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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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Preventative medicine is the key to affordable healthcare.  The more we can work to keep ourselves well, the greater contributors we our to our community.  Many states in the US have taken the steps to license Naturopathic Doctors in order to establish their place in the medical world.  Most primary care Doctors are licensed as an MD which means they have completed medical education within the conventional medical, or allopathic approach to health.  This system is ideal for handling emergencies and extreme health imbalances, yet it often has little to offer in keeping people well.  A common recommendation to “watch and wait” with a sub-clinical disease process leaves little hope for improvement.

Naturopathic Doctors are trained in the western medical system equivalent to the MD education.  However, the emphasis shifts in the 3rd and 4th years of training to incorporate herbal medicine, nutrition, homeopathy, spinal manipulation, physiotherapy and more.  The ideal healthcare system incorporates all systems of healthcare to take the best of each and apply them in an effective manner.  For a comparative review of the education of leading Naturopathic and Conventional medical schools in the US, see the attached document here:  Nat-Med-Ed-Comp-Curricula.

Licensing Naturopathic doctors benefits communities in a variety of ways.  It makes more physicians available in an era where there is a nationwide shortage of primary care doctors.  It allows the option for the first point of contact for patients to be with Doctors who emphasize what people can do for themselves to improve their health.  Naturopathic Doctors spend more time with patients traditionally, allowing for more personal attention and an opportunity to explore the mind-body relationship.  Naturopathic Doctors are experts in herb-drug and food-drug interactions providing a close watch to notice when dosages may need to be altered to support the changes in the individuals body.  This expertise is critical in a time where patients glean a great deal of their health information from online sources and natural food store clerks.  People often end up taking a wide variety of substances without any oversight of how things may be working together in their body.

As a healthcare practitioner, my experience spans over 20 years in a variety of roles.  Initially working in home health and institutional care as a Nurse Aid, I observed the end stage of care for a wide variety of chronic health conditions treated exclusively with allopathic therapies.  From there, I witnessed thousands of patients diagnosed with chronic diseases improve as a medical student intern in Integrative Medicine clinics.  As a medical researcher with the Helfgott Research Institute in Portland, I got to know the process of determining what works in healthcare from the evidenced based model.  While the research in natural therapies is generally smaller studies due to financial constraint, there is plenty of data to support its use, once as we begin to look.

Licensed as a Naturopathic primary care Physician in Portland, Oregon I was able to provide both natural and pharmaceutical tools for illness, covered by health insurance.  Some patients prefer to avoid pharmaceuticals altogether or have responded negatively in the past to drug therapies.  Still, there are a wide variety of options to choose from when treating illness with natural medicine.  Other patients present with a health condition that will improve more quickly with pharmaceuticals but whose underlying health can be supported with natural medicine to prevent long term damage.  Many individuals experience a state of health that is not clinically ill, but not 100% well either.  This is where natural medicine can make dramatic change in a person’s life.  Using tools from all systems together gives us the greatest potential to improve health and have lasting change.

Please support the effort to license Naturopathic Doctors in Colorado, and throughout the US in order to provide options for people in their healthcare services.  For specific details please follow the instructions below.

Thank you for your time in supporting natural medicine and working toward affordable options in healthcare.


Dr. Hart

Colorado Association of Naturopathic Doctors
It’s time to write again!

HB 1111 will be heard in the Senate Judiciary committee sometime this next week. If we are successful, we “may” be assigned to the Finance committee, but will for sure go before the Appropriations committee… then on to the Senate floor and passage by May 8th, the last day of the 2013 legislative session.
Opponents of this bill have been vocal and unrestrained in spreading false claims about what this bill does.  The legislators want to hear from you… again!  Please take a moment to write the committee members.PLEASE SEND YOUR E-MAIL TODAY TO ALL OF THE COLORADO SENATORS LISTED BELOW.  WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR MESSAGE.   THANK YOU!


Please support Colorado House Bill 13-1111 concerning “Regulation of Naturopathic Doctors.”

False and misleading claims are being circulated from those fraudulently using the title, Naturopathic Doctor, in order to practice medicine in Colorado.  HB 1111 will protect the consumer by allowing them to check credentials and file complaints against anyone using the title, Naturopathic Doctor or ND.This legislation will protect the health and well being of Coloradans to conveniently and easily:

Determine who is qualified to be called a Naturopathic Doctor and who has completed a four-year graduate level clinical doctorate degree from an accredited naturopathic medical program, has passed a national exam, and has met other qualifications for regulation;

Check credentials and backgrounds of those who are Registered as Naturopathic Doctors;

Lodge complaints against a Naturopathic Doctor should harm or wrongdoing be suspected;

Be confident that when someone is called a “doctor,” that he or she has the training to provide the safe and effective care inherent in the title;

Be assured that their Naturopathic Doctor will communicate and collaborate fully with other health care providers as a member of the health care continuum; and

Be assured that the Naturopathic Doctor they choose has completed annual mandatory continued competency and carries adequate malpractice insurance.

DORA has reviewed this profession numerous times since 1993 and has recommended that Naturopathic Doctors be regulated in 1998, 2005,and in 2008 which is the last time that Colorado law allowed Naturopathic Doctors to undergo the Sunrise process.

The time is now to pass this bill.  Please vote YES on HB 1111!


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Juicing fruits and vegetables provide easy access to the vast quantity of nutrients available in these foods. Juicing can be a beneficial addition to any routine and is especially great for routine detoxification. For the purposes of a cleanse, juicing is a great way to provide added support to the body.

There are many ways to go about juicing. First and most importantly is acquiring fresh, organic produce. Secondly, devising a method of creating juice out of these. Options include using a juicing machine, buying fresh or pre-made juice, using a blender and/or using products that can be shaken or stirred.


1. Juicing machine. These are devices that pulverize vegetable and fruit matter to separate the juice from the fiber. The end-product is a very easy to assimilate vital fluid. The fiber is disposed of or can be saved to add to other cooking projects.

2. Purchasing pre-made juice. Fresh is far better because the activity of the bioflavonoids degrades quickly. Carrot juice and some others can be found pre-made and bottled.

3. Using a blender is possible with fruits and vegetables in a couple ways. Some produce can be blended easily when combined with enough water. Spinach, cucumber, soft fruits are all easily blended. Harder vegetables and fruits will also blend easily after being gently steamed. This is beneficial because it then includes the fiber in the final product. Make sure to use enough water and keep the recipe simple.

4. Mixing Powders and Liquids:  Ingredients that do not need to be juiced or blended are also vast and delicious. Some of these include spirulina, aloe vera juice, very berry concentrate, lemon and lime, boiled ginger, etc…


Every plant species has it’s own personality, its properties and affinities. As you explore the simplicity of consumption, notice how you feel affected by what you consume and try to find simple blends that suits you best. Variety is not only the spice of life, but also a key to keeping the digestive system from reacting to foods that we consume too frequently. As a general rule, dilute fruit and high sugar content vegetables by 50% and have cucumber, celery and greens comprise half of all juice you consume. Experiment and have fun!

Beets – their red color demonstrates an affinity for the blood and heart, purifying and stimulating. Has a laxative effect and is highly beneficial for liver detoxification. Try to not use more than 1 small beet per juice due to their high sugar content.

Greens – hearty as they are, greens are a wonderful addition to juices. Greens assist liver detoxification and the high chlorophyll content is very beneficial for the blood. Kale, spinach, chard, chollards, beet greens, etc… 1-3 leaves per juice is enough due to the strong flavor and their mild sweet quality is helpful for keeping the sugar balanced.

Carrots – namesake for the essential nutrient, beta-carotene, carrots have a lot to brag about and are such a wonderful juice addition they should not be overlooked! High sugar content.

Celery – Acts as a natural diuretic and has a low sugar content.

Fruit – best kept minimal as the sugar content is very high. However, the addition of fruits can do wonders for the taste buds. Apples and pears are especially great additions to vegetable juices and lower on the glycemic index.

Ginger – great addition to juices as it provides warmth and stimulation to the digestive system. Can be decocted in hot water and provide as much benefit as it does in a juicer.

Berries –wonderfully delicious and high in bioflavonoids, berries are what some consider the key to aging gracefully. Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries are all seasonally appropriate. High sugar content.

Spirulina – wonderful addition to a juice blend as it has immense vitality as a sea food. Considered one of the best energy boosting foods. Cooling nature.

Aloe vera – stimulating to the small and large intestines, aloe is a emulsifying juice that coats and soothes irritated intestines. This is especially beneficial during a cleanse when we are stimulating and healing the intestines for optimal elimination. Also can be cooling.

Citrus –lemon and lime are great additions to a juice due to their astringent nature. This helps to tone the digestive tract and stimulate digestive enzymes. Can also encourage peristalsis to aid bowel cleansing.

Cucumber –great addition to a juice due to its bland and slightly bitter flavor which helps to balance the sugars. Cooling.

Turmeric –this root has developed an incredible reputation for being a very strong liver aid in the detoxification process. Add a small portion of the root or the powdered culinary form.

Burdock –another plant that is famous for supporting detoxification. This root is powerfully bitter and bland. Great if you suspect an imbalanced microflora.

Dandelion greens or root –supportive of overall liver function. This common weed is highly beneficial for encouraging detoxification and supporting blood purification. Do not harvest from a yard treated with pesticides or herbicides within the past 3 years or more.

Garlic –strong flavor as well as being a strong anti-microbial food. This is beneficial if you suspect you have an imbalance in your microflora. Raw garlic may aggravate the stomach so use with caution.

Parsley –flat leaf variety is stimulating to the digestive system, which aids elimination.

Cinnamon –this plant has a long history of use for supporting digestion. It is warming, antibacterial and may help to regulate blood sugar.

Cayenne –this very warm spice stimulates the blood flow to the digestive tract and has a medicinal use for healing ulcers.

Other ingredients

Protein powder –some individuals may find that their energy needs or health concerns require consistent protein intake. Adding a hemp, whey, soy or rice protein powder to a juice can be helpful. A powdered form will be easy to digest to allow the body an overall rest from digestive activity to shift the focus to detoxification.


General support
1 carrot
2 sticks celery
1/2 beet
-juice or steam/blend

Warm up
1 cucumber (peeled)
1/2 pear (chopped)
medium piece ginger (chopped finely)
dash cinnamon
-blend with 12 ounces of water

Liver stimulator
Bunch dandelion greens
2 celery stalks
1/2 beet
1/2 apple
dash turmeric
-juice or steam/blend

On the go
2 tsp spirulina
2 Tbsp aloe vera
1 Tbsp. berry concentrate or handful of berries
Mix with 12 ounces of water
-shaken or blend with berries

Healthy skin and weight loss blend
1 carrot
1 cucumber
1/2 beet
1 burdock root
-juice or steam/blend

1 carrot
1 celery stalk
small piece ginger
-juice or steam/blend

Master cleanse
2 Tbsp fresh squeezed lemon or lime
1-2 Tbsp 100% maple syrup
1/10 tsp cayenne pepper
-shaken with 8 oz water, drink liberally

Dr. Hart’s favorite
Beet greens from 1 beet
2 stalks celery
1/2 apple or pear
1/2 inch section of ginger root


Staying Healthy with the Seasons, by Elson M. Haas
Juicing for Life, by Cherie Calbom & Maureen Keane
The Complete Cancer Cleanse, by Cherie & John Calbom
The Fasting Diet, by Stephen Bailey
Juice Alive, by Stephen Bailey and Larry Trivieri

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