Newsletter & Specials

August Special

Start letting go with a lime in the coconut foot soak. Then refresh with an exfoliating full body Garshana and relax with an hour Swedish massage. Next, let your skin glow with a Daydream facial. $170

Summer Waxing Special:

Treat your feet while you get ready for summer! Get a free summer foot bath with $50 or more of waxing (all waxing must occur on the same day).

Referral Program:

 If you have visited us and enjoyed your experience — tell your friends. We will send you a $35 gift certificate every time you send us 3 new clients. Also, ask us for referral cards and give them to your friends and family and when they bring them in they will get $5 off their treatment.

Back to the Tap

- Peter Borten, L.Ac., M.Ac.O.M. - Dragontree Acupuncturist and Herbalist

The medicine I prescribe most in my practice is water. There are plenty of reasons for most people to drink more of it (without the ice, slowly and evenly over the course of the day – you can read more about it HERE). Americans have become increasingly aware of their water consumption in recent decades, and we now buy bottled water like it’s going out of style. While this seems to be a healthy trend, if we want the greatest benefit from our water and are also concerned about the health of our planet, we must raise our consciousness around our water’s origins and the containers it comes in.

An ARTICLE by Bill Marsh in the New York Times and a report on NPR last week highlighted the impact of consuming water from plastic bottles. For one, we usually pay more for it per gallon than we do for gasoline. Eight glasses of water a day, drunk from the tap in New York, would cost you forty-nine cents a year. The same amount in bottles would cost roughly $1400. Then there’s the impact on the environment. 90% of the environmental toll occurs before we buy the water – there’s oil consumed in manufacture, oil consumed in shipping, and oil consumed in refrigeration. Plastic bottles have begun piling up in landfills (about 30 million per day). Though recycling them is better, it still requires a lot of energy to transport, wash, and melt the plastic.

Finally, there are the health drawbacks of plastics. Chemicals from the plastics used in water bottles, even the Nalgene-type bottles, seep into the water – especially when they get hot or very cold. For this reason, they should never be frozen or microwaved. These chemicals include a group of carcinogenic substances called dioxins, estrogen-like molecules called xeno-estrogens, and sometimes the heavy metal antimony. Increased exposure to estrogenic substances may cause hormone imbalances, and, like hormone replacement therapy, raises one’s risk of heart disease and breast cancer. Antimony poisoning is similar to arsenic. Small doses cause headache, dizziness, and depression. Though the per-bottle risk presented by these chemicals is tiny, the lifetime risk may be considerable.

Tap water is usually not bad! Unless your bottled water says "Bottled at the Source" on it, it’s probably municipal water anyway (which may or may not have received additional refinement). Most of the tap water in the United States is safe to drink, and Portland is one of five major cities (along with New York, Boston, San Francisco, and Seattle) where the water requires little or no filtration. If you want to improve the taste, this can be accomplished with a home water filtration system. If you buy bottled water out of convenience, consider bottling your own. The jury is out on SIGG-brand aluminum bottles with their secret lining material, so I prefer stainless steel or glass. If you must use plastic, keep in mind that the longer water is kept in a plastic vessel, the greater the degree of chemical leaching – so drink it soon and reuse or recycle.

Yours in the truth that everyone can make a difference,

Peter and Everyone at the Dragontree