The common health challenges we all encounter every day range from annoying to health jeopardizing. These common problems usually have simple, natural, healthy solutions equally or more effective than a prescription without the drug side effects. Below are the more common challenges encountered with their solutions. More conditions will be added at a later date.

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Burns:

 

 

burns

First degree burns only affect top layer of skin.   Heals quickly Second degree burns when deeper layers of skin affected. Third degree burns occur when all the layers of the skin affected. Deeper layers (muscle or bones) may be affected.   Referral to a burn specialist is necessary.

If possible run cold water over the burned area for as long as possible. With second degree burns apply a mixture of  baking soda, olive oil, zinc ointment and if possible vitamin E. Supplementation with high levels of minerals after burning to replace the minerals lost with burning. Diet: high protein, increased fluids and zinc.  Other nutrients to accelerate healing with all degrees of burning vitamin C, E, B complex. DMSO onto the burns will minimize scars and skin loss.  Ice and vinegar.

Other therapies include
Ayurveda:  coconut oil, fresh aloe vera
Herbal:  St John’s Wort and calendula
Healing lasers, traditional Chinese Medicine and Oxygen Therapy.

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Canker Sores

canker

Canker Sores are also know as aphthous ulcers and are painful ulcers on the mucosa of the cheeks or tongue that generally last for 1-2 weeks.These are thought to arise from stress,  fatigue, in hot weather, occurring after dental work or at times are contagious.Treatment revolves around avoiding acid producing foods (meat, sugar, coffee, smoking or spicy foods), avoid milk, tomato, cheese or citrus food.

Other treatments include vitamin C, B, Lysine (also for herpes cold sores), iron and zinc.
Treatments:   Juicing therapy, Detoxification, using chamomile or applying topical zinc chloride,apple cider vinegar or Chinese Medicine.

Cold Sores

cold-sore

Cold Sores or fever blisters are sores around the mouth (rarely inside the mouth) caused by the Herpes Simplex I Virus and when they have come out from their dormant stage are very contagious. Pharmacologically they are treated by Acyclovir.   A good nutritional approach is with lysine.

Cold sores from the HSV I can come out with stress, colds, direct sun exposure, anxiety, nutrient deficiencies, or other causes.

Alternative treatments include lysine pills or topical cream, decreasing arginine (in nuts), vitamin C, E, B, Zinc plus probiotics.

Additionally strengthening the immune system with Echinacea, ginseng, goldenseal, myrrh or calendula.  Ice application in the early stages, oxygen therapies (ozone kills HSV I immediately) all have shown results.

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Ear Infections (Otitis Media):

 

 

ear

Otitis Media is a growing concern and is the greatest cause of hearing loss in children.   There are 2 types of Otitis Media- acute and chronic.Acute ear infections are usually a result of infections (commonly bacterial) in the middle ear and occur usually in children although they can occur at any age. Causes are from water in the ear which does not drain or a result of consuming cow’s milk dairy. Otitis Media has often been associated with lack of breast feeding in infants especially when they go to milk in a bottle.

Treatments:   Get off cow’s milk, antimicrobial either in the ear and/ or orally.   Sometimes antibiotics are necessary if precautions to repopulate the gut with probiotics are used.

Cranial therapy are usually helpful to drain the middle ear through the Eustachian tube.   Where water is trapped a drop of rubbing alcohol into the ear will remove the water.

Chronic otitis media usually results from blockage of the auditory tube.  Treatment may also include antimicrobials but also removal of the substance which is blocking the tube.

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Fainting:

 

 

fainting

A brief and sudden loss of consciousness from decreased blood flow to the brain, loss of fluids, heat exhaustion, low blood sugar, low blood pressure, anemia or one of several nutritional deficiencies.

Nutritional treatments: whole foods, magnesium, vitamin B or Iron.

Other therapies:
Aromatherapy- peppermint, basil, lavender, rosemary, Flower therapies, homeopathy, reflexology, Chinese Medicine.  Cranial or other body work. If persistent it is wise to see an MD.

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Hangover:

 

 

hangover

This is the feeling of discomfort the day after excessive alcohol consumption. Dry bread before or after alcohol to soak up alcohol.  Use of orange or tomato juice after consumption. Lots of water with lemon to counter the dehydration.Vitamin C and B complex with cysteine to help the liver.Glutamine helps remove the alcohol craving for most.

Herbs:   Digestive bitters, mugwort, dandelion root.
Alternating hot / cold shower or oxygen therapy the next day.

Hemorrhoids:

hemorhoid

Hemorrhoids are distended veins in the anus.   Hemorrhoids may bleed, be itchy or painful.   They may be an indication of cancer or other illness if recurrent.

Treatment:   Better diet to have softer more frequent stools; vitamin K foods;  colon hydrotherapy; zinc oxide cream, aloe vera or olive oil to area.

Other treatments: colon hydrotherapy, homeopathy, Epsom salt packs, acupuncture.

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Insomnia:

 

 

insomnia

Insomnia is either an inability to fall asleep or an inability to remain asleep.   Insomnia is a result of many factors.  Sleep is critical to overall health to allow the body to heal from the day’s activities.As opposed to taking sleep aids which suppress the nervous system to force sleep (most of these drugs have unwanted side effects) it is important to find the causes of sleep disturbance. Some of the critical causes of sleep disturbance and their treatments are as follows:

  • Sleeping environment disturbances- remove electronics, keep relatively cool, very dark and without noises
  • Eating- avoid eating 2-3 hours before going to bed, avoid caffeine
  • Avoid physical exercise within 2-3 hours of bedtime
  • General health issues (eg pain, hormone issues such as adrenals and thyroid) should be resolved
  • Circadian misalignment- best time to be in bed is 11 pm to 2 am. Your internal clock needs to be aligned with the 24 hour earth clock
  • Sleep apnea- lack of oxygen which wakes us in the night. This is usually signified with snoring.   This can usually be rectified very simply.
  • Disturbance of the sleep hormone, melatonin from the pineal gland. Try supplementing melatonin 30 minutes before going to sleep.

The importance of sleep is essential to good health.   Treating any chronic health issue must include getting healing, restful sleep.

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Laryngitis:

 

 

lary

Laryngitis is an inflammation of the vocal cords / root of tongue which results in hoarseness or loss of voice.   This can be due to trauma as with excessive yelling or singing, viral, yeast infection, bacteria, allergic reactions, flu or bronchitis.

Treatment:  avoid carbohydrates; use Zinc lozenges, vitamin A, C, garlic.
Other treatments:  hot compresses to throat, homeopathy, manual therapy (massage), gargle with oxygenated water and/ or peroxide.

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Muscle Cramps:

 

 

cramps

Excessive contraction or tone of skeletal muscles causing tightness, pain, spasms, cramps or burning.People not exercising, not taking magnesium rich foods (green leafies) or taking highly acidic diets (high sugar, caffeine, high processed foods) are more susceptible to muscle cramps.Other contributing factors:  low thyroid, anemia, dietary imbalances, spinal imbalances, past injuries especially with scars, poor circulation, diabetes, fatigue or poor posture. Diuretic medications and food allergies also contribute to cramping or muscle pain.

Diet and Nutrition:   Diets rich in magnesium and calcium (vegetables especially green leafy vegetables), kelp, honey and all alkalinizing foods (avoid sugars, meats and citrus).

The following are good therapies as well:   manual therapies, magnesium, calcium, vitamin C, B complex, E, chlorophyll, flaxseed oil as well as Intravenous therapies (Meyers Cocktail with vit C, B6, B12 and magnesium).

Electrolytes will be helpful if cramping is due to excessive sweating.
Stretching or if cramping in bed take a warm bath before bedtime.
Many other therapies are effective for muscle cramping including herbal, hydrotherapy, juice therapy and acupuncture.

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Nausea:

 

 

nausa

Nausea is an unpleasant feeling in the gastrointestinal system usually as a side effect of another problem (pregnancy, food poisoning, inner ear disturbance, lack of digestive enzymes) rather than an illness itself.

Other causes of nausea may be anxiety or blood sugar control problems.
Treatments:   avoiding the cause of the nausea if identified; taking digestive enzymes, ginger or activated charcoal, magnesium, vitamin B especially B6.
Biofeedback, fasting, homeopathy, meditation, reflexology (liver, gallbladder, stomach stimulation), naturopathy, osteopathy, manual therapy.

A liver- gallbladder flush or cleanse can help although it can be a difficult procedure done at home.

Nose Bleeds:

nosebleed

Nose bleeds in children are generally not serious unless recurrent.Nose bleeds in adults are usually from trauma, irritation, dryness of the mucous membranes in the nose changes in atmospheric pressure or vitamin C or bioflavonoid deficiency.If recurrent in adults it is usually from high blood pressure, sinus or bleeding disorders.Initial treatment if from a blow to the head it is important to go to a hospital to rule out fracture. If not from great trauma blow out blood clots and pinch the nose for 10-20 minutes before releasing. If bleeding continues gauze into the nose and ice will help stop bleeding. If bleeding continues or is recurrent insert vitamin E, A, aloe vera,  comfrey or calendula into the nose before insert gauze to keep nose packed. If the person is taking blood thinner or aspirin see an MD to adjust the dosage. Diet:   Vitamin K (Greens, kale, watercress), Vitamin C, bioflavonoids.

Other therapies:  Aromatherapy with lemon, lavender, frankincense
Acupressure, homeopathy, Juice therapy (carrot, beet, ginger, cayenne)

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Poison Ivy / Poison Oak:

 

 

ivy

Contact with these poisonous plants causes a rash and oozing.  They may lead to systemic problems depending on the person’s immune reaction.

Treatments:   wash clothing that has contacted the plants. Vitamin C (3 grams), Zinc;  Topical treatment with apple cider vinegar (ACV) and goldenseal.  Warm baths with ACV and / or corn starch.   Apply aloe vera, baking soda, witch hazel or a paste of activated charcoal.
If access a sauna with ozone or hyperbaric will be highly effective.

Pre-Operative / Post-Operative:

prepost

Following a preoperative protocol several weeks before an invasive surgery and several months postoperatively will accelerate healing and reduce complications.Pre-Operative:   Generally a whole food diet avoiding sugars and processed foods.  Whole vegetable juices each day.Omega 3’s, Vitamin C (avoid C on day of surgery), magnesium, B vitamins, potassium, coenzyme Q10, Rescue Remedy (flower remedy) for anxiety and Arnica for faster recovery.Post Operatively:   Whole food diet, avoiding sugars and processed foods.Soups and pureed vegetables.

The following will help healing postoperatively: amino acids, digestive enzymes (between meals), glutamine, alpha ketoglutarate, rescue remedy, an herbal adaptogen for liver detoxification, arnica and vitamin E with calendula oil over the surgical area.

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Sinusitis:

 

 

sinus

Sinusitis is a painful (slight to severe) inflammation or infection of the sinus cavities around the nasal passages. The pain comes from pressure building up in the sinuses usually when fluid from the irritated mucous membranes lining the sinuses secrete a fluid which is a growth medium for bacteria.

Acute sinusitis is characterized by malaise, fever, nasal discharge, voice alteration and pain.   Chronic sinusitis is a repeated inflammation of the sinus and nasal passages and rarely results from infection but rather from irritation as from allergies.

Treatment of sinusitis:   Cranial / osteopathic treatment to open drainage passages, antimicrobials and removing the irritating substances.   This may involving allergy elimination techniques or avoiding certain foods.   These foods frequently include cow’s milk products, wheat and preservatives such as MSG.

Sinus irrigation has also been shown to be highly successful especially using antimicrobials irrigated into the sinuses.

Sprains:

spains

A sprain is when the ligaments of a joint are stretched beyond normal length without tearing or with partial or complete tearing.

Grade 1 sprain:  no ligament tearing with tenderness and mild swell Treatment with ace bandage, taping, immobilization and ice.
Grade 2 sprain:  partial tearing with swelling, bruising and difficulty with using the joint. Treatment with immobilization for 3 weeks.
Grade 3 sprain:  complete tear with severe bruising and inability to use the joint. Treatment requires casting or possible surgery.Ice all sprains immediately after accident to reduce swelling. Diets:  whole foods and high protein / amino acid diet.   Proteolytic enzymes away from meals for all grade of sprains.   Take until all swelling has subsided.   Take with calcium and magnesium. Other therapies:   Osteopathy, healing lasers, Chinese Medicine, herbal therapy (horsetail tea and nettle).

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Viral Infections:

 

 

viral

Infections with viruses usually show fever, aches, chills and fatigue.  The hepatitis virus will show liver swelling.   Viruses are spread by human contact of liquids (nasal, blood, semen).   The clinical effects and tissues affected vary widely.

Antibiotics are not effective for virus infections but usually require antiviral medications. The general course of viral therapy is to either strengthen the immune system or compete with the viruses.
Therapies include whole foods, vitamin A, B complex, C, Zinc, proteolytic enzymes, probiotics, Garlic, Artemisinin, Lysine, L-cysteine.   Herbal therapy (Echinacea, goldenseal, myrrh), juice therapy.
Oxygen therapies (ozone, hydrogen peroxide IV, Hyperbaric therapies) are highly effective to fight and eliminate viruses.

Vomiting:

vomitting
Vomiting is the forceful and usually involuntary expulsion of the contents of the stomach.  Symptoms (nausea, sweating, feeling ill) usually accompany vomiting unless the vomiting removes toxins or irritants from the stomach. Occasional vomiting is not considered serious unless it is chronic or goes for an extended time. Treatment:   After vomiting avoid solid food.  Take light vegetable broth and take in electrolytes. Only take supplements after 24 hours has passed. Massage or compress (chamomile, camphor, lavender, peppermint), ginger. Use probiotics after vomiting.
Homeopathy or juice therapy. If vomiting continues a physician should be consulted.