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Center For Natural Medicine                   


JUNE 8, 2005
  • Protect Your Gut
  • Keep in your suitcase
  • Jet Lag


    Many Phoenicians head off for cooler climates in the summer months. We anticipate relaxed days and pleasant evenings on our vacation. Illness and injury are far from our thoughts. There are a few simple measures that can help assure a healthy trip.

    Protect Your Gut

    Not only does protecting your gut prevent intestinal diseases, but the gut protects us from other illness as well. A healthy gut is insurance against colds, flu, diarrhea, urinary tract infections and even some toxins. I recommend each person take 1 or 2 capsules of an anti-parasite formula with each meal. At bedtime take acidophilus or Proflora. "Proflora" are normal gut bacteria. When the intestines are full of normal flora there is little room for other bacteria, parasites or viruses to attach. On a recent trip south of the border, I used a packet of Replete proflora for dessert each evening. This is a tasty way to assure no other bugs hitch a ride. Replete comes with 7 "mega dose" packets per box.

    Trips to areas where there is more likelyhood of tainted food or water (including ice cubes) require a back up plan. Bring along charcoal or Blue Heron capsules. In case of diarrhea, take 2 or 3 caps with each bowel movement or at least 2 every 2 hours until well. We also carry homeopathics to treat travelers' diarrhea, should that occur.

    Keep in your suitcase

    I recommend a tube of Traumeel in every suitcase. It can be used for aches, sprains, cuts, bruises, burns and even sunburn. It is a great all-purpose first aid cream. Time your sun exposure, don't carry too much weight, watch your step; and if you are a couch potato, start slow on activities. If you do proceed without caution, you will be glad for a trusty tube of Traumeel.

    Jet Lag

    If your vacation will take you over several time zones or to high elevations, we have treatment plans that have worked to prevent jet lag or altitude sickness. Prevent jet lag with several measures. At home, before you leave, begin to stay awake closer to the time you will be going to bed at your destination. Start 1 or 2 weeks ahead of the trip, gradually shifting your bedtime. Take 3 mg melatonin at the time you are to sleep. Take the melatonin beginning several nights before the trip, on the plane, and at your destination. Best results have been obtained by our patients who also schedule for an appointment to be evaluated and get a prescription for thyroid and adrenal pills to help alleviate the daytime fuzziness of jet lag. For altitude sickness, Vinpocitine is an herb that helps and there is a prescription medicine for altitude adjustment as well. Don't forget if you have phone access, patients can call the office for a phone consult if needed.


    Dr. Keaton