For approximately 5000 years, the Chinese have been effectively treating many conditions and diseases by using a system of small ditches or neurovascular nodes spread across the body known as acupuncture points (Kendal 2002). For more information visit the acupuncture page.
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Plants are deeply powerful and profoundly helpful. Herbal medicine is complex and a detailed diagnosis and well crafted treatment by a well trained herbalist can make the difference between dangerous and profoundly effective. Sarah has been studying with herbal masters for over a decade and practices local wild crafting as well as traditional diagnosis and herbal treatment.
We are now stocking bulk formula options so your treatment can be specialized to your current needs.
Herbal therapies can be a great addition to other therapies or can be effective on their own. Cascade Wellness offers safe whole herbs, as well as herbs in powdered, capsule or pill form. We have salves for all types of skin conditions and ointments for sore muscles, traumatic injuries and burns.
Herbs are prolific and poorly regulated so please consult an herbalist prior to use of any herbal medicine. These photos are not meant as a guide.
Visit our Herbal Medicine Page for more information
Nutrition can be about getting a well balanced diet with all the vitamins and minerals we need for life, or it can be used as a treatment for a condition, used literally as medicine. Nutritional suggestions are always included with an East Asian Medicine treatment, or can be elaborated on for a treatment on their own.
Sarah now specializes in Functional Medicine, offering modern science mixed with ancient wisdom using nutrition that can treat the root of your problems.
Visit our nutrition resources page for more information and helpful links.
Visit our nutrition classes page for nutritional transformation classes that offer support and information about the best way to support your optimal wellness.
Carbs are not bad, in fact they are where we should be getting most of our nutrients. The problem is, that for most people (and about 80% of the grocery store) this is the most nutrient depleted part of our diet. Carbs are full of nutrients when they come in all colors of the rainbow in the form of fruits and vegetables. These carbs are absorbed and processed differently than the processed carbs that dominate the Standard American Diet or SAD diet. I realize they make you feel good right after you eat them and it’s hard to separate your cravings for this immediate rush of serotonin from the long term benefits of eating nutrient dense foods that give you long term energy and support your body with a wide variety of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that you can not function properly without. This is partly because the carbs from refined grains like wheat work on the same receptors as drugs like heroin. Yes carbs are highly addictive, in every sense of the word, and this is not a good thing for your body. The reason this is built into our evolution comes from the need for nutrients and as we have replaced nutrient dense vegetables and fruits with processed flour we have driven the roller coaster of carb cravings into overdrive. Bread has a higher glycemic index than sugar and most whole what bread is full of added sugars so this rush is even worse when you are having that wholesome slice of brown toast.
The purpose of this post is to first help you stop by giving you solutions for your cravings that will help you get to the point you can eliminate refined carbs from your diet for at least 10 days so you can step off that roller coaster and feel the ground again for a moment. Then I will be covering why you should stick to a great reduction or elimination of refined carbs and how to replace that energy in your diet, with of course a variety of fruits and vegetables. Finally I will be covering why some of you should never touch wheat again. This will be an ongoing post, I will update often and fill in the research and background information to help you understand why this is so important. I will find as many helpful links as possible to help you with food ideas and easy solutions. I am posting this now because I want you to be involved! You can comment here, and I will update the blog post to respond to your questions and worries. This will be public, so if you don’t want everyone in the world to see your question, email me at email@example.com and let me know your thoughts ideas, rants and resources! I will do my best to keep up with responses that can help everyone that may have the same thoughts. All emails are confidential.
In the mean time. My initial ideas for carb cravings are:
often we mistake thirst for sugar cravings. This is a process our brain developed to prevent dehydration as the sugar solution will help bring water to where it is needed in the body (this is how laxatives like DSS work) but it is a short term and potentially damaging solution, so make sure you drink a glass of water (I like to add lemon), or lightly sweetened tea (use honey or maple syrup) wait 20 min and see if you still want that bread or cookies.
Often we crave carbs because we started with carbs. The SAD breakfast is filled with nothing but carbs and sugars, and is the wrong way to start your day. Start you day with protein and fat with at least at 40/30/30 balance of carbs/protein/fat. Make the carbs colorful and don’t skip the proteins and fat (a new blog post of fat will help you determine what fats are best).
Maybe you are craving carbs for energy, and you body needs them. So have some, just eat vegetables or fruits. Don’t be shy with all that fiber and nutrition you may need much more than you realize to satisfy your hunger. Eat plenty of vegetables, piles and plates of color. Limit only the highly starchy vegetables or juices (no fruit juice and limited vegetable juice as you are simply extracting the sugar from the beneficial fibers and not doing your self many favors).
Carbs induce stress, as you come down off the sugar high they literally release the stress hormone cortisol. Breathing exercises and mindful based stress reduction where you focus on the moment can make a profound difference.
Many herbs and supplements can help you in your path to well being. It is always best to consult your herbalist (make an appointment) to find out what is best for you.
Some supplement options are:
S. Boulardii, a beneficial yeast that will help kill off the bacteria that may be driving your cravings (they are literally starving to death and have the ability to send messages to your brain to save them selves).
Adaptogens can help you balance out the roller coaster of stress hormones. Herbs like the variety of ginseng’s, rhodiola, ashwagandha, licorice root and theanine are not all the same and you should be on the right one for you.
Cortisol formulas. If you have really burnt out your reserves you may need replacement, you should definitely ask for help with this one.
Amino acid therapy. As the roller coaster rushes surge through us we are upsetting the bodys amazing ability to balance our neurotransmitters, using up the building blocks. These building blocks are amino acids and when you get truely depleted diet alone will not bring back the balance and drugs will make these deficiencies worse over time.
Basic Nutrients. It is likely you are missing some basic nutrients so getting a easily digested, well thought out multi-vitamin and mineral can be very useful to your process. There are a wide variety of options so find out from your provider what is best for you and be very careful of what you get over the counter as many are contaminated, not well absorbed or don’t contain what you need.
If you are still looking to refine your New Years resolutions, I wanted to offer you some ideas that might help.
My favorite idea is to eat a rainbow every day. This simple and fun yet comprehensive idea is straight from The Institute for Functional Medicine. I go over the diverse and important details of this plan in the nutrition series. Yet, the idea is simple. You find one serving of all 7 colors each day. For example red beets, orange pepper, yellow squash, green kale, blue berries, purple carrots (yes those do exist). Adding two more servings of fruit and veggies would be ideal but with 7-9 servings you can loose weight, detoxify and nourish and protect your self all in one. You will likely see your energy improve, your pounds shed and your mind sharpen.
If you feel like you really need a kick start, and are considering a real detox, email me for a plan. Most detoxes do more harm than good and supporting every phase is crucial, for example without protein, fat, phytonutrients from plants and fiber you will not be supporting the removal of toxins from your body, no matter what you are eating, or taking. I would be happy to send you some information for free. But please avoid the dangers of the one size fits all myth based on half truths and short term results. If you are ready for a class, let me know and we will try to get one together that fit’s everyone’s schedule.
Other resolutions include increasing exercise, make a plan, figure out how you will fit it in and make sure you include adequate stretching in your plan.
Quitting smoking is THE single most important thing you can do to protect your life and health, statistically speaking. It’s very very hard and acupuncture, herbs and exercise can help. I am here to support you in your plan.
Stress reduction should be on most people’s list and can be as simple as breathing for 5 minutes every morning before you start your day. A plan to remain present in your activities and practice that presence to the moment in the same way you would practice exercise. If you practice the act of awareness can become more automatic and the practice becomes more and more natural. I have tools, classes and all types of herbs, treatments and referral ideas to help you with your personal goals of stress reduction. Stress maybe the most damaging thing in most of your lives, and it is something you can take control of.
Good luck!! and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
I know you don’t want to hear this, I realize that it’s more fun to think there is a quick fix, but I am here to tell you what you already know. No mater how many times you choose to believe the ad, your body doesn’t work that way. I’m not saying your body can’t change quickly. It can. It’s amazing. This just doesn’t change how your underlying physiology works. The reason so many medications have so many side effects or so many diets end in weight gain in the long run and even why that detox gave you a reaction is because they are going for short term solutions that often backfire physiologically. Your body rebounds against the mask of medicine or the short term eating style and finds a way to find equilibrium. It’s our body’s way of keeping us alive really, saving us from shock and maintaining balance, or homeostasis.
If you are dieting the worst thing you can do is reduce your weight quickly. Your body will see this as starvation and quickly turn it right around as soon as it can, now storing for the next time this happens, just like it would if there were a famine, saving you from the next one by packing on the storage of new fat to keep you safe. When you choose an eating style that is not completely sustainable, you are asking for future weight gain. You can, however, safely and sustainably loose weight in proper proportion to your body weight with a balanced diet and exercise and the loss of the fat will make it easier for you to maintain this weight over time, so you are not stuck with your weight to spite the messages your fat cells are sending you. Yes, your fat cells send messages. Literally, actual chemicals they produce that send your brain signals that have an affect on your mood and behavior as well as many other aspects of your physiolgy like inflammation that can trigger the pain response and cause disease.
Similarly, some foods make you feel good for a short time, like refined carbohydrates that send floods of serotonin and glucose to your brain giving you calming energy. The problem with the flood is the inevitable backlash or rebound. Flood your body with glucose and it will do it’s best to clean it up, quickly, to save you from the life-threatening and damaging effects of high blood sugar. Insulin rushes to the scene sucking up that glucose from the circulation and quickly storing it in fat cells, and the cycle begins. Now you have no glucose left. Your cells are left starving for more, and now that big rush has started to damage their walls making it more difficult for the insulin to do it’s job. So the body works harder. That flood of serotonin started to deplete your stores. The coffee you had before you could find the refined carbohydrates already used up an array of neuruotransmitters as well so now you are left feeling sucked dry, sad and out of sorts, and you don’t understand. Your body can recover, but over time that will become more and more difficult. The more building blocks you use, the more you will have to replace. And soon, diet alone will not be enough to turn things around, even if you were able to bring yourself to make the proper changes.
On the other side is steady, sustainable life and spirit changing nutritional shifts that can easily last a lifetime. Choosing foods that nourish your body mind and spirit for the long haul can easily and steadily reverse the damage, replete the building blocks for your cell walls, your neurotransmitters and all the organ systems, skin muscles, bone and viscera that have been waiting for the chance to support you again. Yes, you may need some extra power from carefully chosen supplemental support for a time. This can happen when you have long-term imbalance; but you can make a recovery mostly from fresh whole food, from the rainbow of building blocks that are here to support your every bodily need.
The word “detox” is going through a long fad stage. There are an ocean full of detox quick fixes to fish from. Many of these can be not only useless, but quite harmful. This isn’t because detoxing is a bad thing. In fact, it’s something you simply cannot live without. What you need to understand first is this is what your body does every second of every day no matter what you do. If there were not detoxifying metabolic processes going on, you wouldn’t be reading this. So how do we best support this vital system that affects every cell in our body?
First and foremost, don’t starve your self. Not in any way (no juice cleanse, master cleanse, or any other lack of food groups for any length of time, like a few hours for some). At least not until you have already maintained a state of thorough and sustainable detox with food. AfTer you have an excellent diet there are some benefits to short term fasting (less than 3 days) that have specific benefits that are discussed in great detail in my detox classes.
The reasons for this are crucial to understand. Your physiology is complex and amazing, but it uses food to carry the toxins out of your body. Without the nutrients, fiber and chemicals found in food (including protein, fiber and fat) your body has no way to get the toxins out, and no way to protect or support your healthy organs and cells. It’s like kicking the hornets’ nest with the windows closed.
Second, support the process. You are likely missing a piece somewhere, depleted enough of a nutrient, neurotransmitter, fatty acid or protein that there is a hole in your physiology acting like a monkey wrench in your system, causing an array of down stream effects that may be hard to trace even for the most well-trained doctors or scientists. Tossing the kitchen sink at your physiology is not the answer, neither is a smart Internet search looking for what makes the most sense to you at the time.
I think it’s great for you to go looking into the world of cures and to discover what you can about your self, just remember how complicated you are and know when to ask for help. All nutrients work in concert with each other, and one will defeat another if it is over powered. For example, no matter how important vitamin D is proving to be for our health, no matter how much of a fad it has become, you must not forget our old friend vitamin A, or any other fat soluble vitamin competing for absorption or use.
When things use the same lock, you must be careful about the balance of keys, this means keeping a balance of certain nutrients is crucial. Things like copper and zinc are in a constant state of balance so adding things in can be as dangerous as taking them away unless we pay close attention to that balance. So, don’t forget to find a professional that can use diagnostic skill and modern testing to make sure you are safe, and in optimal balance.
Finally, make sure you are supporting phase one to release the toxins and phase two to remove them adequately. This brings us back to rule number one: Don’t starve yourself. No pill, potion or tea is enough to support you unless it contains a meals worth of balanced nutrition. Make sure you understand how important protein, fat, nutrients and fiber are to your detoxification process (something discussed in great detail in the detox classes). Phase one detox releases the toxins from where they are bound (like kicking the hornets’ nest). Unless they are free, they have no way to be removed. Phase two cleans up the toxins and removes them from the body while protecting the healthy cells.
I mentioned medication above, and I want to shed some light on that aspect of the quick fix. While some medication can help you on your path to resolving disease, many are used like bandaids to help stop an immediate problem, quickly. This can be life saving, but is typically not part of the long-term or sustainable solution. There are some medications used to help maintain physiology and prevent long-term disease, yet it is often the case that the real fix, a change in lifestyle is more safe and effective for this purpose. Finding the root of the problem, treating the underlying cause rather than the immediate symptom is the process that leads us to true wellness and recovery. Functional Medicine is a process that helps us with this goal, to solve the real problem before it pops up in other places or causes more long-term debilitating damage.
Eat a rainbow every day.
Get the support and information you need to make lasting food changes that support your optimal wellness.
Nutrition Transformation 1, 2, 3
3 one to one and a half hour lectures (weekly) to help you fully restructure your eating habits. This series is a wonderful follow up to the detox series but will also be very useful on it’s own. Sarah has attended some extensive courses this year through the Institute of Functional Medicine and is bursting with valuable information to share so you can find true wellness! We will be sharing recipes, supporting each other & finding ways to make eating right simple, fun & yummy! Personal functional dietary evaluations and acupuncture can also be very helpful when designing a new eating plan so services will be 20% off durring your nutrion transformation.
$120 for series of 3
Classes of 3-6 can be set up for your schedule.
Email us with your list of people and times.
Next class TBA
Hybrid Detox/Nutrition/New Years class.
Email sarah@cascadewellness or click here to sign up!
Classes will be from 4-5:30 pm on Saturdays
Price includes :
20% discount on supplements to support your process
Binder full of meal plans, information and resources
First class will include cooking demonstration
20% discount on all classes for current clients, and insurance coverage for individual sessions apply as covered by your policy.
We offer acupressure – acupuncture points and channels are worked with using pressure instead of needles using the same in-depth theories and diagnostics that we use with acupuncture. Many aspects of oriental medicine are not needle specific such as cupping, gua sha, moxa and lifestyle and dietary therapies.
Learn how to use your emWave2® at our Stress Management Classes
50% off classes with purchase of emWave2®
The scientists at the Institute of Heart Math have been studying the heart-brain connection for almost 20 years. They have found a measurable relevant electrical synchronicity called coherence, which represents a connection between your heart, mind and nervous system. Just like when you play a chord on the guitar and the strings resonate together. These body energies are very real and easily measured (like in an EKG or EEG). The energy produced in your heart extends about 3 feet out from your body, about the length of your outstretched arm, and affects others around you (see below for the science on this important phenomenon). This state of coherence can be practiced and learned. Coherence brings a state of wellness to your body that permeates your overall health, as well as your interactions with the world because our coherence affects others around us. The benefits are immense and endless.
See the bottom of this page for the e-book; The Science of the Heart.
This state can be felt and taught in many ways. As a qi gong teacher I teach this quite directly and have felt the effects of my regular practice in my life and health for over 9 years. That did not change how impressed I was when I got a chance to try the emWave2®. Suddenly I was able to see what I felt inside on a computer screen!
This is so exciting because this means I can help those that don’t know that feeling or those that feel they can not achieve and use it in their daily lives. It also helped me understand scientifically how important what I was practicing was to my life, my patients and those around me!
I am beyond excited to share this technology with my clients so I have ordered a set of units to help you learn what coherence feels like. The emWave2® is a wonderful tool that you can use during one of my new series to lower stress, loose weight or balance hormones (coming soon). You will receive a unit to work with for a period of time until you feel ready to work with coherence strategies on your own, and if you decide that the emWave2® is something you would like to have around, you can purchase your unit to keep! I will be putting together group classes as soon as possible to facilitate learning how to use the emWave2® and how to integrate a state of coherence into your daily life. You may also simply purchase a unit here and I will send you all the materials you need to utilize your new tool! – Sarah Piestrup EAMP, RN