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What Is Northwest Wellness?

What Is Northwest Wellness?

Northwest Wellness is the lifetime vision of Dr. Lorri Nichols of Federal Way, WA.  Beginning as a small chiropractic practice in 1989, Northwest Wellness has grown into a multidisciplinary, integrated practice providing comprehensive health care to Federal Way and the surrounding community.  Our practice consists of primary care, chiropractic, physical therapy, massage therapy, naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, nutrition and weight loss to serve all of your health care needs.

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Dr. McCarter's Top '5': Herbal Spotlight #3- Echinacea!

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Echinacea spp. is #3 is my list of Top '5' herbs to use during cold and flu season. Echinacea is a trusted herbal remedy during this season and a go-to for many. With the popularity of this herb, many may wonder why it is not my #1. Unlike Astragalus (my #2), which can be used daily for immune support, I have found Echinacea to be most effective when used at the first sign of an upper respiratory infection rather than as daily immune support. When you are feeling a bit "run down" or your throat feels "scratchy" and it is cold and flu season and others around you coughing and sneezing...this is the perfect time for Echinacea.

 Echninacea is in the daisy family and the root of this plant is the part commonly used in medicinal preparations. The active constituents of Echinacea exhibit, antimicrobial, anti inflammatory and immune-modulating effects. There are three species of Echinacea that are often used: Angustifolia, Pupurea and Pallida. In commercial preparations, you will most often find the Angustifolia and Purpurea species. While there is a bit of debate regarding which of the two is most effective in reducing the incidence of cold/flu, both have been shown to exhibit the above therapeutic actions.

 

Note: The immune stimulating effect of Echinacea may not be suitable for all populations, particularly those with autoimmune disease. The use of Echinacea, as with all medications and supplements, should be done under the supervision of your physician. 

Schapowal A, Klein P,  Johnston S. L.  Echinacea Reduces the Risk of Recurrent Respiratory Tract Infections and Complications: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Advances in Therapy (2015) 32:187–200

Bensky D, Clavey S, Stiger E. (2004). Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica. Seattle, WA: Eastland Press.

Hoffman D. (2003). Medical Herbalism-The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine. Rochester, VT. Healing Arts Press.

Natural Medicines Database. Last reviewed on May 12, 2017, last updated December 8, 2017. Accessed, January 22, 2018. https://naturalmedicines-therapeuticresearch-com.buproxy.bastyr.edu/databases/food,-herbs-supplements/professional.aspx?productid=963

 

Healthy Aging

Healthy Aging

As people all over the world are living longer lives, attention has turned to healthy aging and improving the quality of life both physically and mentally as we age.  The 85-plus population in the U.S. is expected to triple to 14.6 million by 2040 -researchers want to figure out how we can increase our health span, or the amount of time we’ll live in good health.

Here are the common factors in people living longer and healthier lives:

·         Eat a plant-based diet -- beans, whole grains and veggies

·         Create opportunities for natural movement, like walking, herding, and gardening

·         Have a sense of purpose

·         Belong to a faith-based community

·         Take a daily nap or finding some other way to “downshift” daily

·         Don’t overeat

·         Drink 1-2 cups of coffee daily

·         Maintain a reading habit

·         Take part in physical and nonphysical leisure activities

·         Have an alcoholic drink or two each day

To summarize, “Do what your mother told you to do: Get exercise, use your brain, limit stress, get rest, and be nice to people.” –Claudia Kawas MD

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How To Cultivate Gratitude

How To Cultivate Gratitude

During this holiday season it is important to recognize that people with a strong sense of gratitude, love and appreciation don't necessarily have more than others; they simply recognize and see the potential in their lives. A 2003 study suggested that people who cultivate thankfulness are generally happier and healthier than people who don't.  Here are some ways to practice gratitude, love and appreciation all year long for a happier, healthier you

 

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How Can I Keep My Joints Healthy?

How Can I Keep My Joints Healthy?

Joints are made up of two bones that join together allowing portions of the body to move in specific directions.  There are many different types of joints that are classified by their structure as well as how the move.  Joints are important as the allow motion and provide support to the body.  As we age, it is important to keep them healthy and preserve their integrity. 

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Why Does My Back Hurt?

Why Does My Back Hurt?

There are obvious things that can cause back pain; slips, falls, sports or lifting injuries and motor vehicle accidents.  However, many individuals suffer from lower back pain, even in the absence of trauma or injury.  What could be the cause?

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