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Archive for May, 2011

All events $10 and held at Glow unless otherwise specified.

Space is limited and will be reserved for pre-paid participants.

Please call to reserve your spot: 206-568 -545.

The 4th Trimester: What Chinese medicine can teach about postpartum care — Monday, June 6th, 4-5 PM

Facilitated by Lindsey Lawson, MS EAMP, Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist

Here in the west we focus so much on getting pregnant and being pregnant. The months following birth are considered to be a crucial time for a woman’s long-term health. Learn what to expect and what steps to take for optimal postpartum health.

Charting Your Cycle: How to promote or prevent pregnancyWednesday, June 15th, 12-1 PM
Learn what taking your temperature daily can teach you about your cycle. Understand which days are your most and least fertile.
Facilitated by Dr. Rachel Erickson, ND

Anger Management — Tuesday, June 14th, 6-7 PM
Facilitated by Tina Michalski, MSW

Anger is a normal and even healthy emotion, but uncontrolled or unresolved anger can negatively affect relationships with family, friends, co-workers and even complete strangers. Come learn healthy strategies for dealing with anger.

Postural Assessments: Your gait and spine — Wednesday, June 8th, 2-3 PM

Facilitated by Dr. Heather Bergdors, DC, DABCO

Curious where your body has overcompensation or imbalances? Learn how to personalize your activities based on your current musculoskeletal structure.

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This one is for stress relief and has “pink” noise to decrease stress layered with the sound of a creek running. Very relaxing. Not quite as good as acupuncture at Glow though 🙂

This one is a chakra meditation with singing bowls ( 15 min.)

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Two Weeks In China:

I’ve been in China almost two weeks and it has been an adventure to say the least. I’ve experienced some great food and some not so great. I’ve seen some beautiful places and some not so pleasant places. With all that said, the trip has been focused on our experience at Sichuan hospital and at times the experience has been a bit overwhelming. The way they treat cancer is very different then in the west. Over 90% of the hospitals here are integrative. That means a patient will receive both Western and Eastern treatments. With cancer in particular, a patient might get chemotherapy one-day then Chinese herbs, acupuncture and other that modalities that same day. It’s important to note that the majority of practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine here practice both Western and Eastern medicine, unlike their counterparts in the States. So, that means that they will give the chemotherapy or radiotherapy at the same hospital as the Eastern medicine treatments and by the same doctors. They have found in their experience that the treatment of cancer is mot successful when the patient receives Western and Eastern interventions. The side effects of the Western interventions are less and life expectancy and life quality improves. This experience makes it very clear to me the importance of integrative care when it comes to supporting cancer patients and the importance of working more closely with medical oncologist back in the States.

Chengdu Chinese Medicine Herb Market

The herb market was HUGE. It’s the largest herbal market in western China. I would have to guess, but there might be 800-1000 stales all jammed pack with everything of medicinal herb. We found geckos that are dried and kept in pairs, one male and one female. Medicinally, they are used together to strengthen the Yin (female) and Yang (male) aspect of the patient. We found herb that are used in Glow’s dispensary and other herbs, or animal products that one might NOT find at Glow like dog penis. It was a great experience to see such a large mass of herbal products that have been used for millennia to promote health and treat diseases.

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This is an earlier post from the Panda post… Lindsey’s user error.

We started the new week off with a trip to the Sichuan hospital in Chengdu. Our first day was pretty mellow… our translators gave a tour of the grounds and entire hospital and we also had the great honor of meeting the president of the hospital Dr. Guo. He is a very well know and respected doctor and we’ll get a couple of opportunities over the next few weeks to observe him in action. The hospital is a combination of inpatient and outpatient and is primarily focused on the treatment of cancer. The hospital is integrative, meaning the patient receives traditional chinese medicine treatments (herbs primarily and acupuncture) as well as western interventions. We also saw patients!
Hospital: Day 2
The day started at 8:30 am. We hit the ground running. The doctor we observed saw about 20 patients before 12 noon. The room was small. There was just enough space to fit a desk, an exam table and a few chairs. So, when you add myself and another student along with a translator, the space began to feel even smaller. The doctor that we were with today seemed to specialize in gastrointestinal (GI) conditions. The majority of patients that were seen today did not have cancer. Instead, most complained of varies kinds of stomach pain and intestinal issues that could be linked to personal lifestyle choices and environmental factors. As I mentioned before, Chengdu is know for their hot and spicy food and over time these foods can generate a lot of internal heat and damage the GI system. This area is also hot and humid, the exact opposite of Seattle. In Seattle, there are many cases that could be associated or worsened by the cold-damp conditions and here in Chengdu the dampness and heat also cause or complicate many conditions. Todays patients reinforced the idea that there are things we can control and there are things we can not control about our personal health. And the things like food and drink, i.e. lifestyle choices, can be a tremendous benefit to personal health or a powerful force in the generation of disease..

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Today was very busy. The hospital was generous and gave us a car to tour around the city. The first stop was the Chengdu Panda research center. Fun fact… Pandas originate from Sichuan province and we visited the main breading and research center in the country. To be honest I was not really looking forward to seeing the pandas but then I saw them with my own eyes. They were super cool and I was quickly wooing and ahhing at them with the rest of the crowds. It was a beautiful facility and there bathrooms were clean, I wish I could say that about the rest of the city. If you’ve been to China you know what I mean! I have tons of pictures and a couple videos of the cute rascals. The second stop was lunch. It was a hole in the wall but the food was great. There were 8 of us and we ate an amazing meal for $15. After lunch we visited the largest Buddhist temple in Chengdu. The grounds of Wenshu temple were covered with many small building with individual shrines in them. In front of the shrines there were incense burning and cushions for people to kneel and bow. It was originally built over 4oo years ago and there is a lot of history within the walls. There were plenty of places to sit and reflect. Here are some pics!

 

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Struggling with low energy, stress or chronic pain?

Glowis now offering B12 and B complex shots! Walk ins welcome or call for an appointment. $15 a shot. Read below to learn more about what B12 shots can do for you!

 

B-12/B-complex shots typically are used to help fight fatigue and mood disorders in those that are elderly, stressed, don’t absorb nutrients well or have a poor diet.  Patients with fatigue, depression, memory impairment, alcoholism, addiction disorders, diabetic neuropathy, sciatica, autism, chronic pain and impaired detoxification may benefit from weekly or monthly injections.  Coffee, alcohol, stress, and toxins rapidly deplete these nutrients. The B-vitamins also have the added benefit of helping hair and nails grow quickly and strong.  Although these injections have very few side effects or drug interactions please let your doctor know about any allergies or medications before use.  B-12 Shots contain:

B-1:  Thiamin need increases with age and alcohol use.  The nervous system depends heavily on B-1, and it is especially needed to metabolize carbohydrates in the brain.  Thiamin is used therapeutically to treat Anemia, Depression, Diabetic Neuropathy, Sciatica, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Glaucoma, Insomnia, Neurosis and Anxiety.  Signs of thiamin deficiency include mental confusion, anorexia, muscle weakness, calf pain, constipation, indigestion, rapid or irregular heart beat.

B-2: Riboflavin is used by the body to form energy in the form of ATP, as well as niacin, and folic acid. Antibiotics and prescription hormones and birth control pills deplete the body of B-2. Deficiency symptoms include skin rashes, enlarged tongue, itchy eyes, sensitivity to light, hair loss, anemia, neuropathy, pre-cataracts and seborrehic dermatitis or itchy flakey scalp.  Riboflavin is used therapeutically to treat Acne Rosacea, Anemia, Cataracts, Depression, and Migraine Headaches.

B-3: Niacin is vital for the production of energy, fatty acids and steroids, as well as the detoxification of alcohol.  Alcohol use depletes niacin. Deficiency results in dermatitis, diarrhea, dementia, and death.  Niacin is used therapeutically to treat Osteoarthritis, High Cholesterol, Anxiety, Multiple Sclerosis, Bell’s Palsy, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Tardive Dyskinesia, Type 1 Diabetes, Insomnia, Menstrual Cramps, Migraines, Raynaud’s Syndrome, Alcoholism, Acne, Alzheimers, and Smoking Cessation.

B-6: Pyridoxine is needed primarily for detoxification and to form neurotransmitters that boost mood such as serotonin and norepinephrine. The body depends on B-6 for energy production and the development of the myelin sheath surrounding nerves required for nerve conduction. Signs of deficiency are depression, nausea, vomiting, mouth lesions, dandruff, neuropathy, clumsiness, instability, irritability, decreased concentration, seizures, tics and convulsions.  B-6 is frequently used to treat PMS, Nausea , Carpal Tunnel, Seizures, Depression, Asthma, Acne, Dementia, and Diabetic Neuropathy.

B-12: Cobalmin deficiency causes anemia, peripheral neuropathy, fatigue, depression, confusion, memory loss, psychosis, enlarged tongue, and decreased immune system. B-12 is used for treating  Allergies, Asthma, Pernicious Anemia, Canker Sores, Hepatitis, Herpes, Psoriasis, Dandruff, Acne, Diabetic Neuropathy, Chronic Neurological Pain, Fatigue, Dementia, Heart Disease, Smoking Cessation, Bone Spurs, Bursitis, and Osteoporosis.

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(Excerpted from Urban Farm magazine. I discovered this mag at Radar hair and records. (Sharon is the Best!!) I swear something creative always happens when I get my hair done.) I love eating seasonally but I couldn’t resist this recipe for do it your self Kale chips!! Fun and yum.

Kale chips are much tastier than they sound.They’re a surprisingly delicious and healthy alternative to potato chips. I love the kale chip and making it your self will save you a buck or two for sure.

Ingredients:

1 bunch kale (stems removed, cut into chip sized pieces)

2 T. lemon juice

2 T. soy sauce

1 T nutritional yeast

1 tsp. onion powder

cayenne to taste

Preparation:

Combine dry ingredients and toss with the kale. Lay on drying racks and dehydrate until crispy about 4-6 hours. Don’t have a dehydrator?? Put your oven on the lowest setting or build one yourself with the instructions in April’s Urban Farm Magazine.

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