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Yoga for anxiety

My very dear friend, EB Ferdig is a genius when it comes to helping people manage anxiety with yoga. Unknown

Her next series starts on 5/3, with a discount if you register by the end of today.

Series cost is $150 - but only $99, if registered by April 26! Space limited to 10 participants, register today!

The five-week series will be taught by E.B. Ferdig, E-RYT50, a yoga therapist who has been helping people with anxiety for over ten years. E.B. is highly compassionate and knows personally what it’s like to live with anxiety. She will guide you, as she has hundreds of others to a place of greater peace, clarity and personal power.

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Radiation protection, re-visited

It's been just over a year since the Nuclear meltdown in Japan.  We had a lot of concerns about radiation for a month or two, and then things sort of simmered down. However, I recently had a patient ask me what she could do to protect her young children from the effects of increased radiation in our atmosphere.  There's a lot out there on the web.  Weeding through all of it to determine an effective set of guidelines for families with little ones (or pregnant ones!) has been my pet project for the past few weeks.

Without further ado, I present "Dr. Roe's Radiation Protection Plan"

1. An apple a day.  Pectins (found in apples) are probably the most well-studied food source for radiation protection, even after exposure has occurred.  People in the Chernobyl radiation zone have been advised for years and years now to consume apples on a regular basis to help the body absorb and eliminate excess radiation.

2. Eat iodine-containing foods, and keep a source of iodine on hand for your family in the medicine cabinet.  There is no need to supplement Iodine on a regular basis, and this can, in fact, put people over the age of 40 at risk for thyroid cancer.

3. Add Spirulina to Smoothies or, even better, applesauce a few times per week.  Spirulina also shows the ability to bind radioactive isotopes so that the body can more readily eliminate them.

4. Find a reputable source for Kombucha tea, and drink it 3-6 times per week (8oz serving).  Besides, the hot-link there, I was able to easily find lots of evidence to show the anti-oxidant, free radical scavenging, radiation-busting effects of this ancient beverage.

5. Most of all, be healthy.  Eat whole foods.  Drink water.  Take a daily multivitamin (a good one!!!!)  Avoid sugar and processed foods to keep all of your organ systems intact and functioning properly.  Your body's ability to combat radiation exposure is only as strong as it is healthy.

So there you have it, the naturopathic doctor-approved, weeded-out version of Radiation Protection, 101.

Radiation, averted

Well, the good news for us here in the Pacific NW is that only miniscule amounts of radioactive iodine were detected this week.  I will maintain that everyone keep some Iodine on hand because we are not done dealing with the catastrophe in Japan.  Additionally, if you live on the West coast, you know that we are on the same techtonic plate as the one currently shifting about, causing the earthquakes in New Zealand and Japan.  Make sure you know what to do, where to go, and how to set up a plan for your family in the event of a major earthquake or tsunami here.  I like the 72 hours page, which was developed by the city of San Francisco.  It has great visuals, tips, and checklists to make sure you and your family are prepared (not scared). If you have not already done so, I urge you to help in whatever way you can for our fellow humans in Japan.  It is still devastating the nation over there. Some of my favorite donation/relief websites:

This and That from Japan

Shelterbox

Socks for Japan

Rock Out Japan

A handmade healing salve!

Today, I'm working in my kitchen, whipping up a treat for the folks who come to the Green Sprouts Festival this weekend.  I've been infusing fresh organic calendula flowers in olive oil for 2 weeks, and today I'm turning that oil into a salve. salve 1 |sav; säv| noun an ointment used to promote healing of the skin or as protection.

The first 75 visitors to our booth this year will get a free sample of the Family Tree Medicine Calendula Salve!  We use calendula salve for cuts, scrapes, bruises, and other types of boo-boos.

You can also enter your name to win a brand new Moby Wrap.  Dr. Maurer and I both used this wrap for our little ones when they were babies. So, if you or someone you know is having a baby soon, stop on by, say hi, and try your luck at winning.

We look forward to seeing you there, rain or shine!

Summer is here!

Well, sort of. We aren't having the "summeriest" weather here in the Pacific NW yet, but soon.  Soon!  School's out and the traveling has begun as well as the nights spent outdoors longer and the minor scrapes, bites, and booboos.

For a post on Travel tips, check out this one from last summer.

For tips on dealing with unpleasant digestive issues while traveling, go here.

For kid-friendly recipes to help with stings, bites, bumps, and bruises, see this post.

And lastly, a few last words on travel tips, where you'll find info about miscellaneous obstacles to having a great time, like jet lag and motion sickness.

HAVE A HEALTHY HAPPY SUMMER EVERYONE!

A few last words on Travel Tips.

I'd like to round out the Travel series with a few last tips.  Below you'll find naturopathic remedies for travel-related conditions.imagesJet Lag: 1.    Melatonin: 1-3mg 2 hours before you would like to go to bed.* 2.    Exercise: 30 minutes each day, even while on vacation to regulate stress and help with sleep 3.    Lavendar essential oil drops applied to the pillow or rubbed into the temples to help with sleep.

I also found this: the anti-jetlag diet.  If you have time on your hands, there are some folks out there who swear by it.

images-1Nausea/Motion-sickness: 1.    Ginger: 6 capsules taken 1 hour before travel to soothe stomach 2.    Candied/crystallized ginger: to chew/suck on during travel 3.    Sea-bands: worn on the wrists, applies pressure to acupuncture points known to relieve nausea

Bacterial and fungal skin infections: 1.    Fungal infections:  topical application of Black Walnut (juglans nigra) 5-6 times/day plus vinegar wash 3 x’s /day—1/2 cup apple cider vinegar with 10 drops lavendar essential oil and 10 drops tea tree oil.  Keep the area clean and dry. images-22.    Bacterial skin infections: External: •    Make a strong tea of calendula officinalis flowers and apply as a compress to skin (after it's cooled a bit) •    topical application of Black Walnut tincture (Juglans nigra) 5-6 times/day Internal: Echinacea tincture  30 drops 5-6x’s day *caution: do not take black walnut internally during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

images-3Urinary tract infection: 1.    Parsley tea: simmer ½ cup of fresh parsley in 2 quarts of hot water for 5 minutes and drink over the course of 3 hours to flush the bladder.  Caution during pregnancy—high dosages may stimulate uterus.  Please talk to your Dr. or midwife before taking. 2.    Unsweetened Cranberry juice: up to 3L/day with acute onset 3.    Uva ursi (Bearberry) tincture: 90 drops 4x’s/day

*Always check with your health care practitioner before starting this or any other supplement.

Natural remedies for Traveling with Kids

Whether you're camping, heading to the beach, or staying close to home this summer, you'll want to know about these natural remedies for kids (and adults too!). Sunburn:

1. Mix 1 drop of lavendar essential oil per tablespoon of aloe vera gel and apply to burned areas.

2. For a full-body burn, combine 2 cups of baking soda with 10 drops of lavendar essential oil in a tepid/cool bath and soak for 20 minutes. Apply a soothing hypoallergenic body lotion to skin afterwards to seal in moisture.

Bug Bites: 1.    Prevent bug bites with a homemade bug spritzer: •    2 drops each: Essential Oils of Wintergreen, Citronella, Cedarwood, Peppermint, and Lemongrass. •    Mix with ½ cup distilled water and ¼ cup almond oil (or other yummy oil) and put in a spritzer bottle. 2.    If stung, remove stinger with credit card or fingernail and apply ice quickly to prevent swelling and spread of toxins.  If wheezing or dramatic swelling occurs, call 911 immediately. 3.    Apply lavendar essential oil topically (undiluted, 1 drop) 4.    If itching occurs, combine ¼ cup of witch hazel extract with 20 drops of peppermint essential oil and 20 drops of lavendar essential oil and apply as needed with a cotton ball.

Cuts/Bruises: 1.    If the injured area is bruised, apply arnica gel or cream there 2-3 x’s day until the bruised sensation is getting better.  Can also do homeopathic arnica acutely. 2.    If the injured area is bleeding/open, clean the area thoroughly with soap and water.  Apply calendula salve 2x’s/day until a scab forms, then you can apply comfrey salve and arnica gel to continue the healing process.  Never apply arnica or comfrey to an open wound.

Spring Cleaning

Here in the Pacific NW, the cherry trees, daffodils, tulips, daphnes, rhododendrons, magnolias, and many other beautiful flowering trees and plants are blooming.  While this makes the area absolutely gorgeous, it also sends people into my office wondering how to stop the sneezing and itchy eyes. images

Fortunately, there some things you can do to make this time of year more enjoyable.

  • Get an air filter for your home so you are not exposed to pollens all night long while you sleep.
  • Take your shoes off before coming into the house---don't track the pollen in!  Ask others to do the same.
  • Wear sunglasses or other protective eye gear while you're out to minimize the amount of exposure--as you know, once you start itching your eyes, it's hard to stop.  This is because rubbing them recruits more histamine to the site, causing even more itching!
  • If you have carpets, get them cleaned at least every spring.  Or even better, replace them with hardwood or tiled floors, which are easier to keep clean.
  • Consider doing a "Spring Cleanse" for your body*.  By making sure your liver, kidneys, lungs, GI tract, and skin are all in good working order, you can decrease how reactive your body is to elements it is normally allergic to.

*any type cleansing or fasting should be supervised by a health care practitioner.  If you have not seen a doctor in the past year, please consult one before cleansing or fasting.

Staying healthy on a budget.

For some time now, I've been wanting to address how Naturopathic medicine is the way to go in these times of economic hardship.  The type of medicine I practice relies on the healing power of nature and the wisdom of the  body's innate ability to heal itself. We have to get back to the basics of eating simply, living simply, enjoying time outside, and loving what we do.  This, my friends, is how we improve quality of life even when times are tough.  This is naturopathic medicine.

I came across an article today in the NY times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/03/health/03brod.html?_r=1&ref=healthimages

It gives a number a solid recommendations on how to alter your grocery shopping list to save money, but eat healthy.  It's so important that we don't let this economy prevent us from achieving our health goals.  Otherwise, we end up paying the price later as a result of having made the unhealthy choices.

I challenge each of you to make one change this week in the following areas:

1. save money at the grocery store by choosing a healthy meal

2. save money by finding something fun to do IN NATURE (it's free!) rather than spending money on going out

3. Get back in touch with someone you want to spend time with, or find time to do something you love to do.

I'll post what I did this week to rise to the challenge, and I welcome you to comment here as well.  Let yourself be an inspiration to others!

Knitting with purpose.

Check out this article from the BBC today: It turns out that knitting, amongst other things, can actually prevent you from developing dementia.  I love to knit, try to do the crossword puzzle at least once a week, and we play a lot of Scrabble at home too.  Keeping your brain active keeps you protected from early-onset memory loss.   So grab those needles, pens, or puzzles, and stay healthy!

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