The Dirt on Supplements

[vc_row][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]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 root systems and leave lawns inches below the grade of …

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Zicam – NOT Homeopathy

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

New Prescription Drug Expansion for NDs

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]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 first is that, just because an ND has the ability …

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Sleep Drug Fantasy II

[vc_row][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]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 to Consumer Reports (see their website for more information): Drug …

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Toxic Supplements

[vc_row][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]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 quite chilling. “I write this because I wish to educate …

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Sleep Drug Fantasy

[vc_row][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]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 Times website – subscription is free as of this writing. …

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What To Do About the Flu

[vc_row][vc_column width=”5/6″][vc_column_text]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™ that is given intra-nasally to people who are not pregnant …

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My Supplements Don’t Work!

[vc_row][vc_column width=”5/6″][vc_column_text]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 and their patients would like. Here is a brief summary …

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Trivial Pursuit

[vc_row][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]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. 3000 people die each day from malaria. World-wide, 515 million …

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