Oregano Oil

In this day and age when antibiotics are overprescribed, it’s good to look for natural alternatives to use. I’ve found oregano oil to be a potent contender. So, let’s take a look at some of the benefits that are supported by research.

Fighting bacteria. Research finds that a compound called carvacrol, which oregano oil contains high levels of, is effective in eliminating the bacteria staphylococcus aureus and staphylococcus epidermidis. Taking the supplement or rubbing it on the skin may help a person eliminate it. In addition, the authors of Frontiers in Microbiology, found that a combination of oregano oil and colloidal silver effectively eliminated antibiotic resistant staph bacteria they tested.

Treating fungal infections. Thanks to high levels of thymol, oregano appears to be a potent antifungal treatment for common candida fungal infections such as, oral thrush, yeast infections, infected toenails or fingernails and athlete’s foot.

Providing antioxidants. I am always trying to incorporate antioxidants into my diet and Oregano is a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants help protect the body from oxidative stress and free radicals.

Reducing inflammation. Chronic inflammation can eventually cause several diseases and conditions, including some cancers, rheumatoid arthritis, atherosclerosis, periodontitis and hay fever.

Repelling insects. Okay, with summer around the corner this is definitely good to know! Both carvacrol and thymol have shown in research studies to repel some ticks and mosquitos by rubbing diluted oregano oil on the skin.

Aiding in weight loss. Researchers have found that carvacrol, a main ingredient in oregano oil, disrupts part of the process that leads to the creation and accumulation of fat tissue.

Fighting cancer. Some sources show that oregano may help fight colon and breast cancer. The oil also showed to inhibit some lung cancer and prostate cancer cells.

These are all good reasons to give oregano oil a try. There are different forms of oregano oil and if you plan to take it as a supplement you would use food grade oregano oil but if you plan to use it topically then the essential oil could be used in a diluted form.

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Happy healing!

Tracy

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Black Cohosh

Black Cohosh is usually used by women who are experiencing symptoms of menopause, mainly hot flashes, but did you know it also contains the following medicinal capabilities when treating:

~ Headaches

~ Hot Flashes

~ Mood Changes

~ Sleep Problems

~ Heart Palpitations

~ Night Sweats

~ Reduces the Risk of Blood Clots

~ Prevents Heart Attacks

~ Relieves Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

~Energy Booster

~ Lowers Blood Pressure

~ Skin Health

~ Helps treat Rheumatoid Arthritis

~ Anti-inflammatory

Learn how to be your own internal physician and take care of the cells in your body. Understanding, discerning and treating different conditions with natures help may seem daunting, but I truly believe that it is well worth the effort. Some, not many, people dismiss my advocacy of better health saying things like “Well, we all have to die someday”. I agree that indeed we do all die someday but my preference for my latter years is to be independent and upwardly mobile. So, let’s try to live life to the fullest and healthiest way we can!

Be true to yourself!

Tracy

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Anxiety (panic attacks)

I am going to discuss panic attacks as I have recently been experiencing them again after not having one for over ten years. I lived with them off and on through my twenties. I most often experience them while driving, usually at stop lights. It happens suddenly where I experience sweating, trembling and lightheadedness.

I began to examine psychological and stress related possibilities that may be causing them to occur again but eliminated that as I have endured more at times without a panic attack occurring. So, I re-visited how I originally used my naturopathic guides to eliminate these panic attacks.

My notes and references state that the base cause of anxiety can be either a food allergy reaction (i.e., corn, cows milk, soy, etc.) or a severe reactive hypoglycemic reaction often referred to as a crash and burn curve because the downslope on the glucose curve is almost vertical.

Ah, yes. These were the pieces of my panic attack puzzle. First, I had just received a flu shot with egg origins. I have a slight reaction and allergy to eggs. Although, I did ask for the no egg vaccine, they were out of it. I had been given the standard vaccine because it is mandatory for healthcare employees. Second, I had been consuming larger amounts of sugar, as my favorite organic lemonade (made with cane sugar) had been on sale at Natural Grocers.

The suggested treatment should include the avoidance of sugar in all forms (fruit and juices) chromium 200mcg/day, vitamin B-6mg 2x a day, B-3 400mg 2x a day, B-1, B2 and B5 at the rate of 50mg 2x a day, Calcium at 2,000mg/day, magnesium at 800mg a day. Betaine HCI (digestive enzyme) before meals.

The key component for me has been the B vitamins. I take a complete B vitamin supplement 2x a day. The only way your body gets B vitamins is through nutrition and they are critically important to keep your body running in tip top condition. It’s worth noting that I hadn’t been supplementing B vitamins for a couple of months when the panic attacks began to disrupt my life. I will add a link to the brand that has worked for me. https://amzn.to/2EjaGES

I hope this is helpful information for anyone who may experience anxiety and that it provides a tool to help control it.

Tracy

Gallbladder Disease (gall stones)

This post is very emotional for me to write. My late husband went undiagnosed with gallbladder disease (gall stones) by the medical community, despite being hospitalized 4 times within 3 years. Ultimately, I found out he had this through the autopsy report. After seeing the autopsy report a lot of his suffering and symptoms made perfect sense to me. It is indeed tragic to find out that one of your loved ones conditions, that caused so much pain and suffering went unaddressed, undiagnosed and untreated for at least 3 years. It has added to my feelings that many doctors either do not know, do not care or do not want to improve their patients health. I work in the medical field and know firsthand it is a business geared to generate cash flow. Good medical doctors are rare and if you find one, hold on tight to them. I have to say that nurses are the real superstars of the medical community but their knowledge and authority are limited. In this post I am going do my best to describe gallbladder disease and pass on naturopathic ways to treat gallbladder disease.

Gallbladder disease is generally caused by liver problems, especially with fat and cholesterol metabolism. Gallbladder attacks are a cramping of the muscles in the gallbladder after a fatty meal or a temporary block of the bile duct by a gallstone. Gallstones are composed of cholesterol and fat when they first form and become calcified over time. Eggs are known to precipitate 93% of all gallbladder attacks followed closely by onions and pork.

Treatment of gallbladder disease includes a high fiber diet (i.e., make sure you are having 1-3 bowel movements a day)Lecithin at 2500 mg a day, 2gm essential fatty acids, Vitamin E 800-1200 mg a day, Selenium at 200mcg a day and taurine at 500mg per day.

2 oz. of virgin olive oil in 8 oz. of grapefruit or lemon juice will help to flush liver. An important herb to use is milk thistle which has been proven to be a powerful tonic for the liver.

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I am convinced that we have to be our own health advocate and must take preventative measures to ensure our health, which equals quality of life to me. Milk Thistle is an excellent way to support your liver in health and disease.

Please take care of yourself!

Tracy

Got Matcha?

Working in healthcare it isn’t uncommon for me to work 10-12 hour days. So, I am always looking for something to help me keep going and I have found that matcha is the best sustainable energy for me. It keeps me going steady without any hard crashes that may happen with a sugary snack.

Matcha literally means powdered tea. With traditional green tea you are infusing portions of the nutrients and caffeine from the leaves. With matcha you are ingesting whole leaves which provides small amounts of vitamins and minerals. It is packed with antioxidants, which are powerful polyphenols, a health powerhouse that can protect against cancer, heart disease, blood sugar reduction and blood pressure reduction. Polyphenols have also been shown to slow or halt the production of cancer cells. It is a top anti antiaging component.

When choosing a matcha product you will want a high quality one. Always look for matcha that is made in Japan and that has a bright, brilliant color. Almost emerald like. If you find one that has gray or brown hues, it’s most likely not high quality.

So, go ahead and give matcha a try. There are many recipes that you can incorporate matcha in but I usually mix it with water and drink a glass full. It has really been my go to for sustainable energy.

A very happy and healthy tea time to you!

Tracy

Acid Reflux

If you’ve ever experienced acid reflux you know it is one of the most unpleasant experiences ever! Laying there in a sound sleep only to be awoken by coughing and choking caused by bitter stomach acid migrating up your throat.

I experienced this most unnerving experience in my early 30’s and wondered what the hey had just happened. Having no knowledge of this I searched out answers. With a lot of input I had a name for this grody happening, acid reflux.

Rather than take the route of conventional pharmaceuticals and over the counter antacids I decided to find an alternative approach. Why was this happening and how do I stop it?!

After listening to naturopath medical doctors I decided to try digestive enzymes. Much to my surprise it actually works! I have never had another flare up! Yes, it works! I enjoy all of my spicy foods without repercussion.

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So, go ahead and enjoy the foods you love without the worry of any burning flare up!

Bon Appetit!

Tracy

Asthma and Minerals

As a child I suffered from terrifying asthma. Sudden attacks of wheezing, gasping for air and not being able to seemingly get any without emergency room visits and shots of adrenaline, is something I don’t wish on any kid.

As I grew older the attacks became less frequent but still very alarming when they did occur. Living in Boulder I was always interested in alternative treatments and found a naturopathic medical doctor who had a list of possible nutritional deficiencies and their ailments. According to her list asthma was a result of magnesium, manganese and essential fatty acid deficiencies. I already supplemented magnesium and fish oil and still suffered the occasional asthma attack. So, I bought some high quality manganese. I buy Solaray 50mg veg caps. I didn’t have an asthma attack for 6 years and when I did have a slight one I attributed to not taking manganese. I started taking it again and it has been 3 plus years asthma attack free. I keep a bottle in my cabinet making sure to supplement. I figure if it works I’m sticking with it. I will add links to the brands I prefer, below.

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If you know anyone who suffers from asthma I would say it’s worth a try if it can help. The one thing I would say is don’t expect it to stop an asthma attack but rather prevent it.

Good luck and breathe easy!