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Oscillococcinum is a homeopathic remedy for colds. If you can take it at the first sign of sickness, you may be able to avoid a full-blown cold—or if it does develop, it won’t last as long. Zinc lozenges and Vitamin C powder are also helpful to have on hand before a cold takes root.
Fresh garlic is antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral. You can mix it in drinks if you’re not feeling good, or you can take the plunge and eat a whole clove. Garlic is good for blood pressure, and if you don’t want to eat it, garlic tablets are a perfect substitute—just be sure to get the odorless capsules.
Coconut oil is a good all-around natural remedy. You can use it for everything from dry hair to diaper rash to removing makeup. It also makes a great carrier for other essential oils and herbs. Eating a spoonful a day also gives you essential fatty acids.
Activated charcoal is the thing to take if you feel as if you have food poisoning or feel extra gas after a meal. Some swear by it as a hangover remedy.
Raw honey boosts immunity and is also antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral. You can put it on burns or use it for other skin issues. Eating local raw honey year-round will give you amino acids and may help reduce allergies.
Rubbing Arnica oil on injured muscles helps relieve pain and bruising. If you don’t want to use it topically, you can find it in pellet form.
Make a natural version of Vick’s Vapor Rub with eucalyptus essential oil and coconut oil.
Cayenne powder stops bleeding if applied topically and increases blood flow if taken internally.
Fresh ginger is good for upset tummies, sore throats, and colds. You can put it on food to maintain health or make a tea with it to soothe yourself when sick. Ginger capsules help stomach upset.
If you have questions about any of these natural remedies, contact us.
We’re going to go out on a limb and make a bold statement:
Only those with abnormally high cholesterol due to familial hypercholesterolemia need statin drugs. Everyone else is better off without them, even if cholesterol levels are “high.”
Statins have become a staple drug for far too many Americans over 40. They are an incredibly lucrative pharmaceutical for drug companies also, which should always be a red flag to you. Statins work by inhibiting the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase (HMGCR), which helps the liver create cholesterol. Supposedly, this lower cholesterol level reduces arterial plaque, which means lower rates of heart disease and death.
Sounds great, but it’s not true. We have seen very little evidence that higher cholesterol correlates to higher rates of heart disease. Cholesterol is not the villain—we need it for body functions and for cells, hormones, nerve endings… most parts of our body use it in one way or another. And our bodies make it if you don’t get enough in your diet. This is how our bodies are supposed to work, and statins interfere with that.
The Framingham Heart Study, which is a long-term heart-health research study, has yet to find a verified link between high cholesterol and mortality.
But we keep hearing how bad cholesterol is and how we all need to be on drugs for it. We’ve even heard talk about prescribing it to children. The cholesterol level at which statins are prescribed, 200 or greater, is an arbitrary number with no meaning in the real world.
So how harmful could these drugs be, anyway? Why are we against you taking them, apart from the fact that you don’t need them (which is enough reason on its own)? First, statins decrease the levels of CoQ10 in your body, which is an essential nutrient for heart health.
Second, the side effects of statins are staggering and should make you wary of taking them. Here is a partial list:
If you’re on additional medications, chances are at least one is to counteract a side effect of statins.
If you came to us and we determined that your cholesterol was indeed too high, the first thing we’ll do is dramatically reduce the sugar in your diet. Sugar is poison to your system, and high cholesterol is one of its effects.
At CNH, we understand the importance of checking more than just cholesterol. In fact, we will perform additional, crucial tests that are dependable indicators of cardiovascular risk, as well as create a plan for you.
Right now, you can start improving your health by using two key supplements:
These are great for maintaining healthy cholesterol, and they both contribute to the overall health of your body.
After we do our testing, if we give you anything to take, it will be a natural cholesterol-reducing supplement, with ingredients such as policosanol, guggulipid extract, green tea extract, or turmeric extract. These herbs have proven cholesterol-lowering ability. You will know exactly what you are taking and how it works in your system.
If you’re interested in doing your own research, try Googling “the case against statin drugs” for some interesting reading from a variety of sources.
If you’d like to learn more about healthy alternatives to statins, let us know.
Small children often get ear infections, and worried parents rush to the doctor for yet another round of antibiotics. Of course, this leads to antibiotic resistance, which means that your children are put on increasingly powerful drugs. Adults take far too many pills also, without paying attention to other remedies.
We have become dependent on antibiotics, and we are now dealing with antibiotic-resistant infections that kill—and it’s our own fault. Do not give your children antibiotics (or take them yourself) when there are other options. Antibiotics should be your last resort, not your first line of defense.
Ear infections can be treated with homeopathic remedies instead of drugs. Infections of the ear can have several causes. Allergies or tonsil swelling may block the Eustachian tubes, building up fluid in the inner ear. Fungus or bacteria can infect the outer ear, which causes “swimmer’s ear”. These two causes are fairly well known and common.
However, one more cause is virtually unknown. Ear infections are often related to a food allergy or sensitivity, so the first step in treatment is to identify the food culprit(s) through blood testing or an elimination diet. Any foods that may cause a reaction are removed from the diet for 2 weeks and then reintroduced separately and slowly to see what reactions may occur.
An often-overlooked part of ear infections is the gut, which is where most of the immune system is. If you or your child has had multiple rounds of antibiotics, you need to increase the levels of good bacteria in the digestive tract. Failing to do this can lead to even more ear infections as well as more food sensitivities, which causes more ear infections. A vicious cycle, indeed.
In addition to good quality, high potency probiotics like the HMF brand that we recommend, I would also suggest omega-3 essential fatty acids, Vitamin D (actually not a vitamin, but a very important hormone that is essential for proper immune function), and of course Juice Plus+.
Here at Carolinas Natural Health, we do an in-depth intake to understand symptoms and identify the correct remedy. We use homeopathy to treat the whole person, correcting or removing susceptibility and improving health, which means no more ear infections.
We offer several homeopathic remedies, depending on the nature and symptoms of the earache:
If you’d like to find out more about homeopathic ear infection remedies, contact us today for a consultation.
Many of us use herbs to help our health, but we don’t often think to give them to our children. They can benefit from them just as much as we can, and there are herbs that are specifically indicated for kids.
Our children are under more stress than we were, and in addition to the usual growing pains, they have challenges we didn’t. Online bullying, more competition in school and in sports, and the constant bombardment of electronics and technology equal stressed-out children. They don’t have the years of self-regulation and experience in stress reduction like we have, so they need our help.
Response to stress can impact a child or teen’s entire life, and herbal supplements help relieve stress. We endorse Gaia products, and here is a partial list of individual herbs we have found effective.
Catnip calms stress and helps the body get rid of infection by increasing perspiration. It also helps sour stomach.
Passionflower helps with troubled sleep and anxiety, especially in teens and young adults.
For children over the age of 3, valerian soothes nervous tension and relieves insomnia.
For the child whose attention wanders, lemon balm helps maintain focus and calmness.
If stress irritability is your child or teenager’s issue, try chamomile. It also soothes upset tummies.
The correct herb can make a tremendous difference in your child’s life, and they’re even more effective if you feel your child a good diet, with a nutritious breakfast and no caffeine. Children and teens drink Starbucks at a rate that horrifies me, frankly. They shouldn’t need it if they’re eating and sleeping properly and using herbs.
Here are a few specific brain boosters your child needs to get from diet or supplements. Aim to get them from food most days.
Omega-3 fatty acids: Fish, avocado, and nuts
Antioxidants: Fruit, nuts, and beans.
Protein: Organic eggs, poultry, beans, and fish.
Iron: Meats and spinach
Sugar is not a necessary part of your child’s diet. Neither is fast food.
Avoid these foods and ingredients as much as possible:
HFCS (high fructose corn syrup)
Artificial sweeteners, preservatives, coloring, and anything you cannot pronounce
Soda pop, fruit juice (too much sugar!)
Refined carbohydrates such as candies, cookies, white pasta, and white rice
Most foods in a box.
The closer to a food’s natural state, the better. Try eating real food for two weeks, along with giving your child the herb(s) that will help his or her specific issues. You’ll be amazed at the change!
For more on kids’ herbs and a balanced diet, contact our pediatrictian for a consultation.
Most of us grew up believing the traditional medical paradigm, which states that curing disease means suppressing symptoms. We take pills for everything we think is wrong with us, and we don’t like feeling bad any longer than we have to—even if letting our body fight the problem is better for us. We need to stop the madness and listen to our bodies instead of grabbing pills and other treatments we don’t need.
A fever is really your body’s way of dealing with illness or infection, and when we reduce it, we do ourselves a disservice. We need to allow the body to heal itself, and our role is to support it as much as we can. Homeopathy is a vital part of the healing puzzle.
What is a fever?
Fever occurs when the body temperature is elevated. Many of us learned in school that anything above 98.6 F is a fever, but normal body temperature ranges at least one degree above or below that. A body temperature above 100.4F signifies fever, and a doctor’s visit is warranted. (Anything between normal body temperature and 100.3 is a low-grade fever and not medically significant.)
When you have a fever, your immune system is trying to kill an invader (typically a virus, toxin, fungi, or bacteria) that cannot survive higher temperatures. This is why low-grade fevers should be allowed to run their course. Think of fever as one way your body protects you. It’s one symptom of illness, and one that is beneficial.
A fever is also your body’s way of getting you to slow down and rest so it can take care of you. Resting and sleeping allows the body to produce more white blood cells to take care of the invader. This is a good thing—if you try to reduce the fever, you disrupt the natural immune function, and the invader may not be completely killed off. Worse, when you short-circuit the immune system, you disable and weaken it.
We like to suggest the warming sock treatment at the first sign of getting sick. It works wonders for kids and adults, and involves no pills or potions.
Fever is one of the body’s most important and most effective ways of fighting infection. Instead of disrupting this natural function, homeopathy gives the body a better chance to heal. It works with the body instead of against it, using the law of similars. A disease can be cured by adding a substance that mimics the disease. When you come in to see us, we’ll do a thorough examination and determine which remedies will help your fever.
If you’d like to find out more about treating fever naturally, contact us today for a consultation.
We frequently hear about the importance of drinking plenty of water, and we couldn’t agree more. Most of us are guilty of not drinking enough, and often we don’t think to drink it or we don’t like it.
To determine how much water you need, take your weight and divide by two. That is the number of ounces you need every day. It may seem like a lot, but once you establish the water habit you’ll wonder how you got along without it. Here are a few tips to help you get there.
Drink water first thing.
Grab a large glass of water upon waking. We lose about 2% of our water through the night when we sleep, and at 5% dehydration, our brains start to shut down. It’s important to rehydrate and help to support our mental function, and a great way to do it is to start your morning with a tall glass of water.
Filter, filter, filter.
Many of us cannot stand our tap water. You don’t have to suffer with bad-tasting water (that probably has chemicals and minerals you don’t need), and you don’t have to buy it. Bottled water may not be better for you than filtered tap water. Buy a good filter and change it often. You can use a faucet unit, a whole-house filter, or a pitcher filter.
Add a little oomph.
Try something fun in your water, such as lemon, lime, or cranberry juice. A little squirt is all you need. Make sure there is no added sugar in your juice, and be sparing, as juice has a lot of sugar.
Drink water, not drinks that contain water.
Soda pop, sweet tea, coffee, and Kool-Aid are not what your body needs—water is. This may sound harsh, but it’s time to wean yourself off all of it and drink only water. It’s a process, but your body will love you for it. Drink only one cup of organic coffee in the morning, switch to unsweetened tea, and try seltzer or carbonated water with lemon and lime juice in place of cola or soda.
Make it easy to drink water.
Keep a bottle or glass next to you at all times so you’ll remember to drink. Take at least 8–10 swallows every time you get up from your desk or your phone rings. Play games with yourself to increase your water intake. However you can get yourself to drink more, do it.
Eat water-rich foods.
Fruits and veggies contain some water, and they count toward your daily needs. So do soups and salads. It’s not a tremendous amount of water, but it does help.
Use your imagination to drink more water and flavor it to your liking. The more you drink, the better, and we’d rather see you drinking more water, even if you have to add a little bit of juice to it, than not drinking it at all.
Water is a vital part of health. If you’re having trouble getting enough water, call us for a consultation.
And that the diversity of those microbes is as important as the number?
Research has shown that this microbiotic habitat plays an important role in everything from allergies to obesity. A recent study of almost 300 non-obese and obese Danish people indicated that the obese individuals had intestinal flora with a low bacterial richness (diversity of type). In addition to obesity, this low bacterial diversity correlated with high level of insulin resistance and system-wide inflammation, both markers of long-term obesity.
The study abstract can be found here: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v500/n7464/full/nature12506.html
A separate study found that pregnant women who took probiotics (dietary supplements that help maintain intestinal bacteria) during pregnancy had babies who were less likely to experience allergies at a young age.
Plenty of good bugs in our bellies usually mean plenty of good bugs in other areas of our body. The vagina, for example, must have the right number of beneficial bacteria to avoid bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections. Taking probiotics helps keep the number of good bacteria high throughout the body.
So what does this mean for you—how can you ensure high bacterial richness?
It’s as simple as taking probiotics daily and avoiding actions that reduce good intestinal flora. We have over 100 different bacterial species in our bellies. These bacteria help us digest food and assimilate nutrients, so it makes sense that the higher the number (and diversity) of bacteria, the better our digestion will be.
Here’s what to do and what not to do to improve your bacteria:
Take a high-quality probiotic supplement daily.
Find a good probiotic, and then be diligent about taking it—especially during and after antibiotic use. We offer HMF Forte Probiotics, but any good supplement will work. Use the HMF Forte label as a guide to the most effective dosages of each bacterium.
Use antibiotics only when absolutely necessary.
We cannot stress “only when absolutely necessary” enough. We take entirely too many antibiotics, and it’s killing our bellies. Antibiotics kill not only the bad guys (bacteria) but also the good guys.
Antibiotics are to be used only in the case of bacterial infection that cannot be treated any other way. We can help you treat many infections without resorting to antibiotics. Those drugs were never meant to be the first line of treatment.
Do not douche.
It’s completely unnecessary, and it’s killing your levels of good bacteria. The vagina is self-cleansing, and douching washes out all the bacteria, including the good guys. If you feel that there is an issue with odor, see your gynecologist.
Keep in mind that the media portrays the vagina as a place that needs constant care and cleansing—not true. You can wash the vulva with plain soap and water, but you do not need to rinse or clean the vagina
Bottom line: good health begins in the gut. Probiotics help you normalize the numbers and diversity of your belly bugs.
If you’d like to find out more about keeping your gut bacteria levels high, contact us today for a consultation.
We rely on each other. Many people look to others to provide for them in every area of life, and health care is no different. Patients put all their faith in their doctors and don’t assume responsibility for themselves. Doctors are amazingly dedicated people, and we don’t want to appear to belittle them—far from it. We want you to work with your doctor as an informed partner in your own health care, instead of a passive participant.
Take responsibility for your own health. Decide how you want to live your life, educate yourself, and then execute your plan.
Learn how to research.
Google is always a good place to start. Think about what you’d like your ideal health to look like. Would you like to be 10 pounds thinner? Google that and see what comes up. This is where you’ll need to be a bit of a detective, as health (especially weight loss) is a big moneymaker. You’ll find all kinds of frauds and questionable products, so look for websites having to do with naturopathy, homeopathy, etc. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to call us.
Open your mind, and read all you can.
If you have a chronic condition such as diabetes, or if you wish to prevent illness, you’ll want to read as much as you can about it. Don’t be afraid to broaden your horizons and consider treatment options you had previously not known about or overlooked. For example, cinnamon has been found to be effective for type II diabetes. Perhaps it would help you too.
David Katz, M.D. has written a powerful series on taking responsibility for your health, and we highly recommend it. He discusses empowerment and how difficult it can be to take and accept your own power. But you do have it, and we’re here to help you. You can change your health and feel better and more alive. His series is well written and can be a great motivator.
We’re not telling you that your doctor isn’t good—please don’t misunderstand. But when you take responsibility for your own health, you’re not afraid to ask questions. Remember, the traditional (Western) health care model treats localized symptoms, not the whole person, and it focuses on treatment, not prevention. It’s disease care, not healthcare.
You’re looking at yourself holistically, and you need to do what is best for the “whole you,” not just the problem you’re experiencing right now. If your doctor wants to put you on antibiotics, for example, ask why. Find out if other options exist to treat the issue. You may decide antibiotics are not what you want or need.
If you’d like to learn how to empower yourself and take responsibility for your own health, call us today at 704.708.4404 to schedule your initial consultation.
Most of us know we need to detox or cleanse our systems, but we’re afraid to use a commercial product because we don’t know how it will affect us… and we’re also worried that we’ll need to be near a bathroom at all times.
The good news is that you can detox without having to purchase an expensive product you know nothing about.
The benefits of detoxification range from person to person, but you can expect to experience increased energy, better sleep, less pain, mental clarity, weight loss, and improved digestion with less gas and bloating. We have some ideas for a gentle, effective cleanse that are easy to do and won’t drastically alter how you live your life. Try this protocol for two weeks and see how you feel.
Increase your water intake.
For some, a good cleanse starts with lubricating the body by drinking more water. If you aren’t drinking enough right now, begin slowly. Try drinking an extra glass when you get up, at midmorning, an hour after lunch, and an hour after dinner (unless you eat fewer than four hours before you go to bed).
You will be going to the bathroom more often when you begin drinking more water, but you’ll feel more alive and refreshed.
Eat more veggies and fruits.
Buy a variety of fruits and vegetables, and then eat them throughout the day. Add Juice Plus + for even more nutrients. These foods will give you plenty of antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber.
Avoid sugar and grains.
You’ll be amazed at how good you look and feel when you stop eating sugar, wheat pasta, chips, crackers, and the like. If you want bread and pasta, go to the health food store and try rice pasta or spelt bread. Better yet, use spaghetti squash for pasta and leave the bread completely alone for the two weeks.
Minimize red meat.
Eat more fish and poultry during your cleanse. Emphasize fruits and vegetables, and bake or poach any meat instead of frying it.
Cut out caffeine and alcohol.
Both are toxic to your body, and eliminating them for two weeks will give your liver a chance to heal. If you need help cutting them out, call us.
At Carolinas Natural Health Center, we offer traditional detox, along with detox massage and facials. If you are interested in what detox program may work best for you, call for more information at 704-708-4404, and ask for a free consultation. You will be thrilled with how much a simple detox program can change your life.
Celebrate Naturopathic Medicine Week this week and visit your favorite naturopath. This is our first established week to celebrate naturopathic medicine, and we’d love to see you in the office!
While we’re talking about naturopathy, one of the best ways we can help you at this time of year is by helping you avoid the flu or reduce its severity if you happen to catch it. Flu season is upon us, but if you follow these tips and our flu protocol, you’ll successfully navigate the next few months.
There’s incredible hysteria about the flu every year, and this persuades millions of people to rush out and get a flu shot. Others are required to have it in order to keep their jobs, especially healthcare workers.
When it comes to colds and flu, we need to simply focus on taking care of ourselves. By creating a healthy environment within and outside of us, we lower our susceptibility of getting a cold or the flu. We focus too much on the bug itself instead of on what we can do to create a healthy individual. Too many people will get a flu shot and then feel that they are protected, but flu shots don’t guarantee protection or improve your health!
Instead, I recommend a few things to my patients to stay healthy from all the bugs out there, including the flu:
Wash your hands correctly and often!
If you do nothing but wash your hands as often as possible, you’ll avoid colds and flu. Here’s how to correctly wash your hands in five easy steps:
If washing your hands isn’t possible, use an alcohol-based hand gel to kill germs. Follow the directions on the bottle. Wash your hands when you get home from being in public, and always wash before you eat.
Stress reduces your ability to fight colds and flu. If you’re a worrier, you can literally make yourself sick. Find ways to reduce your stress and replace anxiety with calm.
Nourish your body well.
Fill up on fruits and vegetables, which contain powerful antioxidants that can help keep up your defenses. This is by far the most important thing you can do to improve your health and immune system.
Get your zzz’s.
Sleep helps strengthen the body’s defenses. While you sleep, you produce melatonin, which may be responsible for some of the immune-boosting effects of sleep.
Get plenty of Vitamin D, Vitamin D, and…Vitamin D.
And I’ll say it again—I can’t stress enough the need for Vitamin D. Almost every single person needs a supplement; your daily vitamin is not providing adequate levels and our innate immune system (which is your first line of defense against viruses) won’t work without sufficient levels of Vitamin D.
Pop the probiotics.
You know the term—you see it in all types of new products at the grocery store. Activia is one example. They’re supposed to help keep you regular. And while these products are good, the levels of probiotics within are not high enough. Get adequate amounts through a supplement/pill formula to maintain normal, healthy gut flora. Most of your immune system is in your digestive system, which is why you need to help keep it regulated!
Swap out sweets.
Studies indicate that eating sugar and refined carbohydrates can drastically reduce and slow the activity of neutrophils, which account for half to two-thirds of white blood cells, the first responders to infection. Dump the sugar, refined carbohydrates, and white foods (bread, pasta, rice). Your local health food store has plenty of alternatives that are healthier and taste delicious.
What I most want to stress is that you don’t need to get a flu shot.
If you choose to get one, ask for a list of ingredients. You’ll likely be surprised to see the list, which includes Thimerosal (a mercury derivative that has been associated with an increase in autism), immune stimulants, preservatives, etc. Make an informed decision whether these are ingredients you want to put in your body or the bodies of your family.
In 1976, when the last outbreak of the Swine Flu was looming, more people died from getting the vaccine than did from the flu. It is my belief that no child, pregnant woman or even an elderly person should get the swine flu shot; there is has not been sufficient safety testing to justify it! And it most definitely does not guarantee protection.