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Sunlight Chronicle
Volume II Issue 9
October 2013

Sunlight Natural Health
6302 Falls Road, Suite C

Welcome to the October Edition of the Sunlight Chronicle!

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month!


Breaking News!!!
Senate Passes Naturopathic Medicine Week Resolution

The U.S. Senate last night unanimously passed a resolution designating October 7 - October 13 as Naturopathic Medicine Week.

The resolution recognizes the value of naturopathic medicine in providing "safe, effective, and affordable health care..." and encourages Americans to learn about the role of naturopathic physicians in preventing chronic and debilitating conditions.

Passage of this resolution is an historic achievement for naturopathic medicine.  The Congress has now officially recognized the important role naturopathic medicine plays in effectively addressing the nation's health care needs as well as in addressing the increasingly severe shortage of primary care physicians.

For the latest information about Naturopathic Medicine Week (NMW), visit the NMW page on  
AANP's website.

The resolution (Sen. Res. 221) is not yet available on Congress' official web site but will be soon.
A Naturopathic Approach to Peri-Menopause
by Dr. Janene Martin, ND

Menopause is the natural process when a woman passes transitions from her role as fertile caretaker and “doing” to a role of solidarity and “being”.  Menopause often happens to also be a time many woman are forced to reflect on their health as they struggle with hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, mood swings, depression, unexplained weight gain, headaches, fatigue, body aches and pain, memory problems, lack of concentration, lower sex drive, dry, thin, & wrinkly skin, vaginal dryness, hair loss, thinning hair, facial hair growth, and osteoporosis.  Sound easy?  Not if you are dealing with all or any of this. 
Since our first menses, the pituitary gland (an important hormone-secreting gland in our brain) has been communicating with our ovaries and our uterus to create and maintain regular menstrual cycles.  When we begin to enter peri-menopause, the messages sent from the pituitary to our reproductive organs become sporadic.  The effect is that the levels of estrogen and progesterone fluctuate resulting in the varied symptoms we can experience.  A woman’s fluctuating hormone levels can have an enormous impact on the way she feels for months to years.  Peri-menopause may begin  in her 40’s and last through her 50’s.  The average age for menopause is 51 years old.  Menopause is not technically reached until all bleeding has stopped for at least 12 consecutive months.  There are also times when this transition may happen suddenly and abruptly as when the ovaries and uterus have been surgically removed.  As you might expect this type of transition is can be even more difficult.  When the ovaries are no longer able to produce a regular cyclical output of estrogen our bones, heart, liver, thyroid, and gut lining become affected.  During this time, and even afterward, it is primarily our adrenal glands that are the main producers of estrogen.  Therefore, if our adrenals are not well functioning we can suffer all the more with severity of symptoms.  For the young woman who may be suffering with menstrual irregularities and unpleasant symptoms now is the time to help yourself prepare for a smooth transition for the future.  For the older woman who may already be facing these discomforts, there is hope!
I would love to have the automatic magic protocol for immediate relief for every woman who walks through the door with these symptoms.  However, as with all health concerns my experience as a physician tells me it will once again take an individualized assessment approach to find out what will work best for the woman in front of me.  Although there may be a common set of possible symptoms for this diagnosis, in reality, there are a myriad of individualized circumstances that are affecting each of us.   There are many factors that will affect our experience of menopause such as stress levels, exercise, mother’s menopausal history, smoking history, surgical vs. natural menopause, etc.
A naturopathic treatment approach includes determining the best course of action first through a thorough history of your current symptoms.  We are so wonderfully inter-connected.  Menopause affects many of our organs like our heart, bones, liver, thyroid, as well as GI tract.  So a thorough initial conversation includes inquiring about your menstrual history, risk factors for osteoporosis, heart disease and breast cancer as well as any telling physical exam findings.  A thorough diagnostic work-up is also imperative and should include blood work, bone density testing, and adrenal testing as necessary.
Specific treatment recommendations, of course, always depend on your individualized assessment findings and involve lifestyle recommendations like stress management and regular exercise to a detoxification and dietary plan, adrenal support, homeopathic remedy selection and or herbal support. With this approach you can expect to not only alleviate your current symptoms but also protect your health for years to come.
General recommendations for the peri-menopausal times:
  •  Reduce total fat, animal fat, refined grains and flours, sugar salt, use only a modest amount of low-fat dairy products.
  • Increase: whole foods diet of Fruits, vegetables, Legumes and especially soy, whole grains, nuts, and seeds, olive oil, and cold-water fresh fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring, halibut, sardines)
  • Bioflavinoids 1,000mg /day plus 1,500mg vitamin C
  • B6 50 – 200mg/day
  • Evening Primrose oil 1,500 – 3,000/day
  • Vitamin E 400-800iu/day
  • Plenty of exercise
Homeopathic remedies can be very effective for hot flashes but are best utilized when the whole presentation is taken into consideration: A few that can be helpful are:
  • Sulphur – worse heat, sweats excessively, long lasting heat
  • Sepia – heat tends to move up the body, worse during the afternoons and evenings
  • Pulsatilla – constantly changing symptoms, better open air, chill together with perspiration
  • Lachesis – hot flashes with headaches, palpitations and hot sweats, can be worse during sleep
  • Phosphorus – heat extending up back, tremendous thirst, better cold drinks, worse eating
Calendar of Events
Oct. 22                       Free Detox Intro at 6:30pm
                                             Please register at

Oct. 26-Nov. 23       3
0 Day Whole Food Detox                                                        Program
*Further information regarding the schedule is available at

Oct. 27                               Open House at Sunlight
                                     12pm - 4pm
Sunlight Natural Health Hours
Monday - Thursday 9 - 5
Friday 10 - 6
Saturday 10 - 2
and by appointment
Sunlight Natural Pharmacy
Featured Products for August
Breastfeeding and Baby Aids
Barlean's Evening Primrose Oil

Evening Primrose Oil is highly prized for its high content of a special fatty acid called Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA). Ordinarily, GLA is created in the body from dietary essential fatty acids such as those found in flax oil. However, in some people GLA is not adequately produced in the body. Evening Primrose Oil offers a direct source of GLA for these individuals.

Evening Primrose Oil is highly prized by women who strive for:

  • Clear, smooth skin*
  • Lustrous hair and strong nails*
  • Hormonal balance*
  • Balanced mood*

Innate B Complex
B vitamins are essential nutrients for good health. They have important roles in many physiological functions, including energy production and nutrient metabolism, and for the overall health of all systems in the body. Since B vitamins rely on each other to carry out their health functions, it is recommended that they be supplemented as a group, or complex, to provide optimum benefits and to avoid a nutritional imbalance. Several factors that can rapidly deplete the body's stores of B vitamins are poor diet, smoking, regular consumption of alcoholic beverages, certain prescription drugs and chronic stress. If any of these factors are applicable, incorporating a B-complex food compound vitamin into the diet is recommended to maintain good health.
Women's Menocaps
Promotes normal healthy female glandular system function and soothes temporary nervous tension.
This formula is contraindicated in pregnancy. Although a rare occurrence, licorice may cause pseudo-hyperaldosteronism, resulting in hypertension and edema. If using licorice long term in the presence of pre-existing hypertension, blood pressure should be monitored regularly. This formula should not be used in cases of hyperadrenalism like Cushing's syndrome.
Multi Pure Water Filtration

Water is everywhere - in the air, in the ground, in the rivers and lakes. Water makes up a majority of your body. Water promotes skin and muscle tone, assists in weight loss, transports nutrients to cells, eliminates toxins and wastes, and regulates body temperature. Water is life.

19 Natural Ways to Prevent Breast Cancer

Compilation by Alma Cremonesi, Colorado Springs, CO

1.  Perform a breast self-examination once a month. If you find any abnormalities, consult your doctor immediately.  Early detection is vital to successful treatment.

2.  Drink 8 glasses of pure water daily.  The best water filtering system is reverse osmosis.  Water stored in plastic contains contaminants.

3.  Eliminate all foods with additives, preservatives, artificial colorings and chemicals. Read labels.

4.  To increase oxygen in your environment decorate with plants.  In highly polluted areas, use an air filter. Breathe deeply, exhaling through the nose. Aerobic exercise and yoga elevates oxygen in our cells. This is essential to good health.

5.  Chew food thoroughly and eat slowly, in a relaxed atmosphere. Smaller portions improve digestion while increasing the absorption of nutrients from  organic food.

6.  Minimize over the counter and prescription drugs. Substitute herbs whenever possible. Drugs clog the liver and have adverse effects on hormone detoxification.

7.  Avoid constipation, without the use of over the counter laxatives, which can be dangerous. “In almost every case of breast cancer, a history of constipation can be demonstrated.” (Pelton) Plenty of water, fiber, fruit, and exercise are very helpful. Magnesium citrate helps stimulate peristalsis in the colon. If you must use a laxative, use an herbal one but only occasionally. If constipation is chronic and/or you want to expedite detoxification, consult a colon hydro-therapist.

8.  Exercise regularly. Women who exercise aerobically four hours a week have less disease and stress. Exercise, especially jumping on a trampoline, stimulates the movement of lymph thus facilitating drainage in the breast. Move your arms, swim, dance, walk, and do calisthenics.

9.  Do not wear tight bras with under wires. Take your bra off whenever you can. Bras cut off the lymph drainage allowing breast to experience longer exposure to toxins.

10.  Wear natural fabrics. The skin is your largest organ of elimination and detoxification. Natural fabrics allow the skin to breathe. Avoid dry-cleaning whenever possible. Carcinogenic chemicals from dry cleaning can enter your system through your skin. If you must dry clean, air out garments before wearing.

11.  Do not use any harsh anti-perspirants, deodorants, soaps, detergents, lotion, make-up, hair dye, etc.  Every chemical you put on your skin enters your body, thus increasing detoxification requirements on your liver.

12.  Massage your breasts daily as massage stimulates blood flow and oxygen thus increasing lymphatic drainage.

13.  Dry brush your skin daily with a natural skin brush in a circular motion toward the heart, emphasizing the areas where lymph nodes are concentrated, neck, shoulders, underarms, inner thighs etc.  Skin brushing in the morning can be more energizing than coffee.

14.  Install a shower filter. Chlorine and other carcinogens found in tap water enter the body through the skin.

15.  Take saunas, steam baths, herbal baths and wraps, and have massages as often as possible. These assist detoxification.

16.  Avoid holding stress and resentment in your body. Find healthy ways to relax and express yourself to eliminate stress. Emotional and personality make-up are large factors in attaining wellness. Love of life, love for oneself, and deep connections to others help us make healthier choices. Expressing emotions, even ‘negative’ ones, are a part of wellness.

17.  Spirituality contributes to wellness. It means something different to each of us. It can be appreciation of our worth, uniqueness, and purpose. It can be to have faith, to love, to forgive, an/or to commune with nature.

18.  Make changes gradually, learn more about preventing disease and share this information. Remember that the more organically you eat, the healthier you and the earth will be.

19.  Take responsibility for your health and your body. Find a competent, alternative health-care provider that you trust.  

Featured Recipe
Roasted Sweet Potato Soup with Curried Apples
By Whole Living: Body + Soul in Balance

For this recipe, use a crisp, fiber-packed apple like Lady Apple, Cortland, or Gala. The roasted sweet potatoes are loaded with beta-carotene.


  • 2 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes (3 or 4)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, halved and sliced
  • Coarse salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper, ribs and seeds removed, thinly sliced
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, ribs and seeds removed, thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup dry sherry (optional)
  • 4 cups vegetable broth, homemade or canned
  • 2 teaspoons white-wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 small tart apple (4 ounce) peeled, cored, and diced
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped mint, for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place sweet potatoes on a baking sheet and roast for 1 hour, turning once, or until potatoes are very soft. When cool enough to handle, scoop cooked potato out of the skins. Discard skins.

  2. Meanwhile, in a 5-quart Dutch oven or large soup pot, heat oil over medium. Add onion, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and caramelized, about 20 minutes. Add bell pepper, jalapenos, and garlic; cook for 5 minutes. Add sherry (if using), sweet potato, and broth; stir to combine. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook for 20 minutes, until flavors have blended.

  3. Working in batches, puree soup in a blender. Combine batches in a clean pot. The soup should be thick. (If you prefer a thinner soup, add water or a little more broth.) Taste and adjust seasoning.

  4. In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring vinegar, honey, and curry powder to a boil. Add apple; stir for 1 minute and remove from heat. To serve, ladle the soup into warm bowls, add a spoonful of apples, a spoonful of yogurt, and a sprinkle of mint.

Prep Time 35 minutes  |  Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes | Yield Makes 6 cups |  Serves 4
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.
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 & Jill Taylor, LMT, are both licensed massage therapists who offer custom massage utilizing Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point, reflexology, sports massage, and myofascial release to help reduce stress, promote relaxation and relieve muscular pain.
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