Dr. Elson Teaches at The Science & Clinical Application of Integrative Holistic Medicine

integrative_holistic_medicine_brochure_2012_1On November 1st, Dr. Elson gave two presentations at the medical conference entitled The Science & Clinical Application of Integrative Holistic Medicine co-sponsored by the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. It was attended by about 500 physicians, most of them relatively new to integrative and preventive medicine.

The first presentation was to the entire audience on eating healthy with the seasons, with the simple, nutritional back-to-nature message he has been sharing for 30+ years.

Then he gave a three-hour intensive to 150 interested docs who signed up for this program on detox and elimination diets.

For him, the first level of care for many patients can be eliminating potential health-undermining habits and observe how people feel, what symptoms and problems go away, and then re-testing what happens when they’re reintroduced back into the diet.

He believes this is a helpful approach for many practitioners to support their patients, and he plans to continue this work with physicians over the coming years.

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Money-Saving Ways to Stay Warm

Winter is a great time to explore natural and environmentally-friendly ways to stay warm and save on our heating bills. In addition, maintaining a healthy body temperature enables us to function more optimally and ward off potential colds, infections, and other illnesses.

First of All—Stay Healthy!

A healthy human body is one big energy producing machine, especially when we give it the right fuel. When you look at a picture of the human body with infrared technology, all you see is radiating heat—At its normal resting state, it generates enough heat to boil a gallon of water each day. The body’s heat cycles vary daily, but certainly by insuring that your body is in a good state of metabolic health, you can do a lot to maintain a healthy body temperature even during cold winter months.

Cover Your Windows and Seal Your Doors

If you haven’t yet insulated (double-paned) your windows and sealed your doors, you can take short-term measures to save heat and money. Cover your windows with a sheet or blanket, making sure that the window is all the way closed first and that your covering is not near a heating system. Weather stripping around doors and even taping around the edges of doors that aren’t used may also help keep out those cold drafts.

Hot Water Bottles, Hot Tubs, Saunas

One of water’s many miraculous qualities is that it has a high heat capacity. A bottle of warm water will hold its heat for a while even in a cold house, acting as a very cheap mini-furnace. The rubber bottles made for this purpose may be better insulated and more comfortable to hug, but any bottle will do. Also, taking hot baths (showers not as good for building body heat) or hot tubs if you are lucky enough to have access to one is a good way to heat up the body, as are dry saunas.

Nutrition and Herbs

Food is our body’s fuel and feeds the furnace. We burn calories and that produces heat. During the colder months, we need more cooked foods and more complex carbs, proteins and fats to fuel our furnace. Baked squashes are good, hot soups, nuts and seeds as snacks, and roasted veggies are all good choices. Warming herbs, either sprinkled on foods or cooked in them, include garlic and onions, ginger and mustard, cayenne pepper, and chilies.

Get to the Root

A great and healthful source of winter warming is to eat cooked root vegetables like carrots, onions, turnips, parsnips, yams, and sweet potatoes (also, the hard squashes have a great warming effect on the body).

Hot beverages

A true no-brainer, cups of tea or other hot healthful beverage are an integral part of any winter survival plan. Ginger root tea, simmered with slices of about half to one teaspoon per cup of water for 5-10 minutes, can be drunk with some lemon and honey for throat soothing and got enhancing body heat.

Move It or Lose It

Working out, exercising, and moving during the winter may not seem like the most enjoyable activity, but it works!  As well as giving you a rush of endorphins, which boosts your mood, exercise will get the blood pumping around your body and vitally heat up your skin. Blood and body fluids from the warmer parts of your body are more efficiently transmitted to the cooler parts of your body.

Keep Your Extremities Protected

Who hasn’t been out in the winter freeze and felt their ears burning, or their fingers and toes tingling from the frigid temperature. Your extremities are farthest away from your body’s heat center, and their circulation is more readily restricted that other parts of the body when we are trying to save energy.

Be Social

Probably the most enjoyable ways to stay warm during the winter months is to hang out with friends and family. Besides creating activity (and heat) and distracting you from the cold, more people produce more heat.

Tips to Relieve Summer Allergies

A lot of people think of Spring as allergy season, when early pollen is abundant. But Summer allergies (and food incompatibilities) can be very impactful on our health and vitality.

Dry air and winds are factors, and weeds and dust are the most usual suspects. According to Dr. Harold Nelson, an allergist at National Jewish Health in Denver, CO, “Starting usually in late July or August it’s weed pollen. And the most important one is ragweed.”

Some simple tips to minimize Summer allergies include:

  • Avoid bringing pollens and mold spores into your home by installing an air-cleansing fan
  • Exercise indoors on days when pollen count is high, which is often on dry, warm, and windy days. Levels are typically highest in the mid-day and afternoon. The clever iPhone app Allergy Alert tells you the pollen count for most areas in the US.
  • Wear over-sized sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat to prevent pollen from coming into contact with your face and into the eyes
  • Wash your hair at night to eliminate pollen, and change clothes before getting into bed
  • Keep windows closed while driving and if you use air conditioning, keep the settings on the ‘re-circulate’ mode

Elimination diets can be helpful for anyone with environmental allergies, which can reduce reactive symptoms such as nasal congestion, skin rashes, fatigue, and insomnia.

Some supportive nutrients that may be helpful are:

  • Vitamin C: 500-1,000 mg 3x daily
  • Quercetin (a bioflavonoid): 250-500 mg 3x daily
  • Evening Primrose Oil: 500-1,000 mg 2-3x daily
  • Nettle Leaf Herb: 1-2 capsules 2x daily

Read more about Elson’s integrated approach to treating allergies here!

Image courtesy of Cypress Natural Medicine.