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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 →
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,Read more →
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. PassRead more →
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. Peggy is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, and has written for such publications as The Los Angeles Times, Vogue, Elle, Time, Mother Jones, Slate, O: The Oprah Magazine, and The New Yorker. She is a contributor and 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 is a sought after keynote speaker and has been featured on, Nightline, CBS This Morning, The Today Show, NPR’s Fresh Air and Morning EditionRead more →
Talking Fermented Foods with Sandor Ellix Katz Sandor Ellix Katz is a fermentation revivalist. His books Wild Fermentation (2003, 2016) and the Art of Fermentation (2012), along with the hundreds of fermentation workshops he has taught around the world and helped to catalyze a broad revival of the fermentation arts. A self-taught experimentalist who lives in rural Tennessee, the New York Times calls him “one of the unlikely rock stars of the American food scene.” Sandor is the recipient of a James Beard award and many other honors. For more information, check out his website www.wildfermentation.com. To listen other episodes of Healthwatch on topics including mindfulness, thyroid, healthy eating and weight loss, gut health as well as others, click on this linkRead more →
The companion cookbook to Dr. Mark Hyman‘s revolutionary Eat Fat, Get Thin, with more than 175 delicious, nutritious, heart- and waist-friendly recipes. Dr. Hyman’s Eat Fat, Get Thin radically changed the way we view dietary fat, and proved that the key to losing weight and keeping it off is to eat ample amounts of good fats. Now, Dr. Hyman shares more than 175 mouthwatering recipes to help you incorporate these good fats into your diet and continue on your path to wellness. With easy-to-prepare recipes for every meal–featuring nuts, coconut oil, avocados, and lots of other superfoods you thought were “off limits”–you can achieve fast and sustained weight loss. Your health is a life-long journey, and THE EAT FAT, GET THIN COOKBOOK helps make that journey both do-able and delicious. Join Ellen Goldsmith, L.Ac. as she interviews Dr. Mark Hyman on KBOO’s Healthwatch. Mark Hyman, MD, is theRead more →
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 evenRead more →
Heal Your Microbiome We are cleaner but not necessarily healthier. Why and what does our digestive health and the Microbiome have to do with our health? Gastroenterologist Dr. Robynne Chutkan speaks with Ellen Goldsmith, L.Ac. on Healthwatch about living a little more dirty and eating clean as a way to heal your gut. With the prevalence of chronic afflictions like obesity, diabetes, food allergies, auto-immune disease, chronic fatigue, depression, acne & rosacea they’ll talk about the connection to digestive health and the microbiome. Dr. Chutkan discusses her new book The Microbiome Solution: A Radical New Way to Heal Your Body from the Inside Out. Dr. Robynne Chutkan, is one of the most recognizable integrative gastroenterologists working in the United States today. She is here to speak with us about her book, The Microbiome Solution: A Radical New Way to Heal Your Body from the Inside Out. Dr. Chutkan hasRead more →
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 focusesRead more →
Teens and Screens SCREENAGERS probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director’s own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world. Today, Ellen Goldsmith, L.Ac. interviews Lisa Tabb,co-executive and co-producer on the film Screenagers directed by Dr. Delaney Ruston. Dr. Delaney Ruston decided to make SCREENAGERS when she found herself constantly struggling with her two kids about screen time. Ruston felt guilty and confused, not sure what limits were best, especially around mobile phones, social media, gaming, and how to monitor online homework. Hearing repeatedly how other parents were equally overwhelmed, she realized this is one of the biggest, unexplored parenting issues of our time. Director Ruston turned the camera on her own family and others—revealing storiesRead more →