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Welcome to Health E-News!As the trees turn beautiful shades of red and yellow, itís hard to deny fallís arrival. Prepare for the seasonís health challenges with Chinese herbal medicine, participate in a new research study on kidsí colds and try immune-supporting recipes from our nutrition department. Save the date for the Bastyr Dispensary Holiday Extravaganza, an annual celebration with 20 percent off most items, free demonstrations, and great gift ideas for yourself, friends and family.

Also in this issue, find out how fresh fish and omega-3s can bring you a host of health benefits, including building stronger bones, preventing and treating depression, and providing increased sleep and functioning for autistic children. And donít forget to check out the healthy living tips and recipes at for additional ways to enhance your wellness.

In health,
Kate Lindsay, Editor

Bastyr Center for Natural Health
October 2007 Issue

Clinic Highlights

Self Care

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Clinic Highlights

Save the Date: Holiday Extravaganza

Join us for this year's Holiday Extravaganza at the Bastyr Dispensary! This annual holiday tradition will be held on Saturday, December 1 from noon to 3 p.m. Enjoy a 20 percent discount on all items (excluding prescriptions and food). The celebration also includes sweet treats, skin care and nutrition samples and demonstrations, and the perfect gifts for everyone on your list. Save the date.

Participate in a Study on Kids' Colds

Join a cooperative study between Bastyr University, Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, and the University of Washington to investigate the causes of colds in children. Find out more information about this study and how to participate.

Treat Your Cold with Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese herbs

Do you use the same remedies to combat your winter cold symptoms year after year? If so, it may be time to try a different tack and reap the benefits of Chinese herbal medicine's 3,000-year history. Andrew McIntyre, MS, LAc, clinical faculty member at Bastyr Center and Practitioner Care provider, explains that Chinese herbal medicine offers different approaches to different types of colds. If your symptoms include a fever, sore throat and yellow or green discharge, you're experiencing "heat symptoms." Feeling achy, have the chills and a colorless discharge? Then you have "cold symptoms."

Herbal formulations are prescribed based on the type of cold you have. Among many herbal formulations is yin qiao jie du pian or yin qiao san. Honeysuckle, one of the two chief ingredients in this herbal blend, is known for its ability to clear heat signs and symptoms. Recent research shows this formulation has antimicrobial properties although it predates the study of microbiology.

Interested in experiencing Chinese herbal medicine's effect on your latest cold? Don't be tempted to self-medicate; Chinese herbal medicines should only be taken with a prescription or diagnosis from a licensed clinician. Learn more about Bastyr Center's Chinese herbal medicine services or schedule an appointment with an acupuncture and Oriental medicine team.

Enjoy an Immunity Boost from this Spectacular Soup!

This recipe, created by Dr. Debra Brammer and recommended by our clinicians at Bastyr Center, makes a delicious meal to help combat winter colds or flu. Read the recipe.

Find more recipes online or schedule an appointment with a nutrition team for more recipes to improve your health.

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Fish oil can improve your wellness The Pacific Northwest is known for its diverse terrain, rain, and perhaps best of all, its supply of fresh fish. Read our tips below to find out how fish (and omega-3 fatty acid supplements) can improve your wellness. If you would like to learn more about integrating omega-3 fatty acids into your diet, schedule an appointment with a nutrition team.

Eat Fish to Beat the Blues
A report published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry in September 2007 examined ten studies comparing the effects of omega-3 fatty acids with a placebo for depression, and found a significant antidepressive effect. Read more about omega-3's effect on adult depression. A 2006 study in the American Journal of Psychiatry also showed that children who ate two grams of fish oil a day experienced more than 50 percent improvement in symptoms of depression. Read more about fish oil's impact on childhood depression.

Build Strong Bones with Omega-3s
Achieving better bone health isn't just about drinking milk or taking calcium supplements. A new study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, examined the bone density of 16-year-old boys and found that concentrations of omega-3s, particularly DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), were positively associated with peak bone mineral density. Learn more about omega-3's relationship to bone density.

Fatty Acids Help Autistic Children
Recent research reveals good news for families with autistic children. A 2006 study in Biological Psychology showed that fish oils helped autistic children experience improved sleep, concentration, and cognitive and motor skills. Read more about childhood autism and fatty acids.

Omega-3s: Counting the Ways to Obtain These Essential Fats
Not sure where to get your omega-3s or how much you should take? You can experience the nutritional benefits of omega-3s by eating fish, fish oil or flax seeds. Learn more about what omega-3s can do for your wellness and the different ways to obtain them.






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