CCFA Support Group: Portland, OR

3303 Southwest Bond Avenue, Portland, OR 97239, USA

OHSU's Center for Health & Healing
Meets: Third Thursday, Monthly, 7:00 PM

Meets the third Thursday of every month, 7:00 PM at OHSU's Center for Health & Healing, 3rd Floor - Room #5, 3303 SW Bond Ave, Portland. Note: This is OHSU's new facility at the South Waterfront, not up on the hill. If you'll be attending this group for the first time, please contact Mark to confirm meeting details.

Street parking is free after 7:00 PM, or there is a convenient parking garage available at the facility for a flat fee of $3 (after 6:00 PM). Questions? Contact facilitator Mark Mac: or 512-264-5922.

The January 15 meeting will feature guest speaker Charles Elder, MD, MPH, FACP. 

  • Brief overview of fundamental tenants of Ayurveda: "tridosha" theory, digestion  (concepts of "agni" and "ama)
  • Guidelines to proper digestion
  • Fundamentals of a "Pitta" balancing diet
  • Other modalities: mind/body techniques, detoxification, daily routine
  • Summary and additional questions

Charles Elder MD MPH FACP received his MD and MPH degrees from Boston University School of Medicine, and completed residency training in Internal Medicine @ The University of Michigan Hospitals.  He has been a primary care physician @ Kaiser Permanente Northwest for 23 years. Dr. Elder’s clinical practice encompasses both a conventional primary care medicine clinic as well as a referral based natural medicine clinic. He serves as   physician lead for the Integrative Medicine program @ Kaiser Northwest, as well as co-chair of the Natural Products Advisory Committee.  Dr. Elder also holds an Affiliate Investigator appointment at the Kaiser Center for Health Research, and has served as principal or co-investigator on a range of NIH funded studies focused on mind-body and other CAM interventions in the setting of diabetes, obesity, and chronic pain.  

At the February 2015 meeting, Dr. Melissa Soll will return to discuss:

Part 2: IBD and Self-kindness - Why Bother?

  • Research will be presented that suggest self-compassion is associated with a host of markers for quality of life in the general population
  • Self-compassion will be introduced (what it is; how it works)
  • We will discuss how self-compassion interfaces with mindfulness
  • Together we will practice a compassion exercise
  • Practical ways for incorporating self-compassion into your daily life will be introduced.

Dr. Soll provides counseling for a wide range of difficulties including but not limited to post-traumatic stress disorder, substance use difficulties, anxiety, depression, and relationship difficulties.  Dr. Soll utilizes mindfulness and compassion based treatments to aid health care workers and other professionals in coping with work-related stress, creating work-life balance, and finding joy in their work and personal lives.   Dr. Soll completed a postdoctoral fellowship in palliative care psychology and has special expertise in using mindfulness and values-based interventions to cope with medical diagnoses, chronic pain, terminal illness, and end-of-life processes.  Dr. Soll has special interests in multicultural competence, ethics and boundaries, and professional burnout and self-care.

Helpful Tips from Group Members - July 2014:

  • Heat therapy
    • Heating pad
    • microwaveable heat wrap
    • hot water bottle with castor oil
    • warm bath
  • Imagine delays in getting to the bathroom (to decrease urgency)
  • Carry an extra set of clothes with you
    • “emergency bag”
    • for long drives: keep a shallow tub lined with a plastic bag in your car just in case you need to go at the side of the road and have a towel for privacy
  • Variety puzzles/IPad/book in the bathroom to distract from pain
  • Use peri bottle with warm water after using the bathroom
    • or a bidet attachment for your toilet
  • Take a walk during the day to clear your head and manage stress
    • exercise
  • Bring your own food to social gatherings
  • Be open with friends and family about IBD

Thank you to speakers at past meetings:

- November 2014: Dr. Melissa Soll

- May 2014: Bill Thome, Accredited Disability Representative

- April 2014: Dr. Helene Wahbeh from OHSU

- March 2014: Brad Wipfli, PhD from OHSU

- November 2013: Richard Haynes, discussing ayurvedic medicine

- September 2013: Jane Conboy, discussing hypnotherapy

- May 2013: Susan Yoder, RN, BSN

- March 2013: Liana Tsikitis, MD

- January 2013: Tom Ohling, "Nutrition Magician" 

- November 2012: Andrea Peruzzi, LAc. Listen to recordings of her visit! Part 1 - Part 2 

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