Is it Cold, Flu, Allergies, or COVID?  Dr. Brooke breaks it down for you.

By Dr. Brooke Azie-Rentz

 

sunlight-exposure-stretchThe first day of spring has come and gone, we have had some beautiful, warm sunny days, but now it looks like we are back to April showers as I write this article.  I hope this means that May will bring us flowers, but more importantly, May will see us emerge from our quarantine (fingers crossed) and blossom with the new found freedom we find in leaving our homes and starting on this new path of normal that includes social distancing, elbow bumps and masks in public spaces.  I know this all seems daunting, but this is going to be the new normal for a while and we need to move past the inconvenience, anger and frustration that this has all brought on us and instead figure out how to move on with life and be thankful for all the things we have to be thankful for. 

Now comes the $1 million question: Are my symptoms the flu, coronovirus, a cold, or is it just allergies?

So, what are the common symptoms that people are complaining of right now?  Continue reading

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What’s the best IV to get right now: AIM Multi-Vitamin or AIM Anti-Viral?

by Dr. Daniel Riordan IV, ND

shutterstock_1319882621With COVID in the news and promising research on High Dose Vitamin C, Patients have been asking lately what the big difference is between our AIM “Multi-Vitamin” IVs and AIM “Anti-Viral” IV’s, and which one might be better during this pandemic.

The main difference is the amount of Vitamin C.  This really is the important difference between the two.  It might sound confusing, but Vitamin C actually acts as both an antioxidant and a pro-oxidant1. Continue reading

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Dr. Dan’s Quarantine Detox: The Detox Report

By Dr. Daniel Riordan IV, ND

 

AIM-WEB-117As most of your read in Dr. Nguyen’s recent article, she, Dr. Shegeft, and I took part in a 2-week “detox” protocol followed immediately by a 2-week weight loss program created by one of the supplement companies that we work with here at AIM.  If you have not read it, you can read about her experience HERE.

In the article, she talked about how she typically does a detox in the spring.  I, however, am new to this and have never done a detox nor have I done a weight loss program.

As a doctor, I wanted to experience the programs so that I better know what my patients experience when they take part in similar programs.  Plus, as a novice to this sort of thing, I thought it might be fun to share what I went through, to help our patient community feel more at ease with this process. Continue reading

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Yearly Detox: Reconnecting with Cooking, Food, and Great Health during the Coronavirus Pandemic

By Dr. Victoria Nguyen, ND

 

shutterstock_622381814As I have written in the past, the start of spring often elicits a new beginning for me.  It is a time where I will pack away winter items and do a deep clean of my home. Not only does spring cleaning involve clearing my physical surroundings, but it is also a time for me to reflect on my physical and mental being.

This year, like many in the past, I decided to do a cleanse and reset my system by addressing my diet. I, like so many of us, eat when I am stressed and will admit that there are moments that I stray from the healthy practices I know are important in supporting my body – physically, mentally and emotionally – especially in times of stress.  I wanted to write about my experience this year as there were a lot of things I learned and remembered through this experience. Continue reading

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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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