Brain Health: Self Help for Migraines!

Stay on a path of health, with brain and nervous system wellness!!

Please keep a journal, where you write any migraine episodes, and start piecing together what triggers it, and what things you did immediately before, or at timeframes that I mentioned (some reactions to different stimuli take longer than others…so food can take 4-12 hours (but can take as little as one hour, when you are highly sensitive to something…and you’ll have to become a detective)…but it will be so worth it, to find the root causes, and eliminate migraines from your life!!

I. Proper hydration in most cases, this is the main answer, especially if migraines tend to take place in summer or heat! The brain requires a LARGE amount of water to function properly. We are 75% water…When brain is starved of necessary hydration, imagine it shriveling up, and being squeezed out of all moisture, during hot heat of summer…as it is being squeezed of all needed water, the result is horrific pain… take 30 days at a time, to test this…set aside the total amount of ounces of filtered water you would need daily, and drink from it all day. You should be done with the container, before going to bed! ½ your weight in ounces of water (at least).
Ex: 100lbs = 50 ounces of filtered water
Add 1-3 drops detoxifying YL essential oils to every glass of water, for added benefits!
Only use glass or stainless steel, when adding oils to water. Oils eat through petrochemicals (plastic). These oils are cleared for oral consumption by the FDA, GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe). Please be advised that most other brands on the market warn not for internal consumption!! I would NEVER ingest other brands of oils!!!
Lemon, Orange, Lemongrass, Tangerine, Lime, Grapefruit, Citrus Fresh, etc…

Supplementation:

Do NOT use fractionated, isolated vitamins…they are proven not only to not be helpful, but often be harmful…the body doesn’t know what to do with megadoses of isolated, synthetic nutrients. God created all plants for our health and wellness, and they have very small amounts of tens of thousands of nutrients, all working synergistically together, to provide exact needs for our bodies in the nutritional and detoxification areas…for body, mind and spirit! Man extracts single constituents from plants, synthetically manufactures a chemical version, and puts in capsules or liquid, in huge quantities. The result is NOT GOOD!! ALL nutrients are needed to work together for our good! Ditch the mega-vitamins, and go with Whole food supplementation!!

Nutritional Supplementation:
Only Whole food support system I have found to have and do what it says:
Juice Plus+. Have questions? Let me know…I have it available!! FREE for children 4 and over, with each paying adult!! For more information, or to order, CLICK HERE
You’ll want to get at least the Vineyard blend…for best nutritional support, you’ll want the Juice Plus+ Trio!

Enzymes: The body cannot produce these, you MUST eat them!! That means you MUST eat plenty of plants-based foods, as close to how God creates them as possible!! (JP+ helps bridge the gap, but you still have to eat fresh, raw fruits and veggies daily, in variety). Start with Detoxzyme, or try Essentialzymes4 from Young Living.

Minerals:
Most health issues can be traced to lack of minerals…to add more…
Mineral Essence (tastes horrible, but you can hide it in other things, and it does the job!)
NingXia Red and NingXia Nitro: Made with one of the most nutritionally dense berries on earth: the NingXia Woolfberry!  Again all of these are from YL.  I like one stop shopping.  Keeps it simple and so much easier!

Top Brain foods:
http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/10-foods-boost-your-brainpower
Whole Grains, Oily Fish, Blueberries, Tomatoes, Blackcurrants, Pumpkin seeds (and other seeds, such as Chia, etc…) , Broccoli and other cruciferous, green and leafy veggies, Sage, Nuts, Olives, Asparagus, etc…

Omegas:
Brain requires Omega fatty acids, found in fish…most people won’t, can’t or don’t eat fatty fish regularly… Omega-Gize and other supplements are available to help bridge the gap.  Juice Plus+ has a  (Contact me for more information)

Probiotics:
Brain requires for gut to be in balance. If probiotics are out of line, so is overall health, and it definitely impacts migraine suffering! Probiotics in yogurt are not the answer. For first 3-6 months, must consider taking daily, and using medical grade brands…contact me for best available.

Essential Oils:
Made from plants, and able to help with proper neurological function (and all other systems of the body)
Peppermint, Lavender, Di-Gize, Deep Relief, or Frankincense (On area of concern, and over belly)
Lemon, Orange, Lemongrass, Tangerine, Lime, Grapefruit, Citrus Fresh, etc… (in water)

Ylang Ylang, Vetiver, Rose, Idaho Blue Spruce, Peace and Calming, Harmony, Valor, RutaVaLa
(On area of concern, around nose, behind neck, and diffuse).

For any further detail information, or to order essential oils, please contact me!

Juices:
Carrot and celery
Carrot, beet, cucumber
Carrot, celery, spinach, parsley

Supplements mentioned:

Click Here, to Contact, OR to Order
Juice Plus+ Click HERE, to see JP+ Research
Click HERE to ORDER JUICE PLUS+
If you’d like to know how to get your child/grandchild product for FREE, please contact me on email above!
Mineral Essence
NingXia Red and NingXia Nitro
Young Living Essential Oils
Omega-Gize
Alka-Lime
EssentialZyme
Probiotics

Yes, I make all of these things available through my practice, because these are the things that help people get on the road to health and wellness!

Healing for His Glory, Maria Bemont, Holistic Healthcare Practitioner

Brain Health…Root Causes of Migraines!!

Migraines:
Debilitating, some of the most horrible pain one can imagine to endure.
Commonly described Symptoms: lightheadedness, throbbing pain on one side or part of head, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, blurred vision, hot and cold flashes,hypersensitivity to light and sound.

Warning symptoms, or auras, for a few minutes before experiencing pain…to avert, act quickly!! Warning Symptoms Include: blurred vision
muddled thinking
exhaustion
worry
numbness or tingling on one side of body or head

Usually severe and localized on one side of the head, involving temple and eye

BEST practice is to prevent at all costs!
PLEASE NOTE: THE MOST DANGEROUS MIGRAINES ARE ORGANIC MIGRAINES, PLEASE SEE DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY, TO RULE THIS PARTICULAR ROOT CAUSE OUT!!

Important to find the ROOT CAUSE…it does not stand alone (all migraines have a cause). Treating symptoms will not stop recurrence, finding root cause and addressing it, will!!!

Most migraines are response to underlying metabolic, structural, and/or emotional imbalances.

Most Migraines: (In order of importance and how to track it down…)
Root causes:
Chronic dehydration (drinking less than ½ body weight in ounces of water, daily)
Lack of needed/necessary nutrients
Exposure to toxicity (chemicals in form of personal care, shampoos, colognes, perfumes, cleaners, laundry care, disinfectants, dusters, furniture or wood polishes, chemicals in processed foods, or chemicals in sprayed produce, air fresheners, paints, asbestos or other fine powdered, fibrous exposure of any kind (skin or breathing in); mega-doses of synthetic, fractionated,isolated vitamins (includes most vitamins on the market)
Food allergies
Hormonal changes
Stress (physical and emotional)

*Cluster:
Most painful
Excruciating pain concentrated around the eye
Accompanied by tears, facial flushing and nasal congestion
Sharp, intense pain for few hours, subsides, then returns
Can last few weeks to several months
Some people feel like banging their head against wall, to alter sensation (do not do this)
Find trigger points in nerves from neck to head, to do self-help therapy

*Tension:
Begins in back of neck, spreads outward, dull, throbbing pain.
Root causes:
Buildup of metabolic wastes, due to poor diet, constipation or other digestive problems.
Lack of nutrition, enzymes, probiotics, etc…
Stress (difference between how things are and how you wish they were).
In particular, linked to emotional stress
Physical stress (overexertion)
Poor posture
Spinal Misalignment

Usually constant. Due to muscle contraction and nerve compression.

*Vascular Irregularities:
Root cause:
Alternating constricting and expanding of arteries in head exert pressure on nerves and causes sharp pain.
Lack of nutrition
Dehydration

*Allergy/Sensitivity:
Root causes:
Eating, breathing in, touching, or applying any substance that body has sensitivity or allergy to.
Poor digestion
Yeast overgrowth
Dysbiosis (lack of probiotics)
Enzyme Deficiencies (Enzymes are needed to process foods properly. Enzymes come from food: body cannot produce them on its own! Whole food nutrition is required.)

Will present itself 4-12 hours after eating, breathing, touching or wearing offending substance

Detox, find offending substance, and eliminate it from lifestyle
Takes patience
Requires more time for body to return to normal function

*Trauma:
Root causes: head, neck and spine injuries; can occur immediately, or months after injury

Daily and relentless

*TMJ/Dental:
Root causes:
Jaw and dental stress, jaw misalignment (also happens during Ortho treatments)
Infected teeth
Mercury amalgam poisoning
Faulty bridges
Teeth Grinding
Jaw clenching

Pain is focused in the mouth or in front of and behind the ear on one or both sides of the jaw.

*Eyestrain:
Root causes:
Long periods of focused visual work on computer, or reading in poor light
Chronic stress: not learning to let go, or process stress positively
Spinal or musculoskeletal misalignment

*Sinus:
Root cause:
Inflamed Sinuses
Dehydration
Lack of nutrients

Gnawing, painful pressure, swelling/tenderness in sinuses, loss of sense of smell

*Rebound:
Root cause:
Caffeine and medication withdrawal

Strikes within 12-24 hours, peaking at 48 hours, disappearing gradually over several days, unless substance reintroduced.

*Exertion:
Root cause:
During or immediately after physical exertion (lifting, running, etc…)

Brief and throbbing, can be extreme and frightening

*Organic: Most serious…need to be ruled out when dealing with long-term Migraines!
Root Causes:
Brain tumors
Hermorrhaging
Glaucoma
Swollen or diseased blood vessels
Hypertension
Brain infections, etc…

Come on suddenly, can include seizures (but not necessarily), projectile vomiting, speech or personality changes, walking difficulty, increasing pain.
***Consult doctor immediately, if any of these symptoms present.

Some Quick Fixes/Self Help for GREAT Brain Health:
1. Prevent development! By good daily dietary and lifestyle changes
a. Eat good diet with mostly fruits and veggies, seeds and nuts
b. Add Juice Plus+ nutritional support: capsules AND Complete Shake
c. Drink ½ body weight in filtered water, DAILY!! Keep fully hydrated at ALL times, especially during hot and sunny days!!!
d. Learn to de-stress!! Whatever causes you emotional and mental pain or tiredness, de- stress by prayer, deep breathing, time-outs, exercise, walking, or going into your quiet place.
e. Use YL essential oils that help you relax. Effective for daily use as well.
f. Self-massage on back of neck (see instructions below)
g. Progressive Relaxation Technique (see instructions below)

2. Start additional therapies as soon as you know your triggers are coming on!!
a. Immediately drink 8-12 ounces of water, at least! (up to 24 ounces is best)
b. Alkalanize your body…Alka-Lime or Bicarbonate soda in water (Stay away from acid- producing foods or treats!! Sugar is acid-producing)
c. Apply essential oils ASAP!! Use only Young Living brand:
Peppermint, Lavender, Di-Gize, Deep Relief, or Frankincense
Apply oils: on area of concern, behind neck, and around and on earlobes.
Learn accupressure points on hands, feet, and ears. Use oils in conjunction with accupressure, and body will make connection, and each successive application, it will work better and faster!
d. Self-massage: cradle back of your neck with your hand and squeeze gently, slowly rolling your head in a circle. Release for a few moments, then squeeze neck again, slightly increasing pressure. Repeat squeezing and releaseing 20 times. Then, using your fingertips, press into any areas in your neck and shoulders that are sore or tender, moving your arms and shoulders in a gentle, rhythmic motion. Continue this for several minutes, until pain fades. Doing these exercises periodically throughout the day, will often prevent migraines from recurring. Ask friend or family member to help.

This can be done preventatively (daily, when all is well), as well as for added therapeutical acute care.

e. Progressive Relaxation technique: Lie down or lean back in comfortable place, quiet room, with subdued light. Use 2-3 drops of YL relaxation oil on palm of hand, rub palms together, cup over mouth and nose, then take ten slow, deep breaths, taking a little longer to breathe out than you take to breathe in. Ideal timing is 5-6 second full inhalation, and 7-8 second full exhalation. This starts the relaxation process. Beginning with your feet, clench muscles and toes tightly for two seconds, then release. Then tighten muscles in your calves, and relax. Repeat this process for the rest of your body: quads, bottom, abdomen, chest, hands, lower arms, upper arms, shoulders, neck jaw, eyes, and finally muscles of the face. Next, yawn several times, then squeeze your eyes open and shut, taking another ten deep breaths. Notice how much more relaxed you are. Continue breathing, allowing relaxation to grow stronger. Then resume your regular activities. You can do this alongside prayerful meditation, inviting God into your healing process.

f. Hydrotherapy: hot baths, saunas, heat and steam baths all reduce tension by increasing blood circulation! Use ½ cup Epsom salt, add 6-7 drops YL essential oils, and drop into as hot a bath as you can…do NOT burn yourself. Soak for at least 20 minutes. Get out of bath, towel up from head to toe (probably need a helper), and crawl under covers for 15-20 minutes. Towel off or quickly shower off any sweat. Use YL relaxing essential oils after toweling off. This therapy also effective in heading off migraines.

According to the Doctors…

According to the doctors, my mom should’ve died long ago (she’s 82). She had a brain tumor when she was 20 (they stuck her in a cold, dark room, and radiated her with Cobalt…all of the other patients this was done to did die). She was supposed to go blind in her early 20’s (she prayed and gave her most precious possession up in faith, by placing it on a statue of Jesus’ mother, Mary). She has had high blood pressure and high cholesterol for every test she’s ever taken (180/110 or more on blood pressure, and close to 300’s for cholesterol), yet she’s refused all man-made medications for altering those numbers (did I mention she’s 82?)

U.S. Doctors are awesome at patching us up when we are in acute and emergency care…bleeding, something broken, or a major accident of some kind, or even surgery…take me to ER right now! Or if you want a diagnosis for what you may be dealing with (Just know ahead of time that you will spend lots of time and money on getting a fancy Latin word for the exact symptom you are experiencing.) But honestly, for everything else, if it is an illness, or a disease that requires your body to be doing its job, in order for you to be healthy and well…anything having to do with long-term or chronic issues, or where the body is somehow failing in, they simply don’t have an answer. They don’t need to, because alternative medicine certainly does step in and pick up where modern medicine simply cannot tread! And of course, here is where God, in all His glory, has shown Himself faithful and true by providing us with amazing things for our health and well-being. We don’t even know the half of it (or really, a minuscule part of it).

True healing has to consider the whole person, body, mind and spirit, when dealing with any ill health issues. And no matter what your supposed diagnosis from regular doctors, you can be about the business of finding alternative solutions to what ails you!

Back to my mom’s story: we cannot discount God’s amazing provision for health in the plants that He created as our food. They are so much more than that! We cannot discount His miraculous healing power, even in the face of impossible odds. And we cannot discount the power of our own belief and faith in the whole process.

No one can contain how God chooses to give mercy and grace, even in the face of whatever grim information a doctor may be sharing with you.

Part of health is certainly a faith component. May God bless you with wisdom, knowledge and understanding, as you seek Him!

Reversing MS and other diseases

As you can tell, there has not been a single post for a very long time!  Unintentional, however, between earning my Holistic Healthcare Practitioner degree, and hearing of my dear MIL’s impending death, this simply didn’t get done.  Now, after receiving my degree, with a 4.0 average, and having been given the privilege of being part of my MIL’s healing journey, I can tell you that having stepped away for that time was essential and needed.

To make a very long story shorter, my MIL was in an El Paso hospital, taking over 67 medications DAILY, and having only 10% renal function, when I arrived.  Doctors and nurses were whispering that they did not think she would recover.  She weighed in at over 230 lbs, and was grotesquely bloated from renal malfunction.  I will spare you all the gory details, but she was not only unwell, she was dying.  There wasn’t much hope.  I felt the unmistakeable call from God to go help her.  I dropped everything, and packed my holistic healthcare bag with everything I knew might help her situation.  And when I arrived at the hospital, I did the one thing that patients in hospitals need most:  become a knowledgable advocate for her.  I asked questions about every procedure and every medication they were wanting to give, and the reason for them.  I knew one big thing:  she needed to get off the medications as soon as possible, and detox as soon as possible, if she would have a chance at all.  She couldn’t eat, yet she was taking medications, with barely any renal function.  I’ve been pleading with my MIL for years, to get off all these medications, and finally, she was ready to do so.

While all drug information always states to ask the doctors to help you get off medications safely, in her state, the doctors decided to get her off of most medications cold-turkey.  It was terrible.  For four days, she went through detox as any drug addict would.  They had her down to 15 meds, and I started pushing to get her off of every single one that was not absolutely necessary.  It was a fight, but it had to be done.  So, within a very short timeframe, she went from 67, to a total of just 4.  Without question, the number one, most important thing to allow for any healing, was prayer.  Prayer moves things in the spiritual realm that absolutely affects our physical bodies.  The most crucial thing beyond that, was to give her body nutrition, as she wasn’t eating anything.  I gave her double doses of Juice Plus+ (www.33DaysJuicePlus.com), and aside from filtered water, coconut oil, and honey, this was the only nutrition she was receiving.  I administered specific essential oils topically, orally, and by diffusing into the air, which addressed a terrible case of Cellulitis, and helped increase renal function.

Within just a few weeks of using the holistic therapies, my MIL was well enough to be discharged from the hospital/rehab center, and came to live with us for the next three months.  We concentrated on detoxing her body, eating well, and supplementing properly.  She had two strokes and one TIA.  But the fact that prayer and good holistic practices were being employed, allowed my MIL to not only live through those, but have absolutely no deficiencies.  In addition, all MS and Parkinsons symptoms, with the exception of neuralgia, disappeared.

How can this happen?  The body tends to balance, and to health.  It is we who get in the way.  If we give the body what it needs, and keep it away from what it does not need, vibrant health returns.

My MIL is enjoying greater health now than she has had in 20 years!  She is so full of life, that it is actually hard to believe.  The doctors certainly didn’t think this could ever happen.  But having helped many people in different stages of health issues, I am here to say that all one needs is a good holistic practitioner, or understanding of holistic ways, and it could be the difference between life and death, and between enjoying great, optimum health, or suffering needlessly!

Tiny Medicine Bottles

Last year’s nobel prize winners in Physiology, for medicine, (Steinman, Hoffman, and Beutler), won for the discovery of activation of innate immunity. In effect, they discovered that humans are born with “internal medicine bottles”. These “tiny bottles” are opened automatically, to balance and restore health, as needed. Imagine having tiny anti-depressants, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, (you insert the medical issue here), bottles, which open when needed! One thing stops them from doing so: getting glued shut via what they call “sticky foods”. Sticky foods are any foods outside of fresh fruits, veggies, whole grains, seeds and nuts. The vast number of foods in the SAD diet (Standard American Diet) are sticky foods. No wonder Americans struggle so greatly to stay healthy! God’s provision of foods, along with whole food supplementation, such as Juice Plus+, allows for the stickiness to be removed, and/or for it not to accumulate in the first place. The two most potent forms of medicine (neither with any bad side effects), are the ones you eat, in form of fresh, whole foods, and the ones created to open up in your body as needed. No need to worry about any adverse side-effects! What an idea!