Tara Skye Goldin, N.D. Newsletter Natural Medicine that Gets Results!
June 2006


Happy June! Boulder is looking very green these days as the warm weather is here, yet the extreme heat of midsummer has not yet arrived to turn the grasses brown. I enjoy this time of year with lettuces and fresh herbs available from my garden and the local farmers market. Buying produce that is both local and organic is easier this time of year and that eases the body and the conscience.

This newsletter issue is dedicated to the management of our anxiety levels. With energy prices rising higher and higher, job insecurity for many and lack of decent health coverage for even more, as well as an even more unstable global situation many people live with the chronic presence of anxiety in their lives. While it is beyond the scope of this newsletter to address the broader causes of high anxiety, I can aid you in keeping your body and mind strong, calm, and stable during these crazy times.

in this issue
  • Anxiety increases anxiety levels, or you are what you think!
  • Rhodiola rosea for help with anxiety and increased fortitude!
  • L-Theanine from green tea greatly reduces anxiety and enhances mood
  • Coming Soon, Sugar Snap Peas!
  • Coming Soon Virtual Dispensary!

  • Rhodiola rosea for help with anxiety and increased fortitude!

    Rhodiola rosea is a plant that originates in Eastern Europe. It is known as an adaptogen which means it helps the body increase its resistance to a variety of chemical, biological and physical stressors. With the increased amount of physical, biological and chemical stressors barraging us with our modern lifestyles, I have been using this herb more frequently in my practice for people who need a little, or a lot of fortitude to make their lives work better. This herb has been studied for over 35 years in the Soviet Union and has been suggested to benefit the following conditions: amenorrhea, asthenia, colds and flu, depression, fatigue, headaches, hypertension, insomnia, schizophrenia, and male sexual dysfunction. From Alternative Medicine Review

    L-Theanine from green tea greatly reduces anxiety and enhances mood

    L-theanine is a non-protein amino acid mainly found naturally in the green tea plant (Camellia sinensis). L-theanine is the predominant amino acid in green tea and makes up 50% of the total free amino acids in the plant. The amino acid constitutes between 1% and 2% of the dry weight of green tea leaves. L- theanine is considered the main component responsible for the taste of green tea, which in Japanese is called umami. L- theanine is marketed in Japan as a nutritional supplement for mood modulation. From PDR Health

    Coming Soon, Sugar Snap Peas!

    Nothing destresses in my book more than fresh sugar snap peas from the garden or your local farmers market! Here is a link for some new ideas on preparing them, though we all know they are good just plain!

    Coming Soon Virtual Dispensary!

    Very soon you will be conveniently be able to order many of the products that I prescribe online via my website! It is a way to simplify the process and also insure that you receive only physician quality products to insure that our work together has the most optimal outcome! Many of the products that you can get in health food stores may have used old, impure ingredients and you may not get the desired therapeutic effect as there is no monitoring of this industry. Rest assured that anything you receive through the virtual dispensary is of only the highest quality and purity and only available through physicians.

    Anxiety increases anxiety levels, or you are what you think!

    In these chaotic times I am seeing many people who are victims of what I call the anxiety spiral. They have stress and anxiety in their lives, they are not able to manage that stress and anxiety, they don't sleep so they are fatigued, their performance in life suffers which creates even MORE stress and anxiety. While I have two of my favorite nutriceuticals reviewed in this article, one also needs to modify one's behavior and to create a supportive environment in order to combat stress and anxiety. If you find you are in an anxiety spiral, here are some simple things you can do to manage your stress. FIRST, learn to manage your thoughts. Happiness creates more happiness and anxious thoughts create more anxious thoughts in your life. One of my favorite tricks is to visualize all of your worries and stresses going into a huge bubble and sending the bubble into the sky where it goes away. The situation that is irking you may be unchanged but you are better equipt to deal with it creatively when you aren't paralyzed by negative thinking. 2. Simplify and learn to say no. Sometimes you are stressed because you are trying to do too much. Delegate away some of the responsibility and learn to budget your time wisely. 3. Get excellent nutrition. This will keep your body strong so it doesn't fall apart. Eating high quality organic whole foods, minimizing or eliminating caffeine, tobacco, sugar and alcohol will keep you at the top of your game. 4. Get enough fresh air and exercise. Exercising destresses you and keeps the endorphin levels optimal so you can destress. 5. Meditate or pray. This puts your mind into a calm clear state from which creative solutions to your stresses can arise. 6. Create a loving nurturing community of friends and family in your life. Being with people who care can work wonders for coping and making lemonade out of lemons.

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