Stress, Allergies, and Weakness Help

Stress, Allergies, and Weakness Help

Having a routine helps us manage our response to daily stress. Here are 3 stress management supplements to help you support healthy stress responses in the body.

Natural Calm Magnesium Powder

Magnesium is essential in many functions in the body. Magnesium helps the body produce GABA, a neurotransmitter that is inhibitory and helps us with the functions of rest and sleep. When studied 68% of Americans lack adequate daily dietary magnesium. Natural Calm is a tasty way to boost your daily magnesium levels and promote healthy sleep functions. I drink 1 teaspoon in water before bed nightly! (1)

Drenamin by Standard Process

If you feel physically weak and less productive due to stress, Drenamin for anxiety may be exactly what you need. Drenamin delivers whole-food adrenal support and B vitamins to the body to support a healthy stress response. When studied, B vitamins have been proven to help manage work-related stress. This study showed a reduction of personal strain and reduction in depressed mood within 90 days of supplementing with B vitamins. (2)

Cal-Amo by Standard Process

If you experience symptoms like allergies and asthma that get worse with stress, Cal-Amo is a wonderfully helpful supplement. Cal-Amo does the job of balancing the pH in the body. Have you ever known someone who had an allergy or asthma attack who felt better with an acidic food like coffee or cola? Exactly! It helps correct an overly alkaline pH, and so does Cal-Amo. Cal-Amo also supports the utilization of minerals and supports the adrenal glands as well. Other symptomatic improvements noted when taking Cal-Amo are reduction in joint stiffness and reduced acid reflux! (3)

If you need supplemental support for your stress response, please call our office today! Your practitioner will help determine which of these whole food stress management supplements is the best fit for you! If you would like to order one or more of these stress relief supplements, go HERE.

Yours in health and longevity, 
Kristen R. Clore, BS, MOT, OTRL, C.W.C.
I-MD, Ph.D. student in Integrative Medicine & Quantum Physics
Holistic Occupational Therapist, Nutrition Response Practitioner®

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Sources & References

  1. The Effects of Magnesium Supplementation on Subjective Anxiety and Stress—A Systematic Review, NCBI
  2. Reducing occupational stress with a B-vitamin focussed intervention: a randomized clinical trial: study protocol, NCBI
  3. Insight Into the Relationship Between Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease and Asthma, NCBI

Fend Off Viruses With Anti-Viral Foods And Supplements

Fend Off Viruses With Anti-Viral Foods And Supplements

Feed a Cold, Starve a Fever?

I remember when I was young hearing the phrase “feed a cold, starve a fever”. But, what does that really mean? The definition of starve is: 1 : to kill with hunger; 2: to deprive of nourishment. This does not seem like the best idea. What IS a good idea is to eat healthy foods to avoid viruses (and other immune challenges, too.)

Having a low appetite can be common when you are ill because your digestion slows down when the immune system is working hard. So, if you aren’t hungry, forcing yourself to eat is not necessary. However, drinking adequate fluid is (especially if a person has a fever).

Research is being done with lower carbohydrate diets and illness, and one such study indicates that a ketogenic diet can help with immune system function. (1) This means that eating a diet that focuses on healthy fats, adequate protein, and fewer grains and sugar could be beneficial to your immune health.

Here Are Foods To Avoid:

These foods are higher in an amino acid arginine which can perpetuate viral load (whereas lysine could suppress viral load). (2)

NUTS:
Almonds and Almond Butter, Pecans, Walnuts, Peanuts and Peanut Butter, Cashews, Pistachios, Hazelnuts, Macadamia Nuts, Brazil Nuts

OTHER:
Oatmeal, Pasteurized Dairy products, Sunflower seeds,  Chocolate, Corn, Sesame Seeds, Onions, Brown Rice, Soybeans, Whole Wheat, and Millet.

White refined sugar should be avoided because it is inflammatory and depletes your B vitamins and minerals (which are essential for your immune system).

I did an anti-viral elimination diet and avoided all the foods in the previous paragraph for 3 weeks. With slow reintroduction, I learned what each specific foods did to my body. Almonds caused an upset stomach. Peanuts or peanut butter created cold sores. Oatmeal caused a headache. Now I know what to avoid for myself. You can discover this, too.

Foods Strengthen Your Immune System:

The following anti-viral foods and herbs can generally strengthen your immune system. Most of these have high Vitamin A, B Vitamins, Vitamin C, and mineral content. 

Mushrooms (i.e. shiitake, reishi, turkey tail, maitake) Garlic Pomegranate Seeds
Green Tea Broccoli Unsweetened Juice
Nutritional Yeast (3) Beef Broth Ginger
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Good Sources Rich in Lysine:

Red Meat Pork Poultry Raw Milk Parmesan Chesse
Fish Eggs Spirulina

Recommended Anti-Viral Supplements to Support Your Immune System:

  • Vitamin C – Vitamin C is good for tissue healing and the immune system. (4)
  • Zinc – Zinc is immune supportive, has anti-viral properties, promotes tissue healing, and can help with blood sugar and hormone balance. (5)
  • Vitamin D – Vitamin D helps with mineral absorption, resistance to illness and normal immune function, bone, brain, and heart health. (6)
  • Iodine – Iodine is an essential mineral for every cell in the body and the thyroid gland in particular and iodine may boost the immune system. (7)

Other Tools You Can Use:

  • Sauna – Use of a sauna can help with detox pathways, decrease inflammation, boost the immune system, and increase resistance. (8)
  • Nebulizer – Using a nebulizer with a supplement called BioMolecular Oxygen from CellCore Biosciences can help with oxygenation of the cells and tissue healing.

I look forward to helping you build a stronger body, stronger immune system, and live a healthier life.

Be well,
Kerry Cradit, B.S. Nutrition and Food Science

 

The Healing and Immune Boosting Power of Bone Broth

The Healing and Immune Boosting Power of Bone Broth

A healthy habit that supports your immune system is regular consumption of bone broth.

Almost every culture has made use of bones in cooking to get the nutritional benefits as well as to make the most out of precious resources.

Here are some of the health benefits of bone broth for immunity:

  • Rich in easy to absorb minerals
  • Contains healing factors for the lining of the gut (helps to heal leaky gut)
  • Supports healthy hair, skin, and nails 
  • Supports healthy joints
  • Supports skin elasticity 
  • Naturally boosts the immune system 
  • Contains minerals, amino acids, collagen, gelatin, good fat
  • Supports bone health
  • Helps with detoxification

During these challenging times of living during a pandemic, it is more important than ever to access as many of the health and immune system benefits available to you as possible. Bone broth is one of the cheapest of those precious resources available to you and has the added benefit of being food as well as medicine.

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Now, you likely have more time than ever to cook so break out your pressure cooker, crockpot or stockpot and try it out. Sure, you can buy bone broth in the store, but it’s going to be missing the fat and gel that make it so good for you. Not to mention that it is quite expensive to buy when you can make it at home easily with scraps! Making your own bone broth is good for your health and your budget.

Dr. Amanda’s Simple Instant Pot Bone Broth

Ingredients:

  • Organic bones
  • Purified water
  • Apple cider vinegar 
  • Vegetables (optional)
  • Spices (optional)

Instructions:

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  • Add bones to instant pot up to almost 3/4 the way with some gaps between bones. (I used organic grass-fed beef bones)
  • Add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.  
  • Add water up to the max fill line.
  • Let sit for 30 minutes to begin bone demineralization.
  • Add spices and vegetable scraps if you want. (I used 5 crushed cloves of garlic, some celery scraps, and pink Himalayan salt)
  • Close the lid to the pot and turned the valve to seal. I used the soup/broth and low-pressure settings for 120 minutes.
  • After it is done cooking, strain the broth into a pot then put it in mason jars. After it cools, put them in the refrigerator. After 12 hours the fat and gelatin will rise to the top.

You can store the bone broth in the refrigerator for 1 week. To store longer, freeze.

You can use a crock pot or stock pot, but will need to cook for at least 12 hours using those methods.

You can drink this broth plain or with butter and salt. You can also use this as the base for soups, gravies and for braising.  

Bone broth can be used for fasts. I have seen dramatic improvements using this type of fast for individuals with digestive issues as in addition to giving the digestive system a rest, it contains those gut healing factors. Bone broth is also a great complement to a keto or carnivore diet. Bone broth is the staple for the GAPS (gut and psychology syndrome) diet and can support a healthy mood and sleep.

I recommend consuming at least 1 cup per day for gut and immune benefits. With the current viral situation we are facing, I advise daily consumption over at least the next 3 months. 

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For more help on how to integrate bone broth into your nutrition plan and how to access mother nature’s medicine cabinet, contact the office to set up a phone visit.

Your Holistic Pharmacist,

Dr. Amanda Childress,
PharmD

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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?

Antibiotics:

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 are left behind are what have 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.

Diet:

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 a 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 many 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.

Infection:

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.”

Hippocrates

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 to attack your diet. The most basic steps to take are to eliminate all processed, chemicalized and refined foods from your diet.  A good rule of thumb is to shop primary 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 foods, 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.

Supplements:

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

Probiotics:

Almost all gut issues require a good 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. Prosynbiotic 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 know 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 to create an environment in the gut lining that can support a 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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Planning For The Cold And Flu Season

Planning For The Cold And Flu Season

This is the time of year where supporting your immune system is very important.

This year maybe even more important. As we move into cooler temperatures and less sun exposure, giving your body a nutritional boost is essential.

Preparing for the cold and flu season is very important. There are many types of viruses. They all behave similarly and have similar characteristics. Many things that help with one viral strain help with others, too. You could have a cold or flu or a more serious viral infection like meningitis, Epstein Barr (mononucleosis), chickenpox, shingles, or HIV, and still benefit from similar nutritional support. This article is not intended as a substitute for medical care, diagnosis, and/or treatment. Always seek the advice of your Medical Doctor for questions about a medical condition before you start learning how to prepare for flu season naturally.

Viruses spread in different ways, depending on the virus. Hepatitis C, a liver disease, is spread through body fluid. Influenza can be spread by coming in contact with the virus that has been left behind on an object or through the air. Immune challenges like bacteria divide to grow. Fungi grow in the body by spreading spores. But, viruses replicate differently once they are in the body. They attach to cells and then penetrate the cell. Then, these cells are unable to function normally.

Many viruses like the liver and replicate there. They can also get stuck there as the body is going through normal detox and healing processes. Viruses also impact nerve lines. This is why people often have headaches when they have a virus. The pain with shingles is because the nerve is inflamed by the virus.

During the flu season and if you have a history of viruses keep your immune system strong with the following tools and vitamins for your immune system:

  • Keep your cells healthy with a whole food vitamin C supplement like Cyruta Plus or Cataplex C. If you keep the cell wall strong viruses can’t penetrate as easily.
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  • Echinacea Premium is an excellent support product for the immune system. Kerry Bone, the manufacturer of it says: “it is like putting glasses on the immune system so it can work better.
  • Calcium Lactate helps with fever and helps mobilize white blood cells to better fight off illness.
  • Vitamin D helps the immune system and is good for the bones. It can also help circulation, brain, and helps with calcium absorption. Fall and winter (times when sun exposure is less) are a good time to consider Vitamin D supplementation.
  • L-Lysine can help suppress viral expression and also help with tissue healing.
  • Zinc supports a healthy immune system function.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Some foods can flare viral load. The foods that are common triggers are high arginine foods: nuts and seeds, nut butter, brown rice, corn, sesame seeds, brussel sprouts, oats, and onions. Avoiding these foods if you suspect a virus can help your immune system recover faster.

I hope some of these natural virus relief ideas help you on your path to wellness!

Yours in health,
Kerry Cradit, B.S. Nutrition and Food Science

Addressing Alzheimer’s Effectively with Nutrition

Addressing Alzheimer’s Effectively with Nutrition

Alzheimer’s without a solution is scary—with this article I wish for you to understand that there is hope.

I had a patient with bad Alzheimer’s, bad enough that he would get lost going to the mailbox. He was living in an Alzheimer’s care center and his sister started bringing him to my office. He’d been a marathon runner and loved to run, and eventually, under my care, he got to the point where he was able to run a mile loop in the neighborhood around the care center! It wasn’t just me or the family seeing the improvement: one of the caregivers was in tears one day saying, “If only we had known Dr. Schmidt, maybe my husband would still be alive today.”

With this patient, we discovered three reasons he had developed Alzheimer’s:

  1. His body had very little fat from running marathons
  2. He was on a low-fat diet
  3. He was on cholesterol-lowering drugs

These are all fat-deficiency causing practices.

The thing is, the body needs fat.

The brain and nervous system are made out of it!

All hormones are made out of fat.

The low-fat diet craze and the cholesterol-lowering drugs are missing the mark. He partook in those low-fat activities for 20 years and that’s how he got Alzheimer’s.

How does one maintain brain health with the attempt of reversing Alzheimer’s? We’ve outlined the correlation between Alzheimer’s Disease and nutrition.

Here Are The Five Steps:

1. Leaky Gut Repair

If your gut isn’t functioning optimally, the small intestine will let undigested food pass through its large (though microscopic) holes and into the body. Your immune system will see those large, undigested proteins as a foreign invader, and will start to attack. If those undigested proteins look like your brain, after a while, your immune system will start to attack your brain. If those large undigested proteins look like your joints, after a while, the immune system will start to attack your joints. And on and on it goes. Therefore, you want to repair the gut so that instead of large, undigested proteins moving into the body, you have small, very digested proteins.

2. Lots of Good Fats

Fish oil in capsules falls into this category, but better sources are fat from red meat, pork, chicken skin, chicken, eggs (eat the yolks!), butter, ghee, lard, tallow, suet. These are foods that used to be in our food supply but have been taken out systematically by conventional dietetics. The point: there are good fats and there are bad fats. The bad fats are man-made, including corn oil, safflower oil, margarine, Crisco; these are not found in Mother Nature and our bodies don’t know what to do with them. Go with the fats that you find in nature. For example, you could, hypothetically, go out, kill an animal, and eat the fat just like that. Our ancestors were hands-on in that way, and many other cultures around the world still are. You can’t, however, go out and press the seeds of the canola plant and get a cup of it and drink it—you would first need a factory and numerous chemicals to extract the oil, via many unnatural processes, before you could consume it.

I currently have an Alzheimer’s patient who has been eating high fat Keto for 3 years. She is maintaining.

3. Open Up the Arteries

How do we do this? At the office we use Cyruta. Cyruta is a supplement made by Standard Process, and it clears out the arteries.

The patient I mentioned above came into the office one day, and I told him to lay on his back on the table so I could do our testing procedure. He froze up. He stood there, looking back and forth—he didn’t know what to do. I had to help him by gently directing and pushing him down onto the table. During the visit, I found he needed cyruta. When his sister brought him back a month later, I said to him, “Lay on your back on the table,” and he went right down and laid on his back. He knew exactly where he was in space. He knew what to do based on what I had said. We’d opened up his arteries in four weeks and his brain was getting more nutrients that visit than it had been getting the month before.

4. Stop Sugar and White Junk

“Junk” meaning bread, pasta, and white rice. All the nutrients are taken out of those products when they’re processed. The sugar part of the equation is extremely important. I have a guy I know with early Alzheimer’s, and we struggled for about a year before I really got hard on him. I asked, “are you eating sugar?” And his wife said, “Well, he’ll only eat, like, a cookie a day.” And I said, “You’ve got to stop that sugar.” And I said, “Every time you come in here, I’m working for you 100%, and when you go home, you’re only working for yourself 90%. You have got to stop the cookie per day.” I know, it doesn’t seem like a lot, but once he stopped that cookie, things really started to improve. He was able to tackle puzzles and able to build a bookshelf. A year earlier he wouldn’t even start a project like that because his mind couldn’t get him through the whole process.

5. Brain Food

There are supplements that are specifically for the brain. Two examples are RNA, a nutritional supplement you’ll find at most health food stores, and Bacopa, an herb. There are many good brain supplements out there—you can find them online. These supplements are the last step for a reason, so once the first four steps are in progress and under control, the brain supplements start to work.

And I’ll say this: I have not known of a pharmaceutical drug that will reverse Alzheimer’s. There are claims that some drugs will stop the progression of the disease, but I don’t believe it. You have to do it the natural way. The body is made from Mother Nature, it’s not made from drugs. It’s made from stuff you find in the Earth, not the stuff you find at Merck or at Pfizer.

Know that it takes at least a year or two using this method to see significant changes. It’s best to catch it early if you can. I’ve seen patients with Late Stage Alzheimer’s—my sister used to work at a late-stage Alzheimer’s care center, and that’s where you’ll witness people who are curled up like a child, and there’s no communication. Get your brain healthy and your nervous system healthy before it gets to that point. However, even when it’s really bad, there’s still potential to reverse it. I want to encourage you to not give up and to not be afraid.

I hope you’ve learned something about the proper diet for Alzheimer’s that you can apply to help you or your family members. Contact us for more information on an Alzheimer’s prevention diet.

Dr. Darren Schmidt

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