Things Your Dr. Won’t Tell You About Health

I want to help as many people as I can to get out of the rut of unhealthy eating habits and lifestyles that have caused unprecedented incidences of obesity, diabetes, and cancer, and autoimmune diseases in this country.  I am NOT a doctor or a nutritionist, but I currently work in a medical office as an LPN. I see, first hand, how many health complications arise and spiral out of control as a result of poor lifestyle choices.

I have learned a lot about the human body processes and how amazing the human body is when everything is working properly and after witnessing the decline of so many patients’ health,  I’ve developed a deeper appreciation and gratefulness for my own health and how precious our time here in the physical world is.

We all need to take responsibility for our own health.  Don’t look for a pill to solve your problems. The human body is an amazing thing.  It is an intense structure that has the ability to HEAL ITSELF!!  As long as your body is in good physical condition and fueled with the proper nutrients and stress is properly managed, and your chakras are balanced and aligned, it can and WILL heal itself!

I work for a doctor who is much more forward thinking than most practitioners of internal medicine who is also a licensed acupuncturist and utilizes a lot of different natural supplements to help keep her patients healthy and strong well into their 80’s and 90’s.

Some of the most common supplements that she recommends to her patients are:

  • Vitamin D3
  • Turmeric
  • Fish Oil (Omega 3 Fatty Acids)
  • Bergamot (helps some people with cholesterol levels)
  • Probiotics
  • Vitamin B12 folate

Vitamin D3

Vitamin D3 is such an important powerhouse vitamin that most of America is extremely deficient of .  You need to have this level checked at least once a year through blood work ordered by your doctor with a 25OH Vitamin D test because it is a fat soluble vitamin that can cause problems if the level becomes too high.  The standard that most labs and doctors go by is a level of 35 being “normal”. The Dr. that I work for likes to see it much higher than that – more like 50-60ng/mL  A dose of 1000 iu of D3 a day is a very minimal dose to start with. Just make sure you get D3 not D2.

Vitamin D3’s role in immune health has long been established; vitamin D receptors are found on a number of immune cells, including lymphocytes and macrophages, supporting healthy immune cell activation. Vitamin D also supports cardiovascular function in some individuals and is now believed to help prevent cancer, it supports bones with calcium absorption and dozens of other health benefits.

Essential Oils

One of my favorite things to use in place of medications is essential oils.  There are endless uses for them. You can apply them topically (when mixed with a carrier oil), you can diffuse them, you can use them to make non-toxic cleaning supplies and even just as a room deodorizer.  They smell amazing!

The effects of these oils provide a lot more benefit than just smelling nice.  They actually provide:

  • Pharmacological changes (when absorbed through the skin or inhaled)
  • Psychological effects (when inhaled)
  • Physiologically (giving you a sense of relaxation or invigorating you)

When applying essential oils to the skin, I recommend mixing them together with some kind of carrier oil such as:

One of the most common illnesses that we see in our office every year is Sinusitis and upper respiratory infections. Almost 40 million Americans suffer from sinusitis each year. Sinusitis is inflammation of the tissue lining the sinuses sometimes causing an infection that creates mucus build up, pain and tenderness, cough and sometimes fever.

Anytime a patient comes into the medical office that I work in, they are prescribed an antibiotic for a sinus infection.  Although recent research shows that your body should be able to naturally overcome mild or moderate sinusitis without medication¹.  Certain essential oils can help with your sinusitis symptoms, the key is to start using them as soon as you start feeling any of the symptoms. The best oil to use for helping to clear out mucus and open the sinuses is Eucalyptus.  It can also ease symptoms of respiratory conditions by dilating the blood vessels and allowing more oxygen into the lungs.  Peppermint helps to reduce swelling of the nasal passages and helps with headaches, and Lemon also supports clearing out mucus in the nasal passages and sinus regions.  You can use them topically by combining with a carrier oil like coconut oil, to rub on your chest at night or diffuse them in water with a diffuser so that you can inhale the oils while you work or at home. Inhalation of essential oils is an effective way to treat nose, throat and lung ailments.  The properties of the oils are absorbed into the blood circulation faster by inhalation than by oral application. The diffuser also humidifies the air and helps prevent your skin from getting dry. You can also try a roll-on application of Peppermint for your forehead and temples. This helps relieve headache symptoms.

Dairy products cause you to produce more mucus and so does sugar. Sugar and alcohol suppress your immune system.  You need to do as much as possible to support your immune system. Drink plenty of water, preferably lemon water (the lemon helps to loosen the mucus) or hot tea with lemon and get plenty of rest.

Visualization

Visualization is a very effective technique when trying to make a change in your life. Our mind is a very powerful tool and can sometimes work against us.  Your thoughts are one of the only functions of your body that you have 100% control of. From the minute you wake up, until the minute you go to sleep, your brain  processes tens of thousands of thoughts. Some of them you aren’t even aware of. Most of us have a constant stream of negative thoughts. We all have that voice inside of our heads that says we can’t or shouldn’t do something.  We think we aren’t good enough or we don’t deserve it. This is just your ego trying to prevent you from stepping out of your comfort zone. It is imperative that you make a conscious effort to become more aware of and change your thought patterns.   Don’t focus on what you don’t have, or what your problem is, instead focus on your health or financial goal as if you have already achieved it and try to keep your mind in a state of appreciation and gratitude.

Keep your mind in a state of appreciation and you will attract more of what you want. When a negative thought creeps into your mind, try to stop it and change your thought process. Just tell yourself to stop thinking that way and “think positive”.  Say it out loud to yourself. No matter how much you want to complain about someone or something, just let it go and think positive. A great little exercise to help with this is to keep a gratitude journal. “The One Minute Gratitude Journal” by Brenda Nathan is a wonderful example of one to use. Writing down daily positive experiences is a way of training your brain to become more positive and to stop focusing on negativity, which attracts more negativity.  Once you learn to fine tune your thoughts to gratefulness for what you have and being happy about where you are right now, not worrying about the past or the future – being as present as possible – then you will be in a state that welcomes harmony and healing both physically and spiritually.

Meditation

Builds skills to manage your stress.  It increases self-awareness, reduces negative emotions, increases patience and tolerance and helps you focus on the present moment. Some research suggests that it may help manage symptoms of:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression      
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Chronic Pain
  • Effects of Chemo
  • Insomnia
  • Tension Headaches

Meditation is not a replacement for traditional medical treatment, but to be used in conjunction with it.

Acupuncture

Traditional Chinese medicine explains that health is the result of a harmonious balance of “yin” and “yang” of the life force known as “qi”, pronounced “chi”.  Illness happens when there is an imbalance of these forces. Qi is said to flow through meridians in the human body. These meridians are accessible through 350 acupuncture points in the body. Inserting needles into these points with appropriate combinations brings the body back into proper balance.

Reiki

is a holistic Japanese hands-on healing technique that uses life force energy to help the body heal itself. The origin of Reiki can be traced back to ancient Tibet, thousands of years ago. It was then re-discovered in the mid 1800’s by Dr. Mikao Usui of Japan.  It’s a gentle, non-invasive technique that promotes relaxation and stress reduction. The practitioner guides their hands along the body, sometime a few inches off of the body, to scan for any feeling of blockages in the body. The practitioner is very in tune to this and can feel heat or sometimes coolness and will just hold their hands in that spot as long as their intuition tells them it is needed. The hands become hot as the energy flows through the practitioner’s hands. It brings your body into balance, harmony and wholeness, which is necessary to achieve optimal health and wellness. It also provides a sense of emotional wellbeing as well as physical.

Chakras

These are metaphorically referred to as “the gateways of consciousness” and literally means “wheels of light” (the sanskrit meaning).  Tapping into these through meditation is a great way to connect with your spirit. There are 7 commonly known energy centers that follow up the body from the base of the spine up to the top of the head:

  • 1st – Root
  • 2nd – Sacral
  • 3rd – Solar Plexus
  • 4th – Heart
  • 5th – Throat
  • 6th – Third Eye
  • 7th – Crown

Each chakra has their own purpose and connection to your spiritual being.  They control different emotions. When they are blocked and not flowing freely, they create physical manifestations of illness and disease and emotional disturbance.  This is usually brought on by our negative thought processes.

Once we are able to get our body back into balance and get the positive energy flowing freely through our body, we are less likely to get sick.

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

The information contained herein is for informational purposes only and does not establish a doctor-patient relationship. Please be sure to consult your physician before taking this or any other product.

Disclaimer – This guide is in no way a replacement of medical advice. It is not intended to treat any medical conditions.  Please consult with a physician before adding any new supplements to your diet.

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