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You May Know What But Do You Know When?

So you have been reading my blog for a long time and know WHAT supplements to take. You know about the herbs, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, trace minerals and the like. Members of Dr. Orman’s Wellness School know this but do you know WHEN to take supplements to get the very most out of them?

As a general rule, consider the following:

  1. Most supplements are taken during or right after a meal. The increased acid and enzymes that are a part of digestion can aid in their absorption.
  2. Take consistently to achieve maximum health benefits. It usually takes 12 weeks before you feel the full beneficial effects.
  3. Take minerals at night. They are more readily absorbed and will aid in sleep.

There are several very important other ones that can take your wellness and overall health to a much higher level. To learn about these, sign up for my online Wellness School by clicking HERE.

Peel Away a Decade

Maybe it’s because another birthday is around the corner. Maybe because I see friends whom I have not seen in 30 days. Maybe because it is a passion of mine and something I have devoted the past 2 decades in terms of helping others. Yes, this is the one. . . .

In any event, anti-aging continues to be a growing field. Some of the methods are new and innovative while others have a long history of success. This one has history.

Peel away a decade from your face simply by using. . . . .rice.

Rice is a grain that is a rich source of linoleic acids, a powerful antioxidant that aids the collagen production in the skin. It is known as the anti-wrinkling substance as well as a protector from the rays of the sun.

Rice has other health benefits including:

  • Strengthens the spleen which promotes the production of blood
  • Help with immunity
  • Good source of Vitamin E
  • Aids in digestion

While it is certainly beneficial when eaten, here is a unique and creative way to use it topically for additional benefits. Doing this IN COMBINATION with Doc Wellness Supplement can turn the appearance of your face as much as a solid decade or more.

Here is how to go about using it. Firstly, get the following:

  • 4-5 tablespoons rice
  • 1 tablespoon milk – goat’s milk or organic cow’s milk
  • 1 tablespoon of raw, locally produced honey

Now the simple preparation:

  1. Boil the rice in the fashion that you would normally do
  2. After you boil the rice, strain it and put aside the water in which the rice boiled.
  3. Heat the milk and add to the rice. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Next up, add the honey and stir. It should be a viscous paste now.
  5. Keep it warm (the paste) but not too hot to injure the skin in any fashion. Apply on the skin and leave it for a good 15 minutes.
  6. Take off and wash face with the “rice water;” that is, the water that you boiled the rice in.
  7. Be sure you have taken your two doses of Doc Wellness Supplement as well.

In terms of the rice-mask, twice weekly is the recommended.

Special note: Even after the first time, you will both notice and feel a difference.  The major impact comes after 60 days.

5 Powerful Ways to Reduce or Eliminate Anxiety

anxiety, anxiety attacks

anxiety, anxiety attacksFew feelings are worse than anxiety. It is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. It is estimated that 18% of the population is deeply affected so much so that their career and/or relationship(s) are on the edge.

Natural medicine views anxiety as either a weakness of the Kidney energy and/or the Heart energy. When addressed via nutrition (particularly proper herbs), acupuncture/acupressure point therapy or other hands on methods, the feelings of anxiety can be dramatically reduced or eliminated.

Though the only true way to address your anxiety is to get personalized treatments, here are some “broad stroke” methods that have been shown to be rather effective. Please note that the Virtual Doc Wellness visit is the ideal way to address YOUR specific need. Click here to order now.

5 General Methods to Alleviate Anxiety

  1. L-theanine is an amino acid found in tea – green, black, and white teas, and has a direct calming, soothing effect on the heart. When taken after working or mental tasks, it is has been shown to lower blood pressure, heart rate, and overall stress.
  2. When levels of omega-3 fatty acids are low, social anxiety is a common reaction. One becomes as the mercy of their own chemistry at this point. 2.5 grams of Fish Oil per day reduced anxiety symptoms as well as providing many other health and wellness benefits. Side note: Adding 3g of Omega 3 to those dealing with substance abuse reduced anxiety and cravings for (abused) substance. Worth a shot.
  3. Adding probiotics and FOS (a sugar that allows for the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut) is an excellent way to reduce anxiety. Virtually all of the patients that I have seen over the years who struggled with anxiety also had gut related problems. Adding this reduced anxiety typically 75% or more.
  4. Ashwagandha is an herb known as “the Indian Ginseng.” it is an adaptogenic which means that it literally adapts to what the body needs. It is exceptional for reducing chronic stress, a major contributor to anxiety. It is also known to stabilize mood via strengthening the heart.
  5. Probably should have started with this one. Exercise results in chronic anti-inflammatory effects in the brain and overall immune boosting. Inflammation throughout the body contributes to anxiety, exercise neutralized this and allow for the release of brain chemicals which allow you to feel great.

Anxiety is by no means a permanent state. Take action. You have suffered enough already.

Most Interesting Study to Improve Life

It just might be the most interesting results from any study I have ever read. Big statement isn’t it?!

The short and sweet of it is this. There was a group that was initially tested for visual acuity; that is, they were examined to determine how well their vision was. Results were gathered and noted.

A while later, they were asked to dress in the outfit an airplane pilot would normally wear. Once dressed, they were retested for vision. Results?

Same group. Same test. 20% improvement!

This seems illogical but the results were confirmed. It also opens up a whole area for debate and more so, for practical application. What if we began asking specific questions and applying said information. For example:

  • How do healthy people dress?
  • How do abundant people dress?
  • What do happy people do differently? Where do they go?

The numbers of questions are endless and the potential results could certainly be life-altering.

Experiment. Reinvent the way you approach life, health, finances, career etc. Take changes to look, talk, train, eat etc., in a different fashion.

Email me your results. I too am taking this challenge on and will post results every 30 days.

Treat your life as an experiment!

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3 Power Pick-Me-Up Herbs

The ideal way to identify the causes of low energy is to seek treatment from a health practitioner who will treat you in an individualized, personalized and detailed fashion. In other words, you need you to get to the root cause of the problem and treat it based upon YOUR chemistry.

Having said that, there are times when you need help and you need it now. You have a ton of work and your energy levels are just so low. Time will not permit a visit (and only now did you remember that you can order the Doc Wellness Virtual Visit HERE).

Here are 3 substances which are safe and quite effective as a natural energy tonic:

  1. Ashwagandha. This Indian herb is used in Ayurvedic medicine, where it is valued as a general tonic and adaptogen.  It is considered the “Indian Ginseng” and is excellent for improving the health of the heart, adrenals, and brain.
  2. Eleuthero. More commonly known as Siberian ginseng-eleuthero is useful for clearing feelings of exhaustion, fatigue from heavy workloads and a general lack of energy. It does not have the spiritual components of Ren Shen but is very effective for the physical aspects.
  3. Reishi. A woody mushroom, it recommended in traditional Chinese medicine for increasing immunity and strong anti-aging components. Additionally, due to its effect on the Kidney energy, it is an energy tonic that is safe and strong.

5 Foods with Lots of Nutrition and Virtually No Calories

They are some of the healthiest substances known. Tasty, inexpensive and easy to find, they also contain very few calories, making them some of the ideal foods to consume on a regular basis.

The list is:

1. Celery

Consisting mostly of water and some fiber,  celery has only 16 calories per 100g. It is a source of potassium Vitamin K, Vitamin C and is one of the best foods for improving the state of the adrenal glands.


2. Apples

Despite having 52 calories per 100 grams, apples contain healthy fiber along with Vitamins C and A. It is also considered one of the best foods for improving the health of the liver.


3. Cabbage

Cabbages have just 25 calories per 100 grams. Cabbage is one of the great foods for fat loss, improved digestion and overall strengthening the health of the spleen and large intestine.

4. Zucchini

Zucchini have just 17 calories per 100 gram serving.  Zucchini contains high amounts of Vitamin B and zinc, making it great for improving the immune system.

5. Cauliflower

Cauliflowers have only 25 calories in a 100-gram serving. If you are looking to help strengthen the lungs, look no further. This vegetable is one of the ideal for helping strengthen the lungs.

The (Literal) Path to Creativity

There are pathways on the body that are associated with moving energy. Each has an organ connected with it and anywhere from 1 to 3 pathways connected. For example, the heart meridian has 3 branches – one goes to the small intestine, one to the tongue and one to the pinkie finger. (Side note, stuttering and the inability to “find the right words” are associated with an imbalance of the heart meridian.)

Many people have at least heard of them. What is not popularly known are the 8 Extras or 8 Extraordinary Meridians. They have odd sounding names like the “Dai Mo” or the “Yang QiaoVessell.” They are shrouded in mystery to a good extent.

On one level, they are considered the overflow place; that is when the main meridians are filled to the maximum with energy, the excess is stored in the 8 extras. Additionally, they guard the body against disease and are considered part of the protective energy.

But on a much deeper level, this is where unique skills, latent talents, and emotional healing occur.

In this case, there is one simple exercise that when done on a regular basis, can provide dramatic results for improvement in creativity and clarity.

If you find the base of the skull, directly in the center, where the (posterior) hairline would be and consider this Point A. Now, find the point about the size of a quarter in the center of the forehead between the 2 eyebrows. Consider this Point B.

Starting at Point A, imagine a thin flexible tube going from Point A to Point B, from the back of the hairline to the forehead. Using your imagination, intention and your breath, move the energy from Point A to Point B. As you do so, say to yourself, “Creativity.”

Now, from Point B (forehead), send the energy back over to Point A saying “Clarity.”

If possible, it is best to say the words in a soft tone, out loud. It is as if you are whispering to a person next to you.

From Point A to B and back to A is considered one loop. Do this 9 times. Over the course of as little as 2 days, you will notice a significant difference. Do this for 30 days and the change will be dramatic.

Essentially what you are doing is directly the energy via breath and intention to the areas that stimulate creativity and clearness of thought. It would be akin to watering a plant.

The method is simple but in the simplicity exists incredible results. I have used this many, many times to write speeches, articles and to pass examinations. I have taught this to musicians who soon found “just the right note” and writers who cleared writer’s block.

It only takes a few minutes at most. Practice and commit to it. Then let me know what results YOU produce!

Think Twice Before Grilling Outside This Summer

You finished the steak or the hamburger and now have the unenviable task of cleaning the grill. The neighbors are gone and junior is out with his buddies so time to roll up the sleeves.

You brush and scrub until all is right with the world, or at least the grill. But is it?

Doctors from the U of MO have published a study of what can occur if a wire bristle falls off, going into your food and then is consumed. The internal damage is rather pronounced, to say the least. A person who develops swallowing issue or continual pain post-grilling should seek medical attention immediately.

Better yet, avoid the issue altogether and go with a nylon brush. It is not quite as effective but is considerably safer.





Solution to Migraines

Migraines are one of the most common and most debilitating problems, affecting some 4 million Americans per year. Other facts according to the Migraine Research Foundation include:

  • Migraines are the 3rd most prevalent illness in the world.
  • Nearly 1 in 4 U.S. households includes someone with a migraine.
  • Amazingly, 12% of the population – including children – suffers from migraine.
  • 18% of American women, 6% of men, and 10% of children experience migraines.
  • Migraine is most common between the ages of 25 and 55.
  • Migraine tends to run in families. About 90% of migraine sufferers have a family history of migraine.

Per Natural Medicine, most of the problems originate from the Gall Bladder and Liver being congested. There are a number of substances that can be of great help in these cases.

At the top of the list is an herb called Feverfew.

Feverfew is an herb used to both prevent headaches and migraines as well as treat arthritis and digestive problems.

The liver and gall bladder are considered “brother and sister;” that is, there is a strong connection between the 2 organs. Feverfew helps to decongest both, thus alleviating pain in general, migraines and headaches in particular.

One note of caution: Feverfew affects the speed at which the liver breaks down certain medications. Be cautious if you are on these types of medications -diabetes medications and proton pump inhibitors.

Doc’s Thoughts: Acupuncture and herbs such as Feverfew – the ones that affect the wood element (liver and gall bladder) were effective in (I would estimate) about 80-85% of the patients I saw who had migraine issues. It would take a while to work on the prevention aspect but typically one treatment would “short-circuit” a migraine.

Successfully Dealing with Anxiety

Anxiety is one of the worst feelings in the world. That sensation of worry and unease gets mixed in with the anticipation of a negative outcome about an event. Other times, it is simply the unknown creating a nightmare-like scenario. Even though there are times we know it is in our minds, the fact is a sizable portion may, in fact, be in our chemistry.

In Natural Medicine, each major organ not only has physiological functions associated with it, but they also have specific emotions. So when an organ is “weaker” or imbalanced in some form or fashion, the given emotion can come to the forefront. In other words, at times, we are at the mercy of our own chemistry.

Anxiety is considered a variation of fear. The organ that is responsible for fear (and courage) are the Kidneys. The kidneys are part of the urinary system. Their physiological purpose is to filter wastes from the blood and excrete them (along with water). When the organs are weaker than what they should be, problems such as low back pain, problems with the bones, knees, and ankles, hair, memory loss and yes, fear/anxiety come into play.

Please note that Natural Medicine is not nearly as cut and dry as standard care. Terms are used a little more freely and variations are commonplace. Thus, the use of “weakness” does not necessarily mean any time of (diagnosable) disease(s). It simply means that the organs should be stronger and when they are not, anxiety can result.

What weakens the kidneys? There are several factors:

  • Hereditary weakness. Think genetics in this instance. Some people are unfortunately dealt a tough hand. There are substances and methods that can help but it is an uphill battle.
  • Excessive sexual activity. Pretty self-explanatory.
  • Chronic Illness(es). Those who suffer from any type of chronic illness(es) will invariably weaken the kidney energy.
  • Overwork. Those who push it hard – 50-60 hours a week in the office for example – will find that the kidney energy will weaken over time, leading to many health and energy issues.

As mentioned, when the kidney energy weakens, anxiety is often expressed. A person is at the mercy of their chemistry. When this energy is weak, the anxiety will usually be experienced as vague or unknown and phrases such as “Nothing in particular happened. I just feel anxious.”

(It should be noted that this type of anxiety is different than an anxiety attack. From a Natural Health stand point, an anxiety attack is typically the result of a blood vessel being damaged from a trauma. Vitamin E taken on a regular basis can often alleviate the typical signs and symptoms of this type of anxiety.)

What Can Be Done?

The great news is that there is much hope for individuals suffering from anxiety. Correct the chemistry and most of the time, the “true” personality shows itself. The confident, happy, joyful person rises like the Phoenix, now that the body has strengthened and repaired itself.

One of the best and safest substance to use for long term anxiety, in particular, is called Fo-Ti. It is an inexpensive herb that can be found in most health stores. As mentioned, it is safe and strengthens the kidney energy, thus alleviating many (all?) of the signs and symptoms of anxiety.

Additionally, one can experience side-benefits of increased energy, improved skeletal health, alleviation of joint pains and other healthy-aging benefits. (It should be noted that I have treated 1000s of patients and have never seen a negative reaction from this particular substance.)

The kidneys by nature like to be kept warm. Therefore, herbs such as ginger and cinnamon are very nourishing and healthy for them. Keeping ice cold drinks and cold foods lower in volume is also recommended.

Life can be challenging enough without compounding it by having to deal with issues such as anxiety. Fortunately, with some effort and time, the body in its infinite wisdom, can heal and correct itself. When it does, such negative feelings have a tendency to dissipate. Courage, anxiety (and fear) counterpart will make its way into your life. Watch the real changes then!

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