Your Nutrition Authority

Your Nutrition Authority

When it comes to your health you are your own best advocate. You know your body better than anyone else.

To guide you on that path, we would like to help you make the best choices with supplements you take. We want to be your nutrition authority and teach you how to choose supplements properly.

General health supplements, such as Vitamin D, Calcium, and Magnesium are sometimes recommended by Primary Care Doctors or you might decide it is a good idea to take one of these. If you want to know which one is best for you – ask us. We can test you and get you on the best product and dose specific to your needs.

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The product lines we carry are made from whole foods and impeccably sourced. Dr. Schmidt has visited the manufacturing facilities of almost every supplement line we carry. The product lines we carry are, in our opinion, the best.

If you ever think: “I need some Echinacea for this cold.” Or, “I think I should get some probiotics.” Think of our office as a source for you to buy those products. If you are a patient in our office – you can purchase any product we sell. It is always best to be tested by your Practitioner for a supplement. But, we carry many different products for your health needs.

Looking forward to seeing you soon.
Kerry Cradit

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Dr. Darren Schmidt, the owner of The NHCAA, giving a tour of the over 1000 supplements and herbs we carry.

Answers to Your Questions About The NHCAA

Who we are:nhcaa office window

We are a group of individual Practitioners who work and learn together to help you with your health problems. We help you find solutions and improve your health. We come from different backgrounds and have different degrees. We have Chiropractors, a Nutritionist, a Pharmacist, an Occupational Therapist, and more on staff to give our patients the most complete care possible. We share information and our knowledge with each other.

What we do:

We use muscle testing and computer testing (Health Express Test and Meridian) to uncover the cause of your symptoms. Muscle testing is a non-invasive way of evaluating the body’s imbalances and assessing its needs. It involves testing the body’s responses when applying a pressure to a large muscle. A muscle will be strong/locked or weak/unlocked. This can be used to test the function of organs, food sensitivities, and the body’s response to herbs, supplements, and other remedies. We can use this technique with adults and children. We can order blood tests and other diagnostic lab testing for wellness and prevention.

Where we are located:outside building photo

Our office is in Ann Arbor. But, we also consult with people around the world by phone or Skype to lend our expertise to their health journey.


Patients come to our office at a variety of times. Some come when the solutions offered by their Medical Doctor are unacceptable to them. Some parents bring their children because they have seen benefits from what we do in themselves. Athletes and high achieving individuals come in to function at a more optimal state.


Our world today is filled with toxic foods, chemicals, metals and stressors that deplete your body of its nutritional stores. Coming to our office helps prevent these stressors from building up and causing problems. We can help with many health concerns. We have had success helping people with anxiety, depression, pain, headaches, allergies, general illness (colds, flu, shingles), heart problems, thyroid and hormonal imbalance, fatigue, poor sleep, digestive problems, weak immune systems, and much more. Nutritional solutions to your problems are a chemical free, natural way to help your body. Whole food supplements and herbs used effectively will repair damage and correct the problem.


Our process is intensive in the beginning. We typically see patients in the office weekly to stabilize health. We estimate most patients will feel anywhere from 20 – 50% better within three months. In the beginning, we are working on diet improvements and developing a nutritional plan using supplements and herbs to supply your body with the fuel it needs to repair. It can take months and sometimes years to heal damage to organs and tissue. Visits space out as you get better. A patient who is in a maintenance phase might expect to be seen in our office once every 3 – 4 months to re-assess their supplement needs, health changes, and re-evaluate.

Supplements (whole food vitamins/minerals, herbal products, detoxifying products, and homeopathics) are used on a case by case basis. Your nutritional program is designed specifically for you by your Practitioner for your exact needs. The supplements are the tool we use to address nutritional deficiencies that have developed in you over the years. Your diet will address anywhere from 60 – 80% of your needs. The supplements fill in where the diet doesn’t meet the needs of the body.

It is normal to have ups and downs as you are healing. There can be times that you feel somewhat worse as you are releasing toxins from the deeper tissue and cells of the body.

The finances of nutrition health programs:

Nutrition is not covered by insurance. But, nutrition is a vital part of health and vitality. We consider what we do an investment in your health for the future. If your supplements or visit costs are a concern to you, please tell us. We are on your team and we are here to help.

We are always trying to make your supplements economical for you. There may be times that you don’t use a whole bottle of a supplement. This just means your needs have changed. We may go back to that bottle later or you may be able to use it for specific health problems. But, if you didn’t need it, that is a sign that your body is doing better. It is a positive thing.

We look forward to helping you today and into the future with your health needs.

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

Ignite Your Healing Powers with the Correct Foods and Supplements Now!

Ignite Your Healing Powers with the Correct Foods and Supplements Now!

What exactly are we talking about here?

Inflammation is a normal process that occurs in the body. Inflammation is part of healing. We can ignite your healing powers here at The NHCAA with the correct foods and supplements!

The medical definition of inflammation is: a local response to cellular injury marked by capillary dilatation, leukocytic (white blood cell) infiltration, redness, heat, pain, swelling, and often loss of function and that serves as a mechanism initiating the elimination of noxious agents and damaged tissue. The problems that occur with inflammation happen when the normal inflammation process gets stuck and healing stops.

Symptoms that can be caused by acute inflammation are a runny nose, stuffy nose, sore throat, cough, illness, headaches, bowel problems (constipation or loose stool), and pain in muscles or joints. Chronic inflammatory states can lead to gum disease, cancers, heart problems or stroke, and arthritis. The good news is that you can reduce inflammation in the body with food and supplements.

The following are a few things that can help the inflammatory process to progress correctly and improve your overall health.

  • Reduce or eliminate inflammatory foods from your diet. Sugar and wheat are highly inflammatory foods. Most people benefit from avoidance of these two foods in particular. Pasteurized cow’s milk is another food that gives many people problems. Your practitioner can help you determine which foods might be best to try to avoid first. Every person is different and foods that cause sensitivities can change from time to time.
  • Minimize exposure to toxins whenever you can. What you put on your skin goes into your body; so, use healthy personal care products whenever you can. Filter your drinking and shower water.
  • Help your immune system. Strengthening your body with the correct foods and supplements can ensure that immune challenges (parasites, fungus, bacteria, and viruses) don’t get out of control.
  • Supplements that can help with inflammation might be probiotics, Vitamin A, C, and D, B vitamins, turmeric, oils (such as fish oils, blackcurrant seed oil, evening primrose), enzymes, zinc, and Boswellia. Ask your Practitioner what might be best for your health goals. Some beneficial foods that you can eat: colorful varieties of vegetables, garlic, ginger, papaya, pineapple, avocado, cinnamon, oregano, and parsley.

I look forward to seeing you soon and helping you ignite your healing powers and decrease inflammation in the body.

Yours in health,
Kerry Cradit

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4 Natural Remedies for Fungal Skin Conditions

4 Natural Remedies for Fungal Skin Conditions

Your skin is the most visible indicator of your health.

For this reason, I find that many of my patients put skin ailments at the top of their list of concerns. Not only are skin rashes often uncomfortable and annoying, but they can also vastly affect your appearance and your self-image.

A large percentage of skin conditions and rashes are fungal in nature. Psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, dandruff, and acne, just to name a few, are conditions commonly influenced by fungal challenges.  

Here are a few indicators that your skin condition may be fungal:

  • Flakey, scaling, or peeling skin (either white or reddish)
  • White patches over the area
  • Rashes in the folds of the body such as the armpit, groin, under the breast, etc.
  • If the rash is an area that is commonly wet or moist

The medical treatments for rashes are both over-the-counter and prescription creams (such as Lotrimin). These creams can be very effective; however, often there is a resurgence of symptoms once they are discontinued. This is why people often look for natural remedies for fungus.

Here are 4 natural remedies for fungal skin conditions that are safe and easy to try.

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)-  Dilute the ACV and then apply it with a cotton pad or cotton ball to the skin area.  If using it to treat your scalp, dilute it at least 50%. Rinse the scalp with the mixture. Shampoo and condition as normal then rinse the scalp with the mixture again. Rinse your hair with water afterward. An added benefit is that it makes your hair nice and soft.
  2. Melaleuca Oil- Also known as tea tree oil. This oil has incredible anti-fungal properties.  Put it in a base of coconut oil and apply it to the rash. Melaleuca oil also works great on the scalp.  
  3. Coconut oil –  Even on its own, coconut oil does a phenomenal job at fighting fungus. The advantage of coconut oil is it is safe and gentle enough to use daily and even on sensitive skin areas. You should get an organic, unrefined product.
  4. Colloidal Silver- Colloidal Silver is a great broad-spectrum anti-microbial agent and can offer great itch relief as well. Quality matters. We use ACS Silver. It is not in an alcohol base which offers an advantage for use on the skin as it is not so drying.

If your skin condition does not improve with topical remedies, is severe, or is affecting the toenails, it is highly likely that it is due to an internal fungal challenge rather than isolated to the skin. If that is the case, topical natural skin fungus remedies are unlikely to achieve lasting results. If you fall under this category, consult with an NHCAA practitioner to see if you are a good candidate for an anti-fungal diet and/or supplement protocol.  You can make an appointment to see Dr. Childress by calling 734-302-7575.

Yours in Health,
Amanda Childress, PharmD

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What do you want?

What do you want?

A want is a lack or deficiency of something or a wish for something. I want a donut. I want french fries. I want to feel better. With wants impulsive actions often win to fulfill the desire.fee

But, what if we listed our needs and acted on that? A need is to require something because it is essential or very important; circumstances in which something is necessary, or require some course of action. I do not need french fries. I do not need a donut. I need clean water, I need vegetables, I need adequate protein, I need good fats, I need to be healthy so I can take care of my family, work, and live well. These needs take a little more planning to acquire.

There may have been a time prior to 1940’s when a good diet was all that was needed to feel well and be healthy. Now, however, with our soil depleted, toxins all around us, and with genetically modified foods, it is extremely difficult to meet our needs with food alone. The correct supplementation to help your body is a need for nearly everyone.

As a Practitioner, I don’t tell you what to want or what you must do. I help you figure out what you and your body need and what you can do to fulfill those needs.

I want to help you with your health. Do you need it?

Yours in health,
Kerry Cradit

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After the Dental Appointment

After the Dental Appointment

Did you know that the number one cause of TMJ is dental work?

Your trip to the dentist may have long-lasting effects other than just a cute smile and straight teeth. Your jaw pain, misalignment, headaches, body aches and pains could be the result of that last visit to your dentist.

It’s important to understand that this isn’t the dentist’s fault. They need to get their hands in your mouth to do the necessary work and get the job done. If the dentist has larger hands, then they may need to open your mouth wider, stretching, and consequently turning off muscles in your jaw. If the patient has a smaller mouth, then the patient may need to open their mouth wider to accommodate the dentist and their tools, resulting in TMJ after dental work.

So, what are your options when you have jaw pain after dental work? Bite splints are often used to hold your jaw in its proper alignment. Braces may have to be re-installed in an effort to correct muscular weaknesses and jaw muscle imbalances caused by the dental work. However, this approach to a TMJ muscular imbalance is like keeping your broken bone in a cast forever or using crutches for the rest of your life.

Other therapies include making structural corrections in the bones that make up our head, otherwise known as the cranium. Cranial Therapy, Cranial-Sacral Therapy, Sacro-Occipital Technique, etc. are names of various techniques that have been developed to normalize the movement of these cranial bones. Our cranial-sacral movement is extremely important to help keep our bodies healthy.

These therapies, which include gentle movements that encourage these bones to move correctly, are excellent and needed. However, it is important to remember that muscles move bones and hold them in their proper alignment…not the other way around. Moving these bones is often only half the therapy needed.

Another approach includes the ability to diagnose and turn back on muscles of the head, neck, and jaw that can become injured and “turned off” through jolts, jars, falls, impacts, as well as dental work.

As an Applied Kinesiologist, I have been trained to perform cranial therapy via manipulation of the cranial bones. I am also trained to discover which muscles of the jaw have been turned off, and then I turn them back on so, they will hold and maintain the required cranial corrections.

Structural imbalances in the cranium and the TMJ mechanism may be linked to such maladies such as (the obvious) jaw pain, headaches, vision problems, neck and upper back pain, as well as (the not so obvious) knee pain, middle back and low back pain, foot pain, as well as digestive problems of all kinds.

If you or your loved ones are suffering from the results of jaw trauma, call me, Dr. Joel Vickers at The Nutritional Healing Center of Ann Arbor at (734) 302-7575 and let me fix your TMJ and cranial imbalances!

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