Our microbiome, the trillions of microbes that live mostly in our gut, help determine whether we are sick or healthy, lean or obese, happy or anxious & depressed. Our microbiome, the bacteria, virus, and fungi that live in us, outnumber our human cells. Like a rainforest, when healthy and balanced, they help keep us healthy. When damaged by our ultra-processed toxic food, antibiotics, and oversterilization, our rainforest is devastated leaving a weed patch. This “mass extinction event” may help explain our epidemic levels of chronic diseases from food allergies to autism, from depression to diabetes, from anxiety to Alzheimer’s, cancer to heart disease.
Keeping our critical gut microbes off the “endangered species list” may be one of the most important factors in managing inflammation and supporting our gut, brain, and body Wellness.
Would you like to learn more? Our recent class on microbiome and gut health is available on our YouTube Channel for Renovare Brain Wellness.
Some steps to get started:
Eat more fiber.
Our ancestors ate over 100 grams per day
Average Americans eat just 15 grams per day starving our microbiome
Eat LOTS of veggies
Eat new and different veggies since diverse fiber is super important
A veggie smoothie is a great way to boost your fiber and diversity (see recipes below) note to Lisa: include the recipes from the class below
Reduce the processed food – the less our food has been “doctored”, the less we need a doctor. Eat less “dead food” from food coffins – cans, boxes, jars, & plastic.
Reduce the toxic chemicals that harm our microbiome:
Avoid drinking chlorinated or fluoridated water
Use only soap and water for hand washing – avoid the antibacterial soaps and cleaners that harm our microbiome
Avoid toxic home cleaners – use castile soap, vinegar, and essential oils instead.
Use only organic pest control
Supplement with Probiotics that work for you:
Especially consider the cutting edge spore-based probiotics like MegaSpore Biotic
Use fermented foods like live sauerkraut, pickles, kimchi etc. The live foods are always refrigerated. Bubbies is one brand to look for.
Supplement with Prebiotics:
These feed our microfloura like fertilizer feeds a healthy lawn
The newest precision prebiotic, Mega Prebiotic, selectively feeds the keystone bacteria that support microbiome health and diversity.
Supplement with Postbiotics when needed:
These critical short-chain fatty acids feed the microbiome
They also support great energy metabolism by signaling AMPK within our cells to switch from fat storing to fat burning.
Dementia is an epidemic in Arizona and America. Whether Alzheimer’s type dementia, vascular dementia, Parkinson’s Disease Dementia, Lewy Body dementia, mixed dementia or others, the result is the same. Loss of memory, declining mental function, loss of quality of life, and death. Neurodegenerative disease (most of which is Alzheimer’s or mixed type dementia) is the fastest growing cause of death in America. Dementia is the only major disease for which we have no effective drug treatment options.
Pfizer, a major American pharmaceutical giant, recently stated that they will be pulling out of Alzheimer’s treatment research. It has been 15 years since a new drug for Alzheimer’s was launched, reflecting one of the longest and most expensive losing streaks for Big Pharma. Now some in the industry are starting to question how long that commitment can last, after Pfizer announced it was pulling out of neuroscience research. Its decision means the race to find the first medicine to slow or halt Alzheimer’s type dementia must now proceed without one of the biggest forces in drug development.
John LaMattina, a former head of research and development at Pfizer, interprets the decision as a portent of things to come, and predicts other large drug makers will eventually follow suit.
What if the Solution was Not a Drug?
The FINGER study in Finland (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25771249) showed remarkable improvements in the high-risk older group studied through Lifestyle Change. Dr. Dale Bredesen, neuroscience researcher and former professor of medicine at UCLA wrote the ground-breaking book, “The End of Alzheimer’s” documenting the 30 years of research in his lab and others showing that Alzheimer’s type dementia is really many diseases. The research shows at least 36 documented root causes of the neurodegenerative disease process. We don’t “get” Alzheimer’s type dementia like we get the flu. We develop it over many years – usually decades – as a result of our lifestyle failing to fit our unique genetic and epigenetic needs.
It’s not just genetic. That’s right. Our genes do NOT determine our health. They influence our health. It is the interaction of our lifestyle choices, our environment, and our genes known as epigenetics that determines which genes turn on and which stay turned off. For the majority of human diseases, our lifestyle choices far outweigh our genes in determining our health and wellness. This is Great News!
Discover Magazine did an excellent summary article in December 2018 issue entitled: “Alzheimer’s Under Attack – Armed with big data, researchers turn to customized lifestyle changes to fight the disease”. Dr. Leroy Hood, biomedical pioneer & chief science officer for one of our nation’s largest non-profit health care systems, says, “Alzheimer’s is a really complex disease that has been utterly intractable.” He goes on to say, “Taking a systems approach reflects my own conviction that these complex diseases almost never respond to a single drug.”
It takes a systems approach process to solve the multiple pieces of the puzzle behind each person with dementia. More importantly, we need to solve the unique puzzle of each sufferer of brain decline since we are each different. This is not a “one size fits all” approach since, in my experience, there is no one size that fits all. Often medical research studies look for what single factor (usually a drug) creates a benefit in a large study group creating statistical significance for the study group – not individuals. This model fails to address the fact that each of us is unique with a dozen or more “root causes” behind our brain degeneration and dementia. This current double-blind placebo-controlled research model is ill-suited to complex, chronic neurodegenerative diseases like dementia. These complex diseases have multiple lifestyle-related causes different for each individual and multiple interventions are needed for synergistic therapeutic benefits. Medical studies typically study just one drug or intervention at a time which is just not enough to shift the direction of an unusually difficult, complex disease process like dementia.
Dr, Timothy C. Gerhart, D.C., DABCI, Dip. Ac., BCN is the author of 4 books on lifestyle approaches to brain and body Wellness and practices in Peoria, Arizona. His most recent book, “Living Free of Dementia – Solving the Puzzle to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline” is scheduled for release in March 2019.
His other books are: “7 Secrets to Wellness, Change Your Brain, Transform Your Life, & Why Am I Not Right Since My Concussion”. Dr. Gerhart understands that the word “doctor” means “teacher” and is available to present to groups to teach the approaches he uses to prevent and reverse cognitive decline.
Neuroinflammation or the Brain on Fire is the Root mechanism for Alzheimers, Parkinsons and many of our brain diseases. When our brain is on fire, our brain begins to degenerate. We lose volume and our brain begins to shrink from the inside and outside.
When we tip one way we are making neural connections in the brain, when we tip the other we are removing neural connections in the brain. This moves us towards Alzheimers and other types of dementia.
The research shows us 36 factors that influence towards Alzheimers or towards brain health. They include:
vitamin D – critical for brain health
essential fatty acids
brain derived neurotropic factors
how well our mitochondria works to make energy
glutathione (an essential molecule for antioxidant balance)
improving blood flow to our brain
Reducing oxidative stress
neurotransmitter hormone balance
optimizing our cortisol and stress hormones
improving GABA which is calming to our brain
How do we help people with Neurodegeneration? We help them by dealing with root issues – not covering up symptoms. We work by solving the puzzle of why we are having our issues. We use a functional medicine, functional neurology approach
Two people can be in the same car accident with one suffering traumatic brain injury that lasts for years. The other person, same accident and same “jolting” to their brain suffers less damage and quickly recovers. Why?
Diminished brain resilience syndrome
Diminished brain resilience syndrome (DBR) is increased susceptibility to mild brain trauma, concussion, neuroinflammation, and neurodegeneration. DBR is caused by Toxin exposures, Nutrient-deficient food, Pro-inflammatory essential fatty acid ratios, Leaky Gut, Dysbiosis, Chronic Immune activation, Excessive Stress, Sleep deprivation, Poor quality of Sleep, Vitamin and mineral deficiencies (esp. Magnesium, Vitamin D, OmegaBoost 1300 Pro, Brain E DHA 1200 TG, Poor Detoxification (esp. compromised Phase 2 liver detox). This leads to increased susceptibility to concussion injury, reduced ability to heal, and increased risk to Post- Concussion Syndrome (PCS) & Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).
In short, our unhealthy lifestyles make our brain susceptible to injury and inability to heal.
DBR from the typical pro-inflammatory, high stress lifestyle helps to explain our increased number and severity of concussions.
How do we make our brain concussion resistant? How do we support healing after concussion? By solving the puzzle below:
Creating a LifeStyle that fits our unique genetic needs is the solution. Since everyone is different, this journey looks different for each person. Some people need help in just a few of the puzzle pieces above, others need help in all 8 puzzle piece areas.
Creating a customize care process to fit your individual needs with metrics to measure progress is what we do. Investing in our brain health to make our brain concussion resistant is a smart investment with side benefits like:
High level focus, memory, and concentration.
High level energy and stamina
Peak Brain Performance in relationships, school, work, and activites.
Inner peaceful balance and wellness
Increased stress tolerance and improved stress management so big problems feel small
Which body organ determines your quality of life? Its the same organ that is most sensitive to toxicity, metabolic problems and your lifestyle habits.
Perhaps these details will give you a hint:
Weighs 3 pounds
100,000 miles of blood vessels
More synapses/connection than stars in the Milky Way Galaxy
Fattest organ in your body
Could be suffering right now & you wouldn’t have a clue
What is this very important organ that determines your quality of life?
It’s your brain!
Top 3 Causes of Death in US:
A new study suggests that Alzheimer’s Disease may contribute to close to as many deaths in the United States as heart disease or cancer (Research published in the March 5, 2014, issue of the medical journal ‘Neurology’).
Critical questions to ask yourself:
Do you know if your brain is working right now?
How would you know if it is working?
If it’s not working would you know what to do?
Why would you want to look at your brain waves? See the image below for brain wave functions. Are any of your health and wellness conerns there? Whether it’s you or a loved one are you concerned about ADD (attention deficit disorder), ADHD, autism, depression, anxiety, poor sleep, brain fog, inability to focus, past traumatic brain inury (TBI) or more? Brain mapping is the place to start the evaluation of how well your brain waves are working for you right now.
CLICK ON IMAGE TO VIEW DETAILS
Once your braining mapping is complete Renovare Peak Brain Performance will create a program to reduce and reverse your health and wellness concerns. Did you know there is a biofeedback way to retrain your brain waves? It’s actually called neurofeedback and you can start today to get your brain function back!
Call Renovare Brain Peak Performance for your Free Consult today! +1(623)776-0206
Physician Timothy C. Gerhart, DC, DABCI, Dipl.Ac. (IAMA) will help you focus on the many ways to support your immune system, brain function, emotional health and well-being.
Renovare ia a health and wellness center conveniently located in Peoria, AZ with an easy access via Hwy 101 and the Union Hills exit for Scottsdale, Phoenix and Goodyear if you are looking for brain mapping, brain balancing or neurofeedback for Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, learning disabilities, brain injuries, auto accidents and more.