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Home arrow Naturopathic News arrow Issue #141 Aug. 2014
Issue #141 Aug. 2014
Welcome to this Special Edition of Naturopathic News, issue #141. It has been my mission over the last 16+ years to help you find optimal solutions to your health problems. This newsletter has been one way to do that. The more educated you are about your health options the more you are able to take control of your health. If you would like to stop receiving my newsletter please send me an email and let me know. If you have a friend or family member who you think would appreciate the information provided, send me their email address.

It's taken me the last 3 weeks to be able to start writing this newsletter. There's so much to say, to all of you. Words feel insufficient, but for those of you who I won't see in person, this is one way of expressing myself.

In March of 1998 I started my practice in Williamsport. Many people went above and beyond to help us be here. Professionally, I want to thank Barb Jarmoska, Dr. Dan Solley, and Dr. James Vanemon (may he rest in peace). Family was really important as well as they welcomed us with open arms.

Almost all of my success over the years has been due in part to the efforts of my patients to work with me. You have been willing to take those first steps towards a different health model. To make the changes you needed to in order to be well. I have learned so much from all of you. At times it's humbled me, other times I've celebrated with you as a new inspiration has arisen, or a new level of health has been achieved. I thank you all for allowing me into your lives and letting me participate in your healing.

At the beginning of this year, my oldest son Skylar, and his wife Beth, invited us to come live with them in the mountains outside of Boulder, CO. Over the course of the intervening months, and 2 trips to the area, we found a home in Nederland. This is a small mountain community about 25 minutes from Boulder. Instead of almost 14 acres, we'll be downsizing to 3.3 acres. 

There are actually 2 connected living structures. We will bring our 4 Nubian milking goats, our dogs, and barn cats. Somehow we will condense a farm, 2 story bank barn, out buildings, and a 2400sq ft house and have it all fit into a 1400 sq. ft. house and a much smaller barn. Our sustainably raised Angora goat herd and Border Leicester/Corriedale sheep are being sold off as we make this moves.

Though I've been telling patients as I see them I wanted to wait until now to announce our move. Phyl made a Facebook comment on her page about our 29th wedding anniversary Aug. 4 that let the cat out of the bag a bit early. Our farm in Steam Valley has been on the market for about 6 weeks. It's in a beautiful setting, just 20 minutes North of Williamsport. Since we moved in 1998 only organic methods have been used for our large garden and small fruit orchard. We really want the next owners to have a similar respect for the land. If desired, there would be no problems obtaining organic certification.

I will be continuing my practice in Colorado after we move. Those of you wanting to continue naturopathic/homeopathic care after I leave, we can do that. For years I have successfully worked with patients long distance--CA, VT, GA, FL, OR, Germany, and the Middle East, by phone/Skype. I am putting together a list of patients who want to continue working with me after I relocate. If you and I haven't already had that conversation please contact me by October 31 and let me know. 

I am unaware of any naturopath or homeopath that will be in the Williamsport area after I leave.
For physical medicine I highly recommend that you seek care with Solley Chiropractic. For Cranio Sacral Therapy I recommend Beth Shafranco in Williamsport, Catie Rasmussen in State College, and Laurie Brosius in Punxsutawney.
For acupuncture I recommend Linda Spencer in Wellsboro.

Regular appointment schedule, Monday-Friday until October 31. I am accepting new patients until then.
Friday, October 31, 2014 is my last physical day in my office at Solley Chiropractic.
I will be doing all my November appointments by phone/Skype. 
By the end of November/beginning of December we will be packed up and on our way. Driving to our new home in the mountains.

There will be no change with your Emerson Ecologics status after I leave. Your account will still be associated with my practice and you will continue to receive your 10% discount on the supplements and herbs that you order.

It will be more expensive for me to practice in Colorado. Hence I will be raising my office fees. However, any active (2014) patient will continue to receive my 'Pennsylvania' fee rate, even after I am established in Colorado. This is my way of thanking you for your continued support.

Patient Care
It's worked very well to care for my long distance patients. However, there are limitations to using phone or Skype. If I need to examine you--take your blood pressure, feel your glands, listen to your lungs, etc.--I can't do that. Though you can find some common homeopathic remedies in local stores, anything beyond that I will have to mail to you. You will have to pay more attention to how much medicine you have left to not be stuck without your remedy for longer than a day or two. I will do my best to make this transition be as smooth as possible so that your healing process will not be disrupted. If you have any questions about how this can work for you please email. 

Once again I want to thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart. 

Be sure to watch for my next newsletter, sent out in 2 weeks. It's my annual issue on Staying Healthy for the Season. They'll be some new entries for this year as well as some expanded information for old standbys. Don't miss it!

Here are some pages from my website that are of particular interest:

Store: There are 431 products from Emerson listed on this page. If yours isn't one of them please let me know and I will add it so you can order online. This is particularly convenient after hours or on the weekend. Of course, you can always order by phone from Emerson at 800-654-4432.

Newsletter: Here you will find all 141 issues of my health newsletter, "Naturopathic News".

Optimal Health Points: This is my blog that I update periodically. Check out my latest post, "Wet sock treatment".

Come join my fan page at 
Help me bring information, news, and stories about natural medicine to the Facebook community. 

For those of you who don't know, Facebook is a social networking website. Users can add friends and send them messages, and update their personal profiles to notify friends about themselves. Additionally, users can join networks organized by city, workplace, and school or college. 

Facebook pages help you discover new artists, businesses, and communities as well as those you already love. On my fan page I post discussions that you can join in with and relay breaking health news related to disease prevention, clinical nutrition, and ways to make you healthier. I'm looking forward to exploring this community with you. See you there!

As is often the case, a recent new patient asked if I would review their choice and use of supplements and herbs. Why does this happen so often? For many, taking a vitamin or herb is their introduction to natural medicine. Their desire to be healthier drives them to take supplements and herbs. The death, pain, discomfort, and side effects experienced with over the counter and prescription drugs compel people to look elsewhere. It's very different with supplements and herbs which, when used correctly, have an incredibly low risk of harm.

Some people take this to an extreme and take every supplement or herb that someone tells them is 'good for them'. It might be a clerk, an internet 'expert' source, or a friend who is marketing the latest or greatest fad. Most of these individuals or companies have no professional training or experience in the medical use of the supplements or herbs that they're selling. The people they're selling to come into my office with 5, 10, 15, or more supplements that they're taking. Sometimes it's been so long since they started taking them that they don't remember why they're doing it. When I ask, they can't tell me what, if anything, a particular product is doing for them. Yet, they can be quite fearful of stopping any of these items, as if their health would careen off a precipice without them.

Why do I think my approach is any different? Partly, it's because of my background. I've literally been working with nutritional supplements since 1974. That's 40 years assessing the quality and effectiveness of supplements. Beginning in 1980 I started working with Western and Chinese herbs. The quality of herbs used and how they're combined together has the greatest effect on the efficacy of the final product. Because I've grown, identified, harvested, and produced medicinal herbal products I recognize a good formula when I see one.

Licensed naturopaths like me receive the most extensive academic and clinical training in the use of nutritional supplements and herbal medicines of any professional in the United States. Nothing can substitute for such hands on experience, especially when you see, and are responsible for, the results of your treatments. Very different from the clerk in the store, or coworker who's part of a MLM scheme. 

What I'm offering to is easy access to this experience and training. Both for you and your family. If you have questions about the supplements or herbs you are taking, or are thinking about taking, now is the time to ask. Send me an email with the brand and name of the product you're taking. Let me know that you want to bring the bottles in at your next visit, so I can see what you're taking. Start a discussion on my Facebook fan page. Either way I'll give you honest feedback about what I think is good, or what isn't. We'll fine tune what you're taking to maximize effect and eliminate waste. 

Let me hear from you and we'll get started.
For a long time I looked for a home Vitamin D test. One that would be simple, easy, and accurate to do on your own. For a few years now I've been using ZRT Laboratory in Oregon as well as Doctor's Data in Illinois. 

Until a few years ago, venipuncture blood serum was the standard medium for testing Vitamin D. Since then, the blood spot method was developed. A few drops of blood from a quick and nearly painless nick of the finger, placed on a filter paper to dry are all that is needed. The total 25 (OH) Vitamin D is then determined by liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). This method has been shown to be as accurate as the assay standard.

Ordering A Vitamin D Test 
The cost for ordering a Vit. D test through my office is $70 prepaid. Once you prepay I can order you a kit. Then you can either pick it up at my office or have it shipped to your home. Once you've taken the sample and sent it back to the lab it's only a matter of time before your results are sent back to me. I can even look at them online before the paper copy arrives.

If your doctor has refused to order a Vitamin D test or worse, ordered the wrong one, this is the fastest, least expensive, and most accurate way to do it yourself. Once we know what your Vitamin D levels are, the next step is making sure that you achieve optimum levels for disease prevention and health maintenance.
I am often asked what supplements I recommend. Many of you have been surprised to discover that I favor food over pills; lifestyle changes over fads. I have been working with nutrition for over 40 years, herbs for over 30 years. Where and when appropriate I recommend them to my patients. I strive to act from knowledge, experience, and research.  Emerson Ecologics (800-654-4432) carries almost all of the nutritional supplements and botanical extracts that I think are useful. Their customer service is excellent and their delivery is reliable (often only 2-3 days). It's a great way to get physician quality products at reasonable prices.   To offset the cost of shipping, reference my name when you establish your account and receive a 10% discount on every order. At the same time, I receive a percentage of each supplement sale. If you have any questions about these items feel free to email me.  
That's it for this issue of Naturopathic News. If you've thought a bit extra or learned something new, then I achieved my goal. As usual, if you have questions or concerns brought up by these subjects, let me know. 
Gregory Pais, ND, DHANP
580 E. 3rd. St.
Williamsport PA 17701
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