Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis for Migraine Relief

The SimplyWell Protocol is an excellent set of lifestyle steps that can effectively dismantle many chronic migraine patterns.  However, some clients who have been suffering for decades, have been on medications for many years, or who have a history of trauma, surgery, or hormone replacement therapy, may need additional support in the form of mineral balancing through Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis.

In my coaching practice I have consistently seen serious damage done to people’s mineral balance through the casual (or, often doctor reccomended) use of supplements, especially vitamin D and multivitamins containing copper and zinc.  It is often incorrectly assumed that deficiencies in blood are an accurate reflection of the state of the cell, and that minerals do not interact with one another.  This could not be further from the truth.

In general, many women with migraine and hormonal imbalance have copper dysregulation (either low copper, or latent elevated copper).  Copper is needed to support metabolic function and the synthesis of the DAO enzyme, as well as thousands of other important enzymes.  Therefore supplementing with zinc without sufficient copper can be very problematic since it could further deplete copper levels if done improperly.  This is why one-on-one guidance is often necessary to balance zinc and copper levels, based on actual specific data from an individuals HTMA lab report.

What is Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis?

Your hair contains all the minerals present in your body, including nutritional minerals as well as toxic heavy metals.  Hair mineral analysis is a laboratory test that measures this mineral content in the hair.  In most cases, the test results reflect how much of these elements are in your tissues and provide a vivid picture of your cellular and tissue mineral levels.  With this information, a world of metabolic events can be interpreted.  Not only can your nutritional status be viewed, but the test can also reveal how efficiently your body is working on many levels – including adrenal function, thyroid function, metabolic type, stress response, heavy metal toxicity, hormonal function, chemical sensitivity, and more.

After 30 years of research, hair analysis has emerged as the most practical method of testing for mineral balance in your body.

How Accurate is HTMA Compared to a  Blood or Urine Test?

With a properly obtained sample, hair analysis is extremely accurate.  Blood tests give information about your mineral levels at the time of the test only.  If you’ve just eaten a banana, your test can indicate a high potassium level, even though you may actually need potassium supplementation.  On the other hand, hair analysis results indicate your overall level of potassium – your actual tissue and cellular storage levels over a period of time, not just what you ate that day or even that week. So a blood test will only accurately report what is being transported in our blood at the time of the test.

Testing for minerals in urine measures the minerals that are being excreted from your body – not necessarily what has been absorbed as fuel for your body.

So blood and urine tests are like snapshots whereas a hair analysis is the video of your mineral retention.

Understanding Dynamic Relationships Between Minerals

Vitamins and minerals interact with each other in a dynamic rather than static way.  Too much zinc, for example, can antagonize vitamin D.  Therefore, taking zinc indiscriminately may cause an imbalance in vitamin D.  Too little vitamin D, in turn, antagonizes calcium, creating poor conditions for calcium absorption.  So now you have a shortage of calcium.  Too much vitamin C can cause a copper deficiency and allow too much iron to build up in the body.  A domino effect occurs.  While you may be aware that vitamins and minerals are needed, too much of something can be just as bad as too little.

Mineral levels can be very closely and accurately analyzed using a Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA).  Marya is trained in HTMA and can assist with personalized mineral rebalancing as part of a one-on-one coaching session.

Mild Herb Liver Pate Recipe: The Ultimate Supplement

Why would you want to eat liver if you have migraines? Because it’s high in bioavailable copper needed to break down histamine, and has loads of other important vitamins and minerals besides. A few ounces of this goodness contains ample quantities of vitamin A; all the B vitamins including choline and betaine; copper; zinc; iron; potassium; phosphorous; selenium; and even a little vitamin D.  It also has vitamin E as tocotrienols, squalene, beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, lycopene, vitamin K, flavonoids, phenolic acids, and Coq10 from the Red Palm Oil I added to it.

The real gold nugget here though is the vitamin A.  Vitamin A, along with food-based vitamin C like Acerola powder, can help your liver to produce a protein called ceruloplasm, which makes copper bioavailable for thousands of enzymatic functions including the breakdown of histamine. So I figured, why not just add acerola powder directly in here!  I did.  Now it’s an even more potent medicine.

Listen to this video to learn more about the importance of copper for histamine, herpes, and hormones.

It is important to use only chicken liver if you have any copper toxicity issues, since other types of liver such as beef liver can have much higher amounts of copper. Obviously you want to use the most humanely-raised, organic or pastured chicken livers possible.

I know that most moderns are out of touch with ancestral ways of eating and don’t find pate palatable. That’s why I’ve made this pate as mild as absolutely possible, and packed full of pungent fresh herbs to help dull the mineral taste of liver.  If you’re averse to other pates you’ve had, don’t let that stop you from enjoying this very mild pate.  Even my very picky fiver year old son liked it (I didn’t tell him it had liver in it). So here’s the recipe:

Ingredients

3/4 cup melted butter or ghee
3 T Red Palm Oil (Nutiva Brand)
1 very large or 2 med onions or shallots
4 garlic cloves
4 large mushrooms
1.5 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp allspice
1 tsp pepper
2 T acerola powder (I like Micronutrients brand)
1 carrot
1 celery stalk
1 T fresh thyme
1 T fresh oregano
1 T fresh savory
1 cup of fresh chicken liver
1/3 cup chopped parsley
2 T heavy whipping cream (optional, but it gives a nice whipped consistency to the pate)
2 tsp whiskey (optional)

Directions

Sautee all ingredients except livers, herbs, cream, and whiskey. Meanwhile, boil some water with salt and add the chopped liver.  Cook for a few minutes until the liver is slightly pink in the middle, but don’t overcook. This recipe yields a little over 2 cups, which should be enough for 2 people to eat 2 T a day.

After the ingredients are sauteed, add them to a blender with the liver, herbs, and whiskey. Add to food processor and blend until smooth. This lasts about a week (it lasts a long time because the saturated fats preserve it and prevent oxidation), and you can freeze extra batches. I eat this at least three times per week, if not daily. When I eat it daily, I eat 2 T a day.  When I eat it a few times a week, I eat around 4 T on those days.

Nutrition Info

Eating 2 T per day of this pate will offer up roughly 3,000 IU of vitamin A and on average about 30% of the daily value for most B vitamins.

The amount of vitamin C here is pretty minimal at around 200 mg in the whole batch, or around 90mg per day in the daily dose of 2 T, which is above the RDA of 60.

This should provide about 16% of your RDA for vitamin E.

The total amount of CoQ10 in the whole 2 cup batch is about 1.8 mg, or 257mcg per day – pretty negligible.

I’ll see what I can do to find values for the other nutrients in here soon.

Enjoy!

Bioavailable Copper for Healing Migraine, Histamine, Herpes, and Hormones (Video)

This past week was a goldmine for me connecting dots in my ever-deepening understanding of migraine pathology. I’ve been dancing with joy because what I’ve discovered explains a LOT about the root cause of migraine.  And it all has to do with having sufficient bioavailable copper to heal your migraines.

As you know, I’ve been looking for that root cause in earnest because while my beloved Protocol does prevent me and others from having migraine, it clearly hasn’t solved the underlying cause since the migraines return when it is stopped.

I’m in the middle of selling my house and buying a new one so haven’t had time to write blog posts, but I was so excited about this information I decided to make a video for you to summarize what I’ve been learning. I don’t have time to write a transcript so I hope you can watch or listen to the video to get the full download.

In this video, you will learn about the importance of bioavailable copper and zinc and what that has to do with histamine, herpes, and hormones.  I’d also like to share my pate recipe here for those of you adventurous enough to incorporate it into your diet.