Category Archives: Natural Remedies


Zinc is Not Just for Immunity


If you are in a store that sells nutritional supplements, odds are you will find zinc lozenges.  These are used when you are fighting a cold to help boost the immune system but zinc is so much more.  There are many critical body functions that depend on adequate levels.

Immunity – Zinc increases T Cell growth and enhances differentiation into white blood cells.  It is important in creating proper gene transcription.  It has been shown to be needed in the process of apoptosis (programmed cell death) for viruses, bacteria and even cancer cells.

Thyroid – Zinc is critical for the conversion of Free T4 to Free T3 (active metabolic hormone).  When there are inadequate amounts of zinc in the body, it will be more apt to convert FT4 into RT3 (Reverse T3) which actually “negates” FT3.   This creates lower levels of energy and oxygen being delivered to the cells of the body.  These two hormones compete for the same receptor.  Despite this negative issue, RT3 has a beneficial function.  It is a defense mechanism to protect the body in the event of an over production of FT3.  But if you are already struggling to have enough FT3 you would not want this hormone to be increased unnecessarily.

Allergies – When zinc levels are low in the body it will release an increased amount of histamine.  High histamine will result in sneezing, runny eyes and itching.  Histamine is part of all allergic reactions.

Hair Loss – One of the first things that is looked at by physicians is thyroid levels.  If low, the patient will be given thyroid hormones.  However, this often does not correct the problem.  Low levels of zinc, as stated above, are needed for hormone conversion and are also important in proper adrenal function where sex hormones are released.  Stress can deplete zinc levels in the body.

Leaky Gut / Skin – Zinc is critical in wound healing by supporting the formation of collagen.  Collagen is also important in restoring the lining of the gut wall when leaky gut is an issue.  Leaky gut is a condition where the cell wall becomes permeable in the gut wall allowing proteins to leak directly into the blood stream.   Collagen is also required for skin integrity.  Proper levels will restore “plumpness” thus lessening the appearance of lines and wrinkles.   Since we know that stress lessens zinc, perhaps this is the reason why we see aging in the face when an individual experiences a stressful life.

Fertility – Fertilization of the female egg requires rapid movement of the sperm to the egg along with the ability to permeate the cell wall.  Zinc plays a role in overall quality and quantity of the sperm count.

Diabetes / Blood Sugar – Zinc is highly concentrated in the islet cells of the pancreas where insulin is produced.   It has the potential of promoting healthy insulin production which helps to maintain natural blood sugar control.   Zinc can bind to insulin receptors and activates insulin signaling pathways.  This will result in more glucose uptake into the cells and a lowering of glucose in the blood.   A deficiency in zinc can result in poor ?-cell function and a higher incidence of insulin resistance.

As you can see, zinc is important for overall health.  It is seldom discussed as a needed nutrient, but could be instrumental in combating many common health maladies of the day.  Zinc can be found in grass fed beef, pastured chicken, cashews, garbanzo beans and pumpkin seeds (to name a few) but you may also require supplementing  as well.

Dr Flechas on Zinc & Prostate Cancer

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Benefits of Boron

I am often asked about the benefits of supplementing with boron.  I decided that it was time for a blog on this topic.    Boron is often associated with a laundry booster – Borax.

Believe it or not there are many who ingest Borax as a way to obtain boron.  But is it safe?  The box states that the contents are “99.5% Borax, also known as “sodium tetraborate” or “sodium tetraborate decahydrate”, and 0.5% “naturally occurring trace minerals”.   I’ll share a link to a toxicology site where there is some scientific research for you to review.  I’m not going to tell you what to do but I will tell you that I would not consume this product.  The main reason?  It’s not a nutritional supplement.  Nutritional supplements are maintained in tightly controlled environments free of pests, toxins and and other contaminants.  They are tested to be fit for human consumption.  Borax will not be.  It’s not controlled by any GMP or NSF standards, as good quality supplements are.  You just don’t know what you are are ingesting.  So what do you do?

Well, there is an option.  The same maker of LugoTabs which contains Lugol’s formula iodine in a tablet also makes BoroTabs which is boron.  Available in 30 mg / 90 tablet bottles or 75 mg / 60  or  75 mg / 120 tablet (**NEW**) bottles.  You can read the pdf document from Hakala Labs with their brief description and research resources.

So what other potential benefits does supplementing with boron have?

  1.  Bones – Boron is needed by the bones to assist in calcium absorption which will help them to avoid becoming porous and weak.  Boron can also help the body to use Vitamin D more efficiently which will also strengthen the bones.
  2. Muscles – Boron will assist in building proper muscle mass by promoting healthy testosterone levels.
  3. Hormone Balance – Boron can assist in helping the body to balance both estrogen and testosterone.  It may even increase fertility.  For some it may reduce PMS and menopausal symptoms.
  4. Magnesium Absorption – Boron has been shown to increase magnesium absorption in the body which would also be beneficial to the bones.  Magnesium is important for the iodine protocol as well as for moods, muscles and over 300 enzyme reactions in the body.
  5. Reduces Inflammation – Boron has been scientifically shown to reduce inflammation markers such as CRP.
  6. Brain Activation – Boron increases brain electrical activity.
  7. Prostate Health –  A boron deficiency has been shown to be correlated with an increased risk of prostate cancer.
  8. Fluoride – Boron may be effective in the elimination of fluoride form the bones and tissues of the body.
  9. Blood Sugar – Boron has shown promise in assisting the pancreas in regulating blood sugar and triglyceride levels.
  10. Arthritis – Since Boron can assist in getting calcium into the body it will help to maintain healthy cartilage levels which will be protective of the joints.

Boron is a seldom discussed, but important, nutrient in our body.  If you are struggling with any of the above issues a trial of this mineral may be in order.

Dr Flechas:  Boron & Osteoporosis Part 1 & Part 2

For further reading:  Nothing Boring About Boron         



Shingles Natural Remedies & the Vaccine – Devil in the Details

If you are a follower of the vaccine debate, you know that the environment is heating up.  More and more Americans and just humankind in general are voicing their concerns over vaccines.  As this occurs, mountains of information are being revealed.  The Freedom of Information Act has allowed the average person to request information that would normally be hidden from the public eye.  Other information is in plain view if you know how to search for it.

Today I would like to discuss shingles and the vaccine.  In the fall of 1993, I came down with my first case of shingles.  My doctor tried to tell me that it was a spider bite because I was too young (27) to get shingles,  but when it lasted for over a week and got worse I had another doctor look at it.  He told me that he thought it was, in fact shingles.  I had a silver dollar size patch in line with my adrenals that were angry looking red blister-like sores that hurt and spread pain over my ribs.  This eventually scabbed over and become itchy.  I would get this same condition over and over each year around November / December when the stress in my life was high.  When I was pregnant with my first child I got shingles toward the end of my pregnancy and was given an antiviral (Zovirax) which caused my son to stop moving in the womb and his heart rate dropped.  My doctor’s partner whom I saw that week, said there was nothing to worry about but my mama intuition told me that I should be concerned.  So I made an appointment with my chiropractor and had a talk with him about natural alternatives.  I would follow these natural alternatives from that point on each time I had an outbreak.  When I stopped the medication and began taking supplements, my son’s heart rate increased and he began to move around again.  I felt vindicated.  My OB however, was not impressed.  When I shared that I had seen his partner and was told it was nothing to worry about, sought the advice of my chiropractor, given an alternative and my son had returned to normal he gave me a speech about how the drug was safe and effective and natural does not equate to safe.  Hemlock is natural.  I terminated that conversation.  How do you argue with that ridiculous analogy?

I was asked today what the natural alternatives to the shingles medication are.  This is what I do.

  1. Chiropractic – this is the most important component in my opinion.  Having regular chiropractic care and then increasing it during the time of an outbreak is important.  Because the virus sits in the nerves it is beneficial to ensure that there are no subluxations that will cause the nerves to be pinched which lowers the immune system.
  2. L-Lysine – This amino acid works to prohibit the replication of the Herpes Zoster virus.  Doses of 1,000 – 1,500 mgs 3x per day have proven to be effective. For prevention 1,000 mgs / day is recommended.
  3. Vitamin C High doses of vitamin C from the moment you suspect an outbreak.
  4. Vitamin B12 (Methylcobalamin) in doses of 5,000 iU per day can assist in pain reduction.
  5. DHA (Fish Oils) – Can help to heal the nerve damage.
  6. Zinc – Supplementing with 50 mgs per day can help to boost the immune system.

Now, I would like to talk to those of you who have faith in God.  I am so frustrated with my Christian family.  They plug their ears when I mention vaccines and write me off as some tin foil hatted health nut fanatic.  Maybe I am, but it is because I have seen what is behind the curtain and folks – it’s trying to kill us.  I’ll do a separate vaccine blog soon, but for now I’m sticking to shingles.

It has been suggested to me by those who don’t know me well, that I should get the shingles vaccine.  Sadly, this would only make my situation worse.  The ingredients in this vaccine are toxic.  To top it off, there are components that originate from an aborted baby. I am pro-life.  I cannot inject a child who was murdered into my body.  But my believer friends will tell me.  There aren’t any cells in the vaccines.  True….. but there are DNA fragments.  Fragments that are mutinegenic.  Each time these cells are used to create further vaccines the DNA becomes more fragmented allowing it to do more damage.  These cell lines collected in 1964 are nearing the end of their usefulness and scientists have just obtained new tissue from a “water birth” from a 3 month gestation baby girl that will be used for future vaccines.

Don’t believe me?  Let’s take a look at the ingredient list from the CDC.  Take a peek above the Shingles vaccine to see what is going into your children for chicken pox.  You remember – that illness that just made you itch and kept you out of school for a few days but didn’t kill you?

“Residual components of MRC-5 cells including DNA and protein.”

What is the MRC-5 cell you ask?

So why would I, as a believer, inject into my body, a substance that has resulted from the murder of a Gift from God that was supposed to have a life?  I wouldn’t and can’t.  Because actions have consequences.  You can’t be pro-life and pro-vaccine.  It makes you a hypocrite.  Strong language I know.  If they used aborted babies in makeup would you promote that?  No , you would rally against the company that did it and people did.  How is this not the same – and worse?  This is a dangerous game we are playing as believers.  God expects more.  He tells us to protect human life not celebrate the murder of children by championing the wonders of vaccines while avoiding the elephant in the room.  A child was murdered and it was used to make the vaccine.  Without it we are told by scientists, you cannot make the vaccine.  It’s sickening and it needs to stop and it starts in the House of God. Media has brought this to our attention and you can no longer claim ignorance.  If you choose to not look into it fearing what you may find then shame on  you.   Knowledge does command action and that’s why I am writing this today.

I weep at the number of families who’s lives have been destroyed by vaccine injuries.  They have been labeled as liars and alarmists and every other thing in the book.  Doctors have dismissed their concerns and in some cases bullied them.  They have been fired from their Pediatricians for refusing to vaccinate or selectively vaccinating.  Why is there this power struggle?  Because it is money – big money and the bible warns us about this.   Because we have allowed big Pharma to continue with their money making schemes at the expense of our families safety we have brought upon ourselves many sorrows.

1 Timothy 6:10  (KJV)  
10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

We have the power to stop this.  It’s easy.  Stop playing in the same sandbox, get educated and stand with others who have done their homework.  Now is the time.  Because the next victim could be you.

For further information on the fetal tissue being used,  you can review the following resources.  An increase in autism rates began to climb when this human DNA was introduced into the vaccines.  Coincidence?

  2. New study in Journal of Public Health and Epidemiology examines autism disorder increase and human fetal DNA, retroviral agents in vaccines