April 2024 Newsletter

April Newsletter Highlights

"April showers bring May flowers" is a term first written by poet Thomas Tusser in the 1500s to describe the natural transition from winter cold to temperate spring weather and the new life that comes from it. (Technically, the original phrase was, "Sweet April showers do spring May flowers," which is much more poetic in our opinion.) Now that Seattle rain and persistent overcast seem to be giving way to sunnier days, it feels like the perfect time to bloom. Take a moment to consider what that means to you and how you will bloom in the month of April. Maybe something immediately comes to mind or maybe you need time to reflect. Either way, this month's newsletter provides excellent recommendations for stress management, metabolic detoxification, detox IVs, and the new weight loss accountability program. We wish you the best in this new season, and we look forward to seeing you at ICM very soon!

- National Stress Awareness Month
- NEW! ICM Integrative Weight Management Program
- NEW! Spring Detox IVs + Detox Product Highlight
-FAQ: Immunity IV vs. Tri-Immune Injections

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National Stress Awareness Month: Acupuncture

According to the American Psychological Association, over 75% of Americans report symptoms of stress, 80% experience stress at work, and 20% report their mental health has declined in the past year. When it comes to stress management, 62% of Americans don't talk about stress because they don't want to burden others, 61% report those around them expect them to "get over" the stress, 47% would like help with stress, and 33% feel completely overwhelmed even after trying to manage stress. These statistics are alarming, clearly showing that America is in the midst of a mental health crisis that only worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic.

One of the many effective stress modulating therapies offered at ICM is acupuncture. Acupuncture's effect on stress has been well-documented and is scientifically supported by evidence. Studies show acupuncture works through various mechanisms to treat stress, including the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems (commonly referred to as the "fight or flight" response), heart rate variability, release of endorphins, and the hypothalamus.

If you're interested in trying acupuncture for stress management, speak to your provider if they're an acupuncturist or schedule with Dr. Julie Booker, DATCM, LAc, FABORM.

  • Sanesco 4-Point Cortisol test: salivary samples self-collected 4 times during the day to measure your body's pattern of cortisol release.
  • NeuroMag by Designs for Health: highly bioavailable form of magnesium threonate that travels through the blood-brain barrier to support cognition and memory.
  • RelaxMax by Xymogen: all around nervous system support from mood to neurotransmitters, nerve health, and blood pressure.
  • Stress Factors by Nutra Biogenesis: GABA, 5-HTP, passionflower, hops, and lithium work to support the parasympathetic response and promote calm.

New! Integrative Weight Management Program

ICM is excited to announce the Integrative Weight Management Program! Designed to provide adjunctive support complementing your primary care visits, this comprehensive program takes a personalized, holistic approach to weight loss by utilizing the following:

  • Diet and meal planning
  • Movement
  • Sleep
  • Hydration
  • Mental health
  • Body impedance analysis (BIA)
  • Continuous glucose monitor (blood sugar) tracking
  • Supplements
  • Auricular acupuncture for weight
  • Medications and peptides
  • Lipotrophic injections

Additional details:

  • Visits conducted by Dr. Reid
  • Appointments in-person or via telemedicine
    • First visit: 1 hour comprehensive intake
    • Follow up visits: 30 minutes to review your progress, celebrate achievements, and address challenges
  • Availability: Monday through Friday
  • Program duration: weight loss is a journey, therefore, an ideal commitment is 3 months of weekly or biweekly check-ins. You may choose not to continue at any time.
  • Pricing: visits are billed to your insurance
  • *Visits do not replace primary care visits with your provider. Dr. Reid will work collaboratively with your provider, but is unable to address complaints beyond the scope of weight management.

About Dr. Reid
Dr. Reid is the resident physician at the Institute of Complementary Medicine. He received his doctorate of naturopathic medicine (ND) and master of acupuncture (MAc) from Bastyr University with additional certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) (certified personal trainer, weight loss specialist) and the Obesity Medicine Association. His special areas of interest include hormone therapy, weight management, and physical medicine.

NEW at ICM: Detox IVs!

  • Kickstart a cleanse, combat brain fog and fatigue, and support detox pathways and your immune system.
  • Includes a powerful combination of vitamin C, electrolytes, B vitamins, glutathione, and EDTA.
  • Duration of appointment: 1 hour
  • Cost: $175
  • Speak to your provider to find out if the ICM Detox IV is right for you or call 206-726-0034 to schedule.
DETOX with Clear Change 10-Day Detox and Clear Change 28-Day Detox

Do any of these sound familiar? Fatigue, brain fog, headaches, inflammation, cravings, poor sleep, digestive issues, or overall sluggishness. If so, you may benefit from a detox program! It may come as a surprise, but everyone can benefit from a detox from time to time. We accumulate toxins endogenously (having an internal cause or origin) and exogenously (relating to or developing from external factors), which can lead to suboptimal physiological function and the aforementioned symptoms. Detoxification can come in many forms, including anti-inflammatory diets, sauna, fasting, elimination diets, and more.

This month, we're featuring two Metagenics products that can help simplify your spring detox routine: Clear Change 10 Day Program and Clear Change 28 Day Program. Clear Change is a dietary supplement powder that works alongside an elimination diet to bolster your body's natural detoxification processes. Both products provide antioxidants and nutritional support for all 3 phases of detoxification. The protocol is straightforward to implement and it comes with a guidebook of foods and sample recipes to eat during your detox. As always, consult your provider if you have additional questions.

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