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Liver Health

The liver is a fascinating organ. Not only does it manufacture proteins, glucose, and blood clotting factors;  stores energy as glycogen; makes bile for digestion, it also gets rid of metabolic waste, old blood cells, toxins, and drugs. Additionally, if given the opportunity and time, liver tissue can regenerate, making it a unique visceral organ.  It behooves us to take care of this amazing organ. 

A few simple techniques help us honor and protect the liver.

  • Avoid or minimize alcohol. Alcohol is metabolized into aldehydes which cause cellular toxicity. Drunkenness sensation is caused by the effects of aldehyde toxicity.
  • Reduce or eliminate sugar. Sugar is very inflammatory and may increase fat deposition in the liver leading to fatty liver disease (NASH), strains pancreatic insulin production, and causes cortisol (a stress hormone) disruption.
  • Get adequate sleep to support your regenerative ability.
  • Consider the following nutrients to protect the liver:
    • N-acetyl cysteine (NAC). NAC is the only nutraceutical that is approved by the FDA for liver failure treatment.  NAC helps build glutathione, our biggest antioxidant. It is also great for thinning mucous if you have sinus or lung congestion.
    • Silymarin derived from Milk Thistle seeds is highly beneficial for liver health and supports detoxification systems.   Remember to grind the seeds before use.
    • Curcumin. This compound found in turmeric has been shown to be highly beneficial for the liver.
    • L-carnitine. This molecule helps to transport fat into the mitochondria, the energy producing center of cells.
    • SAM-e.  This methylation support nutrient has been found to support the liver detoxification.
    • Licorice. It is best in the deglycyrrhizinated form to reduce hypertension effects.  Licorice also fights viruses and supports adrenal health. 
    • Vitamin C. This vitamin needs to be ingested daily as humans are one a few mammals that don’t manufacture it on our own.
  • Avoid known toxins.
    •  Eat organic foods as much as possible. See HERE for the annual dirty dozen list from EWG to determine what foods to prioritize as organic.
    • If smoking, consider a quit smoking program. Even organic tobacco contains toxic metals such as arsenic, cadmium, and lead. If vaping, consider quitting. Dr. Rodgers offers an acupuncture protocol to help wean off addictive substances.
    • Avoid synthetic fragrances as they may contain neurotoxins and endocrine disrupters.  Manufacturer labels do not disclose everything that in these complex products. Avoid fragrance in lotions, shampoo, laundry cleaning products, scented plugins, scented candles, etc.
    • If you are doing a project that involves solvents, metals or other toxins, use the personal protection suggested on labels (e.g. nitrile gloves, a respirator) even if you can’t see or smell the toxins.
    • If you work in an environment with hazardous fumes or materials, ensure that your employer is offering personal protection devices or provides industrial grade air purification.

MicroNeedling – Healing damaged skin

Reasons to consider Microneedling

  • Any inflammatory reaction usually resolves the day after treatment.
  • There is a reduced incidence of keloid (over scaring) creation
  • Lightens sunspots
  • Scar repair from acne and burns. [1],[2],[3],[4],[5],[6]
  • Supports hair re-growth, especially if when added to drug therapy such as Rogaine / Minoxidil.[7],[8],[9]
  • Creates tighter, firmer, more radiant skin

Reduced Acne Scaring.

Hair re-growth. 40 year old man who was not satisfied with conventional treatment. Images below follow progress with addition of Microneedling at 1 month (a), 3 months (b), and 6 months (c).

References: Acne Scars


[2] Gozali MV, Zhou B. Effective treatments of atrophic acne scars. J Clin Aesthet Dermatol. 2015;8(5):33-40.

[3] El-Domyati M, Barakat M, Awad S, Medhat W, El-Fakahany H, Farag H. Microneedling Therapy for Atrophic Acne Scars: An Objective Evaluation. J Clin Aesthet Dermatol. 2015;8(7):36-42.

[4] Chilicka K, Rusztowicz M, Szygu?a R, Nowicka D. Methods for the Improvement of Acne Scars Used in Dermatology and Cosmetology: A Review. J Clin Med. 2022;11(10):2744. Published 2022 May 12. doi:10.3390/jcm11102744

[5] Tirmizi SS, Iqbal T, Mansoor M, et al. Role of Microneedling in Atrophic Post-Acne Scars: An Experience from a Tertiary Care Hospital. Cureus. 2021;13(1):e12578. Published 2021 Jan 8. doi:10.7759/cureus.12578

[6] Busch KH, Aliu A, Walezko N, Aust M. Medical Needling: Effect on Skin Erythema of Hypertrophic Burn Scars. Cureus. 2018;10(9):e3260. Published 2018 Sep 6. doi:10.7759/cureus.3260

References: Hair Loss

[7] Dhurat R, Mathapati S. Response to Microneedling Treatment in Men with Androgenetic Alopecia Who Failed to Respond to Conventional Therapy. Indian J Dermatol. 2015;60(3):260-263. doi:10.4103/0019-5154.156361

[8] Kumar MK, Inamadar AC, Palit A. A Randomized Controlled, Single-Observer Blinded Study to Determine the Efficacy of Topical Minoxidil plus Microneedling versus Topical Minoxidil Alone in the Treatment of Androgenetic Alopecia. J Cutan Aesthet Surg. 2018;11(4):211-216. doi:10.4103/JCAS.JCAS_130_17

[9] Wall D, Meah N, Fagan N, York K, Sinclair R. Advances in hair growth. Fac Rev. 2022;11:1. Published 2022 Jan 12. doi:10.12703/r/11-1

Its cold and flu season- don’t participate!

It is very apparent that the cold, flu and Covid season is upon us.  Here are 5 tips to staying healthy and what to do if you get sick.  For those who have read many of my older articles, you may find the links below a reminder of what to do.

Wet Sock Therapy. This simple technique works to improve the immune system as a preventative and treatment. Read instructions HERE.

If you get sick, see what Viral Fighting products Dr. Rodgers suggests.  See my handout HERE  (includes the Wet Sock protocol)

We all hate them, including me, BUT wearing a Mask over the mouth and nose may reduce inhalation of air droplets carrying viruses. Personally, I am grateful for a mask when the stranger next to me in the grocery store sneezes or coughs.

Washing hands frequently and avoiding touching your face also reduces transmission of viruses.

Air purification.  Ultra HEPA air purifyers trap viruses and other particles. Choose a product that has replaceable pre-filters, HEPA or Ultra Hepa filters, and filter to remove noxious gases.  Avoid products that produce ozone or other ions.

Lastly, if you have a naturopathic appointment, but are not feeling well, consider a Telehealth visit instead. Telehealth hours have been extended during December and January.

Micro Needling and Nano Needling

For more beautiful skin

What is Micro Needling?

Micro Needling, also known as Collagen Induction Therapy, is a minimally invasive procedure that allows for controlled induction of growth factor serums, or hyaluronic acid, into the skins self-repair process by creating micro injuries in the skin. These injuries stimulate new collagen production, while not posing the risk of permanent scaring.

Results may include improved skin tone, skin texture; firmness; and reduction in scars, sunspots, pore size, and possibly stretch marks.

During Micro Needling the top layer of the skin remains intact, unlike skin peels.

What is Nano Needling?

Nano Needling can be received once weekly to supplement the Micro Needling treatment, support absorption of beneficial serums, and to support exfoliation.

Nano needling is used in areas of thinner skin, such as the area around the eyes.  

Beneficial Facial Serums

Micro Needling may increase the skin’s ability to utilize the nutrients by up to 3,000 %.

During the Micro Needling and Nano Needling treatment, one or more serums may be applied to the skin. These serums are formulated to nourish and hydrate the skin.

Some of the serums used include:

  • Hyaluronic Acid is found naturally in the skin. It forms a gel like substance when combined with water and is helpful to fill out wrinkles. It is also involved in wound healing. Hyaluronic acid may be applied to your skin and it the base for many of the beneficial serums used.
  • Apple Stem Cells. This serum is used to rejuvenate the skin cells to act more like they did in youth.  The result may include reduced  wrinkle/line formation, more tight skin, and more glowing skin.
  • Other serums using herbal formulas are designed to reduce age and sunspots.

The needling procedure helps to drive the serums into the skin.  After treatment your skin is more open to absorb 24 hours after treatment. You will be sent home with serums to enhance your treatment.


What conditions may be improved?

Micro and Nano Needling may help improve:

  • Skin tone
  • Skin texture
  • Skin Firmness
  • Wrinkles
  • Sunspots
  • Scar tissue
  • Pore size
  • Hair growth

How do I prepare prior to my Micro Needling session? 

  • Do not wear makeup to the session or be prepared to remove your make up prior to your session.
  • Allow 24 hours after your session to avoid direct sunlight, wind, dust.
  • Be prepared that your face may look red and/or dry after your session.

Are the needles re-used?

Each treatment uses new, sterile needles. After treatment, these needles are then properly disposed.

Does it hurt?

Micron Needling may be painful or induce a tickling sensation, depending on how deep the needles are inserted.

Pain usually resolves after the treatment, but redness may take 24 hours to resolve.

How deep do the needles go?

The Micro Needling pen can be set to penetrate skin from 0.5-2.5 mm deep.

Nano Needles penetrate the top 0.15 mm layer of skin.

How long is a treatment

Treatments usually last 30 minutes.

What results can I expect from the treatment?

Initially, the skin may remain red and dry for approximately 24 hours after a treatment.

The skin heals by producing more fibroblasts and collagen. This process helps “plump up” the skin and fill in wrinkles. As the skin heals itself and produces more collagen and fibroblasts to create smoother, firmer, and younger looking skin.

It may take 2-4 months of treatment to see the effects desired.

Are there side effects?

  • Skin will be pink or red and may feel warm, like mild sunburn, tight and itchy, which usually subside in 12 to 24 hours
  • Minor flaking or dryness of the skin, with scab formation in rare cases. 
  • Crusting, discomfort, bruising and swelling may occur.
  • Pinpoint bleeding.
  • It is possible to have a cold sore flare if you have a history of outbreaks.
  • Freckles may lighten temporarily or permanently disappear in treated areas.
  • Infection is rare but if you see any signs of tender redness or puss notify our office immediately.
  • Hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin) rarely occurs and usually resolves itself after a month.
  • Permanent scarring (less than 1%) is extremely rare.

How often can I receive Micro Needling? 

Micro Needling is recommended no more than once monthly to allow skin to repair and improve.

How often can I receive Nano Needling? 

Nano Needling can be obtained weekly to supplement the benefits of Micro Needling.

Who should NOT get Micro or Nano Needling.

The following conditions may be a contra indication for Micro Needling or Nano Needling.  Please discuss your condition with the physician before signing up for this procedure.

  • Keloid or raised scarring
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Use of blood thinners/anti coagulants (ie, Coumadin, Warfarin)
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Immune disorders that prevent adequate tissue healing
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Actinic keratosis
  • Non active herpes simplex

Absolute Contraindications. Individuals with the following conditions or treatment should not be treated with Micro or Nano needling.

  • Accutane within last 6 months of desired treatment
  • Scleroderma
  • Collagen vascular disease
  • Cardiac abnormalities
  • Rosacea
  • Uncontrolled blood clotting problem
  • Platelet abnormalities
  • Facial cancer, past and present
  • Chemotherapy
  • Steroid therapy
  • Dermatological diseases affecting the face (i.e. Porphyria)
  • Uncontrolled Diabetes and other chronic conditions
  • Active bacterial or fungal infections
  • Immune suppression conditions or treatment
  • Scars less then 6 months old
  • Botox/facial fillers in the past 2-4 weeks.
  • Silicone antibody disease, silicone allergy or silicone sensitivity
  • Pregnancy, Nursing


  • Wall D, Meah N, Fagan N, York K, Sinclair R. Advances in hair growth. Fac Rev. 2022 Jan 12;11:1. doi: 10.12703/r/11-1. PMID: 35156098; PMCID: PMC8808739.C
  • Chilicka K, Rusztowicz M, Szygu?a R, Nowicka D. Methods for the Improvement of Acne Scars Used in Dermatology and Cosmetology: A Review. J Clin Med. 2022;11(10):2744. Published 2022 May 12. doi:10.3390/jcm11102744
  • El-Domyati M, Barakat M, Awad S, Medhat W, El-Fakahany H, Farag H. Microneedling Therapy for Atrophic Acne Scars: An Objective Evaluation. J Clin Aesthet Dermatol. 2015 Jul;8(7):36-42. PMID: 26203319; PMCID: PMC4509584.
  • Fabbrocini G, Fardella N, Monfrecola A, Proietti I, Innocenzi D (2009) Acne scarring treatment using skin needling. Clin Exp Dermatol 34: 874-879.
  • Fabbrocini G, Annunziata MC, D’Arco V, De Vita V, Lodi G, Mauriello MC, Pastore F, Monfrecola G (2010) Acne scars: Pathogenesis, classification, and treatment. Dermatol Res Pract 2010: 893080.
  • Fife D (2011) Practical evaluation and management of atrophic acne scars. Tips for the general dermatologist. J Clin Aesthet Dermatol 4: 550-57.
  • Goodman G (2003) Post acne scarring: a review. J Cosmet Laser Ther 5: 77-95.
  • Goodman GJ, Baron JA (2006) Post acne scarring: a qualitative global scarring grading system. Dermatol Surg 32: 1458-1466.
  • Jacob CI, Dover JS, Kaminer MS (2001) Acne scarring: a classification system and review of treatment options. J Am Acad Dermatol 45: 109-117.
  • Leheta TM, Abdel Hay RM, Hegazy RA, El Garem YF (2012) Do combined alternating sessions of 1540 nm nonablative fractional laser and percutaneous collagen induction with trichloroacetic acid 20% show better results than each individual modality in the treatment of atrophic acne scars? A randomized controlled trial. J Dermatolog Treat epub ahead of print.
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  • Levy LL, Zeichner JA (2012) Management of acne scarring, Part II: A comparative review of non-laser based, minimally invasive approaches. Am J Clin Dermatol 13:331-340.
  • Shah SK, Alexis AF (2010) Acne in skin of color: practical approaches to treatment. J Dermatolog Treat 21:206-2

Cancer Screening

Cancer is a significant cause of death in the US. According to the CDC, 1.7 million cancers were detected in 2019. For every 100,000 people, 439 cancers were detected, and 146 people died of cancer.

There are cancer screening exams and blood tests for skin, breast, cervical, ovarian, colon, and prostate cancers. For those susceptible, lung and liver screening exams are also available. These test have proven great worth in detecting cancer, hopefully in early and treatable stages. Unfortunately, there are not screening exams for every type of cancer. Sadly, 71% of cancer deaths are from cancers not commonly screened for.

New technologies are also helping to detect more cancers. The Galleri test is a multi-cancer detection blood test that uses DNA analysis to screen for over 50 types of cancer. Although no screening test is 100% accurate, Galleri is expanding the possibilities for detecting more cancers, and in earlier stages.

How it works: healthy vs cancer DNA detection by Galleri

Watch a video HERE (see bottom of that webpage) to learn how this test works.

The stats according to Galleri:

  • Finding it early to treat early. When detected early, cancer 5-year mortality rates are low at 11% as compared to late detection 5-year mortality rates of 79%.
  • Specificity is 99.5%. This means that the false positive rate: is 0.5%. If the test returns as negative, more than likely, there is no cancer.
  • 76.3% sensitivity ( a true positive) for the 12 cancers responsible for 2/3 of all cancer deaths. These cancers include anal, bladder, colon/rectum, esophagus, head/neck, liver/bile duct, lung, lymphoma, ovary, pancreas, plasma cell neoplasm, and stomach.
  • For all 50 cancers screened, there is a 43.1% positive predictive value of cancer present. The positive predictive value drops from 76.3% to 43.1% due to the difficulty in obtaining DNA from some tumors, including prostate and thyroid.
  • 89% of tests were able to detect the correct originating organ producing the cancer.

Galleri is not a substitute for regular cancer screening, but can add quality information to influence your health decisions. Galleri is not FDA approved and may not be covered by your insurance. If cancer is suggested by this test, confirmatory testing is suggested.

Dr. Rodgers is offering this test to patients 50 years and older.

List of research:

Klein EA, Richards D, Cohn A, et al. Clinical validation of a targeted methylation-based multi-cancer early detection test using an independent validation set. Ann Oncol. 2021;32(9):1167-1177. doi:10.1016/j.annonc.2021.05.806

Nadauld LD, McDonnell CH 3rd, Beer TM, et al. The PATHFINDER Study: Assessment of the Implementation of an Investigational Multi-Cancer Early Detection Test into Clinical Practice. Cancers (Basel). 2021;13(14):3501. Published 2021 Jul 13. doi:10.3390/cancers13143501

What is Detox?

As a naturopathic student and resident, Dr. Rodgers was privileged to learn from one of the best detox physicians in the country: Dr. Walter Crinnion, ND.  Dr. Crinnion taught that there are 5 Steps to detoxification: 

  1. Avoid
  2. Avoid
  3. Avoid
  4. Supplementation
  5. Depuration

Avoid refers to avoiding getting exposed to and filled up with toxins from air, water, food, or personal care products. This also includes avoiding the light, noise, and electromagnetic frequency (EMFs) disturbances that emanate from devices such as smart phones, pads, TV’s, etc.

Supplementation refers to targeted nutrients and herbs that support metabolic detoxification pathways.

Depuration is the process of removing toxins from the body.

In reality, we cannot avoid all toxins. Fragrance, forest fire smoke, wireless technology, and volatile organic substances (VOC’s) in our homes, offices, automobiles, clothes, cleaning products, etc., are unavoidable all the time, but there are some habits that can reduce exposure.   

  1. Be aware and be proactive. Start by creating non toxic home, work, and hopefully school spaces.  See HERE for some simple ideas; be sure to follow the links in the original article.
  2. Vitamin C.  Vitamin C is an amazing compound, one unfortunately we humans do not synthesize in our bodies. (Dogs, cats, goats all make vitamin C, but we humans, Guinea pigs, some monkeys, and some bats lack the enzyme to manufacture Vitamin C). Vitamin C is water soluble, so we need to take this daily. 
  3. Make sure you are able to detox .  Do activities that cause you to perspire regularly. Make sure you are having a bowel movement (yes, its pooping) at least once daily. If you are not able to perspire or poop regularly, please consult with your health provider to help fix these issues.
  4. Exercise. Exercise helps move blood throughout the body and increases metabolism. 
  5. Learn how to reduce Electromagnetic Frequency pollution we get from our smart devices, wi-fi, and potentially our electric vehicles. Click HERE to download a free guide developed by Cathy Cooke, building biologist, of Whole Home and Body Health on the  Top 10 Ways to Reduce Your EMF exposure. Take this seriously.
  6. Consider a regular cleanse.  We are all exposed to environmental toxins daily. Some people are more susceptible to toxins, but it is hard to determine how much daily exposure affects any of us as we age and become more susceptible to chronic disease. Active cleansing 1-4 times yearly helps invigorate our detox enzymes, support our gastrointestinal bacteria, and reduces our toxic burden.

Dr. Rodgers is a detoxification specialist and can guide you in reducing your toxic body burden.  Besides providing targeted nutritional supplementation to support detoxification, Dr. Rodgers utilizes laboratory analysis that help to identify toxic burdens of inflammatory gut pathogens, pesticides and/or toxic metals.

Menstruation Lecture

I was recently asked to participate in a Women’s Health Lecture Series at 4 Rivers Cultural Center in Ontario, Oregon. Here is my portion of the first lecture. You can find the full mensuration lectures HERE. As my lecture was hard to hear, I’m re-posting the power point lecture. HERE

Can an herbicide cause Aging?

One of the most popular weed-killing products used today is glyphosate, commercially sold as Round-Up. There is a lot of controversy about this chemical, including potential cancer risks. However, did you know that glyphosate may also promote aging? A recent study looked at how glyphosate and its metabolite aminomethylphosphonic acid (AMPA) affects DNA and gene expression, also referred to as epigenetic changes. Glyphosate’s metabolite AMPA “was associated with greater epigenetic age acceleration.” Both Glyphosate and AMPA were found to be “associated with DNA methylation differences that could promote the development of cancer and other diseases.”
Manually pulling weeds may take more time, but the benefits include getting some exercise and stress reduction found from interacting with the earth. However, if spraying weeds is more your style, then consider using a 20% vinegar solution. Vinegar dehydrates the weeds without dehydrating your DNA!

Do You Need a Little Help on Your Health Journey?

The Case for Coaches

Dr. Rodgers had the pleasure to interview two personal coaches: Lori Dodson of Empowered Abundance and Blaine Bergeson of Bergeson Leadership Services. They both help people be their best selves. We sat down to discuss why coaches may be key to accomplishing life goals. Lots of wisdom provided! Listen to our conversation HERE

Are you ready for the Pollen Invasion?

A lilac bloom plotting for the next Sneeze.

As the last vestiges of winter depart,
Leaving us looking forward to warmer weather and longer days,
We must also look to the health of our sinus and bronchial passages.
Spring flowers embrace us with beauty and fragrance, but
We may also become coated with POLLEN.


Here are some suggestions to remain snot, cough, and fatigue-free during the allergy season.

  1. Masks.  Face Masks can reduce your inhalation of pollen. Consider a mask when pollen counts are high, when walking in windy weather, cleaning up the garden, or during fire smoke season.  For chemically sensitive individuals, a N95 or equivalent standard mask can reduce unexpected exposure to fragrance.  
    1. Here is an on-line resource to learn what type of pollen is the air:
    1. You may also want to download any weather app that has pollen count info.
  2. Keep windows closed at night. We spend 6-8 hours nightly in a relaxed breathing state.  This is a great time for pollen to enter our breathing passages and create havoc! Keep your windows closed to help reduce pollen inhalation.
  3. Air Purification.  An air purifier can reduce pollens that sneak in when your door or windows are open. 
  4. Use a damp rag to reduce pollen on your indoor/outdoor pet’s coat.  Animals that spend time outside may bring in pollen on their coat. A damp rag over your pet’s coat may reduce invasion of pollen into your home.
  5. Supplementation. Vitamin C and bioflavonoids such as quercetin may help stabilize mast cells that produce the histamine that will make your nose miserably drippy.
  6. Herbs.  Nettle leaf as tea or tincture may help also stabilize your mast cells.  Caution, nettles may also act as a diuretic (increase urine flow). Do not use Nettles if you currently take any cardiovascular medications without first consulting your medical provider.
  7. Know your food sensitivities? If you know you react to certain foods, now is the time to avoid these foods diligently. If you don’t know if certain foods increase inflammation, now is the time to find out. Dr. Rodgers offers methods to help you identify your food sensitivities.