With my patients, I’ve found that September is the best time of year to get back on track with heath goals. This blog entry will prepare you, and your patients, before the busy back-to-school season starts:ingrid-cropped

Immune System: The Nordic Naturals Nordic Berries and Fish Oil supplements are a yummy way for children to get extra nutrition in their diets. As children get older they can be graduated to stronger dosages, which will also have a lower sugar content. Vitamin D: taking this in liquid drops is ideal and inexpensive. Our office favorite is Seroyal brand.
Probiotics: Ther-Biotic Complete Powder is easy to add to beverages without changing the taste. Important for gut health, brain health and immune system support.
ADHD: Bacopa and Nordic Naturals DHA are great help. Anxiety/Sleeplessness/Growing Pains: Ancient Minerals provides a magnesium lotion with melatonin, which can be rubbed into achey areas to help provide relief. Give children liquid or chewable calcium-magnesium supplements like Jigsaw Magnesium SRT.

Acne: Teenagers constantly struggle with ways to improve their skin. I have used Citricidal tabs at 3 per day as an antiobitic, and the Citricidal Skin Cleanser as a topical soap to use in the shower (I also use this throughout my professional office, for hand washing). Probiotics are important for skin health, so make sure teens are also taking Ther-Biotic Complete. Additionally, Core Nutrients EPO provides 1200mg of EPO per capsule, and when dosed at 2 capsules per day can provide relief from skin issues.
Stress: If teenagers are stressing out about their school work load then consider Kava Forte or Nevaton. If they are not sensitive to licorice or have blood pressure issues, Adrenal Complex is great treatment option that can be used year-round. Often I will alternate herbs month to month, so consider alternating with Nevaton.
Anxiety/Depression/Insomnia: As the fall days grow shorter, St. John’s Wort can be added to teen’s protocols, for help alleviating depression and insomnia (due to light sensitivity). I dose it at HS. Did you know that one of the most important active constituents of St. John’s wort is hyperforin, and the Mediherb brand has a very high content? However, keep in mind that hyperforin is not found in the tincture form of St. John’s Wort. Bacopa is also used for memory and concentration. For additional brain power around exam time, suggest Gingko! Kerry Bone is known to take up to 9 per day as needed when he is recovering from jet lag.
Menstrual Disorders; Wild Yam Complex helps to regulate periods, lessen the flow and help with cramping. In addition, try taking extra calcium/magnesium at night. Try Jigsaw Magnesium with SRT. Also, rubbing topical magnesium onto the abdomen may be very soothing during menarche.
Diet: Most teenagers don’t eat as well as they should, so helping them come up with a smoothie recipe that incorporates Dream Protein and Greens First/Berry or Greens First Chocolate will help provide vital antioxidants and protein–especially for breakfast and before sports.

Immune System Support: Children are constantly exposed to germs and infections at school, which they can bring home to the rest of the family. In addition to supporting their immune systems, consider supporting yours as well. A great start is probiotics, Vitamin D and Echinacea daily, ALL YEAR ROUND! Mediherb Echinacea does not contain any of the upper parts of the plant so it can be taken year round. One per day is all you need. Dose as 6 per day at first signs of Upper Respiratory Infections, or use Andrographis at 3 per day. If the immune system is very poor, recommend Astragalus Complex for 3 months or longer.
Cleansing: This is the time of year adults like to cleanse after a summer of poor habits. See January Blog for reminders.
Creative Health Habits: I love the Ancient Minerals bath flakes. I grind one cup in the Nutribullet and then add 8 drops of a favorite essential oil blend. This makes a lovely “parasympathetic spa bath” and is a great gift idea. For containers, I use small glass jars for the dollar store. If you are treating pain and inflammation, you will want to use a much larger dose. You can create a similar effect with Ancient Minerals’ Magnesium Lotion and Oils. For those of your patients with a penchant for essential oils, this activity will be a blast. Topical magnesium is a lovely home remedy for many aches and pains.

What I Learned this Summer
– Buckwheat pancakes are a hearty, gluten-free option for breakfast. Easy to make and      great as left overs.
– Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker: create meals within 30 minutes, including potato salad!

Have the family challenge themselves: NO SICK DAYS THIS YEAR!




dr-pincott-header-pinkEvery 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.


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Allergies and sinusitis: Quercitin dosed at 8 per day and Sinus Forte dosed at 6 per day acutely can help avoid OTC antihistamines.
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. Fun popsicles: For kids try making a smoothie of Greens First and Dream Protein powders and make them into popsicles. Nummy!
  9. 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!
  10. 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!

Optimizing Brain Health.



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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.