Home  |  Product Search  |  Site Map  |  Checkout  |  Track Your Order 
Supplement Categories

Supplement Categories


Once a friend of mine sent me a picture of a statue of a woman with her hands cupping her head, over the outside of the statue, every 1/2 inch were pins sticking out... She wrote to me, "Ever feel like this?"

I was a single mother of a daughter and a son who thought he was the offspring of either Evil Kinevil or Attila the Hun.  Of course I felt like that.  

Actually, in the middle of my divorce I thought I was losing it.  I mean for real.  Once I pulled up to the red light in our town and I could not remember which direction a neighboring town was.   I had to pull over and sit for a good 15 min before I got it back.   That scared me.   I also heard someone call my name a few times when there was no one there.  I was beginning to have visions of me in a rubber room wearing a straight jacket.

As soon as the divorce was over and my kids and I got resettled, my wounds from my marriage/divorce started to heal, all those symptoms left.   However, I was experiencing symptoms of OCD and agoraphobia (fear of leaving the house).  I controlled them, but they stayed with me until I took herbs to nourish my nervous system.  Now I am totally symptom free 100% of the time.

I once went to a lecture where the world renowned speaker said that, "The cause of all disease is STRESS".

I don't necessarily agree with that, but it does play havoc on the body.

He also said that we humans need some stress and compared us to a violin.  If there is no stress on the strings, you can not make music...too much stress and it snaps.  Stress does motivate and excite, but most of us do not lack stress in our lives, so I will not even cover that topic.  If you do have too little, call me up, I will give you some of mine. :o)

Health Conditions Caused or Aggravated by Stress

  • Cancer
  • Digestive problems
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart Disease
  • Infections and Lowered Immune Response
  • Sexual Malfunctions
  • Metabolic Problems
  • Depletion of Vitamins, especially B Complex
  • Depression
  • Adrenal Exhaustion
  • Insomnia
  • Nerve Conditions
    • OCD
    • Body Dysmorphia
    • Self Cutting/Injury
    • Anxiety
    • Parkinson's
    • Panic Disorders
    • MS
    • ADD
    • Not Dreaming NIghtly
    • Nightmares
    • Tricotillomania

Understanding the Myelin Sheathing on the Nervous System

I have a Stressed Out! beginner lecture online usually the 4th Wednesday of the month at 8:00 PM EST.  They are free and help you understand more fully why the herbs are in the protocol and more about stress and how to keep it from ravaging your health.  If you are interested or have any personal questions feel free to contact me.

Let's first define the structure and function of the Nervous System.  To best understand this you can compare the nerve to a copper wire.

Copper Wire
The wire carries electric impulses from the outlet. The nerves carries electric impulses from the brain.  
The wire has a plastic coating to help protect it and keep it from shorting out with surrounding wires.   The myelin sheathing is a fatty coating that helps protect, soothe the nerves and helps keep it from shorting out as in MS.
Think of the squelch button on a CB.  It helps filter out unwanted noise so you can concentrate and hone in on 1 thing. The myelin squelches out surrounding noises, so you can concentrate on 1 thing.   A child with ADD, for example, can not keep their attention or hone in on 1 thing.
The plastic coating helps keep elements such as water from affecting the copper. The myelin coating helps keep things like viruses from affecting the nerve (such as the virus that causes Bells Palsy or Shingles).

Nutrients which help support and soothe the Nervous System

Reason for Suggestion
Flaxseed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil and Super Omega 3 Oil Contains very usable fatty acids (the myelin is made up of 70% fatty acids).
Nerve Control (formally RE-X) Nutrients and vibrations which help reestablish the health of the nerve.
Stress J (formally STR-J) Formulated with children with hyperactivity or ADD in mind
Chinese Stress Relief (formally STR-C) Contains nutrients you are lacking when you hear voices or see thing that are not there.
Eight Cheaper, contains 8 herbs for the nervous system.  CAUTION: If your thymus is weak it may actually cause nervousness.
NutriCalm Cheaper, contains herbs and B Complex for the nervous system. It may make those who are lacking fatty acids more nervous.
Herbal Sleep (formally HVP) If you have no problem during the day, but have a hard time shutting your mind off at night
Valerian Root Nature's Valium, actual base for that popular drug.  Works okay, not my first choice.
Skullcap Excellent single herb, but hard to get a good quality.
Passion Flower If you have a hard time going to sleep. Works best when taken with Nerve Control (formally RE-X)
Hops Soothes overly sexual prowess
B Complex Needed to add to an herbal combination if you have restless leg syndrome (rhythmic movement of foot, leg or fingers)
Sodium If you experience stiff joints.  Needed for the exchange of neurotransmitters (supports the Adrenal glands).
Potassium If you retain water, have high blood pressure.  Needed for the exchange of neurotransmitters (supports the Adrenal glands).
Pantothenic Acid If you want stay up at night but it is hard to get out of bed in the mornings on a regular basis (supports the Adrenal glands)
Calcium Needed to release neurotransmitters.
Mood Elevator Supports adrenals and helps with anxiety.

Things that are hard on the Nervous system

Coffee, Tea, Sodas and Caffeine Drain B Vitamins out of your system
Adrenal exhaustion/hyperactivity Bombards the body with adrenaline.  Causes a long period of metabolic excitement.
Vitamin/Mineral/Fat Deficiency Nervous system can not repair
Stress Drains B Vitamins, fatty acids and nutrients, robbing them from the nervous system

Top 10 ways to relieve stress in your life

10.  Eat Properly - A good diet will help your body handle stress better.

9.  Cut out the bad stuff - Junk food, coffee, tea, soda and caffeine

8.  Get Plenty of rest.

7.  Take time for yourself, to unwind and regroup.

6.  Exercise - helps release endorphins and drains out excess adrenaline.

5. Take supplements and nutrients to support the nervous system

4. Balance you health.  One part of the body affects the whole body.

3.  Get close to God.  Studies have proven that people who feel they have a close relationship to God are over all healthier.

2.  Use your sense of Humor - Laughing releases endorphins and mood elevating chemicals in the brain.  It relaxes some muscles also.

1.  Learn and practice saying no, if it is putting stress in your life.  If you are like me, a chronic volunteer.   No excuse is necessary.  Just say, "I would love to, but I can't".  And smile.  Say it like you would say, please pass the salt.  As a matter of fact there is a program called SETTING LIMITS THE SOFTPOWER WAY by Maria Arapakis

Other Things to Remember

Emotions can really affect your health in so many different ways.   An emotion is an entity unto itself.  For instance, when someone is grieving, they sigh.  When they are really afraid, they may wet their pants.  When someone you love hurts you, you actually feel a physical heaviness in the chest.  There are a few ways of working with these emotions such as:  Bach Flower; Acupressure; and Aromatherapy.

I also suggest that everyone reads  FEELINGS BURIED ALIVE NEVER DIE  by Karol Truman Kuhn

I nearly lost it when I was working full time, going through major health problems, going through a divorce, raising 2 kids on my own, while going to school full time.   I didn't feel joy in my life.   I woke up dreading the day.   Stress stole from me the wonders of motherhood and the gift of being alive. 

So I hope for all who are reading this that they try to protect themselves from the dangers of excess stress.  Because a stressed life is a tough life on the brink of health disaster. 

Copyright © 2010 Dr. Mary Reed Gates, CNHP, MH, ND, Lancaster, PA