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ADHD

Using oils to Defeat ADHD &  Sharpen Your Mind,

by Dr. Stewart Gillespie*, Osteopath, Functional Medicine, Clinical Nutritionist, Medical Intuitive  , for Living Healthy Series,

ADHD: in my opinion probably the most over-diagnosed condition in the US.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and attention deficit disorder (ADD) are neurological and behavior-related conditions that cause difficulty in concentrating, impulsiveness and excessive energy.

According to the NIH’s National Institute of Mental Health, “the number of children being diagnosed with ADHD is increasing, but it is unclear why.” Most physicians and research indicate the increase in ADHD is directly linked to the food we eat.

Symptoms of ADD/ADHD

The severity of symptoms can vary greatly from individual to individual, depending on environment, diet, and other factors. Remember we do not treat these symptoms but use them as guides to help us discover the underlying cause.

Children may exhibit one or more of the following symptoms of ADHD/ADD :

  • Difficulty in concentrating and diminished focus
  • Easily distracted
  • Easily bored
  • Difficulty organizing or completing tasks
  • Prone to losing things
  • Doesn’t listen
  • Difficulty in following instructions
  • Fidgety behavior, squirming
  • Extreme difficulty being still and/or quiet
  • Impatience

Adults may exhibit one or more of the following symptoms of ADD/ADHD

  • Difficulty focusing and concentrating on a task, project, or conversation
  • Overwhelming emotional and physical restlessness
  • Frequent mood swings
  • Prone to anger and a hot temper
  • Disorganized
  • Low tolerance of people, situations, and surroundings
  • Unstable relationships
  • Increased risk for addiction

Root Causes of ADD/ADHD:

Without treating the cause we become dependent on the medications that are designed to suppress rather than increase ones vibration.

#1 Environmental factors: by far the most overwhelming factor, as your internal environment affects everything from your gut to your brain.

ADHD Foods to Avoid

  • Sugar – This is the primary trigger for most children, and some adults with ADHD. Avoid any forms of concentrated sugar including candy, desserts, soda, or fruit juices.
  • Gluten – Some researchers and parents report worsening behavior when their child eats gluten, which may indicate sensitivity to the protein found in wheat. Avoid all foods made with wheat such as bread, pasta, and wheat cereal.  Look for gluten-free or even grain-free alternatives.
  • Conventional Dairy – Most cow milk dairy contains A1 casein that can trigger a similar reaction as gluten and therefore should be eliminated. If problematic symptoms arise after eating dairy, discontinue use. Goat’s milk however does not contain the protein, and is a better option for many individuals with ADD/ADHD.
  • Food Coloring and Dyes – Children with ADHD can be sensitive to a variety of food dyes and colorings, therefore all processed foods should be avoided. Coloring and dyes appear in nearly every commercially processed food. Food dyes can be found in sports drinks, candy, cake mixes, chewable vitamins, and even toothpaste! Most of these are banned in countries outside of the US.
  • Caffeine – While some studies have shown that caffeine may help with some ADHD symptoms, it is wise to minimize or avoid caffeine, as these studies have not been validated. In addition, the side effects of caffeine, including anxiety, and nervousness, can contribute to the symptoms of ADD/ADHD.
  • MSG and HVP (hydrolyzed vegetable protein) – These two additives are believed to decrease dopamine levels in both children and adults. Dopamine is associated with the brain’s pleasure and reward systems. For individuals suffering with ADD/ADHD, balanced levels of dopamine are essential.
  • Nitrites – Commonly found in lunchmeat, canned foods and many processed foods, nitrites are linked to an increase of childhood Type 1 Diabetes, certain types of cancer, and IBS. In addition, it can cause rapid heart rate, difficulty breathing, and restlessness which worsen ADHD symptoms.
  • Artificial Sweeteners – Artificial sweeteners are just bad for your health, but for those living with ADHD, the side effects can be devastating. Artificial sweeteners create biochemical changes in the body, some of which can harm cognitive function and emotional balance. They are basically poison to the brain
  • Soy – Soy is a common food allergen and can disrupt hormones that cause ADHD.
  • Personal Food Sensitivities/Allergens – Eliminate the top 7 allergens, including soy, wheat, and conventional dairy mentioned above, as well as peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, and shellfish. In addition, eliminate any foods or beverages that are personal allergens. This might include papaya, avocados, bananas, and kiwis (for those with latex allergies), and/or coriander, caraway, or fennel (all from the same family), and/or chocolate.

#2: History of IBS

The first question I ask patients both adults and children is not what their diet is like, or their family history, but have they ever had any digestive problems: acid reflux, a gut infection,  Crohns Disease, constipation.  This is so common. You must think of your gut as your second brain or as an extension of your brain, as whatever is going on in the gut will affect your brain, it really is that simple.

Certain gut infections like candida or clostridia (like food poisoning, colitis etc) actually block the formation of neurotransmitters in the brain, I see this all the time in practice. A patient will come in with a focus problem, but fix the constipation problem and the focus returns.

#3 Genetic

One of the ways by which our bodies make our neurotransmitters is through a process called Methylation. Methylation is also how our bodies get rid of toxins in the body also. ADHD has been linked to people who do not methylate properly, and therefore have a build up of toxicity within the brain and also an reduced capability to make their brain hormones. The MTHFR mutation may be responsible for this, appropriate testing for this is recommended, but is seen on your blood work as an elevated Homocysteine level. Appropriate intervention is through methyalated B12 and methylfolate, which has shown great results.

#4 Heavy Metal Poisoning

Toxicity testing has shown elevated amounts of heavy metals such as mercury and arsenic for people with this condition. It is also one of the reasons why vaccinations have been linked to ADHD and autism due to their mercury content. But there are also plenty of heavy metals within our processed food supply, fluoride in toothpastes, chlorine in tap water, bromine in bread that, without proper dietary intervention , we are bombarded with on a daily basis. Hair analysis is a very simple way to test for this. Then a simple chelation therapy that rids our bodies of heavy metals can see remarkable changes in mood and focus. Essential oils like “metals out”  along with Miraclay, a clay that absorbs toxins and metals, are also extremely effective.

The most common treatment of ADD/ADHD today is using medications such as Ritalin and Adderall both of which have been linked to suicidal thoughts and personality changes. Ritalin is a central nervous system stimulant that can cause nervousness, agitation, anxiety, insomnia, vomiting, an increased heart rate, increased blood pressure and even psychosis.

Adderall is an amphetamine that is highly addictive with prolonged use. Side effects include tremors, hallucinations, muscle twitches, high blood pressure, fast or irregular heartbeats, and extreme mood swings.

With these side effects, it is easy to see why so many people are seeking effective natural cures. The good news is there are natural remedies for ADD/ADHD that are both effective and without the scary side effects of prescription medications.

 Top Foods for ADHD

  • Additive-free, Unprocessed Foods –-Due to the toxic nature of food additives, it is best to eat unprocessed, whole foods. Additives including artificial sweeteners, preservatives, and colorings may be especially problematic for those with ADD/ADHD.
  • Foods High in B-Vitamins –-B vitamins help maintain a healthy nervous system. Make sure to include organic wild animal products and lots of green leafy vegetables in your diet. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, Vitamin B-6 is needed for the body to make and use essential brain chemicals including serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. In fact, one preliminary study has found that B-6 is slightly more effective than Ritalin in improving behavior!(6) Incorporate wild tuna, bananas, wild salmon, grass-fed beef, and other foods rich in Vitamin B-6 for the improvement of ADHD.
  • Poultry –-Tryptophan is an essential amino acid that helps the body to synthesize proteins and aid in the production of serotonin. Serotonin plays significant roles in sleep, inflammation, emotional moods, and much more. In many individuals suffering from ADD/ADHD, imbalances in serotonin levels have been indicated according to the University of Michigan Health System.  Serotonin is related to impulse control, and aggression, two of the symptoms of ADD/ADHD. Serotonin is a gut hormone, so any child with a history of digestive disorders will have this underlying issue.
  • Eat Breakfast –-For some people, and especially those with ADHD, breakfast helps the body properly regulate blood sugar and stabilize hormone fluctuations. Eat a breakfast that contains at least 20 grams of protein. Try my Thin Mint Protein Smoothie that has 20 grams of protein from whey. It is a tasty and filling way to “break the fast”.
  • Wild Caught Salmon and Tuna –-Not only are they rich with Vitamin B-6, they are packed with Omega 3 fatty acids. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, a clinical trial indicated that lower levels of Omega-3 fatty acids had more learning and behavioral problems (like those associated with ADHD) than boys with normal levels of Omega 3s. Individuals, including children, should consume wild salmon or tuna at least twice per week.

 Top 5 Natural Remedies for ADHD

#1 Fish Oil (1,000mg daily) – The EPA/DHA in fish oil are critical for brain function and are anti-inflammatory. Supplementation has been shown to reduce symptoms and improve learning.

#2 B-Complex (50 mg daily) – Children with ADHD may need more B-vitamins to help with the formation of serotonin, especially Vitamin B6.

#3 Multi-Mineral Supplement (including zinc, magnesium, and calcium)  – 500 mg calcium, 250 mg of magnesium, and 5 mg zinc 2x daily.  All play a role in relaxing the nervous system and a deficiency may exacerbate symptoms.

#4 Probiotic (25-50 billion units daily) – ADHD may be connected to digestive issues, therefore taking a good quality probiotic daily will help maintain intestinal health.

#5 GABA (250 mg 2x daily) – A calming amino acid, ask your doctor before taking GABA as it can interact with other medications.

 

 ADD/ADHD Remedy

Rhodiola Rosea has been proven effective at improving the focus of both adults and children. It works by increasing the sensitivity in the neurological and nervous system that produces serotonin and dopamine, which are both essential for effective ADHD symptom control.

Essential Oils for ADHD

According to a study published in the American Medical Association Journal, essential oils of vetiver and cedarwood are very effective in improving focus and calming down children with ADHD.

For memory and concentration, rosemary and peppermint oils have been shown to improve alertness while enhancing memory.

For a calming effect,  Ylang Ylang  and lavender are proven effective, while Frankincense brings emotional wellness, clarity, and heightened cognitive function.

Lifestyle Changes for Children with ADHD:

Exercise is really the best lifestyle activity anybody can do to relieve symptoms of ADHD. Get Active!

My FAVORITE Essential Oils for ADHD

I want to talk about something else I think is incredible — essential oils for ADHD.  In fact, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that Vetiver oil had a 100 percent effective rating on treating ADHD and Cedarwood oil an 83 percent effective rating. The most effective essential oils are

Vetiver and  Cedarwood: Take two drops of vetiver oil, two drops of cedarwood oil, and just rub them on a child’s neck or your own neck and then up around the temple area. If you need to dilute it a little bit, you could use some coconut oil; rub that on the area, and that’s going to help improve focus as well.

Lavender:  2-3 drops on wrists or neck will calm the child

Peppermint:  2-3 drops on wrists. It has a tendency to give energy but also heal

Rosemary  which improves  memory: 2-3 drops on solar plexus

Ylang Ylang:  Rub 2-3 drops on your heart or thymus. Your mood will improve immediately.

Frankincense: 2-3 drops on ankles or  rub under your feet for emotional wellness.

Miraclays: Absorbs toxins and metals, and is suitable for chelation.

  • If you feel that you have been helped by this article but are still unsure how to proceed and how to get the proper testing please feel free to sign up for a free 15 minute consult. at drstewartg@gmail.com, visit my website at  fabinforty.com

Disclaimer: The information in this handout is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from any disease, illness or injury should consult with a physician.

 

 

Autoimmune disease

Living Healthy series with Essential oils: Auto-immune disease- How to stop attacking yourself
By Dr. Stewart Gillespie*, Osteopath, Functional Medicine, Clinical Nutritionist, Medical Intuitive

Good Day everyone.  I was in the middle of writing the third article about the three root causes of disease. The first being Stress or adrenal fatigue, as most people I see report stress as there number 1 trigger of ill health. The second was the last article on poor gut health being the root of all inflammation.  My third was going to be on poor detoxification pathways, or simply the inability to rid yourself of toxins.  But we, Marie, Rusen and myself, have been asked a lot about auto-immunity, and what we can do about it. That third article will be up soon.

So here is an article on auto-immunity. First I will make you aware of this epidemic in society today, why it is so prevalent, and lastly how you can heal yourself from this terrible disease.

Autoimmune disease is a category of illness that affects 50 million Americans according to the Center of Disease Control, and includes rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, thyroid disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and more.

Autoimmune disease is one of the top ten causes of death in women under the age of 65, it is the second highest cause of chronic illness, and is the top cause of morbidity in women in the United States. Additionally, autoimmune diseases have been reported to be on the rise in the U.S. and around the world, making this poorly understood category of disease a public health crisis at levels comparable to heart disease and cancer, costing this country $100 billion.

Autoimmune disease can affect various tissues in the body, making it difficult to diagnose. Autoimmune Disease Symptoms can vary widely based on which organ is being attacked and the severity of the attack. Unfortunately, as we have talked about, it takes quite a bit of damage at a cellular level for abnormalities to show up in lab work or imaging studies, leading to a delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis.

Physicians  are then trained to shut off inflammation with aspirin, anti-inflammatory medication such as Advil or Motrin, steroids, and increasingly more powerful immune suppressing medication with serious side effects. But we are not trained to find and treat the underlying causes of inflammation in chronic disease. Hidden allergens, infections, environmental toxins, an inflammatory diet, and stress are the real causes of these inflammatory conditions.

These are often addressed by powerful immune suppressing medication and not by addressing the cause. That’s like taking a lot of aspirin while you are standing on a nail. The treatment is not more aspirin or a strong immune suppressant, but removing the nail. If you want to cool off inflammation in the body, you must find the source. Treat the fire, not the smoke.

Functional medicine is a different way of thinking about disease that helps us understand and treat the real causes of inflammation instead of finding clever ways to shut it down. Medicine as it is practiced today is like taking the battery out of a smoke detector while a fire burns down your house!  In other words even auto-immunity is a SYMPTOM of an underlying problem. Find the WHY!

So what are the underlying causes or triggers?

Causes of Autoimmune Disease

The development of autoimmune requires a triad of variables. These are:

1. Genetic predisposition or family history

2. Leaky Gut Syndrome: triggering your immune response

3.  A trigger:

Estrogen or hormonal imbalance

Gluten and Dairy

Toxins

Medications

Stress- see adrenal fatigue article (http://alchemistoils.com/dr-gillespie/adrenals)

So yes most people have a genetic predisposition to autoimmunity but whether those genes manifest or not are down to the health of your gut, and the removal of triggers.

The gut barrier: the gatekeeper that decide what gets in and what stays out

Have you ever considered the fact that the contents of the gut are technically outside the body? The gut is a hollow tube that passes from the mouth to the anus. Anything that goes in the mouth and isn’t digested will pass right out the other end. This is, in fact, one of the most important functions of the gut: to prevent foreign substances from entering the body. Therefore your body is smart and is designed to prevent this from happening. Where is 80% of your immune system?   — IN THE GUT!

When the intestinal barrier becomes permeable (i.e. “leaky gut syndrome”), large protein molecules escape into the bloodstream. Since these proteins don’t belong outside of the gut, the body mounts an immune response, produces antibodies and attacks them. Studies show that these attacks play a role in the development of autoimmune diseases like Hashimoto’s and type 1 diabetes, among others.

All autoimmune conditions, and at their root they are connected by one central biochemical process: a runaway immune response also known as systemic inflammation that results in your body attacking its own tissues.

Your immune system is your defense against invaders. It is your internal army and has to clearly distinguish friend from foe — to know you from others. Autoimmunity occurs when your immune system gets confused and your own tissues get caught in friendly cross-fire.  To combat autoimmunity you have to repair the gut, go to the source.

Your body is fighting something — an infection, a toxin, an allergen, a food or the stress response — and somehow it redirects its hostile attack on your joints, your brain, your thyroid, your gut, your skin, or sometimes your whole body, fibromyalgia. Trouble is we go after where the problem is presenting, not where it is coming from.

Also many of the conventional treatments available can make you feel worse. Anti-inflammatory drugs like Advil, steroids, immune suppressants like methotrexate, and the new TNF-alpha blockers like Enbrel or Remicade can lead to intestinal bleeding, kidney failure, depression, psychosis, osteoporosis, muscle loss, and diabetes, not to mention overwhelming infection and cancer.

Let me give you a case study to try and understand this issue:

A young lady came to see me with skin rash all over her body, pain in her right side and fatigue and IBS. Her Doctors ran a conventional blood test that was “normal “of course, with the exception of a borderline high TSH indicating a possible thyroid disorder. But she had just given birth to her third child, so this stress as discussed in previous articles often affects the thyroid.  Without further evaluation or testing she was put on Synthroid or synthetic thyroid medication, and then promptly developed a skin rash and started to lose her hair, and then came to see me.

She did not have much money to order a lot of tests, but as 90% of my diagnosis comes from a proper history and evaluation I let her know that I was not going to not help her if she could not afford it. What sort of a Doctor turns someone away through inability to pay?

Her diet was not the best, but she was not overweight. But IBS was in her history (so many people have this), so I suspected a leaky gut scenario setting off her immune system causing the rash. Thorough testing would reveal this but money was low, but at least a simple test to reveal antibodies was important here. So I sent her to get a full thyroid panel including a test called TPO Ab, which assesses whether the body is producing antibodies to the thyroid gland.

A few days later her test came back positive for antibodies, she had a full blown autoimmune Hashimotos Thyroiditis and a urinary tract infection. Here is the thing though. This is not a thyroid problem, but an immune problem caused by an infection in the gut most probably due to her history of IBS and UTI (yes most UTIs are caused by a gut infection not a bladder infection).

I advised her to come off Synthroid and follow an immune and gut infection protocol. Within a week she felt more energized and her rash disappeared. After 40 days there was no symptomology and on retesting her antibodies were almost down to normal levels. Change of diet and lifestyle modifications are now in place to prevent this re-occuring. This would have been the same result had she presented with fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis or even rosacea, as they all would have come with the same source. Her family history of thyroid disease made her predisposed to this, but stress and poor diet were the triggers that made it manifest. This is a simple story but hugely profound in how we look and manage disease. Her results simply reflect the application of a new model of thinking about problems called functional medicine — it’s a way to get to the root of health problems and treat the underlying causes of what ails you instead of suppressing symptoms with medications.

If you have an autoimmune disease, here is what you need to think about and do.

Steps to Treating Autoimmune Disease:

–          Check for hidden infections — yeast, viruses, bacteria, Lyme, etc. — with the help of a doctor, and treat them, using oils and herbal remedies I will list below.

–          Check for hidden food allergens with IgG food testing or just try to follow an elimination Diet, which is designed to eliminate most food allergens.

–          Get tested for celiac disease, which is a blood test that any doctor can do.

–          Get checked for heavy metal toxicity. Mercury and other metals can cause autoimmunity.

–          Fix your gut especially with any history of irritable bowel syndrome.

–          Exercise regularly — it’s a natural anti-inflammatory.

–          Practice deep relaxation like yoga, deep breathing, biofeedback, or massage, because stress worsens the immune response.

MY FAVORITE OILS

Adrenals blend – 2-4 drops/day on the adrenals for 2 to 3 months

Immune up blend –2-3 drops/day on the wrists or stomach

Black Spruce oil, 2-4 drops/day on the adrenals for 2  months

Lavender oil, 2-3 drops/day on the wrists

Oregano oil, 2 drops on stomach

Galbanum oil, and Toxins Out for heavy metals detox.

*If you feel that you have been helped by this article but are still unsure how to proceed and how to get the proper testing please feel free to sign up for a free 15 minute consult on my website fabinforty.com or email me at drstewartg@gmail.com

Disclaimer: The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from any disease, illness or injury should consult with a physician.

 

Depression

Using oils to Defeat Depression, Overcome Anxiety, and Sharpen Your Mind, for Living Healthy Series,

by Dr. Stewart Gillespie*, Osteopath, Functional Medicine, Clinical Nutritionist, Medical Intuitive

100 million, or one-in-three, Americans struggling through life with a “broken brain?” Right now in America, there is a rising tide of “broken brains.” And traditional medicine cannot cure it.

This epidemic includes conditions like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychosis, attention deficitdisorder (ADD), autism, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease, as well as more subtle

symptoms like mood swings, sleep problems, poor concentration, and brain fog.

One in ten Americans today uses antidepressants, while more than eight million children are taking stimulants like Ritalin.

Is something wrong with this picture?

Are we defectively designed so that we cannot be happy, or concentrate, or remember things without pills? I think not, but each one of us may answer this question differently. But are ADHD, Alzheimer’s really a medication deficiency?  A medication that we have to be on for the rest of our lives? If it really was “curing” us, what happens when we come off these drugs? Usually we get worse as drugs like antidepressants don’t cure the disease, they just mask the symptoms.

These “diseases” in reality do not exist. At least not in the way we think they do. Let me explain. Let’s say you have chronic feelings of sadness and despair. Conventional doctors might say you have a disease called “depression.” But depression is not the cause of your sadness and despair. It’s just a name we use to group people together for the purpose of giving them all the same drug therapy. You feel sad and despairing? You have “depression” and need an “antidepressant!”

Think of arthritis, again it is just a named disease, telling us we have inflammation of a joint, BUT not what is causing that inflammation. So we take an anti-inflammatory that takes away the pain but not the problem.

You and the person sitting next to you could both have chronic symptoms we call a “headache,” but maybe your pain is caused by drinking too much wine every night, while his pain is the result of being hit on the head with the empty bottle every night. As you can imagine, these two chronic headaches can’t be cured in the same way, because their root causes are different. But that approach is exactly the one the current medical community is taking!  They give the same treatment for diseases with the same name, even though the cause of that disease may be radically different from person to person.

We don’t need to continue using these same drug treatments that don’t work, make things worse with side effects, or at best give partial relief. There is a proven, medical alternative and it is called Functional Medicine and it offers the promise to heal all of our broken brains and all chronic illness.

What this branch of medicine basically states is that we are not looking to treat the disease by evaluating someone’s symptoms. They help to give us warnings that something is going on systemically, and only a thorough evaluation of the whole body can we hope to fix something going on in the brain, as they are not separate but integrated, and what goes on in our bodies will affect the brain and vice versa.

So the questions we ask, and the ones you need to ask yourself are:

But do we know the reason for these symptoms?

Do we know the causes? Are they even the same from one person to another?

Do you have other things going on in the body that might be related to your depression?

I ask these questions of you in every evaluation, as without a thorough history how can we evaluate

your causes: ”you are here today based on where you have been.”

Your mood problems, your memory problems, your trouble focusing, your ADD and depression are …

NOT ALL IN YOUR HEAD!

THEY ARE IN YOUR BODY.

By FIXING YOUR BODY, YOU WILL automatically FIX YOUR BROKEN BRAIN

What you will find is that it is rarely just one thing that caused your brain to break, but the accumulation of many things. Evaluate these core systems in the body to understand the real causes of disease:

1. Balance your hormones: for longer lasting and greater effects.

2. Cool off inflammation: inflammation is systemic

3. Fix your digestion: Toxic gut is a toxic brain.

4. Enhance detoxification: we cause toxins and accrue toxins daily, got to get rid of them effectively.

5. Boost Immunity: Autoimmunity is the fastest growing epidemic at the moment, our health and

disease state is based upon how well we can fight off illness.

6. Calm your mind: our negative thoughts are our greatest source of inflammation!

Imbalances in these keys are the underlying causes of all illness.

You see, not only are your joint pains, skin rashes, gastrointestinal distress, and depression all connected, but the only way to find your way out of this mess of chronic disease (including the epidemic of broken brains) is by using a new map — one that allows us to see how everything is connected.

This new map is the basis of Functional Medicine. It is a rich new method, a fundamental change in our thinking, a whole different paradigm. It changes our approach to the very way we think about illness and the human body and brain.

The truth is that you can’t treat mental illness effectively by using ONLY drugs or psychotherapy. You need an integrative approach that can include these therapies if needed. You need to treat the body, because the body and brain are one interconnected system. What you do to your body, you do to your brain. Treat your body and you treat your brain. ONLY when you fix your body will you fix your broken brain.

“Where you go tomorrow is dependent on what you do now”

My Favorite oils for depression:

Joy blend 3-4 drops on solar plexus,

St John’s Wort , MZ Maceration: 4-5 drops to penetrate on 3rd chakra

Anxiety Out blend: St John’s Wort, Rosewood, Clary Sage- 3-4 drops on solar plexus  You can add a drop of Roman Chamomile  to quiet down.

Divine Feminine or Creative Power, because of their high content in Bergamot, 2 drops on 3rd chakra

Lavender, as it will quiet your mind 3-5 drops on solar plexus, or temples

Balsam Fir that brings so much joy at Christmas time: 3-4 drops wherever

Ylang Ylang, it feels so good, it will bring a smile on your face : 2-3 drops on solar plexus

But also  Moondrops, a concentrated Quantum Humic Acid with Super-Safe trademarked PQE Zeolite

 

Healthy Gut

 

Living Healthy series with Essential oils: IBS/IBD article

By Dr. Stewart Gillespie*, Osteopath, Functional Medicine, Clinical Nutritionist, Medical Intuitive

Hippocrates said that “all disease begin in the gut”, and “let food be thy medicine”, and this was back in the days when chronic stress and toxic overload  were not as prevalent then as they are in  today’s toxic and stressful environment. Today with the advancement of specialized testing we are seeing more and more that  most chronic diseases and inflammation are caused by Gastrointestinal (GI) dysfunction more commonly known as IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
This is a  very real problem for the 60 million people — that’s 20 percent of Americans — who have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). These people are plagued by uncomfortable and often disabling symptoms like bloating, cramps, diarrhea, constipation, and pain, that can be at first fairly mild, and therefore ignored as a passing thing, to something that is so severe that you cannot even leave the house. But IBS if ignored or untreated for many years (very common) can be a precursor to more serious disease, as inflammation, immune and destructive processes have now begun to take hold. Crohns or Ulcerative Colitis are examples of inflammatory bowel diseases as they start  to break down the gut.

When the gut breaks down,  your immune system becomes involved, and remember 80% of the immune system is in the gut separated only by a single layer of cells. There are many modern theories out that autoimmune diseases are thought to start in the gut, and can only be helped when gut dysfunction is addressed and gut health restored

One of the first questions I ask of patients is can you remember having digestive symptoms or problems while growing up, or ever given a diagnosis of IBS by their medical Doctor.

More often than not that’s a yes, and then I ask how was it treated. Their previous Doctors couldn’t find the cause of the illness, as  their blood work always came back normal. So they were told to just get more fiber or take Metamucil, or were prescribed sedatives, anti-spasm drugs, or even anti-depressants! Yes anti-depressants for a digestive problem, as it is a “psychosomatic,” disease — meaning that it’s all in your head!

These medications help in the short term to get rid of a symptom, but all this time the underlying cause is still raging on in the background, sometimes silently, only to present later on in your life as a much more serious problem like Hashimoto’s or depression, autoimmune disorders.

So bottom line do not ignore IBS symptoms!

Here is a testimonial to help you understand.
<<Trish came to me after suffering for 3 years with Crohns an inflammatory bowel disease. She had been to see her top Drs multiple times over the years and told she had IBS and gastritis or inflammation of the gut and possible ulcers. Take some anti-inflammatories and aspirin when the pain gets bad.

She was on disability and about to start a course of Humira to suppress her immune system and bring down her inflammation. As a strong believer in alternative protocols she really was afraid to start down that path, but was given very little choice other than surgery. She had lost about 35lbs and was down to about 88lbs and had to crawl into bed sometimes as the pain was so bad. She never had a history of allergies but ran an extremely stressful life due to over work and lack of sleep. She was taking a ton of supplements and ate a clean diet but still nothing was working.

This was a situation where Trish stress levels were so high that her cortisol or stress hormones were tearing down her gut and inflaming her immune system. This was not really infection induced but chronic inflammation caused by hormonal imbalance and years of antibiotics and pain relievers.
Her protocol was to reduce the stress with a wonderful oil called Stressed Out, take some Miraclays to help heal the ulcers, and calm the immune system with the immune balancer Immune up, and Turmeric oil to calm the inflammation. Within a few weeks she was out of pain and over next 3 months her weight increased to 125lbs which was great for her.>>


So
the research tells us that these are the two main causes of irritable bowel — food allergies and overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine — but there may be others, including stress, a lack of digestive enzymes, parasites living in the gut, zinc or magnesium, heavy metal toxicity and more.

  1. Food allergies most common food allergens are dairy, gluten, yeast, eggs, corn, soy, and peanuts. These cause inflammation and swelling or bloating and can trigger immune reactions.
  2. Infections: the microbial ecosystem in the gut must be healthy for you to be healthy.  When your gut bacteria are out of balance — when you have too many pathogenic bacteria and not enough healthy bacteria — it makes you sick. If the bad bacteria guys take over — or if they move into areas that they shouldn’t (like the small intestine which is normally sterile) — they can start fermenting the food you digest, particularly sugar or starchy foods. How many people feel worse after ingesting carbohydrate meals like breads, rice or pasta? This is called small bowel bacterial overgrowth, and it’s a major cause of IBS. The major symptom it causes is bloating, or a feeling of fullness after meals. What causes this bloating? The overproduction of gas by the bacteria as they have lunch on your lunch.

Guess what these infections do not show up on blood tests and often a breath test called  lactulose breath test,   which measures gas production by the bacteria, or by a urine test called an Organic Acids test that measures the byproducts of the bacteria after they are absorbed into your system.

Sometimes these infections can be serious microbes from food or water contamination like clostridia and E.coli and require more detailed analysis from a stool test in order to find.

Candida is extremely common and is found in patients with a history of recurrent yeast infections, think itchy skin or rectum, white coated tongue and sugar cravings.

How I Helped Renee Heal from IBS

<<At age 46, Renee came to see me with extreme fatigue. Her major symptom was sudden, painful, cramping diarrhea. She was doing the best she could to prevent it. She didn’t consume dairy, didn’t drink or smoke. Yet nothing helped.

She would go to the bathroom 4 to 5 times before she even left the house in the morning. That wasn’t her only problem … She also felt full and bloated after every meal, which starchy foods made worse. “oh I have always had that, since I was a teenager, isn’t that normal?”

She had taken many antibiotics over the years and had many yeast and urinary tract infections. She also had severe premenstrual syndrome (PMS), with irregular periods, breast tenderness, sugar cravings, headaches, and agitation. She also had unusual symptoms like rectal itching (often a clue to yeast infections or food allergies. And she was tired all the time.

I gave Renee, Oregano oil and Lavender for her yeast problem, and had her eliminate the foods to which she was allergic. I believe in treatment that addresses the underlying cause of the problem. Some Miraclays to help repair the gut and absorb toxins, and replace the minerals that she was losing due to her increased bowel movements. Thyme and Rosemary to help balance those hormones. A probiotic and some enzymes to help her digest food more easily.

Renee came back to see me two months later, and she was a different person. Not only did she lose 20 pounds, she was having normal bowel habits for the first time in 33 years! She also had more energy, and her PMS vanished.
She looked and felt 10 years younger and was free of the suffering she had endured for over three decades.”>>

With acid reflux, “heartburn” and bloating quite often the culprit is H. Pylori a bacterial infection which again is often missed on a blood test.

ACID REFLUX Testimonial:
<<Shelley had been taking PPIs for years. PPIs are a class of drugs that block acid in the body. She was extremely worried about the side effects of bone loss and heart disease, but was powerless to stop them as every time she did, the acid would come back with a vengeance. She complained about her bloating and inability to lose weight.

Herein lies the problem with antacids. You need acid in your system in order to break down food, hence the bloating after meals, but also to breakdown pathogens or bad bacteria within the gut, otherwise your gut becomes a toxic wasteland where these bacteria thrive giving you a whole host of problems that come with not producing enough acid!

So basically her solution was rather than blocking acid all together, to help the body break things rather than suppress the process. To this end I gave her some enzymes but also some essential oils that have the power to heal the gut lining and relax the system. Acid relief oil is a combination of Ginger and Turmeric to heal and calm the digestive tract and also has the power to rebalance the gut bacteria. I also gave her a powder containing glutamine to repair, aloe to calm gastritis or inflammation of the stomach, a probiotic to increase good bacteria, and licorice root to help the immune system.
Within days she felt relief and felt comfortable to wean herself off of her medications she no longer required.

  1. Chronic stress: produces a hormone called cortisol that — if high for a long period of time– is extremely catabolic and breaks down protein structures like muscles, tendons and the whole lining of the gut.
  2. Medications:

Over prescribed antibiotics, antacids, aspirin, Advil, steroids are often given out to treat symptoms which again help in the short term but can tear down the gut lining. If that lining breaks down your immune system will be exposed to foreign particles from food and bacteria and other microbes.  This will trigger and activate immune response, allergy, and will irritate your second brain (the enteric nervous system) creating havoc that may lead to depression

  1. Get tested. Try to get a test for IgG food allergies and then eliminate the foods that test positive for 12 weeks. Alternatively try an allergy elimination diet for a few weeks, as testing can be expensive. Just eliminate the most common food allergens for 4 weeks — that’s dairy, gluten, yeast, eggs, corn, soy, and peanuts. And then reintroduce them to see if they cause symptoms. This is an effective way to isolate the foods that may be causing you problems.
  1. Get rid of the unwanted visitors in your small bowel –like parasites.  This is often the best way to deal with the chronic bacterial overgrowth that causes bloating and irritable bowel syndrome. As a Dr who loves essential oils, I find that these are the most gentle yet effective way to get rid of infections as they are extremely antibacterial, anti-viral and anti-parasitic

My Favorite oils for a Healthy Gut are:

  • Digestive:  a blend of Aniseed, Fennel, Peppermint, Tarragon, Basil, Cardamom  Take 4-5 drops internally before or during a meal, or rub your tummy with it afterwards.
  • Immune up:  Thymes, Ravintsara, Black spruce, Rosemary, Niaouli – Take 2-3 drops internally before or during a meal. Thyme Thymol is extremely effective in not only suppressing microbes but also healing the gut.
  • Large intestine: Laurel, Ravintsara, Balsam fir, ArborVitae, Cumin Take 2-3 drops before or after a meal.
  • Stressed out: Lavendin, Rosewood, White spruce, Balsam Fir, Ylang-Ylang, Chamomile Elevated stress and gut dysbiosis are extremely common, and Lavender has been shown to be a very effective anti-anxiety oil and extremely calming.
  • Peppermint helps digestion overall – 2 drops in the mouth or rub your tummy with it
  • Fennel:  4 drops internally or rub your tummy with it. NB: it is not recommended if you have estrogen problems (like cysts, fibroid, endonitriosis). So consider Thyme or Rosemary as a substitute.
  • Ginger: to soothe the digestive tract and help nausea — 2 drops internally
  • Cumin: 1-2 drops internally for bloating and elimination problems.
  • And add Miraclays that cleanses and heals ulcers as in Crohns and ulcrative Colitis. Mix the clay with water, preferably in a jar with a lid where you can shake the clay and make it dissolve. Then drink it right away. Drink 1/2 to 1 teaspoon once per day as many days of the week as you’d like.
  • You can also add Candida to reduce yeast: Balsam fir, Ravintsara, St John’s Worth, Laurel, ArborVitae – rub 2-3 drops on your tummy or inside vagina with a Q-tip
  • OR
  • Parasite Out: Balsam fir,  Eucalyptus,  Cinnamon, Myrtle, Clove, Laurel, Oregano
  1. Repopulate your digestive tract with good bacteria. I don’t usually recommend brands, but when it comes to probiotics the quality varies so much that I suggest taking two specific brands.  or other high potency probiotic twice a day for one to two months. This probiotic has over 450 billion organisms per packet. I also recommend a probiotic called S. boulardii take two capsules twice a day for two months. This is a special probiotic that helps to further normalize gut function
  2. Digestive enzymes with meals to help break down food while your gut heals.  You also may benefit from nutrients that help heal the lining of the gut including fish oil, GLA (from evening primrose oil, zinc, vitamin A, glutamine, collagen and colostrum).
  3. Heal the gut lining:  Miraclays is a clay that I recommend that has tremendous properties including antibacterial, nutrient rich, heals ulcers, absorbs heavy metals. See success stories with Miraclays http://alchemistoils.com/our-newest-blends/

 

So while these natural products and oils carry evidence, backed by science, of benefit to overall gut health and gut healing do use caution if you are in a disease state or approaching disease states as these products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Always seek a Doctor for advice before commencing these natural products.

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Heart disease and oils

 

How to Lower Your Risk Of Heart Disease Without Using Drugs, for Living Healthy Series
By Dr. Stewart Gillespie*, Osteopath, Functional Medicine, Clinical Nutritionist, Medical Intuitive

Some of the facts about Heart disease are shocking to read. Almost half of all Americans now have heart disease.  800,000 people die in the US alone each year. But what is even more shocking is that what used to be thought of as a disease of aging, has been proved to be no longer the case as:

60% of people between 15-19 years old now  have atherosclerosis or plaquing of the coronary arteries, and even found in kids as young as 2.

So it’s important to realize that it does not matter how old you are.  This is a lifestyle disease not a degenerative disease. What is also important to understand is that knowing this gives you the solution, which gives you the power to change, and to reverse and to prevent this.

I rarely like to single out a disease, as I do not treat disease but underlying causes in order to prevent disease. But as this is the number 1 killer in the Western world, and fast becoming the number one killer in the Far East, something has to be said, as this is one of the most preventable diseases in humans. But don’t take my word for it, this information is out there, and even in some renowned Medical Journals.

The INTERHEART study, published in the Lancet in 2004, followed 30 000 people and found that changing lifestyle could prevent at least 90% of all heart disease.”
What Lifestyle Changes:

The research clearly shows that changing how we live is a much more powerful intervention for preventing heart disease than any medication. The “EPIC” study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine studied 23,000 people’s adherence to 4 simple behaviors:

 1. not smoking,

2. exercising 3.5 hours a week,

3. eating a healthy diet [fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and limited amounts of meat], and

4. maintaining a healthy weight [BMI <30] = Body Mass Index).

In those adhering to these behaviors, 93% of diabetes, 81% of heart attacks, 50% of strokes, and 36% of all cancers were prevented.

This is very powerful stuff, but so simple.

Knowing we have a disease can be paralyzing sometimes, especially as we are often told by traditional medicine that disease is genetic, or irreversible, or from unknown causes. But there are solutions, and for those people who are trying to reverse rather than prevent, there are also some very powerful substances in nature that we are going to talk about in this article.

It is because lifestyle doesn’t only reduce risk factors such as high blood pressure, blood sugar, or cholesterol. Our lifestyle changes our internal environment that actually influences the fundamental causes and biological mechanisms leading to disease: including changes in gene expression, which modulate inflammation, oxidative stress (free radical/toxin build up), and metabolic (hormone) dysfunction. Those are the real reasons we are sick.

So here are the action steps you need to take in order to reverse and prevent this disease.

1. Change the way you think about this disease

Our current thinking about how to treat and prevent heart disease is at best misguided, and at worst harmful. We believe we are treating the causes of heart disease by lowering cholesterol, lowering blood pressure, lowering blood sugar with medication. But the real question is what causes high cholesterol, high blood pressure and high blood sugar in the first place.  It is certainly not a medication deficiency, but a sign that we have an underlying inflammatory process going on. Cholesterol** is the substance that our body uses to calm inflammation and repair damage arteries, like spackle on a crack in the wall. Imagine treating a crack in the wall by giving you a drug that reduces the spackle. Do you really think that the crack is going away by doing that? That is akin to treating heart disease with a cholesterol lowering drug.

2. Change the way we test for heart disease

50% of men and 65% of women who suddenly died of heart disease had showed no symptoms of heart disease and had “normal” cholesterol on their blood work.

In other words we are not looking for the right things. Our focus on cholesterol has taken our eye off the real cause of heart disease which is inflammation.  Therefore a basic cholesterol panel is not going to cut it if you are trying to evaluate your real risk of heart disease. These tests below can be asked for, dare I say demanded for, if you feel you are at risk.


3. Genetics is a factor only in a small percentage of cases

If you say your genes are responsible, you are mostly wrong. It is the environment working on your genes that determines your risk, and changes your genetic expression, not the genes themselves. In other words, it is the way you eat, how much you exercise, how you deal with stress and the effects of environmental toxins, that are the underlying causes of high cholesterol, high blood pressure and high blood sugar. That is what determines your risk of heart disease.

4. Rule out other underlying causes

Infection which causes inflammation and toxin overload.

Stress: #1 cause of high blood pressure.

Heavy metal exposure: particularly lead and mercury.

5. Dietary Recommendations to Help Prevent Cardiovascular Disease

The first step in preventing heart disease is to eat a healthy diet. Increase your consumption of whole foods rich in phytonutrients, like plant molecules that give your body the nutrients it needs. Here are some practical tips:

·         To avoid the blood sugar imbalances that increase your risk for heart disease, eat protein with every meal, even at breakfast. This will help you to avoid sudden increases in your blood sugar.

·         Use lean animal protein like fish, turkey, chicken, lean cuts of lamb, and even vegetable protein such as nuts, beans, and tofu.

·         Combine protein, fat, and carbohydrates in every meal. Never eat carbohydrates alone. For the same reasons, avoid white flour and sugar.

·         Eat high-fiber foods, ideally at least 50 grams per day. Beans, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and fruit all contain beneficial fiber.

·         Avoid all processed junk food, including sodas, juices, and diet drinks, which impact sugar and lipid metabolism. Liquid sugar calories are the biggest contributors to obesity and diabetes and heart disease.

·         Increase omega-3 fatty acids by eating cold-water wild salmon, sardines, herring, flaxseeds, and even seaweed.

·         Reduce saturated fat and use more grass-fed or organic beef or animal products, which contain less saturated fat.

·         Eliminate all hydrogenated fat, which is found in margarine, shortening, and processed oils, as well as many baked goods and processed foods.

·         Instead use healthy oils, such as olive (especially extra virgin olive oil), cold pressed sesame, and other nut oils.

·         Avoid or reduce alcohol, which can increase triglycerides and fat in the liver and create blood sugar imbalances.

·         Don’t allow yourself to get hungry. Graze — don’t gorge — by eating every three to four hours to keep your insulin and blood sugar normal.

·         Try not to eat three hours before bed.

·         Have a good protein breakfast every day. You can start with a protein shake or may use eggs. Some suppliers offer omega-3 eggs, which are ideal.

·         Include flaxseeds by using two to four tablespoons of ground flaxseeds every day in your food. This can lower cholesterol by 18 percent. Flax is tasty in shakes or sprinkled on salads or whole grain cereal.

·         Drink green tea, which can help lower cholesterol.

·         Use soy foods such as soymilk, edamame, soy nuts, tempeh, and tofu, which can help lower cholesterol by 10 percent, as long as you do not have high estrogens or hormonal imbalance.

·         Eat at least eight to ten servings of colorful fruits and vegetables a day, which contain disease fighting vitamins, minerals, fiber, phytonutrients, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory molecules.

6. Incorporate essential oils

In order to have profound and lasting effects on a cellular level, there is nothing more complete than essential oils.

The oils I am recommending for heart disease have profound anti-inflammatory effects, and are now being used in some hospitals, to prevent heart disease.

Circulation blend is my favorite as it combines Red Pine which strengthens the heart, Cypress, that improves circulation, reduces varicose veins, lifts confidence, and St John’s wort, to reduce the stress. Also Eucalyptus for anti-inflammation – Apply 3 drops on ankles.

Anxiety Out: with St John’s wort  to reduce anxiety often related to heart disease.

Goldenrod: very effective in treating heart conditions, acting on the muscles of the heart, as well as the arteries. Apply 3-5 drops topically through the skin.

Lavendin super which reduces stress: massage 4 to 5 drops wherever it is needed.

Ginger: add a few drop to your massage oil

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Adrenals

Essential oils and Stress/Adrenals for Living Healthy Series
By Dr. Stewart Gillespie*, Osteopath, Functional Medicine, Clinical Nutritionist, Medical Intuitive

This is probably the most important article I have written to date.

Your adrenal glands, sit right on top of the kidneys, hence their name. They are each no bigger than a walnut and weigh less than a grape, yet are responsible for one of the most important functions in your body: managing your stress. Who does not have stress? It presents physically with pain and fatigue, emotionally with life problems, and environmentally in the form of toxins or allergies and food sensitivities. When stressed these glands often refer pain to the back, or the inside of your knees, and even give you that feeling of a “knot within your stomach.”

When your adrenal glands are overtaxed, a condition known as adrenal fatigue or adrenal exhaustion sets in, which in turn can set a cascade of disease processes into motion. There are several tell-tale signs of adrenal burnout. One of the most common is inflammation anywhere in the body. This may manifest as inflammation of the gut as in ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease; of the skin as in Rosacea, hives or eczema; the joints and sinus as  arthritis and sinusitis respectively; also fibromyalgia the unknown process of pain throughout the body, with no trauma, and no evidence on xrays or MRIs. Quite often we look at where the pain presents rather than where the problem is coming from.

Other signs are the feeling of chronic fatigued,   problems brought on after an incredibly stressful time both physically and emotionally, low estrogen, thyroid problems, low testosterone(low sex drive), muscle loss, chronic digestion problems, poor immune function, asthma.  Often conventional medicine only treats disease or the “presenting problem” or symptom. For example your blood work might show low estrogen, so the conventional answer might be to give estrogen in the form of hormonal replacement without really investigating why your estrogen is low in the first place. There may be many reasons, and primarily it is from the adrenal gland that actually produces estrogen along with a host of other hormones essential for health.

Typically a person cannot lose weight no matter how clean their diet or how much they exercise. Quite often increasing the amount they exercise actually makes you worse, gain weight around the belly button, and muscle loss in the arms and legs. Please, stop exercising so much; do not get frustrated, this is not your fault, but a hormonal problem caused by adrenal fatigue.

As you can see the adrenals are the foundation to health of almost every single system in the body, but are not tested for in conventional medicine and go untreated for many years and therefore in a bad way when finally diagnosed.

It’s estimated that up to 80 percent of adults experience adrenal fatigue during their lifetimes, yet it remains one of the most under-diagnosed illnesses in the world. The reason that it is undiagnosed is because regular blood screens like a CBC do not test for adrenal gland dysfunction. The best way to test adrenal dysfunction is through saliva or urine samples.

I am an expert in Functional Medicine which integrates scientific testing with natural health solution, including diet, lifestyle changes, nutrition and essential oils to heal your adrenals and restore their normal function.

Unfortunately, while many conventional health practitioners have started testing adrenal function, many are still unaware of the protocols for solving adrenal dysfunction. I am passionate about getting the message out that such protocols do exist, and are profoundly effective—capable of restoring health in most individuals in as little as six to 12 months.

The basis of adrenal fatigue or burnout is stress, which over time can tax your adrenal glands to the point of causing other health problems, such as:

Sleep disorders

Weight gain

Fatigue

Depression

The precipitating event for most people is a period of intense emotional stress. Approximately 95 percent of my patients report having experienced major emotional or physical stress around the time their health began to falter. For example, divorce, a severe infection, thyroid problems after pregnancy, post-surgery, post corticosteroid shots, severe injury.

How to Test Your Adrenal Function

Conventionally, you’d see an endocrinologist who would evaluate your adrenal glands, or perhaps a doctor of internal medicine. Unfortunately, they tend to primarily test for specific diseases like Addison’s disease or Cushing’s disease, both of which are relatively rare.

In the conventional medical context, when they think about the adrenal glands, they really only think about these extreme medical conditions that are not going to be what most suffer from. They do a conventional medical test to determine whether you have one of these rare endocrine disorders or not.

In the conventional medical world, they’re really not aware of the kinds of lab tests called a functional adrenal stress profile. It means that we’re not worried about the disease processes as an endocrinologist would be, but we’re really looking at functional problems.

Those are problems that are not going to send people to the hospital, but are more of disrupting your day-to-day life. These would be fatigue, depression, problems with weight gain, and problems with sleep.

Those types of issues – the functional adrenal problems – that aren’t severe disease processes, are determined better by either salivary testing, or some doctors who also use urine samples.”

Functional Medicine calls for testing your adrenal function by taking four saliva (or urine) samples over the course of a day. These map out your circadian rhythm, showing how your cortisol levels rise and fall throughout your day. Saliva is collected at approximately four-hour intervals: first thing in the morning upon waking, then at noon, late afternoon, and again at night before going to bed.

What we find is that if we just restore what’s missing in the person for a period of six months or maybe at the most 12 months, the adrenal glands and the internal production of these hormones comes back. So, we’re actually restoring the normal production of these hormones in the body. The treatments, therefore, are relatively short-term: six months to a year. The only way we’ve found to do this real repair process is to use these really low dosages of DHEA and pregnenolone over a period of time. DHEA and Pregnelonone are both adrenal hormones that are very important precursors to essential hormones such as estrogen, testosterone and adrenaline. Under stress your body converts pregnelonone into cortisol at the expense of estrogen progesterone and testosterone, which is why you test low for these hormones. But rather than exogenous hormone replacement of these hormones that have had reported side effects of cancer and stroke, let’s get to underlying cause and support  the adrenal gland in order to stimulate our own endogenous production of these hormones. Much safer too!

Another helpful test that can be used is hair analysis. A nutritionist friend of mine has been using this for many years. According to the theory on hair analysis, the ratio of certain minerals can also be strongly suggestive of adrenal function, specifically the sodium to magnesium ratio.

This makes sense as your adrenal glands control so many different body functions, some of which involve minerals. Calcium and magnesium can have an impact on your adrenal function as stress tends to make your body use these minerals up at a higher rate, for example. This is also true for sodium and potassium.

These are like general indicators of how much stress a person is under, which is a great “screening tool.” And then you can get more specific with the four-times-a-day testing, so you can see exactly what’s happening on a given day.

The Three Stages of Adrenal Burnout

Adrenal issues are divided into three general categories. In a stage one pattern, your cortisol levels are very high, and you’re under a lot of stress. But it’s usually an enjoyable type of stress. Perhaps you’re a student or a new parent, which is stressful, yet you’re enjoying yourself and you feel more charged and alive than anything else. You need that excitement. Your body requires it. It’s somewhat like exercise. But the key is to have the adaptability and the resiliency to absorb that stress, enjoy it, benefit from it, and then dissipate it.

If you don’t sufficiently rest and recharge, your adrenals will get overtaxed, causing your cortisol levels to drop, and this is where most people notice there’s a problem.
If you stay in this high-cortisol state for long enough – at stage one – you eventually go to stage two which means that the cortisol levels are now starting to fail. This is when people start to gain weight. This is when people start to not be able to sleep. This is when your sex drive starts to go away. This is when people just know that there’s some health problem.

If you stay at stage two long enough and you fail to change your lifestyle to address your failing adrenals such as not eating right, not resting, and not exercising, you eventually enter stage three. Here, your adrenals are actually burned out and your cortisol levels are low all the time, causing you to feel chronically fatigued and unable to recover your energy despite resting.

Think about cortisol like units of energy. In the morning, you’re supposed to wake up with around 20 units of energy. When you go to bed, it should be down around two. That normal fall of cortisol is what creates that feeling of a “normal” day that ends restfully. But many are waking up with reduced cortisol levels, which translate to feeling exhausted despite having just slept. And many are going to bed with dramatically elevated cortisol levels, making it virtually impossible to shut down your brain and fall asleep.
This natural rhythm you’re hardwired for is based on your exposure to light and day. When the sun comes up, cortisol goes up. When the sun is down, cortisol is low… You pretty much have to fall in line with this rhythm in order to be healthy… Now, when we do the labs, we’re analyzing where you’re at and then restoring you back to this normal rhythm. That’s the point of the testing.

There are three main reasons for adrenal fatigue and dysfunction:

1. Emotional stress, typically related to grief or loss

2. Poor diet: Eating too many carbs can disrupt cortisol and a certain group of corticosteroids (a blood pressure-stabilizing hormone), and the Standard American Diet is a perfect recipe for destroying your adrenal glands. One of the most important things that cortisol does is regulating secretory IgA in your gut. What this means is that the immune response in your gut is controlled by cortisol. Hence, if you’re stressed, the immune response in your gut suffers, the gut tissue becomes damaged, and good bacteria give way to bad bacteria, causing immune dysregulation that is centered in and around your gut.
Two important components to address this problem are to 1) regularly eat fermented foods, which will dramatically increase the beneficial bacteria in your body (which automatically will help decrease pathogenic bacteria), and 2) to eat a diet low in sugars and carbs, as that will also promote a healthy gut flora.

3. Chronic inflammation in your body: Inflammation is the hallmark of virtually every disease you can think of, from diabetes to cancer, and when chronic, it stresses your system, including your adrenals.

One little-known strategy to counter inflammation is grounding or earthing, which requires nothing more than taking off your shoes and walking barefoot outside, ideally on dewy grass or on the beach. Connecting your soles to the earth will massively increase the influx of free electrons into your body, which helps dissipate inflammation due to their potent anti-inflammatory action.
Another common hormonal cause of adrenal fatigue is hypothyroidism or underactive thyroid. Thyroid function is diagnosed by a blood test, but there’s some controversy over what is normal and what’s not. Many alternative doctors feel the conventional reference ranges are far too broad, and opt to treat people exhibiting sub-clinical thyroid symptoms. (see my article http://alchemistoils.com/dr-gillespie/dr-gillespie-on-inflammation)

What’s interesting about the thyroid and the adrenals is that as the cortisol levels go up, one of the normal body mechanisms is to down regulate or switch off the thyroid.

This is why we typically see thyroid type symptoms after stressful occurrences. I often see this in practice after women giving birth, fatigue, depression, hair loss are common post partum, in fact post partum thyroiditis is now a named condition. As there are no direct adrenal markers on a regular blood screen, the thyroid is often seen as a cause of this, when in fact it is the symptom of the stress caused by carrying a baby for 9 months.  So, most everybody with high cortisol is going to have lower than ideal thyroid hormone levels. At that point, it becomes a decision as to if you want to work on the adrenals, work on thyroid or work on both together…

More than 90 percent of the time, the adrenal program is enough to restore thyroid function. The biggest reason [for doing] the adrenals first is that when you start taking thyroid hormones your internal production of thyroid hormones drop. With the adrenal glands, it’s the opposite. When you start to take these adrenal-support products, your internal production of adrenal hormones comes back. If you can restore adrenal function, you can save the person from having to be on thyroid medications potentially for the rest of their life.

So this is a lengthy article, but I hope I have shown you the importance of treating underlying causes  rather than symptoms, and the biggest underlying cause of most chronic disease is stress or adrenal fatigue.

Here are my favorite oils to support the adrenals

Adrenals: Apply 2-3 drops on adrenals and back of the neck (occiput, to be absorbed by Medula Oblangata) at least twice a day

Red Dragon: Apply 2 drops on adrenals in the morning and around lunch time.

Immune up Apply 2-3 drops on wrists or belly bottom at least twice a day

Black Spruce: 2-3 drops on adrenals anytime.

Stress out:  Apply 2-3 drops on wrists at bed time if sleep is an issue

Eucalyptus: 3 drops on the bottom of feet when you have an asthma attack.

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Detox to Rejuvenate I

Detoxification Part I: Cleanse and Purify with Essential Oils in 2013

by Dr. Stewart Gillespie, DC, Osteopath, Diplomate of Nutrition*

It is no surprise that we are living in a toxic world. The question is: How can we help our body rid itself of the harmful toxins that bombard our bodies every day and prevent chronic suffering?

An effective way to eliminate harmful toxins from your body and prevent chronic suffering is through detoxification. I have put together a basic protocol that anyone can follow regardless of their current state of health utilizing the healing power of essential oils.

The key to a healthy mind – is a healthy digestive tract. This purification program is a safe and effective method of cleansing your entire body of these unwanted toxins and supporting better health. Using the benefits of essential oils, this program can help optimize whole body detoxification and purify the body to promote a healthy digestive tract. Best of all, this program is gentle and easy to follow.

An effective purification program usually lasts 14-30 days, which is enough time to create healthier long-term habits. A well-designed program will eliminate offending foods, increase the intake of healthy and nourishing foods and include a gentle exercise regimen as well. Other support nutrients may include fiber, essential fats and alkalizing vegetable-based drinks. This customized protocol can have an extremely beneficial impact on many systems in the body. By assisting the body in eliminating these harmful toxins, you can substantially improve overall health and rid the body of symptoms such as:

• Chronic Fatigue

• Headaches or Migraines

• Gas, Bloating, Heartburn

• Bad breath and Body Odors

• Skin rashes or Itchy Skin

• Constipation or Diarrhea

• Joint pain and Arthritis

• Poor Concentration, Memory and Focus

• Allergic Reactions

This purification program can help increase your productivity, slow down the aging process, assist in weight loss and promote clearer, brighter skin. If you are looking to address a chronic health problem or looking for a kick-start to a healthier lifestyle, a customized purification program with essential oils may be a step in the right direction.

Why Essential Oils?

Essential oils are the volatile liquids in plants that contain oxygenating molecules which transport nutrients to the cells of the body. Without oxygen, nutrients cannot be assimilated, leaving us nutritionally depleted and more vulnerable to toxins in our environment. For this reason, essential oils can be used to effectively detoxify and purify.

Essential Oils Detoxification Protocol

Time of the Day

Essential Oil

Quantity

Instructions

Meal Options/Notes

 Upon Waking Beautifull   4-5 drops   Place drops in a liter of pure water that may be warm or cold. Drink it throughout the day.   This is an excellent year round drink that beautifies your body inside and out.
 Mid-Morning Liver   1-3 drops   Massage 1-3 drops of Liver on the area on the right of the body over the liver organ.   Drink an 8oz minimum of fresh green vegetable juice filled with enzymes to assist the liver detox.
 Mid Morning Spleen   2-3 drops   Massage 2-3 drops of Spleen on the Spleen area on the right of the body.
Lunch Digestive Kidney II   2 drops under the tongue at meal time Apply 1-3 drops directly on the kidneys   Digestive will assist digestion and avoid bloating. Massage Kidney region below the base of the ribs on both sides, on the back.   Select any protein and vegetables/salad prepared as you like. Add a healthy fat such as coconut oil to your salad dressing or cooking process.
Dinner Digestive Kidney II   2 drops under the tongue at meal time 1-3 drops   Massage Kidney region below the base of the ribs on both sides, on the back.   The same as lunch. For dessert add a glass of organic red wine, or 2-3 pieces organic dark chocolate (at least 80% dark cacao), or a cup of frozen berries of your choice blended with almond or coconut milk (delicious).

This is a rejuvenation program enhanced by essential oils. Detoxification takes energy and the energy comes from calories in the foods you consume. It is important to deeply nourish your body as you detoxify with a variety of electron-rich, organic vegetables, healthy fats in addition to modest amounts of other food groups.

When you detoxify, it is important to eliminate the toxins efficiently. Drinking plenty of hydrating liquids throughout the day, dry skin brushing, tongue scraping, moderate exercise and enemas are extremely helpful.

Essential oils can be used to alleviate some of symptoms associated with detoxification. Use the following essential oils, if you are experiencing the following:

•White Coated Tongue: Spleen, 2-3 drops with a meal, once per day.

•Known Parasites: Parasite Out, 1-2 drops in your vegetable juice

Alchemists Oils has prepared sets of oils to help you rejuvenate your body in 2013. Order now while oils are in supply!

For a 14 day package 4ml of each: Beautifull, Digestive, Immune Up, Kidney, Liver, Spleen, Parasites out – package price $165/set.

For a 30 day package 10ml of each: Beautifull, Digestive, Immune Up, Kidney II, Liver, Spleen, Parasites out – package price. $235/set.

You can email Dr. G. at:  drstewartgillespie@yahoo.com  if you need assistance.

 Disclaimer: The information in this handout is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from any disease, illness or injury should consult with a physician.

 

Detox to Rejuvenate II

DETOX TO REJUVENATE II

by Dr. Stewart Gillespie, D.C. & Osteopath & Diplomate of Nutrition*

In our last article we talked about how eliminating processed foods and harmful sugars were essential to get your life back and take control of your health. Once we remove this cause of disease we can start to eliminate the waste that is clogging up your system, to rid you of your symptoms. We’re living in a world that contains more man-made chemicals than at any time in history. Food, air and water contain pesticides, chemicals, residual industrial waste, petroleum discharges, antibiotics and xenoestrogens, processed dead foods. If you wish to live a long and healthy life, you need to protect your own body.

If You Experience One Or More Of The Following: Flatulence – Gas – Bloating – Excess Weight – Joint Aches and Pains – Impaired Digestion – Irritability – Mood Swings – Bad Breath – Foul-Smelling Stools – Frequent Fatigue – Low Energy – Recurring Headaches – Constipation – Protruding Belly (Pooch) – Powerful Food Cravings – Skin Problems – Metallic Taste in Mouth.

THEN IT’S TIME TO DETOX!!

Your amazing body does countless functions to keep you going. With every second, eight million blood cells die off and another eight million are made. But your body requires nutrients and essential oils to do this. Each day your kidneys filter about two hundred quarts of blood. That’s seventy-three thousand quarts of blood per year! Your heart pumps more than one hundred thousand times per day, thirty-seven million beats per year. But does it ever take a break or a vacation? Never! Somewhere below, your liver is busy performing five-hundred different functions to detoxify so that it does not overload with waste or poisons and die -even in a healthy body.

Your liver is the hub of phase 1 and phase 2 detoxification. These phases require enzymes that the body itself does not produce. These enzymes are found naturally in green leafy cruciferous vegetables, like Kale, broccoli, celery. Without these in your diet your body accumulates toxins like inflammatory age inducing sugars, bad cholesterol and cancer producing estrogens.

What Is Detoxification?

Your body has its own natural methods of cleansing itself in order to rid the organs, blood and tissues of any by-products of metabolic breakdown and toxicity. When the poisons inside you have been purged, degeneration is stopped, aging is slowed. In this way, harmful germs and infectious pathogens cannot attack your bodies’ systems. Your body’s natural healing mechanisms repair and restore optimum health.

So Why Do You Need To Detoxify? When Is The Best Time For You To Detoxify?

This is very important! We do not live in a health care society; we live in a disease care society- meaning we do not do something until we find out we have a disease or a problem. Hence most people are detoxing wrong. We have to start promoting health to prevent disease. We think that we can cleanse twice a year and rid us of all that ails us. But in these cases what happens is that our body systems and organs that were once capable of cleaning out unwanted substances are now completely over-loaded to the point where toxic material remains inside our tissues.

Our bodies try to protect us from dangerous substances by setting it aside, surrounding it with mucous and fat so that it will not cause an imbalance or trigger an immune response (some people carry up to 15 extra pounds of mucous that harbors this waste). When we try and remove these in a short rigorous cleanse we quite often go through a healing crisis, as our bodies cannot cope with this toxic load. So rather than an elimination detox or cleanse I want you to think aboutre-nourishing a malnourished body. Rejuvenation as opposed to elimination is not just once or twice a year event but DAILY. You produce toxins and waste every second, therefore rejuvenate every day.

Stewart’s Personal Program

Essential oils are the volatile liquids in plants that contain oxygenating molecules which transport nutrients to the cells of the body. Without oxygen, nutrients cannot be assimilated, leaving us nutritionally depleted. One of these products is designed to aid in relieving constipation, bloating, indigestion and gas, as well as helping to remove toxic by-products from the body.

Start Your Day Right!

Eating slows the liver down. We want the liver to be firing on all cylinders. When you first wake up in the morning begin drinking a green juice of cruciferous vegetables. Add the essential oil lemon, which rehydrates your body from its overnight rest and cleansing. Your body continues to cleanse a least until mid-morning, so it’s important to aid this process by drinking several glasses. It’s essential to drink pure, good quality water because chlorine and fluoride destroy friendly bacteria in the digestive tract. Add a few drops of essential oils like lemon or beautifull to water, as it is absorbed much more readily and avoids the digestive tract.

The addition of essential oils may enhance the activity of the herbs in this product. It has been reported to have helped dispel parasites and enhance colon function.

A FEW ESSENTIAL OILS for Detox as they work at the DNA level.

If you need assistance please email me at drstewartg@gmail.com, or visit my website at  www.fabinforty.com

 Disclaimer: The information in this handout is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from any disease, illness or injury should consult with a physician.

 

INFLAMMATION

What is Inflammation?
By Dr. Stewart Gillespie*, Osteopath, Functional Medicine, Clinical Nutritionist, Medical Intuitive

Inflammation is the body’s NORMAL reaction to infection and injury. Without inflammation we would not get healing. It is this beautiful balance that makes our bodies amazing. It is characterized by redness, swelling, warmth, and pain. Inflammation is an immune system response that will allow the body to contain and fight infection or repair damaged tissue by dilating the blood vessels and allowing vascular permeability to increase the blood supply to an injured or infected tissue.

While a certain amount of inflammation is essential in fighting disease and healing injuries, what happens when our bodies go out of balance? Too much inflammation or chronic inflammation can actually be debilitating. What happens when the pathway to switch off inflammation is not working? Therefore, as always, a balance must be struck between two natural and opposing forces. One cannot survive without the other.So do we need oils to calm a system that is over-working? Or do we need oils to stimulate a pathway that is being subdued, for example our digestive or detoxification system. This is where your intuition, or your practitioners’ intuition is essential, as we are all different,, and therefore may need different solutions.

Inflammation is the root cause of ALL degenerative disease in the body

  • Inflammation is normally closely regulated by the body as it can lead to a host of diseases such as asthma, allergies, artherosclerosis, osteoporosis, gout, lupus, psoriasis, IBS, Stomach disorders, heart attack, arthritis, diabetes, congestive heart failure, Alzheimer’s disease, chronic bronchitis and more.
  • With inflammatory disease the immune system is usually working perfectly against pathogens (bacteria, virus, fungus), but is actually overworking and destroying healthy tissue rather than pathogens.
  • Once we realize this we stop treating symptoms with unnecessary diets, drugs and surgeries.
  • Whether inflammation is in the arteries as atherosclerosis or in joints as arthritis, or in the digestive tract as ulcerative colitis, or in the lungs as bronchitis and so on…

When assessing inflammation there are two things that are paramount.

One, If there is no direct injury there is always an underlying cause, therefore you must look beyond the site of inflammation, particularly with chronic inflammation (longer than 6 weeks). As 80% of our immune system is in the gut a protocol of oils to heal the gut is paramount when treating an arthritic joint or sinusitis.

Two, is it the body’s inability to shut down inflammation, as in the case of autoimmune disorders? Or are there toxins or pathogens in the body that are driving the inflammatory response?

These are things that are not easily assessed, but a detailed patient history usually uncovers the cause, and is essential if you are not looking for a quick medication “fix” that just treats the symptom. Sometimes further objective laboratory testing may be required to find or confirm a diagnosis and therefore choose the right essential oils to help.

In Conclusion do not treat the disease or the symptom, assess the person in front of you. Underneath everything is inflammation, once you treat, many of your problems miraculously disappear.

Essential Oils & Blends Recommended
• Essential oils have some ability to control inflammation. Studies have indicated that essential oils and plant extracts applied topically can reduce inflammation as much as 45%.
With that understanding the oils and protocols associated with the root cause will be of interest. With this said, there is a broad range of oils recommended for inflammation in general.

For Acute inflammation – In general topical or internal use of the specific oils, is recommended. I have found that a combination of lemon and myrrh, or oregano and myrrh applied topically can be quite soothing to inflamed joints.- INNER TEMPLE

Topical Application – Apply 1-2 drops on location and on the back of the neck by the base of the skull. Add 3-4 drops to 1 Tbs. of coconut oil and massage on location.

• Some essential oils like peppermint, wintergreen, citrus oils, and lavender have analgesic effects, making them beneficial for inflammation and pain.- PAIN EASE, SPINAL CLEANSE, ARTHRITIX, KNEE EASE
For chronic inflammation a foundation of balanced nutrition with oils is essential, as it is usually a much more complicated situation. Always take oils for digestion to correct a chronic inflammation problem, while taking care of the acute symptoms- DIGESTIVEFennel
Calming oils such as STRESS OUT, LET GO, CALMING to soothe the emotional aspect of inflammation.
If you have been diagnosed with hypertension, high cholesterol or cardiovascular disease I suggest CIRCULATION to help inflammation of the arteries.
Oils taken internally for specific application like infection or other stressors in the body- IMMUNE UP
• Essential oils and diet are the two most influential factors for controlling unwanted inflammation. Diet is not a battle to win all at once, but one food at a time. Eliminate one bad and replace it with one good. Add daily core supplementation to include antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals, and probiotics.
• It is our poor diet that stimulates constant inflammation (often wheat). Foods and drink high in acid content create inflammation in the body. One fatty acid in particular, omega 6, generally in meats and processed cooking oils is consumed in much larger quantities than we need.

• This means that even when we do not need an inflammation response (we haven’t been injured or exposed to toxicity or infection) inflammation occurs anyway due to excessive consumption of omega 6 fatty acids. We consume too much junk food, red meats, organ meats, processed meats, soda pop and other unhealthy food. Eat whole, raw, fresh fruits supplementation of core vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber is also of the utmost importance and vegetables.

If you need assistance please email me at drstewartg@gmail.com, or visit my website at  www.fabinforty.com

 Disclaimer: The information in this handout is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from any disease, illness or injury should consult with a physician.

 

Essential Oils and Diabetes

Essential oils and Diabetes for Living Healthy Series
By Dr. Stewart Gillespie*, Osteopath, Functional Medicine, Clinical Nutritionist, Medical Intuitive

                Diabetes is a disease marked by chronic exposure to high levels of sugar in the blood. It is a disease that is markedly on the rise, with the children and adolescents group showing the most rapid rate of increase. It is also rapidly increasing in parts of the world like China, Japan and the Middle East as they adopt a more fast food “westernized” diet.  In this article we are going to discuss some of the myths about sugar, how the body copes with sugar and why it breaks down with heavy exposure and explain why certain sugars are essential as our most vital organs like the brain and heart run on sugar. Then we will discuss oil protocols to help assist with diabetes. Essentially if you can master the hormone insulin, the hormone that the body produces to cope with sugar, you can slow down the process of aging, get extra energy, and reduce inflammation which is the underlying cause of all chronic disease in the body.

Some of the most common symptoms of diabetes include blurred vision, an increased need to drink and urinate, feeling hungry, numbness or tingling in the feet, mental fatigue and sometimes weight loss initially followed by stubborn weight gain. Diabetes can lead to additional complications including heart disease, kidney failure, strokes and more. With chronic exposure to the disease gangrene, ulcerations, blindness and amputations have been reported. So this is a serious problem and on the rise. It is detected by a normal blood test, HbA1c levels, and also by conducting a routine urinalysis.

To understand diabetes, it is important to first understand the normal process by which food is broken down into glucose, stored by the body and then used by the body for energy. If you understand this process you can then understand better the solution that I am going to give you. First of all glucose is essential for the normal functioning of the brain, heart and all of your muscles within the body. Without certain types of sugar your body would not survive. In fact in times of low exposure to sugar, (starvation or low carbohydrate diets) your body will break itself down in order to get it.

Here is the dilemma though. Glucose in the blood is inflammatory. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas to take glucose out of the blood and store it in your muscles, heart and liver as glycogen, a much more stable compound than glucose. Again the problem is that your body can only store a certain amount of glucose in this form, enough to last you 24 hours. After that any excess glucose has nowhere to go.

Excess glucose in the blood now becomes inflammatory, causing muscle pains, joint pains, fatigue, thirst and eventually gets converted to triglycerides and stored as fat. It is excess sugar that breaks down your nerve cells to give you the numbness in diabetic neuropathy. It is excess sugar that breaks down your small blood vessels in your eye that gives you diabetic retinopathy that can lead to blindness.

To combat this inflammatory effect of glucose the body produces cholesterol that protects the body against inflammation. So high cholesterol is not an indicator of atherosclerosis or the product of a high fat diet as we are led to believe, but the warning that we have inflammation in the body, usually as a result of too much SUGAR in the diet.  So reducing sugar not only helps lower your blood sugar but also lowers your cholesterol.

If we continually have carbohydrates or sugars at every meal our cells become chronically “bathed” in insulin. Once we get chronically exposed to anything we become desensitized to its presence. This is the case with insulin resistance. Our bodies become so used to it that we get a lot of diminishing returns whenever we are exposed to it. There is only so much water we can drink if we are thirsty. This is why most diabetics have normal or elevated insulin levels but still have high blood sugar. In other words their insulin is not working as their cells just ignore it. What makes matters worse is that in some cases what is administered to patients like this is not less insulin but MORE of it!  So what happens is that we are taken on a blood sugar roller coaster of too much blood sugar followed by too little blood sugar and so on. We never fix the problem we just manage it as we deteriorate further over time. But this process is reversible. We have the ability to directly control how much or how little insulin we produce. We can master our insulin, and once we master it we are not controlled by it.

People with diabetes have high blood sugar because:

•Their pancreas does not make enough insulin. Certain specialized cells are sensitive to sugar in blood and once detected, are instructed to produce insulin. In Type 1 Diabetes, which typically occurs in childhood, but now becoming more prevalent in adults, the cells that produce insulin are being destroyed by the body, either through an autoimmune disease, virus or a genetic predisposition. In this particular case if you do not treat the blood sugar you treat the immune system.

•Their muscle, fat, and liver cells do not respond to insulin normally: as in the case above with insulin resistance, or Type 2 diabetes. This is the most common type of diabetes, making up 90 to 95% of people diagnosed with diabetes.  In this particular case you have to reset the system, by eliminating sugars from the diet for a certain period of time to allow the cells to forget insulin for a while, and then respond accordingly when it required. Some essential oils are recommended for assisting the body in utilizing the glucose available in the bloodstream. Follow the 10 day reset diet along with the oil protocol. Follow a daily exercise walking regimen.

•Gestational diabetes is high blood glucose that develops at any time during pregnancy in a woman who does not have diabetes. Women who have gestational diabetes are at high risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease later in life.

Diabetes affects more than 20 million Americans. Over 40 million Americans have pre-diabetes (early type 2 diabetes).

Risk Factors: Over 45, family history, heart disease, high cholesterol, obesity, not getting enough exercise, ovary diseases, and poor diet.

Type 1 Diabetes

Let’s do something that is rarely done with this disease conventionally, treat the immune system!

So as you have read in previous articles* most of your immune system is within the gut. So resolving digestive issues is paramount. Follow the autoimmune digestive diet when on this protocol for best results.

2-3 drops of Digestive internally before each meal

2-3 drops of immune up on wrists to boost the immune system 2 times a day

2-3 drops of stress out to avoid suppression of the immune system 3 times a day

 

Type 2 Diabetes

•Take 3-5 drops each of Coriander Oil, Cinnamon Oil and Lemongrass Oil in 12oz water, 2-3 times daily

•    Take 4-5 drops of Beautiful  in 1 liter bottle and drink it all day

•    rub Frankincense Oil on back of neck or on bottom of feet if feeling light headed, usually as a result of low blood sugar following an insulin surge.

•    rub  Cypress oil  on bottoms of feet, each morning

•    rub Lavender on the feet at night

 

Eat a diet full of  green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, 100% whole grains and foods rich in zinc such as fresh oysters,  ginger root,  lamb,  split peas, egg yolk, rye, beef liver, lima beans, sardines, chicken, and buckwheat.

Many people have reported success with balancing their insulin levels by using the very potent and effective, digestive enzyme. These are enzymes made by the pancreas to help digest foods. These allow the fatigued pancreas to take a break.

You can email me at drstewartg@gmail.com, or visit my website at  www.fabinforty.com

*previous articles:  Inflammation 

 

 Disclaimer: The information in this handout is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from any disease, illness or injury should consult with a physician.

 

GUTS Essential oils for Living Healthy Series
By Dr. Stewart Gillespie*, Osteopath, Functional Medicine, Clinical Nutritionist, Medical Intuitive

Digestive Health

I often get asked if I would take anything what would it be, or Doc what are you taking I need some of that. My answer “it depends!” There is no magic supplement or magic pill, or even magic essential oil out there to make things miraculously better. We have to get away from that idea and instead focus on whole body systems and take an integrative approach to health. Your body works as a whole and is not made up of separate systems. I do not understand why we need to see a separate Doctor for heart problems, or joint pain or allergies etc as if what happens in our hearts does not affect our joints or digestive system or brain, of course it does. But this reductionist approach to health means we take something for heart, something for digestion, hormonal control, cholesterol diabetes etc, etc, etc. But if we take a Functional Medicine approach and look for underlying causes, rather than symptoms, we stop chasing multiple areas of pain and disease.  So to answer  the original question, I would say you have to focus on 3 main areas of the body that I believe are the roots of all evil or stress or inflammation within the body.

  1. Adrenals and hormonal imbalance
  2. Gut Infections
  3. Detoxification pathways and brain

Our previous article was about the adrenals and stress (http://alchemistoils.com/dr-gillespie), as almost everyone I see relates their problem with some kind of stressful event, whether it’s emotional or physical or environmental. So without question adrenals are our first focus, and we talked about what to look for, and how to test and then what oil protocols to use. This article will focus on gut health.

 

MEDICAL DOCTORS ARE TRAINED TO IDENTIFY DISEASES by where they are located. If you have asthma, it’s considered a lung problem; if you have rheumatoid arthritis, it must be a joint problem; if you have acne, doctors see it as a skin problem; if you are overweight, you must have a metabolism problem; if you have allergies, immune imbalance is blamed. Doctors who understand health this way are both right and wrong. Sometimes the causes of your symptoms do have some relationship to their location, but that’s far from the whole story.

As we come to understand disease in the 21st century, our old ways of defining illness based on symptoms is not very useful. Instead, by understanding the origins of disease and the way in which the body operates as one, whole, integrated ecosystem, we now know that symptoms appearing in one area of the body may be caused by imbalances in an entirely different system.

If your skin is bad or you have allergies, can’t seem to lose weight, suffer from an autoimmune disease or allergies, struggle with fibromyalgia, or have recurring headaches, the real reason may be that your gut is unhealthy. This may be true even if you have NEVER had any digestive complaints.

There are many other possible imbalances in your body’s operating system that may drive illness, as well. These include problems with hormones, immune function, detoxification, energy production, and more. But for now, let’s take a deeper look at the gut and why it may be at the root of your chronic symptoms.

 

Symptoms  Throughout the Body Are Resolved By Treating the Gut

Many today do have digestive problems including reflux or heartburn, irritable bowel, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, and colitis. In fact, belly problems account for over 200 million doctor’s visits and billions in health care costs annually. But gut problems cause disease far beyond the gut.  In School I learned that patients with colitis could also have inflamed joints and eyes and that patients with liver failure could be cured of delirium by taking antibiotics that killed the toxin-producing bacteria in their gut. Could it be that when things are not quite right down below, it affects the health of our entire body and many diseases we haven’t linked before to imbalances in the digestive system?

 

The answer is a resounding yes. Normalizing gut function is one of the most important things I do for patients, and it’s so simple. The “side effects” of treating the gut are quite extraordinary. Many patients find relief from allergies, acne, arthritis, headaches, autoimmune disease, depression, attention deficit, and more—often after years or decades of suffering. From elimination of small bacterial overgrowth, giardia, candida (yeast), worms, etc

These are not miracle cures but common results that occur when you normalize gut function and flora through improved diet, increased fiber intake, daily probiotic supplementation, enzyme therapy, the use of nutrients that repair the gut lining, and the direct treatment of bad bugs in the gut with herbs or oils.

In the West, our increased use of vaccinations and antibiotics and enhancements in hygiene have lead to health improvements for many. Yet these same factors have dramatically changed the ecosystem of bugs in our gut, and this has a broad impact on health that is still largely unrecognized.

There are trillions of bacteria in your gut, and they collectively contain at least 100 times as many genes as you do. The bacterial DNA in your gut outnumbers your own DNA by a very large margin. This bacterial DNA controls immune function, regulates digestion and intestinal function, protects against infections, and even produces vitamins and nutrients. Also toxins, metabolic by-products, and inflammatory molecules produced by these unfriendly bacteria can all adversely affect the brain.

Conversely, when the balance of bacteria in your gut is optimal, this DNA works for you to great effect. For example, some good bacteria produce short chain fatty acids (like Omega 3). These healthy fats reduce inflammation and modulate your immune system. Bad bugs, on the other hand, produce fats that promote allergy and asthma, eczema, and inflammation throughout your body. Simply by looking at the by-products of their intestinal bacteria (which are excreted in the urine—a test called organic acids testing), researchers could distinguish between autistic and normal children.

Even obesity has been linked to changes in our gut ecosystem that are the result of a high-fat, processed, inflammatory diet. Bad bugs produce toxins called lipopolysaccardies (LPS) that trigger inflammation and insulin resistance or pre-diabetes and thus promote weight gain. It seems remarkable, but the little critters living inside of you have been linked to everything from autism to obesity, from allergy to autoimmunity, from fibromyalgia to restless leg syndrome, from delirium to eczema to asthma. In fact, the links between chronic illness and gut bacteria keep growing every day.

 

So what can you do to keep your gut flora balanced and your gut healthy, and thus overcome or avoid these health problems? Follow these five simple steps to begin re-balancing your gut flora:

1. Eat a fiber–rich, whole foods diet

It should be rich in beans, nuts, seeds, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, all of which feed good bugs.

2. Limit sugar, processed foods, bad grain fed animal fats, and bad grain fed animal protein

These provide food for unhealthy bugs.

3. Avoid the use of antibiotics, acid blockers, and anti-inflammatories

They change gut flora for the worse.

4. Take probiotics daily

These healthy,  friendly flora can improve your digestive health and reduce inflammation and allergy.

5. Consider specialized testing

Such as organic acid testing, stool testing (new tests can look at the DNA of the bacteria in your gut), and others to help assess your gut function. You will likely have to work with a functional medicine practitioner to effectively test and treat imbalances in your gut, if you have chronic illness  even without digestive symptoms.

6. My Favorite oil protocols

Digestive:  1 drop internally before a meal, or rub 2 drops on the guts after

Parasites out: 2 drops in water or in a spoon of honey

Oregano  & Thyme oil or take combination in Red Dragon on a piece of bread

*So if you would like to know more about testing please email me at drstewartg@gmail.com, visit my website at  fabinforty.com

 

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis: The Toxic Metal Effect

By Dr. Stewart Gillespie*, Osteopath, Functional Medicine, Clinical Nutritionist, Medical Intuitive

Continuing our series of articles on common diseases and complaints, I want to stress that our theme is to look for underlying causes, getting to the root of a problem, as opposed to treating diseases or looking for cures. At the root of every diagnosis there is a nutrient or oil deficiency, or a toxin that has not been released from the system or all of the above. Also everybody is different, so we cannot always give the same solution. Treat the PERSON not the disease.

Millions of Americans have been led to believe that osteoporosis is simply a deficiency of the common drugs, Boniva, Evista, Actonel, or Fosamax. Many are prescribed the “knee-jerk” recommendation of 1500 mgs of calcium a day to prevent osteoporosis.

Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth.

It is important to know that you can take these drugs like an ideal patient and will not gain the benefit of a “real” improvement for osteoporosis.

In fact, many have “not” been told that these drugs only improve bone by about 2% a year for a couple of years and then the benefit dwindles or ceases.  The best you can expect is a “temporary” improvement in bone density but this will be short-lived because the underlying root cause of the problem has been overlooked or ignored.

As a quick reminder, normal bone breaks down and repairs itself every day, just as all tissues do. But these drugs have the unique ability to “artificially manipulate” this normal process of bone repair leaving unnatural bone build-up. Once  manipulated the body tends to shut down the normal process, which is why we become dependent on a medication.

This bone build-up is not the same as a healthy bone. It comes with a laundry list of side effects and long-term problems.

One concern I have with this lack of bone turn-over and repair is the fact that it encourages the accumulation of heavy toxic metals.

One toxic heavy metal of great concern is cadmium.

Without normal bone turn-over, this metal has an affinity for bone. Basically the metal will accumulate in the bone.  But cadmium also frequently ends up in the kidneys causing high blood pressure and kidney disease, or it ends up in coronary blood vessels causing coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathy, or in the lungs causing emphysema.

Once cadmium gets in the bone, it will kick out zinc.  Zinc the great healer of the body. Of special interest, zinc is a mineral not only needed for bone strength, but for over 200 other enzymes in the body.

Once cadmium displaces enough zinc, the bones lose its strength and you have a greater potential of developing osteopenia, osteomalacia, easy fractures and osteoporosis.  Cadmium actually makes the bone matrix, which is mostly collagen, abnormally weak.

To make matters worse, physicians not schooled in nutritional biochemistry or functional medicine will make the common mistake of prescribing 1000-1500 mg of calcium a day.  This increased calcium has the ability to kick out even more zinc and makes room for more cadmium and further complicates the osteoporosis scenario.

Not only does this extra calcium make people age faster by calcifying or hardening their brain and heart arteries, but this unbalanced high dose of calcium has never been proven to be the end-all answer for osteoporosis. Also excess calcium may increase blood pressure, cause cataracts, stones and deposit in tendons and joints. Remember the saying “too much of a good thing”. The body does not work this way but requires balance.

One important clue that you may have a zinc deficiency is an alkaline phosphatase blood test below 70.

Remember a zinc deficiency can come from cadmium, plasticizers,  unbalanced high calcium doses, and more.

So, can you see how the sick may in fact get sicker when the underlying root cause(s) is not identified and fixed?

I recommend you demand that your doctor order a RBC intracellular nutrient and toxic heavy metal profile. This will be the first step in helping in your quest to beat osteoporosis.

Oil Protocols

  • Heavy metal detox: 2 month supply

–      Heavy metal: 3 to 4 drops twice a day

–      Cardamom + anise star  good to remove acidity of the coffee 1 drop/day internally

  • for Bone/mineral health:

–      Knee Ease 30 ml 2 drops on each knee/2/day

–      Arthritix  4 drops on areas of suffering

–      Arborvitae, 2 drops on each knee or problematic bone 2xday

–      Wintergreen or Birch excellent for bone pain: massage the area

–      Helicrysum would be good but as it is expensive, use Arbrovitae which has a similar effect.

  • Thyrobalance: 3 drops on neck area 2/day

–      Lymph Nodes: massage 3 drops on ankles 2/day

  • Adrenals would also bring strength or force to the immune system

Mikael also suggests  no bread or milk during that period.

–      Blue Spruce massage it (for bones)

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End Cholesterol Confusion

End Cholesterol Confusion

By Dr. Stewart Gillespie*, Osteopath, Functional Medicine, Clinical Nutritionist, Medical Intuitive

 

Recently I did a seminar on cholesterol and cardiovascular disease which was well received. I definitely said some things that were difficult to digest as it went against the mainstream message from the media, your MD, drug companies, the low fat food industry and even the American heart association. But my voice on this is not the only voice, what I am about to tell you is well chronicled, and based on fact, but is drowned out by the cholesterol chorus organized by the above institutions. So we are left in a sea of confusion and the patient becomes worse of and is the loser in the situation.

Here’s the problem, cardiovascular disease is on the rise and is still the number one killer in the United States, even though we have adopted many of the strategies borne out of discovering cholesterol plaques in arteries following open heart surgeries in the 60’s. Heart attacks are still rising, and 50% of them go unnoticed as our laboratory results show that we have normal cholesterol. Low fat/cholesterol /no red meat high grain diets have not worked. What we know now about cholesterol and how to test for cardiovascular risk, what strategies to implement to prevent it, is light years ahead of what we knew then. But we are still implementing old school solutions, based on studies that have now shown to be flawed. Any Doctor who assesses heart attack risk based on total cholesterol alone is just burying their head in the sand.

Back in the 60’s when surgeons opened up cardiac arteries and found cholesterol plaques of course war were waged against cholesterol and rightly so. But heart disease is now known to be not just a cholesterol story. Cholesterol is at the scene of the crime, but is not the perpetrator and we are arresting the wrong guy at a fight.  In this article you will discover that even with a cholesterol number above 250 you may not be at risk, and with a cholesterol number of 130 you still run the chance of a heart attack. There are other markers for cardiac stroke risk that must be considered, and can be easily assessed through simple blood testing but is not.

Cholesterol is essential to health, without it we would die. It makes every cell in the body, is the biggest component of brain cells. It covers and protects every single nerve cell in the body. It is the precursor to essential hormones like testosterone, estrogen, and vitamin D. To try and reduce it as you can see would starve us of essential elements to life. Is it a mystery now how about 90% of us are vitamin D deficient, why low testosterone is on the rise, why estrogen imbalance is so endemic to our society, brain disorders like Alzheimer’s increasing, nerve disorders like Multiple Sclerosis increasing. We are basically causing it by adopting a low fat diet.

Most importantly cholesterol, with regards to heart disease, is the substance that the body uses to repair cells that are damaged. It protects us from inflammation in the body. I compare it to spackle covering the cracks of a wall.  Inflammation caused by blood sugar being too high, damages artery walls. There would be no cholesterol plaques unless there were cracks in the arteries. This is fundamental to ending confusion. This is why people with high cholesterol can get away with heart attacks as they have no inflammation or damage to arteries. Conversely if you have damage to arteries even a cholesterol number below 150 you are still at risk. So with this in mind in order to assess your risk of heart attack we have to assess your level of inflammation which is the underlying cause of atherosclerosis and all degenerative disease.

There are four subtypes of LDL’s, considered your bad cholesterol.  and two types of HDL, considered your good cholesterol. Someone who has a higher proportion of smaller denser subgroup of LDL are substantially more at risk than someone who has larger less dense LDL’s, as they can readily enter compromised arterial walls. Also someone with a high HDL count should ensure they have the better subclass which is large buoyant HDL for greater protection.  Also measure the real culprit of heart disease which is inflammation.

There are inflammatory markers in your blood called homocysteine and C-reactive protein that are high when inflammation is present. There are nutrients and nutritional strategies to reduce inflammation in the body depending on which marker is increased.  There are ways to reduce small LDL’s as well as increase large buoyant HDL’s. There are also situations which require the need for statins as part of your nutritional protocols.

I write this so we can adopt a new way of thinking. Though you would not know it based on today’s obsession with cholesterol levels, cardiology has been slowing veering away from the narrow view of cholesterol as a primary cause of heart disease. Cardiologist are slowly accepting that its inflammation of arterial tissue that leads to heart disease and most strokes. The field is realizing that although cholesterol plays a role in the bi-chemical process that creates damage in arterial walls – which in turn leads to plaques and clots, it’s a relatively minor one. Yet for most people the word cholesterol remains synonymous with death and disease.

In this country the pharmaceutical companies have created a nonexistent disease called hypercholesterolemia which simply means high cholesterol. I see the anxiety on patients faces when they come to my office and the first words out of their mouth are “my cholesterol is high and I’m really scared”.  People are indeed worried if they have a total cholesterol score above 200. I’m here to tell you don’t worry. High cholesterol is not a death sentence it’s a signal that you should have a more sophisticated blood test that will measure the various subtypes of your LDL and HDL, and tell you whether your cholesterol warrants attention or is merely elevated. This type of information which hasn’t been available until recently can then help you make health and lifestyle choices that will have the best odds of improving your situation. The standard blood lipid tests that most doctors use to monitor cholesterol belong in the age of dinosaurs.

They only tell you how much LDL, HDL, triglycerides and total cholesterol you have in your blood, and that’s about it. A much more recent test has emerged called the lipoprotein particle profile (LPP) that allows for more precise measurements and much more affectively assess your risk of heart attack it also measures inflammatory markers in your blood that we’ve already talked about. So I urge you that if you’re worried about your cholesterol and have a history of heart disease in your family too make an appointment and come and see me. If you would like to order the LPP test it can be done through our office, it is covered by insurance, and in most cases your copay for this test is about fifty-five dollars. These few simple suggestions can help support your health; it’s an investment in yourself that you simply cannot afford to pass up.

 

Oil Protocols

  • CARDIOVASCULAR OILS

            Circulation

            Red Pine

            Lymph Nodes

 

  • ANTI-INFLAMMATORY OILS

            Lemon

           Spinal Cleanse

            Blue Spruce

  •  OILS TO REPAIR CELLS

           Scar Tissue

           Spinal Cleanse

           Rejuvenate

           Peppermint

 

If you need assistance please email me at drstewartg@gmail.com, or visit my website at  www.fabinforty.com

 Disclaimer: The information in this handout is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from any disease, illness or injury should consult with a physician.