Dr. Anthony Faro, BS, MS, DC, DABCI
By Dr. Anthony Faro, D.C.
July 26, 2018
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

Feeling exhausted all the time even after a full night’s rest? You might have sleep apnea.sleep apnea

Most Americans don’t get the sleep they deserve, and this can be a serious issue. In some cases, a sleep disorder is a reason you can’t seem to get the full rest and recovery you need after a full night of sleep. If you find yourself feeling exhausted all of the time and unable to get through the day even with a full eight hours of sleep, then it’s possible that sleep apnea could be to blame. Our Lake Wales, FL, chiropractor Dr. Anthony Faro is here to explain the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea and how chiropractic care could benefit sleep apnea sufferers.

Do I have sleep apnea?

Of course, it will be impossible to get a definitive diagnosis unless you see a sleep specialist. A sleep doctor will perform a sleep study to check for telltale signs of sleep apnea. If sleep apnea is detected, they will then create a customized treatment plan that will help you manage your symptoms for the long term. Common signs of sleep apnea include:

  • Chronic, loud snoring
  • Pauses in breath or shallow breathing while asleep
  • Gasping for air
  • Dry throat
  • Morning headaches
  • Restless sleep or insomnia
  • Extreme daytime fatigue
  • Trouble concentrating (feeling “foggy headed”) and poor memory
  • Increased irritability and mood swings

It is important that if you suspect that you might have sleep apnea that you get it checked out right away. Untreated sleep apnea won’t just cause miserable, non-restorative sleep it can also lead to serious health problems such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Obesity

How can a chiropractor help with my sleep apnea?

While some people will receive CPAP therapy to help keep airways open while they sleep, this doesn’t mean that our chiropractic specialist in Lake Wales, FL, can’t also provide techniques to help manage your symptoms and help you sleep better.

Through a series of different techniques such as soft tissue massage and spinal adjustments, we can help relax the muscles in your body to improve your breathing. Our goal is to help you breath better to significantly reduce your symptoms. We will also show you breathing exercises that improve oxygen flow into the body. These techniques along with lifestyle modifications and diet recommendations (for those who are also overweight or obese) can greatly benefit those dealing with sleep apnea.

If you are dealing with sleep apnea in Lake Wales, FL, know that our chiropractic center and wellness day spa is here to provide you with therapeutic care to help you catch those elusive ZZZs. Call our office today and schedule a consultation with us.

By Dr. Anthony Faro, D.C.
May 07, 2018
Tags: acupuncture  

Are you interested in finding out how acupuncture could improve your health?

Finding the right way to treat certain symptoms or conditions can be challenging. You may find yourself going back to the doctor’s office Acupuncturetime and time again trying different medications and treatment options and yet still not seeing the results you had hoped; however, there are alternative treatments out there that can ease symptoms when other treatment options don’t. Our Lake Wales, FL, chiropractor, Dr. Anthony Faro, is here to tell you more about acupuncture and the many ways it can improve someone’s health and quality of life.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is based on traditional Chinese medicine and providing healing and therapeutic benefits for people of all ages. By placing small acupuncture needles into certain acupuncture points of the body we can treat a variety of complaints and symptoms and also stimulate the body’s natural healing response. In some cases, heat or electrical stimulation may also be used on these points to enhance the results.

What issues can be treated with acupuncture?

There are a variety of health problems and symptoms that can be improved through this alternative therapy. You may benefit from getting acupuncture in Lake Wales if you are dealing with any of these issues:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Back or neck pain
  • Migraines or headaches
  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Facial pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Postoperative pain
  • Arthritis
  • Sprains and strains
  • Sciatica

Acupuncture offers a non-drug and non-invasive way to improve certain systems within the body (e.g. endocrine; cardiovascular; digestive) while also reducing pain and stiffness and improving digestion, sleep and overall quality of life and wellbeing.

How often should I get acupuncture?

How many acupuncture sessions you receive from our chiropractic specialist in Lake Wales will depend on the type of symptoms or health problems you are facing. For example, those with chronic conditions will require maintenance acupuncture sessions about one or two times a month for maintenance while those with temporary symptoms and conditions may only need to come in a couple times a week. We will create an individualized treatment plan that will benefit your specific health needs and personal goals.

If you are interested in learning more about chiropractic care in Lake Wales, FL, then it’s time to call our office and find out if this is the right option for you. Discover the benefits of acupuncture for yourself.

By Dr. Anthony Faro, D.C.
December 29, 2017
Tags: Massage Therapy  

If you have received chiropractic care, you know it focuses on wellness and proper functioning of your muscles, skeleton and nervous and massage therapycirculatory systems. Our bodies operate well when these systems are balanced, and they don't when injured or unbalanced due to stress, poor nutrition, age or disease process. At the Alternative Care Wellness Center, Dr. Anthony Faro provides optimal wellness for his patients through chiropractic adjustments, nutritional counseling, acupuncture and more. At the Buona Vita Spa on premises at the Center, Kelli Faro provides therapeutic and relaxation massage in Lake Wales, FL, to augment chiropractic services. Learn more about how massage benefits total body wellness and function.

What is massage therapy?

Massage therapy is the precise manual manipulation of muscles, ligaments and tendons to ensure their best function. Performed for simple relaxation, as an addition to chiropractic care, or prescribed by a physician to complement traditional medical treatments, massage therapy in Lake Wales maintains and restores function to the neck, upper and lower back, buttocks and upper and lower extremities.

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health says that massage therapy works extremely well to relieve pain and other problems associated with ongoing health problems. For instance, the NCCIH states that many people with ongoing mental health issues find massage lessens their symptoms of depression.

Other benefits of massage may include:

  • Stress and anxiety reduction
  • Increased mobility and joint range of motion after injury
  • Reduced healing times after surgery or injury
  • Pain management for the neck, lumbar region of the spine and sciatic nerve dysfunction
  • Increased flow of oxygen and nutrients to sore or poorly functioning areas of the body
  • Decrease of inflammation from arthritis, fibromyalgia and other autoimmune disorders
  • Improvement of posture
  • Better lubrication of joints

Dr. Faro also believes that massage therapy makes his chiropractic treatments easier to accomplish, work better and last longer, helping the body participate in healing itself and in staying healthy.

Learn more

Why not find out if massage therapy in Lake Wales, FL, can help you feel your best? Contact the Alternative Care Wellness Center for a consultation with Dr. Faro. We have convenient appointments throughout the week, including early morning hours. Phone (863) 676-2225.

By Dr. Anthony Faro, D.C.
September 20, 2017

Are you looking to live a healthier lifestyle? Are you tired of all these feel-good fads that don't actually work and provide you with only falsenutritional consultation promises? Well, Dr. Anthony Faro knows just how you feel. He provides his patients with the nutritional consultation they need at his Lake Wales, FL, office.

What kind of nutritional consultation is provided?

In addition to Dr. Faro's in-office consultations, he also provides his patients with telemedicine conferences. He understands people can't always make it to Lake Wales but believes it's important to assess your overall health personally. Before your consultation, your chiropractor will ask you to take a questionnaire. This questionnaire will help him better determine your physical and emotional health during your meeting.

The physical component of your health consists of two aspects:

  • The chemical aspect that depends on the macro and micro nutrients you eat, as well as your neuro endocrine system on a holistic level.
  • The chiropractic aspect, which refers to the negative ways you use your acute biomechanical functions, like poor posture.

The emotional component of your health refers to how your body may react to the stresses of life when all three, emotional, physical and chemical, are combined.

What will my nutritional plan include?

We all have different physical and emotional needs, which is why Dr. Faro will create custom plans for every patient. Here are a few things that are taken into consideration:

  • What does your diet consist of? Do you eat sugary foods? Consuming fruits, vegetables, healthy carbohydrates and lean proteins is just the tip of the iceberg.
  • Do you have relaxing meal times or are they frantic? Your meals should be a cell phone-free time. You should enjoy some much needed quiet time or conversations with your loved ones.

These are only a few examples of things Dr. Faro takes into consideration when helping you design a healthier lifestyle.

For more information on how you can get your next nutritional consultation, call Dr. Faro in Lake Wales, FL, by calling (863) 676-2225. A healthier life is just a phone call away!

By contactus@drfaro.com
July 13, 2017
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged



A Guide to Safe Sun Worshiping

Dr. Anthony E Faro, MS, DC, DABCI

Diplomate American Board of Chiropractic Internist 

When I was a younger we didn’t think much about sun screen.  My girlfriend would put iodine in baby oil and we would all bake in the sun.  Hopefully we know better than that these days. 

The negative effects of sun exposure can occur over prolonged periods of time or in a very short time as the result of a sunburn.   Sunburns are especially problematic in babies, young children and elderly folks who are not out doors on a regular basis.  I recently took my 91 year old father to the beach.  He did not want sun screen as he was under the umbrella.  The umbrella doesn’t take the place of sun screen and he received a mild sunburn on an over cast day in about 60 minutes. 

Sunburns are directly related to skin cancer and one of the red flags for future risk of Melanoma is severe sunburn especially on the trunk.     Sunburns also increase the risk of Basil Cell and Squamous Cell Carcinoma.  Sun exposure both short and long term without burns is responsible for increased appearance of skin aging and actinic keratosis.  Therefore, it is in your best interest to protect your skin from the damaging UVA and UVB rays of the sun. 

Although most of us are not using baby oil and iodine these days it is well worth your while to become familiar with the benefits of sun screen and the risk factors associated with prolonged sun exposure.  Full Spectrum Sunscreens reduces the risk for non-melanoma and melanoma skin cancers, chronic actinic damage, acute phototoxic reaction and Full spectrum sun screens can actually help reduce the appearance of aging associated with exposure to UV rays.

To be designated a total protection sun screen, both UVA and UVB rays must be blocked.  Many of us only look at the SPF ratings, but the drawback to SPF rating is it designates only UVB protection.  Sunscreens can have a high SPF and not block against UVA rays which are associated with skin aging and skin cancer.  Unlike UVB, UVA rays are not filtered by the ozone and can lead to premature skin aging.  This leads to degradation of collagen and connective which nobody I know wants.   So the take away here is look for a sunscreen that is marketed “broad spectrum”  as this will assure you that the product blocks 90% of the long spectrum UVA waves.  Also remember that SPF is not an additive number.  SPF 30 is not twice as affective as SPF15.  SPF 15 sunscreens filter out 93% of UVB rays, while SPF 30 protects against 97% and SPF 50 98%.  In addition, going above an SPF 50 is not really necessary and the FDA is considering not allowing companies to claim an SPF above 50 which already block 98% of UVB rays. 

How to Calculate an SPF That’s Right for You

· Fair skin — can stay in the sun 10 minutes before burning

· Olive skin — can stay in the sun 15 minutes before burning

· Dark skin — can stay in the sun 20 minutes before burning

Multiply the SPF by the number of minutes you can stay in the sun before burning. For example: (SPF) 20 x 10min (Fair skin) = 200 minutes (amount of time you can stay in the sun before burning if you have Fair skin and use an SPF of 20).  * re-applied as per the manufacturer recommendations.

The regulations governing label requirements and statements last changed in December 2012.  For instance, manufacturers can’t claim all day protection or water proof anymore.  Manufactures can make claims regarding water resiliency for 40 or 80 minutes only.  There is no all-day protection and recall the evidence that links skin cancer risk to the number and severity of sunburns, so re apply when recommended. 

The FDA latest Sun screen Rules

• Sunscreens may be labeled “broad- spectrum” if they provide protection against both UVA and UVB radiation according to FDA-sanctioned test methods.

• Only broad-spectrum sunscreens with an SPF of 15 or higher may state that they protect against skin cancer if used as directed with other sun protection measures.

• Broad-spectrum sunscreens with SPFs of 2-14 must display a warning that the product has not been shown to help prevent skin cancer or early skin aging.

• The terms “sunblock,” “sweatproof” and “waterproof” are no longer allowed on sunscreen labels.

• Sunscreens may claim to be “water-resistant,” but must specify whether they protect the skin for 40 or 80 minutes of swimming or sweating, based on standard testing. Sunscreens that are not water-resistant must instruct consumers to use a water-resistant sunscreen if swimming or sweating.

• A company cannot claim that its sunscreen products provide sun protection for more than two hours without submitting test results to prove this.


You might think picking a sun screen is easy but according to Web MD,  “Study Finds 4 in 10 Sunscreens Fall Short on SPF”  by Kathleen Doheny:  May 20, 2016.  40% of the sunscreens tested fell short on their label claims and according to the EWG (Environmental Working Group) many sun screens contain potentially hazardous ingredients.  According to Dave Andrews of the EWG, "Many products do not provide enough UVA protection and some contain hazardous chemicals such as the hormone disruptor oxybenzone or retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A linked to skin damage." – Andrews. 1  

Each of us must weigh the risks and benefits of sun exposure and the proper use of sun screens and no of days everyone is looking for natural and environmentally safe products.  It would be in our best interest to use those products with the least toxic ingredients and that offer the best protection.  There is conflicting research regarding chemicals in sun screens and although Avobenzone is safe prior to photo reactions with the sun, once it is exposed to sunlight it is degraded.  The degraded compound may interact with other chemicals in the sun screen and even with octocrylene and be potentially unsafe.  There are alternatives to sunscreen that contain Oxybenzone, Octinoxate, Homosalate, Octisalate, Octocrylene, and Avobenzone.  Read the ingredients list and you will be surprised to find a lot of chemicals in brands touting “natural or botanical” on the labels.  If you’re looking for natural products the Non Nanoparticle mineral sunscreens are best, and best when applied as lotions.  Be cautions when using spray sunscreens as they do not cover well and do not use spray sunscreen on children.  The FDA has warned that when sprayed on children there are possible health risks associated with inhalation of these products and can be a sever irritant to those suffering from asthma and other inhalation disorders.  Mineral based zinc oxide formulas block both UVA and UVB while titanium dioxide blocks more UVB and some UVA. 

Rules for safe sun worshiping.

  • Ware cloths and long sleeves when possible.
  • Protect your eyes from the damaging UVA rays with proper sunglasses.
  • Keep hydrated while in the sun and avoid alcohol.
  • Plan your work and leisure time to avoid the hottest part of the day.
  • Use the proper sun screen for your skin type, re apply as recommended.
  • Be mindful of Drug induced Photosensitivity.

Many drugs including antibiotics have warnings against exposure to the sun while taking the prescription.  These include Tetracycline, Doxycycline and Ciprofloxacin; the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory Ibuprofen; and the diuretic furosemide, as well as retinoid’s.  Many other drugs pose a photosensitivity risk, so be sure to read your drug inserts. 

  • Don’t forget your after-sun care. 

Look for serums with Vit C and Vit E in them to help nourish skin and provide essential antioxidants to protect against cell death and damage.

If you have any other questions or comments feel free to email at chiropracticinternist@gmail.com  Go to my web site at www.Drfaro.com or call my office at 863-676-2225.  Dr. Faro prescribes the number 1 full spectrum all natural sun screen 100% natural and 94% certified organic and is reef and ecologically safe for the environment.  Mention this blog post for 15% off all our 100% natural sun care and after sun care products.  Lip balms, Sun screen, baby sun screens, moisturizers and more.  



“80% of sunscreens are ineffective or harmful, according to new guide” Derek Markham treehugger.com

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