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Archive Category: Brain and Nervous System Health

Pesticide Exposure and Increased Risk of Autism?

March 26th, 2019

Studies are revealing a potential increase in the risk of autism to children born of mothers exposed to pesticides. Yes, this includes Round-Up. I’m attaching the article for you to read. I could wax poetic on the dangers of pesticides and herbicides, including the “inactive ingredients” that are also toxic (they are labelled “inactive” because they do not have the pesticide or herbicide effect, but are toxic none-the-less!). Choose organic as much as your budget permits–ewg.org can help with decision-making in your purchases. Do not use pesticides and herbicides in your yards–your home is the one place you have control over how the environment is treated. Love your weeds (OK, I am still working on this one–but I do love my dandelions, it’s just those “seed-popper” weeds that make me nuts! . . . OK, I’m on a tangent now . . .). My hope–for your health and that of your family and loved ones.

Lifting Weights–For Your Muscles AND Your Mind!!

March 26th, 2019

So the good news about exercise continues–including this article that is showing a reversal of muscle loss as well as increased mental acuity and mood! There is no substitute for exercise–find some activity within your body’s ability and try and grow from¬† there. A good trainer can be very helpful, too! To your health!!

Anodized Cookware–Probably best to avoid it

May 19th, 2018

Anodized cookware uses a process to oxidize aluminum creating a non-stick surface. Theorectically this surface should be non-reactive, however, as soon as there is a scratch, the risk of aluminum leaching into your food increases. I recommend avoiding it. I also recommend avoiding copper and those with non-stick coatings. Here is a nice summary on anodized cookware from Dr. Weil. I recommend porcelain-coated cast iron or stainless steel.

Vitamin C for Your Brain Function!

May 18th, 2018

Love this article on the importance of adequate Vitamin C for brain function. This is just another in a list of many reasons to supplement Vitamin C. I often prescribe it to “bowel tolerance” or a maximum of 10,000 mg daily in divided doses. I know others who prescribe even higher doses via IV therapies. A minimal dose in my opinion is 1,000 mg Vitamin C twice daily. AND eat those Vitamin C-rich foods, too!!

Kiwi for Vitamin C!

Benzos–Use Great Caution

May 11th, 2018

Benzos (benzodiazepines such as Valium, Xanax and Ativan) are very addictive and can end up causing increased health difficulties. If you are suffering from anxiety or insomnia, please know that there are safer options that may eliminate or reduce the need for benzos! For many people, sleep quality is improving by simply avoiding screen time for at least 2 hours prior to bedtime and taking magnesium glycinate.  Check out this article . . .

Acid Reducing Medications Associated with Depression

April 5th, 2018

Research reveals that use of proton pump inhibitors is associated with an increased risk of depression. This is just another reason to avoid long-term use of them. There are botanicals, exercises, and diet changes that can replace the use of acid reducers in many cases. Please call and find out what might be best for you.

Fasting to Reduce Huntington’s Symptoms

March 13th, 2018

Researchers have found that limiting the time that rats eat to just 6 hours per day reduces a protein that is associated with Huntington’s chorea. Read the article for details. BUT, please note that “intermittent fasting”, fasting 12 hours/day, fasting 18 hours once weekly, fasting in general, have been associated with improved health. Check with your provider to see how best to optimize your eating schedule–to your health!

Sugar Reduces Mental Health in Men

March 3rd, 2018

So the list of dangers of sugar consumption grows–not only is it associated with diabetes and weight gain, but now an association with increased risk of anxiety and depression has been noted. Please also note that it is used as a carrier for dyes in cancer studies, too–yes, if you are battling cancer, stop eating sugar! If you are craving something sweet, try berries or other fruit. If these don’t seem sweet enough, try the Whole30 diet as a reset (please check with your doctor if you have underlying health conditions).

Pain Reduction by Holding Hands with Your Loved Ones

March 3rd, 2018

How I love this research result: they have found that holding hands with your loved one can actually reduce their pain. The act of appropriate touch is so beneficial to connected-ness with one another. It even changes our brain waves–check out this article!

Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Brain Health — And May Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s

January 23rd, 2018

Research is starting to find favorable evidence that omega-3 fatty acids, particularly DHA and EPA, may actually reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Do be careful when selecting your supplement as many talk about the amount of “total” omega’s that they contain but have only small fractions of EPA and DHA. Nordic Naturals and Carlson are two good over-the-counter brands. To your health!!

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