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Misconceptions About Health

natural healthWhen it comes to health, some people prefer to go the medical/drug/surgery route. They entrust their “health care” to the doctors who really aren’t trained in “health”.
Of course, there’s a time and place for medical care – but who’s responsible for your health day-to-day? That’s where misconceptions about health begin. My short list isn’t for everyone, but it might be for you – if you ever need it. They aren’t in any particular order.

I’ve added a “Solutions” section at the end. Feel free to add your comments.

Misconception #1 – You’re fine until you’re not

How do you answer the casual question – “How are you?” You might say that you’re hanging in there, or you might say that you’re fine. You could be “fine” and living with little annoyances, such as allergies, headaches, joint aches, lack of consistent, restful sleep, etc. These symptoms may even be managed by over-the-counter medications. However, I see these symptoms as warning signs of something brewing. You might not be “fine”, and when a serious diagnosis becomes known, you may wonder how that could have happened to you . . . all of a sudden.

Misconception #2 – If your immune system is acting up, suppress it.

This misconception about health may be a pet peeve of mine. Speaking truthfully, it baffles me that in the case of allergies, arthritis, inflammation, and other auto-immune diseases, a popular treatment is to suppress the immune system. Yet,  we need our immune system to be functioning optimally to help prevent the most disturbing health challenges today – especially cancer, heart disease, and infectious diseases. In addition, consider the side effects of drug therapy . . . malignancy, toxicity, inability to fight infections, and drug interactions. If you are on immunosuppressive drugs, here’s a resource for you.

Misconception #3 – Supplements are harmful and often ineffective.

I agree that many supplements are ineffective – especially the hard “pill” type supplements that don’t easily dissolve in the body. They become “potty pellets” and can actually be seen in sewage. Also, some supplements are made from synthetic ingredients. Vitamin C, for example, in synthetic form is called ascorbic acid. In order to be somewhat effective, it has to be taken in high doses. But in high doses, there are also side effects that can be harmful, such as interfering with the action of specific enzymes in the body, killing beneficial bacteria in the gut, or even leading to thickening of artery walls.

Many carefully chosen, whole foods supplements can actually provide a lot of benefit, and even physical relief, especially in cases where poor diet is an issue.

Misconception #3 – Choosing “organic” isn’t necessary.

Not only is choosing organic (foods) necessary, but we should all go the extra mile in choosing foods that are non-GMO (not genetically modified), and, in the case of fish, not farmed. Careful watch on the world of pesticides and farming shows us that 80% of our body burden (toxins in our body) comes from what we ingest – like foods laden with pesticides, polluted or contaminated water, and intentional eating of processed foods with toxins such as preservatives, dyes, synthetics, and other additives.

Misconception #4 – Taking care of yourself is selfish

As nurturers, we like to take care of others, often at our own expense. Stress takes a toll on our physical and emotional health, so the time to really take care of your health is every day – before you run out of energy yourself. Guilt can play a big roll in how you feel about taking time for your own health care. Do you deserve to take some time off? Of course!

Natural Solutions to Support Your Health

1. Really know that you’re fine. Take a personal assessment to evaluate your sleep, daily activity, diet, skin tone, and weight. If you have trouble being objective, seek the help of a naturopathic doctor.

2. Support your immune system with whole foods nutrition. Certain “superfoods” are great for making sure you have the right ingredients to fight infections, keep your heart healthy, and stave off an invasion of mutated cells. . . especially medicinal mushroom supplements, concentrated green foods, and even essential oils (like clove and oregano.)

3. Take care of the basics of good health with real, organic, fresh, raw foods, fruits and vegetables. Minimize your exposure to toxins. Actively detoxify on a regular basis. (Learn more about detoxification with zeolite here).

The key to using supplements is to support normal body functions with ingredients that fortify health – like antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and concentrated superfoods (medicinal mushrooms, for example.) Learn more about nutritional supplements here.

4. Taking time off is only part of the picture. It’s best to create habits that support relaxation and stress relief. Find time to meditate, practice yoga, or learn Reiki for stress relief. Exercise, go for a walk, or spend time outdoors. It all matters.

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I look forward to hearing from you! Contact me here.

Rosemary

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Edible Vital Essential Oils

supplementvitalityNew from Young Living

Did you know that many essential oils may be used as seasoning or flavoring in your favorite foods? Did you also know that some essential oils make the perfect dietary supplements? Yes, many essential oils and blends are perfect to eat or drink!

Introducing Young Living’s new Vitality™ series of essential oils. You might already have them in your essential oil collection.

“We’re excited to introduce Vitality™ dietary essential oils, our brand-new line that gives you a new way to discover the versatility of our pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils! Perfect for adding flavor to your favorite foods or using as dietary supplements, the Vitality dietary essential oil line gives you the freedom to share and explore some of our best-loved essential oils in a variety of nutritious and delicious ways.”

Four Distinct Categories

Edible, vital essential oils may be enjoyed with the new, four distinct categories—Herb, Spice, Citrus, and Supplement—we invite you to explore Vitality™ dietary essential oils.

I’ve included links to all of the standard essential oils in the series below. Many of these essential oils are available in the larger 15 ml size and are more economical if you intend to use them more frequently. Don’t worry. These essential oils last a long time. When properly stored away from heat and light, they have an indefinite shelf-life.

Spice or Herb?

You can usually know based if the oil you choose is a spice or an herb based on where it comes from:  Spices are typically buds, seeds, and roots, while herbs comes from the leaves of the plant.

Herb Dietary Series

Basil Vitality | Lemongrass Vitality | Oregano Vitality | Rosemary Vitality | Thyme Vitality | Lavender Vitality | Peppermint Vitality | Spearmint Vitality

Featured Herb Essential Oil

Carrot Seed Essential Oil

carrot seedCarrot Seed (Daucus carota sativa) Vitality™ essential oil is distilled from the seeds and aerial parts of wild carrots. Carrot Seed Vitality oil provides an herbaceous, floral note to foods, making it a great addition to savory dishes. Its complex flavor brings an earthy, delicious taste to your favorite recipes.

With many of the same constituents as the carrots from which it’s derived, Carrot Seed Vitality oil’s benefits may include supporting health and well-being.* Be sure to include a drop of Carrot Seed Vitality oil as part of your daily wellness regimen to enjoy all of its great properties.

Carrot Seed Vitality Essential Oils Uses:
•    Add 1-2 drops to a vegetarian gel capsule and take daily as a dietary supplement to support your well-being.*
•    Add a drop to roasted vegetables for an extra earthy flavor.
•    Use a few drops of Carrot Seed Vitality to salad dressings to infuse fresh greens with its rich taste.
•   Give quinoa or wild rice a new dimension of flavor by including Carrot Seed Vitality.
How to use: Put 4 drops in a capsule. Take 3 times daily.

Dill Essential Oil

dillDill Vitality™ essential oil provides a fresh, pungent flavor to replace fresh or dried dill in dressings and dips. Its flavor also pairs beautifully with Carrot Seed Vitality and Lemon Vitality as a flavorful ingredient for soups and stews. With fresh dill being a key flavor in many traditional Russian, European, Mediterranean, Asian, and Scandinavian dishes, Dill Vitality can be a great way to lend a rich flavor to a wide variety of cuisines!

Dill Vitality Essential Oil Uses:
•    Add 1-2 drops of Dill Vitality to a vegetarian gel capsule and take as a dietary supplement as needed.
•    Combine Dill Vitality essential oil with olive oil to use as a marinade for fish and veggies.
•    Add a little Dill Vitality oil to your favorite game-day dip for a burst of flavor.
How to use: Dilute 1 drop with 1 drop of carrier oil. Put in a capsule and take up to 3 times daily.

Spice Dietary Series

Black Pepper Vitality | Cinnamon Bark Vitality | Clove Vitality | Ginger Vitality | Carrot Seed Vitality | Celery Seed Vitality | Dill Vitality

Featured Spice Essential Oils

Black Pepper Essential Oil

black pepperBlack pepper is one of the most popular spices in the world, and the most potent flavoring of the peppercorn family.  Its distinctive flavor makes it a common addition many recipes, from appetizers to entrees. Use Young Living’s Black Pepper Vitality essential oil to spice up your favorite soup, rub, or marinade recipes. Black Pepper Vitality oil can replace ground black pepper.  Add this cherished seasoning to your kitchen with a convenient bottle of Black Pepper essential oil.

•    Add 1-2 drops of Black Pepper Vitality and 2 drops of V-6™ Vegetable Oil complex to a vegetarian gel capsule and take daily as a dietary supplement or as needed.
•    Use in marinades and rubs for pork, beef, poultry, or seafood, or add to roasted vegetables or homemade salad dressings.
•    Add to a salsa fresca or guacamole for a quick way to spice up Mexican favorites.
•    Use to flavor pasta, rice, mashed potatoes, and deli salads.
How to use: Dilute 1 drop with 1 drop of carrier oil. Put in a capsule and take up to 3 times daily.

Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil

cinnamon barkCinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum verum) Vitality™ essential oil is a concentrated and potent flavor that complements a variety of classic culinary treats. Not only is Cinnamon Bark Vitality oil used for its unique and spicy notes in recipes, but it’s also a great dietary supplement and important part of Thieves®, Abundance™, and Inner Defense® essential oil blends.

Using Cinnamon Vitality oil brings a warm taste and sensation to your favorite dishes. Taking Cinnamon Bark Vitality essential oil as a dietary supplement can support healthy digestion and help maintain a healthy immune system.*

Cinnamon Bark Vitality Essential Oil Uses:
•  Dilute 1-2 drops with V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex in a vegetarian gel capsule and take as a dietary supplement to support your regular digestion.*
•  Turn your NingXia Red® shot into a “Hot Shot” by adding a drop or two of Cinnamon Bark Vitality.
•  Take a banana smoothie to a sweet new level with a drop of Cinnamon Bark Vitality.
•  Use a drop to spice up your hot cereal.
•  Substitute Cinnamon Bark Vitality in any recipe that calls for ground cinnamon

How to use: Dilute 1 drop with 4 drops of carrier oil. Put in a capsule and take 1 daily.

Clove Essential Oil

cloveClove (Syzygium aromaticum) Vitality™ essential oil is the concentrated distillation of the same distinct, spicy cloves that have been used in kitchens for thousands of years. Perfect for adding flavor to both sweet and savory dishes, Clove Vitality oil includes the naturally occurring constituent eugenol and is beloved for its use as a dietary supplement.

When taken as a supplement, Clove Vitality essential oil promotes a healthy immune response* and may support overall wellness*, making it an important part of our Thieves®, ImmuPower™, Inner Defense™, and Longevity™ formulas.*

Clove Vitality Essential Oils Uses:
•    Support your healthy immune system* every day or as needed by adding a drop of Clove Vitality to a vegetarian capsule and taking as a daily dietary supplement.
•    Substitute Clove Vitality for the ground spice in recipes.
•    Bring gingerbread, molasses cookies, and spice cake to life by adding a drop to the batter.
•    Combine Clove Vitality with the Vitality oils Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, and Nutmeg in homemade cider or wassail recipes.
•    Try adding a drop of Clove Vitality to a warm bowl of oatmeal for a tasty, comforting start to your day
How to use: Dilute 1 drop with 1 drop of carrier oil. Put in a capsule and take up to 3 times daily.

Citrus Dietary Series

Bergamot Vitality | Citrus Fresh™ Vitality | Grapefruit Vitality | Jade Lemon™ Vitality | Lemon Vitality | Lime Vitality | Orange Vitality | Tangerine Vitality

Supplement Dietary Series

DiGize™ Vitality | EndoFlex™ Vitality | Frankincense Vitality | Thieves® Vitality

Login to your Young Living member site or visit my website for more information on each essential oil.

Please note, the new Vitality series essential oils are all available in the 5 ml size bottle. Each of these essential oils may also be purchased through the standard catalog, without special labeling as Vitality series oils. Some of the standard oils come in the 15 ml size – a savings to you!

Delicious Extras

One more thought on edible essential oils – many of the oils not listed in the Vitality series are also edible:

Cardamom

Fennel

Ledum

Marjoram

Nutmeg

Taste of Italy

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Natural Healing Over Surgery

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Gracie gets measured for a leg brace to support healing her partially torn cruciate ligament.

Last week I was at wit’s end. There was a huge problem that surfaced after Gracie slipped while out walking. You see, we’re trying to help her heal her partially torn knee ligament – a situation that has indeed improved gradually with natural solutions. But when she slipped on a snow covered Realtor sign laying on the side of the road, it set her healing back and we panicked. I actually scheduled an emergency appointment with a surgeon and tried to come to terms with the idea that surgery was her best option.

Thank goodness I came to my senses!

We’re already using natural health solutions for Gracie that are at the top of my Wellness and Recovery list. These include raw diet, specific supplements for antioxidants, immune support, and tissue regeneration, as well as cold laser therapy. We also use essential oils, and Natural Cellular Defense zeolite. It all matters. I thought it was enough, so when Gracie re-injured herself, I couldn’t stand the idea that she would continue this cycle of healing and relapse. My call to the surgeon was reactive – not well thought out, and certainly not intuitive.

I researched veterinary websites that addressed surgery for Gracie’s condition. According to the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, “Rupture of the CrCL is one of the most common reasons for hind limb lameness, pain, and subsequent knee arthritis.” In addition, “Most commonly CrCLD is caused by a combination of many factors, including aging of the ligament (degeneration), obesity, poor physical condition, genetics, conformation (skeletal shape and configuration), and breed.” That’s when I realized we had a good chance of avoiding surgery and continuing with natural healing for our dog’s knee. Why?

Gracie is only 8 – a young age in my assessment – especially because of her overall condition. Gracie is active, healthy, and athletic. Her veterinary acupuncturist was surprised that Gracie had no fatty lumps, a condition usually found in dogs her age and size.  I suspect that Gracie’s injury is the result a jump into the car – a practice we have changed since her injury. In fact, I’ve addressed a solution for prevention in my list below.

Natural Alternatives to Support Healing and Recovery

I switched my search from surgical information – invasive procedures that cut the bone, add metal support, adjust the position of the tibia, and add all the risks associated with major surgery – to one of investigative hopefulness. What I discovered was a few holistic people like myself – people who create the right environment and conditions for healing naturally. Immediately I relaxed into a state of intuitive bliss, knowing that non-surgical alternatives were the way to go for Gracie.

Supporting a Healthy Body

Several real concerns with healing and recovery have to be addressed, regardless of whether you choose surgery or natural healing solutions.

  1. Weight – the extra weight on a heavy dog contributes to wear and tear on all body organs, not just joints. Lose the extra weight.
  2. Condition – the healthier your dog is, the faster the recovery. Diet and supplements help support healthy regeneration of tissue.
  3. Exercise – regular walks are a must, and place the least stress on joints. Avoid jumping (into cars, onto furniture, over hurdles, and chasing frisbees).
  4. Stairs – offering a ramp or stairs for dogs to use getting into and out of the car, or on and off furniture, are very important. We had only considered the impact to Gracie’s shoulder if she jumped down. Her injury came when she jumped up. Cover all possibilities and avoid the risk of injury.
  5. Inflammation – joint and tissue inflammation can come from several sources such as poor diet (or commercial diet), injury, toxins, and stress. Addressing stress, toxins, and poor nutrition can reduce or eliminate inflammation.
  6. Risk or osteoarthritis – as your dog compensates movement by shifting onto the uninjured leg, it puts more stress on other joints. The body responds by building up thicker tissues, and calcification (arthritis) which can be painful. In addition, if one leg is injured, the other leg is more likely to also become injured.

Continue reading for ways to help support or even reverse these issues.

Knee Brace For Torn CrCL in Dogs

dog knee braceOur first decision (after Gracie’s re-injury) was to find a knee brace for dogs. With all the success we were having with Gracie’s speedy recovery, we were missing mechanical support for her knee while she healed. Braces do not heal the knee – but neither does surgery. The body knows how to heal. We provide the circumstances and the elements needed for the best possible results.

We looked at braces that were custom made, and were designed with strength, flexibility, and durability in mind. Our investigation led us to a company in Florida. Their website is comprehensive and specific on how to measure your dog to be fitted for a knee brace. Talk to Jim and Beth who are both compassionate and knowledgeable.

Even though we already have a list of supplements we give our dog, we’ve added one more to her protocol. Here’s the complete list of natural alternatives we’re using to support Gracie’s recovery from a torn CrCL – knee ligament. They’re not in order of importance as they are all important for different reasons. Many of these natural health solutions are found in my book, Heal Together.

Treatments

Highlighted links in the lists below lead you to more information.

  • Cold laser treatment (class 4 Cold Laser) – this is a service offered by our vet and it has shown to help Gracie improve her strength and recovery over the months she has had these treatments. If I could afford the machine, I’d buy one myself. I like this one! Fortunately, the insurance we carry for Gracie covers injuries.
  • Essential oils – there are several essential oils I like to support healing and recovery, in particular, frankincense, sandalwood, helichrysum, wintergreen, copaiba, and several essential oils from the Raindrop protocol.
  • Energy work – Gracie receives Reiki every day. I encourage people to learn Reiki so they can do this energy work themselves. We use Reiki for people and for animals. This wonderful natural healing modality complements any therapy. . . including acupuncture.

Diet and Supplements

There’s a long list I like that includes several I buy from supplement stores – turmeric, bilberry, cranberry extract. We recently added GlycoFlex III which has glucosamine, MSM, and green lipped mussels – a nice combination.

  • Raw diet – Gracie has been eating a raw food diet since she was adopted 7 years ago. Though this is not a new addition for us, it might be for you. We have found a raw diet to be the most appropriate and supportive for natural health.
  • Bone broth – this is a new addition to our list that will provide vitamins and minerals to support healthy bone and joint tissue.
  • There are 3 products from Waiora I like – Healthy Aging which is a colostrum based product, Natural Cellular Defense zeolite, and MegaDefense medicinal mushrooms.
  • Gracie also gets an Isagenix product for telomere support called Isagenesis Product B.

Natural Alternatives or Surgery for Your Pet

My vet is supportive of our efforts to help Gracie heal naturally. He’s progressive in offering cold laser therapy, acupuncture, and Reiki through his clinic. He also wants us to consider the possibility that Gracie may need surgery. This article is written help offer possibilities for natural healing for your pet. What’s in your pet’s best interest? Natural alternatives offer support without causing harm. If surgery is required, your dog will be in better health overall and promote a speedy recovery – naturally.

Consider these aspects in making your decision:

  1. Age and health of your dog. If your dog is very old, or not well, surgery may not be an option. In my opinion, surgery should be considered after natural means have been thoroughly explored, regardless of age or health.
  2. Cost. Surgery is expensive, even if it’s covered by insurance. Recovery time is long, and physical therapy is often required. In addition, you’ll probably want to also include natural solutions from my list above.
  3. Recovery time. It takes months to heal from surgery. It also takes months to heal naturally. However, the quality of recovery time is different without surgery. There are no wounds to heal, no anesthesia to recover from, and no invasive emotional trauma.
  4. Results. According to some forward thinking veterinarians, surgery may not be necessary.

I’m happy to share my knowledge and discoveries. Contact me to schedule an appointment.