Author Archives: Drkarli

IBS? – It could be SIBO

SIBO is small intestinal bacterial overgrowth.  It is a condition that presents much like IBS often with constipation and or diarrhea, abdominal pain, cramping, gas and/or bloating.  Often times patients have had multiple tests and procedures that all show no issues and are given the diagnosis of IBS as a diagnosis of exclusion.  SIBO is…

Reducing the need for NSAIDS and Anti-inflammatory drugs

Hydration – Drink ½ your weight in ounces of water.  Limit coffee/tea as they are a diuretic.  Alcohol is always a proinflammatory and will generally make symptoms worse. Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation (RICE) after particularly strenuous activities will often lessen medication needed. The most important prevention of inflammation is to follow an anti-inflammatory diet.  Some…

Avoid Unnecessary Surgeries

I recently read an article from AARP on the top 4 surgeries to avoid if possible.  They included hysterectomies due to uterine fibroids, arthroscopic surgery for osteoarthritis, complex spinal fusion for stenosis, and stents for stable angina. http://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-05-2011/4-surgeries-to-avoid.3.html Due to the high volume of menopausal women in my practice I see many women that are contemplating…

Support for Energy during Perimenopause

The following was my response to a question about increasing energy and motivation for an athletic 52 year old female published in The Bulletin. Ruling out internal causes such as deficiencies is first.  As usual, diet and life situation should be evaluated.  Iron, thyroid levels, and other nutrient deficiencies such as Vit D can be…

Breast Cancer Prevention Starting at Puberty

Paleo diets are a big deal right now.  Overall, I see that having a diet high in protein and low in carbohydrates helps my patients lose weight, think clearer and feel better.  My only word of caution is to take care with eating too much saturated fats from meat on a daily basis. A new study from the…

Natural Alternatives to Anti-depressants

The base of treatment is making sure your food/fluid intake is supporting your body and brain chemicals optimally along with appropriate stress management.   If you have not yet been prescribed a pharmaceutical drug there a variety of amino acids, herbs and vitamins that can provide building blocks for making more serotonin, GABA, and other neurotransmitters…

Sleep Management Promotes Weight Loss

Diet, exercise, stress, genetics, and hormones are all understood to greatly impact weight. There is growing evidence that sleep is also a big player in determining weight gain risk.  I emphasize greatly the requirement of enough sleep (generally 8-9 hours nightly) to gain the energy the body needs to help stay slim.  I also emphasize…

Not All Probiotics Are Created Equal

I recently read an article in our local paper, The Bulletin from November 15, 2012.  There was a lot of discussion about how there are more strains, concentrations and forms of probiotics than in the past. The article discussed the use of fermented foods and drinks such as kiefer, yogurt, tempeh, and sauerkraut as probiotic sources. …

Does Medical Insurance cover Naturopathic Services?

Can I use my insurance for Naturopathic services? This is the most common question we are asked by prospective new patients here in Oregon.  Usually the answer to this is yes.  All insurance companies and their specific plans are a little different.  Individual providers also vary in which insurance companies they accept.  At Bend Naturopathic…

Arsenic in Rice – Cause for Alarm?

To date the FDA has not set very specific standards on what levels of organic and inorganic arsenic are deemed to be safe.  The consumer report released last month is one of many to come out in recent years in order to urge the FDA to solidify the numbers for these levels.  This is the…