Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson's Chronic Condition Natural Treatment Blog

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Drugs that cause memory loss! Part Two of Three

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Fri, Oct 17, 2014

Medication_Pile-873990-editedIn the first installment of this three part series of how various classes of medications contribute to or are associated with memory loss, three commonly prescribed drugs were showcased:

1.  Cholesterol lowering drugs
2.  Anxiety medications
3.  Anti-depression medications

In part two now we explore blood pressure drugs, sleep aid drugs and drugs for incontinence.

To reiterate my position and they reason I am publishing this series you should know I am not against prescribed medications per se. Rather I find it very important to take the stance of searching for underlying reasons for why a patient has a symptom and, if possible, provide a natural solution. Such interventions could include diet changes, lifestyle changes, specific supplementation and specialize brain-based therapies including neurofeedback.

Blood Pressure Drugs (beta blockers)

Lopressor®, Toprol® (metoprolol), Coreg® (carvedilol), Inderal® (propranolol), Tenormin® (atenolol), Betapace® (sotalol), Timopic® (timilol)

Slowing the heart rate and lowering the blood pressure are the main reasons for prescribing beta blockers. They are usually given to people with high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and abnormal heart rhythms. They can also be used in the treatment of angina (chest pain), migraines and certain types of glaucoma (as eye
drops).

Beta blockers can cause memory loss because they interfere with norepeinephrine and epinephrine, two important chemical messengers in the brain.

Sleep Aids (nonbenzodiazepine sedative-hypnotics)

Examples: Lunesta® (eszopicoline), Ambien® (zolpidem), Sonata® (zaleplon)

These medications are prescribed to treat insomnia and other sleep problems, as well as mild anxiety. While they are molecularly different from benzodiazepines, they act on many of the same chemical messengers and pathways in the brain. Not only do they have similar side effects, they also cause problems with addiction and withdrawal. They can also trigger starnge behaviors such as cooking a meal or diving a car when sleeping, and having no memory of it when awake.

Incontinence drugs (anticholinergics)

Enablex® (darifenacin), Ditropan XL®, Genique®, Oxytrol® (oxybutinin), Vesicare® (solifenacin), Sanctura® (trospium), Detrol® (tolterodine), Oxytrol for Women® (over the counter oxybutinin)

People who have an overactive bladder are prescribed these drugs because they reduce episodes of an urge to urinate so strong that they can’t always get to the bathroom on time. These drugs block the action of acetylcholine, which prevent involuntary contractions of the muscles that control urine flow. However, in the brain, acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter that is a key chemical involved in learning and memory.

A 2006 study showed that oxybutinin had an effect on memory comparable to 10 years of aging - meaning they turned the brains of 67 year olds into the brains of 77 years without having to wait 10 years.

In the last installment, you can learn about memory challenges associated with first generation antihistamines, narcotic pain killers, Parkinson's drugs and anti-seizure medications.


For more details about the natural approach I take with my patients, take a look a the book I wrote entitled: Reclaim Your Life; Your Guide To Revealing Your Body's Life-Changing Secrets For Renewed Health. It is available in my office or at Amazon and many other book outlets.

If you found value in this article, please use the social sharing icons at the top of this post and please share with those you know who are still suffering with knee pain or other chronic health challenges, despite receiving medical management. Help me reach more people so they may regain their zest for living! Thank you!

ALL THE BEST – DR. KARL R.O.S. JOHNSON, DC – DIGGING DEEPER TO FIND SOLUTIONS

*Special thanks to Dr. Brian Smith DC CNS gladly gives me permission to use, post and distribute the chapter in his book entitled "Drugs That Cause Memory Loss"  from the book "What Happened to My Memory? Natural Solutions In The Fight Against Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia". The book available at Amazon.com in both hard copy and Kindle versions.

Topics: drugs,, memory loss,, alzheimer's

Drugs that cause memory loss! Part One of Three

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Sat, Oct 11, 2014

medicineNote: I do not hate drugs. I do not hate medical doctors. Because I’m a chiropractor, I hear that a lot, usually by someone trying to say I’m biased. I’m not. Just because I’m a chiropractic physician doesn’t mean I hate all medications. There are medications that are life savers and I thank God someone invented them. But as Eli Lilly (founder of one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies) once said, there is no such thing as a drug without a side effect. Just because I’m a chiropractic physician doesn’t mean I hate all medical doctors. Most medical doctors are dedicated people who only want to help their patients the best way they know how.

Unfortunately in today’s insurance-driven health care industry, they are often limited in what they can do, and pharmaceutical solutions are usually the easiest path to take. I do not take patients off prescription drugs, nor do I recommend they stop them. That is not my job, it is not within my scope of practice. If I feel a patient might be having an issue with a medication, I give them some information and ask them to discuss it with their medical doctor.

When I talk about drugs that cause memory loss, I don’t mean alcohol and other recreational drugs that make you forget you danced around last night’s party with a lampshade on your head. I mean the prescription drugs that are drilled into our brains by the billions of dollars of advertising spent each month to let us know about the latest and greatest pill that will fix our lives (please ignore the side effects that take up more than half of the commercial or the entire other side of the page of the magazine ad). I’m talking about the drugs prescribed by our well meaning medical doctors who just want to help us, but don’t really have the time to discuss everything with us in today’s insurance-driven health care model. In our country today, the common approach is to prescribe a medication for your complaint, rather than try to get to the bottom of what’s causing that complaint. Then, when the medication that helps one complaint causes a different symptom (side effect), another medication is prescribed to counter that symptom. Then another symptom arises from the second medication, and a third is prescribed to handle that one, and so on and so on and so on. What happens then is that when a person, especially a person old enough to be at risk for memory loss, walks into my office and we sit down and I ask them what medications they’re on, they don’t tell me, they reach into their purse or wallet and whip out a list for me to photocopy because it would take too long for me to write it down.

In this first of a three part series of how various classes of medications contribute to or are associated with memory loss, three commonly prescribed drugs associated with memory issues are:

1.  Cholesterol lowering drugs
2.  Anxiety medications
3.  Anti-depression medications

Cholesterol lowering drugs (statins)

Examples: Lipitor® (atorvastatin), Zocor® (simvastatin), Crestor® (rosuvastatin), Pravachol® (pravastatin), Lescol® (fluvastatin), and Mevacor® (lovastatin)

Ah, let’s start with my favorite - the largest selling class of drugs in the entire world. Statins are prescribed to treat high cholesterol. I could go on a long rant about cholesterol, but this is not what this book is about. Suffice it to say that I do not believe you should ignore your cholesterol, however I also believe the medical profession in general gets a little carried away with prescribing cholesterol medications.

Cholesterol is the building block for substances that are vital for nerves and brain cells to be able to send messages and communicate. As a matter of fact, one quarter of your body’s cholesterol is contained in your brain. These connections between brain cells are vital for memory and learning. Statins can deplete brain levels of cholesterol, which can affect memory. In today’s society where we seem to be on a quest to drive our cholesterol lower and lower, this is not only a good thing. When I hear a patient tell me that their doctor said their cholesterol is normal but they should go on Lipitor® “just in case”, I cringe and hope that patient has long-term care insurance for when they need a nursing home due to Alzheimer’s.

Anti-anxiety drugs (Benzodiazepines)

Examples: Xanax® (Alprazolam), Librium® (chlordiazepoxide), Klonopin® (clonazepam), Valium® (diazepam), Ativan® (lorazepam), Versed® (midazolam), Halcion® (triazolam) and Restoril® (temazepam)

Benzodiazepines are drugs that have a sedative effect and are used to treat a variety of anxiety disorders, agitation, delirium and muscle spasms, and to prevent seizures. Because benzodiazepines have a sedative effect, they are also sometimes used to treat insomnia and the anxiety that can accompany depression.

Benzodiazepines work by dampening activity in parts of the brain, including those involved in the transfer of events from short-term to long-term memory. Hmm, that sounds familiar - “transfer of events from short-term memory to long-term memory”.  Memory loss in a bottle! As a matter of fact, that’s why they are often used in anesthesia. Used before a surgery, patients rarely remember the pain and unpleasantness that occurs during a surgical procedure. That’s great for surgery, but can we expect to take these pills daily and have our memories be as sharp as a tack?

The World Health Organizaion reports a “striking deterioration in the personal care and social interactions” in long-term benzodiazepine users.

Anti Depressant Drugs (Tricyclic antidepressants)

Elavil® (amitriptyline), Pamelor® (nortriptyline), Anafranil® (clomipramine), Tofranil® (imipramine), Sinequan® (doxepin), Vivactil® (protrityline), Norpramin® (despiramine), Surmontil® (trimipramine)

These medications are prescribed for depression, and recently have become more popular in treating eating disorders, anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, smoking cessation, chronic pain and some hormone mediated disorders such as menstrual cramps and hot flashes. Tricyclic antidepressants are thought to cause memory loss by blocking the action of two chemicals that work in the brain - serotonin and norepinephrine. Because these key chemical messengers in the brain are interfered with by these drugs, about 35% of adults taking these drugs report some degree of memory impairment and about 54% say they have difficulty concentrating.

In the next installment, you can learn about memory challenges associated with blood pressure drugs, sleep aid drugs and drugs for incontinence.


For more details about the natural approach I take with my patients, take a look a the book I wrote entitled: Reclaim Your Life; Your Guide To Revealing Your Body's Life-Changing Secrets For Renewed Health. It is available in my office or at Amazon and many other book outlets.

If you found value in this article, please use the social sharing icons at the top of this post and please share with those you know who are still suffering with knee pain or other chronic health challenges, despite receiving medical management. Help me reach more people so they may regain their zest for living! Thank you!

ALL THE BEST – DR. KARL R.O.S. JOHNSON, DC – DIGGING DEEPER TO FIND SOLUTIONS

*Special thanks to Dr. Brian Smith DC CNS gladly gives me permission to use, post and distribute the chapter in his book entitled "Drugs That Cause Memory Loss"  from the book "What Happened to My Memory? Natural Solutions In The Fight Against Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia". The book available at Amazon.com in both hard copy and Kindle versions.

Topics: drugs,, memory loss,, alzheimer's

Can Chronic Knee Pain Be Helped Without Surgery, Shots or Drugs?

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Sat, Oct 04, 2014

Recently I Implemented a Breakthrough Knee Pain Progam In My Office That Has Helped Patients With Chronically Painful Knees Become Virtually Pain Free In As Little As Two Days.

My inventive chronic knee pain program of care is dramatically improving the health and lives of patients. 

I found profound success with virtually eliminating knee pain if I applied a proprietary, multi-dimensional approach that goes beyond merely focusing on the knee. My protocol also addresses sources of inflammation, neurology of the joint and neurology of pain, as well as the “neurokinetic chain” from the brain to the spine, to the legs, knees and feet. As a result of this integrated, individualized and comprehensive approach, my chronic knee pain recovery program can deliver results in as little as two visits for some patients.

Chronic Knee Pain

My approach to addressing chronic knee pain gives individuals a viable option beyond the conventional methods of treatment. What I found was my knee pain protocol is ideal for individuals who do not want to have surgery—though they may have been told it is their only answer—and who have also tried traditional drugs and are looking for an effective alternative solution. 

Chronic knee problems are not only painful and annoying, but they can be debilitating, making normal activities such as getting out of bed, walking and exercising difficult to manage. However, chronic knee pain is not natural, and it is not a normal part of aging. Moreover, knee surgery may not be the only option for even the most extreme situations involving bone-on-bone arthritis. Patients who have particitate in my chronic knee pain care program asked my how can it work so well at releiving pain and suffering. My response is that I have merged natural therapies and research-proven medical procedures to provide effective, long-lasting relief so that patients can regain functionality. When I examine a patient I diagram the neurology of how it works on a white board in the examination room, in a way that is understandable.

Some of the key elements of my unique chronic knee pain care program is my comprehensive evaluation of the nerve, muscle and joint function from their feet, ankles, knees, hips, pelvic and lower back. Those who qualify for my knee program may receive one or more of the following procedures : 

  • Cutting-edge laser therapy
  • Axial knee decompression
  • Knee, hip, ankle and pelvic alignments
  • Nutritional support for cartilage and nerve repair, inflammation and pain reduction 
  • Re-establishing proper neurology that when "offline" results in increased knee pain
  • Lower back non-surgical decompression
  • MyoNeuro balancing work on the muscles that cross the knee, hip and ankle joints

What Type of Results Can You Receive?

Patients are raving about their care at Johnson Chiropractic Neurology & Nutrition. For example, besides the testimonial you see above, another patient who had been having persistent problems for 10 years, was able to walk up stairs without any pain after her second visit to the clinic. She said: “I can do pretty much everything I was able to do before my knee acted up like gardening, kneeling down and doing my Tai Chi. It’s a great improvement; it’s like day and night.” The patient also said she was very happy with the results of her knee pain program, which lasted a few weeks. She added: “It’s absolutely pain-free and relaxing at the same time. The method is wonderful.”

Captitalizing on the training I received at the American Functional Neurology Institute, this new chronic knee pain care program is such a blessing to many. I know what it feels like to be restricted from one of my favorite activities (cycling) due to knee pain. Having to miss a few rides over the last couple of years spurred me on to help my patients with my innovative approach.

If you know of anyone with knee pain that is looking for a non-surgical, drug-free, shot-free approach, tell them about this blog post.


 For more details about the natural approach I take with my patients, take a look a the book I wrote entitled: Reclaim Your Life; Your Guide To Revealing Your Body's Life-Changing Secrets For Renewed Health. It is available in my office or at Amazon and many other book outlets.

If you found value in this article, please use the social sharing icons at the top of this post and please share with those you know who are still suffering with knee pain or other chronic health challenges, despite receiving medical managment. Help me reach more people so they may regain their zest for living! Thank you!

ALL THE BEST – DR. KARL R.O.S. JOHNSON, DC – DIGGING DEEPER TO FIND SOLUTIONS

Topics: inflammation, knee pain, "Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, Chronic Knee Pain,

An Antibiotic That is Worrisome for Thyroid Patients

Posted by "Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC" on Fri, Sep 05, 2014

Thyroid-Goiter When it comes to life-threatening infections, antibiotics have been a GodSend, however for minor infections the following antibiotics are troublesome and are known to cause some nasty side effects.

The antibiotic family I am referring to are fluoroquinolones. You may also see it referred to as quinolones. The following make up the quinolones:

  • Ciprofloxacin
  • Cipro
  • Ciloxan eye drops
  • Levofloxacin
  • Levaquin
  • Quixin
  • Moxifloxacin
  • Avelox
  • Vigamox eye drops
  • Norfloxacin
  • Noroxin
  • Ofloxacin
  • Ocuflox
  • Floxin
  • Floxin Otic
  • Floxacin
  • Trovafloxacin
  • Trovan
  • Alatrofloxacin.

Side effects include sudden severe insomnia, hypnic jerks, tendon and cartilage tears, brain fog, weird sensations like bugs crawling on you, headaches, buzzing, pain, tinnitus (ear ringing), face-down fatigue, moving abdominal pain and every thyroid symptom possible.

For people with thyroid disease, these antibiotics are especially worrisome because the quinolone antibiotics are built with a fluoride backbone. It is important to note that fluoride is extremely toxic to your thyroid.

Combining quinolone antibiotics with Levothyroxine (a T4 drug) may lead to reduced absorption of thyroid medicine and cause changes in TSH.

From a functional medicine perspective, fluoride competes with iodine which is necessary to make T4.

I don't like fluoride, or fluorine, or anything related to fluoride coming anywhere near your thyroid gland.

Four medications have been pulled off the market, and the remaining drugs have a "Black Box" warning on them from the FDA.

If you are taking an antibiotic check with your pharmacist to see if it is in the fluoroquinolone family.

If so you would be wise to ask your physician for another type of antibiotic. Again this plays an even more significant role if you are suffering with thyroid disease.

 

Reference: 

Cohen, S. Thyroid Healthy. 2014

 Compliments from Functional Medicine University


For more details about the natural approach I take with my patients, take a look a the book I wrote entitled: Reclaim Your Life; Your Guide To Revealing Your Body's Life-Changing Secrets For Renewed Health. It is available in my office or at Amazon and many other book outlets.

If you found value in this article, please use the social sharing icons at the top of this post and please share with those you know who are still suffering with knee pain or other chronic health challenges, despite receiving medical management. Help me reach more people so they may regain their zest for living! Thank you!

ALL THE BEST – DR. KARL R.O.S. JOHNSON, DC – DIGGING DEEPER TO FIND SOLUTIONS

 

Topics: Hypothyroidism, thyroid, fluoroquinolones, quinolones

The Role Of Inflammation in Peripheral Neuropathy

Posted by "Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC" on Sun, Aug 17, 2014

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An article published in 2011 in the prestigious Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Journal points out an important, yet often overlooked, aspect of peripheral neuropathy.

In the article they follow the case of a young boy who develops neuropathy after undergoing hip surgery.

Usually neuropathy that develops after surgery is attributed to things like anesthesia toxicity, mechanical trauma, or ischemic nerve damage.

In this case study the doctors ruled out all of these causes but the boy's neuropathy continued to progress.

Why Is This Important?

A thorough neurological evaluation was performed and he was diagnosed with post-surgical inflammatory neuropathy.

This is important because we know that inflammation is an important component of neuropathy. In fact there is usually an inflammation component in most of the cases of neuropathy we treat in our office.

The problem is most neuropathy patients have never had a doctor that has really investigated and treated the inflammation.

In the case study presented in the journal article the cause of the inflammation was apparent, it was caused by surgery.

But in other neuropathy patients the inflammation can be secondary to diabetes, chemotherapy, food sensitivities … and a number of other causes. In other words the source of the inflammation is not always obvious and is therefore commonly overlooked.

In one study they summarize the role of inflammation in this way: "Diverse causes of neuropathic pain are associated with excessive inflammation in both the peripheral and central nervous system which may contribute to the initiation and maintenance of persistent pain. Chemical mediators, such as cytokines, chemokines, and lipid mediators, released during an inflammatory response have the undesired effect of sensitizing and stimulating nociceptors, their central synaptic targets or both. These changes can promote long-term maladaptive plasticity resulting in persistent neuropathic pain".

The important thing is to know that inflammation is an important component of neuropathy and make sure that the initial evaluation includes an investigation of various inflammation sources.

Once inflammation is ruled in as a contributing factor we must then provide natural treatments using dietary changes and specific nutritional supplement that can help lower the inflammation.

This type of approach deals with root causes and ensures that a long lasting reduction in symptoms can occur.

Along with our multi-facteted effective approach to dealing with perhipheral neuropathy, finding out if part of the underlying cause is related to inflammation is paramont!

Healing Peripheral Neuropathy

In our office we have a 17-point Functional Peripheral Nerve Restoration Evaluation that we
perform to determine the exact nature of the nerve damage. It all starts with a unique exam based in part on the Toronto Clinical Scoring System. Why? Because this exam scores the health or sickness or your nerves. Wouldn’t it be nice to objectively demonstrate where you are and how you are improving? Not just, “I feel good today” but an exam that proves you are getting better. How is this accomplished? Through the unique combination of clinically proven therapies, including the Cutting Edge MLS M6 "pain blasting healing laser".

First you should know that we address each person as an individual using both metabolic and neurologic strategies. This is what we mean by “no stone is left unturned” when it comes to helping our patients. You are not looking to try an old previously unsuccessful treatment again…you want relief…you want results!

There are 5 key elements … or what I like to call ingredients, to properly heal a damaged nerve and create real and lasting relief from neuropathy.

Just like a recipe if you leave out an ingredient or don’t put the right amount of the ingredients you don’t get the result you are looking for.

At Johnson Chiropractic Neurology & Nutrition we have combined the five key elements required to address the damaged nerves in your legs and feet and/or arms and hands to provide true and lasting relief.

We have developed a proprietary system that combines these elements which we call Functional Peripheral Nerve Restoration™.



For more details about the natural approach I take with my patients, take a look a the book I wrote entitled: Reclaim Your Life; Your Guide To Revealing Your Body's Life-Changing Secrets For Renewed Health. It is available in my office or at Amazon and many other book outlets.

If you found value in this article, please use the social sharing icons at the top of this post and please share with those you know who are still suffering with low thyroid symptoms or other chronic health challenges, despite receiving medical management. Help me reach more people so they may regain their zest for living! Thank you!

ALL THE BEST – DR. KARL R.O.S. JOHNSON, DC – DIGGING DEEPER TO FIND SOLUTIONS

 

Sources:

Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2011 Jul-Aug;36(4):403-5. doi: 10.1097/AAP.0b013e31821e6503

http://bja.oxfordjournals.org/content/111/1/26.full

 

Topics: Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson DC, inflammation, Diabetes, peripheral neuropathy, Neuropathy, Functional Peripheral Nerve Restoration, Diabetic Neuropathy

Top 11 Best Anti-Inflammatory Foods To Thwart Autoimmunity

Posted by "Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC" on Mon, Jul 28, 2014

Autoimmune Attack OrgansWhen you are suffering with mysterious health challenges, including autoimmune issues such as Hashimoto's, Celiac disease, Scleroderma, Diabetes, vitiligo, etc., you need to know how to reduce inflammation. Using foods known to reduce inflammation at every meal and snack while also eliminating pro-inflammatory foods is a health promoting strategy that is easy to implement. 

Processed sugars and other high-glycemic starches increase inflammation, just as they raise blood sugar and feed cancer cells, according to an article in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

What we eat is either pro-inflammatory or anti-inflammatory inside your body. Here are 11 of the best anti-inflammatory foods (because I think that the best way to get your nutrition is through your food):

 

1. Cold-water fish

including salmon, contain ‘whole food’ anti-inflammatory fats. Wild salmon have more of these super-healthy fats than does farmed salmon so never buy farm-raised fish of any kind s they are fed processed, fish-food. Shopping tip: All salmon from Alaska is wild, whereas Atlantic salmon is usually farmed. Eat fish – wild-caught, cold water fish but don’t buy the fish oils; getting PARENT omegas from cold-pressed seeds IS BEST!

2. Grass-fed beef

and other animal foods that are organically raised. As opposed to traditional, grain-fed livestock, meat that comes from animals fed grass contains anti-inflammatory omegas, but in lower concentrations than cold-pressed seed oils. Free-range livestock that graze in pastures build up higher levels of omega-3s. Meat from grain-fed animals has virtually no omega-3s and plenty of poor quality saturated fat.

Cooking tip: Unless it’s ground, grass-fed beef may be tougher, so slow cook it.

3. Olive oil and Coconut oil

Olive oil is a great source of oleic acid (omega 9), another anti-inflammatory oil. Researchers wrote in the October 2007 Journal of the American College of Nutrition that those who consume more oleic acid have better insulin function and lower blood sugar. Coconut oil is BEST!

Shopping tip: Opt for extra-virgin olive oil, which is the least processed, and use it instead of other cooking oils. Other “cold-pressed” or “expeller-pressed” oils can be good sources, too. Use Coconut oil whenever cooking at higher temperatures as it is more stable than olive oil.

4. Salads

Dark-green lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, and other salad veggies are rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants, nutrients that dampen inflammation.

Suggestion: Opt for olive oil-and-vinegar salad dressing (vinegar helps moderate blood sugar), and skip the croutons – grains are VERY pro-inflammatory.

5. Cruciferous vegetables

These veggies, which include broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and kale, are also loaded with antioxidants. But they also provide one other ingredient — sulfur — that the body needs to make its own high-powered antioxidants like glutathione.

6. Cherries

A study in the April 2006 Journal of Nutrition showed that eating cherries daily can significantly reduce inflammation. Cherries are also packed with antioxidants and relatively low on the glycemic index. They are one of the ‘stone fruits’ (fruits with pits) that are great for diabetic and cancer patients.

Tip: Frozen cherries are available all year long and make a tasty treat when blended in a smoothie.

7. Blueberries

These delectable fruits are chock-full of natural compounds that reduce inflammation. Blueberries may also protect the brain from many of the effects of aging. Frozen blueberries are usually less expensive than fresh — and just as good for you.

8. Turmeric or Curcumin

This spice contains a powerful, natural anti-inflammatory compound, according to a report in the August 2007 Biochemical Pharmacology. There are perhaps a thousand more studies out on the benefits of Turmeric in cancer and inflammatory disorders. Curcumin has long been part of curry spice blends, used in southern Asian cuisines and is best assimilated in the body when blended with a good fat. Therefore cooking with this spice greatly increases its absorption. When I recommend it for a supplement (almost every patient with cancer must be on this) I use a brand that is pre-emulsified in a fat (coconut oil) so it is more readily used by the body.

To use in food: Buy powdered curry spice (which contains high amounts of turmeric and other spices) and use it as a seasoning when pan-frying chicken breasts in coconut oil.

9. Ginger

This relative of turmeric is also known for its anti-inflammatory benefits, and some research suggests that it might also help control blood sugar, heal the stomach and digestive tract, and help breakdown walls of inflammation that surround cancer.

Suggestion: Brew your own ginger tea to sip between juices (juicing vegetables is a must for cancer). Use a peeler to remove the skin off a piece of ginger, then add several thin slices to a cup of hot water and let steep for a few minutes.

10. Garlic

The research isn’t consistent, but garlic may have some anti-inflammatory and certainly helps increase Th1 responses that are necessary to kill cancer cells. At the very least, it won’t hurt and makes for a tasty addition to food.

11. Green tea

Like fruits and vegetables, green tea contains natural anti-inflammatory compounds. It may even reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. The EGCG compounds found in Green Tea extracts are absolutely essential for every cancer patient. Green Tea is typically a Th2 stimulant except that it also is one of the only compounds that reduce the only pro-inflammatory cytokine in the Th2 reaction – interleukin 6 (IL-6).

Suggestion: Drinking Green Tea is NOT going to give one enough EGCG to reduce IL-6 levels but it certainly helps. I suggest one take Green Tea Extract as a supplement.

For more details about the natural approach I take with my patients, take a look a the book I wrote entitled: Reclaim Your Life; Your Guide To Revealing Your Body's Life-Changing Secrets For Renewed Health. It is available in my office or at Amazon and many other book outlets.

If you found value in this article, please use the social sharing icons at the top of this post and please share with those you know who are still suffering with low thyroid symptoms or other chronic health challenges, despite receiving medical managment. Help me reach more people so they may regain their zest for living! Thank you!

ALL THE BEST – DR. KARL R.O.S. JOHNSON, DC – DIGGING DEEPER TO FIND SOLUTIONS

Thanks go out to Dr. Kevin Conners for permission to use this guest blog post here on my blog.

Topics: autoimmune, Hashimoto's, inflammation, celiac, anti-inflammatory, Vitiligo

Three Keys To Brain Health And Healing Leaky Gut Syndrome

Posted by "Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC" on Mon, Jun 16, 2014

brainWhen it comes to brain health, one thing is nearly certain; we can all state we know an adult with the top 4 signs of neurodegeneration:

1.  Anxiety
2.  Depression
3.  Insomnia
4.  Brain Fog

 

Decreased brain health=nuerodegeneration=poorer quality of life and increased stress on ourselves and those that love us. 

Make no mistake, your brain health is one area of your health you don't want to leave to chance or to emergency care. My own mother had dementia as did my maternal grandmother which worsened during the last decade of their life. Waiting until this late stage will leave you with little to no options.

Fortunately for me, my insatiable desire to discover the underlying factors to ill health in my family tree led to the discovery of several helpful preventative measures that you can use too.

1.  Make Sure Your Thyroid Function Is Optimal:

A significant body of science links poor thyroid function and cognitive decline, including Alzheimer’s risk1 (doubling the risk for women).

Data shows that individuals with a baseline higher TSH2 at age 65 had lower scores on mental performance, even though they did not have cognitive impairment at that time. Interestingly, high normal levels of T4 signified even worse cognitive scores and a stronger likelihood of cognitive decline as time goes by.3

It turns out that thyroid issues despite normal TSH levels, known as subclinical hypothyroidism,  can lead to brain decline and brain decline also is a cause of intestinal permeability defects, also known as "Leaky Gut". Remember that Leaky Gut Syndrome, also known as LGS or increased intestinal permeability is a major overlooked cause of autoimmune attack and chronic illness.

The nature of  subclinical hypothyroidism makes it difficult to diagnose using standard thyroid tests. In fact, extensive blood work is generally required. This is how some people can go for years, enduring body pain that never leaves them--all because their thyroid is actually impaired but doesn't appear to be according to standard thyroid tests. To learn more about having thyroid symptoms despite "normal lab tests" go to this page.

2. Manage Your Stress To Maintain Healthy Cortisol Levels

Cortisol is a hormone secreted by the outer of two layers of our adrenal glands, the adrenal cortex. It is made in response to stress and so is often called “the stress hormone”. Stress can be physical, chemical or emotional. Our body responds the same way to all stressors, good and bad with increased cortisol. 

Cortisol influences, regulates or modulates many of the changes that occur in the body in response to stress including, but not limited to:

  • Blood sugar (glucose) levels
  • Fat, protein and carbohydrate metabolism to maintain blood glucose (gluconeogenesis is the term describing your body's ability to make glucose out of protein and fat as needed)
  • Anti-inflammatory actions
  • Blood pressure
  • Immune responses
  • Heart contraction and blood vessel tone
  • Central nervous system (CNS) activation

Cortisol levels normally fluctuate throughout the day and night in a circadian rhythm that peaks at about 8 AM and reaches it lowest around 4 AM. While it is vital to health for the adrenals to secrete more cortisol in response to stress, it is also very important that bodily functions and cortisol levels return to normal following a stressful event. For many of the patients that I work with, the stress response is activated so often that the body does not always have a chance to return to normal. This can lead to health problems resulting from too much circulating cortisol and/or from too little cortisol if the adrenal glands become chronically fatigued (adrenal fatigue).

Higher and more prolonged levels of circulating cortisol (like those associated with chronic stress) have been shown to have negative health effects, such as:

  • Impaired cognitive performance (cortisol directly impacts the electrical activity of neurons including those responsible for memory)
  • Dampened thyroid function
  • Increased intestinal permeability ("Leaky Gut Syndrome or LGS")4
  • Blood sugar imbalances, such as hyperglycemia
  • Lowered immune function
  • Decreased bone density
  • Sleep disruption
  • Decreased muscle mass
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Slow wound healing
  • Increased abdominal fat, which has a stronger correlation to certain health problems than fat deposited in other areas of the body.

Chronically lower levels of circulating cortisol (as in adrenal fatigue) have been associated with negative effects, such as:

  • Brain fog, cloudy-headedness and mild depression
  • Low thyroid function
  • Sleep disruption
  • Low blood pressure
  • Lowered immune function
  • Inflammation
  • Blood sugar imbalances, such as hypoglycemia
  • Fatigue – especially morning and mid-afternoon fatigue

In regards to managing stress, some of the most important habits I have found to be helpful are:

  • Writing out your goals, affirmations and accomplishments every day
  • Exercising several times per week, doing some form of exercise your enjoy (for me it is cycling and walking).
  • Be sure to get adequate sleep.
  • Find out any food you are intolerant of (gluten, soy, dairy, etc.) and avoid it 100% of the time...no cheating - you only increase chemicals known to increase stress and tissue damage in your body.
  • Eat animal protein before you go to sleep so that your blood sugar has a better chance at staying balanced during the night
  • Surrounding yourself with positive, uplifting friends and family.
  • Do something you like to do for yourself regularly-don't lose your identity for anyone.
  • Take appropriate personalized nutritional adrenal support as recommended by your natural health care practitioner who is well educated in nutritional support.

Fortunately a simple but accurate test can measure your adrenal stress called the The Adrenal Stress Index™, which I often use in my assessment of patients to determine if adrenal issues are a connected to their health challenge. Along with adrenal health remember that the two most serious consequences of LGS (Leaky Gut Syndrome) are compromised liver function and autoimmune conditions.  These two consequences often lead to a long search for help from traditional doctors as LGS is seldom considered as a causative factor in most illnesses.  Instead the various symptoms are treated with drugs or as conditions worsen, surgery.

3.  Re-Wire Your Brain With Neurofeedback 

Neurofeedback (also called Neuro Therapy) is a non-invasive process where brain waves are monitored in real time by a computer, which can then use that information to produce changes in brainwave activity. The process of adjusting brainwave activity is known as operant conditioning, which is a method where rewards for positive behavior increase learning capabilities.

It has been well documented that people who suffer neurological problems have abnormal brain waves in certain areas of the brain. For instance, case studies using QEEG “brain maps” have shown that people with Attention-Deficit-Disorder (ADD) have elevated delta brainwaves, while those who suffer from depression have elevated alpha brainwaves. Those with anxiety will have elevated Beta brainwaves, while those suffering from memory loss usually have decreased theta brainwaves.

Training the brain using neurofeedback can change these brainwaves over time, adjusting them into normal, healthy ranges. It can improve alertness, attention, emotional regulation, behavior, cognitive function, and mental flexibility. When the brain moves back into normal ranges, users will often see a reduction in symptoms.

The best part of neurofeedback is that results are often permanent, allowing a person to reduce or even eliminate medications altogether (under their prescribing doctors guidance). Where medications only manage the symptoms, the goal of neurofeedback is to address the underlying cause and restore normal brainwave functions.

How Does Neurofeedback Work?

Neurofeedback utilizes a non-invasive technique for monitoring brain activity. Small electrodes are attached to specific areas of the head using paste. Our Neurointegration software records the brain waves and displays the data in real time. During this time the patient is watching a movie or listening to music. The software compares the incoming brainwaves to that of an optimal brainwave in the target range. If the brainwaves deviate from normal ranges, it triggers the audio or video to fade. The brain automatically detects this and refocuses itself back into the proper range. This process is repeated hundreds of times per session. Sessions usually last 30 minutes.

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Through operant conditioning, the brain is rewarded when the audio or video returns to normal. Eventually the brain learns to stay in the healthy ranges without the reward stimulus, and is able to sustain normal activity independent of the computer. This is achieved by reconnecting functional pathways in the brain.

Neurofeedback does not target any particular disorder. Its purpose is to change timing and activation patterns in the brain. This improves brain regulation, which can impact a variety of symptoms. Different symptoms will require triggering different areas of the brain. The software is designed to target specific areas of the brain according to a patient’s symptoms.

Studies that have looked only at only the healthiest elderly people find minimal cognitive decline even into the ninth decade. These data suggest that significant cognitive decline is not an inevitable consequence of advanced age.

So if you want to age well, minimize neurodegeneration and protect against common (but not normal) conditions associated with aging, you need to take matters into your own hands.

It's important for you to know that 90 percent of our brain’s output goes into a neurologic structure called the pontomedullary system. The brain is constantly receiving input from receptors, and it is constantly sending outputs as well. The main output conduit is the brain stem. The connection between all of our organs and our brain comes from the parasympathetic cranial nerve nuclei of the vagus nerve in the medulla portion of the brainstem-just above the top part of your spinal cord.

The vagus nerve enervates the digestive tract and controls everything from the secretion of stomach acid and pancreatic enzymes to intestinal motility and gall bladder contraction.

Since a large portion of the brain’s output goes into the vagus area, and your brain is not firing well, you’re going to have digestive problems, one of which can be Leaky Gut Syndrome.

There are many other keys to brain health and healing leaky gut syndrome, but in my opinion, these three are very important and something we can all work on to improve. If you would like help with any of them or all of them contact me for a case review, so I can determine your best course of action.

For more details about the natural approach I take with my patients, take a look a the book I wrote entitled: Reclaim Your Life; Your Guide To Revealing Your Body's Life-Changing Secrets For Renewed Health. It is available in my office or at Amazon and many other book outlets.

If you found value in this article, please use the social sharing icons at the top of this post and please share with those you know who are still suffering with low thyroid symptoms or other chronic health challenges, despite receiving medical managment. Help me reach more people so they may regain their zest for living! Thank you!

ALL THE BEST – DR. KARL R.O.S. JOHNSON, DC – DIGGING DEEPER TO FIND SOLUTIONS

References:

1.  Thyroid function and Alzheimer’s disease.  J Alzheimers Dis.  Tan ZS, Vasan RS.

2.  Thyroid Problems and Cognitive Decline  Psychoneuroendocrinology.   Hogervorst E, Huppert F, Matthews FE, Brayne C.

3.  Thyroid Function in the Very Long-Lived  J Clin Endocrinol Metab.   Atzmon G, Barzilai N, Hollowell JG, Surks MI, Gabriely 

4.  http://www.jpp.krakow.pl/journal/archive/12_11/pdf/591_12_11_article.pdf

Topics: Hypothyroidism, LGS, stress, leaky gut syndrome, Adrenal, Brain Health, Neurofeedback

Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, Anxiety, ADD and Your Brain

Posted by "Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC" on Fri, May 23, 2014

Cerebrum lobes

If you are suffering with fibromyalgia, chronic pain, anxiety, or ADD; science shows us you can get help, naturally, without drugs. Let me explain how.

When you have a weak muscle, you can exercise it to make it stronger, as long as the muscle is not permanently damaged. Of course you have to be specific in what muscle you want to target with exercise and how you perform the exercise. For example if your right bicep muscle is weak, you wouldn't perform abdominal crunches because the abdominal muscles have nothing to do with your biceps.

Similarly when an area of the brain is not working correctly, it also can be "exercised" via various forms of Brain-Based Therapy.

"Your brain is composed of parts. There is the Cerebellum Brain-Appliances-Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DCin the back of the brain and the Frontal Lobe located behind your forehead. Between those two parts there is the Parietal Lobe, an Occipital Lobe, and a Temporal Lobe working on either side of the brain. Let’s think of them as appliances in your kitchen. Just as each appliance has a very specific job to do, so do the parts of your brain.

Sometimes these appliances break down. If you open up your refrigerator and find that your milk has spoiled and that your ice cream has melted, then you know your refrigerator needs some tending to. Similarly, when a part of the brain malfunctions, the associated body area or function that the brain controls will not work the way it is supposed to. You may begin to notice that you have severe headaches or problems with balance, vision changes, or trouble getting your words out while speaking to someone. If you are unaware of what part of the brain controls these abilities then you will not know where the weak link in your brain is located or what to do about it. 

Johnson Brain-Based Therapy is a series of natural procedures used to identify, exercise, and strengthen weak parts of the brain by using sensory stimulation. It begins with a functional neurological examination of the brain to find out where any weak links are located. When you come to see me there are certain things you may do or feel that let me know your brain is breaking down in particular areas. Once I know where the weakness is I am able to use natural procedures to stimulate very specific areas of your brain in order to restore function.

The human brain can be damaged just like the skin of our bodies can. If we get a scrape on our arm it is called a lesion. The brain can also get lesions. When this happens it is because an area of tissue has been damaged through disease or injury. There are many types of brain lesions, some relatively harmless and some very dangerous. There are soft lesions and there are hard lesions.

Typically hard brain lesions are cared for medically. When you have a hard lesion, such as a stroke, you obviously know you have a problem and probably already saw a medical doctor for evaluation and treatment. Soft or functional lesions occur when the brain is not receiving enough stimulation and in turn not getting enough activity. Soft lesions cannot be visualized with typical imaging methods such as MRI or Cat Scans. A functional assessment must be used to evaluate a soft lesion – we call this type of assessment a functional neurological examination. Think of it this way: take a photograph of a fully functioning, partially open door in your home. Next take a picture of a door that sticks when you close it, but photograph it in the partially opened position, like you did with the normally operating door. Now look at the pictures. You cannot tell them apart. You would have to put each door through all its actions (opening, closing, locking, etc.) while video taping the activity to qualify as a functional test for the doors. That is why an MRI of a brain that has a soft lesion looks normal – it is not a functional test.

We must exercise our brains just like we need to exercise our bodies or the brain will deteriorate. Brain Based Therapy seeks to reverse these soft lesions through stimulating your senses and training your brain to be active and healthy again. This ability for the brain to change, by adding new connections is called neuroplasticity.

Let’s take a moment to understand the great importance of your central nervous system. The central nervous system is comprised of your brain and spinal cord and it is the MASTER CONTROL CENTER and information distribution system of your body. It needs both fuel and activation to survive, thrive, and recover from damage. Sometimes it does not get an adequate dose of these two very important elements and that is when degeneration begins to occur.

Johnson Brain-Based Therapy takes into account that the nervous system is a sensory driven system. Each one of your senses is an input to your brain. Your brain receives signals from your senses and responds based on the information it receives. Without input there will be no output. Without stimulation the brain loses its ability to control very important functions and it is these malfunctions that produce many of the symptoms in chronic illnesses, such as fibromyalgia, chronic pain, anxiety and ADD.

The brain depends upon crucial inputs to maintain healthy functioning and that is why Johnson Brain-Based Therapy is so important and effective. I utilize sight, sound, touch, movement, vibration, heat, cold, light, and other natural tools to interrupt abnormal patterns within your brain and bring them back into balance. By using Johnson Brain-Based Therapy we are able to strengthen the brain and effectively restore its many pathways and connections.

At Johnson Chiropractic Neurology & Nutrition we have specialized tests to measure if you are receiving enough fuel and activation to your central nervous system. If you are not receiving an adequate amount of activation we are able to improve the health of your brain by using specific exercises and stimulations that target these weak areas. This is what Johnson Brain-Based Therapy is all about! We also thoroughly check your body chemistry with lab tests for any factors that would interfere with good fuel delivery to your central nervous system and then go about correcting these factors.

The combination of Johnson Brain-Based Therapy and functional metabolic testing and treatment is called Johnson Neuro-Metabolic Therapy (JNMT). JNMT is what allows me to help you when others have given up or failed to dig deep enough to get to the root of your chronic nightmare. There is hope with these specific rehabilitation therapies!"1

Many years of reseach have been conducted on one form of Brain-Based Therapy called Neurofeedback. As one of my mentors and colleage recently stated, "I am working with a boy right now. He is twelve, on six medications about 6 months ago. He is very angry, has full blown ADHD and is very impulsive. His parents told they may need to institutionalize him. After six months of a gluten-free diet, neurofeedback and cerebellar exercises and the kid is almost unrecognizable. He is now well mannered, well behaved, and down to one medication. His dad got emotional this morning telling me how thankful he is for what I do. What a difference we make in the lives of these people."

In summary, many cases of Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, Anxiety and ADD respond well to functional neurology and even better with functional neurology, diet changes, specific supplementation and neurofeedback.

Neurofeedback ADD

The best part is these cutting edge treatment methods are drug-free and effective. Tell someone you know who is suffering needlessly to check out Johnson Brain-Based Therapy

For more details about the natural approach I take with my patients, take a look a the book I wrote entitled: Reclaim Your Life; Your Guide To Revealing Your Body's Life-Changing Secrets For Renewed Health. It is available in my office or at Amazon and many other book outlets.

If you found value in this article, please use the social sharing icons at the top of this post and please share with those you know who are still suffering with low thyroid symptoms or other chronic health challenges, despite receiving medical managment. Help me reach more people so they may regain their zest for living! Thank you!

ALL THE BEST – DR. KARL R.O.S. JOHNSON, DC – DIGGING DEEPER TO FIND SOLUTIONS

References:

1. Johnson, Karl R.O.S., DC. "WHAT IS JOHNSON BRAIN-BASED THERAPY?" Reclaim Your Life; Your Guide To Revealing Your Body's Life-Changing Secrets For Renewed Health. Charelston: CreateSpace, 2012. 13-17. Print.

Topics: fibromyalgia, ADD, chronic pain, Anxiety, Neurofeedback, Johnson Brain-Based Therapy

Detox Soup Can Supercharge Your Autoimmune Recovery

Posted by "Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC" on Tue, Apr 08, 2014

Detox Soup

When you feel like your body is filled with toxic sludge, make a soup out of these top detox foods! The recipe takes about 30 minutes from start to finish and the taste is just beyond delish.

Ingredients:

        • 1 tablespoon olive oil
        • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
        • ½ yellow onion, roughly diced
        • 1 head broccoli, chopped small (about ⅔ pound)
        • 2 ½ cups water
        • ¼ teaspoon sea or kosher salt
        • 1 cup fresh arugula
        • 1 inch piece of ginger, grated
        • ½ lemon

Directions:

  1. In a medium stock pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the onion and sauté for about two minutes, then, add garlic and sauté another minute.
  2. Add broccoli, arugula, and ginger and sauté about 4 minutes.
  3. Add water and salt.  Bring to a boil.  Once soup boils, reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Cook for 8 minutes (or until broccoli is tender).
  4. Remove soup from heat and ladle the mixture into a blender (work slowly and in batches - never fill the blender more than ¾ full), puree and return to pot.
  5. Ladle into bowls and squeeze a wedge of fresh lemon over the top and enjoy.

Serves two.

Find this and more delicious, simple to prepare recipes in the Eat Right for Your Type Personalized Cookbooks (they make a great gift at the budget-friendly price of only $10.80 each).

For more details about the natural approach I take with my patients, take a look a the book I wrote entitled: Reclaim Your Life; Your Guide To Revealing Your Body's Life-Changing Secrets For Renewed Health. It is available in my office or at Amazon and many other book outlets.

If you found value in this article, please use the social sharing icons at the top of this post and please share with those you know who are still suffering with low thyroid symptoms or other chronic health challenges, despite receiving medical managment. Help me reach more people so they may regain their zest for living! Thank you!

ALL THE BEST – DR. KARL R.O.S. JOHNSON, DC – DIGGING DEEPER TO FIND SOLUTIONS

Topics: autoimmune, D'Adamo, Detox, Blood Type Diet, Soup

Change Your Brain, Chronic Pain, Anxiety and Focus With Neurofeedback

Posted by "Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC" on Thu, Mar 20, 2014

I am pleased to introduce neurofeedback to the Shelby Township area of Southeast Michigan. Also known as Brain Training, this groundbreaking approach incorporates state-of-the-art equipment with the expertise of our professionally trained staff. Neurofeedback is ideal for helping people who suffer with medical conditions such as:

A NEW APPROACH

For over 40 years the accepted treatment for neurological symptoms has been the use of medications. However the disadvantages to medicating the brain are becoming more widely known. Side effects are common, and stopping the medication often results in a return of the symptoms. Patients are becoming increasingly frustrated with high cost medications that do not offer a long term resolution to their symptoms.

There are other ways to change the brain that are non-invasive and more natural. It’s no secret that the food you eat and exercise are all critical to brain function. But this is often not enough to alleviate more serious conditions. In my practice utilizing a metabolic and a neurological approach together has consistently shown the best results by getting to the root causes beneath the health challenge the patient presents with. Rather than treating the condition I am helping restore the patient's physiology back to self regulating balance. I call this combination apporach Johnson Neuro-Metabolic Therapy. Using chiropractic's neurological heritage is often the keystone that "cracks the code" on chronic health challenges. This new tool called Neurofeedback helps us speed up the process of changing neurological function more towards normal with objective measurements that are backed by years of research. In the end the most important measure of success for the patient is; do I have my life back? Can I now do the things I used to be able to do and desparately want to bet back to doing? I am happy to say that over the years hundreds of patients have been able to say yes to those questions. Now with the proven science behind neurofeedback, even more difficult cases can be helped.

Introducing Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback and the brainFortunately, a new field called Neurofeedback has emerged that is yielding positive results for many people with debilitating neurological symptoms. Neurofeedback has been shown to be incredibly powerful when done right with a licensed practitioner. There are many case studies of people who have changed their lives for the better using neurofeedback. Research has shown people of all ages see dramatic improvement in ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Brain Injury, Migraines, Seizures, Chronic Pain, Addiction and more. Results like these have become too common to ignore.

Neurofeedback is not an instant process. It takes time for the brain to change and learn. Often many sessions are needed to see any results. But often, once clients are functioning better and have fewer symptoms, they can reduce their reliance on medication.

Neurofeedback has been proven to change the brain – to change timing in the brain. It’s published in scientific literature. It’s used by thousands of licensed health professionals around the world. It could be the most important new tool available for mental and neurological health.

WHAT IS NEUROFEEDBACK?

Neurofeedback (also called Neuro Therapy) is a non-invasive process where brain waves are monitored in real time by a computer, which can then use that information to produce changes in brainwave activity. The process of adjusting brainwave activity is known as operant conditioning, which is a method where rewards for positive behavior increase learning capabilities.

The Neurofeedback Process

The computer monitors your brainwaves while you watch a movie or listen to music. When deviations from normal brainwave activity occur, the computer triggers an audio or visual cue that alerts the patient that they are outside normal ranges. These cues are received by the brain, which subconsciously adjusts itself back to a normal pattern to make the cue stop. With enough repetition of this process, the brain eventually learns to stay in the normal ranges on its own without the computer. With the brain functioning normally on its own, symptoms of irregular brain activity will decline.

ADD / ADHDIt has been well documented that people who suffer neurological problems have abnormal brain waves in certain areas of the brain. For instance, case studies using QEEG “brain maps” have shown that people with Attention-Deficit-Disorder (ADD) have elevated delta brainwaves, while those who suffer from depression have elevated alpha brainwaves. Those with anxiety will have elevated Beta brainwaves, while those suffering from memory loss usually have decreased theta brainwaves.

Training the brain using neurofeedback can change these brainwaves over time, adjusting them into normal, healthy ranges. It can improve alertness, attention, emotional regulation, behavior, cognitive function, and mental flexibility. When the brain moves back into normal ranges, users will often see a reduction in symptoms.

The best part of neurofeedback is that results are often permanent, allowing a person to reduce or even eliminate medications altogether (of course by the prescribing physician). Where medications only manage the symptoms, the goal of neurofeedback is to address the underlying cause and restore normal brainwave functions.

For more information you can visit my neurofeedback website at www.ClearmindSEMichigan.com. I plan on offering this new service first to our existing patients who are in need of the procedure. We will start with brain mapping and them move on to the actural neurofeedback training with current patients.

Stop suffering with chronic pain, anxiety, brain fog, insonmia, depression, ADD and other signs of brain and body imbalance. Come in for your evaluation and see for yourself how beneficial the Clearmind Neurofeedback can be for your health challenges.

For more details about the natural approach I take with my patients, take a look a the book I wrote entitled: Reclaim Your Life; Your Guide To Revealing Your Body's Life-Changing Secrets For Renewed Health. It is available in my office or at Amazon and many other book outlets.

If you found value in this article, please use the social sharing icons at the top of this post and please share with those you know who are still suffering with low thyroid symptoms or other chronic health challenges, despite receiving medical managment. Help me reach more people so they may regain their zest for living! Thank you!

ALL THE BEST – DR. KARL R.O.S. JOHNSON, DC – DIGGING DEEPER TO FIND SOLUTIONS

 


Topics: fibromyalgia, ADD, chronic pain, Insomnia, brain fog, depression, Anxiety, Neurofeedback

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