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.  

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!

CLINICAL STUDIES ON OSCILLOCOCCINUM

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.

References:
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

Shingles vaccine causes…shingles.

Feeling pressured to get a shingles vaccine?  Thats because a ton of money is being spent to get you to.  In my experience things with a lot of advertising aren't things you need, they are just things someone really wants you to buy. This article explores recent evidence that the vaccine causes shingles, doesn't protect well from shingles, and is linked to dangerous eye inflammation.

TPP and your health

TPP or the Trans Pacific Partnership, is a trade deal which has enormous consequences not just for US jobs and the economy but for health and medication costs all over the world.  Trump has said he opposes TPP, and Obama is for it but what the heck is it?  It is an international trade deal which could give corporations even more power over the governments of countries.  It could allow pharmaceutical companies to continue to charge astronomical rates for drugs, and wildly escalate drug costs all over the globe.  It would allow companies to sue and demand money from governments with laws protecting their citizens from pollution.  Basically the government has laws like the clean air act, and because of TPP the company can ignore the m or worse yet sue the country for lost profits.  Its crazy.  Here is a link to an article that explains a bit more.  Please look it up.  

April 1st Healthy First Friday in Carbondale- How your body tells you what vitamins it needs

Please come out Friday April 5th at 5pm.  It will be the second annual Healthy First Friday in Carbondale.  I, along with many other folks who are interested in helping you be healthy, will have tables set up at the Third Street Center starting at 5pm.  Local businesses around town with a health bent will be participating, as well as local restaurants showcasing their healthier fare.  There will be prize drawings and loads of great information on how to be healthy in Carbondale.

I will be talking about some of the physical signs of nutritional deficiencies.  

Do you have?

Bumps on the back of your upper arms?

White marks on your fingernails?

Cavities?

Bleeding gums?

Dry eyes?

Dry Hair?

Find out how these signs and more can tell you what nutritional deficiencies you may have.  Learn about a simple blood test for 37 different nutritional deficiencies which, is on sale for the month of April!

See you there!

Weight loss sabotaged by nutritional deficiencies

Its true, one or more deficiencies in your diet could be making it tougher for you to lose weight.  The chart below summarizes some of the nutrients you need to maintain a healthy weight.  Click here for  larger version of the chart with the references.  If you are ready to test yourself for these and more nutritional deficiencies to see if your diet is giving you everything you need, come in for a Micronutrient Test.  On sale from now until the end of April.

Depressed? It may be from a vitamin deficiency.

Did you know that a vitamin or mineral deficiency in your diet could be causing your depression?  Today I will discuss a few common dietary deficiencies which can cause depression, and how I identify and treat them.  Hopefully this information can help you or someone you know.

The evidence for what I will present comes from two places: the scientific research, and my own experience using a blood test to detect deficiencies.

For 4 years now I have been running a nutritional blood test, which looks for cellular levels of 37 micronutrients.  These are minerals, vitamins, amino acids, and other nutrients our bodies need to be optimally healthy.  I have learned a lot from this test.  I think it is a great tool for finding the underlying nutritional causes of poor health, and preventing future health problems.

  There is evidence that at least 20 different nutrients which, when low, can contribute to depression.  Once corrected, they have been shown to alleviate depression.  I think good nutrition is the basis for all good health and making sure you are getting everything you need from your diet is very important.  That is why I advocate a whole foods diet, and that is why I testNow I will share with you a few of those nutrients which when low have been shown to increase depression. 

Lets start with Vitamin B12.  This is an essential vitamin for maintaining your energy levels.  Low B12 will often make you tired, it also contributes to psychiatric disorders including depression.  It is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies of vegetarians and vegans.

Folate.  The lower your body’s folate levels, the worse your depression can get.  On top of that some of us genetically do not convert folic acid (the common form of folate in vitamin supplements and processed foods) into active folate in our bodies.  I also test for that conversion problem, called MTHFR.  If you have it, you are more prone to depression, Alzheimer’s, and many other conditions.  Fortunately, there are special supplements you can take if you have this genetic condition.   

Chromium.  This is a mineral I often see low when I test patients because our soils are depleted of chromium.  This means it is challenging to get enough in your diet.  Low chromium levels make it very difficult for your body to properly regulate blood sugar levels.  Low chromium can be a reason why your blood sugar crashes and you get cranky when you haven’t eaten in a while.  It also increases levels of serotonin in your brain, the “feel good” chemical that many antidepressant drugs target.  A good source of dietary chromium is freshly ground organic black pepper. 

Selenium is another mineral which has been depleted in our soils and therefore in our food supply.  Low selenium contributes to poor thyroid function, and hair loss.  Supplementing it has shown promise in alleviating post partum depression.

Magnesium.  This mineral is deficient in the diets of many Americans and low levels are strongly linked to depression.  Muscle cramps, brittle nails, and headaches are just a few other symptoms of magnesium deficiency.  Fortunately, cocoa and chocolate are high in magnesium.  Many of the best sources include leafy greens, beans and whole grains but the levels of magnesium in these foods are falling due to agricultural priorities of higher yields and profits over nutritional quality of food.  Buy local.  Buy organic, or biodynamicaly raised foods for the best nutrient levels.

These are just a few of the nutritional deficiencies which the research links to depression.  How do you know if you have one of these deficiencies?  There are signs and symptoms of these deficiencies but they often overlap making it difficult to tell which one you need.  I do a blood test to see how much of each of them you have in your cells.  This way we have a scientific measure of your levels.  Then I can recommend the right dosage of the right form of only the ones you need.  Your best defense against all nutritional deficiencies is to eat the highest quality whole unprocessed foods you can find, grown in the highest quality soils.  I also recommend a food-based multivitamin and multimineral because I have yet to see someone with optimal levels of all of the nutrients in the test who doesn’t take supplements.

Of course nutritional deficiencies are only one piece of the puzzle of depression.  However, I feel they are a piece that has been overlooked for far too long, causing a great deal of suffering.

References for the information in this article are available upon request.

 

Stop legislation which prevents labeling of GMO's in your food

Reposted from WAPF.org

Deny Americans the Right to Know Act (DARK Act)

Last week, the Senate Agriculture Committee voted to undermine states’ rights and deny you the right to know what’s in your food.  By a vote of 14-6, the Committee approved S.2609, Senator Roberts’ version of the DARK Act to prohibit mandatory state labeling of genetically engineered (GMO) foods.

The next step is the full Senate, and we have to stop this disastrous bill there!

There’s talk of a “compromise,” which is likely to include a proposal for QR codes — patterned boxes on a package that you can scan with a smart phone, which then takes you to the company’s website which you have to search to find out whether or not the food has GMOs.

Your Senators need to hear from you now: Tell your Senators to oppose S. 2609, or any compromise that doesn’t result in mandatory, on-package physical labeling of GMOs.

There’s a reason why we call the bill that passed the House last summer the Deny Americans the Right to Know Act (DARK Act). This bill would prohibit any state from labeling GMOs and make federal labeling voluntary – which has been the law for the last 14 years and is a failed policy.

Tell your Senators that voluntary labels don’t work, and they must reject the DARK Act.

TAKE ACTION

Call or email both of your U.S. Senators to urge them to oppose Senator Robert’s bill or any bill that pre-empts state laws for labeling GMOs.

You can look up who your Senators are and find their contact information:

    Online: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

    Phone: 202-224-3121

Here’s a sample script for a call:

Hi, my name is ___, and I am a constituent. I urge Senator _____ to vote against S.2609, which would block mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods.  I urge the Senator to stand up for both states’ rights and individuals’ rights to know.

We have a right to know what is in our food so that we can make educated decisions about the food we eat. The free market can only work when consumers have the information they need to make informed choices among different products.  

Contrary to what you hear from industry, GMO food labeling will NOT increase food prices. Companies frequently change labels for all sorts of reasons, without passing those costs on to consumers; even Campbell’s Soup has said GMO labeling will not increase the price of their products. The increased cost often repeated by big food and chemical company lobbyists includes the cost of switching to non-GMO ingredients to avoid labeling – which simply points out that these companies know that many consumers would not be buying their products if they knew they contained GMOs.  This is fraud, not a free market.

The use of a bar code or QR code is not a valid substitute for mandatory labels. Over a third of all Americans don’t even own smartphones and could not read such codes. And many of those who own smartphones are not familiar with QR code and wouldn’t even know that the information was available.

I urge Senator ___ to vote against S.2609 or any bill that would block state laws for mandatory physical labels on GMO foods.

A phone call is more effective than an email. If you do send an email, please replace the opening few lines with your own personalized message – personal messages have more impact than form emails.

You can also download a fact sheet on the House version of the DARK Act at http://farmandranchfreedom.org/hr-1599-fact-sheet to send as an attachment to your email, or as a follow up to your call.

What Doctors really know about vaccines

I just came across this article which gives a good summary of what doctors learn about vaccines in medical school.  Most people assume they learn about vaccine effectiveness and risk.  Nothing could be farther from the truth.  The article talks a bit about that, and gives some basic information on types of vaccines and additives. 

The following quote is from the article in the Vaccine Reaction;

Suzanne Humphries, MD said,

When we participate in pediatrics training, we learn that vaccines need to be given on schedule. We learn that smallpox and polio were eliminated by vaccines.  We learn that there’s no need to know how to treat diphtheria, because we won’t see it again anyway.  We are indoctrinated with the mantra that ‘vaccines are safe and effective’ —neither of which is true.4

Want to grow a garden but don't have a yard? Join a Community Garden.

Community Gardens are a wonderful way to not only have space to grow your own super healthy foods, but to meet other people in your community who are like minded.  Generally, a community garden is a plot of land divided into small garden plots.  You "rent" a plot for the growing season which usually includes your water needs.  Then you plan, plant, weed, tend, and harvest from your plot.  They are wonderful places to visit, and you meet so many lovely people when you become involved.  The Grace Shehi garden by Basalt High school is taking applications for this summer.  See the flyer here.