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Echinacea: Nature’s Perfect Support for Your Immune System
 

The Most Important and Misunderstood Herb for the Immune System

Echinacea is an oft-misunderstood Native American herb of immense benefit to a variety of patients in your practice with both chronic and acute conditions. Its lipophilic (fat-loving) extract is known as the traditional echinacea extract.

Echinacea is a traditional North American herb. Native Americans have highly valued and used it therapeutically for hundreds of years. I consider Echinacea root to be the single most important herb in the world for supporting your primary immune system. It is also one of the most misunderstood herbs in the world.

There are several myths about Echinacea, popular in today’s media, culture and even natural health field. The main one is that Echinacea is only a short-term herb, solely used for a few days at the first sign of sickness of infection. This, we now know, is incorrect. The idea is based, in part, on the traditional use of Echinacea root – as needed, for days, weeks or months, for any type if infection or inflammation.

In the 1800s and early 1900s, American physicians of the Eclectic school of medicine used Echinacea angustifolia root with consistent documented success using this herb, internally and topically, for helping patients with the following conditions, and more:

Boils                                         Indigestion                             Mastitis                 Abscesses              

Diarrhea

Leucorrhea                            Septicemia                             Dysentery              Vulvitis                  

Snakebite

Fevers                                     Gonorrhea                             Insect bites            Influenza              

Syphilis

Tuberculosis                          Toothache                              Tonsillitis              Pneumonia            

Malaria

Bronchitis                             Measles                                  Impotence            Gangrene                

Chickenpox

 

Even without our modern understanding of the immune system, it’s clear from the above mentioned list that Echinacea is most certainly an immune-supporting herb. We should keep in mind that the Native Americans and the Eclectic physicians only used Echinacea angustifolia root, extracted with a high alcohol-to-water ratio, to achieve these impressive results.

Modern research, especially from the last 25 years, has shown us a new use for Echinacea – that it is most certainly also a preventative herb, to be taken daily, long-term. Unlike some botanicals, Echinacea can be taken for long periods of time or for life, without any adverse effects. It seems that Echinacea works best when it is in your system already at the time you are exposed to a possible pathogen. This is an important new understanding, for an herb traditionally used only as needed for acute conditions.

Also, the quality of an Echinacea product is critical to how well it works. Modern research has confirmed what parts of Echinacea provide the remarkable immune-supporting effects. They are a group of phytochemicals called alkalamides, which also create the distinctive tongue tingling produced by a high-quality Echinacea extract. Interestingly, the Eclectic physicians back in the day distinguished a clinically-relevant product as “producing a persistent tingling sensation in the mouth.” The more alkalymides, the stronger the tingle, and the more potent the Echinacea formula is.

In my own experience in practice over the past 25 years, I have found very few Echinacea products that cause any significant tingle in the mouth, other than the Echinacea Premium from MediHerb. Echinacea Premium is an herbal extract which blends the roots of Echinacea Angustifolia and Echinacea Purpurea. This product is, in my experience and review of Echinacea over the years, the most powerful and effective Echinacea product in the world. I’ve had many patients who reported no benefit from years of taking other Echinacea products, who felt immediate benefit from Echinacea premium.

Another common myth is that Echinacea should not be taken by people with autoimmune conditions. This would be a serious concern, given that 1 in 6 Americans (over 50 million) have one or more of 155+ known autoimmune conditions. This concern is based on the incorrect idea that Echinacea stimulates the immune system. More accurately, Echinacea root improves your innate immune response, rather than being a stimulant.

Also, autoimmune disease is a condition of excessive natural tissue or auto antibodies, which is part of your acquired or humoral immune system. Echinacea has no effect on antibodies, but rather strongly supports the innate or cellular immunity, which is your primary immune system. (This is another reason why vaccines are completely ineffective at improving anyone’s health. Vaccines only produce an artificial and temporary antibody response to synthetic or man-made pathogens. They do not affect or improve your immune system, health or strength).

So, Echinacea is not only safe and appropriate for patients with an autoimmune condition, it is actually very useful for supporting these patients. Echinacea helps correct the immune imbalance found in autoimmune conditions, where the innate/primary immune system is weak, and the acquired/secondary immune system is overactive to body tissues. This is the same reason why Echinacea root is so helpful for people with allergies, by balancing the allergic or excessive immune response to normal things in the environment. It’s basically the same pattern: allergies are an inappropriate response to normal proteins from outside your body, and autoimmune disease is an inappropriate response to normal proteins inside your body. Echinacea helps both, as an immune modulator or balancer.

So, just to conclude, Echinacea:

Has also been used for hundreds of years topically for various types of skin conditions, such as boils, psoriasis, and insect and snake bites. Traditionally, Echinacea was used for days, weeks or months to help people recover more quickly from an infection, by improving immune response to colds, flu, respiratory infections, really any type of infection anywhere in the body. Modern research has now confirmed that it also has a powerful ability to help prevent infections from happening in the first place. Personally I’ve been taking Echinacea premium daily since 2002, and have found it incredibly helpful in my own health as well as for hundreds of patients who have benefitted greatly from this wonderful formula.

Just remember, Echinacea can be used for helping get through an infection more quickly (traditional use), as well as preventatively with daily long-term use to support your immune system and immune response (modern research). I always combine Echinacea Premium, with Standard Process Nutritional Support for the immune system. So ask your practitioner which nutritional formulas from Standard Process would be most appropriate for you in your case.

 
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Vaccines: Minimizing & Preventing Damage
 

There is a golden rule to reducing vaccine damage in children who are going to receive them. Most of you know I do not condone the use of vaccines. Why? Because they do more harm than good.

There have been no formal studies comparing vaccinated to unvaccinated children for benefit or harm; this is the only class of drugs that have no placebo-controlled trials to show they work.

One of the best practices I teach is to never vaccinate a child who is sick as they’re highly reactive and their immune system is already increased. And, I often say it’s a grave error to give multi-dose vaccines in a single visit.

 
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The Adaptogen Herb: Ashwagandha for Whole-Person Resilience
 

Ashwagandha is an extract of the herb also known as Withania somnifera, the king of the tonic – or vitality increasing herbs – in Ayurvedic or traditional Indian Medicine. This herb is native to India and the Mediterranean. In Sanskrit, ashwagandha has the meaning, horse smell. This not only refers to the smell of the herb, but also its ability to give you the strength and vitality of a horse or “herb with the strength of 10 horses.”

It’s an incredible herb that helps us meet the demands of modern life.”
– Michael Gaeta

Somnifera in its botanical name, Withania somnifera, refers to its ability to improve sleep. It’s one of the few herbs that increase your energy, stamina, and endurance all the while helping you to relax and calm your mind, overall improving your sleep. We can think of ashwagandha as a calming tonic and as an adrenal strengthening herb (the adrenal glands are the stress glands that help you meet the demands of stress or change); it also significant restorative properties for the brain, immune system, and sleep regulation.

Ashwagandha is a great example of how herbs can have many different effects in a balanced way. This powerful herb has been used for over 2,000 years as a strengthening herb helpful to improve and restore vitality helping those who are overworked and exhausted, and clear and calm the mind, improving sleep. Consequently, ashwagandha has an amazing benefit as what we call an adaptogenic tonic which means it increases our ability to handle stress.

Traditionally it has been used as an aphrodisiac – an herb to improve sexual desire and performance. Along these lines it is also an excellent fertility tonic for both men and women. But it can be used for all ages. I have found in my own practice and well as in traditional practice, it can help children insure proper development; and in later years, it’s helpful to improve mental and cognitive function and overall quality of life. It is great to help people improve their ability to retain new information, enhance memory and concentration.

Exemplary Immune System Benefits

Ashwagandha is known for reducing inflammation within the body.  There’s even great evidence of its ability to help people with inflammatory problems like arthritis, asthma and inflammatory skin conditions like psoriasis. Along with its antioxidant and medicinal compounds the power herb is a great source of iron, too. It works hard to improve the strength of the immune system; and is a blood tonic – strengthening vitality and potency of the blood.

How I recommend Ashwagandha with Mediherb

As a liquid herb, I will usually blend Ashwagandha with other herbs.  I can say that I include Ashwagandha in almost all of the liquid blends that I put together for people, using the Mediherb liquids. And, there are other herbs and nutritional support that work really well in combination with the Ashwagandha liquid. So ask your practitioner what Mediherb herbs and Standard Process nutritional formulas would be most appropriate for you in conjunction with the Ashwagandha liquid, so you can get the most benefit and results from this wonderful herb!

 
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Seven Habits for Highly Effective Digestion
 

Bad eating habits and poor nutrition can cause indigestion. Here are seven great eating habits that will help you avoid indigestion:
 

1.  Eat consciously. Enjoy your meals slowly with gratitude.

2. Just eat. Create a quiet atmosphere, turn off the TV and avoid arguments while eating.

3. Never eat late. Do not consume big meals after 8 p.m.; have at least three hours between dinner and bedtime.

4. Start big! Make breakfast and lunch your biggest meals, Spleen/Stomach (digestive) Qi peaks 7-11am.

5. Know your schedule: eat at regular times each day.

6. Stay in touch with your body while eating. Stop eating before you are full.

7. Relax after eating. Put your feet up or take a walk to help aid in digestion!

Some Eating Habits to Avoid:

  • Eating while stressed, upset, working, reading, driving, worrying

  • Eating quickly, not chewing thoroughly

  • Overeating – feeling over full

  • Eating before bed

  • Smoking during meals

Poor Nutrition Can Be Caused by:

  • Processed, refined, contaminated, microwaved, improperly prepared foods

  • Chemical food additives and pesticides

  • Soil depletion

  • Too much cold or raw, hot/spicy, sweets, greasy, adulterated (pasteurized) dairy products

So, enjoy your meals consciously and avoid digestive health issues!

 
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Leaky Gut Syndrome
 

Did you know that approximately 30% of the U.S. population suffers from uncomfortable bouts of digestive problems, such as bloating, food sensitivities, and constipation?

One common cause of this is intestinal hyperpermeability most commonly known as leaky gut. This is where large food particles get through big gaps in your intestinal wall. This condition can lead to major health problems, including autoimmune disease, allergies, skin problems and more. Leaky gut is scurvy of the gastrointestinal tract.

View my latest video to discover what nutritional deficiency causes leaky gut, and the most important steps you can take in your practice to help your patients prevent and reverse it.

WATCH this clinical tip: Causes of Intestinal Hyperpermeability with Michael Gaeta

 
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Herd Immunity: The Foundational Lie of the Forced Vaccination Agenda, Part One
 

The pHarma / government / mainstream media cabal has a clear goal: unlimited forced vaccination for the entire population. How could such an outcome be imaginable? How could we knowingly give up our parental rights, informed consent and personal sovereignty, by making an entire class of drugs mandatory, with no freedom of choice?

The justification offered, for this particular form of medical fascism, is herd, or “community” immunity. One of the primary US government/pHarma propaganda websites, www.vaccines.govsays this: “When a critical portion of a community is immunized against a contagious disease, most members of the community are protected against that disease because there is little opportunity for an outbreak. Even those who are not eligible for certain vaccines—such as infants, pregnant women, or immunocompromised individuals—get some protection because the spread of contagious disease is contained. This is known as ‘community immunity’.”

Sounds reasonable, initially. I should put aside my personal concerns about the lack of demonstrated effectiveness, necessity or safety of vaccines, and put any government-recommended number of vaccines into my or my child’s body, for the sake of the whole. I have my concerns, but I’ll take one for the team. What’s more, I don’t want to be seen as a selfish or irresponsible by not vaccinating. I may be willing to take the risk of contracting a non-dangerous, self-limiting infection for myself, but I wouldn’t want to endanger anyone else. Vaccination, from this carefully-manufactured perspective, is part of being a responsible member of society.

But is it really true? Is it truly so that vaccinating protects others, and that failing to vaccinate endangers others? For the precious few with the courage to question the forced vaccination propaganda, and accept the truth, based on credible, non-CDC science, is no, or, more accurately, absolutely not.

Vaccine-induced herd or community immunity is scientifically impossible. It is a brilliant piece of marketing, using guilt to coerce behavior and drive drug sales. It is twisted genius in action, making intelligent, independent-thinking people ignore their honest, well-founded vaccine skepticism, and causing the rest to accept unlimited vaccinations without question.

There are two primary reasons why vaccinating oneself cannot protect others, and why failing to vaccinate cannot endanger others. The first is from the science of immunology, and we can describe it as waning antibody stimulation, post-vaccination. In short, vaccines only do one thing – stimulate antibody production to something similar but not the same as the infection. That antibody stimulation is temporary, lasting a few months or years. So the majority of the US population has had no so-called vaccine “protection” for several decades, without any resurgent epidemics of measles, mumps, pertussis, etc.

The second is from the science of population outcomes, or epidemiology. In all populations globally who have ever attained the ever-rising and completely arbitrary (read: made up) minimum threshold for vaccine uptake (% of a population who get vaccinated), outbreaks of vaccinated diseases still occur. This should, of course, be impossible, if herd immunity were actually true. In Part Two of this article, we’ll take an honest, non-hysterical look at each of these in more detail. In the meantime, you can safely and responsibly ignore any of the sheeple who tell you it is irresponsible to not vaccinate.

Also, if you value the timeless ideals and ethics of parental rights, informed consent, personal sovereignty and healthcare freedom of choice, and care to restore and preserve same, go to www.nvicadvocacy.org. It’s a free, private service that will let you know of exactly what nefarious threats to vaccine choice are happening in your state, and specifically what to do about it. Even if you believe in vaccines, I’ll bet that you believe even more in freedom of choice in healthcare treatment decisions, for parents and individuals. The pHarma-driven unlimited forced vaccination agenda may happen, if enough of us who value freedom do nothing. It’s up to us.

 
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Using Free Consultations to Grow and Expand Your Practice

A free consultation is a wonderful way to connect with a potential patient, and market your practice in a professional and ethical way. In-office or phone consultations demonstrating qualities of caring, patience and understanding make you a practitioner who attracts clients who resonate with your purpose and approach, instead of one just working to lure them in. Let’s look specifically at how and why to use free consultations to grow and expand your practice.

Free consults are frequently used by professionals in various fields to make it safe for people to contact them at no risk, no cost and no obligation. It invites people to make an initial contact. Consults are a tasteful thing to offer in your marketing materials and website. Your conversion rate from initial inquiry to appointment is higher with successful free consultations. They help you become a practitioner who is a magnet, who attracts people who are a good fit for your practice. Since consultations often happen by phone, developing strong phone presence is important.

A consultation is not an evaluation. It is perhaps 15 minutes spent with a person to assess their needs, goals and concerns, and explain if and how you can help. It is designed for those who are unsure if your approach is the right one for them. The potential client is at no risk and invests nothing but time. Block off fifteen minutes in the schedule for your free consultations, and see if that is a good amount of time for you. Inform the prospective client of your time frame. Don’t rush, and set aside enough time, because in terms of a complete course of long-term care, this could be a conversation worth several thousand dollars.

Here are some specifics that make for a good consult:

  1. Start by asking an open-ended question like, “What brings you here?” or “How can I help?” This is also a good opening question for your initial evaluations.
  2. Listen attentively and patiently, but use clarifying or redirecting questions to keep the consultation from going too long.
  3. Explain your approach to patient care—how it works, and how it will benefit the client and her specific condition. Be sure to start with your “Why” – your purpose or reason for working with people as a health professional. Knowing and communicating why you do this work is one of the most powerful invitations to those who might resonate with you and your practice.
  4. Estimate the cost of treatments and supplements. Speak with confidence and clarity.
  5. Give an overview of the frequency of treatments – more frequent visits at first, tapering off to maintenance/wellness/.preventative care as they improve.
  6. Ask if the prospective patient has any questions about your approach.
  7. Ask if she would like to make an appointment. Whether or not an appointment is made, be sure to provide educational literature about your practice, and nutrition. The Standard Process brochures “Are You Feeding Your Body,” and the DVD “Why You Need Whole Food Supplements” (available at no charge from SP), are great pieces to give to a potential or new patient. Thank the person for her time. If she is not ready to make an appointment, tell her that you will be glad to help when she is ready.

Then ask if the prospective client has any further questions. Repeat this question until all of their concerns are addressed, then ask if they would like to make an appointment (very important!).

During free consultations, you don’t need to take notes, do a physical exam, or conduct a detailed history or assessment. Save all of that for your initial evaluation. Keep the tone of the consult relaxed, and have an intention to be fully present, ask good questions, and listen well. The prospective patient is carefully sizing you up in a free consult, with the perspective that how you treat them in this initial exploratory visit is how you will treat them if they become your patient. If they feel cared for, respected, heard, accepted and understood, then you did a great job!

From the perspective of medical ethics, a free consultation is also an opportunity for you to ask yourself, “Is this person is a good fit for me, someone I can help, someone that I can enter into a successful therapeutic relationship with?” “Can I actually help this person, within my scope of experience, training and expertise?” Knowing our limitations as practitioners and not taking on cases that are beyond our abilities is essential to ethical practice.

In a free consultation, since you have not yet taken them on as a patient, you also have no obligation to begin working with them, and can decide not to do so for any reason. As one chiropractic professor said, “I don’t just want new patients. I want good patients.” In other words, people who resonate with your care, and are willing to actively participate and take responsibility for their own healing process.

One day, in my first year of practice 23 years ago, a new patient came in seeking a natural treatment for her colon cancer. I clearly explained that I do not treat cancer, but rather provide natural therapies and nutritional support to patients with and without cancer, to promote healing and repair, by supporting their own innate healing ability. I also referred her back to her oncologist to discuss treatment options, and explained that the care I provide can work alongside conventional treatments that she might choose. Appropriate referral is a key to safe and ethical practice.

Consultations are a low-risk way to help you and the potential client decide if you are a good fit for each other, if their condition is within your skill set, and sets a strong foundation for a successful long-term therapeutic relationship. Start sharing this opportunity to connect with you in your community, and watch your practice grow!

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