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Do You Dare to Disrupt Stress to Disrupt Disease...

Homeostasis requires disruption, so this article IS critical feedback for both the allopathic and complementary and alternative worlds!

“True stability results when presumed order and presumed disorder are in balance. A truly stable system expects the unexpected, is prepared to be disrupted, waits to be transformed.” Tom Robbins (American Novelist, b. 1936)

It’s time to talk …

  • to one another

  • to your patients

  • to your clients

  • with professionals that will assist you with bridging the gap

Humans have been using and appreciating nature for its medicinal properties for thousands of years!! And according to the National Institute of Health, Hippocrates believed it was the role of the physician to clear the path so that nature could take its course which became the basis for medicine in the ensuing centuries up to the dawn of the modern era.

Do no harm …

Harm happens when you don’t communicate. Negative feedback preserves the necessary communication within the body. Positive feedback pushes specific processes until something is accomplished and then it attempts to hold the body in that state.

Homeostasis is not static. It’s an auto-regulating system responding to both internal and external stimuli.

Your patients are not only interested in, but using non-drug solutions and often times will not disclose this information to medical professionals because they don’t want to hear that they must stop.

On the other hand, complementary and alternative clients believe non-drug options are safe because there is a governing body in place that has said as much. Believing GRAS (generally recognized as safe) is potentially harmful depending on the individual lifestyle, mental and emotional state as well as pharmaceuticals being administered / taken.

These conversations matter. The medications being prescribed are frequently based on both the pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of plant compounds, including the constituents found in essential oils. Although they are being synthesized for concentration and control in pharmaceuticals, the mechanisms of action cannot be taken lightly and at no time should they be mindlessly combined.

In a moment, you will see a list of oils found in a commercially sold blend that was recommended to a client of mine by one of the company’s team leaders. Not only did this woman encourage her to begin using it, but she also suggested she ingest it. I have an article on the illusion surrounding the safety of essential oils which you can gain access to here

At the same time, my client is currently undergoing chemotherapy for stomach and ovarian cancer. In one of their team meetings where they seek to promote the business, this blend was heavily discussed as a way to ‘stop cancer’.

I need to pause for a breath … there’s no excuse for negligence or ignorance.

Yes … I said that and I mean it.

I didn’t wake up one day beaming with excitement over becoming an aromatherapist. And had you asked me about my thoughts on taking up such a career, you would have received what my kids jokingly called ‘the eyebrow’. Like you, science was and is everything.

However, after being exposed to authentic essential oils, I couldn’t ignore the effects. Therefore, I made it my mission to not just read up on them but get to know them. 40+ years later, there’s no denying their efficacy, yet they are not the safe flavors and fragrances being sold to the masses. Nor do they replace any other treatment or modality.


Genuine essential oils are 100% potent signaling molecules with countless effects on cell receptor activity.

Finally, the list ….

  • Frankincense Resin ~ frankincense oil is typically steam distilled from the resin so I’ll assume that’s what they mean here, however, the phrase is very misleading because not all the components of the resin make it through the distillation process

  • Wild Orange Peel ~ the botanical name the company claims this oil to be citrus sinensis which is sweet orange with every other company. The term ‘wild orange’ is typically meant to describe several plants that bear orange fruit which aren’t truly oranges … another misleading phrase

  • Litsea Fruit ~ real litsea is high in citral (see the emphasized note below)

  • Thyme Leaf (which thyme?) ~ high in phenol

  • Clove Bud ~ exceptionally high in blood thinning constituents which are also phenols and will interact with certain medications, including chemotherapy, that are metabolized via the sulfonation pathway.

  • Summer Savory Plant ~ also high in phenols

  • Niaouli Leaf ~ helps clear the body of congestion a.k.a. detox

  • Lemongrass Leaf ~ high in citral and commonly adulterated with synthetic citral



** Citral is hepatotoxic and induces oxidative stress in high doses, which has negative effects on CYP450 enzymes. This data indicates a need for caution in order to avoid citral-drug interactions in human beings.**


Life is a series of teachable moments. Without judgement, we have experiences that reveal various things that work, and others that don’t.

Prior to starting chemotherapy, I provided this client with 2 blends for:

  • the gut / brain dynamic, supporting digestion and promoting easier bowl movements because the recommended products were not helping.

  • supporting apoptosis, cell regeneration and pain relief in the belly as it helps the brain shift from being highly reactive to becoming increasingly responsive

Nothing about either blend activated or enhanced detoxification. They were based on the properties that uphold the body’s ability to be comfortable as it’s going through these treatments.

The biomarkers in her blood dropped significantly prior to her first chemo treatment just after starting the oils.

She went through treatment #1 without issue.

The individual that recommended this woman use the blend with the oils listed above, never asked if any other oils were being used or for that matter hesitate to insist that her company’s blend was a must.

She started the ‘new’ blend the day of her 2nd chemo treatment because of what she was told and instantly experienced shooting pain into her head and felt her chest collapse and unable to breathe. Treatment had to be stopped immediately. Medications were administered to treat the reactions and the chemo dose was introduced via an IV rather than the port.

Not one clinician asked this patient if she had begun taking any additional supplements, etc.

These essential oil companies are limited by FDA guidelines in what they are permitted to say in their public marketing when it comes to ‘medicinal’ benefits. However, this fact does not stop their representatives from hosting private discussions to do exactly that. ‘They are good for xy&z’

For one thing, nothing could be further from the truth. While they ‘promote better health’, they do not cure. They provide the body with the feedback it requires to produce anti-inflammatory chemicals for optimizing system processes.

Therefore, the insistence that this cancer patient include this particular blend with chemo raises several points:

  • the declaration: ‘these oils are good for stopping cancer’ !!!!!!! is entirely unfounded. While there are number of constituents that are consistently studied for their effects on tumors, cytotoxicity and apoptosis, and more … not one of those oils listed is beneficial when it comes to stopping cancer. Which brings me to the next point:

  • symptom relief is not holistic. Cancer is a symptom of a highly aggravated system and once a cancer is diagnosed, no oil or combination thereof, is going to move the needle on healing without integrating them with a conventional approach. This is called ‘positive feedback’ which pushes for a particular outcome. Preventing cancer, on the other hand, is a topic for another discussion. Until that time, moving past symptom relief is the way to optimize patient care as well as the outcome.

  • we have pharmaceuticals because of human history with plants and centuries of practice, observation and study. There truly are no sides! It’s simply time to respect the value of the knowledge and wisdom we possess.

  • Symptom relief is the training.

  • Symptom relief focuses on security.

  • Symptom relief provides a positive feedback loop whether it’s allopathic or complementary and alternative.

  • System relief is the spoken desire, yet it’s not practiced.

  • System relief is freedom from both symptoms and the inflammatory stress response. It provides a negative feedback loop that makes it easier for the body to self-regulate.

  • System relief disrupts the ‘control’ and allows for homeostasis to resume.

Stress is a necessary natural reaction to the events, emotions, and environment of Life. Stress is a mechanism of control and protection. Do you dare to disrupt stress to disrupt disease?


Disruption breaks the tension and restores the body to a neutral state of stability.

Just like we have darkness and light, yin and yang … both positive and negative feedback are required for optimizing patient care. Do you dare to disrupt the patterns you’ve learned in order to develop your practice and enhance your contribution to those you serve?

If you haven’t read the article on the illusion surrounding the safety of essential oils, click here to check it out now!

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