Electrolytes Everyday Keep the Doctor Away
Electrolytes Everyday Keep the Doctor Away
Potassium, magnesium, sodium, chloride, calcium….electrolytes. It’s not just athletes that need to replenish daily with electrolytes, it’s all of us! Why is that? What do these electrolytes do in our bodies? Let’s take a look.
Potassium: Almost everyone consumes far less than the recommended adequate daily intake – some of us not even half of what is recommended. What kinds of issues could be coming up as a result? Well, potassium is responsible for a multitude of functions in the human body. The most important could be the conduction of signaling in cells (muscle cells, nerve cells, brain cells, etc.). Without potassium cells cannot function, leaving a person with inappropriately or poorly working muscle cells (leading to muscle cramps, weakness, fatigue), nerve cells (leading to numbness, tingling, poor nerve conduction), brain cells (leading to mental fatigue, brain fog) and so on. Another notable issue that can arise without enough potassium is elevated blood pressure and increased salt sensitivity.
Magnesium: Perhaps the most important electrolyte in the body is magnesium. Magnesium is involved in countless biochemical pathways which end up influencing the way your entire body functions. Some conditions that magnesium can help include: breathing issues/asthma, high blood pressure, constipation, muscle cramps, muscle fatigue, muscle pain, nervousness, moodiness, anxiety, decreased cognition, and poor circulation, among several others. The simplest way to think about magnesium is that it can promote vascular (blood vessel) relaxation, which will improve blood flow and decrease pressure. So, anything that would improve with better blood flow and lower pressure is likely to benefit from magnesium.
Sodium: This electrolyte gets a bad wrap due to its relationship with elevated blood pressure. If you noticed above that both potassium and magnesium can help to lower blood pressure, perhaps it’s really the relative deficiency of those electrolytes compared to sodium that cause the problem. Sodium is absolutely necessary to the normal functioning of our body. For all of the cellular signals that we mentioned potassium is needed, sodium is also a piece of that equation. Sodium is also hugely important for the overall blood volume and hydration stabilization in the body. Without sodium, hydration is not possible.
Chloride: With fear of sounding redundant, chloride is the third electrolyte responsible for widespread cellular conductions throughout the body. Again, without chloride, no cell signaling can occur. Chloride is also hugely responsible for maintaining blood pH and overall body hydration – two very important tasks necessary to maintain life. Another pivotal role of chloride in the body is to make hydrochloric acid (stomach acid). Without stomach acid, digestion weakens and the absorption of essential nutrients, like B12, will not occur.
Calcium: Most people think of bone density when they think about calcium. Bone density is an essential task for calcium as our bones are prominently composed of calcium, but that’s not the only task calcium has in the body. Calcium is also used with magnesium to support proper muscle contractions. In fact, even though magnesium is needed to relax and repair the sore muscles, calcium is the electrolyte that is released inside the muscle fibers to initiate the contraction of the muscle. So without calcium, we would not be able to use our muscles at all!
For recommendations on how to improve your electrolyte intake or for a personalized look at your electrolyte status, please call our office to schedule a time to meet with a physician.

Written By

Dr. Jessica Corbeille, ND, CES

The 5 Organs of Detoxification
Our body has 5 detoxification organs that work to help keep our bodies rid of toxins.  By supporting these organs we are able to allow them to function at full capacity so we can optimize our health. Detoxification can help us lose weight, sleep better, increase energy, reduce inflammation, promote skin health, help with digestion and more. Below are a few things you can do to each of your organs of elimination.
Our liver is our primary organ of detoxification. The liver works to make toxic substance that enter our bodies less toxic so that the rest of the body can function properly.
  • Eat more Brassica vegetables like brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and collard greens
  • Supplementation of Milk Thistle, an herb that is protective to the liver and will help support the it while it is detoxing.

Our skin is the largest external detoxification organ that protects us from absorbing external toxins and eliminates internal ones.
  • Sweating every day through exercise, sauna or warm bath with Epsom salts.
  • Engage in skin brushing to helps to stimulate the lymphatic system.  Lymph is responsible for moving cellular debris to the blood to be eliminated from the body.

The kidneys are responsible for filtering toxins from the blood. 
  • Drink an adequate amount of water. Dehydration puts a strain on the kidneys so it is important to consumption plenty of water to help keep them functioning properly.
  • Add in a daily dose of parsley, celery or asparagus. They are mild natural diuretics and can help to eliminate uric acid in the body.

If you are eating, your colon is collecting toxins from the body. It is healthy to have at least one well formed, easy to pass bowel movement a day so that you do not reabsorb the toxins the colon is trying to eliminate.
  • Fiber, Fiber, Fiber! Fiber will help bind toxins in GI system to help them be removed from the body.  Foods such as beans, split peas, bran, and whole grains are all high in fiber.
  • Colonics and enemas can also be a great way flush our colons to remove excess build-up of toxins stored in our colons.
The average person takes 960 breaths a day leading to about 11,000 liters filtered through our lungs a day.  Each breath in and out we are taking in toxins from the air and breathing out toxins from our lungs.
  • Keep your air clean by using a HEPA filter inside your home. The air we breathe has allergens, heavy metals, and other pollutants.  Putting a HEPA filter in your home can help to provide clean air which will lead to decreased inflammation in the lungs and body.
  • Exercise can increase air exchange in the lungs through more rapid breathing allowing for more toxins to be eliminated.
Consider scheduling an appointment today at Mt. Rainier Clinic (253) 853-8853 to make an appointment with a naturopathic doctor for an individualized detoxification program. Or schedule a colonic in one of our two colon hydrotherapy rooms.  We offer a variety of plans that will help address areas where you can improve your health. 

Written by:
Dr. Jen Berge, ND
& Resident at Mt. Rainier Clinic

The Secret to Healing Irritable Bowel Diseases and Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Have you ever taken great quality, energy producing B Complex supplements but don’t feel any different?  You may be taking all the right vitamins and minerals, but they may not be helping like they should be.  The truth of the matter is that you are probably not absorbing all those expensive supplements.  Each individual’s ability to process vitamins and minerals is unique.  This is dependent upon diet, genetics, concurrent medical conditions and age.
If you have any degree of gastrointestinal dysfunction, this absorption process is even further inhibited.  Conditions like Crohn’s disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Ulcerative Colitis, Leaky Gut Syndrome and Food sensitivities disrupt the stability of the cells lining your gastrointestinal tract.  The inflammation and disruption hinders the maximum possible absorption of nutrients, vitamins and minerals from food and from supplements.  This condition is known as nutritional mal-absorption. 
Even without a medical condition that affects your GI tract, no one absorbs 100% of what we put into our mouths, no matter the quality.  When you are afflicted with a medical condition of the GI tract, symptoms extend far beyond abdominal pain and discomfort.  Symptoms can be body wide including but not limited to, brain fog, fatigue, decreased immune system function, headaches, migraines, thyroid disorders, muscle pain, joint pain and so much more.  These symptoms are often a result of nutrient deficiencies due to mal-absorption. 
So, when treating GI issues, how can you be sure to get the proper amounts of vitamins and minerals that aid in the healing process and allow symptom control?  Intravenous (IV) nutrient therapy is the answer to this question. Unlike oral consumption, your body absorbs 100% of Intravenous (IV) nutrients. The nature of IV therapy allows exact control of the amounts of nutrients entering your system. For example, if 10 grams of Vitamin C is essential to your treatment plan, 10 grams of Vitamin C can be put into your intravenous infusion.  This accuracy allows individualized treatment plans to be created to assist in quick recovery and symptom control. 
Each IV nutrient treatment can be customized for you based on blood work and individual symptoms.  Most vitamins, minerals, electrolytes and amino acids can be added into these treatment plans to maximize benefits. 
Ask your doctor about adding IV Therapy into your treatment plan.  Call to schedule an appointment with one of our fabulous Naturopathic Doctors today to see how IV Nutrient Therapy could benefit you.

Written By -
Dr. McKenzie Timmer, ND

Often I am asked “Why?” questions. Questions like:
“Why do I have to have more than one adjustment?”

“Why do I have to keep coming back for adjustments?”
“Why does this pain keep coming back after you put the bones back in place?”
“Why do I need to have periodic maintenance adjustments?”
“Why doesn’t my vertebra stay in ‘place’?”

The simple answer to these questions is you are a living breathing human being that continues to be alive. As a chiropractor, I am not treating, adjusting, attempting to relieve your pain or put bones back in place. As a chiropractor, my job is to get your body to function closer to its optimal position and this usually results in reducing symptoms. Your back and spinal column is more than a bunch of bones that keep your head out of your pelvis. Your health and your spine are not static. Your health and the condition of your spine is either improving or deteriorating. What you are doing or not doing determines how fast or how slow it deteriorates. Your body and your health are like the metaphor, “You cannot put your hand in the same river twice,” your body is constantly changing.

Chiropractic is about restoring function to the spine to reduce irritation to the nervous system. It is not about pain. Pain is what many times forces you into the office, but, unlike medical doctors who treat symptoms, chiropractic adjustments are intended to improve the function of the spine WHICH THEN, causes pain or symptoms to decrease or change.
Vertebra do not “go out” or need to be “put back in.” The spine is dynamic, flexible and not intended to be static, fixed or “in place.” Most often when a spine loses proper function several levels of vertebrae have become hypo-mobile, fixed, “stuck,” not flexible. This happens over time due to many combinations of traumas like:
lack of exercise, not stretching, poor posture, sitting at a computer for hours, tweeting or texting for hours, repetitive motions of the arms and/or legs, little injuries that are not addressed properly, emotional stress, toxic chemicals in our diet, refined grains and sugars in our diet, improper exercises, sleep posture, accidents, sports injuries, etc. In other words, life!

Due to these repetitive or unanswered injuries, weight bearing joints, most especially in the spine, adapt by becoming fixed or locked in abnormal positions. Research has shown that after two weeks of hypomobility permanent changes occur to the structure of the bones making up that weight bearing joint. These changes accumulate over time to become what is known as “osteoarthritis.”
To help return these joints to more normal movement requires repeated adjustments. Multiple adjustments are required for the same reason that it takes doing many “crunches” to get “six pack abs.” You can’t do it with just one. Pain may sometimes be relieved with one adjustment, but function is not fully restored or maintained with one adjustment.

To maintain good function requires periodic adjustments and based on the research, I suggest every two weeks. Regular adjustments are needed to keep the spine moving, functioning, even close to properly. However, adjustments of any frequency are better than no adjustments to maintain functionality and reduce symptoms.

Call the clinic today, 253-853-8853, to schedule a chiropractic evaluation with Dr. Bomonti or Dr. Kolbo.
Written by:
By Fred Bomonti, D.C.
Intro to Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a medical treatment, which enhances the body’s natural healing processes.  How does it do this you might ask?  By enclosing a patient in a 100% pure oxygen environment and putting this environment under pressure.  By submerging yourself in 100% pure oxygen environment under pressure, the oxygen is pushed into every cell of your body: muscle tissue, internal organs, brain tissue, etc.  When oxygen is applied in this fashion, cells produce higher amounts of neurotransmitters called growth factors, which allow cells to repair and regenerate faster than at normal conditions.  Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is used for a wide variety of treatments usually as part of an overall medical care plan.
There are two types of chambers, monoplace and multiplace.  A monoplace chamber is simply a chamber built for one person, while a mulltiplace can fit two or more people at once.  There are also two different types of monochambers. The chamber of choice, a “hard-shell chamber”, is a steel frame unit which supports an acrylic tube which can withstand up to 3.0 ATA and uses 100% pure medical grade oxygen.  The other type of monoplace chamber is considered to be “mild” hyperbaric and are inflatable “bags” usually made of canvas with zipper closures.  These are known as “soft-shell chambers”. 
There are several reasons to use the hard-shell chambers verses the soft-shell.  Just a few of these reasons are:
  1. In a hard-shell chamber oxygen is delivered greater than in the soft-shell chamber and is 100% pure medical grade.
  2. Hard-shell chambers can be put under greater amounts of pressure than a soft-shell, thus enhancing the efficacy of the treatment.
  3. All valid scientific research demonstrating the benefit of HBOT were performed at pressures higher than those able to be achieved in the soft-shell chamber.
  4. The FDA does not recognize soft-shell chambers as a medical device for hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
  5. Scientific literature shows that oxygen becomes bacteriostatic at 1.5 ATA—meaning infective organisms are not killed by pressures less than 1.5ATA.  Since soft-shell chambers can only produce 1.3 ATA, they do not prevent bacteria from growing.  They may actually enhance the growth of some molds, fungus and aerobic bacteria.
Mt. Rainier Clinic is most proud to have two hard sided Seachrist monoplace chambers.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy benefits a large number of medical conditions including, but not limited to:
  • Stroke Recovery
  • Traumatic Brain Injury such as concussion
  • Burns
  • Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, Parkinson’s disease
  • Adjunctive Cancer Treatment
  • Migraine Disorders
  • Chronic & Acute Pain
  • Nerve Injury
Written by Dr. Kolbo DC, ND
Shed those excess holiday pounds and toxins with Mt Rainier Clinic’s Rejuvenation Elixir!

Here it comes again - that time of year where we purchase new yoga clothes, running shoes, and a bathroom scale. It's the time of year where we look back at the holiday festivities and wonder when they started putting more calories in pumpkin pie and less elastic in our pajama pants.

If you're like millions of people, for you, the new year is a fresh beginning. It's a new year, a new start - and with no holidays in sight for a few months, it's a great time of year for a detox regimen. Perhaps you wouldn't mind even losing a few pounds. If this sounds like your New Year resolution(s), have you considered that there are healthful, energizing, and satisfying ways to obtain these goals?

Many diet and detox plans these days involve pasty protein shakes or starvation diets. The truth is, weight loss that is achieved in this fashion is not sustainable. Starvation by severe calorie restriction further stresses the nervous, hormonal, and metabolic systems and can make weight loss in the future even more difficult.

While weight gain is linked to diet and lifestyle choices, for many, diet and lifestyle are not the culprit for those extra pounds. Most often, it's the hormone system, the nervous system, and/or the metabolic system that is dictating the weight imbalance.

So what does all this mean? Balance. It really comes down to balance.

If you've been a patient at Mt Rainier Clinic, and you've already inquired about weight loss with your doctor, it's likely we've already talked to you about your hormones. Some people have even tried the very effective, Meta Rx (branded by our own, Dr. Lester Griffith, ND, PhD, RN). This is a great start, but we can do more!

The next step in balancing weight is to ensure proper balance of the micronutrients (specific amino acids, vitamins, minerals) in addition to the macronutrients (proteins, fats, carbohydrates). While this can be done slowly with oral supplementation, a new, faster, convenient, and more efficient way to help balance the metabolic system is through IV nutrition therapy. This involves receiving a 45-90 minute IV once or twice a week for 6-8 weeks (note: exact protocol to be determined on an individual basis).

The nutrients in this IV are geared towards ramping up the mobilization and metabolism of macromolecules for energy production (i.e. calorie or fat "burning") and supporting all of the detox and antioxidant pathways to promote health and prevent aging.

What are the side effects of these IVs? Well, we expect that in addition to weight loss, you may also feel more alert, happier, less anxious, have fewer symptoms associated with hormonal imbalance, have better hair growth, and maybe even look and feel more youthful! (It is not common, but some people do actually feel tired after the IV treatments in the beginning. This actually indicates a greater deficiency of the nutrients and after sufficient replenishing, these people will reap the positive benefits too.)

If IV therapy for weight loss sounds like something you'd like to try, please don't hesitate to give our doctors a call! For new patients, you will need a pre-IV consultation with a doctor (30-60 minutes, depending on the complexity of your condition). For established patients, you will need a check-in visit with your doctor to be cleared for the IV.

Please give our office a call today to schedule your IV today! We are hosting a New Year's Special for the months of January and February.

Stay tuned for more postings on medically supervised weight loss!

Written by Dr. Jessica Corbeille, ND, CES

Top 7 Benefits of Myer’s Cocktails
The origin of the renowned intravenous (IV Therapy) nutrient mixture known as a Myer’s cocktail was named for the late John Myers, MD who used this mixture in his practice to treat a broad spectrum of conditions.  The mixture consists of magnesium, calcium, B vitamins, Vitamin C as well as other minerals and vitamins.

Why use intravenous nutrient therapy rather than oral vitamins or minerals you might ask?  Intravenous nutrient therapy can be much more powerful than taking oral vitamins every day for certain conditions.  When you take oral vitamins, you never absorb 100% of what was in that supplement.  Each person’s gastrointestinal tract functions in a unique way.  For example, two people make take the same 1000mcg vitamin B12 supplement, but one person may absorb 600mcg and the other may only absorb 200mcg of the same supplement.  There are a number of factors at play affecting absorption when taken orally.  If however you are given a Myer’s cocktail with 1000mcg of vitamin B12, you get that 1000mcg directly into your blood stream.  With IV Therapy nutrients, a person gets 100% of whatever is put into their formulation.

Myer’s cocktails can benefit a wide variety of conditions.  Here are a few of the conditions for which we frequently prescribe Myer’s cocktails at Mt Rainer Clinic.
  1. Fatigue:
    Every year millions of North Americans seek medical attention for mental and physical fatigue.  A Myer’s cocktail provides energy producing B vitamins which assist with cellular energy production.  The mineral mixture helps to replete mineral deficiencies which unfortunately are very common among Americans today.
  2. Stress management:
    Stress is inevitable in life.  Stress is a natural reaction we humans have to life events.  Stress itself is not a bad thing.  It is when we do not manage our stress that it causes health concerns such as hypertension, chronic fatigue, weight gain, etc.  Myer’s cocktails work to support the adrenal glands on a nutritional level.  The adrenal glands are important for modulating our energy levels, our metabolism, our electrolyte levels and much, much more.
  3. Immune System Support:
    You can plan Christmas dinner, you can plan your New Year’s Eve party, but you can’t plan the flu.  A simple series of Myer’s cocktails can give strong immune system support, preventing the flu this season before it starts.
  4. Muscle cramps and spasms:
    Whether it be muscle cramps lying in bed at night, or unbearably sore muscle following a trip to the gym we can safely say they are always caused by electrolyte imbalances.  It could be low calcium or magnesium depletion, either way, a 30 minute Myer’s cocktail puts those electrolytes directly into your blood stream eliminating symptoms quickly and effectively.
  5. Fibromyalgia:
    The cause of this complex pain syndrome is controversial, but no one can deny that the root of the pain is activated because of an over-activity of the nerves conducting pain signals.  Often aggravating factors include imbalances in essential B vitamins, electrolytes and anti-oxidants.  Regular Myer’s cocktails bypass the gut, correcting this imbalance to soothe symptoms of Fibromyalgia.  Myer’s cocktails combined with other therapies such as Acupuncture and Neural therapy work to normalize the neurological dysfunction present in those who suffer with fibromyalgia.
  6. Migraines & other Headache disorders:
    There are a gigantic number of triggers for headaches and migraines, all unique to different people. Myer’s cocktails can both prevent migraines and treat them during an acute attack.
  7. Nutritional mal-absorption:
    Many health conditions such as Crohn’s disease, IBS, Ulcerative Colitis and Leaky Gut Syndrome drastically affect the nutrient absorption ability of your gastrointestinal tract.  Myer’s cocktails help replete these deficiencies to help reduce systemic inflammation, combat infections and expedite the healing process.
If you are interested in experiencing all that a simple and easy Myer’s cocktail has to offer, please contact us at Mt Rainier Clinic and schedule your appointment today! 

Written by Dr. McKenzie Timmer, ND
Mount Rainer Clinic is proud to announce that Kirsty Docken, East Asian medicine practitioner, Licensed Acupuncturist is now contracted with the VA to provide acupuncture therapy for any veteran enrolled in this program. 

Acupuncture has been effectively used to treat: 
•    Acute and chronic pain
•    PTSD, anxiety, depression
•    Insomnia

The Veteran’s Choice Program (VCP) is a national initiative focused on helping veterans find effective alternatives in pain reduction and decrease the need for pain medication. 

VCP is open to all veterans dealing with chronic pain. The VA covers all costs and veterans are able to schedule their personal appointments directly with Mount Rainier Clinic after the initial paperwork is filed with the VCP. 

In order to enroll, veterans need to contact their VA physician and request to be enrolled into the program. No veteran will be denied access to this care. For additional questions, contact Triwest Provider Services at 866-284-3743.