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IBD: Part 1 In this article Dr. Weiner explains the 8 obstacles to cure and foundational effective treatments for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) offering a deeper understanding of this condition. This original article was published on January 15, 2014 at ndnr.com. It is the first part of our new series of posts on IBS, IBD, and SIBO that are very relevant in 2019. Look forward to additional articles in this series on The IBS within the IBD, Use of Elemental Diets in IBS and IBD, and additional videos and summary articles including posts related to Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture as effective treatments for managing symptoms of IBS, IBD, and SIBO. Read the full text of the original article here: Gary Weiner, ND, LAc With a plethora of IBD cases in our clinic, we find effective treatment requires a strategic approach integrating conventional use of medications suchRead more →
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 toRead more →
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 toRead more →
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 ofRead more →
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 onRead more →
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.Read more →
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. Read more →
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 lookRead more →
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. ThisRead more →
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 findRead more →