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Low FODMAPS diet

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Here is a bit of information about the low FODMAP diet as we discussed in the newsletter.

A low FODMAP diet involves elimination of a larger number of high FODMAP foods that would not be excluded in a diet that only required avoidance of gas-producing foods (eg, foods that contain fructose, including honey, high-fructose corn syrup, apples, pears, mangoes, cherries, or oligosaccharides, including wheat).

Low FODMAP education consists of initially eliminating FODMAPs from the diet for six to eight weeks and then, following symptom resolution, gradual reintroduction of foods high in fermentable carbohydrates to determine individual tolerance to specific fermentable carbohydrates.

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High Intensity Workouts- PACE

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

High Intensity Workouts- PACE instructions

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Chinese new year, Fire rooster, 2017

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

It is the year of the Fire Rooster!

January 28 marked the start of the Chinese New Year, also known as the Start of Spring Day, according to the traditional Chinese calendar.

2017 is a Yin Fire Red Rooster year. If last year’s unpredictable Fire Monkey left you feeling ungrounded, this year’s Fire Rooster may help balance that by giving your life more direction with its practicality and problem solving abilities.

What does the Year of the Rooster mean according to Chinese medicine?

Two of the five elements are associated with 2017: fire and metal.

In Chinese medicine fire dominates metal, leaving it susceptible to a weakened state. Therefore it will be important to support the organ systems associated with metal: the immune system, the skin, and the lungs. Because fire is not being checked by metal, it will be important to be aware of cardiac and digestive health, as the organs associated with fire are the heart and small intestine.

Emotional self-care and mindful meditation will be important this year. Grief and anger are emotions associated with metal and fire respectively, and may be highlighted for some of us. The opposition of fire and metal could open up potential for conflict, so it will be especially important to focus on and embrace the love, joy and compassion that are also associated with the fire element. It will be an ideal time to celebrate what is positive in our lives and focus on goals and achievements as well as a balance in life, relationships, and health.

A person’s birth year determines their animal in the Chinese zodiac. Each year’s animal is believed to parallel the characteristics of those born in that year. The rooster’s years include 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981 and 1969.

People born in a Rooster year have the general characteristics of being confident, charismatic and driven toward success in career and academics. These independent, driven Roosters are social people who are known to strut their stuff while out and about, and may be admired by those around them for their capabilities and intelligence. Detail oriented and with high standards, they are the ones to take their tasks to completion at the highest level.

The fire-driven Rooster may need to be reminded to take it easy rather than to take control and to thwart others’ paths, though their intense drive contributes to their being the most dependable of friends. They are punctual, much like their namesake animal whose call signals the new day.

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Do you know what Yin is?

Monday, December 19th, 2016



Happy Solstice! It’s a time for seasonal transformation, and brings to mind the insights of the ancient Chinese philosophy of medicine, specifically the concept of Yin and Yang. Its influence can be found and expressed in all aspects of life, and help us to understand nature, the body, health and disease. It is all about balance.
It is believed that the first perception of Yin and Yang was based on experiencing night and day. Activity and daytime were recognized as Yang, while rest and night time became known as Yin. Similar perceptions were applied to the sun and moon, dry and wet, hot and cold, external and internal, fire and water, above and below.
Each of these cycles fade into and out of each other repeatedly, the alternation of Yin and Yang drives change and development of all things in nature. Spring can be viewed like dawn or yang within yin, and autumn like dusk, or yin within yang.
Yin and Yang are relative, in that things are only one or the other in relation to something else. There cannot be activity without rest, wellness without sickness, happiness without sadness. This is why in the Yin-Yang symbol there is light within the dark and dark within the light. One depends on the other producing change and growth, like when leaves fall in the forest in autumn and decay in the winter producing flowers in spring.
The Nei Jing, one of the main classical Chinese medicine texts says: “Spring is the beginning of things, when the energy should be kept open and fluid; summer opens up further into an exchange or communication between internal and external energies; in the fall it is important to conserve; finally, the winter is dominated by the storage of energy.”
Understanding the inter-transformation of nature can help us to understand our needs, find our balance, and prevent disease or burnout. Balance is prevention, both in our physical and mental health. When yin or yang are out of balance, they affect each other and will achieve a new relationship (i.e. more yin leads to decreased yang and vice versa), which is actually an imbalance.
In winter we can embrace the interdependence of yin and yang around and within us. Yin is conservation and storage while yang is transformation and change. One helps to achieve the other. This applies to moments, days, weeks, and seasons.
To stay in balance, find moments to get in touch with yin during this yin time of year while socially during the holidays we go at a yang pace. Find a moment of stillness or meditation on a hectic day, for example. Feeling dark, heavy or down? Light candles in the house, wear brighter or warmer colors, cultivate a delicious soup. Especially around the solstice when yin and yang are fading into and out of each other, know that we are in the natural cycle of things, all necessary for transformation of change of all living things.
Finally, remember that the underlying principle of acupuncture is balance. In addition to the moments and actions that we find on our own, getting regular acupuncture balances the energy flowing within us that often gets stuck as a result of daily life and stress.

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Supplement use, safety and how to get a good product

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

We often get requests from people with questions about supplements, most often supplements they’ve prescribed themselves, bought online, or had a friend or family member recommend.

When we get such requests, we encourage them to schedule to come in for a “supplement audit”. During such audits, supplements are brought in and you review them together with one of our providers. We look at what is being taken, why it’s being taken, dosage taken, when and for how long it’s been taken and we answer any questions that may come up. You do not need to be a patient to request a supplement audit. Please contact the clinic for cost & availability.

As many patients know about us at Nature Cures Clinic, we hold a fairly conservative view on supplement use. We see it as our job, as integrated medical providers, to provide guidance, support and direction in their use because it can be very difficult to determine what a good, safe, effective supplement is, how much to take,  or where to get it.

Here is a basic overview of our recommendations on supplement use. As with all elements of medicine, please do not initiate or discontinue a supplement, nutricutical or medication without the support of your medical health provider.

General Advice for Safe Supplement Use:

1) use sparingly & in the lowest effective doses : As integrated medicine experts, we are equally skeptical about those pushing pharmaceuticals as we are those pushing nutraceuticals. If you have been told or read online that you need handfuls of supplements every day, please give us a call. There may be better options for you.

2) be of the highest quality as verified by independent or 3rd party testing:  Not all supplements or nutraceuticals are created equally. You want to ensure what you think is in the supplement really is, in the quantities and forms listed. You also want to trust that what you think isn’t in there- actually isn’t (like Mercury). We review supplement reports from independent labs, subscribe to professional quality assurance groups and recommend consumer-friendly organizations to our patients. Have questions about your supplements? Give us a call.

3)be free of additives, fillers, coloring and non-nutrient agents: The saying is too often true: you really do “get what you pay for”. Generally, the cheaper the supplement, the more fillers, coloring agents and other non-nutrient additives you are getting. It costs more to make supplements without added fillers. It also costs more to produce vitamins and minerals in forms that are optimally utilized by the body.

4) Be a cautious consumer and find a trusted source for advice before purchasing:  “Dr. Google” is all too often used as a source for supplement recommendations. Self-prescribing supplements and other remedies comes with some risks, most importantly- your health is unique, just because a supplement was good for someone you know, doesn’t mean it will be good for you. Before you buy consult. If you don’t know who to call, give us a ring.

A note from us: The supplements we use, prescribe and sell at Nature Cures Clinic, are done so for convenience for patients and to ensure patients have available what we recommend. Many of our patients have heard us say “we don’t care where you get it, we care what you get”. We stand by this statement out of integrity to our patients and community.

If you would like to schedule a supplement Audit with one of our providers, please give us a call 503-287-4970 to schedule.

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“Simply put; They make me feel better.”

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

I was pretty weak, sick and scared when I first started my treatments at Nature’s Cures Clinic, but the kind and personal treatment I have received has brought my health back around pretty dramatically.  Everyone I have encountered there is friendly, professional and brimming with a passion for their work, armed with vast expertise in a multitude of healing arts.

Simply put; They make me feel better.

xoxo Storm Large

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“I felt like I have wasted years of my life with other physicians…”

Friday, April 20th, 2007

“I felt like I have wasted years of my life with other physicians, but I am very blessed to have found the entire Nature Cures family. I’m sure I am not telling you anything you don’t know already and hear from others all the time, but they are also just great people too. I value their medical skills and knowledge as much as their warm, genuine and friendly souls.”

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Friday, April 20th, 2007

“Natures Cures clinic is great. They are very attentive and do everything possible to get you where you want to be. I am experiencing a healthy more normal “me” because of the clinic. Thank you”

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Friday, April 20th, 2007

“You all have been wonderful! I couldn’t have asked for a better blessing than NCC!”

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Friday, April 20th, 2007

“I have never felt like a physician, not to mention an entire clinic’s staff, was immediately invested in my health and well being and cared about me, like I have at Nature Cures.  I couldn’t be happier.”

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Friday, April 20th, 2007

“Our family has sought care through Nature Cures Clinic on a wide range of needs. We’ve gotten the best of treatment and positive results on everything, from children’s diet to resolving an old and “hopeless” shoulder condition. Thank you!”

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Friday, April 20th, 2007

“Nature Cures Clinic has saved my life.  It is the first time that I have felt like my health needs are being addressed and my concerns are being heard. The time spent and the education provided every time I am in is so pleasant and invaluable.  I’ve sent all of my family!”

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Friday, April 20th, 2007

“THANK YOU so much for putting on the Foundations class. I came home and my fiancee asked how the class was.  My reply: life changing. I feel so empowered to go put your tips and ideas into practice and I am going to throw out my granulated sugar once and for all. I want to know more and find out ways to keep us healthy through healthy eating habits. Thank you so much and I look forward to future classes.”

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