This special blog post is an important announcement from Dr. Michael Smith.

Blue Zone: An area in the world where people live measurably longer lives.  In these regions, people reach the age of 100 at rates ten times greater than those in the United States. Currently, there are 5 Blue Zones. Dan Buettner researched these and discovered their secrets to longevity.   
This July, my family and I will be moving to Nicoya, Costa Rica, one of these Blue Zones to live there for a year.

We have been working toward this temporary move for several years.  A big part of our desire is to give our children the experience of living in a different country and culture.  We are very excited about this opportunity to live in one of the healthiest and happiest places on Earth!   During our year there, we plan to share the many ways you can add years to your life, and life to your years.  Additionally, we will be hosting several health retreats designed for you to experience what these people have discovered about living a long, healthy, and happy life!

You can learn more about the Blue Zones here: 

For patients of mine, I know this may be a shock to some of you. But I want you to know that I am not leaving you!  I will continue to provide patient care via phone and video.  I already work with a significant number of patients across the country this way. You will have the opportunity to continue care with me virtually, using phone or video. Or, for your convenience, you can choose to see one of our two highly trained naturopathic doctors at our office, who will be able to seamlessly provide continued care for you and your family.  

Dr. Peter Swanz and Dr. Dave Hamilton are among the best naturopathic doctors in the country.  I have been committed to finding and recruiting doctors who have an immense amount of knowledge, and the ability to relate to you and your unique needs.  If you haven’t already met Dr. Swanz and Dr. Hamilton, you will be pleased when you do!

Carolinas Natural Health Center has been operating for nearly 9 years, and through that time we have welcomed over 6,000 patients in 18 states and 8 different countries! Our passion is to empower you to better health, and we will continue to expand our services and ease of access to information and support to help you do that. 
Some of the services we have already put in place to make it easier for you to get better health:

  • Evening and weekend appointments are now available by request:
  • Appointments are available via phone/video.
  • Referral rewards – when you refer a friend or colleague, you both win!

We have built partnerships to complement your health needs:

We will be expanding our services, too!  Look for more details on these to come:   

  • Holistic Health Retreats in a Blue Zone
  • Regular “Ask the Doc” events
  • Text/email support for your health questions
  • Educational events and presentations, and more…

I am thankful to be a long-term partner in your health, and I am proud to provide a center that offers high-quality care, a growing list of the services available, and the best naturopathic doctors who are truly focused on your needs.

I look forward to sharing much more with you about my journey with my family, and demonstrating how our new access in a Blue Zone will benefit many of you.  Stay tuned…it’s going to be exciting!

UPDATED: Now you can follow our adventures in real time, “Living in a Blue Zone,” on Facebook! LIKE the page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/Livinginabluezone

Feel free to email me with any questions you have about this transition.