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Medical Insurance Changes

November 6th, 2017

Medical Insurance Benefit Changes for 2018: Naturopathic physicians are being excluded as PCP’s in individual plans. The open enrollment period for 2018 medical insurance benefits began on November 1, 2017. Unfortunately, it appears that medical benefits in the individual market beginning in January will have limited access to naturopathic care. The reason for this limitation is that all benefit plans being offered in the individual market in most Washington counties are either HMO or ACO-based plans (check your area). Such plans require the patient to name a primary care provider (PCP) to coordinate all of their care–and NONE of these companies recognize NDs and PCPs. This means that the patient may no longer have coverage for naturopathic services, although they may be able to see an ND as a specialist and pay a higher co-pay. Also, as a specialist, an ND will not be able to provide annual exams or routine check ups, order labs or make referrals unless the patient chooses to pay cash to do so.
 
What can you do? Contact the OIC and register a complaint about limited access to naturopathic primary care at https://www.insurance.wa.gov/file-complaint-or-check-your-complaint-status .

The Nut for Your Thyroid . . .

July 28th, 2017

Brazil nuts are very high in selenium–at least if they are grown in Brazil. (Note that some “Brazil nuts” are now grown in Hawaii and do NOT have the same selenium content because the soil is different). Selenium is important for the production of thyroid hormones–I recommend about 200 mcg of selenium daily. Eating just 2 Brazil nuts daily does the trick. Read more here.

Wheat and Inflammation–It’s About Time

October 31st, 2016

Research continues to confirm the link between wheat and inflammation. As I have told patients for years, it is NOT just the gluten that is concerning. Other parts of the wheat have also been shown to cause inflammation. Probably the most detailed testing of reactivity to wheat is by Cyrex Labs–Array 3. This is NOT the same as Celiac testing, but gives much broader scope to the testing for antibodies against parts of the wheat molecule. Please schedule an appointment to see if this testing is appropriate for you.

Homemade Chai–Easy and Delicious!!!

October 17th, 2014

Tis the season to cozy up with some delicious tea! One of my favorites is my homemade chai tea. It’s easy, delicious, AND makes your whole house smell wonderful!! Just simmer the following ingredients for about 30 minutes, strain and enjoy! Some people like to add black tea while simmering–this may be a problem if you want to sip it before bed. Some people also like to add milk (cow, goat, almond, coconut, etc.) or honey, but I find it perfect without them. Hope you like it as much as I do!!

  • 4 quarts of water
  • 14 Cardamom pods
  • 1/2 tsp whole black pepper
  • 1 tsp whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick (or about 2 tsp cinnamon “chips”)
  • About a thumb-sized piece of ginger, chopped coarsely

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Glucosamine/Chondroitin for Arthritis

October 6th, 2014

This is an interesting report showing that glucosamine and chondroitin may be more effective that Celebrex for pain relief of osteoarthritis. If you suffer from osteoarthritis, avoid gluten, avoid commercially-raised meat, avoid all food intolerances, include turmeric and lots of colorful fruits and veggies, and try glucosamine/chondroitin!

Health Risk with Garcina cambogia

July 11th, 2014

This article reviews the potential for serotonin syndrome with Garcina cambogia. Please use caution. Read more here.

Summer Colds vs. Winter Colds

September 10th, 2013

Research is confirming what you probably already have experienced: that winter colds are harsher and shorter-lived but summer colds tend to linger on and on. We’re not crazy–let’s just support our immune systems with healthy diet filled with fruits and veggies, exercise, and adequate sleep ALL YEAR (imagine that) and add in supportive herbs (e.g., echinacea, elderberry, Mahonia, etc.) and nutrients (Vit. C, D, E, etc.) as needed. To your health!!

Obesity Linked with Lack of Sleep

August 8th, 2013

Are you struggling to lose weight? Try getting 8 hours of sleep nightly. There is absolutely no substitute for adequate sleep (and exercise, too), and it may be the ticket to weight loss for you.

AANP via Nature Communications – Obesity Linked To Lack Of Sleep – (Thursday, August 08, 2013)–Scientists have found a link between inadequate sleep and decision-making about food choices, suggesting that problems with sleep could play a part in developing obesity or remaining overweight.  The researchers took powerful scans using functional magnetic resonance imaging of the brains of healthy adults the morning after a normal night of sleep and again, a week later, after a sleep-deprived night. Both times they were connected to sleep monitoring equipment in order to check the levels of sleep they got. The brain scans were generated as participants were asked to rate pictures of 80 different foods. High-calorie foods became significantly more desirable when participants were sleep-deprived. They found that sleeplessness reduces higher order powers of the brain and creates an excessive response in more primitive parts of the brain, leading to poor food choices.   This combination of altered brain activity and decision-making may help explain why people who sleep less also tend to be overweight or obese. Essentially, our power over food is blunted by a lack of sleep.  This study was released August 7, 2013 by the journal, Nature Communications, and is now available for online access at http://tinyurl.com/m8yreq6 for a fee

Catching Up On Sleep May Reduce Risk of Diabetes in Men

June 24th, 2013

This study reports that catching up on sleep over the weekends may indeed reduce your risk of diabetes. Check out this link . . .

Water Filter Information

March 1st, 2013

Here is a helpful link to help you select a water filtration system!

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