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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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Deep fried pickles, a rack of ribs, sweet potato fries and pan roasted duck breast are some of the menu favorites here in Lyons.  Who doesn’t want to indulge in the bottom of a keg filled with fried foods from time to time?  While this might sound appealing, it also makes many folks belly’s turn with the impending indigestion that is sure to result.  With the fat-free era just shortly behind us, high cholesterol and gall-bladder disease nearly ubiquitous with aging, we still have a lot to learn about fats.

We all know high cholesterol is bad, but low is problematic as well.  High HDL (high density lipoprotein or the good fats) is considered good but too high signifies problems as well.  Monitoring the details of our health to prevent disease becomes more and more important as we grow older.  We can learn a lot about how our self-care is affecting our health with an understanding of fat metabolism.

The basic tests monitored for our fat metabolism are cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL and LDL.  These 4 basic tests are helpful for recognizing risk factors for heart disease, diabetes, auto-immune processes and hormonal imbalances.  Research has continued to improve our understanding of what the numbers mean.

Cholesterol: the body makes cholesterol as the backbone for every hormone in the body.  It is an integral component of every cell membrane in the body in addition to being a main component of tissue healing.  Cholesterol is made in the liver and reflects the capacity of the liver to support health.  There is an indirect relationship between fat consumption and cholesterol, but the greater influence is the health of the liver and gallbladder. 

Triglycerides: these are the main fat storage molecules in the body.  They are what we convert excess food energy into for later use.  The triglyceride level in the blood tends to be a more accurate reflection of our nutritional status, particularly carbohydrate intake.  As carbohydrates are broken down in the liver, they are converted into triglycerides to be stored.

LDL: low density lipoproteins (aka LDL’s) have come to be known as the “bad cholesterols” in the body.  These fatty acid transporters have a unique role in physiology.  Fats help tissue heal.  An analogy to this is that LDL’s are like ambulances.  They are constantly going out into the system to address inflammation in the body.  The higher the LDL level, the higher the inflammation.

HDL: high density lipoproteins (aka HDL’s) are considered the “good cholesterols” in the body.  The HDL level in the blood is considered a reflection of how much beneficial fats a person is consuming.  However, they also serve to help with tissue healing.  The HDL’s are like the clean up crew.  They are going out into the body tissues to clean up the messes made that called the LDL’s in the first place. 

One of the most common misperceptions about fat is that dietary fat equates to body fat.  Consuming fats such as butter, oils and dairy products do not make us fat alone.  All traditional diets have relied heavily on natures most calorie dense food sources including with much variation; dairy products, eggs, insects, land and sea animals.  However, the misconception of dietary fat in the US’s early understanding of nutrition drove the “fat-free fad” to indoctrinate every man, woman and child to be convinced that it was better to eat margarine than butter.  What we have observed is higher incidences of heart disease, diabetes and atherosclerosis, which are the main concerns with high cholesterol to begin with.

What you need to know:

–       If you have high cholesterol:  Support for liver function is critical.  Increase leafy green vegetables, exercise and minimize toxic exposures.  Major detoxification work may be necessary to create change.

–       If you have low cholesterol: Encourage the liver’s anabolic process, or the capacity to build up substances.  Ensuring adequate fat absorption with gallbladder function is key.  

–       If you have high triglycerides: Reduce carbohydrate intake.  Refined carbohydrates (breads, pasta, cereals, crackers) offer little in terms of nutritional support and even complex carbohydrates (rice, quinoa and other whole grains) can be problematic for some individuals.

–       If you have low triglycerides: Support dietary habits to ensure adequate consumption by having routine mealtimes and minimizing obstacles to absorption.  Support gallbladder function.

–       If you have high LDL’s: Addressing whole body inflammation is key to reducing LDL’s.  Improving circulation, removing food allergens, minimizing stress so the body has a chance to adequately heal.

–       If you have loww LDL’s: This is almost never an issue! 

–       If you have high HDL’s: Concern for auto-immune processes exist with high HDL’s.  Support immune function and detoxification processes.

–       If you have low HDL’s: Increase beneficial dietary fats and support gallbladder function to ensure proper absorption.

And finally,

–       If you aspire to have a long, healthy life: Consume foods high in omega 3 fatty acids, allow for 5-10% of each meal to be a healthy fat including fish, olive oil, coconut oils, whole nuts and seeds.  For more information on the importance of fats in our diets, please join us on for our THRIVE! Natural Medicine Essentials class on Monday, June 24th for our class Food As Medicine.  We’ll explore 6 different therapeutic diets to find what’s best for you, from 6-8pm.  For more information, please visit http://www.stillwaterhealingarts.com.

If you need help creating balance in your blood chemistry, schedule an appointment at Stillwater Clinic at your earliest convenience.  Pharmaceutical therapies are an essential tool for unregulated physiology but to avoid side effects and long-term consequences, corrections in organ function is important

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It’s amazing how much caffeine people can consume…   The tolerance for 8 ounces or 3 pots can be about the same perceived experience from one individual to the next.  Caffeine can make for an incredibly exhilarating sensation with the heart pounding, inspiration rolling, mind sharp as a tack and fingers drumming along the days work effortlessly.

Yet we all know the experience of over-doing it.  Exploiting the clever substance as if to change our personalities to be more energetic, interesting and efficient.  With the mountain of daily tasks most people try to accomplish these days, its no wonder caffeine is the #1 addicted substance in America.

Caffeine comes in many forms and is an amazing compound of nature’s pharmacopoeia.  As with all things amazing, understanding the pro’s and con’s as well as the right dosage to use can make the difference between a panacea and a poison.

It was once said that coffee was meant to be consumed by the scientists and intellectual folks.   It enhances the capacity to move thought rapidly forward developing one concept into the next.  In contrast, drinking tea is for the artists and those with a leisurely life.  Its effect enhances the bouncing around from one thought to the next, growing ideas in every direction.  Then there’s chocolate, known for it’s enhancement of love and sweet sense of satisfaction.  We’ll not even discuss the caffeinated substances that nature did not intend, sodas, energy drinks and various powders.

Coffee has a variety of components that affect physiology.  Primarily, it is a powerfully bitter, acidic and descending substance.  Many people who consume coffee daily nearly depend on the substance to mobilize their large intestine and get the bowels moving to start their day.  When used on a full stomach in the case of the end of a very large, rich meal this effect is supportive to the digestive process.  However, consumed on an empty stomach, coffee wrecks havoc on the digestive system contributing to inflammation in the body.

Black and green teas also have variable levels of caffeine.  Caffeine is a nervous system stimulant, enhancing neurotransmitter activity in the brain.  It also works by increasing cortisol release from the adrenal glands, enhancing our perceived energy.  Black and green teas are mildly descending substances and have beneficial anti-oxidant qualities.

Cacao is another of nature’s substances containing caffeine.  Dark chocolate contains more caffeine than a cup of decaf coffee.  It may stimulate alertness, contributing to a sense of euphoria as well as agitation or insomnia.  In combination with a variety of other compounds, cacao stimulates the nervous system to experience a greater degree of elation than coffee and higher propensity for addiction.

Good or bad?  For the most part, when used moderately caffeine found in natural sources has many advantages for health.  However, like all chemical compounds, the way the body processes it can be either smooth sailing or extremely difficulty depending upon our personal biochemistry.  Many individuals are caffeine sensitive, which suggests that the liver detox pathways that act upon the caffeine molecule are not performing as efficiently as they otherwise could.  This may be genetic or a sign of liver stagnation and toxic overload.

If caffeine is something you choose to use, consider this: if you feel great doing it and you can also feel great without doing it, that’s ideal.  Depending upon external substances for our sense of well-being suggests that we may not be living our lives in balance.  Caffeine as a routine vice may become something that we regret if it contributes to our lifestyles involving higher degrees of stress than we can sustainably manage.   If we can take it or leave it, then we may be better able to manage our stress and keep a healthy balance.

Ways to minimize harm from caffeine consumption:

–       Always drink coffee on a full stomach

–       Use a binding agent in beverages to minimize mineral leaching (cream or milk alternative)

–       Consume at generally the same time each day

–       If you’re an intermittent coffee drinker, stick with decaf

–       Always choose organic

–       Avoid extra sugar in caffeine containing products

–       Give your body extra mineral support if you drink caffeinated beverages regularly

–       Enjoy your vices by ALWAYS using them in moderation! coffee

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Join me at Pharmaca on January 5th at 5pm for:

Sticking to it! Creating Health Routines that Last and the Biochemistry of Sabatage…

We all have the best intentions when it comes to caring for ourselves and yet so easily we get in our own way, sabotage ourselves and create our own demise. Why is this? Year after year we make a resolution and so few of us actually stick to it (less than 12% statistically!). I’d like to share with you an understanding of brain and organ function from the Naturopathic and Anthroposophical context as well as some tools to help overcome the odds. Let’s get this year off to a great start and keep it there!

2700 Broadway, Boulder, CO

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