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MTHFR testing at Glow Seattle WAIt’s hard to find a clear explanation of methylation defects out there. This is because they are only just being recognized (though NDs have been trained about this for years) and it’s also quite complicated. Methylation can be thought of as activation. So, while vitamins are cofactors for numerous actions in the body, many of them need to be methylated (activated) in order to work. We all have gene mutations that we don’t know about and one of those is a possible defect in activation of folic acid, or MTHFR defect. About 50% of people seem to have this (think about the common knowledge of folic acid deficiency and neural tube defects in babies).

• When we don’t activate folic acid well, this leads to a buildup of homocysteine, which is associated with heart disease.

• Research has shown that treating  those who have genetic defects in methylation can help with depression.

• Defects in methylation have also been associated with pain syndromes such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Methylation helps to make the myelin sheath on nerves, the equivalent of wire coating. Defects in methylation can lead to increased pain sensitivity.

• Methylation is one way that the body detoxifies (gets rid of toxins). When we give the activated forms of the vitamins, we can start detoxification pathways that have been sluggish for a long time and therefore experience side effects.

• Another place that methylation works is in DNA repair. Our DNA breaks and is repaired all the time. Cancer happens when DNA breaks and isn’t repaired properly. So, proper methylation can help to prevent cancer.

It’s important to remember that this is not the answer for everything. Just because you have the genetic defect doesn’t mean that you will actually have the problem. In addition, we need to factor in things like other genetic defects, hormone imbalance, thyroid and adrenal function, toxicity, gut health, blood sugar balance, nutrient deficiencies, and mental health needs. Side effects of methyl folate without necessary cofactors can include aches, headaches, insomnia, irritability, acne, skin rash, anxiety, and nausea. It is important to take dosing slowly; the proper schedule can take months. Side effects can be due to improperly pushing detoxification or to other genetic defects not being accounted for.

Other possible genetic defects include trouble breaking down homocysteine, trouble breaking down the brain’s adrenaline, trouble processing serotonin (involved with mood), trouble processing B12, trouble with other liver detox pathways, trouble making the calming brain chemical GABA, and trouble breaking down histamine (involved in allergies and brain stimulation).

Because of the complicated nature of these issues, it is best to approach them with a provider who is trained in this area. I do genetic and/or blood testing and interpret the results in the context of your whole health picture as we take a comprehensive approach to your treatment plan.

Candace McNaughton, ND  Trained as a family practitioner to address acute and chronic conditions, Dr. McNaughton focuses on autoimmune disease, allergies, and digestive issues.  She facilitates healing as a knowledgeable guide and partner, helping her patients make lasting changes and achieve health goals.  She graduated from Bastyr University in 2003.

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Join us for AN EVENING OF GLOWING HEALTH!

It’s  the new year and we’re here to support your resolutions and commitment to your health. Have you been thinking of cleaning up your diet? Are you looking to add healthful habits and elements to your life? Bring a friend and meet the team at Glow for a couple of hours of learning, eating drinking and fun.

Activities will include:

Intro to detoxification with Dr. Rachel Erickson

Admiration of new art on Glow’s walls done by William Washington

Virgin and not so virgin Kombucha cocktails with Q and A

Herbal tea blending

Raffle

Snacking

Suggested donation of $5 or bring a dish to share!

Hope to see you there!

Lindsey Lawson MS EAMP

RSVP to 206 568 7545

Glow and Coyote (space next door to Glow)

2719 E. Madison St. Suite 203

Seattle WA 98112

Directions

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Contrast hydrotherapy  is a simple therapy which uses alternating hot and cold water to create a pumping action in the body. The hot water dilates the blood vessels and the cold causes them to contract and reduces inflammation. This helps repair tissues faster and detoxifies the body. It’s very effective, cheap and easy to do. I especially recommend it for sprains and strains (use the” localized version” in this case) and for use  with a detox diet to promote the release of toxins (use the “full body” version in this case.)

Localized Contrast Hydrotherapy I have had great results healing bad sprains with this treatment especially in conjunction with electro acupuncture. For acute conditions use ice only until swelling begins to go down. Submerge affected area in very hot water for 3 min. Plunge area into very cold water for 1 min. repeat three times. Do this 1-2 times daily until bruising, swelling and pain have subsided. For best results use ice water.

Full Body Contrast hydrotherapy Can be done in the shower or even better at one of our local spas like Olympus (women only), or Banya 5.

Shower version (less intense) Finish your daily shower with 3 min. of very hot water followed by 1 min.. of very cold water. Do this three times and end on cold. You will feel invigorated.

Spa version (more intense) This therapy can leave you feeling tired and should be done with caution the first few times especially if you feel run down. Start in the warmest hot tub or stream room available and stay in until you are very warm then move to a cold plunge and stay in for 1 min. Then move immediately back into the hot area. Do this three times. Make sure you are drinking lots of water. Stop if you feel lightheaded. This in my own personal approach and does not take into account health issues that may be present. This is a vigorous therapy not for the faint hearted. DO NOT DO THIS IF YOUR ARE PREGNANT HAVE OR HAVE HIGH OR LOW BLOOD PRESSURE. IF IN DOUBT, CONSULT A HEALTH CARE PROVIDER BEFORE DOING FULL BODY CONTRAST HYDROTHERAPY.

Lindsey Lawson is an Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist and Shamanic Practitioner at Glow Natural Health Center.

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That’s right folks half way there. Things have been going pretty well for me. Day 1 was a bit of a shock at work. The option of running out to grab a quick snack was out. (My favorite salmon cakes have wheat in them.) Overall though, it’s been great to reconnect with some old favorite recipes and invent some new ones. The black bean soup with sweet potatoes garnished with avocado and cilantro was delish. For a special treat I made some muffins using Bob’s Red Mill gluten free baking mix. I added kalamata olives and green olives for kicks.

I’ve had a few phone calls and texts from fellow detoxers with near misses and slight slips. The dreaded wine after work craving. ( I recommend some grape Kombucha in a wine glass. It takes some getting use to but then it’s downright addictive.) One friend ate Indian and ordered the whole meal vegan until dessert when she forgot that mango ice cream was, well ice cream. Oh well one small slip does not a detox ruin.

Then there were the various detoxing side effects folks experienced. Headaches seem to be the most common. Runny nose happened for a couple people. I seemed like these were definitely improved by acupuncture, visits to the spa and drinking more water. I always think it’s good when those things happen. You know you’ll be so much better off then you were before when they are over.

Well off for another cup of mint tea. yummy

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I’ve compiled 3 more days of what I plan eat.  I’ll shop for these ingredients tonight so I have them on hand in the coming days, but what I acutally eat might be different.  I plan on making plenty of Black Bean Soup and a couple of the other recipes, so if I get home late or don’t feel like preparing a lunch to take to work, I’ll eat left-overs.  Here’s my menu (and let me know what you think via the Comments):

 

 

Breakfast: Mediclear Smoothie

Mid-morning Snack: 1 apple

Lunch: Beet Salad (see Handout) AND Quinoa Pilaf (see HO) AND Oven Roasted Chicken (left over from last night’s dinner)

Mid-afternoon Snack: Celery sticks with Almond Butter AND Grapes AND 2 scoops Mediclear in Juice or water

Dinner: 4 oz. Baked Salmon AND ½ c. basmati brown rice AND ½ baked sweet potato with 1 tsp maple syrup AND ½ cup snow peas, sautéed with garlic and oil

Thursday

 

Breakfast: Mediclear Smoothie

Mid-morning snack: 1 banana with almond butter

Lunch: 2 scoops Mediclear in water or juice AND Mixed Green Salad with shredded carrot, cucumber slices, walnut halves, and olive oil and organic apple cider vinegar vinaigrette.

Mid-afternoon snack: raw vegetables (e.g. carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, etc.) and Bean Dip (see recipe in Handout)

Dinner: Mediclear in water or juice AND Black Bean Soup (see recipe in Handout) AND 1 cup steamed cauliflower with olive oil, salt, and pepper

Friday

 

Breakfast: Mediclear Smoothie

Mid-morning Snack: 1 pear or apple AND 1 handful almonds or cashews

Lunch: 2 scoops Mediclear in juice or water AND Chickpea Mango Salad (see recipe in Handout) AND ½ cup quinoa or basmati rice w/ drizzled olive oil and/or tamari

Mid-afternoon Snack: raw vegetables and bean dip from yesterday’s snack

Dinner: 2 scoops Mediclear in juice or water AND Quinoa Stir Fry

 


1/3 cup quinoa 4 large Kale leaves, chopped

2/3 cup plus ½ cup filtered water 2 large carrots, chopped

1/8 tsp salt 2 cups chpped broccoli (heads and stem)

1 tbsp olive oil 1 tsp sesame oil

¼ tsp mustard seeds Dash of sea salt or wheat-free tamari

½ tsp whole cumin seeds ¼ cup raisins and/or ¼ cup chopped

1 med. onion, chopped almonds (optional) for garnish

In a smaill saucepan, bring quinoa and 2/3 cup cwater, and 1/8 tsp salt to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium, and simmer for 15 minutes.

In a deep, large pan over medium heat, sauté mustard and cumin seeds in olive oil until mustard seeds pop. Add onions, and sauté on low heat until onions soften.

Immediately add kale, carrots, broccoli, and ½ cup filtered water. Saute 3 – 5 minutes on low to medium heat, till the vegetables are crips-tender. Add remaining ingredients; combine all in a large bowl with cooked quinoa.

That’s all for now.  Let me know how things are going for you.

Eric Nissen, ND

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Ear acupuncture is often used for detoxification, addiction and anxiety. It provides a deeply relaxed and energized feeling and can help reset the body.
 

A brief history of the 5 needle protocol

According to the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA)  Dr H.L Wen, a neurosurgeon in Hong Kong, was the first to report successful treatment of addiction withdrawal symptoms with acupuncture in 1973. He observed that opiate users who had undergone surgery and received acupuncture for post operative pain relief experienced few withdrawal symptoms.

 

The National Acupuncture Detoxification Alliance has done extensive research on auricular therapy and detoxification from drug use. They have formulated a five needle protocol that has become a mainstay in detox centers around the world. A study done at Yale University notes that auricular acupuncture promotes the body to detoxify rapidly without side effects and has the added benefit of lowering anxiety levels. The following ear chart shows some of the most commonly needled points.ear acupuncture chart

 

How does it work?

It has been demonstrated that acupuncture stimulates the production of endorphins. Over the course of several treatments natural opiates are produced as well. Both of these chemicals are “feel good” chemicals in the body making them an effective treatment for addiction.

Metabolism is stimulated to shorten the duration of symptoms associated with toxins. Function of the liver and kidneys is improved, and circulation is increased.

Acupuncture eases the discomfort of any symptoms associated with detoxification as well as increases the speed an effectiveness of the overall detox.

For more information visit NADA’s website at http://www.acupuncture.net.au/2005/07/23/nada-ear-acupuncture-for-addiction/

 Ready for your detox? Plan your acupuncture sessions now to prevent any initial unwanted side effects including the following.

-Headaches

-Fatigue

-Skin problems

-Sleep disturbances

-Irritability

Acupuncture helps curb these unpleasant side effects, shortening their intensity and duration. It also decreases cravings and prevents relapses to addictive substances like refined sugar, caffeine, alcohol, drugs, and nicotine. Chinese medicine not only clears the excess pollutants, but strengthens the underlying body systems. It improves general health, builds the immune system and increases energy. We will be using a simple but effective five needle protocol done on the ears.

 

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