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American comedian Robin Williams at "Stan...News about depression and its diagnosis and treatment dominated the headlines recently following the death of Robin Williams. Depression affects approximately 17.1 million American adults, or about 8 percent of the U.S. population ages 18 and older, in a given year. Major depressive disorder is the leading cause of disability in the United States for people ages 15 to 44, and 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men will experience it during their lifetimes.1

Symptoms of depression include a persistently sad or depressed mood, and a loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities once deemed enjoyable. A decrease in appetite and a lack interest in food, sex, exercise and social interactions are common. There may be feelings of hopelessness, pessimism, guilt and worthlessness, along with physical fatigue and an inability to concentrate, remember and make decisions. Insomnia, fitful sleep, and weight loss or gain may present, along with restlessness, irritability and thoughts of suicide. Physical symptoms that don’t respond well to treatment may also appear, including digestive ailments like indigestion and constipation, or headaches, backaches and other chronic pain.2

Stress and Serotonin Neurotransmitters
Depression can best be understood as our body’s response to abnormal or constant stress (e.g., relationships, money, job), and it’s in this context that an understanding of serotonin can shed significant light.

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter—a neuron or specialized nerve cell that receives, process and transmits information to other cells of the body. Serotonin neurotransmitters play an important role in the regulation of our emotions and mood—particularly, feelings of well-being and happiness—as well as our sleep, appetite and energy level. What’s more, the brain uses neurotransmitters like serotonin to tell your heart to beat, your lungs to breathe and your stomach to digest.3

Digestion and Depression
Biochemically, serotonin comes from tryptophan, and is found primarily in our gastrointestinal tract (GI tract). The way serotonin works in our brain is through neural transmission, which coordinates a healthy immune response and GI function to our bodies.

But the digestion process is critical to our body’s production of serotonin—and hence, to our well-being— because serotonin is made from amino acids that are broken down from proteins in the food we eat. This critical digestive process requires digestive enzymes and a sufficient amount of HCL Betaine (stomach acid) to break down the proteins into the smaller amino acids that produce serotonin.

But low levels of serotonin resulting from our body’s reaction to stress will hinder the digestion process. Stress affects our body’s biochemistry by raising hormone levels in our adrenal glands. Adrenals, located atop the kidneys, control stress reactions by releasing a set of hormones called corticosteroids and cortisol. Steroid hormones like cortisol are designed to deal with emergency-like situations. However, some people live in a state of constant emergency-like situations, which causes the steroid hormones to be released constantly. This, in turn, produces a condition where elevated levels of stress hormones are flooding the systems of our body—typically in the morning, where you wake up feeling annoyed, angry, pressured, worried or overwhelmed.

Too much cortisol suppresses the release of serotonin, making us feel even more depressed, and the incidence and likelihood of suicide also increases proportionately with a rise in cortisol levels. Other neurotransmitters that affect the brain function are similarly suppressed, including dopamine and thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormones lower blood-sugar levels, inducing hypoglycemia and depressing the body’s reaction to stress, which causes anxiety, fatigue and nervousness.

Our body’s response to a stress through cortisol-overload leads to the malabsorption of digested food particularly because we need to be relaxed in order for digestive enzymes to flow. Again, our body’s reaction to stress hinders digestion, preventing proper hormone metabolization and causing us to feel bloated and generally unwell. In the end, if the body can’t digest protein into amino acids then the brain can’t get the neurotransmitters it needs.

The Importance of a Healthy Gut
The body produces neurotransmitters in the GI tract (gut) from the breakdown of protein into essential amino acids, arriving at the brain by way of a special pathway. But if there’s a problem in the gut with digestion—with breaking down/metabolizing or absorbing the food—the undigested food rots there due to the slow transition time. This results in decreased bowel movements and gut infections like candida and metabolic toxicity through the release of bacteria, co-infections, worms, parasites and viruses. Candida increases sugars and CHO, absorbing heavy metals into the body and metabolic toxicity is a condition where the brain is not being cleansed properly and there is a failure of the body’s autophagy process, which cleans the and recycles the body’s cellular components overnight, especially the brain. This toxic build-up produces hyper-acidity in the body, which can cause panic attacks and anxiety. (The ideal acid PH level for the body is 6.8 – 7.0 in the morning.)

The Importance of Brain Nutrients
Depression is also directly influenced by the lack of major brain nutrients—deficiencies in diet that are needed to support normal brain function. Major nutrients required for health brain function include: Co-Q10; Omega 3 & 6 and Fatty Acids; D3; Phosphytidyl Serene; B-Complex; Gutathione; and Selenium.

Amino acids like tryptophan formed from proteins in the digestive tract produce serotonin neurotransmitters that are transported to the brain and released as chemicals by the brain cells. These chemical signals travel from one part of brain to the other, communicating to the body about when to speed up or slow down. Neurology manipulates these neurotransmitters synthetically and chemically. In fact, the foods we have for breakfast impact our neurology for rest of the day. Serotonin is the most important neurotransmitter related to behavior. We can influence its rate of production in our bodies, and the rate it gets from our guts to our brains, nutritionally through something called restorative neurology.

Severe depletion of serotonin in the body causes depression because the brain is unable to repair itself. Symptoms of serotonin depletion mirror those of depression, including obsessive-compulsive behavior, anxiety, panic attacks, and excessive anger, due to the inadequate production of new brain cells. The key to restored health involves boosting serotonin levels, which, in turn, produces new brain cells so the brain and body can once again continue to repair and heal itself.

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1. General statistics from the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH), http://depression.emedtv.com/depression/depression-statistics.html

2. Symptoms of Depression, eMedTV, http://depression.emedtv.com/depression/symptoms-of-depression.html

3. Neurotransmitters 101: The NeuroScience, Inc. Lab Report









Did you know your body has a second brain? That’s right: Dr. Michael Gershon was among the first to explain the connection between the intestines and digestive issues that prevent the body from making neurotransmitters needed for healthy brain function. Hphotois book, The Second Brain: The Scientific Basis of Gut Instinct and a Groundbreaking New Understanding of Nervous Disorders of the Stomach and Intestines will be useful to anyone seeking to understand the basics of physical wellness and the body’s intestinal functions.

“Dr. Michael D. Gershon’s groundbreaking work clearly demonstrates that the human gut actually has a brain of its own. This remarkable scientific breakthrough offers fascinating proof that gut instinct is biological, a function of the second brain.

An alarming number of people suffer from heartburn, nausea, abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhea, constipation, or related problems. Often thought to be caused by a weakness of the mind, these conditions may actually be a reflection of a disorder in the second brain. The second brain, located in the bowel, normally works smoothly with the brain in the head, enabling the head-brain to concentrate on the finer pursuits of life while the gut-brain attends to the messy business of digestion. A breakdown in communication between the two brains can lead to stomach and intestinal trouble, causing sufferers great abdominal grief and too often labeling them as neurotic complainers.”

There’s widespread ignorance on how the gut (intestines) really works, and I continue to encounter the results of it in my chiro and wellness practice on far too many occasions. The example of a toddler I worked with illustrates the type of problem I encounter with alarming frequency.

Symptoms of Heavy Metals Toxicity

The toddler had severe digestive issues for a long time. She was still using a feeding tube at two-and-a-half years old and had a number of swallowing disorders. Simply put, the child’s condition came from a widespread lack of nutritional awareness in the medical community. They were giving her a canned protein supplement along with an electrolyte supplement—garbage nutritional drinks that are loaded with chemicals and many different types of sugar. The ingredients in these products are listed by precedence, and four sugars topped the list of ingredients! They had this child on at least three bottles a day. It’s no wonder she had yeast—yeast is attracted to sugar and absorbs ten times its weight in heavy metals (yeast and sugar can not be separated). The child was literally starving to death from lack of quality nutrition, and yet she continued to gain weight—she was actually obese for her age! The doctor had instructed the mother to have the child gain weight and maintain lots of empty calories, but these unhealthy supplements filled with sugar and chemicals were making her obese.

The parents had been seeing a behavioral therapist, an occupational therapist, and a physical therapist for the child’s condition before they came to me, all to no avail. My recommendations for an alternative diet weren’t readily accepted by certain family members who, out of desperation and love to do the right thing, reasoned that the doctors recommending these sugar-loaded products “must know what they’re doing since they are specialists.” But specialists can be ignorant of how the gut (intestines) really works too, even when they’re acting out of the best intentions.

I wish I could say this case was the exception rather than the rule, but my experience has proved otherwise. Thankfully, my interactions with the toddler resulted in the first steps toward her health and wellness by exposing the root issues of the problem.

She tested extremely high for heavy metals toxicity on ZYTO and had a yeast-like fungal rash on her body (the usual way to test for the presence of heavy metals is through urine testing, but the child was still in diapers, so this was not possible). Again, the yeast rash was not surprising since she was consuming so much sugar from the drink and from fruit yogurts, which are loaded with sugar. The rash was the reason the child was brought to me in the first place.

Her body was loaded with heavy metals, which were acting like an anti-biotic in her digestive tract. Heavy metals toxicity can also be caused by vaccinations or other metals found in a mother’s body and transferred to the child during pregnancy. Outward signs include red cheeks, red lips and hyperactive behavior, all of which were observed during this child’s visit to my office, not to mention the ZYTO reading, which indicated that presence of heavy metals as the highest area of stress. This was creating a number of yeast/fungus and candida-like issues in her intestines, which caused other bacteria and co-infections to propagate.

Heavy metals trigger excessive inflammation in the developing digestive tracts of children, which results in raised insulin levels and a condition known as dysbiosis of the gut (intestines). This results in the production of fewer neurotransmitters, including serotonin, which functions like the brakes in an automobile: Serotonin slows the body down when it needs to slow down or stop. It’s also vital to the brain function, even though it is produced in the gut. Excessive inflammation also prevents the creation of neurotransmitters that are essential to the brain function. This lack of balance in neurotransmitter levels makes focus and concentration increasingly difficult for children, and can trigger hyperactivity, ADHD, ADD, and mood disorders like depression and anxiety as well.

I provided the toddler with healthy probiotics to assist: Flora chewables, in particular, are a great choice for kids. I also provided Mycoderm, a topical cream for the yeast-rash. The chewable probiotic taken several times a day helped to heal the gut. I also provided Mycocan-Chord drops, a homeopathic yeast and fungus detoxifier that cleanses cells deep inside the tissues, as well as an herbal tincture—a food—called Pau d’Arco which is known to kill fungus and yeast. As previously mentioned, healing the intestinal issues was extremely important to the toddler’s overall health and brain function. Next, once her immune system regained some strength, we used various nutritional supplements to help rid her body of the metals over a two-year time period.

Recommendations for a Compromised Immune System

I recommended a few things for her compromised immune system: First and foremost, a decrease in her sugar intake. Sugar lowers the immune system and will always contribute to her sickliness, causing the yeast to grow out of control. Remember, the yeast craves sugar in order to live—sugar is what it feeds upon. The dairy and the casein (protein in the milk) was creating so much mucus that her cells couldn’t breathe or take in proper nutrition. She needed to eliminate the milk or mucus would continue to be a problem.

Whey is smaller protein that can be more readily absorbed by the body, especially in powder form, particularly from organic free- range cows with no hormones or pesticides. Otherwise the body will have a leaky-gut condition, where the toddler’s body can’t break down proteins efficiently. Owing to the infections and candida, these undigested proteins go through the damaged intestinal lining and enter the blood stream. The toddler’s body reacts to it like a foreign invader, attacking the immune system and making her sick.

Butter can be substituted with “Organic Coconut Spread” or “Earth Balance.” Mayonnaise can be substituted for a product called “Veginase” (the purple top), a grape seed oil extract, which is kept in the refrigerator section at the health food store. Whole Foods has one called “Follow Your Heart.” I also recommended a guide and cookbook for milk allergies called Go Dairy-Free by Alisa Fleming. I caution against one suggestion in the book; namely, Soy—most of which is now grown from GMO seeds, which are very toxic. I also recommend staying away from soy substitutes. For milk or ice creams: Rice, hemp, coconut-based options, and for yogurt, there are rice-based options or soy—but again, I would NOT recommend soy.

Please feel free to contact me at drsevensky@optonline.net if I can be of further assistance.

For further reading on heavy metals, consult the following entries on this blog:

ZYTO: Understanding Your Body’s Biological Preference

Heavy Metals & Your Health: Avoiding Mercury Toxicity

Surprising Truths about Silver Fillings, Mercury, and Dental Health



Most of us understand the importance of a healthy mouth and how essential it is to our overall health and wellness. We go to the dentist dutifully once or twice a year, seldom questioning the use of mercury in certain dental procedures and the effects this can have on the health of our teeth, gums, and supporting tissues.Cheerful young brunette woman with beautiful smile biting finger

But understanding the long-term effects of exposure to dental amalgam/silver fillings is particularly important. Amalgam fillings contain inorganic mercury, which is known to compromise the nervous system, brain and many other precious organs of the body. Exposure to mercury from amalgams is estimated between 3 to17 micrograms per day, simply from chewing, brushing, grinding and slow corrosion. Exposure to amalgams is toxic and dangerous to everyone’s health, but especially to children under that age of 18 and pregnant women.

Dental Amalgams/Silver Fillings

A study in The Journal of the American Medical Association found no significant neurological or behavioral changes in children who had mercury amalgam (silver) fillings compared to kids who had composite (white) fillings placed. But the study was flawed in a number of ways, including a failure to emphasize the significantly higher levels of mercury found in the urine of kids with amalgam fillings—proof from their own evidence that amalgam fillings release a mercury vapor that the body absorbs, and this applies to new and old fillings.

The International Association of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT), an allied group of dentists, physicians and research professionals, is concerned with the anecdotal claims of safety made by manufacturers and dental trade associations, which, they say, are at variance with published, peer-reviewed, scientific evidence to the contrary. This video documenting the release of toxic mercury vapor from a 25-year-old tooth with an amalgam filling was designed to illustrate the point.

Mercury, when removed from teeth, is considered toxic waste by the Environmental Protection Agency. What’s more, when released in vapor form the mercury released from an amalgam filling could challenge federally-accepted air quality standards, as the IAOMT video documents. But I’ve struggled to find the logic in the law as it stands today, which seems to say that it’s okay to put mercury in someone’s mouth, but not okay put it in the garbage—okay to have toxic mercury vapor in someone’s mouth, but not okay to have it in the air we breathe.

As recently as March 5, 2014, the IAOMT indicated that the battle is far from over, joining a group of plaintiffs who filed a lawsuit against the Federal Drug Administration for failing to address the risks of mercury in dental fillings.

Detox from Dental Amalgams

Mercury can remain in the body for many years even after the dental amalgams are removed from the mouth. People with amalgam fillings have been found to have significantly elevated blood-mercury levels—3 to 5 times more in the urine, and 2 to 12 times more in their tissues. However blood- and urine-mercury levels don’t necessarily correspond to mercury loads in body tissues or the severity of clinical symptoms.

In research performed on sheep and monkeys with dental amalgams, blood-mercury levels remained low despite having raised tissue-mercury levels. There was also a low correlation between urine-mercury and tissue-mercury levels, since urine-mercury levels merely reflect the cumulative amount of inorganic mercury in the kidneys.

Pursuing Detoxification and Wholeness

But there’s good news in all of this: You can have amalgams safely removed from your mouth by a trained biological dentist. The IAOMT even offer a look-up service for member biological dentists by zip code.

But remember, amalgam removal is only the first step toward heavy metals detoxification of the body. The remaining mercury deposited in places like the brain, organs, and tissue must be removed with the right holistic nutritional approach.

I’ve helped many patients through the heavy metals detoxification process in my chiro and wellness practice, removing mercury from the body safely and naturally.

Please feel free to contact me to set up a free consultation at Dr. Susan Seven-Sky if you’re interested in discussing this further.

For further reading, please check out this informative article, Making the Right Dental Choice, Bob Marshall, PhD, CCN



Are you heavy? If so, it may be causing you to be sick and tired, and to age prematurely. I’m not asking about your weight. I’m asking if you’re heavy with heavy metals like mercury? It’s a question that needs to be asked, even as I encounter alarming trends in mercury toxicity in my chiro care and wellness practice.

Sailboat CompassWe humans are poisoning ourselves with mercury at ever increasing rates—along with polar bears, beluga whales, ducks, otters, panthers and all river fish and most large ocean fish. Mercury is a malignant, disease-causing source of environmental toxicity. I should know: I suffered from it for many years.

How Do We Get Toxic Exposures to Mercury?
I polluted myself by eating tuna fish sandwiches and receiving immunizations throughout my childhood, and by having a mouth full of amalgam—a.k.a. mercury fillings—which I had removed all at once, producing a toxic vapor that I readily inhaled. These exposures, along with genes that effectively prevented me from detoxifying the metals in my body, led to a slow and significant poisoning of my cells and mitochondria (the energy storage center of every cell in our body).

The effects were readily apparent: I felt physically weak and tired, and couldn’t think clearly; I had muscle pain and twitches, and I suffered from insomnia, digestive problems, food allergies, weight gain, depression and symptoms of candida. Mercury toxicity is detected through hair and urine samples, and after testing myself I discovered high levels of mercury, which could be eliminated from my body over time through a slow detoxification process. Only then did I begin to feel better.

I’ve seen this over and over again in my practice—from chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, depression, autism, candida, anxiety and obesity, to dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, cancer, heart failure, and heart disease—the message is clear: Mercury toxicity.

This is such an important public health and personal issue that remains undetected in the lives of so many people.

Alarming Trends in Atmospheric Mercury Levels

Some disconcerting trends were shared during Tulane University’s conference on “The Impact of Mercury on Human Health and the Environment,” an international gathering of policymakers, environmental scientists, toxicologists, biochemists, journalists, academic physicians, practicing pediatricians, neurologists, and dentists.

Barry Kohl, Ph.D., an adjunct professor at Tulane’s department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, provided a unique overview of the impact of industrialization on environmental mercury levels through a description of the levels of mercury in the ice core extracted from the pristine Freemont Glacier in Wyoming.

There were small peaks in mercury concentration in the ice core from the 1815 Tambora volcanic eruption in Indonesia, the 1850-84 gold rush in California where mercury was used for smelting, the eruption in 1883 of the Sumatran volcano Krakatau 10,000 miles away, and the more recent Mount St. Helens eruption in 1980, he explained.

Overall, changes have been dramatic: There’s been a 30-fold increase in mercury deposition during the past 100 years—70 percent of which has come from human sources. For example, much of it comes from coal-fired industrial plants and from chlor-alkali plants using mercury to produce the chlorine used in plastics, pesticides, PVC pipes, and more. Major industrialization has caused an exponential spike in mercury levels during the past 4o years, even though we’ve had a reduction in industrial mercury emissions from 220 million pounds to 120 million pounds a year over the past 10 years—small consolation for a substance measured in parts per million not in millions of pounds.

How Does Mercury Enter the Body?
Sources of mercury exposure are widespread and include mercury vapors in ambient air, drinking water, large fish especially sushi, dental amalgams, vaccines, occupational exposures, and home exposures including fluorescent light bulbs, thermostats, batteries, red tattoo dye, skin-lightening creams, and over-the-counter products like contact lens fluid and neosynephrine.

The human body can absorb about 80 percent of inhaled mercury vapor and nearly 100 percent of the mercury found in fish through the gut. Mercury is then distributed in the kidneys and brain and can be readily transferred to the fetus by way of the placenta. Mercury is eliminated from the body through urine, feces, expired air and, unfortunately, breast milk, which can have harmful effects on unborn children and infants. Looking at children today you may have noticed an increase in instances of autism, and of bright red cheeks and lips and itchy skin, all potentially indicative of elevated mercury levels. A single vaccine given to a child with toxic mercury levels could push him or her over the edge into one of the autistic spectrum disorders we see so often today.

Symptoms Can Mimic Other Conditions

Toxicity results from mercury’s ability to bind to sulfur-containing molecules in the body (found in nearly every enzyme and in the mitochondria), as well as other chemical binding sites in the cells. Mercury toxicity has been traced to epidemics such as the Minimata Bay exposures in Japan, acrodynia or pink disease in children from the calomel (HgCl) used in teething powder, mad hatter syndrome or erethism, and methylmercury fungicide grain seed exposures in Iraq and Pakistan. The symptoms are varied and mimic many other conditions, especially nervous system conditions such as erethism, which has symptoms of shyness, emotional irritability, nervousness, insomnia, memory problems and an inability to concentrate.

Other symptoms which seem to mimic other conditions include: encephalopathy (non-specific brain malfunction; nerve damage, tremors, ataxia (loss of balance); impaired hearing; tunnel vision; dysarthria (slurred speech); headaches, fatigue, impaired sexual function, depression, and kidney toxicity, which includes proteinura (protein in the urine and acute renal failure).

Mercury and Candida

Mercury and candida are two sides of the same coin: Candida is an overgrowth of yeast/fungus/mold in our system. Mercury in the digestive tract creates candida because the metal acts like an anti-biotic, similar to when we may have used that orange topical mercuricum as children (on our cuts to kill bacterial infection), so it is with internal mercury which kills off most of the beneficial bacteria in our gut. Good bacteria is our first line of defense for healthy immunity.

Candida/fungus grows freely when friendly bacteria are eliminated by the presence of mercury because candida can absorb ten times its weight in heavy metals. That’s why many candida diets and cleanses fail and symptoms reappear: Metal must be eliminated from our system along with the cleanse.

Help is Available

Mercury toxicity can be turned around with the right holistic health changes and supervised detoxification regimen. We can help: Please contact me by email for further assistance at drsevensky@optimum.net.



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Lower back pain seems inevitable for most of us: It’s been described as the single leading cause of disability worldwide by The 2010 Global Burden of Disease Study and something 80 percent of Americans will experience at some time of their lives.*

calcium suppsBut did you know most lower-back pain we experience, including herniated discs, can be traced to mineral deficiencies in our bodies?

Surely, some of the back pain scenarios I encounter in my practice as a chiropractic physician are the result of real trauma—injuries sustained in a car accident, for example. But in the majority of cases, back pain is the result of muscle spasms that were brought on by a deficiency in the minerals calcium and magnesium.

The pain and injury happens slowly, and almost imperceptibly: Since muscle moves bones, the muscle spasm pulls the bones out of alignment. The discs in our lower backs become herniated due to our body’s lack of calcium-magnesium and hydration. This causes our muscles to contract and spasm even more, squeezing the disc out toward the opposite side, which pinches the nerve and radiates pain to the other side of the body. The muscle contraction forces our bodies into a lopsided posture where we use them in an imbalanced and inefficient way, which results in injury and pain.

Using a neuro-muscular therapy technique I’ve developed, I correct the posture and skeletal structure by focusing only on the muscles that are contracted—the ones pulling the body out of alignment. A chiropractic adjustment is only prudent and beneficial when the muscles have balanced the structure. We will experience pain if a spinal adjustment is attempted when our muscles are in chronic spasm and are unwilling to release. Even if a chiropractor were successful in obtaining an adjustment under these conditions repeated treatments (3x per week) would still be necessary because the muscles spasms would continue to pull the spine out of alignment. When a patient is in severe spasm it’s best to treat the muscles and mineral deficiency before attempting an adjustment. This not only prevents further injury but maintains alignment for a much longer period of time without multiple visits each week..

Mineral deficiency is destructive to our overall health because it creates an acidic or low-pH condition in our bodies, which causes our cells to malfunction. Our cells—sensing the hostile, acidic environment outside the cell—refuse to engage in the healthy exchange of nutrients and water. The cells withdraw instead, where they stew in metabolic waste, which makes them sick.

Causes of Mineral Deficiency

The culprits of calcium-magnesium deficiency and an acidic or low-pH condition in our bodies include stress, coffee (caffeine), meats, sugars (refined carbohydrates), and sodas containing phosphoric acid.

Stress, in particular, often leads to a condition known as Adrenal Fatigue. Adrenals are walnut-sized glands that sit just above our kidneys. They churn out high levels of the hormone cortisol, usually during short-term periods of high stress. But our busy, modern lifestyles cause the adrenal glands to be overworked and burned out, resulting in adrenal fatigue. When this happens our body’s cortisol levels drop precipitously and we’re no longer able to respond effectively to pressured, stressful situations. It’s at this point that most of us resort to false forms of energy found in caffeine, stimulating drinks, and sodas. But this only compounds the problem and makes it harder for us to feel the natural energy our bodies would normally produce after having a good night’s sleep. In addition to stressful situations, our bodies also require increased amounts of calcium-magnesium during times of transition like infancy, puberty, pregnancy, menses, menopause/andropause, and during times of sickness and fever.

Symptoms of Mineral Deficiency

The concepts of mineral deficiency and adrenal fatigue may be lesser known, but we’re all too familiar with their symptoms: General pain and stiffness; back pain; chronic fatigue, decreased sleep and increased irritability; arthritis; and sugar cravings—especially chocolate in the afternoon. What’s more, the adrenal’s reduced ability to control the soaring cortisol levels inhibits the body’s ability to keep inflammation in check, triggering allergies like hay fever and skin conditions like dermatitis and eczema.

Our bodies require an alkaline condition between the hours of 3 am to 5 am each morning, and if our blood is mineral deficient it will rob the calcium-magnesium it needs from other parts of the body on a daily basis. When calcium is taken from our teeth it results in grinding, and when our jaw muscles are deprived it can lead to clenching and TMJ.

The loss of calcium-magnesium also decreases our digestive functions, resulting in malabsorption syndrome and many other digestive complaints. Weak bone health conditions like osteopenia and osteoporosis can occur if the mineral deficiency remains in the body over many years. Weak bone health afflicts 25 million Americans, according to recent findings.

Loss of precious minerals also weakens our hearts: Magnesium and calcium are essential for our heart muscle to pump blood throughout our bodies. Mineral deficiency can also affect us emotionally, triggering anxiety and depression.

Recovery from Mineral Deficiency

The elimination of coffee and processed sugar is highly recommended for mineral deficiency recovery, even as we seek to add increased levels of calcium-magnesium back into our diet.

But all calcium and magnesium supplements are not created equal. Our bodies can absorb liquid and powdered forms of calcium and magnesium body ten times faster than gel caps. What’s more, the compressed tablet forms found in popular vitamin shops are impossible for the body to absorb. Our bodies quickly dump the minerals found in compressed tablet forms, since they’re often made of inorganic substances like chalk and oyster shells, which the body can’t absorb.

Dark, leafy greens should be a good source of calcium, but have lost their efficacy because of the poor, de-mineralized soil we use today.  A high quality greens powder is therefore highly recommended. Traditionally, dairy is thought to be an excellent source of calcium, but the pasteurization process—designed to kill bad bacteria—also kills the active enzymes that bring about calcium absorption. What’s more, our bodies won’t absorb calcium at all without the perfect balance of magnesium. The protein found in dairy products, casein, is an extremely large protein molecule that’s indigestible to the human body. Dairy consumption causes mucus to form in our in our intestines, further impeding our body’s absorption of other foods.

When our blood is acidic in order to maintain homeostasis between the hours of 3- 5 am it is looking to be alkaline, which means the blood and organs need to maintain one percent of the body’s calcium at all times to function properly. I work with clients to achieve a balanced pH level of 6.8 to 7.0, which we do by testing the first urine of the morning with PH strips to determine the body`s mineral deficiencies: If it’s in the 5.0`s or low 6.0 range then the body is extremely acidic.

Zyto diagnostic testing can determine which forms of calcium and magnesium work best with your body`s individual needs. You won’t be able to use calcium right away if your kidneys are weak, so we’ll recommend strengthening the kidneys with greens and other liquid minerals before using calcium and magnesium supplements. I typically recommend powdered forms of calcium-magnesium like Coral Legend mixed with liquid Aloe, which is 100-percent absorbable by the body.

If you have questions or would like to set up an appointment to discuss your lower back pain, please click here to email me at Dr. Susan Seven-Sky.

* Vallfors B. Acute, Sub acute and Chronic Low Back Pain: Clinical Symptoms, Absenteeism and Working Environment. Scan J Rehab Med Suppl 1985; 11: 1-98.


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Six Reasons to Trust Homeopathy

There are many reasons to trust alternative medicinal approaches to health like homeopathy—here are six for you to consider.

1. Homeopathy Helps Your Body Heal Itself

i...Homeopathy is based on a rule of nature called the Law of Similars. This law states that like cures like, or that a medicine can cure a sick person if it can cause a similar sickness in a healthy person. For instance, if you peel an onion, your eyes burn, itch and water. You might also have a runny nose and begin to sneeze. If you had similar symptoms during a cold or allergy attack, such as a runny nose, watery eyes and sneezing, a homeopathic micro-dose of the remedy Allium cepa (red onion) would help your body heal itself.

The homeopath regards symptoms as the body’s healthy attempt to restore itself to balance. That is why a homeopath will choose a remedy that supports the symptoms—rather than opposing them or suppressing them as in conventional medicine. In conventional medicine, a cold or hayfever sufferer is given an antihistamine to dry up the runny nose and watery eyes artificially. But this medication often comes with unpleasant side effects like sleepiness and constipation. With the correct homeopathic remedy, however, there are no side effects and a person is restored to health naturally.

Homeopathy also recognizes that each person exhibits his or her disease in a unique and slightly different way. That is why two people with the same disease will not necessarily receive the same homeopathic remedy. A cold sufferer with a stopped up nose and dry eyes would receive a different remedy than one with a runny nose and watering eyes. Unlike the “one size fits all” approach to prescribing often used in conventional medicine, a homeopath chooses a remedy that matches the unique symptom profile of the individual.

Conventional medicine seeks to control illness through the regular use of medications; if the medicine is withdrawn, the person’s symptoms return. For example, the daily use of drugs for asthma (or any chronic disease for that matter) alleviates the symptoms but does not cure the underlying problem. In homeopathy the ideal is that a person needs just enough of the homeopathic remedy to stimulate their healing response. In other words, homeopathy seeks to cure a person so that they do not need any medications—homeopathic or otherwise.

2. Homeopathy Offers Historical Evidence

The Law of Similars has been documented since at least the time of Hippocrates (ca. 400 B.C.), but it is Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), a German doctor and chemist, who is credited with founding homeopathy. He discovered the truth of the Law of Similars by testing small doses of medicine on himself.

By 1900, about twenty percent of doctors in the United States were homeopaths, but due to various political and social changes, homeopathy became relatively unknown in the US until recently. There is wider acceptance of homeopathy in such countries as France, Germany, Mexico, Argentina, India and Great Britain. In fact, the family doctor to England’s Queen Elizabeth is a homeopathic physician. In fact, the World Health Organization estimates that it’s currently practiced by over 500 million people worldwide.

3. Classical Homeopathy Supports A Balanced Approach To Health

Over the last 200 years many definitions of “classical” homeopathy have been used. At the core of nearly all of these definitions are the following key elements:

  • The Law of Similars: matching the symptoms of a medicine tested on healthy humans to the individual seeking treatment.
  • The Minimum Dose: determining the least amount of medicine needed to effect the needed change.
  • Totality of Symptoms: matching the complete symptom profile of the patient to the symptom profile of the remedy.
  • Single Remedy: administration of one remedy at a time.

4. Homeopathy Excels At Combination Remedies

Some homeopathic products combine several different homeopathic medicines, each of which is known to be helpful for a certain condition, in the hope that the combination will contain the medicine needed by any individual with that condition. For example, a combination product for earaches might contain the five most frequently prescribed homeopathic remedies for earaches. These combination remedies are often safely and effectively used for simple acute conditions; however, they do not constitute classical homeopathy.

5. Homeopathic Medicines Are Regulated

Homeopathic medicines are considered to be drugs under U.S. federal law, and the Food and Drug Administration regulates the manufacture, marketing, and sales of all homeopathic medicines. Homeopathic medicines are made according to a book of standards called the Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS). The HPUS contains all of the information necessary for the proper identification of the raw materials used to make homeopathic medicines, as well as techniques for their manufacture and quality control. Homeopathic medicines are derived from botanical (plant), mineral, and some animal sources.

6. Homeopathic Medicines Are Safe

Because of the minute doses used in homeopathy, the medicines labeled for internal use are non-toxic. When properly administered, the medicines are completely safe for everyone including pregnant women, newborns, children, and adults through the senior years. Many veterinarians use homeopathy in the treatment of animals. There are no known or suspected contraindications or drug interactions between homeopathic and conventional medications.

Adopted from National Center for Homeopathy: http://homeopathycenter.org/learn-about-homeopathy

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Guest Post: by Dana Ullman, MPH, CCH

The love of homeopathy by the British royal family is well known today, in part because Queen Elizabeth II is patron of the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital and because Prince Charles has taken an active role in his support for homeopathic and “complementary” medicine.

1600px-British_Royal_Family,_June_2012What is less well known is the love for homeopathy by so many other monarchs of yesterday. When one considers that these members of royalty had access to the best of available medical treatment and that there were certainly implications of their choice of less orthodox methods, the large number of monarchs who chose homeopathy represents a significant statement about the value they found in this medical system.

In 1842, an astonishing number of seventy-seven homeopathic physicians were on record to have served as personal physicians to monarchs and their families (Everest, 1842, 200–203).

British Monarchs

The British royal family has had a longtime and deep appreciation for homeopathic medicine, ever since Queen Adelaide (1792–1849), wife of King William IV, first made public her special interest in this “new medicine” in 1835. Other British aristocrats shared the queen’s interests, including the Marquess of Anglesey who crossed the British Channel to go to Paris for treatment by the founder of homeopathy, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann.

In 1830, the Earl of Shrewsbury (1791–1852) had asked Hahnemann for the name of a homeopath who could come to England to be his doctor, and Hahnemann suggested Dr. Francesco Romani (1785–1854) of Italy. Dr. Romani’s cures were so remarkable that he soon created a sensation in London and its surrounds. Queen Adelaide heard about this new medical system from his good work. However, the cold climate didn’t suit the Italian homeopath, and he returned home just one year after his arrival (Granier, 1859).

Queen Adelaide had been suffering from a serious malady that the court physicians couldn’t cure. The queen called for the services of one of Hahnemann’s oldest and most faithful colleagues, Dr. Johann Ernst Stapf (1788–1860), who cured her, creating the first of many supporters of homeopathy from British royalty. The British homeopath to the titled Marquess of Anglesey, Dr. Harris Dunsford (1808–1847), wrote a book on homeopathy that was dedicated, with permission, to Queen Adelaide (Dunsford, 1842). This dedication made public her interest in and her appreciation for homeopathy. She was instrumental in helping to establish homeopathy’s early popularity, especially among the upper classes in England.

Various kings and queens of Great Britain since Queen Adelaide have openly sought medical care from homeopathic physicians. Princess May, who later became Queen Mary (1865–1953), wife of King George V, headed the fundraising efforts to move and expand the London Homeopathic Hospital. King George V (1865–1936) was appreciative of homeopathy because it provided him with the real practical benefit of treating his seasickness whenever he suffered from it.

King Edward VII (1841–1910) carried on the homeopathic tradition and was a close drinking and eating partner of Dr. Frederick Hervey Foster Quin (1799–1878), the first British physician to become a homeopath. Edward’s daughter, Maud (1869–1938), married King Haakon VII of Norway, and both sought the homeopathic care of Sir John Weir, MD (see below

King Edward VIII (1894–1972), known as Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor, after his abdication in 1936, carried his homeopathic medicines in powder doses in his pocket.

His brother, King George VI (1895–1952), also had a special love for homeopathy. He even named one of his prize racehorses Hypericum, after a homeopathic medicine for injuries. He was known to be an expert user of homeopathic medicine himself, and he formally granted the use of the royal title to the London Homeopathic Hospital, now called the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital. Today’s Queen Elizabeth II (1926–), King George VI’s daughter, who ascended the throne in 1952, is patron to this important hospital, which underwent a $35 million refurbishing in 2005.

The most famous homeopath to royalty was Sir John Weir (1879–1971), who served six monarchs: King Edward VII, George V, Edward VIII, Duke of Windsor, George VI, Elizabeth II, King Gustav V of Sweden (1858–1950), and King Haakon VII of Norway (1872–1957).

The early growth of homeopathy in Britain in the mid-1800s became possible in large part through royal support and British aristocracy. The first British homeopath to British royalty, Dr. Quin, was a son of the Duchess of Devonshire (1765–1824), and thus himself an aristocrat. When Quin began his full-time homeopathic practice in London in 1832, he primarily treated members of his own noble class. During the mid-1800s, poor people could not usually afford treatment from doctors and instead tended to use the services of herbalists and apothecaries for their health care.

Another reason that the British royalty embraced homeopathy is that its approach of individualized treatment for each person seemed to give them the real sense that they would not be given medicines that would be prescribed for just anybody (Morrell, 1999). This premise of individualization of treatment is an integral part of homeopathy, and it makes sense to educated classes of people.

The fact that the royals have been Christians has probably also helped link them to homeopathy in subtle ways. Homeopathy has had a solid history of support from the clergy in both Europe and the U.S. (see Chapter 13 of my book The Homeopathic Revolution: Why Famous People and Cultural Heroes Choose Homeopathy, Clergy and Spiritual Leaders, for more details on this subject). A board of governors, primarily composed of clerics and bankers and a few titled persons and minor aristocrats, headed most of the homeopathic dispensaries for the poor. This was a consistent pattern in Europe and America.

Not only did British royalty express their support for homeopathy by going to homeopaths and openly encouraging others to do so, they also put their money where their beliefs lay. Many British royalty were patrons to homeopathic organizations and hospitals. HRH Princess Adelaide (the Duchess of Teck) (1880–1940), the Lord Mayor of London, Sir George Wyatt Truscott (1860–1940), the Duchess of Hamilton and Brandon (1865–1940), Lord Cawdor (1870–1914), Lord Robert Grosvenor (1801–1893), the Earl of Wemyss and March (1857–1937), and the Earl of Donoughmore (1875–1944) were but some of a long list of royal patrons to homeopathy.

Others included: the Dukes of Beaufort, Dukes of Cambridge, Earl of Essex, Lord Gray of Gray, Viscount Malden, Lord Ernle, Earl of Kintore, Earl of Kinnaird, the Lords Paget, Dukes of Sutherland, Earls of Dudley, Lord Leconfield, Earl of Wilton, Earl of Albermarle, Viscount Sydney, Lady Radstock, Duke of Northumberland, Earl of Scarborough, Earl of Dysart, Marchioness of Exeter, Countess Waldegrave, Countess of Crawford and Balcarres, Lord Headley, Earl of Plymouth, Lord Calthorpe, Earls of Shrewsbury, Lord Horder, Lord Gainford, Lord Moynihan, Lord Ernle, Lord Ampthill, Lord Home, Viscount Elibank, and the Earls of Lichfield. One can also add numerous knights, barons, military officers, and clerics to this already impressive list.

Sir Henry Tyler (1827–1908) was another titled and rich patron to homeopathy. He not only personally contributed large amounts of money for the expansion of the London Homeopathic Hospital, but his daughter, the later famed Dr. Margaret Tyler (1857–1943), became an influential homeopathic doctor in London. She authored Homoeopathic Drug Pictures, a book that is still popular among practicing homeopaths, and she was the editor of a leading journal simply called Homoeopathy.

It is not surprising that homeopathy in nineteenth-century England came to be called the “rich-man’s therapy.” ….

….Other European Monarchs

Various monarchs throughout Europe were not simply patients of homeopaths; they were also advocates for this system of medicine. Because European royalty usually do not have a history of expressing advocacy without obvious and strong reasons, it is important to ask why so many European monarchs were so supportive of homeopathic medicine. The most obvious reason was that it was extremely effective for them, and, compared with conventional medicine of that day, it was considerably safer than the strong drugs, debilitating bleedings, and use of leeches.

It has been theorized that the British royals (House of Windsor) learned about homeopathy from the German royals, who were all particularly strong advocates of this medical system that was originally founded by a German physician, Samuel Hahnemann, MD. The German kings sought homeopathic care from Dr. Hahnemann and his disciples. Thus, when Queen Victoria (1819–1906) married a German, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1819–1861), the German royals’ interest in homeopathy began to develop even more popularity among British royalty, though Queen Victoria herself was not a vocal supporter of homeopathy.

It should also be noted that the Belgian royalty were also advocates of homeopathy. Prince Leopold, who later became King Leopold I, sought the homeopathic care of Dr. Quin. Royalty from other countries soon also began to seek out homeopathic physicians and even became advocates of this new, safer system of medicine.

Even before Quin became a homeopath, he was a highly respected physician to various royalty. Dr. Quin was even called to become personal physician to Napoleon Bonaparte, though the day before Quin was to attend him, Napoleon died.

(For information on the use of homeopathy by other European royals, please see HERE or Mr. Ullman’s book listed below.)

Royal Homeopathy Today

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II (1926–) is an active supporter of homeopathy. She is patron of the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital, which was originally founded by Dr. Frederick Quin, the first “royal physician.” Her personal homeopath is Dr. Peter Fisher, who is also the medical director of the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital as well as editor of the leading academic journal in the field, Homeopathy (originally called the British Homoeopathic Journal).

Until her death in 2002, at the ripe old age of 101, Her Majesty the Queen Mother, was the principal royal patron of the British Homeopathic Association. The Duke of Gloucester, formerly Prince Richard, remains royal patron of the association. Princess Alice, the late Duchess of Gloucester, was the patron of the Blackie Foundation Trust established in honor of Dr. Margery Blackie, the former royal homeopathic physician who served from 1969 until 1980. At present, Princess Alexandra, Lady Ogilvy, is patron to the Blackie Foundation Trust, and Mary, Duchess of Roxburghe, serves as one of the vice-presidents of this organization.

Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales (1948–), has been the most outspoken modern-day royal family member to advocate for what he has popularized as “complementary medicine.” In 1982, he became president of the British Medical Association, and made it his mission to get the medical community to understand the problems and limitations of orthodox medicine and to appreciate the contributions of various complementary therapies, including homeopathy.

In 1996, the prince established what is now called The Prince’s Foundation for Integrated Health (FIH) and made a substantial contribution toward a £2 million endowment for the charity. In February 1996, he convened and chaired a seminar involving various health care professionals to discuss practical steps to improve communication and cooperation among all those concerned with the provision of health care. As a result, working groups were created to examine requirements for research and development, education and training, regulation, and the delivery of integrated care….

Prince Charles may be the most vocal royal proponent of homeopathic medicine, but he and the queen certainly are not alone. Diana, Princess of Wales, Prince Andrew, and Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, sought homeopathic care from Jack Temple, an unconventional homeopath who died in 2004 at age 86 (Daily Telegraph, 2004; Rayner and Paveley, 2001). Princess Diana was also a regular at the Hale Clinic, an “alternative and complementary medicine” clinic in London, which was opened by Prince Charles. Simone Simmons, an “alternative healer” and close confidante of Diana, confirmed what many others have known, that “Prince Charles only uses homeopathic and complementary medicines as Diana and the children did.” (Daily Mail, 2005).

In 1997, Sarah, Duchess of York, made an unannounced trip to Dr. Isaac Mathai’s holistic health center in Bangalore, India. A reporter asked her: Now that you had holistic treatment, what is your perception about alternative healing methods? Sarah replied, “We were on the homeopathic system at home for a long time. My grandmother, who died in December (1996), was a homeopathic practitioner. As children, we were given Arnica for colds and other ailments.” (The Week, 1997).

Used with permission, excerpted from:

The Homeopathic Revolution: Why Famous People and Cultural Heroes Choose Homeopathy

(North Atlantic Books/Random House, 2007)

by Dana Ullman, MPH Copyright 2007;

website: www.homeopathic.com

Email: dana@homeopathic.com

Publication date:  October, 2007

DANA ULLMAN, MPH, CCH, is one of America’s leading advocates for homeopathy. He has authored 10 books, including The Homeopathic Revolution: Why Famous People and Cultural Heroes Choose Homeopathy, Homeopathy A-Z, Homeopathic Medicines for Children and Infants, Discovering Homeopathy, and (the best-selling) Everybody’s Guide to Homeopathic Medicines (with Stephen Cummings, MD). Dana also authored an ebook that is a continually growing resource to 200+ clinical studies published in peer-review medical journals testing homeopathic medicines. This ebook combines the descriptions of these studies with practical clinical information on how to use homeopathic medicines for 100+ common ailments. This ebook is entitled Evidence Based Homeopathic Family Medicine, and it is an invaluable resource. Dana has been certified in classical homeopathy by the leading organization in the U.S. for professional homeopaths.
He is the founder of Homeopathic Educational Services, America’s leading resource center for homeopathic books, tapes, medicines, software, and correspondence courses. Homeopathic Educational Services has co-published over 35 books on homeopathy with North Atlantic Books.
Dana writes a regular column for the wildly popular website, www.huffingtonpost.com (to access these articles, click HERE!)

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7 Ways to Give Sleep Deprivation the Slip

Sleep deprivation may be the most widespread symptom of our busy lifestyles. We simply don’t get enough sleep to function optimally. Certain sleep problems can be traced to undiagnosed sleep disorders, but for many of us it has been so long since we’ve had a restful night’s sleep that we’ve forgotten what one feels like. IMG_0321

We walk around in a zombie-like state with circles under our eyes thinking that our decreased alertness and memory loss are somehow normal.

We fail to realize that chronic sleep loss can impair our brain and cognitive abilities, triggering fatigue, clumsiness, daytime sleepiness and weight gain.

But there are a few things we can do give sleep deprivation the slip:

1. Turn Off the Television and Computer

Keep away from the television and computer for two hours before bedtime. This may seem nearly impossible now that most of us take our iPhones and iPads to bed with us, scanning our favorite content as we try to doze off. Just be aware that the blue light simulates the light in your pineal gland, which disturbs your circadian rhythm. Your body has too much light and reacts accordingly— as if it’s daytime.

2. Watch What You Eat and Drink Before Bedtime

Eating too closely to bedtime can disturb your sleep. You’ve probably experienced this. Your body wakes up as your digestive system starts metabolizing food for energy. The breakdown of sugar releases energy which, in turn, disturbs your sleep and causes you to wake up tired. Ideally, you should stop eating four hours before lying down to sleep. Slice up an organic apple and some celery if you need a snack before bedtime, adding one ounce of organic chicken. The sodium/potassium balance in the apple and celery are alkalizing to the body and the small amount of protein will prevent you from waking up hungry.

It’s also a good idea to avoid caffeinated beverages like coffee and black tea altogether. The average cup of coffee contains about 100mg of caffeine; tea has about 35mg. Popular brands found at coffee bars can contain upwards of 500mg of caffeine in one triple cup. But even one cup of coffee in the morning can interfere with a restful night’s sleep. If you need to drink coffee try organic Swiss water-processed decaf, which contains about 35mg of caffeine, the same as green tea. Or switch to organic caffeinated coffee—you’ll avoid the 200 chemicals that are sprayed on coffee beans (per cup) along with the consequent stress they cause to your liver function.

Daily intake of caffeine is addicting, creating chronic stress as it robs the body of essential minerals like calcium and magnesium, and Vitamins B and C. Over time caffeine creates an acidic internal environment leading to many degenerative health issues.

Also eliminate drinking alcohol within six hours of sleep. A glass of wine at night will cause you to wake up between 1 and 3 am (during your liver cycle–more on this below) and causes hot flashes in menopausal women.

Specific organs can be targeted, such as the gall bladder, which is affected when foods rich in protein and fat are consumed too closely to bedtime. In such cases, one or two tablespoons of a nutritional called Gallbladder-ND after dinner will help a great deal.

3. Calm Your Mind Before Going to Bed

Make it habit to relax your body for 20 to 30 minutes before going to bed. Maybe you can pray or read or book. Don’t work, watch television or plan excessively—when you do your mind continues operating and processing at full speed, prolonging the time it takes for your body to fall asleep. The mental stimulation also limits the amount of deep and relaxed sleep you’ll receive, so you may feel tired the next day.

Remember, it’s important for your body to achieve R.E.M. sleep between the hours of 10 pm and 2 am to function optimally the next day because this is when the adrenal glands are rejuvenated and repaired. Without sleep during these hours your body will produce only a third of the adrenaline it needs for the next day and, being two-thirds short, you will undoubtedly feel tired and reach for the caffeine.

4. Pursue Healthy and Balanced Nutrition

I’ve covered the importance of nutrition and diet in previous posts, including Reclaiming Your Health Through Homeopathic Dieting and 12 Fruits & Veggies To Always Buy Organic. The nutritional quality of the food we eat affects our energy levels, determining how much energy we’ll have when our bodies have had less sleep than they need.

In addition to fruits and vegetables, remember to drink enough water, and avoid alcohol, fast food, junk food and too much coffee or black tea—especially before bedtime. Also, as much as possible, cut down on your sugar consumption, saturated fatty acids and meat. If you cut meat out of our diet completely though, make sure your giving your body the essential amino acids it needs in some other way.

5. Understand How Your Organs Are Affected

Certain organs are stressed in different ways throughout the night. You’ll need to come in for Zyto Scan so I can understand your body’s particular needs and biological preferences, but in general:

  • 11-1 am is the gall bladder (connected to feelings of bitterness, impatience, irritability and criticism)
  • 1-3 pm is the liver (connected to unresolved anger, depression, frustration and anxiety)
  • 3-5 am is the lungs (connected unresolved grief, and excessive sadness)

This identification process helps determine the type of nutritional organ support your body needs.

6. Treat Your Sleeplessness

A number of nutritional and homeopathic remedies are effective for treating sleeplessness:

Typically, a half dropper of the homeopathic remedy Relax Tone is helpful before bedtime, along with three sprays of Melatonin, 1.5 mg per spray. Women in menopause can use up to 10mg of Melatonin safely. A half dropper of Core Valerian will help boost calcium levels and one teaspoon of Coral Legend and two ounces of Aloe Pro before bed and in the morning will supply additional calcium and magnesium to relax the body for sleep.

If you’re waking up at night to urinate four caps of Ultra Pollen during the day should correct it, and taking another half dropper of Relax Tone is also advisable before you go back to bed, especially if you find yourself perseverating on certain thoughts.

Two caps of Tranquinol one hour before bed provides neurotransmitter support, and elevated cortisol levels at night can be safely treated with Calm-CP or KavinacePM.

7. Fully Awaken in the Morning

When you arise from your bed in the morning your body still isn’t fully awakened. You can support your adrenal glands with Licorice Root Tea, Green Tea-ND, and four caps of AdrenalVen, or two caps of Adrenal Force, one dropper of Adrenal Tone and four caps of Adaptagen. Your adrenals will start to heal in a few weeks and you’ll be able to wean yourself off coffee.

Open a window and take a few deep breaths of air, and engage in some light physical exercise for 10 to 15 minutes to oxygenate the body and prepare for the day.

I keep all of these homeopathic nutritional supplements in stock at my office. Please reach out to me at drsevensky@optonline.net if I can be of further assistance.


14 Natural Cold and Flu Prevention Tips

From time to time we’ll be confronted with early signs of the flu or colds despite our best efforts to live in robust health. But in many cases, the onset of full-blown symptoms can be prevented by giving Ambersweet oranges, a new cold-resistant orang...your body what it needs to heal itself, and there are many natural, holistic and homeopathic alternatives to do so.

1. Medi-Body Bath and Soak

For immediate detoxification and restoration of your body’s electrolyte balance, you should initiate a foot-bath or hand-soak immediately after feeling the first signs of weakness and achiness using two wonderful products, the Medi-Body Bath and Medi-Body Soak. I would recommend having both products on hand as we enter the winter months. You simply mix 12 cups of hot water with one cup of Medi-Body Bath and one cup of Medi-Body Soak, and you should experience an immediate relief of your symptoms.

We use a simply Zyto scan to zero in on exactly what your body needs—you can come into my office for the Zyto scan or, if you’re located remotely, you can purchase a hand scanner and we can go through the same process over the phone with the Zyto hand scanner software running on your computer.

It’s important to nip things in the bud before sickness has a chance to take root in your body. Remember, untreated or suppressed flu symptoms can lead to pneumonia and suppression is precisely what happens when we take over-the-counter pharmaceuticals to cover up symptoms. You want to flush out the garbage—find a way to release the toxins from your body so you can get well again.

2. Vitamin D

The right amount of this super-nutrient is necessary and boost immunity if you want to prevent or mount a defense against colds and viral challenges to your body. Vitamin D pulls calcium from the intestines, inserting it into the blood stream to support immunity at a genetic level. Vitamin F then transports the calcium to the tissues, which glues the cells together to prevent virus penetration. Three things deplete calcium: stress, sugar and insufficient levels of Vitamin D. Low calcium levels triggers acidic PH levels in your body, which make it vulnerable to sickness.

3. Garlic

Germs melt like wax in the presence of garlic. There is simply no way for germs to live in the presence of the anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties found in this wonder-herb. Raw garlic has natural phyto-chemicals and natural broad-spectrum antibiotics to support your immune system and should be consumed daily.  Store-bought tablets tend to be useless because garlic contains an active ingredient, Allicin, which kills bacteria, viruses and fungus, and must be consumed within an hour of breaking the garlic’s husk. Allicin has been shown to decrease total cholesterol levels while increasing levels of good HDL-cholesterol. If you don’t want to consume raw garlic do to the smell, which is understandable, Allicin caps are also available.

4. Homemade Soups & Broths

Your mother was right—homemade soups like chicken soup are good for you when you feel a cold coming on. Most homemade soups are loaded with Potassium, which calms the nervous system and makes it easier for your body to heal. Fresh horseradish and chopped white onions—both rich in Selenium & Allicidin—can also be added to soups or broths to very good effect.

5. Alkaline Foods (Fruits and Veggies)

A diet rich in alkaline foods such as fruits and vegetables is helpful to combat early onset symptoms of sickness. Fresh vegetable juices with plenty of greens are especially good, binding toxins and escorting them safely out of the body. I like to say: When you’re green inside, you’re clean inside. You’ve heard it said that five servings of fruits and vegetables are essential to your health? You’ve just heard it again.

6. Vitamin C

Taking 100 mg of Vitamin C every hour will bring down a fever. This essential nutrient improves our natural killer cells, which help fight off harmful invaders to the body. Vitamin C also brings down inflammation and functions as a powerful antioxidant, offering protection against infections.

7. Keep an Alkaline PH

Coral legend is a nutritional supplement made up of 100-percent-ionized calcium and magnesium, which can be readily and completely absorbed by your body. Coral Legend helps establish healthy PH levels, improves the immune function and reduces fevers, which quickly consume the body’s supply of calcium. One teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar can also be useful to support PH balance.

8. Homeopathic Remedies

Most of us who are aware of homeopathic remedies think of Oscillococcinum®, a homeopathic flu remedy that’s widely marketed and distributed in health food stores. But there is a range of homeopathic flu remedies and choices that target specific symptoms, from fever, coughs, chills and body aches, to nausea, pain, sniffles and sneezing. Again, a simple 15-minute Zyto session can help me ascertain what your body specifically needs. I’ve linked to another article on homeopathic flu solutions below. Remember, although you may be able to purchase low potency amounts at a health store, it’s always best to come in to find out which homeopathic solution is best for you. It’s better to get the exact potency you need from a trained homeopath like myself as certain homeopathic remedies may not be applicable to your particular case—low potencies sold over the counter won’t harm you, but may not help you either.

9. Botanicals

Specific spagyrically-processed herbal tinctures (administered by dropper) such as Core Olive Leaf, Core Cat’s Claw and Core Mycelia can be very helpful to avert sickness. These botanicals utilize the power of the entire plant to bring healing, offering prevention and natural protection against viruses and bacteria—great to have around during the winter months.

10. Nutritional Supplements

Nutritional supplements are a great way to support your body’s immune system. Nucleo-immune, Multi-immune, Coriolus, Allicidin, Xeno-Force and Vitamin C are popular nutritional supplements designed to knock out a flu or cold. Other helpful nutritional supplements include Selenium, which offers antioxidant support against infection, Vitamin B (Max-B), which supports white blood cells and metabolic function, and Zinc, which protects the body against viruses and bacteria while repairing damaged tissue.

11. Homeopathic Composite Remedies

Homeopathic composite remedies such as the Flu Tone, Viru-Chord, Vaccine-Chord and Throat Tone mouth sprays are go-to solution for flu symptoms. But Pneuma-Chord Core Myrrh, Core Sambuccus, Pneuma Ven and Sinus Tone are the preferred means of treating cough, lung-colds and sinus symptoms. It’s best to schedule a 30-minute Zyto session so I can ascertain your body’s specific requirements during flu season.

12. Raw Honey with Propolis

Unheated raw honey with propolis is the favored remedy for sore throats. Mix a tablespoon of honey with the squeezings of an entire organic lemon. Take one teaspoon of the mixture every 10 minutes, drizzle it down your throat to bathe and coat your raw throat. What’s more, the honey will kill the bacteria and the lemon is loaded with Vitamin C, which is great for your body when you’re sick. You may also want to stock up on propolis lozenges and another mouth spray, Throat Spray Tone, which prevents germs from entering your mouth or throat.

13. Gargle with Salt

You can gargle with Celtic sea salt or Hawaiian pink salt, adding several drops of the Core Myrrh to achieve excellent results for your sore throat and cold symptoms.

14. Sleep

It’s very important to get seven to eight hours of sleep—anything less doubles your chances of contracting a bacterial or viral infection when exposed to it. Also, getting at least two hours of sleep before midnight increases your energy levels the next day.

Let me know what you think, and please feel free to reach out to me at drsevensky@optonline.net to talk or set up an appointment.



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11 Surefire Ways to Prevent Winter Flu & Colds

When summer rolls into fall we may prepare for the cooler weather in a number of ways, removing fans and air conditioners from windows or replacing summer clothes with our fall wardrobes. But precious little thought is given to how we might prepare and equip our bodies for the seasonal change.

4304448427_714f158913_mMost instances of flu, colds and allergies are traced to nutritional deficiencies that contribute to a run-down and weakened immune system. Symptoms include a weak thymus, which is a lymphoid gland located behind the sternum and in front of the heart, low acid PH levels, weak kidneys, and a toxic/overburdened liver, gall bladder and colon.

My list of 11 surefire flu and cold prevention tips includes the following suggestions—some obvious, some not so much:

  • Avoid the Flu Shot: I’m  asked about the flu vaccine frequently and cringe when I see signs advertising its benefits—like it’s as harmless to the body as eating an organic apple. Protecting yourself from the flu vaccine may be more important than protection from the flu itself, many medical experts now agree. My son had surgery this year and every medical person we encountered pushed the vaccine on us like a commissioned sales agent. I politely but firmly declined, and they became quite irate with me! This is a billion-dollar industry; do we really believe they have our best interests in mind?

You decide, but here’s some food for thought: First, the flu vaccine doesn’t guarantee your immunity because it’s a passive immunity shot—it can only protect you from getting a particular strain of virus during a very short period of time, and viruses are known to morph and evolve into different strains all the time. What’s more, the vaccine may make you more susceptible to contracting the flu because of the stress and weakening of your body’s immune system, which is now forced to mount a defense against toxins introduced into the body by the vaccine and place further stress on the liver and colon, which has to clear them out. Which toxins? Ethylene Glycol, used in automobile anti-freeze; Carbolic Acid, a toxic and caustic poison; Formaldehyde, an embalming fluid that causes cancer; Aluminum, which causes cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s Disease, seizures and cancer; and Mercury, an extremely toxic heavy metal that kills brain and immune cells. Not to mention strains of the flu virus itself that are contained in the vaccine along with other ingredients—what effect will that have on someone with an already-suppressed immune system?

  • Decrease Intake of Food Stressors: Decreasing your intake of food stressors like sugary soft drinks, processed foods, hydrogenated oils and junk food is great place to start. Foods which may not be stressful during one season may be extremely so during another, exacerbated by environmental factors like dead and dying leaves, molds, and ragweed, which weaken the immune system. Dairy foods like ice cream, cheese plates and dips consumed during the summer can congest the colon. Casein, the protein found in milk products, creates mucus, which prevents nutrient absorption and backs up in the sinuses and lungs. I typically recommend a colonic cleansing once a week from late August through mid-September, but anytime during fall would be useful.

Sugars immediately decrease the immune system function, and a strong immune system is essential to fighting off viruses and other illness like the flu. Caffeine stresses the adrenal glands, causing cortisol and epinephrine to be excreted continuously, which leads to adrenal exhaustion. Adrenal exhaustion inhibits your body’s ability to achieve a restful night’s sleep, which is essential to fight off bacterial and viral invaders.

  • Avoid Sick People and Crowds, if possible.
  • Load Up On a Superior Probiotic: Flora 12+ or Premier probiotic. Our bodies require three pounds of good bacteria in our intestines to achieve a healthy immune system.
  • Use Flu Preventives: I recommend daily use of a throat spray called Throat Spray Tone, which kills bacteria and viruses before they enter the body’s system. Another homeopathic remedy I recommend is called Flu Tone, which is used to fight flu symptoms, cold symptoms and airplane viruses.
  • Wash Your Hands thoroughly and frequently and keep your hands out of your nose, mouth and eyes.
  • Keep Warm—avoid getting chilled.
  • Keep Moving! Make sure you are walking, and continue to exercise out in the fresh air and sunlight each day, if possible.
  • Get Eight Hours of Sleep.
  • Respond to First Signs of Illness: At I recommend a foot bath or hand soak at the first signs of feeling weak and achy. I recommend 12 cups of hot water mixed with one cup of Medi-Body Bath and one cup of Medi-Body Soak to achieve an immediate reduction in symptoms, and immediate detoxification and restoration of the body’s electrolyte balance.
  • Avoid Over-the Counter Remedies: Over-the-counter pharmaceuticals are designed  suppress and cover up symptoms rather than release them from the body. But remember, untreated or suppressed flu symptoms can lead to pneumonia. Better out than in, I always say. The excretion phase of a runny nose, for example, is much healthier than suppression, which pushes it more deeply into the lungs—50,000 deaths per year due to colds and flu doesn’t make good sense to me. Prevention starts with good personal hygiene, cleaning out the body’s garbage and toxins, and with a healthy diet, which means something different for each season.

Please let me know what you think in the comment section below. If any of the products mentioned interest you, or if you’d like to talk or set up an appointment please feel free to reach out at drsevensky@optonline.net.

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