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JUNE 2014



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Dear Patients and Friends,

I wanted to inform you that, in upcoming weeks, I will be leaving the gorgeous evergreen Washington State and moving to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  After Thursday May 29th, 2014, I will no longer provide acupuncture services at the Snohomish Naturopathic Clinic.

For future healthcare, the talented staff at SNC will continue to offer a diverse array of quality services.  For acupuncture after May 29th, Jonathan Dodds, an excellent acupuncturist who began at the clinic in 2010, will be taking over care for my patients.  For naturopathic care there are three outstanding doctors, Michelle Torrance, Olivia Franks and Elizabeth Russell.  For massage therapy, breast thermography and aesthetician services, there is the amazing Lori Bernethy.  I have utmost confidence in the SNC staff and their ability to help you meet and surpass your healthcare goals.

It has been a pleasure and honor to serve each and every one of you.  One aspect of my job that I love is the unique opportunity to meet so many interesting people that I never would have met otherwise.

I wish you all the best in this crazy adventure called life,

 Sam Weng, LAc

Fathers Day

Men often put off going to the doctor, but prevention is key!  From prostate health to heart health, from balanced hormones to healthy skin, our naturopathic physicians can help the "father" in your life create a plan to achieve and maintain optimal health.  Ask us about making an appointment for that yearly preventative exam...they’re often covered 100% by insurance with no copay!

HCG Friendly Recipe: Shrimp Stuffed Tomato

100g cooked shrimp
tomato(es) - allowed amount
juice of half lemon
1 T parsley (add other seasonings to taste)
salt/pepper to taste
Tabasco (optional)

Place cooked shrimp in food processor. Pulse a few times to chop up shrimp. Or, simply chop with sharp knife. In small bowl, combine chopped shrimp, parsley, lemon juice, salt/pepper. Cover and refrigerate 30 mins-1 hr.  When ready to serve, cut off top of tomato. Scoop out inside of tomato. Chop & combine inside of tomato with shrimp mix. (You may discard seeds if you like.) Fill tomato with shrimp mix. Top with a couple dashes of Tabasco (optional) and serve. TIP: This is great using baked fish as well.


SPF 3b

 Lori Bernethy, LMP, Aesthetician, CTT

We all know the importance of sunscreen, but choosing which one is the best for you can be mind boggling!  Here are the important facts to help you decide.


Understanding UV

UltraViolet rays are the powerful skin damaging rays of sunlight.  There are two that we need to watch out for, UVA and UVB.

A is for All The Way In: UVA rays find us everywhere, whether we're in the shade or in full daylight, and through windows and reflections as well.  It penetrates deep into layers of skin, stimulating the development of age spots and melanoma.

B is for Burn: UVB rays are the sunburning rays.  These rays have the most power over the topical skin damage we can easily see.  They cause sunburn, dryness, visible dehydration and harsh texture to develop.

A "broad" or "full spectrum" sunscreen is highly recommended. Anything less than a 30 is very little protection at all.  30-50+ is what we all need in during the day, and we need to reapply at least every 2 hours when in full sun.  If you are participating in water activities, reapply your sunscreen within 40 minutes after you are out – and even sooner if you have dried off with a towel!


How to age as gracefully as possible

Always start your day with a highly clinically regarded anti-oxidant (Vitamins C & E) product applied onto clean skin.  Next, apply your serums, creams, moisturizers, etc.  Lastly, before your make-up is on, apply your SPF (50 SPF is best) - even if you already have an SPF in your creams or foundation.  Those don’t provide enough protection!

Don't forget to apply your SPF on your neck and necklace line/upper chest as signs of aging are easily visible here as well.

Remember to pay attention to any skin changes or irritated skin on your face and body, especially that which stays pink.  See your doctor with any concerns and questions you may have.

Call 360.568.2686 to Schedule a Complimentary 15 Minute Skincare Consultation with SNC Aesthetician, Lori Bernethy.



To get you started protecting your skin this Spring, SNC is offering 15% off these SkinCeuticals products until the end of June:

UV Defense SPF 50 (Sheer or Tinted) $28.90    Reg $34; Dispenses 33 applications

CE Ferulic 30ml $130.05    Reg. $153; Dispenses 115 applications

Phloretin CF (Gel or Drops) 30ml $131.75   Reg. $155; Dispenses 115 applications


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