Dr. Amanda’s Nutrition Myth Buster on Fiber

Dr. Amanda’s Nutrition Myth Buster on Fiber

Nutrition Fiber Myth:

You must eat whole grains to get adequate dietary fiber.

Truth on Fiber: 

Sure, grains contain fiber. The majority of grains also promote inflammation and are highly processed prior their arrival to your grocery store. Most whole grains are very high in carbohydrates and can actually create the types of problems you are trying to prevent by eating more fiber; such as constipation, high cholesterol, and colon problems

There are many healthier sources of fiber such as nuts, vegetables, and avocados. Check out this website for a larger list:  Huffington Post

The very high in fiber food that I want to bring to your attention is my new found love:  chia seeds!

These seeds are not just for your chia pet anymore. Chia seeds are very high in fiber. Just for a little point of reference for you, look at the following table of chia seed’s nutrition fiber content vs bread:


Grams of fiber per a 28 gram serving

Whole Wheat Bread  (1 slice= 28 grams)

1.9 grams

Chia Seeds (2.75 tablespoons=28 grams)

11 grams

There are many health benefits of chia seeds. Chia seeds have about 6X more fiber than whole wheat bread! Chia seeds are also low carb, high in Omega 3s and have many other health benefits.Chia Seed Nutrition

It’s very easy to integrate chia seeds into your diet. When they are soaked in a liquid they form a gel, which makes them a great thickener. You can add Chia to other foods like yogurt and even beverages you drink. I enjoy the consistency so I sometimes throw some right into my water bottle.

If you aren’t so keen on the texture, you can also sprinkle them onto salads and other foods you are eating.

Check out these recipes for chia seed pudding.  It’s a great dessert alternative and a good way to get in chia fiber. And here’s the kicker…it’s incredibly easy to make!

Chia Pudding Recipes

I use coconut milk instead of almond milk and it works just as well. You can turn this into a keto recipe by using full-fat coconut milk and eliminating fruit and sweeteners (other than monk fruit or stevia).


Dr. Amanda

Real Health Improvement Takes Time

Real Health Improvement Takes Time

Whether you resist or embrace change it is bound to happen. Things cannot stay the same. Our health is always changing. Is yours improving or declining?

If it’s improving – keep doing what you are doing. If you are having any symptoms that are bothering you it’s time to make a change. Here at The NHCAA, we are here to help you with your health concerns. We help with pain, digestive problems, headaches, anxiety, depression, weight loss, and much more. real-health-blog

Changing the way your body is doing things does take time. I would love to put someone on a health improvement program and see immediate positive results with no bumps in the road. However, the truth is change takes time and effort. Sometimes things will be difficult as the process is happening. But, the end result is positive and a truly changed healthier body.

During this time of change in our office, I am more committed than ever to help you and your family and friends to feel the best possible. I look forward to seeing you soon.

Yours in health, Kerry

How to Take Control of Your Health

How to Take Control of Your Health

Your Role as a Patient at the Nutritional Healing Center of Ann Arbor

Becoming truly healthy requires a pro-active patient.

Your role or job as a patient in our office is different than at other offices. This includes chiropractic, medical, physical therapy practices or other holistic practitioners offices. In order to have the greatest success with your health improvement program, it is necessary that you know this and take responsibility for your part in getting and maintaining your optimum health and wellbeing. Taking control of your health and wellbeing is easy with The NHCAA.

The first thing to do as a new patient is to educate yourself at the first visit by reading and understanding the New Patient Orientation packet.

control-health-blog4You receive your initial Nutrition Response Testing examination at this visit. Then you come back in a few days for the Report of Findings. This is when you learn what your body needs for nutrition. Your current state of health is reviewed by you and how it can be expected to improve. At this visit, we determine if we are going to start the patient-doctor relationship. Most healthcare practices do the similar procedures. The biggest differences come next.

After we start the program together and you decide to take full responsibility for improving your health our next several visits are therapeutic nutrition visits, meaning we are working on improving the primary health challenges we’ve found.

These visits are once a week for the first six weeks. During this time you begin changing your bad health habits and “normal” lifestyle that has put you in the condition that you are in now. You begin creating improvements in your health with gradual simple changes. These short, educational visits help you start rebuilding and repairing your body. Part of your role is writing down exactly what you eat every day and counting the grams of carbohydrates that you ingest so we can both see what your dietary habits are and what needs to be fixed. You can also use an app such as Cronometer to keep track of your foods and macronutrients.

After 4 to 6 weeks, we re-examine your health and note the progress.

control-health-blog2At this point, your visits are every two weeks. You are now in what’s called the “Healing and Observation Period”. During this time you are producing a healthy body. You are performing the new, healthy habits that you learned in the first six weeks to repair your body and create a new level of physical health.

Also, there are continual discoveries and education for you as you learn more about how your body works and attend educational lectures that teach you about health and nutrition.

This phase may last 3 to 6 months or even more. During this time you are also setting forth your own personal policies regarding your diet. For example, many people discover that just because there’s a birthday cake in front of them doesn’t mean they should eat it. They’ve realized it causes them to feel bad for several days afterward and they’ve determined it’s just not worth it. So their personal policy becomes, “If I see cake, I don’t eat it unless I want to feel bad.”

When your body and health challenges are stably improving you graduate to the next phase which is called the Maintenance Phase.

These visits are every 2 to 4 months. At this point, you are very familiar with what you need to do in order to continually and gradually improve your health. There is no relaxing or dropping out the actions you now know are beneficial. Your understanding of health, nutrition, and your body make it fairly easy to stay away from bad foods and only eat nourishing food. You don’t even waste time walking down the cereal aisle of a grocery store or searching for food at a gas station since you know that there is no healthy food in either area.

At this point, your health is on a steep upward climb.

control-health-blog3You look back and discover what helped you the most and make sure you improve it even more. For example, you may have noticed by cutting out bread you no longer get bloated or maybe your heart has improved because of a particular whole-food supplement. So you figure out if there are ways to decrease grains and refined carbs so you can feel even better. And you certainly know you should keep taking whatever supplement improved your heart health.

Our best patients eventually become so healthy that most if not all their previous health challenges go away or improve so much they are in a whole new plateau of good health. Most likely they are enjoying their new found vitality and able to do more than they could before. They are extremely healthy, their attention is no longer stuck on their own health challenges and they want to help others. They know the wrong thing to do is try coast on their own because they’re part of the team that creates this new healthy life. They also know it takes work to maintain health so they keep a schedule of visits even when they’re doing well. It may be every 3 or 4 months but they don’t stop coming in.

For most, their new, self-appointed job becomes helping their family and friends conquer their own health challenges by introducing them to what we do. They also stay in touch with the people they help to assist them if they encounter roadblocks in their health improvement program.

We are expecting you and counting on you to reach this optimum level of health and wellness and help others get there too. Today’s healthcare in the United States results in incredible amounts of unnecessary suffering – physically, emotionally and financially from the hands of drug and surgery-based medicine. Our communities, our economy, and our families need you and your loved ones healthy and vibrant, not sick and drugged.

Yours in health,
Dr. Schmidt

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What we do & what we don’t do at The Nutritional Healing Center

What we do & what we don’t do at The Nutritional Healing Center

Here’s a short a blog post on what we do.

These ideas may be entirely new to you or just good reminders of our philosophy here at NHCAA.

In your varied experiences with other traditional and non-traditional health care practitioners you may have developed some preconceived ideas about what we do. Since what we do may be labeled “alternative” or “holistic” I’d like to clear up what we do and do not do so you understand exactly who we are and don’t confuse what we do with other doctors or healthcare providers.

What we do…

  1. We test your body to tell us what organs and systems need help.
  2. We work with patients on their food choices and nutritional supplements.
  3. We encourage simple lifestyle habits to improve health like:
    – Get more sleep and exercise more (or less in some cases!)

That’s it. Pretty simple.

The results? A healed body through eating real food and whole food-based nutrition.

What other professions do this? Not medical doctors. Not nutritionists or dietitians. Not physical therapists or nurses. Not even chiropractors, homeopaths, naturopaths or acupuncturists. We Although there are individuals (including friends of mine) in every one of these professions that do heal with nutrition it is not those professions’ primary focus.

What we don’t do…

  • We do not give people food recommendations or pills that damage the body.
  • We do not recommend drugs.
  • We do not recommend low-fat diets or vegan diets (which are too low in fat and protein.)
  • We do not teach meditation, relaxation methods or yogic breathing.
  • We do not counsel people on their job choices, spiritual life, relationships or religion.
  • We do not tell you to do drum circles, sweat lodges or shamanic retreats.

There is nothing wrong with these practices, it’s just that we don’t use them in our practice.

We believe you should live your life the way you want to and we believe you should be able to do so as long as possible. We help you do that by giving your body the nutritional support it needs to function at its best.

If you want to be high strung, have a stressful job, do a triathlon or go to a Tibetan retreat in the Himalayas- then go for it. We’ll make sure your body is in good shape while doing so.

Yours in health,
Dr. Schmidt

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A Busy Mom’s (and Dad’s) Healthy Survival Guide

A Busy Mom’s (and Dad’s) Healthy Survival Guide

Old Survival Guide:

The alarm sounds at 6:00 a.m.

You hit snooze 2 or 3 times. Roll out of bed and begin the day.

Drink 2 or more cups of coffee. Run through the day with very little “real food.”

Work, run errands, take care of your kids and husband. Drink more coffee.

Push through the times when you feel like you will cry, scream, or fall apart.

Finally, you crash, exhausted on the couch earlier than you would like in the evening.

Repeat daily.

A “normal” day for a busy mom or dad doesn’t have to be like this.

Our hard-working, stressful lifestyle has created depleted bodies for many of us. Our bodies need help to function at their best.

One of the most common things that we find “weak” in busy, active moms (and women in general) at our office is the thyroid gland.

The thyroid is a hormonal organ that is working hard every day (like you). Without proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle routine, the thyroid begins to malfunction.

Thyroid malfunction can cause fatigue, anxiety, sadness, poor sleep, neck and shoulder pain, headaches, heart palpitations, painful or erratic periods, and bowel problems.

Sounds like “Busy Mom Syndrome” to me.

New Survival Guide:

The alarm sounds at 6:00 a.m.

You wake up easily, rested, and refreshed. Eat a healthy breakfast with warm lemon water to drink.

Work, run errands, take care of your kids and husband. Eat a healthy lunch. Stop at the Nutritional Healing Center for your appointment to take care of yourself.

You stay calm and rational even in stressful situations.

Enjoy some exercise, a massage, or a walk.

Eat a healthy dinner with your family or friends.

And, at night you might even have the energy for a conversation with your spouse.

Repeat daily.

With the right supplements and a good diet, your day (and overall health) can be improved.

Thyroid health depends on adequate amounts of minerals and good fats to function well. By finding out exactly what your body needs with Nutrition Response Testing you can feel better.

If you know of someone who suffers from “The Busy Mom (Dad) Syndrome,” send them this article. We can put them back in the driver’s seat and in control of their life!

Yours in health, Kerry

p.s. My husband’s heart racing/palpitations have completely stopped since we have balanced his thyroid function.

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“Modern” Medicine: 7 Things too Scary for Halloween

“Modern” Medicine: 7 Things too Scary for Halloween

I thought I’d wait until after the spooky monsters had gone to bed and Halloween haunting was done before I released this article of scary healthcare facts about our “modern” healthcare system and our traditional “allopathic” medical model.

1.  “Allopathy” means trading one disease for another, a scary thought...

Vaccines do work to prevent mumps, rubella, and measles which are self-limiting, wimpy diseases. Vaccines also work to stop dangerous diseases like diphtheria and whooping cough (pertussis). Although this too is debatable. In the New England Journal of Medicine, July 1994 issue, a study found that over 80% of children under 5 years of age who had contracted whooping cough had been fully vaccinated.  Otherwise, these vaccines are like a light switch in your kid’s room that makes the ghosts go away. However, when you have ingredients like these…  then there is a never-ending “thump” in the closet that causes nightmares for decades. Every vaccine has one of these preservatives:  aluminum, formaldehyde or mercury. These cause long-term, daily suffering that medicine cannot cure.

Things like: allergies, chronic bronchitis, hyperactivity, autism, paralysis, seizures and autoimmune diseases. The flu pales in comparison to these medically-induced diseases.

The best solution if you decide some vaccinations are worth the risk: Ask for the preservative free-vaccines (The government has provided millions of these especially for pregnant women and children…but you have to ask for (or demand) them.  They’ll be stored in a refrigerator.

2. How to make zombies…

The flu vaccine has been proven to cause Alzheimer’s. If you get five shots in a row, your chance of getting Alzheimer’s goes up 10X.  Solution: don’t get the flu shot.  It is proven that it does not work for children and the elderly.  It only works on 1.5% of adults. Dr. Brownstein and the folks at Natural News have some hard hitting info on this, too. It’s ok to be sick with the flu for 3-5 days, it’s certainly better than the alternative.

3.  Are mad scientists sending our kids to a medical dungeon…1 injection at a time?

Over 25,000 children were studied and the conclusion shows that kids who WERE vaccinated were 2X to 8X SICKER than the ones were, were NOT vaccinated. Twice as many kids end up with allergies and vaccinated children are 9 times as likely to have asthma.  For the latest on the vaccination debate, Dr. Mercola is streaming (until November 5th) an incredibly hard-hitting new documentary called “The Greater Good.”It cuts through the chatter and brings true data to the forefront.

4.  Dr. Evil didn’t spend 8 years in college to be called “Mister”…

Morris Fishbein, M.D. was the editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association from 1924 to 1950. He halted progress on healthcare research like no one else in the history of mankind.  He squashed anything other than large, corporate, drug-based medicine. He did everything from attacking nutrition to promoting cigarettes. His income was dependent on corporate funds and he milked every cent.  He set the U.S. on a path of processed food and toxic chemicals as the only “real medicine” that may take centuries to reverse. It is now locked into our collective thought. It takes a strong person to stand up to the misguided information and change it. We are counting on you to be that strong person.

5.  I love haunted houses. The scariest I’ve ever been to was held in the abandoned Ohio Penitentiary before they tore it down…

It was scary partly because it had been a prison. Jail is scary. Loss of freedom is frightening. 42% of infants have osteopenia due to vitamin D deficiency in the mother. Osteopenia is considered by medicine to be the disease state of weak bones. It shows up before osteoporosis in post-menopausal women. My response to that is “Blah-ba-dee, blah.”

What it really is: eating processed foods (pseudo-food) plus no sunlight (regardless of age) causes fragile and broken bones. There are many parents in jail for something called shaken baby syndrome when in actuality it was extremely weak bones that just broke when the child was turned over or picked up. How’s that for a house of horror?

Solution: Take 6,000 units of vitamin D3 per day and stop eating sugar which drives calcium out of your bones. I’m talking to you future mom in your 20s or 30s. I know you grew up on hamburger helper and Jell-O pudding pops but for the life of your new child, you have to eat differently in order for it to survive and thrive.

6.  From the electric chair to the electric building…

Two books came out in 2010 exposing the damage caused by electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) that come out of your appliances, lights, and outlets. The books are Zapped and Dirty Electricity. They show how types of EMFs, radiation, x-rays, and microwaves are a MAIN cause of cancer and contribute greatly to heart disease and diabetes. Essentially any resonance that does not match our natural state, which is the earth’s natural state, causes harm to the body. The electric chair takes a few seconds to kill you. The electrosmog of our modern offices and homes takes decades but brings more suffering. There is a solution to this.  

7.  The apocalypse…

The year respected medical journals started accepting and printing corporate, biased research was 2001.  They said it was too hard to find non-biased, non-corporate research to print. I kid you not.  It has been downhill in medical research quality since. The name of this article is called, “Why most published research findings are false.” Solution: when searching for health improvement, talk to the patients of the Doctor in the waiting room. Ask how they are doing and feeling. It doesn’t matter if they like the doctor. Most people like their doctor, he’s there for them when they’re sick right?

Instead ask: “Are you getting better?”  “Are you healthier?” “Do you have more energy?” “Have your health problems improved?” If you hear positive responses, then you are in the right place. Come see us. Our patients get better. See our Google maps reviews. We hope you enjoyed these spooky medical facts.

Yours in health,
Dr. Schmidt

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