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Winter 2003/2004

Greetings and Happy New Year! This is the first edition of the quarterly newsletter for South Bay Total Health, the Naturopathic practice of Dr. Arlan Cage, N.D. The goal of this newsletter is to keep you informed about timely information that could affect your health. As always, if you have any questions about items in this newsletter, or other health-related subjects, please call me at the office.

New Office Hours

Beginning in January, the regular office hours for South Bay Total Health will be altered slightly. The new hours are:
   Mon. 9 am to 1 pm
   Tues. 9 am to 6 pm
   Wed. 12 noon to 8 pm
   Thurs. Closed
   Fri. 9 am to 1 pm
Additional evening and Saturday appointments are also available by prior arrangement. Simply call to schedule a time convenient for you.

Status of California
Naturopathic Licensure

Senate Bill 907, the Naturopathic Doctors Act, was signed into law on September 22, 2003, and will take effect on January 1, 2004. Roughly the first half of 2004 will be dedicated to establishing a Bureau under the Department of Consumer Affairs which will regulate the licensing law. It is expected that licenses will be issued to individual Naturopathic doctors starting sometime in the late summer of 2004.

Until then, Naturopathic doctors are still not allowed to offer the full scope of Naturopathic therapies. Once we have our actual California licenses, additional therapies will become available to enhance our ability to provide complete health care for you and your families. Additional information will be provided in future newsletters, or simply ask during your next appointment.

Insurance Coverage for
Naturopathic Medicine

At the present time, with the ink barely dry on the California Naturopathic licensing bill, I am unaware of any insurance companies that offer coverage for Naturopathic care. Naturopathic health care in California is still too new, and frankly, too small, to be on the insurance companies' radar screens. Some companies may allow patients to pay for various alternative health costs out of a flexible spending plan. If your insurance carrier offers a flexible spending plan, ask them if it can be used for alternative care.

I encourage everyone to formally contact their employers and their insurance companies to request that Naturopathic coverage be added to their policies. Furthermore, you may want to write to your State and Federal legislators to request that Naturopathic care be included in Medi-Cal and Medicare coverage. This type of grass-roots approach was how acupuncture and chiropractic care came to be covered by most insurance companies, and it is the most effective tool we have to gain insurance coverage for Naturopathic Medicine.

Post–Holiday Detoxification

For most of us, the winter holiday period involves a fair amount of celebration as we join with friends and family members to bring one year to a conclusion, and start another. These celebrations typically involve a great deal of eating and drinking of rich foods and beverages we normally don't indulge in.

This problem is compounded by a variety of toxins polluting our air and water supplies. These toxins and waste products accumulate in your body. A detoxification program can enhance your body's ability to eliminate these toxins, which in turn makes every other function in your body more efficient and can give you the energy you need to make your new diet or exercise resolutions more successful.

I will be giving a series of free, public lectures entitled "Detoxing After the Holidays". These lectures will present a basic detoxification plan the average "healthy" person can do on their own. Saturday January 24th, from 10 to 11 am, I will be at the Redondo Beach Public Library across from Whole Foods Market, who is sponsoring the event. Wed, January 28th at 6 pm, and Saturday, January 31st at 1 pm, I will be at the Torrance Whole Foods Market. If you are unable to attend at these times, I will be happy to schedule an appointment to discuss how and when a detoxification program should be part of your overall health maintenance plans.

Health Supplements Bill

A new bill has been introduced in the US Senate that could seriously impact your access to dietary supplements. The Dietary Supple-ment Safety Act (S.722) would overturn portions of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994, which currently guarantees consumer access to vitamins, minerals, herbs and other health supplements.

This new bill actually provides no more safety provisions than the current law, but it would permit the FDA to arbitrarily remove products from the market place in the name of "safety" with as little as one complaint.

To learn more about this bill and how to oppose it, visit the National Nutritional Foods Association (NNFA) online at http://capwiz.com/nnfa/issues/alert/?alertid=4089036

If the above link doesn't work, try the NNFA main website at www.nnfa.org, then follow the links on the web page.

Write to your Senators as soon as possible to register your opposition to this bill.

Chronic Diseases and Naturopathic Medicine

Chronic diseases are epidemic in the western world today: heart disease, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, and autoimmune disorders are just a few examples of chronic diseases that were rare, or un-heard of, 50 to 100 years ago. These are sometimes termed the "diseases of modern society", because people throughout the world who do NOT follow a modern western diet and high stress lifestyle seldom suffer from these conditions.

Conventional medicine has struggled to control these chronic diseases. With all the modern, scientific and high-tech tools at their disposal, the fact that conventional medicine has not controlled or eliminated them primarily means one thing – they are looking in the wrong place!

In the philosophy of naturopathic medicine, the paramount factor in maintaining health is the Vital Force – our body's innate, intelligent energy. When our Vital Force is strong, any invading pathogen or other disease-causing condition is able to be driven off. The body temporarily produces symptoms such as fever, perspiration, etc. which helps eliminate the disease. We usually refer to this as an acute disease.

If our Vital Force has become weakened, however, through improper diet, lack of exercise, stress, exposure to environmental toxins, or some other mechanism, it may not be strong enough to mount an effective response against the disease. When this happens, the disease can move deeper into our bodies, affecting more of our body at the cellular level. This is termed chronic disease – a condition where our Vital Force is too weak to mount a response and drive out the disease.

It is important to note that time, the duration of the illness, is not a factor in determining if a disease is acute or chronic. It is possible to have a lingering, acute illness, and also to immediately develop a chronic illness the instant we are exposed to a pathogen. The determining factor is the strength of our Vital Force and its ability to fight the

Often when starting a true, holistic treatment plan, patients will report that symptoms they haven't experienced in years return. This happens because the body finally has the energy to mount an effective defense. They literally have been too sick to get sick!

Naturopathic treatment of chronic disease involves a combination of approaches intended to restore balance and harmony to the whole being: enhancing the ability of body to eliminate wastes and toxins; correct any nutritional deficiencies that may exist; raise the energy/Vital Force so the body has the energy it needs to throw off the disease; and treat any symptoms that may exist to make the patient more comfortable while the body and the Vital Force brings about a complete healing.

In other words, give the body what it needs, help it get rid of the things it doesn't, and finally, make sure the body has the energy it needs to heal itself.

This very brief introduction to the theory of chronic diseases also illustrates why conventional medicine often struggles to effectively treat them. Conventional treatments usually focus on the suppression of symptoms. Those symptoms, however, are the body's natural response to a particular condition. Inhibiting the body's ability to do what it needs to do in order to restore health amounts to suppression of the Vital Force. This gradually weakens the body, reducing its ability to heal.

Naturopathic medicine excels at the treatment of chronic disease precisely because it does NOT suppress the Vital Force. Instead, it works by enhancing the body's own natural healing mechanisms.

 

* These health statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are provided for informational purposes only. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Copyright 2003 by Dr. Arlan Cage, N.D. All rights reserved worldwide. No part of this publication may be reproduced by any means without prior, written consent of the copyright holder. Address all use requests to drcage@earthlink.net

 

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