One of the things I love most about naturopathic medicine is the intertwining of ancient practices with modern treatments. One such ancient modality, is hydrotherapy, the use of water in the treatment of pathology. More eloquently put, hydrotherapy, by definition, is: the use of water for the maintenance of health or the treatment of disease by stimulating the body’s own self-healing mechanisms.
Within the category of hydrotherapy lies constitutional hydrotherapy, which originated in Europe, and was made popular in the United States by Dr. O.G. Carroll, in the 1940’s. In constitutional hydrotherapy,......
By: Alyssa Kelly, ND
Seattle is in the midst of a smoke wave. A severe one, at that. Climate Central describes a smoke wave as two consecutive days with an EPA Air Quality Index of 67. Seattle’s AQI today is 185.
At AQI level 67, the particles in the air, called PM2.5, reach a concentration that can start causing adverse health effects. Some of these effects include “slowing blood flow and oxygen to the heart, developing plaque on the inner walls of arteries, and interfering with liver functions” (Climate Central). These are relatively invisible......
By: Jennifer November, ND
January 1. Time to exercise more, eat healthier, drink more water, drink less alcohol, read more, less television… I’m already over it. What’s the deal behind new year’s resolutions? Ultimately, these are the things that if we change them about ourselves, we believe will make us stellar human beings. Business Insider says that “80% of new years resolutions fail by February”. Is this because they are goals designed to make us appear better on the outside? Is it because they tend to be activities we don’t really enjoy? Is......
By: Kim Hansen, ND
The menopausal transition is unique to each individual woman. Some women experience minor symptoms while others suffer from a variety of different ailments. These symptoms can impact their wellbeing and quality of life from the beginning stages of menopause through several years after its onset. Menopause occurs when the body is no longer in “reproductive mode” and the amount of estrogen and progesterone produced by the body begins to decline. Not only can this drop in hormones lead to uncomfortable symptoms, but it also puts women at a greater......
By: Alyssa Kelly, ND Physicians play an important role in concussion management and recovery. Outside of an initial emergency room evaluation, this role is often unclear to patients. The goal of this article is to explain why it is important to schedule an appointment with a primary care doctor if there are any potential signs or symptoms of a concussion. Particularly in light of the recent spotlight on brain injuries in the NFL, most people associate concussions with athletes. Although sports-related concussions are quite serious, the populations most at risk for concussions......
By: Dr. Jennifer November It’s that time of year again… packing lunches, laying out clothes, homework, and working extra hard to keep the whole family healthy. How can you combat the increased colds and flus that come with the start of the school year? And, give your kids a running start to stay healthy in the coming months? The following are our top four tips for keeping your family’s health in top shape: Wash your hands: This cannot be emphasized enough! Particularly before anything goes into your mouth, wash your hands. Kids......
Hosted by Dr. Kim Hansen Come join us as we train for a 5K race this fall using the popular ‘Couch to 5K’ training program. This is a FREE program offered by NFM with the intention of building a healthy community through staying physically active throughout the summer while incorporating healthy eating habits via a whole foods eating regimen. Then we’ll celebrate our efforts by running as a team in the Run of Hope 5K race, benefiting Seattle Children’s Hospital. The program includes: A Couch to 5K training outline, A whole foods......
By: Dr. Kim Hansen, ND Attention, ladies! Do you struggle with irregular menstrual cycles? Hormonal acne? PCOS? Infertility? PMS? Low hormones due to menopausal changes? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, seed cycling may be the missing link to helping you balance your hormones naturally. Most women have been told that they need to take a birth control pill in order to regulate their menstrual cycle. Seed cycling is a simple and effective alternative method that will help to encourage natural hormone production and detoxification in order to......
This month, we are excited to introduce Dr. Vivian Sovran! Dr. Sovran specializes in naturopathic pediatric care, working with infants, children, adolescents, and their families. What are your specialties? I practice primary care with a special focus on pediatrics and women’s health. In addition to the ND program at Bastyr, I also completed the course work in midwifery, and assisted at many births. The experience was extremely rewarding, as it gave me invaluable tools for working with newborns, pregnant and breastfeeding women, and new parents. How did you become a Naturopathic Doctor? So......
Check out part 2 (of 2) of the video series explaining why you should consider a naturopathic doctor as your primary care physician. These videos were composed by Naturopathic Family Medicine to be shared in the community. Have a look and please pass along to all who might be interested! “It is a principle of naturopathic doctors to focus on getting to the root cause of disease and addressing the source of illness.” ...