Dr. John F. Ruhland
John F. Ruhland, ND — Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
Dr. Ruhland’s goal at the Natural Health Medical Clinic is
to help you restore balance to your body, mind, and spirit.

206-723-4891   ||   info@drruhland.com
Appointments: Mondays 9:30am-5pm, Wednesdays 10am-5pm, Saturday 9:30am-5pm

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Healing Treatments Offered by the Natural Health Medical Clinic

Illnesses addressed
Back, Disc Problems
Blood Pressure - high/low
Brain Injury
Cancer, Tumors
    (see “Complementary Cancer Therapies” below)
Chemical Sensitivity
Chest Pain
Colds, Cough, Flu
Constipation, Diarrhea
Diet, Nutrition
Digestion, Intestines
Headache, Migraine
Heart Disease
Heavy Metal Toxicity
Infections - Bacterial, Viral, Fungal
Joint Pain
Lungs, Breathing
Macular Degeneration
Muscle Aches, Sprains, Strains
Multiple Sclerosis
Sexual Dysfunction
Skin Problems
Sleep - Insomnia
Spinal Problems
Vaccination Alternatives
Weight Management
Women’s Health - ObGyn

Oxidative Therapies

Oxidative therapies are used for a broad spectrum of health challenges. They are known for their ability to stimulate the body´s immune system. Specifically, they seem to supercharge the white blood cells which are our primary defense against infection. In this day of antibiotic-resistant strains, “new” viruses, and other superbugs, these are low cost and effective solutions that could significantly improve our healthcare.

Preferred oxidative therapies include high dose intravenous Vitamin C (IV Vitamin C) and high pressure hyperbaric oxygen chamber, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). Because some conditions benefit more from pro-oxidative therapies, and others benefit more from anti-oxidative therapies, it is important to realize that lower dose Vitamin C IVs conversely have an anti-oxidative effect, and low pressure HBOT stimulates the body´s own anti-oxidant production and therefore also has an anti-oxidative effect.

Other oxidative therapies include the use of Ozone, Hydrogen Peroxide, or Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation. Another, a favorite in the fight against viral infections, is the use of magnesium chloride, and also the use of small amounts of very dilute Hydrochloric Acid.

Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBOT)

Dr. Ruhland and the HBOT chamber
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Hyperbaric oxygen chamber, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is an oxidative therapy which places patients in an oxygen-rich, pressurized chamber. Breathing pure oxygen under pressure dramatically increases the oxygen in the blood plasma, as well as in the brain, spine, and joint fluid. It is thought that HBOT use is appropriate for any condition where the body´s ability to function and heal would be improved by the presence of extra oxygen. Oxygen therapy has been shown to significantly increase the ability of cells to produce energy. The U.S. Army is currently doing studies on HBOT for traumatic brain injury, as they have found great promise in the treatment of soldiers who have suffered serious head injuries.

In the U.S., there are 13 FDA-approved uses for HBOT:

  • Air Embolism
  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
  • Crush Injuries
  • Decompression Sickness (deep sea diving)
  • Enhancement of Healing (in selected problem wounds)
  • Exceptional Blood Loss Anemia
  • Gas Gangrene
  • Intra-Cranial Abscess
  • Necrotizing Infections (popularly known as “flesh-eating”)
  • Osteomyelitis (bacterial infection of bone or bone marrow)
  • Radiation Therapy Complications
  • Skin Grafts, Flaps
  • Thermal Burns
Increasing the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood has been clearly demonstrated in Europe, Russia and China to improve healing for a wide range of acute and chronic illnesses, which in the U.S. are referred to as “off-label uses.”

Worldwide, HBOT successfully treats such diseases as:

  • Atherosclerosis
  • Autism
  • Brain Injury
  • Brain Swelling
  • Brown Recluse Spider Bites
  • Burns
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cosmetic Surgery (to improve healing)
  • Edema
  • Hearing Loss
  • Heart Disease, Pain and Dysfunction (related to heart attack)
  • Inflammation
  • Lung Diseases (including inflammation, fibrosis and influenza)
  • Lyme Disease (in conjunction with antibiotic therapy)
  • Macular Degeneration (and other vision problems)
  • Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Near Drowning
  • Neuropathy
  • Periodontal Disease
  • Sinusitis
  • Sports Injury
  • Stasis Ulcers (bedsores)
  • Stroke
  • Trauma
  • Ulcers
  • Vascular Disorders (including congestion)


Ozone treatment is an oxidative therapy which dramatically stimulates tissue healing. It works homeopathically, meaning that it causes inflammation which stimulates the body to produce a powerful anti-inflammatory reaction. It improves circulation to problem areas and allows the tissue repair process to become much more efficient.


Prolozone is an oxidative therapy which utilizes a local anesthetic, Vitamin B12, and folic acid in a base of dilute minerals. It is injected in conjunction with a small amount of ozone. Prolozone appears to stimulate the production of cartilage.

This technique is helpful in stopping pain and healing joints and infections, and is most commonly used for pain in the:

  • Neck
  • Back
  • Shoulder
  • Hip
  • Knee


Chezone is is an oxidative therapy in which chelation therapy is administered after an ozone treatment. There appears to be a synergistic effect, where the combination is more effective than the individual treatments.


Chelation is the act of binding a toxin in order to form a larger molecule which the body can then easily eliminate. Various substances are used as chelating agents, including amino acids that are able to chelate heavy metals. This process allows the kidney and liver to remove the toxins from the body.

Chelation is administered intravenously (IV) when our primary concern is exposure to toxic heavy metals, including lead, cadmium, arsenic, mercury, as well as aluminum, and excess iron and copper.

One chelating agent, EDTA, was originally designed to treat lead toxicity. A government-funded study of Navy sailors being treated for lead toxicity showed that EDTA cured both their lead toxicity as well as their arteriosclerosis. Thus, chelation additionally proved to be a safe and effective alternative to invasive surgery. EDTA is one of the most potent anti-oxidants at our disposal. It is even used as a non-toxic preservative in some foods.

Heavy Metal Detox

Chelation is the cornerstone of heavy metal detoxification. Nutrients used range from very mild-acting, to very strong. We will design a program optimal for your level of health.

It is important to strengthen the body so that it will be able to tolerate detoxification. This means providing nutrients in which the body is deficient, as well as providing chelating agents that bind with the heavy metals. The chelating agent / heavy metal complex must further be bound with other agents to allow the entire molecule thus created to be eliminated from the body.

Herbal Medicine

Herbs are one of the oldest and most-used treatment modality on Earth. Herbs are effective because plants and animal life evolved together on our planet. Through a mutually beneficial synergism, animals and humans help plants propagate, and plants help us by providing food, medicine, other raw materials, as well as beauty. With an understanding of herbs, all manners of healing are possible.


Homeopathy is a comprehensive system of medicine Dr. Ruhland has studied intensively. It is based on the theory that “like cures like.” A large amount of a given substance, that can cause disease symptoms, can eliminate those same symptoms when given in minute doses. Many of the medicines are made from herbs.

Homeopathy is effective for treating a nearly endless number of conditions. The most dramatic cures seen by Dr. Ruhland have been for:

  • Bee stings, to stop anaphylactic shock reaction
  • Sprain and Strain Injuries
  • Shingles
Homeopathy aids in healing:
  • Broken bones
  • Severe osteoporosis
It is also useful for preventing disease that many people are given potentially harmful immunizations for, such as:
  • Chicken pox
  • Flu
Nutrition Response Testing

Nutrition Response Testing (NRT) is a diagnostic technique which helps determine exactly what nutrients you require, and helps discover which areas and organs of your body need support. It tests the autonomic nervous system, that part of our nervous system which controls organs, such as the heart, that function with little conscious control. It is a non-invasive system. NRT also helps identify the five hidden barriers to healing:

  • Heavy metals
  • Toxic chemicals
  • Immune challenges, such as bacteria, viruses, yeasts, and parasites
  • Major food allergies
  • Scars that block the flow of energy through the body’s acupuncture meridians
Diet Assessment

What we eat forms the foundation of our entire being. The proper diet gives us all the nutrients our body needs to function, heal, and thrive. Food is also medicine. No two people need or can thrive eating exactly the same diet. At your initial visit at The Natural Health Medical Clinic, Dr. Ruhland will begin the process of helping you to design the optimal diet for you.

Intravenous Nutrients

We offer intravenous administration of nutrients for those needing high levels of supplementation when their test results and symptoms indicate deficiencies. Oral absorption of supplemented nutrients is low compared to the intravenous administration, where you have 100% “absorption.”

  • Vitamin C
  • “Meyer’s Cocktail”
  • Magnesium
  • As well as other vitamins, minerals, and amino acids
Complementary Cancer Therapies

Dr. Ruhland approach in treating people with chronic illnesses such as cancer is to create balance in the body. He treats individual people, not the cancer diagnosis. Tumors are merely a result of an imbalanced condition in the body. When the imbalance is corrected, the tumor is no longer needed by the body, and it may either be walled off by the body, or disappear.

Note: We are a Naturopathic office in Washington State; treating cancer is outside of our scope of practice.
We can offer complementary care for patients under an oncologist’s care. Simply bring in a note from the
oncologist stating that they are providing ongoing care for cancer. Please also bring a note that you give
Dr. Ruhland permission to communicate with the oncologist by phone and email.

October 23, 2010

The Proposed Holistic Community Health Clinic - a plan for the Fire Station in Seattle’s Central District
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