How 6 Years of Research into Migraine Pathology Paid Off

My chronic migraines reared their head after a traumatic c-section operation.  After 2 years of experimentation, I was able to get rid of my migraine symptoms completely using the 5 steps that I now call the SimplyWell Protocol (available for free to all subscribers).

But when I got off the Protocol, my migraines came back.  So I set out on a journey to discover the root cause of migraine – and hit upon the answer: mineral balancing. 

Copper/zinc balancing is at the core of my approach to a migraine-free life.

By using Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis, we can work together to identify the root cause of your suffering.


I studied bodywork at East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, Oregon. I went on to specialize in biodynamic craniosacral therapy through a 2.5 year training with the International School of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, mentoring with Michael Shea, PhD.  I studied Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis with Rick Malter, PhD, of the Malter Institute.

Because my research has led me to believe that hormonal birth control and hormone replacement therapy are playing a major role in women’s migraine pathology (and even some men’s, if they were born to mother’s who used them), I have chosen to expand my knowledge base in body literacy and fertility awareness.  I have completed Sarah Bly’s “Fertility Awareness: Personal and Clinical Applications” class, as well as her “Permaculture of the Female Body” class.

My Approach

Healing migraine requires a holistic approach: one that addresses the root cause. I always work to support the whole of you, which includes your mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing.

The tool I use to evaluate and develop a mineral balancing strategy is Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis, which gives me a three-month long snapshot of your mineral status on a cellular level.

With your HTMA, I can determine your metabolic type, whether your migraines are caused by deficiencies or excess (or both) of minerals, any heavy metal toxicities that may be scrambling your mineral balance, and other mineral dynamics that are unique to you.

Mineral Dynamics

Minerals have powerful relationships to each other and to other nutrients, and healing is a dynamic process. Honoring this dynamic aspect of our bodies is important, especially when it comes to hormonal balance. 

I offer something unique when it comes to mineral balancing: I’ve developed an approach to healing hormonal migraine that adjusts the mineral program to different mineral requirements that exist at different times of your cycle. 

If you are peri or post-menopausal, mineral balancing can also be used to optimize your body’s own ability to synthesize hormones without the use of hormone replacement therapy.


As a 20-plus years migraine sufferer, I can say that I have tried many many different protocols, diets, drugs, essential oils, etc., but I have had the most remarkable long lasting improvement by implementing Marya’s advice. Finding her and letting her do the hair tissue mineral analysis has been worth every penny. The hair mineral analysis was very surprising and educational. It is obvious she has done a lot of research and knows which supplements might work best for my individual situation. As a migraine sufferer herself who also successfully beat them, she understands the challenge it is to find the right supplements and navigate our diet. She also explains the science behind her recommendations, which I appreciate, without getting overly technical. I cannot recommend her services highly enough. I am so grateful I found her.

C. Sanger

Steamboat Springs, CO

I’m so grateful to Marya and her research. I honestly don’t know where I’d be today without her help. I’m forever grateful for the gift she has given me of helping heal myself through nutrition and mineral balancing. Thank you so much Marya.

F. Fiorenza

Sydney, Australia

I feel like a new person. I have more energy and I no longer feel like migraines run my life. The other day as an experiment I drank a beer (alcohol is a guaranteed migraine trigger for me), and I did not get a migraine. Of course, I have no intentions of pushing that but it was a great confirmation that true healing is occurring.

T. Ranes

Lakewood, CO

Today has been the best day ever… Do I dare say I feel normal? What does normal actually feel like, I’m sure I’ve forgotten! After six years of autoimmune disease and the migraines this is quite frankly amazing. Good to be alive. So this is what it feels like after one month on the protocol, worth all the effort!!!

K. Griffin

Prince Edwards Island, Canada

I’ve spent countless hours (probably weeks of my life) pouring over research papers in the local Medical School’s Health Library, Nutritional journals, health databases online, blogs, books, point-of-care medical databases for doctors–you name it, I’ve had my nose in it.

But what Marya offers in all her content is a huge breakthrough, and her knowledge of Migraine is beyond many neurologists’ understanding. Both her ebooks are WELL worth the purchase. The nutritional and lifestyle tools she susinctly outlines in the PDFs are not ones you see all over the internet and are explained very well. Bravo!

A. Satchwell

Marya I had such a good coaching by you. I haven’t felt hopefull in so long regarding migraines, and was in the mindset where I thought I knew it all. You are so plugged in when it comes to the energy body and the importance of plants. I can recommend everyone with a (dis)ease to get a coaching with you. Im starting the “program” today. Thank you.
G. Koldtoft


My headaches have disappeared almost entirely and almost immediately after starting to eat the recommended foods. . . It feels like a small miracle. I no longer dread waking up in the morning because I wake up with no headache. You understand what a taxing effect that can have on your emotions and ability to be present.  My 18 month old daughter juices with me and loves it! And I have my husband and dad drinking juice every day, too, not because of headaches.
A. Tyus

Omaha, Nebraska

Day 62. Still no migraines, I can hardly believe it. Things that used to give me migraines before, like for example having visitors for hours and getting exhausted from that, doesn’t anymore. I am so grateful, I can’t even find words to describe it. Even the severe pain from my fibro and rheumatism, gives me migraine anymore.
S. Skov


I wanted to thank you again for the migraine work you have done and the protocol!! It’s really brilliant and more importantly, has reduced my migraines immensely. In prior postpartum periods, the residual inflammation has left me so miserable with headaches, sometimes daily. This information is cutting edge, super accessible, and pretty easy to try. I highly recommend it and have tried nearly every alternative therapy to help with migraines over the years. This has helped the most.  I feel so grateful because I am actually able to do stuff, and overall love that the actual issue is being addressed!
Maryn Green

Indie Birth Association, Arizona

The prebiotic powders have allowed me to have normal bowel movements. In an earlier email to you I had written that I haven’t been regular in ‘years’ but when I really thought about it, I don’t think I have ever had normal bowel movements (regular =once a day) in my life (I was constipated as a baby even, so I am told) so this is really a huge thing for me. I take about 3 Tablespoons of the prebiotic and about 2 T of the potato starch each day. Love this! Thank you! Your emails and knowledge have given me much to look forward to! There’s a light at the end of this migraine/headache/GERD tunnel! No doctor, chiropractor, dietician, symptometrist, neurologist, has even come close to providing that.

Phoenix, Arizona

I’m happy to say that I haven’t had a migraine this month even during my periods!
N. Lemay

Ontario, Canada