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Friday, November 7th, 2014
Well it’s that time of year again. We are in the final countdown to years end (I can’t believe we are in November already!) with all kinds of healthcare changes. Perhaps you’ve met your deductible, your out of pocket max or you have a flex spending or health savings account that doesn’t roll over. Now is the time to take care of your health (and use those dollars you have put aside for yourself).
We are heading into the dark months and the holidays, now is the time to get ahead of the game. Come in and get your health evaluated, get a plan to keep the holiday weight off, get established on an exercise plan, get your blood work evaluated, you get the picture, come in!
As I’m sure you’ve read, we have welcomed Sarieah Macdonald, CNM into our practice. I am really excited to be offering truly integrative care. I’ve always talked about patient centered care, were east meets west, we’ve got it all under one roof here at Nature Cures!
With the holidays approaching the office will be closed on Thanksgiving and the day after, additionally we will be closed Wednesday December 25th through Tuesday January 2nd. We have a lot in store for you in this next year, why not get started now. Come in and use it or lose it, deductibles renew next year, get that work done now.
Come in for a complimentary consult and discuss what your health concerns or goals are and let’s see if what we do may be helpful for you and your health concern!
Wednesday, January 15th, 2014
Isn’t it crazy how fast time seems to pass? Summer is here then gone – fall and winter blend together and before you know it there are buds coming out on the trees and spring is here! We think we have all the time in the world because we have 6 months stretched out before us, and then – poof! – it’s gone. It’s something to think about when you have a summer event coming up that you want to look and feel your best for…say a family reunion? Or a wedding? Your good health and vibrancy is often a progressive endeavor and to do it right requires desire, discipline and most importantly – time. The most common cause of stress for people is toxicity in the body. Environmental pollutants, food allergies, pharmaceutical meds and even too many unnecessary supplements can create significant imbalance in the body resulting in hormone imbalance, brain fog, fatigue, irritability and overall lack of feeling good. Most of us have experienced these symptoms and have had the thought “I should feel better than this” or commonly “I’m way too young to feel this way.”
You’re right! And we can help! But you have to decide to start….
How to start? We recommend that everyone do a supervised liver detoxification at least twice a year. Incorporating Infrared Sauna therapy is a fabulous addition to any detox as a way to remove heavy metals from the body – one of the most effective and pleasant ways to do this! Further, If you haven’t taken the time to find out what potential food allergies you have then we recommend that as a vital part of any comprehensive detox and weight loss program. Food intolerance is a major source of imbalance and consequent weight gain – this information is so important!
Finally – and very importantly – you need to know where your opportunities are at the beginning. Having a thorough health exam by a primary care practitioner should be your number one priority! We offer a truly integrative health care service by having our own Certified Nurse Midwife in the clinic, Sarieah Macdonald, who will provide you with the foundation of knowledge you need in order to take charge of your health. If you haven’t been in for awhile or haven’t had blood work, now is the time to schedule in with your provider, we’d love to see you and continue to ensure you are maintaining at optimal wellness.
Thursday, December 6th, 2012
Often I see patients suffering from post-concussive and post-TBI syndromes that have been told by their physicians that there’s nothing more they can do. One or two years have passed, and their chronic condition is just something they should accept and learn to live with.
I’m offering a different message. CONTINUE FOCUSSING ON THE HEALING!! There are many ways to support your nervous system and improve brain function. Some of my best results have come with patients that are two plus years post-injury.
The brain is constantly reorganizing and regenerating the terrain. Think of a map where city lines are defined by activity, business, and the amount of people moving into the area. If a city like Portland, Oregon is desirable, people move there and the city grows. As a result it takes up more space on the map. The brain works in a similar way. What you focus on, your daily activities and repetitive movements and thoughts, all define your brain map. If you are focussing on specific exercises that generate more balance, more cross-hemispheric integration, the brain will respond by appropriating more space for these functions. As a result these skills improve.
There are other factors affecting this growth process. Just like a growing city, the brain must have the building blocks necessary to create the infrastructure for growth. That is why you must include NUTRITION as part of a brain-restorative program. The combination of FOCUS and ATTENTION together with the right balance of NUTRIENTS results in the restoration of FUNCTION.
If you are not seeing restoration of function, then continue looking for guidance in your rehabilitation process.
Here at Nature Cures Clinic, in downtown Portland, we have an extensive Brain Recovery Program involving many modules of care, including nutrition, acupuncture, IV nutrient support and Qi Gong. I’m seeing excellent results with patients immediately after injury as well as with chronic recalcitrant cases of post TBI and post concussive syndrome. Acupuncture provides relief for pain, muscle spasticity, mood disorders, and insomnia. Qi Gong offers movement exercises to generate better balance and cross-hemispheric integration. IV nutrition allows us to bring therapeutic doses of antioxidants and metabolic support directly to the brain to assure it has the building blocks for growth and healing of neurons.
My hope is that more people with traumatic brain injury (TBI) know about these options for recovery.
I’m currently building a network of practitioners in the Portland area dedicated to generating more awareness of rehabilitation options for patients with TBI. Practitioners, please contact me to discuss a cross-referral network in the greater Portland area.
Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
Most of my patients know that I am a fan of auricular acupuncture – needling acupuncture points in the ear. Many have squirmed when told that I’m heading for their ears next. “My ears?! But I don’t have any ear problems.” Well rest assured, dear patients, there IS a method to my madness. Auricular points are used for far more than treating ear problems. Like the hand or foot in traditional reflexology, the ear is a microsystem representing your entire body. There are points on your ears for everything, from your neck and back, to your liver and heart. There are even a few points for your ears on your ears!
We in the needle poking biz view the ear as an upside down fetus. The head is imaged on the earlobe, with the spine extending up the curve of the ear. The number of auricular points and exact imaging varies slightly between acupuncture styles, but all in all, the inverted fetus reference is widely accepted. Because the entire body is represented on the ear, ear points provide an effective way to treat areas that may be difficult to access, depending on a patient’s position or mobility. They are also ideal when the area you’re targeting is too sensitive to needle directly, such as a surgery site or fracture. In fact, there are practitioners who successfully treat their patients needling ONLY ear points. And here’s a fun fact: The “eye point”, located in the center of the earlobe, happens to be the point traditionally pierced for earrings, and rumor has it, that is not a coincidence. Pirates began piercing that point long ago to improve their vision when scanning the horizon for land or ships. It seems that even the sea bandits were microsystem- savvy!
In addition to needling auricular points, applying ear seeds, or beads, to the points is another powerful way to treat the body. The seeds vary in style from actual plant seeds to tiny metal beads, which are taped over specific points. The tape provides enough pressure to maintain light acupressure on the selected points, and to enhance their effect, I teach patients how to squeeze the seeds for stronger stimulation when needed. They can be left in for 1-2 weeks at a times, and allow for treatment to continue long after leaving the clinic.
I find auricular acupuncture to be as fascinating as it is effective. Who’d have guessed that you can relieve hip pain by squeezing your ear! So the next time I’m poking around in your ear, ask me what point I’m needling. You may be surprised to find that you will feel changes in the related area of your body.
Saturday, January 15th, 2011
I used to work at a gym. Checking people in, passing out towels, making small talk. January at the gym was fascinating. Membership instantly quadrupled, as folks catapulted themselves into their New Year’s fitness resolutions. Endless lines formed for the cardio machines. Yogis wrestled for mat space in surprisingly unZen-like fashion. Fat burners and protein powder flew off the shelves and personal trainers packed their schedules.
But by mid February, the “resolutionaries” quietly dissipated. Part of me was relieved to see the crowds thin, but a bigger part was sad, knowing that most of those who had stopped coming had given up the ghost. I don’t think they quit for lack of want, but rather support. When real life began to overshadow their fragile new routines, they didn’t have the backing to encourage them along, offer guidance and ease the discomfort that often accompanies change.
Now, as a care provider, I have the privilege of helping others make changes, both big and small, to improve their wellbeing. Take the standard goal of dropping a few pounds. Most people wanting to lose weight are battling food cravings and low energy. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs work wonders for improving digestion and reducing stress — two key players when battling cravings. And that sluggish, foggy-headed, heavy-limbed feeling that’s been interfering with your hopes of working out? That’s a perfect example of “qi stagnation.”
Our “qi”, or “chi”, is the vital energy flowing through our body. It makes our heart beat and our synapses fire. When our qi gets bogged down and begins to stagnate, we feel it everywhere. We lose our pep, that spring in our step and gleam in our eye. Digestion becomes less efficient, focus and clarity wanes, and we find ourselves sinking into the couch with a bowl of ice cream, instead of hitting the gym.
Acupuncture assists our qi in flowing smoothly again. Prodding it along, until eventually it resumes a balanced, healthy pace, and that foggy feeling begins to lift.
A cleanse is another killer means of boosting your energy, metabolism and spirits. What better way to kick off the New Year, than by detoxing all of the crud you accumulated in 2010. While a cleanse may be intimidating to do on your own, consider having a support team to guide you through the process. With your help, we’ll formulate a plan to ensure that the process suites your lifestyle. We’ll work to minimize detox side effects, such as hunger and low energy, and enhance your body’s cleansing abilities. As a practitioner, few things are more exciting than watching a patient on a cleanse. The effects are visible. Bloating melts away, the skin begins to glow, energy peaks, your eyes dramatically brighten. With a little planning, acupuncture, nutritional support, and cheerleading, you’ll be popping out of bed with newfound energy, and bypassing the coffee and pastries without a second thought.
Long story short, enlisting a support team is the most effective way to ensure that your goals are attained. Share your plans with others, so that you’ll be held accountable for your actions. Plan ahead. When you foresee irritability, withdrawal headaches or sleeplessness in your future, get some acupuncture treatments on the books. When your legs get achy from covering those miles, get a massage.
All in all, there are plenty of ways to spoil yourself and maintain momentum as you make a change for the better. So whether you made an official New Year’s resolution or not, take this time to focus on your wellbeing, realize your body’s potential, and know that you’re not in it alone.
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Wednesday, September 8th, 2010
Tags: Acupuncture, Breast cancer, Cancer side effects, Chinese medicine, leukemia, lymphoma, Myeloma, nausea, oncology, Pain, vomiting
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Wednesday, August 4th, 2010
Tags: Acupuncture, alternative heart failure treatment, CHF, heart failure, natural heart failure treatment, naturopathic heart failure treatment
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Sunday, August 1st, 2010
Summer First Aid podcast
Dr. Greg Eckel give you some ideas and tips for dealing with bumps, bruises, scrapes, and sunburns during the active summer months, and give you a list of things to include in your summer first aid kit. View the video version of this podcast at the Nature Cures Clinic video page.
Acupuncture improves exercise tolerance of patients with heart failure: a placebo-controlled pilot study [abstract]
Friday, June 25th, 2010
Tags: Acupuncture, Alternative medicine, CHF, Chinese medicine, chronic heart failure, Exercise, Naturopathic medicine
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Saturday, May 1st, 2010
Tags: Acupuncture, aging, Alternative medicine, Back pain, chiropractic, chronic pain, massage, natural medicine, Naturopathic medicine
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Wednesday, April 28th, 2010
A recent study has shown that acupuncture is effective in reducing vasomotor symptoms in post-menopausal women.
Tags: Acupuncture, alternative hot flashes treatment, hot flashes, menopause, natural hot flashes treatment, naturopathic hot flashes treatment, postmenopausal, vasomotor symptoms
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Monday, March 29th, 2010
After only one session of acupuncture, twenty patients who had suffered from dental phobia were able to have their dental treatment.
British Fertility Society Issues New Guidelines On The Use Of Acupuncture And Chinese Herbal Medicine In Fertility Treatment, UK
Wednesday, March 10th, 2010
The results of 14 trials involving 2,670 patients have shown that acupuncture did not have a significant impact on successful fertility treatment.
Tags: Acupuncture, alternative infertility treatment, fertility treatment, in-vitro fertilization, naturopathic fertility treatment, naturopathic infertility treatment
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Sunday, March 7th, 2010
According to a recent study published in the Journal of Patient Safety, the use of non-traditional pain management therapies such as acupuncture, acupressure, massage therapy, healing touch, music therapy, aromatherapy and reflexology were able to reduce post surgical pain by more than 50 percent among several patient populations.
Tags: acupressure, Acupuncture, alternative pain management, aromatherapy, massage, music therapy, reflexology, surgery pain
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Friday, February 26th, 2010
Studies show that seventy-seven percent of cancer patients who incorporate complementary approaches believe it improves their quality of life, and seventy-three percent say it makes them feel hopeful.
Tags: Acupuncture, alternative cancer treatment, anxiety, cancer treatment, chemo, natural cancer treatment, naturopathic cancer treatment, Nutrition, Pain, radiation, stress
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