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Health Tips and Tricks 
Tension or Non-Migraine Headaches

Headaches are a fact of life for many Canadians and for the most part, create unnecessary suffering. Research shows that approximately 80% of headaches are cervicogenic or from the neck. The greater and lesser occipital nerves pass from the upper neck over most of the head and over and behind the eyes. Other causes include a poorly functioning jaw, dehydration, caffeine withdrawal, an over-loaded liver, eye strain, energetic imbalances, EMF radiation, noise, squinting, stress and rarely blood vessel problems or tumours. (This list is not exhaustive). Once the cause of the headache is discovered, gentle treatment and/or lifestyle modifications are known to be quite satisfactory.

Getting rid of gray hair

Don’t dye your grays–get rid of them!

Q: I’ve started getting more and more gray hairs. Is there anything I can do to get rid of them?

Dr Wright: There are some natural options to try to combat graying hair. Studies have reported that the combination of 100 mg of pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), 200 mg of PABA, and 50 g. of brewer’s yeast have proven effective in restoring hair color. Keep in mind that you won’t see drastic overnight results using these supplements; any results will be seen gradually over the course of a few months. And it should also be noted that if you stop taking these supplements, you will lose any benefit you gained and the gray will return.

If you’d prefer to get rid of the gray entirely (and sooner), with a more herbal-based, non-chemical product, try henna, which can change your hair color without endangering your health. Studies have shown that women who used chemical-based dyes for long periods have a much higher incidence of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and other cancers. The good news is, there seem to be more and more non-chemical products to choose from.

If the above doesn’t work, you can always remain philosophical about it: with age comes wisdom. Why cover that up?
Natural help for easy bruisers

A boost to stop easy bruising

Q: I bruise ridiculously easily. My legs always have at least a few on them. Nobody else I know bruises like this. What could be the reason?

Dr. Wright: You’re likely low on vitamin Kflavonoids, or both. You can boost your vitamin K levels by eating deep green vegetables. You may even want to take probiotics since vitamin K is made by friendly intestinal bacteria. Boost your flavonoid levels by eating blue, red, and purple foods. Until the easy bruising goes away completely, you should also take 5 to 10 milligrams of vitamin K daily and use a supplement high in flavonoids, such as bilberry, hawthorne, or ginkgo.
B6 could help swollen hands

The secret behind swollen hands

Q: Lately, the backs of my hands have been puffy and swollen. What could cause this?

Dr. Wright: While I can’t say for sure without examining your hands (and you should consider having this done by a physician skilled in natural medicine), a Texas physician named John Ellis discovered years ago that many conditions involving the hands can be alleviated with vitamin B6.

The first thing to do is look for “Ellis signs” in your hands. Try holding your hands upright, keeping the joints joining your palms and fingers perfectly straight. Now try and bending the middle and end joints so that your fingertips touch your palms. If you can’t do it, it’s a positive “Ellis sign,” which could indicate a need for extra vitamin B6.

You may want to consider taking 100 milligrams of vitamin B6 three times daily for up to six months, or until all the puffiness and the “Ellis sign” is gone, and your hands are more flexible. And, if you’re interested, you can try to find an old copy of Dr. Ellis’ book The Doctor Who Looked at Hands at the library or on the Internet.