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Dr. James Chandler, N.D., Ph.D

Traditional Naturopathy

Chandler Naturopathic Health Center

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Spring Detox

Posted on March 21, 2013 at 12:32 PM Comments comments (2295)
     Well it is that time of year again, Spring.  The flowers, the warmer days (at least in some parts of the country), and the activities spring brings.  A lot of people begin the spring cleaning ritual.  They clean their house, their closets, have yard sales and just generally get rid of the old things that they no longer want or need.  This spring, why not include your body in the spring cleaning process.
     Actually, it is a good idea to cleanse the body with every season change, spring, summer, fall and winter.  Just like the principle of spring cleaning your house, the purpose of cleansing your body (or detoxing) is to get rid of the toxins that have accumulated over the winter.  Toxins that you have been breathing in from the air of your home, dust, chemicals from the off gassing from furniture and carpets, molds and mildew, and chemicals from cleaners.  Don't forget about the toxins that you have ingested through your diet, sugars, food colorings, food additives, animal fats, trans fats, and low nutrient foods.  Also, what about the viruses and bacteria that you have been exposed to throughout the winter months like the common cold and flu viruses and even bacterial infections.  What about the various parasites that you may have been exposed to? 
     My wife made me watch an episode of the Dr OZ show (not really,  I watch Dr Oz frequently even though I disagree with some of his practices, I'll save that for another day).  This particular episode dealt with parasites.  Most people do not believe that this is a wide spread problem however, it is.  One in ten Americans have some sort of internal parasite.  They come from the foods we eat, the water we drink, the environment we live and play in.  Those of us that eat raw foods are susceptible to parisites from those green leafy vegetables and fresh fruits from around the world.  If you own pet that go outdoors, if you work in a garden or on a farm, if drink well water or municipal water, you are susceptible to parasites.  A few of the most parasitic infections are:
  • Ascarids: (common name: round worm) this is a worm transmitted through the soil and in contaminated raw or undercooked foods.
  • Hook worm and thread worms: (there are a number of species) are normally transmitted through the bare feet or through drinking water.
  • Pin worms: Eggs of the pin worm can be transferred by touch from an infected person who has eggs on the fingers from scratching the affected area.
  • Tapeworms:  Transferred from raw or undercooked beef, fish, pork, or through inadvertently swallowing infested fleas or lice that live on pets.
   These are the reasons that you should do a little "Spring Cleaning" of your internal body.  I recommend a detox of the liver and intestinal tract every three months (corresponding with the seasons).  Now, don't get me wrong, cleansing the body doesn't mean that you have to drink nasty tasting smoothies or other fluids for any specified amount of time to detox the body.  Cleansing and detox does not have to be harsh or uncomfortable.  All that is needed is to follow the simple plan outlined below.  For the next seven days:
     You want to start your cleanse or detox program by stopping the toxins you are currently ingesting. 
  • Stop eating all forms of refined sugar, especially corn syrup and High Fructose corn syrup (HFCS). 
  • Stop eating fast foods, especially those foods fried in vegetable oils and foods that contain food dyes and msg.
  • Stop eating prepackaged foods, snacks, canned foods, boxed foods. 
  • Stop smoking. 
  • Stop drinking alcohol and caffeine drinks.
Start eating whole foods such as:
  • Lightly cooked vegetables and fruits.
  • Whole grains such as: brown rice, wild rice, quinoa, millet, teff, buckwheat, and kamut. 
  • Eat a small amount (4 ounces meat or 6 ounces of fish) of lean protein (thoroughly cooked) on  two of the seven days.
  • Drink natural fruit juices mixed with purified water (one half juice and one half water). 
  • Drink six to eight glasses of purified water daily.
  • Drink decaffeniated green tea.
Supplement with:
  • Probiotics (multi-stain) or with the pro-biotic S. Boulardii (great for parasitic infections).
  • Milk Thistle and Dandelion Tea to assist the liver in detox and regeneration (use for one month).
For detox of parasites supplement with:
  • Aged garlic supplement or raw garlic (two cloves daily) for 30 days.
  • Black walnut hull.
  • Wormwood
  • Black Cumin seed
  • Pau D" Arco
  • Olive Leaf
There are a number of combination products on the market for Parasite detox.  The one I use is "Para-Shield" from DaVinci Laboratories.  See my store page at  or just go to for all of your vitamin and supplement needs.
     Spring cleaning is a much need task that will make your life a more comfortable in the coming year.  It doesn't have to be a dreading task if you use common sense and a little help. 

Winter Illnesses: Time to Prepare.

Posted on October 29, 2012 at 1:34 PM Comments comments (1477)
  Temperatures today are in the upper 57s and it is forecast to get colder this week.  Some say this is typical weather for for time of year, the middle of Autumn.  The heat of summer is giving way to the cold and darker days of winter.  With this change also comes changes in the illnesses that afflict us. The onset of winter brings with it the season's dread. 
     The biggest dread is the nasty cold and flu.  I am not saying that colder weather causes these illnesses, but the viruses that manifest as cold and or flu thrive better in the cooler temperatures of fall and winter when the humidity is lower, we are all gathered together in close quarters, and our immune system is a little less active.  Little known is that there are actually over 200 viruses that can cause the common cold.  The most well know to the majority of us are the rhino viruses.  Symptoms include: nasal congestion, sinus congestion, sore throat, coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, and headache, low fever (in some children).
     Normally, incubation of the cold virus is 18 - 24 hours after the virus enters the body, so you actually have a cold before you even know it.  It is estimated that healthy adults average two colds per year. Children on the other hand tend to contract many more because their immune system is immature.  Usually, the cold clears up on its own in a week to 10 days. However, a cold can lead to more serious illnesses, such as sinus infections, middle ear infections, and/or bronchitis. 
     Often people are confused between the symptoms of the common cold, influenza, and allergies (which are also common this time of year).  Influenza (flu) is also caused by a viruses but are different viruses than the common cold and the flu is more serious, by far, than either the common cold or seasonal allergies.  Flu can lead to life threatening complications, particularly in the very young and in older or frail people. 
    Since influenza, seasonal allergies, and the common cold cause upper respiratory tract symptoms, it can be difficult to distinguish between them.  There are certain notable differences as described below:
Characteristic             Cold             Flu                  Allergies
Chest infection               Common         Common.                    Rare
or cough                          Mild to            Can become   
                                        moderate.           severe.
                                                                  Pneumonia is
                                                                  a common
Fever                              Rare (except       Usually (102 +)         None
                                            in young              May last 3-4
                                            children)              days.
General aches                      Mild                Usual. Can be         Rare
and pains                                                          severe.
Headache                             Rare.                   Common.             Rare.
Sneezing                               Usual.                 Rare.                  Usual,
red, itchy, watery                                                                    especially eyes.                                                                                          sneezing.
                                                                                                   Comes on
                                                                                                   and lasts
Sore throat                        Usual.                Occasional.        Occasional
Stuffy nose                        Usual.                  Occasional.       Occasional
Tiredness                           Mild.                    Severe.               Rare.
Primary Season                   Late                    Winter.            March -
                                            August -                                       September
Duration                              7-10 days             Up to 30 days.     As long
                                                                                                         as the
                                                                                                    is present.
     So, what can you do to minimize your chances of contracting a cold or flu this season?  A study conducted in 1999 -2000 has shown that taking antioxidants; vitamin C, selenium, zinc, fructooligosaccharides (FOS), and protein can significantly reduce the chance of getting such respiratory tract infection.  Wash your hands frequently and this bares repeating, wash your hands frequently, using warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds.  Cold viruses can survive for hours on hard surfaces, hands, and tissues (flush facial tissues after use).  Avoid touching your face, nose and mouth. Stay away from others that are sick.   During the winter months, vitamin D levels can fall below optimal levels ( 30 ng/ml), it is recommended that you supplement with vitamin D3 to help restore and maintain your immunity.  I suggest taking 3,000-5,000 IUs daily with the heaviest meal of the day.  For children under 12 years of age, 1,000 to 2,000 IUs daily. 
     Using the same principles cited above, the flu can be prevented also.  There is some debate over who should get the flu shot and who should not.  I will reserve my opinion on this topic for another blog post.  But, should you decide that you will get a flu shot, I highly recommend that you take a mushroom complex supplement starting two weeks before the shot and continue two weeks after the shot (or nasal spray).  The mushroom complex will help the shot do its job by increasing the natural killer cells of the the immune system, thus boosting your immune response to the vaccine.
     Should you get a cold or the flu take vitamin C and zinc lozenges (zinc every three hours, not exceed 100 mg of zinc daily) at the first sign of sore throat or stuffiness in the head or nose.  Sip hot liquids such as chicken broth and chicken soup. Remain as active as possible.  Moving around helps to loosen built-up mucus and fluids.   Elderberry is recommended for upper respiratory tract infections associated with colds.  Ginger, Pau d'arco, slippery elm, and yarrow tea can help the common cold.  Mushrooms, Maitake, shiitake, and reishi, stimulates the immune cells making them essential in fighting the flu.
See your Natural Health doctor and/or medical physician if symptoms worsen.
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Post Nasal Drip and mucus

Posted on August 30, 2012 at 2:02 PM Comments comments (814)
     The buildup of mucus in the nasal cavities that run down the back of the throat (instead of running out the front) is known as Post Nasal Drip (PND).  Many people (including yours truly) experience this condition from time to time while others experience it on a chronic basis.  Often, it is a seasonal thing that affect most people during the spring and fall.  According to “WebMD” PND is symptomatic of a number of health related conditions. After finding the cause, a more specific treatment can be given (i.e., a drug).
So, let’s explore some of the more common reasons people have PND.
1.       Bacterial infection of the nasal lining and/or sinuses
2.      Viral infection of the nasal lining and/or sinuses
3.      Fungal infection of the nasal lining and/or sinuses
4.      Inflammation of the nasal passages
5.      Allergies (cigarette smoke, food, pollen, dust, dander, mold and mildew)
6.      The common cold
7.      Spicy foods
8.      Strong odors (food, perfumes, cleaning substances and other      
9.      Physical defects such as a deviated septum
As you can imagine, there are many reasons your PND can occur with each of the above examples.  For instance: you could be working in the yard or visiting someone in the hospital (or other place, it doesn't really matter) and you inhale bacteria, a virus, or allergen that sets up in your nasal lining or sinuses.  This can happen especially if your immune system is challenged by other illnesses or depletion of vital nutrients.  As for odors, if you can smell it, then you are inhaling it's particulate matter (when you think about it, it can be kinda gross).
     Ok!  So you have PND with mucus in the back of your throat and it is driving you nuts.  What can you do?  Obviously, if you know what is causing it, then the answer is simple (sort of).  The solution is a three step process, identify, prevent, and treat.
     Identify the cause.  This may take a little work on your part.  Some (with myself included) know the triggers that cause PND.  Others may have to do a little more investigative work.  Is it because of some medication (prescription or over the counter) that you are taking, an allergen such as dust, pet dander, mold, food, or do you have a physical problem?  Are your symptoms better or worse in certain locations, after eating certain foods, or different times of the day?
    Prevention:  Avoid the trigger,  strong odors, allergens, foods that produce mucus such as dairy, spicy foods and places that contain bacteria, virus mold and mildew.  Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your nose.  Beef up your immune system by eating properly, sleeping well, exercising and drinking plenty of water.  Use mattress covers, hypo allergenic pillow covers, regularly wash bedding in hot water.  Install humidifiers in the home or bedroom to prevent nasal dryness.  Use HEPA filters to filter out allergens and vacuum often.
     Treatment:  For stuffy nose and to thin and reduce mucus use a saline nasal spray or (if you have no physical obstruction) use a Netti pot to flush nasal passages and sinus cavities.  IMPORTANT: If you do use a Netti pot, use distilled water and not tap water.  make your own saline solution by using 1/2 tablespoon of non iodized salt mixed in 8 ounces of water for each nasal cavity.  If you have (or suspect that you have) a bacterial, viral, or fungal infection add 1-3 drops of Oil of Oregano to the saline mix.  Using the saline spray or Netti pot flushes the allergens, bacteria, virus, and fungi out of the sinus cavity and nasal passages. Also, gargle with a saline solution (made the same way) several times a day to break up and remove the mucus in the back of the throat. The use of saline is not only a treatment but a highly effective preventative measure.  Don't blow your nose.  This only pushes the mucus further into the sinus and may cause a severe sinus infection.  Instead, go the other way and spit the mucus out.
     Natural decongestants and expectorants:  A decongestant is a substance that relieves mucus congestion in the upper respiratory tract i.e., nose, sinus, lungs.  An expectorant promotes the discharge of mucus.  Foods should be your first choice as a decongestant and expectorant.  Onions and garlic are potent decongestants/expectorants.  Garlic can be taken in pill form or eaten raw.  Spicy foods (if you can tolerate them) such as wasobi, horseradish, chili peppers, and citrus fruit relieve congestion.  Honey mixed with a little warm water can clear a stuffy nose (if you are not allergic to honey or bee stings).  Steam is a natural decongestant: whether you sit in a hot bath with door shut, drape a towel over your head with a pot of steaming water, or use a humidifier, you will get the same results.  Hot, wet air shrinks swollen nasal tissues and breaks up phlegm.  You can add a little apple cider vinegar, oil of oregano, Eucalyptus oil, or peppermint to the water for even better results.  Drinking water and plenty of it also helps thin and flush mucus away.
     Supplements:  Vitamin C thins mucus and boosts immunity.  Try 2,000 - 5,000 mg of Vitamin C in divided doses throughout the day.  Choose a vitamin C product that is buffered and contains bioflavonoids.  The best product, in my opinion, is the Liposomal C from DaVinci.  This product is highly absorbable and well worth the money.  For PND caused by allergies try Vitamin C, quercetin, bromelain, stinging nettle leaf, eyebright, turmeric, butterbur (alkaloid free), and citrus bioflavonoids.  New Chapter makes a superb product called "Sinus take Care" that has many of these ingredients plus a few others.  I use this product and it definitely helps.  Combined with the measures discussed here, you could effectively manage or eliminate your PND and excess mucus.
For more information, contact Dr Chandler.  For supplements to help with PND, allergies, or other purposes please use the store page at
 DISCLAIMER:  This post is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prescribe medications for any specific condition.  No supplements recommended or mentioned in this post have been evaluated or approved by the FDA.  Always consult your physician before starting any supplement routine.   Eucalyptus oil should not be used by children under the age of 12.

The reasons you should Choose Natural Medicines

Posted on July 24, 2012 at 1:58 PM Comments comments (1406)
Ten Reasons to Choose Traditional Naturopathy
Updated and Reprinted from
1.Continuing to Feel Ill and Don’t Know the Reason Why?
We all want to be healthy and to feel well. Chronic and or persistent recurring symptoms such as: Headache, digestive upsets, low energy, insomnia, nervousness and pain makes us feel unwell. More frequently than not, these symptoms often go unexplained by medical doctors even after you are subjected to a host of medical tests. In most cases, you are sent home with no answers and a bottle or two of pills (with their side effects) as a solution. And you still feel ill! Why? This is often the time most people decide to seek a more natural approach to their problems. Traditional Naturopathy provides a whole new approach and method of treatment.  Some Medical doctors profess to be "holistic".  What does that term mean?  A holistic approach includes steps that address the mind, body and spirit (more on this later).  Medical doctors  give a brand new meaning to this term.  They view holism as the "whole body".  They exclude the mind and the spirit.
2. Traditional Naturopathy “Does no harm.”
Traditional Naturopathic doctors swear an oath that was first recited by Hippocrates “to first do no harm.” Even though the conventional medical doctors swear by the same oath, unfortunately, our medical community “harms” people in alarming proportions. Every year in the United States over 250,000 deaths occur because of errors by health care professional during medical procedures, hospital stays, adverse drug reactions from prescribed or administered drugs, and surgery mishaps. In the Journal of the American Medical Association, Volume 284, dated July 26, 2000, it states that medical errors, made by its conventional medical community, are the 3 leading cause of death in North America. This does not take into account the pharmaceutical mistakes and the ever on-going prescription drug epidemic in this country.  Every year thousands die and thousands more maimed from misuse and illegal use of pharmaceutical drugs.  These very drugs that the medical community use to "do no harm".   Traditional Naturopathy, by contrast, does not perform invasive surgery, does not use prescription drugs or radiation. Procedures used are natural, gentle, and are more easily accepted by the body’s systems.  Some may say that all substances (even natural) have side effects.  While this statement is true in its broadest sense, most natural supplements have been used safely for hundreds even thousands of years. 
     In several articles  published by Life Extension, August 2012 issue, you will learn that many of the supplement companies are (or better stated, have been) bought by large companies that have little to no experience in the supplement area or are major drug companies.  For example:  The multiple vitamins Centrum is a division of Pfizer and One-A Day is made by a division of Bayer. Other examples include the purchase of New Chapter by Proctor and Gamble, the makers of Emergen-C bought by Pfizer, and Solgar and Nature's Bounty bought by Carlyle Group.  In another article published in the same issue Life Extension brought to light "Pharmacy Chains Don't care if you live or die".  The article explains how these chains market and sale items such as cigarettes and other tobacco products, junk food, over the counter drugs and pharmaceuticals with there side effects, and the misleading and poorly formulated store brand (or private label) supplements and products.  It is all about the money folks!  You don't see multi million dollar natural health care facilities dotted across the nation and it is not because natural remedies do not work.  It is because of the major pharmaceutical companies that push there products on a less informed public through a (my opinion) corrupt government agency.
3. Traditional Naturopathy Treats the Cause not the symptoms.
Doctors of naturopathy look for and then treat the cause of the symptoms being experienced.  Sometimes it takes trial of several remedies.  But, unlike medical procedures where doctors only treat the symptoms (of course with pharmaceuticals, cut out, or burning out), naturopaths take the time and research to find the true cause of the illness/disease.
4. Traditional Naturopathy treats the Whole Person (Mind, Body, Spirit).
We believe that there is an interconnection with the physical, mental and emotional aspects of one’s being (a life force or vital energy). Naturopathic doctors recognize the ability of one to influence the other, either negatively or positively. As stated previously, some holistic medical doctors view holism as treating the whole body using drugs, surgery, radiation, and a few select herbals combined with the USDA food pyramid.   In a book entitled, Invitation to Holistic Health, a Guide to a Balanced Life, written by Charlotte Eliopoulos, RN MPH, ND, PhD and published by Jones and Bartlet, 2004 she explains the meaning of holism as:
     The term holism refers to a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.  In other words, 1+1+1+3 or 5 or more.  When applied to health, holism implies that the health and harmony of the body, mind and spirit create a higher, richer state of health than would be achieved with attention to just one part, such as a physical functioning.  Although some people equate it with the use of complementary and alternative therapies, holistic health is a philosophy of care in which a wide range of approaches are used to establish and maintain balance within an individual.
  P xvi
5. Traditional Naturopathic Doctors are well trained.
There is a myth that alternative treatments are bogus or unreliable snake oil sold by quacks with no formal training. This myth is simply not true. There is also a myth that you have to be licensed in order to be effective or legitimate. This myth is also simply not true. In order to receive the designation of N.D., the person has to complete a doctoral level program from an accredited school. This program is a grueling process that requires years of work, study, and research. The licensing issue is a political issue (mostly backed and pushed by those "elite" naturopaths from naturopathic medical schools located on the west coast who want to practice medicine but do not want to go through the medical education process), not one of credibility or effectiveness.  As mentioned earlier, Medical doctors, who are licensed, are mostly responsible for over a quarter million deaths each year in North America.  Traditional Naturopaths are Board Certified and have earned the designation N.D.
6.Traditional Naturopathy is Evidence-Based.
Modalities used in Naturopathy have been criticized as not being backed by any research. The facts are there is an enormous amount of clinical trials and scientific research in the naturopathic field that have been conducted over the past one hundred years. More recent trials and research findings have been published in all of the highly respected medical journals in the US, Canada, and the world. There are researchers that try to disprove natural therapies to the gain of pharmaceutical companies and the medical profession.  They use inferior products, synthetic supplements, insufficient amounts, and flawed research to taint the natural remedy industry.
7. In-depth, Longer Consultations.
The first consultation with a Naturopathic doctor takes between 1 and 1 ½ hours or even longer. Clients are given as much time as needed in any follow-up sessions. Clients are encouraged to voice any concerns and ask all of their questions regarding their health care. Naturopaths are doctors who truly listen and really care about their client’s well being.
8. Stop the Guessing.
Health and wellness conscious Americans spend billions of dollars each year purchasing vitamins, herbal remedies, and over the counter drugs. These purchases are frequently based on advertising, hearsay and trail and error. This practice is expensive and dangerous as many of the supplements and herbal formulas can interact adversely with each other and with over the counter drugs and prescribed pharmaceuticals. Many medical doctors are not familiar with the contraindications of these supplements. Many people do not reported the use of herbal supplements or over the counter medications to their medical doctor or to the pharmacist. A Traditional Naturopathic doctor can keep you safe, save you money, and eliminate the guesswork.
9. You can Keep your Conventional Doctor.
We will work with your Conventional Doctor. In recent years many Medical Doctors have come to realize the importance of Naturopaths. Many Medical doctors are now showing a more open mindedness in working with Naturopathic doctors, especially when their patients insist.
10. Prevention – Lowering the risk of Diseases that Kill.
In naturopathy, prevention is the central principle. Today’s big killers; heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer risks can be reduced, even when there is said to be a predisposition to a disease. Life style counseling, adequate nutrition and stress reduction techniques, to name a few, are essential to prevention.  In many situations, the amount of medications can be reduced and many eliminated thereby eliminating unwanted and dangerous side effects.
If you would like more information on how you can benefit from Naturopathy, please contact Dr. Chandler.
Source: Internet research August 5, 2008, Article published in Naturopathic Medicine, Ten Reasons to Choose Naturopathic Medicine, (2001), by S. Sayers, T. Choi, and Bruce Lofting, N.Dion
Life Extension Magazine, Volume Eighteen/Number Eight August 2012 Pp 10-12.
Charlotte Eliopoulos, (2004) Invitation to Holistic Health, Jones and Bartlet, Sudbury, MA xvi
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Calcium Study

Posted on June 30, 2012 at 1:02 PM Comments comments (1768)
     Well it has been a while since my last post.  I have enjoyed a very long vacation with my beautiful wife and partner Jann celebrating our wedding anniversary and her birthday.  We've spent time exploring the outer banks of NC from Newbern, Ocracoke, Duck and Manteo to discoveries along the way and to the mountains of western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee.  Reflecting upon our travel, one can only conclude that there is a divine intelligence that not only created our world and universe but also the human spirit.  We witnessed many beautiful things, people, and places.  We learned so much about history, nature, and life in general.  All of this beauty abounds in just our state.  We can't wait to discover more places, people and things in other parts of great nation.  With a renewed dedication to each other and a deeper love for each other, our lives are ever more enriched.
So what's new in our natural health world?  There was a study recently published that stated the beneficial properties of calcium turns out to be false.  The study reports that the use of calcium supplements by women aided in the development of heart disease and that it did not help in bone loss. (You can find an article on the report on "WebMd".  Yes, that is what was reported in the study.  I must admit, I have never been a proponent of taking calcium supplements (especially in the amounts and ratios often prescribed) but, I was taken aback by this study.  With that said, I don't believe that the study reveals the "whole truth."
     As a natural health doctor and practitioner, I belive that the more nutrients that you can get from your foods the better you will utilize those nutrients.  However, there are situations and circumstances that mandate the use of supplementation.  In this study, thge researchers did a meta analysi of about one dozen clinical trials.  These trials alo include the supplementation of vitamin D.  The problems, that I have with the study, are they do not indicate what kind of calcium was supplemented (and it matters) nor the amount of calcium and vitamin D being supplemented.
     The bottom line from my standpoint is:  You probably do not need calcium supplementation if you eat a lot of dairy and other calcium rich foods.  If you feel a need to supplement calcium, include vitamin D3 and magnesium.  In my opinion, the ratio of calcium, vitamin D3 and magnesium should be 1/2/1.  In other words , 500 mg of calcium, 1,000 IUs of vitamin D3, and 500 mg magnesium taken together.
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The B Vitamins

Posted on April 30, 2012 at 4:07 PM Comments comments (880)
     This week I will be discussing the role of the B vitamins.  Usually, if you have a deficiency in one of the B vitamins then it is highly likely that you will be deficient in at least one other B vitamin.  This is because the B vitamins work together, as a group to maintain the health of nerves, eyes, liver, mouth, skin, hair, proper functioning of the brain and the the muscle tone of the gastrointestinal tract. For this reason, the B vitamins should always be taken together.  However, if needed, up to three times of one specific vitamin B can be taken for particular disorder or illness.
     In discussing vitamins the word "deficiency"  is used to describe a clinical deficiency.  A clinical deficiency is when the vitamin is so low that it causes specific disorders, as with vitamin B 1 deficiency causes a condition called Beriberi (this vitamin will be discussed later).  Though most of the the population in the United States does not experience a true "deficiency" in the B vitamins, most do suffer from a sub clinical depletion of this group of vitamins. Even sub-optimal levels (levels that promote good health) of B vitamins may cause a variety of symptoms and diseases.  For the purposes of this discussion, the words deficiency, sub clinical, and sub optimal are interchangeable with a meaning of less than optimal levels of the B vitamins with in the body.
     B- complex vitamins are water soluable and act as co-enzymes, which help enzymes to react with other substances.  Co-enzymes also help in the production of energy.The B complex vitamins may also be helpful in the alleviation of anxiety and depression.
     As we age, vitamins are not well absorbed so it is very important for the elderly to take adequate amounts of the B complex vitamins.  Some cases of diagnosed Alzheimer's disease have been found to be a deficiency of vitamin B 12 and the B complex vitamins instead.  Some of a long list of disorders attributed with low levels of B complex vitamins are:
  • Berberi
  • weight loss
  • emotional disturbances
  • paranoia
  • mental confusion
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • apathy
  • memory loss
  • psychosis
  • amnesia
  • agression
  • insomnia
  • irregular heart beat
  • high blood pressure
  • elevated homocystine levels
  • impaired sensory perception
  • weakness and pain in the limbs
  • fatigue
  • neuropathy
  • water retention
  • edema
  • dermatitis
  • graying hair
  • hair loss
  • acne
  • cracked lips
  • inflammation of the tongue
  • sore throat
  • birth defects
  • digestive disorders
  • diarrhea
  • constipation
  • headaches
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • ringing in the ears
  • sensitivity to sunlight
  • pernicious anemia
Do you have any of the symptoms listed above?  It is estimated that over 30 percent of the population has a B vitamin level that is sub optimal.  Is it possible that the condition (s) you have been experiencing are related to a low B vitamin level?  Could it be that all you need is a daily supplement of B-complex vitamins?  Maybe you are low in only one or two of the B vitamins. How much of what should you take?  These and other questions will be answered in the coming few days as we look at each of the B vitamins. 
Balch, Phyllis A., (2010) Prescription for Nutritional Healing, NY:                                      Penguin Group: pp 20

Natural Pain Management

Posted on April 26, 2012 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (947)
   Pain is the message that the brain receives from the body.  The body tells the brain that something is wrong such as injury or disease.  These messages (pain) allow you to become aware of many types of problems before the problem becomes serious.  At low levels of pain, preventive measures can be taken to correct a situation thus, allowing the damaged area to repair.  However, not all pain is useful in this regard.  Chronic and reoccurring pain may indicate a serious problem that cannot be adequately “treated” and has to be “managed”.  Prescription medications and Over The Counter (OTC) medications like NSAIDs (Advil and Ibuprofen) may provide for a more immediate response for pain, they do not address the underlying cause and all too often have rebound side effects along with a host of other unpleasant properties.  Natural treatments can aid the body in coping with chronic pain at the point and on a level that is fundamental to health of the entire mind, body, spirit systems.
     As stated, pain is a signal that something is wrong within the body.  But, what causes the pain?  Generally speaking, pain is caused by inflammation.  This inflammation can be localized as in a headache or generalized as in whole body aches and pains.  There could inflammation of tissue, muscle, nerve, skin, fluid, or blood vessels.  
     Depending on the location and intensity of the pain, various methods can be used  to reduce and/or eliminate the pain at the source.  Because there are so many different types of pain: headaches, back aches, post surgery, acute, chronic, cyclic, joint, sinusitis, arthritis and so on, this protocol is designed for the general symptoms of pain and not a specific kind of pain.  Other than this protocol there are other methods to reduce or eliminate pain such as acupuncture, acupressure, meditation, hypnosis, massage, chiropractic, medication, magnet therapy, cold/warm packs to name a few.  This protocol uses food, vitamins, minerals, herbs and other supplements to assist you in general pain management.
      This protocol is going on the biological assumption that pain, regardless of source, is a product of inflammation.  It is form this standpoint that the issue of pain management will be addressed.  Reduce the inflammation and the pain will be reduced also.
     Sources of pain:
Injury (stress, allergies, tension, cancer treatments), post surgical, infection, arthritis, neuropathy, headaches/migraines, and acid/alkaline imbalance.
     Foods that promote inflammation:
  • sugar
  • white (refined) flours
  • caffeine
  • alcohol
  • dairy
  • animal flesh
     Foods that reduce inflammation:
  • whole Grains (unless intolerant or celiac)
  • vegetables
  • nuts and seeds
  • beans and legumes
  • water. (the lack of it is a primary cause of inflammation and pain)
  • Cold water fish (omega 3 fish oil)
  • Olive oil
Supplements that help reduce pain:
  • Water:  Water is necessary to lubricate joints, provide material for blood, lymph and bile.  The amount of water necessary for you is dependent upon activity levels, temperature, and body size.  As a general rule you should drink one half your body weight (in ounces) of pure chlorine free water.  Example:  a 140 pound person should drink 70 ounces of water.  Someone who weighs 180 pounds would need to drink 90 ounces.
  • Vitamin B complex- 25 – 75 mg of each of the major B vitamins.  Less than optimal levels of B vitamins can cause pain.  B vitamins are necessary to support the nerves and the nerve sheaths, the eyes , the liver, the brain,  and the muscles in the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Glucosamine- Condrotin – MSM  600 - 1,000 mg daily This combination supplement nourishes the joints and connective tissues.
  • Noni Juice (juice or capsules) 1- 4 ounces daily (can take more if needed) Noni is an effective anti-oxidant and natural pain reliever that works on both the COX I and COX II enzymes that promote inflammation and pain.
  • Omega 3, 6, 9s the Omega fatty acids are necessary in the balance of acid/alkaline within the body.  This combination balances the 3 and 6 omegas that soothes inflammation.  Supplement with 2,000 – 8,000 mg daily divided into several doses throughout the day.
  • Magnesium (Epsom salt baths magnesium oil) or supplemental magnesium citrate.  Magnesium relaxes smooth muscles (including the muscle sheath surrounding the arteries and blood vessels).  Supplement with 700 – 1200 mg daily in divided doses.
  • Multiple vitamin and mineral.  Most people experiencing pain are depleted in at least one critical vitamin and/or mineral.  The body needs a variety of vitamins and minerals (including trace minerals) to assist in repair of damaged tissue.
  • Vitamin C with bio flavonoids:  Vitamin C helps reduce inflammation through its anti-oxidant properties.  It is necessary for tissue repair.
  • Yeast overgrowth:  Yeast overgrowth may cause a variety of issues that increase pain.  If you think that this may be a part of your problem, I would include:  Multiple-strain pro biotic and Oil of Oregano.
The most important process is to determine the underlying cause of your pain and find a natural therapy to correct the cause.

Food Poisoning

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 4:59 PM Comments comments (672)
     Today I received a frantic call from a client of mine.  She stated that her husband had went to restaurant the night before and now he was vomiting, had direahea, and was running a temperature.  She didn't know what to do.  Her husband refused to go to the hospital but was open to some "natural" ideas to help eliminate the symptoms. 
    As the days get warmer heading into the summer months, food poising becomes more and more prevalent.  Food poisoning causes 76 million cases of illness and 5,000 deaths every year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The common causes of food poisoning is under cooked foods, improper handling of foods, improper storing of foods, and improper temperature control of food items.
     There are different types of food poisoning, depending on the agent that causes it.  I can be caused by bacterial agents like Salmonella, Staphylococcus aureus, Botulism, Campylobacter, Clostridum perfringens, and Vibrio bacteria.  Food poisoning can also be caused by viral organisms such as: Hepatitis A and E, Norwalk virus, and Rota virus.
     If you suspect food poisoning, call your regional poison control center immediately.  If you suspect that you have been poisoned by food from a public restaurant contact your local health department (you may save someone else from getting sick). 
  •  At the first sign of illness, protect your immune system by taking six (6) charcoal tablets (you should have these on hand for such emergencies).   After six (6) hours, take six (6) more tablets. 
  • Replace lost fluid and electrolytes with clean water or liquids designed  specifically for rehydrartion.
  • Take 2 - 3 capsules of aged garlic 3 times a day with meals.
  • Take 99 mg of potassium to restore electrolyte balance.
  • Take 5,000 - 8,000 mg of vitamin C with bioflavonoids daily, in divided doses.
  • Take Probiotic twice daily, as directed on the label.
  • Milk Thistle is an excellent detox for the liver and the blood.
  • At the first sign of poisoning, take a dropper fully of Goldenseal extract every four (4) hours for the first day only. Do Not Take Goldenseal on a daily basis for more than one week, do not use if you are pregnant, nursing, or allergic to ragweed.
Despite regulation and safety laws food poisoning remains a major problem and strikes with an alarming frequency.  An increasing number of us are simply unaware of the prevalence of dangerous microorganisms in our vast food supply, let alone the basic sanitation procedures for handling, storing, and preparing foods safely.  We eat out more, trusting that the people that prepare our foods know the requirements and following the safety rules.

Glandular Therapy

Posted on April 24, 2012 at 12:06 PM Comments comments (920)
     The body's glandular system is both complex and important.  All body functions rely on a healthy glandular system.  Glands are organs that manufacture and secret fluids and other substances into the body for the body's use.  These fluids and substances, like hormones, influence everything from digestion to reproduction to growth and regulation of body temperature. 
    Like all organs, the glands need nutritional support, especially when nutrient stores have been depleted because of stress or illness.  For the most part, the glands, like the rest of the body, can be improved upon by eating the proper foods, and supplementing with vitamins, minerals and herbs. 
   Glandular therapy is another means of improving the health of glands.  It uses dried concentrated forms of various raw animal glands to support and improve specific glands or to improve many glands, when used in a multiple glandular supplement. 
     I use glandulars to help my clients with a variety of complaints ranging from adrenal fatigue to hormonal complaints, reproduction, and immunity.  I use both single glands and combination formulas.  As with any supplement, make sure that the glands you buy come from  a highly reliable source, free of toxins, hormones, an antibiotics.  If you would like to know more about how glandular therapy may help you in your wellness goal, please contact me.

Heartburn, GERD, and Gastritis

Posted on April 23, 2012 at 12:52 PM Comments comments (2388)
Stomach problems can be cause by numerous things.  Some of them are: food allergies, gluten intolerance, helicobacter pylori (H-pylori bacteria), high gastrin levels, low or high acity, fungal infections and parasites.  Though medicines can sometimes be a tremendous benefit, they often have severe side effects and if used for prolonged periods can make matters worse. Try the following non-prescription recommendations to help relieve an ill stomach.  Please remember, different measures help different people.
Things you want to avoid:
  • antacids, (they make the problem worse in the long run)
  • asprin
  • big meals (try several small meals throughout the day)
  • carbonated beverages (especially those that contain HFCS)
  • chocolate
  • coffee
  • dairy products (except Greek yogurt of kefir)
  • eating in a lying position
  • eating excess meats, poultry and game (especially deli meats)
  • eating fatty foods
  • drinking fluids with the meal (drink 1//2 before or 1 and 1/2 hour after)
  • eating late night meals (do not eat within 3 hours of bedtime)
  • night shades (tomato, potato, egg plant)
  • peppermint
  • salty foods (especially if diagnosed with H pylori)
  • smoking
  • strong spices
  • sugars and starches
  • black or green tea
Try these things:
  • digestive enzmes with each meal
  • Probiotics
  • mastic gum extract
  • slippery elm
  • zinc conaining foods (or supplement) like seafood, legumes and whole grains
  • bitter herbs such as : dandelion, milk thistle, arugula, chickory, dill or parsley they jump start the digestive fluids and should be used before or at the beginning of the meal
  • increase fiber intake through foods or supplements (glucomannon fiber is recommended)
  • lying on your left side can help relieve heartburn
  • chew your food slowly and well
 If you have been diagnosed with H pylori try these herbs:
  • aloe vera
  • astragalus
  • cabbage juice (1/2 to 1 glass per day)
  • chamomile (do not use if allergic to ragweed, taking warfarin or cyclosporine, pregnat or nursing)
  • clove
  • DGL licorice (do not take if you have diabetes, glaucoma, heart disease, high blood pressure, histiry of stroke, pregant or nursing)
  • garlic
  • pau d' arco
  • thyme
  • slippery elm
  • goldenseal
GERD can can strike anyone at any age.  GERD can scar the esophagus and can cause asthma-like symptoms if acid makes it's way into the lungs.  GERD can also lead to changes in the cell lining of the esophagus (called Barrett's esophagus) which can lead to esopahgeal cancer.  These tips may help you to avoid serious problem.  If you cannot get your symptoms under control, see your doctor or alternative health care practitioner.