Nettle Tea with Julie Foster

A rainy, walk last week in Oregon. I was able to collect Nettles. 🌿🌱Additionally, Horsetail, Ferns, Trillium and endless medicine surrounded me in the Forest.

Nettles:
1. Tea for Iron Deficiency and Blood Building.
2. Nettle vinegar for base of salad dressings and drinking vinegar eases digestion.
3. Add to soups
4. Saute with veggies.

My sweet rescue dog🐕 Shasta was curious about them too.

Just finished a cup🍵 of Nettle Tea. Yum!!!!

– Julie Foster

The Courage to Heal with Nurse Practitioner Julie Foster

Last night met by my endearing Anthroposophic colleagues 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️ who travelled to stay with me, then to wake up at 4am and travel to New York for a week of training.

One theme is to discuss the Courage 🦁 to Heal. I think it relates to…

1. What does it mean as a Healer to show up for a person to invite a space for healing to happen?

2. How can patients too have the Courage to stand in the face of anything and be brave enough to Heal?

What healing means to one person can mean something else to another. 🌸

We will cover topics for women’s health, chronic illness, and one of my favorite teachings on the Alchemy of the 7 Sacred Metals for healing. All of this in the context of holistic medicine.

Did you know that the word Anthroposophy means Human in Divine Wisdom? And furthermore the Divine Sophia (Feminine) Wisdom. Why does that matter? When we can know ourselves and be guided in such a higher force of Divine Wisdom then we may become or see our full human potential.

Anthroposophy gives me a lens to view the cosmos and all its facets for healing. We focus on what makes us healthy (salutogenesis). Out of this true healing is possible. My practice is guided in part by these approaches.

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– Julie Foster

 

New Mental Health Practitioner at Pohala helps with Depression, Anxiety, Psychosis, Schizophrenia in Portland, Oregon

Tyler Mostul

Pohala would like to introduce Tyler Mostul, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.  This allows him to address various mental health challenges through medication management as well as therapy.  He graduated from Yale School of Nursing, and completed a residency at the San Francisco Veteran’s Hospital.  He is an unique psychiatric prescriber in that he is openly critical of psychiatry and psychiatric medications.  This does not mean that he does not support the usage of medications, it means that he is intricately aware of the risks involved in doing so. He feels it is his job to thoroughly discuss the risks and benefits of using psychiatric medications in order to help you feel fully informed of the options you have in addressing your concerns.  

 

He has particular interests in helping people be on the least amount of psychiatric medications as possible in order to reduce the risk of potential negative impacts they can have, and he has an understanding of the potential challenges with psychiatric drug withdrawal and medication tapering.  He also has interests in working with people in therapy who have experiences that have been labeled as psychosis or schizophrenia. He values and enjoys taking sufficient time in connecting with his clients and working together to figure out how to best achieve your goals.

 

There are several guiding principles he uses in his practice:

– People are inherently good

– We do the best we can under the conditions we are given

– Often the conditions we find ourselves in are extremely stressful, and this significantly affects our experience in the world.  

– Under extreme stress, we often do things we would not normally do.  These behaviors may seem irrational, but when seen in the larger context, they are understandable and reasonable.   

– Mental health symptoms are often a message to us, which if understood and learned from, have the potential to liberate us from our suffering.  

 

He acknowledges that we live in a society where racism, sexism, income inequality, homophobia, and transphobia are powerful forces that often negatively impact our lives in significant ways.  He acknowledges that various traumatic experiences including and not limited to those just listed, influence the way that we live, and can be the main reason we are experiencing the types of distress we find ourselves in.

 

In his therapy practice, he is heavily influenced by feminism, radical therapy, mindfulness, and psychodynamic therapy.  This means that he has an understanding of how various forms of oppression may be impacting you, and am sensitive to the complexity of the dynamics involved in your life.  He also believes there can be meaning discovered in the distress you are experiencing.  His goal is to work with you in a way that you find useful, and not to rigidly fit you into any particular modality.  He uses principles from CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), CBT for psychosis, and DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy).  I also use EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), also known as “Tapping.”  This modality is very useful in helping people release emotional distress and trauma from our body in a way that cognitive and behavioral methods cannot.  

 

He enjoys kundalini yoga, hiking, cycling, reading, chilling by any body of water, and disconnecting from technology.

Please Call Pohala (503) 572-4196 to schedule an appointment today with Tyler Mostul PMHNP

Eat Breakfast Like a King

The article Eating breakfast? Skipping a morning meal has higher risk of heart-related death from USA Today explains the importance of eating a healthy breakfast.

Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper…this is advice of which anthroposophical doctors have long been aware.

Digestive forces are strongest earlier in the day.

Are you considering intermittent fasting? For most people, eating breakfast and lunch, and then fasting the rest of the day is the best overall option.

(If you have an eating disorder, think of the structure of your meals and avoid the concept of intermittent fasting.)

Looking to improve sleep quality? Eat breakfast!

Trying to improve your cardiovascular risk and lower your blood pressure? This is the ticket!

Needing to improve blood sugar control? Eating your heavier proteins and fats earlier in the day will help them stabilize.

Another caveat: avoiding sweet tastes until the afternoon hours improves energy and cognitive powers, and can eliminate that annoying after-lunch grogginess.

 

 

When to Use CBD and When to Be Careful with CBD

CBD or not to CBD?

My long time friend and colleague Monique Kramer and I had a lovely night educating our community on the safe and beneficial uses of CBD oil.

With the war on drugs CBD oil is a better option for chronic pain control. When it works, it really works. It is best to take regularly and you can also start and stop without withdrawal symptoms.

It is an option if you have generalized anxiety, PTSD, social anxiety.

It is an option for chronic illnesses that cannot be relieved other ways.

It is an option for headaches and seizures.

It is an option for a lifestyle of chronic stress.

It is an option for most cancers or auto-immune diseases like lymes, lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, EBV.

For the aging elder it can be used with or instead of NSAIDs for arthritis.

As with anything from Nature it is a spiritual being that must be recognized and respected. I see it as a spirit helper in a way. If it is used in a exploitive and unconscious way I do not think it can work or can cause harm. A person must be aligned with a strong and compassionate ego when approaching something like CBD. We have seen all too often those who abuse substances.

It is NOT for the person who has a family history or personal history of Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Psychosis. Only then and unless it is closely monitored and it is a Hemp Based (not a marijuana based) can CBD oil be used carefully.

In cases where a person carries the genetics for mental illness they should not try Marijauna as THC or CBD, as it can flip the genetic switch for Bipolar, Schizophrenia, or Psychosis. I have seen this directly in my practice. It is sad and devastating. My friend, Julie A. Fast an expert on Bipolar and I have written on this before.

If you were to go to a dispensary, which you can in Oregon to find a pure, organic, non-gmo product that is reasonably priced and does not contain marijuana/THC it is nearly impossible and is cost-prohibitive.

I have been able to find one source for a purely CBD (with a trace of THC) that is hemp- based, organic, non-gmo and the cost is reasonable at Purium Health Products.

Before you start anything new consult your trusted provider.

Healing can Happen 💮💮💮

If you want more information schedule with Julie Foster FNP

What is the Difference Between Unipolar Depression and Bipolar Depression?

Pohala Client Julie A. Fast writes about the differences between unipolar and bipolar depression for Health Central online. 

 

Depression is Complex

All human brains can experience depression, but there is more than one kind of depression. The most common depression is situational where a person goes through a downswing due to a life experience. This depression can often be treated by therapy that is specific to the event, such as grief counseling. In contrast, unipolar and bipolar depression are considered genetic, medical conditions. They often occur without a life experience trigger and usually need a more medical than therapy-based treatment approach.

Unexpected Symptoms of Unipolar and Bipolar Depression

Depression is often described as weepy, sad, and hopeless, but this is only one type of depression. The other depression, irritated depression, is angry, negative, and complaining. People with irritated depression often go untreated as they are considered bitchy, rude, or negative. Irritated depression can manifest in road rage, punching and kicking tires and walls, yelling and statements, such as “I hate everyone! Leave me alone!” Both unipolar and bipolar depression can either be the typical weepy depression or irritated depression.

What is the Difference between Unipolar and Bipolar Depression?

There are two genetic mood disorders: unipolar depression and bipolar disorder. Bipolar includes the mood swings bipolar depression and bipolar mania. Unipolar depression and bipolar depression share the same symptoms with three main differences: 1) Bipolar depression is more episodic than unipolar, 2) Bipolar depression is always on the edge of mania, and 3) Due to the mania risk, bipolar depression treatment is different than unipolar depression treatment.

Click here to read the rest of the article from Julie A. Fast on Health Central.com.

More bipolar disorder related blogs: Steroids, Allergies and Bipolar Disorder: Q&A with Portland Nurse Practitioner Julie Foster

Help for Menopause in Portland, Oregon by Julie Foster Nurse Practitioner

Three Natural Treatments for Menopause Symptoms

Are you suffering from Menopause? Although menopause is not a disease, it sure can feel like it as you transition into this stage of your life.  Perimenopause are the years (up to 12 years prior) of moving into menopause which are marked by 1 year of no menses or by surgical removal of your uterus (hysterectomy). Common symptoms of menopause are Hot Flashes (do you feel like a volcano), Sleep disturbances (waking up in middle of the night for no reason),  depression/anxiety, and heart palpitations.

After working with women for over 20 years and as I am now approaching menopause at the age of 49, I know very well these symptoms and what works for my patients.

Here are my 3 medications to get started on menopause management.

  1. Magnesium Glycinate – Nightly doses of magnesium will relax you, settle heart palpitations, and offer a deeper sleep.
  2. Avoid Sugar/Alcohol/Processed Foods as best you can.  This helps lessen hot flashes naturally.
  3. Natural Progesterone at bedtime if the body can handle steroids.

Call today for an appointment with a Pohala practitioner. You can find relief from the symptoms of menopause.

 

 

 

Genetic and Neurotransmitter Mental Health Testing in Portland, Oregon by Julie Foster

Should I have Genetic or Neurotransmitter testing for psychiatric or mental health medications?

As a healthcare professional it is always my goal to carefully determine what medications work with specific patients. My clients who have depression, anxiety, bipolar, or schizophrenia all have different medication needs. Genetic testing give me another tool to get the medications right from the beginning.

Whether you have a new mental health diagnosis or a chronic mental health condition, testing for  the genetic predispositions for medications and knowing neurotransmitter levels is incredibly helpful when making a decision about medications.

Pohala offers genetic and neurotransmitter testing for mental health to all patients who request the process.

Many insurances are now covering this testing.

We offer testing from companies such as Admera, Genesight, and ZRT.

Let’s get to the bottom of your healthcare needs!

Julie Foster FNP

 

Teens, Nutrition, and Acne by Vera Vos Nurse Practitioner in Portland, Oregon

 

Pohala Family Nurse Practitioner, Vera Vos talks about the article “What can you eat for clearer skin? The best and worse foods for acne,” from the Food Revolution Network. 

Stuck with Acne? Not Exactly!

The woes of adolescence! Exactly during the time of our lives when we feel the least secure about our appearance is also the time we are most likely to have problems with acne. Is acne a normal and expected rite of passage for teens? In the US 79-95% of adolescents will struggle with an acne outbreak at some point during their teenage years. Many endure the affliction for years and end up with scarring in adulthood.

Unfortunately, we are not necessarily out of the woods once we reach legal drinking age.In the US, almost half of all adult women and about 1/3 of adult men have acne, about 1/2 in each group defined their acne as moderate to severe, while the other half had mild outbreaks. A teenage only thing, it is not!

So, this must be the result of our industrialized food and toxic environment, right? Well, yes and no. Though there are traditional cultures in the world where acne is virtually unknown, many other cultures, with much cleaner food and environments than ours, still have a fair percentage of adolescents that experience acne. The abrupt change in hormones during this time period is a trigger. But, there are fewer teens affected and those that are, almost always have mild outbreaks. And, virtually everyone outgrows acne in adulthood. .

The bottom line is, of course there are things in our modern, industrialized food and personal products world, that makes acne worse and more common not only in teens but also in adults! Read the attached article  to learn what specific things you can do to improve or even cure acne

 

 

Pohala Providers stay up to date with Medications and Prescribing

 

Our Pohala Providers strive to remain up to date and educated for both Allopathic/Western Medicine and Integrative/Functional/Natural Medicine.

Today here is Julie Foster FNP and Donna London FNP at the Nurse Practitioner’s of Oregon’s Pharmacology Update. We learned about safety and use of medications for the aging population. Take home: Be careful as even OTC meds are very dangerous and poly-pharmacy leads to more problems than you may think. Combining some medications maylead to dementia, sudden heart attack, kidney failure, and gastro-intestinal bleeding.

Pain meds in elderly reduce cognitive function, respiratory drive and only should be used if absolutely necessary. Topical is a better option many times.

Have you reviewed all medications ,even supplements with with a conscientious medical provider (like us at Pohala, many PCPs are too busy to keep up)?

Taking a pill rarely provides THE answer to your health. Are you looking for a cure or symptoms relief? We keep learning more and more have integrative therapies, like Acupuncture, Massage Therapy, Mind Body techniques like EFT, meditation, prayer, and walking in nature improve many health concerns without all the dangerous side effects of pharmaceuticals.

We aim to use the least amount or none of allopathic pharmaceuticals in our patients. But if we choose to we are experts in prescribing. Safety and Quality of Life is paramount.

Food is medicine, Healthy Lifestyle can heal, and Positive Relationships can reduce Pain. 🏵🎆🏵

Follow up with your health care provider and review your medications.

Call Pohala to review your medications with one of our amazing providers. We still can schedule you in a short time (1day to 1 week), unlike most PCPs 6-8 weeks out for an appointment

(503) 572-4196