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Dr Amy WellsDr. Amy Wells is joining Tilia from her private practice in Wallingford. She is a family practice ND with specialties in chronic illness, chronic fatigue, chronic infections and gastrointestinal issues. She also treats patients with various modalities for physical pain. She is excited to join Tilia and excited to meet you in the office. Dr. Wells is covered under many insurance plans and is currently accepting new patients.

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According to a press release from the AANP:

Senate Passes Naturopathic Medicine Week Resolution
The U.S. Senate last night unanimously passed a resolution designating October 7 – October 13 as Naturopathic Medicine Week.

NaturopathicMedicineWeekThe resolution recognizes the value of naturopathic medicine in providing “safe, effective, and affordable health care…” and encourages Americans to learn about the role of naturopathic physicians in preventing chronic and debilitating conditions.

Passage of this resolution is an historic achievement for naturopathic medicine. The Congress has now officially recognized the important role naturopathic medicine plays in effectively addressing the nation’s health care needs as well as in addressing the increasingly severe shortage of primary care physicians.

For the latest information about Naturopathic Medicine Week (NMW), visit the NMW page on AANP’s website.

The resolution (Sen. Res. 221) is not yet available on Congress’ official web site but will be soon.

This is an exciting development for Naturopathic Medicine and a great step toward greater recognition, accreditation and insurance coverage nationwide.

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The easy answer is: Not really.

We heard the recent news stories, too. While we were mulling over the best way to address this issue for our patients and their families, we received the following press release from Thorne Research.This represents our position on this new information, as well, and does so with excellent clarity.

Greetings,

As you may be aware, an article published in the July 2013 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute suggests there is an association between elevated plasma omega-3 fatty acid levels and a heightened risk of prostate cancer.

This study must be interpreted with a significant degree of caution for a variety of reasons:

  • The data came from what is referred to as a retrospective, nested, case-control study. The data was extracted from another, much larger, previously conducted trial that was not originally intended to examine the relationship between omega-3 fatty acid levels and prostate cancer.  In other words, the original study was not designed to determine any of the conclusions reached in the analysis contained in the article.
  • The study’s results conflict with the results from other studies that do suggest that omega-3 fatty acids offer a protective benefit against prostate cancer; and these other studies were, in fact, designed to analyze that very outcome. (See link) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3629172/
  • Identifying one particular physiologic marker in a group of individuals with a given condition – in this case, an elevated omega-3 level in men with prostate cancer – does not prove causation, especially when that marker can be influenced by diet or behavior and is only measured at a single point in time.
  • It is also hugely important to realize that the authors of this study did not assess any of the participants’ dietary intake of fatty fish or omega-3 nutritional supplements – the study’s conclusions are based wholly on the results of a single blood test.
  • The omega-3 index, which measures both EPA and DHA within red blood cells, is a much more accurate indicator of long-term omega-3 intake and tissue status than is the plasma omega-3 level, which is subject to significant day-to-day variability.
  • A number of confounding risk factors might have influenced the purported outcomes in the study, despite attempts by the investigators to account for them:
  1. 53 percent of the subjects with prostate cancer were smokers.
  2. 64 percent of the cancer subjects regularly consumed alcohol.
  3. 30 percent of the cancer subjects had at least one first-degree relative with prostate cancer.
  4. 80 percent of the cancer subjects were overweight or obese.
  • Considering the extensive body of literature that supports the anti-inflammatory effects of omega-3 fatty acids, there is no credible biological mechanism, nor is one suggested in the article, that would explain why these essential fatty acids might increase tumorigenesis.

Summary:  Given the inconsistent data attributable to omega-3 fatty acids and prostate cancer, and acknowledging the broad range of health benefits that are almost universally accorded to omega-3 fatty acid consumption, it would be premature to stop eating fish or to discontinue taking omega-3 nutritional supplements on the basis of this study.

In Health,

Robert Rountree, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Thorne Research, Inc.

 

We welcome you to contact your doctor with any reservations or concerns you have about your supplementation or health regimens – at any time! Call our office to schedule a consult to re-evaluate your current wellness plan with your doctor. And if you aren’t yet a patient at Tilia Natural Health, we welcome the opportunity to help you feel and live your best – give us a call.

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Supporting the Immune System:

Herbal remedies for cold and flu prevention

Presented by Crystal Stelzer, herbalist

Cold and flu season will be on us before we know it, so now is the perfect time to help support the immune system to thwart those nasty bugs that will be out and about. In this class we’ll discuss how to best support the immune system in terms of preventative care. We will begin by exploring the immune system in simple terms, and then we’ll learn about herbs that can help boost the system’s defense mechanisms in order to prevent getting ill. We will then discuss herbs that are antiviral for killing viruses, antibacterial for killing bacterial infections, and adaptogenic herbs which help support our body’s responses to stress. Handouts will be given, including herbal recipes that are simple to make so you can begin supporting your immune system now. There will also be a bevy of herbal products to sample, which will be made from the recipe list.

Who: All are welcome – You do not need to be a current patient to sign up for this program.
When: Friday, Nov. 18th from 5-7pm
Where: Tilia Natural Health at 105 NE 56th Street in Tangletown
How: Registration is $30, and space is limited, so register now by sending an email to:frontdesk@tilianaturalhealth.com.

About the speaker:
Crystal’s knowledge stems from her devotion to all things green, and from her education in herbal medicine. Crystal holds a bachelor’s of science in Herbal Medicine from Bastyr University, where she is an adjunct faculty member teaching classes in the Botanical Medicine department. Read more about Crystal here.

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Dr. Walton’s first day back at work will be Wednesday, October 19! She and daughter Hazel are feeling great and are ready for “next steps.” Dr. Walton will have a limited schedule as she returns from maternity leave, adding days as Hazel grows and becomes more predictable.

So, if you’ve been eagerly awaiting Dr. Walton’s return, call Brielle and schedule your appointment today!

And for those of you who need your Hazel fix, this photo was taken this morning-

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Hazel Rae Selah Walton 

 

was born on August 30, 2011 at 9:07 am. She weighed 6 pounds and 11.8 ounces, and has already gained 8+ ounces a mere 10 days later!!

We labored for 31 hours, half at home and half at Group Health. I was tired, to say the least. But little Hazel’s heart rate stayed strong and consistent even through the tail end of labor. I realized then that she was going to lead me through difficult times with grace and strength. We called her ‘champ’ all the way through the labor, and joked that should be her name.

I also realized something amazing about the human body and the attitude of naturopathic medicine. When I first got to Group Health, I was hemming and hawing about getting an epidural and pitocin drip even though that is why we were there (to lengthen the contraction). I kept remembering how the procedure and subsequent necessary monitoring was portreyed in my Normal Maternity class at Bastyr. I would be immobile, hooked up to a heartrate and contraction monitors for baby, BP cuff for me, catheterized, on an IV drip, etc. I would most likely need pitocin at some point because my labor would likely stop. And then…. the cascade of interventions most often resulting in a C-section.

Now I was born via C-section so its obviously not the worst way to be born 🙂 But, it was not part of The Plan. This is where the attitude of naturopathic medicine comes in. The goal isn’t to follow The Plan, it is to be attuned and responsive to what is happening in the moment, always with an eye to the goal (a healthy baby!) and not only the current state of affairs (symptoms). In the moment, NO I did not want to be hooked up to machines, but if that was the way to help my baby girl enter the world, than that is what I would do. Once my brain got there, I felt incredibly blessed to be in the hands of such a competent healthcare team, who were each truly dedicated to the process of natural birth. Contrary to what I was taught, I didn’t even notice the tubes and monitors, etc. In fact, it was quite reassuring to look over and see little Hazel’s hear staying strong and stable throughout each contraction. I felt bonded with her- if such a tiny person could weather this situation, then certainly I could too. My little champ.

Hazel was born after 3 hours of pushing. She did the “breast crawl” where she shimmied up to the breast found a latch and started eating within minutes of being born. Everyone in the room loved her and cheered her on. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to look back at those moments without an overwhelming sense of joy and gratitude- for amazing little Hazel, for my incredible birth team, and for the inherent strength we all have within us.

I want to thank each of you who have offered your support as I have been on maternity leave. Hazel is loving the gifts you have given her, and is looking forward to meeting you in the last quarter of this year!

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Hey Puget Sound families!

There is an herb walk for kids at Bastyr University in Kenmore this Sunday, led by the wonderful herbalist, Crystal Stelzer. It is targeted for children of all ages- come on out and learn about plants and their medicinal uses in a fun-filled community atmosphere! More information can be found here:

http://www.green-blessings.com​/UpComingClasses.html

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