Remedy Infection and Exhaustion During Holiday Rush :031

Infection and exhaustion are rampant during this busy season

In this discussion with Dr. Rory, a Functional Medicine Practitioner and Chiropractor in the western Twin Cities suburbs of Minnesota; we talk about the cause and remedies for these tiresome conditions.

Watch or listen to the podcast for full enjoyment and education.

Following is a summary and helpful links.


“Tire and Wired”

You can tell if you’re “tired and wired” by noticing, when you’re lying in bed and you’re ready to settle in, but you still have so much energy it’s difficult to sleep. This term “Holiday or Christmas rush” really relates in the body as the hormones adrenaline and cortisol, which are pumped up to get us through all of our holiday tasks. The problem is that these hormones are triggered so often during our day that they interfere with our bodies’ normal cycles and prevent us from being able to settle in the evening. This also leads to adrenal fatigue.


Coughing, sneezing, hacking; upper respiratory and lower respiratory infections are so common at this time of year. The continual stimulation of the adrenal glands and release of excitatory hormones adrenaline and cortisol and the resulting effects, weaken the immune system.


What’s Causing Infection and Exhaustion?

Seeing so many people come through his office on a daily basis, Dr. Rory shares his hunch at what’s really going on. He shares how our body cues us to take care of things earlier in the year, to take a break or to just address health conditions sooner. When we keep putting off self-care and refuse to take even small breaks, our bodies become deplete of energy and tired. Being already weakened and tired, what were mild conditions of bloat, gas, indigestion or almost any other symptom can become worse.

Natural Remedies that Dr. Rory Recommends

Try implementing just one or two things at a time:

  • Slow down
  • Take an epsom salt bath (use at least 2-3 pounds per bath!)
  • Go to bed sooner
  • Stop using technology with screens to limit your blue-light exposure at least a couple of hours before bed. Or, use devices and software that filter (glasses) or prevent your device from emitting blue light (Tara uses f.lux for example). But limiting digital activity is still a good idea.
  • Take remedies like Myocalm 
  • Address infection with natural remedies like oregano, berberine and grapeseed extract.
  • For Gastro-Intestinal issues, calm the fire by eliminating trigger foods: spices, dairy, wheat, sugar, coffee and alcohol. Remedies such as aloe and licorice root help too.
  • Practice mindfulness. These biofeedback devices help to train the body and mind to calm.
  • Magnesium: the right type of magnesium can make a huge difference!
  • Address the adrenals


Consult with a Natural Health Practitioner like Dr. Rory to be sure which remedies and dosages are right for you!

Address the Underlying Cause and Systems that are Affected

  • Adrenal Function
  • Hormone and Thyroid (women especially tend to be affected in this area)
  • Mitochondrial function (energy production at the cellular level)
  • Neurotransmitter function – How is your brain feeling and functioning?


Irish Tips and Tricks on How to Kick Back and relax…

When I ask Dr. Rory to share how the Irish (where is originally from) relax, he prefaces that what he is about to share might be considered a bit inappropriate for this wellness-related topic, but shares anyway. (Go to time mark 20:50 to hear this part of the discussion.)

He shares that the Irish go to the local bar with their best friend and “Have the craic.” They tell a few stories, connect in front of the fire; and if you can’t tell a good story, make up a good lie.

Irish jokes aside, we can gather what the true message is. What the Irish seem to have down pat, is how to disengage from a busy day, how to connect with others and have a good time!



About Rory Faherty, D.C.

Dr. Rory is a chiropractor, and functional medicine physician with two decades of experience connecting with patients, and helping them find their journey to health.  Rory grew up on a small island off the west coast of Ireland in a large family.  Life on the Aran Islands is simple and about connection with people.  He brings the values and lifestyle he learned in Ireland to his practice and approaches to treating patients.
Dr. Rory earned a Doctor of Chiropractic at Northwestern Health Sciences University and will complete The Institute for Functional Medicine’s (IFM) Certification program in 2016 to join the less than 20 IFM Certified Practitioners in the state of Minnesota.  Dr. Rory takes the complex world of medicine and creates simplistic plans for healing.
To contact Dr. Rory call  his office: 952-474-2395
Specialties include:
* GI Health with a focus on
     * diagnostics
     * gluten sensitivity 
     * treating infection
     * improving microbiome 
     * customized food plans
* Detoxification
* Chronic Inflammation
* Nervous system & sleep disregulation 
* Applied Kinesiology
* Spinal Adjustment and body work