National Asthma and Allergy Month          
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Sunlight Chronicle
Volume III Issue 1
May 2013

Sunlight Natural Health
6302 Falls Road, Suite C

Welcome to the May Edition of the Sunlight Chronicle!

May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month!

I am excited to share with you what we are doing to bring you the best in thoughtful and thorough health care with only the safest and highest quality supplements and herbs to support your progress!

Best Regards,
Dr. Janene Martin, N.D.

Calendar of Events
May 18                SNH Spring Open House & Art Exhibit
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A Holistic Approach to the Treatment of Asthma

By Bernie Noe, ND – Green Mountain Natural Health

Asthma is a common condition that leads to breathing difficulty, coughing, and wheezing. It is caused by a combination of spasm of the small airways of the lung and inflammation, both of which impair the ability of the lungs to exchange air. The severity of asthma symptoms can range from mild wheezing to life-threatening breathing difficulties. It affects about 3% of the US population, with children under the age of 10 being most at risk.

The natural treatment of asthma focuses on several key principles: reducing allergic exposure, reducing the sensitivity and spasticity of the airways of the lungs, balancing the allergic/inflammatory pathways in the body, and correcting nutrient imbalances.

More than 90% of asthmatic children under the age of 16 are allergic, about 70% of asthmatics between the ages of 16 and 30 are allergic, and one half of those over 30 are allergic. Reducing allergic exposure is therefore key to the treatment of asthma and includes avoiding not only airborne allergens such as molds, pollens, animal dander, and dust, but also food allergens such as dairy, eggs, and wheat.

The first step in reducing exposure to airborne allergens is to determine what the individual is reacting to. There are two basic options to determine this: skin allergy testing (which is done by an allergist) and blood allergy testing (which can be done by most physicians). Once the allergic triggers have been identified, a plan should be developed to reduce exposure to those allergens. Dust mites, for example, can be found in especially high numbers in carpets and bedding. These items can be removed, treated, or covered to reduce dust mite populations. Air filters can be an effective way to remove allergens from the air as well. Both HEPA and ionizing air purifiers work well, but ionization units should be chosen carefully for low ozone output, which is itself an irritant.

Food allergies are very common in people with asthma, especially when the asthma starts early in life. A 1981 study of 284 asthmatic children found food sensitivities in 75% of them, and other studies have identified food allergy as the sole cause of asthma in up to 40% of adults. Dairy, eggs, wheat, gluten, citrus, peanuts, and chocolate are some of the most common offenders, although any food can be a potential allergen.

While most people think of a food allergy when someone eats a food such as a peanut and has immediate difficulty with breathing, a more common type of allergic reaction is delayed and more insidious in nature. Most people with this latter type of allergy are unaware they are allergic. Unfortunately hidden food allergy as a cause of asthma is almost completely ignored by the conventional medical community.

Food allergies can be effectively diagnosed with either a blood test or an elimination/challenge diet. While skin allergy testing is available for foods as well, it is not useful for diagnosing these delayed types of food allergies. Once the allergic foods are determined, they must be eliminated from the diet.

Reducing the spasticity of the airway is also an important goal. Magnesium is well known for its ability to relieve muscle spasm, and this includes the muscles that surround the airways of the lung. Green tea and the herbal medicine Lobelia are also effective bronchodilators.

Balancing the allergic/inflammatory pathways in the body is also very important. Omega-3 oils, which are found in fish and flax seeds, can be an effective way to do this. One study found that children who eat fish more than once per week have one third the risk of developing asthma as those who don’t eat fish regularly. Avoiding tartrazine dyes (found in many artificial colorings), preservatives, aspirin, ibuprofen, and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs is also important as these substances promote the production of leukotrienes, potent inflammatory substances involved in asthma.

Nutrients that are important in the treatment of asthma include vitamins C, B6, and B12, and the minerals selenium and molybdenum. There have been 11 clinical studies since 1973 that have studied the use of vitamin C in the treatment of asthma, seven of which showed significant improvement. Vitamin B12 and molybdenum both act to reduce sensitivity to sulfites, a common ingredient of restaurant foods that aggravates asthma in an estimated 5-10% of sufferers.

Finally, many people with asthma don’t produce enough stomach acid, a condition which can lead to food allergies and decreased nutrient absorption. A 1931 study found that 80% of asthmatic children produce insufficient amounts of stomach acid. This problem can be corrected with hydrochloric acid supplements.

While all of the above natural substances can be used individually, the greatest benefit comes from a comprehensive treatment program that includes the use of appropriate herbs, nutrients, dietary modifications, and allergen elimination. Many people with mild to moderate asthma are able to reduce or even eliminate their need for prescription medications by following this approach. Asthma medications should not, however, be discontinued without first consulting a physician, as this can lead to a life-threatening emergency.
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Featured Products for May
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Omega Co3
There are many potential benefits for supplementing your diet with omega-3s. For instance, significant evidence indicates omega-3 fatty acids may lower triglycerides and blood pressure. Their biggest role may be reducing inflammation in the body, and inflammation is responsible for a wide range of diseases - from asthma to Alzheimer's.
Featured Recipe
Smoked Salmon and Yam Salad
with Creamy Chipotle-Lime Dressing

From Nourishing Meals


3½ to 4 pounds yams, peeled and cubed
½ pound smoked salmon
1 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and diced
4 to 5 green onions, sliced into rounds
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
½ cup raw cashews
6 to 8 tablespoons water
¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 small garlic clove
¾ to 1 teaspoon sea salt or Herbamare
¼ to ½ teaspoon chipotle chile powder

To make the salad, cook the cubed yams in a steamer basket over about 2 inches of water in a 2- or 3-quart pot. Place a lid on the pot and cook over medium-high heat. Steam for 15 to 20 minutes, or until fork-tender. Do not overcook! Transfer to a plate or platter to cool completely.
In a large bowl, combine the cooled yams and remaining salad ingredients and gently toss together. 
To make the dressing, add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend on high until smooth and creamy. For a thinner dressing, add more water. Taste and adjust the salt and seasonings if necessary. Pour the dressing over the salad and gently toss to coat. Serve. Salad keeps in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Yield: 6 servings
Variation: If you are vegan or allergic to fish, replace the smoked salmon with 2 to 3 cups of cooked black beans.
MD ND Legislation Update
In case you didn't't know...

We Did It!!!

Governor Martin O'Malley signed the Naturopathic licensure bill into law on April 14, 2014 making Maryland the 18th state to license Naturopathic Doctors. The first licenses will be issued March 1, 2016. This allows the time needed for implementing the many processes needed for a smooth transition into our new licensure here in Maryland.

These upcoming changes in our sate are very exciting. I am proud and honored by the tireless efforts and accomplishments of my naturopathic and conventional medical colleagues working collaboratively to better the lives of all Marylanders.

In Wellness,

Dr. Janene Martin, N.D.

About Us

At Sunlight Natural Health you will find a team of licensed professionals who approach your health care from varied holistic modalities.  This gives you the control over the health care decisions that are right for you.
Sunlight Natural Health is located on Falls Road in the Bare Hills Business district just 1 mile North of Whole Foods grocery and serves the Greater Baltimore, Maryland / Washington DC, and Southern Pennsylvania area. We provide health care for all ages addressing chronic, acute, and preventative health care needs.
Jump start your health! The Sunlight Natural Pharmacy offers a selection of the highest quality vitamins, herbs, and nutritional supplements to support your health needs.  Find all of your vitamins and supplements at Sunlight Natural Health.  Whether you’re looking for immune or adrenal support, digestive enzymes, or natural allergy relief, we can help you find the products you’re looking for.

We treat you, not your disease!
Our Licensed Practitioners

Dr. Janene Martin, N.D., is a licensed naturopathic physician whose practice includes functional medical assessments, lifestyle and nutritional counseling, homeopathy, herbal and nutritional supplementation, and hydrotherapy.
Victoria Behm, CNS, MS, R-HYI, is a Certified Nutrition Specialist Practitioner and a graduate of the Maryland University of Integrative Health’s Nutrition and Integrative Health Program. Victoria offers nutritional counseling, private cooking classes, grocery store tours, yoga classes and integrative health workshops.

Gina Corso, M.Ac., L.Ac., Chinese Herbalist, is a licensed acupuncturist and certified Chinese Herbalist who offers a balance of traditional and contemporary healing modalities focusing on women's health.

Lauren Going, LCSW-C, RYT, is a licensed psychotherapist using a psychodynamic and holistic framework to help adults, adolescents, and families.

Lucy (Shraddha) Hagan BA, LMT, NCTMB, is licensed to practice massage therapy in the state of Maryland and she is nationally certified. She is a Reiki Master, Certified Aromatherapist, and Certified Reflexologist. She is trained in Craniosacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release. She works with people of all ages to support the release of negativity on all levels for greater experiences of wholeness and well being.

Amy Joyce, M.Ac., L.Ac., is a licensed acupuncturist who combines classical acupuncture, practical body wisdom, and meditation to facilitate mindful healing.
Jessica Luty Kabrhel, LCSW-C, is a licensed psychotherapist assisting adolescents and adults with personal growth, recovery, and healing.

Kasia Kines, M.S., LDN, CNS, CN, is a licensed nutritionist who focuses on the environmental aspects of nutrition and offers a holistic nutrition program that includes a detoxification protocol for a wide variety of conditions.
Wendy Kurtz, M.S., B.S., B.A., is a certified colon hydrotherapist trained in the SLO-FIL technique and a health coach who focuses on treating the whole person.

MaryAnn Niclas, LCSW-C, CYT, is a licensed clinical therapist who has been in private practice in Baltimore for more than 20 years.  She is well-versed in several therapy modalities and works with individuals, families, and children
Karolina J. Tittel is a wellness consultant & TLS Weight Solution coach who coaches groups and individuals in healthy lifestyle behaviors using the Transitions Lifestyle System.

Anita Wilson, LMT, is a licensed massage therapist who offers custom massage utilizing Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point, reflexology, sports massage, and myofascial release to help reduce stress, promote relaxation and relieve muscular pain

Karen Shavin, MEd, RYT, LMT, is a licensed massage therapist who offers custom massage utilizing Swedish, deep tissue, myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, and energetic techniques to help reduce stress, promote relaxation and relieve muscular pain.
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