3rd Year So Far: Attempting to establish contact with the outside world again

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Hello World! Did you miss me? You should have…we have a special thing going on. In fact, by my calculations, you should be pretty deficient by now from not receiving your doses of Vitamin Ray. Are you ready…open wide….

Whoever said 3rd year is much easier and chill is a LIAR!! Since day one I’ve been running fast out the gate and the only two times I’ve slowed down have been due to getting sick. Ha! Yea, sick twice in 5 weeks!! That’s what happens when you’re at 31.5 credits (13 classes) and doing two clinic shifts. You ready to trade lives for a day??

If you think taking vitamin C, D, multivitamin, probiotics, greens, Chinese herbs, etc will save you, think again!! They help, but none of it matters if you don’t get rest. Of course rest/sleep is overrated in med school. Just like Etna Mode (The Incredibles) saying “NO CAPES!”… med school tell me “NO SLEEP!” The bastard!

Don’t listen to it! One of the biggest allies in staying healthy and sane = SLEEP! It’s not advice, it’s down right fact.

Moving on to new business, what the heck am I’m doing with this blog this year?
My answer: I HAVE NOT A CLUE!

If you don’t mind, I’m just going to feel it out and be whimsical. You may see some article postings, random recipes, the occasional vent, and more entertaining visual graphics depending on how easy I find them (I don’t make ANY of these gifs). I certainly won’t be able to always post daily. Unfortunately, there is just not enough time for me to do that. However, I’ll do what I can to keep you all satiated with healthy doses of Vitamin Ray!

As always, thanks for the support and love! Stay tuned to my never-ending shit-show 😉 XOXO

Best kept secrets about….VITAMIN C

I came upon this article touting the multiple valuable benefits of Vitamin C. This article came right on time for me in my life considering I’ve been battling extreme adrenal fatigue.

If you didn’t know, our adrenal glands (which sit on top of our kidneys) are the work-horse of the body in my opinion. These glands produce important steroids (cortisol, glucocorticoids, etc) that affects our blood sugar, circadian rhythm (ability to wake up in the AM/go to sleep at night), how we store fat (too much cortisol increases our ability to store more fat…thus too much stress=> weight gain), affects our energy levels, our sex drive, and many other aspects of our bodies, mind, and emotions.

As you can see, these little glands can pack a whopping punch to our health if we don’t do the things necessary to keep them balance.

Now how does vitamin C enter this picture? Well, adrenal glands and vitamin C are like “peas & carrots” or “Forest Gump & Jennnnayy” 🙂 When our adrenals are overworked and stressed, our vitamin C stores deplete…BIG TIME!

As pointed out in the article, vitamin C isn’t just for immune health! I think it’s a vital part of daily health and well-being. It’s changed my life in more ways than one. It’s helped with my adrenal fatigue, it’s kept me from being hypoglycemic (side effect of adrenal fatiuge), decreases my morning brain fog, regulates my bowel health, and just makes me feel GOOD!

Check out this article and read more on how vitamin C can possibly make you feel good too!!

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Injection Practice in Stab Lab goes a little like…

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Vitamin B12 shots anyone? 😉

Lessons from a Naturopath: When homemade herbal medicine backfires!!

It comes as no surprise that with “burn-out” there can be sleep issues. For me, I can be utterly exhausted by the end of the day but when I try to close my eyes and sleep my brain is still full throttle. So being the little astute naturopath that I am, I decide I will make my own sleep/relaxation tincture (click here to find out what a tincture is). Here are the results:

After 15min of taking my tincture last night…

What went WRONG was the effects didn’t wear off! I spent today feeling like this…

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Lesson I learned: Do not take a double dose of herbal extracts made from very powerful botanical sedatives & relaxants. Especially if I haven’t tested the potency of the medicine yet and have school/work the next day. It will create the effects of feeling “high” and dropping my I.Q.  by 30 points for at least 16-18hrs. Oops!!!

P.S. I’ll have the medicine making more mastered before you guys become my actual patients 🙂

 

Magnesium & High Blood Pressure

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I often read the Natural Medicine Journal to see what are the latest evidence-based research studies that prove the validity of naturopathic medicine treatments. The most recent study I read about was on the effects of magnesium on lowering high blood pressure. The study yielded significant results. In science jargon, it means that the effects were not a fluke and indicates promise in the use of magnesium for future treatments in hypertensive patients.

Below is the link for the research article. Perhaps at your next doctor’s visit, you can show him or her a copy of the study if you’re one of the thousands of people who suffer from hypertension. If you don’t have the condition, then pass along the article to someone who can also benefit from this knowledge. Remember, knowledge is power!

Magnesium and High Blood Pressure (Natural Medicine Journal)

Is Old Man Winter Beating Up Your Hair?

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Salutations!!

If your hair is having a bit of the winter blues (i.e. dry ends, brittle, less shine, etc), then read this article on using vitamins and herbs to grow strong, healthy hair.

I view these tips as hair food recommendations. The way I see it, if you want more healthy hair growth then eat the proper foods and supplements that can feed its growth. Give your follicles a little BOOST!

Enjoy the read and Namaste!

Love,
Vitamin Ray

THE RETURN OF VITAMIN RAY

HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!!!

It time to resume your doses of Vitamin Ray!

I’m glad to finally make my return to blogging after an eight month hiatus. It’s great to be back!!  I look forward to sharing my new adventures, teachings, and discoveries with all of you. However, there will be a few new changes for the new year.

My new entries will not include my medical opinion, suggestions, or advice because it can be misconstrued as “practicing medicine” since I am now a current medical doctorate candidate. Even my well-advised disclaimers are not enough legal protection, and violation could prevent me from  obtaining my future medical license. The good news is that my previous entries written prior to my enrollment are technically safe to remain active thanks to the first amendment.

Now that the legal stuff is out of the way, let’s answer the more pertinent question…what have I been doing on my hiatus? Well, glad you asked…here’s a brief recap:

May-July 2011: Preparing for the BIG move out west. Working, packing, and making more phone calls then you can imagine (Seriously, my phone bills during those months were INSANE!).

July 16, 2011:  Finally arrived in Portland, OR  (cue “gates of heaven opening” music)

July 16-September 11th: Exploring my new city, making new friends, enjoying final weeks of freedom before the grind.

September 12th: First official day of new life begins (a.k.a. first day of med school, yay!!)

September 12th- December 9th:  First Fall Term (my academic BOOT CAMP. Status: successful completion! )

December 9th- Now:  RECOVERY MODE!!!

What to expect from my revamped blog:

I will still post links to my favorite news stories and couple them with my own naturopathic philosophy and teachings. In lieu of advice,  I will post mini-reviews on different books and documentaries, so you will know which resources to search if you have a certain health or medical question.

Also, stay tuned to hearing about my personal adventures with school, health, and business related experiences. As I expand my yoga practice, I will try to post different poses and tips that you can use in your own practice. And of course, an occasional delicious recipe post is a must!

As you can imagine, school is a huge balancing act in itself. Nonetheless, my goal is to post at least once a month. Please continue to pass my blog along to different friends and family who have not read it yet. I guarantee that if you stick it out with me over the next few years, you will not be disappointed!

And as always, feedback is welcomed so leave your comments, questions, blurbs, etc. I am signing off for now…but not for long this time!

Peace, Blessings, and Love!