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-


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!

Healthy Tips for Back to School

A new school year is upon us and what better time to set your kids off on the right foot! Join Drs. Alicia Cole and Jamine Blesoff to learn a few simple but essential things the entire family can do to make sure kids stay healthy, focused, and happy through the school term.

 Drs. Cole and Blesoff will cover:

  • How to prepare for cold/flu season
  •  Ways to support your child’s stress as they adapt to changes in their routine

    Come and learn healthy snack tips for the school year

  •  Healthy Meal ideas to fuel your kids optimally for learning, studying, and sports
  •  What to know for first-time organized sports participation
  •  Basic injury prevention

Included in this fun and informative classroom-style presentation will be handouts on healthful lunch and snack options as well as a sampling of the recipes provided. Attendants will also receive 10% off any kid’s multivitamins, fish oil, and immune support products.

WHO: All are welcome – kids included! You do not need to be a current patient to sign up for this program.
WHEN: Wednesday, September 21st from 6-8pm
WHERE: Tilia Natural Health at 105 NE 56th Street in Tangletown/Wallingford
WHEN: Registration is $15, and space is limited, so register now by sending an email to: frontdesk@tilianaturalhealth.com.

About the speakers:

  • Dr. Cole graduated with her doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University. She is a family care practitioner who is excited about bringing natural medicine and healthy habits into the family routine. Read more about Dr. Cole at www.tilianaturalhealth.com
  • Dr. 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. Blesoff at www.tilianaturalhealth.com



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:


Dr. Christine Cambareri, Naturopathic Doctor and Owner of Bella Fiore Organic Skin Care, will share with you about how to choose safe skin care ingredients to protect you and your family from the summer sun!

Dr. Cambareri will cover:

  • The Dirty Dozen Chemicals in Personal Care Products
  • The difference between Chemical and Physical Sun Blocker
  • Resources to choose safe sunscreen
  • Anti-aging internal and topical ingredients to help reduce the signs of sun exposure
  • How to soothe your skin if you experience a sun burn

Who:       All are welcome! You do not need to be a current patient to sign up for this program.

When:    Wednesday, June 29th 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
Bring:    Yourself and up to 5 skincare products you would like Dr. Cambareri to evaluate for you!

You will receive 10% off any organic skin care product offered at Bella Fiore as well as 20% off any skin service booked at the presentation.

About the speaker:

Christine Cambareri received her doctorate of naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University. She is also a licensed esthetician and owner of Bella Fiore Organic Skin Care. She is passionate about holistic health and natural skin care.  She looks at each client’s skin as a unique expression of their health and well-being.  She is dedicated to educating individuals about the dangers of personal product ingredients and empower them to choose natural healthy skin care.  Learn more at www.bellafioreskincare.com.

Come meet your Tangletown neighborhood wellness team!

Complete the Tangletown Wellness Walk

between 10:00 and 2:00 this Saturday, May 21 (rain or shine!) to

earn great door prizes, get some exercise and join in the friendly community spirit.

Each health partner has a different way to celebrate YOU – our neighbors!

Plus fun health-related games for kids.

It’s free! And easy as…

  1. Pick up a Tangletown Passport to Health at any partner location.
  2. Follow the map to get your passport stamped at all three locations.
  3. Turn it in at the last office you visit and you’ll be entered in a drawing for even more fabulous prizes!

At Tilia Natural Health we will will have games, health tips, sample herbal teas, and PRIZES! including yummy teas, a whole foods cookbook, and relaxing eye pillows

For more information: Contact our office at Tilia Natural Health (206) 257-5817

Brought to You by Your Tangletown Neighborhood Health Partners:

  • Active Wellness Chiropractic & Massage
  • Bella Fiore Organic Skin Care
  • Thrive Natural Family Medicine
  • Tilia Natural Health

To Celebrate National Women’s Health Week , Tilia Natural Health is offering all new patients two different types of issue-focused visits a 30-minute Women’s Health Consultation AND/OR Cardiovascular Screening and Exam for $75.00 each during the entire month of May.

Women’s Health Consultation:

Preventative health includes regular doctor visit and screening exams. Below are some guidelines to consider when deciding if it is time for your next preventative health check up:

 Gynecological exam every year
 Regular PAP smear for cervical cancer screening (every 1-3 years)
 Self breast exam and Clinical breast exam

A Woman’s health consultation will include breast & gynecological exams, and PAP smear. Follow-up visits to review results will cost $25. If indicated, specific tests are available for an additional cost.

Cardiovascular Screening:

Visits for Cardiovascular screening will include risk assessment, physical exam, and a detailed cholesterol blood test. Follow-up visits to review test results and receive individualized treatment plan will cost $50.00.

1 in 4 women die from heart disease. Are you at risk?

 Family history: parents, brothers, sisters, or children with heart disease
 Age: Menopausal women have increased risk
 Stress: Do you have high amount of daily mental stress?
 Do you Smoke?
 Physical Inactivity
 Blood Pressure greater than 120/80
 Overweight or Obese
 Elevated Cholesterol & Triglyceride levels
 High blood sugar

The more risk factors you have from above, the greater chance you have of developing cardiovascular disease, including heart attack and stroke.

Take steps this Spring to ensure your optimal health by booking an appointment today.

Call (206) 257-5817 and mention this blog post

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

(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!

• 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.

• 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

• 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.

• 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

• 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

• “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

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!