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Skin Health: Looking Deeper

Monday, November 16th, 2015

A common skin ailment that exists in populations across the world is atopic dermatitis, otherwise known as eczema. Most of us have family members or friends that have experienced eczema at some point in their lives.

Atopic dermatitis is part of a triad of illnesses that often runs in family lines. Asthma, hay fever, and atopic dermatitis make the triad of atopy and family members may be affected by one or all three. If an individual has a relative with one of the three, it increases the likelihood of developing one of the triad over his or her lifetime. As with any chronic or acute inflammatory illness, diet and life style choices can dramatically improve the symptom picture.

Eczema can develop in the newborn or can spontaneously emerge later in life. We often see children with eczema that is caused from food sensitivities or premature introduction of certain foods that the child is unable to metabolize without creating inflammation. Cautious and conscience food introduction is a great way to prevent eczema in a baby or toddler. In older children or adults, eczema is often related to food sensitivities, liver health, environmental toxicity, allergies or stress. Unfortunately, it is often a combination of many things.

Identifying and treating the cause, not the symptom, allowing the healing power of nature to act, and treating the whole person are some of the guiding principles that create the quality healing that will allow an individual to live symptom free.

Integrated medicine has many treatment options for atopic dermatitis and other chronic skin conditions such as acne or psoriasis. A thorough health history including a review of the organs systems of the body will help to identify the cause of the skin inflammation and guide the treatment plan.

If you or someone you know is suffering with allergy symptoms right now, don’t wait to get relief. Give us a call today: 503-287-4970 

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GI complaints and our Rising Tide of Food Allergies

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

If you, or someone you love, suffers from gas, bloating, abdominal or digestive problems, skin disruption, chronic inflammation, sinusitis or other persistent infections you may have food allergies.

According to a study released in 2013 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergies among children increased approximately 50% between 1997 and 2011. An estimated 9 million, or 4%, of adults have food allergies with nearly 6 million, or 8%, of children have food allergies with young children affected most.

There are many ways that food allergies can affect someone, with the reactions that happen within minutes- hours being relatively  easy to detect. Unfortunately, some reactions don’t manifest for several hours or even a few days. These are much more difficult to detect. Many people even doubt that their symptoms are caused by food since they don’t fit into the “acute reaction” many of us think of when we think “food allergy”. However,  it is important to recognize that there are many different ways our bodies can react to any given food it is exposed to with gas, bloating, digestive and skin issues being common indicators that a food allergy is hidden in plain view.

Over the course of fifteen years, Nature Cures Clinic has seen many individuals suffering tremendously from the side effects of food allergies and sensitivities who had all but given up hope of feeling better. Many of them having gone through many rounds of testing, GI specialists, treatments and medications… far too often without significant benefit… Until they visit our integrated medical clinic.

When our providers see individuals with digestive complaints, we have them complete diet diaries, then we often guide them through  an elimination/re-introduction diet process.  The results can be truly staggering. Without question, Nature Cures Clinic has found this to be the single most effective “therapy” anyone can utilize. It isn’t a cure-all, but we have seen hundred’s of people’s health improved dramatically once reactive foods have been identified and eliminated.

If you or someone you know is suffering from digestive complaints, please give us a call to discuss your unique situation today: 503-287-4970

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Spring Allergy Relief: Nature Cures HealthChat Podcast

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Dr. Greg Eckel  discuss the spring allergy season, why some people suffer worse than others, and strategies you can use to cut down on your springtime suffering.


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More Listener Questions Answered

Friday, January 29th, 2010

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Portland naturopathic doctors Dr. Greg Eckel answer listener questions regarding H1N1, adrenal glad excess, vitamin A, the peer review system and allergy desensitization shots.

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The Nathuropathic Approach to Food Allergies

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

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In this podcast, Nature Cures Clinic founder Dr. Greg Eckel and colleagues will discuss the topic of food allergies and the impact they have on the body.  They talk about how essentially any symptom that a person is having, whether it be something minor or a chronic sickness, may be caused by something as simple as what they are putting into their mouth.  Some naturopathic approaches that they take to identify potential food allergies in their patients includes things such as an elimination diet, blood and/or saliva testing.  They conclude the podcast with a couple of dramatic patient stories.  One patient responded so well to the elimination diet, that the patient was able to stop taking medication for the symptoms they had been dealing with for almost their entire life!

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What Your Skin Might Be Telling You

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

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In this podcast, Nature Cures Clinic founder Dr. Greg Eckel and colleagues discuss the largest organ in your body, your skin.  They talk about the various symptoms that will manifest on your skin and what could be some of the underlying causes.  They’ll discuss how the conventional world will most likely treat skin conditions, usually with immune system suppression or a topical ointment.  But from a naturopathic perspective, the skin is a picture of some imbalances that are happening within your body.  They’ll discuss ways that they would treat that, as well as give you some great tips on ways that you can prevent or naturally treat skin symptoms that may develop on your body.

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The Naturopathic Approach to Chronic Sinusitis

Sunday, October 22nd, 2006

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In this podcast, Dr. Eckel will explain to you what chronic sinusitis is, as well as the symptoms that are associated with it.  He will discuss what the conventional medicine approach to treating it would be and compare it to the naturopathic approach.

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The Naturopathic Approach to Allergies

Thursday, January 19th, 2006

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In this podcast, Nature Cures Clinic founder, Dr. Greg Eckel and colleaguesdiscuss the various forms of allergies.  They’ll explain the various symptoms that are associated with an allergic reaction, as well as their thoughts on why your body reacts to these allergens in the first place.  They’ll also discuss the differences between how conventional medicine would treat allergies versus the naturopathic way that they are treated.

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