3 Powerful Tools to Help Overcome the Emotional Toll of the Pandemic

The pandemic has had a significant effect on our lives. Possibly without realizing it, many are suffering from a form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Every news cycle paralyzes us with fear of a new variant. Some feel grief over who or what they have lost or continue to have feelings of social disconnectedness. Despite what we have all been through, we need to start moving forward with our lives and truly live again. We must recognize that we have more control over our physical and mental health than advertised. The truth is that there are many helpful things that we can do.

PTSD is a stress-related disorder that may develop after exposure to a traumatic event or ordeal in which death or severe physical harm was a threat or occurred. Those with PTSD may experience agitation, irritability, hostility, hypervigilance, self-destructive behavior, social isolation, flashbacks, fear, anxiety, depression, attention difficulty, loneliness, insomnia, or nightmares.

Trauma can lead to feelings of powerlessness, but powerlessness can also keep us trapped in a PTSD cycle. The psychological imprint of trauma rewires the brain. There’s an old saying in neuroscience: “neurons that fire together wire together.” Our brain neurons begin firing in the amygdala, the emotional part of our brains, during a traumatic event. People can get stuck in an emotional loop, and the rational voice in their heads does not weigh in. This looping can cause a person to respond disproportionately to stress – freezing, panicking, or acting out in anger. Some dissociate or enter a trance-like state. Maladaptive coping skills can sometimes develop. Cutting, burning, overeating, drinking, drugs, overspending, etc., is all an attempt to dampen our painful emotional feelings. So, to avoid getting stuck in a PTSD cycle, we must act and take our power back.

Time to seek out the most effective help so that we can feel calm and in control again. What can we do?

1. Boost Your Immune System

If you fear getting sick, it’s time to live a healthier lifestyle and boost your immune system. Sadly, we are taught (with the help of pharmaceutical dollars) that health comes from a needle or a pill. Our “experts” recommend masks, hand-washing, social distancing, and mRNA vaccines. Still, they seldom suggest a healthy diet, supplements, and other natural remedies to help improve our health and support the body to fight off illness and disease. Click here for my article that includes 16 Tips on Boosting Immunity.

2. Embrace Spirituality

Over the last 20 years, I have been honored to have worked with many great therapists, healers, spiritual leaders, and trauma survivors to witness the power of Spirituality in healing. Spirituality is an inner belief system providing an individual with meaning and purpose in life. Whether it involves a higher power, nature, religious rituals, meditation, mindfulness, or prayer, the premise is to stay connected to the core of who we are. That place of stillness within us holding the memory of wholeness, peace, inner strength, and balance – despite what has happened. A spiritual philosophy or practice can provide us with a bigger context for our experiences and clarify our purpose. Spiritual methods also connect us with a sense of community and support. Finding our tribe is essential in the face of trauma and loss. The spiritual journey often allows us to go inside ourselves and listen to our inner guidance and “knowingness.” The inner voice may know, for instance, that the virus will not hurt us, or what we are being told by the media is untrue. Spirituality also helps us shift our perspective from “why me” to “what can I do about it. It brings us a sense of power and control.

3. Guided Imagery & Bilateral Stimulation

Both tools are essential for the trauma therapy toolbox. They are noninvasive and helpful for overcoming the effects of trauma. Guided imagery can help us alter the negative or stressful pictures and thoughts in our minds and help us create new, more peaceful ones—a form of instilling positive affirmations. Before you read on, I thought you might like to download my 10-minute exercise. This science-based, comprehensive video will help you to cultivate a sense of inner peace and give you a way to help overcome the effects of this pandemic – GET IT HERE

Is There Science Behind This?

Science, yes. Magic, no. This method requires regular practice if you want to make lasting, long-term changes to the ways that you think and feel. The good news is that both guided imagery and bilateral stimulation are widely practiced and well-established practices. However, I recommend that if you are still struggling after repeated listening, you find a qualified trauma therapist to continue the work you have already started.

A Look At The Research

Guided imagery is a behavioral technique using a series of verbal suggestions to guide oneself or others in visualizing an image in the mind to bring a desired response in the way of a reduction in stress, anxiety, or pain. A growing list of empirical literature supports the use of these techniques in various physical and emotional conditions. Guided imagery resulted in a clinically significant reduction in PTSD and related symptoms in a returning, combat-exposed active-duty military population. Positive affirmations can positively affect the brain’s circuitry. There is MRI evidence suggesting that specific neural pathways are increased when people practice self-affirmation tasks.

Numerous research articles have established that bilateral stimulation is one of the most effective treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Some therapists practice Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a combination of psychotherapy and bilateral stimulation. EMDR is very effective for treating a wide range of mental health issues due to emotional and physical trauma. During bilateral stimulation, patients tend to “process” the memory in a way that leads to a peaceful resolution. And, often results in increased insight regarding both previously disturbing events and long-held negative thoughts about the self.

“Bilateral Stimulation induces a fundamental change in brain circuitry, similar to what happens in REM sleep. It allows the person undergoing treatment to process and incorporate traumatic memories into general association networks in the brain. This therapy helps the individual integrate and understand the memories within the larger context of their life experience.” – Robert Stickgold, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School


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Boosting Your Mood and Improving Your Health with Vitamin D

Are you or someone you love suffering from depression or an autoimmune disorder? It appears vitamin D deficiency may be to blame.

Vitamin D is essential 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. Vitamin D is also involved in maintaining the proper balance of several minerals in the body. And, it helps to ward off the flu and many viruses and treat them. The latest research links vitamin D deficiency to many disease states. These disease states include cancer, osteoporosis, heart disease, depression, arthritis, and just about every other degenerative disease.

 “Vitamin D reduces depression. In a randomized, double-blind study, People with depression who received vitamin D supplements noticed a marked improvement in their symptoms.” – Journal of Internal Medicine

According to the Nutrition Research Journal, as many as 80% of people are deficient in vitamin D. Inadequate exposure to sunshine, poor eating habits, malabsorption, the VDR genetic mutation, and accelerated catabolism due to certain medications, dark skin pigment color, and too much sunscreen can be to blame. 

A doctor can check vitamin D levels with a simple blood test. Many mainstream doctors will suggest that you are within normal limits if your levels are 20-30ng/mL. However, for optimal health, the Endocrine Society and many functional medicine M.D.s and naturopaths will recommend levels of between 40-70 ng/mL for both children and adults. These doctors will also recommend a more aggressive replenishment program. For example, at age five, my son’s level was 24. The pediatrician recommended 500iu daily of supplementation, while our naturopath recommended 5,000iu daily for six months before retesting. Six months later, his levels were almost normal. 

“Through several mechanisms, vitamin D can reduce risk of infections. Those mechanisms include inducing cathelicidins and defensins that can lower viral replication rates and reducing concentrations of pro-inflammatory cytokines that produce the inflammation that injures the lining of the lungs, leading to pneumonia, as well as increasing concentrations of anti-inflammatory cytokines” – PubMed

How to Increase Your Vitamin D Levels

Get enough sun. Vitamin D3, “the sunshine vitamin,” is the only vitamin your body that is made, with the help of the sun. So be sure to get enough sun exposure to help the body make this essential nutrient. Hold off trying to protect ourselves from the rays of the sun at every turn by slathering sunscreen. Allow yourself to play outside, garden, and enjoy the rays in moderation.

If you must use some sunscreen, avoid chemical sunscreens made with toxic chemicals that cause thyroid dysfunction, endocrine disruption, allergies, organ toxicity, reproductive toxicity, skin cancer, development, brain, and metabolism problems. Shop for natural mineral-zinc-based certified products instead. When exposed to scorching climates or in the sun for extended periods, we use sunscreens by Babyganics, Badger, Babo Botanicals, and Goddess Garden products.

Eat a well-balanced diet, with foods higher in vitamin D. Although it is believed that we only get twenty percent from the foods we eat. Some foods higher in D include cod liver oil, fish, oysters, eggs, and mushrooms. 

Get checked for the VDR mutation. A blood test will determine if you have mutations in the vitamin D receptor. The consequence can be lower vitamin D levels and the inability to absorb vitamin calcium and many other minerals properly. According to a 2020 scientific report, supplementation of vitamin D can help improve VDR gene expression, so more supplementation may be necessary if you have this mutation.

“Something so simple. Vitamin D supplementation could improve the health status of millions and so becomes an elegant solution to many of our health problems today.” – Carol L. Wagner, MD – Medical University of South Carolina

Supplementation 101. Supplementation is often critical if you cannot properly metabolize or absorb enough vitamin D or not get enough sunshine. In areas with long winters and specific populations of people with darker skin color, supplementation may be even more critical. There are many supplements on the market. However, many tablet forms are not as bioavailable and harder to absorb. Therefore, it has been recommended that liquid forms are better. In addition, liquid D is often suspended in olive oil, which helps the vitamins to absorb more easily since it is fat soluble. One of my favorite brands is by Seeking Health. It does not contain any impurities or allergy-inducing ingredients. 

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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Our Body Makes Neurotransmitters, Should We Give It Nutrition Instead of Psych Meds?

“Those with psychiatric symptoms aren’t missing certain chemicals. They are missing certain nutrients that make those chemicals.” – Healing Without Hurting

Our bodies are amazing machines. When we provide our cells with nutrient-dense whole food nutrition free of chemicals, additives, pesticides, and herbicides, our bodies flourish. If our body is nutrient deficient or full of toxins, it can lead to cell death,  immunodeficiency, and physical and mental health illness. According to the July 2017 edition of Nutrients, thirty-one to forty-five percent of the United States population has some nutritional deficiency. Before a psychiatrist prescribes a psychiatric medication, testing for levels of nutrients in the body is essential.

The brain is the greediest organ of our body, with some particular dietary requirements. It’s hardly surprising that nutritional deficiencies lead to mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, memory deficiencies, attention, cognition issuessleep problems, and sensory processing disorders. The most common nutrient deficiencies leading to mental disorders are omega–3 fatty acids, B vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that are precursors to neurotransmitters.

When diet and lifestyle is addressed, and an intervention is put in place to correct for deficiencies, there is a remarkable change. In a 2016 study in the Journal of Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine, “patients reported multiple benefits across all conditions addressed and felt their emotional and or neurological symptoms diminished significantly.”

Other symptoms of nutritional deficiencies include weight gain due to a slower metabolism, fatigue, salt and sugar cravings, muscle weakness, diminished sex drive, hair loss, brittle hair and nails, and scaly skin. There are many causes of nutritional deficiencies including, eating a Standard American Diet (SAD) lacking essential nutrients, low absorption due to poor digestion, metabolic issues due to genetic mutations, lack of nutrients in our soil, and medications. And so, a vicious cycle ensues.

Common medications deplete vital nutrients essential to your health.” -Hyla Cass, MD.

The sad reality is that many people eat poorly-paying no attention to how their eating habits affect their mental health, and many are too quick to find the “quick fix” remedy. Our allopathic psychiatrists and doctors do not get training in a systems biology to treatment, nor are they encouraged to offer this advice. The lack of knowledge in this area is primarily because the pharmaceutical companies fund our medical schools. There is no money in good nutrition or healthy people.

Why We Need to Eat Enough Protein

Eating enough protein is vital. We can get adequate protein from many plant sources, as well as meat products. Everyone talks about how those with mental health issues need more dopamine or serotonin, which usually translates into more medication. However, if we look at the physiology behind how neurotransmitters are made in the first place, most of them depend on an adequate intake of protein. Protein is broken down into amino acids, and the amino acids are then converted to neurotransmitters with the help of other nutrients such as B vitamins and specific minerals.

Interestingly, medication does not increase the levels of these chemicals in the body; it only re-uptakes what is already there. So, if a person is deficient, the medication may do little to remedy the situation. If it recirculated back to the brain where there may be too much already, side-effects could occur.

Two of the most common brain chemicals involved with depression are dopamine and serotonin. These chemicals, called neurotransmitters, regulate mood. Serotonin deficiency can lead to depression. Hence why antidepressants known as SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) are typically the go-to medication treatment.

Serotonin is actually created by an amino acid called tryptophan. Niacin (vitamin B3) is part of the metabolizing process of forming serotonin from tryptophan. Therefore, niacin deficiency can also directly impact mood by affecting your production of serotonin. Dopamine is produced from the amino acid tyrosine and phenylalanine, both of which can be obtained from protein-rich foods.

Melatonin is an important hormone that helps to regulate our sleep cycle. The conversion of serotonin to melatonin is controlled by the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) of the hypothalamus, the coordinator of the body’s circadian rhythms. Many doctors, both holistic and conventional, often recommend it for sleep problems. Although generally safe in lower doses and limited time, supplementing this powerful hormone may have some side effects. Some of them include nightmares, grogginess, seizures, tics, headaches, nausea, diabetes, small testicles, and depression. To avoid synthetic substitutes, we can provide the brain’s pineal gland what it needs to make melatonin. The necessary nutrients include tryptophan, GABA, fatty acids, B vitamins, zinc, and magnesium.

As one can see, proper nutrition and getting enough nutrients is essential to our mental well-being. Instead of running to get a script, perhaps it is time to address the many other root causes of mental health issues, including nutritional deficiencies. To learn more about how to help you or your family overcome ADHD, autism, and mental health conditions, while at the same time improving your overall health, I am offering a FREE downloadable PDF of an online presentation I recently gave containing these tips and much more. Learn why eating protein is essential and why microbiome diversity is critical. SIGN UP HERE to receive your free download today. And to purchase my award-winning book Healing Without Hurting, click here.

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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