Archive | August, 2013

Rain Screening for Homes

Posted on 01 August 2013 by Jason

Moisture is prevalent in our damp Northwest climate. And through the years, many builders in the region have come to expect those leaks in a home as a “cost of doing business.” Renaissance Homes, however, utilizes preventative measures such as a Rain Screen siding system to ward off water intrusion before a problem presents itself—and it’s been working for the homebuilding company since 2003.
Most area builders affix the siding to a home’s vertical studs. When a leak or water penetration occurs with this type of construction, the water is literally forced through the wall and can spread in many different locations within a home through capillary action. A Rain Screen siding system, instead, channels moisture and drains it from the siding.
To create air circulation behind the siding, Renaissance Homes affixes furring strips vertically outside the home. The siding is then attached to these strips, creating an air gap between the siding and the home’s studs and serving as a Rain Screen. The siding is essentially lifted off the exterior wall. If wind blows water behind the siding, it can simply drip down and away from the home. The air cavity serves as a drainage plane, and a water-resistive housewrap allows water to run off easily.
The company’s Rain Screen system was specifically engineered to supersede local building codes and traditional siding installation recommendations. Many types of Rain Screens meet the Oregon Code Requirement of a gap behind siding systems in residential construction, but Renaissance utilizes a superior Pressure Equalized Rain Screen (PER) which includes generous ventilation and watertight and airtight water-resistive housewrap support walls. PERs terminate the pressure differential across cladding systems that are magnified by winds.

 

For more information or to see one under construction, visit Renaissance-Homes.com.

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Sun Screening

Posted on 01 August 2013 by Jason

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Ultraviolet A (UVA) rays are the most abundant form of ultraviolet radiation in sunlight, containing roughly the same amount of UVA rays regardless of season or time of day. UVA does not cause sunburns but is capable of penetrating the deeper layers of our skin, where it causes oxidative reactions such as the darkening of melanin, recognized as tanning. Unfortunately, oxidative reactions also cause photo-aging of the skin and increase the risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays are the middle range of ultraviolet radiation. Depending on the season and time of day, the atmosphere will absorb varying amounts of UVB. Mid-day, during the summer months is the highest exposure. These rays do not travel as far into the skin, but unlike UVA, UVB rays can directly damage the DNA in our skin, are responsible for sunburns and the most common forms of skin cancer.
Sun Protection Factor (SPF) is a multiplier for how much time an individual can be exposed to sunlight without developing sunburn from UVB. SPF 2 means that a person who would normally develop a sunburn in 20 minutes can be outside for 40 minutes without developing a sunburn. This multiplier starts to become less accurate around SPF 30-50. There is no corresponding scale for UVA protection, and unless specifically stated, users should assume that sunscreen does not protect against UVA.
UVB exposure is needed to make vitamin D, a crucial fat-soluble vitamin that plays a role in bone strength, immune response, mental health, and even cancer prevention. Depending on skin tone, a person can produce 10,000 units of vitamin D with just 20 minutes of sun exposure. However, sunscreens of SPF 8 and above prevent us from making any vitamin D. To complicate matters, sunscreens of SPF 15 and higher are recommended for the prevention of the most common forms of skin cancer.
People with a personal or family history of melanoma should be sure to use a sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB. Everyone who is going to get more than 20 minutes of sun exposure at a time, should use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher. But for at least 20 minutes a day, let the sun soak in and enjoy the benefits of creating your very own vitamin D.

 

Dr. Phil Grasso is a naturopathic physician with Portland Integrated Health & Sports Medicine. PIHSport.com.

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Study Shows Hypnosis Reduces Hot Flashes

Posted on 01 August 2013 by Jason

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Clinical hypnosis can significantly reduce hot flashes in postmenopausal women by as much as 80 percent, according to a recently published study by researchers at Baylor University’s Mind-Body Medicine Research Laboratory.
The 12-week study involved 187 postmenopausal women who, to be eligible, had to be experiencing a minimum of seven hot flashes a day or at least 50 a week. The study measured physical symptoms and compared the findings to hot flash scores the women kept in daily diaries. Hot flashes were rated on frequency and severity, as well as how they interfered with daily activities and sleep.
During the study, women wore skin monitors with electrodes that recorded physiological changes, like body temperature. They also pushed a response button when they experienced a flash. “This is the first study in which we compared both self-reporting and physiological monitoring,” said Gary Elkins, Ph.D.
For five weeks, the women received weekly sessions of hypnosis by clinically trained therapists. They also practiced self-hypnosis using audio recordings and visualizations. By the end of the study, participants not only had fewer and milder hot flashes, but also an improved tolerance for menopausal symptoms, according to Elkins. By the fourth session, hot flashes had decreased by 70 percent, and at a three-month follow-up, the decrease averaged 80 percent.
Popular treatment options use estrogen and progesterone. While these are 90-100 percent effective, they are associated with increased risk of breast cancer or heart disease.
Elkins said the next step is to determine if the intervention can be provided solely by audio and video recordings.

Connie Burgstahler is a Nationally Certified Hypnotherapist. Read more about her at ConnieBurgstahler.com, or call 360-903-2623 to schedule an appointment.

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Finding Center – A Holistic Approach to Trauma

Posted on 01 August 2013 by Jason

Trauma occurs when we experience something as a threat to our physical, psychological, and/or emotional well-being. It can happen in various ways—when we ourselves are threatened, when we witness some form of violence toward others, or when we hear about violence to someone else. We can be impacted by one extreme event or by more subtle ongoing experiences over time.
No matter the cause, trauma destabilizes our sense of ourselves and the world. It is a psychobiological experience, meaning trauma affects both our body and mind. Because of the holistic impact of trauma, it is important to take a holistic approach to the healing process.
First, recognize the inner and outer resources that are already present in your life. Develop a team of support—friends, family, healthcare providers, acupuncturists, psychotherapists—so that you are surrounded by care and knowledge to help you and your body find stability. Find and cultivate your sense of center. Only then may it be time to work through the traumatic experience, with the companionship and guidance of a trusted and experienced counselor.
Go slow. Be gentle with yourself. Get support. Your center will lead the way.

For more information or a free consult, contact Katje Wagner, PhD, LPC, Holistic Psychotherapist at 503-313-5733 or KatjeWagner.com.

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NAET for Allergy Sufferers

Posted on 01 August 2013 by Jason

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Grant Sutton, licensed acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine practitioner in downtown Portland and Lake Oswego, is now offering Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques (NAET), a natural and effective treatment that provides clients with relief from environmental and food allergies, sensitivities and intolerances. This treatment is an incredible source of relief for many sufferers, especially relevant through the summer during allergy season.
A drug free solution, NAET uses diagnostic and treatment protocols from Traditional Chinese Medicine and Kinesiology. Patients are tested for several allergies and, depending on the strength of their immune system, may require only one treatment to one allergen or sensitivity. Someone with a mild to moderate amount of allergies may require more office visits, depending upon the number and severity of allergies to desensitize.
NAET can successfully alleviate adverse reactions to egg, latex, grasses, pollens, ragweed, flowers, perfume, chemicals, animal dander, animal epithelial, make-up, cigarette smoke, metals and other environmental agents. It is also effective for many diet-related health conditions, including chronic skin conditions and migraines.

For more information on this therapy, contact Grant Sutton at 910-818-0560 or info@grantsutton.com or visit GrantSutton.com.

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CranialSacral and You

Posted on 01 August 2013 by Jason

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At By Design Bodywork, Ray Drlik uses many different methods or modalities for working with his clients, often within the same session. They are all geared to helping one’s body work the way it was designed to work. CranialSacral Therapy (CST) is just one of those tools.
CST is a light-touch approach that can create a dramatic improvement in a person’s life. Through this work, the body is able to release tensions that have been formed deep in the body and relieve pain and dysfunction. When those tensions are eliminated, the body is able to relax and self-correct. It works to improve the client’s whole-body health and performance.
Because the central nervous system has such an impact on overall health and well-being, the work done through CST is able to improve your body’s ability to take better care of YOU. CST works on a myriad of issues, from migraines and headaches to stress and tension-related disorders, chronic fatigue, Fibromyalgia, PSTD, and many other conditions.
In working with a client’s body, Drlik is often able to free up the central nervous system to be able to perform at its best. It naturally eliminates pain and stress, strengthens one’s resistance to disease, and enhances health and well-being. Even at the cellular level, the body knows how to work to keep you healthy and vibrant. Sometimes it just needs a little assist.

For more information, visit ByDesignBodywork.com.

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Hatha Yoga Teacher Training: Deepen and Share with Others

Posted on 01 August 2013 by Jason

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In our uncertain world, the ageless practice of hatha yoga is more valuable than ever. It is so much more than just yoga poses. Hatha encompasses a complete yoga practice including meditation, spiritual growth, selfless service and yes, asanas—those amazing yoga poses that invigorate our bodies and minds.
Do you feel called to share your love of yoga with others or develop your personal practice? Teaching is a lifetime endeavor. It is an honor that comes when you reach deeply into yourself and find something authentic to share.
A great yoga teacher training will open doors in your mind and heart and re-inspire you to grow your own life and spirit. The Movement Center’s 250-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training program offers such a course of study. It is their heartfelt wish to help you connect with your spirit, to support you in awakening to your highest potential for growth, and give you the skillful means to share yoga with others.
The Movement Center has been training teachers for over 30 years and their program is registered with Yoga Alliance. Classes are scheduled to accommodate almost everyone’s work schedule. In their training, you’ll work hard, have fun and meet wonderful people who share your passion. Prepare to be transformed!

 

Learn more at MCYoga.com, or call 503-231-0383, ext. 15.

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Functional Neurology for Bodyworkers

Posted on 01 August 2013 by Jason

Coming in September, Portland area massage therapists, naturopaths and acupuncturists will have the opportunity to do advanced study in a new field, functional neurology. Developed by Dr. Paul Thomas, a Colorado chiropractic physician, and his colleagues, functional neurology for bodyworkers has its roots in chiropractic neurology and brain science studies. It involves an in-depth study of the brain and nervous system, learning a variety of assessment tests, application of soft tissue modalities, and collaborating with other healthcare professions.
Graduates of this training will be able to work closely with referring physicians and counselors in the treatment of a variety of clinical conditions (e.g., movement disorders, Parkinsonism, tics and tremors). Satisfactory completion of the training will prepare the participant to sit for the American Functional Neurology Society (AFNS) diplomate examination.
The instructor, Dr. Thomas, will present the material in monthly two-day modules over a one-year period, beginning September 21. The training is being sponsored by Portland’s Oregon School of Massage.

Call or email the school for course information, schedule details and/or tuition plans: 503-244-3420, rs@oregonschoolofmassage.com.

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Northwest Reiki Association Expands Outreach Program

Posted on 01 August 2013 by Jason

The Northwest Reiki Association (NWRA), a professional, non-profit organization dedicated to providing Reiki sessions, education and outreach programs, has now added Providence Medical Center to its growing list of volunteer program sites. In an exclusive partnership with Providence, NWRA volunteers now offer Reiki sessions at the Providence Acute Rehabilitation Center, a 21-bed inpatient, comprehensive care unit which offers specialized therapy for patients recovering from life-altering medical events.
Reiki, a holistic method of stress reduction and relaxation, promotes the body’s own natural healing. Volunteers at the new site report that patients regularly drift into a deep sleep during their Reiki session, even after having complained of severe pain, anxiety or sleeplessness.
NWRA’s other volunteer program sites include three Compass Oncology clinics, where patients receive Reiki during their chemotherapy sessions, and the Tuality/OHSU Hillsboro Cancer Clinic for cancer support group patients. In partnership with Compass Oncology, the NWRA, has also provided free classes to Compass Oncology patients and their caregivers since 2011. These courses support the patients in feeling empowered and in control of their own side effects and healing.

To learn more about NWRA, or to become a volunteer, visit NWReikiAssociation.org.

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Portland Metro ReStore’s Building Material Recovery Program

Posted on 01 August 2013 by Jason

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Last year, Portland Metro Habitat for Humanity ReStore launched a Building Material Recovery (BMR) Program to tear out kitchens, bathrooms and perform other non-structural deconstruction projects. Homeowners donate materials gleaned from BMR jobs to the ReStore, where the items are sold to raise funds that support Habitat’s local homebuilding efforts. Homeowners receive a tax deduction for their donations and satisfaction knowing that their usable materials go to a good cause instead of a landfill.
The new program gave the ReStore unexpected deconstruction opportunities. It partnered with Ramos Inc. to salvage lumber from buildings removed to make way for the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail project. Just last month, the ReStore partnered with Jim Paulson Excavating, Inc., Metro and the City of Portland Parks and Recreation to salvage old growth lumber from a barn cleared for a new Cully Neighborhood park. In yet another deconstruction project, salvaged materials were incorporated into one of Habitat’s own builds when an ADA ramp deconstructed at a Multnomah County facility became a new ramp for Evergreen Habitat for Humanity’s Emerald Green house in Clark County.
The BMR program has had a successful first year, bringing attention to the benefits of deconstruction while developing a new source of donations for its three local ReStores. Salvaged lumber, cabinets, windows, doors, appliances and other items can be found in the Portland, Beaverton and Vancouver ReStores.

Visit PdxReStore.org to learn more about the BMR program and find the ReStore closest to you.

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