Paradigm Shift – Meet Dr. Carolyn Messere

Tools of scalpels, stitches and prescriptions.

Now she has traded those for simpler method including nutrition, detoxification and emotional freedom techniques.

Her heart has always been in the same position of love and serving others, but the depth of her toolbox has changed dramatically.  Dr. Carolyn has

  • Tuesday, September 4th
  • 6-7 PM
  • LIFEstrength Health Center – 4280 Tamiami Trl E, Ste 102, Naples, FL 34112

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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.

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Find Help With Colic (naturally)

So, youve got some really bad stomach pain. You have a bit of a headache. Sleep well that is not working out too well because of the pain. Because of all that, you’re not in the best mood. And, to top it off, every time you try and let someone know, they are not listening or helping!

To be honest, I would cry, would you?

For many newborns, this is how they start life in the first few months. For many new parents, the frustration can be overwhelming.As a father of 3 little ones, Ive felt the most helpless when Ive failed to calm my children.


Years ago, colic was first thought to be merely indigestion. The most widely accepted definition of colic today is unexplainable and uncontrollable crying in babies from 0 to 3 months old, more than 3 hours a day, more than 3 days a week for 3 weeks or more, usually in the afternoon and evening hours.

Does this sound familiar in your household or someone you love?

In the conventional medicine world, things still haven’t progressed much further than this way of thinking. A quick search online shows that there isn’t much help, other than waiting it out or is there?

What is the Root Cause?

The cause of colic is usually multifactorial and the issues that I see in practice most are food sensitivities, digestive stress and nerve system irritation from the birthing process.

This list below of easy, natural methods have a great track record in helping babies and parents who are suffering with colic.


  • Food? The food that mom is eating determines the quality of the breast milk like fat and protein content and more. For best results, the first things to eliminate from moms diet are dairy, eggs, grains, raw veggies, spicy foods, nuts and seeds, and caffeine. What the heck is left !? I usually recommend starting one by one, keeping that particular item out of rotation for up to 2 weeks and seeing how baby responds before moving on to the next.
  • Probiotics and Digestive Enzymes The bacterial balance in moms gut one of the most pivotal factors in a newborns health. Up opportunity for positive changes using Prescript Assist probiotics for mom and a digestive enzyme like Digest Gold.
  • Leaky Gut? Leaky gut has been gaining momentum for years now, and if you havent had a chance to get tested or take action to correct it, it may be the missing piece to babys colic and your health woes.? This one is huge!
  • Stress? The silent killer, if moms stress level is high (you just had a baby, cmon!) it will change the composition of the milk, moms bacterial balance and energy levels that baby can sense. There are a million ways to go about this one, but finding a balance in your life with a newborn isnt easy. Finding support from your spouse, family, a community of like-minded folks to meditation and prayer are all great places to start.


  • Breastmilk vs. Formula? Nursing is the best choice, but it doesnt always work out the best. If you must use a formula, choose a natural one and get familiar with all the ingredients. Many parents that Ive met over the years have been unable to nurse for various reasons, so Ive developed a formula based from local goat milk and fortified to match breastmilk as closely as possible.You can email the office for the recipe at
  • Probiotics? Yes, you should be giving baby probiotics right from the start theyre that important in building a healthy foundation. We use Klaire Labs Infant probiotics; they come in a powder and are somewhat easy to give baby. Make sure you buy them / ship them cold!
  • Massage? For a baby! Absolutely, and youll both enjoy every minute of it. One of the best options for colic is the I Love You that focuses on increasing the motility of the digestive tract. Use some gentle, unprocessed and organic oils like coconut or jojoba.
  • Essential Oils Hidden in the some of the most unique spots in nature, essential oils have been safely used for hundreds of years. Who would have thought that the oil from tea trees has antibiotic effects or the sap from boswellia trees have anti mutagenic effects? Getting back to colic, essential oils like lavender, chamomile, fennel, ginger, and anise can all have calming effects on the gut. You can get those separate or buying a blend from someone like doTERRA or Young Living may be easier As always use guidance with oils, my favorite resource is The Essential Life book.


Finally, we get to the item that simply cannot be missed. Pediatric chiropractic care is even more important that everything I listed above for colicky babies. Why?

  • The nerve system controls health and healing in all the other systems of the body including the digestive and muscular system.?? By removing irritation and interference from the nerve system, it allows the others systems to function properly. That means proper communication to control digestion, absorption and waste / excretion.? The muscular system includes the muscular sphincters of the stomach and gut, controlling the speed or motility as the milk passes through.
  • The birthing process put a tremendous strain on baby with both natural / vaginal birth and C-sections.? The rotation of head, while necessary to come through the birth canal, is estimated to leave an impact on almost all newborns,
  • Colic symptoms could be the sign of something bigger.
  • The research supports it.
  • It is safe, gentle and incredibly effective. Thousands of new parents in our office alone have sworn by the results over the years and thousands more in pediatric chiropractic offices around the globe.

Many think of chiropractic as a quick fix for pain or headaches. Ill never forget when I first understood that chiropractic is all about the nerve system; I made a promise to share that with everyone I met going forward.

I hope this article helped you and your family, especially if youre looking to stay away from medicine, help your little one get healthier naturally and to promote a lifetime of family wellness.

Functional Medicine


Although it is becoming more and more of a common term within the boundaries of the healthcare system, Functional Medicine is still a new term for many. So what is it?

Functional Medicine is the future of healthcare. Quite a bold introduction right? The reason why it is so revolutionary is philosophy behind the care. Take these quote by leaders of this new movement;

“We are humans, yes, but we are really ecological systems. The real importance of this in the future of medicine is in the recognition that it may be possible to treat people and to treat illness by addressing the ecology of the human being rather than just attempting to suppress the disease.” Dr. Leo Galland

“Functional Medicine is common sense medicine. It’s the medicine we thought we were going to learn in medical school. There is a gross mismatch between the medical education system and the healthcare needs of our population. Functional Medicine has to be the medicine of today.” Dr. Rangan Chatterjee

From this, we can understand a few things;

  • Functional Medicine is not about treating symptoms, rather its about finding out the reason why they are present in the first place and correcting that naturally.
  • Functional Medicine looks at the whole person, that person’s daily life routine, and finally the short and long term effects of the natural treatment to help the body heal.
  • Functional Medicine address health restoration and health maintenance.

This is supported by Dr. Mark Hyman’s quote, “Health is a state of balance. When your biological systems are out of balance, disease occurs.” Dr. Hyman is a chairmen of the Institute of Functional Medicine and is currently helping the Functional Medicine movement become mainstream by collaborating with the Cleveland Clinic with great success.


The short answer; in a lot of ways! Skipping all the details, here is an overview;

1. Don’t Guess…Test – The goal of delivering the best possible care starts here. LIFEstrength Health Center and Dr. Cade will using cutting-edge testing to find the root cause of your symptoms. There is a comprehensive list below of all the testing we do in our office.

2. “Lifestyle Medicine” – After testing and finding out the “why,” it is now time take action to bring balance back to your system. From supplements and nutrition, to exercise and stress management, or even detoxification and cleansing, this part of care works to remove and repair the reason why you’re not well in the first place. For most, this is the hardest aspect of care (yes, for Dr. Cade too!) because it demands a change in life habits, choices and behaviors. Perfection isn’t required, thank God, but a ready heart and mind are absolutely needed. During your care, Dr. Cade will put together recommendations for your specific case that include the many aspects of your life and health.

Don't Guess. Test. Functional Medicine Testing at LIFEstrength Chiropractic, Naples, FL


Here is a short list of the many tests we perform at the office. Again, the goal is to go beyond the symptoms and find out why they are present in the first place. Many times, where you see or feel the symptom isn’t where the problem is. Click on any of the links to see more info and a sample test.


  • Organic Acids Test– This urine test is great place to start to find essential nutrient or diet modification needs, neurotransmitter dysfunction, carbohydrate metabolism and mitochondrial energy production.
  • Fatty Acid Balance – It’s all about balance! What are your fats trying to tell you?
  • Toxic Effects– What have you been exposed to over the years and what is it doing to your health? This measures the body burden of our lifelong accumulation to food additives, industrial chemicals, pesticides and more.
  • Comprehensive Stool – Test your microbiome, bacterial, fungal, and parasitic balance, GI distress and inflammtion, complete digestive condition and it’s relation to the rest of the body’s health.


  • Comprehensive Hormones – A complete view of estrogens, androgens, cortisol, adrenal health and melotonin production. This dried urine test is the new industry standard.
  • Food Sensitivity Draw – IgG and IgE food allergy testing via a blood draw. The combo kit used tests against 190 different foods.
  • Food Sensitivity Spot – Same as the above test, but a better option for kiddos. This test doesn’t require a blood draw and instead relies on “finger prick.” Tests against food antigens.
  • Comprehensive Thyroid – There is more to your thyroid than you think!? This test checks all the available markers for a real look at your thyroid health. Important for tough diagnosis like Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.


  • Leaky Gut – This is one the most important tests within Functional Medicine. ?Local Naples neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter, author of the books Grain Brain and Brain Maker, said”Heal the gut. And that’s coming from a brain specialist. The brain is miles away from the gut. If we heal the gut, all inflammation will fall into place.”
  • Autoimmune Reactivity Screen– Early diagnosis, sometimes 10 years, of critical and life-altering autoimmune activity. Helps address tissue damage to organs of the body.
  • Food Immune Reactivity – We can’t talk health and not talk food! Get to the root of food sensitivities including cooked, raw, or modified and create a personalized wellness strategy. Starts at 180 different foods or can be customized for your case.
  • Chemical Immune Reactivity – Test for sensitivities for mold, chemicals and metals as the root to immune weakness.


  • Cardiac Health
  • Neurotransmitters – Mood, stress, sleep…this is an amazing test that can show the balance of the nerve system


  • Organic Acids
  • Glyphosate (Round-up) –
  • Toxic Chemicals


  • Vitamin D3? – More of a hormone than a vitamin, this nutrient is key to the immune system, hormone production, genetic expression and more.? We use a simple “finger prick,” no blood draw or lab visit is needed.
  • Toxic & Essential Nutrient – This urine test measures exposure to toxic metals like aluminum, mercury, and lead while also looking at key nutrients like potassium, sodium, selenium and more.
  • Toxic Hair – Much like the test above, just using hair instead of urine. This one tests for mercury, aluminum, lead, and much more.
  • Urine Halides – Should you be taking iodine?? Should you be filtering your tap water to remove fluoride? How is your body responding to the chlorine in your backyard pool? Fluoride, Chlorine and Bromide are all tested.

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