• 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.

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!

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Fluoride Fools?

Time magazine for Valentine’s Day features an article about-surprise-the possible links between pollutants and brain function. Small wonder, given that many are neuro-toxins (have you ever seen the bugs lying on their back partially paralyzed but still alive?). Especially “shocking” was the factoid that  exposure to fluoridated water, which does not include the additional exposure from toothpastes and dental rinses, is linked to a seven point drop in IQ. Continental Europe has banned it for years.

The history of fluoride development explains it pretty clearly: “Sodium monofluorophosphate was first described in 1929 by the German chemist Willy Lange, who was then with the University of Berlin. His fruitless attempts to prepare the free monofluorophosphoric acid led him to check the stability of its esters. Together with Gerda von Krueger, one of his students, Lange thus synthesized diethyl fluorophosphate and some analogs, which proved to be quite toxic, being related to nerve agents. In the 1930s, Gerhard Schrader, working for the German company IG Farben, tried to develop synthetic insecticide. His work focused on esters of phosphoric acid and resulted in an accidental discovery of some other nerve agents such as DFP (diisopropyl fluorophosphate), Tabun, Soman, and Sarin. In the meantime, Lange, who was married to a Jewish woman, emigrated from Germany to the United States and started work for Procter and Gamble Company. In 1947, he and Ralph Livingston of Monsanto Company published the preparation of the free fluorophosphoric acids and mentioned the use of some toxic esters of monofluorophosphoric acid (like DFP) in the treatment of glaucoma and myasthenia gravis. The well known toxicity of these esters led to fears that the simple salts might also be toxic, and such fears precluded any large scale commercial use of the salts. In 1950, under sponsorship of the manufacturer of the compounds, Ozark Chemical Company, the toxicity of sodium monofluorophosphate was studied by Harold Hodge at the University of Rochester who included anti-cavity testing. In 1967 Colgate-Palmolive filed several patents on the use of sodium monofluorophosphate in toothpaste.[1]”(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodium_monofluorophosphate, emphasis added). WebMD considers fluoride to be a drug, lists its cautions and potential side effects, and emphasizes that children may be more sensitive to the risks. One of those risks, ironically, is yellow teeth resulting from excessive use, which has happened to friend’s children who had used only fluoridated toothpaste twice a day with no additional treatments.

The premise for fluoride treatments has been that the fluoride “strengthens” tooth enamel, a claim that comes because enamel consists largely of apatite, a form of calcium, which degrades in the presence of acids from oral bacteria feeding on starches and sugars in our foods. HOWEVER, saliva provides the materials necessary for the re-forming of apatite! In other words, we are fixing a problem that we were designed to correct ourselves anyway. I have a mouth full of fillings but grew up religiously brushing with fluoride and was among an experimental group of military dependents who received fluoride treatments at school. (Maybe that’s why I developed osteoporosis so young!) My kids have not only never used a fluoridated toothpaste, but also drank only reverse-osmosis purified water so did not have fluoride in their water. Only one of my first three children ever developed a cavity. The youngest, who decided that tooth-brushing was optional during the teenage braces years, was the only one to have multiple cavities (he has also eaten more sugar than the other three combined, since his father considers it one of the primary food groups). Aside from a generally healthy diet, we don’t use sports drinks, dilute any fruit juice we drink, and rarely consume soda, which not only has the acid-forming sugars (artificial sweeteners are even more acidic, so one more reason not to use them) but phosphoric acid, which disintegrates calcium. If I really felt like I need more fluoride, I’d add black walnut to my diet!

More good info at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_fluoridation_controversy

IT’S A “WONDER” THIS PMS (ETC.) DRUG STILL EXISTS!

“Wonder Drug”, an article discussing birth-control pills in “Elle” magazine this month, repeated virtually verbatim a comment that absolutely blew my mind several years ago. It was made by a nurse practitioner, speaking at a women’s health conference supposedly on reproductive health, but actually presenting a thinly-veiled push for the new-at-the-time “Yaz” pill. What she said was “while having periods may be culturally significant, they are medically meaningless”, and therefore no possible harm could result from artificially limiting them to once a year or so. Not long after introduction it appeared to be causing more blood clots, the sometimes fatal side-effect of birth control pills, than other birth control pills; although the manufacturer was briefly ordered to run an ad campaign informing consumers of the possible risk it was never taken off the market.

In actuality, periods are an extra “chimney” (watch my introductory video on YouTube if you haven’t) for women. Your body knows you can live without reproductive organs so will use them as a dumping ground, which is one of the reasons premenstrual problems disappear once you start getting rid of the decaying matter in the uterus. Women with endometriosis often find that their liver often needs support, which is often connected to a pancreatic weakness that makes it hard for them to digest fats, the basic nutrient for the liver and the raw material for prostaglandins, which are the building blocks for hormones. I noticed the tendency to see simultaneous challenges with those three organs in my clients years before studies linked polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) to a tendency toward insulin resistance and diabetes, which are also governed by the pancreas. Liver stress will also manifest in acne and other skin concerns, since the skin is another “chimney” that’s overworked when toxicity increases. Cysts are basically internal pimples, sacs of waste matter sequestered to keep you safe. Using the pill shuts down hormone functions; one doctor quoted in the article likened it to a mechanic putting a piece of tape over a warning light on your dash and “claiming he’s fixed the problem”.

The article pointed out that “women with moderate to severe endometriosis are four times more likely to have been prescribed the Pill before age 18 to treat menstrual pain”; the statistic may reflect that suppression of the cycle causes endometriosis rather than that they are related in any other way. Most of my clients with endometriosis have been on the pill for so long that their bodies have never functioned independently, which is true of the author as well. What they usually find is that they can get the balance back and resolve both the symptoms and the problem in a few months at most, with noticeable improvement in the first cycle after they start their programs. Several have gotten pregnant fairly quickly, so I caution clients now to use other methods if that is not part of the short term plan!

Definitely to be continued….

PSORIASIS+ENBREL+3 MONTHS=TUBERCULOSIS….

Saw a commercial for the newest medication for psoriasis, and listened to the lengthy list of side effects, which specifically includes several warnings about tuberculosis (and death, lymphoma…). For that collection of risks “some patients saw a reduction of up to 75% after three months.”

Funny, my clients who have been told by doctors that they have the condition usually see a reduction of 100% after three weeks or so when they nutritionally support their livers and adrenal glands, the organs most often weakened or stressed in people with psoriasis. Most test for fatty acids like Super GLA, so I also encourage them to make sure they get enough digestible fats in their diets-nuts, seeds, avocados, etc.  The most common adrenal supports they test for are Licorice root or Everflex (remember that the adrenals are responsible for controlling inflammation, hence, flexibility). Those who have or have had chronic strep (“rheuma”) infections may benefit from golden seal or the original Christopher combination sold as IN-X. Bio-Water Stress Mist provides topical relief; even people without skin problems need to really watch their soaps and topical products since virtually all commercial soaps and lotions are made in a petroleum base, which is generally toxic and seals the skin. Every body has a different set of needs, which is why I test all organs for each of my clients regardless of the symptoms about which they may express concern. The root problems may include poor digestion of fats (pancreas head), mineral deficiencies and imbalances, or thyroid malfunction (which may be the result of pituitary weakness or a hiatal hernia, etc.) so the adrenal and liver symptoms may just be the visible tip of the iceberg!

To be fair, I will warn you about possible side effects of a nutritional approach to psoriasis: you may experience generally feeling less stressed and more energetic. You also may have to buy new clothing since long sleeves and pants will no longer be essential; one eight-year-old had who had been so embarrassed by other kids that he had worn a turtleneck and jeans every day (including in summer in Florida) for years suddenly found himself wearing shorts and t-shirts.