Vascular headaches have long troubled many people, and if you have never had one, you should consider yourself fortunate.  Whether it is once in your life or each week, one migraine is one too many.  Many people subsist in fear of the potential triggers and factors that can bring on a migraine, struggling to try and understand what is happening, why their head hurts so badly.

The questions are why do the vascular mechanisms that supply the brain become abnormal, and then what can be done about it.  The standard of care in the health community seems to focus only on symptom suppressing pain management, which, even at best, is merely a mild palliative in the real management of this malady.  In nutritional practice using foundational measures to bring about balanced body physiology, a great deal of success has been achieved in learning about the underlying cause and supporting the body to prevent headaches from ever developing.

First, let’s review what we know about migraines from experience:  A prodromal phase precedes the pounding pain characterized by hallucinations, visual disturbances with halo effects around objects, photophobia (light sensitivity), impaired thinking and nausea.  A secondary phase follows, characterized by severe pain and pounding, more severe photophobia, and nausea.  In fact, the migraine usually abates after finally throwing up.  This resolution to normal following vomiting may be the greatest insight into the causative mechanisms at work.

There are two stages leading to migraine, both characterized by profound changes in the vascular (blood) supply to the brain.  The first stage (prodromal), is experienced because of an initial vascular constriction or starvation, creating secondary localized hypoxia (loss of oxygen), and this is why the brain hallucinates without the necessary blood/oxygen for proper function.  Then the vasculature, apparently fatigued by the effort of constriction, seems to lose its tone and simply dilate, sagging into the surrounding structures and creating the pounding pressure that is so crippling.  Most drug therapies seek to interrupt this vascular phenomenon.  In fact, in the past, certain drugs called ergotamines, were employed, even though they potentially compromised circulation to the heart at the same time.  Even now very little is offered except to attempt to interrupt the vascular dilation, which, while it provides essential relief, is not a correction to the cause of the condition, and it also costs the person a few days of being mildly drugged.

It seems that the questions that need to be asked are:  Why does this vascular phenomenon occur, and what sets it off?

We will deal with these questions in the next installment in this continuing series on migraine……………


Idiopathic hypertension is the name of elevated blood pressure with no explainable etiology/cause.  The elevation of systolic and diastolic blood pressure represents an increase in vascular tone for the purpose of of increasing blood pressure.

Often, elevated blood pressure is a body response to high levels of inflammation and allergy in the environment, or diet.  The body interprets all stress as a wild animal trying to attack it, and so stress that comes from eating certain foods has a reaction of stress that is similar to societal stress, or stress that comes from truly being in danger.  They both register the same on the endocrine system, making no distinction between psychological stress, biochemical stress and circumstantial stress.

As we reduce the stress of our lifestyle and our diet, we significantly reduce the adrenal responses to stress attempting to elevate its metabolism and prepare itself for fight or flight responses.  A subtle but consistent factor that should be explored in high blood pressure situations is the presence of chronic food allergies.  Most typically corn, soy, milk or wheat can influence the inflammatory levels, creating chronic inflammation resulting in elevation of corticosteroids.  Often, simply by eliminating the food allergies, the blood pressure will be falling within three days, and within two weeks it is within normal range.

It is always best to correct high blood pressure by determining the cause of the elevation, rather than to suppress the symptom only.  When natural interventions fail, reduction of food allergies should always be employed to correct the possible cause of the elevated blood pressure. Blood pressure medication is very difficult to reduce and discontinue once the body has become accustomed to it.  It is always desirable to avoid the need for medication until it is absolutely necessary.  Often blood pressure medication will interrupt other functions of the body such as energy level, ability to respond to stressful situations, and libido, especially in men.

High blood pressure is an intelligent body response to imbalance.  The difficulty is to determine what that imbalance is.  Blood pressure may be naturally balanced, bringing about the elimination of symptoms instead of symptom suppression.  There are many herbal remedies being employed for this purpose.  The only real correction is to assist the body back into balance and eliminate its need to elevate pressure.


Lighten your toxic load and manage your weight through the Standard Process Purification Program.  You’re on your way to a clearer, brighter, lighter future!!

The SP program stimulates specific detoxification organs in the body — the liver, kidneys, and intestines.  With help from these organs your toxic load can decrease, and your body can concentrate its energy on purification and weight reduction.

PROGRAM BASICS:  The 21–day purification program includes eating whole, organic, and unprocessed foods; taking whole food supplements; and drinking plenty of water.  You will eat a variety of vegetables and fruit for the first 10 days, with select proteins added on day 11.  Some of the supplements you will use are in capsule form, some in tablet, and some in powder form.  On days 1 thru 7, you will drink 2 to 3 SP Complete shakes per day, plus your supplements as outlined in your program booklet.  Then, on days 8 thru 21, you will continue with your shakes, but your supplements will change.  This is all outlined in detail in your program booklet.  Your booklet also contains tasty recipes for both food and shakes, which help make your detox pleasant.

Some of our staff have done this cleanse, all with very good results.  This is a three-week program that is sure to give your body amazing, healthy results which you will feel, and weight loss that you will definitely notice!

So give us a call today and make an appointment to come in and get started!   314-353-1477


Why do I need purification???? Purification, also known as detoxification, can help you remove natural toxins from your body and help maintain a healthy weight. We are exposed to external toxins on a daily basis. These include pollutants, pesticides, and chemicals. Internally our bodies produce waste byproducts as a result of normal metabolic function. Although your body is designed to rid itself of these toxins naturally, it can become overburdened,. Purification offers your body additional support to expel and metabolize these toxins and minimize your weight, which is important to maintaining your health and vitality. Toxins can contribute to a wide range of conditions:

Stuffy head, Fatigue or difficulty sleeping, Indigestion and other temporary gastrointestinal upset, Food cravings and weight gain, Reduced mental clarity, Low libido, Skin that’s not looking its best, Joint discomfort.

There are also approximately 80,000 chemicals registered for use in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that hundreds of these chemicals are present in our bodies. Research has shown that many of these can disrupt our immune, endocrine, nervous, and reproductive systems. The following are some examples: Air and water pollutants, Cigarette smoke, Personal care products, Heavy metals, Household cleaning products, Pestcides and herbicides, Phrmaceuticals, Preservatives and additives, Trans fats, Ammonia, Carbon dioxide, and Free radicals. SO — how do you determine your toxic load? If the majority of your answers to the following questions are “yes”, it is likely that your diet, personal care products, cleaners, etc., contribute significantly to your toxic load……….

Do you or have you eaten processed foods? Do you eat non-organic fruits and vegetables? Do you eat meat and poultry that are not free-range? Do you or have you ever used artificial sweeteners? Do you drink soda, barbecue your food, drink coffee or alcohol or tap water?

If your answer to any of the above is “yes”, then you will be interested in our next installment coming in a few days. We offer an amazing 21-day cleanse/detox that will cleanse your body, make you feel amazing, and drop some weight!! Watch this BLOG in the next few days.


For many decades in my practice one of the first dietary changes I had recommended to patients was the elimination of wheat from their diets so they may observe any changes in their complaints . Initially this was done mainly for digestive problems and sinus congestion because early studies had shown evidence that it increased the immune responses within the body. But as more and more patients got off wheat it became obvious that other conditions improved: chronic joint and muscle pain, depression, skin problems, headaches, even blood sugar problems. Most patients noticed improvements in their health within a few weeks of quitting it, though there were some who didn’t notice a change.

Fast forward to today and there maybe another reason to avoid wheat, even if you don’t feel better right away. In the recent book “Grain Brain,” neurologist and nutritionist David Perlmutter talks about how eating wheat can contribute to brain diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, dementia and even ALS. These diseases may not show up until after decades of eating wheat, when the damage has already been done. Wheat causes problems for the brain primarily through inflammation. The gluten molecule — there are actually several, not just one — first inflames the lining of the bowel, which enables it to enter the bloodstream. Once there, it sets off alarms throughout the immune system. The body’s attempts to attack it causing “collateral damage” to the tissues, including the brain. It appears genetics may also play a role in who is sensitive and in determining which tissues are affected.

We consume so much of it. We eat wheat products at almost every meal, either in the form of bread, snacks, crackers, pasta, cereal and pizza (there is actually extra gluten in pizza dough, used to thicken it, which allows the chef to twirl the pizza dough in the air to spread it out). And this does not include what is in other processed foods-soups, condiments, etc.

Gluten sensitivity is not just a fad. More and more evidence is accumulating about the downside of this extremely common protein and the fact that celiac disease and gluten sensitivity are on the increase. The reason for this increase is not clear, and the debate continues about its cause. So be honest with yourself, take inventory of your daily and weekly eating habits….you maybe surprised!!!


One of my patient’s inquired “if Niacin (B3) helps with hair health?” Well, yes and maybe no….Niacin is one of several “scientifically documented nutrients” that contribute to overall hair health, but it doesn’t end there! First, one MUST have proper circulation to the hair follicles in our scalp…then nutrients can feed these hair cells to do their job–grow hair. Hair is 88-90% protein- best gotten from fatty fish (salmon, sardines), grain-fed beef. eggs, beans. etc.. Next, Vit D, Zinc, Copper, Inositol, Biotin (Vit H: part of the B-complex family), Pantothenic Acid (B5), Niacin(B3) have all demonstrated some influence with hair texture, growth, graying, etc. So, if you go to a pharmacy, health food store or “on-line” you will find numerous products that I refer to as “designer supplements” (products developed based on the most up to date “guaranteed new discovery” for health). Buyer Beware- food is the basis of “nourishing” your body (hair cells -all cells). When I was 23, my first introduction to “Food Supplmentation” was Nutritional Yeast for healthy hair. I have been taking it regularly for the past 40+yrs. Initially, I did not know why this person told me to do it until the late 70’s when it was reported in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition that “hair health was found to be related to a Copper deficiency”. I looked at my can of Brewer’s Yeast and I was surprised to see that Copper, as well as many other hair related nutrients, were part of that food source. It was very high in protein, Biotin, Inositol, Niacin, B5, Zinc, etc….that’s when I realized that Food should be my supplementation form not the “miracle cure of the moment”. If you are interested in understanding how FOOD can be “medicine” for your body, I will be at Faith Church – Sunset Hills, Monday (9/22/14 @ 7:30pm) having my last I-Connect Series class, please feel free to attend. Notes will be provided.


CATALYN is, in our opinion, THE best multi-vitamin on the market today! What makes Catalyn unique? Some of the unique attributes of Catalyn are that Catalyn combines vital nutrients from a wide variety of plant sources to introduce a unique diversity of complete vitamin and mineral complexes. In addition, Catalyn contains multiple nutrients from a variety of plant and animal sources. It contains extracts from bovine and ovine tissues which provide nutrients and support to the corresponding tissues in humans. Catalyn’s vitamins, minerals, and nutrients from plants and animal tissues work synergistically for maximum effect.

CERTIFIED ORGANIC FARMING – A healthy ecosystem is created by using organic farming techniques, such as rotating crops, fertilizing the soil with nutrient-rich cover crops and by-products from the processing, practicing strict weed control standards, and continually monitoring the health of the plants. This assures that the soil is laden with minerals and nutrients, as well as ensures plants are nutritionally complete and free from synthetic pesticides.

Nutrient-rich plants are immediately washed and promptly processed, which preserves nutritional integrity. In addition, Catalyn comes in both pill form and a chewable, cherry-flavored tablet. This whole food concentrate contains important vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and trace minerals in combination with their naturally-occurring synergistic cofactors from their natural form, so our bodies can assimilate these nutrient with ease. Completely opposite of the “mega-dose” theory, Catalyn contains a variety of scarce nutrients, instead of a high content of simply a few. Standard Process recognizes that trace minerals are the most important components of nutritional compounds.

Catalyn keeps you healthy by maintaining cellular health, keeps your skin healthy, and keeps your heart healthy.

So if you are looking for a pure, holistic alternative to the chemically-laced OTC vitamins out there, try Catalyn — the best, most natural multi-vitamin you can get. Come get yours at our office today!


ALLERPLEX is a special combination formula containing a wide variety of nutrients to help with seasonal allergy challenges.  It was developed to assist the body in defending itself naturally during allergy seasons.

Humans are exposed to many different types of pollen, grasses and trees that can cause people who are sensitive to these environmental factors considerable discomfort.  This product was created to help people adjust more easily to seasonal changes in the spring, summer and fall months.

How ALLERPLEX keeps you healthy:

ALLERPLEX aids in maintaining proper pH balance

ALLERPLEX helps maintain a healthy immune system.

ALLERPLEX helps maintain healthy function of the sinuses and lungs.  Fenugreek seed acts as a mucus “solvent”, having the ability to soften and dissolve hardened masses of accumulated mucus.  The change in consistency helps the body expel mucus and phlegm from the bronchial tubes more easily.

ALLERPLEX maintains cellular health.  Adrenal PMG extract is a major ingredient in ALLERPLEX.  Adrenal glands are involved in pulmonary function, anti-inflammatory agent production, and are intimately related to the adjustments the body makes in response to stress and emotional changes

We have seen amazing results with ALLERPLEX use.  Come by our office and try this product for yourself!


In this spring season of allergy symptoms, the Wilmington Clinic offers some great whole food supplement products from Standard Process to relieve those miserable allergy symptoms.  We are featuring ANTRONEX as our product of the month for May.

If you are suffering from sneezing, congestion and/or runny nose, itchy, watery eyes, or any of the other well-known allergy systems that start this time of year, this is a product you should definitely check out.  ANTRONEX, usually used in conjunction with it’s companion product, ALLERPLEX, offers relief to many allergy sufferers like yourself.

When you have these allergic symptoms, the usual culprit is called “histamine”.  Histamine is released in essentially every tissue of the body whenever that tissue becomes damaged, inflamed, or is the subject of an allergic reaction.  Histamine is known to be involved in a myriad of physiological conditions. Maintaining your body’s defense systems helps keep histamine at acceptable levels.

HOW ANTRONEX KEEPS YOU HEALTHY:  ANTRONEX helps maintain a healthy liver.  The liver is the site of a great many metabolic functions and therefore cleansing is vital.  The ingredients in ANTRONEX help maintain a  healthy liver by enhancing blood filtering capabilities.

ANTRONEX SUPPORTS IMMUNE AND RESPIRATORY SYSTEM RESPONSE.  When histamine production is stimulated, it creates reactions involving the respiratory and immune systems.  This may cause restriction in the lungs.  ANTRONEX helps control this.

ANTRONEX ASSISTS IMMUNE SYSTEM FUNCTION.  The calcium in ANTRONEX  plays a major role in increasing immune efficiency.

So do yourself a favor.  Call our office today and check out the major benefits of taking ANTRONEX as part of your allergy relief regimen……….you will be glad you did!


“Stop the Presses”–a friend of mine found on the internet a “brand new magic secret” claiming to dramatically improve his health. He asked my opinion. So after listening to a very well detailed presentation of this ‘holy grail’ of health, it has been ‘DISCOVERED” that there is a NEW Omega out there–not the Omega3, not the Omega6, not even the Omega9 but (ready here it comes!!) OMEGA 7!!! Oh boy–“this is the one we really need”!!! Now wait a minute–let’s think this through. Our well intentioned and educated science community names these things with numbers (and i know they can count) so i guess there probably are Omega1’s, 2’s,4’s, 5’s, 8’s, and maybe even a 10,11,12, etc….and as we all should know these “miracle discoveries” are not coming out of thin air but have been in our Food all the time- we just didn’t know- “the what”, “the where”, “the how” and “the why’s” !!! So, many of us in the CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine) community continue to stress good lifestyle and if supplementation is needed use only “whole food supplements” rather than “isolates” (beneficial nutrients-chemicals in our food taken out of context and concentrated to very high doses). For example, rich sources of Omega7 are found in Macadamia and Hazel nuts and sea buck thorn berries and in lesser concentrations other animal, marine and vegetable oils. So eat and enjoy with common sense!!!!