Archive for May, 2011

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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.


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


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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By Derek Kirkham

DAY 1:Well I’m here… After a 4 hour delay in vancouver and and a 90 minute delay in Beijing, we finally made it to Chengdu. I don’t have much to say about the city yet except for the horrible air quality. It feels like walking through a cloud of smoke and it smells like charcoal. I’m glad I brought a whole bunch of herbs for my sad and soon to be congested herbs.  Pic of my hotel room to the right.

DAY 2:

Sichuan spice is the phrase of the day. My goal of not eating spicy food due to some stomach issues lasted about 20 minutes. I was walking down a busy street in Chengdu today and all of a sudden I started coughing and sneezing. I realized there was a “hot pot” restaurant across the street that had their windows open. Basically, a hot pot is a caldron of boiling hot, spicy (take your breath away) liquid filled with meat and vegetables. At that moment I truly realized that I was in the capitol of Sichuan province and there would be no way to escape the spice.

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Diabetes is a pervasive illness that affects millions of people around the world. It is a chronic condition, affecting the way that your body processes sugar (glucose), which is your primary energy source. A diagnosis of type 2 diabetes means that your body has become resistant to insulin, the hormone that regulates blood glucose levels; whereas, type 1 diabetes means that you are insulin dependent and need regular injections.
The symptoms of type 2 diabetes include increased hunger and thirst, frequent urination, rapid weight loss, blurred vision, fatigue, irritability, areas of darkened skin, slow healing sores, and lingering infections. If it is left untreated, type 2 diabetes can quickly become a life threatening condition. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, it is essential that you immediately seek medical attention.
Type 2 diabetes is typically associated with a family history of diabetes, prediabetes or gestational diabetes developed during pregnancy, race or ethnicity, physical inactivity, stress and inflammation, age, and obesity. It is also important to eliminate those harmful health behaviors that may have contributed to this condition, such as smoking, overeating, and/or the excessive consumption of alcohol.
Some of the more severe complications caused by type 2 diabetes can include heart disease and blood vessel disease, which can lead to heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, and a narrowing of the arteries. In fact, studies show that the risk of a type 2 diabetic having a stroke within their first five years following diagnosis more than doubles and 3 of every 4 of them will die of a heart or blood vessel disease.
Nerve damage can also result from type 2 diabetes and cause numbness, tingling, burning or pain, eventually resulting in a loss of feeling in the affected limb, eventually resulting in amputation. This damage can also lead to severe nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation. Among men, erectile dysfunction can also become a major issue. Kidney failure requiring dialysis or even a transplant may occur and type 2 diabetes is one of the leading causes of severe eye problems, including blindness.
Type 2 diabetes may increase your susceptibility to fungal or bacterial skin infections, in addition to gum disease among those with poor dental hygiene. Hearing problems may also develop, along with a reduction in bone mineral density leading to osteoporosis. Due to its relationship with the development of cardiovascular problems, type 2 diabetes can also increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia.
Although there is presently no cure available, type 2 diabetes is manageable through changes in your diet and maintaining a healthy weight. It will require a lifetime commitment to improving your health and may involve regular blood sugar monitoring, healthier eating (fresh fruits, raw vegetables, and whole grains), regular exercise, and the potential use of medication.
It is also important to know that only a competent, qualified physician or nurse practitioner can assess and diagnose you with diabetes. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important that you make an appointment with your doctor right away. Please know that the team healthcare professionals here at the Glow Natural Health Center genuinely care about your safety, health, and well-being. If you or someone you know may be concerned about your health, give us a call today and discover how we can help you to improve your health and ultimately, your life…

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By Dr. Rachel Erickson ND

So. You can’t lose weight. Maybe you think you can’t lose weight because you just need to control your eating habits better, cut back on the heavy calories in the beer or wine, eat less sugar, or just stop that midnight snacking and weekend binge eating/drinking. Maybe you think if you just got some exercise, or more exercise, everything would be better. Or maybe you’re one of those really frustrated types who exercises like crazy (P90x crazy people), eats pretty well and can’t shed a pound and can’t figure it out.

Good news folks! You are probably dealing with some really high levels of stress! Yes there’s other reasons why you might not be shedding a pound, and we could certainly talk about that whenever you want, but for now I’m focusing on stress related causes for not losing weight, since I see it a lot, and it manifests in a lot of different ways, and no quick fix diet plan is going to solve your dilemma.

To all you postpartum women, men and women on decade 2 or 3 of high-stress jobs, or those of you suffering from the chronic stress of a tough partnership, parenthood or caretaking position of a loved one. This one is for you. You all have one thing in common. You are Stressed out, and probably not managing it very well.

How do people look when they are stressed and not managing it? They are eating too much, not exercising regularly enough, gaining weight around the middle, not sleeping well, emotionally volatile or turned off, drinking coffee in the morning and alcohol in the night, depressed, angry, unmotivated to make changed in their life for the better, just trying to hang on for dear life. Sound familiar? Maybe you are 5 of the 10 listed above. No matter, this affects you too.

So here’s your take home message: You can’t do it alone! You didn’t learn how to read by yourself, or ride a bike, or communicate, you had coaches all along the way. And if you’re really smart, you still have coaches, fitness trainers, business coach if you’re a lucky entrepreneur, counselors, mentors at work, pastors and priests at church, maybe even a dietitian or an acupuncturist, maybe even me. Point being. You’re getting older, things are shifting, you’re aging, stress has been sleeping in your bed for 7, 15, 23 years now and you think you can figure out how to manage it. You might even think that you can manage it, you know what to do, you’re just not doing it. Tricky tricky. Well I’m here to tell you another perspective.

You’ve never been here before, so how would you know how to get back? I mean, your stress levels have creeped up, you’ve managed them the best way you know how, and look where it’s gotten you? Read 2 paragraphs above! So clearly you don’t know how to manage your stress and weight by yourself. You need a stress manager, or 2.

Here are some easy things to remember:

  1. weight loss is very difficult when stressed
  2. relaxation techniques, meditation, prayer, breathing exercises reduce the levels of stress hormones in your body
  3. adrenal support is essential to modulate stress hormone production, talk to your naturopath or come see me
  4. acupuncture, massage, hot tubs, scrubs at the spa, saunas, craniosacral therapy or any other hands on therapies reduce stress levels
  5. stopping the addictive cycles of temporary stress reduction like alcohol, tobacco, watching tv instead of sleeping or exercising, eating when you’re not hungry.
  6. stopping the addictive cycles of uppers that keep you going and increase your stress hormones, coffee, red bull, sugar, monsters, etc.

But here’s the catch, you can’t just STOP doing the bad things, that doesn’t work, or you would have done it by now. So ADD in the good things, TAPER out the bad things, be GENTLE with yourself, and get a coach to lead you through this process. It’s not easy, but by reducing your stress, stress triggers and stress inducers you can start the gradual process of p

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