Naturopathic and Alternative Medicine Blog

Dr Travis Elliott Naturopathic Physician - Portland OR

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The problem with perfumes: Watch out for toxins

Nicely scented products can trigger pleasant memories or a good mood. In fact, some of the chemicals used in perfumes have been found to have a mild narcotic effect. Sadly, however, they can also trigger serious physical illnesses and reactions in people who have developed a chemical sensitivity, and the numbers of such people are growing. But […]

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Artificial food colors: What you don’t know may hurt you

If you’re like most people, you probably have a vague notion artificial food coloring is “bad.” You’ve also probably heard it makes some kids hyperactive. But did you know the science on artificial food dyes is so thorough and damning that they are banned in two European countries, require warning labels throughout the European Union […]

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North to south through the gut — what can go wrong

We live in a time of unprecedented abundance of food and medical advances yet we are sicker than ever. It is considered normal to suffer from insomnia, PMS, depression, chronic pain, heartburn, constipation, diarrhea, and so on. But in reality these are our bodies’ warning signs that something is wrong. “All disease begins in the […]

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Suffering from burn out? Look at adrenal health

The adrenal glands are two walnut-sized glands that sit atop the kidneys and that can make the different between being bouncy and energetic or run down and burned out. This is because they release stress hormones and the hormone cortisol, which, among other things, gives us energy. Unfortunately, the adrenal glands are under siege by […]

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Salt is not as fearsome as you’ve been led to believe

Aging people have long since been resigned to living out their latter years avoiding salt and eating a bland, tasteless diet. But new research shows the risks of salt may be overblown. Also, if you have low blood pressure, salt can actually serve as a boost to your health. Salt has been recognized as a precious commodity throughout human […]

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Why Choose a Naturopath?

Why See a Naturopath in Portland, OR? There is so much differing information out there about the dos and don’ts of health and healthcare. How does a person know where to start. One excellent place to begin is a holistic approach. One of the problems with the healthcare system is the lack of time many physicians are […]

Could loneliness be the cause of addiction?

Everyone is familiar with addiction to some degree, whether it’s that daily dose of chocolate you can’t give up or watching a loved one succumb to drug abuse. Many factors play a role in addiction, but some research suggests loneliness plays a pivotal role in encouraging addiction, and that taking measures to remedy loneliness can be powerful […]

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Diet sodas can make you fat and pre-diabetic

If you regularly drink diet soda and use artificial sweeteners because you think it will help you lose weight, you’re unwittingly sabotaging your efforts. Sure, artificial sweeteners like sucralose, saccharine, and aspartame save on calories, but a recent Israeli study shows they can skew the composition of gut bacteria, or our microbiome  in a way that […]

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Where does fat go when you lose weight?

If you’re like most people you are hoping to start the New Year by losing a few pounds. However, did you ever stop to wonder just where those pounds go when you lose them? Turns out most experts don’t know either, and the answer may surprise you. Most people think that when we burn fat […]

Naturopathic Physician in Portland, OR by Dr. Travis J. Elliott

5 Caffeine-Free Ways to Boost Energy

Many people are dependent on coffee or caffeinated energy drinks to get through the day. They kick off the morning with a strong cup, and then keep it going whenever sluggishness kicks in. Of course, caffeine has its problems. It has been linked to negative side effects such as raised blood pressure, insomnia, and an […]

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