Maybe it’s just me, but shingles seems to be on the rise. Like any other herpes virus (e.g. cold sores) it may be helpful to supplement with the amino acid lysine to decrease the duration, while avoiding the amino acid arginine (arginine can worsen or prolong the outbreak). Foods high in arginine are turkey, pork, chicken, soy, dairy, chickpeas, lentils, peanuts, and peas. Talk to your ND to see if this is the right choice for you.
Posted in Cold Sores, Emergency, Herpes, Home Page, Pain & Inflammation, Prescription Foods, Skin, Supplements/Vitamins
Tagged Alternative, arginine, cure, Food, Home Remedy, lysine, natural, naturopath, Shingles
Got a bee sting? Try Apis (30C or 200C (200C is a little bit stronger than 30C)). AND GO TO THE HOSPITAL if you are worried!
Got a peanut reaction (synthetic/chemical)? Try Carbolic Acid (30C or 200C). AND GO TO THE HOSPITAL if you are worried!
If anaphylaxis is the issue, try either Poumon-Histamine or Gentiana lutea (200C) AND GO TO THE HOSPITAL!!! You may find that you do not need treatment once you get there, but don’t take the risk – homeopathy may not be for everyone.
Posted in Bites & Stings, Emergency, First Aid, Home Page
Tagged allergy, Alternative, anaphylactic, anaphylaxis, apis, bee, carbolic acid, emergency, gentiana lutea, Homeopath, homeopathic, homeopathy, natural, naturopath, Naturopathic, nuts, peanut, peanuts, poumon-histamine, reaction, remedy, sting
Any cell that uses a lot of energy (has a lot of mitochondria) requires Co-Enzyme Q10 (AKA: ubiquinone). What cells use a lot of energy? Heart cells! (because they beat). Therefore, proper functioning of the heart requires a lot of CoQ10. Statin drugs block the production of C0Q10. Why? Because CoQ10 comes from a cholesterol pathway that statin drugs target. Not enough CoQ10 = bad news for the heart. So if you are taking a statin, you may want to consider also taking CoQ10… talk to your ND about CoQ10, CoQ10, CoQ10.
Posted in Blood Pressure, Heart, Home Page
Tagged Alternative, co-enzyme Q10, CoQ10, drug, energy, heart, high blood, high bp, natural, Naturopathic, statin
If it looks like your baby is coming down with an eye infection, yes a little breast milk in the eye can be the remedy. Why? Breast milk contains IgA – a 1st line defense immunoglobulin, which is an antibody that identifies and kills bugs (i.e. bacteria and viruses).
Posted in Eye, Home Page, Newborns
Tagged Alternative, bacteria, Breast, conjunctivitis, eye, infection, milk, natural, naturopath, red, virus
Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) is plant found to grow in a lot of places, possibly even your own backyard. It has been given a bad wrap for being banned in some countries due to its pyrrolizidine alkaloid content. This is unfortunate, and to quote my teacher, “You would have to drink about a bathtub of comfrey tea every day for months or a year to experience its toxic effects.” People should remember, herbs are not drugs.
So, now that you’ve been warned, here is a comfrey paste to apply to acne infected skin:
- Pick comfrey leaves (take only as much as you need)
- Boil for 3-5 minutes
- Food process the boiled leaves into a paste
- Apply to the affected area (once the paste is no longer hot)
- Leave for 20-30min before washing off
As always, it is best to speak with your ND to see this is the right treatment for you. Also, an ND can prescribe an herbal tincture or tea to enhance the efficacy of the comfrey paste.
Posted in Acne, Home Page, Skin
Tagged Acne, Alternative, comfrey, cuisinart, food process, natural, naturopath, organic, paste, pimples, symphytum
Some doc’s put their high cholesterol patients on fat (cholesterol) free diets. If you are one of these people, then you may want to have a conversation with your doctor for some clarity. Here’s why:
Carbohydrates (sugar) get broken down into Acetyl-CoA. Acetyl-CoA is the first building block for cholesterol synthesis. The step by step process for cholesterol synthesis is: Acetyl-CoA -> HMG-CoA -> Mevalonate -> Squalene -> Cholesterol. Therefore, a reduction in one’s consumption of simple carbohydrates is essential.
Furthermore, cholesterol is eliminated from the body via bile, and bile is comprised of steroids that come from cholesterol. Consuming fats (cholesterol) causes the gallbladder to contract and release bile, which binds bad cholesterol for elimination in the feces. In a nutshell, if you’re not eating any fats, you’re not eliminating bad cholesterol. And if you’re consuming lots of carbs, then you’re making matters worse.
Talk to your ND for dietary solutions if you have high cholesterol :)
Posted in Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Home Page
Tagged acetyl-coa, Alternative, arterioscleosis, athersclerosis, bile, carbohydrates, carbs, Cholesterol, diet, fat, Food, healthy, high blood pressure, natural, naturopath, nutrition
For vegetarians and vegans who have a hard time getting iron into their diet, consider this:
Take an iron skillet and simmer up a tasty tomato sauce. The tomatoes contain Vitamin C, which is acidic, and will thus leach iron from the pan and into the sauce.
FYI: Increasing ones iron is a slow process that often takes months to accomplish.
Posted in Anemia, Home Page, Prescription Foods, Supplements/Vitamins
Tagged Alternative, Anemia, ascorbic acid, Cooking, Health, iron, natural, naturopath, nutrition, tomato, vitamin c
Herpetic outbreaks (i.e. coldsores, genital herpes) can be influenced by one’s dietary intake of two amino acids – lysine and arginine. Lysine is known to reduce outbreaks (a good thing), while arginine is known to exacerbate them (a bad thing). Below is a list of foods high in each amino acid (in no particular order):
- Lysine powder (your best option)
- Egg white
- Game meat (elk, deer, etc)
- Whole dry milk
- Most cheeses (e.g. cottage (dry or low fat), ricotta, cheddar, mozzarella, edam; Dutch gouda and unprocessed swiss are the highest)
- Apricots (dried)
- Soy protein isolate
- Shell fish
- Pea protein powder
Posted in Cold Sores, Herpes, Home Page, Mouth
Tagged Almond, Alternative, apricot, arginine, brazil, carob, chedder, cheese, chicken, cold sore, coldsore, cottage, deer, edam, egg, elk, fish, Food, gelatin, gouda, hazelnut, Herpes, HSV, lysine, milk, mozzarella, natural, naturopath, nutrition, nuts, peanut, ricotta, seaweed, sesame, shell fish, soy protein, swiss, tahini
Plantar warts on the hands and feet can be remedied by the daily application of Milkweed (Asclepias). Break off a leaf starting from the base of the plant (pick your leaves from the base and work up the stem each day), and milk out the liquid (latex) from the stem portion of the detached leaf. Apply the latex directly to the plantar wart at least once daily and let dry. Consult your ND or herbalist if you are considering this treatment.
Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca) is a commonly prescribed herb for new mothers whose heart jumps every time their baby stirs. It calms their physiology so their nerves are no longer on overdrive (great for cardiac arrhythmias of this nature). Consult an ND to find if this is a suitable remedy for you.
Posted in Home Page, Newborns
Tagged Alternative, arrhythmia, Leonurus cardiaca, moms, motherwort, natural, naturopath, newborns, sleep, worry
I’ve heard good things about oil of oregano being applied at the first onset of the “pre-coldsore tingle.” For many, no will eruption occur if the oil is applied immediately to the tingling area. One or two drops should do, and you may have to repeat a few more times. A B complex vitamin has also been known to stop the eruption when taken at the first time of the first tingle.
Posted in Cold Sores, Herpes, Home Page, Mouth
Tagged Alternative, cold sore, coldsore, essential oil, heal, Herpes, natural, naturopath, oil, oregano, prevent, treat
When it comes to coughing, honey is just as or more effective than over-the-counter medications.
Do not give honey to children under 2 years of age.
Schizophrenia has been linked to mothers having low phosphatidylcholine levels during pregnancy. If you are pregnant, consult your N.D. about your phosphatidylcholine levels.
Posted in Home Page, Pregnancy, Prescription Foods
Tagged Alternative, Food, Health, natural, naturopath, phosphatidylcholine, Pregnant, prevention, Schizophrenia
To ensure I get some patients when I enter practice, I can’t be giving away all my trade secrets on this blog (especially on this issue). But here are a few simple things you can do to help put a little wood back into the engine that could. Before business time (AKA: sexual intercourse), drink pomegranate juice, celery juice (requires a juicer), and eat some dark chocolate (90%). Do NOT blend the celery in a blender (instead of juicing) or you will probably end up with gas… the ultimate anti-aphrodisiac.
Posted in Home Page, Sex Health
Tagged Alternative, better sex, boner, celery, cialis, dark chocolate, erectile dysfunction, erection, Food, natural, naturopath, Naturopathic, nutrition, pomegranate, power, sex, sexual intercourse, strength, vasodilator, viagra
Ginger root (Zingiber officinale) – The tried, tested, and true nausea remedy that is completely safe for pregnant women. Best served in a tea (in my opinion).
Posted in Home Page, Nausea and Vomiting, Pregnancy
Tagged Alternative, Ginger, Health, morning sickness, natural, naturopath, nausea, pregnancy, relief, remedy, vomiting, Zingiber officinale
Nat mur (Natrum muriaticum) is one of the most common homeopathic remedies prescribed for cold sores. Try a low potency to start (30CH), or better yet – seek the advice of your ND.
Posted in Cold Sores, Herpes, Home Page, Mouth, Wounds/Sores/Burns
Tagged Alternative, cold sore, Health, Herpes, homeopathic, homeopathy, nat mur, Natrum muriaticum, natural, naturopath, remedy, treatment
Yes, you can prevent a cold from impacting your performance by taking an amino acid called glutamine. The theory is that it will prevent your body from breaking down skeletal muscle to fuel the fight.
Posted in Exercise, Home Page, Sore Throat & Colds
Tagged Alternative, bodybuilding, cold, Common cold, exercise, glutamine, gym, Health, natural, naturopath, weightlifting
Applicable for oozing injuries/wounds:
If the wound can be covered by a band-aid, apply organic, unpasteurized honey to the bandage and cover the wound. If the area is large (especially in the case of a burn), apply the honey to a sterile gauze, then cover with a sterile linen, and then wrap in plastic. Change the bandage twice a day. If you see black dots appearing after a while, don’t freak out, they are most likely hair follicles growing back. This remedy has been successful since ancient Egypt.
Posted in Home Page, Skin, Wounds/Sores/Burns
Tagged Alternative, Burn, Egypt, Health, Home Remedy, honey, injury, natural, naturopath, oozing, prevent, pus, scar, stiches, wound
Recently I had a mild sore throat that persisted for 21 straight days with no change in intensity. So I tried an herbal throat spray by St. Francis Herb Farm called “Stop it Cold.” I was going to buy another brand that was cheaper until I read the ingredients. I chose the St. Francis brand, as it included a different species of Echinacea – Echinacea angustifolia, which is the powerhouse of Echinaceas. My sore throat was about 60% better in one day, and gone in 48 hours. A noteworthy product.
Posted in Home Page, Sore Throat & Colds
Tagged Alternative, angustifolia, cold, echinacea, heal, herb, natural, naturopath, sore throat, throat spray
From my nutrition class:
- Fish oil is great for treating ADD/ADHD.
- Fish oil that is DHA is useless (for ADD/ADHD).
- Fish oil that is EPA is the good stuff.
- Select a ratio of EPA:DHA that is at least 2:1.
- Talk to your ND on proper dosage.
Posted in ADD/ADHD, Home Page
Tagged ADD, ADHD, Alternative, DHA, EPA, fish oil, Food, Health, natural, naturopath, nutrition
Okay, here’s what to do:
- Brew yourself the strongest batch of black tea you possibly can.
- Cool it down to a temperature your skin finds comfortable.
- Immerse a cotton ball or take one of the tea bags and place it directly on the ‘rhoid.
- Get comfy on your stomach and read a book or watch a movie to pass the time – keep it peaceful- nothing scary like The Hole.
No matter what the size the evil gremlins may be, the natural tannins of the tea will send these little minions back into the dark abyss from whence they came… and put an end to their evil, itch-filled assault on your anus.
Posted in Hemorrhoids, Home Page, Pain & Inflammation
Tagged Alternative, Alyssa Milano, Anus, black tea, charmed, Health, Hemorrhoid, Herbs, High Five, itch, Jesus, natural, naturopath, pain, Piper, Prue, Rectum, Shannen Doherty, Shopping, The Hole
If you are having surgery and would like to take something to help reduce the risk of infection, I strongly recommend consulting a naturopathic physician; they can suggest many things. However, if that is not an option, you can try a standard homeopathic first aid remedy known for treating post surgical infection – Calendula. Try a 30CH potency and use as directed.
Posted in First Aid, Home Page, Homeopathics, Surgery, Wounds/Sores/Burns
Tagged Alternative, Calendula, General, Health, Homeopath, infection, naturopath, Surgery
There is a specific homeopathic first aid remedy for sciatica following injury – Ruta graveolens. The standard practice for first aid potencies in homeopathy are 30ch and 200ch. As always, it is best to first consult a naturopathic or homeopathic doctor to determine whether Ruta is the right choice for you.
Posted in First Aid, Home Page, Homeopathics, Pain & Inflammation
Tagged Alternative, Health, Homeopath, homeopathy, naturopath, Ruta, Sciatic nerve, Sciatica
I am a big fan of using tinctures to conquer colds and sore throats, especially at their immediate onset. I tend to use Astragalus tinctures the most, which often include a combination of additional immune botanicals. Aside from that, you can easily find Ban Lan Gen tea at any store that sells Chinese herbs (more powerful if you can get it in tincture). I take these at the slightest sign of a cold or sore throat, or when surrounded by ill schoolmates, and nine times out of ten kicks the bug within a day. If you are already knee-deep into a cold, these will help get over it faster; however, do not expect the same miraculous result . Check out my other posts on warming socks and contrast showers for additional cold tips.
Posted in Home Page, Sore Throat & Colds
Tagged Alternative, astragalus, ban lan gen, cold, Common cold, Conditions and Diseases, Health, naturopath, Naturopathic, Shopping, sore throat, Streptococcal pharyngitis, Tinctures
Most sleeping remedies sold in health and grocery stores contain a blend of constituents. One of these constituents is Hops (Humulus lupulus), and yes this is the same Hops found in beer. While this is fine for female use, men should be aware that long-term effects of Hops can include the growth of male breast tissue, as well as a decrease in libido. So if you are a dude who has no desire to grow breasts, and just so happens to enjoy sex, then you may not want to hop to the isle for this sleeping aid (and maybe consider switching to hard liquor).
Posted in Home Page, Sex Health, Sleep
Tagged Alternative, Breast, Conditions and Diseases, Health, herb, Herbalism, Hops, humulus lupulus, insomnia, libido, men's health, naturopath, sex, sleep, Sleep disorder
If you are planning on quitting smoking or any addiction, here’s an aid to help reduce the cravings. Homeopathic remedy: Tabacum. Start with 30CH and if no result then move to a higher potency (2ooCH, 1M, etc.).
If you feel you need more support, acupuncture treatments are also beneficial, and are safe to combine with homeopathy. Furthermore, botanical supplements prescribed by your naturopathic doctor (ND) will support your body through the withdrawal period. Contact an ND before booking and ask that all of these modalities will be used, as not all NDs practice Chinese medicine.
Posted in Acupuncture, Addiction, Home Page, Homeopathics, Smoking
Tagged acupuncture, Addiction, Alternative, botanical, Health, homeopathy, naturopath, Quitting, Smoking, Smoking cessation, Substance Abuse, tabacum, Tobacco