Dr. Reese’s Bits and Pieces
August 2013 Newsletter
Hope you are having a great summer! July was predicted to have more rain than June and so far that prediction seems to have come true. With the increased rain and wetness comes an increased population of mosquitoes. I am not a big fan of spraying myself with the harsh chemical DEET so I use other means to ward of the pesky little critters.
Your first line of defense is for the mosquitoes to not find you appetizing in the first place. If you have sufficient levels of B vitamins in your body, they tend to leave you alone. For years I was one of their favorite meals at dawn and dusk even though I was taking B-vitamins. When I started adding Hepato-Synergy to my supplement regimen, they quickly stopped biting me. It has many of the B-vitamins but also herbs and amino acids that help your liver. Methionine is the sulfur containing amino acid that gives boiled eggs or hot sulfur springs their distinctive smell. With the B-vitamins, I think it makes me too unappetizing for our little annoying friends so they pass me by which is OK by me!
Natural Insect Repellent Ingredients
Different insects are repelled by different chemicals, so you'll get a more effective repellent if you combine a few different insect-repelling natural oils. If you are making large amounts of insect repellent, a good rule of thumb is to mix the repellent so it's 5-10% essential oil, so mix 1 part essential oil with 10-20 parts carrier oil or alcohol. For a smaller batch use:
The essential oils that work well against biting insects (mosquitoes, flies, ticks, fleas) are:
Safe carrier oils and alcohols include:
Now remember the vodka has to go in the repellent to make it work. Drinking it will not stop them from biting you! Use the alcohol or witch hazel to make a spray repellent and the oils to make a repellent you rub on. We carry neem lotion, neem bug spray and Young Living’s Purification oil which also work pretty well at keeping the bugs away. All of these remedies are fairly safe and don’t use harsh chemicals. They will burn a bit, though, if you get it in your eyes so be careful.
If you are feeling exhausted lately it could be a simple case of dehydration. Increase your water and minerals and that should help. Also, pinches of sea salt 1-3 times a day can re-hydrate you quickly. If that doesn’t make you feel better, there could be several other things going on.
A weak thyroid will make you tired and cause you to gain weight for no reason.
If you are eating foods you are sensitive to, that will make you feel tired and foggy brained.
If your blood sugar keeps dropping you will feel exhausted until you eat and then you feel energized again. This is a sign you are hypoglycemic and should be eating every few hours so you don’t have those highs and lows.
Weak adrenals will make you tired in the morning and yet hard for you to sleep at night. Minerals may help this but there are other solutions to this problem that we can figure out with testing.
A weak brain can also make you feel drained. Drugs, alcohol, environmental chemicals, nutritional imbalances, food sensitivities, high stress levels can all affect your neurotransmitter output in the brain and make you feel tired and depressed. A simple way to help this is getting outside each day without glasses, sunglasses or contacts for 30-60 minutes to help stimulate the photoreceptors in the brain via the eyes.
A very common cause of exhaustion and feeling drained is an undiagnosed anemia. All of the problems with thyroid, adrenals, dehydration and anemia can be found using a simple blood test. When you are anemic, you are not getting enough oxygen throughout your body and into your extremities. The most important extremity is your head and your brain. If you are anemic, you can’t resolve any other health problem you may have like hormone problems, adrenals, thyroid, infections, pain, etc without fixing the anemia first.
There are 20 different types of anemia that we look for in our blood work evaluation. It is not just a matter of taking some iron and you’ll be fine. In fact, taking iron when you don’t have a deficiency can be very damaging to the body. B12 deficiency, anemia of chronic disease and most of the other anemias have nothing to do with an iron deficiency.
If you have not had blood work done in the past year, I recommend you talk to Stephanie about getting our basic panel run. The lab we use charges $109 for 70 tests and a urine test. If you have a history of thyroid or heart problems, I suggest you get the more comprehensive test for $199. If you are a male over 40, you need to test the total and free PSA, too.
If you have had blood work done elsewhere, send us a copy by mail, fax or email so we can evaluate it and send you the results. Just because someone said your blood work was normal doesn’t mean something wasn’t accidently overlooked.
No changes in office hours but I did hear a rumor that school might be starting for many of you before the month is over.
Happy Last Month of Summer!