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What is Energy Medicine

Energy Medicine is based on the understanding that any physical, mental, or behavioural problem has a counterpart in the body’s energies and can be treated at that level. It provides a holistic approach to healing by not only addressing your body, mind, and spirit, but also by working with your emotions, past trauma, and even your relationships.

So what is “Energy’

Over the centuries energy in the body has been given different names such as Qi (Chi), Prana, Innate Intelligence, Mana, Pneuma, Vital fluid, Odic force, and Orgone.

After many years denying the existence and importance of this energy within our bodies, science is now discovering methods of measuring it. There is more information at the bottom of this blog.

The belief among healers is that when our energy is blocked, stagnant or disrupted our physical bodies cannot function optimally. This imbalance can also lead to disease and ill-health.

Energy Medicine

For thousands of years, practitioners around the world have activated the body’s natural healing processes through clearing meridians, balancing energy, healing touch, utilising Ayurvedic medicine, shamanic practices, applying hands-on healing such as Reiki, and many other modalities.

The many different healing modalities that fall under the category of Energy Medicine may be referred to as energy therapy, energy healing, vibrational medicine, psychic healing, spiritual medicine or spiritual healing.

All of these modalities will work to affect the energy in our body and to assist us to become balanced, grounded, to tap into our innate healing power within, and to release and resolve traumas.

Traditional Western medicine focuses on diagnosing symptoms and treating you from the outside. When used in combination with Energy Medicine the results can be profound as the whole person is addressed.

Benefits of Energy Medicine

Energy medicine has been shown to have many benefits.

These include calming the nervous system, releasing trapped emotions and traumas, bringing calm and a sense of peace.

In this way Energy Medicine can help with anxiety, depression, PTSD, relieving pain and fatigue, improving sleep, it can bring more confidence, more focus and more connection to others, it can also can help clients be less reactive and improve relationships.

Energy Medicine Modalities

These are just some of the Energy Medicine approaches available:

Hands-on Therapies

Approaches such as Reiki, Chakra Balancing, Energy Healing, Tantric Healing, Pranic Healing, Esoteric Healing, Magnetic / Auric Healing, Healing Touch, Hands of Light, Body Talk and Therapeutic Touch involve the healer laying their hands on the body or holding them in the auric field around the body.

Crystals and Magnets

These can be used either on the body or close to the body to affect the energy flow.

Acupuncture / Acupressure

Acupuncture and Acupressure are an ancient modality which uses very fine needles or finger / hand pressure to affect the meridians or energy lines within the body

Reflexology

The reflexologist uses pressure, usually with their fingers, on the reflex points of the hands or feet. This affects the energy within the body.

Distant healing, intercessory prayer

The healer works from a distance either with prayer or by using intentional energy healing such as Reiki. The recipient will often feel the effects of the energy during the session.

Exercise and Movement

There are a number of systems using meditation, breath and movement to positively affect the energy within the body by cleansing, strengthening, and circulating it. They include Tai Chi, Qi Gong (Ch’i Kung) and Yoga.

Combination Therapies

Acupressure and Tai Chi can be used together to provide hands on treatment along with Tai Chi exercises to be used at home. This allows the healing to continue.

Emotional Blueprint: This unique system uses reflexology to read the emotions that are stored within your body, in combination with visualisation and journeying. This allows you to connect with these emotions, to release them and established new, more beneficial patterns in their place.

Conclusion

Energy Medicine has something to offer everyone, whether you just need to relax and enjoy some “Me Time”, or you have deeper physical and emotional / mental health concerns that you wish to alleviate.

It is an excellent complement to Western Medicine and to other Alternative Health Modalities. It is safe for anyone from young children to seniors.

 

Scientific Measurement of Energy

Indirect measurement of subtle energy in the body is possible through certain physiological correlates that are emerging.

Instruments to measure acupuncture activity and Kirlian photography (electrical discharge photography) are the two main contenders for subtle energy monitoring.

Acupuncture instruments are based on the observation that acupuncture points have special electrical characteristics; the points have lower resistance to electrical current flow as compared to the surrounding tissues. As each meridian is associated with one or more organs inside the body, the electrical activity of the acupoint seems to be related to the organ function.

In the second kind of instrument, based on Kirlian photography, a high voltage, low current is applied to the finger pads. The colourful discharge that is observed is analyzed in a computer and is related to organ function.

Sophisticated instruments are presently available based on these principles. These instruments are undergoing many trials and clinical evaluation, so that their use can become acceptable in medical diagnostics and therapy.

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Can Reiki and Energy Healing Treat My Headaches

Can Reiki and Energy Healing Treat My Headaches?

Can underlying energetic blockages and imbalances cause headaches and migraines?

The simple answer is ‘yes’ they are one of the possible triggers or causes.

Both an excess of energy in the head or deficiency can lead to pain. This can be the result of an issue within the head itself, or disruption further down the body which obstructs the free flow of energy.

So a blockage in the throat will prevent the flow of energy into and out of the head.

A blockage at the root or 2nd chakra, so in the pelvis or lower abdomen, will affect how much energy can move into the body or be released.

It is not uncommon with our daily lives to become focussed in our head. We are continually busy, using our minds nonstop, and often allow little time to decompress and ground ourselves. This leads to an inability to let go of the stresses of the day, to drain the excess out of our heads and to become grounded.

Almost all of my clients come in needing to open their lower chakras, reconnect to the earth, and to release some of that pent-up energy.

This disruption in energy flow may result in many different headache symptoms including a dull ache, pressure, throbbing or pain spikes.

An energy healer, whether practising Reiki, Chakra balancing, Pranic Healing, Angel Healing, or one of the many other approaches will be able to assist your body to better balance and to bring relief effectively.

During a session, they may work on your head or any other part of the body. If there is an excess or stagnation of energy in the head, there is little benefit to treating the head. What is needed is to open up the channels throughout the body so that the energy can move and the pressure in the head can be released.

They may also bring about longer term healing by addressing the underlying reasons for your energy imbalance. This can be by releasing trapped emotions or by bringing you more into balance, so you are no longer as reactive to daily stresses.

Clients who receive energy healing report that they feel better in many ways emotionally and physically.

Dispelling some energy myths

Energy is not some mystical, magical element. Science shows that it exists all around us; energy and matter are interchangeable and that everything is connected energetically.

Science also shows that the human body has an energetic component. It is possible to produce an image of the body’s aura and to identify acupuncture points scientifically, however, we do not currently have the science to show what these points are or what they do.

There are many healing approaches worldwide that address imbalance or blockages in our energy, many of which are very ancient. These include Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, Reiki, Chakra Balancing, Shamanism, Eastern Tantra, Pranic Healing, Angel Healing, the Laying on of Hands and much more. 

Whichever approach is used by the healer the intention is the same; they will seek to bring balance and flow, to release stagnant or congested energy, to channel energy into areas that are deficient and to assist with letting go of any trapped emotions which are interfering with correct balance.

When channelling energy, the healer is tapping into the universal energy that is all around us. Depending on the approach they may consider this energy to be from Mother Earth, from the Father, from God, the Angels, the Source, the One or the Light. Or they may have another name for it.

There have been scientific studies that show the healer is affecting energy when healing is taking place. The book “The energy healing experiments” by Dr Gary Schwartz details some of these studies.

Book a complimentary introductory session with me to find out more about energy healing and how it could help you.

Disclaimer

This article in not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Magnesium, Migraines, and Mitochondria

Magnesium, Migraines, and Mitochondria

An estimated 2.7 million Canadians, more women than men, suffer from migraine headaches. A migraine is often a throbbing, one-sided headache with nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to bright lights, or aura. An aura can be a quick disturbance of visual or neurological function, and usually precedes a migraine attack.

Causes for Migraines

There are a few different causes of migraines, and one or more could be at play in individual cases.

Changes in blood vessel pressure

One theory is that blood vessels increase pressure by constricting, and then reactively dilating. This sudden alteration in blood flow can lead to a migraine headache.

Mitochondria

Another theory suggests that issues with mitochondria–the powerhouses of the cell–affect energy production, and causes a migraine.

Medication and stimulants

Tobacco use, caffeine consumption, and birth control pills can increase the frequency of migraines in certain people. It is also worthwhile to check if the side effects of any medications you are taking may be worsening your headaches.

Salt

Too large of an ingestion of salt can lead to a migraine 6-12 hours later.

Food intolerances

A possible underlying cause of migraine headaches is an intolerance to wheat, citrus, eggs, tea, coffee, chocolate, milk, beef, corn, cane sugar, yeast, mushrooms, and/or peas. Elimination of these offending foods for 8 weeks helped 60 migraine patients reduce their frequency of headaches from 402 to just 6 per month.

Magnesium, B vitamins and CoQ10

Interestingly, magnesium is typically deficient in migraine patients. Supplementation of magnesium can improve mitochondrial energy output, and reduce the frequency and/or severity of migraine headaches (5).

Riboflavin (vitamin B2), and Niacinamide (vitamin B3) can be effective for migraine relief as they play important roles in mitochondrial energy production.

Coenzyme Q10 also benefits mitochondria and, as a result, migraine headaches.

Hormonal links

Estrogen has been linked to menstrual migraine headaches, and postmenopausal women may experience a reduction in migraines and tension-type headaches due to a decline in sex hormones.

Serotonin agonists like 5-HTP may acutely relieve and prevent menstrual headaches.

If you suffer from migraines and also have a history of fibromyalgia or myofascial pain syndrome, you may benefit from mitochondrial support, magnesium, and 5-HTP.

An underlying cause of anxiety and insomnia may perpetuate migraine and tension-type headaches amongst postmenopausal women and the general population.

So what can you do about it..??

There are many migraine treatment alternatives; this was just a small summary of strategies for a big headache.

We are all unique, your Naturopathic Doctor can assess the possible causes for your migraines and suggest ways in which they can be relieved by using diet, nutrition and by removing the triggers.

Book a free introductory meet and greet to find out how naturopathic medicine could help your migraines.

Disclaimer

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Herbal Remedies for Migraine Headaches

Herbal Remedies for Migraine Headaches

Migraines are debilitating. The pain stops life: no engaging with family or friends, no work and no simple pleasures in life. The only refuge once a migraine attacks is a dark, quiet room. Hopefully, sleep brings relief.

There has been a 50% increase in the occurrence of migraines in the last 20 years. This is both alarming and hopeful. Why hopeful? Because if the increase in people suffering with migraines has increased recently, this means with proper care, the number can decrease.

Migraines, like any chronic illness, have a number of triggers. To find relief from migraine headaches, it is essential understand the patterns that trigger the headaches. Once the pattern is understood and the triggers discovered, herbs, dietary and lifestyle changes can be used to reduce the number and the severity of the migraines, quite possibly eliminate them all together.

Understanding the patterns of your migraines

To begin to understand the patterns of the migraine headache ask the following questions:

  • Are the headaches associated with certain foods, stress, lack of sleep, fluorescent lights, alcohol or premenstrual hormonal flux?
  • Do migraines run in the family?
  • Are they associated with weather changes?
  • What is the mood of the person experiencing the headaches?
  • What is their personality?
  • What events lead up to the headache?
  • How is the pain eased?

Try to keep a record of the events surrounding each headache to help you reveal the headaches’ pattern and possible causes.

Making changes to relieve your migraines

Frequently dietary changes are necessary to relieve migraines.

The primary food culprits of migraines are chocolate, aged cheese and red wine, processed meats containing nitrates and foods containing monosodium glutamate (MSG). Many find white sugar will bring on a migraine, even a day or two after it has been consumed.

One person I know wakes with a migraine if she eats a banana before bed.

Other foods associated with migraines are avocadoes, tomatoes, dairy products and canned fish.

Stress, or pushing yourself to accomplish too many things, for a prolonged time (or during a difficult period in your life) contributes to the frequency of migraine headaches.

Often it requires two or more triggers to come together to ignite migraine’s pain. For example: you have been pushing yourself all day to meet a deadline and at the evening you drink some red wine to ease your tension. The two triggers combine produces the migraine.

Exercise to help you avoid migraines

Regular exercise can reduce the numbers and severity of migraines. Current research suggests fluctuating serotonin levels are a contributing factor to migraine pain. Exercise increases and helps the body maintain serotonin levels. Exercise, that is non-competitive and focuses on releasing tension are the most effective, for example gentle yoga or Tai chi.

Herbs to relieve your headaches

If choosing herbs to relieve migraines it is important to keep in mind that there is not a specific herb or group of herbs that will always bring relief. If using herbs holistically, it is important to support the person in achieving balance of body/mind and not just use symptom relief for the migraines. (However, symptom relief is an essential part of a health plan until the body/mind has shifted and balance restored.)

There are a few general guidelines in using herbal medicine to reduce or overcome migraine headaches.

Cleansing

The first step in limiting the number and severity of migraines is gentle cleansing. Herbs like dandelion root and leaf (Taraxacum officinalis) remove toxins from the body via the liver without the headache, nausea and fatigue associated with aggressive cleanses. Dandelion will cool down the heat many experience with migraine heads and ease any nausea or stomach upset.

Stress and tension

If the migraine is associated with excess tension the herbal apothecary has much to offer. Sculcap (Scutellaria laterfolia) quietens an overactive mind. Lobelia (Lobelia inflate) relaxes muscular tension and deepens breathing. Oats (Avena sativa) soothe frayed nerves. Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca) settles an anxious heart while cooling down an overheated liver. A combination of these herbs can bring on the relaxation necessary to ward off a migraine. Peppermint (Menthe piperita) eases the sensitive stomach often associated with migraines. 

Hormonal headaches

If the migraines are premenstrual, herbs that help balance the sex hormones are essential. The queen of these herbs is vitex (Vitex angus-castus). Vitex, formerly known as chaste berry, was used to depress the libido of monks in the middle ages. Now it is the most commonly used herb to relieve menstrual irregularities, including PMS with migraines. Adding vitex to the above formula along with dietary changes and regular exercise can decrease the frequency and intensity of migraine headaches.

And, a change in focus!

The final key to relieving migraines is an attitude change.

The serenity prayer, is a powerful medicine for those who suffer with migraines. It goes like this:

Grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Find out more about herbal medicine and how it can help you. Book a complementary introductory session today.

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Are food allergies causing your headaches?

Are food allergies causing your headaches?

Are you one of the many people who suffer from chronic or severe headaches?

Perhaps you have been through the medical profession and have no answers?

I have had numerous clients who experience headaches and migraines and have been to a whole range of doctors, had multiple tests performed only to receive no answers as to the cause of their pain.

An aspect that is often overlooked is the impact that food allergies and intolerances can have. I speak from personal experience; if I eat any corn products I suffer for several days with what I would describe as a ‘clamping’ headache – my head feels like it is in a vice and I cannot think straight. No corn, no pain!

Some doctors may suggest that you avoid certain common food triggers such as coffee, chocolate, wheat, corn, cow’s milk, eggs, citrus, sugar, alcohol, artificial additives, colourings, sweeteners (especially aspartame) and MSG. However, these are just that, ‘common’ triggers; every one of us is a unique individual, and as such we all react to different things.

If you don’t feel well, get bloated, or tired after a meal it is a good indication that the food that you are eating is not suiting your body and may be a factor in your headaches.

An elimination diet where you remove the common food triggers and any others that you suspect will help you to determine whether they are actually a factor for you. Remember that if your headaches only occur periodically then you may need to remove the foods for several weeks or even a month or so to determine their effect. You will probably notice a range of other improvements too, including your digestion, energy and stamina, muscle function, sleep, memory, concentration and others.

Once you have established that you are better without the foods you can reintroduce them, one at a time. It may take a few days or more for any reaction to become apparent so I recommend that you wait 2 weeks before adding another food back in.

You can also have allergy testing. This can take the form of blood or skin tests, however, I find these to be of limited use when looking for the cause of headaches as they provide a general list of allergens, and do not identify the specific triggers for your headaches.

I usually recommend muscle testing with an experienced practitioner. You will get the results at the time of the test and it is possible to identify specific triggers for your headaches including allergies, intolerances, nutritional deficiencies and any emotional or structural components.

Once you have identified the food triggers it is easy to then avoid them.

Diet, in general, will play a huge role in relief from headaches and migraines and in general wellness. One of the biggest things you can do is try to return to a more natural, ‘real food’ diet. So, cooking from scratch, using organic produce where possible and sticking to grass fed, free range meats and poultry or wild fish. It can actually be cheaper to eat this way, and you will be surprised how good you can feel.

Of course, this has to be balanced with reality, so it is equally important to accept that it is not always possible to eat this way, and not to stress about those occasions when you ‘cheat’!

And, finally, water is an essential part of that natural diet. Dehydration will ALWAYS cause headaches..  so try to get 2 litres a day.

Contact me for more information, or book a complementary introductory session.

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Headaches - When to see your doctor

Headaches: When to see your doctor

A headache; pain in the cranium or head.

Who has not had a headache at one time or another? Such is the range and variety of these aches that they need to be qualified and quantified to determine cause and treatment.

  • Are they occasional or chronic?
  • How long do they last?
  • What is their intensity?
  • What seems to initiate them?
  • Where are they located?
  • Are they accompanied by other signs or symptoms?
  • What if anything brings relief?
  • Is there psychological or emotional stress involved?

Structure of the head

The cranium (skull) is composed of bone, muscle, fascia, blood vessels and nerves, as is the rest of the body. It has the added components of the cerebrospinal fluid in which floats the brain, and the special senses of sight, taste, smell and sound.

Do you need to see a doctor?

If a headache is the result of a pathological/medical problem then, undoubtedly a physician needs to be consulted.

Depending on the biochemical imbalance involved, another type of alternative practitioner such as a naturopath or homeopath might be consulted.

An osteopath can of course work in tandem with any of the above practitioners especially if the causes are complicated.

Osteopathy is a complete system of manual therapy medicine which always attempts to get past a symptom, such as a headache, to an underlying cause.

With an assessment, the osteopath will determine if a headache is a biomechanical or biochemical problem or a mixture of both. A structural assessment will help to determine if the cause is mechanical.

An evaluation of the viscera (the organs) will assist in determining if there is a body chemistry problem, and a craniosacral assessment will help in determining if the problem is related to the central nervous system.

Tension headaches

These seem to be most common and result from misalignment of the structure(s) of the body. This then creates stress, tension or pull on any tissue level; bone, muscle, circulation, fascia and nerve either in or outside the central nervous system.

Remember, nerves are always involved – if we didn’t have nerves we wouldn’t feel anything. The question is whether it is the neural tissue itself or an agent acting on it.

Common causes of structural headaches are tension and stress, poor posture, misalignment and, in today’s world, the repeated strain of sitting incorrectly at a computer all day.

Migraines

Migraines are also fairly common and can be quite incapacitating and complicated. With migraines, there is a biochemical component involved in addition to which, neurological and biomechanical factors can be part of the profile. Hormonal contributions are not infrequent.

Head trauma

Then there is just hitting your head and ending up with a painful bump. More serious are concussions and damage to the brain or its circulatory system, all of which must be checked medically.

If you would like to know more about when to seek medical advice for headaches, book a complimentary meet and greet with me.

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Not All Headaches are Created Equally: Categorizing Headaches

Not All Headaches are Created Equally: Categorizing Headaches

Most have us have suffered a headache or two in our lifetime. Some sever, some mild, some that lasted 2 days, some that lasted an hour, some that may have been pounding, and some that may have made you feel sick to your stomach. Whatever symptoms of a headache you have or have had, they often get in the way of our activities of daily living and can be quite debilitating.

It is important to know that not all headaches are the same and are unique to each individual. Understanding different types of headaches and how they are classified, may help you better understand how to cope with symptoms better or allow you to help someone who is suffering.

Although a lot of research has been done on headaches, we still do not know the exact causes and reasons for certain headaches. We can however, classify headaches into one of 4 categories. Does your headache seem to fall into one of these categories?

Tension Headaches

Tension headaches usually result in a pressure like pain on both sides of the head, usually in the temples, forehead or back of the neck. Stress can be a trigger of this headache but there are usually no warning signs. It can start mild and gradually get worse as the day or night progresses.

Cluster Headaches

Cluster headaches are the most un-common form of headache. They occur in under 1% of the population and are more common in males. These headaches can be very sever and debilitating. Cluster headaches can occur for weeks and usually cause intense pain behind the eye. The cause is unknown however they usually result in runny nose and watery eyes.

Migraine without Aura (Classic Migraine)

This is what we consider a typical migraine that results in a pulsing/ pounding pain on one or both sides of your head (usually temple). Nausea is often associated with migraines although most people do not vomit. People who suffer from migraines are sometimes unable to perform activities of daily living due to their intensity. Lights and sounds often make the headache worse.

Migraine with Aura

Aura is the sensation or feeling you may have before a migraine. It may alert you that one is coming. Symptoms of a migraine with aura may seem similar to those of a stroke so it is important you talk to your doctor about it if you are experiencing this. For example, flashing lights, blurred vision, blind spots, speech difficulty and altered smell are considered aura.

Headaches can be very serious and should not be ignored. It is advised that if you are having the “ worst headache ever”, you should seek immediate medical help. It is also possible to have headaches that are not classified as one in the above categories. Trauma, concussions, infection, dehydration, and allergic reactions are just some reasons that you may also experience headaches. Headaches are never “normal” and should not have to be something you deal with on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis.

Many forms of alternative medicine can help you with your migraine symptoms. Here at Ottawa Holistic Wellness, we have many experienced therapists who can help you prevent, resolve, or alleviate headaches. For example, acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, osteopathy, and allergy treatment may help.

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3 Surprising Causes of Chronic Headaches and How To Cure Them Naturally

3 Surprising Causes of Chronic Headaches and How To Cure Them Naturally

Approximately 8 percent of Canadians suffer from chronic headaches each year. That equates to 76,000 people in Ottawa. I have been lucky so far that I count the number of times I have had a severe headache on one hand. I have however seen many clients who have not been so fortunate who have suffered headaches everyday for sometimes years. There are many causes of chronic headaches that I could cover however in this article I want to describe some less well-known causes that I see in my functional medicine practice and how to get rid of them naturally.

1. Histamine Intolerance

Histamine is a chemical produced by your immune system when you are exposed to an allergen, such as grass pollens.

People with histamine intolerance become oversensitive to histamine due to an excess buildup in their bodies.

The most common reason for this build up is through the presence of gut infections including Parasites and SIBO.

Infections in your gut stimulate the production of histamine which then spreads throughout the body. Moreover, if you consume foods that are high in histamines, such as fermented foods, reheated meat, and tomatoes, this will further increase levels and worsen symptoms.

One of the most usual symptoms of histamine intolerance is chronic headaches. Other typical symptoms include anxiety, dizziness, heartburn, and hives.

If you suspect that histamine intolerance is the cause of your headaches I suggest the following steps:

  1. Cut down on your consumption of high histamine foods.
  2. If you feel better removing these foods then seek out a functional medicine practitioner or naturopathic doctor who is experienced in dealing with Histamine Intolerance and in particular identifying and treating SIBO and Parasite infection

2. Low Thyroid Function

One of the less well-known symptoms of low thyroid function is morning headaches. Other symptoms of low thyroid include fatigue, dry skin, hair loss, brittle nails and cold intolerance.

Low thyroid function is more common in women than men. The most common causes of low thyroid I see in my practice are Hashimoto’s Disease and SIBO.

Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune condition that is often triggered by gluten and or casein (a protein found in dairy).

Low thyroid is often poorly diagnosed by doctors due to poor interpretation of blood test markers. If you suspect that low thyroid function might be the cause of your headaches I suggest the following action steps:

  1. Consult your family doctor and ask them to run a full thyroid panel. A full thyroid panel should include TSH, Free T4, Free T3, and Thyroid Peroxidase and Thyroglobulin antibodies. If your doctor is reluctant to run the full panel, then seek out a naturopathic doctor who can order these tests for a fee.
  2. If your doctor says your results appear within normal ranges, then find a Functional Medicine Doctor or Naturopathic Doctor, who are trained to look at thyroid blood markers from a more optimal perspective. If they see any abnormalities, they will then help you find the root of the problem.
  3. If you are unable to do either of the above, I suggest removing both gluten and dairy from your diet for two weeks to see if your symptoms resolve. If avoiding dairy and gluten helps you can try reintroducing each food on at a time to find out which foods trigger your symptoms.

3. Barometric Pressure Changes

If you live in Ottawa, you will be well aware that the weather can be very changeable and with this will come huge swings in barometric pressure.

For most people, this is just a way life, but for others, these swings in pressure can bring on headaches. Currently, there is no scientifically validated reason for people reacting to pressure changes.

That being said in my experience of treating people with weather-related headaches in the majority of cases there was an emotionally traumatic event that preceded the onset.

For example, one client developed headaches after a very stressful week at work during which there had been several thunderstorms over Ottawa.

If you suspect that your chronic headaches are triggered by barometric pressure changes I suggest the following steps:

  1. Think back to when you were first starting getting the headaches and try and remember what was going on in your life at that time and whether the weather was particularly changeable.
  2. If the answer is yes, then I suggest that your body has been conditioned to react to pressure changes, and I recommend you investigate some therapies that I have found useful in dealing with such issues. These treatments include Emotional Freedom Technique, Hypnotherapy and Natural Allergy Therapy.

Disclaimer

This article in not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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