Naturopathic and Alternative Medicine Blog

Dr Travis Elliott Naturopathic Physician - Portland OR

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Is your health protocol making you crazy?

Managing a chronic illness and improving your health can require some drastic lifestyle changes. Although most people report feeling and functioning better on such a protocol, some obsess over the minutiae, spend days on the internet hunting for answers that don’t seem to exist, and worry constantly about their health and whether they’re “following the […]

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Why your doctor can’t help you

You notice you’re feeling worse and worse. You suffer from chronic fatigue, pain, digestion issues, depression, anxiety, insomnia …. the list goes on. Yet when you go to your doctor, you’re told your lab tests are fine, it’s just age, or perhaps you need an antidepressant. If you press for more tests or keep returning […]

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Is “silent” autoimmunity causing your mysterious symptoms?

Autoimmune disease has become frighteningly common today. This degenerative condition, which can affect any tissue in the body or brain, happens when the immune system attacks and destroys the body as if it were a foreign invader. Chances are either you or someone you know has an autoimmune disease. Some of the more commonly known […]

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Lazy and unmotivated? It’s your health, not your personality

Are you lazy and unmotivated? Do you have plenty to do, yet spend all your time watching TV or goofing around online, and then beat yourself up for it? Your lack of motivation could signal chronic health issues more so than regrettable character flaws. Although we all need some degree of discipline, life’s daily duties […]

Best Vegetables For Healthy Living

Everyone knows that introducing vegetables to your diet will leave you feeling healthier and stronger, giving you a better chance at a long and fruitful life. However, there are some vegetables that are even better for you than others. If you want to discuss your diet options further in detail, you should call a naturopathic […]

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Blood sugar often at the root of chronic health problems

Often chronic health problems can be traced back to one thing: unstable blood sugar that comes from eating too many desserts, sweet coffee drinks, processed grains (bread, pasta, etc.), and other starchy foods. Our cultural complacency with high-carbohydrate diets has made us the most obese and chronically sick population in the world. How blood sugar […]

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Lost libido can signal need for health tune-up

Do you vaguely remember a time when you had a libido? Sexual desire is a sign of good health and if yours is absent, it may be your body needs a tune up. Of course major stressors, traumas, bad relationships, raising babies, and other chaotic intrusions can squash your libido, but you should otherwise consider […]

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What is leaky gut and why should you care?

Leaky gut conjures unpleasant imagery of intestinal contents spilling into the body. Unfortunately, that is pretty much what happens, and the results are a wide array of chronic health issues. When compounds from the intestines pass through a damaged gut wall into the sterile environment of the bloodstream, they can trigger various health conditions: skin […]

Tips For Finding A Naturopathic Physician

If you are looking for a naturopathic physician, the quest can be difficult. There are many offices that promise various services, but it is difficult sometimes to find one that works with you, your body type, and the goals you hope to accomplish. If you do want to find a naturopathic doctor in Portland, there […]

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Too little stomach acid often causes heartburn, not too much

Are you one of the 20 percent of Americans with acid reflux and heartburn? You’re probably chalking the problem up to too much stomach acid, but in many cases it’s the opposite causing the problems – too little stomach acid is the culprit behind those fiery episodes that feel like they’re burning a hole in your […]

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