[This post is from the December 2019 newsletter – click here to read it.]
Your health is an investment. You can’t keep withdrawing money from your bank account or forget to put gas in your car and then expect to reach your goals. It’s the same for your health. Regular installments, filling your tank, enables you to live a life of not just sustainability, but rejuvenation.
How do you live a life of rejuvenation? Well, let’s start with the definition. Dictionary.com defines rejuvenation as:
to make young again; restore to youthful vigor, appearance, etc.: That vacation has certainly rejuvenated him. to restore to a former state; make fresh or new again: to rejuvenate an old sofa.
Leaving the concept of ‘an old sofa’ to the side for the moment, how do you make yourself fresh, new, and promote youthful vigor? The answer is dynamic – and regimen is a big part of that.
Eating right for your type, engaging in proper supplementation for your typology, is very important. Regular deposits of whole foods helps create youthful vigor. Fresh, clean, pH balanced water is important, as well as exercise that respects your typology, will promote health rather than detract. Detraction from rejuvenation shows up as depression, adrenal stress, dehydration, cravings for fast food, a stressful job, long commutes, pollution, and time wasted in ways that treats your life-force unethically, ultimately causing harm.
Most of our patients begin with regimen, then they go on to peeling their timeline (sequentially like an onion) of their life’s shocks and traumas. After that the Genetic Miasms of inherited diseases get addressed to annihilate the inherited roots of chronic diseases on the law of cure, like cures like. This systematic process is the key to ‘restoring you to a former state; making you fresh,’ new, and whole again.
After that, we get into the mind to ultimately prevent reinfection. It’s called therapeutic education. This is the realm of beliefs, geographic medicine, and spiritual schisms. When we get to this place in our patient’s journey to rejuvenation, we find unconscious contracts that were agreed to in order to limit them so they could armor-up into a state of protection. It also walled them off to the sweetness of life!
Interestingly, this is also where nutrition and supplement needs are often revamped. The organism doesn’t have the same needs that it once did coming into Heilkunst treatment. Immune boosting for winter becomes more minimal. They even forgo their homeopathic immunization knowing that their health is whole, hale, and new again.
Your innate factory settings are the realm of what your life force is naturally endowed with from birth. You’re a self-perpetuating, animated being full of creativity and ideas worth much credence, care, and deserving of nurturance and support.
You came here with a job to do and you are so worth investing in so that you can partake in the mystery of that secret mission bestowed to you. Starting with bolstering your immune function can be the best place to create the conditions ripe for unfolding precisely what you came here to be.
A lot of my patients ask me, “What can I do to strengthen my Immune System?” Great question. We’ve been immersed in this question, so often, that we’ve even written books and articles on the subject. You’ll find links for these at the end of this blog.
Eat Well! Loading up on organic vegetables so that they’re 75% of your daily intake is brilliant. Fruits, while rife with vitamin C can be very high in glycemic index. Keep them at about 5% of your total diet. Organic sources of protein, including nuts, seeds organ meats and bone broths are a great way to keep your immune system whole and hale. They should be around 15% of your daily intake. Only 5% should be whole carbohydrates like whole grain rice or ezekiel or sprouted bread. Here’s how to live on organic food more cheaply: https://arcanum.ca/2019/01/28/living-organic-on-the-cheap/. Also, fermented foods added to your diet are amazing for upping the ante on your immune system’s functioning. See here: https://arcanum.ca/2016/01/22/10-reasons-to-eat-more-fermented-foods-2/
Drink alkaline water! Drink between 2.5 and 3 litres of alkaline water dialed up above 7.2 pH. We recommend fresh, clean well water, Fiji water, Eska water, Nikken Water, and Kangen water only because we’ve researched these sources in the past and can recommend them. You may have found others. While we mostly bring our purified water in stainless steel containers, occasionally we end up using bottled water in rare cases. Often folks will ask, does my coffee count as water? See here for the answer: https://arcanum.ca/2018/11/08/water-tastes-boring-does-my-coffee-count-towards-hydration/
Get 8-9 Hours of Restorative Sleep per night. Needing help with sleep is sometimes required, no matter if you’re a babe in arms or adult. Quite often, patients are low in magnesium and can easily aid sleep by bathing in epsom salts with a few drops of lavender essential oil before bed. Hormones like Melatonin should be used only in rare instances, and 10 days in a row at the most given that your body will stop producing its own melatonin naturally if supplemented too regularly. Here’s some other options: https://arcanum.ca/2015/10/05/sleep-baby-sleep/
Good day Sunshine! How much sunlight are you getting? Ideally a half hour or more several times a week? No? Ok, then on the days you have to hibernate, add about 2,000 IU’s of Vitamin D3 to your regimen. If you’re dosing for a child, it’s 1,000 IU’s. If a baby, then 500 IU’s. Vitamin D3 isn’t actually a vitamin, but a hormone and isn’t just about strong bones anymore. We know that cellular metabolism and an improved state of mind is correlated with regular Vit D3 intake.
Vitamin C as an immune function supplement has been around forever. It helps increase your white blood cell count which is why it’s been such a powerhouse for increasing your immune function. It’s also crucial for preventing iron deficiencies, treats tissue damage, removes uric acid associated with gout and is a preventer of heart disease. See here: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vitamin-c-benefits#section3
Vitamin B Complex is wonderful for additional energy in the winter months when we start to drag our feet around February and March. Vitamin B’s are also stellar for good eyesight, healthy cell metabolism and increase in red blood cells, brain function, digestion, hormone regulation and ease in digestion. See here: https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/vitamin-b-complex#benefits
State of Mind. This aspect of health is not always discussed but it is as important as regimen for one’s overall health and well-being. Be sure to get out regularly, visit friends, go to a movie or a show, or go for a yoga class. We do ‘Yoga with Adriene’ on Youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene Journalling, drawing, reading a favorite self-help book, going for a walk, reading or writing poetry, taking an art class or enjoying some cross country skiing can all help with your state of mind. What about doing a binaural beat meditation on Youtube to help with your state of mind? Here’s one we recommend for creating more positive energy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PMa5AecnLs
Detox from your emotional and physical traumas using Heilkunst sequential homeopathy. Ok, so this is the opportunity to plug our clinic, but after almost 20 years of practice, do you know how often I hear folks tell us that they no longer pick up viruses that are going around as a result of addressing their traumatic timeline or Genetic Miasms? Don’t take my word for it, here’s what our patients say: https://arcanum.ca/about/testimonials/
Our hope is that these few recommendations help you to up your immune system for this winter. As you can guess, these supplements or approaches to regimen are in no way a replacement for medical care in cases of chronic disease. See your trusted medical practitioner for more serious long-term issues as these could be markers for deeper, more serious issues.
Let us know in the comments if there is anything else you’d like to see discussed in this article and we’ll see about adding it to help you and others. Here’s to your year-round health!
This post is from the November 2019 newsletter – click here to read it.
Are you thirsty? Are you absorbing your water? If not, do you know what to do about it?
Let’s start back at the beginning. You were once a rubbery wee thing with uncoordinated flailing arms and legs. You were so thirsty, you used to scream at the top of your lungs to be held in your Momma’s arms and both nurtured and nourished at the breast. You had a lot of maturing to do to become this dynamic, thinking being that you are and you were very bent on getting your needs met on no uncertain terms.
Often, if these needs were delayed or not met at all, you’d have sustained armouring of your oral segment, no longer asking for your needs met, and a biological desert would have prevailed. Our bodies go into a sort of hibernation, “I can’t trust you mode.”
Your cells will literally harden with salt, leaching out the potassium that keeps them soft, permeable and rubbery. This is the ground substance for creating disease matrices to prevail. There’s no tide to wash them away.
Retraining your cells and your body often takes remediation, not just more water. It takes fostering faith, not just trust, that consistent water and nourishment are available just about any time that you need it. That is why when treating teachers, nurses or airline pilots, for example, it’s hard to get their organisms all juicy and labile again because they can’t drink and urinate easily at will based on their individual needs.
For those of us who want that full motility and lability back, while also reversing sclerotic (hardening, armored tendencies that preclude the engenderment of disease), we hear your cries literally and figuratively. At Arcanum, we can use certain types of pH balanced water, foods, homeopathic remedies and counselling to help return you to close to factory settings.
One remedy that helps desert (or deserted) individuals a lot is Lac Humanum (mother’s milk). It helps with the trust then faith and is a great start to the softening process. Counselling helps you to unblock why you became bereft of hydrating resources and stopping asking for your needs to be met somewhere along your way.
Our articles on Lac Humanum and also the absorption of water speak to dynamic causes as well as dynamic solutions. It’s never just about taking a remedy.
[This post is from the June 2019 newsletter – click here to read it.]
Detox and you create more space for new life! Antoine Bechamp spoke much about ‘terrain theory’ and how you need to drain the swamp periodically in order to create the conditions ripe for the seeds of new life to be sown. Autoimmune diseases are running rampant and by starting with detoxification, you can give the life force a boost in resources in which to work better on your behalf.
Detoxing from smoking, even if it was 20 years in the past that you did the dirty back in university, or you’re still sneaking the odd one now and again. Smoking cannabis has its own perils including polluting the lungs and suffering feelings of paranoia. Alcohol and coffee, while socially acceptable, aren’t things the body wholly accepts.
The list of toxins goes on to include wheat, refined carbs, sugar, and pasteurized milk – without the inherent enzymes in raw milk, it collects as mucus in the system. What about the mercury from those old fillings you used to have? Yup, heavy metals are stored in the cellular memory for decades after removal. How about vaccines? We can go on and on about propylene glycol, aluminum, thimerosal (mercury), formaldehyde, and the DNA from aborted foetuses and animals. Now they’re using mouse brains! Gross!
Addressing constipation and lethargic digestion is another aspect of a principled detoxification. If your system isn’t running optimally, even high octane fuel will get caught in sluggish metabolism. We can help solve this with homeopathic remedies and also rotational fasting which is something that we’ve practiced ourselves for a good number of years now.
If you have no clue where to start, we can help address your issues sequentially in a few visits. Set your targets and contact us at email@example.com. You’re just one appointment away from being on the higher road to health.
Twenty years ago, I was suffering the ill-effects of mercury poisoning. I had a mouth full of mercury fillings. I suffered candida (yeast binds to mercury), causing me to crave sugar and chocolate like crazy. As a kid, my mother had the allopathic doctor put me on many rounds of Nystatin and Monostat that did nothing for my suffering. For years, the bouts of vaginal infections and pain became more virulent until there was permanent scarring. Coupled with the rounds of antibiotics for recurrent throat and kidney infections, my immune function was destroyed.
When I came to my own Heilkunst Practitioner, I was sick – really sick. I was exhausted, suffering extreme bouts of bladder, kidney, sinus, and throat infections. I was passing clumps of green and yellow yeast from my body, which was alarming. In addition, I was in bed several days a month, watching Oprah, with chronic fatigue, psoriasis, and muscle fatigue so bad, I could barely lift my head from the pillow. I didn’t know if I was dying, or simply wanted to die.
My Heilkünstler began to clear the traumas of drugs sequentially from my timeline using homeopathic principles, while supporting my system with dropper bottles to combat the yeast. I was prescribed probiotics and chlorella. The latter, I was told, binds to both the mercury and the yeast and pulls it from the body through the liver, and out through the bowels.
If not done properly, it can literally burn the urogenital system, and leave scarring. Detoxing from heavy metals should never be done solo. It can be very dangerous if you don’t have the medical background to support yourself or others if the process derails. This is not a DIY project.
Why Have You Prescribed a Chlorophyll Supplement For Me?
We’re all exposed to mercury. It is everywhere, from adhesives like tape to hemorrhoid creams. Here’s a list of some of the common things exposing you to mercury everyday:
If you have mercury fillings in your mouth, had a vaccine, consumed fish, been around batteries, antiques, thermometers or adhesives, you’ve got mercury in your body, off gassing up to your brain. If you need more proof, here’s a youtube video from the University of Calgary examining this phenomenon and its ill-effects.
Mercury has become one of the greatest contributors of symptoms of our modern times. Like chemical toxicity, heavy metal poisoning can have some very deleterious effects to both your physical and mental state of mind. Review Dr. Henry Clarke’s enormous laundry list of symptoms in his Materia Medica to see if you qualify for a mercury detox just as I did.
Here’s the ‘tl;dr’ version if you’re wanting the shorter version of what symptoms occur from mercury, having built up in your system over time:
digestive stress (difficulty utilizing fats or assimilating your nutrients)
yeast build up (candida)
impaired sugar regulation
infants rejecting the mother’s breast milk
central nervous system issues
Additionally, if you’ve grown up in a mining town or near cement kilns, you could be especially loaded from mercury exposure. We’ve cleared lots of folks exposed to coal-fired power plants, smoke stacks belching mercury particles that rained down on the community where they grew up, as well as kids damaged by their vaccines.
No doubt you’ve heard that fish contains mercury. I address this for myself with regular use of homeopathic remedies. Larger fish like tuna, swordfish, shark, and mackerel can have 10,000 times the levels of mercury (merc.) than the surrounding environment. About 75% of mercury poisoning comes from the fish we eat.
Dental amalgams, as mentioned, are the other major factor for our suffering population. Those composites in your mouth are about 50 percent mercury and the rest are zinc, copper, tin, silver, and other metals. Mercury fillings actually originated during the war of 1812 when soldiers were suffering a severe toothache from cavities with nerves exposed. They sought out this pliable metal to pack in the tooth in the field so that the individual could get back to fighting.
You’d think someone, in the last 200 years, would take a moment and actually test to see if the results of such practices are actually safe? It’s a bizarre fact that dentists receive the mercury composite in containers marked, “Hazardous Material” at their dental office. Also, any amalgam has to be disposed off with great precautions as hazardous waste. Think about it – you paid to have that toxic substance put in your mouth, and even if removed by a biological dentist, you are STILL paying the price for the cellular residue affecting your health.
What Is Chlorella?
Chlorella is a food derived from single-cell freshwater algae, from pristine lakes. It’s been termed a near perfect food and many of us can tout its full range of astounding benefits including:
promoting efficient detoxification by binding to toxins and carrying them safely out of your body (as mentioned above)
chlorophyll helps you process more oxygen
cleansing your blood and promoting the growth and repair of your tissues
helps to rid your body of heavy metal toxins that cause premature aging (consider how much pollution we’re exposed to)
As per Dr. Mercola, “Mice fed methylmercury were given chlorella, and the amount of methylmercury excreted in their urine and feces was approximately twice the amount excreted by mice not treated with chlorella. Methylmercury is a neurotoxic compound widely used in industrial applications. It accumulates in fish, which has led to widespread advisories against fish consumption by pregnant women.”
A study in The Journal of Toxicological Sciences reports: “These results suggest that the intake of [chlorella] may induce the excretion of Hg [mercury] both in feces and urine … The effect of [chlorella] on the tissue mercury accumulation may become evident in a long-term experiment.”
As mentioned, chlorella pulls the mercury and yeast out through the liver, and then out through the bowels and lesser elimination channels. As well as protecting your organs, it also helps to promote cleansing of the blood. You want this metabolic waste dragged out of the body and away from the tissues. It’s a powerful detoxifier and should be used under the counsel of a knowledgeable physician.
Some additional benefits of taking chlorella include:
cleansing the blood and liver and promoting elimination
promotes oxygen processing
helps to obtain optimum blood pressure
supports the removal of molds from your body
helps with the repair of damaged tissue
assists in neutralizing unhealthy exposure to pollution
Beyond healthy detoxification, other benefits of taking chlorella for your health include:
fresh breath from the inside out
reducing risk of cancer
normalizing blood pressure and blood sugar
neutralizing acidity and promoting better alkalinity in your pH
increased focus and energy levels
improving digestion and elimination
improving your immune function
Next, let’s discuss which brands of chlorella are best for you to take. We’ve sussed out brands based on overall quality, purity, and potency.
Which Chlorophyll Supplement Is Best For Me?
Just a quick run-down in case you’ve skipped to this section. Chlorophyll is what makes all life on earth possible. The air we breathe comes from the plant-world and chlorophyll is a key element.
You may have also heard the term ‘chlorella’ to describe chlorophyll, however, they are different. Chlorella is a type of algae and chlorophyll is the substance plants use, along with sunlight, to make their own food. Chlorella is rich in chlorophyll and is used in many ‘greens’ products to promote health.
You may not be aware that this green plant liquid is almost identical to your human blood with just one exception; magnesium is the central element to chlorophyll whereas your blood’s key element is iron.
Going back to your grade 10 biology class, perhaps you recall that chlorophyll takes in carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide from the outer environment, processing it and subsequently releasing it as oxygen. In our bodies, chlorophyll can act much the same way, sussing out islets of pollution, heavy metals, and toxicity, converting it into oxygen and healthy hemoglobin. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory processes help with healing inner and outer wounds.
Personally, I prefer a liquid chlorophyll supplement myself. Derived from the alfalfa plant, it is easily absorbable and can be used with kids. When my son was treated for autism (ASD) mercury issues from thimerosal poisoning due to vaccines, he took the chlorophyll flavored with mint with little fuss. Getting a gel cap into him would not have happened.
Some more sensitive patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or c-difficile prefer the anti-spasmodic gel caps as it contains magnesium, so their colons don’t spasm painfully during elimination.
As a heads up, be sure to note that your stool may turn a bright green during the detox process. Also, stool may become soft while the “dirty blood” dumps the toxins from your bloodstream. If you apply liquid chlorophyll topically to skin issues, it can help with wounds and infections, including acne.
I guess if you have an original take on life, or something about you is original, you don’t have to study people who came before you. You don’t have to mimic anybody. You just have a gut feeling inside, an instinct that tells you what’s right for you, and you can’t do it in any other way.
What’s up with your gut instincts?
Have you had that sensation when you just knew that something was right or maybe wrong? Do you know why?
In the beginning of you, there was a mommy and daddy cell. They did a whole meiosis and mitosis dance together creating a third cell. You were adorable! On those cells a bunch of other cells were spontaneously spawned. It was a miracle. No truly, it was. No joke.
That initial cell that was born lives in the lumbar ganglia. Wikipedia will tell you that:
“The lumbar ganglia are paravertebral ganglia. The lumbar portion of the sympathetic trunk typically has 4 lumbar ganglia. The lumbar splanchnic nerves arise from the ganglia here, and contribute sympathetic efferent fibers to the nearby plexuses. The first two lumbar ganglia have both white and gray rami communicantes.”
Now that you’ve completely glazed over, you may wonder, what does this have to do with my overall health and well-being? Well, your immune system lives also in that general vicinity. Immune system is actually code for “sense of self” or your autonomy. So as long as your digestion is pristine and your thoughts and feelings are stellar, you have little worries of suffering a leaky gut.
What the heck is leaky gut?
So what is a leaky gut? Well it is defined as “intestinal permeability.” It’s when the small intestine becomes damaged so that toxic waste, bacteria, parasites leak through the thinning wall to infect the bloodstream.
The main cause of most leaky guts is from bacterial, fungal, viral or parasitic infections. After such an infection, the symptoms can come on quite quickly. You may feel fine one day and then suddenly not. You can suddenly feel like your digestion has gone completely awry.
It’s important to note that leaky gut syndrome can begin after visiting a third world country. For example, partiers just home from Mexico can wonder why they still feel the ill effects of a hangover weeks later when the tequila shots have long since stopped.
Over time, symptoms may start to snowball. And while some Allopathic Physicians may say that it’s all in your head or that they have no clue how to help you. Others will put you on NSAIDs, antacids, or antibiotics. It will often feel as if you, and they, are chasing symptoms around your body as you may be starting to be plagued by headaches, heartburn and reflux as well as joint pain.
In some cases, you may be turned off food altogether in order to avoid suffering the symptoms. You may be wracking your mind to correlate certain foods or medications that are exacerbating your symptoms. Be sure to avoid sugar, unfermented bread and pasteurized dairy (also casein can aggravate) as they can fuel yeast and unwanted bacteria in the gut.
The biggest concern is that a fungal infection can spread like a wildfire to other systems and organs, including the digestive tract, and can lead to more complicated issues. You’ll also want to avoid wheat containing gluten given that they’re known to produce aggravating lectin protein, causing further inflammation.
It has also been proven that if you can avoid, or at least minimize, cortisol raising activities that cause you stress, you can also help minimize leaky gut symptoms. Performance anxiety, lack of sleep, living in a hostile environment, hating your work or having a sick child or travelling in high traffic to and from work can be contributing factors in provoking your suffering. Studies on stressed out rats also showed increases in their gut permeability.
What are some of the symptoms of leaky gut?
Foggy feeling/lack of clarity
Lack of Memory
Intolerances to certain foods
Feelings of depression
Can you test to see if you have leaky gut?
If you are inclined, you can ask for a test for a leaky gut with a Lactulose/Mannitol test. There is also the intestinal antigenic permeability screen. It’s important to note that both tests can indicate both false positive and negative results. At Arcanum Wholistic Clinic we can very quickly verify and treat your digestive challenges, no matter their origin based on your symptoms alone. You know when your gastrointestinal tract has been compromised.
How do I fix my leaky gut without causing myself harm?
Start with essential oils like Peppermint, Myrrh, or Frankincense.
Take a probiotic daily (in the beginning even double up on your probiotics for a week or two).
Slippery Elm is an herb with natural anti-inflammatory properties for the intestinal lining. Avoid if you can’t digest starchy vegetables or fruits or you’re on a Paleo, Keto, Atkins, Gaps or FODMAP diet.
Digestive enzymes can be very supportive to the microvilli in your intestines improving digestion and mobility of foodstuffs as they travel your gut’s highway. Enzymes are helpful in metabolizing proteins, fats and complex carbohydrates (avoid simple carbs always). Also digestive enzyme also help by rebuilding the damaged microvilli in your intestinal tract.
Licorice Root is an adaptogenic herb that helps to support the mucosal lining of the intestines. It also can help alleviate fatigue. If you suffer high blood pressure, avoid licorice root.
Bone Broth nourishes the intestinal lining while healing the inflammation caused by intestinal permeability. Bone broths have helpful prebiotics and probiotics that have been proven to improve gut health. Also, you get a boost of excellent nutrients, protein and minerals with bone broth.
L-glutamine is a highly beneficial amino acid known to repair cells in the digestive tract. It helps to seal the lacerated areas where undigested food may be leaking into the bloodstream. This amino acid also helps to reduce inflammation, allowing the body time and space to step up and heal naturally. We use hemp seeds as a rich source of amino acids in easy to digest smoothies.
Aloe Vera comes from the juice of this high desert succulent. Most folks know its use with minor burns, but taken internally and it heals the digestive mucosa in the lining of the gut. Again, it’s not recommended if you can’t digest starchy vegetables or fruits or you’re on a Paleo, Keto, Atkins, Gaps or FODMAP diet.
What if these solutions don’t work for me?
If these approaches aren’t working for you, we can help. These approaches are known as ‘sustentive’, which means they’re healative on the law of opposites. If your gut permeability is anchored to a chronic disease coming down your family line, these modalities will fall short. The Genetic Miasm, Sycosis (see here) will most often be the root cause that was triggered by an ill-fated run in with parasites or exposure to debilitating toxicity. It will require homeopathic law, like cures like, to be eradicated outright.
Also, there is an emotional component to leaky gut syndrome. It’s about anger that can no longer be contained – it’s leaking out beyond its usual boundaries, infecting the vehicle for your sense of autonomy and immune function, the blood. You can read more here about the homeopathic root cause for anger and victimization.
Remember, you’re an individual. You deserve to be treated as such. One size in principled medicine does not fit all. Take charge of your health and seek out those that have a solid understanding of regimen, curative medicine and therapeutic education. Look for a practitioner’s success stories or testimonials of efficacy on their website.
Be prepared to up your sthenic index by flooding your system with healthy micronutrients. Remember the resolution does not lie in putting a band-aid on an elephant’s hiney. Recall what it took you to get into this matrix and it will take some effort on your behalf to extricate yourself from your suffering. Trust your gut instinct on this.
Most folks think that probiotics are a product. In actual fact, our gut contains both good bacteria (probiotics) that keeps the “bad bacteria”(antibiotics) in check. ‘Anti’ literally means ‘against’, while ‘biotics’ comes comes from the Greek term meaning ‘bios’ or ‘life’.
The American Academy of Family Physicians defines probiotics as: “supplements containing organisms that change the microflora of the host. These organisms are typically Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, and Streptococcus species. They are able to predominate and prevail over potential pathogenic microorganisms in the human digestive tract, and are thought to produce metabolic byproducts that function as immune modulators.”
It is up to us to discern whether we want to load our guts up with probiotics or with antibiotics. Gastrointestinal flora is an intrinsic part of our overall immune function and health. Lactobacillus GG fights infections and also helps to regulate healthy bowel movements in both adults and children. The benefits of taking probiotics can be explained further in the Harvard article found here.
Our patients often want us to prescribe a pill. They originally come from the allopathic side of medicine and they want to simply go to the store to pick up a probiotic, or at the very least order it online. While we’re fine with this, I don’t actually do this for myself or my family.
If you’d like to learn more about the simple and cheapest way to get a ton of multi- faceted probiotics in your diet, you can read here about how to safely ferment at home to get about 90 trillion probiotics into your diet by a week from today.
I am confident in knowing this is the best way to get the broadest range of probiotics. Foods like sauerkraut, and beverages like kombucha and kefirs, provide different spectrums of probiotics, which are more natural and conducive to health. Also, foods and salt water hopefully won’t be regulated by Big Pharma or the Naturopathic Establishments anytime soon. Whole foods and DIY supplementation is the way to go, in my opinion.
However, when I first came to this system of medicine to recover my own son from the Autism Spectrum (ASD), I started with probiotic capsules bought from the refrigerated section of the health food store. I generally bought what was on sale as long as it had several million lactobacillus and bifidus in each capsule.
I opened the capsule in his natural yogurt with organic fruit and sweetened with a dash of honey or maple syrup. He never tasted it, which was a relief as he was profoundly texture and taste sensitive, as most ASD kids are. You can listen to the FREE audiobook about my son, Jordan’s, recovery from ASD The Path To Cure Audiobook.
Some of you might guess that it’s been since the mid-1990’s that clinical studies began in the use of probiotics for the following issues:
Gastrointestinal illnesses such as chronic diarrhea, constipation, Crohn’s, IBS, and even Clostridium Difficile (C-diff.) results. The latter is a total annihilation of healthy bacteria in the gut from extended uses of antibiotics, chemotherapy, and radiation. In some cases, the patient may be suffering in the extreme, requiring both massive doses of probiotics as well as a fecal microbiota transplant.
Allergies in children
Vaginal and Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs).
Can I Give My Kids Probiotics?
As mentioned prior, probiotics are already contained in the gut naturally. In fact, the health of the mother and her healthy microbiota will largely determine the health of her baby in the first year of life. The reason for this is that baby will take a big gulp of the mother’s probiotics in the vaginal canal enroute to being born naturally. Along with bonding and temperature regulation, we have probiotics contained on our skin, which is why skin to skin contact with our babies is so crucial from birth. Also, there are probiotics in the mother’s breast milk. This is why you want a plethora of probiotics in your gut not only for your health but also for the benefit of your baby as well.
If baby is bottle fed or born by C-section, or the mom has had several rounds of antibiotics in her lifetime without proper replenishing of strains lost, it is best to speak with your healthcare provider who is specifically knowledgeable in probiotic supplementation.
As per Safety.com, “Popular probiotic products include infant formulas already containing probiotics, powdered probiotics to add to milk or yogurt, yogurts and yogurt drinks that contain probiotics, and probiotic supplements. However, some parents may worry about giving their children food and drinks containing probiotics because you may not know exactly how much and what kinds of probiotics your children are actually getting.”
While you can’t be harmed by overdosing on probiotics, the concern is more about sourcing a reliable product. My rule of thumb is to steer away from Pharma-brand supplements found in the local pharmacy. I always used a refrigerated brand from a reputable company found in the health food section of my supermarket or health food store.
It’s important to note that refined sugars, carbohydrates, alcohol, and drugs such as antibiotics will destroy the gut’s healthy microbiome causing the bad bacteria to flourish and take over. It is important that you try and minimize these practices as much as possible and consider increasing your doses of good probiotics when you feel the need to ingest any of the above substances.
Did you know that more that three quarters of us have a magnesium deficiency? Chances are you’re in that group.
Why Are We So Deficient?
The main reasons we’re showing up short in magnesium is due to:
Processed Foods And Junk Foods – Our modern diets are laden with simple carbohydrates and sugar. Our bodies actually use 54 molecules of magnesium to process simple sugars alone. The diuretics in both tea and coffee raise the levels of magnesium secretion. Fluoride, the known neurotoxin in your city water supply, will try to outdo the available magnesium in our body for absorption.
Our Soils Are Depleted – Factory farming, GMOs, and improper crop rotation have depleted our soils of magnesium. Overall our vegetables are 24% deplete compared to the 1940s, and our fruits are also coming in at just 16% of what we would have derived nutritionally in the same decade.
We’re Stressed To The Max – Due to sleep deprivation, stress hormone production, always being on the go, long hours engaged with our phones and computers; all of which need high levels of magnesium to try to cope.
Drugs – Antibiotics, prednisone, statins, oral contraceptives (estrogen compounds), and cortisone all produce drug/herb/nutrient depletions in your body, including magnesium.
What Does Magnesium Do?
The health of your musculoskeletal system relies on proper minerals in order to function normally. Muscular, joint, and ligament pain can be reduced significantly by getting enough magnesium. Considering that the heart is probably the most important muscle in the body, magnesium helps to keep it supple and healthy.
Just as it helps nerve function throughout the body, magnesium is important for coordinating the activity of the heart muscle and the nerves that initiate the heartbeat. If your magnesium levels are low, you are more likely to be at risk for arrhythmia (irregular heartbeats) and heart palpitations.
Magnesium is also vital for proper detoxification. It helps protect the body from the effects of environmental toxins and heavy metals.
It’s intrinsic for the following functions:
the control of blood sugar
regulation of blood pressure
temperature regulation (think hot flashes)
bone and teeth formation
According to the Weston A. Price Foundation, magnesium inhibits blood clots, thins the blood, blocks calcium uptake, and relaxes blood vessels. Sounds very much like the unnatural low-dose aspirin they’ve been recommending for years. Magnesium is a “co-factor” in over 300-900 reactions in the body, so it’s pretty important.
What Symptoms Indicate Magnesium Deficiency?
While magnesium deficiency can have cardiovascular and muscular implications, it can show up as neurological issues as well. In our own clinic, we’ve seen mental illness markers from prolonged stress corrected from regular magnesium supplementation.
Other metabolic, endocrine, and chief complaints like these can also be indicators for a shortage in magnesium.
lethargy (no motivation)
seizures and spasms
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
high blood pressure (Hypertension)
chronic back pain
And that’s just a partial list! The Journal of the American College of Nutrition cites:
“Similarly, patients with diagnoses of depression, epilepsy, diabetes mellitus, tremor, Parkinsonism, arrhythmias, circulatory disturbances (stroke, cardiac infarction, arteriosclerosis), hypertension, migraine, cluster headache, cramps, neuro-vegetative disorders, abdominal pain, osteoporosis, asthma, stress dependent disorders, tinnitus, ataxia, confusion, preeclampsia, weakness, might also be consequences of the magnesium deficiency syndrome.”
How Can I Test For My Magnesium Levels?
This is a little tricky as standardized blood tests in a doctor’s office aren’t wholly effective. The reason for this is that magnesium doesn’t hang out in the blood. The best way that we know of testing, even by distance, is through Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis. Here, at Arcanum Wholistic Clinic, we’ve started to accept hair samples by mail and will test them and get back to you with the results regarding your mineral analysis. Just contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll coordinate having this done for you.
What Foods Are High In Magnesium?
At Arcanum Wholistic Clinic, we recommend getting your minerals through whole, organic foods. The reason for this is that they’re less costly and much easier to absorb by the body.
Dark Leafy Greens
spinach (the highest source of magnesium)
Seeds and Nuts (soak or sprout them prior)
squash and pumpkin seeds
Legumes (soak and cook before eating)
Natural Dark Chocolate (70% or more cacao)
*All foods above should be eaten to satiety and not gorged upon. All things in moderation after all.
If I Need To Take A Supplement, Which One Do I Use?
If you’re really depleted, like I was due to rounds of antibiotics as a child, poor food quality as a kid, and high levels of stress for decades, I did have to resort to magnesium supplements for a year until I got things back to a better state of grace. Once my symptoms abated, I then went to whole, organic foods, being sure to focus on those listed above as a regular part of eating healthy.
Supplements and their sources change. Be sure to cross-reference with this guide: https://labdoor.com/rankings/magnesium to ensure that your popular brand is ethically sourced and does not contain arsenic.
Adding In The Necessary Co-Factors
Co-factors are the helpful elements that assist in optimum magnesium absorption. Your system runs an orchestra of 5,000 regulating hormones, minerals, and chemicals, so you can be taking magnesium from the best sources, but not be purveying it to the cells for maximum uptake. Here’s a list of mostly natural food sources to be sure you’re in good supply:
Sun exposure is the very best source of Vitamin D. It’s true that you can also get it from swallowing a pill. But nothing beats the Vitamin D you get from sunlight on your skin. It converts cholesterol to vitamin D when it’s exposed to sunlight. In other words, you shouldn’t avoid sun exposure, OR healthy fats in your diet. [NOTE : If you do need to supplement with extra Vitamin D, use ‘D3’, aka ‘cholecalciferol’.]
“Power in your hand” by Umberto Rotundo https://flic.kr/p/561umc
Mainstream ‘wisdom’ has taught us to fear sun exposure. Yet it’s actually one of the most important things to include in your fertility regimen. Keeping your Vitamin D at adequate levels touches on virtually every aspect of fertility. Hiding away from the sun is about as wise as trying to hide from life itself.
Likewise, we advise against using commercial sunscreen. It seems to be a good idea, until you understand its true effects. It blocks this very healthy and important process, where you skin converts cholesterol to Vitamin D. Not to mention all the toxic ingredients in sunscreen, which get absorbed into your bloodstream. They disrupt hormones, and cause other health problems.
If you’re not in the habit of regular sun exposure, you should build up slowly. Your ability to absorb sunlight will increase over time. It will also increase along with your general level of health. Everything you do for your health in your fertility plan will increase your ability to take in the sun.
It’s no accident that pregnant women are seen as being “radiant”. It’s healthy to take in sunlight, and likewise, a healthy person “radiates” life energy outward.
A common homeopathic remedy that we use for infertility is Natrum Muriaticum. Typically, the Nat-m patient will present at least one major unresolved grief event in their history. One of the characteristics of this state is “inability to let go”. Similarly, the Nat-M patient has difficulty “taking things in”. Their skin is hypersensitive to the sun, and their eyes find natural sunlight too bright. Removing this blockage from their cellular memory allows them once again to enjoy the health benefits of the sun.
All this to say, is that there are many individual factors governing your health, and the level of sun exposure you can properly metabolize. Work at it regularly, until having daily sun exposure becomes the norm for you.
Sun exposure tips:
Expose as much of your skin as you’re able for at least 10 — 20 minutes per day year round.
Aim for steady, frequent, and short exposures to the sun year-round. Avoid the pattern of sudden blasts on weekends or holidays. If you live in a wintery climate, find a windless spot to sunbathe. Shed as much clothing as you can (i.e. at least your hands and face) and sunbathe as long as you’re comfortable.
Choose the gentler sunbeams of the morning. Avoid the intense heat of high noon and early afternoon.
DON’T use sunscreen. You want your general level of health to protect you, instead. Increase your sun exposure time according to your current level of health. Sunscreen blocks the essential production of vitamin D. It also contains toxic ingredients which disrupt hormone function. Sunscreen is actually one of the big culprits in skin cancer. Instead of sunscreen, use light clothing to protect yourself (sunhats, long-sleeves, etc.). Common sense goes a long way. You can apply coconut oil or aloe vera gel as better alternatives to sunscreen.
If you live near forest or vegetation, spend at least some of your sun exposure time there. “Organic light” (i.e. filtered through plants and vegetation) is easier to absorb. “Mineral light” (which comes directly from the sun to you) takes more work to process and absorb.
This topic is further expanded in Step 7 of The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About.
Infertility is on the rise. Vitamin D deficiency is widespread. Is there a connection?
Yes – there clearly is, in our clinical experience.
Why is this, and what you can do about it?
“Vitamin D” by Collin Grady https://flic.kr/p/azCeSV
Let’s first take a step back and look at rickets which is a bone disease caused by vitamin D deficiency. It’s rare now, but rickets was at epidemic proportions in recent centuries. Without vitamin D, calcium cannot be properly absorbed (which is necessary for healthy bones).
It’s like infertility is now the Rickets of the 21st century.
There’s a hormonal connection between vitamin D and fertility. To call it a ‘vitamin’ is a misnomer. It’s actually a hormone rather than a vitamin. It plays a critical role in your whole hormonal system. It’s necessary for the creation of the various sex hormones.
Let’s look at a few of the reasons vitamin D is essential for sperm health. It’s directly responsible for the creation of the nucleus of the sperm cell. It is also responsible for the quality and health of the semen and sperm count. The same calcium needed for bone health is also mission critical for healthy sperm. Calcium fuels the whipping motion of the sperm’s tail as it is approaching the egg, and needs to pick up the pace.
The very best source of vitamin D is through regular, healthy sun exposure. The skin, when exposed to sunlight, converts cholesterol into a form of vitamin D called cholecalciferol. This is another reason that healthy fats need to be part of your diet. Exposure to sunlight is as critical for your health as air, water, and basic nutrition.
There may be reason to supplement, as well. At the health food store, you’ll find this in supplement form called D3. Cod liver oil is a great nutritional source, and is usually recommended during the long dark season of winter. Free-range eggs, and raw, organic dairy are also great sources. The further north you live, the more important supplementation becomes.
NOTE : vitamin D is fat soluble, which means that it IS possible to overdose. A regular blood test to measure your Vit D levels is a good idea to make sure that you’re staying in the optimal range.
This topic is further expanded in Step 7 of The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About.