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Paradigm Shift – Meet Dr. Carolyn

Scalpels, stitches, and prescriptions. Dr. Carolyn has major credentials as a colon and rectal surgeon, including two board certifications.

Those tools served her well for many years, but now the depth of her toolbox has changed dramatically.

Her heart has never swayed from the position of loving and serving others. She’s just traded those impersonal tools for simpler methods including deep listening, nutrition, detoxification, and emotional freedom techniques.

  • Tuesday, September 18th
  • 6-7 PM
  • LIFEstrength Health Center – 4280 Tamiami Trl E, Ste 102, Naples, FL 34112
  • Simple and healthy snacks will be provided

Learn why she made the massive paradigm shift for herself and how it has been working for her own health and outlook on life.  Wondering how she can help you and your family accomplish the same?

Come and join us for FREE!  Call 239-774-5433 to reserve your spot.

LIFEstrength’s Biggest Transformation Yet …

LIFEstrength Health Center has been open for 8 years!

We’ve gone through some changes over the years, and more than anything else, I’d like to “thank you” for your continued love and support. I honestly feel that some of the best people in all the world have walked into our doors, and we would never have made it this far without you.

When I was fresh out of school in 2009, I quickly learned how amazing chiropractic was at unlocking the great healing potential of each patient. People saw incredible results. They shed weight, overcame labels of disease, found new levels of energy and reconnected with a life of happiness. But I also realized there was a lot more to getting people well than just chiropractic.

If someone got adjusted, but went right back to the stress of work after the appointment…did we make a huge difference? If they continued to be inactive and not exercise? If they stopped at the fast food drive-thru a couple times week? If they were exposed to chemicals as they cleaned their house? I wanted to find new ways to help people get well and stay well. I wanted to equip people with knowledge to avoid the pitfalls of our modern society.

The demand for real health care combined with a thirst for new ways to help people quickly turned LIFEstrength into more than a chiropractic office; we became a Health Center. And today….finally….I am honored to share that dream with someone who truly embodies the vision we have at LIFEstrength for our community.  She has a huge heart to help.  She is a great teacher.  She is super smart, don’t say I didn’t warn you!  She has a very diverse and unique training.  And lastly, she is going to add an amazing amount of knowledge and value to your life and I can’t wait for you to meet her;

BIO – Carolyn Messere, M.D.

When I started out in medicine, I thought the only way I could make a difference for people was to get an MD, train in something practical, and set up a practice. So that’s what I did. I became a colon and rectal surgeon, because it felt like the best way for me to help people.

It didn’t take long, though, for me to discover that I was very limited in my ability to actually make a difference for people. For people who just needed surgery – remove the problem and move on – it was great.

But so many people came to me who had ongoing, annoying problems that threatened their everyday enjoyment of life. Constipation, irritable bowel, pelvic pain, bloating, low energy, food intolerances.

I did my best, but I was so limited in what I could do for them because I was a specialist. And I was a surgeon, so it was expected that I would spend my day either scheduling people for surgery or performing surgery.

After almost 10 years of doing that, I knew I wanted to make a change. It was important to me to escape the “fix your symptoms, not your real problem” way of practicing medicine.

I studied functional medicine and embraced a holistic approach to health – getting down to the root cause of issues to help all those that I couldn’t help before. And now, at LIFEstrength Health Center, my heart is helping people find wellness again and stop battling symptoms like GI issues, hormonal imbalances and even complex autoimmune struggles. Together, let’s get to the bottom of it so you can start being you again.


• Bachelor of Science, Management Information Systems, University of Rhode Island, 1985
• MD, University of Massachusetts Medical School, 1999
• General Surgery Residency, Baystate Medical Center, 2004
• Colon and Rectal Surgery Residency, Carle Medical Foundation, 2005
• Certified Law of Attraction Coach, Quantum Success Coaching Academy, 2013
• Certified Reiki master/teacher, Usui Reiki, Quantum Edge Healing Institute, 2014
• Chi Nei Tsang level I, White Cloud Institute, 2014
• Tok Sen introductory course, White Cloud Institute, 2014
• Graduate, Digestive Intensive, Functional Nutrition Labs, 2018

Call 239-774-5433 to schedule your first visit with Dr. Carolyn!

Happy Thanksgiving

I can’t believe it is that time again!

It seems that each year is going by faster and faster as our family grows … it’s a life full of craziness to enjoy.

This year, we added a new baby girl into our family, Kai Olivia. We are beyond blessed and thankful to have her, our two boys, our marriage and our health. This Thanksgiving, we plan on taking time away from the normal obligations of life to relax, settle in and reflect on the year. We plan on having some quiet time to restore balance, highlight the relationships in our life that give us energy and strength and to work on minimizing the ones and/or things that drain our happiness. We plan on praising our healthy bodies for meeting the demands of all we ask it to endure each day! We plan on thanking God for all the gifts he has given us this past year.

As we all enjoy some time away from work, we hope you take a few extra minutes to thank the ones you love, including yourself.

LIFEstrength Health Center will be CLOSED;

  • Thursday, November 24th
  • Friday, November 25th

We will reopen for normal hours on Monday, November 27th. As always, thank you for your support!

LIFEstrength Health Center Partners with Feather Foot Farms

We are pleased to announce a new partnership with Feather Foot Farms to offer premium, handmade and natural products to SWFL.

We met the owner and founder of Feather Foot Farms, Briana Marino, several years ago and have always been amazed at her knowledge and hands-on approach to life. Briana and her husband Greg have always been DIYers at heart, even raising their own chickens and goats on an urban farm in the middle of Naples. But after having their first child, Blake, and having difficulty finding all the safe and chemical free products they desired, the two of them decided to venture into making products on a bigger scale. It was a perfect fit for LIFEstrength to team up with them.

Here is a little about the special powers of the new Feather Foot Farm products;

Charcoal Soap

A smooth blend of hemp milk and essential oils, this soap is an instant hit. The activated charcoal is the main attraction though, as it is the ingredient doing all the dirty work. Activated charcoal adsorbs grease, grime, bacteria and more from your skin to prevent re-absorption and irritation. Adsorption (with a D!) is different than absorption (with a B). The one with a D actually chemically binds and adheres to the stuff you don’t want around anymore, you’re able to permanently detox. This is versus the one with a B, which has more of an affinity or attraction and can easily be broken apart; much like wringing water out of a sponge … under stress they part ways.

Stuff You Wont Miss– SLS, DEA and Propylene Glycol, fragrances and perfumes and preservatives.

Diaper Rash Cream

While the name may lead you to believe this is only for the little ones, everyone in our household uses it almost daily. From cuts and scrapes, burns, bites, skin reactions and more, this stuff is indispensable. Antibacterial healing properties come from shea butter, coconut and essentials oils, lasting protection with non-nano zinc oxide and cooling from the witch hazel. The real star of the show however, is the bentonite clay. This compound has the ability to draw the sting, pain, and inflammation out of the affected area. When we start to think about what is actually happening with the application of this diaper rash cream, it has the ability to help much more than a diaper rash!

Stuff You Wont Miss– Petroleum derived ingredients and low-grade antibiotics like Triclosan

Black Drawing Salve

This magical potion has been used in ancestral times and across cultural lines to draw out splinters, glass or other small things that can accidentally get lodged into the skin. Clean the area, use a generous amount and cover with gauze; within a day or two this stuff works wonders. As a reminder, this is a little different than the diaper rash cream in that its sole purpose is to draw; simply get the junk out of the way and allow the body to heal itself. It can be used in conjunction with the rash cream or essential oils blends to improve its effectiveness. There are other black salves made famous through pulling out cancer, skin tags, and moles, but those have more aggressive ingredients like bloodroot and zinc chloride that this formula doesn’t have.


Living in Naples, FL being in the sun is a part of everyday life. Of course, the heat causes our pores to open and the sweat to come through. Commercial sunscreens take advantage of this natural process by escorting in the dangerous chemicals right through the skin. This version negates all of the dangerous chemicals for a convenient and safe package that acts more as a sunblock with the non-nano zinc oxide. Shea butter and beeswax work to moisturize the skin, preventing it from drying out in the sun and accelerating the burning process.

Stuff You Wont Miss – Synthetic and dangerous active ingredients like octocrylene, homosalate, oxybenzone, avobenzene.

We hope you find these new products as amazing as we do! Each one is made with love and with you in mind; all of the great, healing ingredients straight from nature without any of the synthetic compromises youd find somewhere else. We are fully in stock with Feather Foot Farms latest and greatest and cant wait to hear your feedback.

Learn more about Briana and the Marino family at her website, FeatherFootFarmProducts.com.

Survival Guide to Natural Cures

It’s a big world out there …

Some folks say that vitamins and supplements could lead to premature death. Some people are citing research that coconut oil is bad for you.

Others swear by natural remedies as a way to make it through the grind of life.

Who are you to believe? Where do you even start?

Join Dr. Cade Copeland and Jill Dixon for an event promising to show you exactly the things in the natural world that are healthy choices. Because, let’s be honest, there plenty of things marketing as natural and healthy that really aren’t. Don’t be fooled, learn how to write a solid survival guide of natural remedies for the entire family!


Updated Office Hours

We are close to celebrating our 7 year anniversary of LIFEstrength Health Center. In November 2010, with my beautiful and supportive (and scared!) wife by my side, we were eager to open our doors and start serving Naples.

I am proud to say that we’ve met some amazing people over the years both inside our four walls and out in the community. Those folks have helped us adapt and evolve into a better office, offer better products, and grow our services. It hasn’t been easy, but being simultaneously encouraged and challenged to grow is a rewarding experience.

So, through the years, LIFEstrength has changed … a lot.

The next change that we share with our beloved office family comes from a struggle that I’ve had from the start; balance.

The updated office hours that I’m presenting are a sign of a bigger shift that must take place for us personally and professionally. Along with our new hours, we are also implementing some new office policies, including all visits being by appointment only. We’ve been changing this over the last 12 months with new patients, but are finally making it official for everyone. Starting immediately after closing Monday, September 4th in honor of Labor Day, here are the new hours;

Monday – 9-5:30

Tuesday – 11-3

Wednesday – 9-5:30

Thursday – 9-5:30

Friday – CLOSED

These new hours will allow us to serve you more efficiently, especially over the lunch hour. Hopefully, they’ll also allow me to get home before my kids go to bed!

As always, we love having the opportunity to be your family’s doctor. For more information or questions, call the office at 239-774-5433.

Build Your Medicine Cabinet Naturally – Starting at the Basics

Build Your Medicine Cabinet Naturally – Starting at the Basics

I’ve been meaning to write this article for some time, after all it answers many of the questions that I get daily over the last 7 years of practice!

This could easily be pages and pages longer, but it is meant to be a starting point to help you and your family build a safe and effective way to use natural remedies around the house. If I’ve learned anything in my experience with natural remedies, the sooner you start using them in defense of something, the more effective they seem to be. In other words, have them around the house and don’t be afraid to use them!

This is the first in a series of four, and includes the basics for both adults and pediatrics. The other articles will include first aid support, immune support, and random natural remedies.

Of course, there are many more things to have in your toolbox than what I’ve listed below. Regular chiropractic, restful sleep, a healthy, local, organic diet and time spent being active go a long way. But, here are some supplements that will help give you that well-deserved boost;


THE BASICS – Adult Natural Remedies

  • Probiotics– Immune health, brain and mental health, digestive health, skin health … there literally isn’t a place in your body that is not positively affected by introducing good bacteria. I think variety is best, so rotate between a few brands every other bottle or so to keep things fresh. I think Prescript Assist, Organixx ProBiotixx, and MegaSporeBiotic are great choices to have in your lineup. If you’ve recently been through a stint of antibiotics or have some serious issues to work through, Xymogen’s ProbioMax 350 DF and Garden of Life’s Primal Defense are much more potent.
  • Vitamin C– Very affordable and incredibly effective, this needs to be a staple in your daily routine to help keep your immune system firing on all cylinders. 1,000 mg daily dosing is the low end for adults, but playing around with how you respond to higher levels is a great way to optimize your health. There are many different forms, but our favorite is Lipo Natural’s Liposomal Vitamin C but beware of the taste! If you’re more a capsule person, Pure Synergy’s Pure Radiance C or Healthforce’s Truly Natural C are excellent, whole food forms.
  • Vitamin D3– Lots of options to get it, especially if you live in Naples, Florida like us! Since D3 is so important, ideally you’d have your specific blood levels tested to know exactly how much you may or may not need for supplementation. I really like Garden of Life’s RAW D3, mykind Organic’s chewable D3, or Megafoods D3. All of these are sourced from food sources, not made in a lab. If you don’t have your specific blood levels, taking between 3,000 to 5,000 IUs daily is recommended.
  • Greens Powder– Most folks aren’t getting enough fresh fruits and veggies in even though we have more access to them than ever before! Having a greens powder acts as a safety net and takes some stress off of having a perfect diet.Dynamic Fruits and Greens, Garden of Life Superfood Powder, or even tiny tablets of algea called Energy Bits would be at the top of the list. My wife and I love mixing a some of the “Espresso” flavor Dynamic Fruits and Greens into our morning smoothie with some coffee and chocolate protein powder, YUM!
  • Energy – Our modern world demands more and more from us, but the promise of technology making things easier never seems to come to fruition! Maybe its just me? The antioxidants, mitochondrial support and anti-inflammatory help from these supplements are crucial to minimize the effects of our stressful lives. MitoThera from Prothera, Mito2Max from doTERRA, Xymogen’s Brain Sustain and eNRG from Systemic Forumulas have all been game changers from many parents / athletes / business owners and other patients of LIFEstrength Health Center over the years.


THE BASICS – Pediatric Natural Remedies

  • Probiotics– Colic, weakened immune systems, ear infections, ADD / ADHD and learning disabilities can all be supported with consistent probiotics usage. For infants, Klaire Lab’s Infant probiotics in a powder form is excellent and Klaire Lab’s Childrens Chewable probiotics are great choices, although both need to be kept cold at all times … including shipping. Introducing fermented foods like sauerkraut or kombucha at a young age is super smart too! Not all brands are created equal, choosing a quality product is key for best results.
  • Vitamin C– 1,000 mg daily dosing is the start for kiddos too, but I would recommend going up at the first sign of any sickness. Vitamin C dosing introduces bowel tolerance, meaning you can only do so much at once or else … tummy aches and diarrhea. It’s OK, the body is just getting it out! Lipo Natural’s Liposomal Vitamin C, but Healthforce’s Truly Natural C and Thorne’s Buffered C are both in powdered form if that is easier to hide in a smoothie for your kiddos.
  • Vitamin D3– Get those kids in the sun more, seriously, and stop using all that toxic sunscreen (that’s a topic for another day)! mykind Organic’s liquid or chewable D3 for the kiddos at about 3,000 IUs daily are perfect, food-based supplements. Bump up with the vitamin C at the first sign of sickness.
  • Greens Powder– Picky eaters are common with kiddos and a greens powder is there to silence your fears as a parent. The Berry flavor from Dynamic Fruits and Greens provides 20+ servings packed into a great tasting powder you can mix into water, applesauce, smoothie or more for instant approval. YUM!
  • Calming –We talked about boosting energy with adults, but lets talk about things that can help calm our little ones. Bioray makes a liquid probiotics / cleansing blend called Sleepy, Calm, and Happy that we’ve personally and professionally seen great results with. Essential oils like Lavender, Vetiver or blends like Serenity can be applied topically with a carrier oil or diffused in the air 30-60 minutes before bedtime.


At the end of the day, this list could grow and grow. I want you to know that these helpful tips and products are just pieces to the puzzle that is health. Supporting a whole body, whole life approach is the key to health and happiness for all ages. No matter where you are at now, your health future can be greater than your health history.

As always, reach out to Dr. Cade and LIFEstrength Health Center for more help or questions at 239-774-5433.

Eat to Live on August 16th, 2017

Modern recommendations have put a focus on convenient and cheap food at all measures. But is it really worth the cost and burden on our health?

Come join us and learn the way food ought to be…

Dr. Cade will be covering the following topics:

– Quick and Easy Shopping Guide
– The Truth About Labels and Marketing
– Junk Foods for Healthy People
– Heal Your Gut and Improved Energy
– Balance Hormones and Perform Better

Tickets are $20 (free for mom’s of the Family Birth Center), call 239-774-5433 to reserve your spot!

Foundation Training with Dr. Cade and Harry Grimm

Want to increase your wellness tool box of “self-care” techniques? Find how to re-wire your posture and teach your body to move as nature intended with Dr. Cade Copeland and Foundation Training certified instructor, Harry Grimm.

– How to get out … and stay out of pain fast!
– How to improve your performance anywhere.
– How to reverse the damaging effects of modern technology.
– Why posture is crucial to your health.

The event will be on on Tuesday, July 25th from 6-7 PM at Food & Thought. Tickets are $10 and there will be time for questions and a live demonstration.

“I couldn’t believe how strong and grounded I felt after just a few minutes with Harry, I knew right away I had to share with everyone!” Dr. Cade


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