All Natural Health Corner - Better Nutrition / Better Health
Nutrition Education Service             
Provided by Mary Ryan CN                                   (formally of Pat's Health Corner)        
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The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and the prevention of disease. 
                                          Thomas A. Edison

"Unless we put medical freedom into the Constitution, the time will come when medicine will organize into an undercover dictatorship to restrict the art of healing to one class of Men and deny equal privileges to others; the Constitution of the Republic should make a Special privilege for medical freedoms as well as religious freedom." Those are the words of Dr. Benjamin Rush, noted physician, medical professor, an early surgeon general to all Continental armies and a  signer of the Declaration of Independence.

October 2017
My child wants to be a vegan. What do I need to be concerned about?

There was an article in the paper recently discussing teens moving to a vegan diet. It listed vegan sources of protein. The problem with vegetable protein sources is that they DO NOT contain all of the 9 essential amino acids needed for the body to function properly. Yes, a potato has an average of 4 grams of protein along with the 37 grams of carbohydrate but potatoes are incomplete proteins. Soy is an exception. Soy is used by other cultures in a fermented form like tofu, miso or tempeh. It is a nutrient-rich plant protein complete with all nine essential amino acids, which makes it unique to other plant protein sources. Be sure to look for Non GMO or organic soy.. 93% of the soy crops are genetically modified. There are studies showing organ damage, gastrointestinal and immune system disorders, accelerated aging, and infertility. Human studies show how genetically modified (GMO) food can leave material behind inside us, possibly causing long-term problems. Genes inserted into GMO soy, for example, can transfer into the DNA of bacteria living inside us, and that the toxic insecticide produced by GMO corn was found in the blood of pregnant women and their unborn fetuses.

Essential amino acids are needed because the body CAN NOT make them for itself. If you have the 9 essential amino acids histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine your body should be able to manufacture the other 11 and create the proteins necessary for the body.. There is a way to do "food combining" to match up vegan foods through out the day to be sure you are getting the nine essential amino acids. You will notice that basic cultural diets include this practice. There are three groups: grains, legumes(beans) and nuts or seeds. When you combine two of the three you will get the nine essential amino acids. Corn tortillas with beans or green beans with shaved almonds are two examples.

Two more items are B12 and Vitamin D. Your body can make Vitamin D if you are getting enough sunshine without sun block. This is hard to do in the winter or even in the summer if you live the Midwest or a northern state.. .Eat foods fortified with Vitamin D3 or use a supplement

B12 is necessary for good mental function. It can be made in your body IF you have a high level of probiotics organisms. Good bacteria in your gut can produce three B vitamins, biotin, folate and vitamin B12. This family of vitamin is closely involved in energy metabolism. Without B vitamins, your body couldn’t extract energy from the carbohydrates and protein you eat. But again you need a balance of all 11 B vitamins. There are easily absorbed B12 tablets that dissolve under your tongue

If you don’t have enough vitamin B12 and folate, you’re at risk of pernicious anemia where your red blood cells are too large. Vitamin B12 also keeps nerves functioning properly by helping to maintain the myelin sheath that covers them and allows the nerve impulse to conduct rapidly. A deficiency in vitamin B12 can cause brain and neurological symptoms including brain fog, numbness or tingling and problems with balance.

September 2017
What ideas do you have to stay well through the winter?

Here's to you staying well all year round.

The tried and true is getting enough sleep eating nutritious food, and drinking water to stay hydrated. But here it comes anyway.. You have a scratchy throat or feel more tender than usual. The first thing I reach for is Oscillococcinum or Oscillo for short. This is one of the best selling natural flu remedy in the world. It is a homeopathic product that is easy to carry in your pocket or purse.  If you get stuck in a place with a lot of people when you are tired and eating irregularly boost your immune system with a tube of Oscillo.

There is not a known virus that can survive in the presence of this essential antioxidant. Carry additional Vitamin C with you. Chewable vitamin C tablets taste like a sweet tart. Packets of Emergen-C with electrolytes can be added to water or juice.

Probiotics are primary support for your immune system. Stress or antibiotics can wipe out the good flora in your gut. Be sure to supplement with a high quality acidophilus/bifidus combination. It is good to avoid dairy foods at this time.

Everyone one different when it comes to which herbs works best for you. Rotate herbs like garlic(aged), oregano, ginger, basil, echinacea,(often mixed with) golden seal to help your immune system and maintain their effect on viruses and bacteria.
Important Note: Do not take astragalus if you are pregnant or nursing.

Using foods like elderberry dates back to Ancient Egypt.  Elderberry helps to relieve colds, the flu, sinus issues, nerve pain, inflammation, chronic fatigue, allergies and constipation   Manuka honey is found to have benefits. This food has long had a reputation as a "healing" honey. It comes from bees that have been gathering pollen from the Manuka trees of New Zeeland. People have used this honey for soothing everything from sore throats, to digestive illnesses, to Staph infections and gingivitis.

Essential oils have been used for centuries to relieve common cold.and flu. Release the aromatherapy. You can add them to your bathwater, or diffuse them in the air you breathe. You can add them to a vegetable oil and massage them on a reflex point on the body. You can put a few drops in your hand, swirl in a clock wise circle. Place them over your face, then inhale 
Essential oils help the body fight off infection and serve to strengthen the immune system. They can boost the body’s defense system against bacteria, fungi and infections. Here is a list of essential oils and essential oil blends that may help you stay healthy this cold and flu season. If you are unfamiliar with essential oils please seek advice before using them. Always be cautious and realize that some oils are contraindicated in certain conditions
Frankincense Essence Oil is known for rejuvenating and healing properties. It has natural cold-fighting support including antiseptic, astringent, anti-inflammatory and expectorant properties which make it an ideal essential oil for treating a cold or the flu and the respiratory system.
Myrrh Essential Oil has  anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It is good for coughs and colds. It fights the viral and bacterial infections as well as relieves congestion and reduces the deposition of phlegm in the lungs and respiratory tracts.
Oregano Essential Oil is an antiviral and antibacterial oil that helps boost the immune system and is ideal for combating infections. Mix 10 drops of oregano oil with two tablespoons of coconut oil as a hand sanitizer. It may cause irritation, so go easy on small cuts. 
Tea Tree Essential Oil  is native to Southeast Queensland and New South Wales, Australia, tea tree oil has antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic and antiviral properties. Its cousin Manuka is found in New Zeeland. Used in an inhaler or in a bath, tea tree oil helps you fight the congestion and the resulting discomfort caused by the cold or the flu.
Lavender Essential Oil has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties, and it is gentle enough for use with children.
Peppermint Essential Oil has antiseptic and anti-viral properties and can be useful as an expectorant. Use peppermint oil in a steam inhaler, but not where babies or young children are present
Thyme Essential is antiseptic and anti-bacterial. You can use it in a blend with tea tree, lemon and eucalyptus oils in the bath or in an inhaler to help fight congestion. Do not use this oil if you have high blood pressure
Lemon Essential Oil with its high vitamin content, helps boost the body’s immune system and stimulates the production of white blood cells, thereby increasing your ability to fight off illness.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil is an antiviral and a decongestant, This essential oil  helps treat colds and congestion, to fight bacteria.
Rosemary Essential Oil works as an antiseptic and an antimicrobial agent.
Thieves Oil is a blend of clove  lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus and rosemary that was created by 15th century thieves during the plague. The oil blend is antiviral, antiseptic and antibacterial. It works well in a diffuser to help purify the air in your home or as a throat spray to soothe a sore throat. It is available in a lozenge.  A great way to get the benefits of essential oils is by breathing them so that they enter your body through the nose and lungs. Add five to eight drops of oil to the water as you run your bath for a soothing, relaxing effect. I always put some Thieves in my hot tub

ALWAYS use therapeutic quality oils Thieves oil only comes from Young Living Oils. Link to their web page here.

These suggestions are not a substitute for other proven methods for fighting colds such as getting enough fluids, getting enough rest or seeing your doctor if your symptoms worsen.  Apparently you are looking for natural ways to boost your body’s defenses during cold and flu season, it is well worth your time to investigate the impact these products can have on your health.

August 2017
My son may have ADHD. Are there any natural remedies to help him?

Keeping your child as healthy as possible is important. Our diet and foods are very different from what was eaten 100 years ago. Farming methods have changed drastically along with the Genetically Modified Organisms they use as seeds. Use a high quality vitamin/mineral from a Natural Food store to be sure he is getting all of the needed nutrients. Use basic foods and avoid processed foods and sugar especially corn syrup.

Monitor your child's behavior and be alerts for triggers. Dr.Doris Rapp has been documenting environmental allergic factors for many years. Her book "Is this Your Child" shows pictures of the dark eye circles and red ears allergic reactions. She writes about the everyday foods, chemicals, odors, artificial colors and flavors that can effect behavior. My children have allergies to wheat bread, and milk that made them tired. My son had an allergic reaction to one teacher's perfume that made him angry and unable to concentrate. My daughter had trouble in science class. I went to parent-teacher conference The science room was full of moldy, taxidermy animals and terrariums. He agreed to let her take her tests in the library.
We were fortunate to find an Clinical Ecologist who helped to neutralize and minimize their allergies. The principal method of proof cited by clinical ecologists for the existence of "environmental illness" is the symptom-provocation test used in diagnosis of individual cases after the condition is suspected because of a history of symptoms and suspected causes.

Common allergens-
Peanuts, cashews, milk and milk based products (casein, caseinate, whey, lactose) soy(lecithin), eggs, fish and shellfish, corn and wheat.
Foods containing  salicylates, including berries, chili powder, apples and cider, grapes, oranges, peaches, plums, prunes, and tomatoes 
Nightshade foods include potatoes, tomatoes, cayenne, egg plant, Goji berries tobacco, pimento,  peppers (bell peppers, chili peppers, paprika, tomatillos, pimentos, cayenne).
Anything containing Aspirin ( acetylsalicylic acid) can be a problem 
Chemical additives/preservatives -  BHT and BHA, Aspartame, Splenda

Help your child 
Provide play time in a green environment
Introduce yoga or tai chi class to help learn how to focus.
It is good for you too, so relax.

Avoid unnecessary medications. Remember antibiotics are only for bacterial infections not viruses. If an antibiotic is needed remember to follow up with an acidophilus for children. There is new information that your immune system and mental health depend on a high level of good probiotics (good bacteria) in your digestive tract.

Many parents are opting to control when and if their children will be vaccinated. Many vaccines contain 6 illnesses, this can overwhelm the immune system. When did you ever get sick from 6 germs at once? If you do decide to vaccinate be sure to give your child Vitamin C ahead of time. Drs.Archie Kalokerinos and Linus Pauling did research proving the protective benefits of using Vitamin C

Remember Flu vaccines still contain mercury, which is a neurotoxin The "medical establishment" and the government have downplayed this fact, brushing it off as a wild conspiracy theory. But in truth, study after study has shown that even the trace amounts of mercury-containing thimerosal, which is found in flu shots, can be harmful. This toxic metal is not good for mental function. Exposure to Thimerosal in utero and later  can cause children to have “mild to severe mental retardation and mild to severe gross motor impairment. Thimerosal used to be found in contact lens solution

ADHD is not all bad
Boys have been found three times more likely than girls to develop Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. As Thom Hartmann says "for our hunter-gatherer ancestors, these characteristics were necessary for survival. Hunters must be easily distractible, constantly scanning their environment, and unafraid of taking risks." While this is not acceptable behavior in our structured school system,  check out this list of successful people with ADHD- Walt Disney, Michael Phelps,  Justin Timberlake, Michael Jordan, Jim Carrey, Karina Smirnoff (DWTS), Will Smith, John F. Kennedy, Thomas Edison, Richard Branson, Albert Einstein and  Solange Knowles (little sister to Beyonce) She found out she had ADHD, BUT she didn't believe it was a disorder.  Knowles said on she has high energy and that "people think I'm high even when I'm sober."

More information

January 2017
Are cell phones dangerous to our health?

   Your mobile phone is not only a carcinogenic, radiation emitting device, but it may alter the structure and function of the brain, including brain wave activity that is intimately connected to cognition, mood and behavior.
   It is particularly important to protect children from WiFi radiation because their skulls are thinner and their bodies are still developing. Does you child hold their iPad or other device on their lap for long periods of time?

 Protxs is a simple solution. It looks like a sticker and you can put it on any device that recieves WiFi or on any object you carry or wear everyday so it protxs you at all times. The Protxs shield works differently than any other radiation shield product

It does not interfere with your connection to the cell towers or WiFi so your battery maintains a charge longer.

How PROTXS Works

 PROTXS works using Near Field Communication (NFC) much like how a magnetic key card is used to open a door. PROTXS contains a unique blend of harmonizing materials that aid in supporting the Human Electromagnetic Bio-Field which is under constant irritation caused by environmental stresses and man-made electronic devices. PROTXS is manufactured in Grand Rapids, MI

Contact me to purchase the PROTXS shield for $59.95

August 2016
I am doing as much as I can to feel better. I eat well , exercise and use my vitamins, minerals and herbs. What else is there that I can do to be healthy?

Everything has an energy signature. All foods, apples, oranges,wheat, rye, meat and potatoes, are different. I use muscle testing  also known  as Kinesiology  before I chose a supplement. Not every supplement is compatible with every person. My husband and I take different calcium/ magnesium products. Even colors can have an affect on how you feel. I do not like black clothes. I wear brown whenever possible. Emotions also have an energy. People shake with anger or skip with joy. Essential oils carry the energy of their source plant. They can have a profound effect on your emotions and energy.

But sometimes a negative emotional energy gets locked in the body and becomes "emotional baggage". Pain, nightmares, inflammation and other negative effects could be the result of trapped negative energy. The energy can be from a prolonged conflict with another person or situation or from a momentary shock that has just held on in your body. Dr. Bradley Nelson has developed a system to identify the offensive energy and neutralized it with positive energy

I can work with you to chose supplements, oils or to neutralize a negative energy. Please call for an appointment.
April 2016

Why did my vet recommend acidophilus for my cat during cancer treatment?

This is crazy!! Have you ever heard a doctor recommend acidophilus to a person undergoing chemo? Yet veterinarians do so for cats. Chemo works by targeting the fastest replicating cells in the body: cancer cells along with hair follicles and the epithelial membrane lining the digestive tract. If you were to flatten out your small intestine and villi it would be the size of a football field. The digestive tract sloughs off old cells just like your skin. This becomes part of the fiber in the stool. If lining of your digestive is not regenerating rapidly it can result in malnutrition, nausea and constipation. Probiotics help maintain proper pH, nutrition, bowel function and support the immune system.

Acidophilus for Cats
Acidophilus is a bacteria found in fermented foods such as yogurt. It’s also present in supplements and is available in powdered form. Acidophilus is a supplement that’s given to cats to maintain good digestive health. It helps to treat diarrhea, flatulence or smelly stools.

Acidophilus is generally prescribed by veterinarians to treat cats with upset stomachs. Pets with cancer, suffering from side effects of chemotherapy also benefit from acidophilus. The powder supplement reintroduces acidophilus bacteria and protects the cat from harmful bacteria and parasites by releasing hydrogen peroxide that’s toxic to such organisms. Research has proven that acidophilus is beneficial to the health of healthy cats as well as ailing ones.

It helps by altering the bacterial balance in the microflora of the gastrointestinal tract, thus increasing the effectiveness of white blood cells and decreasing the susceptibility of red blood cells to osmotic pressure. Acidophilus also enhances the immune systems of cats and improves the efficiency of their digestive systems.

Are Nightshade Vegetables Linked to Inflammation?
Anti-inflammatory diets designed for conditions such as arthritis, autoimmune diseases and gout, often suggest avoiding nightshades. Why is this? It turns out that some of the naturally-occurring chemicals in nightshades may have harmful effects on the body.

Which vegetables are nightshades?
Nightshades are any vegetable that belongs to the plant family Solanaceae. There are over 2700 different species of plants in the nightshade family, but most of them are not eaten and some are even toxic.
The nightshades that are commonly eaten are:
  • Potatoes (this does not include yams and sweet potatoes)
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers (includes bell peppers, hot peppers, paprika, pimentos, etc., but does not include the spice black pepper)
  • Eggplants
  • Tomatillos
  • Ground cherries
  • Goji berries

How can they cause inflammation?
Nightshade vegetables contain various natural chemical compounds that can promote inflammation and other negative health effects.
Although they do not react the same for all people. Some people appear to be unaffected by eating this family of vegetables. Whereas, if someone is already diagnosed with an inflammatory condition, it seems consuming nightshades can make the condition worse.

Dr. Childers who conducted a 20-year study on the connection between nightshades and arthritis, concluded that 74 to 90 percent of people who ache or hurt, regardless of their diagnosis, have a sensitivity to nightshades. 

What can you do about it?
Many traditional and modern diets, such as macrobiotic and paleo, recommend either limiting your intake of nightshades or eliminating them altogether. Not everyone is sensitive to nightshades, and some people may only be sensitive to one or two members of the family. If you suspect you might be sensitive, it’s best to try a short-term elimination diet.

Start by eliminating all nightshades for a week or two. This includes all the vegetables listed above, as well as any spices that contain paprika, cayenne or other hot peppers. Also watch out for potato starch used as a thickener, especially in gluten-free products. Try to avoid tobacco smoke.

Afterwards, reintroduce one type of nightshade, such as tomatoes. Give each new vegetable four days to see if it causes any symptoms. Do this with each variety of nightshade one at a time and take note of how, or if, you react. Be sure to read ingredient labels each time you buy a pre- prepared or processed food as the ingredients can change by the season or location of manufacture. Green peppers in ranch salad dressing are an example.

A client had problems with wrist inflammation some years ago. He thought he was developing carpal tunnel syndrome due to jobs he had in the past that involved heavy, repetitive lifting. The strange thing was that his wrist pain would flare up sometimes, and other times his wrists felt alright.

He tried cutting nightshades completely out of his diet for two weeks. Within one week, any pain in his wrists had completely stopped. To this day, his wrists are fine as long as he avoids nightshades. But if he ever eats any, by the next day his wrists will start to hurt again.

What can you eat instead?
If you find out that you are sensitive to one or all of the nightshades, your first reaction might be panic. It seems like the majority of modern foods contain either potatoes, tomatoes or peppers. What’s left if you cut these out?

I started by figuring out how I could replace tomato sauce. After some experimentation, There are many sauces you can explore beyond tomato sauce. An Indian-style spinach and coconut milk sauce has become an example for serving on pasta,  grains and  spaghetti squash. A blend of carrots and  beets for its red hue make a nice sauce.
Parsnips, cauliflower and other root vegetables replace potatoes well. I find they also have more flavor and nutrients. Sweet potato fries are usually available in grocery stores and restaurants instead of potato French fries.
There are also lots of great condiments beyond ketchup. Relish, mustard, sauerkraut, mayonnaise and other toppings and sauces all go great on burgers and wherever you would use ketchup.

A Nightshade-Free Spice Pantry

Tomato less sauce recipes

These are some the main compounds in nightshades that may be behind the problems.

1) Alkaloids
There are different types of alkaloids found in different nightshade vegetables, such as:
  • Solanine in all nightshades, especially potatoes and eggplants
  • Tomatine in tomatoes
  • Capsaicin in peppers
Solanine in particular is highest in potatoes that have turned green or started to sprout. Tobacco is also part of the Solanaceae family, and nicotine is another type of alkaloid. The addictive effect of some alkaloids is considered a possible reason behind addictive behaviors towards certain foods.

The alkaloids in nightshades have been shown to inhibit the enzyme cholinesterase, which helps regulate muscle flexibility. The impairment of cholinesterase may explain how the buildup of alkaloids in the body can result in muscle spasm, aches, pains, inflammation and stiffness.
Another function of cholinesterase is to break down neurotransmitters like acetylcholine. Acetylcholine stimulates nerves, muscles and glands to function properly. But high levels of acetylcholine will cause overstimulation, and toxic levels have been shown to lead to nervous system problems including anxiety, depression, behavioral disturbances  and cognitive issues.

2) Calcitrol
This is a hormone that triggers the body to absorb calcium from what you eat. It’s also found in nightshades. Excessive calcitrol promotes too much calcium in the blood and can lead to atherosclerosis by depositing  calcium in the blood vessels.

3) Lectins
Nightshades are also high in lectins. This substance is produced by plants as natural pesticides. Research is showing it may also have the potential to contribute to various adverse health effects, including gut inflammation and gastrointestinal damage.

Cholesterol molecules are part of all cell membranes in the body. Lectins are able to interact with cholesterol molecules and form a pore-like structure. This creates tiny holes in the cell membranes.
When lectins move through your digestive tract, there is the danger of creating cellular holes in the lining of the gut, which can allow a variety of substances found in the gut to enter the wrong cells or get into the blood stream. This is also known as leaky gut.

Some research has suggested that lectins could contribute to food intolerance also inflammatory and autoimmune disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis.

March 2016
Why do I always regain any weight I manage to lose while dieting.

Your body has a very strong self preservation mode. Our air, water and food are full of toxins like GMO's, fluoride, chlorine, pesticides, preservatives, sugars, high corn syrup fructose, artificial sweeteners, artificial colors and flavors. If your liver is over burdened your body will try to protect you by buffering the toxicity by hiding the poisons in fat cells. 
When you diet and burn off some stored fat you also release stored poisons. If your liver can still not process the poisons it will again build fats cell to hide the toxins. To break this vicious cycle you must help detox your liver. Your liver repairs and regenerates best while you sleep. It is most effective between the hours of 10pm to 2am. Try to get 7-9 hours of sleep each night.
You have to remember that insulin is triggered when we eat carbohydrates, especially processed carbs and sugars. Insulin is the key to storing excess calories as fat in your cells. 
When planning a maintenance diet fat and protein trigger very little insulin. Good fats like butter, coconut oil, cold pressed extra virgin olive oil, flax oil and fish oils along with protein and low carbohydrate vegetables will reduce the insulin released.  

Detox supplements
Probiotics - Keep your digestive tract moving to flush toxins. Two or more good bowel movements a day is considered healthy. Use a high billion cell count supplement of friendly bacteria like acidophilus with other probiotic. Good bacteria are important inhabitants of your digestive and respiratory tracts. Its good benefits are many and varied. Good bacteria is the core of your immune system. They will keep disease causing pathogens under control by creating hydrogen peroxide. It is essential to promote healthy bowel function. It helps maintain the proper pH in your digestive tract. It helps to regenerate the epithelial cells lining the intestines. Acidophilus is present in a variety of fermented foods, including yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi and miso.

Milk thistle -The herb silymarin is used to improve liver function by keeping toxic substances from binding to liver cells. Milk thistle has been used medicinally for over 2,000 years, most commonly for the treatment of liver and gallbladder disorders. Many hospitals keep it in the emergency room to protect damaged livers.

Lipotropic Complex - Nutritive support for healthy liver function to help catabolize and metabolize lipids and fats. Lipotropic nutrients include choline, methionine and betaine, which mobilize the flow of fats away from the liver, out through the large intestine, and thereby decrease fatty deposits. Lipotropics are used to treat gallbladder problems and fatty liver.

Betaine - The technical name for betaine is trimethylglycine (TMG). Glycine is key element of the of the detoxification machinery. By adding a little TMG to your daily supplement program you’re going to be helping your liver eliminate and process of toxins. It is commonly found as Betaine HCl (hydrochloric acid), a digestive aid. Betaine can help protect against harmful fatty deposits in the liver. These deposits can be caused by alcohol abuse, obesity, diabetes, medications and other causes. Take Hydrochloric acid with meals only.

Vitamin D - 4000-20,000 iu daily has been found to be a safe range. Most insurance companies cover the cost of testing your Vitamin D levels.  Researchers found that the patients who had low vitamin D levels were 1.5 times more likely than their counterparts to have fatty liver problems. Additionally, vitamin D levels continued to decrease as the liver problems became more advanced. The authors suggested that vitamin D may play a role in preventing the fat accumulation in the liver

R-Alpha Lipoic Acid - 300-600mg daily has been shown to be safe even if taken long term. Lipoic acid is useful since it is an chemical detoxifying antioxidant. Its most beneficial functions is enhancing the effects of other essential antioxidants by recycling them including Vitamins C and E along with glutathione, which is vital to a healthy liver and improves insulin resistance. If you are diabetic start with a lower dose of 50mg a day. Lipoic acid needs to be used with caution when already taking blood sugar medications as it can lower blood sugar levels.

Turmeric - Turmeric is recognized as being beneficial in promoting liver health by helping to remove cholesterol from the liver. It helps the body to flush out toxins in a much easier and in efficient way. Turmeric is known to increase the secretion of bile thus improving digestion. Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric. The usefulness of curcumin in fighting fatty liver problems is born out by public health observers in India. Up to 38% of the people in north India carry a gene that predisposes them to fatty liver disease. Far fewer than 38% of this population, however, actually develop health problems related to fatty liver disease. This could be due to the popularity of curcumin-rich curries in the Indian diet.

NAC - N-Acetyl-cysteine commonly comes in 600mg supplement form. Studies show if it is used  twice daily on an empty stomach it can help to improve overall health and immunity. If only one dose is being taken, try to take it at night time and on an empty stomach. Reduces fatigue and protects the  liver. N-Acetyl-cysteine acts to augment the glutathione reserves in the body. It is beneficial in the treatment of  a toxic liver.

Basic nutrition

Multi Vitamin-Mineral - To provide a basis for good nutrition as nothing works by itself.

Calcium/ Magnesium - 1000mg/400mg nightly conforms to the RDA. It is important to take a balance of calcium and magnesium for them to work properly in the body. I personally take Magnesium 1000mg w/ Calcium 500mg to relax. They absorb best when taken before bed. They help to relax your muscles and sleep better. Magnesium deficiency is considered as a potential risk factor for  liver problems because magnesium deficiency is associated with type 2 diabetes. Because calcium interferes with the absorption of iron, which can accumulate in the liver, calcium indirectly affects the liver.

Antioxidants - ACES+ zinc - Vit A, C, E d-alpha with Selenium and Zinc

Life style changes -  Exercise daily to improve insulin resistance. This will help you burn carbohydrates and reduce the creation of fat for storage. Drink 48-120oz of chemical free water each day based on physical activity and temperature. Increase your intake of good fats (Essential Fatty Acids) like fish oil (omega 3), evening primrose oil, borage oil, black currant oil and flax oil. Try to take three capsules of EFA with a large glass of water before each meal. Eat olives, grass fed butter, coconut, sesame or sunflower oil, nuts, avocados  and high cacao dark chocolate. You may eat grass fed meat, poultry, eggs, low carb vegetables, fish and seafood and limited fruits. Use spices liberally. Sweeten food or drinks with stevia or luo han guo extract (Monk Fruit) like “Lakanto®”. Reduce intake of trans fats ( hydrogenated fat) like margarine and fried foods. Reducing carbohydrate intake ( not eating white foods especially dairy except cauliflower) will help to achieve ideal body weight. Avoid monosodium glutamate (MSG), high fructose corn syrup, sugar, artificial sweeteners, processed foods and flours.

February 2016
Are there any nutritional suggestions for the lead poisoned kids in Flint, MI

Lead Poisoning
There's some evidence that modified citrus pectin may help treat lead poisoning in children. In a 2008 study published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, researchers assigned a group of children with lead toxicity to 28 days of treatment with modified citrus pectin.
Study results revealed that modified citrus pectin produced a "dramatic decrease" in blood levels of lead.
According to the study's authors, modified citrus pectin appears to treat lead poisoning by acting as a heavy metal-chelating agent (a substance that binds to heavy metals and then clears them from the bloodstream).
Modified citrus pectin is a substance sold in dietary supplement form. It contains a form of pectin (a type of carbohydrate consisting of sugar molecules) that has been chemically altered to improve its absorption in the human digestive tract. Sourced from the pulp and peel of citrus fruits, modified citrus pectin is said to offer a variety of health benefits. Pectin is used as a thickening agent, and could be considered one of the most natural types around. The first version of this substance available for purchase was derived from apples, which have a high amount of it.

Caveats (warnings over the use of fiber from fruit.)
Due to a lack of research, little is known about the safety of long-term or regular use of modified citrus pectin. However, there's some concern that modified citrus pectin may trigger certain side effects (including upset stomach
In addition, modified citrus pectin may cause allergic reactions in people allergic to citrus fruits.
(Ed. note)*The FDA has complete authority over the safety of supplements. Supplements are foods. Be sure to purchase your products from a reputable source like your local health food store. While there are over 400,000 deaths each year from aspirin, NSAIDS, and prescription drugs less than 10 people have died as the direct result of a supplement in the last ten years.*
Keep in mind that supplements haven't been tested for safety and dietary supplements are largely unregulated. In some cases, the product may deliver doses that differ from the specified amount for each herb. In other cases, the product may be contaminated with other substances such as metals. Also, the safety of supplements in pregnant women, nursing mothers, children, and those with medical conditions or who are taking medications has not been established.

Alternatives to Modified Citrus Pectin
A number of natural substances show promise as a means of strengthening your body's defense against cancer. For example, there's some evidence that maintaining optimal levels of vitamin D, following a diet high in antioxidants, and increasing your intake of green tea may help protect against cancer.
Being sure to get enough essential minerals may help block the uptake of heavy metals like lead. A daily multivitamin w/ minerals from a health food store is a good idea.

January 2016
I have tried many nutrition programs but still have not found my answer to living an energetic life. Do you have any suggestions?

I have been working with a program called "The Body Code". It can help you build the correct nutrition program. It also involves removing blockages in the flow of energy in the body. The author, Dr. Bradley Nelson, started with "The Emotion Code" and now he has evolved it into an overall "Body Code" program. He has great success in bringing balance to the body. The Chinese Chi and the Ayurveda Prana work with the energy network of the body. An example is acupuncture energy balance helps the body. These types of medicine are some oldest medical systems in the world. Ayurveda originated in India more than 3,000 years ago. 

December 2015
I do not like being sociable in the winter. It takes too much energy. Any ideas to fight my "cold " attitude? 

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that occurs when there is a change in seasons. The winter time blues can start as soon as we start to lose daylight hours. SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. Onset of SAD is usually between 18 and 30 years of age. You may sleep too much, have little energy, and may also feel depressed. Other feelings are desiring to be left alone, crying spells, irritability, trouble concentrating, body aches, loss of sex drive, poor sleep, or overeating, Though symptoms can be severe, they usually clear up as winter passes. To help relive the symptoms bright light therapy is effective. When you sit near the front of  a light box with your eyes open but not staring at the light source for 30–60 minutes you may correct the shift in your “biological internal clock” or circadian rhythm, and improve your serotonin cycle. Alaska Northern Lights was started by Neil Wagner in 1993 in Alaska. He was looking for an answer to his wife's debilitating health problems and found that light therapy relieved many symptoms, including depression and lethargy. Neil designed and manufactured the original light box which is still being sold today, Click here fore more information

November 2015
What book would you suggest concerning menopause?

I saw Dr. John Lee speak about his book  "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause"  when he came to Grand Rapids. It has helped to educate generations of women about natural hormones. Common concerns of menopausal women are gaining weight, sleep problems, mood swings, depression and anxiety. If you had monthly migraine headaches they can worsen. Dr. Lee stressed the importance of using natural hormones, particularly progesterone, that match what a woman's body makes naturally. Recent studies suggest that the addition of natural progesterone in a cyclic manner does not increase breast cancer risk.

Progesterone supports your thyroid helping to maintain bone density, mental clarity and heart function. The American Heart Association ended a study with synthetic hormones when they saw an increase in heart problems in 2007. The heart is a major target of thyroid hormones. Any change in thyroid hormone levels will be responded to by the heart. Progesterone is the primary hormone you lose in perimenopause and menopause. Your body can actually continue to make estrogen after menopause.

Progesterone supports a woman's ability to remain pregnant.  Women past age 35 should be tested for their progesterone levels to maintain their pregnancy as they may be in perimenopause. The best test is Dr Zava's saliva test available at

Natural or bioidentical hormones match the molecular structure of a natural hormone and are identical to the hormones made by your body. This is an important factor because the hormones typically handed out by your doctor are not. They are completely man-made and are found nowhere in nature. Notably Premarin is created from the urine of pregnant mares. Patented medications can not match nature. Patent medicines contain progestins (synthetic progesterone). They are required to be different to obtain a patent.You may have seen the recent commercials for Premarin and heard all of the side effects listed.

Read more about the importance of your thyroid in my previous article Why do they iodize salt? April 2014  below.

Why do nutritionists stress drinking water?

I will be very blunt here. How do you flush scrap out of your toilet? WATER

This article was approved by my Lymph Elimination Therapist.

It is important to take actions on a daily basis to clear your lymph system. These include exercise and drinking water. The lymph system is the sewer system for the body. The lymphatic system is composed of tonsils, thymus, bone marrow, spleen, tissues, nodes (over 600) and fluids that run throughout most of your body just like your blood vessels do. There are three crucial differences between the lymphatic system and your circulatory system. One is that the lymphatic system does not have a heart (pump) to move it throughout the body. Second is our body has three times more lymph fluid than blood. This is why consistent daily exercise and hydration (drinking water) are crucial to keep the lymphatic system and lymph nodes clear and healthy. Three, the lymph produces most of our white cells for the immune system.

If your lymphatic system is congested, or lymph nodes are swollen this will result in different aches and pains. If you have had strep throat you will remember the doctor examining the sore lumps on your neck. Your joints could have pain or feel weak, your immune system is compromised dramatically because your immune system works directly with your lymphatic system. Your liver and kidneys become toxic because they aren’t draining toxins and chemicals from the lymphatic system to excrete them from the body as it should be. This can lead to weight gain, digestive disorders, being sick more often, hormonal imbalances, poor circulation, areas of the skin become bloated with fluid because it is not being drained and much more. The following actions can help move the lymph system.

There are reasons your lymph system may be sluggish that I have not seen on any of the many sites I visited while researching the lymphatic system. If you are not having two or three bowel movements a day, urinating frequently or sweating there is no way for toxins to completely leave your body. Something in means something out. A properly functioning digestive tract needs water, probiotics (acidophilus, bifidus), magnesium with your calcium and water. This is a must for a healthy body!!!!!!!

Exercise moves the lymphatic system and lymph fluids and circulates them to your liver and kidneys to be filtered and excreted from the body. You should stretch and walk or engage in workouts every single day. Flex your joints first thing in the morning before you even get out of bed by moving your ankles forward and back. If you have pain and swelling you must clear the lymph but move faster than a slow walk every single day to get the lymphatic system moving. My therapist stresses that people who strenuously work out, exercise vigorously, or participate in demanding sports need to flush the lymph system with water  and gentle massage to keep the nodes clear of poisons.

The lymphatic system is rich in water and if you’re dehydrated the entire system will be holding onto water for dear life. Do your fingers seem swollen, your rings do not fit right? Do you feel spongy? You need new water to filter the lymphatic system, and to help excrete and remove chemicals and toxins through your liver and kidneys. A good rule of thumb is to drink 50% of your body weight in ounces of pure, chemical free water each day. Do not use distilled water. It will steal necessary minerals from your tissues. Add trace minerals and electrolytes to your water. Example: If you weigh 100 pounds, drink 50 ounces daily.

Breathing does so much for your body, from calming your heart and nervous system to changing brainwaves and even helps the lymphatic system drain and stay healthy. By taking deep breathes in through your nose and out through your mouth you’re giving your body more oxygen to work with. Oxygen and Hydration are two essential parts to keeping the lymphatic system clear of impurities. Exercise also helps you breathe deeply by exerting energy so exercise gives you multiple lymphatic draining benefits.

Rebounding exercise is simply flexing on a small trampoline up and down. It doesn’t take much energy. Do not even let your feet leave the mat. Stretch your arms out over your head. It is a light workout that gets your heart rate and breathing up. It uses the force of gravity to move your lymphatic system and to detoxify cells by going in an up and down motion. Even bouncing on the edge of you bed before you get out of bed is a good start. Why are the kids always jumping on the bed? It makes them feel good. This is a great exercise for lymphatic drainage as well as overall health, strength and well-being. If someone is sedentary in a wheel chair, or bed-ridden you can help them rebound. Place their feet on the mat and flex(bounce gently) on the mat for them. Improved circulation will improve their strength. Horseback riding, swimming, kundalini yoga, walking, bike rides, climbing stairs, light weights, and playing catch are good movement exercises when done in moderation. Even using a rocking chair will move the lymph system.

Massage works by physically moving pressure along your lymphatic network. Always massage toward the main drain at the base of your throat toward the heart. Deep tissue massage will work to move the lymphatic tissue to drain but will result in soreness and discomfort as poisons are released. Drink lots of water to dilute and detox the released poisons. Any form of massage is beneficial so start gentle. Massage is a way to squeeze the lymphatic system to remove impurities so that new hydration and nutrients can keep the lymphatic system healthy and able to do it’s job. Use water, antioxidant herbs and supplements to help your body deal with the toxins.

Dry skin brushing is taking a natural bristle brush and drawing it up over your entire body to the base of your throat. It is similar to massage and it’s a great way to exfoliate dead skin cells. It works best right before a bath or shower.

Take a hot+cold shower because it is so invigorating. What is a hot+cold shower you ask? it’s a shower where you turn the water hot, then cold, then hot, then cold. You continue switching the temperature of the water. It’s extremely invigorating and the change in temperature stimulates your lymphatic system to move as well as circulation by expanding and contracting blood vessels. It’s a great practice that will leave you feeling extremely rejuvenated.

Organic fruits are great for stimulating the lymphatic system to drain. The key here is to eat fruits raw (uncooked) and to eat them on an empty stomach so that the acids and enzymes in the fruit have the best lymphatic draining and stimulating effects. Lemon, lime and grapefruit work well. You can also get these in therapeutic grade essential oils to add to your water and drink throughout the day to stimulate lymphatic drainage and overall digestive detoxification. Do not count artificial colored sodas, sports drinks, and fruit juice cocktails with corn syrup as part of your fluid intake. These are full of preservatives and chemicals that add to the load on your system.

Organic green vegetables are alkalizing to help neutralize acids in your body. They provide chlorophyll that help purify the blood and lymph. Freshwater green alga called chlorella in broken cell form, wheat grass or barley green are other food sources of chlorophyll. There are herbal teas that support the health of your lymph system like golden seal and echinacea, singly or together, and astragalus.

You can get good fatty acids for lubrication from raw nuts and seeds. Choose from walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, macadamias, Brazil nuts, flax seeds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. You can include evening primrose oil, black currant seed or borage seed also.

You can apply ginger, peppermint and rosemary essential oils topically on lymph nodes throughout your body to stimulate drainage. Specifically on the back of your neck is a great spot to apply these oils to get into the skin, circulation and lymph nodes and allow them to go to work. Be sure to use pure essential oils.

Norman Cousins wrote Anatomy of an Illness about laughter's healing properties. It is an effective method for helping move the lymphatic system. Laughing causes you to take deeper breaths which is beneficial but it also stimulates your lungs, circulation and other organs that create more harmony working with the lymphatic system. You need to make it an effort to laugh at least a few times daily for not only your lymphatic system but your heart, immunity, brain and overall sense of well-being.

Essential oils Sept 2015

Essential oils have the ability to break down chemical bonds and loosen toxins in the body. I have seen them remove permanent marker from white boards.

Grapefruit, Tangerine, Spearmint, Lemon, Ocotea and Stevia are all found in Slique Essence, a unique blend of citrus fruits, essential oils, and herbs that work together to aid effective digestion and support healthy weight management goals. Ocotea is an oil that aids the body's natural defense against injury and illness and contains purifying properties.

Don’t store your essential oils in clear bottles, near high heat, or direct sunlight as they can cause the chemical constituents of the essential oil to change.

Be sure you are using genuine, therapeutic quality essential oils. Join our local essential oil discussion group.

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What kind of Vitamin A is best for you?
1. Beta Carotene
2. Fish oil

What is the best kind of Vitamin E to use?
1. dl-Alpha Tocopheryl (from coal tar)
2. d-alpha Tocopheryl (from vegetable oil)

Does it have all 11 B vitamins?
  B1    Thiamin
   B2     Riboflavin
   B3     Niacin or Niacinamide
   B5     Pantothenic Acid
   B6     Pyridoxine or Pyridoxal 5'-phosphate
   B7     Biotin
   B9     Folic Acid or Folate
   B12   Cobalamin or Methylcobalamin 
   PABA - Para-Aminobenzoic acid

2. Is there a good balance of the B vitamins?    B vitamins are so interrelated in function that they be therapeutically valueless or cause a deficiency of another unless taken in balance. 
Nutrition Almanac

How much Vitamin C does it have?
1. Is it buffered?
2. Are the bioflavinoids included?

What kind of Vitamin D is used?
1. Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) from plants
2. Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) from fish oil

What kind of minerals are used?
1. Elemental like carbonate or oxide are hard to digest
2. Chelated or Citrate are formulated to be absorbed

Does it include trace minerals?
1. Nickle is a toxic trace mineral found in some vitamins
2. Molybdenum (involved in many important body functions)
3. Selenium (an antioxidant, is especially potent when it is paired with vitamin E)

Does the vitamin have unnecessary ingredients?
1. Artificial flavors or colors
2. Talc, Di-calcium Phosphate
3. Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)  from ethylene glycol, the main ingredient in antifreeze.
4. Dextrose, Aspartame or other sweeteners

1. Do you sleep restfully?
2. Are you constipated: less than two BM's a day?                      3. Do you get charly horses or other cramps?

What balance do you need?
1. Calcium 500mg-Magnesium 250mg
2. Calcium 500mg-Magnesium 500mg
3. Calcium 500mg-Magnesium 1000mg

What form is the Calcium and Magnesium?
1. Chelated
2. Elemental- carbonate or oxide
3. Citrated

Are you digesting and metabolizing your supplements?
1. Does your urine turn yellow?
2. Do you feel better when you take vitamins?

Do you need digestive enzymes?
1. Are you over 35 yrs old?
2. Do you get bloated or gassy after meals?

Your blood type and body temperature can help determine what vitamins are right for you.

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Pesticides can interfere with hormonal function, which may lead to negative effects on the reproductive system through disruption of the hormonal balance necessary for proper functioning.

Did you know that all of these signs, symptoms and conditions can stem from a hormone imbalance?

  • Uncontrolled blood sugar
  • Body temperature below 97.9
  • High LDL cholesterol
  • High triglyceride levels
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Menopause
  • Andropause
  • Headaches
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Low sex drive (men and women)
  • Fatigue
  • Obesity
  • Unexplained weight gain or loss
  • Joint pain
  • Stiff joints
  • Poor memory
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Depression
  • Moodiness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Dry Skin
  • Hearing loss
  • Snoring
  • Anxiety
  • Belly fat
  • Loss of appetite
  • Constipation
  • Pale skin

  • Brittle nails

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Pesticides are neurotoxins. They can damage anyone's, especially a child's, ability to learn and remember. 
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Here is the astonishing information. Eat good fats including saturated fats. Do not eat hydrogenated or trans fats. Saturated fats do not raise cholesterol. It is as simple as looking at Eskimos who ate a high fat fish and blubber diet or tropical populations where coconuts were a stable in their diet. They had little heart disease. But these cultures did not include highly refined foods. It is processed oils, grains and sugars that help mess up our cardiovascular system. Heart disease was not a serious problem in America until after 1920 as people left their fresh country foods and moved to the city. Now their had hydrogenated margarine not butter.

There has never been a more denigrated nutrient than delicious saturated fat. The present day attack started in 1970, with the publication of the totally distorted "The Seven Countries Study". It left out many countries and other variables. The desired results, that saturated fats are bad, was extracted. The result of this misinformation is that during the last 30 years in the United States the amount of calories from dietary fat has fallen by ten percent while weight problems have increased. Heart disease is still the country’s number one cause of death. Yet the American Heart Association still says" Eating foods that contain saturated fats raises the level of cholesterol in your blood. High levels of LDL cholesterol in your blood increase your risk of heart disease and stroke."

More important than the total cholesterol is your ratio of HDL to your total cholesterol. This is often included on your blood work report. Simply divide the total cholesterol by the HDL. An answer or ratio of 4.5 or less shows you have less risk of heart disease.

Cholesterol is essential for your body to function. It is so crucial to your health that your liver produces cholesterol. We can not make the "essential fatty acids" EPA or DHA found in fish oil but we DO make cholesterol. If you and your family run high cholesterol numbers but do not have a history of heart disease there is a good reason. There are more forms of cholesterol than the well known HDL and LDL. They vary in size and function, small dense cholesterol particles (VLDL) and large buoyant ones. (watch this video). The "bad" LDL is responsible for carrying Vitamin E through the body. Individuals with LDL cholesterol below 70 have 15 times the risk of developing cancer. Low cholesterol has been related to a a less efficient immune system and an increased risk of infections. The brain even makes cholesterol it is so vital to efficient brain function. Lower total cholesterol levels have been related to emotional problems from anxiety to more severely depressed and more aggressive patients. Cholesterol lowering drugs reducing the cholesterol in the brain may effect mood disorders, or lead to less memory and cognitive skills along with increased in joint pain.

Your body is actually trying to protect you from bleeding to death by laying down cholesterol plaque. It is triggered by damaged or bleeding blood vessels. This can be a lack of Vitamin C and bioflavinoids resulting in scurvy or a low grade infection causing inflammation of the blood vessels. Dr. Rath was a colleague of Dr. Linus Pauling. His research on cancer helped him made the connection between nutrition, cholesterol, and cardiovascular health.

Coconuts have been used for healing in Ayurvedic medicine for over 4,000 years. Coconut oil is heat tolerant and can be used in baking, and in frying foods. Coconut milk, coconut water, and the pulp are used to treat a variety of health problems and nourish the body. There are numerous claims that adding coconut oil to your diet increases energy, balances hormone, ( all hormones are fats) and stimulates the thyroid gland. The effect of coconut oil on cholesterol are linked directly to this ability to stimulate thyroid function. Coconut oil raises your metabolic rate, helping to release energy and promote weight loss. Coconut oil (organic, virgin or unrefined) has been used to reverse mental deterioration and improve mood. Researchers believe that coconut oil is different from other saturated fats because it is composed of medium-chain fatty acids (triglycerides).

So flavor your diet with healthy fats. Buy fish (not farmed), meats (grass fed), butter (organic), vegetable oils (cold pressed, organic), olive oil (extra virgin), even minimally processed "leaf lard".

June 2015
How do I choose the right Apple Cider Vinegar?

I always choose an organic product when possible. Bragg's organic apple cider vinegar has the mother. The mother looks like sediment in the bottle and contains strands of  enzymes, proteins and friendly bacteria.  It is given credit for supporting good health. Apple cider vinegar is a low calorie product containing only  3 calories  per tablespoon. Vinegar has been shown to have health benefits for insulin function and blood sugar levels:

  • Improves insulin sensitivity during a high carbohydrate meal by over 20% and significantly lowers blood glucose and insulin responses.
  • Reduces blood sugar by over 30% when eating 50 grams of white bread.
  • 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bedtime can reduce fasting blood sugars by 4% .
  • Numerous other studies, in both rats and humans, show that vinegar can increase insulin sensitivity and significantly lower blood sugar responses during meals

I do not suggest eating high carbohydrate meals or white bread just to test this out.

ALWAYS dilute apple cider vinegar in water or juice to prevent the acid content from hurting the enamel on your teeth.  Human studies suggest that organic apple cider vinegar taken before a meal can increase satiety and help you eat less. One teaspoon up to two tablespoons is suggested. This could lead to reduced belly fat, waist circumference, lower blood triglycerides and weight loss. A study on food habits  from Harvard showed that women who ate salad dressings with vinegar had a reduced risk of heart disease.  This a fermented product that does not need refrigeration. You can keep it right on your counter so you can remember to use it.
Vinegar is the reason condiments like opened catchup and mustard can  be unrefrigerated for up to a month. Studies show that it inhibits bacteria from growing  and spoiling the food.
Vinegar can be used doing household chores . It helps to kill pathogens  including bacteria.  It has traditionally been used for cleaning. It is great for cleaning window. It has been used for disinfecting, treating nail fungus, warts, and ear infections. You can apply diluted apple cider vinegar to the shin to help fight acne.  It is also used for hair conditioning. If you have head lice, soak the hair with apple cider vinegar and let set for thirty minute to loosen the nits(eggs) then rinse and comb.
Pet use recipe for mud, blood, urine or feces
2 cups white distilled vinegar
-2 cups of lukewarm water
-4 generous tablespoons of baking soda
--It will fizz
-Spray the area, let it sit for 5 minutes, then gently rub and blot up with a soft cloth.

June 2015 Essential Oils

Peppermint essential oil has been shown to increase alertness and even enhance work activity. I put a few drops on the bag in my vacuum cleaner. The whole house smells better afterward.  You can do yourself a double favor because mice and biting  bugs do not like the smell of peppermint.

Lemon essential oil has antiseptic, antimicrobial, and bactericidal properties.  Add a few drops to your products to help cut through grease and grime. Along with the fact it been shown to actually improve people’s moods,  maybe cleaning day will go a little easier. A residual effect may be to help keep moths from destroying your clothes. It can be used in your closet instead of cedar essential oil.

Orange essential oil  is antiseptic and has been shown to exhibit antifungal and antibacterial properties. It is also a great degreaser. If you have been cutting meat It is a good oil to use. Orange oil has been shown to inhibited E. Coli and Salmonella during the refrigeration process of beef. and would definitely be good for cleaning your  cutting boards and countertops where raw meat has been. If housecleaning creates anxiety, depression, nervousness, and insomnia orange essential oil may help alleviate your problem.

Tea tree essential oil has antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic, bactericidal, and insecticidal properties. It is a hard to overlook when it comes to cleaning the kitchen and bathroom. It's antibacterial actions, possible inhibition of some flu viruses, helping to combat Staph infections, and even being effective against the herpes simplex virus can help you overcome it's strong smell. You can also mix tea tree oil with orange or lavender to make it easier to include in your cleaning.

May 2015
What is your preferred memory enhancing supplement?

I like NADH because of it's multiple functions in the body. 

Comment: I increased my NADH from 10mg to 20mg recently.
I was surprised by my comprehension of the subtlety of story lines in watching a movie I had seen before. 6/24/15

NADH  increases brain performance by providing a boost in cellular energy . It is is a metabolite of B3 (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide , a natural co-enzyme with the ‘H’ standing for hydrogen.). It is being studied as an anti-aging and energy enhancing substance. It is said to boost muscle stamina, and reduce fatigue. In Europe it has been shown to provide successful treatment in degenerative medical conditions like Parkinson's. Only the ENADA company produces the NADH used in the medical studies. 

NADH supplementation can be in measured by increases of electrical brain activity.  The electrical brain activity increases are found in the parts of the brain used for memory recall, mental clarity, concentration, cognition, attention and co-ordination.

Research has shown NADH is a natural antidepressant. Dr Birkmayer, (the doctor that developed stabilized NADH in a sublingual oral tablet form,) stated that “not all depressions are the same”. It was learned that there are different types of physiological depression with varying degrees of depressive symptoms.  Clinical research testing has proven that NADH has a positive impact on 93% of the people suffering from depression. Depression is caused by chemical imbalances in the brain. Clinical studies have proven NADH stimulates the production of many different brain neurotransmitters including serotonin, norepinephrine, and  dopamine .

Clinical testing has proved Parkinson's Disease depression is caused by brain chemical imbalances. The depression is triggered when the brain cells that produce dopamine die. Dopamine  provides many valuable brain function capabilities. It has a direct, positive effect on the physiological functions of concentration, drive, up-lifting mood, strength, and coordination. Dopamine balances the body's appetite for food.  Dopamine and its interaction with serotonin improves the body's sleeping abilities. Dopamine's has the ability to enhance the feelings of drive, mood, strength, concentration, and coordination.   Dopamine fights against the feelings of depression, the lack of concentration, the intense feelings of emptiness, guilt, and worthlessness.

NADH was shown  in clinical tests to inhibit cancer tissue growth by 92%.  Cancer cells grew at 8% with NADH supplementing compared to 100% growth without NADH.  When cancer growth is slowed, the human body can fight off the cancer cells instead of being overcome by daily multiplication of cancer cells. Dr Birkmayer determined that to stop the progression of cancerous cells the use of 40mg to 80mg of NADH daily was needed.

An Alzheimer’s disease clinical study showed that after 6 months of taking a daily 10mg supplement of NADH, 100% of the Alzheimer’s patients showed no evidence of cognitive deterioration and had higher scores on the Mattis Dementia Rating Scale (mDRS) compared to the patients who didn’t take NADH. Dr Birkmayer recommended an Alzheimer’s disease patient should take 40mg (or more) of NADH daily to experience the stated improvements.

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There are many vitamins and minerals needed for brain nutrition. B12 is essential. It plays an crucial role in the maintenance of the sheaths that jacket and protect the nerves of the central and the peripheral nervous system, assuring that proper nerve impulses are transmitted. It is best used in a sublingual tablet or liquid. Choline should be found in your multi vitamin/mineral. Choline is the precursor to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Your brain is mostly fatty tissue and you need GOOD fats like fish oil, coconut oil, fats from nuts and seeds like walnuts and evening primrose and organic butter to keep it healthy. There are studies that diets low in good fats could speed up the onset of Alzheimer's.  Manganese is needed in small amounts for metabolizing proteins and fats, healthy nerves and regulating levels of blood sugar. Alzheimer's Disease is sometimes referred to as Diabetes Type 3 because your brain needs a controlled blood sugar level to operate properly. Alpha Lipoic Acid is prescribed in Europe for diabetics. ( see Nov '14 article)
I do believe in a balanced program. Any supplement will work better when you eat a nutritious diet with (organic) fruits, vegetables, lean protein and chemical free water. Use only high quality supplements from your local natural food store.


May 2015
Essential oils for Mental Clarity:

  • Basil - Its calming nature helpful in dealing with feelings of anxiety, fear,  or nervousness provides mental strength and clarity. It improves blood circulation to the brain.
  • Frankincense - Regarded as an antidepressant, the aroma can both relax and revitalize, and can help in cases of nervous tension and exhaustion. Frankincense oil contains sesquiterpenes, which help to boost healthy brain function by stimulating the limbic system, the hypothalamus, the pineal and the pituitary glands. At one time was "used to treat every conceivable ill to man"
  • Juniper berry- is used to help sooth the nerves to ease anxiety, nervous tension and mental exhaustion
  • Peppermint - A study at University of Northumbria showed in terms of subjective mood peppermint increased alertness and was found to enhance memory.
  • Rosemary - contains an organic chemical compound called 1,8-cineole that     boosts the chemical brain systems needed for cognitive performance . Studies have found that 1,8-cineole inhibits the enzyme that breaks down acetylcholine, an important neurotransmitter in the nervous system that is related to memory and cognition
  • Sage or Clary Sage  - The wise one of old was called The Sage. It aids in  quickening the senses. Sage comes from the Latin word 'salvare' which means 'heal' or 'save'
  • Clary sage - It is an oil for dispelling confusion and illusion and helps us to open ourselves to intuition. It derives from the Latin clarus, meaning clear.

Be sure you are using genuine, therapeutic quality essential oils. Join our local essential oil discussion group.

March 2004
Should you take PQQ with your CoQ10?
Pyrroloquinoline quinone is a potent antioxidant. It is a competition for resveratrol and quercetin as the most healthful nutraceutical of the three. These are the suggested benefits of PQQ do to it's ability to optimize mitochondrial function.

  • An overall improvement in energy levels
  • Improved cognitive function and memory
  • Reduction in mitochondrial degradation
  • Increased skin elasticity
  • Neuro-protectant
  • Cardio-protectant
  • Enhanced nerve growth

CoQ10 has similar benefits but it is fat soluble meaning there must be good lipids present for it to metabolize properly. PQQ is a water-soluble compound so it is easier to metabolize but also easier to flush it from the body. The extra benefit of PQQ is that it has been shown to stimulate the growth of fresh mitochondria! Mitochondrial dysfunction is noted as a key marker of aging.

April 2014.
Why do they iodize salt?

  If the body not have enough iodine to do its job the body can cause the thyroid to work harder. This can result in an enlarged thyroid gland (goiter) that usually becomes evident as a swollen neck. These were very common in the Midwest region as settlers moved westward. Melting glaciers had washed iodine and other minerals out of the soil and there was no source of fresh sea food. By the early 1900's iodine deficiency was so common in the US and Canadian midwest it became known as the goiter belt. The addition of iodine to table salt improved public health. Now they tell us to limit our salt intake but they forgot to tell us to take iodine.

  Iodine is a mineral therefore the body cannot manufacture it. Iodine must come from the diet.  Sea food and sea vegetables are good sources. Most of the world’s iodine is found in the ocean, where it is concentrated by sea life, especially seaweed. You will find very little in other foods, unless it is added during processing as it is with iodized salt. Another good way to add iodine to your diet is to use a few drops of liquid Nascent Iodine  in a glass of water first thing in the morning. This form of consumable Iodine is useful for energy release.

  Iodine deficiency during pregnancy is serious for both the mother and child. The ovaries have the second largest concentration of iodine in the body.  Progesterone  hormone is released by the ovaries. Proper progesterone levels are needed to carry a baby to term  Low iodine carries a risk of high blood pressure during pregnancy for the mother. Mental retardation is a possibility for the baby because iodine plays an important role in development of the central nervous system. Iodine is needed to prevent fibrocystic breast disease, breast cancer, eye disease, diabetes, and heart disease and stroke. Iodine is also needed in radiation emergencies to protect the thyroid gland against radioactive iodides.

 Dr. Broda Barnes developed an at home test for thyroid function. Shake down a basal thermometer and place it at your bedside. The first thing in the morning put it in your armpit and rest for ten minutes. Record it for 4 days. If your thyroid is working properly your temperature should be 98 or above. Parents should take their child’s temperature when they are well. My children ran a standard temp of 97.2.. If they ran a temp over 99 I knew they were ill. Menstruating women should do this on the four days after their period starts. If your temperature runs below 98 degrees you may need to supplement your nutrition or contact your doctor for a thyroid test. You will want to be checked for T3, T4, Free T3, Free T4, TSH and possibly thyroid antibodies. Two of  Dr. Barnes many significant discoveries were:

  •       The development and use of thyroid function blood tests left many patients with clinical symptoms of hypothyroidism undiagnosed and untreated.
  •       Patients taking thyroid replacement therapy have much better improvement of symptoms with natural desiccated thyroid hormone(Armour) rather than synthetic thyroid hormones.

When you start using a thyroid support program it should include adrenal glandular product also. Thyroid and adrenal hormones are synergistic, they work best together.

If you wish to find a doctor who uses natural thyroid therapy please contact me.

Update from  Dr. Wilson's newsletter - Herbs That Help Your Thyroid
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Reader feedback:
Before the 1970s we got iodine in our breads, 1mg daily. All of your blood goes through your thyroid gland.  Dr. Jarvis, Folk Medicine of Vermont published 1950. Iodine kills pathogens in the blood (hiv, hepatitis, pneumonia,etc.)
What we need to do is supplement breads with iodine again (also magnesium and potassium), just like the good old days before our health epidemic started.
I did iodine fulfillment therapy for low thyroid and my son did it to detox mercury and get rid of his Asperger’s and Tourettes. It also treats cancer better than chemo. The cost was $20 for a bottle of Lugol’s iodine. Sherry

Sandalwood:  This was used in ancient times to assist in meditation. It has a chemistry that is 90% Sesquiterpenes, the highest of all the oils. Some researchers believe the gold given to the Christ child was sandalwood oil. It has a gold color and was valued as gold. Sesquiterpenes have been found to deprogram misinformation in the body and carry oxygen to the cellular level. It can stimulate the release of melatonin necessary for a good sleep cycle. More  properties attributed to sesquiterpenes are:

  • anti-septic
  • anti-inflammatory
  • soothing to inflamed tissue
  • can produce profound effects on emotions and hormonal balance
  • work on the liver
  • are a gland stimulant
  • increase oxygen around the pineal and pituitary gland
  • have the ability to go beyond the Blood Brain Barrier                                     (meaning they can cross the blood brain barrier increasing the oxygen to the brain)

The benefits of peppermint oil include its ability to treat indigestion, respiratory problems, headache, nausea, fever, stomach and bowel spasms, as well as for pain relief due to the presence of menthol. It is considered  one of oldest medicines due to it's considerable history.  The many health benefits of peppermint and peppermint oil have been studied and proved in scientific tests. Studies have shown that peppermint oil caps are useful in treating IBS symptoms.  Because the strong aromatic oils can cause heartburn be sure confirm the tablets are 'enteric coated'. This means that they have a special coating  that allows them to reach the intestines before they dissolve, rather than breaking down in the stomach where they do less good.

Peppermint essential oil has been researched and shown to reduce appetite and curb cravings — a key component to weight loss when uncontrollable cravings can derail even the most determined individual.  In a recent study by Dr. Bryan Raudenbush at the Wheeling Jesuit University of West Virginia, it was discovered that individuals who inhaled peppermint oil over 2 week period consumed on average 3,000 less calories per week than those who didn’t use the peppermint.  Not only that, the peppermint users reported a feeling of being satiated when inhaling the peppermint and didn’t feel deprived by their reduced caloric intake!
How can you use peppermint to support weight loss?

  • Inhale therapeutic-quality peppermint oil before a meal — you’ll automatically feel more full, so you won’t eat as much!
  • Inhale peppermint oil before exercise to increase your stamina.
  • Add peppermint oil to your water.   In a glass pitcher, add 4-5 drops of peppermint to 2 quarts of pure water.  You may add 1 drop to a glass of water.  This is very refreshing, and also good for digestion .

May 2014
Why are my allergies worse in the Spring?

This is true for many people. The trees actually start to pollinate before you can see the buds. Our bodies are under the stress of making a seasonal transition from cold(er) weather. There is irritation and inflammation as a result. There are many natural remedies that can support the body through this stress. Vitamin C and MSM sulfur are beneficial in supporting the mucus membranes. You can build up to a tolerance level of Vitamin C by taking 500-1000mg hourly until you get a loose stool. Start backing off the Vitamin C when you see a bowel change.

There are many herbs that help the body release excess mucus. Marshmallow, stinging nettle, pleurisy root, hyssop, eyebright, mullein, fennel, elecampane, yarrow, ginger and fenugreek especially in combination with thyme. These are available as teas, capsules or herbal extracts.  Slippery elm lozenges have been used by singers in smoky bars to protect their throats. These and many other combinations available in natural food stores.

Homeopathic remedies conform to a standardized FDA approved pharmacopeia and  provide a safe and effective choice for adults and children. They come as liquid tinctures or small pellets to melt under your tongue. The products made for infants dissolve as they land in their mouth. Chose a homeopathic guide like the Family Guide to Homeopathy . Carefully determine your symptoms and select the proper remedy such as Kali mur for post nasal drip to relieve coughing episodes or Kali sulph and Kali bichromium to help to control mucus production, soothes a clogged up chest. Download a free homeopathic guide here.

A third natural choice is proteolytic (protein digesting) enzymes. They help to digest the pollen proteins entering the body. Enzyme supplements have been used for over 30 years to treat sinusitis. In 1966, Dr. S.J. Taub, M.D., found that bromelain, an enzyme from pineapple that digests proteins, made noticeable changes in patients suffering from  sinusitis. Bromelain helped to thin nasal mucus while reducing swelling and redness of the sinus membranes. Another  study in 1967  showed that bromelain could help clear the mucus from sinusitis while it stimulated immune function and reduce headaches. A study using a natural enzyme blend of bromelain, chymotrypsin, pancreatin, papain and trypsin plus the bioflavonoid rutin showed that these enzymes were as effective as the anti-inflammatory prescription used in the study at reducing headache and toothache pain from sinus pressure.  After 14 days, researchers concluded that the treatments brought similar results but no there were side effects for the enzyme group.
Proteolyic enzymes work best when taken with water or juice on an empty stomach before meals or two hours after eating.

Tips to relive allergy mucus

Milk products should be eaten only once every 4 days to limit the mucus causing effect of milk, cheese, sour cream, pizza, pudding, ice cream, Parmesan cheese, casein protein and whey, etc. My allergist told me that artificial sweeteners should also be avoided by milk sensitive people.
I had a clerk at a major grocery store tell me that when he stopped drinking milk his acne went away so there can be other benefits to changing your diet.

May 2014 Essential Oil
Eucalyptus, hyssop, frankincense, thyme, sandalwood, peppermint and cedarwood are essential oils beneficial to the respiratory tract. They can be used to safely get rid of mucus from the lungs and nasal passageways without  negative side effects. There is a caution about using hyssop for people who have epilepsy or any type of seizure disorder. You can use any essential oil diffuser or steam inhalation
to let the beneficial phytochemicals from the natural enter the body through the olfactory nerves.

Up until recently, the only way to tell if your bones are brittle and fragile was to visit your doctor for a bone density scan. Due to a recent Yale study, you can do a simple 10-second test at home to check for thinning bones.
In the study, Yale researchers analyzed the facial wrinkles of a group of participant’s. The researchers then scanned the skeletal bone mass and density of the participants using medical equipment. When they looked at the results, they were amazed to discover an  unmistakable relationship between wrinkles and bone problems. The lead researcher said "We found that deepening and worsening skin wrinkles are related to lower bone density among the study participants."  
"The worse the wrinkles, the lesser the bone density, and this relationship was independent of age or of factors known to influence bone mass."
The results of this study mean you can quickly check your bone density by looking in the mirror. If your wrinkles are getting deeper and more defined, then you may have bone problems. Receding gums are also one early sign of osteoporosis.

Cultures with the highest calcium intake actually have the highest osteoporosis rates also. Calcium is only one component of bone structure. There are over 20 vitamins and minerals needed for strong bone building. Bones need to be constantly regenerating to be really strong. Estrogen breaks down old bone but progesterone is needed to stimulate bone regrowth. Our fat cells can make estrogen our whole life but progesterone production starts decreasing in perimenopause.

Vit C
Vit D
Vit K
Thiamin (vitamin B1)
Riboflavin (vitamin B2)
Niacin (vitamin B3)
Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6 )
Folic Acid
Vitamin B12 (as cyanocobalamin)
Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5)
Zinc (as zinc picolinate)
Selenium (as sodium selenite)
Copper (as copper gluconate)
Manganese (as manganese aspartate)
Chromium (as chromium aspartate)
Molybdenum (as sodium molybdate)
Silicon (from sodium metasilicate)
Boron (as boron Krebs cycle chelates)
Betaine HCl digestive enzyme
Strontium (as strontium chloride)
     taken at an alternate time as calcium, they compete for uptake in your system

August  2014
I am using Armour Thyroid but I am not improving like I thought I would. What else can I do?

Here is a case of which came first the chicken or the egg. The thyroid is directly connected to adrenal function and sex hormone balance. All three need balanced nutrition to function effectively starting with over 70 trace minerals especially iodine. Most of the longest living cultures have a good source of trace minerals. It can be in the water from glaciers or food from the sea. Using a quality sea salt is easy way to get trace minerals. A craving for salt or salty foods is an indication of adrenal stress. The most common reasons for adrenal fatigue and dysfunction along with mineral deficiency include our Standard American Diet, stress, inflammation and an underactive thyroid. But what’s causing the inflammation and underactive thyroid. The poor SAD diet, bad digestion, over use of antacids and antibiotics. This can lead to Candida, an internal yeast overgrowth. There are over 170 different yeast toxins that are produced by yeast in their life cycle. Some of these toxins can block thyroid function. Candida overgrowth also causes Leaky Gut Syndrome. The toxins are leaked into the bloodstream and lead to allergies and a inflammatory state that can cause arthritis, chronic fatigue and pain. You can rebuild the body with probiotics, anti-Candida herbs, enzymes, homeopathic medicine and nutrition. There are at least seven macro minerals needed for thyroid function, they include iodine, selenium, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, boron and zinc. Magnesium is essential for adrenal function also. Most Americans are deficit in magnesium.
When you set up a program (available at All Natural Health Corner) to reverse a yeast overgrowth, one of the common side effects is a Herxheimer reaction. This is a reaction to toxins released by the death of harmful organisms within the body. You may feel worse before you feel better. This can usually be avoided. with effective detoxification and elimination programs.

July 2014 Essential Oil
KidScents® Oil Collection is a comprehensive kit that addresses the most common concerns of childhood. This kit includes six, mild essential oil blends, formulated just for children:
o GeneYus™
o Owie™
o Bite Buster™
o TummyGize™
o SniffleEase™
o SleepyIze™

Conveniently packaged in an easy-to-carry case, this arsenal of proprietary blends has been formulated in the appropriate strength to meet the needs of children.
With KidScents Oil Collection, parents and caregivers can safely and effectively navigate children through childhood to become healthy and happy adults.

Lavender oil is best known for its calming properties and is frequently used for stress relief, treating insomnia, depression and other anxiety related problems. There are specialty oil blends designed to help calm tensions and uplift the spirit, promoting relaxation and a deep sense of peace.

Peace & Calming® is a gentle, fragrant blend. When diffused, it helps calm tensions and uplift the spirit, promoting relaxation and a deep sense of peace. When massaged on the bottoms of the feet, it can be a wonderful prelude to a peaceful night's rest. Peace & Calming may be especially calming and comforting to young children after an overactive and stressful day.

September 2014
What do you consider the most important supplement?

Maintaining the health of your digestive tract is essential. Probiotics or good bacteria are the organisms that help maintain the proper pH or acid/ alkaline balance in your digestive tract. Probiotics are destroyed by antibiotics and other medications. How often does a woman end up with a yeast infection or a man with jock itch after taking a course of antibiotics? Probiotics are also sensitive to stress.  It is essential to replace the good bacteria at stressful times. It is best to take them on an empty stomach before eating unless they are enteric coated to protect them from stomach acid.  The most three   important points in choosing a quality probiotic supplement is making sure the bacteria count is high. Supplements are now being manufactured with counts in the billions. Also that the count is stated at time of product expiration and not time of manufacture. The third point is are you seeing an improvement in bowel function. Healthy bowel function is two or more bowel movements a day. A balance of something in /something out.
   Probiotics help regenerate the lining of your digestive tract. Just as you are constantly sloughing off dead skin cells externally, so should the lining of  your intestines. These cells are part of the "fiber" in a healthy stool. A healthy level of probiotics will help you to maintain proper bowel function. The body is programed to  balance "food in / garbage out" so you should have two or three bowel movements a day to be healthy. Eating good foods( non GMO and organic) should be your main source of nutrition. Your digestive tract is the starting point for you to absorb your vitamins, minerals, herbs and other nutrition. Probiotics are all the big rage today as you watch the TV commercials. I have been teaching about their use in it's many  forms since 1980.

  • Lactobacillus acidophilus. This is the most common strain found in supplements. It is important for maintaining the integrity of your intestinal walls so you can enjoy maximum absorption of nutrients. I is needed for a healthy immune system.
  • Lactobacillus fermentum. These beneficial probiotic help neutralize some of the toxic products made during digestion. It  promotes a healthy balance of bacteria in the gut.
  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus. The "travel probiotic," form of beneficial bacteria has been found to be extremely effective in reducing occurrences of  traveler's diarrhea known as Montezuma's revenge.
  • Bifidobacteria longum. This good bacteria  helps to crowd out bad bacteria that cause discomfort and helps to neutralize everyday toxins in the gut. It also helps efficiently break down carbohydrates without producing excess gas.
  • Bifidobacterium infantis, the friendly bacteria most prominent in infants. Babies born naturally are more apt to develop this naturally.  It promotes proper digestion and absorption, encourages the formation of antibodies against undesirable bacteria, viruses and allergens -- especially important for babies delivered by caesarean, and is recommended for both breast-fed and formula-fed babies. It was commercially introduced in Life Start made by Natren Co.
  • Bifidobacteria bifidum. The  small and large intestine both need this probiotic for smooth, healthy digestion. It's especiall ybeneficial for proper digestion of dairy products Bifidobacteria has many forms: B. Breve, B. Infantis, B. lactis, B. Longum, Bifido, Bifido Bacterium Longum, Bifidobacterias, Bifidobactérie, Bifidobactéries, Bifidobacterium, Bifidobacterium adolescentis; Bifidobacterium animalis, Bifidobacterium bifidum; Bifidobacterium breve; Bifidobacterium infantis; Bifidobacterium lactis; Bifidobacterium longum, Bifidum, Bifidus, Bifidus Brevis, Bifidus Infantis, Bifidus Longum, Bifidobacteria Bifidus, Lactobacillus Bifidus.

September 2014 Essential oil-
Palo santo (Bursera graveolens) comes from the same botanical family as Frankincense, Myrrh and Copal.. It is found in South America rather than the Middle East. Like Frankincense, Palo Santo is known as a spiritual oil. Traditionally used by the Incas to purify and cleanse the spirit from negative energies. Even its Spanish name reflects how highly this oil is regarded: Palo Santo means "holy wood" or "sacred wood." I would think highly about any oil with a reputation for keeping away mosquitos and other flying insects.
Palo Santo has been used for relieving inflammation found in common colds and flu, stress, asthma, headaches, anxiety, depression. It provides an uplifting scent that raises your vibration to deal with emotional pain.
In Ecuador it is against the law to remove or cut down Palo Santo trees as they are protected. There are very few companies that are permitted to even touch the trees, more or less produce the essential oil.
Any of the oils that are from trees (Western Red Cedar, Spruce, Cedarwood, Frankincense, etc) will provide stabilization, grounding and security to our being, physically and emotionally.
During winter the weather can change often so you need to protect yourself. Put Palo Santo under the nose when traveling by plane. This is a great way to protect yourself and keep you from breathing in all that bacterial. Apply under nose, add to a hanky and cover nose so often while on the plane.
Palo Santo is one of the constituent oils of Rutavala from young Living.
It is interesting to me that the Latin name for Palo Santo is Bursera graveolens. Every person has hundreds of bursa found throughout the body. The function of a bursa is to decrease friction between two surfaces that move in different directions.  The bursa is a slippery, fluid-containing sac.  Normally, the bursa is thin and contains a small amount of fluid.  And the herb Graviola has been found in in vitro studies to have anti cancer potential.

November 2014
Which supplement do you consider the most unique?

I am astounded by Alpha Lipoic Acid. It can improve the function and conduction of neurons. Doctors in Germany have been using Alpha Lipoic Acid in high doses (600mg) for over forty years for the treatment of  Diabetic neuropathy.  The symptoms include burning, pain, and numbness in the feet, legs and arms. Diabetics need to be cautious when starting to use Alpha Lipoic Acid because it can enhances the effect of insulin. Diabetics should start with only 50mgs and  increase gradually to a point that their pain is under control. They can take  up to the 600mg while monitoring their blood sugar and insulin requirements. Alpha lipoic Acid helps the body to normalize blood sugar by breaking down carbohydrates and  making energy for the other organs in the body.

Alpha Lipoic Acid was also found to reduce nerve pain from a herniated disc over a 60-day period. This is the most common cause of sciatica. This is  pain, tingling, or numbness produced by an irritation of the nerve roots that lead to the sciatica nerve.

 Alpha Lipoic Acid is sold in two forms. R Alpha Lipoic Acid is considered the more active, available form of ALA.  Alpha Lipoic Acid helps the body recycle vitamins C and E. This may be why it has been used for diseases of the heart and blood vessels like a disorder called cardiac autonomic neuropathy.

Alpha Lipoic Acid has also used for eye-related disorders, such as damage to the retina,cataracts and glaucoma. An genetic eye disease called Wilson’s disease prevents the liver from removing extra copper. Too much copper is poisonous and can cause life-threatening organ damage. The liver filters toxins and releases them into bile that carries the toxins and wastes out of the body.  Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA), is recommended for liver health regimens because it is known to protect – and even restore the integrity of liver cells.

Alpha Lipoic Acid also increases the antioxidant glutathione that is a major liver detox nutrient to remove all kinds of toxins. Dr. Berkson was a Cleveland doctor who saved two  patients who had eaten death cap mushrooms with IV’s of Alpha Lipoic Acid in the 1970′s. Alpha Lipoic Acid is invaluable as an antidote for acute chemical poisonings along with drugs, solvents, pesticides, radiation etc.

ALA has also been used for memory loss, chronic fatigue syndrome, Lyme disease, HIV/AIDS and  cancer.

November 2014 Essential Oil

Essential oils used in combination such as the layering in a Rain Drop program can amplify the benefits of the oils. For repair and regeneration of nerve tissue Frankincense, Helichrysum, and Roman Chamomile are most often suggested.

Using a therapeutic grade of frankincense for your needs is important.
Massage onto the reflex points for the eyes - tips of fingers and toes.
You can use an indirect compress method morning and evening:
1-2 drops of FRANKINCENSE essential oil in palm
Rub palms together/Cup palms over OPEN EYES for three minutes
If there is any solvent used in the distillation, the molecules could burn the eyes, causing extensive damage.

Helichrysum - helps support improve circulation to nerves
Roman Chamomile - historically used to support nerve regeneration

December 2014
How safe are cosmetics ?
The FDA has allowed the cosmetics industry to self regulate since 1976. There are studies linking some cosmetic ingredients to cancer, hormone inbalance and heavy metal toxicity.
Protect your skin from damage by properly cleaning, toning and using a high quality moisturizer before applying any make up. Young Living’s beauty products are free from the harmful chemicals found in many mainstream skin and hair products, contain all natural-ingredients infused with essential oils. These precious oils are a centuries-old beauty secret that can refine your complexion's appearance. These can be found at
Choose nail polish that is SAFE professional-quality that are quick-drying and super long-lasting that are formulated WITHOUT Phthalates . This chemical is known to cause a broad range of birth defects and lifelong reproductive problems in laboratory animals exposed to these chemicals during pregnancy and after birth. Phthalates are also known to be hormone-mimicking chemicals, - Environment/safe-cosmetics like Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
Henna hair coloring does take longer but it is safer. Early hair dye formulations contained chemicals, including aromatic amines that were found to cause cancer in animals. In the mid- to late 1970s, however, manufacturers changed the components in dye products to eliminate some of these chemicals. For the most part, the increases were limited to women who began using hair dye before 1980, although an increased risk of follicular lymphoma was observed among women who began using dark-colored dyes after 1980. Risk was greatest among those who had used permanent dyes for longer durations (15 or more years).
Lead isn't the only toxin lurking in your lip stick. A new study  found that women who apply lipstick two to three times daily can ingest a significant amount of aluminum and cadmium —20 percent of the daily amount that's considered safe in drinking water. Lead was detected in in over 60% percent of the lipsticks sampled including Burt's Bees tinted chapstick. It is not as simple as just putting these chemicals on your lips but the fact that they are ingested as you eat and drink or simply lick your lips.
The Environmental Working Group also has a database with information on cosmetic products and the risky ingredients that could be in them, and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has a list of products online as well.

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