Environmental Detox Tips for Your Home in Portland Oregon

 

 

Spring Cleaning

Despite our crazy Winter weather,❄️ Spring 🌷🌿 is around the corner and Pohala is welcoming this event with our:

Spring Cleanse: Nutritional Detox and Reboot Class.

This class is filled but that doesn’t mean we can’t share some detox tips with everyone. If you’re not in the class, let us know, and, if there is enough interest we may do another one.

Vera Vos NP will speak on Environmental Toxins:

She tells us:
‘Often, the big question is, why detox? A big reason is to decrease the burden of harmful chemicals in our bodies. But, aren’t there laws that ensure clean and safe water, air, food, etc? If only that were true. There are more than 80,000 registered chemicals in use. About 1600 of these chemicals have been tested for carcinogenicity by the EPA. In 2016 then President Obama amended the 1976 Toxic Substance Control Act which will now require the EPA to study the not yet tested chemicals for safety. Unfortunately, they are only required to study 20 different chemicals at a time and testing must be completed within 7 years. How quickly EPA moves through the testing is definitely dependent on funding and the political climate. So, while the federal government makes it’s ponderous way through 80,000 (minus 1600 already done) chemicals, it’s up to us to educate ourselves regarding what potential toxins we may be coming into contact with.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a non-profit American activist group that specializes in research and advocacy in, among other things, toxic chemicals. Check out their website for an extensive guide to the most toxin free products for your home and personal use.  Our homes may be our sanctuary but the air inside can be 2-5 times more polluted than the air outside. There are guides for everything from mattresses to cleaning products to lightbulbs and much more. Here’s to spring cleaning!

Whether you are attending our class you can schedule your personal Nutritional Cleanse consult. Vera Vos NP and Lisa Del Alba ND accepting new patients.

Here is to YOU!!!! The more you care for yourself the better the World Can BE. Healing can happen.

Call us for an appointment (503) 572-4196

How Can Cinnamon Help with Warming the Body During Portland’s Rainy Season?

 

Malia Susee Acupuncturist tells us about Cinnamon:

Cinnamon v. Cinnamon

It’s cold and wet outside. I’ve been recommending cinnamon a lot these days. I have also been noticing that the internet has not been giving cassia, the cinnamon commonly grown in Vietnam and China, a fair shake.

Ceylon cinnamon, that which is grown in Sri Lanka, is touted as the truer, healthier stuff, but let’s not bark up the wrong tree (pun absolutely intended); While both are warming herbs, Ceylon cinnamon twig (a.k.a. Guì Zhī) and Cassia bark (a.k.a. Roù Guì) have different functions in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Guì Zhī (Ceylon twig) helps fight the common cold by harmonizing our nutritive and defensive chi (qi) (guiding nutrients to our immune system) and by unlocking/unblocking the chi /qi in the chest and lungs (great for lung tightness and congestion). Used as an analgesic for menstrual cramps and for joint painexacerbated by cold, wet weather, guì zhī promotes blood circulation by “warming the vessels” and by “dispersing cold and damp” Bensky, D. and Gamble, A. (1993) Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica: Revised Edition. Seattle, WA: Eastland Press, Inc..

Roù Guì (Cassia bark) warms at a deeper, more basic level. We use this when depletion, reduced appetite, frequent urination, and /or deep aversion to cold are present. Roù Guì also helps with chronic wheezing due to deficiency; conditions that present with sensation of heat in the upper body, but cold below; and diarrhea due to deficiency (see Bensky and Gamble, 1993).

Cinnamon is most effective when combined with synergistic food or herbs and best to avoid in cases of severe yin deficiency. I’ll write about yin deficiency soon in conjunction with menopausal symptoms, but if you’re wondering how best to incorporate cinnamon in your diet, read this relatively even-handed article I found:

https://www.organiclifestylemagazine.com/cinnamon-ceylon-vs…

…and consult your local acupuncturist!

Call (503) 572-4196 to schedule an appointment with
Malia Susee, L.Ac. at Pohala.

Stay warm! 🏺🏺♨️🌅

 

Natural Treatment for High Blood Pressure Using Nutrition, Exercise, Supplements, and Self Care

Do you have high blood pressure but don’t want to take medications with complicated side effects?

The good news is that many individuals with high blood pressure, also known as hypertension can be treated naturally. 

Dr. Paresh H. Shelat, a dual-licensed naturopathic primary care physician and licensed acupuncturist works with patients daily who want to make life style changes that lead to better heart health.

Here are three ways you can make changes today to make your heart as healthy as possible..

  1. Get help to QUIT Smoking / Vaping: Your lungs love you and you should love them in return. I am here to help with this process. 
  2. Eat a predominantly anti-inflammatory plant based diet. This includes looking at nightshades such as tomatoes, chili peppers and white potatoes.  We can discuss diet during an appointment. 
  3. Exercise!  It really is nature’s medicine. We can work together to come up with a plan that works for you. 

If you would like to learn how to reduce symptoms of cardiovascular disease and optimize healthy heart functioning,  schedule a visit at Pohala Clinic in Portland, OR

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!

How is Your Heart Health?

A note from Pohala Naturopath Paresh H. Shelat ND, L.Ac.

I work with people of all ages to evaluate physically and through lab work the condition of a person’s heart.

This includes high blood pressure, high cholesterol, palpitations, risk of heart attack and overall heart health.

I use a combination of nutrition, herbs, exercise, supplements, acupuncture and when needed pharmaceuticals.

I also work with a person’s team including cardiologists and pulmonologists.

Call Pohala Clinic today for a healthy heart exam.

Dr. Shelat

Healthy Books for 2019 from Vera Vos, Nurse Practitioner

by Vera Vos

I love to start the New Year with a list of books I want to read. There are so many genres to choose from not to mention fiction or non-fiction. For the most part,  I’m not particular whether a book was written recently or if it’s an old classic. But, when it comes to health related topics, I like to see what’s new in non-fiction. My favorite health sub topics are those that offer insights that can change health for the better and slow aging especially using cutting edge nutrition research. I also like those that describe the latest breakthroughs for healing chronic disease like heart disease, cancer, autoimmune disorders and mental health. 

I find new books I want to read by relying on others whom I trust to make recommendations. The Food Revolution Network is one website that I keep track of. It was started by John Robbins of Baskin Robbins fame, who left the ice cream business to focus on health and sustainability for ourselves and our environment. He is the author of numerous old classics like Diet for a New America and The Food Revolution. 

Luckily,  the Food Revolution Network has a list of 8 “must read” books about health for 2019.

Check them out and see if you find one or two that sparks your interest. 

Some of the books include:

Undo It!: How Simple Lifestyle Changes Can Reverse Most Chronic Diseases by Dean Ornish, MD and Anne Ornish

The Truth About Food: Why Pandas Eat Bamboo and People Get Bamboozled by David Katz, MD

Happy reading! 

Vera

 

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!