Holistic Health Journal


feature_image_template35-620x400When treating those with anxiety, my clients and I work together to help balance different aspects of life: body, mind and spirit.  Science is showing us that cultivating good digestive health is a crucial piece of the treatment puzzle. Research is showing that the bacteria in your gut can directly affect your behavior and emotions…. This might be surprising for many, however it’s a critical, and often overlooked factor in treating anxiety. Healing and restoring balance to one’s digestive tract, ideally with the help of an integrative medical doctor can make a huge difference in symptoms. Your digestive tract can be damaged by chronic stress, medication use and exposure to foods that aren’t great for your body (to name a few). Many factors besides poor digestive health may contribute to your symptoms.  


Maybe you’re in an unhealthy relationship, suffer from low self-esteem, struggle with panic attacks, or worry needlessly about little things.  No matter what the issues that are contributing to your anxiety, experiencing it can leave you feeling isolated, scared and mentally exhausted. When it comes to treating emotional distress, utilizing multiple agents of change is the most beneficial way to experience relief. For example, when treating anxiety, it’s extremely beneficial not only to receive therapy, but also to change your diet, exercise, patterns of self-talk, methods of self-care and introduce relaxation techniques.  Working on balancing your gut flora can be a very healing addition to the aforementioned therapies. While research is still emerging, science is supporting the idea that your gut bacteria affects your emotional health. Dr. Michael Gershon first brought this groundbreaking science to the public with his lab studies with rodents. He was first prompted to study the connection because of his interest in serotonin; 90% of our serotonin is produced and manufactured in the gut! He wrote, The Second Brain, which describes the role of the digestive tract in regulating emotional health and decision making. 

Some fascinating research has been conducted to further this idea. Researchers swapped the bacteria in anxious mice and fearless mice by changing diet, adding antibiotics or adding probiotics. They found that the timid mice actually started taking more risks and acting more gregarious and the opposite also happened: the fearless mice acted more timid. In a 2013 study published in Gastroenterology, researchers studied the effects of probiotics in humans. After 4 weeks of ingesting probiotics, they scanned the brains of each participant. The researchers found subtle signs that the brain circuits involved in anxiety were less reactive. 

But, how do the brain and the gut communicate? The brain and the gut are in constant communication via the vagus nerve, a large nerve that connects the two. The concept of “gut feeling” and butterflies in your stomach is actually a real thing! In a study conducted in Ireland, researchers found that when the vagus nerve was cut in mice, they no longer saw the brain respond based on changes to the rodent’s gut flora.  Scientists have also begun to study certain neurochemicals that have not been described before being produced by certain bacteria, thus suggesting that gut microbes can produce their own version of neurotransmitters. This is another way that gut microbes may communicate with the brain. Pretty fascinating, right?! 

Wondering how to nourish your digestive tract? Here are 4 tips. 

1.)    Start eating more and more WHOLE foods. Limit processed foods, sugar, alcohol and caffeine. Choose fruits, veggies, whole grains, beans, and lean proteins.  Check out this article from Dr. Mark Hyman on the subject. Start with small changes. Choose a sweet potato instead of fries, eat half of your dessert rather than the whole plate, or order an open faced sandwich. Changes should feel do-able, not overwhelming and anxiety producing! 

2.)    Increase your body/food awareness. Notice how you feel after eating. Take note of fatigue, bloating, anxiety, gas, reflux or any other symptoms that you might be experiencing. This will allow you to start mapping patterns and become aware of what foods might be troublesome for you. If you continually eat foods that don’t react well to your body, it can damage your delicate digestive lining and balance of good bacteria.  Log your findings for at least a week. 

3.)    Eat foods rich in probiotics. This can include yogurt, kefir, fermented foods and sauerkraut. 

4.)    Reduce Stress. Stress can damage your very thin digestive lining. Practice relaxation techniques, meditate, use positive self-talk and engage in activities that bring joy. Managing stress will help you to heal from the inside out and also reduce anxiety symptoms. 

Most of all, if you are struggling with anxiety, reach out for help from a therapist who specializes in anxiety or your doctor. Relief from symptoms is possible!






Candida ClearYou make a resolution. You are going to eat your five servings of fruits and veetables a day. No more junk food. And then it hits–those cravings. You have to have chocolate. You’ll die without a chocolate!

Chocolate’s my thing. So is pasta. For many it’s breads, cookies, white rice, yogurt, sugary smoothies, and/or alcohol.

There is no doubt that your blood sugar has a lot to do with sugar cravings, but blood sugar is not the only metabolic process driving you. If you are living with an overabundance of Candida in your system, it wants to be fed. And it’s preferred food is sugar. The relationship we have with Candida can create much stronger cravings for sugar and alcohol than blood sugar or other known factors.


Our bodies contain 10 times as many microbes as human cells. Many of these microbes are beneficial. We actually enjoy a symbiotic relationship with many of the bacteria (they help digest food, create serotonin, create B vitamins and more), but other microbes can cause disease, especially when they are out of balance.

In today’s bacteria phobic world, we use antibacterial soaps, we pasteurize milk and juice, and we kill as many bacteria as possible in an attempt to create an antiseptic environment with no regard to the healthy bacteria we destroy. In addition, we take antibiotics without considering the indiscriminate destruction of the healthy bacteria we need for optimum health.

Candida is opportunistic. Whenever it sees an opening, like when we consume refined foods, Candida increases its numbers. It flourishes. And when it does, it wreaks havoc on its host. It doesn’t just live inside of us, it feeds off of us. It changes from a one celled yeast to grow filaments that bore through our tissues–not only in the gut, but in other organs as well. Enzymes are released from these filaments that digest our tissues. Then the Candida soaks up nutrition from the cells it destroys as well as the food we eat.

The balance of Candida to beneficial flora is ever changing. Beneficial bacteria vie for dominance in the gut. As the balance shifts (like when we aren’t eating foods that feed it) and Candida die off, the dying Candida releases 79 different toxins into our system. These toxins make us feel ill. As it continues to attack us from the inside, we eat a little sugar (or a lot of sugar) and we feel better because we have just fed the Candida and ended the die off process. Candida flourishes again (along with bad bacteria, which also likes sugar). You eat a little better, Candida dies off. You feel bad. You eat sugar. The cycle continues.

When the level of Candida rises to the point it causes ear infections, gum infections, sinus infections, vaginal infections, tooth infections, or skin infections, we may put two and two together and realize there is a cause and effect every time we eat sugar because we feel the negative results almost immediately. This is due to a low level of chronic infection that flares every time we feed the Candida.

Foods that feed Candida include concentrated sugars (corn syrup, sugar, agave, fruit juice, etc.). and other refined foods (sugars, flours, bread, pasta, white rice, etc.). Alcohol also indirectly promotes Candida growth. For those with particularly bad Candida, even a lack of sleep and other things that weaken the immune system actually can feed Candida (they feed off of our weakest cells, sleep deprivation depletes individual cell health).

You can rid your body of Candida naturally and get of the sugar roller coaster ride, but it will take time and discipline.

There are a number of herbs and supplements that will boost your immune system, kill off the Candida, and increase your beneficial bacteria.

GallBladder FormulaGallBladder Formula has two primary areas of action, the digestive system and the hepatic system (particularly the gallbladder). The formula is a carminative, which means it helps to alleviate intestinal gas and bloating. It also acts as a cholagogue, meaning it increases bile production in the liver and bile secretion from the gallbladder. GallBladder formula also has an antispasmodic action, so it relaxes muscle cramps in the colon and gallbladder. This can help relieve pain from abdominal spasms and gallbladder attacks.

GallBladder Formula can be used for weak digestion, poor appetite, constipation, jaundice and bloating. By stimulating bile it aids digestion of fats and, taken with a fiber supplement, it can help reduce cholesterol levels. It can also be used as part of a gallbladder flush to reduce gallbladder congestion and help pass gallstones. This formula may also help to reduce fevers.


The following herbs are responsible for these effects:

Oregon grape root

This bitter herb stimulates the flow of bile from the liver and gallbladder. It contains berberine alkaloids (also found in goldenseal and barberry) which give it an antibacterial and antifungal action. It stimulates digestive secretions and helps with general detoxification by aiding lymphatic flow, especially in the gut. It has been chiefly used for gastritis and general digestive weakness. It also has a blood purifying action and has been used to treat skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne, all of which have links to poor liver and gallbladder function.

Ginger root

This herb is primarily used as a digestive aid. It stimulates blood flow in the abdominal region, improves digestive secretions, and relieves gas and flatulence. It soothes nausea and morning sickness, which are often related to the liver and gallbladder.

Cramp bark

As it name implies, this herb is used to relieve pain from cramps and spasms of the smooth muscles. As such, it has been used as a remedy for intestinal cramps, menstrual cramps and asthma.

Fennel seeds

In India and European countries, fennel is often handed out after dinner to settle the stomach and promote the digestion of fats. In other countries, fennel is used primarily as a weight control herb.  It is excellent as a remedy for colic in children, indigestion, nausea and vomiting.


The leaves of the peppermint plant have a carminative action, helping to improve digestion and relieve intestinal gas and bloating. Peppermint has also been used for colic and dyspepsia (indigestion). Tests on dogs have shown increased bile secretions. Peppermint oil has antimicrobial properties, so peppermint helps with intestinal infections. It also eases intestinal inflammation and relieves digestive related headaches.

Wild Yam Root

Wild yam root is both an antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory herb. It has a powerful effect on the digestive tract, easing digestive inflammation and cramping. This reduces pain in the intestinal region. It relaxes the bile ducts and promotes a better flow of bile. It also relieves the pain and bloating associated with adult colic. Historically, it has been used for conditions such as flatulence, hemorrhoids, colic, painful spleen, diarrhea, infected gallbladder, dysentery and liver disorders.


This herb has been dubbed “Nature’s Alka Seltzer” by some herbalists. It helps ease acid indigestion, bloating, gas and stomach pain. It has a relaxing effect on the nerves in the digestive tract and stimulates a healthy flow of digestive secretions.

Suggested Use

Take 2 GallBladder Formula capsules 3 times daily with meals. If diarrhea ensues, discontinue for a day or two, then try again at 1/2 the former dose. For acute gallbladder attack, 2 capsules of the formula can be taken every two hours.

Selected References

Chinese Herbal Remedies by Albert Y. Leung (New York, New York: Universe Books, 1984).
A Handbook of Native American Herbs by Alma R. Hutchens (Boston, Massachusetts: Shambhala, 1992).
The Wild Rose Scientific Herbal by Terry Willard, Ph.D. (Calgary, Alberta: Wild Rose College of Natural Healing Ltd., 1991).

gallbladderThe gall bladder flush is a therapy that has been around a long time. It is controversial, even in the natural health community. Many herbalists I know don’t believe its beneficial. However, I have done it a few times myself and used it with others and have seen it provide tremendous benefits.

It definitely increases bile flow, causing the gall bladder to empty its contents. This seems to ease gall bladder pain and may help to dissolve and/or pass gallstones. However, it has not been proven to do so. Even still, I’ve known a number of people who have stopped severe gallbladder pain and avoided surgery using the proceedure.

People have thought this proceedure passed gallstones because people who use it will typically pass small greenish-grey balls about the size of peas. These are not stones. They are composed of soap, which is created by an alkali interacting with fat. In this case, the large quantity of olive oil used in the cleanse mixes with a large quantity of bile to saponify (i.e. turn into soap) the fatty acids. Normally, enzymes would break this down to absorb the fatty acids, but it appears that the extremely large quanitity of oil is more than the body can assimilate, so they are passed intact.


A medical doctor told me that the large amount of oil causes the gallbladder to go into spasm and completely empty its contents and that this could theoretically cause a large stone to get lodged in a bile duct. This would require surgery for removal. I have had one person tell me that this happened to them when they did this proceedure, so the risk is real. However, I’ve also used this proceedure for myself and clients many times, as well as talked to others who have used it safely with hundreds of people. So, I believe the risk is very small, and since surgery is the primary medical treatment for gallstones, the proceedure just hastened the need for it.

As I mentioned, I tried this proccedure several times when I was younger. Later, I used some of the herbs mentioned here to assist my gallbladder, which I knew had problems. Then, during a very intense period of stress in my life I had a gallbladder attack so servere that it made it difficult to breathe. I think that had I not been under so much pressure at the time that I would have tried this proceedure before having surgery. However, I submitted to the surgery because I was just so overwhelmed.

As I’ve seen happen to other people who have had their gallbladder removed, I have side effects as a result of the surgery. My colon does not move as well as it used to (bile is a natural laxative). I also have a harder time digesting fats. However, I understand that over time the bile ducts enlarge slightly to try to store more bile, so this problem appears to be easing as time passes.

So, I would encourage people to at least try this therapy before submitting to surgery. If it works, great. If not, have the surgery.

Other Uses for the Flush

In addition to being used for a sluggish gallbladder or for gall stones, there are some other situations where this proceedure may be helpful. My friend Thomas Easley uses it for people who need to bring their cholesterol down before medical testing. As some of you know, the medical establishment has lowered the normal ranges for cholesterol in the mistaken belief that this will prevent heart disease. The normal range should actually be about 175-275 with 200-250 being optimal. People within this actual normal range are being encouraged to take drugs to lower their cholesterol.

The problem is, that you can lose your insurance for failing to comply with doctor’s orders, so if you can reduce your cholesterol naturally, you can avoid having the doctor prescribe the drugs. This can also help with medical testing for insurance purposes, as a lower cholesterol level may earn you a better insurance rate.

The reason this proceedure works for this purpose is that bile is mostly composed of cholesterol. In fact, 50-60% of the cholesterol manufactured by the liver is used to make bile. This is why low fat diets can actually increase cholesterol. Monounsatured fats, like those found in olive oil, appear to be very good at helping to lower cholesterol by encouraging bile production.

By increasing bile flow, this proceedure could aslo improve digestion and metabolism of fats. Theoretically, it could also be beneficial in fatty liver disease or in clearing fatty tumors and deposits (along with other remedies).


Olive Oil2Here’s the standard way to do a gall bladder flush.  Start by fasting for 24 to 48 hours on fresh, raw apple juice. Do not use bottled or frozen juice. Malic acid, an ingredient in the apple juice, is reported to soften the stones. Edward Shook claims this in his Advanced Treatise in Herbology. If you can’t fast, try eating very lightly and taking an herbal laxative (like LBS II or cascara sagrada) to clear the colon. You could also take Fibralgia, which contains malic acid and magnesium, for a similar effect.

Just before going to bed at the close of the fast, drink 1/2 cup of olive oil and 1/2 cup of lemon juice (you can also use grapefruit juice). Mix these together thoroughly like you would shake up a salad dressing. The lemon juice cuts the olive oil and makes it more palatable. It sounds and smells worse than it tastes. Next, lie on your right side for a half hour before going to sleep. In the morning, if you don’t have a bowel movement, take an enema. This procedure may need to be repeated 2 days in a row.

Generally, you will pass some dark black or green objects that look like shriveled peas the day after drinking the olive oil and lemon juice. This may not happen. Remember that these objects are not gallstones. Chemical analysis has shown they are little balls of saponified fatty acids (soap). Besides, objects that large could not get through the bile ducts. Only a stone that is 2 millimeters in diameter or smaller could be actually be passed.

Even if this proceedure does not pass any stones, it usually eases the pain and discomfort and allows the problem to become asymptomatic again.  You see, most people with gallstones don’t know they have them, because they cause no symptoms unless the gallbladder becomes irritated or inflammed. So, this proceedure appears to eases gall bladder inflammation (and therefore the pain) and allows the person to resume a normal life without surgery.

Variations on the Proccedure

I had one practitioner report to me that it worked equally well to take three Tablespoons of lemon juice mixed with three tablespoons of olive oil every night for 30 days. A midwife friend of mine recommended taking a dose of Epsom salt about two or three hours prior to taking the olive oil and lemon juice. Follow the directions on the container of Epsom salt as per the dosage.

There are also herbs that can help, especially if you want to work with this problem more long term. For instance, NSP’s Gall Bladder Formula has been helpful for some. Hydrangea has been helpful for others. I’ll explain more about these remedies next.

Can You Dissolve Gallstones?

I have no documented evidence that herbs or nutrients can dissolve gallstones. However, there is some antecdotal evidence that they might. To understand what remedies one might use for long term care of the gallbladder and for dealing with stones, we need to know that gallstones come in two basic varieties.

GallstonesThe most common are gallstones made from cholesterol. About 80% of stones are this type. The other 20% are composed of pigments, bilirubin and calcium (usually calcium carbonate, the same kind of calcium found in urinary stones).  In the picture on the left which I got from Wikipedia (Emmanuelm at en.wikipedia) you can see a gallbladder filled with stones. According the caption, the large yellowish colored ones are the cholesterol stones. The smaller greenish ones are calcium stones.

Hydrangea could help to dissolve the calcium based stones. It works well for kidney stones and some people have reported to me it worked for gallstones, too. Magnesium helps with urinary stones (including helping to prevent them from forming) so it may help with gallstones, too. This may also explain the benefit of Epsom salt in the proceedure.

According to Shook, the malic acid in apple juice helps with the cholesterol stones. It’s possible the olive oil does, too. At least some natural healers think this is the case. Fibralgia contains both malic acid and magnesium and might be helpful for gallstones when taken regularly.

Dehydration is part of what causes these stones. Water is needed to keep the components of bile in solution, so drinking plenty of water is important for keeping your gallbladder healthy.

Herbs called cholagogues increase the flow of bile. This can be helpful, along with water, to increase bile flow, which may help to dissolve stones slowly over a period of weeks and months. Herbs that have this property include Oregon grape, dandelion root, artichoke, barberry bark, yellow dock root, fringetree bark, turmeric and celandine. Any of these can be taken before attempting the gallbladder flush to increase its effectiveness, or afterwards to continue improving gallbladder function.

I do not know if CurcuminBP would work in place of turmeric for increasing bile flow. But, it can help with the inflammation (and pain) of the gallbladder attack. GallBladder Formula can be helpful, too. It’s not a very strong cholagogue, but it does have anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties. The wild yam in it is particularly good for relaxing the gallbladder and easing the inflammation.

Of course, if these procedures do not bring relief, medical help should be sought. 

o-EBOLA-VIRUS-facebookThe mainstream media is at it again. It seems like every year or so we get news of some new disease that threatens to wipe us all out. So far, these dire predictions never seem to come true. I’m cynical enough to believe that it’s a great way to promote vaccines. So, I won’t be surprised if we’re soon being urged to do mass vacinations for ebola. Frankly, I’m more concerned about mass vaccination than the diseases.

For me, life goes on as normal. This kind of news never really bothers me. It’s not that I don’t believe we could have a plague in this country, because I do. We could also suffer a major economic collapse  or get into another world war. Natural disasters can also strike any day. For instance, we had extreme rains here a few weeks ago that washed out a 15-mile stretch of interstate 15 between St. George and Las Vegas. And, I just learned yesterday that those same rains ruined the crops of many farmers in this area.


Life is filled with risk and none of us are guaranteed tomorrow. I’ve come to terms with that. But it doesn’t mean that I chose to be reckless. Quite the contrary. I value life, so I chose to do what I can to minimize the risks. I drive safely, I wear eye protection when I use certain power tools and I have smoke detectors in my home. I do my best to take care of my body and I try to maintain a positive attitude. I also prepare for emergencies.

Preparation is Important

Preparation reduces fear. This is a basic principle. The military helps reduce fear in soldiers by training. Pilots are drilled in how to handle emergencies so they won’t panic if something goes wrong. Worry accomplishes nothing. So, I chose not to worry, but I do chose to prepare. That’s a constructive way to handle something like this.

Because I’ve believed since I was a teenager that we could have a major breakdown in our society (for a variety of reasons), I’ve also realized that such a breakdown would cause widespread problems with sanitation and hence, disease. So, I’ve given a lot of thought to this scenero.

I don’t know any specific cures for Ebola. After all, I’ve never treated a case and I don’t know any other herbalist or natural healer who has either. So, I can’t tell you what to do for Ebola and neither can anyone else in the natural health community.But natural healing isn’t focused on treating diseases anyway. It’s focused on general principles that support the body in fighting disease. These principles don’t change because we have some “new” disease.

DoTerra and Young Living both got in trouble with the FDA because distributors were claiming essential oils could cure ebola. So, I’m not going to make any such claims for NSP products.  Any marketer who is trying to sell you stuff to “cure” Ebola because you’re suddenly afraid of it, is preying on your fears. (Which includes the government pushing for mass vaccination, by the way.)

If you’re scared take some Be Courageous flower essence or some Distress Remedy to get centered.  Both flower essence formulas contain red clover, which helps you not get caught up in the emotions of the group. I wish I could put this in the drinking water, because it helps you maintain a sense of balance when everyone else is getting caught up in group hysteria, anger or fear.

Be Courageous also helps you take action in the face of fear, which changes fear into something constructive. If you don’t take action, you tend to worry instead, which is totally unproductive. I’m going to share actions I’ve taken (long before this latest “Ebola Scare”), but first let’s examine the current situation more closely.

Gaining Perspective

There’s no queston that ebola is a scary disease, but I just checked the news and it appears we have about 4,000 deaths right now. It’s expected to rise to 10,000. Let’s put this in perspective. There are over seven billion people on planet earth, right now. That’s 7,000,000,000. For the sake of simplicity let’s round the figures and say that 10,000 people do die from this plaque. That means that one out of every 700,000 people on this planet have died of this disease and only one of these people was in the US.

Compare this to the 1918 flu epidemic, which killed 3-5% of the worlds popluation. It’s likely that the conditions (stress, troup movements, etc.) surrounding World War I contributed to this epidemic. Still, what about the large percentage of the people who survived? Why did some die and some survive? That’s the big question to ask. Likely some people’s immune systems were stronger, which suggests that our primary defense against a plague is to have a healthy immune system. How much does mainstream media talk about that?

We can boost immunity by having a positive attitude and clearing our negative emotional issues. The flower essences are great for this. We also need to get good nutrition, including adequate amounts of nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin D3, zinc, selenium and vitamin C. NSP has plenty of products that can help that. We also want to make sure we have a healthy gut flora, so probiotics and fermented foods are also important.

Of course, sanitation is very important. Public health officials are taking reasonable precautions to contain the spread of the disease as they should, but we also need to pay attention to personal sanitation. I’m not talking about disinfecting everything, because that actually weakens the immune system. We need some natural exposure to germs to train our innate immune system to protect us. I’m talking about simple things like washing our hands.

We should also know how to take care of sanitation, especially in emergencies when normal ways of dealing with waste break down. What would you do if the water was out for several days and you couldn’t flush the toilet. It can easily happen. How do you deal with it? If you think about things that will be needed in emergency situations and make preparations, you’ll be less stressed about such things.

Again, keep this all in perspective. Everyday, people are eating junk food, smoking, drinking, taking drugs and engaging in other behaviors that are known to shorten their lives. People get into cars and drive, even though the risk of dying in an automobile accident is actually quite high. Life is a risk. None of us are guaranteed we’ll be here tomorrow. So, again, if we’re wise, we adopt behaviors that minimize the risks. If I’m living a healthy life and have positive attitudes, I’m much more likely to survive a plaque than if I’m not doing these things.

Being Prepared

I believe in preparedness. I keep emergency supplies in my home for power outages, natural disasters or other events that could disrupt the flow of normal life. This includes storing first aid supplies. I keep a supply of herbs for treating infections, wounds and other problems that might arise in a crisis along with normal first aid supplies like bandages, disinfectants and so forth. Plus, I have knowledge of local plants which I can collect and harvest in a real emergency. This knowledge and preparations give me a sense of peace when I hear about things like an Ebola outbreak.

I made a 72-hour “bug out” kit for each of my children. I also have one in my car and another in my home. All my emergency kits include a number of NSP products. One is Silver Shield. My kits contain both the liquid and the gel. The gel makes an excellent hand sanitizer and is great for keeping injuries and wounds from getting infected, something that would be very important in an emergency situation. The liquid can be used to purify drinking water and to take for infection.

I can’t tell you if Silver Shield would work against Ebola or not, but I think it probably would. I think you’d want to take it in rather large doses, however. I’d plan on using about 4 oz. a day of the new 20 ppm strength. My bug out kits only contain one bottle, but I keep a larger quantity in my home. I’d suggest having enough to give 4 oz. to every member of your family for at least 10 days. I’d also keep more of the gel.

My kits also contain a bottle of High Potency Garlic. This is a good option for respiratory and digestive tract infections. I’m doubtful how effective this would be on something like ebola, but there are lots of other infections it can help. At home I keep some of this, plus I always try to keep some raw garlic on hand.

My kits also contain Tei Fu, Pepperment oil and Tea Tree oil, which have many uses. Tei Fu can not only help with pain, it can also be used as an insect repellant or treatment for bug bites. Peppermint is great for nausea, indigestion and mental alertness. Tea Tree is a great disinfectant for wounds.

In addition to the above mentioned NSP products, my kits also contain a bottle of iodine tincture (for water purifaction) and Iodoral. These are in case the emergency involves radiation. Iodine would also help the body fight infection. The other items are homeopathic arnica (for injuries) and something for pain. 

Preventing the Spread of Infection

Essential oils have been proven to kill airborne microbes, which could really help prevent the spread of infection in a crisis. The story of the four theives who avoided the plague while robbing the victims reports they used a lot of aromatics. Both Guardian and the new Essential Shield would be good disinfectant blends. Individual oils like Eucalyptus, Pine, Rosemary and Tea Tree could aslo be used.

If there was some kind of plague going around, I’d diffuse these oils into the air in both my home and my office. If the power is on you could use a diffuser, otherwise, there are candle-powered diffusers or you can put some of the oils into boiling water and allow them to diffuse through the steam. You could also make an aerosol. If the power is on, I’d also be running my Boomerang Air and Surface Sanitizer. The technology of this unit is pretty sound and it would be a good way to inhibit the spread of infection. Again, I can’t say for certain that it would inhibit the spread of ebola, because I have no hard data, but I think it’s highly probable that it would.

It may also be wise to keep some medical gloves and masks in your emergency supplies, especially if you want to be able to help others in a crisis. I’d also keep some strong disinfectants on hand. This is one situation where chlorine bleach would actually be something good to have, as would hydrogen peroxide.

I’d also keep my immune system strong by taking extra vitamin C, vitamin A&D and/or D3 and possibly some herbs to boost immunity, either Immune Stimulator or Ultimate Echinacea. I also keep these remedies in my emergency supplies at home. I also keep most of NSP’s liquid extracts in my preparedness supplies. These include ALJ, lobelia, VS-C, Ultimate Echinacea, Goldenseal and Echinacea and more.

I found these nice carrying cases for them, so I can haul them with me to help people in emergencies. Because they are in plastic bottles, I don’t have to worry about bottles getting broken in an emergency situation.

I also keep Distress Remedy in my first aid supplies. This is a vital remedy to have on hand in any crisis sitution. Give it to people who are panicing. It helps them to get centered and could be a life-saver in emergencies. Actually, I have all of the flower remedies I designed for NSP in my kit. It will be just as important to care for people’s mental and emotional state as it will be to care for them physically.

Knowledge is Power

I sincerely believe that knowledge is power. Knowledge, like preparedness, reduces fear and worry and increases self-confidence and faith.

ebola4With the threat of the Ebola virus spreading, there is a need to understand what natural options are readily available to you in case you don’t want to be subjected to conventional medical treatments and infected patients in hospitals. The only proven system to help eradicate the Ebola virus is your body’s immune system, and it is of primary importance to start strengthening its response now to give yourself the best chance of successfully fighting off an infection.


Work with your body’s natural defenses

The only way to work with your body’s natural defenses is to give it what it requires in order to function at optimal performance. Conventional medical wisdom claims that man-made remedies such as vaccines are superior to those provided by nature, but it doesn’t take a scientist to understand that the toxic chemicals and preservatives injected into the body along with antigens is not a legitimate way to improve immunity.

To improve your immunity, you must improve your relationship with nature and the medicine it provides, which has been proven to keep people healthy for thousands of years. In this case, a focus on healing foods and herbs that have strong antibacterial and antiviral properties is of primary importance, along with improving immune system function and eliminating foods that suppress it.

Antibacterial foods, herbs, and solutions to begin consuming regularly

Even though Ebola is a virus, it only makes sense to start clearing out any harmful bacteria in your digestive system in order for your immune system to function properly. This will allow it to do its job more efficiently, which is a must have when dealing with more deadly infections such as Ebola.

Antibacterial foods and herbs to consider, include:

Most of these foods and herbs can be used in many different ways in every day meal preparation, but the most potent way to receive their benefits in through tinctures, capsules, teas, essential oils, and freshly pressed juices. A few of them are antiviral as well (like ginger, garlic, cranberry, colloidal silver, and Echinacea).

Stock up on antiviral herbs

In the event that Ebola is found in your region, or you suspect you may have an infection, you may want to consider the following as part of your natural defense:

These proven virus fighters will provide another layer of protection to your overall immune support plan.

Consume immune strengthening foods, herbs, and nutrients

Along with these foods and herbs, it’s also important to consider those things that help solidify a strong immune system, such as:

The foods, herbs, and ingestible nutrients listed will provide your immune system with exceptional benefits, and can be consumed in whole food, capsules, tinctures, and tea. Grounding is helpful as well. 

  • Ditch foods and behaviors that suppress the immune systemAnother very important factor to unleash your immune system is to stop consuming foods and engaging in behaviors that depress it. The biggest culprits in immune suppression are:
    • Sugar (especially refined)
    • Alcohol
    • Dairy
    • Corn, soy, and wheat (gluten)
    • Hydrogenated foods
    • Excess animal protein
    • Excess flour intake
    • Highly processed foods
    • Chronic stress
    • Excessive EMF exposure
    • Limited sunshine or vitamin D supplementation

    Improve in all of these areas, and your immune system and energy will reciprocate nicely, both which help your body protect itself against Ebola (and any other viruses or bacteria).

    As always, consult with a qualified herbal practitioner or naturopath to determine which herbs and solutions are best for your individual situation. At this time, there is no proven remedy for Ebola, but investing in your immune system and using nature’s medicine quite possibly gives you the best route of action.

pumpkin-seedsFrom boosting immunity to helping ensure good sleep, pumpkin seeds offer many potential perks. You know what it means when the weather turns cool and the leaves start to change, right? It means make way for the pumpkin riot. Market produce bins are like exploding cornucopia spewing orange squash, windows everywhere host dancing paper pumpkins, and pumpkin flavor has invaded just about anything that you can put in your mouth.
And of course, the annual rite of carving pumpkins has kitchens across the country being littered with pumpkin innards. But with all this pumpkin reverie, we often overlook one of the best parts about the seasonal squash: the seeds!


If you make a habit of not wasting food or if you happen to love pumpkin seeds already, chances are you roast them. But if you’re one of the many who toss the seeds, may we suggest that you reconsider? You should eat them, and here’s why:
1. They’re plant-based protein bombs
According to the USDA nutritional database, this is how 1 cup of roasted pumpkin seeds stacks up nutrition-wise: (Other sources proffer them with even higher positive numbers, but we’re sticking with the more-conservative USDA data.)

285 calories

11.87 grams protein

12.42 g fat

11.8 g dietary fiber

See all that protein? You want that! Although plant-based protein differs from animal-based, it’s just as important and pumpkin seeds are a great way to boost your protein intake without resorting to red meat. The fiber is a great bonus too; and while the fat content looks high, it is predominantly the “healthy fats” that many of us don’t get enough of.

2. They boost your magnesium

That same cup of roasted pumpkin seeds also boasts 168 milligrams of magnesium, more than half of the 310 mg adult women should consume daily. The body needs magnesium for many processes, including regulating muscle and nerve function, blood sugar levels and blood pressure, plus making protein, bone and DNA. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) notes that people in the United States consistently have intakes of magnesium that are lower than recommended amounts.

3. They pump up your potassium

The body likes potassium for jobs such as helping muscles contract, regulating fluids, balancing minerals and maintaining blood pressure; it may also help reduce the risk of recurrent kidney stones and bone loss as the body ages. The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science recommends that adults consume at least 4,700 milligrams of potassium every day, which is twice as much as most people get. Pumpkin seeds are a notably rich source of this important mineral with 588 mg per cup. Compare that to the famous potassium source known as a banana — a medium one provides 422 mg.

4. They bolster your immunity

There’s a reason that treatments to prevent and quell the common cold generally contain zinc; it’s an important mineral that plays a significant role in immune function. The National Institutes of Health recommends 8 mg of zinc daily for adult women, and a cup of pumpkin seeds will almost meet that with its 6.59 mg.

5. They help with prostrate health

Research suggests that pumpkin seed oil and pumpkin seeds may be beneficial in supporting prostate health as well as treating benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH, or enlarged prostate). Prevention magazine reports that pumpkin seeds have protective compounds known as phytosterols, which might be responsible for shrinking the prostate. They also offer chemicals that may prevent some transformation of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is associated with enlarged prostate.

6. They may make you happy!

Shape magazine suggests that the L-tryptophan in pumpkin seeds can improve the mood naturally and may even be effective against depression. (Can’t hurt to try that!) Meanwhile, The Times of India suggests eating pumpkin seeds a few hours before bed for the L-tryptophan (which is used in melatonin and serotonin production) to help encourage a good night’s sleep.

7. The are chock-full of antioxidants

Pumpkin seeds are unique in their abundance of antioxidants. WHFoods.org notes that the seeds contain numerous forms of vitamin E, as well as the phenolic acids hydroxybenzoic, caffeic, coumaric, ferulic, sinapic, protocatechuic, vanillic and syringic acid. Antioxidant phytonutrients like lignans are also found in pumpkin seeds, including the lignans pinoresinol, medioresinol and lariciresinol. Importantly, says the site, “this diverse mixture of antioxidants in pumpkin seeds may provide them with antioxidant-related properties that are not widely found in food.” They’re special!