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New Skin Care

The Clearwater physicians are experts in nutrition for the inside of the body and we deiced it was time to team up with a skin care company we could offer that provides nutrition for the outside of the body.

The skin is the largest organ in the body and as such needs careful care and attention. EVERYTHING we put on our skin is fully absorbed and processed through our body. If what we use is unhealthy or even toxic this adds great stress to our liver, can cause changes in our hormone balance, and even increase our risk for cancer.

Our new product line, Arbonne International, is committed to the development of unparalleled products free of harmful ingredients, using a combination of botanical principles and scientific discovery. Their commitment begins with research and testing to ensure that each of our ingredients meets or exceeds industry standards for purity.

Arbonne personal care and nutrition products are Vegan-certified: Their formulas are never tested on animals and do not contain animal-derived ingredients or animal by-products. They firmly believe that consumers have a fundamental right to know every ingredient in their products and offer full disclosure through our published materials.

Arbonne personal care products are
formulated without:

  • Animal products or animal by-products
  • Formaldehyde-donating preservatives
  • Petroleum-based ingredients
    • Benzene
    • Mineral Oil
    • Petrolatum
    • Phthalates
    • Toluene
  • PABA

Now Accepting Insurance!

In an effort to ensure affordable care during these challenging economic times, we now will now be billing insurance for out-of-network appointments as a courtesy to our patients.

If you are interested in taking advantage of these services, please check your eligibility for naturopathic coverage with your health insurance company. Be aware that your insurance will only cover your visits if you are a resident of Montana and seeing us in person (not over phone or skype).

We have provided a questionnaire on our website to help you gather the specific information you will need. Please download the Insurance Verification form and the Payment Agreement form from our resources page or by clicking here.

In order for us to bill your insurance, you must speak with your health insurance company to verify benefits and fill out the Insurance Verification form prior to your next appointment.


Diabetes: An Epidemic in Native Populations

The Need for Blood Glucose Monitors and Supplies in Isla Mujeres, Mexico

By Karen F. Rosenberg, LISW

Isla Mujeres is an island off the Yucatan Peninsula in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. It has a population 15,000 people, mostly Mayan in ethnicity. The islanders have many economic and healthcare concerns. One of the main public health concerns in this indigenous population is diabetes.

In Mexico, as in many other low income countries, type 2 diabetes is an increasing public health problem.[1] Diabetes has been estimated in 8.1% of all Mexican adults in 2000, comparable to 5.4.0% in the US. We know that the prevalence of type 2 diabetes is higher in populations of Native American ancestry than in populations of European ancestry. The dominant ethnic population on Isla Mujeres and on the Yucutan peninsula is Mayan, direct decendents of the local indigenous native peoples. One study followed 15,000 children age 12 -18 years old in the state of Quintana Roo (where Isla Mujeres is located) with results showing 8.7% having pre-diabetes and 1% diagnosed  with Type 2 Diabetes .[2]

In another study done in the Yucatan, there was an epidemiological picture similar to what happens at the national level, with increasing incidence and prevalence of chronic degenerative diseases.  The Yucatan has a prevalence of 11.8% diabetes mellitus, hypertension of 32.4% and 29.9% for obesity. [3]

Dr. Dennis Hernandez, medical director of the Public Health Clinic on Isla Mujeres, was interviewed for this proposal.  He said that diabetes is the biggest health concern on the island, with an incidence of 45% of patients who have come to the clinic for health care.  Dr. Hernandez feels certain that the actual rate of diabetes on the island is closer to 90% if the statistic were to include islanders who do not come into the clinic.  He concurred that there are major risk factors in the general population, including high incidence of hypertension and obesity.

In Isla Mujeres, minimum wage is about $5 USD a day. Most islanders are fisherman or in other jobs that are directly connected to the tourism industry.  During high season, there is more employment (at minimum wage), but in low season, especially hurricane season (June – November), there are very low rates of tourism and therefore high rates of unemployment.  Because of the media coverage of the influenza epidemic and the decrease in tourism in the area, the island has been impacted economically with loss of jobs even more so in 2009.

There is a strong need for effective programs that promote and make widely available treatment, health promotion, preventive screening, and sound case management for diabetes.  There is only one public health clinic on Isla Mujeres and Dr. Hernandez confirmed that they do not have glucose monitoring devices available at the clinic.  All blood testing is done intravenously. Very few people can afford blood glucose monitors or strips and wait until their annual medical exams to get tested.  Because of the lack of supplies, people with diabetes often end up in the hospital with decompensated diabetes or other serious acute and chronic complications.

This grant proposal is requesting donated blood glucose monitors, strips, and lancets to bring to the public health clinic and to set up neighborhood clinics where islanders who do not go to the clinic can get their blood tested.  We will also bring literature in Spanish on Diabetes, Diet and Taking Charge of Your Health (NDEP).

Karen F. Rosenberg, LISW

2460 Fairmount Blvd #320

Cleveland Hts, OH 44106

440 779-6727

[1]Adolfo Andrade-Cetto, Jaime Becerra-Jiménez, Eddy Martínez-Zurita, Pilar Ortega-Larrocea and Michael Heinrich, “Disease-Consensus Index as a tool of selecting potential hypoglycemic plants in Chikindzonot, Yucatán, México”.
[2]Reynaldo Martorell, PhD, “Diabetes and Mexicans: Why the Two Are Linked”.
3.  reported Dr. Doris Heredia Pool, Head of the State Children’s Health Adult Health Services of the State of Yucatan, Mexico .
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Being For Others

My life (mostly) goes like this: alarm at 6:15 am, shower, breakfast, drive to work, work, drive home, down time with my husband and critters, sleep.  It’s as good a routine as any.  Over all, I feel relatively fulfilled and satisfied with my life.  And yet, there are moments of pure joy when I loose myself in what I am doing, when my life begins to drive itself as if propelled from some hidden fuel source like the surprise of an unexpected shooting star on a summer night.

“What was that?” I ask myself, “and how can I do it again?”

I have begun to witness these moments and stop and ask, “What AM I doing right now? How is this different from what I usually do? And who am I doing it for?”  It’s the answer to the last question that has shed the most light on what I believe to be a common phenomenon of being human…. being for others.

We all have a story or two about mom staying up half the night sewing our dance recital costume or fixing our baseball uniform.  Yet, she rarely took time for herself for a bubble bath more than once a year.  Why is that?

I am a huge fan of taking time for ourselves. AND, there is something deeper going on here about how we find the resolve to do for others things which we could have never dreamed we were capable.  Somehow, in the act of being for others, we loose our negative self-talk, our tiredness, our cravings, our I don’t have time, I can’t, I wish I could and we move mountains.

You can move mountains today with your generous donation to Clearwater Healthcare’s volunteer effort to assist people with Diabetes living on Isla Mujeres.

Stories From Isla

According to Dr. Hernandez, director of the public health center on Isla Mujeres, 40% of the patients that come in for services have Diabetes.  He thinks the statistic is more like 90% of the island…but most folks never come in for preventative medical care. Here are a couple stories of local residents with Diabetes.

Roscio, a 45 year old woman, single parent, and member of the women’s bead cooperative on the island has DM2 (diabetes mellitus type II) and ended up in the hospital in a coma last year.  She didn’t have a glucose-monitoring meter and had to go to the public health center to be tested by IV blood test, which she was only able to do about twice a year.  We were able to give her a meter and testing supplies free of charge last year.  Now she is testing daily and her diabetes is under much better control.

Jose Luis was the head of security at the hotel where we have held the woman’s retreat for the past 10 years on Isla Mujeres.  Last spring he died of complications from diabetes.  He was in his late 30′s, with a wife and two young children.  The tragedy is that he had never been diagnosed with Diabetes because he could not afford to go to the doctor with his symptoms.

Help to prevent more tragedies like Jose’s, and support the peace of mind that people like Roscio now have and donate today.