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There is so much information out there for everyone to decipher. Here at Pearl Natural Health, our blogs and podcasts connect you to resources, recipes, experts and topics that will support you on the road to optimal health and well-being. Interested in how food affects your health, how meditation reduces stress, what the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) is and how it supports gut health? Read on and listen in.

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Pearl Natural Health re-opens Thursday after the snow

Pearl Natural Health will open Thursday, the 22nd The snow was beautiful and we are back to work at Pearl on Thursday ready to see you! Do you have tele-medicine benefits? We know that Portland has many micro-climates which can make it difficult to travel on a snow day. If you are a patient of Dr. Weiner, Dr. Breen or Dr. Head and you have tele-medicine benefits  you can now do your follow up visit from home or work. So, don’t forgo your healthcare because of weather. Call us today and we can help you get rescheduled to follow up on your healthcare. Put yourself on the road to a healthier life and re-claim the vitality you deserve CONTACT US

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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 you will find 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.       Put yourself on the road to a healthier life and re-claim the vitality you deserve CONTACT US

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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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Here’s the Corrected Link to the SIBOSOS Summit

Hello, Whoops!We apologize for the broken link. The link we had inputted to Dr. Susanne Breen‘s story of SIBO was incorrect. If you are interested in signing into and up for the Free online SIBOSOS Summit which goes on now through October 29th, here is the correct and tested link to do so. Click here! In good health, Ellen Goldsmith, L.Ac.   Put yourself on the road to a healthier life and re-claim the vitality you deserve CONTACT US

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Dr. Susanne Breen’s SIBO Story and the SIBO SOS™ Summit II

Dr. Susanne Breen’s SIBO Story and the SIBO SOS™ Summit II

Susanne Breen, naturopathic physician and SIBO Hello, Before I was a naturopathic physician, years ago and before I had ever heard of SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth), I started to experience uncomfortable digestive symptoms.  These symptoms were mild at first but grew increasingly worse and it drove me to seek out help from naturopathic and allopathic practitioners. My MD prescribed slippery elm and other soothing herbs for burning stomach pain, and proton pump inhibitors. These treatments actually seemed to make things worse! I started to get severe bloating, pain, and gas every day and nothing seemed to help. Then the brain fog set in. Something was robbing me of my ability to think or concentrate anymore. I thought I was going to have to quit medical school. How can I be a doctor if I can’t think? Then, my MD wanted to put me on an antidepressant.

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Pearl’s Ellen Goldsmith has written a 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 is really two books in one.

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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 causing possible symptoms of bloating, gas, indigestion, abdominal pain, diarrhea or loose stools. The problem, if left untreated, 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, SIBO is considered part of the health picture with symptoms that range from poor appetite, foggy thinking, digestive disorders from mild to more severe including IBD and IBS. We offer onsite SIBO testing to evaluate its presence and diet is a major part of treatment. For people who absolutely find most foods irritating, an Elemental Diet can be recommended. In this short video Pearl Natural Health’s Dr. Gary Weiner talks all about the Elemental Diet: what

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Lyme Disease: It’s in Oregon

Lyme Disease and its treatment Lyme disease affects more than 300,000 people in the United States, costs $1.3 billion to treat each year, is the sixth most common reported infectious disease in the United States, can go undiagnosed for years and wreak havoc on people’s lives. It is named after Lyme, Conn., where it was first discovered 40 years ago. Lyme disease, contracted through bites from a black footed deer tick and caused by the Borrelia burgdoferi bacteria, was once thought of as a disease only contracted in the Northeastern region of the United States. However with the spread of housing into once rural areas, the overabundance of deer and white footed mice (another carrier of the deer tick) and climate change Lyme disease has spread throughout the country and throughout the world. We need to be aware that one can contract Lyme in Oregon. Ellen Goldsmith,

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Podcast: An Inside Job: Healing Wisdom for your Cancer Journey

An interview with Susan Barbara Apollon   Advice from cancer specialists, psychologists, and other healers….. Amidst all of the doctors’ visits, unfamiliar treatments, anxiety, and fear that follow a cancer diagnosis, it’s crucial to maintain a sense of stability and peace during your journey. That’s exactly what An Inside Job: A Psychologist Shares Healing Wisdom for Your Cancer Journey offers readers. By combining scientific findings with integrative wisdom and the true, heartwarming stories of her cancer patients, Susan Apollon—a psychologist who has specialized in integrative oncology, grief, and trauma for nearly 30 years—provides a deeper, richer perspective of what we call “healing.” You’ll find a wealth of practical steps and insightful advice to help you shift to a more positive perspective, tap into hope, and pursue the possibility of a physical, emotional, and spiritual healing experience.   Share this post with someone you love or care about.

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Podcast: Girls and Sex an interview with Peggy Orenstein

Girls and Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape Peggy Orenstein is the author ofThe New York Times best-sellers Girls & Sex, Cinderella Ate My Daughter and Waiting for Daisy as well as Flux: Women on Sex, Work, Kids, Love and Life in a Half-Changed World and the classic, SchoolGirls: Young Women, Self-Esteem and the Confidence Gap. A contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, Peggy has also written for such publications as The Los Angeles Times, Vogue, Elle, Time, Mother Jones, Slate, O: The Oprah Magazine, and The New Yorker, and has contributed commentaries to NPR’s All Things Considered and the PBS Newshour Her articles have been anthologized multiple times, including in The Best American Science Writing. She has been a keynote speaker at numerous colleges and conferences and has been featured on, among other programs, Nightline, CBS This Morning, The Today Show, NPR’s Fresh Air

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Pearl's Ellen Goldsmith has published a new book on the healing power of food.


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