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Autoimmune Disease and what to do?

I’m writing this on behalf of a good friend. She has Autoimmune disease and is going nowhere with her recovery. She is on many Steroids and Anti-inflammatories and has been told her problems are purely linked to her Thyroid? She has a large rash over her body also. I’ve been told the’r have been links with Autoimmune Disease and Leaky Gut Syndome? Does anybody have any good advice or could throw some information my way? Thanks for your time. What does she have, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Hashimoto’s and on and on. Personally, I have worked with  many clients with autoimmune diseases. It takes time to eductate them and to teach them how to help themselves how to heal, but it can be done. My last client took about a year to fully heal and feel “normal” again. Of course along the way she made progress, but it took a full year … Continue Reading

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Morning Sickness and Herbs

I find that a common theme among pregnant women is the god awful side effect of morning sickness. I see this a lot in my clinic and I always am trying to find something that really works. There are so many schools of thought on this and of course each case should be treated and handled differently. Here are some of my thoughts of the causes from reading and research, as well as some recommendations to help: 1. Causes: chronic dehydration prior and during, being on the pill, going off and the influx of the hormones from getting pregnant, malnutrition prior and the body having a hard time handling the task of supporting life. 2. Symptom relief: a.  using peace and calming, di-geeze, peppermint or lavendar essential oils from Young Living on the belly and chest area b.  drinking room temp water throughout the day, drinking fresh cut ginger in tea … Continue Reading

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Polymyalgia Rheumatica

Josh, Polymyalgia? Can you offer some CHEK ideas for treatment of this – a gym member where I work has been diagnosed with this, and I thought it would be nice to offer some alternatives to steroid treatment. I am assuming you are talking about:Polymyalgia rheumatica causes moderate to severe aching and stiffness in the muscles in your hips, thighs, shoulders, upper arms and neck. Initially, you may have pain on just one side of your body, but as the disease progresses, symptoms are likely to occur on both sides.Stiffness is usually worse in the morning or after sitting or lying down for long periods. At times, the discomfort also may be severe enough to wake you at night.The aching and stiffness of polymyalgia rheumatica often occur suddenly, but sometimes may develop gradually. Polymyalgia rheumatica can cause other signs and symptoms including:§  Fatigue §  Unintentional weight loss §  Weakness or a general feeling … Continue Reading

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What is Gluten??

What is gluten?: Gluten is an amorphous mixture of ergastric (i.e., non-living) proteins found combined with starch in the endosperm of some cereals, notably wheat, rye, and barley. It constitutes about 80% of the proteins contained in wheat, and is composed of the proteins gliadin and glutenin. Gluten is responsible for the elasticity of kneaded dough, which allows it to be leavened, as well as the “chewiness” of baked products like bagels. It is the glutenins (specifically, low molecular weight glutenins) that are especially critical to gluten quality.What contains gluten?: Gluten is pretty much in every grain that you can think of eating except rice, buckwheat, corn, and oats (some think it does have it and other research shows that it does not). There are other grains that are gluten free, but most are very uncommon and most Americans do not eat them. Who is intolerant to gluten?: Gluten intolerance … Continue Reading

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Wonders of Green Onion

Chinese Pinyin: Cong Bai Latin: Alli Fistulosi Bulbus Taste: Warm and acrid Meridians it enters: Lung and stomach Dosage: 3-10 grams of only the roots Functions and indications: 1. Promotes sweating to relieve an exterior wind cold invasion (like ginger) 2. Warms the yang qi (both internal and external) a. Spleen yang deficiency: watery diarrhea, strong odor, stomach cramping, stool with undigested food b. Kidney yang deficiency: urinary retention as with prostate issues c. Moves the yang qi of the chest: chest pain, tightness and oppression

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Wonders of Ginger

Chinese pinyin: Sheng Jiang Latin: Zingiberis Rhizoma Recens Taste: Slightly warm and acrid (disperses qi and blood) Meridians it enters: Lung, spleen and stomach Dosage: 3-5 slices Actions and indications: 1. Promotes sweating to releive the minor or beginning stages of an external wind cold invasion (no sweat, chills, fever, thirst, achy body and headache) 2. Warms the Lung to expell phlegm cold (white, foamy and clear phlegm) 3. Warms the Spleen and Stomach to stop nauseau and vomiting from the middle jaio (abdominal area)- diarrhea with food in stool, stomach pain that likes warmth and compression This is a great herb to calm the stomach area down when one has nausea and vomitting, upset stomach, diarrhea or stomach nerves.

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Urinary Incontinence after pregnancy

I have treated many female clients that end up with urinary incontinence after delivering their baby. From being pregnant, your “core” muscles lengthen and become inhibited (loss of inability to do their job, which is to stabilize the low back and hold the organs in). This is one reason why women loose bladder control (part of the inner unit is the pelvic floor, which regulates this). As well, when these muscles lengthen, the organs “hang off” the ligaments and push down on the bladder, this is another reason why most women have loss of bladder control. If these muscles are still lengthened and the organs are still “hanging” of ligaments, then you will continue to have this issue. The largest issue is from getting an episiotomy, which completely shuts off the pelvic floor. At the same time, the scar tissue that is built up is the roadblock in this situation … Continue Reading

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We are what we eat!

Josh, I‘ve got a client who wishes to gain weight and bulk up he has a high heart rate and suffers from tremours in his right arm and hand his diet consist of nourishments drinks and protein weight gain drinks along side a normal healthy diet. i suggested that he should have his thyroid gland checked out do you have any suggestions? Answer:There is a lot that you can recommend or even do with your client, but some of it may be out of your scope of practice. Here are my recommendations in no particular order: The foundation of life is food, good quality food. Without it, the body will not function properly, heal properly and dysfunctions will arise. As Paul Chek says, “you are what you eat!” My first recommendation would be to either educate him about food quality or refer him out to a holistic nutritionist, CHEK NLC … Continue Reading

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Can’t you get “fat” from eating “fat?”

I get asked this question almost everyday, all day. Here is my thought process on this, as well as to show you that just because they are spelled the same, does not mean they are the same. If you research this you will learn that it takes fat to actually loose fat. The funny thing is, just because the food we eat (fat) is spelled the same way as getting “fat.” When you eat sugar, carbs, etc, you release insulin, etc from the pancreas to regulatre blood sugar and more. Insulin in excess, along with cortisol, is a fat storing hormone. When you eat fat, you don’t release any insulin from the pancreas. You just release bile from the LV/GB. So you give your pancreas a break. Hence it is impossible to get “fat” from eating quality “fats!”

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Thimerosal, Mercury, and Autism??

Josh, What are your thoughts? Well we could sit here and chat for hours, but I will give you my take on this. It is short and sweet. If you want more info, do some research on www.mercola.com, purchase the video called Vaccines by Tenpenny or consult with a holistic ND, MD, DO or someone like myself for some more direct eduation. This was taken from Depression Free-Naturally by John Larson: The first vaccination on record was in the late 1930′s A handful of documented autistic children showed up in the early 1940′s After WWII, as the infant vaccination programs increased, so did the documented number of children with autism. The cases have risen from 11 in 1943 to over 250K in the US today

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