Every summer it is surprising how many folks get the flu or chest infections. These First Aid Kit (print out available here) ideas will help keep your patients healthy when they are camping, flying or eating too much fast foods during the summer.
- Trauma: Arnica 30-200ch: This homeopathic remedy should be in everyone’s First Aid kit to speed up the healing of any trauma whether emotional or physical. For any head trauma, bruise or bite. The 30ch is better suited for children up to the age of 12. 200ch or stronger is only found in your office. Encourage your patients to keep these in their car and their purses. I also use it after any surgery or dental work. Dose 3-6 times per day. Other homeopathics to consider include Apis 30ch for bee stings and Rhus tox 30-200ch for over used muscles after hiking etc.
- Traveller’s Diarrhea: Okoubasan: Pleo Oku is the best remedy I have found to travellers diarrhea. Available from Biomed. Easy to take on plane trips when heading to third world countries. Klaire Labs Ther-Biotic Complete probiotics when taken daily prevent digestive upsets and ABx Support if antibiotics are required. Digest Forte is a great digestive aid for gas, bloating, heart burn, and nausea. Great for travellers eating a foreign diet as well as those who have poor digestion and poor appetite.
- Constipation: This is often a complaint when travelling. Have Cascara on hand and dose 2-4 at bedtime for adults and for children 6-12 years of age dose 1-2 at bedtime. Magnesium glycinate (Siganture) is a favourite of mine and great for muscular aches and pains too. Dose to bowel tolerance.
- Bacterial or Viral Infections: HTSF Influenza form Homeodel is my favourite homoepathic remedy to have on hand at the first sign of anything. I dose it 6 times per day. In addition Echinacea Premium or Andrographis dosed at 3-6 times per day acutely will often stop infections in their tracts. Teach your patients how to avoid using antibiotics using these simple remedies. The catch is dosing high and at the start of any infections.
- Allergies and sinusitis: Quercitin dosed at 8 per day and Sinus Forte dosed at 6 per day acutely can help avoid OTC antihistamines.
- Musculoskeletal sprains and strains: BCQ is my number one alternate to advil. I use up to 12 per day in divided doses and warn patients that it can loosen the bowel. I suggest keeping 3-6 in their pocket for a quick grab during the day. Also try Boswellia Complex 4 per day. Take these on every sports trip. For those prone to chronic pain due to arthritis and rheumatism taken routinely at 4-6 per day may be very helpful. Topical magnesium supplied by Ancient Minerals is a wonderful tool at your disposal. Patients cannot find these in the usual markets so provide these in your clinic. Magnesium oil for the bath or massage, magnesium lotions and magnesium salts for baths are all wonderful ways to absorb magnesium through the skin. The typical inexpensive Epsom salts are not pure and don’t have a measurable amount of magnesium. For fun grind up the magnesium salts in the Nutribullet and add your favourite essential oils for therapeutic home spa bath!
- Urinary tract infections: Cranberry Complex is a must for those prone to UTI’s. Take up to 8 per day in divided doses to treat acutely.
- Fun popsicles: For kids try making a smoothie of Greens First and Dream Protein powders and make them into popsicles. Nummy!
- Sports Training: I have a colleague who uses Greens First regularly and she finds that her stamina for sports is greatly improved. Add BCQ or Boswellia Complex to this routine as well and keep Arnica and Rhus tox on hand too!
- Acute Insomnia: Valerian Complex: for those not sensitive to valerian this is a wonderful combination as a sleep aid. St. John’s Wort is contraindicated in the summer because it causes sun sensitivity, but I use it October to April. Nevaton provides a lower dosage of St. John’s wort so may be well tolerated for insomnia. Kava is also great for acute anxiety and insomnia. Topical Magnesium Lotion with Melatonin is a gentle way to ease muscle aches and pains that can interfere with sleep. Great for kids too!
Have a great summer!
I recently heard on the CBC radio an interesting interview with Dr. Antoine Hakim on his recent book: “Save Your Mind” Seven Rules to Avoid Dementia.” Five hundred thousand Canadians suffer from dementia and Dr. Hakim reviews seven scientific approaches to preventing it. He did not mention any nutritional prevention but Dr. Bredesen in his studies offers the MEND protocol. This is a protocol I have used in my practice over the years that any brain conditions may benefit from: Concussion and brain injury, PTSD, dementia and early symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease and the treatment of Brain Tumors. When I give this kind of protocol I encourage the patient that they are also supporting the health of their gut and their heart and also preventing cancer. Here are one and two of my ‘Wisdom Notes’ outlining my protocols.
- Exercise is number one and Dr. Hakim talks about the importance of exercising every day to the point of getting out of breath. This stimulates a production of BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor) which protects and repairs memory neurons.
- Diet: A low glycemic diet prevents insulin resistance and inflammation of the brain. Gymnema or Berberine 500mg (Thorne) can be used to help with sugar cravings and maintains healthy blood glucose levels tp HgA1c below 5.5.
- Sleep: 8 hours of sleep per night is generally accepted as the normal requirement for most people. I use a lot of melatonin (dosage can be easily adjusted). Kava Forte can be used to treat anxiety interfering with sleep, but treating the adrenal glands is always the core treatment. I love Eleutherococcus senticosus (Siberian Ginseng and Withania) in the liquid form and will combine it with other adaptogens to make up an adrenal formula. My liquid herbal female adrenal tonic contains: Withania, Astragalus, Siberian Ginseng, Reishi, Shativari, and Rehmannia. My male adrenal tonic contains Panex ginseng, Withania and Astragalus. It is important to avoid licorice in patients with high blood pressure, which is a risk factor for dementia.
- B12 5mg and folate as 5MTHFR to keep homocysteine levels below 7. Vessel Care (Metagenics) 2 in am, and chewable methylcobalmine form of B12 (AOR).
- Reducing inflammation and amyloid plaque: Curcumin and Withania. My favorite form of Curcumin is BCQ (Vital Nutrients) as it also contains Boswellia or Boswellia Complex which crosses the blood brain barrier to reduce the size of brain tumors. I dose it quite high 6 or more in divided doses throughout the day and watching for loosening of the bowels. Vitamin E containing mixed tocopherols (Ultimate E Thorne) one per day.
- Hormone balance: to include regulating the thyroid, cortisol levels and other hormones such as estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. For stress control in PTSD and depression: Rhodiola and Ginseng and St John’s Wort. A reminder that St. John’s wort causes photo sensitivity so not to be used in the summer months and it also interferes with liver clearance of many prescription drugs. St. John’s wort tablets are high in hyperforin NOT found in the tincture.
- Digestive health: The GI is the second brain. Avoiding gluten and using probiotics is imperative. Ther-Biotic Complete from Klaire Labs can help lower ammonia which is harmful for the brain and implicated in hepatic encephalopathy.
- Cognitive enhancement: Bacopa contains Siberian Ginseng as well as Rosemary. Kerry Bone is known to take 9 Ginkgo per day when he is travelling and lecturing to help with cognition as well as jet lag. I print out this Ginkgo monograph for my patients to show how it is a tonic used for the prevention of many diseases: Macular degeneration, MS, circulation to the extremities as well as to the brain, mood regulation and tinnitus to mention a few. Lions Mane has also been shown to help in neurodegenerative conditions including MS, dementia and neuropathies. It crosses the blood brain barrier to increase myelination.
- Blood pressure control: Kerry Bone outlines the importance of the microcirculation and endothelial health for many health conditions including the brain. He mentions ginkgo, garlic, green tea, bilberry, blueberry, and grapeseed extract. Vitanox is an excellent antioxidant blend providing many of these herbs. I also love using Hawthorne tincture to lower blood pressure. This is another beautiful herb full of bioflavonoids with broad benefits.
- Essential fatty acids: make sure the dosage is 3000mg per day of EPA and DHA to provide blood thinning effects as well as brain support: Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega 3 per day.
Recommended Reading: Karen Jensen, ND Three Brains: How the Heart, Brain, and Gut Influence Mental Health and Identity by Karen Jensen, ND / Grain Brain by David Perlmutter M.D / Preventing Alzheimer’s by Dr. Shankle and Dr. Amen.
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With the guidance of Dr. McKinney’s “Naturopathic Oncology” you can help your patients on their journey. Cancer patients have better outcomes if they are involved with their care plans, so you will want to give them free choices. The following are from my personal experience in practice. You want to educate your patients on:
A – If they are diagnosed with a cancer we can provide protocols to use during chemotherapy and radiation.
B – We provide “Five to Thrive” education and therapies to prevent cancers from recurring.
C – We provide simple tools for preventing cancers now
For the Cancer Diagnosis the following are recommendations based on my knowledge from Dr. Neil McKinney. He offers courses on his book and will provide you with the latest updates and many additional handouts. I give my cancer patients a “Cancer Folder” with information on the following items for their further research including information on www.InspireHealth.ca and relaxation techniques:
- Astragalus combinations have been used for centuries as a tonic for many illnesses. Dr. Neil McKinney in his cancer therapies courses recommends this for support during radiation and some chemotherapy. Dosages of Astragalus complex are high during these times and sustained for 3-6 months then a drug holiday is taken. This herb will help your patient with well -being and vitality.
- Withania (Ashwaghanda) : Over the years I have used this tincture in combination with astragalus, codonopsis, reishi, shiitake, ligustrum and schisandra as a tonic pre and post treatment. I always use the Mediherb Withania!
- Pectasol is recommended for most cancer cell lines as it prevents cancer from spreading. Seeing the research that Dr. Isaac Eliaz has done with certain cancer types I use this with any cancer diagnosis for a period of one year. I dose it TID for the first several months or even one year especially if there has been a surgery involved. Once the patients have passed the one – year mark then I recommend once daily dosing. This is a good time to remind your patients that Pectasol also lowers the toxicity of the body by lowering heavy metals levels and in this way is also preventive. At lower long term dosages the cost is reasonable.
- During a cancer therapy I always recommend Greens First with a protein powder such as Dream Protein. Patients have poor appetites and weight loss during treatment so encouraging patients to come up with a smoothie recipe that will work for them during this time is very important. The use of SON (dosed high) is specifically used for cachexia and should be considered if your patient will not do the smoothies.
- Medicinal Mushrooms are always part of my cancer protocols. Chaga for prostate and Coriolus for many others including breast. These are dosed high during active treatment and are often safe with chemo and radiation.
- BCQ is a long -time favorite of mine for most cancer therapies. I dose it as high as 12 per day to act as an anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer therapy. Dr. McKinney uses Can-Arrest. At high doses BCQ can loosen the bowel so warn your patients.
- Additional therapies I don’t have experience with include Honokiol and Padma 28.
I always emphasize to my patients to follow my anti-cancer protocol for one year post treatment to prevent cancers from recurring. We have all heard “we’ve got it all ….you are cancer free” only to have the cancer recur in the too near future. Encourage your patients to be proactive.
- Five to Thrive based on the book by: Lise Alschuler and Karolyn Gazella. The principles of prevention of cancer include immune support (Vitanox, Echinacea and NK cells and Astragalus complex, 5 Mushroom Formula) , controlling inflammation, (BCQ or Boswellia Complex) helping the body detoxify (Silymarin and Nrf2 pathway), regulate hormones of stress (Rhodiola and Ginseng) and control insulin resistance (Gymnema).
- I want to make sure patients vitamin D levels are optimized so I will measure this in the blood to get them to the 150nmol/l levels.
- See the patient in one year to review their maintenance program with you!
Prevention of cancer in the first place is multifactorial. I recommend the following:
- Regular detoxifying programs (see Pincott’s Perspective January 2017)
- Helping the body keep inflammation low by using remedies such as BCQ and Greens First.
- Optimizing NrF2 pathways making sure cruciferous vegetables, garlic, turmeric and green tea are part of the diet. Using herbs such as milk thistle, resveratrol and ginkgo are beneficial. (ie Vitanox and Greens First).
(April is Daffodil Month or Cancer Awareness Month across Canada. There are huge donation dollars supporting websites such as www.cancer.ca and some useful information there for your patients. For example I was surprised they do have a link to Artificial Hormones and discuss the issue of hormone mimicking that causes cancer, implicating birth control pills!)