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Welcome to Health E-News!As spring approaches, now is a great time to revive your health goals or set new ones. Bastyr Center practitioners can help you achieve your health goals and prevent illness. As always, this issue is filled with preventive health tips to jumpstart your health journey, including tips to cure a nagging cold before spring is in full swing.

Learn how you can achieve healthy weight through Bastyr Center's groundbreaking weight-management program, "Weigh to Go," and also learn about Bastyr Center's health care for children, Bastyr University's Complementary and Alternative Medicine summer program, exciting spring events and the Town Hall Series: Future of Health. Don't forget to try our recipe for an antioxidant-filled salad, perfect for boosting immunity at the end of a long winter.

In our "Self Care" section, read about the relationship between vitamin D and seniors' blood pressure, discover a natural (and sweet!) alternative to children's cough medicine, and find out whether vitamin C really can cure a cold. Also in this issue, learn about four healthy habits that can extend your life, and how a healthy diet can prevent Parkinson's disease.

As a side note, we are always searching for stories from patients about their experiences at Bastyr Center for Natural Health. We'd love to hear how our natural approach has helped you.

In health,
Kate Lindsay, Editor

Bastyr Center for Natural Health
March 2008 Issue

Clinic Highlights

Self Care

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Clinic Highlights

Achieve Your Weight-Loss Goals With "Weigh to Go"

Weigh to Go ProgramAre you ready to get into shape, eat more healthfully and be more active? Sign up today for "Weigh to Go," an 8-week program developed by Bastyr's nutrition and clinical health psychology faculty. This comprehensive program combines individualized counseling and weekly group nutrition classes to help you build new skills for enjoying a healthier lifestyle. You will learn how to set goals, manage stress, incorporate more activity in your daily life, navigate temptation and avoid overeating. A new session begins April 15 and runs through June 3. Classes take place on Tuesdays from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Bastyr Center. Learn more about this groundbreaking program and find out how to register.

Bastyr Center Offers Natural Care for the Whole Family

Naturopathic medical care for children is an ideal way to encourage families to adopt lifelong preventative measures to avoid illness and live long, healthy lives. At Bastyr Center, children are offered both well-child care and medical care for acute and chronic conditions, including evaluation and treatment of fever, colds, flu, rashes, earaches, cough, allergies, eczema, asthma, ADD/ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, behavior disorders, sleep disorders and many other conditions. Find out how Bastyr Center can serve your entire family's health needs and schedule an appointment today.

Natural Medicine Training for Conventional Medical Students

If you are attending a conventional medical school or know someone who is, check out this amazing opportunity to learn complementary and alternative medicine from Bastyr University's distinguished faculty. The four-week, introductory program will be held at Bastyr University from June 30 to July 25 and will focus on the following topics: fundamental principles of traditional Chinese medicine, introduction to whole foods nutrition and introduction to naturopathic medicine. Read more about the CAM summer program and find out how to register.

Don't Miss the "Future of Health" Town Hall Series

Bastyr Center and Bastyr University are proud sponsors of the Town Hall Series: Future of Health — which explores a wide range of emerging health issues, from global policy to personal health, to alternative practices. On Friday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m., Gayle Greene, author of Insomniac and professor of English at Scripps College, puts a human face on insomnia, integrating her own story as a life long sufferer with that of other insomniacs and scientific material as well. On April 28 at 7:30 p.m., hear author Mary Roach's presentation, Science & Sex, where she will discuss the findings of her research on sexual physiology. Tickets are $5 at the door. Learn more about this event series.

Join Us at Exciting Health Events this Spring

Join Bastyr Center's staff, faculty, advanced students, and residents at three health-related events this spring in the Seattle area.

  •  On March 29 and 30 in Seattle Center's Exhibition Hall, experience VegFest, a healthy vegetarian food festival! Bastyr residents and advanced nutrition students will offer nutritional advice about animal-free diets.
  •  On April 19 and 20 at Seattle's Qwest Event Center, enjoy the annual Healthy Living Expo. Stop by our booth this year for free reflexology demonstrations and other exciting health-related activities. Several of our naturopathic and acupuncture residents will also be on hand to discuss a variety of health conditions and provide information about Bastyr's services and programs. This same weekend, on Saturday, April 19, at the other end of Seattle's Qwest Event Center, will be the American Diabetes Association’s Diabetes Expo, a great event where you can learn all about the management and prevention of diabetes.
  •  Save the date for Bastyr University's 10th Annual Herb and Food Fair on Saturday, May 31! This year's event, held on Bastyr University's campus in Kenmore, Washington, will feature internationally renowned speakers, cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts for kids, musical guests, garden tours and more!
  • Learn more about these springtime community events.

    Try this Beet and Kale Vitality Salad

    This tasty recipe, courtesy of Bastyr graduate and faculty member Cynthia Lair, and featured in her book, Feeding the Whole Family, boosts the body's immune system with a high dose of antioxidant power. Read the recipe for this intensely colorful, flavorful and healthful salad!

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    Children's ColdsBuckwheat Honey: A Sweet, Safe Alternative to Children's Cough Medicine
    Concerned about how cold medicines affect your children's health? A new study shows that buckwheat honey can calm a cold — and encourage a speedy recovery by helping a child get more sleep. Discover natural steps to treating a child's cough and cold, as well as more information on this sweet cure.

    Does Vitamin C Cure the Common Cold?
    A review of several recent studies found that while vitamin C may not prevent colds for everyone, if taken before the onset of cold symptoms, for many people it may prevent colds or promote a faster recovery. Read more about these studies and find out how vitamin C can help you.

    Four Healthy Habits for a Longer Life
    Are you looking for simple lifestyle changes to help you become healthier? A new study found that participating in four healthy behaviors can add as many as 14 years to your life. Find out how you can incorporate these simple habits into your routine.

    A Healthy Diet May Prevent Parkinson's Disease
    In case you need another reason to make healthier food choices, a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that a healthy diet can help protect against Parkinson's, a disease affecting more than a million Americans. Learn what constitutes a healthy diet and what other healthy behaviors can help prevent Parkinson's disease.

    Optimal Vitamin D Better for Senior Blood Pressure
    A recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that vitamin D is an important component of preventive health for seniors. In addition to protecting against osteoporosis, cancer and multiple sclerosis, vitamin D prevents a rise in blood pressure that often occurs as people naturally age. Learn more about the study and how much vitamin D you need to experience these benefits.






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