In This Issue:

Herbs for Pain Relief

Warm Cashew Soup Recipe

A Client's Success
I have a new website!
I now have a beautiful new website chock full of helpful information about my practice and natural health. There is now a more robust description about how Vega Testing works, as well as past newsletters and interviews. 
The URL hasn't changed:

Special thanks to
Sarah Jacob for her help!
Lemon Balm Heals



- Calmative

- Nervine 

- Antispasmodic

- Diaphoretic  

- Antiviral  

- Antibacterial

- Antimicrobial  

- Emmenagogue  


History: Originally grown in Asia and a member of the mint family, lemon balm helps strengthen the mind and nervous system. It acts as a tonic to the heart and digestive system and as an antispasmodic. It helps support the female reproductive system and can ease tension and cramping, during the menstrual cycle. It helps with emotional upset and is an antidepressant. It also helps to clear mental obstruction. It is a remedy for gas and colic, nervous tension, and insomnia. It can clear mucous from the lungs. Being a mild diaphoretic it can be used to induce sweating when taken hot. Lemon balm has been used as a salve for herpies simplex in Europe.

Dear Friends,
Fall is officially upon us and the change of seasons is a great opportunity to make healthy changes in life. This is the time to build up our immune systems by eating lots of root vegetables and leafy greens, staying stress-free, and exercising. In this newsletter, I have included an article about pain management, news about my new website, a cashew soup recipe, and the healing powers of lemon balm.  Enjoy!
Herbs for Pain Relief  
Pain is a mechanism our bodies use to draw attention to a problem that the autonomic system cannot handle by itself.  Pain signals us to consciously address the underlying problem.  Even stress will eventually manifest itself as physical pain.

There are many different kinds of pain: physical, emotional, chronic, local, intermittent, throbbing, dull, spasmodic, sharp, shooting, etc.  Every person feels and reacts differently to all of these many types of pain, so it is extremely difficult to find a universal analgesic or pain killer.


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A High-Protein Vegetarian Soup Recipe
Cashew Soup

- 1/4 cup of olive oil

- 2 Tbs of butter (optional)
- 4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- vegetable of choice

- 2 cubes of vegetable bouillon
- 1 quart of water
- 1.5 cups raw cashew pieces
- pepper to taste
- salt to taste if needed

Heat oil and butter and saute onions and garlic.  Add vegetables and saute until tender. Remove from pot.  In blender, blend water and cashews until smooth.  Add cashew/water mixture and vegetable bouillon into the pot. Cook for about 15 minutes over low heat or until thickened.  Add back in vegetable mixture and season to taste. Serve with a salad.  This is a high protein meal and it is delicious!   

 A Client's Success

"As a radio talk show host, I have interviewed hundreds of complimentary health practioners and I have used the services of more than I can remember.  But your combination of expansive knowledge, intuitive wisdom, and cutting edge technology has proven the most effective.  Not only am I much healthier, but the friends and colleagues I have recommended you to have had beneficial, and in some cases, miraculous results.  You are one of the most talented and dedicated healers I have ever known.  Thank You, Doug Grunther"
I hope you got some useful tidbits out of this month's newsletter.  Please reach out to me if you feel tired, have pain, or have chronic symptoms that are asking for attention.  And feel free to share this newsletter with friends!


Thank you,
Lainy Reicher, ND, CDN, CN 

Phone:    (845) 679-7892 
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Herbs for Pain Relief  


Pain can be your body's best friend.  It alerts you when something is wrong and needs your attention. It identifies the location, severity, and type of problem, so that you can treat the right area.

But pain can also be your body's worst enemy.  Continuous, constant discomfort saps strength and spirit, causes irrational acts and decisions, and alters personality. This is the reason pain killers can be useful. They allow you to think clearly, work and live, while addressing the cause of the problem.

Other than injury or degenerative disease, chronic pain is based on lifestyle habits.  To most people's surprise, poor nutrition plays a big role in physical pain. For instance, a lack of green vegetables and calcium-rich foods may be the underlying cause of back and muscle pain. An overly acidic diet can eat away protective mucous membranes and nerve sheathing. Improving body chemistry through a better diet and herbal supplements affords long term nerve relief. Being seriously overweight puts strain and pain on body parts from feet to shoulders. A stressful lifestyle exhausts adrenal and pituitary glands, resulting in different types of physical pain.

Chemical pain-killing drugs are strong and afford relief by masking pain, or deadening certain body mechanisms so that they cannot function.  Herbal pain relievers are more subtle and work at a deeper level to relax, soothe, ease, and calm the distressed area. They allow you to use the pain for information about the state of your body, yet not be overwhelmed by the trauma to body and spirit that unrelieved pain can bring.

Recently I have been experiencing physical pain, so I am very aware of what this article states.  I turned to western doctors for help, but I found that the doctors were quick to recommend surgery and a long list of drugs, and those options came with a downside that didn't work for me. 

I used my knowledge of Herbology to combine herbal treatments that brought me relief.  I also used small and infrequent amounts of pharmaceuticals to manage the acute pain when necessary.  This gave me the ability to step back and determine the best treatment. My path to healing involves a variety of natural treatments and rest so that I can allow my body's innate wisdom to continue to heal itself.  

I always feel there is a lesson in difficult situations. My lesson in this is that drugs can be beneficial in certain situations, but that it's important to be proactive with doctors about one's own care. If I had passively accepted medical treatment, I could have gone through a difficult surgery, taken a huge amount of toxic pain-killers, and put my body through a major trauma.  It's important to feel empowered to ask questions and take ownership over one's healing process, and there are many safe and effective alternatives if we are curious and diligent about finding our answers.  
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