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Edible Hormones Health Support for Women and Men by Sayer Ji and Tania Melkonian

Posted on 21 May 2013 by Jason

In addition to relieving symptoms of menopause and andropause and helping maintain a normal, balanced hormone system, healthy eating can yield many other benefits. According to U.S. National Library of Medicine research reports that are freely available at GreenMedInfo.com, these include weight management, bone health and fertility, and natural defenses against breast and prostate cancers and osteoarthritis symptoms.

Despite drug-free approaches to hormone health that predate synthesized 20th-century hormone replacement therapy, the pharmaceutical industry has all but vanquished eating appropriately nutritious foods as a means to balancing hormones. Why do people embrace external sourcing when natural internal functioning is the better, less costly and more permanent solution? Even the current bio-identical upgrade of hormone replacement therapy guarantees an eventual biological dependency on these substances, plus possible accumulation of potentially toxic hormone metabolites, according to research published in the journal Maturitas in 2007.

An edible approach to hormone health provides deep nourishment for glands, enabling increased production of what they lack due to changes associated with age or illness. Healthy eating likewise reduces the activity of excess hormones already in the body, beneficially mimicking their previous function without the unwanted side effects. Following are leading food aids to get us there.

Pomegranate

The resemblance of the inner topography of a pomegranate to an ovary is more than poetic homage. Pre-Renaissance Western herbalists commonly held that a plant food’s visual similarity to a human organ indicated a positive health correlation. Research published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology on pomegranates by Japanese scientists revealed that the seeds and fleshy capsules within which they are suspended, called arils, contain estrogens structurally similar to those found in mammals.

Preclinical results published in Phytochemistry may explain why extracts of these plant-derived bio-identical hormones mimicking estradiol, estriol and estrone are capable of replacing the function of an ovary. A Japanese study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology reported that female mice whose ovaries had been removed and were later fed pomegranate juice and pomegranate seed extract for two weeks showed reversals in bone loss, uterine weight loss and anxiety.

Broccoli
Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and Brussels sprouts, collard and mustard greens and the root vegetables kohlrabi and rutabaga contain glucosinolates, which help protect DNA from damage, according to a study published in Current Science. Also, ever-increasing preclinical and clinical evidence shows that consuming cruciferous vegetables reduces the risk of more than 100 health problems, including a wide range of cancers like those affecting the bladder, prostate and breasts.

Flax

Unwelcome symptoms of perimenopause (which can last years before the completion of menopause) can be offset through daily ingestion of ground flax, which can be added to cereals, salads and other foods. (Ground flaxseed mixed with dried berries is particularly palatable.)

As the ovarian reserve of naturally manufactured hormones exhausts itself and prompts an imbalance, flaxseed is particularly effective in rebalancing levels of desirable estrogen metabolites, such as breast-friendly 2-hydroxylestrone. It contains a fiber, lignin, that upon digestion produces two important phytoestrogens capable of stimulating the body’s natural estrogen receptors in cases of estrogen deficiency and blocking both synthetic and natural estrogen when there is excess (as with estrogen dominant conditions from puberty to menopause).

These properties have been confirmed in human clinical studies performed at the University of Toronto’s Department of Nutritional Sciences and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Thus, flaxseed may be considered a source of plant “estrogen” capable of prompting regression of estrogen-sensitive cancers, including those of the breast and prostate.

Extremely versatile in culinary applications, combining flaxseed with ground cumin provides a medicinally potent homemade seasoning supporting women’s hormonal health.

Cumin

Cumin—actually a fruit disguised as a spice—has tremendous hormone-modulating properties recently confirmed by findings in Experimental Biology and Medicine. Japanese scientists demonstrated that cumin seeds can inhibit loss of bone density and strength as effectively as estrogen in a female rat model of age-associated osteoporosis. They further found that the cumin seeds did not have estrogen’s weight-promoting effect and possible carcinogenic effect on the uterus.

Imagine the potent hormone-balancing properties of a dinner of steamed rutabaga dressed with ground flaxseeds and cumin with a side of mustard greens with olive oil and pomegranate dressing. It beats a serving of Premarin with a serving of unwanted side effects any day.

For access to pertinent study abstracts, visit GreenMedInfo.com.

Sayer Ji is the founder of GreenMedInfo.com and advisory board member of the National Health Federation. Tania Melkonian is a certified nutritionist and healthy culinary arts educator. Learn more at GreenMedInfo.com.

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Spring Detox Gentle Natural Cleansing Works Best by Linda Sechrist

Posted on 21 May 2013 by Jason

To secure optimum performance, maximize lifespan and maintain the warranty of vehicles, knowledgeable drivers follow the regular maintenance needs recommended in the owner’s manual. Similarly, many health practitioners, integrative physicians and chiropractors suggest that periodically cleansing the body’s inside works—flushing toxins and enabling the digestive process and organs like the liver and kidney to rest and reset—aids in maintaining, restoring and optimizing health.

Whether seeking a dramatic cleanup and clearing out or a simple tune-up, a natural, detoxifying cleanse eliminates accumulations of unwanted substances. Doctor of Chiropractic and Nutritionist Linda Berry, of Albany, California, and Brenda Watson, ReNew Life founder and a certified nutritional Consultant from Clearwater, Florida, are recognized authorities on the subject.

Berry’s Internal Cleansing and Watson’s series of six books on digestive health that began with Renew Your Life stress that the process may be both a missing link in Western nutrition and a key to returning Americans to health. They both believe that specific medical concerns—including allergies, arthritis, elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure, fatigue, gastrointestinal disorders and body pains—are directly related to toxicity, which responds well to gentle detoxification.

Their suggestions for reducing the overload based on 60 years of combined experience include eliminating pro-inflammatory processed foods, alcohol, coffee, refined sugars and bad fats; increasing daily intake of healthy, organic, fiber-rich foods; and gently cleansing at least twice a year using a natural approach.

How to Begin

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the onset of spring and fall suggest appropriate times for internal cleansing. Although strictly protein drink fasts are not encouraged, a minimum of 20 grams of plant-based protein should be consumed daily. Read labels and pick a sugarless protein powder.

A simple one-day, weekend or seven-day cleanse for experienced or inexperienced individuals begins every morning with a total body dry skin brushing prior to showering, and then drinking a minimum of 10, 8-ounce glasses of water throughout the day. This begins with a tasty green juice drink, followed by an eight-ounce glass of water for breakfast, lunch and a healthy afternoon snack. Watson’s favorite green cleansing recipe consists of liquefying one-and-a-half cucumbers; two stalks of celery, half a Granny Smith apple, a handful of spinach or any other type of green vegetable, a few sprigs of parsley and a tiny piece of lemon.

Then, an hour after breakfast and lunch, sip a cup of herbal tea, take two or three capsules of spirulina and two capsules of omega-3. For dinner, liquefy one teaspoon of red miso paste in eight ounces of hot water and add five sprigs of wakame seaweed.

“To fight hunger during the day, drink more water with lemon or ginger, warm herbal tea or green juices,” advises Watson.

To increase fiber intake, Berry suggests placing ingredients in a VitaMix or the more affordable NutriBullet, which pulverizes everything added, even whole flax seeds. Juicers, which are harder to clean after using, separate the liquid from the fibrous pulp, which human intestines need to create at least two daily bowel movements. Add oat or rice bran, citrus pectin or other national fibers as a bulk agent.

A natural, non-chlorinated water enema using simple home apparatus available at local stores can also be incorporated into the regimen, as necessary, “An enema affects only the intestine’s lower third, so hold in the room-temperature water from five to 15 minutes, if possible,” suggests Berry.

What to Avoid

Safe, over-the-counter solutions for colon cleansing generally promote colon health and can nicely supplement a fast. Avoid products that contain senna leaf and cascara sagrada, which are potent laxatives.

Watson and Berry don’t recommend rigid “crash and burn” cleanses, such as those consisting solely of protein drinks or raw juices or lemon juice and water with maple syrup and cayenne pepper. “It’s better to cleanse gently with fresh green juices with meals consisting of brown rice and either raw, lightly steamed or roasted vegetables,” counsels Watson.

“Any detox program, if followed by eating whatever you want, not only doesn’t work, it has consequences,” adds Berry, who strongly advises easing back into a sensible diet after a cleanse. She notes that one client became ill from breaking her detox with a meal of barbeque ribs and beer.

Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. She writes on why we are better together at ItsAllAboutWe.com.

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Clutter-Taming Tips Save Time, Money and Sanity by April Thompson

Posted on 21 May 2013 by Jason

Labels abound: pack rat, clutter bug and hoarder. Just the thought of confessing that our clutter needs conquering can inspire shame, anxiety and dread. It helps to remember that it’s human to accumulate, divine to purge.

“We’re hardwired to be hunters and gatherers and feather our nests, but you have to consider the life energy you spend maintaining all those things. The trade-off is often huge,” says home organizing expert Barbara Tako, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, author of Clutter Clearing Choices.

Seventy percent of Americans feel buried under their clutter and can’t decide what to give up, according to an online poll by award-winning organizer Julie Morgenstern, of New York City. She has found that while the clutter may be physical, the process of shedding it is 80 percent mental. “Decluttering is identifying what is obsolete in your life and releasing it to make room to move forward,” advises the author of Shed your Stuff, Change your Life.

“Ask yourself, what am I clearing space for—more family time, a social life or inner peace?” That higher goal is a touchstone for what to keep and what to pitch.

Following are common clutter-based roadblocks and tips from professional organizers on how to get around them.

I’m so overwhelmed I don’t know where to start. Tako encourages clients to start with the visible clutter, such as junk accumulated in an entryway, and take 10 to 15 minutes to tackle the area. “People are always surprised by how much they can accomplish in a short time,” she comments.

Morgenstern recommends making a punch list, starting with the areas with the most obsolete stuff and the least sentimental attachments. “The first one is the hardest, but you’ll probably find a lot of opened space if you can get through a few areas; then there is a cascading effect as you move forward.”

I know I have too much stuff, but it all has sentimental value. Morgenstern recommends using tools to manage memories, such as photographing an object that represents a person, and then using that photo as a contact icon on your phone. She suggests considering, “Is this the best representation of that person or time of my life, or just another example?”

I might need this someday. Tako encourages people to enlist a clutter buddy, “an objective set of eyes who will set you straight when you hold up a skirt that’s out of style.” Morgenstern suggests asking, “What is more important to me… this object I don’t have any immediate need for or the space I’ll have by getting rid of it?”

I don’t have time to declutter now. Morgenstern acknowledges most people are “time starved,” and cleaning out their closets is the last thing they want to do with rare free time. Yet clutter costs us time and money because, “You end up losing things, wasting valuable real estate and replacing things you forgot you had,” she notes. It also hinders our ability to focus and process information because visual clutter divides and competes for a person’s limited attention span, according to a recent study by the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute.

For more motivation, imagine the joy of finding buried treasure. Morgenstern reports that nearly all of her clients find some form of funds, whether uncashed checks, objects with resale value or cash.

I sorted piles a few months ago and now they’re back. Los Angeles organizer and blogger John Trosko encourages people to be upfront with loved ones about holidays and special occasions, asking that they curtail gifts and instead give non-tangible forget-me-nots like gift certificates or favorite services. Trosko also suggests making a list before shopping and steering clear of megastores to keep impulse spending in check.

Tako and Trosko both discourage purchasing “unitaskers” such as a salad spinner that takes up significant space but rarely get used. Another good rule of thumb is, “one in, one out,” discarding something every time we purchase a new item.

Even armed with the best decluttering tips, the process can seem daunting. Morgenstern encourages us to suspend self-judgment while weeding through possessions and keep remembering our higher goals. “Your stuff is a reflection of who you are, and what you aspire to,” she notes. “It’s a challenge to get it all in alignment, but an incredible opportunity, too.”

To find a nearby professional organizer, contact the National Association of Professional Organizers at napo.net.

Connect with freelance writer April Thompson at aprilwrites.com.

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Aging Gracefully It’s No Mystery: We Now Know How

Posted on 21 May 2013 by Jason

Most of us like to think that we’ll be vibrant, energetic, smart and yes, gorgeous, until the end of our lives. This isn’t an unattainable fantasy—even if past poor lifestyle choices may have tarnished some much-anticipated Golden Years.

Fortunately, it’s never too late (or too early) to make key small changes that will immediately and profoundly influence our ability to live long and healthy lives. Experts recommend that a handful of simple, scientifically validated health strategies will help us age gracefully and beautifully.

“Most of us are living longer, but not necessarily better,” advises Dr. Arlene Noodleman, medical co-director of Age Defy Dermatology and Wellness, in Campbell, California. “Many people face decades of chronic debilitating disease, but you can minimize or even eliminate that period of life and maximize health. It’s all about your lifestyle.”

Rules to Live By

Whether the goal is disease prevention, retaining a sharp mind, weight control, balancing hormones, maintaining good posture or supporting glowing skin, all the experts Natural Awakenings asked agree on a core strategy that can extend life and improve its quality in later years:

Take a walk. Or, undertake another enjoyable form of outdoor exercise for about 30 minutes a day.

Greet the sun. Exposing bare skin to sunlight for 15 minutes three times a week allows natural production of vitamin D. Researchers at Boston University, Harvard University and others attest that sufficient doses of the vitamin help prevent cancer, heart disease, diabetes, depression, obesity, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, relieve menopausal symptoms and support longevity.

Drink plenty of water. Hydration is key to cell health and overall proper body functions. Aim for consuming one ounce of water every day for every two pounds of body weight.

Eat a healthy diet. This means lots of vegetables and fish, some lean meats and poultry and moderate amounts of fruits and grains for weight control; abundant antioxidants to prevent deterioration that leads to chronic disease; and vital nutrients to support and extend life. Avoid sugars in all forms, simple carbohydrates, processed foods and for many, wheat and wheat gluten, especially for those with excess abdominal fat.

Get a good night’s sleep. Eight hours is more than beauty sleep. Studies consistently report that it’s essential for energy and the prevention of a host of diseases, including obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer (Nurses’ Health Study reported in the American Journal of Epidemiology; plus British research in Diabetes Care, the European Heart Journal and British Journal of Cancer). Regular turning in and waking times, plus sleeping in a dark room, are important to optimize melatonin production; it is not true that we need less sleep as we age.

Use the right supplements. Take a high-quality multivitamin every day, preferably an organic product based on whole foods for optimum nutrition. Fish oil is also essential for nearly everyone for heart, brain and joint health. Vitamin D is critical, especially in the winter months and for darker-skinned people that need greater sun exposure to manufacture it. Also add curcumin; according to numerous clinical studies, including those from Baylor University and the University of California-Los Angeles, it can help prevent and even reverse cancer, Alzheimer’s, osteoarthritis, skin diseases and digestive disorders.

Prevent Dementia

Caregivers for parents or other relatives with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia are often concerned about experiencing such regression themselves. “There is some evidence that a tendency to memory loss can be inherited, but in any case, there are things you can do to prevent and even possibly reverse memory loss,” counsels Noodleman.

Reducing stress is the best way to keep a sharp mind, she says. “Chronic stress inhibits the cerebral cortex (the brain’s gray matter, responsible for higher mind function, including memory), resulting in a lack of judgment and other impaired brain function. So, manage stress and memory function will improve.”

Deep breathing and increased oxygenation of the blood helps relieve stress and deliver nutrients to brain cells. Practicing yoga postures like the shoulder stand and headstand, as well exercises using an inversion table for just a few minutes a day can improve circulation to the brain and may help keep brain cells intact.

“It’s important to keep brain cells healthy and alive by keeping blood sugars and blood pressure under control,” urges Doctor of Osteopathy Lisa Ganghu, an internal medicine specialist and clinical assistant professor at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, in New York City. High blood pressure and diabetes are risk factors for strokes and mini-strokes that result in brain cell impairment, she says, adding, “Some research even suggests that caffeine may improve memory and focus.”

“Use it or lose it,” concludes Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, an integrative medical authority from Kona, Hawaii, and author of Real Cause, Real Cure. Extensive research shows that challenging the brain with puzzles and language courses, having an active social life and getting regular exercise are all related to maintaining optimum brain health.

“People who age gracefully are physically and mentally active,” adds Noodleman.

Prevent Disease

A proper diet is a good place to start to take control. Ganghu recommends largely plant-based diets, like the Mediterranean, to keep common repercussions of aging at bay.

Teitelbaum contravenes traditional medicine’s stance and says that most people don’t need to worry about salt intake, even if they suffer from high blood pressure, noting, “Research shows that people that follow the national guidelines for salt intake tend to die younger. Instead, it’s important to keep magnesium and potassium levels up by adding 200 milligrams of magnesium and 500 milligrams of potassium to your supplement regimen every day.”

To prevent and control diabetes, “Avoid sugar,” Teitelbaum emphasizes. “It causes premature cell aging that effects all body systems.” He explains that excess sugar and its byproducts age and stiffen cells. Dozens of studies directly link sugar and aging, including a PLoS Genetics study from the University of Montreal. (Also see Tinyurl.com/GlycationExplained.)

Reproducing cancer cells typically don’t die as other cells in the human body are programmed to. Recent research by Baylor University and others based on the Human Genome Project strongly suggests that curcumin taken as a dietary supplement (400 mg a day or more) can persuade cancer cells to commit suicide and stop their wild and potentially fatal reproduction.

Ganghu further recommends limiting exposure to environmental toxins from sources such as common garden and household chemicals and agricultural spraying (choose organic for safety).

Weight Control

A large body of research from institutions such as the National Institute on Aging and the International Longevity Center shows that avoiding obesity and managing weight is paramount for longevity, as well as for preventing many of the diseases associated with aging. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that people with a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 35 are at an 18 percent higher risk of earlier death from all causes than those that maintain a normal body weight (BMI of 25 or under).

Hormones can be a factor in weight gain for perimenopausal and menopausal women, says Ganghu, so it is important to be tested. She also notes that, “A loss of muscle mass due to aging can affect weight because muscle tissue is metabolically more active than fat tissue, creating a vicious circle.” She recommends strength training to improve muscle strength and mass.

Typically, two 20-minute sessions a week with moderate weights are enough to create “Michelle Obama arms,” says Kathy Smith of Park City, Utah, a DVD fitness entrepreneur and a spokesperson for the International Council on Active Aging.

Good Posture

“We spend a lot of time driving, working on computers and other activities with our arms in front of us. This causes chest muscles to contract and become tight as we age, drawing the head forward and rounding the spine, which produces a pronounced slouch” says Smith, author of Feed Muscle, Shrink Fat Diet.

Bending, stretching and strength training strengthens the shoulder and back muscles that help us stay upright. Smith recommends a “walking desk”, essentially a treadmill with a board across the arms where a laptop can rest, and the user walks at only one to two miles per hour. “You’re moving, not sitting, and that is really important,” says Smith.

Yoga postures like the cobra and the bow are also helpful, as are visits to a chiropractor or other structural therapist.

Healthy Skin

“Your skin is a roadmap of your overall health,” says Dr. Rick Noodleman, a dermatologist who practices anti-aging medicine in California’s Silicon Valley with his wife. He explains that skin aging is caused by the three D’s: deflation, descent and deterioration. All of them can be reversed.

Deflation is the loss of volume and moisture, which can be offset by proper internal hydration, healthy nutrition and good moisturizers. “People can make new collagen well into their 80s and even 90s,” he says. Deterioration is the loss of skin tone and elasticity that can accompany stress, poor diet and lack of exercise.

Noodleman recommends regular exfoliation of skin on the face (an economical home facial with baking soda and water or eggs is high on his list) and dry brushing the whole body. He also notes that new laser treatments, acupressure facelifts and other spa treatments can help temporarily minimize wrinkles and bring back a youthful glow.

It’s not hard to be vibrant, healthy and energetic at any age if you’re living a healthy lifestyle. “I feel like I am 30. I expect to feel that way for the rest of my life,” says the 60-something Teitelbaum. “Of course, I’m not at the beach in a Speedo,” he quips. “Who wants to look 20? There is also a certain beauty in age.”

Kathleen Barnes is a freelance writer, book author and blogger. Her most recent title is 10 Best Ways to Manage Stress. Learn more at KathleenBarnes.com.

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Whole-Body Dry Brushing

Dry brushing stimulates oil production, circulation that tightens skin and lymphatic drainage for detoxification and improved immune function. It also exfoliates. Using a moderately stiff brush with a long handle, start with the feet and vigorously brush eight long, smooth strokes in each of the listed areas, always brushing toward the heart:

Soles of the feet
Tops of the feet
Calves
Shins
Both sides of lower legs
Upper thighs
Inner thighs
Backs of thighs
Buttocks
Lower back
Sides (love handles)
Belly
Breasts (very gently)
Chest
Palms of hands
Forearms, front and back
Upper arms, inside, outside and back
Upper back and shoulders
Neck (brush toward the face on this one only)
Use a softer cosmetic brush or similar device on the face

Source: Teresa Tapp, exercise physiologist and nutritional counselor, in Safety Harbor, FL

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New Class at Motionlab

Posted on 02 May 2013 by Jason

Motionlab PDX has a new class on Wednesday evenings. The Pilates Mat Class with Barre Workout class, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., combines mat Pilates and ballet barre exercises with a fitness edge to sculpt long and lean muscles.
A non-stop endurance workout, this class uses isotonic and isometric contractions to work both the small intrinsic muscles and the major muscle groups, resulting in a sculpted upper body, toned thighs and a lifted seat. It’s a combination of the most efficient exercises to maximize results.
Just drop in for $15 a class or receive an introductory package of five classes for only $35. Motionlab PDX is located at 3829 NE Tillamook Street, Portland.

Visit MotionLabPdx.com for more information.

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For Optimal Health and Vitality

Posted on 02 May 2013 by Jason

Imagine how fabulous it would feel to move freely through the day without physical, mental or emotional limitations. How to do it?
Inflammation contributes to serious illnesses and to routine aches and pains, and women tend to be prone to inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. Simple dietary and lifestyle changes can help. For example, eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, ginger and curry, and less processed foods and sugars. Choose appropriate supplements. Maintain a healthy weight and cholesterol. Address physical imbalances. Get at least seven to nine hours of sleep. Avoid toxins. If you smoke, stop. Avoid excessive alcohol, caffeine and drugs.
Deal with stress effectively—focus on the positives and be grateful for something every day. Learn to relax. Do moderate aerobic exercise, 30 minutes a day; even a gentle stroll is better than sitting. People who watch TV for more than four hours a day have 50 percent higher risk for death and 125 percent higher risk for heart attack or angina compared to people who watch less than two hours of TV a day.
Dr. Katherine Dahlke’s medical practice, Fulcrum Healthcare, is both art and science. For the past 30 years she has practiced in conventional medicine, gentle osteopathic manipulation, homeopathy, supplements, diet, exercise, yoga and meditation. Gentle osteopathic manipulation is a hands-on approach that restores motion in restricted areas, relieves pain and enhances healing and health.
For more information, call 503-234-7299 or email fulcrumhealthcare@gmail.com.

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Importance of Sunglasses

Posted on 02 May 2013 by Jason

Sometimes considered frivolous, sunglasses are definitely not just cosmetic. The doctors at Hawthorne Vision Center recommend that everyone wear quality sunglasses to protect their eyes from the damaging UV rays that are linked to eye diseases such as cataracts and cancer as well as the pesky crow’s feet that accumulate around the eyes.
Don’t be fooled by Portland’s notorious gray skies either. According to the World Health Organization, UV rays are still present in damaging amounts on cloudy days. And sunglasses definitely aren’t just for adults. The average child receives triple the UV dose of an adult, accumulating up to 80 percent of their total lifetime UV dose by age 20! A higher dose of UV rays causes cataracts to form earlier and is also tied to an increased risk for macular degeneration.
It’s important that sunglasses are functional as well as stylish. Hawthorne Vision’s recommendation is to purchase only lenses that block 99 to100 percent of both A and B UV rays. All the prescription sunglasses sold at Hawthorne Vision Center come with UV protection to block out both types of UV rays. Stop by their office where they can test your current sunglasses for UV protection to make sure they’re up to the task of protecting your eyes.
Hawthorne Vision Center runs an annual sunglasses sale from Memorial Day thru Independence Day. Buy lenses and select a free frame from their special selection.
Hawthorne Vision Center, 4704 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland. 503-235-6639. HawthorneVision.com.

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New Chiropractor Joins NPWC

Posted on 02 May 2013 by Jason

With spring comes change, and with that, North Portland Wellness Clinic (NPWC) welcomes Keenan Borgardt, DC to their team, as of April 1. They also say farewell to Dr. Kalina Scherer, who has left the clinic to focus on her animal chiropractic business full time, and to Dr. Kelly Simmons, who has left for new opportunities in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Dr. Borgardt, originally from Astoria, now calls Northeast Portland home and treats a wide variety of conditions from auto accidents, sports and extremity injuries and post-surgical scar tissue removal to standard musculoskeletal pain. Six days a week, Dr. Borgardt will be treating patients integrating therapies such as kinesiologic taping and instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization with traditional chiropractic diversified manipulation.
Friendly and approachable, Dr. Borgardt focuses on pain management and improving function while having fun doing it. He believes a patient should enjoy coming to treatment and most importantly the benefits after treatment. Patient education is very important to Dr. Borgardt which is why he takes the extra time to ensure each of his patients fully understands the nature of the injury and how the treatment will help.
To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 503-493-9398 or visit NorthPortlandWellness.com.

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