• 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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    The information on this website is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

Sinus Infection, Silver and Neti Pot Quick tips

Text message Q&A: My son has a sinus infection. I have silver shield left. Should he take it straight or mix it with juice or Gatorade?

A: Either way,  except Gatorade has way more crap than benefits. Pineapple juice would be good. Massage the lymph nodes from behind the ear down toward the collarbone. Snuff warm salt water for fastest relief. Lots of garlic for dinner!

Feeling better really can be that simple! Extra info beyond my quick text would be massage with an aromatic oil-I use a cajeput blend, or tea tree, chamomile, and lemon; see my website for more. A neti pot makes “snuffing” easier, and bayberry bark in the water will take down inflammation even faster than salt. My son’s sinus infections were what got me started in Natural Health!

More questions:

Natalie wrote: “I am prone to sinus infections (just got over one….again). But I can’t use the Nettie pot because the water gets trapped in my ears. Do you have any tips for that?”

When you use the neti, make sure you are letting the water in slowly, that your mouth is open, and that you do not block the open nostril or blow hard. There is a good set of instructions at  http://yoga108.org/pages/show/106-how-to-use-a-neti-pot-without-danger
It also helps to work the lymph nodes, stroking firmly from the bottom of the ear, the mastoid area (at the base of the skull) and the lower edge of the jaw down toward the collarbone.  I usually use a massage oil blend that includes cajeput or tea tree, chamomile, and lemon essential oils to increase circulation and reduce inflammation. That should help open the area and facilitate drainage. You can use the same blend on the sinus area, stroking from the nose outward, around the eye socket, and from the eye to the temples and behind the ears in one smooth motion.

Aside from that, you need to find out WHY you keep getting sinus infections. For most people it has to do with poor digestion, which produces acid waste that increases mucous production in the whole body in an attempt to soothe the irritated membranes. The offending foods have to be eliminated; the most common are dairy products and wheat, which for some reason seems to be connected especially to infections in the right ear. Supplements to support the stomach and/or pancreas (I am NOT a fan of digestive enzymes as a rule-I prefer safflowers, Garcinia combination, etc.) may be helpful, and marshmallow or slippery elm rebuild mucous membranes.  Remember that sugar feeds bacteria, so watch your diet for refined starches and sugars. Lymphatic congestion is usually a major factor as well; many of my clients do well with the Nature’s Sunshine Lymph Gland Cleanse Formula, and the regular practice of lymphatic exercise, based on  “Riding Horse” Qi Gung stance. Stand with feet a little more than shoulder width apart and the knees flexed. Begin to “bounce” lightly, gradually increasing the amount of movement. (The body will do this quite naturally.)  Allow the arms to bounce as well; they will tend to fall into loose fists which will lightly beat on the thighs. Gradually move them to beat on the groin, then  move them one at a time up the body, to the armpit, out the arms, and back in.  Continue around the neck and down the sides, ending with going down and back up the legs. Maintain the bouncing throughout the entire time; the whole process should take  8-10 minutes. Follow with plenty of water!

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Sore throat & flu last week

I have been running like a madwoman, out of town last week in wet, rainy weather, sleeping just 4-5 hours a night, then flying cross-country all day Monday. Tuesday through Thursday my schedule was crammed full. Woke up Wednesday morning with a dry, scratchy throat. Functioned normally all day, but awakened at 2am Thursday with a really sore throat. Got up and massaged my neck with an essential oil blend I formulated for the lymph glands and gargled an ounce or so of colloidal silver. I was able to doze back off pretty quickly, counting my blessings at knowing how to take care of myself.

The big problem with getting rid of symptoms as fast as I can is that it’s easy to overlook details like rest, so Friday my body quit. Aches, fever, cough, the works. Tested for echinaccea and lots of dark fruit juices (highest in antioxidants) in the morning, and added a mullein glycerite to my mint and ginger teas. Spent the afternoon in a vinegar and ginger bath, drinking pineapple juice and warm “flu soup”. I have always made my own for others, but my favorite pantry quick-fix is Pacific’s vegetarian or chicken pho. I added some pickled ginger and a little extra garlic, but it already has lemon grass and other great therapeutic herbs, though they promote them just for flavor:). Lunchtime I added some fresh asparagus and daikon; dinner I used grated carrots and greens. Snacked on a couple of sweet peppers and a kiwi fruit to get lots of vitamin C. Chamomile oil on my chest and back soothed the coughing and the aches. More of the same on Saturday, though I added a salad and rested much better.

I was surprised it took me two full days to recuperate-usually one is plenty. Then I spoke with a couple of friends who are still dragging after two courses of antibiotics and steroids, plus antihistamines, decongestants, and nasal spray. People tend to overdo supplements, thinking more is better. I took a total of 1/2 ounce of colloidal silver, 9 capsules of high quality echinacea, 1 dropper of a golden seal/echinacea liquid, and about an ounce of mullein tinctract I made myself. Everything else came from my foods during the two days I felt icky!

Supporting Your Lymphatic System

The lymphatic system breaks down and removes dead and damaged cells by way of one-way valves located behind each joint in the body. When these valves “back up” it causes inflammation and pressure to build in the area behind the valve, and allows bacteria and other pathogens to multiply in the stagnant matter. Read on to find out how you can best support your lymphatic system…

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