Astragalus membranaceus root is known as an immunomodulator, strengthening both nonspecific (innate) and specific (learned) immunity. In traditional Chinese medicine, pieces of root are boiled in soups and removed prior to serving. (As an idea for amounts, a decoction dose would be 2-4 tsp of root per cup of water, boiled and then simmered for 10-15 minutes). These are a few specific actions this herb does: it intensifies phagocytosis in reticuloendothelial systems, stimulates pituitary-adrenal cortical activity, and restores depleted red blood cell formation in bone marrow. It can also stimulate the body’s natural production of interferon. It is an ideal remedy for anyone who might be immunocompromised. In addition, it helps protect the liver and has anticancer effects.
Cautions: Astragalus potentiates the effects of interleukin 2 and acyclovir but may be incompatible with immunosuppressive drugs.
School age children bring a plethora of different colds and flus home with them each year. Sometimes these are fended off with chicken noodle soup but all too often they end with a prescription for antibiotics.
A recent study out of Switzerland showed a positive outcome to reducing the need for these prescriptions. This study looked at 203 children aged four to twelve years old over 4 months. Half were given echinacea every day (A. Vogel's Echinaforce Junior 400mg TID) and half were given Vitamin C (50mg TID). The group that were given the echinacea every day reported 32.5% fewer colds and flus, 76% fewer days on antibiotics, 67% fewer days with fever, and 65% risk reduction of bacterial super infections and of respiratory tract infection complications.
When it comes to cold and flu prevention and recovery, #echinacea is a superstar #herb!
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Ogal M, Klein P, Schoop R. Echinacea for the Prevention of Respiratory Tract Infections in Children 4 - 12 years: A Randomized, Blind and Controlled Study. Sociéte Suisse de Pédiatrie (SSP, Poster), 24th May, Lausanne, Switzerland.
Note: I have no affiliation to this product or company.
“Anmella Diaz said the study initially assessed iron and vitamin D levels, as well as child-related parameters, and found deficits on all the measures they evaluated.
Vitamin deficiency, he said, "needs to be taken into account, and it needs to be supplemented. We've seen the correlation with psychiatric disorders and with neurodevelopmental impairment. It needs to be taken care of."
European Psychiatric Association (EPA) 2019 Congress: Abstract OC-0136. Presented April 9, 2019.
Note: not all B vitamins are created equal. Food is always the best source but if using supplementation look for the methylated versions of the B vitamins.
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The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) as a global health issue.
According to the WHO AMR is defined as “Antimicrobial resistance happens when microorganisms (such as bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites) change when they are exposed to antimicrobial drugs (such as antibiotics, antifungals, antivirals, antimalarials, and anthelmintics). Microorganisms that develop antimicrobial resistance are sometimes referred to as “superbugs”. (WHO, “Antimicrobial resistance factsheet” 2016)
Join the global effort to reduce antimicrobial resistance so that antibiotics can continue to save lives.
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“If you have heard anything in the media recently about naturopathic medicine, the odds are it hasn’t been positive.
There have been stories about allegedly anti-vaccination naturopaths and, before that, a naturopath in Victoria who treated a child for aggressive behaviour with lyssinum — a homeopathic product made from rabid dog saliva.
But naturopaths are not anti-vaccination, nor do we accept bizarre remedies that lack science-based evidence.
In the Victoria case, the B.C. Naturopathic Association filed a complaint against that naturopath — who was not a member of our organization — with our regulator, the College of Naturopathic Physicians of B.C. It resulted in her leaving the profession.
If that case is all you know about naturopathic medicine, it’s unfortunate, because naturopaths have been recognized and regulated in B.C. since 1923 under the Medical Act.
Naturopathic medicine takes a different approach than conventional medicine, focusing more on the cause and prevention of disease than simply prescribing medicine, though that can be essential.
The approach is welcome. Two-thirds of British Columbians believe that “naturopathic doctors (NDs) provide an important complementary service to conventional medicine,” according to a 2018 Insights West poll. A third of B.C. families have consulted an ND.”
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It's the everyday choices that matter, not the one-off diets. But you know this already. This is just a reminder.
"At a time when 800 million people around the globe don't get enough to eat, and 1.9 billion people weigh too much, it's important to remember that hunger and obesity are both forms of malnutrition. And the costs are staggering. Consider a recent report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, which notes: "Worldwide, malnutrition costs $3.5 trillion annually, with overweight- and obesity-related noncommunicable diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, adding $2 trillion." Globally, these findings may serve as a reminder that when it comes to ending hunger and improving health, people don't just need food. They need nourishment."
Looking for a guideline for healthy eating? I recommend the Mediterranean Diet.
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I know people are naturally spring cleaning their houses right now because I’ve seen all the garage sales and clutter leaving homes. But when was the last time you spring cleaned your body? Have you ever? It’s an excellent time of year to reboot. And while it may be a challenge it is worth it every time! Got 2 weeks? Come in to see your ND who can help guide you through a spring cleanse.
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Where would we be without the millions of bacteria that live on and in our bodies?! Researchers are realizing more and more how important these little bugs are to our health. From our bowels to our skin to our urinary tracts to our teeth, these little guys are so essential! And it’s when they disappear and other bugs take over that we get issues.
Have you considered the health of your mouth before? Do you have bad breath? Thrush? Cavities? Our mouths are one of our first defences against outside invaders and it’s important to keep this defence as strong as possible. One of the ways we can do that is with probiotics.
Have you ever played red rover? A group of people hold hands tight and then one person tries to break through the wall. It’s sort of like that. If you’ve got a strong wall with no broken links you are better protected from the bad guys.
I love that there are easy ways like this to strengthen our microflora. For our skin there are probiotic sprays and creams, for our gut there are plenty of ways to take probiotics, for our urinary tracts there are suppositories and for our mouths there is gum!
“The germ 🦠 is nothing, the terrain is everything.”
In other words, if you grow up a thick and rich forest full of healthy microflora, there is no forest floor room for invading plant species.
Take care of your fortress and it will take care of you! 😉
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Did you know that during these Canadian winters, fewer UVB photons from the sun reach our skin because of our latitude? Our skin absorbs UVB light which converts pre-vitamin D into Vitamin D3 which then gets metabolized by the liver and kidneys into a form that the body finds very useful. But fewer light rays in the winter in combination with wearing more clothes, more cloud cover and more time indoors means that we’re not getting enough of this essential vitamin! Far too many Canadian’s are Vitamin D deficient. We need it not only to keep our bones and teeth strong but research has actually found the vitamin D receptor in nearly every body tissue as well as thousands of binding sites on our genome -meaning it controls many of our genetic expressions as well! Even more, this one vitamin has been linked to many health concerns, from the flu to MS, depression, schizophrenia, cardiovascular disease, and even cancer.
So if flying to Hawaii isn’t in the budget, where else can we get it from?
A few excellent options include salmon, sardines, eggs, mushrooms, and cod liver oil. If these foods aren’t in your diet, talk to your doctor or naturopathic doctor about checking your Vitamin D levels and consider supplementation as an option.