My point of view regarding health in general and common issues of our time.
By Christian Domergue
Considering the tremendous amount of pain associated with diseases and "avoidable" premature deaths, I humbly offer on this page, my thoughts and suggestions based on many years of a very good and healthy life... so far!
Many of our customers have heard me say "Despite my age, I have yet to visit a medical doctor." For the average American this is unheard of! I think I am blessed with a robust constitution but also with a sense of balance when it comes to my day to day life. This includes the way I think, pray, love, eat, have fun, exercise and control stress! Always grateful -daily- for who I am and for the blessings I continuously receive.
Health in general
What we need to know
To be and stay healthy, for most of us, is not that complicated it is a matter of common sense really. All it takes is a basic knowledge of what is required by our body to function as it is supposed to.
We need to understand that we are the result of what we eat, digest, assimilate, eliminate daily and how healthy our gut is!
1. What we eat
Your body does not and cannot use a low grade food (just like a car engine needs the proper gas to run properly). By low grade food I mean: All processed and junk food, sugary and carbonated drinks in particular.
Processed food and refined carbs (white flour, white bread, white rice, pastries, sodas, snacks, pasta, sweets, breakfast cereals and added sugars.), do cause "internal inflammation" with long term negative consequences on our health.
Cellulite & buttocks: "salt makes your body hold on to fluid in the fat cells and tissue, which creates this puckered and sort of inflamed look," explains Stefanie Mendez, R.D.
Blood pressure: Eating salt raises the amount of sodium in your bloodstream, reducing the ability of your kidneys to remove the water. The result is a higher blood pressure due to the extra fluid and extra strain on the delicate blood vessels leading to the kidneys.
Dr. Martin classified refined sugar as poison because it has been depleted of its life forces, vitamins and minerals. What is left is pure, refined carbohydrates.
The body cannot effectively utilize this refined starch and carbohydrate unless the depleted proteins, vitamins and minerals are present. When we eat sugar in absence of the nutritional factors necessary to help its digestion, metabolism and elimination, incomplete carbohydrate metabolism results. As a consequence:
a. Pyruvic acid accumulates in the brain and nervous system, and the abnormal sugars accumulate in the red blood cells.
b. These metabolites interfere with the respiration of the cells. They simply cannot get sufficient oxygen to survive and function normally. In time, some of the cells die.
c. This interferes with the functioning of that part of the body and is the beginning of degenerative disease.
2. What we digest
Digestive enzymes break down ingested food into vital proteins, fats, and carbohydrates to provide optimal nutrition for the body. As we age the body becomes less efficient at generating the necessary digestive enzymes. As a consequence the body’s digestive functions greatly diminish, leading to gas, bloating, partially digested food, nutritional deficiencies, and inflammation. To alleviate these health issues one advanced formulation I recommend is Food Enzymes from Nature's Sunshine.
3. What we assimilate (at the cellular level)
Read carefully what follows: We live and die at the cellular level. Our trillion of cells generate the "energy" necessary for the thousands of chemical actions taking place in our body but also the energy required for you and I to think, move, work love, pray, think etc.
The only source of nutrients our cells require daily to create that energy comes from the food we eat, nowhere else!
What cannot be processed by our cells (processed food and junk food/drinks) is rejected and transformed into waste residues, fat, toxins. That is why at the very minimum we need to cleanse our intracellular fluid from time to time. Cellular Detox is a product I would recommend.
4. What we eliminate
Keeping the colon working smoothly is often the key to better health. Autointoxication (if less than one bowel movement a day) from the waste products in the colon is an underlying cause of numerous diseases. Problems in the colon begin “upstream” in the stomach. If food is not digesting properly, it creates waste that builds up downstream in the colon. You can cleanse the colon all day long, but if you don’t fix what’s happening “upstream” in the digestive organs it will just get polluted all over again. Food enzymes work “upstream” to keep the colon healthy.
If however you feel that your colon needs help now, then I recommend LBS II... it will keep "things" moving!
5. The so important Gut!
Unhealthy food can lead to unhealthy gut, weakening its lining, so “holes” develop in the barrier. The result is that toxins and bacteria can leak into the body. This can trigger inflammation in the gut and throughout the body and cause a chain reaction of problems, such as bloating, gas, cramps, food sensitivities, fatigue, headaches, and joint pain, to name a few.
The gut is no longer seen as an entity with the sole purpose of helping with all aspects of digestion. It’s also being considered as a key player in regulating inflammation (as we all know, inflammation is the common factor for virtually all disease in the body) and immunity (responsible to prevent diseases!).
Your gut and your immune system are very closely linked, and 70 to 80 percent of your immune tissue is situated in your digestive tract. Our intestines forms a protective barrier between our bloodstream and the external world. The gut has to deal with the pathogens in everything you ingest and therefore needs to have an effective immune system in place to ward off attacks and prevent illness.
Maintaining a healthy gut (and a solid immune system) requires a balance of good and bad bacteria in our intestines.
How? Simply by taking a probiotic formula morning and night. I prefer to recommend taking those first thing in the morning in a glass of room temperature water and at night just before retiring (1 capsule A.M. and 2 caps at night).
Product recommended: Eleven Elevated (for the first month then switch to Probiotic Eleven).
OUR PURPOSE OR MISSION
It is simply to use the extraordinary "natural" tools that we have to PREVENT health issues from affecting all those who trust us.
It is also to share our basic knowledge of the human body and mind with those willing to learn.
In all cases, it is highly recommended to review all our suggestions with your medical doctor or qualified health professional.
Now that we understand our body a bit more,
let's consider the major health issues affecting us and see how we can age gracefully by avoiding, with some intelligence, diseases, hospital beds, intensive care, etc.
It is also important to consider how one's disease can have devastating consequences for family members and true friends! Then doing our best to stay healthy is also a moral obligation on our part as we do not want to become a burden for our children or society.
In my opinion, several elements are responsible for most known diseases:
1. Family history.
What is your family "health" history? Has any member of your family been affected by heart issues, diabetes, cancer, alzheimer's etc?.
2. Your Constitution.
An iridologist can very easily tell you what your constitution is. This is important to know because if you have a weak one you need to pay particular attention to your immune system and strengthen it.
3. Lifestyle and the environment.
You are (healthwise) what you breath, eat, digest-assimilate and eliminate on a daily basis. If any of these functions do not work as it should, it will have a negative effect on the way you think and your energy level. Furthermore, it will affect one or several organs opening the door to discomfort first, then disease followed by numerous visits to your doctor, which leads to prescription medications, which leads to side-effects and more medication, until things are spiraling out of control.
If you have issues with digestion visit this page.
As we age we lose approximately 10% of our digestives enzymes per 10 years of age!
If you have issues with elimination visit this page.
4. Your attitude in life.
We are also what we think... Do we THINK positive?
Do we consider others around us with a loving heart and positive thoughts?
5. Stress, anxiety, and trauma.
All of us experience some degree of stress and anxiety. There's nothing wrong with that. It is uncontrolled stress and/or continuous anxiety that eats away at our defense mechanism and as a consequence our health and mind take the toll- a very heavy one!
If stress or anxiety are affecting you, you need to take immediate action to counter balance its ravages on your adrenal glands! If you suffer from Adrenal Exhaustion, then you are more than likely deficient in essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Without the proper amounts of these vital nutrients, your body’s ability to heal from any chronic condition is severely impaired.
I have yet to see a customer suffering from cancer, who did not face a major trauma in his/her life. A trauma, that is not dealt with properly, may have devastating long term consequences on one's health.
According to Dr. Mercola M.D. "Emotional stress is linked to health problems including chronic inflammation, lowered immune function, increased blood pressure, altered brain chemistry, increased tumor growth and more. Of course, emotional pain can be so severe that it interferes with your ability to enjoy life and, in extreme cases, may even make you question whether your life is worth living."
I have had my dose of trauma in my life, but knowing the consequences, I have always refused to be a "willing" victim of a traumatic situation. It is not easy, especially when due to the loss of a child, a friend, or a wife/husband you have deeply loved!
Major diseases affecting the western world today.
Click on the links below to read what we suggest to prevent and/or support in the case of each major disease listed below.
#1. Heart/Circulation Issues
One out of every four persons will die of a heart related disease! Stress/trauma/lifestyle can have a direct effect on your heart and the circulation to and from your heart. You can easily find out if your Heart/Circulation need help by answering this survey.
Prevention and support on this page
Of course the subject of cancer is far too involved to adequately address on this site, but we can at least acquaint you with some important information about cancer from a natural healing perspective.
Control stress/trauma as explained above (take at least Nutri-Calm or Adrenal Support - follow directions on label).
A full organ cleanse at least once a year. Tiao He Cleanse is the best herbal combination for this purpose.
Take Protease HP and C-Herb Internal (a 21 day program) once a year (Call us for direction, very important: 407-740-8084 E.S.T.).
If you have cancer, however, this information is not adequate to develop an effective natural program to help with your issues. We strongly encourage you to seek professional help when dealing with cancer. You need competent health care professionals helping you with your program and monitoring your progress, but you should also do some study on your own and learn about things you can do for yourself.
#3. Chronic lower respiratory disease
Reduce the level of exposure to common risk factors, particularly tobacco, poor nutrition, and environmental air pollution (indoor, outdoor, and occupational).
If one has been subject to frequent lower respiratory infections during childhood, strengthening the respiratory system could be very helpful.
If you are subject to respiratory disease go to this page for suggestions and support.
For Asthma consult this page.
#4. Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases)
Prevention... Thinning the Blood
Feather Jones, a former president of the American Herbalists Guild, described a woman in this condition as having "Cheeseburger blood." Thick or stagnant blood is involved in a wide variety of conditions such as varicose veins, hemorrhoids, uterine fibroids, prostate problems and more.
Blood that is too "thick" also increases our risk of thrombosis (the formation of blood clots in the circulatory system) which causes heart attacks, strokes and other diseases of impaired circulation. Medical doctors put people on blood thinners to reduce the risk of these disorders.
Fortunately, there are herbs available that work as natural blood thinners. Blood purifiers generally help to thin the blood, but there are some more specific herbal remedies that help to filter the "sludge" from our life-stream. Alfalfa contains natural blood thinning agents called coumarins. Taken in capsules or eaten as sprouts, alfalfa can be very beneficial in thinning the blood.
Another great herb for preventing blood clots in the circulatory system is butcher's broom. This herb is very effective in preventing postoperative thrombosis and blood clots in the legs. It is also helpful for varicose veins. It accomplishes this feat without increasing the risk of bleeding.
Vitamin E has long been used for these same purposes. Another great remedy for "thick" blood is horse chestnut found in the formula Vari-Gone. Vari-Gone also contains butcher's broom.
Ginkgo/Hawthorn for Brain and Peripheral Circulation
Ginkgo enhances peripheral circulation and improves
blood flow to the brain. It also helps prevent blood clots
from forming. General strengthening for effects of aging.
Ginkgo has been used by Chinese for centuries to build vitality and alertness.
Hawthorn berries build the heart and improve vascular and coronary blood flow.
Together, the combination is used to help recover from a wide range of diminished mental and physical capacities.
It is combined with hawthorn, one of the
best general herbs for heart health.
For more information and support read this page.
#5. Alzheimer's disease
Most herbal and nutritional remedies will slow the progress of Alzheimer's, but may not completely halt or
reverse the progress of the disease.
I believe that this disease is an environmental one. It may be prevented by avoiding as best you can heavy metal and environmental pollution. Minimize exposure to alcohol, tobacco and environmental
toxins. Eat generous servings of fresh fruits and vegetables
every day and stay mentally active.
Call us and ask us to check (based on symptoms) if Cellular Detox as well as/or Heavy Metal detox would be good for you.
If Alzheimer's has started, antioxidants can slow deterioration.
Mind-Max may be helpful in enhancing cognitive
function in Alzheimer's patients.
It may also be helpful to
improve circulation to the brain and chelate toxic metals by
doing an Oral Chelation program.
More information available here.
#6. Diabetes (diabetes mellitus also known as Type 2)
In type 2 diabetes (the most common), either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin Insulin is necessary for the body to be able to use glucose for energy. When you eat food, the body breaks down all of the sugars and starches into glucose, which is the basic fuel for the cells in the body. Insulin takes the sugar from the blood into the cells.
When glucose builds up in the blood instead of going into cells, it can lead to diabetic complications.
Since weight is one of the major cause of diabetes, do the following...
1. Check your Body Mass Index
2.If weight is an issue visit this page
Check with us if -based on symptoms- you need any of these excellent herbal formulas (as a precaution):
Blood Sugar Formula
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes (type 2)
The herb industry is unsurpassed in its variety of single and combination herbs that deal with diabetes. Herbal formulations help alleviate the symptoms of diabetes and the many complications that stem from this disease.
Visit this page for info and product support.
#7. Influenza and pneumonia - Flu
Also known as influenza, the flu refers to viral infections accompanied by nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, malaise,
body pain, and respiratory symptoms. The media is constantly warning people about flu epidemics to scare people
into getting vaccines, but the truth is that very few people
die of the flu.
Most of the people who die of the flu are elderly or have compromised immune systems.
Besides, there are numerous effective natural remedies for
1. Simply wash hands frequently and
use Silver Shield Gel as a natural hand disinfectant.
2. Boost the immune system with Immune
Stimulator or Trigger Immune when the flu is "going around."
If you do get the flu.
Take a good antiviral remedy
such as Elderberry D3fense and add Silver Shield taken internally.
Other great flu remedies include HCP-X, FV and IF-C.
For settling the stomach flu, two of the best remedies
are ginger and peppermint essential Oil.
For flu with aches
and fever try APS II with white willow.
#8. Kidney disease
The kidneys cannot do their job without a sufficient amount of water, so
remember to drink enough good water. Certain nutritional elements are important to
keep the kidneys healthy so you don't experience the various kinds of pain
produced by discontented kidneys such as bladder infections, kidney
stones, or pain in the lower back.
The kidneys can be poisoned, clogged, malnourished, ruptured by
blows, and overworked until they begin to break down.
Blood in the urine
is a sign or could be an infection of the filtering tubules.
The kidneys purify
45 gallons of blood every day. Considering that you have 7 to 8 liters of blood in your body, this means that your entire blood volume gets filtered approximately 20 to 25 times each day!
1. The kidneys cannot do their job without a sufficient amount of water, so
remember to drink enough good water.
2. Check this page for possible symptoms linked to kidney issues and herbal suggestions.
If you have kidney issues
Check this page for much more info and products related to kidneys and bladder issues.
I am hoping that this page will be of benefits to you as well as family members, friends, co-workers etc.
Based on official statistics our chances of aging and dying "gracefully" are at best very limited.
But what is not limited is our given power to understand what is at stake and take advantage of the natural tools that are available to not only "prevent" but also to seriously improve one's health.
If you need to get in touch with us at Four Winds Nutrition, go ahead! Call us at 407-740-8084 (E.S.T.) and we shall be glad to answer your questions as best we can!