How to treat Viruses in Portland, Oregon

Many have been vulnerable to viruses since the snow has come to the NW. Remember we are always surrounded by germs. It just matters if the ‘submarine’ is breached per se. This happens when our immunity decreases or inflammation increases.

For children viruses are like ‘cleaning the house.’
A child most times comes out ahead to their next developmental step after the virus.

For adults viruses can mean overwhelm or a response to balance over-inflammation. They prevent cancer cells from proliferating.

Julie Foster Nurse Practitioner has 3 suggestions to heal through a virus.

Protect your inner fire of warmth and regain control of your immunity:

1. Wear 3 layers on top.and 2 on the bottom. Keep neck and ears covered when going outdoors. Even place cotton in your ears at bedtime. Wear a silk scarf to sleep. Do not let a draft create a chill. At first sign of virus (a tickle in your throat, sore neck, or just a thought…’Am I getting sick’), drink cup of hot herbal tea, take a hot shower/bath, apply a hot water bottle on the belly or at your feet when you go to bed.

2. Keep bowels loose. Try Natural Calm or Magnelevures once daily or take buffered Vitamin C and take 2 to 7gms to bowel tolerance. Back off the dosing once they have loosened.

3. Take an immunity herbal or homeopathic remedy. Julie Foster has prescribed Biovegetarian with warming herbs to stop the virus or decrease the duration for over 12 years.

At Pohala Clinic – A Place of Healing we can individualize your care plan during your illness. Also consult us or your trusted medical provider before trying a new regimen.

Health is not without Illness. But we can grow stronger in our response to it.

We are always Becoming!

Exercises to Help Improve Memory with Lisa Del Alba, Naturopath in Portland, Oregon

Pohala’s Naturopath Lisa Del Alba brings attention to how exercise can help our memory.

Having trouble with your memory? Are you becoming more and more forgetful? This informative article explains what kind of exercise improves memory, and why. Remembering names and faces, what the boss just asked us to do, or even our own New Year’s Resolutions is far from the only importance ‘memory’ plays for us.

Memory defines our actual being, our ‘higher self’, the meaning we ascribe to our own existence.

Think about it; when you think of who you are as a unique individual, you associate yourself with your own unique set of memories. Remembering something incorrectly can cause real distress in practical and spiritual life. There’a a good reason why ‘Right Memory’ is one step of the Eightfold Path in Buddhist practice!

Here is the article from Time Magazine:

How Exercise May Protect the Brain From Alzheimer’s Disease

Schedule a visit today with Dr. Lisa Del Alba at Pohala Clinic in Portland, Oregon to discuss how you can protect and improve your memory, naturally.

Acupuncture and Chronic Pain Management by Paresh Shelat Naturopath and Licensed Acupuncturist

Paresh Shelat

Need help for chronic pain in Portland, Oregon? At Pohala Clinic, we offer a variety of natural pain relief options with an emphasis on the pain relief benefits of acupuncture.

Did you know that Acupuncture can help alleviate pain from both acute and chronic conditions? Furthermore, Acupuncture continues to prove beneficial on a multitude of levels from physical ailments such as low back pain, neck pain, arthritis, etc. to mental and emotional ailments, such as anxiety, depression, substance abuse, etc).

Please take a moment to read the PubMed article discussing Acupuncture and Morphine in the management of acute pain in the emergency department.

‘This article provides an update on one of the oldest pain relief techniques (acupuncture) that could find a central place in the management of acute care settings. This should be considered especially in today’s increasingly complicated and polymedicated patients to avoid adverse drug reactions.’

Acupuncture vs intravenous morphine in the management of acute pain in the ED.

If you would like help decreasing acute or chronic pain through natural and lifestyle based approaches, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Paresh Shelat.

Call Pohala Clinic (503) 572-4196

 

Primary Care Provider in Portland, Oregon: Julie Foster, Family Nurse Practitioner is a Primary Care Provider

Why are Primary Care Providers so important?

Here are a few things that set PCP’s apart from other health care providers:

  • Primary Care Provider’s are trained to treat the entire person, physically, mentally and emotionally.
  • PCP’s  provide healthcare for all ages…. from infants to geriatrics.
  • PCP’s get to know their patients and their preferences. We make sure to keep your family situations and job pressures in mind when it comes to providing you well rounded health care.
  • PCPs are trained to build a trusting and lasting relationship with you, and work together with you to meet your goals.

At Pohala we have the best kind of PCP’s medicine offers:
Family Nurse Practitioners and Naturopathic Physicians 💼.

Together we have nearly 70 years of experience to manage all your health care needs.

Schedule with any of us!
Julie Foster FNP
Donna London FNP
Vera Vos FNP
Lisa Del Alba ND
Paresh Shelat ND

Call (503) 572-4196

We want to get to know you!

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO FACE YOUR LIFE CHALLENGES ALONE.

Holistic Primary Care: Why does Chicken Soup heal Us? Malia Susee, Acupuncturist in Portland, Oregon

Have you ever thought why Chicken Soup is helpful during a cold or flu? It is more than an old wives tale.

You’ve already fought the cold…and lost. Why would chicken soup help now?

Traditional Chinese Medicine concepts and Cold/Flus:

Traditional Chinese Medicine sees cold and flu viruses as externally contracted “wind invasions,” fought by our Wei, Qi (our body’s protection and defense). Our immune system often elevates our temperature and create mucous to fight viral infection. Fighting makes us tired. We know rest and sleep help us heal. Chicken soup’s ingredients actually speed the healing process.

Healing Properties of Chicken Soup:

You may ask ‘So, what’s in the pot?’

  1. Chicken: In Traditional Chinese Medicine, chicken tonifies, or strengthens, chi (a.k.a. Qi, our vital energy). We lose Qi while fighting viruses. Chicken builds it back!

2.  Water: We also get dehydrated by fever; soup contains the clear fluids we need to replenish our stores and help our bodies flush out metabolic waste.

3.  Salt: In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) theory, salt “softens masses” and therefore, helps thin phlegm. Salt also helps replenish any electrolytes lost while fighting the initial stages of viral infections. Salt also encourages us to drink more water.

4.  Vegetables: Vegetables such as carrots, celery, and onions, provide nutrients our bodies need in an easy-to-digest manner, as they’re fully cooked in the soup! Vegetable fiber, along with salt, and plenty of water, help our bowels efficiently remove waste. In TCM theory, a well-functioning gut makes the body less hospitable to viral and bacterial infections.

Here are some Super-powered soup additions to tailor your healing process:

 5. Fresh Ginger: Fresh ginger releases the exterior (helps fight in early stages) and: disperses cold, strengthens defensive Qi, alleviates vomiting, stops coughing, and transforms phlegm.

6. Citrus peel: Moves Qi in the digestive tract (helping alleviate gas, bloating, and belching) and transforms phlegm.

7. Cinnamon: Releases the exterior and fights chest congestion and cough.

8. Fresh Scallion: Fights early-stage viruses by inducing sweating. Opens nasal passages blocked by cold.

Knowledge is power. This is primary care. So now that you know this, you and your family can better understand why healing through integrative family medicine, naturopathy, are chinese medicine /acupuncture are just basic common sense.

For more help in kicking the cold and flu, schedule an appointment with Malia Susee, L.Ac.. Call (503) 572-4196 today!

What is Greenwashing? from Vera Vos Family Nurse Practitioner in Portland, Oregon

At Pohala we pride ourselves in helping our patients be savvy consumers for their health.

We all know what brainwashing is, right? But have you ever heard of greenwashing?

Greenwashing is a deceptive marketing technique used to make consumers think a product is healthy, environmentally friendly and sustainable.

Regarding nutrition, companies have figured out that healthy food is good for business. Unfortunately, they have also learned that greenwashing, making consumers think it’s healthy is just as beneficial for the bottom line.

The article from The Food Revolution Network explains how to avoid being scammed by “greenwashing”.

Schedule an appointment with Vera Vos FNP to learn more about choosing healthy options for your lifestyle and nutrition.

Call (503) 572-4196

Nutritional Cleanse with Nurse Practitioners, Vera Vos and Julie Foster in Portland, Oregon

 

Would you like to get in sync with your body’s natural rhythms?

All the way back to ancient times whether by circumstance or choice it is intuitively right for us to cleanse twice a year, Spring or Fall.

Cleansing will increase your energy, reduce inflammation and improve your overall health? Join us on March 13th 2019 and learn more about using a whole foods cleanse to increase vitality and help the body naturally heal. Cleanses help us with countless health complaints such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, anxiety and brain fog.

Join Pohala’s Integrative Nurse Practitioners, Julie Foster NP and Vera Vos NP to discover how a nutritional cleanse program can help you get back on a path to health. They will discuss the benefits of a whole foods cleanse, explain the process and answer your questions.

Is a Cleanse Right for You?

If you want more energy, would like to improve your blood sugar, reduce belly fat, reduce the need for cholesterol and blood pressure medications or simply want to see how a change in diet can benefit your life, a cleanse is a good place to start.

Common benefits/side effects of our cleanse programs include:

– Weight loss
– Improved elimination and sleep
– Improved blood work (especially lipid profiles and blood pressure)
– Decreased aches, pains, and inflammation
– Healthier and better looking skin
– More energy

Julie & Vera can also answer your questions on how a whole foods cleanse compares to Whole 30, Paleo, a ketogenic diet, intermittent fasting and plant based diets.

When: Wednesday, March 13th, 2019
Time: 6-7p
Location: Pohala Clinic/Portland, Oregon
Cost: Free and registration is required as space is limited.
503-572-4196

We hope you can join us and start the journey towards a healthy and energetic body in 2019 and beyond.

Julie and Vera combine many years of experience of Nutrition and Lifestyle education. Come hear their personal stories of nutritional cleansing applying safe, natural methods to increase health and vitality. Our methods are non surgical and are drug free.

Please email aleena@pohalaclinic.com or call Pohala (503) 572-4196 today to reserve a space for yourself. Feel free to bring a friend.

Mahalo,

Pohala- A Place of Healing

Chronic Pain Management with Julie Foster Nurse Practitioner in Portland, Oregon

Pohala Clinic Client Julie A. Fast talks about working with Julie Foster for chronic pain management help.

“Managing chronic pain is more than medications. It’s about lifestyle changes and helping a person find natural ways to exercise and work with the pain in order to have a functional life.” 

 

I’ve worked with nurse practitioner Julie Foster as my primary care physician in Portland, Oregon for over ten years. During this time, she has helped me through a variety of sport related injuries that eventually led to a problem with chronic pain.  With her help, I have regular body treatments from various processionals,  have worked on my diet and eventually got my pain under control.  Julie’s advice is always specific. We talk about sleep and natural treatments. We use homeopathic remedies and acupuncture and well.

 

She reminds me that what I put in my body will be reflected in how my body responds to injuries. I know this and am working on it daily.

I want to share my story with others who are looking for help with chronic pain so that they can hopefully work with Julie in finding a plan that works in all areas of life.

Chronic pain is with me daily. I know that without my own way of dealing with the ups and downs of energy I experience depending on my pain levels, I will have a tough time in life.

 

Do You Need Help with Chronic Pain? 

We all need a plan to help us get on with life, even when the pain makes it difficult to get out of bed. I consider myself half way through this journey of getting my body back to where it was before I had my biking accident. This is something I love about working with Julie Foster. She gives me time. There is no judgement when I tell her I’m still having trouble with sugar and there is always a celebration when I am able to better follow her advice. Her patience with me has allowed me to find help for chronic pain that got me out of my special anti gravity chair and back in the world.

 

Julie taught me that chronic pain can have a life of its own. I need to be aware of what is real in my body and what is being created by my overloaded brain.  Julie often says, “The body and mind often trade off. The mind gives us trouble and when we have this figured out, the body then sends us a message that there is still more work to do. Eventually, balance happens when the mind and the body are healthy at the same time.”

 

This is my goal. Julie allows me to be human.  When I am not able to follow the diet in a way that I know will help, she reminds me that the next day is another chance to make better choices. This has allowed me to learn more about what I need. My weight has stabilized and I am now working on finding an eating plan that helps with the pain in general. This includes the following:

 

  1. Night shades such as tomatoes and chili peppers cause an immediate flare in my body. Stopping my favorite Mexican and Thai dishes has not been easy, but for now, I am very conscious of my night shade intake and it is helping greatly.

2. Movement. Chronic pains tells us that we can’t move. This is rarely the case. Even someone like myself with multiple injuries can move.

3.  White sugar.  Julie once said to me, “Julie, the fat that is created on the body from sugar consumption becomes its own organ. It can become yet another source of pain.”  When I am free from white sugar, even for a week, my pain levels go down greatly.

4. Medication pain management.  My goal is to be pain medication free.  To do this, I continue to work with Julie and the other practitioners in my life who are helping me change my diet and work on my specific injuries.

Without Julie, this would be too overwhelming. With her, I am reminded that I can get my body healthy again. It takes a team and Julie is an important part of that team.

 

 

Julie A. Fast

 

To book a time with Julie Foster or one of our Pohala Practitioners, please call the Pohala Clinic and let the receptionist know that Julie A. Fast referred you!

 

Julie Foster Accepts Executive Committee Chair Position for the Nurse Practitioners of Oregon / Independent Practice Business Owners Group

A note from Nurse Practitioner Julie Foster:

I accepted the Executive Committee Chair position for Nurse Practitioners of Oregon / Independent Practice Business Owners (‘Wow, that is a mouthful) this month.

With our difficult to navigate healthcare system in the United States,  I am passionate about practicing medicine that is personalized and humane. Being in private practice and owning my business for 12 yrs has allowed for freedom around this process. All of the providers at Pohala are also independent providers.

Collectively we share the vision of a healthy planet with healthy people.

When I went out on my own,  I answered an inner calling  and found myself in the position of being a health care provider and an entrepreneur. Many nurse practitioners and natural providers are also in the business of medicine. 

I have learned and grown endlessly. I love medicine and discovering all the ways we HEAL as individuals and as the collective.

Nurse Practitioners are smart, emotionally strong and as warmhearted as needed during the most wrenching life events for those we serve.

This new position with the Nurse Practitioners of Oregon / Independent Practice Business Owners Group allows me to stay in touch with the changes in our health care world.  It is my goal to give back to the community and work with fellow nurse practitioners to create healthy individuals and communities empowered to live into their purpose.

🌺

Julie 

Help from Acupuncture in Portland, Oregon with Malia Susee

 

Pohala Clinic focuses on the whole body experience for every client.  Whether you visit a practitioner for a specific illness, a check up or for chronic pain, our providers specialize in treating the body, mind and the spirit. Acupuncturist Malia Susee embodies this philosophy.

If this is your first time with an acupuncturist, Malia explains the philosophy behind her work and how she came to practice the ancient healing and chi balancing technique.

I have always had a love of language, learning, and travel. Along with this, I harbor a fascination with the human body’s anatomy, physiology, and energetic potential. I was a student of martial arts and yoga when my yoga teacher invited me to become her apprentice. She suggested I take a course in Anatomy and Physiology first– and when I did, “my hair caught fire,” (not really, but I became utterly engrossed!). I had received acupuncture on many occasions and found it helpful and curative. I realized that I could make this my life’s work. Once I looked into the education and practice of Oriental Medicine, I never looked back!

Visiting Malia is a relaxing and expanding experience. For those used to acupuncture, taking the pulse, looking at the tongue and asking questions about behaviors of the body will be natural. But when it’s your first time, it can feel like a new world. One filled with possibilities and healing.  Seeking the natural approach to a healthy mind and body is one process Malia loves sharing with her clients. Her goal as a health care professional is to actively listen and work with a person to find out a plan that helps the body find balance, healthy internal function and freedom from pain. She continues, “I want to understand what my patient is experiencing and wants to achieve, health-wise, and to use Traditional Chinese Medicine to not only develop a treatment plan, but to start treatment, on the table, at that visit.”

Malia treats many people who have chronic pain along with joint and muscle dysfunction, but she also has deep clinical experience addressing a patient’s hormonal and emotional imbalances, addictions, respiratory illnesses, strokes, concussions and traumatic injuries.

Malia is available for appointments at Pohala clinic on Monday through Thursday. Please call the Pohala Clinic office for her schedule.

Malia loves the challenge of helping people reach their health goals through balancing the energy of the body and the mind.  Acupuncture provides relief for menopause hot flashes, anxiety, insomnia, addiction, colds, stroke, concussions, traumatic injuries, migraines, cramps and more.

Visit Malia and learn about acupuncture and how it can help you find relief and the health needed to live a stable and happy life.