CRAVING / ADDICTION Part I

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Last week we talked about rebooting commitment to better self-care.  Before I go on, let me introduce the new ‘voice’ you may have noticed in my blog.  My great friend, web-weaver, assistant, and all-round cohort, Julia, has agreed to be my guest blogger.   We discuss and combine our thoughts and experiences to hopefully bring a more well-rounded approach to our subject matter.

This week, we would like to talk about cravings.   From personal experience, I believe there is a sense a deep deprivation associated with food cravings and often food is used to provide comfort, reward or to fill emotional needs.  The root causes of the food cravings come from intertwined factors of social, cultural, biological and psychological issues.  It is a big subject, and there are many theories as to why we crave what we crave.  Therefore, it is helpful to look from a holistic approach.

Let’s begin with a biological view.

Cravings, like any chronic physical ailment, are really our body trying to get us to pay attention, and they will eventually bring us to our knees. Craving can be seen as an overwhelming emotional and biological experience that takes over our body and produces unique behaviors – similar to wanting and seeking a drug.  Sugar is highly addictive. A number of studies have found that sugar affects the brain in the same ways that addictive substances such as nicotine, cocaine, and morphine.

Once we have imprinted our brain with an association of pleasure and the addictive sweet or salty indulgence, we have landed ourselves on a path of reoccurring cravings that can lead to addictions. These connections are hard-wired into our brains and affect the hippocampus, the part of the brain that controls impulse.

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It has been long thought that food cravings were due to the body’s effort to correct nutritional deficiencies.  For example,

  • Sugar craving can be due to an imbalance of calcium, zinc, chromium, or magnesium deficiency.
  • A craving for chocolate may indicate a lack of dopamine, serotonin, or phenylethylamine, a chemical that has been associated with romantic love.
  • Sugar craving might also be thyroid issues, yeast infection, adrenaline overload, hormone, or insulin imbalance.
  • Craving of salt may be tied to adrenal, kidneys or sodium deficiency.
  • Craving a juicy steak might medicate the body’s need for iron or protein, etc.

The task of reprogramming our brain and body will take some hard work, but with an understanding of what is behind those persistent cravings, the job is not impossible with such strategies such as:

  • Control blood sugar: Unstable blood sugar underlies many of the symptoms that autoimmune patients cope with, including exhaustion, insomnia, anxiety, depression, and brain fog.  Many people with blood sugar problems end up with depression and impaired brain function due to an inflammatory cascade that occurs when blood sugar drops and spikes too often.
  • Regulate hormones. In women, just before our period when estrogen is low and progesterone is on its way down, levels of feel-good beta-endorphins in our brain bottom out. This hormonal imbalance can cause intense sugar cravings for women in perimenopause or with PMS as our body attempts to boost serotonin and endorphins. Hormones are directly affected by our blood sugar levels. When the cell membrane is inflamed, hormones cannot communicate with the receptor to get the message into the cell where it needs to go for normal function. Simply put, the cell cannot “hear” the message from the hormone insulin to bring the glucose needed for energy into the cell. As a result, glucose builds up in the blood leading to elevated blood sugar levels and more inflammation. This is the state of hormone resistance, or in the case of diabetes, insulin resistance.

Here are a few food/diet strategies to balance blood sugar metabolism

  • Eat a breakfast of high-quality protein and fats with low sugars and starches.
  • Include some fiber, fat, or protein when choosing high sugar foods. These added factors slow down the rate at which glucose is absorbed into the bloodstream and help prevent insulin surges.
  • Rely first on high-protein, low carb, healthy-fat lunch, and snack items before caffeine and sugary snacks to get you through your workday.
  • Avoid sweets or starchy foods before bed. Your blood sugar will crash during the night and chances are your adrenals will kick into action, creating that dreaded 3 a.m. wake-up.
  • Dilute fruit juices and carrot juice. These can as sugary as soda, and will quickly have your blood sugar crashing.
  • Minimize grain and refined carbohydrate consumption.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet consisting mostly of vegetables, quality meats, with plenty of fiber and good fats.
  • Recognize bad habits. Have an alternative the moment you get a craving; it could be doing 10 jumping jacks, drinking a glass of water, or yawn, rotate your eyes clockwise and counter-clockwise and tap gently on either side of your liver and spleen area. This is a powerful tip to keep cravings at bay.

Nutrients to support blood sugar balance

Dietary habits are the most important and effective ways to stabilize blood sugar.  In addition, certain nutrients can help as well.  While there are many supplements, herbs, and nutrients to choose from, every body has specific needs, so be sure to consult your physician or use muscle testing if you know how to find your own best remedy.

  • Chromium
  • Bovine adrenal, liver or pancreas glandular
  • Choline bitartrate
  • Inositol
  • L-carnitine
  • CoQ10
  • Rubidium chelate
  • Vanadium aspartate

The deeper solution is to address cravings for what they truly are– a cry for help.  A cry for us to find out what’s really up and BE with that.  In part II we will look at the essence of craving from a psychological, emotional point of view.

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Build Core with Ease

SukiMy good friend and colleague Dr. Suki Munsell sent me this from her blog.  I’d love to share it with you, and send you to her website for more! She has a three-part core-building series that can be done in the morning sun on your lanai.  Click HERE to go to Part I

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Rebooting!

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Love your Body!  Love your SELF!

It’s time for a reboot!  As you probably didn’t even notice, this blog has been idle for too many months.  My web weaver constantly reminds me of how important it is to share information, so here I am.

 
My assistant, Julia, and I were talking this morning about how important (and difficult) it is to commit to the little things that make a big difference in one’s life, and that one of the biggest deterrents is fear of failure.  When you’ve tried so many times and fallen short, how can you try again?

 
So let’s look at that word, FAILURE.    When I think about the nature of failure, I see it as merely a feedback mechanism to let us know that our current choices and strategies are not working.  As human beings, we are not like a faulty bridge or a piece of equipment that can fail due to faulty engineering.  We are engineered to fall, and rise, and fall and rise again, building resilience, knowledge, and ultimately,  wisdom and power as we learn from our ‘failures’ and grow ever stronger.

So, you forget to floss one day.  What if you go for three days!?  Most important is to remember that every moment is a new chance to choose again.  The great thing about the human body is its ability to rebuild and repair very quickly when given a challenge.  Unless your teeth have all fallen out, it’s never too late to begin to floss.
Exercise?  Same thing.  It doesn’t even have to hurt.  Start the first day back to your ability to walk up a hill without panting to walking up and down the stairs once the first day, and then twice the second day, and three times the third.  See how many days you can match the number until you have to start over again.  By the 30 day mark, you’ll be strong enough to run up the hill!

 
Supplements?  Believe it or not, I must admit I have trouble taking supplements regularly.  Unless you are wired differently than my creative, right-brain self, you might struggle with that too.  One thing that helped one patient of mine was to make an excel sheet on her computer desktop, with supplements and dosage of each across the top, and dates down the left side.  Every day as she sat at her desk, she opened the supplement drawer next to the desk and typed an X in the column of each supplement listed.    It lasted for quite a few days before she dropped the ball.  But it’s never too late to pick it up again.  Seeing the days stack upon themselves was a source of satisfaction and accomplishment, and it will be interesting to see if any patterns emerge as to how many days she misses, and how she manages to stay on track.  One thing I think might help would be to have a 1-10 scale of how well (or not) she feels as the days pass of hitting or missing supplements.

 
At the heart of all of this is our ability to love ourselves.  If you don’t believe that, notice how you feel about someone you care about who is blatantly self-destructive.  It’s not easy to have compassion for someone who purposely sets out to hurt themselves, or ignores all norms of self-care.  If you think about it, not taking supreme care of one’s self is its own degree of self-destructive behavior.

 
If you can’t love yourself enough yet, choose a buddy who loves you and hold each other accountable for your commitments.  If your issues run deeper than that, take yourself on a retreat, make time to reboot, a time to be pampered, to swim in the ocean, to get some TLC, and reset your ability to have loving compassion for your exquisite self.

Book a retreat, and let’s make a plan together.

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Winter Traditions

winter-holidaysI love Winter and I feel honored and excited to celebrate the holiday season.  Unfortunately for many people it is a time filled with feelings of stress, anxiety, and guilt. Certainly, we all want to have a stress-free and fun holiday season with our loved ones, and yet sometimes in spite of our best intentions, we get caught up with family obligations, commercial frenzy, and financial forays. The rich activities that begin right after Halloween, builds to Thanksgiving, and continue the momentum through the end of the year with the holiday parties.  The stress around this time of the year can leave us depleted and we may question what the holiday season is really about?  Many of us know that chronic stress causes imbalance in cortisol levels and deplete vital nutrients in our body. This combination can exacerbate current health issues and can ignite new concerns.

So what can we do to reduce stress, and keep our holiday spirit sparkled?  I am grateful to share some useful tips to set intention and attention on peace and gratefulness this holiday season.

Love yourself: I find it very useful to take a holistic approach in caring for myself and others. Spending time revisiting values and guided principles that we strive to live from is a great foundation to identify what is important, and true to us when facing a challenging situation.

For example with family and friends, it is important to be aware of our limitations. Learning how to say “no” instead of “yes” can be an act of self- love.  It’s okay to sets limits on what we are not willing to do, or be. Having some boundaries helps us to prevent stress, over-indulgence, and holiday blues. Too many activities, even if they are fun activities, can culminate in too much holiday stress and leave us feeling frazzled rather than fulfilled. So, setting our priorities, choosing a few, enjoying them fully and skipping the rest is probably the best gift we could give to ourselves, and others.

Deeper Connections: The winter time gives us an opportunity to reconnect with ourselves, with our loved ones, old friends, and our community. Expressing gratitude for what we have, for the feelings, the memories we share, for the beauty of nature brings joy in our heart and soul. It simply feels good to connect more deeply with each other as we take time to listen to each other, and share feelings and experiences. We can also take time to play with kids, and be more like one. It is a fun way to relax.

Make conscious choices to eat healthy food:  I have a few patients in Hawi who know their food triggers.  These smart women plan ahead and eat healthy nutritious food before going to a party. This helps them to keep blood sugar in check and prevent them from eating junk food. So be selective, aware of your food intake, and practice mindful eating. This will prevent sugar crash, mood swings, as well as overindulgence of food consumption. And yes, you can still savor your favorite treat!

Get plenty of physical activity: When our schedule gets hectic, get creative!  Jump rope during TV commercials, breathe in and exhale deeply, dance in the kitchen or take a brisk walk.

Get quality rest: In Oriental Medicine, the theory is that during the winter months it is beneficial to get more sleep than during the rest of the year. Good sleep boosts our energy, helps with concentration, memory and mood.

Quiet restful reflective time: Whether or not we follow an ancient religious observance such as Christmas, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, or Pagan celebration, this time of the year has close ties with the laws and cycles of our solar and planetary system.  We human beings are an integral part of nature that affects us in visible and invisible ways, and in this time of the year we can reclaim our connection to Heaven and Earth that touches every aspect of our life.
free-ice-crystal2The Ancient Wisdom of seasonal traditions offers us a chance to experience the rebirth of our own spiritual nature.  As nature retreats back to herself in winter, we too can find some quiet restful and reflective time. Perhaps we can surrender to our own inner light, to the natural transformative power that guides us through the dark times like a beacon that reminds us that the seed of light is always present inside of us.

May we find the courage to slow down and let the light and love shine through the cracks of our tender heart.

Whatever tradition you choose to celebrate, may your holidays be shared with good friends and family, and be filled with healthy nutritious food, laughter, light, joy, and love.

Mele Kalikimaka and Peace on Earth,

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The Power of Conscious Choice Using the Science of Muscle Testing – Part 2

image007Chocolate or strawberry? Life or death? Life is an unending flow of choices and decisions. Everything we do or don’t do is inherently connected to a choice we make. Some people make choices quickly and easily.  Others agonize over every choice, having a hard time deciding what to do and how to do it.  Some question whether we really even have free will, and others believe it is well within our power to make choices that will lead to greater well-being.

image004Regardless how we arrive to decisions we make, our perception is subjective. Most of us justify our choices, rationalize them and call them “good, or OK”, because of some certain habitual conditions that suit our belief system.  We can lie to ourselves and talk ourselves into just about anything. We form opinions, entertain delusions and we give our ego too much slack.  We judge and we are influenced by biases, reason, emotions, and mostly from past memories.

Most of us make a lot of decisions based on what we think we should do, have to, must do… but are these choices aligned with our highest good?  Would we rather have conscious awareness of our thoughts and our actions in making decisions?

So what is our choice?

There is a quote in the muscle testing world that says: “I may not know, you may not know, but your body knows.”  The body doesn’t lie. Actually, it can’t. It doesn’t differentiate between labels that our mind assigns to things such as good or bad.

image002Our body is a very powerful communication tool. Based on the concept of internal energy fundamental to TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) Muscle Testing (MT) responds and operates through interactions among the mind, autonomic nervous system, muscles, and the subconscious mind. The soma and viscera communicate with the nervous system both chemically and neurologically. The inner intelligence of our body, actually, our ”gut” has the innate ability in an instant to discern between positive, life supportive, what is true to us and life detrimental negative energy. This distinction is a gift that has always existed within our DNA.

The body lives in the present- now time, it can differentiate snake venom from sweet lemonade. Research shows that the more we engage all parts of our being, our positive thoughts, emotions, perceptions, social interactions and spiritual pursuits, the more it enhances our brain’s function, and therefore our life.  So it is of upmost importance to focus on the positive — on love, forgiveness, optimism, compassion, and inclusiveness.

image005By contrast, negative thoughts, feelings of anger, fearful and resentful proclamations — cause the primitive parts of our brain to release a cascade of stress-evoking neurochemicals that damage our heart and brain, especially those circuits responsible for suppressing destructive emotions and thoughts.

MT is an excellent way to experience both the hardwired integration of our body, nervous system, and quantum reality first hand. This quantum reality works with Quantum entanglement. At the unconscious level you know everything I know, and I know everything you or your body knows. For example, you have knowledge of the supplements you are taking and what they do, and your body knows what it needs. MT enables your body to communicate to me what supplements work best for you. Simple and revolutionary! That revolution speaks of the evolutionary process of the awakening consciousness of the inner wisdom of the body. No need to look outside for answers, they are within us.

The ancient Vedic Sanskrit said that: “humans are physical spiritual beings living in a purposeful universe of unlimited cosmic consciousness”. This means that we are energy beings interacting with energy in the entire energy field. Our body is energy and information, not just solid matter. We are energy beings living in a world of energy.

We are connected to patterns of intelligence that govern the entire cosmos. Our body is not separate from other people, nature, animals…etc…. The notion of being separate from one another is an illusion…. A dream… a story that we have created. We are all connected, entangled, interacting with each other. Every thought, feeling, action, object, and event is permanently recorded in this universal “database” and may be accessed by everyone instantaneously.

Here we are local folks, infinite beings, quantum beings, living in a vehicle for the expression of higher consciousness with all its attributes, infinite powers and possibilities of making conscious choices. When we recognize the truth about our divine nature- life, the universe inside of us – inseparable partners in a timeless embrace, then it is easier to understand we can have access to all different kinds of information. Muscle testing gives us that access.

MT is a conscious phenomenon, a psychosomatic process permeated with many nuances. Many have mastered the somatic aspect of the process, but few are aware of the neurological aspects, or the depths of the role of emotion, mind, intuition, and empowerment it plays.

In my practice and teaching, I blend MT with Energy Psychology techniques (EFT, Tapping, Psych K, NAET, EMDR) the synergetic uses of these modalities enhance each other.  One identifies the root cause of imbalance and the other relieves the emotional distress stored in the body and beliefs associated with most psychological issues. Energy Psychology is a unique and direct way to access, identify and change subconscious beliefs that perpetuate old habits and behaviors.

Besides monitoring the operation of the body, the subconscious mind is a timeless computer, recording everything that has happened in our lives. it is the storehouse for our attitudes, values and beliefs.  These beliefs are the cumulative effect of life-long experiences. These beliefs stored in the subconscious are drawn in the present moment as if they just occurred.  As a result of past negative experiences, we sometimes think and behave in self-defeating ways, even when we consciously don’t want to. These memories can be identified with MT and Energy psychology can be used to clear negative patterns, and free us from the entanglement of our unwanted “stories”.
When our conscious and subconscious mind comes in agreement, our life seems to flow harmoniously.

Many of my patients have changed beliefs that sabotaged their physical health, self-esteem, relationships, goals, and job performance. Can you imagine how different our lives would be if we were able to choose wisely what food supports our health, what doctor to choose, what supplements to take and how much, where to locate emotional potential disturbances in our body energy system, where to go for vacation, which supportive environment to be in, party to go to, and the list can be endless.

Above all Muscle Testing is a gift of self-empowerment. I cannot adequately express what a profound impact Muscle Testing has had and still continues to have on my personal and professional life. This incredible tool is physically, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually unlimited.

If you desire to cultivate a richer experience of your true nature and if you are seeking to respond to life with greater clarity and wisdom, I welcome you to take my workshop on conscious choice using muscle testing May 14th 15th in Hawi.  I am looking forward to seeing you there.

 

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The Power of Conscious Choice using the Art and Science of Muscle Testing

This article has two parts. Part 1 is the understanding of Muscle Testing and in Part 2, we will explore the healing field of Energetic Psychology, and the Power of Conscious Choices.

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Do you know that the body holds the knowledge of the universe right at our finger tips,  that we have the capacity, the power to heal, and to choose a life that supports us the most? Indeed, each one of us possesses a computer far more advanced that the most elaborate artificial intelligence machine available – the human mind itself. What a stupendous mystery the human body is! 125 billion miles of DNA, 50 trillion cells each an individual, cooperating, communicating with the speed of light throughout our whole system, carrying the memory of the whole story of creation from the origin of the universe to us in this moment.  It is sensitive to our thought and intention, and ready to evolve with our consciousness!  

The body has an unlimited potential to create, transform and heal, and yet, many people go through their life accepting their current situation thinking they do not have any choice to “upgrade” their life. Actually we are made to intentionally co-create life in partnership with Source.  We have the ability to choose how we live our life, not to let life simply happen to us.

Knowledge is power, and with the amazing emerging field of Bio-Energetic Medicine that combines ancient wisdom with modern science, we are able to access higher guidance through the innate intelligence of the body wisdom. There are many bio-energetics modalities available; the one I am writing about is Muscle Testing with the blend of Energy Psychology techniques such as EFT, NAET, TAT, and EMDR.  Those methods bring current knowledge of the energetic nature of the body-mind-spirit connection and therefore give us more understanding in choosing what supports our well-being. 

Muscle testing can access information that might not be available to the conscious mind, and with Energetic Psychology techniques we have the tools needed to clear issues and correct the energetic imbalance. Blending these powerful modalities, we can navigate safely through this critical time, releasing our past, and choose consciously that which supports our health and our environment.

O-Ring Muscle Test demo O-Ring Muscle Test demoSo what is Muscle Testing (MT)? It is a non- invasive test method first developed by Dr. George Goodheart in applied kinesiology in the 1960’s.  MT is a modality that can identify and clear physical and emotional imbalances on all levels of health and well Being.   Muscle Testing exposes the intimate connection between mind and body, revealing that the mind “thinks” with the body itself.   MT can discern to the finest degree the difference between healthy choices, that which is supportive of life enhancing, and that which is harmful to us. It is easy to learn and can be used by anyone at any time you need it.

More than Meets the Muscles.  The uses of muscle testing are unlimited and self- directing.  The testing can be done for you by another person or you can do it yourself using various techniques. Some are very complex methodologies while others are very simple.  My favorite of all the techniques I’ve learned is the bio-digital O’ring testing from Dr. Omura MD, Professor Omura discovered the Bi-Digital O-Ring Test and acquired a U. S. patent for it. He is the medical research director of the Heart Disease Research Foundation.

In clinical practice I use MT to evaluate the state of general health and specific health issues. We identify nutritional status (vitamins, minerals, amino acid, neurotransmitters, glandular, hormonal imbalance) and establish dosage, compatibility.  We also evaluate acupuncture trigger points, organs, and detect food and environmental allergies or sensitivities. With this information a personalized plan is created and implemented.

One of the great gifts of MT is its versatility.  Muscle testing bypasses the conscious mind and therefore accesses the inner wisdom of the body. It can be used in unlimited ways for every aspect of our life, from the mundane to the most profound. This multi-faceted method can identify not only health issues but work, family, financial, environmental emotional stress, and belief systems that are or helpful detrimental to us.

How does muscle testing work?

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The mind ‘thinks’ with the body itself!

The phenomenon of muscle testing operates through interactions between the internal energetics fundamental to traditional Chinese Medicine, bio-electrical reflexes, nervous system, muscle, ideomotor action, and sub-conscious mind. The involuntary response is measured when exposed to positive and negative stimuli. Consciousness is an invisible quality of life which has the unique property of reacting to a stimulus. If a true statement is spoken verbally or silently, the subconscious mind, the electrical and magnetic fields around the body actually becomes stronger and as a result an indicator muscle of the body also becomes stronger automatically in recognition of the truth. That which is true, beneficial, or pro-life gives a positive response. A strong muscle means a positive or “yes” response and a weak muscle means a negative or “no” response.

For example, if we place a substance on the body which is life-force enhancing, and thereby ensuring the survival of the body, the muscle response will be positive or a “yes” response. We are programmed for survival and love.

Conversely, if we place a substance on the body which is life force destructive, and thereby weakening the body, the muscle response will be negative or a “no” response.

When we say, think or hold something that resonates as false the subconscious mind, the electrical and magnetic fields around the body actually become weaker and as a result the muscles also become weaker.

For the first time in history, this revolutionary discovery in kinesiology testing was able to tell truth from falsehood about anything, anywhere in time and space. The test itself proved to be independent of personal opinion or belief.  MT treats the subconscious body like a lie detector, and the response is immediate.

Even though muscle testing can take the guess work and trial and error out of choice/questions you may have, it is not a magic crystal ball. It is a skill. It supports healthy decisions about our health, increases our inner peace, enriches our relationships, expands our prosperity, and helps us to embrace life to the fullest.

CHOICESThe capacity to tell the truth from falsehood is of profound importance because that is precisely what the human mind lacks in making choices that support our well-being. In each moment we have been given the capacity to choose between love and fear. I am so grateful to have a tool that promotes self- empowerment, trust, and the power to choose a co-partnership with the wisdom of the Body/Mind and Soul that dwells within each one of us.

If you feel moved to learn the Art and Science of Muscle Testing, or want to polish your skills, I am inviting you to take my workshop, May 14th and 15th  in Hawi. Please contact me if you are interested.

 

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Prevention and Management of Dengue Fever

Aedes_aegyptiWhile the aedes aegypti mosquito spreads dengue fever, and the Health Department is doing its best to educate Hawaii residents in reducing the epidemic, how can we go about preventing dengue fever using natural remedies or treating dengue in the event we get infected? Our best protection is to educate ourselves and learn all we can so we can make wise decisions regarding our health and that of our family. So here is some pertinent information on dengue fever.

What is Dengue Fever?

Dengue fever is also known as “breakbone fever”.  Dengue fever is caused by four related viruses (DEN-1, DEN-2, DEN-3 or DEN-4). The Dengue virus is a member of the virus family Flaviviridae. This acute flu like illness is related to those that cause yellow fever and West Nile virus infection.

How is it transmitted?

Dengue fever virus is not contagious. It is not spread from person to person. It requires a vector, a mosquito that allows the virus to mature within the mosquito before the mosquito can effectively transfer the viruses to humans.  However, if a person is bitten by a mosquito that carries Aedes aegypti virus during the initial febrile period of the dengue infection, the mosquito may become infected and transmit the dengue virus to the next person through its bite. Once infected, a mosquito is capable of transmitting the virus to susceptible individuals for the rest of its life.  (Only females bite, and they live 6 to 8 weeks)  The dengue virus circulates in the blood of the infected humans for 3-14 days (average 4 to 6 days).

What are the Symptoms?

Symptoms include sudden onset of fever, headache, muscle and joint pains. In some cases, rash (similar to measles) are accompanied by severe headache, retroorbital pain (pain behind the eyes), backache, sore throat, and abdominal pain.

The patients become lethargic and experience anorexia and nausea.

In a small proportion of cases, the disease can develop into the life-threatening dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) and dengue shock syndrome (DSS), resulting in bleeding, low levels of blood platelets, dehydration, low blood pressure, rapid & weak pulse. These patients often require additional supportive treatments and hospitalization.

Most people recover fully, although weakness and fatigue may last for several weeks.

Incubation period: Symptoms of infection usually start about four to 15 days (typically four to seven days) after a mosquito bite transfers the viruses to the human. In most instances, the disease lasts about 3 to 10 days.

Can dengue infection recur in a previously infected person?

After a person is infected with dengue, they develop an immune response to that dengue subtype. Infection with one type does not provide long term protection against other strains. There is also evidence that the risk of developing DHF/DSS is increased in the persons previously infected by another type.

Western Treatment

There is no specific antiviral treatment currently available for dengue fever.  Bed rest and acetaminophen (Tylenol) to treat fever and pain are recommended. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents (aspirin (Bayer, Ecotrin), ibuprofen (Motrin), and other NSAIDs) should be avoided because of the tendency of the dengue viruses to cause hemorrhages.

Rehydration and blood testing can be necessary procedures that allopathic doctors perform.

Preventative Precautions to Keep Dengue Fever at Bay 

Everyone is being urged to take precautions against mosquito infections. Together we can do it.

  • The best way to reduce mosquitoes is to eliminate the places inside and around your home where the mosquito lays her eggs. Stagnant water is a breeding ground for the mosquitoes so remove, or empty any container that may hold water including  pails and buckets, pet bowls, gutters, coolers, old tires, birth baths, recycling bins, and flower pots, etc…
  • Treat bromeliads and other plants that hold water. Flush weekly and spray with soapy water or chemical treatment.
  • Make sure your window and door screens do not have any holes. If so, block or repair those areas.
  • Apply mosquito repellents during the day as well as at night on a regular basis. Most commercial repellents contain DEET. Many studies suggest DEET may have harmful effects, including brain damage. Use natural insect-repellant lotions, apply often on the skin, as it wears off quickly (see recipe below)
  • Mosquitoes are attracted to certain chemical compounds on your skin, carbon dioxide, movement, heat and dark colors; they can sniff you out from 100 feet away. Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants and socks to protect yourself. Wear white or light colored clothing when you are likely to be exposed to mosquitoes bites.
  • Try to avoid outside activities at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are more active.
  • Fix leaky faucets and outdoor hoses that are dripping water.
  • Clean the gutter so water runs freely.
  • If possible use mosquito netting over beds.
  • Electric mosquito zapper: It is a mechanical device that uses ultraviolet light to attract mosquitoes and then kills them with its lethal dose of electricity. The side effect of this device is that it kills also the good bugs.
  • Make your own mosquito trap (check numerous sites on the internet)

Natural Health Strategies

Diet Management    – In order to fight the virus that affects the body, it is important to eat a healthy diet:

  • Eat and Drink Vegetables: Consumptions of fresh juices of carrots, cucumber, green leafy vegetables, cod liver oil, flax seed oils and fresh fruits help to improve platelet count.
  • Porridge: Remember to always give pureed and soft foods for people with dengue fever. Porridge is easily swallowed and digested, and has plenty of fluids.
  • Barley grass: Increase the blood platelet count of the body by stimulating more blood cells production.
  • Avoid saturated fats, refined sugar, processed food, salty, oily, and spicy food, and “junk” food.
  • Papaya leaf extract: Juice is prepared from crushed papaya and leaves. According to the 2011 research Journal of Ethnopharmacology, papaya leaves have anti- malarial properties. The complex mix of nutrients can cause a rise in your platelet count, the high levels of vitamin C help stimulate the immune system, and the antioxidants help to reduce oxidative stress and eliminate excess toxins in the blood. Doctors in India often give 2 /3 tablespoons of papaya leaf juice in the morning and evening for dengue patients.
  • Hydrate throughout the day: Dengue patients need lots of fluids.  Apart from drinking plenty of water, take orange and lime juice, watermelon, pomegranate, guava, kiwi, and papaya juice.  Drinks containing electrolytes such as coconut water are recommended.
  • Ginger water: Drink ginger water as it reduces the effects of nausea that often is experienced.

   Herbal Medicine Management

Herbal medicine stimulates the immune system as a whole, helping the body to fight infection, bacteria and viruses by increasing the amount of white blood cells.

  • Echinacea angustifolia: Boosts the immune system and reduces many of the symptoms of colds, flu and some other viral infections conditions.
  • Astragalus (Huang Qi) Tonifies the body’s energy/Qi levels. Traditionally, this herb is known to boost the immune system, particularly for respiratory infections and increases the production of Interferon.
  • Goldenseal: Helps to ease vomiting, nausea; headaches, chills and fevers as well as its natural antiviral capacity.
  • Neem leaves: Properly brewed leaves can help to improve the body’s immune system. Helps to increase the white blood cell and platelet count.
  • Yarrow, elderflower and peppermint diaphoretic tea blend; These herbs are amphoteric, meaning that they can lower body temperature if it is too high.
  • Fenugreek: It is known for reducing fever and it acts as a sedative to promote restful sleep and ease pain of the patients.
  • Fu Fang E Jiao Jiang: According to “You Sufu”, a public health expert from Indonesia this is a traditional Chinese medicine used for improving hemoglobin and lowering hematocrit to a stable level.
  • Quinine: from Chinchona bark, is added to tonic water as a prophylactic against malaria. As with other quinoline antimalarial drugs, the mechanism of action of quinine is not fully understood.

Homeopathy  Management

Homeopathy for Dengue has been used successfully in other countries such as India, and Brazil.  The selection of homoeopathic remedies depends upon the individual symptoms. Homeopathy may not totally prevent dengue, but at least it attenuates the symptoms, and makes for a milder case of the illness.

  • Dengue Prevention Formula: Ana Teresa Doria Dreux, Professor CRM from Brazil recommends RHUS TOX/ EUPATORIUM PERF/ CHINA OFF/ LEDUM PALUSTRE/ GELSEMIUM formula, 6 C dilution. Take 3 globules once a day while the epidemic season lasts. Another formula from Dana Ullman MPH, CCH, a leader in homeopathy is Eupatorium perfoliatum, Crotalus, Phosphorus, Natrum Muriaticum and Arsenicum.
  • Dengue Treatment Formula: Take the above formulas, 3 globules every two hours. As the symptoms improve, take once every 3 hours, and once every 4 hours, etc… until complete remission of the symptoms.
  • Eupatorium Perfoliatum: 30C is the remedy for severe muscle and bone/joint pains with high fever. Take twice a day during the outbreak.
  • Ledum: Ledum palustre is the remedy for “puncture wounds” and therefore a good first aid remedy to prevent the ill effects of mosquito bites including infectious diseases associated with mosquitos.
  • Normal Dengue Fever: Eupatorium perfolium 200 or 1M can be taken once daily for three days and subsequently at least two doses a week at the interval of three to four day till the epidemic persist for the prevention of dengue fever. Furthermore Arsenic alb + Bryonia + Echinacea angustifolia + Ledum pal + Rhus tox in 30 potency should be taken once in a day for at least 2 weeks.
  • In case of High Fever: Take Aconite 1M and Eupatorium 1M alternatively, after every 30 minutes immediately on start fever. Just take 3 doses of each remedy. If the symptoms persist, contact your physician.
  • In dengue hemorrhagic fever (DFH): Add the following two medicines to the above treatment: Phosphorus 12c, Crotalus 12c Take 4 globules in the evening until the platelets return to normal. China, Ipecac and Arsenic Album is another formula. These remedies are not to replace any necessary medical services.        

  Vitamins / Minerals  Management

  • Vitamin B1 as a mosquito repellant: Sold as Betamine in pharmacies. Vitamin B1 make the blood bitter and produces a skin odor that female mosquitoes seem to find offensive. Take 100mg daily.
  • B complex: Take a high dosage. Mosquitoes hate the taste of Vit B. Food that are rich in B vitamins are egg yolk, brewer’s yeast, liver, and whole grains.
  • Vitamin C: Vitamin C at sufficiently high doses can help viral disease, enhance functions of the immune system. It strengthens the immune system and collagen. Dose 500 mg 6 x day.
  • Zinc: Assist the normal functioning of the immune system. Zinc deficiency is extremely common. Zinc is key to proper T cell and Natural Killer Cell function activity.  Dose 25mg once daily.

ACUPUNCTURE FOR DENGUE FEVER
Do not underestimate the power of acupuncture to treat pain and fever. Acupuncture and electro acupuncture leads to the release of endorphins and these are powerful natural pain killers. It also lowers inflammation, and strengthens the immune system.

 MAKE YOUR OWN MOSQUITOES REPELLANT

This natural homemade insect repellent is great for mosquitos, flies, and other annoying bugs. Tweak to your liking and apply with confidence.

Ingredients:

– Witch Hazel or vodka: 2 tbsp. of one or in combination

– Oils: mix neem oil with coconut oil in a 1:1 ratio.

– Essential oils:

55 drops lemon eucalyptus essential oil (not recommended for use on children under 3 yrs.

15 drops cedarwood essential oil

– 15 drops lavender augustifolia essential oil

-15 drops rosemary essential oil

– Cinnamon leaf oil

Directions: Fill spray bottle and shake well before each use. Natural bug repellent will need to be reapplied every few hours for maximum effectiveness. Length of protection varies with the amount of activities, temperature and other factors.

Other Bug-Repelling Essential Oils you can use: citronella, tea tree, peppermint, cypress, rose, geranium, bergamot, lemon grass,  clove and catnip. (Java Citronella is considered the highest quality citronella on the market).

Additional Tips and Warnings:

– Women who are pregnant or nursing should consult a health practitioner before using essential oil.

– Extreme caution should be used when using essential oils on young children.

– Always perform a patch test to check for an allergic reaction before using an essential oil for the first time.

– Dark-colored bottles work best for products containing essential oils. Store in a cool, dark place when not using. 

Alvita Soleil is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, healer, teacher, and artist.  In practice since 1982, she is the co-owner of the Aloha Health Clinic in Kamuela.  For more information visit alohawellnessretreat.com or dr.alvitasoleil.com

 

The content of this article is provided for informational and educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please seek the professional advice of a physician or other qualified medical practitioner regarding your condition.

References: www. health.hawaii.gov, state of department of health, center for disease control, http://www.EMedicineHealth,  http://www.tcmwell.com, http://www.inbali.org, www.natural cures.com, http://www.healthline.com, http://www.stanford.edu, http://www.drhomeo.com

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