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Harvest-time Helpers

Seasonally relevant resources for self-care and repair

Oscillococcinum:  anti-cold, anti-flu homeopathic; works best at first sign of cold or flu
Olive Leaf: anti-viral herb; works at early or mid-stage of cold or flu
Arnica Montana:  after-yardwork, after muscle overexertion homeopathic
Rhus Toxicodendron:  joint support homeopathic for “rusty mornings” when joints feel better after 1-2 hours of movement
Hydrogen peroxide mouthwash or gargle:  anti-viral, anti-bacterial; after raking moldy leaves; use 3% hydrogen peroxide diluted with 2 parts water 
Vitamin D:  essential immune support; use 2000-5000 daily in less sunny months; must have minerals available in body to assimilate!
Vitamin C, Quercetin, Hesperidin, Flavonoids, Camu:  anti-allergy, anti-viral nutrition; different forms tolerated by different people

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Forgotten research, everyday remedies

Vitamin C
In 1935 Dr. Claus W. Jungeblut, MD at Columbia University published his success in treating polio (virus) with high doses of Vitamin C.  In 1947 he published his findings that many diseases, including cardiovascular disease, were related to Vitamin C deficiency.  In the 1950’s he published his finding that smoking one cigarette consumed 125 mg of Vitamin C.

Vitamin E
In 1940 Drs. Evan and Wilfred Shute published their success using high dose Vitamin E to prevent fibroids and endometriosis. They also treated over 30,000 patients with cardiovascular disease with high dose Vitamin E.

The next time that a health professional tells you that vitamins are a waste of money, just compassionately recognize they are behind in their continuing education.   : ) 

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Albizia, the Happiness Herb

Albizia julibrissin,  better known as the mimosa tree, is the source of an ancient herb also known as the “calming spirit” or “happiness herb.”  The herb usually contains both the bark and the flowers of the mimosa tree, although they are sometimes used separately.  In the Chinese Materia Medica, the bark is attributed with “anchoring” the spirit while the flowers “lighten” it.

Ancient medical applications included: calming sedative, effects of grief, depression, melancholy, anxiety, insomnia, amnesia, sore throat and contusion as well as anger due to “constrained emotions.”  Although ancient formulas often employed much stronger dosing than contemporary usage, there are no known side effects. However, it is contra-indicated during pregnancy as it may stimulate uterine contractions .

In modern studies, albizia appears to enhance neurotransmitter secretion and regulation. It demonstrates sedative activity, anti-depressant effects and neuroprotective effects. It has also been shown to be anti-inflammatory and to stimulate immune function.

In summary, albizia appears to nourish and stabilize the nervous system through multiple mechanisms. Sounds like a happiness pill with no detriment! Mother Nature in support of human health, again.

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Homeopathics for a Better Brain

Homeopathics are safe for all ages. You can experiment with a homeopathic remedy with virtually no risk, with most retail-available  dosages and brief use. Try some of these remedies for improving your brain function.

Zinc metallicum 30c– weak memory, lethargic, slow comprehension, indecisive, evening irritability, restless legs

Lycopodium 30c – doesn’t tolerate contradiction especially after intellectual fatigue, using wrong word, forgetful, morning debility, sensitive to noise and odors

Baryta carb 30c – mental weakness, lost confidence in self, grief over trifles, impaired thinking, prone to distended arteries 

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Have you experienced The Pod?

Choose from the following settings: 
Energy
Relaxation 
Skin Care
Sleep

The Pod at Health InSyncs is reported to promote sleep, improve skin tone, increase energy. It uses different colors of LED lighting, suspended above and around you. It looks a little like a space capsule that could take you into outer space – or different inner spaces? 

Allow 45 minutes for a session: 20-30 minutes for the treatment plus 15 to change  clothing (as you want) to maximize skin exposure to the lights.

Call 804.377.2222 to schedule an appointment.

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Your Best Friend for Spring: Arnica Montana

Working in the garden? Starting outdoor activities again? Feeling some aches and pains as those muscles get worked more than usual?

Arnica Montana is a homeopathic remedy of many uses, but is well appreciated  for “early garden enthusiasm” – working more hours, more muscles than you planned! Or for those first games of good weather – muscles you didn’t remember you had, that are now talking to you!

Arnica is useful for speeding the healing of bruises, for helping the body recover from any shock or trauma – physical, mental, or chemical, for reducing bleeding from injuries, for reducing hemorrhoids, for sore gums after dental work, for muscular pain in general, but especially for sprains or strains. Arnica is sometimes used by plastic surgeons after facial surgery, to reduce pain, swelling, and bruising, especially around the eyes.  Used after any surgery, it can help the body heal faster.

Topically use Arnica for bee stings, sore or bruised muscles, for sprains and strains. Use the oral forms, usually perles or tablets, to deal with lacerations or any bleeding injury, shock and trauma, hemorrhoids, gum soreness, and eye injury. 

Cautions

Homeopathic remedies are generally safe for all ages. Consider these exceptions with Arnica Montana (mountain daisy):

  • If you have an allergy to the daisy flower family, you might not benefit from Arnica, and might have an allergic response to the homeopathic form.
  • Never apply topical arnica to an open wound.

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Multiple Choices for Vitamin C

Vitamin C is much more than oranges!  The preference is that most of your food is local and/or seasonally appropriate, but it’s fun and productive to have occasional diversity. Explore these options:

  • Acerola Cherries – half cup = 820 mg
  • Rose Hips – six hips = 119 mg
  • Chili Peppers – red = 65 mg 
  • Chili Peppers – green = 109 mg 
  • Guava – single fruit = 126 mg
  • Sweet Yellow Peppers – half cup = 137 mg
  • Blackcurrants – half cup = 101 mg
  • Thyme – one ounce fresh herb = 45 mg
  • Mustard Spinach – cup raw = 117 mg
  • Kale – cup raw kale = 80 mg; light steaming = 53 mg 
  • Kiwi – one fresh = 70 mg
  • Broccoli – half cup cooked = 50 mg
  • Brussel Sprouts – half cup = 50 mg
  • Lemons – one whole raw = 83 mg
  • American Persimmons – one = 16.5 mg
  • Papayas – cup = 87 mg
  • Strawberries – cup = 90 mg
  • Oranges – medium size = 70 mg
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Healthier Choices or Just More Variety!

Instead of…..

  • Milk
  • Cornstarch
  • Peanut Butter
  • Table salt
  • Canola, vegetable, soy, corn oils
  • Potato Chips
  • White Potatoes

Use…..

  • Coconut, almond, hemp, rice milks
  • Arrowroot
  • Almond, cashew, sunflower butters
  • Mineral salt, sea salt
  • Coconut, avocado, palm, olive oils
  • Jicama, sunchoke strips, plantain chips
  • Sweet potatoes, cauliflower, yuca, young turnips