Thyroid Dysfunction

As an integrated medical clinic, the approach our providers take to thyroid dysfunction is multifaceted and varied, just like the individuals who we see. Thyroid dysfunction can present in many forms. Hypothyroidism, having too little thyroid function, and hyperthyroidism, too much thyroid function, are two firms if well known thyroid disease. While we at Nature Cures Clinic utilize […]

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Understanding Pain Management Alternatives

This article first appeared in the Winter 2011 edition of Trial Lawyer magazine, the quarterly journal of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association.   Motivating patients in chronic pain poses a challenging dilemma for most physicians. Pain has become the fifth vital sign and in the day and age of pain management, it is expected that […]

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Do you know what Yin is?

  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 […]

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Vitamin D, what it is, how do I get it & what does it do?

According to a 2012 study, nearly 50% of the worldwide population is deficient in “Vitamin D” ( 25-hydroxy-Vitamin D or calcidiol), which is technically not a vitamin at all, but is a “pre-hormone”, a biologically inactive glandular secretory product, having little or no biologic activity, that is converted to an active hormone. Vitamin D is produced in the skin through […]

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Metabolic Syndrome, Syndrome X, Insulin Resistance Syndrome

About: Metabolic syndrome, also called “syndrome X” or “insulin resistance syndrome”, is the name for a group of risk factors- habits, conditions, or genetic influences, that act together to raise your risk for heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Symptoms: Because Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors, rather than a disease, it can often […]

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Supplement use, safety and how to get a good product

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 […]

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Integrated approach to migraine care

  Migraine is a chronic pain condition of the brain. For more information about migraine, please see our article on it here. Symptoms: Migraine pain can be very different from person to person or episode to episode. Common features are extreme head pain, light and/or sound sensitivity, nausea, vomiting. For some people the head pain […]

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Migraines

Migraine is a common pain disorder of the brain affecting approximately 12% of the general population. Women have migraine more frequently than men and migraine’s are most common in ages 30-40years. Migraine is often common within families, suggesting a genetic or familial link. Causes:While the specific and unique causes of migraine are not yet fully […]

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What is IV Chelation?

As an integrated medical clinic we are often asked about IV Chelation in support of elimination of heavy metals (lead, cadmium, mercury, arsenic). What it is: Chelation is a chemical process in which a substance is used to bind molecules, such as metals or minerals, and hold them tightly so that they can be removed […]

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Portland Lead Crisis: Lead in our children’s water, what now?

With the revelations about Portland Public Schools lead contamination, we are fielding fevered calls from parents concerned about what they do now that their children have been exposed to lead. In brief these are the steps we take for lead exposure in children, as recommended by the CDC: Find and eliminate the source of lead. Find […]

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Lead in our drinking water: what are the risks and what do I do now?

Lead in our drinking water is all over the news; from Flint, Michigan to Portland,OR Public Schools! It can be easily overwhelming worrying about the risks of lead exposure, knowing where to find “good” information on recognizing the symptoms and- perhaps most important of all- knowing what to do about the exposure you are at […]

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Hot Flash or Heart Attack?

Did you know that heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States and that more women than men die from heart disease each year?  You may not know that it is also a leading cause of disability among women.   How can this be?  Typically thought of as a male disease, […]

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IV Chelation: Beneficial Treatment for heart disease

As an integrated medical clinic doing IV chelation benefiting hundred’s of patients from across the country, we are always pleased to see research studying chelation. In 2012, the NIH released results of a research study on EDTA IV Chelation. This highly respected research study was a placebo-controlled, double-blind design that included 1,708 participants aged 50 years and older with a […]

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Holistic Care for Mental Health: Key Nutrients you may be missing

As an integrated, holistic medical clinic, our approach to mental health issues takes many shapes. One of the areas we focus on in the care & support of mental health issues, commonly overlooked in more traditional clinics, is the role of nutrition & diet. The role of nutrients, key elements our body needs and gets […]

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Skin Health: Looking Deeper

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 […]

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