Nutrition for Fertility

In the 1930s, Francis Pottenger, MD conducted a ten-year-long study in which nearly a thousand cats were fed the same basic diet of milk, meat and a small dose of cod liver oil.

“The healthiest cats were the ones who received raw meat and raw milk. This was the only group to produce generation after generation of healthy kittens with broad faces, adequate nasal cavities, broad dental arches, strong and correctly shaped teeth and bones, excellent tissue tone, good-quality fur with a minimum of shedding and an absence of gum disease. These cats were resistant to infections, fleas, and internal parasites. They showed no sign of allergies and were gregarious, friendly and predictable in their behavior patterns. Miscarriages were rare and litters averaged five kittens, which the mothers nursed without difficulty.

Another group received raw milk and cooked meat. The cats in this group developed skeletal and dental deformities, heart problems, vision problems, thyroid imbalances, infections of the kidney, liver, testes, ovaries, and bladder, arthritis and inflammation of the joints, and inflammation of the nervous system with paralysis and meningitis. Their second and third generations had abnormal respiratory tissues. Cooked-meat cats were so irritable that some of the females were named Tiger, Cobra, and Rattlesnake, while the males were docile and passive, a sexual role reversal not seen in the raw-food cats. Vermin and intestinal parasites abounded and skin lesions and allergies appeared frequently. Adult cats died of pneumonia or infections of the bone while kittens died of pneumonia and diarrhea. The cooked-meat cats had serious reproductive problems including sterility, miscarriage, a lack of maternal instinct and difficult labors with high infant mortality rates. Many females died in labor.

The cats fed raw meat with pasteurized milk showed similar changes, and those fed evaporated milk showed even more damage, while the most marked deficiencies occurred among those fed sweetened condensed milk.

Because the health of each new generation was adversely affected by its parents’ inferior diet, the cooked-food kittens had even more problems, and there were no fourth generation kittens in any of the cooked-food groups because the third generation always died before reproducing. Had antibiotic drugs been available, these kittens might not have died of pneumonia and other infectious diseases, in which case the experiment could have continued through longer chains of deformed offspring.

One of Dr. Pottenger’s most exciting discoveries was that the health deterioration caused by cooked foods can be reversed, although it took four generations to completely restore perfect health to cats whose ancestors ate cooked meat or pasteurized milk.”     – from the Weston A. Price foundation website; Pottenger, Francis M., Jr. Pottenger’s Cats: A Study in Nutrition. La Mesa, CA: Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation, 1983; written by C.J. Puotinen

For cats, who are obligate carnivores, and have evolved eating raw meat, it’s different from human nutrition, but a few of the ideas are the same:  

  1. The more we mess with our food, and the further away our food gets from our natural human diet, the more prevalent fertility issues become.  
  2. Your fertility issues are not your fault, but may be from some missing nutritional blocks from up to four generations back.

In many traditional cultures, pregnancy and preconception diets center around raw, whole dairy products, raw fish and fish eggs, organ meats, and local plant foods.  Below are some of the key components for a superior prenatal, pregnancy, and antenatal diet.  

VITAMIN A

The best sources of Vitamin A come from fish-liver oils, liver, egg yolks, butter, and unpasteurized cream.  Vitamin A is essential for any body function requiring cellular proliferation (i.e. growing a human).  

Beta-carotene, which your body converts into Vitamin A, comes from sources like sweet potatoes, carrots, and other fruits and vegetables.  While those vegetables are obviously good too, in a healthy person, only 3% is converted.  If you’re diabetic or have thyroid problems, the conversion rate is even lower.  Animal-based Vitamin A is pre-formed and absorbs directly into your body.  This is why the best foods for fertility and also for your baby are raw, whole (breast) milk, butter, and egg yolks.    

Many studies on Vitamin A and pregnancy show that it improves fertility and helps prevent birth defects.  Get your Vitamin A from food sources only, and not through a synthetic vitamin (i.e. the stuff you buy at the drug store).  The often-talked-about Vitamin A toxicity problem tends to only happen through synthetics.  

VITAMIN E

A study in 1922 called Vitamin E “Anti-Sterility Factor X” because rats couldn’t reproduce without it.  Vegetable oils are high in vitamin E, but also in polyunsaturated fatty acids, which deplete your body of Vitamin E.  Better sources of Vitamin E are whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and grass-fed beef.

Vitamin E supplements that are only “tocopherol” are lacking the other essential components of the Vitamin E complex.  Either get it through food or use a food-based vitamin that contains some of the above-listed foods.

VITAMIN D

Spending 20 minutes in the sun every day may not be the best way to optimize your Vitamin D levels, although it will help, depending on your skin color (darker skin absorbs less), whether or not you’re obese (increased BMI interferes with D absorbability), and the time of year and the prevalence of UV-B rays.  To be safe and ensure that you get enough Vitamin D, use food sources:  fatty fish and butter, or a cod liver oil supplement.  

Vitamin D is essential for cellular proliferation such as fetal skeletal and lung development, preventing Type 1 diabetes, and other important things.  

VITAMIN K

Vitamins K1 and K2 help with bone formation and nerve development.  K1 is found in leafy greens and K2 is found in fermented vegetables (like pickles and saurkraut) and grass-fed animal fats like cheese and liver.  Most diets worldwide eat some form of fermented foods.  If you’re not already, now’s the time to do so.  

DHA

Another fat-soluble vitamin, DHA is found in cod liver oil, fatty fish, and grass-fed animals.  It helps baby’s brain development and helps the mother prevent “mommy brain” which is a real thing where you feel a little bit dumb pretty much as soon as you get pregnant.

FOLATE

Everyone knows you need Folic Acid when you’re pregnant, but why?  Folate prevents birth defects and spontaneous abortion (miscarriage).  It encourages the production of red blood cells, and you need a lot of those to make a baby.  The rate of folate absorption depends on the body’s supply of zinc, and also the quality of the folate.  Folic acid is a synthetic version of folate, and the absorbability is relatively low.  However, the synthetic folic acid does prevent neural tube defects, so if the mother is not going to eat a folate-rich diet, she should take the supplement.  Folate-rich foods include liver, legumes, and greens.

BIOTIN

Essential for limb and palate formation, biotin is found in many food sources.  The best source is raw egg yolks, as cooking lowers the available biotin.  Other good sources are raw nuts and seeds, cauliflower, brown rice, oatmeal, and carrots.   

CHOLINE

Choline is essential for fetal brain formation.  In adults, choline deficiency can be underlying organ dis-ease such as fatty liver and muscle damage.  Foods with the highest amount of bioavailable choline are (are you sensing a pattern here yet?) eggs, liver, raw dairy, and wheat germ.  Other foods include meats, cruciferous vegetables, nuts, and legumes.  

GLYCINE

Glycine is an amino acid that adults don’t usually need to supplement.  During pregnancy, however, the fetus requires additional glycine through food sources.  The best food sources are skin (as in skin-on your chicken leg) and bones (as in bone broth or cartilage).  Meat and eggs deplete your glycine, so it’s important that meat and egg consumption is balanced with bone broth and meat with the skin on.  The fetus also uses folate to make glycine from another amino acid.  That said, it’s important to balance all the meat, bones, and skin with legumes, greens, and liver which are perfect sources of folate.  

ANTENATAL CARE

In Chinese medicine, we recommend that for one month the mom and baby stay home whenever possible.  This prevents the “evil wind” from invading the mother’s blood and qi deficient body until she regains her strength.  In other words, it’s for longevity and quick recovery.    

Also, most women after birth take an herbal tea with angelica root and other medicinal plants to replenish the blood supply.  Warm, nourishing foods like congee (rice porridge) with eggs and mutton are recommended.  A little bit of rice wine helps the milk supply! 

In many cultures, the placenta is consumed after birth, and this is becoming more popular in the US too.  I highly recommend it.  All of these practices help prevent post-partum depression, hemorrhaging, and help the milk supply.  

Kitchen Essentials for Eating Healthier

If a goal of yours is to eat healthier, eating at home is the way to do it.  Most restaurant food is of unknown origin (to you, anyway) and probably has many unsavory, not to mention unhealthy qualities (GMOs, MSG, hydrogenated oils, added and unnecessary sugars, etc.).

Cooking healthy food at home is really the only way to ensure you’re getting the best quality food.

Some myths about cooking at home are that it has to be

  • expensive
  • time-consuming
  • difficult
  • taste bad

Quite the contrary!  Once you learn some go-to recipes and have the right tools for the job, you’ll be doing fine in no time.

I’m going to assume you already have a kitchen equipped with a stovetop, oven, and a refrigerator.  If not, those should be a priority!  Or at least a nice campfire cooking kit and cooler.

First, you need a set of nice knives.  This is a must.  I’ve bought cheap knives in the past, and similar to buying cheap shoes, you may as well save up your money to get the good ones.  You know what they say, “Buy cheap – buy twice (or 3 or 4 times…).”  

Cheap knives dull fast, and trying to cut a tomato with a dull knife is not only frustrating but dangerous as well.  I use Cutco knives because they are a great quality, plus they have a lifetime guarantee.  They’ll even sharpen your knives for life for free!  Yes, they’re a little pricey, but just like a nice pair of shoes, well worth the extra effort.

Next, you need a couple of nice pots and pans.  I like the idea of using natural metals like stainless steel and cast iron pans.  The only types that I would avidly avoid are Teflon-coated pans and aluminum pans.  You don’t want to eat flecks of man-made chemicals every time you cook.

You’ll want a nice large skillet; a large covered pot and a small covered pot.  Pans that can transfer from the stovetop to the oven, like this cast iron one, are a nice convenience.   

The third most essential thing you need for eating healthy at home is a large cutting board.  I have a couple of wooden ones and oil them once a month so they stay smooth and don’t mold.

Other convenient kitchen gadgets that make cooking at home more fun may include:

  • Wooden spoons for stirring sauces and soups
  • Vegetable peeler, or even better, a food processor for shredding things
  • Turning spatula
  • Slow cooker
  • Glass food storage containers 
  • Mixing bowls of varying sizes
  • Blender for pureeing soups and making smoothies (and the occasional frozen marg.)

That’s about all I use on a regular basis.  What do you think?   Am I missing anything?  What kitchen gadgets do you consider your “essentials?” 

The Acid / Alkaline Myth

 

You may have heard that your ph (pronounced “P. H.” not “fff”), is a balance between acid (1 on a scale of 14) and alkaline (14 on the same scale).  Your blood is almost perfectly neutral at 7.2.  For years, the thought on ph in natural-health circles was that you want your body to be as alkaline as possible.  “Cancer only exists in an alkaline body,” which I embarrassingly admit I once said.  

What most people (myself included) don’t realize is that your ph

  1. is different in different parts of your body; your saliva is closest to blood ph, but your digestive system ph is extremely acid (between 1 – 3) to be able to digest your food and kill bacteria and other immune system invaders.    
  2. your body’s ph doesn’t change much from food or drinks.  Changes in ph mostly occur in your digestive and endocrine (hormone) systems’ health. 

You can check your saliva ph with test strips that are available at most drug stores.  If you do this, don’t eat or drink anything, including water, for at least 1 hour before testing.    

What we find is that some people need to alkalize and some people need to acidify.  

Sign of acidity, or acidosis (lower than 6 on the saliva ph scale) 

  • insomnia and unable to relax
  • lump in the throat (feeling, not an actual bump)
  • cold sweats
  • dry skin
  • dry stool
  • irritability

Signs of alkalinity, or alkalosis (over 7.2 on the ph scale) 

  • calcium deposits, but with paradoxically low blood calcium levels (calcium deficiency)
  • allergies
  • arthritic pains
  • stiffness especially in the morning
  • fullness
  • nausea, vomiting, belching
  • heartburn, acid reflux
  • palpitations
  • shortness of breath
  • itchiness

Treating ph imbalances of either type involve similar actions.

LIVER FUNCTION

Liver sluggishness or poor choices of fats and oils (hydrogenated vegetable oils, margarine, Crisco, fried food, etc.) can lead to higher acid levels.  A diet that includes healthy fats and oils will increase alkalinity, as long as they’re high-quality oils and your Liver is working good.

Eating more leafy greens is essential for reducing acidosis as well.  Livers love the bitter taste of greens!  It really gets them pumping.  

OPTIMIZING PHOSPHORUS IN YOUR DIET

Phosphorus stabilizes both conditions as it balances overactive parasympathetics (too much gastric acid released) and it also combats calcium carbonate formation found in alkalosis.  An easy-to-find and use phosphorus solution is Raw Apple Cider Vinegar.  Just take 1 tablespoon once or twice per day.  You can dilute it in water if you want to, or add a touch of honey to lessen the vinegar taste impact!

DON’T SHY AWAY FROM GOOD QUALITY SALT

I never recommend anyone avoids using salt:  sodium restrictive diets or even loss of sodium from excessive sweating (hello, summer in Texas!) can be an underlying cause of acidosis.  I do recommend you avoid table (iodized) salt and prepackaged foods that contain iodized salt, but instead use sea salt (kosher salt or pink salt or grey salt are also great).

THE IMPACT OF STRESS

The number one reason for under-acidity (alkalosis) is stress.  Your stomach produces hydrochloric acid when you eat, and stress puts a damper on this action.  The resulting heartburn, burping, and reflux are then – unfortunately – treated with acid-reducing pills.  Of course, if you reduce acid in an already under-acid environment, your body won’t heal.  The best solutions:  temporarily taking a hydrochloric acid supplement and reducing stress, especially around meal times.  Shut off the laptop and the TV and just focus on enjoying your food.  

So, maybe you need more acid and maybe you need more alkalinity:  it varies throughout your life and from person to person.  And if you’ve just spent hundreds of dollars on a Kangen water system, I hear they make great doorstops!  

When to Use Ice or Heat

For years, the go-to medical treatment for bumps, bruises, sprains, strains, and pains was ice.  And for all these years, practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine do our best to convince people otherwise.

One of the 1800-year-old books we study in Chinese medicine school is called the “Shang Han Lun,” which is roughly translated as “On Cold Damage.”  The theory is that from our environment or from organ weaknesses, coldness is the root cause of several chronic illnesses:  arthritis being chief among them, but also including chronic allergy problems, digestive weakness, and skin problems.   A body that succumbs to cold damage is fatigued, retains water, and becomes ill easily.  There is usually pain, and the pain increases with cold weather.

Most arthritis pain is diagnosed as “wind-cold-damp Qi” by acupuncturists.  Most arthritic joints are areas that have old injuries:  repetitive movements or sprains, stitches or surgical sites can be weakened areas that are more susceptible to chronic pain.  By introducing unnaturally cold temperatures to these weakened areas, you invite “Evil Qi” into your joints.

Don’t laugh:  “Evil Qi” is not something I made up!  It’s a long-standing theory in Chinese medicine.

Cold is one of the elements that you don’t want to introduce on a regular basis into your joints.

You can think about it like this:  cold causes things to contract, right?  Contraction of your blood vessels causes pain, right?  So…cold causes pain.

The argument in Western medicine has been the opposite.  A hurt joint has inflammation (heat injury) and the ice counteracts inflammation.

As with most Western medical solutions, the problems are this:

  1. Short-term thinking, not long-term health.
  2. Blanket solution regardless of the individual.

Zhang Zhong-Jing author of the Shang Han Lun

Actually, inflammation is how your body heals itself.  Cells are rushing to the injured area to promote circulation and regeneration.   The problem with inflammation is that it hurts.  Also, you also don’t want the inflammation process to go on for too long without signs of progress.  

Better ways to reduce inflammation slowly and naturally are:

  • gentle movements or stretches
  • acupuncture
  • eating a low-sugar, high-nutrient diet; eat fresh foods, not pre-packaged foods
  • drink plenty of water

Ice artificially stops the inflammation process.  Why interfere with millions of years of evolution?  

In fact, there was an interesting study done in 2011 on rats, where the rats sustained injuries to their tiny rat muscles (I don’t want to think about how they did that) and then were divided into 2 groups:  one received ice and the other didn’t.

Influence of Icing on Muscle Regeneration After Crush Injury to Skeletal Muscles in Rats

TIME AFTER INJURY NO ICING GROUP ICING GROUP
12 hours Macrophages were found within the necrotic muscle fibers (Macrophage migration to an injured site to phagocytose the necrotic muscle fibers is essential for “clean-up”) Fewer macrophages were found within the necrotic muscle fibers
Day 3 Regenerating muscle cells present Reduced regenerating muscle cells
Day 4 Normal sized muscle cells produced Smaller sized regenerating muscle cells
Day 14 Normal maturation of the regenerating muscle fibers Maturation of the regenerating was visibly reduced
Day 28 Cross-sectional area of the regenerating muscle was 65% greater than the icing groupCollagen fibers were seen only among the bundles of muscle fibers as it is seen in healthy muscles Regenerating muscle fibers was significantly less in the icing group (P < 0.01)Abnormal collagen formation where collagen fibers surrounded each muscle fiber

The iced group healed much slower.  The ice actually interfered with the healing process.

Thousands of years ago, icing an injury was an unheard-of process, and even some of my Chinese professors would say that even drinking ice in your water or tea is like poisoning yourself.  They were probably right!

Flu Vaccine: we’ve been duped

Do you ever wonder:  Why is it that some people get sick and others don’t?  Is it nutrition?  Is it positive thinking?  Is it genetics?  Is it the environment?  Is it exposure to germs?

Or is it something that’s a combination of things; something that’s not totally “black or white?”

INNATE IMMUNITY VS ACQUIRED IMMUNITY

Your immune system is a network of cells, organs, and glands in your body that fight invaders like viruses, bacteria, fungi, and other foreign matters (chemicals and pollens, etc.).  98-99% of disease-prevention is based on your innate, cellular, immune system.  This includes epithelial barriers, mucous membranes, phagocytes, and natural killer cells.  It also includes the functioning of your thymus, spleen, and bone marrow.  You can think of this part of your immune system as your police force, your military, and your justice system all rolled into one.

Acquired immunity is a cellular memory.  These cells, or antibodies, remember how to effectively fight off certain diseases.  Antibodies are only about 2% of your immune response.  This is what vaccine-producers and many physicians want you to focus on.  This 2% of your immune system.  Whereas the innate immune system is like your body’s military/police, the acquired immune system is like someone who sees something happening and calls the police to tell them.  It’s your immune system narc.  Which is good, but, you know, it’s not the whole picture.  

Even Rudolph Virchow, the “Father of Modern Medicine” said “If I could live my life over again, I would devote it to proving that germs seek their natural habitat – diseased tissue – rather than being the cause of diseased tissue; mosquitoes seek the stagnant water but do not cause the water to become stagnant.” 

“Had it not been for the mass selling of vaccines, Pasteur’s germ theory of disease would have collapsed into obscurity.”  – E. Douglas Hume, author of Pasteur Exposed.  

YOUR BODY – YOUR RIGHTS

As far as vaccinations go, I don’t think any authority figure – the government, your doctor, or your workplace – has the right to dogmatically tell you what you should or shouldn’t do with your health and the health of your family.  With the facts properly laid out, you should be able to come up with a logical and emotionally-sound decision for yourself.

Luckily, in Texas, we can opt out of vaccines if we choose, but in three states, including California, you can’t conscientiously object to vaccines.  But isn’t it our fundamental right as a patient – as a person – as an American – to decide whether or not to object or consent to a medical treatment?  

After World War II, the Nuremberg Code was established to codify the rights of any person undergoing a medical procedure.  Part of it reads:  “The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential.”  The Declaration of Geneva, adopted by the World Medical Association in 1948 states that “I will not use my medical knowledge to violate human rights and civil liberties, even under threat.”  One of the central tenants of the practice of medicine is “Informed Consent,” which roughly states that “when a sufficiently capacitated adult does not give …voluntary consent to intervention … the intervention is impermissible…”  

But by mandating vaccines, we are losing our right to consent to the treatment.  (By the way, all cases where nurses groups have taken hospital or clinic management to court to fight mandated vaccination, have won.  So far, the legal precedent is on the side of the patient’s voluntary consent.)  Mandatory vaccines are just plain un-American.  

Some people argue “But, Nicole, if vaccines are bad, why isn’t that published on the front of every newspaper and heralded from every reporter?!”

This is why:  news agencies need advertising dollars to stay in business.  Pharmaceutical companies spend billions of dollars every year on advertising.

 

VACCINATION IS NOT IMMUNIZATION

How about when the vaccines are called “immunizations?”  Except they’re not.  Vaccines are temporary.  Immunity means

im·mu·ni·ty
iˈmyo͞onədē/
noun

Vaccines temporarily increase your antibodies to an organism.  Even the CDC explanation form “how  vaccines work,” they say “after a while, however, that immunity begins to wear off.”  I’m sorry, did you say the immunity begins to wear off?  Well, I haven’t been vaccinated for anything in over 20 years; shouldn’t I be worried about getting terribly sick?  Seriously, though, there are hardly any studies that prove how long the “immunity” lasts for any one vaccine.  

The thing about the flu (and measles and many other diseases that vaccine companies and the CDC think we need vaccinations for which multiplies every year):  most people survive it.  We have antibiotics (which you take only when, of course, you’re ABOUT TO DIE FROM A BACTERIAL INFECTION and no other time), hospitals, fancy medicines, and even qualified herbalists all over the world who can save you from infectious diseases.    Hell, in a pinch, you may even use Dr. Google to know how to bring down a high fever.  My point is, we live in a time and place where there are options.  

The measles outbreak in California was 150 people – none of whom died.  In Europe right now there’s a huge push to vaccinate, especially in rural Romania and Ukraine due to thousands of outbreaks of measles every year.  There have been deaths, but only in subsects of people (gypsies) who don’t go to doctors.  With modern medicine, death from measles is quite rare.  

WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENS

The flu vaccine – touted as protection against all 4 varieties of the flu – has been shown to have an effectiveness rate of around 36%.  Placebo is 35%.  

Even if the effectiveness rate was 60%, which some news sources have reported, if this is effective “immunization” shouldn’t it be closer to 100%?  Why’s it not working so often on so many people?  

The thing is, there are 4 strains of flu virus, with immeasurable mutations within each of those 4 classes.  These viruses are smart and are constantly changing and evolving.  So what you’re getting vaccinated against may not be what you actually come into contact with.  

REAL IMMUNITY COMES FROM WITHIN

Too much activity in your acquired immune system – think “immune system narcs” – causes your immune system to be on hyper-vigilant overdrive.  This is when vaccines may be the underlying cause of autoimmune disorders.  

All the while – I won’t say “ignoring” however – not addressing things to help your innate immune system function optimally.  

It was critical for the new medical industry “to indoctrinate the public in the Western world with the belief that the salvation from all, especially physical ailments, lay outside the individual’s system and responsibility, because it was caused by external factors…and that chemical remedies (drugs) will keep him free from disease, independent of his own vigilant responsibility.”  -Howard Hencke (“Germ Theory:  A Deliberate Aberration”)

SO HOW DO WE STAY HEALTHY AND NOT GET THE FLU?

So why the rise of epidemic illness like Asiatic Flu, Swine Flu, etc.?  “The viral (and other germs) diseases build up strength and resilience when it gets into weakened people or test animals.  That’s why when our malnutrition is at its peak these diseases come in like a prairie fire in dry weather and build up their virulence to where they can mow down everybody.  So that’s why we have these waves of invading epidemics all the time.  Various forms of colds and flu and so forth.” -Dr. Royal Lee, 1933

So here are the top 3 things you can do to stay healthy during flu season, and really any time of the year.

  1. Whole food nutrition
    • Eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables
    • Stay away from vitamin C sourced from “ascorbic acid” (read the label); instead, use a vitamin C complex like Cataplex C or A-C from Standard Process
    • Use Calcium Lactate or citrate.  Low blood serum calcium has been linked with critical illness and diseases and the length of recovery time.
    • Determine Zinc deficiency and supplement or change diet (eat less sugar and processed foods) as needed
    • Vitamin D:  sun exposure and a good quality fish oil
    • Vitamin F:  essential fatty acids (EFAs) also found in fish oil and nuts like brazil nuts, almonds, and sunflower seeds
  2. Hygiene and sanitation
    • Most infectious disease death rates were already going down (see graph below), and drastically so, way before the introduction of vaccines.  The reason?  Clean water, regulated food industry, and sanitation.
  3. Stress management
    • Keep your cortisol and adrenaline in check.  Meditate, walk, drink water.  Play and have fun.  Keep a balance in your life.

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Inhaler is Out

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Anon.

PTSD and Pain Managed

I found the NHCA after 10 years of pain and discomfort.  I was a mixed martial artist, high school football player, and infantryman in the Marine Corps.  I had put my body through entirely too much torture, and I was suffering for it.  When I left the Marine Corps in 2009, I had ankle, knee, hip, back, shoulder and neck pain.  I suffered from insomnia, restless legs syndrome, and post traumatic stress disorder.  I would take close to 20 painkillers a day, and I was still in pain.  I was hurting far from happy.  With acupuncture, I felt instant improvement and I’ve been coming to the office ever since.  I do acupuncture and NAET treatments and I have never felt better in my life.  I’m able to live again.  Thank you.

Miles

Fibro Improving

I have fibromyalgia and have had severe body pain for the past 5 years.  Every day, hands were numb, feet throbbed, sternum hurt, shoulders and hips were sore, calves and thighs hurt, arms were heavy.  Doctors really don’t know what to do for me since I didn’t want pharmaceuticals.  I can’t believe acupuncture has helped me so much.  I noticed it right away.  Things aren’t perfect yet, but they’re improving with each treatment.  I am so thankful.

Happy Patient!

Healing From the Inside Out

I came to the NHCA for food sensitivities, poor sleep, moodiness, and lack of energy.  Now I sleep better so I am more awake and in a much better mood during the day.  I was surprised by how well I felt after treatments and feeling my body heal from the inside out.  Unlike Western doctors, this office runs on time, all the time.  Nicole explains everything, answers all your questions and doesn’t talk down to you.

Kim

Less Medication

My chronic pain and fatigue are much better.  I’ve been able to come off some medications completely and reduce the dosage of others.  I had never tried acupuncture before but decided to try it.  Nicole and her staff are very informative and I was surprised that the needles don’t hurt.  The services are affordable, relaxing, and it works!

Sharon

Sports Injury Healed

I was surprised how the treatment was able to heal my sports injury when regular doctors could not.  Sometimes a pill won’t cure everything!

Kimberly

Health Answers

Western medicine has left me with no answers to help me manage a long-standing condition of inflammation that comes and goes in various body parts and for various lengths of time.  I am not fond of taking pills and found the Natural health Center at a point when I was feeling tired, flamed and with no solutions in sight.  The herbal tonics, weekly visits, acupuncture and encouragement to lose weight eventually led to a healthier, happier, pain-free existence!  My energy is back; I do not hurt.  I repeat; I do not hurt.  Such a joy!

Cathy C.

Quality of Life Improved

I came in due to pain from fibromyalgia.  Constant pain from the neck down to my toes and could never sleep more than a couple of hours at a time.  I tried antidepressants, muscle relaxers, sleeping pills and several types of pain pills.  Nothing would work.  I used to sit, sleep and eat in a recliner.  After coming here, my quality of life is so much better.  I can actually plan outings and enjoy myself.  I don’t have as much pain and I can actually sleep at night in my bed!

Mary

From Anxious Exhaustion to Calm Energy

I started acupuncture treatments for extreme adrenal fatigue and body pains that I had for over 3 years.  I didn’t sleep and had panic attacks.  I had been to numerous doctors and they’d spend 5 minutes with me and prescribe something; I was on a lot of different medication.  I’ve had absolutely incredible results!  I was at my wits end trying to get help from doctors but no one could figure out what to do other than give me pills.  Nicole listens to what you have to say and then designs a plan to get you back to optimal health.  She completely turned my life around and I don’t say that lightly.  I had given up hope that I’d be the same person I was 4 years ago.  Even my family is amazed at the change and I will recommend her services to everyone I know!

Anon.

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