This service is offered on a limited basis – please contact me if you’re interested.

I’d like to announce a service I’m offering that I think will be just the ticket when you need a quicker consult. For those who have some nagging questions about their health issues but aren’t ready to do a full consult, I’m now offering a shorter format for half my usual fee.

My fee is $30 for this mini-consult.

The mini-consult isn’t a comprehensive workup, but I always individualize my recommendations as far as possible, and you won’t receive one-size-fits-all generic responses. You will receive a detailed email with my comments and recommendations.

The mini-consult is perfect for you if you…

  • need some input to help make informed choices for your health
  • have specific questions about nutrition, supplements or using homeopathy
  • just need some extra support when the bumps in the road feel extra bumpy

As my grandmother used to say, “What’s not to like?”

Make a Paypal payment here and get started with a mini-consult.

After payment, use the link provided that says “return to website” to access the online questionnaire page.
The questionnaire is optional, but helps me with pertinent input. The questionnaire is encrypted so your responses are as secure as private email.

If you prefer to just send your written description of the issue you want to address, that’s fine too.

Then I’ll be in touch shortly, usually within 2 business days.

And don’t forget to come back and visit my two websites for a wealth of free articles and resources spanning the whole gamut of natural healing.

Thanks for staying tuned!


Karen Robinson DynNC


Drugs Deplete Nutrients!

We all know about side effects of drugs (which are really primary effects, but the ones we don’t like). But rarely do we hear about the toll that drugs can take on the body as they rob us of important nutrients. Often, the drug creates a nutrient deficiency which produces a symptom, the same symptom that the drug is supposed to treat!

An example of this is “statin” drugs given to treat or prevent cardiovascular disease. Statin drugs deplete the body of CoQ10, which is an essential nutrient for heart muscle. A deficiency of CoQ10 over a period of time can lead to angina or heart attack!  So the drug actually can cause the problem it’s supposed to be treating.

Below is a list of some of the nutrient depletions caused by various drugs, so you can consider supplementing accordingly. Of course, the issue of how to supplement requires a more comprehensive look, but this is a basic guideline.  Generally, most of the drugs in the same class of drug will have the same nutrient depeletion effect.

Herbs, even though they’re generally safer and have less adverse effects than pharmaceutical drugs, also have medicinal effect and do have an effect on certain nutrients.

DRUG TYPE                                                NUTRIENTS IT DEPLETES

Female hormone replacement magnesium, vit B6
Statin drugs (cholesterol lowering) coQ10, B-12, folic acid
Beta blockers coQ10
Cardiac glycosides (digoxin) calcium, magnesium
Diuretics calcium, coQ10, folic acid, electrolytes
Antacids B-12, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron
Proton-pump inhibitors B-12, folic acid, D, iron, zinc, EFA’s
Aspirin C, folic acid, iron, aminos/proteins
Diabetic meds coQ10, B-12
Anti-depressants coQ10, B-1, B-2, B-6, B-12, folic acid
Oral contraceptives B-2, B-6, B-12, folic acid, C
Corticosteroids (prednisone, etc.) C, D, folic acid, potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc,
Laxative herbs (aloe, cascara, senna, etc.) electrolytes, many vitamins, essential fatty acids
Herbal diuretics B-1, B-6, C, co-Q10; electrolytes

vit A, B-complex, iron, potassium

Diet and the Life Cycle

Diet is a confusing and frustrating issue for many people. We’re either forcing ourselves to stick to a program that we think is healthy, and kicking ourselves for “failing,” or we’re just trying not to think about the whole thing.

Someone you know feels energized eating a certain way, while you might feel irritable and starving on that same type of diet. Clearly the key is biochemical individuality, and no “off the shelf” diet program can take your individual needs into account.

Diet is complex, yet it can be relatively simple at the same time. There is a complex of factors we need to look at to determine which foods are best for you—the foods that will strengthen your system rather than weaken it.

There’s a multitude of diet programs and opinions about what works best. Most are based on one particular aspect of diet, such as low-carb, or raw foods. People make some seeming progress with these one-size-fits-all schemes at first—mostly due to the fact that they’re eliminating the junk foods they were eating before.

Sometimes one small intervention, like cutting down on sugar or processed foods, can make a big difference. So even one of those pre-fab diets that doesn’t really fit you can give you some benefits at first, simply because of what you’re NOT eating. But we want to take it much further.

Many people believe that their food cravings are signalling a nutritional need for that particular food. But what we’re actually craving is the feeling that the food gives us, as a result of overstimulating certain endocrine glands. The overstimulation weakens and exhausts the gland, and sets up a vicious cycle in which we crave more of the food to get the stimulation.

By eating foods that strenthen the recessive glands and give the exhausted dominant gland a break, we can break that vicious cycle. Then the food cravings disappear, and the foods that are healthiest for us become the same ones we actually like!

Diet is no longer a battle of will and a matter of depriving yourself of the foods that you love. Your preferences shift as you begin to eat the foods that your particular body really needs.

You can begin to experience the deep feeling of satisfaction that comes from eating food that your body really wants and needs, which is a different experience from the kind of temporary satisfaction (followed by let-down)  that comes from addictive cravings.

When you eat the foods that your exhausted dominant gland is telling you to eat, you’re relieving some tension, and that feels good in a way. But you’ll notice that you don’t really feel relaxed or satisfied in a deeper way. Something is missing…

The Four-Beat Life Cycle

There’s a cycle we naturally go through, which Wilhelm Reich called the life cycle or the four-beat cycle.

  1. We start with a tension, which in this case is hunger.
  2. It grows, and we feel charged.
  3. Then we need to satisfy the hunger, so we eat, and that discharges the tension.
  4. This should lead to a good feeling of satisfaction or relaxation.

Foods that are overstimulating and weakening for us don’t allow us to get to the relaxation, so we never feel finished. We feel relieved of hunger in a way, but still on the prowl for something else. Many people have this kind of experience fairly often.

But with the proper diet, we can be getting to the relaxation phase at every meal, feeling satisfied and complete. Hunger naturally arises again for the next meal, and we can experience the full four-beat cycle as it naturally occurs, without cutting it short and leaving ourselves stuffed yet still unsatisfied.

What is Dynamic Regimen?

Regimen is the multi-dimensional field that includes diet, nutrition, exercise, proper sleep and many other lifestyle factors. This is the foundation of your health, supporting your optimal functioning by maintaining dynamic balance and promoting healing.

Improving your regimen means shoring up your life energy and strengthening yourself to resist illness and feel more healthy.

What is dynamic balance?

Balance is homeostasis, or the equilibrium of the functions of the organism. It’s dynamic because  your life functions are always in interrelationship, not isolated processes, and balance is constantly adjusting according to changing conditions.

Dynamic Regimen is concerned with balancing your biochemistry, but also with the more fundamental functions that drive the biochemistry. A dynamic approach draws from this deeper understanding of the functioning of body, mind and soul/spirit.

One-size-fits-all programs and fad diets don’t work, because your biological typologies are individual, and your regimen needs to accommodate your individuality.

Here’s a common predicament –

  • You’d like to upgrade your diet and lifestyle, eat healthier, maintain your best weight, have more energy and improve your resistance to illness – but popular nutritional programs don’t seem to work for you.

  • You feel confused and frustrated with all the conflicting advice and multitude of hyped “health food” products.
  • You’re wondering why a program that works for your friend or spouse doesn’t work for you.
  • You’re tired of feeling deprived on restrictive diets and struggling with fitness plans. You know there must be a way to get your health needs and your natural desires on the same team!

Now you can work with someone who can sort through the confusion – to advise on what’s right for you as an individual, working with the wisdom of your body, not fighting it.