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By Lindsey Lawson MS EAMP, Acupuncturist and Clinic Director

Being an avid cook I am always looking for easy, delicious and healthy ideas to pass on. Right now I am loving turmeric!! It’s got a mild taste, warming nature and anti- inflammatory properties that make it an excellent choice for healthy living. This bright orange herb is one of my favorites with garlic for a quick chicken dish or on a side of veggies. I love to make soup with the left-overs too ( of course I add more tumeric!). It feels so hearty and nourishing. I try to add it near the end of the cooking process to preserve the health promoting qualities.

Turmeric is a member of the ginger family and has been used in East Asian Medicine and Ayurveda for centuries to treat digestive and liver disorders, skin diseases and as an anti-inflammatory. The west is beginning to discover it as well, touting it’s antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-oxidant, anti-cancer abilities. Combine it with black pepper to make it even more bioavailable. (1) The active ingredient Curcumin is a component of many natural anti-inflammatories and pain relievers. This compound also shows promise in treating Rheumatoid Arthritis. (2)

The raw herb is available in bulk at Glow and  we also carry Phyto-Curcumin which contains the anti-inflammatory CurcuminTumeric for pain releif derived from Turmeric.

1 Shoba G, Joy D, Joseph T, Majeed M, Rajendran R, Srinivas PS.

Influence of piperine on the pharmacokinetics of curcumin in

animals and human volunteers. Planta Med. 1998;64(4):353-356.

2 Funk JL, Frye JB, Oyarzo JN, et al. Efficacy and mechanism of action

of turmeric supplements in the treatment of experimental arthritis.

Arthritis Rheum. 2006;54(11):3452-3464.

Other resources on Turmeric:

Turmeric extracts containing Curcuminoids prevent experimental rheumatoid arthritis.

Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of Curcumin.

This is a comprehensive article on Turmeric from the University of Maryland

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What a deal!! Valid for purchase through Mother’s Day. Coupon Code: Spring Special.

call Glow at 206 568 7545 to purchase or schedule

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Some of you have asked me to explain further some of the methods that I use in psychotherapy. Using depression as an example, I will try to explain how I utilize an Integrative, Strengths-Based, Transpersonal approach to treating depression.

According to the World Health Organization, by the year 2030 depression will be the most prevalent health problem. More and more, normal changes in our mood are being diagnosed as depression, and even if the individual truly is depressed, the treatment is mostly limited to powerful, pharmaceutical medications.

Doctors often times lack the time or training to recommend alternative treatment options. An Integrative approach does not exclude the use of medications, but employs both conventional and evidence-based natural therapies for some mental health conditions.

Here at Glow, our Naturopathic doctors may explore some nutritional approaches to treating depression by ordering blood work to rule out vitamin deficiencies and exploring optimal diet. The World Health Organization acknowledges acupuncture as an effective means of treating mild to moderate depression, and massage therapy can provide relief of depressive symptoms.

My approach, when dealing with depression is to explore what may be contributing factors to depression. Is it situational, a life transition, or something physical? Taking the time to listen in order to gather the correct information to formulate an accurate diagnosis and treatment protocol is essential. Often times, individuals cannot recognize, or they have forgotten, the strengths that they possess to assist in their own healing. I help individuals rediscover their strengths so that they can effectively collaborate with me in their healing process.  Using Cognitive-Behavioral therapy, I can help patients change habitual thought patterns, which often get in the way of recovery. Mindfulness and Transpersonal therapies join the spiritual component to facilitate physical, mental and emotional healing.

Because making a good connection with one’s therapist is essential, I offer a free 30-minute consultation.

Warmly,

Tina Michalski, MSW, LSWAIC

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

Space is limited and will be reserved for pre-paid participants. Classes may be canceled the day before if attendance is low. Should this be the case we will post on our website.

Please call to reserve your spot: 206-568 -7545.

Women’s Health in East Asian Medicine — Monday, Nov. 7th, 12-1 PM Facilitated by Lindsey Lawson, MS EAMP, Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist

From your first period to pregnancy, find out about how to treat your symptoms and treat the root cause with East Asian medicine. Includes PMS, PCOS, fertility support, IVF, pregnancy and post partum care to name a few. Bring your questions!

Supporting Patients with Cancer through the use of Acupuncture and Asian Medicine — Wednesday, Nov. 9th, 12-1 PM Facilitated by Derek Kirkham, DAOM EAMP

Join Derek Kirkham, MS DAOM, EAMP for a discussion on how East Asian medicine can benefit individuals throughout conventional cancer treatment. The innovations of conventional care, i.e. chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery, have enabled more and more people to survive cancer. However, while these therapies are powerful tools in the fight against cancer, they can simultaneously damage the systems within the body during and after treatment. This discussion will cover helpful tips on rebuilding the body’s vital energy (Qi) and creating an internal environment that promotes healthy living.

Discussion topics: – Basic theories of East Asian medicine – How acupuncture, herbs and foods can support the body before, during and after conventional treatment – The benefits of Tai Qi and Qi Gong – And much more…

Natural Weight Loss with hCG — Thursday, Nov. 17th, 6-7 PM Facilitated by Eric Nissen, ND

What is hCG? How does hCG influence weight loss? How much weight can I expect to lose? How long is the program and is it safe? Dr. Eric Nissen will answer these questions and more in this informational talk on hCG for natural weight loss.

Balancing the Elements — Tuesday, Nov. 22nd, 12-1 PM Facilitated by Lindsey Lawson, MS EAMP, Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist

Do you have a condition that always flares up at a certain time of year? Are you interested in knowing the health of the elements in your body? Do you feel blocked and don’t know how to release it? East Asian Five Element Theory provides a blueprint for health and living in harmony with the seasons.

Chronic Illness & Pain Management — Tuesday, Nov. 22nd, 6-7 PM Facilated by Tina Michalski, MSW

Do you have to make adjustments in your life due to your illness? Do you feel different because your body, mind and emotions have changed? Learn to restructure your thoughts to be realistic and helpful, as well as to help you deal with stress. Are you feeling anxious and depressed? Meet with others who are in the same boat and find out how individual and group counseling can create better health.

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

Space is limited and will be reserved for pre-paid participants. Classes may be canceled the day before if attendance is low. Should this be the case we will post on our website.

Please call to reserve your spot: 206-568 -7545.

Movie: Under our Skin | An Infectious New Film  -Wednesday, Oct. 5th, 6 PM
FREE

This is a fantastic film for anyone, but especially if you one of your loved ones has, or may have Lymes Disease. Engaging and informative. Our resident specialist, counselor Tina Michalski, who has battled Chronic Lymes for the last 10 years will be on hand for discussion.

The Metal Element — Tuesday, Oct. 18th, 12-1 PM
Facilitated by Lindsey Lawson, MS EAMP, Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist

Do you have fall allergies, catch cold easily or suffer from asthma? Do you have trouble staying inspired in the darker days of winter? Do you have trouble letting go? Find out how to assess the health of your Metal Element and how to best support it.

Lyme Disease — Tuesday, Oct. 25th, 6-7 PM
Facilated by Tina Michalski, MSW

Transmitted by ticks (nature’s dirty needle) and possibly fleas and mosquitos, Lyme disease is presently the number one bacterial infection in the US.

Lyme disease (and associated coinfections) can be serious, and it is well known for its variable symptom presentation, making diagnosis difficult. It is also known as the “Great Imitator”, because many of the symptoms observed in a patient can be confused with many other diagnoses, such as MS, arthritis, ALS, Lupus, Parkinson’s, Crohn’s, many psychiatric disorders and Autism, to name a few.

Join Tina Michalski, MSW, to learn more about diagnosis, treatment and recovery from tick-borne illnesses.

Supporting Patients with Cancer through the use of Acupuncture and Asian Medicine — Wednesday, Oct. 12th, 12-1 PM
Facilitated by Derek Kirkham, DAOM EAMP

Join Derek Kirkham, MS DAOM, EAMP for a discussion on how East Asian medicine can benefit individuals throughout conventional cancer treatment. The innovations of conventional care, i.e. chemotherapy, radiation
therapy and surgery, have enabled more and more people to survive cancer. However, while these therapies are powerful tools in the fight against cancer, they can simultaneously damage the systems within the body during and after treatment. This discussion will cover helpful tips on rebuilding the body’s vital energy (Qi) and creating an internal environment that promotes healthy living.

Discussion topics:
– Basic theories of East Asian medicine
– How acupuncture, herbs and foods can support the body before, during and after conventional treatment
– The benefits of Tai Qi and Qi Gong
– And much more…

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

Space is limited and will be reserved for pre-paid participants. Classes may be canceled the day before if attendance is low. Should this be the case we will post on our website.

Please call to reserve your spot: 206-568 -7545.

Movie: Under our Skin | An Infectious New Film  -Wednesday, Sept. 7th, 6 PM
FREE

This is a fantastic film for anyone, but especially if you one of your loved ones has, or may have Lymes Disease. Engaging and informative. Our resident specialist, counselor Tina Michalski, who has battled Chronic Lymes for the last 10 years will be on hand for discussion.

The 5 Pathways of Detoxification — Monday, Sept. 12th, 5:30-6:30 PM
Facilitated by Dr. Rachel Erickson, ND

We live in a toxic world, so what can we do about it? Dr. Rachel will talk about the 5 pathways your body has to eliminate toxins and how you can support these pathways with a detox. Regular detoxification is a healthy way to prevent disease from toxic overload, such as allergies, autoimmune disease, hypothyroidism, fatigue, anxiety, ADHD, PMS and cramps and much more!

Acupuncture for Pregnancy and Labor Preparation — Tuesday, Sept. 13th, 12-1 PM
Facilitated by Lindsey Lawson, MS EAMP, Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist

It’s common to think of acupuncture to assist conception, but the help doesn’t stop there. Learn how it can treat nausea, heartburn, back pain, sleep issues and more. Also, find out what steps to take to best promote a healthy, natural, on time delivery.
The Earth Element — Monday, Sept. 19th, 4-5 PM
Facilitated by Lindsey Lawson, MS EAMP, Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist

Is your digestion out of balance? Do you have trouble “harvesting” the fruits of your labor? Is your energy low? Find out how to assess the health of your Earth Element and how to best support it.

Supporting Patients with Cancer through the use of Acupuncture and Asian Medicine — Wednesday, Sept. 14th, 12-1 PM
Facilitated by Derek Kirkham, DAOM EAMP

Join Derek Kirkham, MS DAOM, EAMP for a discussion on how
East Asian medicine can benefit individuals throughout conventional cancer
treatment. The innovations of conventional care, i.e. chemotherapy, radiation
therapy and surgery, have enabled more and more people to survive cancer.
However, while these therapies are powerful tools in the fight against cancer,
they can simultaneously damage the systems within the body during and after
treatment. This discussion will cover helpful tips on rebuilding the body’s
vital energy (Qi) and creating an internal environment that promotes healthy
living.

Discussion topics:
– Basic theories of East Asian medicine
– How acupuncture, herbs and foods can support the body before, during and after conventional treatment
– The benefits of Tai Qi and Qi Gong
– And much more…

MOVIE: East Meets West- Oriental Medicine and the Future of Healthcare in Amercia–Tuesday, Sept. 27th, 7-8 PM FREE

A  documentary that explores the depth, richness, and clinical efficacy of Oriental Medicine, and the ways that this ancient tradition can be an integral component of an emerging system of integrative healthcare that would truly merge the best of both eastern and western medicine.

 

Why We Get Fat and What We Can Do About It–Thursday, Sept. 29th, 7 p.m.

Facilitated by Dr. Eric Nissen, ND

America is getting heavier and heavier by the year, and it’s not all muscle! The USDA’s website says “enjoy your food, but eat less” and “avoid over-sized portions”. That’s all there is to it? It’s really that easy? Most people trying to lose weight will attest that is is NOT that easy and that the numerous diets they’ve tried have been largely ineffective in keeping the weight off long-term.

Learn why the “calories in less than calories out” approach to weight loss is mostly ineffective. Just eating less or exercising more usually doesn’t work long-term. Find out why we gain weight and real-world approaches to losing fat and keeping it off.

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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 -7545.

Supporting Cancer Patients through Asian Medicine — Wednesday, Aug. 17th, 6-7 PM
Facilitated by Derek Kirkham, DAOM EAMP

Join Derek Kirkham, MS DAOM, EAMP for a free discussion on how
East Asian medicine can benefit individuals throughout conventional cancer
treatment. The innovations of conventional care, i.e. chemotherapy, radiation
therapy and surgery, have enabled more and more people to survive cancer.
However, while these therapies are powerful tools in the fight against cancer,
they can simultaneously damage the systems within the body during and after
treatment. This discussion will cover helpful tips on rebuilding the body’s
vital energy (Qi) and creating an internal environment that promotes healthy
living.

Discussion topics:
– Basic theories of East Asian medicine
– How acupuncture, herbs and foods can support the body before, during and after conventional treatment
– The benefits of Tai Qi and Qi Gong
– And much more…

 Intro to Chinese Medicine:Get More from Your Acupuncture — Monday, Aug. 22nd, 4-5 PM
Facilitated by Lindsey Lawson, MS EAMP, Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist

Are you new to acupuncture, or a veteran patient, who wants to learn more? Learn how diet/ herbs, exercise, Qi Gong and Chinese Medicine can enhance your health. This class varies with the season, so even if you’ve come before there’s something new. Want more information about your health concern? Bring your questions!

 

Managing Chronic Illness — Tuesday, Aug. 23rd, 6-7 PM, **FREE**
Facilitated by Tina Michalski, MSW

Any chronic illness means that the individual will make some adjustments in their life, which may include adjustment to physical limitations, as well as changes in our thoughts, beliefs, emotions and behavior, in response to the illness.

Group and individual therapy can help restructure our thinking processes to more realistic and helpful thoughts, which can help to  effectively manage the stress of the illness, as well as the anxiety and depression that can manifest. Counseling also means that you are more likely to follow the treatment plans and recommendations of your medical providers, and have better physical health.

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