Category Archives: Pregnancy

Hormones Make You Happy

 

One of my early teachers was Dr. Versendaal, a chiropractic doctor from whom I learned specialized muscle testing called Contact Reflex Analysis. He said, “Hormones are what make us happy”.

 

Hormones play such an important role in the health of all animals; in their miniscule amounts they have huge effects. They determine our sexual traits, yet both sexes need the same hormones to function; just in differing amounts. Hormones are secreted by endocrine glands in the human body. From the top down these are:  pituitary, hypothalamus, thyroid, parathyroid thymus, pancreas, adrenals ovaries/testes. Hormones are also secreted from fat cells and the colon.

 

Yes, the colon! Did you know that more serotonin is produced in  the colon than in the brain? Instead of anti-depressants, more people could be happier and healthier to ensure their colon is clean and working daily, rather than spending billions on damaging chemical anti-depressants.

 

To give you an idea of their complexity, the adrenal glands are responsible for secreting over 50 different hormones.  Besides their known function of dealing with stress, adrenal hormones also are responsible for fat storage and breakdown, insulin transport, pH balance, allergic response, fluid and mineral balance, temperature control, the list goes on.

 

Hormonal imbalance can manifest as teenage acne, conception problems, miscarriages, PMS, menopause and andropause discomfort, depression, hypo or hyper thyroidism, breast lumps and tenderness, hair loss and mood swings, to name a few.

 

We may ask why present day society is dealing with so many challenges with hormonal balance? Industrial by-products known as endocrine disruptor chemicals (EDC’s) have been on a steady increase in our society. These toxic mimickers have similar structures which can bind with our natural hormone receptors, wreaking havoc on our metabolism. Offenders occur in plastics, household and personal care products, fertilizers, pesticides, heavy metals. Our bodies contain up to 148 synthetic chemicals according to CDC analysis 2005. As the number of chemicals increases annually, this amount has likely doubled by 2014. The National Toxicology Program 2012 Report lists 64 Known Human Carcinogens (cause cancer), including Aflatoxin (found in improperly dried grains, corn, peanuts, some cow milk, rancid oils, cosmetics), Formaldehyde (most vaccines),   Tamoxifen and XRays (medical cancer treatments).  To avoid these one must make informed choices for every purchase or treatment you choose.

 

On the positive side, we can choose to include phytohormones, which are plant based hormonal replacements and precursors. They too can fill our natural hormone receptor sites, but with healthy, gentler forms that prevent the more toxic forms from binding.  These can be a boon to our health, as opposed to the detrimental effects of EDCs and xenohormones.

 

Just one example is Maca, Lepidium meyenii, also known as Peruvian Ginseng. As with all plants, it does not contain hormones, (only animals produce hormones), but acts positively on the hormonal system of both males and females. A four month study using males aged  22 – 44 stated that Maca increased semen volume and total sperm count remarkably. Maca stimulates the glands so they produce needed hormones. Maca has the ability to balance the hypothalamus and pituitary glands promoting healthy adrenal, ovary and testes function. Maca is widely used to balance symptoms of menstruation and menopause such as hot flashes, depression, vaginal dryness and irritability. It helps by regulating estrogen and androgen receptor sites. As far as safety, some Peruvian women take Maca from the age of three. These women are very powerful, even the elderly. Men use Maca as a safer alternative to Viagra, with the benefits and none of the dangers.

 

All hormonal challenges can also be helped by following healthier lifestyle recommendations as suggested in Lorene Benoit’s Book:

The Paw Paw Program – The “Christopher Columbus” Approach to Cancer – The World IS Round and Cancer CAN Be Treated Naturally.

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Aug Sept, 2013 Natural Health Newsletter

 

BENOIT & ASSOCIATES HEALTH EDUCATION NEWSLETTER

August –  October 2013

Sorry for length of this – with our daughter’s wedding this summer, lots of relatives and  a huge garden, newsletters  were not the priority – so this has LOTS of info for you! 

And a special photo part way through, you’ll enjoy!

 

Our policy has always been “No charge to fill or refill orders or set up memberships (less than 10 minutes). Anything over 10 minutes by phone OR email, PLEASE Book Appointment“. For the last twenty years we have been very generous with time, often not charging for 1/2 hour+ calls, or in depth emails.  However, due to increased volume via the web,  in fairness to those who DO pay for consultations  and  to enable us to continue to offer a valuable service, we will start following our policy.

To continue to help you, here are 3 suggestions:

  1. Please use the Search bar in upper right corner of our blog to see if your answer is already on our blog  before contacting us.
  2. Once on  our blog, Vcita is an easy way to contact us for a simple question, or to book a phone consultation. If you include your phone number it is often faster for us to call you, as some emails take much longer to answer. Lorene has been doing many phone consultations worldwide and they are very effective. Complicated health issues that have been chronic for years cannot be properly addressed in 10 minutes.
  3. Lorene Benoit’s book contains a multitude lifestyle tips for optimum health, in addition to understanding Cancer: The Paw Paw Program – A “Christopher Columbus” Approach to Cancer – The World IS Round and Cancer CAN Be Treated Naturally.     The 2nd Edition includes excellent tips for health prevention, the 4 Pillars of health, dietary suggestions, recipes and more, that are designed to help everyone move toward better health.

Ongoing special for books, Buy 3 get 1 free, or 15% discount for our members.  Contact our office directly via web, email or phone with payment info and address for faster delivery than via our website, and to take advantage of any discounts.

 

 Education   

Our blog articles added since the last newsletter, with a direct link, so you can read those of interest to you:

Health Update for North Americans and knowing what is in those supplements you take – University of Guelph Study: Are Your Supplements What You Think?

We have several articles about Vaccination dangers and effectiveness on our website blog, with references for  the FACTS, not myths about immunizations. This latest is important to educate yourself  before the next round of flu shots is promoted.  Vaccine Myth – another one bites the dust!

The Women’s Healthy Living and Eating Study over 7.3 years found some interesting results: Soy and Breast Cancer

Many people are becoming aware of the effectiveness of Paw Paw for cancer, but make sure you are getting the right plant and correct part of the plant that has undergone the 30+ years of research: Which part of the Paw Paw is best for rampant cell growth?    and

Q&A – Paw Paw vs Graviola, & Cordyceps

There ARE safer options for breast health that do not involve unnecessary surgery. PLEASE read about this study, one of many. Mammograms – Physical AND Emotional Damage – make your decision wisely

These two success stories arrived just after Dr. McLaughlin, world reknowned Paw Paw researcher came to Canada to share his research: PAW PAW SUCCESS STORIES

Below are two  Questions and Answers added as a blog since the last newsletter. 

Q&A – Recurring Bladder Infections

Q&A -Paw Paw Program and Chemotherapy

Some  questions will be put on our blog anonymously, to help others.

 

new product  which so many people can use! Pain Relief, available in a spray and towelettes.

We already have reports in – Pain Relief WORKS within minutes, so far on headaches, sciatic pain, backaches, arthritis and  gout.

Call to order, or online go to: Nature’s Sunshine and see how to get free shipping and free products using the new Sunshine Rewards to help you achieve your Habit of Health.

For US and other countries, please contact us for assistance or go to Nature’s Sunshine World Wide and choose your country in top right. Use Sponsor #313939 or 309344 for discount AND support.

 

Free Educational Webinars

Nature’s Sunshine Canada has been offering FREE  Feature Product webinars with Marcia Cota and Canadian Practitioners.  Topics presented to date: Daily Nutrition – Super Trio, Colostrum, Chlorophyll, Stress Formula. The Power Points can be viewed, downloaded  and shared with people who can benefit from this information. Go to Nature’s Sunshine Canada: >Members>Featured Products> Download Presentation >PPT and voila!

If you would like to listen to these live and be able to ask questions, call Milly 1-877-257-4372 ext. 3919 and ask to be notified via email of next webinar.  All participants will be entered in a draw for a basket of assorted NSP products.

 

100_2763A special tribute to Cha Cha – my Mother’s ‘cat with character’ that blessed us with his and my Mother’s spirit the last two years. He loved to join me in the garden and get his drink at the sink. He passed peacefully just  before his 17th Birthday.

 

 

We have had a few courses since the last newsletter: Herbal Medicine Wheel;  Calendula workshop where we made oils, tincture and cream; and a Herbal First Aid Kit, both for home and travel. Please let us know if you would like to host a course in your area!

 

Success Stories

We encourage you to share your stories with others on our website or via email. Success stories can be read at:

http://www.naturalpathremedies.com/blog/category/success-stories/

 

Compass Zyto Feedback Assessment 

Compass Zyto is an extremely efficient, inexpensive step to excellent health.

Watch this 3 minute video : http://www.zytocompass.com/af/link.aspx?a=lbenoit, and contact our office to find how to purchase yours or locate someone near you with this amazing tool.

 

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We offer ongoing coaching to help others start their own business using the Brilliant Body CD’s!  The package includes 10 Power Points, covering ten systems of the body: Digestive, Hepatic, Intestinal, Circulatory, Immune, Nervous, Respiratory, Urinary, Glandular and Structural, plus all the tools to educate yourself and others on how your body works – all this for only $25.

Phone the office anytime for help!

 

Specials

For Canadians, we offer 6 wk. Campaign specials  10 % off or buy 3 get 1 free on selected seasonal herbs. The current six week campaign runs October 16th to November 30th. Any of the specials can be ordered by calling our office 250-748-6802 , or call NSP at 1-800-265-9163. If not a member, just use our Sponsor # 309344 to receive the discount. Click here for the Catalogue,or look on Nature’s Sunshine Canada website home page.

Also don’t forget the Facebook Friday special for members – just sign in > Members> Facebook Fan Friday Specials  NSP Canada website Friday morning and see what the FREE product is that you get with a $50 order! Liking them on Facebook also helps NSP become the family name it deserves to be!

 

How does Membership Benefit You?

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You can receive discounts from 10 – 30% on the most potent, most professionally formulated herbal, vitamin and mineral supplements in the industry since 1972.

 

Members receive great education, resource centre, Fact sheets, Free webinars and conference calls with professionals, coupon book, and weekly specials.

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 Humour

Handle every Stressful situation like a dog.
If you can’t eat it or play with it,
Piss on it and walk away

 

Medical Political Scene

Drug Maker Eli Lilly Suing Canadians for $500 Million

by SumOfUs.org 

Last month, Eli Lilly, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in North America, filed a lawsuit against Canadian taxpayers for $500 million dollars. On what basis is an American corporation suing us for such an outrageous sum you ask? The $4.3 billion dollars Eli Lilly earned in profit in 2011 was not enough for the pharmaceutical giant.

Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a company can sue another NAFTA country if that nation’s laws affect its expected future profit. In this case, Eli Lilly is “losing profit” because Canadian regulators dared to act within Canadian laws and rightly denied patents on two of Eli Lilly’s expensive drugs.

These lost-profit lawsuits by profit-hungry corporations have to stop — otherwise, we will see the beginning of copycat lawsuits by foreign companies against Canadians. Speak out now against Eli Lilly and tell it to stop profit-motivated lawsuits like this one.

What can you do? Tell Eli Lilly to drop its ridiculous $500 million dollar lawsuit against Canadians at http://action.sumofus.org/a/eli-lilly/5/5/?akid=2008.

Merck vaccine developer admits vaccines routinely contain hidden cancer viruses derived from diseased monkeys

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/041963_vaccines_cancer_viruses_Dr_Maurice_Hilleman.html#ixzz2fowWgk5U

 

Video Pick: Breastfeeding

 We’ve heard a lot of thoughtful, impassioned arguments from moms who have to defend their rights to breastfeed in public, but we’ve never come across anything quite as powerful as this.

Hollie McNish, a published U.K. poet and spoken word artist, posted a video entitled “Embarrassed” on YouTube on July 4, that slowly but surely became a viral sensation.

McNish’s edgy, rap-like stanzas describe what it feels like to be publicly shamed into hiding out in toilet stalls to breastfeed her daughter.

 

Serving you in health,

Benoit & Associates Health Education

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Are Herbs Safe to Use During Pregnancy?

This relates to a question I received about a pregnant woman being able to use herbs for sluggish bowels, aka constipation. I have added information to include the larger question of using herbs in pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Health Protection Branch Canada makes herbal companies put warnings on many herbal  labels, in fact on just about any formula that has any herb with any hormonal effect.  This encompasses a great deal of herbs, as Health Canada, doctors, and the medical industry do not understand the difference between hormones (made only by animals) and phyto hormones (found in plants). So anything they perceive to be of a hormonal nature is generally black listed for pregnancy or breastfeeding.

This is a shame, because for almost any challenge someone may experience during pregnancy, a herbal option will be far safer than any chemical drug , whether prescription or over the counter.  You can read  how adverse drug reactions have tripled between 1995 and 2005 making them the fourth leading cause of death in the North America, in a previous blog, North American Health or Sickness?

For one of the most effective herbal laxatives, LBS, or LB the liquid form, there is no warning.  Even if there was, I would still take this over any chemical based laxative because I know it works, plus I know it has several thousand years of historical safety.  I also understand how the health monopoly works, and who Health Protection Branch is protecting. Definitively NOT the public.

I have studied health full time for more than 35 years, and specifically herbs.  I know from experience of helping 10’s of thousands of people that herbs are about 160,000 times safer than any drug – prescription OR over the counter. This figure comes from  FDA statistics: 160,000 people die ANNUALLY from legal, approved drug use – not street drugs – zero die from herb use, even when not always taken as directed.

Any herbal combination that has buckthorn (Rhamnus frangula) bark, or wild yam
(Dioscorea villosa) root, or about 1000 other herbs may carry a warning – I don’t care – when from a trusted, quality controlled herbal source like NSP,  used wisely, they are safe.

Compare this info on LB-X , another safe effective herbal laxative to a one of the “safer” medical alternatives, Senokot, a drug most commonly recommended by doctors:

LB-X Herbal Combination Intestinal System #1227-4 (100)
This laxative formula has been designed to enhance intestinal functions, a frequent need in our Western society. This combination contains dietary fibre (gives bulk to the stools), iron (digestion and elimination), manganese (for every gland), silica (mineral alterative), and riboflavin (essential to the production of enzymes).

 Senokot:     http://www.drugs.com/sfx/senokot-side-effects.html

“Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction while taking senna (the active ingredient contained in Senokot) hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your healthcare provider at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • severe stomach pain, severe diarrhea, watery diarrhea;
  • weight loss;
  • worsening constipation after you stop taking senna;
  • enlargement of your fingers and toes;
  • low potassium (confusion, uneven heart rate, extreme thirst, increased urination, leg discomfort, muscle weakness or limp feeling); or
  • nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

Less serious side effects of senna may include:

  • stomach cramps, bloating, gas, mild diarrhea;
  • numbness or tingly feeling;
  • joint pain; or
  • discolored urine.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor, pharmacist, herbalist, or other healthcare provider about any unusual or bothersome side effect.”

Some herbal formulas DO contain senna (not a chemical form of it), but as they are properly combined and formulated, I have never had a negative experience with anyone. However, senna is NOT used in LB-X or LBS or LB because of the possibility.

More warnings, from another site on this pharmaceutical alternative, Senokot:
http://www.senokot.com/products/senna.aspx

“Do not use laxative products (senekot) when abdominal pain, nausea, or vomiting is present unless directed by a physician. If you have noticed a sudden change in bowel movements that persists over a period of two weeks, consult a physician before using a laxative. Do not use Laxative products for longer than 1 week unless told to do so by a doctor. Rectal bleeding or failure to have a bowel movement after use of a laxative may indicate a serious condition; discontinue use and consult your physician. If you are pregnant or nursing a baby, seek the advice of a health professional before using these products. In case of accidental overdose, seek professional assistance or contact a Poison Control Center immediately. Keep out of children’s reach.”

Yet people take these daily! A huge seller.

Many people, who need assistance to have a minimum of 1 bowel movement per day, have used LBS, LB or LB-X for more than 30 years, with NO problems. Generally with herbal laxatives, the longer you take them, the less you need – a true sign that the condition is improving. With drugs, the opposite usually occurs.

Despite all this information, people still have to make their own choices. Using herbs that have a proven history of roughly 5000 years, or synthetic drugs full of known side effects, or being constipated and internally polluting the bloodstream.

Just like the drugs, seek the advice of a health professional before using these products – but if you are concerned about your health, seek a person with a knowledge in natural remedies! Trust the experience of millennium of traditional use.

A previous article on Having Healthy Babies will give you some good ideas on addressing other issues of conception, pregnancy and breastfeeding naturally.

Cheers to healthy Moms and healthy children !

Contact our office if you would like more information or to set up a wholesale account from our herbal supplier, delivered to your home. 250-748-6802, or email TakeTheNaturalPath@gmail.com

 

 

Q & A: Aids to getting pregnant

QUESTION:
A co-worker was asking if there is a good supplement to take if trying to get pregnant…can you suggest anything that may help her chances?
 Thanks, C.W. . , B.C.
ANSWER:
In the pre-pregnancy section of my Making Healthy Babies blog,  we mention  Women’s Formula. I have had success with this, as it helps to balance hormones.
If there is a challenge getting pregnant, it is helpful to know what underlying health conditions are that may prevent conception or prevent a healthy term baby. The body is usually pretty wise and wants a mother to be in good health for making a healthy baby. We suggest she follow all the general health suggestions and recommendation for diet, pH, exercise, etc. as in Lorene Benoit’s book, The Paw Paw Program – A “Christopher Columbus” Approach to Cancer – The World IS Round and Cancer CAN Be Treated Naturally.
In stubborn cases have both the woman and man can take X-A , which is a formula that has helped many couples. This formula is available is US only, special order for Canadians, contact us.
P.S. By clicking on any of the herbal formulas above, you should get a full Fact sheet telling you some of the historical traditions of the herbs, a list of all ingredients and suggested dosages. If you need any assistance, please contact. Benoit & Associates Health Education. 

Healthy Baby Making

STEPS TOWARD HEALTHY BABIES

by  LORENE BENOIT – BEd, CHC, MHH, NHC, CI…

PRE PREGNANCY:

It is always advised to be in optimal nutritional form before conception. Ask for “Daily Food Regime” handout. This can be achieved by full body herbal cleansing, including kidneys, colon, lymphatic, and cellular detoxification, such as the

TIAO HE PAK. A cleanse is a good way for both parents to eliminate unhealthy habits and prepare themselves for creating a new life. A clean system functions better. Proper nourishment with a whole foods diet and optimum supplementation, will contribute to balanced hormone levels. This will aid in conception, and well being for both baby and mom during the full nine months term, and after birth.

Folic Acid Plus is recommended for women planning on becoming pregnant, and essential during the first 3 months, to ensure normal spinal and neural development.  400 mcg. 200 mg. Vit. C in a base of bee pollen, rich in B Vitamins.

 

CONCEPTION, LIBIDO (before and after pregnancy):

X-A: Siberian Ginseng, Parthenium, Saw Palmetto, Alfalfa, Damiana, Sarsaparilla, Cornsilk, Garlic, Capsicum, and Chickweed.  Tonic used both in men and women to increase conception.

Maca: nutritive tonic that improves sexual desires for men & women, supports glandular system, promotes mental clarity and concentration; buffers the effects of stress (adaptogenic).

Women’s Formula: Helps stabilize hormonal balance, tone reproductive organs, regulate ovulation and periods, alleviate PMS, soothe nerves and muscle spasms.

HAVING A HEALTHY PREGNANCY:

Red  Raspberry Leaves – one herb that is renown for pregnancy. It can be used as a capsule, or opened and made into tea. It is safe and effective to take throughout pregnancy. It is high in iron and calcium fluoride, helps prevent birth defects, strengthens the uterus, and promotes flexibility for easier delivery. Women who take Red Raspberry usually have shorter labours. For post partum, Red Raspberry promotes less bleeding, faster uterine healing and helps lessen after – birth pain.

Wild Yam and Chaste Tree combination also has general positive benefits for all stages – pre conception, pregnancy and post partum. Health benefits include relieving cramps, pain, nervousness, indigestion, post partum depression and infertility; prevents miscarriage, increases milk flow.

The following formulas are excellent formulas to take during pregnancy as needed. Although some herbs carry warnings during pregnancy, remember that they are always safer than a pharmaceutical chemical, with its plethora of possible side effects. This includes antibiotics, anti-nausea, anti-gas, harsh laxatives. Always choose natural first!

 

MINERALS, TOXEMIA, GENERAL NUTRITION: Mineralizing the blood helps prevent toxemia. Decrease red meat, white sugar products and white flour products; increase low glycemic vegetables.

Three: Kelp, Dandelion, and Alfalfa – concentrated, easily absorbed minerals

GreenZone is a concentrate powder full of greens, enzymes and complete nutrition. Can be blended daily in raw apple juice, pineapple juice; can add fruit. Zone balanced 40-30-30 for balanced blood sugar levels.

Chlorophyll, concentrated from alfalfa and flavoured with natural spearmint oil, chlorophyll helps builds blood and makes drinking enough water pleasant. Drink 3 cups/day to as much as desired, in hot or cold water.

Super Vitamins and Minerals provide a balanced formula in an herbal base, which enhances absorption and assimilation. Also add, Folic Acid, see above.

ANEMIA:  Iron is essential for the formation of hemoglobin, which carries the oxygen from the lungs to every cell of the body, including the fetus.  Pregnant women need extra iron.  The above suggestions will often prevent anemia, but some women need more. The following are very effective choices:

I-X: Herbal formula high in iron, manganese, phosphorous, B1, B2, Vit. C, A & Zinc.  Gentle laxative. Contains Red Beet Root, Yellow Dock Root, Red Raspberry Leaves, Chickweed, Burdock, Nettle, Mullein.

Yellow Dock is almost 50% iron, and it is also a gentle laxative.

CONSTIPATION:  Eat raw vegetables and fruits daily. Refer to Yellow Dock above. If needed, add:

Psyllium Hulls Combo – Psyllium hulls, licorice root and hibiscus. Gentle fibre formula can be taken daily, or as needed. Always drink a large glass of water with this. If still not having at least 1 BM daily, add LBS II, a lower bowel herbal formula, and/or Bifidophilus Flora Force.

 

FALSE LABOR:

Catnip & Fennel extract: drink a tea of this concentrate will help.

Lobelia 0.5 ml (1/2 dropper) every ½ hour is known to help relax spasms of the uterus. Lobelia is called the “thinking herb” in cases of threatened miscarriage (for short term use only). Lobelia is one of nature’s strongest natural nervines, making it also very useful during labour.

 

MISCARRIAGE:

Red Raspberry taken as capsules, or opened and made into tea helps prevent miscarriage.

C-X: Blessed Thistle, False Unicorn, Black Cohosh, Licorice, Squaw Vine, Sarsaparilla, Siberian Ginseng. . This formula was developed by Dr. John Christopher as a uterine tonic; balances hormones, also excellent for all stages of menopause, including peri and post.

Lobelia – see above under False Labour. Contact author for detailed description of lobelia.

GAS, HEARTBURN:

Papaya Mint chewable tablets aid digestion, or, when available, fresh papaya or will help.

Ginger in small amounts is also helpful, use capsules or open to make a tea.

Marshmallow Pepsin combination or Digestive Enzymes, which are a full spectrum enzymes formula also help improve digestion, thus lessening gas from fermenting food. Eat small meals.

CALCIUM / INSOMNIA:

Extra calcium is required during pregnancy. If dairy suits you, add natural, unsweetened yogurt to the diet.  The following herbal CALCIUM combinations will help, taken with Chamomile or other relaxing tea before bed, as night time is when Calcium is leached from the body to neutralize acids.   These combinations will also help leg cramps.

CA-ATC: Marshmallow, Alfalfa, Oat Straw, Slipper Elm, Irish Moss, Thyme, Passion Flower.

NSP also has Cal-Mag Plus D, Synerpro Calcium-Magnesium, Liquid Calcium Magnesium. All are balanced with Magnesium, Vitamin D, and in absorbable herbal bases. Ask for the best choice for you.

MORNING SICKNESS / NAUSEA:

Ginger Take 4 -6 capsules with hot water (or empty in water to make a strong tea) before rising.

B6 and Zinc are often deficient – 1 B6 and 1-3 Zinc per day. All of the following help – find what works for you:

Peppermint Essential Oil 1 drop neat or as a tea; refer also to Gas and Heartburn suggestions.

 

FIVE TO SIX WEEKS BEFORE DELIVERY:  The following formula will help the labour, delivery and recovery. Most midwives and many healthy Moms have used it for decades:

5-W:  Black Cohosh, Squaw Vine, Dong Quai, Butcher’s Broom, Red Raspberry. (US special order product  – available through Lorene Benoit Health Services)

5-W formula also helps to rebalance hormones after delivery and prevent post-partum depression.

LABOUR: The 5W formula, above will make this process easier. Lobelia during labour is very helpful to relax the organs and the mother in general. Not to exceed .5ml per hour. It can also be applied to labial area externally for natural pain reduction.

 

POST PARTUM:

Catnip and Fennel liquid extract is the best formula for baby’s colic, or other digestive upsets. Also safe and effective for constipation, fevers  and colds.

Wild Yam and Chaste Tree: to help rebalance hormones promoting progesterone activity. Helps alleviate  post partum depression, stimulates milk production, relieves muscle spasms and pain. Any 5W left over from before birth can also be used for this benefit.

All the above supplements and more are listed alphabetically and easy to locate for more information and prices.

As some formulas have multiple uses, you may choose to consult with a qualified Natural Health Practitioner to get the best formula for your circumstances. You may also wish to follow your blood type diet. An investment in your health at this time will reap life long benefits in the health of you and your child. For more information, please contact:

Lorene Benoit  & Associates Health Education, Duncan, BC,   250-748-6802

Phone consultations available, or call for referrals to natural health practitioners in other locations.