatoes, fennel, avocado and bacon in a large bowl. Add the chicken and dressing and toss well. Season to taste. ENJOY!!!!


Standard Process

We carry Standard Process brand vitamins/minerals at our office. And for some very good reasons. As a nation, we eat poor-quality foods that have been stripped of nutrients. We do not consume enough fresh fruits and vegetables. We eat a tremendous amount of prepackaged, pre-made meals. One-quarter of Americans eat at fast food restaurants each day. Americans are overfed and undernourished.

There is good news!

Given proper nutrition, the human body has an amazing ability to heal itself. To do so, we need to eat a healthier diet, exercise, and take high-quality supplements made from whole foods. Whole food supplements supply our bodies with nutrients we are not getting from our diet, all the vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, and phytonutrients that foods possess in a way that nature intended, in a whole food form.

Only whole food supplements complete the nutritional gap.

Whole food supplements are made by concentrating foods for use in supplements. When processed correctly, they supply a multitude of the plant's components. Foods provide nutrients that work synergistically. They work together to provide you with optimal nutrition for good health.

Selecting a Quality Supplement:

There are many different kinds of supplements on the market, and it can be very confusing to determine the true value of a supplement. Understanding the label will help you know if you are taking a quality supplement.

We often think that more is better when choosing supplements, quality is far more important than quantity. A small amount of a vitamin in whole food form is far more effective in the human body than a large dose of an isolated vitamin that is just a fraction of the whole. Like all ingredients grown on a single organic farm and picked at the peak of freshness.

Manufacturers who grow many of their ingredients have the unique ability to control the quality of the ingredient from seed to supplement. Certified organic farms further enhance the quality of these ingredients.

Once harvested, food begins to lose its value. If there is a delay of hours, days, or months from when an ingredient is harvested to when it's processed, many of its very delicate phytonutrients are lost.

Each ingredient has its own set of rules in relation to how to best extract and package its vital life. The manufacturing process needs to retain the vital nutrients within the ingredients. Too much heat will destroy enzymes and phytonutrients.



Chia Pudding Recipe

Want a quick and easy breakfast that you can make the night before that requires no cooking, will fill you up, taste amazing, give you heart healthy omega 3's (more than a serving of salmon) loads of calcium, fiber, and protein? Well Chia Pudding is your answer!


 Simply place 2 cups organic milk of choice in container (I use almond milk or coconut milk but you can use what you prefer) with 1/2 cup of chia seeds, a couple of tablespoons or so of grade B maple syrup (or sweetener of choice) 2 teaspoons vanilla, 1/2 tsp nutmeg (optional). Just stir or cover and shake up. Place in fridge the night before. (It must be refrigerated a couple of hours before it gets thick) The chia expands and "gels" and makes for a tapioca/rice like pudding. All you have to do is re stir and top with your favorite fruits, like berries, bananas, mangoes......This will make a few servings so you will have enough for 2-3 days.

Ready to quit smoking? Let us help!


We offer a "Stop Smoking" program using these two products along with a consultation with our acupuncturist with pretty impressive results.  Is quitting smoking something you would like to put on your new years resolution? Come by and see us!


Quinoa-Chia Energy Bars – GLUTEN FREE!

(Yields approximately 16 bars)



• ¾ cup Medjool dates, pits removed (about 7-8)

• 2/3 cup white grape juice

• 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

• ¼ cup chia seeds, divided

• 2 tablespoons coconut oil

• 1½ cups quinoa flakes

• 1 cup unsalted pistachios, shells removed and coarsely chopped

• ½ cup raw walnuts, coarsely chopped

• ¼ teaspoon sea salt

• 1½ teaspoon cinnamon

• 1½ cup dried figs (White Turkish variety is the best), chopped coarsely


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Line a 8x8-inch pan* with parchment paper. Combine the dates with the white grape juice and vanilla in a small blender and let soak for 10 minutes to soften. Blend until smooth. Transfer to a small bowl, and add the chia seeds. Mix well to avoid chia clumps, and set aside for 10 minutes to allow the chia to thicken.

Meanwhile, melt the coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the quinoa flakes, pistachios and walnuts. Cook, stirring frequently for 3-4 minutes until the quinoa and nuts are fragrant. Add the sea salt and cinnamon and cook for 30 seconds more, then remove from heat and transfer contents to a large bowl. Mix in the chopped figs, and add the saturated chia mixture. Stir well to distribute the ingredients and form a chunky dough.

Transfer the dough to the prepared baking pan, and press down firmly into a flat layer. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool before cutting into 16 2x2-inch squares. When wrapped, energy bars will keep up to a week.

*If you don’t have a pan this size, line a baking/cookie sheet with parchment instead, and simply hand-form the bar “dough” into an 8x8 inch flat square.



View WholeBody Solutions on
Best in the Northeast!

The benefits of massage therapy


As good as a back rub from your sweetie feels, sometimes you need the hands of a professional.

That's because a growing body of evidence suggests muscle therapy provides a long and varied list of health benefits. In fact, more people get their muscles kneaded and rubbed for medical purposes than they do for relaxation or pampering, according to a recent survey. You know massage helps reduce stress and tension; here are some more potential benefits, based on research compiled by the American Massage Therapy Association:

Relieve chronic low-back pain.

Nearly everyone at some point has back pain that interferes with work and daily activities; if it lasts more than three months, it's considered chronic. One study showed people with long-lasting low-back pain who got a one-hour Swedish or structural massage once a week for 10 weeks felt and functioned significantly better and faster than those who received standard medical care; they also used less over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs. Other research found massage helps with osteoarthritis of the knee pain, fibromyalgia and nerve pain, among others.

Ease anxiety.

A review of studies that measured the stress hormone cortisol in people before and immediately after massage found the therapy lowered levels by up to about 50%. Massage also increased serotonin and dopamine, two neurotransmitters that help reduce depression. That may play into why massage has been shown to help people with anxiety disorders, to increase calm before surgery and to decrease stress and depression in cancer patients; in fact, a recent Turkish study found back massages given during chemotherapy significantly reduced anxiety and fatigue.

Reduce blood pressure.

Women with prehypertension (or slightly elevated blood pressure) who received three 10-minute Swedish massages a week for 10 total sessions lowered their pressure more than patients who relaxed in the same environment but with no massage, according to a small study. Other more recent research on 35 older adults showed therapeutic massage also helped reduce blood pressure, as well as improve stability.

Boost immunity.

Massage may give the immune system a boost by helping to increase activity levels of natural killer T cells, which fight off viruses and tumors. Past, preliminary science suggested full-body massage enhanced immune function of women with breast cancer; a newer but also early study on premature babies came to a similar conclusion: Those who received massage therapy had more active killer immune cells (and gained weight faster), compared with infants in the control group.


Acupuncture, Anxiety & Depression

Wednesday, August 14, 2013


As our broadband speeds up and our phones get smarter, some matters regarding our health get overlooked — especially our mental health. Tablets and smart phones have made it more convenient to be connected, but a large number of people still feel disconnected. Fortunately, the Internet also has allowed people to explore the possibilities of trying complementary therapies such as acupuncture.

Acupuncture is an ancient form of traditional Chinese medicine. It works on the principle of stimulating points in the body to correct imbalances in the flow of energy (Qi) through channels known as meridians. This belief is based on the interaction of the five elements (wood, fire, earth, metal and water) and having profound effects on internal organs, which are either yin or yang.

Traditional Chinese medicine also recognizes the mind and body interacting as one, meaning that emotions have a physiological effect on the body. Five emotions are represented by the five elements:

  • Water (fear)
  • Wood (anger)
  • Fire (happiness)
  • Earth (worry)
  • Metal (grief)

Western medical practitioners traditionally have questioned the validity of traditional Chinese medicines such as acupuncture. More recently, acupuncture has been recognized as a legitimate treatment for some conditions and is growing in popularity.


Anxiety is one of the most common mental illnesses worldwide. Many people suffer some form of anxiety occasionally but others cannot manage this natural response to a stressful situation. When a person experiences a highly stressful or threatening scenario, the mind can be overloaded and fail to develop ways of coping.

Although the symptoms can be as manageable as an ominous feeling in the pit of the stomach, some suffer much worse. Anxiety can trigger the following responses:

  • physical, such as an irregular heartbeat
  • cognitive, which can cause negative thoughts
  • behavioral, which may include uncharacteristic aggression or restlessness
  • emotional, such as fear.

Depending on which of these symptoms are suffered, different anxiety disorders may be diagnosed. These include:

  • generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
  • panic disorder
  • social anxiety disorder
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

There are a variety of causes of anxiety; all have different treatments. A person’s personality, behavior or thinking style can cause them to be more susceptible to anxiety. Research has proven it also can be hereditary. Biochemical factors such as a chemical imbalance in the brain also has been proven to cause anxiety.

Traditional Chinese medicine relates anxiety to an imbalance of the heart and kidney. Fire represents the heart and joy according to the five elements. The diagnosis is that too much heat in the heart will imbalance the interaction with the kidney (represented as water and fear). This will result in the water organ failing to contain the fire organ rising up to the mind, leading to anxiety. Acupuncture on points around the heart, kidney, spleen and ear are used to treat anxiety.

In a comprehensive literature review appearing in a recent edition ofCNS Neuroscience and Therapeutics, it was proved that acupuncture is comparable to cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which psychologists commonly use to treat anxiety (Errington-Evans, 2011). Another study published in the Journal of Endocrinology in March 2013 discovered stress hormones were lower in rats after receiving electric acupuncture (Eshkevari, Permaul and Mulroney, 2013).


It is estimated that approximately one in five people will experience clinical depression at least once in their lifetime. Although it is natural to feel sad and down at times, especially after experiencing loss, these slight effects can be managed with gradual lifestyle adjustments. Clinical depression, however, refers to a long-lasting and intense emotional, physical and cognitive state that greatly affects day-to-day life. Symptoms include:

  • Loss of positive associations and sense of achievement (lack of interest in normally pleasurable activities)
  • Negative thoughts (often worrying about the future)
  • Irritability, agitation and exhaustion
  • Changes in sleeping patterns (too much or too little)
  • Hopelessness (feeling trapped or suicidal)

The causes of depression are known to be similar to the causes of anxiety. It is traditionally treated with antidepressant medication, psychological methods or a combination of both.

Depression is considered to be a problem with circulating Qi around your body, according to traditional Chinese beliefs. The main organ responsible for circulating Qi is recognized as the liver with the heart and spleen playing supporting roles. The most common acupuncture treatment used to increase the flow of Qi is known as The Four Gates. This involves stimulating source points on both hands between the thumb and index finger and both feet between the big toe and second toe.

Anxiety and depression remain two of the most common mental disorders worldwide. As further research continues, acupuncture and other forms of complementary therapies are gradually being proved to be legitimate treatments for anxiety, depression and other illnesses. Perhaps more important than anything for our health is varying our lifestyles by trying alternative therapies, including exercise, yoga and meditation. It is important, however, to always get a second opinion and consult a doctor any time complementary therapies are tried.


Errington-Evans, N. (2011). Acupuncture for anxiety. CNS Neuroscience and Therapeutics, 18(4), 277-284. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-5949.2011.00254.x

Eshkevari, L., Permaul, E., & Mulroney, S.E. (2013). Acupuncture blocks cold stress-induced increases in the hypothalamus–pituitary–adrenal axis in the rat. Journal of Endocrinology, 217(1), 95-104. doi: 10.1530/JOE-12-040

Healthy Habits

Dr. Ann Doggett - Tuesday, April 26, 2011

To Improve Nutrition: Read More

Healthy Tips to Avoid Pollen

BC Admin - Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Healthy Tips to Avoid Pollen

 Read More

Combat Allergy Season Early This Year

Dr. Ann Doggett - Monday, March 28, 2011

This is the perfect time of year to get your body ready for allergies, including:
flower pollen, tree pollen, mold, weeds, and grass.

 Read More

Spring Into Cleansing

Dr. Ann Doggett - Tuesday, February 22, 2011

What is Purification and why do I need it? Read More

Surviving Winter Challenges

Dr. Ann Doggett - Monday, February 07, 2011

  Read More

Stir Fry Vegetable & Chicken (Serves 2)

Dr. Ann Doggett - Monday, February 07, 2011

-1 tsp. sesame oil Read More

10 Good Reasons to go Organic

Dr. Ann Doggett - Monday, January 31, 2011

1.  Organic products meet stringent standards Read More

Quinoa Vegetable Soup (Serves 4-6)

Dr. Ann Doggett - Monday, January 31, 2011

  • -4 cups water
  • -¼ cup quinoa (well rinsed)
  • -½ cup carrots, diced
  • -¼ cup celery, diced
  • -2 Tbsp. onion, chopped
  • -¼ cup green pepper, diced
  • -2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • -1 tsp. olive oil
  • -½ cup tomatoes, chopped
  • -½ cup cabbage, chopped
  • -1 tsp. salt
  • -Parsley, chopped

Sauté quinoa, carrots, celery, onions, green pepper, and garlic in olive oil until golden brown.  Add water, tomatoes, and cabbage and bring to a boil.  Simmer 20 to 30 minutes or until tender.  Season to taste and garnish with parsley.

For Variations, try adding some of your other favorite vegetables, chopped and sautéed.

From the First Line Therapy Program

 Read More

Holistic Health and Wellness Survey

BC Admin - Monday, January 31, 2011

Answer the questions in each section below. Each response will be a number from 0 to 5, and will correspond to either how strongly you agree with the statement or, if the question is related to an activity, the frequency described in the parentheses. Following each section, total your score and compare your results to the descriptions given at the end of the survey. Read More

Top Ten Q & A about Chiropractic

Dr. Ann Doggett - Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Do you ever randomly question ... "I wonder if I need to go to a Chiropractor to help my symptoms (X,Y,Z)?"  "I wonder if it's safe," and "Is it effective?  Will it help me reach optimal health?"  Here are the top ten most Frequently Asked Questions being asked at the practice and we have the answers! Read More



Mailing Address - 605 Hancock Street, Quincy, Ma 02170
© 2009 Wholebody Solutions. All rights reserved. Terms · Sitemap · Login
Design by TheDesignPeople - Custom Web Design