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It’s 2016, and unless you live in Oregon, Washington or Vermont, your insurance based healthcare is NOT going to keep you well.

As much as I cringe at the analogy of our bodies being like cars, people inevitably think of themselves that way all the time.  The squeeky wheel gets ignored until it’s a screaming or debilitating pain.

We pay for car insurance and know it’s going to be there when we crash (after paying our deductible).  But, we don’t expect car insurance to wash our windows, vacuum the interior, change the tires, the oil, the belts or even cover our annual tune-ups to see how things might be deteriorating within.

Health insurance is not much different in most states.  It will help out with emergency room visits, and sometimes cover basic screenings for life-threatening illnesses (PAPs, prostate exams and mammograms for cancer, bone density screenings for osteoporosis, etc…)  And it usually covers an annual exam to check for hypertension, monitor growth and BMI and provide medications that treat the symptoms.

Unfortunately, our current medical model misses out on how to keep people healthy.  While pharmaceutical medications are necessary in many circumstances, supporting health naturally so we don’t need them or improving health while we’re on them so we only need them short-term is ideal.  It’s no fault of modern Doctors, its the larger systems emphasis on drugs and surgery as the only medicinal tools.

Most of the current drug safety information is based on short-term controlled trials and the harm of utilizing medications is always acknowledged in their litany of side effects.  As research continues, we learn of previously unknown harmful effects from long-term or combined medication use. 

Fortunately, humans have been living a very long time and we have an immense history of health and vitality to learn from traditions around the world.  Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, Native American medicine, Rudolf Steiner and Anthroposophical medicine, Western herbalism and the European Eclectic physicians are among my favorites.

With Naturopathic medicine, we are able to address the foundation of imbalances and improve our health over time from a truly integrated perspective.   It’s the journey of a lifetime, not a one stop shop!  With ancient systems, we learn what our bodies need, where are weaknesses are and how to improve ourselves day by day.  With modern science we get detailed information on changes and stats of organ function.  Naturopathic medicine is the most comprehensive medical training in holistic medical assessment from both perspectives.  For details on educational curriculum, check this comparison out:  Nat-Med-Ed-Comp-Curricula

At Stillwater, we want to support the community in their long-term health.  Trained as holistic primary care provider, naturopathic doctors work to not only address the current symptoms and diagnosis (working in conjunction with your other physicians, medications and insurance system) but to be your guide and ally in your health journey toward optimal vitality. We believe in making the best use of tools from all systems of healthcare and healing.  It’s 2016, shouldn’t we have it all?

At Stillwater Clinic, we have created a Membership program to provide people with an affordable addition to their routine healthcare costs.  Plans range from $35. per month to $300. depending upon the intensity of need for change.  These rates are significantly reduced from the fee’s of other medical specialists in our effort to make healthcare affordable and accessible to all.

Whether you’re passionate about maintaining the health you’ve got, you recognize your health is lacking by a sense of something’s not right or you have a serious diagnosis contact us to find out which package is right for you.

 

Stillwater Healing Arts 2016 membership plans include:

BASIC CARE – $35./month or $420./year ($580. value)

  • Annual integrative medicine health evaluation & treatment plan
  • 3 acute care appointments 
  • 6 spa visits (foot spa & sauna)

This package is intended for individuals who have good health, who wish to keep it that way with annual evaluations of what’s going on under the surface and some tune-ups along the way. For pediatric patients, spa visits can be utilized by parents!

INTERMEDIATE CARE – $65./month or $780./year ($1060. value)

  • Seasonal integrative medicine health evaluation & treatment plan
  • 3 acute care appointments
  • 6 spa visits (foot spa & sauna)

This package is intended for individuals who have mild symptoms and want to support the annual rhythm of their health with 4 quarterly Naturopathic and Chinese medicine evaluations and treatment plans. Ideal for individuals with low-grade or controlled health issues such as; allergies, headaches, intermittent digestive challenges, PMS, controlled autoimmune disease, cancer relapse prevention, and others.

TREATMENT FOCUSED PLAN – $140./month or $1680./year ($2360. value)

  • Annual integrative medicine health evaluation & treatment plan
  • Twice monthly treatment sessions (Acupuncture, Bodywork or Hydrotherapy)
  • Monthly spa visits with the foot spa and private sauna use.

This package is suited for individuals who may be in optimal health but utilize their bodies intensively and want to keep things tip-top, such as; athletes, performers, dancers, yoga instructors, builders, farmers and those who know the personal value of routine care. It also serves patients who have chronic health challenges that know what they need. For example, ADD/ADHD treatment, emotional health with 5-element acupuncture or chronic pain. This is also the package recommended for macular degeneration treatment.

COMPREHENSIVE HEALTHCARE PLAN – $175./month = $2100./year ($3060. value)

  • Monthly comprehensive integrative medicine appointments
  • Monthly spa visits – foot spa and private sauna use
  • 6 Additional acute illness or injury appointments

This package is suited towards individuals with uncontrolled health challenges who are in need of comprehensive evaluation and treatment. This commitment will be necessary for successful treatment of conditions such as; menopausal transition, adrenal fatigue, infertility, digestive disorders, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, obesity, heart disease, diabetes. This package serves as the foundation for natural cancer treatment support, chronic infectious disease treatment and chronic degenerative conditions such as Parkinsons, MS, auto-immune disease and dementia. However, more support may be necessary depending upon diagnosis and evaluation.

INTENSIVE TRANSFORMATION – $300./month = $3600./year ($5520. value)

  • Monthly comprehensive integrative medicine visit
  • Weekly treatment sessions (Acupuncture, Bodywork or Hydrotherapy)
  • Twice monthly spa visits – foot spa and private sauna use

This package is designed to help individuals who are ready to make dramatic changes to their health. Ideal for those with undiagnosed medical conditions, at a place of significant life change, extreme symptomology, chronic pain or addiction. This program serves as the foundation of our holistic mental health & addiction program as well as our weight loss program.

All Programs Include:

  • 20% discount on additional appointments.
  • Email and phone support with our holistic Doctor.
  • Annual Membership – automatic payment required with 12 month contract.
  • We can customize any plan to meet your needs, budget, family and employee packages.
  • Member discounts for special events, classes and other programs as well.

Schedule today and we’ll get the right package created for you!

Questions?  Feedback?  Curiosity?  I’d love to hear from you!

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Follow Your Heart

In celebration of the lovely month of February, we not only have the opportunity to express our love to those in our lives, view the beautiful creations depicting love in coffee shops, galleries and living rooms all around, but also emphasize the evaluation and support of heart health in the healthcare world.hearthands

More than just a pump, the heart is the electromagnetic center of the body, existing with the rhythm that drives our every moment and interaction.  Stop for a moment, feel alongside the neck below the jaw line or feel the thumb side of the wrist for the familiar beat of your pulse.  Take a minute to feel the rhythm within you and appreciate the good fortune that one beat continues to follow the next.

Influenced greatly by feelings, the heart acts as a regulator of the emotions and physical body.  Step into the room where you’re long lost ____ (insert here: lover, best-friend, sibling, pet, etc…) just happens to be sitting and you’re sure everyone is going to stare at you with astonishment of the loud bursting in your chest.  Participate in a deeply calming and relaxing experience and the rhythm becomes almost imperceptible.  Check out the latest horror flick in the theaters or just on the evening news and you may miss a phrase or two as the pounding in ears drowns out the details.

The heart is one of our most metabolically dense tissues of the body.  It requires constant energy production in order to perform its daily task of contracting and relaxing more than 100,000 times per day without stopping or tiring!  The heart must constantly adjust its force and pace in order to meet the ever-changing needs of the body in its environment.

Keys to heart health:

Live your passion – keep dreaming and pursuing the desires that speak to you as vital, worthwhile ventures in your life.  Connecting your daily life purpose with your passion is an important part of optimal health.

Express your emotions – explore the spectrum of emotion, to not be stuck in any one pattern but instead to freely move through all the various feelings life offers.  Learning to appropriately express anger, sadness, worry, fear and hatred allows us the opportunity to better know growth, inspiration, contentment, hope and joy.

Get what you need – learning to recognize what you truly need can be a lifelong process.  Finding the courage to ask for it is the next challenge!

Make your peace – set aside regular time in your life for any variety of practices that cultivate peace in your heart.  Find teachers to inspire you and help guide you through the onion-like layers of life’s challenges.

Magnesium – fuel your daily rhythm with adequate nutrients but especially magnesium.  This nutrient assists the proper muscle function of the heart and blood vessels.  Playing a crucial role in muscle relaxation, it is essential for the whole body.

Coenzyme Q10 – this nutrient is helpful for preventing the progression of heart disease by providing adequate energy to the cells of the heart.  Many pharmaceuticals create a deficiency in this nutrient.

Hawthorne berry – antioxidant rich, this herb can be used as a tea, tincture, capsule or a solid extract.  This herb has countless studies recognizing its benefit for cardiovascular health.  Safe for long-term use and delicious too.

Eat healthy fats – the health of the blood and blood vessels is influenced by the quality of fats that we ingest.  Most Americans can benefit from increasing the levels of Omega 3 fatty acids in their diets by eating more wild fish and less red meat, especially those animals raised on feed lots.  Some seeds are very high in omega 3 such as flax but others are extremely low like sunflower seeds.  Get familiar with your balance of healthy oils in your diet.

Live a non-toxic life – anything absorbed through the skin, lungs or digestive system can have a negative effect on heart health.  Choose non-toxic products for your food, cosmetics and environment.

According to Chinese medicine, the heart acts as the emperor of the kingdom of our bodies.  It does it’s best when every chore and task is tended to by the other components (organs) of the kingdom.  Then, the emperor is allowed to sit peacefully in its throne receiving the adoration of a proud and vital kingdom with no worries in the world.  The more peaceful we are within, the greater our outlook, happiness and contagious bliss that we share with our world.

Enjoy, live the life of your dreams and let nothing stop you from pursuing your joy!  ~ Dr. Hart

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What’s going on with all the hype for fish oil and omega 3’s in our diets?  As supplementation trends go, fish oils and omega 3’s are increasingly popular.  This is important dietary awareness and a trend worth following for many reasons.

Traditional diets which are the foundation upon which all our biological activities are adapted included predominantly whole foods, leafy green fresh vegetables, fruits, well prepared legumes and grains and wild or free range meats.  Around the world, the diets of a century ago included a much higher ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 fatty acids than we have today.  Now, the standard American diet is very high in plant oils, processed grains and animal products fed on grains.  This results in a much lower ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 oils.  When the balance is tipped this way, it creates an environment which tends to be pro-inflammatory and negatively effect multiple systems in the body.

This imbalance of fatty acids in the body can be a major contributing factor to inflammation and pain.  This can result in arthritis, skin issues, heart disease, stroke, circulatory disorders and poor mental function.  Proper balance of fats is especially important for pregnant women and children as the developing brain is dependent upon this balance. 

So shall we all start glugging down the bottles of omega 3 oil to prevent these diseases?  Not so fast, as not all oils are created equal.  Fish oil is highly beneficial but be very careful that it is toxin free variety.  Damage from methylmercury can easily outweigh the benefit of the oil.  Flax oil is taken by many as well but has far too much omega 3 for sustained use and can result in an omega 6 deficiency over time.  Supplementation of a good quality omega 3 source may be imperative to your health, particularly if you have already developed cardiovascular disease or chronic inflammation.  However, the nutritional component is the foundation.

Check out this link for great food ideas for omega 3’s:

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=george&dbid=75

Corn oil, peanut oil, soybean oil and most animal meats (except fish), refined plant oils and some nut/seed oils enter the bloodstream and act like hormones affecting tissues throughout the body.  An increased amount of omega 6 fatty acids in the body will constrict airways, reduce circulation, increase inflammation, increase pain sensitivity, increase swelling and make the blood more thick and increase clotting.

A standard intervention in allopathic medicine to address this imbalance of omega 6 oils that has resulted in these changes in the body is to take an aspirin a day.  This blocks the cascade of events that results from high omega 6’s.  However, simply blocking the pathways does not correct the imbalance and is also blocking the beneficial activity of the omega 3’s in the body.

My favorite additions to a routine diet to support a healthy omega 3 balance include:

  • seaweeds – wakame and laver especially
  • vegetables – cabbage, spinach, radish sprouts, butterhead lettuce, grape leaves
  • fish – wild Alaskan salmon, Atlantic mackerel, farmed rainbow trout

For the best understanding of what your body needs, I always recommend having an individualized consultation with your favorite Naturopathic Doctor in order to put together the right balance to meet your ever-changing needs.

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