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

Intentional musings of a unique Shelby Township Michigan Chiropractic Physician dedicated to helping people find solutions to improving their health by rooting out causes to chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia, thyroid disorder symptoms, balance disorders, migraines, sciatica, ADD/ADHD/ASD, back pain, peripheral neuropathy, gluten sensitivity and autoimmune disorders so they can Reclaim Their Life!

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Control Inflammation Naturally To Thwart Autoimmune Damage And Pain

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Sat, Nov 15, 2014

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What if I told you that doctors have discovered a breakthrough in treating patients who suffer with Fibromyalgia and myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)/chronic fatigue syndrome? Would you be open and willing to learn about what that breakthrough is? If the answer is YES, then it is from this space of openness and willingness where you will begin your healing journey. 

In overcoming our health challenges, it is imperative that we approach our health from a radically new mindset. Essential in forming this new mindset is entertaining the notion that anything is possible when it comes to our health, and yes, YOU CAN heal yourself and thrive.

My name is Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC and I am a Board-Certified doctor of chiropractic. I am a graduate of the American Functional Neurology Institute and I hold fellowships with the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and the Institute for Human Individuality. A couple of years ago I wrote and published my first book; Reclaim Your Life; Your Guide To Revealing Your Body's Life-Changing Secrets For Renewed Health. I am also excited to announce that I have added a new education designation. I now have a doctorate in pastoral medicine and science (PSc.D) from the Pastoral Medicine Association (PMA - www.pmai.us). PMA providers have one thing in common and that is they believe that while conventional medicine has an important place in saving lives, following the life giving instructions of our maker will help us avoid much of the chronic poor health and disease that plagues mankind. I provide members of the Member Share Network, which is free to join, with natural health care services. The Member Share Network is the gathering place where licensed ministerial providers come together with member families to share in natural concepts for the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of health. You can learn more about the Pastoral Medical Association by visiting www.pmai.us.

Now let me tell you the story about how I was driven to help others with chronic health challenges. My mother and dad both had autoimmune disorders and as a result of digging deep to determine some of the causitive factors I discovered some interesting, but disturbing details. My mother had rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto's and colitis. My dad had Parkinson's diease, as did his father and mother. My grandmother died with dementia as did my mother. When you have a health history like I do, you either decide to let the chips fall where they may or try to change the future by making changes where you can. Once I discovered a common denominator for all these family health challenges, I decided to make it my mission to help individuals heal themselves. That common denominator was the inheritance of a celiac gene and a gluten gene, which when found together means the person with such genes is heavily predisposed to immune reactivity to gluten. In other words gluten ( and other proteins that look similar to gluten) can be subject to immune system destruction. Sadly many proteins that make up our organs and tissues look like gluten too. In my case, my immune system was already targeting my thyroid and gut by the time I discovered this news, which necessitated an immediate change in my diet if I was to have a fighting chance of changing the trajectory of my future health. In my mind there was no other choice and I immediately implemented the changes necessary to take the food triggers out of my diet. 

As a holistic health practitioner I have worked with people all over Michigan and in other states, as well as Canada, to help them discover that their health conditions are not the problem, but are rather symptoms of deeper imbalances occurring in the body, mind, spirt, or lifestyle of the individual. Once we can uncover the deeper underlying issue causing the symptoms we experience, we can begin to properly treat and actually heal the imbalances that are manifesting through the chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, autoimmune disorder, or any other negative health condition that causes us to suffer. Since western medicine hasn't found a "cure" for Fibromyalgia, you've got nothing to lose by considering the information I'm about to share in this article.

Assuming you are willing to give my concepts a go, lets begin by taking a look at how you have been perceiving the disease in your mind.

First, are you seeing the disease as a diagnosis that the doctor gave you with no cure? Second, are you seeing that this disease has happened to you and now you are wounded, and to a certain degree, helpless about your health conditions? As long as this type of thinking rules your mind, which I like to call a "victim" or "wounded" consciousness, the ego will retain a nearly unbreakable grip on your suffering and will not allow you to heal. However, by simply reading this article you are declaring yourself open and willing to examine your relationship to your disease, and you are taking the necessary "first step" towards living beyond the symptoms and into a place of thriving. How do you begin to shift your mindset away from suffering and towards healing?

Perhaps one of the most important action steps you can take to optimize your health is by remaining in a space of commitment to your health. In my case, I opened myself up to being more resourceful and creative in finding a better way to work on improving my future and dealing with the health challenges I found my body with which I was afflicted. Next, I began with the approach of looking at all the areas of my health that I can control, from my sleep schedule, to my happiness, to most importantly, my diet. As I coach patients and members with fibromyalgia and CFS and other health challenges, including those with autoimmunity, I am observing phenomenal results when my patients and members remove the following five food groups: gluten, dairy, sugar, corn and soy. Through genetic engineering and cross-contamination, many foods containing these ingredients are highly inflammatory and can literally cause the body to attack itself, resulting in autoimmune disorders and conditions like fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Not only is it necessary to eliminate certain foods and ingredients that are literally toxic to us, but it is also important to begin to introduce certain healing foods and ingredients that can reduce debilitating symptoms and quite possibly heal these conditions all together.

Over the course of human history, many cultures around the world have enjoyed a diet rich in certain herbs and spices that now have been confirmed by modern science to be highly supportive of the body's natural "inflammation response," the key culprit behind fibro and CFS flare ups. Let me discuss several of these in detail: 

Herbs and Spices About
GREEN TEA The USDA Phytochemical Database reports that green tea contains compounds are rich in anti-inflammatory factors. Green tea contains salicylic acid, a naturally-occurring COX-2 inhibiting compound (COX-2 being a major inflammatory pathway), that inspired the creation of acetylsalicylic acid, or aspirin. Green tea is also highly "synergistic," meaning that when combined with other healing herbs like Turmeric, has a three-fold increase properties of a common component in turmeric called curcumin.
HOLY BASIL Holy Basil is highly revered in the Ayurvedic healing traditions of India. A phytonutrient contained in Holy Basil called ursolic acid was recognized for its anti-inflammatory properties by Dartmouth Medical School. Holy Basil also has noted radio-protective benefits.
TURMERIC The health benefits of Turmeric are legendary and now well known among everyday vitamin and herb consumers. Indeed an entire article (or book) could be written on Turmeric alone. The key about turmeric that I have discovered is that the method of extraction is extremely important. Many supplement manufacturers offer highly processed and "standardized" doses of turmeric, containing highly concentrated mega-doses of a single constituent called curcumin. Unfortunately these mega-doses standardized extracts take on a "biphasic" pharmaceutical effect and can sometimes be less effective than an extract that reflects the full complexity of turmeric with its many constituents besides just curcumin. For this reason I only recommend broad spectrum turmeric extracts like New Chapter's Turmeric Force or Zyflamend products.
BAIKAL SKULLCAP More and more research is emerging every day regarding the profound anti-inflammatory properties of Baikal Skullcap, or scutellaria. As inflammatory conditions are diseases of imbalance, Baikal skullcap reigns supreme in its ability to both quench the fires of inflammation and promote the healing of damaged tissue. In addition, it was reported in the prestigious British Medical Journal that scutellaria contains high concentrations of melatonin, a hormone with numerous beneficial properties for both healthy sleep and cell protection.
OREGANO Oregano contains over 30 known anti-inflammatory components, 28 anti-oxidants, and four known COX-2 (inflammatory enzyme) inhibitors. With a super-pure, super-potent, broad-spectrum Oregano extract, all of these healing components are at your service to help quell damaging inflammatory episodes.
GINGER Ginger contains nearly 500 known constituents, many of them noted for their profound inflammation-balancing activity, all working in a complementary fashion with one another for a beneficial biological effect. When considering a ginger extract or supplement to incorporate into your daily regimen, it is important to select an extract that contains this entire spectrum of plant phytonutrients that naturally occur in ginger. This is why I only recommend New Chapter's Ginger Force, because New Chapter is the only brand that I know that creates a "dual-extract" of their herbs. One extract obtains all of the water-soluble components of the herb, a second "supercritical" extract obtains all of fat-soluble components, to ensure that the final product contains the full spectrum of ginger's constituents.

Of course, it should go without saying that all individuals have uniquenesses that need to be taken in consideration when developing a health optimizing program. To optimize our health many factors need to be looked at to insure a thorough investigation to reveal underlying factors which can decrease our expression of our God-given inborn healing potential.

I look at each individual as a unique snowflake and strive to open up the padlock which is keeping your health locked up inside. The best way I know how to begin the journey of healing is with a case review to evaluate neurological and metabolic factors contributing to ones ill health. What is Included in The Johnson Neuro-Metabolic Therapy Case Review? A consultation with me, Dr. Johnson, to discuss your problems and concerns. (This can also be done via telephone or webcam) A complete case history and health questionnaires. A dietary and nutrition evaluation. A complete analysis of dietary habits (based on what you submit). In addition I am going to analyze your current supplements, herbs, natural medicines, botanicals, and homeopathic’s to determine whether they are beneficial or actually detrimental to your condition (based on what you submit). I will also ask that you provide a copy of your medical records and lab tests and I will go over them with a fine tooth comb. I will determine whether you have had the appropriate lab tests ordered, and make a decision of what further testing is required.

In summmary, realize that your health can be optimized when you consider the underlyng factors discussed here (and in other articles in my blog) and then take action steps to rid your body of the impediments to your healing.

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: autoimmune, Hashimoto's, gluten, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, soy, chronic fatigue

How Cholesterol Drugs Affect Memory, Diabetes & Peripheral Neuropathy

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Sun, Nov 02, 2014


Statin-WarningDon’t you find it strange that a class of drugs that has questionable science and offers poor stated outcomes (prevention of heart disease in patient with just “high” cholesterol) would still be prescribed in such an amount that over a quarter of the US population over 45 is taking it? What drug class am I referring to? Statin drugs, the pharmaceutical industry’s leading money-maker, largely due to relentless advertising. The aim of statin drugs is to lower cholesterol by inhibiting the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase, which plays a central role in the production of cholesterol in the liver (which produces about 70 percent of total cholesterol in the body).

A recent study found the statin advertising might be driving high cholesterol over diagnosis and over-treatment.[1] If you think about it, the incidence of heart disease is not decreasing despite a large portion of the US population taking statins. A study from Sweden shows a similar lack of effectiveness. [2] What does that tell you about wisdom of continuing advocate the promotion of statin drug usage?

Unfortunately, due in part to the popularity of statin drugs, my office is seeing large number of people calling in to find help for peripheral neuropathy. [3], [4] One of the so-called side effects of statin drugs is the development of nerve and muscle damage. [5]

As aptly questioned by LiveInTheNow.com, “Have the nerve-damaging properties of statin drugs now been confirmed? There are over 300 adverse health effects associated with the use of this chemical class of cholesterol-lowering medications known as statins, with myotoxicity (muscle-damaging) and neurotoxicity (nerve-damaging) top on the list. When will the FDA step in and warn the public, as proof of the problem in the biomedical literature reaches an alarming level of clarity?” [6]

In all, statin drugs have been directly linked to over 300 side effects, including:

  • Cognitive loss
  • Neuropathy
  • Anemia
  • Acidosis
  • Frequent fevers
  • Cataracts
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • An increase in cancer risk
  • Pancreatic dysfunction
  • Immune system suppression
  • Muscle problems, polyneuropathy (nerve damage in the hands and feet), and rhabdomyolysis, a serious degenerative muscle tissue condition
  • Hepatic dysfunction (Patients must be monitored for normal liver function due to the potential increase in liver enzymes,)

Probably one of the most dreaded of all of these side effects is cognitive impairment. Cognitive impairment is defined as when a person has trouble remembering, learning new things, concentrating, or making decisions that affect their everyday life. Cognitive impairment ranges from mild to severe. With mild impairment, people may begin to notice changes in cognitive functions, but still be able to do their everyday activities. Severe levels of impairment can lead to losing the ability to understand the meaning or importance of something and the ability to talk or write, resulting in the inability to live independently.

In case you were not aware of all the names of the statin drugs, here is a table listing them.

Generic Name

Brand Name

atorvastatin

Lipitor

fluvastatin

Lescol

lovastatin

Altoprev, Mevacor

pitavastatin

Livalo

pravastatin

Pravachol

rosuvastatin

Crestor

simvastatin

Zocor 

Statin-Drugs-Neuropathy

In 2012 the FDA decided to require statin drugs manufacturers to add “memory loss” as a side effect of this chemical class, a new study in published in the Journal of Diabetes reveals a clear association between statin use and peripheral neuropathy in a US population 40 years of age and older.

The study found “The prevalence of peripheral neuropathy was significantly higher among those who used statins compared to those who did not (23.5% vs. 13.5%; p < 0.01),” which is a 75% increase in relative risk. [7]

On the FDA website for consumer updates, the following health challenges are associated with statin use. [8]

  • Liver injury
  • Muscle damage
  • Diabetes
  • Memory Loss

Besides the cautious warnings provided by the FDA, over 900 studies prove that statin drugs – HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors blocking liver enzymes from making cholesterol – actually cause muscle problems and even increased cancer risk. Worse, while millions take statins to “protect their heart health,” these drugs are clinically proven to be detrimental. In fact, a 2012 study in the journal Atherosclerosis linked statin use with a 52 percent increase in calcified coronary plaque incidence – the hallmark of death via heart disease!

Statins Can Even Undo the Benefits of Exercise [9]

New research by the Journal of the American College of Cardiology reveals that while exercise is one of the best things you can do to maintain healthy cholesterol levels, statin drugs negate most of the benefits, making people even less fit than before.

The New York Times reported:

(Statin) drugs routinely are prescribed for those with high cholesterol and other risk factors for heart disease … those who are sedentary, overweight, middle-aged… are also the people most likely to be put on statins, possibly undoing some of the good of their workouts.

Trial participants included 37 overweight, sedentary individuals with metabolic problems, divided into two groups: One group was given daily 40-mg doses of simvastatin (Zocor); the other group received no medication. After a supervised 12-week exercise program:

  • Unmedicated volunteers improved their aerobic fitness by more than 10 percent. Mitochondrial content activity increased by 13 percent.
  • Volunteers taking the statins improved their fitness by an average  of 1.5 percent, although some had reduced aerobic capacity. Mitochondrial content activity decreased by 4.5 percent.

Senior study author John P. Thyfault, professor of nutrition and exercise physiology at the University of Missouri, noted: “Low aerobic fitness is one of the best predictors of premature death. And if statins prevent people from raising their fitness through exercise, then that is a concern.

How Statins Might Damage Your Heart [10]

The key to understanding this phenomenon lies in understanding what statins do to your mitochondria — the energy chamber of your cells, responsible for all metabolic functions. The primary fuel for your mitochondria, Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), is one of the primary mechanisms of harm from statins, related to CoQ10 depletion.

A 2011 review published in Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism observed that exercise induces mitochondrial enzyme changes, which can increase cellular energy production and decrease chronic disease risk.

Researchers stated: “Increasing evidence now suggests that exercise can induce mitochondrial biogenesis in a wide range of tissues not normally associated with the metabolic demands of exercise. Perturbations [changes] in mitochondrial content and (or) function have been linked to a wide variety of diseases, in multiple tissues, and exercise may serve as a potent approach by which to prevent and (or) treat these pathologies.

Increasing mitochondrial activity is crucial, because free radicals from toxic exposures to chemicals, pollutants, etc., can overwhelm your body’s defenses, leading to:

  • Oxidative cell and tissue damage
  • Destroyed cellular proteins, lipids and DNA
  • Lowered threshold for physical exercise
  • Impaired ability to utilize carbohydrates and fat for energy
  • Insulin resistance
  • Excessive weight gain
  • Accelerated aging

Statins Deplete a Vital Nutrient Your Body Needs [11]

There’s more bad news for those taking statin drugs. Statins severely deplete levels of CoEnzyme Q10 (CoQ10), which puts your heart in grave danger, because it needs CoQ10 for optimal performance. A Columbia University study found that within 30 days of statin therapy, your levels of CoQ10 can be decreased by half.Not only does CoQ10 help your heart, it boosts energy throughout your system and helps fight fatigue. In addition, CoQ10 helps to reduce muscle-related pain and weakness, which are major side effects of statin drugs.

If You’re on a Statin Drug, You MUST Take CoQ10…

A recent study in the European Journal of Pharmacology showed ubiquinol (co-enzyme Q10) effectively rescued cells from damage caused by the statin drug simvastatin, thereby protecting muscle cells from myopathies.

If you take a statin drug without CoQ10 supplementation — or ideally, the far more effective reduced form, Ubiquinol — your health is at serious risk. CoQ10 is used by every cell in your body, but especially your heart cells.  Cardiac muscle cells have up to 200 times more mitochondria and therefore 200 times more CoQ10 requirements.

Premature aging, another side effect of statin drugs and too little CoQ10, accelerates DNA damage, leads to fatigue, muscle weakness, soreness and, ultimately, heart failure.

A recent study found that, compared to those given a placebo, patients with statin-associated myopathy who took CoQ10 and selenium supplementation experienced significantly less pain, fatigue and muscle weakness.

How to Optimize Your Cholesterol Levels Naturally

Too little cholesterol increases your risk for cancer, memory loss, Parkinson’s disease, hormonal imbalances, stroke, depression, suicide, and violent behavior.

The most effective way to optimize your cholesterol profile and prevent heart disease is natural – via diet and exercise. My primary recommendations for cholesterol regulation include:

  • Eliminating grains and fructose from your diet. Your blood type and other factors as determined with specific testing can be used to help determine your ideal diet.
  • Eat more of your food raw.
  • Be sure to include naturally fermented foods to your diet. One easy way to prepare home made brine fermented foods is with the Perfect Pickler device, right on your kitchen counter.
  • Start intermittent fasting to radically improve your ability to burn fat as your primary fuel while improving your insulin and leptin signaling.
  • Get plenty of high-quality, animal-based omega-3 fats, such as krill oil, and reduce your consumption of trans fats and vegetable oils.
  • Include heart-healthy foods in your diet: olive oil, coconut and coconut oil, organic raw dairy products and eggs, avocados, raw nuts and seeds, and organic grass-fed meats.

If you’re currently taking a statin drug and are worried about the side effects, particularly peripheral neuropathy and memory loss, please consult with a knowledgeable health care practitioner who can help you to optimize your heart health naturally, without the use of these dangerous drugs.

When you locate the cause or causes, many times you can work on eliminating or ameilorating your symptoms by natural means.

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

Sources:

1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23463454

2. http://www.jnrbm.com/content/pdf/1477-5751-10-6.pdf

3. Pavel Otruba, Petr Kanovsky, Petr Hlustik. Treatment with statins and peripheral neuropathy: results of 36-months a prospective clinical and neurophysiological follow-up. Neuro Endocrinol Lett. 2011 Sep 3 ;32(5):688-690. Epub 2011 Sep 3. PMID: 22167150

4.  T Phan, J G McLeod, J D Pollard, O Peiris, A Rohan, J P Halpern. Peripheral neuropathy associated with simvastatin. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 1995 May ;58(5):625-8. PMID: 7745415

5. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3463373/pdf/nihms403932.pdf

6. http://www.liveinthenow.com/article/statin-drugs-cause-even-more-nerve-damage-than-we-thought

7. T Phan, J G McLeod, J D Pollard, O Peiris, A Rohan, J P Halpern. Peripheral neuropathy associated with simvastatinJ Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 1995 May ;58(5):625-8. PMID: 7745415

8. http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm293330.htm

9. http://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/archive/2013/06/07/statins-exercise.aspx

10. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/06/22/new-study-show-using-statins-actually-worsens-your-heart-function.aspx

11. http://www.care2.com/greenliving/dangers-of-statin-drugs.html#ixzz3HjuxUG4H

Topics: Diabetes, peripheral neuropathy, cholesterol, Heart Disease, pain, Drug-Free, Statin, Co-Q10, Diabetic Neuropathy, memory loss,

Drugs that cause memory loss! Part Three of Three

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Fri, Oct 24, 2014

Drugs-Affect-Memory-WEBIn the first installment and second post of this three part blog describing how various classes of medications contribute to or are associated with memory loss, six commonly prescribed drugs were showcased:

1.  Cholesterol lowering drugs
2.  Anxiety medications
3.  Anti-depression medications
4.  Blood pressure drugs (beta blockers)
5. Sleep aids (non-benzodiazepine sedative hypnotics)
6. Incontinence drugs (anticholinergics)

In part three we explore antihistamines (first generation), narcotic pain killers, drugs for Parkinson's disease and anti-seizure drugs.

Please recall my position and they reason I am publishing this series. Be assured I am not against prescribed medications. 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.

Antihistamines (first generation)

Benadryl® (diphenhydramine), Chlor-Trimeton® (chlorphenhydramine), Tavist® (clemastine), Dimetane® (brompheniramine), Clistin® (carbinoxamine), Vistaril® (hydroxyzine)

These medications are used to relieve or prevent allergy symptoms. They may even be taken to fight the symptoms of the common cold. Whether these medications are prescription strength or over the counter, they also work by inhibiting the action of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Out in the body this may relieve cold and allergy symptoms, but in the brain it decreases your ability to learn and and remember things.

Narcotic Pain Killers

Examples: OxyContin®, Percocet® (oxycodone), Vicodin®, Norco® (hydrocodone), Dilaudid®, Exalog® (hydromorphone), Duragesic® (fentanyl), Astramorph®, Avinza® (morphine)

These drugs are prescribed to treat moderate to sever chronic pain. They are also called opiod analgesics. They work by limiting a person’s emotional reaction to pain and blocking the flow of pain signals within the central nervous system. They do this by blocking the action of chemical messengers within the brain, unfortunately these same chemical messengers are also involved in memory. Using these drugs, especially for a long period of time can affect both long-term and short-term memory.

Parkinson’s drugs (dopamine agonists)

Examples: Requip® (ropinirole), Apokyn® (apomorphine), Mirapex® (pramipexole)

These medications are traditionally used to fight Parkinson’s Disease and certain pituitary tumors, but recently they’ve become increasingly used in restless leg syndrome. They work by activating the pathways for dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that is involved not only in learning and memory and learning but also motivation, fine motor control and the experience of pleasure. Because of this, they can cause memory loss, confusion, delusion, hallucinations and drowsiness. They can also cause compulsive behaviors such as overeating and gambling.

The shame is when it’s used for restless leg syndrome with out delving deeper into the cause of the problem, because many other medications, both prescription and over the counter can potentially be the actual cause of the restless leg syndrome (a ha-here we have a symptom caused by a drug that was prescribed to counteract the symptom that was a side effect of another drug - where does it end?)

Antiseizure drugs

Lyrica® (pregabalin), Depakote® (valproic acid), Neurontin® (gabapentin), Tegretol® (carbamazepine), Trileptil ® (oxycarbazepine), Topomax® (topiramate), Diamox® (acetazolamide), Lamictal® (lamotrigine), Keppra® (levetiracetam), Zonegran® (zonisamide)

These drugs are believed to reduce the flow of signals within the brain and spinal cord, which is how they limit seizures. The basically suppress your central nervous system and any drug that suppresses your central nervous system will cause loss of memory.

In conclusion, many prescribed medications can contribute or cause challenges with your memory. My advise is for you to consider the underlying cause of your symptoms and ill health. When you locate the cause or causes, many times you can work on eliminating or ameilorating your symptoms by natural means.


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 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

Pins Feet

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.

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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

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