Relieving Back Pain

Nearly half of all Americans suffer from back pain. There are many factors which may contribute to this problem.

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One is poor posture. 

Another is an inadequate supply of the minerals needed to build healthy bones and connective tissue. These include calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, manganese, copper, silicon and boron. 

However, there is a third factor which few people take into consideration—kidney weakness. 

Here’s how it happens:

Americans as a whole are heavy protein eaters. When the body burns protein for fuel it creates waste acids, such as uric acid, in the process of utilizing the protein. The kidneys have the job of filtering this acid waste out of the blood. If the kidneys are too weak to perform this job then the acids build up in the blood. This acid waste is an irritant to the tissues, so the body seeks to neutralize it by “stealing” calcium and other minerals from the bones and connective tissues. Hence, we wind up with arthritis, osteoporosis and other structural system breakdowns. 

Applied kinesiologists have linked the energy of the kidney meridian with the psoas muscle. This is a major muscle which holds the pelvis stable. When the kidneys weaken, the psoas muscle weakens. This causes the pelvis to tip, making one hip higher than the other. Since the spine rests on the pelvis, it sits on an uneven foundation. Hence, muscles in the back must “tense up” to try to keep the spine straight. The result is curvature or scoliosis of the spine and accompanying back pain due to the constricted blood flow into the back muscles. 

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KB-C The Chinese have a traditional formula designed for this exact problem, KB-C. K stands for kidneys and B for bones. The Chinese name of this formula, Jian Gu, means to “strengthen the bones.” Its constituents are designed to improve kidney function and bring greater strength and flexibility to the structural system. This combination has been used historically for low back pain, weakness of the knees and ankles, impotence, sciatic nerve pain, scoliosis or curvature of the spine, osteoporosis, arthritis, fractures and other similar structural problems. 

Here are just a few of the herbs in this formula. Eucommia is a Chinese herb used for back pain, weakness of the lower body, high blood pressure, impotence, premature ejaculation and frequent urination. Rehmannia is used for back pain, thirst and kidney weakness. Another herb, Morinda, has been historically used in China for arthritis, impotence, infertility, strengthening the bones and sinews, premature ejaculation, difficulty walking and as a kidney tonic. These are typical of the actions attributed to the herbs in this formula. 

A Simple Program for Eliminating Back Pain 

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So, understanding this problem, here’s a simple program that many people have found very effective in completely eliminating their back pain. 

1. Take KB-C to strengthen the kidney function. 

2. Decrease consumption of heavy protein foods such as red meat, fish, chicken, eggs, dairy products and even tofu. In fact, when suffering from acute back pain it may be best to completely eliminate these foods for a few days. It is also beneficial to eliminate soda pop from the diet as this puts tremendous stress on the kidneys. 

3. Drink six to eight cups of pure water each day to make sure the kidneys have sufficient water to flush the waste acids from the body. Make sure the water you are drinking is pure. Tap water usually does not do the job. Juices, teas, coffee, sodas and milk are not substitutes for water. They don’t count as part of your six to eight cups. 

4. It may also be beneficial to take some minerals to help strengthen the bones and connective tissue. Skeletal StrengthCalcium with Magnesium, Chelated Cell Minerals.HSN-W or Mineral Chi Tonic may all be helpful in this regard. 

5. MEDICAL MASSAGE FROM FOUR WINDS: Contact Four Winds and ask for our signature Medical Massage that has helped so many of our customers relief pain and lead healthier well balanced lifestyles.Or do some simple stretching and/or self-massage exercises each day to strengthen the muscles and loosen the joints. Begin by vigorously massaging the area just inside your hip bones on your abdomen. Also vigorously massage the muscles of the buttocks and the lower back. Then slowly and gently stretch your spine in all directions (sort of like a cat getting up from a nap). Do the same thing with your neck if you are prone to neck pain and headaches. You may need the assistance of a good massage therapist or chiropractor in getting started. 

The Art Of Living

We all want happiness but how do we get there?


We invite you to join us for a fun-filled, interactive and informative session to find out how we can achieve happiness.

The Happiness Program

Within us lies vast, untapped possibilities waiting to be discovered. Through the Happiness Program, this potential is set free and we gain a greater vision of who we are. The main technique In the Happiness Program is called Sudarshan Kriya®, a research-backed breathing technique that has helped millions of people release stress, experience deep meditation, and get back in touch with their true self. During this introductory session, you’ll get a taste of yogic breathing exercises and their wonderful benefits.
Introductory sessions include a mix of:

Guided relaxation through the breath
Insights into the nature of mind
Guided meditation
Question & answer session

DATE: Saturday May 18th, 2019
LOCATION: FOUR WINDS modern apothecary
This EVENT is FREE but we do require you to BOOK in advance as spaces are limited.

Please RSVP via email:
Phone: (561) 757-3284


La Vie En Rose Facial

A note from Andréa, Esthetician at Four Winds Natural

Spring has arrived and summer is heading our way. In celebration of Mother’s Day, come and enjoy our seasonal facial during the month of May.

La Vie En Rose


Containing a complex array of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, rose has fabulous properties to delight all skin types:

1. Excellent emollient properties for moisturizing dry skin
2. Antiseptic and astringent properties to treat acne prone skin
3. Anti-inflammatory properties that help treat redness and inflammation.

Rose water is suitable for all skin types including the most sensitive skin and  has been a popular beauty ingredient since ancient times for its rejuvenating, soothing and calming properties. 

As a gentle antiseptic and astringent, it can help cleanse skin and prevent blemishes. Anti-inflammatory properties enable Rose Extract to help minimize redness and soothe irritation – making it ideal for all skin types (acneic, dry, mature, sensitive) because of its calming and healing abilities.

Our VIE EN ROSE FACIAL contains natural botanicals and wild rose aromas, including Aromatherapy, Rosewater Cleansers, Gentle extractions, Wild Rose Mask, Rosewater Toner, and Antioxidant serums tailored to your needs as well as a hydrating moisturizer. 

This is a journey for the skin and the senses. designed to soothe, nourish, balance and replenish. 



$10 OFF!

Get $10 off your next FACIAL! Use Reward Code 012 345 (give cashier upon checkout)

The reward expires on May 31, 2019. No cash value. Not transferable. In-store only. May be canceled at any time. Not valid with any other reward or coupon.

Kundalini Chakra Series



Join us for the next 8 weeks for our Kundalini Yoga Chakra series where we will focus on one chakra each week.

Chakras are centers of consciousness.They are focal points of energy that have a direct, immediate, and profound effect on our daily lives. The particular chakra where the majority of your kundalini energy is primarily focused – or polarized – influences your basic behavior and attitudes.

Kundalini Yoga allows the kundalini energy to rise, balancing and coordinating all of the chakras. It also prepares the body to allow the energy of your highest potential to rise so that you can experience your higher consciousness. When this balance of the chakras occurs, you become empowered; you are able to be a compassionate, conscious, and capable human being.

Our schedule is as follows:

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Week of April 16, First Chakra (ROOT): Security and Survival
Foundation, survival, security, habit, self-acceptance, Basic Trust

Week of April 23, Second Chakra (SACRAL): Creativity + Sexuality: To feel, to desire, to create.

Week of April 30: Third Chakra (SOLAR PLEXUS): Action and Balance
Willpower. Personal power and commitment, Wisdom

Week of May 7: Fourth Chakra (HEART): Love and Compassion*, Healing.
Awakening to spiritual awareness; forgiveness and service.

Week of May 14: Fifth Chakra (THROAT): Projective Power of the Word . Communication.
Hearing and speaking the Truth. The Teacher.

Week of May 21: Sixth Chakra (THIRD EYE): Intuition, Wisdom, and Identity
The union of opposites; understanding one’s purpose.

Week of May 28th: Seventh (CROWN) Chakra: Humility and Vastness, Spirituality
Transcendence. The Tenth Gate. The seat of the soul.

Week of June 4: Eighth Chakra: The Aura

All ages welcome. You must Pre-book to attend. Classes are:
Tuesdays: 6:30pm
Thursdays: 11:00am
Please call us to book on 1 (561) 757-3284 or email us at

Macro Minerals

Reprinted from Sunshine Sharing

Because bones are heavy, you would think that maybe 25% of the body's weight would be minerals. But really, minerals only account for about 4% of our body weight. That's because most of the body weight is comprised of water and organic compounds made out of hydrogen, oxygen, carbon and other "flammable" elements.

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All of the minerals have two main functions-building and regulating. In this issue we are going to focus only on the "macro-minerals", those we need the most of. These are considered to be calcium, phosphorus, sodium and chloride, potassium, magnesium and sulfur. If you find this list differing from others, it illustrates the continuing debate over classification opinions! We'll cover most of them now:

Calcium (via PDA) Your 2-3 pounds of calcium resides mostly in the bones and teeth. It also is important for healthy nerve impulses, and is a natural tranquilizer. It helps prevent cadmium and lead poisoning, as well as absorbing strontium 90, a radioactive material from nuclear explosions. It is needed for a strong immune system, helps the body lower cholesterol and aids in preventing colon cancer. It is also one of the elements needed to lower blood pressure.

Calcium is commonly found in nature and in our food. So why are we often deficient? 

A high fat diet or low hydrochloric acid (HCl) in the stomach prevents us from assimilating it. Low amounts of HCl is almost universal in older people, hence they wind up calcium deficient. HCl is also needed to absorb iron to build up the blood. (For this reason, persons over 50 should consider taking PDA to increase general mineral uptake.)

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Another reason people are low in calcium is that by eating too much meat or other high-phosphorus foods, the phosphorus drives out what could have been a normal calcium intake. You will notice that when you talk about nutrition, you are talking about balance. If another element is too prevalent, that may be your problem, and not what “appears” to be a lack of calcium in your diet at all!

The same reasoning should go into solving the osteoporosis problem so common in women after menopause (and men can have the problem too!).

We need to understand that bones are also made of protein, and perhaps through poor digestion and diet, the protein to make the little sacks holding calcium and other minerals constituting bone is a major cause of bone weakness, not a lack of calcium! You see the danger of having just a little knowledge, but also the dividends of doing a little detective work on your own!

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Along with eating your green, leafy veggies, citrus fruits, beans, grains and nuts, extra supplementation may be needed. Vitamin Calcium w/ Magnesium is important because calcium needs vitamin D to be absorbed into the body (see also Calcium + D3). In addition, the mineral magnesium helps direct calcium to perform correctly in the body. Sometimes what looks like too little calcium is plenty of calcium with not enough magnesium to activate the calcium properly! A deficiency of trace elements like copper, boron and silica may also prevent calcium from doing its job. We are right back to the principles of balance and teamwork.

Food sources: goat’s milk, green vegetables, kale, seeds, nuts, whole grains, sesame seeds, bonemeal.

Herb sources: valerian root, white oak bark, pau d’arco bark, kelp, comfrey leaves, capsicum, red raspberry, horsetail, alfalfa. 

There is evidence that the mineral silicon can be transformed by the body into calcium when needed. This fascinating theory is based on the eating habits of animals, who end up with more calcium than they eat or drink! So where is it coming from?


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Calcium and phosphorus work together, but deficiencies in phosphorus are uncommon. However, chronic use of antacids can result in a deficiency or else kidney problems. (In some cases the kidneys can retain too much phosphorus, as well as magnesium, and then either can cause a loss of calcium.) 
Aluminum from antiperspirants may also impair phosphorus metabolism in the body. It is the second most abundant mineral in man and helps control energy transfer within cells.Phosphorus also works to neutralize excess blood acidity and along with B vitamins is used by the liver to create its own lecithin, which increases mental powers and helps to keep the arteries clear of fats.

Deficiency symptoms include nervousness, insomnia, poor hair growth, numbness of skin, shallow breathing, loss of appetite, fatigue and depression. But remember that other deficiencies cause some of these same symptoms. Be a good sleuth before deciding what is causing your particular problem.

Food sources: seafood, eggs, dairy products, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, meat.

Herb sources: pumpkin seeds, peppermint leaves, fennel, hops, chickweed, burdock, parsley, garlic, dandelion.



Don’t get phosphorus mixed up with potassium. You could think of phosphorus as a grenade exploding body energy whereas potassium is a “pot” in the liver helping to balance the body, prevent constipation, relieve pain, and keep tissues elastic.

Potassium is also one of the lightest metals known, so soft it can be cut with a knife. You only need about a third of one percent of it as your total body. The heart needs it to keep beating, as do all muscles for them to function. Potassium is found most abundantly inside the cells and helps keep sodium at bay. Between the two minerals, a balance is kept that provides energy and an electrolytic balance between the fluids in and outside of the cell. Otherwise, the cell could not breathe properly and would suffocate. A lack of potassium allows sodium (“salt”) to creep into the cell and bring bloating water with it. As a point of interest, cancer cells are loaded with sodium. That makes enough potassium important to help prevent cancer.

Symptoms of a deficiency include edema, continuous thirst, hypoglycemia, dry skin, weakness, swollen testicles or ovaries.Food sources: apricots, broccoli, celery, watercress, potatoes, almonds, avocados and sunflower seeds.Herbal sources: parsley, blessed thistle, barley grass, sage, catnip, hops, peppermint leaves, feverfew, and scullcap. To conveniently get a concentrated amount in a hurry, try Potassium Combination. Each tablet contains 42 mg. of chelated potassium in a base of kelp, dulse, watercress, wild cabbage, horseradish and horsetail herbs.

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Here is another metal, but in a pure state it will explode upon contact with a liquid. When combined with chlorine it forms salt. Although salt is highly condemned because it tends to raise blood pressure and hold too much water in the body, it is absolutely necessary for life to continue. Some people who are suffering from chronic fatigue have recovered after increasing their sodium intake, which the adrenals require to function properly.
Sodium helps regulate the movement of water across cell membranes. It also helps calcium and other minerals remain soluble in the blood so they won’t clog the capillaries. It also helps the body absorb iron. A shortage is uncommon in humans, but too much sweating, diarrhea or starvation can bring on a deficiency. There is evidence that regular table salt, as it exists at the molecular level, is hard for the body to break apart and use properly. But in natural foods, sodium is easily extracted.Food sources: sea foods, beets, green, leafy vegetables (especially celery), carrots.Herb sourceskelp, Irish moss, rose hips, gotu kola, licorice, parsley, chamomile, fennel, and dill.

MAGNESIUM (magnesium caps )


Along with potassium, here is a mineral that is important in preventing heart attacks. Magnesium not only manages calcium, it helps manage nerve communications everywhere in the body. Through stress, or over cooking, we can lose great quantities of this mineral. Most of the U.S. population is woefully short of magnesium. Taking a chelated Magnesium supplement with an herb base of licorice, kelp, peppermint and white willow bark can make a noticeable difference, sometimes in a few minutes (if you are experiencing muscle cramps). For twitching muscles, it may take longer (include B vitamins). And as for your tough, decay-resistant tooth enamel, thank magnesium.
One fast way to lose magnesium is through stress—even noise stress will do it. Fluoridated water, or synthetic vitamin D may block its action.Diuretic drugs could do it, too.

Food sources:  Almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, filberts, millet, peanuts, pecans, walnuts, wheat, pumpkin seeds and brewer’s yeast. Herb sources: oat straw, licorice, kelp, senna, peppermint, white willow bark, devil’s claw, burdock, chickweed, and marshmallow.

This information is for educational purposes only. Consult with a qualified health practitioner for all serious or persistent illness. Copyright © 1990 by Robinson & Horne, L.C., P.O. Box 1028, Roosevelt, UT 84066. This material may be duplicated for educational purposes only (not for resale) provided it is not altered in any way.Distributed by: Four Winds Natural and Four Winds Nutrition