Briant Burke MD MS

Briant Burke, MD, MS, offers advice for good health and continued wellbeing.


This article was originally published in Spiritual We did this REPOST as we feel that it is a must-read. 

Hello Spiritual Socialites!

natural medicine by dr. burkeWe sat down with Dr. Briant Burke, who happens to have an MD, a graduate degree from Yale in molecular biology and is the holder of 2 US patents to discuss health and the creator of Heel Aid. We chatted natural medicine, essential oils you need and his #1 health tip. Read on:

What 3 Essential Oils should everyone have at home or while traveling? 

Ignoring all of the hype and hoop-la out there about essential oils these days, there is, in fact a body of scientific studies showing benefit of selected oils. I have published several such studies over the years.  The descriptions below suggest just one of many uses for each oil. My three finalists  (drum roll please….)

  • Tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) – medical studies beginning in 1920 have shown its potent action against bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Great topical antiseptic and fabulous for burns, insect bites, itching.
  • Lavender– has been used to reduce anxiety/promote relaxation in cancer chemo patients in a hospital setting in numerous studies. Can also help with a good nights’ sleep in a hotel room!
  • Oregano oil – strong antiviral effects. Can be taken safely internally as well. Can take as a preventive measure before getting on an airplane where the air is re-circulated and we all breath any respiratory virus any person on that plane has!


How did you get into Natural Medicine? 

Traditional medicine is fantastic for trauma and surgical interventions but often seems to have little to offer for those patients with chronic medical problems. It was very frustrating for me as a physician to shepherd these patients through the system without any meaningful improvement. Natural medicine, those aspects that are validated to work, offers an I expensive, noninvasive modality for treatment. It’s also more in alignment with my spiritual practice. Mainstream medicine makes advances but at greater and greater cost and helping fewer and fewer people.
What are some ways to take care of yourself that Americans May be Overlooking? 
Basic maintenance for our bodies doesn’t take much. Walking for half hr a day, clean water, less processed food. Theses are all things we hear about frequently. I would say the value of meditation in reducing stress, improving sleep.
What is your #1 Health tip? 
Laugh more. It reduces stress, increases endorphins, lowers blood pressure, and a whole host of other beneficial things. And breathe deep and often! Most of us are chronically oxygen deprived at a low level from restricted breathing.
What is the best advice you have ever been given? 
1)Love people and use things, not the other way around.
2)Wear life like a loose garment because you’re just passing through.
3)Don’t take yourself so seriously.
4) Don’t believe everything you hear, eat all that you want, or spend all that you have.
5) keep an open mind.

11 Things You Need to Know Before Buying Essential Oils (Repost)

This article was written by Lisa Marie Conklin featuring Dr. Burke in Readers

What’s in the bottle?

Essential oils can significantly benefit your mental and physical health, improve your skin and hair and even help your pup, but only if you choose quality ones. Look for ones labeled “100 percent natural oil,” which indicates it has no synthetic components or carrier oils and has not been diluted,” says Briant Burke, MD, MS who has developed therapeutically effective, clinically-tested formulas, such as HeelAid. Before diving into essential oils, sniff out the details with this primer for essential oils.

Glass bottles only

Look for essential oils in cobalt blue or an amber brown glass bottle, as essential oils will break down plastic and are light sensitive, meaning they will break down over time when exposed to light. Here’s how to use essential oils to boost your mood.

Organic benefits

Organic essential oils are not only good for sustainable agricultural practices, they also have the greatest healing properties, says Josh Axe, D.N.M, C.N.S., D.C. founder of, best-selling author of Eat Dirt, and co-founder of Ancient Nutrition. “Having nothing else added in during the extraction process is the only way to guarantee they are unprocessed and sourced directly from the plant,” says Dr. Axe. Organic is definitely more expensive than conventionally grown, but you’re also getting a superior essential oil.

Know your species

If you’re looking for German chamomile, which promotes tranquility and relaxation, don’t just buy any bottle with the word “chamomile” on the label. “The specific species of the plant the oil comes makes a big difference in some cases,” says Dr. Burke. For example, plants in the chamomile group have different chemical compositions. Take German chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) for instance; it has a different chemical composition than Roman chamomile (Anthemis nobilis).”If it just says ‘chamomile’ then you should assume it is a mixture of the cheapest chamomile available,” says Dr. Burke. These are the best essential oils for fighting colds and flu.

Testing of the species

A reputable company will test the oil to meet the standard of the plant species. “Ideally, purchase your oil from a company or manufacturer who performs gas chromatography and mass spectrometry testing,” says Dr. Axe. This kind of testing measures the mass within the oil samples and identifies the compounds. Read the company’s website or call the customer service line to find out about its testing before you purchase the essentials oils.

Know your Latin

The essential oil should be labeled with the common name and its Latin one. Remember the example above about chamomile? “The presence of the Latin name of the plant on the label is an added assurance of what you are getting,” says Dr. Burke. There may be few standards for essential oil quality but there are standards set by the Federal Trade Commission about what a company can put on a label. “If you put ‘chamomile’ on the label, you can sell either German Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) or Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobillis). If you put ‘matricaria chamomilla’ on the label, you must be selling exactly that,” says Dr. Burke.

Beware of sneaky catchwords

Words like “eco-friendly,” “pure,” “therapeutic grade,” and “certified,” are just some of the many words that you may find on a bottle of essential oil. “These phrases are devoid of scientific foundations or official regulations, yet they are frequently used to market products that cannot fulfill the producer’s promises,” says Nadine Artemis, botanical formulator and aromacologist and co-creator of Living Libations. “No organization, association, or commission monitors the purity or quality of essentials oils, and there is no universal essential oil grading systems in place. If you see these terms, beware.” Even reputable companies with quality essential oils create their own set of “standards” and “seals.” While that is not necessarily a red flag, the “seal” or “standard” stamp isn’t an industry-wide seal of approval from any governing commission.

Do your homework

You can dig a little deeper to find out what the specific characteristics and components are in essential oils. “Various countries, including the United States, have published ‘pharmacopeias’ (check out The United States Pharmacopeial Convention) that outline exacting chemical and physical standards along with chromatography specifications for hundreds of botanical oils,” says Artemis. There is also a universal standard for most botanical maintained by The International Standards Organization.

Therapeutic or aromatherapy grade?

“Aromatherapy grade” and “fragrance grade” means it not 100 percent pure essential oil, but has had other oils added, such as carrier oils and/or synthetic components of the natural oil. “To be considered a therapeutic oil, it must be completely free of any and all chemicals as well as slowly and carefully extracted via methods that keep the original compounds in its natural state,” says Dr. Axe. These healing scents will help you feel better.

Processing is a big deal

There are several variables when growing plants for essential oils—weather, altitude, the time of year the plant was harvested, and even the time of day the plant was harvested. However, Dr. Burke says the processing of the oil is at least, if not more, important than growing the plant. There are specific processing procedures, depending on the species of plant. Steam distillation is the most common for extracting essential oils. “The expression method (or cold-pressing) is used to extract oils from citrus fruits because the heat from steam distillation damages the citrus oils,” explains Dr. Axe. A newer method growing in popularity is the carbon dioxide extraction, which uses carbon dioxide to carry the oil away from the plant. This method is used for oils such as ginger, clover, turmeric, frankincense, and myrrh.

Where to shop

You’ll find essential oils offered everywhere from gifts shops to large retailers, and, of course, online. You may want to start your search for essential oils with reputable companies such as DoTERRA, Young Living Essential Oils, Ancient Apothecary, Living Libations and Edens Garden. Keep in mind, essential oils break down over time, so check your expiration dates; you’ll want one that’s two to three years out from the time of purchase. Make sure you avoid these essential oil safety mistakes.

Should Molluscum Contagiosum in Children Keep Them from School?

molluscum contagiosum in childrenShould molluscum contagiosum in children keep them from attending school? A child with molluscum contagiosum doesn’t have to miss school or day care. A doctor’s note is required. Only a licensed medical practitioner can diagnose molluscum, since microorganisms that cause skin lesions can either be infectious or non-infectious.

Make sure that lesions not covered by clothing are covered up with secure bandages. These bandages should be changed daily or when they become soiled. If children with molluscum contagiosum in their underwear or diaper area need to go to the bathroom or require diaper changes, then the molluscum growth in this area should be covered up as well.

Keeping the lesions covered will prevent adults and other children from getting infected and will keep the child from scratching and touching the infection, and can check the spread of molluscum to other parts of their body or trigger secondary bacterial infection. In addition, the child should be reminded to often wash their hands.

Employees of school or day care who will work with children require pre-employment skin physical exams, with special attention to molluscum contagiosum.

Medical Treatment for molluscum contagiosum in children includes cutting, burning with acid, or freezing the bumps. A clinically proven, safe, painless, natural alternative is a product called ZymaDerm, developed by a physician and validated by published scientific studies for effectiveness.

ZymaDerm is a pain-free all-natural treatment for molluscum that’s appropriate all for children and adults and can be used all over the body, including private parts. Like HeelAid, ZymaDerm is available without prescription online and in leading drug stores.

Once treatment with ZymaDerm has begun, it is no longer necessary to cover the exposed molluscum bumps.

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