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Belltown Spine & Wellness Services

Belltown Spine & Wellness is an integrated health and wellness center that has helped thousands of people regain their health and vitality in the greater Seattle area. Services are customized and targeted for each individual's health goals.  

Dr. Scott Mindel, Seattle chiropractor and owner of Belltown Spine & Wellness, created the signature 4-step program that is specifically designed to help patients recover from chronic neck and back pain conditions along with using the latest rehabilitation techniques available today.

Corrective Chiropractic Care

Belltown Spine & Wellness practices the state-of-the-art Corrective Biophysics Technique using Mirror Image exercise, adjusting and postural traction to correct the spine, and posture deviations back towards normal alignment and balance. Founder, Dr. Scott Mindel's 4-step Method has helped his patients restore overall health for over two decades in Seattle.

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Belltown Spine & Wellness offers different types of massage to best suit individual client needs and preferences, including deep tissue, Swedish, and Manual Ligament Therapy, sports massage, lymphatic drainage, Healing Touch, trigger point therapy, reflexology, craniosacral, intra-oral, and pre-natal massage.

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Holistic medicine is a form of healing that considers the body, mind, spirit, and emotions in the quest for optimal health and wellness do one can achieve optimal health by gaining proper balance in life. Naturopathic medicine, acupuncture and chiropractors target the root cause of an issue as opposed to simply reducing or managing symptoms.

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Belltown Weightloss & Wellness is a physician supervised 4-phase weight loss and complete lifestyle program. Your coach will help you lose weight, reach your ideal weight goal, and educate you on exactly what to eat to maintain your new weight and improved health to help you keep off the weight and continue living a healthier life.
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Our Seattle Chiropractors & Doctor

Dr. Scott Mindel

Dr. Scott Mindel

Doctor of Chiropractic
Dr. Nolan Deatherage

Dr. Nolan Deatherage

Doctor of Chiropractic
Dr. Julie Sutton

Dr. Julie Sutton

Naturopathic Doctor / Licensed Acupuncturist

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I’ve read my fair share of information regarding dairy consumption. Although credentials differ slightly from source to source—say, a published article vs. social

media commentary—one sentiment remains fairly consistent: Beyond infancy, humans really just aren’t meant to consume dairy products.

Those in favor of the milk mustache might argue that dairy intake defends against disease, and that the calcium, potassium, and vitamin D content in milk contribute to bone, muscle, and skin health. However, those against dairy in the diet emphasize that any nutritional benefits found in milk can be gained from better sources.

For example:

Calcium can be found in leafy green vegetables such as spinach and collards, as well as beans, oranges, and figs—plus, non-dairy milk (think almond or coconut) contains protein, fiber, and antioxidants, in addition to calcium.

Potassium is packed into tomatoes, sweet potatoes, bananas, and many other fruits and veggies.

Vitamin D is found naturally in only a few foods—mostly fatty fish—but fortified foods and trusted supplements are widely available.

And the “milk grows strong bones” argument? You might be surprised to learn that the cultures that regularly drink little to no milk are actually the ones with the lowest incidences of osteoporosis, a bone-weakening disease that increases the risk for fractures.

Last week, both myself and my co-editor, Samantha, decided to educate ourselves on the effects of dairy consumption by way of firsthand experience: We chose to embark on a three-week dairy elimination diet to see how being dairy-free might affect our bodies—for better, or for worse.

It’s been seven days of dairy detox, and this is what I’ve noticed so far:

>>I’m less bloated.
I used to drink an obscene amount of cow’s milk. I was that person who drank whole milk straight from the jug. I gave up milk during a two-week vacation this past April—mostly because it just wasn’t convenient to buy it—and I found that after a few days, I actually didn’t even crave it. After I returned home, I began buying almond milk instead. I feel less bloated since the switch, and I’ve noticed a reduction in fat around my hips. This feeling has only intensified throughout the last week as I cut out other dairy favorites like cheese, yogurt, ranch dressing, and ice cream.

>>Going out to eat is tricky.
I have officially become that person—to the point that even I am annoyed with myself. For instance: I went out to lunch over the weekend and ordered the Chicken Ranch Wrap, an undoubtedly popular and delicious-sounding choice. However, I had to modify it accordingly: no ranch, no cheese. My server looked at me like I was nuts. “It’s going to be pretty dry,” she said in an equally dry tone. So, I added avocado—which is not only insanely delicious, but also packed with nutrition—and you know what? I felt a hundred times better than I would have had I soaked my sandwich in buttermilk dressing.

>>Grocery shopping is even trickier.
Before beginning this elimination diet, I didn’t realize that dairy is a sneaky, sneaky ingredient. Obviously, I knew the yogurt and the cottage cheese and the coffee creamer would need to stay out of my cart—but I spent 20 minutes in the bread aisle trying to find a brand that doesn’t contain whey protein. No luck.

>>My skin is clearer.
I’ve struggled with my complexion throughout the past couple months, in the way that minor blemishes become major issues that not even makeup can cover. I haven’t been particularly stressed, I generally avoid fried and processed foods, and I wash my face at least twice a day, so I couldn’t quite pinpoint the culprit. However, I’ve noticed a dramatic change in my complexion throughout the past week. My skin is super smooth, soft, and—most notably—blemish-free!

>>My bones and muscles feel fabulous.
I work out every day—both cardio and weight-lifting—so if my bones and muscles were going to take a hit from the lack of dairy in my diet, I definitely would have noticed by now. However, I still feel just as strong and supported. I continue to drink my almond milk and eat a boatload of bananas, in addition to other fruits and veggies.

Stay tuned for Week 2 of the Dairy Detox—during which Samantha and I will add a probiotic supplement to our non-dairy diet.



Erica Tasto is an editor for Natural Solutions and Alternative Medicine and the author of "The Natural Suite" blog. Follow her on Twitter @editorerica.

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