The Dirt on Supplements

By Gary Piscopo, ND, LAc Alpine Valley Wellness Center, PC An intriguing gardening article recently suggested that the supposedly “unhealthy” soil many of us have around our houses may just be an urban myth. In fact, amending the soil to “improve” it may damage…

Zicam – NOT Homeopathy

Concerned about the recent news about Zicam and its propensity to cause people to lose their sense of smell? There are many reasons why Zicam is not a homeopathic remedy. For more information, please visit http://homeopathic.org/articles/view,341.

New Prescription Drug Expansion for NDs

The expansion of the legal ability to prescribe some prescriptions drugs includes most therapeutic agents, such as testosterone. Controlled substances, however, will still require a prescription from a medical doctor (MD). There are two additional caveats that our patients should be aware of. The…

Sleep Drug Fantasy II

A recent report in Consumer Reports that looked at sleep habits in the US had some revealing things to say about sleep and medications. If you have problems sleeping, or if you are currently taking sleep medications, this may be of interest to you.According…

Toxic Supplements

As some of you are aware, the Alpine Valley Wellness Center has had an extensive quality control program in place since its inception. Recently Rick Liva, the CEO of one of our highest quality vendors, Vital Nutrients, sent us this educational email. It is…

Sleep Drug Fantasy

For those of you who do not have a subscription to the NY Times, there was recently an interesting article about sleep medications. I will provide a brief excerpt and encourage those who are interested in the full article to check out the NY…

What To Do About the Flu

Every year we receive multiple inquiries about the wisdom of using a “flu shot,” otherwise known as an influenza vaccination. There are actually two types of vaccines: an inactivated vaccine that is given by injection and a live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) called FluMist™…

My Supplements Don’t Work!

We receive many questions about supplements at our center, as you can imagine. Alex Vasquez, ND, DC, who is the editor of the Naturopathy Digest, addresses a number of these questions concerning why nutritional interventions often do not perform at the level naturopathic physicians…

Trivial Pursuit

Each month, we receive a bulletin from the Chelan Douglas Health District. I always enjoy reading interesting snippets about the human body and thought you might too. This is from their “Medical Trivia” column. The mosquito is the most dangerous insect in the world.…