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Why is this being overlooked?

The cause of all health issues is dis-ease

Natural products are not safe. Man made products are not safe.

No remedy albeit herb, essential oil, nutraceutical, pharmaceutical is a one-size-fits-all solution!

Yet, there is an extensive 'wellness movement' promoting countless natural OTC supplements that promise help with:

  • weight loss

  • muscle building

  • sleep

  • moods

  • libido

  • male enhancement

  • female discomforts

  • immunity

  • more energy

Herb - Drug interactions are no secret. Why is this being overlooked?

In the last two days, three people were in touch with me about whether or not certain herbs or oils were ok to use with their medications. One is in the film industry while the other two are health professionals.

The fascinating part to this is one of the health professionals is a nurse taking Synthroid. Her question began by saying she 'knew' there were no interactions to be concerned with as far as the medication was concerned. Nothing could be further from the truth. There are a number of noted interactions with OTC's and pharmaceuticals. And then there are the essential oils that can and do influence similar activities as the drugs identified including those focused on gastric acidity and postmenopausal symptoms.

If you're interested in discussing potential interactions with you ... click here.

Another question came after using a patch to help with sleep with little success. To be fair, this individual does little to deliberately quiet the 'noise in his head', making for countless restless nights. (side note: all the remedies in the world will not 'fix what ails you' until you commit to doing what it takes to stabilize your emotions ... this is dis-ease)

Nevertheless, one of the prescriptions this gentleman takes is Metoprolol. One of the ingredients in the patch was Valerian. These two 'chemicals' do not play nicely together. Not to mention, there is a history of several liver health issues with this person indicating epigenetic considerations when combining anything.

Yet as noted by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), 'well-designed clinical studies evaluating herbal supplement–drug interactions are limited and sometimes inconclusive'. I venture to say the studies are inconclusive due to no two epigenomes processing 'information' in the same way.

Therefore, if mass marketing is going to remain remiss because there's money to be made, then it's in your interest to become aware of these interactions for the sake of patient safety and public health.

These facts were the impetus for ending my public discussions around essential oil suggestions.

For years I've been vocal about 'knowing what's in your bottle' and with this growing body of evidence demonstrating adverse effects, I am clear there is a great need to bring essential oils into the conversation. The potential for drug interactions is real.

One final example: cedarwood essential oil ... There are seven varieties being produced and sold around the world.

  • doTerra has one

  • Young Living has another

  • other companies carry similar cedarwood oils and then some

Depending on which one, cedarwood essential oil has different effects. There are 3 things affecting your health:

  • beliefs which influence the emotional relationship you have with yourself

  • behaviors which are influenced by your beliefs

  • environmental factors affecting all of us no matter how much we try to live a clean life

Your body is consistently reacting to these stressors, altering the system. Stress isn't a 'head thing', it's systemic slowing the movement of the lymphatic system because you're fixed on fixing the problem. This is why physical activity is essential ... However, it's not enough when your emotional state is easily affected by life. This is the reason essential oils matter. When the ones you choose complement systemic needs, they improve cellular processes because they offer support down to the epigenome ... Genuine oils are a significant key for reversing generational trauma / epigenetic memory ... which is possible! That said, cedarwood is an excellent option for helping the brain regulate both the autonomic and lymph activity.

Sleep issues involve a sluggish lymph system. A sluggish lymph system disrupts sleep. Cedarwood can help with both ... but which one?

It depends. Do you take medications? Cedarwood can trigger adverse reactions if you take such things as antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications as well as blood pressure meds.

i.e. Metoprolol and Bupropion

Without attention to interactions, the use of #essentialoils could become additional stressors and cause more concerns!

Adverse drug reactions are big and with the increased interest in natural remedies, I am confident that they are involved. How anything interacts is unique to your system which is why knowing which oil you have and whether or not it's safe for you is important.

  • low energy

  • anxiety

  • inflammation

  • continued sleep issues

  • rashes

  • headaches

  • more pain

While I may appreciate oils, bio-individual selections also known as #pharmacogenomics is the difference between dis-ease management and healthcare. Patient safety cannot be overlooked!

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