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

It looks like the “radioactive plume” released by the nuclear disaster following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan will be reaching US shores tomorrow, March 18. It is predicted to reach Southern California tomorrow, in minute detectable levels. I found this information in today’s NY Times Science section:

Interactive Radioactive Plume map

Interactive NY Times Radioactive Plume map

You can see that the dosage of radiation dissipates as it travels the distance from Japan to the US. While this prediction does not give specific units of radiation, here is a chart from the CDC website to help with some perspective:

  • Exposure to cosmic rays during a roundtrip airplane flight from New York to Los Angeles 3 mrem 0.03 mSv
  • One dental x-ray 4?15 mrem 0.04?0.15 mSv
  • One chest x-ray 10 mrem 0.1 mSv
  • One mammogram 70 mrem 0.7 mSv
  • One year of exposure to natural radiation (from soil, cosmic rays, etc.) 300 mrem 3 mSv

Here is a Washington Dept of Health report on current risk of radiation exposure. They seem to be updating this link daily, so check back every day if you are feeling concern.

I am keeping tabs on this issue because I am saddened by the devastation in Japan and feel that in the US, while of course we want to protect ourselves and our families, we are so scared that we are not able to properly care for the our emotions and the emotions of our loved ones. I am also disgusted that companies that sell Potassium Iodide are increasing their prices for this product to play on the general public fear of radiation expose.

As it is now, there does not seem to be a risk to Washingtonians. If more nuclear reactors heat and possibly melt down, we all may need to reevaluate and begin taking precautions. In the meantime and if there is any exposure to deal with, I would recommend the following diet, based on the historical data that Dr. Akizuki fed his staff and patients a strict diet of brown rice, miso and tamari soy soup, wakame, kombu and other seaweed, Hokkaido pumpkin, and sea salt and prohibited the consumption of sugar and sweets. As a result, he saved everyone in his hospital, while many other survivors perished from radiation sickness. More from that article:


Whole grains help to protect us from the deleterious health effects of radiation exposure in five ways:

  1. Grains are low on the food chain. Although they may have been exposed to pollution and radiation, they do not have the concentration of contaminants that is found in meat and large fish, which are at the top of the food chain.
  2. Important with respect to radiation protection is the high fiber and phosphorous contents in grains. The binding ability of these substances helps the body to remove poisons.
  3. The bulking factor of grains lessens the intestinal transit time and so hasten the elimination of all toxins.
  4. Being neither very acid nor very alkaline, grains help us to maintain the middle-range pH that has been found to increase our resistance to radiation.
  5. Whole grains provide vitamin B6, which is indispensable for the thymus. In addition, their calcium content guards against uptake of radioactive strontium, and their vitamin E and selenium prevent cellular damage caused by free radicals.


  1. Refined, genetic modified and processed foods
  2. Fatty foods (meat, dairy products)
  3. Simple sugars (white sugar), soft drinks
  4. Dairy, produce, sea vegetables coming from an area exposed to radiation

Along with eating healthily, we can care for the emotions of our families, friends, and communities. Fear breeds ill-health and disease. Along with reassurances that we really don’t know how this will turn out, but that we will be ok, there are many flower essences, herbal teas, and botanical formulas that can help calm the nerves. Visit your naturopathic physician, herbalist, or local herb shop for ways to help support your community.

Finally, the amount of iodide in Potassium iodide (SSKI) tablets can make a healthy person sick if there is no actual radiation exposure (and even with radiation exposure, but the risk is worth it!). It is my professional medical opinion to NOT take these tablets unless or until there is an actual threat. Instead, focus on the iodine found naturally in sea vegetables like kelp, nori, and many others that are commercially available if you would like to make sure your innate iodine stores are sufficient.

Many patients have asked the physicians at Tilia Natural Health how to protect themselves from possible radiation exposure. First, I’d like to suggest that we all help each other not succumb to fear-mongering being propagated by the media. The truth is that we don’t know much yet- how much radiation is being released, and if or when we will be affected in this country.

I  will assure you that I will vigilantly keep up to date with media sources I trust to try to find ‘the truth,’ and will let you know my thoughts on how to most optimally stay healthy.

In the meantime, we can keep perspective that this is a very real, immediate crisis for hundreds of thousands of people living in Japan. Here, now, we can pray for our fellow humans. We can pray that all the world’s governments will revisit and seriously consider the wide-spread implications of housing nuclear power plants anywhere on the planet without adequate safety systems in place. We can also practice daily wellness for ourselves and our families, including eating more sea veggies than perhaps we normally would.

Three articles that I have found that are helping to ground me in this truly terrifying catastrophe:


Thanks to Karyn Shwartz, owner of the new herb shop, Sugarpill, on Capitol Hill in Seattle, for this one: http://home.iae.nl/users/lightnet/health/radiation.htm


by Dr. Jamine Blesoff


Choose Organic berries for the most health benefits

Eating dark-skinned berries is important for maintaining health and preventing disease.  Regular dietary intake of blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, cranberries, and grapes can improve cardiovascular health, immune health, and eye health.    They are excellent sources of phenolic compounds called anthocyanidins; important anti-oxidant compounds that work to decrease inflammation (in blood vessels), prevent tumor cell growth, stabilize cell membranes (in allergies), and improve brain function.

The high phenolic content in the skins has shown additional antioxidant action on lowering LDL cholesterol.  This is one reason why some studies have shown protective benefits in moderate consumption of red wine in people with high cholesterol or atherosclerosis.

The benefits of regularly eating dark berries have proven to be extensive.  So, how can you incorporate eating these tasty morsels into your life?

Eat at least ½ cup per day or 3-4 cups of organic berries per week.  Eat them raw as a snack, add frozen berries to your protein smoothie, layer it within yogurt topped with nuts, add it to any dessert, or try the recipe below:

Berry Hazelnut Salad (with Honey Poppy Seed Vinaigrette)

Adapted from The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook 2nd ed


8 cups mixed greens

2 cups mixed fresh berries (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, or other local berries)

½ cup hazelnuts, roasted (can substitute almonds or walnuts)

3 to 4 green onions, sliced into rounds

incorporate a variety of organic berries into your life


¼ C extra virgin olive oil

3 Tbsp red wine vinegar

1-2 Tbsp honey

1 Tbsp poppy seeds (can substitute flax or sesame seeds)

¼ tsp sea salt

  1. Rinse and dry the greens, place into a large salad bowl.  Rinse and dry the berries.  Place berries atop the greens.  Chop the nuts and add them to the salad along with the green onions.
  2. To make the dressing, place all ingredients into a glass jar, and shake well.  Pour over the salad just before serving


Exfoliating isn’t just for your face! Dry skin brushing (using sponge, gloves, skin brush) all over your body not only removes dead skin cells for healthy glowing skin but improves lymphatic circulation to optimize detoxification and immune function. Use swift, upward strokes (toward the heart) with light pressure.  Start at your feet & lower legs and work your way upward.  Then move to your hands and arms and do the same.

Dry skin brushing in the evening before bed can also enhance relaxation.  It works to engage the parasympathetic nervous system–our “rest & digest” part of our Nervous System–for a restful and regenerative night’s sleep.

In health,

Dr. Jamine

We are so happy to be here in Tangletown, welcoming back existing patients and welcoming in new patients. Thank you to everyone for all of your support with our opening and first few months being in our new clinic. Stop in for a cup of tea if you haven’t been by yet- we will be happy to give you a personal tour!

Dr. Walton will be on vacation from January 27-February 6, and Dr. Blesoff will take care of all Tilia patients during that time.

Get ready for some blogging in the new year, now that we are firmly established in our lovely new office space!