Nerium Now at Blossom Natural Health and Wellness

After researching and experiencing the benefits of Nerium, we are excited to offer the entire Nerium line at Blossom Natural Health and Wellness.

http://meredithdistante.nerium.com

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Blossom Welcomes Paula Jahn & Nourish Northwest

Blossom Natural Health and Wellness is thrilled to welcome dietitian, Paula Jahn!

Paula will be at Blossom on Tuesdays. Please contact her to schedule an appointment.

Paula Jahn, MS, RD, LD is a registered dietitian and co-owner of Nourish Northwest. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and health from Point Loma Nazarene University as well as a master’s from the University of Washington. She completed her dietetic internship at the VA Hospital in Chicago, IL. For four years, she participated in the organization and execution of whole foods cooking classes at a food co-op in Seattle, WA. She also worked as an outpatient dietitian, providing nutritional counseling for weight management, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, digestive disorders and many other conditions. In addition to providing individual counseling, she facilitated group clinics for weight management and diabetes.
Paula is committed to inspire and motivate her clients towards health through education and goal setting. She believes that the foundation of optimal health is taking pleasure in good food.

To contact Paula, call 503-234-7280 or email paula@nourishnorthwest.com

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Planet Boxes Have Landed At Blossom!

We are huge fans of reusable containers and love to support a company who is dedicated to making zero-waste lunches through their various stainless-steel bento boxes. So, carrying these lunch boxes was a no-brainer for us.  PlanetBox is the eco and easy way to pack healthy lunches for kids.  These things are durable! We have been using these lunch boxes for a few years now, and can attest that they hold-up. Made out of high quality stainless steel, it’s the safe, non-toxic alternative to plastic. PlanetBox is the custom-designed, all in one solution for packing well-balanced lunches kids love. With 3 sizes available [The smallest size is the Shuttle, the next size up, which is ideal for children and adults, is the Rover, and the largest size is the Launch.], these lunch boxes eliminate the need for disposable products.

Key Features:

• Individual compartments make sure that foods do not “touch each other.” Sandwich compartment guarantees no more squished sandwiches.
• Plenty of room for fruits and veggies, as well as a little tasty treat.
• “Big and Little Dipper” containers for messy, wet foods like yogurt and dips.
• Soft Carry Bags available in 6 different colors.
• Super-cool magnets that kids love.
• Dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.
• Cold-Kits available  to help keep PlanetBox meals cool throughout the day.The ColdKit consists of a gel-free IcePack (made with purified water only) tucked inside of our fabric Sleeve.

C’mon by and check-out any of these high-quality lunch boxes; we have options & colors for boys & girls,  kiddos & adults  – you will not be disappointed!

Keep Your Cool in Hot Weather

It is going to go from 84 to 97 over the next few days. Remember to stay hydrated and take care of yourself, kids, pets, friends and neighbors. Stay cool and safe!

http://www.cdc.gov/features/extremeheat/

 

 

 

The Dirty Dozen

The Dirty Dozen is a list compiled from the U.S. Department of Agriculture data on 48 fruits and veggies with pesticide residue. Close to 65 percent of the produce samples test positive http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/01/dirty-dozen-2014-ewg-pesticides_n_5246989.html. EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce can be found here…http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/index.php. You can also download the Dirty Dozen app for easy reference while out at the store.

SIBO-Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth

What is SIBO?

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) is when the bacteria in our gut get out of balance and overgrow. These bacteria typically live in the gastrointestinal tract or Large Intestine, but with SIBO they have overgrown in the Small Intestine, a location not meant for so many bacteria. This bacteria can interfere with our normal digestion and food absorption.

Signs Of SIBO

  • Gas
  • 
Bloating
  • 
Diarrhea
  • 
Abdominal pain or cramping
  • Constipation
  • Heartburn
  • Nausea
  • Food intolerances: gluten, casein, lactose, fructose and more
  • Chronic illnesses such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, neuromuscular disorders and autoimmune disease
  • Vitamins and minerals deficiency

Other symptoms may include headache, joint pain, respiratory, skin, brain and mood symptoms.

It has also been proven that there is link between IBS and SIBO. Close to 80 percent of those suffering from IBS may actually have small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).

Treatment

*First, reduce the bacteria. This can be done with Antibiotics, Herbal Antibiotics, Elemental Formula (An amino acid-based formula) and Diet

*Healing the SI lining with diet and supplements

*Preventing a relapse

It is important for patients to get proper testing, as well as pharmaceutical and botanical management through a qualified health care practitioner. Schedule an appointment today to discuss your health concerns and the options available to you.

Sources

mindbodygreen.com

ndnr.com

sibosymposium.com

Senate Passes Naturopathic Medicine Week Resolution

Some Great News Just Released!

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

The 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  American Association of Naturopathic Physicians website.

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

Plants That Promote Clean Air

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has done studies indicating that indoor air pollution is a more consistent threat to your health than outdoor pollution. This pollution comes primarily from the volatile organic chemicals (VOC), like formaldehyde, that are present in new building materials such as carpeting, paneling, cabinets, fabrics, etc. This pollution can be reduced with proper air filtration by an electronic air filter, by certain plants, or both.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has spent two decades doing research to find out which plants could remove toxic chemicals from the air for use in space stations. The following five plants have been found to be particularly effective at clearing the air of formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene.

Plants Effective at Clearing the Air of Volatile Organic Chemicals:

* Mass cane (Dracaena massangeana)
* Pot mum (Chrysanthemum morifolium)
* Gerbera daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)
* Warnecki (Dracaena deremensis “Warneckei”)
* Ficus (Ficus benjamina)

Other plants that are effective at general air purification:

* English ivy (Hedera helix)
* Marginata (Dracaena marginata)
* Mother-in-laws tongue (Sansevieria laurentii)
* Peace lily (Spathiphyllum “Mauna Loa”)
* Chinese evergreen (Algona “silver queen”)
* Banana (Musa oriana)
* Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea seifrizzi)
* Heart leaf philodendron (Philodendron oxycardium)
* Green spider plant (Chlorophytum elatum)
* Janet Craig (Dracaena deremensis)

Neural Prolotherapy

Neural Prolotherapy is a newer treatment option for pain and musculoskeletal injuries including tendonitis, osteoarthritis, peripheral neuropathy, chronic regional pain sydrome, migraine, frozen shoulder and other pain conditions. Neural Prolotherapy involves subcutaneous injections of dextrose (sugar) or mannitol in sterile water along the nerve associated with pain. Prolotherapy injections are given in order to stimulate the body to repair painful injured areas. With Neural Prolotherapy treatment, patients have shown not only a reduction or elimination of pain, but also healing and regeneration of tissue.

Who can benefit from Neural Prolotherapy?
Anyone with pain, chronic or otherwise. Individuals who have been treated in the past with multiple surgeries and cortisone injections that have nonetheless remained in pain have seen their pain disappear with a few Neural Prolotherapy treatments.

How does it work?
The working hypothesis is that dextrose and mannitol solutions help to repair inflamed nerves. These inflamed nerves under the skin are known to cause chronic painful conditions called “neuralgias” or “neuropathic pain”. We often call this “neurogenic inflammation”. Evidence supports that these small nerves responsible for muscles, ligaments and tendons are inflamed and prevent healing of these structures. Common treatments such as anti-inflammatories and cortisone injections don’t seem to treat neurogenic inflammation.

How many treatments are involved?
Most patients respond in as little as 1-2 treatments. Typically 6-8 sessions of micro-injections under the skin with a very small needle are necessary. Additional treatments may be necessary for maintenance. Most patients experience that the benefits of neural prolotherapy hold on average for 12-24 months after treatment.

We are very excited to be bringing this treatment to Blossom Natural Health and Wellness. To find out more about this exciting new option to treating pain, call or email the clinic [360-834.2732, or use the contact form by clicking here]

Spring Break Abbreviated Hours

It is that time of year again – time to recharge the batteries, spend some time with the kiddos and family. Well, that’s what we are doing – and hope you will as well!

Dr. Distante will not be seeing any patients over the spring break holiday – but we will have some abbreviated hours for medicinary ordering/pick-up. Best bet would be to phone the clinic [360.834.2732] to coordinate.  We thank you for your understanding and flexibility and hope that you have a chance to spend some time with family and friends!