At Custom Wellness we offer opportunities and other resources for Natural Health Care. During this time of uncertainty, I want to offer HOPE that there are other options besides the traditional avenues.
I hear fear in client’s voices. Running to the doctor to get a covid test with a minor symptom, shouldn’t be your first line of defense. Apparently, there are over 2000 mutations of C-19, and I have found 2 new strains released this fall. We may be in for a hard winter, but don’t despair, WE’VE GOT THIS! We’ve figured out quite a bit from last spring. Everything I recommended in the spring post supported those clients who had symptoms. Unfortunately I do not have a license to say much more than that. But I can legally say: WE’VE GOT THIS! 😊
We need to build up the immune system first and foremost. Echinacea, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Zinc. Remember not all supplements are created equal. Please do not run to Meijer or GNC to pick these up. Get whole food varieties. Vitamin C should include rose hips which doubles as lung support. Don’t purchase Vitamin C as ascorbic acid as it’s only ingredient. You will become deficient in Vitamin C when you take this every day.
Echinacea puts the immune system on alert. Guns at the ready!
Elderberry Defense is a nice combo for prevention, or for mild symptoms.
Stabilizer – remember this one stabilizes the cell walls so the toxins or viruses can’t penetrate the cell wall. Just 1 a day is all you need.
Licorice Root and Linum (flax/omega-3’s) are also anti-viral. Licorice root doubles as a stress calmer. And Linum supports the endocrine and heart. Nice preventatives.
If I have taught you how to muscle test yourself, then when you pick up a supplement at the store (hopefully you’re going to a health food store or coming here), ask the question, “Is this supplement really what the label is claiming it is?” [CBD is a big offender]
Eat real food!
Eat organic fruits, vegetables, and pastured proteins. Pastured doesn’t mean pasteurized. It means the animals are eating grass (cows) or bug/grubs (chickens) like their supposed to. Happy cows. Happy chickens. The fuel you put into your body is just as important, if not more, than the supplements you use to build the immune system.
If you put water in your gas tank, will your car go very far? And will it last very long if you don’t give it regular maintenance? Fuel equals food. And supplements are the food you’re missing from your diet. Feed your body the best fuel and it will thank you by functioning very well, and by cleansing these toxins and viruses from the body.
I can’t stress this enough: EAT REAL FOOD! (Fast food is NOT actual food)
Detox and cleanse. Open channels of elimination. Those include: bowels, liver, lymph, kidneys, lungs, skin. Get your body flushing the toxins and aluminum out and you should be fine. See below for supplement options. Most of these immune boosters also detox and drain toxins out.
A piece to this viral issue has to do with our body’s ability to detox, and the toxins and radiation we are being bombarded with. It’s too overwhelming to the body. Reduce your toxic load by using natural products both on your skin and to clean your home with, and you’ll be much healthier.
Zinc, zinc, zinc! Detox, detox, detox! And if you need to push that zinc into the cells more efficiently, take some tonic water with it. These two items together have been touted as the simplest anti-malarial solution for centuries!
Aluminum is a big part of this year’s problem too. Horsetail, horsetail, horsetail to increase your silica in the body to detox the Aluminum. See Connie for details on this or ask for an invite to the GetAssist app, where we will be discussing this in a private community, why we are having aluminum problems this year. So many are struggling with this toxicity this year.
[See your natural health practitioner for drainage pathway supplemental support.]
“What if I’m already sick?”
If you are already sick and have major symptoms, you’ll need the strong supplements: GOLD, Pulmonest, St. John’s Wort, Propolis spray, Herbal Throat Spray, Viranon, and if you haven’t already added in Zinc, C, and D, then it’s time. Giddyup. Major symptoms require the big guns. Minor symptoms – you might be fine on your own, or with just a couple things.
If you already have symptoms and they are progressing, then you’ll want a goldenseal combo of some kind, or just straight up goldenseal. GOLD from Systemic formulas is a nice heavy hitter. MediHerb has a goldenseal too - nice and concentrated.
Remember the St. John’s Wort. This breaks down the protein coating of the virus, so the immune system can do its job (see my post from last spring). As long as you are not on an anti-depressant, you can take St. John’s Wort. Get a good quality one. Concentrated. Sourced well. I cannot emphasize enough that not all supplements are created equal.
Pulmonest is good for clearing things out of the lungs. It’s good for bronchitis, pneumonia, or anytime you’ve breathed something in that you’re body is trying to expel.
R-Lung will help you heal the tissue in the lungs after they’ve been damaged. If you have asthma or have had bronchitis or pneumonia in the past, especially this quirky virus we are battling this year, then you may benefit from R-Lung.
Call and schedule an appointment if you’re not sure what to take. Don’t tough it out on your own if you’re really sick, okay? If you have mild symptoms, you’ll be fine. 😉 It’s good for the immune system to fight things off sometimes on its own.
Turn off the news. Turn off the television. Most of it is just programming anyway. They are programming you. They want you to be in fear. You will do anything they tell you if you are in fear. They know this, and they have been using this tactic for decades. Remember your first visit with me when we talked about being too acidic? What makes you too acidic? Yes, crappy non-foods like soda pop and fast food, but also fear, anxiety, depression, bad thoughts running through your mind… You show me any news program on mainstream media, or any TV show or movie, and I will show you the agenda.
Turn off the Wi-Fi at night. Yes, I mean, shut it all down. Put it on a timer if you have to, so you remember. Don’t put your phone by your head all night. Put it on the other side of the room, or better yet, power it down too. These frequencies ramp up viruses. They cause your body to not function as well. They interrupt sleep.
Get some Orgonite or Safe Space to clean up the dirty electricity in your home and office.
Sources for supplementation this fall & winter:
Vitamin D – Systemic Formulas’ DV3 also includes Vit C, zinc, and other things for the immune system. Try to do over 5000 IU’s. Or 10,000 if you are compromised or have comorbidities.
Vitamin A – Standard Process. Supports the immune system.
Vitamin C – Nature’s Sunshine is the best with the rose hips. Detoxifies and supports immune system.
Echinacea – MediHerb (concentrated) or Nature’s Sunshine. Standard Process has an Echinacea-C too. Puts the immune system on high alert. For prevention or for mild symptoms at onset.
Zinc – Nature’s Sunshine is a good one, Standard Process also has one, Biotics too (detoxes and supports immune system
Elderberry Defense – Nature’s Sunshine. For prevention, or for mild symptoms.
Licorice Root – Nature’s Sunshine. Anti-viral, supports adrenals/stress.
Linum B6 – Standard Process. Flax seed oil is anti-viral. You want to consume it fresh. Don’t buy it already ground in a bag at the health food store. Buy it in gelcap form or buy the seeds and grind them yourself just before eating.
Quercitin – Detoxifying & antiviral. Nice adjunct.
GOLD – Systemic Formulas. If you have symptoms, contains a combo of herbs including vit C, etc. Heavy hitter.
Goldenseal – MediHerb. Concentrated goldenseal. Heavy hitter.
St. John’s Wort – Standard Process (concentrated) or Nature’s Sunshine. Takes down the protein coat.
Viranon – MediHerb. Nice immune herbal combo that includes St. John’s Wort. Heavy hitter.
Pulmonest – MarcoPharma. Helps expel mucus and other toxins from the lungs and bronchi. Strong.
R-Lung – Systemic Formula. Great for repairing the tissue in the lungs, which COVID damages.
Myrrh – MediHerb. Some need this for lung support.
Propolis – Helps kill the virus and detox the nasal passages the first few days of exposure (in stock).
Herbal Throat Spray – MediHerb. Helps kill the virus in the throat after it moves down from the nasal passages.
Vitamin C – high doses, every hour or two in acute stages, to the point of diarrhea, then back off – flush it all out
Zinc – high doses – with tonic water if needed
And that’s not to mention all of the homeopathic remedies at our disposal too, which are too many to name here. Contact us about what supplements you may want to be taking if you are not feeling well or want to boost your immune system.
Growing up it seemed as though everyone was having babies with the greatest of ease. Infertility wasn't even a topic, but I realize now it was because discussion of such an issue was considered taboo. Cousins, aunts, neighbors, teachers, random women walking down the street. Every woman seemed to have a baby at one time or another, except..my mom. As a Korean adoptee raised by Caucasian parents, I quickly learned how I came to be in their life and they into mine. My father fought in the Vietnam war and when they had settled, decided on starting a family. Mom had always told me growing up and into adulthood that being a mom was her only dream in life. She could be working any job if she had children to love at home. In the 70s during my parent's efforts in reaching viable pregnancy they discovered a detrimental roadblock that would reroute their destination dramatically. Ectopic pregnancies. This is where the egg and sperm meet, and conception occurs but does not make it to the uterine walls where it needs to implant for survival and development. Instead the embryo gets stuck elsewhere, in this instance, the fallopian tube. Because, structurally, an embryo cannot properly nourish or develop outside of the uterine walls this results in miscarriage, often accompanied by excruciating pain and emotional devastation. The issue is often structural and can typically be determined by a damaged fallopian tube, scar tissue and other unforeseen causes preventing a smooth pathway for the traveling embryos. As a result of these destructive and dangerous pregnancies my mother was advised to go through with a full hysterectomy. After her operation, my parents started looking elsewhere for answers and delved into the world of adoption.
IVF (in vitro fertilization) started in the 1970s. Although the practice was just born, perhaps my parents would have gone that route had they known it was a viable possibility. It is difficult to say, considering it was so new and unheard of during that era. Going through my own miscarriage, I was linked to groups that dealt with infertility. As I searched through the web, I discovered a myriad of causes to infertility and miscarriage. I've also found the many different routes and incredible lengths some individuals or couples go through to achieve conception and implantation. In vitro fertilization was a popular subject and it was new to me, and never had it crossed my mind that this was an option. Looking on social media I discovered how popular this method was and it seemed to be growing by the day! Reading story upon story I was so impressed by the women who went through incredible struggles to receive their babies. I had so much respect for these women and their resilience in the face of adversity. In understanding their fight and perseverance I naturally had to ask myself if this was the only way for women to conceive, when told they could not. Because of my practice I always ask WHY and what can we do through natural methods first? And was everything that could have been done, done? Could natural health practitioners help women and/or women and their partners to achieve conception naturally when told by the medical world that they are infertile? Every woman is unique and dynamic, and in celebrating ALL women I need them to know they have choices.
Hormone imbalances are often magnified during such transitions as premenstrual syndrome, menstrual cycles, and menopause. But hormones are everyday life! Balance and attention need to be on the table daily for long term health. Everyday stressors and food, YES FOOD, can and will affect hormone health! Many women who go through infertility lie in the belief that something is wrong with them. That somehow, they are defective. Chalked up to biological inheritance issues, most accept this as truth and move on in one way or another. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH YOU! If there are structural issues it’s still not your fault. You have so much more control in your life than you think. Diet is HUGE. It impacts every aspect of health. It heals or can destroy or further damage an existing issue. So why would the effects of consumption stop at hormones and reproduction? The answer is: IT DOESN'T.
Did you know healthy fats, along with quality H2O, is the foundation of not only cholesterol but HORMONES and in this specific case SEX HORMONES. And yes, you need excellent cholesterol levels to also balance proper hormone levels. See the connection? AND, considering our SAD (standard American diet) reputation is intricately designed to support these BAD fats, it is no wonder we are not getting the relief and answers we need. What's more readily available in restaurants and fast food joints? TRANS FAT which equals BAD FAT. Fats compete for cell storage and if it’s a bad fat getting in there and dominating a cell, you can guarantee the good fats are quickly getting the boot.
THYROID health! ADRENAL support! The PINEAL GLAND! Doesn't that sound like an exciting trifecta? The thyroid is also called the 'third ovary' and not without reason. The pineal gland is considered the reproductive clock and the adrenals are intricately connected to both in managing stress support and the somewhat elusive sex hormone PROGESTERONE. Low levels of progesterone are a major marker for female infertility. Naturally occurring in many foods such as cruciferous vegetables, nuts and specific herbs it is also, thankfully, available in creams if you need that extra boost. The endocrine system needs immense support during this particular time. Nutrients, stress management and rest are all comprising factors to get a working endocrine system to fulfill its job and strengthen your overall reproductive system. Not to mention pH! Balancing pH is huge, for both female and male alike, in creating the right environment and in assimilating nutrients to assist and sustain life within.
A woman's body is the terrain that gives life to developing cells. Under the right conditions we can work to create the right environment for sustaining life! Always ask, “what can I control?” And after you've done EVERYTHING, ask “what else could there be?” A man's terrain is equally important to examine during the reproductive stage. Understanding sperm quality and learning how to support sexual reproduction is crucial. Does he have enough testosterone? What is the quality of sperm? And how does a man achieve that? Foods high in zinc support testosterone production and pumpkins seeds high in both omega-3s and zinc increase prostate health by producing the fluid for sperm to travel seamlessly. It doesn't end there. Deficiency in other nutrients such as vitamin C and omega's also can contribute to low sperm count or motility. Sound interesting yet?
The cycle of life! Would you like to learn more? Want to understand your incredible body and what you can do to support yourself to the highest degree? Come see us. We are working to help you achieve optimal health from various angles and degrees of the natural world. We look forward to seeing you!
Natural Health Practitioner
None of the following information is meant to diagnose or treat disease. I am offering strictly nutritional advice and nutritional supplements to support the immune system and the body during this time.
ST. JOHN’S WORT:
There are different classifications of viruses. The C-virus that everyone is concerned about right now, is under the category of enveloped viruses. What that means is that the virus is encased in a lipid layer (or fat encasing). St. John’s Wort handles enveloped viruses.(1, 2, 3) You may have probably heard that St. John’s Wort is for depression. Yes, it can help with that too. However, it has been traditionally used throughout history for enveloped viruses. MediHerb has 4 options: St. John’s Wort tablets, Viranon tablets, and 2 liquid tinctures. Nature’s Sunshine has 2 products as well: St. John’s Wort and their Time Release version. I am carrying all of these tablets and liquids. If you do not already have a Nature’s Sunshine account, I can set you up with one to get their herbs at a discount, and you could order them direct from the company.
ECHINACEA & VITAMIN C:
Purchase a high-quality Echinacea to set your defenses at the front lines ready to fight. Both MediHerb’s Echinacea Premium and Nature’s Sunshine Echinacea and Echinacea combinations are high quality. Consider adding in whole food vitamin C (not ascorbic acid) to pair with the Echinacea so that these nutrients are absorbed efficiently. You need those 2 items in proper balance for the body to effectively utilize these nutrients. Look for whole food vitamin C. Ascorbic acid is just the protective outer coating of the Vitamin C complex. You will become deficient in the other 4 parts of the complex if you take in high doses of Ascorbic Acid, as your body tries to pull the other parts of the complex together in order to process it. Foods and herbs high in Vitamin C include buckwheat (aerial parts) juice, rose hips, acerola, and cilantro.
SUGAR & VITAMIN C:
A study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that sugar decreases your immune defenses for 6 hours after ingesting it.(4) Focus on lower carbohydrate meal plans for now until we are over this hump. Sugar and Vitamin C compete for the same port on the cell wall. And sugar always wins. If you are ingesting quite a bit of the white stuff along with breads, pasta, and grains, you are going to have a hard time absorbing Vitamin C. Write down what you are eating to track how much sugar you are taking in. Count the carbohydrates in each food. Do this for a few days and you will see a trend. Stick to veggies, protein, and good quality fats. Meal examples: chicken and broccoli, or meat and side salad. Olive oil (not heated), avocado oil, coconut oil, butter, and ghee are good fats to incorporate in. Eat real food and you will be fine. Real food makes your body strong!
I watched Dr. Darren Schmidt’s newest YouTube video this morning. He gives excellent information and links to research articles. I carry all the supplements he mentioned. In addition to what I spoke about above, Dr. Schmidt presented research that Linoleic Acid kills the C-virus.(5) CLA, GLA, Evening Primrose Oil and Flax Seed Oil are high in Linoleic Acid. Get a gel cap of the flax. It’s unstable and goes rancid before it even hits the store shelves. Or grind the seeds and eat them right away. Don’t buy the already ground seeds. Again, rancid.
Dr. Schmidt also talked about the drainage pathways (lymph, liver, kidney, lungs, and sinuses) and the importance of opening those pathways. Making sure you have lymphatic supportive herbs in your regimen such as Lymphonest (from MarcoPharma) or Spanish Black Radish (from Standard Process). Are you having 2-3 bowel movements per day? You should be! If you are not pooping that often, then you are constipated. You want your body to drain all this junk out! If your sinuses are full then it is highly likely you are stopped up somewhere down the line on those drainage pathways.
Dr. Schmidt also referenced research that indicates LDL (the so called “bad” cholesterol) can be anti-viral as well. This is what I have been saying for a while now: These statins are lowering cholesterol too much, and people end up getting sick. Cholesterol protects the brain from heavy metals, Alzheimer’s, helps you make other hormones, and it’s also anti-viral! Cholesterol should naturally increase with age. We shouldn’t be squashing it. A person on a statin will not be making the necessary hormones for all their endocrine glands and organs, immune system, digestion, and let’s not forget intimacy! If you’re having trouble with intercourse, look at your statin!
Thank you to Dr. Darren Schmidt for putting together this video and locating the following excellent research articles!(6) See his video link below for more information.
As Dr. Schmidt said in his video, we have many different companies that are smart when it comes to packaging herbs, so if one product is on backorder, another company may have the equivalent. The point is, there is no need to panic. Keep your body healthy by eating vegetables, proteins, and good fats, and you’ll be able to fight off whatever viruses come your way. The people that have had a problem with the virus are those who have one of the following medical concerns: hypertension, diabetes, or congestive heart failure.(7)
IRON & OXYGEN:
Evidence suggests that the virus interferes with the function of heme in the body and the uptake of oxygen.(8) I have 2 thoughts on this. Take iron and take the CR28 which can support and strengthen the lungs and assist with Oxygen uptake. You will want to find a whole food Iron, not a rock supplement which is what most of them are. Iron from food. Ferrofood from Standard process or the FeMaxTonic from MediHerb are whole food iron supplements we carry.
Lastly, take some Zinc for the immune viral response and inhibiting viruses.(9) Whole food, of course. Please refer to my last blog post for the other herbs and supplements needed for prevention (Vitamin D, etc).
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