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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Why am I having this symptom now? My bucket analogy for you.

Why am I having this symptom now? My bucket analogy for you.

How does a symptom appear?

The explanation I give to my patients about why they are having illness symptoms frequently involves a bucket analogy. At times a symptom can be traced back to a very specific event or toxic exposure or illness or stress that starts a downward spiral. If you think about when a symptom started you may be able to determine this for yourself. But, often, toxic exposure, viral, bacterial, fungal, and parasitic illness will build up over time and then in combination be the source of the problem and the cause of chronic illness.

That is the reason for my bucket analogy.symptoms-organs

Your organs of elimination are like a bucket. Your liver/gall bladder, bowel, kidneys, bladder, and skin all work together to remove the stressors from your body. Toxins and immune challenges go in and should be emptied out in an efficient fashion. However, excess carbohydrate consumption (white refined sugar especially), stress, and high toxic exposure can all make these organs of elimination work less efficiently. This makes the bucket fill faster than it is emptying. As you come in contact with new chemicals, metals, and immune challenges the bucket keeps filling. If you are not actively encouraging the drainage of these pathways the problem keeps building. You may or may not have symptoms during this time.

At some point, the bucket is very close to overflowing. This is when random exposures to even small amounts of something toxic to your body will push you over the edge. A walk into a store that sprays perfume on everything will start a sneezing attack. Foods (even healthy ones) could produce allergic or bowel reactions. Dental work (even a cleaning) causes a headache. These are examples of the bucket overflowing. The organs of elimination can’t handle more. So, the crisis is more dramatic.

Eventually, the bucket is constantly overflowing, causing the symptoms to be chronic and lasting for longer and longer periods of time.

Some Symptoms of the Overload on the Organs of Elimination are:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Swollen tonsils/lymph nodes
  • Joint pain
  • Constipation/diarrhea
  • Mood problems
  • Heart palpitations
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Allergies

The Solution: Empty the Bucket!

We have many ways of supporting these organs of elimination. We have several new supplements that have been very successful in supporting the liver, gallbladder, kidneys, bladder, and bowel and assisting with detoxification.High-Tech-Health-Far-Infrared-Sauna

Ask your Practitioner what might be best for you. We now have a Far Infrared Sauna by High Tech Health in our office that can be used to help with moving toxins out of the body by sweating. Lymphatic massage or dry skin brushing, drinking an adequate amount of good quality water, keeping your bowels moving well, exercise, and eating healthy foods all help, too.

I hope this analogy helps you understand the why behind your symptom. I look forward to helping you on your path to diagnosing chronic symptoms and achieving better health.

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

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.

favorite supplements

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.

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 prescriptions 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 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 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 toe nails, it is highly likely that it is due to an internal fungal challenge rather than isolated to the skin. If that is a case, topical 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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When Self Attacks Self

When Self Attacks Self

Autoimmunity is easy to understand.

What is autoimmunity? When your immune system attacks your own tissues, that is called autoimmunity or an autoimmune condition.

It could be that just one type of tissue is attacked. For example, when the immune system attacks skin, you get a rash. When it attacks joints, you get arthritis. When it attacks the brain, you get Alzheimer’s. Etc.

Where is the immune system? It’s important to know. Eighty percent of the immune system is in the abdomen. If you want to correct a defunct or confused immune system, you have to correct the organs and systems in the abdomen.  They are the intestines, the Lymphatics (sewer system) and the friendly bacteria.

The cause of Autoimmunity is a dysfunction of the organs in the abdomen resulting in the immune system attacking the body or parts of the body.

What bad things can happen to the intestines that need to be corrected? It can become leaky, letting large, undigested food pass into the body. This is called Leaky Gut. The immune system will attack these large proteins because they look like foreign invaders. These foreign invaders also look like your body’s own tissues thus the immune system attacks your body. Hence: Autoimmunity. The intestines can also become poor at eliminating waste which leads to a toxic body.

Digestive_SystemWhat bad things happen to the lymphatic system that needs to be corrected? It can become sluggish. The movement of lymphatic fluid can slow and stagnate. The white blood cells of the immune system are in the lymph nodes and if fluid transfer is compromised, new lymph fluid doesn’t get cleaned and old lymph fluid stays around.

What bad things happen to the friendly bacteria that needs to be corrected? You can have an overgrowth of bad bacteria or yeast. This is called “dysbiosis” and it causes symptoms like bloating and it sucks.

If you have any of these problems going on, the immune system can get confused and start attacking your own tissues.

Specifically, the mechanism is this: consume bad food- damage the intestines- intestines leak large proteins- immune system attacks large proteins- immune system attacks similar large proteins that are your tissues- inflammation of the tissues caused by the attack- inflammation causes pain and decrease of function of the organs- symptoms appear- doctors give you a disease name based on your symptoms. At this point, you have two routes to follow

1)    Take immune-suppressing medications. “Immunosuppressants” can save your life but they don’t repair your body. Steroids are an example.
2)    Fix your immune system.

How do you fix your immune system? You have to fix the different parts of the abdomen.autoimmune

You fix the intestines by not eating bad food (especially gluten which acts like glue), only eating good food and taking supplements that have intestine IN THEM. Yes, you need to eat intestine. Yummy!

You fix the lymphatic system by only eating good food. Then you take supplements that increase the motion of fluid in the body. There are many on the market for the lymphatic system. You can go to your favorite health food store and ask or go online. It’s always best to see a well-qualified health improvement specialist.

You fix the good bacteria by eating fermented vegetables and avoiding bad foods. Then take a good probiotic. I have experience with over 100 different brands of probiotics. My experience is 90% of them don’t work. Even if there is a good one, does it work for your body? It may or may not.

Is it possible to repair autoimmunity with no nutritional supplements and herbs? YES. The supplements are supplemental to an already good diet. If the diet is not good, then supplements and herbs are a waste of money. That’s why we always work on food choices with every patient for weeks or months – however long it takes to match your diet to your DNA.

Results. When you successfully correct autoimmunity, many problems go away. Arthritis responds very well. Rashes, frequent colds, digestive problems, and connective tissue problems respond too. These are just a few examples.

If you’d like to learn how to fix your immune system, come into our office for intelligent care of your health.

Yours in health,
Dr. Schmidt

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