Naturopathic Approaches to Anxiety and Depression

Millions of people experience depression and anxiety, and often feel their only option is to take medications that may not completely resolve the issues. Studies show that anxiety and depression are related both to our genetic tendencies and our exposure to various stresses in life. We can address our genetic tendencies and help our bodies recover from stress using natural approaches such as mindfulness, dietary changes, nutrients, amino acid therapy, as well as optimizing hormones, blood sugar, and gut bacteria. Naturopathic doctors can serve this population and help people resolve mood-related issues once and for all.

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Donielle (Doni) Wilson, is a doctor of naturopathic medicine (Bastyr University alumna), natural health expert, nutritionist, midwife and author who believes it is possible to be healthy, even when we are stressed. After experiencing and recovering from stress herself, Dr. Doni wrote a book called The Stress Remedy. In that book she redefines stress to include toxins, food sensitivities, and lack of sleep. She explains how stress causes adrenal distress, leaky gut, and blood sugar imbalances. And she offers expert guidance on how to reclaim optimal health with the approach she has used to help thousands of patients. She specializes in gluten sensitivity, intestinal permeability, adrenal stress, insulin resistance, neurotransmitter imbalances, hypothyroidism, women’s health issues, autoimmunity and genetic variations called “SNPs”, such as MTHFR, which can have a profound impact upon your health. For nearly 20 years, she has helped women, men and children overcome their most perplexing health challenges and achieve their wellness goals by crafting individualized strategies that address the whole body and the underlying causes of health issues. Dr. Doni is frequently called upon to discuss her approach in the media, as well as at both public and professional events. She writes a blog that you can find at DrDoni.com.

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Lavender 101: The Naturopathic Kitchen

Lavender 101 - The Naturopathic Kitchen

Welcome to The Naturopathic Kitchen where we explore food as medicine. You can be empowered to take control of your health when armed with knowledge of what is healthy. It may be intimidating to try new things especially when you don’t know what it is good for or how to prepare/cook it. Let’s learn together! Today, our focus is on the beautiful herb lavender.

Lavender 101

Many of us know lavender from its use in cleaning products and air fresheners. But, did you know the scent of lavender essential oil comes packed with health benefits? Lavender oil comes from the purple flowering plant Lavandula angustifolia which is native to northern Africa and the mountainous regions of the Mediterranean and has been used for over 2,500 years! Today it is grown all over the world.

Where does lavender come from? Where can I find it?

Lavender has a long therapeutic history dating back to ancient Greece, Rome, and Persia. Its historical uses ranged from adding flowers to bathwater to help wash the skin, to sprinkling flowers throughout castle floors to help as a natural disinfectant and deodorant. Lavender actually gets its name from the Latin word lavare which means “to wash.”

Though not as readily available as other edible herbs, lavender is easily found growing in plant nurseries or even the garden section of your local home improvement store. It can also be found in health food stores sold as culinary lavender buds.

How does lavender help my health?

Lavender’s best action is its calming effect which, amazingly, is best appreciated by smelling it! There is lots of research backing up the anxiety-reducing effects of lavender which are thought to be serotonergic in nature rather than GABA-ergic (which is how most calming agents work).1 This discovery may explain why some research points to it being supportive in depression as well.2 Other traditional uses of lavender are as an antibacterial, antifungal, smooth muscle relaxant, and it has been shown to be effective for burns and insect bites though the evidence for these traditional uses are not as strong.3

What medical conditions/symptoms are lavender good for?

Sleep and fatigue during pregnancy and postpartum
• Symptoms of menopause
Burns, bug bites, and other swelling injuries
• Certain cancer cell lines
Fatigue in hemodialysis patients
Arthritis
• Anxiety and depression

Can lavender be used as an essential oil?

Many of the studies on lavender use its essential oil due to increased potency. Lavender has many great uses when mixed with a carrier oil such as olive oil for uses in burns, bites and arthritis. Since many of lavender’s positive effects come from smelling it, some great uses of the oil include putting a few drops on the corners of pillows to help with sleep or putting it into a diffuser for the same effect. However, since ingesting pure lavender oil is toxic, care must be taken when using lavender essential oil and it should be used under the guidance of a naturopathic physician. Click here to find an ND near you in the US and Canada.

When should lavender be avoided?

Lavender skin care products and supplements should be avoided by children, especially young boys. Lavender oil may lead to hormone imbalance and abnormal breast growth in pre-pubescent males.4 Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers should also avoid lavender, as there is insufficient research demonstrating safety. Additionally it is recommended to discontinue lavender two weeks prior to surgery as its relaxing effects may be enhanced by anesthesia and surgically related medications, resulting in central nervous system suppression.4

Let’s try it out with a delicious and nutritious recipe!

lavender lemonade with honey

Lavender Lemonade with Honey

INGREDIENTS

1 c raw, local honey
5 c purified water
1 T dried, organic culinary lavender (or 1/4 c fresh lavender blossoms, crushed)
1 c fresh-squeezed lemon juice
Ice cubes
2-3 sprigs lavender (for garnish)

INSTRUCTIONS

Bring 2 1/2 cups purified water to boil in a medium pan. Remove from heat and add honey, stir to dissolve. Add the lavender to the honey water, cover, and let steep at least 20 minutes or up to several hours, to taste. You can put the lavender into a tea infuser or reusable tea bag for easier clean up. Strain mixture and compost/discard lavender. Pour infusion into a glass pitcher. Add lemon juice and approximately another 2 1/2 cups of cold water, to taste. Stir well. Refrigerate until ready to use, or pour into tall glasses half-filled with ice, then garnish with lavender sprigs.

NOTE: Do not use lavender essential oil in this recipe. Essential oil must be used with care as toxicity is very possible. Always use essential oils under the care of a licensed doctor.

Special thank you to Small Footprint Family for this great recipe.

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PTSD and the Six Principles of Naturopathic Medicine

Join Radley Ramdhan, ND, MsAc, former Specialist in the United States Army Corp of Engineers, New York Army National Guard for an informative session on naturopathic approaches to PTSD. Hear about his firsthand journey as a doctor and veteran in navigating traumatic issues with patients.

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Radley Ramdhan, ND, MsAc completed his Bachelor of Science in Biology at Barry University in Miami, Florida. He earned his Master of Science in Acupuncture and Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from the University of Bridgeport School of Naturopathic Medicine (UBSNM) in Bridgeport, Connecticut. While pursuing his studies, he served as a Specialist in the United States Army Corp of Engineers, New York Army National Guard for six years. It was through his military experience that he developed a special interest in working with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) patients, and as a result completed his thesis on understanding and treating PTSD using a naturopathic approach. Dr. Radley served one deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve in Kuwait and Iraq.

He has co-authored two articles published by Naturopathic Doctor News and Review :

PTSD: Using a Naturopathic Approach to Understand & Treat the Disorder
Traumatic Brain Injury: Clinical Applications & Plausible Interventions

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Naturopathic Approaches to Women’s Health

May is Women’s Health Month, an opportunity to remind women of the importance of screening, health education, and preventative care.
The AANMC shares resources that are important for women, not just in May, but all year long.

Heart Disease

25% of female deaths are attributed to heart disease.1 64% of women who die suddenly from coronary heart disease have no symptoms.Watch naturopathic cardiologist Dr. Decker Weiss’ webinar on naturopathic approaches for women with heart disease.

Osteoporosis

Approximately 25% of women will develop osteoporosis in their lifetime.1 The National Osteoporosis Foundation reports that approximately half of women over the age of 50 will break a bone because of osteoporosis.2 Lifestyle factors such as exercising, specifically weight bearing, and maintaining a nutritious diet with vitamin D and calcium are critical to bone health.

Stress

Stress can ripple through all aspects of our mind and body. Dr. Brad Lichtenstein shares how NDs help patients identify and prevent stressors, teaching them simple techniques to manage stress, and how to avoid situations that may lead to negative impacts on health and well-being.

Infertility

12% percent of women have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term.1 Naturopathic approaches to improved fertility help couples conceive quickly and safely while addressing the root cause of conception issues.

Cancer

Over 1.5 million people are diagnosed with cancer every year in the Unites States. 38% of women will develop cancer in their lifetime.1 Drawing on decades of combined experience in naturopathic oncology, Dr. Marcia Prenguber and Dr. Marie Winters review the role of a naturopathic physician from risk reduction to survivorship.

Arthritis

Arthritis impacts over 50 million Americans, making it the number one cause of disability in the country.1 Learn about the large toolbox naturopathic doctors have to help those suffering with any form of arthritis.

Pain Management

Millions of American are prescribed opioids to cope with chronic pain. It’s estimated that 21-29% of patients will misuse them, and  8-12% will develop an abuse disorder.1 46 people die every day from overdosing on prescription opiods.2 Dr. Tyna Moore discusses the opioid crisis and non-pharmacological approaches to pain management.

PCOS

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) affects 1 in 10 women of childbearing age.1 Dr. Jamine Blesoff discusses the impacts on long-term health and how naturopathic medicine can make a difference.

Depression and Anxiety

Women are nearly two times more likely to be diagnosed with depression than men.1 Studies show that anxiety and depression are related to our genetic tendencies and exposure to stressors. Dr. Peter Bongiorno explains how naturopathic medicine can help resolve mood-related issues.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Most people are embarrassed to talk about problems they experience in the bathroom. With a worldwide prevalence of 10-20%, it’s time to start talking about irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).1 Hear from four NDs about why naturopathic medicine may hold the key to uncovering the root cause of IBS.

Endometriosis

200 million women worldwide and 1 in 10 women in the United States suffer from endometriosis.1 Dr. Alison Egeland discusses naturopathic approaches to women’s health and a tricky case of endometriosis.

Weight Management

Greater than 2 out of 3 women in the United States are either overweight or obese.1 Dr. Afsoun Khalili reviews natural approaches to weight loss and healthy weight maintenance.

PMS

Over 90% of women experience some form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS).1 Dr. Ellen Lewis shares how NDs guide patients to combat PMS and irregular periods, naturally.

Diabetes

1 in 9 women in the Unites States has diabetes.1 Learn how naturopathic approaches to diabetes treatment can relieve symptoms, help patients manage blood sugar levels better, and in some cases reverse disease progression.

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Stressed? Learn How It Impacts Your Health and How to Cope

Naturopathic physicians aim to treat the cause of disease. Stress is an easy target as an underlying cause, yet every stress and stress response is different.  The impacts can ripple through our health by influencing all aspects of our mind and body. NDs help patients by teaching simple techniques to manage stress and how to identify it and avoid situations that will have negative impacts on our health and well-being. ND students find many of these useful for helping during school as well.
During this webinar you will:
-Learn about the body’s natural response to stress
-Identify ways to minimize school stress
-Hear about a patient case that was successfully managed with naturopathic medicine

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As a licensed naturopathic physician in private practice and a professor at Bastyr University for over two decades, Dr. Brad Lichtenstein has helped people embody the lives they want to live. His approach integrates naturopathic medicine, mind-body medicine and biofeedback, depth and somatic psychology, Eastern contemplative practices, yoga and movement, and end-of-life care. He serves as an Attending Physician for the Mind-Body Medicine and Chronic Pain Clinics at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health and has a strong clinical and teaching focus on developing psycho-emotional-spiritual health while dealing with chronic, life-challenging illnesses. His approach to care was profoundly shaped by his participation in a joint research study between the University of Washington and Bastyr University where he provided over 500 guided meditations to hospice patients.

Dr. Lichtenstein has written many publications, including articles in Unified Energetics, STEP Perspective, Caregiver Quarterly, Naturopathic Doctors News and Review (NDNR), and the Huffington Post, and has contributed a chapter on Mind-Body Medicine and Men’s Health in Integrative Men’s Health. He continues to present nationally on a wide array of topics including mindfulness and meditation as a healing modality, determining the appropriate mind-body technique for healing, and the use of breathwork, HRV and biofeedback to increase resiliency. He hosts monthly Death Cafes around the greater Seattle area, and has led countless Advanced Directives parties, encouraging people to become more comfortable with the inevitable reality that faces us all, and to discuss preparation for the future, should one no longer be able to make decisions for oneself.

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