Addressing Alzheimer’s Effectively with Nutrition

Addressing Alzheimer’s Effectively with Nutrition

Alzheimer’s without a solution is scary—with this article I wish for you to understand that there is hope.

I had a patient with bad Alzheimer’s, bad enough that he would get lost going to the mailbox. He was living in an Alzheimer’s care center and his sister started bringing him to my office. He’d been a marathon runner and loved to run, and eventually, under my care, he got to the point where he was able to run a mile loop in the neighborhood around the care center! It wasn’t just me or the family seeing the improvement: one of the caregivers was in tears one day saying, “If only we had known Dr. Schmidt, maybe my husband would still be alive today.”

With this patient, we discovered three reasons he had developed Alzheimer’s:

  1. His body had very little fat from running marathons
  2. He was on a low-fat diet
  3. He was on cholesterol-lowering drugs

These are all fat-deficiency causing practices.

The thing is, the body needs fat.

The brain and nervous system are made out of it!

All hormones are made out of fat.

The low-fat diet craze and the cholesterol-lowering drugs are missing the mark. He partook in those low-fat activities for 20 years and that’s how he got Alzheimer’s.

How does one maintain brain health with the attempt of reversing Alzheimer’s? We’ve outlined the correlation between Alzheimer’s Disease and nutrition.

Here Are The Five Steps:

1. Leaky Gut Repair

If your gut isn’t functioning optimally, the small intestine will let undigested food pass through its large (though microscopic) holes and into the body. Your immune system will see those large, undigested proteins as a foreign invader, and will start to attack. If those undigested proteins look like your brain, after a while, your immune system will start to attack your brain. If those large undigested proteins look like your joints, after a while, the immune system will start to attack your joints. And on and on it goes. Therefore, you want to repair the gut so that instead of large, undigested proteins moving into the body, you have small, very digested proteins.

2. Lots of Good Fats

Fish oil in capsules falls into this category, but better sources are fat from red meat, pork, chicken skin, chicken, eggs (eat the yolks!), butter, ghee, lard, tallow, suet. These are foods that used to be in our food supply but have been taken out systematically by conventional dietetics. The point: there are good fats and there are bad fats. The bad fats are man-made, including corn oil, safflower oil, margarine, Crisco; these are not found in Mother Nature and our bodies don’t know what to do with them. Go with the fats that you find in nature. For example, you could, hypothetically, go out, kill an animal, and eat the fat just like that. Our ancestors were hands-on in that way, and many other cultures around the world still are. You can’t, however, go out and press the seeds of the canola plant and get a cup of it and drink it—you would first need a factory and numerous chemicals to extract the oil, via many unnatural processes, before you could consume it.

I currently have an Alzheimer’s patient who has been eating high fat Keto for 3 years. She is maintaining.

3. Open Up the Arteries

How do we do this? At the office we use Cyruta. Cyruta is a supplement made by Standard Process, and it clears out the arteries.

The patient I mentioned above came into the office one day, and I told him to lay on his back on the table so I could do our testing procedure. He froze up. He stood there, looking back and forth—he didn’t know what to do. I had to help him by gently directing and pushing him down onto the table. During the visit, I found he needed cyruta. When his sister brought him back a month later, I said to him, “Lay on your back on the table,” and he went right down and laid on his back. He knew exactly where he was in space. He knew what to do based on what I had said. We’d opened up his arteries in four weeks and his brain was getting more nutrients that visit than it had been getting the month before.

4. Stop Sugar and White Junk

“Junk” meaning bread, pasta, and white rice. All the nutrients are taken out of those products when they’re processed. The sugar part of the equation is extremely important. I have a guy I know with early Alzheimer’s, and we struggled for about a year before I really got hard on him. I asked, “are you eating sugar?” And his wife said, “Well, he’ll only eat, like, a cookie a day.” And I said, “You’ve got to stop that sugar.” And I said, “Every time you come in here, I’m working for you 100%, and when you go home, you’re only working for yourself 90%. You have got to stop the cookie per day.” I know, it doesn’t seem like a lot, but once he stopped that cookie, things really started to improve. He was able to tackle puzzles and able to build a bookshelf. A year earlier he wouldn’t even start a project like that because his mind couldn’t get him through the whole process.

5. Brain Food

There are supplements that are specifically for the brain. Two examples are RNA, a nutritional supplement you’ll find at most health food stores, and Bacopa, an herb. There are many good brain supplements out there—you can find them online. These supplements are the last step for a reason, so once the first four steps are in progress and under control, the brain supplements start to work.

And I’ll say this: I have not known of a pharmaceutical drug that will reverse Alzheimer’s. There are claims that some drugs will stop the progression of the disease, but I don’t believe it. You have to do it the natural way. The body is made from Mother Nature, it’s not made from drugs. It’s made from stuff you find in the Earth, not the stuff you find at Merck or at Pfizer.

Know that it takes at least a year or two using this method to see significant changes. It’s best to catch it early if you can. I’ve seen patients with Late Stage Alzheimer’s—my sister used to work at a late-stage Alzheimer’s care center, and that’s where you’ll witness people who are curled up like a child, and there’s no communication. Get your brain healthy and your nervous system healthy before it gets to that point. However, even when it’s really bad, there’s still potential to reverse it. I want to encourage you to not give up and to not be afraid.

I hope you’ve learned something about the proper diet for Alzheimer’s that you can apply to help you or your family members. Contact us for more information on an Alzheimer’s prevention diet.

Dr. Darren Schmidt

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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 list of anti-viral foods to avoid is a suggestion, and not all of the foods will affect all people).

 

 

FOODS TO AVOID:

 

 

Caffeine Millet Sesame Seeds
Chocolate Wheat Germ Macadamia Nuts
Pasteurized Dairy Products Split Peas Brazil Nuts
Sugar Infant Cereal Cashews
     
Brussel Sprouts Almonds  
Onions Almond Butter  
Corn Pecans  
  Walnuts  
Grains Peanuts  
Brown Rice Peanut Butter  
Soybeans Sunflower Seeds  
Whole Wheat Pistachios  
Oatmeal Hazelnuts  

 

 

*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: Eggs Only These Fruits:
Beef Raw Milk Cheese Avocados
Pork   Lemons
Chicken Most Vegetables, Including: Limes
Turkey Potatoes Cranberries
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 because they’re high arginine foods to avoid.

 

 

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. 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 from feeding your body well.

Our testing methods and 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.Closeup of the Far Infrared Sauna by High Tech Health.

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.

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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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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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