Here’s to you, trace minerals

I recently gave a short talk to a professional group about the importance of trace minerals. I love doing these exchanges and sharing some little known info with non-healthcare professionals. They are always very attentive and ask such great questions.

I started taking the liquid trace minerals a few months ago and found that my joints ached less and I had more energy. Several of my patients are taking them, reporting some interesting changes in their health status, as well. Better sleeping reported by folks with insomnia and chronic pain, decreased pain and discomfort of fibromyalgia, better range of motion and decreased stiffness in chronically inflamed joints. What a gift!

Fortunately, these supplements are not expensive and one doesn’t require large quantities, (thus the ‘trace’ designation). Ideally, we would get these nutrients from organically grown root vegetables, since the roots are where the minerals are absorbed from the soil, but considering that most of us don’t focus on root vegetable much and we don’t all have access to organically grown foods, we most likely need to supplement. Even with the not-so-pleasant taste of the minerals, which resolves quickly, it is worth adding it to the supplement regimen. You will be better for it.


I have been thinking quite a bit about how much I enjoy my work. I love it when I get to the office and the schedule is full. My fulfillment comes when my patient and I can collaborate about a plan to help them improve their health and raise the level of enjoyment in their life.

This morning I was expecially glad to work with a patient that felt she was losing her edge and the joy she is so used to experiencing. Getting to know my patients at that level and listening to their stories really helps me see what is affecting those areas of their health that I can help to influence.

It is like a big puzzle, with lots of the pieces hiding under other parts, and the goal is to connect the edge pieces in the right order so the patient can fill in the tapestry in the middle. Great stuff!

New Lessons

I have been spending lots of time on the road, helping with my parents, and have tried to use the time to learn more information that would be helpful to my patients.  So, while driving, I listen to CDs that share information about nutrition subjects.  Like, did you know that calcium is utilized in hundreds of processes in your body. 

We all are somewhat familiar with the importance of calcium in maintaining healthy bones and teeth.  In addition, it is essential in healthy soft tissues, and a fully functioning immune system.  I have been using calcium lactate with some other formulas for patients just coming down with cold/flu symptoms and it is impressive how quickly they move through the episode, compared to those who do conventional remedies.  Unfortunately, we don’t get much information regarding the importance of minerals in our diets, so I will try to share more of that in the coming weeks.

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!

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.