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Jamieson Health Center


September 4, 2013

Volume 5, Number 4


Hormonal Migraines.


Dear patients and friends,


Hormonal migraines, often referred to as menstrual migraines, are migraine headaches that are triggered by sudden changes and imbalances in a woman’s sex hormones during her monthly cycle. A healthy, yet changing balance of estrogen and progesterone throughout a female’s monthly cycle is responsible for sufficient


energy, restful sleep, a healthy libido, and overall health and well being – not to mention her ability to conceive. But when the normal estrogen and progesterone levels shift too far from normal, she can experience fatigue, mood swings, hot flashes or sweats, bloating, breast tenderness, and of course headaches – including a migraine.


What Causes a Menstrual Migraine?

Any symptoms a woman feels each month related to her monthly cycle is usually caused by what is known as estrogen dominance. This is when she is either making too much estrogen, having trouble properly detoxifying the estrogen, or has insufficient progesterone to balance the estrogen. When these estrogen levels become too high or are not balanced out by progesterone, a migraine can result.


The most common times during a woman’s monthly cycle to present with a migraine is either around ovulation (often around day 8-14 of her cycle), or some time during the week before her period (“PMS”), if not during menses. During ovulation there is a surge in estrogen which is followed by a surge in progesterone. If the surge is unable to be detoxified via the liver, then a migraine can result. Or, if there is not the necessary amount of progesterone which follows the release of the egg, a migraine can occur.


During the end of the cycle when many women present with PMS, migraines can occur as the body is having difficulty breaking down estrogen, as well as progesterone, to prepare for the beginning of her next cycle.


What Can You Do To Help Resolve Your Migraine?

There are several things you can do to improve your health to resolve your hormonal-related migraine. First and foremost is to reduce your stress. Stress increases a hormone called cortisol which requires the same precursor nutrients needed to make progesterone. So many women have low progesterone due to too much cortisol (stress).


Cortisol also must be broken down in the liver via the same detoxification pathways as all other hormones. So the more cortisol available, the more burdened the liver is and the less efficient it is able to metabolize your sex hormones. Reducing stress means finding time to relax and exercise, consuming less if not zero caffeine and sugar, eating regularly and keeping your blood sugar balanced, getting adequate sleep, and removing any of life’s burdens (stress) as you’re able.


Supporting Detox Pathways.

Xenoestrogens are chemicals that mimic naturally occurring estrogens and disrupt the function of the endocrine system. Problems with fertility, sexual development, and both male and female hormonal health can be greatly affected by these hormone disruptors. The majority of xenoestrogens are found in plastic products which contain chemicals such as Bisphenol A (BPA) and other polycarbonates. Using less plastic products and especially never heating or cooking with any plastic products can help lower your xenoestrogen levels; this also includes being aware of plastic lids commonly used on the top of hot coffee to-go cups.


However, xenoestrogens are also found in skin care products, perfumes, cleaning supplies, and insecticides amongst others. Use organic skincare, cleaning products made from vinegar and hydrogen peroxide or just soap and water and avoid perfumes, but use scented oils instead.


Many women (men too) do not properly detoxify their hormones due to nutritional deficiencies or problems with their physiology. Sometimes nutrients such as magnesium, vitamin B6, B12, or folate may be necessary to help correct a hormonal imbalance. Proper intestinal function and elimination is also a critical factor in detoxifying, since if you can’t get the toxins out of your body they will accumulate, get reabsorbed and cause more problems.


As you can see, many different factors can contribute to your headaches. Using applied kinesiology diagnostic techniques, I can help restore balance to your hormonal system by providing an individualized assessment and treatment plan to help you overcome your migraines and as well as other hormonal-health related problems you may be experiencing.


So give us a call to set up your appointment or answer any questions you may have. You can also check our website at www.jamiesonhealthcenter.com for more information.


Yours in good health,                                                    

Dr. Samuel Jamieson, D.C.


P.S. Read more of my newsletters at http://www.jamiesonhealthcenter.com/archive.htm


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10 American Foods that are Banned in Other Countries.
Another reminder to stay away from any foods containing chemicals and buy local, organic foods. The farmer's markets in the Bay Area are great!


Top Children’s Vitamins Full of Aspartame, GMOs & Harmful Chemicals.
How often are parents aware of the ingredients contained in the multivitamin that they feed their children? We often believe what we hear without ever questioning what mass marketing and media have to say about a product. In this case, they have led thousands of parents to purchase multivitamins because they believe it has significant nutritional value. But do these vitamins really provide nutritional benefit? 


Absurd Study Claims Omega-3 Fats Raise Prostate Cancer Risk.
We highly recommend fish oil, because it contains so much Omega-3 oil, which in turn contains the EFAs/ Essential Fatty Acids EPA and DHA. Most people are DHA deficient. DHA is very important for physical and neurological health. Our brains are made of DHA and EPA, with a ratio of 5:1 DHA to EPA. And we can only get it from foods. Our bodies don't make it, which is why they are called EFAs. 
Obviously, you have to watch out for not properly processed versions of fish oil. If you buy them at Costco or CVS, it may not be high quality fish oil. These are usually industrially processed, using extreme heat. A good fish oil should be minimally processed, unadulterated or just fermented. If so, they also include Vit A,D, F and K2. We have 3 different fish oils, with DHA/EPA ratios ranging from 1.5:1, 5:1 and 21:1. Usually kids with neurological issues get the 5:1 or 21:1. 
The study you are referencing is an attempt to make supplements look bad, It's a correlation study, not a causation study. Very sad .... Here is what Mercola has to say about it:


ADHD Drugs Don't Boost Kids' Grades.
New studies find little evidence that drugs like Ritalin and Adderall actually improve academic outcomes. One way of interpreting the findings is that the medicine proves effective on immediate classroom behaviors like sitting still and interrupting the teacher less, but it doesn't help with other factors important to successful completion of homework or test-taking.
Sadly, according to the CDC, some 2.7 million kids were taking medication for ADHD in the U.S. as of 2007, the most recent data available. Too few parents are aware of alternative and holistic treatments such as neurofeedback brain training, enabling cognitive and behavioral improvements permanently.


Behavior Changes Show Up Early in Traumatic Brain Injury.
Children and adults playing hockey or football are at increased risk for traumatic brain injuries, which have neurological implications a study shows. Trauma-related brain injuries may develop in two distinct ways, one involving mood and behavioral disorders and the other by cognitive impairment. 


Fluoride causes brain damage.
We frequently receive questions from patients about whether it's ok to take fluoride. Often dentists recommend that their children take fluoride tablets daily for healthier teeth. In case you haven't done your own research, have a look at the following studies, which prove that fluoride is a neurotoxin damaging to the brain and causing neurodevelopmental issues, even reducing IQ in children. So don't give your children fluoride tablets. At home, we only use non-fluoride tooth paste. Also don't drink fluoridated water. The issue is the same. For stronger healthier teeth, consider Calcifood tablets from Standard Process. They contain calcium and minerals from bone meal.


Documentary: The Drugging of Our Children.
This movie details the devastating consequences of the excessive medicating of US children. Drugs prescribed for ADHD are "class 2" narcotics, regulated by the Drug Enforcement Agency as a controlled substance because they can lead to dependence, heart attack, stroke, seizures and stunted growth; other mind-altering drugs commonly prescribed to kids can cause aggressive and violent behavior, suicide and more. 
Sadly, few parents know that behavioral problems are very frequently related to improper diet, emotional upset and exposure to toxins; these underlying issues should be resolved before suppressing symptoms with medications.


The Paleo Diet Craze. 
We encourage our patients to follow a Paleo Diet, because it is a well balanced, anti-inflammatory diet with lots of vegetables, protein, healthy fats, and fruit. We have several Paleo cookbooks in our practice that patients can check out. Here is link to a Dr. Oz show video (in 3 parts) with Dr. Loren Cordain and Nell Stephenson discussing the Paleo Diet.


A Quick Start Guide to a Paleo Diet…
You may have heard the recent buzz about the Paleo diet. So what's all the fuss about? There are far reaching health benefits to eating more like our grandparents would have eaten. That means real food, not the packaged processed stuff that has become the norm in the American Standard Diet. 


11 Quick and Easy Paleo Snack Ideas.
Snacks are a common conundrum in the paleo world, especially for the beginner. We're so used to eating granola bars, candy, chips, baked goods or other grain products for snacks that it's hard to imagine anything else.


Heart surgeon speaks out on what really causes heart disease.
Despite the fact that 25% of the population takes expensive statin medications and despite the fact we have reduced the fat content of our diets, more Americans will die this year of heart disease than ever before. 
Simply stated, without inflammation being present in the body, there is no way that cholesterol would accumulate in the wall of the blood vessel and cause heart disease and strokes. If we chronically expose the body to injury by toxins or foods the human body was never designed to process, a condition occurs called chronic inflammation.
Read the full article at 


Headache Triggers You Need to Know.
Millions of people suffer from headaches, with symptoms ranging from annoying to totally debilitating. Could your diet and choice of certain foods be the main culprit? According to the latest research - yes. What you're eating could be causing that pain in the head.




      Samuel R. Jamieson, D.C.

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Seminars we’ve taken.

Since I want to make a difference in your lives and that of your children, I’m constantly trying to keep up with the latest developments in healing practices, clinical research and new discoveries in the area of integrative holistic medicine. To that end, I have attended the following seminars and conferences over the last several months:

·         The neuro-endocrine immunology of blood glucose issues

·         Autoimmune triggers of gluten sensitivity

·         International College of Applied Kinesiology – annual conference

·         The Neuorendocrine-Immunology of Hepatic Detoxification

·          Functional Neurology – ongoing at the Carrick Institute of Neurology

·          Understanding the complexity of gluten sensitivity

·          Breaking the complex web of leaky gut

·          Neurochemistry of childhood brain developmental disorders

·          The neuroendocrine immunology of andropause

·          The neuroendocrine immunology of perimenopause

·          The aging brain

·          The brain-gut axis

·          Nutrition Response Testing

·          NeuroIntegration therapy– Level 1 and Level 2 training

·          Alpha/Theta training with neurofeedback

·          Deep States training with neurofeedback – level 2

·          Level 2 advanced neurofeedback training

·          Alpha-Theta advanced training


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