Nutrition Education Service
Provided by Mary Ryan CN (formally of Pat's Health Corner)
By appointment only
Provided by Mary Ryan CN
- Basic Nutrition
- Allergen free diets
- Immune support
- PMS and Menopause support
- ADD and ADHD support
Check out the nutrition articles below
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.
Category- Weight/ Antibiotics
Antibiotics mess up your digestive tract killing good bacteria They also kill H.Pylori "bad" bacteria often blamed for causing ulcers. But it turns out H.pylori controls ghrelin the "hunger hormone". The ghrelin increase is the most interesting effect. High levels also increase abdominal fat. So, after taking antibiotics and losing all their H. pylori, people are not as satisfied after meals, they gained more weight, and the weight they gained was likely concentrated in the abdomen. Bad stuff all around.
Catrgory- Cancer/ Heart disease
Huge new study on people over 65 taking baby aspirin for “prevention”
per their doctors recommendation, found that they were more likely to
die of cancer and other causes than those taking a placebo. And it did
not prevent heart disease either.
Category Pregnancy: The Rho-Gam shot for when Rh-negative blood is exposed to Rh positive blood. If you are an Rh-negative mother, remember that, although Thimerosal-free Rho-GAM became available in 2002, the supply of mercury-containing Rho-GAM is still on the market. Know that the word “thimerosal” means it contains 49.6% mercury. This is important because fifty-three percent of mothers of autistic children are Rh negative, while only three percent of mothers of normal children are Rh-negative.Now they have replaced it with Thimerosal-free which a shot that contains aluminum instead of mercury.
Category- Diet/ Energy
Are you using a multivitamin/mineral from a health food store with enough B complex and Vit C to facilitate your energy cycle ? Fats do not burn by themselves. They need a match from the enzymes created with Vit C and B vitamins. If you are having any stress in your life you need to increase your C and B complex vitamins especially if you are using a diet that eliminates carbohydrates/ high starch foods like grains and fruit.
Category - Digestion
Apple Cider Vinegar
becomes alkaline in the stomach once it's been digested. ACV taken
regularly may cause the body to adjust the ratios at which digestive
enzymes are made. Your stomach produces Hydrochloric acid, one of the
strongest acids . When you do not make enough hydrochloric acid your
food sits in the stomach partly digested until it starts to ferment and
cause gas and pressure. This pushes the food back into the esophagus .
The lining of the stomach is coated with mucus to protect it from acid
Cataegory- Artificial sweeteners
replaces three hydrogen-oxygen groups with three chlorine atoms in a
sugar molecule A study found that sucralose actually did increased
blood glucose levels and insulin levels while decreasing insulin
sensitivity. A study on sucralose and the GI microbiome found that
sucralose altered the gut microbiome by decreasing the beneficial
bacteria that is a major part of your immune system by up to 50 %. When
heated, Splenda was found to degrade and release harmful chloropropanols
at high temperatures. Chloropropanols are toxic and may lead to
cancer and infertility in men.
Category- Cholesterol: Your liver manufactures cholesterol from saturated fat and sugar as we need it to support our brain and make hormones among many other actions. One of those functions is to put a seal over a bleeding or inflamed area. Sugar creates inflammation in our bodies. Dr. Rath teaches that extra cholesterol is made to patch our arteries when they are malnourished and inflamed. If you keep them healthy with Vit C w/ bioflavonoids and fish oil they will not be inflamed. Dr Rath worked with Dr Linus Pauling who got a Nobel prize in Chemistry for his work
Have you used CBD oil?
CBD oil studies show potential for optimizing and restoring balance to the immune system. Studies have shown it can reduce inflammation in the brain it may be used to have neuroprotective effects and support the health of the brain and spinal cord. You want to use an oil has been controlled from seed to product. It should be organic and standardized for potency to insure consistent results There are many components that make CBD oil effective. They include CBD oil cannabinoid compounds, cannabinoid receptors, and the enzymes that synthesize, hydrolyze, and metabolize them. The receptors play a key role in regulating mood, memory, appetite, sleep, and the reduction of inflammation within the human body. I have used several. But when I tried a new company, Hale Life, that waited until they had raised and processed their own product. I actually feel a change. For more information can me at 616-532-4713. Please leave a message if I am busy. https://merrycn.myhalelife.com
How can I defend against wrinkles?
condition of our skin can tell much about the health of our body and
brain. Healthy skin can indicate a healthy brain. Skin and brain cells
develop from the same embryonic tissue as such they age at the same
rate. Vitamin C and good oils are both nutrients needed by the brain
and skin. Good oils are needed for hormones and for the skin to
manufacture Vitamin D. Avoid hydrogenated fats that contain trans fats
like margarine and shortening. Do not use most soy, corn and canola oils
as they are heated in processing and made from GMO crops. Many
commercial bake goods have hydrogenated fat. Use cold pressed organic
oils like coconut oil, olive oil, other vegetable and nut oils and grass
Wrinkles can be related to heart attacks
and heart disease. Vitamin C with bioflavonoids is needed to protect the
blood vessels from developing scurvy which will trigger the body to lay
down cholesterol patches on the blood vessel wall according to Dr. Rath. If there is a history
of heart disease in your family you can add CoQ10 to your supplements.
People with heart disease have been shown to be deficient in CoQ10.
Vitamin E 400iu d-alpha was shown by research at the Shute Institute to
support heart health also.
show facial wrinkles are linked to osteoporosis. 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 density problems. Receding gums are also
one early sign of osteoporosis. Be sure you are balancing your calcium
with magnesium in a 2/1 ratio. Vit D up to 5000-10,000iu may be needed
if you live in a region that gets less sunlight. Vitamin K2 is needed to
properly metabolize calcium and magnesium into the bone and keep it
from settling into the arteries and other tissues. Vitamin
K2 is required by the human liver to manufacture blood-clotting
proteins. If you have clotting problems try using a vitamin K2 supplement
with nattokinase to support proper blood clotting balance.
course nothing works by itself so be sure to drink pure water and use a
quality multi vitamin/mineral to insure your nutrition
What do you consider the most important supplement?
and probiotics are essential to maintaining your digestive tract. It
has been determined that your immune system is centered in the digestive
tract. It also been discovered that your brain function is affected by
the health of your gut. There are more nerves in your gut than in your entire spinal column. Serotonin is made in your gut and this can help promote a better mood and improve mental clarity. Your thyroid hormones are activated in the gut.
Prebiotics are the food that feeds the probiotics. Prebiotics are a type of fiber. Psyllium fiber, raw jerusalem artichoke, onions, garlic, wheat bran, bananas, asparagus, barley, oats, apples, freshly ground flax seeds, marine algae, brown rice and spinach help feed you probiotics
are needed to insure the health of your intestines. They help the
lining of your digestive tract regenerate and renew every week. Good
bowel function is two or three bowel movements a day. Something in ,
something out is proper function This allows the body to detox. It helps
clear skin and better digestion. You can have 3-5 pound of good
bacteria or flora in your gut. It is best to use a combination probiotic
supplement for the best balance. It can include these different types
- 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
- 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 vaginally are more apt to develop this naturally. If you have a C-section you can give a supplement of bifidus to your baby. 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 especially beneficial 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.
I am using Armour Thyroid but I am not improving like I thought I would. What else can I do?
The recommendation is that you take Thyroid the first thing in the morning and do not eat anything for an hour. A different brand of natural thyroid may work better for you like Naturethroid or Westhroid.
The thyroid hormones need Vit K2, selenium and iodine to metabolize. But that action takes place in your liver and gut. You may need to do some liver support supplements. Your digestive tract needs to be functioning properly with 2-3 bowel movements a day. Include fiber, pre-biotics and pro-biotics and 64oz of water a day to help balance your intestinal health.
We have picked up head lice when traveling on spring break. What can we do?
I use Lice R Gone from Safe Solutions Inc. It works in 10 minutes to remove the lice and their nits. I like the product so much I worked for the company for several years. If you have used a commercial, pesticide based lice shampoo like RID or NIX you will have to wait 20 minutes before rinsing the shampoo out of your hair. It contains an enzyme formula that is a registered pesticide in Michigan. www.safesolutionsinc.com
Rid and Nix
CONTAIN 4 TIMES MORE PESTICIDE than your backyard insect spray
PESTICIDES ARE LINKED TO AUTISM
Triclosan is also a pesticide. It is one of the most prevalent antibacterial compounds found in
soaps, toothpaste and other products. It is the focus of a campaign undertaken by a coalition of health
and environmental groups. http://www.beyondpesticides.org/antibacterial/triclosan.php
WHO IN YOUR HOME PLAYS WITH THE PETS
The flea drops you put on your pets are a liquid pesticide. Every time your child plays with the animals they are exposed to pesticide residue.
You can use Pet Wash from Safe Solutions with a peppermint oil and enzyme base. It will wash the fleas and ticks off your animal and leave a peppermint aroma that the bugs do not like. It is also great for washing off skunk smell.
headaches or migraines
nasal congestion or sinus issues
irregular menstrual cycle
In more severe cases of histamine intolerance, you may experience:
hypertension, or high blood pressure
arrhythmia, or an irregular heart rate
difficulty regulating body temperature
Histamine is a chemical in your body responsible for a few major
functions: As a neurotransmitter, histamine communicates messages to
Histamine is a component of stomach acid that helps to break down your food in the digestive process.
Histamine is released after injury or allergic reaction as part of the body’s immune response.
Bacterial overgrowth is another contributing factor for developing a
histamine intolerance. Bacteria grows when food is not digested
properly, causing histamine overproduction. Normal levels of DAO enzymes
can’t break down the increased levels of histamine in your body,
causing a reaction.
This can happen when you do not have
sufficient digestive enzymes to digest your food efficiently. Different
things can affect your enzyme level. You may have been born with a
limited supply of enzyme. Times of stress and age can cause a decrease
You can improve the balance of good to bad bacteria in your gut with
pre-biotics and probiotics. You may have to try different brand of these
to find your balance. Dr Ohhira's Probiotics® Original Formula has been
on the market for over 30 years..
Angelica -is believed to be an African herb that made its way into Europe in the 16th Century and gained tremendous popularity as a treatment for the Plague, which was a frequent and dreaded visitor to Europe in those days. It thrived well in Europe and as the years passed, its other medicinal properties were discovered. Anti-spasmodic - relieves spasms and gives relief from cramps, coughs, aches, diarrhea, nervous afflictions, and convulsions. What actually is a spasm? It is an involuntary and unpredictable contraction in the respiratory tracts, muscles, nerves, blood vessels, and internal organs
indigestion, stomach aches, headaches, cramps, flatulence, nausea, and high
Depurative- means an
agent that purifies the blood acts as a diuretic, removal of toxins like uric acid and others, including excess
salt, water, fat, and bile
sweating which helps increase the potassium ratio in the blood, sweat also
contains sebum, fats, uric acid, bile, and other toxic elements. Perspiration
also helps to reduce fevers. Emmenagogue-triggers the opening of obstructed menstruation and makes it more regular. Provides relief from headaches, abdominal
cramps, nausea, vomiting, and fatigue
Expectorant- clears out the
accumulation of phlegm in the respiratory tracts and fights the infections that
cause colds, helps relieve symptoms from cold and cough, sinusitis, and
congestion in the lungs
Febrifuge-helps reducing fever
by fighting the infections that cause the fever. Helping increase perspiration and diuretic
properties of this oil also contribute to this effect, since the removal of
toxins and waste from the body speeds up the recovery time of infections.
protects the liver and makes it function well by stimulating secretions from
that organ. It also shields the liver from infections and helps to heal wounds
tonic for the nerves. Reducing nervous afflictions and disorders and in
strengthening the nerves. it sedates the nervous afflictions and relaxes them
in cases of shock and hyper-reactivity, while also stimulating them to make us
more active and alert. Relaxant- a relaxing effect on
the body, the mind, and nervous system. beneficial in shock, depression,
anxiety, anger, and hypertension.
Stimulant- for the systems
functioning inside the body. It stimulates blood circulation, the secretion of
hormones, enzymes, and other juices, and stimulates metabolic processes,
including digestion, absorption, and excretion. in total, stimulates healthy growth.
maintains a healthy stomach with the proper balance of acids and bile and
protects it from infections. helps heal any sorts of wounds or ulcers that in
essential oil promotes the overall development of health, boosts growth, and
strengthens the immune system of the body..
Other Benefits-It is
good for the lymphatic system and provides an effective treatment for
bronchitis, asthma, sciatica, headaches, infections, anorexia, anemia, and
psoriasis. It is also rich in anti-seizure properties and this is attributed to
the presence of terpenes.
Bergamot oil is all about one's sense of self: self-love, self-worth, self-acceptance, self-judgment, self-hatred. This oil helps us do the work necessary to step out of our fears of not being good enough, or our habits of holding back for fear of rejection of Who We Are, and helps us to learn to love and accept ourselves. It teaches us to find validation within, accept our own authenticity, and not spend so much time worrying about what others will think about it.
It also helps us in processing and releasing fear, criticism, need for approval, shame, and emotional pain. It may also help with feeling like a failure, or feelings of inadequacy, inferiority, or worthlessness by helping us step into our own confidence, empowerment, ability to play bigger, self-approval and joyfulness Bergamot is a citrus fruit
Improves Blood Circulation:
stimulates hormonal secretions, thereby helping to maintain proper metabolic rates.
Digestive: increases the secretion of digestive juices, bile, and insulin This supports the lowering of blood sugar
Infection fighter: antibiotic and disinfectant properties against growth of germs, virus, and fungi. It protects wounds from becoming septic and developing deadly tetanus.
Nervine: stimulates secretion of certain hormones which lessen the sensitivity of nerves to pain.
Relaxant & Sedative: The flavonoids present are very good relaxants as well. They soothe the nerves and reduce nervous tension, anxiety, and stre
Skin Care: helps heal scars and other marks on the skin. It is commonly used to eliminate the unsightly effects of acne even after many years. promotes fast healing of wounds, cracks in the skin and heels, ulcers, eczema and itching
Dental aid:can be applied to unhealthy, infected teeth or used as a mouthwash to kill oral germs and protect teeth from the development of cavities.
Febrifuge: a substance that reduces fever. It stimulates the metabolic system and gland secretions providing a feeling of warmth resulting in perspiration thus reducing body temperature.
Deodorant: inhibit the growth of germs causing body-odor..Bergamot"s citrus smell and can overcome or eliminate many other odors.
Here is an easy to do DIY recipe to make cologne.
What Will You Need
- Cedar wood essential oil- 5 drops
- Bergamot essential oil- 3 drops
- Sandalwood essential oil- 2 drops
- 300 milliliters alcohol or vodka (70 per cent)
- Glass cologne spray bottle
- There can be nothing easier than making this cologne. Just mix up all the ingredients and pour it into the glass bottle. Store in a cool place and bask in the fresh scent.
Word of Caution: Bergamot oil must be protected from sunlight, because of bergapten, one of its components becomes poisonous if exposed to sunlight. That is why the oil should always be stored in dark bottles and dark places. Exposure to sunlight should even be avoided after it is applied to the skin, at least until it gets absorbed into your skin
My child wants to become vegan. Could I have any concerns?
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. Using a balance of two food types between legumes, nuts/ seeds and grains provides all the amino acids needed to make up proteins will be present. If you think about some tradition food combination like corn tortillas with beans or green beans with sliced almonds you can see a natural balance in play.
Soy is an exception. Soy and should only be used as it is in other cultures, a fermented soy 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 fermented soy. 93% of the USA soy crops are genetically modified. There are studies showing organ damage, gastrointestinal and immune system disorders, accelerated aging, and infertility caused by GMO food. 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.
One vitamin missing from a vegan diet is B12. The body can make it's own B12 if the digestive tract is functioning properly. Using pre-biotic fiber foods and a good probiotic supplement can help. Onions, garlic, wheat bran, bananas, asparagus, barley, oats, apples, freshly ground flax seeds, marine algae, brown rice and spinach help feed you probiotics. B12 is very important for mental clarity and memory so it would be a good idea to use a sublingual B12 lozenge.
Essential oils for the winter
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.
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 and rarely use chlorine.
How can I maintain my weight loss?
Everyone is different with their own bio-chemistry so there is not one program that works for everyone. If you increased your activity levels while working on your weight loss that should be maintained. Also work on your stress levels with yoga, a Stress B complex, use magnesium with your calcium to relax nerves and muscles. Drink soothing teas or use calming herbal formulas. Carry Bach Flower Rescue Remedy for emergency situations. Check out Dr. Bach's other emotional balancing formulas. But here are some other suggestions.
Your liver is responsible for helping metabolize fat. Bile is produced in the liver which is necessary for breaking down fat. It works like a filter to clean toxins out of our blood, improving our health and metabolism. Supporting your liver health can help you lose weight and meet your goals.
We are all overburdened due to a toxic diet, lifestyle and environment and our livers must deal with these poisons. If it is ineffective at digestion and fat breakdown you may have trouble with weight gain again making you feel heavy and sluggish. The liver has more than 500 vital functions have been identified including
efficient circulation, metabolism and fat breakdown. There is no other organ like it.
Sugar from carbohydrates provides necessary energy for cell functions but your body is capable in transforming fats and protein to energy when needed. In fact your brain and heart like the stable energy provided by fat better that the high and low blood sugar of carbohydrates. Be sure to eat whole foods, lower carbohydrate foods with fiber, like apples not apple juice, so you can get the fiber to slow absorption of the sugar. When food is digested, glucose is released into the bloodstream. In response, the pancreas secretes insulin, which directs the muscle and fat cells to take in glucose(sugar). Cells obtain energy from glucose and the excess is converted to fat for long-term storage.
When planning a maintenance diet remember that 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.
The herb Turmeric with it's active ingredient Curcumin has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-microbial, analgesic, thermogenic properties and many more. The percentage of Curcumin must be listed on the label to be sure you are getting a therapeutic dose.
There are two kinds of fat cells in our body. White adipose(fat) storage cells are a problem during and after weight loss. These cells decline in size during weight loss and this changes their metabolic and inflammatory properties. This may actually trigger bio-chemical drive to regain weight after weight loss. Brown adipose tissue in humans has a significant function of heat production. This heat production comes from the combustion of glucose and lipids. Curcumin is found to be a promoter of browning up the white adipose tissue. It rises the levels of the hormone norepinephrine, a stress handling hormone, which induces the browning process. This action of curcumin, in turn, can prevent obesity by promoting the burning of accumulated fat in the body.
A new study is showing that the polyphenols in turmeric may also be helpful for reducing the risk of fatty liver while decreasing stress at the cellular level. A study was done and the individuals using curcumin showed an enhanced weight loss. There was a significant increase in fat reduction and BMI was also found to decline considerably.
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.
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
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.
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.