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October 21, 2016

Lyme Disease: Explorations on Treatment

"The problem of Lyme disease knows no borders. It knows no nationalities, no races, and no political systems. As a virulent bacterial infection, Lyme disease simply spreads, and spreads, and spreads, and if something isn’t done, the worldwide cases of Lyme disease will do nothing but continue to increase."

— Rosner B, et al. 2008 Lyme disease annual report. South Lake Tahoe (CA): BioMed Publishing Group; 2008

Lyme disease, or tick-borne diseases, have been documented for millennia around the world. Yet, this new variety has been spreading at an uncanny rate. Lyme disease is not confined to the United States; it is a major epidemic worldwide. Research confirms the presence of Lyme disease in all corners of the globe. Major outbreaks have been reported in England, Sweden, Germany, and Russia, and there may be an epidemic in Africa as well.

Lyme disease could also be called the "The Great Imitator" because its symptoms are often misdiagnosed as something else such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, abnormal heart conditions, attention deficit disorder (ADD), chronic fatigue syndrome, Alzheimer's disease, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), depression, multiple sclerosis (MS), schizophrenia, and more.

The symptoms of Lyme disease include fatigue, fever, chills, headache, muscle and joint pain, swelling of the lymph nodes, nerve pain, skin rashes, back pain, mental confusion, and brain fog. If allowed to run its course, Lyme can cause arthritis, cardiac dysrhythmias, nervous system abnormalities, and other bodily or mental damage. It has been estimated that only 10% of Lyme patients have been accurately diagnosed.

According to recent research, there are at least 5 subspecies of the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria (the predominant causative agent of Lyme disease), over 100 strains in the U.S., and over 300 strains worldwide. This diversity is thought to contribute to the antigenic variability of the spirochete class of the bacteria and its ability to evade the immune system, leading to chronic infection.

Optimal Health Network can help!

The primary herb for Lyme prevention and for new tick bites is astragalus. Astragalus acts as an immune enhancer, modulator, and/or stimulant, depending on what the body needs it to be. It can act as an antiviral, antibacterial, and tonic, and it also has diuretic functions in the lungs, spleen, and GI tract. It is also a heart protector.

Astragalus acts to enhance immune function during early-stage Lyme disease. It works by enhancing the type 1 helper cell (Th1) immune response, producing higher levels of Th1 cells, which lessens the chance that an infection will occur, or results in milder symptoms as a result of an infection.

(Please note: Late-stage Lyme disease is Th1 dominant, thus the use of astragalus in the later stages of this disease has the potential to exacerbate this Th1 response and worsen the symptoms of the disease.)

At Optimal Health Network, we recommend the following protocol for using astragalus for avoiding Lyme infection or for a current Lyme infection:

Suggested dosage of astragalus for new tick bites, for 30 days:
  • 150-lb adult: 1 teaspoon 3x daily
  • 100-lb adult: 1 teaspoon 3x daily
  • 60-lb child: 1/2 teaspoon 3x daily
  • 30-lb child: 1/3 teaspoon 3x daily
Suggested dosage of astragalus for preventing Lyme disease if you live in a Lyme-endemic area. This small dosage of astragalus assists the body to keep the immune markers high:
  • 150-lb adult: 1 teaspoon 1x daily
  • 100-lb adult: 1 teaspoon 1x daily
  • 60-lb child: 1/2 teaspoon 1x daily
  • 30-lb child: 1/3 teaspoon 1x daily
Another supplement to consider is Transfer Factor Multi-Immune™. Many Lyme doctors are prescribing this supplement to help jumpstart the immune system. The maker of the product, Research Nutritionals, is up-to-date on Lyme disease and has even geared many of its products to Lyme treatments. Research Nutritionals claims that this product works on the cellular (Th1) immunity level, as opposed to humoral (Th2) immunity, and thus modulates, as opposed to stimulates, making it supportive for chronic Lyme, unlike astragalus.

If you need general support, please call or email us. If you need individualized support, we can support you to fully heal through personalized consultation.

The Center for Aromatherapy Research and Education
Buhner Healing
FoundHealth, Inc.
2008 Lyme Disease Annual Report
Five Element Healing

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September 9, 2016

How to Perform a Therapeutic Enema

With our unique enema series protocol, Optimal Health Network has supported thousands of people through health struggles such as IBS, prostate issues, anal fissures, hemorrhoids, anxiety, celiac disease, dementia, heart disease, and much more.

Optimal Health Network developed the 3-step enema series to help you meet multiple health goals: to clear out the entire colon, to optimize the health of the microbiome, to feed the cells of the colon wall, and to support the body's overall detoxification pathways.

WATCH VIDEO: Why Choose the Enema Series Kit?

The first enema in the series uses Optimal Health Network’s Frankincense and Myrrh Made-for-Enema Goat Milk Soap. This clinically designed goat milk soap contains butyric acid which feeds the colonic mucosa, optimizing the healthy bacteria in your colon. Scientific research has shown that the frankincense essential oil in this soap, of the species Boswellia carteri, offers benefits against colon cancer, in addition to being an anti-inflammatory agent. Myrrh essential oil has a long history of medicinal use, and is valued for its wound-healing properties.

Directions for the first enema in the enema series:
  1. Use 1-4 quarts of filtered water and Optimal Health Network’s Frankincense and Myrrh Goat Milk Soap.
  2. Soak the soap in the water for 20-60 seconds. The amount of water and soap varies between people. A more sensitive person needs should use less soap. As you experiment with the enema, your own body lets you know how much enema solution your colon can take in.
  3. Massaging the abdomen during this time assists the body in receiving the water with less cramping.
WATCH VIDEO: How to Use the Goat Milk Enema Soap

The second enema in the series uses water, Optimal Health Network’s Colon Cleanse Essential Oil Blend, and sea salt. This enema helps optimize the electrolyte balance in the colon, and as a prebiotic it also helps to promote the growth of a healthy microbiome. We need to do all we can to support an optimal microbiome, which in turn supports a strong immune system, helps us age well, frees us from ailments such as asthma, and supports a healthy mind.

Directions for the second enema in the enema series:
  1. Use 1-4 quarts of filtered water.
  2. Add one teaspoon of sea salt and 2-8 drops of OHN Colon Cleanse Essential Oil Blend to each quart of filtered water.
  3. The second enema doesn't need to be held. Once the colon is full, sit on the toilet and empty.
The third enema in the series is the coffee enema. Due to the Genome Project, we’re seeing that many people, up to 60%, are missing a snippet in their DNA called MTHFR. The MTHFR information code allows us to process our toxins, use B vitamins, make glutathione, and have the liver work optimally. Those of us who are missing the MTHFR gene are unable to do these important things. The coffee enema supports the body by increasing the glutathione and thus improving detoxification capacities.

One of the most important things to consider about using the enema series instead of a coffee enema by itself is that when you put coffee in the colon, it drives the therapeutic solution along with whatever else is in the colon, such as discarded hormones and waste, into your circulation, which you absolutely do not want to do. We developed our enema series protocol to help you avoid absorbing any unwanted substances back into your system, and to clean out your colon as completely as possible.

Directions for the third enema in the enema series:
  1. Use one quart of filtered water with one tablespoon to one cup of brewed, organic, made-for-enema coffee.
  2. After you have taken all of the coffee solution into your colon, hold the coffee enema solution for 12-15 minutes.
  3. Once the time has passed, sit on the toilet and empty.
The enema series is a fantastic and inexpensive health resource. I recommend using it once a week, at minimum, although the frequency will depend on who you are, how you react, and what your health conditions are.

If you would like a customized enema series protocol created for you, we do offer phone consultations.


July 24, 2016

Natural Relief from Opioid Constipation

Opioids are effective pain relievers. However, opioids often have the side effect of constipation. How do opioids cause constipation?

These addictive pharmaceuticals cause constipation by affecting the gastrointestinal tract in a variety of ways. Opioids increase the amount of time it takes stool to move through the gastric system. Opioids increase nonpropulsive contractions in the middle of the small intestine (jejunum) and decrease longitudinal propulsive peristalsis - motions critical to moving food through the intestines. Due to this muscular interference, food fails to travel effectively through the digestive tract.

Opioids are also able to partially paralyze the stomach (gastroparesis) so that food remains in this digestive organ for a longer period of time. Additionally, opioids reduce digestive secretions and decrease the urge to defecate.

In the last 15 years alone, opioid abuse has drastically increased by about 200%. For more perspective, in 2014 the number of opioid drug overdose deaths reached 47,055 people, or the equivalent of about 125 Americans every day.

The dispensing of opioid analgesics in the U.S. grew from nearly 149 million prescriptions in early 2003 to 207 million in 2013.

Opioid-induced constipation:
  • is one of the most common types of constipation
  • does not tend to to go away over time
  • can cause fecal impaction, overflow diarrhea, and pseudo-obstruction if left untreated
  • is usually difficult to manage and unresponsive to common treatment regimens
  • can occur at opioid doses lower than those needed to produce effective analgesia in many patients
  • decreases intestinal motility, so fiber intake is not recommended

Optimal Health Network can help!

COFFEE ENEMAS - Coffee enemas have a long history of both reducing pain and relieving constipation. Before you try opioids, take a daily coffee enema for a month.

SUPPOSITORIES - For some, Optimal Health Network’s Coffee Enema Essential Oil Blend used in a daily suppository is a better choice due to not having space or time to take daily enemas.

REACTED MAGNESIUM - Magnesium is a therapeutic, laxative-like supplement that can be titrated to bowel tolerance. It is a safe and effective method of emptying the bowel daily for adults, children, and infants.

DIET - The Ten Days to Optimal Health program is a clinically proven, easy-to-follow dietary and colon cleanse program, making it an excellent cure for constipation.

EMOTIONAL HEALING - Working with your emotions around pain and addiction can be vital in overcoming opioid dependency. Kristina Amelong has worked with thousands of clients since 1998, and can support you to overcome opioid dependency.


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July 10, 2016

Client Testimonial: Healing from Lyme Disease

"I have found OHN so helpful to me and continue to follow your development as a healer. Thank you for all you do to educate and help your clients heal. OHN and the three-enema series has been a huge part of my healing journey. I don't think I could ever have made it this far in my battle with Lyme without the help of the coffee enema series. The essential oils have been miraculous. Not only has the combination of clove oil and cinnamon oil helped me battle the Lyme, but it has also been healing me of the neuralgia and nerve pain I was suffering. Taking these oils in the suppositories along with various other combinations of oils has dramatically improved the quality of my life. I no longer suffer from the burning, electric pain that used to radiate down both arms and prevent me from sleeping. I can now sleep on either side without my arms falling asleep. My left index finger that was constantly numb and burning is completely returned to normal. I'm still not completely cleared of the Lyme and have added both Monolaurin and photolytic enzymes to my protocol to speed up my recovery and eradicate the pathogens and support the dissolving of the biofilm in which Lyme likes to hide. However, I have found the essential oils to be so helpful in rebalancing all my bodily systems which have been devastated by the Lyme and am so grateful for you recommending them!" ~Ruth


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May 7, 2016

Optimal Health Network Parasite Cleanse

This parasite cleanse is a 30-day regimen using several types of antihelminthics (anti-parasite/anti-worm medications). The key product for this cleanse is Wormwood Complex. Professor Kerry Bone of MediHerb developed this product on contract from an Australian company that wanted a naturally based lice shampoo. It was so successful that it became Australia's #1 lice shampoo. The active components, minus the shampoo, are effective for internal worms and parasites too.

Call us at 608-242-0200 if you wish to discuss your parasite cleanse program or place an order for any Standard Process or MediHerb products.

  1. For the first 10 days, take 4-6 tablets per day of Wormwood Complex and 4 tablets per day of Andrographis Complex to boost immune system function. Optionally, also take 2 tablets per day of Vitanox away from the Wormwood Complex (at a different hour of the day). Vitanox is an antioxidant complex, but is also high in tannins, which will burst parasite eggs. For really stubborn cases, you can also add 3 tablets of garlic (5000 mg).
  2. For the next 10 days (days 11-20), take just the Andrographis Complex (4 tablets per day).
  3. For the final 10 days (days 21-30), repeat what you did for the first 10 days (see above).
  4. Twice (on non-consecutive days) during the first 10 days and twice (on non-consecutive days) during the last 10 days, take 2-6 tablets of Colax before bed. This will cause a very loose stool the next morning, which will mechanically purge the dead worms and egg material. (Yuck is right!)
  5. It is also wise to take an enema series 2-3 times a week during this 30-day process. (If you'd rather skip the laxative effect of the Colax, you can use the enema series on those days instead.)

Basically what you're doing is creating a hostile environment for the worms and attacking their eggs for 10 days. During the break (days 11-20) you may get some more hatching and some of the tough guys may still be around, then you hit them for another 10 days. This is a safe treatment program and scientifically proven to work if worms are present.


Once again, please call us at 608-242-0200 if you wish to discuss your parasite cleanse program or place an order for any Standard Process or MediHerb products.

We offer a Gastrointestinal (GI) Health Panel which evaluates gastrointestinal function and health in order to assist you to overcome digestive disorders such as Candidiasis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn's disease, and colitis as well as seemingly unrelated symptoms such as chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. The Gastrointestinal Health Panel is often recommended for those people who have traveled abroad extensively, have unresolved digestive problems, have a sudden change in bowel habits, and/or are using probiotics to address their digestive health. LEARN MORE

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