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Outdoorsy? You need this info!

May 12, 20233 min read

If you love the great outdoors as we all do, this is a must-read article! May is officially the start of tick season, but we have already had one person report a tick on them. Lyme disease prevention is key! If you get Lyme disease, it can be a lengthy and tough recovery. I want to help you to be less likely to get a tick bite in the first place AND to know how to remove one safely, should you need to.

Lyme disease is much more common than you might think. As we learn more about it, we understand that any kind of tick can carry the organism (plus co-infections that can go along with it). There’s also speculation that spiders and even mosquitos can inject these infectious agents into your body when you get bitten. But ticks are still thought to be the main carrier. Let’s look at some ways to protect yourself!

Weapon one- Cistus Incanus tea:

Person holding Cistus Incanus Tea.

Cistus has been used extensively in folk medicine, due to its many healthy properties. It strengthens your immune system, helps to heal your gut, beautifies your skin, and is loaded with antioxidants. It has a lovely flavor, unlike some medicinal teas. And in addition to these benefits- it makes you less attractive to ticks. Yes!!! My favorite Cistus comes from and is available in loose tea that you brew yourself or in a tincture form that you just add to water. To brew, use 1 tsp of dried tea in a tea ball and brew for 10 minutes. You then use that same tea ball for 2 additional brews! So one teaspoon can give you 3 servings of the active ingredients. And did I mention the lovely taste? Seriously, it’s delicious! You can find it here.

Weapon two- proper clothing:

If you’re going for a hike or camping, wear light-colored long pants tucked into white socks. Stylin’ for sure! But this clothing makes it easy to spot ticks that might try to hitch a ride. Ticks don’t drop from the trees; they’re in grasses and other vegetation on the ground. Tuck your shirt in, too. Ticks will climb upward to find a good spot to bite, so the less opportunity you give them to find flesh, the better.

Weapon three- proper removal:

Tick Tornado Removal Tool

If you live in the South, chances are good that you will get a tick or two in your lifetime. My own father’s friends nicknamed him Tick because they found one on him at age 9 and he was known as Tick to these guys till his dying day! When I was a kid, we used such methods as burning a tick with a hot matchstick or pulling them out with tweezers. Both these methods actually cause the tick to spit the toxic infection into your body! Now we know that the best way to remove a tick is like unscrewing a corkscrew, and thanks to the folks who invented the ZenPet Tick Tornado, it’s easy to do this. I recommend buying a few and keeping one in your car and another in your bathroom. There are two different sizes for larger and tiny ticks. Inspect yourself when you’ve been outside for a while and be sure you remove any hitch-hiking ticks asap. You can find the ZenPet Tick Tornado online or in any major pet supply store.

My final word is, please don’t be scared to go outdoors. It’s so healthy to do so! Take the above precautions and enjoy this beautiful season!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a naturopath?

A naturopath is a holistic practitioner who uses a system of treatment which avoids drugs and surgery and emphasizes the use of natural agents such as air, water, herbs and lifestyle improvements. At Vitality Project, we practice Traditional Naturopathy. As the name implies, this is the original practice of naturopathy and is distinguished from Functional Medicine, which uses medical labs with narrower ranges of normal than your MD considers. In Functional Medicine it’s not unusual to run lab tests that cost thousands of dollars. This is not needed in Traditional Naturopathy.

Do you treat _______?

(Fill in the blank- autoimmune conditions, arthritis, fibromyalgia, infertility, anxiety or depression, inflammation, fatigue, etc) The answer is yes, but not in the way you might think. Your medical doctor uses your diagnosis to point the way to appropriate treatment options. A Traditional Naturopath uses your diagnosis as a description of what your body is manifesting in the way of symptoms, but your diagnosis doesn’t point the way to treatment. In our philosophy, every non-optimal health condition is caused by the same 4 basic stressors that have occurred over time. These are times in your life you’ve had poor lifestyle habits, times you’ve had physical stresses (accidents, injuries, surgeries, even childbirth), times you’ve been under excessive mental & emotional stress, and times you’ve been exposed to toxins (including pollutants, infections and even medications). We then create a plan to pull out the toxins over time and support the function of your organs and systems so that your body can actually heal.

Does insurance cover this?

Regular health insurance does not, because this is not medical care. But many HSAs will cover. You can check with your provider for details.

Do you work with children?

Yes, we’ve worked with people from 1 day old infants to those well into their 90’s.

How long before I see results?

Most people will begin to see improvement within the first few weeks. Much of that depends on how willing you are to make the lifestyle changes to support your body. It also depends on your history. We do a consultation as a first step to gather some background about your situation and history, then present what would be necessary from you. For example, if it’s necessary to stop artificial sweeteners and that’s something you’re not willing to do, we will be honest about what results you could expect, and you might decide we’re not a good fit for you. We’ve had many people who do decide at a later time that they’re ready, and this is fine. The goal is to have a successful relationship.

Can you work together with my medical treatments?

Absolutely! This is called Complimentary medicine and it works very well. Our job is to get you improving, and many times you are then able to come off Rx medications. We never pull you off, though. As you heal and your condition improves, you work with your prescribing doctor to lower and eliminate medications you don’t need any more. At certain times, necessary medications (chemotherapy is one example) have undesirable side effects and we can commonly support you in such a way that these side effects are greatly lessened. It’s a beautiful thing!

Do you offer telehealth?

Yes, we work with people all over the world who cannot come in person. Additionally, some locals choose to avoid traffic and do telehealth.

Do I have to take vitamins and supplements?

Yes, these are some of the tools we use to aid your healing. We can work within your preferences, such as liquid vs pill. We work to make this fit into your lifestyle as simply as possible.

How much do you charge?

The initial consultation is $50, which gives us a chance to talk about what is going on with you and decide whether to work together. If we decide to move forward, the first appointment takes an hour and includes reviewing your history and doing testing. The second appointment is one week later where Debra presents a Report of Findings and we work out a treatment plan that works for you. The fee for those two visits is $450, payable on the first visit. Follow ups are from $150 to $250, depending on the length of the appointment. We usually see people at 4-week intervals, but in special circumstances you might need a recheck in 2-3 weeks.

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Vitality Project is a naturopathic clinic located at 801 Bombay Lane in Roswell, Georgia.

The clinic is led by Debra MacIntyre, who has over 30 years of experience in naturopathic medicine.Vitality Project is open Tuesday through Thursday from 10 AM to 5 PM, Friday from 10 AM to 3 PM, and Saturday from 10 AM to 3:30 PM. We are closed on Sunday and Monday.



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  • (770) 817-8028

  • 801 Bombay Lane

  • Tuesday - Thursday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Friday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm, and Saturday 10:00 am - 3:30 pm. We are closed on Sunday and Monday.

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