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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.

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!

Staying Healthy During Flu Season

It is that time of year again and many are contacting the clinic with questions about the prevention and treatment of the flu. Symptoms of the flu include fever, fatigue, muscle aches, headache, runny nose, cough and stomach symptoms like nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Sometimes a flu virus can come on slowly or it can hit suddenly without much notice.

I incorporate several effective naturopathic approaches in the prevention and treatment of the flu.Below are my natural medicine recommendations for prevention and treatment:
Lifestyle for Prevention
• Get plenty of rest and drink enough water. Maintaining a balanced sleep routine is one way to keep our immune system healthy. Adults need 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night to rejuvenate for the next day. Consistent inadequate sleep lowers the body’s defenses needed for fighting viral infections.
• Reduce or avoid refined sugar in your diet, especially things like soda, candy, and baked goods & Increase fruits and vegetables in your diet. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables and quality proteins is a foundation for a healthy immune system. Studies have shown that eating a sugary snack or meal can depress the immune system for several hours, creating a window of time during which it is easier to get the flu.
• Continue or establish a regular exercise routine. It helps to keep you healthy by reducing or countering stress [excessive stress can decrease immune function and make it easier to come down with the flu], enhancing circulation, and offering another mode of elimination via perspiration.
• Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, especially before eating.

Supplements for Prevention
Below are some basic guidelines for supplements to use preventively for an average adult, not currently taking other medications. These supplements foster good immunity while helping to create and maintain healthy mucous membrane tissue, which is essential for fending off germs. Most over-the-counter medications only treat the symptoms of the cold or flu virus. Nutritional supplementation, and immune-stimulating & antiviral botanicals can support the body’s natural defenses.

Note: These are only guidelines; if you also suffer from other, unrelated illnesses please consult your primary care physician first. Dosages depend on what other pharmaceuticals a patient might be on as well as underlying chronic diseases and/or other nutritional/herbal supplements taken.
Vitamin C –  can greatly enhance the immune system’s ability to fight infections of many kinds. In controlled trials Vitamin C has been shown to aid in the prevention of influenza, as well as shortening the duration and reducing the severity of infections already contracted.
Beta Carotene – which creates vitamin A in the body. This crucial nutrient boosts immune function by lowering the amount of free radicals, helping to eliminate the cause of sickness.
Zinc – Zinc plays an important role in maintaining healthy immune function. Low levels of zinc are associated with a decrease in T cell function, a vital white blood cell that helps fight infections.
Vitamin E – Optimizes immune function / response. Studies have shown that those with reduced levels of vitamin E are more susceptible to flu infection.

I also recommend the use of the following botanical medicine products to help prevent flu.
Echinacea – Echinacea also has the immune stimulating polysaccharides that give it an important role in naturopathic antiviral treatments. These polysaccharides naturally enhance the body’s resistance to infection.
Larch arbinogalactans – Larch arabinogalactans are polysaccharides derived from the wood of the Western larch tree. These polysaccharides stimulate the immune system to fend off infections. Larch arabinogalactans have been studied and shown effective in adults, as well as children, which makes it a great choice for keeping the whole family healthy through the flu season.
Sambucus nigra [Elderberry] – Research demonstrates that elderberry extract has particular immune-modulating and antioxidant properties that neutralize the activity of viruses so they can no longer enter the cell and replicate. The berries also contain vitamins A and C, and the flavonoids quercetin, anthocyanin and rutin, all of which boost immune function.
Astragalus membranaceus – Astragalus is used to strengthen the immune system over time, building resistance to illness and disease. Clinical trials as well as pharmacological data provide evidence for its usefulness in the prevention of the common cold and immune enhancement.

Each of the above botanical products helps to bolster immune function and keep the mucous membranes doing their job.

Holiday Hours

We just want to keep everyone informed of our hours for the remainder of the year.
We will have limited hours Friday, December 27 from 9AM-12PM for any medicinary pick-up or refill requests. The office will be closed on Monday, December 31st and Tuesday, January 1st. We will re-open on Wednesday, January 2nd with normal business hours.
We want to wish everyone a safe, happy and healthy 2013.

Vaccination Seminar

Dr. Distante will be holding a seminar on vaccinations at Alma Education and Movement Space, 1233 SE Stark on Saturday, November 10th @ 9AM. This informative workshop will help you find answers about vaccines without bias. Register at Alma 503-233-3001. $30 per couple