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An Intelligent Discussion on Medicines (Natural and Pharmaceutical)

My go-to medicines are natural, meaning they are plant-based so they don’t come with the side effects that pharmaceuticals do. First, let’s talk about why pharmaceuticals have side effects and what to look out for when considering the use of essential oils or other natural remedies. I found this article from Biologist Vieri Failli to be very educational:

Biologist Vieri Failli explains the details.
Undoubtedly necessary, pharmacological treatments have often undesired secondary effects. That much is true in any field. Cold remedy makes you sleepy, sinus decongestant makes your heart race and even aspirin can cause serious side effects including bleeding and gastric ulcers. Why are medications having such side effects?

The body is an immensely complex structure built from chemicals that must be regulated in order to function smoothly. Molecules such as hormones usually make these adjustments and if something disturbs them, as for example during a disease, medicines often work by taking the place of one of the body’s regulating chemicals to readjust the balance.
However, it is not so simple.

Unfortunately, two things complicate this ideal picture. First, the body often uses the same chemical to regulate more than one process. This means that a medicine might readjust one balance while disturbing others that would normally not need retuning. The drug prednisone for example turns off inflammation, but also raises the blood levels of sugar and causes thinning of bones.

Secondly, medicines are not always as discerning as we would wish. This means that the medicine may alter other unrelated molecules at the same time. For example, the drug amitriptyline is commonly used after spinal cord injury to manage neuropathic pain by acting on serotonin receptors. Amitriptyline however, can also cause blurred vision, dry mouth and constipation by blocking acetylcholine receptors, lower blood pressure by affecting norepinephrine receptors and produce sleepiness and weight gain by binding to histamine receptors.

The following is a rightful warning about herbal medicines- they ARE medicine! So if you are taking prescription medications, you should check with your physician or pharmacist about potential interactions.

Biologist Vieri Failliany goes on to say that many patients and even some physicians wrongly assume that herbal medicines are harmless since they do not come with a drug label that contains a long list of potential side effects. In fact, many such products, including aloe vera, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, garlic and green tea, can interact with conventional cardiovascular drugs and lead to serious adverse reactions.

Since these remedies are “natural”, their potential dangers are not considered the same way they would be if they were “real” medications. For many reasons, patients tend not to disclose to their doctors if they are taking herbal remedies, including fear that their doctors will not approve or that they will be told to stop them. This is the reason why it is important to disclose as much information as possible while setting up any medical treatment.

One size does not fit all- This is important too!

An astonishing aspect of medications is that their effects vary greatly from person to person. This is true for the desired effect (for example as painkiller) but mostly for the side effects. One person may have little to no side effects, while another may have severe or troublesome problems that make the medicine intolerable. This surprising effect mostly accounts for the genetic variability of each individual, in which regulated mechanisms can be slightly or dramatically different.

Another aspect comes from the problem of drug interaction. A given medication has the potential to interact with other molecules, which could either be another medication that the patient is currently taking or simply compounds found in the food or beverages. This interaction can boost the positive effect of a medication while in some cases it can potentially increase the undesired side effects. By considering the variability of response and the fact that millions of people are using a medication over several years, the list of observed side effects can become horrendously long.

Biologist Vieri Failli’s article helps us get the big picture. This is a very complex subject and the two most important items Dr.Vieri Failli mentions, in my opinion, is (1)that one size does not fit all, and (2) it is vitally important that if you are on any medications at all, you should discuss the use of natural supplements with your doctor. We all need to be responsible for our own health and safety!

Ok, so that being said, I have used natural medicines, supplements, and food for my health and wellbeing for a very long time. I have been my own lab rat. My own petri dish so-to-speak. And by doing so, I have learned much. I am one of those people that if there is a side effect to a medication, I will most certainly have it- in spades.

That is what initially led me to grant myself the permission to be my own guinea pig. It has not been an easy or straightforward journey to say the least. But it works for me.

On this journey of healing yourself from whatever ailment, you MUST first educate yourself first and foremost. For many people, this is a daunting task. For me it is not. I am a researcher. Always have been, always will be. There are always different ways of looking at things. There are always alternatives, whether the change be a change in thinking or a change in approach. Nobody has all the answers- you just delve into it and decide what resonates for you, find out what works for you. If you should need some help in deciphering what essential oils may be beneficial for a particular ailment, let me know if I can help!

~Here’s to Your Natural Health~

IR Light Therapy for Joint Pain

One natural product that helps is called IR light therapy. Many don’t realize just how effective infrared therapy light therapy can be for pain management.
What is Infrared (IR) Light Therapy? Much like plants, scientific research has shown that human bodies can absorb particles of light (photons) and transform that light energy into adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the form of energy needed to power metabolic processes, improve cellular performance, and encourage tissue repair and regeneration.

Infrared light, particularly near-infrared, offers a whole set of medical benefits that are clinically proven to penetrate deep below the skin’s surface layer to target muscle and joint pain at the source, providing much-needed relief for people who suffer from inflammation and injury.

How Does Light Therapy for Pain Work? In the same way that plants grow by getting their energy from the sun during photosynthesis, infrared (IR) therapy or “low-level light” therapy uses specific wavelengths to stimulate a natural response in human tissue that can increase circulation, accelerate tissue repair, ease muscle pain, relieve joint stiffness, and enhance overall cell performance on a microscopic level. Infrared (IR) light therapy works by boosting cellular energy to encourage and enhance the body’s natural healing abilities.

Essential Oils- Mother Nature’s Medicine

Essential oils are plant extracts that are used in alternative medicine to support emotional and physical wellbeing. The use of essential oil is not recent, in fact, the century-old practice has proven its effectiveness in treating myriads of issues such as sleeplessness, nausea, anxiety, and different body pains.

Each essential oil has its own healing properties and is used for a different function. Here are some of the more well-known and widely used essential oils and their benefits:

1. Lavender: Lavender is among the most popular and is known for its calming and relaxing properties which makes it ideal if you are suffering from anxiety or sleep disorders.

2. Frankincense: This oil has extensive health benefits for the mind, body, and soul. Having strong anti-inflammatory properties, frankincense can soothe sore muscles and joints and can also treat rashes and burns. Additionally, frankincense has antiseptic and disinfectant properties. Frankincense can also promote oral health and regenerates skin cells. You can also use this oil to reduce stress and feel calmer.

3. Peppermint: Peppermint is best for digestive problems and helps to ease irritable bowel syndrome symptoms as well as relieving feelings of nausea and upset stomach. Peppermint oil also eliminates fatigue and if you apply a little to your shoulders and the back of your neck, it will give you an energy boost throughout the day.

4. Tea Tree: This has been long known as the ultimate go-to for acne-prone skin for its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Also, tea-tree oil can rid your hair of dandruff and can relieve dry scalp and any of its symptoms.

5. Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus oil can be of great help if you are suffering from a cold as it helps you breathe better, clears your chest, and silences your cough. It can also relieve sinus problems and a sore throat.

There are literally hundreds of essential oils that have therapeutic benefits. Many are synergistic in their effects and can be combined to enhance healing effects. How do they work?

Essential oils enter our bodies either through absorption through the skin, or inhalation via the nose. They are able to affect the body through several systems and pathways and create an effect much more quickly than taking a pill, which must travel to the stomach and begin to be digested before any effect can be seen.

The skin is the body’s largest organ and anything we apply to our skin is absorbed into our bloodstream. When essential oils are applied to the skin they are absorbed and travel around the body via the bloodstream. In this way they are able to deliver a range of benefits to the body’s systems and organs. Absorption is increased by massage, as this increases the circulation in that area of the body.

When we inhale essential oils through the nose, the airborne molecules of the oil interact with the olfactory organs and can interact with the brain almost immediately. Molecules inhaled through the nose or mouth can also interact with the respiratory system via the lungs.

Essential oils can be used in various ways like inhaling, adding in a diffuser, or topically by directly applying it to your skin but in that case you need to add a carrier oil to avoid irritation.

Carrier oils you can include are:
• Coconut oil
• Sweet almond oil
• Jojoba oil
• Argan oil
• Rosehip oil

Essential oils are easy to use, very effective, and have virtually no side effects. I always recommend that you dilute the oil with a carrier oil(my favorite is coconut oil as the fatty acids found in coconut oil have antimicrobial properties that effectively kill bacteria and fungi) and you test on a non-affected part first to make sure you don’t have any sensitivity to the oil. Safety first!

My favorite essential oils come from doTERRA, a Latin derivative meaning “Gift of the Earth” and this is why:
Here is a snippet from their sustainable resourcing work:
“Although it is difficult to objectively measure the human effect on the health of our environment, there is no debate that industry has taken its toll on our planet. Anthropogenic activities such as deforestation and use of pesticides influence the survivability rate of different life forms.

Furthermore, many essential oils are extracted from plant species that are native to developing nations, where there is significant risk for enterprise to result in negative social impacts. This makes sustainable essential oil sourcing critical, and it is exactly why Cō-Impact Sourcing® exists.

What Is Sustainable Sourcing?
Sustainable sourcing considers ethical and environmental factors when sourcing materials. In essence, a company utilizing sustainable sourcing seeks to acquire the necessary resources to develop their products in a way that does not cause harm, but actually promotes the long-term well-being of our planet and its people. Sustainable sourcing has two key components.

Ethical – supporting small-scale, community-based sources. This means using community and family-owned farms that promote the health and prosperity of the local community. Also, supporting businesses in developing areas, to help them develop financial self-sustainability.

Environmental – focusing supply chain on methods that promote biological perseveration. This means utilizing resources that may otherwise be wasted, using harvesting and extraction methods that minimize carbon footprint, and not harvesting endangered species.

With sustainable sourcing practices, it is possible to have a positive impact on farmers, harvesters, and distillers in economically distressed areas while promoting environmental health, all while producing the best products possible.
How Does doTERRA Support Sustainable Sourcing?

For doTERRA, sustainable sourcing takes the form of Co-Impact Sourcing. The Co-Impact Sourcing model is sustainable sourcing at its finest, allowing doTERRA to have a positive influence on the communities it collaborates with while also promoting a healthy environment.
Essential Oil Purity: CPTG® Quality Testing

Are doTERRA Oils Pure?
The purity of an essential oil is its most important characteristic. When an essential oil is adulterated or contaminated, it becomes less effective and can even be dangerous. Above all else, purity is doTERRA’s first priority when producing essential oils.

How Does doTERRA Make Sure Their Essential Oils Are Pure?
From the beginning, we’ve made it our mission to share pure, quality essential oils with the world. However, without a definitive standard for essential oil purity, doTERRA decided to set the standard for purity in the essential oil industry.

Not all essential oil companies choose to enforce high testing standards for their oils. In fact, many companies skip important steps in the testing process in order to save money or time. Unfortunately, when proper testing measures are not taken, it’s impossible to ensure that an essential oil is truly “pure.”

To ensure that each bottle of essential oil is pure and free from contaminants or synthetic fillers, doTERRA created the CPTG Certified Pure Tested Grade® protocol. The CPTG process includes a rigorous examination of every batch of oil, along with third-party testing to guarantee transparency.

Amen to companies like this!

Take a look at what they have to offer:

~healing plants, healing bodies~

have virtually no side effects.