About Dr. Janet DeVoogd

Casper, Wyoming, United States
After spending two years in the jungles of Belize as a Peace Corps Volunteer, Dr. Janet DeVoogd became interested in herbs as she studied on the Panti Trail created by well known Mayan Medicine Man Don Eligio Panti. In her remote village she worked side by side with the village wise woman collecting herbs, roots and bark for the ailing villagers. This exciting experience not only empowered Janet to speak Spanish fluently, but fueled the passion that thrust her into the field of natural healing. Years later she was diagnosed with numerous ailments, including, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, gluten and dairy intolerance, sinusitis and severe allergies. Not satisfied with the healing answers she received from allopathic medicine, she began a quest for healing herself and spent the next 15 years researching natural remedies. Janet began her private Naturopathic practice 12 years ago. She currently resides in Casper, Wyoming with her husband and 2 daughters.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Eat Bacteria! The Power of Fermented Foods.

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Better Digestion with Traditionally Fermented Foods

Have you had your stinky sauerkraut today? Many of you can remember going down to your grand parents basement and coming upon a huge crock of pungent bubbling sauerkraut. As the saying goes… “Grandma knows best!”  Consuming daily fermented foods and drinks are one of the best ways to create a healthy digestive system. Historically every culture in the world has dined on fermented foods and beverages since prehistoric times. Here are just a few of the  ferments that are found around the world today

Excerpted From: “Cultures with Cultures - Fermented Foods from Around the World

Beverages
  • Kombucha (fermented tea – central Asia)
  • Kafir (yogurt drink – central Asia)
  • Pulque (cactus plants – Mexico)
  • Trahanas (yogurt used to thicken soup – Greece)
  • Sorghum beer (sorghum – South Africa)
  • Qula (milk – Tibet)

Meats
  • Poi (fish – Hawaii)
  • Salami (sausage meat – Europe)

Beans
  • Soy sauce (soybeans – Japan)
  • Miso (soybeans – Japan)
  • Natto (soybeans – Japan)
  • Tempeh (soybeans – Indonesia)
  • Douchi – (black bean paste – China)

Fruits and Vegetables
  • Kimchi (fermented cabbage – Korea)
  • Gundruk (sinki – a regional radish-like vegetable – Himalayas)
  • Tibi (fruit – Mexico)

Starches and Breads
  • Daal (lentils - India)
  • Injera (tef- Ethiopia)
  • Gari (casava – Nigeria)
  • Fufu (casava – Africa)
  • Chicha (maize – South America)
  • Leavened bread (yeast – Central Europe)

Originally, foods were fermented to prevent spoilage. Without refrigeration, it was nearly impossible to keep bad bacteria out of the food supply. This is when man decided to use microorganisms for the preservation of food. You would think that bacteria, yeasts, and molds would be detrimental to health but fermented microorganisms have huge health benefits and should be included in your daily diet. Many of today’s health issues stem from having low beneficial bacteria in the gut. Fermented cabbage or sauerkraut is especially beneficial due to the ability to increase protealytic enzymes which help break down hard to digest proteins.

Did You Know that Eating or Drinking Ferments Daily Can:
·      Repair the gut lining
·      Reduce intestinal inflammation
·      Increase digestive enzymes in stomach & pancreas
·      Boost the immune system
·      Increase all B vitamins & Omega-3 fatty acids
·      Detoxify harmful pesticides, preservatives, chemicals, bacteria and yeasts

Signs That the Gut is Low in Good Bacteria:
·      Gas & Bloating
·      Allergies of Any Kind
·      Celiac, Irritable Bowel, Colitis & Leaky Gut
·      Excema, Psoriasis and Skin Conditions
·      Poor Immune System
·      Mental Health Issues (Depression, Anxiety, Schizophrenia, Dementia…)
·      Asthma & Lung issues
·      ADHD, Autism, ADD…

Mini Plan to Build up Good Bacteria in the Gut
            **The following program is for educational purposes and not intended as medical advice.
·      Probiotic Eleven (High potency Probiotic)
·      L Glutamine (Heals the gut lining & helps absorption)
·      Una de Gato (seals the gut wall and prevents leaky gut)
·      Homemade Sauerkraut – 2 Tbl with every meal (increases enzymes for better digestion) ** (Store bought is flash heated)
·      Kefir, Kefir water, Kombucha – ½ cup daily or more if you choose.
·      Gaps Diet – for those who are on the severe side

If you are not already a NSP memeber, You can find the herbal supplements listed in red at 45% off by going to my website and clicking "Shop Products" www.naturespath.vpweb.com



Helpful Books:
·      Nourishing Traditions: Sally Fallon
·      Wild Fermentaton: Sandor Ellix Katz and Sally Fallon
         Foods by Beatrice Trum Hunter
·      Gut & Psychology Syndrome: Natasha Campbell


Website Links:
·      Everything You need to ferment: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/Milk-Kefir-Grains.html
·      Homemade Kefir water: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7svkQuUYYc
·      Homemade Sauerkraut: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=397Dua09VUI
·      Homemade Yogurt: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgSGtxFZgIg
·      GAPS – Gut & Psychology Syndrome: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DG0HldVSkzU





          

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Natural Protection From the Flu - Spreading Like Wildfire!

The CDC is predicting that this will be the worst flu season in a decade! Do you know how to protect yourself and your family? Below you will find some helpful tips on how to stay healthy all winter long the natural way.



The Flu has been spreading like wildfire across the United States, with 41 states reporting cases of the flu. For some reason, the flu season has started much earlier this year and the cases are more severe. At times, the flu can get out of control and lead to severe lung infection, pneumonia and even respiratory failure. Unfortunately among children, there have already been 20 deaths reported this season. Preventing the flu is not rocket science. With a few lifestyle changes and herbal remedies, your immune system will be able to stand up to the bad guys!

How do I know If I have the Flu?
  • Runny nose
  • Congestion
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Achy feeling all over body
  • Fever

Lifestyle Changes for Winter:
  • Go to bed earlier - extra sleep is necessary for a good immune system.
  • Wash your hands often. (Plain soap and water is all you need)
  • Cover your cough!
  • Get fresh air (a brisk 10 minute walk will clear the lungs)
  • Get some sun! (Expose wrists and eyelids for 10 minutes daily to get some vitamin D)
  • Reduce stress - stress is the number one destroyer of the immune system!

Dietary Changes:
  • Include fermented products in your diet such as raw sauerkraut, kombucha, miso, kefir...to build up good bacteria in the gut. (see website links below)
  • Sip 1/2 body weight in ounces of purified room temperature water daily.
  • Stay away from cold foods (iced drinks, ice cream, cold salads/veggies - unless juiced)
  • Juice daily - carrots, celery, ginger, cayenne, apples, beets...
  • Eat lots of steamed and lightly cooked vegetables. (raw veggies are hard on digestion)
  • Avoid processed foods - (canned, boxed and packaged)

Herbal Helps to Prevent Winter Illness:
Supporting the immune system with herbs and vitamins helps boost the immune system and gives energy all winter long. I have been using this protocol to keep myself and my family healthy during the winter months and it works great. I often have clients calling me to say that they stopped a cold or prevented the flu by using these protocols.

Go to my website to download the "How to Stay Healthy All Winter Herbal Protocol": CLICK HERE


Helpful Web Links:

JUICE RECIPES:


Immunity Boost Juice

Ingredients:
  • 3 carrots
  • 4-5 leaves kale
  • 1 orange
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 inch piece ginger
  • dash of cayenne pepper (optional
 

FLU BUSTER

One serving - about 8 ounces

This juice is great for building and maintaining the immune system.

3 carrots chopped into ¼" pieces
1 stalk of celery chopped into ¼" pieces
1 apple chopped into ¼" pieces or 1 lime
½ cucumber chopped into ¼" pieces
½ beet with the greens, beet chopped into ¼" pieces
½ handful of wheatgrass or deep greens such as kale or collard.
½ handful of parsley
First juice a carrot and half of an apple. Follow with the wheatgrass and parsley. To juice the wheatgrass and parsley, roll each into a beat leaf and juice. Next juice the beets and the cucumber and finish with the carrots and apple.

 

The Flu Fighter and Immune System Booster

One serving about 8 ounces

This drink will fight the flu and boost your immune system.

6 carrots chopped into ¼" pieces
1 apple chopped into ¼" pieces or 1 lime
2 stalks of celery chopped into ¼" pieces
handful of parsley
2 cloves of garlic
Juice the garlic first. Next juice the celery and parsley together. To juice the parsley, tuck the stems and the leaves into the groove of the celery sticks. Finish juicing with the carrots and apples.





Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Why Am I so Bloated, Tired and Hormonal! Am I Gluten Intolerant?

It was 15 years ago when my chiropractor suggested that I might be carbohydrate or gluten intolerant. At that time there was very little information about gluten and I was unable to hop on my computer and google "gluten intolerance".  I have spent the past 15 years researching gluten intolerance and the effects on the body and I am grateful for all of the wonderful research that has gone into this modern day epidemic. I hope to shine a little light on this issue that affects millions of people every year.  Just because you are not diagnosed with Celiac Disease, you may still be intolerant of gluten.

Gluten can be found in grains such as wheat, barley, oats and rye. Look at the list below and and you may be surprised to find that you may also be gluten sensitive.

Do you experience:

 Gastrointestinal Symptoms:
  • Abdominal pain and distension
  • Acid reflux
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas and flatulence
  • Greasy, foul-smelling, floating stools
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss or weight gain

  • Non Gastrointestinal symptoms:
    • Fatigue and weakness (due to iron-deficiency anemia)
    • Vitamin and/or mineral deficiencies
    • Headaches (including migraines)
    • Joint/bone pain
    • Depression, irritability, listlessness, and mood disorders
    • “Fuzzy brain” or an inability to concentrate
    • Infertility
    • Abnormal menstrual cycles
    • Dental enamel deficiencies and irregularities
    • Seizures
    • Clumsiness (ataxia)
    • Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)
    • Respiratory problems
    • Canker sores (apthus ulcers)
    • Lactose intolerance
    • Eczema/psoriasis
    • Rosacea (a skin disorder)
    • Acne
    • Hashimoto’s disease, Sjögren’s syndrome, lupus erythematosus, and other autoimmune disorders
    • Early onset osteoporosis
    • Hair loss (alopecia)
    • Bruising easily
    • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
    • Muscle cramping
    • Nosebleeds
    • Swelling and inflammation
    • Night blindness


  • Here are some helpful links that may help you determine if gluten should be left out of your pantry:

    Books:
    Dangerous Grains: Why Gluten Cereal Grains May Be Hazardous To Your Health James Braly M.D.

    The Gluten Connection: How Gluten Sensitivity May Be Sabotaging Your Health - And What You Can Do to Take Control Now Shari Lieberman



    The Gluten Effect  Dr. Vikki Petersen

    Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health


    Websites:

    What is non-celiac gluten sensitivity?
    http://www.celiaccentral.org/non-celiac-gluten-sensitivity/introduction-and-definitions/

    Why is wheat intolerance on the rise?
    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/07/23/why-is-wheat-gluten-disorder-on-the-rise.aspx

    Gluten intolerance linked to infertility and many health disorders.
    http://www.gluten.net/



    Recipes:
    http://www.thedailygreen.com/healthy-eating/eat-safe/gluten-free-girl-gallery?click=main_sr

    http://healthychild.org/live-healthy/eat-healthy/?_kk=recipes%20children&_kt=8bd6a484-e89a-4438-8e53-98263ad0f06a&gclid=CInSlJzI-bECFURgTAodHkgArg

    http://www.foodnetwork.com/topics/gluten-free/index.html?affiliate=blocker&omnisource=SEM&c1=Healthy_Computer&c2=Google&c3=Gluten_Free&c4=glutenfree%20recipes&c5=PaidSearch&s_kwcid=TC|11947|glutenfree%20recipes||S|e|9536719224


    Wednesday, April 4, 2012

    Menopause at age 29!! You've Got to be kidding!

    Depression, wrinkles, mood swings, headaches, vaginal dryness and heavy periods....What do They All Have In Common? 

    Estrogen Imbalance!



    You may have heard of Pre-menopause,
     peri-menopause or just plain ole menopause. Believe it or not, menopause is not just for the mature woman anymore! even young women in their late 20's can experience these same symptoms.

    My mother warned me...
    "Don't ever go on birth control Janet!" 
    Now that I am a Naturopathic Doctor
    and wiser in my knowledge
    of the endocrine system...
    I can see that mother was right!

      
     I thought I would give birth control a try. I took it for our first years of marriage... and I was miserable! This one made me weepy, the other one bitchy, the next one I gained 20lbs and so on... So after a roller coaster year and a half of several different pills, I decided to stop.  What I was left with was a very confused endocrine system with symptoms of high estrogen.  My Gynecologist said my hot flashes, mood swings, headaches and irritability were normal and that some women experience these symptoms after going off of birth control.  What I did not know, was that my estrogen was way too high and that my progesterone was way too low. I was a ticking time bomb, opening the door for pre-cancerous growths to form in my uterus and breasts!

    Not everyone experiences such hormone swings when it comes to birth control, but remember that it is a synthetic estrogen and it stays in your cells for a very long time! If you are set on taking birth control, then I suggest taking a break for a few months every year and doing a liver and whole body cleanse every spring and fall. (blog on cleansing coming soon!)


    This scenario is not unusual and there are many women of all ages suffering from hormonal imbalance.  When I sit down with a client, one of my top priorities is to track their hormones. It is important to write down each day of the month how you are feeling and log your cycle or lack of cycle. My acupuncturist turned me on to this great "free" app where you can log your cycle. If you want to add the moods (which I highly recommend) then it costs only 99cents.  Logging your cycle with moods will help to figure out the hormone puzzle.  The app is called WOMAN LOG.

       
    For most of my teenage and young adult life I suffered from terrible PMS. About 18 years ago,  I learned to balance my hormones, thanks to the help of super nutrition, stress reduction and herbs.


    About a year ago, I began to notice a different pattern. I would become severely depressed for no reason about day 8-14 of my cycle. (Note: Day one is the first day of your menstruation.) This was my estrogen phase. I was so low in estrogen that it was causing severe melancholy. Now I had an opposite problem... my estrogen was too low!

     I began to take the natural black cohosh formula from Nature's Sunshine "Flash Ease" and within 90 minutes I was back to my cheerful self!  According to Native Americans the herb black cohosh is for people who have the little black cloud following them. It also helps to naturally balance out estrogen in the body. I then began to log my moods and could easily see when my estrogen was low or high and when my progesterone was low.  I then take the necessary foods or herbs to balance my hormonal system and this helps me to stay balanced all month long. 

    I have put a chart below to guide you with your hormonal monthly ups and downs.  If you would like to receive one on one coaching or order a saliva hormone test (suggested for all woman over the age of 30) then please call my office for more information. (307-315-2995)

    If you are not already a NSP memeber, You can find the herbal supplements listed in red at 45% off by going to my website and clicking "Shop Products" www.naturespath.vpweb.com

    The Estrogen & Progesterone Cycle
    Days 1- 5
    period
    Days 5-16
    Estrogen Phase I
    Days 15-28 Progesterone Phase
    Days 21-25
    Estrogen Phase II

    **High Progesterone is very rare!
    To be  preventative,  It is best to get a saliva hormone test every 2 years to monitor hormonal changes - call my office for more information. (307-315-2995)


    Signs of Low Estrogen:
    May experience
    days 5-16 & 21-25

    Thinning skin
    Hot flashes
    Night Sweats
    Foggy Thinking
    Memory Loss
    Tearful/Depression
    Heart Palpitations
    Sleep Issues
    More wrinkles
    Decrease in breast size
    Stress urinary incontinence
    Oily skin
    Acne
    Decreased sex drive
    Urinary tract infections
    Increased cholesterol
    High stress lifestyle
    decreased dexterity
    increased insulin resistance pre-diabetic

    Signs of High Estrogen:
    May experience
    days 5-16 & 21-25

    Infertility Issues
    Weight gain around hips
    Uterine Fibroids
    Panic attacks
    Fibrocystic breasts
    Increased auto-immune issues
    Hypothyroidism
    Fatigue
    Bloating
    Water Retention
    Anxiety mixed with depression
    Irritability
    Nervousness
    Bleeding Changes in Period
    Tender Breasts
    Mood Swings
    Cold Body Temperature
    Headaches



    Signs of Low Progesterone:
    May experience
    days 15-28

    Anxiety
    Depression
    Irritability
    Mood Swings
    Insomnia
    Pain and Inflammation
    Osteoporosis
    Decreased HDL in bloodwork
    Excessive menstruation

    Helpful Herbs:
    o   Flash Ease
    o   Flaxseed Oil
    o   Red Clover Blend (keeps the body cool!)
    o   CX formula
    o   Clary Sage Essential Oil


    Helpful Herbs:
    o   Indole 3 Carbinol
    o   Enviro Detox
    o   Omega 3 EPA
    o   Nerve Control
    o   Frankincense Essential Oil

    Helpful Herbs:
    o   Pro G Yam Cream 500
    o   Evening Primrose Oil
    o   Wild Yam & Chaste Tree
    o   Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
    Helpful Dietary & Lifestyle Suggestions:
    ·         Ground Flaxseeds
    ·         Organic Non-GMO Tofu
    ·         Deep Greens
    ·         Maca Tea
    ·         Stress reduction
    ·         Zone Diet or Paleo Diet
    ·         Exercise
    ·         Deep Breathing

    Helpful Dietary & Lifestyle Suggestions:
    ·         Deep Greens
    ·         Cruciferous Veggies
    ·         Stress reduction
    ·         Zone Diet or Paleo Diet
    ·         Yoga
    ·         Deep Breathing
    ·         Exercise
    Helpful Dietary & Lifestyle Suggestions:
    ·         Wild Yams
    ·         Deep Greens
    ·         Tumeric
    ·         Stress reduction
    ·         Zone Diet or Paleo Diet
    ·         Deep Breathing
    ·         Exercise
    ·         Yoga