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Are there any side effects to low-intensity laser therapy?

To date, there are no known side effects to low-intensity laser therapy. The healing powers of light are all positive and there is no harmful radiation involved. Each individual being treated is thoroughly examined before deciding if low-intensity laser therapy will be helpful to their healing process.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture needles are thin and flexible. They are placed at various acupuncture points of the body with the intent to normalize function and energy flow at those points. Most patients don’t feel the placement of the needle at all, while some have varying pain sensations ranging from minimal to moderate. Patients that find it painful are usually toxic and need detoxification prior to a full acupuncture treatment. Those who do find needle placement painful usually report that any initial pain quickly subsides.

How can low-intensity laser therapy help with pain?

Low-intensity laser therapy is a non-invasive approach designed to help manage pain by healing the cause of the pain at its source. For example, pain in the leg with tingling and numbness usually stems from the lower back. We would apply LILT to the lower back to “fix” the problem at the source of the injury.

How do alternative cancer treatments help with symptoms?

At Natural Horizons, we treat the causes of cancer, not just the symptoms. Still, alternative cancer treatments can alleviate many common conditions associated with cancer, including nausea, fatigue, pain, anxiety, sleeplessness and stress. Techniques might include meditation, yoga, acupuncture, massage, biofeedback, hypnosis and aromatherapy.

How do I find out if I have allergies?

An allergic reaction is an abnormal reaction of the immune system resulting in many symptoms that can include a rash, hives, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, a runny nose, itchiness and diarrhea. It can also lead to chronic illness.

To determine if an allergy to a substance (allergen) exists, there are several tests that are recommended. A provocation test injects a potential allergen under the skin to see if a skin reaction (red welt) occurs. A positive test indicates an allergy to that particular substance. Another test combines a person’s blood serum with the potential allergen in a test tube. A cloudy reaction demonstrates an allergic reaction to that substance.

Finally, muscle testing (ART) may suggest possible allergies or sensitivities by a weakened muscle response, upon the body’s exposure to the substance in question. Determining allergies is important to direct one’s nutrition; to uncover an underlying cause of illness, to assist in detoxification and to direct therapy. Allergy elimination (AET) is a critical therapy in treating chronic illness.

How do I schedule an initial appointment at Natural Horizons?

Natural Horizons’ highly trained medical and administrative staff is ready to help you. Simply call us to schedule a convenient time for your initial appointment. Our business hours are:

Monday – Friday: 8AM until 5PM
Saturday: 9AM until 12 Noon on most Saturdays

• Toll Free: (877) 292-1571
• Fax: (703) 267-6977
• Email:

How long will my first appointment be?

Your first appointment with Dr. Shaw Jones will be three to four hours in length.

How will low-intensity laser therapy help target the source of the pain?

Low-intensity laser therapy helps the injured area heal at a faster rate. It does this by stimulating the inured cells in the area to metabolize faster, thereby creating a greater immune response in the injured area. Greater healing response equals faster healing times and complete healing, rather than just controlling symptoms the way pain medication does.

Should I tell my doctor about alternative cancer treatments I'm undergoing?

Yes, it's important to inform all members of your healthcare team of alternative and complementary treatments you use, including dietary supplements, vitamins, and herbs. Some supplements can interact with pharmaceuticals, chemotherapy or radiation. Dietary and lifestyle changes may affect conventional treatments, too. Keeping a journal of your use alternative cancer treatments is one way to share important information with your medical providers.

What are heavy metals?

Heavy metals are toxic substances that are found everywhere in our environment including our food, water and even in so-called “health” products. When introduced into our body and not excreted, they have many adverse effects on all tissues and systems within the body. Heavy metals include mercury, lead, cadmium, aluminum, nickel and arsenic, all of which are dangerous substances. They damage the body on molecular, cellular, tissue and organ levels. Avoiding heavy metals and removing the accumulation is an iportant factor in achieving an optimum state of health and wellness.

What can I expect when I call Natural Horizons Wellness Center about Horizons of Hope?

When you call Natural Horizons, a member of our Horizons of Hope team will get some basic information from you, answer your questions and make an appointment for you. Dr. Joseph Shaw Jones will then call you to discuss any questions or concerns you have prior to your first appointment.

What conditions and illnesses do you treat?

This is a partial list of the health issues we treat:

• A.D.D.
• Aging
• Allergies
• Alzheimer’s Disease
• Anxiety
• Asthma
• Autism
• Back and Neck Pain
• Cancer
• Depression
• Diabetes
• Fatigue
• Fibromyalgia
• Gastrointestinal Disorders
• Headaches
• Heart Disease
• Heavy Metal Toxicity
• High Blood Pressure
• Hormone Imbalances
• Hypothyroid Infections
• Hypertension
• Infections of all types
• Lyme’s Disease
• Multiple Sclerosis (M.S.)
• Obesity
• Orthodontic Issues
• Parasites
• Premenstrual Syndrome (P.M.S.)
• Sinusitis
• Snoring
• Tooth Pain
• TMJ Pain

What is a meridian?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the term meridian refers to a pathway in the body in which a small electrical current or energy flows. This pathway travels through different organs and tissues. Meridians are named according to the major organs they flow through (e.g. heart meridian, kidney meridian). A disturbance of the energy flow in one organ along a pathway will alter the energy flow to every tissue/organ along that pathway. For a full list of TCM meridians and tissue they encompass, search the Internet for acupuncture or Traditional Chinese Medicine.

What is automatic response testing (A.R.T)?

Autonomic Response Testing is a way to access and find out the condition of the body by stressing the autonomic nervous system, which involves testing the strength of an isolated muscle, usually the shoulder (deltoid) muscle. A stressor of the body or a particular organ, and the muscle’s response to it, enables the tester to assess the health status of the tissue. ART can tell us, for example, if the liver is not functioning well; why it is not functioning well; what therapy or product(s) can help it; and the progress of the therapy.

ART is a form of alernative diagnosis that is widely used by alternative practitioners but which has not been widely tested nor accepted by conventional medicine.

What is biologic dentistry?

Biologic Dentistry recognizes and deals with the intimate relationship between the oral cavity (the mouth) and the rest of the body. Many diseases can have their origin in the oral cavity or are exacerbated by factors in the mouth, such as: toxic dental materials (mercury, nickel, fluoride, aluminum, etc.); infections of the teeth, gums, jaw bone or tonsils; jaw or tooth imbalances; or electrical currents generated by metal restorations. By resolving such issues in the oral cavity, illnesses can be prevented, resolved or more responsive to treatment.

One researched and well-documented example is the connection between gum disease and heart disease. Unhealthy gums produce high levels of bacteria, which are then transported by the bloodstream to the heart. The bacteria can then infect and alter the inner lining of the blood vessels within the heart. This begins the deposition of calcium and cholesterol within the vessels, which can form a blockage in the blood vessels and result in a heart attack.

What is chelation?

Chelation is a word derived from the Greek word for claw, chelos. Chelation is a therapy that introduces substances into the body, which “grab” onto undesirable substances in the body and assist in the elimination of those substances. This therapy is administered orally, intravenously or intramuscularly. A licensed medical practitioner trained in chelation techniques must monitor chelation.

Chelation is commonly used to eliminate heavy metals from the body (heavy metal detoxification). It is also used to help eliminate the minerals and cholesterol that cause plaque build up inside the arteries and blood vessels. By opening the blood vessel passages in the heart and brain, many physicians who practice alternative medicine believe that one can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.

What is colon hydrotherapy?

The two most toxic areas of the body are on both ends of the gastrointestinal system, the mouth and the colon. The colon collects a large amount of waste and harmful microbes, which, if not eliminated completely, will accumulate in the colon. Low-fiber diets usually lead to incomplete elimination. This accumulation is self-perpetuating, blocking normal flow of wastes out of the body, interfering with the absorption of nutrients, and producing toxins that are then absorbed into the rest of the body.

Colon hydrotherapy is an extremely effective technique that introduces clean water into the colon (large intestine) through the anus, and washes away accumulated wastes and deposits from the opening and the interior walls of the colon. The result is a toxin-free, normally functioning large intestine that will foster the growth of good bacteria (probiotics).

What is craniosacral therapy?

To understand craniosacral therapy it is critical to understand the anatomy of the skull or cranium, vertebral column and the nervous system, which the skeleton protects. A lining membrane called the meninges intimately surrounds the brain and spinal cord. Protecting these structures is the bony skull, which sits on top of the 24 vertebrae. At the end of the vertebrae is the sacrum (5 fused vertebrae) where the end of the meningeal lining is attached.

The brain produces a fluid called cerebrospinal fluid, which fills up the meningeal lining. This expanded meningeal lining is similar to a balloon filling up with water and, when full, the fluid is removed. This expansion and contraction of the meningeal lining expands the overlying cranium, which expands at flex joints between the bones called sutures. In conjunction with the cranial movement, the spine has an undulating wave movement, as does the sacrum at the terminus of the spine where it comes in contact with the pelvis.

The objective of craniosacral therapy/movement is to achieve full, symmetrical cranial expansion and contraction with free movement of the sacrum. Restricted movement due to trauma, abnormal muscle contraction or structural imbalances is what craniosacral work attempts to correct through light manual therapy, which finds where movement is restricted and gently guides movement to free up any restrictions. Ultimately, freed movement of the cranium, vertebral column and sacrum will normalize blood, lymphatic and nerve impulse flow to and from the brain and in and out of the spinal cord. To attain correct full-body structural alignment, it is necessary to achieve free and symmetrical movement of the craniosacral system.

What is detoxification?

Detoxification is the process of eliminating toxins and wastes from our body. Over time, we build up toxins that we are exposed to from our environment and from what we consume. Toxins can also build up as a result of internal systemic infection.

Common methods of detoxification include:

• Colon Hydrotherapy/Colonics
• Enemas
• Chelation
• Liver, Gall bladder and Kidney flushes
• Far-Infrared Sauna
• Skin Brushing
• Biologic Dentistry to remove oral toxins

What is integrative medicine?

Integrative medicine combines or “integrates” the best that allopathic or conventional medicine has to offer, with the best that alternative disciplines have to offer, all directed at the identification of the “source” of illness or disease, and the resultant treatment of it. Integrative medicine focuses on treating the cause of a disorder as opposed to just treating the symptoms.

What is lymphatic drainage?

The lymphatic circulatory system is the second circulatory system behind the cardiovascular (blood) circulatory system. The differences are that the cardiovascular system has a pump, the heart, while the lymph in the lymph system is squeezed through the lymphatic vessels via body movement. The cardiovascular system does not leak while the lymphatic vessels are very porous. This porosity allows lymph to easily travel from vessels to tissues and back.

The purpose of the lymphatic system is to remove wastes from the tissues of the body and to transport a significant amount of immune system cells to where they are needed to counter infections, toxins and other challenges to the body’s health.

Stress, trauma, dehydration, poor nutrition, low physical activity and infection are all reasons why the lymphatic vessels may not conduct lymph well. This congestion will inhibit immunity, detoxification and result in tissue swelling. Lymphatic drainage is a gentle manual therapy that facilitates lymphatic circulation, thus enhancing overall health. A Light Beam Generator is a technological device that assists in moving lymph wile breaking up lymph cells that are stuck together.

Everyone should strive to have a high level of physical activity to facilitate lymph flow. Rebounding on a trampoline is a simple and very effective way of facilitating lymph flow, but basic physical activity in general is a good way to stimulate lymph flow.

What is Natural Horizons' approach to optimizing wellness?

In order to optimize one’s wellness, we examine all current habits and lifestyle choices. Once we have this information, in some cases, it will simply require balancing some of these things, while in others it requires major modifications in lifestyle. Areas we regularly address are:

• Nutrition
• Exercise
• Sleep
• Relaxation
• Work/Life Balance
• Stress Related Factors
• Detoxification
• Psycho-Emotional Well Being

Optimizing wellness also requires identifying stresses or traumas (infections, toxins, emotional upsets, physical imbalances, nutrient deficiencies, etc.) and eliminating them so the body can heal itself.

What is the immune system?

The body’s immune system, often called our “defense system,” is designed to ward off and eliminate “invaders” such as toxins, bacteria, fungus, viruses, parasites, microbes and pathogens of all kinds. The immune system works at different levels to find “invaders,” and provide immediate response or memory for future response.

In order to do an effective job of defending our bodies, the immune system must be healthy. To keep the immune system in top fighting condition, we need to provide it with the proper nutrition and supplementation, fortifying it with vitamins, minerals and amino acids. We must also detoxify our bodies to minimize toxins, wastes and heavy metals, which weaken and overburden the immune system. It is also important to minimize overall stress in our lives, as well as eliminating specific major issues of stress as they occur (bad relationships, unhappiness in a job, etc.). Stress, be it physical or emotional, weakens our immune system and contributes to illness. Eventually, this leads to a high susceptibility to illness. Decreasing stress in our lives lessens our chances of becoming ill.

If we do what is necessary to make our immune system as healthy as possible, and maintain a good balance in our daily lives, our immune system will function at peak operating condition for our given genetic potential and render our bodies better able to avert most disease.

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Natural Horizons and Life Line Counseling Center take every measure to ensure that all of your personal information stays 100% confidential.  Please click to read our full privacy policy.

What makes Horizons of Hope different from other programs?

There are hundreds of substance abuse recovery centers and treatment options available, most of which adhere to a standard model of psychological counseling that has been in place for 60 years. While conventional counseling has worked for some people, the majority relapse within one year after treatment. Horizons of Hope practices a comprehensive approach to treatment that includes Diagnostic Assessments, IV Therapy/Oral Supplementation, Nutrition and Lifestyle Counseling and Management, Detoxification, Counseling/Support, and Adjunctive Therapies.

In addition, Horizons of Hope believes that all addiction is a disease of the brain involving brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. Thus, one of the primary focuses of our recovery program includes healing of the brain.

What services do you provide in regard to substance abuse?

We provide the follwoing substance abuse treatments and services through our Horizons of Hope Program:

Drug/Alcohol Assessment
Intensive Out Patient Treatment
Alcohol Abuse/Addiction
Drug Abuse/Addiction
Nicotine Addiction
Family Issues Surrounding Addictions
Individual/Couple/Family Substance Abuse Sessions
Family Group
Relapse Prevention

What services does Natural Horizons provide?

The services our Centers provide include, but are not limited to:

• Acupuncture
• Allergy Elimination
• Biologic Dentistry
• Biologic Terrain Measurement
• Comprehensive Cancer Care (IPT)
• Chelation for Heavy Metals
• Chinese Medicine
• Chiropractic
• Colon Hydrotherapy/Colonics
• Craniosacral Therapies
• Detoxification
• Electrodermal Screening
• Herbal Therapy
• Intravenous Vitamin Therapy
• Lifestyle Counseling
• Lymphatic Drainage
• Massage Therapy
• Mercury-Free Dentistry
• Myofascial Therapy
• Natural Hormone Therapy
• Naturopathic Medicine
• Neural Therapy
• Nutrition Counseling
• Osteopathic Manipulation
• Osteopathic Orthodontics
• Oxygen Therapy
• Reflexology
• Stress Management
• Thermography Screening
• Tooth Whitening

What should I bring to my first appointment?

Please bring all recent medical records, including lab work, test results, x-rays, scans, and any other information relevant to your condition.

If you have downloaded our Patient Intake Form, or received it by mail, please fill it out completely and bring it with you to your first appointment.

If you have not received the Patient Intake Form, please arrive approximately 20 minutes prior to your appointment, so that you will have ample time to fill it out prior to seeing your doctor.

What should I expect at my first appointment?

In most cases, one doctor will perform your initial intake. After the doctor has seen you, he/she may refer you to another doctor for additional intake and/or testing, or begin the therapy indicated by the diagnostic testing.

Your initial appointment should take between one and two hours. At the conclusion of your initial appointment, the doctor will devise a treatment plan and will go over it in detail with you.

What types of doctors/practitioners make up the team at Natural Horizons Wellness Centers?

Our team at Natural Horizons Wellness Centers includes:

• Biologic Dentists (DMDs and DDSs)
• Medical Doctors (MDs)
• Holistic MDs
• Naturopaths (NDs)
• Acupuncturists (L.Ac.)
• Chiropractors (DCs)
• Colon Hydrotherapists
• Massage Therapists

Where is Horizons of Hope located?

Horizons of Hope is at the Natural Horizons Wellness Center in Old Town Fairfax, Virginia.

Directions from the Beltway (495):
Take exit for 66 West. Take exit 60 for 123 South. Take a right on North Street, which merges into Main Street. Take a right on Railroad Avenue and your first left into the parking lot.

Why do we get sick?

Sickness can result from a variety of stressors, including physical, emotional, energetic and biochemical. Introduction of harmful bacteria, toxins and pollutants can cause sickness in a body unable to compensate for these stressors. In addition, genetic components will predispose some people to certain health problems.

This is why it is so important to maintain a healthy immune, detoxification and nervous system, as a healthy body makes it easier for the body to deal with whatever stress it is subjected to.

Why is it important to eliminate heavy metals?

By pulling damaging heavy metals from the body with supplements, homeopathics, chelating agents and a wide variety of energetic techniques, we can reduce the accumulation of heavy metals in most tissues. When these tissues experience a significant reduction in the heavy metal burden, they can begin to repair the damage caused by the metals. These tissues include blood cells, muscle and nerve tissue, especially the brain, liver, kidneys, heart, thyroid and other hormone glands, the eyes, and organs of the digestive system. When these tissues begin functioning correctly, normal health can return. In addition to removing heavy metals in the body, it is also very important to minimize ingesting them or being exposed to them.