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General Health & Wellness Classes are held every first Tuesday of each month. Specialized Classes are held every third Tuesday of each month. If you'd like to learn more about what we have to offer in our clinic or how to optimize your health, come join us!  Here are the details:

  • All classes are FREE!
  • Class goes from 6 pm - 7:30/8 pm (depending on Q&A)
  • Takes place at our clinic (2024 Jackson Blvd.)
  • We serve a complimentary Paleo Meal
  • Every attendee receives a certificate for a FREE Detoxifying Footbath

Call 605-341-4850 and reserve your spot (space is limited and reservations are required).




BELOW: Dr. Robert and Dr. Eric at the 2nd Annual Walk For Wishes®, a fundraising and awareness event open to the community benefiting Make-A- Wish®, South Dakota, the area's premier wish granting organization serving children. May 17, 2014. Downtown Rapid City.



Essential Nutrition for Women’s Health

Black Hills Woman Magazine May/June '13

by Dr. Eric Kuyper

There are 3 major diseases affecting women today:  heart disease, cancer, and osteoporosis.  It is important for women to know that the chance of getting these diseases can be significantly decreased with proper nutrition and exercise.

While it is most important to get the nutrients our bodies need through the food we eat, research has shown that there are 4 basic nutrition components that are nearly impossible to find in proper doses in our food, so we must supplement with the following supplements:

  1. A multivitamin/multimineral that is cold processed and in a whole food form
  2. Probiotic (at least 1 billion – 4 billion CFU’s daily)
  3. Omega 3’ s(2000 – 3000 miligrams of combined EPA and DHA daily)
  4. Vitamin D (2000 – 4000 IU’s daily)

Taking these supplements will address the nutrient deficiencies you can’t get from your foods, but it is important  for women to eat foods high in Vitamin E and A, Calcium, Potassium and Magnesium since these tend to be common nutrition deficiencies in women.  You can find these in the following food sources:

  • Vitamin E – nuts/seeds, olives, dark veggies, bell peppers and brussel sprouts
  • Vitamin A – orange vegetables and fruits as well as broccoli and spinach
  • Calcium – broccoli, white and black beans, brazil nuts, salmon and sardines, kale
  • Potassium – acorn squash, white beans, salmon, avocados, and bananas
  • Magnesium – nuts/seeds, edamame, black beans, lentils, spinach

If you are eating a healthy diet high in colorful fruits and veggies, nuts and seeds, grass fed meats and eggs while avoiding the heavily processed, nutrient void Standard American Diet (SAD Diet) and taking the basic supplements listed above you will be able to lower your chances of getting the major diseases affecting women today. 

journal.jpgGo Paleo: Eat like your ancestors

Rapid City Journal February 27th, 2013

Eat your vegetables.

And fruit.

And meat — but only the kind that's grass-fed, hormone- and antibiotic-free or wild.

That's the nutrition message of local paleo diet enthusiast Dr. Eric Kuyper, a Rapid City chiropractor who believes the benefits of a grain-free diet are worth the challenges.

A paleo lifestyle is about eating whole, unprocessed foods that the human body is genetically programmed to eat, Kuyper says to people who attend the Paleo Diet class he teaches through Community Education of the Black Hills.

"Our bodies are designed to eat meat," he says, with apologies to any vegetarians in the audience. Humans have incisor teeth for cutting meat, hydrochloric acid in their stomachs for dissolving it and a long intestinal tract for digesting it.

Humans evolved as hunters and gatherers, which means our ancestors, and the modern bodies we inherited from them, thrived on fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, and whatever animal protein they could catch or kill. That's why the paleo diet is also called primal eating or even the "caveman" diet.

Today's Standard American Diet — whose acronym, Kuyper is quick to point out, spells SAD — is filled with things that early humans never ate, at least not before the invention of agriculture. Bread, even whole wheat bread, is not a "whole" food. It's been processed, he points out, since you'll never find a tree or plant with slices of bread growing from it.

Paleo promoters believe that sugar, dairy, grains and refined foods of all kinds cause obesity and inflammation in humans. That inflammation is at the root of many of today's modern maladies: cancer, heart disease and intestinal diseases like Crohn's or autoimmune diseases like arthritis, according to Paleo researchers such as Robb Wolf and Mark Sisson.

"Eighty percent of all diseases are lifestyle and diet related," Kuyper said. 

But Kuyper knows that eliminating bread, pasta and other grains — even oatmeal and other nutritious whole grains — is difficult for most people. 

Going paleo is a process, Kuyper admits, and it is a challenging one for most people, including himself and his family. Unlike many paleo diet experts, he suggests transitioning to it.

"It's a process that's hard for the average American to do," he said.

For people who want to try paleo, he recommends  adding, not subtracting, things from your menus at first. "Begin by adding more fruits and vegetables to every meal instead of eliminating things," he said. "Start by adding beneficial foods and supplements in, rather than focusing on removing the unhealthy foods. We don't need the added stress of giving up our favorite "SAD" foods right away," he tells the class.

Other transition tips include:

  • Increase the amount of water you drink
  • Drink vegetable juice from a juicer
  • Switch to grass-fed, hormone-free meats
  • Eat 5 small meals a day, not three large ones
  • Take recommended supplements
In the next phase:
  • Eliminate dairy
  • Limit grains to 1 small serving a day
  • No added salt, sugar or artificial sweeteners
  • Eliminate trans fats or hydrogenated fats

Kuyper has been eating a paleo diet for several years, but he still keeps a "cheat" day in his schedule. His wife, Tye, and their children also eat mainly, but not strictly, paleo. Kuyper's favorite "recipes" involve lots of raw vegetables and fruits turned into drinkable meals in his juicer or Vita-Mix blender, and family dinners are typically free-range chicken and vegetables or grass-fed beef with vegetables, like the recipe for Seasoned Steak and Vegetable Medley below.

On Sundays, if he's craving desserts or other non-paleo carbohydrates, he indulges in them.

Eating a paleo diet may pose obstacles, but finding plenty of paleo-friendly recipes no longer does, thanks to the proliferation of paleo websites, including: and


Black Hills Woman Magazine

May/June 2012 by Jaci Kennison

They are supposed to be an oasis – OUR oasis. They are supposed to be our safe havens and our sanctuaries, the place we can relax and just be.

They are our homes.

But they may not be as safe as we think. Our homes can become toxic and ironically, it is often because of the very products we buy and use to keep us safe. The cleaning products under your sink may actually be doing more harm than good.

A five–year study of more than 600 homes showed that “peak concentrations of more than 20 toxic compounds – some linked with cancer and birth defects – were 200 to 500 times higher inside some homes than outdoors” according to the EPA, which also stated that indoor air pollution is one of the nation’s top pressing health concerns.

“A toxic home is one that makes the inhabitants less healthy, or even sick, due to the poisonous chemicals found within that house,” says Dr. Eric Kuyper of Alternative Health.

He points to cleaning supplies, cosmetics and even the chemicals used to treat construction materials – paints, stains and sealants – as the culprits. Sudsing agents like diethanolamine (DEA) and triethanolamine (TEA) are found in many cleansers, and when they are mixed with preservatives like nitrites, they react to form nitrosamines – carcinogens easily absorbed by the skin.

Cosmetics often contain “fragrance,” but because the chemical formulas of the scents are considered trade secrets, companies are not required to list the individual ingredients. According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, one-third of substances used in the fragrance industry are toxic. Often we are applying those chemicals directly to our skin, and we’re probably doing it every day.

Worse yet, many people won’t realize their home is toxic because it can be a very slow poisoning process and “some symptoms might not show up until much later in life” Dr. Kuyper says.

Common symptoms can look like a minor irritation or a cold – runny nose, headaches, fatigue, itchy eyes, scratchy

throat and so on, making toxicity hard to spot. Over years and years, the effects can be as serious as damage to the central nervous system, other organs and even cancer.

“What we’re dealing with is an accumulative effect.” Dr. Kuyper says. “The problem is just the sheer amount of poisons we are being exposed to on a daily basis.”

Happily, there are a lot of ways to help yourself and reduce the toxicity in your home. Often the containers under the sinks or in the closets of your home are releasing toxic gasses even when you’re not using them, so the first step is to clean out your cleaning closet.

“Invest in chemical-free cosmetics, shampoos, soaps and lotions,” Dr. Kuyper says. He also suggests investing in air and water purification systems. Websites like and have information on these solutions, and both also have resources for non-toxic cleaning. Lemon juice and vinegar work very well and you don’t have to worry – your home will smell clean. The vinegar loses its odor after it dries.

Visiting a doctor is not a bad idea either, especially if young children are in the home, because they are far more susceptible to a toxic home environment.

Many alternative health care doctors may suggest a detoxification program in addition to changing out chemical cleaners and the like, that will help the body to rid itself of toxic build-up.

“At this point, it’s not a matter of whether we have toxins in our systems, it’s a matter of how much,”

Dr. Kuyper says. He suggests a de-tox maintenance plan – like an Ionic Foot Bath which pulls toxins out of the body through the skin on the feet – once every couple of months and a full body diet-based cleanse once a year. Cleansing your body and eliminating toxins from your home will improve the health of your family – and restore your home to the healthy, happy oasis you meant it to be.

Alternative health care keeps allergies at bay

Rapid City Journal, December 6, 2014

For years, Linda Kelly couldn't stop coughing.

Then she decided to take another approach and began receiving alternative allergy treatments and learned she was allergic to raisins.

“I was eating Raisin Bran every day,” she said.

Her cough soon disappeared after she began seeing Dr. Eric Kuyper at Alternative Health Care in Rapid City and getting NAET treatments.

NAET, which stands for Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques, was named in 1983 after Dr. Devi S. Nambudripad. The treatments are a non-invasive, drug-free solution to alleviating allergies by using energy balancing, testing and treatment procedures that range from acupuncture/acupressure, chiropractic, nutritional and kinesiological disciplines of medicine.

More than 12,000 health care professionals worldwide have been trained in NEAT, but only a fraction work in the U.S.

The NAET treatment philosophy centers on the idea that everything in your body is connected. A good analogy, Kuyper said, is that your body is like a circuit breaker. One allergy is treated at a time, with treatment often starting with a test for a core group of allergies that includes food and minerals.

“If some circuits are blocked or not running right, your body’s not working well or efficient,” he said. “We’re resetting the circuit breaker.”

The NAET technique is based more on acupuncture, he said, and everything is viewed through the lens of energy.

During a treatment, the patient will hold a vile of whatever item might be causing a negative reaction in their body. They hold it in their hands, Kuyper said, because it is one of the most sensitive spots on our body.

The doctor then runs a two-pronged percussion gun along the back that taps acupuncture points along the spine.

“It doesn’t hurt,” said patient Troy Kern. “I’ve seen kids get it done. It’s like a vibrating tap. Some people even think it tickles.”

Kern, who suffered from allergies for decades, said he started NAET treatments ten years ago and immediately noticed a change.

“Just that (spinal treatment) will reset how your body responds energetically to things,” Kuyper said.

Kuyper said he sees a wide variety of allergies at his clinic, which he took over from Dr. Kevin Determan in 2007. Molds, grasses, weeds and pollen are among the most common. NAET has also been effective for patients dealing with chronic pain, sinus issues, back problems and sickness.

Oftentimes identifying an allergy from a particular food will clear up other allergies when treated, he added.

“You can’t control the stuff in your environment,” Kuyper said. “But once you get food straightened out and get your body absorbing nutrients so your immune system isn’t weakened, oftentimes other allergies will clear up.”

Kelly, who takes her nine children and husband for NAET treatments, has seen a marked improvement in the family's health. Her daughter was allergic to a number of things as a child and they took her to several different doctors trying to help her. NAET treatments made the difference, Kelly said.

“I’ve seen a huge difference in the health of our family,” she said. “There’s such a potential for changing peoples’ lives.”