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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, stubborn thyroid disorder symptoms, balance disorders, chronic knee & shoulder pain, migraines, sciatica, ADD/ADHD/ASD, back pain, peripheral neuropathy, gluten sensitivity and autoimmune disorders so they can Reclaim Their Life!

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Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC

Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson is a chiropractic physician whose areas of expertise include chiropractic, functional medicine, functional neurology and spinal rehabilitation. He is also a medical writer and the author of “Reclaim Your Life; Your Guide to Revealing Your Body’s Life-Changing Secrets for Renewed Health.” He also authored the “Ultimate Strategy" series of e-books on the topics of fibromyalgia, balance disorders, migraine and other debilitating headaches, as well as unresolved thyroid symptoms. Since 1983, Johnson has owned and operated Chiropractic & Nutrition Wellness Center and Johnson Chiropractic Neurology & Nutrition at 51735 Van Dyke Avenue in Shelby Township, Michigan
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Why The Name "Endocannabinoid System?"

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Wed, Jan 08, 2020

People are slowly coming to understand that while CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) both come from the Cannabis plant, they are quite different compounds.

Namely, unlike THC, CBD will not make you high.

Cannabinoids are compounds that interact with the body's endocannabinoid system (ECS), a complex, body-wide cell-signaling system designed to help maintain homeostasis, or balance in the body.

You can learn more about the ECS and CBD in my other posts on my blog.

Your endocannabinoid system (ECS) is active even if you don’t use cannabis

This confuses a lot of people. If the ECS has nothing to do with using cannabis, then why was it named after the plant?

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Topics: cannabinoid, inflammation modulation, Anxiety and Stress, Cannabidiol, CBD Benefits, Health Benefits of CBD, Endocannabinoid system

CBD research and treatment go mainstream

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Fri, Dec 20, 2019

For years, the topic of CBD for medical use was controversial. However, now that it has been approved for general use in the US, CBD (cannabidiol) is now widely researched and used for a variety of health conditions.

CBD is NOT psychoactive. While both cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) come from the Cannabis plant genus, they are quite different compounds:

  • THC is known for its psychoactive effects (ie: the "high" feeling).
  • CBD is not a recreational drug and doesn't offer the psychoactive effects of THC.
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Topics: Insomnia, Anxiety and Stress, Chronic Pain Relief, Cannabidiol, Research, CBD Benefits, Health Benefits of CBD

Is Your Brain Shrinking? What you Need to Know

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Tue, Dec 17, 2019

Many of you reading this short article already know that hemoglobin A1C is extremely useful revealing what the "average" blood sugar has been over the previous ninety days.  

This is the same standard laboratory measurement used to measure blood sugar control in diabetics.

What many people may not be aware of is the fact that hemoglobin A1C has important implications for your brain health.
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Topics: HbA1c, Blood Sugar,, Prediabetes and diabetes, Healthy Brain, Brain Size, Shrinking Brain

Hyperactivity & Attention Deficit Disorder: Do We Have Options?

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Tue, Nov 26, 2019

Attention-deficit disorder affects a startling 17 million people and seems to be gaining ground every year.

As a parent of child suffering with this disorder... what are you to do?? Attention-deficit disorder is the most frequently diagnosed childhood psychiatric condition in America. In the past most medical journals described this disorder as minimal brain damage, hyperactive child syndrome & minimal cerebral dysfunction.

The common symptoms include brief attention span, poor concentration, difficulty keeping track of things, making careless mistakes, impatience, difficulty waiting or taking turns, blurting out answers when not asked, impulsiveness, hyperactivity, failure to finish things off, lack of perseverance & poor organizing. These characteristics are frequently associated with difficulties in school, in both learning and behavior. Task that require concentration are nearly impossible causing frustration, irritability, agitation and often recklessness.
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Topics: Brain Health, Neurofeedback, nutrient deficiency, brain based therapy, attention deficit disorder, ADHD Treatments, Nutritional Help, ADHD Medication, drug-free ADHD Help

10 Prevention Steps To Take to Minimize Alzheimer's Disease Risk Due To Poor Sleep

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Mon, Nov 11, 2019

Sleep is what most of us look forward to at the end of a long day, and something many of us feel we don’t get enough of. While there’s still a lot to learn about sleep and why we need it, we're now beginning to understand that sleep greatly impacts the health and destiny of our brains.

Aside from impacting your energy level, sleep seems to play a unique role in the development of Alzheimer's disease.

Whether or not you get enough quality sleep on a daily basis can dramatically increase or decrease your risk for Alzheimer’s. This is a major reason why it’s so important to do everything you can to get the best sleep possible, as frequently as possible.

In addition to impacting your Alzheimer’s risk, sleep has the power to influence how hungry you feel and how much you eat, how fast your metabolism runs, whether you become overweight or stay slender, whether you can fight off infection, how creative you might be, how insightful you might be, and even how compassionate you can become.

With the hectic pace of modern day life, sleep might feel like a luxury you can't afford. However, from a medical perspective, it's absolutely essential to get good sleep if you want to keep your body and brain healthy.

Experts explain poor quality sleep is linked to Alzheimer's disease, so it's important to understand specific ways you can achieve better quality sleep. Here are 10 simple steps you can take to improve your sleep starting today:

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Topics: exercise, Brain Health, Sleep, Alzheimer’s disease

Milk Alternatives: The Complete Guide to Plant-Based Milks

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Tue, Jun 11, 2019

With diary and lactose intolerances on the rise in recent years, as well as consumers turning to more eco-friendly diets such as veganism, it's no wonder that milk alternatives are more popular than ever before. Made from nuts, seeds and grains, there are a variety of plant-based milk options for consumers no matter their dietary needs or restrictions that provide both great flavor and great nutrition. 

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Topics: Blood Type Diet, Blood Sugar,, Plant-Based Milk

The Hidden Trigger of Autoimmune Disease

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Tue, May 14, 2019

One of the most common but least understood triggers for autoimmunity is molecular mimicry, also called cross-reactivity. 

This post will serve as a basic primer on cross-reactivity so you understand how important it is.

When your immune system reacts to a hostile invader, whether it's a virus or an inflammatory food, it tags the antigen with antibodies so it can more quickly recognize it in the future.

Cross-reactivity happens when the immune system confuses tissue in the body with the tagged antigen because they are similar in structure. As a result, it attacks and destroys that tissue as well. This self-attack is called autoimmunity.

For example, if you are sensitive to gluten, your immune system has created antibodies to gluten. These antibodies tag gluten to alert the immune system to destroy it every time you eat it — even if you ingest a tiny amount. This is an inflammatory response.

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Topics: gluten sensitivity, Immune System, autoimmunity, gluten sensitivity, gluten cross-reaction, gluten cross-reaction, antibody

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