Troubleshooting with the Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack™

Dr. Marisol ND wearing Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack™

Our Queendom has been buzz, buzz, buzzin’ with everyone sharing their awesome experiences with their Castor Oil Packs! There’s also been a few bumps in the road along the way, but no worries – we’ve got you covered! This is why I wanted to take the time to share some troubleshooting tips with you for our amazing Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs™.


Castor Oil Pack Leaking

Has leaking been a problem for you? Oil getting through to the outer layer and staining your clothes and bedsheets? Here are the most common reasons this happens with the Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs™.

Oil Application

Make sure to use a small amount of oil (1-2 tbsp, you can eyeball it) and use the sides of your pack to gently blot it around in the MIDDLE of the pack, avoiding the seams at all costs! When oil reaches the seams it will leak through to the outer layer. Another option is to put the Castor Oil directly on your body and rub it in, then place your pack over top.


Your Castor Oil Pack should be stored with the inner layer facing upwards or with all of the sides facing upwards.


Adding heat can cause the oil to become more runny, leaking towards the seams and onto the outside of the pack. Heat is used in natural medicine to slow things down, so if you have a tendency more toward constipation, heat isn’t the best option, whereas with diarrhea and cramping it can be a nice compliment to your treatment.


Castor oil is an incredible substance that does so many wonderful things in the body. It’s been affectionately named the ‘divine oil’ and the ‘magical oil’ over the centuries, but as amazing as it is, it is unfortunately very sticky and WILL STAIN FABRICS.

Oily mess is part of the package when it comes to doing Castor Oil Packs. For this reason our packs are not completely mess-free, they are LESS messy than the traditional DIY way. Which, if you’ve ever tried packs the old way, I’m sure you can attest to! In fact this is one of the most common things we hear from our Queendom, is that people are just amazed by how much easier our packs are and how they’ve revolutionized this sacred health practice for them.

We always recommend wearing an old T-shirt when doing your pack just to be safe. And if you want to be extra careful, lay down a towel in bed. This beautiful oil loves to make a mess, but it loves to help your body even more!


Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack™ Fit

The Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs™ have been in the works for over 10 years. I’ve tried many different designs and different materials, and tested them all on myself and some with patients. The Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack is a culmination of all of these years of developing the best pack possible, carefully designed with only the healthiest and best quality materials to make the treatment quick, easy, less-messy and toxin-free.

Our Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack™ is designed in the shape of an infinity symbol, because this was the best shape to allow the pack to caress the natural curves of the body. (Plus it’s totally symbolic of infinite health!) All bodies are beautifully unique shapes and sizes – so if you’re finding that the pack isn’t fitting you quite right, here’s some troubleshooting tips.

Too Big

For people with a very tiny torso, the strings can be wrapped around the back of the body and tied over top of the outer layer of the pack to make it fit more snug.

Too Small

For people who find the pack a bit too snug, 2 packs can be used, and the straps can be tied over top of each other. This covers more internal organs, making the treatment more comprehensive!

Castor Oil Pack Cleaning

As mentioned above, castor oil is a very penetrating substance that is difficult (if not impossible) to get out of fabrics. According to the bedside healer Edgar Cayce who popularized castor oil packs in the early 1900s, a pack need not ever be washed. As you’ve probably noticed, with regular use of your Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack™ it will become fairly saturated with oil after about 7-15 uses and this can cause it to feel heavy or leak to the outer layer, in which case most people choose to wash their pack.

If you haven’t seen my edutainment video on how to clean your pack, check it out below. My fairy godmother will show you how! 😉

A common question we get about the packs after cleaning is below.

Sticky Oil Shimmer on the Outside After Cleaning

This is absolutely normal after washing. I’ve personally found the dishwasher to be the most effective method of cleaning to get as much oil out as possible, but the key is to always use an old tea towel to roll up the pack and really blot and wring out the oil on the outer layer.

With daily use, your Castor Oil Pack™ will have a life span of about 3 months, sometimes more, sometimes less. Over time, it will naturally start to discolor and eventually break down. When it’s time for a new pack, just head on over to our website for a Refill Castor Oil Pack Compress 

If you have any other troubleshooting questions, comment below or email our customer service team at and we’ll do our best to help! I’m so proud of this amazing royal community we’ve created, and this movement for everyone to have improvement! Together we are changing the world and revolutionizing this sacred health practice! Lots of love!


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 We want to make sure we are always serving Our Queendom at the highest level.

Estrogen Dominance and Castor Oil – Your Best Tool for a Real and Relative Problem

The most frustrating part of having a hormone problem is that you often don’t get a diagnosis or confirmation of exactly what is wrong with you. This is because it depends on if you have REAL or RELATIVE estrogen dominance, or one of the other conditions that mimic it. If it’s REAL, you will get the confirmation you are looking for. But if its RELATIVE, watch out. You’ll be floating in “nothing’s wrong, it’s all in your head” land for a long time, as so many of us find ourselves doing.

So you go about living your life, feeling unwell and no one can tell you why. You go on living not realizing that you may be setting yourself up for a chronic autoimmune disease(s) or even cancer1. If you’re confused, that’s good, read on. Let’s clarify how your estrogen dominance, whichever one you may have, is draining your vitality and stopping you from living your best life and I’ll also show you how castor oil packs can be the first step to set your body in the right direction. 

A Definition of Relative and Real

Relatives, I say? Yes our relatives, they can be an issue. But I’m not talking about that kind of relative. 

Jokes aside, in medicine relative means something very different and indicates being in proper proportion or balance to something else in the body that works. Because it’s a relative problem, it doesn’t show up on laboratory tests. Technically the levels are all within their individual normal ranges. However, compared to each other and in the proper body balance and harmony, they are not. These are often harder to give a label to because if they are diagnosed, they do so only after excluding all the other conditions that fall in the real category. 

Real, on the other hand, is a quantifiable level that can be demonstrated on laboratory exams. You can see levels are out of range, and because of this, you can give it a label and a quick diagnosis. This often this leads to faster treatment, only because you know exactly what you are dealing with.

Types of Estrogen Dominance

There are two types of scenarios in the female body that we can experience in regards to estrogen dominance. However, the symptoms are the same so the only way to differentiate is through labs. 

The Symptoms of Estrogen Dominance  

Symptoms are the same whether you have a REAL or RELATIVE estrogen dominance. These are what is experienced most often:

  • Mood swings, anxiety & irritability
  • Headache, foggy brain 
  • Bloating and bowel changes – predominantly constipation 
  • Weight gain around hips and buttocks 
  • Breast tenderness
  • Water retention
  • Uterine fibroids/ovarian cysts
  • Food cravings for sugar and carbohydrates (pasta and bread) 
  • Changes in bleeding
  • Cold body temperature, fatigue 
  • Hair loss, thinning eyebrows and eyelashes 

Real Estrogen Dominance and Cause

When you have REAL estrogen dominance you are the lucky one. You actually do have very high levels of estrogen (although who am I kidding, that isn’t lucky, it’s downright dangerous). These can be tested by conventional labs or by a functional lab such as the Dutch Hormone Test, which gives the most complete information about what is happening in the body and HOW it is processing hormones. If you’ve got the REAL deal, here are the most common reasons why you are experiencing a dangerously high level of estrogen: 

  1. You store your food in plastic – You purchase and eat canned goods or food that’s been stored in plastic, which can contain endocrine-disrupting bisphenol A (BPA)2 and other not-yet-notorious chemicals. These supply your body with xenoestrogens that leach from plastic and other sources. These mimic our bodies’ natural estrogen, causing issues. There could be other problems because these are, in essence, pieces of plastic in our bodies and the research at this point isn’t completely clear on the long term side effects, but I have an idea, it’s not good. STRESSFUL on the system. {Side Note: NEVER purchase oils in plastic! Oils are well known to absorb plastics and chemicals from their containers, this is also important when we talk about castor oil packs later on because you do not ever want your castor oil to be bottled in plastic. Oils should ALWAYS BE IN GLASS!}plastic containers are sources of xenoestrogens
  2. Water supply – City water has been said to contain negligible traces of the birth control pill with little to no effect on human health3. That being said, it is still ending up in rivers and streams and affecting the water supply4. The remnants of pharmaceuticals end up in the water supply5 and we consume them through the food chain as our fish, fowl, and game drink the water in the rivers. STRESSFUL on the system. 
  3. Prescription sources of estrogens – If you are taking the birth control pill or hormone replacement therapy, this adds to your estrogenic load. These are all sources of estrogen that accumulate in your body, upsetting the natural balance.  STRESSFUL on the system.
  4. Carrying too much body fat – Fat produces estrogen. Fat utilizes too much of your nutrients and antioxidants, leading to depletion. Starvation in a land of plenty. STRESSFUL on the system.
  5. Unbalanced microbiome – Where increased bad microbes exist, creating an environment that is pro-estrogen dominant6, known as the estrobiome. STRESSFUL on the system.
  6. Inflammation – Inflammatory molecules may mimic estrogen in our systems and fuel estrogen dominance. In effect, inflammation enhances the effect of estrogen in our bodies7. STRESSFUL on the system.

The unifying factor – STRESS! 

Relative Estrogen Dominance and Causes

The other side of the coin is where your progesterone is so low, RELATIVE to your level of estrogen, that estrogen acts in your body as though it is super high but it isn’t. It’s just that your progesterone is in the gutter, super low. What are the most common reasons why this happens?

  1. Your elevated stress hormone – Cortisol requires the same raw product as does progesterone. If you’ve been dealing with a lot of stress, you will need more raw product to produce cortisol for you to be able to cope and manage. STRESSFUL on the system.
  2. Your body compensates – So it will steal from Peter to pay Paul. Preferring to save you from a crisis, your body creates the stress hormone cortisol from the same raw material that it makes progesterone from. This way it can deal with the immediate stressor. STRESSFUL on the system.
  3. Progesterone is optional to your body – Progesterone is a hormone of fertility, needed to procreate. Being fertile is the last thing your body cares about when you are under stress. Progesterone also acts as a diuretic, helping to avoid water retention, ensuring good bowel movements and keeping the thyroid balanced. So interesting, no wonder you don’t feel that good when you are stressed! STRESSFUL on the system.

The common denominator again – STRESS!

Stress causes estrogen dominance

Our Bodies in Balance – The Ecosystem

We are not separate from our organ systems and everything must work like a fine-tuned orchestra. Estrogen dominance demonstrates observable patterns and associations to other conditions, especially thyroid conditions such as hypothyroid and autoimmune conditions like Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. To note, many of the symptoms of estrogen dominance mimic thyroid conditions to a tee. Is this a coincidence? I think not.  

High Estrogen Causing Low Thyroid

With REAL or RELATIVE estrogen dominance, it is highly likely that you will simultaneously have a hypothyroid condition. Actually, in my practice, I have noted this to be the case in almost all of my patients, with a few outliers. On labs, a telltale sign is low iron (ferritin) and low B12. There are very few outliers. 

This pattern goes hand in hand for the very simple reason that progesterone helps to support healthy thyroid function and estrogen levels. Stress knocks out progesterone. STRESSFUL on the system.

In addition, because your body is overwhelmed with excess relative or real estrogen hormone, it will use up vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to alkalinize and cleanse the excess estrogens out.

These are the same vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that are needed to support thyroid health, namely zinc, selenium, magnesium, and glutathione. One of the antibody thyroid tests, anti-thyroid peroxidase, can be used as a measure of glutathione in the system along with magnesium. Low magnesium, low glutathione.

If you’re using them up in one place, you’re going to become deficient somewhere else. It’s a vicious repeating cycle and one that I’m going to show you how to reset. 

Which Came First? Estrogen Dominance or Hypothyroid?

Patients always ask, which came first, the estrogen dominance or hypothyroid? That’s exactly like asking me if the chicken or the egg came first. It’s very hard to say because there is a considerable amount of overlap. One could easily cause the other and we must not forget that there are other systems involved, including the gut, the microbiome and inflammatory processes occurring in the body. 

I look at it as a garden. We need to make sure the ingredients going in are good, what needs to come out is coming out, and that we love it and are peaceful and content with the process. 

Support Your Body Ecosystem/Terrain to Optimize Healing

So you see the predicament. This means that if we are to work through it, we have to be extremely strategic. It’s not only about fixing one thing but working on the whole. Is there a way to help balance and support the regulatory systems of the body?

Fortunately, there is and it is the most simple and inexpensive treatment out there. It is legendary as goddesses, gurus, and queens used this treatment since before biblical times. It stands out among other treatments because it doesn’t just have one mechanism of action on the body, it has a totally comprehensive and multi-faceted reach on all regulatory systems of the body. What is this treatment? It’s the sacred Castor Oil Pack of course!

Castor Oil Packs

Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs™ help you reset your estrogen

To reset your estrogen, your game plan shouldn’t be fully to annihilate it. You want it, after all, it keeps you young. It keeps your skin glowing and is responsible for a variety of beneficial processes in the body. However, you want it to be in balance with your progesterone. Therefore your strategies must accomplish 5 very important goals. 

  1. Maintain a healthy balance of your stress hormone, cortisol, and encourage more feel-good hormones
  2. Promote high antioxidants levels and reset your natural cleansing mechanisms
  3. Keep your bowels flowing – digestion, absorption and elimination working properly
  4. Reduce inflammation and increase alkalinization
  5. Support your microbiome and break down unhealthy biofilm

So how does this legendary treatment accomplish all this?

Castor Oil Packs and Stress

The problem in our modern world is that all of us are in a constant state of stress. Since cortisol is made out of the same product as progesterone, the more stressed you are, the less progesterone your body will be able to produce. It is a vicious cycle, so it’s incredibly important to do everything you can to reduce stress in your body.

When your body is in a relaxed state, your immune system8 is optimized and your digestive process is flawless. When you’re stressed, your gut can become ‘leaky’, meaning the gap junctions are broken and food particles that are too large can enter your bloodstream and cause havoc all over the body9 10 11.

When you use the pack, the soft compression of the pack on the skin helps to promote your feel-good hormone, oxytocin12. The limbic area (aka the area responsible for emotion) of the brain is stimulated and flooded with another feel-good neurotransmitter, dopamine13.

The Castor Oil Pack™ harness the healing powers of nature that support our body’s natural healing mechanisms. The key to having this treatment be effective is PRACTICE. I have my own take on the old saying, “Practice makes perfect”. But hey no one is perfect! More accurately, “Practice makes PROGRESS”. This is why it’s best to wear your pack for at least 1 hour each day, or ideally overnight.

Castor Oil Packs to Reset Your Cleansing Mechanisms

To balance the dominance of estrogen in the body, cleansing processes must be working well. There is an enzyme known as beta-glucuronidase that deconjugates estrogens, allowing them to recirculate throughout the body. It has been shown to be elevated in estrogen dominance14. 

Castor Oil improves levels of your body’s powerhouse detox molecule, glutathione15. Glutathione gets rid excess estrogens, toxins, and byproducts of plastics like BPA. Remember it’s best to STAY AWAY from carrying food and drink in plastic! 

Castor Oil Packs are typically worn over the liver because they exert a powerful anti-inflammatory effect that supports its function – and it’s responsible for over 200 bodily functions! The packs have even been shown to reduce cholesterol levels and improve liver enzymes16. 

Castor Oil Packs to Reduce Inflammation

When you are dealing with estrogen dominance, the last thing you want in your body is inflammation as it just feeds the imbalance even more. Castor Oil Packs have been shown to help to reduce inflammation17. 

Most of the inflammation in our body is present in the intestines and the gut, since they are exposed to the outside world via the food we intake and the different bugs that enter our bodies18. When we can calm this core inflammation, we relieve bloating, it helps us get a flat tummy and it supports balancing out our hormones. Now, remember, practice makes progress, and it’s with daily practice that you will feel better.

Castor Oil Packs and Constipation

If you have estrogen dominance, chances are you are probably backed up. When you can’t eliminate waste, the toxins, excess hormones and bad bacteria that it contains can recirculate the body.

The amazing thing about Castor Oil Packs is that they have been shown to relieve constipation just as effectively as laxatives, but without the harsh urgency to run to the bathroom19. This is extremely important for estrogen dominance because you must eliminate the excess hormones in order to heal and rebalance.

Castor Oil Packs and the Microbiome

Did you know that as women, we have a specific set of bacteria in our bodies responsible for metabolizing estrogen? It even has a special name – the estrobiome. 

When there is an imbalance of bad bacteria, as I call them conbiotics™, they will do everything that can to keep themselves alive and to maintain their home inside your gut. They have the ability to create a protective barrier of sludge known as biofilm, which makes it very difficult for us to kill them and get them out of our body temples.  Amazingly, Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil has the ability to break down this biofilm, which has proven very difficult to do without the use of pharmaceuticals20 21 22 23. Isn’t it always best to do things the natural way? Who’s with me?!

Stick Steadfast to Your Practice

So if you’re someone with REAL or RELATIVE estrogen dominance, or perhaps you just have a feeling your hormones are out of whack, Castor Oil Packs should be a staple in your daily routine. Ready to add Castor Oil Packs to your daily routine? Get your Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack™ and 500ml Castor Oil Bundle!
There is a light at the end of the tunnel, you can and you will get through this and live the life you are destined to live. You just need to commit to health-promoting practices each and every day and show your body some extra love. It has a natural, vital, intelligent force within, and when we give it what it needs, it has an incredible ability to heal!

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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 We want to make sure we are always serving Our Queendom at the highest level.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome and The Microbiome | Part 1

The microbiome is the HOT topic in medicine and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). But what does this mean to you? Is it the key to alleviating your IBS? I suggest our fascination with the bugs in our guts, is a situation of history repeating itself and may lead patients and practitioners down a slippery slope of chasing the unseeable bug. There is a way to look at what is happening to you, not from the bug perspective but from one that empowers you and helps you transform into the life you’re meant to live. Read below and get your gut-reset on!

What is the Microbiome?

Our bodies are made up of 10 trillion cells, and inside our gut we house 100 trillion foreign microbes that take up residence right next to our most important immune warehouse and the organ system that gives us life through digestion, absorption, and elimination1.

What Does the Microbiome Do? The Good

These microbes of various origins play important key roles in processing metabolites from drugs and foods, metabolites that our body secretes and they create their own metabolites that, in general, have beneficial effects on our bodies. They can supply us with short chain fatty acids like Butyrate, well known for its healing of the gut2.

What Does the Microbiome Do? The Bad

Due to our lifestyle choices and exposures, sometimes this hub of so called ‘health’ as claimed by the researchers, works against us instead of for us. As in the case of irritable bowel syndrome, where the balance of beneficial bugs is outweighed by their disease-promoting counterparts. Researchers elucidate to the microbiome being the UNIFYING aspect of the promotion of irritable bowel syndrome3. I beg to differ, it is JUST ONE of the factors of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Probiotics – The Beneficial Bugs – The Good Guys

For simplicity sake, let’s call the good guys probiotics, since many of you are familiar with the product you buy to give your body good bugs. In reality, the researchers call the good guys commensal bacteria. These guys help us immensely, they are bacteria of different strains that help our bodies by making B vitamins and other amazing substances to keep our guts good4.

Conbiotics™ – The Disease Promoting Bugs – The Bad Guys

The not-so-nice ones, I call conbiotics™. I coined this term because my understanding is that they act much like con artists in our bodies. They take up residence in places that are troubled, because they like to cause trouble too. Like attracts like. Usually it’s in a disturbed digestive tract, preferring environments that are filled with inflammation, histamine, oxalates, heavy metals and other toxins like poop sitting in our intestine too long.

They are typically present with food sensitivities, and the ultimate villain of them all a dis-stressed gut. A great example of this is after you take antibiotics. They kill both good and bad bacteria, but make the intestine hospitable to conbiotics™5.

The Environment Decides who Lives There

So this shows us that the residents of the gut are dependent on the circumstances that are going on in our bodies. They are affected by our emotional wellbeing or lack thereof, our food choices, what drugs we take, our system’s ability to digest, absorb and eliminate and much, much more.

WHY is our Health Placed in the Hands of Bacteria?

So what I don’t understand then, is why do we give our power away to the bug? Why don’t we own that it is us that may be off, us that isn’t doing the things that promote health and because of that the bugs that are growing are causing things to go awry within. These bad bugs going hay wire is simply in response to our bodies aiming to seek balance, not the other way around, where they give us balance.

If we seriously own it, that the environment of our gut is caused by us, we can take actions to truly do something about it. And not allow history to repeat itself.

Louis Pasteur

Louis Pasteur
Portrait of Louis Pasteur

You may or may not be familiar with Louis Pasteur. He was a French scientist and the father of the germ theory6, also considered the father of immunology7. His entire life, delved first into the crystallization of wine, to fermentation processes, to development of the bug theory and finally vaccines. His belief and scientific perspective held central the idea that it was the bug that caused all disease. He was successful in promoting the message because he was a publicly well seen figure.

Claude Bernard

At the same time another more meek French scientist was studying parallel to Pasteur. His deductions were different. Claude Bernard came to realize that it wasn’t the bug but the environment of the body, as he called it “the liquid millieu internal” , also commonly referred to as the terrain, that makes it hospital for the bug to survive. Bugs and germs are smart as well, they go where their survival is guaranteed and where they can multiply. It is best for them to multiply in unhealthy areas. Where the ENVIRONMENT SUPPORTS THEIR HEALTH!!!!! How ironic.

Claude Bernard
Portrait of Claude Bernard

Environment that Supports Health 

Because Bernard’s study of the human system physiology was quite impressive, he was well known for his animal experiments on the gut and intestine8. His message wasn’t visible because it is the phenomenon of a living creature. This is the part, in effect, that we really truly can’t do studies on. It definitely isn’t as easily visible through a microscope as Pasteur’s work was.

Pasteur was also much more charismatic and simply more of a socialite that knew how to promote his message. Claude Bernard’s message got lost and didn’t make it to the forefront of scientific thought of the time. The environment that supports health died, and the bug won.

H. Pylori Infection from a Germ Theory Perspective

Pasteurs theories became embedded in the modern scientific thought of the day, and become the norm, even today. H. Pylori is one example of a bug well known to be the “cause” of peptic ulcers9, which according to the germ theory makes sense. In our common language we all talk about catching a cold, a virus, or a bacterial infection. Microbes and bacteria are easy to see under a microscope and because of that it’s very easy to believe it is true.

H. Pylori Infection from a System Biology, Millieu Perspective

Had Bernard lived to see the H. Pylori situation, he would have explained it differently. That because of an acidic millieu, the stomach acid in the digestive tract doesn’t function optimally, therefore allowing for an infection of H.Pylori to set in. You see, it isn’t the bug that caused the ulcer, it was the imbalance in the physiology that allowed the infection to occur.

Why the Germ Theory Won – History Repeating Itself

Let’s face it, it’a a lot easier to blame a bug, than to trace back through the steps of the physiology to figure out why the infection happened in the first place. We are always looking for the easy button, but in health and sciences, unfortunately it’s not the easy way that prevails. That’s a recipe to be chasing after a bug for your entire life, never getting anywhere and always suffering. Isn’t the definition of Hell repeating the same thing over and over again? You can choose that path if you want, but I decided a long time ago it wasn’t the path that made sense to me.

Had Bernard got his way, we would be singing a very different tune. One of understanding how the body works, of tuning in to the signs and taking responsibility for ones health. Pasteur just put the blame on the bug and promoted that until his death.

Pasteur on his Death Bed Recants – It’s Not the Germ, It’s the Terrain, Bernard was Right

On his death bed, Pasteur was said to have had an epiphany. He realized that all along Bernard was RIGHT! So he recanted, history tells us his words were “Bernard was right, it’s not the bug, it’s the terrain!”

By then it was too late, the wheels were deeply ingrained in thought of the time that it was all about the germ theory and there was no going back. The sequence of events following that led us to where we are today, bringing the bug back into the forefront of science. Blaming the bug, (well now its bugs because of the 100 trillions of bugs in the microbiome) for everything bad that happens with our health.

You Know What’s Right, Just Listen to your Body

I do not want you to recant on your death bed, or have regrets that you should have headed the warning signs. That internally you knew that it couldn’t be only about the bug. I remember the gut punch I got when I first heard about addressing the balance of the systems and the terrain, searching for homeostasis, instead of the bug. A light bulb so big shone in front of my eyes, I knew inherently it was the way to go with health.

Dr. Marisol ND. Queen of the Thrones® discusses health implications of Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS

I’m not saying here if you need an antibiotic for an infection not to take it. By no means! What I’m saying is to look at your body as a whole, there will be times you need that antibiotic and you better take it! There is no bad medicine, just a bad time and a place for it.

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