Dr. Griffith's Naturopathic Blog

May 22, 2019

| Olympia WA |

Remember your skin cancer ABC’s!  Red flags for skin cancer!

A = Asymetrical lesions.

B = Borders Irregular.

C = Color (More than 1 color is suspicious).

D = Diameter increasing or over 0.5 cm.

E = Elevation (A mole that gets taller is also going deeper).

Remember that any mole that is new after adulthood, changing, growing, itching, bleeding or painful, is a mole that ought to be...

April 14, 2019

| Olympia WA |

This has been the worst year for respiratory tract infections that I've seen since starting practice in 2004. We've seen a significant number of patients contracting pneumonia after a severe cold or flu turned into a secondary bacterial infection. The hospital has literally been so full at times that it has turned away patients. Many are finding their cold becomes asthma for the first...

April 13, 2019

| Olympia WA |

Self paying for your visits at Vital HealthCare may be idea for those who...

  • Pay their own medical bills.

  • Use medical reimbursement plans.

  • Use Health saving accounts.

  • Have a high deductible plan and want to pay less out of pocket by not billing your high deductible insurance plan.

  • Receive Medicare or Tricare medical benefits.These are federal programs and not cov...

April 1, 2019

| Olympia WA |

Here's a quote from a Jama article I came across dated April 9th 2019, regarding nutrition and medical school. The link to the article has been posted at the bottom of this blog. 

"In randomized clinical trials, dietary interventions have proven to both prevent and manage important diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. For example, compared with control groups...

March 15, 2019

| Olympia WA |

I had a chance to reconfirm the reason why buying Organic produce makes sense. The other day I ate an orange from Costco, the brand was Bee Sweet. It looked like any other orange but on chewing it had the texture of latex but with less flavor.

I was kind of appalled at the total lack of flavor or any sign that this thing had ever been alive, so I decided to research the company. Turns...

February 15, 2019

| Olympia WA |

IV vitamin C with the B vitamin thiamine is being seriously studied for it's effect on people with sepsis. Sepsis is blood borne infection and current treatments often fail leading to fatality. Click on the link below to read or listen to this NPR report. 

In the past IV vitamins were spurned as outright quackery but physicians dealing with critically ill sepsis patients are finall...

February 2, 2019

| Olympia WA |

High dose melatonin is not only safe for cancer patients, in study after study it has been shown to reduce side effects of conventional treatments like chemotherapy and radiation while boosting their success rates. If you study alternative medicine treatments for cancer than you know that finding strong clinical evidence from published studies is like finding a needle in a haystack.

Wel...

January 1, 2019

| Olympia WA |

People who suffer from severe chronic headaches understand how difficult it can be to get a correct diagnosis. They often rebound between expensive specialists, tests and treatments for months or years. The treatments often leave much to be desired, either pain medications with diminishing value and escalating dependency and side effects or perhaps surgical options without guarantees....

December 15, 2018

| Olympia WA |

Where's the beef? Better question would be where has the beef been? 

Yet another reason to reduce beef consumption. Giant agri-business practices and slacking regulatory oversight have created a virtual cesspool of the food supply. 12 MILLION POUNDS of potentially contaminated beef - tells the story of what happens when farming and animal husbandry reach such massive scale.

In the futur...

December 2, 2018

| Olympia WA |

I'm going against the grain by advocating more whole grains in the diet! Despite popular diet fads that demonize grains the evidence continually disproves their opinions and advice. Stop taking your medical advice from the internet! That goes for doctors and nutritionists out there who haven't done their own research and tell patients to stop eating grains.

Check out this article from...

October 2, 2018

| Olympia WA |

A simple guide to local restaurants that serve vegan and plant based food

May 1, 2018

| Olympia WA |

have an unfortunate truism describing the current state of affairs regarding medical research and the influence of pharmaceutical companies: “There will never be another safe, effective and most importantly CHEAP treatment discovered by conventional medicine”. Vitamin C’s benefit with cancer treatment is a perfect example. 

Two time Nobel Prize winner Dr. Linus Pauling spent...

February 2, 2018

| Olympia WA |

It's cold and flu season and influenza is on the rise this year, so naturally as a naturopath I get a lot of questions about whether or not to get a flu vaccine. There is a lot of controversy about the effectiveness and risk of flu vaccination. Without getting deep into the quagmire I'll say this: The risk of getting hospitalized or worse due to influenza if you are a healthy person is...

January 2, 2018

| Olympia WA |

Psoriasis and Multiple Sclerosis sufferers are commonly offered drugs referred to as biologics these days to control their symptoms. These drugs can work very well but because of their potent suppressive mechanisms can lead to immune depression which puts a patient at risk for significant side effects including certain types of cancers, immune and blood disorders and serious even deadl...

December 2, 2017

| Olympia WA |

Many patients with breast cancer have asked me if eating soy increases their risk. Soy contains compounds called isoflavones that effect estrogen receptors. This has led to concern that soy may drive growth in certain types of breast cancer. Soy foods are a major protein source throughout the world which has been credited for reducing risk for cardiovascular, neurological, and metaboli...

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