Ear Infection Help Beaverton OR

To avoid VOCs, choose solid wood pieces whenever possible, and select upholstered items with removable covers you can wash before use. Air new furniture outside for as long as you can, and keep windows open for at least 48 hours after you move it in. “The more air you can get circulated around it, the better,” says Marilyn Black, chief scientist of Air Quality Sciences in Atlanta.

Foundation Natural Medicine Center
(503) 608-9160
3800 Southwest Cedar Hills Boulevard, Suite 200-D
Beaverton, OR
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Wellness Training, Weight Management, Supplements, Stress Management, Preventive Medicine, Nutrition, Herbal Medicine, Functional Medicine, Family Practice, Diabetes, Chiropractic, Cardiovascular Disease, Arthritis, Allergy
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American Holistic Medical Association

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Providence Medical Group
(503) 216-0700
18040 SW Lower Boones Ferry Road, Suite 100
Tigard, OR
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Reiki, Osteopathic/Manipulation, Nutrition, Mind/Body Medicine, Family Practice
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American Holistic Medical Association

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Glenn Thomas Gerhard, MD
(503) 494-9000
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd
Portland, OR
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Internal Medicine, Nutrition
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1982

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Claudia Sage
(503) 699-2955
16463 Boones Ferry
Lake Oswego, OR
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Claudia Sage
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Nutritionist

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Kay Fields
(503) 295-7600
1962 NW Kearney
Portland, OR
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Acupuncture and Herbal Clinic
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Acupuncturist, Nutritionist, Reiki Master

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Bruce Mc Laren Wolfe, MD
(800) 282-3284
2338 NW Jessamine Way
Portland, OR
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Male
Education
Medical School: St Louis Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63104
Graduation Year: 1967
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Hospital: Mercy San Juan Hosp, Carmichael, Ca; University Of California -Dav, Sacramento, Ca
Group Practice: Professional Svcs Grp Univ Of Ca Davis; U C Davis Medical Group Admin At Uc Davis Medical Center

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Robert George Martindale, MD
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd
Portland, OR
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Internal Medicine, Nutrition
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Male
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Medical School: George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci, Washington Dc 20037
Graduation Year: 1984

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William Brewster Smith, MD
(503) 229-7246
1040 NW 22nd Ave Ste 400
Portland, OR
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Internal Medicine, Nutrition
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Male
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Medical School: Umdnj-New Jersey Med Sch, Newark Nj 07103
Graduation Year: 1972

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Integrative Primary Care Associates
(503) 227-0350
2050 Northwest Lovejoy Street, #1
Portland, OR
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Yeast Syndrome, Stress Management, Preventive Medicine, Nutrition, Mind/Body Medicine, Herbal Medicine, General Practice, Functional Medicine, Family Practice
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American Holistic Medical Association

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Jeff Clark
(503) 691-0901
8555 SW Tualatin Rd
Tualatin, OR
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True Health Medicine, PC
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Herbalist, Naturopathic Doctor (ND), Nutritionist
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Specialties : Chronic Fatigue, Diabetes, Gastrointestinal Concerns, Men's Health, Weight Loss

Therapies : Botanical Medicine, Chelation Therapy, Enzyme Therapy, Hair Analysis, Herbal Medicine, Holistic Medicine, IV Therapy, Natural Hormone Replacement, Nutritional Counseling, Physical Medicine
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Alternative Health Insurance Services, Complementary Health Plans, Health Savings Accounts, Out of Network Coverage, Receipt provided for reimbursement
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American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, National College of Natural Medicine, Oregon Naturopathic Physician Association

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Housecalls - Ear Infection Help, Furniture Fumes, and Getting Enough Vitamin D

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To Tube or Not to Tube

Q My child keeps getting ear infections and our doctor wants to insert ear tubes. Can any alternative therapies help?
 
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You’ve got a good shot. Though most mainstream doctors haven’t yet turned a friendly ear, research suggests that recurrent ear infections can be caused by intolerance to certain foods and treated by eliminating those foods.

“It’s virtually malpractice that every pediatrician isn’t trying this approach,” says physician Bill Manahan of the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis. “It’s such an easy first step.”

One of the best studies tested 104 kids with recurrent ear infections and found that 81 of them had at least one food allergy. Cutting the offending foods from their diet for four months helped 86 percent of those kids—and when the foods were reintroduced, 94 percent had a new bout of illness.

Typical culprits are dairy products, wheat, chocolate, and soy, says Manahan. He suggests identifying foods your child eats a lot of and eliminating each completely—one at a time—for two to three weeks. If that helps, enforce the taboo for a few months, then reintroduce the foods one by one every four days or so.

Eight to 10 grams per day of the natural sweetener xylitol, in the form of gum or syrup, may also help; shop for it at xylitolstore.com. And some kids have gotten good results from craniosacral therapy or homeopathy.

New-Furniture Freeloaders

Q What’s the best way to get rid of the chemicals new furniture gives off?

A Just about every component of furniture can emit low doses of gases known as volatile organic compounds or VOCs. Such exposures can irritate the eyes, nose, and throat, cause headaches, and exacerbate asthma. The most common is formaldehyde, found in composite wood products such as pressboard, particleboard, and medium-density fiberboard.

To avoid VOCs, choose solid wood pieces whenever possible, and select upholstered items with removable covers you can wash before use. Air new furniture outside for as long as you can, and keep windows open for at least 48 hours after you move it in. “The more air you can get circulated around it, the better,” says Marilyn Black, chief scientist of Air Quality Sciences in Atlanta.

If nothing else, you could always cultivate a taste for antiques.

Sun or Supplements?

Q I take TUMS for calcium; if I get a little sun every day, do I need to take vitamin D, too?

A TUMS are an inexpensive and convenient source of calcium, but they don’t include vitamin D, which is crucial for absorption.

In theory, you can get the D you need from sunlight; all it takes is 10 to 15 minutes of sunscreen-free sun exposure at least two times a week. But for many people this isn’t simple: If you live in a northern region, or even in an area with lots of air pollution, you may not be exposed to enough of the UV light that’s required, especially in winter. People with dark skin, the elderly, and those with celiac disease have an...

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