Immune Support Breakfast

PhotobucketThis is intended to be used to strengthen the Immune System and is not designed to be hypoallergenic. Modify as needed for your personal dietary needs.

4 cups Rolled Grains

Begin by using the following proportions, adjust as necessary: 2 cups rolled oats (flakes); use 4 cups if other grains are unavailable. 2 cups other rolled grains; i.e. rye, barley, and/or rolled rice flakes.

2 cups Oat Bran

1/2 cup Fresh/Dried Fruit/Seeds
Raisins, dates, blueberries, etc. (unsulphered only)

1 cup Sunflower Seeds and/or Pumpkin seeds (can be ground)

1 cup Nuts
Begin with walnuts and almonds

1 cup Lecithin Granules

1 cup Ground Flax Seed

1 cup Milk Thistle (Silybum Marianum Seeds)

1/2 cup Chia Seeds (Optional)

Spices Try coriander, fennel, and/or turmeric. Begin with 1 tsp. of each. Experiment with ginger, cinnamon and other herbs/spices.

• Grind flax seeds and milk thistle seeds (available at health food stores) in a coffee grinder, blender, or meat grinder. Next, combine all ingredients and keep in refrigerator.
• Soak for 30 minutes or longer before eating (i.e. overnight). Use water, nutmilk, rice milk, apple juice, etc.
• To make almond milk, blend 1/2 cup almonds with 2 cups water in a blender.

Photobucket Dr. Nicole Sundene, NMD is a licensed Naturopathic Medical Doctor at Fountain Hills Naturopathic Medicine 16719 E Palisades Blvd, Suite 205, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268.

She believes we should utilize natural medicines to treat the root cause of disease rather than just treating symptoms, as symptoms are a message of imbalance sent from the body and will persist until they are properly addressed.

For appointments please visit http://FHnaturopathic.com for more information about Naturopathic Medicine services.
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Natural Medicines for Public Speaking, Singing & Sore Throats

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Everyone is always “Kissing the Blarney Stone” in Ireland for what is said to be “good luck,” however upon my further investigation, the luck that you are receiving is the gift of gab, eloquence, flattery, and art of persuasion.

We can all stand to communicate a bit better, and for those that are public speakers or singers one must not only take care of their voice to prevent laryngitis, but also stay focused and tuned in to their lecture topic and audience.

The following list of my “blarniest” natural medicines was designed with the intent to protect the throat as well as keep the mind engaged for optimal eloquence.

#1 Marshmallow: Now I am not recommending that you eat marshmallows unfortunately, I am recommending the herb Althea Officianalis, also known as marshmallow root. This herb falls in the “demulcent herb” category along with Slippery Elm, and Licorice Root. Demulcent herbs coat and lubricate tissues. Make a tea with marshmallow root, or look for an herbal tea formula containing the aforementioned herbs and sip as needed.

#2 Olive Oil: Known as a natural remedy for Opera singers, many gargle with olive oil before singing to lubricate their vocal chords. Adding more olive oil in to your diet should be sufficient enough, use it as your primary cooking oil when cooking below 340F, otherwise use cold pressed canola oil. Read: “Olive Oil Prevents DNA Damage”

#3 Water: In addition to proper oils, water plays an essential role in “hydrolipic hydration,” meaning that being dehydrated is NOT just about not having enough water in your system, you need 60-80 ounces of water daily depending on your size and activity level as well as good oils. Cellular membranes keep water in cells, and they are mainly comprised of the good fats.

#4 Slippery Elm: If you have tried those pink Thayer’s lozenges then you have had slippery elm. Read more

Photobucket Dr. Nicole Sundene, NMD is a licensed Naturopathic Medical Doctor at Fountain Hills Naturopathic Medicine 16719 E Palisades Blvd, Suite 205, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268.

She believes we should utilize natural medicines to treat the root cause of disease rather than just treating symptoms, as symptoms are a message of imbalance sent from the body and will persist until they are properly addressed.

For appointments please visit http://FHnaturopathic.com for more information about Naturopathic Medicine services.
©KitchenTableMedicine.com, LLC ™

Is the Swine Flu Really a “Pandemic?”

By Dr. Nicole Sundene

“Tamiflu!!!! I want Tamiflu NOW NOW NOW!!!!”

~Shouted at a Telephone Triage Nurse Yesterday

For those of you that are new readers to Kitchen Table Medicine, please keep in mind that I have been described to have a “very dry” if not “seriously warped” sense of humor.

So if you want the boring ol’ facts about “The Swine Flu Pandemic” visit my fav site www.CDC.gov, as that is precisely where I ascertained the following medical opinions.

I put the preamble there because I got busted joking around on Twitter by a doctor friend for saying, “it’s just diarrhea people.” On Twitter I follow many nurses, doctors, infection control, the CDC, and so forth.

Everyone has their opinion and the general consensus is that we need to practice standard precautions to prevent this from becoming the “Pandemic” the news is purporting it to be.

I understand the deaths associated with this disease, however, I also understand the disease, and the likelihood that you will get it, and that is what I would like to discuss today– the real non-hyped facts to alleviate panic on this “pandemic.” The news needs news, but what you need are facts. So let’s talk about the facts, educate ourselves on the symptoms, and know what exactly we need to do.

First of all let’s get some perspective on this “Swine Flu National Epidemic,” as 227 people died in America from deer related car crashes in 2007. Also, 1.5 million humans experienced deer related traffic accidents causing an estimated $1.1 billion in vehicle damages. (Source)

Yet are we declaring “Deer a National Epidemic?” Are we slaughtering deer left and right? (Which they are doing with pigs in Egypt unnecessarily!)  Is the news reporting every five seconds on the latest person to die from crashing in to a deer?

No.

Because that is just not that interesting, and deer are so cute.  Pigs may be filthy, and they may be the original host of this virus, but eating their products will not make you sick according to the CDC.

The news thrives on panic, drive by shootings, celebrity tragedies and similar daunting fear factories.

So far, one child in America has died of the Swine Flu, and my heart goes out to that family.

The very old, the very young, and those that are immunocompromised (will discuss below) are at the highest risk of death from the Swine Flu. Everyone else is just likely going to get a bad stomach ache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, sweating, chills, and a cough. Spring is always diarrhea season. The Swine Flu may be a new spring antigen, but if you are a HCP that follows health trends you know what I’m talking about.

Now is NOT the perfect time to start maxing out all your credit cards, but if ever it is the perfect day to call in sick to work! If you are symptomatic you should not be in an office setting regardless of the etiology and your doctor will certainly be happy to write you a note excusing you. If your child is symptomatic keep them out of school until they are better. School after all is just formatting their brains to think like everyone else.

As my parents and I watched the initial breaking news on The Swine Flu, I said to my Dad, “Sure seems like this Swine Flu is being over-hyped by the news,” to which he laughed, “Well Nicole isn’t that the goal of the news? To over-hype everything?” Now that all news reporters hate me….

First of all let’s all not panic, second of all let’s do the most important thing and become aware of the facts about The Swine Flu. Educate yourself on the signs and symptoms so that you can obtain the necessary medical care and QUARANTINE YOUR SELF.

Something you should do anyways anytime you are sick.

OF SECOND IMPORTANCE, PLEASE CALL YOUR DOCTOR’S NURSE FIRST AND DISCUSS THE SYMPTOMS YOU ARE EXPERIENCING BEFORE ENTERING A MEDICAL FACILITY CONTAINING SICK, ELDERLY, AND PEDIATRIC PATIENTS THAT CAN POTENTIALLY DIE FROM THE SWINE FLU!!!

So let me don my old white Dansko nursing clogs and talk about the facts vs fears.  Let’s be sensible. My former hospital co-workers said they are getting really sick of answering all the frantic calls they are receiving in the nursing triage room.

One of the RN’s I used to work with said yesterday, “Honestly Nicole, I think I had a mild case of this last week. I think the news is over-hyping it and scaring our patients, everyone wants Tamiflu and they don’t even need it. We need to save the meds for the people that truly need it. Lack of meds for those that actually need them is my greatest concern at this point.” I couldn’t agree more whole heartedly with nurse Judy.

The following is the Swine Flu FAQ I told my parents at their kitchen table as we watched the news:

AM I GOING TO DIE FROM THE SWINE FLU?

From a personal standpoint as a vibrantly healthy 33 year old woman I could only be so lucky as to die from the Swine Flu, instead I will be working for another 40 years to pay off my FAFSA med student loans and making social security money for my parents and all their friends. *wink*

On a serious note, lets imagine that the Swine Flu is very similar to it’s cousin “Influenza”, 30,000 people die annually from influenza due to secondary complications such as dehydration and pneumonia. It is not really the virus that kills you; it is the development of secondary symptoms.

So, “A stitch in time saves nine,” if you think you have the symptoms of the Swine Flu.  Stay at home, rest, rehydrate, and tell people to be nice to you.  Call your nurse and review your symptoms to determine if an appointment is prudent.

Remember that anytime you have symptoms that are extreme with the flu,  if you are not improving after 24-72 hours (influenza is 7-10 days), if you have blood in your stool or vomit, you need to call your nurse.

Quick test for dehydration: pinch the back of your hand and if the skin stays pinched….you are dehydrated. If it falls back down, you likely are not dehydrated. You can do this on the back of your baby’s neck too.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF THE SWINE FLU?

Straight from the CDC: The symptoms of swine flu in people are expected to be similar to the symptoms of regular human seasonal influenza and include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite and coughing. Some people with swine flu also have reported runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

SWINE FLU IS IT REALLY AN “EPIDEMIC?”

The first thing my family asks me the second they see something health related on the news is….is this true? Is this really an epidemic? Well actually it is a “pandemic” meaning that it is a global concern. My official answer though is that that news as usual is just hyping things up because, well that is what they do, and they need stories that will scare the heck out of people in order to keep them watching.

President Obama is not a HCP, he is simply conveying messages from the CDC or FDA and demonstrating that he is concerned by this, and that he is ultimately in charge of the welfare of all Americans. Instead of panicking let’s educate ourselves on the signs and symptoms to prevent this now pandemic. Those in third world countries are at far greater risk than those in industrialized nations.

WHAT IS THE SWINE FLU?

Straight from the CDC: “Swine Influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza virus that regularly causes outbreaks of influenza in pigs. Swine flu viruses cause high levels of illness and low death rates in pigs. Swine influenza viruses may circulate among swine throughout the year, but most outbreaks occur during the late fall and winter months similar to outbreaks in humans. The classical swine flu virus (an influenza type A H1N1 virus) was first isolated from a pig in 1930.”

Basically, the Swine flu is a mutant form of Influenza A, the virus that some of us get vaccinated from each year. The Swine Flu proves my point that viruses are constantly mutating as discussed by terms such as “antigenic drift” and “antigenic shift” this means that in order to survive and evolve the virus must continue to change it’s DNA or RNA sequence.

This is why we currently don’t have a cure for HIV, because it mutates faster than any other virus and also hides within the very immune system cells that should be killing it. This is also why the influenza vaccine each year is only an “educated guess” at best.

WHO SHOULD REALLY BE WORRIED ABOUT SWINE FLU?

Persons that are immunocompromised or live with those that are immunocompromised. Persons that have recently visited Mexico or have recently interacted with someone that has recently visited Mexico, or another area where outbreaks have been documented.

“Immunocomopromised” means that your immune system is not as healthy as the average bear and thus you are likely to die from something like the Swine Flu: Those with chronic diseases involving the heart and lungs, diabetics, organ transplant patients on immunosuppressants, the very young, the very old, and person’s that are not in exceptional health should take extra precautions as per usual.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I THINK I HAVE THE SWINE FLU?

First call your family practice nurse to review your symptoms and determine if an appointment is prudent, before entering a hospital where immunocompromised individuals congregate.

Our typical nursing telephone triage rule with colds/flus is that we almost NEVER want to see you in the office if you have the stomach flu because #1 there is nothing we can do for you unless you need an IV, and #2 We don’t want our patients exposed to it, nor do we want to be barfed on ourselves (yes I have been barfed on many times.)  When you are not improving with self care is when you need to see your doctor. There I just saved everyone $300 dollars!

AM I PROTECTED IF I HAD A FLU SHOT THIS YEAR?

You may in fact be partially protected if you had a flu shot this year, however as I stated in my article questioning the ethics of “Employer Mandated Flu Vaccine Programs,” researchers are only making a highly  educated guess on the viral particles included in each year’s flu vaccine, because Influenza rapidly mutates, and eventually YES we will see a PANDEMIC of much greater proportions than the Swine Flu when we see a LARGE shift in viral genetic make up. And I’m not talking about viral cosmetics….but you can think about it that way if it helps you understand how viruses use tactics to “cover up” and evade the immune system.

WHAT SHOULD CLINICIANS DO IF THEY SUSPECT SWINE FLU?

A simple sample can be obtained and sent to the CDC for examination.

HOW CAN I PREVENT MYSELF FROM GETTING ILL FROM SWINE FLU?

Enhance your immune system with supplements such as vitamin A 5000 IU (not for pregnant women, and don’t dose this high without the consent from your naturopathic doctor), zinc (typical adult dose is about 15-30 mg daily), vitamin C 500 mg 3 times daily, The Immune Support Diet, and Immune Support Breakfast.

I would also go to Target and buy some natural Cleanwell antiviral handsoap and handspray for my family (made naturally from thyme and aloe vera and shown to even kill MRSA! The laminaceae family…lavender…oregeno…and so forth rock!) Do your best to avoid infected persons, and PLEASE STAY HOME if you have the aforementioned symptoms to prevent further spread in the community. I’m sure your doctor will be happy to write you a note.

WHAT IS THE TREATMENT FOR THE SWINE FLU?

Oral rehydration, oral rehydration, and oral rehydration!!! Electrolytes, electrolytes, electrolytes!!!! REST REST REST!!! Most importantly, tell people to be nice to you. The most important thing to address with this illness is that you do not get dehydrated. If you are throwing up and can’t keep anything down then you need an IV.

My vomiting protocol for oral rehydration is 1 tsp of electrolyte fluid doubled every fifteen minutes (Sports drinks, diluted juices with a pinch of organic sea salt, Recharge, E-mergenc, etc.) If the patient cannot even keep this down….they need an IV STAT. Better to be safe than sorry.

CAN I GET THE SWINE FLU FROM PIGS?

No. Personally I don’t eat pork, but if you want to sausage it up, don’t let the Swine Flu stop you.

And this slaughtering of all pigs in Egypt is simply ridiculous!

Did you know that pigs are smarter than some people? Pigs are the fourth smartest mammals: Humans, primates, whales/dolphins….PIGS!!! It is estimated that they likely have the intelligence of a three year old human being.

SHOULD I WEAR A MASK?

No. A mask likely won’t protect you as transmission is from close contact or “Oral-Fecal Transmission” similar to most causes of gastroenteritis such as adenovirus and rotavirus. We get these types of bugs because people don’t wash their hands after they go potty and then they eat, touch their face, etc.

DO I NEED ANTIVIRAL DRUGS?

PLEASE don’t belabor the point that you need these drugs if your physician does not find it necessary, although laboratory testing has found the swine influenza A (H1N1) virus susceptible to the prescription antiviral drugs oseltamivir and zanamivir.

The CDC has issued interim guidance for the use of these drugs to treat and prevent infection with swine influenza viruses; this does not necessarily mean you need these meds to treat symptoms similar to the Swine Flu such as the common cold, strep throat, allergies, food poisoning, or whatever else you might be sick with this time of year!

Health Care Provider’s are becoming increasingly concerned that we may experience a shortage of these medications if this “pandemic” were to transform in to a true state of emergency.

TAKE HOME MESSAGE ON SWINE FLU

The Swine Flu just proves my point with the “Soil and Seed” model of medicine we talked about with the latest salmonella outbreak. Keep yourself as healthy as possible. The less healthy you are the more severe your flu symptoms will likely be. Most healthy individuals I have consulted with experiencing mild symptoms may in fact have the swine flu and it is best that they quarantine. But they do say that even if the most deathly virus- Ebola became airborne that still 10% of the population would manage to survive. So let’s not panic.

Furthermore, there is nothing really wrong with being sick every now and then.

Think of diarrhea and vomiting as nature’s detox. You can do a Spring Cleaning on your own or wait for nature to give it to you in the form of spring diarrhea.

SHOULD THE SWINE FLU STOP ME FROM TRAVELING TO MEXICO RIGHT NOW?

Personally the last place I would go right now is Mexico. I am scared enough to travel in a country where I don’t speak the language, or am not close to adequate medical care. I live two miles from the hospital, so frankly Dr. Nicole is staying put.

SHOULD THE SWINE FLU STOP ME FROM TRAVELING INSIDE THE US?

Well that is a tougher question, I guess I would decide that on a case by case basis. Personally I wouldn’t go camping or backbacking out in the middle of nowhere right now. I’ve been in situations like that when someone gets extremely sick, and it ruins the trip for everyone. Ask yourself a few questions… Is it necessary for you to travel?

Because airplanes are one of the best places to get infected with the latest thing going around, I wouldn’t travel unless it was necessary (like for vacation *wink*) If I were traveling to a place in the US that is near a hospital for my vacation, I would go. If it were a business meeting type of thing, I would use it as an excuse to get out of it! If I were symptomatic with the aforementioned symptoms, I would do the right thing and quarantine myself regardless.

Here is a Google map tracking the spread of this “swine flu”. For live updates, just click the pic.

Visit the Center for Disease Control for resources sited and for more info: CDC.gov

HAVE A HEALTH TIP TO SHARE IN THE COMMENTS TO PROTECT FROM SWINE FLU?

Please also share your opinions, if you disagree with me you are more than welcome to debate your position as long as it follows standard High School debate team protocol.

Thanks for stopping by my kitchen table!

~Dr. Nicole
Official Anti-News Source for The Swine Flu.

Photobucket Dr. Nicole Sundene, NMD is a licensed Naturopathic Medical Doctor at Fountain Hills Naturopathic Medicine 16719 E Palisades Blvd, Suite 205, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268.

She believes we should utilize natural medicines to treat the root cause of disease rather than just treating symptoms, as symptoms are a message of imbalance sent from the body and will persist until they are properly addressed.

For appointments please visit http://FHnaturopathic.com for more information about Naturopathic Medicine services.
©KitchenTableMedicine.com, LLC ™

How Much Can I Exercise when I am Sick with a Cold?

December 5, 2008 by Dr. Nicole Sundene  
Filed under Colds/Flus, Exercise, Influenza

Now most of us know better than to go on a twenty mile run in the freezing rain and wind when we are suffering from a bad cold, but still many of my athletic clients will call me up and ask exactly how much exercise they can get away with while they are sick.

I follow the basic rule of thumb that if you have a cold above the chest that a light work-out is ok. Exercise raises our body temperature which then allows oxygen to be more bio-available for our immune system to utilize and kill whatever pathogen is ailing us.

Light exercise stimulates the immune system, yet extreme exercise is shown to suppress immune function. Exercise can be used therapeutically to stimulate the immune system at the first sign of a cold or upper respiratory infection. Remember that most colds spend on average Read more

Photobucket Dr. Nicole Sundene, NMD is a licensed Naturopathic Medical Doctor at Fountain Hills Naturopathic Medicine 16719 E Palisades Blvd, Suite 205, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268.

She believes we should utilize natural medicines to treat the root cause of disease rather than just treating symptoms, as symptoms are a message of imbalance sent from the body and will persist until they are properly addressed.

For appointments please visit http://FHnaturopathic.com for more information about Naturopathic Medicine services.
©KitchenTableMedicine.com, LLC ™

Rosemary for Remembrance

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Rosemary is a great herb for memory.

Rosemary is often added to recipes dedicated to those that did not survive breast cancer for “remembrance”.

William Shakespeare even wrote in the play Hamlet, “There is rosemary, and that is for remembrance”.

Not too long ago we had some random spring snow here in Seattle, and whenever the sun is not shining (almost all the time) I am drawn to the garden for some sort of UV-free inspiration. Read more

Photobucket Dr. Nicole Sundene, NMD is a licensed Naturopathic Medical Doctor at Fountain Hills Naturopathic Medicine 16719 E Palisades Blvd, Suite 205, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268.

She believes we should utilize natural medicines to treat the root cause of disease rather than just treating symptoms, as symptoms are a message of imbalance sent from the body and will persist until they are properly addressed.

For appointments please visit http://FHnaturopathic.com for more information about Naturopathic Medicine services.
©KitchenTableMedicine.com, LLC ™

What is Influenza?

February 27, 2008 by Kitchen Table Medicine  
Filed under Colds/Flus, Influenza, Stomach Flu

PhotobucketIt seems many people commonly confuse “the flu” with influenza. I think most people commonly refer to a stomach flu (also known as viral gastroenteritis) as the flu. Viral gastroenteritis caused by rotavirsus, or adenovirus is what makes us vomit and sit on the toilet with relentless diarrhea. These “stomach flu’s” although miserable are typically self limiting and resolve after 24 to 72 hours.

What doctors call “The Flu” is the actual notorious influenza virus that can be lethal to elderly and immunocompromised folks is a nasty two week long affair that involves a high fever usually over 102 F, chills, body aches, sore throat, cough, and may also include diarrhea and vomiting but less commonly. If you have these miserable symptoms it is extremely important that you stay home and take care of yourself so that you are not infecting those with weak immune systems that can have severe complications from this illness. Read more

Photobucket Dr. Nicole Sundene, NMD is a licensed Naturopathic Medical Doctor at Fountain Hills Naturopathic Medicine 16719 E Palisades Blvd, Suite 205, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268.

She believes we should utilize natural medicines to treat the root cause of disease rather than just treating symptoms, as symptoms are a message of imbalance sent from the body and will persist until they are properly addressed.

For appointments please visit http://FHnaturopathic.com for more information about Naturopathic Medicine services.
©KitchenTableMedicine.com, LLC ™

Minimizing Sore Throats, Colds and Flus

February 21, 2008 by Kitchen Table Medicine  
Filed under Colds/Flus

PhotobucketWhen the symptoms of a sore throat, cold, flu or other upper respiratory infection begin, there are steps you can take to boost your immunity and avoid becoming ill or to shorten the duration of illness.

The earlier you take these measures, the more helpful they will be. Ninety percent of common colds are due to viral infections. Though commonly prescribed, antibiotics are not effective against viruses (only bacteria).

The reason antibiotics are prescribed is to prevent rheumatic fever following Strep throat in children or to avoid a secondary bacterial infection, tonsillitis or abscess that may be likely to occur or would be dangerous to a particular patient. Call your physician if your symptoms become severe.

Contamination studies have demonstrated that viral infections are spread much more readily by direct contact (as opposed to airborne).

Cleanliness tips to help avoid contamination by direct contact include not sharing utensils or toothbrushes, etc., frequent hand-washing and frequent laundering of clothing, bedding and towels (especially for children sharing rooms and bathrooms).

Steps You Can Take to Minimize Contraction or Duration of Cold, Flu or Other Upper Respiratory Infection

Eat Very Lightly: With most illnesses, appetite is diminished. This is a natural response because energy is needed to fight off the pathogen (virus, bacteria, etc.) and the body doesn’t have the energy to process food. Give your digestive system a rest! Avoid mucous producing foods such as dairy and any foods that produce allergy or intolerance symptoms. Choose whole foods (not highly processed or refined).

Rest (As Soon As Possible): Many people ignore the early warning signs of illness and keep working until they “drop”. This allows the pathogen to multiply and gain a stronger foothold. If you feel symptoms beginning (sore throat, headache, congestion, fever, etc.), take it easy. Take a day off if possible, as this may prevent you from having to take three days off later on. Keep your bedroom cool and humid. If you are cold, add covers. If you are too warm, uncover or take a lukewarm bath. Humid air is helpful in keeping mucous membranes moist.

Drink Plenty of Fluids: Drink large amounts of filtered water, herbal teas, broths and soups. Fruit juices and sweetened beverages (such as sodas) are not good choices, as their high sugar content will actually inhibit your immune cells from doing their respective job(s). If you do choose to drink fruit juices, dilute them with water (1:1). Avoid alcohol, coffee and black tea.

Avoid cigarette smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke, as it is an irritant to respiratory tract tissues.

Warm salt-water gargle: ¼ to ½ teaspoon salt in one cup warm water. Gargle 2-3 times daily after brushing teeth and tongue.

Immunity-Boosting Supplements, Herbs and Homeopathic Remedies (Adult dosages)

Note: Consult your physician regarding infants, children, pregnant women or persons with additional medical conditions

  • Vitamin C: 500 mg every 3-4 hours with a small amount of food. Cut back on the dosage if stools become loose or you experience gas and cramping.
  • Vitamin A: 10,000 IU three times daily. Women who are pregnant should not take high doses of Vitamin A as the fetus can be adversely affected—pregnant women should consult their physician for recommended dosages and signs of Vitamin A toxicity.
  • Zinc: 30-50 mg once daily with a small amount of food. This can be continued for 1-2 weeks without depleting copper stores.
  • Bioflavanoids: 1,000 mg (1 gram) daily
  • Oscillococcinum (homeopathic remedy): Take 6 pellets every six hours (from the onset of flu or cold symptoms), dissolving the pellets under the tongue, at least 15 minutes away from food or water.
  • Some common immune-enhancing, warming and diaphoretic (sweat-enhancing) herbs include Astragalus, Echinacea, Ginger, Glycyrrhiza (Licorice), Hydrastis (Goldenseal), Commiphora (Myrrh), Trifolium (Red clover), Ligusticum and Yarrow. Consult your physician regarding dosages (that are dependent upon the form of the herb—i.e. tea, tincture/extract, capsules, etc.). All herbs are not necessarily suitable or safe for all patients.

Home Hydrotherapy Treatments: Consult your physician regarding instructions for steam inhalations, hyperthermia, footbath, wet sock treatment, compress (throat or chest), etc. and the treatment’s suitability for a particular patient.

General Cough Syrup Recipe: Start with your strained herbal decoction or infusion (tea) and concentrate the tea by boiling to half the volume. Take one pint (16 oz.) of this herbal tea concentrate and mix with 2 Tablespoons honey and 2 ounces vegetable glycerin (or more honey). Herbal tinctures or extracts can be added to this general cough syrup in a ratio of 3 parts syrup to 1 part tincture/extract. Store in the refrigerator.

Nighttime Cough Syrup Recipe: Combine 1 teaspoon cloves, 1 whole sliced organic lemon and 2 pints fresh decoction/infusion (herbal tea). Boil ingredients together until half the original volume, and then add 12 ounces of honey.

Gargle Syrup Recipe: Combine the juice of one lemon, 1 teaspoon Vitamin C powder, 1 pinch of cayenne and 1 teaspoon honey. Gargle with the mixture.

Onion Syrup Recipe: One large sliced onion, 2 sliced cloves of garlic, ¾ cup raw honey or sugar. Layer the onion, garlic and sweetener alternately in a covered pan. Let stand 2-3 days or bake 2 or more hours at low heat. Strain and use as is, or as a base to add infusions, decoctions, tinctures or extracts to.

Fresh Herbal Glycerite: Take the fresh leaves of the desired herbs and juice or puree them with a little water in the blender. Strain. Add 50% glycerin. Store in the refrigerator.

Resource: Alschuler ND, Lise.

Photobucket Dr. Nicole Sundene, NMD is a licensed Naturopathic Medical Doctor at Fountain Hills Naturopathic Medicine 16719 E Palisades Blvd, Suite 205, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268.

She believes we should utilize natural medicines to treat the root cause of disease rather than just treating symptoms, as symptoms are a message of imbalance sent from the body and will persist until they are properly addressed.

For appointments please visit http://FHnaturopathic.com for more information about Naturopathic Medicine services.
©KitchenTableMedicine.com, LLC ™

Bowel Tolerance and Vitamin C Supplementation

February 20, 2008 by Kitchen Table Medicine  
Filed under Colds/Flus, Kitchen Sink, Vitamins

PhotobucketVitamin C has many important effects in the body. Its effects on enhancing the immune system are notable. In people with certain health conditions, it is desirable to give the body as much vitamin C as it needs. Each person, due to their own unique biochemical differences, has different vitamin C requirements. Also, a person’s vitamin C requirements can vary depending on their state of health. For example, a person in good state of health may only require 3 grams of vitamin C per day; however, when that same person gets a cold, their requirements may rise to combat infection.

Currently, there is no way to test how much vitamin C a person needs. One way to estimate your current vitamin C needs is based on bowel tolerance. The method for determining this is outlined below:

• Begin by taking ½ teaspoon (1000 mg) of powdered vitamin C per day, or one 1000 mg vitamin C capsule.
• Each subsequent day, increase your vitamin C dosage by ½ teaspoon or one capsule (1000 mg).
• Be sure to spread your doses of vitamin C throughout the day.
• Continue increasing your vitamin C dose by ½ teaspoon or one capsule until you experience loose stools. At this point, you have reached your tolerance of vitamin C and have taken too much.
• Decrease your dosage of vitamin C by ½ teaspoon or one capsule. If loose stools do not reoccur, this is your maximal dosage of vitamin C.
• If loose stools continue, decrease your dosage of vitamin C until they stop.

Please keep in mind that if you take vitamin C to tolerance when you are sick, your need for it may decrease as you recover. You will then experience bowel tolerance at a much lower dose. You will need to slowly lower your dosage until you find your new maximum dosage of vitamin C.

1000 mg = 1 gram of vitamin C

Resources
1. Mahan, Kathleen. Food, Nutrition and Diet Therapy. 1996. Saunders. Philadelphia PA.
2. Murray, Michael and Pizzorno, Joseph. Textbook of Natural Medicine.

Photobucket Dr. Nicole Sundene, NMD is a licensed Naturopathic Medical Doctor at Fountain Hills Naturopathic Medicine 16719 E Palisades Blvd, Suite 205, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268.

She believes we should utilize natural medicines to treat the root cause of disease rather than just treating symptoms, as symptoms are a message of imbalance sent from the body and will persist until they are properly addressed.

For appointments please visit http://FHnaturopathic.com for more information about Naturopathic Medicine services.
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How to Clear out the Winter Gunk

January 24, 2008 by Kitchen Table Medicine  
Filed under Colds/Flus, Sinus Problems

PhotobucketWhat to do with the lingering congestion in your nasal passages after a cold, sinus infection, or upper respiratory infection?

Flush it out!

That is right, a simple warm saline irrigation with a Neti Pot can work wonders.

A Neti Pot is used to clean the nasal passages and ensure free airflow through both nostrils. It is part of the treatment protocol for nasal congestion, allergies, sinus infections, colds, and many other ailments. The dust, dirt, pollen, and smoke that gets trapped by the nasal mucosa can easily be washed away by this simple procedure. Porcelain Neti Pots made specifically for the nasal wash are available. Alternatively, a small regular watering can may be used if reserved only for this use.

Procedure:

1. Pour 8 ounces of warm water into the pot. It should be clean or filtered water, free of contaminants. Water that is too cool may increase congestion, while water that is too warm may cause irritation of the delicate lining of the nose.

2. Stir pure, non-iodized salt into the water until it is completely dissolved. The amount depends on how finely ground the salt is. Use ¼ teaspoon with finely ground salt such as table salt, or ½ teaspoon with coarse varieties like kosher salt or sea salt. The resulting saline solution should not burn.

3. Lean over the sink so that you are looking directly into the basin, then rotate your head to the side so that one nostril is directly above the other. The forehead should remain level with the chin or slightly higher. Insert the spout into the upper nostril until it makes a comfortable seal. Keeping your mouth open, pour the solution into the upper nostril and let it drain out through the lower. You should be able to breath comfortably through your mouth. If the solution drains into your mouth, lower your forehead in relation to your chin. Continue pouring until the pot is empty.

4. Exhale vigorously through your nose to clear excess mucus and water. Quickly draw the abdomen toward the spine during each exhalation. If using a tissue, be sure not to pinch the nostrils closed. Continue until they are both clear.

5. Mix another batch of saline in the pot and repeat the procedure on the other side, again exhaling vigorously to clear the nasal passages.

6. It may be necessary to do additional techniques to clear remaining saline solution from your nose.

a. Bend forward, pointing the top of your head towards the floor. Hold for a few seconds then return to standing and do some vigorous exhalations.
b. Stand with feet 2-3 feet apart and arms out to the side. Slowly bend from the waist bringing the right hand to the left knee. Look up at your left hand stretched up towards the ceiling. Hold for a few seconds and repeat on the other side. Exhale vigorously through the nose.

Source: Bastyr students edited with permission by Dr. Nicole Sundene

Reference:
Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy. Neti Pot. Honesdale, PA. 1994.

Photobucket Dr. Nicole Sundene, NMD is a licensed Naturopathic Medical Doctor at Fountain Hills Naturopathic Medicine 16719 E Palisades Blvd, Suite 205, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268.

She believes we should utilize natural medicines to treat the root cause of disease rather than just treating symptoms, as symptoms are a message of imbalance sent from the body and will persist until they are properly addressed.

For appointments please visit http://FHnaturopathic.com for more information about Naturopathic Medicine services.
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Nutrition For Otitis Media With Effusion

January 16, 2008 by Kitchen Table Medicine  
Filed under Colds/Flus, Ear Infections

PhotobucketRecurrent ear infections in children are often related to food allergies and environmental toxins such as cigarette smoke. With this in mind, here are some dietary suggestions for you and your child.

FOODS TO INCLUDE

• Foods that reduce mucous: garlic, onion, watercress, horseradish, mustard, parsley, celery, green tea, lemon

• Foods rich in proteolytic enzymes: fresh pineapple, papaya; these have an anti-inflammatory effect, but be careful of excess amounts of sugar

• Foods rich in bioflavonoids: fresh citrus fruits, leafy vegetables, dark berries, cherries, dark grapes

• Plenty of fluids (preferably water)

• Vegetable and fruit juices diluted with water 1:1 to prevent intake of excessive amounts of sugar (no orange juice, as it is a common allergen)

• Breast milk to infants to enhance their immunity and inhibit the onset of food allergies

• A multiple vitamin/mineral supplement to children no longer breast feeding to boost their immune system and enhance their overall vitality

• Specific vitamins and minerals: vitamins A, C, and E, beta carotene, zinc, selenium (these nutrients are especially involved in enhancing immune function)

FOODS TO ELIMINATE

• Foods that are mucous-forming: cow’s milk, cream, butter, cheeses, roasted peanuts, oranges, orange juice, bananas, excessive sugar

• Refined sugar, refined flour, other refined and processed foods

• Food allergens: dairy products, eggs, wheat, corn, orange, peanuts and peanut butter, soy, chocolate

Photobucket Dr. Nicole Sundene, NMD is a licensed Naturopathic Medical Doctor at Fountain Hills Naturopathic Medicine 16719 E Palisades Blvd, Suite 205, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268.

She believes we should utilize natural medicines to treat the root cause of disease rather than just treating symptoms, as symptoms are a message of imbalance sent from the body and will persist until they are properly addressed.

For appointments please visit http://FHnaturopathic.com for more information about Naturopathic Medicine services.
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Nutrition Care for the Common Cold

January 16, 2008 by Kitchen Table Medicine  
Filed under Colds/Flus

PhotobucketNinety percent of common colds are due to viral infections. The body’s immune system must be relied upon to deal with the virus, as antibiotics are not useful against viruses. The best treatment for the common cold is to support the immune system with diet, rest, and vitamins and minerals.

DIET: Diet modifications necessary to support the immune system include:

  • Decrease consumption of solid foods.
  • Increase consumption of water and fluids.
  • Decrease consumption of simple sugars and fruit juices.
  • Avoid mucous – producing foods: dairy, wheat, and eggs.

REST: The only treatment is available for uncomplicated cases of the common cold when experiencing symptoms include: bed rest, plenty of fluids, gargling with warm salt water, and petroleum jelly for a raw nose. Rest and decreased activity cannot be overemphasized.

VITAMINS AND MINERALS: The immune system requires adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals to function most effectively. Typical adult dosages for use during an infection are as follows:

  • Vitamin C – 500 milligrams every two hours*
  • Bioflavonoids – 1 gram per day
  • Vitamin A – 5,000 IU per day OR
  • Beta Carotene – 25, 000 IU per day
  • Zinc – 30 milligrams per day

Note: *Vitamin C has been shown to decrease the duration of a common cold if given at the initial onset.

SPREAD OF THE COMMON COLD: Contamination studies have demonstrated that viral infections are spread much more readily by direct contact than through the air. Therefore cleanliness and not sharing utensils, toothbrushes, etc. should be observed. This is especially important with babies and young infants as they have a greater tendency to be held and touched.

Source: The Clinician’s Handbook of Natural Medicine, Pizzorno, Murray & Joiner-Bey, 2002

Photobucket Dr. Nicole Sundene, NMD is a licensed Naturopathic Medical Doctor at Fountain Hills Naturopathic Medicine 16719 E Palisades Blvd, Suite 205, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268.

She believes we should utilize natural medicines to treat the root cause of disease rather than just treating symptoms, as symptoms are a message of imbalance sent from the body and will persist until they are properly addressed.

For appointments please visit http://FHnaturopathic.com for more information about Naturopathic Medicine services.
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