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Suffering from Headaches at the Grill or Bonfire?

Suffering from Headaches at the Grill or Bonfire? | Kasia Kines - Functional Medicine

Dr. Kasia Kines, Nutritionist, CEO and founder of EBV Educational Institute
Virtual clinic serving the US and globally
[email protected]

Pay attention to a burning fire, whether it is from wood or pallets.  Do you get headaches at the grill, by a bonfire, or home by the wood-burning fire?  That may mean that you have a particular Gene SNP (a genetic alteration you were born with), due to which your enzyme for breaking down and detoxifying smoke is not working properly.

Are You One of those People?

You may have never made this connection until now. The good thing is that you can amend it. I remember a friend that used to complain that she would end up with headaches every time she went camping. When we tested her genes and found out that she had that impairment, we solved the mystery. Now she knows how to boost the detox pathways in her body, so she can enjoy the camping without those splitting headaches!

Here are a few Solutions:

  • Delegate cooking at the fire to your significant other
  • Sit further away from the bonfire, grill, or fire pit
  • Sit at the fire so that the wind blows on your back, blowing the smoke away from you
  • Take extra curcumin supplement – I find that this particular form of it ( helps my patients if with this genetic variant. This product contains the patented and highly bioavailable form of curcumin as opposed to the traditional turmeric powder you use in the kitchen as well as 2 extra supportive ingredients.

Curcumin and Headaches

Curcumin is  one of the most famous constituents in turmeric spice that makes our beloved curry yellow. It is a little hard to absorb all the beneficial constituents from this spice unless you cook it in fat (e.g. ghee) and use black pepper as well. That is exactly how it is cooked in the old Indian cooking tradition (now verified scientifically). What I really appreciate about Curcumin Extreme supplement is that it offers a patented form of curcumin that is about 8 times more highly bioavailable than the powder you cook with. This form of curcumin is called BCM-95, and you only need one capsule.  Curcumin supports phase 1, phase 2 and the intermediate phase of your detoxification pathways. Smoke entering your lungs requires the body to detoxify it – liver, our mastermind of detox phases, has to run it. There are very few natural constituents that support ALL these three detox phases, and so curcumin is really valuable.

Curcumin Extreme also includes broccoli seed extract, very well studied for its cancer-protective phytonutrients and sulfuric compounds needed for the proper detoxification.

Finally, Curcumin Extreme contains 100mcg selenium in its best form, selenomethionine.  You cannot make glutathione (or thyroid hormone, for that matter) without selenium. And glutathione is the most important antioxidant your body makes you have never heard about it, also heavily involved in detoxification and the health of your gut.

Curcumin Extreme can take the burden off your liver and clear that smoke better for you, amending the Gene SNP wth impaired smoke clearance. Even with this annoying gene SNP, you will now be able to enjoy the fire without a headache or toxic overload.

Dr. Kasia Kines, Nutritionist, CEO and founder of EBV Educational Institute

Virtual clinic serving the US and globally

[email protected]


  1. Posted on August 14, 2017 at 10:19 AM by Yvette

    Which gene snp do I look at for mutation for this?

  2. Posted on August 14, 2017 at 7:51 PM by Kasia Kines

    There are quite a few SNPs related to detoxification of fumes. For example, N-acetyl transferase NAT related SNPs or CYP1A1 or 2, and more genes that relate to detoxification pathways. Problems arise when, for example, NAT is either too slow or too fast. Either way can cause problems.


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