2019.01.05 by Dr. Randy
Reduce the health risks of your electromagnetic exposure with some simple precautionary measures.
An enormous amount of research has determined that electromagnetic fields (EMF) and microwave frequencies emitted by cell phones, Bluetooth devices, WiFi routers, baby monitors, and cordless phones are detrimental to health. These frequencies increase calcium levels inside living cells and build up a harmful form of nitrites that produce free radicals and damage cells. The result is breaks in DNA and aging effects that promote chronic disease. At this point everyone (including cell phone companies) acknowledge the association between EMF from cell phones and an increased risk of brain tumors. The risk increases with duration of exposure. Neurosurgeons are especially concerned about the dramatic increase in brain tumors in children. In fact, children’s skulls are much more permeable to the radiation emitted from cell phones than the skulls of adults.
Don’t put the cell phone next to your head.
Use the speaker at a distnace of three feet when you can to keep the phone away from your body. Carry your phone in a bag or backpack, not in your pocket.
If you carry your phone in a pocket use a shielded phone holder or pouch. These are inexpensive and readily available online.
Use an air tube headset that transmits the sound through hollow plastic tubes and not through wires. Avoid using a wired headset or Bluetooth device. Those transmit the electrical signal directly to your head.
Put your phone on airplane mode at night and when you can during the day. Sleep is a great time for you to recover from radiation exposure.
Turn your home WiFi off at night while you sleep.
Use your laptop tethered to an Ethernet connection rather than the WiFi signal, and put the laptop in airplane mode.
Whenever the Internet is not needed for your laptop, turn on airplane mode.
Here’s a tip for grounding electrical charge in your body. Stand barefoot on a piece of tinfoil. You can do this when you are brushing your teeth for example.
2018.12.25 by Dr. Randy
My very best to you at this special time of year.
Personally it has been quite a remarkable and inspiring week for me filled with many synchronous and miraculous events. It is truly a season of love and light. I hope that you too are experiencing the joys of the holiday season. I am intrigued by the idea of having gratitude for everything. Challenges can often provide the most beneficent inspirations.
Thinking of you all today with love.
Enjoy this wonderful holiday.
2018.12.11 by Dr. Randy
This year another nasty cough season could disrupt winter plans. This viral illness can last for weeks, but there is a plan to cut it short. First of all prevention. Be sure to take a vitamin D supplement, preferably one that also contains vitamin K2. The dosage range is 2,000 IU for preschoolers, 5,000 for children, and 10,000 for adults. Try a medicinal mushroom formula with Astragalus to fortify the immune system. Take probiotics and eat fermented foods (pickles, sauerkraut, kombucha).
If the cough (or a cold) strikes, then begin a Yin Chiao Chinese herbal formula and elderberry extract. Wellness Formula by Source Naturals is an excellent antiviral formula with elderberry. A frequently indicated homeopathic remedy for the cough this year seems to be Rumex crispus. Take a few pellets of a 6, 12, or 30 strength three times a day. There may be other homeopathic remedies necessary if the cough becomes loose and rumbly (particularly Ipecacuanha). A good cough syrup readily available at health food stores is one of the versions by Planetary Herbals.
I wish you the best of health getting through this season.
2018.11.12 by Dr. Randy
Are you doing everything you can to maintain your health? Your family depends on you staying healthy. They expect you to take care of them. So don’t get sick and don’t acquire any chronic illnesses. This requires two levels of prevention: immune support and long term care.
A healthy lifestyle will support both levels of prevention: avoiding viruses and infections, as well as maintaining health as you age. These lifestyle practices apply to anyone at any age. They fall into some broad general categories: getting exercise, eating fruits and vegetables, avoiding starches, sleeping well, and enjoying nature. If you are remiss in any of these areas work on these fundamentals first. And all of us could use some improvement. Also avoid toxic exposure in household products and BPA plastics and sugar.
Supplements for immune support
Some supplements will assist both realms. The most important of these for immune function and many other cellular functions is vitamin D. Take vitamin D whenever you have a lack of sun exposure. For many people that means year-round. And be sure to take an adequate dose. For children – 1,000 IU per 10 pounds of body weight (up to 5,000 IU). And for adults 5,000 to 10,000 IU per day. It is best to take a vitamin D supplement that also contains vitamin K2.
Vitamin C and vitamin A provide powerful immune support. Of course, many brightly colored fruits and vegetables contain these vitamins, but you can also take them as supplements.
Probiotics and fermented foods help to maintain a balanced ecology in the digestive system, where most immune mechanisms are produced.
Finally, medicinal mushrooms have specific immune boosting effects. Formulas of supplements often include reishi and shiitake mushrooms along with the herbal immune booster astragalus.
Supplements for long term prevention
Here’s a short list
Omega 3 fats in the form of fish oil or flax seed oil.
B complex with quality forms of each (folate, methyl B12, and 50-100 mg of B1, B2 and B6 as P5P)
There are many other supplements to prevent aging and inflammation including antioxidant formulas and Curcumin preparations.
Here are some blood tests you may want to ask your doctor to order to assess your health status: vitamin D (should be 50-80), fasting leptin (should be < 10) glucose (<100) and insulin (< 5), homocysteine (< 9), CRP (< 1), TSH (< 2), Free T3 (> 3.2), Reverse T3 (<15), B12 (> 550).
These tests will evaluate your immune status, your metabolism, and whether you have signs of inflammation. If any of these are out of range you could be at risk of metabolic syndrome or low thyroid. If you are gaining belly fat, if your glucose level is creeping up, then a personally designed supplement program can help to rebalance your system.
If you need suggestions about brands of supplements or help in designing a personal program, send me an email. I am happy to arrange a personal consultation.
And stay healthy.
2018.10.01 by Dr. Randy
Another school year for kids and parents, and we recognize the patterns and flow of school life. For young children this entails social interactions with friends, getting used to schedules, and becoming engaged in learning. This is such a complicated process filled with excitement, inspiration, and frustrations. It involves recognizing the priorities of academics, hobbies, activities, and relationships. And that’s just for those who are flowing well through the program of school. For many children, school is stressful or even painful. So many factors can be deterrents to engagement, especially for those children who find it difficult (or boring) to sit still at a confining desk for extended periods of time. For students who enjoy prolonged periods of quiet and focused attention, school can be a haven. Others may feel socially awkward, shy, or out of place. They may have other pressing interests besides the typical subjects taught in school. And a large percentage of children have high kinetic energy and difficulty remaining in one place for long. They function best through exploration of their environment and hands-on interactions. Unfortunately, they are often labeled as being distracted or disruptive. And some even get a diagnosis of ADD or ADHD. Others have completely different styles of relating to the world, and they get put on an autism spectrum or diagnosed with a condition such as Asperger’s syndrome.
Every child has a distinctive and individual style of learning that needs to be honored and respected. Every child has unique gifts and talents, and these may not fit easily into the mold of the school model. It falls upon parents to recognize and cultivate these gifts. All too often we focus on perceived weaknesses and faults, giving negative feedback and corrections, forgetting that children need love, nurturing, recognition, and encouragement. Many children see themselves as failing, not rising to expectations of their own or the adults around them. They see their interests and pursuits as private havens when they should actually be celebrated. It is often hard for us as parents to strike the balance between trying to keep kids on track in the grooves of schedules and schoolwork and actually enjoying life.
Here are some suggestions.
- Have periodic conversations with children about their interests, whether those are music, video games, imaginative play, animals, or hobbies. Show your interest in their private pursuits. This points to the value of their inner life and can help to foster their passions.
- Communicate with teachers about your child’s strengths and interests so that he or she can play to these strengths.
- Avoid struggles over homework. You are not responsible for getting homework done. And keep in mind the myth of homework. Studies have shown that homework accomplishes very little. It creates conflict and tension in families and serves little positive purpose.
- Enjoy your children. Cultivate your appreciation of their amazing personalities and talents.
- Cultivate your own patience and forbearance. It may seem like your children are intent on driving you crazy, but they just want to have fun.
- Children will actually learn responsibility without your nagging. They will learn how to get assignments turned in by the time they get to high school. They will learn that they need to show up for work once they are on their own. They will be fine. Let them learn.
- Remember that life is fleeting. Teachers come and go. Struggles are inevitable and mean very little.
- Pay attention to the moment. That’s where children live. Take them as your role models.
- You may also want to review this article about recognizing your children’s strengths.