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Archive for April, 2011

You and your family don’t need to struggle with allergies, or the uncomfortable side effects of pharmaceutical allergy medications. Join Dr. Laura Walton to learn a naturopathic view on allergies, their cause, and safe, effective ways to decrease symptoms for both children and adults.

Dr. Walton will cover:

  • what is happening in the immune system to cause allergy symptoms
  • how seasonal, environmental, and food allergies are related
  • simple, safe techniques to treat allergies at home, without pharmaceutical medications
  • how to prepare for allergy season so it is less uncomfortable

Included in this fun and informative classroom-style presentation will be handouts on dietary suggestions and samples of allergy tea. Attendants will also receive 10% off any “allergy supplies” to keep those pesky symptoms away while supporting your body to truly heal.

Who: All are welcome! You do not need to be a current patient to sign up for this program.
When: Thursday, May 12 from 6-8pm
Where: Tilia Natural Health at 105 NE 56th Street in Tangletown
How: Registration is $15, and space is limited, so register now by sending an email to: frontdesk@tilianaturalhealth.com.

About the speaker:
Laura Walton received her doctorate of naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University in 2005. She is dedicated to building healthy communities and is excited to share this information with the Tangletown community and beyond! Read more about Dr. Laura: http://www.tilianaturalhealth.com/meet_the_doctors.html

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(Class Notes from Dr. Blesoff)

Thank you to everyone who attended our community class “Spring into Spring: Creating a Cleanse”, this past Wednesday evening at Tilia Natural Health. I had such a great time talking with all of you! For those who couldn’t join us, this post will highlight some of the ideas I touched on.

Spring is a great time to plan an intentional detox or cleanse for yourself. It is a season of transition, physically and energetically, from inward to outward. We see this in the animals and plants around us as they emerge from hibernation and the comforts of the soil. That which has been stored over winter may no longer serve us in spring. A detoxification plan can work to facilitate this transition physically, mentally, and spiritually.

The goals of a cleanse include:
• Optimize and support all the organs of Elimination
• Decrease your Total Body Burden by Minimize intake of toxins, Mobilize toxins, and Maximize excretion of toxins
• Address the physical, mental, and spiritual realms

If you are under the care of a physician or following a medication regimen, please inform your health care provider that you are planning on doing a light detox as it may shift the metabolism of certain prescription medications.

Plan ahead and pick a time where you can set aside time for yourself, with minimal commitments, to start . You can do this detox for 2 to 4 weeks.

Our primary organs of elimination include: Skin, Lungs, Kidney, Colon/Liver, and Mind. Below are some suggestions to optimize function of each, this is not an all-inclusive list, but some of what we touched on during the Detox class earlier this week:

Increase your fiber intake when you increase your veggie intake!

DIET
• Optimize digestion by taking 1 Tbsp Apple cider vinegar (in a little water) before meals or taking digestive enzymes with meals
• Pick one or two food groups to eliminate from your diet. These may be foods that you are suspicious or curious about it’s effect on your body. Some ideas to start with: gluten, dairy, corn, soy, nightshades, citrus, potatoes.  For information and ideas on meal planning, one of my favorite resources is the Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen blog by personal chef Alissa Segersten and nutritionist Tom Malterre MS, CN.  Their cookbook is fantastic.
• Increase your fiber intake. Your goal should be 25-30 grams per day. It is best if fiber comes from fresh vegetables such as broccoli, artichokes, beets, dark leafy greens, turmeric, burdock, onions, garlic. These veggies will also enhance Liver detoxification pathways.

GUT/COLON/LIVER
• Minimize toxins in your food. Use the http://www.ewg.org “Dirty Dozen/Clean 15” Guide to prioritize organic picks
• Castor Oil Packs 3-4 nights per week to tonify the Liver and improve lymphatic circulation
• Optimize regular elimination with daily exercise

SKIN
• Minimize toxic load from your skin care products. Take a look at the Environmental Working Group’s latest post on how to read product labels and know what chemicals to avoid http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/\
Try this: Dry Skin Brushing before bed. See my previous post for more details
SWEAT is an excellent way to encourage elimination through the skin.  Though exercise is optimal, sweating in the sauna or steam room is also very efficient way to detox through the skin.

LUNGS
• Decrease exposure to chemical irritants including strong perfumes and pollution
• Deep breathing after exercise, as part of a meditation practice, or relaxing before bed
Try This: Inhale X 4 count, Exhale X 8 count, Hold x 4 count. Repeat 5 to 10 times

herbal tea is a great way to increase hydration

KIDNEYS
• Take a break from coffee, soda, alcohol (it doesn’t have to be cold turkey, make it gradual)
• Increase your hydration.  Drink 1/2 your bodyweight in ounces of water or herbal teas
• Substitute green tea, coconut water, or herbal teas. Some of my favorite herbs: Yarrow, dandelion root, ginger, Elder flower, schisandra, burdock root, nettle leaf

MIND
• “Unplug” your cell phones, TV, computers, and other technologies 1 hour before bed.
• Clear the clutter of your mind and your home (maybe organize a goodwill drop-off)
• This can be a time for reflection. Be gentle with yourself. Pay attention to any thoughts, emotions, or feelings that may come up for you during this time. Let them go as needed.

These are very basic fundamental suggestions, a place to start. Following these tips will point you (and your body) in the right direction toward enhancing your body’s ability to Detoxify that which you no longer need.

We also discussed specific products to support areas of detoxification. Contact your doctor at Tilia Natural Health to learn more about these.

Please join us for our next monthly community class on Thursday May 12, 2011 from 6-8pm. Dr. Laura Walton will be speaking on the topic Allergies: seasonal, food, and environmental. Learn more about it on our website.

In health,
Jamine Blesoff, ND

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Tilia Natural Health is happy to announce that we will be offering a monthly community class on various health-related topics. We’d love to hear some topics you would like us to offer. Some that we have come up with to date:

  • Spring Detox (This Wednesday, April 20 @ 6pm)
  • Natural Approaches to Seasonal Allergies
  • Planting and cooking from your very own Herb Garden
  • How to stay healthy during cold and flu season
  • Stress Management: how to keep stress from affecting your health
  • Whole Foods Nutrition: What is a healthy diet?
  • Foundations of Health: Tips to achieve and maintain optimal health
  • Cardiovascular Health Issues: What do I need to know to prevent hypertension, high cholesterol, or atherosclerosis
  • Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes Prevention
  • Trouble Sleeping? Tips to optimize restful sleep in your Life
  • Optimize Joint Health: Osteoporosis prevention and natural treatment
  • Understanding Food Allergies & Intolerance
  • GERD: Is reflux ruining your meals?
  • Hormone imbalances? What causes it and how do I know if I have it?

Please let us know what you’d like to learn about, and we’ll put it on the schedule. We welcome all ideas, and will create presentations that are both informational and experiential with teas and/or exercises specifically formulated for the topic of the day.

We look forward to seeing you and one of our upcoming low-cost classes, which are open to the general public as well as current Tilia clients, of course!

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Spring DetoxDr. Jamine Blesoff will present a simple detox plan to help you “clean house” and prepare for increased physical activity during the upcoming warmer months.

Dr. Blesoff will cover:

  • the primary organs involved in detoxification
  • simple, safe techniques to open and encourage detox pathways
  • how to tell if its working, or working “too much”

Included in this fun and informative classroom-style presentation will be handouts on dietary suggestions and recipes along with detox techniques you can do at home.

You’ll get to sample detox tea during the presentation, and will receive 10% off any “detox supplies” which you may find useful as you design a home detox program with the help of Dr. Blesoff.

Tilia flowersWho: All are welcome! You do not need to be a current patient to sign up for this program.
When: Wednesday, April 20 from 6-8pm
Where: Tilia Natural Health at 105 NE 56th Street in Tangletown
How: Registration is $15, and space is limited, so register now by sending an email to: frontdesk@tilianaturalhealth.com

About the speaker:
Jamine Blesoff received her doctorate of naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University. She is dedicated to building healthy communities and is excited to share this information with the Tangletown community and beyond! Read more about Dr. Jamine: http://www.tilianaturalhealth.com/meet_the_doctors.html

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