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Welcome to Health E-News!Summer is almost here. Naturally, this leads many of us to think more about improving our health. Whether you want to have more energy, fit comfortably into your summer wardrobe, or just feel good about managing your health by eating lighter and more colorful meals, this issue will provide some suggestions for you.

If you would like to meet with a nutritionist to shape up your health, you'll find information here about our excellent nutrition consultation services. If your focus is on your children's health, read about a special offer on Well-Child Visits, just $20 between July 7 and August 29. We're also bringing news of recent studies that show the benefits of eating whole grains for cancer prevention and managing inflammation, as well as information on minimizing the pain and fatigue associated with fibromyalgia through hot mud pack treatments. Also, be sure to review our recipe for a Swiss chard sauté that will help you enjoy fresh, local produce — and also give your body the nutrients it needs to flourish this season.

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

In health,
Sydney Maupin, Editor

Bastyr Center for Natural Health
May 2008 Issue

Clinic Highlights

Self Care

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Turn to Our Nutrition Counselors to Make Headway on Your Health

BlueberriesAs summer approaches, the aisles of grocery stores and farmers markets are filled with an impressive selection of colorful fruits and vegetables. To find out how to use this season's foods to support your health, consider making an appointment with a Bastyr Center nutrition team. In an individualized appointment, you will learn which foods are best for you — whether your goals are to manage your weight, keep your blood sugar in check, feel mentally sharp, manage your moods, reduce your body's inflammation or prevent illness. Additionally, our nutrition teams can provide recipes, and cooking and storage tips. Learn more about our nutrition services and start your journey toward a healthier life.

Special Offer: $20 Well-Child Visits July 7 to August 29

Give your child the gift of good health by making an appointment at Bastyr Center for Natural Health for a Well-Child Visit. To help you get started, we are offering a special price of $20 on Well-Child Visit from July 7 through August 29. Our practitioners will help ensure that your child is developing on schedule and that their nutritional and wellness needs are being met. As an extra bonus, this offer includes a free bottle of pediatric vitamins. Learn more about this special offer.

Participate in a Bastyr Study on Medicinal Mushrooms

Throughout history, cultures around the world have believed that mushrooms possess healing properties. In recent years, researchers have begun studying these prized delicacies to learn more about their potential uses in medicine. Bastyr University has been actively involved in investigating the medicinal actions of mushrooms, and recently the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded two separate Bastyr clinical trials on the mushroom Trametes versicolor, one in healthy humans and the other in breast cancer patients. If you are interested in participating in one of the research studies, please call: 425.602.3160 (for the healthy human study) or 425.602.3434 (for the breast cancer study). Read more about these and other studies being conducted by the Bastyr University Research Center.

Acupuncture and Nutrition Counseling Help Overton Berry Thrive in His Seventies

Overton Berry

Before he went to Bastyr Center, Overton Berry, 71, had lower back pain that was barely tolerable and had high blood pressure as well. Read Overton's story and learn how acupuncture and nutritional counseling can improve your health.

Support Bastyr University at Our 2008 Spring Luncheon

Would you like to hear a dynamic speaker who is on the forefront of integrative medicine? Join us for our 2008 Spring Luncheon, with proceeds benefiting Bastyr University. We are proud to present keynote speaker Stephen Sinatra, MD, an integrative physician and the founder of the New England Heart and Longevity Center. Dr. Sinatra is a board-certified cardiologist, certified bioenergetic psychotherapist, and a certified nutrition and anti-aging specialist. He has been a featured guest on many national radio and television shows, including CNN, MSNBC, "The Today Show" and "Fox Health." This luncheon, in the grand ballroom at the Seattle Sheraton Hotel and Towers, will provide you with a great opportunity to learn more about Bastyr and integrative medicine, and support a cause that is essential to your daily life. Learn more about this informative event.

Free Film Screening Affirms the Positive Nature of Birth

On Monday, June 30, at 7:00 p.m., enjoy a free screening of a documentary that examines the blissful nature of birth and the powerful role it plays in women's lives. The film is brought to you by Bastyr University, Seattle Midwifery School and Pregnant in Puget Sound. With commentary by Christiane Northrup, MD; Ina May Gaskin, MA, CPM; and many other leaders in women's health; Orgasmic Birth challenges cultural myths by inviting viewers to witness 11 women joyously giving birth in supportive, nonmedicalized settings. Donations will be accepted in support of midwifery education at both Bastyr University and Seattle Midwifery School. Get the details about this special presentation.

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Cook with Whole GrainsOh, What a Difference a Whole Grain Can Make!
Bastyr nutritionists have long recommended consuming whole grains and legumes for good health, weight control and blood-sugar management. Studies show that whole grains can also reduce inflammation. Additionally, according to a new study published this January in the American Journal of Epidemiology, whole grains may protect against cancer — particularly pancreatic cancer, which is thought to be the most dangerous type. The study showed that participants who ate whole grains had a lower risk of developing pancreatic cancer compared to those who consumed refined grains. Learn more about this study and discover whole-grain options for your daily diet. And view a simple recipe for making the delicious gluten-free whole grain, quinoa.

Mud Therapy Alleviates Fibromyalgia Pain
An ancient treatment, hot mud pack therapy, is proving effective for alleviating the pain associated with fibromyalgia. In a study published in Rheumatology International, study participants who had fibromyalgia were treated with heated mud packs followed by hot baths. The treatment proved effective for improving participants' pain, fatigue, general health and physical functioning, whereas the untreated group experienced no improvement. Mud therapy was especially popular in the U.S. and Europe in the mid-1800s to early 1900s and is still used by naturopathic physicians today. The mud used for this therapy, sometimes referred to as peat, is thought to transfer heat, relax muscle tension and ease stiffness in joints. But unlike a hot water bath, mud also has the ability to draw out toxins. Read more about this study and make an appointment at Bastyr Center for Natural Health to find out more about peat therapy.

Study Shows Valerian and Hops Can Bring On Sleep
Does sleep elude you at bedtime? Do you feel discouraged in your efforts to achieve better sleep? Don't give up until you've tried this herbal dream team: valerian and hops. A study published in Phytotherapy Research found that this herbal combination worked significantly better than a placebo or valerian alone to help people fall asleep. In the study, participants who had sleep disturbances were given either a placebo, valerian or a combination of valerian and hops. Those who received the valerian and hops combination fell asleep more than four times faster than without it. Those who received valerian alone fell asleep faster than those who received the placebo, but not by a significant degree. Read more about this study and make an appointment with a Bastyr health care team to address your insomnia.

Embrace Summer Greens with Our Swiss Chard Sauté
When you're shopping in the produce section, do you often pass on the dark leafy greens? If chard, kale and bok choy send you running toward more simple and manageable vegetables, try this recipe for chard, Swiss Chard Sauté, and start cooking greens with confidence. Swiss chard is one of the mildest greens in flavor and contains a variety of essential nutrients. Some chard varieties have bright yellow and red stems, which add an extra dash of color to your dinner plate. Get the recipe, and embrace those aisles of greens!






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