Unlocking Vitality: Nurturing Your Lymphatic System for Optimal Health

Unlocking Vitality: Nurturing Your Lymphatic System for Optimal Health

In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, we often forget to pay attention to one of the most crucial systems in our body – the lymphatic system.

The lymphatic system plays a vital role in maintaining our overall health and assisting in the detoxification process. Let’s explore the significance of lymphatic drainage, the benefits of dry brushing techniques, and discover natural solutions to combat lymphatic congestion.

The lymphatic system is a complex network of vessels, nodes, and organs that works tirelessly to rid our bodies of toxins, waste, and excess fluids. Unlike the circulatory system, the lymphatic system doesn’t have a pump, relying on muscle contractions and body movements to facilitate the flow of lymph fluid. When this flow is hindered, it can lead to lymphatic congestion, causing a range of issues such as swelling, fatigue, a compromised immune system, and many other common symptoms.

Lymphatic drainage is the natural process of eliminating waste and toxins from the body. For starters, it helps maintain fluid balance and promotes overall well-being. When the lymphatic system is functioning optimally, it assists in the removal of toxins and ensures a healthy immune response to everyday life. Dry brushing is a simple yet effective technique that can enhance lymphatic drainage. By using a dry brush with natural bristles, you can stimulate the lymphatic system and promote circulation. Here’s a basic guide to dry brushing:

Choose the Right Brush. Select a brush with natural bristles; we sell one here at The NHCAA. Brushing Technique:

  • Start at your feet and move upwards in gentle, circular motions.
  • Always brush towards the heart to follow the natural flow of the lymphatic system.
  • Pay special attention to areas with a high concentration of lymph nodes, such as the armpits, breast area, and groin.

In addition to dry brushing, incorporating these natural remedies can further support lymphatic health-


  • Adequate water intake is crucial for maintaining lymphatic flow and preventing congestion. Ensure you stay hydrated throughout the day.

Herbal Teas or Supplements:

  • Certain herbs, such as dandelion and nettle, have diuretic properties that can aid in reducing fluid retention and supporting lymphatic function. Ask your practitioner which supplements you are on or should be on to support your lymphatic system.


  • Regular physical activity promotes muscle contractions, aiding the movement of lymph fluid. Incorporate activities like walking, yoga, or rebounding into your daily routine.

Massage and Manual Lymphatic Drainage:

  • Professional massages or manual lymphatic drainage sessions can help stimulate lymphatic flow and alleviate congestion. Using an essential oil such as myrrh, tea tree, or castor oil when doing manual lymph massages is also beneficial.

In a world focused on quick fixes and external solutions, it’s essential to recognize the importance of nurturing our internal systems, especially as we are binding up toxins in our body. By embracing lymphatic health through practices like dry brushing and incorporating the above natural remedies, we can unlock the potential for a healthier, more vibrant life. Prioritizing the well-being of our lymphatic system is a small yet powerful step towards overall wellness.

Mikaela Cradit, CNHP

Healing Using Castor Oil Packs

Healing Using Castor Oil Packs

How does one approach healing without the sole reliance on medication and surgical means?  There are many approaches to healing, naturally.

The methods most taken while pursuing the holistic route are diet, exercise, and nutritional supplements.  These approaches are powerful; however, there’s only so much you can exercise away or ingest. There are many other natural modalities available that unlock your maximum healing potential. It is helpful to look at the wisdom of the past for nearly forgotten methods for healing.  One such method has been in practice for centuries:  the castor oil pack.

Castor oil is derived from the castor bean which is native to India.  This medicinal oil can stimulate lymph and liver function and reduce inflammation.  Many of the healing properties of castor oil are attributed to its high percentage (about 90%) of the molecularly unique fatty acid ricinoleic acid.   

Castor beans are quite toxic due to a chemical called ricin that is in the pulp of the bean, but ricin is not contained in the oil.  When castor oil is extracted under heated conditions, the ricin is removed, and any ricin left behind is deactivated. 

When castor oil is used topically, it is non-toxic and can be a great addition to a healing program.  A castor oil pack is a method of saturating cloths in castor oil for healing through topical application. This pack is placed over the problem area to stimulate organ flow and function and as an anti-inflammatory measure.

Healing castor oil packs can be helpful for the following situations:

  • Constipation
  • Digestive problems
  • Abdominal cramps or bloating
  • Gallbladder discomfort
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Sore muscles
  • Joint pain
  • Swelling
  • Lymph congestion
  • Injuries
  • Fibroids
  • Ovarian cysts

Items Needed:

  • 1-quart glass jar with lid (mason jar)
  • Organic, Hexane-free Castor Oil
  • 1 cotton flannel or unbleached wool cloth*
  • A long, wide piece of cotton flannel to tie around the abdomen
  • A heat source (hot water bottle, hot rice pack, heating pad, etc.)
  • Protective covering for bed or couch (old sheets, towels, cloths, etc.)**

*You can buy a set of castor oil with a pack already made.  These premade packs are expensive but convenient.

**Some sources recommend using plastic bags or wraps.  I do not recommend using plastic as the chemicals contained therein have the potential to be absorbed with the castor oil, especially once heat is applied.


  1. Fold the cotton/wool into a square large enough to cover the area you are addressing (Example: for liver/gallbladder, about 7”x10”)
  2. Put about 2 tablespoons of castor oil onto the cloth and fold in different directions to get the oil to saturate the full surface of the cloth. The cloth should be saturated but not dripping
  3. Apply the cloth “pack” over the desired area
    • Right upper abdomen for liver/gallbladder
    • Left upper abdomen for spleen/lymph
    • Middle of abdomen (or right upper abdomen) for general bloating and constipation
    • Lower abdomen for menstrual issues
    • Directly to joints or injured areas 
    • Mid to lower back for kidneys
  4. Cover the pack with the larger strip of cloth and wrap or tie it around the area
  5. Place a heat source (hot water bottle or heating pad) over the pack
  6. Lay down and elevate your feet if possible and relax for 30 minutes to an hour*
  7. Remove the pack and cleanse the skin with a mixture of warm water, gentle unscented soap, and baking soda
  8. Place the used pack into the glass jar and seal the lid for storage until the next use.  You can typically get 30 uses out of one pack.  Throw away the cloth sooner if it becomes discolored or has a bad odor
  9. Rest and hydrate

*You can apply the castor oil pack overnight.  If you do this method, the heat source is not necessary.

Castor oil is very safe and well tolerated when used topically; all the same, there are a few things to keep in mind when using castor oils packs:

  • Castor oil packs can stimulate bile flow, which can lead to additional, and sometimes urgent, bowel movements after use.  It is a good idea to do your pack at the end of the day when you are staying in, relaxing, and close to a bathroom.
  • Castor oil packs can stimulate lymph flow, which can lead to an increase in urination.
  • Some individuals may notice increased gut gurgling, gas, or discomfort after doing a castor oil pack; especially if placed on the abdomen.  These sensations should pass within an hour.  If you experience this, try doing the pack for a shorter amount of time until your body adjusts.

When working on a holistic healing plan, it is good practice to look at many avenues of support for your body, even beyond what you ingest. History can be a powerful teacher. Centuries of use in at least 50 countries across the world, and a fantastic safety profile, make castor oil packs a desirable adjunct to your healthy habits.  Topical castor oil also has the additional advantages of being affordable, easy to use, and able to offer quick relief in many situations.

Dr. Amanda Childress, PharmD

How To Restore Your Gut Health: Healing The Microbiota

How To Restore Your Gut Health: Healing The Microbiota

What is gut health anyway?

Your gut health is intimately connected with the health of your microbiota. Specifically, your gut is the tract that goes all the way from your mouth to your anus. The term “microbiota” refers to all the organisms living in AND on the human body. The microbiota is made up of a large variety of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites.

Your microbiota live in a delicate ecosystem. These bugs keep each other in balance. When this microbial balance becomes disrupted, you develop “dysbiosis.” Dysbiosis refers to a microbial imbalance in which “bad” bugs opportunistically colonize OR bugs that are normally “good” in small amounts overgrow and become pathogenic. Correcting dysbiosis is how you restore your gut health.

How does gut health get disrupted?


There are many reasons why the microbiota gets disrupted. A common cause is the overuse of antibiotics. According to the CDC, 50% of antibiotics prescribed are either unnecessary or inappropriate.  The damage in this scenario is two-fold; first, antibiotics indiscriminately kill many of the bugs in the gastrointestinal tract. Secondly, with the overuse of very broad-spectrum antibiotics, what is left behind are what has been referred to as “superbugs,” which are very treatment-resistant and make it very hard for the microbiota to correct itself.

Another issue surrounding antibiotics is that 80% of the antibiotics prescribed in the U.S. are given to livestock. This means that even if you have managed to go your entire life without taking a prescription of antibiotics if you have ever eaten conventional meat and dairy, you have been exposed.


A factor that is just as important, if not more so, than antibiotic use, is DIET.  Eating processed, high acidity foods treated with chemicals, hormones, and antibiotics as well as loaded in refined sugar makes up the majority of gut health issues. The good news is that this is the most controllable cause of dysbiosis.

Eating foods that you do not digest well can also create dysbiosis. When I tell patients they have food sensitivity often they reply “But I’ve been eating that my whole life and it’s never been a problem!” The truth is, that may be the problem in and of itself. Eating a food that is not digested well may feel fine for days, months even years.  It often takes a long time for symptoms to manifest. Meanwhile, it is costing your body much of its precious reserves and energy to process and damaging the gut. Discover how to start a diet plan to take ownership of your health.


The fundamental issue of dysbiosis is the imbalance of microbes.  There are “commensal” microbes (“good bugs”) that have a beneficial role in the gut and also “pathogenic (“bad bugs”), disease-causing microbes that are not a normal part of the gut ecosystem.

There are a multitude of ways infection can come into play.  Scenario 1: dysbiosis exists and the commensal bugs get out of balance.  Some “good bugs” become overgrown or out of balance while other “good bugs” are not at a high enough level for good health.  2. Dysbiosis is created due to an infection with a “bad bug” such as a parasite, mold/fungus/yeast, and/or bacteria that is NOT native to your body’s ecosystem.

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Microbiota in Human Intestine

Regardless of what scenario has occurred, the infection must be resolved to heal the gut.

Other Causes:

A poor diet and antibiotic use are two very problematic factors that disrupt gut health; however, there are many other contributors. Toxic exposures, long term general medication use, exposures to pathogens foreign to your microbiota (overseas travel for instance), and being born from C-section and/or consuming baby formula as an infant are all contributors.

What does dysbiosis do to the body?

The gut is the hub for digestion, nutrient assimilation, creation of neurotransmitters and immune factor creation. As a result, dysbiosis symptoms and conditions can run the full gamut of physical as well as mental symptoms and conditions. The following list names many of the more common and or/well-established issues connected to dysbiosis.

Dysbiosis Symptoms:

  • Digestive Problems
    • Gas/bloating
    • Constipation AND/OR diarrhea
  • Unresolved skin rashes
  • Weak immune system/frequent illness
  • Dental problems
    • Gum disease
    • Cavities
    • Dry mouth
    • Bad breath
  • Vitamin Deficiency
    • Especially B12, Iron and Folate
  • Frequent yeast infections
  • Toenail fungus

Chronic Conditions Connected with Dysbiosis:

  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Food Allergies/sensitivities
  • Autoimmune Disorders
  • Mood/Behavior disorders
    • Depression/Anxiety
    • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Infertility
  • Preterm Birth

How To Heal Your Gut

“Let food be thy medicine.”


Food and Food Eliminations:

You can take the best supplements on the planet, but if your food choices are incorrect for your body, your gut will not heal and you are wasting a lot of money.

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There are many ways how to restore your gut health by attacking your diet. The most basic step on how to heal your gut is to eliminate all processed, chemicalized and refined foods from your diet. A good rule of thumb is to shop primarily in the outer perimeter of the grocery store, leaving the center aisles alone. Eating grass-fed beef and other meats and eggs that are free of hormones and antibiotics is important. White sugar is out, completely.

As many pathogenic bugs proliferate on sugars, keeping even natural sugars to a minimum is important. Most people should be eating no more than 100-75 grams of carbohydrates a day for good gut health. Some individuals with difficulties losing weight, unresolved infection and inflammatory conditions should eat less than that.

Depending on your specific health profile, you may need to implement an Antifungal Diet, an elimination diet, or, in more extreme situations, the GAPS diet.

If you have a lot of reactions after eating food, you should find out what your food sensitivities are. As food reactions are not always immune in nature, allergy tests alone may not be enough to find your trigger foods. For this reason, elimination diets have a lot of value. My favorite elimination type diet to use is the Whole30. Journaling your food intake along with your symptoms often helps you find the foods that are triggers, as well. Keep in mind that often a food can still launch a negative response for about 3 days after consumption.


Pages upon pages could be written to go over what supplements should be given to help dysbiosis. I will only cover the supplements I see most broadly applicable.


Another gut health tip is taking the right probiotic. There are many blends out there and many reasons why one might be superior to another. The following are some general guidelines:

  1. Vaginal Health
    a) Primarily Lactobacillus Strains
  2. Gut Health and Oral Health – Broader Spectrum
    a) My favorite: Flora 12 + from Energetix
  3. Baby Health -B. bifidum and B. infantis
    a) Prenatal through 2 years

I find that if you have potential parasites, yeast issues, and thyroid problems, it’s good to make sure you have the S. boulardii strain in your probiotic. Prosynbiotics from Standard Process and Flora 12 + from Energetix contain this strain. There is also a stand-alone S. Boulardii from Physica I use if a patient needs to amp up another probiotic for those concerns or if they generally do not do well with supplementing probiotics (this can happen if a patient has Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth also known as SIBO).  S. boulardii is actually a beneficial yeast that is not killed during most antibiotic therapy and has strong antiparasitic and anti-candida properties.

Probiotic foods:

If you have taken many probiotics in the past with little results or do not feel well with probiotics, you may be a better candidate for a supplement called Ion*Gut Health (previously known as Restore). This supplement is not a probiotic but contains factors from soil that help to improve the health of the gut wall and create an environment in the gut lining that can support healthy microbiota.

Other Needs

If you have long term gut health issues that don’t resolve with the above interventions, you may need support for specific digestive organs (such as the gallbladder or intestines) or a leaky gut protocol. To find out what additional interventions you need, see one of our practitioners.

Your Holistic Pharmacist,
Dr. Amanda

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Clearing the Air: Natural Sinus Decongestants for Mucus and Chest Congestion

Clearing the Air: Natural Sinus Decongestants for Mucus and Chest Congestion

As the seasons change and temperatures drop, many of us are familiar with the discomfort of mucus, chest congestion, and coughs with phlegm. In the past, reaching for over-the-counter decongestants and cough suppressants may have been our go-to solution. However, we’re here to share the truth about natural sinus decongestants and how they can provide relief without relying on medication.

Rather than accepting the idea of a “Cold & Flu Season” where we believe there’s little we can do to prevent these congested chest colds, we’ve discovered how to support our body and reduce the severity and duration of these common health issues using whole food supplements. Mucus is a fluid in the body that helps clean up and trap toxins like dust, dirt, or other irritants in the nasal and oral passageways. By understanding how to optimize the body’s natural detox mechanisms, we can effectively manage mucus and chest congestion.

There are two essential natural lung decongestant supplements that we always keep in our cupboard: Spanish Black Radish and Fen-Gre, both made by Standard Process. What makes these supplements so special as natural sinus and chest decongestants? They are gentle, whole-food supplements that support the optimal performance of the body’s natural detox pathways.

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Spanish Black Radish is known for promoting the body’s natural toxin elimination pathways and supporting digestion by assisting the liver and gallbladder. A healthy liver can effectively manage toxins and help decrease symptoms of lung congestion and mucus. Research studies have shown the benefits of Spanish Black Radish supplements in supporting detoxification.

On the other hand, Fen-Gre contains fenugreek, which is often mistakenly associated only with breastfeeding. However, fenugreek or Fen-Gre by Standard Process is valuable in assisting mucosal secretions and phlegm in the body, while also providing digestion support. It can be highly beneficial for individuals with chest congestion as it supports healthy phlegm in the lungs and bronchial tubes.

To maximize the effectiveness of these supplements, also increase your water intake. Since mucus is composed of salt and water, we recommend adding a pinch of Selena’s Naturally, Unrefined Celtic Salt to your water along with a drop of liquid iodine to improve the viscosity of your mucous membranes. A research study on gargling saltwater has shown its effectiveness in preventing upper respiratory tract infections among healthy individuals. Increasing water intake, specifically water and not caffeinated tea or coffee, helps with proper hydration and supports the performance of Spanish Black Radish and Fen-Gre in clearing up mucus and phlegm.

If you’re looking for assistance in obtaining and taking these supplements for sinus congestion, we encourage you to contact our office and schedule an appointment. Our team can provide you with personalized nutritional guidance to help your body perform at its best and alleviate symptoms of mucus and chest congestion.

By embracing natural sinus decongestants and supporting our body’s natural detox mechanisms, we can overcome the discomfort of mucus and chest congestion without relying on over-the-counter medications. Take control of your health and experience the relief and freedom that comes with a natural approach to sinus and chest congestion.


Ketosis is the Basis of Detoxification and GAPS Diet

Ketosis is the Basis of Detoxification and GAPS Diet

This article is about detoxification and the GAPS diet, which stands for Gut and Psychology Syndrome Diet.

I’m referencing a book written in 2004 about it, by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. Right on the cover it says the GAPS diet is designed for and helps with central nervous system disorders including autism, ADD, ADHD, dyslexia (numbers and letters get crossed when you look at them), dyspraxia (gross motor skills are altered), depression, and schizophrenia.




Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride

To give you some background, Dr. Campbell-McBride neurology doctor with an autistic son. She discovered a particular diet and altered it a bit to create this diet, the Gut and Psychology Syndrome Diet, and it has helped many families to improve the lives of those living with autism

For example, there was a woman who gave a lecture five or six years ago that I attended, and she had done pre and post testing of mercury in an autistic kid. There was a lot of mercury in the body to start, then they did the GAPS diet for a year. After that year, the autism was pretty well, resolved, and the testing showed that the mercury was gone. The child didn’t take any detoxification pills or take part in any treatment during that time other than the diet. This datum took me by surprise that day at the seminar—I’ve never forgotten it. How did that detoxification occur without any pills? What mechanism was at work to make that happen? Well here’s what I’ve since figured out:

I’ve evaluated the GAPS diet using an app called Cronometer, which is my favorite app, perfect to input your food and drinks to calculate grams of fat, protein, and carbohydrates. The diet is very healing and sometimes ketogenic. That’s the key. The GAPS diet is unintentionally ketogenic, and I can imagine when somebody’s doing it, he or she may be in ketosis at least once a week for a few hours accidentally, at the very minimum. If they’re doing the diet hard core, they’re probably in ketosis multiple times a week. [More on calculating your macros]

Ketosis is the basis of detoxification; it is when the body’s using fat as fuel, so fat cells in the body get smaller. When the fat cells get smaller, they push out toxins, which are stored in fat cells in your viscera, your abdomen, your brain, etc. Know this: your central nervous system is nearly all fat.

I had a patient a long time ago who lived in an old house. In the part of Michigan where she was, there’s a lot of arsenic in the ground. The basement had a dirt floor instead of having a concrete floor and she had an acute arsenic poisoning situation from her basement in this old house. Originally, she was a very thin, small woman. From the arsenic poisoning, she gained five pounds within a few days, and the reason for it was her body was trying to create a location to store the arsenic—it put it in her fat cells! I met a doctor back in the ’90s who was a holistic cardiologist. He did what’s called Chelation therapy on his patients. Chelation means “to grab,” or “to bind.” It acts like a claw: basically, these nutrients or medications will grab on to toxins and pull them out of the body. It may take four or six months to do one round of Chelation therapy. He would do testing of heavy metals before and after Chelation therapy, and the levels would drop, then the patient would leave. The problem was that five or six years later, he would retest his patients and their metals would be back up again in their body, and he says to me, “It seems like they need to get detoxified every five years,” and we didn’t know why that was. Well, now I know why: in the years following the treatment, those people weren’t ever getting into ketosis.

After twenty years of clinical experience and trying to solve this puzzle known as chronic disease, here’s my statement: Ketosis is the basis of detoxification.

Everybody should be burning fat at least sometimes.

Now if you want to burn fat five days a week, that’s your choice. It depends on your goals and your state of health. You might want to do it five days a month, you might want to do it five days a year. But you got to do it sometimes. It kills cancer cells, it helps reverse diabetes, it prevents heart problems, etc., etc. I have videos on this.

Now you can be thin and, without ketosis, become more and more toxic because you’re only burning sugar. In a sugar-burning state, the fat sits in your fat cells and so do the toxins, and the toxins accumulate over time. Once you get into ketosis, not necessarily for weight loss, but just for health and prevention of disease and to kill cancer cells, etc., in someone who doesn’t need to lose weight, those fat cells will stay the same size, but you’re consuming new, clean fat to replace the old, toxic fat. The healthy fat comes in, the unhealthy fat and the toxins go out. In summary, regardless of weight, you want to get in ketosis for the detoxification benefits.

If you’ve ever tried ketosis, you may have experienced what’s called the keto flu. It’s my idea that the keto flu happens as a result of detoxification. When starting ketosis, suddenly the liver and the kidneys and the lymphatic system have to deal with all these toxins as your body mobilizes the fat, shrinks the fat cells, and pushes toxins to be removed from the body, and if those organs aren’t ready, then you’ll feel bad. You might have a funky rash appearing on the skin, weird breath, or cloudy brain operation. Consuming 2 teaspoons of Celtic sea salt per day could prevent this.

There are other people online who say that the keto flu is not from toxicity, rather that it could be from a deficiency of a polysaccharide called mucin. Mucin, or mucus, is the moisture of the nasal passages, the moisture of the skin. I can see this being true. If you have a mucin deficiency in ketosis, it means you need to eat more vegetables. You’ll want to eat them in a short window of time, like four hours in a day. Load up on the vegetables because they’re filled with what’s called “structured water,” which is ten percent denser than regular water. The structured water can replenish the dryness caused by deficiency of vegetables.

The GAPS Diet is a Ketogenic Diet

Getting back to the GAPS diet: the point is that it’s ketogenic, which makes a lot of sense, given the other health problems ketosis has been known to help with and get rid of. The GAPS diet also has a lot going for it in terms of promoting a healthy gut, hence the name “Gut and Psychology Syndrome.” The diet includes fermented vegetables, which are probiotics and help your microbiome, aka the living organisms in your gut. Another component of the diet is putting animal parts like bones, muscle, ligaments, joints, etc. in water, boiling them, and then drinking the water or using it as a soup. The minerals are leached from the bones and into the water in the boiling process, the proteins breaking down. In this way, the diet is very healing for collagen tissue, or connective tissue, along with ligaments, tendons, muscles, and bones. Because our small intestines are all muscular and connective tissue, when you’re healing the muscular and connective tissue of the gut, you’re healing the microbiome. Additionally, GAPS is ketogenic, which means that there’s so little sugar in the body that inflammation is reduced tremendously in the gut. (This is a huge problem for a lot of kids, whether their diagnosis is autism, ADD or what. Inflammation of the gut from sugar, processed food, garbage food, grains, wheat, etc.… it’s a big problem).

So there’s reduction of inflammation, probiotics, and collagen healing. Now THAT combination will make a healthy gut! With a healthy gut, the membranes of the small intestine and the large intestine become smart. The intestines have to take waste from the body and bring it into the intestines to excrete it out, and then take nutrients from within the intestines and push it into the body. The intestines don’t just digest food, they detoxify the entire body. When you have a healthy gut, you’re detoxifying.

Thanks for reading! If you have any experience with ketosis as detoxification or the GAPS diet, please share that with us. I’ll learn from your statements and I appreciate this team effort. We’re trying to figure out chronic disease.

Why am I having this symptom now? My bucket analogy for you.

Why am I having this symptom now? My bucket analogy for you.

How does a symptom appear?

The explanation I give to my patients about why they are having illness symptoms frequently involves a bucket analogy. At times a symptom can be traced back to a very specific event or toxic exposure or illness or stress that starts a downward spiral. If you think about when a symptom started you may be able to determine this for yourself. But, often, toxic exposure, viral, bacterial, fungal, and parasitic illness will build up over time and then in combination be the source of the problem and the cause of chronic illness.

That is the reason for my bucket analogy.symptoms-organs

Your organs of elimination are like a bucket. Your liver/gall bladder, bowel, kidneys, bladder, and skin all work together to remove the stressors from your body. Toxins and immune challenges go in and should be emptied out in an efficient fashion. However, excess carbohydrate consumption (white refined sugar especially), stress, and high toxic exposure can all make these organs of elimination work less efficiently. This makes the bucket fill faster than it is emptying. As you come in contact with new chemicals, metals, and immune challenges the bucket keeps filling. If you are not actively encouraging the drainage of these pathways the problem keeps building. You may or may not have symptoms during this time.

At some point, the bucket is very close to overflowing. This is when random exposures to even small amounts of something toxic to your body will push you over the edge. A walk into a store that sprays perfume on everything will start a sneezing attack. Foods (even healthy ones) could produce allergic or bowel reactions. Dental work (even a cleaning) causes a headache. These are examples of the bucket overflowing. The organs of elimination can’t handle more. So, the crisis is more dramatic.

Eventually, the bucket is constantly overflowing, causing the symptoms to be chronic and lasting for longer and longer periods of time.

Some Symptoms of the Overload on the Organs of Elimination are:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Swollen tonsils/lymph nodes
  • Joint pain
  • Constipation/diarrhea
  • Mood problems
  • Heart palpitations
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Allergies

The Solution: Empty the Bucket!

We have many ways of supporting these organs of elimination. We have several new supplements that have been very successful in supporting the liver, gallbladder, kidneys, bladder, and bowel and assisting with detoxification.Closeup of the Far Infrared Sauna by High Tech Health.

Ask your Practitioner what might be best for you. We now have a Far Infrared Sauna by High Tech Health in our office that can be used to help with moving toxins out of the body by sweating. Lymphatic massage or dry skin brushing, drinking an adequate amount of good quality water, keeping your bowels moving well, exercise, and eating healthy foods all help, too.

I hope this analogy helps you understand the why behind your symptom. I look forward to helping you on your path to diagnosing chronic symptoms and achieving better health.

Yours in health,
Kerry Cradit, B.S. Nutrition