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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 .

Statins May Increase Coronary Plaque Formation

September 8th, 2017

This is an interesting article reporting that statin medications may actually INCREASE arterial plaque formation instead of reducing it. The study uses Coronary Artery Calcium Scores (CACS) which have a good correlation with calcified plaque levels in the arteries of the heart. I will say that Dr. Brownstein’s references are not included in the paper so further digging may be required. I do utilize CACS–OHSU offers it very economically at the time of this writing. If you have elevated cholesterol and/or a family history of coronary artery disease or strokes, please schedule and appointment to see if this assessment may be right for you!

Curcumin May Support Healthy Bone Density

August 21st, 2017

We all are aware of the benefits of adequate calcium, magnesium, Vit. D, and Vit. K for healthy bones. But did you know that curcumin also seems to support healthy bone density. Check out this article. And check with your health care provider to see if supplementing curcumin is right for you.

Exercise Outdoors–It’s even better for you!!

August 21st, 2017

Check out this article summarizing the benefits to exercising outdoors. One you may be surprise about is that exercising outdoors tends to reduce the risk of injury! And what perfect weather we’ve been having to move and shake outdoors!! To your health.

Goat Yoga

August 21st, 2017

I just learned about this new “twist” on yoga to further its therapeutic benefits: Goat Yoga!! Unfortunately for us Portland-Vancouver folks, the locations would be a bit of a commute. Hoping that closer options will become available. Check out their website at

Going Dairy-free? Here are some good-looking recipes!

July 28th, 2017

I just ran across this article and love the recipes. Whether you are going dairy-free or not, these look delicious and nutritious, too!! Let me know what you think!!

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.

Great Foods to Include in Your Cooking

July 28th, 2017

Here is a great article summarizing some powerfully healthy foods to include in your cooking. Enjoy!! To your health!!

Some Friday Humor–sort of . . .

May 13th, 2017

Get a New Parking Lot

Naturopathic Physicians–FAQ’s

May 13th, 2017

If you have never been to a naturopathic physician, or even if you have, this link offers great information regarding FAQ’s. It explains education, differences between ND’s and MD’s and DO’s, and more. Check it out 🙂


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