Drug-Herb-Nutrient Interactions: Facts You Need to Know

This article was carefully researched and written by Sarah Abernathy, the co-author of Healthy Healing 14th Edition and managing editor of healthyhealing.com.

Do you worry that the herbal remedies, high potency vitamins, and supplements you're taking could interact with prescription drugs? You're not alone. Nearly every day, someone contacts my research department to ask whether they can use herbal therapies with prescription drug treatments.

As the lines blur between supplements, natural remedies and drugs, the answers aren't simple. Opinions on the topic vary widely in both the natural healing and medical worlds. Some practitioners advise against using herbs and supplements altogether while on drug therapy; others routinely recommend them, especially if a drug is leaching nutrients from the body or causing side effects. Adding to the confusion, almost every day brings a new media report, oftentimes biased or incomplete, on the hazards of combining herbs with drugs.

Confused about a safe choice? Here's what you need to know about drug-herb-nutrient interactions.

Investigating how herbs and nutrients interact with drugs is a new research area with few qualified experts. Knowledge comes slowly and laboriously. Drug and herbal companies move in different worlds, so information is hard to gather and analyze. The learning curve on the safety of each herb-nutrient-drug combination is complex. Much of the information we have on herb-nutrient-drug interactions comes from anecdotal reports or small tests. It's a detailed, complex subject that will eventually need millions of university grant dollars to determine which herbs and nutrients interact with which drugs. One major obstacle? Neither orthodox medicine nor the natural healing world has a vested interest in funding such research.

Much of the information we do have on drug-herb interactions comes from anecdotal reports or small tests with standardized plant constituents, not whole herb combinations that are routinely recommended by practicing herbalists, acupuncturists and traditional naturopaths. In other cases, information is based on theory about potential interactions, but with no reports actually confirming the interaction. Since drugs as chemicals work outside the system, and whole herbs as foods are processed through our enzyme system, a theorized interaction often never occurs or is neutralized. In some cases, a drug-herb interaction occurs because an herb is misused, taken in very high doses or combined with a medication that has a similar effect (i.e. combinining blood thinning drugs with blood thinning herbs).

In many cases, herbs and supplements can be used supportively, to maintain health while a person is on drug therapy. For instance, ginkgo biloba may be taken to help counteract the sexual side effects of anti-depressant drugs. B-complex vitamins are widely known to reduce drug-induced nutrient depletion from medications like oral contraceptives, estrogen replacement drugs, and methotrexate. There are even cases where an herbal formula can be used to help a person wean off a drug medication, but these cases should always be monitored medically.

Drug-Herb-Nutrient Interactions to be aware of

Drug, herb, nutrient, interactions are rare but can happen. A new 2004 review published in Archives of Internal Medicine shows that in 94% of cases, these interactions are fortunately, not serious.The following list is a good sampling of the known negative interactions between the herbs, nutrients, and prescription medications you may be taking. Ultimately, the decision to use herbal supplements while on prescription drug therapy is a personal one, and one I recommend you make with your physican's counsel.

St. John's Wort: St. John's wort has become an herbal boon for depression in the modern world. Some research shows this herb's anti-depressant effect rivals conventional anti-depressant drugs for mild to moderate depression! This is certainly good news for people who want a natural alternative to drugs like Prozac which can cause side effects like low libido, agitation or fatigue.

However, standardized St. John's wort can interfere with many prescription medications. New research reveals St. John's wort can decrease effectiveness of HIV drugs, drugs for organ transplants and cancer, digoxin, statin drugs, warfarin, chemotherapy drugs, tricyclic antidepressants, asthma medicines, and, possibly, oral contraceptives (although this effect has not proven). Some doctors advise against using the herb before surgery because it reduces effectiveness of the new anesthetics.

Don't use St. John's wort if you're taking antidepressant drugs. The combination of St. John's wort and drugs that affect brain serotonin levels (like SSRI antidepressants) may lead to ³serotonin syndrome,² a serious condition marked by confusion, incoordination, and cardiovascular irregularities. Several documents report this interaction. St. John's wort is also contraindicated for people taking anti-depressant MAO inhibitors (monoamine oxidase inhibitors) because it is believed the herb may interact with them, too. New research from Ireland concludes these interactions are rare, and that St. John's wort actually has fewer side effects and health risks compared to conventional antidepresssant drugs (McIntyre 2000). For some people, whole St. John's wort may be the best choice for relief of mild to moderate depression, especially if a recommended prescription antidepressant causes long term toxicity to the liver or kidneys.

Be aware that standardized St. john's wort can have side effects. Photosensitivity is a big problem, especially if it is combined with other photosensitizing drugs like antibiotics. In addition, fatigue and gastrointestinal upset occur in some people. Avoid standardized St. John's wort if you use tanning beds or take drugs that cause photosensitivity. (You might get burned!) Preliminary research suggests high doses of St. John's wort may also increase the risk of sun-induced cataracts. (Wear sunglasses when using it!) It is not yet known whether whole St. John's wort used in herbal combinations would have these same side effects or contraindications. Until more research is available, I recommend any person taking multiple prescriptions consult with their physician before using St. John's wort's products and be aware of its photosensitivity potential.

Kava Kava: Kava kava has become the herbal answer to Valium in America. Kava helps calm the mind and relax the muscles without causing side effects like over-sedation or addiction. However, kava is not safe for everyone. If you're drinking alcohol, don't take kava. Kava can intensify the effects of alcohol. In addition, kava may interact with anti-anxiety medications like buspirone (Buspar), benzodiazepines and anesthetics. Kava should also be avoided by people taking anti-psychotic drugs and Levodopa for Parkinson's disease.

Recent media reports suggest kava causes liver damage. However, new evidence shows in 27 of the 30 reported cases the people were using other medications or had a history of alcoholism which may have contributed to the liver toxicity. (In the South Pacific where kava is used regularly in high doses, there are few reports of liver toxicity.) Still, until we know more, avoid kava when you drink alcohol, or if you have liver problems, or if you take drugs that affect the liver. Experts theorize that kava may potentially aggravate liver problems in rare cases. Note: Discontinue kava use if you experience warning signs of jaundice like yellowing of the eyes.

Ephedra: Bad press has now stopped the sale of ephedra (ma huang) in the U.S.. I believe the ephedra controversy is a case of a plant being judged for one of its constituents instead of as a whole. Most of the health problems associated with ephedra are actually due to one of its constituents- ephedrine. When used properly, ephedra is the best herbal bronchodilator for respiratory problems like asthma, and a natural thermogenic aid for weight loss.

Some companies used concentrated, standardized extracts of ephedrine, which have a stronger effect on the body than the whole herb. Others used synthetic ephedrine, a drug derived from the plant, and combined it with caffeine or other stimulating drugs in ³herbal ecstasy² compounds. This type of preparation caused dangerous spikes in blood pressure and heart rate, especially in combination with illicit drugs!

Even with whole herb ephedra products, use precautions. Don't use ephedra if you have heart problems or high blood pressure. Don't use ephedra-based products continuously because of potential long-term strain on the adrenal glands. Ephedra is contraindicated if you're pregnant or nursing; taking a MAO inhibitor, stimulant drugs or decongestants; or if you have heart or thyroid disease, prostate enlargement, or diabetes. If these contraindications don't apply to you, I recommend using ephedra only as a whole herb, in combination with other herbs in expert herbal formulations, or as a weak tea for a limited span of time.

Ginkgo Biloba: Widely used to help reduce age-related problems like poor circulation, heart disease, tinnitus and impotence, ginkgo is best known as an effective herbal ³brain booster² against memory deterioration. While generally very safe, ginkgo's blood-thinning effects can interact with some anticoagulants like Warfarin and antiplatelet drugs, and over-the-counter drugs like aspirin or ibuprofen. Many experts feel this interaction is actually minor and only occurs in very small percentage of people taking the herb. Still, it is not advised to take ginkgo before surgery without medical supervision.

Note: Many herbs and supplements have mild blood thinning effects and should be used with caution if you're taking blood thinning drugs or preparing for surgery. High doses of vitamin E, garlic, ginger, bromelain, protease and feverfew may affect bleeding, and should be used with caution. CoQ10 may reduce the effectiveness of blood thinning drugs like Warfarin. Consult with your doctor on the remedies you're taking.

Ginseng: The world's most popular herbal energy tonic, every traditional healing culture in the world has a ginseng or ginseng-type plant in it's medicine chest. Daily ginseng was a necessary matter of life throughout all of China's long history. At the turn of the 20th century, virtually every Chinese person used ginseng to some extent for their well being, especially as a wellness tonic. Ginseng was also highly esteemed by every Native American culture. Today, ginseng is one of the most extensively researched herbs in the entire world!

Ginseng is so potent, we think of it as a panacea, from which comes its name Panax, an herb to restore and normalize various body functions like blood pressure, blood sugar, energy, and endurance. In one study, people who had taken ginseng for one year had 36% less cancer incidence han non-users. Longer term usage produced even better results. People who had used ginseng for 5 years or more had 69% less cancer incidences. Ginseng is the only plant known that contains phyto-testosterone which stimulates sex drive in both men and women. American ginseng, specifically, has been shown to increase the weight of the seminal vesicles, prostate gland and sperm count.

Still, ginseng may not be appropriate for everyone. New reports suggests that patients with bipolar disorder on antidepressant drug therapy should avoid ginseng as it may provoke a manic state. In addition, a study reported in Annals of Internal Medicine found ginseng reduces Coumadin's effectiveness, a very dangerous effect for people at high risk for blood clots.

Licorice: Licorice has a long tradition of safe use as a natural antibiotic and antiviral in both Western and Chinese herbal medicine. It's an American favorite for female hormone balance and adrenal exhaustion. Most people can take licorice without problems, but avoid it if you have high blood pressure or if you take high blood pressure drugs. In very high doses, the licorice constituent, glycyrrhizin, can cause potassium loss, fluid retention and elevated blood pressure. Licorice is not advised for people with a history of renal failure or who take heart medication or steroid drugs.

Feverfew: Traditional herbalists turn to feverfew for migraine relief. Five different studies reveal feverfew is more effective than a placebo at relieving migraine pain, even reducing migraine-related symptoms like nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light. Some theorize that a combination of NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) and feverfew may increase the risk of stomach irritation because both substances affect prostaglandins that protect the stomach lining. (NSAIDs by themselves are a clear risk factor for stomach ulcers.) Feverfew can also affect blood clotting. Use with caution if you take like Warfarin or Heparin.

Vitamin A: Supplemental vitamin A is used to counteract night blindness, as an antioxidant in natural cancer treatment, and in creams to prevent wrinkles. But high doses of vitamin A can be toxic and should definitely be avoided during pregnancy. Don't take vitamin A if you take the prescription drug Accutane for acne. Accutane is structurally similar to vitamin A and has similar toxicities. Avoid vitamin A if you're under treatment for thyroid cancer. Beta carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in the liver as needed, is a much safer choice for people concerned with vitamin A toxicity.

Ipriflavone: Ipriflavone is a synthetic derivative of soy isoflavones with bone protecting activity. Studies with over 1300 women show ipriflavone can slow osteoporosis progression in post menopausal women. There is some evidence it may even reverse osteoporosis! Animal studies suggest ipriflavone both inhibits bone resorption and stimulates bone formation. Its bone-strengthening effects are improved by adding calcium and vitamin D. A therapeutic dosage is 300mg twice daily.

However, be aware that ipriflavone interacts with some prescription medications by affecting the way they are processed in the liver. For example, ipriflavone can increase the effects of theophylline, caffeine, drugs for epilepsy and diabetes, and blood thinning medications like Coumadin causing potentially dangerous side effects. It's not a good idea to take ipriflavone if you have liver problems either, because it may build to toxic amounts in the liver. People with serious kidney disease should consult with their physician before using ipriflavone because ipriflavone is metabolized in the kidneys.

Grapefruit Juice: Grapefruit juice is one of the few foods that interacts with prescription drugs. Grapefruit juice causes some drugs to be absorbed too quickly - a dangerous effect for people taking drugs with high potential for toxicity or serious side effects. Don't drink grapefruit juice if you take calcium channel blockers for high blood pressure. The combination can be fatal! Grapefruit juice can also have dangerous interactions with drugs for allergies like Claritin and Allegra, antihistamines like Benadryl, and high blood pressure drugs. Grapefruit juice may interact with organ transplant drugs, estrogens and oral contraceptives, anti-anxiety medications, Methadone, Viagra, HIV drugs, seizure drugs and statin drugs for high cholesterol. Note: While grapefruit juice has the reputation for interactions, the fruit may have the same effect if consumed in large amounts.

A note on antidepressant MAO drugs (mono amine oxidase inhibitors): MAO's are a rare class of drugs known to have interactions with foods. People taking MAO inhibitors for depression should avoid foods high in tyramine like cheese, sausage, alcohol, legumes, fish, sauerkraut, soups, and yeast extracts, and the herbs ginseng and scotch broom.

My final word on interactions between drugs, herbs and nutrients?

We have much to learn about how herbs and nutrients interact with powerful prescription drugs. Still, I believe most negative interactions occur when people use highly potent standardized herbs, take extremely large doses of herbs or nutrients, or combine herbs and nutrients with drugs that have innate toxic properties and serious side effects.

There's no such thing as an essential drug. Drugs don't play a normal role in human biology. Health problems are not caused by drug deficiencies. Drug side effects occur for this very reason.... because they aren't part of the normal workings of the body.

Supplements and whole herbs will always be gentler and easier to take than drugs. Sometimes short-term drug therapy may be necessary to stabilize a serious health problem so that immune response can take over for long term health. If you're on drug therapy or preparing for a medical procedure, talk to your doctor about the natural remedies you're using and ask about possible interactions. Working with a knowledgable health professional trained in both natural and conventional approaches is by far the best choice. Finding the right blend of medicine for you is worth this extra effort.

More information:

- Lininger, Schuyler, D.C., Alan Gaby, M.D., Steve Austin, N.D., Forrest Batz PharmD, Eric Yarnell, N.D., Donald Brown, N.D., George Constantine Rph, Ph.D. A-Z Guide To Drug-Herb-Vitamin Interactions. Healthnotes, Inc. 1999.

- Harkness, Richard, Pharm.,FASCP & Stephen Bratman, M.D. Drug-Herb-Vitamin Interactions Bible. Prima Health, 2000.


Posted on June 20, 2014 .

The Power of Herbal Extracts

Herbal extracts are 4 to 8 times stronger than capsules. They are effective used as a spray where all the mouth receptors can be brought into play, or as drops held under the tongue. Their strength and convenience make extracts a reliable choice for healing for people on the go, and for people who have trouble swallowing capsules. Directions for extract use: During the first week of acute symptoms, hold an extract dose in the mouth for 30 seconds, 3 or 4 times daily. After the first week, the vital force of your body will be stimulated, and your dose may be reduced, allowing your system to rebalance naturally.

We have many extract choices: for immune defense; for nutritional support; to relieve allergies and congestion; and to balance hormones and reduce PMS.

For the month of June, all herbal extracts are 25% off. Try one for yourself and see the benefits.

Posted on June 2, 2014 .

Dr. Linda Page’s Fat & Sugar Detox Program

Most of us are guilty of over-indulgence in fatty, sugary foods from time to time. Following a safe detox program is one of the best ways to quickly release trapped fats and sugar, and increase your health and energy levels. I believe almost everyone can benefit from a safe detox. It’s one of the best ways to remain healthy in today’s world. Not one of us is immune to environmental toxins and most of us can’t escape to a remote, unpolluted habitat.

Detoxification is one of the oldest and most effective healing methods known to man. Hippocrates, “the Father of Medicine,” Galen, Paracelsus and other great physicians throughout history prescribed detoxification. It was even practiced by Plato and Socrates. Cleansing has been helping heal people for over 20,000 years!

Start your detox on a Friday and follow it through the weekend. Follow up with 1 to 4 days of fresh, whole foods  (no processed junk!) for the best results.

Fat & Sugar Detox Nutritional Plan (a 3 day plan):

For 3 days:
On rising: take a glass of lemon juice and water in the morning for a quick liver detox.
Breakfast: have a glass of blood sugar balancing blueberry juice from the health food store. Look for brands with no added sugar: Blueberries help to enhance insulin sensitivity -- the body’s ability to use sugar as energy.  
Mid-morning: have a Potassium juice. Juice: 3 carrots, 3 stalks celery, ½ bunch spinach, and ½ bunch parsley. This juice is ideal for cleansing because it is high in antioxidants, and has diuretic properties to flush out trapped fats, sodium and sugar.
Lunch: have another Potassium juice. Or,  take 1 tsp. green superfood powder (like barley grass or spirulina) in a glass of apple juice.
Mid-afternoon: have a cup of green tea for extra fat burning.
Dinner: Break your juice fast for your evening meal only, but keep it very light—have baked seafood with brown rice and green salad with light dressing; or have a vegetarian stir-fry with brown rice and the veggies of your choice.
Before Bed: mix 1 tsp. nutritional yeast in warm water. Nutritional yeast is an excellent source of B vitamins and chromium, a trace mineral for blood sugar balance.

Pointers for the best results for your cleanse.

Try Fat & Sugar Detox caps to accelerate the results of your cleanse.

Try Fat & Sugar Detox caps to accelerate the results of your cleanse.

•    Drink plenty of water! Have eight glasses of pure water each day of your cleanse.
•    Exercise! It can really accelerate the elimination of those trapped fats and toxins.
•    Try my Fat & Sugar Detox™ herb blend for extra cleansing activity. Whole herbs in the formula like green and white tea naturally promote release of trapped fats and sugar, while simultaneously reducing food cravings.

Posted on April 10, 2014 .

Dr. Linda Page's Natural Fever Reducing Program

Fevers: Nature’s Cleansers And Healers

A slight fever is often your immune system’s way of clearing up an infection or toxic overload quickly. Your body naturally raises its temperature on its own to “burn out” harmful poisons, to throw them off through heat and then through sweating. The heat from a fever can also de-activate virus replication, so unless a fever is exceptionally high (over 103° for kids and 102° for adults) or long lasting (more than two full days), it is sometimes a wise choice to let it run its natural course, even with children. Often they will get better faster. A good lesson with fevers is not to overmedicate.

Fevers Are Usually A Result Of The Problem And A Part Of The Cure

Bathe morning and night during a feverish illness. Infection and wastes from the illness are largely thrown off through the skin. If not regularly washed off, these substances lay on the skin, then become partially reabsorbed into the body. There is usually substantial body odor during a cleansing fever as toxins are being eliminated, so frequent baths and showers help you feel better, too. A cleansing, healing fever is characterized by hot, dry, flushed skin, followed by chill followed by fever, followed by lethargy and the desire to lie down. See your doctor if it looks more serious than that, since a lingering, or higher fever is sometimes a sign of more serious health problems, such as mononucleosis, Epstein-Barr virus, or diabetes.

Natural Fever Remedies

1. Drink plenty of liquids during a fever, and to the daily diet all during the illness - diluted juices, water, broths. Stay on a liquid diet during a fever to maximize the cleansing process: bottled water, fruit juices, broths and herb teas.
2. Carrot/beet/cucumber juice is a specific to clean the kidneys and help bring a fever down.
3. Sip on lemon juice with maple syrup and a pinch of cinnamon (very cleansing) all during the morning; grapefruit juice during the evening.
4. After a fever breaks, take enzyme therapy drinks, and Crystal Star Dr. Enzyme caps with protease and bromelain.
Watchwords for fevers and kids: It’s probably OK unless:
1. You have an infant with a temperature over 100°.
2. The fever has not abated after three days, and is accompanied by vomiting, a cough and trouble breathing.
3. Your child displays extreme lethargy and looks severely ill.
4. Your child is making strange, twitching movements.
• A cup of hot bayberry or elderflower tea, or cayenne and ginger capsules, speeds up the cleansing process by encouraging sweating and by stimulating circulation.
• Use cool water sponge bathes to reduce a fever.     
• Apply peppermint tea cooling compresses to the head.
• Add Dead Sea Salts to your bath to reduce aches and pains.
• Take Echinacea extract drops in water several times daily (good results) to encourage immune defenses.

Choose 2 to 3 recommendations.

Don’t forget - use child dosage for kids. Herbal Remedy Dosage Goes By Body Weight.
Child dosage is as follows:
½ dose for children 10 - 14 years
⅓ dose for children 6 - 10 years
¼ dose for children 2 - 6 years
¹⁄₈ dose for infants and babies

1. Control the infection: • Crystal Star Anti-Bio caps or drops; *Elderberry Syrup with echinacea. • Fenugreek tea with lemon and maple syrup. • Vitamin A 10,000IU or beta carotene 25,000IU every 6 hours.
2. Use a fever to fight a cold or flu. Encourage sweating: Take  • Calendula tea, • Elderflower-sage tea or • Boneset-elder fl.-white willow-yarrow-ginger tea or • thyme tea (especially for kids) until sweating occurs, usually within 24 hours.
3. Help your body normalize from a fever and speed up healing: • Vitamin C crystals ¼ tsp. every ½ hour in juice or water to bowel tolerance as an ascorbic acid flush. • Add garlic capsules 3x daily.
4. If you decide to reduce the fever: Do not give aspirin to children to reduce a fever. Herb teas are much gentler and work very well, • like peppermint, cilantro or catnip. • Herbs for Kids Temp Assure extract for kids’ fevers (highly recommended).

Posted on March 28, 2014 .

What type of herbal preparation is right for you?

Whole Herb Capsules

Liver Renew capsules provide serious liver cleansing in a convenient capsule preparation.

Liver Renew capsules provide serious liver cleansing in a convenient capsule preparation.

If you like convenient, potent preparations with extensive choices, try whole herb capsules (available in Vegi caps). Capsules are 4 times stronger than teas, and bypass the bitter taste that makes taking teas or extracts difficult for some people. Powdered herbs, four times more concentrated than regular ground herbs, are included in our capsules for faster activity.   

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Herbal Extracts

If you're on the go and need a powerful herbal formula, or have trouble swallowing capsules, try an herbal extract. Extracts are 4 to 8 times stronger than capsules. They are effective used as a spray or as drops held under the tongue. Their strength and easy use make extracts a convenient option, especially for people that prefer liquids.

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Herbal Gels

If your concern is external, affecting the skin, lips or sensitive areas, try gels.
Herbal gels allow absorption of herbs through the skin. We use aloe vera as a conduit in our gels to deliver the herbs quickly to the target area. Use gels topically as needed for faster relief of acute problems like cut, scrapes, fungus, scars and more.

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Herbal Teas & Broths

If you want to use herbs to supplement your diet, try broths or drink mixes.
Whole herbs, along with green super foods, are some of the richest sources of vitamins and minerals available. You can easily recharge your diet with concentrated nutrition by adding one of our herbal broths or drink mixes to your health program.

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Posted on March 26, 2014 .

Cellulite Detox- Fat Flushing with Diet & Herbs

Cellulite is a combination of fat, water and trapped wastes beneath the skin - usually on otherwise thin women. When circulation and elimination processes become impaired, connective tissue loses its strength. Unmetabolized fats and wastes become trapped in pockets just beneath the skin instead of being expelled through normal means. Over time, the waste materials harden and form the puckering skin effect we know as cellulite. Because it is unattached material, dieting and exercise alone can’t dislodge cellulite.

An effective program for cellulite release should be in four parts: 1) Stimulate elimination functions; 2) Increase circulation and metabolism; 3) Control excess fluid and waste retention; 4) Re-establish connective tissue elasticity.

Diet Therapy (follow the diet as closely as possible for best results)

1. Add daily flushers to free trapped toxins: pineapple (bromelain), apples and berries (pectin fiber) and citrus (vitamin C). Carrot/beet/cucumber juice cleans the liver so it can metabolize fats better. Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water, juices and green tea every day. Graze: eat smaller, more frequent meals, instead of 2 to 3 large ones to keep fat burning.
2. Fruits and juices each morning. Two fresh or steamed vegetables at every other meal. A fresh salad and brown rice once a day. A liver cleanse works wonders.
The cellulite blacklist: • All fried, fatty dairy foods; • High caffeine, carbonated sodas, hard liquor; • Red meats; • Extra salty foods (use herbal seasoning instead).
3. Balance estrogen: add cruciferous veggies like broccoli to keep excess estrogen flushed. Have Omega-rich fish and seafood twice a week. Have 2 tbsp. chopped dried seaweeds 3 or 4 times a week in a soup, salad or rice; or 6 pcs. sushi daily.

Herbal Therapy (Choose 2-3 supplements)

1. Release trapped fats and shrink cellulite cells: • Crystal Star Cellulite Release caps with Hot Seaweed Bath to stimulate circulation and potentiate lipolysis. • Crystal Star Cellulite Body-Shaper roll-on gel for topical support.
2. Help the liver to metabolize fats instead of storing them: • Crystal Star Liver Cleanse Flushing Tea; • Milk Thistle Seed or Artichoke leaf extract for liver congestion; • Anabol Naturals Amino Balance caps; • Milk Thistle-Yellow Dock extract; • Bromelain 1500mg daily to break down proteins and help metabolize fats.

Cellulite Release caps can speed cellulitic fat flushing

Cellulite Release caps can speed cellulitic fat flushing

• Use a dry skin brush or loofah to stimulate lymph glands. A seaweed bath afterward releases trapped toxins. A spa body wrap is a rapid fluid and inch-loss treatment. Get a lymphatic massage treatment at the spa to release even more trapped fats.
• 10-minute daily cellulite exercises work. They keep a slim subcutaneous fat layer, increase circulation, maintain underlying tissue integrity. Do them all each day for 10 minutes. 1) Standing arm swings 50 count both arms. 2) 100 tummy sucks. 3) 100 torso twists. 4) Wall pushups with each arm and both arms. 5) Standing leg circles, 50 each leg. 6) Weight lifting that focuses on the lower body helps develop the muscles in the hips and thighs. 7) Deep breathing moves out lymph congestion that shows as cellulite (one reason why yoga and pilates are so effective).

Posted on March 24, 2014 .

Healthy Detox for Weight Loss

Long term weight control is always the result of a sound nutritious eating plan, rather than a try at the latest fad diet. One of the great advantages of achieving weight loss through a cleansing program is the extra energy you feel from the fresh juices, superfoods, herb teas and healing broths. Most weight loss diets have little nutrition to offer so they leave you feeling tired and lifeless. In the end, even if you lose weight, your body feels so deprived that it starts ravenous cravings for foods that put the weight right back on.

A cleanse is one of the best ways to jump start a new health program. Unhealthy fats, like saturated fats in meats and dairy foods, trans-fats like those in many dairy foods, hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils like those in margarine, shortening and many snack foods, and oxidized fats, like those in all fried foods, collect into excess body fat. Sugary foods and highly processed foods (like fast foods) are so devoid of digestive enzymes that they end up collecting as excess fat, too. Further, if you are congested, your body tries to dump its metabolic wastes to get them out of the way—one of the places that receives metabolic wastes is excess fat.

Changing fat composition in your diet is the key. The importance of cutting back on saturated fat cannot be overstated. Saturated fats are hard for the liver to metabolize. Focus on healthy fats from seafood, sea greens, nuts and seeds which curb cravings by initiating a satiety response levels. 

Water can get you over diet plateaus. Dehydration slows resting metabolic rate (RMR), so waste products like ketones build up in tissues. Drink juices or green tea each morning to wash out wastes. 

A little caffeine after a meal raises thermogenesis (calorie burning) and boosts metabolic rate. Fat burning spices like ginger, cinnamon, garlic, mustard and cayenne in your recipes work, too.
High fiber fruits and veggies are a key to successful body toning. Have an apple every day!

A 2 – 3 week detox diet for weight loss 

Making a healing diet change and losing excess weight is one of the best things you can do for your health. The rewards are high—a longer, healthier life—and control of your life.
On rising: Squeeze 2 lemons in a glass of water, and drink for a quick liver flush.

Breakfast: Have a poached or baked egg with bran muffins or whole grain toast with ghee or a healthy jam; or have low fat yogurt and some whole grain cereal.; or Try All One’s Weight Loss formula meal replacement shake.
Mid-morning: Have a green veggie drink, or natural V-8 juice or peppermint tea; or a cup of miso soup with sea greens snipped on top; or crunchy raw veggies with yogurt cheese dip.
Lunch: Have fresh leafy green salad with a lemon/oil or yogurt dressing with baked tofu; or miso soup, with steamed veggies and a light sauce. 
Mid-afternoon: Have a bottle of mineral water, or a cup of peppermint tea, or apple or cranberry juice; or have a green superfood drink like Wakunaga Harvest Greens, Crystal Star Energy Green drink. 
Dinner: Have a stir-fry with lots of greens, onions, mushrooms, with clear soup and brown rice; or baked/broiled fish or seafood with some steamed veggies, brown rice or millet. 
 Evening snack: Have some un-buttered spicy popcorn. It’s good for you and its airiness will fill you up and keep you from wanting heavier or “habit” foods.

Try Fat & Sugar Detox to enhance your weight loss results

Try Fat & Sugar Detox to enhance your weight loss results

Herbal support: Add Fat & Sugar Detox for a quick cleanse (excellent results). It boosts metabolism of fats & sugars while reducing food cravings.


Reminder: Daily exercise releases fat from cells. A brisk walk burns calories and cuts cravings. An outdoor walk in winter raises low serotonin levels. Exercise early in the day raises metabolism as much as 25%! Exercising before breakfast helps the body dip into its fat stores for quick energy and curbs the munchies all day. Even if eating habits just slightly change, you can still lose weight with a brisk hour’s walk or 15 minutes of aerobic exercise. 

Posted on March 17, 2014 .

A Good Detox Program Is In 3 Steps: Cleansing, Rebuilding, Maintaining

Years of experience with detoxification convince me that if you have a serious health problem, a brief 3 to 7 day juice cleanse is a good way to release toxins from the system. Shorter cleanses don’t get to the root of a chronic problem. Longer cleanses upset body equilibrium more than most people are ready to deal with outside a clinical environment. A 3 to 7 day cleanse can clean your pipes of systemic sludge - excess mucous, old fecal matter, trapped cellular and non-food wastes, or inorganic mineral deposits that are part of arthritis.

A few days without solid food offers an enlightening experience about your lifestyle. It’s not absolutely necessary to take only liquids, but a juice diet increases awareness and energy available for elimination. Fresh juices literally pick up dead matter from body tissues and carry it away. Your body becomes easier to “hear,” telling you via cravings what foods and diet it needs — for example, a desire for protein foods, or B vitamin foods like rice, or minerals from greens. This is natural biofeedback.

A detox works by self-digestion. During a cleanse, the body decomposes and burns only the substances and tissues that are damaged, diseased or unneeded—like abscesses, tumors, excess fat deposits, and congestive wastes. Even a relatively short fast accelerates elimination, often causing dramatic changes as masses of accumulated waste are expelled.
You will know your body is detoxing if you experience the short period of headaches, fatigue, body odor, bad breath, diarrhea or mouth sores that commonly accompany accelerated elimination. However, digestion usually improves right away as do many gland and nerve functions. Cleansing also helps release hormone secretions that stimulate immune response and encourage a disease-preventing environment.

What About A Water Fast?
I don’t recommend it. Here’s why: Water fasting was used by ancient Greek and Roman healers, by medieval monks, and up through the early 20th century by healers of all kinds. Juice cleansing is a far better evolution in detoxification methods. Detoxification experts agree that fresh vegetable and fruit juice cleansing is superior to water fasting. Fresh juices, broths and herb teas help deeply cleanse the body, rejuvenate the tissues and guide you to a faster recovery from health problems than water fasting.

You may have heard that a traditional water fast is the “purest” way to detoxify, but a water fast was harsh and demanding on the body, even before our diets and environment changed. Today, it can even be dangerous. Today, people in western societies eat huge amounts of food and environmental toxins are part of the picture. Pollutants and chemicals deeply buried in our tissues release into elimination channels too rapidly during a water fast. Your body is essentially “re-poisoned” as the chemicals move through the bloodstream all at once. Sometimes, the physical and emotional stress of a water fast even overrides the healing benefits.
On the other hand, vegetable and fruit juices are alkalizing, so they neutralize uric acid and other inorganic acids better than water, increasing healing effects. Juices support better metabolic activity, too. Metabolic activity slows down during a water fast as the body attempts to conserve dwindling energy resources. Juices are easy on digestion — easily assimilated into the bloodstream. They don’t disturb the detoxification process.

Step by Step Detox
Step one: elimination. You’ll clean out mucous and toxins from the intestinal tract and major organs. Everything functions more effectively when toxins, obstructions and wastes are removed.
Step two: rebuilding healthy tissue and restoring energy. With obstacles removed, your body’s regulating powers are activated to rebuild at optimum levels. Eat only fresh and simply prepared, vegetarian foods during the rebuilding step. Include supplements and herbal aids for your specific needs.
Step three: keeping your body clean and toxin-free. Modifying lifestyle habits is the key to a strong resistant body. Rely on fresh fruits and vegetables for fiber, cooked vegetables, grains and seeds for strength and alkalinity, lightly cooked sea foods, soy foods, eggs and low fat cheeses as sources of protein, and a little dinner wine for circulatory health. Include supplements, herbs, exercise and relaxation techniques.

Excerpted from Healthy Healing's Detoxification- now available as an ebook

Excerpted from Healthy Healing's Detoxification- now available as an ebook

Posted on March 12, 2014 .

Intense Fat and Sugar Cleanse

Is your body showing signs that it needs a fat and sugar cleanse?

• Is cellulite collecting on your hips, thighs or tummy? Cellulite is a mixture of fat, water and wastes trapped beneath the skin.
• Are your upper arms slightly flabby? Is your waistline, wrists and ankles noticeably thicker?  
• Does your face look jowl-y or puffy?
If your diet problem is eating too much fat and sugars, try my light detox from fats and sugars for 1 – 3 days. It makes you feel terrific and it’s so easy. Sugary foods and highly processed foods like fast foods are so devoid of digestive enzymes that they collect as excess fat. If you are congested, your body tries to dump its metabolic wastes to get them out of the way. One of the places that receives metabolic wastes is excess fat. 

Start the night before with a green leafy salad to sweep your intestines. Dry brush your skin all over for five minutes before you go to bed to open your pores for the night’s cleansing eliminations. 
Upon rising: have a cup of green tea to cut through and eliminate fatty wastes. For maximum results, add drops of ginseng extract to control sugar cravings, or licorice extract for sugar stabilizing.
Breakfast: have a Fat Melt Down Juice: juice 2 apples, 2 pears, 1 slice of fresh ginger to help reduce fat from places where it is stored in cellulite. The ginger stimulates better blood circulation.
Mid-morning: a green superfood drink once a day helps cleanse your body of fatty build-up.
Lunch: enjoy a mixed vegetable juice, like Knudsen’s Very Veggie. Regular V-8 juice works fine. 
Mid-afternoon: Take a glass of papaya-pineapple juice, or a cup of green tea to enhance enzyme production. Enzymes are a dieter’s best friend!     
Dinner: Have miso soup with snipped sea greens. Sea veggies add minerals and improve sluggish metabolism.  Add spices like cayenne, mustard and ginger to speed up fat burning. 
Before bed: have a cup of apple juice, licorice or peppermint tea to restore normal body pH.


Try my Fat & Sugar Detox caps with your program to accelerate the results!

Try my Fat & Sugar Detox caps with your program to accelerate the results!

Focus on reducing fats and sugars in your diet. Add more fiber to get rid of excess sugar, especially from whole grains, legumes like peas, and vegetables. High fiber foods improve glucose metabolism, help promote weight loss and reduce cravings for sugar. 
Take a 15 minute dry sauna several days a week for a month. Raising your body temperature with dry heat really helps balance sugar levels. When I worked at a European spa, we used this technique for weight loss and blood sugar problems with great results!
Expert dieters drink 8 glasses of water a day. Water naturally suppresses appetite and helps maintain a high metabolic rate. In fact, water is the most important catalyst for increased fat burning. It enhances the liver’s ability to detox and metabolize so it can process more fats. Don’t worry about fluid retention; high water intake actually decreases bloating, because it flushes out sodium and toxins. 

Weight Loss After 40

Achieve your goals with a full lifestyle program.

 Everybody faces a disconcerting body thickening and a slow rise in weight in their 40’s and 50’s… even people who have always been slim, who have a good diet, and who regularly exercise. Body fat typically doubles between the ages of 20 and 50. Both men and women go through a change of life in middle years that affects body shape. However, by cutting back on fat and adding more fiber, most people can avoid middle-aged spread. 

Remember, as metabolism slows, you don’t need to fuel it up as much, because your body doesn’t use up nutrients like it once did. If you eat like you did in your 20’s and 30’s, your body will store too much, mostly as fat. New research shows that moderating food intake extends lifespan as much as ten years! Make sure you are eating a low fat diet.

Stuck on a weight loss plateau?

If you change your diet, have a slow metabolism and still can’t shed unwanted pounds, herbs can help. A higher metabolic rate means you burn more fat, lose weight more easily, and maintain your ideal weight more comfortably. Herbs address fat burning, appetite and sugar control, while working to increase metabolic rate, flush out the lymph system, balance the adrenals and boost liver function. Some herbs, like St, John's wort also work to keep cortisol, a stress hormone that causes weight gain, balanced.

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Healthy Detox Recipes


Chinese Medicine Deep Detox Stew

40 minutes prep time  |  Makes 4 bowls

A traditional stew to enhance immunity and support heart health.Makes: 4 bowls

15 shiitake mushrooms 1 oz. black fungus 3 cloves garlic 4 tbsp. sesame seeds 2 tbsp. sesame oil 2 burdock roots, chopped 2 oz. dry hijiki seaweed 1 bunch bok choy, chopped 1 small can lycii berries 6 tbsp. white miso 2 leeks

Soak the shiitake and black fungus in a bowl of cool water, just enough to cover, for 20 minutes or until soft. Then slice thinly, saving the soaking water. In a soup pot, sauté the garlic, leeks and sesame seeds in the sesame oil for 5 minutes. Add the burdock and hijiki and sauté for 5 minutes more. Add mushrooms, fungus, soaking water, another 6 cups water and bring up to a simmer. Then add the bok choy, lycii berries, and white miso. Let simmer for several minutes to allow the flavors to blend.


Cold Defense Cleanser

20 minutes prep time | Makes 2 drinks

Make this broth the minute you feel a cold coming on. Drink in small sips.

Makes: 2 drinks

In a saucepan, gently simmer: 1 and one half cups water 1 tbsp. honey 1 tsp. garlic powder One half tsp. cayenne 1 tsp. ground ginger 1 tbsp. lemon juice.

Remove from heat, and add 3 tbsp. brandy.

Are you ready for a Liver Detox?

Is a Liver Detox Right for You? Your liver is your most important organ of detoxification. Your life depends on your liver. To a large extent, the health of your liver determines the health of your entire body. The liver is really a wonderful chemical plant that converts everything we eat, breathe and absorb through the skin into life-sustaining substances.

Body signals that your liver needs some TLC include: • Unexplained fatigue, listlessness, depression or lethargy, lack of energy; numerous allergy reactions • Unexplained weight gain and the appearance of cellulite even if you are thin • A distended stomach even if the rest of the body is thin • Mental confusion, spaciness • Sluggish elimination, general constipation alternating to diarrhea • Food and chemical sensitivities, usually accompanied by poor digestion, and sometimes unexplained nausea • PMS, headaches and other menstrual difficulties; bags under the eyes • A yellowish tint to the skin and/or liver spots on the skin; poor hair texture and slow hair growth; skin itching and irritation. • Anemia and large bruise patches indicate severe liver exhaustion.

Liver Cleanse Nutrition Plan

Start with this 3 to 5 day nutrition plan.

Don’t forget: 8 glasses of water through the day.

The night before your liver cleanse… Take a cup of miso soup with sea veggies.

For the next 3-5 days...

On rising: take 1 lemon squeezed in a glass of water; or 2 tbsp. lemon juice in water; or 2 tbsp. cider vinegar in water with 1 tsp. honey. Breakfast: take a glass of carrot/beet/cucumber juice, or organic apple juice. Add 1 tsp. spirulina to any drink for protein and chlorophyll support. Mid-morning: take a mixed green veggie drink; or take a green superfood powder mixed into water or vegetable juice. Lunch: have a glass of fresh carrot juice or a glass of organic apple juice. Mid-afternoon: have a cup of peppermint tea, pau d’ arco tea, or Crystal Star Liver Cleanse Flushing Tea; or another green drink. Dinner: have another carrot juice or a mixed vegetable juice; or have a hot vegetable broth. Before Bed: take another glass of lemon juice or cider vinegar in water. Add 1 tsp. honey or royal jelly; or a pineapple/papaya juice with 1 tsp. royal jelly.

Follow up with a diet of 100% fresh foods for the rest of the week.

More Healthy Holiday Recipes!

Cranberry Walnut Bread

60 minutes prep time  |  Makes 2 loaves

bread-cranberry-251-resized-600a little indulgence for the holidays Makes: 12 servings

3 cups cranberries three fourths cup chopped walnuts, toasted 2 cups unbleached flour 1 and one half cups whole wheat pastry flour 1 and one half tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. baking soda one half tsp. sea salt one quarter cup grapeseed oil three quarters cup date sugar 2 eggs 1 cup orange juice 1 tsp. orange zest

Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly oil and flour 2 loaf pans. In a bowl, sift together the unbleached flour, whole wheat pastry flour, baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt. In another bowl mix the grapeseed oil, date sugar, eggs, orange juice, and orange zest. Gently combine flour mixture and batter. Fold in walnuts and cranberries. Pour the batter into loaf pans and bake for 40 – 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from pans and let cool

Double Ginger Dessert

dessert-297049-resized-60020 minutes prep time | Makes 4 servings

a light dessert with one of my favorite healing spices

Makes: 4 servings

5 cups Vanilla Rice Dream frozen dessert one foruth cup diced crystallized ginger three fourths tsp. cardamom one half tsp. cinnamon ginger ale

Slightly soften the Vanilla Rice Dream by letting it stand at room temperature about 10 minutes. Scoop into a large bowl. Add crystallized ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon; swirl ingredients together. Place bowl in freezer until dessert is firm enough to scoop… about 1 and one half hours; if storing up to 1 week, cover air-tight. Divide into 4 large water goblets. Slowly fill glasses with icy ginger ale, and serve immediately.

Healthy Holiday Recipes!

In November, we are focusing on healthy holidays. The following recipes have been enjoyed by our family through many holiday seasons. Enjoy!

Cranberry Relish

20 minutes prep time  |  Makes 8 servings

cranberry-2245808_1024a favorite side dish! so much better than plain cranberry jelly

Makes: 8 servings

I package cranberries, fresh

one half cup turbinado sugar

one half cup raisins

2 tbsps crystallized ginger

1 cup fuji apples, chopped

one half cup celery, diced

one quarter cup red wine vinegar

1 tsp. cinnamon

one half tsp. nutmeg

one quarter tsp. allspice

Simmer the cranberries in one quarter cup water and the sugar for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add the raisins and ginger. Then, add the apples, celery, red wine vinegar. cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Chill and serve. This is both an attractive and tasty side dish. I’m always asked to bring it to holiday meals.

Savory Stuffing

turkey-meal-33301745 minutes prep time | Makes 4 servings

bake this stuffing as a separate dish along with the turkey

Makes: 4 servings

8 cups whole wheat bread cubes

1 onion, chopped

1 red bell pepper, chopped

2 ribs celery, chopped

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp lemon pepper

one half tsp. sage, ground

one quarter tsp. rosemary, ground

one quarter tsp. nutmeg

1 cup oyster mushrooms, sliced

1 can (7 oz) water chestnuts, sliced

one half cup chicken broth

one half cup white wine

 Preheat oven to 325°F. Place the bread cubes in a large bowl and set aside. In a large skillet, sauté the onion, red bell pepper, celery, sea salt, lemon pepper, sage, rosemary, and nutmeg until fragrant. Add the mushrooms and water chestnuts. Blend in the chicken broth and white wine. Toss to coat and heat. Mix with bread cubes and toss. Turn into an oiled 3-qt. casserole. Cover and bake for 30 minutes until crusty at the edges. Yum!

Lymphatic health is a key to strong immunity

Your lymph system can render pathogens harmless

womenhealthfoodsThe lymphatic system, including lymphatic vessels and nodes, the thymus gland, tonsils and spleen, acts as your body’s secondary circulatory system. It’s a network of tubing, millions of tiny vessels, ducts and valves that flush and filter waste products from cells and tissues, and carry them to the elimination organs. The lymph nodes are also the factory for crucial white blood cells (lymphocytes) that produce the powerful antibodies which form the overall defense of your body against infections. A major player in your health, the lymph system is a key to your body’s immune defenses because it can render harmful bacteria harmless.

As lymph flows around your body, large, eater cells called macrophages in the lymph nodes engulf foreign particles like harmful bacteria and cellular debris. Swollen lymph nodes (often really infected lymph nodes) are caused by an overload of pathogens the lymphatic system cannot keep under control.

Is your lymphatic system congested?

Signs and symptoms that your lymph system is congested.

•    Your body looks uncharacteristically soft and pudgy or has newly noticeable cellulite. Inadequate lymph flow is a key factor in cellulite development. •    You get frequent colds and flu. A congested lymph system means reduced defense against pathogens that cause infections. •    You feel extremely sluggish, with low energy or poor memory. You are under chronic stress. Your skin is extremely pale or you are extremely thin. •    You use aluminum cookware or alum-containing deodorants, or eat alum-containing foods (some condiments). Chronic exposure to aluminum puts a strain on lymphatic health.

chili-peppers-058Lymph healing protocols for immune health

Boost nutrients: Protein and B12 deficiency especially effect lymphatic efficiency. Take a lymph builder drink: 1 handful parsley, 1 garlic clove, 5 carrots, and 3 celery stalks. Add 2 tsp. green superfood like • Crystal Star Energy Green drink or • barley grass. Eat lymph boosting vegetables: cabbage, kale, carrot, bell pepper, collards; or lymph-enhancing fruits: apple, pineapple, blueberries and grapes. Include potassium-rich foods regularly—sea veggies, broccoli, bananas and seafood. Spicy foods like natural salsas, cayenne pepper, horseradish and ginger boost a sluggish lymph system. Take a glass of lemon and water regularly in the morning and white tea in the afternoon for lymph revitalization. Avoid coffee, sugar, dairy products and alcoholic drinks. They contribute to lymphatic stagnation.

Optimize liver health: Herbal bitters like turmeric, cardamom and lemon peel regenerate both liver and lymphatic system. Try • Crystal Star Liver Cleanse Flushing Tea; or Crystal Star’s Bitters & Lemon extract, or a • white sage, astragalus, echinacea root, Oregon grape root, dandelion root tea.

Cleanse your lymphatic system for defense: • Echinacea is one of the best herbal lymph cleansers I know. • Red root and Astragalus, powerful lymph cleansers, are synergistic with echinacea. Crystal Star Anti-Bio caps with two species of echinacea are another good choice.

Posted on October 23, 2013 and filed under Uncategorized.

Therapy for Painful Muscle Cramps and Spasms

Muscle spasms, cramps, twitches and tics are usually a result of vitamin and mineral deficiencies or imbalances. Most cramping occurs at night as minerals move between the blood, muscles and bones. A good diet and natural supplements have been very successful in fortifying and strengthening the body against nutrient shortages. Improvement is noticeable within two weeks. Acupressure is highly successful. See Acupressure page 41 in Healthy Healing 14th Edition.  What Causes Muscle Cramps?

Metabolic insufficiency of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iodine, trace minerals, and vitamins E, D and B6; lack of sufficient HCL in the stomach. Vitamin C and silicon deficiency causes poor collagen formation, vital to muscle elasticity. Food allergies to preservatives and colorants may be involved. Note: If you take high blood pressure medicine and have continuing muscle spasms, ask your doctor to change your prescription. Some have sodium imbalance that upsets mineral salts in the body. Leg cramps are usually the result of poor circulation.

Do You Get Frequent Muscle Cramps, Pulls And Spasms?

Leg cramps are uncontrollable, very painful spasms and twitches, especially acute at night. Facial tics are embarrassing muscle twitches, etc.

Diet therapy is a key to prevention and treatment.

1. Eat vitamin C-rich foods; leafy greens, citrus fruits, especially kiwi, brown rice, sprouts, broccoli, tomatoes, bell peppers, etc.

2. Eat potassium-rich foods; bananas, broccoli, sunflower seeds, beans  and legumes, whole grains and dried fruits.

3. Add 2 tbsp. seaweeds daily for iodine and potassium - a difference in about a week.

4. Eat magnesium-rich foods; lettuce, bell pepper, green leafy vegetables, molasses, nuts and seafoods. Take a green superfood drink daily.

5. Muscles need healthy fluids to contract and relax. Take an electrolyte drink for good mineral salts transport.

6. Avoid refined sugars, processed and preserved foods. Food sensitivities to these substances are often the cause of twitches and spasms.

Herb and Supplement Therapy

choose 1-2 recommendations

Reduce cramping:  • Crystal Star Muscle Relaxer caps 4  at a time (very  effective), or  Stress Out Muscle Relaxer extract (usually results in 25 minutes) or  • Valerian-wild lettuce  extract.

Bodywork therapies soothe discomfort

choose 1-2 recommendations

• Aromatherapy: apply rosemary or juniper essential oils.

• Vinegar or Epsom salts baths (2 cups to bath water), or apply a hot salt pack. Heat sea salt in pan, funnel into an old sock; apply to affected area.

• Topical applications: Arnica gel; • Lobelia extract.

• For leg cramps: Massage legs; elevate the feet; slap soles and legs with palm to stimulate circulation. Take brisk walk every day to relieve leg cramps at night.

• Use alternating hot and cold hydrotherapy, or hot and cold compresses applied to the area to ease pain, promote circulation and healing.

• Shiatsu and massage therapy are effective in re-aligning the body’s “electrical” impulses, and relieving muscle cramps.


What depresses immune response?

Immune Depressors to be Aware of:

immunepeople-resized-600…Long term courses of drugs: antacids reduce nutrient assimilation, antibiotics destroy friendly bacteria vital to GI immunity, anti-inflammatory drugs (like acetaminophen, aspirin and ibuprofen) inhibit white cells that fight infection.

…Long term exposure to smoke, chemicals and pollutants put a strain on the body’s natural detoxification system and lead to genetic mutations that cause cancer.

…A diet high in chemicalized “non-food” foods: I call these foods “foods in a box,” that your body generally rejects or ignores. Fake fats like olestra that rob cancer-fighting carotenoids are especially disrupting.

…Repeated exposure to allergens (from foods, chemicals or environmental allergens) causes the immune system to take a dive because immune defenses are all channeled to deal with the allergen rather than to fight infection. (In turn, allergies are usually the result of impaired immunity.)

…A diet high in saturated fats, refined sugars or trans fats: Trans fats increase LDL (bad) cholesterol and decrease HDL (good) cholesterol, and are regularly found at high levels in women with breast cancer. Saturated fats interfere with prostaglandin E1 which regulates efficient T-cell activity. Excessively sugary foods suppress white blood cell activity for up to 5 hours!

…Low intake of protective, antioxidant and enzyme-rich fruits and vegetables.

…Excessive dieting or low nutrient intake which depresses interferon activity. Overeating also depresses immune response.

…A lifestyle low on rest. Natural killer cell activity is reduced by as much as 28% when sleep is cut by 4 hours (clinical tests at U. CA. San Diego School of Medicine).

…Having parents who smoke, drink to excess or abuse drugs. Children born to addicted parents have more genetic predisposition to illness and infections.

…Not being breast-fed as a child. Breast milk is rich in antibodies, essential fatty acids and interferon that strengthen a child’s developing immune system.

…A poor outlook on life or severe, long lasting depression. In addition, people who overextend themselves may be unusually susceptible to immune system malfunction.

Does Your Immune System Need A Boost?

It isn’t easy to measure immune health. Each one of us is different and the character of immune response varies widely. I’ve worked for years to develop ways people can communicate with their bodies. Here’s a personal quiz to monitor your immune status: If you answer yes to more than 3 of these questions, your immune system is probably sluggish.

1. Do you get long lasting, chronic infections, colds, respiratory problems or allergies? 2. Do you have or have you had in the past any immune-deficient diseases, like chronic fatigue syndrome, Hashimoto’s or fibromyalgia? 3. Do you have a history of malabsorption problems, like irritable bowel syndrome (I.B.S.), or chronic diarrhea or constipation? 4. Do you have diabetes or liver disease? 5. Do you have bouts of systemic candida or yeast infections that don’t seem to go away even after conventional treatments? 6. Do you have a skin disorder like adult acne or rosacea? 7. Have you recently undergone surgery, chemotherapy or radiation treatment? 8. Have you ever been the recipient of an organ transplant? 9. Have you undergone long-term treatment with antibiotics or steroid drugs? 10. Do you have periodontal disease? 11. Do you drink 2 or more drinks of hard alcohol 4 to 5 times a week or take recreational drugs on a regular basis? 12. Are you a smoker or are you exposed to second-hand smoke on a regular basis?

Natural Therapy for Parasites


Nutritional therapy plan: A strong immune system is the best defense for parasites, many of which have become drug-resistant - low nutrition = low immunity. 1. Go on an apple and apple juice mono diet for 4 days. (1 day for a child). Take 8 garlic caps daily during the fast and chew fresh mango or papaya seeds mixed with honey. On the 3rd day, add papaya juice with 1 tbsp. wormwood tea, and 1 tbsp. molasses. On the 4th day, add 2 cups senna/peppermint tea with 1 tbsp. castor oil, and eat raw pumpkin seeds every 4 hours. Follow with a high resistance diet to prevent recurrence. Eat lots of onions and garlic. Avoid all sweets, dairy foods and junk foods. 3 tbsp. amaranth or rice each morning helps remove parasites. Eat a daily green salad. Drink only bottled water. Take Pure Planet Chlorella, 2 tsp. daily. Garlic enemas or a high colonic irrigation helps clean the colon fast and address fungal infections, or yeast overgrowth conditions.

2. Herbal fast to expel tapeworms: Mix 4-oz. cucumber juice with honey and water. Take only this mixture for 24 hours. Follow with 3 cups senna/pumpkin seed tea. Drink down at once. • Drink at least 8 glasses water a day to flush out dead parasites.

3. For amoebic dysentery: Take a carrot/beet/cucumber juice daily for a week to clean the kidneys. Take a lemon juice/egg white drink each morning. Take 2 tbsp. epsom salts in a glass of water to purge the bowels. Then eat a high vegetable protein diet with cultured foods like yogurt, and bile stimulating foods like dandelion greens, artichokes, radishes.

Are you at risk for parasites? Nationwide research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control over the last 25 years reveals that one in every six people selected at random had one or more parasites. Most kissed and slept with their pets. Many frequently ate raw or smoked fish, or prosciutto or homemade sausages. (Note: Use toilet seat covers in public restrooms.)

Choose 2-3 herbal recommendations:

Release and cleanse the parasites:Parasite Purge caps, or 8 • Cayenne/Garlic capsules, after every meal for 2 weeks, and 4 cups fennel tea daily. (Or take garlic oil capsules in the morning. Refrain from eating or drinking until bowels have moved. Repeat for 3 days.) Then keep intestines cleansed and flushed with • Bitters & Lemon extract or Ayruvedic Triphala caps.

Anti-infectives:Anti-Bio caps 4 daily as a lymph flush; • Black walnut hulls or • Myrrh extract; • Una da gato caps 6 daily for a month

Bodywork: A purged stool test is helpful for diagnosing parasitic infections.

Look and Feel Your Best with Crystal Star Balance Formulas for Women

The female body operates in a delicate balance that is easily upset by hormone fluctuations and stress.  A woman’s needs change over time, too. Whole herbs are intelligent plants that match a woman’s changing needs with essential nutrients and natural hormone balancing activity. Your Guide to Using Crystal Star’s Balance Formulas

From puberty to menopause, choose Crystal Star whole herb women’s formulas...

Puberty (8-15) Of all the life transitions, puberty may be the most private and most public. As the female body reaches sexual maturity, the brain and pituitary gland begin flooding the ovaries with messages to release more estrogen and progesterone to prepare for future reproduction needs. Some changes that result, like first menstruation (menarche) take place privately; however, visible changes like new curves and breast development are obvious.

Evening Primrose Pearls™: pure, unrefined evening primrose oil with high, unadulterated GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) content. Works as a precursor to help regulate hormone and metabolic function. Female Harmony™ caps: normalizes menstrual cycle and relieves PMS symptoms like moodiness and breast tenderness. PMS Relief extract: a fast acting formula for PMS and cramping. Releases excess fluid build-up. Pro-Est Balance™ roll on gel: convenient topical formula for hormone balance. Helps reduce cramping, spasmodic muscle pain and mood swings.

Reproductive, Child-bearing Years (20-44)

You can rely on the safety and effectiveness through all your changes.

The reproductive years are some of the busiest and the most stressful. Women find themselves building new careers, new families, or both. During this time, estrogen dominance is a common problem related to an overworked liver, excess weight, and exposure to environmental hormones. Fibroids and endometriosis, two problems linked to estrogen dominance, affect women of reproductive age in droves, and can negatively impact fertility.

Fibro Defense™ caps: normalizes estrogen levels for breast and uterine health. Enhances the liver’s ability to metabolize estrogen. Conceptions™ tea:  herbal nutrients that encourage healthy conception. Normalizes, tones and elasticizes the female reproductive system. Evening Primrose Pearls™: contains pure, unrefined evening primrose oil with high, unadulterated GLA content. Works as a precursor to help regulate hormone and metabolic function. Female Harmony™ caps: normalizes cycle and relieves PMS symptoms like moodiness and breast tenderness. Energy support for hormone-related fatigue. Women’s Healthy Libido™ caps: a potent formula containing herbs that have been used for centuries to promote a healthy libido. Now with rhodiola. PMS Relief ™ extract: fast acting formula for PMS and cramping. Releases excess fluid build-up. Women’s Best Friend™ caps: takes down painful inflammation fast. Strengthens, cleanses and normalizes the ovarian-uterine area. Vitex extract: helps balance estrogen and progesterone levels. Encourages regular ovulation.

Perimenopause (45-50)

At perimenopause, women benefit from herbal support more and more.

Some call perimenopause “the change before the change.” During perimenopause, the ovaries make less estrogen and progesterone, and optimum fertility declines. The majority of women experience perimenopause in their mid to late 40’s.  Symptoms to watch for include mood swings and irritability, hot flashes and night sweats, menstrual changes like missed or very long periods, and unexplained weight gain. Whole herb formulas offer gentle support without the drawbacks and health risks of hormone replacement drugs (HRT).

Est-Aid™ caps: herbal hot flash rescue. Eases symptoms like memory lapses, body thickening and excessive period bleeding. Evening Primrose Pearls™: contains pure, unrefined evening primrose oil with high, unadulterated GLA content. Works as a precursor to help regulate hormone and metabolic function. Female Harmony™ caps: Produces a wonderful sense of wellbeing. Energy support for hormone-related fatigue. Women’s Healthy Libido™ caps: a potent formula containing herbs that have been used for centuries to promote a healthy libido. Now with rhodiola. PMS Relief ™ extract: a fast acting formula for cramping. Releases excess fluid build-up. Relaxes nerves and eases tension.

Menopause (51-55)

At menopause, women can be rattled by changes like hot flashes and night sweats.

The “change of life” has finally arrived! The majority of women experience menopause at age 51, and most of them are glad to be finished with their monthly periods. For women who don’t choose HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy), many symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats have normalized. By far, the most stubborn menopausal problem is chronic vaginal dryness. Herbal aphrodisiacs can safely restore lost libido and certain herbs even help lubricate dry vaginal tissues.

Easy Change™ caps: nutrient and hormonal balancing for discomforts associated with menopause. Herbal cardiovascular and skeletal support. Gentle enough for long term use. Est-Aid™ caps: herbal hot flash rescue. Also eases symptoms like memory lapses and body thickening. Evening Primrose Pearls™: contain pure, unrefined evening primrose oil with high, unadulterated GLA content. Works as a precursor to help regulate hormone and metabolic function. Female Harmony™ caps: Produces a wonderful sense of wellbeing. Energy support for hormone-related fatigue. Women’s Healthy Libido™ caps: a potent formula containing herbs that have been used for centuries to balance hormone levels and promote a healthy libido. Now with rhodiola. Tummy Control™ caps: stress-relieving, estrogen balancing activity for weight control around the middle. Women’s Dryness™ extract: promotes the production of body fluids and the hydrating elements of the mucous membranes. Balances hormonal levels that lead to vaginal changes.

Post-menopause (56 and up)

Using herbal formulas is a good choice to keep a postmenopausal women feeling her best.

Today, post menopausal women lead active, full lives. Yet, there are serious health risks they face. Osteoporosis and heart disease hit women the hardest after menopause. Eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise are more important than ever for maintaining optimum health.

Easy Change™caps: provides nutrient and hormonal balancing for discomforts associated with post-menopause along with cardiovascular and skeletal support. Evening Primrose Pearls™: contain pure, unrefined evening primrose oil with high, unadulterated GLA content. Works as a precursor to help regulate hormone and metabolic function. Female Harmony™ caps: Produces a wonderful sense of wellbeing. Helpful to revitalize and energize. Women’s Healthy Libido™ caps: a potent formula containing herbs that have been used for centuries to balance hormone levels and promote a healthy libido. Now with rhodiola. Tummy Control™ caps: encourages stress-relieving, estrogen balancing activity for weight control around the middle. Women’s Dryness™ extract: promotes the production of body fluids and the hydrating elements of the mucous membranes. Balances hormonal levels that lead to vaginal changes.

The following Crystal Star herbal formulas have broad spectrum hormone balancing activity to meet the needs of women of all ages: Female Harmony™ caps, Female Harmony™ tea, Evening Primrose Pearls™, Pro-Est Balance™ roll on.