New Endeavors

I have recently started an e-newsletter.  The first one with special attention to gastrointestinal issues, specifically heartburn, indigestion, GERD.  A few of my friends, in other professions, and I had a group newsletter workshop and learned that it wasn’t at all as difficult as we thought.  It was a fun and informative experience. 

I feel like I have dipped my toes  into the 21st techno-century and WOW!! nothing exploded and my hair didn’t fall out!!!

Anyway,  my next one is in process.  So, look for ’20 Ways to Love your Liver’ and other topics.


I have studied Standard Process and Mediherb products for several years and have used their products in my practice successfully.  I am always delighted to find a jewel of a product that isn’t necessarily one of their top sellers that seems a bit of a sleeper when in actuality is a gift.  I continue to explore the many products they have to offer and love the challenge of customizing the combinations of their many formulas to each of my patients with nutritional needs.

I have recently been taking a supplement, new to me, but not new to the market.  It is a Standard Process product called e-Poise.  It is chocked full of whole food and organ extract nutrition and I have noticed a marked improvement in memory function, my ability to focus and my energy level.  I have, not unlike many other folks my age, noticed that word and name recall is sometimes a challenge. 

I am hungry now, for more information about the other less flamboyant products in their treasure of Standard Process and Mediherb lines.  Will keep you posted.

What?! Butter is better?

Here is the scoop on butter…Aside from my long standing belief that the closer your food is to it’s natural state the better, at a recent nutritional seminar, I received a list of the good nutrients in one of my favorite sources of fat in the diet, which helps to prove my point.

Butter is a great source of Vitamins A, E, D, and K2.  It also contains Lecithin (good for modulating cholesterol), MCFA’s (medium chain fatty acids, essential for cell wall integrity), Selenium, Iodine, Manganese, and CLA (conjugated linoleic acid, prescribed for weight loss!). 

So  imagine a food as tasty as butter, that offers all the benefits in this list, after all those years of being told how utterly horrible it is for us.   A great reason to celebrate and throw a pat of butter on your roasted asparagus.  Yum!


The Importance of Fats

With all the hubbub regarding fats in the American diet, we seem to have lost our connection to common sense.  While the ‘experts’ decry all fat intake, extoll the virtues of a low-fat, no-fat diet, the health of the Americans are continuing to decline.  I am particularly concerned with the tendency to ignore the need for adequate good fats for maintenance of ALL cell membranes in the body.  Fats are also required for making hormones and hormone like substances, for absorption of fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, F and K, for absorption of minerals, for the conversion of carotene to vitamin A and for immune and nervous system function. 

“It is possible to starve for minerals that are abundant in the foods we eat because they cannot be utilized without an adequate quantity of the fat-soluble activators.”  (Weston Price, DDS, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration)

Think of all the diseases and degenerative conditions that might possibly be helped with adequate good fat intake to assist in assimilation and utilization of the nutrients that we are trying so carefully to incorporate into our diets.  Fats are required to help build and maintain bone density, to maintain the covering of the nerves all over the body, just to mention a couple.


OK, I was recently reminded of the importance of looking at people’s fingernails.  You can discern much about a person’s health status by the condition of their nails.  Assuming, of course that one isn’t wearing nail polish. 

For instance;  the moons of the nails (also called lunalae) can be indicative of oxygen levels over time of the blood.  Go figure!  They take up approximately 1/4 of the nail, except on the pinkie finger, which does not have one. 

Absence or reduction of the moons indicates vascular or lymph blockage.  Smaller luna may also indicate decreased hormonal status and reduced lung activity.  Oversized luna show blood pressure and other cardiovascular tendencies.  The presence of luna on the pinkie finger suggests overworked heart or high blood pressure and shoot-like spurt growing from the border of the luna suggest a thyroid imbalance.   So there you have it.  Let’s all check our fingernails and those of folks we love.

mental upgrades

I have been very busy, attending seminars to enhance my understanding of clinical nutrition and how to best assist my patients with non-invasive, low risk, non-chemical approaches to their health concerns.  As usual, the experts who are generous with their time and expertise know how to peak my interest in the information and encourage the attendees to offer more of these services.  The health of our nation depends on it! 

After working with nutritional supplements for many years, I have seen the changes they can bring about.  They are not near as dramatic as drugs and surgery, but in most cases, they can bring about changes gently, without dangerous side effects and vastly improved health status.  I really get fired up when I think of this approach, when compared to some of the other mainstream protocols and requirements.  Something as simple as a formula containing things like carrot oil and carrot root, some minerals, alfalfa and glandular extracts being a very potent anti viral treatment is a real gift.  Little or no bad effects other than the die off of viruses.  WooHoo!


I just visited with a patient that had been going through a very rough time, job loss, on the verge of losing her home, recent auto accident with some resulting physical problems.  She is in a much better place now, working at a job she loves, housing issues resolved and playing golf 4 days a week.  What an inspiration she is, in that she could have given up, but didn’t.  She credits me with keeping her on track, but what I reminded her was that all she needed was to realize that her good might come in ways she hadn’t yet imagined, and to open up to other possibilities.  That assigning a value of good or bad to a situation is a waste of time, since something that first appears to be bad, might in reality be better described as difficult.  And as we all know, difficult can lead us to revelations about ourselves, our hidden or undeveloped strengths and some needed wisdom and knowledge that will serve us in important ways in the future. 

Of course, it is much easier to see that in other people’s situation than in my own, so am I grateful that I am surrounded by friends and patients that will gently and sometimes, not so gently remind of this stuff.

Zest for patients

I have recently had a big change in my practice and as a result, I feel a renewed excitement  for learning new things to help my patients.  With the economic challenges for everybody, we are always looking for ways to add value to the patient’s experience.  Good for everybody!  Currently adding more nutritional resources and therapies.  I love this stuff!

I am adding a quick nutritional exam procedure to screen major systems and it serves as a way to check on improvements while following some individualized nutritional protocols.  It is a very handy tool for both the patient to see objective improvements and for me, to be able to back up the patient’s subjective story.

He said what?

This week George Will called Donald Trump a bloviating ignoramus on national television. That term keeps running through my mind. I don’t know yet what this says about both of those men….

On a more civil note, more FYI about the spine. The second cervical vertebra effects the eyes, nerves for hearing, sinuses, tongue and forehead area. Conditions associated with problems at C-2 are sinus problems, allergies, eye control, hearing and earaches and light headedness.

I see lots of patients with chronic sinus issues and almost always find issues with that part of the neck


My patients are an endless source of information and inspiration for me. I am, in many ways, grateful to them and their willingness to allow me to be a part of their lives.

A few days ago, one of my long term patients told me about using licorice powder on the sores on his lips. He said it worked really well. How cool is that?! And fascinating, I think.

Also, just so you know, the top vertebra in your neck (C-1) can and often does effect the blood supply to the head, scalp, and brain and effects the pituitary gland, bones of the face and middle ear. Which means it could contribute to headaches, insomnia, high blood pressure, migraines, nervousness, fatigue and dizziness. Wow! What an important spinal segment!