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Diet and Dermatology

As the saying goes, you are what you eat. The food we eat is broken down and nutrients are absorbed through the gastrointestinal tract then delivered to where they will be needed. One of those places is the skin. We cannot live without food, so it can obviously affect our health in both good and […]

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A New Perspective in Cancer Research?

The September 11, 2017 issue of the New Yorker magazine has the following article that looks into trends in cancer research.  I found it both well written and intriguing in offering the perspective that mainstream research may be starting to consider the importance of the type of patient, or the ‘soil’, that allows a cancer […]

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Melissa officinalis for Herpes

Another good naturopathic product of European origin disappeared a while back. It was a small tube of Melissa off. extract in a cream base. The topically applied product was possibly the best relief for Herpes simplex of either type. The cream reduced the itch, shrank and dried the vesicles, and shortened the attack remarkably. First […]

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Member Report: Vaccine Advisory Committee

This is a brief update about the Vaccine Advisory Committee (VAC) at the WA state Department of Health (DOH) and includes some of my own recommendations about vaccination and naturopathic medicine.  The VAC’s purpose is to advise the DOH on matters related to vaccination and is made up of 15-20 voluntary members from Public Health […]

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Circadian Rhythm Disorders

Circadian rhythm disorders are fairly common, affecting approximately 20% of the population. Yet it is one of the areas often overlooked in naturopathic education and one that’s going to show up in your primary care office. Here are a few faces of circadian rhythm disorders you may have seen: the shift worker who has hypertension […]

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Guidelines for Appropriate and Valuable Referrals to a Dermatologist – Part I

Recently I was asked to develop guidelines for appropriate use of dermatological referrals for naturopathic physicians. While many conditions can be properly assessed and treated by a primary care physician or naturopath, dermatology referrals often provide financial savings and quicker resolution of the condition. This is better for the patient and better for our medical […]

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A Natural Approach to Treating Heel Pain

Podiatry has roots in the conservative treatment of many foot disorders, the most common of which is plantar fasciitis. This condition is characterized by inflammation and degeneration of the plantar fascia at its attachment to the calcaneus and is often mechanically induced by an unstable rear foot or arch and/or tight calf musculature. The most […]

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Eucalyptus Oil Inhalation on Pain and Inflammatory Response

The title derives from a 2013 Korean publication (“Effect of eucalyptus oil inhalation on pain and inflammatory responses after total knee replacement: a randomized clinical trial.” PMID: 23853660 with free download) demonstrating reduction of nociceptive response to surgery for total knee replacement. While the technique may appear to be of narrow application, it would seem […]

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