Seaspiracy Afterthoughts…

Seaspiracy Afterthoughts…

by Dr. Amanda Prado, TND

Did you know when dolphins and whales return to the surface to breathe they fertilize tiny marine plants called phytoplankton, which every year will absorb 4x the amount of carbon dioxide as the Amazon rainforest? 


This generates up to 85% of all of our oxygen. 


This means if we lose the whales and the dolphins, we lose the ocean- and if we lose the ocean, humanity will cease to exist. 


How are sea animals dying?


Well, the most notorious response would be Plastic!!!!!!! 


We have found plastic in the stomachs of all the animals that have washed up on the shore dead. 


This plastic is dumped into our oceans by numbers larger than you could imagine and breaks down into tiny microplastics. 


Have you ever heard someone say, drinking from plastic is terrible for you!


Do you know why?


Because of the microplastics that leach from the bottle into our water, just as it does in our oceans.


Dolphins and whales ingest these plastics and die of the contamination. 


Our oceans have turned into a toxic plastic wasteland!!!!!


I believed plastic and reducing the use of plastic would save our oceans, but that’s not the majority of the issue.


What’s even worse is the brutality these animals are receiving in locations such as Taiji, Japan.


Japan notified the U.S. on Dec. 26, 2018, that it had decided to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission in order to pursue commercial whaling.


In the years 200-2015, for every 1 dolphin that is captured to sell, 8 dolphins are killed. 


But why are the Japanese so fascinated with dolphins and whales?


1 idea is that the act is fueled by the captivity industry, but only 1 in every 8 dolphins are 

selected for captivity. 


There’s no market for dolphin meat, so why kill them? Why not release them back into the sea?


The answer is pest control. 


The fishermen view the dolphins as a threat to their fishing because they eat too many fish. 


The slaughter of dolphins and sea life is a result of overfishing and greed!


They use dolphins as a scapegoat for what humans are destroying. 


Dolphins and whales aren’t the only species being hunted for money and greed, sharks are also being hunted for their fins.


Mind you, shark fins have no nutritional value but are used to make shark fin soup, which is a delicacy and quite expensive dish.


Sharks are now in danger of going extinct. 


Without sharks, the ocean would become a swamp. 


The loss of fish and overfishing is causing the extinction of sharks, whales, dolphins, and seabirds.


Even though, fear has set in around the idea of saving sharks. 


Sharks only kill about 10 people per year and are the most necessary creatures in our oceans. 


In retrospect, humans kill 10,000- 30,000 sharks a year. 


If you think the numbers in taiji are bad, the French government is even worse. 


They are killing 10x the amount of dolphins as Japan but are hiding it well and getting away with it. 


In conclusion, the greatest harm to the livelihood of our oceans is preserving the populations of fish, dolphins, whales, and sharks in our oceans. 


The only way to achieve this is to stop commercial overfishing, which begins with humanity and the consumer reducing or eliminating the amount of fish they are consuming. 


Did you know 46% of the “trash” floating around the great pacific garbage patch is fishers net?


So even if we do away with the plastic, the most significant issue is still commercial fishing!


So what can we do?


Stop eating fish or severely limit the amount of fish you consume?


Encourage others to limit the amount of fish they eat!


Educate your friends and family on the subject. 


Stop buying bottled water!


Buy a Berkey! 


Buy a glass water bottle!


Buy a dyln alkaline bottle! 


Buy reusable sandwich bags!


Buy reusable bags!


Recycle plastic bags!


Ignorance Abounds & Bias Pervades Education for Women in Medicine

Ignorance Abounds & Bias Pervades Education for Women in Medicine

The program director for our AHND (Advanced Holistic Nutrition Doctorate), Dr. Piper Gibson TND, AHND just wrote a post about conventional dietician school / education and why she chose our program out of the plethora on the market.


She has privately told me in writing and directly that she thought ours was the best in the world…


Now I know this is a tall order, but in my industry, well, it’s small.


It’s easy to see ‘what’s out there’.


I never ‘tooted my own horn’ and I only ever repeated her sentiments to just one or two others. 


Yet, I knew what she said was true… That’s what I had set out for from the start… 


I also checked every nutrition program on the market, including big names like the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN), for example. 


And while their program may or may not be NANP approved (I don’t see how they could unless it’s drastically changed since I attended), it for certain was not up-to-date, cutting-edge, thorough, or heavily based in hard science… 


In full transparency, I have been told by other graduates that they chose Rockwell because our curriculum is the most extensive, thorough, and up-to-date of its class and type that exists. 🙏🏽


I do know there are some incredible schools / courses available, aside from IIN, but when or if you can only choose one…


What do you choose and why?


Most of our graduates have attended more than one school option. This is great. However, we want to be on your list!


Years later after expressing this to me, Dr. Gibson went into actual depth about why the AHND is the best holistic nutrition program in the world in her article here titled, “How to Depreciate an Oven”.


Please go read that article before continuing here, as without it, you won’t understand the rest of this piece. Don’t worry. The link opens in a new window! 


Then please come back here to continue. See you soon!

Are you back!? 


I had no idea this was the reality of dietician school, but why does it not surprise me these days!!?!?!? 


I will say I have seen some great curriculums for dietitians that include coursework on gene expression and immunology, —our graduates receive this, too. 


In fact, we are simultaneously strengthening and streamlining our programs because we will be seeking to become an NANP (National Association of Nutrition Professionals) approved school in 2022.


This isn’t changing our curriculum, but strengthening it, to make it more concentrated and succinct.


Time is of the essence for our prospective students, current students, and graduates seeking continuing education. 


Of course, as a side note, we are adding new courses and modalities. 


This is actively in process as I write!


However, some curriculum from dietician school, like depreciating an oven and offering a man with cancer a cooked egg baked in a cake is void of course.


By the way, —the reasoning behind this test question is that the egg is now free of salmonella, and therefore ‘safe’ to consume, the concept of which exists in the outdated framework, erroneous science, and actual bias of the 1950s. 


The egg being the concern, versus the connection between sugar and cancer / tumors, is everything that is wrong with this picture.


Depreciating an oven is the bias on the idea that nutrition / dietician school should be based on outdated societal constructs that nutrition is mostly only relevant to women and not worthy of ‘real medicine’. To hell with the damn oven.


Hippocrates had a clue though. His philosophy was that food is medicine and medicine is food…


These bits about cooked eggs and ovens are simply no longer pragmatic or purposeful. It’s more than that. It’s a mockery. 


It begs the question, “Am I being punk’d right now?”, and other similar such sentiments, like, “Is this a joke?”, I thought to myself as I read Dr. Gibson’s article referenced above.


As the days passed on processing this information, it began to dawn on me…


When it comes to society’s (medical demographics / authorities) low standards for actual nutritional education and bias towards women in the field….


Could it be any lower? Could it possibly be any more of an outdated, sexist, or double standard?  


More on nutritional requirements for ‘licensed medical doctors / physicians’ below.


Why do I cite bias?


Here’s why.


Before I started the Rockwell School of Holistic Medicine, I seriously considered just going to med school. 


After reading allllll about the sobering reality of that, I decided it wasn’t my path.


Having the right to make a lot of money, treat, diagnose, and prescribe, and have access to all lab testing options just wasn’t going to be worth the price, both literally and figuratively. 


I had noooo desire to sit in med school studying pharmaceuticals over red light therapy and oxygen medicine. 


I had no desire for hospital politics or to work under fluorescent lights working 80-120 hour workweeks…. 


Read all about our article on TNDs vs. NDs vs MDs here where we talk about how a traditional naturopath’s education differs from a licensed naturopaths and that of a licensed medical “doctor / physician”.


Corruption begins early in the young med school students collegiate career.


They’re education is predominantly founded in pharmacology vs. prevention at the start.


Most are taught to think in a box, because med school has essentially been militarized and its graduates have been rigidly, dogmatically indoctrinated not to think for themselves or ‘question the system’. 


They are brainwashed against any logic when it comes to anything that comes between treating symptoms with drugs, such as examining possible root causes. 


Science should be fluid, intuitive, and full of discovery simply for the love of it, —specifically for the love of answers… 


Of course, not everyone cares about answers, but we here at Rockwell sure do! It is, in fact, our lifeblood. 


You will find some less than enchanting stats on the grueling, often unrewarding life of conventional medical doctors, who themselves often can’t even make time for self-care / health due to the inhumanity of their work schedules.


This is a systemic issue in that the requirements for med school eliminate many qualified individuals who would otherwise have the stamina for it, minus a learning disability in math / chemistry.


This is a great tragedy and disservice to the public and others who would serve. 


They also have the highest suicide rates of any profession, which needs more looking into.


The whole system, and I don’t mean just med school, needs a “re-do” from the ground up… 


I won’t go into a lot of depth here, but I will skim the surface. 


For more details, read the article linked above. If you only wish to read the MD part, scroll past the TND verses ND sections.


In the process of reconsidering med school, I learned that when a nurse wants to study and become a ‘doctor’ (nurse practitioner), he/she has to study a lot less science based stuff and more ‘women type’ stuff.


Whereas when an EMT wants to become a doctor as a physician assistant he/she gets to study more fun, hard sciences.


This is not fair, but it’s ‘just the way it is’.


When a licensed medical doctor went to med school, he got 1-4 hours of nutrition DEPENDING ON WHERE THEY ATTENDED.


It’s often actually only 1 hour !! NO JOKE.


That baffled me. 


Pioneering herbalist, Susun Weed, discusses these concepts in her writings / books.


Plain and simple, conventional medicine represents the ‘heroic traditions’ of ‘medicine’ vs. the feminine and holistic methods of living / eating in season and listening to our bodies, for example.


Healing from herbs was for witches and savages. No interest was given to food and nutrition much either. Why?… Such things were for women / womyn / wombyn / wemoon. 


I like to use those terms for ‘women’ to get people thinking… 


Just let it simmer.


I assume this is why men folk (who for many years defined curriculum for the American Medical Association standards of med school) has a zero sum focus on prevention / diet. 


That was ‘women’s work’ and had no place in the male-dominant, patriarchal, heroism /egoism of conventional medicine. 


They were focused on heroic measures of surgeries and drugs, but skipped all the more intuitive (common sense) aspects of health like diet and plants. Daft much?


Again, it’s not the ‘doctors’ or the student’s fault. It’s systemic. They are the byproduct of corruption. By that I mean the byproduct of pharma dictating med school curriculum. 


Conventional medicine I would describe as deeply patriarchal, ego-based, and colonized. I like to think it’s getting better, but hmmm….


As though diet has nothing to do with disease!?


Ok, but yet, diabetes is a lifestyle disease… So much disease is, in fact, lifestyle…


Conventional doctors generally treat disease, diagnose conditions, and prescribe drugs (pharmaceuticals). 


They do not reverse symptoms and explore root causes. They do not have a big focus on functional relationships, stress-management and emotional wellbeing.


Of course, many of us are looking for quick fixes and non-compliant with what good advice a doctor does offer.


Regardless, I see bias everywhere in terms of double-standard / ignorance in ‘education’.


Share your thoughts. Do you think, after this article, that dietician school / education needs reform?


I love all my dietitians out there, but I will not be scheduling an appointment for your knowledge on what is nutritionally sound.


Until you know everything in our Advanced Holistic Nutrition Doctorate, I just would not trust what you have to say in terms of nutritional competency, honest to goodness.


Our students already learn about immunology, gene expression, and things of that nature that our dietician counterparts learn. 


I don’t know who wrote the program or who is responsible for the ‘dietician’ school curriculum, but asking about how to depreciate an oven, and telling the man with cancer to have the lemon cake because the egg is ‘cooked’ is biased on targeting nutrition / diet as a woman’s work.


Additionally, it is a mockery of our good sense and violates the justice of people over profits (see the comments in the linked article for examples).


It is reminiscent of home economics. 


I love home ec. 


I learned a lot, like the differences between need vs. want, but the questions on the test for dietician school that Piper cites are 1., lazy 2., ignorant 3., stupid 4., a mockery 5., insulting… 6. actually downright dangerous… 7., sad… 8., unfortunate… 9., unfair to the man / client / patient and his family… 10., shameless / scandalous / embarrassing!


I will stop there. 


Hopefully this is a rare, one-off and all other dietician schools (I pray) are now ‘on point’! Yet we are taught to only take nutritional advice from registered dietitians. And always, always consult your doctor in case one of the foods your focused on interferes with your drugs or cancer treatment. 


Bizarre times, indeed. 


The dietician is not the problem, the system is.


Until we value prevention and recession of dis-ease states, and use conventional medicine / drugs as a last resort, we will continue to put profits before people. 


This seems to be the agenda.


We can make use of acute care by modern medicine, and make use of disease categorization, as well as quality lab testing without relying on it for everything that it isn’t qualified to do. 


It is not qualified to hypothesize, locate, and/or eradicate root causes, endeavor full remission of symptoms in life and in labs, etc.


Take a look at our Advanced Holistic Nutrition Doctorate Program here, and read the article by Piper here on why she chose the Rockwell School of Holistic Medicine’s nutrition program over any other conventional dietician route out there.



Some Doctors Know More Than Other Doctors…

Some Doctors Know More Than Other Doctors…

From Ava…
As it were, medical violence is real, and conventional medicine according to John Hopkins University is the 3rd leading cause of death in the USA and suspected globally to be the case. My goodness don’t take my word for it, read about it! There’s tons of ‘evidence’.
Here is one of many examples…
Most conventional doctors are iodophobic (a word coined by licensed medical professional / physician, Dr. David Brownstein), to indicate the sad, sad education that licensed medical doctors receive regarding the life-giving properties of iodine.
Most conventional medical doctors are clueless about iodine, and I do mean clueless! This is tragedy of epic proportions. Of course, some are not. Obviously the more functional in practice a physician is, the more he/she/they will know about it…
That’s why you may know tons more about iodine as an iodine literate practitioner (after taking our iodine course) than a physician.
Of course, they know much, much more about drug combinations and contraindications than you ever will (most likely). I’m sure you’re just so jealous! Kidding!
It takes me back to Shakespeare, a rose by any other name is still a rose, and a doctor by any other name is still a doctor, from the latin word docere —ie., meaning teacher. I don’t know about you, but when I go see a doctor they aren’t teaching me *#%* about #&%!.
Of course they are amazing (?) —yes most are! They are doing what they love or what will bring in the dough… supporting their families but I will never trust a regular “doctor” or even a “registered dietician” —no disrespect, but read up on my opinion regarding that here.
However.. rather than educate me… or know more than I do about most health subjects like nutrition, herbalism, and naturopathy, they know more about drugs and surgery and things of that nature! —which don’t involve nature.
They offer surgery or prescriptions, not reversals of symptoms and treating root causes. I say we call them licensed physicians, or just physicians. Doctor, they are not.
Only by terminological ‘default’ of contemporary society, but are they reallllly doctors anymore or is it outdated terminology for the most part?
To me, in my vast experience, I don’t think so. They are physicians, —from primary care physician to brain surgeon. I know, I know…
Many of their patients are thankless, stubborn, don’t listen, and are also ‘non-compliant’ and want a ‘quick-fix’ —a drive-thru fix, and a ‘pill’ to ‘fix it all’.
Licensed physicians do not have it easy, god bless their souls, with the highest suicide rate of any profession.
We write about this in our blog… This is not to criticize them. I love many miracles of conventional medicine but we should keep the miracles and ditch the bs.
Maybe it’s because big pharma rules the AMA (American Medical Association), and the AMA rules med school curriculum. I am not anti drug or anti vaxx overall. I am for SAFETY. I am for people before profits.
And maybe the med school grads aren’t getting to live up to their dreams of teaching others holistically to manifest their full health potential —you know that ‘doctor’ dream (hey, not everyone who goes to med school cheats and is in it for the money!)
And so the very sincere ones, they find their own way in the path of functional, alternative, and complimentary medicine (like Brownstein, Mercola, and scores others), who would otherwise become disenchanted at constantly studying drugs, drugs, and more drugs, symptoms, and expensive treatments.
I do love the science aspect (when it’s not bought, sold, and paid for by biased interests of course)… I love the catalog of disease, even though I always hear herbalists whining that they don’t wanna put anyone ‘in a box’ by ‘labeling’ them with a disease.
This is where I disagree, and I see these ‘labels’ (diagnoses) as just factual information that the day’s snapshot of a blood / lab test says about a patient / client (depending on your field).
I see nothing wrong with diagnosis. It’s just a starting point / map to me.
Of course the patient / client is ‘more than a “label”‘. Where’s my facepalm emoji. I get all this.
The point is, is the doctor actually teaching? If not, let’s call them physicians and let them do what they do, treat symptoms, diagnose disease, and prescribe drugs. (Treat, diagnose, and prescribe —what we do not do.)
Doctors teach people… People! Doctors teach
Or are supposed to anyway. Heaven forbid, don’t take nutritional advice from a doctor, as they only get 1-4 credit hours of nutrition!!! Remember, the AMA runs the med school curriculum and the AMA is most likely controlled by big pharma, which is why the bulk of a ‘doctors’ time is spent 1., studying drugs.
Why not study prevention? Non-toxic “treatments”?
Of course there will always be physicians who are also doctors (who teach) but many just do not.
They just practice conventional medicine with no respect to how mother nature and god / great spirit / source gifts provide health and healing.. Keep in mind, med school is like militarization.
It’s not “bad’ per se, they just aren’t taught / tolerated / encouraged to “think outside the box” like our students are and formulate their own hypothesis. Granted, they are doctors / physicians vs. scientists, but hopefully you feel where I’m coming from. They are indoctrinated to think / act / believed a certain way about health and wellbeing.
Due to this, there is a huge divide.
Modern medicine, or conventional medicine, doesn’t want any competition as a whole. And people are brainwashed across the board to be sadly, and truthfully, I’m not afraid to say it, ignorant and close minded about the possibilities of true, ideal health or manifesting one’s full health potential.
Before you wander off though, check out the whole purpose of today’s piece and read this article by Dr. Piper Gibson and her recent experience! 
Sadly, many of my client’s families are not supportive because they cannot step out of the conventional medicine box. Today a client told me that her family looked me up so they could research and discredit me because they do not support the changes my client is trying to make.
My path is unique, and I would not do what I do today if natural approaches hadn’t changed our lives. I am not an MD, nor do I want to be. I do not believe I could help my clients in the way that I do if I were an MD. Don’t get me wrong, we need MDs, but we also need Doctors like myself in every field.
Am I a doctor? Maybe not in your traditional view of doctors, but many doctors are not MDs. You can earn a doctorate in business administration, public health, history, accounting, and even holistic nutrition or traditional naturopathy.
Doctor comes from the Latin word for “teacher” and originally referred to a small group of theologians who had approval from the Church to speak on religious matters. Eventually, the term saw greater use, referring to qualified academic and medical professionals. Merriam Webster defines a doctor as a learned or authoritative teacher or a person who has earned one of the highest academic degrees.
The local medical school teaches 60 minutes of nutrition training. In the past ten years, I have earned over 1,000 hours of nutrition training alone, including every nutritional modality. I have earned hundreds of hours in Naturopathy and Natural Medicine. In addition, I took a 5-hour Board Certification Course to receive my board cert in Natural Medicine (I aced it, by the way). Who do you want your nutritional advice from?
There are not many genomics experts out there, and I have been told you can’t just hire one off the street. However, I am one of the top experts in the field, teaching MDs, DC’s, DO’s, NP’s, and RD’s to use and analyze genomic data in practice. I wouldn’t have the job I do if I weren’t an expert.
I do not treat or diagnose. For example, I do not prescribe medication for your high blood pressure or give you a pill for your arthritis.
I teach!
I teach my clients what I have learned so they can turn around and apply it to their own lives to improve their health. I teach them why it is essential to look deeper at their symptoms and question what is actually happening in their body.
Just because my Doctorate doesn’t fit into your doctor box does not mean I am a quack. It means you are stuck in a box.
Am I a Doctor, YES! Like my colleague Dr. Michael Lonardo says, “the title of “Doctor” and while some may think it pretentious, I think it simply gives notice to the extreme commitment we give to help and “teach” others how to live a better, healthier life.”

Your partner in health,

Piper Gibson, AHND, TND, BCDNM, FDN-P
How to Depreciate an Oven

How to Depreciate an Oven

This is from our dear, sweet Dr. Piper Gibson ———— also the program director for our AHND (that’s Advanced Holistic Nutrition Doctorate) at the Rockwell School of Holistic Medicine…


Look at what she had to say! It makes me feel like my work was not in vain (cuz sometimes it feels like it!!!) Have you been there!?

Where you aren’t sure if you make a difference and think your work is meaningless? It’s not! I promise! I’m moving out of those lower energies (to self-worth and self-love).


Anyway, she made my day for taking the time. How kind! Here goes! And a big thank you to Piper for letting me know I made a difference! 


Hey there,

I felt called to write this. I was thinking about last week when I went for a walk and I kept feeling like I needed to get it on paper. Feel free to use it however you like. Testimonial, blog post, whatever…

How to depreciate an oven


When I first started looking for Nutrition programs, I investigated all of the Universities and what they offered. In my research, I found out that they would teach me how to depreciate an oven. 35% of the lessons taught in a typical nutrition program revolve around teaching you the business end of working in a clinical setting. The programs are oriented so that you can eventually pass the Registered Dietitian test.


The questions on the test include things like this:


You are working as a dietitian in a nursing home, and you need to purchase a new oven. You have a purchase order for $35,000 (they also taught you how to fill that out). How much will the oven be worth in 10 years?


I don’t know about you, but this doesn’t make me feel excited about learning nutrition. It makes me feel like the accountant at the nursing home needs to do his job.


On top of that, typical nutrition programs follow calories in/calories out and macros.


Another question on the test includes:


Bob has cancer and is on chemotherapy. What is the best option for him to eat?

  1. eggs over easy
  2. flan
  3. lemon cake

The answer is C, lemon cake because the egg is fully baked into the cake, reducing Bob’s risk of salmonella. At no point do they consider that sugar feeds cancer cells and Bob should not be eating any cake in the first place.


When I dug into what I was looking for in a nutrition program, it wasn’t how to depreciate an oven or feed bob sugar. I truly wanted a program that taught me how food deeply impacted our bodies. What foods were meant to heal us, and what foods will break us down. I wanted to dive deep into how food affects the gut, brain, and immune systems. I wanted to go above and beyond calories in/calories out and truly understand the in’s and out’s of real nutrition. It was vital for me to realize that there is no one-size-fits-all diet and that each person will have a unique response to the foods they eat.


In a world where humans are becoming sicker by the day and in a world where we have seen a 400% increase in chronic illness in children, I felt called to find a program that would rock my world. A program that would bust the myths surrounding diet, the same myths we have sadly been taught our entire lives. I have always been someone who wants both sides of the story; what are the pros and cons of veganism or the good, the bad, and ugly of a low carb diet.


A conventional program will lean heavily on plant-based meals, that include lower fats and plenty of carbs, a seemingly standard prescription.  At Rockwell, you learn how food undoubtedly affects every cell, tissue, organ, and system in the body. You will journey through lessons on water, preservatives, toxins, obesity, gut, brain, vitamins, minerals, food sensitivities, and that is only the tip of the iceberg.


I feel like Rockwell has the most well-rounded and thought-out holistic nutrition program in the world. I know that’s a bold statement, and it’s saying a lot, but the content taught at Rockwell exceeds anything you find anyplace else.


Rockwell did not teach me to depreciate an oven, and for that, I am thankful. However, they did teach me that Bob, who has cancer, should not be eating lemon cake. Scramble that man an egg or better yet serve him a steak.

Your partner in health,

Piper Gibson, AHND, TND, BCDNM, FDN-P



Preventing Gallbladder Surgery & Gallstones

Preventing Gallbladder Surgery & Gallstones

Life can be so much safer and simpler when we know a few things. While it’s not practical everyone will want to go gluten free, due to desire, socio-economic status, and/or global location, —if you are having gallbladder issues, please consider exploring this topic further if you wish to avoid gallbladder removal.

We linked articles below and you are strongly encouraged to keep digging around the link between gallbladder disease, but also gluten-sensitivity. Many are NCGS (non-celiac gluten-sensitive) and don’t know it until they need an emergency gallbladder surgery.

What appears to happen is that gluten shuts down the ability of the gallbladder to produce the hormone necessary to process fat. In fact, after gb surgery, many people are even more sensitive to not only wheat, rye, and barely, ie., ‘gluten’, but also eggs, dairy, etc.

Check out todays YouTube video today “Avoid Gallbladder Removal” and the articles below. Please link any incredible findings back to the comments section if you start going down the rabbit hole and come across something amazing you want to share.

If this is the right thing for you to do, by all means, you know what is best for yourself (or you should, we hope). I

f you aren’t sure, try some other things, like removing gluten, just to see if it does the trick. Additionally, you can google ‘regret gallbladder removal’ or ‘regret removing gallbladder’.

Remember, you have to be your own best self-advocate, no matter if 10 doctors on shift are pressuring you to ‘just do it (get it removed)’ but your gut instinct says ‘no’. You are your own true north.

Do what’s best for you, not what people are pressuring you to do. If this video and list of articles help, please comment below and let us know.

Effects of a Gluten-Containing Meal on Gastric Emptying and Gallbladder Contraction

Celiac Disease Linked to Gallbladder Disease & Liver Problems

Gluten Sensitivity & Gallbladder Issues 

How Celiac May Affect Your Risk for Gallbladder Disease

Holistic Products That Aren’t Really Holistic

Holistic Products That Aren’t Really Holistic

I was ordering from Whole Foods delivery and took a chance on two Mad Hippie products, which needless to day, at $22 each, or thereabouts, I was quite disappointed.

Find out why in this video here where I express my frustration with our often non-sensical society at large.

It baffles me how so many benign products are pulled from shelves, think the most effective form of B6 —illegal in the US, and removing NAC recently from the shelves, when studies show that it makes almost 80% of people infected with Covid-19, asymptomatic.

It’s obv the natural vaccine, yet the FDA and government allow us to touch receipts full of BPA (endocrine disruptor / proven cancer causer)…

I shake my had and ask why!? If this bothers you as well, please consider running for office or supporting quality people who are! Change happens when we speak up and make our voices heard. —and through our purchases. 

New Student Participation Requirements

New Student Participation Requirements

We are building a community of likeminded individuals who we can reach out to, as needed.

We comprise a group of people who specialize in differing areas. Participation is important to developing a sense of community relationship with one another.

The new requirements can be found inside the beginning of each module.

Everyone is required to comment on each lesson in the discussion. These are required to graduate. 

Student participation is not required for completed lessons prior to 11/2/21. 

Going forward from Nov 2nd, 2021, all students are required to leave a short paragraph verbalizing their thoughts, feelings, and future actions based on the lesson. Future actions are changes you will or will not implement.

You can also share contradictory theory / criticism of a lesson subject, if you are aware of anything you feel the community should, at a minimum, be appraised of.

Even if you just disagree with the matter, please share. Most lessons have an essay and some of your thoughts will be expressed similarly on both.

The purpose of this is repetition in your knowledge / argument. It’s one thing “know something”, it is quite another to know it well enough to talk about it properly, with grace and eloquence, as well as form and function.

So, even though we aren’t in a class, doing speeches, you should also try to talk about your lesson with family, or record yourself talking about it.

These are things you will do in your practice. The student FB group is a great place to record videos talking about your lesson in overview. It’s good for other students and you can also share it on your personal socials.

Why? This is preparation to start building a following, a practice, and finding ‘your voice’…

You don’t have to finish a school to practice what you know. Most people like to learn more, before going into practice though. It’s a confidence issue.

It’s good to ‘get your feet wet’ and start practicing at your practice sooner rather than later. So we ask you to record yourself on audio talking about the lesson. Listen to it…  You will hear how you can refind your points.

Get used to hearing (and loving) your own voice. It’s both special and sacred and will be used to reach your own special ‘cult’ following.

Of course, that is not a real cult. It’s said somewhat in jest. However, that is the goal. Your knowledge is rich and sacred! You have to share it with others.

If you’re nervous or scared, awesome. Join the club! We’ve all been there, done that! And what of it? Cheers!

Seriously, though. I (the founder, Ava Rockwell), felt the same way. I mean, I guess. not everyone is nervous as heck, but I sure was! Many of the grads I talk to reiterate the same.

Therefore, here’s my personal story. I felt the same. On some level, it’s a weird kind of self-worth issue. Are we worthy to have a voice? Are we too forceful? Too fanatical? Are we plum crazy?

Many of us are just mad about holistic medicine. It’s our life’s passion. Our blood, sweat, and tears, right? We are all de facto lay research scientists.

I would love to have some specific studies funded, myself!! We so very much need good science, and that would have been one of my callings. It takes a lot of work to be a real, full blown scientist, though!

In any case, we all have to put ourselves ‘out there’, but it truly gives us a solid purpose.

If you @schoolofholisticmedicine on Instagram, we will share your min-lecture or your post in our stories. We can share posts, but we can’t share just stories. So you can post it on IG reels, or IGTV, depending on length.

IGTV is generally longer content, up to 60-min. That’s good for a long, detailed ‘lecture’. If you feel the passion, go for it! It will vary lesson to lesson how much content you learn to share. IGTV 15-second previews automatically publish in your IG feed.

If you don’t have a professional page, you can decide to set one up or not on Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok (I know it sounds like a lot). You may also want to create a private group for interested parties or for paid members / clients.

IG reels are up to 60-seconds. They can be shared on your regular IG feed, but I like to put them in stories, save them to highlights (organized by category), and then delete them from my regular feed because the reels don’t fit in aesthetically speaking.

I like to keep the reels on the reels tab of my IG page. If you aren’t sure what a highlight is, how to make a highlight cover, and make categories, and you aren’t sure what I’m talking about, you may want to invest in a social media influencer program.

However, I have signed up for paid influencer courses, but I learned a lot on my own. I rarely make time to do those courses, but I will always try.

I’ve read hundreds of articles on social media, and will try to publish my own sample social media routine for people to work off of as a template and to use as inspiration to come up with their own ideas.

We strongly encourage you to record yourself on your phone audio recording apps doing lesson overviews to ensure your verbal delivery is pleasing and on point for your audience and in pursuit of developing “your voice”.

Don’t worry about sounding good or perfect. That’s no way to ‘arrive’… Just do ‘the work’ and you’ll get there. Do not overthink it. Hear your voice and develop your public persona.

This is your vision for yourself. How you see yourself in your minds eye. How you want to come across and reach others with your life’s calling and passion.

Inside Module 1, after the New Student Participation Requirements section, you will find my personal social media cheat sheet based on 1000’s of articles. IG allows up to 30#s, but now recommend only 2-3#s! Those things matter! Check it out next!

Cheers to Your Individuality & Unique Message / Content

I’m not telling you to get out there “now”, but “now” is always good time! Hint hint!

I spent so much time on procrastination. In the end, I guess it was “meant to be”…???? I don’t recommend it though!!!

Be brave in yourself and finding your own voice, making mistakes along the way. Part of our ‘fear’ is unresolved trauma. Even if we don’t know the ins and outs of that, no worries. Just decide to love yourself, imperfections and all. 

Take inspired action… listen to your intuition. It’s always guiding the way with love if you will but listen.

Your light is meant to shine bright, imperfections and all. 

Embracing your worth and strength to ‘put yourself out there’ can be liberating!

I also know for some of us, the more time you have to mentally prepare for ‘going public’, lol sometimes the better. 

So here’s a few pieces to chew on… 

You can decide to start anytime! You can play around or you can create a schedule based around it.

At a minimum, when should you ‘get out there’? Well, as soon as you finish your first lesson! We detail in the Student Participation section at the start of each module that if you publish and tag us in your pieces, across platforms, we will try to share / collab with you etc. 

What’s good for the goose is good for the gander!

Take care and feel free to comment here or in the discussion group on the student platform regarding these matters.

What about you? Are you putting yourself out there now, if so, how’s it going? Are you going to start soon? Are you ready? Were you nervous or scared at first? Where do you think this fear stems from?

Sound off!

Toxic Nail Polish

Toxic Nail Polish

Did you know that your typical nail polish is totally toxic? Yes ma’am! It’s found in the bloodstream, and I believe even the breast tissue, within 10 to 15-min (I can’t recall which, as I studied this years ago).

In any case, check out some search results for ‘dangers of nail polish’ or ‘scientific studies and chemicals in nail polish’. 

And then there’s the online myths about the ‘safe’ natural nail polishes. If this is safe, then the bad ones deemed toxic must be really bad! The nail polishes on this list are almost all equally toxic, or slightly less.  To me this article is nothing more than a self-serving heap of crap which deceives women. 

These guides are nothing more than featured ads and who pays the price? You and I. 

If you sample the polishes on the so-called “safe-list”, you will find most still have a noxious strong odor. A strong odor is an indicator of danger or chemicals. Think ‘toxic’.

Want a good example? Febreeze. Downey. Products you see at Bath & Body. This is what the community says about Febreeze and this is what some authorities are saying. 

I am super disappointed that EWG gave them a B. Maybe that product was less toxic, but I am wondering if I can trust EWG totally because Febreeze is a terrible company by default no matter what period! 

Why are they allowed to exist!?!? Polluting our lungs, our waterways in the making of their product. Essential oils are better suited!!! 

Don’t trust a company totally if it doesn’t ring true with you. There’s no way in heck anyone is going to convince me Febreeze is even relatively safe! 

Let’s get back to so-called “natural” nail polishes and then I’ll show you the only one that actually is. Look at this study on “non-toxic” nail polishes! 

I find this abhorrent and an outrage that the FDA and US Government, and any government, allows companies to produce this $@#!! Please excuse my French. 

Imagine what it does to nature, insects, frogs, and the waterways. This is nothing short of a common microcosm of ignorance and planetary exploitation of humans and animals alike.

The only nail polish I’ve found of legitimately incredible quality is Acquarella. Now, if that has something bad in it, sue me. It’s odorless, comes off easily, and has wonderful quality and color choices. I won’t use anything else in the world!

Don’t be misled anymore and be sure to check out our video on toxic nail polishes. Mind your nose, if it smells toxic, it is toxic. If it smells like a cancer-causing endocrine disruptor, then it is. 

Words to live by.

Leave a comment below if you’ve used Acquarella and/or if you have another suggestions. If it has a serious odor, it’s usually trash.

Cure Shingles?

Cure Shingles?

Are you wondering if there’s a ‘cure’ for shingles? Well this isn’t a cure, because viruses generally stay with us. At least that’s what science says. In any case, herpes and chickenpox are related to shingles. I feel this information will help all 3 issues. 

So, shingles is a very serious illness. It comes from the varicella zoster virus, — a family of viruses which includes chickenpox, herpes simplex 1 & 2 or HSV-1 and HSV-2, also known as oral and genital herpes. 

Most people don’t know that oral and genital herpes are interchangeable. 

Even if you’re like me, and you’ve literally never had a single cold sore, you can still harbor this virus in your body from childhood chickenpox. Some people even carry HSV-1 or HSV-2, even without a cold sore or genital outbreak. 

Supposedly 1 in 4 to 1 in 3 people carry this in their body. 

If you’ve ever had strep throat, then you for sure have Epstein-Barr, or EBV. This is also an epidemic and a member of the varicella zoster family of viruses. 

And while I’ve never had a cold sore, nor have I ever had strep throat or mononucleosis, and I mean ever, —I’ve watched everyone around me get both! 

However, I didn’t get away ‘scott-free’. I actually had chickenpox 3 times in my life, —and it’s documented in photographs, no joke. While rare, it’s not impossible, even though everyone is absolutely convinced you only get it once. I wish!!!! I have the scars to prove it. 

Now I hear you all out there thinking I ate junk food, etc, but I had a very traditional diet of meat, vegetables, and healthy starches, low to no sugar, etc.

In any case, if you have shingles, it sucks. So in this video I talk about what I personally do, because you see, I had my first 1-2 shingles this year (and god-willing, they were my last). 

I have to say I was very scared, but it was gone within 4-6 days. How’d I do it? Well, first of all, every case is different. 

I immediately did a 2 day protocol of echinacea, wherein I took ¼ of the bottle morning, evening, morning, evening. Of course, I start the dose, whatever time it is, and if it’s 6 or after, it’s an ‘evening’ dose. 

If I get the tincture at 2 pm, I take a dose then and another before bed. That’s just how I roll. I’m talking about a 2 oz tincture. If you have a 4 oz bottle, and a more severe case, then perhaps I’d personally take it over a 4 day period and finish that bottle, as well. 

You have to decide personally what’s right for you or your family, but that’s what I would do for sure. Echinachea isn’t the kind of herbal supplement one takes more than 2-4 days, generally speaking. It’s more of a targeted protocol, succinct and precise. 

It revs up the immune system so check with your physician and check online to see if there’s any reason you shouldn’t take it. Do your research. 

I detail more about my shingles experience in the video. I personally started the echinacea antiviral protocol, then applied topical antiviral almost around the clock. 

Additionally, the rose absolute in carrier oil was the kiss that seemingly cured it ‘overnight’… or over ‘two’ nights. 🙂 

It’s possible this won’t help you at all, but it sure worked wonders for me. My shingles disappeared, of which I believe I had two, on the right side of my body. For those of you who don’t know, shingles usually appear on one side of the body! 

Keep your hands away from your eyes. It can get in your eyes and mess a person up! I just cotton pads for facial toners to put the oil on and let it set or just drop it on. Always wash your hands and don’t touch your eyes. Never pick at your shingles! It can cause scarring, spread, or delay healing. 

Most people start immediate pharmaceutical antivirals. I would have had to do that if the natural remedies hadn’t worked and the problem had gotten out of control or worsened. I’m so happy and grateful this worked for me. 

Keep in mind, I am not a licensed medical professional, and I can’t treat, diagnose, nor prescribe. I am a holistic health practitioner, and I can tell you what has worked for me. 

What about you? What’s worked for your shingles experience? 







Anecdotal Theory

Anecdotal Theory

In case you were wondering, anecdotal theory consists of your own first hand, personal experience with a subject. 

It’s what you’ve seen work in your own life or practice. 

It’s what you’ve researched independently, or learned through your education. It consists of that which you’ve read and heard from others in person or via online forums through trial and error.

Anecdotal theory is essentially first hand evidence, but also consists of multiple people’s first hand experiences.

The scientific community generally disqualifies, discount, dismiss, and invalidate anecdotal theory, however I consider it “the people’s medicine”.

People’s private experiences are extremely valid and relevant in a society where big money pays for big studies that push agendas. Anecdotal evidence is a smaller sample of lay scientists and personal testimony which is worth its weight in gold.

People in positions of authority, such as some hard-nosed scientists, natural medicine detractors, and some physicians will discount these solutions, but we do not invalidate others in this manner. 

A discerning eye is vital for objectivity and non-bias. As a holistic health practitioner, you are somewhat of an informal, lay scientist and a detective constantly putting things together through your time, energy, and sacrifice to support the masses.

You have the opportunity, as a holistic health practitioner, to reach millions of people on your platform through social media. It’s important to be able to think independently and objectively. 

Doctoral Thesis Requirements

Doctoral Thesis Requirements

Every holistic health educator requires some form of a doctoral thesis. The only thing is, they don’t really clarify that till you’ve enrolled, then you feel stuck. We tell you upfront everything you need to know to make informed decisions regarding your education. 

A normal doctoral thesis required at a conventional college does not exceed 80,000 words, and will normally be over 60,000 words

Our doctoral thesis is much less intensive, but every holistic health school does require them, and it’s a worthy project.

This word limit includes footnotes and endnotes, but excludes appendices and reference list / bibliography. Figures, tables, and images should be counted as the equivalent of 150 words for each page, or part of a page, that they occupy.

However, our doctoral thesis is much less intensive, and will consist of a total of 5,000 words. This is essentially only 10 pages, single spaced (or 20 pages double spaced), —with 1″ margins, in size 12 Times New Roman or size 12 Century Gothic.

The slight difference is that our doctoral thesis word limit does not include footnotes and endnotes, but it also does exclude appendices and reference list / bibliography. 

In addition, figures, tables, images etc should be counted as the equivalent of 75 words for each page, or part of a page, that they occupy with a limit of 12 images / graphs. 

This is basically what is known as a longform content. Most natural health programs also require a doctoral thesis, because these are considered doctoral programs. 

Hopefully that doesn’t inspire you to panic, as this is a wonderful opportunity both for the school and for our graduates.

This allows our graduates to really dive into their specialty and to immerse themselves in it inside and out. 

Writing a piece like this is a great way to learn, grow, and challenge yourself and share your work and ideas professionally with the public. To be fair, it’s a very short ‘paper’. 

In addition, you would be very surprised to see how many of our graduate’s prospective clients search and read their bios through About Us / Our Team pages. 

We are able to track real time traffic to our program director pages and assistant instructor bios. They do get a lot of traffic.

Graduate thesis writers will be listed as contributors on our About Us page with assistant instructors, myself, and our program directors.

A lot of graduates like to link their websites back to their bio on the School of Holistic Medicine website. This helps their website SEO (search engine optimization), and helps rank them in Google search results. 

It also adds to their professional online presence and credibility.

SEO is very important for holistic health practitioners, and this is a great opportunity. No other schools work with their graduates like this and publish their graduates’ independent work, hypothesis, and anecdotal theory on their own platform.

If that sounds complicated, don’t worry and do not be intimidated by the work. It’s easier than you think. 

You can read Piper Gibsons graduate thesis on phenibut here for an example or Michael Lonardo’s graduate piece, “Why I should Be Addressed as Doctor’, —both of whom are graduates and program directors. 

Michael’s piece is a PDF within and at the end of the main article which I originally wrote, as the founder.

You can read more about what anecdotal theory and the people’s medicine here. 

You have the opportunity, as a holistic health practitioner, to reach millions of people on your platform through social media. It’s important to be able to think independently and objectively. It’s also important to trust your ability and align with your intuition. This applies when you choose your thesis topic.

The graduate will write their doctoral thesis based on their speciality, —which is a subject someone has superior knowledge in or incredible skill sets on that they learned from personal experience, extensive research and application, —or through their courses at the SOHM.

Your doctoral thesis can just be a subject your naturally passionate (healthily obsessed) with. It will be published on our website under your name as a contributor to help activate your online presence in the holistic health community.

You are responsible for proper editing before publication.

As a courtesy, we will highlight spelling, typographical, and grammatical errors for you to correct where applicable and resubmit, but your doctoral thesis should reach us editorially clean with errors at a minimum.

Submissions with extensive errors will be rejected until corrected.

Credit Hours

Credit Hours

This is a continuation from our article on Graduation Requirements. 

Each one of our programs with required modules consists of about 120-180 actual course hours, —depending on the program of choice. 

This is when optional modules are not included. 

Required reading hours will vary and not all of our modules include required reading because we provide printable reference guides. 

Our printable reference guides outline previously required reading, but still consists of independent bodies of work outside of the school. 

However, there are some major 3rd party textbooks we use that contain imagery, diagrams, and tables which can’t be replaced. 

Required reading can mostly be found in modules 4 and 5, and module 3 to a lesser degree. 

Even with any required reading, our programs are still more affordable than other health schools when book prices are included. 

Why do we keep our prices so low and provide our graduates with lifetime access? 

This is an unregulated industry and you aren’t required to go to school before practicing, but it’s almost always helpful and necessary. We keep that in mind when we determine pricing.

It’s a bit rare to find someone who is self-taught but who also has the confidence and foundation to practice independently of a 3rd party educator. The point is, it’s not required!

Additionally, our students can complete a program in three, six, or nine months, depending on how many hours they can contribute weekly.

I personally do not believe 40 hours, like New Eden’s program referenced Graduation Requirements, is quite enough for one complete program to give a graduate the confidence and skill sets they need to practice safely and responsibly.

Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements

These are the graduation requirements continued from our FAQ page.

In review, there are 5 steps for students to meet graduation eligibility and receive their certificate of completion, or (COC), which include the following:

  • completion of program coursework

Students enrolled in the Rockwell Tri-Doctorate (RTD) generally choose to complete one program at a time.

  • review of completed coursework
  • 20-minute exit interview
  • doctoral thesis
  • pay remaining tuition

We expand more on this below.

Students are to complete all required modules in their chosen program, which includes general lessons, video lectures, reading, and essays —ie., all materials contained therein. 


Traditional Naturopathy (TND) 

Module 1, Module 2, & Module 4, Module 7

Clinical Herbalism (CHD)

Module 1, Module 3, & Module 4, Module 7

Advanced Holistic Nutrition (AHND)

Module 1, Module 5, Module 7

Spiritual Medicine (SMEA)

Module 6

Optional Modules for All Programs

Module 8 is optional

Once all required coursework is complete, members of the Board will review it and notify students if any essays are missing, for example.

After all coursework has been verified and authenticated, pending graduates will move to the second step in the graduation process by scheduling their in person, 20-minute Zoom interview here.

The exit interview consists of pertinent questions specific to your program and mandatory highlights to ensure that you are ready to work with the public, —and that the School of Holistic Medicine will not incur any liability or ethics issues due to your future practice.

If you aren’t sure what we mean by future liability, here are some examples that reflect poorly on educators and peer graduates as a whole. 

We want our graduates to practice with wisdom and discernment so we can maintain our credibility as a whole. What one graduate does affects and reflects on the rest of our graduates, positively or negatively. With practice comes responsibility.

This is the main reason why we cover basics during the exit interview to assess that students are ready, willing, and able to practice safely, responsibly, and ethically.

The exit interview lasts approximately 20-minutes and is required. If more time is needed, we will let you know, but that is normally sufficient.

Once the Board has verified a pending graduate’s coursework, and once the pending graduate has completed their exit interview, they may then begin writing and/or submit their doctoral thesis. Here’s a few things to keep in mind about the doctoral thesis. 

A normal doctoral thesis required at a conventional college does not exceed 80,000 words, and will normally be over 60,000 words

Our doctoral thesis is much less intensive, but every holistic health school does require them. Don’t be daunted. It’s a worthy project. 

You can read more about our doctoral thesis requirements here. 

Finally, graduates pay their tuition in full before being issued their COC.

This is the standard for all holistic health educators. Our bursar will email you a link to submit your final tuition payment.

Once tuition is received, and all of the previous 4 steps have been completed, you will be provided with a link to download your printable COC.

We suggest printing it on unbleached, recycled card stock and framing it in your office or place of work. It’s absolutely beautiful and you earned it!

You can find samples of our COCs at the bottom of the FAQ page.

Practice Responsibly

Practice Responsibly

Practicing Medicine

Our graduates may not and do not, practice “conventional” medicine or licensed naturopathy.

—Unless they are also a licensed medical professional.

You may be wondering, who would want to practice licensed medicine, unless they are also a licensed medical professional.  We actually do have students who are physician assistants and/or licensed practical nurses. These people can practice within their rights and responsibilities.

These people have seen the limits of modern, conventional medicine, and desire to include a holistic approach in their practice.

However, holistic health practitioners know so much about alternative medicine.  I shorten it to “alt med”, which is totally alternative to ‘conventional’ medicine. And holistic health practitioners know so much about complementary medicine. Complementary medicine means just what it sounds like. It complements conventional medicine. An example of this is when cancer patients also do acupuncture. Holistic health practitioners should be thrilled, ecstatic, and proud to practice that alone.

We do not need to pretend to be doctors, nor should we envy them. If you’re wondering why a holistic health practitioner should not be jealous of someone with a licensed medical degree, then you may be in the wrong field. Licensed medical doctors do not have it easy. You can learn more about their path here, which might help you determine whether traditional naturopathy, licensed naturopathy, or conventional medicine is right for you. 

We agree that conventional medicine has its place,  —and so does holistic medicine. However, sometimes the lines get blurred by irresponsible individuals in both fields, as conventional medicine is statistically the 3rd leading cause of death, but graduates of holistic medicine schools make errors to. Do not become a headline. Here are a few such unfortunate examples. 

Click here to see what happens when holistic practitioners pretend to be medical doctors.

Click here to read another example of what not to do if you are a holistic health practitioner.

Click here for a more recent example…. *which now requires a subscription*.

This is why we do our best to screen students through our FAQ, blog posts, and graduation requirements. We weed out people trying to practice via such methods. It’s also why we give our students their own registration numbers.  

As an additional note, our graduates are not approved to perform injections unless they are also a licensed medical professional, and only then if done in the appropriate setting. 

This  makes the whole industry look bad, and it is unfortunate, but seriously, don’t let that bother you too much, considering conventional medicine is the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States. Such cases are certainly more isolated, verses the issues with conventional medicine, which are widespread.

We just wanted to throw that out there as a reminder to keep things in perspective. Or, in case you didn’t know that conventional medicine comes with its own challenges.

This is the same with any industry. However, there is liability because its health related work. This means our students are not permitted / discourages from using the terms ‘treat, diagnose, or prescribe’ in their practice.

This isn’t a difficult request for our graduates, but this is also why we must screen people through the graduation process, which you can learn more about in our FAQ.

We are proud of what we do, which includes practicing all sorts of cool modalities to help the public in proven ways that licensed medical providers are often unaware of, such as being well versed in alternative weather therapies, medical ozone, iodine, and ortho med. 

Our knowledge is greatly needed more and more as people seek alternatives to conventional medicine. So don’t let naysayers or a few bad eggs make you shy away from your destiny if you feel called work with others as a health coach or advocate (holistic health practitioner). 

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!


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 —


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.

Terminology: Doctor vs. Physician

Terminology: Doctor vs. Physician

Doctor vs. Physician: Technicalities on Terminology

Most people don’t know that the word doctor comes from the Latin root word ‘docere’, which means to teach, or a teacher. We like to distinguish holistic medicine doctors (or practitioners) from licensed medical professionals or physicians.

As you probably already know, many professionals use the term ‘doctor’ or ‘Ph.D.’ after their name and in their title to signify their expertise in their chosen career fields.

The term ‘doctor’ is used by many holistic health practitioners as well. Some use Dr. and some use Ph.D. That is because many people practicing in these fields believe in the original Latin meaning of ‘docere’ (doctor) as ‘teacher’.

And make NO mistake about it, that is the primary role of our profession —educating others on natural health and holistic medicine. That’s what we do!

Our programs are not easy! They will both challenge and enlighten you! Believe us when we tell you that there are considerably less qualified people who use the term “doctor” in their professional title everyday, especially as it relates to holistic medicine/natural health— so if you feel inclined, don’t be afraid to use it.

You really will feel like you earned it after OUR program.

Some people in the holistic arena read 23 basic books and call themselves a doctor.

We respect everyone’s path but the only holistic medicine doctor we’d be comfortable seeing is a Rockwell one.

Their education is unparalleled for this class and type and their continuing education is guaranteed.

Graduates of ours and similar schools may choose to call themselves a holistic health practitioner/professional, or a holistic medicine doctor, or even more simply, an herbalist, etc.

In any case, many individuals do feel they have earned the right to call themselves a doctor of holistic medicine and this is never to be confused with a licensed physician.

In operating Rockwell, we have come to realize that use of the term ‘doctor’ in one’s professional title is a personal choice. Some people are very comfortable with it, while others are not apt to use it at all.

We leave this at the discretion of each individual graduate and respect their choice as such.

If you would like to read more, from the perspective of our TND Program Director for our traditional naturopathy program, you can download his paper “Why I Should Be Addressed As Doctor” in PDF


Please see our FAQ for more information! What about your opinion? Do you think the word ‘doctor’ should only be used by those with conventional educations and licensed physicians, or does it depend on the education itself? Let us know how you feel about this controversial subject!

Traditional Naturopathic Programs & Coursework

Traditional Naturopathic Programs & Coursework

Traditional Naturopathic Programs & Coursework

Traditional naturopathic coursework can vary from school to school. Some offer a traditional track of herbalism, iridology, homeopathy, etc while others focus on oriental or eastern medicine such as Chinese, Native American or Ayurvedic modalities.

There are a few schools that focus on one specific path of study, while others touch on a wide variety of focus.

Above is a map of licensed naturopathic educators. You require a bachelor degree and 1 year of science pre-reqs to apply / attend. You will need to live and attend in person. Tuition is about $25K per year, or $150K total.

It’s considered ‘med school’ and allows grads to get licensed if they also decide to practice in a state that offers licensure. Not all states do.

If the graduate of a licensed naturopathic program graduates and then moves back to, relocates, or practices in a state that does not offer licensure, then the med school graduate is permitted to practice as a ‘health coach’. Crazy, eh!?

A little over half of the states in the USA offer naturopathic licensure, but less than 4-5 states offer programs or have universities which teach licensed naturopathy.

Now we will talk about programs from many different online schools that offer traditional naturopathy, and various other options. If you want to learn more about traditional naturopathy vs. licensed naturopathy, you may do so here. 

Now here are a few online schools that teach traditional naturopathic distance learning. I expand with a few short reasons next to the listing and share why or why not I might choose that school. And don’t worry, I’m totally honest. 

  • Genesis School of Natural Health naturopathic program —no I would not attend here unless I just had both money and time to throw away. Why?

Where to start… I don’t feel this would prepare me to actually take clients and practice, it’s also dates as heck and their website hasn’t changed since we opened Rockwell.

I almost went there, because it was a better (to me) alternative than the dated / rigid programs at New Eden Natural Health School and Trinity School of Natural Health.

The latter which were started by men, and Genesis was founded by another woman. I identify with that, and even have spoken with the owner, who was very nice. However, the program was too weak for me. I felt it (like most naturopathic programs) focus too much on parasites and out dated diets, like Gerson Therapy.

This was really all the program had on diet and nutrition. I’m too passionate about food, new science, and tradition to buy into Gerson Therapy as a be all end all.

Way too outdated and limited for my personal tastes. For example, if we are going to work with people and change lives, we need more tools than one book on diet. Simple as that! 

There’s too much new evidence that doesn’t support Gerson. It’s about 20 years behind the times. Anyone I know who did Gerson eventually didn’t end up very well… Sadly.

So, while I respect graduates of all school, and recognize that all schools have something to offer, this wasn’t for me. 

  • New Eden School of Natural Health & Herbal Studies 

Would I enroll in or choose New Eden School of Natural Health? Why or why not?

This may have some good things in program, but it wasn’t for me back 7 years ago. I was wasn’t interested in how New Eden and Trinity was always trying to upsell me with in house book publications, etc in addition to what I perceived as a bit more of a rigid dogmatic approach to education. 

By that I mean that they are both religious not for profits, and it’s just (honestly)… weird and shady to me. Why are they religious not for profits!? In any case, I respect the work they do, but it just was’t for me. 

It didn’t make sense to me they claim religious exemption and don’t have to pay taxes on students, and so they kind of have to add religious rules and stipulations to their programs.

It’s too much for me. We are too diverse of a world to be telling people who aren’t that religion to incorporate these tenements into their programs. Separation of church and state, to me, that’s a thing. The thing is, if you’re reading this, and you really enjoy having your religion infused into your education, then maybe you will enjoy one of those schools!

This is good for older people possibly who are all one religion and gentrified to a degree, but if you need more diversity and want to focus on medicine instead of religion, Trinity and New Eden may not be the schools for you. 

We only really identify with a few agencies and affiliate with none to keep our energy and programs clean and independent of behind the scenes drama. Back in the day, all of these ‘accreditation’ agencies and ‘natural health schools’ had a competition hey day.

Everyone is pretty leveled out and more evolved now, which is wonderful. Make peace, not war. 

I do have to add, we had several people switch from those schools to ours. Why? They didn’t like the rigid, dogmatic approach and rules.

For example, due to the religious exemption of these schools, graduates are limited in their subject scope for writing their graduation thesis. This strikes me as very strange and controlling. It also lacks respect for outside ideology. 

In any case, we had one student who called and said her husband had been killed overseas during deployment. She’d gotten depressed, overwhelmed, and Trinity still would not extend her program completion time. I feel like they should have made an exception for this tragic personal circumstance. 

That’s the thing with large organizations. They lose their small business independence. It’s not organic anymore. The ‘thing’ takes over the ‘common sense’. Everyone has to ‘follow the rules’ without any flexibility.  

I will say one of New Edens graduates, who you can read about here, had a beef with one of our graduates. They had met each other in their local community. The New Eden grad wrote the Rockwell grad a long diatribe about how her school was better than ours and she had a right to use ‘doctor’, even though they are both traditional naturopaths.

She sited that it took 4 years to complete, but in actuality, New Eden says you can graduate in 24 months. So, false, false, false. This is ignorance and intolerance. 

This is a big no no in such a diverse world. It’s a no no period. It parades as ‘exclusive’ and we strive to be as all inclusive as possible.

In any case, we have compassion on that person and what we perceive as their misguided views, morals, values, and ethics with regard to ‘competition’ in the industry and supporting those who chose a different path. 

The bottom line is, there is no competition. It doesn’t exist. People will choose the right school for them, or they will change schools later and find the right school for them. It all comes out in the wash.

There are multiple schools to reach multiple people as we all have our personal preferences and different things speak to different people. End of story. The concept of ‘competition’ is outdated, rigid, and dogmatic. Not our vibe here. 

We do teach our grads to respect other grads from different schools.

This is basic common sense as well. We have heard stories of these other schools teaching intolerance for the same. Guys, we all need to get along. We need to see each others strengths, not each others differences. 

One graduate from one school may be more well versed in one area, and know absolutely nothing of another. Let’s work together.

There’s enough pushback from big pharma, the FDA, and the AMA… We don’t need to make enemies within. Let’s just respect that there’s a school for everyone’s tastes, needs, budget, and directive. We don’t all have to be, nor should we be, exactly the same. 


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. 


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, but supplemention may b the only 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


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. 

15 Zinc Vitamins

15 Zinc Vitamins

Zinc is the ‘Thor’ of Minerals &

Word on the street is that zinc shuts down replicase of viruses during viral infection but some say ‘there’s a catch’, read about that here—and even though a diet should be full of zinc-rich foods, during times of national pandemic like we are in now, it’s a good idea to ramp up those stores and have some extra on hand!

When to Take Zinc

If you are getting too much zinc, your body will let you know. Those with proper stores of zinc may be a slightly nauseous after taking a supplement. Don’t worry, it passes quickly. Say, for example, you just had a steak, ground beef, or lamb for dinner —then you probably don’t need to take zinc that day. If, on the other hand, you’ve been too busy to eat properly, are generally run ragged, malnourished, or feeling ‘under the weather’, —then def take some zinc. Most people can benefit. 

Quick Recommendations

L-OptiZinc is specially formulated for sensitive stomachs, the least nauseating of all zinc supplements, and most absorbable, according to our research. Don’t let the nausea issue scare you. Zinc is critical during these times. For those who may not have the time to read this full article, here are our top recommendations in a nutshell —of course, always consult with your physician beforehand. Now L-OptiZinc or Zinc Balance by Jarrow with copper. You can read more about zinc and copper below. Note: Jarrow zinc is more prone to causing nausea, as it is very pure and strong. So easy does it —maybe every other day is best. Heads up —if a brand says L-OptiZinc, like Source Naturals here, but they don’t specify on their label the type of methionine (l or d), then we don’t use it. We explain why later in the article.  Honorable mention goes to EZ Melts Zinc Carnosine, which claim to be stomach protective. And here’s a good option for the kiddos. These zinc and echinacea lozenges are also one of our faves that we always try to keep on hand —or try the ones with elderberry (sambucus). Get either one, as both echinacea and elderberry are antiviral. At the time of this writing, they’re back in stock. As a backup, these zinc cough drops by Zarbee’s are (surprisingly). I haven’t personally tried them, but I might still and yet if I can’t get ZAND. Keep in mind, the zinc lozenges are generally fine to take 2-3 per day, and rarely, if ever cause nausea, regardless of diet because the zinc dosage is so low. It’s still enough to make a difference and strengthen immunity. Just be sure to brush after, cuz they’re like hard candy. Please note, the information on the different kinds of zinc starts just below the infographics if you’re in a rush! 

Now, Let’s Get Started

Ever look at the zinc supplement shelf and feel a wave of confusion come over you?!? Well, don’t worry. That won’t be happening anymore if you read this. In this article, we cover everything on zinc. We also give you 30+ brands with their ingredient lists, and then tell you our personal faves! Let’s jump right in!

Mental Instability & Zinc

Did you know zinc, along with B-vitamins, is instrumental to our mental health and wellbeing. Without it, we can have all sorts of issues like eating disorders, depression, or anxiety. In fact, in the USA, there is a high rate of deficiency due to soil erosion, etc, which may play a role in mental illness. This is especially true for people who, for some unknown reason, experience excessive zinc and b-vitamin depletion during periods of stress. Such individuals are sometimes known to be pyroluric, or have pyroluria. During periods of high-stress, their bodies will actually leech their own zinc and B-vitamins via urine. This is terrible because these vitamins play a such a crucial role in our mental state and sense of personal wellbeing. For such individuals, it’s absolutely necessary to stay on top of lifelong supplementation. 

Why Zinc? Here’s a few more good reasons…

Zinc has been cited in popular online forums and in scientific studies for helping heal anorexia nervosa, bulimia, premenstrual cramps, acne, anxiety, depression, and HPV (human papillomavirus). Zinc has even been proven to help tinnitus sufferers! Here is more information about zinc and tinnitus in case you or someone you know is suffering with it. Zinc also helps regulate insulin resistance in diabetics and help in weight loss.

Types of Zinc

Choosing a zinc supplement can be confusing because there are so many different types.

  • zinc acetate
  • zinc angstrom
  • zinc carbonate
  • zinc carnosine
  • zinc chelate
  • zinc chloride
  • zinc citrate
  • zinc glycinate
  • zinc gluconate
  • zinc lactate
  • zinc l-aspartate / zinc aspartate
  • zinc methionine & monomethionine
  • zinc orotate
  • zinc oxide
  • zinc picolinate
  • zinc sulfate

A Brief Explanation of Types

Zinc Acetate is made from zinc nitrate and acetic anhydride. Zinc Angstrom Angstrom refers to the size of a particle, atom or molecule. It is smaller than ionic or colloidal minerals. I contacted Angstrom Zinc is broken down to an angstrom size particle and bonded to the water molecule through reverse osmosis in liquid angstrom mineral supplements. The actual type of zinc used is zinc sulfate. Zinc Carbonate the carbonate is a salt of carbonic acid, from the rock known as smithsonite or zincspar. Zinc Carnosine is a dipeptide of the amino acids beta-alanine and histidine. A prescription medicine in Japan used to heal ulcers at 75 mg twice daily, this type of zinc is said to be helpful for leaky gut and healing stomach issues. It has a reputation for being better than antibiotics at healing h. pylori, the bacteria said to be responsible for stomach ulcers. Zinc Chloride is a combination of zinc and chlorine Zinc Chelate is smithsonite processed with bisglycinate  Zinc Citrate is smithsonite processed with citric acid. Zinc Glycinate is some for of ester of glycine; aminoacetate Zinc Gluconate is a zinc rock processed with gluconic acid. Zinc Lactate is smithsonite processed with lactic acid. Zinc L-aspartate I do not know a lot about this type of zinc. I do know what aspartate is and it is related to aspartame. Because of that I would not take any supplement with it in it. For example, it has a bad reputation here. Even thought that is related to magnesium aspartate, I still wouldn’t risk it with zinc aspartate. Zinc Methionine & Monomethionine is a zinc salt with methionine, a sulfur-containing amino acid that is a constituent of most proteins. Zinc Orotate is a zinc rock processed with orotic acid. Zinc Oxide (topical often used in sunscreens) Zinc Picolinate is a zinc rock processed with picolinic acid, which is said to be more absorbable than gluconate or citrate, however the study was from 1987 and for some people there are even better options now.   Zinc Sulfate is a salt or ester of sulfuric acid. Cited most in scientific studies for healing HPV, one of the least expensive and most common form of zinc used today, however not my first choice because it has a reputation for causing stomach upset. A Brief Background on Zinc Methionine/Monomethionine continued from Part 1. This was puzzling to me because zinc monomethionine had an amazing reputation online. It is said to have high absorption and non-interference with copper blood plasma levels. Many people like it because it supposedly doesn’t induce nausea. Then I saw a supplement reviewer mention something about synthetic monomethionine and my search began. What was monomethionine exactly? I wanted to know. I had no luck finding anything out about it so I began to search for just methionine. Then the floodgates opened. Methionine is an amino acid. According to some very intelligent poster on Cure Zone, “with commercial amino acids when you see the “L” this indicates the natural form of the amino acid. The “D” form is the synthetic mirror image. So DL-methionine is also a synthetic form of methionine.” I verified this through other sources and it’s true. So to be sure, natural methionine is prefixed with just an L as in L-methionine, and synthetic is D or DL-methionine, or just monomethionine. I read about many studies with D/DL vs. L type methionine, and they are very clinical. Basically, natural forms have excellent absorption and have little to no side effects while the D/DL type is connected with some health issues. D/DL-methionine is also in some pet foods, including organic chicken feed. So even if you are eating organic chicken, it’s highly likely it’s getting some synthetic methionine.

Opti Zinc vs. Opti L-Zinc

Zinc methionine and monomethionine is sold under the patented name Opti Zinc or Opti L-Zinc. According to the manufacturer the difference between Opti Zinc and Opti L-Zinc is that one is synthetic D or DL methionine and one is natural methionine. The “L” version is the natural methionine, and thus more bioavailable. The natural L-methionine is the version that is approved for use in the EU (European Union). Europe almost always has stricter standards for food and supplements. Here is more information from the manufacturer. At first I thought that it was some kind of a scam, but the more I studied methionine, the more I realized this as a viable option because methionine is good for you.

Difference in Labeling Opti Zinc vs. Opti L-Zinc

Most types on the market right now are the Opti Zinc (D or DL monomethionine or methionine) – also known as the synthetic form of the amino acid. Here is what the label may look like if it is synthetic. It seems like a supplement listed as monomethionine is OptiZinc and when listed as L-methionine it is Opti L-Zinc.

My Zinc Picks

There are a few types of Opti L-Zinc supplements on the market listed below with their current corresponding labels. Because it is hard to find this type of zinc on the market, I listed all of them, even if they had some type of filler. 

A Note Regarding Fillers

Most supplements in general have fillers. They commonly include some derivative of a stearate, whether it is vegetable stearate, stearic acid, or magnesium stearate, and silica, or silicon dioxide, varying forms of cellulose (not all forms are vegetable cellulose), and soy lecithin. There are very few supplements without one or more of the above. And many supplements have much scarier ingredients. I try to pick the purest supplements I can find. My personal goal was to choose a supplement with the least fillers, sugar and allergens, particularly soy. For information about fillers and my stance on them, please read more here. (provide link)

Opti L-Zinc Picks with Labels & Reviews

Here are a few versions of opti-zinc. PRO L-OPTIZINC (NO REVIEWS) This supplement above doesn’t show a label, so I called the company and was informed it has rice flour. But it is listed as 60 mg of zinc. Vitacost L-Opti Zinc – read the reviews! —Reviews are veryyyy informative! Why? Because it shows ‘anecdotal’ evidence first hand from individuals in the global community!  To learn more about reducing zinc induced nausea, the copper/zinc link, the Toxinless 30+ zinc brands list with ingredients, honorable mentions, drug interactions, and scientific studies, please read:  Please note: If your body already has a lot of bioavailable zinc in your system, then taking zinc may create nausea. Sometimes it is just the wrong kind of zinc for your body. If you take the most innocuous one (see our picks in Part 2), then you should experience no nausea. If you’ve eaten red meat in the last 1-2 days, you may not necessarily need zinc as beef and red meats are heavy in it. This is usually the only time someone doesn’t need it. If someone eats red meat daily, such as a zero carber like Kelly Hogan  then a zinc supplement would most likely result in nausea, because it’s not needed. Make sense!? We hope so. Some will talk about the zinc assay test where you put liquid zinc in a dropper on the tongue. If you can taste the metallic zinc then you do not need it. If you cannot taste it, then you need it, according to the method/theory.

A Note About Copper & Zinc

There is a lot of emphasis placed on balancing copper and zinc ratios. At doses of 50 mg or more it is suggested to be sure you are getting enough copper. Keep in mind that suggested daily intake be 15 mg total absorbed. Now not all zincs absorb the same. Take that into account when you add this supplement to your diet. The label should tell you the amount to take. Just be sure you don’t already have high levels of copper in the body before adding it. You may just need a balance of zinc without copper. Many people have excess copper in the body. To get your levels tested, contact a doctor or health provider of your choice. If you are trying to figure out if you may have enough copper in your body, you may want to start with this article from the Weston A. Price Foundation on copper and zinc balance.

Combined Zinc & Copper Supplements

If you feel you may be copper deficient however, below is a list of supplements that combine the Opti L-Zinc with copper. Some sources say that the safest way to get copper is through chlorophyll. Here is a little more about copper in chlorophyll. Then you can decide to take a blended supplement for copper and zinc or two different ones. Jarrow L-Opti Zinc with Copper – (reviews) – notice the design change from blue to red. Now Foods L-OptiZinc w/Copper – (reviews)

Non Opti L-Zinc Copper Blends

Solaray Zinc Copper reviews

Reducing & Avoiding Zinc Induced Nausea

Taking too much (or certain types) of zinc is more likely to result in stomach upset or other side effects which can be dangerous. Because of this, some sources suggest not going above 15-30 mg especially if you are just starting a supplement. It is also best to increase amounts gradually not exceeding your personal requirement. Keep in mind different types of zinc will have different absorption rates. It’s best not to take zinc on an empty stomach. I’ve read that zinc carnosine and zinc monomethionine are gentler on the stomach than zinc sulfate or other types of zinc.

Honorable Mentions

Here is a list of 4 other brands and their zinc type with the least fillers. Please keep in mind that it is very hard to find ‘the perfect supplement’. If I missed some great zinc supplement that you think should be added to this list, please let me know.

Drug Interactions

Sometimes zinc interacts positively or negatively with other drugs. For more information about that, please read more here.

Zinc Studies

Here are some zinc studies you can refer to:

Do you take a zinc supplement and how has it helped you? Please share!

Additional Recommended Reading: Wellness Mama: How Zinc Affects the Whole Body Nutrition & Mental Development with WAPS Metals & the Mind WAPS Homeopathic Zinc WAPS Mineral Primer WAPS Copper Zinc Imbalance & Plant Based Diets WAPS The Role Zinc in Human Biology Can My Chicken Eat This!?! A Cool Zinc Site!