Get to the Root Cause of your Headaches | Podcast #246
Headache causes pain and discomfort in the head, scalp, or neck. It may appear as a sharp pain, a throbbing sensation or a dull ache. Headaches can develop gradually or suddenly and may last from less than an hour to several days.
Today’s podcast episode is one of the most common complaints that we experience in our day to day life. We are going to talk about different types of headaches, what are the do’s and don’ts, conventional vs functional alternatives, and a lot more. Have an overview of this very interesting topic in today’s talk.
Dr. Justin Marchegiani
In this episode, we cover:
01:15 All About Ibuprofen medicines
07:33 Other Migraine Medications
09:28 Food and Diet on Headaches
21:20 Essential Oils, Effects on Technology
Dr. Justin Marchegiani: And we are live. It’s Dr. J here in the house. I’m hitting record. Give me one sec and we are live. It’s Dr. J here in the house really excited for today’s podcast. We’re gonna be chatting about headaches and natural solutions to get to the root cause of why you may have a headache. We’ll talk about different kinds of headaches– from allergies to migraines to cluster headaches and we’ll go from even from die off from killing gut gut bacterial infection so we’ll go over the gamut. Evan how we doing today man.
Evan Brand: I’m doing wonderful. Let’s begin this thing talking about the conventional solutions usually we do that later in the podcast. But let’s go straight to the crap, the stuff that unfortunately works but we don’t want to depend on like your ibuprofen is the brand name ibuprofen is it. Is that aspirin or is that Naproxen? I need to look that up.
Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Ibuprofen is basically going to be your typical end said right. That’s ibuprofen it’s also a Meloxicam I think as well. And then you’re gonna have like your Advil and then you’re going to have like your aspirin. Those are your big two or three right there there’s some different kinds I think Advil is the same as ibuprofen, Tylenol is going to be I think you’re acetaminophen. I’ll look those all up and I’ll get the all the typical common anti inflammatory is for headaches. We’ll dive in a little bit more specific on the on the medication side. We’ll go over the natural support side as well. On what’s typically used and we’ll go over all the root cause so in general we have a couple different headaches right. We’re going to have a tension headache which is a primarily happened with just stress and pain. A lot of these muscles here in the shoulder in the neck get tight and that can really cause trigger points and create headaches that are more musculoskeletal and soft tissue base. OK we’re going to have cluster headaches where you’re going to be really really severe you’re going to feel it behind the eyes. They’re going to be very very piercing pain and there’s different reasons for why those may happen. We’re going to have potential sinus headaches this can be from antigens or foreign allergenic material if you’re in Austin it could be Cedar etc. and this could get into the sinuses create inflammation and there’s different things that we do to it to decrease inflammation to decrease histamine and also flush a lot of this stuff out. And then we also have headaches that are more migraines based where we kind of have like an aura that open book kind of feeling we may be nauseous blurry vision and these could be hormone based. They could be blood sugar based as well and then we could also have different types of mixed headaches as well. So that kind of gives you a general idea of the different types of headaches and also know seeing patients in our clinic that we deal with mold detox or dealing with gut bacterial detoxification or gluten exposure we can see a lot of headaches from these aspects too as when we get rid of toxic debris a side effect could be headaches and we see that from time to time in the office too.
Evan Brand: Yes. So the prescription I was thinking of in my head it was actually a combo like Excedrin it’s a combo of acetaminophen and aspirin and caffeine. And that was the one where I’ve had many many people just dependent on the Excedrin. You know though even go for extra strength reliever for further headaches. I had one lady I remember I was actually when I was still working at the chiropractors office this lady said she had migraines headaches almost daily for 20 years she was pretty much debilitated by it and we were just getting into the very early stages of nutrition with her just getting her off gluten and dairy and that’s all we did and her headaches went away. I got anything after going to magnesium officially on all these supplements I thought we were going to do all we did to get rid of gluten and dairy and the headaches went away. She was like Oh my God I wish somebody would have told me it was this easy 20 years ago.
Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Exactly right. Totally. So just to kind of give people a bunch of the different families of medications we have our acetaminophen medication which are primarily going to be like our Tylenol for instance and that’s going to be the acetaminophen then we have the solicit acid will be more of like your aspirin your baby aspirin that’s going to be white willow bark type of extract and then we have our various and says that are going to be ibuprofen Maloxica type of of medications that are more on the Cox 1 Cox 2 type of pathways that kind of gives you a pretty good idea. There are some medications that are more prescription based. All right. But those are the big ones that you’re going to see mostly over-the-counter Advil kind of falls into the same category as ibuprofen and then like you mentioned the other ones that are kind of combined with the caffeine that are going to be more of your migraines pain relievers typically they add the caffeine in there partly because migraines for instance part of the mechanism is Vasodilation and caffeine actually does create some vasoconstriction. And so you would think that more headaches are caused by vasoconstriction and that caffeine or stimulate would make it worse for most of the time it’s days of dilation and the caffeine actually does a little bit more constriction and does help with the headaches.
Evan Brand: Yes the drug that you’re talking about the prescription people end up on is called Topamax. It’s like an anti seizure medication but a lot of people end up using that for migraines as well and that’s what this lady this whole 20 years of migraines that’s what she was on I remember it like yesterday. She’s been on it and it helped her but she had a lot of side effects from memory issues and–
Dr. Justin Marchegiani: You’ll see whether or naproxen as well. Kind of similar things you’ll see you’ll see it with those as well some of the pain relievers that kind of have the ibuprofen slash caffeine kind of combo in there for sure and some of these medications work but they may not get to the root cause we really want to make sure we get to the actual root cause of why these medications are needed in some people they may need it every now and then as a quick kind of stopgap but if we can get to the root cause number one we’re going to need less of those medications because we know for instance ibuprofen does kill people 20,000 people a year on the low side. So we know it’s not going to be the best medication to use long term if it’s a short thing here or they are fine. So what we want it to be a kind of a last ditch stopgap measure not something that we’re using daily. And then number two you know other things like for instance Tylenol for instance you know it notoriously decreases glutathione as well where ibuprofen didn’t really decrease gut function and liver function to Tylenol will hit the liver as well. So a lot of these things really do play good at iron. So then if you’re getting exposed to mold, toxins or you just need your body’s detoxification systems to be upregulated to deal with whatever stress is in your environment. It’s gonna be harder to detoxify your body and get rid of these toxins.
Evan Brand: Yeah I remember when my daughter Summer she had a concussion and she you could tell I mean she wasn’t to the point where she was talking as good as she is now at age 3 but she you could tell right headache she wasn’t feeling well. So we talked to the pediatrician we go well what do we do. You know we don’t we don’t want to just depend on topical magnesium etc. Maybe she needs something a little stronger. And she said well go for ibuprofen because you really don’t want to take that hit. It’s like a 30 plus percent hit of decreased in glutathione with the acetaminophen. So she said you really have to choose your battles when it comes to pain relievers and Ibuprofen is generally the better choice over the acetaminophen.
Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Exactly yeah. And then also there are other ibuprofen or other let’s say I like Imitrex and there’s also other migraine medications that are SNRI medication that are selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors as there’s a lot of let’s just say data that dopamine and serotonin can play a big role with migraines so I’ll see a lot of people that have migraines that have issues with their serotonin doped me and we’ll work on supporting some of the building blocks of amino acids to boost up some of these precursor nutrients to make serotonin and dopamine in their brain. That’s a big one. Also stress depletes a lot of these things. So we want to fix the underlying stress that may be causing a lot of the neurotransmitter depletion. Then we’ll work out supporting some of these nutrients along with B6 as well and that can play a huge huge role. We’ll also do extra magnesium along with that because magnesium really helps with brain inflammation. Any of the micro glial cells that have an unregulated due to brain inflammation magnesium can really help relax them B6 is also very important too and we may also do herbs like feverfew and ginger which can really help attenuate and relax a lot of brain inflammation decrease headaches for sure.
Evan Brand: Good call in the amino acids. So in terms of a testing standpoint looking at inorganic acids of someone who has headaches can be very fruitful because you may see the B6 deficiency you’ve talked about. We may see low serotonin like you’ve talked about issues with dopamine and endorphin balance. We’ll look at vitamin C as in Charlie you’ve got B12 on there as well so there’s a ton of data that you can get that way you’re not just guessing and checking. We think it would be fine to just go and take some extra magnesium but if you don’t get better from that it could be an amino acid brain chemistry based problem or in my case it could be gut related. You know I had gut infections and I had headaches all the time and once I got rid of my gut bugs I think partly due to the liver stress that the gut bugs created I had headaches and once I got those taking care of supported deliver headaches were gone.
Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yep 100 percent. So there’s different medications that are out there there’s different nutrients that are out there. One of the big mechanisms that I see that are going to drive headaches is going to be gluten. All right gluten and grains there are some mechanisms out there that they can decrease blood flow to the brain. And if we’re decreasing blood flow to the brain we’re not going to have good oxygenation we’re not going to be able to carry nutrition and our frontal cortex and our brain needs oxygen to work. So it’s possible that decrease constriction or should they increase constriction which will cause decreased blood flow to the brain can really drive up pain in the brain and isn’t to make it harder to get rid of the inflammation and have healthy cognitive function. So getting the gluten and grains under control isn’t the big that’s an all out better perfusion or blood flow up the garden hoses on the side of your neck called the carotid arteries. That’s very important.
Evan Brand: Yep. Great call. How about we talk about maybe beet powder. I mean you you hit on this issue with blood flow. I wonder if you throw in some beet powder. I take it all the time so it’s not like I wait until I have a headache and then do beet powder but I wonder if beet powder could be a good solution if you had an acute headache and then you take some I guess I could experiment.
Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah well there’s nitric oxide that can be increased from the beetroot which could definitely help with vatal dilation so there’s different data out there like migraines are supposedly caused by like I mentioned more days of dilation. Therefore some of the medications that have caffeine that cause more constriction can help with migraines and there are some headaches that like stress headaches they may already be more of a slow constriction there and some of these things may actually make it worse. So like I mentioned earlier that’s more for migraines with the vatal dilation but other more tension headaches. Could there it could be actually more constriction so that’s why magnesium things that help relax the body can be helpful. Soft tissue work especially in the area of like the skeletons or like the elevator scapula all these muscles in the back they all connect in the Oxo port area in the back of the neck the ligaments and nuke and just that that Nucor ridge in the back of your neck all those muscles attach there. So if it’s really tight you could really create a lot of tension and getting good cranial cycle adjustments could be helpful getting your C1 and C2 adjusted in the neck getting making sure your spine is moving well making sure postural things are good because the more your posture goes forward these muscles get really tight here. Is to create lots of stress down your temporals and your master part of your head which can then create trigger points and those trigger points can refer and create headache like pain in the referral process.
Evan Brand: People that are listening and don’t see the video. What he was doing. He turned to the side and he was doing this kind of turtle head forward. Like most of us do when we’re sitting on a computer on our smartphone. We’re kind of turtle head sticking out and you see the whole posture change just kind of falls apart. So you didn’t directly say it but you basically said hey go to a local chiropractor for headaches that can be very helpful too to get adjusted. I’ve had several different adjustments that have helped me with headaches.
Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah. Anything that’s posture related and or soft tissue related a good chiropractor up a cervical chiropractor or someone that does active release technique or a good massage mile Fascia release therapist or trigger point therapist can be really helpful on the structural side. Then we just kind of have the the more let’s say chemical based type of headache that could be from M.S.G or aspartame. It could be from mold exposure. It could be from breathing in a whole bunch of benzene exhaust products from petroleum byproducts. It could be from abnormal levels of estrogen and your cycle or a premature drop in progesterone. This is for female hormone female patients now so hormone imbalances can can really dry out especially if your estrogen is kind of up and down and there’s estrogen dominance that can really drive a lot of headaches too. And then of course we have nutrient efficiencies like magnesium and B6 and some of the serotonin and dopamine based amino acids like five HTP and Tyrosine and B6 can be really important for headaches too. And then of course anytime we have inflammation in the gut inflammation in the gut can create whatever inflammation we’re.
Evan Brand: Definitely in the brain.
Dr. Justin Marchegiani: And the brain. Yeah and that’s part of the reason why I think Ginger helps or curcumin helps serve as various relief and help anything they can pour CBD oil can help anything that can really help drive down inflammation really makes a big difference the difference is some of the over counter over-the-counter medication like your Tylenol or your Advil or your acetaminophen or your solicit gas and like aspirin some of these things have side effects that you have to weigh out the side effects and it’s always better doing something more natural even if it’s not getting to the root cause because at least it’s not going to have side effects that will increase your chance of dying in the future or decreasing your body’s ability to make load of iron which is your master antioxidant and help a detoxification.
Evan Brand: Yeah. So let’s just paint a picture of how you could go down that rabbit hole robotic as you mentioned toxin exposure like car exhaust mold exposure you’ve got all these toxins. So then you take acetaminophen for your headache you deplete your body’s ability to detox the chemicals that cause the headache in the first place. You see how you can get stuck in this loop because now you’re just trying to manage the headache you’re further depleting yourself depleting yourself becoming more toxic and more toxic. Getting rid of the hormone you need the antioxidant you need to detox it gets nasty. So in some cases extra glutathione could cause headaches too. If you move out too many toxins I know when I took a double dose of glutathione I remember I called you one night it was like 10 o’clock. I’m like dude I messed up. You like what you do. Like I took a double dose of glutathione my head is killing me. And so eventually it settled down after a few hours so you got to you’ve got to have somebody helping you with this because you could just take magnesium and maybe it goes away but if you’re having a recurring problem like this there’s probably a root cause that hasn’t been addressed. So getting the testing done like the organic acids getting a stool test done to look for these gut infections like you mentioned SIBO can’t eat or overgrowth parasites all these bad guys are going to release toxins into the bloodstream to make you feel bad so that they can still feed on your food and then when you try to kill them they may release more toxins and create this die off. And that is designed to make you feel worse. So you stop using the herbs that are gonna fix the problem but so it’s always a matter of balancing killing versus supporting deliver the lymphatic the adrenal. It’s kind of this seesaw balance that we’re always trying to work on with people.
Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Exactly and let’s kind of review the medications one more time the conventional ones are gonna be your Tylenol which is your acetaminophen and that’s going to have big glutathione decrease with it then you’re going to have your more ibuprofen. This could be like the Meloxicam or Motrin or Advil and these are worked very well. But you know long term they’re going to have negative impacts on the gut alterations in your liver. And then we have Aleve and the proxen which are kind of very similar to ibuprofen and these could help with migraines to again similar side effects. And then we have your your bufferin or ascriptin which are essentially very similar to aspirin. And then we have your more migraines ones which are the aspirin acetaminophen and caffeine combined. So it’s kind of like your tylenol with your aspirin in caffeine and that’s like you’re Excedrin and that’s going to induce the vasoconstriction that we talked about because a lot of migraines are driven by these are violations of the caffeine added. So it’s basically a Tylenol and aspirin and caffeine to create the constriction which will help with the migraines which are typically associated with these vasodilation the brain opening up.
Evan Brand: Yeah. Let’s go back to diet real quick. We’ve talked about gluten we talked about dairy being an issue. I think we should also mention nice shades just as a whole. Tomatoes peppers potatoes those can sometimes be issues with headaches high histamine foods can be issues as well. So like fermented foods in some cases can be a problem. Kombucha can be a problem for some people. Avocado. You know I love avocado I did one every day for a long time and then I started to get migraine headaches from it. I stopped the avocados for about three to six weeks. I added them back in. No more headaches. So I think it’s important to look at a high histamine food list like coconut Amino so. Very good option as opposed to soy sauce but super high and histamine. So you may need to try a low histamine plan for a little bit to see if that can Congress symptoms down way of working backwards.
Dr. Justin Marchegiani: 100 percent. Also alcohol can be a big one. So anytime you drink alcohol you’re going to inhibit ADH. ADH is your anti pee hormone. So when you have when you have anti pee hormone that means you’re going to pee more. Right. And you have less of your Anti pee you’re going to pee more so then you lose a lot of your minerals. And that’s why I’d recommend always having one glass of alcohol to one glass of a Topo Chico or a Pellegrino to get the minerals in there and you can always add some minerals into your water like a Redman’s Real Salt. Those are excellent ways to get the minerals and because minerals are part of how your nervous system works and if you’re sodium potassium pumps aren’t working adequately and then your cells aren’t going to be able to communicate and have adequate action potential to work neurologically. So sodium potassium magnesium chloride very important minerals and they will get more depleted with alcohol.
Evan Brand: So I’ve got some electrolytes in my mason jar here. That’s what I was drinking since I went out this morning in the sunshine and I started to have a headache come on maybe my electrolytes are imbalanced. So it’s not going to hurt to play with this and hopefully that will help me to replenish myself.
Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah, with you being on the boat and being really hot it just probably some mineral issues. Your body’s probably just sweating a little bit and you’re losing a lot of those minerals and you probably just needed to bring on board some extra water with with extra minerals on there. So it’s good that you’re on top of that question came in right now what’s the best way to cure your headaches. Should you do something like Gatorade. Here’s the deal guys what you see right now with Gatorade over the counter is just a commercial version of how it actually came to be. I think it was the 1969 or 1970 see their Orange Bowl or Rose Bowl. Right. College football championship. And I think it was the Florida Gators. This is how we got the name Gatorade. I think it was someone in their science department created this electrolyte formula and it honest to god tasted like rat piss. It was really bad it was actually called Gator lights gator lights not Gatorade. And then I think Pepsi or Coke bought it then 20 30 years later made a marketable drink out of it. That is nothing like the original formula. But basically it was just loaded in a hope we had it loaded in electrolytes and they weren’t that nice tasting they added them to the water and then neurologically and muscular wise they could just perform way better because in that kind of heat you’re just losing so many electrolytes and they had a huge advantage. So what you’re seeing now has lots of excess fructose lots of excess food coloring and dyes and more than likely a lot of GMO corn as well. So you’re much better off just getting those minerals in your body by itself. There are different formulas that are out there that we both use. I mean you can do a Redmond’s real Salt’s great trace mineral formulas makes a couple one called Endura one called forty thousand volts. That works could we use another product called potassium HP and then obviously I’ll use nuke salt and Redman’s real salt and we’ll work these in as well. These are great first steps and then also making sure we’re getting enough potassium on top of that avocados to be your best source. If you don’t the histamine issue we can also do a lot of green vegetables. We could do sweet potato squash etc..
Evan Brand: Yeah the potassium huge I think I probably still don’t get enough. I try really hard. But you said the RDF potassium is what like close to four grams around four grams for.
Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Forty five hundred forty seven hundred milligrams today. So it’s hard to get enough. You need one full avocado six servings of vegetables and maybe one piece of squash or sweet potato when you’re close to it. Right. Cause you at about five to seven hundred milligrams a serving of each of those of you doing six times five for vegetables around 3000 an avocado you’re at 1000 if it’s a good size one maybe a sweet potato squash around forty seven hundred. So that kind of gives you a good step in the right direction and then if we need we just would add in some new store that would add in some of these trace mineral support formulas that we use.
Evan Brand: Well you want to talk about essential oils for a minute. I have essential oils on hand. I put them in the diffuser. I’ll put them on topically. I’ll mix them into epsom salt and put that into a mineral bath. Lavender is my favorite. So what we did is we just got fraction a coconut oil mixed it with some lavender and put it into a little roll on. So we’ll just keep it in the backpack with the kids. So if something happens to them or something happens to us could just be anxiety. Rub it on the insides of the wrist or if it’s a headache you know you could just rub that roll on the temples or on the back of the skull. It’s a Band-Aid but it’s a pretty darn good one.
Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Absolutely. I mean with headaches I mean essential oils we can do peppermint really anti inflammatory can do Rosemary which is very high in vitamin E we can do a lavender which really helps relax the muscles. We can do eucalyptus or chamomile and a lot of teas before beds so we can easily do that. There’s some good blends out there by essential oil companies. But you know just kind of one off thing. That’s kind of how you can do it and you can delude it in a carry oil or MCT or a little bit of coconut oil you can rub it on your on your temples or on the back of your neck wherever it feels tight and that can really help relax the muscles and help relax your nervous system too.
Evan Brand: Yeah something to have on hand. You know we always keep like a bottle of adaptations a bottle of some sort of essential oil and a bottle of enzymes enzymes that I say enzymes first enzymes essential oils can adaptogens. Those are the three things that we carry and travel with no matter where we go.
Dr. Justin Marchegiani: One hundred percent. I love it. Very good. I think we’re hitting some really good aspects and then also a lot of patients that see us we’re maybe in the middle of a detoxification protocol or we may be doing some killing gut issues or see bar bacteria sometimes headaches can happen from that and if that happens it means you’re going to fast slow it down a little bit. We may also add in some binders so we can taper things up a little bit better. You may also add in things like glutathione and or ginger tea to help one with you know the effectiveness of the killing what to to help with the limb and three to help provide extra anti inflammatory support as well.
Evan Brand: How about heavy metals we didn’t talk about that but we should mention that heavy metals could be a cause or source of mercury lead cadmium arsenic. We’ve done many things with binders and chlorella and other things to move metals out but mercury can be a big trigger of blood pressure problems headaches ears ringing et cetera. So you may need to investigate heavy metals and then EMF You know it’s not super common that we have someone that says hey I’m actually sensitive to EMF but I had a woman in London who she found out that her Wi-Fi router was causing her headaches. And how do we know. Well because when she turned off the router at night the headache would go away. And so I said well let’s just try putting hardwired in and get rid of that Wi-Fi completely and the headaches were gone. So she had mold in a bunch of other issues as well. But I think the EMF for someone who’s already compromised could be enough of a trigger to cause headaches.
Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah possibly could be. I mean I have to jump to that extreme ongoing hardware I just put your put your wireless your Wi-Fi on a Christmas tree timer. So it goes off maybe around 11 or 12 whenever your bedtime is and then it goes on maybe when you get up or a little bit later that way you kind of have your whole entire night without any EMF gone. That could be a good option to me.
Evan Brand: When my wife first got pregnant with our first daughter we did the timer thing with the Wi-Fi. Then I started sleeping better and I thought well if I’m working from home during the day what am I missing out on or what am I sacrificing in terms of like focus and clarity. I didn’t really need Wi-Fi which is convenient. So we just went all hardwired and and I don’t miss it now that it’s gone.
Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah I mean it just depends on how sensitive you are with today’s day and age. I mean you can go to your Wi-Fi network especially if you live in a big area you’re going gonna have Wi-Fi and 5G and 4G everywhere. So I don’t know how much you can get away with it now but the key thing is the healthier you are the more nutritionally fed and rested and you take care of your body the better chance you have to adapt to it. So the people that are more sensitive you know do your best to limit your exposure. But in the end, right now it’s really impossible to get away from it just make sure you’re not living next to a cell phone tower or one of these new 5G towers is to do your best and keep all your antioxidant reserves and you’re good at glutathione and your nutrition up as best as possible.
Evan Brand: Yeah and there are canopies too. You know there are silver canopies you could sleep in there’s like some sleeping bags on the market bed canopies that look like a mosquito net that can protect you if you’re into super urban area. Luckily my my closest neighbor and they probably use Wi-Fi but it’s maybe like five or six hundred yards away.
Dr. Justin Marchegiani: So I haven’t thought about how sensitive you are. Right. Most people I find they aren’t that sensitive or if they are once they fix their diet and they fix their gut they become less sensitive to it. Very rare that I find let’s say EMF is the root issue. Yeah it’s usually one of those things lower on the list that becomes bigger when everything else is an address. But when the top things are addressed then it becomes less of an issue.
Evan Brand: Yeah totally. So that lady once we got her on some binders and detox mode the sensitivity went away she said she was able to go back into town and go to the grocery store where they have Wi-Fi blasting. And she did not get headaches.
Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Yeah yeah that’s good. Most important is you know these try to control it when you sleep. That’s a pretty good way to do it. And then next is just do all the nutritional things and mentioned earlier we talked about heavy metals and headaches. The biggest thing with headaches and heavy metals is get your gut work and don’t come in and go after heavy metals until you know your guts working. Work with a good functional medicine doctor tend to do things to help bind it up and to give you nutrition help support phase 1 and Phase 2 maybe give you some extra glued iron support as well just to make sure that we’re collating things in a very slow methodical way and the guts working well is we’re not reabsorbed a whole bunch of toxins deliberate.
Evan Brand: And if you’re someone who went and got your Mercury amalgam fillings removed by a conventional dentist assume you have mercury poisoning and you need to get that taken care of. If you did not go to a dentist who does the smart protocol to safely remove the amalgam that’s silver quote which is 50 percent or more mercury got drilled out and you breathed in the vapor and it’s in your brain and it is in your bones. It’s everywhere. So it takes a while to get it out so zeal light other binders can be used. We had some lady like send us an email like oh my god you said zeal I don’t you know zeal light increases aluminum in the body. No it doesn’t. That’s not true. There’s plenty of data on companies using professional zeal like clinically we’re testing and retesting aluminum levels and they only go down not up. So natural binders are very very helpful for.
Dr. Justin Marchegiani: I haven’t seen zeal like go up having tested this I have not seen aluminum go up with Zola. But again you know it all depends on the quality. This probably cheap zeal like you can get from China that may have aluminum in it. Right. So just try to make sure you have good stuff. And also we would never just gives the lie by itself abysmal lighting and some other things as well and we’d be supporting glutathione and we never would just go all in on one thing.
Evan Brand: Yep exactly.
Dr. Justin Marchegiani: Great. Anything else you want to dial in or kind of reassess today?
Evan Brand: I would just tell people to get some information get some data. If we always say if you don’t test you’ve guessed. So could you take magnesium and lavender and feverfew and B6 and trip the fan. Yeah you could but do you know what you’re doing do you know what you’re going after what’s your goal what are you what are the puzzle pieces get the puzzle pieces you’re going to save money and you’re going to save time by getting the data upfront and if you want to reach out. Justin I work with people around the world we can help you get some of these functional medicine tests done on yourself so we can get to the root cause. So Justin’s website is JustInHealth.com. My website is EvanBrand.com. We love helping people we’re grateful to be in the position we are to help change lives. So please share the podcast. Send it to somebody you know I guarantee somebody you know has headaches and they could benefit from this podcast more than the new advertisement on the nightly news that says hey here’s this new medication for headaches this is better content than that advertised.
Dr. Justin Marchegiani: One hundred percent that we’re really working on the root cause. Hope everyone enjoys it. And if you do put your comments down below what have you all done to help improve your headaches or improve anything related to your neurological health. I’m just curious to know what supplements what natural strategies we want to be able to share that with the listeners. Would love to respond back. And if you guys are enjoying this. Sharing is caring. We’re gonna have a good MP 3 audio version as well. Click below to get the podcast version with a real high quality audio and transcription and if you’re listening to us on the podcast and you want to see the video version that will be down there below. We really appreciate you guys being participate you know the kind of engaging. We get a lot of questions coming in we try to wing it kind of add in some of the questions into the Q and A here that come from that like you and I. Which is wonderful. And if you guys enjoy it head over to JustInHealth.com/YouTube or JustInHealth.com/iTunes to write a review as well as EvanBrand.com/iTunes getting reviews out there really help our kind of rankings in the podcast world that go up which then allows more people to be able to see our information and then they get help as well. Evan and I always thought that 99% of the people that hear our message never actually see us which is in some way amazing because they are getting great information and improving their health. And then if they want to get to the next level this information down below. Hey Evan great podcast today man. We’ll be in touch. We’ll talk soon.
Evan Brand: Sounds good. Have a good one.
Dr. Justin Marchegiani: You take care bye now.
Evan Brand: Bye bye.
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Air Pollution In Your Home: What To Do About It
By: Dr. Justin Marchegiani
When we think of air pollution, we typically think of car exhaust and chemical factory gasses. However, you may be surprised to learn that indoor air is often MORE toxic than the air outside! This is really put into perspective when you realize average America spends about 90% of their life indoors. So, what can you do to make sure your indoor air is healthy? Today we’re going to dive into common airborne toxins in your home, and how to create a healthy indoor air environment!
Indoor vs. Outdoors Air
A growing body of scientific research is pointing to indoor air as more polluted than outdoor air—and yes, this even takes into account the air outside in overpopulated, industrialized cities. Since most people spend about 90% of their lives indoors, this points to indoor air as a seriously underlooked health issue. What makes matters direr: those who are most susceptible (the young, the sick, the elderly) are generally the ones who spend the most time indoors.
Common Effects of Indoor Air Pollution
If you suffer from the following symptoms, it’s time to re-evaluate the air you’re breathing:
- Respiratory problems (cough, chest pain, sneezing, congestion, chronic sinus issues, sore throat, breathing difficulty)
- Digestive issues (bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea, nausea)
- Skin problems (rash, itchiness)
- Fatigue, dizziness, headache, sensitivity to noise and light
- Cognitive function problems (concentration, memory, sleep, mood)
Common Indoor Air Toxins
There are a couple of main factors that make indoor air 2 to 5 times more toxic than outdoor air. One of these factors is the lack of ventilation inside the house, which leads to a buildup of toxic compounds.
Smoke: If a smoker lives in your house, the risk of secondhand smoke exposure should not be overlooked. The CDC has reported millions of deaths due to health problems caused by secondhand smoke exposure.
Mold: Mold and mildew can be deadly, and oftentimes go unnoticed. It is crucial to take the presence of mold in your home seriously. Professional remediation, and in some cases even changing residence, may be necessary.
Household Products: If you haven’t already read my article on fragrance as the new secondhand smoke, you’re in for an eye-opening experience. “Fragrance” is listed as an ingredient on at least 75% of mainstream products, ranging from shampoo to toilet cleaner. The word “fragrance” signifies a secret cocktail of hundreds of toxic chemicals that are not subject to safety testing. However, many of these chemicals are known neurotoxins, cause respiratory problems, behavioral issues, and autoimmune disease. When you start using household cleaners and personal care items that contain chemicals such as fragrances, these particles are trapped in the air and you are subject to constant inhalation.
Chemicals: Most people now know that asbestos is nothing to play around with. Asbestos has been linked to lung cancer, Unfortunately, it still lingers in the insulation, paints and floor tiles of many homes. However, asbestos is not the only dangerous compound in your home.
Your furniture, pillow and mattress, carpet, and even the paint on your walls probably contain VOCs, volatile organic chemicals. These household objects outgas dangerous chemicals that stew inside your home and are linked to cancer, heart disease, and lung disease.
And more: There are some things that occur naturally and generally harmlessly in nature (pollen, animal dander, pest leavings), but become problematic when they make their way indoors. The lack of ventilation and fresh air allows allergens to fester and grow.
Steps for Healthy Air Inside Your Home or Office
While the dangers of indoor air pollution sound scary, luckily there are many things you can do to improve the air quality of your home and office.
- Open your windows: This is easy and free! Turning on fans to get the air circulating will do a lot to help move inside air outside, and to bring fresh air inside your house.
- Swap your products: Check the ingredients of the household and personal care products that you buy. Avoiding chemicals, like ‘fragrance,’ will do a lot to bring down the synthetic chemicals in your air.
- Air out new furniture: When you buy new furniture, a new mattress, a new rug, etc. you may have noticed a particular smell that diminishes over time. Rather than letting these toxic gasses released into the air you breathe, put the item either in your backyard, on your porch, or in the garage for a couple of days.
- Get a quality air filter: The Austin Air Filter is one of my favorite home air filters; I myself use the Austin Air filter in my home. These cutting edge units are ideal for individuals or families with severe allergies and asthma, chemical sensitivities, or chronic illnesses such as COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).
- Test for mold: If you suspect you have mold, I urge you to have a professional test. Mold is a leading cause of many autoimmune and chronic fatigue conditions.
Do you have any questions about indoor air quality? If so, leave them in the comments below, or let me know on my Facebook page or YouTube channel, where I answer all your health and wellness questions!
What Causes PMS? Premenstrual Syndrome Holistic Approach
By Dr. Justin Marchegiani
Let’s go into a discussion about PMS or Premenstrual Syndrome – the symptoms and hormones involved and why it occurs in some women. Watch the video and see the overview of what’s really happening in a woman’s body to gain an understanding of this issue.
A lot of women are probably very familiar with it. Whether it be causing headaches, cramping, abnormal blood flow, breast tenderness. You name it, I’ve seen it.
Overview of the cycle
The average female cycle is 28 days. And 14 days is the halfway point. And what you see in the first half of the cycle, you’re going to see a lot of estrogen in that first half of the cycle, from there, it’s going to drop, and come back a little bit in the second half.
The first half, this is the estrogen-based part of it and your second half of the cycle, will be progesterone. What you’re going to see is nice, low-dose of progesterone in the beginning, and its’ going to come right up, and then nice crash at the bottom here. And you’re going to see the second half of your cycle, predominated with progesterone. Estrogen is going to really happen in the first half. Why is that? Well, what estrogen is doing is use your uterine lining like cells, thickening that uterine lining up nicely.
And then what happens in the second half of the cycle with that nice, thick uterine lining, you get the egg right there.
So important now is this middle area right here, this is where ovulation occurs. It’s kind of the intermediary between the estrogen and the progesterone and that’s where ovulation occurs.
So I think it’s really important to actually know what’s going on in your cycle.
When the progesterone drops in that second half, this is where menstruation occurs. This is where you actually have your period. What we find is majority of women that have PMS symptoms- the breast tenderness, the cramping, the whole nine yards- their progesterone is actually much lower. So imagine this line, it’s much lower.
So we have low amounts of progesterone in the second half of the cyle. And that can trigger a lot of the symptoms we’re referring to.
So you’re probably thinking, what’s causing this low progesterone? Well, the question is, where is the progesterone going? Well progesterone is actually getting converted into a hormone, called cortisol.
Cortisol is essentially a glucocorticosteroid. Alright. So, gluco – glucose. Alright. To watch sugar stability is one of the main role of cortisol. Steroid – inflammation, pain.
So one of the most common things that drive low progesterone in the second half of the cycle is blood sugar issues. You’re not getting enough high-quality fat and protein. It’s very important – Inflammation, Pain. This could be chronic back pain, knee pain, neck pain. This could be from too much or too little exercise. This could also be from food allergens. This could also be from infections. There’s really no magic pill for it. PMS, there’s no magic pill for it coz it can be a combination of these issues.
So what we do here is, we actually address the adrenal glands. The adrenals are really responsible for producing cortisol, as well as progesterone.
If we can address adrenal glands, we’re going to have a huge impact and balance in this last half of the cycle here. We’ll also have a huge impact for the rest of the lifestyle concern, which is blood sugar, exercise lifestyle, diet and things like that.
We also use some specific herbal blends and even adrenal support to actually help balance this last half of the cycle up.
If you have any more questions, please shoot me an email or schedule the consultation and we can go a little bit deeper with your concerns.