Spring 2014 Newsletter
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Holiday Closures:
Friday, April 18th in the afternoon: Annual Cannon Beach staff trip for Dr. Molly's birthday!
Monday, May 26th: Memorial Day
Friday, July 4th: Independence Day

Next IMT: 
Wed, May 21st 830am-noon

Community Acupuncture Day
Saturday, May 17th: See article below for details!

Did you receive our 2014 calendar in the mail? All of the dates above are already listed for you-- plus there are great tips and deals with each new month! If we missed you for some reason, let us know and we'll send the calendar out to you!
Meet our new acupuncturist, Dr. Jaime Ralston-Wilson.

We are excited to welcome this lovely and accomplished lady to the Emerald CIty Clinic family! Dr. Jaime Ralston-Wilson is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She is a licensed acupuncturist in the state of Washington and nationally board certified in both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She received her Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM) from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and her Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) from Bastyr University with a focus on integrative oncology and pain management. Dr. Ralston-Wilson joins the growing team of experts that specialize in the field of integrative oncology providing complementary and integrative care for cancer patients and cancer survivors.

Dr. Jaime is contracted with all major insurance companies. Call and schedule your appointments with her today!
ECN's Green Corner

Do you have old flannel sheets that need a new job description? We will take them off your hands to make castor oil packs that we offer to our clients. Thanks!

Acupuncture in Oncology

by Dr. Jaime Ralston-Wilson

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been used for decades in the USA and abroad to support people with cancer. The role of TCM as a complementary and integrative care modality provides support for patients as they navigate the many aspects of a cancer diagnosis. It may be used to address the psychological and emotional aspects of an illness, pre- and post-surgical care, or side effects associated with radiation and chemotherapy. Acupuncture has been widely utilized in the adult cancer population for symptomatic control and improvements in quality of life. As an adjunctive therapy, it has demonstrated positive effects in the treatment of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, cancer-related pain, chemotherapy-induced neutropenia, cancer-related fatigue, and radiation-induced dry mouth. The integration of acupuncture therapy into cancer care may allow a patient a greater sense of normalcy in their daily life by providing reductions in treatment-related side effects and improvements in their quality of life.
With increasing cure rates, cancer survivorship is on the rise. Once the whirlwind of appointments and conventional treatments has ended, many patients are often left wondering about the next steps. The years following the completion of cancer treatments become an important time where a shift to cancer prevention and wellness care can have a huge impact in a patient’s general wellbeing and quality of life. By taking into consideration a multitude of elements that contribute to the health of the body’s internal environment, TCM provides patients with tools to aid in re-establishing a state of balance and harmony of the body, mind, and spirit. Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Eastern nutrition, and other accessory modalities are utilized during this period to restore energy, support immune function, and establish an inner environment of health and optimal functioning. In the years following conventional treatment, herbal medicine and acupuncture may be used to address lingering or late effects of treatment. Eastern nutrition often utilizes many of the common anti-cancer foods, but additionally takes into consideration eating in accordance with the seasons and nutrition based on an individual’s presenting TCM energetic imbalances. 
Pharmacy Corner

Spring is a great time to not only clean out your home but your body as well. Here at Emerald City Clinic we have a variety of ways to support your body during those cleanses as well as many different cleanse options. Detoxing your body is very taxing on your kidneys and liver so be sure to ask your doctor which supportive product is right for your personal journey!
OmniCleanse Whole Body Detoxification & Cleanse:
This is a brand new detox kit that we have recently begun carrying. It helps your body gently detox with homeopathic detoxifying remedies. It also comes with OmniCleanse Powder packed with vitamins, minerals, and herbs to help your body process out all the toxins within while supporting your detox pathways and the OmniCleanse capsules that are full of liver supportive herbs and metabolic boosters to help keep those pounds falling off! Talk to your doctor at your next visit to determine if this is the right choice for you!

Know your insurance!

Emerald City Clinic wants to make sure that you are fully prepared with costs that you may incur during medical visits. With all of the many changes out there with the ACA, it is more important than ever to understand your coverage. Please call your insurance company, even if you have been with them for YEARS!, to make sure that you are aware of changes within your policy. 

We are running into many clients having Self-Funded plans that are not receiving coverage for alternative medicine including naturopathic, massage, and acupuncture therapies. These policies tend to be funded by larger companies such as Microsoft, UPS, FedEx, etc. In the State of Washington, the aforementioned therapies must be specifically excluded in your plan. All it takes is a phone call to determine your coverage!


What does your Supplement Cabinet Look Like?

Is it time for some Spring Cleaning? Here are some tips from Dr. Molly:

Often people ask me about their expired supplements at home and/or how to store them.  In response, I thought I would write the “ABCs” of your supplements.  There are a number of things that I would recommend for managing your nutrients and medicines.


  1. Where to store:  I store my nutrients in the kitchen.  The items I refrigerate are probiotics, liquid oils, and certain products that are marked to be refrigerated upon opening.   I do not store any capsules in the fridge because they are stable at room temperature.   The products that I only use when members of my family are acutely ill, I store in my bathroom medicine cabinet because I do consider those medicines not nutrients.   These medicines include items such as goldenseal, castor oil, and homeopathics.  These are things I do not take daily and only when needed.  My family has learned that our medicine cabinet is not full of prescriptions medicines but natural remedies to alleviate sickness. My homeopathic kit is in the bathroom that is not used for showering (the powder room) because there are no strong smelling personal hygiene products, nor things like Vick’s vapor rub.  I like to keep my kit out of the kitchen as well, where the strong odors of garlic and onion often permeate the air.
  1.  Expiration dates:  Now that you have your supplements in the right locations let’s look at expiration dates. 
  1. No matter what the company says, minerals are rocks and do NOT outdate, unless they are in solutions that can go bad  (e.g. liquid calcium/magnesium) or have other nutrients in them that will go bad such as vitamin C, B vitamins, etc.
  2. Water soluble vitamins:  These are the vitamin C and B vitamins.  These will oxidize and cause you harm if they are too old.  They will cause damage to tissue.  These products when oxidized will change color and look speckled.  This happens in varying times, but usually they are fine for 6-8 months even after  the expiration date.
  3. Fat soluble vitamins:  These are your vitamin A, D, E, K and your oils.  These will go rancid and also cause you problems if ingested.  Once again they are usually fine 6-8 months after expiration and you can smell the rancidity, like bad oils.  If they are encapsulated you may have to break them open to notice the smell or taste the rancidity.
  4. Encapsulated botanical medicines/amino acids/probiotics:  The expiration dates on these supplements reflect the effectiveness or potency that the herbs have according to the company that makes them.  After this date, the effectiveness goes down but most of these products are NOT harmful after expiration, they just may not work as well.  So I say why waste them? Just take more than recommended, or do not expect the supplement to work as well.  Please check with your physician prior to making dosing decisions on your own.
  5. Tinctures:  An alcohol preserved botanical formula lasts forever, really.  Look at our fine wines-- they only get better with age.
  6. Homeopathics:  These never outdate, the FDA just makes companies label them.  They are energy medicine and do not outdate.  They CAN be ruined by being exposed to strong smells….but as for expiration, again, they never outdate.
  7. Dried herbs:  This preparation of medicines does not last but a season.  Look at your spices--they really lose their flavor within 6 months, but you can still use them as they are NOT harmful (just be sure to check for harmful molds, especially in our wet environment).
  1. Once you have disposed of your unusable expired products, which you can put in your worm bin or yard waste, then what I suggest is that you make a list of what you have left and file it in your medical file at Emerald City Clinic.  I often use this list to prescribe from so that we can use these things up instead of wasting them! Often people bring their list or a box of supplements to a visit so I can write on them “why” you might use them. Even if you did not purchase the products from Emerald City, we can tell you how to use them. 

This article was prompted by clients asking me these questions.  If you have other general questions you want to know the answers to, we’d be happy to include those in our newsletters or blogs. 


Springtime Lessons for Growth and Renewal

by Dr. Chad Borys

The spring season officially begins on March 20th, when the spring equinox takes place. The name “equinox” derives from Latin, meaning “equal night” and refers to the roughly equal length of daylight and darkness around the equinox. This is a time of celebration in many traditions and it marks the beginning of a new life cycle. Spring is the time when life awakens from its winter slumber and new vitality surfaces. The sun begins to stay out longer, and the short days and cold nights of winter begin to transform as life stirs. Spring beckons us out of our winter cocoons and gives us the opportunity to begin shedding the excesses of winter. For several months now the heater has been on, the blankets have been out, and soup has been on the stove, but spring calls us outside to begin moving.

In many traditions, health and wellness centers on being in touch and living in balance with nature. This is about relationship, and the notion that you are both a part of and the result of everything around you. From this perspective, humans and nature are one. As the seasons change, the way we dress, the foods we eat, and the activities we do all change. The quality of springtime is growth and transformation, which is reflected to us daily in nature’s evolving dance of new life. In our lives, this new growth is reflected in setting new intentions for the year and giving new life to our health. Spring is a natural time for detoxing and a deep cleaning of our environment. Out with the old and in with the new. This springtime, go for a walk, find a tree to revel at, plant a garden, reflect on a beach, and open yourself to the wondrous potential to renew your own life.

Tips for springtime:
  • Diet – Eat plenty of local in season dark leafy greens. These foods help to cleanse the liver and support a natural and gentle spring detox.
  • Spring cleaning – Open the windows for 2 minutes a day to air out and freshen your living space. Consider investing in a water filter, a HEPA air filter, or a HEPA vacuum.
  • Exercise – Springtime is the season of moving out the stagnant energy of winter. Spring is the perfect time for a brisk walk to enjoy all of the blooming flowers and invigorate our bodies.
  • Reflection/meditation/prayer – Give awareness to your true nature and time for self expression, let your creative energy shine. Consider developing or delving deeper into a reflective practice.
  • Adjust your sleep schedule – In Chinese medicine, spring is the season of the liver, and liver time is between 11pm and 3am. This is the time when the liver’s energy peaks, and if we are awake during these hours it diverts energy from the liver’s functions of renewing and cleansing the body.

Community Acupuncture

Starting in May Emerald City Clinic will be offering community acupuncture to our patients on the third Saturday of the month and tentatively more frequently depending on the demand. Our first session is scheduled for May 17, from 9-12pm, with Dr. Chad Borys, and Dr. Jaime Ralston-Wilson.

Community acupuncture is the experience of receiving acupuncture treatments in a group setting. The goal of community acupuncture is to make treatments more affordable and accessible. There are many applications for the use of acupuncture. A few examples follow: stress reduction, increasing energy, smoking cessation, strengthening the immune system, pain reduction…
COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENTS: Your session will begin with a brief consultation where you will discuss the purpose of your visit. You will then relax comfortably amidst others in the process of their treatments. Depending on your needs, anywhere from 5-20 needles will be positioned on the ears, arms, legs, hands, or feet. It is ideal to rest for a minimum of 20 minutes, however, you are welcome to relax longer if desired. After resting, your needles will be removed and your treatment will be complete.

COST: Sliding scale $20-$40

TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT: Contact the Emerald City Clinic front desk at (206) 781-2206.
Appointments are scheduled in 15 minute intervals. 
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