Creating a Happy Brain

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?

E.S.E.

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:

  1. Healing and Repair
  2. Calm and Peaceful
  3. Digestion and Detox
  4. Reduced inflammation
  5. 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

The Most Complex Network In The Known Universe

We have 5 TRILLION synapses in our brainthe 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.

  1. Neurocognitive Assessment
  2. Balance and Sensory Integration
  3. Brain Gauge
  4. QEEG Brain Scan
  5. Omega  Quant
  6. Blood testing profile

Our brain assessment package known as the “Brain Trilogy” – consists of the Neurocognitive Assessment, Balance and Sensory Integration and Brain Gauge for a cost of 297.00.

Click on each highlighted link for more detailed information.

Call our office for information on Blood Testing Profile and the Omega Quant test at 623.776.0206

Your Microbiome Can Make You Well

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:

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Click this link: Your Microbiome Can Make You Well with Food List20191115 for a downloadable form of this article with additional information.

Is Dementia Reversible or Preventable?

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!

Our understanding of the root causes of dementia and what we can do about it has expanded greatly.  Yes, we can live with a healthy mind and body for a lifetime.  In the areas of the world documented in the excellent book, Blue Zones (https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/04/150412-longevity-health-blue-zones-obesity-diet-ngbooktalk/), it is NORMAL to live to age 100 and beyond with high level Wellness of body and mind.  This is done through lifestyle, not a drug.

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.

You can learn more at: www.brainwellnessaz.com

Is My Parent Heading Towards Alzheimers Type Dementia – Natural Solutions Part 2

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:

  •  insulin sensitivity
  • 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
  • enhancing detoxification.

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

 

MAKING OUR BRAIN CONCUSSION RESISTANT

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