Dr. Craig Reese, DC. PC.

3000 Center Green Dr. Suite 230
Boulder, CO 80301

Dr. Craig Reese D.C.
Newsletter July 2009

Happy Summer!

The rain is subsiding and those long sunny days have finally arrived. As the temperatures are starting to rise and so are my cases of dehydration in the office. With July and August, our hottest months ahead of us, we all need to be taking more minerals and drinking more water to keep from being dehydrated.

Vegetable juice and watery fruits like watermelon also help with dehydration. A quick way to re-hydrate is to take a pinch of sea salt (not regular table salt) in your mouth and wash it down with water. That is a much better electrolyte drink then most of the ones you buy in the store. Or you can take organic juice, water and a pinch of sea salt together to make an electrolyte drink that even kids might like.

Muscle Spasms

If you are getting any muscle cramps while asleep or at rest then you are probably mineral deficient. If you are getting spasms with motion or exercise, then you are probably oxygen or vitamin E deficient. Also when you are lacking enough minerals or water, your psoas muscle will go into spasm and pull your back and pelvis out of alignment. This is why it is so important for you to take plenty of minerals and water in the summer.


Vacations are common and travel means restaurant food and strange water. Try to drink purified water and not tap water and take anti-parasitic herbs everyday on your trip. If you are going some place humid like the South, Midwest or East Coast, take Undecyn or SF 722 to fight off any mold or mildew you might be exposed to. If you come back from a trip not feeling well, get in and get tested to see what little critters you might have picked up.

Worms Not For Fishing

If you think my worms and parasite warnings are over done, watch this video and you might change your mind. media2.foxnews.com/112008/worm_tumor_700.wmv . A brain tumor turned out to be a parasite instead. Gross!

Dr. Clark, who wrote the book the Cure for All Cancers, also posted a link that talks about 8 common human parasites and no your brother-in-law is not one of them. Don't believe me? Then check out www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=worms-human-parasites


We need our sunlight daily through our eyes for an hour to strengthen our pineal gland and on our skin for 20-30 minutes to create vitamin D. After that you can cover up your body and your eyes to protect them from the effects of too much sun. If you are outside on a warm day and suddenly stop sweating, you have become dehydrated and your body is starting to overheat. This is the beginning of heat exhaustion. Other symptoms are dizziness, fatigue, muscle cramps, nausea and vomiting. Get in the shade or indoors and get lots of water and a pinch of sea salt in you immediately. Use Aloe Vera and/or lavender oil for any bad sunburns.


With all the rain the mosquitoes are in full force. Contracting West Nile virus is still a consideration even though I haven't seen a case in the office in many years. I don't like putting DEET on my body so I use Neem lotion or Neem spray. Citronella oil, lemongrass, peppermint, eucalyptus and lemon oil also seem to work well. We have the Neem Spray and lotion if you need them. Young Living has the oils if you want to use oils. If you have already been bitten, tea tree oil, peppermint and lavender help with the itching. Avon's Skin So Soft has picaridin which is similar to DEET.

As for babies: (http://www.babycenter.com/0_test-your-health-iq-which-bug-repellents-are-safe-for-your-b_1242548.bc)

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends not using any insect repellents on a baby who's not yet 2 months old. Products containing DEET (N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) or picaridin are both recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for adults and children 2 months of age and older. Picaridin is a chemical that's similar in effectiveness to DEET, but it's odorless, lighter, and less irritating. (The CDC has also recommended oil of lemon eucalyptus, but not for children younger than 3.)

Keep in mind that a lower concentration of the active ingredient doesn't spell reduced effectiveness. It simply means that the product won't keep the bugs away for as long. For example, a product that contains 7 percent DEET will be effective for about two hours, while one containing 20 percent will repel bugs for almost four hours. (Picaridin is effective for similar periods in the same concentrations, though the picaridin products currently available are in the 5 to 10 percent range.)

Repellents reach maximum duration of effectiveness at 30 percent, so there's no reason to exceed that level. In fact, it's a good idea to use the minimum concentration you can for the amount of time you anticipate needing protection. Read product labels carefully because the concentration varies quite a bit from one product to another.

DEET and picaridin aren't water-soluble, so don't put these repellents on your baby more than once a day. Don't choose a product that's both a sunscreen and a bug repellent, because sunscreen should be reapplied regularly. Other guidelines for using repellents that contain DEET or picaridin:

· Apply repellent sparingly to your baby's exposed skin, not to the skin under his clothes.

· Don't put repellent close to your baby's eyes or mouth, and avoid cuts and skin irritations.

· Don't put repellent on your baby's hands, because they'll inevitably find their way into his mouth.

· Don't allow your baby to handle the container while you're applying the repellent.

· Wash off the repellent when you come inside, and launder your baby's clothes if they have repellent on them.

· Don't spray repellents in enclosed areas or near food.

· Store repellents out of your baby's reach.

· If your baby develops any kind of rash while wearing the repellent, wash it off and call his doctor.

You may want to try a natural insect repellent, but read the label first to make sure that it's safe for use on babies. (Repellent products must state any age restrictions.)

Keep in mind that natural repellents generally don't last as long as chemical repellents. Some of them need to be reapplied every 20 minutes or so, while others last a couple of hours.

Dressing your baby in light-colored clothing that covers as much of his skin as possible will help protect him from insects that bite or sting. Avoid bright or dark colors or flowery prints.

Don't use scented soaps or lotions, as fragrance attracts some bugs, and avoid insect hangouts - stagnant water, flower gardens, and uncovered food, for example. You might want to use mosquito netting over your baby's infant seat, playpen, backpack, or stroller when you have him outdoors during bug season.

Personally, I would put the Neem spray or lotion on my baby since it is less irritating to the skin and there is no poisoning danger if they put it in their mouths.

Have a fun summer!