Many suffer with anxiety, depression, fatigue, Brain Fog, post-concussion brain injuries, or neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimers, Parkinson’s, and Multiple Sclerosis. Others suffer with attention deficit problems, hyperactivity, or autism symptoms.
Is there hope for improvements?
In our experience, the answer is usually “yes” as long as we work to “Solve the Puzzle” of why your brain is suffering.
The science of neuroplasticity tells us that our neurons (brain cells) can change (plasticity) more than we imagine. This means our brain can rewire even after a stroke or brain injury to take over the functions of the damaged areas in ways that can sometime seem miraculous. After years of abuse, neglect, and suffering, our brain has a remarkable ability to heal and change.
What does our brain need to rewire and heal?
Energy – we need our mitochondria to work really well to power the rewiring miracle of neuroplasticity. We have tools like healing lasers, frequency specific microcurrent, pulsed magnetic field therapy and a host of nutraceutical supplements to recharge our neurons and body.
Stimulation – we need activation of critical brain control centers – especially the parasympathetic controls centers located in our brain stem to dial back our stress response and turn on:
Healing and Repair
Calm and Peaceful
Digestion and Detox
Mitochondrial repair and regeneration
We use tools like unilateral spinal neurologic adjusting, Vagal stimulation therapies, and brain activation therapies.
Exercise – since neurons that fire together, wire together, we must use these new brain circuits we are creating or we lose them. Vagal stimulation exercises, Neuromodulation therapies, and sensory stimulation therapies can have especially powerful benefits.
In short, we need to “Solve the Puzzle” of why your brain is suffering to help create a “Happy Brain”
A consult or Foundation Visit is a great way to get started. Others who want learn even more about their brain start with a Brain Scan.
Call Renovare at (623) 776-0206 for more information
We have 5 TRILLION synapses in our brain – the most complex network in the known universe! Each synapse is a small gap at the end of a neuron (nerve cell) that allows a signal to pass from one neuron to the next.
With dementia, we lack the resources (energy, nutritents, ATP, stimulation) to support these synapses, so they begin to wither.
Below are examples of possible symptoms that can occurr if nerve synapses begin to wither. Everyone is different:
At 10% loss, we likely notice nothing – our brain compensates
Same at 20%
At 30%, perhaps we think it is just “aging” even if we are age 45
At 40%, more noticeable. We may develop chronic digestive problems and anxiety/depression and insomnia.
At 50% loss, we may be diagnosed with “Mild Cognitive Decline” which is really early dementia.
At 60% or speech and hearing decline, our automatic functions start to decline – perhaps high blood pressure, fatigue, and respiratory problems develop.At 70 or 80% loss, we don’t remember our family and friends.
At 70 or 80% loss – we don’t remember our family and friends
Beyond – organ systems start to shut down until we eventually die from our Neurodegenerative disease (not pneumonia, COVID, or other)
It is very Important to get a “Cognoscopy” (colonoscopy for the brain) to pick up problems early when they can more easily be helped.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was an easy, low cost, non-invasive way of reversing Alzheimer’s – one that didn’t involve turning your life upside down?
Well, perhaps there is. A new study by MIT scientists found they could do just that. Okay, it was in mice, but the results were dramatic, and hold out real hope for a simple, effective treatment in humans.
All it involves is light and sound. . .
Boosted Immune Cells Clear Brain Plaques
Just like a strobe, our brains flicker, generating electrical impulses at different frequencies.
Gamma oscillations range from 25 to 80 hertz (cycles per second) and are believed to have roles in memory, attention and perception. People with Alzheimer’s disease are known to have impaired function in the gamma range.
In 2016, neuroscientist Li-Huei Tsai and her research group at MIT tested what would happen if white light were flashed at mice for an hour at a frequency of 40 Hertz (40 times a second).
These mice were specially engineered to develop Alzheimer’s-type symptoms, so the plaques (amyloid) and tangles (tau) typically seen in the disease had built up in their brains, and they exhibited irregular brain activity in the gamma range.
The result of the experiment was that a steady frequency of 40 Hertz was reflected back from the mice in the visual cortex, the area that receives and processes visual information — a not unexpected result. But something else happened that the scientists were unprepared for.
The microglia in the visual cortex were strongly stimulated. These are immune cells that clear debris and toxic waste from the brain.
This light stimulation caused a sizable reduction of amyloid and tau. Dr Tsai described the effect as “most remarkable.”
Better Cognitive Function
For their latest study, published in the journal Cell in March, instead of light, they tested the effect of sound.
Listening to 40 clicking sounds a second, one hour a day for seven days, the mice not only experienced a large reduction of amyloid and tau in the auditory cortex, where sound is processed, but likewise in an area located nearby – the hippocampus – a key part of the brain for learning and memory.
Compared to mice that didn’t receive the stimulation, they performed much better on tests of navigation round a maze, where landmarks must be recalled, and the recognition of objects they’d previously been shown.
As in the light test, the microglia were stimulated, but in addition, there were positive changes in the brain’s blood vessels.
The final experiment was to see the effect of combining both light and sound.
The microglia response was far stronger, and amyloid plaques were reduced not only by a huge amount, but also in a much larger area of the brain. This included the prefrontal cortex where higher cognitive processes take place.
The treated mice performed far better on a set of cognitive tests. For instance, untreated mice shown an object they’d seen before reacted as though they’d never seen it. The stimulated mice spent far less time examining it because they recognized the object.
Overall, the result of combing light and sound was greater than either one alone.
Commenting on the findings, Dr Tsai said, “It was unbelievable. This is the first time we’ve seen that this non-invasive stimulation can improve cognitive function. It’s not a drug or an antibody or anything, it’s just light and sound.”
Shannon Macauley, a neuroscientist at Wake Forest School of Medicine, who was not involved with the study, enthused, “I think it’s an absolutely fascinating paper.” The fact that amyloid and tau fell in both the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex is, she explained, “one of the big jumps in the new paper.
“These are the learning and memory centers of the brain. And there was about a 40 or 50 percent decrease in amyloid and tau levels. It’s an absolutely impressive feat.”
Although the effects fade over time, it would be simple to apply regularly at home by patients, if they’re able, or by a relative or caregiver.
The light-sound therapy has already been tested for safety on healthy volunteers, and early-stage Alzheimer’s patients are currently being recruited for the first human trial.
A snapshot from “Why Am I Not Right Since My Concussion?” by Dr. Timothy Gerhart
Digestive health is the foundation of Brain Health – if digestion doesn’t work, your brain CANNOT work well. Your 1st Brain (head) and 2nd Brain (gut) are profoundly and intricately linked.
Digestive problems are usually a major “root” or part of the causes of:
Brain inflammation and post-concussion syndrome.
Memory & sleep problems
Poor Stress tolerance
Migraines and other headaches.
Fatigue – mental or physical
Neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Blood sugar balance problems
Metabolism and weight gain (gaining fat while losing muscle) problems.
Leaky Gut (now a recognized medical condition) is becoming more and more common. Antibiotics devastate the tight junctions between the cells that line our gut so they leak like a sieve. Leaky Gut leads to Leaky Brain resulting in Brain inflammation and dysfunction blocking the brain healing process.
Food allergies (esp. delayed “stealth” food allergies) appear to affect most of us.
Gluten and Dairy intolerance or allergy problems are becoming quite prevalent.
LifeStyle change (rather than popping a pill) is recommended as the “First Line” of therapy/treatment for many digestive problems.
There is a tried and true approach for repair & healing of Leaky Gut– The 5R Program.
Learn more details about the leaky gut, leaky brain connection, including approaches to repair and heal leaky gut. Click Here to go to our online store to purchase your downloadable or published copy of Why Am I Not Right Since My Concussion.
What does good balance have to do with preserving memory and brain function?
Our cerebellum, at the base of our brain, governs balance, as well as precision, coordination, and timing. The movements of daily life keep our cerebellum in a constant state of activity.
It’s this constant activity that keeps the rest of our brain on its toes. A healthy cerebellum (with an active lifestyle) feeds our brain a steady stream of information to keep it actively firing.
Bad Balance Leads to Bad Brain Function
This explains why symptoms of cerebellum degeneration, such as bad balance, often tie into loss of memory, poor ability to learn, and weakened brain endurance. Our brain isn’t getting enough “activation” from our cerebellum to keep it charged and running well. Declining balance is also strongly linked to dementia!
Brain Overwhelm from Bad Balance
When our outer cerebellum degenerates, it no longer filters sensory input leading to brain overload.
Symptoms may include restless leg syndrome, tinnitus, hypersensitivity to stress, depression, fatigue, anxiety, and others that you wouldn’t think could be related to balance.
Do You have Balance Problems?
Do you wobble if you stand on one foot with your eyes closed more than 15 seconds?
Can you walk in a straight heel-to-toe line with your eyes closed without stumbling?
Can you stand with your feet together and close your eyes without swaying?
This could be a sign of compromised brain health and needs to be measured since “What Gets Measured, Gets Improved” With a balance test baseline, we can design a Balance Rehab Program to guide your improvements.
Many who think their balance is fine, are surprised when testing reveals early balance problems that can be helped
There are almost 5000 published papers on force plate balance testing showing it is the gold standard with diagnostic value in conditions ranging from concussion & traumatic brain injury to Parkinson’s disease.
The system we use has a normative database of over 17,000 test results so your results can show if you have the balance of someone years younger or years older than you.
The system shows a Fall Risk Assessment: Low, Medium, and High
The system shows your improvements eg. From high to low fall risk, from the balance of an 80 year-old to the balance of a 45 year-old.
This testing is critical to understanding brain & central nervous system, somatosensory, vestibular, and oculomotor systems.
It is ideal to have a baseline test of your balance. Should you have a concussion or traumatic brain injury, we can quickly see the effects and have a target for recovery.
A groundbreaking paper published in the Journal of Vestibular Research, Does Vestibular Damage Cause Cognitive Dysfunction in Humans,demonstrates that the degree of damage to the vestibular system is directly correlated to changes in the hippocampus, which is a key component of memory and higher cognitive function.
A more recent paper published in the journal Stroke entitled Association of Postural Instability With Asymptomatic Cerebrovascular Damage and Cognitive Declinen discusses the irrefutable link between poor balance, cognitive decline, and small blood vessel disease in the brain. Subjects that had a reduced ability to stand on one leg were clearly shown to have lower cognitive functions of memory and spatial awareness. The lead author of this study urged that those with postural instability (impaired balance) should receive special attention as they may be at greater risk of cognitive decline.
With early detection of balance problems, you have the ability to improve. As with anything else in your body, the longer you wait to act, the less likely you will be able to fully recover much needed function and perform at your highest ability.
The better your ability to balance, the better your ability to think!
Schedule Your Balance Test Now! Call us at (623) 776-0206.
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