Archive for September, 2011

September 27, 2011

more classes!! a free class on natural healthcare for families…

Next Monday – October 3rd – I will be offering an exciting, interactive class for parents and kids to learn more about natural healthcare basics.  This class is the first in a series and will be an overview of all that’s to come.   If you know any homeschooling families, this could also be a great supplement to Health Classes!

Check it out, I hope to see you there!

Dr. Rachelle

 

Natural Healthcare Basics for Families

A FREE educational class for Parents and Kids!!!

At the Northgate Public Library

10548 Fifth Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98125

Monday, October 3rd 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Call 425-213-0003 or email dr.r.forsberg@gmail.com to reserve a spot!

Interested in caring for your family’s health from a natural perspective?  Come to this interactive class taught by Dr. Rachelle Forsberg, a local naturopath dedicated to helping families prevent and treat illness naturally!

In this class Dr. Forsberg will discuss the essentials of natural healthcare for parents and kids:

  • Sleep
  • Nutrition
  • Hydration
  • Exercise
  • Natural Supplements

Come get your “check-up” with Dr. Forsberg on the fundamentals of health, gaining new insights for healthier & happier living for you and your family.

Children of all ages welcome when accompanied by a parent!

September 23, 2011

Community classes – natural healthcare basics!

If you are in the Seattle area and are interested in learning more about how you can realistically implement healthier habits into your life… might I recommend:

Natural healthcare basics – the five pillars of health!

“This class will provide an easy and accessible overview of how to employ natural options in one’s healthcare from a naturopathic physician’s perspective.  Dr. Rachelle Forsberg, a board-certified Naturopathic Physician, will be facilitating a series of five classes each dedicated to one of the naturopathic pillars of health: Sleep, Hydration, Nutrition, Exercise and Natural Supplements.  These five simple areas of your life can have profound effects on your health – did you know that getting sleep from 10pm-12am can result in the production of nearly half of all the regenerative compounds your body needs for the day?!

Come discuss these ideas with Dr. Forsberg and get your “check-up” on the fundamentals of health and gain new insights for healthier and happier living.

Sleep: Saturday, 9/24, 10:00am – 11:30am
Hydration: Saturday, 10/1, 10:00am – 11:30am
Nutrition: Saturday, 10/8, 10:00am – 11:30am
Exercise: Saturday, 10/15, 10:00am – 11:30am
Natural Supplements: Saturday, 10/22, 10:00am – 11:30am

At Meadowbrook Community Center in Wedgwood

10517 35th Ave. NE ~ Seattle, WA 98125

You can attend all five and receive a certificate of completion or just attend the one’s you find most interesting… I look forward to seeing you there!!

Be Well,

Dr. Rachelle

September 21, 2011

Tasty remedies — chocolate as preventative medicine!

Mmmm, chocolate…

You may have heard people beginning to buzz about the health benefits of chocolate.  But what is it good for, what kind and how much?  Well, researchers are making a concerted effort to further our understanding of why chocolate is so good for us.  A recent meta-analysis was just published in the British Medical Journal by Dr. Adriana Buitrago-Lopez (University of Cambridge, UK) – which you can check out here – revealing compelling evidence that chocolate of any kind (the studies did not differentiate between dark, milk or white) have profoundly positive effects on one’s cardiovascular health, and in men can be preventative for diabetes!

Here are the stats: (pooled meta-analysis results) high levels of chocolate consumption compared with the lowest levels of chocolate consumption reduced the risk of any cardiovascular disease by 37% (RR 0.63; 0.44–0.90) and stroke 29% (RR 0.71; 0.52–0.98). There was no association between chocolate consumption and the risk of heart failure, and no association on the incidence of diabetes in women, but a positive reduction in the risk of incident diabetes in men.

My recommendations would be a regular consumption of organic dark chocolate sweetened with real sugar and absolutely no high-fructose corn syrup or trans-fats. Dark chocolate contains the greatest amount of bioflavonoids (the compounds important for reducing free-radical damage in the body and consequent atherosclerosis) and organic sourcing ensures you will not be exposed to environmental toxins that often reside in foods treated with pesticides.

In Dr. Buitrago-Lopez’s conclusion, she states:

“These favorable effects seem mainly mediated by the high content of polyphenols present in cocoa products and are probably accrued through the increasing bioavailability of nitric oxide, which subsequently might lead to improvements in endothelial function, reductions in platelet function, and additional beneficial effects on blood pressure, insulin resistance, and blood lipids,” conclude Buitrago-Lopez and colleagues.

This evidence is exciting and hopeful for individuals with a family history of stroke and cardiovascular disease.  Not only is it tasty medicine, it may be preventing very serious health complications in one’s future.  Dr. Buitrago-Lopez’s conclusion indicates that chocolate is helping prevent atherosclerosis and keeps blood healthy by reducing its likelihood of forming clots and it may additionally prevent the body’s inclination to develop insulin resistance which causes diabetes.

So next time you’re in the sweets aisle at the grocery store, think about investing in your health by choosing a good quality chocolate!

Happy healthy eating!

Dr. Rachelle

September 16, 2011

Our gut bacteria make us unique!

Earlier this year research from Germany, published by Dr. Peer Bork, was released revealing evidence that there are three specific gut bacteria associated with the human gastrointestinal system.  It appears that each individual’s gut is hospitable to only one of three bacterial enterospecies and this could make it easier for us to understand how different individuals respond to certain diets, prescribe probiotics specifically fashioned for the individual and may even help us understand why certain people manifest particular gastrointestinal complaints while others do not.

This is an exciting discovery because just as we can categorize individuals by blood type, in the future we may do so also by gut bacteria type!

Regarding this research, a a New York Times article states:

“Instead of trying to wipe out disease-causing bacteria that have disrupted the ecological balance of the gut, they could try to provide reinforcements for the good bacteria. “You’d try to restore the type you had before,” [Dr. Bork] said. ”

In other words, instead of utilizing anti-biotics to fight disease, why not take a proactive stance and build up our body’s natural defenses?  Well, Naturopaths have been doing this for centuries!  Too bad we had to wait for modern science to catch-up with our treatment philosophies, but better late than never… and next time someone shrugs their shoulders and asks why your Naturopath prescribes probiotics you can direct them to this research!

I hope you find this information useful and applicable – let me know your thoughts and questions…

Be Well,

Dr. Rachelle