Welcome to Our Healing Roots, a blog exploring natural medicine that returns us to the roots of health and wellbeing. Our Healing Roots, LLC, is a private natural healthcare practice and experiential learning center that advocates the safe use of integrated, natural medicine. Many healing ways have gone by the wayside with the advent of conventional medicine. While it is important to receive professional medical advice for serious conditions, there are many things we can do at home to prevent disease and maintain our health. The Latin word for doctor is docere, which means to be a teacher. Our Healing Roots wholehearted embraces the importance of teaching in healthcare, so that people feel empowered about their health and wellbeing. More information about this business can be found at www.ourhealingroots.net.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

This Saturday at the Garden Trug...



Summer is well on its way!  Just in time for a class about refreshing summer drinks. This Saturday, please join me for a great event at the Garden Trug. Learn how to make herbal and healthier versions of summer drinks to slake your thirst and keep you cool this summer. We'll be sharing recipes for cherry-basil-lime soda, a citrus tea sparkler, orange-rosemary green tea, and many more. Come cool off and join us...

The Garden Trug
3009 E 101st St, Tulsa, OK 74137

1:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 31st

Sunday, May 25, 2014

How low is too low?

Statin drugs are prescribed to lower cholesterol levels. There are recent news reports reporting studies that the benefits of statin drugs outweigh the risks. New guidelines came out in November 2013 that increase the population of people being recommended for statin treatment. 

Many medications have a desired target range in the labs with both an upper and lower limit. Warfarin, a blood thinner, is titrated based on INR labs so blood doesn't get too thin or too think. Diabetes medications are titrated based blood sugar levels so blood sugar doesn't drop too low or go too high. However, the conventional wisdom on statins seems to be titrate so that cholesterol just goes lower. But, how low is too low for cholesterol?

Evidence does suggest that when cholesterol goes too low (<150-160 mg/dL), there is an increased risk of cancer, hemorrhagic stroke, unnatural and violent deaths, depression, and cognitive decline (PMID: 24840261, 24495778 and 24512018). Despite all the bad press that cholesterol gets, cholesterol does play an important function in our health--production of sex hormones, building healthy cell membranes, production of vitamin D and bile for digestive function to name a few. Additionally, the brain needs cholesterol to function properly. We know what happens when we have too much cholesterol, but what about when we don't have enough for the brain, vitamin D production, hormone production, and digestive function? 

If you find yourself being prescribed statin drugs, I encourage you to have a conversation with your doctor about how low is too low and how is this medication going to be monitored so you stay in the optimal range. 

Perhaps some of the risks of statin drugs would be lessened if these medications were titrated with an observed lower limit to cholesterol levels.



Monday, May 12, 2014

Rest


One of the best medicines that exist is rest. Rest can be a hard thing to come by. More and more companies are taking away sick days and are making sick days difficult to use. Our personal schedules can fill up easily with obligations. Then, there are the multiple projects that need to be done. It can be difficult to find left over time for rest, especially when our bodies need it. Too often, people are fighting infections for weeks longer than necessary. Time is often not taken off for rest until the body gives no other option. Oddly, rest can be one of the most difficult recommendations that doctors make. 

In my experience, taking the day to sleep and care for your body when you first feel like you are coming down with something is far more effective than handfuls of vitamin C and supplements without any rest.  Rest is the synergistic ingredient. 

When is the last time you gave yourself the day off? No scheduled obligations, free and full permission to sleep a few hours guilt-free, time to do something that is actually relaxing and enjoyable rather than a project that needs done around the house. What would your life look life if rest became the priority that got put on the calendar first?