The Naturopathic Perspective: Elemental Diets with IBS and IBD

Dr. Gary Weiner’s Article on the Elemental Diet with IBS & IBD   For those who suffer with IBS or IBD the role of diet is tantamount in its recovery. Here at Pearl Natural Health our naturopathic physicians may recommend the Elemental Diet along with herbal protocols or even targeted antibiotics. But, what is the Elemental Diet and why would it be used? If you are suffering from either of these conditions read Dr. Gary Weiner’s informative and featured article in the naturopathic journal NDNR entitled, AN ELEMENTAL PRIMER: USE OF ELEMENTAL DIETS IN IBD AND IBS – PART 1 helpful. Questions? Our physicians are skilled in helping those who suffer from digestive distress. Call us at 503 230-8973 to set up an appointment.        

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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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SIBO and the Elemental Diet

SIBO and the Elemental Diet SIBO or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth is a condition that occurs when an overgrowth of bacteria resides and over-populates the small intestine. Possible symptoms a person can experience include bloating, gas, indigestion, abdominal pain, diarrhea or loose stools. The physicians may recommend the Elemental Diet to help ease SIBO symptoms. If left untreated, SIBO can lead to the inability to absorb nourishment and nutrients from food, possibly leading to a type of malnutrition and vitamin deficiency. At Pearl Natural Health, we consider SIBO  part of the one’s whole health picture with symptoms that range from poor appetite, foggy thinking, digestive disorders from mild to more severe including IBD and IBS. We treat SIBO with diet, herbs and, when needed, pharmaceuticals. We offer onsite SIBO testing to evaluate its presence and diet is a major part of treatment. For people who absolutely find

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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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Blog: The Surefire recipe to ward off colds: Fire Cider

Making Fire Cider Dr. Valerie LaRosa shares this age old home remedy for warding off colds and flu, which has been reproduced from the Mountain Rose Herbals recipe. Fire cider is traditional home remedy for colds and flu, and to help keep us warm and healthy through the winter. You can add a spoonful of it to your food or drink it straight. 1 tbsp daily will keep colds at bay, or take 3 tbsp at the first sign of a cold. You may have some or all of the ingredients in your kitchen already. It’s easy to make, just be sure to let it set for about a month before using. Make it now and it will be ready to go for late fall and winter! Ingredients 1/2 cup fresh grated organic ginger root 1/2 cup fresh grated organic horseradish root 1 medium organic onion, chopped

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Preventing Colds and Flu Naturally

Preventing Colds and Flu Naturally

Do you want to prevent colds and flu, the natural way? It is flu season and you may be wondering if there is a way in which you can prevent the onslaught of colds and flu, naturally. Listen in as Dr. Gary Weiner, naturopathic physician, Chinese herbalist and acupuncturist, discusses natural ways to boost immunity during the flu season and how to treat the flu once you have it. Click here to listen in to KBOO’s Healthwatch show on preventing the flu naturally   Call to set up an appointment to help you stay healthy this winter!    

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PREVENTING AND TREATING THE FLU

PREVENTING AND TREATING THE FLU OF 2013 By all reports, the flu of 2013 has come earlier than expected. This season’s flu is the worst we’ve had in 10 years with 29 states reporting severe epidemic. Last week, 7.3% of all deaths in the U.S. were due to the new flu. The Center For Disease Control (CDC) says the current vaccine is only 62% effective, and as always, less effective for ill patients, the elderly, chemotherapy patients and those on steroid medications. While there is no “cure” for this or any flu, there are steps you can take to prevent it, and if you are one of the unlucky one’s who “catch” it, actions you can take to reduce it’s virulence and duration ACT NOW TO BUILD UP YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM AND PREVENT THE FLU The best prevention for the flu is to maintain your health and

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