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July 2012 
 Dr. Tara Skye Goldin's Newsletter, The Clear Lungs Issue!
 Natural Medicine That Gets Results!
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Greetings!

We have had quite the environmental and health challenges here in Colorado and the West with the extreme heat and the smoky air from all of the various forest fires that have besieged our region. For this reason, I am doing another newsletter focussing on the lungs, healthy respiration and breathing. And while we have had a little bit of reprieve during the last cold and rain spell, the hot weather along with the fire danger is expected to return. So while the air is less than clear, here are some things that you can do to protect and heal your lungs so that you can take those wonderful full deep oxygenating breaths.

I will be away from the office from July 14th until the 22nd and will return to seeing patients on Monday the 23rd. My receptionists will still be around to meet all of your scheduling needs. If you urgently need to see a naturopathic doctor during that time, Dr. Denise Clark will be covering for me while I am away and can be reached at (303) 530-1044. I hope that you all are enjoying the summer!

 Gluten and Asthma are Linked
 

According to an article published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Celiac disease confers a 1.6-fold increased risk of asthma in a nationwide population-based cohort study. So if you suffer from asthma, there is a really good chance that completely avoiding gluten could help to improve your respiratory condition. Here is a link to read the full article if you are interested: From the Journal of Allergy and Clinical immunology.

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 Mullein (Verbascum thapsis) sooths lungs during forest fire season
 

mullein Mullein grows wild in uncultivated fields in the plains and the foothills around Boulder and can be wildcrafted. Look for the fuzzy leaves. Making a tea from the fuzzy leaves is a wonderful lung soother. During this last round of forest fires, some that were very close to Boulder I received several calls about what to do to help soothe the lungs. The main thing that I recommended was mullein tea. It is also safe during pregnancy and lactation. If you do not live near a field, you can always purchase it at an herb shop such as Rebecca's in Boulder or some similar place, but it is such a common herb that it should be pretty easy to find once you know what you are looking for. I usually recommend using 1 Tbsp herb to 1 pint hot water. Steep for 20-30 minutes and sweeten with a little agave, honey, or stevia if desired.

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 Halotherapy for chronic lung issues
 

Halotherapy is an ancient yet very effective form of "nature cure" for lung ailments such as chronic congestion, asthma, allergies, anything that may impede good clear respiration. It is, in a nutshell, breathing in salt ions which have a very beneficial effect on the respiratory mucosal lining. In Boulder we have The Salt Spa which is a great place for those with chronic lung irritation. The walls of each room are coated with salt and spending time in there over several sessions will clear the lungs.

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 Zucchini recipes
 

I moved my squash garden into a sunny spot of our yard and I already have some fruits on my zucchini plants! So exciting after having a few summers that did not bear much zucchini. More sun seems to have been the solution! So if it isn't a fluke and we are about to get a long early zucchini season, I thought some new recipes would be in order! Enjoy!

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We have been providing excellant naturopathic healthcare to Boulder area families since 1993!

Sincerely,