Castor Oil Packs, Influenza (Flu), & Your Immune System

Dr. Marisol Teijeiro ND, Queen of the Thrones®

In 1918, the Spanish flu pandemic threatened the world population which was at about 1.8 billion people. 500 million people (about 1/3 of the population at the time) were infected. 

Mass graves had to be dug around the world as a result. Since then it seems we have been living in a state of fear and on high alert, for not IF but WHEN the next deadly mutated virus will hit again. 

The fear is even propagated and heightened because of our fixation; as evidenced in all the TV shows and movies about pandemics and zombie holocausts, like Outbreak with Dustin Hoffman, Contagion, and AMC’s The Walking Dead.  

Recent History

There have always been accounts of flu outbreaks. Remember SARS, the plagues of leprosy that stained faces, and those vanishing populations like the legendary Spanish flu of 1918?

The Spanish flu was the perfect example of what happens when a mutated virus meets malnourished, stressed, injured and inflamed soldiers, who jumped on boats at the end of the war to get home, and brought with them more than big hugs for their family – they brought the virus back to their homeland. 

These soldiers lived in less than sanitary conditions. Food options were limited to those that lined an aluminum can or those that were dried, requiring the simple addition of water (if you could find water, that is).

With limited hydration and good quality food the body suffers, plus add insult to injury of the severe mental stress that accompanies war-torn locations and PTSD, that many soldiers suffer from. I’m sure that not much can compare to living through that. Their physical bodies were wounded, inflamed and tossing and turning in their sleep. 

In essence, they were the perfect debilitate jalopy, the very best vehicle to propagate this deadly virus around the world. 

At home, many countries were ravaged by war, and once again, we see malnourished mothers and children who were stressed out and overworked. Trying to make ends meet and manage a household; the perfect receptacle to welcome the gift from their loved ones returning from war.

Likely to Get Sick | Conducive Conditions for Disease 

What conditions are ideal for diseases like influenza to flourish in? Think of it this way; our body is no different than a garden, or an ecosystem.

This is contrary to popular belief where many define the body as a machine. A machine can get pieces taken out of it. An ecosystem cannot; when one aspect is ripped out, it can be devastating to the entire system. 

There is one thing that is notorious for throwing off the beautiful balance in the ecosystem of our body. This one thing is STRESS, and in our bodies, this causes the “dis” in dis-ease. 

Here are a few of the many possible types of stress:

  • Digestive stress
  • Nutrient deficiency stress
  • Inflammatory and immune stress 
  • Mental and emotional stress 
  • Microbial stress

The list goes on and on…

We know that when we are weak and devitalized from repetitive, non-ceasing stress we are more prone to sickness. This is why influenza typically affects elderly populations, children and those with “dis-ease” or immune-compromised conditions more often. 

Notice the spelling of “dis-ease”.

The meaning of the prefix ‘dis’ is a body or system that is not in balance.

This is the same as a garden. One that lacks proper nutrients in the soil, adequate sunlight, water, or love messages won’t grow and is likely to develop infestations and disease. 

It only makes sense that the Spanish flu reached such staggering proportions and infected 1/3 of the world’s population at the time.

The true epidemic, in my opinion, may not have been one of the virus, but rather the overall state of health of the population of the world at the time. 

How about them apples? They should have been eating more!…

It was World War I, after all. Living in that time would mean constantly feeling an inner sensation of imbalance, that the ‘dis’ could come upon us at any time, and stress became programmed into the makeup of our bodies. Stress was the norm, not the exception as it should be.

Why We Focus On The Bug 

You may be familiar with Louis Pasteur, who in the 1800s popularized the idea of The Germ Theory and made it mainstream. The bug (virus, bacteria, yeast, parasite, etc), became the enemy to attack. Kill it and life is good. It was widely accepted as the main tenet that permeates medicine to this day; including in cancer treatments with the bug being our own tissues. 

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But what most aren’t privy to, is that at the same time, Claude Bernard was promoting and proving the terrain theory, or physical vitalism. He postulated that the body is an ecosystem and that an ecosystem in health, has a vital force and can beat all disease1.

The difference, it was said, was that Pasteur had friends in high places that moved his philosophy forward. These have served us well, as we have learned an incredible amount about the bug and how it affects an unhealthy body. On the other hand, vitalism went backstage once Bernard was out of the picture. 

However, there is hearsay that Pasteur, on his deathbed, recanted his theory and said: “Bernard was right, it’s not about the bug, it’s the terrain”.

Why We Should Focus on Terrain, Vital Force, and Physical Vitalism of The Body

The ancient doctors of the past, Hippocrates, Galen, and Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctors always searched for ways to support the system as a whole. They focused on the foundation, the pillars that would create health. 

This is the mechanism of wellbeing, of positioning for success in spite of what is going on around you.

You really can’t control what is happening around you but one thing is for sure, you can control what you do. 

A healthy, well-balanced body with a solid foundation is in the right position to overcome anything that may come its way. This was the work that Bernard was so passionate about. 

If you have ever seen a naturopathic doctor, functional medicine doctor, or any other holistic healer, this is the premise of their work. 

A resilient, strong, balanced foundation in the body prevents all disease. 

The reality is that it’s about both the bug and the terrain, and keeping them in balance. 

Balance means we want a little bit of acute stress, not longterm constant stress as that becomes damaging, but a little goes a long way2, because it is actually protective, especially to the digestive tract and gut. 

As Hippocrates stated:

All disease begins in the gut

How to Prevent the Flu (From a Functional Perspective)

Our goal then is to support the foundation, which begins in the gut. To keep the body and its foundation well supported every day so that it can be healthy. 

Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs™ to boost your body functions

Here I introduce to you The Queen of the Thrones® Original Cleanse™. The formula used by the ancient doctors who knew the vital importance of making sure that a system can:

  • Poop well
  • Sleep well 
  • Cleanse well
  • Bloat less and digest well
  • Stress less and feel well

The simplest of functions and by far the most important is to feel better and be resilient against anything that comes its way.


The Original Cleanse™ is the combination of two ancient, powerful, time-honored practices; the Castor Oil Pack™ and the Beauty Sleep Brow & Lash Kit™.

The Doctors of the Past

Doctors of the past lived by this adage:

The doctor dresses the wound and God [nature] heals it.3

As such, they would use the simplest of therapies such as a compress in the areas that needed help, in order to invigorate the vital force within to heal! Just like you do with a bandaid for a boo-boo.

Why do you think it’s so natural to simply put a bandage on it, or wrap it up? It is literally instinctual to us that it will help us heal. This is why they call it The Original Cleanse. It’s part of our origin story. It is that which will help us regain faith in our healing. 

The fact is wearing a compress, such as a Castor Oil Pack™ or the Beauty Sleep Brow & Lash Kit™, stimulates the receptors of the skin that transfer information to the nervous system to put the body into the relaxed state. 

The skin provides the ‘on’ switch to the relaxed state by promoting the hormone oxytocin4, which reduces cortisol (the stress hormone)

So the reason soldiers in World War I were so susceptible to the Spanish flu, was simply that wounds (whether an actual wound on the skin, emotional wound, or a misbalance in the immune system), don’t heal under stress5. It’s an impossibility. The system needs a calm, relaxed state that is flooded with oxytocin6 to heal. 

Wounds occur when the “equilibrium between synthesis and degradation has been shifted toward degradation”7.

The Natural Law of Balance 

The body follows a natural law of balance, otherwise, dis-ease predominates. The Original Cleanse works on setting up the foundation so there can be balance and no dis-ease. It is the simple practice of wearing a Castor Oil Pack™ and the Beauty Sleep Brow & Lash Kit to bed every night.

My first experience with the castor oil pack was transformational, and later clinical experience with thousands of patients proved the same result. And it’s why I’m here telling everyone about them. 

For my patients and I, the first thing The Original Cleanse did was bring back FAITH in our ability to heal and feel better. It helped us to believe that balance could be achieved again, despite many failed attempts.

Very appropriately, I use the acronym FAITH to describe the five main foundations of health that Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack™ support, which help to prepare it for any bug that comes its way. 

FAITH is the foundation of Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack™

F: Function of the digestion, absorption, and elimination

Research demonstrates that castor oil enhances prostaglandins8, nitric oxide9 and stimulates capsaicin-sensitive sensory neurons10 in the presence of acute glucocorticoids (the hormones of stress), which actually has a protective effect on the gastric lining, thus improving its function.

Castor oil can enhance defensive mechanisms such as gastric acid as well as digestive enzymes, that serve as a barrier for bugs entering the body.

Castor Oil Packs have been shown to improve the frequency of elimination11, and via prostaglandin stimulation of smooth muscle and nitric oxide electrolyte shifting, reduces food sensitivities thus relieving the immune system. 

A: Antioxidant support 

Castor oil is a source of vitamin E, omega 6, omega 9, and the end result of what you get from fish oils12. It has also been shown to preserve levels of one of our most important antioxidants, glutathione13, which is required for detoxification in the liver. Wearing a castor oil pack over the liver supports circulation and flow to this area, allowing it to cleanse more efficiently.

I: Inflammation & Immunity

Inflammation must be reduced in the body to make space for healing. Castor oil is a strong anti-inflammatory14 and wearing a castor oil pack is an excellent way to reduce inflammation in the digestive tract. Castor oil packs have also been shown to support white blood cells of the immune system15 which protect our terrain from the bug. 

T: Tension/Stress

Stress is another key factor that must be reduced in order for healing to take place. Castor Oil Packs create a gentle compression that helps to move the body into the parasympathetic state16 and that stimulates feel-good hormones like dopamine17 and oxytocin18. Wearing a sleep mask helps to further support the reduction of stress by improving sleep via melatonin production19.

H: Host Microbial Balance

As mentioned earlier, the terrain is just as important as the bug. Part of the terrain of the body is the trillions of bugs (microscopic bacteria), known as the microbiome. A healthy balance of good bugs and bad bugs is a key player in the balance of our digestion, hormones and immune system function. Castor Oil Packs support the microbiome by helping to breakdown biofilm created by bad bugs20 21 22.

The Original Cleanse for Physical Vitalism

The Original Cleanse is a nightly practice that only takes 2 minutes, and helps to strengthen and balance the terrain of our bodies so that they are prepared for the bug, should it come-a-knockin’.  

Queen of the Thrones® Original Cleanse™ balances your body as you sleep.

Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Prepare your castor oil pack by applying 1-2 tbsp of oil in the center of the soft cotton side of the pack, then tie it onto the body over the liver.

Step 2: Pour a dollop of castor oil into the palm of your hand. Use an applicator brush to apply castor oil to eyelashes and eyebrows, then dab the remaining oil into the delicate skin around the eyes. Cover with the eye mask and go to sleep. 

That’s it! The Original Cleanse revitalizes, strengthens and balances your body as you sleep.

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8   Sorin Tunaru,a Till F. Althoff,a Rolf M. Nüsing,b Martin Diener,c and Stefan Offermannsa,d,1 Castor oil induces laxation and uterus contraction via ricinoleic acid activating prostaglandin EP3 receptors. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2012 Jun 5; 109(23): 9179–9184. Published online 2012 May 21. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1201627109 PMID: 22615395

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’Tis the Season for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

As the Christmas lights go up in the tree, the snowfall becomes increasingly more frequent, you get the lovely bulky snow tires on your ride for safety, and the holiday frenzies begin in preparation for Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year. 

We are used to these cycles, we look forward to them, we count down to them. But just like we know that Santa Claus is comin’ to town on the 25th of December, and baby Jesus’ birthday is celebrated… we know all too well the cyclical pattern that occurs in the moods of those living more in the Northern Hemisphere, that affects every single cell of their body, mind and soul. 

The darkness descends when the sunlight goes down earlier in the evening. 

The trees feel it too, except the mighty luscious evergreens that never lose their light. The rest all look listless, overburdened, weighed down and frozen like icicles, but yet still shining and  shimmering like diamonds under their frost-bitten coat. 

The crisp cool winds add some speed to your step. And the fifty shades of grey you can see in the sky, hug the horizon and envelop the world like a great big present.  

Seasonal affective disorder happens in climates where there is less sunlight.

Even though there is a lot of glad tidings, gratefulness and cheer at this time of the year, simultaneously many of us feel an internal heaviness or gloom, spreading like a dark deep shadow over our soul, a sensation of sadness. Everything can feel gloomier at this time of the year, especially if you suffer or have been diagnosed with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and it can only get worse as the winter drags on. 

Let’s face it, the warmth of sunshine, the comfortable heat that caresses your body is like a constant hug that you feel during the spring, summer and fall months. Lifting your mood, lightening your step and warming your soul and all those around you that you love. 

Whereas the snowballing of winter, although beautiful, feels cold, numbing and disconnecting to the inner love you have for yourself. 

This is especially difficult for people that are super in touch with their environment and sensitive to changes around them. I’ve noticed that SAD affects mostly those people who are very artistic and expressive. Perhaps they are an artist like Pablo Picasso, or perhaps they dress in a very creative way like Elton John, perhaps they are a thinker or a scientist like Einstein, or a great clothing, hand bag and shoe designer like Kate Spade (who took her life last winter). This time of the year, almost like the hibernation of the bear, can move us deep into a darkness that overwhelms and pushes us into despair. 

Mainly because we notice things slowing down… You feel less energy, you want to stay indoors, even your poops slow down. You may not go as often. To learn about what your poo says about you, download Dr. Marisol ND. and founder of Queen of the Thrones®; 50 Shades of Poo and start the journey. 

Your metabolism isn’t optimal, you feel like you gain 10 lbs every winter. Well hey, what do you expect? You’re not outside, not as active, plus you’re hibernating, just like the bear. 

This is all a natural cycle of quiet, rest and preparation for the blossoming springtime. 

Seasonal Affective Disorder affects mostly people who are very artistic and expressive.

The only problem is that it can freeze some of us in its wake. We begin to feel hopeless, unhappy, dark, almost like we have lost our inner sunlight and now the darkness has set in. 

What’s super important at this time of the year is to notice how you are feeling and be open to those light bulb moments, realizing that you possess everything you need to change how you feel, so you can feel better. 

Like Oprah and her favorite things, I’ve found a few of my favorite things that you can do to help your SAD transform to GLAD…. Here are my favorite things to keep the sunshine in your step this season.

FEED ME SUNSHINE!!!!!!

Necessities include adequate levels of vitamin D (the sunshine vitamin), proper exposure to light, and most importantly, minding what you say to your mind! When there is absence of the sun it’s an important time to connect with your soul and come to some amazing realizations about yourself that everything you need is found within and that you are your own best inner sunshine. 

To help you come to this realization faster, more promptly, say this to yourself:

“I am the sunshine that grows my dreams, I walk in faith with grace and light, no matter the darkness that surrounds me. I am my own sunshine! “

Write yourself love letters saying this. You can put it in your calendar, send yourself texts, say this to yourself out loud while you look into the mirror. Physically send it by mail. Yes, by mail! Say a prayer before bed and include this command.  

Castor Oil Packs stimulates the production of oxytocin and helps to cope with Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Over time, this will sink into your subconscious, and even though you don’t initially feel like you are much of a ray of sunshine, over time you WILL begin to believe it and when you do, you will feel better and be sunny, just like a ray of sunshine. 

You truly are all the sunshine you need, it is all within you and moves through you! For real, you just need to learn how to turn it on, just like a lightbulb, and this is the recipe. It’s super easy, but you need to have faith and do the action in order for this to sink in and your sun light to start beaming, warming you, hugging you and brightening up the gloomy grey we see in the sky at this time of the year. 

Practice Your Health Practice – SLEEP 

Sleep is the most important health practice. This keep your rhythms in sunshine mode. Sleep sets the tone, it heals us, keeps our body clean, and resets everything, especially your sunshine!!! 

Here’s what I do to make my sleep solid! 

I have a kick a** routine that includes my Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack™, because it helps me sleep better but also benefits me through the day to poop better, cleanse better, bloat less and stress less so I look and feel better! 

The Castor Oil Pack also stimulates the production of oxytocin, the love and connection molecule that calms our stress and literally feels like great big hug! So when you’re missing the hug of the heat from the sun… there is always a way to make it happen! 

Wearing a sleep mask to bed naturally increases your melatonin. Because of the change in daylight in the northern hemisphere, it can have an effect on our natural melatonin production. 

An eye mask helps you to naturally increase melatonin before you go to bed. When the sun goes down at 5 o’clock, you start to produce melatonin, but by the time you actually go to bed at night, your stores are depleted. Wear the eye mask to stimulate melatonin production, and  Queen of the Thrones® Beauty Sleep Brow and Lash Kit will also help to improve eyelash and eyebrow growth, and naturally boost the gentle area around the eyes, reducing the visible signs of aging like darkness under the eyes.  

Queen of the Thrones® Beauty Sleep Brow and Lash Kit™ help you sleep better

Now whenever we are weighed down by a health concern, or simply don’t feel good, don’t forget to get checked out by your doctor just in case!

Make sure to get checked out for anemia (low iron), vitamin D levels, B12 and folate (especially if you’re a vegetarian), food sensitivities and your hormones. These can all affect how you are feeling. 

So there you have it, it’s your time to shine, don’t you think? Living your life in hibernation mode is over, you are meant to shine your big bright light in our world and be sunny like the sunshine to all those that you come in contact with. Because you matter, your gifts matter to the world and all you need to learn is how to nurture your inner light. 

Shine baby, shine, like a super nova…. 

No one can do it like you and no one can do it better! xoxo 

This blog was inspired by my patients that suffer from seasonal affective disorder and one of my fave instagrammers, @thebirdspapaya, sharing her beautiful creative artistic daughter’s struggles with seasonal affective disorder, and Oprah… because she loves her favorite things… and these are mine for seasonal affective disorder. 

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Disclaimer: Any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers, information or content expressed or made available by third parties, including information providers, are those of the respective authors or distributors. Neither Queen of the Thrones® nor any third-party provider of information guarantees the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any content. This communication does not create a doctor-patient relationship. Information provided does not replace the advice of your health care practitioner. If you happen to purchase anything we promote, in this or any of our communications, it’s likely Queen of the Thrones® will receive some kind of affiliate compensation. Still, we only promote content and products that we truly believe in and share with our friends, family and patients. If you ever have a concern with anything we share, please let us know at care@drmarisol.com. We want to make sure we are always serving Our Queendom at the highest level.

The Connection Between Addiction and Anxiety

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I’ve seen a lot in the media lately about Demi Moore, as she recently released her memoir, Inside Out, where she candidly shares her struggles with addiction, failed marriages, and sexual assault in her teen years.  I’ve always admired Demi for her boldness and authenticity.

I vividly remember her famous Vanity Fair cover in 1991 where she posed naked while seven months pregnant (see my rendition below, pushing out with a bloat-baby instead!).  Her nudity sparked controversy, but I believe that her courage in allowing this iconic and beautiful photo to run on the cover made changes in the way society viewed a pregnant woman’s body. 

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She is making waves again, as she courageously writes about some very important issues in her memoir, specifically substance abuse and addiction.  When people think of the word addiction, they often think of drugs and alcohol, but this isn’t always the case.  We can become addicted to anything (gambling, sex, food, etc.) and no matter what the addiction is, it can be just as dangerous and destructive.  

I became inspired to share a bit about my own story and patterns that I’ve seen in clinical practice with addiction.  It’s something I believe we all struggle with at one point or another in our lives whether we realize it or not, and it’s important that we talk about it, understand it and see the gifts in it, in order to heal.

My Personal Struggle with Addiction

I have an addictive personality, and I know I’m not alone.  Throughout my life I’ve struggled with strong addictions to sugar, coffee and cigarettes.  They owned me, ruled my every thought, commanded my life.  For me, it wasn’t only being addicted to something that was the problem, but the substances themselves were actually part and parcel of the problem.  

Caffeine and nicotine are stimulants of the nervous system and I’m naturally an easily excitable person with a predisposition to anxiety.  These substances served their purpose to make me feel “normal”, which for me at the time was being in an anxious state.  They also affected my digestion negatively.  They made me poop like a champ which felt like a godsend, coming from a history of having constipation.

But these loosey-goosey poopies were because my gut was being irritated by my addictions.

Caffeine and nicotine are stimulants of the nervous system

Starting my day off with coffee and a cigarette was the worst thing I could be doing.  Initially, they made me feel great and alert (like the energizer bunny) but would amp up my anxiety to the point I was running away like Piglet from Winnie the Pooh.  It became so bad I was having insomnia and severe panic attacks where I thought I was literally dying. 

One time, I remember curling up in a little ball on the floor, hyperventilating with my arms and hands all in spasms.  If you’ve ever experienced a panic attack, you know it can be life altering and you’d do anything to prevent it.

Beyond my addictions, there was a part of me that felt completely out of tune.  I was wrestling with my integrity as a person.  I was in school in my third year of naturopathic medicine, closet-smoking on my balcony.  I felt like such a hypocrite… This was not who I wanted to be.  I knew I needed a way out, but it felt impossible since I was self medicating to cope with all of my stress. 

It kept me from socializing and going out to events with friends because once I had a cigarette, I smelt like it and I didn’t want to be labeled a fraud.  The only issue is that you can run from others’ judgement, but it’s pretty hard to run from what you think of yourself.

I couldn’t keep running; there was nowhere to hide.

Understanding the Connection Between Addiction & Anxiety

Addiction and anxiety co-exist and co-create with each other.  I refer to them as two peas in the infinity loop pod.  Which came first?  Was it anxiety, then the addiction?  Or did the addiction bring on the anxiety?  Often times, we’re addicted to things that make us increasingly anxious, and those things that we are addicted to deplete our nutrient profile, so the anxiety gets worse.  It’s a vicious cycle.

Correlation between addiction and anxiety

What we do know is that they always go hand in hand, there is a psychopathology associated with anxiety and addictive disorders.  The remarkable thing is that both have the ability to evolve us into something greater than we are today.  There are gifts within these chains, if we choose to accept them.

What Does Anxiety Feel Like?

You have felt the sheer terror of anxiety, like I have (and most other people at some point in their lives).  The overwhelming sensation of pressure on your chest and your heart beating so fast it feels like it’s exploding out of your body.  It’s difficult to take a deep breath, and there’s a tingling, numbing sensation in your hands, mouth, chest…a pressure in the back of your neck…

Everyone tells you to take deep breaths, but you simply cannot.  You feel oxygen deficient, like the air around you is empty.

anxiety is one of the most common psychological disorders

If you have ever felt like you’re unable to control the sensations in your body, you know anxiety.  The ultimate perception of not being safe and feeling a total loss of control.  It can completely stop you in your tracks. 

A Visceral Reaction

Anxiety extends far beyond your mental state, as it can disrupt your digestion completely.  Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is often accompanied by anxiety (no surprise here). 

Do you find when you are anxious, you lose your appetite and simply can’t eat?  Or perhaps you have a tendency to overeat to calm the butterflies in your belly?  Some people experience loose stools while others have an inability to have a good bowel movement and let go. 

The sensation of anxiety, as with all things that are uncomfortable, comes bearing a gift.  It’s basically stress that’s been taken up a notch, with roots in future-thinking.  You feel that you’ve lost control over what will happen in your future, and gloom and doom is the predominant theme.  Those of us with a tendency towards anxiety, like myself, possess the gift of being incredibly intuitive.  We feel when things are not right around us, we feel when there is unrest.  We have this uncanny ability to feel what others cannot.  What we choose to do with these feelings is what will either elevate us… or crush us. 

What Is Addiction?

Dr. Marisol ND., Queen of the Thrones® explains the correlation between anxiety and addictions

Addiction is so hard to break for many of us because in its primordial form, its essence is that of self-care.  It is an instinct, one that is incredibly strong in some people because of genetic predisposition, exposure to addiction or trauma at a young age, or simply primordial impulse. 

Instinct is raw!  It is the evolutionary emotional commands from the limbic system situated in the hypothalamic pathway in the middle of our brains.

Addiction is often fed by feeling uncomfortable in your own skin and how you’re living. It’s a form of self-care that allows instant gratification.  You don’t feel good and you know that, so you search for the easiest and quickest fix.  This is very normal.  This is how we have evolved and survived through treacherous times, by listening to what we need.  We look for the path of least resistance and take the easiest way out.

The 3 Categories of Addiction

1. Substance Addiction

When we talk about addiction in general, a chemical or substance addiction like cigarettes, alcohol or drugs is often assumed.  The reality, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) is that addiction has three faces, substance addiction being the first.

2. Food Addiction

Beyond substances, the second category of addiction is food.  The search for high-calorie, low-nutrient foods with sugar, salt and fat is programmed into our brains.  It’s a primal evolutionary advantage – feed, so as not to famine.  In the modern day, we no longer have this need, but food engineers work hard to make their foods as addictive as possible. 

Have you ever heard yourself say, “I can’t open the package because I will eat it all”?  For example, think of chocolate.  It contains sugar, fat and psychoactive substances from the cocoa bean, a perfect recipe for addiction and wanting more.  Addiction to food is rampant and you are not alone – we’re in this one together. 

3. Behavioral Addiction

The final category is behavioral addiction.  This form includes exercise, internet-use, sex, work, gambling, and more.

Different kind of addictions chart

What is intriguing is that all of these faces of addiction could technically be considered under the umbrella of substance addiction, since the neurobiological effect and the neurotransmitter pathways stimulated within our bodies, are all the same.

The Addiction Anxiety Infinity Loop

According to Freimuth et al, tolerance is where the addict keeps on increasing the substance, food, or behaviour, to receive the desired effect that gives them their “high”.  Withdrawal is where, with the lack of their addiction, they start to desire it more and more.  They become obsessed with the thought of procuring it, they need their “fix”.  This brings on the feelings of restlessness, irritability, sleeplessness and anxiety.  

This is why anxiety and addiction are linked together in the infinity loop.  The addiction produces the anxiety, and the anxiety fuels the addiction.  My thoughts are that another unknown part of the affliction may actually be an addiction to the state of being anxious.  I know for me, that was my “natural” state in the past, as I grew up in a home with great anxiety.  I became conditioned to the addiction anxiety loop, it was my “normal”, I knew nothing else.

Intuition Within

As mentioned before, having a tendency toward anxiety actually holds a gift within, if we choose to see it this way.  When something isn’t right, we feel it in our gut, in our digestion.  This feeling is our intuition.

Intuition is important as it elevates us to our higher selves.  When we learn to listen, it guides us to a state of safety, balance and being in flow.  It guides us through our emotions and sensations, A.K.A. “gut feelings”.  It could be a nervous feeling that comes with a new decision.  It could be a strong confidence when we make a choice that “feels” right.  You intimately know when something feels right or wrong; you can feel it in your gut.  So do you listen?  Or do you suppress these sensations with stress, or by numbing your feelings?  Do you take quiet time to really listen to your intuition or do you simply keep on “doing” and not “being”? 

Your addictions are instinctual, whereas your anxiety is a call from your higher self, your INTUITION.  Your anxiety elevates and increases the less you listen to your higher self, which only serves to perpetuate the cycle of addiction.

 Channeling Your Intuition

The way towards channeling your intuition is through: 

Dr. Marisol ND., Queen of the Thrones® set of products and practices help you cope with anxiety

  • Quiet reflection
  • Meditative practices and gratitude practices, such as with the Queen of the Thrones® Grateful Dung™ Bracelet
  • Limiting the amount of anxiety-promoting substances, foods, and behaviours in your life
  • Using calming and connective essential oils such as those in Eau de Throne™
  • Getting restful, good quality sleep with regular nighttime rituals, like your Beauty Sleep Brow & Lash Kit™
  • Improving your digestion (the gut is where we feel it the most) this can be supported with Castor Oil Packs™

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Over time, you become truly become in tune with your needs.  Intuition can be curated and cultivated from your anxiety.  It is truly a diamond in the rough! 

Your intuition shows you the best, brightest path, the yes and no; it moves you towards enlightenment.  Your instincts move you towards immediate safety or prevention from harm such as “I’m starving, there must be a famine!  I should eat everything in sight right now!” 

This differs from your intuition which says, “This is all I need right now; this will nourish my body and make me feel well”.

End the Epidemic 

In my practice, I see more constantly anxious people than any other health condition.  It’s an epidemic and one of the reasons why our digestive systems are so damaged.  Anxiety creates a major cascade of stress hormones via the adrenergic system, such as adrenaline in the short term and cortisol in the longterm.  These are constantly pumping through our veins, especially for those with digestive issues like IBS.

To this day, I need to mind my tendency to slip into a “normal” state of anxiety.  I have to work at it and be very disciplined with my quiet practices.  If anxiety is all you have ever known as your normal, you will seek to maintain that level of normalcy.  That’s just human nature because that is your comfortable spot.  But this just opens the door for addiction, whether your vice is sugar, alcohol, food, work or sex, or maybe all of them.  Not only will you get the ill effects of the substance, but also the ill effects of the anxiety that is superimposed over the addiction.

It is important to understand these connections and do everything in our power to change our environments and get in touch with our intuition, that we may live a fulfilled, joyous life, free of addiction and chronic anxiety.

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