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Portland Clinic of Holistic Health 051318

May 10, 2018|

AN INTERVIEW WITH DR. ERIC BLAKE, MEDICAL DIRECTOR AT THE PORTLAND CLINIC OF HOLISTIC MEDICINE ABOUT THE BENEFITS AND RISKS OF VITAMIN D AND SUN EXPOSURE, AS WELL AS THE CAUSES AND EFFECTS OF INFLAMMATION.

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This is microscope and Entercom radio Portland public affairs program I'm Gary blocks and wanting to jump right into the show this time and welcomed doctor Eric Blake. Doctor Blake is the medical director and major about the doctor at the Portland clinic a holistic health. Pulled into the program doctor Blake. I here take that and certainly so let's get started today by having and you tell us about your practice and about yourself. I'm sure we're just lose. He's gonna close if it does downtown it's. A general primary care clinic but we also are focused on not complicated and challenging cases that aren't finding results elsewhere. We'll treat anywhere from 48 sixty patients the day. For everything from my digestive problems and reflux or anything like cultures collide this tourist I'm local Serb or idea that's. Two persons have asthma. Acute problems since its release sprained her ankle or has an acute infection. Ten patients who have chronic disease whether it's. Cancer. An autoimmune disease it's better than that we really holistic orientation here. It's really looking to treat the cause not just focus on the symptoms obviously more people feel better and get healthy. I feel great but we wanna make sure we're doing now by addressing fundamental caucus. Not just masking symptoms and as we do get we find. Not only two people start to us feel better afford those conditions that might have driven them to come in but there's other us secondary gains as well. How they feel and how their life experience itself. Could you describe fraught in so talk to our audience what exactly neutral perfect medicine has. Sure sounded like that discuss the nature I think tennis is early specialty. Physicians. Who specialize in national therapeutics and first came up as a specialty. Phone gush over a 120 years ago and now one of the first such specialties are really to develop providers physicians. Who were focused on using natural therapeutics now. It today 120 years ago we think of natural therapeutics. Today was quite different today with I think that this herbal medications. And I think it is only oddity. And under twenty years ago that herbal medications or with most physicians used and coming up this deal is quite common amongst regular doctor so. But the nature path expeditions are doing now way back then it was. Using natural agents what kind of natural agents well. Some quote water. We consider how obesity therapy or physical therapy devices. Exercise. Diet tower lifestyle reform. And that was considered controversial back them and what they're doing natural therapeutics and pass for today. We see nature of how they're positioned to provide all kind of different. Whether it's primary care or specialty care. Particular area further torment I don't know how old or oncology etc. And that's really mix using what we think if today is herbal medications. Only have to kind of natural therapeutics. With diet and lifestyle. And feature that the conditions for a license and or again we've been licensed here this position since the 1920s were really a part of this team we have a very broad scope of practice we can. Can't describe regular medications and that we do we do but because of our approach clinically working with patience. Relieved a whole lot less. And very often avoid them altogether or else people are desk and eat less and get healthy and so. I've been around for quite some time to hand. And that's changed a little bit of the case of health care has changed here. We're talking today with doctor Eric Blake a new dramatic doctor at the Portland clinic of holistic health. But doctor were only if we could chew them a few topics today and I think the first one since we are coming into summertime. What possibly be prepared to stay healthy during sunny weather. Well that's that's good questions and it's gonna be sunny and that's actually sunny today because those are chatting which is which is really nice that we. Don't get so much of that appeared northwest. Eliot tell their ranks of the beautiful greenery and of course that's. That's our greens fees there's vibrant plants that grow green but that green is actually a process of photosynthesis and interaction with via the UV light ultraviolet light. And after many years now it's ultra highlighted gotten really bad rap itself. It's. Avoid this. Don't go out into it always swear this onscreen. Warnings about skin cancer also seems that there are. True in part. But we may be actually missing missing the boat on appropriate relationship. To the sunshine out there. And for years there's been this growing ma body of the research that was saying. You know vitamin. What sort of item and next Monica hormone. I regulate the immune system its deficiencies of vitamin. With a whole host of diseases cancers. It's that are up and that the research and it's really turned to paint a picture that. It's we really need some degree of sun exposure appropriates on exposure and a couple of years ago large said he came along and really really confirmed that. And I was just small study. It's tongue in cheek joking merit actually 30000 women and Sweden who were studied for twenty years. And that they this researchers are blinded to the two different groups and you're gonna harvesting a lot of data. In a lot of data over time about persons at risk factors diet lifestyle. Would eventually develops or doesn't develop a certain groups. And they separated the groups out there blinded the researchers didn't know who is in one group. I'm only that they were separating out certain findings for whether or not they were getting sun exposure or not they were some lovers that's one category these kind of leaders. Sun lovers are those who have gotten this done boot cultivated and they do it. Developer relationship where that they would work to do get some vocal leaders would Wear hats and cover their closed due to report there of course on the screen all the time on a very routine basis. And they were blinded there's also they were seeing clearly that one group. I had the equivalent risk factor of smoking a pack of cigarettes is that. And of course we all know today. To permit smoking a pack cigarette today is not helping him and associate a whole host of negative outcomes from cardiovascular disease cancer. Ellen I'm blinded themselves the researchers they were shocked I wasn't particularly shocked because the other incident pointing this way for a long time. It was this summer Reuters that some of the waiters who would diligently. I'm in control there's some exposure with apps. Some screams long sleeves etc. to be that compared to the same type of person who would. Actually cultivated a teen and her exposure to the sound enough. Reasonable way. Two to avoid this I'll point that is equal to winning the they're the people smoking it's pack of cigarettes that day that's remarkable. It's it's significant. It is significant itself. So does this mean just run out and there's. And it. So it's it's a dynamic relationship so he would decide the powerful agent I mean it is ultraviolet is incredibly travellers and incredibly powerful. It's a drives Elizabeth visits and it makes plants grow it and it's it's it's what drives the food chains. And so I think it's really think about some exposure it's a matter of degree it's a matter of cultivating an appropriate. Relationship so some person some I tend to be a little bit fairer skinned. From mafia Irish background but I have all the Italian part of my background too which does allow me if I greeted appropriately it's him. But I have to be appropriate about it. And now person to have a darker skinned. Particularly in the northwest they actually will require more sunlight. Two triggers the vitamin. So there's actually greater need for longer periods. Depending on which are skin pigmentation is to get the appropriate amount of ultraviolet light pigmentation and so. It's it's finding that balance and it's ingredient in slowly it's an action. Exposure and then the reaction is picking information. And that's that's important because. The real risk decide exposures are too big risks of that that the research is pretty clear about. It is just. Studious avoidance. As I pointed out that large study. And that's State's most likely it's because that's how it influences low vitamin. But also because there are other secondary benefits we get from sun exposure on the skin actually. In terms of what problems circulation that's. In general there's two groups of two areas that are a problem one is completely avoiding sun and the others are running out and assigning getting a big burden. Those are the two risks they're really big ones. Both of them actually associated with increased melanoma rate and melanoma is that bad skin cancer we want to avoid. Now there's other types of skin cancer. Squamous cell basal cell they are associated with sun exposure. But tense tight the skin cancers are easily seen easily removed. And a lesser ignored it they tend to be. Relatively easy to treat. So if you're getting the sun exposure. And you do you have an increased risk factor because of the screen installment basal cell. That is a problem but they treat cancer everyday in my clinic. The deeper cancers. Colon cancer breast cancer ovarian cancer. Due to other cancers are associated. We have lower vitamin. And I say gosh as you can see squeamish sell even before it becomes cancer precancerous intrigue he can prevent vacancy and top of that and for. The other cancers internally deal we don't see them until much later so it's a balance and it's funny that trade off don't get. Brennan get burned that's an increased risk for the melanoma every burn a chat increases your risk every severe burn. And the son of the weekends I'm also increases the risk for that that kind of stick answers so. So on the ground. These sensible about it trying to build that you're exposed are slowly it's like exercise you don't go on the run a marathon you do a little bit more hope that more. Creating even the arms little aid you have to man Merrill had different areas and slowly getting a little bit more now in order again. We have a real problem is that our ultraviolet light is actually only strong enough to us so really truly stimulate vitamin. In August for a few weeks. Billions really. And access and as the as the vitamin. Where personal levels are out and supplementing or getting some exposure. If we randomly all test our patience in the coming in is not uncommon across the sea levels that were once considered levels for racquets. It is it's really an endemic problem in the Portland area part of it is that the only get a few weeks out of the year the other problem is that if you are out in the sun. And you put the sunscreens on it actually will diminish vitamin. And the other aspect is it takes cholesterol in the skin getting converted to vitamin. By the sunlight exposures here that cholesterol and blood. You have to sunlight exposure that's not being reduced through onscreen for the whole process to go off. So. Those here it's it's becoming son Sony now we're getting an early sun I would encourage persons to a greater exposure to get term but pressures that's gone on skin. To do appropriately for their skin tight. It's really. Really two and encourage healthy relationship. Without that corset make sure it's. It's it's we we wouldn't be here without the so. Offensively I think that's a heck that's a tree itself. If you're just joining us a little it's no we are talking to doctor Eric Blake medical director nature of I think doctor at the Portland clinical holistic health today. Endeavor because you say that there's only a couple of weeks in August were re really get the vitamin. And so in my many of my patients will supplement. And just think about vitamin. For example. When I supplement vitamin. And then we retest some of the road some persons can reach a healthy level. How few couple and a healthy level is typically around the number of fifty to seventy. And so researcher out of Eastern Europe. Is Arabs are Western Europe. It's showing that it actually may be quite hire a little bit higher than that around the country. But most of the research points to fifty to eighty being kind of this sweet spot. Poor for the vitamin. Deficiencies considered below certain. It's not uncommon for us to see persons. Around and fifteenth when. If they haven't been supplementing aren't aware that's really the yes it's very low global release to associate rickets and soft bones so. I'm Bonnie. Thank you Lisa and exposure were limited there so. What side. I do you recommend in general for person loses because of our long Gracie in which is little shorter. This year is to get this sunny climates where that bend. Or three able to travel out of the region just periodically. Helps I think with the mental emotional application to the darker months here. To give the case and doctors order. Try to put. I'm just able to really encourages. We had transplants here coming from sunnier climates I I always have a the guy always have a conversation does that. If you think the the environment affecting your news the weather's effect units. It is actually you know theft and sometimes just a little fun really doesn't break that up so people get the climate and it also bumped vitamin B. I know some people you'll meet supplement vitamin. And it's a storage vitamins so move into fat soluble vitamins so I mean do you take it your body holds onto it for awhile and human interest stories and it. I also put out for you. It's different field beside him. And synthetic beat item influence that they come on vitamin tablets. He takes them I mean noticing your turns bright yellow. That's because it's water so like all the body uses to breaks it down and it's not stored in the body so when he got on a daily basis fat soluble ones. They'll accumulate so one of the things about that's quite a lot of play by the mayor vitamin. And a patient who. Came in advance. Supplement and elsewhere. It hadn't been observed like that. And put them on a higher guest. Ordinance sensible process as a cancer cases and when we stated get retested their levels were very high. Over 150 and actually which is too high definitely to a line. So that's my caution when we do. Supplement vitamin. Each should be monitored and once you figure out whether your store non penalty that often times. And it's summer. And it went turn in this period there and it's summer and see where you're sort of you're out after exposure. Taking vitamin. Maybe towards the end of the winter period see where you know where numbers were half. How much we don't know why you're regulating vitamin. And here's the road about vitamin. Much lower than we probably actually need it's not uncommon for us to. Two. Deliver five to 101000 international units. Departed the need here and northwest or persons because overlook some exposure on a daily basis. For a period of time to really get people up to those levels that's a type of thing you wanted to to duck. You wanted to kill levels before you can get to this type of numbers there. We do it routinely that we're also monitoring persons for that. And I immediately and said it's I mean regulator tax Michael hormone it's it's it's really fascinating. Total little butter. Well doctor Michael it's the change topics just a little bit although they are some related we hear so much about inflammation these days can you tell us about some of the causes of inflation. How it affects our health and what we can do about it. Terror so inflammation is is a normal natural part of our every day bodily functions are body uses information. Routinely. It's that I use and actually as healing tool and it's which we have an infection and or we enjoy yourself. There's an inflammatory response that should occur. Ramps up chemical activity ramps up circulation. And the gold and testicular tissue and resolve and go back to normal. And there's a lot of talk on these days it's becoming certainly more of the awareness is certainly becoming more mainstream. That. Chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation in the body is chronically. In an inflammatory reaction. Non human response but it's a slew. Sort of slow burn a little greed. Process where you really powerful fire Ter runs through light at night and the big comes it's just as slow smoldering fire. That has secondary negative effects so even even in the area. Cardiovascular disease chronic digestive problems autoimmune disease. Really across the board chronic inflammation. Can Max. Powers an underlying driver and contributor to many of these do these states. And dressing up and identifying. What those causes of chronic inflammation heart. Can be a key contributor. To really getting well. And moving in the right direction restoring health. And what of what is the cause of information. Well that's great question so there's really not one costs there's no one cause of information. Or chronic inflammation. He can be relieved to recruits that we. If reading from the that we don't properly digest that weren't tolerant to. They rule our Robin became the intestinal track look at acted upon by bacteria in the they just attract. That aren't so healthy for us and somehow he'd I bacteria will produce chemical by products and inflammatory carcinogenic. Allergy producing a satirist so fruits. And who do we think it's him. And it can be a consequence could be potatoes or milk can be a combination of its fruits which he triggers it's better and so. Good can get. Well who can do it because they're being active on gut bacteria and there's more bacteria in our bellies themselves in her body under don't want. Under the ones and good healthy ones to actually help regulator immune system. Unhealthy ones can pushes more into a chronic inflammatory state. So the food to eat in relationship to the bacteria that are popular in her belly. I can come from chronic mental emotional stress. Chronic mental emotional stress can affect our. Are neurological system are nervous system and such a fashion that it actually. Up regulates pro inflammatory. Actions. He can come from environmental exposures. For example we we're having those problems a couple of years ago the Kathleen in the air from the glass factories. Kathleen more accumulate in the body. And he can stay in the kidneys for ten to 35 years less determined and won't in the body it will create chronic inflammation and so. I can come from. Infections are fully resolved. Chronic infectious states for the body's not really able to fully clear that infection. There's many different areas that can come from that's why when. For example when we take a holistic look we're really looking to try and understand these key areas create a map. Screen really pro looking for contributors. Two chronic inflammation the screener patients actually with we'll kind of screen time evaluating. For what this chronic inflammation present or not in the blood. And we think about so the bloodstream really the highway of life bringing nutrients to taking weeks away. At least tell the body requires that circulation without tablets we don't get it to themselves. If we have inflammation in the blood chronically inflammatory chemicals interfering with normal cellular function. Wherever we have a problem they'd only be magnified. And we have a healthy blood that is full of nutrients doesn't have these inflammatory chemical by products. They can move freely to the body to for parts of the body. Where we have a problem it will improve the likelihood there will be able to have a beneficial effect so. Inflammation or systemic inflammation chronic inflammation it's becoming a watchword. Hands down. It's actually we've been aware of this for decades particularly in natural medical field. Hi there this study in the 1950s. Hi hospital Colorado. And I'm looking. Information. Cannot delighted to have chronic disease states and and coming to the conclusion based on laboratory evidence is around six or 8000 persons I can't remember who were studied. That these various disease states from cancer and autoimmune disease to these are 36 states that they received. The underlying contributor to the underlying pattern with this chronic inflammation. They need to be addressed and we look now at. When we come teacher at the Madison. Good diet proper exercise healthy eating things that we. Me just see him not related that's actually came from nature haptic touch field. What it that is actually helps her body and reduce inflammation. And and that's why can't global effect and sometimes affects some martian than just treating symptoms by treating underlying causes. Helping the body heal as it's designed to you have a body have a larger human process that can tap into. We have I'll wrap up here I think we maybe running out of time but it. We're having medical doctors particular clinic currently who are doing a fellowship and generated Madison Sicilian village a few in the World Health Organization. And recurrent theme and Communists. Is just to see her. Patients that they are not used to seeing getting well getting better. And seeing this more global. Global. Response to care so when somebody comes in and not feeling well that is globally. Get better and that's really when you would look at that systemic understandably begin to understand how chronic inflammation really feeds disease as we. Treats and improve that and heal the body. We have a larger. A larger magnitude. Back so it's interesting to see their feedback and it's great to see. Awareness of regular doctors are really trying to see what's how parents are a larger perspective it's. Well thank you so much you've given so much information that's ignorant. Thank you thank you hear a thank you thank you thank you for having me appreciate being here again. We've been talking to doctor Eric Blake medical director in the intro I think doctor at the Portland clinic a holistic health thanks again. Metros go fees and Entercom radio Portland public affairs program. 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