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I saw you speak in Orleans and I was so impressed with your youthful energy and beauty. What would you say are the most effective things you do that keep you looking and feeling so great?


Dear Anne,

Thank You for your kind words! I have some thoughts on what keeps a sparkle in the eye!.
The most important are the nutritional choices you make. The old expression, “you are what you eat” is very true. I am a big fan of raw greens, and healthy fats. I also think that drinking the proper amount of water to cleanse your body on a cellular level is very important.
I am very careful to stay away from toxins and free radicals as much as possible, as in household cleaning and personal bath products.
Getting enough sleep is also paramount. A body that is well rested and has the opportunity to renew itself daily will perform much better than one that is tired and overworked.

But the most important thing you can do for yourself is to embrace the gifts of wisdom and experience that happen in the process of ageing. Understand that it does not translate to feeling less about the full joys and experience of living!
Work hard! Play harder! Love deeply and keep your humor!

Warmest Regards,


Dear Muffin, 

How is Melatonin used as an anti-aging therapy? I thought it was only used to promote sleep.

Sincerely, KI Newport RI

Dear KI,

To start with, I will say that sleep is one of the most reliable beauty and anti aging treatments you can do! A solid 7-8 hours of quality sleep allows the body to renew itself on a daily basis, a time for the system to fully absorb nutrients and to be at complete peace.
Melatonin is a hormone produced in the pineal gland located deep in the skull behind the brain. The pineal gland is your body’s biological clock, or time keeper, regulated by the flow of the hormone, melatonin. Youthful levels of melatonin strengthen the immune system, strengthen resistance to disease, and keep sexual vitality thriving. Therefore it makes logical sense that as our bodies’ age, we need to support the levels of melatonin by augmenting the foods that manufacture melatonin in the body.

Other hormones, such as estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and pregnenolone are all made from your body processing cholesterol. Melatonin is made from the amino acid tryptophan, an essential amino acid, meaning our bodies do not produce it. Therefore, we must get tryptophan from the foods we eat. The best sources are found in fish, yoghurt, organic liver, lamb, peanuts, pumpkin, sesame seeds, and lentils. The body converts these healthy foods into serotonin, which supports mood function. During sleep, serotonin is converted into melatonin.
Melatonin ranks as one of the most important hormones because it stimulates a wide variety of other hormones from the pituitary gland that perform as HGH, the human growth hormones. Melatonin stimulates the release of these HGHs.

However, as we age, our levels of melatonin need to be supported to benefit from the levels of these hormones found to be therapeutic in an anti-ageing protocol. There are other benefits from melatonin as well, such as being a sex-enhancing hormone, sleep aid, and heightens endorphins. There are studies being conducted presently to support the link between melatonin and lower risks of breast cancer.
Do not take melatonin under the age of 40. With proper nutrition and healthy living habits, you do not want to interfere with your pineal timekeeping biological clock!

Here are the recommended dosages for supplement purposes:
Age 40-45 0.5-1 mg at bedtime
Age 45-54 1-2 mg at bedtime
Age 55-64 2.25 mg at bedtime
Age 65 and beyond 3.5-5 mg at bedtime

As always, be sure you purchase a high end organic source of Melatonin. I personally choose to eat the foods that support the natural production of serotonin/melatonin, and supplement with my anti ageing tincture
If you feel groggy in the morning, reduce the level to the age bracket before your own. Adjust until it feels right
You should always be looking for balance!

If you are committed to a graceful age defying protocol, check back with this site and check out my anti ageing organic herbal tincture VA VA BOOM. I have addressed all the biological ageing protocols into one formula! It will be available for sale in a few weeks.

Warmest Regards,


Dear Muffin, 

What is a natural way to whiten my teeth?


Dear LL,
The first recommendation I have is to oil pull every morning before anything else goes into your mouth.
Oil pulling was first recorded over 4000 years ago in Ayurveda medicine for gum and oral health. Sesame oil was the original oil used, although coconut oil is acceptable.
Oil pulling is simply done by putting a generous swig of sesame oil in your mouth and pulling it through your teeth with your facial muscles. This should be done for ten to twenty minutes each morning. Not only does it remove bacteria and microbes from your mouth, but it also removes stains and discoloration from your teeth.
It also is known to be helpful for keeping facial muscles alive and flexible, and for keeping bacteria from going to the heart.
It is an acquired experience, but stick with it! It feels great and you will learn to love the taste!
Dispose by spitting it into your garbage and not down a drain where it could eventually coagulate.

There are other methods that can brighten teeth in addition to the oil pulling.
Charcoal capsules can be taken apart and the contents put on a toothbrush and used to remove stains from your teeth.Five days of charcoal brushing with a weekly follow up will bring your teeth 2-3 shades brighter.
You can also mix lemon juice and baking soda and brush your teeth with that mixture, being careful not to get much on your gums. Rinse carefully and brush with a soft fluoride free toothpaste.
Strawberries and baking soda are also used.

For general maintenance, I would gently brush with baking soda after every meal, rinsing carefully each time.
Do not scrub the enamel off your teeth, Just a gentle cleanse.
I use the oil pulling daily and charcoal weekly and when I go to the dentist for a cleaning they always remark there is little or no work they can do!

Warmest Regards,


Dear Muffin,
I am 26 years old and losing my hair! It sheds on my clothes so badly I cannot wear black. After a shower; there is a nest in the drain guard. It is noticeably thinner. I am considering trying a commercial hair growth product.
Please help me!
H.G. Hilo HI

Dear H.G.,

Hair and nails are excellent calling cards to monitor the balance of your inner workings. So, with that in mind, there may be some problems or imbalances you need to identify.

You will want to make sure you are drinking enough fresh filtered water. You can make sure you have the right amount by taking your body weight, dividing that in half, and drinking that many ounces, but not exceeding a gallon per day. You will also want to up your intake of healthy fats, such as coconut and olive oils. Every morning I put at least 8 tbsp. of coconut oil with a banana, chia seeds, nutmeg, small piece of ginger root and other assorted vitamins and herbs designed for me into green tea with a high speed blender. I do not recommend fish oils( in general), unless it is Krill oil from a reliable higher end source. Poor quality fish oil can actually cause hair loss, and most of the fish oils out there for sale in grocery and drug stores are very low quality. Healthy diet is imperative. Fresh, raw, and fermented food are needed daily. Organic eggs, wild sockeye salmon, blueberries, spinach and nuts,(especially walnuts and almonds, be careful of processed peanuts and pistachios as they can have a mold the causes hair loss) Good healthy foods will help you!

Another helpful approach is to start taking Biotin at 10,000 mcg per day. Biotin is a supplement you can buy at a drug or grocery store, but always check the expiration date. I also add a teaspoon of Horsetail herb to my tea in the morning. That can be purchased at the spice and herb counter at a good Natural Food Store.

I hope you are not using a harsh over the counter hair products. Unless you work in a coal mine or the fishing industry, your hair does not need to be washed more than two or three max times per week. Before you shampoo, take a smidgeon of the coconut oil and massage it gently into your scalp. Treat yourself to some organic shampoo and conditioner that will not strip the natural oils out of it. I use cool water to wash my hair because it doesn’t open the hair shaft and expose the hair to harsh temperatures. Think of what hot water does to a black tee-shirt after just a few washes! I also just use conditioner to cleanse in half my weekly showers.

I also recommend that you get a good trim. Like a plant, a good pruning will help! I am hoping you will try these suggestions before an over the counter Hair Growth product. The chemicals are harsh and it is better to get to the “root” of the problem. I advocate you work with diet, water and healthy fats first!

Are you on any medications the correlate with the time frame of this hair loss problem? Many pharmaceutical drugs list hair loss as a possible side effect.

In my practice, I have had at least twenty clients that were experiencing hair loss. In all cases, some sort of stress or nervous energy was a piece of the problem. I think you need to examine what may be upsetting you, and address it straight on. A beneficial process called EFT is easy to learn and use, and will help to pinpoint what may be bothering you, and help you align your body’s system. You can look for video instruction on the internet, (try Dr. Mercola) or find a certified EFT instructor.

Warmest Regards,

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