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In This Issue
Recipe of the Month
FNPA Board
Fun in the Sun
Oranges
Vitamin D
Aloe
Skin Brushing
Legislative Update
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 RECIPE OF THE MONTH:

 

Orange Coconut Creamsicle in a Glass

 

Ingredients:

 

1 cup plain soy, rice or almond milk

 

2 oranges

 

cup grated

coconut

 

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

 

2 tsp raw honey

 

6 ice cubes

 

Juice oranges or remove seeds and peel and cut into chunks. Place all ingredients into blender and

blend on high speed until smooth. Serve immediately

into glass.

Our Board

 

Dr adam Tice

Dr. Adam Tice

President

 

thompson

Dr. Judith Thompson

Vice-President

Legislative Chair

 

Swedrock

Dr. Katie Swedrock

Secretary

 

camp

Dr. Eli Camp

Treasurer

 

Dr. Jennifer Southard

Board Member

 

Dalili

Dr. Dawn Dalili

Board Member

The Six Principles of Naturopathic
 Medicine
 

 

 

First Do No Harm

 

The Healing

Power of Nature 

 

Doctor as Teacher

 

Identify and

Treat the Cause

 

Treat the

Whole Person

 

Prevention

Upcoming Teleseminar 

 

Join Dr. Eli Camp on June 4th

at 8:00 PM EST

for a 1 hour teleseminar on Natural First Aid.

 

In the teleseminar you will learn basic natural first aid remedies for things like bites, stings, poison ivy, sunburn and more.

 

RSVP is required.

 

Call information will be emailed out to those who RSVP.

 

Handouts wil be provided.

 

Cost: Free

May 2012
       

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Greetings!   
 

Welcome to our May 2012 newsletter.

 

This newsletter discusses the how to safely have fun in the sun, the wonderful health benefits of Oranges, Vitamin D and Aloe and introduces you to the health building practice of skin brushing. We welcome Dr. Adam Tice as our newest FNPA President and our newest board member, Dr. Dawn Dalili. 

 

The most important thing you can do to ensure that you have the option to choose a Naturopathic Doctor as your health care provider is to tell your legislator that you would like him or her to help bring a licensing law for NDs to FL. The nest most important step to see this happen is for you to join our Association. For more information, please visit www.FNPA.org.

 

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Fun in the Sun

kidsSummer is here, as we can easily witness by the lengthening days, rising temperatures and row upon row of sunscreen products adorning store shelves. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (2010), these products are key to good skin health and preventing dangerous skin cancers since "sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for all skin cancers, including melanoma." But in recent years studies are showing this advice to be erroneous and obsolete. In fact, the largest rise in melanoma rates has been in countries where chemical sunscreens are heavily advocated (Garland, 1992).

 

In 2007, Moore's Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego demonstrated a direct connection between colorectal and breast cancer risk and serum D3 levels, showing lower incidences of these cancers among those with higher levels of Vitamin D. While a reduced cancer risk is a powerful motivator to obtain adequate levels of Vitamin D, the benefits of "the sun vitamin" extend well beyond cancer protection (read more about Vitamin D below). As much as 90% of our Vitamin D comes from sun exposure, and applying a sunscreen as low as SPF 8 can reduce vitamin D production by 95% (Higdon, 2008).

 

While many sources advise that 20 minutes of daily sun exposure on your face and arms will provide all the Vitamin D you need, this is not necessarily true. Adequate sun exposure will vary depending on your location and skin type. More exposure will be required the farther north you travel from the equator, and dark-skinned people will require more exposure than fair-skinned people. For Caucasians, Vitamin D production averages 20-30 minutes. If you are darker skinned, it can take three to four times that long. An hour of sun exposure on at least 40% of your body per day is not an unreasonable amount of time to spend in the sun for good health.

 

Regular exposure of as much skin as possible is key--it's better to have short periods of daily exposure than several hours once per week. Begin in the morning (when the chance of burning is the least) in spring and early summer to get your skin used to sun exposure. Gradually increase your time in the sun until you just begin to turn pink. It is virtually impossible to overdose on Vitamin D from sun exposure, since exposed skin reaches an equilibrium point where Vitamin D begins to convert to inert chemicals. However, the most important thing to remember is to avoid sunburn, since sunburn can increase the risk of basal cell carcinoma (the less fatal form of skin cancer).

 

While many people may be tempted to prepare for the summer sun using tanning beds, that can be a dangerous mistake. Tanning beds are designed to tan the skin deeply in a short period of time without burning, which is accomplished by minimizing the amount of UVB radiation. However, UVB is what stimulates Vitamin D production, and the burn response is the body's mechanism to prevent Vitamin D excess. Not only does high levels of UVA radiation break down Vitamin D, it i s also suspected to be associated with increased melanoma risk (melanoma is a more threatening form of skin cancer). An additional problem with tanning beds is the radiation emitted by the magnetic ballasts used to power the bulbs--often these ballasts are very close to the person in the bed, leaving them exposed to very strong magnetic fields while tanning.

 

While the best sunscreen is internal sunscreen from antioxidants such as blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, goji berries, spirulina, and chlorella, we all find ourselves in need of a sunscreen at one time or another. If sun exposure is not a possibility for whatever reason, or you find yourself required to spend more time outdoors than your skin can safely handle and you cannot cover up or find shade, it is better to use a sunscreen than to risk a burn. But keep in mind that not all sunscreens are created equal. The Environmental Working Group (2010) has found that 84% of sunscreens with an SPF of 15 or higher contained potentially harmful ingredients and/or provided inadequate protection. If you plan to use a sunscreen, check their database to ensure it provides the protection you require and doesn't contain harmful chemicals. http://www.ewg.org/2010sunscreen/

 

REFERENCES

  • American Academy of Dermatology. 2010. Be sun smart. American Academy of Dermatology Web site. http://www.aad.org/public/sun/smart.html (accessed June 2, 2010).
  • Environmental Working Group. 2010. EWG's 2010 sunscreen guide. Environmental Working Group Web site. Environmental Working Group. (accessed June 2, 2010).
  • Garland, C. 1992. Could sunscreens increase melanoma risk? American Journal of Public Health 82(4): 614-615.
  • Garland, C., W. Grant, S. Mohr, E. Gorham, F. Garland. 2007. What is the dose-response relationship between Vitamin D and cancer risk? Nutrition Review 65(1): 91-95.
  • Higdon, J. 2008. Micronutrient information center: Vitamin D. Linus Pauling Institute, Oregon State University. http://lpi.oregonstate.edu (accessed June 2, 2010).
Oranges

One of the most well-known fruits in the world, oranges were first recorded in China around 500 BC. From there they were imported to the Roman empire, exported to Northern Africa, introduced in Spain by the invading Moors, and traveled to America with Christopher Columbus. Now consumed virtually all over the world, oranges come in two varieties, sweet and bitter. Sweet oranges include jaffa, navel, valencia and the hybrid blood oranges, while bitter oranges are used in jams and marmalades and several liquors.

 

Oranges are a very good source of many B Vitamins, including B1, B2, B6, Folic Acid and Panthothenic acid, as well as carotenes, pectin and potassium. More commonly, oranges are known for their high flavonoid and Vitamin C content. This combination of Vitamin C and flavonoids are key nutrients for the immune system, lens of the eye, and connective tissues including joints and gums. The most prevalent flavonoid is hesperidin, found in the inner peel and inner white pulp. Hesperidin has been shown to lower high blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as possess strong anti-inflammatory properties. The antioxidant power of oranges and orange juice has been shown to protect against viral infections and cancer. One orange is not only a good source of fiber, but is also nearly 100% of the daily Vitamin C recommendation.

 

When shopping for oranges, pay more attention to the weight of the orange than the color. Non-organic oranges that are uniformly colored are typically injected with artificial dyes. Look for oranges that are not severely bruised, moldy, puffy or soft. A sweet, clean scent and a "heavier than it looks" feel are indicators of healthy, juicy oranges.

Vitamin D

oilsVitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin primarily created by the action of UVB sunlight on the skin. Vitamin D's journey through the body begins when its precursor is converted to cholecalciferol (or D3) by sunlight. From there, D3 travels to the liver and becomes five times more potent, then travels to the kidneys where it's converted to it's most potent and active form, 1, 25-dihydroxycholecalciferol. This form is ten times as potent as D3, and more than 2,000 genes and tissues throughout the body are regulated by this form.

 

Vitamin D has long been known to be responsible for calcium balance in the body, helping the body to absorb calcium and maintain strong healthy bones. But recent studies have shown that Vitamin D's influence on the body reaches far beyond the bones. It has been linked to cell differentiation, allowing the body to recognize when to allow cells to proliferate (such as when a wound requires healing) and when to stop excessive cell growth, which can lead to diseases such as cancer. A powerful immune system modulator, D3 deficiencies have been linked to many autoimmune diseases as well as impaired insulin secretion in Type II Diabetes (Higdon, 2008).

 

The best way to maintain adequate levels of Vitamin D is through short daily periods of as much skin being exposed to the sun as possible (being very careful not to burn). Alternately, you may supplement 5,000 IU of Vitamin D per day for 2-3 months, then monitor blood levels with a 25-hydroxyvitamind blood test, adjusting your dose as necessary to maintain 50-80 ng/mL. However, make sure your supplement is D3, as D2 is a synthetic version and does not produce the same health benefits.

 

REFERENCES

  • Higdon, J. 2008. Micronutrient information center: Vitamin D. Linus Pauling Institute, Oregon State University. http://lpi.oregonstate.edu (accessed June 2, 2010).
  • Vitamin D Council. n.d. Understanding Vitamin D Cholecalciferol. Vitamin D Council Web site. http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/ (accessed June 2, 2010).
Aloe

herbsNative to Africa and the Arabian peninsula, Aloe is a commonly known herb and well reputed for its soothing and cooling properties. Considered by the Romans to be sacred to Venus, the goddess of love and beauty, this herb has a long history of beauty applications extending well into present day.

 

Ayurvedic medicine realized aloe's role in beauty and vitality, so much so that the Sanskrit word for aloe--kumari--translates to "goddess."

The outer leaf of the plant is laxative, and has a long history of being used for chronic constipation. However, prolonged laxative use should be avoided as a dependency can develop. Ayurvedic medicine uses aloe as a tonic for the female reproductive system, to help ameliorate PMS, tonify the uterus and prevent wrinkles.

 

The most common and well known use for aloe is in treating burns, and its efficacy is so impressive and relief so fast that no kitchen should be without a potted aloe. Splitting a leaf open and smearing the gel on a burn (including a sunburn) will quickly relieve the burn without forming blisters or scars. Aloe can also help sooth and heal skin rashes, itches, injuries, insect bites or stings, poison oak and ivy and acne when applied topically.

Skin Brushing

meditationAs more people become aware of the importance of detoxification, products and procedures are also rising in numbers--and price! Dry skin brushing is quick and easy (and inexpensive) way to detoxify daily, and the benefits will be noticed immediately.

 

The skin is the body's largest organ, weighing about six pounds and covering about 21 square feet! It is also a primary detoxification organ, eliminating toxins through the pores. This detoxification ability is hindered when pores become clogged, often by cosmetics or foods we eat. Dry brushing helps the skin detoxify by exfoliating dull, dead skin cells from the top layer of skin. It also stimulates the lymphatic system (a primary component to the body's health and immunity), as well as stimulating and improving the function of the nervous system. By dry brushing, you can also help improve kidney and liver function by easing the burden on those detoxification organs.

 

To make this an easy part of your daily routine, purchase a natural bristle brush (commonly available in most health food, drug, and department stores often for $5-$10). While not necessary, a long handle makes reaching all areas of the body easier. Do your brushing before a shower, both to help make it a regular practice and because showering afterward aids the cleansing process. Always brush towards the heart using long, soft strokes, following the flow of the lymph and circulatory systems. Cover all areas of your skin. For areas such as the back, armpits, abdomen, and both sides of the chest use a few clockwise strokes followed by a few counterclockwise strokes. Avoid any areas of the body where rash or broken skin is present. It will not take very long for you to see the benefits of healthy, glowing skin and feel an improved sense of vitality.

 

For a pampering herbal detox experience, grind a handful of almonds, plain oatmeal and herbs in a coffee grinder. Sit or lie on a sheet and hand rub the mixture into your skin, then follow with a dry brush (do not shower immediately afterward). When you're finished gather up the sheet and shake it off outside--and enjoy how silky soft your skin feels. Herbs to consider include lavender, jasmine, chamomile, calendula, or comfrey.

Legislative Update

Spring calls in Naturopathic Doctors (ND's) from around the country to lobby for federal legislative initiatives that involve improving healthcare options for U.S. citizens.  This year's lobbying efforts focused on the inclusion of ND's in government programs like the Uniformed Corps of Public Health Service, Health and Human Services programs that address provider shortages, and last but certainly not least, the VA provider list. Close to 100 Naturopathic students and doctors walked the halls on Capitol hill to meet with our federal legislators. The federal Florida representatives that had visits with ND's are Rep. Jeff Miller, Rep. Kathy Castor, Rep. Vern Buchanan and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Senator Marco Rubio also had a visit with some well established ND's. Everyone was well received and had positive visits with our federal Congress men and women.

 

On the homefront, with the 2012 legislative session coming to a close, we are looking ahead to meeting with our local state legislators. We are building relationships with the leaders of our communities and letting them know who we are and how we want to help keep our neighbors healthy. There are so many ways that our voices are heard. If you would like to join a local ND on a visit to your local representative's office please contact us so we can set up a meeting for you. It is an exciting event that helps you take full advantage of being an active participant in your community. If you would like to set up a fundraiser or host a local talk please let us know what you are interested in learning more about so we can connect you with a local ND. We appreciate your support in helping to make Naturopathic Medicine more well known and accepted in Florida.


In health,


Judith Thompson, ND
FNPA VP & Legislative Chair

 

 
 
We want to provide better healthcare choices to Florida's residents and we need your help! Please visit our website to learn more. FNPA Homepage

Sincerely,

Florida Naturopathic Physicians Association