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

The Brain-Gut Connection

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.
  • Anxiety, Depression
  • Brain Slowing
  • Memory & sleep problems
  • Poor Stress tolerance
  • Chronic Pain
  • Migraines and other headaches.
  • Fatigue – mental or physical
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Blood sugar balance problems
  • Metabolism and weight gain (gaining fat while losing muscle) problems.
  • Genetically-modified “frankenfoods”

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.

Good Balance Improves Brain Function

Why Test Your Balance?

Good Balance Improves Brain Function

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.

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