Where to Start with your Spring Detox – the Heilkunst Way

[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!

Source: https://vactruth.com/2013/10/28/7-disgusting-ingredients/

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 reception@arcanum.ca. You’re just one appointment away from being on the higher road to health.

Why Do I Need a Chlorophyll Supplement?

A Little Bit of Personal Background

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:

  • antiques
  • appliances
  • automotive parts
  • barometers
  • batteries
  • dental amalgam
  • electronics
  • jewelry
  • light bulbs
  • cookware
  • medical pharmaceuticals
  • skin cream
  • sporting equipment
  • thermometers
  • thermostats
  • vaccines
  • fish (sushi)

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:

  • fatigue
  • digestive stress (difficulty utilizing fats or assimilating your nutrients)
  • aching joints
  • yeast build up (candida)
  • depression
  • brain fog
  • impaired sugar regulation
  • menstrual issues
  • infertility
  • miscarriage
  • pre-eclampsia
  • hypertension
  • premature births
  • infants rejecting the mother’s breast milk
  • brain damage
  • kidney issues
  • 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.

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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.

Top 4 Chlorophyll Supplements That We Recommend:

#1
Herbs Etc ChlorOxygen Chlorophyll ConcentrateMore Info
#2Nature’s Way Chlorofresh Chlorophyll ConcentrateMore Info
#3Nature’s Way Chlorofresh Natural ChlorophyllMore Info
#4Now Foods Triple Strength Liquid ChlorophyllMore Info

Sources:

https://www.autumndamask.com/chlorophyll/

http://winterridgefoods.com/how-to-choose-a-chlorophyll-supplement/

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/07/03/chlorella-shown-to-remove-mercury-in-mice.aspx

https://arcanum.ca/2010/01/31/mercury-autism-and-the-global-vaccine-agenda/

https://arcanum.ca/2012/08/23/heilkunst-basics-university-2nd-year-mercurius/

https://arcanum.ca/2015/12/03/how-to-avoid-having-to-get-a-root-canal-and-other-dental-work-and-why/

Are You Suffering Leaky Gut?!

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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.

~Barbra Streisand

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

Autoimmune issues

Digestive discomfort

Gluten intolerance

Hormonal issues

Allergies

Feelings of depression

Anxious

Asthma

Migraine headaches

Fatigue

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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).
  • Do a Parasite Cleanse (We recommend ParaGone by Renew Life. http://www.renewlife.ca/products/paragone/.
  • 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.


Probiotics For Kids, and Their Parents Too!

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.

Background

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.

Here are some brands that we can recommend, starting with the brand we tout in our book, The Natural Home Pharmacy: Peer Inside To See What A Natural Doc Has Used Over The Last 20 Years To Keep Her Own Family Whole And Healthy. You’ll see quite quickly that we don’t recommend any products with dyes or additives. Also there is no difference between adult and children’s probiotics except how they’re marketed to you. So it is up to you which you prefer to use. With an adult version, simply open the capsule and sprinkle on cold food for your babes:


Magnesium; Do I Need to Supplement?

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:

  • DNA synthesis
  • energy production
  • the control of blood sugar
  • regulation of blood pressure
  • temperature regulation (think hot flashes)
  • bone and teeth formation
  • protein 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.

  • behavioral disturbances
  • lethargy (no motivation)
  • impaired thinking/memory
  • seizures and spasms
  • chronic fatigue
  • sleep disturbances
  • body aches/pains
  • constipation
  • sugar cravings
  • Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
  • muscle cramps
  • menstrual pain
  • high blood pressure (Hypertension)
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • insomnia
  • chronic back pain
  • headaches
  • migraines
  • aggression
  • brain fog

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. We have a colleague, Michelle Haley, who accepts hair samples in the mail and will test them and get back to you with the results.

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)
  • kale
  • chard

Seeds and Nuts (soak or sprout them prior)

  • watermelon seeds
  • squash and pumpkin seeds
  • Brazil nuts
  • almonds
  • cashews

Legumes (soak and cook before eating)

  • black beans
  • navy beans
  • mung beans

Whole Grains

  • brown rice
  • buckwheat
  • millet

Seafood

  • salmon
  • mackerel
  • halibut

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.

Best Topical Supplements

Oral Magnesium Supplement

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:

  • Methylated Vit. B6 Complex (raw bee pollen, liver pills, nutritional yeast flakes)
  • Bicarbonate Soda (¼-½ tsp. of non-aluminum baking soda in water before bed or put ½ a cup in your bath water).
  • Boron (10-12 prunes a day)
  • Selenium (3-4 Brazil nuts)
  • Vitamin D3 (20 minutes of sunlight a day or 2-4,000 IU’s)
  • Vitamin K2 (fermented foods, organic meats, brie, gouda)
  • Potassium (dark leafy greens, squash, fish, bananas, potatoes and avocados)

Sources and Resources:

Drug-induced nutrient depletion handbook,” Pelton, 2001

https://www.mamanatural.com/best-magnesium-supplement/

http://www.cnelm.com/NutritionPractitioner/Issues/Issue_11_1/Articles/7%20Transdermal%20Mg%20revised2.pdf

https://www.everydayhealth.com/heart-health-specialist/magnesium.aspx

https://www.facebook.com/groups/MagnesiumAdvocacy/

Increasing Your Fertility With Sun Exposure

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.

You can download your free copy here.

The Vitamin D – Fertility Connection

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.

You can download your free copy here.

How Slow Burn Weight Training Improves Your Fertility

There are two sides to the healthy exercise coin in every fertility plan. Today we will examine the side of strength training, the counterpart to cardio.

Resistance training provides many fertility benefits. It even improves your cardiovascular health! It helps improve your muscle tone, bone density, and blood pressure. It also raises your H.D.L., or ‘good’ cholesterol. All of these are essential for fertility health.

We recommend following the program explained in the book Slow Burn. You can choose either the ‘at home’ or ‘in gym’ protocol. It is a sequence of exercises targeting the 11 different muscle groups. Leg lifts and arm curls will not be new to anyone who has worked out. What makes it different is its form and technique.

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Imagine a slow motion replay of a televised sporting event. That’s what you’ll look like when doing Slow Burn. The goal of each exercise is to work the given muscle to the point of absolute fatigue. The motto of Frederick Hahn (the author of Slow Burn) is “failure is success”. He means that you’re aiming to work each muscle to the point of complete fatigue – where you’ve burned through its total energy storage. The Slow Burn routine is structured to achieve this failure in every muscle group.

Slow Burn is designed to have a deeper effect than normal resistance exercises. It burns through the energy of *all* your muscle fibers. That is to say, the fast, medium, and slow twitch fibers. One muscle and limb at a time, you’ll fail your way to Slow Burn success. You’ll know that each exercise is complete at the point of not being able to move another inch.

How you adjust the difficulty is also unique to Slow Burn. You’re *not* aiming to increase the number of reps each week. That always stays constant between 3 and 4 reps done over a slow 60 – 90 second time frame. In other words, you change the weight to keep the reps and timing constant.

The form of each rep is a deliberately slow movement for 10 to 12 seconds on the way up, and then again on the way back down. Maintain a slow, steady, and smooth movement, without any jerking, straining, or grunting. If you go to a gym, you’ll usually see weight training techniques that rely on quick movements and momentum. This is neither the safest or most effective approach to resistance training.

The complete Slow Burn routine takes less than half an hour to complete. Best of all, it is only necessary to do once every 7 to 10 days to maximize the benefit.

The excuse of “not enough time for exercise” disappears in light of Slow Burn. It only takes 30 minutes once every 7 to 10 days, and you can do it at home. It is safer and more thorough than typical strength training. It works through all 3 layers of your muscle, which regular weight exercises does not do. It is an essential component for your successful natural fertility plan.

 

This topic is further explored in Step 5 of The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About.

You can download your free copy here.

Cardio Exercise for Fertility

Having a balanced approach to exercise is necessary for your successful fertility plan. The two main forms of exercise – cardio and strength training – form a polarity. There’s another polarity contained within cardio. It’s based on intensity — short bursts of activity alternated with longer stretches of recovery.

Dr. Al Sears wrote Pace: The 12-Minute Fitness Revolution, which formalized this idea. Cardio is most beneficial when done in cycles of high and low intensity. Each cycle has 30 seconds of high intensity followed by 90 seconds of slow or recovery pace.

“Stopwatch” by Ansgar Koreng https://flic.kr/p/2bx7VNy

Let’s take running as an example. The idea of PACE is to do a full out sprint for 30 seconds, followed by 90 seconds of moderate walking pace. The entire PACE routine consists of 8 such interval pairs. Begin and end with 5 minutes of stretching and warm up. You can do this whole sequence in under 30 minutes! Doing about 3 cycles of this each week is plenty to keep you in good cardio health. As your endurance increases, your heart and respiration will have better recovery time. You can apply this format of intervals to any form of cardio exercise that you like. As long as you overlay these intervals, you’ll get the benefits.

PACE, or interval training, is way more beneficial than longer form endurance exercise. Our ancient physiology is not designed to run at high intensity for extended periods. When we do, the message we give our physiology is “I’m in big trouble! Run for your life from the sabre-toothed tiger!” This bad news triggers your stress physiology. It spreads through your entire hormonal system like a social media meme.

Interval training doesn’t create this physiological stress. It is a safe and natural way to increase your level of HGH (human growth hormone). You may be familiar with HGH and its use in fertility treatments. When you apply intervals to your cardio, you benefit from a healthy level of stress that is stimulating, rather than damaging. As always, the difference between medicine and poison is in the dosage.

 

This topic is further explored in Step 5 of The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About.

You can download your free copy here.

Goji Your Sperm and Egg Health

The goji berry, also called the wolfberry, is a bright orange-red berry that comes from a shrub that’s native to China. In Asia, goji berries have been eaten for generations in the hope of living longer.

Hawaiian Goji Berries (Lycium sandwicense) by Forest Starr and Kim Starr https://flic.kr/p/SNAMsq

They’ve been known to elevate mood and also libido given their hormone balancing qualities. Goji berries help to improve fertility by increasing blood flow to the free-floating embryo affecting the likelihood of implantation by thickening uterine lining.

You can also strengthen the immune system with this powerful antioxidant. This is important when correcting the bioterrain of the host receiving new life. Goji berries promote healthy new cell growth and protect the liver. They boost energy levels, even in times of stress and fatigue.

Goji Berries as Nutrient Rich Superfood

Amongst the many essential antioxidants, amino acids and numerous minerals, there are two main elements in the goji berry that stand out:

    • L-Arginine.
    • Zinc.

L-­Arginine improves the reproductive health of both men and women by:

  • Increasing blood circulation to the uterus, ovaries and genitals.
  • Increases Nitric Oxide levels ­- supports healthy inflammation levels which may help to prevent uterine fertility issues such as fibroids, endometriosis and PCOS.
  • Supports normal sperm production and motility.
  • Encourages better production of cervical mucus through improved blood flow.
  • Supports a healthy libido.

Equally as important, zinc is necessary in the production of protein and DNA as well as the operation in over a hundred different enzymes. In addition, this super nutrient also carries out central cell functions including repair, growth and membrane transport.

For women, zinc helps with:

  • Mature egg production that are ripe for fertilization.
  • Maintaining proper follicular fluid levels for eggs to travel successfully through the fallopian tubes and into the uterus for implantation.
  • Hormone stability for estrogen, progesterone and testosterone levels stable throughout the entire menstrual cycle.

For men, zinc is necessary for:

  • the creation of the outer membrane and tail of a sperm. Without it, the sperm cannot mature to a stage that gives them the mobility and strength to make the long journey through the vagina, cervix and into the uterus for fertilization to take place.
  • Chromosomal changes: low levels of zinc may also be the reason for chromosomal defects in the sperm, which could cause a miscarriage even if fertilization and implantation do take place.

 

This topic is further explored in Step 3 of The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About.

You can download your free copy here.