Monthly Archives: July 2011

Hello Friends of ECN: Please be sure to check out our Summer Newsletter that’s hot off the press. This is a doozy folks, so don’t feel like you need to read it all at once. Print it off, set it on your coffee table, or stash it next to your toilet. Take your time, look it over, you won’t be sorry!

  • Summer 2011 

    Included in this issue is fantastic information on:

    • The State of America’s Health: A dose of veggies a day can greatly decrease cardiovascular, stomach/gut, and weight loss issues
    • Free Menopause Research You can take part in
    • New Vaccine Laws Unraveled
    • Body Pain: Shingles, Trigemenal Nerve Disorder, and Nutrient Deficiencies
    • Cardiovascular Health: A simple regimen that can help you live longer
    • Chinese Medicine: Beyond Acupuncture
    • Great Back to School Health Tips
    • Plus so much more!

    Take a Peak!

Cholesterol: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Join us next Tuesday, July 26th for our free discussion on Cholesterol- part two of our Cardiovascular Health series! Can cholesterol not only be bad for you, but GREAT as well?? You bet! We wouldn’t be able to survive without healthy levels of cholesterol. Come find out more about the different types of cholesterol, what they do and how you can maintain optimal levels; whether that means lowering “Bad” cholesterol, increasing “Good” cholesterol, or both.

For those in attendance, we will be offering 20% off supplements that support cardiovascular health including Methylguard, all Omega 3 Oils, and HDL Rx. We will also hold a drawing for 50% off our next IMT scan for those of you who bring a friend who is not a client of Emerald City Clinic. Those new to Emerald City Clinic that join us will be entered into a drawing for 50% off an initial appointment with either Dr. Tamara Dickson or Dr. Gretchen Imdieke!

Please either call the office at 206-781-2206 or email to sign up for the class! We’ll see you on Tuesday!

The ECN Team

The heavy metal debate: vaccines vs. food

Many of our clients inquire about how heavy metals enter the body. This short and informative video shows us one of the many places that metals hide, allowing it to be consumed regularly. While not all food products of this kind are guilty of ushering heavy metals into the body, it does appear in many frozen, processed or pre-prepared foods.

Tick-Tip from a helpful patient!

We all know the harm that these little bugs can do, and getting them off our bodies in the quickest and most effective way possible is a really good idea. Following is a helpful hint to removing hard to reach ticks that has been passed on to ECN from a patient.

“I had a pediatrician tell me what she believes is the best way to remove a tick. This is great, because it works in those places where it’s some times difficult to get to with tweezers: between toes, in the middle of a head full of dark hair, etc.

Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it for a few seconds (15-20), the tick will come out on its own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away. This technique has worked every time I’ve used it (and that was frequently, and it’s much less traumatic for the patient and easier for me.

Unless someone is allergic to soap, I can’t see that this would be damaging in any way. I even had my doctor’s wife call me for advice because she had one stuck to her back and she couldn’t reach it with tweezers. She used this method and immediately called me back to say, ‘It worked!'”

The Elders of Okinawa

From the BioImmersion Newsletter: Fascinating and simple information that can inspire you to new health goals! Enjoy!

Bio Immersion • Newsletter • October 21st 2009 Dear Friends

One of the most important findings in longevity research has been that eating fewer calories increases life span. The initial evidence was based on observations of the low calorie intake of the Okinawans and their long life expectancy, by modern day Gerontologists—Craig Wilcox PhD, Bradley Wilcox MD, MS,and the Dean of the group Makoto Suzuki MD. Together they have authored the New York Times bestselling book: The Okinawa Diet Plan.

The elders of Okinawa Japan are among the leanest and longest lived people on earth. More than any their population, older Okinawans are slim and agile, and their minds are clear and lucid. Few suffer the lifestyle related diseases like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity that are so common in their Western counterpart.

In this inspiring CNN clip, Secret of Long Life in Okinawa (, you will see one of the many typical 90 year olds who still climb trees to pick fruit. You will meet Gerontologist Dr. Craig Wilcox and see a few of the old people who are members of a society with the highest percentage of centenarians of any place in the world. Their secret: (1) The Okinawa Diet, (2) Plenty of exercise and work, (3) A good healthcare system that focuses on prevention and (4) They have a sense of community that values optimism. Older people are active and respected.

An Okinawan reaching 110 years of age has typically had a diet consistently averaging no more than one calorie per gram of food and has a BMI of 20.4.

The diet consists of a relatively low intake of calories … The principal focus of the diet consists of knowing how many calories per gram each food item contains. The proponents of this diet divide food into 4 categories based on caloric density. The ‘featherweight” foods, less than or equal to 0.8 calories per gram which one can eat freely without major concern, the “lightweight” foods with a caloric density from 0.8 to 1.5 calories per gram which one should eat in moderation, the “middleweight” foods with a caloric density from 1.5 to 3.0 calories per gram which one should eat only while carefully monitoring portion size and the “heavyweight” foods from 3 to 9 calories per gram which one should eat only sparingly.

Watching your Caloric Density (CD) enables you to eat plenty of food without getting plenty of calories. Calculating CD is simple- a popular breakfast cereal lists a serving size at 3/4 cup or 32 grams. The number of calories per serving is 110. The CD is 110/32 = 3.4.

An even simpler approach than counting calories is to use The Okinawa Diet Caloric Density Pyramid. The CD values of many common foods have already been calculated and then ranked in the CD pyramid. Examples of Featherweight foods with a CD of less than 0.7, food that you can eat as much as you want are water based vegetable soup (CD- 0.3); apples, berries, peaches, and most other fruit (CD- 0.6); broccoli, squash, green peas and most other veggies (CD- 0.5); fat free yogurt (CD- 0.6); and tofu (CD- 0.6).

The Okinawa Diet Food Guide Pyramid emphasizes eating healthy fat, calcium, flavonoid and omega-3 rich foods. Whole grains and other good carbs, along with vegetables make up the base of the pyramid.

The Okinawa Diet Plan introduces a delicious diet that emphasizes the right carbs — low-Glycemic Index, good carbohydrates and healthy fats and proteins, resulting in a calorie-lite diet that cuts hunger and maximizes fat loss rather than the water loss seen in many low carb diets. Definitely worth your checking out.

Sincerely yours,

Seann Bardell


We have numerous products that are 50% off– come on in and check them out! If you are looking for new products for GI support, adrenal support, immune support, multi-vitamins, anti-inflammatories, or fun new ways of having your kids take their fish oil, their may be something for you!

Have a wonderful and safe Independence Day!

The ECN Team

“Warning! Mercury limits on Flu vaccines have been temporarily suspended!”

We were just informed that the Secretary of Health, Mary Selecky, has extended the suspension of Washington’s limit on the amount of mercury allowed in the flu vaccine.

This means that through June 30, 2012 the flu vaccine will contain higher amounts of mercury than considered safe for pregnant women and children under 3. If you or a loved one must get a flu vaccine, demand the single dose vials of flu vaccine because they do not have increased amounts of mercury.

The Washington state law permits increased amounts of mercury in vaccines when there is a shortage of vaccines. This is unacceptable, and should not be permitted.

If you would like to voice your opinion, please contact:

*Janna Bardi, MPH*
Manager, Immunization Program CHILD Profile
Washington State Department of Health
PO Box 47843
111 Israel Road SE
Olympia, WA 98504-7843
*email:* _janna.bardi@doh.wa.gov_>
*phone:* 360.236.3568