Friday, August 21, 2009

Raleigh Chiropractor discusses an All Natural Medicine Cabinet

It’s here! The Fall is upon us. Back to School, activites galore, busy work schedule, holidays coming left and right…. runny noses, itchy eyes, coughing, sneezing, restless nights, exhaustion, basically an all out attack on our immune systems. Children, the elderly, those under stress (basically all of us this time of year), those with poor diets (ever heard of the new years resolution to loose 10 pounds from holiday weight gain?), chronic illness, and those who are exposed to environmental stressors are especially at risk. As we prepare for the school year many of us find ourselves rushing to the pharmacy on the way to don our battle armor of not so effective prescription and over the counter drugs. By the end of the season our medicine cabinets are full of sticky, gooey, and not so attractive shiny bottles, most of which did not work but remain there for now real reason other than the fact that they cost so much money you hate to through them out. Pure insanity…

However, we need not settle for this awful scenario anymore. In addition to a better diet, incorporating stress identification and releasing tools, and incorporating physical activity, the solution is simple: the use of nutritional and herbal supplements is the key. These holistic items help reduce the risk of infection and illness, and the help us get over an illness much faster as well, without pumping our body full of pink and purple synthetic liquids and pills which are usually full of toxic additives. Nevertheless, even when using herbal and whole food nutritional supplements it is still very important to receive quality assurance of the product(s). Herbal manufacturing under pharmaceutical standards is essential. Currently the issues involved in herbal manufacture are more complex than those for conventional drugs because an herb is biologically defined and there are no internationally recognized standards. Because of this these supplements may be incorrectly identified, the wrong part of the plant may be used, the chemical content may vary, active compounds may be unknown, processing may enhance or detract from the quality of the product, the stability of the product may be difficult to define, and the quality is difficult to define. For these reasons we (Center for Chiropractic & Wellness) use supplements from Standard Process Inc. ONLY due to their long history of quality assurance and superb product lines. Below is a list of supplements from Standard Process that make up an effective and useful all Natural Medicine Cabinet (Click on each name to see official Standard Process website info on each product):


Echinacea is the “KING of Prevention Herbs.” It works best as a preventative, or in the very early stages of a cold or sickness. It can be taken long term or only during the cold/flu season depending on your typical state of health. Echinacea is proven to incrase the phagocytic activity of the body. This means that better direct clearance and inactivation of pathogenic organisms by the first line of defense (phagocytes) occurs, and that there is a beter immune surveillance which accelerates the response of he immune system to the new pathogen, or to other opportunistic pathogens.


Catalyn is a multiple vitamin, mineral, and trace mineral concentrate formulated by Dr. Royal Lee in 1929. Catalyn is the antithesis of the "mega-dose" approach to nutritional supplementation. Dr. Lee summoned the whole of his considerable nutritional experience and know-how to provide a nutritional catalyst, a supplement using whole food ingredients, which he named Catalyn. The goal was to provide a food-based package of nutrients in the most potent and bioavailable form–its natural state. This supplement is the best multivitamin on the market in my opinion due to its whole food all natural approach; an approach that allows for optimal absorption unlike synthetic vitamins.

Andrographis Complex

Andrographis is anthelmintic, boosts the immune system, and is hepatoprotective. The herbs in this supplement (including Holy Basil) also support mucus flow, enhance the hody’s response to temporary stress, and may have value as an agent to prevent chemical-induced cancer!


Congaplex contains thymus Cytosol™ extract and helps support the healthy function of the upper respiratory tract. The thymus gland is considered the master gland that regulates the immune system. Cytosol™ extracts from the thymus gland contain the building blocks of the powerful thymic hormone, which supports and stimulates the immune system. This supplement contains nutrients and tissue extracts that contribute to the healthy response of the immune system.

Herbal Throat Spray:
Herbal Mouthwashes have been used for centuries to support oral health and maintain healthy mucosal tissue in the mouth and throat. SP Herbal Throat Spray offers the same benefits as a mouthwash but the convenient spray pump allows for easy use and application, which is important when regular support during the day is needed. Remember to swallow because the herbs also exert their effects internally!


Immuplex combines vitamins A, B12, C, and E, folic acid, and minerals, such as zinc, copper, chromium, iron, and selenium. Immuplex contains bovine thymus, liver, and spleen tissue extracts–nutrients and tissues well known for their important roles in immune system health and function.


Broncafect contains herbs to provide the following activities: It sooths and heals inflamed bronchial mucosa. It acts as an expectorant, facilitating the removal of sputum (a substance such as saliva, phlegm, or mucus coughed up from the respiratory tract and usually ejected by mouth). It is anti-infective whilst enhancing immune function, and managing fever through diaphoresis (sweating, especially sweating induced for medical reasons). It relaxes bronchial spasms, and it stimulates circulation to relieve congestion.

Golden Seal:

Golden Seal was used for many purposes by Native Americans, and was specifically indicated by Eclectic Physicians for catarrhal states of the mucous membranes. This supplement acts as an antihemorrhagic, bitter, anti-inflammatory, depurative, wound healing, and promoter of bile flow. Basically, Golden Seal assists in maintenance of healthy breathing passages for free and clear breathing as well as healthy mucous membranes.

*Take Echinacea during cold/flu season

**Take Catalyn all year long

Once you have these all-natural and reliable whole food and herbal supplements on hand at home you will have the ideal army to attack against the following symptoms. Use the following protocols in conjunction with lots of water (for cleansing), Rest, and Chicken soup or Broth (for warmth, nutrition, and fluids). *Doses are available unless otherwise prescribed by your healthcare provider:

For Basic Prevention:


1 tablet/day for children
2 tablets/day for adults


1 tablet 2-3x/day for children

2 tablets 2-3x/day for adultes


2 capsules 3x/day for 30 days then use at first sign of cold/flu illness

For Acute Infection:

Andrographis Complex:

1 tablet 2-3x/day for children

2 tablets 2-3x/day for adults


For Upper Respiratory Congestion/Infection:


3 capsules 3-4x/day for adults

1-2 chewable tablets 3x/day for children


2 tablets 3-4x/day for adult


For Sinus Infections:

Andrographis Complex

1-2 tablet 2-3x/day adults


Golden Seal

Same as above

For Sore or Scratchy Throat:

MediHerb Throat Spray:

2-3 Sprays 3 or moreX/day

Remember…the sooner you start to use the supplements the faster you’ll respond and get better! For other symptoms and conditions, consult with your healthcare practitioner. If you have a sustained high fever over 24 hours, consult this person as well. Remember, Every BODY is different. Your body may respond to varying doses of these supplements better, or to other supplements altogether. It is always best to consult your chiropractor, clinical nutritionist, or other holistic health care provider in event of illness. That being said, it is still a good idea to be armed with natural preventative and acute remedies.


  1. A chiropractor suggested I take Congaplex which has wheat germ and oat four, but I am gluten intolerant. She said their is no gluten. Is that possible?

  2. It is possible that the oat flour is gluten free but i'm not sure about the wheat germ. The reason is that not all oats have gluten. Gluten in oats comes from cross breeding with nearby wheat. Standard process takes precautions to make sure that their crops are isolated.
    In additon, I am also gluten intolerant but I have not had a problem with any of my wheat containing supplements due to the nearly insignificant amount that is in them. I would talk with your doctor and make sure he/she is aware that the supplement they have given you has wheat germ in it and see if they would still recommend it.
    Chances are that if they muscle tested you for the supplement and your body still showed signs of needing it that it won't be a problem.

  3. Thanks Jennifer!
    Now another question.
    I may have a galbladder problem and a doctor has suggested I get a hidascan. I don't want to due to the radioactive injection. Someone has suggested Betafood A-F. Also, I have a sensitive system. I've also taken Beta TCP in the past, and it seemed to help. Do you think the Betafood is a good idea even though it contains animal organs? What are anyone's thoughts on the risks of a hidascan? Or should I just keep trying supplements?

  4. Betafood from Standard Process has been shown to be an effective lipotrophic agent, promoting the transportation and use of fats. Betaine helps support healthy liver and gall bladder function. It does not contain animal organs. Other standard process supplements do but only when necessary for their purpose and healing function. If you are looking to truly heal, however, I would recommend making an appt with a chiropractor, preferably one that is also an applied kinesiologist with an interest in nutrition. You can always contact your local standard process representative to find one in your area. They can do muscle testing to help find the specific supplementation in specific dosages that will help your gallbladder problem.

  5. Thank you for your reply. I just checked and Betafood A-F does contain several animal products. This supplement was suggested by a chiropractor. Some of the other supplements she suggested (based on muscle testing) were too strong for me at the time. However, I am going to consider trying the Betafood A-F.

  6. oh A-F Betafood. I thought you were referring to Betafood. It sounds like your chiropractor knows what he/she is doing. I would go ahead and try the supplement and keep close tabs with your doc.