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Naturopathic Medicine in Spokane Valley, WA specializing in discovering the root cause of your chronic symptoms.  We utilize environmental medicine protocols and holistic treatments to treat chronic symptoms and autoimmune diseases.  

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Dr. Julie George aims to provide you with knowledge to take control of your life.  Our blog provides information for you to become informed, aware, and able to make confident decisions.  

 

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Got to Go

DrJulie George

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Summertime is the perfect time to travel near and far.  Here in the Inland Northwest people tend to spend a lot of time at the lakes, going camping, and touring the Oregon Coast. In Spokane, we are so close to so many spectacular sites to see.  There is so much fun and excitement putting a trip together, planning the itinerary and heading out with our packed bags.   We often don't think about our "Got to Go" moments until it is too late.  So many people get diarrhea and/or constipation while traveling.  The causes vary but often are from nervousness, change in routine, climate changes, different diets, dehydration, overindulging and even pathogens.  If you believe you have been infected with a pathogen or foodborne illness seek urgent care.  Being prepared with some natural therapies while traveling can help you prevent and/or manage GI distress.  

Lifestyle Habits 

Stay Hydrated - The average person requires 1/2 of their body weight in ounces of water each day (150lbs=75oz of water).  Remember that activity, heat, dry climate and alcohol consumption requires more water.  We like to take along Jigsaw Electrolytes Packets to help us replenish all of the electrolytes we lost to stay well hydrated.                                                                                                                                                                                         

Eat Nutritiously  - Check out some healthy restaurant cuisine on your trip.  Always include veggies with each meal and a serving of fruit per day.  Don't forget to add the salad.  Roadtripping is no excuse to swing by the golden arches.  Plan your meals and bring a cooler.  Camping?  No problem bring organic bagged greens or frozen veggies to add to your dishes.  Fiber-rich foods are required.  This is not the time to overindulge in heavy foods.  Traveling does not give you permission to eat gluten or your other food sensitivities. You will thank yourself for staying on your plan.                                                                                                                                                                     

Movement - Find activities to keep you active.  Even if you are road tripping to your destination stop and walk around the car, find something to see along the way, and park at the furthest pump.  Just MOVE!                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Relaxation - We often fill our itineraries with all of the sightseeing, visiting, shopping, etc that we forget that its a vacation and we should relax.  Take some time for yourself and breathe.  We must get quality sleep so enjoy that hotel room you paid for.

                                                                                                                                                                                 

Natural Therapies for GI Distress

Microbiome Labs MEGASporeBiotic - We have bacteria living within our GI system that regulates our immune system and GI health.  When the bad bacteria and yeast overpower the good bacteria we are prone to infections, allergies, inflammation, GI distress, mood imbalances, and lower energy.  MEGASporeBiotic is designed to balance the bad bacteria and yeast.  They have designed this probiotic to survive the stomach acid, therefore, it is far superior to the competition.  It is the only shelf-stable probiotic I endorse, meaning it is safe to throw in your suitcase.  Available through our office

Enzyme Science Critical Digestion - 95 million Americans report GI distress.  When traveling we do not want gas, bloating, abdominal pain, food intolerances, constipation and diarrhea getting in the way of our plans.  We often do not know what is in the foods when we are eating at a restaurant.  Thus I recommend enzymes with each meal to help break down the fats, carbohydrates, and proteins.  

Jigsaw MagSRT - Magnesium is often deficient in the population.  Magnesium helps with constipation.  I like to travel with MagSRT because of the time release technology.

Homeopathic Nux Vomica - If you couldn't resist and overindulge on eating and drinking at dinner, then try homeopathy.  It is small enough to carry in your pocket.  Do not take with coffee or mint.  Homeopathy is best taken away from food and drinks.  

Ginger Tea - If you tend to feel nauseous or queasy try sipping on some hot ginger tea.  Easy to pack a few tea bags.  

For your convenience, you can order supplements through our online store  --10% off all orders.  All orders are direct from company to  Fullscript warehouse where they are properly stored and shipped directly to you.  

Naturopathic Medical Appointments

It is very important to have regular bowel movements each day.  If you do not have regular bowel movements then we encourage you to schedule an appointment.  We can test you for Leaky Gut and Food Sensitivities and design unique treatment plans.  GI health is important to your overall well-being, immune system, mood, and ability to detoxify.  

Disclaimer: This is for informational purposes.  We are not diagnosing or treating your medical condition.  If you have medical concerns please contact your primary care physician.  

Protect Your Heart from Mercury

DrJulie George

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Have you heard that February is American Heart Month? Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide.  During the month of February, you will hear a lot about basic prevention tips and patient testimonials.  However, one of the most ignored links to heart disease is heavy metal exposures, specifically mercury.  Mercury toxicity is highly correlated with high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, heart attacks, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases (1).  Conventional medicine usually will only test for metals if there is an acute poisoning.  

What is Mercury and Where Does It Come From?

You probably first heard of mercury in chemistry class when memorizing the periodic table.  There are three types of mercury: elemental, inorganic and methylmercury (organic).  Dental amalgams are the silver filling and the most common source of inorganic mercury toxicity.  The methylmercury form is found in sea life, vaccines, pharmaceuticals, coal plants, etc.  Our body can convert methylmercury to inorganic mercury and store it in our body (1).  Mercury is lipophilic meaning it likes to concentrate in fatty tissues.  Mercury can affect your organs especially your brain and heart.  The average 154-pound person has a told body burden of 13mg of mercury (2).

Mercury Sources:

  • Dental Amalgams

  • Seafood

  • Freshwater Fish

  • Water

  • Pharmaceuticals

  • Mercury-Containing Vaccines -Thimerosal

  • Natural Occurring

  • Industries

  • Coal Plants

  • Cosmetics

  • Crematories

Eating Seafood Increases Risk of Heart Disease

Numerous studies have linked mercury with heart disease.  A study in Finland linked cardiovascular disease and cardiac death with consumption of seafood containing mercury.  The study accounted for many variables and analyzed hair mercury levels in men.  The study found that men who consumed daily fish greater than or equal to 30g was associated with a 2.1 fold increase of having an acute heart attack and 2.4 fold increase in death related to heart disease when compared to those that ate less fish (2).

The American Heart Association published an article this month still promoting people to eat fish to keep the heart healthy.  They recommended eating fish for eating better, cholesterol control, and for weight loss (3).  I believe that eating fish on a regular basis could potentially cause a lot of harm within the body.  Each time we are exposed to heavy metals, they have the ability to lodge and store in our body.  Mercury increases our oxidative stress within the body. Glutathione is depleted with toxin exposures.  Glutathione is the number one antioxidant within the body that is required to combat oxidative stress.  Heavy metals and toxins damage our mitochondria which is our cells power house for generating energy.  This can lead to premature cell death.  Mercury has been shown to increase lipid peroxidation (1).  

Highest Level of Mercury in Fish!  

  • Swordfish

  • Albacore Tuna

  • Tile Fish

  • Shark

  • King Mackerel

  • The larger the fish the more mercury

What is your total body burden of mercury?

We feel that it is important to your overall health to know your total body burden of heavy metals for prevention.  At Rivercreek Wellness we have the ability to test for heavy metals.  We use laboratories that specialize in testing like Doctors Data and/or Genova Diagnostics.  It involves two collections of urine, one before chelator and one post chelator.  We prefer to prescribe an oral chelator for testing.  

Removing mercury?

Removing possible sources is the first step.  We usually recommend individualized chelation protocols for our patients.  Reducing heavy metals takes time and does not usually occur with one treatment or round of chelation.  

Disclaimer:  This is article is not intended to diagnose or treat your medical condition.  If you have any medical concerns please seek care from your physician.  

 

References

1. Houston MC (2014) The Role of Mercury in Cardiovascular Disease. J Cardiovasc Dis Diagn 2: 170. doi:10.4172/2329-9517.1000170

2. Salonen JT, Seppänen K, Nyyssönen K, Korpela H, Kauhanen J, et al. (1995) Intake of mercury from  sh, lipid peroxidation, and the risk of myocardial infarction and coronary, cardiovascular, and any death in eastern Finnish men. Circulation 91: 645-655.

3. American Heart Association News.  (2018) 7 proven ways to keep your heart healthy.  news.heart.org.  

 

My Dad Has Dementia

DrJulie George

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Over the holidays I went to spend some time with my family back in Texas.  Each time I go back it seems as if not much changes.  There may be a few additions to the family, but overall it feels the same time and time again.  This trip was a little different...  See my dad recently has been diagnosed with a form of dementia.  In additon, my brothers and I found out that he hasn't been taking his medication properly.  As a physician, this is frustrating to me. 

After the hustle and bustle of the holiday get togethers, I went to my dad's primary care physician to request his medical records and sign forms to allow me to speak with him.  The doctor was at the window on my arrival so he took us back to his office.  I wanted to ask a few questions about his medications.  As a naturopathic physician, I was puzzled to why he is not being monitored more closely and why he hadn't been referred to specialists for his dementia and blood sugar.  The doctor was very apathetic to my concerns.  He actually told me that my dad's condition was not a serious medical condition, yet a family problem.  This doctor didn't think a specialist was needed but stated, "If that is what you want, then I guess you can take him."  He went on to tell me that my dad has dementia and it is common and there isn't much you can do for it, except take his medication.  At this moment I realized what YOU may be feeling when YOU go and see your primary care physician.  I was so frustrated with my dad's doctor.  Besides this doctor lacking care and compassion, he wasn't even giving future options for care.  

If you live in or near a city that offers licensed naturopathic medicine you are BLESSED.  My dad lives in a semi-rural area of Texas where sick care is healthcare.  Naturopathic medicine isn't even licensed there.  Finding good quality care and healthy foods is dismal.  My dad does not want to progress any more than he already has so he has agreed to come for an extended stay in Spokane, WA with me.  To be honest, I am a little worried to break his social routine.  However, I am confident that eating a diet that I prescribe and cook for him will help control his blood sugar and cut the inflammation.  In addition to dietary changes, I will be hitting him hard with environmental medicine protocols.  I believe that dementia is a cumulative effect from our genes, lifestyle, and environment.  Therefore, addressing the whole person is key to slowing down progression and/or reversing symptoms.  

  • Cognitive Nutritional and Herbal Supplements

  • Detoxification Pathways

  • IV Nutrients

  • HBOT Therapy

I love my dad more than he will ever know.  It hurts so much to know the man that influenced my life is so confused.  My dad is aging as we all are, but restoring HIS quality of life and YOURS is why I do what I do.

 

This content is not intended to diagnose or treat your health conditions.  If you have any questions regarding your symptoms or health please contact your primary care physician.      

Naturopath In Spokane

DrJulie George

During medical school my husband and I were so confused on where to move.  Do we stay in Phoenix area where there are numerous naturopaths?  Move to a licensed state?  Unlicensed state?  We were so plagued with what, where and when to make a move.  We would debate each location on a map until we talked ourselves out of it.  Spokane came up once, but was quickly dismissed.  We joked on just throwing darts blindfolded on a map and moving to where ever it stuck.  It almost wasn't a joke at all.  As one of our business class requirements to start a mock business, we took a trip to MT.  We traveled the whole state and thought Bozeman would be ideal.  We were really set on making MT work.  

Then came the opportunity.  After completing a rotation with two naturopaths, they asked me to join them in Chandler, AZ.  It was so refreshing to work with two naturopaths that had been working in the field for many years.  We thought we finally found our place.  This was the time when the economy was changing in AZ.  I networked and built my practice rather quickly.  I enjoyed working in Chandler, and we loved living there.  However, we knew we needed to make a change for our family.  So we packed up and moved back to Texas.  I quickly was hired to work with a M.D. in the Houston area.  We had family.  We had support.  We worked trying to get Texas Licensure.  Yet we were so discouraged in not being able to fully practice in an unlicensed state.  Then my husband, Dr. Trevor George, transferred with his position to Sedona, AZ.  

Sedona, AZ was a unique place to practice medicine.  Being a healing destination, people from around the world traveled there.  I shared an office space with a naturopath that shared my same vision for healthcare.  Then my daughter developed health issues that often required emergency treatments.  Sedona area does not provide emergency treatments for children, they transfer to Phoenix.  After several transfers we knew we had to make a move.  

On a business trip my husband met a man on an airplane.  The man owned a business in Spokane and my husband was the right fit.  Shortly after that trip he made the move to Spokane.  The family and I followed behind 8 months later.  

We have found home and absolutely love Spokane.  We really believe that it was a God Move to get us here.  We have met incredible people, have great schools, attend an amazing church and live in a great community.  Besides being a little fearful of the bears, we love camping and hiking.  Being surrounded by lakes and so many neat places to visit, our free time is filled with adventure.   We intend to call Spokane home for forever!