Q:: Can herbs interfere with the medicines I am currently taking?
A:: There are certain herbs that can conflict with prescription medications. It is best to always consult with an herbalist before you start to take herbs regularly.
Q:: How long will I have to take herbs to notice a difference?
A:: It depends. Most tonic herbs which are herbs you take over a period of time can take anywhere between 30 to 90 days to see a significant different. But some herbs for acute imbalances, like nervines for anxiety can be felt immediately.
Q:: How do I know if I have a food allergy?
A:: There are two ways to investigate food allergies: an elimination diet and blood testing. An elimination diet is done over several week and takes out all major allergens from the diet like gluten, dairy, corn and soy. You will keep these potential allergen out for at least 4 weeks and then slowly introduce them back in over a period of time and notice if you body has a reaction to the reintroduced food. This method is very informative as you become more self aware and is virtually expense free. It is time consuming and you have to be committed to the process in order to receive accurate results.
The other option is allergy testing. The only test I find useful is the Elisa test which is a delayed immune response test where you are testing for anywhere from 144-600 different foods and chemicals. This test is done by taking blood samples and placing the different foods or chemicals individually into petri dishes while waiting to see if the white blood cells have a reaction to the ingredient. This test can be ordered by most physicians. It is very accurate and easy to have done but it can be pricy depending on how many items you test. Click here for more information http://www.optimumhealthresource.com/pinprick.html
Q:: Is a raw food diet the best diet for me?
A:: There are many benefits to eating raw foods and having them as a percentage of your daily intake. But eating only raw foods is not the best diet for everyone. Some people have a constitution, their overall body chemistry, that supports a completely raw diet. But most people need raw foods in varying percentages and working with a nutritionist to find out the best percentage of raw for you is the way to go.
Q:: Do you eat only organic foods?
A:: I eat mostly organic foods with an emphasis on local and seasonal foods. If I am at the Boulder farmer's market on Saturday and find beautiful beans that have been bio-dynamically grown but are not organic due to the cost and process of having that label, I buy the beans. It is more important for me to know where and how my food is grown rather than just trusting the label organic and not asking any questions. But I do only eat meat that has been locally raised and is grass or pasture fed. I believe how animals are treated and raised effects our bodies and spirits. And even though I am a conscious meat eater, I do not want add to the unnecessary harm or mistreating of the animals that are commercially "raised". You can research local ranchers in your area to find ways to support your community and the health and well-being of yourself and the animals you choose to eat.