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Welcome Dr. Alison Kerns ND to Market Place Naturopathic!

Market Place Naturopathic is pleased to welcome Dr. Alison Kerns to our team. Dr. Alison is a naturopathic physician dedicated to unraveling the root cause of suffering and disease. She works with her patients on a physical, mental, emotional, psychic, and spiritual level. She embodies the philosophy of vitalistic medicine, honoring the vital force and self-healing capacity in each of her patients.

Dr. Alison completed her medical education at Bastyr University. She received a bachelor’s degree in ecological and social geography at Miami University, focusing on earth and cultural preservation. She became a certified massage therapist at the Boulder College of Massage Therapy and a certified yoga teacher at the Shambhava School of Yoga, deepening her understanding and connection with the body, mind, and spirit.

Dr. Alison completed a two-year residency and then an associate position with Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD at the Sophia Health Institute focused on complex chronic disease, persistent Lyme disease, therapeutic injections, and psychokinesiology (PK)/emotional trauma work. She has pursued advanced training in homeopathy, hypnotherapy, yoga, and biofeedback.

She has cultivated and continues to deepen her own spiritual connection. While in medical school she completed a three-year program in cross-cultural shamanic medicine with the Sundust Oracle Institute. She continues to study Buddhist meditation, compassion, and contemplative practices.

When not working, Dr. Alison has a love for dancing, yoga, drawing, painting, running and hiking, cooking, traveling, and enjoying all that this world has to offer with her husband and her daughter.

Book an Appointment with Dr. Kerns

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Kerns by filling out our New Patient Contact Form: https://marketplacenaturopathic.com/dr-alena-zweben-become-a-new-patient/. You can also email us at info@marketplacenaturopathic.com or call us at 206-853-6809.

I highly recommend Dr. Fox to anyone who wants to pursue care with a Naturopathic doctor

I highly recommend Dr. Fox to anyone who wants to pursue care with a Naturopathic doctor. He is not only a caring and knowledgeable physician, but he has a bedside manner that can’t be beat. I have appreciated his ability to hear me and listen well, offer great medical advice as well as provide top notch diagnostic testing to be sure that we are on the right path. He has helped me with a multitude of issues over the last several years, serving as a primary doctor for not only me but my children as well. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone seeking excellent care.

~JC, 53 year old female
June 2018

Market Place Naturopathic recommends City Sweats Urban Detox Studio in Seattle Washington

Community Spotlight: City Sweats – your urban detox studio

City Sweats is Seattle’s Holistic Spa, Sweat Therapy, and Infrared Sauna studio located in two convenient locations, Madison Park and Wallingford neighborhoods. In addition tosweat therapy, they offer Lymphatic Drainage and a series of holistic spa treatments to have you glowing from the inside out.

market place naturopathic recommends city sweats urban detox studio

Why sweat? Our skin is our largest organ and plays a vital role in detoxification. One of the six emunctories, or routes of elimination of the body, therapeutic sweating has been practiced for hundreds of years around the world. On a daily basis we are exposed to air pollution, pesticides/herbicides, heavy metals, plastics, toxins from our cosmetics, and the toxins produced by infections and molds. Mobilization and removal via sweat reduces total body burden of these toxins [1], which improves overall symptoms and disease states.

Why infrared? Infrared sauna is the technological advancement of traditional sauna. Despite being undetectable to the naked eye, the infrared light used in this particular type of sauna is able to penetrate the skin deeper, between 3-5 cm (about 1.5 inches) beneath the skin [2] compared to a traditional sauna. As a result, the heat creates a more vigorous sweat at a lower temperature. This allows for a more complete detoxification beyond just the blood stream. Many toxins are stored in fat cells, and thus are challenging to remove [3]. Subcutaneous fat, or fat located just below the skin surface, is the primary toxin laden site. Regular sweating (via exercise and/or sauna) aids in removal of these toxins through sweat, in addition to the body’s other elimination mechanisms [4].

market place naturopathic recommends city sweats urban detox studio in seattle

In partnership with City Sweats, we have developed a program for our patients. We have developed special rates available only through our providers to give our patients with increased sensitivities the ability to sweat and detoxify safely in a truly healing and serene atmosphere.

Happy sweating!

References:

  1. Genuis SJ, Sears ME, Schwalfenberg G, Hope J, Bernhoft R. Clinical Detoxification: Elimination of Persistent Toxicants from the Human Body. The Scientific World Journal. 2013;2013:238347. doi:10.1155/2013/238347.
  2. Vatansever F, Hamblin MR. Far infrared radiation (FIR): its biological effects and medical applications. Photonics & lasers in medicine. 2012;4:255-266. doi:10.1515/plm-2012-0034.
  3. Sears ME, Genuis SJ. Environmental Determinants of Chronic Disease and Medical Approaches: Recognition, Avoidance, Supportive Therapy, and Detoxification.  Journal of Environmental and Public Health. 2012;2012:356798. doi:10.1155/2012/356798.
  4. Ross GH, Sternquist MC. Methamphetamine exposure and chronic illness in police officers: significant improvement with sauna-based detoxification therapy. Toxicology and Industrial Health. 2012;28(8):758-768. doi:10.1177/0748233711425070.
Heal Your Gut with uBiome SmartGut Test at MarketPlace Naturopathic

Market Place Naturopathic Introduces the Innovative New Stool Test “uBiome” Using DNA Precision Sequencing Technology

Market Place Naturopathic has recently added a new stool test uBiome, a company performing a pilot study to analyze the trillions of bacteria in our bodies and how they play into our overall wellness. As naturopathic doctors, we know that over 70% of our immune system operates from our gut, and so, a healthy gut leads to a healthy immune system, and thus an overall healthy individual.

This is an especially true concept for many of our patients suffering from chronic illness, mostly due to infections or environmental exposures that have lead to a breakdown of their immune systems and caused further havoc.

gut bugs inside your body

An interesting part of this test is the method they use to analyze the bacteria. uBiome assess the DNA by way of precision sequencing technology to identify both the beneficial and pathogenic microorganisms. This includes DNA extraction from the sample, and then amplification through polymerase chain reaction, or PCR.

Perhaps the greatest advantage, to the patient mostly, is the ease of testing. The sample required is the size of a cotton swab. Gone are the messy collection styles of other stool testing!

Who are the ideal patients to use this test? Patients suffering from irritable bowel disease, Ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, patients with mysterious abdominal gas and bloating, or constipation, are all good candidates to have the test performed. Schedule your visit at Market Place Naturopathic now and discuss the test with one of our providers!

If you are a current patient, you can simply request a test kit be mailed to you by emailing us at info@marketplacenaturopathic.com

marketplace naturopathic ionic foot bath

Request a complimentary IonCleanse Foot Bath at the time of your first office visit of 2018

The IonCleanse Foot Bath is a state of the art detox therapy currently being offered at Market Place Naturopathic. Using this gentle yet effective foot soak, you will be detoxifying your entire body.

How does this work exactly? The IonCleanse Foot Bath incorporates a small direct current from the array, producing a flow of positive and negative ions in water. Electrolytes are added to the water to improve conductivity. The flow of positive and negative ions separates the hydrogen and oxygen ions from the water molecules. The process described above is called electrolysis, and is the basis for the scientific foundation of the treatment.

A single treatment lasts up to 30 minutes. During this time, the machine will switch between positive and negative charges, in a pulsed fashion. The current developed by the array within the tub allows for the break down of molecules into hydrogen ions (H+), oxygen molecules (O2), hydroxyl ions (OH-), or hydrogen molecules (H2), depending on the polarity used via the machine.

The toxins are pulled from the peripheral areas of the body via osmosis and diffusion. Our body’s routes of elimination, so named emunctories, like the kidney and digestive systems, are then called upon to discard them through our urine and feces.

Many people are interested in the color that is formed in the tub while doing the treatment. However, not much relevant clinical knowledge can be gathered from it as the majority of the color will be due to oxidative effects on the metal plates that are within the array itself.
As a special promotion for our valued patients, we are offering a single, complementary foot bath at the time of your first office visit in 2018. Be sure to mention that you would like to schedule this add on procedure at the time of your appointment request.

I can unconditionally recommend Dr. Zweben to anyone who has challenging health issues

I can unconditionally recommend Dr. Zweben to anyone who has challenging health issues. She is a caring, patient, and brilliant practitioner. I am very thankful she is in my life. I have been chronically ill for over 40 years. During that time I have had many surgeries, didn’t’ walk for over twenty years, nearly died on numerous occasions, and had no use of my right arm. Most recently I was vomiting every day and could not eat or drink water. I’ve been diagnosed with gastritis, fibromyalgia, duodenitis, depression, chronic pain, chronic osteomyelitis of the mandible, chronic fatigue syndrome, severe abdominal pain, anxiety, arthritis, intractable nausea and vomiting, Lyme disease, leukocytosis, hyperthyroidism, history of bladder infections, malaria, Chagas disease from living in South America, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, pancreatic and kidney abscess, tendonitis, and gangrene with chronic hemorrhaging and pus instead of bone marrow in the jaw.

For years I traveled around the country to various clinics that would get me a little better for a time and then my health would get worse. I had many surgeries at Johns Hopkins, Swedish hospital and University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle Washington, Anchorage Alaska, and in Olympia Washington. In addition, I went to clinics in Kansas, Maryland, Missouri and Florida to try and find answers to my chronic health problems.

I finally learned about a clinic run by world-renown Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt near Seattle Washington. The clinic specializes in treating patients with chronic pain and illness. Dr. Alena Zweben trained under Dr. Klinghardt and has successfully treated many patients, including myself. For anyone who has health issues, Dr. Zweben is a miracle worker.

~Ronni, 68 year old female
April 2014

I trust her more than any doctor I’ve worked with

I am thankful the universe placed Dr. Alena Zweben in my path. She is treating the causes of my symptoms without letting me dwell on them. She validates my concerns and addresses my emotional well-being gently. I trust her more than any doctor I’ve worked with. There isn’t anyone I wouldn’t recommend to see Dr. Alena.

~Current Patient
Feb 2014

Dr. Zweben is the most intuitive, sensitive and compassionate doctor I have ever met.

How fortunate for me to have been introduced to Dr. Zweben four years ago.
I have suffered most of my life with leaky gut, allergies and severe depression due to over prescibed antibiotics as a child.
Dr. Zweben was able to pinpoint my deficiencies in just one visit. After following her protocol over the last two months I have experienced a sense of wellbeing I have only dreamed about. My depression is completely gone without the use of antidepressant drugs.
Dr. Zweben is the most intuitive, sensitive and compassionate doctor I have ever met.
Thank you Dr. Zweben! Every person should be as lucky as I am having her care for them.

~Shelley, 57 year old female
Feb 2014

I absolutely recommend Dr. Alena to anyone seeking to restore their health!

My son Coleman and I first met Dr. Alena at Sophia Health Institute, where I watched her run through the most thorough series of muscle testing I had ever seen. In the right hands, the body can tell its story with no words, and Dr. Alena has the right hands.

We began the aggressive protocol, did nutritional IV’s and other body work and began to see results almost immediately once back home on the east coast. I was concerned that my son, who has been through years of medical treatment, would not be willing to fully participate in treatments and taking supplements, but Dr. Alena has such a gentle, yet confident way of encouraging him, and he has done and taken them all! Our challenge is with Lyme Disease, so it’s no small feat to undertake, but she has been fearless.

We now see her at her own practice and continue to make steady improvement. I absolutely recommend Dr. Alena to anyone seeking to restore their health!

~Melanie, 48 year old female
Feb 2014