EP 63: Natural Healing from Alcohol with Dr Terry Trinka

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Dr Terry Trinka is a neurological optometrist and certified nutritionist who specializes in helping people with both vision and health problems. Annie Grace started seeing Dr Trinka two years ago when she was looking for a holistic approach to help treat her depression and anxiety. Annie and Dr Trinka’s discussion provides so much in depth information into a natural approach to healing our bodies as we begin the process of detoxing from alcohol.

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Dr. Trinka

Dr. Terry Trinka is neurological optometrist and certified nutritionist specializing in helping people with both vision and health problems. As an eye doctor, his in depth testing therapies specialized glasses improve your ability to read, comprehend, and he also addresses improving your balance, spacial and auditory awareness. As a nutritionist, he uses comprehensive testing to best determine lifestyle nutritional protocols, not only to help your vision and brain, but also to help you reverse diabetes, improve brain function, overcome depression and thyroid concerns. He is known for personalized detox programs. His website, eyebrainconnection.com explains in detail the work he does and how you can schedule a free consultation with him. He does Skype, email, and phone consults with people all over the country.

Natural Healing From Alcohol

I actually found him while I was researching naturopathic approaches to adrenal issues because I was having some major adrenal issues. I also was seeking natural healing from alcohol after all the damage I had done to my body. It’s been an amazing experience, and I can’t wait to bring him on.

Seeking Help

About a year after I stopped drinking that I realized that I could wean off the antidepressants that I’d been on for almost 17 years. I was finally feeling emotionally stable enough to at least have a try. But I didn’t necessarily want to do it on my own. I needed help and support, so I got off most of them with the medical doctor that prescribed them. Then when things would come up and I didn’t know how to deal with anxiety without Xanax or something like that, I reached out to talk more about a holistic approach to my emotional wellbeing. It’s been amazing.


One of the questions I get asked all the time by readers, by people who email, and from the podcast is: When you are detoxing from alcohol or when you’re taking a break, what sort of supplements, what sort of nutritional support should you put in place to make that process not only painless but just an actually enjoyable process? What does the body need for natural healing from alcohol?

Food First

Supplements are great, and they’re in many ways more powerful than food, but you still have to talk about food because it’s something that you’re gonna do every day for the rest of your life, hopefully. And so, I thought I’d talk about how to handle some of the really basic things that happen when a person has been drinking for a while and makes the choice, makes the different choice in life. The first thing that I want to say about food is, I’m way more analytical about food than most people. People just want to eat what tastes good, and I get all that, but I also think that if you just think about it in a very structured way, at least for a little bit in your life, then you don’t have to think more about it, which I think is great.


Quality first, the effect on blood sugar, and then finally, how does your immune system react with the food. I think all three are powerful. When it comes to alcohol and nutrition, I’m fairly certain that blood sugar takes probably the precedence. Not to say that the other two aren’t important. Quality is enormous. So, the quality of food is a critical piece because … I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but food in America is a mess. It’s one of the areas that I think you can make the biggest difference in your life if you start to concentrate on quality. The lie that big corporations have sold Americans is food is cheap and it’s easy. It’s neither of those things. You have to put money into it and effort into preparing, so that you have the right quality of things that rebuild your body. I also think that it ultimately … and this is a trite saying, but it also comes down to: Are you gonna pay the farmer or are you gonna pay the doctor?

Choose Wisely

I choose the farmer, which means, practically it means choose organic when you can. Not everybody can afford organic all time, I get that. Organic is more expensive, but remember the doctor/farmer analogy. It helps me when I look at the price of something and I’m like holy moly, that’s more expensive than I wanted to pay, but I think it’s worth it in the long run. So, buy organic.

Eat Clean

It’s also useful if you know something about the Clean 15 and the Dirty Dozen. This is put out by the Environmental Working Group, one of my favorite non profit groups. They have a list of foods that you must by organic and then a list of foods that would be okay if you can’t find good quality organic or you just don’t have the funds for it. For instance, potatoes and lettuce and all berries are you must buy organic because they’re so susceptible to having pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides in the food. So, this is the hard part about this whole thing. That is you don’t feel it and you don’t taste it. It’s the cumulative effect that hurts the glands in your body, and I think that’s the key point to make. Some of the ones that are not so critical to have organic are thicker skinned things like some of the squashes and avocados. Go google the Clean 15 and the Dirty Dozen, and it’ll help you in trying to get this first part of food taken care of, which is quality.

Blood Sugar

The second thing I talk to people about frequently is the effect that food has on blood sugar. This is critical because people who have issues with alcohol tend to be hypoglycemic. One of the things that alcohol does to a person’s body is act like sugar. It’s a refined carbohydrate. So, you’ll see your blood sugar go up and then crash. There’s characteristics of people that have hypoglycemia. One of them is that you don’t want to eat breakfast. One of the reasons that you don’t want to eat breakfast is because your blood sugar is so low that this little gland on top of your kidneys, called your adrenal gland, starts to crank out cortisol, which will help your blood sugar but it also puts you into a fight or flight situation. Do you feel like eating when you’re running away or about to fight? Of course not. And so you have this, like I don’t even want to think about food right now when people get up. That’s really a common characteristic.

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