Masks: Are There Benefits or Just a Comfort Prop? Let the Facts Speak

Initially I respected the call by my local Governor in Connecticut to protect our fellow citizens. Deep down I thought it was a little foolish to mandate masks, but love all people and thought I would wear one to help others feel safer. Then, I started digging a little further into the scientific literature. I have discovered that masks are neither safe nor effective. So, as schools prepare to create policies for children returning to school in the fall, we must keep these things in mind.

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Masks are Ineffective and Risky, So Stop Calling Us Selfish

In  Epidemics 2017, a meta-analysis concluded that masks had a non-significant protective effect. In the Annuals of Internal Medicine, April 2020, “neither surgical nor cotton masks effectively filtered SARS-CoV-2 during coughs by affected people.”

According to a  University of New South Wales, the widespread use of masks by healthcare workers may put them at increased risk of respiratory illness and viral infections, and their global use should be discouraged.

In the  British Medical Journal 2015, “Over three times, the risk of contracting influenza-like illness if a cloth mask is used versus no mask at all.” Contaminated masks and masks holding moisture and pathogen retention can increase the risk of infection.

A 2016 study in the  Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology found 97% of particles penetrated cloth masks, and 44% of particles penetrated medical masks. They reported that cloth masks are only marginally beneficial in protecting individuals from particles less than 2.5 micrometers. As referenced in the  New England Journal of Medicine, the size of Coronavirus particles varied between 0.06 micrometers and 0.14 micrometers.

Cloth and surgical masks do not have a fit test. When worn, gaps around the edges allow small particles to enter the respiratory system. Also, according to the May 2010 edition of  PLoS One, lack of eye protection was a primary risk factor of SARS-CoV transmission.

Wearing a mask for seven hours straight may not be safe. Carbon dioxide (CO2) rebreathing has been recognized as a concern in the  Ergonomics Journal. The CDC has also admitted that the CO2 slowly builds up in the mask over time. This build-up can cause a condition called Hypercapnia. Essentially, CO2 poisoning – can cause mild symptoms of drowsiness or a headache. More severe symptoms can cause shortness of breath and even death. On May 6th, 2020,  the New York Post reported the death of two boys dying within a week of each other while wearing a face mask during gym class.

In February, the CDC said they don’t recommend people use face masks. The World Health Organization also advised people to wear a mask only if they are displaying symptoms of Coronavirus or “taking care of a person with a suspected 2019-nCoV infection.”

There is zero scientific evidence that wearing a mask, especially for more extended periods, protects us. However, several studies found significant problems with wearing one. Side-effects range from headaches to increased airway resistance, carbon dioxide accumulation, hypoxia, to more severe complications.

In the Head and Neck Pain Journal, most healthcare workers develop de novo PPE?associated headaches or exacerbation of their pre?existing headache disorders.

When a person is infected with a respiratory virus, they will expel some of the virus with each breath. Wearing a mask creates a situation in which the individual continually breathes back in their viruses—breathing viruses back in raises the concentration of the virus in the lungs and nasal passages. It has been studied that those with a higher number of viral particles can develop a more severe illness. A recent study out of China published in the Lancet Journal reported a strong association between Covid19 disease severity and the amount of virus present in the nose.

The Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control Journal demonstrated, “Breathing through N95 mask materials have been shown to impede gaseous exchange and impose an additional workload on the metabolic system of pregnant healthcare workers. The benefits of using an N95 mask to prevent serious emerging infectious diseases should be weighed against potential respiratory consequences associated with extended N95 respirator usage.

Wearing a mask could put you at a greater risk of getting Covid19. Regular cloth or surgical masks, irritate the user, causing the user to touch their face with dirty hands more often. Also, the Coronavirus spreads in droplets, which most masks do not block. These masks can actually trap droplets inside, increasing risk instead of reducing it.

Masks also hamper oxygen intake; the body and the immune system require optimal levels of oxygen to feed cells and fight off illness, including Covid19. When studied, surgeons who wore surgical masks had a decrease in blood O2 saturation and an increase in pulse rates of the surgeons after the operations due to surgical mask usage.

According to the Journal of Biomedicines, our oxygen concentration is closely associated with cell survival and immune functioning, making one more susceptible to illness.

Masks can cause difficulty and labored breathing – even in a healthy individual. Blocking air even partially puts excess stress on thoracic muscles and the diaphragm, causing a person to feel out of breath. Wearing a mask can also make a person feel anxiety and panic. Claustrophobia and a feeling of suffocation must be acknowledged, especially among individuals who have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other mental health issues.

So, in summary, mask-wearing can be dangerous and is shown over and over again to be ineffective. It appears masks are more effective in helping to spread illness, by providing a surface for viruses to collect on, like carrying a petri dish in front of your face. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, if wearing a mask poses a mental or physical risk, there are exemptions. So please don’t mandate them to attend school, and please don’t teach the masses to hate and shame those that do not comply. This conditioning leads people to be more willing to follow irrational orders and do things without questioning authority, or logic, in the future. When there is a risk, there should always be a choice.


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Going Beyond Speech Therapy To Conquer Communication Disorders & Get Talking

Communication Disorders in the form of speech or language impairments are all too common. According to the National Institute on Communication Disorders, between six to eight million people in the United States have a language impairment. Nearly one in 12 children ages 3–17 have a disorder related to voice, speech, language, feeding, or swallowing. These issues can cause many social, as well as emotional problems for our children.

Speech Disorders Delays, and Other Issues

  • Articulation disorders
  • Apraxia (motor planning – can’t make certain sounds)
  • Stuttering
  • Dysarthria (slurred speech)
  • Communication & language deficits
  • Sensory processing issues
  • Feeding and swallowing issues
  • Echolalia (repetitive vocalizations)

Speech Therapy

Speech and Language Pathologists administer speech, language, oral-motor, and hearing evaluations. They also review medical history, and barium swallow results to diagnose and prepare treatment plans for various speech-related disorders. They use a variety of speech therapy modalities depending on diagnosis, and many therapists incorporate communication and social skill training in their practice.

Interestingly, many agencies and institutes for health will claim that these disorders are solely a neurological impairment with no apparent cause. Therefore, many doctors and therapists trained by these agencies only recognize speech therapy as the only viable treatment option. However, from personal and professional experience, I encourage all parents and practitioners to move away from conventional thinking. We must explore a more integrative approach to treating these conditions. When digging deeper, we recognize the importance of searching for and treating the many underlying causes of these conditions.

“Addressing root causes of speech and language disorders can decrease the amount of time a patient spends in therapy, greatly enhance the progress in traditional therapies and increase the success rate.” – Jennifer Giustra-Kozek, LPC, NCC

Beyond Speech Therapy

Tongue or Lip Tie – A tongue or lip-tie affects up to 11% of all newborns. According to the 2017 Cochrane review, and it is often overlooked. This condition restricts the range of motion in a baby’s tongue. It presents as a very short and thick band of tissue that tethers the bottom of the tongue’s tip to the roof of the mouth. A tongue-tie or lip-tie may interfere with breastfeeding, speech, eating, swallowing, and oral motor development of the jaw. Some of the risk factors for developing a tie in utero are often genetic. However, smoking and alcohol use, medication, chemicals, viral infections, methylation issues, and chronic stress may also cause it. A surgical procedure is sometimes required. However, some ties can be resolved with chiropractic manipulation, myofascial release, or exercises alone.

The Gut & The Microbiome – The state of our digestive system matters. There are trillions of microorganisms called microbes in our intestinal tract. These include bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses. In healthy individuals, these “bugs” coexist peacefully and help to regulate our immune system and play a key role in promoting our emotional and physical health. And more emerging evidence linking the gut microbiome to neurologic disorders, including sociability, speech, and language. So, increasing microbiome diversity with specific probiotic strains; and eating a diet free of pesticides, additives, and antibiotics that can disrupt and destroy our gut microbiome, can go a long way in preserving our health.

Clean Eating Matters – Soda, refined sugar, processed grains, artificial colors and sweeteners, food additives, and pesticides wreak havoc on our immune system and our health. These foods cause systemic inflammation throughout the body and can affect the brain as well. In 2017, the journal of Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience explored how processed western-style diets induce brain inflammation that can affect mood, memory, learning, and processing. Also, highly processed foods lack nutrition and are void of healthy fats, and nutrients the brain needs.

Nutritional Deficiencies and Language – In June 2019, the Behavioral Health Journal referenced many studies that demonstrated the link between dietary deficiencies and speech and language disorders.  Eating fish during pregnancy is associated with higher language and communication skills. Vitamin D improves symptoms of autism, including speech. Vitamin E improves speech apraxia in children. Diets lacking vitamin B1(thiamine) can result in persistent cognitive and motor deficits, including delayed language acquisition, language impairment, and dyslexia, poor coordination skills, and learning disabilities. A diet rich in minerals such as iron, potassium, iodine, magnesium, and zinc is also crucial for metabolic processes and brain health.

Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Neurological Disorders – Mitochondria are known as the powerhouses of energy factories of the body. They are vital to our survival as they generate energy in the form of fuel derived from the carbohydrates, fats, and proteins we eat. Mitochondrial dysfunction is a broad term describing the series of maladaptive cellular events due to disturbed mitochondrial function. This dysfunction is often caused by genetic mutations, such as the MTHFR. Or, it can be the result of drugs, infections, and other environmental toxic influences. It is believed to be the root of many diseases, as well as neurological damage. It can also lead to mitochondrial myopathy –  muscle weakness in the face, which can lead to swallowing difficulty and slurred speech. Children with mitochondrial disease can have many developmental issues, motor delays, speech problems, and learning disabilities. Some ways to support mitochondria are through a healthy diet rich in antioxidants, healthy fats, adequate-protein, glutathione, magnesium, selenium, and other nutrients. Keeping sugar levels optimal, getting sufficient sleep, eating a clean diet free of processed foods, and detoxing to remove toxic factors can help restore function as well.

Homeopathy – Many homeopathic remedies can be extremely helpful for children with speech and language impairments. Calamus is beneficial for speech impediments & stuttering. Calcarea carb is used for speech delay and speech apraxia. And, Agaricus Muscarius is recommended for slower learners, late walkers and talkersHelpful homeopathic cell salts for speech are Calc Phos and Natrum Mur.

Essential Oils – The left hemisphere of the brain mediates a variety of higher cortical functions essential for planning, language, speech, intellect, social interactions, reasoning, problem solving, behavior, attention, and movements. There can be a benefit of using certain essential oils to stimulate these areas of the brain through aromatherapy. The most popular oils for this purpose are Wild Orange, Litsea, Frankincense, Thyme, Clove, Cedarwood, Juniper, Bergamot, Lemon Grass, Niaoul, and Summer Savory. Oils can be applied lightly on the spine in a carrier oil like almond or avocado. It is essential that only high-quality organic oils are used, and remember it is never one size fits all. People with specific allergies to ragweed and other plants need to be more careful about having a similar reaction to oils.


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Behavioral Therapy Can’t Fix This: Getting to the Root of “ODD”

According to the Journal of Pediatric Health, 20% of all children and adolescents in the United States have a diagnosable mental illness. This number accounts for approximately 15 million children.  Canada has very similar statistics. Also, as reported by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry – at least half of those children with mental illness display conduct or oppositional defiant behaviors.

What Is Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)?

The DSM-5, the bible of psychiatry, categorizes ODD as emotional and behavioral symptoms that last at least six months. Anxious, angry, and irritable mood: Often and easily loses temper – a pattern of hostile, disobedient, and defiant behaviors directed at adults and other authority figures. Often argumentative, refusing rules, and vindictive. Particularly challenging are severe conduct problems such as aggression and impulsivity that can be harmful and destructive. As a result, parents are eager to find effective mental health treatments that can quickly stop children’s disruptive behaviors before they become chronic or escalate to violence.

Typically, parents are encouraged to get parent training and seek out help from behavioral therapists and psychiatrists to prescribe medication. Eight million kids from 6 months to 17 years are on pharma drugs in the United States, and most parents are unaware of the deadly risks. According to 2018 statistics, 1 in every 11 children aged 3 to 18 in both the United States and Canada are on at least one medication to treat emotional and behavioral problems. Sadly, even toddlers are prescribed dangerous antipsychotic medications including, Haldol, Abilify, Seroquel, Zyprexa, Geodon, and Risperdal. According to a New York Times Article, Risperdal is given to infants still in the crib when the child’s seizure medication causes violent behavior.  Moreover, young children are likely receiving multiple psychotropic drugs. “In one large-scale analysis, almost 80% of preschool children receiving antipsychotic medications also were prescribed other psychotropic medications to manage their symptoms.”

What’s The Harm of Medication?

  • Suppresses symptoms – never addressing the root cause.
  • Depletes vital brain nutrients from the body such as vitamin B and calcium
  • Studies suggest that early psychiatric medication use may later disrupt the development of brain cells in the hippocampus, region of the brain critical to memory, spatial navigation, & behavior.
  • Side effects (as noted on package inserts) range from a loss of appetite to worsening of symptoms, tics, seizures, depression to psychosis to death.

“A child with too much anxiety exhibiting OCD or ODD thoughts or behaviors often has too much-circulating dopamine already. Medication such as stimulants or some antidepressants aimed to reuptake dopamine can cause a child to go from anxious and angry to compulsive, paranoid, aggressive, and even violent in thoughts and behavior.” –  Dr. Kenneth A. Bock, MD

Moving Away from Psychiatry

Conventional medicine is incredibly powerful for dealing with a variety of ailments, ranging from a broken leg to a heart attack. When it comes to more nuanced disorders, however, Western doctors are trained by pharmaceutical companies virtually ignoring underlying causes, dietary influences, and natural remedies—even when the latter aren’t only cheaper and more effective, but sometimes the only good option.

The ODD & Processed Food Connection

  • Synthetic food flavoring and coloring made from petroleum, coal tar, and aluminum can cause many mental issues and behavioral disturbances.
  • Food preservatives like sodium benzoate, nitrates, and nitrites can cause increased hyperactivity and oppositional behavior. In a 1998 article, “How Additives Turn Your Little Angel into the Devil,” published in the Daily Record of Glasgow, Scotland, the author lists sodium nitrates as among the foods that can provoke many maladaptive behaviors in children.
  • Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) is a processed sodium salt used to enhance the flavor in food. It can overstimulate and damage neurons (nerve cells) in the hypothalamic region of the brain. Research points specifically to high levels of MSG in the brain as a contributing factor in hyperactivity, anxiety, and other mental health symptoms because it throws off the natural balance of GABA (calming amino acid) and glutamate and causes the drop of feel good neurotransmitters.
  • Artificial sweeteners such as aspartame are excitotoxins that can elevate the levels of phenylalanine and aspartic acid in the brain. Aspartame can inhibit the release of feel-good neurotransmitters in the brain. It can also boost cortisol levels and the number of free radicals, increasing oxidative stress, which leads to many neurobehavioral symptoms.
  • Processed sugar and blood sugar fluctuations as seen in hypoglycemia and diabetes, can lead to memory issues, aggression, hyperactivity, depression, and mood swings.
  • Synthetic Pesticides are neurotoxic chemicals that are causing many ill effects, and our main exposure is from conventual (non-organic) produce and processed foods. Researchers have confirmed a link between the exposure to heavy metal containing pesticides and attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity, impulsivity, and aggressive behavior.

Psychiatry is the only branch of medicine that never performs any laboratory testing before prescribing potentially dangerous medication.

Yet, doctors of naturopathic medicine along with functional medicine MD’s will run a full battery of tests to help determine the underlying root causes of the mood or behavior before coming up with a unique treatment plan. Some of the most popular tests they run are nutritional panels, fecal gut analysis, urine neurotransmitter testing, heavy metal testing, metabolic panels, and food sensitivity testing.

The Role of Vitamins, Minerals, and Omega Fatty-Acids in Psychiatry

Studies show that the brain is one of the greediest of organs and need many nutrients to work optimally. According to the Journal of Integrative Medicine Insights, ninety years of research demonstrate the relevance of dietary nutrients for mental health. It was observed that irritability and mood problems were more prevalent in people with nutritional deficiencies. Some of the essential nutrients for brain health are omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, and trace minerals such as magnesium, zinc, and others.

The Gut – Brain Connection

Our emotions are largely governed by the state of our digestive system – the house of our immune system. Our small intestines are considered our “second” brain. The enteric nervous system has more neurons than either the brain or spinal cord. And most do not recognize that ninety-five percent of the bodies feel-good neurotransmitter serotonin is found in the bowels. So, we are literally treating the wrong organ.

Leaky Gut Syndrome

When the bowels become permeable from medication, a poor diet, toxic substances, pesticides, and other assaults, food molecules enter the bloodstream and do not get absorbed. When this occurs, the body and the brain do not receive the nutrients they need. A leaky gut can lead to many mental health issues. A highly permeable gut wall allows passage of all sorts of antigenic proteins, toxins, and pathogens into the circulation, which are driving factors in the cognitive symptoms and abnormal behaviors. Also, food sensitivities can develop as the immune system attacks the food particles that have entered the bloodstream, thinking it is a foreign invader. The most common food sensitivities causing mood and behavioral issues are gluten, dairy, corn, nuts, eggs, and soy.

Food Sensitivities if left untreated, can disrupt healthy blood sugar levels, cause brain fog, and cause many psychiatric symptoms, including some that mimic ODD.

The Microbiome and The Mood

The human body hosts an enormous abundance and diversity of microbes, which perform a range of essential immune and metabolic functions. Microbiome diversity and healthiness has come into focus as a significant factor affecting mental health. In 2016, the authors of an article in the Journal of Molecular Psychiatry noted, “the gut microbiome can influence neural development, cognition, and behavior. Recent evidence suggests that changes in behavior alter gut microbiota composition, while modifications of the microbiome can induce depressive-like behaviors. In 2018, the PLoS Journal demonstrated that individuals with ADHD, impulsivity, anxiety, and alike had a reduced microbiome diversity compared to healthy controls. And, another study revealed that the gut microbiota has a direct effect on levels of neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, and dopamine.

Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders (PANS/PANDAS)

PANS/PANDAS should be ruled in/out when looking for root causes of psychiatric disturbances in both children and adults. Although many mainstream doctors don’t yet recognize this phenomenon, psychiatric disorders can be associated with untreated Streptococcal infections, Lyme Disease, mold exposure, Epstein Barr, and other illnesses. Typically, a person displays a rapid onset of psychiatric symptoms such as OCD, tics, angry outbursts, sensitivities to noise, developmental regression, handwriting regression, repetitive thoughts and behaviors, and defiance. Although it is believed that there are many “soft signs” leading up to a final flare, some soft signs include chronic illness, ear infections, red ears, stomach aches, colic, and anxiety. An increased viral or toxic load cross over the blood-brain barrier causing the immune system to overproduce antibodies with increased inflammatory response in the brain. This causes brain encephalitis.  Antigens attack the dopamine receptor in the Basal Ganglia, causing fluctuation in dopamine leading to OCD, tics, and other neuropsychiatric symptoms. Many allopathic doctors that do recognize PANS/PANDAS will often use antibiotics, steroids, and psychotropic medication to kill the pathogens, and reduce symptoms. However, the medications kill all microbiomes in the gut – including the ones that are there to help.  I recommend finding a PANS literate doctor of naturopathic medicine, homeopath, herbalist, or functional medicine doctor that will work at boosting the immune system instead. The goal is to support the body in handling the antigens, aid the detox pathways and organs, support the adrenals, heal the gut, and reduce inflammation naturally. Often herbals, anti-inflammatory diets, homeopathy, and holistic therapies are successfully used without the need for long antibiotic treatments and synthetic medications.


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10 Lessons I Learned Trying To Heal My Kids From Autism, Anxiety & ADHD

By practice, I’m a psychotherapist who has been working for over a decade in the world of mainstream medicine, a body of experience that has allowed me to develop a strong understanding of both its strengths and weaknesses.

But beyond my work, I’m also a mom who fiercely loves her children, and for their sake, when it comes to their health I’ve always explored all available options — an approach that I’m proud to say has led me to find better solutions than any conventional specialist had ever offered.

My work has allowed me to cross paths with a seemingly endless number of psychiatrists and general practitioners, who for the most part have one thing in common: They all see medication as the optimal form of treatment for the vast majority of what they diagnose. This includes attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, sleep issues, depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

For a long time, I wondered about the cavalier prescribing of drugs but bit my tongue. Who was I to question physicians with the benefit of many more years of medical training? My viewpoint changed in 2006 after I had my children who suffered similar challenges.

I knew doctors would recommend medication. I also knew I didn’t want my children to go down that road for fear it would severely damage their lively, beautiful spirits.

As my husband, Steve, and I tried to make do with physical and behavioural therapies, I read many medical journal articles about the link between autism, mental health issues and malnutrition, toxicity, food sensitivities and intestinal permeability, immune, metabolic and digestive issues. These discoveries led us to realize that these disorders could be a real medical illness treatable with natural remedies that didn’t involve intrusive, personality-altering medication. While we were skeptical at first, the potential rewards were so high that these methods outside the mainstream seemed well worth trying. And, I am happy we did!

Here’s what I learned:

1. My Doctors Weren’t Reading the Same Medical Journals I Was

I started collecting lots of data, studies, and articles on these subjects from esteemed medical journals. The more research I read, the more I realized how much information was out there. I quickly realized that pediatricians and the mainstream medical community weren’t on board. With all of my studies and articles in my hands and hope in my heart, I asked a pediatric GI specialist about the possibility that my son Evan’s developmental delays, anxiety, and autism features may be due to a gut issue or a food sensitivity. He raised his eyebrows and said, “You must be reading too much.” It became apparent at that moment that this doctor wasn’t reading enough.

2. Big Pharma Writes Our Doctors’ Textbooks

Drug company money is tainting medical education. Big pharma writes medical school textbooks and uses their own money to finance drug studies. Dr. Marcia Angell, former Editor-in-Chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, stated how corporate dollars corrupt research and education at academic medical centers — including Harvard Medical School. Pharmaceutical companies spend millions of dollars to implement carefully designed plans. According to R. Webster Kehr of the Independent Cancer Research Foundation, “The FDA, NIH, NCI, ACS and medical schools are their puppets.”

3. Our Medical Community Ignores the Power of Plant Medicine and Calls It Pseudoscience

Pharmaceutical companies have set out to discredit holistic treatments — especially in those areas of highest drug profits, such as cancer, heart disease, psychiatric disorders, and allergies, even though they are widely used in other countries and steeped in tradition. Drug companies use the term “scientific evidence” as a political definition to control the FDA and National Institutes of Health. They buy investigative journalists with their advertising. They pay doctors and psychiatrists to speak on their behalf and offer up expensive trips and steep payments. They block financial contributions by using terms like “unproven treatments,” and many “charitable organizations” are entirely controlled along with Congress.

4. The Biggest Corporate Sponsors of the American Academy of Pediatrics Are Pharma Companies

The Academy of Pediatrics was created in 1930 as an “independent” forum for the health and well-being of our children. Today, corporate Friends of Children Fund members include Pfizer, Sanofi Pasteur (The vaccine Sanofi-aventis group,) Merck, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, etc. A conflict of interest? Have our doctors been bought? I believe so.

5. Conventional Doctors Tend to Address Only One Organ at a Time

One of the fundamental flaws of our existing medical paradigm is the tendency to approach health and sickness only through a disease-based or single organ-focused lens. We treat the body as a machine with separate parts, assign a diagnosis label, and match it with a corresponding pharmaceutical. In reality, our body is a complex, interconnected web of biochemistry. Therefore, we need more medical doctors who understand that we must start to treat the “whole body” like holistic and functional doctors do.

6. Our Genetics Is Not the End of Our Story

Just because ADHD, depression, or even autoimmune issues ­run in the family does not mean that is our fate. We have more control over it than the medical industry wants us to believe. We may start with a genetic vulnerability; however, we need to start recognizing that our lifestyle and environmental factors instruct our genes on how to express themselves. The foods we eat or don’t eat, the nutrients we take or don’t take, our stress levels, sleep habits, and exposure to toxins dynamically determine our gene expression.

7. Most Doctors Know Very Little About Nutrition

Most disease is preventable and related to nutrition, yet doctors today do not know the science of how healthy food heals the body. Nor do they see the impact “fake” food, pesticides, and toxic chemicals have on our health. According to the Journal of Clinician Nutrition, most graduating medical students continue to rate their nutrition preparation as inadequate. According to Michael Greger, M.D. FACLM, a physician and internationally recognized professional speaker on some important public health issues, medical students are still getting fewer than 20 hours of nutrition education over four years, and even most of that has limited clinical relevance.

8. Allopathic M.D.s Do Not Heal Autoimmune Disorders

You cannot get health from a pill. When referred to a specialist like a gastroenterologist, endocrinologist, rheumatologist, and alike to treat an autoimmune disorder, they rarely discuss healing foods, detoxification, and other modalities that heal the body. Instead, they prescribe drugs, namely immunosuppressants or steroid therapy to merely mask symptoms — never getting to the root cause of any illness nor healing any disease. And these medications often do more harm than good.

9. Insurance Companies Do Not Cover Important Treatments and Therapies

Health insurers can limit coverage they deem experimental or not medically necessary, and they often do. Many consider “alternative” interventions medically necessary only if adequate evidence of safety and effectiveness in the peer-reviewed published medical literature supports it. I find this funny, considering more than 100,000 people die each year from complications caused by prescription drugs. And thousands more die of drug overdoses after getting hooked on prescription pain medication. Again, money and politics are the reason insurance won’t cover safer alternatives. The more services they exclude from coverage while still selling policies to patients, the better for their bottom lines.

10. Healthcare Today Puts Band-Aids On Splinters Instead of Pulling Them Out

Current pharmaceutical and surgical methods are incredibly useful for treating acute, life-threatening health issues. However, for more nuanced disorders, these approaches do not take into account the complex communication that exists between the various systems of the body and can ultimately lead to a breakdown in communication followed by a loss of function. Often the side effects of these treatments can be as harmful and worse than the original symptom itself. Eastern medicine modalities are ancient systems of healthcare that take into account all of the biological systems of the whole body. Natural Medicine practitioners strive to stimulate the body’s natural capacity to heal itself, leading to healing on a much deeper level.

Calling for a Shift in Our Mental Health Paradigm

Although many parents claim that psychotropic medication has changed their child’s life for the better, we must not forget that giving a six-year-old medicine does nothing to improve the conditions that derail their development in the first place.

Policy makers are so convinced these children have an organic disease that they have all but called off the search for a better understanding of the conditions — even though these medications often cause many short-term and long-term side effects. Therefore, I encourage all parents everywhere to let love guide you to explore all available options, rather than simply settling for what conventional specialists suggest.

It isn’t enough to just be alive. The quality of life is also essential.

We need more due diligence in our healthcare system. We need an “Integrative Medicine” approach, a healing-oriented medicine that takes the whole person (body, mind, and spirit) into account — including all aspects of lifestyle. We need to emphasize the therapeutic relationship and make use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and alternative. We need a medical system that neither rejects conventional medicine nor accepts alternative therapies uncritically.

Good medicine should be based on sound science, be inquiry-driven, and be open to new paradigms. We need to use natural, effective, and less invasive interventions whenever possible. We need a system that promotes prevention of illness as well as the treatment of disease. We simply need to wake up and make a stand for real change. We can no longer put a price tag on our physical and mental health. The amount of pain we are creating for our families and our children is a high price to pay for the way we conduct our business.


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5 Healthy Ways to Conquer Anxiety During Difficult Times

In an uncertain and anxiety-filled world, many of us are feeling disconnected, fearful, and off-balance. Some people resort to managing stress by spending compulsively, eating unhealthy food, smoking, and consuming too much alcohol. Or we seek help from our doctor who offers a prescription to ward off what ails us. Sadly, these methods often come with a price. Many do not realize that some many natural therapies and remedies can help reduce symptoms without the side-effects.

Most do not realize that nature is the answer and the earth – our most excellent resource. Most do not understand that allopathic medicine originates from nature, and many drugs are derived from plants. They are brought to a lab and recreated by using chemicals, hence the ill effects. It is time to return to tradition by grounding ourselves by spending time in nature and using the plant, stem, leaf, and root God intended for us. The power of plants and their purpose for healing dates back centuries.

“Nature itself is the best physician.” – Hippocrates

1. Hug A Tree

Studies demonstrate that trees emit a natural chemical -phytoncides that help to reduce cortisol, improve immune function, and lower blood pressure. The book titled Earthing explores how walking barefoot on the earth can be healthful in many ways through a process that helps us to connect – electrically through to the planet. Using the ground as our anchor, it secures us and immediately connects us to the present moment helping us to feel more peaceful and stable.

2. Breathe Deeply

The Journal of Neurological Sciences reports the role of deep breathing can have a profound impact on lowering stress, cortisol, and heart rate. World-renowned Doctor Andrew Weil, M.D., developed the 4-7-8 breathing technique designed to bring the body into a deep state of relaxation.  With lips pursed, exhale through your mouth. Next, inhale quietly through your nose to the count of four. Then, hold your breath for seven seconds. Lastly, while making a whooshing sound exhale from your mouth for 8 seconds. Repeat four times.

3. Unplug From Digital Devices

According to David Strayer from the department of Psychology at the University of Utah, unplugging from digital devices has the potential to rest and restore our brains, improve our productivity, reduce our stress levels and make us feel better.

4. Consume Enough Minerals

Minerals are present in nature and are derived from many plants and root vegetables in healthy soils.  One reason that organic produce is often better. Nourishing foods such as beans, lentils, dark green leafy vegetables, turnips, sweet potatoes, carrots, and seeds contain higher levels of brain nourishing minerals. Magnesium, for example, is considered the “anti-stress” mineral. In a random clinical trial, individuals who were supplemented with magnesium had a significant reduction of both anxious and depressive symptoms. A favorite supplement to help reduce anxiety is magnesium L-threonate.

5. Utilize Plant Medicine

Based on science, many herbs in the form of teas, tinctures, and essential oils can have a profound impact on stress and anxiety levels. There are many herbal remedies that are generally safe. Some of my favorites are lavender, passionflower, ashwagandha, catnip, valerian root, chamomile, and lemon balm. As always, you must use potent medicinal herbals safely. Teas are generally safe. However, please do your research and consult a licensed herbalist or practitioner when you do supplementation. Just like anything else, a sensitivity, or an adverse reaction can occur. Especially if you are currently on any pharmaceutical medication.

Key Takeaways

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16 Tips on Boosting Immunity: Our Best Defense Against COVID-19 and Other Viruses

As the World Health Organization declares the coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic, fear captures the world. The media continues to focus on fast-tracking a vaccination, which often means little to no real safety or efficacy studies.

The “medical experts” on news stations across the world say that vitamins such as A, C and D do not boost immunity. We have all been led to believe that health comes from a needle and a pill, they recommend hand-washing, social distancing, but seldom suggest a healthy diet, supplements, and other natural remedies to improve our health and support the body to fight off illness.

The good news:

“When our immune system is working correctly, we don’t even notice it. It’s when the performance of our immune system is compromised that we face illness.” – Dr Axe

Helpful Hints & Remedies to Optimize Your Immune System

1. Keep your gut healthy to maintain a robust immune system. Eat a healthy diet high in organic fruits and vegetables. These nutrient-dense, high antioxidant foods fight off illness and provide important fiber to feed the healthy gut biome. Taking a high-quality probiotic and eating fermented foods can also be very helpful. “The microbiota plays a fundamental role in the induction, training, and function of the host immune system.”

2. Avoid refined sugar and processed food.  White blood cells help fight off illness, and eating sugar puts our white blood cells into a temporary coma. In the 1970’s Dr. Linus Pauling, one of the most significant researchers in the field of microbiology, discovered that vitamin C is needed by white blood cells to engulf and absorb viruses and bacteria. High blood sugar prevents the body from adequately utilizing vitamin C and reduces the white blood cell’s ability to absorb and destroy viruses by up to 75%. Sugar also inflames the body, which suppresses the immune system and interferes with the absorption of vital immune-boosting vitamins and minerals. Processed foods are void of bioavailable nutrition and contain salt, chemicals, and preservatives, which damages the immune system.

3. Stay hydrated with mineral and coconut water. Coconut water boosts electrolytes. Coconut water is a well-balanced fluid loaded with minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, and manganese, amino acids, B vitamins, vitamin C, and cytokinins, many nutrients that help improve immune health. Minerals such as zinc, iron, selenium, and potassium are often overlooked, but they are essential in providing the body enough energy to create immune cells.

4. Get enough sleep. Sleep is imperative for a healthy immune system. Sleep and the circadian system exert a strong regulatory influence on immune functions. Investigations of the healthy sleep-wake cycle showed that immune parameters like numbers of undifferentiated naïve T cells and the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines exhibit peaks during early nocturnal sleep. T-cells are a type of white blood cell, which tailors the bodies response to pathogens. Inflammatory cytokines play a role in initiating an inflammatory response to defend against pathogens.

5. Minimize Long-Term Stress. Although some stress can be beneficial to the immune system because it signals the body to activate and can help to turn on the immune system response – chronic stress can have a profound negative effect on the immune system and healthIt can lead to chronic inflammation and increases the risk of developing autoimmune conditionsStress also impacts hormones such as cortisol, and hormones impact the immune system—making immune cells produce more of the stress molecule cytokines. Meditate, do yoga, listen to music, and exercise.  Exercise not only reduces stress, but it also protects the immune system. A 2018 human study published in Aging Cell revealed that high levels of physical activity and exercise help to decrease the gradual deterioration of the immune system.

6. Induce a Fever with an Infrared sauna & do not be quick to lower it.  At the first sign of a fever we often look to reduce it. However, studies show us that a fever between 100.4 and 103.2 is excellent for us. It stimulates the body’s immune response. According to research, higher body temperatures drive the activity of specific proteins that, in turn, switch genes responsible for the body’s immune response on and off.

7. Vitamin A is excellent for viral infections; a high dose vitamin A protocol is often used by naturopathic and functional medicine physicians. Cod liver oil or vitamin-A palmitate is often used. In clinical trials, it has been seen to treat measles quite successfully. Vitamin A is fat-soluble and can accumulate in the body, and could be toxic if levels are too high. It is often recommended to get enough vitamin A in your diet. Best sources of vitamin A are sweet potatoes, green leafy vegetables, red peppers, paprika, chili powder, carrots, squash, herbs, cantaloupe, lettuce, and dried apricots. During an acute infection, high dosing is often recommended for a short time.

8. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant necessary for the growth and repair of tissues in the body. It helps to strengthen our immune system to fight illness by assisting our white blood cells. According to Orthomolecular Medicinethere were three independent clinical trials on the use of vitamin C in the treatment of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The Chinese government announced a recommendation to use high dose intravenous treatment of vitamin C to treat the outbreaks. For the prevention of a cold or flu at home, Ultra-Potent C by Metagenics is good because it also has lysine and glutathione, which assists in fighting viruses. Some great natural sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits, red and hot chili peppers, red peppers, thyme, parsley, dark green leafy vegetables, strawberries, broccoli, and kiwi.

9. Vitamin D3 is an essential vitamin required by the body for proper immune functioning, and alleviation of inflammation. The beneficial effects of vitamin D on protective immunity are due in part to its impact on the innate immune system and has numerous effects on cells within the immune system. Our body makes vitamin D with the help of the sun. It is believed we only get twenty-percent from the foods we eat. Some foods higher in D include cod liver oil, fish, oysters, caviar, meat, eggs, and mushrooms. It is often a good idea to supplement vitamin D in the cold and darker months.

10. Elderberry has been used for centuries as medicine to combat influenza, colds, and sinusitis, and has been reported to have antiviral activity against influenza and herpes simplex. The Journal of International Medical Research reported that when treating with elderberry, symptoms were relieved on average four days earlier, and the use of rescue medication was significantly less in those receiving elderberry extract compared with placebo.

PLEASE NOTE: There are concerns of elderberry potentially causing a cytokine storm. Please be sure to consult with a trusted medical professional before introducing elderberry or any new supplement into your system.

11. Fish Oil & other Omega-3 Fatty Acids have potent anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory activities in a wide array of diseases. Modulators of the immune response, research demonstrates that it assists the body heal from a wide range of autoimmune disease, and infections. Fatty acids are considered one of the essential nutrients for immunity. The right balance of unrefined essential fatty acids tends to attract oxygen to the cells, which is one of the best ways to deactivate a virus.

12. Zinc is vital for cell survival, and also helps the body fight off invading bacteria and viruses.  The Journal of Molecular Medicine reports that zinc improves immune health by improving T-cell (white blood cell) function. The best sources of zinc include lamb, beef, scallops, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, nuts, oats, turkey, shrimp, and green peas.

13. Echinacea contains many chemical constituents, which are powerful immune system stimulants that can provide significant value. It used for centuries and is making a comeback in recent years. This North American flower is highly effective in fighting infections, especially the common cold and the flu. When coupled with Golden Seal, it ‘sit’s a dynamic duo.

14. Garlic is one of the best natural antibiotics and antivirals. The unique Sulphur compound in garlic helps resolve illnesses of all kinds, including pneumonia, prevents food poisoning, and it improves intestinal health. Unlike traditional medications, garlic, like many herbs, is intelligent. Garlic is highly effective in killing off a host of gut pathogens, including candida, while at the same time feeding and encouraging the growth of beneficial microbes.

15. Ginger is a potent antioxidant that is excellent for boosting our immune health. High in many nutrients, this powerful root vegetable benefits many organs of our body. Research backs of a long history of claims that ginger has unique therapeutic significance owing to its antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory potential.

16. Colloidal Silver is an old-time remedy that destroys disease-causing pathogens in minutes when exposed to small amounts, according to over 650 documents released by Larry C. Ford, MD.

Flu Remedy

Wipe it out quickly with Sovereign Silver, organic elderberry syrup, vitamin C, vitamin D, and l-lysine.

When treating an acute infection, seek help from a qualified functional medicine practitioner or naturopathic, so they can recommend proper therapeutic dosages.

Final Thoughts

Boosting the immune system naturally works on your body’s innate wisdom. It supports the body to operate like a well-oiled machine, protects it from unwanted pathogens and disease, and helps ensure a healthy body and mind.

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Potential Causes of Self-Harm & Psychiatric Disorders That Should Be Considered

Every day in the headlines we hear about another school shooting or another teen suicide. What is going on? Why aren’t we getting to the bottom of this? What are we doing to help prevent the next tragedy? As I learn about another, I get more and more frustrated that nothing is changing.

We need to start taking a more in-depth look at why our children are so depressed, anxious, and angry – our lives depend on it. If not properly treated, obsessive thoughts turn into compulsive behavior, and we will hear about the next suicide or mass shooting when we turn on the news tomorrow.

What Is OCD?

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is categorized by the DSM-5 (the diagnostic manual and bible of psychiatry) as an anxiety disorder. However, it is a maladaptive coping skill that develops as a result of trying to manage the overwhelming fear or worry one feels. A person may start obsessively feeling nervous about a home intruder, so may check the alarm system or door locks fifty times before bed. One may fear the flu, so may wash their hands 50 times.

As an attempt to quiet the sense of alarm, the compulsion provides a “quick fix” for the negative intrusive thoughts.  It gives a temporary sense of power over the problem and helps someone feel like they are doing something about it. But it’s a trap because it just feeds into a vicious cycle. The more one follows the rituals, the more they need to do them.

The Darker Side of Obsessive Thoughts & Behaviours “Harm-OCD”

Intrusive thoughts can be benign, like song lyrics that continuously play in one’s head or obsessive behaviors like overly tidying one’s apartment. However, if paranoia, feelings of isolation, anger, and depression are already brewing it could lead to sinister thoughts like harming themselves or others.

Some believe that OCD can masquerade as psychosis as it closely mimics the symptoms of the psychiatric disorder schizophrenia. When a person gets lost inside their depressed and chaotic mind, they become infatuated with their depressive thoughts, violent video games, building bombs, guns, and revenge. Some begin planning their suicide, while others start stockpiling weapons to carry out the next mass shooting.

A newer study published in the Journal of Molecular Psychiatry, concluded that “those with OCD are ten times more likely to commit suicide and patients with OCD are at significant risk of suicide, even in the absence of other psychiatric conditions.” Others with OCD have brutally violent thoughts of hurting others that consume one’s mind making it difficult separating visions from reality.

According to a study published in the Industrial Psychological Journal, anger attacks are associated with a surge of autonomic arousal. Symptoms include tachycardia, sweating, flushing, and a feeling of being out of control were present in half of the patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder, and they correlated with the presence of comorbid depression.

The Problem

Policymakers and mental health providers are so convinced that these individuals have an organic or genetic mental illness. They have called off the search for a better understanding of these conditions.  When they start recognizing the epidemic of teen suicide and teen violence, they call for more psychiatric labels and more psychiatrists to prescribe medication. However, they don’t acknowledge that medication does nothing to address the conditions that derail the mind in the first place. And, drugs often only mask symptoms without considering dangerous side-effects. Antidepressant medications are driving people to psychosis. In fact, Americans are admitted daily to psychiatric institutions as a direct result of psychosis caused by the drugs themselves.

The 11 Hidden Causes of Psychiatric Disorders Almost No One Considers

1. The Standard American Diet (SAD)

Neurotoxic chemicals and foods are void of essential nutrients and can lead to obsessive thoughts, depression and violent behavior.  There are extreme amounts of refined sugar/salt and thousands of chemicals allowed in the American food and drink supply. Many of them are harmless, but others such as artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, emulsifiers, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, hydrogenated vegetable oil, and glyphosate (GMOs) are not compatible with human bio-chemistry. They are destroying our immune system and causing many mental health symptoms. A CSPI report, Food Dyes: A Rainbow of Risks, further concludes that the nine artificial dyes approved in the United States are carcinogenic, cause hypersensitivity reactions and behavioral problems. Also, our food supply is so processed and refined that they do not contain adequate healthy protein and they strip away many vitamins and minerals that are essential to our health and replace it with synthetic substitutes.

In a 2014 article in the American Journal of Public Health, the relationship between diet and mental health in children and adolescents was evaluated. “There are numerous potential biological pathways by which diet quality may have an impact on mental health in children and adolescents.” First, a poor-quality diet that is lacking nutrient-dense foods may lead to nutrient deficiencies that have been associated with mental health issues. For example, the dietary intake of folate, zinc, and magnesium is inversely associated with depressive disorders, whereas dietary long-chain omega-3 fatty acids are inversely related to anxiety disorders.

2. Gut Dysbiosis

The gut microbiome has become a topic of major interest as of late, with a new focus specifically on psychiatric disorders. The human body hosts an enormous abundance and diversity of microbes, which perform a range of essential and beneficial immune and metabolic functions. In a June 2016 edition of the Journal of Molecular Psychiatry, the authors take a look at how microbes in the gut affect brain function, and how imbalances of gut bacteria can lead to mental illness. “Evidence is now emerging that, through interactions with the gut-brain axis, the bidirectional communication system between the central nervous system and the gastrointestinal tract, the gut microbiome can also influence neural development, cognition, mood, and behavior.”  Functional medicine M.D.s recognize how poor diet, pesticides, antibiotics, steroid use and other factors are influencing brain function by destroying healthy gut bacteria and negatively shaping the gut microbiome.

3. Food Sensitivities

Often not recognized in the mainstream mental health model, food allergies and sensitivities can wreck-havoc on mental health. The antibodies produced when a person consumes food that they have an intolerance to can cause intestinal permeability and trigger inflammation in the brain which can lead many mental health symptoms, including increased anxiety/OCD, insomnia, brain fog, hyperactivity, impulsivity, irritability, and rage. Overaggressive behaviors are provoked by an immune reaction to every-day foods. Reactions range from irritability to  aggression to psychosis. Some of the more common food intolerances are gluten, dairy, corn, soy, and nuts.

4. Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders (PANDAS or PANS)

PANDAS is associated with an unresolved strep infection. It wreaks havoc on the immune and neurological system, causing brain encephalitis/inflammation. Symptoms associated with this autoimmune disorder are facial tics, OCD symptoms, anorexia, depression, paranoia, irritability, hyperactivity, sleep disturbances, and psychosis. Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders (PANS) can be triggered by other infectious agents as well, including Epstein Barr and Lyme Disease. Many physicians who treat a large number of Lyme patients acknowledge that Lyme Disease can cause “Lyme Rage,” which includes psychosis and violent behavior. There are more than one hundred peer-reviewed medical journal articles linking tick-borne diseases to mental symptoms and quite a few that reference Lyme-induced rages.  As Dr. Kenneth Bock, MD points out in his book, “Healing New Childhood Epidemics,” PANDAS/PANS cook the brain of these kids.  The infection attacks the brain’s basal ganglia, causing severe thought malfunctions and maladaptive behavior. The affected person could fly into uncontrollable rages and violent behavior.

5. Genetic Mutations

Our genetic profile is not the end of our story. The environment in which we live and breathe, genetically modified foods and the chemicals we eat and inject have a direct influence on the expression of our genetic code, by altering the expression of genetic information. In the study of disease, researchers in the field of epigenetics are increasingly finding that the “turning on or off” of our DNA is affecting our mental health.

The MTHFR gene mutation inhibits the body’s ability to transform vitamin B12 into vital folate enzymes. A healthy MTHFR gene converts vitamin B12 to folate (B9), an essential vitamin for brain, spine, and nerve health. Deficiencies of essential B vitamins can lead to developmental problems, mood disturbances including increased anxiety and depression.

Faulty expression of the COMT gene can also cause a variety of problems including irritability, hyperactivity, mood swings, OCD, sleep issues, and lower frustration and pain tolerance.

The “Warrior Gene” MAO-A (Monoamine oxidase A) is one of the two genes that encode mitochondrial enzymes. It is responsible for catalyzing the oxidizing amines, such as serotonin, norepinephrine, dopamine, and adrenalin. Mutation of this gene results in Brunner syndrome. MAO dysfunction (too much or too little MAO enzyme activity) is thought to be responsible for many psychiatric and neurological disorders including depression, mood swings, OCD, schizophrenia, substance abuse, migraines, irregular sexual maturation.  It is also associated with behaviors associated with attention deficit disorder (ADD) and autism.

6. Heavy Metal Toxicity

Brain damage and inflammation can also be caused by heavy metal toxicity – like mercury, aluminum, and lead. They can promote aggressive, antisocial and violent behaviors. Lead exposure is known to cause learning and behavioral problems. The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry published a study that demonstrates the strong relationship between high levels of lead levels in blood and hyperactivity, aggressive and antisocial behavior in children.

7. Emotional Wounds & Trauma

Heightened anxiety due to upsetting life events in a person’s life can lead to OCD and depression. The lower a person’s resiliency, the higher level of sensitivity and dysfunctional thinking is believed to make a sufferer more vulnerable to developing it. Stressful situations and traumatic event(s) that can lead to OCD include but are not limited to a death of a loved one, divorce, an accident, a move, school pressure and bullying, as well as an upsetting or abusive home environment.

8. Video Gaming & Too Much Screentime

Screens are being used more and more as a method of escaping from the stress of life. However, it may be backfiring. Disassociating in this way is taking teens away from the dealings of everyday life and is creating an alter reality where they are not learning how to foster real or meaningful relationships. A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychological Science finds that “increased time spent with popular electronic devices — whether a computer, cell phone or tablet — might be contributing to an uptick in symptoms of depression and suicidal thoughts.” The study established a correlation between long hours of daily screen time and symptoms of alienation. A 2016 article in the New York Post, “It’s Digital Heroin: How Screens Turn Kids into Psychotic Junkies” discussed how addicting these screens are and how they are affecting our kid’s mental health. “Brain imaging research is showing that they affect the brain’s frontal cortex — which controls executive functioning, including impulse control — in exactly the same way, that cocaine does. Technology is so hyper-arousing that it raises dopamine levels — the feel-good neurotransmitter most involved in the addiction dynamic — as much as sex.”

9. Too Much Caffeine

Teens are lining up at coffee shops and consuming an alarming amount of caffeine-loaded energy drinks. Highly concentrated caffeine aggravates obsessive/upsetting thoughts and can set anxiety out of control. This central nervous system stimulant can cause dependency and withdrawal and cause insomnia as well. Although some studies point to the positive mental effects of caffeine, it makes sense that energy drinks could be a contributing factor for kids and teens feeling both homicidal and suicidal. Caffeine intoxication keeps the body in “fight or flight” mode. This can leave people feeling very frightened and threatened. According to the Journal of BJPsych Advances, “In psychiatric in-patient facilities, caffeine has been found to increase anxiety, hostility and psychotic symptoms.”

10. Sleep Deprivation

In a 2011 pediatric OCD study published in the Journal of Anxiety Disorders, researchers found a strong correlation between insufficient sleep and severe compulsive behavior. While kids with OCD sometimes only exhibit compulsions (without the obsessions), the study reflected children with both the mental and behavioral symptoms. A 2014 study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, implicated obsessions are a likely culprit behind disturbed sleep. Based on patients’ self-reported assessments, researchers found a link between insomnia symptoms and obsessive thoughts. Shorter sleep and delayed ability to get to sleep are associated with repeated negative and distressing thoughts that are repeated over and over again, such as “my life is not worth living.”

11. Psychostimulant Medication

It has been known for the last 35 year that stimulants have the potential to induce psychosis-like or manic-like symptoms in children. Psychotic symptoms from Ritalin can include hearing voices; visual hallucinations, urges to harm oneself, urges to harm someone else, suicide, severe anxiety, euphoria, grandiosity, paranoid delusions, confusion, increased aggression, and irritability.

Preventing Future Tragedies

Could future suicides and homicides be prevented? I believe so, and it starts with taking better care of our children.  We need to start acknowledging that people committing suicide or murder are medically ill; not mentally ill. And these causes of psychiatric symptoms need more attention.  We need more doctors to be trained in functional medicine to get to the root of the mental dis-ease. We need our insurance companies to pay for testing and treatments that will actually help our children.

We need more due diligence in our healthcare system.  And we need to stop the pharmaceuticals from leading us away from the truth. Just handing out medications to address symptoms and hoping the client follows through with recommended weekly individual psychotherapy appointments, is simply not enough. And quite honestly, these medications can be the final trigger in a homicidal or suicidal event.

I Am On A Mission

In 2012, I began counseling family members and first responders after the devastating tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. This led me to finish my book Healing Without Hurting. I consult with thousands of moms through social media and conduct workshops for medical professionals to teach them about holistic and natural solutions for healing mental illness and spectrum disorders.

I know from experience that addressing underlying medical issues significantly enhances the life, the health and the happiness of our children and our family.  Also, I know my mission has been successful in helping to prevent such tragedies.


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Steps You Can Take To Detox Safely With Homeopathy

Homeopathy, when applied according to its well-established principles, can reach deep into the body and trigger healing and detoxification in a way nothing else can. It safely and gently tells our body what it is designed to do without using harsh chemicals or suppressing symptoms.

What Is Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a system of medicine that originated in 1796 by Samuel Hahnemann. Before it was coined “homeopathy,” Native American Indians practiced many forms of these natural healing principles. In India, it is their traditional system of medicine. Additionally, early homeopathic literature contains many examples and stories of accidental, medical, and industrial or occupational poisoning and its treatment with potentized substances. Many of the most common remedies are diluted amounts of poisons made into powerful medicines to act against poisons.

Homeopathy uses a ‘like treats like’ approach. It treats with relatively inexpensive (energetic) remedies that produce symptoms similar to those the person is already experiencing. Homeopathy attempts to mimic what the body is already trying to do. For example, cutting an onion causes the eyes to water. So, one of the remedies for a cold or allergy that causes runny noses and watery eyes is Allium cepa, which is made from onions.

In the case of detoxification, the body is continuously trying to achieve homeostasis and achieve health – including the elimination of unwanted toxic substances. With homeopathy, the body is safely assisted in accomplishing its goal.

Why We All Need To Detox

We are bombarded daily by toxins, including heavy metal in our air, water, food, in our environment. The toxins we eat, breathe, drink, and inject can create an entire set of symptoms of their own. These can include, neurological impairment, Tourette’s (motor or vocal tics), seizures, behavioral issues, learning disabilities, ADHD, autism, memory loss, food intolerances, psychiatric conditions, skin issues, fatigue, diabetes, weight gain, anger, brain fog, insomnia, IBS, pain and neuropathy, and headaches. It can also manifest into other chronic illnesses, inflammatory conditions – autoimmune disorders, and cancer.

Toxicity: Leading Contributors

Detoxing with homeopathy requires a thorough assessment of the types of toxins we were exposed to and a list of specific symptoms one is experiencing. Some of the most significant contributors to body toxicity are electromagnetic radiation (EMFs), medications including vaccinations, chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, pharmaceuticals, preservatives, plastics, natural toxins that come from bacteria, mold, smoke, fumes, ultraviolet light, and so on. The Industrial Revolution, mining, conventional farming practices, metal production, and the practice of medicine have increased our exposure to heavy metals like aluminum, lead, arsenic, and mercury to unnatural levels. In the allopathic model, mothers are not encouraged to detox before conception, so not only do babies inherit a sick environment after birth, but the mother’s toxic burdens also pass directly into the developing fetus. Important note: never attempt to detox aggressively while pregnant.

Some Obstacles For An Effective Detox

The only reason, apart from poisoning, that toxins accumulate in the body is because the body is not strong enough or healthy enough to eliminate them via its normal eliminative channels. Homeopathy not only helps remove toxins from the body, but it can also boost immunity and return the body to full health so that it can clear toxins on its own.

A growing number of children, as well as adults, have lost the ability to detox effectively the way healthy children can. Genetic mutations caused by environmental factors (epigenetics) are often to blame. While the science is still out on the prevalence of MTHFR mutations, some estimate at least 40 percent of individuals and as high as 90 percent of children with ASD carry one if nor both variants of the mutation. This mutation can make detoxification less effective because it limits the gene’s function and inhibits the natural biochemical process of methylation. Our bodies, especially our livers, use methylation to convert toxins into water-soluble compounds so they can be excreted. When these toxins build up in our tissues—like heavy metals, for example—our risk for cancer and other serious health problems ramp up.

Also, many kids today have low levels of glutathione. Glutathione is produced in the human liver and plays a crucial role in intermediary metabolism, detoxification, immune response, and health. Interestingly, as stated in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, “children with autism had significantly increased oxidative stress, as shown by a three-fold decrease in the glutathione/oxidized glutathione redox ratio, in comparison to control children, which would correlate with a significant body burden of mercury.” The most common sources of mercury exposure are marine life such as tuna and swordfish, flu shots, a broken thermometer, dental amalgams, fluorescent light bulbs, health and beauty products, and pesticides.

Preparing Your Body to Detox From Metals and Other Harsh Toxins

As one can see, detoxing the body can have a profoundly positive effect on our health and the health of our children. The urge to jump right into detoxifying from heavy metals is real, especially after discovering what lab testing reveals. However, although homeopathic remedies are gentler than many synthetic over-the-counter detox kits, nano-zeolites, acid-based chelators, and supplements, we must first prepare our bodies for detoxification. We want to support our detox organs and systems to make sure our bodies can comfortably and efficiently excrete them through our breath, sweating through skin, hair, nails, urine, and feces. We need to support the lymph system, metabolic pathways, liver, and kidneys. Also, it is essential that we do the work to heal the gut, help digestion, and support the colon to make sure we are eliminating correctly and effectively before starting any detoxification treatment.

Homeopathic Cell SaltsCell salts are needed for basic cell functioning, including nutrition, digestion, mineral balancing, oxygenating of cells, and detox. So, many practitioners use cell salts in their practice to promote proper mineral balance in the body. Minerals are the foundation for the enzyme activity in the body and serve as catalysts for energy cycles and functions. It takes a lot of energy for the body to detox and when there aren’t enough minerals, the body will hold onto heavy metals for energy. There are 12 basic cell salts and sulph remedies used for detox. Calc sulph is a blood purifier that helps detox the liver. Kali sulph is used for skin / sweat ailments, lungs, throat, and inflammation. Nat sulph is used for intercellular fluids of the liver, pancreas, intestines, and descending colon.

Drainage TherapyHomeopaths will also prepare the body with drainage therapy. Some use Gemmos, a form of plant-based extracts derived from the buds and young shoots of trees and shrubs. Others use the Comprehensive Homeopathic Detox Kit by DesBio, which contains many homeopathic remedies to optimize all major organ functions and systems before jumping into specific treatments.

Caveat: Not always, but sometimes the road to recovery can feel like a rollercoaster ride. While on specific homeopathic detoxification regimes, symptoms can get slightly worse before they get better. I know this seems backward, but it’s just part of the detoxification process. It is then that we know we have the right remedy.

Homeopathy Is An Art

Many homeopathic remedies are recommended to use for common ailments and can be used by anyone. However, when treating a specific disease or using it to detox, it is highly recommended to work with a trained homeopath. Homeopaths recognize that symptoms are an expression of the attempt to correct the disruption in the body. And homeopaths can order lab testing to ensure that the correct remedy and dosage are given at the proper times. Homeopathy is prescriptive and tailored. A homeopath will match personality type, symptoms, and toxins to find the perfect remedy.

Clearing Vaccines & Heavy Metals

Many practitioners versed in homeopathy can provide homeopathic remedies to clear viruses, bacteria, vaccine adjuvants such as heavy metals, and heavy metals found in the environment like arsenic. Some of the most popular remedies include Aconitum napellus, Antimonium tart, Arsenicum album, Arnica, Babtisia, Belladonna, Calc Carb, Carcinosin, Cicuta, Crotalus horridus, Gelsemium, Hypericum, Silicea, Thuja occcidentalis, Mercurius, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Rux tox, Saccharum Officinale, Serum anguillae, Serum de Yesin, Stramonium, and Sulphur. Homeopaths also use constitutional remedies to address unique symptomology.

There are many formulations available in many potencies. So, again, it is always recommended to seek help from a homeopath when addressing this critical issue.

Other Practices To Enhance & Facilitate the Detox

So, even though Wikipedia refers to alternative medicine as “folk knowledge” and homeopathy as “quackery,” it seems clear that there are some self-serving reasons for those labels. Disease equals big money! Pharmaceutical companies have set out to discredit homeopathic medicine—especially in those areas of most significant drug profits such as cancer, heart disease, psychiatric disorders, and allergies. These companies aren’t only in the business of saving lives, they’re also in the business of inflating the profit margins on their drugs as much as possible.

They want us to believe that there are zero scientific studies supporting homeopathy. Yet, there are hundreds of double-blind placebo-controlled studies. I invite everyone to refer to the Homeopathic Research Institute for a thorough examination and analysis of the research.

The pharmaceutical companies and our Federal government are on a mission to ban these essential medicines. They were hoping that these “placebo” remedies would just phase out. However, they have stood the test of time. Perhaps because so many recognize their healing power. I have! It has significantly improved my son’s autism symptoms without potentially harmful medication, saved my daughter from Pediatric Autoimmune Encephalitis from Lyme Disease and a Streptococcus infection, and it cured my father from asthma.


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Study Explains What Happens To The Brain When You Diffuse Essential Oils

Many are diagnosed with ADHD, depression, anxiety and sleep disorders. In 2013, a medical expenditure survey determined that 1 in 6 Americans take  psychiatric medication on a daily basis. Consequently, 90,000 adults and countless children visit the emergency room yearly for side-effects of these medications including, increased depressive or anxious symptoms, brain fog, confusion, heart palpitations, dizziness, muscle spasms, seizures, tics, and psychosis.

Despite these side-effects and the many black box warnings including death by suicide, many continue using them. It is about time we start addressing root causes of these emotional issues such as poor diet, trauma, leaky gut syndrome, toxicity, and nutritional deficiencies. It is also important that everyone recognize the power of plant medicine. Here we take a look at the healing benefits of essential oils.

“Nature itself is the Best Physician.” – Hippocrates

It’s Not Pseudoscience

Essential oils stimulate the limbic system – the part of the brain involved in memory, mood, motivation, and behavior. And, scientific studies demonstrate that the purest essential oils are powerful plant medicines that have a wide range of emotional wellness applications, including depression.

In inhalation aromatherapy, the inhaled air containing essential oils can not only reach the circulation system via the blood capillary network in the nose and the bronchi in the lungs but also stimulate brain areas directly via the olfactory epithelium. Essential oils trigger mechanisms in the brain via the olfactory system. The mechanism of action of essential oils administered by inhalation involves stimulation of the olfactory receptors cells in the nasal epithelium, about 25 million cells, connected to the olfactory bulb. After stimulation, the signal is transmitted to the limbic system and hypothalamus in the brain through the olfactory bulb and olfactory tract. Once the signals reach the olfactory cortex, release of neurotransmitters, for example, serotonin, takes place which results in the expected effect on emotions related to essential oil use

Access the full study to learn more, here.

According to the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy, essential oil is the oil extracted from a plant through careful steam distillation, resin tapping, and cold pressing.  Essential oils get extracted from many parts of the plants including flowers, barks, stems, leaves, roots, and fruits.

16 Essential Oils for Brain Health

Bergamot: boosts feelings of joy, and increases energy.

Caraway: soothing effect, encourages positive thinking, energy, and harmony.

Cedarwood: improves calm feelings, induces sleep, encourages feelings of happiness.

Chamomile: relaxing, helps calm nerves, improves sleep.

Clary Sage: lifts the mood, reduces stress, gives one a sense of security.

Copaiba: a wonderful substitute to CBD oil. It contains antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is fantastic for symptoms of ADHD and autism. It provides neurological, immune, and digestive support.

Fennel: increases motivation, and improves self-esteem.

Frankincense: dispels negative feelings, and promotes focus and calm.

Lavender: helps to bring calm, lifts one’s spirits and helps with sleeplessness. “There is growing evidence suggesting that lavender oil may be an effective medicament in the treatment of several neurological disorders.

Orange and Mandarin: boosts feelings of joy, alertness, and calmness.

Peppermint: is mood elevating, improves focus, and reduces headaches.

Sandalwood: improves mental clarity and induces calm.

Thyme: relaxes the body and mind, beats depression and boosts mood and memory.

Vanilla: effectively treats Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and beats depression.

Vetiver: reduces stress, invites sleep, improves patience, boosts concentration, and emotional balance.

Ylang Ylang: increases mood and energy levels, and reduce anxiety.

Using Oils Safely

Quality matters: Organic oils from reputable companies or homegrown is the best. You want pure, organic and authentic oils to decrease the likelihood of adverse reactions.

Dilute certain oils: Those rich in aldehydes (e.g., citronellal, citral) and phenols (e.g., cinnamic aldehyde, eugenol) should always be applied with a carrier oil like almond, coconut or avocado. Mixing irritant oils with others to create a blend can also reduce an adverse reaction.

Application: Oil may be applied to the skin or diffused with relatively no risk. Some essential oils are ingestible. However, ingesting oils is not recommended unless under the advisement of a qualified herbalist or alike.  Anecdote: It is never one size fits all. Most aromatherapy oil-based blends will be between 1 and 5 percent dilutions, which typically does not represent a safety concern. As one increases dilution, potential dermal (skin) reactions may take place depending on the individual essential oil; and the area in which the oil is applied.  One may be sensitive to a particular essential oil, just as they may be sensitive to a specific food. So, make sure to take precautions is always recommended.

Not one size fits all: A particular oil may invite relaxation for one, and may create the opposite reaction for another. We need to remember that we are all bio individual. People with specific allergies to ragweed and other plants need to be more careful about having a similar reaction to oils.

Age matters: Babies and young children may be more sensitive to the potency of essential oils. Certain oils should be avoided, used highly diluted or under the guidance of a knowledgeable professional. To prevent reactions, applying diluted oils to the soles of the feet are often recommended in younger children.

Particular caution should be exercised with potentially toxic essential oils such as Birch and Wintergreen which are both high in methyl salicylate, Eucalyptus which is high in 1,8 cineole and Peppermint which is high in menthol. Elderly clients may have more skin sensitivities so a reduced concentration/dilution may be indicated.

The Takeaway

Other methods and interventions exist that can help treat ailments where doctors only seem to prescribe drugs. Essential oils are one example out of many, and a good example of how we all really need to look into things for ourselves instead of relying on so-called “experts.”

(WARNING: Please be careful about diffusing essential oils around pets. Research them first. Many are too powerful for animals and can cause toxicity and even death.)

 


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