What’s New In November? Respiratory Health, Acorn Squash Recipe, Gluathione, Eucalyptus Oil, and Mustard Packs…

What’s New In November? Respiratory Health, Acorn Squash Recipe, Gluathione, Eucalyptus Oil, and Mustard Packs…

November 2017 Edition

What’s New

If the lungs were open flat, they would cover an entire tennis court!

Respiratory Health & the Power of the Lungs

Breath in. Breath out. We do it automatically, about 22,000 times per day. Until we can’t. For millions of adults and children, taking a deep breath is a struggle; for those who can breathe easily, the power of the breath is often taken for granted. Yet our lungs have a vulnerability not shared by other organs: Along with oxygen, breathing brings in airborne irritants, organisms, and toxins. As these substances increase in the environment, more people are dealing with poor lung and respiratory health.

An unhealthy respiratory system deprives our entire body of oxygen, a nutrient essential to the functioning of all our organs and tissues. A poorly functioning respiratory system compromises the strength of the immune system and puts us at risk for serious illnesses, such as asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, and coronary obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

A Closer Look at the Lungs

The respiratory system includes airways, the lungs and linked blood vessels, and muscles that enable breathing, such as the diaphragm. The lungs sit inside the rib cage and are the central organ in the respiratory system. They are made of spongy, elastic tissue that stretches and constricts as we breathe. The trachea and bronchi bring air into the lungs; they are made of smooth muscle and cartilage, which allows the airways to constrict and expand. The alveoli, tiny sacs deep within the lungs, facilitate the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide from the blood. If not cared for, our lungs are prone to infection and illness.

Protect Your Lungs

Exercise. The better your cardiorespiratory fitness, the easier it is for your lungs to keep your heart and muscles supplied with oxygen. It doesn’t matter if you dance under the moon, swim at sunrise, or walk through the woods…just get moving to a level that increases your breathing and heart rate.

Puff Off. Smoking is one of the most detrimental things you can do to your lungs. There’s no such thing as moderation. Smoking, second-hand smoke in the air, and smoke absorbed by clothes, furniture and car upholstery can damage lung tissue and increase your risk for lung cancer, emphysema, chronic bronchitis and other respiratory illnesses.

Breathe Clean(er). From second-hand smoke to industrial pollution, the levels of toxins in the air are astonishing. This is especially true if you live in, work, or travel to places without environmental protections for air quality. For information on local air quality and an explanation of the Air Quality Index (AQI), visit AIRNow (http://www.airnow.gov/). Reduce toxins and improve your air quality by: using air purifiers or whole house air filtration systems; following a schedule for replacing air filters in your heating/cooling system; and keeping plenty of plants in your living areas to remove certain chemicals from indoor air.

Breathe Right. Most of us don’t breathe well. Too often, respiration is shallow instead of deep, limiting the amount of oxygen taken into the body. Proper breathing begins with good posture – stand tall through the spine and chest. Additionally, practice abdominal breathing, in which you fill the belly – not just the chest – as you inhale.

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Food for Thought. . .

“Take care of your body with steadfast fidelity. The soul must see through these eyes alone, and if they are dim, the whole world is clouded.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Experience the Health Benefits of Acorn (Winter) Squash

Known for its iconic autumn shape and vibrant green speckled-with-yellow color, acorn squash provides an array of nutrients that support optimal health. These include calcium, potassium and magnesium, each one vital to many physiological processes including the formation and regeneration of bone matter and prevention of osteoporosis. They also play a role in energy metabolism, water balance in the body, and muscle contraction. Other minerals found in smaller amounts in acorn squash include manganese, copper, iron, and zinc.

It’s easy to include acorn squash in your meal plans. Available in the winter months (hence the name, Winter Squash), it can be baked, sautéed, steamed, stuffed, pureed for soups, or incorporated into a variety of meat and vegetable dishes. Acorn squash is a good source of Vitamin C, which supports immunity and works as an antioxidant, helping to protect cells from oxidative stress that can lead to inflammation and health problems such as cancer or heart disease. To maximize the amount of vitamin C you receive from acorn squash, use the vegetable within four days after purchase and cut it right before cooking. Steam or bake the squash instead of boiling it to keep vitamin C from being degraded in hot water.

Acorn squash is also high in both fiber and complex carbohydrates. While there aren’t any simple sugars in acorn squash, if you follow a low-carb diet you’ll want to enjoy smaller portions of this vegetable.

References

Acorn Squash Soup

Savory, creamy winter squash soups are great comfort on cold winter nights. This roasted acorn squash soup is easy to make: a little sautéing, roasting, and blending and you’ll have a hearty soup that is nutritious and filling, as well as low in calories. It’s perfect for a family meal and lunch the next day.

Ingredients

  • 1 large acorn squash
  • 2 T. olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 t. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 t. kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 c. unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 c. vegetable broth
  • Optional: Sour cream or plain Greek yogurt for servin

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
  2. Chop the tip and tail off the acorn squash, then cut it in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds and discard them (or you can roast them like pumpkin seeds–they’re delicious!).
  3. Drizzle the squash flesh with 1 T. of olive oil; sprinkle with salt and cinnamon. Place squash halves on a baking sheet, cut-side down. Roast for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the flesh is very soft.
  4. Use a spoon to remove the squash flesh from the skin; discard the skin.
  5. Heat the remaining olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and sauté until browned, about 15 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté an additional 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  6. Add the squash, sautéed onion and garlic, almond milk, and vegetable broth to a blender and blend until completely smooth.
  7. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve with sour cream or plain Greek yogurt, if desired.

Tip:

If you have an immersion blender, you can cook the onion and garlic in a Dutch oven, then add the remaining ingredients and blend directly in the pot.

References

The Master Antioxidant: Glutathione

Produced naturally in the body, glutathione is made of three amino acids − cysteine, glycine, and glutamine. It functions as an antioxidant, helping to rid our bodies of free radicals – molecules that can damage our body and contribute to chronic illness.

In addition to clearing free radicals, it plays important roles in boosting the work of other antioxidants, nutrient metabolism, the immune response, and the detoxification process that neutralizes drugs, chemicals, metabolic wastes, and other toxins and carcinogens. Because it can regenerate itself, and because it is used by every cell and tissue in the body, glutathione is considered “the Master Antioxidant.”

A deficiency of glutathione contributes to oxidative stress which plays a key role in aging and the development of diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular and respiratory conditions, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease to name just a few. While not considered part of “mainstream” medicine, there are a number of lab tests that can be used to check glutathione levels. These are known as Oxidative Stress Analysis tests. Your best resource for investigating these types of tests is your holistic healthcare practitioner.

For general health, the best approach is to enhance the body’s levels of nutrients needed for boosting glutathione levels through a whole foods diet. This includes broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, garlic, and onions as well as walnuts and avocado. Eating foods rich in B vitamins and selenium also supports the body’s natural glutathione levels. This includes beets, garbanzo beans, spinach, and lentils for the B vitamins; and for selenium include foods such as wild-caught yellow-fin tuna, halibut, grass fed/ organic boneless turkey and beef.

In order to gain the best benefit from an oral glutathione supplement there are two important things to consider: the form and cofactors (helpers). The best forms are L-glutathione, acetyl glutathione or liposomal glutathione. In addition, glutathione works better when it is paired with other substances that help the body absorb and use it, i.e. cofactors. These include N acetyl-L-cysteine, B vitamins, selenium, magnesium, alpha lipoic acid and vitamin C. For serious respiratory illnesses, glutathione might provide its best medicinal effects when it is inhaled. Deciding on the appropriate dose and whether to use oral or inhaled glutathione to gain the most benefit can be challenging so consider working with a healthcare practitioner to determine what is best for you.

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Ease Respiratory Symptoms with Eucalyptus Oil (Eucalyptus globulus)

Eucalyptus has held a place in herbal medicine for centuries. Native to Australia, there are more than 680 species of eucalyptus, ranging from scrappy shrubs to towering trees. The bark and leaves provide a rich source of the pungent, heady fragrance that has become popular in modern aromatherapy. Specifically, Eucalyptus essential oil (EO) has attracted research attention for easing symptoms of respiratory illness.

The medicinal properties of Eucalyptus EO include anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, antibacterial, antiseptic and expectorant. The primary active component, cineole, loosens phlegm so the body can expel it more easily, easing symptoms such as cough, runny nose, sore throat, and congestion. Eucalyptus EO is found in many over-the-counter remedies including throat lozenges, inhalants, decongestant syrups, and chest rubs. However, it’s unsafe to ingest eucalyptus oil or to apply undiluted oil directly on the skin.

As an aromatherapy remedy for respiratory symptoms, you can buy eucalyptus prepared as a tea, chest rub, or vaporizer. You can also purchase organic Eucalyptus EO for use in bath water, to add to a vaporizer, or a room diffuser. The oil distributes in the steam, which helps open the nasal and respiratory pathways as you inhale. In a bath, add 1 tbsp of milk (almond, cashew or rice) with the oil to enhance dispersal of the oil.

Before preparing a home remedy, consult with a holistic physician about the proper dilution of the oil as it can interact with other medication, create an allergic reaction for some people, and requires different preparation for children than for adults.

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Ease Chest Congestion With Mustard Pack

When you’re battling a cold or other respiratory condition, your lungs often get congested with mucous that’s difficult to cough up. Forceful coughing can irritate the sensitive lining of your respiratory passages; your chest and stomach hurt with the effort, it’s hard to breathe, impossible to relax, and all at a time when your body is working hard to recover good health. Still, you have to expel that trapped mucous in order to prevent infection from developing in the lungs, causing more serious illness such as bronchitis or bacterial pneumonia. A mustard chest pack may be just the trick. Mustard stimulates blood circulation by dilating the capillaries. Applying a mustard pack over the lungs helps open the airways and makes it easier to cough and release phlegm. Next time you’re down with a cold, give it a try.

How to Prepare a Mustard Pack

Ingredients

  • 1 T. Mustard Seed Powder
  • 4 T. flour
  • A drizzle of Olive or coconut oil
  • Cotton Cloth (muslin cloth)
  • Warm, wet wash cloth

Directions

  1. The mustard seed powder must be finely ground. If yours is lumpy, place in a mortar and pestle and grind until fine.
  2. Add flour to the mustard powder and drizzle in a little water to make a paste. The paste should not be thick or watery.*
  3. Sterilize the cloth by boiling it in water. Squeeze out excess water and place on a clean cutting board.
  4. Spread a thin layer of the mustard paste on the cloth.
  5. Apply a thick coat of the oil and then place the mustard pack on the chest. Cover with a warm wet cloth.
  6. Leave in place for 15 minutes, then remove the pack and wash the area with warm water.

*See images of preparation at: www.wildturmeric.net

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Guiding Principles

The information offered by this newsletter is presented for educational purposes. Nothing contained within should be construed as nor is intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment. This information should not be used in place of the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider. Always consult with your physician or other qualified health care provider before embarking on a new treatment, diet or fitness program. You should never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it because of any information contained within this newsletter.


Osha…Ligusticum porteri…magical root

Osha…Ligusticum porteri…magical root

Fight Cough and Cold With Osha Root Extract

As I make a trip west I always look for this plant on hikes or even on side market herbs stands in Colorado, New Mexico or northern Arizona.  This root has a spicy celery smell and flavor that is very distinctive.  I once shipped a few bottles of tincture, one of which was Osha.  The bottle broke en route and soaked one of my wool sweaters…to this day it still has a faint aroma of osha root…almost 4yrs later.  It is potent, magical and can stop a cold in it’s tracks.

Few herbs go by as many names as Osha Root (Ligusticum porteri). This traditional Native American medicinal plant is also known as Bear Root, Chuchupate, Indian Parsley, Wild Celery Root, and Colorado Cough Root. A member of the parsley family, it has been used to treat respiratory and digestive conditions for centuries.

Osha contains antiviral and antibacterial compounds that can relieve inflammation in the bronchial tubes. It helps alleviate symptoms such as sore throat, sinus congestion, and cough, and has been used to treat bronchitis, flu, and pneumonia. Take it as soon as your symptoms appear and when you are coughing and sneezing the most. That’s when it seems to be the most effective. Prepare a tea from crushed and dried Osha Root or mix root extract with honey to make a cough syrup.

Osha grows in a limited region in the U.S. so it can be hard to find in typical grocery stores. Ask for it in specialty or natural foods grocers or look for it online from a source that specializes in the herb. If you’re unsure about the source, don’t buy it (or pick it in the wild), as Osha leaves resemble Hemlock, a poisonous plant.

Many factors determine the appropriate amount of Osha to take, including a person’s age, weight, and symptoms. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not take Osha root. Talk with your holistic healthcare professional before taking Osha Root.

Resources

GlobalHealingCenter.com “The Lung Cleansing Benefits of Osha Root.” http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/lung-cleansing-benefits-of-osha-root/

Colorado State University Plant Database. Accessed 3 January 2017: http://jeffco.us/coopext/plantdetail.do?sna=Ligusticum%20porteri&image=0

Pollinator.org.  “Medicinal Fact Sheet: Ligusticum porteri/ Osha”. Accessed 3 Jan 2017: https://pollinator.org/Resources/Osha%20-%20Ligusticum.draft.pdf

Gagnon, D. “Osha Root Sustainability.” 2015. Accessed 3 Jan 2017:  http://www.herbsetc.com/content/PDF/Osha_root_sustainsabilty_.pdf

BeneficialBotanicals.com “Osha Root” Accessed 3 Jan 2017:  https://www.beneficialbotanicals.com/tincture-information/osha-root.html

Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice

Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice

Naturally sweet cinnamon revives our senses with its wonderful aroma and can enhance health with its medicinal properties. Cinnamon was first used in China (2700 B.C.) to treat fever, digestive, and menstrual problems. Indian healers used cinnamon to treat gastrointestinal complaints, as well as sore throat and cough. Today, modern herbalists continue to use the herb for digestive issues, chest congestion and colds/flu, but they’ve also discovered it helps ease arthritis pain, as well as manage blood sugar levels.

Because cinnamon reduces the rate at which glucose enters the bloodstream, it can help prevent blood sugar spikes. This is hopeful news for some people with Type 2 diabetes. But more studies need to be done around this issue. It appears that cinnamon may work better in people whose diabetes is poorly managed as compared to those who have good management of their condition. As a medicinal supplement, different people respond to different amounts — it’s not just a matter of sprinkling a teaspoon on your oatmeal. Cinnamon may also change the way some medications work, so it’s important to speak with your physician before adding cinnamon to your supplement regimen.

Cinnamon is available ground, in capsule form, and as a tea. There are many species of cinnamon. Be aware that typical grocery store cinnamon (‘the cassia cinnamons’) contains coumarin, which, in high amounts, can be harmful to the liver. Ceylon Cinnamon has lower levels of coumarin, which makes it a better choice for most people.

Resources

Cleveland Clinic:  Cinnamon.  Accessed 2 Dec 2016:  http://www.clevelandclinicwellness.com/Features/Pages/cinnamon-pro-con.aspx

Examine.com:  Cinnamon Essential Benefits, Effects & Information. Accessed 2 Dec 2016: https://examine.com/supplements/cinnamon/

World’s Healthiest Foods:  Cinnamon (ground) http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?dbid=68&tname=foodspice

Johannes, L. Little bit of Spice for Health, but Which One? The Wall Street Journal (online, 2014, Oct.) Accessed 4 Dec 2016:  http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702303376904579135502891970942

Hlebowicz, J. et al., ‘Effect of cinnamon on postprandial blood glucose, gastric emptying, and satiety in healthy subjects.’ Am J Clin Nutr. (2007 Jun) 85:6,1552-6. Accessed 4 Dec 2016:  http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/85/6/1552.long (full text)

Qin B, Nagasaki M, Ren M, et al., ‘Cinnamon extract prevents the insulin resistance induced by a high-fructose diet.’ Horm Metab Res.(2004 Feb), 36:2:119-25.. PMID:15002064. Accessed 4 Dec 2016:  http://beauty-review.nl/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Cinnamon-extract-prevents-the-insulin-resistance-induced-by-a-high-fructose-diet.pdf (full text)

Khan A., Safdar M., Ali Khan M., et al., ‘Cinnamon improves glucose and lipids of people with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care. (2003 Dec) 26(12) 3215-8. Accessed 4 Dec 2016:  http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/26/12/3215

You’re Sweet Enough Without the Added Sugar

You’re Sweet Enough Without the Added Sugar

Do you enjoy a no-sugar-added soda with dinner every night? What about a low-sugar, high protein ‘nutrition bar’ after a workout? At the office, are you mindlessly grazing through the low-sugar or no-sugar added cookies?  Do you read food labels to see where on the ingredient list sugars are hidden? If you’re regularly drawn to sweets- or foods laden with artificial sweeteners-try going without them for a few days and see what happens. Are you having headaches, irritability, cravings, and symptoms that could only be described as withdrawal? Do you find yourself so uncomfortable that you’re drawn right back to those same foods? It could be you’re trapped in what is called a cycle of sugar addiction.

Sugar is a carbohydrate, one of the major nutrient groups, but it doesn’t provide vitamins, minerals, or even fiber to our diet. Still, it’s added to an  array of foods, including ketchup, fruited yogurt, cereal, canned soup, certain brands of lunch meat, salad dressing, condiments, bread, and so much more. While we require some sugar (glucose) in order to function property, all of this added sugar is harmful to our system.

Sugar’s Addictive Qualities
When we ingest sugar, our body generates a response similar to that seen in addictions, which is why we develop cravings for more. It’s often called the cocaine of dietary additives.

Here’s how it works: Sugar — whether natural, processed or artificial — enters the bloodstream quickly, causing your blood sugar level to spike. The body recognizes this imbalance and acts to bring blood sugar back to normal. Insulin, a hormone, pushes glucose into the cells to be used for energy. But if you eat a lot of sugar, the body can’t keep up. Insulin has to work harder and the body overcompensates, causing blood sugar to drop too low – and your brain reacts. You feel depleted, irritable, and crave more sugar.

Sugar by Any Other Name
Sugar names you might recognize are sucrose (table sugar), fructose (found in fruits, some root veggies, and honey), and lactose (milk sugar). Naturally occurring sugar in fruit and vegetables has a place in a balanced diet. But added sugar, artificial sweetener, and processed ‘natural’ sugar like high fructose corn syrup are detrimental to your health.

Eliminate Unhealthy Sugar From Your Diet
Learn where Sugar Hides. On ingredient lists, look for words ending in ‘-ose,’ which equate to sugar. If they’re among the first five items, it’s not worth buying. When sugar is among the last items in the list, that’s a better choice.

Avoid the Fake Stuff. Products containing artificial sweeteners are not a healthy alternative. Diet soda, ‘fat free’ and ‘sugar free’ candy and cookies are associated with weight gain and cravings, creating a cycle of addiction.

Sip with Awareness. A single can of soda, flavored water, Gatorade, or a juice box typically contain nine or more teaspoons of sugar.

Make Sweet Substitutions.  Look for snacks labeled ‘no added sugar’ or ‘unsweetened.’ Use canned foods packed in water or natural juice. When baking, swap table sugar with applesauce, date paste, molasses, or fruit puree. Cinnamon or vanilla powder is a great way to sprinkle flavor onto yogurt, oatmeal, or coffee. Opt for brown rice syrup or cane sugar over other processed sugars.

Reprogram your sugar meter slowly. If you put two sugar packets in your coffee, cut back in half-packet increments. Keep sugar off the kitchen table. Small steps add up to sweet success!

Resources

Boseley, S. ‘Sugar, not fat, exposed as deadly villain in obesity epidemic.’ The Guardian (March 2013). Accessed 7 Dec 2016:  https://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/mar/20/sugar-deadly-obesity-epidemic

Cole, W. ‘The Connection Between Artificial Sweeteners & Autoimmune Disease.’ Posted by mindbodygreen.com (with references) Accessed 19 Dec 2016: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-17329/the-connection-between-artificial-sweeteners-autoimmune-disease.html

Schiffman, S. ‘Rationale for Further Medical and Health Research on High-Potency Sweeteners.’ Chemical Senses (2012, May 4) Schiffman Consulting, 18 Heath Place, Durham, NC 27705-5713, USA. Accessed 19 Dec 2016: http://chemse.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2012/05/04/chemse.bjs053.full.pdf+html

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE). ‘Cause and Effect: Case Report Shows an Association between Sugar Substitutes and Common Thyroid Disorder.’ Accessed 19 Dec 2016:  http://media.aace.com/press-release/cause-and-effect-case-report-shows-association-between-sugar-substitutes-and-common-th#sthash.mlSVNuq0.dpuf

Psych Today Online. ‘Just Say No to Artificial Sweeteners.’ Accessed 19 Dec 2016: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/nourish/201306/just-say-no-artificial-sweeteners

Diabetes Education Online. ‘How the Body Processes Blood Sugar.’ Accessed 7 Dec 2016: https://dtc.ucsf.edu/types-of-diabetes/type1/understanding-type-1-diabetes/how-the-body-processes-sugar/

AuthorityNutrition.com ’10 Disturbing Reasons Sugar is Bad for You.’ (posted by Gunnar, K. no date). Accessed 7 Dec 2016:  https://authoritynutrition.com/10-disturbing-reasons-why-sugar-is-bad/

Basciano, H. Federico, L, & Adeli, K., ‘Fructose, insulin resistance, and metabolic dyslipidemia.’ Nutrition & Metabolism (2005) Accessed 7 Dec 2016: http://nutritionandmetabolism.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1743-7075-2-5 *full text).

Thatsugarfilm.com ’60 Different names for Sugar.’ http://thatsugarfilm.com/blog/2015/03/16/added-sugar-vs-natural-sugar/

Page, K. A. et al. ‘Effects of Fructose vs Glucose on Regional Cerebral Blood Flow in Brain Regions Involved With Appetite and Reward Pathways.’ JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association 309.1 (2013): 63–70. Accessed: 7 Dec. 2016: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4076145/

Schulze, M. B., Manson, J. et al., ‘Sugar-Sweetened Beverages, Weight Gain, and Incidence of Type 2 Diabetes in Young and Middle-Aged Women’ JAMA (Aug 2004), 292:8, 927-934. doi:10.1001/jama.292.8.927. http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/199317 (full text).

Slattery, M.L., Benson, J., Berry, T D., et al., ‘Dietary sugar and colon cancer.’

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Davis, P.A., Yodoyama, W. Cinnamon intake lowers fasting blood Glucose: meta-analysis. J. Medicinal Food (2011). 12:9, 884-9. DOI: 10.1089/jmf.2010.0180. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Davis+Yokoyama+Cinnamon

Dr. Dave on Charlotte 5 News!

Dr. Dave on Charlotte 5 News!

Dr. Dave Hamilton, 33, and Laura Denyes, 36, are a husband and wife team that moved to Charlotte in 2014. Together they operate Of the Earth Wellness, a wellness clinic, and live on a five-acre farm, Wish We Had Acres, located 12 miles from uptown. Their goal is to educate the public about natural foods and natural medicines.

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Dr. Dave is a naturopathic physician with a focus on treating the whole person. He answers five questions for C5’s Entrepreneur Series:

Why is Charlotte a good place to start a business?

Charlotte is the tree city, named for its large, urban canopy of trees. This makes it a natural setting for plant medicine and natural products. Many folks who move to Charlotte have a deep connection to its trees… often these folks are also connected to nature. My practice as a naturopathic physician is inspired by and cultivates a relationship with nature to achieve health. We see food, herbs and the environment as something sacred and an invaluable part of the healing process.

The city at-large has a growing trend of support for local foods, local farms and local business. Increasingly folks want to find local alternatives for everything from produce to body care products to health care.

Who was your biggest influence and how did this person affect you and the way you do things?

My grandparents instilled a work ethic in me that has carried through into my adulthood: Making something from nothing and seeing the beauty in what others may see as garbage. Some of my fondest memories were helping my grandpa grow food in the garden and taking care of his many rabbits.

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…I use these memories as inspiration to transform someone’s poor health into hope and empowerment. And like a garden, you must sometimes weed out some negatives, but you must get to the root, or else the weed will continue to grow. The same can be said for an individual’s health.

How do you begin each day?

Often I wake up taking care of the various critters on the farm… the dogs, goats and chickens. Then I have a hot cup of coffee or tea. Depending on the day or season I begin my day in the barn, milking the goats, gathering … eggs. Other days I’ll check the garden for fresh produce and pull weeds, some of which are harvested for medicine.

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What do you see in your future?

We have begun the hunt for our next property. I hope to eventually prescribe veggies, fruits and herbs directly from the farm. If patients were unfamiliar with how to use a particular vegetable or herb, they could attend a medicine-making class or cooking class that would be offered at the farm.
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Where do you go to chill?

When we do get time to relax, you can find us at one of the local breweries or eateries in town. Some of our favorites are OMB, Triple C, Birdsong, Heist (especially their brunch) and Free Range breweries. Sometimes we bring a goat or a dog with us.

Of the Earth: 10715 Shopton Rd W

Photos: James Robinson, Laura Denyes

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