Glyphosate Lectures In June!

Dr. Greg Nigh of Immersion Health is offering three free lectures on the effects of glyphosate this coming month.

All three lectures will be made available on Facebook Live.

Tune in on June 5th, June 12th, and June 17th to learn about the effects of glyphosate and other environmental toxins on our biology and our biome.

Check out Immersion Health’s Facebook page here.

Bring your knowledge, curiosity, and questions to any of the live streams.

Visit up-to-date articles and information about the the impacts of glyphosate and other environmental toxins going forward.




Recipe Corner May 2017


  • Juice of 1/2 of a lime (We prefer the tangy freshness of lime’s over lemons).
  • 1/2 tsp of Sea salt.
  • a dash of black pepper.
  • 1-2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive oil.

Simple top your salad with the dressing ingredients just before serving and toss gently;

Try this simple dressing on any of the following salad combinations :

  • 2 cups Mixed Salad Greens (arugula, red and green lettuces, spinach, chervil, curly endive).
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes.
  • 1 Persian cucumber chopped to cubes.
  • 1/2 cup pistachios or nuts of your choice.
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries or Cranberries – unsweetened.
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese (optional).

Toss gently and serve immediately.


  • 4 large cooked beets.
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro.

To cook beets roast in a oven 15-20 minutes – poke with a knife to check if soft.

Chill, cut and chop each to 8 pieces. Toss with the dressing and cilantro. Serve.


  • 1 avocado chopped to 2 inch pcs.
  • 1 cucumber chopped to 2 inch pcs.
  • 1 large tomato, chopped into 8 pcs.
  • 1 tbsp cilantro chopped.
  • 1 scallion chopped fine.

Toss all ingredients with the dressing and chill 15 minutes in a refrigerator for the flavors to meld.


  • 1 cup Long Grain wild rice or Long Grain Brown Basmati.
  • 5 cups water.
  • 1 firm ripe mango, peeled and chopped.
  • 1 avocado, peeled and chopped.
  • 1/2 Red pepper, chopped.
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro chopped.
  • 1/2 tsp roasted cumin powder — mix it into the dressing.
  • 1/2 a green chilly or red pepper flakes to sprinkle as per taste.
  • 1/2 cup walnut halves.

Bring the water to a boil in a large pot and add the rice once boiling. Cook for 5-6 minutes till the rice is cooked al dente.

Drain and cool in the refrigerator for 12 hours. (Resistant Starch Rice).

Mix the rice with the salad ingredients and dressing using a large fork to separate the grains of rice. Serve garnished with cilantro and pepper flakes and an extra squeeze of lime juice.


Maria & Minal.

Five Common Diseases You Might Not Know Are Linked to Roundup Herbicide

Roundup is the most widely used herbicide in the world. The active ingredient in Roundup is a chemical called glyphosate. In the US alone nearly 2 million pounds of glyphosate have been sprayed on fields, lawns, golf courses and parks since its introduction in 1974. Worldwide, the equivalent of over 2,300 Olympic-sized swimming pools of glyphosate have been sprayed on the lands.

Different formulations of Roundup contain different concentrations of glyphosate. The lowest contain just 2%, and the highest formulations contain over 50% glyphosate. The rest of the formula isf called “inert ingredients,” but they are hardly that. It has been repeatedly demonstrated that Roundup is even more toxic than glyphosate is by itself. But let’s just stick with glyphosate for now.

Here’s a short list of the diseases that are now strongly linked to exposure to glyphosate:

1) Inflammatory bowel diseases, including Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and IBS.

2) Neurological diseases including Alzheimer’s Parkinson’s, Autism, multiple sclerosis and others.

3) Diabetes, blood sugar dysregulation and obesity.

4) Gout and other inflammatory joint diseases.

5) Cancer, and most prominently, estrogen driven cancers such as breast cancer.

For instance look at this correlation between application of glyphosate to crops (red line), and the incidence of inflammatory bowel disease (yellow bars):

Or here, the incidence of thyroid cancer (yellow bars) diagnoses as it compares to glyphosate usage (red line):

Notice that the green bars are indicating the thyroid cancer incidence prior to the introduction of glyphosate, and show how that incidence would be expected to continue over time. The yellow bars are showing how the incidence changed once glyphosate was introduced.

The probability of those correlating so closely, by the way, is not 10 to 1, or 1000 to 1, but approximately 7.6 billion to 1.

If you have been using Roundup thinking that it is benign, please stop, for your sake and for the sake of those within your “kill zone.” If you have a neighbor or property manager who uses Roundup, educate them.

I will be giving a series of talks at Portland Natural Health that goes into each of these diseases more specifically, how glyphosate exposure can cause them, how to test for its presence in your body, and how to get it out if it’s there.


Learn more at and stay tuned to our clinic calendar for details. What you learn could literally change your life, in all the best ways.

Survival Beyond Cancer: A Three Part Series

It may be that the most confusing words to hear other than a cancer diagnosis is when your doctor says “You’re cancer free – come back in a year!”

The months that follow a cancer diagnosis are possibly the most trying and stressful period in an individual’s life. There are decisions to be made, doctor’s protocols to be followed and every morning you wake up with a purpose to do something  – anything that will help you beat the cancer & survive. You have a team of doctors and professionals, family and friends that rally with you and help you get through that day, day after day, till when you are declared “cancer free”.

Many feel that for all they have been through with the treatment, it is time to kick up their heels and celebrate. They fall back into the same old habits and lifestyle that they lived by before the diagnosis. Life takes over for everyone – the doctor’s attention moves on to the next patient, the family and friends get back to focus on their own personal life and suddenly you find yourself alone and scared. Your mornings are empty without a purpose and you fear recurrence of the wretched cancer. This, to me, is the time when you need maximum support to keep you on a path of complete healing and whole body wellness. Your survival depends on you now.

Join us at Immersion Health in a series of cancer survivorship talks and learn how to support your body to recover and regain your health.




Food is the best medicine and can be the poison that drives your illness. Make every bite count. In the first of the series we will focus on Nutritional Therapy. Learn to use food to nourish you, to help you regain strength and energy, and rebuild your body from inside out.

  • Foods that heal & strategies to help with Neuropathy
  • Discuss the benefits of Low Sulfur diet & foods that help with brain fog
  • Discuss Elimination Diet & identify your food sensitivities and allergies


SO WHERE DID YOUR CHEMO GO?           07/17 & 07/31

Many of you may have been told you are “good to go”. What does that mean in terms of your healing — are you truly all done? Is your body healthy and strong to live a cancer-free life?   Ever wondered where did all that chemo go? Did it disappear with your tumors? Learn what you need to focus on to complete your healing process.

  • Understanding the importance of Detoxification and preparing your body for it.
  • What therapies to adopt for a cleanse, detoxification
  • Essential Oils & Organic Skincare



Cancer takes a toll on not just your body but also your mind. It is stressful not just for the person with diagnosis but all family and caregivers around them.

  • Make exercise and movement an part of your lifestyle as you go forward.
  • Nutritional therapy to support adrenal stress
  • Yoga & Qigong
  • Guided Meditation & Sound Therapy
  • Sleep and mental health – Essential Oils that help

Essential Oils Are Simple, Safe, and Powerful

Come learn the basics on how to integrate them into your wellness routine, to help uplift your life in so many beautiful ways.  One drop can service every cell in your body! Aroma effects your mood in an instant.

There will be an option to receive a hand massage from one of Portland Natural Health’s favorite Massage Therapists!

Join Lotus Hartley and Dana Crawford as they cover the basics of how to integrate essential oils into your lifestyle, be it for small support with daily stressors, or to support bigger shifts in life.

Lotus and Dana are both past Licensed Massage Therapist, now full time Mama’s that love sharing these empowering tools with those open to learn and up-level their health and wellness.

Bring a friend and the two of you receive an extra gift. ♥

Please follow this link to register for the FREE class:

Practitioner Spotlight May 2017: Anne Carruth

How long have you been doing acupuncture work and how did you become interested in it?

“I’ve been an acupuncturist since 2008.  I’ve always loved the health sciences and nerd out over anatomy and physiology. I knew I’d end up in some form of medical practice, and I was searching for something with a holistic approach.  I started researching programs and modalities that address a patient’s diet, lifestyle, stress level, sleep, exercise….all of those factors that play into our physical and emotional wellness.  Acupuncture and Chinese medicine address all of those things and really resonated with me.  Sixteen-year-old me never would have guessed I’d become an acupuncturist (I grew up in Ohio), but I was smitten from the start of grad school.”


Where did you get your training?

“At the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the sunny, mile-high city of Denver.”


What type of patient/condition do you like to work with?

“I love treating people who are new to acupuncture.  It’s so fun introducing them to this unique medicine and giving them a new way of relating to their bodies.  I love patients who are really motivated and willing to do some work on themselves outside of my treatments.  It’s so incredible to witness someone changing their health or their life.  I love treating athletes – people who use and test their bodies.  And along that same vein, I love treating pain and injuries, especially really fresh injuries, because that’s when acupuncture can most dramatically reduce pain and recovery time.  I also really enjoy working with people who struggle with stress management, anxiety, and depression.”


Can you tell me a short story of an experience in your work that left you feeling inspired?

“My patients blow my mind pretty much every day, so it’s hard to pick one story.  I’m convinced that I treat the most interesting, generous, inspiring people in Portland.  They motivate me to keep learning, to take care of myself, to laugh, to try new things.  Sometimes I feel like I should be paying them!”


Tell me about something you LOVE!

“Oh my god I love sunshine, dogs…any animal, ghost stories, tacos, paddle boarding, pesto, home projects, Ground Breaker’s IPA, watching pelicans glide just above the water, my bike.  I love a lot of things.”


Check out Anne’s Bio for more information. 


Click here, or call the reception desk to schedule at 503-445-7767.


Congratulations To Anne Carruth On Her Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification!

Congratulations to Anne Carruth for earning her certification in Sports Medicine Acupuncture!

Here’s what she has to say about this new skill set:

Pain is one of my favorite conditions to treat in the clinic, and sports medicine acupuncture is an advanced level of pain treatment that blends traditional Chinese medicine with western orthopedics.  The result is an integrated, effective approach for treating sports injuries, musculo-skeletal disorders, trauma, and chronic & acute pain.

In the athletic world, sports medicine acupuncture is used to prevent, recognize, manage, and rehabilitate injuries.  Additionally, by targeting specific muscle groups, these techniques can be used to enhance performance before an event, and assist recovery afterwards.  Imagine the increase in your speed if you could “turn on” your glutes right before a race, or manage your shin splints to keep up with your training schedule.

Though sports medicine acupuncture is effective for treating chronic pain, the ideal time to start treatment is immediately following an accident or injury.  Don’t hesitate to come in while things are still acutely bruised or swollen, or even right after surgery.  I have gentle techniques that don’t involve needles when treating fresh injury sites.

Some Conditions Treated:

  • Low Back Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Hip Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Medial & Lateral Epicondylitis (Golfer’s/Climber’s & Tennis Elbow)
  • Sciatica
  • Strains & Sprains
  • Knee Injuries including MCL & LCL Injuries
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Shin Splints
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Turf Toe
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Trochanteric Bursitis
  • Acromio-Clavicular Joint Dysfunction
  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • IT Band Syndrome
  • Inflammation
  • Sports Performance: Pre & Post Event

So be you a professional athlete, a devoted Crossfitter, a casual cyclist, injured from a car accident, or just a klutz, sports medicine acupuncture can help.  Bring on your sprains and strains, aches and pains, arthritis, bursitis, and joint dysfunctions!

Spring Cleaning For Your Body.

Well, spring is upon us and that means it’s time to do some spring cleaning.  Many of us are used to cleaning our houses, opening up the windows and getting rid of any junk we have accumulated over the winter, but how many of us are doing the same for our bodies?  Well, just as we engage in spring cleaning for the house, it is beneficial for us to do some spring cleaning for ourselves and that means detoxification.  

In Chinese Medicine, spring time is associated with the liver.  Here, the liver is compared to a young bamboo shoot which has just emerged from it’s seed and is pushing it’s way upward through the soil and toward the light of day.  In western medicine the liver is viewed as one of the most important organs involved in detoxification; a natural ongoing process in which we restore health and protect the body by removing toxins.  These toxins may be accumulated from sources outside the body such as pollutants, medications, or foods, or they may be derived from sources inside the body via inflammation, natural cell death, or disease.  In either case, we must clear these from the body and detoxification is the way that we do this.  

There are lots of ways to support our liver and aid in the detoxification process and this is the goal of spring cleaning for the body.  First and foremost a good detoxifying diet is essential.  Maybe this includes an anti-inflammatory diet or perhaps even a fast.  Add to this pure water and deep, oxygen-filled breathes and you have the foundation of a good spring cleanse.  Furthermore, detoxification support will often include a combination of other treatments such as hydrotherapy, herbal medicines, vitamin and mineral supplements, homeopathy, lymphatic massage, sauna therapy or coffee enemas.  With these in place, you will really begin to shine both inside and out.  Finding the right combination of treatments which best supports you is very important to having a safe, healthful, and successful detoxification experience.  If you are interested in engaging in a spring cleanse for yourself please feel free to schedule an appointment and I will be happy to assist you.


In Light,

Dr. Stephen Levy, ND, LAc, LMT.

Structural Integration & Fascia

Structural Integration is a method for producing better human functioning by aligning segments of the body.  

Fascia is a connective tissue that covers every muscle, muscle fiber and is an interconnected web that forms the shape of the body. Fascia is continuously in a state of reorganization. The superficial fascia (directly under the skin) is very elastic, due to its crisscross network of fibers. Connective tissues may move towards an increased rigid state, or in the direction of greater flexibility, no matter the age of the individual. This is how Structural Integration is able to change the body at such a rapid pace.

Each muscle is encased in its own fascial covering. These wrappings, in turn, form part of an omnipresent web that supports as well as enfolds, connects as well separates, all units of the body. These elastic, powerful sheets also form a superficial wrapping serving as a container and support for the whole body.  The tone of this tissue is a basic factor in the health of the body. Surgical procedures, accidents and illnesses cause the fascia to become denser and shorter as it heals. Thickened areas may transmit strain in many directions and make their influence felt at remote points.

A Ten-Series is a process that allows the freedom of experiencing unrestrained movement.  Each week a different area of the body is integrated through fascial manipulations allowing the muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones the space they need in order for functioning properly— proper order of the body makes energy use more efficient. Each session also serves to prepare the body for the next progression. The body is organized around a central vertical axis, the spinal column. Balance is evoked in order to help free the body of rotations, strains and compensations.

“This is the gospel of Structural Integration:
when the body gets working appropriately, the force of gravity can flow through.
Then, spontaneously, the body heals itself.”
–Dr. Ida P. Rolf


If you’re interested in exploring how a Structural Integration sequence might improve your posture, movement, or overall health Call 503-445-7767 for scheduling.  

Also check out Chelsey Craft’s Bio, and her personal website.

Three Proven Therapies For Allergies

Allergy season is fast upon us in Portland, and the excessive water this year means that allergy sufferers are likely in for an exceptionally challenging Spring and Summer. The good news is that my patients have three very powerful allergy therapies available to them:

1) Low Dose Antigen (LDA)

This therapy originated in the 1960s, and has now been used with many tens of thousands of patients, including several patients at Immersion Health. Results are often quite dramatic and even life-changing. I took over Dr. Chris Hatlestad’s use of this therapy with his patients. It involves extremely low doses of allergens being injected under the skin every 2 months. It can be used not just for seasonal allergens, but also for molds, chemical sensitivities and many other kinds of reactions.

2) Targeted Nutrients

There are specific nutrients that have been shown in studies – and in my own practice – to be highly effective. Allergies are driven by immune reactivity. Taming the immune system with oral and even IV therapy can bring dramatic relief.

3) Diet

Allergies represent not simply an imbalance in the immune system, but also the nervous system. I work closely with nutrition therapist Maria Zilka. We utilize dietary programs that can shift the nervous system from one that promotes allergies to one that helps to prevent them.
If seasonal allergies prevent you from fully enjoying Spring, you should come in for an assessment and treatment program. You just might get to look forward to the blooming flowers again! Call 503-719-4806 for scheduling.