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Can Topiramate Help Me Lose Weight? Jun 15th, 2022

Topiramate for Weight-loss Anticonvulsant drug, topiramate, is used to treat epilepsy, generalized or focal seizures, migraine prevention, and alcohol addiction. When used to manage seizures and prevent migraine, it has also been demonstrated to produce weight loss. Although the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not yet approved this as...

Gender & Obesity Effects on Bone Mineral Density Jun 3rd, 2022

Men with obesity can experience a negative association with a bone mineral density even more so than women.   It is conventionally believed that being overweight or obese denoted by having high bone mineral density (BMD) may decrease the chance of getting osteoporosis. This protective effect is called the "obesity paradox", in...

7 Ways to Increase Joy May 11th, 2022

1. Visualization Visualization is a kind of therapy. It can envision a serene place whenever there is stress. The distance and space are comparable to meditation but also engage the imagination in the process. It allows the mind to transform creatively, generatively, and dynamically rather than feeling uncomfortable. Based on...

How to Maintain a Low Carb High Protein Diet as a Vegan/Vegetarian May 3rd, 2022

For many people, low carb, high protein means lots of meat, cheese, fish, and eggs; easy low carb protein sources that are generally tasty and satisfying. The only issue is that many of these typical low carb, high protein foods are not an option for vegans or vegetarians. Adequate protein...

Sleep 101 (Part 2) Apr 28th, 2022

Good Sleep is a Reachable Dream You may have heard that sleep is one of the most important things we can do for our bodies and minds.  A few weeks ago we discussed some lifestyle changes that can help us get to sleep…or get back to sleep. Personally, even when...

You Deserve to Smell the Roses - Tips & Tricks on How to Manage Your Allergies This Season! Apr 21st, 2022

Spring Cleaning Your Sinuses… The first line of defense that may come to mind is to start on an over the counter allergy medication such as Zyrtec (Cetirizine), Claritin (Loratidine), Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) or even Fluticasone (Flonase). These can all be helpful, and yes, feel free to start there! In addition...

Sleep 101 (Part 1) Apr 8th, 2022

Sleep is important  for MANY reasons: Sleep is one of the five basic needs of the human body, along with food, water, shelter and movement.  During sleep, muscles, tissues, bones and organs (including the brain) grow and repair.  Our nervous system, digestive, assimilation and elimination systems are repaired, and our...

Anemia or Low Ferritin: The Misunderstood Symptom Apr 4th, 2022

What many might not know is that anemia is a symptom of something else occurring inyour body. What this means is that it isn’t the cause, it’s happening as a result ofsomething else. This can occur through one of three ways: 1. You might be losing more blood than you...

How to Mindfully Manage Food Cravings Jan 19th, 2022

Food cravings are a normal part of the human experience; studies show that more than 90 percent of people have them. But how we deal with cravings can vary widely. Some people eat what they want and don’t worry about it, whereas others feel controlled by cravings and end up bingeing on...

What is a Naturopathic Physician? Nov 16th, 2021

What is a Naturopath?   You may have heard that SW Family Physicians has welcomed two new Naturopathic Physicians, Dr. Khaleed Alston, ND and Dr. Alicia Hart, ND, to our practice. Naturopathic physicians are primary health care providers who are experts in the intersection of conventional practice and natural therapies. ...

What can I do to promote healthy aging? Sep 29th, 2021

There are many things you can do to help yourself age well: exercise and be physically active, make healthy food choices, and don’t smoke. But did you know that participating in activities you enjoy may also help support healthy aging? As people get older, they often find themselves spending more...

Feta and Pomegranate Filled Avacado Aug 26th, 2021

One of the simplest ways to improve your health is to eliminate ultra processed foods. Cutting back on white, flour, white rice, processed cereals, crackers, fries, potato/corn chips, baked goods, sweets and sodas can help to lower cholesterol and blood sugar.  Here is a healthy, quick and easy recipe for...

The COVID-19 Vaccine: Common questions answered Jul 31st, 2021

  The COVID-19 vaccine was made quickly, how can we ensure that it is safe? The federal government has worked since the start of the pandemic to make COVID-19 vaccines available as soon as possible. This accelerated timeline is unprecedented. Some patients are concerned that vaccine safety may have been...

Insulin resistance: What is it and how does it contribute to diabetes and weight gain Jun 24th, 2021

What is insulin? Insulin is an important hormone in our body that helps us to regulate our blood sugar. We need sugar as it is the basic unit of energy that our cells use for fuel. Just like a car needs gasoline, our cells need sugar. Unfortunately, if our blood...

Phentermine: Managing Hunger within a Medical Weight Loss Program Jun 5th, 2021

What is Phentermine? Phentermine is one of the oldest and most useful prescription medications for medically supervised weight loss with eligible patients. It is generic and not expensive (about $10-$20/month, depending on dose). Phentermine is therefore one of the most effective and affordable options to suppress hunger, especially when included...

Vitamin D and COVID 19: What we know so far May 13th, 2021

What is vitamin D? Vitamin D is a necessary vitamin needed to keep your bones healthy. Calcium, which is the primary building block of bones, can only be absorbed when vitamin D is present.  More and more we are finding that vitamin D also plays a role in pain, immunity,...

Keeping Weight Off: The Struggle and the Good News Apr 26th, 2021

Losing weight is hard, and keeping the weight off can be even more difficult. However, the benefits of losing even just a small amount of weight can be incredibly beneficial to your health. In fact, research has shown that you can decrease your risk of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus...

Is Type 2 Diabetes Reversible? Apr 14th, 2021

Great news: Type 2 Diabetes is absolutely reversible! And the cure can be simple: weight loss. However, although the solution is simple, it is by no means easy. That is why we at Oregon Medical Weight Loss are here to help you. In a recent study, over 50% of participants...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Dec 23rd, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus. But...

Intro to Yoga for ALL BODIES Dec 16th, 2020

Intro to Yoga for ALL BODIES Join Dr. Leasa Lowy, MD and Yoga Teacher for a 4-week yoga class series from January 11 - February 1, 2021. Price: $79 Start Date: January 11, 2021 LIVE 4 Monday mornings 7:30-8:30am OR access recordings at your convenience  This course is for you if:  You are...

Is Sugar Ruining Your Life? Nov 27th, 2020

Is Sugar Ruining Your Life? Food is supposed to nourish us and give us energy to accomplish our daily tasks and move us forward in life. What happens when our food habits are holding us back, or even making us sick? What if sugar is controlling you instead of you...

Why Are You Addicted To Sugar? Oct 9th, 2020

Why Are You Addicted To Sugar? It's Biological! Our body loves sugar; eventually the food we consume turns to glucose (a fancy word for sugar) and that is what feeds and energizes our cells. But processed sugar (white sugar and the sweeteners found in packaged foods), doesn't have to go...

Easy DIY Fresh Pesto Sauce Sep 4th, 2020

Homemade Pesto Serving: Makes about 1 1/2 cups   You will need: a baking tray, a mortar and pestle (pictured). If you don't have a mortar and pestle, you can use a blender or bowl and the head of a rolling pin as an alternative.     Ingredients 3/4 cup...

5 Ways to Lower Your Hemoglobin A1C Jul 7th, 2020

5 Ways To Lower Your A1C   What is your A1C? Your Hemoglobin A1C level shows the average of your blood sugar over the past 3 months. Hemoglobin is a protein found in your red blood cells. Sugar gets stuck and crystallizes on the red blood cell, which then becomes...

Why Choose A Midwife Jun 25th, 2020

Why Choose A Midwife? A review published by The Cochrane Library shows that women who use a midwife have fewer pre-term births, are less likely to lose pregnancies before 24 weeks, and need fewer epidurals, episitomies, and assisted births.  Besides having fewer of these risks, pregnancy with a midwife at...

What's the big deal about Vitamin D? Jun 2nd, 2020

What's the big deal about Vitamin D?   Vitamin D strengthens innate immunity and prevents overactive immune responses, which may be why researchers are finding Vitamin D helpful in fighting COVID-19.  (See study here) There is no research, however, that says taking a Vitamin D supplement will make you immune...

Is there really a way to make weight loss easier? May 28th, 2020

Is there really a way to make weight loss easier? How a few changes in thinking can increase weight loss success If you were aware of your state of mind and body when eating, how would that change your consumption? This process is known as eating mindfully. Mindfulness can be...

What does diet have to do with COVID-19? May 4th, 2020

Most of us have concerns about the health and economic issues brought on by COVID-19 and the resulting circumstances. We are still discovering new information every day.  The good news we already know about COVID-19 is that your likelihood of getting a serious case is relatively low and the underlying...

Why do healthy teens need Annual Wellness Exams? Apr 16th, 2020

  Wellness Visits are important for teens to learn about taking health into your own hands and getting a chance to talk about personal concerns with a doctor. Remember we're here to support and accept you, no matter what! During your Wellness Visit, your medical provider will go over these topics with...

A Message On Staying Healthy Apr 13th, 2020

Based on the best expert advice from the CDC, WHO and epidemiologists I will continue to keep my physical practice closed in order to slow the spread of Covid 19. Because of the fluid nature of the situation I will be updating you periodically with resources and clinic schedule changes.  Besides the WHO's excellent advice I would like to share you...

COVID-19 FAQs Apr 6th, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19 What is COVID- 19? • Coronavirus disease 2019, or "COVID-19" is an infection caused by a specific virus called SARS-CoV-2. The virus first appeared in late 2019 in the city of Wuhan, China. But it has spread quickly since then, and there are now cases...

What to do if you are sick with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 Apr 1st, 2020

What to do if you are sick with suspected or confirmed COVID-19   Follow the steps below to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community.    Stay home except to get medical care    Stay home: People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are...