We want to let all of our patients and customers know that Symmetry Health will have limited hours on Thursday 7/19 and Friday 7/20. Dr. Mick Wilson will be undergoing surgery to repair his ruptured Achilles tendon on Thursday afternoon and Dr. Danielle Schwaderer will be administering B vitamin injections in the community. Please observe the following hours:

  • Dr. Mick Wilson – in office Thursday 7/19 9am-11am only, returning Monday 7/23 at 9am.
  • Dr. Danielle Schwaderer – in office Thursday 7/19 9am – 11am and Friday 7/20 11am – 3pm. If you would like a B vitamin injection on Thursday afternoon, please visit her at Windmill Farms (near SDSU) on 7/19 from 3pm – 5pm.

Symmetry Health and it’s practitioners will resume normal business hours on Monday 7/23 at 9am.

Thank you for your understanding!


For centuries upon centuries native Peruvians and Incan warriors have had the privilege of having access to one of the most well rounded herbal remedies on the planet.  Maca, an herb that grows in extremely high altitudes in the Andes has been used among natives as a sacred food, general health tonic, and consumed by Incan warriors as it was believed that maca made them more physically and mentally stronger than their rivals.  Modern day observation and research of maca is showing more specific health benefits that offer nourishment of the endocrine system, hormonal balance, and improving fertility, stamina, endurance, and libido.  The endocrine organs that may benefit from the consumption of maca include the adrenal glands, ovaries, testes, thyroid, pancreas, parathyroid glands, pituitary, and hypothalamus.

Some believe that it is the chemical and nutrient composition of maca that has allowed it to become one of the best herbs on the planet.  Specifically, maca is high in B vitamins, vitamin C, zinc, potassium, calcium, and amino acids. On the other hand, others believe that it is the inherent wisdom of the plant to adapt to the extreme weather conditions at the very top of the Andes.

Maca For Athletes:

The ability to become stronger by the stressful environment instead of succumbing to it is what sets maca apart from other herbs. This signature of maca to resist extremes has carried over to the human realm as it offers balance and adaptability when our bodies are under physiologic stress (exercise, disease, emotional stress, etc). Maca is thought to improve stamina and endurance which appeals to many athletes and those seeking to improve overall fitness.

Available Forms:

Maca is available at Symmetry Health in a variety of forms. Maca can be supplemented in the powder form, where it can be added to protein drinks, smoothies, fresh juice, or in grain-free “oatmeal.” Other forms available include herbal extracts (tinctures) or capsule formulations.

Where to Purchase:

Maca is available at health food stores across the nation and at Symmetry Health. Call or email Symmetry Health for prices. (858) 270 – 2225 or info@SymmetryHealthChiro.com

By Danielle Schwaderer, ND

Hypochlorhydria, or insufficient stomach acid production, is a very common condition in our fast-paced, stress-based society. Most individuals experience hypochlorhydria during some point throughout their life time, many of which may not even know they are suffering from the condition. Insufficient stomach acid can be the result of eating too quickly, drinking too many fluids with meals, being chronically stressed, eating in a stressful environment or on the road, eating away from the home, being vegan or vegetarian, taking medications for acid reflux/heartburn, or plain and simply eating the wrong thing at the wrong time.

Symptoms of Insufficient Stomach Acid:

Hypochlorhydria often manifests with signs and symptoms of poor digestion and assimilation which may include:

  • Heartburn, indigestion
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal fullness or heaviness
  • Gas & Bloating
  • Abdominal pain
  • Chronic constipation
  • Undigested food in the stool
  • Bad breath
  • Muscle cramps
  • Food allergies/sensitivities
  • Dilated capillaries in the cheeks and nose
  • Weak, peeling, cracked fingernails
  • Acne
  • Anemia’s (B12 and/or iron deficiency)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Other vitamin and mineral deficiencies
  • Weight-gain
  • Chronic hives
  • Eczema

Diagnosing Hypochlorhydria:

The diagnosis of hypochlorhydria can be made by your medical or naturopathic doctor who has experience in gastrointestinal health. Diagnosis can be made by clinical judgement or laboratory testing. Additionally, your doctor may want to rule out other conditions that may contribute to hypochlorhydria including infection of H.pylori, thyroid disorders, adrenal insufficiency, and auto-immune disease.

Treatments for Hypochlorhydria:

Improving stomach acid levels can be achieved by a variety of ways including optimizing one’s diet & lifestyle and through stress management and supplementation. The following recommendations can dramatically improve stomach acid production and thus nutrient absorption and optimal health:

  • Cook your own meals – smelling food for a period of time before consumption initiates the first stage of digestion and stomach acid production.
  • Avoid meals of excessive fat or sugar.
  • Eat protein with each meal – protein stimulates HCl production.
  • Chew your food – 31 times each bite!
  • Eat in a relaxing environment – this switches our nervous system out of “fight or flight” and into “rest and digest.”
  • Limit fluid intake to 30 minutes pre or post meal – fluids can dilute stomach acid.
  • Consume 1 tbls Apple cider vinegar in 8 oz water, 15 minutes before large meals.
  • Consume bitters or bitter herbs such as gentian, burdock root, Oregon grape root. 20 drops can be consumed 10 – 15 minutes prior to larger meals.
  • Supplement HCl – consult your health professional for correct dosing.
  • Take a short walk after meals.

For more information regarding hypochlorhydria please contact Dr. Danielle Schwaderer at Symmetry Health today. (858) 270 – 2225.

Just a reminder to all of Dr. Danielle’s naturopathic and b-shot patients, she will be out of the office May 14th – May 28th. Dr. Danielle will resume normal business hours at Symmetry Health on Tuesday May 29th. Should you anticipate needing a follow-up visit or any of her other services during this time period, please call Symmetry Health to schedule before May 14th, or upon her return.

Thank you for your understanding!

Symmetry Health is now officially listed on foursquare!

Check-in to Symmetry Health and receive mega savings on B-12 shots:

–  $10 off B-12 shot with first check-in

–  $5 off B-12 shots with each subsequent check-in

Hop on foursquare to view our specials and check-in today!

We are getting ready to launch testimonials on our website and would love your help! If you have had a good experience at Symmetry Health with one or both of our doctors and would like to share it with others, please email us with what you would like to share with the public! We will be featuring several of these testimonials on our website, using your initials only. You can write a short blurb or a more detailed experience. Those visiting our website for the first time greatly value the opinions of others before committing to scheduling a visit. Please help us out!

In return for your kind gesture, receive a $10 B-12 shot and $10 adjustment!
Email info@SymmetryHealthChiro.com with your story today!

Just a quick reminder that Symmetry Health is closed on Tuesday 2/28. We will resume normal business hours on Thursday March 1st.