Optimize Our Diets in the Time of COVID-19

Optimizing Our Diet in the Time of COVID – 19 “Those who take medicine and neglect their diet waste the skill of the physician.” -Chinese proverb Optimizing our diet in the time of COVID-19 can rely upon the wisdom and guidance of Chinese nutritional healing and Chinese medicine. Chinese medicine and its 3,000-year-old tradition of embedding food as medicine in the culture can teach us a lot, no matter what culture we are from or live in now. The basics of Chinese nutritional therapy are steeped in the foundations of Chinese medicine, on the observation of nature and our unique interaction with it. Each of us live in specific climates, we live through seasons and their changes and each of us has a unique physical constitution and condition. These considerations are important to consider when making food choices and recommendations. In the time of COVID-19 food can

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New Year! New Faces and New Naturopathic Doctors!

  2019 offers New Doctors and New Services   As many of you know Dr. Weiner has been out on medical leave for a few months. He needs more time to heal, and we are looking forward to his recovery so he can get back to what he loves – working with people to help them heal and recover their health. While we continue to do our best to continue serving your healthcare needs and to do so we have hired a senior naturopathic doctor, Dr. Dawson Farr to fill in for Dr. Weiner while he is out on leave. Read more about him here. Dr. Weiner has the utmost confidence in Dr. Farr’s abilities. Hence, we also have maintained our naturopathic doctor resident and welcomed Dr. Misty Story to Pearl in October. Dr. Story has jumped in with great compassion and excellence in her approach to

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Exclusive Interview: Ellen Goldsmith on Naturopathy & Acupuncture

Co-founder of Pearl Natural Health, author and licensed acupuncturist, Ellen Goldsmith was interviewed by Paubox CEO Hoala Greevy. Pearl Natural Health is a Naturopathic, Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Clinic in downtown Portland, Oregon Here, is the brief of the whole interview, take a look. Can you tell us more about your clinic? Ellen: Pearl Natural Health is a Naturopathic, Acupuncture and Chinese medicine clinic serving the public in Portland since 2001. We pride ourselves on collaborative care in which our Naturopathic Physicians and Acupuncturists work together to deliver optimal patient care to people seeking solutions to their health concerns and problems. What kind of conditions does Pearl Natural Health treat and who is an average patient? Ellen: Many people come to us as an alternative to conventional care or when conventional care has failed to help them. We are known for our integrative and programmatic approach to

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Tips for reducing your risk for Colds and Flu

Tips for reducing your risk for colds and flu We love this time of year when the light is golden, and the last fire of summer of reds, yellows and gold are on the autumn leaves. As the season and weather changes our risk for catching colds and flu increases. At Pearl Natural Health our naturopathic physicians and acupuncturist offer you some tips to help you reduce your risk for colds and flu. Once we move indoors, the air is dryer, we spend more time in close proximity with lots of other folks, maybe our lifestyle habits catch up with us before our bodies have adapted and voila, we are surprised with unwanted  head colds. What can you do? A lot. You can strengthen and modulate your immune system, that intricate system interwoven into the fabric of your cells and tissues, to adapt to the changes of

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Nutritional Healing with Chinese Medicine on KATU

The power of nutritional healing with Chinese medicine Nutritional healing with food has been part of human life for time immemorial. Ellen wrote “In Chinese culture it is known that, “Food heals and medicine is food.” Food and medicine are one in the same in everyday life.” (from the book Nutritional Healing with Chinese Medicine, p. 9) In every ancient culture our ancestors understood how to eat with the seasons; how to heal with food; how to soothe a sore throat, how to build vitality and ease digestive distress. This maxim is being revived today as more physicians embrace the healing power of food to prevent and reverse many common chronic illnesses. Ellen Goldsmith, L.Ac., wrote the book Nutritional Healing with Chinese Medicine: + 175 Recipes for Optimal Health  to bring this wisdom into our lives and into our kitchens. Here she visits with Helen Raptis on

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Happy Holidays and Happy New Year

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from Pearl Natural Health Hello, In this holiday season many of you are taking time to celebrate and spend with loved ones, family and friends. We hope that you are able to enjoy, rest and reflect as you enter the winter season and a new year. It is a time of new beginnings. We know that not everyone is in the celebratory mood. Some of you have experienced loss of one kind or another or are dealing with ongoing health and stress. We at Pearl Natural Health are aware that the intensity of these times have affected each of us in different ways which can impact our health and sense of well-being. It truly is important to make some time to rest and restore. We appreciate the opportunity to be part of your journey to increased health and well-being and look

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Pearl’s Ellen Goldsmith has written a book!

Nutritional Healing with Chinese Medicine: Book Hello, After eighteen months of research on food, culture and medicine; after spending most of the summer sitting at my desk; developing and taste testing (that was the fun part!) hundreds of recipes I have completed my first book entitled Nutritional Healing with Chinese Medicine with over 200 delicious recipes available for pre-order on Amazon! This has been a labor of love that came to be after decades of teaching about food as medicine to students of Chinese medicine and people like you.  This is a book for anyone who wants to learn more about Chinese medicine; the foundations of food as medicine according to traditions that have evolved over thousands of years, as well as people who love to eat good food, want to learn some new recipes and understand how to eat according to the season at hand. This

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Happy New Year!

Hello, Happy New Year! It is a time of endings and beginnings. At the start of every new year many of us commence with resolve to make long lasting changes; to get healthy, live our lives more fully and to fulfill some of our goals and dreams. All of this takes energy, focus, motivation and most importantly support. So, what happens to our resolve. January starts off well. We are at the gym regularly, we are cutting back on junk foods, sugar and the like. Then February comes around, and winter is weighing on us, and resolve gives way to the demands and stresses of life. The motivation of January 1 wanes and some of those efforts wane as well. Change is not a straight line. Even in these uncertain times, we are certain of one thing only, change. So how do we embrace change and  even

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Podcast: Gut Health and IBD a Naturopathic & Chinese Medicine Approach

Gut Health is Central to our Whole Health: an interview with Dr. Edythe Vickers According to the United States Center for Disease Control, it is currently estimated that about 1 – 1.3 million people suffer from Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Known as IBD this disease involves chronic inflammation of all or part of the digestive tract. IBD primarily includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, potentially debilitating conditions. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a chronic condition that also affects the digestive tract and is often unrecognized or untreated, with as few as 25% of IBS sufferers seeking professional health care. Today Ellen Goldsmith, L.Ac. is speaking with Dr. Edie Vickers, naturopathic physican and licensed acupuncturist on KBOO’s Healthwatch about  IBD, IBS and the naturopathic and Chinese medicine approach to treating these health problems. Dr. Vickers is Director of the An Hao Natural Health Clinic in NW Portland. Her practice focuses

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Podcast: Making Babies: A Chinese medicine approach – Jill Blakeway, L.Ac.

Fertility: An integrative and Chinese medicine approach to making babies Join Ellen Goldsmith, L.Ac. as she speaks with Jill Blakeway, L. Ac., CEO of the Yin Ova Center in New York City and author of Making Babies: A proven 3-month program for maximum fertility,  co-authored Dr. Sami David, a reproductive endocrinologist. This book  offers women and men a guide to fertility using the wisdom of Chinese medicine in conjunction with Western medicine. Fertility medicine today is all about aggressive surgical, chemical, and technological intervention, in Making Babies, acupuncturist Jill Blakeway and Dr. David draw on the best of both Eastern and Western medicine. By identifying your “fertility type,” inspired by the classical patterns of Chinese Medicine, you can focus in on the strategies most helpful in your particular situation, and avoid the things that may be causing you problems. Those strategies include: choosing fertility-promoting foods; properly predicting

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