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“Optimal functioning of the immune system, it turns out, is dependent upon feeling good.” ~ Marcey Shapiro

Dear Santa Fe Soul Friends and Family,

Sending you all positive energy packaged with for a beautiful life of vibrant energy, laughter and joy-filled expressions of love and gratitude. With deepest sincerity may you generate your best life ever! 
One of the ways to generate your best life ever and get addicted to feeling good is to utilize the Body Optimization Systems Studio (B.O.S.S.) at Santa Fe Soul. You are invited to visit and tour the B.O.S.S. next Wednesday June 1st  4-6 pm and see for yourself why everybody’s talking about the amazing cutting-edge technology helping many people feel good again!

CBD, or cannabidiol, is quickly changing the debate surrounding the use of marijuana as a medicine. Back by popular demand please join Dr. Dexter Russell for an informative and interesting talk Is CBD Right For You? this Tuesday, May 31st from 5:00 – 6:00 pm at Santa Fe Soul Center for Optimal Health.
What’s the big deal about the immune system any way? I eat right, I sort of exercise, but I still don’t feel my best…read on for solutions and what it’s all about so YOU can feel and be awesome!
Quodoushka 1 is coming to Santa Fe July 21-24. Plan to join us on June 8th for a Free Q1 Intro and learn more about Quodoushka here at Santa Fe Soul from 7:00 – 9:30 pm. RSVP at manager@santafesoul.com or call 505-474-8555. Click here to learn all about Spiritual Sexuality for Singles & Couples. You will certainly want to participate in this shamanic approach to sacred sexuality for your health and well-being.


If you or someone you love has an issue with incontinence, ED or pelvic pain please learn about the O-Shot® and P-Shot® available at Santa Fe Soul. Call and talk with Dr. Robyn Benson or Tom Myers to find out more about the O-Shot®, the P-Shot®, the Breast Lift®, Facelift® and hair rejuvenation at Santa Fe Soul. For additional information visit http://robynbenson.com/santa-fe-soul/.
May you be filled with exuberant vitality,

Dr. Robyn Benson and your fans at Santa Fe Soul

Forever Fit and Fab Podcast with Dr. Robyn Benson
Are you sleepless, anxious, depressed or have GI issues? Identify the source and pack your bags with confidence that you can travel anywhere with vitality. Listen to my podcast with The Flipping 50 Show sharing 7 Simple Solutions for the savvy traveler. Click on play button below or here.
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10 Simple and Natural Ways to Boost Your Immune System

By Linda B. White, MD



According to the Centers for Disease Control, influenza viruses continue to wreak misery in 41 states. Got your flu shot? Good, do it again next year.


However, keep in mind that other viruses cause respiratory illness: parainfluenza viruses, adenoviruses, coronaviruses, rhinoviruses….not to mention bacteria such as Streptococcus.


Despite the fact that your world teams with infectious microorganisms, most of the time, you’re reasonably healthy, right? Thank your immune system, which defends you from disease-causing microbes. Now, step beyond gratitude to optimize the function of that system.


  1. Get enough sleep and manage stress. Sleep deprivation and stress overload increase the hormone cortisol, prolonged elevation of which suppresses immune function.
  2. Avoid tobacco smoke. It undermines basic immune defenses and raises the risk of bronchitis and pneumonia in everyone, and middle ear infections in kids.
  3. Drink less alcohol. Excessive consumption impairs the immune system and increases vulnerability to lung infections.
  4. Eat plenty of vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds, which will provide your body with the nutrients your immune system needs. A study in older adults showed that boosting fruit and vegetable intake improved antibody response to the Pneumovax vaccine, which protects against Streptococcus pneumonia.
  5. Consider probiotics. Studies indicate supplements reduce the incidence of respiratory and gastrointestinal infections.  Fermented milk products have also been shown to reduce respiratory infections in adults and kids.
  6. Catch some rays. Sunlight triggers the skin’s production of vitamin D. In the summer, a 10-15 minute exposure (minus sunscreen) is enough. However, above 42 degrees latitude (Boston) from November through February, sunlight is too feeble and few foods contain this vitamin. Low vitamin D levels correlate with a greater risk of respiratory infection. A 2010 study in kids showed that 1200 IU a day of supplemental vitamin D reduced the risk of influenza A. However, a 2012 study that involved supplementing adults with colon cancer with 1000 IU a day failed to demonstrate protection against upper respiratory infections.
  7. Go for the garlic. Garlic is a broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent and immune booster. Because heat deactivates a key active ingredient, add it to foods just before serving.
  8. Eat medicinal mushrooms, such as shiitake and maitake (sometimes sold as “hen of the woods”). A recent study showed that a concentrated extract of shiitake enhanced immune function in women with breast cancer.
  9. Try immune-supportive herbs. If you get recurrent infections, consider taking immune-supportive herbs such as eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticocus), Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng), American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius), or astragalus (A. membranaceus).
  10. Make an echinacea tincture. This is good to have on hand when respiratory viruses overwhelm your defenses.




To a pint jar add 1 cup ground root of Echinacea purpurea root, a species shown to enhance immune function and moderately reduce cold symptom severity and duration. Add 1½ cup vodka and stir. If there isn’t 1 to 2 inches of vodka layered above the ground root, add more vodka. Shake daily.


After 4 weeks, strain through cheesecloth into a clean jar.


At the first sniffle, take ½ teaspoon of tincture diluted in water every two hours while awake. After two days, reduce the dosage to ½ teaspoon 3 times a day for the duration of the cold.

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Santa Fe Soul has amazing experienced practitioners who specialize in acupuncture. Suzanne Oliva, D.O.M., also known as Sue, is an amazing Doctor or Oriental Medicine. Sue Oliva, DOM graduated from Southwest Acupuncture College in 1994 and has been practicing in Santa Fe for 22 years. During that time she also studied energy medicine at the White Cloud Institute and interned with a homeopathic physician. Sue includes herbs, supplements, homeopathy, massage, myofacial release, cupping, electrical stimulation, Moxa (heat therapy), and spiritual counseling, if appropriate, in her practice.
If you are not sure that acupuncture could help you please feel free to contact Sue. Sue says her favorite activities are hiking with my dogs, gardening, playing horseshoes and Frisbee, spending time with her husband, her friends and God. Most insurance is accepted.
Call (505) 699-8116 for an appointment today!


Having a strong immune system is paramount to good health. The immune system is an amazing collection of intricate processes designed to keep foreign invaders from taking over and destroying cells thus making us feel ill. Have you ever wondered how the immune system works?

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Check out this animation above to see how the immune system deals with pathogens.
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This video shows actual white blood cells chasing and attacking parasites: a good example of how intelligent the immune system really is!
Treating Autoimmune Disorders with Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

By: Diane Joswick, L.Ac., MSOM

Autoimmune diseases are a group of disorders in which the immune system attacks the body and destroys or alters tissues. There are more than eighty serious chronic illnesses in this category including rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes, lupus, thyroid disease, inflammatory bowel disease, Addison’s disease, pernicious anemia, celiac disease, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis and Guillain–Barré syndrome. According to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA) twenty percent of the population suffers from autoimmune disorders. Each disease appears uncommon on an individual basis but, as a group, the disorders make up the fourth-largest cause of disability among women.

Due to the complexity of treating autoimmune disorders, integrative medicine solutions including acupuncture and Oriental medicine have received much attention as successful therapies in their treatment particularly for use in providing pain relief, regulating the immune system, managing symptoms and improving overall quality of life.


What Causes Autoimmune Disease?

Under normal conditions, an immune response cannot be triggered against the cells of one’s own body. In certain cases, however, immune cells make a mistake and attack the very cells that they are meant to protect. This can lead to a variety of autoimmune diseases which encompass a broad category of over 100 diseases in which the person’s immune system attacks his or her own tissue.


The exact mechanisms causing these changes are not completely understood, but bacteria, viruses, toxins, and some drugs may play a role in triggering an autoimmune process in someone who already has a genetic (inherited) predisposition to develop such a disorder. It is theorized that the inflammation initiated by these agents, toxic or infectious, somehow provokes in the body a “sensitization” (autoimmune reaction) in the involved tissues.


As the disease develops vague symptoms start to appear, such as joint and muscle pain, general muscle weakness, possible rashes or low-grade fever, trouble concentrating, or weight loss. The following symptoms may point toward something being wrong: numbness and tingling in hands and feet, dry eyes, hair loss, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, or repeated miscarriages can also be caused by an autoimmune response.


How Acupuncture Treats Autoimmune Disorders

According to Oriental medicine, autoimmune disorders occur when there is imbalance within the body. Imbalance can come from an excess or deficiency of yin and yang that disrupts the flow of Qi, or vital energy, through the body. Acupuncture is used to help the body restore balance, treating the root of the disorder, while specifically addressing the symptoms that are unique to each individual.

Clinical research has shown that acupuncture causes physical responses in nerve cells, the pituitary gland, and parts of the brain. These responses can cause the body to release proteins, hormones, and brain chemicals that control a number of body functions. It is proposed that, by these actions, acupuncture affects blood pressure, body temperature and the immune system.

In addition to acupuncture, your treatment program to manage your autoimmune disorder may involve a combination of therapies including stress reducing exercises, moderate physical activity, herbal medicine, nutritional support and bodywork.

To learn more about how acupuncture can safely and effectively be incorporated into care for people with an autoimmune disorder, please call 505-474-8555 for a consultation today.

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The NanoVi™ device is used here at Santa Fe Soul in combination with The Tesla Energy Lights by people wanting to improve their health and vitality. A Tesla Light System known as Tesla Energy Lights™ is a personal energy fueling system designed to donate electrons, recharge and permeate one’s subtle energy bodies with compatible high frequency subtle energies.


You inhale moist air from the NanoVi™ device. For prevention, sessions are often between 5 and 15 minutes, two or three times a week. People addressing one or more chronic diseases use the device much more frequently.


The NanoVi™ device is designed to improve cellular activities, specifically by improving the body’s response to oxidative stress. Just some of the benefits include:


•  Protection against and repair of free radical damage

•  Stronger immunity

•  Improved utilization of oxygen and nutrients

•  Improved cell energy production

•  Improved cell metabolism


Whether your goal is to maximize vitality and quality of life or address an illness, improving cellular activity is essential. Read more about how NanoVi™ can help maximize vitality and quality of life or address an illness here.


Call 505-474-8555 to schedule your NanoVi™ session now!


Gluten Intolerant and Autoimmune Disease

One of the fastest growing areas of dietary concern focuses on food-related sensitivities that wreak havoc with our systems. Celiac disease (or sprue), is an autoimmune disease in which ingested glutens and other related proteins damage the small intestine’s lining. Gluten is the key protein in wheat flour, but it’s also found in barley, rye, and (potentially) oats.


 This means, in a nutshell, that people who suffer from celiac disease cannot consume any of these foods at any level without feeling ill. The challenge for people in this category, however, goes far beyond avoiding wheat, barley, rye and other gluten-producing cereals, though avoiding all breads and other baked goods is hard enough for the average person. It’s in identifying the addition of these cereals in processed and prepared foods.

Read full article here.


“Your acts of kindness are iridescent wings of divine love, which linger and continue to uplift others long after your sharing.”

~ Rumi
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Bio En’R-G’y

Available at Santa Fe Soul!


What makes Bio En’R-G’y C unique?

Vitamin C is an antioxidant and may help protect cells from free-radical damage. The vitamin C in this supplement is in the form of L-Ascorbate C Crystals with FASM. This form contains a unique, firmly attached sodium molecule and is buffered at a non-acidic ph, making it less likely to cause gastrointestinal discomfort that often comes with taking large doses of vitamin C.


In addition, added GMS-Ribose (glycine methyl sulfone ribose), a patented proprietary blend of methylated glycine, supports bioavailability.  Easy to take, Bio En’R-G’y C comes in a pleasant-tasting powder that mixes easily into juice or water.


Ask your Santa Fe Soul Center for Optimal Health Doctor of Oriental Medicine if this product is for you. Call us today at 505-474-8555.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These products are not meant to diagnose‚ treat or cure any disease or medical condition. Please consult your doctor before starting any exercise or nutritional supplement program or before using these or any product during pregnancy or if you have a serious medical condition.

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