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Most people are way too concerned about their total cholesterol when in fact the focus should be on achieving an optimal HDL (good cholesterol) level.

The ideal level of HDL should be between 60-70 ng/dL.

HDL acts as a wheelbarrow to carry oxidized or "bad" cholesterol off from the arterial wall and shrink away vessel plugging plaque.

At least half of people who suffer a heart attack have total cholesterol levels well within normal ranges.

The key again is to strive to meet the optimal cholesterol to HDL ratio. The magic number is <3.0.

To calculate your ratio, simply divide your total total cholesterol by your HDL. For example if your total cholesterol is 220 and your HDL is 70, your cholesterol/HDL ratio is 3.1.

Now let me present a life saving question:

Let's say your total cholesterol is 180 and your HDL is 25 what would your cholesterol risk ratio be?

If you answered 7.2 you would be correct.

Now who is more at risk, the patient with the total cholesterol of 220 or the patient with the total cholesterol of 180?

I hope you said the patient with the cholesterol of 180.

Don't be mislead. Focus on your ratio not the total cholesterol.

Remember you want your HDL over 60 ng/dL.

Of interest there are many people with cholesterol levels in the 300s, but because their HDL is so high, they are protected and have no coronary plaque.

The following should be considered when attempting to raise your HDL:

  • Niacin
  • Acetyl-L-Carnitine
  • Taurine
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphatidyl Choline
  • Vitamin E/ Tocotrienols

In order to determine which of the above nutrients would be best to take to increase your HDL, I recommend asking your doctor to order a Cardio-ION Test. This will help pinpoint which of the above nutrients are needed to increase your HDLIt takes the guess work out of knowing what action steps to take to improve your patient's cardiovascular health. It is the best blueprint for cardiovascular health. There is nothing that compares to it.

You need to take a pro-active role in your cardiovascular health. Go ahead and test your doctor and ask him/her what they recommend to increase your HDL. If they immediately recommend a statin like Crestor, then you know you have a doctor who has no knowledge of the root causes of low HDL.

The bottom line is don't fall for the fictitious norm for HDL of around 30, as most labs report. Make sure yours is over 60. This is a risk factor that is under-appreciated in medicine.

Simple lifestyle changes and nutrients can make huge differences in this important parameter that is measured in most Americans. However, it is either disregarded as the doctor reviews the laboratory results or is seen as a deficiency of the latest statin drug. Again, don't fall for this.

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In clinical practice I see a lot of musculoskeletal issues and one that is ever increasing due to computer use is carpal tunnel syndrome. Homeopathy is great because it suits someone's unique symptoms. For example:

  • Hypericum parts have burning, shooting pains and slight movement sends shocks up the arm.
  • Ruta has a lame sensation to the wrist. It feels bruised and painful as if sprained.
  • Guaicum pain in the left wrist in particular with stiffness, immobility and a contracted sensation.

Also certain nutrients help with inflammation and nerve impingements and that is B6, zinc, omega three fatty acids and B12.


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Homeopathic medicines are based on your symptoms, some people have trouble with their field of vision. It is important to have your doctor check you out thoroughly to discover the cause.

  • Vision only in the lower field of vision: AURUM METALLICUM
  • Vision only in the left half: LITHIUM CARB OR LYCOPODIUM
  • Vision only in the right half: LYSSINUM, CALC CARB
  • Double vision with one item below the other: SYPHL.
  • Must look sideways to see things: OLEANDER

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Homeopathy is great because it is individualized to a person's symptoms not their disease name. Headaches can be quite annoying and homeopathy can help reduce its symptoms and frequency.

Belladonna is a remedy that is useful for congestive headaches, that pound and throb. Symptoms may be more in the forehead and or the right side. The face may be flushed and pupils dilated.

Bryonia has a headache that feels like the head would burst. These types are thirsty and irritable. They feel worse stooping and with any kind of motion.

Natrum Mur types have headaches that are worse from warmth and the head feels like it is pounded by a 1000 tiny hammers.

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Homeopathic medicine is suited to one's unique symptom picture not a disease name. For example the remedy, Eupatorium Pur, as described in "Johnson's Therapeutic Key", has shooting pains in the left sciatic nerve, producing a palsied sensation, especially after motion. There is gnawing in the hip bone, legs felt tired, particularly left. Neuralgia of the right shoulder, pains come instantly and go as quickly.

A book called "Johnson's Therapeutic Key" describes homeopathic medicines for the symptoms of ingrown toenails. He recommends to remove all pressure from the toes with ill fitting shoes. He recommends cutting into the toe nail and applying some salves. We of course recommend you go to doctor to have this done by a professional.

Dr. Johnson recommended four key medicines for the symptoms of ingrown toenails such as

Arsenicum: pains of a burning character, parts have a blackish look and emit a foul odour

Phosphorus: parts are hard and dry, with pain as if frozen, with easy bleeding

Silicea:  ingrown toe nails with offensive discharge, proud flesh, stings and burning. Sweaty and smelly feet

Sulphur: thin, shining, swelling of the toes, parts suppurate, proud flesh springs up which is tender and painful

Interestingly, pharmacists are the go to for any prescription. However, people don't realize that druggists have ample information on the use of pharmaceutical drugs and almost nothing on homeopathic medicines. Why is that? It is not because there is no information on homeopathy, it is because they are mostly funded by the prescription on patent drugs by medical doctors. There are the odd and awesome pharmacist who has been trained in homeopathy, most have not been.

Asking your family doctor or pharmacist for advise on homeopathy is like going to your mechanic for a hair cut. It is not within their scope of practice. If you would like to have more information on homeopathy, look at journals such as "Homeopathy" or contact a registered homeopath. You will be glad you did and get accurate information.

Interesting the herb privot, aka Ligustrum has some good indications in both homeopathy and herbal medicine. It is prepared in a 1DH potency, as a gemmotherapy remedy and helps with symptoms of healing, chronic intestinal problems, bronchitis, ulcers, bedsore, vaginal discharges and colitis.

TCM practitioners online, mention the Japonese privot's benefits such as for menopausal hot flushes, vertigo, graying hair, floaters, low back pain, macular degeneration and tinnitus.


The name of this herbal remedy intrigued me, "Happiness Bark" aka Albizia julibrissin. This herb, toted as happiness bark has a number of excellent properties. Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners say that it

  • Helps to calm the mind
  • It helps with suppressed emotions
  • Improves heart issues due to emotional stress

     According to Natural News, "Michael Tierra, L.Ac., offers further insight into the benefits of Albizia: "Both the bark and the flowers of Albizia are used as a calming sedative in Oriental traditional medicine. Categorized in the Chinese Materia Medica as a calming spirit herb, the bark is thought to 'anchor' the spirit, while the flowers lighten it. The flowers have also been used for the treatment of insomnia, amnesia, sore throat, and confusion in Oriental traditional medicine as well as depression, melancholy, and anxiety." As a trusted Chinese herb for centuries, Albizia julibrissin brightens your day gently and safely. Peace and mental well-being are within reach with this versatile tree.

A recent study published in the American Journal of Nutrition, found that a low carb, and higher fat diet, is linked to a reduction in belly fat. Thus many nutritionists recommend patients with type two diabetes and morbid obesity, follow a more low carb, high fat diet, similar to the ketogenic diet. Read more

A recent study published in The American Journal of Nutrition, found that consuming 10 grams of almonds before breakfast, increases HDL, the good cholesterol that protects your heart, by drawing cholesterol out of the body through the liver. Read more

J Nutr. 2015 Oct;145(10):2287-92. doi: 10.3945/jn.114.207944. Epub 2015 Aug 12.