• YOU can become your own primary health care provider!

    Natural medicine is a vast improvement over contemporary care, but natural health is even better. My intent is to provide the tools and information you need in order to duplicate my successful experiences, and to offer you the comfort and peace of mind that has been such a blessing and security to my family.
  • Whatever form of natural health supplement you choose, be sure to educate yourself on all aspects of your health care. Let your diet and your attitude be the foundation for a life of wellness, not disease. When you don’t feel well, look for the root causes rather than seeking to simply substitute an herb or remedy for your medication. If you are taking medication for a serious condition, consult with someone well trained in herbs and alternatives before making a substitution and stopping your prescription. Your body will need time to reestablish it’s awareness that it is required to function!
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Deep-Pressed and ‘Stroked-out’?

Heard about a study this morning that links depression and stroke risk, finding that people who have been depressed have an increased likelihood of stroke even after they are no longer depressed. Recommendation, of course? Identify and medicate depression earlier-even thought the stroke risk remains elevated indefinitely after depression is ‘gone’. REALLY??? What about the possibility that impaired oxygen flow may be a causal factor in depression, and a precursor to stroke? What about a low level of B vitamins and other nutrients that impact the physical brain and mental health? What about a person lacking the basic skills to cope with stress, which may also impact overall function and increase stroke risk? What about a diet based on refined carbohydrates, which raises triglycerides, which have been positively linked to stroke risk, and leads to depression?

The issue here is the acceptance of the doctrine that giving people more pills sooner will prevent every other possible health problem, rather than looking for root issues that can be personally managed and will prevent a plethora of other concerns. Enough exercise has been shown to drastically reduce both depression levels and stroke risk. Enough Vitamin D (see my blog post for more on that fraud) does the same. In Chinese medicine depression is rooted in unexpressed anger, which is associated with the liver, which regulates blood quality, so could be a factor in strokes. Likewise balanced calcium and magnesium levels, adequate trace minerals, breathing exercises and yoga are proven to lower hypertension, depression, and a host of related and other health conditions.

I may get lots of hostility for this comment, but depression is way over-diagnosed, and ridiculously over-treated. As a culture we have accepted the myth that life is supposed to be painless, easy and fun. (“The Prozac Effect” is an excellent book on the subject!) We don’t allow mourning even after great personal loss; you get two weeks off work and are ‘depressed’ if you aren’t ‘moving on with your life’ after six weeks so we need to “give you something to help you get over this”, isolating us from each other instead of having us reach out to each other for and with support. I know so many people (including many close to me) on anti-depressants-and after years and years they are still depressed. Obviously, it is not working, and most find they need an anxiety medication as well within 2-3 years on the medication. Why? Anti-depressants ‘numb’ emotions (the biggest comment I get from clients who ask for help in feeling better so they can stop taking them). In real life, the only time we feel that way is in a serious crisis situation; when we feel that way for an extended period our mind begins to wonder why, and starts looking around for the crisis that has to be lurking somewhere. I have seen it over and over and over. Connection to stroke? Anxiety increases adrenalin output, and that is something that will elevate stroke risk. Bottom line here is that we need to look at our overall picture, recognize that we can manage much more than we believe we can, and that we have got to stop looking for a magic bullet that will ‘fix’ us. There is much more ‘right’ with us than can ever go ‘wrong’; every symptom is just a message that we need to address something differently in our lives. Let’s get better!

Q&A: Eczema

Question:
I have an eczema-like occurrence on my leg. It seems to be stress related – waxes & wanes with my life situation, which has been horrendous the last 2 years. I have used flower essences that seem to work temporarily, we’ve also used yarrow, licorice root extract, Golden Salve. Herbal Skin Trim makes it itch and burn worse. Help! It’s a patch about 1 1/2″ X 3″ and is raised like a welt, very red, itching like crazy and splitting and bleeding. When skin grows back over it, it is scaly and falls off. I also have similar on my same (right) big toe, spreading onto my foot, and my left elbow.
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Q&A: Skin Cancer

Question:
In addition to some issues with my digestive system, in the past 5 months I have also been dealing with skin cancer on my forehead. I had a nodular cancer that was surgically removed 6 weeks ago. The local anesthesia and antibiotic that the doctors gave me made me sick (vomiting) and has left my stomach upset since the procedure. In addition I have another spot that was treated by freezing with liquid nitrogen in January, then we did a 4 week course of a cream called Carac, I just returned to the doctor yesterday and he said neither of those were effective, and it is still cancer. I am waiting for the biopsy results to decide whether to proceed with another surgery or with a different cream called Aldara. Additionally, the doctor and I both noticed a new spot, which he determined was cancer and treated with liquid nitrogen. This new spot has appeared in the 3 weeks since my last dermatology visit.

I was muscle tested today and I tested for Black Cohosh (4 pills per day) and flower essence Sage. The sage also tested very strong to be applied directly to my forehead and the cancerous spots. I’d appreciate your advice for any further recommendations for treating the cancer.
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Q&A: Fears and Worries

Question:
I am having problems with irrational fears and worries. My father recently passed away and I have a young son. Please help me to be all there for my son.
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Q&A: Hiatal Hernia

Question:
Hello! I have heard about you through [a friend] and I’m hoping you can give me a little light at the end of my tunnel! I have been pregnant 4 times, and shortly after the birth of my 3rd child I suffered from unexplained (“post partum”) anxiety, which lead me to have irritable bowel symptoms (diarrhea), and GERD. Now, 3 years later, I have tried acid reflux medicines, but they never seemed to get rid of the “stuck burp” feeling I had, and they kept the diarrhea going, so I lost weight due to the diarrhea, IBS, and anxiety. I’ve been on probiotics and digestive enzymes for almost 2 years, but I still burp frequently and now have a sore spot (seems to be on my esophagus) when I burp. And, the reflux is bad at night even though I have the head of my bed propped. I don’t think anything else is wrong with me, but I just can’t figure out why I have such bad GERD. I’m skinny & eat really healthy foods. Please help . . . I’m thinking I have a hiatal hernia that developed after multiple pregnancies that no one has addressed and that’s why I’m still suffering. I’m so scared this GERD is really damaging my body, please help me gain control and relief of this. I don’t like going to the doctors for it because they just tell me to take PPI’s (which give me diarrhea), so I’ve just been taking enzymes. I have noticed that the gas in my tummy doesn’t occur if I don’t eat fats/animal products, but the GERD (frequent burping and stuck burps) still occurs. What happened?? Am I suddenly allergic to dairy, fat, and animal products???? Please help. Thank you!!
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Q&A: Underlying Issues

Question:
My husband does not believe in Muscle Testing. He likes the smell of essential oils. He is struggling with a lot of emotional issues. I know that a flower essence would work, however that is out. I know you don’t diagnose, but I need some help from one who has experience. I feel a good vitamin would help him as his diet isn’t the best. He tried the Super Supplemental from Nature’s Sunshine and cannot stand the taste of the pill on his tongue… and can taste it through the day. Also, are there a few oils that would be good for one who is was abused?
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