Try This For Headaches

Here’s a simple remedy for chronic headaches

Know anyone that suffers from frequent headaches? Here is a natural headache relief “technique” that can work wonders in as little as a few minutes. Watch this week’s Wellness Minute video for this simple remedy. You will be surprised at how simple this lasting headache relief can be. Feel free to forward this video to anyone you know who suffers from headaches.

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Dr. Jason Godo, DC, RN

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Coca Pulse Test Identifies Food or Nutrient Sensitivities

Food “sensitivities” can be a major contributor to things like migraine headaches, dizziness, constipation, epilepsy, obesity, irritability, fatigue, sinusitis, hypertension, hives or asthma.


Have you ever taken a nutrient or made a dietary change hoping it would make you feel better but instead you feel worse? Were you experiencing a reaction to the supplement or food, or were you experiencing a detox reaction? Meaning toxins are on their way out; but in the process, you can feel worse. If it’s a detox process, we might want to slow the process down and tough it out. But if it is a food sensitivity, we want to stop it.

A food “sensitivity” is different than an out an out food allergy. I’m sure you have heard of people eating shell fish or some food and they have had a definite reaction. In the movie Hitch, Will Smith ate a food and in a short time his face was puffed out and swollen.

Food “sensitivities” will cause inflammation but just not as severe. In fact, food “sensitivities” can be a major contributor to things like migraine headaches, dizziness, constipation, epilepsy, obesity, irritability, fatigue, sinusitis, hypertension, hives or asthma. Dr. Arthur Coca was able to reverse these very symptoms by eliminating the foods which precipitated the symptoms.

Dr. Coca was a board certified allergist for over 40 years. Recognizing that allergy tests were limited, he developed the Coca Pulse Test. He observed that as we ingest stressful agents our sympathetic nervous system will react. One of the ways we can assess that reaction is by pulse measurements.

The way Dr. Coca did the test was to test one food at a time and have patients measure their pulse rates 30, 60 and then 90 minutes after an individual food was eaten. It involved a total of 13 tests per day. That’s pretty tough in today’s times; however, the test was later modified by a group of Naturopaths in the Northwest and is much more patient friendly.

The “modified” test makes things a lot easier. Here are the basic guidelines. Get a baseline pulse for full 60 seconds. Taste one food or nutrient on your tongue for 30 seconds, which is enough time for the body to react. Don’t swallow. Now with the food or nutrient still in your mouth, evaluate “the nervous system reaction” by re-measuring your pulse for a full 60 seconds. If the ending score is 4 points higher than the initial reading, the food or nutrient is creating stress for you.

Here is an example of how valuable this test can be. A few days ago a patient called me and was having a rapid heart rate and was concerned that it might be caused by his nutrients. He was actually kind of scared. I taught him the Coca Pulse Test over the phone, and we tested all his nutrients and medications.

We found out the culprit was a medication reaction from something his physician had recently given him. Needless to say he was greatly relieved when we found the cause.

I think over the years I’ve done this test only a handful of times when it was a nutrient that caused the reaction, most often it was their diet or detox reaction which we easily fixed by slowing down the protocol. The beauty of this test is that you can do it with nutrients or foods. You can get more information about the Cocoa Pulse Test below. Included is a form to help you track your results.

Try it. Once you have isolated the foods and nutrients that cause problems, see Dr. Godo for advice and alternatives. Maybe you are living with symptoms that could be reversed if you knew the cause. Do a little detective work on YOU… with the Coca Pulse Test.

Dr. Jason Godo, DC

Simple Headache Treatment With Dramatic Results

“She explained that her headache was gone by the beginning of the third hour, and she only needed two doses.”


Here’s a story about a mom who had crippling headaches and how a simple treatment had quick results. A mom, who lives in our neighborhood, was on her second day of blinding, migraine pain when our paths crossed. She explained to me how difficult it was to manage three small boys when she had to be in complete quiet and darkness.


She was wincing as she related her situation. I felt so bad for her; I gave her a bottle of Biomega-3 liquid and suggested she try taking 1 tablespoon an hour for 3 hours. I learned of the “tablespoon an hour technique” from a doctor in California but had never tried it. Each teaspoon of Biomega-3 liquid has 1400 mg of EPA/DHA so a tablespoon would yield 4200 mg of EPA/DHA. That’s a lot of Omega-3 oils. I knew that high levels of Omega-3 fatty acids can have dramatic anti-inflammatory properties and that if she was consuming the standard American diet, which she was, chances were pretty good that the fish oil could break the cycle.


I explained that it may cause diarrhea to consume so much fat quickly but even the diarrhea may help to reduce toxins that the colon may be harboring. I wanted her to know that a good “clean out” is okay and actually might be very therapeutic.


Since I was giving her the oil for free, I asked her to let me know what happened. For several months I never heard from her so I figured it didn’t work. This week I saw her down the street with her 3 boys and was able to ask her some details. She explained that her headache was gone by the beginning of the third hour, and she only needed 2 doses.


She had had another bout of migraines the following month, and she used the Biomega-3 liquid again and it worked equally as well. Obviously I told her that it worked because she is so deficient in healthy Omega 3 oils, and she needs to take some every day to build up her organ reserves.


The goal for all of us is to reduce what I call “systemic levels of inflammation.” Fortunately, the high dose fish oil worked for her; but I suggested she look at some of the other factors that could be  causing inflammation. Consuming foods she may be allergic to like gluten or dairy, eating foods high in hydrogenated oils, consuming too much fructose or MSG can all add to elevated levels of systemic inflammation.


We all read bits and pieces of information or hear advice about our health, but it really helps to be accountable to someone. Work with Dr. Godo and make a plan, one that you can live with.


One way to monitor your progress is to take the Nutri-Q test and follow the recommendations for 90 days then retake the test. You will be surprised by how much better you feel when you apply wellness principles daily and take a few nutrients to restore or rebuild your nutrient organ reserves.


It’s nice to hear dramatic results like the mom with migraine headaches, but isn’t it better to experience continued health and avoid those inflammatory moments all together? Let’s not wait until we are at the edge of our health cliff before we make changes. Let’s get healthy… so healthy that our family and friends ask us what are doing to look and feel so alive.


Dr. Jason Godo

Do You Have “Hidden” Food Allergies?

I want you to hear this, because it might change your life. Most people with chronic health challenges have hidden food allergies they don’t even know about. What if I were to tell you just eating bread or  oranges could be the cause of migraine headaches? How about corn causing high blood pressure? How about dairy foods causing asthma or arthritis? Before you tell me “no way,” listen to this study that was done in 1979 and written up in one of the most prestigious medical journals, “The Lancet.”

Sixty patients with frequent migraine headaches were investigated to see if mild food allergies could be the underlying cause. The average time span of headaches for women was 18 years and for men 22 years, so these were people were no strangers to pain.

Here’s how the study unfolded. Each of the 60 patients was asked to eat just 2 low allergen foods a day for five days, things like lamb and pears. Kind of boring I know but interestingly enough, most of the headaches were gone after just 5 days.

Then each patient tested 1-3 foods a day looking for reactions. Besides headaches, reactions could also be lethargy, depression, anxiety, flushing, dizziness, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea or rashes.  When the reactive foods were avoided, there was a dramatic fall in the number of headaches per month.  Headaches were reduced from 402 per month to 6 per month; in fact, 85% of the patients became headache free. No drug has ever, ever been able to match that kind of result.

Another interesting side effect of the study was that of the 15 patients who had hypertension at the beginning of the study, all had their blood pressure return to normal once they discovered and removed the offending foods.

Here are the foods that caused reactions: 78% of the people tested reacted to wheat, 65% reacted to oranges, eggs (45%), tea and coffee (40% each), chocolate and milk (37% each), beef (35%), and corn, cane sugar, and yeast (33% each). The average number of offending foods per patient was 10; some reacted to only 1 food, but some patients reacted to as many as 30 foods. Remember, reactions are not only headaches, mild food allergies can be a huge factor in any chronic health challenge: fatigue, irritable bowel, chronic pain of any kind, anxiety, depression, even some heart conditions.

What if stopping bananas could reduce your arthritis pain? Wouldn’t it be worth it? So, how do you know if you have hidden food allergies? There are many food allergy tests available, but none of them are 100% accurate; and let’s face it, they can be costly. And even if an allergy test identifies food sensitivity, it doesn’t mean people will stop eating that food. However, if a nagging symptom goes away when you abstain from a food, and then the symptom returns when you start eating that food again, the light comes on. Pain and discomfort are powerful motivators.

Dr. Godo can put you on a simple allergen-free diet.  After a short time of abstaining from the most common food “triggers,” your clinician can coach you about which foods to add one day at a time to see if you react. It will take a little detective work on your part and may cause you to try some different foods for a while, but hey, who has the most to gain by trying? You do. You may even have some fun as you begin experimenting with different foods and new tastes. You can always go back to eating the way you used to eat.  But it just may be possible that some of the foods you’re eating every day are the underlying cause of your health challenge.

Dr. Godo is valuable in helping you discover which foods you may be sensitive to. It’s time to end the insanity of doing the same things over and over. You need a change.  Discovering your hidden food allergies and foods that you are sensitive to could be the answer for you. Ask Dr. Godo how you can get started. You’ve been wondering why you have those aches and pains, why you feel tired, or why you keep gaining weight. Let’s find out.