A primary care family medical practice adhering to the foundational principles of naturopathic medicine: engage and utilize the healing power of nature, do no harm, treat the whole person, find and treat the cause, doctor as teacher, and prevention.
As FB may be notifying you, today is a big day for Lifespan Naturopathic Medicine. It was 3 years ago today that this practice was officially opened for business. I have learned so much in these past 3 years. This practice and every one of you who comprises it have changed and challenged me, delighted and grounded me, and pushed me to be the best doctor and person I can be. I am eternally grateful for all of you who have walked through my door and taken a chance that I and naturopathic medicine may have something to offer you.
Today is also a big day because I can finally share that LIFESPAN NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE IS MOVING!
We will be moving 1 mile north of where we are currently to 3442A CALIFORNIA AVENUE SW, effective 2/27/17. Store front! Natural lighting! Radiant heated floors! Great location! I couldn't be more excited about this next phase for this practice. Thank you to all for all of your support for me in this adventure. <3
High blood pressure? Hibiscus tea may be just as effective as a pharmaceutical for getting your blood pressure under control. Of course, there are many many factors that may contribute to high blood pressure, so scheduling an appointment with a doctor (like me!) is a great place to start, but herbs are powerful and often a bit more gentle than pharmaceuticals - causing fewer adverse effects while still making a difference. Don't be fooled - you may have more options than a prescription medication!
webmd.com A study shows that drinking three cups a day of hibiscus tea can help lower high blood pressure.
"Find your path in life. It may take courage to discover your calling... to go beyond the 'expected' or 'norm,' but it can bring you great happiness, peace, and a sense of purpose. Our subconscious mind has a way of directing us if we allow it. Pay attention to your dreams and listen to your feelings. What makes you feel good? What are you drawn to? Take charge of your life and follow your dreams."
Thank you for being a part of my journey to follow my dreams. Happy New Year to each and every one of you!
One of my favorite things to do in my practice is to help women (and the men who love them) understand what is happening to their bodies throughout the course of their monthly hormonal cycle. There is so much going on and it impacts EVERYTHING - from your energy level and skin tone to which sexual positions are comfortable or not. Once you start to understand your cycle, you can feel empowered by it rather than out of control. This cute video is pretty accurate and can help you better understand that there are times in your cycle to relax and times in your cycle to get after it. For more information, I highly recommend the book "Taking Charge of Your Fertility" by Toni Weschler, MPH, and its affiliated website: www.tcoyf.com
Of course, you can always come talk to me about it too. I love empowering you with information!! :)
Eat more pumpkin seeds!! A recently published meta-analysis suggests that "increasing dietary intake of magnesium could help to reduce the risk of stroke, heart failure, type 2 diabetes, and all-cause mortality." Magnesium can also help with muscle tension and cramping, restless leg syndrome, constipation, and even some anxiety. Seeds and nuts are some of the best sources of magnesium - with pumpkin seeds, Brazil nuts, sesame seeds, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, and cashews packing some of the highest magnesium contents per ounce. Incorporate these in your oatmeal, your salad, your smoothies, etc - or just snack away at them! And feel free to schedule an appointment if you want more information. :)
medscape.com The meta-analysis "provides the most up-to-date epidemiological evidence" regarding the beneficial effects of dietary magnesium.
Have you seen the news?!? According to a large study comparing 30 day outcomes for over 1.5 million hospitalized Medicare patients, those patients fared slightly better (in terms of mortality rates and hospital readmission rates) if they were treated by a female physician than if they were treated by a male physician. According to the study, published today in JAMA: "Elderly hospitalized patients treated by female internists have lower mortality and readmissions compared with those cared for by male internists. These findings suggest that the differences in practice patterns between male and female physicians, as suggested in previous studies, may have important clinical implications for patient outcomes." While I certainly don't practice in a hospital, and while Medicare does not yet recognize naturopathic medicine, I *am* a female physician and I *am* accepting new patients of all ages in my naturopathic primary care practice! Call or schedule through my website and let's help you move toward more optimal health. :)
If you're like most people I know, you've recently been exposed to someone who was sick. Perhaps you've even been sick yourself. (Getting sick on occasion is actually GOOD for you, as it is almost like your immune system is stretching or getting exercise.) Many of us get sick during the holidays and it's NO FUN! Some general tips to keep yourself healthy this holiday season:
1) Decrease your stress! The cortisol that courses through your body when you are under stress actually suppresses your immune system... right up until you start your vacation. If you are someone who gets sick almost every time you have some down time, you have too much stress in your daily life! Get rid of it!
2) Prioritize sleep. Your body needs rest no matter what, but particularly when your immune system is working hard to fight off infection and keep you healthy. If you do start to feel "under the weather", cancel your social plans and stay home from work (if possible) and get your rest. It does a body good!
3) Stay well-hydrated. Fresh pure water can go a long way in maximizing your body's ability to detoxify. Certain herbal teas can have added benefit by boosting your immune system or helping reduce your symptoms if you do get sick.
4) Remember that fever is your friend. Your temperature is very tightly regulated by your brain. Your brain knows what it's doing when it elevates your body temperature: it's trying to make your body inhospitable to whatever pathogen is wreaking havoc. If you can avoid using medications to suppress your fever, avoid them! Keep yourself hydrated with clear fluids and allow yourself the rest you need when you have a fever. You may find that your fever "breaks" faster and you recover more quickly when you let your body engage its natural defenses.
For more tips about how to boost your immune system or reduce symptoms of acute illnesses, schedule an appointment! I'll be here through the holidays! Call 206.400.7550, x1, or click on "Schedule Your Appointment" from any page on my website to schedule.
Some of you know that I close down shop every Wednesday to take my mom out hiking. (Well, okay - we hike only when the weather is suitable for that, but that has lately been every week!) Taking this time away from caring for others to do a little bit of self-care benefits me in so many different ways. I spend the whole day reconnecting with nature, getting my sweat on, breathing fresh clean air, (mostly) breaking from technology, reaching beautiful locations by foot, and bonding with my mom (and occasionally a friend or two). My mom and I have certainly found that hiking makes us happier, healthier, stronger, and more grounded. As the summer continues to blossom in Seattle, I invite you to get yourself out there. Whether you take some time to explore one of our amazing city parks or head out into the mountains for something a bit more strenuous, the key is to just do it. Doctor's orders!
huffingtonpost.com John Muir was onto something when he said, "In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks." Hikers battle bug bites, blisters and bruise...
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