As a doctor specializing in preventative care, an individualized approach has become the standard of excellence. A Micronutrient Test gives us exactly what we need to treat our patients in the most individualized way possible.
People commonly ask me about whether they should take specific supplements. They heard Dr. Oz say it's good, or it worked for their best friend so they took a chance.
They feel they should be taking "something". There are many studies out there that point to the benefits of taking antioxidants and a multivitamin. What these studies don't take into consideration is the individual needs of the patient. We enhance the potential for better outcomes and a healthier population when we consider this important piece. Beyond that we give these patients a better chance to live an optimized life.
I rely upon Spectracell's Micronutrient Test to help us evaluate the true nutritional status of each patient. Once we clearly understand each patient's individual needs then we can create very specific nutritional protocols to support their system. It also helps us guide them towards their highest expression of health.
Testing with Spectracell's Micronutrient Test is the most specialized way to evaluate your wellbeing.
Once we draw your blood it is sent to a lab. The lab pulls out your lymphocytes (white blood cells) and grows them in a petri dish for 3 weeks. Your lymphocytes are then opened up and evaluated for what has been absorbed, utilized, and what is deficient inside the cell.
They then determine how your cells handle stress and how your immune system is functioning by stressing the cells in different ways.
This creates a beautiful graph of your cellular function and from that we create very specific protocols to improve your functionality. So for people who desire to enhance their functionality as they age, this is a fantastic test! It is a great way to improve vitality, regeneration, energy and metabolism.
For many people, supplementation can be overwhelming because there is so much controversial information. So they stab at it, trying to at least "cover the bases". This ends up causing frustration and becomes a huge expense. Too many people send me pictures of their supplement cabinet and it's filled with half-used bottles and amounts to hundreds of dollars.
When a Patient has a specific health issue, there are many different nutrients and deficiency states that can play a role in the issue itself. We can pinpoint exactly what is needed to get that patient back to health rather than giving them a standard protocol when we evaluate the body with the Micronutrient Test.
I often combine this test with a Hair Mineral Analysis to evaluate heavy metal toxicity and organ system function to get a bigger picture of exactly what is going on in the patient's body.
And if you are a biohacker, focusing your healthcare on creating optimized vitality and function as you age, a micronutrient test is essential to your body best performance.
This is biohacking at its finest.
Those pesky MOSQUITOES! You are about to learn how to make the best homemade mosquito repellent so you don't have to deal. Yay!
Not only are they obnoxious, they carry dreaded diseases that wreak havoc on your body. Diseases transmitted by mosquitos include West Nile Virus, Dengue, malaria, certain types of encephalitis, and at least 19 known disease altogether.
According to Wikipedia, nearly 700 million people get a mosquito borne illness yearly, resulting in over 1 million deaths!
Avoid getting bit by these creatures!
West Nile Virus has recently been found in Boulder County, hence I am sharing the best homemade mosquito repellent recipe so you can protect your family.
Making the best homemade mosquito repellent allows you to know exactly what is in your bug spray and avoid harmful chemicals like DEET. DEET has been found to be toxic to the central nervous system, which you likely want to protect, especially considering how prevalent nervous system challenges are these days. It is getting worse, and you must ask why.
DEET basically inhibits a very important enzyme in your nervous system called acetylcholinesterase (AChE). This enzyme is found in the synapse of nerve cells and muscle cells. When a signal is passed from nerve to muscle AChE jumps in and breaks down
the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, consequently stopping the signal and allowing new neurotransmitters to be rebuilt so that the next message can be received.
AChE has an extremely fast reaction time, breaking up each molecule in about 80 microseconds. Anything that works that fast has an important job to do!
Poisons that attack this enzyme paralyzes muscles. And, combine DEET with other chemicals (often found in combination in conventional bug sprays) and you get an increase in their toxicity! It is time for a new approach!
Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (different than lemon eucalyptus oil) is EPA approved as an insect repellent and considered relatively safe, but yet to be well tested on children. So, on that note, we are going to use a blend of essential oils in this recipe to have the best effectiveness.
You can use any blend of bug-repelling oils, which I believe a blend of oils is going to give you better protection than a single oil alone.
If you'd like to see this recipe on action, check out this link to watch me make it on the fly.
citronella, lemongrass, rosemary, tea tree, lavender, eucalyptus, cedar, geranium, peppermint, catnip and cedar.
1 4 oz amber or dark colored bottle
50 drops of a blend of essential oils (from the list above)
1 tbsp vodka or rubbing alcohol
2oz witch hazel
2oz filtered, spring or distilled water
1 tsp vegetable glycerin (optional. Helps stabilize spray)
Put all essential oils and alcohol (or vodka) in glass jar and shake well to combine. Add witch hazel and shake well again. Add vegetable glycerin (if using), shake vigorously, then lastly add water and shake well again.
Shake vigorously before each use. Naturally separates. Spray on every few hours for best protection.
When using on children, spray on clothing rather than directly on skin.
Use precaution when using any products on skin as they may cause adverse reactions.
You may want to make 3-4 bottles at one time so that you can store them in various places. I like to keep one near the front door and in our camping gear.
If you don't want to make your own, opt for one of the more natural options. There are several on the market today that are decent. Here are a few to consider:
May your summer be bug free!
Wanna stay balanced through the fall and winter seasons? Check out the retreat I am hosting in October! It is called Balance, Boundaries & Letting Go ~ A Powerful Retreat To Soothe Your Soul.
WARNING! You may hate me after this. Once you try this AMAZINGNESS you will never want to be without it. You may not even be keto, but this Keto Chocolate Recipe will knock your Socks OFF! Uh Oh!
And trust me... I KNOW CHOCOLATE! It happens to be one of my favorite things in life, and since I am also very conscious about putting sugar and artificial ingredients in my body I had no choice but to come up with a keto chocolate recipe that rocks!
And you, my friend, have just become privy to this phenomenal chocolate I make every week! SERIOUSLY.
Now being that chocolate is such a major part of my life, I have tried many different recipes out there and finally came up with one that fits my needs perfectly. I mean really ~ chocolate needs to be chocolatey (obviously!), Oh-So-Smooth, and capable of melting on my tongue with perfect intensity.
So Here You Go!
First, you want to get a few molds. If you don't have any, and you can't wait for them to arrive before you break out this spectacular keto chocolate recipe, you can always pour it on a plate in a thin layer and let it set. Break it up with a butter knife and you are good to go. No need to wait on chocolate! Heck no!
In reality, this doesn't have to be a keto recipe, but if you are keto it certainly can be! The keto version is much richer, of course, but still really enjoyable. Plus, you can add bee pollen or large sea salt flakes to the top and you'll never look back at another chocolate again!
100gm cacao butter , melted
25gm coconut butter, melted and stirred
3/4 cup (60gm) raw cacao powder
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp sea salt
Optional (non-keto) Style:
1/8 - 1/4 cup maple syrup or raw honey
Large flake sea salt
Unsweetened coconut flakes
Melt cacao butter and coconut butter at around 40-45°C (104-113°F) on a double boiler. Once melted completely, stir in vanilla, sea salt and raw cacao powder. KEEP STIRRING.
Turn off heat and take top pan (with chocolate in it) off the bottom pan (with water in it) and continue to stir. until it begins to cool. If you want to be precise I usually let mine cool to about 31°C (88°F), however, I have recently rushed it and poured the hot chocolate into the molds and threw them in the refrigerator and it came out just a good as ever.
Just be mindful that you are not putting something too hot in a silicone or plastic mold. There are nasty chemicals that can leach out of those things and that would defeat the purpose of you making the healthiest chocolate in the universe.
Once your keto chocolate recipe has cooled a bit, pour it into the molds and sprinkle your topping of choice. I personally LOVE the large sea salt flakes and cacao nibs together! Bee pollen is another fav, so I usually make a mold of each.
Put in the refrigerator to set. It only takes about an hour, but if you can't wait that long be sure to leave some in the pan to sample!
This is a fascinating conversation with Jennifer Ellsworth-Bell and Ali Kegley Kole with Sensually Embodied Dance. This conversation is all about Turning Yourself On! And from a rich, deep place within, so that you too can know that you have so much power within you to feel alive as a women and to enliven all of your relationships, especially the one with yourself.
You will hear Dr. Brandy’s unfoldment from disconnection to re-connection.[0:00] Creating More Magnetism In Your Life [2:08] The 10-Day Transformation Program [3:05] Introduction of Ali Kole & Jennifer Ellingsworth-Bell [4:03] My Path to Church & Therapy All At The Same Time [4:55] Jennifer Bell’s Transition from Prosecution & Panic Attacks to Connection to Herself [7:55] Ali Kole’s Deep Gratitude for What Sensually Embodied Dance Brings to Life [9:01] Ali’s Transition from Student to Sensually Embodied DanceTeacher [12:45] Returning to The Essential Feminine Genius & Power Inherit Within [16:00] What Does Your Erotic Body Love?
I'm about to break it down for you here, but first, let's talk about WHY it is important to have a good poop!
Here's the deal: Your body is a machine, and your machine should be running smoothly and efficiently. When it is not, just like a car sputtering along, your body begins to feel pretty darn crappy (pun intended).
Bowel movements are a natural part of your body releasing toxins and waste. When you don't release the toxins from your body you get "backed up" and this can lead to headaches, bloating, pain, and even nausea. My biggest concern is that when constipated, your colon gets compacted. This compaction may interrupt the function of the bacteria that is housed in your colon. There are trillions of bacteria in your colon that protect your gut and produce vitamins, specifically vitamin K, vitamin B's and biotin. When these guys can't do their job then your body can become deficient. (1)
When you have a vitamin K deficiency, you could experience heavy menstrual bleeding, easy bruising, and may bleed form rectum, nose or gums. Biotin deficiencies can lead to dry, scaly skin, hair loss, brittle hair, fatigue, insomnia, and loss of appetite. B vitamin deficiencies range from weakness, lightheadedness, heart palpitation, nerve problems, numbness and tingling, vision loss, and even constipation! You can see how this may be a vicious loop, and you can see how important it is to resolve constipation and get your micronutrients in balance.
People vary in their bowel movement habits, but you should be moving your bowels at least once every day, preferably move them every time you eat a large meal.
If you are having a bowel movement less than once/day, then you may have constipation. If you have fewer than 3 BMs/week, then for sure you have a problem.
If you are straining to pass, have a feeling of fullness after having a BM, or have hard, pebbly poops, these could also be indications you have constipation.
I have seen plenty of patients who say they do not have constipation, as every time they eat a Big Mac or other greasy food item they have to RUN to the bathroom! This is a whole other problem, but still points towards a failing digestive system. This may be Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Colitis, Dysbiosis, or Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Either way you still have a problem!
Fully formed, medium brown in color, may hang out in middle of toilet (doesn't float on top or sink to bottom), and you shouldn't really have to wipe your buttocks after a good poo.
If you have hard, pebbly, poo, or pencil-like stools, loose stools, or stinky stools, these could all be indications of different issues in your body, like bacterial infections, fungal overgrowth, parasites, impacted colon, hyper-motility, or protein or fat malabsorption.
Constipation is one of the most common digestive problems in the U.S. and something that is correctable for sure. You just have to find the right key to unlock your potential for greater health.
Here are the five most common reasons I see people have constipation:
Poor Diet - Most people today are eating a processed food diet, high in McDonald's or other fast-food and packaged meals, and missing out on the nutrients that facilitate good bowel movements. It is essential to get fiber in your diet, which means, eat more plants!
Stress - Stress plays a HUGE role in motility and digestive function. When you are stressed, your nervous system goes into a fight or flight response and causes your digestion to S-T-O-P. Think about it: when you are running from bears or tigers the last thing you want to do is stop to poo. No! You are running like crazy! your heart beats faster, your pulse races, your vision improves, and your digestion stops.
Consider how much stress you really are under! We all have it, and today it seems we have more stress than ever considering the state of the world today. That means we all have some side effects of stress (which there are a lot) and constipation is a huge one.
Dehydration - Let's get this straight: you should be drinking half your body weight in ounces every single day! And if you live at altitude like me, you need to drink more than that. If you are not drinking enough water you are not going to move your poo. Nor are you going to have a body that is pain-free and a nervous system and brain that works well too.
Sedentary Lifestyle - Yep! You've got it! If you aren't exercising you are going to have a sluggish everything! Sluggish body, mind, liver, digestive tract, etc. Get up and MOVE YOUR BODY! It doesn't have to be outrageous either. 20 minutes of vigorous movement, getting your heart rate up and breathing a little harder than normal should do the job.
Certain Medications - If you are stopped up first look in your medicine cabinet. You may be taking something that is causing your problem. The primary drugs that cause constipation include NSAIDS like Motrin or Aleve, opioid drugs like Vicodin, Dilaudid, blood pressure meds, some antidepressants and antihistamines. There are more, but this will get you started.
Some supplements can even cause constipation, especially iron supplements. Others include berberine, excessive vitamin D, NAC, chlorella, and more. This is exactly why you need to work with a practitioner who can check your body and give you a specific protocol to support your body's needs. Not every supplement is right for everybody!
If you are taking an iron supplement, you may want to consider taking a whole-food form so that you don't as big of a chance to get the side effects of traditional iron therapy.
Well, if your concerned, have a conversation with your doctor. Otherwise, look at the five primary reasons I see people experiencing constipation, you can use that as a guide. Get some exercise, dink more water, reduce your stress, eat more vegetables, and try to reduce your medications (with your doctor's help of course).
Others things that may help include reducing alcohol and caffeine consumption, and when you have the urge to go poo... GO POO! You could also try adding probiotics to your diet and eating prunes as well as more high-fiber foods.
Be mindful of laxative usage, and never use them for more than 2 weeks. Your body could become dependent and then you have an even bigger issue.
If you are looking for a little more guidance, schedule a consultation and let's get you on the road to healthy!
You will love this conversation with Jenn Lane, P.T. She lays down truth around being a healthy woman, how to restore function to your lady parts, and educates about the different techniques you can use to improve sexual pain, incontinence, and bowel control. Just because you've had a baby doesn't mean you can't have control of your own body.
0:00 Incontinence is Not Normal
0:42 Turn Your Soul On! Radio Introduction
1:08 Introduction to Jenn's Work, Holistic Physical Therapist
2:28 You Don't Have To Stay Stuck In Your Story
3:25 You Have The Power To Change
4:23 Overcoming Being Hit By A Car
7:45 How To Effectively Address Pain Patterns
12:20 How To Release Emotions Stored In Your Tissues
16:34 Treating Urinary Incontinence, Sexual Pain, & Bowel Control
26:49 A Tool For Your Pelvic Floor
33:54 A Resolution for Diastasis Recti
40:51 The Growth Of Jenn Lane
44:25 Where To Find Jenn Lane, P.T.
45:33 Closing The Convo
Following The Whisper of Grace…
Beth Kearns shares with you how she received her message to become an acupuncturist after working in unfulfilling jobs. She teaches at the Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture and brings forth a very beautiful essence in the world of healing. This woman works magic and shines a light of radiance that you will love.
Everybody needs omega 3's, 6's, and 9's, and your body doesn't produce them so you must get them from food. If you miss out on these nutrients you become ill and predisposed to chronic diseases, which is why the are called "essential fatty acids".
All fats have different functions in the body and your 3-6-9's are used for different things like blood clotting, cellular function, hormonal status and inflammatory processed in your body.
Of course inflammation is good when you need to beat infection or injury, but it is a real problem when inflammation becomes chronic and systemic. This type of inflammation appears to be the root of essentially all chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, Metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer's, you name it.
Scientists believe inflammation to get out of control when there are too many omega 6's consumed and not enough omega 3's. In our country we are eating a lot more omega 6's than 3's as 6's are found in many processed and packaged foods. I have found these ingredients even in the high-quality packaged foods that can easily be considered "clean".
It's not advisable to simply eat more 3's to compensate, as too many omegas has risks as well. These fats are very reactive and bind with oxygen to create free radicals that cause cellular damage, one of the underlying causes of cancer.
Your best bet is to eat fresh. whole foods. That's a great place to start, and when cooking avoid vegetable, corn, soybean or cottonseed oil. Those are the oils highest in omega 6's. Instead, use coconut oil, grass-fed butter or olive oil.
Most conventional meats are fed with corn and soy, which in turn creates a meat lower in omega 3's and higher in omega 6's, so go for organic, wild-caught and grass-fed meats as much as possible. Chicken and pork tend to be higher naturally in omega 6's, so go with leaner cuts of those meats when choosing them. Eggs are higher in omega 3's when pasture-raised.
If you are not eating much seafood it'd be advisable to take a fish oil supplement. There are different kinds, like Cod Liver Oil, Tuna oil and Krill Oil, which you can find pretty much everywhere, just be sure to get a high-quality oil as these can go rancid and then you are creating a bigger problem then you started with. For a deeper dive on this check out this post, "Are Your Supplements Harming You?".
My highest recommendation is to get your omega ratios checked with a blood test. Once you see where you stand you can then know how to address the situation. All too often people willy-nilly stab at their healthcare and then wonder why they still have problems. Don't let this be you! A more intelligent way will lead to a better outcome!
If you'd like to get your omegas checked we can help you with that! We will send you a test kit and then to a lab in your area and you will be on your way. Reach out to get scheduled.
Here's To Your Greatest Health!
From Anxiety to Leadership ~ Emily Wishall Leads The Way
Join us for the first of the Ambition & Grace interview series! It is finally here and you get to be a part of this beautiful conversation. Emily Wishall is a Rolfer and Embodiment Coach and assists women leaders in deepening their experience in their bodies so they can own their power and bring their best. She shares with you her trials as well as a practice for you to do to embrace your own self in a more authentic way.
0:00 Emily On Feeling Fat From Age of 8
1:35 First Ambition & Grace Interview Series!
2:32 Boundaries & Doing What We Say
3:05 What Is An Embodiment Coach?
6:27 The Spiritual Aspect Of Embodiment Coaching
10:57 Disempowered Disconnection From Our Bodies
12:43 An Emotion Lasts 90 Seconds
14:35 Wildly Successful Women
16:10 Emily's Transformative Path
18:35 The Biggest Struggle
22:00 You Will Never Belong Until You Belong To Yourself
24:49 Get Into Your Own Body ~ A Practice
29:57 Head Space vs. Womb Space
32:44 Art Of Feminine Presence 5 Class Series
34:05 How To Connect With Emily
35:00 Where Ambition & Grace Came From
35:45 How Emily Turns Her Soul On!
38:53 Why Ambition & Grace Interview Series Came To Be
Did you know your supplements could be making you sick?
Dietary supplements are not regulated by the FDA which it leaves the door wide open for consumer risk and fraud. I know we like to think that if it's on the market it has to be safe... NOPE! Don't kid yourself. Yes, technically the companies are supposed to be inspected and report ingredients and changes to formulas to the FDA, but it doesn't necessarily happen. Money talks people, and many companies will cut costs by using the cheapest ingredients, even though they may be laced with toxins and un-bioavailable.
Consumer Reports: "And while supplements are technically held to the FDA’s Current Good Manufacturing Practices, it doesn’t do enough to monitor facilities for compliance. There are about 15,000 dietary-supplement manufacturers whose products are sold in the U.S., according to a 2015 study in the journal Drug Testing and Analysis. Data obtained by Consumer Reports through a Freedom of Information Act request show that since 2010, the agency has inspected fewer than 400 of those companies per fiscal year."
Not only are these companies unregulated, the labels may be a BIG FAT LIE. LabDoor, a independent testing company, researched 30 top-selling fish oil supplements and found that six of those studied had, on average, 30% less omega-3s than stated on the label.
Authorities in New York State "conducted tests on top-selling store brands of herbal supplements at four national retailers — GNC, Target, Walgreens and Walmart — and found that four out of five of the products did not contain any of the herbs on their labels. The tests showed that pills labeled medicinal herbs often contained little more than cheap fillers like powdered rice, asparagus and houseplants, and in some cases substances that could be dangerous to those with allergies".
Many companies that sell workout supplements have been accused of spiking their protein powders with cheap fillers and have also been found to be mislabeling the amount of protein that is actually in a serving.
In the movie Bigger, Faster, Stronger, primarily about steroid use, gives a peek into how some supplements are actually being made in bathtubs! You've got it, you have NO IDEA what is in your supplements.
You can check out the trailer here.
When companies are putting unlabelled fillers in supplements, there is just no telling what you are actually getting. And even more, the way some of these ingredients are processed are outright harmful.
For example, many synthetic B vitamins are processed using formaldehyde, coal tar, GMO corn syrup, and/or ammonia. PLUS there is ample evidence that synthetic B vitamins commonly do not have the same bioavailability as vitamins in their whole food form. Nothing can compare to nature. This is why I primarily prescribe whole-food nutritional concentrates. This allows you to get concentrated doses of specific nutrients to affect change in physiology that you just can't do with salads and beets alone.
It has been reported that unsuspecting customers may be buying counterfeit nutritional products from third party sellers like Amazon.
Naturalnews.com points out how fraudulent companies unlawfully use copyrighted material and look-alike packaging of popular supplement companies to market counterfeit formulas.
You may look at the ratings and see 5-stars, but be weary as Amazon has a policy of assigning the same high-star rating to ALL products it believes are identical to any original manufacturer’s products. That means if a Standard Process Supplement has a 5-star rating, then the counterfeit product automatically gets one too.
This is not Amazon's fault. they do not realize the seller is a fraud.
I know this is a lot to take, especially if you are like most of my community, and have been taking supplements so that you can be proactive with your healthcare. There is a way to navigate the system and ensure you are getting high-quality supplements in your diet.
First, simply stick with the manufacturer of high-quality products and you will be fine. Yep, they will cost more than on Amazon, but you have to ask what the long-term cost is if you put toxic products in your body...
Your best bet is to work with a Functional Medicine Practitioner or Naturopath so that you can be prescribed the appropriate supplements for your body. Every body is different and a practitioner can figure out what your body actually needs to work at optimum health. PLUS practitioners have access to supplements that are way more potent that what you can buy in the store. These are called practitioner-prescribed lines and is the only thing I put in my own body. Don't trust it if you see these practitioner-prescribed lines on Amazon.
I occasionally have a patient that disregards the Amazon scam and then asks me if their side effects are normal. I cannot tell you, since we don't really know what was in that package.
I personally do a Micronutrient Test that essentially looks inside the white blood cells at long-term deficiencies so I know exactly what to prescribe, that way we know that we are supporting your body in the appropriate way and not over-supplementing you. Then I use practitioner-prescribed lines to give you the most potent and effective treatment plan possible.
The practitioner-prescribed lines that I use have Good Manufacturing Practices and use third party testing for potency and to ensure there are no toxins in their products. It's a beautiful thing!
23,000 people per year end up in the ER after taking a supplement!
There are a number of reasons for this, I am sure, and, if you want to get the most out of your supplementation protocols and ensure you are moving yourself TOWARDS HEALTH, then work with a practitioner who can help you sort all of it out for yourself.