It is estimated that over half the population is deficient of magnesium. This may not seem disconcerting unless you understand the magnitude of the impact this little mineral has on our bodies. Did you know that over 600 enzymes require magnesium to work properly and it is the fourth most abundant mineral in our body?
Almost every function of the body utilizes magnesium including supporting a healthy brain, kidney and cardiovascular system. It also is necessary for:
Making energy in the mitochondria
Feeling relaxed, calm and peaceful
Peaceful, restful sleep
Formation of bone and protein
Nerve and muscle function
Regulation of blood pressure
Regulation of blood sugar levels
Maintaining healthy acid-alkaline balance of body
Major loss and stress as well as alcohol consumption are all major causes of magnesium. Also antibiotics, oral contraceptives, diuretics, certain cancer drugs, some prescription medications, and excess soda and coffee consumption can deplete magnesium.
Some of the most common symptoms of magnesium deficiency may include:
Poor Stress Tolerance
Chronic Fatigue or constant fatigue
High Blood Pressure
Some mental disorders such as apathy and delirium
Recommended rich sources of magnesium include leafy greens, nuts, seeds, and dried beans. However,eating organic, unprocessed magnesium rich foods is not necessarily enough to increase your magnesium intake. Due to depleted soil, many experts believe supplementation is needed.
Magnesium deficiency is rampant in our society and lending to a sick population. The recommended daily allowance for magnesium is only the amount necessary to prevent disease and a poor substitute for the greater amounts actually necessary for optimizing wellness.
Magnesium is extremely safe. If you take more than your body can tolerate your body will expel it through your stool. The exception to this would be end stage renal failure in which it is necessary for a doctor to monitor blood levels carefully.
Some of our favorites magnesium supplements at Renovare include Brain Relax Maxand Brain Magnesium Boost Pro. You can purchase these products at : https://brainwellnessaz.com/shop/page/2/ or visit or clinic.
You can also purchase Xymogen products directly online at: Xymogen.com and use referral code: “online”, and “gerhart” as the practitioner.
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.
Our Microbiome and Short Chain Fatty Acids (SCFA’s)
In many ways, we are as healthy as our Microbiome. What is the Microbiome?
Our Microbiome is the trillions of bacteria that live mostly in our gut but also on our skin, in our mouth, throat, sinus, and in the urogenital tract.
Some researchers conclude that up to 90 percent of all diseases can be traced in some way back to the health of our gut microbiome. Our microbiome is home to trillions of microbes, diverse bacteria that help govern nearly every function of the human body in some way. The importance of our gut microbiome cannot be overstated: Poor gut health can contribute to leaky gut syndrome and autoimmune diseases and disorders like arthritis, diabetes, dementia, heart disease, and cancer, while our health, fertility and longevity are also highly reliant on the balance of critters living within our intestines. 3000 new strains of bacteria have been discovered so far.
Human Health = diversity of microbiome = diversity creates immune tolerance
We need Short Chain Fatty Acids (SCFA’s) from diversity of our microbiome. Diversity of plant fibers in our diet boosts SCFA’s production & diversity of microbiome, High amounts of pesticides, antibiotics in meat, dairy, and processed foods harm the microbiome leading to loss of diversity
Americans have the LEAST diverse microbiomes in the world with more autoimmune diseases than all cancer and Cardiovascular combined!
· We get most of our nutrients from our microbiomes – not from our food or supplements. B-vitamins, Vitamin K, folic acid made by gut bacteria.
o Post-biotics are what microbiome produce – eg. SCFA’s
o Diverse microbiome converts plant foods to powerful anti-carcinogenic enzymes.
o Declining microbiome diversity predicts loss of function/health as people age
o YouCan change microbiome in 3 days – eg. Netflix video binge, little sleep, lots of junk food and alchohol
Junk Food, lack of veggie fiber
Terrible Diet, lack of exercise
Stress – poor sleep, too many fright or adrenalin-junkie action movies
The Most exciting is research showing how gut microbiome can create diabetes
o Lack of diversity of microbiome = extract more energy from food we eat = high blood sugars and weight gain of human host
o Optimal health with lots of microbiome diversity = microbiome gets first shot at our calories and consumes many of our calories first. Help us manage our energy absorption, blood sugar regulation, and body composition so we stay lean easily.
How Do We Boost Intestinal SCFA’s? I
o Support a more diverse microbiome to make more SCFA’s
o Consume more diverse plant food fiber sources (not meat)
o Celery, bok choi, turnips, kale, beets, brussel spouts, etc.
Benefits of More Microbiome Diversity & Intestinal SCFA’s? I
o Signals appetite control
o Lack of diversity, low SCFA’s = always hungry, never satisfied
o Increased diversity, higher SCFA’s = satisfied, less hunger – quickly
· Affects brain function: low diversity tilts us towards anxiety & depression
· Burns fat more effectively for weight loss
o Improved insulin resistance – support lean, low body fat
· Makes tight junction proteins – for gut repair:autoimmune, many food allergies, chem sensitive patients
· Reduces inflammation in the gut, brain, and body
· Enhances immune tolerance to food, chemicals, and self – especially important in autoimmune disease, chemical sensitivity, and food allergies
How do We Boost Microflora Diversity & SCFA levels?
o Eat LOTS of veggies for the fiber. Eat new and different veggies.
o Try new veggies each visit to the market. Add to a Vitamix/blender and enjoy.
o Do NOT do juicing – it removes the critically important fiber
o Mimimize refined sugars and avoid antibiotics and pesticides when possible
Supplementsto boost diversity and SCFA’s:
o Enterovite – the 3 critical SCFA’s in the proper ratio. Can create benefits 1st day of use for those with low microflora diversity.
o Trizomal Glutathione – best tool to reduce gut inflammation that damages diversity
o Apex AD – specific ratio of Vitamin A and D shown to boost immune tolerance
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
Studies Find Head Injuries the Source of Mental, Emotional and Auto-Immune Problems
Studies are supporting the idea that head injuries, recent or long forgotten, may be one of the culprits behind learning disabilities, homelessness, addictions and even some auto immune diseases. “Unidentified traumatic brain injury is an unrecognized major source of social and vocational failure,” as reported by Wayne A. Gordon, Director of the Brain injury Research Center at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York in The Wall Street Journal.
According to research from Mount Sinai Hospital, about 7-8 percent of the U.S. Population has had some form of traumatic brain injury. Long forgotten brain injury can impact how efficient the brain is working many years later. Datis Kharrazian, DHSc,DC, Ms reported in the book “ Why Isn’t My Brain Working? “ that head injuries can increase the risk of brain cells called Microglia cells becoming activated and causing brain inflammation. This inflammation can trigger autoimmune reactions and neurodegenerative disorders. The seriousness of head trauma is rapidly becoming recognized as the cause of many disorders.
During a head injury, the brain collides with your skull, bruising brain tissue and tearing blood vessels. Neuronal axons which link parts of the brain together and link the brain to other parts of the body may be stretched or injured. According to studies at Mt. Sinai and at The Brain Injury Association of America, numerous functions can be impacted, such as:
Cognitive skills, Speech and Language Skills, Personality, Senses, Irritability, Depression, Addiction, Distractablity, Memory, Temper control.
There are some preventive measures which can make a difference:
Always wearing a seat belt while driving
Wearing a helmet on a motorcycle or bicycle
Wearing proper equipment while playing sports
• Avoid “headers” in soccer for children and young adults
• Avoid helmet to helmet hits in football. When they happen, get evaluated for mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Consider getting a Brain Map.
Protecting children and the elderly from falls in the home.
• If over age 50, have a balance assessment. If suboptimal, get the help and balance training you need.
Articles.healthrealizations.com/ Westside Wellness Center/ 2015/10/12 by Dr. Kelberman
Why Isn’t My Brain Working by Datis Kharrazian, DHSc, DC,MS
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