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                                                                                  Your Guide to Optimal Health


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Posted on March 7, 2013 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (118)

Are you one of the thousands of people suffering from allergies, sinusitis, COPD, asthma, or chronic ENT problems? Has your healthcare provider ever recommended a NETI-pot or a normal saline solution to rinse out your nasal passages? Why is that? What is so special about saline? First, let’s look at what saline is. Saline is a solution of water and salt. Salt is a natural antibacterial. It is also a natural anti-inflammatory. Inflammation in the body takes place when your body senses an insult and dilates or opens up the blood vessels and lets intracellular fluid into the extracellular spaces. It does this to heal the area, or wash away whatever the insult is. So when we have inflammation in our sinuses or anywhere in our respiratory tract we use a saline solution and the salt draws out the extracellular fluids to reduce inflammation and kill any bacteria. Unfortunately, we cannot use a saline solution in our lungs to wash away mucus and bacteria.
    The good news is that the natural healing properties of salt are now being more widely recognized and applied to treat chronic and acute conditions affecting our respiratory tract. Salt mines have been used since Hippocrates. In 1843, a Polish doctor first discovered the environment inside salt mines had therapeutic effects on respiratory disease. In Eastern Europe many salt mines were used as medical resorts for patients with lung disease. Monks even used salt caves to heal their patients with respiratory issues. What made the salt cave so beneficial was the microclimate of dry aerosolized salt in the air. Unfortunately, not every one can have access to a salt mine! So, in the 1990s the first halogenerator was developed in St. Petersburg, Russia.  A halogenerator grinds up salt into very small dust sized particles and a fan blows the particles into the air. The particles are so fine they can reach the very small spaces deep inside the lungs. As salt reaches the lungs it is able to then stimulate the cilia (tiny hairs) in the respiratory tract to move mucus and bacteria up and out. Remember from before, it also acts as an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial to kill bacteria deep inside the respiratory tract. Aerosolized salt is also good for skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and acne along with any respiratory condition such as COPD, smokers cough, sinusitis, seasonal allergies, bronchitis, sleep apnea, colds and flu, or simply to release stress and boost immune function.
     Some salt rooms use Dead Sea salt in their halogenerator. Dead Sea salt contains not only sodium, but also bromide, magnesium, calcium, and potassium. Bromide and magnesium are excellent for cleansing and detoxifying the body. Magnesium alone is a mineral every cell and organ in the body must have in order to function properly. In times of stress, our bodies use more magnesium. Magnesium increases skin hydration and decreases inflammation.
     Salt lamps also emit high concentrations of negative ions that can boost the immune system naturally. The negative ions are believed to stimulate the body’s release of serotonin. This increases mood and mental clarity and promotes a feeling of calm. Unfortunately they do not emit the aerosolized salt that provides benefit to the respiratory tract and skin.

If you come by the Restorative Medical Center we have the ONLY Salt Room in town! 1 session is $35, 3 for $45 and 10 for $100! You can also relax and receive a massage for only $100. Where else can you get a massage in a salt room?? 


Mental Health & Wellness

Posted on January 9, 2013 at 3:22 PM Comments comments (409)
Mental Health & Wellness

Mental Health has been a hot topic lately in our homes, schools, church, work, etc, and with good reason. Mothers, fathers, siblings, children, teachers, lawmakers,  health care providers....we are all on the same boat, we feel helpless. How do we help? What are the answers? I can promise you one thing, we are not deficient in prozac, zoloft, or xanax. Traditional Healthcare providers are trained to give anti-depressants, and anti-anxiety medications. But do these cure the problem? Do you know that 75% of those people on anti-depressants actually still have periods of depression, so of course we see ads on TV for use of a second anti-depressant for "resistant" depression! So here is where I insert my favorite Dr. Phil quote "So, how's that workin for you?" How is this working for society?

Did you know that every country out there excluding the United States, a health care provider MUST FIRST check for a vitamin B deficiency before prescribing an antidepressant? Did you know that 85% those people DO have a vitamin B deficiency? Why is this not a common practice in the US? Who is in control? I do believe that prescription medications do have a place in health care, but it takes up about 99% now where it should only be used about 5% of the time. We are poisoning ourselves with prescription medications. We need to turn the TV and electronics off and get back in touch with our bodies again. We need sunshine. We need nutritious food. We need sleep. We need exercise. We need fresh air. We need truth.

Sometimes we eat right, but we have methylation problems. That means that we cannot break down and use our vitamins correctly in our liver. OR our gut is imbalanced and not absorbing correctly. OR we don't have enough good minerals in our diet we don't make enough HCL to break our food down into small enough pieces....There are a number of factors here. We can break it down to see what is going on with you for sure.

Another Vitamin deficiency can cause depression. It is Vitamin D. Did you know, that even my patients who work outside and don't use sunscreen have been shown to have a major Vitamin D deficiency? Did you know that even my patients in FLORIDA have Vitamin D deficiency? How is this possible? Well if your liver is not synthesizing your Vitamin D, it will not be absorbed! If you take a supplement by mouth and your small intestine isn't working properly absorbing your vitamins, this can lead to depression! Functional Vitamin D levels should be between 70-100. This is high enough of a level where your thyroid can use it!
Speaking of the thyroid. If you have HypoThyroidism you can/may have depression and or psychosis depending on how high your levels are! If you have HyperThyroidism you can/may have anxiety and psychosis.

Sometimes with mental health issues it is not enough Essential Fatty Acids that is the problem. I know in the 80's everything was fat free this and fat free that! Fat is our friend! We need fat. We need cholesterol. We just need the GOOD Fats in our diet, not the BAD! Essential Fatty Acids coat the neurons in the brain. If we are lacking them our neurons misfire causing mental health issues!

Another common reason for anxiety, insomnia and depression are hormone imbalances. The number one reason a woman ages 20-25 and again ages 45-50 is prescribed an antidepressant, anti-anxiety or sleep aid is due to low Progesterone! Low Progesterone can cause many ugly symptoms such as ovarian cysts, breast cysts, anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia and more. This is why women have the baby blues 3 days after giving birth, their Progesterone levels drop. And when women have PostPartum Depression it is because their Progesterone levels stay way too low and don't bounce back. A little Bio-Identical Progesterone will stop symptoms. Men who have symptoms of fatigue, depression, lack of motivation, insomnia, anxiety, muscle loss, loss of morning erection, etc are experiencing low Testosterone levels. They may not be extremely low, but not functional for that person. In Functional Medicine we like to see Testosterone levels 800-1200.

Lets talk about ADHD. Did you know that most patients who have ADHD are too stimulated by electronics? They should not have any electronics in their rooms, not even an alarm clock. They should have a quiet wind down time 1 hour prior to bed. Sometimes they have food allergies, like to Gluten or Dairy. Most of the time they are lacking in B Vitamins, Essential Fatty Acids and their adrenal glands are burned out. Did you know all that Ritalin does is stimulate the adrenal glands? So instead of taking a synthetic medication to stimulate your adrenal glands, you need to heal and support them so they can work on their own!

There are many factors to take into account when someone has depression, anxiety, ADHD, or BiPolar. How may doctors or healthcare practitioners check you for all of this stuff before handing you a script for a medication to CURE it?

Please be careful if trying to cure yourself with vitamins. I am specially trained in nutrition and supplements and know the risks and correct dosages of vitamins and nutrients. This is not meant to diagnose you, it is meant to empower you.
Empower our communities to take action!
We all know of someone whom can benefit from this information. All I ask is for you to share your newly found knowledge. Pass it on. Pay it forward. We are all in this together. If affects us all. Do your part. Educate others. Take the first step today. I pray we are on a path to health and healing and no more blood will be shed, no more tears will fall.

Coriander, A.K.A. Cilantro

Posted on December 17, 2012 at 9:01 AM Comments comments (867)
Coriander is a bright green plant that can be used as an herb or spice.   Coriander leaves are commonly known as cilantro.  The fruit of the plant contains two seeds, which create an excellent spice when dried.  Coriander has been used for at least 7,000 years and often as a digestive aid and stimulant.  Coriander has also been referred to as antidiabetic , anti-inflammatory, antianxiety, antimicrobial and cholesterol lowering. Coriander works to stimulate the conversion of cholesterol to bile acids within the liver, which is likely what reduces cholesterol and improves the digestion of fat.

Coriander is an excellent source of minerals like potassium, calcium, manganese, iron and magnesium.  It is also rich in many vitamins including folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin-A, beta carotene, and vitamin-C.  Cilantro is one of the best herbal sources of vitamin K which helps to build bone mass and protect neuronal damage in the brain. (

1.     Use cilantro in place of basil to make a pesto. 
2.     Add coriander seeds to a pepper mill for a fun twist to the diner table. 
3.     Add ¼ tsp. ground coriander and 1.2 tsp. cinnamon to decaffeinated black tea. 
4.     Add coriander to pancake and waffle mixes for a unique flavor. 
5.     Make a batch of cilantro chutney using 1 bunch chopped cilantro with ½ cup shredded coconut, 2 T. fresh mint and ½ diced jalapeno pepper.     
(The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods, Murray, Michael. Atria Books, New York, New York, 2005.)

The Whole Wheat Truth

Posted on September 14, 2012 at 10:22 AM Comments comments (403)
If you've been suffering from arthritis, gastrointestinal stress, migraines, brain fog, excess weight, osteoporosis, joint pain, acid reflux, IBS, asthma, lethargy, or diabetes, it might be time to point the finger at wheat.  Hybridization of wheat plants in the United States has changed the genetic structure of the wheat plant and varied the gluten structure.  Modern strains of wheat now express a higher quantity of genes for gluten proteins that are associated with celiac disease.  Wheat also contains amylopectin A, a complex carbohydrate that increases blood sugar more than table sugar.  As blood glucose goes up, the greater the insulin level, the more fat is deposited. The amylose in wheat is difficult to digest and often works it's way into the colon, undigested.

"Healthy whole grains" is an oxymoron.  Eliminating gluten from your diet can increase your bone density.  How?  Whole grains like wheat promote an acidic environment in our body.  In order to balance our pH the body releases minerals from the bones to counteract the acidity we've created.  If we eat foods like gluten that promote inflammation in our intestines, our body cannot absorb the vitamins and minerals from our food.  If we continually live in an acidic state our body will continually rob our bones of vitamins and minerals but will be unable to replenish those stores.  Replacing acid promoting foods with lots of greens and colorful vegetable dishes will help balance the pH of your body, reduce inflammation in the gut and allow your body to assume and assimilate the nutrients from your food.

For more on the perils of wheat, check out Wheat Belly by William Davis, MD.

Ginger Cilantro Sauce

Posted on August 16, 2012 at 2:58 PM Comments comments (217)
For thousands of years, ginger has been valued for its aromatic, culinary and medicinal properties, even mentioned in the writings of Confucius.  Ginger helps to promote the elimination of intestinal gas, soothe the intestinal tract, and inhibit anti-inflammatory effects.  Ginger tea is proven to relieve motion sickness better than Dramamine. It can also help relieve anxiety, lower high blood pressure, soothe migraines, relieve arthritis pain, and lower cholesterol levels. 

Try this simple recipe for Ginger Cilantro Sauce 

Reduce ½ cup of orange juice to 2 tablespoons.  Add to blender with ½ cup raw unsalted almond butter, 1 ½ tablespoons of rice vinegar, 2 tablespoons tamari, 1 teaspoon cane sugar, ½ teaspoon chili paste, 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil, and 2-3 tablespoons of minced ginger.   Transfer to bowl and fold in ¼ cup of chopped mint leaves and ¼ cup of chopped cilantro.

Sauté your favorite vegetables and brown rice.  Add ginger cilantro sauce to warm through.  Plate and garnish with slivered almonds and a sprig of cilantro.

Murray, Michael.The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods. (2005) New York: Atria Books.
Bauman, Ed. Flavors of Health. (2012) Penngrove, CA: Bauman College Press.

Rejuvenating Celery

Posted on July 10, 2012 at 6:56 PM Comments comments (159)
The paint went up on the walls this week at Restorative Medical Center.  It's a vibrant shade of celery green that exudes a feeling of rejuvenation.  Color is a powerful force in our lives, and often something we take for granted.  Take some time this week to appreciate the beautiful colors in your life and give some thought to how you could use color to add enjoyment to your plate.

The bright hues in our fruits and vegetables signal a plants abundance of antioxidants.  While we may be attracted to the color of a plant, in the way a bee is attracted to a flower, we don't often give much thought to this response.  It is nature's way of guiding us to the nutrition we need for our survival.   

While the unique green of a celery plant may signify its antioxidant potential, it is also a sign of photosynthesis.  The chlorophyll that results from this process is a type of phytochemical, and has been shown to have cancer preventative properties.  Another phytochemical found in celery is coumarins which also help to prevent cancer.  Coumarins are amazing in that they have the ability to enhance white blood cell activity.  If you are looking to tone your vascular system, lower blood pressure, ease migraines, or improve detoxification, coumarin is the phytochemical for you.  

Celery leaves were first noted for their medicinal properties in 900B.C.E.  The Ancient Greeks even decorated their athletes with celery leaves.  I wonder if they knew that drinking celery juice after a workout would replace electrolytes?   They were probably also unaware of the specific vitamins that celery delivers.  Celery will give you a great dose of vitamin C, folic acid, potassium, B6, B1, B2, calcium and natural sodium.  It's no wonder that celery also has the ability to benefit people with arthritic and muscular aches and pains including osteoarthritis and gout by dissolving uric acid crystals.  

The more I learn about celery, the more I want to eat some.  I'm not a big fan of crunching on a giant stalk but that's the healthiest way to consume it and will allow you to benefit from all the goodness that celery has to offer.  Personally I like to juice my celery or add it raw to salads.  If you are using celery medicinally I recommend 4 to 5 stalks a day.  (Please use organic celery as this is a crop whose conventional variety is often laden with pesticides.) 

Happy Crunching!

Reference: Murray, Michael & Pizzorno, Joseph & Pizzorno, Lara (2005).  The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods.  New York, NY: Atria Books.

Welcome to the Buddhi Blog!

Posted on June 27, 2012 at 10:54 PM Comments comments (348)
Hello Everyone!

Welcome to the Buddhi Blog.  I am so excited to have you walk a few steps with me on my path.  Whether you join me for a leisurely walk around the block, or we climb the next thousand miles together, I'm happy to have you along for the journey.  I'm not sure where we will end up, but I can tell you where we are starting...

You've already found me at Restorative Medical Center so let's start there.  If you haven't met Christina Parker, N.P. yet, you are in for a treat.  She is the most attentive, understanding, and genuine medical practitioner I know.  And on top of that, she is brilliant.  She is the first person I have ever trusted with my health and the health of my family.  I'd like to stand on my rooftop with a megaphone shouting out her name to all that will listen, but since it's 2012, I believe that blogging will have to be the outlet from which I sing her praises.  I am incredibly fortunate to have the honor and privilege of working with Christina as her nutritionist and yoga practitioner.  I hope to bring a unique dimension of healing to her practice that will benefit all those seeking a path of health, wellness and restoration.

I've just decided that my blog should be called the Buddhi Blog.  Yes, the corresponding homophone "booty" makes this title hilarious, in my opinion.   It may conjure up images of pirate loot or maybe even the last wedding you went to.  But alas, there is another meaning.  Buddhi is a feminine sanskrit word that is derived from the root budh, which means to be awake, to understand, to know.  Buddhi is a state of mind that makes wisdom possible.  It also describes one who seeks dharma, or reality and truth.  I hope that this blog will bring wisdom, and a touch of humor, to all that read it.  In it's pages you will find many gems to enhance your spiritual, emotional, and physical well being.  

It's been a pleasure crossing paths with you today.