👍Thieves on my nightstand and in my purse...
👍Breathe Again on my desk and in my purse...
👍Deep Relief on my desk and in my gym bag...
👍Stress Away in my purse (I used to keep it in my lab coat at the pharmacy and use it a gazillion times a day)
👍Tranquil on Charlie's nightstand and Rutavala on mine
👍Valor on my desk.
They only work if you use 'em friends!
Life is better with oils.
Postpartum depression. It affects 10-15% of women post pregnancy, and often begins a merrygoround of medication use that is hard get off. Take a few minutes to read this gal's story. She is not alone.
Several years ago at the pharmacy, I began asking women who were getting new prescriptions for antidepressants or antianxiety medications if they had received labwork prior to being handed a first time antidepressant or antianxiety prescription by their doctor. Remarkably, 95% or more had not.
This issue isn't always about low progesterone (read the story) . It could be an unresolved thyroid issue, a low Vitamin D level, or many other possibilities fairly easily spotted by doing proper labwork analysis. Sadly, insurance often won't pay for this, and many doctors who work for a medical conglomerate healthcare system won't order the needed labs because it falls outside of the approved diagnostic protocols set by upper management or insurance companies.
Save yourself some time and grief and get the labs necessary by paying out of pocket. It can be done easily in most states. This is one of the services I offer in my health coaching calls. It just might change your life. 😘
Eye Clues Part I
“People’s eyes tell me more than their mouths.”
Eye diseases affect millions of people in the USA. Just like the age old, “Which came first?” question about the chicken🐔 and the egg🐣, we might also want to ask the question about diseases of the eyes. You see (pun intended😁!), diseases of the body may first present themselves as clues within the peepers or eye diseases may result because of dysfunctions within the body… Some of these clues discussed over the next few weeks will be easy to spot by looking in the mirror, while others may require help from a friend, and others may only be seen by your favorite eye care professional.
👀According to the National Eye Institute, the eye blood vessels (those we can see with our naked eye and those that a professional can see) often reflect the condition of brain blood vessels. Blood vessels in the eyes are similar in size, structure, and function to those found in the brain. Thus, inflamed or damaged vessels within the eye are often a predictor of future dementia, cardiovascular disease or stroke. It is very important to listen and make a point of understanding any abnormality your ophthalmologist may point out. Early intervention may make a difference between vision and blindness. Other clues within the eyes are often tied to disorders and dysfunctions occurring in the body. Additionally, many medications can lead to secondary eye diseases…. another reason to avoid a polypharmacy lifestyle whenever possible!
Cataracts, glaucoma, Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy are clues we’ll start with, as they are extremely common eye diseases in the United States, affecting millions and millions of people predominantly over the age of 40. You’ll notice in our discussion that the damage likely began occurring many years earlier! #cluesyoucanuse
👀Cataracts affect more than 22 million Americans 40 years and older. Those who will be predisposed to cataracts will have a history of:
🔎Long term steroid use
🔎Excessive alcohol intake
🔎Radiation treatment or exposure to the upper body
🔎Blood pressure medications (beta blockers and ACE inhibitors)
🔎Photosensitivity causing medications that increase sensitivity of sunlight to the eyes (BCP’s, antihistamines, antidepressants, diabetes meds, NSAIDS are a few known to do this). Wear sunglasses😎 if you are on these meds!
🔎Living in an area with high air pollution. Let’s park here for just a second. We tend to think of air pollution as being something outdoors, generated by someone else. Yet in standard American households, poor air quality is inadvertently self induced with synthetic fragrance plug in’s, toxic cleaners, candles, aerosolized deodorants and hair sprays, and sprayed toxic air fresheners. Please do not do this to yourself or your family. If you haven’t yet started, begin switching over to 100% natural alternatives beginning with Thieves Household Cleaner and a diffuser with a wide variety of Young Living clean fresh scents. Ya’ll, take a moment and share your favorite fall/winter diffuser recipes in the comments!
👀Glaucoma will be most prevalent in those who have a history of:
🔎Long term steroid use
🔎Medications used in the treatment of Parkinsons, epilepsy, depression, allergies, and prostate disorders. Additionally, NSAIDS, and antipsychotics have also been implicated. Birth Control Pills have been under close scrutiny in the last decade as possible purveyors of glaucoma predisposition. Eyes have estrogen receptors within them, and many scientists believe that healthy natural estrogen levels have a protective effect on the retina. Eye disease is often insidious and damage to the optic nerve is slow. A large study released in 2011 found that women who had used birth control pills for more than 5 years had a 25% increase in their glaucoma risk.
🔎Genetics, trauma, or injury
👀Macular Degeneration is another sneaky eye disorder. Early diagnosis is usually the result of an attentive eye care professional who will recognize the telltale signs under the retina. There are some outward early clues for the potential ocularly challenged. Difficulty in judging distance when walking (making it harder to keep your balance) and slightly blurred central vision are two clues that indicate a visit to an ophthalmologist would be appropriate. 🔎Prescription medications that may predispose someone to Macular Degeneration include beta blockers and certain other blood pressure medications. Genetics also tends to play a part. That said, remember that 90% of gene expression is environmental (epigenetics) and we have much control over our environment!
👀Diabetic retinopathy is a complication usually resulting from poorly managed blood sugar. The longer blood sugar is poorly controlled, the greater the likelihood that this condition will develop. Symptoms are gradual (as with most chronic eye diseases), and include spots or “floaters” in vision, blurred vision, fluctuating vision impairment, dark or empty areas of vision, and ultimately vision loss. Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness between the ages of 20-74 years old. It is no small problem, and affects an estimated 4 million people every year.
If you’ve identified yourself in any of these possible scenarios, now’s the time to add IlluminEyes to your Young Living shopping cart on the regular. We have much to talk about in the way of eye health clues and supportive measures to counter balance the stumbling blocks we’ve all encountered in our walk through life. Eyes require certain nutrients…. Vitamins A, C, E, Lutein, and Zeaxanthin are key to optimal eye health, and IlluminEyes contains all of these. It also contains dried Wolfberry fruit powder which has a unique type of zeaxanthin that naturally boosts blood levels 2-5x higher than sources acquired elsewhere. Good stuff!
Support your eyes proactively. Once the damage is done, it’s often difficult (or impossible) to reverse. See you next week with more eye clues!
My email inbox is an eclectic mix. I mean really..... if someone were to go through it, they'd likely wonder what in the world goes on in my brain I'm sure. 😂.... and truly, sometimes I feel that way myself. It's an Olympic level ping pong game on some days!
Daily I am wading through emails from entities who highly endorse Western Medicine while others give the latest information on holistic ways to heal (nearly all I've chosen to subscribe to are like me..... western medicine healthcare trained professionals who have seen that there is another, better way). Researching and gleaning information is a time consuming process. There is very little way of doing it quickly.
I see information like this: "FDA Issues Warning About Use of Dermal Fillers with Needle -Free Devices" (note: those with needles are also worth the warning). https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/960557?uac=245954MZ...
What if there might be another way? What if drinking enough water, staying away from toxins in food, beverage, skincare, and household chemicals..... getting enough exercise and sleep... got your foot in the door to more youthful looking skin?
What if there was a boho beauty regimen you could add to your day that improved the appearance of your skin gradually with regular use? 🙋♀️
YL CBD Beauty Boost + YL Longevity Vitality in a capsule.... have you tried it for 4-6 weeks? AMAZING!! ( You’ll use the beauty serum (1/4-1/2 dropper applied topicaly) and longevity filled capsules (2-5 drops per day internally) each day for 30-45 days.
If you don't currently have a Young Living account, let's walk through skin health conundrums together. I offer a complimentary 30 min consult (www.goodmedicine.info for booking)
I have had a clean skin care regimen thanks to Young Living for almost 8 years, and have been taking the Longevity in a capsule for about 5 years. Clean skincare begins from the inside out! I added the CBD Beauty Boost about 3 months ago. Frankly, I really didn't think my skin could improve. I was wrong. I'll post a recent pic of myself in the comments.
Stay safe ya'll. Save yourself some money too (that dermal filling ain't cheap!). You won't regret it.
I was only a little surprised to see this amazing list of DIY body scrubs on my favorite protein bar company's blog. Have ya'll tried Perfect Bars? 😋They are AMAAAAAZING.... and they have a pretty impressive ingredient list (as well as being NonGMO, gluten free, and low Glycemic Index)
As always, if you want maximum benefit when doing something good for yourself (like a Perfect Bar or a DIY body scrub), choose quality ingredients. I only use Young Living essential oils for a variety of reasons:
1. I trust Young Living and have been to 5 of their farms. Show me any company that will open up their production facility/farm to the public on nearly any given day, and you'll have my full attention.
2. If I'm going to ask an oil to "do " something, I'm going to darn sure make sure it's high quality. You know that saying..... "you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear"? The same hold true with oils. You will get what you pay for. I use my oils in ways that yield remarkable results..... but only because high quality tools make all the difference.
3. Have you ever researched what it takes to keep the "active" part of an oil "active" in the distillation process? I was like ... and ...and😍 about 8 years ago when I went down that rabbit hole for the first time. There is an ENORMOUS difference in what an essential oil is capable of doing if it has been grown free of harsh chemicals and fertilizers in untainted soil, harvested at the right time of day and year, distilled at the right temperature, pressure, and time, with the right equipment (stainless steel and glass) versus something produced under dubious conditions possibly mixed with who knows what.
4. If you are 👩⚕️ like me, you'll appreciate these books as a great place to start learning:
📚 Aromatherapy for Health Professionals (by Price)
📚 Clinical Aromatherapy (by Jane Buckle) - often used as a text book for aromatherapy certification for nurses.
📚 Evidence Based Essential Oil Therapy (by Johnson)
(It's amazing how much of this information they scrub or bury on the internet. That's what happens when something works really well for our health but doesn't contribute to the Medical Industrial Complex wealth. )
5. Personal Empowerment. Once the skills our great grandparents (and beyond) have been revived, there is no turning your back on the knowledge now in place. Education is my jam and I love helping others find their way. If you're curious, and want to know more, there is no time like the present to learn. Let's chat.
Myocarditis is finally being studied as a side effect of the 💉. Scarring of the heart does not fix itself over time.
Please learn to navigate VAERS. The knowledge you glean from doing so may save you grief in the future. At the very least, it provides informed choice.
‘Tis the season to chat about zinc (or lack thereof!). Frankly, we should have had this discussion two years ago…..better late than never, right? First, take a close look at the clues I dropped in the graphic, and then hop back here to tackle this very important topic!
Approximately 25-33% of the population is deficient in zinc. The World Health Organization says zinc deficiency is the 5th leading life-threatening factor in the world, especially in 57% of the elderly population. Kind of a big deal for a micronutrient! At least 16% of all deep respiratory infections are related to a zinc deficiency (impaired taste and smell, fever, cough, sore throat, generalized weakness, pain and achy limbs, runny nose, and even occasionally…. diarrhea😬 are all symptoms of deficiency btw).
Why? Zinc is one of the white hat good guys . It has over 200 known roles in body function (just take a look again at some of the clues related to low zinc), and is a key player in our immune system:
✅Adequate zinc is essential for preventing viral entry and also supports appropriate viral response in host cells.
✅Adequate zinc supports ciliary strength and action in the lungs. These are tiny hairlike structures in the lungs that help prevent mucus buildup.
✅Adequate zinc levels directly inhibit viral replication.
✅Adequate zinc levels have a supportive role in balancing immune response during a dis-ease process.
Additionally, 🔥zinc deficiency🔥 has been shown to play a role in:
🔥Type I Diabetes
👉Excess is not stored in the body. Intake must occur daily.
👉Both deficiency and excess can negatively impact immune system function. This is but one reason to have thorough blood work run by a healthcare professional who will take the time to do a complete analysis.
👉Zinc “overload” is rare, but can certainly happen. When it does, it is usually due to a copper deficiency or zinc:copper ratio imbalance. (again, labwork!)
How did we become a world of zinc deficient people? Toxins and poor farming practices. Overworked soil and fertilizers containing too much phosphorus (which binds zinc) are to blame. Zinc cannot enter into the plants and then fails to make it into the food chain.
High toxin☠️exposure is also to blame. Just one more excellent reason to kick your known household toxins to the curb (toxins typically found in mainstream cleaning products, personal care items, processed foods and beverages, makeup etc). Thankfully, we have solutions in place🙌 with Young Living Thieves Household Cleaner, a wonderful skincare line, and even our amazing YL Savvy Makeup collection. Kicking toxins to the curb is so easy knowing that pure unadulterated excellence is waiting to replace them!
Other causes of zinc deficiency:
🔥Chronic stress (depletes zinc rapidly)
🔥A high copper to zinc ratio
🔥Leaky gut and digestive disorders (zinc deficiency is both cause and effect!)
🔥Medication usage: ACE inhibitors (blood pressure), antacids and proton pump inhibitors, glucophage, beta blockers (blood pressure), birth control pills, corticosteroids, diuretics, NSAIDS, and statins are among those known to deplete zinc.
The USDA recommended daily allowance for zinc is 10-12 mg/day, but this does not account for the amount of toxins a person may be regularly exposed to. Many functional medicine doctors suggest that optimal daily zinc should be 20-40mg/day.
Foods high in zinc include pumpkin seeds, grass fed dairy (ex: Kerrygold Butter) , cashews, almonds, spinach, asparagus, dark chocolate, grass fed meat, salmon, mushrooms, and turkey.
Thankfully, we also have several Young Living Supplements containing zinc to supplement what we may get from food:
*Organic dried Wolfberries (1.8mg per 100gms)
* Immupro chewable tablets (5mg/tablet)
*Super B (3mg/2 tablets)
*Powergize (5mg / capsule)
*Balance Complete (4mg/ serving)
*AminoWise (2.1mg/ serving)
*Master Formula (15mg/packet)
*MightyVites (for the littles….. 1.1mg/tablet)
*Mineral Essence (contains Zinc and 61 other important trace minerals)
*NingXia Red (contains zinc by virtue of its ingredients. I was unable to determine how much zinc it has per serving)
It’s a good idea to achieve the RDA minimum requirements on a daily basis (especially since zinc is not stored in the body!). My personal preference is to try to achieve the optimal recommendations by way of the foods I eat, and then supplementing with a variety of what is available to us with a Young Living membership. Immupro and Master Formula are two of my faves! In the event of illness, a larger mg/day may be needed.
Finally, there is a test you can do at home. It’s called a zinc tally/challenge (you can find more info on this online). It is an oral “taste test”. What you taste (no or weak taste versus a strong metallic taste) is an additional clue for the “health” of your zinc levels.
As always, do your research, and consult your favorite healthcare professional who should be well versed in analyzing blood work if you suspect you may have a zinc deficiency.
(PS: if you do not have a health care professional, I do offer blood work analysis)
It's a great day to serve! #younglivingfoundation has teamed up with #feedmystarvingchildren. This is how it's done friends. Community love and partnership is alive and well❤.
I cannot believe we are already in October! (Gah!! Has anyone started their Christmas shopping yet? 😀)
I learned yesterday that the word Autumn means "increase". Young Living is certainly handing us all the ways to INCREASE our health and wellness options with the gifts with purchase this month.
I'm not a fan calling this season "Fall" because to me, it has negative connotations. I mean.... who wants to fall below the wellness line? ("I do".... said no one ever😬).
Let's take a look at what we've got available to us for free this month:
Cinnamon bark and clove. Both are amazing oils for cooking and baking. They are also 2 of the 5 oils in Thieves..... and we all know what Thieves does for us, right? Both of these oils are considered "hot" oils, so you'll want to dilute with a carrier oil if using topically. You can create some delicious autumn diffuser recipes with these too.
Autumn is a time to love on your adrenal glands. The body naturally wants to rest and recover as the days grow shorter. It's a great time to shower your adrenals with affection, and any time you diffuse or use nutmeg in all the ways you are certainly doing that! Have you smelled nutmeg? It makes me so happy! Try a couple drops with some orange or Citrus Fresh in your diffuser....... soooo good!
Patchouli. Do you like it? This is a fantastic oil for the skin, but did you know it is also great for digestive disturbances? (Should we be surprised?..... it's one of the amazing oils found in Digize). Remember, the skin is a mirror to the gut. No wonder it is known for both skin AND gut health!
Immupro is a chewable tablet that is on my order every single month! Ya'll..... this is a powerhouse wellness tool that I feel is probably under utilized by the general YL population. Bonus points for its double duty. Chew one tablet before bedtime, for a better night's sleep too. Mushrooms and melatonin for the immune supportive win! (Do a little quick research on the benefits of the reishi, maitake, and mushroom mycelium if you are the curious👀 sort!)
The Turmeric Herbal Tea and Tea mug are the icing on the cake. I plow thru my herbal teas from October to March. The turmeric herbal tea is one of my favorites! A tiny bit spicy..... it warms me right up and does great things for my body too. Tea with benefits is always a bonus! (It's a close 2nd favorite for me.... have you tried the Slique Tea?.... oh my word! I LOVE LOVE LOVE me a mug of Slique tea!)
Remember to keep your Subscribe to Save (formerly known as Essential Rewards) activated. Please reach out to one of us if you have any issues or confusion with the new ordering platform. You'll notice that at the 400PV level, we are receiving back product valued at $220.80 this month. That is without factoring in points too..... 10% back for the first 3 months, then 20% back until the 25th month, and after that, we are blessed with 25% back. To put that in perspective, it adds an additional $40, $80, or $100 back into your pocket (in the way of product credit). Savings like that cannot be beat!
Enjoy your day and Happy October Friends!
Stats don't lie. If you submit yourself to a hospital protocol, are you given full disclosure of the meds used on you? Remdesivir was pulled from an ebola study because of the damage that was being done to the kidneys.
What happens when the kidneys don't work properly? Fluid begins backing up in the body.
What happens when fluid begins backing up in the body? Fluid begins to accumulate around the heart and in the lungs, which could be misinterpreted /misattributed to something else especially if you happen to be in the hospital for a respiratory illness.
Remdesivir didn't suddenly become safer. All to "treat" something with a 99.9+ survival rate (there are also early , and highly successful outpatient treatment options).
You must be your own health advocate. Make sure you've done your research and that you have given a loved one Medical Power of Attorney before its needed. That in itself is a form of insurance..... otherwise, you may be at the complete mercy of a system that shaves off survival rates considerably by using Remdesivir.
I share because I care. Do your research!
Hey there....thanks for stopping by! This is me (Liz James)... an eclectic mixture of holistic (and organic) farmgirl meets pharmacist. It's a synergy that works well as I speak truths and dissect fact from fiction. If you're looking for healthier living options, you've come to the right place!