Tag Archives: Amanda McQuade Crawford

  • At what age can a person start using the Blessed Herbs Colon Cleansed Detox? My daughter is almost 14 years old.

    Your almost-14 year old daughter is a good candidate for the simplest 5-Day Revive Natural Cleanse.

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  • I have a 10 year old boy who is chronically constipated, is it ok to have him try the Digestive Stimulator?

    Why is your 10 year old son chronically constipated? If Magnesium and Triphala, taken as directed, did not help, there are more questions than answers about giving Digestive Stimulator.

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  • Will Digestive Stimulator help my Gastroparesis and IBS? If so, what time of day should I take it?

    What can you tell me about how you developed IBS and how long you have had problems with Gastroparesis? What was going on in your life when this began? Since you have tried so many things, it might seem easiest to start with a slow, cautious approach.

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  • Is it safe to use the Colon Cleansing Kit during breastfeeding?

    I appreciate your caution about taking herbs and considering our natural Colon Cleansing Kit while you are breastfeeding. While there is no herb in the kit that is contraindicated during breastfeeding, I encourage you to stick with your excellent diet instead, adding increased water intake with a gentle gel-forming bulk laxative such as psyllium or flax seed.

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  • Cleansing 101 in Today's Toxic World

    In-depth overview of today's toxic world, how toxins affect your body, how your body processes them and an overview of products that can help. Read More

  • Are there any herbal remedies for hypothyroidism?

    Full Question: I am a 62 year old female and have had hypothyroidism now for 3 years. I do not have any symptoms from the medication, Levothyroxine (100 mcg a day), but I would like to be able to get off of this medication somehow and find a way to better help my hypothyroid condition.

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  • I have female friend who was sexually assaulted and was wondering if there is anything on the natural health side to get rid of the Herpes virus?

    First, please let me express my profound thanks to you for reaching out on your friend’s behalf, and please convey to her she has my compassion and sympathy. As far as I know, there is no natural or even conventional prescription that is guaranteed to completely eradicate the Herpes simplex virus (HSV). But people who have suffered as your friend has suffered for years do find a high quality of life that includes keeping the herpes in check. Stress is the other big trigger, so I might encourage your friend to find her own way with meditation, counseling. The good news is that there are supplements and herbs that may help reduce the frequency and severity of outbreaks. Being open with her health care provider is important here as someone who knows her body and it’s variables is going to be in the best place to gather recommendations.

    Lysine is a naturally occurring amino acid that may help. You can take up to 2000mg daily, however it’s imperative to work out the dosages with a doctor. Your friend will also benefit from avoiding the herpes-triggering foods that are rich in Arginine. We all need some Arginine (sunflower seeds, brown rice), but she will want to keep away from the best-known culprits: coffee, peanuts, and chocolate. Herbs used to minimize herpes outbreaks are St. John’s Wort (not because it is an anti-depressant, but because it nourishes nerve cells, the tissue affected by this virus), and Lemon Balm (the whole leaf extract, not the essential oil).

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    Amanda McQuade Crawford

    Amanda McQuade Crawford

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  • I've had parasites dormant in my body for years even after multiple cleanses. Is there anything you can recommend to get rid of them completely?

    Since you have already tried parasite cleanses, it is time to have lab work (ova and parasite) to determine what you are treating exactly. Stronger herbs we often find successful for various parasites include Mahonia (Oregon Grape Root), Picrasma Excelsa (Quassia Bark), Artemisia Absinthium (Wormwood), and Allium Sativum (Garlic). How much to take, and in what proportions depends on knowing more from your local health provider about the parasites. Continue eating well, as I am confident this will help you in your effort to clear the issue completely. Please stay in touch with me, and let me know what you discover.

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    Amanda McQuade Crawford

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  • My wife has GERD, and has to take prescription pills everyday just to be comfortable. Is there a herbal remedy?

    Thank you for your question about your wife's GERD, or Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease, affecting almost half of North Americans to some degree. How does her doctor feel about her trying herbs in addition to her medication? I encourage open communication with her current provider.

    Let's talk about what is happening and what helps. The main symptom of stomach acid and bile regurgitated up from the stomach to the esophagus is heartburn. It is important with a new diagnosis to rule out the possibility of a heart condition, as stress, inappropriate foods, or a sedentary lifestyle can cause these different conditions to be confused.

    Frequent heartburn (a burning, unpleasant sensation in the chest) is defined as twice a week or more. Other symptoms of GERD include food sticking in the throat, which may be due to a complication of untreated GERD when inflammation causes thickening or narrowing of the passage from mouth through esophagus to the stomach. It is aggravated by excess weight, sometimes pregnancy, and leaning over or exercising too soon after eating. GERD can even cause symptoms of hoarseness or asthma.

    While you don't mention which medication your wife must take, and though antacids may relieve some symptoms, the problem is often not excess stomach acid, but immune dysfunction with inappropriate g.i. bacteria aggravating a condition worsened by sensitivities to common foods: high fat foods (meat, ice cream, butter), refined sugar (excess breads, cake, pastries, soft drinks with the added insult of carbonation), or hot, spicy foods. Some people find spices do not make heartburn worse but tomato products or citrus can increase discomfort.

    1. The absolutely safest and most proven treatment is to chew more carefully and eat smaller portions, even 4-6 small meals a day instead of 3 large meals.
    2. Increase fiber: eat an apple (rich in the fiber pectin) instead of drinking juice. Women need approximately 35 grams of fiber daily; men - 38 grams. That can be done easily by adding cooked chickpeas or black beans to salads and switching away from packaged foods generally.
    3. Add soothing, antacid foods that help your immune system and reduce GERD symptoms, such as cranberries and blackberries in season, the spices ginger, cinnamon, and cardamom (great sprinkled on morning oatmeal), carrots, kale, and your favorite steamed or raw green vegetables. Everybody is different, and you can experiment with whole foods that suit you best.
    4. Try giving up alcohol, coffee, and if your wife is a smoker, that is a clear cause of heartburn to give up!
    5. The herbs commonly used include aloe (Aloe Vera), rich in healing glycosaminoglycans and related soothing compounds, found in our best selling Colon Cleansing Kit a good kick-off to eliminating build-up in the whole digestive tract (drink plenty of water and consult your wife's physician).

    Follow-up with the right types of flora can be as simple as taking our Friendly Bacteria Replenisher Probiotic. Stronger ones are on the market, but with GERD, stronger is not always better...we like to start slowly and easily. In addition, or instead, I have seen great results for people using Meadowsweet (Filipendula Ulmaria), which normalizes stomach acid with safe anti-inflammatory salicylates. Though we often read that mints are contraindicated (bad) for people with GERD, I have never found this in years of practice. A cup of peppermint tea, sipped slowly, does not automatically relax the muscle that usually prevents stomach acid from gurgling up into the esophagus. Peppermint tea helps relieve gas and digestive problems such as bloating from poorly-digested food.

    There are lots of "proven" GERD formulas available, but I believe individualizing the care of your wife is the more certain way to find her best health naturally. Thank you again for your question.

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    Amanda McQuade Crawford

    Amanda McQuade Crawford

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  • What herbs can help with Heart Palpitations, Adrenal Fatigue, Strengthen Eyes, and Prevent Glaucoma?

    Thank you for asking four great questions. You should first check with your health care provider regarding these symptoms. If the issues are caused by anxiety, helpful tips can be found in our heart healthy article from February, the two herbs most cited in medical literature to help reduce palpitations safely are Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca) and Hawthorn (Crataegus species). The dose, usually 2 cups herb tea daily, depends on whether one takes medication or has other health issues. These products are in our catalog with suggested doses.

    Single herbs for other concerns: Adrenal Fatigue – Ashwagandha (Withania Somniferum), Eyes – Bilberry (Vaccinium Myrtillus), and to help glaucoma – not an herb, but eye exercises. Many free programs for eye exercises are online. Please note that our products are not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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    Amanda McQuade Crawford

    Amanda McQuade Crawford

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