Ozone (O3) is an energized form of oxygen. It’s the second most potent sterilizer in the world and can be used to destroy bacteria, viruses, and odors. Ozone is 1,000 times more disinfectant than chlorine! Ozone’s ability to heal occurs when it is broken down and metabolized in the body. Read more…
Prolozone is a form of non-surgical ligament reconstruction and is a permanent treatment for chronic pain. Prolozone is a connective tissue injection therapy of collagen-producing substances and ozone gas, which can reconstruct damaged or weakened connective tissue in and around joints. Read more…
Call me Dr. David. I’m a board-certified Naturopathic Physician specializing in acute and chronic pain resolution with natural therapies. I also have a passion for taking care of families in a holistic primary care setting here in my Portland, Oregon office.
After earning my Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with a Minor in Music, I completed my four-year medical training at The National College of Natural Medicine. I also completed an extended residency, which centered on acute and chronic pain resolution, hormone balance, pediatrics, and general primary care.
A foundational piece of my success in treating and healing is found in the Six Naturopathic Principles as follows:
I take a detailed, patient-centered, natural and holistic approach to bring about optimal wellness and function to the individual. I believe natural therapies should be the first-line defense in treating illness and disease and should be exhausted before pharmaceutical intervention is ever considered. If patients are currently taking pharmaceutical medication, my goal is to work these patients off of pharmaceutical intervention safely.
I utilize a variety of conventional and naturopathic treatment modalities to establish optimal health and wellness in my patients best. Some of these include Neural Therapy, Ozone Therapy, Prolozone Therapy, botanical/herbal medicine, homeopathy, dry needle therapy, naturopathic manipulation techniques, nutritional counseling, and hydrotherapy.
I’m a primary care doctor specializing in health and wellness for my patients via naturopathic medicine, which is mainly natural medicine treatments. Naturopathic physicians strive to take a holistic approach to health care and physical medicine. As a naturopathic doctor in Portland, Oregon I offer services covering a wide variety of healthcare issues. You can see a partial list of some of them in the text below. To learn more about how we might work together contact me and we’ll set up and appointment to discuss your options.
Natural, holistic treatments are available to you for just about any disease/condition. What follows is just a sampling of the many health challenges I treat on a regular basis:
Chronic/Acute Pain, Sports Injuries
Ozone (O3) is an energized form of oxygen, which contains three atoms of oxygen rather than the two atoms we normally breathe. Ozone is the second most potent sterilizer in the world and can be used to destroy bacteria, viruses, and odors.
Ozone is 1,000 times more effective as a disinfectant than chlorine! Interestingly, ozone occurs quite readily in nature, most often as a result of lightning strikes occurring during thunderstorms.
Ozone’s ability to heal occurs when it’s broken down and metabolized in the body; this initiates a cascade of events to bring about health and wellness.
For the patient, this experience is similar to donating blood. After the blood is drawn, it’s quickly super oxygenated with ozone and dripped back through the same IV line into their system.
While this use to be a manual process I now employ the assistance of a device known as a Ten-Pass Ozone Machine. Using this fantastic machine I can administer ten times the treatment of a single pass, which can be given within 60-90 minutes. The machine pulls blood into a sterile glass receptacle, then rapidly returns the blood to the body. Ten-pass is a very powerful, safe, and effective treatment.
The process has shown to increase oxygen utilization, regulate the immune system, vastly increase the rate of metabolism, stimulate the production of ATP and other energy molecules, stimulate regenerative cells and growth factors, as well as enhance circulation.
The third oxygen atom of ozone makes it extremely reactive. This atom readily attaches itself to other molecules. When contaminants such as bacteria or viruses make contact with ozone, it creates a minuscule hole in the cell wall. Once the cell wall is destroyed, the bacteria will be unable to survive. This process is called oxidation.
When used medically by trained health care providers, ozone has a safer track record than the use of ibuprofen. Ozone essentially reverts back to oxygen after it’s used. This makes it a very environmentally friendly oxidant and very safe to use.
It’s highly recommended you only receive ozone treatments from professionals who’ve gone through the proper ozone training and can show you their credentials.
In 1929, the directors of the most important hospitals in the USA published the book Ozone and its Therapeutic Action, which lists 114 diseases and their treatment through the application of ozone.
Ozone IV Therapy can significantly improve many illnesses, including:
Prolozone is a form of non-surgical ligament reconstruction and is a permanent treatment for chronic pain. Prolozone is a connective tissue injection therapy of collagen-producing substances and ozone gas, which can reconstruct damaged or weakened connective tissue in and around joints.
These substances are injected into the damaged connective tissue in and around a joint to rebuild the damaged areas. By repairing the connective tissue, this is all that’s needed to resolve chronic pain permanently.
Ozone is a highly reactive molecule, and when injected into a joint capsule it can stimulate the fibroblastic (or regenerative) joint repairing abilities. This occurs when ozone is metabolized into different peroxides, which stimulates and enhances the growth factors in the surrounding areas for tissue regeneration and stabilization.
It’s important to understand what the word Prolozone means. Prolozone is derived from the term ‘ozone‘ and the Latin word ‘proli,’ which means “to regenerate or rebuild”. It literally means rebuilding tissues with ozone.
‘Prolo’ is short for proliferation because the treatment causes the growth, or formation, of new ligament tissue in areas where it’s become weak.
To sum up, Prolozone is a nonsurgical, injection-based treatment, which in many cases permanently resolves chronic pain patterns and can regenerate damaged tissues.
In 1929, the directors of the most important hospitals in the U.S.A. published the book Ozone and Its Therapeutic Action, which lists 114 diseases and their treatment through the application of ozone.
Herniated disc therapy has a 60-80% success rate using just ozone/O2 injections. This series of injections has equal or better efficacy when compared to back surgeries. They also have the added benefit of no recuperation time and a small amount of cost. Disc Herniation isn’t the only application. Ozone is also extremely useful in treating spinal stenosis, neuropathic pain, and general chronic pain patterns.
You’ll notice an increase in function with increased strength and stability. Expect a decrease in pain and stiffness and an increase in mobility. Physical examinations by your practitioner will confirm your progress as well as imaging studies (if necessary) to visualize the regeneration of tissues.
Similar to Neural Therapy and standard Prolotherapy, clinically we see the best results with three visits of ozone therapy one to two weeks apart. Ozone therapy is virtually painless and often can give you immediate relief from your back pain with no recovery time.
Prolozone Therapy is an effective alternative to knee surgery, back surgery, shoulder surgery, rotator cuff surgery, spinal stenosis surgery.
Neural Therapy (NT) is a treatment of dysfunction(s) within the autonomic nervous system (ANS). These dysfunctions in the ANS are called interference fields.
These interference fields are electrophysiologically unstable and emit abnormal neurological signals to which the ANS reacts.
This creates myofascial pain patterns (muscle and fascia) and other pain syndromes. Virtually all orthopedic medical conditions have an ANS component, at least in part.
Neural Therapy involves intradermal and subcutaneous injections of scars, glands, trigger points, acupuncture points, vascular structures, ligaments, and autonomic ganglia with an anesthetic called Procaine.
Procaine is the only anesthetic in its class, which when injected into the tissues will break down into two natural products (PABA and DEAE). What this means for your body is no chemical breakdown, or liver detox must occur.
These molecules help take your body from what we call a sympathetic ANS state (go go go, stress, fight or flight, inflammatory state) to a parasympathetic ANS state (rest, digest, relaxation, healing, calm, collected, and anti-inflammatory state).
Maintaining a parasympathetic nervous system state is vital to your ability to heal in any capacity.
Neural Therapy has both local and systemic effects to help the body reach optimal health and function. When used for chronic pain and inflammation from physical ailments, Neural Therapy helps reverse pain patterns by decreasing inflammation. This allows the brain to disassociate the areas of chronic pain bringing hyperactive nerve endings back to standard resting potential.
Neural Therapy is also helpful with pain created from scar tissue and adhesions by resolving scar tissue and restructuring the connective tissue around the old injury.
This type of therapy is also beneficial in treating other ailments of the body including, but not limited to:
“Dr. David is nothing short of amazing. I’ve been the victim of four serious vehicle accidents that left me with chronic back problems. I had gotten to the point where I could barely walk 200 feet and have to sit and rest for awhile as the pain was overwhelming. I’d been working up to this terrible situation for 20+ years. I figured I’d be in a wheelchair within the next five years.
“Then I met Dr. David. After my very first treatment I went to the local mega grocery store and walked from the parking lot into the store, twice around the entire perimeter of the store, and back to the car without stopping to sit down one time, and with zero pain! If you’re suffering from any kind of chronic, please, please call Dr. David. You don’t have to live with, or manage your pain any more!”Allen W.
“My success with Dr. Palacios is only partially due to finally having the right treatment for my condition. It also took a competent and compassionate man such as this doctor to take the time to figure out what is going on. It takes one with a healthy ego to work amongst my healing team, one with a the thoughtfulness to study the history in order to treat the future.
“Others just dealt with the then presenting symptoms whereas Dr. David met me with a sincere interest in seeing me thrive. He is never rushed. He is always on time. I feel Dr. Palacios is a partner in my life. I wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Palacios for chronic pain management and more importantly, resolution.”Name Withheld
“Dr. David Palacios is the greatest, I’m so thankful for him! He helps me manage my chronic pain and overall wellbeing. When I first met him, I went into the appointment desperate for help but not really convinced a naturopathic approach would be for me. Dr. David has turned me around and I’m now more open to new treatments.
“I was worried about having gluten free diets and odd therapies shoved down my throat, but the furthest thing from that has happened. He takes his time and has compassion for his patients. His fun approach and positive outlook is contagious. I never have trouble getting an appt. or have to deal with long wait times. I’m happy to say I am on the right path!”A. B.
“Dr. Palacios is the last doctor you will ever need. After 17 surgeries and scores of treatment attempts with doctors around the world, I ended up in Dr. Palacios’ care in Oregon for treatment with Prolozone and Neural Therapy.
“I am still not entirely sure why it works but I can say with certainty by any measure that matters (frequency, intensity, and duration of pain episodes) that with his treatment I am 100% better than before I began treatment several months ago.”Name Withheld
“I started seeing Dr. Palacios about 3 months ago. It’s been transformative. While other doctors threw pills at me rather than get to a root cause, Dr. David took the time to listen to my questions. He never minds me emailing him and repeating what he has already explained.
“My health continues to slowly recover, despite my other doctors attempts to fix the problem with a myriad of prescription meds. The staff are friendly and helpful, too.”Peggy T.
“David Palacios is a kind, compassionate, and talented doctor. I was referred to David by another naturopath after I had asked, “What you would do if you found yourself in my situation?” My situation was not good. My MRI showed that I had a severely herniated disc (L5S1), two bulging discs, sciatica, and spinal stenosis.
“When I came to David, the pain from sciatica was excruciating and the muscles in my leg were unable to fire properly. Doctors and physical therapists told me that life as I knew it was over and there was little hope of recovery without surgery. In addition, I was told that I might never recover the muscle strength I had in my foot and leg prior to my injury.
“David’s positive attitude and expertise helped reassure me that recovery was possible. After several treatments, I began to notice improvement, and I am now able to participate in nearly all of my former activities. I have referred friends and colleagues to him as well; all have experienced relief from pain and healing. I am truly thankful I found David and will continue to refer others with similar issues to him.”M.V.
“Before coming to Dr. Palacios I felt as if I was just waiting to die. After being under his treatment for nearly 5 months now, my life has improved and continues to improve in ways that amaze me.
“I’ve been able to stop taking two different prescriptions. I sleep at night and my central sleep apnea is much better. I’ve lost over 30 pounds. My eating habits are much better. I don’t hurt like I used to. I’m no longer always sad. And instead of life passing me by I’ve been able to participate with my family and am getting more involved in my community. And most importantly I’ve got more energy and a better attitude.
“All of this makes me a better Mom to my son.
“I was, and still am, amazed at Dr David’s understanding of naturopathic medicine. I’ve been treated with ‘traditional western medicine’ since I was a child. My doctors either didn’t believe me about my chronic pain issues or could only treat the pain but never found a solution for my various health issues.
“On my very first appointment with Dr. David he understood my health issues and began a treatment that made me start to feel better that very day. I continue to improve daily and am so grateful for his care.
“He is by far the best physician I’ve ever seen.”Name Withheld