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Want to Age in Your Own Home? There’s an organization for that:

Several Boise experts on aging have formed a non-profit organization, Boise at Home, to help seniors live and thrive independently. For an annual fee, Boiseans 50+ have access to a network of trained volunteers, as well as to local businesses which have agreed to offer their services at a discount.

Modeled after the “Beacon Hill Village” in Boston, Boise at Home helps Boise seniors stay at home for as long as they are able–into their 70’s, 80’s, and even 90’s. To find out more about this dynamic group, click here.


By |June 18th, 2017|Aging|

Enhance your summer with Essential Oil Recipes

Summer has its share of wonderful tastes and smells, and these solutions crafted with high quality essential oils can make nice things smell and taste even nicer. We stock many of these in our office, so be sure to ask about them at the front desk.

Pillow or linen Spray

One 2 or 4 oz glass spray bottle

A pinch of Epsom salt

10-15 drops of lavender essential oil

Distilled or filtered water

First add the pinch of salt and essential oil to your glass spray bottle
Top off with water
Give it a shake to mix it up
Spritz on your pillow each night to promote relaxation and better sleep, or use as a linen spray to refresh tired linens.

Refreshing lemon water–One of Dr. Huycke’s favorite summer drinks!

Mix together:

Sparkling water
Stevia to taste (about 4-5 drops per 8 oz.)
Essential oil “lemon drops” (can also add a couple drops of lavender or peppermint)
Slices of real lemon

Upset Stomach Helper

Summer is upon us! Time for family vacations, road trips, camping, and lots of barbecues. Which could also mean… upset stomachs, bloating, indigestion and heartburn.

Friends, meet “Tummy Tamer” or DigestZen®.

DigestZen® is great to have on hand for when any type of upset stomach occurs. DigestZen® is a healthy, natural, and gentle way to soothe an upset stomach or maintain a healthy digestive system.

Add a few drops to your water to take internally or rub on your stomach before flying or taking a road trip for a calming aroma.

Have DigestZen® on hand when enjoying holiday meals, eating out and barbecues to promote digestion. You can also add to water or tea to maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract.

Directions for Use:

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in a diffuser
Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. […]

By |June 18th, 2017|Healthy Eating|

Got Pests? Try these Natural Anti-insect remedies

Are you looking forward to summer camping trips and cookouts, but hate the thought of spraying yourself with toxic chemicals to prevent insect bites?

Vitamin B1– Supplement with one Vitamin B-1 tablet a day from April through October, and add 100 mg of B-1 to a B-100 complex daily during mosquito season. While this won’t prevent all bites, it can help decrease how good you taste to mosquitoes.

Avon Skin-so-Soft™–I grew up in the Midewest, and we frequently used this prevention remedy on camping trips.

Vicks-Vaporub™–according to Rodale’s Organic Life (, this remedy works well–if you and your companions can tolerate the smell.

Avoid bananas during mosquito season–there’s something about how your body processes the banana oil that attracts female mosquitoes.

To keep the pests away from your home or yard, plant marigolds. For outdoor gatherings, consider lighting up with Citronella candles.

Eucalyptus compounds can also work well. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers lemon eucalyptus oil as a top choice for protection against mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus.

Also consider mosquito dunks to keep larvae from hatching. Place around your home monthly anywhere you have standing water–ponds, water features, flowerpots, rain gutters, and birdbaths. These are made with the pesticide Bti, which is not toxic to plants or animals.


For more information:

Mosquito Dunks

By |June 18th, 2017|Air and Water|

How organic are your organic strawberries? The answer might surprise you…

By now we’ve all heard of the “dirty dozen” fruits and vegetables that are best consumed without pesticides. Strawberries figure prominently on that list, and many stores provide organic strawberries with a hefty price tag. But how organic are these organic strawberries? Are they truly as pesticide free as they claim to be?

According to natural health education website, certified organic strawberries aren’t so organic after all. Although organic strawberries sell for 50% to 100% more than conventional berries, organic strawberries are fumigated with toxic chemicals, including methyl bromide, at the beginning stages of their life-cycle, and sometimes again after harvest.

Methyl bromide, a soil fumigant, isn’t sprayed directly on the fruit–it’s used to sterilize the soil before strawberries are planted. As many modern seeds can only grow in sterile soil, this fumigant prepares the soil by killing all the organisms natural soil contains.

According to, here’s another grey area– both Federal and state organic regulations allow organic farmers to purchase non-organic starter material when they have no other options, and still call their strawberries organic.

According to the NY Times, California, our country’s largest berry producer, doesn’t have a single organic berry nursery—hence the practice of relying on plants that grew on fumigant treated soil.

Want to make sure your organic strawberries aren’t tainted with harmful pesticides at any stage of their growing cycle? Grow your own (from organic heirloom seeds), or next time you’re at your local farmer’s market when organic strawberries are in season, ask the vendor if he grew his strawberries from organic heirloom seeds, or if he purchased the initial plant material from a conventional nursery.

For more information:

A Dirty Little Secret: Your “Organic” Strawberries Aren’t Really Organic


By |June 18th, 2017|Healthy Eating|

Sad Story of Sunscreen

Unfortunately, despite its many benefits, we are a culture that has been taught to fear the sun. Medical professionals and skin care companies alike have advised to either stay inside or dubiously lather up in sunscreen to prevent the damage of UV radiation from the sun. This theory has left us with an expensive and finicky solution when it comes to sun safety, all-too-often leaving us with fingers crossed, hoping that we have adequately covered all the tricky spots like the backs of the knees and around bathing suit lines with sunblock. It is quite simply an inadequate approach, and there are also some very clear concerns with using sunscreen that often go unrecognized.

The first issue is that sunscreens rarely work as promised. SPF is the rating system used to designate how much UV radiation is blocked upon application. With the wide variety of products out there boasting these numbers, one would logically conclude that 30 SPF is twice as protective as 15 SPF, and so on…yet this isn’t necessarily the case. Generally speaking, SPF 15 is thought to block 94% of UV radiation, SPF 30 only 97% and SPF 45 98%. Complicating this issue further is the fact that these numbers are all highly variable based on the skin type of the user, how liberally the sunscreen is rubbed on, what kinds of activity one is engaged in, frequency of reapplication and what time of day you are spending in the sun. Therefore as companies continue to design evermore expensive, high SPF, “waterproof” sunscreens- there is little actual improvement on protective value. The Food and Drug Administration even recently proposed an upward limit of SPF 50 on labels in order to limit unrealistic claims […]

By |June 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|

What’s Really Flavoring your Food?


Most of the cinnamon sold in the U.S. is cassia, not cinnamon.  Cassia, grown mainly in Vietnam or China, is related to Ceylon, which is considered the “real” cinnamon.  The cassia bark is hotter and more abrasive than the lighter, more aromatic Ceylon.  The sticks are fairly easy to tell apart – Ceylon quills are composed of many paper-thin layers rolled up, while Cassia is a single sheet of bark – but once the “cinnamon” is ground, the anonymous brown dust might be neither Ceylon nor Cassia but something else entirely.  The most common offender in this cinnamon fraud is coffee husks – nice in a coffee cherry tea, if that’s what you’re going for, not so great in your scones.

How to make sure you’re getting the real thing: Look for real Ceylon cinnamon on the label.


Black Pepper

Like ground cinnamon,  ground black pepper is another item that is practically inscrutable in powder form.  Researchers have found starch, flour, buckwheat, millet, papaya seeds, juniper berries, pepper stems and chaff all lurking in what claims to be black pepper.

How to make sure you’re getting the real thing: As with coffee, it’s always better to go whole, both taste-wise and to avoid spicing your dinner with colored starch.



The second most expensive spice is also ripe for the faking.  Vanilla extract is an aged solution of vanilla beans macerated in alcohol and water and is the most common form of vanilla and less costly than the whole beans.   Much imitation vanilla is made from vanillin, an organic compound that is typically synthesized in a lab, and makes no bones about being a cheaper, if inauthentic, alternative.  But synthetic vanillin often sneaks into extracts claiming to be pure.

How to […]

By |May 5th, 2017|Healthy Eating|

What substance in your diet could be causing excessive nightly bathroom trips?

Less Salt Equals Fewer Nighttime Bathroom Trips–

Reducing your salt intake may reduce your trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night. In a new study that involved 300 Japanese adults with high salt intake and sleeping problems, researchers found that participants who reduced their salt intake for twelve weeks experienced a reduction in the average number of nighttime trips to the bathroom from 2.3 to 1.4 times per night. Furthermore, the number of times the participants needed to urinate during the day also decreased. Study leader Dr. Tomohiro Matsuo writes, “Nighttime urination is a real problem for many people, especially as they get older. This work holds out the possibility that a simply dietary modification might significantly improve the quality of life for many people.”   European Society of Urology, March 2017

The quality of salt you ingest also affects your health. Himalayan salt, available in our office and at at warehouse stores, is probably the purest form of salt you can buy at this time.

By |May 4th, 2017|Healthy Eating|

Update on Cancer—Which Treatments Work the Best?

I recently returned from the 2017 Best Answer for Cancer Summit in San Diego in late April.  I learned a tremendous amount. The most significant research is that conventional chemo and radiation offers stage 4 cancer patients (patients with metastatic disease) about an increase in survival of 2% over 5 years. Integrative methods (research proven government studies) for the same stage 4 patients are getting between 50-60% remission at 5 year. The integrative Doctors are continuing to keep records past 5 years because they know conventional chemo and radiation will most likely recur after this date.  It appears the Integrative methods are more long-lasting as well, with only gradual declines in survival after this 5 year benchmark.

The persistence of these Doctors to perform alternative cancer methods has come at a huge price for several of the Doctors including million dollar lawsuits, bankruptcy and loss of their medical license.

We owe these pioneers a debt of gratitude for their persistence and bravery.

By |May 4th, 2017|Cancer|

If you’re wondering about what’s in that vaccine…

I recently watched Ty Bolinger’s The Truth About Vaccines, a seven part series available on the internet.  I learned a few things.  Take my little quiz.  Let’s see if you know these things I didn’t…

Paul Offit recommended the rotovirus vaccine to be added to the vaccine schedule while he sat on the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.  Rotovirus is usually a mild diarrheal infection of infants. He also was the seller of the vaccine he recommended.  How much profit did he make from his recommendation?
$29 million dollars.  I’m sure he was only thinking of the children….

Guardicil the vaccine for cervical cancer has been associated with causing which cancer?
Cervical cancer.

The CDC whistle-blower William Thompson exposed the CDC in their manipulation and hiding of the research association between the MMR vaccine and autism.  This research came out about 13 years ago.  What number of children could have been spared autism if the CDC had reported and taken action on this data?

What right are parents denied when the CDC reports fraudulent data?
The right to informed consent.

What is a possible relationship between prostate cancer and vaccines?
Mouse related viral particles have been found in prostate cancers.  The only way researchers can fathom how the particles could get there would be through vaccination.

What disease is on the up swing now that chicken pox is rare?
Herpes zoster or shingles.

Vaccination reactions seem to be associated with the massive increase in vaccinations in the past 2 decades. What one action could do the most to decrease the number of vaccine reactions?
Hold the makers of the vaccines financially responsible for injuries to the people they harm.  Currently the […]

By |May 4th, 2017|Vaccines|

If your blood could talk…

Ever wondered what a single drop of blood could tell you about your state of health? With state-of-the-art darkfield microscopy, your blood can tell us so much!

A darkfield microscope lets your doctor immediately evaluate the shapes and other properties of individual blood cells. Like thermography, which shows changes in the breast tissue years before a mammogram will detect them, darkfield allows us to assess issues in the blood when they are in their infancy.

By monitoring your blood through a darkfield microscope, your doctor can assist in ‘balancing’ the blood with supplements and lifestyle recommendations.

Spring Special! While we normally charge $229 for a darkfield analysis and doctor’s interpretation and recommendations, through mid-May we are offering this diagnosis for only $179–a $50 savings. This special is for current medical patients only. Your appointment will include obtaining the blood, an analysis by our nurse, and nutritional recommendations from Dr. Huycke.


Please call us at 208 658-5570 for your appointment.

By |March 19th, 2017|Therapy|
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