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Archive Category: Brain and Nervous System Health

Alzheimer’s Responds Best to Lifestyle Changes

May 6th, 2017

No “magic pill”, but Alzheimer’s seems to respond best to diet, exercise and stress reduction. So, eat your whole food diet rich in vegetables and fruits. Avoid sugar. Exercise daily–go do something you LOVE (this helps stress reduction, too). Pray and meditate. Read more here. To your health!!

Sleep–There’s No Substitute!

May 6th, 2017

This gym has started offering, you guessed it, SLEEP. There are some stretches but then a 45-minute nap! Brilliant!! Sign me up 🙂

Sugar Also Reduces Absorption of Nutrients

April 10th, 2017

Please read the attached article regarding sugar and how it reduces our ability to absorb certain nutrients. This is just another reason of many to avoid sugar consumption–like we need more reasons! I will never forget skimming some eclectic nutrition books when I was in medical school–I ran across a book from the late 1800’s in which the author was railing that “artificial sweetener” was going to be the bane of human health. I scratched my head wondering what “artificial sweetener” he could be referring to at the turn of the century–you guessed it, SUGAR. For more current information, please also watch “Fed Up” which is currently available on Netflix. Stick to fruits to satisfy your sweet tooth! And maintain a vegetable-based diet with healthy protein and fat sources. To your health!!

LDL–Not the Demon It is Made Out to Be

March 9th, 2017

While excessive levels of LDL (particularly certain fractions thereof) are associated with plaque formation, LDL is also necessary for transport of chemicals throughout the body, including your BRAIN! There are advanced labs that can be run to further assess lipids and their potential risks. And there is simple imaging to screen for plaque formation. The testing allows us to consider the best treatment approach, if any, per individual needs. Please read the attached article and schedule an appointment for testing. To your health!!

White Matter Lesions Improve on Gluten-free Diet

February 21st, 2017

Here is a case of white matter lesions improving, along with neurological symptoms, on a gluten-free diet! What are white matter lesions? They are findings in the brain associated with Multiple Sclerosis and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). And what about those who have neurological symptoms (pain, numbness, tingling, mental fogginess, vision problems, etc.) but “not enough white matter lesions to be MS or ALS? I think trying a gluten-free diet is indicated–schedule an appointment to learn more and assess if this would be a good plan for you.

Sauna Bathing May Reduce Risk of Dementia in Men

January 13th, 2017

A recent study reveals that regular sauna bathing reduced the risk of dementia by 66% in men. More research, including on women, is needed, but these results are encouraging. The detoxification abilities of sauna bathing have long been noted. I’m pleased to now offer far-infrared sauna treatments at my office. Please call for your appointment!

Winter Blues? Light Therapy May Help

January 13th, 2017

Winter blues effect many people, especially women. Light therapy may be a great addition to your winter health regime–attached is a great article describing one person’s experience. Also, do try and get outdoors daily. Take Vitamin D if you are deficient. Exercise. And eat healthy foods–I like adding fresh ginger root or jalepeno to my green smoothies to warm them up!

Chemical Exposure Staggering

October 25th, 2016

Chemical exposure in the United States is increasing our health care costs AND reducing our IQ’s. This article further discusses PBDE’s (polybrominated diphenyl ethers–flame retardants). PBDE’s are in just about everything and are known endocrine-disruptors. One mechanism is that the bromide molecule blocks iodine from our receptors. This in turn block thyroid function leading to hypothyroid symptoms and potential thyroid cancer. Bromide can also accumulate in breast tissue and is likely associated with breast cancer as well. Iodine deficiency is also associated with insulin resistance and weight gain. While it would be almost impossible to avoid PBDE’s while living in the US, but you may want to have your iodine and bromide levels checked. If you are iodine deficient, supplementation could help “flush out” bromide. Caution must be exercised with iodine supplementation or suppression of thyroid function can occur.

So, this note kinda went down a rabbit-hole. First, the high cost of chemical exposure in the US. Then the adverse impact of these chemicals on our health and IQ. Then the link of bromide with thyroid, breast, blood sugar and weight gain problems. Then testing for iodine and bromide to determine supplementation needs. Whew! I do encourage you to make an appointment to have testing and potentially reduce the risk of these dangerous chemicals.

BTW–Did you know that there are endocrine disruptors in your nail polish, too?

Hurray–Coffee May Help Reduce Dementia in Women!

October 21st, 2016

There is new evidence that coffee may help reduce the risk of dementia in women. Since I love coffee, this is especially good news to me 🙂 Now, remember though, moderation is important. Limit coffee consumption to 1 – 2 cups daily and avoid filling it with sugars and syrups. Also, if you have high blood pressure, you may need to avoid caffeine altogether.

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Some Simple Ways to Help Improve Focus (ADHD?)

October 21st, 2016

I agree with these ways to improve focus–healthy protein (preferably in your diet), essential fatty acids (cod liver oil is my favorite), and lots of leafy greens. I also recommend testing for food intolerances which can be huge triggers. And avoiding sugar is a must–yes, that includes artificial sweeteners as well. Sometimes honey or maple syrup is tolerated for a sweet treat. Exercise is also shown to help improve brainn health. There are also specific supplements that can help depending upon individual needs. Please call!

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