What’s Your Soap Made Of?

Over the past few months, I’ve been writing about health-promoting events, people and tips for better health. Maybe you try to eat healthy.  Maybe you try to exercise.  One area of healthy living that’s often overlooked are household products and cleaners. Why should you care?  I’m glad you asked (and even if you didn’t, I’m going to answer anyways).


The most common cleaners around the house are soaps- for the body, dishes and laundry.  And believe it or not, the ingredients extend beyond rays of sunshine, flowers and butterflies.  To understand what’s in our products, let’s begin at the beginning.  What’s a soap?  It’s a surfactant, producing micelles to encapsulate soluble materials to be removed from you, your dishes and your clothes. (more…)

Meet your neighbors: Dr. Angela Cortal

Dr. Angela Cortal
Rose City Health Clinic
5308 SE Rhone St


Who are you?
I am a Naturopathic Doctor and a Portlander through and through. I grew up in the Foster-Powell neighborhood in a family where giving back to the community featured prominently in my upbringing. I am truly pleased that I can combine those values and a field of medicine I love, to bring top-notch health care to my neighbors.

What do you do?
As a Naturopathic Doctor, I am a Primary Care Physician seeing patients in my clinic in the Foster-Powell neighborhood. I bring individualized medical care to the area by spending the time necessary with my patients to understand their concerns, goals and health history so that together we can work to maximize their health, happiness and quality of life. (more…)