Archive for the ‘Naturopathic Medicine’ Category

By Candace McNaughton, ND

Acid blockers are one of the most prescribed medicines in the world. An article in the British Medical Journal reports on the risk of hip fracture in women who take acid blockers and who smoke. The risk of hip fracture increased by a whopping 50%! This was a survey of almost 80,000 patients over 10 years (from the Nurses Health Study), so the numbers are very likely to reflect the general population. The authors say that the reason is likely because acid blockers and smoking both interfere with calcium absorption. They also showed that taking calcium didn’t seem to help.

If you add on the risk factor of being small-framed, I bet the risk of fracture would be even higher. Acid blockers interfere with the absorption of a number of nutrients such as iron, B12, magnesium, and calcium. This is because the food doesn’t break down completely and because some nutrients (like calcium) are better absorbed in an acidic environment. Yes, that means that milk is a very poor way to get calcium (not to mention it’s not a food group and, and, arrgh!). To protect bone density, you need to start with weight-bearing exercise and take a comprehensive mineral supplement plus vitamin D.

Now the FDA has warned that acid blockers might increase the risk of C difficile-associated diarrhea. C diff is a bug that is usually picked up when people take a lot of antibiotics or from staying in a hospital. Sometimes after treatment, the diarrhea just won’t go away. If you take acid blockers and get C diff (which is on the rise), you are more likely to have chronic recurrent diarrhea that is very difficult to treat.

We need our stomach acid! Acid blockers are most often prescribed for ulcers and acid reflux. Why not make your ulcer go away instead of blocking acid so you don’t notice it’s there? One very important thing that I use for these conditions is chewable licorice extract, or DGL. It not only soothes on contact and is anti-inflammatory, but it also helps the tissue to actually heal. No worries if you’ve heard that licorice can aggravate high blood pressure. The chewable has that component taken out. At Glow we have a really yummy chocolate licorice extract chew. Please let me know if you have any questions.

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By Dr. Eric Nissen ND

Proper diet and exercise are mainstays of weight loss. It stands to reason: if take in fewer calories than you expend, you will lose weight. Unfortunately, this does not work for many people, at least sustainably.

Enter the Set Weight Point Theory. This theory states that the body gets used to a particular body weight, or more specifically, a body fat percentage. If that body fat percentage drops below what it is normally, the brain perceives that the body is experiencing a famine, and a cascade of hormones and chemical messengers are released to reduce metabolism. Evolutionarily, this makes sense: shutting down metabolism in a time of famine will help prevent a person from burning through their vital reserves, thus helping that person live longer.

However, in modern society, not having access to enough calories is not an issue (at least for most of us). Our biggest challenge is not eating too many calories. This is made more challenging by eating foods that are nutrient-poor, so our bodies tell us to eat more and more food to get the nutrients they need. Additionally, modern-day foods have more intense flavors than what our ancestors were used to. Sugar and salt are in much more abundance, as well as artificial flavorings and flavor enhancers. So, we may very well eat more calories than we need because we’ve become addicted to those flavors and have lost the innate sense of eating just what the body needs.

So, it is possible to gradually ratchet up the set weight point. Most of us have experienced this. It is much more challenging to reduce it.

hCG, or human Chorionic Gonadotropin, combined with a low-calorie diet, is the best thing that I have come across that actually helps to establish a new lower set weight point. hCG is what a woman produces when she is pregnant. In times of famine, or a low-calorie diet, hCG will tell the hypothalamus in the brain to tell the body to mobilize fat stores. This ensures that the developing fetus receives the needed calories and nutrients to remain viable.

We can mimic these conditions by supplying a very low dose of hCG to a person who is eating a specific, low-calorie diet. This completely bypasses the body’s set weight point and, in fact, helps to establish a new one at the end of the program.

Weight loss is rapid, typically ½ pound to 1 pound per day. In any other circumstance, I would consider that to be too much. But with hCG, people don’t experience hunger or fatigue, and the results are sustainable after stopping the hCG. This is true for both men and women, young or older.

If you are curious about hCG and weight loss or have further questions, I am offering a round-table discussion at Glow on July 14th, from 6-7 p.m. I also offer free 15-minute consults during office hours to discuss your health further and decide if naturopathic medicine and/or hCG is right of for you.

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Dr. Eric Nissen provides primary care services, as well as specializing in weight loss, men’s health, and urology. He gets to the underlying cause of a health concern by in-depth patient history and lab testing and by utilizing diet and lifestyle counseling, herbal medicine, nutritional supplements, and homeopathy.

Dr. Nissen is a Washington State licensed Naturopathic Physician. He received his Bachelor’s of Science degree from the Universityof Nebraskaand his doctorate of naturopathy degree from Bastyr University, in Seattle, WA. He has lived and practiced naturopathic medicine for the last few years in New York  and New Jersey, before recently returning to the beautiful Northwest. He has been interviewed on numerous radio shows and T.V., and has lectured across the U.S.on a variety of topics related to natural health.

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Product information from Thorne. Available for purchase at Glow.


Few things are more annoying than the pain and pressure of a stuffy or runny nose turning normal daily activities into truly miserable tasks. Thorne Research’s QC Nasal Spray is a homeopathically-prepared nasal spray utilizing quercetin chalcone 2X and Euphorbium 6X, packaged in a one-ounce, metered-dose bottle.

The flavonoid quercetin strengthens cell membranes of mast cells and basophils (a type of white blood cell), thus preventing them from releasing their histamine. Quercetin also affects enzymes that help maintain a normal inflammatory response. Homeopathic indications for Euphorbium include hay fever, headache, nasal discharge, stuffy nose, sneezing, and post-nasal discharge with a raw, sore throat.

QC Nasal Spray relieves dry and inflamed nasal membranes and sinus passages, sneezing, stuffy nose, watery nasal discharge, and headache. And this unique homeopathic medicine goes to work right where the body needs it most – the nasal mucosa.

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by Candace McNaughton, ND

It is time to separate the stigma of recreational use of marijuana from the benefit of medical use of cannabis.  Many conventional medications (such as opiate pain medications) are harmful, intoxicating, and carry a risk of dependence.  There is so much more to the cannabis plant than the intoxicating properties of THC.

Naturopathic physicians in Washington State can authorize their patients to use cannabis to treat certain conditions which are debilitating or terminal.  This includes cancer, HIV, multiple sclerosis, and epilepsy. It also includes chronic severe pain, glaucoma, Crohn’s disease, and hepatitis C if they are unrelieved by standard medical treatments.  Diseases which result in nausea, vomiting, wasting, appetite loss, cramping, seizures, muscle spasms, when these symptoms are unrelieved by standard treatments, may also benefit from the medical use of cannabis.

I am familiar with medical cannabis law and naturopathic physicians’ role in the legal recommendation of its use.  I am becoming increasingly convinced that not only is it good medicine, but NDs are the most qualified to understand it as medicine, in that botanicals are much more complex than pharmaceuticals.  Botanicals contain hundreds to thousands of chemicals, where pharmaceuticals contain just one.  I use the word medical cannabis rather than medical marijuana because that is the scientific name.  We refer to our medicines by scientific names to avoid the confusion that can arise with many common herb names.

I do not write authorizations for conditions that do not clearly fall under the law.  I do not believe in making many brief appointments with patients simply to fit many in one day.  I only authorize qualifying patients of mine to use medical cannabis after a complete understanding of their medical record and condition.  This means that they understand and have tried other options.  In accordance with the current law, I do not advise patients to buy the medicine, only authorize them to use it.

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Trained as a family practitioner to address acute and chronic conditions, Dr. McNaughton specializes in allergies, autoimmune disease, and digestive issues.  She facilitates healing as a knowledgeable guide and partner, helping her patients make lasting changes and achieve health goals.  Her patients are motivated and are active participants in their healing process.

Dr. McNaughton holds your comprehensive medical record and helps you to coordinate care with other practitioners.  Her treatment approach is to remove obstacles to cure and improve the functioning of the body so that disease cycles are stopped or slowed.  Treatments can also minimize the side effects of medications and improve their effectiveness.  History, labs, and diagnosis are the same as conventional doctors. Therapeutics are natural medicine.

Dr. McNaughton’s patients feel heard and thoroughly cared for.  They feel safe, accepted, and respected, whether they share aspects of alternative lifestyles or “slip-ups” from the treatment plan.  Her patients appreciate finding ways to practically achieve recommendations rather than only following protocols. Instead of simply telling patients what to do, she works with them to plan how they can institute change.

Therapeutics used:

  • Science-based herbal medicine
  • Diet and nutrient therapy
  • Detoxification
  • B12/B Complex injections
  • Antibiotics or hormones if necessary
  • Medical cannabis evaluation

Dr. McNaughton completed her pre-medical education at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia.  While there, she ran a natural health interest group; arranging for a variety of professionals to speak as well as giving several talks.  She graduated from Bastyr University’s naturopathic medicine program in 2003.

Dr. McNaughton is an experienced writer and speaker, giving talks at libraries, schools, community centers, support groups, and natural foods markets.  She published a front page article on acid/alkaline balance in the PCC Sound Consumer.  She spoke on natural medicine quick fixes at IgniteSeattle, a fast-paced event where speakers are given five minutes and auto-advancing slides.  She has been a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians since 1998, and spoke at their 2005 convention.  She has twice appeared on SCAN TV’s Being in Seattle with Rosemary Broccoli, and on KYPT Radio’s Northwest Point of View with Anita Mofitt.

In 2009, Dr. McNaughton completed a three-week academic and practical intensive in traditional and institutional medicine with Spanish immersion in Cuernavaca, Mexico.  She has facilitated a Spanish conversational group since 2005.  Her personal interests include yoga, hiking, and travel.

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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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