Does Nestle own your favorite supplement company?

Nestle finalized a deal in 2018 to purchase Atrium a company which owns the popular supplement brands Garden of Life, Seroyal, Wobenzym, Douglas Laboratories, Pure Encapsulations, Pharmax, Genestra Brands, Orthica, AOV, Minami, Klean Athelete, and Tropic. As you may know Nestle has come under fire in the past for pushing infant formula to replace breast milk. The reduction in breastfeeding rates due to the companies practices are alarming. The marketing of formula in impoverished communities is especially disturbing since using formula can cause a mothers milk supply to slow or stop and then she is dependent upon formula she must buy. This practice has also resulted in illness and death for many infants due to the mixing of formula with unclean drinking water, and the dilution of formula to save money which deprives the infant of nutrition. Nestle has also been criticized for profiting from public water sources in order to sell bottled water. This has occurred in communities with water restrictions due to drought and where residents have no access to clean water. For those of you who are not interested in supporting Nestle I can offer you suggestions on alternate products.

Order directly from Standard Process- cheaper than amazon!



Patient direct ordering from Standard Process is finally here.  I know some of you have found Standard Process products available on Amazon.  I cannot argue with the convenience of Amazon especially with free shipping.  Personally I avoid it as their treatment of employees gets very negative press, and many sellers are shifty.  Those who have used Amazon for Standard Process supplements may have noticed the prices tend to be higher, sometimes MUCH higher than my prices.  Here is how it works.  Standard Process prefers that all of their supplements are sold by Doctors.  This is because they believe the relationship between health care professionals and patients is critical in supporting the best health outcomes, and the Doctors who are approved to sell Standard Process supplements have the education to understand the needs of their patients and recommend appropriate products and dosages.  We can also respond if there were ever a problem.  When you see products on Amazon they are being sold by folks violating the Standard Process policy.  Basically a Doctor, or more likely a patient, places large orders of supplements then resells them online.  This is why the prices are higher because they need to make a profit over the retail price they paid.  These sellers are being shut down by Standard Process as soon as possible, but they know they are doing something wrong and actively evade discovery by changing identities and websites.  


Now rather than using Amazon you can place an order directly from the company while still under the supervision of your Doctor.  Basically, you sign up at and I give you a special code to set up an account under my account.  Then you can order your products to be delivered directly to you right from the company.  Shipping is a flat rate of $10, (cheaper than for me!).  This skips having to call me.  Of course I love talking to you, and knowing how you are doing, but I get that life is busy.  I am very happy that now you can place an order at 2am if you like and get what you need through a legitimate pathway and I can be sure you are getting quality products.  If you are a patient, give me a call or send me an email and I will give you instructions.

Vitamin D is rat poison

It's true.  Google cholecalciferol (the fancy name for Vitamin D) and pesticide.  The same Vitamin D that is in your supplements is used to bait mice and rats and kill them.  Yes the dose matters.  You can have low Vitamin D and it can impact your bone health, but the "experts" are still arguing over what the magic number is for Vitamin D levels and which test is best.  What concerns me is that people apply the logic that if a little is good, a lot must be better and then they take high daily doses of synthetic Vitamin D not realizing there can be negative effects (remember the rats).  I am concerned they may be causing more harm than good.  Vitamin D pulls calcium from the digestive tract and other tissues into the blood.  If you pull too much calcium into the blood it's called Hypercalcemia.  Hypercalcemia can lead to abdominal pain, kidney stones, bone loss and bone pain, impaired cognitive function, depression, abnormal heart rhythm, and cardiac arrest.  This is why high dose Vitamin D can kill rodents.  I have said it before and now I will say it again.  You should be getting your vitamins from high quality plant and animal foods, and supplements made from them, not synthetic vitamins.  You should also be consulting with someone who is well educated about vitamins, nutrition, and human biochemistry, about your supplements.  I am biased but I think a Naturopathic Doctor, Chiropractor, or Osteopathic Physician are likely your best bets for that kind of information.  Although, many of them will still recommend high doses of synthetic vitamins so choose carefully.  I do not recommend ANY commercially available calcium or Vitamin D supplements.  I look at blood work, find out if you have any deficiency symptoms and perform simple tests to determine if you need help balancing your calcium levels and then recommend food based solutions not rat poison.

New Location!

I have moved.  My new address is 356 Village Drive Hedgesville, WV 25427.  Hours by appointment only.  I hope to be able to catch up with some patients in the new portals space early morning and late evening once they are all set up.  Phone number is the same 970-236-6178.

Homeopathy and the Flu

I just came across this article about Homeopathy and the flu.  I have helped countless people deal with symptoms of the flu with basic nutrition, supplements, Hydrotherapy, and Homeopathy.  Homeopathy has been wildly successful throughout history for the flu, it proved much more effective than conventional medicine for the famous 1918 Spanish flu and it is still very effective today.  In a short 30 minute visit I can explain a naturopathic approach to the flu and set you up with the tools you need to heal naturally.  Call today for a flu preparedness visit in person or by phone 970-236-6178.  Just $60 until the end of February.

Should you get a Tetanus Shot?

Many of the people who read my blog, or go to Naturopathic Doctors have educated themselves to some extent on vaccines.  They may follow the recommended schedule, not vaccinate at all, or fall somewhere in between (this is the biggest group).  I thought this article explaining tetanus, and the options for tetanus shots in the US might be helpful to many of you.  Click here for the article.  

Anxiety caused by a nutritional deficiency?

Its true.  There are many causes of anxiety, and nutritional deficiencies are one of them.  Research studies have proven that deficiencies in the following vitamins can cause anxiety;

Carnitine                   Chromium                  Vitamin D                 Vitamin E                 Vitamin B3

Vitamin B6               Zinc                                Folate                          Inositol                      Choline

Serine                        Copper                           Magnesium               Selenium


Wouldn't you like to know if you are deficient in one of these?  You can find out with a simple blood test.  Unfortunately your primary care Doctor cannot order this test.  It is done by a specialty lab called Spectracell.  I have been using this test for 8 years to help people find out what they are actually low in so they can purchase the right supplements, and get nutritional support for all of their health challenges.  Call today for more information 970-236-6178.

Brain Injury: Everyone is at risk

What can an ex-NFL player with violent tendencies, a high school soccer player with impulse control problems, a 40 year old house wife with depression, and a military veteran with dementia all have in common? A past head injury.  

The long term effects of head injuries are getting more attention now through research, advocacy groups, and even a blockbuster movie: Concussion.  

It goes by many names: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), concussion, subconcussive blow, closed head injury, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), being knocked out, or a simple, seemingly insignificant knock to the head.  The brain is a rather fragile organ.  This is why it is encased in a hard skull and cushioned by fluid.  It is just as vulnerable (if not more) to injury from a hard hit as any other part of your body.  Unfortunately, unlike your leg you cannot see bruises on your brain surface, or even damage in an MRI from many head injuries.  

So who is at risk for a brain injury?  Those most at risk include military personnel, athletes, extreme sports enthusiasts, anyone participating in an activity where a helmet is recommended, and non athletes who have suffered a blow to the head from a fall or whiplash from a car accident.  

You can suffer a brain injury at any age, and it’s effects can be lifelong. 

You can minimize risk by limiting participation in contact sports and activities in which helmets are recommended.  However, as a rock climber and football fan myself, I think it is unrealistic to expect everyone to stop participating in these activities which bring so many rewards.  Especially considering anyone can suffer a brain injury from a simple fall.  While you can reduce your risk, you can never completely eliminate it.  Fortunately, you can reduce the effects and repair the damage with simple nutritional factors. 

The good news is that it is never too late to help your brain repair.  Foods and whole food supplements like DHA and EPA fats from fish oils, and B complex vitamins from liver help repair your brain. 

What can you do right now?  Educate yourself.  The more you learn about this issue the better you can protect yourself and your family.  Dr. Powell has a free talk on Natural Remedies for head injury Wednesday, April 26th at 6pm 21 Fairfax St. Berkeley Springs, WV 25411 (inside Portals).  Or schedule an appointment to get started now on a brain repair protocol.



MTHFR gene mutation puts you at risk for miscarriage

I do a lot of work with people who have an MTHFR gene mutation.  This gene impacts how well your body utilizes a few key B vitamins, namely B12, and folic acid.  Unfortunately, many women who have had miscarriages are not even told to check for this gene, and still others are tested and their doctor tells them it is not a problem.  Here is a link to an article By Dr. Ben Lynch an expert on MTHFR and a Naturopathic Doctor.  If you have experienced one or more miscarriages, you should find out about Factor 5 Leiden and MTHFR the 2 most common genes associated with miscarriage.  If you have MTHFR get to an ND or other health professional educated on the topic.  You can absolutely overcome this gene mutation with the right diet, supplements, and lifestyle changes.  Many women who have suffered one or more miscarriages have learned about this gene, done the work to compensate for it, and enjoyed one or more healthy pregnancies.  For more information on this test and other ways to optimize your fertility call 970-236-6178 to schedule an appointment.

What to do for the flu

First, don't get a flu shot.  Second REST.  Third drink chicken stock, here is a link to the recipe.  Fourth take some congaplex.  Where are we, oh yeah fifth, get some oscillococcinum.  Oscillo... what?  No matter how you pronounce it this is a homeopathic which works gently with no side effects for the flu.  If you have been around someone with the flu, take a dose, if you think you are getting flu like symptoms, take a dose.  If someone in your house is sick, give them a dose every few hours, and take a dose a few times a day yourself for prevention.  This stuff is awesome.  You should be able to find it at a good health food store, or call or email me.  I have a stock pile and can send it out.  Below is from the makers of the product on the research.  If all else fails calls give me a call and come in so we can get you fixed up with herbs, specific homeopathic remedies, hydrotherapy, food, whatever you need to stay healthy in flu season and all year long.  Happy Flu season!


Oscillococcinum has been shown in clinical trials to help reduce the severity and shorten the duration of flu-like symptoms.1,2

Oscillococcinum works rapidly, with 63 percent of patients showing “complete resolution” or “clear improvement” at 48 hours.*1 In a double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial, the recovery rate within 48 hours of treatment was significantly greater in the group that received the active drug than in the placebo group.†2

Unlike other flu medicines, Oscillococcinum does not cause drowsiness or interact with other medications. Oscillococcinum can be purchased at pharmacies, natural food stores and supermarkets.

Oscillo works best when taken early, so it’s helpful to keep it on hand. Take Oscillo at the first signs of flu-like symptoms.

*Versus 48% in the placebo group, P=0.003; †P=0.03.

1. Papp R, Schuback G, Beck E, et al. Oscillococcinum in patients with influenza-like syndromes: a placebo-controlled, double-blind evaluation. Br Homeopath J. 1998;87:69-76.
2. Ferley JP, Zmirou D, D’Adhemar D, Balducci F. A controlled evaluation of a homeopathic preparation in the treatment of influenza-like syndromes. Br J Clin Pharmacol. 1989;27:329-335.

Aluminum and Alzheimer's

There has been a long history in America of suppressing the health dangers of Aluminum.  However, with Alzheimer's rates on the rise, it is becoming more and more difficult to deny the link between aluminum and Alzheimer's.  Check out this article explaining the results of a recent study titled "Aluminum in brain tissue in familial Alzheimer's disease".

How do we get high levels of aluminum in our bodies?  Certainly if you work in or live near an aluminum plant you will have high exposure from the air and possibly the water.  For the rest of us exposure is a little at a time.  Here are examples of ways your body may pick up aluminum; 

deodorant- particularly antiperspirant, read the label

baked goods- baking powder often contains aluminum

vaccines- added as an adjuvant to most vaccines

processed cheeses- makes them easier to slice and melt (not on the ingredient label)

anything cooked in aluminum cookware or foil

anything in an aluminum can

pickles with alum used in their preservation

gummie candies

these are just a few examples