Will a Functional Doc Help?

Will a Functional Doc Help?
Have you ever seen a functional doctor? I always wanted to go to one, but I never found one that took my insurance.

I went on a quest to find out if there was a functional doctor somewhere in Maryland, where I live, that would take my insurance. I don’t have the greatest insurance so I wasn’t hopeful.

However my niece found this doctor and absolutely loved her. And then I had two other people tell me that they loved her too. So I looked at my insurance and guess what? They tak...
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Why Do I Hurt All The Time?

Why Do I Hurt All The Time?
I remember being a wee little thing and my mom touching my knee and asking, "Does it hurt there?"
“Uh huh.”
She touched my big toe “does it hurt here?”
“Uh huh.”
She touched my shoulder “does it hurt here?”
“Uh huh.”
Then she touched the tip of my nose, and my face brightened! It didn’t hurt there!

We can all agree that no kid should have to be in pain all the time. But can you agree that adults shouldn’t have to be in pain all the time too?

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A Secret Cause of Headaches

A Secret Cause of Headaches
Some of the worst headaches I’ve ever had were because of food. Caffeine withdrawal was the worst, but sugar detox is a close second. Do you have headaches?

I never thought much about food sensitivities and headaches until I married Chuck. He had migraine type headaches daily. We got him down to about two or three a month, but he was still suffering debilitating headaches every once in a while. Debilitating = laying in bed in a cool room with complete darkness and an icepack. I've never run away from a mystery, so I kept digging.

So I created....

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Are Food Sensitivities Causing Your Weight Gain?

Are Food Sensitivities Causing Your Weight Gain?
I gained 3 pounds yesterday. Since 3,500 calories equals 1 pound of body fat, I know for sure it's not a calorie in calorie out thing. I would have had to eat over 10,000 calories! And that's laughable!

When I eat certain foods, my belly bloats so much I look pregnant. In fact, someone once told me that if you see someone with a big belly, and that's all that is big, then they probably have some food sensitivity.

When you eat foods you're sensitive to, it causes inflammation, raises cortisol, and raises insulin. This is how...

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Ever Feel Bad After Eating Kung Pao Chicken? Here's Why...

Ever Feel Bad After Eating Kung Pao Chicken? Here's Why...
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Have you ever woke up in the middle of the night with your heart racing and a massive headache? Did you ever connect eating Chinese food that night for dinner? Or any of a bunch of other fast foods. If so, listen up!
 
MSG is monosodium glutamate. It's use, and the after-effects of using it, are very controversial. But I've seen it in action. My mom wakes up with her heart beating so fast it's scary. And the headache! Oy!
 
The main ingredient in MSG is glutamate, which is aneurotransmitter. Neurotransmitters are chemicals that carry impulses from the brain to the body and from one part of the brain to another. MSG is an excitatory neurotransmitter, which stimulates nerve activity. That's why it tastes so good!
 
You also should make sure to read labels. Look for the above terms, but also: glutamic acid, yeast extract, hydrolyzed corn or soy protein. I know it sounds crazy, but any food that has an ingredient that's hydrolyzed, fermented, enzyme modified, or protein fortified will have free glutamic acid in it. Pay attention to natural flavors as well. Just track your symptoms if you have them when you eat foods that have these ingredients. I'm looking at you Doritos and Ramen!

So, what do you do if you have an MSG sensitivity? Easy peasy. Stop eating it! The way I deal with sensitivities is do an elimination diet. Then you’ll be able to notice the symptoms. If they are worth the meal, go for it! If not, just quit!

No worries, though. You can order your food without MSG at many Chinese restaurants.
 
Here's how you can figure out if you are sensitive to MSG:

  • Stop eating it for a month
  • Try it again and see what happens
  • Use a food journal to notice a difference in symptoms. 
For more information about how to do an elimination diet, check out my free mini-course.

If you're looking for a list of symptoms and which one of the many chemical constituents it might be, click this box.

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