Beware of These Sunscreen Ingredients

Now that summer is in full swing, even the Pacific Northwest is sunny and bright which causes many people to turn to sunscreens so they can enjoy their favorite summer activities, while preventing overexposure to the sun. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States with more than 3.5 million cases annually, […]

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Recent Headlines May Confuse You About Hormone Replacement Therapy

You may have noticed startling headlines recently stating “Hormone Therapy Not Recommended” and “Hormone Therapy Not for Prevention of Chronic Conditions.”  The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently posted new recommendations on the use of menopausal hormone replacement therapy for the primary prevention of chronic conditions including cancer, cardiovascular disease, cognition and osteoporosis.  This is […]

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Avoiding Colds and Flu

Tips for Avoiding Seasonal Illness As the cold weather descends upon us, the chance of colds and flu increases.  Guarding and boosting our immune systems is the best way to have a healthy winter season.  Here are some tips on how to maximize your immune function and minimize the risks for colds and flu. Stay happy.  Mood mind […]

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Adrenal Fatigue

What is adrenal fatigue? Adrenal fatigue is a decrease in the function of the adrenal glands that characteristically manifests as a reduced output or alternation in the diurnal pattern of the adrenal gland hormone secretion including cortisol. People suffering from decreased adrenal function commonly complain of fatigue but may also experience sleep disruptions, weight changes, […]

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Flu Shot Facts

We want to highlight some of the key facts regarding the flu shot: A systemic review of 51 studies involving 260,000 children ages 6-23 found no evidence that the flu vaccine is more effective than a placebo in that group (Cochrane Database Syst. Rev. 2006; 1:CD004879). A JAMA study showed the incidence of clinical influenza […]

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So What is an Allergy, Anyway?

SO WHAT IS AN ALLERGY, ANYWAY? Allergy is derived from Greek words meaning “altered reaction.” The immune system tags a substance (a.k.a. the allergen) as an invading organism and overreacts, provoking a chain of defensive reactions in the body. Symptoms can be immediate when the body produces Immunoglobulin E antibodies (IgE), and may include tingling […]

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pH and Your Health

For more than 30 years I have had the opportunity to evaluate patients and hear their stories.  After observing patients, listening to their symptoms and reading their case histories, I have seen some common themes and patterns emerge. What stands out in my experience is that the major cause of poor health is genetics and […]

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