Cold & Flu

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What Dr. Karin personally does for the follow ailments:
Note: just because it is natural does not mean it is safe for you to take. Before trying any of these remedies, check with Dr. Karin or a health care provider to verify it is safe and appropriate for your specific condition.

Sinus health:     
Netti Pot (a sinus rinse that flushes out the sinuses using a cup of warm water, a pinch of sodium bicarbonate and a tea spoon of sea salt). Most evenings (especially if exposed to someone not well) Dr. Karin does a sinus rinse with a netti pot.

Throat health:
Propolis Spray (Dr. Karin sprays her throat with Propolis any time she is around people who are sick).

Lung health:
Essential Oil of Oregano in a diffuser or Dr. Karin will put oregano oil in a pendant designed to hold oils, and opens the lid to release the smell of the oil when in situations where she is breathing questionable air (like while on an airplane).

Immune boosters: 

Every day, Dr. Karin takes Ester-C (a better Vitamin C available in the office), colostrum (which is also great for gut health) and if feeling run down will also take L-Lysine.

During the cold and flu season (Oct-May) she will take a table spoon of elderberry every day. 

If she feels like she is coming down with a cold or flu, Dr. Karin will take Oregano Oil Capsules, but never more than 10 days in a row, because of her sensitive stomach.  She will switch to Echinacea if need be (usually in the form of a tincture).

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When taking vitamins, make sure they are plant based, and not synthetic, as most synthetic vitamins are actually NOT healthy for you!!! 

Your pain (or any unhealthy symptom) may be a sign that you are deficient in a mineral or vitamin, like magnesium or vitamin. It could be B2 (riboflavin). Vitamin B2 is important for nerve health. A deficiency in B2 can lead to nerve pain. Magnesium is a muscle relaxer, so a deficiency can lead to pain from muscle tension. 

There has been much debate over whether people should take vitamins. If you are eating a healthy, varied, and whole-foods diet, you should be able to get all of your needed vitamins through your food. Unfortunately, most of our food is grown on over farmed land, so the food produced on it is deficient of micronutrients and genetically designed to look good and have a longer shelf life (with no effect to its nutritional content or taste).

My general advice is to take a half dose of a plant based multivitamin every day or two. That way you are less likely to be deficient in anything and you avoid the risk of overdosing on anything.

If you are taking a multivitamin, make sure the vitamins are coming from a plant source. Plants build vitamins via complex biochemical processes, producing one specific biomolecule. When vitamins are produced in a lab, an unnatural form can be produced and included in the multivitamin pill.

For example, vitamin E has two forms of isomers: an L-alpha-tocopherol and a D-alpha tocopherol. Isomers are chemicals that are the same but mirror images of each other. Sometimes this doesn’t matter. For example, a cube is the same as its mirror image. But some shapes are such that the mirror image is different from the original. An example of this would be your hands. There is a left (L) and a right (D).

vitamin isomers plant based versus synthetic

mirror image explaining why natural vitamins are better than synthetic

Vitamin E has a left and a right version. In the Figure above, notice how the carbon cyclohexane (the circle of dots on the far right side of the molecule) points forward on the D version and points back on the L version, just like if you held your hands with the thumb on the same side, one hand would be palm up and the other palm down.

Do you see how the mirror image is not the same as the original item? 

Only the right-hand version, D-alpha tocopherol, works in your body. To help you understand why one works and one doesn’t, even though they look similar, think of a lock and key. If the key is just a little bit different, it won’t work. Consider the example of a high-tech lock that is opened by your unique right hand. Let’s say you can only open it by inserting your right hand palm down so it can read your fingerprints. Your left hand would not be able to open it. Even if your left hand had the exact same fingerprints as your right hand, it still wouldn’t be able to open the lock because once inserted palm down the fingerprints would be in the wrong order and the thumb would be on the wrong side.

That’s what happens with the left and right vitamin E. The right one works, but the left one doesn’t. An easy way to remember this is “L is for liar.”

Look at your vitamin labels. If it says the Vitamin E is dl-alpha-tocopherol, it has the unnatural form of Vitamin E as well as the natural version (hence the d and the l). In my opinion, you should throw this away because it may be harmful to your health. Look for a multivitamin that just has the d-alpha-tocopherol version of the Vitamin E instead.


Ester-C is better than ascorbic acid as it provides quick and better absorption, and is excreted less rapidly. Ester-C also Ester-c functions biologically like natural Vitamin C, providing health benefits improving your skin, joints,  vision, cardiovascular wellness, antioxidant protection and immune system wellness.


The natural Vitamin D form is D3. The synthetic version is D2, comes from lanelin (sheep wool) and is missing sulfate molecules. This small change leads to hardening of the arteries when taking D2 as a supplement. So talk to us, your nutritionally trained chiropractors, to help you determine if your supplements are not only good for you, but safe!

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About Herbs:

White Willow Bark for Pain

 White willow bark is the natural version of aspirin. Pharmacological companies discovered the active ingredient in white willow bark that decreased pain, and now they chemically produce it in a concentrated form. If aspirin were developed today, it would be labeled as a prescription drug because its lethal dose is so minuscule.

White willow bark contains aspirin in its natural state and is less likely to irritate the stomach lining or cause death. It is more expensive than a bottle of aspirin, but if you adhere to the lifestyle changes this book suggests, you should not need much of this herbal remedy.

Valerian Root for Better Sleep

 Valerian root is a natural sleep aid. If you have difficulty sleeping, which can negatively affect your pain, valerian root may help. You can find it in pill form.

Kava Kava Root for Muscle Tension

 Kava kava root is a natural muscle relaxer. It may help take the edge off pain caused by tense muscles.

Passion Flower for Relaxation

 Passion flower can help you relax when you are feeling stressed or anxious, which can contribute to muscle tension. You can take it in the form of a tea, or for a stronger dose, you can take it as a tincture.


As with any muscle relaxer or sleep aid, you should first try these remedies when you don’t have to drive, work, or do anything that you would not do while impaired. It is best to take these herbs at night to help you relax and sleep.

Other Herbs That May Help you if you are in pain

 Other herbs that may help with your pain are, curcumin (a natural anti-inflammatory from turmeric that is best absorbed with black pepper) and bromelain (a pineapple enzyme, another natural anti-inflammatory). I would not advise using these herbs without guidance from a practitioner who is well versed in herbal remedies.

Therapeutic Oils That May Help

Before using any topical therapeutic oil, check with your health care provider to verify it is appropriate for you to try, and do a spot test to make sure your skin will not negatively react to the essential oil.

Essential Oil of Peppermint for Muscle Aches 

Essential oil of peppermint is good for tense muscles. It has a nice cooling effect, which also helps diminish muscle aches. Massage three to four drops of peppermint oil into the area of pain.  

Essential Oil of Clove for Muscle Tension 

Essential oil of clove is also good for muscle tension. Clove has a nice warming effect, which helps relax tense muscles. Massage three to four drops of clove oil into the neck and upper back.

Essential Oil of Lavender for Relaxation

Essential oil of lavender is a calming oil. Massage three to four drops of lavender oil into the chest. Combine this with some deep-breathing techniques, and feel your stress melt away.

Essential Oil of Marjoram for Increased Blood Flow

Essential oil of marjoram opens up blood flow, which helps facilitate healing. Massage three drops into the area of the body where you are experiencing the most tension (the front pectoral muscles, the upper back muscles, and/or the shoulders). 

Essential Oil of Cypress for Edema

Essential oil of cypress reduces swelling, which can cause pain and limit healing. Massage a drop or two of cypress oil onto the regions that are swollen (the neck muscles, back, shoulders, and/or elbows).

Essential Oil of Oregano for Fungal Infections

Essential oil of oregano is a powerful anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial oil. But be very cautious using it, as in it's concentrated form, it can burn the skin.

My Advice on Using Natural Remedies

You can seek advice from a naturopath or another health practitioner who is well versed in herbs to find out if other herbal remedies would be better for your specific needs. However, like prescription medication, I am not a fan of relying on a surplus of pills, tinctures, etc. Natural or not, such treatments should be used sparingly so they work when you need them.

 This is why it is important to have good practitioners on your healing team. It takes a village to help you obtain your optimal wellness!




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