The Healing and Immune Boosting Power of Bone Broth

The Healing and Immune Boosting Power of Bone Broth

A healthy habit that supports your immune system is regular consumption of bone broth.

Almost every culture has made use of bones in cooking to get the nutritional benefits as well as to make the most out of precious resources.

Here are some of the health benefits of bone broth for immunity:

  • Rich in easy to absorb minerals
  • Contains healing factors for the lining of the gut (helps to heal leaky gut)
  • Supports healthy hair, skin, and nails 
  • Supports healthy joints
  • Supports skin elasticity 
  • Naturally boosts the immune system 
  • Contains minerals, amino acids, collagen, gelatin, good fat
  • Supports bone health
  • Helps with detoxification

During these challenging times of living during a pandemic, it is more important than ever to access as many of the health and immune system benefits available to you as possible. Bone broth is one of the cheapest of those precious resources available to you and has the added benefit of being food as well as medicine.


Now, you likely have more time than ever to cook so break out your pressure cooker, crockpot or stockpot and try it out. Sure, you can buy bone broth in the store, but it’s going to be missing the fat and gel that make it so good for you. Not to mention that it is quite expensive to buy when you can make it at home easily with scraps! Making your own bone broth is good for your health and your budget.

Dr. Amanda’s Simple Instant Pot Bone Broth


  • Organic bones
  • Purified water
  • Apple cider vinegar 
  • Vegetables (optional)
  • Spices (optional)


  • Add bones to instant pot up to almost 3/4 the way with some gaps between bones. (I used organic grass-fed beef bones)
  • Add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.  
  • Add water up to the max fill line.
  • Let sit for 30 minutes to begin bone demineralization.
  • Add spices and vegetable scraps if you want. (I used 5 crushed cloves of garlic, some celery scraps, and pink Himalayan salt)
  • Close the lid to the pot and turned the valve to seal. I used the soup/broth and low-pressure settings for 120 minutes.
  • After it is done cooking, strain the broth into a pot then put it in mason jars. After it cools, put them in the refrigerator. After 12 hours the fat and gelatin will rise to the top.

You can store the bone broth in the refrigerator for 1 week. To store longer, freeze.

You can use a crock pot or stock pot, but will need to cook for at least 12 hours using those methods.

You can drink this broth plain or with butter and salt. You can also use this as the base for soups, gravies and for braising.  

Bone broth can be used for fasts. I have seen dramatic improvements using this type of fast for individuals with digestive issues as in addition to giving the digestive system a rest, it contains those gut healing factors. Bone broth is also a great complement to a keto or carnivore diet. Bone broth is the staple for the GAPS (gut and psychology syndrome) diet and can support a healthy mood and sleep.

I recommend consuming at least 1 cup per day for gut and immune benefits. With the current viral situation we are facing, I advise daily consumption over at least the next 3 months. 


For more help on how to integrate bone broth into your nutrition plan and how to access mother nature’s medicine cabinet, contact the office to set up a phone visit.

Your Holistic Pharmacist,

Dr. Amanda Childress,

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Skin Rash? Skin Problems or Bug Bites?

Skin Rash? Skin Problems or Bug Bites?

 Why does a skin rash react differently to each person?

What are some common skin rash causes? During the summer months, we may have more attention on our skin as we expose more of it. Healthy skin is a sign of a healthy body. Just as problematic skin is an outward sign of what might be happening in the body. Discover some common causes of skin problems below, including vitamin deficiency skin rashes. Whether you have a rash or bug bites, there are natural solutions to both.

Skin rashes can be a sign of liver and gallbladder distress. The liver and gallbladder are organs of elimination; and, if they are not detoxifying the body well, the skin becomes an alternative pathway for toxins to exit the body. Also, the liver and gallbladder are responsible for helping to digest fat and protein. Healthy fats and protein are necessary for skin elasticity, strength, and integrity. Often, vitamin deficiency can cause skin rashes too.

What are we missing in our diet?

Stretch marks are often related to mineral deficiency and incorrect or deficient fats. Applying Vitamin E oil topically can be beneficial. And, ask your practitioner to test you for minerals at your next visit.

Acne is often related to hormone imbalance in the body or immune challenges. By balancing out the hormonal organs and helping the immune system we can often help with facial and upper body acne, too.

Summer also brings more bug bites. Terra Shield by DoTerra is a powerful essential oil. It helps deter biting insects powerfully and safely. Also, if you do get bit, you can make a paste out of Standard Process Cholacol II (a bentonite clay) and Colloidal Silver. Just crush the Cholacol II and mix with a little water and a spray of colloidal silver. Apply this topically to draw the toxins from the skin. This paste can help with bee stings, mosquito bites, and other skin rashes like poison ivy.

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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Fun In The Sun

Fun In The Sun

Here are some summer health tips for staying well this season and having safe fun in the sun.

1. Enjoy the sun!

Exposure to the sun is beneficial; it provides Vitamin D. You should prepare for sun exposure and protect your skin, too. Here at The NCHAA, we have a tanning protocol. You can ask your Practitioner for a copy of this protocol and get checked for the products (Calcium Lactate, Cataplex F Perles, and Oxi-Cell) at your visit. Coconut oil is a protectant and has a natural SPF of 4.

You should increase your sun exposure slowly. If you know you will be in the sun for an extended amount of time and you haven’t built up to it use a safer sunscreen. For Healthy sunscreens go HERE. Avoid sunscreen that contains aluminum, sprays on, or has a high SPF (greater than 50).

2. Eat healthily!

Summer brings picnics, parties, and fun. But, good food can still be a priority. Keep your focus on protein and vegetables. Fresh vegetables will be readily available; so, if you’re going to a party bring a veggie tray to pass. Eat an adequate amount of protein and fat so you won’t be as tempted by deserts and snack foods. Shop at your local Farmer’s Market or consider joining a CSA (Community Support Agriculture or Farm Share Group).

The warmer weather increases the need for fluids, too. So, make sure you are drinking enough filtered water throughout the day. You can also add some Celtic Sea Salt to your water (1/8 of a teaspoon to 16 – 20 ounces of water and shake well) to help replace electrolytes.

3. Keep bugs and skin problems away!

Use essential oils to deter bugs from biting. You can make your own spray by with an 8-ounce spray bottle filled 1/2 way with distilled or boiled (and cooled) water. Add witch hazel to almost fill. Then, add 30 – 50 drops of Lavender, Lemongrass, Melaleuca, Peppermint, or Wild Orange drops. You can mix whatever scent you prefer.

We can also help with bites that get red, itchy, and irritated with supplements like Antronex and Cal Amo, which are helpful with the allergic-type reaction. Ask your Practitioner to test you for these if you are having trouble. And, if you have problems with Poison Ivy let us know, we can help with that, too.

Hope you have a sun-filled, fun summer.

Looking forward to seeing you soon.

Yours in health, Kerry

Here Comes the Sun

Here Comes the Sun

With the warmer weather ahead it’s time to prepare your skin with our tanning protocol.

The sun is essential for the Vitamin D it provides. So if you’re going to be out in the sun, preparing for sun exposure and protecting your skin is essential. Learn how to tan safely in the sun below.

Here at The NHCAA, we have many summer tanning tips:

    1. Take Cataplex F Perles and Calcium Lactate about one month before you will be in the sun prepares the skin.
      We can check you for these products at your next visit.
    2. The general recommendation is 5 Cataplex F Perles per day and 6 – 8 Calcium Lactate before bed.
    3. Once you start spending more time outside in the sun or most of the day take 8 Cataplex F Perles. Keep taking 6 – 8 Calcium Lactate before bed.
      You could take extra Calcium Lactate if you burned. Also, apply Raw Virgin Coconut Oil to the skin throughout the day. Coconut Oil is a protectant and is SPF 4.

Once you are out in the sun more, Coconut Oil applied topically will help your skin feel and look great. Also, Aloe Vera or USF Ointment or Oxi-Cell (products we carry here in the office) can help heal burns and soothe the skin.

You should increase your sun exposure slowly. So, the first time you’re out in the sun shouldn’t be for 8 hours.

This tanning protocol helps; but, you have to build up your tan. If you know, you will be in the sun for an extended amount of time, and you haven’t built up to it, use a safer sunscreen that doesn’t contain aluminum. To find a healthy sunscreen, we recommend going to EWG 12th Annual Guide to Sunscreens.

Have a great summer and see you soon!

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Never let them see you sweat?

Never let them see you sweat?

If you are concerned about sweating or body odor it may be time to re-think your choice in antiperspirants.

In order to stop sweating and odor, many people begin to use “clinical strength” antiperspirants. But, these don’t solve the problem and they can actually make it worse.

Almost all these antiperspirants contain aluminum. Aluminum is toxic and putting it directly on the skin creates problems for the body. The aluminum is there to “stop the sweat” and it does this by blocking the pores.  It might seem like this is a good thing but it does not allow the body to detoxify via sweat (which it needs to do). Aluminum has been linked to breast cancer and brain and nervous system problems.

Sweating is a healthy, natural way to detox. When sweat has a bad odor it often is due to chemicals, metals, and toxins that are in the body.

Switching to a more natural deodorant instead of an aluminum-containing antiperspirant is a good step in minimizing your exposure to aluminum. We carry a few aluminum-free deodorants in our office. These are effective at eliminating odor. Or you can make your own! The Healthy Maven Recipe   OR   Wellness Mama Recipe

But what about the sweat, you ask?

Rather than block it, you can absorb it by using a metal-free deodorant in combination with talc-free powder.

You can research many safe alternatives on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep website. They have a huge database that shows you how safe thousands of cosmetics and personal care products really are.

Interestingly enough we have discovered that when you are on a nutritional program and detoxifying naturally, you often sweat less and when you do it has little or no odor. Another great side effect of “Healthcare the way Mother Nature intended!”

See you soon.

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