Reduce Reuse Recycle (and Replace with More Sustainable Options)

Posted by on Feb 2, 2022

Reduce Reuse Recycle (and Replace with More Sustainable Options) Dr. Sarah Tindall The whole concept of reduce, reuse, recycle is something that most people have heard of, but many do not actively engage in. And although it is a good model with a catchy phrase, there’s a fundamental problem: it doesn’t address the issue at its source: if the “stuff” we have like packaging, products, toys, clothes, etc. were made in a more sustainable way of materials that didn’t damage our health and pollute the planet, then it wouldn’t matter so much if it were everywhere. Although a wide range of materials and finished products represent a threat to human, animal and environmental health, one of the main offenders is plastic. It has been widely established that plastic has detrimental impacts on the environment as well as health. We’ve all seen devastating images of animals who have ingested tons of plastic, but did you know there are human health impacts as well? Plastics and their additives have been associated with disrupting hormones, fertility issues, hormone related cancers, neurodevelopmental disorders and more. More ominous yet are when plastics become miniscule and then are referred to as microplastics. Although it was widely known that the ocean is overflowing with plastics, it has now become abundantly clear that so are other waterways, our air, soil – basically everything. Studies have found that even in areas of the world that appear pristine microplastics are present. While all of that may seem rather dire (and it is) there is good news. There are so many companies and individuals who are striving to come up with easy ways to swap out plastic items or items with plastic packaging with a sustainable choice. If you desire to make some changes in the sustainability department of your life, here are some ways you can reduce your plastic: 1. Always pack a reusable bag (or several). Consider having some in your car so that you can always bring them to the store with you. There are even some that fold up tiny and can attach to your keychain so that you have one. If you forget a bag, opt for paper instead of plastic. 2. Consider swapping out your shampoo and conditioner for shampoo and conditioner bars. Yes, you did read that correctly – rather than buying bottles upon bottles of plastic shampoo and conditioner, you could opt for a plastic-free bar. HiBAR is one option, but there are many more. Another option might be to explore your local food co-ops or bulk stores – many of them have a body care section where you can bring your own bottles and fill them up with their bulk shampoo,...

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COVID-19 vs Other Upper Respiratory Viruses

Posted by on Jan 26, 2022

COVID-19 vs Other Upper Respiratory Viruses Dr. Sarah Tindall These days pandemic associated ennui seems to be rampant, which is understandable but unfortunate given the current omicron variant surge. Even though everyone is tired of it, now it is more important than ever to wear an adequate mask (N 95 or KN 95), physically distance, continue good hand hygiene, and take steps to ensure overall health is robust. I find these days many patients are asking about flu and colds in addition to COVID-19 and feel confused about how to distinguish these since there are many overlapping symptoms. Although not universal, here are some important distinguishing features: Cold: This is considered to be a mild viral illness. Symptoms like runny nose, congestion, cough, sneezing, sore throat are common but other symptoms such as shortness of breath, fever, generalized aches, and loss of taste/smell are rare. Flu: It can be more difficult to distinguish flu symptoms from COVID-19 since the flu is typically more severe than colds. Common flu symptoms include things like fever, headache, generalized aches, cough, but it is rare to experience loss of smell or taste with the flu. Sometimes severe exhaustion can occur, but not always. COVID-19: Most of us have become highly acquainted with common COVID-19 symptoms, especially some of the more frightening ones such as difficulty breathing/shortness of breath, chest discomfort, and cough (a dry cough as opposed to a productive one). However, the Omicron variant, which we are dealing with now, has symptoms that can easily be mistaken for a cold or flu. The current advice, is to suspect COVID-10, get tested and act as if you do have COVID until you know you do not. It is important to know if you are symptomatic the recommendation would be to stay home for 5 days and get a COVID-19 test to make sure symptoms are not due to COVID-19. Wearing a mask and avoiding others can help stop the spread of COVID-19. Please check the CDC website for clarity of actions and guidelines if you are symptomatic and test positive, if you are vaccinated or not, if you are asymptomatic but test positive. There is scientific evidence showing that certain lifestyle factors and select supplementation can help boost immune function. If you are looking to make health and wellness changes in 2022, consider scheduling an appointment with one of our naturopathic physicians to help ensure optimal health. We also now have a post covid recovery program for general health restoration and for those suffering from post covid-syndrome/long haul syndrome. Check our website for more information. For More Information you can call 503-222-2322 or email us...

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Recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs) – a pain with simple explanations…sometimes.

Posted by on May 11, 2021

I find my practice lately is full of women with recurrent UTIs. Although each woman is different and the underlying reason for their recurrent infections does vary slightly, there are common threads to always consider when treating UTIs. Often there are patterns relating to sexual activity, hormonal changes that cause something called “genitourinary syndrome of menopause,” bladder irritants (such as caffeine) or sometimes it turns out that the assumed “UTI” is actually something else like interstitial cystitis, or may related to her birth control (like a diaphragm). We can also see recurrent UTIs with certain patient populations that may have underlying health conditions like diabetes. While there are many important areas to investigate here in the context of recurrent UTIs, it is important not to lose sight of the fundamentals. Apart from ensuring proper bathroom and sexual hygiene practices that decrease UTI risk, there are many supportive lifestyle interventions that can help prevent UTI: 1. Hydration: Stay well-hydrated with water! This is an important concept for most individuals, but is especially important for UTIs. Cranberry juice may also be helpful. There are even studies on regular cranberry juice that if taken daily, can reduce recurrent UTIs. 2. Urination habits: Be mindful or urination habits and don’t hold your urine when you feel the need to empty your bladder. It is best to urinate regularly to flush out our urinary system. 3. Hygiene: Consider washing before a sexual encounter (especially if you are prone to UTIs), and remember to urinate after sexual activity, especially if it involves vaginal penetrations, to help flush away bacteria. While it may seem very obvious, wiping front to back after bowel movements is also very important. 4. Dietary Considerations: Avoid or minimize intake of sugary foods/simple carbohydrates, and alcohol as these items can feed bacteria. In addition to alcohol, certain foods can irritate the bladder. Some common ones include citrus, coffee, spicy foods, chocolate, tomato, and others (I know, all the good ones!). Foods high in probiotics or a probiotic supplement may help with UTI prevention. If you are having urinary symptoms like frequency, urgency, or pain it is best to speak with your naturopathic physician to determine the cause with appropriate testing and discuss what prevention and treatment options are best for you. We are happy to see you at our clinic, A Woman’s Time. We utilize botanical and nutraceutical products that include ingredients that have been researched for acute and chronic UTIS and when necessary, prescription antibiotics and intravaginal low dose bio- identical, plant derived estrogen for prevention and...

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