Options Naturopathic Newsletter


Dr. Erin Holston Singh

A message from Dr. Holston Singh!

"Hi Y'all!" ...or so they say down here in the newest "Little Hollywood", as Shreveport, Louisiana is coming to be known. Meg Ryan said "Hi" to my neighbor and I last week. Sanjay and I watched a scene with her and Antonio Banderas last Friday night. You see, they are filming George Gallo's latest flick two blocks from our house!

And you thought I was joking!

Other than all the hobnobbing going on, I've been working very hard to get organized and settled, as I can sense the community is desperate for a naturopath. (I've had multiple people ask when I would start seeing patients-and a few even back me into a corner!). Most days I attempt to get my new office in order, which sits at the top of our house, facing the giant Oak tree in the front yard. To date, I haven't gotten very far with the organization, as I feel I'm almost as busy as I was before I left Cleveland with phone consults and the regular discussions with Dr. Cavin. Add to this the management of the Cleveland Heights office and there goes the day! The best part of the new married life is that I have more time to do research and take things to another level when it comes to difficult cases.

I especially look forward to all the movie stars leaving town so that I can get back to the main task at hand: natural medicine writing! I'll be back in Cleveland after four days in Toronto for the last of a four-part seminar on Single Homeopathic Remedies with Dr. Gerard Gueniot I've been doing this year. Make a note if you still need to have a joint appoinment with Dr. Cavin and I, as I'll be in town Mon-Thurs, Dec. 4th-7th. There are no further dates scheduled for me to be in Cleveland seeing patients at this time.Dr. Cavin is doing a great job in the office and I hope you enjoy the information she's put together in this newsletter; what follows are some excellent suggestions for avoiding the cold and flu season.

Hope to see you all soon!
Dr. Erin

A Personal Note from Liz Cavin, ND Dr. Liz

It has been about two months since I moved from Portland Oregon to join Options Naturopathic Clinic here in Cleveland Heitghts. I am enjoying my new home. Everyone has given me a warm welcome. I love working as a naturopath in Cleveland. I am excited to be gaining a greater depth of understnding in the art of biotherapeutic drainage. I learn something new at work everyday. Walking into the metro parks is one of my favorite past times. I have been riding my bike to work regularly which has been a nice way to enjoy the fall weather and scenery. Everyone thinks I am crazy for looking forward to the snow, but it has been over six years since I lived where it snows and I have missed it. I am excited to explore more of Cleveland and the country side as my life unfolds here. I am also excited to continue my work as a naturopath at Options. Thank you for helping make my move to Cleveland such a pleasant one.

Open House Update

The Open House was a great success. We ate good food, talked about changes at the clinic and gave away door prizes. Good fun was had by all who stopped by. Our only regret is that our office manager Alissa was ill and couldn't join us. Her presence was sorely missed. Thank you to all of you who came to join in the festivities and give us your support.

Auction Update and Water Bottles for Sale

The Ohio Chapter of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OCAANP) is striving to get licensure for naturopathic doctors in Ohio. Licensure is one of the steps that will enable people to get insurance for naturopathic healthcare. Our kick-off fundraising event was a silent auction held on Saturday September 16th. The auction was well attended and we raised more than $6000.00 to put towards our efforts to procure a professional lobbyist who can work with legislators on the behalf of OCCANP. We would like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone who donated an item for the silent auction and to everyone who attended. Options Naturopathic Clinic would like to specifically acknowledge Robin the wife of the OCCANP president Ted Suzelis. She worked tirelessly on organizing the acution and making it a successful event. Our goal is to make next year's auction even better. In the meantime we will keep you informed of our efforts to get naturopathic licensure in Ohio.

7 Simple Ways to Prevent Colds and Flu

1. Breathe/Exercise Deep breathing:
When you breathe deep it gives your body a break from "fight or flight" mode and tells your nervous system to go into rest and replenish mode. Energetic exercise gets blood flowing to your organs, joints, muscles, bones, everything. This is important because blood brings nutrients, like oxygen, to the cells and it takes away cellular wastes, like carbon dioxide. Bundle up and spend a few minutes outdoors regularly. When sunlight touches our skin, even when diffused through the clouds, it enables our bodies to make vitamin D which is important for immune function and calcium absorption in our bones.

2. Reduce Stress/Relax:
High stress results in constant secretion of cortisol. A hormone secreted by the adrenal glands. High cortisol inhibits white blood cell formation and function. White blood cells are the primary effectors against tissue damage. They destroy organisms, clean up damaged cells and initiate the repair process.

3. Diet
Eat a variety of fresh vegetables. They contain many vitamins and minerals. For example: Beta-carotene is a substance from plants that the body can convert into vitamin A. This vitamin stimulates immunity and acts as an antioxidant. Dark green and orange-yellow vegetables are good sources of beta-carotene. Avoid sugar. Sugar decreases white blood cell activity. Eat good quality protein, especially at breakfast. It helps regulate blood sugar. When blood sugar regulation gets out of balance sugar can build up in the blood and make it more acidic and disrupt white blood cell function. The more acidic your blood is, the more prone you are to inflammation. Vegetables, unlike fruit, are alkaline and help keep your blood from becoming too acidic.

4. Drink water
Drink water throughout the day. It is important for healthy digestion and elimination. All of our cells are constantly bathed in water. When they become dehydrated they can't function properly.

5. Maintain healthy digestion
Eat slowly and not "on-the-run". When you eat while you are stressed or busy your sympathetic nervous system shunts nervous signals away from your digestive tract. When you are relaxed your parasympathetic nervous system is dominant and tells nerve impulses to go to your digestive system. Take probiotics, like human microflora (HMF). American diets used to include fermented foods, which regularly replenished the healthy bacteria in the digestive system. Since we no longer make fermented foods like fresh sauerkraut or yoghurt. These foods are pastuerized now which harms beneficial bacteria. Therefore, it is important to take HMF. These "good" bacteria make vitamins and secrete an immuno-globulin called IgA. IgA plays a very important role in proper immune function.

6. Cultivate a positive attitude
Research in the 1970s indicated that negative emotions suppress immune function. More recent studies have shown that laughter and positive emotions can enhance immune function.

7. Sleep well
Work towards getting a good night's sleep. Some ways to improve sleep include: sleeping in a dark room which stimulates proper circadian rhythm, establishing a bedtime routine that is done regularly, eating a small dinner and refraining from drinking any liquids an hour before bed. Your goal should be to get 7-8 hours of sleep a night. If you go to bed late try going to bed 5 minutes early everyother night until you are going to sleep at the desired earlier time. Getting a good nights sleep is important because our bodies use this time to detoxify and repair.

When you put these seven steps into your life on a day to day basis it helps your mind and body stay healthy and strong, and prevents illness from grabbing hold of you.

7 Items You can Take to Give Your Body Help during Cold and Flu Season

Our lives are regularly exposed to stressors, especially during the holiday season. During this busy time it is sensible to give your body extra assistance in its efforts to stay healthy.

1. HMF Forte
2. Immune Support caps or herbal tincture
3. Muccocossinum
4. Undas
5. Omega 3 Fatty Acids
6. Gammadyn Copper (Cu)
7. Anti-Oxidant Caps

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20% Off Anti-Oxidant Caps and Gammadyn Cu Sale lasts until Dec 20th!!

Anti-Oxidant Caps
Free radicals are unstable oxygen molecules that result from normal cell respiration and enter our bodies from the environment. They can be quite damaging to normal body tissues. Environmental sources of free radicals are: ionizing radiation (from industry and medical X-rays); ozone and nitrous oxide (primarily from automobile exhaust); heavy metals from industry (such as mercury, lead and cadmium); cigarette smoke (both active and passive); alcohol; and other chemicals and compounds from food, water, and air. Antioxidants work in several ways to protect the body from free radicals: They can reduce the energy of the free radical or stop it from forming. They interrupt chemical chain reactions to minimize the damage of free radicals. Minerals like selenium, zinc, copper and manganese are "building blocks" the body uses to make important antioxidants like superoxide dismutase, catalase, and glutathione peroxidase.

Gammadyn Cu (Copper)
Copper helps stimulate the immune system and increases multiplication of B-lymphocytes and the synthesis of antibodies. Gammadyn Cu is a product that supplies copper in a form that can be easily assimilated by the body. Copper in this form is designed for sublingual (under the tongue) absorption. Copper in capsule form has to be absorbed by the gastrointestinal tract and its absorption can be impeded by poor digestion and malabsorption.


Greens with Hazelnuts
Olive Oil
Hazelnuts, chopped
Garlic, minced
Greens (Collard Chard or Spinach)
Balsamic vinegar
Freshly ground pepper

Heat a skillet over medium heat. Heat a tablespoon or two of olive oil in the pan. Add a handful of chopped hazelnuts and sautÈ for a couple of minutes. Add a clove of minced garlic, then immediately add the greens and sautÈ for a few minutes, until slightly wilted. Remove from pan, and add a dash of balsamic vinegar to stop the oil from cooking the greens further. Grind black pepper over the top to taste and serve. Kale and Collard Greens can be used in this recipe. They just take longer to cook. It helps to chop them into 1-1/2 inch pieces to decrease their cooking time.

Portobello Greens
Kale (or mustard greens, beet greens, chard or any greens)
Olive Oil
Onions, chopped
Garlic, minced
Mushrooms, sliced (best with portobello but any kind will do)
Soy sauce
Maple syrup

SautÈ onions in some olive oil until caramelized. Add garlic and mushrooms and sautÈ. Add greens chopped into 1 inch peices, add 1-2 tsp soy sauce, pepper and a splash of maple syrup. The maple syrup can be omitted. Simmer briefly until the greens are tender and easily punctured with a fork.

If you have recipes to share please email them to us and we'll share them with the rest of our readers.

Upcoming events and office updates

1.Dr. Liz Cavin is speaking at Wild Oats Thurs Nov. 30th 6:30-7:30 pm and Sat Dec 2nd, 3:00-4:00 pm. The topic is Natural Ways to Prevent Colds and the Flu.

2. Dr. Liz Cavin is speaking at Wild Oats for the new local chapter of The Holistic Moms Network . The talk will take place on Thurs Dec. 7th from 6:30-8:30. She will discuss natural health care items you can add to your medicine cabinet for a variety of acute conditions.

We wish you a wonderful and relaxing Thanks Giving Holiday.
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