Migraine Headaches: A Good Place To Start

Migraine Headaches: A Good Place To Start

Daily Headaches and Migraines Every Week

I started having debilitating migraine headaches when I was 7 years old. They continued to get worse as the years went on. By the time I was 28, I was having daily headaches and AT LEAST 4 severe migraines a week. I was starting to wonder how I could keep working (and well, living) that way. My quality of life was in the toilet.  


DIET COKE; TRIGGER FOR HEADACHES

It took me 25 years, but I finally figured out that the Diet Coke I loved, and ALL artificial sweeteners, were a huge trigger for my headaches and migraines. Other triggers I noticed were bright lights, focusing on objects in motion, lack of sleep, and stress. 

In 2010, when I started working at the NHCAA and learning about holistic health, I started paying attention to feedback from my body like never before. Dietary changes were definitely helping my headaches. I was having headaches less often and less severely. When I got a headache, I would get muscle tested and a pattern emerged; wearing metal jewelry, bobby pins and even headbands were affecting my headaches. JEWELRY!  

A Start of Headache Relief

I begrudgingly reduced my use of jewelry and was feeling better but was still wearing it on special occasions. I started noticing that wearing earrings always seemed to be an issue. I would start getting a headache, remember my earrings, take them off, and then recover. I also had this phenomenon with metal necklaces and other metallic jewelry.

I haven’t worn earrings in years. My piercings are completely closed now. I also wore little to no jewelry most of the time. About 5 years ago, I was on a cruise that stopped in Curaçao. I bought the necklace I’m wearing in this picture from a local vendor that handmade it herself. NO METAL! Just string, wood, and shell. No headaches! I felt like I hit the jewelry jackpot for less than $20. Luckily, now that I have done more healing, I can get away with wearing a greater variety of jewelry and some high-quality metal on occasion.  

Keep A Log

If you are trying to discover what causes migraine headaches, I highly recommend that you keep a migraine log. With a migraine log, you can start isolating triggers and patterns – be them food, sleep habits, environment, or even clothing. In this way, you can be your own health detective. 

Migraines can be a complex condition to tackle. There are often many layers to migraines such as gut health, food sensitivities, hormonal imbalances, and toxicity. Even so, you CAN be migraine free. Healing takes patience and persistence, but I’ve helped hundreds of patients to achieve this. Together, we can solve your health puzzle.

Amanda Childress,
Holistic PharmD

Diet 101 – Nutrition Not Deprivation

Diet 101 – Nutrition Not Deprivation

Need to know where to start with a “diet”?

If you have watched any of Dr. Schmidt’s YouTube videos or been in the office lately you have heard us talking about therapeutic diets such as ketosis, fasting, and intermittent fasting, and carnivore diet. These types of diets can help in many situations. But, as an individual, you may wonder where to start. Here are some ideas to make a healthy transition for you and your family. Learn how to start a diet plan below.

Eat For Nutritive Value

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Dieting 101 begins with eating the foods that will fuel your body, not break it down. Sugar and carbs over what you can burn break the body down and can cause damage. An initial diet plan for most people involves just making better choices. I used to love “Choose Your Own Adventure” books as a kid. Getting from point A to B for you is a matter of your own choice. Your diet can be your adventure. You can go fast (cutting out all sugar and grains) or slow (reducing the quantity of sugar and grains you eat). You could try a ketogenic diet or just lower carbs below 72 grams per day. You can start with a cleanse/elimination-style diet (Paleo or Whole 30 Auto Immune) or slow and steady (take our obvious problems first and snowball improvements from there). You just need to start!

Focus on protein and good fats and eat some vegetables if you want. Limit grains and sugar.

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Which means eat protein: beef, chicken, fish and seafood, turkey, lamb, eggs, pork, venison. The best quality you can get. Eat good fats: butter or ghee, avocado and avocado oil, olive oil, coconut oil, coconut milk. And, if you need some variety, throw a vegetable in the mix: salads, asparagus, zucchini, brussels sprouts, celery, carrots. Whatever you like and is in season. Now, START! Enjoy your diet adventures and we look forward to helping you any way we can with your nutrition needs.

Yours in health,

Kerry Cradit, B.S. Nutrition and Food Science

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Planning For The Cold And Flu Season

Planning For The Cold And Flu Season

I tell my patients: A virus is a virus.

Preparing for cold and flu season is very important. There are many types of viruses. They all behave similarly and have similar characteristics. Many things that help with one viral strain help with others, too. You could have a cold or flu or a more serious viral infection like meningitis, Epstein Barr (mononucleosis), chickenpox, shingles, or HIV and still benefit from similar nutritional support. This article is not intended as a substitute for medical care, diagnosis, and/or treatment. Always seek the advice of your Medical Doctor for questions about a medical condition before you start learning how to prepare for flu season naturally.

Viruses spread in different ways, depending on the virus. Hepatitis C, a liver disease, is spread through body fluid. Influenza can be spread by coming in contact with the virus that has been left behind on an object or through the air. Immune challenges like bacteria divide to grow. Fungi grow in the body by spreading spores. But, viruses replicate differently once they are in the body. They attach to cells and then penetrate the cell. Then, these cells are unable to function normally.

Many viruses like the liver and replicate there. They can also get stuck there as the body is going through normal detox and healing processes. Viruses also impact nerve lines. This is why people often have headaches when they have a virus. The pain with shingles is because the nerve is inflamed by the virus.

During the flu season and if you have a history of viruses keep your immune system strong with the following tools and vitamins for your immune system:

  • Keep your cells healthy with a whole food vitamin C supplement like Cyruta Plus or Cataplex C. If you keep the cell wall strong viruses can’t penetrate as easily.cyruta plus
  • Echinacea Premium is an excellent support product for the immune system. Kerry Bone, the manufacturer of it says: “it is like putting glasses on the immune system so it can work better.
  • Calcium Lactate helps with fever and helps mobilize white blood cells to better fight off illness.
  • Vitamin D helps the immune system and is good for the bones. It can also help circulation, brain, and helps with calcium absorption. Fall and winter (times when sun exposure is less) are a good time to consider Vitamin D supplementation.
  • L-Lysine can help suppress viral expression and also help with tissue healing.
  • Wash your hands frequently.

Some foods can flare viral load. The foods that are common triggers are high arginine foods: nuts and seeds, nut butter, brown rice, corn, sesame seeds, brussel sprouts, oats, and onions. Avoiding these foods if you suspect a virus can help your immune system recover faster.

Hope some of these natural virus relief ideas help you on your path to wellness!

Yours in health,
Kerry Cradit, B.S. Nutrition and Food Science

The Anti-Viral Diet to Help Get Rid of Viruses

The Anti-Viral Diet to Help Get Rid of Viruses

There are many foods that can flare-up or lengthen a viral immune challenge. These foods are high in an amino acid (a normal component of proteins) called Arginine, and usually low in an amino acid called Lysine.

Arginine is not harmful, but if it is consumed in larger quantities than Lysine, it is known to stimulate viral growth. Lysine is suppressive to viral growth—some people even take it in pill form to prevent outbreaks of cold sores, etc. (Our practitioners can determine if Lysine supplements would be helpful in your case, or if other immune support would be more helpful).

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The Anti-Viral Diet

(The following antiviral foods list of items to avoid is a suggestion, and not all of the foods will affect all people).

FOODS TO AVOID:

CaffeineMilletSesame Seeds
ChocolateWheat GermMacadamia Nuts
Pasteurized Dairy ProductsSplit PeasBrazil Nuts
SugarInfant CerealCashews
   
Brussel SproutsAlmonds 
OnionsAlmond Butter 
CornPecans 
 Walnuts 
GrainsPeanuts 
Brown RicePeanut Butter 
SoybeansSunflower Seeds 
Whole WheatPistachios 
OatmealHazelnuts 

*Avoiding sugar means avoiding natural sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup. Two exceptions are Pure Stevia and Monkfruit with no added sweetener like erythritol or other sugar alcohols. No sugar also means no sugary drinks, including fruit juices.

HEALTHY FOOD LIST TO ENJOY:

All Meats, Including:EggsOnly These Fruits:
BeefRaw Milk CheeseAvocados
Pork Lemons
ChickenMost Vegetables, Including:Limes
TurkeyPotatoesCranberries
Seafood & Shellfish  
   

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You’ll see that there are a lot of nuts and seeds in the AVOID list. There are also three vegetables to avoid: onions, brussels sprouts, and corn. This is all because they’re filled with arginine.

As with any immune challenge, limiting SUGAR is essential to strengthening your immune system and speeding up recovery. Sugar feeds all the bugs: viruses, bacteria, fungus, and parasites.

The Anti-Viral Diet is very powerful, and is more important than any supplements, herbs, or drugs in your quest for improved health (although done in conjunction with anti-viral, food-based supplements, you’ll have quite a potent healing combination).

There was a woman who was a patient of mine back in 2008, and her stomach was very sensitive; she couldn’t take any pills. She would get dizzy often, and that dizziness would sometimes turn into vertigo (dizziness is sort of being off balance, whereas vertigo is like the earth is repeatedly flipping you upside down). I found a viral immune challenge in her stomach and in her ears with the biofeedback technique we use. She couldn’t take my supplement pills due to her poor functioning stomach. I put her on the Anti-Viral Diet, and within four months she was extremely happy—her symptoms were gone! She was well, she was better: it was fantastic. She stopped coming in for appointments, but I ran into her a few years later at the grocery store and she said she was still doing the diet (it isn’t always a  requirement that you do it forever!), she was still doing well, and her symptoms had not come back.

Viruses can cause all types of weird symptoms: skin rashes, fatigue… the virus can be stuck in an organ, causing the organ to cause the symptoms that that organ causes. We use this diet all the time at the office and get people better by its use quite often, so we’re big fans of it.

So if you feel like you’re not getting to the cause of your fatigue or depression or something like that and you think it might be a virus, you can do blood tests. You can run panels for these strange viruses, viruses called retroviruses, which stay in your body for a long period of time and cause trouble the whole time, though they might lay relatively dormant or your symptoms might be less or nonexistent for periods of time. Epstein-Barr virus is an example of that. Cytomegalovirus is another.

It typically takes many months to knock the viruses out.

One of the kickers about viruses is they live in your cells, whereas bacteria and fungus and parasites live around your cells. If you’re on anti-viral supplements, drugs, or herbs, and you’re doing the Anti-Viral Diet, and let’s say the virus is in your heart or in your brain or in your liver, it may take four months or it may take six months or it may take a year—but this virus might very well have been hiding in your body for years, flaring up from time to time, making you sick, causing problems. That’s why this is important.

So there’s the tool. Now you have it.

Dr. Darren Schmidt

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Who Is Your Nutrition Guide?

Who Is Your Nutrition Guide?

Do you have a Nutrition Guide?

Have you asked yourself, or your doctor, health practitioner, holistic doctor…. How many grams of carbohydrates, protein, and fat should I eat?

How many calories should I eat per day?

What should I eat?

Doesn’t “everyone” need a probiotic, fish oil, calcium, etc?

The answer to all of these questions is really the same.

We all have a body with many variables; Gender, age, body composition, etc. We are each unique.

Different environments (current and growing up), different genes, different foods and water consumed, different toxic exposures, different immune systems, different metabolism. These differences make the needs of each person variable. Meaning not everyone is deficient in the same nutrients. Not everyone burns the same amount of calories per day. There is no one size fits all diet. 

Here are some things we all need.

We all need nutrition. We all need some supplementation. We can’t get everything we need for health from the food we eat. We all require healthy fat, protein, vitamins, and minerals to survive. We all require clean, healthy water. But, the needs of each person are unique.nutrition-guide-help-thenhcaa

Come and see us or talk to us on the phone. Let us help you by providing nutritional resources. Let us develop a nutritional program designed for you as an individual. See how you feel. If you feel better and symptoms improve we have another success for ourselves and you. No harm can come of feeding your body well and using long distance nutrition guides.

Our testing methods and holistic nutrition recommendations work because we are supplying foundational needs of the body with whole food supplements. We help you correct the function of the organs by supplying vitamin and mineral needs. We help you find the cause of the problems and symptoms you might be having. And, we help you correct the reason why they are happening.

In case you weren’t aware, we have a Long Distance Nutrition Patient Program and a Long Distance Nutrition Travel Package. Check them out!

Looking forward to helping you with your individual needs soon.

Yours in health,

Kerry
 Cradit
B.S. Nutrition and Food Science

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Far Infrared Sauna at The NHCAA

Far Infrared Sauna at The NHCAA

Why Do We Have a Far Infrared Sauna?

Toxins are all around us. Metals and chemicals and other hazardous compounds are in the air, our food sources, and water. With toxic overload comes many problems: nutritional deficiencies, digestive imbalance, hormone problems, headaches, weight gain, pain, fatigue, skin problems and more. The human body uses many pathways to detoxify. That’s why we decided to have a far infrared sauna here in Ann Arbor because the skin is one of those pathways. Sweating helps the body to eliminate these substances.

So now, in our new location, we will have a High Tech Health Far Infrared Sauna to help you on your path to detoxify your body and improve your health. Far infrared is a natural band of light that is not visible but can be felt as heat. There are numerous infrared sauna benefits. For one thing, sweating in a sauna can assist in the removal of harmful waste products. This low EMF sauna could help with cardiovascular health, immune health, pain relief, relaxation, skin health, and weight loss. This sauna promotes circulation, helps with oxygenation to tissue, and promotes healing.

Far Infrared Sauna Recommend Use:far-infrared-sauna

The individual infrared sauna is safe for daily use. A good start with using the sauna as a support tool to health would be 30-minute sessions (sometimes a person needs to work up to that amount of time) three to four times per week.

Far Infrared Sauna Pricing:

Individual Session $20 (15 – 20 minutes) or $30 (30 minutes)

Package $120 for 5 sessions (30 minutes) Note: expires 6 months from the date of purchase, no refunds.

Call today to schedule your sessions in our High Tech Health sauna.

Looking forward to seeing you soon.

Yours in health,
Kerry Cradit, B.S. Nutrition

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