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Archive Year: 2012

Fitness Helps With Scholarly Goals

December 21st, 2012

A recent report reveals that students who also maintain physical fitness tend to do better on their studies. Again, this supports the importance of PE in our schools! Let’s get fit and help our children do the same!!

Be Careful with that Holiday Celebrating

December 21st, 2012

Many imbibe on alcohol treats over the holidays–combine that with the added stress and sweets that many consume and we have a recipe for disaster (pun intended). All will set us up for depressed immunity at a time when we already seem to be more vulnerable to colds and flus. This article is a nice summary of the risks of increased alcohol consumption, AND gives some great ideas for limiting your consumption without feeling “left out”. Merry Christmas–and Happy, Healthy 2013!!

Diet Matters!!!!

December 21st, 2012

Please read this article about Dr. Wahl’s experience with changing her diet to include 9 cups of vegetables daily plus fruits and free-range meats. She eliminated all grains, sugar, dairy, and legumes (including soy). She has recovered advance MS.  You can also see her Youtube video here.

Hosting for Your Food Sensitivie Friends

December 14th, 2012

Many of us are or have friends that are sensitive to different foods. Avoiding dairy and gluten can be two of the most challenging. Corn is right up there, too. Here is an article with some ideas for your holiday meal. I would avoid the use of cornstarch, though, and use arrowroot powder instead for your gravy (or leave it as an “au jus”, even better!).

Gatorade Ingredient

December 14th, 2012

Interesting article on Gatorade. I generally recommend coconut water but sometimes Recharge (ingredients vary however, so always check the label). There are also homemade versions of electrolyte solutions.

Junk Food is Addicting

December 14th, 2012

No surprise, huh? But this research has revealed that consumption of junk food changes brain chemistry such that it can cause symptoms of depression or anxiety when it is no longer consumed. So, eat a whole food diet and avoid the junk food. If you are currently eating a junk food diet, please schedule an appointment so we can discuss strategies and/or supplements to increase your success and reduce the withdrawal symptoms.

Diet Proven to Favorably Impact Diabetes

December 14th, 2012

Recent research has shown that diet strategies are more effective than medications for diabetes. Read more here.

Exercise–for Long Life

December 14th, 2012

AANP – Routine Exercise Results In Five Years Longer Lifespan – (Wednesday, December 12, 2012) –A study has concluded that adults who include at least 150 minutes of physical activity in their routines each week live significantly longer than those who do not. The researchers compared life expectancy at each age for adults who were classed according to three groups: inactive, somewhat-active, and active. The two active groups were defined as at least 150 minutes of moderate weekly activity. Non-Hispanic white men who were 20 years old and fell into these two groups lived an estimated 2.4 years longer than inactive men. Women at age 20 gained about 3 additional years if they fell into these two groups. The biggest benefit was seen in non-Hispanic black women, who gained up to 5.5 years of life. Non-Hispanics can expect to gain 2.3 to 5.6 hours of added lifespan for every single hour of moderate physical activity they accumulate during adulthood, and 5.2 to 11.3 hours of life for every single hour of vigorous physical activity. This study was released December 11, 2012 by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, and will appear in an upcoming print issue. The full-text version is now available online at without cost.

Healthy Winter Food–for the Birds!!

December 14th, 2012

This is a great recipe for your backyard birds–they’ll love it, you’ll love watching them, and save $$ over the store-bought versions:

Compliments of Backyard Bird Shop, a great suet recipe!!

1 c. peanut butter
1 c. lard (not vegetable)
2 c. cornmeal
2 c. oats
1 c. flour (they love spelt, or more oats!)

Melt suet and peanut butter. Mix dry ingredients together then add to melted PB and lard. Feel free to add sunflower chips, peanut hearts, nuts, and/or bugs. Scoop into “Tupperwares” (I like using the “sandwich” containers). Cool then pop out and place in your favorite suet feeder. Relax and love watching your fave birds!

Salty Snacks –> Sugary Drinks –> Obesity

December 11th, 2012

AANP – High-Sodium Diet Linked To Higher Intake Of Sugary Drinks – (Tuesday, December 11, 2012) –Scientists have found that children who eat a lot of salty food also tend to drink more sugary drinks, which in turn might be related to their risk of obesity. The more salt the children in the study consumed each day, the greater the amount of fluids they drank; the same held true when the researchers zeroed in on the nearly two-thirds of kids who drank sugary beverages. For every additional amount of 390 mg of sodium the children took in each day, they averaged an extra 0.6 ounces of sugar-sweetened soda, juice or other drinks. Those liquid calories, in turn, were weakly linked to the risk of obesity. Kids who had more than one sugar-sweetened drink in a day were 26 percent more likely to be overweight or obese than their peers who avoided sweetened drinks. However, the researchers stressed that the link between extra sodium and sweetened drinks does not necessarily mean that one causes the other. This research was released by the journal Pediatrics on December 10, 2012, and will appear in the January 2013 print issue. The full-text version of this study is now available online at without cost.

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