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Intermittent Fasting? Or Skip Dinner??

March 7th, 2019

Intermittent fasting has become a popular way to try and lose weight. Certainly, reducing caloric content and avoiding between meal snacking can support weight loss. However, interestingly, newer research is showing our metabolic rate is supported by having breakfast be the largest meal, then lunch, with only a light dinner. Better, yet, having breakfast be the largest meal followed by a mid-afternoon lunch and skipping dinner. They do point out that, during famine situations, eating the most calories at dinner may be beneficial. Oh, we have so much more to learn. But my favorite quote is of Michael Pollan: “Eat Real Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Plants.” To your health!!

Measles Outbreak, Flu Season, or Just a Cold

January 29th, 2019

If you live in the Portland/Vancouver area, you are likely aware of the current outbreak of measles. So far, most of the cases are in unvaccinated individuals. While most children will recover fully, there can be significant complications for others. Click here for more information on measles. I am not addressing the controversy regarding to vaccinate or not to vaccinate, but want to address the issue of what to do when you are sick.

If you are sick–fever, coughing, malaise, etc.–your best course of action is to stay home, rest, and recover! This goes against very real and powerful cultural pressures to “keep going”, “be strong”, “power through”, etc. The advent of all the medications to help dry up that runny nose and suppress that cough and reduce that fever have contributed to our perception of the ability to continue our daily schedules “as usual” when we are ill. This not only is a disservice to our own bodies, but to others whom we then expose. One of my favorite examples is from the book by Alvin Tresselt and illustrated by Roger Duvoisin, “White Snow, Bright Snow” published in 1947. The policeman caught a chill, his wife applied a mustard plaster, and he went to bed. I’ve attached a couple of the illustrations–but read the book, it is fun!

My hope is that we each can contribute to changing this cultural pressure–from pushing ourselves and children when we should be resting and healing to a culture that values our limitations and allows time for recovery. Yes, I know being sick is inconvenient and that recovery may be even more so.

And in this season of measles which is very contagious, please stay home if you have a fever, cough, runny nose. These will start even before the telltale rash. Just think, if everyone in Clark County could stay home for 2 weeks, we could end this outbreak! (OK, I know that is not practical 😉 ). Of course, call your health care provider if you are concerned about progression of your or your child’s illness!!

To your health!!

White Snow, Bright Snow

Boston Heart Out-of-Pocket Increases

November 29th, 2018

We were just notified TODAY that effective December 1, 2018, Boston Heart Labs will no longer be offering its “Know It Now” pricing. If Dr. Brown has ordered Boston Heart testing for you, PLEASE complete your blood draw BEFORE December 1st. Alternatively, Dr. Brown can order through a different laboratory–just give our office a call at 360-882-1339. We are sorry for this inconvenience and sad that Boston Heart did not provide more notice.

Use Your Headlights, Please

November 9th, 2018

This morning a particularly dense fog rolled in. I was perplexed by the number of cars on the road without their headlights or daytime running lights on. The cars without lights were invisible, even when they were quite close. PLEASE turn on your headlights in the fog–for your safety and that of others. But don’t use your high-beams since they will blind you as the driver. And, BTW, I rarely see cars equipped with “fog lights” anymore (these would be amber)–they have been replaced with “sports lights” which are very bright and blinding to the driver if used in fog. To your safety!!

Dangers of Artificial Sweeteners

October 12th, 2018

I can’t say this enough: avoid artificial sweeteners! Dried stevia is OK but avoid formulas with alcohol sugars (they end with an “ol” on the end of their name). Check out this information.

EWG’s Top Cleaning Products

October 12th, 2018

We all know that there are a lot of toxic cleaning agents out there. EWG has reviewed many and has updated their recommended list. I would also add that you can keep things even simpler: baking soda for scrubbing, vinegar for cleaning, and simply water to clean windows and mirrors (use a clean cotton flour-sack towel to wipe)! And talk about budget-friendly!!

First Do No Harm

August 21st, 2018

This is a basic premise in medical care–check out how naturopathic medicine approaches can help achieve this during your health care process. And keep in mind, medications and surgery may also be “First Do No Harm” treatments.

Herbicides in Your Children’s Cereal??

August 16th, 2018

Glyphosates (a main ingredient in Round-Up) has been identified as carcinogenic in California and are present in cereals and grains. I was going to try and summarize EWG’s article, but they have done such a great job I’m just attaching the link–please check it out. The good news is that organic cereals had much lower levels.

Beat The Heat!

July 27th, 2018

OK–so the first day or two of a summer heat wave can be kind of fun–but if you do not have air conditioning, the continued hot days can become brutal. I don’t have AC and have come up with some great ways to keep my home cool.

The first idea does take time–plant some trees that will shade your home. I planted some maple trees that not only offer lovely and cooling shade, but give a spectacular show in the autumn. I will say, I wish I’d thought to have at least one of the trees be a fruit tree (food! and shade 🙂 ).

Laundry is another big factor for me. I put out a clothes line–and I have also fallen in love with my winged drying rack which I can move around (and even use inside in the cool months. I must say I enjoy how hanging the laundry slows me down–plus I get to listen to the birds and squirrels. I have learned that if I use my dryer for just a few minutes on “Air Dry” (i.e., no heat), the stiffness of the dried clothes is greatly diminished!

And then there is the cooking! Oh, how I wish I had an outside kitchen!! But I’ve found I just about can–I move my crock pots and Instant Pot to my back patio. I have even moved my toaster oven outdoors. You may want to set an alarm on your phone so that you remember to check on your meals since they can become “out of sight, out of mind”. And remember about cold dishes, too–chicken or salmon salad, gazpacho, fruit soups, etc.

And to keep cool myself, I love adding Stellaria media tincture (chickweed) to my water. About 15 – 30 drops in a large glass of water provides a cooling effect. Water infused with cucumber slices is also cooling.

Enjoy your summer!!

Reduce Waste in the Kitchen–Here Are Some Tips!!

July 20th, 2018

So, we know that we should be reducing the use of plastics and aluminum foil in contact with our foods. Plastics can transfer dangers plasticizers (PCB for example) and aluminum can leach from foods. I recommend storing food in glass containers (keeping food from touching plastic seals), buying food that comes without wrappings (yes, that includes fresh fruits and vegetables, meats and fish from the butcher, etc.)–and you can use cotton bags for the produce and paper for the meats. This article summarizes some options to break our habits. Protect your health AND the planet!! 🙂

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