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Do you sometimes have abdominal pain, bloating, or feel dizzy after eating ?

Maybe you feel a slight tingling in your mouth or throat?

Perhaps you just “feel bad” and aren’t sure why.

It might be time to get tested for food allergies or sensitivities.

You don’t have to resign yourself to feeling bad all the time. You want a high quality of life that you won’t be able to fully attain until you know what foods may be causing your symptoms.

What is the Dunwoody Dietary Antigen Test?

It is vitally important to understand how you react to certain foods. The Dunwoody Dietary Antigen Test indicates which foods are causing the most response within your immune system. Foods that show a moderate or high reaction on the test should be reduced or completely removed from your daily diet, at least for a period of time (usually six months is a good starting point).

What does the test Measure?

The test measures IgE (Immunoglobulin E ), IgG(Immunoglobulin G), IgG4(Immunoglobulin G4) , and complement activation for multiple foods.

Most food allergy test only check IgE, which can miss delayed allergic reactions and food sensitivities that do not rise to the level of a true “allergy.”

The immune system is like a pie with many pieces. IgE is only one piece of the pie. The Dunwoody Dietary Antigen Test checks the pieces of the pie that cause food allergies AND sensitivities. IgG, IgG4 and complement activation can produce delayed reactions to food.

It may take up to 72 hours after exposure before having a reaction to the offending food. Reactions to low-grade food allergies and sensitivities are  not the stereotypical rash or closing of the throat, but can still be very debilitating and unpleasant. Food sensitivity symptoms can include things like fatigue, headache, stomach ache, gas/bloating, change in bowel pattern, etc.

Why is This Test the Best?

The Dietary Antigen and Environmental Allergen Exposure Profiles measures 88 foods to check for sensitivities and allergies (far more than the “Big 8” of milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soybeans.

Not sure about if you should test for food allergies or sensitivities? Still unsure what the Dunwoody Dietary Antigen Test is or how it is more effective than some other food allergy or sensitivity tests? Talk to someone at Apple Wellness Group right away!

It’s time to find relief from your food allergies and sensitivities!

Call us at (865) 769-9685. Follow us on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram, or subscribe to our Newsletter  for more information during Food Allergy and Sensitivity Month.




If you have just been diagnosed with a food allergy or sensitivity, you may be experiencing conflicting emotions. On one hand, you might be relieved that you finally know what has been causing you pain or discomfort while eating. Meanwhile, you might also feel overwhelmed about how to readjust the way you shop, cook, dine out, and live your daily life.

One important fact to keep in mind is that your diagnosis doesn’t have to mean the end of eating out or consuming some of your favorite foods. What it does mean, is that you must be more careful about what you are putting into your body and how you cook in your own home. You might even need to find alternative recipes to some of your go-to, home-cooked meals.

With this in mind, there are plenty of online food blogs and recipes for people with various food allergies, sensitivities, or dietary preferences. If you want to find new and innovative ways to make your favorite dishes without any of foods that are causing you discomfort or serious health problems, you might consider seeking out some of these websites. Before you begin this new journey, however, here are a few tips about how to shop, cook, and dine out with care:

1. Being Careful When Shopping

You must be extremely diligent when shopping for groceries in light of your new diagnosis, which means you need to get savvy about reading food labels. Many food products today must clearly display relevant allergy information, such as if their products contain milk proteins, wheat, or nuts, though they don’t have to advertise if other less common allergens are included.

Even if you are fairly positive that something doesn’t contain the food or foods you are trying to avoid, check the label anyways! You never know if the item is produced in a facility where there may be cross contamination or if the manufacturer recently changed up their ingredient list. Consider shopping more local at farmer’s markets or at a health food chain that may have more, less processed options for you.

2. Being Careful When Cooking

If you’ve been diagnosed with a serious food allergy, it might be a good idea to go through your entire kitchen and pantry, getting rid of potentially problematic condiments, spices, and more that you can no longer consume. Additionally, you might want to deep clean all your cooking and eating utensils to avoid further contamination.

Meanwhile, if no one else in your household is suffering from the same or similar food allergies or sensitivities and you want them to be able to eat these food items, you must be diligent about avoiding any cross contamination, whether in the cooking or eating process. Make sure all dishes and utensils are thoroughly washed after each use.

3. Being Careful While Dining Out

Your diagnosis doesn’t mean you can never eat out again. However, some restaurants and dishes might now be off limits for various reasons. Though many chain restaurants already include information about common food allergens on their websites or menus, not all restaurants advertise about less common allergies, which is why it is always best to let your server or the chef know about your food allergies or sensitivities before you order.

Most restaurants are happy to accommodate your dietary needs and inform you about any potential for cross contamination in the cooking process. If a restaurant is being difficult about accommodating your needs or the menu isn’t easily adjusted, you might consider going to other restaurants that won’t be as much as a risk to your health and general well being. Thankfully, there are plenty of options in most cities for you! Keep a positive attitude and use this as an opportunity to explore new recipes, cuisines, restaurants, and more.

Learn More

To learn more about common or uncommon food allergies, check out our blog this month, as we will cover everything from common allergens to how we take care of our patients with the Dunwoody Test.  

Find relief from your food allergies and sensitivities today! Call us at (865) 769-9685. Follow us on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram, or subscribe to our Newsletter  for more information during Food Allergy and Sensitivity Month.



Do you have pain from Osteoarthritis (OA) in your knees, ankles, wrists, elbows or shoulders?
Apple Healthcare Group is one of a growing number of clinics across the country to offer a breakthrough treatment for those suffering from OA: Stem Cell and Regenerative Therapy .

What is Stem Cell and Regenerative Therapy?

Stem cells are the building blocks of the body. Your body has been healing itself with stem cells for its entire life. Most of the time, you can rely on these cells to see you through the healing process.
However, as we age, healing does not always come as easily. Our regenerative medicine treatment uses mesenchymal growth factors and stem cells from umbilical cord matrix to help the body heal faster, regenerate tissue and decrease pain allowing us to see better and faster results.

How Does it Work?

A typical treatment uses PRP ( Platelet Rich Plasma ) and an injection of mesenchymal stems cells (MSC) and growth factors. PRP is a concentration of your own platelets with high amounts of healing growth factors. Although, these treatments may be used independently, we have seen the combination of the two produces better clinical outcomes.
For severe cases, some patients choose second round of PRP that can be may be administered three months after the initial treatment to further improve results.

How Quickly Can I Expect Relief?

Most patients will feel significantly better within a month or two after treatment. Continued repair and improvement is common for the first 3-6 months after the regenerative procedure, and some
evidence suggests the treatment continues to rebuild for up to a year.
As with any innovative procedure results cannot be guaranteed. This procedure is not for everybody. Evaluation and discussion with the provider is paramount to see if you are a candidate.

Learn More

Please call to set up your evaluation to see if, regenerative medicine therapy is right for you.
Western Ave. / I-640: 865-524-1234
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Hello Andy,
We’re excited to introduce our new direct-pay program: the Apple Healthcare Plan!
This program takes advantage of a new Tennessee law that allows us to have a direct private pay agreement with you, our patient.
For just a $25 annual processing fee per household (same address), you’ll save up to 60% off the cost of treatment and durable medical equipment. These savings can really add up over a year!
Membership in the Apple Healthcare Plan has many perks, including:
  • Discounted blood and saliva tests
  • A 5% discount on vitamins and supplements ordered through our website
  • A 5% discount on new or refurbished orthotics
  • A 5% discount on massage therapy services
  • Our Apple Health and Wellness newsletter
  • No-hassle cancellation
Ask about the Apple Healthcare Plan at the front desk today, or call
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Happy New Year!

With the New Year off to a brand new beginning, it’s a great time to start over. Set new goals. Break bad habits. Resolve to become healthier.
If you’re thinking about starting a physical fitness program, losing some weight, eating a better diet, or improving some other health behavior,remember your spine!
A healthy spine and nervous system should be the starting point of any New Year’s resolution for better health.
To start the New Year off on a healthy note, schedule an appointment at ourCedar Bluff or Western Avenue locations.
Our staff can:
  • Evaluate your current strength and flexibility
  • Discuss any fitness goals you have in 2018
  • Explain how we can support you with chiropractic care and other medical services.
Happy New Year!


Ehlers-Danlos Syndrom (EDS) is an inherited disorder that affects the connective tissues within the body. Connective tissue is a complex mixture of proteins and other substances that provide strength and elasticity to the underlying structures in your body. The most affected connective tissues are the skin, joints, and blood vessel walls. Many treatment options include drugs, physical therapy, and sometimes surgery. Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome is an issue not often considered as a treatable condition through chiropractic care. However, chiropractic is an excellent choice and has had successful results treating this condition.

There are several types of EDS, chiropractors have had most success treating Type 3 Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. This form involves joint hypermobility (easy movement beyond the normal range expected for a particular joint). Type 3 affects both large and small joints with recurring joint fixations (joints that stick together because of adhesion) and dislocations (injury in which the bones of a joint are forced out of normal position).

The treatment for a patient with EDS can include small specific mobilization (slower and gentler movement than manipulation) from the chiropractor. This helps to release adhesion (internal scar tissue that is connecting tissues that are not normally connected) and restore mobility in the joints.
The most significant treatment is to restore joint stability. This is done by reconnecting the brain with the tissues of the body allowing for better communication between the brain and affected joint on the joint’s position. Improved joint stability of a specific joint is achieved by releasing overly tight muscles through myofascial release technique (massage) and strengthening weaker muscles through resistance training on even and uneven surfaces.

Written by: Danique Howell, DC, MSHS


Have you ever had a “knot” or “tight muscle” that you felt like if someone just massaged, pushed on, or injected it with something it would feel a lot better? If you answered “yes,” then you suffer with trigger points.

Trigger points are defined as “discrete, focal, hyperirritable spots located in a taut band of skeletal muscle. These spots are painful on compression and can produce referred pain, referred tenderness, motor dysfunction, and autonomic phenomena.” (Alvarez & Rockwell, 2002)

Many people suffer with recurring trigger points due to improper body mechanics during every day activity. Poor body mechanics from working at a computer, reading, studying, exercise, playing on our cell phones, and other repetitive motion injuries can cause the muscles in our neck, upper back, shoulders, low back, and pelvic girdle to become tight and tense causing a “knot” to form. This “knot” can then cause referral pain (pain that hurts in one place but is really coming from somewhere completely different) to other locations in the body causing things like headaches or a sore elbow.


Treatment Our nurse practitioners are trained to feel the tight muscles to find the trigger points and then inject them with an anesthetic like Lidocaine or Marcaine (medications typically used during surgery and dental work for the numbing effect). When injected into the tight muscles, the medication helps the muscle to relax and makes you feel less tense. Trigger point injections are a wonderful tool to try for overall well-being and maintenance of pain and work with a variety of condistions such as headaches/ migraines, fibromyalgia, and chronic pain.

If you have any questions regarding trigger points or want to see if trigger point injections might help you, feel free to contact either Jessica Cantwell FNP-BC or Sue Wheeler FNP-BC at Apple Health and Wellness.


Alvarez, D. J. and Rockwell, P. G. (2002) Am Fam Physician. Trigger Points: Diagnosis and Management. Retrieved Feb. 4, 2016


# 1 Is it safe to be adjusted by a chiropractor when I am pregnant??
Chiropractors are trained to work with women while they are pregnant and fully understand all the bodily and hormonal changes that take place as a woman develops. There are no indications to possible danger while adjusting an expectant mother at any stage of her pregnancy; adjustments are simple non-evasive maneuvers that are used to relieve tension and stress from the mother’s body. Specific tables and equipment are used to make mothers to be more comfortable while being treated.

# 2 What are the actual benefits of seeing a chiropractor??
Chiropractors are holistic practioners. We are concerned about entire health not just mechanical; but nutritional, emotional, chemical, and psychological. These all play an important role in the overall health of the mother and her baby.
– When your body is creating another life, the communication between your brain and body is vital to the correct development of your baby, chiropractic manipulations keeps that channel of communication open so that clear instructions can be sent from the mothers nervous system to her body as it uses nutrition and hormones to direct fetal development. This is a complex process, driven by the right materials and the correct time and use of such materials.
– Improves the mother’s immune system decreasing the chance of her getting sick.
– Water retention is a common result of pregnancy, adjustments help to disperse water evenly throughout the body so that you minimize the amount of swelling to the hands (presents as carpal tunnel like symptoms) and feet.
– Elevated hormone levels in pregnant women increases the laxity within the joints, allowing more movement of bones contributing to increased musculoskeletal pain. (lower back pain, abdominal pain, neck pain) Also, the quick and drastic shift in weight placed on the pelvis as your baby grows leads to lower back pain. All of which can be eased through chiropractic treatment.
– Breech pregnancies benefit from chiropractic care. Adjusting opens the pelvis and allows for more space, so that the baby has more room to turn into the correct position on its own. It is a natural and extremely less volatile method than manually turning or cesarean section.
– Shortens the time of labor, when the pelvis is adjusted and balanced more space is created for the baby to get into the birth canal.

Written by: Dr. Danique Howell, DC, MSHS


Spring is right around the corner which means that seasonal allergies are upon us! You may have already noticed some of the physical signs of allergies such as coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes, a runny nose, a scratchy throat, and headaches.

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (2016), approximately 50 million people in the United States have some nasal allergies {]. Allergic disease, including asthma, is the fifth leading chronic disease in the U.S. in people of all ages. Asthma is the third most common chronic disease in children under 18 years old [American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Allergy Facts. (Retrieved April 8, 2015)].

Here at Apple Health and Wellness we have a solution!

We are partnered with Allergy 1-2-3 (, an allergy treatment program designed with patients in mind. Instead of coming into the office twice a week for costly allergy shots, the treatment serum can be administered at home on your schedule. Treatment is a simple three step process:

  1. Test: One simple 15 minute test will identify 58 of the most common allergens. This stage of treatment is obligation free. You can test and find out what you are allergic to and then choose whether to go through with treatment or not.
  2. Diagnosis: Once we have your results we can determine which allergens are the worst. Possible patients eligible for allergy testing include those suffering from asthma (must be well controlled), chronic cough, sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, and conjunctivitis.
  3. Treatment: Patients are taught to do self-injections with a small diabetic needle in our office under the supervision of our Nurse Practitioner. Then, after the patient is comfortable with self-injecting, the patient will receive enough serum to perform injections at increasing doses at 6 week intervals until maintenance dose is achieved. Patients self-administer subcutaneous (under the skin) doses 2 times a week for 12 months. After the 12 month program the patient is retested. The goal of immunotherapy is to see a reduction of allergen reaction with the second test.

This program is immunotherapy at its best! Our team only uses the highest quality serum to ensure the best possible results. It is designed so that patients continue to take daily anti-histamine so that they will not suffer from allergy symptoms while the body is building up antibodies to the allergens. Also, costly copays are minimized because the patient only needs to check in with the Nurse Practitioner every six-seven weeks. It is ideal for business travelers who cannot commit to an office-based immunotherapy schedule, children (5 and up) who cannot afford to miss school twice a week for shots, individuals living in rural areas where there is not an allergist, or anyone who says they do not have the time or money for allergy treatments.

Allergy 1.2.3 is covered by most insurance providers and can be done right here in our office. Call us a 865.691.3155 to schedule your allergy test today.

Written by Jessica Cantwell, FNP-BC


Massage therapy has many physical and mental benefits. What most clients experience is the feeling of relaxation, and isn’t that what most people think it is designed to do? Lets look at some of the other aspects and benefits you might not be aware of.

Background: Massage therapy is derived from eastern practices but then combined through western ideals it has been developed to not only help people relax but also to benefit the body itself.

Be it through an injury, chronic pain, chronic illness, pregnancy, or even maintaining your physical well being massage can and does do all of this and more! Of course there are many different types of massage therapy. 2 of the most common are Swedish massage (massage designed for relaxation ideals) and deep tissue or sports massage (more for athletes and active clients who need to work through soreness and even injuries pertaining to their sport/ hobby).

Relaxation is typically the main result of massage. However, days following massage clients may experience some soreness or aching through their bodies. This soreness stems from toxins and lactic acid that was loosened within the muscles now traveling through the blood stream in order to flush the body of what it does not need or will use. Muscles are mostly storage units for nutrients that will not be used immediately after digestion and our bodies will hold on to them “in case” there is ever a need. Unfortunately, more often than not we do not need to hold on to these extra items and massage helps eliminate and move them out so as to keep replenishing the muscles and body itself. The soreness is just that, our bodies trying to get rid of what we do not need. Water is essential to help flush the systems within the body. Water also help reduce the soreness felt after a massage. After the next day or so clients tend to almost feel the best they have ever felt or maybe just since their last massage.

Mental benefits are felt mostly through clarity. Clients are relaxed or distressed and will have more of a sense on consciousness and focus. When our bodies are functioning better our minds function better.

Massage benefits many people and conditions. These basics are just a start. Listen to your body, and pay attention to how you feel. Consider trying a massage and experiencing what may happen for yourself.

Written by: Jennifer Lusk, CTA, LMT

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