That was a sad, painful and stressful December/January for all of us in Montecito, Santa Barbara, Carpinteria and Ventura. Our prayers go out to all of those who lost anyone dear to them, those who have been displaced from their homes, and those whose livelihood has been significantly challenged.
May the rest of 2018 see our community come together in the best way possible. May we become closer, stronger and smarter as a result of these severe disasters.
It is during these times when "what really matters" becomes more prominent to all of us. Hopefully it turns our focus toward a healthier community, which of course is the outcome of healthier individuals.
Emergency Cold + Flu Protocol
As you are probably aware, due to personal experience, knowing someone who has suffered, or watching the news or reading the paper, our Flu season has begun. It has really ramped up in the past couple of weeks with a dramatic spike in the number of new infections, most of which so far are very strong.
This year’s primary flu strain is the H3N2, which is the most virulent of the strains, produces the worst flu seasons, and is the strain, which the flu vaccine is least effective.
In my Nov. Newsletter, I wrote: Warning #1 regarding Flu Season! Australia, whose flu season precedes ours each year and whose statistics tend to show what we are in for, has had a very bad flu season. Statistically, they are reporting 2.5x's the average number of flu cases and almost the same increase in deaths related to the flu. Additionally, they are reporting that the current flu vaccine, which is the same vaccine we get, is having a poor response. As predicted it appears that is the case and the additional oddity is that our flu season has come early.
I have seen a couple patients who came to me when their flu came back a second time. Both were very sick, with fevers, chills, body aches, nasty coughs and severe fatigue. Luckily, even though they had waited too long, once we got them on a special protocol, they began to notice changes day by day, making steady progress.
As with all infections, the key is to be prepared. You have two options if you want to take maximum steps to reduce your risk of getting sick. 1) Start our Infection Prevention Protocol as listed below, which is upgraded for this specific flu. 2) If you are not going to take that extra precaution, be sure to have the Flu Protocol (see below) on hand so you can start it at the very first sign of any symptoms.
Beware! At times the first symptom is not obviously an infection and if you are not careful you might delay your start. The common symptom that shows up and can trick you is fatigue. If you have fatigue and it seems unusual, get right on the full Flu Protocol. At times this fatigue follows a good night sleep and in spite of the good sleep, you feel you could sleep more. This is a Big Red Flag!
For this Flu, the Prevention Protocol is different, as I have treated enough of these to figure out what is working best.
Important Note: for infants and children, please be sure to read the article lower down in our newsletter on New Kids Immune Protocols.
Flu Prevention Protocol:
• Humacel: 2 upon arising
• Silvercillin: 1 Tbl upon arising or right before breakfast (swish, gargle and swallow).
• Immune Balancing Complex: 3 at breakfast.
If you come down with this flu, get right on our Complete Protocol:
• Humacel: 3 upon arising and before bed
• Silvercillin: 1 Tbl (swish, gargle deeply, swallow), upon arising and before bed.
• Immune Balancing Complex: 3 with breakfast, lunch and dinner. (9 total)
• ProBioMax IG26: 2 with breakfast, lunch and dinner. (6 total)
Those who are prepared and jump into action at the first sign of an infection have a much better chance of keeping this from being a full-blown, nasty ordeal. The key to this kind of success is to be prepared! That means having the above products on hand to start taking at the first sign of an infection. Other than starting the Prevention Program, this is the most important step you can take to minimize the chances of any infection really setting you back.
Warning #2! Do not stop your Cold or Flu protocol prematurely. Oftentimes when you get on top of an infection right away, you can feel like you are all better within a few days. However, even though you have no symptoms, the bugs are still hanging around; it's just that your immune system is winning the battle. Stopping your protocol too soon can allow the infection to come back with a vengeance and often the second round is harder than the first to get on top of. So, continue your protocol for at least 2 weeks of being symptom-free before stopping it.
One additional tool: For those who want to use every possible approach to decreasing your risk of infection, we have had great success using our PEMF system to boost the immune system and stop infections in record time. I do this as soon as I feel the first sign of any infection and combined with my protocol, have so far stopped all infections within one day. Just call the clinic and let them know you have an infection and want to get in for PEMF!
If you have any questions regarding the above, or if you get an infection and want to know if there is more you can or need to do, please either call for an appointment right away, or email me your question.
Recovery and Rejuvenation Program
This program is primarily for patients who have been on a nutritional and/or weight loss program with me in the past. If you have been on a Dr. Dale program, and you now feel the need to Recover and Rejuvenate after a period of excess eating, and maybe a 3 – 10+ pound weight gain (i.e., following the holidays, or just a period of frequent "slip ups"), this is a simple, very specific, healthy way to quickly drop those extra pounds, replace some less-than-ideal habits and recover your well-being and vitality. I have done this with over a thousand patients and the results are predictable: you feel better and you get healthier.
The daily routine described on the back of this sheet can be done for one to three weeks, and if you follow it properly you should lose anywhere from 2 – 7 pounds the first week and 1 – 3 pounds each week thereafter! It is simple and timesaving for most people. You will most likely feel noticeably healthier within the first 3 – 5 days, and the cost of your rejuvenation product is usually no more—and quite possibly less than—the two meals you would normally be buying each day!
Some keys to getting the greatest benefits from your R+R Program:
- Stick as closely to the program as possible. Before making any changes to the program, please check with me.
- Ideally you should make an appointment with me before starting the program. This will allow us to clarify how you are feeling, what your weight is, any specific symptom changes you seek or goals you have and how long you plan to be on the program. I will also review your current supplement program and usually decrease what you are taking during the R+R program.
- You may want to have a body composition analysis prior to starting.
- You should make another appointment just before you reach the end of your program so I can interpret the results. This can be critical to maintaining the majority of your improvements for the long term. I will let you know how to reintroduce foods into your diet and what to watch for.
Upon Arising: Drink at least 12 ounces of water very first thing in the morning. Drink lots of water throughout the day, approximately ½ oz. per pound of body weight.
Breakfast: Drink one serving (2 scoops) of BioCleanse Plus or OptiCleanse GHI, plus one scoop of nanogreens (not necessary with OptiCleanse) mixed in 10-12 ounces of water. Shake it up and drink. See me to determine which product is best for you.
Between Breakfast and Lunch: Drink plenty of water, and if needed snack on either raw fruit or raw vegetables. If eating fruit, choose apples, pears, melons, citrus or berries. Organic fruits and vegetables are preferred. Your healthiest snack choice is a scoop of nanogreens in 8-10 ounces of water. This will fill you up and enhance the overall results of your program.
Lunch: The same as breakfast.
Between Lunch and Dinner: The same as between breakfast and lunch.
Dinner: Oh boy!!! You get to eat as large a meal as you want! This meal should consist of protein and veggies, lots of veggies. Your best choices are large salad, a large bowl of soup (see recipe), or steamed veggies with protein. Additionally, you should use olive or walnut oil on your veggies, or an olive oil-based salad dressing. Your vegetables can be eaten either raw or steamed, and you can eat as much as you like.
After Dinner: Drink more water. If you need a snack you can have another serving of fresh fruit. However, this should be at least 2 hours after your dinner.
Alternate Option: You do have the option of eating lunch instead of dinner and having your second shake at dinnertime.
Other Liquids: Lemon in water is fine anytime. Re: caffeine, continue to have green tea, black tea or coffee without milk or cream. You can have as much herb tea as you wish. Stevia is your best sweetener, or a tiny bit of honey.
If you experience any unusual symptoms while on this program, email me, call the office to speak with me, or come in as soon as possible. On very rare occasions we may have to make some modifications to your program.
Congratulations on taking such an important step in creating a healthier life!!!
If you have any questions, either send me an email or give us a call.
Dr. Dale's Rejuvenation Soup
This soup and its variations are designed to help you recover and rejuvenate. They are not necessarily a gourmet meal, but you will find them refreshing, tasty, and very rich in alkalinizing minerals. They are also apt to have some diuretic effect, which is a good thing.
The quantity below is enough for one person for a number of meals; it makes approximately 5 quarts. Once done, it is very convenient because your next several meals are ready in no time!
- 1.5 lbs. carrots, roughly chopped into ½” – 1” chunks
- 3 lbs. leeks, white & light green parts only, sliced into ¼” – ½” rings (can also use onions, cut into ½” – 1” chunks, or mix leeks & onions)
- 2 lbs. green cabbage, cored and sliced into ¼” wide slices
- 3 quarts + 2 cups filtered water
- Olive oil, a drizzle
Note: when buying leeks, choose those that have the most white.
Lightly cover the bottom of a large soup pot with some olive oil. Add the carrots, leeks and/or onions to the pot and sauté lightly until the onions become translucent. Add the filtered water to the pot. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 20 minutes. Add the cabbage and simmer for another 20 minutes.
You can use chicken stock as part of your liquid (up to half of the liquid). This will provide more body and flavor to the soup. I would only recommend using either homemade chicken stock or “Stock Options” frozen chicken stock (available at Gelson’s). This is the commercial version that does not have a lot of added salt or lots of other added ingredients.
If you want to add some tomatoes to this soup, which also makes for a more substantial flavor, you can use a can of “No Salt Added” whole or crushed tomatoes. They are likely to be best either blended or put through a food mill. Alternatively, you could use 2 – 4 cups of a good quality jarred tomato purée. I recommend bionaturæ® Organic Strained Tomatoes. Gelson’s and Whole Foods carry this brand. It is very clean, with no salt or preservatives added.
Seasonings & Toppings:
If you feel you have to have some salt with this—and you have not already added sodium-containing stock or tomatoes—use only a good quality sea salt and use as little as possible. You should also drizzle up to a tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil into each large bowl of soup. Additional toppings to add some flavor or freshen up this soup (use any or all): chopped cilantro, parsley, basil, raw onion, garlic or red pepper flakes to add some spice. Any fresh herbs added to this are fine, as well as red or green salsa.
You can choose any one of the following proteins: salmon, halibut, snapper, chicken or turkey (breast, leg or thigh). Cook these separately and then add to your soup for that meal. Cooking them separately will allow you to use the same pot of soup over several days, varying the protein source from day to day so you don’t get bored.
You can broil, roast, poach or steam your fish or poultry proteins. One option is to take some of the broth from the soup and use that to poach or steam your protein. 3 – 5 ounces of protein should be sufficient for one meal.
You can also use eggs as your protein source. Here’s how: Hard-boil some eggs, and for each meal chop up two eggs and sprinkle them on top of your soup. Another method is to beat two eggs, and while your serving of soup is simmering, slowly pour the eggs into the soup while stirring; this gives you a version of egg drop soup. The hard-boiled egg version is the French way and very convenient. You can hard-boil 6 or more eggs at one time and have them ready whenever you need them.
January's Product of the Month
To help you with the restore and rejuvenation program, Opti-cleanse will be on sale through February 28!
Buy one you get a 10% savings.
Buy 2 or more and you get a 15% savings!
Immune Support for Kids!
I have put together Preventative and Active Infection Protocols for children 6 months and older, just in time for this nasty Cold and Flu season. Please click the "Read More" tab below to read specific write-ups on each product.
Special Note: Due to the severity of this year's Flu season, the below preventative program is one more product than a "normal year".
Preventative Daily Immune Support
Berry Well Immune Support
6 mo.'s - 3 yrs: 1/4 - 1/2 tsp. per day
over 3 yrs: 1/2 - 1 tsp. per day
6 mo.'s - 3 yrs. 1/4 - 1/2 tsp. per day
over 3 yrs: 1/2 - 1 tsp., per day
6 mo's - 3 yrs: 1 - 2 tabs per day
3 - 6 yrs: 2 tabs per day
6+ yrs: 3 tabs per day (best taken with some food)
Liquid Vit. D drops
Infants 3 - 12 mo's: 1,000 IU per day
Children 1 - 10 yrs: 1,000 - 2,000 IU per day
Children over 10 yrs: 2,000 IU per day
Vitamin D for infants is very important for reducing their risk of influenza risk and symptoms. Please read my notes of Vit. D for children below
Children under 4 yrs: 1 tab per day
Children over 4 yrs: 2 tabs per day
Active Infection Protocol
Berry Well Immune Support
6 mo.'s - 3 yrs: 1/4 - 1/2 tsp., 3x/day
over 3 yrs: 1/2 - 1 tsp., 3x/day
6 mo.'s - 3 yrs. 1/4 - 1/2 tsp., 3x/day
over 3 yrs: 1/2 - 1 tsp., 3x/day
6 mo's - 3 yrs: 1 - 2 tabs, 2x/day
3 - 6 yrs: 2 tabs, 2x/day
6+ yrs: 3 tabs, 2x/day (best taken with some food)
6 mo's - 3 yrs: 1 cap, 2x/day
3-12 yrs: 1-2 caps, 2x/day
12+ yrs: 2 caps, 3x/day.
If your child cannot swallow pills, Colostrum powder works very well and tastes good. Just open the capsules and pour them onto a spoon or mix them in some water or food.
A special note for Breast Feeding Infants: If an infant is breastfeeding, and has an infection, we have the mother take the full adult dosage and the infant will receive support through the mother's milk. I have used this method with mom's for many years, including my own children and it is quite effective.
Vitamin D and Children
A recent research project looked at supplemental Vitamin D3 dosing in infants, comparing infants who took 400 IU vs. 1,200 IU daily. Those taking 1,200 IU per day experienced significant benefits when compared to the 400 IU group, with 45% lower rates of new infections. For infants that did come down with the flu, the group on the higher dose Vit. D had shorter durations of fever, coughing and wheezing.
Additionally, the Vitamin D Council recommends 1,000 - 2,000 IU's of Vitamin D for children. I suggest 1,000 for children from 3 months - 8 years with occasional short-term amounts increasing to 2,000 IU for a few weeks at a time. Over 8 years I would be comfortable with 2,000 IU on a daily basis.
Additional Info on New Kid's Products
Berry Well Immune Support is a uniquely concentrated botanical extract formula containing Elderberry Extract. This formula provides enhanced levels of natural compounds that provide immune system support. Studies have shown that the properties of Elderberry Extract and Arabinogalactan maintain healthy immune function and promote well-being.
Congaplex Chewable contains vitamins A and C and magnesium to support immune system function. Vitamin A plays an important role in a healthy immune system by facilitating the development of type 1 and type 2 helper T cells as well as contributing to the function of both T cells and B cells.
Vitamin C enhances the healthy function of the immune system by supporting the maturation of T cells. Additionally, vitamin C stimulates the functions of white blood cells and is important in natural killer (NK) cell activity. Vitamin C supports the maintenance and regeneration of cells.
Congaplex Chewable contains Cytosol extract from the bovine thymus gland to support the healthy function of the human thymus gland. T cells are produced in the thymus gland and are very important for a healthy immune system response.
Quote of the Month
"When we see our uniqueness as a virtue, only then do we find peace"
wise Japanese character in the movie Ghost in the Shell
his is a very good time to stop, take 5 minutes and write down what most matters to you and what steps you can take this year to best support what matters.
Yours in Health, Dr. Dale