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Gooseberries are Good for the Gut

Posted on 05 March 2018 by Douglas Merrow

Researchers from Malaysia’s Islamic Science University tested 30 patients with gastrointestinal issues, dividing them into three groups. One received lactose, a placebo; another group was given omeprazole, an over-the-counter remedy; and the third Phyllanthus emblica Linn, an ayurvedic treatment for gastrointestinal issues also known as Indian gooseberry.
The research found the herbal treatment resulted in less pain, vomiting, sleep loss and other issues. Participants’ intestinal walls also showed signs of significant healing. The researchers concluded, “Findings indicate that the ethanolic extract of P. emblica fruits
has gastroprotective effects in humans that justify its traditional use.”

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Become a Certified Holy Fire II Reiki Practitioner or Master

Posted on 21 December 2017 by Douglas Merrow

Learning Reiki is very easy and can be used for either personal or professional reasons. Holy Fire is a higher vibrational form of Reiki that offers empowerment, guidance, purification and healing. Patty Oliver, owner of Body-Mind-Spirit Healing Arts, is a Holy Fire II Karuna Reiki Master who has been giving Reiki sessions for eight years. She is now offering two classes at her Portland office, located at 4313 NE Tillamook.
Holy Fire II Reiki Level 1 & 2 will be held on January 15 and 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. In this two-day certification class, participants will learn the history of Reiki, standard hand positions, Japanese healing techniques and three beginning symbols. There will be plenty of time for questions plus hands-on practice. Cost is $375 and no experience is required.
Holy Fire II Reiki Advanced/Master class will be held Monday through Wednesday, January 22 through 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Cost is $925 for this three-day certification class where attendees will learn two master symbols, several healing experiences and Crystal Grids. Participants will also learn how to teach and give Placements and Ignitions for all levels. Attendees must be a Level 2 Reiki practitioner for at least six months.

To register for classes, contact Patty Oliver at 503-369-7810, or visit

 Patty Oliver conducts Reiki, Reiki Classes and Akashic Record Reading & Clearings in Portland and Scappoose, as well as Readings worldwide by phone or Skype.

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The Future of Health Screening is Bright for Patients

Posted on 01 December 2017 by Douglas Merrow

It takes years for most cancers to develop to the stage that they can be detected with mammogram or ultrasound (dense enough for location and biopsy) so digital infrared thermal imaging (DITI or “thermography”) is ideally placed as a screening tool to identify changes over time in the early development stages, before there is more advanced pathology that can be detected with other tests.
So one has to wonder why mainstream medicine shuns thermography, especially since DITI locates inflammation and measures its temperature changes with an accuracy of 1/100th of a degree! Professionals agree that persistent inflammation precedes the onset of disease, yet our healthcare system does little screening for inflammation, preferring instead to heavily screen for specific diseases.
With thermography, one can locate and manage inflammation with diet and lifestyle changes. It provides truly early detection, before onset of disease. Inflammation detection with thermal imaging is 100 percent safe and non-invasive with no pain or contact of any kind.
At Radiant Body Thermography, a certified thermographer, following protocols, takes images with an FDA-registered Meditherm IRIS 2000 infrared camera, then submits images, along with the patient’s health history, to Meditherm. Within 48 hours, the patient will receive a report with images and findings, prepared by a medical doctor, whose name appears on the report. No referral is required.


Radiant Body Thermography, 1314 NW Irving St., Portland, 503-775-1812.

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ZenShi Wellness Holistic Healing Package for the Holidays

Posted on 01 December 2017 by Douglas Merrow

ZenShi Wellness announces a special healing package for energy balance and renewal to provide calm and strength through hectic holiday time and to bring clarity for the new year.
“Many of us are working so hard at our lives and not getting what we know deep down is possible. Additionally, holidays often magnify the tough areas of life and create stress. This is a great time to release what doesn’t serve and get conscious about what we want. Plus, it’s tremendously relaxing,” says Master Practitioner and owner of ZenShi Wellness, Heather Schmidt.
She adds, “By eliminating the interference of old patterns and blocks, the body can actually do its natural job of relaxing, healing and creating. This is where life and the body thrive.”
ZenShi’s holiday package provides two healing sessions using Reiki, Chakra balancing, EFT/Tapping and guided visualization. The offer is good through December 31 at a special rate of $150 for two one-hour sessions (normally $180).
An Usui Reiki Master, certified holistic EFT practitioner and Natural Awakenings’ “Holistic Practitioner of the Year,” Schmidt offers holistic energy healing and coaching in single and ongoing sessions. “When energy is flowing, not only the bio-energy field but also the subconscious, we are capable of harnessing our full healing potential enabling us to access our brilliant and limitless creativity, imagination and soul purpose,” states Schmidt.

To schedule an Energy Balance & Renewal holiday package or order a customized gift certificate, contact ZenShi Wellness at 503-826-4124 or visit

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A Longest Night Gathering

Posted on 01 December 2017 by Douglas Merrow

Intended to make space for those for whom the winter holiday season is not all sweetness, joy and light, A Longest Night gathering will be held on Thursday, December 21 at 7 p.m., at Saint David of Wales Episcopal Church, in southeast Portland. After the service, Threshold Choir will be offering personalized singing to people who would like that.
Threshold Choir is comprised of women who sing for people crossing life’s thresholds: birth, death, sickness, struggle, change and celebration. They choose songs to respond to the musical tastes, spiritual traditions and needs of those they serve. Their songs carry messages of love, strength, comfort, healing, peace and joy.

Event location: St. David of Wales Church, 2800 SE Harrison St., Portland. For more information, call 971-217-6071 or email

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What Is Happening in the Massage Profession

Posted on 01 December 2017 by Douglas Merrow

A July 2017 Massage Today article reported that between 2004 and 2016 the number of people graduating from massage programs dropped nearly 60 percent and the number of massage training programs dropped around 38 percent.
Meanwhile, paradoxically, there are a growing number of massage therapy jobs available. The Oregon School of Massage (OSM) reports that it consistently hears from massage businesses, chiropractic offices and spas that they are unable to find enough massage therapists.
The article attributes the drop to burnout, expounding that mental burnout often results from practicing relaxation massages that, while easier on the practitioner’s body, are monotonous and often lead to boredom. It also states that physical burnout can result from practicing more intense pain-related modalities, poor education in and poor use of body mechanics plus a lack of awareness of higher efficacy modalities that can address pain treatments while reducing hardship to the practitioner’s body.
Successful training programs support students in developing a successful practice in spite of these issues. Opportunities to do this profoundly satisfying work remain available. Those looking at massage career opportunities, should look for a well rounded training program. OSM, a leader in holistic massage education for over 30 years, is one such program. It has trained a steady crop of both wellness and clinically oriented massage therapists who practice throughout the region.


OSM’s next quarter starts January 5, 2018. Call 503-244-3420 or visit

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Healthier Honey

Posted on 01 December 2017 by Douglas Merrow

Raw honey has many health benefits and has been used to alleviate allergies and heal wounds, to name a few. Colorado Hemp Honey is a unique wellness product created in the Rocky Mountains that contains full-spectrum, cannabinoid-rich hemp extracts and provides additional health benefits beyond what exists in raw honey alone.
Colorado hemp extracts contain naturally occurring cannabinoids (CBDs), terpenes and phytonutrients. CBDs occur naturally in full spectrum hemp and positively interact with an advanced physiological system, present in humans and animals, called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). This regulatory system makes cannabinoid-like structures that may help nearly every biological system in the body. Products made with CBDs may benefit the body by relaxing and calming nerves, supporting the metabolic system, reducing inflammation and opening airways.
Combining the hemp extracts with raw honey only increases the health benefits and the absorption of cannabinoids. Hemp is a legal substance in all 50 states under section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill and contains less than 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). That means there are no high or psychoactive effects with the use of Colorado Hemp Honey.

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Top Five Reasons to Love Breast Thermography

Posted on 01 May 2017 by Douglas Merrow

Radiant Body Thermography, located in northwest Portland, suggests five reasons to love breast thermography.

  1. Detects Inflammatory Breast Cancer, a fast-growing, lethal cancer possessing a heat signature not seen with mammography.
  2. No compression! Thermography scans are performed with a “no contact” camera that detects detailed heat patterns. Mammography uses 44 pounds of pressure; it takes only 22 pounds of pressure to burst the capsule of a tumor.
  3. No radiation! Thermography is safe, capturing the heat the body emits with a lens; nothing is “beamed” into the body. Radiant Body Thermography learned in 2005, in the seventh Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation report by the National Academies of Science that even low levels of non-ionizing radiation (used in mammograms) are “known human carcinogens” with “no known safe levels.”
  4. Extra information. Imbalances such as rapid cell growth, thyroid dysfunction and estrogen dominance have unique “signatures” that can be detectable in a breast scan.
  5. An ally in avoiding unnecessary biopsies and over-treatment. Thermography offers a safe, non-invasive procedure that is a valuable adjunct in determining whether a lesion is benign (statistically “cool”) or malignant (statistically “hot”). By ignoring or excluding information about a lesion’s “thermal signature”, aggressive treatment is more easily justified and employed by a profit-driven medical system.
    “Love your lumps and know their thermal signatures before justifying aggressive, invasive testing and treatment,” suggests Candace Parmer, certified clinical thermographer in Portland’s Pearl District. She adds, “Most lumps I scan have cool signatures.”

Radiant Body Thermography, 1314 NW Irving St., Portland. For more information, call 503-775-1812 or visit

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Locally Sourced and Produced Raw Diet for Dogs

Posted on 01 May 2017 by Douglas Merrow

We all know that eating wholesome food is healthy for humans—but what about other animals?
To answer this question, renowned food blogger Rodney Habib visited Finnish scientists who were conducting a study on more than 8,000 dogs to determine the effects of a raw diet. The scientists discovered that both methionine and homocysteine (acids found in dog kibble) are linked to cancer in dogs. During the study, they found that when a dog was kibble-fed but switched to an all-raw diet, the levels of both dangerous acids were lowered. Additionally, the researchers saw health improvements when as little as 20 percent of a raw fresh diet was added to a regular diet.
Nutritional specialist Dr. Cheryl Morris formulated the unique balanced Meat & Bones raw blend that any dog will love eating and dog owners will love feeding, with confidence. Meat & Bones suggests trying their four-pound package first, if in doubt. Meat & Bones never uses synthetics in their food and they share all ingredients with consumers. Everything is locally sourced and produced in Portland.

For more information, visit

To learn more, follow Rodney Habib on facebook at to watch a video with Dr. Moore and Dr. Anna Hielm Borkman, from Finland, who conducted the research.

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Wellspring Offers Women’s Wellness Series

Posted on 01 May 2017 by Douglas Merrow

The Wellspring School for Healing Arts, in northeast Portland, is offering a Women’s Wellness series for individuals and health care practitioners looking to further their understanding of women’s health.
Series topics include: Healthy Menstruation on May 2 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.; Irregular, Painful Cycles & PMS on May 24 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.; Fibroids, Endo & PCOS on May 30 from 6 to 8 p.m.; and Navigating Peri/Menopause on June 20 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Cost for each class is $45; discounts are available (see website).
The classes in the series can be taken individually. However, it is highly recommended taking the Healthy Menstruation class first, as this lays the foundation for the other classes in the series.

For more information, call 503-688-1482 or visit to register.

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