What should Washington Residents know about Coronavirus and COVID-19?

By Dr. Brooke Azie-Rentz and Dr. Rosalie De Lombaert

 

shutterstock_1625206747With the news this week of the first US deaths from novel Coronavirus being here in King County, it is no surprise that people in our community are on-guard. It seems like every time we turn on the radio or TV, read a newspaper or online news-source, inevitably, we are bombarded with information and stats about Coronavirus.

Unfortunately, there is a lot of fear-based news appealing to the public’s emotion these days, which is leading to a wave of heightened anxiety around upper respiratory infections in general.

Let’s share a few important facts: Continue reading

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Ozone Therapy: Current and Advanced Clinical Practices and Applications for Health and Wellness

By Dr. Daniel Riordan, ND

 

shutterstock_451035577Dr. Shegeft and I just got back from Dr. Frank Shallenberger’s Ozone seminar where we learned more about Ozone and Prolozone.

Ozone is a gas that is made up of Oxygen molecules.  Typically when we think of oxygen, it is 02, or 2 molecules of oxygen bound together.  This is the most stable form of oxygen.

However, when an electric force is applied, those molecules break apart and when they recombine, can form O3, or Ozone.

Fun fact: 90% of earth’s Ozone layer is made by the sun’s ultraviolet light, however 10% is generated by the Catatumbo Light Storms in Venezuela which is a phenomenon that produces over 1 million light strikes a year (look up some YouTube videos of it)!

The exciting part is not really what Ozone is, but more about what ozone can do. Continue reading

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Why Integrative Health Matters: A Case Study and Recipe

By Dr. Lisa A. Price, ND

 

shutterstock_286087028Several years ago, a stage IV prostate cancer patient, who I will call Stan, came to me for complementary care.

I have been fortunate to work in cancer centers that are progressive and honor the importance of safe alternative therapies in conjunction with conventional medicine. Stan was receiving the best treatment, from the best oncology team, and even went out of state to another prestigious cancer treatment facility for a second opinion. The first and second opinions matched. Both facility’s oncologists noted that statistics for his diagnosis were not favorable for long term survival; therefore, it was highly unlikely his cancer would ever reach the much desired ‘NED’ status (No Evidence of Disease).

Stan and his wife were not deterred. They persisted, following the prescribed conventional treatment plan, as well as complying with the complementary plan I supplied. My plan included safe supplementation, dietary support, behavioral modifications, mind body therapies and exercise. Stan, I should mention, is also deeply spiritual and insatiably curious, as is his wife.

As the weeks and months progressed, Stan kept to the treatment protocols, and made it through therapy with very few side effects. In and of itself, having only a small amount of side effects during treatment was an enormous achievement.

The time for him to be scanned came, and the results showed NED. Continue reading

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Allergy Testing at AIM

By Dr. Brooke Azie-Rentz

 

shutterstock_680919733It is the end of the year, wow it has gone fast!  Most of you are thinking about holiday parties and decorating and what to give up for the New Year…I am thinking about how I can help our patients get every last penny out of their insurance before the deductable renews in the New Year and how to prevent illness in 2020.  The most logical thing of course to address both these issues is… spring time allergies! Continue reading

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AYURVEDA: AN ANCIENT MEDICINE FOR THE MIND & BODY

By Dr. Rosalie De Lombaert

 

shutterstock_561087484 (1)Ayurveda is a traditional Indian medicine (4000BC) that predates even acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine. It is based similarly on the five-element theory, namely using fire, water, earth, air, and space/ether as its basis. Recently it has gained awareness in North America primarily through the yoga community, and since Ayurveda is literally translated as the “science of life,” it informs not only the way yoga is practiced, but also all other aspects of life (e.g., diet, lifestyle, and treatment of disease). Continue reading

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Healthy Digestion; Happy Life: Understanding SIBO

By Dr. Victoria Nguyen

 

shutterstock_1127539985What is SIBO? SIBO is an acronym for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. Bacteria in our gut is normal and plays an important role for healthy digestion and can even have an influence on other aspects of our health. Normally, the bacteria in our gut help to breakdown fibers to smaller components that the cells of our digestive tract can absorb and utilize for fuel and energy. The gut bacteria also help produce some vitamins that we can use. Most of the bacteria are in the colon, so when there is bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine, it can cause a variety of symptoms. Those symptoms can range from abdominal pain or discomfort, gas, bloating, fatigue, body aches or weakness. If the overgrowth is not addressed, it can lead to other issues such as malabsorption and nutritional deficiencies that could lead to weight loss. Because these symptoms are so vague, it can be difficult to diagnose SIBO from other digestive disorders. Continue reading

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Dietary Habits Promoting Longevity and Wellness: Can you handle them?

By Dr. Lisa A. Price, ND

 

shutterstock_1432771655Understanding why it’s important to eat an anti-inflammatory diet is helpful to compliance.  The National Cancer Institute continuously updates its database on several aspects affecting cancer remission and prevention.  Many of these recommendations are specific, like reducing intake of red meat to three servings per week.

These findings and others are based on nutritional contents of foods that we consume and their inflammatory affects. For example, both cow dairy and red meat contain a higher amount of something called omega 9 fatty acids. These are not ‘bad’ fats per say, but if we consume too many of them, we can tip the balance toward inflammation in our bodies.Inflammation can create damage and reactions that beget more inflammation, causing the cycle to continue. When the damage caused by inflammation exceeds the body’s ability to ‘clean’ it up, we begin to get damage at a cellular level. Damaged cells can turn into cancer.

 

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