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Archive for Natural Health Regimens – Page 2

A Year of Celebration and Health: April

Overview:
Awareness: Alcohol, Autism, Child Abuse, Donate Life, National STD, Parkinson’s, Stress, World Health
Flower: Daisy
Gemstone: Diamond
Trees: Rowan, Maple, Walnut

Fool’s Day:
I am using this day to highlight two areas of healing that often ‘tricks’ one into thinking that they are either getting worse or better: the healing crisis and emotional trauma healing. The healing crisis, formally known as the herxheimer reaction, is characterized by a temporary increase in discomfort during the body’s process of detoxification. It occurs when internal toxins and wastes are being released faster than the body can eliminate them. A general rule of thumb for a healing crisis is the more dietary, medical and/or environmental toxins that one has accumulated over time, the more severe the effects of the detoxification during a cleanse or natural healing program.

The herxheimer reaction is an indication that the process of cleansing and detoxification is working and that the body is cleaning itself of impurities, toxins and other wastes. The reactions are temporary, but, depending on the levels of toxicity, they may occur immediately, within several days, or even several weeks later. Some people feel flu like complaints during the first few days of the cleanse because the body is dumping toxins into the blood stream for elimination. The ill-affects usually pass within 1-3 days. On rare occasions, they may last several weeks. Sometimes, the discomfort during the healing crisis is of greater intensity than before starting a cleanse.

Another crisis may come after you begin feeling your very best. There may be many small crises to go through before the final crisis is experienced. The healing crisis may bring about experiences of past conditions. While people often forget past diseases or injuries, they may be reminded during the healing crisis. On a positive note many people experience little or no discomfort at all.

When one decides it is time to heal from emotional traumas it is easy to fall into a false sense of healing. This usually occurs in the beginning of the journey. Once one opens up and starts to talk or write about the trauma event/s there is a sense of ‘I am better. I am healed.’ These feelings often stem from the fact that one is finally releasing the surface facts of the trauma. But, just doing these steps rarely deal with the core trauma issues. In reality one’s healing never ends as the triggers never fully go away. The more one continues to work on healing from the negative effects of trauma, the more positive one’s thoughts, dreams, and actions will be. Emotional healing is truly about changing one’s way of thinking and dealing with painful memories and future traumas. Do not rush the healing–it takes time, but it gets easier as one heals.

Easter:
Spring finds us entering an important Christian season. Some of the common symbols of Easter can also aid in keeping one healthy. They include: fish, lambs, rabbits, doves, lilies, date palms, and eggs. Fish contains protein, omega-3, vitamin D, vitamin B2, calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, iodine, magnesium, and potassium. In moderation, lamb is an excellent source of protein and vital nutrients like omega-3, iron, zinc, selenium, phosphorus, and B vitamins. Rabbit is a low-calorie white meat that is rich in protein, iron, and phosphorus. Although dove is high in cholesterol, it is also a good source of protein, B vitamins, iron, phosphorus, zinc, copper, and selenium.

The bulb of the Easter lily (Lilium longiflorum) is antiasthmatic, antitussive, expectorant, and a sedative tonic. It helps with coughs, haemoptysis, insomnia, and fidgetiness in the later stages of febrile disease. The flower aids in healing cysts in the breast, ovaries, and skin. It also can aid in infertility where the mucus is too thick to allow an egg to enter the fallopian tubes. And, it can help with chronic bronchitis where there is a lingering thick, dried mucus. The flowers as a flower essence remedy can aid in grief, sadness, depression, and inability to let something go.

The fruit of the date palm can be beneficial with sore throats, colds, bronchial catarrh, fever, gonorrhea, and edema. When they are ground and made into a paste they can aid in healing ague. Date oil is useful in aging skin, male infertility, inflammation, sores in the mouth, and breathing problems.

Eggs are rich in muscle building protein. Omega-3 oils aid in the moisturizing of one’s skin, circulatory system, brain, eyes, and lining of the intestines. The lutein and zeaxanthin also aid in eye health. And, l-lysine aids in controlling the herpes virus.

Another favorite way to celebrate the holiday is hunting for colorfully dyed eggs. One can make their own dye natural sources. These include food, flowers, weeds, bark, moss, leaves, seeds, mushrooms, lichens, and even minerals. When gathering plant material for dyeing blossoms should be in full bloom, berries ripe and nuts mature. Never gather more than 2/3 of a stand of anything in the wild when gathering plant stuff for dyeing. (See recipes)

Ramadan:
The traditional healing system of the ancient Levant is called Unani. Arab and Persian elaborations upon the Greek system of medicine influenced the early development of Unani. The medical tradition of medieval Islam was introduced to India by the 13th century with the establishment of the Delhi Sultanate and it took its own course of development during the Mughal Empire. The Hellenistic origin of Unani medicine is based on four humours: phlegm (balgham), blood (dam), yellow bile (ṣafrā) and black bile (saudā’), but it has also been influenced by Indian and Chinese traditional systems. According to Unani medicine, management of any disease depends upon the diagnosis of disease. Proper diagnosis depends upon observation of the patient’s symptoms and temperament. Unani is based on the theory of the presence of the elements in the human body. According to followers of Unani medicine, these elements are present in fluids and their balance leads to health and their imbalance leads to illness.
According to Unani practitioners, the failure of the body’s ability to maintain its own health, may lead to derangement of the normal equilibrium of the body’s akhlat (humors). Abnormal humors are believed to lead to pathological changes in the tissues at the affected site, creating the clinical manifestations of illness. The theory postulates the presence of blood, phlegm, yellow bile and black bile in the human body. Each person’s unique mixture of these substances determines his mizaj (temperament). A predominance of blood gives a sanguine temperament; a predominance of phlegm makes one phlegmatic; yellow bile, bilious (or choleric); and black bile, melancholic. After diagnosing the disease, treatment follows a pattern (Usool-e-ilaj): Izalae Sabab (elimination of cause), Tadeele Akhlat (normalization of humors), Tadeele Aza (normalization of tissues/organs). Treatment includes regimens and therapies included in the term Ilaj-Bil-Tadbeer. These therapies include cupping, aromatherapy, bloodletting, bathing, exercise, and dalak (massaging the body). It may also involve the prescription of Unani drugs or surgery.

A key component of Ramadan is fasting during the daylight hours. It was suggested that this type of fasting could be a recommendation for the treatment of mild to moderate diseases such as non-insulin dependent diabetes, essential hypertension, weight management, and for rest of the digestive tract includes lowering blood sugar levels, lowering of cholesterol and lowering of the lipids profile. During fasting hours when no food or drink is consumed, the body uses its stores of carbohydrate (stored in the liver and muscles) and fat to provide energy once all the calories from the foods consumed during the night have been used up.

Earth Day:
Earth Day is an annual event celebrated around the world to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Although traditionally considered a way to bring attention to modern air, land, and water pollution, it has expanded to supporting everything ‘green’. There are a few things everyone can do within their outdoor space to help the environment.

Diatomaceous earth is made from the fossilized remains of tiny, aquatic organisms called diatoms. Their skeletons are made of a natural substance called silica. It is not poisonous; it does not have to be eaten in order to be effective. It causes insects to dry out and die by absorbing the oils and fats from the cuticle of the insect’s exoskeleton. Its sharp edges are abrasive, speeding up the process. It remains effective as long as it is kept dry and undisturbed. Diatomaceous earth seems to not harm earthworms nor beneficial soil microorganisms. This makes it a safe pesticide for use inside and outside one’s home. It’s also useful as a pest control for one’s animals.
Traditional farming, regrowing vegetables from scrap, composting, small container gardening, and straw bale gardens are all relatively easy to do.

Collecting rain water can help clean the soil of salt buildup and enhance root developments in plants. By not raking leaves in the fall they can break down over the winter and aid in rebuilding the soil. All these methods not only save money, but also aids in the mending of the environment.

And, lastly, let’s not forget what we can do for the pollinators. These include bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and even bats-to name a few. Without these friendly beings plants will not only stop producing food, but also the plants themselves will become extinct. This will cause the air not to be replenished of its oxygen. One can start helping by planting more flowering plants, not mowing a patch of weeds, and encouraging the growth of mushrooms–water collected on them seep out the healing benefits of the mushrooms which the pollinators enjoy drinking.

Arbor Day:
Trees provide us with sap, leaves, blossoms, bark, berries, and nuts—most of which have medicinal properties that cannot be found anywhere else in nature. The wood is boiled for extended periods or added to hot baths for topical use. Medicinal trees can be infused into teas, tinctures, oils and made into salves and poultices.

For the most part, careful leaf and twig harvesting isn’t a big deal. So long as your conscientious and don’t take more than a small percentage of the total tree. Bark is a different matter. Anytime you cut into the bark of a tree, you’re opening up the trunk of the tree to insects, disease and decay. If you cut around the full circumference of the tree, a practice known as girdling, the supply of nutrients is completely cut off, and the tree will die. It takes a healthy tree a full year to heal that small wound, so bear that in mind anytime you’re breaking into bark. Some trees, like beech trees, can’t heal bark wounds. If you’re harvesting 1/3 of the bark, you’re pushing the limits of that tree’s survival and crippling it for the rest of its life.

According to the Herbal Academy’s Botany and Wild-crafting Course, “As a rule, never harvest from the trunk of a living tree. Only harvest bark from a tree that has been recently cut down for some other reason or has recently fallen over on its own. The timing here can be tricky, as you only want to harvest from recently fallen trees (within a few weeks of falling or being cut down) and not those that have begun to rot and decay. Never, absolutely never, cut a tree down simply just to harvest its bark or its root bark. This is not only unethical, but unsustainable, and is the reason why so many tree species used in herbalism, such as slippery elm (Ulmus rubra), are currently at risk from over-harvesting.”

Recipes:

Fabric Dye: To make the dye solution: Chop plant material into small pieces and place in a pot. Double the amount of water to plant material. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about an hour. Strain. Now you can add your fabric to be dyed. For a stronger shade, allow material to soak in the dye overnight. Getting the fabric ready for the dye bath: You will have to soak the fabric in a color fixative before the dye process. This will make the color set in the fabric. {Color Fixatives (Mordant): Salt Fixative (for berry dyes) 1/2 cup salt to 8 cups cold water; Plant Fixatives (for plant dyes) 4 parts cold water to 1-part vinegar; Other Mordant: Cream of tartar, iron, tin, alum or chrome.} Add fabric to the fixative and simmer for an hour. Rinse the material and squeeze out excess. Rinse in cool water until water runs clear.
Dye Bath: Place wet fabric in dye bath. Simmer together until desired color is obtained. The color of the fabric will be lighter when its dry.
Note: It’s best to use an old large pot as your dye vessel. Wear rubber gloves to handle the fabric that has been dyed, the dye can stain your hands. It’s also important to note, some plant dyes may be toxic, check with the Poison Control Center if unsure. Muslin, silk, cotton and wool work best for natural dyes and the lighter the fabric in color, the better. White or pastel colors work the best. All dyed fabric should be laundered in cold water and separately.

Easter Egg Dye: Toss one’s choice of a handful – or two or three – of one of the ingredients listed below into a saucepan. Use your own judgment about quantity. This is an art – not a science! Add about a cup of water for each handful of the chosen ingredient, so the water comes at least an inch above the dye materials. Bring mixture to boiling, reduce the heat and simmer from 15 minutes up to an hour, until the color is the shade one want. Keep in mind that the eggs will dye a lighter shade. Remove the pan from the heat. Through cheesecloth or a fine sieve, strain the dye mixture into a small bowl that’s deep enough to completely cover the eggs you want to dye. Add 2 to 3 teaspoons of white vinegar for each cup of dye liquid. With a spoon or wire egg holder, lower the eggs into the hot liquid. Let the eggs stand until they reach the desired color. For emptied eggshells, stir or rotate for even coloring. With a slotted spoon or wire egg holder, remove the eggs to a rack or drainer. Allow the eggs to dry thoroughly. Refrigerate hard-boiled eggs that you intend to eat within two hours, and always follow tips for egg safety. Naturally dyed eggs require longer soak time in the dye solution for the color to take hold (overnight will give the best, most saturated color).
Note: Pinkish Red=raspberry, cranberry, radish, fresh beets; Orange/Yellow=yellow onion skins, turmeric powder, citrus peels, cumin, carrot tops, celery seed; Pale Green=spinach; Green Gold=yellow delicious apple peels; blue=blueberry, red cabbage; Beige/Brown=strong brewed coffee, dill seeds, chili powder; Purple=red grape juice, beet juice.

Fish Cakes (1881): Cold boiled codfish, either fresh or salt, remove the bones and mince the meat; take two-thirds as much warm mashed potatoes as fish, add a little butter and sufficient beaten eggs or milk to make the whole into a smooth paste, season with pepper, make into cakes about an inch thick; sprinkle them with flour and fry brown in butter.

Carp-Pye (1600’s): After you have drawn, washed, and scalded a fair large Carp, season it with Pepper, Salt, and Nutmeg, and then put it into a Coffin (crust), with good store of sweet Butter, and then cast on Raisins of the Sun, the juice of Lemons, and some slices of Orange-peels, and then sprinkling on a little Vinegar, close it up, and bake it.

Mansaf (family recipe): Servings: 4 people
Ingredients: 4 pieces of lamb, 1 medium chopped onion, 350 grams of jameed (dry yogurt) soaked it in warm water the day before OR 500 grams of labaneh or plain Greek style yogurt, 400 grams of small grain rice, ghee (clarified butter), 3 bay leaves, 5 full cardamoms, ½ tea spoon of cumin powder, a small pinch of saffron, ½ cup of whole blanched almonds, ½ cup of pine nuts, 4 loaves pitta bread (khubz), salt and pepper
Directions: Heat 2 tablespoons of ghee in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Place the lamb into the skillet, add the chopped onion and cook for about 5-10 minutes until brown. Add the bay leaves, cardamom, cumin, 1 tablespoon of salt and 1 ½ teaspoons of black grounded pepper. Cover it with boiling water and let it simmer for 1 ½ hours.
While the lamb is cooking, place the jameed and half the water that it has been soaked in (or the yogurt substitute) into a food blender. Add ¼ of cup of cold water and blend until it’s smooth, then slowly add it to the lamb while it’s cooking and keep stirring. This is very important to keep the consistency of the sauce thick and smooth. You can stop stirring when the whole mix starts bubbling. Cover it and let it simmer for another 10 minutes. Next, wash the rice and soak it for 10 minutes in warm water. Soak the saffron in a little bit of water for as long as possible until the water turns a yellow-orange color. Place the rice into a pot and cook for the time suggested on the packet. Remove the saffron and add the water that it has been soaked in, along with 2 tablespoons of ghee, salt and pepper. In a small skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of ghee. Add almonds and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in pine nuts and cook for a further 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside. Split the khubz loaves open and arrange, overlapping on a large serving tray. Add ½ cup of the yogurt sauce to the khubz to soften. Arrange the rice over the khubz leaving a hole in the centre of the rice. Spoon the meat into the rice and then spoon the ghee and nuts over the meat. Sprinkle with fresh parsley. Pour the sauce into a big serving bowl. Add sauce onto the rice and the meat. Serve hot.

Bee Food: *Candy Board–5 lbs dry sugar, 3/4 c. water, 2 tsp. essential oil (lemongrass, spearmint) and amino acids mixture, 2 tsp. vinegar Directions: Mix all ingredients, the consistency will be similar to pie crust dough. Spread in two 8″ x 8″ rectangular pans. Bake at 200 for 1 1/2 to 2 hours until top is crusty, middle will be jiggly. After cooling the candy board will harden. The only reason to bake this is if you want it to be a solid brick otherwise you can place it on top of wax paper within your hive. Great source for food supplement for your honey bees through winter.
*Sugar Syrup–Late Winter/Early Spring Feeding – use a 1:1 syrup ratio using 1 pound of water (2 cups) to 1 pound of sugar. Fall Feeding (if not enough honey was left on the hive after the honey flow), make a 2:1 syrup using 2 pounds of sugar per pound of water. Directions: Completely dissolve the sugar in the water by heating the water on a stove top (don’t boil just get it warm enough for the sugar to dissolve), add the sugar and stir until the liquid becomes clear. Remove from heat and cool before feeding it to your bees. May add mushroom mycelium extract of the Reishi and Amadou mushrooms to the bees’ sugar water at 1 percent concentration.
*Dry Pollen Substitute–3 parts soy flour, 1 part brewer’s yeast, 1 part dry milk (instant or non-instant baker’s milk) 1 teaspoon vitamin C (for every 6 cups of mixture). It is best to measure these ingredients by weight instead of volume. For example, if you use three pounds of soy, use one pound of yeast and one pound of dry milk. Directions: Put the first three ingredients in a bowl. Take some vitamin C tablets and crush into a powder. Add one teaspoon of crushed vitamin C for every six cups of mix. Thoroughly combine the ingredients. In the winter, the dry mix can sprinkled on the top bars or put in a feeder above the brood box. In the early spring, the mix can be placed in a bird feeder or other covered container near the hive.

Black Cherry Cough Drops: 1 teaspoon butter (divided), 1 cup black cherry bark, powdered, ½ cup elderberries, dried, 3 cups of filtered water, 1 cup honey
Equipment: 2 silicone candy molds rated for high temperatures (Try a mold that holds 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of candy per mold), candy thermometer.
Directions: Prepare silicone candy molds by buttering the inside of the mold. Set aside. In a 1 ½ quart saucepan place cherry bark, elderberries, and filtered water. Cover the sauce pan. Simmer over low heat for 30 minutes. Shut off the heat and allow the pan to come to room temperature naturally. Strain the herbs out of the concoction. Return the liquid to a saucepan. Simmer over low heat until the liquid is reduced to 2 cups. Stir in honey. Cover the saucepan. Bring the pan to a boil. Remove lid. Add ½ teaspoon butter to the syrup to decrease foaming. Boil over medium heat, without stirring, until the liquid reaches 300°F on a candy thermometer or the hard crack stage for your elevation. Remove from the heat. Use a ladle to ladle the candy into the prepared molds. Allow the molds to cool naturally. This could take an hour or two. Remove the cough drops from the mold. Wrap individually with parchment paper and tape. Place in a glass jar and cap tightly. Store in a cool, dry place, protected from light and heat.
Note: Cherry cough drops should last for 2 years. Cherry bark should only be used for 10 to 14 days. There is a risk of toxicity with long term use due to the cyanide alkaloids present in cherry bark and seeds. This is the almond flavor.
Contraindications: Pregnant and nursing mothers should not use cherry bark without consulting with their doctor. Cough drops are a choking hazard for young children, so avoid the choking hazard by making these candies into suckers. For children 1 years of age and over only

Almond Milk: Makes 6 cups. Soaking Stage: 1 cup raw almonds, 2 cups pure water for soaking
Method Stage: 6 cups pure water, 1/4 cup raw honey or a few dates (optional, for sweetening) Directions: Soak the almonds in 2 cups of filtered water overnight, up to 24 hours (or longer if the temperature is not too warm). They do not need to be skinned. After the soaking time, drain and rinse the almonds. Proceed with your chosen processing method below. Place nuts and 6 cups of fresh water into blender container. Blend on high speed until smooth. Pour contents of blender container through the fine mesh filter into a storage container, such as a ½ gallon mason jar. If sweetening, pour 2 cups of the milk into the blender container and add desired sweetener. Blend well and add back to storage container. Mix well. Store milk in refrigerator.

Sugared Almonds (16th century): 1 pound almonds, blanched and peeled, 2 cups sugar, 1 cup water, 1 Tbsp. rose
water, dash cinnamon
Directions: Mix sugar and water in a saucepan and bring to a gentle boil. Simmer until the syrup reaches 225°F, then add the rose water and set heat to low. Then put the almonds into a large pan over low heat. Add the syrup to the almonds a couple of tablespoons at a time, stirring them constantly and allowing them to dry out before adding more. As things progress then shaking the pan may work better than stirring it. When the almonds are completely coated sprinkle with cinnamon and allow to cool.

—-Mitákuye Oyás’iŋ—-
Jolene Grffiths, Master Herbalist

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is intended for
educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

National Nutrition Month – March

March is National Nutrition month. To lower your health risks. To stay strong and active. To manage your weight. To set a positive example. To save money. To improve mood and mental health. To improve your quality of sleep. To encourage everyone to advocate and realize the importance of healthy and clean eating.

Celebrated each year during March, it focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. The theme for National Nutrition Month 2020 is Eat Right, Bite by Bite. During the month of March, we invite everyone to focus on the importance of making informed choices, and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

Here are some practical varieties of nutritious food for every day:

  • Include healthy foods from all food groups.
  • Hydrate healthfully.
  • Learn how to read nutrition fact panels.
  • Practice portion control.
  • Take time to enjoy your food; never eat in a rush.
  • Visit a local farmer’s market.
  • Eat what is in season.
  • Try a healthy, new recipe each week.
  • Drink eight glasses of water a day.

The main focus of the campaign is to bring awareness to making informed food choices and developing good eating and physical activity habits. This year National Nutrition Month is all about achieving a healthy weight and reduce risk of chronic disease. What are some of the benefits of Good nutrition? It can help:

  • Reduce high blood pressure.
  • Lower high cholesterol.
  • Improve your ability to fight off illness.
  • Improve your ability to recover from illness and injury.

Let’s celebrate National Nutrition Month and “Eat Right, Bite by Bite.” You can go to EatRight.org and find food resources and tools from the Academy of Nutrition.

Your Wellness Friend:
Shirley Golden, Staff ND, The Health Patch – Cultivating Naturopathic Care for Total Health
1024 S. Douglas Blvd, MWC, ph:736-1030, e-mail: jehovah316@netzero.net.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is intended for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Getting Rid of Heavy Metals Oh Yes, You Have Them!

Heavy metals are everywhere in our environment. By definition they are simply metallic elements that have a relatively high density compared to water. Of course, small amounts of some heavy metals such as copper, iron and zinc are important to our health. The body often considers them “trace elements” if their concentrations are in trace amounts (generally less than ten parts per million). But in larger quantities they produce toxicity often referred to as poisoning: lead poisoning for example. What truly makes them important to our discussion here is that the human body has no real use for them in larger quantities. Once they get into the body, the body has no obvious mechanism for getting rid of them. So, it generally “suffocates” them by covering them in fatty body tissues. But often these accumulations get so large that the whole body simply gets “toxic” from them.

Of course, all of us get some toxic elements from our environment. Many are in the soil – especially if you live near toxic dumps or get your food from areas of toxic earth. And many people work in areas containing large quantities of heavy metals. In our immediate area there are many people working in sheet metal shops, many using metal grinders allowing the breathing of microscopic metal particles, and many work in the automotive industry where the used oil from engine wear is in abundance in their clothing and on their hands and arms. The oil industry is rampant with jobs which put employees in heavy metal contaminated conditions. Larger and long-living fish tend to have more mercury. And many alcohols have heavy metals in their processing.

Some common symptoms of heavy metal “poisoning” are headaches, abdominal pain and cramping, vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, difficulty breathing and fatigue. In more severe cases you may experience chronic infections, brain fog, burning or tingling sensations, insomnia, visual disturbances or paralysis.

Then what? They don’t go away on their own, so what can you do to keep yourself protected? Here are some suggestions:

  • One of my annual cleanses is a “Heavy Metal Detox.” We have numerous products containing herbs, herbal combinations, foods and mineral compounds that “bond” with these metals in a process called chelation and pull them out of their fatty tissues and dump them in the body’s waste disposal systems.
  • Add sea greens to your diet. Specifically, chlorella, spirulina, algin, and dulse work as a heavy metal detoxifying agents. I have a personal friend who saw great improvement in the condition of his adopted “drug babies”. Many drugs contain heavy metals.
  • There are also foods that electrically attract metals to help move them out of your body. The list of such foods includes lemon water, the sea greens, cilantro, garlic, tomatoes, curry, green tea, barley grass juice powder, wild blueberries, apple fruit pectin, and probiotics. You should also avoid processed foods and excess fat as these have little nutritional value and slow down the detox process.
  • A good multiple mineral and vitamin supplement is also helpful. Deficiencies in the B vitamins have been associated with easier toxicity, and vitamin C has been shown to have chelating effects on iron.

We often mention green tea for its antioxidant benefits, but green teas are also a great drink to aid in the removal of heavy metals from your body, too. It is truly a drink for your health!

For more information, contact Naturopathic Doctor Randy Lee, owner of The Health Patch at 1024 S. Douglas Blvd, Midwest City, OK 73130, call 405-736-1030, e-mail pawpaw@TheHealthPatch.com, or visit TheHeathPatch.com.

Diet and Nutrition

Proper diet and good nutrition have become matters of concern for many in recent years. Diet and nutrition demonstrate how modern science and traditional wisdom can come together to provide practical answers to the issues that surround nutrition, so that one is brought into greater harmony with the environment and into closer touch with the inner self.

By the time we reach the month of January we have embraced traditional foods and drinks and they many have been high in sugar and calories and may be in excess of fat, so what should we do now? We can start to incorporate foods in our diet that are high in fiber, such as beans, nuts, oatmeal and fruits such as apples, berries and pears. You can also include a fiber supplement on those days that you do not have ready access to fruit or nuts.

Most of us have thought about New Year’s resolutions. Let’s start with a healthy one; tips for eating healthy and well.

  • Base your meals on higher fiber.
  • Eats lots of fruits and vegetables.
  • Eat more fish.
  • Cut down on saturated fats and sugars.
  • GET ACTIVE AND OBTAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHT.
  • Drink plenty of water.

Don’t make your resolutions too complicated. Start small and “keep it simple.” Making big promises right off the bat is just setting yourself up for failure — start small and finish big!

“How about them apples?” “It seems the old adage of an apple a day was nearly right,” Professor Julie Lonegrave said of the findings after eating two apples a day for eight weeks. Participants decreased their risk of suffering from a heart attack and lowered their blood sugar and their LDL cholesterol, which is known as bad cholesterol. Lonegrave and her team noted, “For a start, two apples (any kind of apple so long as they are on the larger side) provides about 25% of someone’s daily fiber which strengthens gut bacteria and is also linked to cholesterol reduction. Apples are easy to eat and make great snack foods.”

So, let’s put on our New Year’s resolution seat belt and ride into a healthy sunset.

Your Wellness Friend: Shirley Golden, Staff ND, The Health Patch – Cultivating Naturopathic Care for Total Health Email: jehovah316@netzero.net.

For more information, contact Naturopathic Dr. Randy Lee, owner of The Health Patch at 1024 S. Douglas Blvd., Midwest City, at 405-736-1030 or email pawpaw@TheHealthPatch.com or visit https://thehealthpatch.com.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is intended for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

The Digestive System: Root of Good Health

Our digestive system has many functions similar to how roots function in plants. They both absorb nutrients and water. If we are not properly absorbing the nutrients we need, this can lead to a host of issues. If fact, up to 50% of health ailments we suffer from can be rooted in poor digestive health; making the digestive system the root of good health when absorbing and functioning well and the root of poor health when it is not.

Toxins in foods, medications, environmental toxins and stress can all be culprits that can disrupt proper digestion and lead to irritation in the digestive tract that can cause such symptoms as bloating, indigestion, acid reflux, diarrhea and constipation. It’s not just these symptoms we need to be concerned about either. Up to 70% of immune tissue is found in and around the digestive tract and up to 90% of serotonin receptors are found in the gut; making gut health imperative to a healthy immune function and healthy mood.

So, how can we keep a healthy and happy digestive system?

Diet The most important step for a healthy digestive system is to look at what we are ingesting. Processed foods and allergens can create a world of havoc on digestion. Common food allergens are wheat, dairy and corn. Of course, there can be many other offending foods, but these are very good places to begin omitting foods that can cause gut irritation. Committing to healing foods like the Paleo diet can go a long way in healing the digestive tract.

Enzymes We have often heard the saying “We are what we eat.” In actuality, we are what we digest. We can eat very nutritiously, but if we are not breaking down and assimilating foods well, we will not benefit with nourishment needed for energy and good health. Enzymes are protein structures that have the ability to combine substances or to take them apart and regulate numerous body functions. They are typically found in raw foods. Because it is difficult to eat a 100% raw diet, supplementing with a plant-based enzyme supplement is important for good digestion.

Probiotics Good intestinal biofilm is crucial for good health. These biofilms act as a protective barrier against toxins and aids in assimilating nutrients. Biofilm is created by good bacteria in the gut. Once again, poor diets, stress and antibiotic use are destroyers of this good gut flora. Supplementing with a good probiotic as well as eating cultured vegetables and yogurt can help restore the intestinal biofilm.

Stress The big “S” word. Seems like we just can’t strive for good health without dealing with stress. As mentioned above, stress depletes the body of good gut flora, creating a poor foundation for health, and it also decreases our bodies ability to digest properly. Digestion works best when we are relaxed; making it important, as much as possible, to eat our meals in a low stress environment. That means avoiding eating while driving. Eating with family during the holidays might count as stressful, but we have an herb for that!
We here at The Health Patch are happy to help you find the best supplements for better digestion and a happy digestive system.

Health and Blessings,
Kimberly Anderson, ND

For more information, contact Naturopathic Doctor Randy Lee, owner of The Health Patch at 1024 S. Douglas Blvd., Midwest City, at 405-736-1030 or email pawpaw@TheHealthPatch.com or visit https://thehealthpatch.com.

2020 Cleansing Regimen-The Colon

Several years ago, I learned the health value of cleansing. None of us want to think that we are keeping waste and toxins in our bodies. But the fast-paced life we have come to accept as “normal” and the unusual sleep regimens most of us practice aren’t conducive with good health. God could have made us without the need to sleep. But when we are awake, WE direct our bodies to do what we want them to accomplish. When we sleep our subconscious takes over and the body cleanses itself.

So, to aid in this cleansing process I have adopted a year-long regimen of cleansing which aids in cleansing different body systems by month. I’m calling 2020 “The Year of the Cleanse.” This program is to respond to several of my customers who have asked what cleansing I do and when do I do it. It is not “scientific”, but it has kept me feeling very good for a number of years now. I’m now 74 years old, and with my doctor’s confirmation, I have very few restriction on what I can do. Now, I don’t function like a teenager, but I can do most everything other healthy people my age can, and I sleep well, I eat well, I have a good social life and I still work full time (and enjoy it!

January – NSP’s Clean Start I confess to not eating well between Thanksgiving and Christmas (even up to the New Year when one of my resolutions is always to eat better!) So I always start the New Year with a Nature’s Sunshine “Clean Start.” This packaged product is labeled as a “Dietary Cleansing and Detoxifying Program”, comes in a couple of different flavors, and is a two-week program of both packets of capsules and powdered drink mixes. It “supports the natural, everyday cleansing of waste from the body, moves intestinal contents through the digestive system and helps maintain natural energy levels.”

It contains fiber ingredients like psyllium hulls, soothing mucilage like aloe vera, and the ever-popular chlorophyll. It also has herbs for cleaning the lower bowel – like cascara sagrada bark, licorice root, capsicum, ginger, Oregon grape, red clover and turkey rhubarb. And it contains things that we use for cleaning environmental toxins; like burdock dandelion, fenugreek, pepsin, yellow dock, milk thistle, echinacea and other probiotics.

It does an excellent job of deep-cleaning the colon. We start with the colon because obviously if it is blocked or toxic, other areas may have trouble being cleansed. It’s a great start for the new year. I do one two-week box every January. It really is a “Clean Start.”

We have in the store a number of products from a number of companies that you could use in place of this specific product. They run from single-bottle products, to 3 to 5-day programs, to one-week programs, etc. We even have one that takes 30-days for those who feel severely toxic.

If you’d like a copy of my personal annual cleansing regimen, just contact us by phone, email, or through our website and I’ll be happy to mail you a copy.

For more information, contact Naturopathic Doctor Randy Lee, owner of The Health Patch at 1024 S. Douglas Blvd., Midwest City, at 405-736-1030 or email pawpaw@TheHealthPatch.com or visit https://thehealthpatch.com.

Historical and ‘Folk’ Methods and Remedies for Sleep

The Bed Chamber:
One-third of your life is passed in sleep. This period of unconsciousness and rest is necessary for the renewal of vital strength, and much of the health depends upon its proper management. Thus, you must look into the sleeping area as a whole.

Throughout the ages, there was considerable doubt as to which was a healthier sleeping arrangement: separate rooms, same room but separate beds, or a single room with one bed. It has been deemed that when both parties are in good health, and of nearly the same age, one chamber, if sufficiently roomy, may be used without any disadvantage to either. Such an arrangement is also to be commended, because it secures closer companionship, and thus develops and sustains mutual affection.

There are conditions under which sleeping together is prejudicial to the health. A certain amount of fresh air during the night is required by everyone. Re-breathed air is poisonous. During sleep constant exhalations take place from the lungs and from the skin, which are injurious if absorbed. A room twelve feet square is too small for two adults, unless it is so thoroughly ventilated that there is a constant change of air. In fact, a couple’s bedroom should contain an air-space of at least twenty-four hundred cubic feet, and the facilities for ventilation should be such that the whole amount will be changed in an hour; that is, at the rate of forty cubic feet per minute for it has been ascertained that twenty cubic feet of fresh air a minute are required for every healthy adult.

The very young and very old people should never occupy the same sleeping area. This also applies with couples who are 40+ years apart in age. The reason behind this is the different breathing rates. The normal respiratory rate for healthy adults is between 12 and 20 breaths per minute. At this breathing rate, the carbon dioxide exits the lungs at the same rate that the body produces it. Breathing rates of below 12 or above 20 can mean a disruption in normal breathing processes. Normal respiratory rates for children in breaths per minute are as follows: birth to 1 year: 30-60; 1 to 3 years: 24-40; 3 to 6 years: 22-34; 6 to 12 years: 18-30; 12 to 18 years: 12-16.

To determine whether a person’s respiratory rate is normal, it is essential to measure it at rest. (Remember, exercise or even walking across a room can affect a person’s respiratory rate.) To take an accurate measurement, watch the person’s chest rise and fall. One complete breath comprises one inhalation, when the chest rises, followed by one exhalation, when the chest falls. To measure the respiratory rate, count the number of breaths for an entire minute or count for 30 seconds and multiply that number by two. However, if one suffers from obstructive sleep apnea a blockage of the airway often due to relaxation of the soft tissues in the throat causes brief pauses in breathing and may decrease overall respiratory rate.

Certain diseases can be spread by sleeping together. The bed of a consumptive patient is a powerful source of contagion. Tubercular disease has been known to be transferred from men to animals by inoculation. Cases were recorded in the 19th century of young robust girls of healthy parentage, marrying men affected with consumption, acquiring the disease in a short time, and dying, in some instances, before their husbands. In these significant cases, the sickly emanations have apparently been communicated during sleep. When, therefore, either husband or wife is known to have consumption, it would be highly imprudent for them to pass the long hours of the night either in the same bed or in the same room. But, this can include many other ailments-from the common cold to the plague.

Excessive clothing at night can be highly injurious; so are fires in the bedroom, except in case of sickness. If the body becomes over-heated during sleep, perspiration occurs, or the action of the heart is increased, and the whole system becomes agitated. Either condition prevents sound sleep and reinvigoration of the body.

Another topic of debate throughout the ages involved the proper position for sleeping. Ancient Egyptians slept on beds that slanted downwards to a foot board. At the head of the beds was a headrest consisting of a semicircular upper piece supported by columns affixed to a woven mat base. The base of one’s skull rested on these headrests.

In a work from 1642 the Swedish royal physician, Andreas Sparman, recommends that people should sleep in a sitting position because otherwise fluids from the stomach could somehow leak out and lead to a scenario where “hufvudet fyls medh Öfverflöd” (“the head is filled with overflow”). A common myth is: a common use of a shorter bed “forced” people to sleep half-sitting up. In fact, most antique beds are larger than most of our modern ones.

Mattresses made of animal hides and furs were the choice of Native Americans. Another common bed-filling was straw. Leaves were considered a good mattress-filler, while reeds, bracken or seaweed were suitable choices in some regions. The Roman writer Pliny reported that spartum or esparto grass was used in Spain 2000 years ago, and this continued into the
19th century. Chaff (husks separated from edible grains, and sometimes mixed with chopped straw since the invention of mechanical “chaff-cutters”) is softer but not available in such quantities. Rice chaff has filled mattresses in Asia; oat chaff was traditional for Scottish chaff-beds or cauf-secks (sacks). Using a straw mattress under a softer woolen or feather one was quite common by the 19th century, but it was a luxury in the 15th. However, feather beds are not conducive to good health. Mattresses made of wool, or of wool and horsehair, are much better.

Bed fillings can be placed on the bare ground/floor in a loose heap or it can be put into a wooden bed with sides. One can also tie it into a mattress shape and cover it with a simple sack, called a tick. Travelers often carried empty ticks to be filled with whatever was available when they bedded down for the night.

Beds long saturated with the night exhalations of their occupants are not wholesome. Replacing the bed filling was a seasonal chore, usually undertaken around harvest time. No matter what the filling choice is the bed should be opened, and its contents-including the pillows and blankets-exposed to the air and sunlight, once every year. This aided in the sanitation of the items. Native Americans often placed the bedding material over ant hills for the removal of other unpleasant, disease carrying insects.

The Sleep Pattern:
Today modern humans are chronically sleep-deprived, which may be why we usually take only 15 minutes to fall asleep, and why we try our best not to wake up in the night. People seem to regard 7 to 8 hours of unbroken sleep as the norm. Anything less means that something is awry-insomnia.

More than one-third of American adults these days wake up in the middle of the night on a regular basis. Of those who experience “nocturnal awakenings,” nearly half are unable to fall back asleep right away. Doctors frequently diagnose this condition as a sleep disorder called “middle-of-the-night insomnia,” and prescribe medication to treat it.

Historical evidence suggests that nocturnal awakenings aren’t abnormal at all; they are the natural rhythm one’s body gravitates toward. It is the compressed, continuous eight-hour sleep routine to which everyone aspires today that is unprecedented in human history. We’ve been sleeping all wrong lately — so if one has “insomnia,” one may actually be doing things right.

The dominant pattern of sleep since time immemorial was segmented or biphasic. Biphasic sleep patterns evolved to fill the long stretch of nighttime, and as observed by anthropologists, segmented sleep continues to be the norm for many people in undeveloped parts of the world, such as the Tiv group in Central Nigeria. Everyone sleeps biphasically when subjected to natural patterns of light and dark. In biphasic sleep, humans sleep in two four-hour blocks, which were separated by a period of wakefulness in the middle of the night lasting an hour or more. Most stay in their beds and bedrooms, sometimes reading, and often they would use the time to pray. (Religious manuals used to include special prayers to be said in the mid-sleep hours.) During these waking times people also would get up and do household tasks, such as preparing the morning meal or they even visit with the neighbors before returning to their beds. There were night jobs to aid in the safety of those who travel away from their homes during these hours-night watchman and the town crier are two main ones. Candles were used most during these hours of the night.

From pre-Industrial European times to the 19th century sleep referred to as “first sleep” or “deep sleep” started at sunset and ended around midnight and “second sleep” or “morning sleep” started at around 2 am and lasted until sunrise. (The times depended on the sun’s cycle. During winter, darkness spanned up to 14 hours each night.) Thomas Edison’s light bulb was a major factor in the shift of how we currently sleep.

In places with electricity, though, artificial lighting has prolonged our experience of daylight, allowing us to be productive for longer. At the same time, it has cut nighttime short, and so to get enough sleep we now have to do it all in one go. Now, “normal” sleep requires forgoing the periods of wakefulness that used to break up the night; we simply don’t have time for a midnight chat with the neighbor any longer. But people with particularly strong circadian rhythms continue to wake up in the night.

Traditional patterns show people normally awaken from REM sleep, which is the deep sleep stage during which dreams occur, which affords people a pathway to their subconscious. Now-a-days, with morning dreams one doesn’t have the opportunity to let their dreams settle. The light goes on and one gets out of bed immediately. Society has lost what people in the past regarded as a critically important part of their lives – their dream life.

Remedies-The Unproven and the Proven:

  • Gerolamo Cardano (1501-1576), a doctor and mathematician in Renaissance Italy stated sleep could be attained by rubbing some canine ear wax across your pearly whites.
  • A medieval European one-drinking a potion containing the bile of a castrated boar before bed. A Japanese one-sea slug entrails eaten at bedtime aids insomnia. Entrails are considered a delicacy in Japan which they extract, salt, and cure.
  • A bath before bed can also help one wind down physically. The body temperature naturally dips about two hours before one goes to sleep, but the rapid cool-down period that happens after soaking in a hot tub should immediately make you feel relaxed and sleepy.
  • In Elizabethan England rubbing the feet with dormouse fat was thought to be an effective insomnia cure. Another name for the dormouse is the sleep mouse, and in French the equivalent phrase for sleeping like a log is ‘to sleep like a dormouse.’
  • According to the 1898 edition of the Glasgow Herald offered this advice to insomniacs: “Soap your hair with ordinary yellow soap; rub it into the roots of the brain until it is lathered all over; tie it up in a napkin, go to bed, and wash it out in the morning. Do this for a fortnight. Take no tea after 6 p.m.”
  • To hang a flint with a hole in it over the head of one’s bed is a preservative against the nightmare.
  • Before going to bed, place your shoes carefully by the bedside coming and going; that is with the heel of one pointing in the direction of the toe of the other and then you will be sure to sleep quietly and well.
  • Wear socks to bed. The additional layer on one’s feet can help improve circulation in extremities, which should speed up the process of falling asleep.
  • Eating fried lettuce was a French folk remedy for insomnia. The ancient Egyptians believed in consuming lactucarium or “lettuce opium,” a milky substance secreted from certain varieties of lettuce greens. However, today lettuce opium is known mainly for its psychotropic effects.
  • Eating onions before bed was once thought to be a sleep aid. Today, it is known that they can also mess with one’s metabolism and health.
  • Charles Dickens believed pointing his bed northward was the best cure for his own insomnia.
  • You can’t forget about counting sheep. Do you fall asleep through hypnotism or through boredom? Mental imagery can help distract you from thinking the kind of stressful and anxious thoughts that keep you up at night.
  • Don’t eat cheese before bed. Scientific theories suggest that the bacterial and fungal elements of cheese might actually be to blame for weird post-sleep brain activity.
  • Toe curls is a form of progressive muscle relaxation, which involves deliberately tensing and relaxing certain muscle groups. There is evidence that this does help promote the relaxation, especially when combined with taking a deep breath between tensing and relaxing the relevant muscles.
  • Cinnamon balances blood sugar levels so your hormones can function in a way that allows for better sleep.
  • Bananas, especially the peel, contain magnesium which promotes muscle relaxation and stress relief.
  • A glass of warm milk also contains magnesium and a trace amounts of the amino acid, l-tryptophan. A popular night drink is: 1 cup milk; 1 teaspoon honey; 2 drops vanilla extract; 1 pinch ground cinnamon. Cook on stove until the milk is very hot and begins to foam, about 3 minutes. Stir in honey and vanilla, then sprinkle with cinnamon before serving.

Jolene Griffiths, Staff ND, The Health Patch
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The Health Patch 1024 S. Douglas Blvd., Midwest City, OK 73130 Ph: 405-736-1030

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is intended for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Three H’s for a Good Night’s Sleep

For productivity and health, it is important to get a good night’s sleep. Today we will discuss 3 H’s that can help obtain better sleep:

  • Hygiene
  • Hydration
  • Herbs

Hygiene Sleep Hygiene is the simply the habits or practices for good sleep. Here are a few practices to incorporate:

  • Put down the phone. Today’s technology helps keep us connected, informed, and productive, but using phones and other devices before bed can interfere with our bodies normal, healthy, hormone cycle for sleep. At least an hour before bed, put away all devices and begin other routines for bedtime.
  • Keep your bedroom cool and dark. Darkness will trigger the Pineal Gland that it is time for sleep, releasing the sleep hormone Melatonin.
  • Have a regular time to go to bed and get up the following morning.

Hydration
Dehydration can contribute to anxiety, making it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep. Stay hydrated throughout the day by drinking ½ oz. of water per pound of body weight. Be sure to drink early enough in the day to avoid the need to eliminate during the night.

Herbs
Two types of herbs that can be beneficial for restful sleep are Nervines and Adaptogens. Nervines are herbs that have actions on the nervous system. Relaxing Nervines help to activate the parasympathetic nervous system that is responsible for our “rest and digest” state among other actions, and to calm the sympathetic system which has the general action to mobilize the body’s resources under stress by inducing the flight or flight response. Some great Nervines are:

  • Hops—Help relieve mental strain and worry
  • Passion Flower—Helps calm mental chatter
  • Skullcap—Soothes the nervous system
  • Valerian—calming

Adaptogens are also beneficial for restful sleep due to their ability to reduce the output of stress hormones by affecting the hypothalamus/pituitary/ adrenal or HPA axis in the glandular system. These actions help to mediate the stress response and helps the body maintain a normal function under mental, physical, or emotional stress. Some great Adaptogenic herbs are:

  • Ashwangandha—helps reduce stress and inflammation
  • Eleuthero-helps reduce stress and enhances immunity
  • Holy Basil-helps protect the heart from stress

The Health Patch – Cultivating Naturopathic Care for Total Health, 1024 S. Douglas Blvd, MWC, 736-1030, e-mail: pawpaw@thehealthpatch.com

Children’s Oral Health

Many don’t realize how connected oral health is to overall health. Early dental care prevents dental diseases. It is the first line of defense against many common dental issues, such as plaque, gum disease and cavities.

Once children start school parents have less influence over their meals and snacks during the day. Set an example for your children by eating a variety of healthy foods yourself, and by following a consistent oral health care routine of twice-daily tooth brushing and daily flossing.

Encouraging children to care for their teeth can be an uphill battle. However, it is the parents’ responsibility to encourage better dental care to their children. Obviously, tooth-friendly foods such as fruits, vegetables and nuts are better for teeth than cookies, candy and chips. If you want to improve your children’s eating habits, consider tips to make the process more enjoyable for them:

  • Involve your child in buying and/or preparing healthy food for the table.
  • Have them chop carrots, wash an apple or cut cheese into cubes.
  • Have a pre-prepared healthy snack container in the refrigerator for when they are ready to look for a snack.

Here are 10 tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics top help children keep a healthy smile:

  1. Lead by example. Show them by practicing good oral health yourself.
  2. Choose a dentist that you and your children will like and trust.
  3. Take them to the dentist regularly – usually every six months – for routine cleaning and checkups.
  4. Remind them to brush before they leave for school and before bedtime.
  5. Encourage them to brush during any travel time.
  6. Teach the importance of flossing. It may help prevent gum disease.
  7. Encourage your child to eat breakfast daily. Children who eat a high protein breakfast have a noticeable reduction in cravings for sweets.
  8. If they are going to drink juices, have them use a straw. Doing so reduces their teeth’s exposure to sugar.
  9. Reduce sugar in their diet. Replace sugar snacks with healthy snacks such as fruit, carrots, cheese, crackers and water.
  10. Reward healthy habits. Leave little treats from the “tooth fairy” to reward your child for practicing good oral health.

Poor oral health can profoundly affect a child’s health and well-being. It can cause difficulty in chewing, and may cause them not to eat enough, which would cause them to be lacking in the nutrients required for healthy growth and development.

Your wellness friend, Shirley Golden!

Shirley Golden, Staff ND, The Health Patch – Cultivating Naturopathic Care for Total Health
1024 S. Douglas Blvd, MWC, ph:736-1030, e-mail: jehovah316@netzero.net.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is intended for
educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Using Technology for Better Health

We live in a time of great technology, and while it can be very beneficial for our physical, mental, and emotional well-being to “unplug” and put our many electronic devices aside for a time, using technology to gain better understanding of our health needs has never been better.

Here at The Healthpatch, we have many customers that request products that they have recently read or heard about. While the products in question may be of excellent quality and have proven beneficial for many people, the question remains: Is it right for you?

Each person has their own unique biological coherence, making it important to choose and use the correct supplements. We offer health assessment tools called biocommunication scans. One such scan used at The HealthPatch is the Quantum Resonance Magnetic Analyzer. I personally use the Zyto scans with my clients. Both types of scan use a simple and painless process during which a person’s hand is placed on a cradle and then subtle energetic impulses are introduced into the body. Software then records each response. This type of assessment helps remove any communication barriers, making it particularly helpful for children.

A BioScan can also help give insight into personal wellness that may have gone unnoticed. The emotional areas of health are where I see this information particularly helpful.

Regular scans can also help focus on particular areas, track your wellness program, and help save money by eliminating guesswork and utilizing supplements specific to individual needs.

If you are interested in getting your personalized health assessment, contact me at The Health Patch 405-736-1030.

Health and Blessings,
Kimberly Anderson, ND

The Health Patch 1024 S. Douglas Blvd. Midwest City, OK 73130 405-736-1030