thoughts on the new year

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Our campsite at Denali State Park. The Mountain is behind the clouds.

Our campsite at Denali State Park. The Mountain is behind the clouds.

At the beginning of 2016, my wise friend Dr. Samantha Brody published an article about New Year’s resolutions, why they don’t work and what to do instead.


That struck me as a great idea, so I tried it out. And you know what? The results have been pretty great, and I want to tell you about them.


But first, take a minute to read her article now. Seriously. I’ll wait. (more…)

you’ve got the power

heart-4A few years ago, a patient came in with some unexplained symptoms. She’d been to the hospital twice, and even had a small surgery that didn’t help the problem. Bad as that was, she’d also gotten some bad news on a related genetic test. You can imagine she was pretty scared.


I told her: “Epigenetics is your friend.


Translated: Your genes are not your destiny. Your choices can protect against, prevent or override the genetic cards in your hand.


With that in mind, I was gratified to read a New York Times story confirming the power of lifestyle choice on health outcomes — even with uncongenial genes. (more…)

join me at the food as medicine symposium

Filed under: Uncategorized — Orna @ 9:12 am

If you’ve watched my second video, you know digestion is one of the three keys to the optimal-health kingdom. And I’ll be talking about spice-rack solutions to help keep your system going strong at the fourth annual Food as Medicine Symposium.


I’m thrilled to be on the same lineup as the great Sandor Ellix Katz, who inspired me to start making my own gut-loving sauerkraut and kimchee. (When my supplement-refusing cousin started fermenting, it turned around his health and that of his family. I’m a huge fan!)


The symposium is on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 at National University of Natural Medicine. My topic: Culinary Herbs for Digestive Health. Because making your food delicious literally can make it more nutritious. Register online here.


If you can’t wait to learn more, check out the nutrition links I’ve compiled for you here.


I hope to see you in February!



Real food will change your life.

Real food will change your life.

the three keys to optimal health

At its root, health really isn’t that complicated. Getting and staying health comes down to three simple things — assimilation, elimination and managing inflammation. In this short(ish) video, Dr. Izakson breaks it down and gives you the key to the natural-health kingdom.


how do you want to live?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Orna @ 8:22 am

It’s my first video! I was a little nervous, so it’s a little cheesy. Maybe too cheesy. And a little embarrassing. But it’s also completely serious. More (and better) to come.


insurance update

November 15, 2016

Filed under: blogs,clinic updates,Uncategorized — Orna @ 7:41 am

It only took six years, but we recently got some good news: Your office visits are now covered by Moda insurance!


We recently learned that Dr. Izakson is an in-network provider with the following Moda plans:

  • Beacon
  • Community Care Network
  • Connexus
  • Connexus Alternative Care, and
  • Rose City Network

To double check your coverage, check on the Moda provider page or call the company using our handy insurance-verification form.


If you’ve been waiting to schedule an appointment, now’s the time. You can even book your time online.


We look forward to seeing you soon!


Inspiring Woman Leaders Conference, March 5

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Dr. Orna Izakson

Dr. Orna Izakson

I’m excited to announce that I will be speaking at the upcoming Inspiring Woman Leaders Conference on March 5 at McMenamins Kennedy School.


This all-day event is celebrating its fifth year and brings together an amazing group of women for inspiration, connection and community.


The Dalai Lama has proclaimed that”the world will be saved by the western woman.” I’m sure many of us would agree that the world’s affairs are in need of great change, and change is long overdue.


Is there a voice inside of you that is waiting for you to acknowledge that you are here for a reason? Then be sure to join us for a transformational day where you will be inspired to take action!


I hope you’ll join me at the event. The full day includes lunch, networking and plenty of amazing speakers. Read all about it at


I look forward to changing the world with you!


— Dr. Orna Izakson


PS. They gave me a discount code for you! Sign up at, and use the code “VIP” to get $50 off the full price of admission.



What happened to B12 Happy Hour?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Orna @ 4:57 pm

sunflower1As many of you may know, for the past several years Celilo Natural Health Center has run a popular B12 Happy Hour on Wednesdays from 4-6pm. We even got a nod from Portland Monthly in their December 2014 issue. And as of Jan. 1, 2015, we’ve stopped offering it.


What gives?


You may recall that in 2012, a meningitis outbreak was traced back to a medication formulated at a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy. The FDA correctly took action against the pharmacy, which had not followed basic protocols to keep patients safe.


But, of course, the matter didn’t end there.


The upshot is that reputable compounding pharmacies and the doctors they supply now must jump through more hoops — and at greater expense. Here at Celilo Health, we have always used preservative-free methylcobalamin, believing it to be the best form to serve our patients. Although our cost went up 700 percent in early 2014, we continued the service at the same price. But under still newer regulations, not only did our cost rise another 900 percent, but we can only offer this form of the vitamin by prescription to established patients. We could use a different form, which does work for many people, but at this point we are reluctant to do so. Instead, we’ve decided to discontinue the B12 Happy Hour.


The professional organization of compounding pharmacists who provide the preservative-free methylcobalamin is working with the FDA to ease some of the onerous new requirements. Which means we may again have access to the best B12 at a reasonable cost. If that happens, we will consider reinstating the popular program.


What can you do in the meantime?


We still offer free 15-minute consults to introduce you to Dr. Izakson and naturopathic medicine. We welcome new patients and do our best to be accessible through most insurance plans. And we continue to update our website with information you can use to keep yourself and your family healthy.


We thank you for your interest, deeply regret the inconvenience, and wish you the best for your health.





sugar raises heart-disease risk — a lot

Filed under: heart disease,Uncategorized — Tags: , — Orna @ 11:09 am

We all know that refined sugar is best as a rare treat rather than a dietary staple. The staggering prevalence of obesity in the US — as high as one third the population in many areas — offers a regular reminder.


Refined sugar significantly raises heart-disease risk.

Refined sugar raises heart-disease risk.

What’s less known is how sugar consumption affects heart disease — the leading cause of death in the U.S. —  and a new report shows it doesn’t take much to double your risk. (more…)

Navigating CoverOregon and Obamacare

December 11, 2013

Filed under: blogs,clinic updates,in the news,Uncategorized — Orna @ 10:02 pm


So many options. Which is the best fit for you?

Like so many Americans, I’ve been tearing my hair out trying to figure out my personal medical-insurance options under the Affordable Care Act (ACA or ObamaCare). My priorities: Overall coverage, a broad network and access to naturopaths, chiropractors and acupuncturists. (Every single option saves me $200 to $300 over my existing insurance.) 


From a professional perspective, the ACA had great promise for people looking for naturopathic care. (more…)

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