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Treatment

Milk Thistle

October 31, 2017

Milk thistle seeds contain silymarin, which provides a gentle, yet effective detox mostly by supporting the liver. In my experience, and many others I have interviewed, milk thistle has not caused a healing crisis, herx, or negative side effects. From measurably reducing liver enzymes to relieving neurotoxicity, to alleviating jaundice to easing digestive disorders, this powerful herb can be of significant support.

Milk thistle will not only help “cleanse,” but will also cause new tissue to grow, thereby restoring a damaged liver. It is considered an important treatment for liver disease. Studies reveal improvements in patients suffering from hepatitis, fatty liver, and cirrhosis when milk thistle is prescribed.

In the chronic illness community, liver damage and toxicity are common problems. Milk thistle is proving to bring the most effective, safe, and affordable means of supporting the liver and spleen, while aiding detox and digestion.

I have myself experienced success while taking milk thistle capsules. Once jaundiced, with spiking liver enzymes, I now have a fully functioning liver and bile flow from the consistent use of this wonderful herb.

Unlike yucca or glutathione pushes, which are great for some but cause neurotoxicity and pain in many, milk thistle does not create side effects while opening detox pathways and interrupting cytokine cascades. It does not interfere with other drugs and herbs. Of course, this opinion is based on my experience and research. Speak with your naturopath or TCM doctor about including milk thistle in your treatment plan. Do some of your own research and readings to determine if milk thistle is something you should try.

Treatment

Why You May Not Want to Get a Lyme Test

May 4, 2017

Getting tested for Lyme disease is not as simple as visiting your family physician and then taking a blood draw requisition form to the local lab. Unfortunately the power of and confidence in doctors has been stripped away, preventing them from making a clinical diagnosis. Even when a physician has studied Lyme and researched treatments, the College of Physicians and Surgeons insists a patient test positive on bloodwork before allowing the knowledgable and well-versed doctor to treat.  They are to use an inaccurate two-tiered blood test system to determine when patients have Lyme.  Rarely is the test accurate and therefore rarely can physicians provide a diagnosis and treatment plan. There are a few reasons why it is difficult to determine a Lyme diagnosis through testing. If you suspect Lyme disease and tested negative on a Lyme test, you may want to continue reading. A negative result does not mean you are free of Lyme. Too many people say, “I was tested for Lyme, it was negative. I was diagnosed with Lupus or MS.” Lyme is the great imitator, and sadly, many people are misdiagnosed with other diseases when they have bacterial infections like Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme bacteria) causing the symptoms. So what is up with the testing? What can you do to rule out Lyme or determine if you suffer from tick-bourne infections? How should you get tested? Continue Reading…

Tips and Tricks

It’s Not Easy Being Green….

March 5, 2017

Before writing a post about bentonite clay, food-sourced anti-inflammatories, and the benefits of alkaline eating I need to write an honest and real post about cheeseburgers. I am not a purist. I have followed a strict alkaline diet and consumed my 8-10 servings of veggies a day. I was juicing and steaming and gagging down the healthiest of plants. But then I snapped. No improvement in symptoms and worsening digestive issues made me question why I was cutting out certain foods (except nightshades, they always caused pain and a bad “flare”). The only cure for a “snap” was a trip to a diner. During my worst herxes, when no IV solution or pill or massage helped, my mom would whip up a cheeseburger and all would be well. Illogical in many ways, I know, but when something works you stick with it. And now, despite a desperate desire to eat super clean I find solace at the golden arches. Of course I eat lots of alkaline fruits and vegetables and take things like chlorella and clay to stay healthy, but I throw a lot of grilled cheese sandwiches and burgers into my meals. Here’s how it all started. And honestly, I am not ashamed. Hoping all my followers who think I am crunchy, granola, green, etc. aren’t too disappointed.

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Treatment

Fertility, Miscarriage, PMS, Congenital Lyme

February 24, 2017

From undetected MTHFR genetic mutations to infections like Lyme bacteria, women have much to consider when planning to have a family. When I went to the US for treatments years ago part of the routine blood work included screening for the MTHFR genetic mutation. For treatments this information was valuable because it explained my inability to detox properly, led to coagulation testing (which I ended up having), and provided insight as to why I was deficient in some nutrients. I was focused on Lyme treatment but what I learned relates to any woman trying to conceive. Continue reading to discover what I have learned about common but little known reasons for miscarriage, infertility, and transmission of infections to babies.   Continue Reading…