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Ginger Root

Ginger root has been used throughout the world for centuries for its medicinal properties. Ginger is most noted for its soothing effects on the stomach and its ability to alleviate symptoms of nausea and vomiting.   




Ginger is anti-bacterial, it can prevent and treat some forms of diarrhea, infections and ulcers. Ginger is also anti-fungal, which is useful in treating conditions such as athlete's foot, ringworm, and jock itch. Ginger works topically to improve circulation.


Ginger reduces the symptoms of morning sickness in pregnant women and is considered safe in doses between 3-5 grams. It can be taken up to four days. Ginger root relieves the symptoms associated with motion sickness and can be taken to prevent motion sickness.




When ginger root is taken internally, it stimulates the production of enzymes in the pancreas, aids digestion, prevents fermentation and destroys the harmful bacteria in the stomach and intestines that disturb that balance of the natural flora in the digestive tract. Ginger also stimulates blood circulation, which combined with the stimulation of the pancreas makes it an alternative remedy for easing the symptoms of diabetes.


Place 4 thin slices of ginger root in a pint of boiling water. Turn the heat down and simmer for 15 minutes. Add a tablespoon of honey. Sip throughout the day. Ginger acts a decongestant and will help clear the sinuses.

Dear Friends,

Spring is finally here!

Spring is a purification season.  Welcome this Spring by beginning your day squeezing half a lemon into one glass of water. Start an exercise or stretching program.
Incorporate more fresh foods, green leafy vegetables,
and liquids into your diet.

Read on to learn more about the special properties of ginger and some interesting facts and remedies for sinus infections.
Sinus Infections    


A sinus infection is the inflammation of the membranes that line the sinuses. This causes pain in the face, aching behind the eyes, headaches, nasal congestion, difficulty breathing through the nose, and possibly a fever. Bacteria, viruses, and fungi are the usual suspects in a sinus infection. Over 30 million adults and children suffer from sinus infections each year. That's almost one out of ten Americans being diagnosed with a sinus infection, and 21% of the antibiotic prescriptions in the United States are for sinusitis.


Even though 21% of antibiotics are for sinus infections, only around 2% of sinus infections are actually caused by bacteria! About 25% of the sinusitis patients who are prescribed antibiotics have side effects such as gastrointestinal problems, skin rashes, or headaches.


Vegetable Chopped Liver
     This is the best appetizer!


Makes four servings


6 tablespoons olive  oil

4 large onions, finely chopped

1 cup chopped mushrooms or celery

1/4 cup walnuts, chopped

3 hard boiled eggs

2 pounds fresh string beans, steamed


Saute onions and mushrooms in oil.

Blend everything in a food processor until a smooth paste is formed.  Serve with Mary's Gone Crackers. 

 A Client's Success

Lainy i felt so balanced listening to you on the radio this morning. I want to share the message I wrote to my son about you.


"..my friend Lainy Reicher was a guest on Radio Woodstock this morning. Lainy is a healer and a naturopathic doctor and until this morning, I had not realized how much of my present-day thinking may have been influenced by this impressive woman who celebrated your birth with authentic enthusiasm. Lainy was the first person i knew to embrace krishna and we lived two houses away from each other. Back then she shared her knowledge generously and she radiated peacefulness. I loved the comfort i felt in her company. I realize today how much of a soul sister she was and is still.


Her message, 'nutrition should come from food is a difficult task at times probably because of genetically modified food so prevalent today. It is one of the reasons we lose the integrity by healing and rebuilding it and by destroying threats to our intestinal flora like parasites and over abundance of yeast such as candida.'"


Be well Lainy... I had a great start to my Sunday... Thanks to you.



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 
Email:     vitalhealthofwoodstock@yahoo.com 
Website:  www.woodstockvitalhealth.com 
Continued from Above:  
Sinus Infections

Sinus infections almost always start as a viral infection and in some cases turn into a bacterial infection. In other cases, sinus infections start out as sort of a mild bacterial infection. Over time it typically goes away on its own.


At the Mayo Clinic, they found that when they actually cultured the sinus cavity of individuals with chronic sinus infections, 96% had a chronic fungal infection, not a bacterial infection.


Typical allopathic treatment includes decongestant sprays. These are only prescribed for three days because a decongestant spray can cause a rebound reaction. In other words, a person takes a decongestant and then gets rebound sinus blockage. Decongestant sprays are only indicated for short-term use. Medical doctors also recommend topical steroids. One of the prevalent problems in chronic sinus infections is stagnation. Over time, stagnation tends to becomes worse from topical steroids and topical decongestants.


Another common recommendation is over-the-counter pain medicines such as advil and tylenol. There is really no evidence that these actually improve the health or the sinus infection. One of the few western medical options that really does work for acute and chronic sinus infections is saline irrigation. However, this protocol is not good if you have a fungal infection of the sinuses.


The lungs are involved in the descending action and are in charge of bringing down waste and other materials. According to Chinese medicine, many sinus problems result from having weak lungs or having some damage to the lungs. Having deficient lungs and a deficient constitution make a person susceptible to ill health.


With lung and sinus problems, lifestyle factors are very important. Diet is definitely something to look at, and peole who eat too much dairy often suffer from allergies, as dairy is a direct mucus-producing food. Beer and fish contain histamines, and red wine contains sulfites and other allergens.


Fungus in your sinuses is no laughing matter; it can create congestion, excess mucus, hard mucus, coughing, inability to breathe, lack of sleep, and sinus headaches. Medically there is little to be done to eliminate the cause of fungal sinusitis. Allopaths treat the symptoms, but the treatments are usually ineffective, cause damage to the body, and ignore the underlying cause.


If you have chronic sinus problems, follow a protocol that will cleanse your sinuses of bacteria, viruses, and fungi, while strengthening the natural sinus flora and environment.


First, changing your diet is a must. Eliminate dairy, especially cheeses that are aged. Eliminate foods that cause yeast: examples are breads with yeast, sugars, fruit, vinegars, and foods made with vinegars such as ketchup, mayonnaise, and salad dressings.


Take a good probiotic. There are a lot of probiotics out there from yogurt to capsules; find one that has lactobacillus, acidophilus, and bifodophilus. Ideally the counts should be 5 billion CFUs broken down into

- lactobacillus rhammosus 2+ billion

- lactobacillus casel 1.5 billion

- lactobacillus acidophilus 1.0 billion

- bifidobacterium longum 0.5+ billion 


You can also mix a probiotic in water and snuff it. Use a humidifier in your room when you sleep to keep your sinuses lubricated.


It can be very healing to get the debris moving with a sinus saline irrigation. Add a little bit of salt to room temperature or slightly warm water. You can also combine equal parts of baking soda and table salt. Either use a netti pot and irrigate the sinuses with the solution or just use your hands to hold some liquid, close one nostril, and snuff the solution up. Do both sides. Generally this doesn't cause a rebound reaction.


Another protocol uses ginger; its active component gingerol is good for your infected sinuses. Lightly crush the roots and add hot water to make ginger tea. The spicy aroma of this tea will definitely warm up your nasal passages and aid sinus drainage. You can either snuff this mixture or apply it as a compress over your cheeks, eyes, and sinus areas for 10-15 minutes to help reduce facial pain, pressure, and inflammation. You can also add one teaspoon of Golden Seal to this mixture. Let it steep for 10 minutes and mix it into the ginger mixture, or use it as a compress.


For fungal infections, put a little eucalyptus oil in some warm water and snuff it.


Sinus infections can be very successfully treated with natural methods. You must first diagnose what is causing the infection and then apply the appropriate protocol for the treatment.


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(845) 679-7892