Function = Health

Some define health as the absence of disease. At Gulf Coast Wellness, we think that’s setting the bar a bit low. There must be something that happens in between being perfectly healthy and having a disease. Ever wonder what that is? Watch this video to find out!–BUT WAIT—if you haven’t watched my What is Qi … Read More

Why can’t my doctor fix my digestive problems?

Why is it that sometimes even the best doctors at the most highly respected clinics, like the Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic, still either can’t diagnose or can’t effectively treat digestive problems? We’ve had many patients come in after years of visits to specialists and either no results or steadily worsening dysfunction. After just a … Read More

Why do my symptoms come back?

Unfortunately, Acupuncture (as well as any other neurological rehabilitation) is not a one and done therapy. Due to a property called neuro-plasticity, neurological changes in the body require repeated input before they become permanent. In this video we explain how poor function and chronic pain come about, why they seem to come and go before … Read More

Welcome to Gulf Coast Wellness!

If you’re like most of our patients, we are not your first stop on your health journey. You may have been sick for years and already been to Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic or another highly regarded specialty practice; tried digestive medications, biologics or immunosuppressants; been to functional medicine doctors and had hundreds of labs and … Read More

What is an Acupuncture Physician?

In the State of Florida, an Acupuncture Physician is a Physician who is licensed by the Florida Department of Health to practice Acupuncture. In case you’re wondering, all physicians are typically referred to as Doctor, as in, “Hi, I’m Dr. Shark.” Medical licensing is regulated by the states, so the specific requirements for medical licenses … Read More

Gulf Coast Wellness Opening November 1!

We are so excited to announce the opening of our Pensacola clinic, located at 310 E Government St.—your new downtown Pcola location for Acupuncture, Nutrition, Herbal Medicine and Neuro-nutrient therapy! Our site is currently under construction, so please pardon the mess. You can still find many of our posts by clicking around, and we should … Read More

Myths and Facts About Chinese Medicine II

Myth: Qi is energy Fact: There is absolutely no historical basis for the translation of the word Qi as energy! This one tends to ruffle a lot of feathers, so let me be clear. I’m not making a statement as to whether or not there is energy in the body. I’m merely stating that the … Read More

Myths and Facts About Chinese Medicine Part I

Myths and Facts About Chinese Medicine   There are few things more misunderstood than Chinese Medicine is in the West. These days more and more people are hearing about and trying Chinese Medicine, most commonly Acupuncture, to treat their ills. As Chinese Medicine reaches into the mainstream, the misinformation is multiplying exponentially. I can’t speak … Read More

What is Shiatsu?

What is Shiatsu? Shiatsu is an Asian style of body work focused on balancing the whole system through dynamic pressures, compressions, and stretches that work with the meridian channels.  Shiatsu is done with clothes on so the brain does not get distracted by skin sensations and absorbs the pressure on a much deeper level.   Rather … Read More