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Half Off Allergy Testing $99 March Only

Allergy Testing in Everett, Washington

Allergy season is just around the corner.  The tulips are coming up and before you know it, the pollen will be flying.  If you’ve accepted seasonal allergies it’s time to schedule an appointment to figure out what exactly you are allergic to. The team at McQuinn Naturopathic is offering Allergy Testing for 1/2 off during the month of March, with a cash price of just $99.  Together we will beat environmental allergies!

HAVING DIFFICULTY SLEEPING?

Cant Sleep In Everett, Sleeping DoctorIt is estimated that at least 30% of the general population complain of sleep disruptions- many of them also experiencing daytime functional impairement. Insomnia can be a complex disorder with many underlying factors. Symptoms of insomnia include:

  • Difficulty falling sleep (despite being tired)
  • Waking up frequently during the night
  • Trouble getting back to sleep when awakened
  • Exhausting sleep
  • Relying on sleeping pills or alcohol to fall alseep
  • Waking up too early in the morning
  • Daytime drowsiness, fatigue, or irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating during the day

If you are experiencing any of the above, our goal is to always determine what the cause of the insomnia is (instead of treating it as a symptom). Causes of insomnia can include stress, anxiety, adrenal fatigue, thyroid dysregulation, hormonal disruption, inadequate sleep environment, medications, and many more.

OPTIMAL SLEEP ENVIRONMENT/HABITS

Here are some things you can do to create the best sleep environment:

  • Consistent sleep and wake times
  • No screen time at least 1 hour before bedtime
  • Keep the bed for night time activities only (no TV, eating, worrying in bed)
  • Make sure your sleep environment is quiet, cool, and comfortable
  • Exercise regularly during the day
  • Morning exposure to sunlight (to help with circadian rhythm)
  • Protein snack before bed

If you’re still experiencing difficulty sleeping, contact us for medication review, supplements, herbs, and for other recommendations!

LEAKY GUT SYNDROME

Leaky gut is a condition in which are intestines have more gaps than normal, making them more permeable to ingested food, bacteria, fungi, parasites, and allergens. Poor digestion has been linked with many conditions including Celiac disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, Autism, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Eczema, Asthma, and many more.
Symptoms of leaky gut can include: gas, bloating, food sensitivities, skin rashes, joint pain, and more.
Quick guide to healing a leaky gut**:
1. Figure out your food sensitivities (we can do this with a blood test)
2. Eliminate foods you are sensitive to
3. Start eating foods rich in Omega-3
4. Supplement with L-glutamine and quercetin
5. Re-inoculate with probiotics
6. Reintroduce foods 1 at a time
** Always check with your physician before starting new supplements or medications!

NEW INSURANCES ACCEPTED BY DR. BLOW

Dr. Blow is now credentialed with the following insurances:

  • Premera
  • Group Health Cooperative
  • Aetna
  • Cigna

Dr. Blow is a primary care physician with special interest in cardiovascular disease, diabetes, digestive health, and women’s health (PMS, PCOS, menopause, fertility).

ALL ABOUT BITTERS

Are you getting enough bitter food in your diet? Bitter food is great for many things including: metabolism, sugar cravings, detoxification, and absorbing nutrients! Some of our favorite bitter greens include: dandelion greens, arugula, kale, mustard greens, and raddichio. Aim for at least 1-2 servings of bitter greens daily!

McQuinn Naturopathic’s Smile Contest

Smile Contest

Now through January 14th, McQuinn Naturopathic wants to see your smiling face! Post a picture of your funniest, crazy, most contagious smile. On January 15th, which ever picture has the most ‘LIKES’ is the winner!

The winner will receive an ALL ACCESS pass to McQuinn Naturopathic Clinic worth $3800!! And yes, you can gift it or break this package up to love one(s)!

The All Access Pass includes:

  • 5 – 30 Minute Massages
  • 5 – Acupuncture Visits
  • 3 – Personal Training Sessions and Fit Discussion
  • 3 – ND Visits
  • 3 – Life Coach Visits
  • 3 – Visits and a Grocery Store Trip with our RDN
  • 3 – Cooking Class’

Hurry up and post your smile picture today!

Added Sugar: Health Effects & Management Strategies

Scientifically speaking, sugar in and of itself is simply a carbohydrate broken down into it’s most basic form: glucose. Sugar can come from all sorts of foods, including natural sources such as fruit, vegetables, and other plant-based foods. These forms of sugar can be incredibly healthy and full of nutrients. However, much of the sugar we consume today is in the form of “added” sugar—the type of sugar that is processed, added to food and does not naturally occur in food products.

Added Sugar

 

During the past few decades, more and more processed sugar has been incorporated into a wide variety of foods—beverages, condiments, cereal, bread, yogurt, seasonings, salad dressings, and etc. In consequence, added sugar consumption in the US has increased dramatically over the past few decades to 80g (or 20 teaspoons) of sugar per day. As a frame of reference, current recommendations from the American Heart Association advocate no more than a maximum daily intake of 24g (6tsp) of sugar for women and 36g (9 tsp) for men.

With rising rates of chronic disease in the US, many people are interested in the link between added sugar and preventable disease. Current research is promising and associates excessive added sugar consumption to many common health problems, such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol and triglycerides) metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, diabetes and more. While added sugar is not the sole cause of these diseases and health issues, it certainly is a contributing factor.

As a Registered Dietitian, my job is to help patients strategize and find ways to decrease their intake of added sugar. Does this mean you can never let a grain of added sugar cross your lips again? Not necessarily—that wouldn’t be very realistic for most people! However, research does show there certainly are great benefits to a diet low in added sugar. This usually involves looking at a patient’s current diet, finding the sources of added sugar in the foods they eat, and constructing creative and maintainable strategies to reduce their added sugar intake. Besides the obvious sources, such as sweetened beverages, candy, desserts and etc, we look at hidden sources of sugar as well. Some examples might be breads, cereals, condiments, dressings, sauces, dairy products, and pre-packaged meals. Here are some basic strategies I use with patients to reduce their added sugar intake with these foods.

  • Be mindful! Choose which sources of added sugar you’re willing to eliminate all-together, and which you’re not. From there, make compromises. Choose added sugars wisely, where they are worth it to you, and make a trade-off somewhere else.
  • Identify the triggers that increase your desire for sugar—stress, fatigue, at the end of a meal, feeling emotional, and etc. Discover productive distractions and ways to cope with these triggers.
  • Buy unsweetened versions of foods, if possible. Sweeten them slightly yourself if needed. For instance, buy plain greek yogurt and add 1 teaspoon of honey or pure maple syrup. This can make plain foods taste a bit better, and dramatically decrease the sugar content as well. Or, mix half sweetened and half unsweetened products.
  • When eating chocolate, choose bars with a higher % of cocoa—the darker the chocolate, the less added sugar, more fiber and more antioxidants!
  • Make your own salad dressings—you can include healthy oils, vinegars, fresh or dried herbs, sea salt, black pepper, lemon/lime juice and/or a small amount of honey for a bit of sweetness.
  • Make homemade desserts with sources of natural sweetness, such as bananas, dates, prunes, and etc.
  • Choose sparkling water over soda and add a bit of frozen berries and/or some stevia to enhance the flavor
  • Opt for homemade versus store-bought whenever possible.
  • Use small bowls and/or pre-portion foods that contain added sugar, so the quantity you consume is limited to an appropriate amount
  • Keep a tally, if needed, of sugar-sweetened foods you eat each day. This can help some clients stay on track and choose their added sugars wisely.

Testosterone Screening

  • Dr. John Dowling,  N.D.

In today’ s times,  many men suffer from type 2 diabetes,  metabolic syndrome,  adrenal stress, liver or  kidney disease,  infertility  and sleep apnea. Did you know all of these are indications  for testing testosterone  levels?  Some Naturopathic  doctors have also noticed low testosterone in patients suffering  with Crohn’s disease,  Ulcerative Colitis and other inflammatory conditions.

Testosterone Screening

In fact, The Endocrine Society guidelines  recommend testing  for low testosterone in men with a variety  of chronic diseases or conditions  —  including  end-stage renal disease, moderate to severe chronic  obstructive pulmonary  disease, HIV-associated weight loss, type 2 diabetes mellitus  (T2DM),  infertility,  or osteoporosis or low trauma fracture.

Furthermore,  according to the  Endocrine Society guidelines,  Testosterone Replacement therapy  (T RT)  is  recommended  for symptomatic men with classical androgen  deficiency syndromes  aimed at inducing  and maintaining  secondary sex characteristics and at improving  their sexual function, sense of well being and bone mineral density.

Testosterone has many functions in men’s bodies including  having  a positive influence on:

  • Blood Sugars
  • Blood Lipids
  • Blood Pressure
  • Erection Quality
  • Inflammation
  • Fertility
  • Muscle Mass
  • Bone Density
  • Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep Quality
  • Mental Awareness
  • Libido
  • Overall Mood and Health

To determine  if you also have classical androgen deficiency symptoms,  Dr. Dowling can ask you a series  of recognized  questions aimed at determining  if screening  is warranted. If the c riteria are met, Dr. Dowling is happy to screen and interpret  your  labs with you. He can order other labs if you need further  workup into why  your hormones are imbalanced.  He can offer treatments aimed at correcting deficiencies  while keeping  your other hormones in balance. These treatments range from herbal interventions  to even Testosterone Replacement Therapy. All therapies ,  even herbal,  should be periodically monitored to ensure  safety.

Contact McQuinn  Naturopathic today to schedule  an appointment with Dr. Dowling to see if you can get your  hormones to match your age and feel like yourself again.

Severe Obesity Costs Medicaid $8 Billion Annually, Study Finds

And health care expenses for heaviest adults is nearly $2,000 more a year per patient.

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Severe obesity is putting a huge financial strain on both the U.S. Medicaid system and severely obese patients themselves, new research suggests.

The study pegs the national bill for providing obesity-related health services for the severely obese at $69 billion a year. Severely obese is defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or higher, the study authors said. (BMI is a rough estimate of a person’s body fat based on their height and weight.)

Medicaid pays just over 10 percent of the annual cost of treating the severely obese. That works out to about $8 billion a year, the researchers said. And that figure is likely to rise as Medicaid — the government-run insurance program for poorer Americans — expands under the health-reform law known as the Affordable Care Act, sometimes called Obamacare.

“Severe obesity affects one in seven adults,” said study co-author Michael Long, an assistant professor at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. “And it increases the risk of disease and death at a much higher rate than moderate obesity,” he added.

Moderate obesity is a BMI between 30 and 35, the study authors noted.

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“So although severe obesity accounts for only 41 percent of the 81.5 million Americans who are obese, the costs associated with treating it are actually 60 percent of all obesity-related costs combined,” Long explained.

“And Medicaid patients, who have low resources and a high burden of disease and obesity, are not covered completely,” he said. “So severe obesity is a big burden on both Medicaid and patients.”

Long and his colleagues reported their findings in the November issue of Health Affairs.

Obesity has tripled over the last 30 years in the United States, according to the study authors.

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Dr. David Katz is director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center in New Haven, Conn. He said that “obesity is, inevitably, enormously expensive, because it is on the causal pathway to every major chronic disease that plagues modern societies, diabetes most indelibly.”

Katz explained that “the costs of obesity extend out to the costs of all such conditions: heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke, arthritis, dementia, and more.”

Those disease risks and costs are even higher for the 33 million Americans now considered severely obese. (For example, Long noted that for a 5-foot 4-inch woman, being severely obese means weighing about 204 pounds, or 60 pounds above normal. For a 5-foot 9-inch man, that would be a weight of about 236 pounds, or 67 pounds above normal.)

To get a better idea of the costs of obesity, the team crunched data from two national studies conducted between 2007 and 2013. The studies included more than a half million people.

The researchers found that the moderately obese pay $941 more per year for health care, compared with someone of normal weight. By contrast, people who are severely obese pay $1,980 more, the findings showed.

Private insurances covered more than one-quarter of these expenses, while Medicare covered about 30 percent. State-run Medicaid programs footed 11 percent of those bills, the investigators found.

And, patients were left to cover 30 percent out of their own pockets, the study said.

Some state Medicaid programs pay more than others. For example, Wyoming’s program now covers 58,000 severely obese adults at a cost of $64 million per year (at the low end of the scale). Meanwhile, California spends about $9.1 billion for 3.2 million adults (at the high end), the study reported.

Regardless, the study authors concluded that severe obesity appears to be “disproportionately responsible” for a lion’s share of the whole nation’s health care bill.

“Our primary public health goal has been trying to reduce and prevent childhood and adult obesity,” Long said. “But that effort, while important, is unlikely to reverse the problems faced by adults already struggling with severe obesity, or the health care costs related to those problems.”

Any solution, he suggested, will have to address two issues: identifying cheaper but effective clinical interventions, while also expanding treatment access for the severely obese.

“That might actually cost more money in the short-run,” he acknowledged. “But it will have long-term payoffs, for both the patients and Medicaid. And we have to do something, because this problem is just the tip of the iceberg. If we just let this continue as is, the costs will only grow over time,” Long said

Katz added, “The only hope for the future of public health and the economy alike is to change the trajectory we are on, and put out this fire.” But he said that, in his opinion, “the answer is not more drugs and surgery, but a culture-wide commitment to better use of feet, and forks.” In other words, exercise more and eat healthier.

 

 

McQuinn Naturopathic Staffing Update

We would like to announce that Dr. Schultz is no longer with our McQuinn Naturopathic team.

We’re sad to see Dr. Schultz leave our practice but we wish her the best of luck with where ever she ends up. She’s not established as of yet but feel free to contact our office. We will let her patients know as soon as we have her new office number. We still have all our other fantastic practitioners and will continue with Business as usual.

Naturopathic Food Allergy Tests in Snohomish

It would appear that food allergies, specifically in North America are on the rise. Gone, it seems are the good ‘ol days of taking a PB&J sandwich to some schools for lunch. Although these rules may sound silly to some, they can be deadly serious to others. Food allergies can no doubt be the hardest reactions to prevent. For some, the allergic substance may have to be ingested. For others it can be absorbed through the skin or inhaled. This can be difficult in a restaurant for example when there are many similar ingredients being used in multiple dishes. For those wishing to identify and possibly eliminate any specific foods they may be allergic to but understand the importance of healthy eating, undergoing naturopathic food allergy tests in Snohomish may be the answer.

Food Allergy Tests in Snohomish

The symptoms of a food allergy can range from mild to severe causing irritating problems internally, externally or both; From minor skin rashes to problems digesting or eliminating certain foods. Severe food allergies can cause anaphylaxis in some, making it imperative that testing to identify food allergies be conducted for those at risk.

The most popular form of food allergy tests being conducted today appears to be the blood test. A simple, painless pin prick on the fingertip. These tests will identify;

  • Immunoglobulin E (IgE): the antibodies that appear directly after ingestion of an allergen
  • Immunoglobulin G (IgG): antibodies that are produced for several hours or days following ingestion

Once completed, a naturopathic Doctor (ND) will analyze the results and in consultation with a certified nutritionist, make the necessary recommendation of diet change. The ND will also recommend a regimen of supplements and vitamins to ensure all nutritional requirements are adhered to while making the change in diet.

If you would like more information regarding naturopathic food allergy tests in Snohomish,contact McQuinn Naturopathic today at (425)905-2487. We put your health first.

Naturopathic Pain Management Treatment in Monroe

There is an insurmountable number of people that live their daily lives suffering from the effects of some sort of acute or chronic pain. They could be young, old or in between. Their pain or symptoms may be visible or they may not be. The pain may be physical or emotional. The fact is, many of these people have been living with this pain for years. For some, the pain can be quite debilitating. Most of these individuals have tried just about every traditional medicine available to help them control their pain. At first, many may have believed that medication was helping. Before too long however, they were believing they had little choice but to grin and bare it. Now, more and more people are learning about naturopathic pain management treatment in Monroe.

Naturopathic Pain Management Treatment in Monroe

In the pursuit of alternative natural medicines and treatments, naturopathic approaches pain management and all of its therapies by treating the whole person and not just the symptoms. For there to be a problem, there is no doubt a cause of the problem.

Through no-evasive treatments such as relaxation therapy, massage, stress therapy, coping skills training and nutritional education, a naturopathic doctor (ND) will get the physical symptoms under control. Through Cognitive behavioral therapy, (CBT) and counselling, they will find the underlying cause of the problem in order to treat the individual as a whole.

Whether dealing with rheumatoid  and osteoarthritis, migraine and re-occurring headaches, back pain and much more, it is comforting to know there are alternative treatments to traditional medicines in the form of pain management.

For more information regarding naturopathic pain management treatment in Monroe, or to schedule a consultation appointment, contact McQuinn Naturopathic today at (425)905-2487. Your body will thank you for it.