March 23, 2017

Cosmetic Surgery & Dermatology Issaquah Celebrates 25 Years

Dermatology IssaquahCosmetic Surgery & Dermatology Issaquah Reaches Business Milestone

Cosmetic Surgery & Dermatology Issaquah, Inc. is celebrating 25 years in business this September 2016. Quite a milestone.  Especially considering how much business has changed.

Director Dr. Victor R. Michalak, M.D. established the facility in 1991 after falling in love with the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. “My team and I are proud to be a longstanding establishment in Issaquah,” Dr. Michalak says. “We will continue to serve the community with professional care and exceptional service, as we have been for the past 25 years.”  [Read more…]

Bloodworks Northwest Hosting Blood Drive at Whole Foods Market in Bellevue Thursday, July 14.

Bloodworks NorthwestBloodworks Northwest Blood Drive Thursday

Bloodworks Northwest is hosting a blood drive in partnership with Whole Foods Market in Bellevue (888 116th Ave NE) on Thursday, July 14.

Those who register to donate to Bloodworks Northwest at the Bellevue Whole Foods Market on Thursday will receive a complimentary pound of coffee. [Read more…]

Bellevue YMCA to Host Free Diabetes Prevention Program

Free Diabetes Prevention ProgramFree Diabetes Prevention Program Group Starts May 18th

The YMCA’s Free Diabetes Prevention Program helps adults at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles by eating healthier, increasing physical activity, and losing a modest amount of weight in order to reduce their chances of developing the disease. Research by the National Institutes of Health has shown that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58% and 71% in adults over age 60.  [Read more…]

Colonoscopy: Simple Screening Could Save You from a Very Preventable Cancer

Alisse RyanAlisse RyanBy Alisse M. Ryan, MD
Contributing writer

As a primary care physician, I help ensure adults of all ages receive the general care they need throughout their lives. This includes screenings when warranted. Every time I see a patient who is 50 or older and hasn’t had a colonoscopy, I encourage them to get one scheduled since the simple screening could save them from one of the most preventable malignancies – colon cancer.


According to the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute, 2015 saw an estimated 132,700 new diagnoses of colorectal cancer, which comprised 8 percent of all new cancer cases in the United States. An estimated 49,700 people died from the disease last year. [Read more…]

Natural Products Expo West 2016 Starts Tomorrow in Anaheim, CA

Natural Products Expo logoBellevue Business Journal will be in Anaheim California this week to cover the Natural Products Expo, also known as Expo West.  Contact us if you will be attending and/or exhibiting and would like to meet up or have us stop by your booth.

Natural Products Expo West/Engredea, produced by New Hope Natural Media, will be held March 9th-13th at the Anaheim Convention Center. Projected to be the largest in its 36-year history, the sold out trade-only event will play host to more than 3,000 companies and 70,000 attendees. The natural products industry is experiencing growth of 9% per year, driven in part by new and emerging brands. [Read more…]

Fall Prevention is Very Important to Help Preserve Older Adults’ Health

By Alice Kim, MD
Contributing writer
If you are an older adult a simple thing can change your life, like tripping on uneven pavement or slipping on a slick surface. If you fall, you could break a bone, like thousands of older men and women do every year. Although a broken bone might not sound bad, it could prompt more serious health issues.
Many things can cause a fall. Your eyesight, hearing and reflexes might not be as sharp as they were when you were younger. Diabetes, heart disease or problems with your thyroid, nerves, feet or blood vessels can affect your balance. In addition, some medications can cause you to feel dizzy or sleepy and make you more likely to fall.

However, it’s important to not allow a fear of falling keep you from being active. Doing things like gathering with friends, gardening, walking or going to the local senior center helps you stay healthy. The good news is there are simple ways to prevent most falls.
Do the right things
If you take care of your overall health, you may be able to lower your chances of falling. Most of the time, falls and accidents don’t just happen. Here are a few tips intended to help you avoid falls and broken bones:
·      Stay physically active. Plan an individualized exercise program that works for you. Regular exercise improves muscle health and makes you stronger. It also helps keep your joints, tendons and ligaments flexible. Mild weight-bearing activities – such as walking or climbing stairs – can help slow bone loss from osteoporosis.
·      Undergo vision and hearing tests. Even small changes in sight and hearing may cause someone to fall. When you get new eyeglasses, make time to get used to them. Always wear your glasses when you need them. If you have a hearing aid, make sure it fits well and wear it.
·      Learn the side effects of any medicine you take. If a drug makes you drowsy or dizzy, tell your provider or pharmacist.
·      Get sufficient restful sleep. Older adult who are tired are more likely to fall.
·      Curtail the amount of alcohol you consume. Even small amounts of alcohol can affect a person’s balance and reflexes.
·      Stand slowly.Getting up too quickly can cause your blood pressure to fall, which can cause someone to feel unsteady on their feet.
·      Use a cane or walking stick if you need help feeling steady on your feet. If your provider tells you to use a walking aid, make sure it is the right size and that it helps you move smoothly. This is important when you’re walking in unfamiliar areas or places where the walking surface is uneven.
·      Be cautious when navigating wet or icy surfaces. Spread sand or salt on slick areas near your front and/or back door.
·      Wear non-skid, rubber-soled, low-heeled shoes that support your feet. The bottom of your shoes should not be too thin or too thick. Also, avoid walking on stairs or floors in socks or shoes with smooth soles.
·      And always tell your provider if you’ve fallen since your last visit – even if you avoided injury when you fell.
Weak bones
Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens and compromises bones. Many people think osteoporosis is unique to women, but it also affects older men. Even a minor fall can be dangerous among people affected by osteoporosis. This is why it’s important to speak with your provider about being tested for osteoporosis.
Make your home safe
There are many changes that can be made to homes that will help older adults avoid falls and stay safe.
In stairways, hallways and pathways
·      Have handrails on both sides of the stairs and ensure they’re tightly secured. Hold the handrails when you go up or down the stairs. If you must carry something while you’re using stairs, hold it in one hand and use the handrail with the other. Do not allow what you’re carrying to impede your view of the steps.
·      Make sure there is good lighting with light switches at the top and bottom of stairwells and at each end of a long hall.
·      Keep areas where you walk tidy so you are less likely to trip.
·      Check all carpets to make sure they are firmly fixed to the floor. Place no-slip strips on tile and wooden floors.
·      Avoid using small area rugs.
In bathrooms
·      Mount grab bars near toilets and on both the inside and outside of bathtubs and showers.
·      Place non-skid mats, strips or carpet on all surfaces that could get wet.
·      Remember to turn on night lights.
In bedrooms
·      Place night lights and light switches close to your bed.
·      Keep your telephone near your bed.
In living areas
·      Keep electric cords near walls and away from walking paths.
·      Secure carpets and large area rugs firmly to floors.
·      Arrange furniture and other objects so they’re not in the way when you walk.
·      Ensure chairs and sofas are the right height to easily get in and out of them.
·      Do not walk on freshly washed, slick floors.
·      Keep often-used items within easy reach.
·      Do not stand on chairs or tables to reach things that are too high. Instead, use a grabbing tool or ask for help. If you use a step stool, make sure it’s steady and has a handrail on top. It is also recommended to have someone hold the step stool so that it doesn’t wobble.
·      Know where your pet is whenever you’re standing or walking so that you don’t trip on them.
·      Keep emergency numbers in large print on or near each telephone.
Medical alarm
Older adults can also think about getting a home-monitoring system for added safety. Most of them require that you wear a button on a chain around your neck. If you fall or need emergency assistance, you simply push the button to alert the service. Unfortunately, neither Medicare nor most private health insurance companies cover home-monitoring systems. So, be sure to inquire about costs.
Home improvements prevent falls
Many state and local governments have education and/or home modification programs to help older adults prevent falls. Check with your local health department, senior affairs office or area agency on aging to see if there is a program near you.
Just as preventive medicine is helpful to long-term health, there are numerous proactive things older adults can – and should – do to avoid falls. So, if you’re a senior and haven’t done many of these things, I encourage you to prioritize putting them in place sooner rather than later. After all, there is no time like the present, especially when it comes to helping preserve your health.
Alice Kim, MD, is board certified in Primary Care and Internal Medicine. She has a strong interest in Geriatrics and practices at Virginia Mason Issaquah Medical Center (100 N.E. Gilman Blvd., Issaquah, WA 98027; 425-557-8000).
For more information about fall prevention and related health topics, visit these helpful websites:
·      National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (
·      National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modifications (
·      National Institute on Aging (;;

Club Pilates Opens First Studio in Bellevue

Club Pilates Bellevue PlazaClub Pilates Franchise Enters Puget Sound Market with Studio in Downtown Bellevue

Club Pilates, the nation’s largest and fastest-growing Pilates franchise, has brought its inclusive and positive studio atmosphere to the Bellevue Plaza Shopping Center at 143 106th Ave. in Bellevue.

The Club Pilates studio in Downtown Bellevue is the first to open in the Seattle area, and hosts a variety of 50-minute classes that range from beginner to intense Cardio Sculpt workouts. The 1,200 square foot studio is equipped with reformers for all classes, exo-chairs and springboards, as well as mats, balls, dumbbells, magic circles, and ballet barres.

“Pilates is good for all and can be done by everybody. From Hollywood stars like Jennifer Aniston and Lady Gaga to top athletes like Lebron James and Peyton Manning, baby boomers to new moms, more and more people are turning to Pilates to meet their health and fitness goals,” said studio owner Nikki Adams. “My intent in opening this studio is to create a space where people of all fitness levels who are serious about their health and well-being can work in small groups or individually with expert and personalized instruction.”

Adams has been practicing Pilates since 2001 and actually won the studio through a Club Pilates franchise giveaway.

Club Pilates Bellevue currently offers 36 classes per week, seven days a week, that start as early as 8 a.m. and as late as 7:30 p.m., so there’s almost always a class for even the busiest of schedules. Class times and reservations are all accessible online, and the studio has discounted monthly memberships and class packages starting as low as $10 per class. The studio also has introductory specials perfect for those new to Pilates.

In addition to group classes, the studio offers private instruction by appointment.

“The whole premise of Club Pilates is to make Pilates accessible to every body type, regardless of age, fitness and activity level, or gender,” Adams said. “It’s meant to be affordable and accessible.”

Adams has committed to opening three studios total in the Seattle area, and is looking to open the second studio in Kent by the end of the year. A third location is planned for the Capitol Hill area in 2016. Company plans call for having as many as five studios in the area over the next few years.

Since its inception in 2007, the Irvine, California-based franchise has rapidly expanded throughout California, as well as many other states including Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Nevada and Wisconsin. A studio recently opened in Australia as well.

About Club Pilates

Founded in 2007 and franchising since 2012, Club Pilates is the nation’s largest and fastest-growing Pilates franchise, offering several signature class formats in order to fit the needs of many clients – from young to more senior, and from beginner to advanced. The first studio to create a 500 hour Teacher Training Program designed to thoroughly and safely teach group Pilates apparatus classes that flow, Club Pilates currently has 36 locations, more than 100 territories sold, approximately 40,000 members, 100+ instructors and 75,000 monthly workouts throughout the United States and Australia. For more information, please visit

How Could Olympia Stoop So Low? by Michael “Buffalo” Mazzetti

Why does the Washington State Legislature (WSL) want to undermine medical cannabis? Alison Holcomb and Peter Holmes with Initiative 502 clearly stated that if passed, it would have no effect on medical cannabis laws. Reassuring voters that “I-502 won’t harm patients”.

Senate Bill SB 5052 is an effort by the WSL that could doom our medical cannabis patient rights. This bill could bring harm and even death to many medical cannabis patients. Why would the WSL do this? Immediately, three reasons grab my attention: knowledge deficit, power, and greed. Let’s examine this.

Knowledge deficit: The WSL is way behind the leading edge of medical cannabis study. Amazing anecdotal stories of healing are coming to the public’s attention daily. Legislative bills presented in this session don’t recognize the unique organism of each individual human nor our specific medical condition. New and promising cannabis plant varieties and delivery systems are being developed as we speak. They would limit the number of plants a patient could grow to less than half the current amount-severely limiting the patient’s right and ability to find out if a high CBD plant serves them better than a THC plant, not to mention CBG, CBN or a variety of terpines.

Greed: I- 502 created a huge lobby of 502 growers, processors and retail store owners in Olympia. Many members know nothing about the exciting miracle of medical cannabis. They want to sell recreational pot. SB 5052 would force patients to purchase their medicine from recreational stores under the guidance of the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB). Growers following the guidelines of the WSLCB can produce cannabis heavily laden with non-organic chemicals (248 pesticides are approved for use). Medical patients lose again, by being forced to smoke, ingest or topically use medicine grown with chemicals known to exacerbate their conditions. The WSLCB have held secret meetings to end medical cannabis.1

Power: Campaign contributions put and keep our Legislators in office. Public records show that the prime sponsor of SB 5052, Senator Ann Rivers-(R) 18th District, has received substantial contributions from large pharmaceutical corporations. Pfizer, Abbott and Eli Lilly have all contributed heavily to her last campaign. Big Pharma has always been opposed to medical cannabis because this natural remedy will cut deeply into their billion $ profits.

It is up to the public to hold the WSL accountable. SB 5052 has not passed the House. Please call your representative today and tell them SB 5052 is not acceptable. The legislature needs to work with cannabis patients groups to work out an acceptable way to provide safe access to quality medicine.

If these efforts fail to convince the WSL that we need medical cannabis, the public must once again take the initiative.

Citizens Initiative-1372 will strengthen and protect medical use of cannabis. You can find petitions at: Please download a copy, sign it, get your friends to sign it and send it to the address on the petitions by June 27, 2015. This may be the only way to bring common sense regarding medical cannabis to the WSL. I-1372 creates a board made up of the state and the community to govern over all aspects of the medical cannabis market with a separate revenue to remain revenue neutral. This is something that the WSL will not do.

What is THE Best Gym in Bellevue?

It is that time of year when most of the people who started going to the gym in January for a New Year’s Resolution have quit, making the local gyms less crowded for the rest of the year.  Personally, my health club membership expires in two weeks and I am looking to make a change.

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I-1372, Gathers Signatures To Protect & Strengthen Medical Cannabis

Initiative Measure No. 1372 filed January 6, 2015, will protect and strengthen the medical cannabis law, RCW 69.51A, by offering compassion, clarity and consistency through the following changes:

  • Bringing Washington state law into compliance with stated federal policy
  • Allowing business owners to obtain licenses for producing, processing or dispensing cannabis in a commercial manner. Using the language from ESSB 5073, specifying cannabis for medical use licensing, allowing producers and processors to deliver cannabis to any cannabis for medical use licensee, and allowing the botanical herb tax exemption on cannabis for medical use.
  • Creating and empowering the cannabis for medical use board, made up of the state and the community, to govern all aspects of the market. Through licensing and regulation fees, revenue is generated for the board to regulate the not-for-profit cannabis for medical use market while remaining revenue neutral.
  • Maintaining small, private residential gardens and patient cooperatives that do not violate the spirit or intent of law. As well as protecting existing cannabis farmer’s markets serving qualifying patients.
  • Restoring reciprocity for non-residents and other protections passed by the Legislature in ESSB 5073.
  • Removing any instances of partially vetoed language. Reinstating essential definitions including cannabis, cannabis products, plant, etc., and correcting the spelling error of “useable”.
  • Adding Post-Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury to the list of qualifying conditions, as well as addresses suitability of organ transplants to ensure that medical use of cannabis can no longer be the sole disqualification for treatment.
  • Extending the same criminal and civil protections to qualifying patients that prescription drug patients receive.
  • Limiting housing discrimination for the medical use of cannabis.
  • Restricting employment-related cannabis testing for qualifying patients.
  • Requiring video proof of impairment for qualifying patients.
  • Adding in protection to qualifying patients under 18 years of age, patients, legal guardians, and their designated providers.
  • Expanding the tetrahydrocannabinoidols control substance exemption to health care professionals, qualifying patients, designated providers, collective gardens, cannabis for medical use licensees, licensed testing facilities.
  • Limiting cooperation with federal investigations of authorized medical use of cannabis activities.

Signatures are being gathered to qualify for this November ballot. The deadline for gathering the 246,372 signatures from register voters required to qualify is July 2, 2015. There are probably that many qualifying patients who are registered to vote. If they all make sure to sign a petition once, it will qualify for the ballot. If all the registered voters in Seattle signed a petition once, it would qualify for the ballot. Petitions are at the website:

In 1998, Washingtonians overwhelming approved I-692 creating cannabis for medical use for qualifying patients. Since then the legislature and state agencies have not shown compassion, illustrating poor judgment and lack of leadership with our medical cannabis law. In the 1999 legislative session the Legislators and the Governor needed to remove cannabis from the state controlled substance schedule one list with the new law.

The legislature directed the department of health to define what a “60-day supply” meant. In 2008, they came back with 100 square foot of grow space and 35 ounces of usable cannabis. The law enforcement community dissatisfied with the amount influenced the change to the current 15 plants and 24 ounces.

In April 2011, a letter from the police enforcement union to Governor Gregorie telling which sections to veto removed regulation for the medical use of cannabis, and definitions from RCW 69.51A.

In 2014, bills proposed unwarranted searches of home gardens, reducing qualifying patients amounts again, and making it difficult for veterans to get medical cannabis. These legislative bills would have also violated monopoly, HIPPA, FDA, and DOJ laws by having a registry and combing the medical use of cannabis with an alcohol control board.

The current bills proposed for the current legislative session continue to do the same thing while violate the same laws, as well as take away patients rights like eliminating private, non-commercial, patient collective gardens and ending authorizations for the medical use of cannabis. Only one, HB 1020, writes the law not using the racial slur “marijuana”.