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How Does Your Illness Serve You?

by Dr. Larisa Gruer RND, PhD on 08/07/17

Recently, I overheard two women talking about hormones and menopause in of all of the places, a public restroom. One of them was explaining about the over the counter herbs she was taking to try and help with her hot flashes. Her friend stated very emphatically "I do not believe in natural health." So I wondered if that meant she believed in unnatural health!

Outside of my office, people ask me what I do for a living and I reply that I am a holistic health practitioner. I often receive a follow up question such as “Who would come to see a "voodoo doctor?"

And so, I smiled and change the subject. Who indeed would want to live a productive, joyful, pain and angst-free life and look great to boot? Who indeed would want to spend happy times with friends and family, rather than wasting hours and hours in their doctors' waiting rooms, filling prescription after prescription, worrying about their insurance premiums going higher and higher or not being able to even see the specialist of their choice because has or she no longer even accepts insurance? 
This blog is neither about "selling" the natural approach to wellness nor "bashing" conventional medicine. Rather, I'd like to educate and inform you in the most constructive way.

There are several types of folk who we see time and time again. They come into the office; they improve, and continue to be proactive about their health and wellness. They adjust their nutrition, get to the bottom of deficiencies, feel fantastic and bring along their family and friends.

The first type, most common to our practice is the very savvy and educated consumer who has learned through his/her own experiences the value of the holistic approach. Unlike others, such as the ones mentioned above, they spent the time and effort to understand what is truly going on with conventional medical practices and Big Pharm. They see our value, both health wise and financially. They spend their hard earned resources where it counts. Yes, they of course, do carry basic/catastrophic insurance for true medical emergencies, but they do not waste tens of thousands of dollars on useless and often dangerous conventional medical practices. Instead of getting angry when told that we do not work with insurance, they appreciate the highest quality of care, excellent service, integrity and affordability.  Many of them use their Health Saving Accounts dollars with us while enjoying tax benefits. This is the core of our practice - our VIPs, many of whom have become dear friends.

The second type of folk who come to see us are less aware, less interested in their long term wellness, a bit skeptical because they are not getting anywhere with their doctors. Maybe their family member or friend is a part of our practice and they have seen the results. They are willing to be re-educated and they truly want to get well and stay well.  Although it takes them a little while to adjust to our philosophy, once they see the rapid improvement, they become our best ambassadors! It is a beautiful thing to see: the light of knowledge and the feeling of being in charge of their own destiny.

Unfortunately, for other conventional people, it is simply too late. They have been so brain washed by the current medical practice of "cut, poison and burn," they do not trust anything else. In many cases, they like the pills, the endless tests and procedures. They cannot or will not make any meaningful changes. They do not comply, therefore, we cat not help them. I remember, one particular case, when a man told me rather bluntly, "Why would I do all you ask when I can just take a few pills and continue to do as I please? My insurance covers the meds and it does not cover your natural stuff! I do not have the money for expensive supplements. I can buy cheap vitamins at Costco."  Needless to say, we parted ways. He was severely diabetic, suffered from arthritis and hypertension. He drank alcohol and ate poorly. He had prostate cancer. He was not at all chronologically old, but looked well into his seventies. Now, I will be uncharacteristically blunt: his prognosis did bode well.

Then there are the saddest, most heartbreaking folks.  We are literally their "last stop." They are truly chronically ill and have done everything modern medicine can do to no avail. They are desperate to do anything and everything alternative to prolong at least the quality of their remaining lives.  I give them all of the information I can, often without charge, but unfortunately, cannot take their money. Too bad, they did not come in earlier. 

One particular encounter comes to mind. The woman was in her early forties and came in to get some nutritional advice for her end-stage kidney disease, managed by dialysis. In fact, she was quick to joke that she probably will die before the kidney she desperately needed to live would became available.  Of course, I did my job and gave her the up to date nutritional recommendations. She was very beautiful, dressed in designer clothes and lived in an extremely affluent community. I asked her why she hadn't looked into the very well-documented complimentary approach of holistic nutrition, herbs, and acupuncture, before dialysis. She answered in a dismissive tone, my doctors told me not to bother.  

I work with many kidney disease patients with the blessings from their urologists, but something about her did not sit right with me and I posed a question I rarely feel comfortable asking "Do you mind sharing with me, how your disease serves you?" I was ready for her anger, but she looked me straight in the eye and answered without thinking, "people treat me better, my husband is not on me every moment, he drives me everywhere and he never says no to me or my son from previous marriage with special needs." I was blown away and could only thank her from the bottom of my heart for her honesty.

and so I call upon you to be honest with yourself and ask: "how does my poor physical state serve me?" If it doesn't, come join the Natural Health Revolution. We won't let you down.

Severe Autism Testimonial - Please read!

by Dr. Larisa Gruer RND, PhD on 08/02/17


I am very excited to share that I have noticed an wonderful increase in my daughter, Laurel's receptive and expressive language, an increase in spontaneous language, a decrease in self injurious behaviors and she is 'in our world' more, enjoying more shared experiences with others.

Janelle Allen, San Pedro, CA

BYA: Why Proteolytic enzymes may be your best line of defense!

by Dr. Larisa Gruer RND, PhD on 03/13/17

First of all, let us understand that Viral diseases/infections in the body caused by viruses, parasites, fungus or bacteria can affect many of our physiological systems, including, but not limited, to our immune system. For instance, we all know about the common cold, flu, bronchitis, sore throat, pneumonia, herpes, mononucleosis, H. Pylori, meningitis, Lyme, E.Coli, Botulism, HPV and many more. Of course, the severity of viral diseases can differ dramatically, but all are considered contagious at some point, making the need for proactive enzyme supplementation more of a priority. Some Viral diseases when untreated can mute into chronic disease.

How do we get exposed to these insidious infections? In the case of Viruses, they can be contracted by air (coughing and sneezing), transferred body fluids (saliva, blood, and semen), insects bites (mosquitoes and ticks), or in some cases, viruses can be inherited.

Once a virus enters the body and begins to replicate, the outcome can result in a variety of illnesses. In some cases, a viral disease can be life-threatening and may require emergency medical attention, while other cases are resolved by getting a full nights rest, proper meds and fluids. All, however, are responsible for the depletion of our overall wellness and energy. Once a virus enters our cells and it could take weeks for the body to fully recover. You all know of cases, where you have had a lingering viral infection that would not go away even with several doses of antibiotics, right? And unfortunately, we have all heard of something called antibiotic-resistance. (Just think of folks dying of an infection that can no longer be cured with conventional medications.)

Let us try to understand exactly how do enzymes fight viruses and improve our immune system? Bio-science tells as that enzymes are made of numerous proteins of living cells which naturally send a chemical reaction through the body to boast its natural healing processes. In short, they boost your immune system. Enzymes fight viral diseases by attacking only, and I mean
only, the foreign proteins. These proteins are very different form bodys naturally produced proteins and can cause serious symptoms, as well as damage our organs.

If you remember your high school biology, all viruses and bacteria are protected by proteins and lipids that keep the virus alive and multiplying. Well, our smart enzymes can tell the difference between the good and bad proteins, those who belong from those who are the invaders.  By attacking the bad proteins protecting the virus, these amazing substances ultimately eliminate the pathogen once and for all. Additionally, enzymes have also been proven to help eliminate viruses by strengthening your immune system and cleansing our blood.  I hope this short explanation makes sense.


Common Side Effects of Premarin

by Dr. Larisa Gruer RND, PhD on 11/07/16

After years of not prescribing this terrible drug, they're at it again...Look for yourself and ask questions! In the meantime, here's the info straight from the Drug.com and these are some "common" side effects. I'm not even talking about cancer, diabetes, heart attack, strokes and blood clots.

Common Side Effects of Premarin:

- Bleeding or spotting from the vagina
- Changes in mood and sex drive
- Changes in blood sugar
- Weight loss
- Hair loss or growth of hair in unwanted areas
- Nausea and vomiting
- Changes in your skin like rash, acne, and blotches on the skin
- Headache or migraine
- Rise in blood pressure

FDA: Massive Attack on Supplements

by Dr. Larisa Gruer RND, PhD on 08/17/16

The long-awaited revision of FDA guidance rules for new supplements is finally here. It is very bad news.Highest-level Action Alert!

What we are dealing with here is whether the supplement industry is allowed to innovate and create new supplements. The FDA, working as usual on behalf of the drug industry, says no. 
We need your help to stop this right now. It will take a huge effort on all of our parts and we need to start immediately.

Please read the entire article here:

2016 Best of Newport Beach Award! We are so grateful!

by Dr. Larisa Gruer RND, PhD on 07/20/16

Press Release


European Institute for Natural Health Receives 2016 Best of Newport Beach Award

Newport Beach Award Program Honors the Achievement

NEWPORT BEACH July 7, 2016 -- European Institute for Natural Health has been selected for the 2016 Best of Newport Beach Award in the Medical Center category by the Newport Beach Award Program.

Each year, the Newport Beach Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Newport Beach area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2016 Newport Beach Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Newport Beach Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Newport Beach Award Program

The Newport Beach Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Newport Beach area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Newport Beach Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Newport Beach Award Program

Newport Beach Award Program
Email: PublicRelations@awardconnect.org
URL: http://www.awardconnect.org


Facts About Fats

by Dr. Larisa Gruer RND, PhD on 05/25/16

BYA: I know it is confusing, but here are the facts about FATS:The Different Types of Fats.
1.Saturated fats, from animal fat and tropical oils 
2.Monounsaturated fat, such as olive oil 
3.Polyunsaturated fat, such as omega-3 and omega-6 fats 
4.Trans fats, such as margarine 
Sources of healthy fats include: 
Olives and Olive oil Coconuts and coconut oil Butter made from raw grass-fed organic milk .Raw Nuts, such as, almonds or pecans Organic pastured egg yolks Avocados.Grass fed meats Palm oil Unheated organic nut oils

Chronic Stress and Anxiety

by Dr. Larisa Gruer RND, PhD on 05/04/16

BYA: Dealing with chronic stress and anxiety? Your brain may be prone to producing less GABA.The following medications are known to prevent your body from producing GABA, and they are: Xanax, Ativan, Clonazapam and Valium. What can help? Drinking green tea, eating bananas, walnuts, and oats.

Sleep and Leaky Gut

by Dr. Larisa Gruer RND, PhD on 10/26/15

BYA: Having trouble sleeping due to depression or can't seem to get out of your low mood? Check for "leaky gut". In a study published in the May issue of Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, approximately 35 percent of depressed participants showed signs of leaky gut. This condition is normally treated with a combination of targeted amino acids and minerals.

Spanish Language YELP Review - our first!

by Dr. Larisa Gruer RND, PhD on 07/27/15

testimonial desde España
Dr. Larisa es el Angel de la Guarda que he encontrado en mi camino...

Soy de España y me pusieron unas inyecciones de toxina botulínica para una complicación en mi trompa de Eustaquio. Pues bien resultaron en una intoxicaicon a nivel física  terrible....

Estuve rotando por neurólogo, otorrinos e inmunologos durante meses sin ningún resultado.... Mis dolores cada vez empeoraban mas..

Encontré a la Dra. Larisa e inmediatamente tuvimos una cita por Skype en la que me sentí que por primera vez alguien entendia lo que me estaba pasando.

Ante la imposibilidad de volar a Los Angeles por mi trompa de Eustaquio, ella me hace un seguimiento personalizado por mail.

Ella me trata con muchísima profesionalidad y sobre todo como un ser humano. Hay días de desesperación y ella siempre esta ahí para dar una solución a mi problema con muchísimo cariño y dedicación

Mi camino va a ser duro porque la toxina no es una cosa fácil pero ella ha conseguido con sus indicaciones que me encuentre muchísimo mejor en un tiempo record. Yo no se lo que haría si ella no estuviera en mi vida. Dios la Bendiga Dr. Larisa

European Institute For Natural Health 
Dr. Larisa N. Gruer RND, PhD 
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