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Why Wildwood?

Healthcare that treats the person not the condition

A conversation with Daniel Katz, co-founder of Wildwood, a holistic, integrative health practice on India Street in downtown Portland, Maine.

Katz’s calling into holistic medicine came right after college when he first became a physical therapist. He noticed a lot of patients coming in with particular issues, such as knee or back pain, but they would also have a laundry list of other problems.

At the time, I didn’t really have a context to understand why all of the things they were suffering from might contribute to their knee pain,” he explains. So, Katz started looking for what else might be out there to treat pain that was not related to his training as a physical therapist. At the same time, he started seeing an acupuncturist for sinus problems, which he had suffered from since childhood. This journey eventually led Katz on a path toward attaining a master’s degree in the Science of Oriental Medicine, in addition to his Physical Therapy degree.

Why Wildwood?

In 2005, Katz and his wife Dr. Sasha Rose, a board-certified naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist, moved across the country from Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine. They knew they wanted to start a holistic healthcare practice, so they joined together to offer a unique eastern/western medicine approach. It all started in one small treatment room, just the two of them, and then Wildwood blossomed. Today the practice occupies a 4,000 square foot building on India Street, with seven health care practitioners offering naturopathic medicine, private acupuncture, physical therapy, massage, herbal medicine and a thriving community acupuncture program.

Why seek alternative healthcare?

Katz and Rose feel deeply connected to greater Portland and find that there’s a community of people who are thoughtful in how they want to be treated for their healthcare needs. Many do not want a complicated plan of care. “They want a simplified and down-to-earth way of looking at their health and many reject the notion of taking a lot of medicine,” says Katz. Wildwood patients often seek an alternative approach or some combination of alternative and conventional medicine.

There has been a bit of divide between alternative and conventional medicine, but I think that is being merged together now,” explains Katz, who has served as a mentor in the Maine Medical Center Integrative Medicine Department. “There’s much more alternative medicine in the conventional medicine world and vice versa,” he adds. People are no longer choosing only a conventional treatment or only an alternative treatment.

Some patients may have had a bad experience with conventional healthcare, or they want a different kind of approach, or they have new diagnosis and don’t want to go down a road that requires a lot of new medication. They are looking for a place that will treat the person and not the symptoms or condition.

At Wildwood, we don’t have a preconceived idea of what people will want when they come in,” says Katz. “We look at people with a holistic point view and meet them where they are on their road to health.”

Wildwood also works to help patients remove barriers to wellness. Some of the most common barriers include the cost of healthcare, work and time-related barriers, physical distance, restrictions, such as social barriers, and mindset. “Some people are locked into their own idea that their illness is part of them as opposed to something that can be treated,” says Katz. “Part of our job is to break down those barriers and see if we can help.”

The calling to be a healer

Katz says he knew from a very young age that he wanted to do something that was bigger than his own health and well-being, and he wanted to help people along in their journey. “I always knew that I was going into some sort of health care,” he says. When he was younger and involved in sports, he was fascinated by how people could come back after an injury even better than they were before. “That’s what drove me right out of high school into a physical therapy program,” he laughs.

Today, one of the things Daniel loves about his practice is that he doesn’t need a lot of equipment to treat people.

All I need is my mind, my hands, and acupuncture needles to help someone to heal.”


Three Natural Remedies for Heartburn

Theres Natural Relief from Heartburn

Have you suffered for months or years from heartburn, acid reflux, or indigestion? Is it to the point where you carry Tums, Pepto-Bismol or proton pump inhibitors around with you wherever you go? Heartburn, acid reflux, and indigestion are common ailments, and people of all ages experience their uncomfortable symptoms, says Dr. Sasha Rose, a board-certified naturopathic doctor and the Medical Director at Wildwood Medicine in Portland, Maine.

Yet, those who take the conventional route to treating heartburn, acid reflux, and indigestion often never get to the root of their problem. Thats because Western Medicine often treats the symptoms but ignores the cause of the condition. In fact, many people permanently adopt the use of over-the-counter drugs, not knowing that these conventional treatments do not heal, they simply mask your symptoms. The fact is that conventional treatments are meant to be used for days or weeks, not months and years.

If youre using medications, such as proton pump inhibitors, to suppress your normal stomach acid for years or even decades, then you could be at risk for bigger problems,says Dr. Rose. Stomach acid is there for a reason, its there to digest food. If theres not enough acid in your stomach, then your food is not getting properly broken up and it can become a domino effect, leading to more serious imbalances in your microbiome and gut flora.

Proton pump inhibitors are really intended for two weeks,says Dr. Rose, yet people stay on them for months and even years.

Getting Natural Relief from Heartburn

The good news is that there are several natural ways to get temporary relief from heartburn, acid reflux, and indigestion. Most people dont know that theres large a variety of natural remedies derived from common plants and herbs and many of these are already in your kitchen!

Here are some suggestions that can relieve the suffering from the burning or uncomfortable conditions that come with chronic heartburn, acid reflux, and indigestion.

  1. Eat your biggest meal in the middle of the day, not at night which is when many people suffer from heartburn.
  2. Raise up the head of your bed and or sleep on two pillows.
  3. Deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL), a form of licorice known to alleviate the symptoms of acid reflux is available in supplement or chewable form.
  4. Aloe Vera can help reduce acid production and act as an anti-inflammatory agent. Aloe Vera is available as a juice or in supplement form.
  5. Baking soda mixed with water can also provide temporary relief.

Finding the Long-Term Fix for Heartburn

The natural remedies listed above provide relief for heartburn, acid reflux, and indigestion. For some, they can even cure the problem. For others, however, its necessary to go deeper. Once youve gotten temporary relief from your heartburn and acid reflux symptoms, thats the time to seek the long-term fix. Part of this entails looking at what is causing the problem in the first place.

One way to start your long-term healing is to look at the most common foods that exacerbate heartburn, acid reflux, and indigestion. Among them are some of our favorites: coffee, alcohol, spicy foods, and tomato products, such as tomato paste. Reducing or altogether removing those items from your diet is a great way to start, but for some its not easy to make these dietary changes. Thankfully you can find guides online on pages like https://www.refluxgate.com/lpr-diet to help you, as getting support can make all the difference.

The process of healing from heartburn, acid reflux, and indigestion can take time, and having a doctor to help you along the path to optimal health, is not only smart, but its an investment in your long-term health and vitality. If you want to master your digestive health and treat your heartburn, acid reflux, and indigestion naturally, Dr. Sasha Rose can help get to the root cause.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Sasha, either in person or online, go to:

http://drsasharose.com/schedule/

About

Dr. Sasha specializes in treating chronic digestive disorders. These include GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disorder), IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth), Ulcerative Colitis and Crohns disease. In 2013 she published her first book: Digestive Relief for Life: The Secret to the Mind-Gut Connection.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Sasha Rose, go to:

http://drsasharose.com/schedule/