Why Rockwell

Why Rockwell

What is the best school to study herbal medicine at? What is the best naturopathy school? What is the best school to study natural medicine? What is the best school to learn holistic medicine at? These are just some of the questions we field on a daily basis. So, let’s get started! 

Rockwell, of course!

Why Rockwell? Because Rockwell:

  • Fills in the gaps self-education leaves behind.
  • Helps students discover and define their strengths.
  • Teaches responsible practice above all else.
  • Helps individuals manifest their full potential and become experts in their field.
Traditional Naturopathy vs. Licensed Naturopathy: 2020 Update

Traditional Naturopathy vs. Licensed Naturopathy: 2020 Update

Classically Trained Traditional Naturopath Rights vs. Licensed Naturopathic Physician Rights

Please note, we think it is important to know the facts, figures, privileges and limitations with regard to our sister community of licensed naturopaths.

The first 30-minutes this video from Bastyr, one of 4 licensed naturopathic colleges in the United States, does just that.

Overall, it is a good video with some very interesting information we go over in this post.

However, at the 26-minute mark, they begin to discuss online universities for traditional naturopathy.

Note, they repeatedly emphasize that if you really want to be a physician, then these online schools that teach classical / traditional naturopathy aren’t the schools for you.

To that we say obviously!

—A few things to keep in mind:

Traditionally speaking, all naturopaths were classically trained and unlicensed themselves.

As you see in the video, there is a difference between doctor as teacher, or ‘docere’, and physician.

What is most shocking is that many naturopathic ‘physicians’ can’t practice as physicians either — (refer to the video).

To read about the rights of a traditional naturopath click here and here.

—And many licensed naturopaths have to work on a cash-based model, like their classically trained traditional naturopathic peers, because the insurance model of billing is simply not widely accepted or available for naturopathic medicine and / or licensed in their state.

Many licensed naturopaths do not have the same full prescriptive rights (or any prescriptive rights at all, depending on their state of residence), as their conventional medical doctor peers.

—Yet they still have to pay the same price as conventional medical doctors for med school, which is somewhere around $135,000.

—To top it all off, many will have to practice as ‘health coaches’ if they live in one of over 20 states that do not offer licensure.

And lastly, not everyone wants to be a naturopathic physician if it requires one to relocate to one of 8 campuses in all of North America (2 which are in Canada, Vancouver and Ontario).

Actually, make that 7 colleges, because Bridgeport just closed their ND program to new applicants in the fall of 2019. (see below).

Closed applications

So if you really want to be a naturopathic ‘physician’, you have 4 colleges in the USA and 2 universities in Canada to choose from.

We count Bastyr as 1 college, with 2 campuses, making it technically a total of 4 colleges in the USA and 5 campuses to choose from. I don’t know about you, but where I come from, those are called slim pickins’!

While some naturopathic physicians may do very well for themselves financially, not all do.

Unlike conventional medical doctors in any speciality, who are pretty much guaranteed to be able to pay off student debt with eventual ease, it is not always the case for NDs.

The disparity of the insurance model deeply affects their income and lifetime profitability —as well as their ease and flexibility to pay off student debt when compared to conventional medical doctors.

We refer you back to the articles in the website FAQ about the inhumanity of med school, and the inhumane hours of residencies, in part contributing to medical doctors and residents having the highest suicide rates of any other profession.

I absolutely think med school needs reformed —and I think conventional medicine should stay in their lane of acute care, or move towards more of a functional medicine approach.

Meanwhile…

We have a mass shortage of medical professionals in every speciality.

I personally know many individuals who would make wonderful physicians, but are unable to attend med school due to the exorbitant cost and outdated educational standards for admittance.

—No, I do not need finite math and 20 years of chemistry to be a wonderful physician.

Such unrealistic (non-womyn centric) standards creating barriers to entry do us no favors as a society, and bites the hand that feeds us by creating shortages in quality care and availability for patients.

—For example, sitting in a waiting room for 45-min is shameful to the industry —as are long waits in ER rooms across the country which put everyone at risk.

—So much reform is needed in modern medicine.

I also think residency requirements need urgently updated, which recently forbade more than 80 hours a week (it used to be 120). —rules which are still frequently breached and / or ignored.

And, yes, that means exactly what you think it means.

Med students and residents do not have much of a quality of life, and sacrifice much in regard to self-care, basic comfort, and quality time with family. —Many sleep at hospitals and work around the clock.

Now, back to licensed naturopathy…

Licensed naturopaths receive extreme criticism from the conventional medical establishment due to the fact that less than 1/4 of naturopathic physicians even do a residency —which conventional medicine considers 50% of the educational training of their career.

This further contributes to why naturopathic physician rights are hotly debated by proponents of conventional medicine.

Let me explain a bit…

Many conventional doctors stay in multi-year residencies, depending on their medical specialty. Cardiologist interns, for example, require 5 years, I believe.

This is part of the reason conventional medicine, (as a whole), disputes licensed naturopaths fighting for the same rights as medical doctors.

—A frustration that arises, in part, no doubt, because licensed naturopaths aren’t required to do these residencies.

It’s kind of like, “that’s not fair!”, they get to be a physician with half the work! Hmmphh! But I get it. Do you get it?

Instead of residencies, NDs are generally required to participate in 1200 clinical hours starting in their first year.

And not to sound overly critical, but make no mistake —It is not at all the same as a full-time residency.

These clinical rotations take place during school, and paired in groupings of 6, at least at Bastyr. Whereas most residents are on their own and independently learning one on one.

And while their clinical hours are helpful, and of course, still time consuming —it is, in many ways, not as thorough or rigourous as a residency for conventional medical doctors, —even those most basic of residencies, such as family medicine / basic practice.

We are also not saying college for NDs is ‘easy’, as they often do double the workload of an undergrad, which roughly translates from the ‘normal’ 12 credit hours per semester to a whopping 27 credit hours per term.

—I do however, disagree that their curriculum is fully adequate, or up to date, for the cost-to-value ratio.

For example, I do not think hydrotherapy should in any way require 4 semesters. I believe that could go towards other therapies, but that is just my opinion.

The bottom line is that reform is clearly needed for both conventional medicine and licensed naturopathy.

Classically trained traditional naturopaths, licensed naturopathic physicians, conventional and functional medicine doctors, all have their place, purpose, and need —assuming they are practicing ethically.

Do I think conventional medical doctors have any business treating anything but acute care? No, not really.

— And, given a choice, I sure would not want a licensed naturopath treating anyone I know for a broken arm or even minor surgery.

Sorry, but… just.. no way!

In that same vein, I also wouldn’t want a loved one getting treatment for chronic disease from a conventional medical doctor.

Traditional naturopaths, licensed naturopathic physicians, functional medicine doctors, and DOs (osteopathic doctors) are our best hopes in that arena, as are nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

What do you think?

Which Medicinal Mushrooms Should You Use?

Which Medicinal Mushrooms Should You Use?

Note: If you just arrived from our IG post, you can scroll down below the mushroom picture to where it says “Continued”

Medicinal Mushroom Super Heroes

⁠Here’s a quick lesson to get you started—

Cordyceps (pronounced ‘cord-a-ceps’):

Cordyceps will help protect the lungs and oxygenate the entire body. ⁠Good for diabetics!

—Strongly recommended for this Covid-19 infection before, during, and after. ⁠

Next up —

Reishi (pronounced ree-shee or rye-shi):

Reishi will help support mood and balance stress as the ultimate adaptogen during these trying times. ⁠

Reishi also helps support brain health.

It is said to reduce and prevent the combined effects of neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer’s, etc.

It has also been shown to prevent cancer related tumor growth. ⁠

Next up —

Turkey Tail —this is excellent for immune function. ⁠

People who take it often report being exposed to someone who is sick, and never getting it or taking it after exposure and being ‘cleared’ by morning…

There are other medicinal mushrooms, but these are our top 3 picks to get you started.

New to mushroom shopping?

Buying mushroom products can be confusing and expensive.

Don’t do it by trial and error!

Continued

Many people like Amazon because of the fast delivery and generous refund / return policy, but some people like the more out of the way stores.

Today, we provide you with both options.

At the end, I will tell you where I personally order, that way you have more than one choice.

Let’s talk briefly about the cordyceps controversy.

Here’s an article to learn more about the different types of cordyceps.

After I read the article, I was fairly impressed with the piece, written by Real Mushrooms.

When it comes to mushrooms, you can take them as a tea, which I don’t think is strong enough —you can have them as a powder, mixed in broths or warm water. Or you can take them as a tincture. I think it might be ideal to double up on them as a tincture and a powder, but you can just do one if you like.

More Grass-roots-y Brands

Here are some tinctures —

Turkey Tail Tincture 

Cordyceps Tincture

Here are some options From Starwest Botanicals & Mountain Rose Herbs

Note: These herbs below vary in price depending on amount purchased —

Startwest

Reishi (They don’t have turkey tail or cordyceps)

Mountain Rose Herbs 

Cordyceps (They don’t have turkey tail or reishi —not this is going to contain some mycelium vs. pure fruiting body)

Brands from Amazon
Mushroom Tincture Set

by Life Cykel $160 (but they have different sets or buy single tinctures)

Real Mushrooms

Reishi Extract Powder $35 for 1.6 oz (terrible cost to value)

Turkey Tail Extract Powder $35 for 1.6 oz (again, overpriced!)

Cordyceps Extract Powder $30 for 2 oz (wow!) 

Which ones would I order!?!

I’d probably stick with Real Mushrooms, but it might be cost-prohibitive for most. In that case, you can purchase from Starwest and Mountain Rose and just tincture your own or use their powders! I will update this article in the future with more mushrooms.

Covid-19: Top Symptoms

Covid-19: Top Symptoms

Covid-19 Top Symptoms

Top Symptoms to take note of: 

  • fever (usually low-grade or intermittent)
  • stomach distress
  • diarrhea
  • dry cough
  • headache
  • fatigue
  • difficulty breathing
  • loss of taste and smell

So there’s some VERY strange things going on with Covid-19. 

It has this strange anomaly we wrote about here, wherein about 400 of the 700 members on the Princess cruise ship TESTED POSITIVE but were asymptomatic (ie., no symptoms / symptom free). 

How lucky were they!?!? 

Despite that high ratio to ratio of numbers, supposedly this actually occurs in a very small percentage of the population. 

In any case… 

Some people are reporting it’s all just a scam —some people say they had it and it was ‘no biggie’… Other people don’t just appear to be dying —they are actually dying. Hard to call that one a ‘hoax’. 

Some other people are saying deaths arise from previous (hidden) vaccine injury, and that THAT is the ‘real crust around the biscuit’, as they say. 

Regardless.. 

In ‘normal’ cases… 

The first symptom is fever, according to one study in which 99 percent of patients developed one. Yet over and over, we hear about diarrhea or gastrointestinal distress being the first sign, which occurs about 1 week before respiratory symptoms appear. 

More than 50% of patients developed a dry cough and experienced fatigue. And about one-third of patients had sore muscles and breathing difficulties.

More importantly, diarrhea is commonly seen in early presentation of Covid 19. 

If people suddenly come down with diarrhea, they should be mindful this is an early sign of infection, and they are highly contagious at that point. 

There are tons of reports all over the world, from the USA to Germany, to China where people are said to lose their sense of taste and smell just before the virus ‘hits’.

Science Alert also reports that the most commonly reported symptoms include a fever, dry cough, sore throat in some, and shortness of breath. 

According to the WHO, some 80% of patients will experience a mild illness, however.

How it Spreads

It is spread mostly through droplets and hard surfaces, on which it can live for up to 3 days —but also likely via body fluids, urine, feces, 

If you touch a doorknob and then touch your face, bam. You’re exposed. 

When a virus infects us, and causes symptoms like coughing and sneezing, it gives it the opportunity to infect other hosts. 

SARS and MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) are both caused by a similar pathogen —but these pathogens tend to also cause a type of gastroenteritis, or stomach-flu like symptoms, causing intense diarrhea. 

The virus has been found in the stool of those with Covid-19, as well, which indicates it may spread via body fluids. 

The Incubation Period

Doctors conclude that the incubation period is likely anywhere from 19-24 days, and was originally thought to be 14 days. 

Who is Most at Risk? 

The disease appears to affect the elderly or infirm worse than any other demographic. 

But over and over again, I personally read reports of 30 and 40 year olds who can barely breathe, are close to organ failure, or about to call 911 due to being turned away at hospitals. 

What do you think?

Have you seen or experienced any strange symptoms?

Check out some of our other posts for herbal protocols, like this one

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Vitamin-D

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Vitamin-D

Vitamin-D, A Critical Factor 

Most people don’t know that Vitamin-D is actually a hormone! 

In his Covid-19 papers, Paul Bergner referenced studies which indicate that low levels of Vitamin-D, (specifically 20ng/mL and below), correlate to a 57% increase in infection and hospital stays (specifically ICU or intensive care units).

That probably doesn’t mean much to the average person, but let’s be blunt, shall we? —For the sake of time. 

We are pretty much all deficient. Unless you are eating copious amounts of virgin cod liver oil, eating organ meats every week, or getting lots of sunshine Vitamin-D —you’re pretty much, ahem, shall we say —screwed. 

So… ‘true’ vitamin-D as I call it only comes from animal sources or the sun. 

So if you are getting sunshine, and enough magnesium, you’re probably good to go —but I’d lay bets that anyone getting enough D from sun exposure is probably still deficient in magnesium to some degree. 

And ya need magnesium to process D. 

Clear? 
So what is the issue? What are we getting at? 

If you aren’t sufficient in D —and for the sake of perfectionistic thoroughness, I’m gonna add ‘true’ vitamin-A to that (not beta-carotene, which doesn’t even convert in most, sorry vegans). 

Some vitamins and minerals go in tandem —like hand and hand, and are actually DANGEROUS if not balanced together.  

Take iron and vitamin C —iron is way more absorbable when taken with a good (non-ascorbic acid) source of vitamin-C in conjunction. Think beef and bell peppers or peanut soup and spinach. 

Next, take iodine —it is way better with selenium (and super dangerous if not balanced for those at risk for hypothyroid). 

Now, back to vitamin-A and vitamin-D. 

They are like 2 peas in a pod which is why you find them naturally together. Everywhere you find one you find the other, such as organ meats and cod liver oil.

That’s why taking them alone IS just meh —mediocre, better than nothing, but certainly not IDEAL. 

Additionally, low vitamin-D levels correlate with a 76-79% increased mortality rate. Most Americans have a 28ng/mL at the peak end of summer, which plummets to a mere 16ng/mL by the end of February. 

This stat puts about ½ of the population at risk for critical complications and yes, even hospitalization. 

Vitamin-D Dosages

Paul indicates to take 4,000-7,000 IU of Vitamin-D3 —however he doesn’t specify types of D3, which we discuss below. 

Herbalists are amazing at herbs —often they frown on other holistic practitioners. I get that —but for many herbalists their direct specific knowledge begins and ends with herbs. 

Unlike advanced holistic nutritionists like Rockwell produces, herbalists generally aren’t so focused on nutrition, outside of foraging. 

So they don’t seem to really specify and go deep in regard to best practices for supplementation and how critical it is that A is balanced with D or serious issues can arise, etc. 

So we get into all that for you at the end. 

But first, anyone not already taking Vitamin-D during the winter should just assume they are deficient. 

Additionally, wherever applicable (CA / FL) people should try to get 10-20 minutes of direct sun exposure per day. I’m saying that regardless of skin color a little is better than none, because skin color actually plays a role. 

Specifically, a light-skinned person can produce 20,000 IU of Vitamin-D with 20-minutes of direct sun exposure, whereas it will take a dark-skinned individual 3 hours to produce the same amount. 

Sunlight is weaker in the winter, so play around with it to figure out when it is strongest. 

Unfortunately, we only catch UVA rays through glass, which do not promote the creation of Vitamin-D. It has to be unfiltered UVB rays in order to produce Vitamin-D. 

Vitamin-D deficiency is much more prevalent in dark-skinned individuals. 

For such individuals, getting some sunshine is still beneficial, butsupplementaion nmay b the onnly truly viable option (besides food sources).

Vitamin-D stimulates the production of virucidal antimicrobial peptides and suppresses cytokine activity, making it useful for the “treatment of those viral respiratory infections that peak in wintertime.” 

For this purpose, Cannel et al suggest a pharmacological dose of 1,000-2,000 IU/kg per day, for several days. 

According to Paul Bergner, this translates into 75,000-150,000 IU (ng/mL) per day if they are 165 lbs. In my opinion, you can go up or down based on weight as a guide. 

Surprisingly, this high amount is not toxic. 

Bergner adds that throughout most of the 20th century, after Vitamin-D was first discovered, actual doses of up to 300,000 IU per day were standard treatment for toddlers and children exhibiting symptoms of rickets. In essence, the more, the better, but A does have upper limits so use caution and don’t down a full bottle of cod liver oil in one day. 

What Form of Vitamin-D is Best?

There are 2 kinds of vitamin-D, which include vitamin-D2 and vitamin-D3. 

Vitamin-D3 can only be sourced from animal-based foods and vitamin-D2 is sourced from plant-based foods. 

Vitamin-D is complex, plain and simple, the best way to get it is virgin CLO (unrefined —which means the vitamin-D was not removed and readded, or that a symmetric was added during the manufacturing process). 

Liver and Wellshire Farms pork or turkey liverwurst are also good sources. You can request your local Whole Foods order if it isn’t’ already stocked. Just contact the ‘speciality’ dept, and request it. 

The turkey version has  lower levels of A and D, respectively and is more mild .The pork is stronger in flavor, with much higher ratios of A and D. 

We will add that when taking vitamin-D, it really must be in the exact proper relation to vitamin-A. You see them together and naturally occurring in CLO and organ meats, specifically liver. 

It really isn’t ideal to load up on isolated vitamin-D. It’s best in relation to vitamin-A. 

It is a big, controversial subject however, so here are a few articles to help guide you in choosing which type of vitamin-D is good for you. 

A Word on Magnesium

You can’t absorb Vitamin-D without proper levels of magnesium. 

Bottom line here? Take your vitamin-D and get some 10-20 minutes of sunshine when you can! Of course, take your natural melatonin levels and the strength of the sun into consideration. 

Strong sun can take 10-minutes and a weak sun might take 20-minutes for a light-skinned individual. Medium or dark-skinned persons may require more sun time or more supplementation. 

See our chart below for how to get Vitamin-D and dosage details. 

  • Vitamin-D Sources & Uses
Vitamin-D Source Amount Variance (Pros / Cons) 
direct unfiltered sunshine 10-20 min light to medium skinned + if darker skinned (but you can still wear a hat to protect the delicate facial skin) depends on skin color
Vitamin-D3 (aka, cholecalciferol) meh… Take a lot if you want, as the study shows 300,000 IU was common —the concern arises with high dosages not balanced with A —this is the major issue. Vitamin-A as beta carotene are associated with increased risks of lung cancer. it’s synthetic 

some people are sensitive to it 

Is it synthetic? 

Ok well the lanonlinn is ‘natural’ if you don’t mind eating sheep hair grease, but then they add other chemicals… Yuk. 

It will do if it’s all ya got

Wellshire Farms Liverwurst (pork or turkey) 2 kinds pork or turkey —pork is stronger flavor, but higher A/D ratios 

—turkey is more mild of the two, lower A/D ratios 

it has a little dairy if you’re opposed / sensitive / allergic 

too salty 

lots of A and D tho!

Our Fave —one of 2 versions of VIRGIN cod liver oil 

My fave sources are: 

On Target Living CLO

Virgin CLO

Rosita

wow just wow. amazing stuff

see the brands we recommend at the end of this post

additionally — ½-1 tsp is standard but lots of people take more but there are upper limits 

all the vitamins that were natural there weren’t filtered out and ‘re added’ (that’s just too much tampering)

other CLO’s pull the D out, re-add it, or worse, add synthetic. 

Good luck and be well!