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?
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!
March 4th, 2016
Eliminating sugar from our diets can be excruciating no matter what age we are! Sugar changes brain chemistry so that when we stop eating it, we may find ourselves depressed, exhausted, irritable, unable to focus or with poor memory. Digestive changes may also occur. But stick with it! Here are some great ideas to help 🙂
February 22nd, 2016
Some of the benefits of supplementing fish oil are included in this article–realize their are many more including supporting skin health, immune function, memory, etc. Be ensure you are getting a quality fish oil–no discount brands or your may find yourself doing harm instead of supporting health (heavy metal contaminants and oxidation will cause inflammation!). Include wild salmon and sardines in your diet, too!
November 3rd, 2015
Research continues to support limiting screen time for our children. The attached article has great information. Bottom line–limiting screen time improves the ability to focus, sleep quality, and body weight. Get out and shoot some hoops, play kick-the-can, bicycle, etc., instead!!–ever so much more fun anyway!!
August 19th, 2014
I find this interesting and exciting–researchers have found that a simple eye test may more accurately diagnose ADHD than current methods. On top of that, the eye test normalizes under appropriate treatment. Read more here.
March 1st, 2014
A recent study has linked the use of Tylenol in pregnant women with an increased risk of ADHD in their infants. PLEASE avoid acetaminophen during pregnancy! Hydrotherapy and acupuncture can be safe alternatives. Talk to your doctor about safe options for you.
December 19th, 2013
This is a halting article on the impact of marketing of pharmaceuticals–specifically ADHD medications in this case. While I’ve seen patients respond quite favorably to the medications, diet and lifestyle typically allow management in most cases without the use of pharmaceuticals. If you’re concerned about ADD/ADHD for yourself or your family, please schedule an appointment to discuss effective treatment options.
September 10th, 2013
How’s that for a bunch of letters?! But we do know that the omega-3 essential fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (abbreviated DHA) has an affinity for the brain and often helps reduce the symptoms of ADHD, ADD, and more. Please read more here.
May 7th, 2013
This is a very interesting article about the impact of flame-retardants on health. Surprising is the length of time that the chemicals persist in our bodies. Do all you can to avoid these compounds. If you suspect exposure, please schedule an appointment to discuss methods of optimizing liver detoxification.