Anti-Inflammatory Medications Put Your Heart at Risk

Anti-Inflammatory Medications Put Your Heart at Risk

In 2015, the FDA issued a strong warning regarding the safety of NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs).

Here at The NHCAA we’ve known for a long time that these medications wreak havoc on your health; now there’s research that substantiates that as well.
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The FDA has been reviewing the safety of NSAIDs since 2005 and as a result, have come to some alarming conclusions.

Here is an excerpt from the announcement on the FDA website:

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is strengthening an existing label warning that non-aspirin nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) increase the chance of a heart attack or stroke.”  

Here is the link to the full article:

The announcement goes on to say that the increased risk of stroke and heart attack can occur even in cases of short-term use and in people without risk factors; however, the risk is compounded with long term use and higher dosages.

The FDA also announced that “patients treated with NSAIDs following a first heart attack were more likely to die in the first year after the heart attack compared to patients who were not treated with NSAIDs after their first heart attack.”

Inflammation is a natural part of the healing cycle. In a healthy body, the inflammation occurs, the body heals the problem and the inflammation is gone. In a situation where the inflammation is never controlled, it can actually lead to more tissues damage and can perpetuate a cycle of pain that’s very hard to break. NSAIDs reduce the inflammation and can make you feel better short term, but they do not cure the cause.

Although this is concerning information for those of you who are using these medications, you do not have to worry. There are alternatives that work that do not shorten your life! There are many supplements, essential oils and dietary/lifestyle techniques that can lower your inflammation to get to the source of your pain.

Any recommendations on the correct supplementation for you is dependent on the cause of your pain and your body’s needs. If you are taking one of these medications and would like help finding alternatives, come see me. I can help you make a plan to become NSAID free and to conquer your pain.

Yours in Health,
Dr. Amanda Childress, PharmD

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Addressing High Blood Pressure Naturally

Addressing High Blood Pressure Naturally

As a pharmacist, I dispensed thousands of prescriptions to treat high blood pressure. Many patients were taking 2-4 blood pressure lowering medications yet still were failing to obtain and maintain optimum blood pressure.

I have also observed a broad range of side effects of these therapies including fatigue, dizziness, fainting, depression, loss of sense of taste and smell and many more.

Blood pressure medications can be lifesaving. I’m glad they exist, especially when someone goes into crisis. However, over the long term, they can create other issues in the body and put additional stress on your vital organs. These medications don’t actually address the cause of high blood pressure. Often, the problem in your body that is driving your blood pressure up has greater implications for your health than the high blood pressure itself.

High blood pressure is a symptom of a greater problem! Most high blood pressure issues are induced by stress on the following organs:

  • Heart and arteries
  • Kidneys
  • Adrenals
  • Liver

If you have high blood pressure, it’s likely you need nutritional support for one or more of the organs listed above. It’s different for every person. With muscle testing, we find the organs that are stressed and then find the nutritional support appropriate for your body.

The most common supplements I use in patients to address high blood pressure are whole food B vitamin complexes (most commonly Cataplex G by Standard Process), wholefood vitamin C (Cyruta), magnesium and supplements that encourage decongesting of the kidneys and liver.

Other healthy/natural interventions are:bacon salad

  • Get off of sugar- this is key to getting high blood pressure under control
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day
  • Replace table salt with Celtic sea salt
  • Avoid processed food – Shop the outer perimeter of the grocery store buying primarily unprocessed meats and produce.
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Avoid caffeine
  • Sleep at least 7 hours a night
  • Exercise regularly. Walking works great! It’s low impact, doesn’t overly stress the body but can do wonders for your health.

The program of natural supplements for high blood pressure varies from person to person. Even given this variability, one thing is for sure; if you have high blood pressure your body needs help! You have nutritional deficiencies present that need attention.

You don’t have to play a guessing game with your health. Come in for a consultation and find out what food choices are healthy for your body and the correct supplements to feed your deficiencies.

Yours in health,

Amanda Childress, PharmD
Holistic Pharmacist

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This Vitamin Can Heal Arteries, But There’s a Catch! [Updated]

This Vitamin Can Heal Arteries, But There’s a Catch! [Updated]

Feeding and Healing Arteries

This article unveils the intentionally hidden secret that has caused millions to suffer from heart problems.

In 1998, I attended a seminar by a holistic cardiologist that explained how to repair arteries. I listened intently and later, observed for results in the real world. Unfortunately, I did not see the results even though the seminar’s content made sense. Then, in January of 2009 (11 years later!), a fortuitous series of events occurred that showed the truth.  Now for the benefit of many, we are changing lives for the better. Here’s what I learned.

First, I need to go over some physiology. Arteries are muscular tissue. They flex and contract with the pulsing of blood, so they need to stay strong yet pliable. The arteries that are stressed the most in the whole body are the medium-sized ones that feed the heart muscle. They come right off the aorta which is the large artery that is the exit for all the blood that goes to the body.

The reason why they are the most stressed arteries is that the heart NEVER STOPS BEATING. These arteries are constantly being flexed by this action. If they are not nourished and healthy, they start to get small splits in them like an aging car tire.

If these splits are not repaired, then they get packed in with a gummy substance that acts like a plastering agent. This plastering agent is called cholesterol. The artery tissue may also become weak and balloon out.

There is some debate about whether or not this is truly the cause of heart attacks. Another theory says that the tiny capillary arteries get diseased and as a group, starve a section of the heart muscle. These capillaries are so small, only one red blood cell can get through it at a time, and they do not get clogged with cholesterol. They get polluted with toxins or become deficient in their essential nutrients so they don’t work as they should.

Either theory responds with the solution described below.
What I learned in 1998 is the nutritional deficiency that causes the arteries to age and split. It is Vitamin C deficiency.

(You may have heard this before, but please read on. There’s a catch!)

Vitamin C acts like glue to hold tissues together. It keeps the arteries strong, yet pliable. A deficiency of Vitamin C can be seen first as micro-tears in the arteries.  These tears become larger and larger, and bleeding becomes more prevalent and profuse. Excessive bleeding is first seen in the jaw and gums because chewing is a harsh action often done. This is scurvy!

Sailors often died from scurvy until discovered that limes, oranges, and other citrus fruits prevented it. Limes were good for long sailing trips because they had a long shelf life. Sailors were called “Limeys” because of this.limes

In March of 2009, an old manuscript was uncovered that showed it was a woman who discovered this connection. It was 1707, and her name was Ebbot Michell.

As stated above, when there is a deficiency of Vitamin C, the body packs cholesterol into those cracks. It’s like putting toothpaste into a hole in the drywall before painting it. It doesn’t belong there, but “it’ll do” until you fix the problem. This cholesterol patch becomes plaquing, and it builds up, especially when you eat unnatural fats that are “sticky” like margarine, corn oils, and vegetable oils. Natural fats slip right on by without sticking. Animal fats, lard, tallow, butter and dairy products are some examples.

This all makes sense, but unfortunately, I didn’t believe it for 11 years!!

Why is that? Because I never saw Vitamin C reverse cholesterol plaquing.

I saw heart patients take vitamin C but never get better. I saw people continue to have heart problems while on lots of Vitamin C. This was apparently not a solution.

Why? The answer came in January of 2008.

At that time, I had a young patient who was experiencing irregular heart beats and chest pain after only a few minutes of exercise. He was a vegetarian and ate way too many grains and sugar.

I asked him to put his finger where his heart pain occurred. He did so and I muscle tested him. He needed Cyruta, which is a whole-food supplement that works like roto-rooter for arteries. I gave him 8 per day and in two weeks he said he was 60% better!  He could exercise for 30 minutes with no pain! We had just nourished and improved his arteries and heart.

Here’s why I missed the connection for 11 years: Cyruta is made of the juice taken from the leaf of the buckwheat plant which is the greatest source of Vitamin C. The key is: It is WHOLE FOOD VITAMIN C, not the synthetic version (ascorbic acid).

Here’s the catch!  Food manufacturers have convinced our government to say that Vitamin C is ascorbic acid. Only it isn’t! This is an intentional misunderstanding of basic science. It has fooled nearly everyone. The truth is ascorbic acid is only a small percentage of the Vitamin C molecule. It is the outer protective layer, like the paint on your car.

For 11 years, I saw people taking the synthetic vitamin C (ascorbic acid) which DOES NOT WORK!

The whole food vitamin C does work.
It repairs arteries (like scurvy) in a matter of a few weeks. It is simple, noticeable and clinically significant. Using the FDA-approved Meridian machine, we have seen the risk for heart problems decrease.

When researching Vitamin C on the Internet, be wary of what substance is used for research. It’s all synthetic ascorbic acid, not the real Vitamin C. That’s why research on ascorbic acid is only “promising”, “inconclusive”, “might work” or “controversial”. If they used the whole food vitamin C, there would be no doubt that it works.

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Is the ascorbic acid label over 10 mg?  If so, it’s not the whole vitamin C. It’s hard to find a pure vitamin C product at a health food store. Even the good ones are “enhanced with bioflavonoids” which indicates it’s not pure. I saw one that said “blended with raw carotenoids” which is a very dishonest way of saying, “We added synthetic vitamins because everyone else is doing it and we don’t know any better.” Otherwise, it would have been a great product.  If you look hard it is possible to find a pretty good whole food Vitamin C in a health food store. But…. Do you test for it? Will it work? Only muscle testing can verify that.

The medical attempt of cleaning out arteries is to reduce the amount of cholesterol in the blood. It’s like taking away the toothpaste from your bathroom so you cannot temporarily repair the holes in your drywall before painting. That’s not a right fix.

If you have adequate vitamin C and healthy arteries, your cholesterol can be 400 (which is considered high) and have no plaquing and no diseased arteries. Also, half of people who have heart attacks have normal cholesterol.

We’ve had many people improve the condition of their heart and arteries since we discovered this. One was experiencing knife-stabbing pains through her heart to her back. Cyruta cleaned and repaired her arteries, and she felt the pains less frequently and with less intensity. She was 75% better in just three weeks!

Avoid the foods that cause arteries to split, tear and plaque. They are sugar and white flour products and are too commonly consumed. 

Vitamin C competes with sugar to get into cells, but sugar is heavily favored. In other words, sugar crowds vitamin C away from cells.

Eat whole foods rich in Vitamin C. It doesn’t take a lot. A sailor only needed a little lime juice per day! This is a revolutionary, applicable, inexpensive solution for a national scourge.

Yours in health,
Darren Schmidt, D.C.

Disclaimer:  The nutritional program that is described here does not interfere with any drugs. It can be done concurrently. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


We now have an Online Patient Program for patients that live too far away to come in to see one of our practitioners. Or if you would like to see us we now offer a Long Distance Nutrition Travel Package if you can spend a couple of days with us to get you going on the right track.

Hit the links above or contact our office at [email protected] or 734-302-7575 and ask to get more information on these wonderful programs that will allow you to speak to a practitioner and get the supplements you need to help improve the health of your heart, arteries, and the rest of your body. We look forward to helping you on your journey to optimum health!


P.S. 2016 UPDATE. I have discovered two more mechanisms by which cholesterol gets embedded into arterial walls. There’s a condition of too much lactic acid in the blood and not enough oxygen. The body lays down cholesterol inside the arteries to protect them from the acid in the blood. The other is a nanobacterium causing calcification of the arterial wall and plaquing. Cyruta is still a valuable tool for all 3 mechanisms.

I made a quiz you can take to see if you may have lactic acidosis caused by a nutritional deficiency. —>>> Lactic Acidosis Quiz >>

I also made Follow The Physiology Survey which is the best, most comprehensive written survey of your health, health problems, potential causes, mechanism, and the clinical symptom picture arising from organ dysfunction. —>>> Follow The Physiology Survey


Heart disease is not caused by a “statin deficiency”

Heart disease is not caused by a “statin deficiency”

According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), the number 1 cause of death in the United States is heart disease.

With a health crisis like this on the loose, the finger must be pointed somewhere and it has been incorrectly pointed at eating fat. We have all heard from our Medical Doctors, TV, magazine and all the best hospitals and health “experts” that high cholesterol is the cause of heart attacks and strokes. We have become convinced we should avoid eating any saturated fats, butter, and eggs. With all these messages warning us of the ever-present dangers of high cholesterol and the risk of death from heart disease so high, people get understandably anxious about their cholesterol levels.

The standard medical route addresses high cholesterol by prescribing a class of drugs called Statins.

Originally, these drugs were only given to people who had already experienced a stroke or heart attack to prevent a second occurrence. Currently, the trend has changed and statins are being prescribed freely to both people with only slightly elevated cholesterol levels and people who are perfectly healthy in hopes of preventing stroke and heart attack.

This is not only completely unwarranted but dangerous and health damaging. Although generally promoted as safe, statin drugs have very dangerous and potentially fatal side effects. The true range and significance of the side effects were not expressed in clinical trials because many of these studies excluded people who could not tolerate the drug from their final results. So, as with all too many drug studies they are skewed in favor of potential profits instead scientifically proven life-saving or health improving properties.

The most common adverse effect of statin therapy is unexplained muscle weakness and pain.

This side effect is highly significant because it can indicate that muscle tissue is being destroyed and can lead to shutting down the kidneys and ultimately death.

Although these drugs are supposed to protect the heart, they may destroy its tissue because the heart itself is a muscle. If muscle pain is severe, patients are often fortunate enough to link it to the drug and stop their therapy. The problem is many people have low-grade muscle pain and weakness they attribute to other conditions or aging so they continue with the statin drugs and never discover the actual cause…which, of course, is the drugs themselves.

Other common side effects are headache, stomach pain and nausea. These drugs often do damage to the liver and kidneys.

The longer statins have been around and the more this list grows longer the longer these drugs are on the market. Problems such as hormonal imbalances, joint pain, memory loss, as well as “psychiatric” conditions such as depression, sleep disorders and nightmares.

The truth of the matter is high cholesterol is not the cause of heart attack and stroke, but a symptom of other underlying problems.

fatty food cures statin deficiencyBelieve it or not, the real culprit is not fat! High cholesterol is caused by a diet high in sugar and carbohydrates. The good news is you can fix it safely, effectively, and without harmful drugs! This can be achieved by a good diet (yes…you can eat eggs and butter!), exercise and whole foods supplements such as Cyruta.

Dr. Amanda,
Wholistic PharmD