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Immune Tips for Flu Free Flu Season

Fall is upon us and winter is just around the corner, and that brings influenza season. Flu season begins in October and can last throughout May. Typical flu symptoms include fever (in some people), chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, headaches, fatigue, vomiting and diarrhea. The flu virus is extremely contagious and can spread from one person to another when someone talks, sneezes, or coughs, even 6 feet away. The flu virus can even survive on surfaces and can spread when someone touches that surface and then touches their mouths and noses. Someone with the flu can infect others about 1 day before symptoms start and about 1 week after becoming ill. The flu can last anywhere from a few days, to a few weeks.

During this time, many people will be lining up to get their flu vaccines, with the hope of preventing the flu completely. However, Rice University recently released a study showing that the 2018 flu vaccine will only have a 20% efficacy. This means that in a population, 20% fewer vaccination people will get the flu compared to unvaccinated people.

Whether you decide to get the flu vaccine or not, it is important to strengthen the immune system to prevent getting the flu. If you are infected by the flu, there are many things that can be done to help the body fight and get better faster. Here are some examples of how to prevent getting the flu and what can be done if you catch the flu:

  1. Proper Hygiene: Wash hands with warm soapy water frequently throughout the day. If this is not possible, using hand sanitizer is a good alternative.
  2. Avoidance: If you are sick, stay home from work or school. If you encounter sick people at work or school, keep a distance and wear a surgical mask.
  3. Cover it Up: Cough and sneeze into elbows and arms, not hands.
  4. Rest, Hydrate (with water), and Exercise: These things will help support the immune system so it will be strong to fight off infections.
  5. Nutrition: Eat plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables. Avoid simple carbohydrates, alcohol, and sugar since these foods can weaken the immune system. Avoid mucus producing foods, when sick, such as dairy, since these can increase runny and stuffy noses, as well as chest congestion.
  6. Gargle: For sore throats, gargle with salt and warm water, for 30 seconds, one to three times daily.
  7. Herbal Teas: There are many herbal teas that are soothing for the throat and stomach such as chamomile and ginger. There are other teas that are great at boosting the immune system such as elderberry and peppermint.
  8. Vitamin C: Vitamin C has been shown to increase immune cells and decrease the life cycle of viruses. It has also been shown to decrease lung inflammation caused by viruses. It is recommended that adults take 3,000mg a day for prevention and 2,000mg 4 times a day during illness.
  9. Elderberry Syrup: Elderberry has been reported to have antiviral activity for influenza viruses. It has also been shown to reduce the duration of the flu by an average of 4 days. It is recommended that adults take 1 teaspoon once a day for prevention and 1 teaspoon three times a day during illness.
  10. Oscillococcinum: This homeopathic remedy has been reported to reduce the frequency of respiratory tract infections. The recommended preventative dose for adults is one tube once a day, and the dose once sick is one tube every 6 hours up to 3 times a day.

The above recommendations are just some basics. There are many other vitamins, minerals, and herbs that are also very effective at preventing the flu and supporting the body when the body has the flu. Please speak with your naturopathic doctor to create an individualized treatment plan for your specific concerns.

Boyd, Jade. “Study Predicts 2018 Flu Vaccine Will Have 20 Percent Efficacy.” Current News. 19 April 2018, news.rice.edu/2018/04/19/study-predicts-2018-flu-vaccine-will-have-20-percent-efficacy-2/.

Hyemin, Kim. “Red Ginseng and Vitamin C Increase Immune Cell Activity and Decrease Lung Inflammation Induced by Influenza A Virus/H1N1 Infection.” Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology. 21 February, 2016, onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/jphp.12529H.

Zakay-Rones, Z. “Randomized Study of the Efficacy and Safety of Oral Elderberry Extract in the Treatment of Influenza A and B Virus Infections.” Journal of International Medical Research. 1 April, 2004, journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/147323000403200205?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori%3Arid%3Acrossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub%3Dpubmed&.

Colombo, Giorgio. “The Preventative Effect on Respiratory Tract Infections of Oscillococcinum®. A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis.” Clinicoecon Outcomes Research. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5788925/.

* Each individual’s treatment and/or results may vary based upon the circumstances, the patients’ specific situation, as well as the health care provider’s medical judgment and only after further discussion of the patient’s specific situation, goals, risks and benefits and other relevant medical discussion. Testimonials or statements made by any person(s) within this site are not intended to substitute for this discussion or evaluation or as a guarantee as to outcomes. Examples of treatment outcomes in this websites are not intended to convey and warranty, either express or implied, as to outcomes, promises, or benefits from treatment. Whether to accept any treatment by a patient should be assessed by the patient as to the risks and benefits of such procedures and only after consultation with a health care professional.

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An Invitation Make Peace with your Microbiota

We know you are always on the search for the latest health information.  Here is a great opportunity for you to learn more about the newest research on how your microbiome impacts so many factors in your health!  Huge piece to the puzzle. In fact if we could only treat one piece – This would be it!

Our good friend and Stanford Biochemist, Dr. Mitra Ray is coming to the Bay Area to share the latest research on how making peace with your microbiome may be the biggest key to your health.

Did you mark your calendar to join us this Saturday? Saturday, Sept 22nd 10 am-11:30 am in Redwood City. 
This is a don’t miss presentation because understanding the world inside you will give you more power over your health. Dr Ray specializes in longevity and anti-aging. Learn how you can have beauty from the inside out with simple lifestyle changes. If you are like us you will walk away with a page of good healthy notes.

Get tickets here! Limited seating-
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* Each individual’s treatment and/or results may vary based upon the circumstances, the patients’ specific situation, as well as the health care provider’s medical judgment and only after further discussion of the patient’s specific situation, goals, risks and benefits and other relevant medical discussion. Testimonials or statements made by any person(s) within this site are not intended to substitute for this discussion or evaluation or as a guarantee as to outcomes. Examples of treatment outcomes in this websites are not intended to convey and warranty, either express or implied, as to outcomes, promises, or benefits from treatment. Whether to accept any treatment by a patient should be assessed by the patient as to the risks and benefits of such procedures and only after consultation with a health care professional.

MEDICAL INFORMATION OR STATEMENTS MADE WITHIN THIS SITE ARE NOT INTENDED FOR USE IN OR AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR THE DIAGNOSIS OR TREATMENT OF ANY HEALTH OR PHYSICAL CONDITION OR AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR A PHYSICIAN-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP WHICH HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED BY AN IN-PERSON EVALUATION OF A PATIENT.

Pain Management the Natural Way

Pain conditions are one of the biggest reasons why patients visit their doctors. Often time, pain medications are prescribed, however many patients decide to forgo this route because of personal reasons, side effects, or they prefer natural treatments.  Rather than prescribe based on pain alone, there are many types of treatment that takes into account the type, location, and severity of pain, therefore making sure the treatment is individualized and more effective. At Cypress Natural Medicine, there are many types of treatment to address pain:

Injection and IV Recommendations:

  1. Nutrient Injections and IVs

There are many nutrients that can be injected into the muscle or administered into the vein through an IV to decrease inflammation, decrease muscle spasms, to replenish lost electrolytes, and supply deficient nutrients, therefore decreasing pain. Some of these nutrients include magnesium, calcium, glutathione, B vitamins, vitamin C, selenium, PolyMVA, NAD, and alpha lipoic acid.

  1. Trigger Point Injection Therapy

Trigger point injection therapy involves the direct injection of nutrients into a trigger point, which is the hyperirritable spot in a muscle that is painful when compressed or when the muscle is contracted. Some patients notice pain relief immediately. Trigger point injections can be used to decrease pain from headaches, migraines, fibromyalgia, and other acute and chronic pain due to muscle tension.

  1. Prolotherapy

Prolotherapy, also known as Proliferative Therapy, Non-Surgical Ligament and Tendon Reconstruction, and Regenerative Joint Injection, is a procedure that stimulates the body’s healing processes to repair and strengthen injured joints and connective tissue. A small amount of fluid is injected into the injured area to cause a small amount of inflammation. The inflammation encourages the growth of new collagen and supports the repair of the damaged tissue. Prolotherapy can be used in osteoarthritis, damaged ligaments and tendons, and other chronic joint pain conditions. Patients tend to notice a small to medium amount of discomfort for the next 1-2 days at the site of injection.

  1. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections

PRP involves drawing the blood, separating the nutrients and growth factors from the red blood cells, and then injecting the nutrients and growth factors directly into the area of concern to strengthen, repair, and heal the tissue. PRP injections can be used to treat both acute and chronic pain conditions of the joint and connective tissue, such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and damaged ligaments and tendons.

  1. Cupping

Cupping is an ancient traditional Chinese medicine technique that uses small glass jars as suction devices on the skin to break up congestion and stagnation of the blood and Qi (vital energy). Cupping can help decrease muscle tension and soreness, increase circulation, and help relax the mind. Some conditions that would benefit from cupping include neck, shoulder, back, and hip pain, headaches, lung congestion, anxiety, and many others.

Diet

  1. Reduce sugar, which inflammatory.
  2. Increase healthy fats such as avocados, walnuts, seeds, and omega 3 eggs.
  3. Increase organic fruits and vegetables; the more colorful the better.
  4. Reduce foods from the nightshade family, which includes white potatoes, bell peppers, tomatillos, tomatoes, eggplant, tobacco, and paprika.
  5. Increase herbs and spices such as turmeric, black pepper, and ginger, which are anti-inflammatory and can increase circulation in the body.

Natural Home Remedies

  1. Epsom salt baths – Pour 3 cups of salt into a warm bath and soak for 20-30 minutes. Epsom salt can help relax muscles, decrease inflammation, and increase circulation.
  2. Hydrotherapy – Alternating hot and cold water through a shower or bath is an excellent way to increase circulation and decrease inflammation.
  3. Essential Oils – Arnica, lavender, and peppermint are considered to be analgesics, which means they can help decrease pain. Dilute a few drops of each or all into a tablespoon of carrier oil (almond, coconut, jojoba oils) and massage the painful areas.
  4. Stress Management – Stress has been shown to increase pain, especially in the head, neck, and back. Incorporating stress management through meditation, exercise, journaling, or deep breathing can help decrease pain.
  5. Movement is very important because it allows the blood to circulate throughout the body and heal the injured areas. Yoga, stretching, tai chi, water aerobics are all excellent ways to stimulate circulation that are gentle on the body.
  6. Other types of treatment that can help with pain include massage, acupuncture, chiropractic manipulation, and physical therapy. Guided imagery and hypnosis are also excellent ways to help the body experience a decrease in pain.

The above recommendations are just some basics. There are many other vitamins, minerals, and herbs that are also very effective at decreasing pain. Please speak with your naturopathic doctor to create an individualized treatment plan for your specific concerns.

* Each individual’s treatment and/or results may vary based upon the circumstances, the patients’ specific situation, as well as the health care provider’s medical judgment and only after further discussion of the patient’s specific situation, goals, risks and benefits and other relevant medical discussion. Testimonials or statements made by any person(s) within this site are not intended to substitute for this discussion or evaluation or as a guarantee as to outcomes. Examples of treatment outcomes in this websites are not intended to convey and warranty, either express or implied, as to outcomes, promises, or benefits from treatment. Whether to accept any treatment by a patient should be assessed by the patient as to the risks and benefits of such procedures and only after consultation with a health care professional.

MEDICAL INFORMATION OR STATEMENTS MADE WITHIN THIS SITE ARE NOT INTENDED FOR USE IN OR AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR THE DIAGNOSIS OR TREATMENT OF ANY HEALTH OR PHYSICAL CONDITION OR AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR A PHYSICIAN-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP WHICH HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED BY AN IN-PERSON EVALUATION OF A PATIENT.

Simple and Effective Ways to Detoxify the Body

There are thousands of chemicals, toxins, and pollutants in existence, and most of them have not been tested for their effects on human health. There are chemicals in the air due to pollution, chemicals in our food, chemicals in our water, and chemicals in our homes. These toxins and pollutants might not be direct causes of our health conditions, but they can greatly contribute to them or make the pre-existing conditions worse. Luckily, there are many natural and effective ways to help the body decrease their chemical burden.

Nutrient Injection/Supplementation Recommendations:

  1. Injections and IVs are great ways to get detoxification nutrients into the body. Some of these nutrients include glutathione, selenium, B12, B-complex, taurine, vitamin C, and magnesium. Shots and IVs are quick and effective ways for the body to absorb all of the nutrients since it bypasses the digestive system and it goes straight into the bloodstream.  
  2. There are many vitamins, minerals, and herbs that are taken orally, and can support the detoxification processes of the body. Some of these nutrients include n-acetyl-cysteine, glutathione, curcumin, alpha lipoic acid, dandelion root, artichoke, and milk thistle.

Nutritional Recommendations:

  1. Water can have many toxins, and water quality can vary depending on city of residence. Try to avoid bottled water in soft plastic containers since plastic can leach into the water. Try to filter the water with a multi-stage carbon filter or reverse osmosis filter. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, but more if you are exercising or sweating, since water is a great way to rid the body of toxins.
  2. Fiber can help with increasing bowel movements, and therefore decrease the toxins in the body. Excellent source of fiber include freshly ground flax seeds, chia seeds, and psyllium husks.
  3. Foods such as beets, cauliflower, broccoli, kale, collard greens, cabbage, artichoke, brussel sprouts, ginger, onions, garlic, green tea, and herbs like turmeric and dandelion root are excellent ways to support the liver’s detoxification processes.
  4. Eat as many fruits and vegetables that are high in antioxidants, such as organic blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, acai berries.
  5. Eat organic fruits and vegetables when possible. There are many easy and inexpensive ways to grow your own vegetables as well, such as having a Tower Garden right in your yard.
  6. There are many excellent teas that can increase the body’s ability to get rid of toxins including dandelion root, burdock, fennel, and peppermint. These teas support digestion as well as the liver, which is one of the main organs of detoxification.
  7. If you eat dairy and meat, try to eat organic dairy and meat. Free range, grass fed, and grass finished meats are ideal since they have fewer hormones, less antibiotics, and more healthy fats compared with their non-organic counterparts.
  8. If you eat fish, try to avoid the larger fish, such as tuna and swordfish. These fish contain higher levels of heavy metals. The best fish to eat is wild caught Alaskan salmon, because of the lower levels of heavy metals and the higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids.

Home recommendations:

  1. Epsom salt baths can help relax and detoxify the muscles. Pour 1 cup of Epsom salt into a warm bath and soak for 15 minutes. If you don’t like baths, doing a foot soak for 15 minutes is a great alternative.
  2. Skin brushing will increase blood and lymphatic circulation, which can help with detoxification. Start brushing from the extremities (hands and feet) and brush inward toward the heart.
  3. Sweating is one of the best ways to detoxify the body, through exercising, using steam rooms, and saunas.
  4. Use natural cleaning products instead of using ones with chemicals.
  5. Personal products such as hair care and facial care products can have many chemicals. Try to find products without alcohol, sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, and other petrochemicals. Avoid using hair sprays and perfumes that uses synthetic fragrances. Natural grocery stores tend to have more natural products.
  6. Deodorants and antiperspirants can have many chemicals in them, including aluminum, which has been linked to many health conditions. There are many natural alternatives that work very well and are completely natural.
  7. Plastics can disrupt many hormones in the body, which can lead to more serious health conditions. Avoid using plastic with the numbers 3, 6, and 7 on the bottom. If possible, purchase bottles that are glass. Do not cook, microwave, or expose the plastic containers to heat. Try to avoid cling wraps and plastic bags, and replace them with paper or glass containers.
  8. Air filters are a great way to clean the air in the home. HEPA filters with a charcoal filter are best. The ideal place to put an air filter is in the bedroom, since we spend a large amount of time there.
  9. To prevent dragging in dirt and toxins from the outside, remove shoes when entering the house, or at least the bedroom.
  10. Keep dry cleaning in the car, in the garage, or outside for at least 12 hours to keep the chemicals from entering the house. There are many natural and green dry cleaners that are good alternatives.
  11. If you live in a house with an attached garage, keep the door closed as much as possible to keep the exhaust fumes out of the house.

Mental Detox:

  1. Sleep – without rest, your body will not be able to detoxify effectively so it is important to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep.
  2. Stress relief – make some time each day to do something fun for yourself, whether it be listening to music, drinking some tea, taking a walk, reading a book, making a meal, meeting with friends and family, etc.

The above recommendations are just some basics. There are many more natural and integrative approaches including vitamins, minerals, and herbs. Please speak with your naturopathic doctor to find the best supplements and herbs to fit your individual health concerns.

* Each individual’s treatment and/or results may vary based upon the circumstances, the patients’ specific situation, as well as the health care provider’s medical judgment and only after further discussion of the patient’s specific situation, goals, risks and benefits and other relevant medical discussion. Testimonials or statements made by any person(s) within this site are not intended to substitute for this discussion or evaluation or as a guarantee as to outcomes. Examples of treatment outcomes in this websites are not intended to convey and warranty, either express or implied, as to outcomes, promises, or benefits from treatment. Whether to accept any treatment by a patient should be assessed by the patient as to the risks and benefits of such procedures and only after consultation with a health care professional.

MEDICAL INFORMATION OR STATEMENTS MADE WITHIN THIS SITE ARE NOT INTENDED FOR USE IN OR AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR THE DIAGNOSIS OR TREATMENT OF ANY HEALTH OR PHYSICAL CONDITION OR AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR A PHYSICIAN-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP WHICH HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED BY AN IN-PERSON EVALUATION OF A PATIENT.

Got Dirty Gene’s? Does that mean you have a dirty mind?

Dr. Destia Skinner and Dr. Cynthia Sholes Ph.D will be giving a highly informative webinar on May 5 at 9:30 am. I would love to have you join us at our live online event.

The title is:

Got Dirty Genes? Does that mean you have a … Dirty Mind?

A lesson in epigenetics- How to make your genes work with you.

Wondering what is the connection?

Wouldn’t you agree that our environment has been getting more toxic in the last 50 years or so?

If that isn’t completely obvious, think

  • E Coli outbreaks
  • Food Recalls
  • Childhood Obesity Epidemic
  • Diabetes Epidemin
  • Cyber bullying
  • Fake news

Our bodies and minds have a natural ability to adapt, but the changes in our environment are happening so rapidly our adaptation systems are overwhelmed!

During this fascinating talk you will learn about your bodies adaptation systems. And how you can outwit the toxic environment and circumvent any maladaptation to stay resilient and strong.

We will share with you some simple solutions you an use today to thrive in a complex world.

Learn about the cutting edge science of epigenetics, mental and emotional resilience and how food can change it all.

Either click link online at https://events.genndi.com/register/169105139238455082/24a1835bbe or Email frontdesk@cnmhealth.com to register for this online event!

* Each individual’s treatment and/or results may vary based upon the circumstances, the patients’ specific situation, as well as the health care provider’s medical judgment and only after further discussion of the patient’s specific situation, goals, risks and benefits and other relevant medical discussion. Testimonials or statements made by any person(s) within this site are not intended to substitute for this discussion or evaluation or as a guarantee as to outcomes. Examples of treatment outcomes in this websites are not intended to convey and warranty, either express or implied, as to outcomes, promises, or benefits from treatment. Whether to accept any treatment by a patient should be assessed by the patient as to the risks and benefits of such procedures and only after consultation with a health care professional.

MEDICAL INFORMATION OR STATEMENTS MADE WITHIN THIS SITE ARE NOT INTENDED FOR USE IN OR AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR THE DIAGNOSIS OR TREATMENT OF ANY HEALTH OR PHYSICAL CONDITION OR AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR A PHYSICIAN-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP WHICH HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED BY AN IN-PERSON EVALUATION OF A PATIENT.

Flu got you worried?

Each winter the influenza virus wreaks havoc on our ability to work and play. This year is another flu season everyone is talking about. So, how do I know if I have the flu?

Symptoms of the flu can include fever, fatigue, muscle aches, headache, runny nose, cough and stomach symptoms like nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Sometimes a flu virus can come on slowly or it can hit suddenly without much notice. This leads everyone wondering how they can prevent themselves and their family from getting the flu.

The flu vaccine is not completely effective.   After doing some research on the CDC site, I have discovered that  the flu shot effectiveness has been between 19-48 % from 2012 to 2016. That’s lower odds than the role of the dice! Moreover, this year the preliminary effectiveness rates out of Australia is reporting 10% for 2016-2017 flu vaccine.  

So what can we do to support our immunity through this flu season? Here at Cypress Natural Medicine, our Naturopathic approach in the prevention and treatment of the flu virus can include vitamins and minerals, botanical medicine, intravenous treatment,  and lifestyle recommendations.  Using these varieties of herbal and nutritional supplements not only prevent and heal from the exposure to the flu, but boost your overall immune system as well.  

Tips and Tricks:

Most of the cold a flu viruses enter through our respiratory tract.  

  • When you are in direct contact with someone who is coughing or sneezing, try and breathe out gently then can stop the virus from entering.  
  • Also, we recommend rinsing the sinuses regularly during the cold/flu season with salt water.  This will keep the bugs from setting up a home.  Neil Med sinus rinse bottles are a fantastic product and we have them for sale here at the clinic.
  • Wash your hands regularly and do not touch your face

Our prevention plan can includes:

  1. Juice Plus. It is proven to support good immune function.  We suggest doubling up the daily dose during flu season, or whenever we are fighting a bug.  Check it out at www.respinol.JuicePlus.com to look at the clinical research behind this amazing support.  
  2. Winter Mix. This herbal formula \has vitamin C, Elderberry and Echinacea Goldenseal, is great for prevention and treatment.   Come by the clinic to pick up a bottle for your family. It taste great so the kids don’t mind it!
  3. Elderberry. Elderberry is a great daily support for treatment and prevention of the flu virus and many viruses that we are exposed during this season. Elderberry ( Sambucus Nigra) has some good research showing its effectiveness against the flu virus.  Check out the some of the research on effectiveness against  influenza A & B here and how is can support a healthy immune system here.
  4. Flu-Tone. This is a great homeopathic prevention and treatment during flu season. Many of the Doctors and staff here are taking 1 dropper full a day for prevention this year.  This formula supports the body’s immune system against the flu virus.   
  5. Vitamin D- make sure to check your vitamin D status with your doctor.  We recommend your levels to be between 60-80 ng/ml on your lab result for immune protection this flu season.

Hope these ideas and tips support a healthy flu season for you and your family. Please call the office if you have any questions or would like us to put aside any of the above mentioned products!

In health, from your

CNM Doctors

* Each individual’s treatment and/or results may vary based upon the circumstances, the patients’ specific situation, as well as the health care provider’s medical judgment and only after further discussion of the patient’s specific situation, goals, risks and benefits and other relevant medical discussion. Testimonials or statements made by any person(s) within this site are not intended to substitute for this discussion or evaluation or as a guarantee as to outcomes. Examples of treatment outcomes in this websites are not intended to convey and warranty, either express or implied, as to outcomes, promises, or benefits from treatment. Whether to accept any treatment by a patient should be assessed by the patient as to the risks and benefits of such procedures and only after consultation with a health care professional.

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Special Event with limited seating!

Has your life been touched by cancer?  Yourself or a loved one?

Have you wondered what can I do on a daily basis for prevention?

We are excited to invite you to a foundational event with expert on nutrition and cancer, Kim Dalzell PhD.  She is coming to the bay area for only 2 events.
Her advanced degrees as clinical oncology dietician provide a key connection between conventional and natural therapies.
Her talk will bring to light the importance of our food choices to achieve vibrant health.

Together we can make changes at the cellular level and change our health future.

Join us:

Feb 3rd 10-11:30 am in San Leandro, Ca
Or
Feb 2nd 6:30 -8PM in Belvedere, Ca

We have a few free tickets to each event – email back to reserve your seat or get more information!
or get reserve a guest ticket here for San Leandro.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/take-your-healthy-back-tickets-41547765485

* Each individual’s treatment and/or results may vary based upon the circumstances, the patients’ specific situation, as well as the health care provider’s medical judgment and only after further discussion of the patient’s specific situation, goals, risks and benefits and other relevant medical discussion. Testimonials or statements made by any person(s) within this site are not intended to substitute for this discussion or evaluation or as a guarantee as to outcomes. Examples of treatment outcomes in this websites are not intended to convey and warranty, either express or implied, as to outcomes, promises, or benefits from treatment. Whether to accept any treatment by a patient should be assessed by the patient as to the risks and benefits of such procedures and only after consultation with a health care professional.

MEDICAL INFORMATION OR STATEMENTS MADE WITHIN THIS SITE ARE NOT INTENDED FOR USE IN OR AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR THE DIAGNOSIS OR TREATMENT OF ANY HEALTH OR PHYSICAL CONDITION OR AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR A PHYSICIAN-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP WHICH HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED BY AN IN-PERSON EVALUATION OF A PATIENT.

Family Constellation with Dr. Marie Rodriguez

Did you know that our emotional and physical health and life patterns are influenced by the experiences within our ancestry? We are part of a larger family energy field that influences us through epigenetics.

Explore family constellation work to heal hidden family patterns that can often times  keep us stuck in similar reactions and behaviors that are preventing us from achieving our potential.

* Each individual’s treatment and/or results may vary based upon the circumstances, the patients’ specific situation, as well as the health care provider’s medical judgment and only after further discussion of the patient’s specific situation, goals, risks and benefits and other relevant medical discussion. Testimonials or statements made by any person(s) within this site are not intended to substitute for this discussion or evaluation or as a guarantee as to outcomes. Examples of treatment outcomes in this websites are not intended to convey and warranty, either express or implied, as to outcomes, promises, or benefits from treatment. Whether to accept any treatment by a patient should be assessed by the patient as to the risks and benefits of such procedures and only after consultation with a health care professional.

MEDICAL INFORMATION OR STATEMENTS MADE WITHIN THIS SITE ARE NOT INTENDED FOR USE IN OR AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR THE DIAGNOSIS OR TREATMENT OF ANY HEALTH OR PHYSICAL CONDITION OR AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR A PHYSICIAN-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP WHICH HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED BY AN IN-PERSON EVALUATION OF A PATIENT.

Cypress Natural Medicine Now Offering Myofascial Release!

Myofascial release is a hands-on healing modality that specifically addresses the fascia. Fascia is a three-dimensional complex connective tissue matrix which threads itself throughout our body – surrounding our muscles, organs, nerves, bones, blood vessels – all the way down to the cell level. Everything in our body is held together and in place by the fascia. In addition to being flexible and adaptable, fascia is a very strong, connected web. When one area is strained or injured, the effects can be felt in distant areas of the body. This is why we may have pain in our knee that may have nothing to do with a knee injury, but everything to do with an injury to our lower back, or even our shoulder. The natural, fluid state of the fascia has been traumatized, causing it to harden and tighten.

In a MFR session, a gentle, sustained pressure is applied to points of restriction, allowing the connective tissue to release. Let’s use the example of cold butter as an analogy for how MFR works – if you were to press your finger into it sharply, you will merely encounter resistance without changing the surface of the butter. However, if you place your finger on the butter, applying gentle pressure, you’ll find you’re able to slowly sink into the stick of butter, melting into it. This is essentially what is happening when an MFR therapist works on the body.

MFR is very different from massage therapy, which involves continued gliding across the skin. It is the application of prolonged pressure (sometimes up to 15 min!) that enables the fascia to release, unwind and begin to reveal other areas involved in the pain pattern.

Because MFR works with the fascia as a whole, it is an important therapy to consider when other therapies have failed to resolve a pain pattern. This is because MFR works through layers to trace the strain or injury to its origin.

Dr. Marie Rodriquez has been fine-tuning this technique over the last several months in order to optimize the results for her patients. This is a great technique to discover and resolve the underlying causes of recurring musculoskeletal issues. Dr. Marie is available by phone or in-person for a free 15-minute consult to see if this would be effective for you.

* Each individual’s treatment and/or results may vary based upon the circumstances, the patients’ specific situation, as well as the health care provider’s medical judgment and only after further discussion of the patient’s specific situation, goals, risks and benefits and other relevant medical discussion. Testimonials or statements made by any person(s) within this site are not intended to substitute for this discussion or evaluation or as a guarantee as to outcomes. Examples of treatment outcomes in this websites are not intended to convey and warranty, either express or implied, as to outcomes, promises, or benefits from treatment. Whether to accept any treatment by a patient should be assessed by the patient as to the risks and benefits of such procedures and only after consultation with a health care professional.

MEDICAL INFORMATION OR STATEMENTS MADE WITHIN THIS SITE ARE NOT INTENDED FOR USE IN OR AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR THE DIAGNOSIS OR TREATMENT OF ANY HEALTH OR PHYSICAL CONDITION OR AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR A PHYSICIAN-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP WHICH HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED BY AN IN-PERSON EVALUATION OF A PATIENT.

Simple Tips to Boost your Child’s Immunity

Our gorgeous fall season brings some many fun family events and gatherings. Having to miss out due to a sick child or family member is no fun. Some years flu season hits us hard and sometimes we float through more easily. Preparation is the key to supporting ease during the flu season.

Here are some easy daily supports for your family’s immune system. Many you might be already doing but a reminder is always helpful:

Eat your fruit and veggies in a rainbow variety – Cornell University found that vitamin C in apples is only responsible for a portion of its healthy anti-oxidant benefits. Most of the benefits come from the variety of plant phytochemicals in wide variety. Previous studies have shown that 500 mg vitamin C pill can act as a pro-oxidant while eating a 100 gram apple with the skin provides you with total antioxidant capacity equal to 1,500 mg of Vitamin C alone.   Eating a wide rainbow of fruits and veggies is a much better option to high dose of a single nutrient because you eliminate the worry of toxicity. Check out more of the research in this Cornell University article.

To bridge the gap between what we do and should do, the doctors at Cypress Natural Medicine take fruit and veggie concentrate capsules. Contact our clinic to learn more or check out the Juice Plus+ website. This is most researched nutritional product on the market and we can explain how you can sponsor kids to receive it for free.

Wash your hands frequently, especially after helping kids blow their nose. Stay away from antibacterial soaps and opt for a good hot water soap scrubbing.   A good vigorous scrub is the best option and will not damage your skin’s microbiome.

Get the body moving! Moderate exercise is shown to improve the function of macrophages, which eat viruses and bacteria in your body.

Avoid high sugar and processed food or drink. Did you know that sugar lowers your immune function for 5 hours after ingestion? Lab evidence shows a 50% reduction in your white blood cells ability to kill germs within 30 minutes after ingesting simple sugars. I call this the birthday cake effect.

Get your rest! A good night’s sleep can boost your number of white bloods cells ready to fight, while loss of sleep can increase inflammation, which will slow down your immune response.

What can I give my child to boost their immunity and treat an oncoming cold/flu?

  • The first line of defense that many of our CNM Doctors use is double dose of our Juice Plus fruit and veggie concentrate caps/chews. You can learn more at the Juice Plus+ website.
  • A good probiotic is a great boost for you and your child’s immune function
  • Elderberry syrup is one of my favorite herbal supports for viral infections and prevention during flu season. For prevention 1 tsp daily is a good option. With the first sign of illness increase 1 tsp to 3 times day.
  • Oscillococcinum and Flu-tone are homeopathic flu support that may be helpful in preventing flu infection. Flu-tone is available through our front office pharmacy.

Another one of my favorite treatments for children at the start of illness is Wet Sock Treatment. This is a simple hydrotherapy technique that is especially effective for relieving congestion. It helps to stimulate the immune system and is relaxing for fever and chills.

In the evening before going to bed place a pair of cotton socks in cold water, wring out thoroughly and place in freezer for 2 minutes or fridge. Make sure feet are very warm and then dry before treatment starts. After child gets into bed place cold cotton socks on feet and cover with wool socks. Yes, your child will be wearing double socks to bed and need to stay in bed for the therapy to be effective. The feet should start to warm up in 30 minutes and the congestion will start to clear. Leave socks on overnight or at least 4 hours until socks are dry and feet are warm again.

How to Use Cold Wet Socks to Boost the Immune System

What you’ll need:

A bucket (or your tub)

A small towel

Lavender and rosemary essential oils (optional)

A pair of thin cotton socks

A pair of thick wool socks

A refrigerator/freezer

  1. As you’re getting ready to go to bed, drench your cotton socks in cold water or yarrow tea. Make sure they’re saturated to the max, and then stick them in the refrigerator. Wring them out before placing on feet. If you are putting in freezer for 2 mins then wring out before putting them in the freezer.
  2. Fill a bucket (or your tub) with very hot water, not so hot that it’ll burn you, but as hot as you can comfortably handle. Enjoy a nice warm foot-soak for up to 20 minutes. You might like to put some lavender oil in the water to add some aromatherapy that will help you relax and sleep well later.
  3. Once your feet are nice and toasty, pat them dry with your towel.  If you wish you can massage your feet with rosemary oil for added benefit. Rosemary oil will boost your circulation to another level.
  4. Take the wet socks out of the refrigerator and put them on your toasty warm feet and cover the wet cotton socks with dry wool socks. This sounds much worse than it feels, trust me! Your feet will start to feel warm within a couple of minutes as your blood rushes in so your body can find temperature homeostasis.
  5. Keep both pairs of socks on and go to bed. When you wake up your feet will be warm and dry and you’ll feel a lot better than you did the night before.
  6. Repeat the wet sock treatment for three nights in a row for best results.

Note: The wet sock treatment is most effective at the beginning stages of a cold, when you first feel it coming on. It can be helpful later in the game also, for reducing congestion. Moreover, the wet sock treatment can be helpful for other conditions such as migraines, insomnia, chronically cold hands and feet, and ear infections.

* Each individual’s treatment and/or results may vary based upon the circumstances, the patients’ specific situation, as well as the health care provider’s medical judgment and only after further discussion of the patient’s specific situation, goals, risks and benefits and other relevant medical discussion. Testimonials or statements made by any person(s) within this site are not intended to substitute for this discussion or evaluation or as a guarantee as to outcomes. Examples of treatment outcomes in this websites are not intended to convey and warranty, either express or implied, as to outcomes, promises, or benefits from treatment. Whether to accept any treatment by a patient should be assessed by the patient as to the risks and benefits of such procedures and only after consultation with a health care professional.

MEDICAL INFORMATION OR STATEMENTS MADE WITHIN THIS SITE ARE NOT INTENDED FOR USE IN OR AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR THE DIAGNOSIS OR TREATMENT OF ANY HEALTH OR PHYSICAL CONDITION OR AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR A PHYSICIAN-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP WHICH HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED BY AN IN-PERSON EVALUATION OF A PATIENT.