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Your heart works without conscious command, doing its job without you a giving it a thought. It beats in your chest every second, every minute, 24/7/365, form the moment your born, and will do so until…
As nurse, it is one of the first things I check when you’re not feeling well – simply by taking your pulse – to see how fast your life is ticking. But if you are like most people, you take it for granted… until you work it extra hard or something goes wrong.
Unless you are genetically pre-disposed, nothing really needs to go wrong with your heart, though, as long as you keep it, and your body as a whole, in good working order.
Anything you do to benefit your heart benefits your entire body, since your heart is the engine that drives the blood that keeps your body nourished with oxygen, nutrients, and disease-fighting cells. And though there are many things you can do to help keep your heart healthy, I am all about keeping it as simple and attainable as possible.
A healthy diet and moderate (at a minimum) exercise are givens. You cannot continually stuff low-benefit, sugar-laden, saturated-fat foods into your body and expect it to work well. And your heart is a muscle, much like any other in your body, so exercising it with at least 15-30 minutes of brisk walking every day is less a goal than a requirement for continued good health.
Well, I know that I have harped on this a bit, but keeping it simple for your heart is as simple as my recommended Core 4. Honestly, pretty much everything comes back to that. Here’s why it makes so much sense for your heart…
A multi-vitamin is broad spectrum, but you can get a targeted cardiovascular multi that gives you a bit more of the important heart nutrients. It has been suggested that heart failure and myocardial infarctions may be associated with antioxidant deficit, as well as increased myocardial stress. A multi that is rich in antioxidants, complex B vitamins, and their cofactors, supports cellular energy and also supports nerve conduction through minerals.
My current recommendation (I am always on the look-out for better): Bio-Cardiozyme Forte
Fish oil is hugely important for cardiovascular health, and I would use a fish oil here that includes curcumin (the active ingredient in the spice turmeric); NAC, glutathione, and Coenzyme Q10 (all antioxidants). Combining these with your fish oil saves you money and gives you great cardio coverage.
My current recommendations: Pro Omega CRP, ProOmega CoQ10, and Omega Avail Ultra w/ D3, K1 and K3
Finally, vitamin D and a probiotic support your immune system, and a healthy immune system decreases stress on your heart.
My current recommendations for vitamin D: Designs for Health Vitamin D Complex, and Standard Process Cataplex D
My current recommendations for a probiotic: Flora probiotics – good product at good value
To wrap this up, I circle back to the first two suggestions: healthy eating and a decent amount of exercise. All the Core 4 in the world is going to do you little good if you sabotage it with bad food and a sedentary lifestyle. (There are also many alternatives to walking that will get you heart rate up.)
Eat well, exercise some, and add the Core 4 to your regimen. Your heart will love your for it!
Taking a look through New England’s longest-running weather forecaster, the Old Farmer’s Almanac, I noticed recently that we may be in for a slightly colder winter than we had last year - and more snow than last year, too. We’ve already had some snow, and some pretty cold weather, so the folks who keep the spirit of Ben Franklin alive might be right.
Are you ready for skiing and boarding, tubing with the kids, cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing, and lots of shoveling of walks and driveways? Are you also ready for the extra stress all that activity will put on your muscles and joints, and that might elicit the occasional groaning, "Oh, my aching back…"?
You’re in luck, because I love to write about things that have a great track record, and there are four products I recommend - and use myself - that I and my customers have consistently found do the job of keeping our bodies strong and healthy through all sorts of activities, not just in winter, but all year ‘round.
The first of them is collagen, the most abundant protein in our bodies, and I have written about it several times. That’s because I just cannot say enough good about it. And I am not alone… Not a week has gone by in more than a year that at least one person has come into Medicine World to tell me how well the collagen supplement I recommend is working for them. One in particular, a man in his early 60s had cut back his hiking and cycling due to knee pain, but is now regularly back on his bike and the trails. Collagen is my first choice for building and repairing joint and muscle tissue.
Next on my list are EFAs - Essential Fatty Acids - also known as Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. Notice that “essential” is part of the name. That’s because these fatty acids are essential for the normal functioning of all tissues in your body, and do a great job of keeping joints lubricated and maintaining muscle elasticity. Taken on a regular basis, the effects build, and as we age this helps our bodies to keep moving in a positive direction. When you start EFAs, it takes about 3 months to get the feeling that they are doing something fantastic to your joints. Their anti-inflammatory properties are noticed daily once you start the build.
If you need faster relief of joint inflammation, and then repair, glucosamine can make a difference in as little as three days. It reduces inflammation as you begin taking it, and over the long term you actually get repair to the joint. When I start people on glucosamine, I usually start them higher than the recommended dosage for a couple of weeks, then decrease the dosage to directions. This tends to reduce inflammation faster and jump-start the healing/repair process.
The final items on my list of supplements for joint and muscle support are proteolytic enzymes, the enzymes that break down complex proteins into your body’s building blocks – amino acids. Among other things, proteolytic enzymes help your body reduce the inflammation that causes joint pain and, taken on a regular basis, they will keep inflammation at bay. Taken while pain persists, they work to keep you comfortable and heal the injury during an acute dosage pattern. Proteolytic enzymes are hungry for inflammation and actually break it up and flush it away. Backache watch out! These guys are gonna getcha!
Remember supplements are not all created equal, and quality is always going to give you better results - the results you desire. At Medicine World, we have the quality supplements you need to help your body work the way you expect it to.
It’s the day after Thanksgiving as I write this, and, yesterday I had connections with family and friends who put their phones away for a few hours, and truly engaged with each other – good food and great fun!
It seems a little odd, doesn’t it, that the connection we talk about now is about the speed and quality of our internet and wifi, not so much about our relationships. And experience is not so much about knowledge and capabilities as it is about fun and entertainment.
I guess this is the current way of things, and we’ll all be fine, but there are some trouble spots, and I deal with one in particular almost every day – online retail.
Buying online is actually a good way to buy many things, especially if they are ‘known’ items – things like books, music, household items, and many other things that don’t need to be tried on, don’t have expiration dates, and come from trusted sources – these things are easily and dependably purchased online.
But I deal with medicines and supplements, items you put in or on your body, in order to improve your health or condition. And I have many a horror story from customers who purchased supplements online, only to regret that they did.
The problems with purchasing supplements and other health-oriented items online start with the nature of the connection and the experience.
First, you are not being taken care of by a person online. You are dealing with an algorithm, a piece of math that can’t see you, and doesn’t even have the ability to care about you. Its sole purpose is to sell you something, whether or not it’s what you really need.
An algorithm can’t look at you, cannot hear you, and depends upon you to provide all pertinent information. It rarely, if ever, asks follow-up questions the way a human will, and is as likely as not to overlook things that may be important to you, such as taste, the size of a pill, its configuration (tablet, gel cap, liquid), safety considerations for all members of your household, potential allergic reactions, etc.
Figuring out the right products for improved health is not like buying a book or music. It can take a lot of time. I’ll bet you have experience with the huge amounts of time it takes to research your problem, find an online retailer, enter all the information and then wade through all the suggestions you get back because the algorithm throws a ton at you, hoping something will stick.
Compare that experience to coming into Medicine World, asking for me, telling me what’s going on and what you think you need, and then having me, based on years of experience and a wealth of product knowledge, pick out the right product for you – a good product – probably in less than 5 minutes (although I am happy to spend as much time with you as you need).
The biggest problem of buying online, though, rises to the level of outright danger, as far as I am concerned: the quality of the products you may get.
This is especially a problem if you are ‘re-filling’ something from an unknown online source – something that you originally purchased from a reputable bricks-and-mortar retailer.
The internet is awash in unsavory sellers of supplements thrown together using sub-standard ingredients. Pollution, poor manufacturing processes, and even blatant substitution of cheap and useless ingredients happens all the time. There may be little if anything of benefit in the products you by online, but you won’t know it until it’s too late.
You also rarely know if the products you bought online were stored properly or are fresh. Something that should be kept cool or refrigerated may spend months in a hot shipping container or storage locker. It’s also very easy to change a label to show a later, but fake, expiration date.
For the reasons above, and others, most of my suppliers won’t sell to online-only retailers. They prefer to deal with experienced professionals who will uphold the standards and practices that keep both you, and their businesses, healthy.
The bottom line is that you may think you are getting what you want at a good price when you buy supplements and medications online, but it could cost you.
If you make a connection with us at Medicine World (and that connection is very easy to make) you will get the benefit of years of experience in both traditional pharmacy and holistic health practices. And you will get the best possible products for your needs and budget. Come see us!
I was very happy to find, while writing this blog, that the cold & flu items in my medicine chest are pretty much the same ones that were there when I last blogged about them… two years ago! That tells me my advice and the things I recommend stand the test of time.
That being the case, let me share with you, again, information about the products I reach for the most in my home, and that fly off my shelves at Medicine World:
Quick Defense: This gives that cold or flu a one-two punch. It helps to restore the body’s immune response at the onset of symptoms, and is designed to be fast-acting. Most of the time, a two-day treatment is enough to keep you doing the things you need or love to do, without spending downtime on the couch.
Oscillococcinum: Easier to take than to pronounce, this is flu reliever is parent-tested and parent-approved. When the flu symptoms such as fever, body aches, headache, chills or fatigue appear, or when you think you have been around someone that has the flu, reach for your Oscillo. Keep some in your desk at work, in your purse, and even in the glove box or your car. If you’re prepared and treat fast, you'll feel like the flu has passed you by. It’s also safe for your entire family.
Congaplex: Another safe-for-the-family product for general immune care, Congaplex is made from foods that heal, and helps to stimulate cells to promote an inflammatory response against symptoms like fever and swelling. I use this as a more broad spectrum product, and when the symptoms have been lingering.
I am already seeing lots of colds and flu right now, so be proactive - you want to do all you can to avoid getting sick, especially during the holidays. These good, healthy habits also help you stop the spread of cold and flu germs:
Of course, in addition to the three products I mentioned here, we carry many others that arrest colds and flu, and reduce symptoms (including the over-the-counter brand-name remedies). I recommend keeping a little kit handy, filled with the items that suit you best. If you have specific needs, come in and see us!
I like to call it “the” Core 4, but if I was to be entirely accurate, I’d call it “your” Core 4. That’s because your body is not the same as anyone else’s body, so the basic building blocks of the Core 4 should be tailored for your individual needs. Or your child’s, that of your significant other, or your parent’s.
Blood Sugar Regulation
Your fish oil might be weighted to prevent neuropathy (nerve malfunctions); your multi-vitamin might have some herbs to promoted stable glucose levels; and your probiotic might also contain enzymes to help with digestion.
Preventing Bone Loss
Your fish oil should be weighted to support healthy muscles and blood flow; your multi-vitamin should be a small-dose daily; your Vitamin D might also have calcium and Vitamin K; and your probiotic should have enzymes that help you digest minerals.
All the ingredients in the Core 4 for a teenager are likely to be geared toward clearer skin, lowering the effects of stress and the hormonal changes they are experiencing, and supporting their immune health.
Stabilizing Immune Health
Your fish oil should support overall cellular health; your multi-vitamin should contain immune-boosting herbs; your Vitamin D might be in liquid form; and your probiotics might also contain prebiotics.
As I said at the beginning, the right Core 4 is different for everyone, and even in the broad categories I have used as examples here, age, sex, physical activity, and overall health can make a difference in what might be best for you.
That’s why it’s important to come see me at Medicine World, and for you to let me help you get just the right Core 4 for you any member of your family. It doesn’t cost you any more to get it right at Medicine World, and I am happy to help.
I think we can all agree that the best way to good health includes a healthy diet, with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. The pace of life these days often makes eating right a hassle, though, and even the best eating habits don’t always give you the absolutely essential nutrients you need.
I want to make sure I always get what my body needs to stay healthy. I also like to keep my life simple. Which is why I developed the idea of the Core 4.
The Core 4 provides me with the four building blocks of my supplement regimen. And though it is simple, and easy to follow, it can also be customized for anyone’s particular needs and lifestyle, from growing adolescents, to active adults, to people in their golden years. Here are the basics:
1. Fish Oil: Tried and tested, it is a cellular “must have.” This essential fatty acid (EFA) is the one thing I never forget to take. It has building power - in other words, the longer you take it, the more its benefits build. Fish oil guards against inflammation, and source is important, so buy the best you can afford. Anything is better than nothing, but I choose a cold water, small fish, heavy metal free capsule. Liquid is a better bang for your buck and is better absorbed. Either way, choose what is best for you.
2. Multivitamin: A multi fills in all the spaces of our healthy diet. It combines your vitamins and minerals to a complete formula. Some people think that if your diet is good you don’t need supplements. That may have been true years ago. Unfortunately, our food is just not as nutrient-dense as it used to be. We don’t always east the six veggies per day recommended by the FDA. So I consider a multi to be insurance that you get everything you need. The choices are vast, and I can help you make that choice.
3. Vitamin D: Vitamin D is anti-inflammatory and vital to cellular health. It can also help stabilize our mood, and help our joints and muscles ache less. Sunlight is a primary source, but in New England, we only have 10 weeks out of the year during which we actually get substantial Vitamin D from the sun; and we slather up with sunscreen when we are outside during those weeks, which stops some of the Vitamin D from getting through our skin for absorption into our cells. A good oral source of Vitamin D takes care of the problem.
4. Probiotics: Digestion is key to absorbing nutrients from our foods. Healthy gut bacteria support your immune system, metabolism, and mood, just to mention a few. By taking a daily dose of probiotics, you keep your good gut bacteria count high.
Back to the idea of simple… Four supplements. But, as you read for each one, they come in many different forms, doses and configurations. Choosing the four that are best for you, and the other members of your family, can be a bit of a challenge. That’s why I’m here to help.
When you’re ready to make the Core 4 part of your daily nutrient regimen, come in to see me at Medicine World. I’ll ask you some questions, assess your situation. and get you the a version of the Core 4 that’s just right. We can also get it to you on a convenient regular basis, to simplify staying healthy even more!
By now, it goes without saying that too much sun is not a good thing for your skin, and that you should always apply a decent sunscreen if you are spending time outside, especially during the hot summer months.
But there’s a little bit more to it for me, and this is one of those times I am thankful I write blogs – I have to look at the facts and get the correct information to share with you.
I don’t spend much time in the sun, so I had not done much sunscreen research until recently, after I read a couple of articles that gave me cause for concern, and sent me running to my medicine cabinet to check the ingredients on the sunscreen I use. But my concern was not for me, or my skin… It was for the environment!
You see, what I found out is that many, many sunscreens contain one or more of three ingredients that have been found to be toxic both to humans, and to aquatic plant and animal life, especially coral reefs.
Coral reefs, which protect shores from extreme weather, and also support a huge part of marine life, are dying off at an alarming rate. The process is called coral bleaching, and appears to be irreversible. I am sure you have heard the horror stories of mass coral die-offs. What you may not have known, until now, is that ingredients in sunscreen can contribute to coral degradation.
Here are the three ingredients to look for. If your current sunscreen contains any of them, it’s time for a new sunscreen:
Those are the three most toxic to you and to our world’s environment!
My latest research led me to a few products, now on my shelves, that come with high marks from EWG and Earth 911. I am stocking sport, water, baby and family sun protection that will allow you to enjoy the sun, the sand, and the water, knowing your sunscreen will be good for your skin and better for the environment.
Following up on my Ticked Off! post, I want to make sure everyone understands the excellent homeopathic protocol to aid in the prevention of Lyme disease and tick born co-infections. Here are “before and after” steps to take to help prevent Lyme and other co-infections from happening:
During Tick Season
Use 15 drops of Lyme Nosode and 15 drops of Tick Pathogen Nosode in one ounce of water weekly. Use on the same day each week. Take before breakfast.
If You Are Bitten
Mix all together in one ounce of water and take 3 times daily.
Identify the tick and if possible send to lab to be tested. Call your doctor for antibiotics if there any symptoms.
If the tick bite completely heals and you have no symptoms developing, or your test for a Lyme tick comes back negative, go back to your weekly dosage.
If there are symptoms developing, or your tick comes back positive, proceed with dosage at 4 times daily for two weeks. Continue your course of antibiotics as directed by your physician.
If you need more info or have any questions, please call me at 603-881-9500.
Yes, it’s that season again. It’s tick time, and this year, the news seems filled with even more dire warnings. Of course, that’s the nature of the news, nowadays, but in the case of ticks, it pays to be vigilant.
And I listen to my clients every day, expressing the fear they have of ticks and the disease that they carry. We all seem to be at a point at which we have pulled ticks off ourselves or pets, or, worse, have experience of Lyme disease. I know first-hand just how devastating it is to watch someone in the active throes of Lyme, and feel powerless.
So this post is meant to empower the gardener, hiker, biker, walker, gatherer, and any other “outside” person.
There are several species of tick, but the one we in New England know best is the blacklegged tick (lxodes scapularis) – the one we call the deer tick – which can infect you with Lyme disease and other maladies. The University of Rhode Island maintains a fantastic tick site that has my favorite before and after tick chart, and very thorough info about various ticks, their habitats and the diseases they carry. Click for Ticks!
Unfortunately, there are just aren’t vaccines available for everything, including tick-borne diseases, and in many cases homeopathy is all we have. So I want to share with you ways to use homeopathy for the prevention of tick-borne diseases. Remember, though, there is a lot of controversy about if and how homeopathic remedies work, so you must make up your own mind.
Let’s start big, and narrow things down, with a general look at Nosodes…
Homeopathic Nosodes are thought to stimulate the body to recognize disease-causing entities, provide a level of protection, and assist in the elimination of the pathogens naturally. Nosodes may provide a template to the immune system and the cell walls, thus making an indirect attack on diseases by stimulating the immune system and white blood cell production.
Nosodes are thought to work at several stages in a disease process, and we can use Lyme disease as our very relevant example, with Nosodes as one element in your prevention routine.
An Ounce of Prevention, Plus…
When You Find a Tick on Your Skin
CAUTION: You may have seen a video on YouTube that shows ticks being easily removed by applying a circular counter-clockwise motion with a cotton swab. Yup, the tick comes out. But it is also stressed, and a stressed tick releases saliva into your bloodstream. Your goal during tick removal is to minimize the risk of contaminated saliva entering the wound.
If You Have Localized Early-Stage Symptoms
Erythema migrans, known as a “bull’s-eye” rash, develops in 50-75% of tick bite victims, but not everyone. You may also experience swelling of the lymph glands, general muscle or joint aches, and headaches. If you think you may have been bitten by a tick or find one on your skin days after being outside:
You can get all the homeopathic medicines mentioned here, and more at Medicine World. I also have some thoughts on long-term conditions from ticks, and would be happy to share them with you if you would like to come in and chat.
Collagen. Many people hear the word, and the first thing that comes to mind – maybe the only thing that comes to mind – is lip injections that give you the bee-stung look of Angelina Jolie.
But collagen plays a very important role in just about every one of our bodily functions. It is the main component of connective tissue, and the most abundant protein in our bodies. It is in our bones, cartilage, ligaments, skin, corneas, muscles and even our teeth. You get the idea,... Healthy collagen is critical to a healthy us!
For a while now, lots of attention and hype has been paid to beef broth as a source of collagen replenishment, and it is a good source. But in the fast-paced world we all live in now, it’s hard to find the time to make sufficient quantities of beef broth to supplement your own collagen needs, let alone that of a whole family. So I am thrilled to have found, after a lot of research, a collagen supplement I can be confident about.
What was I looking for?
I wanted to find a clean, additive-free beef collagen. I wanted to know that the cattle herds from which this collagen was sourced grazed freely across natural grasslands. I also wanted to know that the product is rigorously tested by outside laboratories to make sure that insecticides, pesticides, herbicides, steroids, antibiotics and hormones are never found in it, even in trace amounts.
What did I find?
Hydrolyzed collagen, which is beneficial in supporting the health of synovial fluids between the joints, and to the repair and building of cartilage weakened by overuse through impact and stress. It is a nutritional link in supplying amino acids like glycine, proline and lysine, that are required by the body to build connective tissue. Collagen can benefit hair, skin tissue, muscle, cartilage, ligaments and blood cell growth.
In our specific case, we put collagen hydrolysate on the shelf, from Great Lakes, a manufacturer we trust for several other products, and their easy-to-use collagen hydrolysate is nearly flavorless and odorless.
I have been using this product myself for about four months, and have noticed improved digestion, hair growth, hair luster, decreases in overall inflammation, better sleep, more energy, and quicker recovery from workout. And after a few months on the shelf at Medicine World, the feedback from our customers has also been fantastic.
I am excited about what the future holds for my clients and their road to improved health through the use of collagen. Come in to see me, and let’s talk about whether it might also benefit you.
School vacations are coming right up, and for or most people in New England that means either staying local for daily skip trips, or heading south for a week of fun in the sun.
If you’re going to be away from home, here are some suggestions about things you might want to bring along, to keep everyone in your family healthy and happy:
Lots of exposure to the sun?
Eat too much?
Too many fruity drinks with umbrellas?
Sore muscles from playing volleyball on the beach?
Feel a cold coming on?
Blisters, cuts or scrapes?
Sounds like a lot of stuff, but it never hurts to be a true girl/boy scout – ready for anything. You will save the day if you pull one of these items out of your bag and, of course, they are all available at Medicine World. Click here for a printable shopping list you can bring with you when you come in!
Have a wonderful vacation!
Have you ever been attracted to something or someone without really knowing why? Well, your nose knows.
Scent is the highest intelligence of the living world - our very survival depends upon it. Without scent for all living creatures, there would be starvation, loneliness, and a void of procreation and proliferation.
Humans have been manipulating scents for thousands of years, giving nature a helping hand to send signals how, when and where we want, inducing desire for everything from other people to popcorn.
Scent can also be used to set, or change, a mood. We call this manipulation of scent aromatherapy. Though it can be used to induce pretty much any mood desired, aromatherapy is most-often used to invigorate and brighten mood, or as a calming or relaxing influence.
You can put any mood into the air with aromatherapy, and this month, I am sharing a blend that can bring Spring into any space, whether your office, the foyer and hallways of your home, or even at your dinner table. Click here, and you will be able to read and then download it for future use.
I’ll have more of these for you in the coming months. Included in the recipes are short notes about the properties each ingredient is intended to impart, and suggestions about how best to use them. Enjoy, and think Spring!
Last month I talked about keeping your immune system strong for the holidays. Guess what? Here we are, not so many shopping days left. You’re doing a great job staying healthy, and we’re in the home stretch. It’s important to finish that list and still look and feel your best to ring in 2017.
Sleep is number one. When we hit that pillow we need to make good use of the hours (hopefully 7 or more) of rejuvenating sleep. With that in mind, let’s talk about how to reduce daytime stress so that your night can bring you the rest you need to get you through the next day.
During the day, I like to use adaptogen (stress-reducing) herbs like rhodiola or schisandra, and prefer to take them in liquid form – liquids are easy to put in my protein shake. Both herbs will help with stress: rhodiola not only calms you, it also helps you to have focus. Schisandra is said to heal the heart and quiet the nerves – a great adaptogen that really helps your body adapt to the stress so you can do what you need to do.
Before I go to bed, I make myself a cup of herbal tea, and take my probiotic and some magnesium. This allows my gut and my muscles to rest. Then I take four drops of lavender and add it to one pump of my favorite hand lotion, apply this mix to my neck and shoulders, and before I know it, I am having my sugar plum dreams.
I wish you all the best for the holiday season. May you be healthy and safe.
The holidays can be stressful even for the best of us, with extra planning, lots of errands to run, visits to and from family and friends and, usually, all kinds of exposure to extra germs.
The combination of stress and exposure can often bring down your immunity, so it makes sense to keep a few things around the house, to make sure you can go on the offensive against colds and flu, without having to run out to get what you need.
The first thing I can recommend is that you stock up om your Core 4, for the whole family. And make sure you take them, every day. In case you have missed our posts about the Core 4, they are:
1. Multi Vitamins
3. Vitamin D
4. Fish Oil
If you don’t recall why I recommend them, you can click here to read my blog about the Core 4. Remembering these every morning will give you the immune boost you need during busy winter months.
I also urge you to remember to stay hydrated and to keep your hands clean, by frequent washing. And for your medicine chest, these are my recommendations:
Zinc Lozenges - Use 2 three to four times daily for any throat discomfort.
Chewable Congaplex - If you have kids in the house, the whole family can take this. if not, keep the capsules handy. When symptoms appear, take 1 – 3 every two hours for 48 hours, and then dose as directed until you feel great again.
Oscillococcinum - Take one vial on appearance of aches and chills. One vial at bedtime and one again upon waking in the morning.
Charcoal and Ginger Caps - If you eat a meal that you think maybe didn’t agree with you, take 2 charcoal and 3 ginger caps with water, to calm your stomach. Do this again 4 hours later, if needed.
Party Smart - When you party just a bit too much, take a dose and that fuzzy head shouldn’t be so fuzzy in the morning.
Delsum Cough Syrup - Take as directed so you can be cough-free all night long. This is sugar-free and okay if you’re diabetic.
Acetaminophen - An aspirin alternative that you mostly know by the brand name Tylenol, for minor pain from colds and headache.
Ibuprofen - Another aspirin substitute / anti-inflammatory, that you may know by the brand names Advil or Motrin, that helps reduce fever and minor aches.
Always remember to treat as soon as symptom appears and you will get the best possible results.
There you have it. And if you keep all these items on hand, you won’t have to run out in the middle of Thanksgiving dinner or while you are wrapping gifts in the dark of night. And that’s a lot less stress!
Happy holidays from all of us at Medicine World.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the most-recent statistics, more than 300,000 women in the US will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016, and more than 40,000 will have died.
With these numbers in mind, I think this is an excellent time to remind everyone about ways to detect breast cancer early, and to engage good habits that may help you avoid it altogether.
The Best Plan Is to Make a Plan…
Know Your Symptoms and Signs
Early warning signs of breast cancer may be the discovery of a new lump or a change in the breast tissue, shape, or skin.
Mark Your Calendar x12
Perform breast self-exam each month. You can click here to download and print out simple breast self-exam instructions.
Get a Clinical Breast Exam
A clinical breast exam is performed by a qualified nurse or doctor. A healthcare professional will check for lumps or other physical changes in the breast that may need to be investigated.
Mammogram, Thermography, Ultrasound and MRI
A mammogram is an x-ray that allows a qualified specialist to examine the breast tissue for any suspicious areas and changes. Thermography shows heat changes in the tissues. If indicated, a specialist may further suggest an ultrasound scan or MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) for a deeper, more thorough analysis.
Leading a healthy lifestyle can help you reduce your risk factors significantly for breast cancer and other illnesses. Although you cannot prevent cancer, some habits that can help reduce your risk are:
I hope you make a plan, include all of the above in it, and stick to it. Any time you would like to discuss supplements and herbs for breast health or nutrition and weight loss through your life, I will happily be here for you.
It’s no secret that everything you need to stay healthy is available online - aspirin, cough syrup, sleep aids, vitamins, supplements, and even prescription drugs.
What is a secret is that to find all of those things online you could spend hours searching multiple sites, when all you really need to do is make one trip to Medicine World.
Here are 10 reasons why you should give Medicine World your first look:
1. Someone is usually right there when you come in, to say “May I help you find something?” and then hunt it down, like a friendly human search engine. You could be in and out in a flash.
2. You can have a conversation with a real live pharmacist or nurse who truly has your best interests in mind.
3. When need to talk, or to ask questions about things like dosage, side effects, and other concerns, we’re here to listen, and answer, in real time – no wasting time clicking all over the place only to end up useless info.
4. If you want to validate that holistic approach you researched on the computer, Carmina will give you the pros and cons, and put her expertise and wisdom to work helping you choose highest-quality products that are right for you.
5. Worried about the quality of pharmaceuticals, supplements and natural remedies? We can usually tell you where things come from, and we carry only products made under the strictest quality controls. We also formulate some medicines and remedies right in our own well-equipped lab, including hormone treatments, pain relievers, skin care products and more.
6. Our lab is at your service when what you or your doctor prescribes isn’t available commercially. We can:
7. Family pets are important, too, and we want them to stay healthy and fit. Check out the pet section or fill your pet’s prescription with us.
8. Our pricing is always competitive, especially when you factor in online shipping and handling charges. And if you want it delivered right to your door, we can do that.
9. Our Healthy Perks loyalty rewards program saves you money, and in many cases you end up spending less.
10. We keep learning, and we’re more than happy to share our knowledge with you.
Here’s bonus reason you’ll want to come to Medicine World… Because we take the time to listen to you about your health issues and goals, and we can make a plan – together – to help you or your family member(s) feel the best they can feel.
So now the secret is out – everything you need to stay healthy, including the best advice, is at Medicine World. Come on in!
That’s usually the first thing I hear from people who come into Medicine World looking for probiotics, after they see that we have 2 coolers and 4 feet of top-to-bottom display space dedicated to them.
Then I always get the question, “Which one should I get?” And my answer is always another question, which is, “What do you want a probiotic to do for you?”
I ask because there are almost as many reasons for taking a probiotic as there are different brands and formulations of them. The top reasons tend to be:
• For relief of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
• To relieve chronic diarrhea or chronic constipation
• To help strengthen immune systems against colds and flu
• To replace gut bacteria after (and during) a course of anti-biotics
• For relieving the bad effects of too much sugar and/or alcohol
• Simply as part of a good healthy regimen like our Core 4
• To offset/supplement the average American Diet
Taking care of all these things starts with your gut, and the bazillions of bacteria that are in it. Getting that gut bacteria starts at birth, and most of us get our first doses from mother’s milk. From that point on, everything that goes in your tummy or on your skin contributes to your gut bacteria population, good and bad. Your gut reactions are the best indicator of what’s right for you and which probiotics will keep your system running right.
Which brings me to allergies…
The news for the past several years has been filled with dire stories about allergies, and about the rise of adverse reactions to dairy, gluten, peanuts, shellfish, soy and more. We have also been hearing a lot about the rise of autism which, in many studies, is also tied to allergens.
Most people still don’t have to worry about these things, but for those who do, I am happy to say that, in addition to all the other probiotics we carry, we also have a wonderful line that is produced under the strictest anti-allergen conditions. Their facilities are set up to prevent the possibility of cross-contamination from wheat, nuts, fish and anything else that may be a problem for people susceptible to allergens.
We have these products, and many others, in capsules and chewable forms, with multiple strains of good bugs available. Whether allergens are a concern for you or not, we probably have something exactly right for your needs, and a good probiotic fit can make a huge change in how your tummy feels.
If your gut is bugging you, or not helping the way you want it to, come into Medicine World. After your “Wow!” come find me, and let’s find what’s right for you, together.
Do you know what animal causes the most human deaths every year? It’s not sharks, or jellyfish, or snakes, or spiders. It’s not other humans (we come in second). It’s not lions, or tigers, or bears. Oh, my… The animal responsible for the most human deaths, year after year, is the mosquito.
Mosquito-borne diseases, including malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever, and the one that is top of mind in the news lately – the Zika virus – kill nearly three-quarters of a million people every year. In the Northeast we are concerned about EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis) and West Nile Virus, both of which have resulted in deaths during the past several years.
Here are some facts that may help you prevent a bite from one of these thirsty bloodsuckers:
• Mosquitoes are considered the most dangerous creatures on the planet, responsible for more human deaths each year than all other animals combined.
• There are more than 2,500 species of mosquito sharing the planet with us, and the only continent on which they are not found is Antarctica.
• Mosquitoes are dated, from fossilized remains, as far back as the Triassic Period – that’s 400 million years ago.
• A female mosquito can lay as many as 300 eggs in one go and produce up to 3,000 offspring during her entire life span.
• It’s estimated that mosquitoes drain 1.6 million gallons of blood from Americans every year. That’s equivalent to 4 million blood transfusions.
• Physical activity ups the risk for bites by as much as 50%, because working out builds up lactic acid in your sweat, and that makes you more appealing to mosquitoes.
• People with Type O blood are bitten twice as much those with Type A, with Type B folks falling somewhere in the middle.
• Dark clothing attracts mosquitoes, because they are drawn to heat, and darker clothes retain more heat than light-colored clothing. You should definitely avoid black and navy blue during mosquito season.
• Mosquitoes breed in standing water, so be sure to eliminate areas where water can collect from your yard (and police your koi pond, if you have one, for mosquito breeding).
• Just one bottle of beer can significantly boost your risk of being bitten, according to a study published in the journal of the American Mosquito Control Association. Researchers suspect it’s because drinking beer increases the ethanol in your sweat, and ups your body temperature.
• Beware the full moon. Studies have shown that mosquito biting activity increases by as much as 500% during a full moon.
• Pregnant women get bitten about twice as much as the rest of us. The body temperature of pregnant women is a degree warmer than everyone else, and they exhale 21% more carbon dioxide (CO2), a known mosquito attractant.
I never did like the little buggers anyway.
Fortunately, I have found quite a few ways to keep them off me, and off you – naturally. We have effective mosquito repellants in soap, oil and balm form, with no DEET, petrolatum or other chemicals. We also have an all-natural biting insect mix that helps with hypersensitivity to insect bites, and helps reduce the itch you get from them.
Be careful out there, and don’t let mosquitoes bug you this summer, or hinder your enjoyment of outdoor activities. Come see us at Medicine World, and become mosquito-free, naturally.
This year, the CDC is telling us that because of the snowless winter and the warming weather trend, tick populations will be at their highest in years – you need to be proactive and have anti-tick and tick-borne disease kits ready, for tick removal and disease prevention.
I tend toward a more natural approach for fighting ticks. There is a lot of information out there, so I have streamlined what I feel is a good protocol for everyone’s backpacks and home first aid kits.
First, it’s important to protect yourself before you go out to work or play. Medicine World stocks a great all-natural tick balm and tick spray – apply the balm on skin where it is likely to become exposed. Once you are dressed, spray your clothing, paying particular attention to those areas where clothing meets skin: your ankles, wrists and neck.
If you do find a tick on your skin, use the protocol below. You can start the homeopathic and herbals while you’re waiting for the tick to be tested for disease – this will give you a head start on a treatment and provide full spectrum care no matter what the test outcome provides.
Natural Tick Bite Protocol
1. Take 2 (two) pellets of Silicea 30c under the tongue. This may help with removal of a tick, as Silicea is indicated for the removal of foreign objects from soft tissue.
2. Remove the tick using a tick removal device like a tick key or pointed-tip tweezer. Grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible, and carefully pull the tick out without twisting or jerking. This will prevent separation of the head from the body.
3. Do not smother or heat a tick. Though this can facilitate an easy removal, the tick is likely to become stressed, increasing the likelihood of transmitting contaminated saliva.
Your goal during removal is to minimize the risk of contaminated saliva entering the wound.
4. Administer 2 pellets of Ledum paulstre 30c. This remedy is commonly used for treating puncture wounds – it may help prevent transmission of tick-borne disease.
5. Identify the tick, and if you think it may be a female deer tick, place it into a plastic bag for further testing.
6. Apply one drop of tea tree oil to the bite site – tea tree has powerful anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties.
7. Administer 10 drops of Lyme Nosode, and continue to do this three times per day for 5 days. Lyme Nosode is a homeopathic liquid that reminds your immune system what to watch out for. It may stop the spirochete from hiding. It may also stop the co-infectious bacteria from setting in.
8. Administer 40 drops of Astragulus tincture, and continue to do this three times per day for 5 days. This helps by balancing your immune response.
There are several species of tick, but the one we in New England know best is the blacklegged tick (lxodes scapularis) – the one we call the deer tick – which can infect you with Lyme disease and other maladies. The University of Rhode Island maintains a fantastic tick site that has my favorite before and after tick chart, and very thorough info about various ticks, their habitats and the diseases they carry. CIick for Ticks!
It’s important to be able to identify any tick, so you take the right action. Your best defense is protect yourself before you go outside, inspect yourself and others carefully when you come back in, and follow-up thoroughly if you do find a tick on skin.
Seasonal allergies are estimated to affect approximately 50 million Americans, with sneezing, stuffiness and itchy, watery eyes making life miserable for sufferers.
Guess what? Probiotics, also known as “good bacteria”, may be helpful to people with seasonal allergies. Just one capsule of a good probiotic every night could change the balance of bacteria in your intestines in a way that helps protect your immune system from flaring up in response to pollens and other allergens.
An International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology study found that nearly 75% of people with seasonal allergies who took probiotics supplements or ate foods containing live probiotics showed reduced allergy symptoms. Most found that general quality of life overall was better as a side note. To me this is significant.
Maybe having a healthy gut because you take that extra live probiotic is the key to relief of any seasonal allergy symptoms you suffer. But don’t expect it to work immediately – you have to take probiotics daily to increase your good gut flora, slowly but surely. This is why I feel probiotics should be part of your daily routine, and are part of our Core 4 supplements.
Suffering from seasonal allergies? Try adding a probiotic, for relief straight from your gut.
One of the most common complaints we hear is from older clients, and the children of older parents, telling us how hard it is to keep track of multiple medications. But the problem isn’t just confined to older people.
Many people take multiple medications, for short and longer periods of time, and even a rocket scientist might become confused with an array of bottles and a handful a pills that should be taken at different times of day, different numbers of times a day, or even on different days!
At Medicine World, we have the perfect solution… Our Dispill® customized unit dosing cards.
This innovative multi-dose packaging system makes taking multiple medications much simpler, and everything is personalized just for you. All your doses are clearly marked by time of day and day of the week, so you have the comfort of knowing you took the right medication(s) at the right time.
The advantages are obvious:
• No more bottles, pill boxes… or guesswork
• Your doses are color-coded by time of day - you easily know when to take your meds
• Your doses are detachable and portable, so you can take them on the go
• The convenient packaging is simpler and easier to use than pill boxes
Best of all, since your cards are filled by your pharmacists at Medicine World, you don’t have to worry about mixing up your medications or taking them at the wrong time.
If you or someone you know is taking multiple medications, you should ask us about our Dispill® customized unit dosing cards. Do it next time you come in, or call ahead.
Another thing we can do for you at Medicine World to make your life easier is to synchronize your prescriptions with Sync Rx, so that you never run out of any medications.
With Sync Rx, we work with your prescribers to get all your medications on the same monthly schedule. We can add your vitamins and supplements to the list, too. A Medicine World then pharmacist contacts you one week before you’re the refill date our records indicate, to see if any changes need to be made and to check on any problems you may have experienced.
Once we have all the information we need, all your prescriptions are refilled, conveniently packaged (along with any other items) and are waiting for you to pick up on the same day each month. We also offer convenient delivery.
With Sync Rx:
• You don’t need to call in prescription refills
• Prescriptions are ready on your refill day
• You don’t worry about medications running out
• You have fewer hassles with insurance companies
Sync Rx is free and available to all Medicine World Patients. Call or stop in. Not a patient? Simply bring in all prescriptions, vitamins and supplements, or call us with the information. We’ll take care of the rest with our Easy Switch program.
Every person has a uniquely specific hormonal structure and, like the members of a well-tuned orchestra, they play together, each with a critical contribution to keeping your body in harmony. There are more than hundred hormones that we know of, and much of the way they work is a mystery. If you think your hormones are out of tune, though, you may be right.
The most common time for hormones to have a noticeable change is in mid-life, around the age of 50, but it does happen earlier, and later. At some point, both men’s and women's hormones drop enough for symptoms to become evident. Most of the time it, is no cause for major concern, but some symptoms can be very uncomfortable to deal with on a daily basis.
If and when you do notice discomfort you think may be tied to hormonal changes, it’s makes sense that you and your doctor work together. And we suggest that you also have your pharmacist - that’s us - contribute to your hormonal well-being, too!
Many prescription hormones are very, very expensive and your insurance will not cover them. A compounding pharmacist can customize the same hormone doses you get in the expensive pill, providing you with the same results at a lower cost.
We can also recommend generics and work to make sure your doctor prescribes them for you. Again, the same result for a lot less money. We know of several instances in which generics match the efficacy of high-demand brand-name drugs, at a quarter of the cost, or even less!
We also have many products - prescription, over-the-counter and natural - that can provide excellent symptom relief, including several formulations we make right in our own lab, such as our DHEA emollient, progesterone cream, Profen pain relief ointment, and our Comfort Ointment and hyaluronic acid suppositories for the relief of intimate dryness.
There is no need for you to suffer if your hormones stop playing well together. We have products that can help, with or without prescriptions.
By the way, a quick and easy home test that can show your levels is a saliva test kit. This kit can measure estrogens, progesterone, testosterone, DHEAs, and cortisol, and give us exactly the information we need to get you balanced. Ask us for one next time you come in.
Soap, shampoo, conditioner, wash cloth, towel, and you’re just about ready to turn on the water and hop into the shower. Before you do, though, get out that skin brush and give yourself a once-over, because it only takes a minute to detox for the day.
Your lymphatic system lies just under the skin surface and is abundant in the area between your neck and upper legs. The lymph takes up toxic waste and puts it into your liver for elimination. When your lymphatic system is not working properly, waste and toxins can build up and make you sick. Incorporating a habit of daily skin brushing assists in improving vascular blood circulation and lymphatic drainage, encouraging blood to come to your skin’s surface, and giving your lymphatic system a jump start.
Lymphatic congestion is a major factor leading to inflammation and disease. Since breast cancer begins in the breast tissue and/or the lymph glands, detoxing through skin brushing helps toxins flush through the lymph and out of your body. You can improve lymphatic drainage through dry skin brushing regularly. The benefits go beyond skin deep, offering whole-body benefits to your health.
Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, this is a reminder that one thing everyone can do for breast health is to take a minute in the morning to skin brush.
Here's how to give your skin a good dry brushing:
• Start at the bottom of your feet with small, quick light circles.
• Run the brush up your legs always moving toward your heart. Make long strokes from ankle to knee and up to the hip. (This will help reduce cellulite.)
• In your buttocks and pelvic area, take smaller strokes toward the heart, then lengthen them as you move up on your abdomen and back.
• Make small gentle circles over the entire breast area.
• Make some small circles on the palm of your hand, then take 4 or 5 long strokes up each arm. concentrating on your upper inner arm (where skin can get droopy).
• Take a few long strokes under your arms and the sides of your breasts.
• Take about 9 strokes around your neck, moving from your chin toward your heart.
• Finally, do the best you can to get your upper back with your brush and handle.
Remember light even strokes will get the job done - if your brush makes a mark then your stroke is too hard. Also, always use a natural-bristle brush, not synthetic, and one that is just a little stiff. The more experience you get, the quicker your skin brushing will go, and when you step into the shower, your circulation feels bubbly at the skin surface.
In one minute you’ve detoxed your skin, removed dead skin cells, revved up your circulation, and increased the power of your lymph dramatically. After a few weeks, you may even notice tighter, brighter skin.
Have fun with it, and stay healthy!
It’s too bad that Labor Day signifies the end of summer, because even though we get shorter days and longer nights, the weather tends to be as pleasant as it gets all year. But once the grills are put away and the kids are sent back to school, it’s time for the fall routine to begin.
I always make part of my post-Labor Day routine a way to help my body labor less... I do a good detox.
Fall is a great time to purify and cleanse, and there are so many ways to get it done and fit it into your life. You can even do it as a family – if you get everyone in on it, it’s more fun, it goes much easier, and you can make it a traditional fall family routine.
It’s really easy to get your body back on track after a summer of barbecue, fried foods and ice cream. It’s as simple as picking one or two items from the list below and sticking to them. Each time you purify and cleanse, you’ll feel better, and you’ll be adding more steps in no time, until you’re “eating clean” every day.
Dive into the deep end from the get-go, if you want, by taking all the steps at once. Or join an organized cleanse class. Either option will have you feeling better, shedding pounds and looking fantastic faster than you may have thought possible!
Try any or all of these:
• Cut back the summertime cocktails. Alcohol is like a super-charged sugar bomb, slowing down your ability to maintain a healthy insulin level, which leads to more harmful belly fat.
• Make a healthy smoothie every morning for breakfast. You can take it with you.
• Drink water – half your weight in ounces of water is a rule of thumb, but at the very least drink 50 ounces (1.5 liters) daily.
• When packing your lunch (and you should), keep it healthy, and portion control it.
• Eat 6-8 servings of vegetables daily. Raw veggies and hummus are a great snack.
• Stay away from those high-calorie and high-fat lattes.
• Make a healthy dinner, keep it portion-controlled, and keep it light if eating after 6 pm.
• Look at serving sizes and stick to a single portion.
• Make every Sunday a prep day for the week ahead - menu, shop, cook, freeze, and portion out for the week in containers that are ready to pack and go.
• Invest $20 in a kitchen scale, which makes it a breeze to watch portions, and only prepare exactly what you need.
• Look up portion sizes for your foods online, and then use your new scale to get the portions right.
You can also stop by Medicine World to get a packaged cleanse. I am here to give you the whole skinny on them, and we have many to choose from. If you’re ready to cleanse now, click for a great Smoothie Recipe. I hope to see (maybe a little less of) you soon…
Every day, at least one person comes into Medicine World and asks me, “What is the best way for me to spend my money on vitamins and supplements?”
“Narrow it down,” I reply. “There are just a few things you need to make up for anything you may not be getting in your food.”
If you have a healthy diet, much of what you need is coming from your food. But so much food is highly-processed today that it doesn’t hurt to add what I like to call The Core 4. And these can be modified to fit the requirements for you and everyone in your family, depending on age, diet, sex, physical activity and other factors. Here are The Core 4:
A good multi-vitamin is so important. There have been many long-term studies about them, and most report that a daily multi-vitamin can add years to your life and the quality of it.
Food-based multi-vitamins rich in anti-oxidants provide the best bang for your buck. Vitamins A through D are in most of them. All of your minerals are usually there in small enough quantities that, when you are consistent, you get the greatest benefit.
If you are a healthy man you shouldn’t have added iron after the age of 30, and healthy women shouldn’t have iron after menopause.
Multi-vitamins are available in chewable form, liquid, capsules, powders, and tablets. We have versions for everyone and everyone should take them daily.
The use of antibiotics, eating sugar, drinking alcohol, etc. destroy the gut flora that protect your immune system. Recent studies also suggest that depression and mental fog are linked to low-health gut flora. We can’t get enough of healthy gut flora, and once it’s gone we have to backpedal to build it up.
Probiotics are available as powders, chewable tablets, and capsules (some of which require refrigeration and others which are shelf-stable). All are easy to take and taste fine, so there is no reason for you not to be keeping your good gut flora in good shape.
Scientists are now certain that Vitamin D is more crucial to your body’s cellular health than was previously thought. It’s important for the regulation of calcium and phosphorous absorption, to maintain healthy bones and teeth; and is suggested to decrease the risk of several cancers, high blood pressure, Type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis.
We get a healthy dose of Vitamin D with exposure to the sun, but summer is the only time of year when the sun is aligned well enough for those of us in the Northeast to absorb its benefits, and we block much of that out by slathering on sunscreen every couple of hours (which is a smart idea, anyway).
The best way to make sure you’re getting enough Vitamin D, year-round is to take 2,000 IU daily, in liquid, capsule or gummy form. Make sure you also have your primary care physician test your levels during you annual check-up. This way, you will be sure that your Vitamin D is at the optimal level to keep your immune system, muscles, brain and bones healthy.
Every cell in your body (and there are billions of them) has a layer of protective fat. So healthy fats are an absolutely essential part of a healthy diet. Healthy fats are anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and contribute to cardio-vascular and brain health. But in our era of farm-raised fish and mass-produced meats and eggs, the amounts of healthy fat have decreased in our daily diet.
The easiest way to get the benefits of healthy fats back is with a daily dose of fish oil, to drench your cells in a healthy lipid layer, allowing them to function at an optimal level. We have fish oil in capsules or liquid, and also in great-tasting gummies.
The Core 4 is the best way to start. Then you can add on if you like. If you do add on, make the additions specific to your needs, as suggested at the top of this post. Ask your practitioner about sources, and make sure you buy the best you can afford. At Medicine World, we have the best to offer, and we know our sources.
By the way, and if you read this far, thanks! As a reward, come in and see us, mention this blog, and we’ll give you a complimentary bottle of Vitamin D.
Summertime is fun time for most folks, and there is always a lot to do, especially in New England. But there are also things to watch out for during a New England summer, and we run into most summer problems because we’re exposing a lot more skin. Fortunately we know what they are, and we have lots of different ways to deal with them.
Smooth, soft, sun-bronzed skin… We all want that, but we need to be careful about how much exposure we get to the sun’s damaging rays. That’s why my moisturizers change with the seasons. I like coconut oil in the fall and well into the winter, but for summer I want something lighter, with SPF, and maybe bronzing. So for everyday use I am wearing daily shade SPF 15. It’s great for most summer days that I am not on the beach or by the pool.
On beach days I wear SPF 30. Again, I like light non-greasy lotions. My face and décolletage always get 20 to 50 SPF. Natura Bisse’ makes two that I love and sometimes mix together, depending on the coverage I want for the day: Cure Sheer an SPF 20 that is super light, shimmery and dewy; and Diamond SPF 50, which is more of a matte finish and has a bit better tinted coverage.
If I get too much sun, I always have the sunburn oil we specially formulate at Medicine World ready to go. Helichrysum and aloe make up this excellent product that puts out the fire, and heals without peeling or additional skin damage.
Of course, summer bugs and poison ivy are also on the loose, just waiting to drive you out of your skin.
Mosquitoes love me and they find me wherever I am, so the rule is I always use unscented lotions and apply a mixture of essential oils before I go outside. If I am going to be outside for long periods I use this mixture daily and reapply when I go inside for any quick breaks. Here’s a nice, natural recipe you can use to repel troublesome flying insects.
• 12 drops of thyme oil.
• 24 drops of lemongrass oil.
• 12 drops of lavender oil.
• 12 drops of peppermint oil.
• 12 drops of citronella oil.
• 8 drops of rose geranium oil.
Mix well and apply to any exposed skin. Re-apply after swimming or strenuous exercise.
Ticks are an entirely different challenge. Products containing DEET are good at repelling mosquitoes and not so good at repelling ticks. Products containing Permethrin should only be used on clothing, and many people prefer to avoid Permethrin altogether. Some people report good results with Rose Geranium oil, but perhaps the best way to deal with ticks is to avoid tick-infested habitats, and to follow these tips when you do travel through places you think may be home to ticks:
• Wear light-colored clothing (so you can spot ticks on your body).
• Tuck your pants into your socks and your shirt into your pants.
• Wear a hat.
• Do a tick check after walking in high-risk areas.
• Put any clothes that might have live ticks on them into a hot dryer for ten minutes (to kill them).
• See your doctor if you develop the bulls-eye rash, fatigue, nausea, fever, headache or muscle aches that may be signs of Lyme disease.
• 4 drops lavender oil.
• 4 drops chamomile oil.
• 4 drops thyme oil.
• 4 drops eucalyptus oil.
Mix well and apply to affected areas.
Summer can be a lot of fun, but remember… You can’t really replace that skin you’re in, so take good care of it!
Gardens are finally popping with blooms, the leaves are on the trees, and we’ve had temperatures above 80 degrees. Not only is it finally spring, now I am already thinking about summertime… Clothing that is light and cool… Going out spontaneously… Knowing that I am ready for anything.
I also want to look as good as I feel, in a flash, so now is the time to get serious with my skin, my diet, and the gym. Where do I start?
Taking care of my skin is number one, and I can start today. I set a schedule to do a mask or a peel twice per week. I get my regime back on track with my diet and hydration. Water. Water. Water. Do you know what my rule of thumb is for water? Drink half your weight in ounces every day.
I also set up my schedule at the gym, making sure that three times per week I am doing something that pushes my limits. Then I am walking the days I take off. My skin will respond to the water, good food, and the oxygen from the increased heart rates of exercise.
When I look in the mirror I want be sure that I have done my best to look my best. Here are some things you can incorporate into your daily routine to have the best summer skin ever:
• Get into the habit of washing your face every morning and evening before bed. Wash with a gently soap or cleansing cream, rinse well and pat dry.
• Use a toner that balances your pH before you apply your next step, a serum to get the result you desire. Eye cream should moisten and tone the very delicate eye area.
• At night, your moisturizer should give you that repair that you only get while you sleep. Morning moisture should have at least a 25 SPF, give you a bright glow and maybe even a hint of color.
• Have set days that you apply a mask twice per week. I do this while I am packing my lunch and getting my outfit together for work on Mondays and Thursdays, then I jump into the shower.
• Always apply a body lotion or oil daily. An oil is faster and you can apply to damp skin before you towel dry. A lotion is easy to and less greasy, and all you need is a quick slather and you’re done.
• Add a little lavender or rose and you will smell and feel great all day in your beautiful skin.
Here is a little recipe you can use to make your own morning moisturizer:
• 1 ounce of Jojoba oil
• 2 ounces grapeseed oil
• 10 drops of lavender oil
• 4 drops of rose oil
Shake everything up well in a small glass or plastic bottle, then apply to wet, warm skin after you shower. Use sparingly. If desired, lightly towel dry.
Of course, there are great commercial products out there. I think we have some of the best at Medicine World. Come in and check them out, feel free to ask me what may work for you, check your budget, and use the best you can afford. You will find that this daily effort will pay off and your skin will be the best it can be for the rest of your life.
I looked in the mirror this morning and my face was looking like winter. Winter is over, Spring is here, and my skin needs to look new and fresh and rosy.
So I decided that I would do a series of glyco peel from Natura Bissé. It is the best way to cure those winter skin doldrums. If you peel twice per week for six weeks, you can say goodbye to winter skin and hello to fresh bright spring skin.
Speaking of bright and fresh, the snow has melted and what is now being revealed? Beautiful spring greenery!
Have you already started sneezing just thinking about it? I know I have. Time to click into allergy mode in my medicine chest, and I am armed with my Neti pot, my essential oil diffuser, and my allergy capsules. These are my everyday musts.
I keep in mind that, with every year, there a new and different challenges for me and my clients. This year I feel we will have to work on allergies, cough and cold, and these are the tools I use:
• Use your Neti pot… This will keep the pollen from sticking to the walls of your nasal passages. Fill it with solutions that are buffered. You can also make your own solutions, with packets that are ready to put into water, or use old fashioned Alkalol.
• Keep your essential oils diffusing… This will help open up your breathing passages and keep them clear. Diffuse with oils like clove, cinnamon and thyme. Use your Neti pot, then do a steam inhalation with the oils. After doing so, you will find it much easier to breathe while you sleep.
• Head off allergy problems early… Northeast Allersode or tree pollen homeopathy, started early, can make a huge difference in how severe your symptoms get as allergy season progresses. so start now. Take one dose when you wake in the morning, and another at bedtime. If you can remember to take a lunch time dose, that should provide bonus relief.
• If you can’t get ahead of the season with the measures above try Aller-Leaf from Gaia or Antronex from Standard Process.
You can always pop in and visit me if your symptoms are hard to manage. We will work through the challenges that allergy season 2015 brings to your household and find the right solutions for you.
In my last blog post, we talked about coconut oil. Now I want to give you a favorite recipe of mine - Relax & Unwind - and show you how to blend it, so you can make your own personal combination.
When I am at work, I have the perfect equipment to handle this job. At home, you will need a bowl and a sturdy wooden spoon. Put the first two ingredients into the bowl and mix together then add your ESOs (Essential Oils). You can make this more or less fragrant by increasing or decreasing the amounts of the oils.
This formulation is excellent as a scrub in the shower or in the bath. I particularly like using it at the end of my bath - the warm water warms your skin so when the coconut oil is applied it melts and the oil vapors are magnified. Lavender is healing soothing and calming. Ylang ylang has a sweet sensual scent that makes your body smile. Sandalwood roots you into the moment.
I think the combination is the perfect end of the day. Apply to your skin in a massaging fashion, starting from the feet and working up to the torso. Then begin at your hands and work down your arms toward your torso into your heart chakra. Finally, from your chin, work down throughout the shoulders and again into the heart area.
Once you have completely covered your body and massaged all areas, use a gentle warm rinse of water and towel dry. Your skin will feel like satin and the aroma of the mingled oils will carry you off to a perfect slumber.
Every fall, we turn our heat on and everything, including the dog, dries out. I like to combat the dry season with essential oils, because I have complete control of my ingredient list and, for me, the simpler the recipe, the better.
Whenever we talk about essential oils we must start with a carrier. One of my favorites is coconut oil - I think it should be on everyone’s carrier oil list. Coconut oil is a healthy fat and a rich source of essential fatty acids. It’s a 100% a single-ingredient product, it’s edible, and it can be used everywhere on your body.
My list of uses for coconut oil is endless. Here are just a few that I incorporate into my regular regimen:
Ready to put coconut oil in your list of healthy alternatives? Great. come back soon for Part Two, when we’ll add other essential oils, to make a healthier, happier you.
As the days get shorter and the holiday season approaches, you can be sure of several things: chilly temperatures arrive, family gatherings…and colds and flu - unwelcome guests at the holiday time of year.
Here are few things to be sure you have on hand, to keep you feeling great and make sure you have the energy you need to complete all your holiday tasks and entertaining.
Quick Defense - Take this the second you feel aches, chills, sore throat, fever or other signs of cold or flu coming on. Take 2 caps 5 times daily, or every 2 hours for 2 days.
Whole Body Defense - Take this if you are going on a trip and you want to be sure your immune system is in high gear; if everyone in your house is sick and you want to stay well; if you are the person who feels they get sick all the time; or if you just want to have a healthy winter season. Take 1 cap 2 times daily. On an empty stomach is best.
Oscillococcinum - Take this at first sign of flu symptoms. When you’re feeling run down, achy, feverish or have chills, take the 3 vials equals 1 treatment. Take 1 vial at the onset of symptoms, 1 vial at bedtime, and 1 vial upon waking.
Congaplex - This is available in caps or chewables, and is suited for all ages 2 and up. Taken at first sign, it should abort the cold or flu process. Dose high for the first 2 days: 2 caps every 2 hours while awake then 3 caps 2 times per day until there are no signs of symptoms.
Cold and Flu Drops - These are a must for a homes with children. Give every 2 hours at the dosage on the bottle, and you will be happy to see your child go from symptomatic to symptom-free in no time at all.
Sambugaurd - This is a liquid for those who don't want to swallow caps, and there is a version for children. It can be taken as a preventive tonic or when symptoms are present.
Throat Coat Tea - Soothes a sore throat and gives winter comfort.
It's May and Phyto-B L4x has been on my shelf now since December. The reviews from previous tablet clients are mixed but for the most part it seems that Phyto-B liquid is working for most. The customers that are new to Phyto-B love it.
One problem with Phyto-B liquid is that it may get thick. My clients put the bottle in a warm glass of water for a min to thin out the oil. Another problem is that it's hard to count drops when you can't see. My clients put the drops on the back of your hand.
Clients dosage recommendations are:
New clients use 5 drops two times daily (10 drops total per day). Hot flashes and other symptoms should diminish in about 7 - 10 days. At that point, decrease the total amount per day by one drop each week.
When you feel that you are beginning to warm up again, stay at that dosage and maybe increase by one drop.
Clients that are switching from pellets to drops, increase the number of drops by one from the number of pellets.
As usual, you can always call me if you have any questions. I would love any questions or comments about Phyto-B and how it is working for you.
A recent study caused a stir in the media when it linked Omega-3 fish oil with prostate cancer. The study has since been found to contain a variety of flaws, and the industry wants consumers to know their products are safe.
"Plasma Phospholipid Fatty Acids and Prostate Cancer Risk in the SELECT Trial," published online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, contained major flaws that led to a great deal of consusion.
1. The blood samples used were frozen and originally meant for a different study regarding vitamin E and selenium.
2. The blood test used did not measure long-term omega-3 intake, but rather only what the subject took in over the last 48 hours.
3. Participants only had their Omega-3 levels measured once during the entire study.
Watch the video linked below to learn about how safe Omega-3 fish oil products actually are for your body.
Nutritional programs can do wonders for your body's performance. Here are two studies stating why it is so important to cleanse.
And don't forget about the knowledge you will come away with when you participate in our cleansing program. Next class begins January 8 so you can have some assistance in creating the new you for 2014.
This is the fallout of the article this past summer that stated fish oil increased the risk of prostate cancer. How silly is that?
Not Just Industry Slamming Omega-3-Prostate Cancer Links - Nutra Ingredients
Omega-3 Fatty Acids - University of Maryland Medical Center
Taking your enzymes and probiotics could be the beginning you need to reach your ideal weight. The article linked below is just the beginning of a discussion on gut health and weight gain. A healthy diet rich in vegetables and fruit helps to keep balance in our gut and prevents fat from metabolizing into adipose tissue. If you are interested in some suggestions of which probiotic or enzyme to take, come by and I will help you pick just the right one.
Is the fall allergy season causing you problems? Here is what I do to sleep well, breathe right, and enjoy my favorite season.
Anyone that knows me knows that some of my favorite products are made by Standard Process and Gaia Herbs. I rely on a combination of both during fall allergies.
SP Antronex is a natural antihistamine that stops your nose from running and being congested.
SP Fen-Gre helps to thin out the thick mucus that might cause sinus pain and pressure.
SP Cataplex ACP supports the mucous membrane in the sinus so that mucus and air can travel freely.
Gaia Aller-Leaf can be combined with one or all of the products listed above and will help with sneezing, pressure, pain, and itchy eyes.
Most times Antronex and Aller-Leaf do the job well, but you can choose which products suit your needs the best.
Enjoy your fall season!
"Stanford researchers are on track to begin human trials of a potentially potent new weapon against cancer, and would-be participants are flooding in following the Post’s initial report on the discovery."
It's likely many of you have heard reports regarding the Omega-3s and Prostate Cancer Study. I want to share with you my takeaway:
· This study was not specifically designed to look at the exact relationship between omega-3 fatty acid intake and prostate cancer.
· If the findings were true, then prostate cancer would be rampant in any country with high seafood consumption (Scandinavia, Japan, etc) and conversely, low-level consumption should be protective. Clearly this is not the case.
· Plasma phospholipid fatty acids as measured in this study are not a good index of long term intake and are influenced dramatically by a single meal, or even timing of a fish oil dose. A single fish oil dose massively increases LC omega 3 (typically increasing levels by 100% or more) in about 4-12 hours and then washes out around 48 hours.
What else should you know?
· A recent meta-analysis of fish consumption and prostate cancer by Szymanski et al. (2010) reported a large reduction in late stage or fatal prostate cancer among cohort studies.
· Several population based studies have shown a benefit of increased omega-3 fatty acid intakes to reducing prostate cancer risk (Lietzman et al., 2004, Terry et al., 2001).
· A recent meta-analysis by Zheng (2013) of 16 independent cohort studies reported the association between marine n-3 PUFA (reported as intake or biomarker data) and risk of breast cancer, involving 16,178 breast cancer events and 527,392 participants. Marine n-3 PUFA was significantly inversely associated with risk (relative risk 0.86, 95% confidence interval 0.78 to 0.94). Dose-response analysis indicated that a 0.1g/day increment of dietary marine n-3 PUFA was associated with 5% lower risk of breast cancer.
Fish oil supplements may prevent skin cancer with regular use. Over time, fish oil nourishes the skin cells and keeps cell walls healthy and protected from ultraviolet radiation (UV rays). UV rays from the sun or tanning beds are often what triggers cell mutations, so knowing that some added nutrition can be an extra line of defense is a great step forward. An exciting study was done at the Dermatology Centre and published in the March issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Krill oil capsules are becoming a popular alternative to fish oil, but are they really a better choice and are they sustainable? There are many vitamin and health-food stores that chose not to carry this product due to questionable sustainability issues. I’ll share the following articles I’ve found and leave the rest up to you. I hope that you search out your own information and make a wise choice for you and our ecology. Personally, I will continue taking fish oil that I know is sustainably procured.
Two of the largest dairy organizations are petitioning the FDA to allow aspartame and other artificial sweeteners to be added to dairy products without having to put it on the label. The proponents claim that adding artificial sweeteners would lead to healthier eating and be good for school children. A Yale University study directly opposes this claim, saying that artificial sweeteners contribute to obesity and Type 2 diabetes.
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