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May 2016 - Anxiety and Stress

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What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a condition of inappropriate nervousness or fear. While fear is an appropriate and rational response to a real danger, anxiety usually lacks a clear or realistic cause. Symptoms of acute anxiety can include shortness of breath; heart palpitations; tingling sensations in the face, hands, and feet; tensing of the muscles; a claustrophobic sensation; hot flashes; and depression.

Some level of anxiety is normal and possibly even healthy because it helps the body stay alert to danger. But high levels of anxiety for long periods of time are not only unpleasant but can lead to significant health problems, such as chronic fatigue, diabetes, high blood pressure, and increased susceptibility to infection.

Anxiety “disorders” are classified as generalized anxiety disorder, in which symptoms last six months or more; phobias, in which anxiety is provoked by a specific situation, such as being at a height; or panic disorder, which is marked by panic attacks that occur for no obvious reason. In a panic attack, a person feels overwhelming dread and terror, often accompanied by feelings that he or she is going to die or go crazy. Anxiety is also associated with sleep disturbances, mood swings, forgetfulness, difficulty concentrating, and fatigue.

Psychological factors do play a role in anxiety, but this disorder has a nutritional basis as well. The key is a chemical called lactic acid, which is created when the body burns glucose, or blood sugar, without oxygen. This occurs for example, when a person exercises so vigorously that he or she cannot catch breath. Lactic acid is changed into lactate and transported to the liver, where it is converted into harmless pyruvic acid. People who tend to suffer panic attacks, however, are unable to convert lactate into pyruvic acid, and so have elevated blood levels of lactate. Stress and reactions to certain foods or drugs also trigger anxiety. Other factors that can cause or contribute to anxiety include fatigue, nutritional deficiencies, malfunctions in brain chemistry, headaches, surges in adrenaline, and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Using recreational drugs, including marijuana, can cause panic attacks.


Panic and Anxiety Attacks:

The root cause of this problem is often exhausted adrenal glands or the spine being out of alignment.

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To supplement exhausted adrenal glands, take one teaspoon to one tablespoon of Formula Three and Three Bees three to four times per day.

To help the nervous system:

  1. Take 40 drops of Gentian three times per day as a digestaid.
  2. Take Rice Bran Extract 80 drops to one tablespoon three times per day.
  3. Take 40 to 80 drops of A.C.S. (All Cells Salts) three times per day.
  4. Take 40 to 80 drops of Blue Vervain three times a day to calm the nerves.
  5. Take 80 drops of Scullcap three times per day to ease the physical effects of hypertension or stress.
  6. Take one drop at a time of Indian Tobacco until the body relaxes during an “anxiety attack”.


Supporting the Adrenal Glands:

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The adrenal glands make up to 50 different anti-stress compounds that help the body repair, regenerate and compensate for malfunctions in the body. The adrenal glands supply the body with the energy to get well and it is extremely important to support them.

External Nighttime Application: Apply the following to the area over the kidneys, down about three inches from the last rib and up to three inches above the last ribs in back.

  1. Vitamin E Oil from capsules to act as an oxygen extender.
  2. Arnica to remove physical trauma (continuing electrical disturbance to the nervous system).
  3. Herbal Adjustment to increase circulation.

NOTE: Take care not to get Herbal Adjustment into the eyes or on private areas as intense heat and stinging sensations can occur. No permanent harm will be done, so please do not panic. Flushing with water helps, but time and patience are the best remedies.

On one to two layers of natural fiber absorbent gauze or cheese cloth, apply the following herbal extracts in equal portions, Knitbone, Formula Three, and Wild Yam. Put a layer of plastic sandwich wrap over this to act as a thermal and moisture barrier and drive the herbs into the area. Place this over the area and hold all in place with an “ace” type bandage. Leave this application on overnight and remove in the morning. Wash the area and let it dry thoroughly. NOTE: If desired, use a fresh daytime application. Wash the area and allow to dry before applying. Always discard the old application as it is used up and may have pulled poisons out as well.

For stress-related problems, the B Vitamins are also very helpful. You may also find Brewer’s Yeast to be helpful.

Be sure to take a natural source of complete Vitamin C, such as Wild Rose Hips, Bilberry, or Chippewa Pine.


The Thyroid and Its Proper Functioning:

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One way to observe physically if the thyroid is functioning properly is to have the person extend their hands out in front of them with the fingers spread. If the hands shake or tremble, then the thyroid needs more nourishment.

Do your hands and feet get cold easily? If the hands are always cold and clammy, then there is need for supplementation. (You can hold the hand and judge the temperature and amount of moisture in the skin.)

If the nerve supply to the area is inadequate, apply Arnica, Peppermint Oil and Herbal Adjustment to the entire length of the spine, about a hand’s width across the spine, beginning at the tip of the coccyx (tail bone) up to the base of the skull once per day.

To nourish the thyroid, choose one of the following: Dulse, Kelp or T.-W (Thyroid) Combination.

To remove any shock that might hinder the proper function of the thyroid, apply Arnica to the area of the Adam’s apply once a day.


Hypothyroidism:

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Hypothyroidism is caused by reduced activity of the thyroid gland. This gland, which lies at the base of the neck, produces the hormone thyroxine, which regulates virtually all bodily functions. A lack of this hormone can cause these functions to slow down. Thyroxine deficiencies range from barely detectable to severe. Up to 10% of all adults have some form of thyroid deficiency. The percentages go up with age.

Symptoms of hypothyroidism include depression, weight gain or difficulty losing weight, numbness and tingling in the feet and hands, constipation, fatigue, headache, menstrual problems, recurrent infections, swelling, sensitivity to cold, dry skin, dull or thinning hair, thinning of the eyebrows and brittle nails. The tongue may thicken, and the quality of the voice may change.

Avoid consuming large amounts of soy foods, Do not take sulfa drugs or antihistamines unless specifically directed to do so by a physician.


Support for Stress and Troubled Emotions:

  • Use 80 drops of Dulse and T.-W (Thyroid) Combination to help support the thyroid gland.
  • Herbalist, Solomon Wickey, believes Cudweed to be a natural source of lithium. Take 40 drops three times per day.
  • Take 80 drops three times per day of Wild Rose Hips.
  • For the nervous system add 40 drops three times per day of one or more of the following herbs: Golden Bough, Blue Vervain, Scullcap.
  • To supplement the body’s Vitamin B Complex and to help the nerves function their best:
  1. Take 80 drops to one teaspoon of Rice Bran three times per day.
  2. Take 80 drops of A.C.S. (All Cells Salts) three times per day plus six to eight ounce glasses of water per day to flush out any waste materials.
  • To support the adrenal glands take two to four teaspoons of either Formula Three, Sarsaparilla or S.H.-G (Seizures and Headaches) three to four times per day. The amount taken depends on the amount of energy the person needs for a sense of well-being and for the body to be able to repair itself.
  • Take 10 to 40 drops of either Black Cohosh or Virginia Snake Root three times per day. If a person feels “yucky” or “terrible”, one of the added benefits of using a poison antidote is that the poisons that are loose and circulating in the body can be neutralized.


Beneficial Herbs for Anxiety and Stress:

A.C.S. (All Cells Salts): Provides electrolytes and minerals for the maintenance of good health.

ARNICA: Beneficial for supporting the nervous system. Provides support for your bones.

ASHWAGANDHA: Beneficial for maintaining healthy adrenal glands. Beneficial for providing energy and relieving stress. Beneficial for improving memory and increasing concentration.

ASTRAGALUS: Beneficial for supporting the immune system, maintaining healthy digestion and adrenal support.

BEE POLLEN: Beneficial for energy, adrenal support and immune support.

BEE POLLEN "SPECIAL": Beneficial for energy. Beneficial for adrenal support. Beneficial for immunity.

BEE PROPOLIS: Provides anti-oxidants for the maintenance of good health. Beneficial for supporting your immune system. Supports healthy adrenal function. Beneficial for improving energy levels.

BILBERRY: Beneficial for overall eye health.

BLACK COHOSH: Beneficial to alleviate menopausal discomfort.

BLUE VERVAIN: Beneficial to maintain healthy nerves and for healthy detoxification.

BREWER'S YEAST: Beneficial for energy and digestive health.

CHIPPEWA PINE: Helps support a healthy respiratory system.

CUDWEED: Promotes calmness, decreases stress and improves mood.

DULSE: Beneficial to help maintain healthy thyroid function.

E.&F.-W (Energy and Fitness): Helps to enhance energy levels and mental performance. Supports healthy adrenal gland function. Supports healthy digestive function.

FORMUAL THREE: Formula Three helps to promote an increase in energy.

GENTIAN: Beneficial for digestive function.

GOLDEN BOUGH: Beneficial to help calm nerves. Beneficial for the support of a healthy nervous system. Beneficial to support a healthy circulatory system.

HERBAL ADJUSTMENT: Stimulates brain function. For relief from pain and cramping first apply Peppermint Oil, which is cool and then apply Herbal Adjustment which is hot. In some cases, as given below, Herbal Adjustment is also taken internally. This will not interfere with medication and will not make a person "groggy".

INDIAN TOBACCO: Beneficial for the relief of stress. Helps to relieve occasional muscle cramps and spasms associated with exercise.

KELP: Helps in the function and maintenance of the thyroid gland. Beneficial as a tonic for maintenance of overall health.

KNITBONE: Helps the body maintain healthy growth of new cells.

KOREAN GINSENG: Beneficial for glandular support.

LICORICE ROOT: Helps to support a healthy nervous system and adrenal gland. Helps support a healthy respiratory system and mucous membrane lining of the respiratory tract.

M.G.-W (Multi-Glandular): Provides nourishment that supports healthy adrenal gland function. Provides nourishment that supports healthy thyroid function.

PEPPERMINT OIL: Promotes normal respiratory function.

RICE BRAN: Beneficial tonic for support of overall health. Helps to enhance energy levels.

ROYAL JELLY: Beneficial for menopausal discomforts. Beneficial for glandular support. Beneficial for adrenal support.

SARSAPARILLA: Provides nourishment for the maintenance of good health and healthy skin.

SCULLCAP: Helps to relieve periods of nervousness and supports a feeling of calmness. Helps to relieve temporary muscle spasms associated with exercise. Supports a healthy nervous system.

S.H.-G (Seizures and Headaches): Supports a healthy circulatory system.

SIBERIAN GINSENG: Supports healthy adrenal response to occasional stress and fatigue.

THREE BEES: Helps to enhance energy levels and support healthy immune function. Beneficial for the maintenance of good health and boost overall wellness.

T.-W (Thyroid): To support healthy thyroid function.

VIRGINIA SNAKE ROOT: Helps maintain the structure and health of the skin. Helps maintain the healthy functioning of the skin and the glands in the skin.

WILD ROSE HIPS: Helps in the healthy development and maintenance of bones and soft tissue and supports maintenance of healthy veins and blood vessels.

WILD YAM - Helps to relieve occasional cramping associated with menstruation.



Most info excerpted with permission from the works of Dr. A.B. Howard. The information provided is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice by a licensed physician. You should consult a physician regularly in all matters and especially in matters of diagnosis, treatment or cure of diseases or other physical or mental conditions.

These products have not been evaluated by the American Medical Association or the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Warning: Not intended for use by pregnant or nursing women. If you have a medical condition or are taking medication, consult your doctor prior to use. Discontinue use and consult with your doctor if any adverse reactions occur.