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17801 W. Main St, Monroe, WA 98272

Monroe Naturopathic Medical Clinic, Inc.

Alice Harper, ND

Appointments: 360-794-4539

Fax: 360-794-5088

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IS IT COVID-19 OR SOMETHING ELSE

Posted on April 6, 2020 at 4:43 PM Comments comments (672)

IS IT COVID-19, A COLD, FLU, OR ALLERGIES?
 
These conditions can all have similar symptoms, making it difficult to tell the difference. The information below is given as reference. Please keep in mind that you may have a condition and not experience every symptom.
 
COVID-19 Symptoms:  Fever, shortness of breath, cough, fatigue, body aches, red eyes.
 
A cold:  Cough, postnasal drip, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, stuffy nose, watery eyes, and sometimes a fever.
 
Flu:  Fever, body aches, chills, fatigue, cough, headache, runny nose, sore throat, stuffy nose, sometimes diarrhea and vomiting.
 
Allergies:  Runny nose, sneezing, stuffy nose, watery eyes, itchy eyes, postnasal drip, sometimes sore throat and cough or wheeze.
 
If you start to feel sick, try not to panic. Many symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to colds and flu, including fever or cough. We are also in allergy season, with pollen count elevated, as well as staying indoors because of the Stay-Home Stay-Healthy order, and dust can be a problem for people allergic to it.
 
Call if you have a fever of 100.4 degrees F or higher as well as a cough or difficulty breathing. We have Telemedicine Visits available Monday through Friday. If you need help, call 360-794-4539.
 
As always, if you are having a medical emergency, please call 911.

COVID-19 information

Posted on March 20, 2020 at 12:20 PM Comments comments (472)
During the next few weeks, rest assured that we are available for you. Our clinic is open for Urgent Care and Telephone visits. We are following Washington State public health department guidelines on testing etc. Consider our clinic an option for your care, as hospitals and urgent care clinics are becoming overwhelmed. 

Please don't hesitate to call our office (360-794-4539) if you have any questions. If you are experiencing any of the following - Fever, dry cough, sore throat, body aches - please call and we will set you up for COVID-19 testing if indicated.

DO NOT use ibuprofen, naproxen, or curcumen, as they can make you more vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus.

Additionally, call our office or talk to your medical provider if you are on medication for high blood pressure, as certain medications have been shown to make people more vulnerable to the virus. DO NOT STOP taking your blood pressure medication unless you have talked to your doctor.

We are here to help you stay healthy and safe.

Telemedicine

Posted on March 19, 2020 at 1:52 PM Comments comments (305)
As of March 19, 2020, our office will be offering Telemedicine visits and Urgent Care ONLY. If you are symptomatic with a fever and/or cough, please call the office first before coming in. 360-794-4539.

COVID-19 Response

Posted on March 18, 2020 at 1:16 PM Comments comments (0)
COVID-19 Information:  Testing is available through this office. If you are experiencing symptoms of fever and cough, sore throat, or shortness of breath, please call. We are open M-F 9-5.

Telemedicine visits are available and are preferred during this time.

Call 360-794-4539.

Is Vaping safer than smoking cigarettes?

Posted on January 2, 2019 at 1:34 PM Comments comments (1)
E-cigarette use or vaping is becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to smoking cigarettes. Is it really helpful for quitting smoking or as a safer alternative to smoking? For teens, in particular, vaping can be harmful, possibly even more so than smoking. Here are some facts to consider:

•Nicotine use can disrupt the formation of brain circuits that control attention, learning, and susceptibility to addiction
•Long-term effects of exposure include mood disorders and permanent lowering of impulse control
•Some of the chemicals in e-liquids are known to cause cancer in humans
•Heavy metals have been found in e-cigarette aerosol and can cause respiratory distress and disease
•Some chemicals that flavor e-cigarettes have been linked to a permanent lung disease, “popcorn lung.”


•The liquid for e-cigarettes can contain high enough levels of nicotine to cause nicotine poisoning
•E-cigarette batteries have been known to explode and cause burns and other injuries
•Even if an e-cigarette is labeled “nicotine free,” it contains nicotine; there are no rules about how e-juice is made; there is no way to know exactly what is in an e-cigarette
•Every JUUL pod contains nicotine, and some can contain as much as an entire pack of cigarettes


•Besides nicotine, e-cigarettes can contain other harmful ingredients:
  *Flavorants such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to permanent lung injury, bronchiolitis obliterans.
  *volatile organic compounds, such as benzene, found in car exhaust
  *heavy metals, including nickel, tin, chromium, and lead
  *acrolein, a herbicide used to kill weeds that can cause lung injury, including COPD, asthma, and lung cancer
  *propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin, which are toxic to cells; the more ingredients in an e-liquid, the greater the toxicity


•The aerosol inhaled from these products is often a mixture of nicotine, formaldehyde, and acrolein.
•E-cigarette vapor is not harmless water vapor.
•JUUL pods are the same as e-cigarettes and carry the same risks.
•Vaping is highly addictive and can harm the developing adolescent brain.
•No e-cigarette has been found to be safe and effective to help people quit smoking.

So, in conclusion, vaping and e-cigarettes are not a safe alternative, and can actually cause more harm than smoking cigarettes. It is best to avoid both.

If you need help quitting, your healthcare provider can help with information and strategies for "kicking the habit."


References:
•E-cigarettes.SurgeonGeneral.gov
•CDC Office on Smoking and Health
•American Lung Association (Lung.org)

Homeopathy

Posted on September 22, 2016 at 11:51 AM Comments comments (466)

Today, I would like to introduce you to homeopathy and how it can be used in a clinical setting.

Homeopathy originated in Germany in the late 18 century, and treatment is based on an individual patient’s needs and seeks to achieve health on a mental, emotional, and physical level. Because the remedies are so dilute, there are rarely any side effects.
Homeopathic remedies are derived from substances that come from plants, minerals, or animals, and are “individualized” or tailored to each person—it is not uncommon for different people with the same condition to receive different treatments, simply because every person is unique and a condition can be caused by different factors in each individual.

If you Google homeopathy, you will find, along with positive references, disparaging articles calling it “pseudoscience” and “placebo effect.” When I was first introduced to the study of homeopathy, I too was skeptical.  I was taking the obligatory homeopathy class and Bastyr, I read the required texts and did the required assignments, thinking that homeopathy was just “hokey.” I mean, how could it possibly work? I wanted to be open minded, but I was quite skeptical on the one hand, while wanting to learn more on the other. The skepticism took a decidedly marked turn after my first homeopathy shift rotation at Bastyr Clinic.

The case that was the most dramatic for me was the case of a little boy who was 3 or 4 years old and had been having seizures since the age of 18 months. The poor little guy was having up to 100 small seizures a day. He had previously failed all anti-seizure medications, and had even failed surgery in which part of his brain had been removed in an attempt to remove the portion that was causing the seizures. In addition, he had a behavior problem of biting other children in preschool. I was assigned to his case. It was my responsibility as a student clinician to come up with a remedy for this child, and I found it a daunting task. I spent several hours over the course of 2 weeks poring over the homeopathy repertory, looking up his symptoms, matching symptoms to remedies, attempting to derive the one remedy out of hundreds that would best fit his presentation. I finally arrived at my choice, and presented it to my supervisor on my shift 2 weeks later. She looked quizzically and critically at the remedy I had chosen and remarked, “This isn’t a seizure remedy.” Doubt began to creep in, and I almost back-tracked to one of the alternate remedies I had looked at. Did I mess it up? Did I not choose the right one? However, I had worked hard on this, and I decided to give her my reasoning.

“It’s not a seizure problem,” I said, “but a brain problem, and this is a brain remedy.” She looked doubtful, but agreed to try it, because really there was nothing to lose. We met with the parents that day, and dispensed the remedy. A single dose. That was my last day on that shift before the summer quarter. I never saw the child again. I came back in the fall for the fall quarter homeopathy shift, and during the first meeting with the supervisor and the other students, I was singled out by the supervisor. She gave the case history of the little boy with the seizures. Apparently, after the dose of the remedy I had chosen, when the parents brought him back 4 weeks later, they reported that his seizures had stopped, and that he was no longer biting! It was a complete success story! I realized then that there must be something to this, because in a small child or baby how can it be placebo effect?

Since then, I have seen many other successes over the years, and after all these years, I am still amazed to see the results that can be achieved with a homeopathic remedy. This is very low-force medicine that works with the subtle energies of your body to help reset things so that the body can heal itself. 

Fragrances could be making you sick

Posted on February 2, 2016 at 12:18 PM Comments comments (0)
This is a good read. I wanted to share, because so many people are sensitive to fragrances, and this article sheds light on WHY. Using fragrance-free products is a much safer and healthier way to go.

We're Moving!

Posted on December 26, 2015 at 12:16 PM Comments comments (0)
Dr. Harper is pleased to announce our move to a larger, more accessable office! We will be closed this week during the move, Monday December 28, 2015 through Saturday, January 2, 2016, and will be opening at our new location on January 4, 2016.

The new location is 17801 W. Main St., Monroe, WA.

We look forward to seeing you there! If you have any questions, please call the office at 360-794-4539. We will be taking phone calls during the move.

What to Expect from a Naturopathic Doctor

Posted on December 4, 2015 at 1:38 PM Comments comments (0)

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