|Posted by Robyn Harmon on May 18, 2017 at 5:15 PM||comments (0)|
With all the diets out there it's hard to know which one is right for you. For certain conditions, Dr. Rosen recommends an anti-inflammatory diet as part of the treatment. This can be difficult, but helpful in managing chronic inflammation. Serious illness, like heart disease, cancers, Alzheimer's, arthritis and more, can be triggered or exacerbated by inflammation. While stress, lack of exercise, smoking and exposure to toxins can contribute, an unhealthy diet is the biggest source of prolonged inflammation.
Here's what to eat, and what to avoid, to help fight inflammation in the body.
Foods to Eat
|Posted by Robyn Harmon on May 18, 2017 at 4:35 PM||comments (0)|
In central Oregon, we are lucky to have a number of natural hot springs, all within a day's drive of Bend. Hot springs form when water is geothermally heated from within the earth's crust. Ranging from temperatures of 70-100 degrees, soaking has many health benefits. The mineral content varies with each tub, but all contain healing properties. For example, soaking may boost blood circulation, relieve pain or treat skin conditions. While I haven't yet visited all of Oregon's hot springs, listed below are some of my favorites.
A popular hot spring located on OR-22 between Bend and Salem in Detroit, OR, make reservations early to soak here. Offering a cafe, yoga classes, retreats and massage, Breitenbush has day use availability, as well as cabins and camping spots for longer stays. Soaking areas are clothing optional and all ages are welcome.
Located on the McKenzie River, Belknap has two pools of the hot springs water. This one is kid friendly, so be prepared for crowds of little ones. Offering cabins, lodge rooms, rv and tent sites, this resort makes for a fun mini-vacation. It does not have a year round restaurant, but a food truck opens in the summer. Bonus- the secret garden is awesome. My family stops here often on the way home from the coast, to warm up after a chilly beach weekend.
More rustic than the previous hot springs, these teeter high over the North Umpqua River. Comprised of about 6 small tubs, each is hotter than the last. The walk to the unmanaged site is uphill and might be too uneven for small children. Expect nudity at this site, as well as some partying. Still fun, but my husband and I leave the children at home when we soak here.
There are many more to explore, including hot springs at East Lake, Paulina Lake and Summer Lake. All offer unique experiences and are a must see for all Oregonians.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Rosen call (541) 388-3804.
|Posted by Robyn Harmon on May 5, 2017 at 2:10 PM||comments (0)|
How safe are your personal care products? While the European Union has banned over 1,000 ingredients for use in beauty goods, the FDA has only banned 9. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a non-profit organization that monitors the chemicals that may be in your goods. While there are too many to list, here are two categories to avoid.
Endocrine disrupters, like BPA and dioxin, affect our hormones, causing health issues like weight gain, reproductive challenges and even tumors.
Cancer causing carcinogens, such as quaternium-15 and imidazolidinyl urea, are used as preservatives in many products. Derived from formaldehyde, their safety is questionable.
To avoid harmful toxins, a clever option is to make your own personal care products. Simple and affordable, DIY creations work just as well as those sold in the drug store. Actually, without fillers and preservatives your own concoctions will be even more effective and much safer.
Here are 4 easy recipes to get started.
In a medium bowl combine coconut oil and baking soda.
Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well with a wooden or plastic spoon.
Store in a jar and use a small spoon to avoid bacteria.
In a double boiler combine coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax. Heat on medium until liquid.
Remove from heat and add baking soda, arrowroot powder, bentonite clay and essential oils. Mix well.
Pour liquid mix into silicone muffin molds or into 5 oz containers.
Cool until solid (about 2-3 hours).
In a double boiler melt the beeswax and coconut oil.
Remove from heat, add almond oil and stir with a wooden or plastic spoon.
Stir in essential oil.
Store in lip balm tubes or small jars.
In a double boiler melt the 2 oils and beeswax.
Remove from heat and add zinc oxide.
Mix with a hand mixer until there are no clumps.
Store in mason jars.
While some of these ingredients may seem hard to find, they are all easily available on Amazon. I have also found them at New Seasons, Whole Foods and Natural Grocers. Beeswax comes in pellets or you can shred a beeswax candle for the same results.
Too busy to make your own? Remember that the EWG maintains a database of safe products, so look there for safe options.
As always, to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rosen call (541) 388-3804.
|Posted by Robyn Harmon on April 21, 2017 at 1:40 PM||comments (0)|
For seasonal allergy sufferers, springtime in Central Oregon can be miserable. Juniper, in particular, can cause multiple problems for those affected. My first few springs in the high desert were miserable, and I was debilitated by the severity of the allergic reaction. Fortunately, my juniper allergy has been resolved. Keep reading to find out how.
A member of the cedar family, juniper plants release pollen during the spring months, with March and April seeing the most activity. Often, individuals who experience no other environmental allergies will be affected by juniper, as the structure of the pollen itself allows for easier transport to nasal membranes.
While OTC medications are available to treat allergy symptoms, many users report adverse side effects, such as fatigue, dry mouth and constipation. Fortunately, there are safe home remedies that can be done to relieve ailments, as well as effective, non-invasive treatments offered by Dr. Rosen.
In my experience, one NAET session with Dr. Rosen eradicated my juniper allergy. Now two years later, I've had one additional treatment to address the allergy. When rare allergic symptoms develop, nettle tea calms the reaction.
Does juniper trigger symptoms for you? I’d love to hear how others handle this bothersome condition, so please leave a comment about your experience.
Call (541) 388-3804 for more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rosen. He has trained with Dr. Nambudripad and is board certified in Medical Acupuncture.