Keep your brain happy and healthy this Spring!

Many of us have heard about Saffron used as a spice to flavor Indian food. Did you know that it can also help you feel better, improve sexual function and cognition?

Saffron, also known as Crocus Sativus, has a long history in botanical medicine. Saffron has many research articles showing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. There are many conditions that can benefit by using Saffron including improving digestion, asthma, metabolism, vision, and depression. Saffron can modulate serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. This can greatly enhance mood. We often use the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale to help evaluate depression or the Beck Depression and Anxiety Inventory. One study showed 12 weeks of Saffron demonstrated significant improvement in anxiety and depression scoring. Saffron can also help offset sexual dysfunction that can be a side effect of anti-depressants. Another study revealed that cognitive function improved at 16 weeks on Saffron in those with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s. 

Ask your doctor’s at Lake Oswego Health Center if Saffron might be helpful for you.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20831681

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30036891

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22552758

COVID Antibody Testing

We are now offering COVID antibody testing. You can call to set-up a telemedicine visit to see if this is an option for you.

Let’s talk about health!

Call to set-up a telemedicine visit through our front desk: 503-505-9806. We are currently using Zoom for these visits. 

We can discuss medical ozone therapy and how we can get this treatment to you at home. How can ozone help right now?

Medical ozone rapidly reacts producing reactive oxygen species and lipid peroxidation products. Ozone has been studied for more than a century and has thousands of research articles published. Ozone has been shown in research to inactivate bacteria, viruses, fungi, and yeast. It can stimulate oxygen metabolism and help to activate our immune system. 

We can also drop ship products and offer curbside pick-up.

There are several labs that are still available so we can send test kits to you

There are several labs that are currently offering testing:

Improve your digestion by learning more about zonulin and other markers with the GutZoomer via stool testing. Learn about mycotoxins, heavy metal testing, environmental toxins, organic acids, hormone and metabolite testing and total toxic burden via urine testing is available.  We can offer hormone testing via saliva.

Here is more on ozone therapy:

Research on medical ozone:

Here is a link to a 2016 research article about ozone therapy at SARS.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3312702/?report=printable

Here is a press release about ozone showing promise in Italy:

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/texas-right-to-know-calls-on-us-to-consider-covid-19-ozone-therapy-after-it-shows-promise-in-italy-301034221.html

“Medical ozone helps improve oxygenation and proved effective for SARS in 2002.  Currently there are 17 hospitals using SIOOT oxygen ozone therapy to treat people affected by COVID-19.  From preliminary reports from autopsies of those who died from COVID-19, it appears that the virus immediately attacks the microcirculation system causing widespread thrombosis.  Several hospitals are using Major AutoHemo Therapy (MAHT), a protocol that extracts the patient’s blood, bubbles oxygen ozone through the blood in a saline or heparin bag, and is infused back into the patient.  Patients showed clinical improvement in 1-2 days of receiving one infusion, one time a day. The earlier you treat the person the better the results you have.”

On the April 1, 2020, the SIOOT reports, “After practicing Oxygen Ozone Therapy, the doctors found the following evidence: a general improvement in clinical conditions, normalization of body temperature, a reduction in C Reactive Protein (PRC), normalization of heart rate, an improvement in saturation and reduction in oxygen support, normalization of renal function (creatinine).”

Also, please consider advocating for ozone and IV Vitamin C to be used to help treat those with COVID-19 or similar symptoms.

Link: https://www.prweb.com/releases/the_american_association_of_naturopathic_physicians_urges_physicians_and_hospitals_to_utilize_iv_vitamin_c_to_combat_the_covid_19_pandemic/prweb17016592.htm

“Patients receiving IVC experienced shorter hospital stays and lower mortality, allowing greater access to intensive care resources (including ventilators) for other vulnerable patients.”

We can take this time to works towards health. 

In Health,

Lake Oswego Health Center

Accepting New Patients via telemedicine

We are able to establish care with new patients now via telemedicine. There are many insurance companies that have realized the importance of social distancing while still needing to support your healthcare needs. If your insurance plans covers us, it many only be a copay. There are many patients with Moda and Regence that have great coverage with us. We are also offering a special discount to patients who do not have coverage with us and pay our time of service discount. We are trying to be as available as possible to support you during this difficult time.

To schedule, please download Zoom which is free. Make sure we have your insurance information that is the most current. Call to schedule or for any questions.

Let’s use this forced “downtime” to get as healthy as possible. There is so much we can do in our day to day lives. We will be sending out newsletter articles to help you stay up to date with researched treatments for immune support and mood support as well.

Remember to disconnect daily and get some exercise.

In Health,

Lake Oswego Health Center

Dr. Bridghid McMonagle, Dr. Kaley Bourgeois, Dr. Madeleine Tuson-Turner

Telemedicine for you!

Winter Skin Special

Winter Skin Rejuvenation Special at Lake Oswego Health Center

Skin rejuvenation treatments can minimize fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin laxity and tone, and decrease scarring.

“Microneedling leads to reorganization of old collagen fibres and laying down of new collagen, elastin, and capillaries leading to the effect of skin tightening. A significant increase in level of collagen type I, III, and VII, newly synthesized collagen and tropoelastin from baseline was observed after 6 microneedling sessions at 2-week intervals by El-Domyati et al.[25] This percutaneous collagen induction leads to an overall youthful appearance of the skin by reducing fine lines and wrinkles, reducing pore size, more suppleness, and elasticity.”

These results may be enhanced by adding a variety of additional oral, IV, and topical treatments.

We find PRP injections add significant results.

Talk to you doctor at LOHC to find out how your skin may benefit the most.

Winter special at Lake Oswego Health Center:

Gold package: This includes Platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections, Microneedling with PRP, and 1 topical serum of your choice. 3 treatments with 1 treatment per month of PRP are $3960

Silver package: This includes microneedling with PRP and 1 serum of your choice. 3 treatments are $1,560.

Bronze package: This includes microneedling with 1 serum. 3 treatments are $840.

If you purchase a package, you can add 3 microneedling sessions with 1 serum for $1,080.

This is a 20% savings.

Packages are non-refundable and all appointments must be scheduled with purchase to receive the discount.

Serum options are 100% organic and include:

  1. Vitamin C: helps to even skin tone and texture, nourishes skin, and brightens dark spots.
  2. Hyaluronic acid: hydrates skin, stimulates collagen production, smooths fine lines and wrinkles.
  3. Gold Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF): tones and firms skin texture, promotes cell regeneration, and helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
  4. Collagen: helps to shrink pores, stimulate collagen regeneration, improves fine lines and wrinkles, and improves skin elasticity.
  5. Azalea: antibacterial, reduces skin breakouts and balances sebum production.

During these treatments we use a topical numbing cream to make this a very comfortable procedure. There is little to no downtime needed.

We have other packages available for our hair regeneration, our far infrared sauna and the Bemer.

You can also purchase these packages as a gift certificate for someone to enjoy.

Happy Holidays,

Lake Oswego Health Center

Cosmetic PRP Part 2

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy involves injection of the patient’s own platelets for the cosmetic treatment of wrinkles or scars in the face, hands, and neck. Known to some as the “vampire facelift” (a term trademarked by Alabama cosmetic surgeon Charles Runels), it is less invasive than plastic surgery, takes about 60-120 minutes for each treatment, and offers improvements for up to 18 months.

To learn more about the role of PRP therapy in cosmetics, we interviewed Dr. Bridghid McMonagle.

Dr. Bridghid McMonagle graduated from Bastyr University and completed a residency at the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) where she performed rotations at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) involving dermatology, gastroenterology, women’s health, and emergency care. She is certified in Ozone therapies, Wilson Temperature Protocol, LENS neurofeedback system, IV therapy, and has taken several seminars regarding bioidentical hormones, heavy metal chelation, neurofeedback, and injection techniques.

Dr. McMonagle was the first certified ozone practitioner in Oregon. She has trained extensively in ozone and PRP therapies. Dr. McMonagle has trained with Dr. Frank Shallenberger, Dr. Robert Rowen, Dr. Howard Robbins, Dr. Adrianna Schwartz, Dr. Lohadny and many more. The clinic offers the most extensive options in ozone therapies that we know of in Oregon.

LOHC: What is the rationale behind the use of PRP therapy to improve facial appearance?

Dr. McMonagle: A steady trend over the past 15 years has been for patients to seek less-invasive procedures for facial rejuvenation. PRP has been used by surgeons for many years to speed up soft-tissue healing from sports injuries as well as to treat burn victims and patients with severe ulcers. It is also used as an adjunct to implant therapy in dentistry. We have found PRP therapy to be very effective not only for joint regeneration and chronic pain but also for its anti-aging benefits.

PRP is now being used cosmetically to treat volume loss in the face, hands, and neck — particularly the thin, loose skin under the eyes and neck — as well acne scarring and stretch marks.

LOHC: By what mechanisms do injections of PRP restore facial appearance?

Dr. McMonagle: Platelets contain substances called “growth factors” that can help activate and rejuvenate cells in our body. Unlike fillers that use various synthetic substances, PRP uses the patient’s natural biology to address skin defects and volume loss, triggering production of new cells and collagen formation.

LOHC: How long does the procedure take, and how is it performed?

Dr. McMonagle: This cutting-edge rejuvenation can be 60-120 minutes depending on your treatment requests. Using our specialized PRP filler take more time.

LOHC: What type of results can generally be expected?

Dr. McMonagle: If we are using the PRP filler, results are immediate. The PRP microneedling technique will start to show effects over the next several weeks to months. Some patients report still noticing a difference after 1 treatment 3 years prior.

LOHC: What are the risks or complications?

Dr. McMonagle: Because this PRP filler and PRP is made from the patient’s own blood, there  are limited risks. Patients can expect some bruising.

LOHC: For what types of patients is this procedure most and least suitable?

Dr. McMonagle: Any patient who wishes to improve volume loss, fine lines, and textural changes of the skin is suitable for this procedure. It also appeals to the patient who is looking for a natural approach to volumizing the face and treating or reducing fine lines. Everyone’s platelets are different. Patients tend to see better results if they are already working with us to improve their health first.

LOHC: How long are the improvements maintained? If necessary, can the procedure be repeated, and if so, with what anticipated outcome?

Dr. McMonagle: PRP can be repeated, and better results are seen with a total of 2-3 treatments given 3-4 months apart. Patients can expect to see better results as they receive more treatments. With time, the results of PRP get better and better.

LOHC: How does PRP therapy compare with injections of filler, Botox(Botox® Cosmetic; Allergan, Inc; Irvine, California), or surgical facelifts?

Dr. McMonagle: PRP improves collagen over time, whereas traditional filler breaks down over time.

LOHC: What is your overall opinion of the role that PRP therapy should play in facial restoration?

Dr. McMonagle: PRP therapy is very promising in facial restoration. Results are optimal when patients receive a combination of PRP, PRP dermal fillers, and systemic ozone therapies.

Ozone Therapy for Athletes: Does It Work?

Ozone Therapy for Athletes: Does It Work?

Does Ozone Therapy for Athletes actually work? This is a topic of controversy, even though there are 1,000’s of research articles that discuss it’s safety and benefits.  Throughout the world there are doctors and professional athletes who swear by it. But before we dive in too deep, let’s explain something really important:

Ozone vs. Oxygen

Don’t confuse ozone with oxygen. Hyperbaric oxygen chambers have been history known to treat decompression sickness and air embolisms. Then there’s the recreational oxygen trend – Oxygen bars and such. Advocates say oxygen can provide a boost before exercise, a quicker recovery afterward, relaxation after a stressful day, or mental clarity.

Athletes often like it, and in fact, public records related to Tiger Woods’ home in Jupiter, Florida, refer to an oxygen therapy room being built into his home gym. It’s easy to understand why athletes gravitate toward a health trend like simple oxygen. Hyperbaric oxygen chambers have significant research backing up their health benefits. The book, Oxygen Revolution, is a great resource.

Ozone, is made up of three molecules of oxygen (O3), which is much less stable than O2. The 2 therapies can have very similar effects on the body. However, ozone therapy tends to shine with quick results that are affordable. Ozone can be used to help clear up acne, improve exercise tolerance and stamina, and modulate the immune system. There are thousands of research articles regarding the health benefits of ozone therapy.

Ozone Therapy for Athletes, Performance & Recovery

Athletes, in particular, can benefit from ozone therapy for both performance and recovery. According to Nathaniel Altman’s The Oxygen Prescription: The Miracle of Oxidative Therapies, ozone therapy can increase an athlete’s performance by boosting the oxygenation of tissues while escalating the body’s production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which will lead to speedy recovery from sports injuries and will yield more energy to be expended. In addition, sore muscles can be prevented by ozone therapy after exercise. Ozone slows down the cells’ anaerobic fermentation and helps scale down the buildup of lactic acid.

Ozone Therapy works by increasing blood flow to the muscles. In addition, blood flow to the heart is also increased, which reduces strain during the same workload. In one study, male runners who engaged in an average of 12- to 30-minute sessions twice a week immediately after an intense run, resulted in a 32 percent increase in the distance they could run before reaching the point of exhaustion.

Benefits Ozone Therapy Can Have On An Athlete:

  • Increases tissue oxygenation.
  • Increases production of ATP, resulting in more energy and faster recovery.
  • Delays the onset of anaerobic fermentation of sugar in the cell, reducing lactic acid build-up.
  • Oxidizes lactic acid, helping prevent sore muscles.
  • Reduces swelling, bruising and pain from injuries, and speeds healing.
  • Prevents and treat colds and flu and enhances immunity.
  • Can eliminate the need for antibiotics, protecting intestinal flora.
  • Increases hormone production to optimum levels, eliminating need for artificial steroids.

Ozone Therapy Speeds Up Healing

Many sports injuries involve strains and sprains that cause swelling and an accumulation of excess fluid in connective tissue.

Ozone Therapy for athletes soothes muscles and calms nerves, and it causes oxygenation of tissues at a cellular level. Therefore, nutrients are delivered to the site of injury and inflammatory fluid is removed more rapidly.

Ozone therapy cleans arteries and veins, improves brain function and memory, purifies blood and lymph, and scavenges free radicals. Overall, ozone therapy is a very healthy oxygen treatment for everyone from the exercise enthusiast to the professional athlete.

What’s The Catch?

No catch. Ozone therapy has been used since the late 1800’s all over the world. It is currently extensively used in Cuba in hospitals, in parts of Spain, and the list goes on.

Ozone is a very reactive gas that is toxic to the respiratory system. However, under controlled conditions, it can be therapeutically useful in several human diseases. An unfavorable combination of factors (ozone is one of the worst troposphere pollutants) and past misuse have led to misgivings about Ozone therapy. However, basic and clinical work developed over the past 10 years has clarified the fundamental mechanisms of action of ozone in biology and medicine. Interestingly, judicious doses of ozone dissolved in blood trigger a cascade of well-defined chemical compounds acting on multiple cellular targets according to well-known molecular, biochemical and pharmacological pathways. Ozone therapy is proving to be very useful in age-related macular degeneration, ischemic and infectious diseases, and in wound healing disorders, where conventional medicine has failed. Critical evaluation of the potential therapeutic utility of this simple, inexpensive medical application by national and international health authorities is warranted and may lead to clinical benefit for a large proportion of the world’s population.

Sources

Department of Physiology, University of Siena, via Moro 2, 53100, Siena, Italy. bocci@unisi.it. “The Case for Oxygen-Ozonetherapy. PubMed.gov. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17444419

Ozone Therapy and Its Effects On Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Ozone is a safe, inexpensive, and effective clinical tool with a wide range of therapeutic applications. Pain management is an area where ozone excels, and many studies have been done to demonstrate its analgesic properties. Numerous clinical trials and research studies have been conducted to investigate the effects of ozone therapy. Ozone has been shown to be beneficial for a wide range of conditions, including pain, cardiovascular disease, mitochondrial dysfunction, infection, and non-healing skin lesions. Clinical practice has also shown benefit in neurological disorders, autoimmunity, fatigue, and others. The discussion of ozone in this article will be limited to the area of pain. For a comprehensive overview of ozone therapy, Principles and Applications of Ozone Therapy – A Practical Guide for Physicians, by Frank Shallenberger MD, is an excellent resource.

METHODS OF ADMINISTRATION

Ozone can be administered in numerous ways. For the purpose of treating acute and chronic pain, ozone is traditionally administered as an injection (often referred to as a “prolozone”). Patients suffering from chronic pain of a systemic origin (e.g., fibromyalgia, chronic Lyme/coinfections, CFIDS, environmental illness, etc.) may require similar injection therapies and/or intravenous (IV) administration of ozone.

OZONE ADMINISTRATION

  • IV administration
  • Injection
  • Limb bagging
  • Cupping
  • Rectal insufflations
  • Bladder insufflations
  • Vaginal insufflations

Intravenous administration of ozone is traditionally administered as major autohemotherapy (MAH). MAH involves removing 60 to 250 mL of venous blood into an IV bag, mixing it with ozone gas, and a small amount of heparin (to prevent clotting). It is then re-infused into the patient. Unlike local injections, MAH provides a system-wide exposure to the effects of ozone, hence its applicability to systemic diseases, as mentioned above. Ozone can also be administered to the whole body through IV ozonated-saturated saline, rectal insufflations of ozone gas, or cutaneous absorption via cupping or limb bagging.

CLINICAL APPLICATIONS FROM THE LITERATURE

Ozone therapy has excellent versatility in treating musculoskeletal sources of acute and chronic pain. Many studies have been conducted on the use of ozone injections for back pain, especially that related to herniated discs. These studies have shown positive clinical outcomes with one trial demonstrating better efficiency than steroid. Analgesic effects of ozone have also been demonstrated in the treatment of sciatica, headache, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, sensitive-tooth pain, and radiotherapy-induced proctitis.

In clinical practice, ozone injections have a high frequency of success in treating joint pain. Knees, hips and shoulder joints are very responsive to treatment. Our patient’s with frozen shoulder often experience complete resolution in 1-3 treatments.

Dental pain also tends to respond well to treatment, whether it is post-root canal, trauma-induced, or idiopathic (unknown cause). Our physicians have observed trigger points and symptom-inducing scar tissue to regularly resolve more easily when ozone is added into the treatment protocol. Nasal inhalation of ozone gas that has been bubbled through olive oil frequently works very well for pain from acute or chronic sinusitis. Patients suffering from chronic infections such as Lyme often have faster symptom relief when using ozone injections in painful muscles or joints. Successful results from treatments may be due to a combination of the anti-inflammatory effects of ozone and its antimicrobial properties.

Another area where ozone shines is the use in cosmetics. We notice a decrease in the appearance of cellulite and acne scars. This is a newer area in ozone therapy. The doctors at Lake Oswego Health Center frequently lecture on ozone and platelet rich plasma (PRP) in cosmetics and overall regenerative medicine.

SAFETY

Ozone is known to be toxic to lung tissue when it is directly inhaled. Long-term exposure to inhaled ozone can contribute to the formation of asthma, COPD, allergies, and cardiovascular disease. For this reason, we do not offer direct ozone inhalation.

CONCLUSION

Ozone therapy is a highly versatile clinical tool. Ozone has a long clinical history and a wealth of positive effects reported in practice.

Ozone therapy in all its forms to be an invaluable addition to Lake Oswego Health Center’s practice. Even equipped with core naturopathic modalities, injection therapies (neural therapy, prolotherapy, neural prolotherapy, platelet-rich plasma, IV therapies, and other integrative therapies. We have found ozone to be of inimitable value for many of our patients suffering from pain and chronic illness.

SOURCES

  1. Rubin MB. The History of Ozone. The Schönbein Period, 1839–1868. Bull Hist Chem. 2001;26(1):40-56. http://www.scs.illinois.edu/~mainzv/HIST/bulletin_open_access/v26-1/v26-1%20p40-56.pdf. Accessed April 15, 2014.
  2. Elvis AM, Ekta JS. Ozone therapy: A clinical review.J Nat Sci Biol Med. 2011;2(1):66-70.
  3. Stoker G. Ozone in Chronic Middle-Ear Deafness. The Lancet. 1902;160(4131):1187-1188.
  4. Shallenberger F. Principles and Applications of Ozone Therapy: A Practical Guide for Physicians. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2011.
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Microbiome: how does it affect our heart and mood? Chronic Lyme?

Hello everyone!  I just wrapped up a fantastic week at the latest SOPMED conference in Colorado Springs. It was wonderful as usual. I have been every year since it has started. Every year I learn great pearls. I’d highly recommend your doctor attends next year.

Dr. Zach Bush, owner of Restore, gave an amazing talk on our microbiome. He is a wealth of information. Do you know that spirochetes (blamed for symptoms of chronic lyme) travel by themselves through our body? When we find them in tissue there is not an infectious process happening. They are not forming colonies or creating havoc in nearby tissue. So why are they there? Spirochetes sequester sulphur and we use carbon. Why do we have excess sulphur? Why are we putting patients on months to years of antibiotics? What if the spirochetes are trying to help us. You might want to look into the use of glyphosate and what trends that has created around the world. Was that connected to HIV? This appeared to emerge after glyphosate was dumped (tested) in South Africa.  WHAT!?!? You can talk to me more at your next visit. I will also be posting some videos soon on our youtube channel and Facebook page.

We need to put our dollars to work. Only buy organically grown vegetables. If you eat meat, ensure that it is raised ethically and without drugs. GMO’s foods need be labelled.

Do you wonder why so many children have food allergies now? Do you wonder why fertility has dropped drastically? Have you looked at the maps of cancer rates and areas why glyphosate is highest in our environment? We can trace a lot of this back to round-up ready foods and the heavy exposure of glyphosate in our daily life.

In Health,

Dr. Bridghid McMonagle

Sunscreen: Protect your skin without disrupting your hormones

The good news: Sunny weather has arrived!

The bad news: Most sunscreen products contain hormone-disrupting chemical “filters.”

When you are out enjoying the sunshine this summer, it’s important to protect your skin cells from the full strength of the UV radiation. The safest option is to apply sunscreen made with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide which act as a shield from the UV.

Unfortunately, most mainstream products contain chemical “filter” sunscreens, including some of the following:

Oxybenzone /Avobenzone / Octinoxate / Octisalate

These chemical sunscreens are effective for broad UV protection, but their small carbon-based particles are absorbed through your skin, can clog your pores and studies suggest they may act on hormone pathways once in your body. Reports by the Center for Disease Control show that the vast majority of people tested are excreting Oxybenzone in their urine. This means the chemical is circulating through their body. 

Just like plastics and other known toxins, Oxybenzone and its cousins demonstrate estrogenic activity. This means they can mimic the estrogen and likely disrupt the hormone balance in women, men and children.

Most of us have heard that plastics and parabens (a common ingredient in skin products) can do harm by mimicking estrogen. Chemical sunscreens, on the other hand, carry similar risks but are widely accepted as safe. Based on results of prior studies, more data needs to be collected and evaluated before we can say that chemical sunscreens pose no harm.

Infants and children are especially vulnerable to hormone-disrupting chemicals. Traditional zinc or titanium based sunscreen is safer and reliable for your little ones, and not hard to find. 

We carry sunscreen options in the clinic for all ages.Don’t hesitate to ask your doctor for recommendations. In the meantime, check your products at home and take a moment to familiarize yourself with the common brands containing chemical sunscreens.

Popular chemical sunscreen brands:

-Banana Boat 

-Coppertone

-Neutrogena 

We have a few of our favorite at the clinic for you to try as testers.